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Its 1927 at Blandford Park, Auckland.

Jumping motorcycles, or leaping over ramps and objects has been passion of many motorcyclists for years, so how far back does this sport go?

Overseas magazines always had pictures of riders performing acts of daring do. Leaping motorcycles over ramps, through rings of fire, and on high wire, all this in the 1920s. Well they were not alone because our history has recorded such events.

Palmerston North had their version of the Ben Hur race of chariots in the 1930s. Instead of horses pulling the chariots Harley Davidson motorcycles were used (if anybody has any original photographs of this event

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1925 James Sales Catalogue

For 1925 The Famous James was advertised as the King of Motorcycles. Perhaps a play for extra attention from the public as Douglas was one of the few that had a Royal Warrant for their machines and there is nothing more in the James sales catalogue that states that they also shared this special recognition. To mention the name James most people will think of the James 2 stroke models from the 1950s. Great little motorcycles powered by the ever reliable Villiers 2 stroke engines. But back in the 1920s James were producing machines that were innovative and stylish, as

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1926 Norton Sales Catalogue.

This sales catalogue from 1926 is not complete and its front cover is missing but it had at least 18 pages, of which the 8 remaining pages are published here. The value held within these pages makes it worth while, and the models include the Big 4 6.33hp, the 16H 4.90 Sports, the Model 18 OHV, and 4 of Nortons sidecar models, with the Family and Semi Sorts Touring just 2 of them.

Click on the 4.90 Sports Norton below to see the remaining catalogue.

It is a 1M PDF and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

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1949 Ariel Sales Catalogue

This sales catalogue is not dated but is post war from Wellington Motor Dealers Sutherland and Wilkinson, and is believed to be about 1949. As the same with other motorcycle manufacturers after World War 2 Ariel would have been struggling to produce completely new models so the 1946 to 50 machines were very similar to their prewar cousins with the exception of minor updates, mainly the addition of telescopic forks. Models include Ariels famous Square 4 1000cc model, as well as their Red Hunter models and the side valve machines.

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McLeans Island Swap Meet … Here we go

Not many sleeps to go. If you see a couple of portly chaps with Orkland accents bickering their way around the site, thats probably us