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1930 Rudge Sales Catalogue.

Rudge it, Don’t Trudge it was their motto, and since the mid 1920s Rudge had been mounting success after success for their motorcycles. For 1930 things were to get even better with wins including a 1st and 2nd in the Senior race at the I.O.M TT races. Even in NZ Rudge was successful in taking overall honours at the first ever New Zealand TT on Waiheke Island in 1931. 4 speed gearboxes, a recirculating oiling system and a linked braking system were just some of the attractions that made Rudge the machine to own. They didn’t produce many models, in

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Barnstormers New Years 2019.

As we all know if something is going to break or give us grief it will be at Christmas, just when time is at a premium. Between the stringing of Christmas lights, tree decorating and playing Santa my PC decided to annoy me by doing lots of strange things. Whether it was the weather or perhaps it too wanted to be festive, it seemed to rejoice in deleting what I was writing, usually when I got up to fill my glass with some Christmas happiness. Some of you are probably thinking “Oh yes, silly old fool, probably had tooooo much

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Velocette GTP Parts Book.

Knobster and I both have a fascination with the English Stinkwheels, an enduring term for the early smokey, stinky 2 stroke motorcycles. Mine is the 225cc Royal Enfield whereas Knobster likes any underpowered light weight 2 stroke that allows him to hop off at the slightest of hills and exercise his legs by pushing. Not sure whether it is the under performing nature of the older 2 strokes or perhaps the ability to completely obliterate the following vehicles in a dense haze of 2 stroke smoke but we like to support the underdog. The Velocette GTP is one of those

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2018 NZ Motorcycle show

Things have moved on a little in the Knob household since last years show, as Knob Jr has decided he now likes motorcycles and backed this up by getting his MC license and a shiny Kawasaki Ninja (not Barnstormers old , I know, but please bear with the ramblings of an old man). So there is a new enthusiasm from his little lordship and what is his dear old Dad to do but fan those smoldering embers. As one wag said to me, if this becomes a passion, he’ll never be able to afford a drug habit.

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1939 BSA Sales Catalogue

With black clouds gathering on the horizon from Europe and the possibility of war with Germany it was quite surprising that for 1939 BSA was to offer up 16 different models and 5 sidecars. Perhaps they were in belief that the Hilter wasn’t a tyrant and that the politicians would have it all sorted by Christmas. History has proven otherwise.

Nevertheless motorcycling wasn’t standing still. Machines were still rolling off the production line for the public to buy and the British ISDE Team headed off to the unsettled Czech Republic to compete in that years event. Little did they realise

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