Lots of events on last weekend but a sunny day, an Enfield J2 that needed a few miles putting on it and the Sammy Miller RE Ride-In made it a fairly easy choice.
The Museum organises a few ride-ins over the year, most of them marque specific. This was the first I had been to and though not a huge event the atmosphere was right and the surroundings good. Sammy himself gave a tour of the Museum workshops, great to see that he takes a genuine joy in showing fellow enthusiasts around. On the workbenches were a '26 Brough Superior Pendine, 350 and 500cc Excelsior Manxmans and a Zundapp KS800 flat four. Two of the machines were museum property and two commissioned restorations. There're not many museums out there where you can get a tour from a genuine motor racing legend.
I couldn't stay too long at the Ride-In as there was a Sunday lunch appointment with the in-laws but I managed to have a coffee at the Museum cafe, mooch around, have a chat with a few folks and take some snaps..
|Bikes parked in the Museum's courtyard.|
|Unusual Royal Enfield Olympic model with the same leading|
link forks as the Super 5.
|Cracking unrestored Model G.|
|This Model G spent most of its life on the Isle of Wight.|
|Line up of British, Indian and hybrid Enfields.|
|Quirky oil catch tank on this Indian / British|
|A lot of thought and work has gone in to this hybrid Bullet.|
Redditch frame, Indian lean-burn motor and five speed
|This 'Big Head' Bullet has been a local bike for years. I can even|
remember seeing it around as a kid. It's not changed much, just a
foam saddle instead of a sprung one if memory serves me right. I
can even remember the wooden battery box from before.
|The 'Big Head' Bullet deserves a place in the pantheon of|
Great British Singles.