Back in 1990 the cast of the tv show Boon did a bit of moonlighting and made the classic cult British comedy horror “I bought a vampire motorcycle “ Not long after its release one of the stars of the movie, the Norton Commando prop motorcycle, was put in to the shed of the director Dirk Campbell where in laid undisturbed for the next 30 years until I, with the help of Mycal Miller one of the writers, dragged it out of its slumber to help it rise from the dead once more. The years hadn’t been kind and the bike was in a bit of a mess when it was pulled in to the light with several key pieces missing or badly damaged, but after many months of work by myself, my co restorer Adam the Vampire is starting to come back together again.
Some of the irreplaceable and missing parts have even been repaired and remade by the original prop builder Steve Watts, when his deteriorating health allows, but the work is still outstanding.
So why do you need our help? I hear you ask. Well there is still a long way to go to get this ready for display at horror conventions, along with a short spell at the National Motorcycle museum in Solihull, and time and money is getting short. There are still parts to buy and pieces to be repaired by specialists and things to get chromed and special effects lighting to be made and installed and the list is surprisingly endless and expensive so any help towards saving a piece of forgotten movie history would be extremely and thankfully welcomed.
The vampire may have its teeth back but needs your help to ride again.
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates on how the restoration project is going, just search for I bought a vampire motorcycle md you should be able to find me.
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