The Best in Show

A clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle show wouldn’t be a clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle show with­out a ma­chine crowned as the best in at­ten­dance. Michael Bar­r­a­clough, jour­nal­ist at The Clas­sic Mo­tor Cy­cle mag­a­zine, takes up the story of the im­pres­sive Best In Show win­ner from Staffor

Motorcycle Monthly - - Stafford -

This beau­ti­ful lit­tle 250cc Mon­tesa was bought new – in the for­mof a kit – in 1968 by its cur­rent owner. The model in ques­tion is Amer­i­can, dis­tin­guish­able by its wider block­tread tyres, wider mud­guards, fold­ing footrests and crin­kle-fin­ished head­lamp, among other char­ac­ter­is­tics. The colour scheme is a give­away too – Euro­pean Im­palas are typ­i­cally fin­ished in blue or red.

The story be­hind the bike is as in­trigu­ing as its ap­pear­ance. Mike had pre­vi­ously sold it, be­fore it sub­se­quently changed hands sev­eral times. It also ac­com­plished some com­mend­able feats in that time, in­clud­ing a ride in the Rally In­ter­na­cional Colom­bres. In 2010, Mike and the Mon­tesa were re­united and he be­gan the ar­du­ous process of re­turn­ing it to the glo­ri­ous state it’s in to­day. A great deal of time has been spent pol­ish­ing the alu­minium com­po­nents, which re­ally make it stand out on dis­play. A top-notch ef­fort.

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