Over the years I've been a regular visitor to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu for events but it's very seldom that I've taken the time to take a look around the exhibits. After the Graham Walker Run left the Museum's grounds I had a spare hour so it seemed like a good plan to have a mooch around the motorcycle gallery.
It used to be that the bike exhibits at Beaulieu played a definite second fiddle to the four wheelers but the display nowadays is a lot better and there are some historic, unusual and rare machines to behold.
As always photography in museum surroundings can be difficult due to space and light but here are a selection of exhibits that willingly posed for the lens.
|The legendary 1912 Norton 16H of D R 'Wizard' O'Donovan, Old|
|1948 Triumph 5T Speed Twin sectioned by the Metropolitan|
Police at their training school in Hendon.
|1917 Vickers Clyno machine gun outfit.|
|1940 Triumph 3TW twin. Survivor of the one batch that was|
made before Triumph's Coventry factory was destroyed in
|1930 Ascot-Pullin model 'Utility De-Luxe'.|
|Gorgeous and original 1913 BAT with wicker chair fitted with|
a JAP v-twin motor.
|A real oddity, the 1924 348cc Peters. Odd looking and brimming|
with unusual features, some clumsy and some advanced. The
cantilever rear suspension is neat, rocking fork front suspension
is less so.
|Stafford Pup scooter.|
|Neat little ohv power unit of the Stafford Pup.|
Strangely ohv motors were 'de rigeur' on first
generation sccoters at a time when most
motorcycles were side valve.
|Ace Four and veteran Triumph.|
|Fantastic ohv water cooled 1913 Zenith Gradua.|
|Vincent Series D Black Shadow runs ahead of a Norton|
|1927 Morgan Aero.|