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News In Brief
The Sammy Miller Museum will reopen its doors on May 17. Details from www. It’s been 50 years since Bolton-based CCM was founded, initially making BSA-powered machines. Look out for a forthcoming book on Bert Le Vack’s double o
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The advent of electronic ignition has to be the single most important development in old motorcycle electrics. It is fit and forget and in my personal experience of trials and scrambles bikes – which often become covered in mud, baked hot and then ar
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Sammy Miller Museum
Crammed full of interesting machines — more than 400 in total — the museum will open daily from 10am from May 17. The museum is at Bashley, New Milton, Hampshire, B25 5SZ. Tel 01425 620777 ■
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Book Review
“Murray Walker Scrapbook” Authors: Murray Walker OBE and Philip Porter Published by: Porter Press International, PO Box 2, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8XX Tel.: 01584 781588 Email: Hardback, 248mm x 300mm (l
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Rare Sight
Once upon a time, the motorcycle and sidecar was a common sight on our roads but, as the years have passed, so they have become less and less frequently spotted. Now, the only reason a child of 10 knows what a sidecar is, is because of Wallace and Gr
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A Friend In Need Is…
Just for a change, I’ve recently been working on a motorbike belonging to somebody else. It’s a Greeves single, which had been off the road for ages, and – a mutual friend having rashly said I was the ‘go-to chap’ for Villiers problems – I’d occasion
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The Way We Were In June
The bespoke motorcycle maker AJS of Wolverhampton has rewrote the record books at the IoM TT races. Despite being confined to bed on the Sunday preceding the Junior race, 27-year-old Eric Williams (348cc AJS), victor of the 1914 Junior IoM TT, won Mo
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The Current State Of Play
The biggest bugbear for most enthusiasts is the electrical system of a motorcycle. It’s bad enough when dealing with a standard system but when wanting a specialist system for an off-road bike which will occasionally have lights fitted and there is a
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Indian Chief 1922-53
Owners or enthusiasts for Indian motorcycles have a choice of organisations sharing their interest. The Indian Riders Motocycle (sic) Club prides itself in active use of its favoured marque. We are indebted to them and also Moen at Indian Parts Europ
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Win Lunch With The Stars
Fans will be given the chance to win lunch with Dougie and Phillip McCallen on Saturday July 3 in the VIP hospitality area of the International Classic MotorCycle Show. This is an exciting opportunity to sit down with two sporting heroes, and will be
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Magnificent Machine
The German club VFV holds its weekend Grand Prix event at Schotten in August, with a good field of competitors and run on an improvised circuit of about a mile. Being the premier event, it attracts about 14,000 spectators who generate a lively and fr
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Pioneer Run 2021
There’s a new finish venue for the ‘81st +1’ Pioneer Run for veteran (pre-1915) motorcycles, on October 3, 2021 – though because of the ongoing Covid situation, the organising Sunbeam MCC are awaiting permission from Epsom Racecourse to host the star
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Mixed identity The De Luxe Dominator
James Robinson Tel 01507 529405 Fax 01507 371066 email Tim Britton, Rachael Clegg, Jonathan Hill, Roy Poynting, Richard Rosenthal, Martin Squires, Jerry Thurston, Alan Turner. Alan Cathcart, Rob Drury, Ken Joslin. Sarah Wilkin
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Bespoke Auto Works
While this feature quite rightly focuses on the seat being done for the  project, Bespoke Auto Works also covers a much wider variety of restoration processes than upholstery. Having more than 40 years of experience in the field, the fact they’re
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Readers' Letters
I have just been enjoying your article in April 2021’s edition of TCM about a 1970 Triumph Bonneville. I recently also bought a back copy of the issue from August 2007 to read a road test of a 1970 Bonneville. My first Bonnie was a brand new T140E pu
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Mote Control
Colin Mote (Ariel HT5) secured his first Jack Thompson Trophy at Canada Heights on Easter Sunday. His brother Steve made it a family double by getting his less-modernised 500cc Ariel around the easier Red Route. Neither rider dropped a mark. For the
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The Finest Hour
In hindsight, the choice of Chris Vincent (who died in February 2021, aged 86) to take on the might of Continental crews racing outfits powered by BMW race engines with a near-obsolete, pre-unit BSA A7 pushrod motor, appears brave at best, plain bonk
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Store Cupboard Special
One of the headache-inducing issues of building project bikes is ensuring those jobs that aren’t being done in-house are undertaken at the right time, ensuring there’s little or no waiting time for the parts in question when they’re actually needed.
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The Machines
My Longstroke Sunbeam Model 6 was bought in late 2016. It wasn’t until I looked through the paperwork that I realised it was the same bike I’d viewed in my then home town about 15-odd years before, it’s £3000 price tag being way out of my reach. When
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This Month’s Star Letter Wins
The writer of this month’s Star Letter wins a pair of Weise Hudson Gloves worth £69.99. Hudson gloves deliver strength with style; full grain leather construction with TPU knuckle armour and Chamude palm overlay for improved grip. Find out more at th
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You Were Asking
Can you date this motorcycle made by The Bridge Cycle Company of Chelsea? And would you have any information about this or its sister company The Stanley Bridge Cycle Company? The Bridge Cycle Company was founded in the 1880s or 1890s by the eldest d
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The Giant Killers
This wonderful evocative picture is of the AJS team at the 1921 Isle of Man TT races, the scene of the marque’s greatest ever racing triumph – Howard R Davies’ win in the Senior, 500cc race, on his 350cc Junior machine. In the presented image, that’s
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Elk Events
Elk Promotions events restart in May, with the first three events being autojumble only. The following dates are booked for 2021, which will take place subject to Covid-19 restrictions. More details and online booking is available at www.elk-promotio
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The Case For The Case
The later type timing case should work with the welding blocking up the oil holes which aren’t needed. On the distributor type the big ends are fed through the crank boss inside the mains bush and the case has no oil drillings. For the ball-type main
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Rochdale’s Racer
The name ‘Ben Drinkwater’ instantly conjures up images of the elongated S-bend at the 11th Milestone of the TT course. The section, flanked by rolling Manx farmland, is named after this Lancastrian rider, railway signalman, motor engineer and motorcy
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False Dawn
In the era of the ton up boys, speeding from ‘caff to caff’ in the early 1960s, the Triumph Bonneville and BSA Gold Star grabbed all the headlines, being on the wish list of most leather-jacketed teenagers, but there was a dark horse contender produc
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News & Events
Twelve times world trials champion Dougie Lampkin MBE will appear alongside TT legend Phillip McCallen as guest of honour at the upcoming International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford County Showground on July 3/4. Fans at the event will hear sto
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Ascot-Pullin 500 Sports Utility
ENGINE: Air-cooled two-valve OHV horizontal single-cylinder dry sump four-stroke with pushrod valve gear and twin-port exhaust DIMENSIONS: Bore x stroke: 82x94mm CAPACITY: 496cc POWER: 16bhp at 5500 rpm (at rear wheel) COMPRESSION RATIO: 6:1 CAR
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Spring Into Action
Monday, March 29, 2021, was when the first lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted in the UK, and the next day had a fabulous weather forecast. A plan was hatched – Dad and I would go out on a long ride, taking advantage of the release, the weath
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