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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...
The 36 manufacturers of Japanese-made bikes were represented by 120 exhibits at the first Tokyo Show which opened on April 20...
Dull with bright intervals, like the weather, was how the Motor Cycling reporter described the 125 race at the 1960 Ulster Grand Prix. But reading his race report it sounds anything but dull...
The first beach race to be held at Saltburn was in 1906, organised by the Yorkshire Automobile Club. More than 60,000 visitors came and the event continued to be popular until the First World War halted it. Racing restarted in 1920...
Les Smith prepares to tackle the Sani Pass, a bridle track between Basutoland and Natal in South Africa on his 350cc Velocette MAC, “…a machine of uncertain vintage” as described in The Motor Cycle...
Reproduced in full from the original article in the May 1983 edition of The Classic MotorCycle, this is the tale of a remarkable engineer and his twin-engined Norton...
BMW customised classics are all the rage. Go on the Net and you’ll find any amount of cafe racers, street trackers, Brat-style bobbers, and even scramblers but no, this is not another BMW custom classic project – with the photo given some retro monochrome treatment...
Fifty years ago, during the USA Grand Prix at Daytona, Mike Hailwood and MV Agusta rewrote the record book...
David Dixon pushes off the Stevens Velocette at the start of the 1964 Skerries 100, held 18 miles north of Dublin. It was part of a feature called Dicing on the Cheap...
The film Derby’ had a special – unique? – place in motorcycle sporting history, as it was still, in 1925, a true race, in contrivance of the ACU’s ban on speed events on the road...

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