Sunday, 5 April 2020

Jimmie in 1935

-JdK- Sent by Barry - and many thanks for that - a few photo's of Jimmie and different versons of his 1935 record breaking machine.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Stanley at the 1928 TT

-SG- We have had various postings about Stanley Woods and the 1928 Senior TT and here's a nice clear print of him and his CS1 after the finish.  He was fifth - after a minor tumble earlier in the race -  and was the first Norton to finish. A disappointing event after the success of the previous year. The photo has kindly been provided by Bill Snelling in the IOM -

Friday, 20 March 2020

1929 Model Big 4 Norton - For sale

-JdK- Malthe in Denmark has this 1929 Norton Big 4 for sale. Please find all the details on

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

More on Dr Feledy ...

-SG- In December we had a posting about Dr Feledy and his early CS1 in Hungary, provided by Tom, and here is another of the good doctor at speed in 1928, from the same source. Many thanks!

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Model 16H Norton

-JdK- Jean Bourdache in Paris found this picture in a booklet edited by GEVAERT films for the Belgian militaries. Looks like a 16H with a broken kickstart spring!

Sunday, 8 March 2020

A 16H Norton in Australia

-SG- Late last year we were contacted by  Rob 'down under' who was thinking of buying a restored  mid twenties 16H. This was shipped out late in 1925 so to all intents and purposes it would have been to 1926 specification.  Pleased to say Rob bought it and,  better still, is using and enjoying it.  He has  kindly sent some photos of the bike which apparently languished under a haystack from the late forties, as the owner could not find replacement beaded edge tyres. It was recovered and restored in the seventies -  and fitted with 19 inch wired on tyres.  For some reason it was fitted - either originally or later -  with an LS S-A gearbox instead of the usual CS type but is none the worse for that. (The top photo shows Harry Wheaton with his 1925 16H at Red Hill, South Australia, ca. 1944)

Saturday, 7 March 2020

The Norton Motorcycle Club gathers outside Kerleys in 1930

-SG- Norton motorcyclists line up outside Kerleys Auction Rooms Geelong. Thanks to Ken McIntosh for the link to this photo.

-Ian- The photo first appeared in a book "Touring and Sporting Motorcycles in Australia" by Mick Kingwell.  The book was recorded under ISBN 0 9592863 0 3 and published in the late 1980's I think. The photo is on p24 and the book contains some great early Norton photos. The copy supplied by Ken was published in the Geelong Advertiser newspaper on Oct 13, 2017. Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria.

If you look closely at the photo the bikes are actually lined up in front of Tom Maloney's motorcycle shop at 183 Moorabool Street, Geelong. (He was the Norton agent as well as some other marques). The club is the Geelong Norton Motorcycle Club and the photo was taken in April 1930. Tom Maloney was one of the major motorcycle dealers of the time and he and brother Reg well known on the racing scene.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Classic Bike Guide ...

-SG- ... is another publication by the Morton Group, which is also responsible for The Classic Motor Cycle amongst other magazines. My attention was recently drawn to the January 2020 edition which contains an article about a couple of post war ES2 engined machines, written by the Editor, Matt Hull, and the machines' owner. One of the illustrations is an image not much larger than a postage stamp taken from the 1929 catalogue showing the incorrect oil pump and original rear frame-bending brake anchor set-up. Another - alongside a rambling and partially accurate section entitled 'A lesson in history' - shows Walter Moore with Tommy Bullus seated on a racing NSU from the early thirties, despite the fact that Moore's move to NSU in 1929 goes unmentioned! All in all not a wonderful piece of journalism ...

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Use 'em ...

-SG- Martin has just sent in this 2010 snap of himself, the late John MacMillan, and Martin's 1920 16H, which is regularly used and which he has had for a good number of years now.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Jimmie G.

-JdK- Finally a book on one of the greatest motorcycle racing champions, Jimmy Guthrie. The author -Paul Guthrie, not a relative - goes to great lengths to discuss Jimmie's life from the moment he was born to his tragic death resulting from a crash on the last lap of the German Motorcycle Grand Prix on the 8th of August 1937.

Jimmie's machine after the crash

Motorcycling racing in the 1930s and especially in Nazi Germany is discussed in great detail. The relevance of all this is that Jimmie's death has always been shrouded in mysteries. Despite thousands of security guards, track stewards and spectators no one came forward to explain what exactly had happened. There must have been thousands of photo's taken, yet none of the accident exists and only one photo of the crashed machine has surfaced.

The crash site

Paul systematically discusses all the theories including rider error and technical failures - and while we can never be sure the most likely explanation is that Jimmie crashed due to interference by a German rider, Kurt Mansfeld.

If a German rider had caused the crash, the incident would have become a geopolitical disaster and a threat to the reputation of the Third Reich. Political tensions were high between Germany and Britain on the 8th of August 1937 and Paul suggests that it was in the interest of both sides to be vague about the reason of the crash.

Anyway, read the book and decide for yourself; highly recommended!

Another review of this book can be found via this link.