Monday, August 22, 2016

Little Nap, The Napoleon of the Chimpanzee World

Little Nap was featured in this blog some four years ago. Just recently the gods very much smiled down on me and I've come across this image of the little fella with his sidecar again, this time with a human passenger. It's an image I've never seen before. The boy looks pensive as well he may. The image is a photographic postcard, I couldn't say if it has been reproduced in multiple copies or not and it was printed in the UK. There isn't a lot of information out there about Little Nap, a shame as he certainly deserves a place in the pantheon of anthropomorphic sideshow greats.

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Little Nap and mildly uncomfortable passenger.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Graham Walker Memorial Run 2016 pt3

The third tranche of snaps from the Graham Walker....

Magnificent Norton.

Bronze head overhead cam. Superb.

It even had an aroma of Castrol R about it!

James 'pineapple' engine.

Rare early Velocette KSS.

Triumph H with wicker torpedo sidecar.

As per the previous post it seemed to be the year of the
New Imperial.

Indian Scout.

Indian from c. 1912. Way in advance of Brit
bikes of the time.

Exquisite engine of the Indian. The oil sight
glass in the crank case is a nice feature.

Humber that looks as if it was restored at the
dawn of the vintage bike movement.

Lots of springs grafted on to the Humber's
downpipe, I can only assume this was a mod
done to improve cooling.

1913 Kynoch with Precision engine.

Another view of the Kynoch.

Douglas ladies model.

If there were a prize for skid lid of the day this would be it.

Humber forecar detail.

T'other side of the Humber.

Clyno combination.

Tail end of the Clyno. Note twin chains (I assume
a two speeder with sliding dogs gearbox a la Morgan).
Also check the neat rear jack stands, ideal for
 fixing a rear wheel puncture.

One of my favourites of the run, a TT model Triumph.

This TT Triumph has the luxury of a clutch.

Rider's eye view of the TT Triumph. Note on
the left side a fuel gauge, a useful but very
unusual feature.

The Museum wheeled over this ex-works Rudge
ridden by the great man himself.

That's a lot to concentrate on when you even have the need
to adjust steering damping on the fly.

The Graham Walker Rudge has a foot clutch modification
as seen here. I guess this was to allow a tighter grip of the
bars when using the hand change lever with the right hand
or did Graham Walker have a left hand injury at this time?

The Walker Rudge bum pad is a pneumatic pillow type.

Finally this sweet BSA Silver Star. Genuine pre-war off
road machines are rare indeed.

Burgess air filter on the Silver Star.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Compton Abbas Airfield Vintage Day

A week ago now the Compton Abbas Airfield Vintage Day. The airfield is atop a hill in North Dorset and holds as scenic a position as you could wish for in a small hobbyists strip. The annual Vintage Day is a fly in for older aircraft and an informal gathering of vintage vehicles. Good weather brought a fine turnout on both wing and wheel plus participants in a local Morgan Three Wheeler Club rally turned up.

My knowledge of both Morgans and vintage flight is far from grand so here's just a selection of uncaptioned images from the day that can speak for themselves.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Graham Walker Memorial Run 2016 pt2

More snaps from the Graham Walker. Excuse the lack of more precise bike details in some cases - I forgot to take a programme home with me...

1939 Scott Clubmans Special recently put back
together and on the road from being a box of
bits for the last 50 years.

Plunger rear suspension on the Scott Clubmans Special.

Typical French style on a Stylson.

Detail on the Stylson with Blackburne engine.
Neat pressed steel valve and pushrod cover.
Visit this site for more info on Stylsons (in French).

Zenith 680.

Zenith 680 carrying the 'Barred' trademark on its oil tank. The
trademark was earned after the early Gradua models were
excluded from many competitions due to their dominance over
single speed machines.

This Martynside was a personal favourite at the run.

Inlet over exhaust engine of the Martynside.

A remarkably feeble looking front anchor on
the Martynside.

And for good measure one more view of the
Martynside's motor.

Always love a vintage Norton.

It seemed to be the year of the New Imperial. There were
several there including a couple of very desirable v-twins.
What struck me about the twins was that they both had
rather unusual exhausts - both were quirky designs but
in different ways. 

Here's the full view of that particular New Imp.

And here's the other one. Very similar....

But this one's cast aluminium silencer box wraps around the

Another New Imperial, this one beautifully unrestored.

A fine patina.

Veteran Pivot.

The Pivot from slightly further afar.

1902 Clement Garrard. Ridden to the event from the Isle of
Wight. Well done sir!

Clement Garrard close up.

And the motor of the Clement Garrard.

Rider in period gear too!

Rudge Multi.

Typical unusual rear wheel spoke pattern
of an early Rudge.

Here's the 'multi' bit of the Rudge.

And the lever that makes it all happen.

Detail of a two stroke Ivy.

And a full view of the Ivy.