Norton Owners Day, at Rykas Cafe 8 September 2019

The Surrey section with Rex Butcher and Paul Smart, behind Mike Duffels Model 40 Manx Norton

Surrey Section Norton Owners Day, at Rykas Cafe 8 September 2019

 

The Surrey section who were representing the NOC, held a Norton Owners Day, on the Sunday, of the 8th September 2019, at Rykas Café off the A24 in Dorking, in Surrey. It was a very successful day, with over fifty Nortons arriving through out the day. We had three very special guests come along who were, the ex Paul Dunstall rider, Rex Butcher, Paul Smart, the winner at Imola, on a bike that became the Ducati 750ss. Paul Smart is very well known for all his racing prowess, along with Rex Butcher on Norton twins. Colin Seeley and his wife Eva came along to support this event for us.

 

Ken Rawlinson and I went to see Rykas about being able to hold this event earlier on in the year. The owner readily agreed, and a date was arranged. The weather was very good for us, and we had many members of the Surrey section come along to support us. Rykas Cafe is only a few hundred yards from our clubhouse, The Stepping Stones. Rykas Café is a very popular meeting point for the county’s motorcycle riders, as through out the day we had many owners of other bikes come over to look, and view our collection of Nortons.

 

Dave Gibson and his Model 30 International

We had three Norton 961’s arrive with Michael Petryszyn’s 961 being the oldest Norton 961. Another Norton that came to our Norton Day was a Norton 961 that was inspired by Henry Cole on his TV Motorcycle Show programme. This was the one with the black and silver petrol tank, with a new 19 registration number, so it was a new bike.

 

Those that brought along their race bikes for display on the day were the following.

 

Mike Braid brought along the following bikes.

Ex Mike Hailwood 1971 Daytona BSA Rocket 3

Ex Dave Croxford space, frame JPN Commando

Carlos Checa world superbike replica; this bike was never raced but was taken by Ducati as a display bike to shows. This was a bike that was used by Ducati, as a promotional bike, it is the real thing but not.

 

Some of BRT racings display

Neil and Martin Brailsford: This is the father and son team, that is BRT Racing, and all the bikes that Neil and Martin brought along are raced. They were all immaculately presented, and could very easily be used as museum exhibits.

Seeley Matchless comprising a new Matchless G50 engine in a Mk3 Seeley frame.

Seeley Commando comprising a 1974 850cc Commando engine in a Mk3 Seeley frame

Tricati, comprising a 1969 Triumph 500cc Daytona engine in a 1962 Ducati 250 ex-racing frame.

Triton 850cc comprising a 750cc Triumph 3 cylinder engine with 850cc barrels in a 1956 Norton Dominator wideline frame.

Seeley Triton comprising, a 1972 750cc Triumph triple engine in a Seeley full loop frame.

Norbsa, comprising a 1960 DBD34 500cc Gold Star engine in a 1956 Norton Dominator wideline frame.

Mike Duffel and his 1953 Model 30 Manx Norton

Mike Duffels Manx Norton, with the ex Mike Hailwood, Rocket 3, and the Dave Croxford, space frame ex works Norton Commando racer. Paul Smart can be seen talking to a visitor to our stand.

Mike Duffell:                  

The ex Des Craig 1953 Model 40 350cc Manx Norton. Mike is related to Joe Craig, as Des Craig was Joe Craig son. Des worked at Bracebridge Street, with his dad.

Paul Smart:

Nice blue Norton Dominator which was owned and bought new by one of his mechanics.  Paul now owns the bike and has had it fully restored. This bike has a twin carburettor inlet manifold.

Rob Prior: Percy Tait replica works 500cc racing bike.

Pete Morgan: 350cc Moto Morini race bike.

 

Owners unknown: Nice Triumph Rickman Metisse, 250cc TD2 Yamaha (plus another)

 

Our line up of bikes, with Dave Coopers International, John Blades, Mercury, my 1958 600 Nomad, Simon Smiths 1972 Commando, and Mike Petryszyn 961 Commando.

The Surrey section members displayed their 500cc and 600cc and 650cc Dominators, and their 750cc and 850cc Commandos. Dave Cooper brought along, and it was out for a longer run, on his newly acquired OHC International, ably supported by Dave Gibson who rode his own 1930’s 350cc International.  John Blades, who owns and rode his ex Frank Westworth 1969 650 Norton Mercury. I rode my 1958 Norton 600cc Nomad desert racer, to be added to our display. I had a visitor come over to see the Nomad, who could not believe it when he saw it on display. He explained to me he saw it across the car park, and said he ran over to have a look at it. He asked so many questions, as he still could not believe he was actually looking at one standing there in the metal.

 

The Paul Smart restored Dominator 99, and Mike Petryszyn, 961 Commando.

Through out the day we had many enquires about the bikes from owners of more modern Japanese bikes. Two of these owners asked me; who were mystified with the funny little lever on a Velocette’s handlebars and what it was for. I explained it was a valve lifter to be able to start the motor on the kick-starter, as the 500cc Venom has a high compression piston in it. They then asked what the other lever under the dual seat was for. This I explained was for the rider to be able to advance and retard the Venom’s ignition timing on the magneto. They were amazed at such control levers, as they did not understand why they were needed. The expressions on their faces after I explained it all was priceless.

 

Bob Matthews and his beautiful restored Model 99

None of this would not have have happened or even have been possible without our own Simon Smith. Simon brings along our gazebo as well as all our stands equipment to all our shows with his trailer. We had many of our own chairs out, as well as a table with the Surrey section cards on display. We had many enquires for membership, and where the Surrey section meets. There were also enquiries from those that attend about joining the NOC.  Mike Petryszyn organised the bikes for our display with his usual military precision. Ken Rawlinson looked after all of our guests, as it was Ken who organised the display from BRT Racing, and for Mike Braid for once more to bring bikes along from their amazing collections.

 

There were so many other nice and interesting bikes on display, we must have had at least 50 bikes or even more on display, on or around our stand. I would like to thank everyone who came along, and brought their bikes and their enthusiasm for our display. Can the Surrey section also thank the owners of Rykas for allowing us to be able to hold such an event?

 

Anthony Curzon, Press Officer for the Surrey section

 

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