Race Retro, over 25-27 February, at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, promises a treat for Italian racing motorcycle enthusiasts, for among the high performance machinery is a legend from the days when technology was seen as an alternative to sheer brute force of big bore displacement - the 500cc Moto Guzzi V8. Owner Giuseppe Todero will be starting up this two-wheeled tour-de-force each day during the show's new-for-2011 Fire Up Paddock, sponsored by Ace Cafe London. Adult ticket prices start from £20 Friday and Saturday, £15 Sunday (advance). Children £5 Friday or Saturday and free on Sunday. Parking is also free throughout. The show is open from 9.30am each day and closes at 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday. To book tickets and for the latest updates, visit www.raceretro.com
Out of the Shed
NO. 10 Mark 11950 DoUitzer Blackpool Adapted from the Dot Milk Float 3-wheeler, which was the rear half of a Dot motorcycle with a modified front end, the DoUizer incorporated a stereo sound system that was revolutionary for the time. The latter was a highly tuned narrow gauge Wurlitzer modelled on the organ of the Blackpool Tower. A prototype Mark II was planned, which allowed tho front end to rise out of the ground while the rider played quickstep favourites, but was abandoned when it was realised it would involve digging large holes In the road.
Edward Turner one minute biography Words by Jim Reynolds
Edward Turner left his mark on the British bike industry with two historic designs. He came to prominence as a designer with the Ariel Cycle Company in Selly Oak, Birmingham, where he impressed with his neat little 600cc Square Four, like two parallel twins with the cranks geared together, that was launched in 1931. It grew to become the 1000cc luxury tourer that ruled as Ariel's flagship until the late SOs.
Turner had moved to the Triumph factory in 1936 as General Manager, where his great eye for style brightened up Triumph's range of single cylinder models with a silver colour scheme and appealing names, from the 250cc Tiger 70 to the 500 Tiger 90, they were all good sellers but his seminal design was to rock the biking world a year later.
At the 1937 Earls Court Show in London, the sensation was Triumph's 500cc Speed Twin, a parallel twin that was to inspire copies from every other major British manufacturer. The Speed Twin was five pounds (2kg) lighter than the 500cc Tiger 90 single and at £75, five pounds more expensive. It was an instant best seller; everybody wanted one. A year later it was joined by the silver coloured sporting version, the
Tiger 100, and the British bike industry would never be the same again. Only WWII interrupted the march of Turner's universal success story.
In 1949 came the 650cc Thunderbird, with three of them lapping the Montlhery banked track near Paris for 500 miles at an average of 90mph. At a time when the average family car would cruise at 50 to 60, this was a sensational leap for affordable bike performance. Turner had planned the launch through to the end, with models in dealers' showrooms when the news from Paris hit the weekly magazines. Read all about it on Thursday, order the bike on Saturday!
The ultimate development of Turner's design came in 1958, when the T120 Bonneville was announced. Named after the 214mph world speed record set at the famous salt flats and then dismissed by the sport's ruling body, the FIM, it grew to be a legend-Helped by Triumph's "Fastest Motorcycle in the World" sticker on all its 650 twins, it was recognised as the quickest whatever the suits may have said. Turner was sharp to the end, realising that the man in the saddle recognised achievement regardless of bureaucratic detail.
Goldie goes, Triple comes
The VMCC's highly successful Gold Star winter raffle bike has been won by Mr IM Crook, from Devon. The draw, which took place on 17 December, was a jolly nice Christmas surprise. Runner-up prize of a Davida Classic Helmet went to Mr W Johnston of Perth. Third prize of one year's subscription to OBM and The Classic MotorCycle went to Mr J Swain of Manchester. Ticket No 301210. Fourth prize, a year's subscription to Classic Racer went to Mr K Kettle, Ashford. Fifth prize, a year's sub to Bonhams' Motorcycle Auction Catalogues went to Mr B Wallace, of Stamford Bridge.
Next machine for the summer draw is a very tasty 1975 750cc T160 Triumph Trident. Watch for a feature in CBG soon. What's more, we've just learned that the Rocket Goldie featured in this issue will be the raffle bike for this time next year!
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