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26 November 2013
RAIL ENTHUSIASTS, residents, local school children, the mayor and even a national celebrity were given a treat this past Tuesday as the Lincolnshire town of Horncastle received a special visit from one of the most famous steam locomotives of recent times.
London Midland and Scottish Railway Jubilee class No. 45596 Bahamas went on display in the car park of Mortons Media Group until 2pm; the first time a steam locomotive has been in Horncastle for nearly 50 years.
Patrick Mower – best known as Emmerdale’s Rodney Blackstock – was among those in attendance who came along to get a glimpse of Bahamas before it continued on to Birmingham where it will undergo an extensive overhaul.
Dan Savage, Mortons’ publishing director, said: “Having a steam locomotive in our car park for the day has been a fantastic experience and it has been so pleasing to witness the enjoyment it has bought to those who have made the trip to see it.
“In terms of local history this was a momentous occasion and we were delighted to see that interest in these incredible pieces of engineering is still very much alive and well.”
Aside from welcoming soap star Mower, Horncastle’s mayor – Councillor Fiona Martin – and a group of 46 children from the local primary school made the trip to see Bahamas, along with local BBC television and radio.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire broadcast its entire morning show from the site, talking to expert railway journalists, members of the Bahamas Locomotive Society, Mortons staff and the attending public.
One of those journalists, Heritage Railway magazine editor Robin Jones, said: “We were honoured by the visit of one of the big name main line steam locomotives from the preservation era, and look forward to seeing it back hauling trains on the national network in 2017 once its overhaul has been completed.
“It definitely caused more than a stir in our home town of Horncastle, where steam has not been seen for half a century. It was great to see the youngsters from the local school turn out to see it – maybe its appearance will inspire the next generation of enthusiasts.”
Horncastle, which was served by a short branch from Woodhall Junction on the former Boston to Lincoln line, lost its passenger services as early as September 11, 1954 – seven years before Dr Beeching was appointed as chairman of the British Railways and began wielding his axe on railway services. Freight services lasted until April 6, 1971, with the track ripped up a year later.
Bahamas, along with sister Jubilee class locomotives, is named after a territory of the former British Empire. The locomotive, which last steamed 16 years ago, was midway on its journey by road from Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham, where a contract has just been signed for its latest restoration which has been backed by £776,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund cash.
Members of the Bahamas Locomotive Society – owner of the locomotive and organiser of the move – were on hand to talk to the visitors about its history and its future.
The charity’s marketing and publishing director, John Hillier, said: “The day is one of the most important in the history of the engine and to see this public display come to fruition after months of planning has actually brought a lump to my throat.
“This kind of event has never been done before and we are so grateful to Mortons for helping to make it happen and we look forward to working with them in the future as we endeavour to preserve Bahamas.”
The move saw Bahamas pass through Wragby on its way in and out of Horncastle, and Lincolnshire residents may well have spotted the locomotive on either the A158 or the A46 as it made its journey towards the Midlands.
30 October 2012
Promoto, the owner of the International Dirt Bike Show, has announced that it has signed a buyout deal with Mortons Media Group Ltd. The Lincolnshire-based publishing house will take control of the largest off-road show in Europe with immediate effect, but Show organiser Joanne Watson will retain a frontline consultancy position which will effectively ensure a seamless handover to the new owner.
Promoto, the company headed up by former motocross GP star David Watson, was formed in 2000 and in addition to Watson; the five-strong partnership comprised well-known off-road industry figures Vrjo Vesterinen, Stuart Miller, Sammy Doble and Gareth Hockey. The prime concern for the partners was to run a prestigious off-road show for the good of the industry. Stoneleigh Park, with its central location close to international airports was identified as the new home for the Show in 2000 and the rest, as they say is history. Since that first event the Dirt Bike Show has grown in stature and enjoyed growing success, even in the face of the recession.
