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Surrey Branch NOC at the Ardingly Classic Bike Show 27 March 2022

Surrey Branch NOC at the Ardingly Classic Bike Show 27 March 2022

 

The Surrey section represented the NOC at the Ardingly show and we had twelve bikes attending. The display of Nortons was breath taking, as we had so many of the show goers coming over to admire the assembled bikes. We had many enquires for membership, and also to ask questions about our branches activities, as well as where we meet. We had many of those that attended asking us many different technical questions that we all managed to answer to the satisfaction of those that were asking. The P11 question that was asked of me, made me laugh. I had taken some SNOC club business cards with me, so that any prospective members to the Surrey branch would know of our location in Dorking. They can then come along to one of our monthly club night meetings.

The day started with Robert Tuck on his 1960 Slimline Dominator, who came over to me, as a ride along companion. We left before 8am, and set off via Selsdon. The roads were empty at that time of day, but it was a drizzling sort of rain, that only stopped when we got to Whyteleafe. The ride from there on was very pleasant, as the roads were all-dry, and with hardly any traffic on the A22 and we rode on at a brisk pace. When we arrived, the stand was almost set up, and after a few more tweaks, we were all ready to welcome our first visitors at 10am.

Julie Diplock, and all her staff at this event, makes this and her other shows and events ones to go to. They are all very efficient, and Julie is so very helpful with all our enquiries, and for any thing that we may need. Nothing is too much trouble for her and all those that assist her.

While I was at the show, I thought that it would be a good idea to get some insights into our member’s bikes and what they were rebuilding, and riding.

David Brown has an ex race bike with a 1958 600cc Dominator engine that he is restoring back to being a road bike once more. The engine is stamped with a 15N, number, which could be a Nomad, but the first Nomads began at 77996 numbers, so Dave’s engine is from a 1958 Model 77.  This is still a very rare engine. This has always been a race bike, and it was only registered for the road in 1991. The frame being of the wideline featherbed type. The bike will require all new wiring as there is nothing there at the moment.  David is one of our newest members, and he is a very valuable member of the Surrey section team, as he is always ready and willing to help with all that is required for the putting up and taking down of our stand. We are all looking forward to the day that David’s Dominator can be exhibited on our stand at one of our up and coming shows.

Bob Mathews’ immaculate 1959 600cc Dominator was original painted white, and it was this colour when he bought it in a dismantled state. He totally rebuilt the bike, and he has only just fitted a Norton 650ss cylinder head, and he explained to me that it has made a huge difference to the bikes performance. The dual seat is the one, which he fabricated himself, and it really is a work of art. With all this performance he has added, Bob has fitted a later Commando twin leading shoe front brake to help stop all that extra rampaging horsepower.

Robert Tuck’s 1960 Slimline Dominator De-Lux was originally sold from Harold Daniels shop in Forest Hill. This particular bike was ridden all over Europe as a press hack, to report on Grand Prix events. Robert has completed a lot of work on the particular Dominator with some ingenious extras that make his life riding it so much easier.

Phil Hannam managed to get to this event on his Manxman Dominator.  Phil had a very nasty and severe fall from a ladder, and he was in hospital for a while. Phil has been in a lot of pain, so riding his Dominator to our event, was so very painful for him, but a remarkable achievement for him to do so to support us.

Rod Daniels brought along his immaculate 1959 Dominator and Max Groves brought along two of his bikes to swell our numbers on our stand.

Rod Daniels and his Dominator

 

Max Groves and his 1964 Norton Atlas

 

Malcolm King rode his 850 Commando to the show for our stand for the first time, and it may be an 850 Mk2A. He has had this particular bike since 2017, when he bought it as a rolling wreck. Malcolm has totally rebuilt the engine and gearbox, and he has added electronic ignition, and converted the engine to use a single carburettor.

