Today in Motorcycle History

Some useful contacts:

The Vintage Motorcycle Club

The VMCC welcomes anyone with an interest in motorcycles 25 or more years old. You don't have to own a bike to join. Members receive a monthly magazine containing news, letters, articles and members' adverts, and the club sections hold many local events, in addition to the national ones like the Banbury Run (over 400 vintage motorcycles took part in 1997).

Address: Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-on-trent, Staffs, DE14 1TR

Phone: 01283 540557

The Sunbeam Motorcycle Club

An old-established club, organisers of the Pioneer Run for veteran motorcycles, from Epsom to Brighton.

The contact address is 2 years old, but hopefully still valid:

18 Chieveley Drive, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5HQ

Old Bike Mart

A monthly newspaper, available by suscription only, packed full of adverts, plus club news, sport, events. Annual subscription is currently a very reasonable £8.50, from:

Old Bike Mart, PO Box 99, Horncastle, Lincs, LN9 6LZ

Old Bike

A quarterly magazine devoted to pre-1950 motorcycles. This generally means pre-war, as not much happened to motorcycle development between 1939 and 1946. The one to go for if older machines are your true love, but rather short on classified ads due to its quarterly publication. Another subscription-only one, from:

Old Bike, Clayside Barn, Alstonefield, nr Ashbourne, DE6 2FS (01335 310407)


Classic motorcycle magazines, available at any decent newsagent. The most popular titles include Classic Bike, The Classic Motorcycle, Classic Bike Guide, and Motorcycle Classics. If you're interested in classic bike racing, try Fast Classics - or for emphasis on classic Japanese bikes, try Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics.

PS: Isn't it about time someone launched a mag that doesn't have the word 'Classic' in the title?