10 November 2018
We are looking forward to providing a working exhibit at Brooklands Museum over the next few months. Our next project, a 1928 Sunbeam model 8 motorcycle will be built in the iconic McAvoy shed. visitors will be able to see the progress of the build and have the opportunity to see the work in progress on Thursdays. Updates on the build will also be available on the Museum website and via Twitter and Instagram @fenlandclassics
Fenland Classic Motorcycle's Martin Gegg said "This is an opportunity for people to follow a build in real time. We are currently preparing the parts for the build which have already been plated and painted."
In some ways we are cheating by making sure that we have a complete bike ready to go, but the advantage is that visitors and readers of the build blog will see regular progress over weeks rather than months. We won't have the disadvantage of having to wait months for that very rare bit to turn up at an autojumble.
Below is a video clip from day one, as the parts were being unpacked and identified.
A large crowd assembled at Brooklands Museum on 30 September to commemorate the site's contribution to WW1. 16 period bikes took part in a demonstration of the slalom event first held at the Armed Forces event in 1915. Also on show were period cars and military trucks as well as the museum's impressive collection of WW1 period Aircraft including the Vickers Vimy which ran up its engines.
Re-enactment groups performed rifle drill and crowds were treated to a rare opportunity to take pictures of military aircraft, trucks and an original Matchless Motorcycle Gun Carrier on the Start/Finish straight.
This was the last of the commemoration events. However, a Museum Spokesman said the museum are planning to run a future event in 2019 that would include WW1 and pioneer period motorcycles.
With our Brooklands Motorcycle Team hat on we will be recreating the WW1 Brooklands Motorcycle Events of 1915. This will be the first time we can run the event on the Start/Finish straight which was recently re-opened. We will be aiming to get as many WW1 period (2010-1920) motorcycles out on track as we can. We have also secured a loan of the WW1 Matchless Machine gun carrier which will be on display throughout the day. Do you have a WW1 period motorcycle?
22 November 2017
VMCC Abingdon Marque Specialist William Whiteley has been researching the people and products of this Pioneer firm for many years. This invaluable archive has now been distilled into a 160 page book which was published earlier this month.
We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the final draft, and look forward to copies which will be available from our online bookshop from 23 November.
17 November 2017
The recently discovered and restored 1957 Italian film I Fidanzati della Morte (Engaged to Death) is due to be screened at a special event during the very first French Riviera Motorcycle Film Festival in Nice to be held on 2-4 March 2018. Organisers say "the spirit of the festival is an exchange" and they hope that experienced Directors and filmmakers will join up with those who are new to the art and share their passion ant technique.
Fenland Classic Motorcycles are proud to be associated with the restoration of this important film and you can click here to find out more about the film and even buy a copy of the DVD and accompanying book in our shop.
11 July 2017
Stars of two and four wheels gathered at Mercedes World in Surrey to Honour the memory of John Surtees, who died earlier this year.
Triple World Champion rider Freddie Spencer, former Grand Prix Motorcycle rider, and Saloon Car driver Stuart Graham, Journalist and former TT Rider Mat Oxley and Norton Motorcycles CEO Stuart Garner took to the track at Mercedes Benz World on 11 July in a fitting tribute to John Surtees, who passed away in March this year. On track later were a number of Surtees race cars driven by Damon Hill, Derek Bell, Alexander Simms, Scott Malvern and Oliver Turvey.
The tribute was part of the annual Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge at the Mercedes-Benz World Circuit in Surrey.
Afterwards John Surtees daughter Leonora said " Motorcycles remained an important part of dad's life, and it was particularly nice to see the bikes out on track with the cars at an event that meant so much to him"
For more information about the Henry Surtees Foundation and future events go to http://bit.ly/HSFoundation.
Freddie Spencer leads out Mat Oxley and Stuart Graham
Legend John Surtees Dies at the age of 83
10 March 2017
It was announced today that the Racing sport legend John Surtees died pecefully after a short illness.
The statement from the family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees CBE.
“John, 83, was admitted to St George’s Hospital, London in February with an existing respiratory condition and after a short period in intensive care he passed away peacefully this afternoon. His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.