One must also give a very special mention our very own Simon Smith, as with out Simon we would not have our stand and equipment on site. Simon is so very important and an integral part to the running of all our events as without him bringing and storing all our stand’s equipment we would not be able to have a display of bikes that we have been able to put together for so many years.

At the Ardingly show was the late Chris Grimmett’s brother Andy, along with his friend Roger, who had a stall in the large sawdust floored hall. Many of the Surrey section visited this stall, and we bought some very much-needed items for our own restorations.

 

Those that exhibited their bikes on the day were as follows

Rod Daniels: 1959 600cc 99 Dominator

Robert Tuck: 1960 600cc Slimline 99 Dominator

Max Groves: 1940/41 ex WD Norton 16H

Max Groves: 1964 750cc Norton Atlas

Phil Hannam: 1962 Dominator 650 Manxman

Malcolm King: 1973 850 Commando

Bob Mathews: 1959 600cc 99 Dominator

Mike Petryszyn: 1993 Norton Commander, Rotary, Krauser

Ken Rawlinson: 1967 650ss Dominator

Simon Smith: 1972 750cc Norton Commando Roadster

Henry Dulate: 1960 600cc 99 Dominator

Anthony Curzon:  1958 600cc Norton Nomad, desert racer

 

I would like to give a huge thank you to all the members of the Surrey branch who made our showing at the Ardingly show such a memorable event.

The Surrey branch this year, will be attending the next Ardingly Classic bike show on Sunday 30 October. We shall also have a stand at the Warlingham Rugby Club, classic car and bike show on Sunday 17th July.

All Norton owners are welcome to come along, and be part of our stand. We are also trying to organize an event at the Warren, the Police club in Coney Hall, but we still have to sort out dates, as well as how we shall be organizing this day.

Henry Dulate our ride leader will be organizing many more ride outs for us, and every one is welcome to come along and enjoy the ride around the Surrey countryside. We normally meet at Henfold Lakes, which is off the A24 to the left of the Dorking roundabout and the turn off for Stonebridge, and Blackbrook. There is a very good café there, where we all meet for breakfast before we all leave to follow Henry our ride leader.

Our new chairman Phil Hannam has many new and exciting ideas for the branch for the coming year. These will be submitted to the branch for our members for these up and coming and very exciting events for us to be able to participate in.

 

Anthony Curzon

 

 

 

 

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

 

Brooklands Motorcycle Show, Sunday 30th June 2019

Surrey Section at the Brooklands Motorcycle Show, Sunday 30th June 2019

The Surrey section represented the NOC at the Brooklands Motorcycle Show on Sunday 30 June 2019. The Campbell gates opened from 9am for exhibitors and traders, so I was there at just after 9am, ready to go in. The Sunbeam Café opened at 9.30am so tea, coffee, as well as sandwiches could be enjoyed by all. On the way there, by the side of the A3 was Patrick Bulimore, with his Norton Atlas. The kick-start lever was loose, when I pulled along side him, to see if I could be of any assistance.  Patrick then tied it back so it was not flapping about in the wind. We both then rode along the A3 to the Brooklands Show.

The Surrey section was allocated a section of the parking area at H in the Campbell car park. We were allocated a large section of the green at the back of the car park, so that our members had adequate space to display their bikes on. The event was expertly and very ably run, and organized, by Donna Marshall, the events manager for the Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd.

There were many clubs at this event, and there were demonstration parades, as well as the usual test hill ascents. The event had many visitors and it very crowded. The Surrey section had many visitors as well as those asking about membership, and those asking questions about their own bikes. The Surrey section has a very good in-depth knowledge of the bikes on display so those that came with their technical questions, went away with an answer to their queries. We gave out many of our section cards, so that any prospective members would know how to locate us if they wanted to be part of the Surrey section in the future.

