Renovating classic machinery always takes longer than you think, so it’s amazing that one classic bike shop has resurrected a 1907 6hp Norton twin, which arrived in a sorry state from Argentina, in just five minutes!
Seriously, though, the Sammy Miller Museum in New Milton, Hampshire, takes meticulous care when renovating old bikes and, having finished the Norton, is turning its attention to a 1913 TT Rudge.
The machine was donated to the museum trust by a staunch supporter: Bill McComb of seven mile straight, Co Antrim.
He had this machine for many years in a dismantled and poor state and decided that it needed to be brought back to its full glory so it could be displayd in the museum’s Racing Gallery.
There are many special features on this TT model which obviously had its early life in Northern Ireland with its Irish registration number.
The museum displays nearly 400 motorcycles, some with great trial and racing history. Many consider it to be the finest collection of fully-restored motorcycles in Europe; and indeed many of them are extremely rare. Like any good museum, the contents are changing constantly.
The museum also houses many motorcycling related artefacts and the new two-storey extension means it can display even more wonderful exhibits and on the second floor there is much more motorcycling memorabilia to be enjoyed.
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum Trust, Bashley, New Milton, Hampshire B25 5SZ.