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BSA service vehicle sidecars

You'd expect motorcycle makers to use sidecar outfits as service vans and you'd be right. These BSAs were in support of Sir Alan Cobham's National Aviation Display team. Click on the image above for more free desktop wallpaper.

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What could be better than a 350cc BSA Gold Star? Why a 500cc Gold Star, of course. But then would a 650cc Rocket Gold Star be better still? We take a look at all three together. Left to right: 350cc Gold Star, 650 Rocket Gold Star and 500cc Gold Star.

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Morecambe, finishing point of the 1956 National Rally. Holidaymakers look over the assembled motorcycles, while the riders get some well earned sleep. Click on the image above for more free desktop wallpaper.

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Ready to do battle. Once good friends, Barry Sheene and Phil Read fell out in a big way in 1975 - but they retained their respect for each other as riders. Read wanted MV to recruit Sheene as his team-mate in 1974 but switched to campaigning a private RG500 Suzuki himself in 1976. For a selection of more Bazza images, visit the Classic British Legends gallery.

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At the Earl’s Court show of 1955 Velocette launched its most famous road-going model, the 500cc Venom. This machine was the first built and the one which starred, complete with the beige finish it exhibits today. It was displayed alongside the second example built, which was more traditionally finished in black and chrome. Full story and more images in the September 2013 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.

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The Mablethorpe Speed Trials, September 1912. Left to right was Mrs Simpson (the eventual winner) on her 1912 ‘Ladies model’ Rudge, an unusual choice at the time as most women rode men’s motorcycles during this era, Miss Kettle and the 16-year-old Miss Shipside, both on Premier motorcycles. Full story in the July issue of The Classic MotorCycle.

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Motorcycle gun ships served with distinction on many occasions during the First World War. These men were photographed enjoying a triumphant fry-up  having just been involved in the battle for Hill 60, Flanders, in spring 1915. Image taken from the British Motorcycles And The Military supplement, free with the March 2014 issue of The Classic MotorCycle

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Isle of Man, 1968. Phil Read airborne at Ballaugh Bridge on the Island with his 250 Yamaha four - a favourite action spot for brave photographers. The 1968 TT was one to remember, because of the intense rivalry between team-mates Bill Ivy and Read and Yamaha's racing team orders - allegedly - so both riders rode not to compete but to enable each to win a world championship. Image taken from the Making history at the Mountain supplement, free with the May/June 2014 issue of Classic Racer.

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One of the bravest and most talented riders at the Island. This is Freddie Frith in 1937, rounding Creg ny Baa. The road surface is still, at best, pretty basic yet he still muscled his Norton around the 37.73-mile circuit at an amazing 90.27mph. Tyres were rock hard and suspension primitive, and he only had 45bhp on a good day! What a hero. Image taken from the Making history at the Mountain supplement, free with the May/June 2014 issue of Classic Racer.

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Saltburn, 1932. This beach racing meeting (organised by the Middlesbrough Club) was held in brilliant sunshine and much of the crowd had come to see how local hero Ron Parkinson would do, with his 500 and 350 Ajays. Full story and more images in the May 2014 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.

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Designed to fit into a cigar shaped parachute canister for the airborne forces, a number of minimalist Excelsior Welbikes were carried ashore by the infantry at the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast on June 1944. Top speed was 30mph and they had a range of 90 miles flat out. Image taken from the British Motorcycles And The Military supplement, supplied free with the March 2014 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.

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Barry Sheene, twice 500cc World Champion, SJA Sportsman of the Year 1977, MBE, model, playboy, showman, you name it. No one was so competitive, successful and resourceful on the track.

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Over 5000 would-be buyers stampeded into the Great Missenden car dump for the disposal of surplus vehicles by the Government, including these bikes. Bribes of up to £50 were offered to guards to help secure vehicles! Image taken from British Motorcycles and the Military supplement, free with the March 2014 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.

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The Duke of Gloucester inspecting and paying tribute to the Royal Military Police, over 1000 of whom died in active service during the Second World War, at the Inkerman Barrack, Woking, Surrey. Image taken from British Motorcycles and the Military supplement, free with the March 2014 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.

