Sunday, 18 January 2015
-JdK- And another one from the archives of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This line up - from left to right - shows, according to the caption: (19) Hassall, (23) Hollowell, (14) G. Walker, (6) Shaw and (22) Francisquet. The photo was taken on the 11th of July 1922 at the Grand Prix des motocyclettes de Strasbourg.
The four guys on the left have a Model 18; Francisquet got a 16H. James Norton is seen with his hand on Hollowell's shoulder. Walker did not like bar-end levers.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
|'Crasher' White at speed (pic by Alain)|
-Richard- This photo is from the 1938 Junior TT where the new tele' fork 350 Norton racers struggled to match the performance of the 1937 bikes and more importantly the 1938 Velocettes. Stanley Woods won the race from Ted Mellors, both on Velo's, with Freddie Frith third and John (Crasher) White fourth and Harold Daniel fifth. Fortunately Harold (on a Norton) was to redress the balance in the Senior with a record breaking win and the first sub 25 minute 91mph lap.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
-JdK- Edmondo in Italy sent this photo of his 1936 Model 30 Manx engine. The engine came from the factory as an 'engine only' and was already marked as a "Manx" in the records. The significance of this is that all Norton literature suggests that the "Manx" name was first used after WW2; apparently the name was already in use by the factory 10 years earlier to identify racing spec engines ...
The engine was delivered to Amal Ltd. and one can only guess it was used for testing their carburetters.
Eddy is now planning to build a complete Model 30 (Manx?) around these crankcases and has sourced a frame but is still looking for an alloy barrel and a set of parallel front forks. He has an iron M30 barrel and a set of 1946 ES2 front forks available to swap. Please contact us if you wish to talk to Eddy
Monday, 5 January 2015
Thursday, 1 January 2015
These pics were sent by Alex in the UK. Alex: "I have just been given a Model 18 Norton for Christmas by my Dad. He purchased it around 1970 from a dealer in Liverpool who had received it from a Swiss museum where it was on display as one of Jimmy Simpson's TT machines where it is believed to have raced on The Island in the late 1920s. It has been sat in the back of a shed for around 30 years."
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
-JdK- Jon in th UK sent these pics of his brilliant 1937 (well, at least the engine and 'box) Model 30 Norton.
"This bike had a lot of updates in its life but the heart of it remains. The 1937 engine and gearbox (no kickstart!) are matching though the frame was replaced with a 1948 plunger. It now sports an alloy rear mudguard and full length seat. Rims are black as are the spokes, with a finned rear brake and a magnesium brake plate at front.
Not sure what's original to be honest but it makes a great ride. It's like every nut has a story to tell. Unfortunately the seat has to be refurbished, it's got a crack in the pan, the sponge is crumbling and being a bump starter its gonna take some punishment! No intention to restore, just road ready"
Sunday, 28 December 2014
-SG- David in Nothern Ireland has sent in these three snaps of a c1928 CS1 taken in about 1936. The rider is Fred Stock, who incidentally marshalled at the first post war road race in Lisburn in September 1945. The 'IA' registration appears to have been used for quite a number of years in County Antril during the twenties.