march 1939 revue in Motorcycle magazine"The new Wilfred"

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march 1939 revue in Motorcycle magazine"The new Wilfred"

Post  adamk on Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:57 pm

Hope you can all see the image, seems to be a rare article, mentioning the Norman company in their infancy as a motorcycle manufacturer. You can also look on the Norman page of facebook to see a close up if need be. if anybody would like a copy, i will gladly send it it via email to you. They were called Wilfreds after a Daily mirror cartoon, Pip ( a dog) Squeak(a penguin) and Wilfred ( a rabbit) referring to the Motobyks under powered engine as a pip squeak or Wilfred. my son is now shatterd that my bike is called Wilfred Norman and not kawasonda fireblade!. Ps- the bike spluttered into life last week,for the first time in at least 45 years- All 3 seconds were momentus....

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Re: march 1939 revue in Motorcycle magazine"The new Wilfred"

Post  mr.rabbit on Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:33 am

Hello Adam.I could not see the pictures but am pleased to hear of another old bike coughing back into life.Even after years of tinkering with ancient machinery I still enjoy getting some old engine running properly again.When I was a toddler my Dad had a Wilfred,could have been a Norman or Francis Barnett,there were all sorts of them still in use then and I remember sitting in a box on the rear carrier and being taken for rides.Probably agianst some law nowadays.Cheers Paul

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