Classics at the Scottish Motorcycle Show – 8th Mar 2014
The Scottish Motorcycle Show is held in March at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston on the West side of Edinburgh, which is about a mile from my house. I could walk, but as there is always the possibility of me buying something heavy I took the large truck (Toyota Landcruiser) and paid the £5.00 parking fee.
The show is not as grand as those down south and some manufacturers have stopped going (BMW for instance – their Dalkeith Dealership has an open day instead). There are lots of clothing stalls and one of the rear halls is devoted to tools & consumables which is ideal for stocking up on things like grinding disks, jointing compound, stainless bolts etc. This year I bought polishing materials in readiness for converting my 6”, 250W bench grinder into a polisher.
However, the highlight is in the other hall where the ‘Classic Clubs’ have their displays and this is where I spent most of my time.
I was hoping to see some nicely restored Ariels as there were some nice ones there last year. This year however we were limited to an Arrow and a Leader. So, with insufficient material for an Ariel article, I’ll show some of the other stuff . . . .
This is a Silk, a modern take on a Scott. They look good and I believe they handle well.
And here is another one. .
Now compare them with the genuine article . .
The Enfield Owners’ Club had some nice bikes on show, this is a 1938 'Model B':
The ‘Honda PAN Owners Club’ had a good collection of bikes as well. I once had a ride on one when a friend and I swapped bikes (I was on my BMW K1200GT). Very nice, I quite fancy an ST1300 and I suppose they are classics now. The trouble is, I fancy most of the BMW touring range as well.
Ah, a real classic. I bet that sounds good (who needs silencers anyway?).
Now we’re talking; a lovely cammy Norton.
And a side valve model (I didn’t get the details!).
Hullo, Hullo, Hullo; what’s this ‘ere then . . Shouldn’t that be a remote float Amal ??? It looks like a Mikuni to me (but I may be wrong).
And to complete the set – an overhead valve model (again, I didn’t get the details, I never learn).
Now some earlier classics – J Steel’s 1921 ‘oily rag’ sunbeam 3.5hp (500cc) heads this group of sporting Sunbeams.
They don’t come any more ‘Classic’ than a Vincent with a sports chair (is that a Monza??).
A 1965 BSA B40 of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS). These were used to escort the ‘Green Goddess’ Fire engines.
Read all about it here:
“It’s a Matchbox, Jim – but not as we know it” !
The older bikes have been beautifully restored and must have taken years of dedicated research and painstaking work. I’d like to think that I can do a similar job but I’m not sure I have the dedication or time these days.
At last – an Ariel. This is a 1960 Leader
A nice Trials Cub. I have a load of Cub parts that I am intending to turn into a 1958 standard model in silver and black. My neighbour thinks I should make it into a trials iron, I am almost tempted.
Mine is earlier than this and doesn’t have the ‘bathtub’. It also has the ‘Mushroom points’ motor.
Fancy a two-stroke Ducati Scrambler ???
Or would a BSA Gold Star Scrambler scratch that itch better ??
It’s amazing how much stuff is out there. Another example of an early classic BSA.
Everything is collectable nowadays.
And the second Ariel – a 1960 250cc Arrow. This was first registered on 24th October 1960 by Davies Bros, Chester.
I love ‘specials’ when they are well done, and they don’t come better than this – a 1938 Norton/Brough known (of course) as the “Norton Superior”. I believe it featured in a Classics Magazine recently.
This stand was on the theme of “Barn Finds”. I should have dragged my Panther bits along!
A modified 1976 Honda CB750 F1. I agree that the CB750 is a Classic, but I’d prefer to see one restored to original spec. How I envied the guys who had them, as I queued for the IOM ferry with my 350 AJS back in 1968.
And finally . . . Whatever floats your boat. I’m afraid these don’t do anything for me, but I do recognise the amount of work that goes into them.
Well, there we are. My old grinder is now a polishing machine, which means I need a grinder – so I had to buy a Sealey 8” 560W grinder and stand and now I need a bigger workshop. Well a guy can’t have too many tools.
Now I have to get the ‘VH’ fettled in time for the LDR on 11th April. Will I be using the new polisher though . . ?