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 things!
There have been limited weekend runs for me this year, but I’m
determined to change that in 2012 by participating in more club
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 and
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
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 do.
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
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 their
Call us and see if we can help you with
Ask for Gordon on 01934 835745 or 07971 213632.