Mark had a special treat on this his birthday as the route took in the awesome Stelvio Pass between Italy and Switzerland, famous for the Italian job movie and possibly one of the most insane roads on the planet.
Follow his through the mountains each day in our stories section HERE
Mark arrived at CCM Towers last week to collect our shiny Maverick prototype. After seeing one of our bikes on last year’s Malle Rally, his curiosity was pricked and an order was placed for a Street Tracker which he hoped would arrive in time for his ride.
Whilst production hadn’t begun in time for the big ride, CCM stepped in and offered Mark the loan of one of our Maverick demo bikes, a perfect machine for taking on the length of Britain via proper biking back roads.
To follow Mark’s exploits, visit our OWNERS STORIES section of CLUB CCM
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire: Family home of the Churchills and location for one of the world’s greatest automotive garden parties.
CCM Motorcycles have the current range of bikes on display including the new Blackout, RAFBF100, SIX and more…..
Taking pride of place on the hallowed palace lawn is the stunning 1976 ex-works Vic Eastwood 500cc F2 machine.
This classic 4-stroke machine was successfully campaigned by Vic Eastwood and, along with John Banks, these legendary 4 stroke dirt bikes made their mark around the UK and world GP circuits.
During the 1975 season, CCM works riders were never off the podium winning 7 out of 12 British Championship races.
Eastwood was tipped to win in what would have been CCM’s first British Championship, but controversy would beset the Castrol backed CCM works team. At the final round of the season, Banks failed to see frantic pit board signals from CCM founder and designer Alan Clews, which would have allowed Eastwood to pass and gain the extra points needed to win the championship. So much for team orders in those days!
Vic Allan, who would later join the CCM works team alongside Eastwood and Banks for the 1976 season, went on to win the 75′ championship by just 2 points from Eastwood in 2nd and Banks in 4th. The following season in ‘76 saw CCM again coming palpably close to claiming that elusive British Championship with Allan in 2nd, Eastwood 4th & Banks 5th. Alan Clews’ BSA B50 based CCM never won a GP but they did come a tantalisingly close 2nd on so many occasions against the might of the Japanese factory teams.
CCM have joined forces with JEM Speed Shop in Batley, West Yorkshire to create our very first pop-up showroom.
Why JEM? Well, we recognised that the guys here were doing something new and exciting with their distinctive version of a biking destination. With great facilities like “The Pit Stop” American-style diner; Micro-pub serving craft ales; clothing and accessories; plus a barbers shop and tattoo parlour it’s a great place to go for a ride out! Oh and they sell bikes too, and all of this under one roof in a hip, laid back setting.
The CCM pop-up shop officially launches this Saturday, 29 August with the following bikes on display;
The NEW Spitfire Blackout movie tribute bike
The stock Bobber and the moody Stealth version;
The Spitfire 6 resplendent in British Racing Green;
The stunning RAFBF100 commemorative model;
The unique Wolf 77 Custom Café Racer concept
Plus a rare and highly collectable original Spitfire!
The new Blackout model is based on the original Scrambler concept, and was created as a tribute to the machine ridden by Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in the November release of Black Widow.
This gorgeous special edition can be yours for just £8995 and you can find out more about the new Spitfire Blackout by visiting www.ccm-motorcycles.com/blackout
Come and meet the team this weekend at JEM Speed Shop. You can find them at Unit 3, Brookroyd Mill, Bradford Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 8ND from 09:00 to 17:00 7 days a week.
After an exciting build up, the new Spitfire Blackout was revealed at the eccentric and eclectic Malle Mile event. After so many of this year’s firm fixtures in the biking calendar were cancelled, it was even more enjoyable to be surrounded by fellow bikers at this fabulous open air biking festival in the stunning surroundings of Kevington Hall in Kent.
Sat alongside the new Blackout was one of the actual bikes ridden in the Black Widow movie. Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh may have graced the dual saddle of this special version of our Scrambler, however the magic was created by one of the greatest stunt riders currently in action; Frenchwoman Sarah Lezito. You can see the bike in the new Black Widow movie at a cinema near you on 06 November!
Also on display was a stunt bike of yore, the world record bus-jumping CCM of the legendary Eddie Kidd; it took real bravery to take a leap of faith back in those days without the huge travel suspension, computer-aided ramp design and bike telemetry in use today.
The Malle Mile is all about taking part and a few of the CCM gang came along to try their hand on a couple of stock Scramblers with some great results. Novice Owen Davies from the design team fared incredibly well for a first attempt, winning a number of his heats, but the star of the show was mobile technician Ben Lightbown who saw off all-comers and took the overall event title! Congratulations to Ben and the rest of the team. You can see him in action here.