February 15th, 2019 by Samuel Sutton
November 7th, 2018 by Lewis Ellis
Earlier today, two great pillars of British motorcycling confirmed that they have joined forces, with the Bolton based bike manufacturer CCM Motorcycles using their presence at the London Motorcycle Show to announce twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin as their latest brand ambassador.
Lampkin will join four times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty in flying the flag for the Lancashire founded firm, which is fast approaching its fiftieth anniversary. Currently enjoying record orders for its iconic Spitfire model range, Lampkin was always keen to throw his leg over one of the handmade British machines since they were first launched, and instantly fell in love with both the original version and the Scrambler models when he got to ride them during a Belstaff photoshoot last year.
Already a keen collector of vintage and retro British bikes, Dougie has joined the queue with other CCM customers and is patiently waiting to take delivery of his personal Spitfire, but was delighted to collect the keys from CCM Managing Director Austin Clews for a pre-production Spitfire Six model at the London Motorcycle show earlier today. Dougie will assist with the final development of this model, with the production model that will be delivered to customers in due course reflecting his personal input.
Having already created his own signature version of the Spitfire, Fogarty was also on hand to officially welcome Lampkin to the CCM family. Both Dougie and Carl will be joining CCM Motorcycles at a number of events throughout 2019, as the Spitfire limited edition models continue their tour of the UK over the coming months.
Speaking about Dougie’s appointment, CCM Motorcycles Managing Director Austin Clews said: “I think it is fair to say that the Lampkin family name remains one of the most famous in motorcycling history even today, much due to their sporting success over the last fifty or so years. Dougie’s older cousin John actually rode for us in the Trial World Championship back in the eighties, so it is a proud moment for us to have the opportunity to welcome another member of this British motorcycling dynasty to help us reinforce the importance of us still making bikes in the UK today.”
Austin ended by saying: “Dougie’s own sporting successes speak for themselves, but equally he is a great guy who has a shared passion for what we are doing and has values and experience that are sure to benefit us as a brand as we continue to work on some new and exciting projects. However, for the record, we will not be making another Trial bike – anytime soon.”
Equally delighted to confirm his collaboration Dougie Lampkin stated: “Whilst I’m more widely recognised as a Trial rider, I am actually a fan of motorcycling in general. As soon I saw the first photos of the Spitfire it was love at first sight, so I was really happy when CCM agreed to loan us a couple of Spitfires for the photoshoot we did in the Scottish Highlands last year. Riding the bikes confirmed that I needed to own one and after a bit of Yorkshire bartering, not only am I about to become a CCM customer, but I have also become a CCM brand ambassador too.”
Dougie signed off by explaining: “I really love what CCM are doing with the Spitfire, and so do the British customers who have made the first few versions a complete sell out. I have been lucky enough to see what else they have in the pipeline in terms of new models, and there is plenty more to come out of the famous Bolton factory. With my own passion for old British bikes and the whole retro scene, I am confident I can add value to some of the new projects they have planned. But right now, my priority is to get as many miles in as possible on the pre-production Spitfire Six so I can give my feedback to the factory.”
For more details about CCM Motorcycles and the Spitfire model range please visit – www.ccm-motorcycles.com
August 21st, 2018 by Lewis Ellis
CCM Motorcycles today announced that seven-time world champion Carl Fogarty has joined the company as a brand ambassador and consultant.
To mark the collaboration CCM and Carl have developed a limited edition of just 300 Foggy Edition versions of their highly-acclaimed Spitfire series, plus one identical bike commissioned for Foggy.
The Foggy Edition Spitfire model will be first seen in the flesh on Saturday, November 17th on CCM’s stand at Motorcycle Live at the NEC, Birmingham.
“I have been a massive admirer of CCM’s progress over the last few years and love the retro-look bikes they have been producing,” said Carl, who has been appointed Director of Performance.
“I go way back with CCM and have always been close friends with the Clews family, who started the company. So when the chance came up to work with them again I saw a great opportunity to support a British manufacturer that is close to my heart.
“I’m really happy with the Foggy Edition Spitfire. The idea was to add a bit of my own personality and racing heritage to a cool range that has already proved such a big success with the public.
“It’s a bike that you can take to a track day with your mates and then ride straight to the café for a coffee!”
