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Vintage Nortons rumble to rally near Ashland

Wednesday, July 16, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

Make no mistake, Howard Prairie Lake near Ashland is nothing like Sturgis, S.D., site of the annual Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally. Nor does it aspire to be.
   But the bikers who ride to Ashland are just as passionate about their iconic machines: British-made Nortons.
   The International Norton Owners Association voted in 2012 to ride the Cascades again this year. In 2005, Norton owners converged on Lake Selmac, south of Grants Pass on U.S. 199.
   Norton motorcycles date to 1902, and during World War II tens of thousands were produced. For a time Norton came under U.S. ownership, but the company again is British-owned and the cult machines remain British-built in Donington Park, near Melbourne, England.
   The Norton rally culminates Friday with a show open to the public for $5. Read the Medford Mail Tribune article.

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