"The Dirt Bike Show has certainly matured over the years," said founder Dave Watson. "It is the only major off-road show in Europe and its location, coupled with its timing at the beginning of November, makes it perfect for overseas companies to introduce their new season product ranges, and hence the adoption of the International tag back in 2010. It is now time for the partners to step aside and allow the Show to continue developing and we are confident that it will do just that in the hands of Mortons, with its strong portfolio of motorcycle shows and magazines."
Mortons Media Group has steadily built a reputation for organising classic bike shows and managing director Brian Hill was clearly delighted with his company's new acquisition: "It is an exciting prospect to be taking over Europe's leading off-road bike show. Mortons is steeped in motorcycle publishing with 12 titles covering most facets of the two wheeled world, including Classic Dirt Bike.
"We already organise the largest classic bike shows in Europe, twice yearly at Stafford, along with six other events planned for 2013. We believe in live events and the International Dirt Bike Show is a significant step for us and we look forward to working closely with the off-road industry and public."
The 2012 International Dirt Bike Show gets underway on Thursday 1 November 2012 and the familiar operations team led by Joanne Watson will ensure business as usual in terms of the Show and its organisation.
• For further information on the Show visit www.dirtbikeshow.co.uk
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1 February 2012
Hands up all those who’ve been waiting for a proper website for classic bike enthusiasts?
As of 08.00 February 1, 2012, your wishes have been answered. Click on classicbikersclub.com and settle down for a good online read.
Classic Bikers Club is made by the people behind your favourite magazines and the new website features archive material from those titles. It’s packed with road tests, buying guides and features on the bikes that fuel our passions. If you need information on anything from the 1890s to the 1990s, you’ll find it on this amazing website.
The content on classicbikersclub.com is sourced from archive copies of The Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling going back more than 100 years, as well as back issues of The Classic MotorCycle, Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, Classic Dirt Bike, Classic Racer, Real Classic, Old Bike Mart and Classic Bike Guide.
The site is split into easily navigable sections for prewar British machines, postwar British, Japanese classics, American and European. Content will be updated daily, so watch out for new features appearing all the time.
Mortons group editor Steve Rose explains the idea behind it: “The biggest frustration for passionate magazine makers like ourselves is that you put your heart and soul into making the best possible issue and it exists, like a butterfly, for 30 days on a newsagent’s shelf before disappearing for ever.
“There’s so much amazing material – researched in great detail, exquisitely photographed and written with the heart and soul of genuine enthusiasts – and it was just sitting there in our archive. We wanted to give it a chance to breathe again. In addition to content from our current magazines, we have added some historic articles and images available from Mortons archive – widely acknowledged to be the best motorcycle archive in Europe, if not the world.
“Plus, there’s an enormous reference and practical section, available exclusively to subscribers of Mortons titles (who automatically become full members of the club). If you are a subscriber, you’ll be receiving your Classic Bikers Club membership card within the next few weeks. If you are not a subscriber and want to enjoy the benefits of being in the Classic Bikers Club (with additional web content and a raft of amazing money-saving offers too) you should visit classicmagazines.co.uk for the latest offers on all Mortons titles.
“But classicbikersclub.com is much more than just an archive. There’s a whole load of modern takes on classic motorcycling too, including video footage and the latest news from the old bike world. Plus, the previously mentioned money-saving offers on some top motorcycling brands, classic and modern. There are also expert forums where you can get help and advice too.”
If you love bikes and your era is anything motorcycling related from the 1890s to 1990s then classicbikersclub.com is the only website for you. For full, free membership which gives you access to all of the content on the site and the offers, all you need is a subscription to one of our great motorcycle titles – Classic Dirt Bike, Classic Bike Guide, Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, Classic Racer, Old Bike Mart, Real Classic, The Classic MotorCycle, Motorcycle Monthly and Motorcycle Sport and Leisure. We hope you’ll love the site – and bookmark it.
29 October 2010
As part of the review of IPC Media’s niche and specialist titles, the sale of The Railway Magazine to Mortons Media Group Ltd. is announced today.
