News flash from Yorkshire – Writes Barry Robinson
We have a breeding programme around Barnoldswick (Barlick to the locals in Lancashire).
Montesa 315’s are being caught and put into quarantine. Those are refurbished but some, Anthony Ayrton’s 4RT, had a blown engine so costly to ‘fettle’ that they are cannibalised. The 4RT frame requires some modifications to slot in a 315 engine, radiator etc. The 4RT air-box is utilised. The 315 forks fit. The end product is a responsive good handling trialler that will not wear out. As it is breeding season in the Pennine regions any lurking Montesa 315s are being trapped by the Yorkies crossing the border without a permit. At least twenty such machines are nesting in the hills above Barlick. It’s that old Yorkshire/Lancashire rivalry again!