Sammy Miller Museum, Goodwood Revival & a busy week at the workshop
We were meant to head off down to Cornwall last week for a much needed holiday.
However, for reasons beyond our control, we ended up staying at home but taking some days out & relaxing instead.
During our staycation, we managed to get over to the Sammy Miller Museum in Bashley. We have been several times before, but Katy’s Dad & Mum who stayed with us had never been.
The museum is an incredible day out & makes a perfect destination for a ride out. The motorcycle collection at the Sammy Miller Museum is a testament to the history of the motorcycle, with motorcycles from the late 1800’s giving us valuable clue’s to how motorcycle engines have developed.
Sammy Miller MBE is a motorcycling legend. 11 times British Champion & winner of over 1400 events, with a racing career spanning more than 50 years!
Amongst the donated motorcycles are plenty of Sammy’s own bikes, ones he used to compete on & others he helped develop.
Each room at the museum takes you on more of a journey through motorcycling history. From examples of Sammy’s own trials championships & his mind-boggling trophy cabinet, to the WWII dispatch bikes, Norton development bikes, superbikes & manufacturers you may never have heard of before.
Even if the weather outside is little glum, a visit to the Sammy Miller Museum is a real tonic for any biker, petrol head or automotive enthusiast.
We were incredibly lucky to have been contacted by a friend on Thursday evening & offered four free tickets & paddock passes for the Goodwood Revival. Well, we were certainly not going to look that gift horse in the mouth & very graciously accepted.
Luckily Daniel still had his outfit from the Gentleman’s Ride & Katy has her box of treasures from her teaching days. We cobbled together outfits for Katy’s Dad & Mum & early on Saturday morning we headed over to the Goodwood Race Track.
As you walk through the gate of the Goodwood Revival it is like being transported back in time or like being on a film set. Everywhere you look people are dressed in period costumes, from military to land girls, from classic hats & victory curls to racers of days gone by; everywhere you look the fashion & décor of the 1940’s to the 1960’s was physical & tangible.
Having not been to the Revival for many many years, we can both definitely say it has become a grander spectacle than ever before. Classic cars & motorcycles were everywhere, airplanes of the bygone eras reminded us of war time & peace time, trade stands, food stands, champagne, the smell of high octane fuel in the air & the roar of the engines all made the experience even more magical than we could ever have imagined.
We caught the end of the only motorcycle race on the Saturday & headed out to the paddock to catch a glimpse of the bikes & their riders as they headed back into their pits.
This year the likes of John McGuiness, Peter Hickman, Ian Hutchinson, Eugene Laverty, Maria Costello, Tommy Hill, James Hillier, Jenny Tinmouth & Billy McConnell all took to the track on motorcycles of a bygone era, all ripping up the track as they did so.
Billy McConnell was Daniels instructor when he attended a James Whitham Track Training Day earlier this year & he was kind enough to take a few moments to have a chat with Daniel about the Revival, the track day & his Superstock season 2022.
Katy was able to have her photo taken with one of her heroes Jenny Tinmouth. Jenny Tinmouth is the first & only female to have raced in the British Superbike Championship & is the female lap record holder at the Isle of Man TT at 119.945mph. She holds two Guinness World Records for these achievements.
Jenny has been privileged to be employed as a stunt performer for blockbuster films like Black Widow (2021), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) & Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) & prestigious car manufactures & for TV & YouTube.
No wonder Katy admires her so very much.
Allen Millyard had been invited by the Duke of Richmond (overheard him talking about it) to bring the Flying Millyard to the Goodwood Revival.
The Flying Millyard is 5000cc of V-twin – two cylinders of a radial Pratt & Whitney aero engine – mounted at 60 degrees to home-made crankcases, inside a chassis completely hand-fabricated at home by Allen, in his single garage. Katy’s Dad was lucky enough to have a chat with Allen, before Allen kindly posed for a photo with him.
In amongst the many themed sets & just outside the Drivers Club, we found one of wonderful customers who was playing a part in an Egyptian Tomb scene whereby priceless artefacts were being excavated.
Aaron was playing the role of an Archaeologist & even had real life Camels to contend with! It was wonderful to see him fully immersed in the Revival magic.
We witnessed incredible examples of cars & motorcycles from yesteryear, we experienced the transformative power of the Goodwood Revival & we loved every single second.
As we came back to work on Monday 19th Sept, Katy remained at home to witness the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Daniel had to head into work, but respectfully kept the doors of the workshop closed for the day.
Back into full action on Tuesday, it has been nonstop all week.
The BMW R100 we are recommissioning was up on the ramp on Tuesday having the rear brake bled ready for an MOT on Friday. The BMW having been brought to us a couple of months ago, is being recommissioned while the owner decides on whether to keep or sell.
The Yamaha DT400 having been converted to 12v by Daniel on Monday, had to wait for a new battery. On Friday with the new battery fitted & the lights working, Daniel found no power to the headlight.
With a new connector fitted at the stator, the headlight sprang back into life. The lovely thing about the DT400 Enduro is that it is a used bike & is regularly involved in competitions.
The Chrome Royal Enfield which we are guardians for, has come out for some additional Autumn/Winter upgrades & more reinforcing of the frame (NB: mono motorcycles did not build the original bike, we just look after it)
On Wednesday we welcomed back the BMW R1200R we fitted a new screen to recently for Annual Servicing.
We also welcomed back the Yamaha Tracer 900 we fitted a lowering kit & other modifications to earlier this year, for an INNOVV Dual motorcycle Camera fitting.
We undertake all of DJK Motorcycles pre-sales & servicing work & this week has been a busy one. So far we have seen a BMW R1150GS for service, safety checks, new pads, new tyre & brake hoses, a Honda CB125F for fork seals, chain/sprockets, coosh drive bearings, rear tyre & servicing, a Yamaha FJR for servicing & baffle fitting & a Mutt GT-SR 125 for annual servicing & new indicators.
Join us this coming Sunday 25th September for our penultimate 2022 breakfast club. Join us for a hearty breakfast, catch up with friends, or drop in for a pit-stop!
Location: mono motorcycles, Row C, Unit 4-5 New Barn Offices, Funtington, Chichester, PO18 9DA
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Goodwood: Anything but the car Breakfast Club
We have been invited to exhibit at the Goodwood Anything but the car Breakfast Club on Sunday 2nd October. The Goodwood Breakfast Club’s are free to enter, you just need to book a free ticket online https://ticketing.goodwood.com/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductEvent.aspx?ProductSubType=BCLE
Our second Custom & Classic Bike Show is already planned for Sunday 18th June 2023. We are already taking registrations for motorcycles in a variety of categories:
Best in Show,
Best Cafe Racer,
Best flat tracker/scrambler,
Best Modern Classic (any fully restored modern classic 1970-1999),
Mini Mayhem (Fully restored classic or custom under 200cc),
Best eBike Custom (fully electric motorcycle)
We are also looking for an eclectic selection of trade for the show & therefore if you or anyone you know is interested in bringing your business to the show, please do contact Katy in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
As always for all your motorcycling needs, please do contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or contact us through our contact page