Held over the weekend of February 16 and 17, Telford’s Classic Dirt Bike Show (sponsored by Hagon Shocks) is set to have an expansive and fascinating collection of machinery from 50 years ago, with a focus on an eclectic mix of race machinery from 1969.
There’ll be an expansive guide to the show in the next issue of Old Bike Mart, and we’ve told you already about the presence of Jack Burnicle, trails supremo Dougie Lampkin and BSA star John Banks, but you didn’t know that Sammy Miller will also visit, bringing a bike from ’69 also!
While the 350cc 1969 Jawa that leaves the Miller museum for the Telford Show is actually a road-racing machine, it will be showing all the intricate engineering underneath the fairing as it’ll be shown in ‘naked’ form, with the water-cooled, rotary valve V-twin displaying the incredible 16-to-1 compression ratio powerplant.
This was the bike that Bill Ivy was tragically killed on during practice for the East German GP at Sachsenring.
Sammy is also bringing the formidable Excelsior Super Comet 1000cc V-twin that set a world speed record of 163mph in 1930, and while these two bikes are tarmac-related, Sammy brings his own off-road heritage – indeed, at just 85 he still rides trials daily with a BSA C15 he uses on his own, home-built sections at the museum.
Read more in the January 2019 issue of OBM – on sale now!