The Railway Magazine is renowned for offering a clear and trusted voice for the railway community, covering all aspects of the scene: from steam through to modern rail developments.
The deal sees Mortons acquire the brand – currently published within the IPC Inspire portfolio – with immediate effect. There will be no interruption to the publishing schedule of the title.
Part of the Mortons of Horncastle Limited group, Mortons Media Group is one of the UK’s largest independent publishers, producing a large range of magazine titles in classic and modern motorcycle sectors, scootering, heritage railways, heritage transport, lifestyle and farming.
IPC Inspire managing director Paul Williams says: “With brands like Heritage Railway and Rail Express in its portfolio, Mortons provides an ideal home for The Railway Magazine. The continued commitment and focus of the magazine’s team through IPC’s strategic review is a real credit to their professionalism. I’d like to thank them personally and wish them all the very best for the future.”
Mortons managing director Brian Hill added “We are proud to welcome such a historic and authoritative title as The Railway Magazine into the Mortons family. We look forward to working with Nick Pigott and his editorial team to further develop its position as the market leading title in the railway sector”.
Staff transfer to Mortons with immediate effect.
23 September 2010
Once more the sun shone down on thousands of bike enthusiasts who had travelled to take part in the largest outdoor motorcycle autojumble in the UK held over 10-11 September!
Traders from all over Europe arrived at the 17th Carole Nash Classic Eurojumble with a wealth of fantastic jumble items ready to be snapped up by enthusiastic visitors. The vast array of garage clear-out goodies quickly disappeared over the two days as eager punters rummaged through plots stuffed with many hidden gems!
The Eurojumble, held at Netley Marsh in the New Forest, as usual, attracted an impressive display of motorcycles from both classic clubs and private entries. Highly coveted prizes, such as The Classic MotorCycle award was presented to Sid Wilkinson for his impressive OK Bradshaw, while the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics award went to Colin Baker for his Greeves Triumph, for the best motorcycle from 1961-1980.
The club award went to the Wessex Preservation Society, for their wonderful multiple display of motorcycles and for the attention to detail on their club stand, making them very worthy winners.
Show Manager Nick Mowbray said: “Once more, Netley was a fantastic success! Traders and visitors were in their element as bartering for all kinds of motorcycle-related items took place. Bookings are already flooding in for next year’s event and with trade plots from a bargain price of only £50, the 18th Carole Nash Classic Eurojumble promises to be even bigger and better!”
7 June 2010
Mortons Media Group has purchased Rail Express magazine from Foursight Publications Ltd of King’s Cliffe, near Peterborough.
As one of the largest independent publishers in the UK, Mortons Media Group already hold an extensive portfolio of heritage titles, including one of the UK’s leading Railway magazines – Heritage Railway.
Since being launched 14 years ago by owner Philip Sutton, Rail Express has set a new benchmark as the quality magazine for the rail enthusiast, making it the perfect complement to Mortons' already established railway offering.
The monthly title also incorporates Rail Express Modeller, and includes host of nostalgia, preservation and news of the present-day scene each month, as well as the latest in modelling.
Brian Hill, Managing Director of Mortons Media Group Ltd, said he was looking forward to further developing Rail Express. “Philip has done an excellent job in establishing a very strong brand and we aim to build on his success,” commented Mr Hill.
Rail Express has become recognised for its innovation and pushing the boundaries within the rail sector, commented Mr Sutton. “I am confident that Mortons will build upon the title’s success and provide the investment in both time and money to make it the definitive magazine for today’s rail enthusiast,” he said.Assistant editor Gareth Bayer will be taking over the role of editor and production of the title will now move to Mortons' Horncastle offices. Speaking of his new role, Gareth said: "I am thrilled and privileged to be taking over from Philip Sutton as editor of Rail Express. The combination of RE's high production standards and the resources of Mortons Media is sure to keep the magazine at the forefront of the hobby. I look forward to working with the experienced team at Mortons to continue to deliver the best modern railway news, photography, nostalgia, preservation and modelling."
