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6th September 2006

TP's Newsround

Beezumph this weekend - Sunshine for Months in Provence - Enduro in Normandy - Donington Show Date Change - Hesketh Open Day Still On - Delivery Mileage Ariel Auction - Judge Minton Goes for a Burton...

Yet More Beezumph News

The TR3OC's 15th Beezumph Rally is just days away (it's on September 8th and 9th 2006 at Cadwell Park), and still more attractions are being announced. Tony Jeffries and Bob Heath have both confirmed they will attend, with Bob Heath taking a few track outings, maybe on ex-BSA man Martin Russell's Proddie racer Rocket Three; Martin won his TT Silver Replica with this BSA Production bike in 1974.

That will make three such BSA proddie racers at B15: Alan Walsh's (who was fifth the same year so also has a silver replica) and the Pete Bates bike (the ex-BSA Factory production racer) which lives at the London Motorcycle Museum. Also at Beezumph will be the unique Harris-T150 owned by Glenn Roberts. It will be belted round the track by the CRMC's Gordon Russell. Frenchman George Martin - Mr Moto Martin - is also attending, with one of the five T150-framed Moto Martins produced in the mid-1970s. One of these was entered in the 1976 Bol d'Or. To make him feel at home, a contingent of Moto Martin framed machines will be in attendance.

Come along and meet them all in informal mode, at Cadwell Park on Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th September 2006. £12 tickets on the gate give entry on both days.


A triple, three days ago.
Random T160 stuff on


Seeking Sunshine?

Summer's nearly done in the UK but the folks at Classic Bike Provence will be enjoying great weather for several months to come - so they're trying to tempt you to head south for some classic motorcycling this autumn. CBP provide a selection of classic bikes to ride, both British and Japanese; they provide back-up, plan the routes and arrange the accommodation, so all you have to do is turn up and enjoy yourselves.

That Norton has got a really strong kickback...

There are some places left available on the Gorges du Verdon tour, on September 22nd-24th 2006. This popular three-day excursion explores the deepest canyon in Europe, where you'll travel through the most varied scenery in the Provencal region. There are now many low-cost flights running from the UK to Marseille, where a new low-cost terminal will open this autumn to make access even easier.



Enduro Entries Welcome

The Norman Retro Enduro returns to Beauval en Caux near Dieppe in Normandy on October 14th and 15th, and entries are now being sought. It's a friendly event, with dinner on the Saturday evening followed by music and general entertainment. Entry is restricted to Enduro Bikes, which should be registered, MOT'd, and road legal. At scrutineering a front and rear light must be fitted. Three classes are available; pre 76, 77-78, and 80-82. Entry forms are out now and must be returned by September 25th. Entry fee is 42 Euro (meals and drinks extra).

Call 01794 323073


December Date Change

You might have been hoping to celebrate the end of 2006 by attending the Classic Car and British Bike Restoration Show on Sunday 31st of December. However, someone else has now booked the venue -- the International Exhibition Centre at Donington Park - so the car and bike show has been rescheduled. So you'll just have to slope off down the pub to see in the New Year instead, and trot along to Donington a week later on Sunday 7th January 2007.


******** ===pic shows lord hesketh at old premises with oldest / newest bikes

Hesketh Still Open For Business

Despite being burgled in August, Mick Broom is determined carry on with plans to hold an open day at the new Hesketh Works premises on Sunday 17th September 2006. Hesketh Motorcycles moved from its original home of Easton Neston to Mick's new base for Broom Engineering, adjacent to Silverstone circuit at Turweston Aerodrome.

Over £40,000-worth of parts, bikes, test and production equipment were taken in the robbery, along with many office records and the contents of the workshop. Inevitably, this has affected Mick's plan to expand the business and open a showroom, rolling road, engine dyno and metal finishing shop, and this scheme has been put on hold.

Lord Hesketh at the old premises with the oldest / newest bikes, yesterday. Probably.

The Open Day is going ahead, however, and Mick hopes to display the full range of Hesketh V-Twin motorcycles, from the original V1000 to the latest Vulcan 1200. Staff will be available for demonstrations and to answer questions; other British manufactures will be in attendance with trade stands, and some notable bikes of interest have been invited. The day coincides with the airfield's vintage aircraft fly in, with a classic vehicle family day, and hog roast to add to the attractions.



Any Advance On £100?

A 250cc Ariel Leader with just seven miles on the clock has been unearthed at a garage in South Wales. The bike was delivered brand new to the garage in 1960 then tucked away in a corner and forgotten about for the next 46 years. Still unregistered and unridden and in full running order, the bike looks as fresh today as the day it left the factory. The seven miles on the clock have only been racked up as the bike has been wheeled from one part of the garage to another. Other than that, the bike has never felt tarmac under its wheels or been out in the sun - let alone the rain. And even as you read, Frank W is rattling his piggybank to see whether he can afford to bid for it when it goes under the hammer in October. Sadly, the estimate is around £4000, which is just a tiny bit more than his usual offer of £100…


All that work, you'd have think they'd have taken the time to move the bike outside before takign the photo...


Minton To Judge At Burton Bike Show

Last year's Classic And Sporting Motorcycle Show, run by the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Classic Motorcycle Club, was a great success with over 100 bikes on display plus trade stands, and a total attendance of 700 people. The 2006 Show will be held on Sunday 1st October at The Old Hall, Gresley Wood Road, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, (near Burton on Trent). A wide range of bikes to suit all tastes will be on display and Chief Judge for the day will be RC writer Dave Minton. No point taking chocolate as a bribe this time, but we seem to remember that DLM favours single malt scotch… The Show is open from 10am to 4pm, with a licensed bar and food available, and admission is once again just £4 (concessions £2).




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