Section Notes & News March 2019.   


February's Quiz Answer..


I had one correct answer for this object. It is a nut cracker.

Nutcrackers in the form of wood carvings of a soldier, knight, king, or other profession have existed since at least the 15th century. Figurative nutcrackers are a good luck symbol in Germany, and a folktale recounts that a puppet-maker won a nut cracking challenge by creating a doll with a mouth for a lever to crack the nuts. These nutcrackers portray a person with a large mouth which the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the figurine. Originally one could insert a nut in the big-toothed mouth, press down and thereby crack the nut. Modern nutcrackers in this style serve mostly for decoration, mainly at Christmas time.



 This photo shows some of the types of nut crackers that are produced commercially. Not all are used as nut crackers but as decorations.






April's Quiz Question.



Two for the price of one this month. They are both domestic objects and serve similar proposes. The older one on the left is more versatile than the one on the right.

The older one is made from a mutton bone, the other a combination of steel and plastic.

What are they? Now the riding season is almost upon us the winner will receive a free entry to one of the Section runs. You lucky people.   (Photo by L.Dawson)





Recently whilst in Hull I visited Queens Garden, a filled in dock, to see the this magnificent piece of work. It draws people's attention to the amount of knife crime and violence that plagues our lives. The figure is made from over 100,000 confiscated weapons. Well worth a visit.


The following photos have been sent in by Richard.


                                                             (1)                                      (2)

 (1). A smart looking 125cc two stroke moped made by Signo and marketed by Aermachi.
 (2).A not so smart Aero Caproxi 1955 - 75cc four stoke seen at Newark.

                        The way to go when that Square four is getting too heavy!



                                                                  Bike sale report.


The Sledmere House was an outstanding success with 98% of all lots offered finding new homes for a house record of some £460,000 including buyer’s premium. Of greatest interest was the amount of international buyers, Australia, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland and the Channel Isles.

The sale included the Mike Hanson Collection of veteran and vintage spares, motorcycles and cars and attracted international as well as national interest. The 300 odd lots of spares realised some £70,000 led by two pairs of Vincent Bampton forks at £3,000 and £2,800, a NOS Belstaff Trailmaster jacket and trousers sold for £770. His most expensive bike was a 1927 Sunbeam Model 9 at £19,550 sold to a Hungarian client, followed by a 1930 Velocette KTP at £9,775 to a gentleman who drove from Guernsey for it and a c1932 Norton ES1 project, at £9,200.

The sale was led by a very good 1960 BSA Gold Star DBD34, two owners and part of a collection that lived in a heated garage since 1993. Estimated at £15/20,000 it realised £27,300, underbid by an Australian client. A 1912 Rover 2.5 hp sold for £13,110, whilst a c 1907 Fafnir engine in a frame project realised £2,335.

The full results can be found here; The next auction is on the 6th July, contact Andy Spicer on 01377 593593.




Les has paid another visit to the Bradford Industrial Museum. This photo shows a 1914 Jowett with a "tiller" type steering. Only 48 where made and in 1915 the model was manufactured with a steering wheel. I wonder if the petrol can was originaly painted grey or would it be red? A smart looking little motor car.





This photo is an enlargement of the information board shown in the previous photo.

It is difficult to see but I doubt that all wheels are driven. The rear wheel certainly is and the sidecar wheel could be but I don't think the front wheel is. It is an interesting machine. I notice the tank has 4 filler caps. I have seen the Post Hill mentioned and in the 60s-70s it was part of a scrambles course  and you had to be a decent rider to get up even on a then modern machine.


Some of you might wonder how 6 speeds were obtained. If you look close ly at the photo on the left it show a Sturmey Archer gear box fitted. The Scott 2 speed box (counter shaft type set up) coupled to a Sturmey Archer box gives 2X3 gears. The two gear levers can be seen in both photos.

Many thanks les for the photos Les.



Three jokes sent in by Richard.




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 happenings ,anything, please send them in.



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