When James Lansdowne Norton started to make chains for bicycles in 1898, few would have predicted the glorious future in store for his Norton Manufacturing Company, any motorcycle enthusiast, past or present, will tell you that he gave his name to arguably the most stylish range of two-wheeled machines ever made. This programme is a true celebration of Norton, telling the story of the great man himself and the many motorcycles that gracefully rolled off the Norton production line. Enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a 16H, a Model 18, an ES2, the much coveted International, a 500T Competition and of course a prime specimen Dominator and Commando to complete the set. All of the motorcycles featured are in the hands of dedicated enthusiasts who keep them not only in full working order, but also out on the open road. Take a step back in time to test-ride these magnificent Nortons, enjoying the sights and sounds of a sadly long lost transport era when the motorcycle was without doubt, king of the road.
To say this was made in 2006 forgives it nothing. 1960's documentary twang along background music and a dead commentary was compounded by the whole affair losing interest after the Commando's demise. One part in particular annoyed me, detailing Norton's competition from Japan, showing still photographs of 1960's Norton's in comparison to much more modern Japanese models. I'd read a good book on Norton if I were you..I wish I had.