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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Motor Cycles

The programme for the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2005 included the following piece:

'Golden bike era celebrated
Two-wheeled racing variety will once again be provided by the Lansdowne Classic Motor Cycle series. Two races, one on each day, will feature up to 40 racing machines from the 1950s and '60s such as Matchless G50s and Manx Nortons.
For the first time there will also be a parade of special bikes, including one of the six famous George Beale Honda 6 replicas, owned by Dennis and Derek Bunning: an iconic bike of the '60s.
Also 100 years of Velocette will be celebrated with the appearance of the 500cc Velocette Thruxton which won both the Barcelona 24 hours and the Brands Hatch 500-miler in 1966. Keith Heckles, who rode the bike to second place in the '67 Production TT, will race it on Sunday.'

Here are photographs of three of the bikes which took part in the races.
The 1958 500cc Manx Norton of Dave Beckett
The 1958 500cc Matchless G50 of Tim Jackson
The 1962 350cc AJS 7R of  David Lock

The colours of the number plates differ to comply with the relevant ACU regulations:

'The front and side number plates for each class of motorcycles are:
Class Background Numbers
F125cc Red background White numbers
125cc Black background White numbers
250cc Green background White numbers
350cc Blue background White numbers
500cc Yellow background Black numbers
Over 500cc White background Black numbers
Formula 400 Blue background White numbers
Supersport 600 White background Blue numbers
Formula 600 White background Blue numbers
Supermono Black background Yellow numbers
Stocksport Red background White numbers
FII Sidecars Red background White numbers
Open Sidecars White background Black numbers (incl three wheelers)'

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