News Release - Issued by ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL
& YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM
The aptly named “Golden Era” Vintage Motorcycle Run returns to the Yorkshire Air Museum on Sunday 26th July. This evocative event will see a gathering of pre 1931 machines, with a good number of the entries being over 100 years old. Noel Whittall, organizer of the event from the Yorkshire Vintage Motorcycle Club, states that this year has produced a high quality entry of 54 machines to date, featuring some famous, rare marques such as Yorkshires Scott (Saltaire, Shipley) and Phelon & Moore (Cleckheaton) and Martinsyde from Brooklands, in addition to more familiar names such as Triumph, Norton, Ariel, Douglas and others. The 1912 Phelon & Moore 3 ½ horsepower machine ridden by Steve Jenkin from Cumbria is one of the earliest entries, along with the 1912 New Hudson Model VII De Luxe combination.
Whilst the majority of entries are from the Yorkshire region, there are also entries from Belgium (Ronald Florens on a 1913 Triumph Roadster 3 ½ hp), Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland, Ayreshire and one rider is visiting from New Zealand to ride. (See attached Entry List: It can also be noted that there are two entries being ridden by women and another is riding pillion with her husband, so this is not an exclusively male event!)
These fascinating machines gather in the morning before departing at around 10:30am for the run out in the surrounding countryside, so ‘early bird’ visitors will be treated to this spectacle and cheer the entrants on as they roar off!!
To add to the excitement, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have supported the event with flypasts by the Hurricane and Spitfire to bring the show to a grand finale. Subject to serviceability, some of the Museum’s live, vintage aircraft will be powered up on the day, including the Se5a and Eastchurch Kitten WWI fighters, and engine test starts are planned for the WWII Douglas Dakota and the Blackburn Buccaneer post war jet, so the event will provide a great day out for all the family.
Notes: Media are welcome to attend this event, particularly for the departure of the machines. We suggest arrival from 09:45am for interviews with entrants as they register before departure from the Museum at 10:30am. Attached images from previous years give a flavour of the event and the machines participating.
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