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25th October 2006


Classic Bike Calendars and Diaries for 2007

It's time to get your dates straight for the coming new year, and choose between the cream of classic motorcycling calendars and a biking diary, too...

RealClassic Scoop!

By special arrangement with the Norton Owners' Club we can offer RC readers the chance to buy the 2007 club calendar. It's generally only on sale to NOC members, but the club generously decided to share their full-colour calendar with us, too. The NOC calendar is an A3 spiral-bound article, printed on glossy art-paper, and captures the breadth and depth of the marque with more than the usual dozen photos. We particularly like January's machine - a 1969 Commando which has been nicknamed 'The School Bus' by its American owner thanks to its remarkably bright yellow-orange hue. Cor. It was wonderful to see Neil Shoosmith and his family featured in the club page montage, too - glad you guys have recovered so well after this summer's little escapade!

Norton and church.

The NOC Calendar costs £9.50 to non-NOC members including postage to the UK. You should send your cheques to the NOC, 17 Pinchcut, Burghfield Common, Reading RG7 3HP.

Potty Time!

RCHQ Bude is a busy old place so we somehow manage to use three calendars, a desk diary AND a Sasco year planner (and we still get double-booked for some shows!). Without a doubt the most practical calendar in the office is the one produced by the AJS & Matchless Owners' Club. Unlike many others it's A4 size so is easier to handle, and it makes maximum use of the space to provide plenty of room on each day for writing notes. It also contains a little more information than the average club calendar - useful stuff like club rally dates, when the clocks spring forward and so forth. Oh, and you also get pretty pictures of old bikes, of course!

Are you sure were meant to turn left at that bridge?

The AMC Club calendar costs £5 delivered to the UK or £5.50 overseas. Send your cheque to the AJS & Matchless Owners Club Ltd at Meadow View Cottage, Beenham Village, RG7 5NX or email president@jampot.com

A Limited Edition

Perhaps the most exclusive club calendar is that of the Brough Superior Club. Like the machines of the marque it is a larger-than-life, sleek publication which reeks of understated quality. It's an A3-sized wall-hanging calendar with beautiful period images to illustrate each month - accompanied by detailed captions to explain the action be it a test ride on the first sprung-frame SS80 or an early appearance of a Brough Superior at Brooklands in 1923. Turning each page throughout the year would be like paddling in a pool of history to celebrate the start of a fresh month.

Hang onto your hats, gentlemen...

The Brough Superior 2007 calendar is a limited edition and so is in short supply and you can only buy it from Edward Anderson via his email address: kenyonander@aol.com. We don't know the price or shipping details or anything - but if you have to ask, then inevitably you can't afford…

A Diary Delight

The 2007 Motorcycle Diary is produced by Louise Hillier in Cornwall - not that far from RCHQ, too - and it promises to be every bit as good as the 2006 version. Several members of the RC Crew have road-tested the 06 diary and we've enjoyed using it - you get a week to view with plenty of space for scribbling important appointments, and a facing page which usually contains an astute comment, clever quote or some genuine wisdom relevant to any motorcycle enthusiast. Our favourite for 2006 was from Daniel Boone; 'I have never been lost but will admit to being confused for several weeks', which was accompanied by a smashing shot of a chap riding vigorously along a river. He's submerged from the waist down…

The 2007 Motorcycle Diary costs £9.95 plus delivery from www.motorcyclediary.co.uk or 01872 554490 or you can find it in good bookshops, ISBN 0 9549005 4 5.

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The Vintage Option

The 2007 VMCC Calendar features 36 pictures of VMCC members' machines. All the bikes featured are winners in the annual competition run by the Club, where members are invited to submit their photographs. Each month has a full A4 sized photograph plus two smaller pictures on the calendar page itself. With three dozen machines, featured from veterans through to bikes of the 1970s, this has to be the best value motorcycle calendar around.

It's no good trying to hid behind the rider, we can still see you...

It's available from the VMCC at only £3.99 including UK P&P (and all VMCC members receive a free copy of the calendar during December). See www.vmcc.net or call 01283 540557.


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