Mike Grayson currently resides in New River, Arizona (just 20 miles N. of downtown Phoenix). He has a warehouse here where he keeps most of his bikes. If you are ever in his area, please call him to view his inventory at that time @ 623-465-0636.
Left: Phil Hammersley from Llandissilio.Right: James Adams from Tavernspite.
Anthony Devall from Reynalton.
The West South Wales Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club met in Jeffreyston on Sunday for the Pre-31 and girder fork run.
Approximately 20 bikes from the section then travelled north on a 50-mile route through Canaston Woods, Gelli, over the Preselis and had lunch at the Old Post Office in Rosebush and then returned through New Moat, Clarbeston Road, Templeton and back to Jeffreyston.
Thanks to Les Thomas and Shirley Simpson for coffee in the morning and organising the route for the day.
Bob Wardle, who has lived just north of Cochrane for 30 years, took part in the day’s festivities and was extremely pleased to see the meeting held so close to home.
“These guys are real enthusiasts,” Wardle said of the attendees, who were representing vintage motorcycle delegations from every province.
“All they’re interested in is preserving history.”
Wardle’s prized possession is a 1949 MK 1 Trojan, which he acquired shortly after the Second World War. He explained that, because factory production was slow following the war effort, a British company developed a motor that could be used on a bicycle and the MK 1 Trojan was born.
“You got 200 miles to a gallon of gas at 25 miles an hour, and gas was 14 cents a gallon,” Wardle proudly recalled, adding his wife won’t allow him to own more than three bikes at a time, and therefore the others he has restored are on display in museums.
Jim Kelsall sits on his 1947 Sunbeam S7 motorcycle in front of Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre Oct. 23. Kelsall, who lives in Calgary, was participating in the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group’s national annual general meeting. Photo by Jeremy Broadfield
By Bill Walsh Special to the Rappahannock News If all goes according to plan, Bill Blalock will finally get to ride a motorcycle he owned for many years without ever having cranked up the engine.
That motorcycle is one of about 80 entered in this fall’s Motorcycle Cannonball, a 17-day race from Kitty Hawk, N.C., to Santa Monica, Cal.
Blalock with the restored bike.
Blalock bought the badly neglected 1913 Excelsior in 1952 from the Washington, D.C. family of its one-time owner. That owner, a part-time racing enthusiast, had been living in a nursing home for a few years, and the bike had sat in the basement, neglected, for a number of years, Blalock said.
“[A sister] really didn’t know what it was worth and didn’t really want any money,” Blalock recalled of the purchase, and he can’t remember what he paid for it.
“It was sitting in a basement, and had been sitting there long enough that the rear stand was almost rotted off,” he said. “It was a mess.”
Blalock, founder of Blalock Cycle Co., originally in Silver Spring, Md., before its 1984 move to its present location at 170 Lee Highway in Warrenton, took it back to his shop.
“I got married in ’55, and we had a child in ’56,” Blalock recalled. “I had taken it apart and it was sitting around in boxes,” and with a demanding business and a growing family, he didn’t have much time to work on it.
His original plan was to restore the bike and ride it.
“Usually, there are a lot of parts missing,” in a project like this, Blalock said.
“I had to re-make the rear stand. The pedals were completely worn out, but you just unscrew those, just like a bicycle. I replaced the chain with Diamond chain, which is still in business today; I was able to get the same chains that were on there. The seat . . . I was able to restore the leather on it. The gas tank had pinholes all through it, but there is a chemical that you put in as a liquid and it dries and becomes a plastic-like material... read more
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and families are expected to descend on Jurby Airfield this Sunday (August 29) for the Festival of Jurby. Last year marked the inaugural festival which attracted more than 8,000 visitors and featured vintage motorcycles and other vehicles as well as attractions for all the family. It was the biggest single spectator attraction of the year. This year the organisers are predicting in excess of 10,000 people attending the festival and have completely revamped the event to cope with the huge numbers.
It has been organised by the Isle of Man Vintage Motorcycle Club. Secretary of the club Tony East said: "We were completely overwhelmed by the number of people last year."We thought we might attract a couple of thousand visitors if we were lucky, but we totally under-estimated how popular the event would be." The events committee of the VMCC Isle of Man came up with the idea of holding a gathering similar to the well established VMCC Festival of 1,000 Bikes held annually at Mallory Park.
Tony added: "We were well organised and we had lots of exhibitors and an enthusiastic group of people at VMCC who worked hard and who believed in the festival, but the number of people who arrived was just amazing... Read more
Motorcycles have figured prominently in movies, music, wars, recreation, and just about every aspect of 20th century life. Classic and vintage motorcycles have become highly collectible, especially among baby boomers.
The first motorcycles were produced in the late ...19th century, on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the earliest efforts were simply small motors attached to a bicycle. In the 20th Century, hundreds of makers produced motorcycles of all varieties, including Indian, Harley Davidson, Ducati, Crocker, BMW, Triumph, Honda and more.
Two American companies, Indian and Harley Davidson, dominated the market in the U.S. until the waves of British and Japanese imports in the 1950s and 1960s respectively. While Indian ultimately failed, Harley Davidson made a comeback in the 1980s, and its classic 'hogs' are now a favorite of riders and collectors.
Vintage 1930s leather motorcycle boot covers or spats. Made of black leather. Each has 4 buckles. They are marked: MOIX 87 9 BUTTIKER 87. They're 9" tall and 14.25" around. In very good condition with a nice patina.
I just want to invite you today to take a look at this vintage picture gallery from : Don. Don is an amateur photographer living in Falls Church, VA, near Washington DC. His photographic interests include taking pics of his 3 kids, low-light/night photography and portraits. His taste runs to artsy rather than clinical. He prefers moody to stark. He uses a Canon Digital Rebel XTi(400D) DSLR with an Opteka grip. His lenses include: 17-85mm Canon IS (primary walk-about lens) 50mm Canon 1.8 prime 60mm Canon Macro 75-300mm Canon telephoto (man this thing needs a lot of light!)
He wants to upgrade the 75-300 someday, as well as get a macro lens...
AHRMA/ACR combined event at Budds Creek, MD. Vintage Motocross at its finest.