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A motorcycle once owned by Titch Allen, the “Godfather” of the classic motorcycle movement and founder of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club, is coming up for sale this autumn.

Going under the hammer at the auction of Cars & Motorcycles and Automobilia at Beaulieu is Titch’s 1933 Rudge 250cc Racing Motorcycle Special. The presale estimate is £3,500-£4,500.

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Titch – big impact on classic bike movement

Titch, a lifelong biker,  was only 5ft 2in but he had a massive impact on the classic motorcycle world.

A biking journalist who served in the Second World War as a despatch rider, he responded to a suggestion in a motorcycle weekly that interest in older machines warranted the formation of a specialist club.

He invited fellow vintage enthusiasts to meet at the Hog’s Back, Surrey, in April 1946. Thirty-eight riders responded and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club was formed.

Titch offered honorary membership to the editors of both The Motor Cycle and Motorcycling, and to Bill Boddy of Motor Sport, who remains a member to this day. Publicity inevitably followed and The Vintage Motor Cycle Club grew quickly.

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Vintage Motor Cycle Club now boasts 16,000 members

Today the club boasts more than 16,000 members worldwide.

Membership of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club not only opens the door to a wide community of people interested in, and passionate about, classic motorcycles, but it can earn you generous discounts on your annual motorbike insurance.

Bikesure is one of the country’s leading classic motorcycle insurers and also offers discounts for those who agree a limited mileage deal, have proven experience riding a classic bike, fit Thatcham-assured security solutions or take out milti bike policies.

  • Check out the full catalogue to find out what else is going under the hammer at the Beaulieu Sale on Saturday, September 1.
  • Titch (Charles Edmund) Allen, BEM, OBE, died on March 18 2010.

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