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Slippery Sam and Adstar winner star on show stand
 
 
A two-wheeled TT legend and the winning PJI Adstar biker will be showcased on the Peter James Insurance stand at this year’s International Classic MotorCycle Show from April 27th-28th.
Tying-in perfectly with celebrations to mark 100 years of Isle of Man TT racing, and resplendent on stand M63 in Bingley Hall, will be none other than a Slippery Sam Rep – one of only two Les Williams built Slippery Sam Triumph T150 replicas in existence.
 
One of Britain’s most famous and beloved racing motorcycles, Slippery Sam made history by winning five consecutive 750 cc class TT races from 1971 -1975.
 
If you’re lucky you might see former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Alex George at the stand having his picture taken with this replica of the machine on which he recorded the fastest TT lap in 1975, clocking up 102.82 mph.
 
Slippery Sam was built using a carefully-prepared version of the 750cc Triumph Trident ohv three-cylinder engine, and though it earned its name after a dramatic oil leak at the 1970 Bol d’Or, it is widely recognised as the most celebrated Triumph racer of all time.
 
The original machine, which was displayed at the National Motorcycle Museum, was destroyed by fire in 2003, though has been completely rebuilt since.
 
Owner John Abram, co-founder of online directory John’s Motorcycle News www.johnsmotorcyclenews.co.uk finally acquired the replica in 2014 from a fellow Trident enthusiast after five long years of waiting and, though the bike draws huge amounts of attention wherever it is displayed, he says he would never consider selling it for any amount of money.
 
He explained: “This replica is one of only two T150 Slippery Sams built by Les Williams and is probably the most accurate, thanks to the dedication and passion of the previous owners and custodians of this fantastic motorcycle.”

Sharing the limelight on the PJI stand will be a 1927 Sunbeam Longstroke...
 
...belonging to Alan East-Jones, winner of Peter James Insurance’s Adstar competition, launched last year to find a biker to star in PJI’s 2019 digital bike advertising.
 
Alan, from Warwickshire, was chosen after sending in his blood, sweat and tears story of how he took on the restoration of his father’s Sunbeam - one of several bikes he inherited after his father passed away.
 
Though he had been around his father’s motorcycles since he was a young child – and was even taken home from hospital as a newborn in the sidecar attached to a Velocette - Alan had never learned to ride one, let alone restore one himself.
 
However, since taking on his father’s bikes, Alan has passed his motorcycle test, restored the Sunbeam to full working order and now rides it in his dad’s honour, even winning half a dozen gold awards in the VMCC Banbury Run. Alan will be on the stand at intervals during the event to share his story.

    

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