The weather was very kind, and the sun shone brightly all day, making this event, very well attended, by both exhibitors and traders. The members that came along to our stand and displayed their bikes on our stand at the Brooklands Day consisted of the following models

Commando: 5

Manx Norton: 6

Dominator: 5

Commando 961 1. Mike Petryszyn’s Commando is from the first batch made

Norton Jubilee 1

Norton 500cc Nomad 1

Norton Model 18: 3 and these were from 1928 to 1932

In all we had 22 Norton’s of different types on display.

 

John Summerfield and his 1928 Model 18

Barry Stickland and his Manx that he rode to the event.

Two of our members, John Hirst and Nigel Heugh, both ascended the test hill on their Commando’s. I managed to get a picture of John Hirst on the test hill, even though it was crowded with spectators. I used the fighter pilot art of the deflection shot. So just before John came in to the shot, on the hill, I hit the camera button, and got what I think was the perfect picture.

John Summerfield brought along his 1928 Model 18, and John had a large poster on display in front of his Model 18 explaining the bikes history, of this particular immaculate single. John’s Model 18 was first registered on the 9th September 1929, and it was the first model to have a saddle tank fitted to it. John has been restoring this amazing Norton, and it will be ready soon to be used more upon the Queens highway.

Another visitor to our stand was the very dapper Barry Stickland with his road going Manx Norton that he rode to the event to park on our stand. We also had from the Solent section of the NOC, Simon Carver with his 1951 Model 30 Beart International Norton that he rode up to the event from the south coast. Simon has had this Manx along time, and he displayed on the front of the machine, the history and his families involvement with it. Max Groves brought along his immaculate ex Isle of Man TT raced 1953 Manx Norton and his Norton Atlas. Max then went out with the Manx, on the road in front of our stand. After a small run and bump, and the motor fired, and Max sat on it very contented that it had done so.

We had another member arrive on what appeared to be a Steve Tonkin built for the road Manx Norton. It was beautifully constructed machine and we all hoped that when the owner left it would start for him. This it did after a few kicks on the kick-starter and away he went, bringing that beautiful noise to all those he passed, on the way out.

Paul Smith and his beautiful Commando creation

Another visitor to the Surrey section stand was Paul Smith. Paul had built from a 1974 Interpol 850cc Mk2A a truly remarkable Commando with S type parts, and many RGM custom-made components. This bike is an amazing build by Paul, and it attracted a huge amount of attention from all those that visited our stand. Paul had also added a large board to the front of this bike so that those that came to view it could read about its history and the restoration. The alloy petrol tank was hand made by a company in Wales called Tab 11 Classics. This petrol tank is a remarkable example of the metalworker’s art from this company in Wales. The list of parts, and those that supplied them was extensive.

Dave Carpenter brought along with his son two Manx Norton’s. One of them was the ex Dennis Jenkinson 1946 Manx Norton. This particular Manx Norton had only just been completed after a very extensive restoration by them both. This was the actual machine that Dennis raced. There was also a board on display at the front of this particular bike, with a picture of Dennis and the bike. This bike was also featured in the You Tube documentary that was filmed by the Brooklands Museum’s personnel of the show and I had to try to talk about it. Dave Carpenter at this point in time, was nowhere to be found. I explained to the interviewer, that I did not know that much about it, but I could give him an in-depth explanation about my 500cc Nomad.

Nigel Heugh did the parade lap along the old Brooklands racetrack finish straight. They rode 3 to 4 at a time, for five minutes. Nigel was riding his 1971 Commando Roadster Mk2. On the original finish, straight there was a selection of Brooklands Museum bikes on display.

We have to give a huge amount of thanks to Simon Smith, as with out his pickup truck and trailer the Surrey section would have not had a stand, to display. Simon brings all that the section requires to all our events. Mike Petryszyn, as always was organizing all of us when we put up the gazebo, with his normal military procession, and for the over all lay out of the stand.

To all those came along, and displayed their bikes can we give a huge amount of thanks for helping us have such a large selections of Norton for our public display.

 

Anthony Curzon, Press Officer for the Surrey section.

