Sunday, 18 October 2015
Went for a run this morning on the Traveller, partly to check it was running OK as I'm intending using it for work this week, and partly to go to a car show in the nearby town of Lochwinnoch. It was a bright if slightly chilly morning, but it's the first this week that hasn't been misty until midday!
The show was held in the carpark of the Castle Semple Visitors Centre, a popular local venue on the banks of a loch, so was fairly busy. Good selection of cars, there were a few bikes there but they belonged to visitors rather than exhibitors. Here's a selection of some of my favourites:
I think this is an Austin A30, rather than the later A35.
Not the original engine in this Ford Anglia!
Never seen 'hotrods' like this at a show before
Ford Escort 'Mexico' – a really cool car when I was a teenager.
What a beauty – a 1962 Mini
I don't think this is a genuine Police car! *
Watersports are popular at the Centre with sailing clubs, etc using Castle Semple Loch. Saw these wheelchair users canoeing – ideal sport as it only requires upper body strength.
There's also friendly ducks and swans that come up to you hoping for some bread.
Despite being on a Skorpion, I didn't have the rarest bike there! Hesketh V1000
There's more photos on Flickr.
* Some countries like Sweden and Turkey call their police forces 'Polis', but it's also the pronunciation in the local vernacular!
Friday, 16 October 2015
Another rarity! The 1928 Ascot-Pullin 500 was an unusual bike in that it had a number of features rare on British bikes of the era.
It featured a pressed steel frame, a flat single engine, and a telescoping centre stand with 'park' and 'wheel change' positions.
It also had a dashboard like a Majestic and there was more of a hint of Art Deco about its styling.
There was an optional adjustable height windscreen with wiper!
However, its real claim to fame was that it was the first bike to be fitted with hydraulic brakes. (Note hose behind chain cover.)
It's thought that 400 – 500 were built and only 6 or 7 still exist. A restored example sold for £30,000 a few years ago, so keep looking in barns!
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Friday, 2 October 2015
1984 Jawa Typ 824 500cc prototype
Found a few pictures of this on the Web. In 1984, Jawa showed a prototype of a 500cc OHC flat twin. Very little information on it other than only 10 were built, but it didn't reach the production stage.
Probably the only video of one running: