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Red Arrows aerobatic team pilot, Flt Lt P R Evans, poses with his brand new 1969 Norton Commando.
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We remember Derek Minter, the King of Brands, who sadly passed away on January 3, 2015. He's pictured here on board at 499cc Norton in 1967.
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Thruxton 500 endurance race, June 1963. Left sees the Royal Enfield Super 5 Sportsflow ridden by John Hartle and Monty Buxton pit for a quick refuel before getting back out on track and snatching second in the 250cc class.
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Easter meeting, Donington 1933. Massed start of the 500cc race. There was a huge crowd in attendance with many taking up unusual vantage points in trees.
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The 1951 Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) National Rally. Three competitors have a tea and cigarette break at one of the 130 start points. Machines are (from left) an AJS single, a competition James and a B-series BSA.
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Crowd pleasing trick riding from the resourceful Cytrix display team. Bikes are late forties Matchless G3Ls. The Matchless G3s were the despatch rider's favoured mount during the Second World War, so they would have been in plentiful supply post-war, plus have a forgiving, sweet-natured power delivery, suited for stuntwork.
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Probably the biggest and most important event in the motorcycling calendar in the 1950s was the Earls Court Show, held annually. Thing was, the 1956 showpiece nearly didn’t go ahead. Staff at the show downed tools in support of their freshly made redundant industry co-workers.
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Bert le Vack and the Brough take on fuel mid-race at Brooklands. Herbert 'Bert' le Vack was a motorcycle world speed record holder throughout the 1920s and earned the nickname the 'Wizard of Brooklands' for his race exploits at the Weybridge track.
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A tussle between the Tombs brothers in the 1965 sidecar TT as they try to manoeuvre their Triumph outfit past the BMW of Arneus Butscher and Wolfgang Kalauch. The German pair managed to extend their lead over the Tombs brothers, finishing 10th, 18 seconds ahead of the 11th-placed Triumph outfit.
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Part of the machine shop at Villiers Engineering, in Wolverhampton. Villiers was the principle supplier of two-stroke proprietary engines to the British motorcycle industry, as well as many continental manufacturers. Customers in Britain included the likes of Greeves, James, Francis-Barnett and Cotton, among many others.
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American Rollie Free in action on the Bonneville Salt Flats, minus leathers to minimise wind resistance. On the morning of September 13, 1948, Rollie Free raised the American speed record to a speed of 150.313mph. The Vincent used by Free changed hands for $1million in November 2010!
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AMC factory riders and privateers took a battery of racers to the Island in 1954, including 'works' AJS E95 Porcupines and triple valve 7R3s, a mass of Matchless G45s ans AJS 7Rs. Rod Coleman won the Junior TT at 91.5mph with fellow team rider Derek Farrant second, both riding 7R3s.
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Home of heroes – the legendary Brooklands circuit at Weybridge, Surrey. This is the start of the 1921 Brooklands 500 Miler. Sixty-four starters prepare to get under way.
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Harry Collier, who with brother Charlie and father formed Matchless, posing after having finished second in the 1911 TT on his Matchless-JAP.
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Heading to their spiritual home - 'works' Mk.1 KTTs heading for the SS Manxman and the Isle of Man TT races.
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1960 Isle of Man rally, Douglas, DKR team.The Wolverhampton firm DKR entered the scooter market in 1957 with the Villiers powered Dove.
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Mallory Park Post TT 1968. Front row from left to right Mike Hailwood (Honda), Phil Read (Yamaha), Rod Gould (Norton), Giacomo Agostini (MV) and John Cooper (Seeley). Also on the star studded grid are 19 Pat Mahoney, 7 Percy Tait, 50 Percy May, 30 Barry Randle, 47 Brian Ball, 24 Rex Butcher and Ray Pickrell.
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Reliving the 1960 MGP on the ferry home are, left to right, Fred Neville, Dennis Dicker, Jack Holloway, Malcolm Challis and Dick Carmen.
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Lady motorcyclist helping herself to fuel with a 'shilling in the slot' petrol pump outside a garage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1927.
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A quiet Kentish backwater at Eynsford was regularly transformed at weekends into a scene of activity (1955).
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ISDT Matchless models, 1956. All three were gold medal winners, ridden by Ted Usher, Dave Curtis and E Smith.
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Double 500cc World Champion, MBE and Sportsman of the Year, 1977, the one and only Barry Sheene, pushing his Suzuki to the limits at Oulton Park in March 1978.
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