Friday, 21 October 2016

Lost and found. Benzina #13 all gone but #11 back on sale

The last issue 13 of Benzina has just sold. But in my searches I came across a few copies of issue 11 that I thought was also sold out. Have both the Guzzi MGS-01 cover or the alternative Ducati single but otherwise identical. Click here to see more details or buy a copy

I spent hours checking with other sellers if they had any issue 13s spare, but it seems they've all gone. Only 600 copies were printed because I was getting fed up with the admin needed to run a subscription publication - basically enough were printed to fulfil subscription obligations plus a few more. For issue 14 on, Benzina's only been available on an issue by issue basis for the sake of my sanity. To those who've bought a copy, and especially those who said nice things about my efforts a huge thank you.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Funky Superbikes - Richard Skelton's follow up to the best selling Funky Mopeds

Richard Skelton’s first book, Funky Mopeds - the 1970s Sports Moped Phenomenon, was a best-seller. Funky Superbikes is four volume follow-up series which tracks the momentous changes in motorcycling, and in society in general, that took place during the 1970s; biking’s biggest, brightest and best-ever decade.
Featuring great writing, exclusive interviews, newly-commissioned artwork and evocative period images, Funky Superbikes will build to become a comprehensive history of big-bore motorcycling in the 1970s. It covers the arrival of extraordinary sporting machines from Italy and a new generation of bulletproof BMW twins, as well as the inexorable rise of the Japanese motorcycle industry and the wasteful, lingering death of its British counterpart.
In the 1970s there were more motorcyclists than ever before, ever more fabulous motorcycles crammed the showrooms, and motorcycling became an exciting new leisure activity. It was the time of Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts, of Bike and Cycle magazines, and of brilliant journalists in their pomp such as Cook Neilson, Mark Williams, Dave Minton and LJK Setright. It can now be seen as a pivotal decade, and a unique high point in motorcycling history.
Part One is on sale now, with Part Two out in time for Christmas 2016. Parts Three and Four to follow in 2017.
Buy at, or post a UK cheque, payable to Greg Pullen, to Lower Heath Ground, Kings Road, Easterton, Devizes, SN10 4PX. Price per volume: £12 + £2.80 postage.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

New - by popular demand: red Spirit of 1978 tee shirt. And news on the real Hailwood bike

Lovely new tee shirts - in red by popular demand. And it seems the real 1978 Mike Hailwood NCR900F1 as provided and run by Sports Motorcycles will be leaving its New York home for the UK next July.
More on the tees by clicking here . And more on the Sports/Hailwood bike's time in the UK when it's safe to say...

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

1976 MV Agusta 350S Ipotesi for sale

Always happy to post details of an Italian motorcycle for sale by a Benzina buyer, so here goes
1976 MV Agusta 350S  Ipotesi.

                   Older restoration.

                   Owned since 2009.

                   Fitted With New Electronic Ignition 

                   Also New Dellorto carbs.

                   Taxed & Insured & Mot  until 2017.

                   Price £4750, including the early Benzina sticker!
Interested? Email greg@teambenzina co uk (I know the dots are missing!) and I'll  do the intros

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Benzina at the Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival

This weekend, 5-7 August, I'll be at the wonderful Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival - latest copy of Benzina and my books. If you're after a particular back issue of Benzina email before 9am Friday and I'll bring a copy. Otherwise just come and say Hi. Will be between the Paddocks with Pat Slinn signing books

The racing's always great and there's such a varied entry list you can download here and club displays. The static bike show includes a Beale Benelli 350/4 like the one Dave Roper races (above) and an Aermacchi HD250RR - the full list is here and most of them will be paraded on what must be the best UK track for spectators. There's also a Steve Parish BBQ on Saturday evening - make of that what you will.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bruno Spaggiari's1973 Imola bike for sale

The real thing - John at Made in Italy Motorcycles collected it from Bruno's hallway. More by clicking here on John's website. But there's no price. Just as well if it's less than our house in worth; lot of info on this (including the radially drilled discs) in my Ducati and the TT book

Monday, 1 August 2016

Ducati - a Photographic Tribute, volume two by Phil Aynsley

with Benzina 14 posted out have finally had a chance to have a good look at Phil Aynsley's second volume "Ducati - a Photographic Tribute" (volume one's sold out). Stunning doesn't cover it: Phil Aynsley has had access to the factory and collections the rest of us can only dream about. Classics, racers, modern - they're all here plus non-motorcycling products from the Ducati family's era. Even some period ads. A monster of a book at almost 3KG and a bargain at under 80 Euros delivered with the EU. More at