Mystery Solved

Nigel Devereux
June 15, 2016

I’VE BEEN LOOKING at the mystery bike photo in April’s issue. Not very good is it?

However, to me the bike is not a Cotton, but a New Imperial.

You can clearly see the almost-meeting pushrod tubes of New Imperial’s distinctive own engine produced from 1926.

If this bike did not have a high level exhaust (and the woman’s leg in the way) you would see the words ‘New Imperial’ on the mag drive case.

They used Peerless and JAP engines prior to 1926. Cotton used JAP and Villiers engines, but as far as I can find they never bought engines from New Imperial, so my money’s on it being a New Imperial.

Paul Payne

More letters and comment in June’s edition of CBG

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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