13th July 2015
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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.
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.
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.
What goes on in the Superchargers Powerplus Service Station shed, for instance?
The bike park is where all the interesting stuff happens, with variations on every production bike...
...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.
From the sublime to the ridiculous? Time to take a seat and put the world to rights.
The modified bikes weren't just cafe-racers; these three were so cool they had their own micro-climate.
And this Beesa didn't seem able to decide whether it was a restoration or a retro re-creation. Loving the white grips, though.
Some of the bikes were in a class of one...
While others, like this overhead cam BSA Gold Star hid their modifications in plain sight.
And if you wanted standard Goldies, there was a whole club-full to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
And then there was the test hill, open to anyone who had attended a safety briefing. Some were slow and steady...
Others, like this Scott, were fast and flashy.
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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