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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...
The London to Edinburgh Reliability Trial was celebrated in the June 11, 1914 issue of The Motor Cycle with a report ‘from a competitor’s point of view’...
Derek Rickman, well ahead of the field here in the 1964 Motocross des Nations at Hawkstone Park, was part of the British team that August and helped the home side to its 12th victory in the ultimate team scramble...
Presumably from late 1950 – as it was published on January 4, 1951 – a pair of Corgis are pressed into service as runabouts on an airfield during ‘a big exercise’ over Britain, in which RAF and US Air Force personnel took part...
Fine weather was welcomed for the 1953 Cotswold Scramble – but that was to be expected for as The Motor Cycle commented it was “almost a tradition” that the “sun blazed down” and this season was no different...
Santa Catalina Island is a tropical paradise 27 miles off the southern California coastline and for three years from 1951 to 1953 it hosted the Catalina Grand National – an enduro style event...

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