–SG– I used to be lately despatched what appears to have been a draft textual content of the publicity announcement for this upcoming sale. I queried one explicit side of it with the powers-that-be at Bonhams and lo and behold! the textual content now appears to be as they meant! I’m not suggesting, let me hasten so as to add, that the textual content correction is something to do with me! Nevertheless there are a few Nortons on the market for which the descriptions are both questionable or barely inaccurate!
First – what’s listed as a 1915 Large 4. Seems very presentable however is it 1915? The engine quantity begins with BA which signifies 1921 and though body quantity info previous to 1922 is sparse it appears that evidently the quoted body variety of 3370 additionally comes from the identical yr. Different adverse factors re this machine – it has been fitted with a six inch entrance brake; a late thirties Amal carb.; and an early twenties gearbox and gear-change.
Second – the sale consists of the Forshaw speedway machine assortment which has been on the Haynes Museum for the final twenty-five years. This features a 1930 DT Norton and through the mid-nineties, I had the pleasure of visiting Richard Forshaw and his father Ivan at their premises on the south coast and was allowed to see the machine throughout its rebuilding stage. It’s not fitted with its authentic engine however with a mid 1930 Mannequin 18 energy unit. which was fitted to it (albeit with a DT engine timing cowl) once I noticed it. So what’s unsuitable with the sale description? Not loads, actually! It states that solely 11 1930 DT fashions had been produced the place the information present 36 plus varied spare engines. And there have been twelve machines for DT use produced in 1929, however utilizing Mannequin 18 frames and forks. The feedback re the gearbox fitted might maybe do with just a little amplification, As initially fitted it was merely a countershaft however could possibly be simply fitted with the remainder of the mandatory internals and gearchange elements to make the machine appropriate for its later grass racing objective.
PS. The supposedly 1915 Large 4 fetched £12650 inc. premium and the 1930 DT machine with Mannequin 18 engine £20,700 inc. premium. Maybe the customer of the DT bike also needs to purchase Alain’s engine after which he would have many of the elements to make it extra authentic!