Clas­sic Bike’s au­tumn event gath­ers pace with a Bob Mcin­tyre cel­e­bra­tion

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The lat­est at­trac­tion con­firmed for the Foot­man James Clas­sic Bike Live event at Peter­bor­ough Arena on Oc­to­ber 28/29 is a spe­cial dis­play cel­e­brat­ing Scot­tish rac­ing leg­end Bob Mcin­tyre and engi­neer Joe Potts, who de­vel­oped a num­ber of in­no­va­tive en­gines for Mcin­tyre and oth­ers.

Bikes on dis­play will in­clude the 1961, 500cc Potts Nor­ton (JP7) which was Potts’ ul­ti­mate de­vel­op­ment of the Manx Nor­ton en­gine and the last bike Mcin­tyre ever rode. With its ported cylin­der head, Potts crank, re­vised drive side main bear­ings and high lift cams, the bike was one of the fastest Manx-based en­gines of its day.

There’ll also be JP5 – a spe­cial 250cc ma­chine built us­ing the 500cc en­gine from Mcin­tyre’s 1958 Manx as a ba­sis. Then there’s a 1958 Desmo Potts Nor­ton and a brace of Char­lie Bruce spe­cials – a 1958 250cc Ve­lo­cette with an en­gine given to Bruce by Mcin­tyre and a frame built by Alec Crum­mie, and a 1951 150cc New Im­pe­rial spe­cial.

And if that’s not enough for Mcin­tyre fans, a Kay Engi­neer­ing replica of the Gil­era Bob Mcin­tyre rode to vic­tory in the 1957 Se­nior TT will also be on dis­play.

The au­to­jum­ble is fill­ing up fast, club book­ings are rolling in and the good news is that John Mcguin­ness is still plan­ning to at­tend de­spite his crash at the NW200.

There’s still plenty of time to en­ter your clas­sic in the con­cours com­pe­ti­tion – con­tact info@live­pro­mo­ – and be in with a chance of lift­ing se­ri­ous cash. Dis­counted tick­ets are avail­able from £9 on the event web­site clas­sicbike­live. See you there.

Mcin­tyre on his IOM TT 100mph lap in ’57

Come and see the Potts Nor­ton JP7

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