Bernies Bike Shed

ADLER TO ZUNDAPP CLUB

West Kent 2008 Adler to Zundapp stand

TWN BDG 250H,Maico Taifun 2 Adlers 2009

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2017 West Kent weekend display of bikes that took part in Saturdays run See page ‘old farts and a frau’ for more details

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2017 West Kent run, Brians nice Hoffmann ‘Gouverneur’ got first prize!

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Bernard John Smith

10th March 1932  –  27th January 2017

I am  sad to say that the Adler to Zundapp club lost one of it’s founder members Bernard John Smith;  always known as John. John had been involved with motorcycles along with his three other brothers  all his life.  It would be true to say John lived and breathed motorcycles every day especially Velocettes and German/Austrian machines. John was an old fashion true gent!Who was talented in many ways including drawing,model making.He had so many wonderful stories to tell about his life  and travels including a trip with his brother Jim to Garmish Paterkirchen ,Bavaria in 1954 to watch the ISDT. I have lost a friend of almost 40 years, and the ‘Adler to Zundapp’ Club will miss him.

Picture top John on his favourite Adler MB250 and below on a Puch 250 SGS in the West Kent Run 

 

 

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First  display of the ‘Adler to Zundapp Club’ Festival of a ‘Thousand bikes’ Brands Hatch August 1985? Showing left to right 1952 DKW rt250,1954 Adler MB 250, 1959 Zundapp 201S and a 1957 TWN’Cornet’also slightly out of sight a PUCH/EMC 125 racing bike(note the hugh petrol tank!!

Bernie and the TWN'BOSS'

Bernie away from his shed at ‘Founders Day’ with the TWN’BOSS’

Bernie first bike Zundapp200S

My first bike a Zundapp 200S in the summer 1960

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2016, West Kent International weekend, Nsu Special Lux and Supermax sparkling in the midday sun! Fritz the mechanic solving a tyre problem!

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new on the stand this year, a NSU ‘special Lux’

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Zundapp old and not so old! background a 201S from 1958,foreground a very rare and original DBK 200 from 1936

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In Wehrmacht colours a Victoria KR20 from 1936, restored over 8 years(a box of parts at the beginning) by Andy! The dynamo cover was finally found in July 2016.

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The ‘Adler to Zundapp Club’ is a group of friends with a common interest in German and Austrian Motorcycles. Anyone with a German motorcycle(up to 1962) can invite themselves to be part of the club.As members are spread all over the country,and it’s not practicable to have runs and meets etc,etc, but twice a year we put on a display of machines in May at the Southern classic Bike Show held at Kempton Park and at the International West Kent Show in August also on the Saturday of that event we take part in the run. As said anyone with a German or Austrian machine is always welcome to take part!

2014, This years display had the most impressive display of German machines! With 4 Adlers,NSU Supermax,2 x TWN’s/Zundapps,Dkw and  a Zundapp KS 601 with sidecar and a real brute of a motorcycle a ‘wehrmacht ‘Zundapp KS 750 with a 2 ratio gearbox 8 speeds and a reverse also a 1938 Victoria KR20 in Wehrmacht condition. A total of 15 machines!! A German man spoke to me in the middle of the show saying’ It was most wonderful display he has seen of German Machines’  DANKE! Below is a utube clip showing this wonderful display!!

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A original NSU OSL 250 1942

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More bikes from Kempton Park 2016 Adler MB250 1954,Triumph B254F 1939,Express Radex 255 1956 and Maico ‘Taifun’ 1954

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