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Unfortunately, Richard Peckett is sorry to say that he will not be at the Summer Classic Show & Bike

Updated: Jul 29, 2023

Unfortunately, Richard Peckett is sorry to say that he will not be at the Summer Classic Show & BikeJumble on 30 July 2023 at Ardingly tomorrow due to Doctors orders to rest. We hope to see him later in the year, but meanwhile send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Legendary frame-builder Richard Peckett, of Peckett and Mcnab fame, will be guest of honour at the South of England Classic Bike Show, held at Ardingly in West Sussex on 30th July.

P&M shot to fame in 1978, with a third place for Ian Richards in the Formula 1 TT on a P&M Kawasaki. Their first championship win came soon after, when John Cowie took the Formula 1 title on a P&M Kawasaki. From then on many famous names raced and won on P&M chassis, including Graeme Crosby, Ron Haslam and Roger Marshall.

Richard’s story started in 1969, when he began racing, having been inspired by the Rob North triples. Having decided to build his own chassis, the former carpenter was a regular visitor to Dresda Autos, where his potential was spotted and a job offered. That’s where he met Peter Mcnab and in 1975 the pair decided to branch out on their own. The following year Richard was using their first frame on track, powered by a Honda CB750 engine. Soon he was winning regularly and demand for their frames took off.

Developments continued in the early 80s, with a monoshock chassis and frames with quickly adjustable head angles, but times were changing. Manufacturers were building sports bikes with better frames, so P&M found a new market, supplying racers riding Merdien-built Triumph Tridents.

In recent years P&M has enjoyed considerable success in the classic endurance scene; Phase One carried off the FIM European Classic Series crown in 2013 on a P&M Kawasaki and in 2015 racing a P&M GSX1100.

Richard Peckett is still busy doing what he loves - you can find P&M Motorcycles in Brentford.

Pictured is Richard's RPS Trident : This is a replica of the T150 Trident raced from 1972 until 1975. It was ridden at club, National and International events until it was sold at the end of 1975 to finance the Peckett and McNab business. The bike on display was built in 1988 to contest Classic Motorcycle Racing meetings. Hear it fired up this Sunday 30/7/23

The main bike show is held in the large Jubilee Hall, alongside club stands and selected traders. Bike jumblers and traders, tons of classic motorcycles, new and used spares, clothing and accessories are spread across five halls around the showground. Refreshments are available from a variety of carefully chosen food stalls.

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