A 1925 Amateur TT 'also-ran!'
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by John de Kruif
1w ago
  -SG- I was recently sent this photo of one of the more lowly finishers - J. Robinson. But all credit to him - he persevered and did actually finish! Thanks to David who has checked then current editions of Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling for me and his comments follow:  "J. Robinson of Preston and Dist MCC certainly had an eventful race. He finished 14th after 3hrs 55mins and 36 seconds averaging 48mph. Troubles began between the depot and the start, then he stopped for ”lengthy adjustments” at Quarter Bridge on the first lap. He fell at Quarter Bridge on lap 2 landing on his head ..read more
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1928 Show Advert
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by John de Kruif
1w ago
-SG- Thanks to Ian for this 'high res' scan from the October 1928 Motor Cycle.  Note that the CJ and JE models are not listed, neither are any of the four speeders. The fact that many 1929 models were supplied to end users in November/December 1928 was a result of the Autumn timing of the Olympia Show.   ..read more
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Model 24 rebuild
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by John de Kruif
2w ago
  -SG- Adam has embarked on the challenging  restoration of a late 1925 Model 24.  The machine has been in bits for years and, amongst other things, some of the frame tubes need replacing. Of even greater importance, the cylinder head is missing and a usable replacement would be a great help. Anyone who has a suitable head to spare, please contact Adam direct - his email address is adam@nrhunt.co.uk   ..read more
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A 1928 Norton advert
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by John de Kruif
3w ago
  -SG- Peter Thomson (Thomson's Motorcycle Museum, New Zealand) has kindly sent this full page advert from 1928. This lays great stress on SILENCE - and of course, the new for '28 double-barelled silencer is clearly depicted.  Peter has also scanned the image itself, which shows good detail - including the frequent advertising department error of the time - the valve rockers shown are those used up to and including 1925 ..read more
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Stamps with a difference
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by John de Kruif
3w ago
  -SG- I recently bought a second hand motorcycle book from a helpful chap in Dunedin (New Zealand) and it arrived this morning. Imagine my perhaps childish pleasure when I found that several of the postage stamps depicted motorcycles and one in particular showed a 1927 CS1 ..read more
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Moore CS1 parts wanted
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by John de Kruif
3w ago
  -SG- Claus in Germany has a Moore CS1 project  under way and as so often happens, quite a few essentials are missing!  He would be very pleased to obtain any or all the items listed below: Complete set of oil pump drive parts Timing cover (existing one is in two pieces) Rear stand or rear stand lugs Primary drive engine sprocket Magneto drive sprocket Binks float chamber top Claus can be contacted by email at claus_riemann@yahoo.de ..read more
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Transfers
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
  -SG- My attention was recently drawn to the Norton transfers available from the VMCC here in the UK. I attach scans of what is apparently available from their 'shop' and also of what they should look like. A  small difference maybe, but one's right and one's wrong! (The correct one - as you know - is the one with Regd Trade Mark underneath the magic word ..read more
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1938 Model ES2 Norton
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
  -SG- Thanks to Adam who has drawn my attention to this very presentable ES2 which is for sale in Scotland. It apparently spent 25 years in a glass case in Hawick Museum, which, as we have mentioned before, has sundry exhibits linked to local TT hero Jimmie Guthrie. The current seller says it is 1938 and if this is the case, then surely it would not have been actually owned by Jimmie G himself, who was killed in the 1937 German Grand Prix ..read more
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Svend Aage Sorensen - Road racing photos
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
-SG- I think it would be no exaggeration to say that Denmark and its sporting riders are better known for Speedway prowess than for road racing activities. But there is an exception to this generalization: Svend Aage Sorensen. S. A. Sorensen was born in 1903, the youngest of six children, and died in 1980.  He lived his entire life in the same street - perhaps a bit unusual now but less so then!  I am greatly indebted to his son Allan for these biographical details and photographs from his father's albums. Allan is lucky to have the albums as three of them were given away in the mino ..read more
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Svend Aage Sorensen - Dirt Track shots
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
 -SG- There are quite a lot of Dirt Track shots - it would seem that Sorensen was just as active in this branch of the sport as road racing. This was taken at Odense in 1932 - probably on his CJ Probably also at Odense in the early thirties No details  as to 'when and where!' The machine looks like a Model 25 with a special small tank and a right  hand exhaust pipe - not difficult to arrange with a straight ahead exhaust port head Sorensen with his CJ in 1934. His elder brother Kaj is with him - by  then a Norton dealer i ..read more
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