A rare collection of AJW motorcycles from the 1920s and 30s is now on display at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Cumbria, and includes a 1934 Flying Vixen and a 1933 Flying Fox that was tracked down to the Netherlands, where it lay in a completely dismantled state before undergoing a meticulous 18-month restoration.
Other AJWs in the collection are a 1934 Red Fox racer and a 1928 Blackburne-engined experimental machine.
Founded by Alfred (John) Wheaton in 1926, AJW was a tiny enterprise that rarely produced more than 150 motorcycles per year, and the models in the Lakeland Museum display date from 1928 to 1934, Wheaton’s most successful period in business.
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The six AJWs unveiled at the museum brings the number of motorcycles on show at the popular attraction to almost 90, ranging from a collection of Vincents from the 1930s, 40s and 50s to a display of racing Superbikes on loan from TT hero John McGuinness.
The museum’s manager Chris Lowe said: “I had never seen an AJW close-up before, and it’s fascinating to see different engineering solutions from the early part of the 20th century. We are indebted to the Wheaton family for allowing us to bring these rarely-seen machines to the museum for others to enjoy.”
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