WELCOME MARCH 2018 ISSUE 458
Everyone expected a price like a phone number, however when bidding hit £652,414 even Bonhams must have been surprised. That’s the thick end of a million dollars. The Vincent Black Lightning in question has history – it’s the ex-tony Mcalpine and Jack Ehret land speed record bike – but it shows continued interest and growth in classics. More on page 6.
Such treasures are beyond most piggy banks, so it was great to visit Cadwell for some BSA Bantam action – the most affordable classic racing (page 44). It leads a bevy of fascinating competition features, with the intriguing Mototemporada road races (page 66), the Gollner Cheetah (page 60) plus the story of Julian Wigg’s amazing BSA tracker (page 32).
Out on the road we go for a ride in rush-hour Paris with a Velocette KSS, and there’s a Triumph Thunderbird restoration and laid-back BSA. There’s ample inspiration for your own rides too, with our massive 2018 events guide – it starts on page 77.
Finally I should say hello as the new boy on Classic Bike. I’ve got a trio of classics in a draughty shed, enjoy tea and have my own spanners, so should fit in fine. One lump or two?
Enjoy the issue.
6 Jack Ehret’s 1951 Vincent: still breaking records in 2018