Monday, 10 February 2014

The 34th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show

The Bristol Show usually turns up the odd gem, this year was no exception as you can see....

The Nash Racer

1932 New Imperial Model 23

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This bike was a real sight to behold. Not only does it have this great hand beaten aluminium streamlining, it is the holder of 7 World Speed Records, Four Brooklands and Brighton records. The bike was last seen 24 years ago, and I as well as many other people were ecstatic to see it. It is billed as being one of the first ever streamlined bikes. In 1936 at Brooklands the bike reached 93mph with a 1/2 mile flying start!

 1929 Works Senior T.T. Scott Racer

(ink sketch)

this is one of the 6 bikes entered by Scott in the '29 TT. It was ridden by P.A.E. (Phil) Vare. Who qualified and then almost completed the TT going out on the last lap. the Scotts were dropping out due to holed pistons and only one of the riders, Tommy Hatch finished. The bike was bought by Vale after the TT and he rode it on the road and raced in various events before selling it through his own Scott dealership to the second owner who kept it unrestored and in the state it's in today. The Bike will be offered for sale at the Stafford Bike Show in April by Bonhams.

Here's more from the show:

 A bike I didn't get time to sketch was this lovely 40's Durney which was bought 2 days prior to the show from a cafe in France which was previously using it as part of the decor.

 '59 Model 16c Matcless Trials

 1930 Douglas TT

 Ex-Works Norton
 12931 Rudge Dirt Track Bike


 Excelsior Manxman

 James Commando Trials

1931 Matchless JAP

 '65 Greeves Anglian

 1915 Rudge Multi

 Norton Special

 '58 JAPSA

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