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THE ORIGINAL TT TROPHY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018

THE ORIGINAL TT TROPHY

REM FOWLER’S ISLE OF MAN TT HIP FLASK OFFERED AT BONHAMS AUTUMN STAFFORD SALE Motorcycle legend Harry Rembrandt ‘Rem’ Fowler’s hip flask, awarded following his success at the 1907 inaugural Isle of Man TT race, will be offered at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on 13 and 14 October. The engraved commemorative silver hip flask in a protective leather case was awarded to Fowler by H. G. Parkes Esq. on his return home to Birmingham from the infamous racetrack. Estimate £20,000-30,000. On Tuesday 28 May 1907, 25 racers set out to complete 10 laps on the St. John’s Short Course on the Isle of Man, marking the beginning of a competition now referred to in the industry as ‘the suicide mission’. The track’s already treacherous conditions were worsened by the TT organiser’s decision to ‘smooth’ the road surface with an acid solution which burnt through the riders’ clothes and made the 158 ⅛ mile race even more perilous. Despite Fowler experiencing several faults with his bike, he only narrowly missed the overall first-place position. During the race, Fowler’s drive-belts and spark-plugs failed, and on lap seven his tyre burst causing him to crash at 60 mph on the sticky “Devil’s Elbow”. After the crash, Fowler was on the verge of retiring from the race, until a spectator informed him that he was still winning the two-cylinder class by half an hour’s lead. Regardless of the adverse track conditions and numerous near-fatal lapses, Fowler retained the first-place pole for a two-cylinder bike and achieved the fastest average lap speed of 42.91mph on his Birmingham-made Norton 5hp motorcycle. Whilst Charlie Collier won the 108 cm tall Senior TT Trophy, Fowler was awarded this hip-flask from H. G. Parkes Esq. The flask is a fitting prize for the driver who gained Dutch courage from a brandy tonic to soothe his pre-race nerves. Ben Walker, Global Head of Motorcycles at Bonhams, commented: ‘This hip flask is arguably one of the single most important pieces of motorcycle memorabilia extant. It marks the beginning of a competition that has grown from 25 competitors speeding round an island to one of the largest and most celebrated motorcycle races in the world. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an enthusiast to own one of the most important pieces of TT history in...

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THE WORLD’S FASTEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE OFFERED AT BONHAMS

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018

THE WORLD’S FASTEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE OFFERED AT BONHAMS

On Sunday 14 October at its Autumn Stafford Sale, Bonhams will offer several of the world’s most iconic superbikes of the modern age including a 1993 Honda NR750 with less than 1,500km from new and a 2017 Kawasaki H2R Ninja Racing Motorcycle amongst various others. The Willowbrook Collection, comprised of more than 80 important machines, is joining the already impressive 400 lot line-up of the two-day Autumn Stafford Sale. Many machines – including the majority of the Willowbrook Collection – are to be offered without reserve. When the NR750 was released, Honda proclaimed: ‘There is no limit to the places a dream can carry you. All it takes is the determination to get there.’ This is demonstrated by the owner’s incredible resolve to source and curate this diverse collection of machines spanning more than 90 years of motorcycle production. The last word in motorcycling exotica in its day, the 1993 Honda NR750 (£60,000 – 80,000) cost five times as much as the newly introduced FireBlade when it was introduced.  Equally rousing is the c.2017 Kawasaki H2R Ninja Racing Motorcycle (£25,000 – 35,000) the world’s fastest production motorcycle, a supercharged 310bhp monster, capable of propelling its rider close to 400 kmph. Other highlights of the collection include: 1928 AJS 500cc K8 OHV (£7,000 – 9,000) 1938 Excelsior 500cc Manxman (£16,000 – 22,000) 1962 BSA 646CC Rocket Gold Star with matching numbers and documented from new (£17,000 – 22,000) 1977 Triumph 744cc T140 Silver Jubilee that has covered just 11 miles from new (£7,000 – 10,000) c.1988 Yamaha RD350 F2 that has covered less than a mile from new (£9,000 – 12,000) LOT PREVIEW www.bonhams.com/autumnstafford FURTHER ENTRIES INVITED Further entries are invited, and it couldn’t be easier to consign. Simply email ukmotoryccles@bonhams.com or submit a Complimentary Auction Appraisal Request at...

