Thursday, 27 August 2015

HONDA TIME CAPSULE





It’s every collectors’ dream to find a shop or a shed which has been shut up full of stuff for years. For Honda fans, that has come true.

Back in the 1960s and ’70, if you lived in Greenfield, Iowa, then you bought your motorcycle from brothers Ivan and Clyde Frizzell. The brothers began by selling farm machinery but moved into bikes in 1965. Ivan loved bikes – he rarely missed a Sturgis Rally on his Honda GoldWing. When the brothers retired, Ivan continued to work on the bikes in the shop as favours to friends but the business was eventually closed 30 years ago.

And when I say closed, I mean the Frizzells quite literally just shut the doors and left everything as it was. There’s still flyers on the walls, parts on the shelves, bikes in the shop. Ivan died two years ago and now his wife and Clyde have decided to sell the entire contents of Greenfield Honda which includes around 100 bikes (mostly Hondas, although there’s a BSA Rocket  3 and a Hornet 650 in there). They include a Honda Valkyrie trike, a 1979 CBX1000 with just 295 miles on the clock, a Benly and much more. There’s also clothing, posting Honda promotional goods, parts and more.

The auction takes place in Iowa on 6th September, but you can bid online at Van der Brink auctions if something really takes your fancy! 









Wednesday, 19 August 2015

MORE FUNDING FOR NORTON


Derby-based Norton Motorcycles, the iconic British bike manufacturer, has received £2.65 million in new funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to support the firm’s significant growth and expansion programme. The funding from Santander, which will directly allow bike production to increase by around 30 bikes per month, is a key part of a wider Government-supported investment project to help Norton Motorcycles develop new bikes, boost output and increase staff numbers.

The firm has been awarded £4 million from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), with the additional £2.65m facility from Santander covering the non-grant funded element of the investment programme and working capital.

The funds will allow Norton to set up a new British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy to train and supply the next generation of engineering apprentices; build a new 10,000 sq. feet manufacturing facility; develop a new 650cc bike platform for sale across the world, and develop a new clean motorcycle engine technology which will power a green motorcycle within two years. The funding will also result in 159 direct jobs at Norton Motorcycles, which the firm expects will grow into 600 direct and indirect jobs – including 200 apprentices – over five years.

Norton Motorcycles has been a customer of Santander Corporate & Commercial since 2011.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

JURASSIC WORLD TRIUMPH RAISES £28,000





The Triumph Scrambler ridden by Chris Pratt in the film ‘Jurassic World’ was sold on 2nd August in an online auction in aid of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, the series of international rides which raise money for prostate cancer research. The cyber hammer came down at $43,752 or £28,000.

There were 90 bids for the bespoke bike, one of just three built for the film (the other two are owned by Chris Pratt and Triumph). Triumph is the official partner of the DGR, which this year will involve events in over 350 cities across 75 countries.