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Motorcycles at the 1922 Olympia Show

NOVEMBER 30th, 1922. Page 747
The Olympia Show.


Stand 28.

Since it won its class in the 500 mile race m 1921 the 588 c.c. flat twin Coventry Victor has steadily gained favour with the speedmen, and realising this the makers have introduced a super-sports model for next year. Although the specification is in every way suitable for a touring machine, the new model will be supplied with an 80 m.p.h. speed guarantee at a slight extra charge.

Two Cox Atmos carburetters supply the mixture to the cylinders, and a system of balanced air-pressures in float-chambers, fuel tank, and induction pipe has been adopted.

Ordinary sporting and touring (solo or sidecar) models are, of course, retained, chain-drive via a Sturmey gear box being common to all.



Stand 29.

One of the neatest machines to make its appearance this year is the Massey. (It was introduced to the public in July.) Proprietary units are used, Blackburne engines being fitted throughout, but the appearance of the whole machine, besides being extremely pleasing, indicates that considerable thought has been expended on the design...

Continued: Massey Motor Co


Stand 30.

In company with a great many others, the manufacturers of the Martinsyde have introduced a 350 c.c. single for next year; however, they differ from most firms by designing an entirely new model instead of employing a proprietary engine or adapting one of their existing designs to meet the new requirement.

The latest Martinsyde follows the bigger twins in having an overhead exhaust valve, but the valve gear is novel and, it is claimed, silent. The valve rocker pivots on an inverted knife edge, and an external leaf spring replaces the conventional coil.

Little change has been made to the 673 c.c. standard and sporting models.



Stand 31.

When the Ner-a-car was first introduced its sponsors would not admit that it was a motor cycle at all. Perhaps it is not; but nevertheless, it finds its way into the Motor Cycle Show and appeals to quite a number of motor cyclists, as well as to the car-owner or non-motorist clientele which it was designed to attract. Its general lines are now too well known to need detailed description; suffice it to say that it is extremely low built, and almost self-steering and non-skidding. For 1923 its two-stroke power unit has been increased in capacity from 211 c.c. to 285 c.c.


The Motor Cycle, November 1922

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