Norton Owners Club hits 60

The headline says it all really, that the club that caters specifically for owners of motorcycles built by the Norton concern is, this year, celebrating the fact that it is a full 60 years since it started way back in 1959.

At the time that Buddy Holly, Errol Flynn and Cecil B de Mille were beginning their journey to the other side, and the first of the BMC Minis were rolling off the production line, 65 Norton enthusiasts met at Eric Oliver’s showroom in Staines for the inaugural meeting of the NOC.

In attendance was Eric Oliver himself, former world sidecar champion who became the club’s chairman, and he and a Mr VF Willis had organised the gathering of Norton fans after a discussion at a wrestling match!

He is quoted as saying at the meeting: “Let us hope we go from strength to strength and become better than the ‘one make, two banger’ clubs” – although it’s unlikely that even he would have envisaged the club would still be running strong and true, and publishing the impressive Roadholder magazine every month, 60 years later!

Membership details can be found at the website at www.nortonownersclub.org

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