A trib­ute to Alan Clews: 1938–2018

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World renowned mo­tor­cy­cle de­signer Alan Clews sadly passed away on May 2nd 2018 — just shy of his 80th birthday. Alan con­tin­ued to play an ac­tive role within CCM as he had done over the past 47 years.

In the 70s, Alan blazed a trail across the mo­tocross Grands Prix of the world with the Bolton based firm punch­ing well above its weight, dish­ing out bloody noses to many of the Euro­pean and Ja­panese fac­tory works teams.

He also es­tab­lished the brand in the tri­als world with both four- and two-stroke pro­duc­tion ma­chines. It was this abil­ity that en­deared him and his rid­ers to mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts across the globe, and Alan’s leg­endary fourstroke dirt bikes would be­come known as ‘The Rolling Thun­der’.

His fi­nal project would see him work­ing his magic on CCM’s lat­est model, The Spit­fire. Alan was in the midst of a ‘stroked’ ver­sion of the Spit­fire’s 600cc en­gine when he was taken ill, and trag­i­cally he would not see this labour of love brought to its con­clu­sion; how­ever ev­ery­one here at CCM is com­mit­ted to com­plet­ing this, his fi­nal legacy, in his hon­our.

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