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Haynes Motor Museum

Indian and Crocker amongst the bikes exhibited

Made a half-term trip to the Haynes International Motor Museum in Somerset this week and was impressed. Though it specialises in the kind of cars I associate (from my youth) with their repair manuals (British family saloons) it also boasted plenty of exotica (my boy loves Ferraris) ...and even some motorcycles.

The bike gallery upsatairs in the impressively modern exhibition building comprised mostly vintage speedway bikes... but these included a Crocker, Indian and a couple of nice British machines (BSA and Excelsior stood out).

We even saw John Haynes himself, having lunch in the '750' café named after the Austin 7 special he built in the 1950s, which inspired his first manual: a stapled-together effort that sold 250 copies. Some gent went over and asked him for an autograph but I don't think it's cool to invade people's privacy – however famous they may be. Mr Haynes signed the bloke's programme with good humour though; sign of a true gent.

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