Salon Prive

By Malcolm Wheeler, 12 October 2012
Stunning displays at Salon Prive
Stunning displays at Salon Prive

One of the top classic car events on the calendar, Salon Prive, held in the green of Syon Park, London, has embraced historic motorcycles and this year boasted a stunning and eclectic mix of two-wheelers

The highbrow three day event, which was sun-kissed every day, saw John Warr scoop the Important Competition Machines award with his superb 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT, ahead of John Ely’s wonderfully restored 1953 ISDT Royal Enfield ISDT and Martin Jones 1987 Honda NS500, which is still regularly ridden by Freddie Spencer.

The deserved winner of the Most Original class was Dave Degens, who not only built the Dresda back in the day, but rode it to 24 Hour race success against teams with much bigger budgets. The winner of the Wow Factor for motorcycles was picked up by Allen Millyard with his incredible V-twin 100cc Honda, which he built in less than five months.

The top three in V-twins through the ages were Peter Bullard, 1953 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, Martin Leake, 1968 Egli Vincent, and John Warr 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead.

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