Monday, 5 April 2021

Clement Garreau, Model 25 Norton

-JdK- Contributed by Barry, a photo that once belonged to Joe Craig. On the back it states "Garreau, Paris". The Norton is a Model 25, the rider is Clement Garreau and this Norton featured on the site before. Clement didn't like the flexible Norton frames, hence the extra framerails below the engine. Further note the 8" Enfield hub and what seems to be a rev-counter.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

1925 Model 18


-SG- John has recently forwarded this good period photo of a 1925 Model 18 - I think originating in Italy.  Many thanks for it!

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Swedish Nortons


-JdK- Photographs downloaded from the site of the Swedish Bohusläns museum. Thanks Olav! The machines are late 1920s Model 18 Nortons (and a pair of Husqvarna's).

Monday, 22 March 2021

Craig and Moore's CS1


-JdK- From Barry; an early photo of a young Joe Craig and CS1.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Donald Ham's Nortons

-Philip- Here are a couple of photos of my father, Donald Sevier Ham on his trials machines. The girder fork machine above is an ES2 that he was riding in the Land's End Trial in 1948 and about to tackle the Beggar's Roost hill; look where his eyes are focused to see how steep the hill was!  This was 100% concentration.

The second photo shows the ES2 just starting the climb at Blue Hills Mines, near St Agnes in Cornwall; again on the Land's End Trial.

The last picture shows his 500T getting the better of him and he referred to it as "Waltzing Matilda".

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Harold Ham's Nortons


-JdK- A message from Philip in the UK: "My grandfather (Harold Sevier Ham) got hooked on motorcycles in the early 1920's and soon favoured Nortons after going to the TT races. The attached photo shows his collection of machines in 1932, I only wish he had kept the CS1!  Because he served in the RFC during WW1 he felt duty bound to help out during WW2 when they were asking the public to donate metal to "Keep the Spitfires flying."  So sadly some of his machines were thrown in the back of the scrap lorry.  My grandfather is sitting on the CS1 on the left of the photograph.

My father carried on the Norton tradition but did long distance trials on firstly a girder fork ES2 then a 1951 500T, and was quite successful in the MCC trials.  When I passed my test in 1970 he said "better find you a Norton then!". So we bought a 1955 Norton ES2 for £12 and this started my lifelong interest in Nortons.

I've only recently ventured into flat tank Nortons when I acquired a 1927 Norton Model 18 and am still working to get it ready for the road.  The petrol tank had turned into a colander when the previous owner parked it up for 7 or 8 years when he suffered from dementia. I've tried to retain the original patina as it looks quite unmolested.  I've consulted the NOC about the Model 18 and found that it was built in late 1927 but first registered in March 1928. I've no history of the machine but noted that it has aluminium mudguards fitted, a Bonniksen speedo and an Andre steering damper; I wonder whether someone did a bit of Clubman's racing with it?  A photo is attached to show the machine as I bought it."

Sunday, 14 February 2021

The 1938 TT races


-JdK- The 1938 Senior and Junior winners.

Saturday, 13 February 2021



-SG- Alan has recently forwarded what looks like an early twenties ad. for O'Donovan Motors and Carbjector silencers which may be of interest!  Thanks Alan!

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Crasher White, Model 40, 1936


-JdK- Provided by Dennis; J.H. ”Crasher” White, 2nd, Junior IoM TT, Quarter Bridge, 1936.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Get a 16H!


Riding end of December

-JdK- It's interesting to find that while I have flat tank and OHC model Nortons in the shed, the bike that has been used most last year is my end-'30s 16H.

Above in the middle of the winter and below touring Europe; we put the 16Hs on the train from Dusseldorf to Innsbruck and found ourselves in the Italian Alps half a day later. We visited Mark Upham of British Only Austria in in Austria and from there rode the bikes all the way through Germany back to the Netherlands. More than 2000 km in one week and the only problem was a broken spoke. 

Late 1930s and WD models are very pleasant bikes - and pretty quick if properly assembled. They are getting expensive, I would recommend to get one while you can.

On the train to Innsbruck
In the Alps
Visiting Mark Upham
Loads of 16H spares
NOS; all of them RH side!
Three 16H
Going home through Germany