South of England success

There was a record attendance at the final Elk Promotions event for 2016, at the South of England Classic Show on the familiar Ardingly Showground, on October 23.

The Norton Unified Twin of Anthony Curzon. Now fitted in an N15CS frame, the factory had used the engine in Model 77 cycle parts.

Guest of honour was Jim Redman, and this time a fire-up paddock, inspired by Jim’s stellar race career, added a further dimension to proceedings.

A number of bikes were making debut appearances at Ardingly and some of them also achieved awards. Among the owners was Fred Watts, who managed double honours. His bikes (both immaculately prepared) were a rare Moto Rumi 125cc twin-cylinder bike and the other a delightful little 50cc Maserati Rosso. It was hard to believe the last had been discovered after nearly half a century in a shed.

Show sensation and another worthy prize winner, was the prototype Norton Unified Twin of Anthony Curzon. It was a development project as Norton intended moving towards unit construction of its twin-cylinder engines in the Sixties, but the project was abandoned when the manufacturer moved out of Bracebridge Street.

Brian Drew had a rare Francis-Barnett Fulmar. A contemporary of the broadly similar Ariel Arrow, the bike had been completely restored but was offered for sale when the dealership that owned the bike and did the work went into receivership.

Alan Turner.

Read more News and Features in January’s issue of TCM

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