Originally conceived as that elusive ‘everyman’ machine, Veloce Ltd hoped the new model 'Little Engine' LE would lead to a bright and shiny future for the Birmingham-based concern...
In a world of uniform single and parallel twin cylinder machinery, the Ariel Square Four was wilfully different, a machine which refused to conform to the norms of accepted, standardised design practice for nearly 30 years
A tribute collection of images and magazine covers from 1952, the year Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002
Outrageous jet-powered motorcycle, based on a 1929 Harley-Davidson. This was a US ebay auction lot last year. As unpractical as projects go, but likely to earn its keep in show attendances. And if not, you could fly to the moon...
There are almost as many Honda RC181 four race replicas around these days as Honda have built road bikes. And they range from fantastic, like the RC181 featured here, down to ‘really shouldn’t have bothered’. Malc Wheeler takes up the story
The old adage of what looks right is right applies here. Despite this Huntmaster being the end of the line for Selly Oak, its handsome lines are complemented by an attractive third wheel. Even a reluctant sidecarist is bowled over by this Birmingham-London plot…
By the mid-1960s the once-great independent Matchless and Norton concerns had been amalgamated, and the two firms – once great rivals – were now producing identical-bar-the-badge machines
Ridden by Arthur Lampkin in the 1966 ISDT, its one and only event, this slightly uneasy alliance between industry giants Triumph and BSA resulted in an ISDT Gold medal winner
Bud Ekins was that rarest of things – a jack-of-all-trades, but also a master of all of them. Desert racer, scrambler, long distance trials rider, dealer and stuntman, he was near the top of his profession whatever the motorcycling discipline
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• Laurin and Klement CCCC
• Triumph Sprinter
• Humber Sports
• Straight from the Plate – sand racing
• Reader’s restoration – Vincent Rapide
• John Surtees interview
• Ted Mellors reflections
• Closer Look – Brough Airfield
• Vic Allan interview
• Men who mattered – Jack Parker
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