Celebrating Meriden blue

Friday, 27 December 2013
Gary Pinchin, Editor
We were just setting up the shot at Ace Classics with the mega rare 1957 T100RS Triumph and the equally cool 1957 TR5R in identical Meriden blue and ivory livery when completely out of the blue (pun intended) I mused: “It’s a shame we haven’t got the 1957 production T100 to complete the set…”

Kev Rushworth stared at me and photographer Mykel Nicolaou with one of those rabbit-caught-in-the-headlights kind of looks. “What am I thinking of? We’ve got one in the shop. It’s dad’s own bike he restored a few years back.”

We were focusing on the RS race bike so hard neither of us had even thought about the road bike option. So now we’ve three 1957 Triumph 500s to shoot – and all three in Meriden blue. It’s great when a plan comes together, especially when you never had a plan in the first place!

It’s been a fun issue to assemble – with that brace of lovely old British trials bikes, and John’s pristine restoration job on the BSA Thunderbolt. And I really love the juxtaposition of the original classic-styled Dresda Triumph cafe racer and the all-new Britalmoto Triton that marries a Hinckley Bonneville motor with a Donington-built Norton frame. A classic cafe for a modern era.

Happy New Year!

Gary Pinchin, editor

Dec 2014 - Issue 284

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