Classic Feature – Supported by the National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum was proud to present the Classic Motorcycles feature at this years Motorcycle Live.
Situated “just across the road” from the NEC the Museum houses the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world with over 1000 machines from 171 different manufacturers spanning no less than three centuries! Of the 1000 plus machines in the collection there are around 850 on display at any one time throughout the museums five huge display halls.
We displayed a large cross section of this incredible inventory at this year’s show which demonstrated both this country’s proud history of motorcycle production as well as highlighting the development of the motorcycle. On the stand you would have found some of the earliest pioneer machines dating from the late 1800s through to unique prototypes and iconic race machines from more recent times. Not only this but there were exciting and interactive live elements to the display including a restoration feature brought to you by the museums own restoration team who restored a 1950 AJS Model 18 500cc.
Not only could you look at these amazing machines, we will have two you can actually sit on!
We’re also thrilled to have presented, and started up the 1969 Thruxton Bonneville 649cc, last of the long line of Bonneville models to come from the Legendary Meriden factory a few miles from Birmingham. This one made history when Malcolm Uphill rode it to win the 1969 Isle of Man Production Machine T.T. On his first lap from a standing start, he averaged 100.09 m.p.h. the first time a production roadster had topped 100 m.p.h.
The 1970 Triumph Works 750cc Production Racer No.2 ‘Slippery Sam’, was also be on display and started up. ‘Sam’ is the most celebrated Triumph racer of all time, the only machine ever to win five TT races in the Isle of Man in five consecutive years! ‘Sam’ was one of three similar models built for the 1970 Production TT, one of which, ridden by Malcolm Uphill, won the race at 97.71 mph.
The ‘Slippery Sam’ nickname was coined during the 1970 Bol d’Or 24 Hour Race in France when a malfunctioning oil pump plastered the bike – and riders Tait and Jolly – with oil.
If all this just whets your appetite then why not take advantage of our half price museum entry offer using the download below – with the Museum just across the road you’ve not far to go at all!