EARLY FLATHEAD HARLEY
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