In an excellent show of support, around 75 historic motorcycles will gather at the Yorkshire Air Museum on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, for the Golden Era Run which is organised by the North Eastern Section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club. The rally is specicfically for pre 1930’s machines and none of the entries is less than 80 years old and some are more than 100! These will include early examples of sidecars with wicker cabins and three wheelers.
The oldest motorcycle is the 1903 Quadrant. Owned by Derek Pollard, this machine is making its very first appearance since restoration and it will be absolutely fantastic to see this ancient motorcyle in action. Derek is coming from the Rotherham / Penistone area for this event.
After gathering at the Museum before it opens to the public, the first machines will depart for the run at 10:15am and follow a choice of circular routes through the local byways to Bishop Wilton and then back to Elvington, taking advantage of the local countryside that is free from troublesome hills! They should start arriving back at the Museum from noon onwards and be on display for the public to admire until around 3:30pm before departing on the slow journey home.
This is a very rare opportunity to see just how the motorcycle evolved from a primitive motor on a bicycle frame to a fast and sturdy form of transport.
There will be plenty of familiar names – Norton, Triumph, Velocette as well as many that are almost forgotten, such as Montgomery and Torpedo, with Yorkshire manufacturers represented by P&M and Scott. Also taking part is the only known example in the United Kingdom of the Coventry built York motorcycle from 1929, which is ridden by Ken Mellor of Selby.
Here will be an opportunity to see how riders cope with machines which may have only one gear, no clutch, lever throttle, narrow tyres and hardly any springing – a world apart from the motorcyles of today. But, for all the trials and tribulations, the owners cherish their machines and just love riding them.