“British Motorcycles of the 1960s and 70s” by Mick Walker
NORMAN VANHOUSE The late Norman Vanhouse was laid to rest on 2nd June 2011 at Robin Hood Crematorium, Shirley, Birmingham.
Shire Library have recently published a companion volume to Mick Walker‟s “British Motorcycles of the 1940s and „50s” which came out last year. The new volume picks up where the last one left off, and covers the boom years of the early sixties through the decline and fall of the British motorcycle industry in the nineteen seventies. Both volumes are in 64 page softback A5 format, and are clearly not intended as major reference works, but are instead very readable accounts of what was happening in the industry during those periods. The later volume covers the Café Racer culture, the rise of the Japanese factories, the dawn of the superbike and the importance to British manufacturers of the American market. There are suggestions for further reading for those who want to delve into the subject in greater depth. Both volumes available now at £6.99 each from Shire Publications, West Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 0PH
Born in 1916, Norman spent 35 years in motor cycle competitions and experimental departments before joining BSA in 1952 as a sales representative. Throughout his life, Norman was a significant competitor in motorcycle sporting events winning over 150 awards, notably for hill climbs and trials. But perhaps his greatest claim to fame was being part of the 1952 International Six Days Trial team that won both the Team Award and captured the coveted Maudes Trophy. Riding 4500 miles from Birmingham to Vienna, then through Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the 500cc BSA A7 team -which included Brian Martin and Fred Rist - put on a faultless performance and returned safely to Birmingham, thereby securing the Val Page, Herbert Perkins and David Munro-designed parallel twins' reputation as a competent, reliable, all-weather tourer. Norman, who had seen active service with the British Army riding (notably) BSA M20s, later published a book entitled “BSA Competition History”, a down-to-earth, amusing and highly insightful book that's still available today. - from “Sump” August 2011
Norman Vanhouse (far right) with Brian Martin, Fred Rist and the Maudes Trophy
One of the Maudes Trophy twins is in the National Motorcycle Museum
MUSEUM NEWS HAYNES INTERNATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM have announced a major new £3.4 million museum redevelopment project (see below) which will start in September 2011. The entire museum frontage will be replaced with new entrance, gift shop and restaurant as well as more exhibition space and improved visitor facilities. The museum
will be open throughout the build and everything possible will be done to keep the disruption to a minimum however some minor disruption is envisaged. Haynes advise visitors to contact them on 01963 440804 if they have any major concerns about which facilities and displays will be available during their visit.
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