Friday, 25 December 2020

Tom's 1927 Model 18 Norton

-JdK- Tom bought a Model 18 late in 2018 and wonders if anyone could help him with any of the previous history and a half time pinion. Please contact us when you can help. 

The bike was first purchased by William Stacey, the 23 year old son of a butcher, at 1 High St, Hampton in June 1927. He’s the young chap pictured on the right of the photograph (below) taken a few years before.
It has probably been used very little for the last 20 years or so before he bought it, but before that it was registered in Essex and Kent and then went to Blackpool, Lytham St Annes. It has been tuned a bit, with a bored out carb and long inlet tube. Internally it has a CS1 piston, otherwise is standard and the gearbox is close ratio. Forks have been changed and the front brake has additional bracing and works surprisingly well.
If anyone recognises the bike he would love to hear from them and find out anything about previous history or owners. Also, the half time pinion has a tooth missing, if anyone has a good one they would like to sell I would love to hear from them, making new would be expensive!

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

1935 CS1 Norton - top yoke bracket wanted


-JdK- Leon contacted us with the following request: "The original top yoke that is fitted to my 1935 CS1 is the same as the one I have just purchased (below) but the handle bar bracket section was cut away from my yoke,  WHY?,  I think to fit an Inter type fuel tank.

In their wisdom they then altered the top yoke to accept the WD16H type alloy handle bar brackets seen in the photo but they failed on one important point and that is to get them level. When I did find the correct panel fuel tank I found it would not fit with the handle bars bracket currently fitted as the clashed with the tank,

So I was left to find another top yoke, which luckily I have but as you can see is still missing the little bracket to be able to fasten the handlebars down with."

If any reader has one of the clamps spare and is willing to sell, please get in touch!

Sunday, 6 December 2020

1926 Model 18 Norton

-JdK- A few pics of Enrico's 1926 Model 18 Norton

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Ken Boulter's bikes

 -JdK- Frank in the UK sent me a stack of pics made by the late Ken Boulter. Most bikes were his.

First there are several pics of LPD1 he made before the restoration. Ken constructed the sidecar himself

Second, several pics of the 1927 Model 18 owned by Ken, then Paul d'Orleans and now by me; I did replace the guards, saddle and ditched the strange tanktop petrol tank. Ken told me he worked on this bike and LPD1 at the same time.

And another Model 18 from the same stack.

And these

Monday, 9 November 2020

1928 Model 16H Norton


-JdK- An email from John in the UK: "My Norton has spent the majority of its life in the Isle of Man. It was supplied to Vic Horsman in February 1928 and was shipped to agent Brown, Douglas, for J. Wiiliamson, Glen Hotel, Laxey in 1934. It came back to the UK in 2007. 

I've had vintage bikes all my life, mainly Rudges, although my Father was a cammy Norton man. He raced  in VMCC meetings for about 20 years. I bought my 16H in memory of him as he always wanted a flat tank Norton. I must admit, I'm impressed with its performance and ride quality - far better than a Rudge!

Monday, 2 November 2020

1928 Norton 16H


-JdK-  Colin grant from Australia is desperately chasing a 1928 or there about 16H barrel for his fully restored Norton. "It’s of course the non detachable head type, I sent mine to get a new sleeve and the so called engine rebuilder stuffed it then politely told me to F*** off so I’m sort of stuffed. I seen your add and thought you might know of or know someone who plays with the flat tank Norton stuff any help would be greatly appreciated." Please contact us when you can help. (Colin found the barrel)

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Jan's 1927 Model 18 Norton

-JdK- This Norton was sold a while back by Bonhams as a project. It's a matching number machine, despatched to dealer O'Donovan in May 1927, and has now been rebuilt, fortunately conserving also the bits that may not be entirely original, and it looks great!

The current owner Jan in his quest for speed has been working on the valve timing and when opening the timing chest we found that the cams look different compared to standard Norton cams. They look wider than the standard W7 but have a different shape than the racing IT/TTG/1.25 cams; note that they are not symmetrical. These cams will open the valves very quickly and close them gently. Please let us know when you've seen cams like this before.

Sunday, 18 October 2020



-SG- Attached a rather small and rather fuzzy shot of Cawthorne at Doncaster speed trials in 1923.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Terry Grogan


-SG- Back in January 2010 we had a couple of postings about Terry Grogan and his Brooklands successes on a Model 18 Norton.  I have recently been sent a photo of him taken in 1922 - with a 16H, on which he won the Two Lap solo handicap at the track in June.  During the thirties, he went on to race Frazer Nashes at Brooklands.

Terry Grogan was a regular in the Royal Navy having joined as a Midshipman in 1917 and served on numerous vessels during the twenties and thirties. Sadly (by then having attained the rank of Commander) he lost his life in the sinking of HMS Hood in 1941 by the Bismarck - itself sunk three days later,  both with enormous casualties. 

 In case anyone is interested, a memorial to the crew of the Hood is to be found in Boldre Church near Lymington in the New Forest.

Monday, 28 September 2020

1929 CJ Norton frame - SOLD-

-JdK- Malthe is selling SOLD his early 1929 CJ (Camshaft Junior) frame. It is in very good condition and could be used as is, if one wanted to build an early camshaft bike with patina. Or it would form the basis for a perfect early camshaft build. The CJ frame will fit a CS1 engine too. The frame number stamping is clear and crisp as the frame has never been blasted clean or re-painted. Please get in touch for more info. Asking price is 2900 Pounds.