EARLY FLAT­HEAD HARLEY

Classic Bike (UK) - - GRIMSTHORPE -

Dave Inglis un­loaded three pris­tine road bikes from his trailer: a 1929 Harley-david­son ‘D’ (the first of the flat­head 45s), 1925 Tri­umph Model P and 1937 Tiger 90. “I do VMCC runs on the Harley but my in­ter­est in speed tri­als started when they ran an event at Sys­ton. It’s just two miles down the road from me and I know the or­gan­is­ers, so I wanted to get in­volved.

“I’ve owned the Harley for eight years. I al­ready owned the Model P and had been to the Ban­bury Run sev­eral times, but de­cided I’d like to take part and bought the Harley. It came up for sale as part of a pri­vate col­lec­tion in Durham and hadn’t been on the road in 50 years. The paint­work was ‘as is’, but I’ve gone through it and re­placed all bear­ings and seals and re­freshed the top end.

“Sys­ton has more his­tory, but I think this hill is bet­ter for the pub­lic. Grim­sthorpe is a more fit­ting set­ting for bikes and cars like these, too.”

ABOVE: At­ten­dees re­ally got into the swing of things BE­LOW: Dave Inglis on course on a 1925 Tri­umph Model P

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