Thursday, August 17, 2017

Coventry Eagle at Blackpool. The most photographed vintage bike ever?

Another photo of the Blackpool Coventry Eagle. Back in the day ownership of a camera was confined to the wealthy and the enthusiast. Every weekend the seaside towns of England would be full of people bused in on Charabancs for day trips. Once you got there you promenaded, quite probably sank a brown ale or two and many folks popped in to a photo studio to have a picture taken for memories of the day. Motorcycles were popular props and in Blackpool one particular studio seemed to favour Coventry Eagles. I've come across literally countless snaps of this solo CE as well as a few of another CE with sidecar at the same studio. It seems pretty sure that with several photos taken every day for a period of a few years this Coventry Eagle would have been the most photographed bike, maybe ever or perhaps just up until the digital age.

Blackpool belles posing with a Coventry

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