1936 Rudge Ulster GP

It’s fair to say every person with the tiniest smidge of petrol running through their veins dreams of the ultimate ‘barn find’ – and this one is a classic.

In 2003, one Charles Balmforth discovered 1936 Rudge Ulster GP and purchased it as a restoration project from a family who had owned it for three generations. The bike had been ‘laid up’ around 1961, and is believed to have had quite the illustrious history. Registered with the Lindsey Licensing Authority in Lincolnshire in 1936, it is believed to have been raced at Cadwell Park along with the infamous Isle of Man in the hands of a previous owner named Hunter. Balmforth undertook a detailed restoration on this bike, keen to return it as close as possible to its original specifications.

When this 1936 Rudge joined the Classic Motorcycle Mecca collection, it came complete with a log book dating from 1945 (which indicate it was once fitted with a sidecar), a tax disc from 1960, its UK Registration Certificate from 2003, an MOT Test Certificate from 2008, a tax disc for 2009, and a photographic record – taken by Balmforth – of it before and after its restoration journey.

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