 

UPDATE: HERE IS LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE 2019 BROOKLANDS EVENT.

SURREY NOC IS COVERED AT ABOUT 33 MINUTES WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH ANTHONY ABOUT MANX NORTONS AND THE NOMAD.

https://youtu.be/K8YJJw52zjk

Ride Out to Newlands Corner, 29 May 2019

Surrey Section Ride Out to Newlands Corner, 29 May 2019

left to right, Chris Barraclough, Patrick Bullimore, Ken Rawlinson, Rod Daniels, and John Hirst

 

 

The Surrey section arranged a ride out to Newlands Corner on 29 May 2019, with the Velocette Owners Club, who we were to meet there.  This was arranged with our secretary, Ken Rawlinson, and the chairman of the VOC, Dave Catt.  We had arranged for some of us to meet at Tattenham Corner in Epsom, for 9.30am. I arrived at 9.15am to find the car park full of trucks, and as I had never been, there before I was unsure that I was at the correct location. I sat there for a while until, a lady on a pedal bike arrived and I asked her if I was at Tattenham Corner. She informed me that I was, and the reason the car park was so crowded was because it was the Epsom Derby on the Saturday.

 

I met up with Ken Rawlinson and Rod Daniels at Tattenham Corner just after 9.30 am, no one else turned up, and the – coffee “shop” was closed. We left at 10am and went on to Newlands Corner with Rod in the lead as he has been there before many times. Thanks to John Blades for his routes, which I think, we mainly took. The three of us were the first to arrive at Newlands Corner, and then we had a cup of coffee and tea, and a bacon roll. There were many of the Velo fellows who arrived at 11.15am and three more Norton lads, Patrick Bullimore, Chris Barraclough and John Hirst. Also came along was John Telford, an AJS & MOC member on his Matchless G80CS inspired bike. The weather was not too bad, but it was a bit cold and dampish. This I did not mind so much as the 500 Nomad has a new engine that I am still running in.

Atlas with Patrick Bullimore

The route that Rod Daniels took was through the back roads of Tadworth, where Rods 600cc Dominator and Ken’s 750 Atlas were not troubled by the narrow and twisting lanes. At one, stage on the ride, on a hill, that was narrow, a pickup truck came storming up the hill oblivious to any thing coming the other way. As I was on the Nomad I was not too bothered, but you have to wonder what may have transpired if I had been in a car.

Commando, with John Hirst

 

The afternoon became cloudy, and then it started to rain on and off, so I decided to leave, and head off on the A25 via Dorking and home. It was a good day out, and to meet up with other club member’s and other like minded souls.

 

Anthony Curzon, Press Officer, Surrey section

 

 

Kempton Park Classic Bike Show 18 May 2019

Surrey Section at the Kempton Park Classic Bike Show 18 May 2019

The Surrey section represented the NOC at the Kempton Park Classic Bike Show and auto-jumble. The numbers of enthusiast attending and traders did seem down from last year, and there were some spaces in the display hall for the club stands. The auto-jumble had many stall spaces vacant; this meant that many of the traders never came, as I was reliably informed that there were other events on at the same time as this one.

We were only allowed five or six bikes, but the organisers were very generous with their ticket allocations and we were allowed twelve tickets. This was for the owners who were bringing along their bikes as well as those that helped to organise and set up the stand for us. Andy Neal, and Phil Hannam, came along as our helpers to carry all our equipment and erect our stand that was brought along by Mike Duffell.

The Saturday for this event, going by the weather forecast at the start of the week, as it was meant to be raining and cloudy, but the sun shone so we all had a good day. This helped as many of those who displayed their bikes also road their bikes to this event.

