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Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

Immaculate BSA singles and classic bobbers rub shoulders with CX650 Turbo Cafe Racers and barn-find Hawker Hunters at the world's first purpose built motor racing circuit. Martin Gelder wandered about with his camera...

Brooklands is one of those 'why haven't I been here before' places. You approach through Surrey suburbia, turn left at research park modernity, and then drop down across the hundred year old banked track to enter a petrol-head haven of old sheds, hangers and pit buildings.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

The Ton Up day - held in association with the Ace Cafe gathers together an eclectic mix of classic and modern motorcycles, with the general parking area supplemented by club displays and a scattering of traders peddling their wares.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

There's the chance to explore the Brooklands museum itself, but even with a full day some won't find the time to see everything.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

What goes on in the Superchargers Powerplus Service Station shed, for instance?

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

The bike park is where all the interesting stuff happens, with variations on every production bike...

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

...And a few that are a long way from production; this is a 1976 Suzuki GT550 fitted with a GSXR-1100 engine, GSX-R1000 forks and Honda CR750 bodywork.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

From the sublime to the ridiculous? Time to take a seat and put the world to rights.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

The modified bikes weren't just cafe-racers; these three were so cool they had their own micro-climate.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

And this Beesa didn't seem able to decide whether it was a restoration or a retro re-creation. Loving the white grips, though.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

Some of the bikes were in a class of one...

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

While others, like this overhead cam BSA Gold Star hid their modifications in plain sight.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

And if you wanted standard Goldies, there was a whole club-full to choose from.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

The virtual members of IKBA.co.uk put in a rare real-life appearance, covering all the angles with everything from a Norton Inter to the latest GS BMW.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015
Classic Hondas on Now...

Message board regular Al Urquar turned up on this very original CB77, a 305cc bike that could outrun most of its twice-as-big contemporaries.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

The gentleman on the left travelled from Kenya in search of inspiration for his B33 rebuild; IKBA's Graham on the right provided it in the shape of his immaculate example.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

And then there was the test hill, open to anyone who had attended a safety briefing. Some were slow and steady...

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

Others, like this Scott, were fast and flashy.

Brooklands Ton-Up Day 2015

And finally... A CX650 Turbo cafe-racer. You don't see one of them every day.

Words and Photos: Martin Gelder


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