Sunday, 19 August 2018

Since I will be 70 in a few months and considering that the UK has now allowed over 40 year old vehicles to be exempt of an MOT - road worthiness test- it is perhaps time to return the old girl to her original state ....
My last few years at sprinting have shown she is far too heavy for the game.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

preparation time

Actual National Sprint Association events are now thin on the ground in the North of England this year...hoping to do East Kirkby in Lincolnshire  in June in preparation for the George Brown memorial event in August. Spending time in workshop in preparation however...

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The wonderful days when whole grids were composed of Manx Nortons.

Busy even in the cold fitting a new small end bush

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

It is not obvious but the oil drain on a Norton single is not a straight drilling...due to the fact the head and the crankcase do not align due to the fact they used the same crankcase for the 350 and 500.

I acquired a very old ES2 barrel and am now boring it out to 85 mm...removed top fin and the rope under the fin is to reduce ringing when on the lathe. The cloth under it is to catch it when it comes off the chuck -at slow revs!

Plan 'B' is to fit a Vincent barrel with a spacer on the sleeve .

Sunday, 20 August 2017

At the George Brown ( no relation) event on Sunday 13th Aug at East Kirkby.
 My own 350cc Norton which did not like the reverse cone megaphone exhaust at all.

The JAP powered bikes of John Young


Nero on loan from the national motorcycle museum

Super Nero which had trouble getting started.

Friday, 28 July 2017

...these are wonderful photos of the Perthshire Gask circuit. They give a flavour of the open countryside of Perthshire.
If you drive from on the A9 heading north toward Perth you will see a sign saying to the left 'Findo Gask' . The circuit was a WW2 airfield and is all now disappeared for housing and returned to farming.

I seem to be forced by circumstance to bore out the 350cc to be a 500cc.... the current set up is a long conrod which allows a triumph 650cc twin t120 piston . It has a compression height of about 26mm which is the same as a Honda 400 XR. Hence I am experimenting with the possibility of 85mm X 88mm giving the 500cc dimensions of BSA Gold Star . However I am very conscious that I do not have the breathing capabilities that machine has/had. However I am looking forward to the weekend of 12/13 August for the GB memorial sprint at East Kirkby. has become a sprinters version of the Goodwood revival.