Thursday 13 May 2010

350cc Model 40 Nortons

Spanish rider E. Vidal and his father at the TT races in Assen, the 23th of June 1934. His motorcycle is an early 350cc Model 40.

In this photo, on the left, we see Vidal's Model 40 again. Number 37 is Jimmy Simpson's Model 40; Jimmy is wearing a helmet; next to him Piet van Wijngaarden. Jimmy Guthrie and Joe Craig can be seen in the background. Jimmy Simpson won the 350cc race on his factory racer.

Simon's words:" A mr J Vidal rode a works Norton in the Isle of Man in '25 and '27. He was connected with the Spanish Norton agents; he retired in both races. Their Model 40 looks to be one of the first - ie 1932 - note Lucas racing magneto, forks with no check springs, Best and Lloyd filler cap on tank, two knee grip studs on the tank for Dance knee grips etc. And it looks quite well used, to say the least of it!"