March 2018

Everyone expected a price like a phone number, however when bidding hit £652,414 even Bonhams must have been surprised. That’s the thick end of a million dollars. The Vincent Black Lightning in question has history – it’s the ex-Tony McAlpine and Jack Ehret land speed record bike – but it shows continued interest and growth in classics.

Such treasures are beyond most piggy banks, so it was great to visit Cadwell for some BSA Bantam action – the most affordable classic racing. It leads a bevy of fascinating competition features, with the intriguing Mototemporada road races, the Gollner Cheetah plus the story of Julian Wigg’s amazing BSA tracker. Out on the road we go for a ride in rush-hour Paris with a Velocette KSS, and there’s a Triumph Thunderbird restoration and laid-back BSA. There’s ample inspiration for your own rides too, with our massive 2018 events guide.

Finally I should say hello as the new boy on Classic Bike. I’ve got a trio of classics in a draughty shed, enjoy tea and have my own spanners, so should fit in fine. One lump or two?

Enjoy the issue.

Mike Armitage

Executive Editor


2018 Events Guide

All the dates and essential information for this year’s best events

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The Tale of the curious cat

The Gollner Cheetah is a rare beast with feline agility, built in an attempt to claw back trials glory from Spanish top cats in the ’60s

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Gold digger

Seasoned off-road racer and restorer Julian Wigg has lavished hours on his Gold Star flat-tracker – and it shows. And we’re proud to admit that we provided the inspiration for it

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