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3rd July 2006
What's new in the world of old bikes? How about an Enfield Open Day, a Triumph site, a movie about motorbikes, Ariel spares, the Barry Sheene Run, classic racing in Kent and… Norman Hyde is old (official)...
Freebird The Film Nearly Finished
A year or so ago, we gave RC readers and their old bikes a chance to appear in a new British movie. Since then cameras have rolled, scenes have been shot, bikes have been ridden and the film, Freebird, is now in post-production. In its original format as a live play, Freebird played at the Old Vic in Bristol to critical acclaim. It's the story of three London motorcycle couriers looking for an elusive hippy and his cannabis farm in Wales. A major part of the story involves two group of bike riders; one set are a bunch of traditionalists who ride cafe racers and customs and wear mean-and-moody black leather, while the other lot are bang up to date race-reptiles kitted out in one-piece leathers who ride sleek modern monsters. Some scenes were shot at the London Motorcycle Museum, so you may well recognise some of the other old bikes in the background…
Jon Ivay, who wrote the original script and the screenplay for the film, got in touch to let us know that Freebird is on the way. 'The film is pretty much all finished its post-production process' he says. 'There are a few tail end jobs that should be wrapped up over the next two weeks.' Then the film's production team have to work with their distributor's to get Freebird into a cinema near you - watch this space for further announcements about special previews and a ticket competition.
Meanwhile, visit www.freedompicturecompany.com to get a feeling for the film. Cor, baby, it's really free…
Something For This Weekend (1)
If you aren't joining us and around 20,000 other people at Mallory Park on July 8th and 9th, then there are a couple of alternative classic bike events which you might like to try. For starters, on Saturday 8th, Hitchcock's Motorcycles throw open the doors at Chadwick End for their first ever Open Day from 10am to 5pm. The day is aimed at Enfield owners, both Redditch and Indian built, and there's plenty going on to entertain all, including displays of racing Bullets from Performance Classics and the current range of Enfields from Charnwood Classics.
The Hitchcock's team will all be on hand to help with any questions and an engineering workshop will be running through the day. There's also a competition, BBQ, refreshments, an REOC presence and more - all in the delightful surroundings of Hitchcock's HQ at Oldwich Lane West, Chadwick End near Solihull. 01564 783 192 or www.hitchcocksmotorcycles.com
New Tri-Supply Site
When we were invited to browse around the new Tri-Supply website, it was a pleasure to find an easy-to-navigate, straightforward site with clear instructions, a sensible layout, details of hundreds of components and spares and a quick-and-simple ordering and checkout process. It's also very reassuring - proprietor Oliver Barnes oversees every order, so you feel as if you're dealing with a person instead of a giant computerised system.
Tri-Supply provide spares for pre-unit to unit Triumph twins, built from 1946 to 1970. Oliver makes every effort to source parts from well known and reputable manufacturers, and is proud to offer an extensive range of components which are still built in Britain.
You can view the new online catalogue at www.trisupply.co.uk
Happy Birthday Mr Hyde
Norman Hyde's business is 30 years old this year, and he's celebrating its anniversary with - wait for it - a special range of T-shirts. What, not champagne then, Norman…?
Something For This Weekend (2)
If you live too far north to travel down to Mallory Park, then the annual Cock o' the North Road Races on the 8th and 9th July is the place to be. This is the meeting when the annual Barry Sheene Classic Superbike race is run, the highlight of Sunday's racing. The Auto 66 Club, organisers of the event rounding off International Bike Week, have been inundated over the last few weeks with requests and entries for the annual Sheene Run, run previously through Rugby town centre. The Club have had great difficulty dove-tailing the events together, but now that everything is in place it looks like being a record attendance.
The Sheene Run itself will include three laps of the famous Oliver's Mount circuit, one of Barry's favour haunts throughout his racing career. In fact it was at Oliver's Mount that Barry had the last International win of his professional career. The run will be led by his old adversaries Mick Grant, Steve Parrish and 'young' Jamie Whitham, who took his first ever international win at Oliver's Mount in the 125 class.
A special area has been set aside in the main public car park close to the track for the paraders to assemble and take part in the Concours competitions to be judged during the afternoon by a number of celebrities followed by the award presentation.
The days racing will include modern and classic events with all the leading TT riders, Guy Martin, Ian Lougher, etc and making a welcome return from injury will be Ryan Farquhar. There will be a full race programme on this famous parkland circuit on both Saturday and Sunday and Grant, Parrish, Whitham and other leading riders will be mingling with the crowds both days to sign autographs.
Barry always enjoyed his Saturday nights in Scarborough and the Club have not forgotten this by arranging Bazza's Bash in a marquee at Oliver's Mount Bikers' Village on the Saturday night when there will be music, competitions and a chat show, which will bring back many memories to Barry's supporters. For visitors with a weekend ticket admission will be free, for those who only intend visiting the circuit on Sunday but will arrive in town Saturday evening there will be a cover charge of £5 per person.
See www.auto66.com or call 01723 373000.
Heathfield Classic Show Success
Well done to the folks of Heathfield School for braving atrocious weather to raise over £2400 for the school at their fayre. The organisers would like to thank everyone who came along, especially those who displayed their bikes. Congratulations to Claire Wilbur for winning the Best of British award with her 1961 3TA, and to John Montgomery for taking the Biker's Choice prize with his 1971 Honda 750.
Ariel Lock Washers
Does your garage host one of those glorious machines from the House of the Horse? John Budgen has added even more kinds of lock washers to his range of Ariel spares, including ones for the clutch chainwheel (a one-piece item with six holes, like the original), clutch centre nut, final drive sprocket and engine shaft (for singles only). There are lots of other complicated details like prices and part numbers and all that sort of thing, but John is such a nice man that he won't mind if you phone him up on 01242 621495 and just ramble on a bit until he gets the drift (and we're not seeing him again until October and he'll have forgotten this by then…).
Something For This Weekend (3)
Our final option for weekend entertainment over the 8th and 9th of July 2006 is the CRMC's Classic King of Brands event, at Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. The Ace Café are sponsoring this race meet and are providing substantial prize money as well as a ride-out from the cafe to the circuit, and a lunchtime parade on both days.
Spectators regularly flocked to this historic circuit during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s to watch the top national and international stars of road racing. Over this weekend the CRMC aims to recapture the sounds and sights of that golden era with 44 races, including that most coveted of short circuit prizes - The King of Brands Trophy. In addition to the regular club championships this meeting also hosts rounds of the National Summerfield 350/500 and Classic Racer Syndicate 1300 Series. The action promises to be non-step -- in keeping with Brands' international traditions, two rounds of the International Historic Racing Organisation Championship will also be run.
Paddock entry is included in the £12 admission fee and provides a fantastic opportunity to ogle the huge range of machinery and talk to the riders and sponsors. Racing is scheduled to begin 10am each day; see www.crmc.co.uk or www.motorsportvision.co.uk for more details.
We've been contacted by Rita and Gary, who have just taken over The Great Northern public house in Keighley, West Yorkshire. They intend to turn the pub into 'motorbikes welcome' hostelry, and invite any riders visit the area to drop in. 'Beer prices are always low' they say -- and club runs can be accommodated with prior notice. Only we didn't get any contact details, so you might have to do some investigative work first!
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