Old Sidecar outfit: can anyone identify?

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by hackleton, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. hackleton

    hackleton Guest

    I took this snapshot in 1963 at a hill-climb. Can anyone identify the
    outfit or even the engine? Only a b/w snap but the resolution can
    take some enlargement. Please post here if you recognize anything.

    http://www.oldstox.com/images/Mystery bike 1.jpg
    hackleton, Apr 1, 2008
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  2. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique,
    X-posted to classics where someone in a brown dust-coat may be able to

    If they can see through the wee-fumes, that is...
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Apr 1, 2008
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    platypus Guest

    Looks like it might be something like a Norton Commando engine in there.
    platypus, Apr 1, 2008
  4. Aye, I remember those... its a Trumpleton Thrubstock 500 Sidevalve in a hand
    made Turkleton-Finchingay Tubular Chassis.
    Brownz \(Mobile\), Apr 1, 2008
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    Eiron Guest

    Is that the famous overhead sidevalve engine?
    Eiron, Apr 1, 2008
  6. In 1963? YTC.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 1, 2008
  7. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, The Older
    Point of order. The heads would have been the same. Back to 1817,
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Apr 1, 2008
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    platypus Guest

    Well, maybe not a Commando, but some sort of Norton. Possibly an Atlas.
    platypus, Apr 1, 2008
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    Pip Luscher Guest

    <needlessly serious comment>
    Not that unique, in fact.
    Pip Luscher, Apr 1, 2008
  10. Tsssch... it had a redundant ohv setup in case the sidevalves failed, a
    simple pitstop mid race to change configuration was all that was needed.
    Brownz \(Mobile\), Apr 2, 2008
  11. hackleton

    hackleton Guest

    +++ Well, that was a prompt volley of helpful replies! I was thinking
    of something older, given the general appreance of the outfit, but now
    you say Norton, yes, that cylinder head looks the part.

    If all the postings in this ng are as much fun I shall be back, but
    I'l leave you with another snapshot I took in about 1965, which does
    not need any intro, but always makes me thank the lord for the built-
    in genetic looniness of the Two-Wheeled Nation:


    ("Turkleton-Finchigay", indeed!)
    hackleton, Apr 2, 2008
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    prawn Guest

    If you squint it looks like a Spagthorpe Recliner.
    prawn, Apr 2, 2008
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    crn Guest

    Looks like the engine maybe came from a Fnord V8 Pilot.
    crn, Apr 2, 2008
  14. hackleton

    hackleton Guest

    --- from a Fevy Forvette, actually. But the fuel injectors are home-
    extruded Heinz 57 bean tins, lapped-in with fine Rutland Ore. Okay,
    I'm not as good as the other comedians here, but yes it is a Chev.
    hackleton, Apr 2, 2008
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    sweller Guest

    Looks like a Norton Dominator engine.
    sweller, Apr 2, 2008
  16. It does, a bit.
    The Older Gentleman, Apr 2, 2008
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    Steve Guest

    Look at the oil feed pipes and shape of the inspection covers on the
    valve gear casing. I'm sure it is a Norton as the Commando had the same
    stuff. I think the Atlas preceded the Commando (my dad ran a Dommie
    before I was born in '59) and the date sounds right for an Atlas. Was it
    Dunstall that produced some kind of race kit for these?

    Steve, Apr 2, 2008
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    darsy Guest

    talking of which, I was doing a password reset on something or other
    the other day, and had to complete a Captcha - it read "fNoRD", which
    gave me a bit of a turn.
    darsy, Apr 2, 2008
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    crn Guest

    The Goddess has got her eye on you.
    crn, Apr 2, 2008
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    darsy Guest

    I think I'll go with my "act like nothing's wrong" gambit.
    darsy, Apr 2, 2008
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