We had a good display of the Surrey section member’s bikes, and our stand as usually was crowded. This with those who owned Norton’s to those who wanted to ask questions about the NOC, their own bikes, and the Surrey section. For those who wanted to join and to be part of the Surrey section and the NOC, we handed out many of our cards, and details of our club nights. We also answered so many questions from all those owners of twins and single’s who came over to see us and the bikes on display. An owner of a Jubilee was annoyed that we did not have any of the lightweight’s bikes on display. I explained to him, that we could not get any members who own them to bring them along. The one member who did have an ES400 Electra had moved down to Devon. He then asked many questions about his own bike, as well as where he could get a parts book and a manual for his Jubilee. I suggested to him, that when he gets his own Jubilee back on the road, he might like to exhibit his bike on our stand at any of our shows that we attend. He left very happy with the out come to all his questions.

Ken Rawlinson arranged the event for us as he worked with Morton’s to get our stand and our members all together for the days event.

Mike Duffell brought along all the stand equipment for this event, as well as bringing the so much required kettle. This we all needed, as with the coffee, tea and biscuits it was very much welcomed.

Peter Burden brought along his immaculate and stunning 1963 650ss. This was exported to Jacks Motors in Johannesburg in South Africa, on the 12th June 1963. It was registered in Boksburg as FYR 723W. It returned to the UK, in 2001 and it required a complete restoration. Peter explained that bike when he took ownership of it; it was not in that good a condition. It was completely refurbished, and then reregistered in the UK, with an age related number plate. Peter has kept the bike totally, standard, apart from upgrading the electrics to 12 volts. It has retained its twin Amal 376 Monobloc’s and the Lucas competition magneto that the bike was dispatched with to Jacks Motors, when new from Bracebridge Street.

 

Those that brought along their bikes to display them on our stand are as follows

Mike Duffell: 1953 Model 40 Manx Norton, the ex Des Craig owned bike. This bike was very successful when Des raced it, and he was the son of Joe Craig. Des won some races with this Manx and Mike is related to the Craig family. Des Craig worked for the large motorcycle dealership, Comerfords in Kingston, Thames Ditton in Surrey.

Mike Petryszyn: 2010 Norton 961 SE. Mike’s bike is the 16th from first of the very first batch of Norton 961’s produced, by the new Norton factory. This 961 is from the first batch of 200 bikes.

Peter Burden: 1963 Norton 650ss

Anthony Curzon: 1958 500cc Norton Nomad desert racer. This was a wreck when I first bought it, but it is now the bike it was back in 1958 when it was dispatched to Hap Jones, 2 Clinton Park, in San Francisco, USA. It was returned from the USA in 1991.

Ken Rawlinson: 1967 Norton 650ss, with the blue petrol tank.

Andy Kitchen the show organiser came over to our stand to ask for my Nomad to go to their start up paddock. He then led me out to their fenced off the area where we would bringing the noise. In front of me was John Telford of the AJS & MOC, with his Matchless G80CS inspired bike. There was a very young man on his mini bike and there was also two race bikes that where run up using starting rollers. Those two race bikes really did bring the noise when they coughed, and sprang into life. I was last and very worried that the Nomad would misbehave, with all those show spectators looking at me. I used John Bolton’s starting technique, and away the Nomad went first kick. Not that loud, or a thunderous, emitting silencer, but Andy was happy with the out come.

Anthony Curzon’s 1958 500cc Nomad

 

 

 

My 500cc Nomad was awarded the Best Vintage, or manufactured prior to 1965. This came with a golden cup, and a bottle of Prosecco, as well as an Ace Café goodie bag. Sadly, the Surrey section did not get the best stand, but the Waterlooville club stand on our right did get the best stand.

To all those who brought their bikes along, and helped, can I express my thanks and gratitude to you all for such a wonderful day for the Surrey section.

 

Anthony Curzon, press officer Surrey section

Surrey Section at the Ardingly Show on Match 31st 2019

 

Peter Burden with his 1963 650ss on our plinth

 

Surrey Section at the Ardingly Show on Match 31st 2019

The Surrey section represented the NOC at the South of England Classic Bike Show on the 31st March 2019, at the South of England Showground in Ardingly. This was with special guest Rex Butcher, and the Surrey section was celebrating 70 years of the Norton Dominator. We were also celebrating the 60th birthday of the NOC.