CCM managing director, Austin Clews, added:
“Carl has been a great personal close friend of mine for many years now and we both feel that now is the right time for Carl to get involved, at a time when CCM is venturing more and more into the road bike side of UK and international markets.
This offers the chance not only for Carl to introduce CCM to a wider worldwide audience but also for Carl to be directly involved and influence the way CCMs are designed in the future. This is a very exciting time for us both and we intend to maximise Carl’s impact to help the future growth of CCM.”
Carl will be appearing at the CCM stand at Motorcycle Live on November 17, 23 and 25.
For more details about the Foggy Edition Spitfire or for interview requests please contact: Spitfire@ccm-motorcycles.net
May 3rd, 2018 by Lewis Ellis
The CCM Spitfire Flat Tracker has scooped the award for Best Retro from the coveted Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018. Now in its fifth year, the awards are back and bigger than ever, featuring more contenders from various manufacturers, from summer rides to trackside toys.
The CCM Spitfire Flat Tracker was the judge’s undeniable favourite in this category, beating the Ducati Scrambler 1100 and the Kawasaki Z900 RS.
Phil West, Motorcycling journalist exclaimed CCM have “got the bike shed, cafe racer vibe nailed better than anyone.” Andrew Shim, Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2018 Guest Judge said “built in really small, limited numbers, it really is a beautiful bike.”
Racer and all-round bike enthusiast, Andrew Shim best known as ‘Milky’ in the film and TV series – This is England , joined Phil West and Rob Morphet on this year’s panel, establishing a unique judging panel that borrows diverse talent from across the biking industry.
With 13 categories and 16 manufacturers, Auto Trader’s Best Bike Awards reveal the best machines on two wheels, whether you’re a first-time rider looking for a humble 50cc, or an adrenaline junkie seeking a 200+bhp superbike.
Auto Trader’s Best Bike Awards aim to help every biker find their ideal motorcycle. The judging panel rode thousands of miles to test over 36 models and compile the year’s list of the most impressive bikes on the market. Reliability, running costs, appearance, practicality, performance and technical advancements were all considered by judges as they put together this well-informed list of winners.
March 16th, 2018 by Samuel Sutton
World renowned motorcycle designer Alan Clews sadly passed away on May 2nd 2018. Just shy of his 80th birthday, Alan continued to play an active role within CCM, as he had done over the past 47 years.
In the 70’s Alan blazed a trail across the motocross Grand Prix’s of the world, with the Bolton based firm punching well above its weight, dishing out bloody noses to many of the European and Japanese factory works teams. It was this ability that endeared him and his riders to motorcycle enthusiasts across the globe and Alan’s legendary 4-stroke dirt bikes would become known as “The Rolling Thunder”.
His final project would see him working his magic on CCM’s latest model, The Spitfire. Alan was in the midst of a “stroked” version of the Spitfire’s 600cc engine when he was taken ill and tragically he will no longer see this labour of love brought to its conclusion, however everyone here at CCM are committed to completing this, his final legacy, in his honour.
A more detailed tribute to Alan will be aired in the forthcoming weeks.
Details of the funeral will also follow and all those interested in attending will be welcome by the family.
October 17th, 2017 by Samuel Sutton
Buy any new Spitfire series motorcycle and you will go into the draw to win a new Cafe Racer! The offer is open to all existing customers and one lucky winner will be picked on Sunday 25th March at 16:00 prior to the close of the Manchester Bike Show. If you cannot make it to the show, we will be streaming the draw live on our Facebook channel for you to view in real-time.
Terms & conditions – The prize build date will be at the end of the Cafe Racer production run. The winner only remains valid, if their original purchase is completed, they take ownership of their original bike, and their original bike is not rejected in any way […]
May 3rd, 2017 by Samuel Sutton
Sandwiched between the GBP11600 Ducati Supersport and the GBP72000 Superlegerra, the CCM Spitfire was voted 6th best bike of 2017 from a total of 50 new machines! We’re very proud of what we have achieved and this has spurred us on to create even more of these stylish creations. Visit the Motorcycle Live Show @ the NEC to see the excting new fourth incarnation of the Spitfire series.
The beautiful New handcrafted Spitfire Scrambler goes on sale on Thursday 04 May. A refundable �500 deposit secures one of 250 of the stunning new handcrafted machines due in September 2017.