South of England Classic: A ‘Dominating’ event in West Sussex

The first Ardingly show of 2019 is set to celebrate 70 years of the Norton Dominator, with the help of Surrey Norton OC.

Sunday, March 31 is the day, the South of England Showground is the venue, and Norton’s first twin cylinder engine, as designed by Bert Hopwood, is the focus.

The 500cc Dominator Model 7 was introduced in 1949 at a price of £220-19s-8d, with the Featherbed-framed Dominator 88 being released in 1952.

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An immaculate example of Kawasaki’s ultimate head-banger, this 500cc H1 triple is just one of a number of historic Japanese machines from the MC Collection.

This was followed by the 600cc Dominator 99 in 1956, with the model finishing in 1970 with the 650cc Norton Mercury.

Popular as a basis for race machinery, the Domi lent itself well to performance boosts from specialist tuners such as Dave Degens and Paul Dunstall.

Degens will be attending the show, together with some original Domiracer machines as well as a host of road-going Dominators.

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