The day did not start to well for me, as at about 6.45am it was raining. When I left, it had stopped, and by the time, I had got to the bottom of the hill, it was dry. Therefore, it had only rained where I lived. I took my 1958 dispatched 500cc Nomad, and this was the first time I had ridden it on the roads of the UK, after a very extensive and intensive rebuild. It is one of only four-500cc engine Nomads to be imported into the USA. My 500cc Nomad was the only 500cc Nomad that was imported by the Norton importer, Hap Jones, 2 Clinton Park, San Francisco, USA, Hap Jones at this address imported 181 Nomads and the other 180 were all 600cc Nomads. The USA from 1958 to 1959 only imported four 500cc Nomads, so this model of the Nomad is a very rare bike. In all, Norton America including Canada took, only 22 500cc Nomads. The importers McGill imported more 500cc Nomads as there was a racing class for that particular cc of bikes.

Anthony Curzon’s rare 500cc Nomad and John Blades’ Mercury

The ride to the Ardingly show being a good day to ride a bike, but as the motor had very low miles on it I was taking it slowly on the A22, going from 30 mph most of the time but up to 35 to may be touching 40 mph when on the flat straight part of the A22. When arrived at Ardingly, Julie Diplock’s team were very helpful, and efficient, as they always are, and off I rode to the main hall where the Surrey section had our stand. We already had our gazebo erected, and Chris Barraclough, Matt Creighton, Malcolm Smith, and our other members was getting our bike display plinth ready for Peter Burdon to display his beautifully restored 1963 Norton 650ss. The 650ss looks fast standing still, and as all Dominators they have an elegance of line that you can gaze at and be awed at by its timeless design.

The bikes kept arriving for our stand, and we had our banners that Ken Rawlinson our secretary had, had made hanging up erected in a very prominent position for all to see. These were displayed above the line up of Dominators, by the back wall.

The bikes that were displayed in their numbers, as Peter Burdon and I went around and counted them all and they were as follows

Norton Dominator 650cc 6

Norton Dominator 99 600cc 10

Norton Dominator 88 500cc 4

Norton Dominator 750cc Atlas 2

Norton 500cc Nomad, Desert Racer 1

Norton 1970 Mercury 1

Paul Dunstall, Dunstall Dominator 650cc 1

Norton Navigator 2 both of them were in blue

Norton Commando 750cc 5

Norton Commando 850cc 1

Paul Dunstall 1963 Domiracer 500cc race bike 1

Max Groves and Malcolm Smith, with the cake

 

 

Max Groves brought along his ex Isle of Man 1953 350cc Manx Norton racer and also his Norton Atlas. John Blades rode his ex Frank Westworth (editor of Real Classic magazine) 1970 Norton Mercury after a recent restoration and it was in a very standard condition. This bike had been off the road, for over 14 years, and it was the first time at the Ardingly show for this bike. Chris Barraclough’s Dominator 99 was previously sprinted by a former owner, with a timed quarter mile of 12.30 seconds with a 99 mph terminal speed. We also had members from the Kent and Essex branch’s of the NOC, on our stand, who displayed their bikes for us. One of the Norton Atlas’s on our stand had been given a pillion ride to Pa Norton’s granddaughter. I think it must have been Max Groves’s bike. Phil Hannam brought along his 650ss Manxman engine Dominator, as Phil had only just finished rebuilding the engine due to some engine problems.

