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February 2008

Rare Tiger 80 returns to Coventry During 1936 Edward Turner took over at the ailing Triumph factory and decided to update the existing Val Page models. This was undertaken in the early stages by enhancing existing models to produce an interim Tiger range until eventually all-new models were able to be introduced. This meant that for approximately five months there was a short production run of what can only be described as a prototype new Tiger 80. Recently the BMCT was fortunate enough to be able to acquire one of these ultra-rare machines. Indeed it is so rare that the Triumph Owners Club were unaware of its existence. Only two others are known to survive and both are in the USA. This bike was manufactured between April and August 1936 and differs from the later Tiger 80 in having different gearbox, a twindowntube frame and petrol tank with oil pressure indicator instead of a gauge. The front forks feature hand-adjustable damping, and

Martinsyde Update Neil Sinclair reports from Brooklands that the Trust’s 1920 Martinsyde is currently receiving attention from the museum’s volunteers. In order to make the bike safe to ride in demonstrations on the site, a fair amount of work is required on the front forks and brakes, and the steering head bearings also require attention. New tyres also have to be fitted, and our photo shows volunteers Peter and Gordon (didn’t they used to be a pop duo in the Sixties?) with the new tyres ready for installation. You may have seen the article on this bike in December’s Classic Motorcycle magazine. According to the Martinsyde Register our example is the oldest known survivor of the marque since deliveries of the first machines to be


MEMBERS NEWSLETTER the tool box was mounted adjacent to the top of the rear wheel. Indeed, some of the cycle parts and transmission components bear a marked resemblance to the contemporary and more common Val Page designed Triumph 6/1.

As pictured the bike has just been subject to a “dummy build” to ensure correct fit and function of components before final painting and assembly. The team of volunteers at the Coventry Transport Museum

Trustees: John Kidson (Chairman) Malcolm Aldridge Steve Bagley Paul Barnes John Handley Peter Wellings Ian Walden OBE Administration: Andy Bufton MMS Holly Cottage Bishampton Pershore WR10 2NH Tel: 07754 880116

When the BMCT acquired this motorcycle it was in the late stages of a long restoration. Unfortunately the two previous owners had been unable to finish the project due to ill health, but as you can see from the accompanying photo, the job is nearly complete.

Registered Office: have now taken on the task of Rodborough Court finishing the rebuild of this unuStroud, GL5 3LR sual pre-war middleweight Triumph, and it will soon take its Registered Charity No. place in the superb new Motor509420 cycle Hall which opened last year with the help of a grant from the Website: BMCT.

produced at the factory only began that year. Later, Martinsyde publicised its success in competition, including some successes at the Brooklands track. These will be remembered on Sunday 20th April when this and other historic machines will be paraded at the Brooklands Museum’s special

event to commemorate the passing of one hundred years since the first motorcycle event at the Track. The atmosphere at these events really has to be experienced as the sights, sounds (and smells) take you back to the heyday of Brooklands as it was in the pre-WWII years.

Contents Tiger 80 returns to Coventry Martinsyde update Festival of 1,000 Bikes AGM Report Haynes Village 100 Missing Enfields Vintage AutoFest 2008

Missing Military Model Royal Enfields BMCT member Dave Morse is appealing for information on the whereabouts of any surviving examples of Royal Enfield’s 350cc ohv Model WD/CO/B. More than 29,000 of these and their side valve Model C relatives were made at Redditch for the armed forces during WWII and Dave is looking for as much information on the survivors as possible, including WD serial numbers and engine and frame markings, with the intention of compiling a register. Members who own one or know of the existence of such a bike (see photo) can contact Dave at 18 Kelvin Road, Leamington Spa CV32 7TE, telephone 01926 421802, or email him at

The Haynes Village 100 On Sunday 22nd June 2008 the MidBedfordshire village of Haynes is holding its second Haynes Village 100 charity fund raising event. It is a celebration of motoring through the ages, the centrepiece of which is the closed road parade which will bring the sights and sounds alive. The event was held in 2006 and 2007 and proved to be a great success with over 120 vehicles parading the 2.7 mile village route and static display on the Haynes Village playing field.The 2008 event will follow a similar

2007 AGM

Vintage AutoFest 2008

The Annual General Meeting of the BMCT took place at the Black Country Living Museum on 16th October 2007. John Kidson (Chairman) gave the meeting a summary of the activities of the Trust for the period January – December 2006 and presented the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts. These were approved by the meeting, and the trust’s auditors, Messrs Randall & Payne of Stroud were appointed as auditors for a further year. Life Member Trevor Wellings had several observations and suggestions to make concerning the running of the Trust, and these were taken on board by the trustees for discussion at future board meetings. Sammy Miller made comments about the state of the classic bike market at the moment, which were also noted. Graham Oxenbury thanked John Kidson and Andy Bufton for their work during the year, and John Kidson paid tribute to former chairman Brian Wood who has been forced to retire from the board due to ill health and the meeting wished Brian well. The appointments of Steve Bagley and John Handley as trustees were ratified by the meeting, and the trustees retiring by rotation, John Kidson and Malcolm Aldridge, were re-elected. It is hoped to publish the minutes of the meeting and a précis of the Report and Accounts in the members’ area of our website when this is finally up and running.

The Rhymney Valley Transport Preservation Society would like to extend a special welcome and invitation to all owners of classic British Made motor cycles and especially members of the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust to join them at their now annual Heartlands Vintage AutoFest in Wales which will be an early rally season starter over the weekend of 19-20th April 2008. It is taking place at the Blackwood Civic Centre & Country Park at Blackwood near Caerphilly, in South East Wales, and is easily accessible from the M4 and M5/M50. The festival always looks for the unusual and in 2008 it will seek to beat the record for the largest display of vintage invalid carriages, classic hearses, and even Sinclair C5's and lawnmowers as well as all the usual large display of vintage and classic motor cars, motorcycles, buses, lorries , ambulances, tractors and vintage machinery etc. There will also be a Friday evening and/or Saturday evening road run. There is also a music programme for general tastes, and Celtic wrestling on both days as well as a Saturday evening programme. Camping on site is possible with a small charge to cover overnight added security, showers etc. For more information visit the dedicated website at

format to 2007 with participants displaying their vehicles in a static display before embarking on a 2.7 mile lap of the village perimeter through open countryside. The wider event consists of a village gala, trade stalls and family entertainment. Motoring history through the last 100 years will be the theme of the event by showing examples from as many years as possible between 1906 and 2008. The event is open to cars, motorcycles and light commercial and agricultural vehicles and is managed by a team of volunteers to raise money for the village charity.

A lovely Brough SS100 “Pendine” owned by a BMCT member

2008 Festival of 1,000 Bikes After another record breaking event in 2007 the VMCC’s Festival of 1,000 Bikes returns to Mallory Park on the weekend of 12/13th July 2008. As in previous years the event gives enthusiasts the opportunity to ride their own machines in multiple track sessions over the weekend. Catering for all classes of machines from the earliest Veterans through to machines of the Superbike era, this is an ideal opportunity to be part of a great, wide ranging event. The more relaxed noise regulations on the Sunday will provide the opportunity for owners to exercise their racing machinery. No doubt among them will be BMCT members like Ivan Rhodes, Colin Seeley, Chris Oliver and Sammy Miller, to name but a few. As usual, there will be Pre-65 Trials and Historic Grass Track events, plus a Historic Sprint demonstration. We will be in attendance with our usual display up near the hairpin in the Avenue of Clubs, so come along and say hello. For more details contact the VMCC on 01283 540557 or visit


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BMCT News Spring 2008  

Newsletter of The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust