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Brooklands Spring Motorcycle Gathering
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' magazine (left).

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)


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