18 May 2010
Heritage Commercials – Britain’s brightest full-colour magazine for the classic and vintage vehicle enthusiast has just got even bigger!
From its July issue, on sale 3 June 2010, the monthly title sees the launch of an exciting new section – Classic Truck. This not only takes the magazine to a huge 132 pages, but also sees it become the largest commercials read on the market.
Having built a reputation for providing readers with rich historical content and in-depth restoration features, the introduction of Classic Truck is sure to complement Heritage Commercials perfectly. Covering vehicles and transport from 1980 until the mid-90s, Classic Truck will form a regular 32-page segment in the magazine – offering readers more than ever before.
The 80s and 90s saw transport become increasingly sophisticated with powerful engines, advanced technology and an emphasis on environmentally friendly vehicles. Classic Truck will devote its pages to special features on these modern classics, and promises an in-depth look at some truly unique projects along the way.
Editor, Stephen Pullen said: “We’re thrilled to introduce Classic Truck in to Heritage Commercials and more importantly to be able to offer more for the classic transport enthusiast than ever before.”
He continued: “To launch Classic Truck, we’ve planned some great features for the July issue – including an astonishing Ford Transit boasting speeds of up to 180mph, and a piece written by the well-respected Bob Tuck, which focuses on a 21-year-old woman's restoration of a 1984 Volvo F12 heavy haulage tractor.”
But that’s not all – readers can also delve in to the history of the Unipower Company and discover an unusual Scania that’s been restored to represent a vehicle operated by Astran – a firm which pioneered moving freight to the Middle East in the 1970s.Don’t miss out! The July issue of Heritage Commercials is on sale 3 June 2010 – available from all good newsagents or direct from Mortons Media Group Ltd priced at £3.95. For more information visit: www.heritagecommercials.co.uk or call: 01507 529529
12 November 2009
Lincolnshire publishers Mortons Media Group Ltd have purchased Classic American magazine from the Trader Media Group. The magazine is the market-leading title for all things relating to classic American cars.
Mortons are one of the largest family-owned independent publishing companies in the UK with a portfolio of magazine titles of a similar size to Classic American. They are probably most famous for their classic motorcycle titles, including Classic Bike Guide, a former stable mate of Classic American when both titles were owned by Myatt-Macfarlane Publishing. Their expertise is very much in publishing specialist titles and most recently they acquired Kitchen Garden magazine, the UK’s leading title for those who grow their own produce.
Managing Director of Mortons Media Group Ltd Brian Hill commented: ‘We are delighted to be taking on Classic American. It is well placed to sit alongside our growing portfolio of specialist heritage transport titles and we have exciting plans to maintain the title at the forefront of the classic American car scene.’
Editor Ben Klemenzson will be staying with the title which will be published from Morton’s centre of operations in Horncastle. Ben commented ‘The move to Mortons can only be good news and I’m looking forward to the next successful chapter in the Classic American story with our loyal readers, subscribers and advertisers’.
THE MUST-HAVE BUTTON BOOK… JUST JENSON!
02 November 2009
For motorsport fans everywhere and fresh from his first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, the story that everyone has been waiting for is finally here in a quality ‘bookazine’ format… Just Jenson.
Charting Jenson Button’s life story from the tough and unforgiving circuits of the karting world to his defining moment this season when he took the crown as Formula 1 World Champion, Just Jenson is the perfect companion to the motor sport racing year.
This insightful and appropriate tribute to Jenson Button is brought to you by renowned magazine publishers Mortons Media Group Ltd. Written by David Addison, motorsport journalist and commentator with Bob Constanduros, F1 fanatic and auto correspondent; they have brought a wealth of knowledge to the title.
Jenson’s career has had many highs and lows, having been fighting for the F1 championship for 10 years, but through it all, and in particular through the adversity, sheer graft has seen fortune favour, particularly in 2009. His decision to stick with his former BAR Honda Team principal Ross Brawn in a new team paid off, wrapping up the title with even a race to spare. Just Jenson encapsulates all of this magic and much more within its 132 pages.
