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STORIES FROM THE 'SEVENTIES

MCW REVISITED

Every motorcycle enthusiast has their own golden age and for Bruce Cox that was when he was Publisher of Motor Cycle Weekly in California. In this limited time blog section (until the end of 2022) he will reminisce about the men, the machine and the memories of that period during the 1970s when MCW was in print. In this issue he recalls the massive popularity boom in off-road riding and his own enjoyment of doing that in the Mojave Desert, the high Sierra mountain ranges and the  Baja California peninsula  in Mexico. Experiences that will undoubtedly bring back similar memories for many of our readers.

IN THE MAIN FEATURES BLOG

 

Salon Prive, held annually at Blenheim Palace near Oxford is arguably the poshest of the numerous posh Concours d’Elegance events staged at other prestige locations around the UK including Hampton Court and Syon Park.

 

And to its credit it is not too posh to ignore motorcycles. There’s been a class for motorcycles ever since the event started and now comes news from Mike Jackson, co-ordinator of the two-wheeled aspects of the Salon, that when the event expands into London on April 21-24 in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, there will be a display of bikes to enjoy, even though there are no competitive classes for them at this new-look Salon.

 

At the Blenheim Palace event last September there were such classes  (as there will be again this year) and the bike voted best of all was the 1952 Moto Guzzi V-Twin Grand Prix racer brought along by motorcycling legend Sammy Miller from his superb Museum at Bashley on the edge of H New Forest in Hampshire.. It was the final incarnation of a bike that won its first Grand Prix in 1933 and its last in 1951 - a GP winner for almost two decades! Read the full story of this incredible classic racer in our main Features Blog section.

Still on the subject of the new Salon Prive London event; the Features Blog also has the story of the new Morgan Super 3 three-wheeler that  will make its public debut at the event. 

Also read about Olga Kevelos, the leading lady of British motorcycle sport in the nineteen-fifties and 'sixties. In the days before feminism was invented she took on the world's best male riders on their terms and earned their respect by winning Gold Medals for un-penalised on-time performances in the International Six Days Trial.

And check out the other 25  existing items in the blog. Everything from E.J. Potter (aka the Michigan Madman) with his Chevvy V8-powered drag bike to memories of 1960s scooters and all kinds of good stuff in between.

NEWS & PREVIEWS

What's going down and what's coming up in the world of classic motorcycling.

BOOK REVIEWS

These will be frequent items on our site in future. In this issue is a review of classic scooters from the era of the 'mods vs. rockers  in the 'swinging' sixties'.                                                                                       

 

And now being read for reviews in later issues are books on subjects ranging from TT racing and record breaking at Brooklands in the 1920s, plus two volumes on BSA 500 and 650cc twins that must rank as the most in depth examination yet of these popular models on road and track in the period from the 1950s to the 1970s.

 

Finally there will be the reminiscences by the wife of a TT winner of life on the road while married to a professional racer in the 1980s.

PHOTO GALLERY

 

To add to our reading and viewing experience we will be featuring  galleries of photographs linked to items in our Features Blog, In this issue the subject is the Moto Guzzi V-Twin that won its first GP race in 1933 and its last one almost twenty years later!

PRINTS ON DEMAND

Thanks to our association with a fine arts printer we will begin a series of souvenir prints later this summer. The first of these will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first running of the US Motocross GP at Carlsbad, California and will be based on the original poster for this event.

VIDEO AND DVD

Finally, we are preparing to launch a video streaming section in an upcoming issue and items for this section are already in production,

 

Meanwhile we have a special DVD offer at an international price of 9.99 British pounds (or the equivalent in your local currency) which includes

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