Tolson motorbike show set to be a roaring success


Motorcycle enthusiasts are gearing up for the hugely popular annual Tolson Museum Motorbike Show on Sunday 9 September between 11am and 4pm.

Its set to be an animal of an event

The star of the show may well come from inside the museum itself – the Huddersfield museum has recently taken delivery of a special and rare motorbike – a very early Panther made by the Cleckheaton firm of Phelon & Moore.

The Phelon & Moore 3.5 H.P. motorcycle was previously part of the Spen Valley Stories exhibition at the now closed Red House Museum in Gomersal.  It now takes pride of place in Tolson Museum’s transport gallery.

Cllr Graham Turner, Kirklees Cabinet member for Corporate Strategy, Cultural Policy and Asset Strategy said:

“We are delighted to have this beautiful example of an early Panther on display in time for the Motorbike Show. I’m sure it will be admired and appreciated by the many motorbike enthusiasts we are expecting that day. I welcome this wonderful addition to its new home, the excellent transport gallery in the museum, and I am sure that it will be admired by the many visitors to Tolson Museum in the coming years.”

Three things that make the panther special?

1.) Only 3000 3.5 H.P. motorcycles were made at the Phelon & Moore factory between 1914 and 1920, with 40 a week being made at the height of production.

2.)They were used by the Royal Air Force for their dispatch riders.

3.) This one nearly didn’t make it – the machine on display was saved from a Sussex scrapyard in 1947 before joining the Kirklees Museums’ collections in 1991.

Exhibited alongside the motorcycle is a sectioned Panther M100 motorcycle engine.  It is a showroom example of the famous “Redwing 100” model manufactured by the Cleckheaton firm between 1950 and 1960.

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What else will be at the motorbike show?

There will be a wide range of makes and models, from classic to modern on show.  The motorcycles will be lined up in front of the museum in Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield from 11am to 4pm.

The motorbike show, which has been organised by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle in conjunction with Mollsprings Motorcycles, Honley, is part of Heritage Open Weekend events in Kirklees.

For more information about events at Tolson Museum visit the community directory


One comment

  • People in Cleckheaton and the Spen Valley are of the opinion that the Panther motorbike should be available for people to see in the area in which it was developed and produced. As it is it has been appropriated, alongside many other local treasures, to Huddersfield based locations, and are no longer accessible to many local people. This is the most recent instance of ‘looting’ of our local Heritage by Kirklees Council, which has been in place since the inception of Kirklees Council.

    Colin Berry

    Spen Valley Civic Society

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