Crowtree remembered: Lincolnshire leathers to be commemorated at BSB round

crowtree leathers on a riding motocyclist
crowtree leathers on a riding motocyclist
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The fondly remembered Crowtree Leathers brand is set to be commemorated with a special display at this year’s Cadwell Park British Superbike round in aid of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. 

Taking place between 26-29 August, the display will be made up of old sets of Crowtree leathers loaned by ex-racers including British champions, Isle of Man TT winners, National champions, and more. 

cowtree leathers laid down

Organised by John and Claire Doughty of the ‘Remembering Crowtree Leathers’ Facebook group, it’s hoped the display, which will be held on Chris Curve from Friday right through to Monday of the BSB weekend, will bring Crowtree fans together to reminisce and celebrate the brand plus also raise money for the air ambulance. 

“This kind of company only happens once in a lifetime,” said John. “And we feel it should be celebrated and remembered by the very people who used and some still use these amazing leathers.” 

Based in Louth, just up the road from Cadwell, Crowtree was a small, bespoke leather company run by Alec Baumber and wife Linda.  

cowtree leathers being worn by motorcyclists

They rose to national prominence in the 1990s and 2000s thanks to their quality and customer care. After initially planning to retire in 2006 they were so inundated with orders they instead carried on, not wanting to let anyone down. Alec sadly died in 2014. 

Anyone with leathers for display is asked to contact John via the Remembering Crowtree Leathers Facebook Group while those wishing to donate can do so via the JustGiving page which has been set up. 

Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.