There was also an ex Paul Dunstall 1963 500cc Domiracer, with a Norton Lowboy frame, that was brought along by Mike Braid. This was the bike that was in the Fire-Up paddock, at 10.30am out side the Queens Jubilee Show Hall, where the Surrey section had our stand.  Mike Braid always supports the Surrey section with some very immaculately restored and amazing bikes to add to our displays at the events that we attend. This hall had over 200 bikes on display. There was at 11.30am in the Stockman’s Building a question and answer session that was hosted by Brian Crichton, the ex Classic Bike editor. This comprised the special guest star Rex Butcher, and friends, the ex Paul Dunstall racer and Dave Degens. There was a chance, to question Rex and

From L to R, Paul Smart, Rex Butcher and Colin Seeley cut the cake

Dave, the men who were there at the time.

There was another chance to hear and see the race bikes, as there was another Fire up Paddock at 1.30pm. The prize giving was at 2.30pm, for all those had won an award for their bikes.

Guest of honour was the very entertaining ex top racer Rex Butcher who was on the stand as well as his good mate Paul Smart and our very own Colin Seeley, to cut the cake celebrating the 60th Anniversary, or Diamond Jubilee, of the NOC, that Julie Diplock had made for us. The West Sussex branch handed over the Eric Cox trophy to the Kent branch on our stand. After the Kent branch it will then be our turn, the Surrey section to take the trophy out for rides, at least we should have this during the summer months where as poor Paul Smith managed the extra 1200 miles he put on the trophy during the winter months so well done Paul.

The Surrey section stand was mobbed by all those looking at the bikes, and those members of the public, that wanted to know about joining the NOC and the Surrey section. We had run out of our cards to give out, and luckily, I had my own supply in one of my trouser pockets when asked by a prospective new member. There was so many questions that we answered, and our stand was amazingly busy and crowded for most of the day. Simon Smith who with out whom we would not be able to have our stand, brought along all our equipment as well as the tea, and the coffee. Max Groves so very kindly brought along a large plastic container full of sausage rolls for us all. We all had some of that very large cake that was also given out to the other exhibitors in the hall.

There were 150 traders and stalls, and the oldest bike at the show was an 1897 Leon Bolle Voiturette. This was built during the reign of Queen Victoria, and this machine has completed many Pioneer Runs. In all there were five indoor halls that were, jam packed with bikes and so many spares that those that came along to the show could look through for that very illusive part for their own restorations. Zoe Cano had a stand, selling her books, of her extraordinary bike riding travels, and adventures, across the USA, and last year she rode along the length of NZ. Zoe has agreed to come along at a future date to give the Surrey section one of her talks, about her latest amazing bike rides, and adventures.

The Surrey section had a picture of our line up of bikes, in an article in the 3rd April edition of Motorcycle News. This also featured in this edition of MCN was in their Best of British section, which featured Mick and Angie Hemmings, and it was titled, still tuning Norton’s at 75 years old.

There was an amazing Matchless G12 with CSR heads, and this was called “The Throwback” and it was a 1980-styled Arlen Ness low-rider. Rex Butcher presented the best Dominator at the show to Derek Isaacs.

At the end of the show a prospective owner of a Nomad came over to see me about my Nomad, and told me he had been trying to find one for a long time, as he really wanted a Nomad. He had a company searching North America to find him one.

There is also a YouTube video : Great must-watch video from the March 2018 event at Ardingly. Julie Diplock and her team do an amazing job of running this event, and it due to all their hard work and combined efforts that the event has become such an amazing success for the classic bike enthusiast.

The Surrey section was awarded the best stand, and my own 500cc Nomad was awarded a second-class award, in the 1950/1959 Competition and Special Class at the show. Can I take this opportunity to thank all those that came along and displayed their bikes for us? For all your help, assistance, amazing bikes, and for being there, and helping the Surrey section make this for us such an outstanding event for us all. We rocked it totally, on that Sunday

The Surrey section has many events that we have planed that we shall be attending this year, as well as many up and coming talks, ride outs, and organising events to represent the NOC.

The Surrey section will be at the next Ardingly show on Sunday 27th October 2019.

Anthony Curzon Press Officer Surrey Section.

 

 

 

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