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BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW – STILL THE BEST IN THE WEST

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018

BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW – STILL THE BEST IN THE WEST

It was a weekend to remember at the 38th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, with the Best in the West event drawing huge crowds to admire the hundreds of classic machines on display. The February 3-4 show enjoyed a high number of visitors all eager to witness the delights that the show had to offer, including fascinating classic motorcycles, bargain buys on autojumble stands and a nail-biting auction to boot. Tony Pashley took home the coveted Best in Show prize with his award-winning 1934 Model 95 Sunbeam. It was once on display at the National Motorcycle Museum where it was a casualty of a devastating blaze in  2003, but was then passed into the hands of top restorer John Phyzacklea, who lovingly rebuilt it to its current condition. Since being restored the bike has been showcased at numerous shows and has quite a few awards under its metaphorical belt, such as Best Road Racing Bike and Best Pre-War Bike.   This show is renowned for the efforts from the motorcycle clubs, whose members again proved their commitment to creativity. Wells Classic Motorcycle Club won Best Club Stand in Show with its inventive shop front theme, which attracted the eyes of judges and visitors alike. New Imperial and Goldstar came in a close second and third.   Event organiser Nick Mowbray said: “What a brilliant weekend! We have received marvellous feedback from visitors and traders alike. We constantly strive to make the show bigger and better and this show has been no different.” A message from show sponsors, Carole Nash: “We were delighted to sponsor this fantastic show again, getting up close with bikes and bikers from all over the UK. It’s always one of our favourite events on the calendar and this year’s show was better than ever. The Carole Nash stand, like all others, was buzzing, and we can’t wait to be back again next year.” Attention now turns to The Classic Dirt Bike Show Sponsored by Hagon Shocks, celebrating all things classic dirt bike, at The International Centre, Telford, TF3 4JH over the weekend of February 17-18. The show is set to be an off-road jamboree for all fans of the dirt bike...

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THE BEST IN THE WEST – BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS BACK

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

THE BEST IN THE WEST – BRISTOL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS BACK

The 38th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show promises to add colour and excitement to a winter weekend and deliver something for every biking enthusiast to enjoy. Held over the weekend of February 3-4, the event will see enthusiasts flock to the south-west of England to scour the autojumble for bargains, watch the hammer fall on intriguing auction lots and savour the sense of occasion generated by motorcycle club members proudly displaying their classic steeds. Having outgrown its original Bristol base, the show moved a few miles south to the spacious surroundings of the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, and has continued to expand ever since – with dealers, traders and visitors all enjoying its friendly atmosphere. Motorcycle clubs have always been at the heart of the Bristol show and will once again rival even the market-leading Carole Nash Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford in both quantity and quality. The addition of the Charterhouse Auction created an exciting new dimension to the show and the 2018 sale already has an array of interesting lots booked in, ranging from a Cotton road racer to a very desirable Norton Atlas. Viewing is on the Saturday, with lots being auctioned the next day. Of course, autojumble is at the heart of any good classic show and although the event takes place in the West Country it attracts jumblers and trade stands from all corners of the UK and even continental Europe. Event organiser Nick Mowbray said: “What better way to shrug off the winter blues than with a visit to this popular show? We strive to deliver an event that keeps on getting better and better and believe this year’s Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show will be the best yet.” Discounted advance tickets are now on sale for the show, with a one-day adult pass costing just £11 available until 8:30am on Monday 29 January 2018. Tickets will also be available on the gate at £13. Advance tickets for children (Under-12s) are £3 each, also available until 8.30am on Monday 29 January and £4 on the gate. For more information visit classicbikeshows.com A message from show sponsors, Carole Nash: “As proud sponsors of the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show 2018, the team from Carole Nash will be in full effect at this year’s action-packed event. Come and say hello at the Carole Nash stand, where we’ll show off a very special classic bike, giving out...

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