Below is a short history of Andover
the sole source of Genuine Norton Factory Parts for all pre-2002
We took over when NVT closed down and Dennis Poore bought the spares
operation of Norton Motors back from the liquidator.
In 1977 he set it up in Andover as "Andover Norton
Some Spares Retailers try to
inflate themselves into being more than a spares outlet for pirate
and- where manufacture demands complicated manufacturing processes,
high accuracy, works drawings or costly tooling- our parts.
Hence a short outline of the legal situation (our historical
background you find below it):
Andover Norton has a valid, exclusive license with Norton
Motorcycles Ltd, the owners of the Norton trademark, giving Andover
Norton and no other company the right to use the Norton
Trademark for the marketing of Genuine Norton Factory Parts for
Norton Commando and Dominator type motorcycles built before 2002.
Andover Norton has an agreement with Norton America, the previous
owners of the Norton Trademark, confirming that Andover Norton owns
the Intellectual Property, sole Copyright, and all other rights on
all Norton Dominator and Commando models manufactured before 2002.
Hence the intellectual property on
all things Norton Commando and Dominator can not be taken from
Andover Norton- apart from the original drawings and tooling-
by license or any other contract even by the trademark owners
because they do not own it.
"Commando" was never used by Norton or anybody else for
that matter as a trademark.
It was and is simply a model name.
Registration of what was undoubtedly a Norton model name by
anybody but the manufacturer
could be seen as an action in bad
faith, in full knowledge it was not the registrant's intellectual
As one of many spares outlets worldwide he had no more claim to it
than any other parts dealer.
What we can do for you, you will find in "Services" or by
clicking on "What we Do".
Andover Norton Ltd
founded in the summer of 1977 to house all Norton, Triumph and BSA Spare Parts that came
from the stores of Norton Villiers for Norton Commando and Dominator
Models, and from BSA/Triumph for all models built by those two
manufacturers, in an industrial unit in Andover, Hants.
As the name indicates, the company was first and foremost the source for all
genuine Norton spares and, as original stock was sold off, Andover Norton started
to re-manufacture new Norton parts.
This it was well
qualified to do, as the company got all the works drawings and tooling to
manufacture parts to original, and often improved, specification.
Andover Norton took over when
the Wolverhampton Norton factory was closed down.
Everything necessary to run the spares operation was acquired by the
new company, and Andover Norton carried on when Norton stopped
Norton spares production in Wolverhampton.
In 1979, the decision was made to add the distribution of
general motorcycle parts and accessories- brake pads, spark plugs
and tyres- to the parts operation.
picture (right) shows 1978
Links to 1978 prospectus: Front
This was continued until 1982, when Mike Jackson, with
the help of Dennis Poore, bought the company and continued
the general parts and accessories distribution.
The Norton Commando and
Dominator Spare Parts
operation went back to
Norton Motors (1978) Ltd in Shenstone for a few years..
It was managed for most of its time there by Richard Negus.
Richard had worked as
draughtsman at Norton in Commando production times, and a lot of our
original drawings of Commando parts were drawn by him.
From Spares Manager he went on
to become "Chief of Motorcycles" at Norton Motors
A few years later he
became the (now retired) Managing Director
of our sister company Norton Motors
retired) Managing Director,
Nick Hopkins, can just be seen in a picture in the 1978
prospectus, studying a parts list.
Yes, he stayed with the company
for a while- in fact from Day1 until his retirement in March, 2013!
was probably looking for the parts required by a German customer,
who called frequently, coming up from Southampton University, where
he studied at the time, on his John Player Norton Replica or his 1956
Mr.J.Seifert was buying Norton parts for himself
and friends in Hamburg- today, he is director of Andover Norton.
Note: In Andover we have now re-introduced a counter for cash
sales to the general public.
picture above shows 1985 prospectus
Norton Motors Ltd, under
its MD Dennis Austin, started a "Brand Awareness"
programme in 1985, using the now famous
Factory Parts" logo, thereby distinguishing the genuine parts
made to original or improved specification from the pirate parts of
poor quality that are flooding the market from all over the globe.
First Label, 1985
When Norton got into financial difficulties through the machinations of
its management team led by Philippe Le Roux,
the Norton Commando and Dominator spares
stock was sold back to Andover Norton, then owned by Mike Jackson and
William Colquhoun, in 1991.
The stock was once more
moved down to Andover and, when Andover Norton was aquired by the Regal
Group in 1994, the spares moved
Nothing, however, is more constant than change, so in 2007 Norton Motors
Ltd, recreated by said Richard Negus and Joe Seifert, re-aquired Andover
Norton and set it up in Hungerford near Andover, managed by Nick
Hopkins from 1991 till he retired in 2013, and Phil Albutt, who came to Andover
Norton by way of BSA in Blockley, and became our Managiung Director in
Chief Buyer is Peter Morris, who followed Bob Reynolds, who in turn had been in
that function for various Norton Companies since the 1970s.
All this supported by
Richard Negus and Joe Seifert, who had been involved with the Norton
Commando models and their spare parts since production times.
In January 2013 Andover Norton returned to its ancestral home, not far
from where it was established on 1st June, 1977.
Today, Andover Norton is
the world's biggest cache of spare parts for Norton motorcycles.
Andover Norton sells more
Genuine Norton Factory Spare Parts for Norton Commandos, Dominators, and
other models than anybody else in the World-
not only because we manufacture them all
and we sell them all, but also by absolute turnover.
We own the Intellectual Property on all Commando and Dominator Spare
Parts and Designs, confirmed by a formal Agreement with the Norton Trade
Mark Proprietors, and are the only party in the legal and factual position
to produce and market Genuine Norton Commando and Dominator Parts due to
an exclusive License with same.
All our parts are to factory
drawings- beware of imitations and false claims!
Our Genuine Norton Factory Parts are covered by product