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18th February 2008

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All the usual gossip from the world of classic motorcycling plus -- SCOOP!-- info about a ground-breaking online auction which will sell over 100 vintage vehicles in March...

Scoop! Huge Online Auction Starts March 6th 2008

The eBay phenomenon has revolutionised the way classic motorcycle enthusiasts can enjoy their hobby. Now Andy Tiernan and his Cyclemaster-mad chum Colin are pushing the online auction into a new dimension with an absolutely giant internet sale of over 100 vintage and classic bikes and cars which will run for 10 days in March 2008.

Andy has been in the vintage motorcycle business since 1972 and has an excellent reputation for buying and selling classic motorcycles at realistic prices. Colin has been in the vintage car and motorcycle business for 30 years, and is a long-time eBay powerseller. Many of the vehicles in this first auction are from their personal collections.

The sandcastle contest starts at 3:00pm sharp... 1928 BSA Sloper

We’ll bring you complete and in-depth details of the sale (and some of the choice machines which we might bid on) nearer the date, but in the meanwhile you should pencil in some serious surfing time on Thursday March 6th 2008. Over a hundred lots will be listed on that day, with all auctions ending ten days later on Sunday March 16th.

...so don't forget your bucket and spade. 1935 Velocette GTP

That gives everyone two full weekends to peruse the bikes and decide on top bids – you can even go and see those bikes which are at Andy Tiernan’s premises in Suffolk, or make arrangements in advance to part-exchange another machine against your preferred lots. You don’t have to leave your desk if you don’t want to – Andy can arrange delivery if you’re the successful bidder.

Prizes for artistic interpretation and number of turrets. 1950 Vincent Comet

If you’re not already registered with eBay then get yourself sorted out now , so that during the auction all you have to do is browse the lots and get ready to bid. We can reveal that among the bikes for sale will be the 1921 Royal Enfield 8hp V-Twin, the 1950 Vincent Comet, the 1935 250cc Velocette GTP and the 1928 BSA 500cc Sloper seen here. Time to take the sledgehammer to the piggy-bank!

Footman James Increase Support For Classic Motorcycling

Insurance companies often come under fire for putting up the price of premiums and for downgrading cover without telling their customers, so it’s nice to be able to report that Footman James, who insure over 50,000 motorcycles, will be giving a chunk back to the classic bike scene this summer.

FJ have pledged to increase their support for the Vintage Motor Cycle Club, and will continue to sponsor events like the VMCC International TT Rally, the Banbury Run, the Manx Rally and the 2008 Festival of 1000 Bikes. On top of that, FJ will also sponsor this year’s VMCC members’ handbook, the 2008 calendar, raffle tickets, mail order catalogue and renewal membership reminders, effectively mopping up many of the administrative costs of the Club.

That heap of sand is slowly getting smaller, you know... 1935 Velocette GTP

VMCC CEO James Hewing said: ‘Without the support of FJ in terms of both our events and print media, we would be more constrained in the breadth of services the club could offer. It’s important to acknowledge just how much FJ’s continued help and support adds value to VMCC membership.’

Paul Matthews, managing director of Footman James, said: ‘We are delighted to be working alongside the VMCC again. By pledging our support, we are helping to secure the heritage of some of the finest, rarest vehicles ever made, and that is so important to us. Supporting fantastic grass-roots events is an essential part of our business and as Footman James is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, what better way to celebrate than getting out there and meeting all the enthusiasts who make the VMCC so special.

‘We are thoroughly looking forward to further strengthening our relationship with the club over the coming year and meeting as many members as possible.’

Footman James offers multi-vehicle policies, an option which allows enthusiasts to insure several classic bikes on one policy, frequently better value for money than seemingly cheap one-off quotes for individual bikes. FJ also added new rates in the last year to make its cover even more competitive, and the FJ call centre is based in the West Midlands so if you ring for a quote you’ll be talking to someone who lives in the heartland of the old British bike industry…

See www.footmanjames.co.uk or call 0845 330 8426

Trans-Atlantic Rematch At B17

Plans are moving apace for this year’s Beezumph Rally on the 15th and 16th of August 2008. In addition to the 1971 American Trans-Atlantic team members already announced of Don Emde, David Aldana, Jim Rice, Gene Romero and Don Castro, the TR3OC are delighted to welcome 1971 team captain Dick Mann.

