Nicholas Biebuyck on the VMCC Banbury Run 1929 Grindlay Peerless 500cc Brooklands Outer Circuit

Collectors' motor cars, motorcycles and related memorabilia in association with the VMCC Banbury Run

16 June, 2012

The Motorcycle Department returned once
again to its Cotswold base with an eclectic
offering of machines. Since the sale's
inception in 2009 the breadth of machines
has increased. It now offers not only pioneer,
vintage and veteran machines, but classic and
collectors' machines of every period.
Unsurprisingly it was a Vincent that hit
top spot, with £31,050 realised for a 1951
Series C Rapide. This was closely followed by
a racing machine whose famous silhouette
anyone could recognise – the ex-Rudolf
Runtsch, 1952 Norton 500cc Model 30 Manx
Racing Motorcycle. It generated spirited
bidding, finally realising £28,750. The 2005
Orange County Chopper offered a touch
of American sunshine despite the weather,
with £24,150 achieved against a £15,000 -
£20,000 auction estimate.
Two time-warp pioneer machines reinstated
the association between Bonhams and the
VMCC Banbury Run, the 1904 Humber
402cc (£17,250) and 1902 Kerry 308cc

We know restoration projects are hot
property but all were surprised by the success
of the 1915 Indian 682cc Model G 'Little
Twin' Project (£12,650) and 1921 Norton
490cc 16H project (£5,175).
This year's addition of motor cars to the
sale was widely welcomed, and the team
look forward to their return to Oxford
next February (Motor Cars) and June
(Motorcycles). Entries now invited. .

Important collectors' motorcycles, Staffordshire County Showground

21 October, 2012

Racing motorcycles with Brooklands history are
highly sought after, and the 1929 Grindlay-Peerless-
JAP 500cc 'Hundred Model' raced at the Surrey
track is sure to generate intense competition among
When C W G 'Bill' Lacey, aboard a Grindlay-
Peerless, became the first man to cover 100 miles
in an hour on British soil in 1928, the Coventry
factory lost no time in bringing out a replica: the
Brooklands 'Hundred Model', only five or six of
which were made. One of two known to survive,
the Grindlay belonged to prominent VMCC member,
the late Edmond 'Boy' Tubb, who in 1937 won his
Brooklands 'Gold Star' aboard it, awarded for a
100mph lap. Offered for sale by the Tubb family,
the Grindlay has been displayed at the Brooklands
Museum and has been used by the Brooklands
Society on numerous demonstration runs. Estimate:
World famous motorcycling authority and prolific
author, the late Jeff Clew, has been much missed
since his death in 2009, and Bonhams is privileged
to offer three Velocettes from his collection: a 1930
KTT racer, an ultra-rare 1929 Speedway model and
a 1957 Valiant, all of which have been displayed
at the Haynes Motor Museum in Dorset. Raced at
Brooklands and the Manx Grand Prix by Harold
Lamacraft and later at Brooklands by Bert Perryman,
the KTT was restored by Jeff to be as close as
possible to original specification, and has since been
ridden over part of the Isle of Man TT course for the
MGP's 50th Anniversary, as well as at 'Brooklands
Revived' events. Estimate: £20,000-25,000.
Veloce Ltd made only 21 Speedway models, and
Jeff's re-creation uses a genuine 415cc 'KDT' engine,
which is housed in a KSS roadster frame modified
to dirt-track specification by many-times grass-track
champion Lew Coffin. Estimate £7,000-10,000.
Other highlights of what promises to be another
sensational sale include a recently restored 1910
Rex 5hp De Luxe V-twin that has participated
in the Pioneer and Banbury Runs (estimate:
£14,000–18,000), a 1957 Matchless G45 (estimate:
£36,000-40,000), and a matching-numbers 1930
Brough Superior 'Overhead 680' restoration project
(estimate £20,000-30,000).

VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes

Mallory Park

6 - 8 July, 2012

Despite the worst of the British weather
VMCC CEO James Hewing and his team put
on another spectacular display of machines
and riders at this year's 'Festival of 1000 Bikes'.
Nicknamed the 'Festival of 1349 Bikes' (the
number of machines confirmed for the sell-out
event), the list of past masters was endless,
including Kevin Schwantz aboard an ex-works
Suzuki RGV500, Randy Mamola, Carl Fogarty,
Paul Smart, Tepi Lansivuori and Neil Hodgson,
to name but a few. Bonhams motorcycle
representative Colin Seeley took to the Rhodes
Collection Velocette 500 'Dog Kennel' in style,
his skills just as sharp on two wheels as they
are on three.

2012 VMCC Banbury Run

Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

17 June, 2012

Nicholas Biebuyck competed in this year's VMCC
Banbury Run on board a 1928 AJS 500cc 'K8' Big
Port owned by James Robinson, editor of The Classic
Despite the weather, the event was a great
success, with a number of 'old faithfuls' returning to
the venue, as well as some exciting 'new' machines
fresh from the restorer's bench. The high point of
the year for many enthusiasts, the Run offers the
opportunity to ride a true 'vintage' machine in the
largest gathering of veteran and vintage machines
in the world.
Entry is now open for the 2013 event. Even
with 600 places available, competition is fierce
and would-be competitors are advised to submit
their entries in good time to avoid disappointment.
Entry is open to veteran and vintage machines
manufactured before 31st December 1930. For
more information visit:

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