Our aim is to focus more on the men and machines from, and involved in, the earlier days – though of course our celebrated diversity means we’d never say never to later machinery too.
Our biggest asset at Mortons is we are in possession of what is inarguably the world’s best motorcycling archive, dating back to the formation of The Motor Cycle in 1903 and running until approximately 1970. It’s always a case of trying to find the best way to use it – we’ve a few ideas, which we’ll be implementing from August’s issue.
This month, though, we’ve something of a loose theme – ‘Far from home’ – celebrating classics from over here over there, and classics from over there over here, as it were. We hope you like what we’ve done and enjoy the stories.
It fits in nicely with my own schedule as I’m a few days from heading off to Dijon in France for my inaugural Coupes Moto Legende at that circuit, while preparations are continuing apace for our Banbury outing too, though one of our number – Scotsman Stuart Urquhart – who was to take a place in our unofficial ‘squad’ has had to pull out, owing to an operation and a doctor’s ‘banning order’ on riding. Get well soon Stuart.
Stuart’s misfortunes means I’ve one less motorcycle to ready for the Banbury, though; especially as the one he was riding, my Rex-Acme, is in the sick bay itself. It stopped late last year with no compression; investigation revealed a broken valve spring and a worn-out cylinder head. Luckily, I’d a good spare head, which we put on; a bit better, but still not great. So, we stripped it again and lifted the barrel… to find a broken piston ring and the other seized solid, while the barrel has some scoring on it too. Not great, though remedial action is underway already, but time was pressing.
Still, it’ll be sorted before too long – by The 1000 Bikes is the plan – better than ever, primed and prepared to head into the future... just like the magazine, actually.
Where legends come to life
James Robinson, Editor
James Robinson has been the editor of The Classic MotorCycle since 2002. Aged 34, he has possessed a motorcycle licence for 16 years and during that time has owned and ridden all manner of motorcycles, spanning over 100 years from oldest to newest.
Presently the custodian of a varied shed full of motorcycles, his overriding enthusiasm is for pre-World War Two sporting machines, with a couple of cammy Velos, a Rex-Acme and a Model 9 Sunbeam among those competing for attention.