“John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.
“We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.
“We would like to thank all the staff at St George’s Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us. Thank you also to all of those who have sent their kind messages in recent weeks. Funeral details will be announced in due course.”
Tributes are pouring in from Teams, Riders, Drivers Journalists and Fans who all acknowledge John Surtees as one of the true legends of motorsport, having been the only person to have won both motorcycle and F1 world championships.
John, born in February 1934, son of a South London Dealer started racing at the age of 16 soon progressing to become a Norton factory rider in 1955. He went on to win six world titles and became the first person to win the Isle of Man senior TT three years in a row. In 1960 he moved over to cars winning the world title in 1964.
In 1970, Surtees formed his own race team, the Surtees Racing Organisation, and spent nine seasons competing in Formula 5000, Formula 2 and Formula 1 as a constructor. He retired from competitive driving in 1972. The team was finally disbanded at the end of 1978.
More recently and since the death of his son Henry, in a racing accident at Brands Hatch he devoted much of his time to charity work through the Henry Surtees Foundation.
Warbike Project Travels Back in Time
18 November 2016
The Project moves forward, researching the Post WW1 period, but not before exploring some of the events that took place at Brooklands Race Track over 100 years ago. Warbike Author Martin Gegg said "In September we managed to source some of the original pattern Barriers as used in period to run the obstacle race first run in 1915. We got a true flavour of what the original race would have felt like as riders took to the course on period machines."
Early in the morning Martin also gathered some of the riders together for a film shoot that will illustrate some of the first testing sessions at Brooklands in 1912.
A Group look on as Bikes are tested on Test Hill (A bit of photoshop may be required!)
Fenland Classics at Kempton
15 November 2016
Drop in to stand 181 at 3rd December auto-jumble. Just in 1950's AJS Frames and Engine parts. Semi Liquid grease for that 1930's Burman winter rebuild,Vintage footrest Rubbers, Vintage Handlebar Grips, various Carbs and a whole lot of other "stuff" for your winter project.
Also on 3 Dec the Kempton Off Road Classic Show. Well worth a visit.
Fenland Classic Motorcycles at Kickback
1 October 2016
Martin Gegg author of Warbike: British Military Motorcycling will be at Kickback Olympia talking about the Warbike Project and WW1 Motorcycling. More information about the show on 29-30 October 2016 can be found on the Kickback Website
World Record at Bonhams, Stafford
24 April 2016
The atmosphere began to chenge at Stafford today as the countdown began to what was to become a world record price paid for a Brough Superior. As the bidding reached its height there were gasps from the audience as a new bidder sneaked in to secure the Brough which was part of the collection that has become known as the Broughs of Bodmin, having been discovered there earlier in the year. See our Exclusive film of the bidding below:
Warbike: British Military Motorcycling 1899-1919 is Launched
1 October 2015
We are proud to anounce that after over three years research, Warbike: British Military Motorcycling 1899-1919 has been published and is available direct from Fenlandclassics.com or via Amazon and many other online outlets.
Launched on 1 October 2015, this book offers a fascinating insight into the development of the Military Motorcycle from early Pioneers to the birth of the Despatch Rider and their use during WW1.
Author Martin Gegg said "What started as a bit of idle research has grown from a magazine article into a book" "The project caught the mood of of the moment during the 2014 WW1 commemorations, and I have had some invaluable images from Museum Archives and Mortons Media to provide a pictorial record of these pioneer days.
Note to Editors
Martin Gegg is a WW1 military motorcycle subject expert and Brooklands Motorcycle Team Volunteer. He has provided advice to scriptwriters/production teams on three film projects and was intrumental in bringing 30 period bikes together to commemorate the 1915 Brooklands Military Motorcycle events iin September 2015.
Other related Articles:
The Classic Motorcycle Oct 2013:Modern Warfare (Motorcycles of WW1)
The Classic Motorcycle Sept 2015: The Diaries of War (With David Venner
Link to Sales page:
Warbike: British Military Motorcycling 1899-1919
Author: Martin Gegg
Published: September 2015
Over 70 images