Posts Tagged ‘Banbury’

It is Sunday morning here, so I shall post the second catch-up while I have my coffee…

A couple of weeks back (where does time go?) I attended the annual Banbury Run over at Gaydon heritage motor museum, in Warwickshire, now this is a must see, if you are ever in the UK at this time of year, a great chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of early vintage motorcycles, that are actualy used out on the road, not just static museum pieces.

As usual I take far too many pictures, so I shall post a couple more here and then put a link to a slideshow of the rest at the bottom of the post.

BSA

BSA

Patina

Patina

Matchless

Matchless

Brough

Brough

And here is the slideshow link as mentioned above…

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p651633/slideshow

I bumped into Rick Parkington at Banbury along with his wonderful Martinsyde motorcycle, this was the first time I have met Rick, but what a nice guy, and very approachable too.  I hope I get the chance to have a longer chat with him sometime.

Rick Parkington and Martinsyde

Rick Parkington and Martinsyde

Rick with his Motorcycle

Rick with his Motorcycle

Martinside the company was first formed in 1908 as a partnership between H.P. Martin and George Handasyde and known as Martin & Handasyde. Their No.1 monoplane was built in 1908–1909 and succeeded in lifting off the ground before being wrecked in gale force winds. They went on to build a succession of  mostly monoplane design aircraft, although it was to be a biplane, the S1 of 1914, that turned Martin-Handasyde into a successful aircraft manufacturer.

In 1915 they renamed the company Martinsyde Ltd and became Britain’s third largest aircraft manufacturer during World War One, with flight sheds at the famous Brooklands and a large factory close by in Woking.

Rick's Martinsyde

Rick’s Martinsyde

The Martinsyde

The Martinsyde

Martinsyde Motor

Martinsyde Motor

Martinsyde began manufacturing motorcycles from 1919 after buying the rights to engine designs by Howard Newman which included a 350 cc single and a 677 cc V-Twin motorwith an unusual exhaust-over-inlet layout.

The 680 engine was fitted into a diamond-type frame with Brampton forks. Martinsyde had to overcome problems with components before their new range could be launched, initially under the trade name of Martinsyde-Newman until the third partner Newman left the company. Newman was also involved in manufacturing and designing the Ivy brand of motorcycle. The motorcycle twin had a hand gear change and a three-speed gearbox built under licence from AJS.  The Martinsyde’s motor was very flexible and became popular with off-road trials competition riders, where the singles quickly gained a reputation for reliability,  over at Brooklands, where Martinsyde won the team award in 1922, and the Scottish Six day trial.

The Martinsyde 680 was followed by a 500 cc model in 1920, with a sports version in 1921. In 1922 Martinsyde produced a 738 cc sports V-Twin, named the Quick Six which produced 22 horsepower, and was capable of 80 miles per hour . The engine featured their normal overhead exhaust and side-valve inlet, but Ricardo pistons, accurately balanced flywheels, all reciprocating parts lightened, nickel steel con-rods machined all over, and close ratio three speed gearbox. Martinsyde were experimenting with new designs, including valve gear controlled by leaf springs, when their Woking factory was destroyed by a fire in 1922, forcing them into liquidation having produced over 2,000 motorcycles. The company’s motorcycle manufacturing rights were purchased by BAT Manufacturing Ltd, who produced a number of twin-cylinder motorcycles in 1924 and 1925 before ending production

1920 A 498cc model with similar engine layout followed.

1921 Trading difficulties caused large-scale lay-offs at the works.

1922 A sports version of the 498cc appeared along with a 738cc sports model (developed by H. H. Bowen) named the Quick Six.

1923 Various experiments were conducted with valve gear controlled by leaf springs and a vertical single model of 347cc was tried.

Towards the end of the year the business failed.

(information all found on the web).

The Banbury Run…

Posted: June 9, 2014 in Just Me
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Sunday was the VMCC 2014 Banbury Run Event

Sunday 8th June 2014 at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warks CV35 0BJ
65 acres of parkland 12 miles north of Banbury, Next to M40 J12.

Open to Veteran & Vintage machines manufactured before 31st December 1930
The details:

Entry list to remain at 600.
Tarmac parking for all entrants.
Riders will start at 5 per minute.

Well that puts you in the picture, and I am sure Google will give you more if you are interested in attending next year. But right here right now, I shall start with Norton’s. Just because I can..

Norton

Norton

Norton Cases

Norton Cases

Norton at Banbury 2014

Norton at Banbury 2014

Sidecar

Sidecar

Norton Flat Tank

Norton Flat Tank

The Banbury Run..

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Just Me
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I visited the 63rd annual running of the Banbury Run on Sunday, it is a gathering and run out for pre 1930 motorcycles, it is not really a show, it is an actual road run.

McEvoy

There really were some stunning bikes there, and too many pictures to post here, so I have added a couple of slideshow links at the bottom..

OEC

And here are the links to the slideshows…

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p34820997/slideshow

http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p235244507/slideshow

 

Kevin.