The Norman Connection

During the 1950’s, the Norman Cycle and Motorcycle factory in Beaver Road Ashford employed many people from the Tenterden area. Production at its highest level would see 5000 cycles, 600 mopeds, and 120 motorcycles a week leave the production line. Engines used in the motorcycles and mopeds included Villiers, British Anzanis and Sachs, ranging from... Continue Reading →

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Major Donald Geoffrey Ralph Freeman

  The First Club President Major Donald Geoffrey Ralph Freeman was the first president of the newly formed Tenterden and District Motorcycle and Light Car Club in 1947. Known mainly by his second Christian name, Geoffrey, he was born in 1901 in Stoke Newington. By the 1920s he was employed in the family firm of J... Continue Reading →

Motorcycle Sport – a brief history

Early designs of motorcycles utilised engines often produced in France or Germany. They were installed in little more than English produced cycle (pushbike) chassis with only rudimentary brakes and single gears. The machines enabled the public to travel to and from work and seek out new leisure activities. With this came a feeling of freedom... Continue Reading →

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