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Our first Lansdowne season

Recollections of our first Lansdowne season by Ken Perch In 2018 I decided to change from parading to racing and competed with the CRMC on a 500 Manx. It was an interesting year and a steep learning curve as it was obvious I would never be able to upgrade my license to National due to…

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Classic signs of a new race season approaching

Early-season commentary by Tony Perkin Spring approaches, the daylight hours eat into the gloomy winter darkness, anticipation stirs in every rider. Hibernating Lansdowne pilots stretch taught tendons with the promise of the upcoming season being their best yet. The first buds are appearing on the trees, we are finishing work in the light and returning…

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A Rudge lost to time

The story of a 499cc Rudge Syndicate racer, by Mike Farrall I guess as time goes on, top all-round racers, the likes of Tyrell will be forgotten as more and more new names take accolades at the forefront of racing. He has become my Rudge racer hero over the years with more and more of…

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The Lansdowne awards 2019

See the full Championship positions here Bonhams Lansdowne British GP Championship 2019 Peter Bardell 186 Sam Clews 149 Luke Bailey 95 WRR 500cc National Motorcycle Museum Lansdowne Championship 2019 Chris Bassett 186 George Thomas 148 Peter Carr 104 Avon 350cc Lansdowne Championship 2019 David Hebb 137 Jimmy May 59 Cliff Ransley 50 The Classic Motorcycle (TCM)…

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The Clive Ling trophy meeting

Round five at Snetterton 200 The Lansdowne bring their grid of classic race bikes to Norfolk and the Snetterton 200 circuit on 28-29 September. Hosted by CRMC, our dedicated grid of classics are all set to contest the final round. It’s tight at the top in the Bonhams British 500 GP Championship with just 22…

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The Lansdowne dinner and awards 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019, The Manor Hotel, Meriden Once again, we are at The Manor Hotel, Meriden, where in the afternoon we will have our riders meeting to discuss the 2019 season and the upcoming 2020 season. We should by then have a rough idea of what meetings we are likely to be invited to.…

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The Charlie Williams trophy meeting

Round four at Donington Park The Lansdowne Classic Series takes classic motorcycle racing to Donington Park on the 3rd-4th August. The annual classic racing event always produces large grids of thoroughbred machinery including the Norton Manx, Matchess G50 and 7R plus a wealth of other marques such as Velocette, Rudge and Aermacchi. Look out for…

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The Karl-Heinz trophy meeting

Round three at Mallory Park Sunday 16th June will take us back to Mallory Park for the Classic and Modern Motorsport Festival. The event is hosted by the British Racing & Sports Car Club and we have the opportunity to step back in time and race the circuit as it once was without Edwina’s Chicane…

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The Stan Woods trophy meeting

Quick update from the Paddock tent A race meeting is an all-consuming event, but only around an hour is actually spent racing our bikes, albeit a very special hour. There are many more hours over a typical weekend in the paddock with friends, family, sponsors and team members. Although the racing is serious, paddock social…

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Manx Norton and Vanwall cars

Back in the 1950s single seat GP type racing cars had the engine in the front of the car and the fastest cars had exotic multi cylinder engines from manufacturers such as Mercedes (which had desmodromic valve operation), Maserati and Ferrari. British GP cars had to make do with mainly pre-war based engines of four…

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