Sunday 18th April 2010
The gathering was timed to mark the
anniversary of the official start of motorcycle racing in the UK at
Brooklands on 20th April 1908. Machines with genuine Brooklands history were
on display - and demonstrated, along with other attendees from the
Brooklands era, on the famous Test Hill.
There was also an invitation for
youngsters aged between 12-16 to become a 'racer's mechanic' for the day,
shadowing and assisting one of the riders on the historic demonstration
machines. Test Hill was in operation for two sessions, between 11am - noon and 2-3pm.
Scheduled as Brooklands' only motorcycle
event for the year, unfortunately the Sunbeamsidevalve team was unable to be
present. However, it was great to see the event reported in June's 'Classic Bike'
The article reported fine weather with
sunshine for the 2,000 plus visitors who attended.
Amongst the day's bikes was the 1927
500cc Sunbeam Model 9 of Richard Morris from Camberley, which was featured
as one of six bikes and riders in the article. The article reports Richard's
comments as follows:-
"I've only had this bike a little over a
year. It was built by my friend Ray Neve a few years ago as a vintage
special, using some of the best Sunbeam bits from later years. It looks like
the sporty 'Bullnose' Model 90 but in fact it's a 1927 Model 9 with a
'Bullnose' tank, 1931 Model 90 engine and a four-speed gearbox with Norton
doll's head footchange.
It romped up Test Hill in second,
accelerating all the way."
Photo: Richard Morris and 1927
Model 9 Sunbeam (from 'Classic Bike' magazine)