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1937 Rudge Sales Catalogue

This catalogue has no date but opinion from those in the know and reading of some books it seems to point to 1937. There are 5 models covered, the 250 Rapid, the 250 Sports, the 500 Special, the 500 Sports Special and the 500 Ulster. Interestingly there are no sidecars included. 2 of the 500 models have their prices inked on them, no doubt a customer was keen on a purchase. Even though they were impressive looking machines and sales had been increasing, the company was still struggling financially, with control of Rudge having passed to the Gramaphone Company

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Dusting Sidecars – An Advertisement.

Sidecars are not every motorcyclists preferred attachment to their machine, but then there are some who would much rather have one instead of a motorcar. As a young fella I always thought that a third wheel on a motorcycle was unnatural, however as the years have passed there has been a change even in my direction of such thoughts. Sidecars that were originally manufactured in the 1950s by H. C. Dusting of Melbourne are represented in this reprinted catalogue and are worthy of reproducing on Barnstormers as there have been new owners in charge for the past 12 years

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Lucas Equipment and Spare Parts Catalogue – Magnetos .

Nowadays mention the name Lucas in any sentence and owners of British cars and motorcycles could errupt into big gaffaws of laughter. The problem being that as the years went by the reliability of Lucas products came under heavy scrutiny with an increase in failures but most of this could be attributed to lack of maintenance. The most interesting thing to remember is that Lucas produced magnetos from the mid 1910s to approximately 1964, a period of nearly 50 years and so would have manufactured over a million, if not millions of such ignition devices. Not such a bad

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1935 Royal Enfield Motor Carrier

In the October/November 2019 issue of the Vintage Car Clubs bi-monthly magazine, Beaded Wheels, there is an excellent article by Bevars Binnie about a 1935 Royal Enfield Motor Carrier. This article ,and associated pictures, prompted us to ask Bevars if we could reproduce this here at Barnstormers, as its is a unique machine worthy of wider attention. With permission granted and a thanks to the VCCNZ for kindly letting us reproduce this, here is the article, unabridged for your enjoyment.

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1939 Coventry Eagle Sales Catalogue

When Coventry Eagle is talked about most people who know about the Coventry say “yes I would love a 1920s Flying Eight”, but as they are quite rare and worth a lot of money they seldom come up for sale. The motorcycles in this catalogue are from the other end of the spectrum and represent the more sedate and affordable commuter models from the post depression era.

1939 was the first year (and would be the last) for the lightweight Cadet models to have the new lighter tubular frame. The pressed steel frames were still being used on

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