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The Unapproachable Norton

1952 Norton Manx 30M

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By 1950, the McCandless Featherbed frame in its early form with a bolted-on rear sub-frame was commercially available and privateer racers began using it with great success after Norton took the first three places in both the Senior and Junior TT at the Isle of Man. In 1951, the Featherbed became standard on production Manx models.

This 1952 30M replica was part of the Bill Clarke collection in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was constructed by Ken McIntosh and John Simpson using a McIntosh replica Norton Manx frame and running gear with a long-stroke engine and parts supplied by Bill Clarke. It runs on methanol and was raced in New Zealand vintage events by four-time World Champion, Hugh Anderson.

It was acquired for the NZ Classic Motorcycles collection at auction in the United States in 2011, and has since been raced and displayed at New Zealand classic motorcycle events in 2012 and 2013, and went to Moto Mecca in Invercargill in 2016.

Courtesy New Zealand Classic Motorcycles