10th October 2016
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Classic Mechanics Show
You don't get to see too much of an event when you’re anchored to a magazine stand all weekend. Even so, we discovered some Significantly Interesting Stuff at Stafford...
Mk3 COMMANDOS work really rather well with a pair of 30mm carbs, even though Norton specified (and most owners fit) 32mm Amals. A canny restorer might even claim that the 30mm arrangement improves low and mid-range torque. And keep a straight face.
THE GOING RATE for an apparently original and complete (but completely knacked and requiring a total rebuild) Honda VF400F is £275.
THE GOING RATE for a 350 Italian Vee is £862 if you’re a Morini man, or £1380 if you’re more inspired by an Imola.
THE GOING RATE for an apparently unoriginal and incomplete (with wobbly engine number and a disturbing lack of kickstart) BSA Firebird Scrambler is £3950.
THERE’S NO EXCUSE for green HT leads. Even on a Kawasaki.
THE MOTO CLUB PISTÓN of Spain not only serve a mean fortified wine, but also do a nifty range of piston key-fobs and zip-pulls.
YOU CAN STILL buy a Triumph T160 Trident for under eight grand.
IT’S NOT EASY to take a decent snap of a Norton F1 surrounded by spotlights. Too much glare.
THAT WELL-KNOWN two-stroke and big twin Mittel European aficionado, David Angel, has finally been seduced by the dark side. We foresee four cylinders in his future! Go on Dave, show us a snap of your XJR…
FREE STICKERS are really, really popular with RC readers.
YOU CAN START a small riot among tired and hungry traders and exhibitors by not opening the café as usual at 8am on the Saturday morning. Hanging a sign up at 08:05 saying ‘opens 9am’ won’t win you any friends, not when the show gates open to the public at 9.
DESPITE ANY DOWNTURN, folk were still willing to spend more than £1.5million in the Bonhams auction.
ENGINEERS ARE LIKE BUSES. You don’t see any for ages and then half a dozen (including Martyn, Jacqueline, Richard, and Martin) come along all at once. At least Editor Westworth was on hand to balance things out a bit.
THE CHAPS performing impossible manoeuvers on the trials demo might belong to the Owd Codgers Club, but some of them were far from old. They weren’t all exactly chaps, either.
LOADSA PEOPLE spotted the unbelievably rare cylinder head for the prototype Norton Unified Twin (as featured in the magazine a while back), on sale outside for £350. And yes, the owner of the actual bike had been offered it…
PUTTING BSA BADGES on a Triumph X-75 Hurricane makes it worth more. Allegedly.
IT IS POSSIBLE to bolt together two Sunbeam engines to make a straight four. It might be tricky to find a frame to suit this remarkable feat of engineering enterprise.
ROWENA & PUB (aka Jaqueline Bickerstaff) proved that they aren’t the same person by being photographed together. Neither of them is TP, either.
SOMEONE PAID £112 for a 1938 Latvian rally poster. Whoever you are, sir, we like your style.
There will probably be a more sensible event report posted at www.classicbike shows.com
Words by Rowena Hoseason
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