Sunbeam always had an image of being a machine for gentlemen – and this three-speed veteran single certainly fits the bill...
The former Second World War airfield in Hampshire became a buzzing hive of frantic activity once again, with spectators and riders ready for the 500 mile endurance race...
The Royal Enfield Continental was aimed at the younger rider, with its designers aware of what prospective riders would be looking for. It had issues, most notably with the five speed gearbox, but it also had many good points...
Kiwi style ‘TT racing’ in 1950 was like a cross between TT racing as practiced in Britain and America; many of the top running machines were cammy Velos, Norton and Ajays, plus GP Triumphs, as used in the Isle of Man road races, though the course was often more dirt and grit covered, as for American TT events...
• Ariel Huntmaster superprofile
• BSA Gold Star
• Triumph Speed Twins
• AJS R7 Brooklands racer
• Ted Mellors’ reflections
• Closer Look – 1952 Sidecar GP season
• Jerry Thurston column
• Marque of distinction – Velocettes
• Restoration Guide – JAP engines
• Technical feature – New Imp rebuild, part IV
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