-JdK- These words were contributed by Bill in Australia. "I have a very old photo (above) of my dad, Bill Truslove on his, I believe, 1923 Norton. He also had a Brough Superior. I was told that he competed in the Isle of Man TT races when he was young. He was born at Burbage in Leicestershire, UK. In 1947, when we were moving house, he threw both motorbikes down the local quarry at Stoney Stanton. He hadn’t ridden them since he had a serious road accident before I was born, in 1936."
The Norton is a c1923 Model 18 Norton; note the straight-type rockers. For a 1923 Model it has a non standard specification in that it has a separate oil tank and a Best and Lloyd mechanical pump on the mag drive cover. This appears to feed straight into the front of the crankcase rather than to two unions above the cams as in '24. Also note: no steering damper and supplementary suspension damper on front forks.
Registration OK3708 was issued from January 1922 to July 1923 by Birmingham Council.
-SG- Tim Hunt's 1928 Amateur TT win aboard a CS1 has been mentioned before and a special leaflet was produced to celebrate this - scans attached courtesy of Ian. The bike may well have been that used by Tim in the Scottish Six Days Trial and it would be interesting to know what work was done on it to make it suitable for the IOM ...
-JdK- James in the UK sent these pics and the text below; the bike could be a late 1930s Model 16H Norton.
James: "While sifting through my dad's old family photos, I found this one of us on holiday, it was taken around 1954 ... I was aged 5. Sadly he died in 2012. On the back it says ... Typical hedges of Devon... If I recall correctly it was a Norton 500cc. He built the 'caravan' at home in the back garden ... very simple affair ... it had two fold down canvas hammock beds for me and my sister ... mum and dad slept on the floor on a double air bed ... The rear wall opened up to form a roof, it had two legs, with side screens to form a kitchen/ washing room. My mum looks as if she is posing side saddle ... gauntlets on the roof of the sidecar ... you can just make out the pilots goggles on her forehead ... perhaps one of the first motorcycle combinations towing a caravan.. ? Another was taken in North Wales around 1958 I have very fond memories of our holidays to Devon ... three days travelling from near Glasgow, an epic trip in these days ... later on he allowed me to ride pillion ..."
-SG- ... Despite the publicity given briefly to a new 250cc Norton in September 1922, the project does not seem to have got off the ground. But the write-up in The Motor Cycle seems to indicate that some preliminary steps had been taken. Indeed this is confirmed by Arthur Bourne is his memoirs, who was given a secret night time ride on the prototype by J L Norton. Arthur does not mention a precise date but it must have been several years before he became editor of the magazine. Any more input on this machine would be of interest!
-SG- It's no great secret that the WD 16H is - give or take a few details - the same as the 1937 production version. Motor Cycling produced a couple of articles about maintenance and overhaul back in 1954 and these are attached for reference.
-SG- The Motor Cycle for November 2nd carried a press release (above) about changes to the OHV engine amongst other things. Reference is made to lowering the over-all height of the engine and in all probability this was achieved simply by fitting a 7" con rod rather than the 8" version used on the prototypes and the one OHV machine entered in the '22 TT. A shorter barrel would of course also have been needed.