Blast from the past

Nigel Devereux
December 20, 2019

I nearly choked on my Horlicks! On page 19 of the October issue H&H had an advert for the forthcoming auction at the National Motorcycle Museum on November 2.

In the advert is a photo of a 1962 Norton 99 (estimate £5000-£7000) – I actually bought that very Norton from Kings, then at Bromborough on the Wirral, in 1965 as a 17-year-old for £195.

The colour then was grey frame, oil tank and battery box and top half of petrol tank, with cream lower part of tank and cream mudguards.

In 1967 I repainted it to look like my brother’s 650SS.

I sold it in 1973 for £130 and bought a new 850 Commando Interstate (TMA 39M).

I’ve enclosed a few photos of it taken about 1970, one of them with my future wife somewhere in Yorkshire. I thought this might be of some interest.

John Darlington
Winsford, Cheshire.

John’s bike, now with black bodywork and seat and looking in excellent condition, sold for £6187.50 at the November auction – Ed.

Read more Letters, Opinion, News and Features in the December 2019 issue of Old Bike Mart – on sale now!

About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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