The Classic Bike Show 2008 brought new
members and new visitors to our stand. These included Classic Bike
racer Steve Murray who used to race alongside Czech superstar Franta
The picture of the 2
dejected racers was taken in 1965 at Copenhagen airport when they were
waiting for flights. I guess the only main change is that there are
now lots of airport shops to tempt you but Franta never had any spare
western currency as he was only allowed out of Czechoslovakia if
someone had ensured there was money waiting for him in at a bank in
the west. Funds could not be sent to Czechoslovakia at that time.
The second picture features Franta
Stastny (7) closing on Steve Murray (8) who was riding a 250 Bultaco
at York Corner, in the North West 200 road race in 1969.
It was lovely to meet Steve and kind of
him to bring along these 2 pictures to add to our club archive. He
will attempt to find a few other examples of a lost era.
You can find more about Steve
Murray Motorcycle Racer here.
A selection from the clubs
and Arthur Fleming's photo archive of rather nice offroad machines
photographed at rallies, autojumbles, outside a castle in Greece and
in owners gardens.
These photo's are all from
events attended by the London and South East Branch in Kent from
the 1980's up to 2007. Note the lack of indoor venues!
Franta Stasny on his vintage 1962 Jawa 350cc Twin at the start of the TT lap of honour in
1983, Jaromir Matuska on the Jawa 350cc OHC in 1982, and a CZ racing
Showtime at the NEC
including first showing of the Model 638 in the 1980's and last
appearance by Jawa CZ in the 1990s.
A couple of photo's of
different Jawa outfits sent in by various members.
The blue Jawa California
was at the Holbeach
Rally 2004. The red Jawa California's are from various events in
Featured at a West Kent
Run event in the early 1990's, first UK visit by Czech Bike Club
included this Velorex 3 wheeler which was driven to the event from
Prague. Car frame covered by leatherette and powered by a Jawa 350cc
engine. This vehicle also returned to the West Kent Run in 2006 (on a
trailer this time!).
Here's a set of Jawa Race
bikes seen in the UK, the silver tank outdoor bike, photographed at
Brands Hatch is known to be an ex-Gustav Havel 350cc factory
bike, the other two red ones are photographed at locations unknown and
capacity unknown, but nice machines even so.
Three very fragile
newspaper cuttings publicising the 'new' Jawa CZ offices and
warehouse in Kings Lynn. Rescued by Arthur Fleming.
An Italjet Jawa at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Brands Hatch circa
1990 (colour photo's). All photo's sent in by Rob
number of JAWA Italjets were brought into the UK
but from memory the tank was different.
LEFT: TT Races 1979. (Left)
Ian Bridge Club Public Relations Officer, (Centre) Alan Madeley
Chairman, (Right) Pete Edwards Secretary, and his wife Pat
Edwards. MIDDLE: A
young Dave Widdowson (the one with the moustache). RIGHT
& FAR RIGHT: More Pete
Edwards (in the grey sweater).
Here's an Iraq
newspaper cutting from 2003 showing a soldier carrying a civilian to
safety on the back of a Jawa.
think these Jawa CZ motorbike adverts are the earliest Jawa CZ
motorcycle ads printed in the UK
press we have found so far from 1949. We've also got a 1959
for the Christmas edition!
These photo's were taken
Fleming in the City of London Business Area at Lime Street. The building in the middle (with the for sale signs) is one of the first
bases used in the UK by Motokov, the Jawa CZ
motorcycle importers in the late
1950's, as printed on all their adverts at the time. They also based
themselves in Slough, Islington and finally Kings Lynn.