Clicks from the Clas­sic TT

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Re­tired jour­nal­ist Kerry Hill was at the re­cent Isle of Man Clas­sic TT, as well as at­tend­ing the nearby Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling at Jurby. Here are a few shots and de­scrip­tions cap­tur­ing the at­mos­phere.

One of more than 300 bikes in the Isle of Man Mu­seum, a 1936 350cc new Im­pe­rial. At Jurby, a 1923 350cc Perivale with spring frame. BE­LOW A 1979 Silk 700 S, one of just 139 man­u­fac­tured in Eng­land. Ge­orge Silk of Silk Engi­neer­ing raced vin­tage Scotts and used the Scott en­gine and Spon­don rac­ing frame and forks to pro­duce his own wa­ter-cooled mo­tor­cy­cle. Un­for­tu­nately the bike never took off be­cause of its high price tag, and Ge­orge lost money on ev­ery bike sold. ABOVE This spe­cial 750cc Suzuki is all stain­less steel and nickel plated alu­minium. It took two years to build. BE­LOW A 1956 250cc Suhl from East Ger­many, one of hun­dreds of bikes in the carpark of Creg Ny Baa pub, a key van­tage point on the TT course. BOT­TOM RIGHT Some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, a Hen­ley, built by the Clarke brothers in Birm­ing­ham us­ing a Black­burn en­gine and Bur­man gear­box.

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