Campion Cycle Company of Robin Hood Street, Nottingham
Campion were motorcycles produced from 1901 to 1925 and had been
1901 The first models appeared. They were a solo with a 2hp Minerva
engine and a forecar fitted
with their own 3¾ hp engine.
1905 The solo had now increased to 2¾ hp and the forecar had a water-cooled
4hp engine and two-speed gear.
1907-1911 Nothing much was heard of the company between those years.
1912 A new range appeared with JAP
singles and V-twins with belt drive, and some had Roc
gears. Shortly afterwards there were two-speeds and chain drive, followed
by models with Precision,
or Villiers engines, as well
as the JAP
1916 The sturdy big twin was now equipped with a Jardine
four-speed gearbox, which was a very special feature in the teens when
three-speed gears were common. The foot-boards were aluminium castings,
as were the horizontally split primary cases. The magneto was an American
which was specified for many English machines in the war years when there
was a real shortage of British built magnetos. Secondary transmission was
by rubber belt and the front forks were Druid.
1920 Post-World War I saw the company back in the listings with one model
that had a 770cc JAP
V-twin engine and Sturmey-Archer transmission.
1921 Several models were now available, including a 976cc version along
with 293cc and 597cc sv JAP
singles plus a 269cc Villiers
model - all with two speeds.
1921 Motorcycle 500cc. Exhibit at Nottingham Industrial Museum
1923 The largest twin was listed with three speeds or a four-speed Jardine gearbox, and in solo and sidecar forms. Yet another model had a Blackburne
1924 The range shrank to the 147cc Villiers,
and the 976cc V-twin.
1925 They were using Blackburne engines in two sizes and touring sv or sports ohv. The firm then stopped
making their own machines.
Note: For a couple of years afterwards the company remained in the
trade, building motorcycles for New