Classic motorcycle enthusiasts from the South-West and beyond
turned out in record numbers for the 32nd Carole Nash sponsored
Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show.
The picture below shows our Norton International.
Classic Bike Guide April 2012 said: "It's each to their
own but I know that for many this was the machine of the show.
The late 1950's Norton International M30 was simply breathtaking.
It's the property of, and has been restored by, Gordon Nicholls,
the proprietor of Somerset based British Classic Motorbikes. It
began as an engine and a frame and the rest of the parts have
been collected hither and thither. What's more he did it in parallel
with another such model, a barn fine, which he is keeping. "
"The late 1950s Norton International M30 was simply breathtaking"
[Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - May 2012]
Nortons Model 30
Another year is coming to an end, every year seems to go quicker
than ever. Work has been busy yet again this year which is great,
but unfortunately the amount of motorcycling time has been less
due to work and family commitments. We did however manage to take
our annual trip to France and I also made it to the Isle of Man
with some friends for the Manx GP.
Typical Isle of Man weather, some sunshine, lots of rain but
great racing as usual. We met Maria Costello in an Italian restaurant
one evening after just buying her book for a friend’s birthday
present. She kindly signed the book for him and made his night!
Had a great time and all went well in the Isle of Man, except
for an expense not accounted for, the Inter clearly went too well
and I managed to collect a speeding fine. Oh well one of those
There have been limited weekend runs for me this year, but
I’m determined to change that in 2012 by participating in
more club runs.
Mallet Bike Show 18th& 19th February 2012, you can find us
in the Main Hall, Stand 18 (this is by the stairs that lead up
to the bar, very handy and I’m sure you’ll pass by
at some stage during the day). I’m currently working on
two International Norton’s Model 30 1956, and one will be
displayed at the show and will be offered for sale. The 2nd bike
which will be on display is a 1965 Triumph T120, which I have
just restored for Martin Holbrook.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again in 2012.
For 2013 show, I’m not sure at this stage what will
be on display as I have a number of interesting projects;
1949 BSA Star Twin
1938 Model 18 Norton
1960 Norton Dominator Deluxe (ps we are missing a left hand front
styling panel. If anyone can help please call!)
See you at the 2012 Show
A customer has sent in some very kind feedback for jobs
completed, please take a minute to read it.
BRITISH CLASSIC MOTORBIKES
Gordon is a genuine all-round expert who does all aspects
of motorcycle servicing, repair and restoration to a consistent
The workshop of British Classic Motorbikes is well equipped.
It is crowded with projects, indicating a successful professional
Gordon has been undertaking a full restoration of a BSA
A7SS for me. He has fitted in resolving problems, left by previous
paid restorers, with my Bantam and T100 engines.
Unlike some other restorers, some who are regularly publicised,
Gordon does not cut corners, nor are machines at British Classic
Motorbikes for an undue time because of other projects always
taking priority or alternatively because of an insistence on expensively
At British Classic Motorbikes you get what you want and
have agreed to, subject of course to it all being sound, enduring
Gordon is a skilled craftsman who has a fine understanding
of how things go, or should.
The charged hourly rates of British Classic Motorbikes
compare very well with others.
Gordon readily gives advice. I have found that he is always
We said that 2009 was a busy year for us however 2010 has not
been any different, if anything, it has been more busy than ever.
I also promised that the web page would be updated more regularly
after giving up the garage, but this hasn’t given me the
time I thought. In 2009 we had a number of projects for restoration
as well as all the customer restoration projects, customer work
took priority and only one of our restoration projects has materialised,
which is a 1957 99 Norton Dominator. We will be using this Norton
Dominator as one of our display models at the forthcoming Bristol
Bike Show at Shepton Mallet on 19/20th February 2011.
|1957 99 Norton Dominator
In between all of the repairs and restoration work we have
managed to do some motorcycling with a couple of great trips in
particular which I would recommend to anybody. The first was a
trip on my Norton Commando to Dijon Mid France, where we also
visited the Moto Legand historic bike racing weekend. If this
is the type of thing you like to do this was a great experience.
The second long distance trip we managed was to Northern Spain,
travelling from Portsmouth to Santander by ferry then travelling
from Santander to Colombres with the Norton Owners Club on my
trusty old Norton International again. This is probably the most
mountainous and scenic parts of Northern Spain and well worth
a trip. Next year we are hoping to go back to the Isle of Man
for the Manx with guess what, the Inter again (I’ll wear
it out one day).
Julie’s Navvy …..
Going back some time ago you will see from the pictures many boxes
of bits. I was fortunate enough to purchase these Navigator parts
off of a friend of mine, Chris, who had been collecting most of
these parts over many decades. A couple of years ago I started
to put together the jigsaw of what went where, what was missing,
what we had six of and what I was going to have to find. Finally,
earlier this year, I managed to MOT and register the bike. Unfortunately
due to too much work and the odd holiday it has taken until the
last part of the year before I have been able to spend any time
sorting out minor teething problems. The bike now runs and looks
great and it will be OK for Julie next summer.
Bristol Bike Show (Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th February
2011 at The Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset,
BA4 6QN)…. we have Stand Number 12 in the Main Hall and
we will be displaying our fully restored 1957 99 Dominator (which
will be offered for sale after the show). We are also planning
to display my 1947 International Norton which is currently undergoing
the final stages of a running restoration. The third bike on the
stand will be my trusty Vincent Black Shadow which was restored
in 2005, has been to Oz and back and has covered a lot of miles
since the restoration. She is still looking fresh which shows
a good job lasts. 2011 looks to be a good year as this is my first
bike show. Come along and see us, have a chat and see what we
I have two 1956 International Norton’s I am hoping to
restore and display for 2012 show, where one bike will be offered
for sale…. it’ll be another busy year!
We are always looking for interesting restoration projects
whether for a customer or for me to take on as a personal project.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and
see you at the bike show.
2009 was a busy year for us and there have been many changes.
The Summer was particularly hectic with a lot of classic bike
repairs and partial restorations. During July a trip to Austria
on the Norton International with the Norton Owners' Club
was a great success and pushed the bike to its limits. A
good time was had by all.
The end of year has seen the sale of the garage premises and
setting up of a multi-purpose workshop to accommodate several
new restoration projects and ongoing work. The projects lined
up are a 1957 99 Norton Dominator, 1963 650SS Norton Dominator
and a 1972 Honda CB750K2. We have these for restoration and they
will be ready for sale as required. We still anticipate other
partial restoration work and ongoing repairs.
Due to the busy year, we have not updated the website as often
as we would like. However, going forward to 2010, we will provide
more regular updates with regards to the restoration work and
anything else of interest.
We understand classic bikes and
Call us and see if we can help you with
Ask for Gordon on 01934 835745 or 07971 213632.