One day, two legends

On Tuesday, October 29, two legends of the classic motorcycle scene met when Alf Hagon visited Sammy Miller at Sammy’s motorcycle museum in the New Forest.

Many friends and supporters of Alf came to meet him and hear his stories – and they weren’t disappointed!

A great man with some wonderful tales to tell, Alf spent the day in the museum and Sammy’s workshop talking with Sammy and spending time with those who came along and who had followed Alf’s career over the years.

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In July 1967, riding a purpose-built sprint-bike powered by a supercharged 1260cc V-twin JAP engine, Alf became the first rider to record a sub-10 second time over the quarter mile with a one-way-only 9.93 performance at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Alf (left) with the Hagon bookazine, and Sammy at the New Forest museum.

In 1968 Alf became the first British rider to complete a flying mile at more than 200mph (206.54mph) at RAF Honington in Suffolk. A massive achievement back in the ’60s!

These stories, and many more, are recounted in the Mortons Media Group publication Hagon – about more than speed, by Tim Britton, which is available from at just £6.99 (or £5.99 for a digital version).

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