June 6th 2005.
Royal Mail charts the evolution of British motorcycles with a new set of six stamps, issued to coincide with the British Grand Prix.
The six stamps, issued on 19th July, 2005, feature the following machines: 1991 Norton F1, 1969 BSA Rocket 3, 1949 Vincent Black Shadow, 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, 1930 Brough Superior and a 1914 Royal Enfield.
Stamp designer Ian Chilvers, a self-confessed motorcycle fanatic, selected motorcycles that were 'landmark machines' and also demonstrated progress in design or engineering.
Each machines' authenticity was checked by three individual sources: the National Motorcycle Museum, individual motorcycle owner clubs and the Vintage Motorcycle Club. Only when Chilvers was satisfied that the motorcycles were truly 'factory originals', did he proceed with the production of the artwork.
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps at Royal Mail, said: "At one stage, there were around 300 companies producing motorcycles in the UK, so it was always going to be difficult to select just six marques for this issue. These motorcycles, like Royal Mail Special Stamps, play an important role in capturing the true essence of our heritage and history, and I am delighted that landmark machines like the Norton F1 will be seen by millions of people on 1st Class stamps up and down the country."
A special Presentation Pack containing the stamps will be issued by Royal Mail. The Pack, priced £3.40, is written by author Mick Duckworth and covers a brief history of the British motorcycle industry and each of the motorcycles featured.