Classic Bike’s autumn event gathers pace with a Bob Mcintyre celebration
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 email@example.com – and be in with a chance of lifting serious cash. Discounted tickets are available from £9 on the event website classicbikelive. co.uk See you there.
Mcintyre on his IOM TT 100mph lap in ’57
Come and see the Potts Norton JP7