Archive for the ‘Vintage Motorcycle Racing’ Category

The annual British Motorcycle Meet put on by the BSA Owners Club of New England is on May 21 2017 this year in Lancaster MA at the Bolton Fairgrounds

Click here for the website>>>http://britishmcmeet.com/britishmeet/index.html

 

British MC Meet 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a Triumph TR25 (250) after a full restoration.

It spent a little time in our secret garage getting a few kinks worked out. Nice crisp exhaust noise, everything works and it should be a nice candidate for a Moto Giro.

I haven’t posted in well, forever but this should break some ice. Or something.

We all know this guy, or maybe it’s me?

Here’s a website with lots of Norton pics and info.

This guy messes with a a lot of proper vintage race bikes and some cars too if that’s your thing.

Be prepared to lose an hour or so looking around, don’t say I didn’t warn you….

Click on the pic

The wife wanted a trip to France this year so I figured I’d plan to see some things that might interest me this time. (what a concept!)

Classic and Sports Car magazine had run an article on the Musee de Sanxet not far from where some of our friends are located so the light bulb went on and I proposed the idea of stopping by for a visit. Located in Pomport, it is in the general area of Monbazillac and you can’t swing a cat around there without making contact with a vineyard, chateaux and grape vines. My kind of place in other words.

We found the joint easily enough only  because a friend was familiar with the area and was able to navigate the twists, turns and random wildlife through the vineyards to the museum.

Bertrand de Passemar who owns the Chateau was a gracious host and gave us a guided tour through the stables and main museum. It was a gorgeous old building and was home to some lovely old cars. These kinds of collections had fallen out of favor merely because the cars are in some cases as raced and not restored to within an inch of their lived. These days more and more people are searching for cars exactly like these and I was more than happy to wander around the patinated cars and try to be open to the stories that they could tell.

Since Bertrand spoke almost no English I was glad to have some fluent French speakers with me but it was still difficult to ask the questions I wanted to ask in the alotted time. We only stayed for an hour but I could have spent much longer, it really was a magical place. I was a little cranky that I didn’t even get a chance to buy a bottle of the Chateau Sanxet wine. Fairly priced and I bet it was darned good.

Any way from what I could gather, there was movie filmed on the premises about Jappeloup a famous horse. You can catch it on you tube. It’s in French so I have to have the wife fill in the details; haven’t watched it yet. The area is beautiful, just like what you’d expect, rolling hills, acres and acres of grapes everywhere and Chateaux abound.

Magnifique

 

Entrance to the stable on the left and the main museum straight ahead

 

Carriages, tractors, you name it

Cassimir Ragot racer and Mr Passemar on left. The Speciale racer was 1500cc and ran on a witches brew of alcohol and benzolene. No smoking please…

Supposedly the first supercharged four cylinder motorcycle also produced by the Bordeaux engineering firm Casimir. The 1000cc design was later sold to Vauxhall and reputedly could reach 150mph!

Period pictures of the car and motorcycle

 

A rally takes center stage, popular with the kids due to its diminutive scale

An AC Ace with the correct Bristol BS3 engine, a welcome sight instead of the usual tarted up Cobra.

In this condition you can appreciate the purity of the design which is rare these days

Correct French blue 1968 Matra barquette next to an early Lotus

 

 

Ghia bodied Jowett next to a gorgeous Citroen Decapotable

 

1923 Citroen “Tank”

Pair of Cords

No French collection is complete without a Cadillac.

1911 Clement-Bayard also

Rather fuzzy pic but you get the idea

Beautiful door, tiny electric car and surprised wife…

 

 

 

If you have even a passing interest in fabulous motorcars, then this will surely be worth a look.

The Kidston family has a deep history with magnificent machinery and Bugatti is just one of the names that has special meaning.

There are a series of movies available on the website and I do mean movies. The cinematography is superb and the music meshes well with the story and compliments rather than detracts from the experience.

Rather than prattle on any more,  on, I invite you have a look and prepare to be mesmerized by the car, the setting and the magic that is Bugatti.

Coming Home

Here’s a little Norton porn if you’re cooped up this weekend like I am. Supposed to be waaaayy below zero tonight so not much happening.

Short clip of Manx engine fettling, Ferodo brake support at the races and a very British commentator trying desperately to make it all seem very interesting.

Second clip is of the finish, and subsequent engine teardowns and verification. Not that anyone would bend the rules mind you; er umm, just a formality….

It is interesting (to me anyway) seeing the massive Manx cylinder head being removed to reveal a decidedly small looking engine bore even though it is a 500cc lump. Yes, I know the stroke was the thing back then but it seems still surprisingly small in proportion to the cylinder head.