Ardingly show to celebrate 50 years of the Norton Commando

To mark 50 years since the introduction of the Norton Commando at the Earls Court Show in 1967, Peter Williams will be guest of honour at the South of England Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble at Ardingly, West Sussex, on Sunday, October 29.

Memories to savour as racing and design genius Peter Williams, who’ll be star guest at the South of England Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble, is pictured with the blue John Player Norton.

Bikes booked to appear include Peter’s original 1973 JPN Monocoque, a genuine Thruxton Commando, an original 1963 500cc Dunstall Domiracer, one of the first fastback Commandos ever made and a Seeley Commando, and all will take part in the popular Fire-Up Paddock.

Peter will be taking along copies of his recently republished autobiography Designed to Race, which had been out of print for many years, to sign and sell to showgoers.

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He’ll also be present at a question and answer session hosted by noted collector Mike Braid, which will also feature Plumstead works testers including Bill Brooker, Nick Hyde and Alan Jones, together with design shop developers Bob Cakebread and Bill Cakebread, who has written two books about Associated Motor Cycles.

The South of England Showground is located eight miles from Junction 10 on the M23, and entrance is via the North Gate opposite the Gardeners Arms Pub. Gates will open at 10am and entry will cost £6 adults and £5 seniors, with under-16s admitted free.

For more details call 01797 344277 or email [email protected].

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