Jimmie Guthrie
Vintage Norton Motorcycles
by John de Kruif
5d ago
  -SG- Hawick is a sizeable town in the central Scottish Borders and is of particular note to those interested in Norton's  racing activities in the thirties, as the home of Jimmie Guthrie. The Hawick Archeological Society first published a booklet entitled 'Jimmie Guthrie, Hawick's Racing Legend' back in 1997. This was written by John Rogerson and Gordon Small - alas, no longer with us.  It has recently been revised by John and reprinted - the Guthrie family having granted permission for hitherto unpublished photos from the family album to be included. It is of course availab ..read more
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Doll's Head box
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by John de Kruif
5d ago
  -SG- Thanks to James Robinson and the powers-that-be at Classic Motorcycle for giving us the OK the print their 1995 article on the Doll's Head box. Useful information ..read more
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Good taste ?
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by John de Kruif
2w ago
  -SG- James Robinson, editor of The Classic Motorcycle, is, I suspect, much more of a user than some of his predecessors. And recently added to his stable is Brian Johnson's Model 18, as Brian is unfortunately no longer able to ride. Here's a recent print of it in use in Ireland (Dun Urlann, Graigue ..read more
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An early block print ...
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by John de Kruif
2w ago
  ... of a Model 8, from 1919. Details are in our copy of the 1919 brochure - engine guaranteed to do a 65 mph lap at Brooklands and a maximum speed of 70mph for the kilometre. Brakes not suitable for modern traffic ..read more
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Seen one of these?
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
  -SG- I must say I haven't, and I would be very pleased to actually own one!  This is the nickel plated handle-bar badge produced by Nortons to mark their 1924 successes in the IOM. Although doubtless some chaps were given one, the works actually sold them to anyone who wanted - price Half a Guinea (10/6d). Someone correct me if I'm wrong but in today's money I think that is about £39 ..read more
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Rem's bike again!
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
  -SG- The other day I was given a copy of the Montagu Motor Museum Catalogue for 1959. And lo and behold! a new story (to me) for the origin of the Rem Fowler fake! Original run over by a lorry!  Wonder if the National Motorcycle Museum knows that ..read more
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Graham Walker - 1923 TT
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by John de Kruif
1M ago
  -SG- Numerous photos exist of Graham and passenger Tommy Mahon in the 1923 TT.  This one is remarkably clear and shows the braced front forks well. Graham finished second to Freddie Dixon.  This was the first appearance of the 588cc TT outfits ..read more
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1934 Works bike ...
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by John de Kruif
2M ago
  -SG- I recently came across Alain Daigne's 2012 French publication 'Manxman'  - a collection of seventy photos of racing Nortons from 1900 to 1970. Two of the shots are of the 1934 works bike - photographed like many others over the years against a sheet held up in front of the office door.  Grateful to Richard for what he has to say about it:  "The bike in the pictures is the 1934 works racer as used by Jimmy Guthrie to do the 1934 TT double. This was the year that the works engines were completely up-dated using full magnesium castings and bronze skull/ aluminium cyl ..read more
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Nortons from our collection for sale
Vintage Norton Motorcycles
by John de Kruif
2M ago
 -JdK- Can you have too many Nortons? Perhaps not but the shed may be too small. Anyway, I'm selling two of my bikes to make space.  A 1928 Model 18 Norton for sale. One of the last flat tank models. Matching numbers for frame, engine and gearbox. All tinware (tanks, guards, brackets) original, not replica.  Click this link for the story of this motorcycle. I've had it for more than 15 years and used it on long trips including from The Netherlands to the Isle of Man. Over the years many critical components have been replaced like the main bearings, big end bearing and cam fol ..read more
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Early 30s Model 18 Norton
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by John de Kruif
3M ago
  -JdK- John in the UK sent this very nice photo of what looks to be an early 1930s Model 18. "My wife just got this family photo from a relation living in the Derby area. She thinks the photo was taken in the 1930’s. Could the tank colour be original ..read more
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