Some of the best inventions are often stumbled upon without prior planning, and with CCM, this is definitely the case, as the story follows a true bikers’ journey into business. In 1971, keen motorcyclist, Alan Clews, originally had little interest in becoming a motorcycle manufacturer. Working hard throughout the week at his wife’s, family’s chain of newsagents, he would patiently wait for Friday to roll around where he would go out competing in international scramble and trials events over the weekend, always sure to be back in time for work Monday morning.
It was only when Alan’s request to purchase a works BSA scrambler got rejected, did he decide he would build his very own competition bike back in 1971 in his garage at home. Such was the success of his efforts, that news spread like wild fire, and the demand for his services grew, eventually leading to the birth of Clews Competition Machines. That was 47 years ago. The letters CCM would later become synonymous with multiple International successes in motocross, flat-track, trials, supermoto, and road racing competition, at the highest levels.
The SkunkwerX Movement
Fueled by pure passion, the workshop team spent many days talking about building their dream bike, a bike without the usual constraints of design, objectives and bureaucracy, a bike that finally would allow their creativity to truly flow. One of the designers saw something in those initial conversations and with a little brought it to the attention of directors, and in a flurry of excitement, the project was given a green light – and the Spitfire is born!
The team adopted the name “SkunkwerX”, paying homage to the original experimental engineering division of Lockheed Martin, who went on to create some of the finest products in