For the love of motorbikes

taffscrivs

War Hero
Went to Castle Combe over the weekend for the CRMC two day meeting, it pissed down Saturday, but watching the rain experts belting round the track with spray flying everywhere was amazing.
Sunday was bright and fine with very good racing all day, sidecars going through the chicane at Bobby's was eyepopping, brave buggers or mad as hell sidecar crews, and a lot of the passengers are girls. All in all a great weekend.
Off to Bridgwater for Westonzoland sprint next weekend, hopefully both bikes will perform ok.
 

Sumo

War Hero
A Little 10-year-old girl was walking home, alone, from school one day, when a big man on a black motorcycle pulls up beside her.
After following along for a while, turns to her and asks,
"Hey there little girl, do you want to go for a ride?"
"NO!" says the little girl as she keeps on walking.
The motorcyclist again pulls up beside her and asks,
"Hey little girl, I will give you $10 if you hop on the back."
"NO!" says the little girl again as she hurries down the street.
The motorcyclist pulls up beside the little girl again and says,
"Okay kid, my last offer! I'll give you 20 Bucks "and" a Big Bag of Candy if you will just hop on the back of my bike and we will go for a ride."
Finally, the little girl stops and turns towards him and Screams Out...
"Look Dad" "You're the one who bought the Honda instead of the Harley ...YOU RIDE IT!!"....... .
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Maxpowers

Lantern Swinger
Went to Castle Combe over the weekend for the CRMC two day meeting, it pissed down Saturday, but watching the rain experts belting round the track with spray flying everywhere was amazing.
Sunday was bright and fine with very good racing all day, sidecars going through the chicane at Bobby's was eyepopping, brave buggers or mad as hell sidecar crews, and a lot of the passengers are girls. All in all a great weekend.
Off to Bridgwater for Westonzoland sprint next weekend, hopefully both bikes will perform ok.
Great pub near combe called the salutation, the best burgers and interesting array of beers!
 

taffscrivs

War Hero
Bell inn at Yatton Keynell just along the road is another good one. Used to visit that when overnighting at the classic motocross track when the boy raced my CZ's
 

taffscrivs

War Hero
Busy this week with the bikes.
Beta Alp 350 now tested for another year, took Yamaha IT175 for a rip up the road all seems well.
That bike is a hoot to ride and sounds great. Ariel Arrow carb rebuilt and back on the bike and she's running nicely. Taking her and the X7 Suzuki to Westonzoyland sprint meeting on Saturday.
 

taffscrivs

War Hero
Last Saturday at Westonzoyland sprint. A few teething problems but got both bikes running well in the end. Pretty good day.
 

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Tex

Lantern Swinger

A Motorcycling Legend​



George William Smith, born in 1908, from Boxford, Suffolk…..later known as Tornado Smith was the first person to import into this country, from America, a “Wall of Death” facility and the first to ride it. Though he rode at many locations spanning four decades, his main base for much of the time was the Kursaal, Southend.
Among those he trained in this daring form of entertainment were two participants who stand out – firstly Marjorie Dare whom he married in 1934 and who rode her own Indian Scout. The second was a twelve stone lioness called “Briton”, who didn’t ride her own bike, but sat on the handlebars and later in a sidecar.
Tornado was a consumate entertainer and would regularly come up with new ideas…he was the first to drive a car (Austin 7) around the wall and often rode with a coffin instead of a sidecar, with a skeleton for a passenger. He even rode a pennyfarthing around the streets to advertise his show. The pennyfarthing was also used to protest about high rates and it was with pennies and farthings that he once paid off a speeding fine.
So what is his connection with Benfleet? In 1938 he and his wife were busy building a boat to take them around the world and where were they doing this? You guessed …Benfleet. To be precise he was using one of the barns attached to Hall Farm, which was home to Howard Dairies at the time. Unfortunately in 1939 Benfleet Hall and some outbuildings were destroyed by fire, including the barn they were using.
In 1966 Tornado and his wife left for South Africa, where he died in 1971.It was reported that he departed owing money and later declared bankrupt. When he died however, he left £100,000 ! In newspaper reports he was variously described as a “Gentle Daredevil” and a “Kindly Miser”, the latter being the preferred description of the tax investigators.





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Alfacharlie

War Hero

A Motorcycling Legend​



George William Smith, born in 1908, from Boxford, Suffolk…..later known as Tornado Smith was the first person to import into this country, from America, a “Wall of Death” facility and the first to ride it. Though he rode at many locations spanning four decades, his main base for much of the time was the Kursaal, Southend.
Among those he trained in this daring form of entertainment were two participants who stand out – firstly Marjorie Dare whom he married in 1934 and who rode her own Indian Scout. The second was a twelve stone lioness called “Briton”, who didn’t ride her own bike, but sat on the handlebars and later in a sidecar.
Tornado was a consumate entertainer and would regularly come up with new ideas…he was the first to drive a car (Austin 7) around the wall and often rode with a coffin instead of a sidecar, with a skeleton for a passenger. He even rode a pennyfarthing around the streets to advertise his show. The pennyfarthing was also used to protest about high rates and it was with pennies and farthings that he once paid off a speeding fine.
So what is his connection with Benfleet? In 1938 he and his wife were busy building a boat to take them around the world and where were they doing this? You guessed …Benfleet. To be precise he was using one of the barns attached to Hall Farm, which was home to Howard Dairies at the time. Unfortunately in 1939 Benfleet Hall and some outbuildings were destroyed by fire, including the barn they were using.
In 1966 Tornado and his wife left for South Africa, where he died in 1971.It was reported that he departed owing money and later declared bankrupt. When he died however, he left £100,000 ! In newspaper reports he was variously described as a “Gentle Daredevil” and a “Kindly Miser”, the latter being the preferred description of the tax investigators.





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Even more epic!
 

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