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The Hawkins connection with Motorcycles all started in 1933 when William Henry (Billy) Hawkins used to ride his Scott Squirrel motorcycle from Truro to the clay village of St Stephen for work. Billy Hawkins sold his beloved Scott motorbike to fund his new venture of founding a business which today, thrives as Hawkins Motor Group. Over 50 years later Billy’s motorcycle was found in the hedgerow of an orchard in Goonhavern in the 1980’s. It took many years but eventually this historical bike was fully restored. Billy’s actual bike from 1933 now takes pride of place in the Hawkins British Motorcycle Museum at St Stephen.
When Hawkins was first established in 1940 we were retailers for tractors, cycles, motorcycles and cars. In 1946 we then became agents for multiple British Motorcycle brands such as Arial, BSA, Norton, Vincent, Scott and AJS. It wasn’t until 1972 that Hawkins was appointed main dealers for Peugeot in Cornwall which lead them to expand beyond St. Stephen and across the county.
The motorcycle museum opened its collection of bikes to the public here at Hawkins opened in 2002. The Hawkins collection features of over 40 classic British motorcycles, many of them were either supplied new by Hawkins, or part exchanged in over the years and many have been subjected to painstaking restorations. The bikes range from the early 1900’s to the late 1960’s. The latest addition to the collection is a stunning 1938 Triumph Speed Twin which was part exchanged as a box of parts in 2016 for a new Peugeot 2008. This magnificent bike was lovingly restored by Les Willis who is an experienced motorcycle restorer and still continues to work with bikes and bring them back to their former glory.
The Hawkins British Motorcycle Museum is located at Hawkins Peugeot St Stephen and it is open to the public 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday with free entry. The Museum is situated beside our Memories Café allowing you to enjoy your visit with the option of indulging in a hot or cold beverage or a snack!
The Museum has held several events in support of the British Vintage Motorcycle Club allowing massive meet ups with the attendees bikes displayed on the Hawkins forecourt for everyone to hear and enjoy. This has been an annual event so check back to this page for information on our next event. With each event bringing more and more bike lovers together, Hawkins hopes to hold more in the future.
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