Yorkshire, England is loved internationally for important reasons in 2021. Yorkshire Pudding, Sir Patrick Stewart and Yorkshire Tea are all loved by many who have never set foot there. However, even many motorcycle history enthusiasts are unaware of the OEM of the early 20th century, Phelon & Moore, who was also born and raised in Yorkshire. Today, two local groups want to make sure that even though the company has been around for a long time, it will never be forgotten.
This is why the Spen Valley Civic Society and the [Phelon & Moore] The Panther Owners Club has come together to create a company information board. Very soon, it will be installed in the Home Bargains store in the town of Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. This housewares store now sits on the site of a Phelon & Moore motorcycle factory in the early 1900s.
In 2017, director Jason’s pal Todd (who is, coincidentally, a Britbike mechanic ace) taught us all the story of Phelon & Moore’s most famous creation, the Panther. Now the most important thing to realize about diving in any era in motorcycle history is that context is everything. What may seem like an old hat on our high tech perches in 2021 was, at some point in the past, new and exciting. The Panther advertisement nicknamed this model “the perfected motorcycle”, because at the time, it was.
In 1904, some people just wanted to get rid of bicycle pedals on their motorcycles, and company founder Joah (no “n”) Carver Phelon was one of them. Once he teamed up with engineer Richard Moore, who had recently developed an extremely exciting new two-speed transmission for motorcycles, the rest was history.
During World War I, over 9,000 Phelon & Moore bikes helped equip the British Royal Air Force, as well as the military. Civilians loved them too, during and after the war. Very quickly, people from all walks of life used the Panthers for all kinds of daily activities. The Panthers even raced in the Isle of Man TT in the 1920s. Interestingly, the character from the great single worked particularly well with sidecars – and that’s how he is remembered. better today.
The Phelon & Moore Panthers were not only sold in the UK, but were also exported overseas. Unfortunately, the company did not get any wartime contracts during WWII and never fully recovered from the blow.
Still, P&M continued to iterate on Panther’s basic premise in the 1950s. However, the advent of small automobiles like the epically British Mini made people forget that they loved sidecars almost from day to day. the following day. In 1962, Phelon & Moore went into receivership and by 1966 the company was no longer mo (o) re.
Throughout its more than 60 years of existence, Phelon & Moore has remained true to its Yorkshire roots. Members of the Spen Valley Civic Society and the Panther Owners Club didn’t want this story to be forgotten, like so many other brands that have fallen apart over time.
The board is expected to be unveiled in a special ceremony at the Home Bargains in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, at 1 p.m. local time on September 5, 2021. Members of the public are welcome to attend and should park in the ample parking next to Cleckheaton Town Hall if they do.