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24 hour telegrams! A special fleet of fast motorcycles have been engaged by the post office telegragh department to deliver telegrams when the familiar boy and his red bicycle are off duty. September 1930: one of the new Post Office motorcyclists held up by a traffic policeman in the early hours of the morning while on his way to deliver his messages.

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"Dad can I be an AA man when I grow up?" Watched by road patrols from the Continent, young Stephen Richards tries the saddle of an AA-converted BSA C15 Fleetstar.

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The Southern Scott Scramble, March 1925. Above shows B H Cathrick, Dunelt, making a good ascent of the hill named ‘Opofsky’. Though termed a ‘scramble’ it wasn’t a scramble in the sense of what it would become in the 1950s. It was more akin to what we’d today recognise as an enduro, with two laps in the morning, then another two circuits in the afternoon, over different courses. Read more of this article in the current issue (Feb, 2014) of The Classic MotorCycle.
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A hill of thrills, July 1927. With an estimated crowd of 11,000 looking on, two hard charging Scott riders head for the line in the Leeds MC organised open event on Post Hill. No details of the riders are evident though in the results only one Scott features, ridden by Oliver Langton, who was the winner of a gold medal in the 351-500cc class. Read the full story in the current issue (Jan, 2014) of The Classic MotorCycle.
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1923 Grand Prix, Circuit de Touraine. France hosted the 1923 Grand Prix, on a 14.2 mile long circuit, and although the French contingent provided a strong challenge, British machines and riders won out. Above is Geoff Davison, who repeated his 1922 victory; both years he was on a Levis. View the rest of the images in the current issue (January 2014) of The Classic MotorCycle. On sale now.
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The 1951 ACU National Rally – after a decade's absence, the ACU National Rally reappeared for 1951, attracting an impressive 1100 strong entry. Motorcycle riders came from all around the British Isles to converge on Billing Aquadrome, near Northampton. The park pictured above was reserved for riders who had travelled over 700 miles.
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The 1954 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa was the end of an era, seeing the final win in the class for both one of its most talented riders and successful manufacturers, Eric Oliver and Norton. But the championship wasn't to go the injured Oliver's way. The image above shows Fritz Hillebrand heading Cyril Smith close behind. Read the full story and see the other images from this 'Glass plate' article in the current (December 2013) issue of The Classic MotorCycle.
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In a feature entitled 'Nine months with a chain-drive Triumph' The Motor Cycle concluded "…if its successor serves us as faithfully, we shall be satisfied indeed, for never has the writer owned a more reliable and trustworthy machine". Image taken from the Classic Camera article in the November 2013 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.
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Another image from the popular ACU Trial. Its Six Days Stock Machine Trial provided a tough test for ‘standard’ machines, with 1927’s event typical. Pictured are male Triumph teamsters W Evans and Freddie Edmond, who flank their female colleague Edyth Foley. See more images from this 'Glass plates' article in the current (November) issue of The Classic MotorCycle.
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The ACU’s Six Days Stock Machine Trial provided a tough test for ‘standard’ machines, with 1927’s event typical. Pictured is the AJS team. George Rowley on the 348cc H6, F W Giles on the 799cc sidecar outfit and Charlie Hough on the 498cc single. Anyone know who the fourth gentleman, the outfit's passenger, was? See more images from this 'Glass plates' article in the current (November) issue of The Classic MotorCycle.
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Sunbeam point-to-point, April 1953. In a dominant display Brian Stonebridge, on his Matchless singles, won both Junior (350cc) and Senior (500cc) classes, in what was described as a “decisive manner”. Left is a typical 1950s scrambling paddock complete with Castrol van in the background. See more images from this event in the October 2013 issue of The Classic MotorCycle.
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Reported as the 'the most furious race the Island has ever seen' the 1925 Junior TT saw the first four riders finish in a faster time than the 1924 Senior TT winner. Pictured is Howard Davies, who had to be content with runner up – though he did go on to win the 'big one' (The 500cc Senior) later in the week.
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Held at the end of September at Aberdare Park, South Wales (1954), a sunshine-bathed crowd witnessed an imperious display by South London’s John Surtees, who was fast becoming the ‘boy wonder’ of British road racing.
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Easter meeting, Donington 1933. There was a host of big names attracted to Donington, with a field of 107 competitors performing in front of record crowds. In pic, left, Norman Croft, on his 350 Rudge, leads the way under the arches.
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