Auburn British Meet Brings Out Some Rare Bikes

By Bud Wilkinson of

Having been shuffled to parking lots far away from the display ground numerous times at motorcycle shows in years past, it was fun yesterday to be riding the proper marque to gain 1-Mass Pikefront door access at the 35th annual British Motorcycle Meet in Auburn, MA.

Sponsored by the BSA Owners Club of New England, the meet attracted hundreds of British bike lovers and hundreds of bikes to the Auburn Elks Club, which is just across a pond from the Mass Pike. Numerous British brands were represented, from Aerials (such as the Square Four below) to Velocettes.

1-Square Four

1-Square Four engine

RIDE-CT gained show ground access by riding in on a 2013 Triumph Trophy SE (below right), a loaner from Triumph. I ended up parking next to a mustard and white 1965 Triumph T100 SC Jack Pine scrambler owned by Dennis Horr of Waterford, CT.

1-T100 and Trophy

Horr reported that only 800 units of the model were ever made and that 400 were sent to dealers on the West Coast and 400 went to dealers on the eastern seaboard. Those going west received an anodized front fender while the eastern ones were painted like his.

Getting loads of attention at the show, predictably and for good reason, were a pair of Vincents, both of which drew spectators with cameras.

1-Picture taking

1-Crowd with VincentBut so did a Norton VR 880 Commando Spring Special owned by Rich Hosley of Guilford, CT. It has a 1974 Norton engine as its base and was built in 2001 by Kenny Dreer. Hosley bought it in 2002 and has put 11,200 miles on it. “Put 100 miles on it today,” he said.

1-Yellow Norton IIBesides the bikes, there were vendors with used parts, food and colorful characters who were dressed for the occasion.

1-Triumph leathersBesides the many stock bikes, there were customs, too, such as this mix of a Triumph and Norton with various one-off parts.

1-CustomThere were also many old bike, including this 1925 Norton…

1-Vintage Norton

And this 1933 BSA B2 owned by Mark Turkington of Bolton, CT…

1-BSA 1932

And this 1949 Matchless…

1-Matchless 1949The only drawbacks to the day were the heat and the thousands of milkweed seeds that floated on the breeze, making it seems at times like it was snowing. Nonetheless, the Auburn British Motorcycle meet is an event well worth attending.

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One comment

  1. Hey Bud,
    Great article and pictures till the very last paragraph. I do not see one drawback there.