Southern California Norton Owners Club Route 66 Ride
Richard Asprey and Berwyn Henderson arrived in California on Saturday, 15 September, 2012 exactly one week after leaving St. Louis for the start of the Southern California Norton Owners Club's “Route 66 Ride” from St. Louis to Santa Monica. To be eligible the bike had to be British and built no later than 1982. Alton Gillespie trailered four of Richard's bikes to St. Louis for the ride; the Vincent Rapide, the '75 Kenny Dreer Norton Interstate, the four valve head Triumph T140W TSS and the Norton Atlas. After ignition problems grounded both the T140W and the Interstate Richard ended up riding the Vincent and Berwyn the Atlas the rest of the way. Out of their four bikes the Norton Atlas was the only one that didn't have a mechanical problem. The Vincent's gas tank started leaking so they fitted a Harley Sportster tank decorated with Alton's artwork on the rear fender and connected a fuel line from it to the carbs. Out of the 45 bikes that started the ride all but three made it all the way.
The following photos were taken by Daniel Peirce, Lord of Light, Master of the Pixel. Click to enlarge.
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