MOTORCYCLES STAR AT EXCLUSIVE BLENHEIM PALACE SALON PRIVE
The world's fastest 'bobber' - a Triumph-based bike by custom builders Thornton Hundred. It features both a supercharger and nitrous oxide injection!
Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace in the UK may be one of the world’s pre-eminent Concours events and, as such, enjoys a plethora of supercars and rare and exotic classics but the organisers also recognize the strong (and growing stronger) interest in the motorcycle world by collectors.
In fact, a motorcycle parade will open the event on 1 and 2 September while the Concours d’Elégance will celebrate 100 years of Moto Guzzi and the event will see the world debut of a bike from top custom motorcycle builder Thornton Hundred
There will also be the opportunity for Motorcycle entrants to take part in Tour Privé for the first time, on Tuesday 31 August. The 100-mile route will depart the Great Court at Blenheim Palace and travel through the spectacular Cotswold countryside, with a luncheon stop at Grittleton House nestled in the picturesque village of Grittleton, Wiltshire.
The motorcycles in the Concours d’Elégance will be split into three classes. And early entries include a 1968 Triumph TR6C Trophy. An extremely rare example of this iconic US West Coast Street Scrambler, it was part of a production run that lasted only from January to July 1968, and which was considered aesthetically superior to the later models. This particular motorcycle has been completely restored to original specification, included twin-leading-shoe front brake and 12-volt electrics.
A fully rebuilt 1973 Yamaha TZ250A – the first of Yamaha’s water-cooled production race bikes – will star in the Exceptional Competition Motorcycles class, while a 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport will do likewise in a class that will be dedicated to the legendary Italian marque, which is celebrating its centenary in 2021.
The judging panel for the Concours d’Elégance includes some of the most respected experts in the motorcycle world. Writer and consultant Somer Hooker will be joined by broadcaster Henry Cole, historian Dennis Frost, and former racer Steve Parrish. The Motorcycle Awards Ceremony will take place at noon on Thursday 2 September with judges, owners and the Duke of Marlborough present.
Manufacturers and specialists enjoyed great success at last year’s event – which hosted the official launch of Langen Motorcycles’ ultra-exclusive Two Stroke – and the 2021 Salon Privé Week will include the debut of Thornton Hundred Motorcycles. The British company specialises in the design and manufacture of bespoke motorcycles, and uses the latest technology and engineering expertise in order to provide reliability as well as style.
Thornton Hundred is one of the world’s fastest-growing custom motorcycle brands and has built bikes for Joe Wicks (his fourth is currently in build), rugby stars Jack Nowell and Josh Navidi, and Gymshark founder Ben Francis.
The bikes that Thornton Hundred will have on display in the grounds of Blenheim Palace will include the ‘World’s Fastest Bobber’ – a supercharged showcase of what the company can do. With 202bhp on tap thanks to the use of nitrous-oxide injection – plus launch control, traction control and quickshifters – this one-off machine has run the quarter-mile in 10.49 seconds at 130mph.
Alongside that will be its striking demo bike – a 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black fitted with everything from the signature Thornton Hundred wide-wheel kit and a bespoke painted tank to a custom handmade twin side exhaust. The company will also be giving the world debut to its soon-to-be announced latest creation.
All of our motorcycles exude individuality and exclusivity,’ said Jody Millhouse, the man behind Thornton Hundred and part of a new wave of engineers who are at the cutting edge of the custom scene. ‘We want to give owners a unique modification experience, and those values align perfectly with Salon Privé. We can’t wait to show off our latest designs against the amazing backdrop of Blenheim Palace.’
Salon Privé Week 2021
1 September – Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance
2 September – Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance
3 September – Salon Privé Ladies’ Day presented by Boodles
4 September – Salon Privé Club Trophy presented by Lockton
5 September – Salon Privé Classic & Supercar
Tickets can be purchased via www.salonpriveconcours.com or by calling the Ticket Hotline: 0808 100 2205.
NORTONS FOR MUSEUM RAFFLE
The National Motorcycle Museum has announced the details of its very special summer raffle with first and second prizes being very special Norton motorcycles. Museum Director James Hewing stated, “Our thanks must go to Norton Motorcycles who have been extremely generous in donating a brand new Norton Commando as first prize for our special Summer 2021 Norton raffle. The Commando 961 Classic is a blend of Norton’s iconic styling combined with modern components, cutting-edge engineering and expert craftsmanship. Raffle participants now have the chance to win one hand-built Commando out of a limited series of 40, as well as two other exceptional Norton prizes in this amazing, one-of-a-kind competition.”
Norton Motorcycles Interim CEO John Russell added, “We are delighted to support the National Motorcycle Museum to help them raise the crucial funds needed to return to normal operations. Their heritage collection includes a very significant part of our history, from racing victory to wartime efforts, and it’s important for the direction of Norton’s future, too.”
First prize in the raffle is a brand new 2021 Norton Commando 961cc Classic while second prize is a brand new ‘old stock’ 1993 Norton Commander 588cc Rotary which has never been run or registered and is showing only 12 ‘push miles’ on the odometer.
Third prize is a VIP private tour & lunch for four around the new Norton Motorcycles HQ in Solihull.
The prize draw for the raffle will take place on Saturday 30th October 2021 at The National Motorcycle Museum Live event. Tickets cost £2.00 each and may be purchased on-line from www.thenmm.co.uk
MV AGUSTA 'RUSH'
MV Agusta pushes the naked bike concept to the extreme with its new Rush model. Created as a limited edition of just 300 it is surely destined to be a future classic. The styling speaks for itself and the already well-proven engine has gone through a further development programme for 2021. An inline-four with radial valves and titanium connecting rods, the MV Rush engine now has new components that reduce internal friction. The extremely high-performance engine uses sophisticated materials and flaunts record-breaking power for a 1000 cc naked, delivering 208 HP at 13,000 rpm. Timing is updated, with the introduction of new cam phasing designed to offer more favourable torque at low/medium revs without detracting from the intense drive and acceleration that has always distinguished this engine. The use of a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating for the surfaces of the valve buckets cuts down on friction and improves reliability. The addition of new primary drive gearing helps reduce friction between the gears, while the clutch system has been strengthened to improve reliability, especially during the extreme starts guaranteed by Launch Control, while the third generation EAS 3.0 electronic gearbox has a new sensor for more precise shifting and more comfortable insertion. The four-exit exhaust, an unmistakeable MV Agusta trademark, is more eye-catching than ever on the Rush, its main collector box boasting an updated structure that emphasises the unique sound of the four-cylinder, despite what is now a Euro 5 compliant engine in terms of noise control. The chassis of the Rush is as sophisticated as one would expect for such an extreme machine. The electronically controlled Öhlins EC suspension is fully adjustable to maximise rider feeling and comfort and improves load transfer control plus the ability to dampen any unevenness. The full Brembo braking system with radial master cylinder and Stylema callipers is, as it should be, simply state of the art.
The new Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP sports an updated racing-inspired livery and is equipped with top of the range Öhlins suspension, Marchesini forged wheels and standard Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO with a more precise gearbox for improved gear selection.