Following our pizza lunch and tour of Chez Phillips, (see previous post, Garage Tour #1), we followed Simon back through the Hampshire lanes, and on into the suburban backstreets of Fareham, until we finally arrived at Brian Newman’s red brick bungalow. Brian, another of the Rolling Blokes, currently owns two cool cars, and as we were to find, quite a few motorcycles too.
The visit to Brian’s was the original reason for the trip, Brian had pulled his ’36 Ford out of his two car garage so that he could remove an interior door panel for Chris Smith to inspect as a reference point for his own ’36. Brian’s 5-Window is a Right Hand Drive South African import that’s been over here some years. It’s currently powered by a warmed over 21-stud Flathead from a Ford Pilot, with 2 x Stromberg 97’s, a set of aftermarket headers, and a T5 5-speed transmission. Eventually Brian plans to drop in the 284ci French block that he is gradually building, which has been assembled especially for the Weiand blower he intends to run, you can see the blower inlet already on top of the block in the picture.
Next to the ’36 in the garage is Brian’s other Ford, a ’56 Fairlane Club Sedan; very much a mild Custom, it has been lowered 3-inches all round. Under the hood is the original 292ci Y-Block, albeit now with an Edelbrock four-barrel and inlet and a set of headers.
Behind the double garage which houses the two Ford’s, Brian has a small shed and workshop area, into which you couldn’t fit one more motorbike if you tried, consequently, it was tricky getting decent pics, but you get the idea that bikes are Brian’s other big passion.
We’ll start with the big blue Harley, which is a 1990 FLHS, Brian bought it because “it was cheap” and told us it was an incredibly comfortable bike to ride, we believe him too. Behind that, sadly hidden from view, is a ’67 Shovelhead Electraglide, think of the movie ‘Electra Glide in Blue’ and you ‘re close, then behind that is a 1930 AJS R6 350, and ’54 Royal Enfield Meteor.
The centre pic shows Brian’s little Harley Bobber, it’s a ’79 Sportster frame with an ’85 Ironhead motor, the last year of this engine before the Evolution motor, Brian says it’s a fun bike, but a tad loud! The last bike is what Brian calls his ‘Goodwood Revival Bike’, it’s a 1958 framed TriBsa, i.e. a Triumph motor in a BSA frame to comprise the best of both bikes resulting in a proper period Cafe Racer . This is the real deal, no wonder it lives in the conservatory! Quite a collection, and we didn’t even mention the later stock machines lurking here and there, or even the combination on the back patio!
Thanks for the tour Brian, looks like you’ve got enough toys to keep you busy…….