|The Hollis Type 'A' Motorcycle|
Steve Hayes joint owner explained that he met Custom Bike builder and business partner Steve Lowe a few years ago and they got talking about re-creating something old, but built using modern techniques. It started out in theory as an Edwardian pioneer motorcycle, but as these idle thoughts moved to more serious discussions about the feasibility of producing a machine more relevant to the current market, the Hollis Type ‘A’ was born.
|An early Type 'A' taking shape in the Hampshire Workshop|
Sketches became drawings, and the detailed drawings slowly became a concept build. That, it transpired was the easy bit. They soon realised that if they were serious about going into production they would have to get involved with the DVLA. However, their intention was always to bring the vintage classic up to date with the latest state of the art suspension and brakes, so the rigorous standards applied by current legislation in these areas was unlikely to cause any concerns.
The Steve’s were clear about the goal, which was for a practical bike for the twenty-first century. Something stylish to run down to the pub, whilst not compromising on the heritage styling which was inspired by a 1930 Model 18 Norton. Steve Lowe recalls Steve Hayes’s obsession with the design detail, such as the straight line of the exhaust and the subsequent challenges of manufacturing the pipe’s exit from the engine. “We would send out the pattern, only to get it back in the post a few days later with a can’t do it note” Steve Lowe went on to explain how nobody seemed to be able to achieve what manufacturers had done as a matter of course back in the day, so they decided to fabricate it themselves. Steve Lowe’s modest “can do” attitude is built on a solid foundation of good old fashioned craftmanship and knowledge built up over 20 years of experience creating custom motorcycles.
|The completed bike earns its place on the iconic Brooklands Race Track|
|The AJ leads the pack as Camera Bike, during a filming session|
Vintage Revival Montlhery
|The Auto-jumble is full of Veteran Gems|
We arrived for scrutineering on Friday 11 May setting up the Brooklands Paddock before retiring. Following biblical rainstorm overnight we were greeted by a collapsed Gazebo. Luckily non of the 10 bikes we had bought were damaged and the organisers quickly stepped in with a replacement and the offer of further shelter if required.
As one of the riders who had attended the last event on 2017 I was worried that this was going to be another wet event. However, the sun quickly broke through and although we lost the Saturday morning sessions, there was time for an impromptu photo-shoot and interview session with The Vintagent (Paul D'Orleans) before getting everyone out on the track after a bit of creative accounting.
All in all a fantastic weekend and the opportunity to ride a diverse range of bikes ranging from a 1921 ABC to the 1930's Cotton Jap. See Tim Huber's piece on the event on the Vintagent Website
|Paul D'Orleans with the Brooklands Zenith, whilst we wait for the surface water to clear on track|
|Brookland's Perry (Pezpix) Barwick takes a chicane on the Freddy Clarke Tribute Triumph|
|Martin Gegg keeps it low and slow on the Brooklands ABC|
|An impromptu photo shoot after the Cotton JAP decided to stop half way into the session for the second time|
|Bikes prepare for another session at the iconic track|
Banbury Run 2019
|Bikes in the Gaydon Car park after the Run|
|Competitors out on the Road just outside Banbury|
|Tony Baxter has just dodged a shower with a light lunch at the Brasenose Arms, Cropredy|
Brookland's Motorcycle Show, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Shere Hill Climb and More.