Classic Motorcycle Adventures

You might imagine that climbing the Eiger is enough of an adventure but, back in the day, mountaineer Don Whillians thought nothing of riding his Triumph Trophy two-up across Europe before making the attempt… The photos hereabout show Chris (now Sir) Bonington on the pillion of Don Whillans’s Triumph Trophy at Hampstead in July 1962. Note the rudimentary riding gear,…

Imola Autojumble

Looking for a different event to add to your classic biking calendar? Try this one for size: a huge autojumble in Italy, which takes place in September. Perfect riding weather, brilliant roads – here’s what else RC regular Stu Thomson discovered when he attended this year… I have an interest in all things Italian where motorcycles are concerned, so we…

Clubman’s Corner: the VMCC

The UK’s largest organisation dedicated to old bikes has recently renewed its commitment to address the rules, regs and red tape that affect vintage and classic motorcycles. The Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s first step in this process has been to form a small ‘regulatory advisory group’ which works alongside the club Journal editor and reports directly to the club’s directors.…

The Caister Castle Collection

If you’re seeking somewhere off the beaten track with interesting automotive exhibits, then Roy Workman recommends this little-known motor museum… On a trip to Great Yarmouth, we revisited the Caister Castle Car Collection. This is a first class, privately-owned motor collection which has been extended since my last visit. It now has on display 211 cars and motorcycles and several…

A Rider’s Life

‘I just take what life throws at me. And throw it back!’ So says Heather, who doesn’t own a car but instead clocks up thousands of miles every year on old bikes. Her first motorcycle was a humble BSA C11, but these days she more often seen aboard her touring Brough Superior SS80 or the mighty meaty Matchless… I met…