Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage Revival Montlhery 2017 part 3

Hopefully you're not tired of pictures from the Vintage Revival yet as here are some more.......

This 1919 GN /1908 JAP v8 aero engine
hybrid was put together in the late '90s and
was probably the most photographed vehicle of
the event.

And no wonder for it is a truly amazing beast
and very photogenic to boot.

Attention to detail is top level. At vintage car events there
seems to be a big trend for 'false' patination - ie making something
look unrestored and old when it is perhaps neither. Some manage
to pull this look off with aplomb others less so. The GN JAP
certainly does wear it's clothes just so.

Tim Gunn of Gunn and Co brought along this Cyclemaster
built up in a style that I guess you might call rat rod cyclemotor.
It gave me a few ideas but I should shy away from any more
projects, enough on the go already!

Tim Gunn also brought along this faux veteran powered by a
Chinese cyclemotor engine. It looked the part and ran nicely.

Sweet detail on the cyclemotor petrol tank.

Detail on a Bedelia cyclecar.

And the steering on a Bedelia. It genuinely
could not be simpler. Sorry the pic is the wrong
way round, for some reason blogger just wanted
to put it that way..

Drive belt on the Bedelia.

And rear view. An incredibly narrow track.

And the full beast. Looks like fun!

Unusual to see a blue Indian.

Unknown and very diminutive cyclecar.

A strange beast. The badge on the bonnet says

Motive force for the Villand is a JAP v twin
unit driving through the front wheel by chain
with hub centre steering.

The drive arrangement on the Villand in close up.

This garish early veteran says 'Fulmen Helvitia' on its crankcase.
Obviously way off original but a fun bike and good to see being
used. In fact it gave me some ideas for my basket case 1904
Quadrant though I wouldn't perhaps go as far as to paint it yellow.

Peugeot Paris-Nice.

Motosacoche ioe v twin.

Koehler Escoffier veteran era ohv v twin. Gorgeous.

Another Monet et Goyon Automouche.

Also by Monet & Goyon, this invalid tricycle being given a
mild push by a Wall Autowheel produced under license by
Monet & Goyon.

Monet & Goyon certainly produced some strange contraptions
in their time. This BMA (bicyclette a moteur auxiliaire - or
cyclemotor as we know them in English) utilises the same
Wall Autowheel motor in a willfully odd frame. I like it though.
Check out the front suspension - it is in the steerer tube and
somewhat peculiarly leaves the handlebars unsprung.

View of the Monet & Goyon's inlet over exhaust
Autowheel motor.

This Peugeot also gave me some ideas for my
Quadrant. Sweet looking bike that on first glance
looks to be very original and perhaps unrestored.
However close up reveals that it probably
was built from a basket case with quite a number
of newly made parts to replace those missing. The
new parts may not be as to original but they are in
a period style and the end effect is very nice.

Very grand veteran New Hudson v twin.

Veteran Griffon v twin.

A pair of veteran BSAs being started up. The one to the fore
was in exceptionally original condition.

Rene Gillet v twin.

Neracar in front of the Rene Gillet.

Stunning AJS R10 combo as seen out on the track.

French MGC with an unusual aluminium frame. The tank and
top spine of the frame is one large casting.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Douglas Vespa Sidecars

Brochure for the range of sidecars Douglas produced for their Vespas that they made under license. I'm not downright sure of the date of this item, probably mid fifties. If anyone can enlighten please do comment or mail.

Douglas Vespa sidecars brochure front cover.

Douglas Vespa sidecars brochure page 1.

Douglas Vespa sidecars brochure page 2.

Douglas Vespa sidecars brochure rear cover.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Luckiest lad in the street

Great thirties photo of a lad posing with his swanky new cycle. A proper posh job too fitted with hub brakes; unusual for a 'juvenile' size bicycle. The cycle looks like it is on 24 inch rims. I'm not sure of the make but Phillips would be a good guess.

It is strange and evocative that even every inch of the background dates the photo. Very different flower planting to today's gardens, an arts and crafts arbour and a roofline devoid of tv aerials and satellite dishes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Vintage Revival Montlhery 2017 part 2

Monet & Goyon Automouche tricycle powered by a Villiers
engine. c1923
More snaps from the Vintage Revival......

A 'Lady'. The Lady brand hailed from Antwerp,
Belgium and were in production from 1924 to 1940.

Neracar motoring past.

Detail from a very unusual Motobecane bicycle of 1937. One
of a pair of prototypes exhibited. This ladies model sports a
very compact 'micro drive' chain and sprockets plus front

And the front mech on the Motobecane. Very sleek. The lever
for the chainset gears is under the saddle.

And the road bike prototype is in the background. The
Motobecane road prototype has the same suspension
type as the ladies model but with rear suspension as well.
The gearing however is conventional.

Close up on the Motobecane front suspension.

Fun BMW R100R combo in the bike park.
The chair is taken from a fairground ride.

Race category bikes waiting for the off.

Bugatti under power just through the chicane.

The AJS R10 outfit was beautifully turned out.

Another Bug.

One of the British GN contingent.

Brough Superior SS100 on the chicane.

Norton CS1.

GN waiting for the off.

And another.

That AJS R10 under steam.

Cotton JAP Brooklands bike from the Brooklands Museum.

Morgan with mag covered against the rain.

The cyclecar start grid.

Last minute adjustments to a GN.

The Brooklands Cotton again.

And a cammy Norton coming in.