Clubman Classics is a personal blog inspired by the fearless, amateur road racers who competed in the 1947 - 1956 Isle Of Man Clubman's TT races and their production based machines.

Tuesday 9 July 2013


The new Norton Domiracer is here!

Just when you thought the re-incarnated Commando was a posers machine, Norton release one of the most exciting looking British bikes in decades. Using what looks like a remodelled McCandless featherbed frame, alloy tank and a tweaked version of the existing 961cc air-cooled twin, the new Domiracer is achingly cool. MASSIVE WANT. Take a bow Stuart Garner!

News courtesy of MCN, out on Wednesday.

Coupe Moto Legende - Dijon Prenois

The 21st edition of the 2013 Coupe Moto Legende, held at Dijon Prenois in France on 1-2 June was attended by over 27,000 people. With support from BMW Motorrad, and as part of the brand's celebration of 90 years of passion, it was also the location for the unveiling of the Roland Sands BMW Concept 90 machine, which took part in a track parade of over 1000 BMWs.

Mike Pemberton of Pushrod Performance and his wife June joined myself, Bob and Neil 'the-other-son' Pemberton for three days of track riding around Dijon's very own ex-Formula One circuit, which serves-up a great mix of fast corners and gradient changes, plus a fast straight. Blighted by terrible weather on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday provided perfect conditions for plenty of BBQs and good honest, un-silenced track day fun.

Riding classic machines on track on the continent involves much less red-tape than in the UK - noise limits are virtually unheard of and whilst guidelines are set, European organisers seem to fully understand the nature of riding and operating vintage machines, which in turn helps to create a brilliant atmosphere. All our machines performed without fault throughout the weekend, resulting in plenty of track time.

From pre-war Harleys to exotic GP machinery, the range of bikes on show and on track was incredible - I saw enough Motosacoche, Motob├ęcane and Terrot machines to last a lifetime.

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