Monday 15 August 2011

Dene Allen, c1925 Model 19 Norton and sidecar

The recent photo of Dene Allen and passenger larking around on the sand reminds of this slightly more formal photo which appeared in the 1926 Norton Achievments brochure. It appears his machine was a 588. The Tailteann Games were held in Phoenix Park, Dublin and Dene Allen won his class in both '24 and '25 while solo winner - no surprise - was Jimmy Shaw.

The brochure concerned - all fifty pages of it - covers all aspects of Norton activity during 1925 and much stress is laid on the 'same as you can buy' theme, which bearing in mind the rather special nature of TT and Brooklands machines by this date, is, I feel, rather 'over the top' - to use a modern phrase!