Editor, David Addison said: “Jenson Button’s season has been quite extraordinary after a disappointing few. To be staring the end of his career in the face last December to being World Champion in less than 11 months is unprecedented in Formula 1 and is a story worth telling. The Button tale is one of successes and disappointments, but culminates with biggest high of them all, all of which are featured within this bookazine.”
For every motorsport fan, this will be the must-have read of the year and will be on sale at WHSmith across the country from 24 November priced £6.99 or can be brought direct from Mortons Media Group Ltd on 01507 529529 and by visiting www.mortonsbooks.co.uk.
MORTONS MOTORCYCLE DIVISION STEPS UP A GEAR WITH GROUP EDITOR
28 August 2009
Mortons Media Group have appointed Steve Rose as Group Editor of their motorcycling magazines.
Steve, who leaves the editorship of Bike to take up this exciting new appointment, comes with a wealth of experience, having previously edited Ride and Parker’s Car Guide as well as spells on Performance Bike and Classic Bike.
Mortons Managing Director Brian Hill commented, ‘We are delighted to have Steve on board to bring not only his magazine crafting skills, but also his true biking enthusiasm to our wide portfolio which covers virtually every aspect of two wheeled transport.’ Mortons, the independent publishers based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, publishes fourteen motorcycling magazines, and their on-line counterparts, including the market leading Old Bike Mart, Classic Bike Guide, Scootering and the free distribution newspaper, Motor Cycle Monthly.
NEW-LOOK HERITAGE COMMERCIALS MAGAZINE TO HIT THE NEWS STAND!
10 August 2009
Long established Heritage Commercials Magazine is changing from the October 2009 issue, in a move which is sure to keep current readers happy while also appealing to many new ones.
Heritage Commercials is Britain’s brightest full-colour magazine for the classic and vintage commercial vehicle enthusiast. The street scenes of yesteryear are remembered through stunning archive photography, mixed with glorious colour photo features of today's restored lorries, light vans, buses and coaches.
Not only will the magazine now have a distinctive new look, including a refresh of the masthead, the magazine will also be incorporating some fantastic new features, which will attract younger enthusiasts as well as the magazine’s traditional readership.
Extra technical features will be at the core of these changes, while the new look will allow such content to be covered in a much cleaner format, being of interest to vehicle restorers as well as ‘armchair enthusiasts’.
Alongside a greater technical element to the magazine, will be features on a few newer vehicles, allowing a more diverse read while remaining rich in historical content.
Heritage Commercials is available on subscription from Mortons Media Group telephone 01507 529529 or visit www.classicmagazines.co.uk
New look for Classic Racer
7 August 2009
The World’s number one nostalgia fix for enthusiasts of motorcycle racing, Classic Racer, has been given a fresh new look, with a revised cover masthead combined with a clean, innovative, design for the feature pages.
Classic Racer editor Malc Wheeler said of the new design, “We have already moved Classic Racer’s timeline on and in so doing we have attracted new readers who followed the sport in the late seventies and eighties, so it seemed only right we should move the design along too.
The new, cleaner design makes the text easier to read and allows us to make better use of the stunning images from our huge archive. But long term readers need not worry; this is a tune up, not a complete engine rebuild. All of our regular features continue, written by the best writers in the business and illustrated by the finest collection of photographs in the world.”
Classic Racer is available on subscription from Mortons Media Group telephone 01507 529529 or visit www.classicmagazines.co.uk
CLASSICS ARE COVERED BY CAROLE NASH!
8 April 2009
Insurance specialist Carole Nash has returned as sole sponsor of all the Classic Bike Show team’s events, including the International Classic MotorCycle Show, the Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show and the Classic Motorcyle Mechanics Show in a three-year deal that has delighted both organisers and Carole Nash alike.
