Fleet Lions' classic run in the sun

With a cut-off date of 1986, the 220 bikes entered represented a generous sampling of British, continental and Japanese machinery spanning 72 years.

The oldest motorcycle taking part was a 1914 New Hudson Model D, a design evocative of the pre-First World War years when owning and riding a powered twowheeler was an adventure now lost to history, while the Classic Superbike award went to that darling of the 1950s set, the BSA DB32 Gold Star.

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Shining brightly among the entry for 1971 to 1986 machines was Joanne Burrage’s CL450 K6 Honda. Not available in the UK when new, and hence causing a few headaches during restoration, the dual purpose trail bike set a trend in styling that nowadays we take for granted.

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