Obviously it wouldn’t be much of a reunion without the British team, and Percy Tait, John Cooper, Paul Smart and Tony Jeffries are all joining the gang at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. In addition there will be a host of factory personnel and TR3OC honorary members attending.

The fantastic line up of British and American Past Masters is only a part of the Beezumph experience. The London Motorcycle Museum will have a collection of bikes on display, and the TR3OC’s own ‘Professor’ George Pooley will be bringing along his collection of heavily modified bikes including his Quadrant, overhead cam Hurricane and a V6 project!

Track places are limited and bound to be snapped up, so if you want to ride on the circuit go to www.tr3oc.co.uk and download the application forms. Rally Tickets are pre-book only from the same source, but Day Tickets (entry to Cadwell for two days spectating) will be on sale at most of the major classic bike shows prior to B17 at a bargain price of £10 per person (£15 on the gate).

T150 stuff on eBay.co.uk

Antipodean Touring

If you’d like to ride an old bike around New Zealand, then Classic Motorcycle Tours offer eleven-day guided tours around the spectacular scenery of the southern island on 1970s Triumph Bonneville and Tiger 750s. ‘These epitomise the British classic motorcycle’ says host John Holgate, ‘and with their iconic good looks and lithe handling ability they are compact and practical. The left-hand gear change is in line with modern motorcycles. Reliability has been further enhanced by a good supply of spare parts and the potential for upgrading. The combination of these features gives us a classic motorcycle that can hold its own in today's traffic and is a pleasure to ride.’

Accommodation on the tours ranges from an exclusive lodge, chosen for an award winning restaurant and unique location, to historic country hotels with a colourful past. A back-up vehicle takes care of all your luggage. See www.classicmotorcycle tours.co.nz or call 00 64 3 4431756

The original owner of this 1921 Royal Enfield has been waiting 87 years to get a free oil change 1921 Royal Enfield 8hp v-twin combination

Super Service Offer On Enfields

Charnwood Classics, the sidecar specialist and Royal Enfield dealer based in Coalville, Leicestershire, are now offering FREE oil services for life if you buy a new Enfield from them. Charnwood took on the Royal Enfield dealership some seven years ago and they’re now one of the UK’s leading dealers. You’ll always find an extensive range of the present models on display in their showroom; 350cc and 500cc Classics, Electras, Trials and Sports models. Test rides can easily be arranged on one of their demo bikes, and Charnwood carry a large selection of spares and accessories for the Royal Enfields and have full workshop facilities for servicing, modifications and repairs.

The special offer covers parts only on regular oil services for the original owner of the bike. If you’d like to know more then give Jim or Rose a ring on 01530 832634, visit www.charnwoodclassic.com or email sales@charnwoodclassic.com

talking of sandcastles...Blackpool Bonanza

The Blackpool Classic Bike Show on Easter Sunday has attracted a wide variety of entries, from new Triumphs and Hondas to girder fork veterans, Heskeths, classic Kawasakis, the Norton Owners’ Club, Goldwings and even Lambrettas (well, it IS Blackpool!).

Over 150 bikes are expected to join the trade stands and autojumble stalls indoors at the Norcalympia Exhibition Centre on the Queens Promenade. Eight-times world champion racer Phil Read is guest of honour, and there’s a rumour that a current race team will be displaying their tasty track machines too.

There’s also a classic car show on the Monday, with discounted admission if you want to go to both events and special Easter weekend hotel accommodation deals. Admission £6 adults, kids £2.50, from 10am to 4.30pm. More info from 01253 407779.

Old Mancuians Sought

The Manchester and High Peak section of the VMCC are commemorating their branch’s 50th anniversary with a celebration ride on June 8th, and would particularly like to hear from any older members who’ve drifted away from the scene. Past and present VMCC members are all invited. 01625 610581


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