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In December 1954, the first specially-staged TV scramble took place at Beenham. Little did anyone know just how popular the winter series would become...
These Douglas motorcycles look rather dejected as they await a much-needed consignment of imported magnetos...
After dominating the 1954 500cc World Championship on his Gilera, Geoff Duke was a guest of Motor Cycle to that year’s Earls Court Motorcycle Show and offered his views...
MM classic Italian motorcycle
'Vincent of Italy' is what MM claimed for their motorcycles. Tim Holmes and Patrick Uden take a closer look at a painstakingly restored example by bike restoration expert James Tennant-Eyles...
In 1923, a handicap system determined the outcome of an all new 100 mile road races in the south of Ireland. It meant the fastest didn’t always come away with the spoils of victory...
In front of a packed house at Assen, Walter Villa rides to one of his seven victories during the season on his way to the 1976 250cc World title...
The Battle of Assen took place during the 1998 World Superbike season and was pivotal for two reasons...
It is not uncommon for motorcycle enthusiasts to take their machines to warmer, southern climes when they are stricken with wanderlust, but Kevin Gover and his companion – whose name is never mentioned – resolved to point their 197cc James sidecar outfit in the opposite direction...
Cadwell Park launched the newly extended 2.25 mile circuit with a star studded International meeting in August 1961, in front of more than 25,000 spectators...
One of the oldest and most elite regiments in the Italian Royal Army is the fabled Bersaglieri...
Fifty years ago this month, there was a lot of pressure on British teams as they prepared for the 1964 ISDT, the biggest off-road event of the year...
In typical Ardennes weather two-time world champion Barry Sheene splashes around La Source hairpin in a vain pursuit of Kenny Roberts and rain master Wil Hartog...
The South Liverpool Motorcycle Club found a novel but not entirely unexpected way of injecting some more excitement into an egg and spoon race on August 30, 1930 – by seating the brave participants, spoons and all, on their motorcycles...
Built by Geoff Garside, this A10/A65 hybrid was built during the heyday of straightline racing...
Accompanying a picture in The Motor Cycle in March, 1952, was the explanation: “Forty years ago tomorrow, in the issue of The Motor Cycle dated March 21, 1912, there appeared an illustrated account of a trick riding performance by a slim young man by the name of Albert Milner. Now the slim young man is a stout 64-year-old...
If you are going to embark on an 8000 mile motorcycle holiday to see the ruins of some ancient Middle Eastern empires, you’re going to need a pretty special motorcycle. Enter BSA's Golden Flash...
The Motor Cycle described it as a ‘fine and warm day’ in September 1912 when the Nottingham Motorcycle Club set up shop at the Lincolnshire coast for the Mablethorpe Speed Trials...
The road test of the new 347cc overhead cam single in 1924 revealed its sporting pretensions – and eccentricities...
Family touring, with a heavy 1950s accent. The modes of transport could really be hardly any more typically ‘early-to-mid 1950s, as a big Panther single (probably a couple of years old at the time of the photograph) pauses for breath, while down below, a steam train passes...
Fondly remembering his working days on Motor Cycle with Vic Willoughby and Bob Currie, Pete Kelly rifles through Mortons’ archives to find Bob’s imaginative description of a Velocette racer that never was...

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