WEL­COME MARCH 2018 IS­SUE 458

Classic Bike (UK) - - CONTENTS - MIKE ARMITAGE, EX­EC­U­TIVE EDI­TOR mike@clas­sicbike.co.uk

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

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