Rebecca Donohue, head of marketing at Carole Nash said on signing the new deal: “The roots of our business lie firmly within the classic bike community and we remain as passionate as ever about supporting enthusiasts at the grassroots. Therefore we are naturally delighted that Carole Nash is once again working in partnership with Mortons to ensure that the 2009 calendar, and beyond, is packed with great classic events showcasing great bikes, great personalities and providing great entertainment.”
All events will now carry the Carole Nash name within the title, the first being the 29th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show held at Stafford County Showground over the weekend of the 25-26 April 2009.
The 29th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show:
Adults: £9.50 / OAPS: £8 / Children under 15: £3.50
Saturday 25 April 9am to 6pm / Sunday 26 April 9am to 5pm
For more information please contact:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web: www.classicbikeshows.com
PLOUGH IN TO THE NEW LOOK TRACTOR MAGAZINE!
31 March 2009
Mortons Media Group, the independent publishing people, have announced an exciting new era for their well established title, Tractor, launching a complete new look and even more specially selected features from the May issue, due on sale 14 April 2009.
Traditionally Tractor has focused on vintage tractors and their associated implements, coupled with fond reminiscences about Britain’s rich farming heritage. Building on these ever popular topics, now avid readers can expect even more from their new and improved monthly read, with the re-vamp extending the mix to give greater focus to modern day machinery and all aspects of farming heritage.
The modernised 140-page bumper Tractor also promises improved navigation, making it even easier for enthusiasts to find that essential piece of kit, when delving into the extended classifieds section. To complement this, the stylish new layout will showcase readers’ magnificent restorations to their full advantage, enhanced by stunning, vibrant photography.Publisher, Andrew Savage said: “We wanted the new-look Tractor to be a true celebration of our farming heritage, while moving with the changing times to create a current, valuable source of information for all vintage and modern enthusiasts alike. We’re thrilled with the results and hope readers will agree that the facelift and additional features sit perfectly with traditional tones that have made the magazine such a success to date.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the new look Tractor, priced at only £3.50 from all good newsagents, or direct from Mortons Media Group Ltd. Tel: 01507 529529 or visit: www.classicmagazines.co.uk to order today.
Newark Tractor Show & Mortons Media continue successful partnership
9 January 2009
Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society (N&NAS), the organiser of the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show, is delighted to announce a five-year agreement with media partner, Mortons Media Group Ltd. The agreement, which will see financial sponsorship and other support from Mortons from 2009 until 2013, has been concluded in a continuing partnership that has seen the show grow year on year.
N&NAS chief executive Adrian Johnston commented: “The help we have received from Mortons has been fundamental to the show’s success. It has allowed us to build the event from its inauguration to become the leading tractor show in this country in just six years.
“This success is reflected in increased exhibits, additional sponsorship, a host of donated trophies and visitor numbers reaching 12,000 over the two days of this year’s show. I am delighted that Mortons has agreed to a further five years of support as media partner.”
Mortons’ marketing manager, Charlotte Park, added: “We are very pleased to renew our association with the Newark Vintage Tractor Show. Each year the organisers bring new elements to the event, with exhibitors and visitors coming from far and wide. The whole concept echoes the traditions of farming, agriculture and rural life in line with many of Mortons’ titles, making it an ideal partner for us.”
HEARTBEAT… THE STORY BEHIND THE SERIES
11 September 2008
The ITV series of Heartbeat is inspired by the novels of Nicholas Rhea, which have famously become known as the ‘Constable books’. After 17 series and a 16-year run, finally, the thousands of loyal fans of the famous Yorkshire-based drama will now have a book that encompasses it all, the bikes, the music and the fantastic storylines – for Nicholas is now telling another tale, ‘Heartbeat… The Story Behind the Series’.
This long-awaited tribute does not only chart the success of this now essential Sunday night viewing programme, but delves deep behind the scenes, both in the studio and on location, meeting the people and places which have contributed to the series’ sensational popularity.
Illustrated with photographs taken on set over the many years and charting the abundance of colourful characters, including scores of British television’s best known faces, The Heartbeat Story will be the must-have viewing companion for every Heartbeat fan.