Norton brand brought home

Iconic British motorcycle brand Norton is returning home after 15 years of US ownership. Stuart Garner, a UK businessman, has bought the trademarks and development work to Norton, Manx, Atlas, Commando and Dominator, and has announced two new models. Norton Racing Ltd is building a rotary-engined race bike and a road bike, which should be available in 2009.

The brand is keen to have a strong presence on the road and track next year and has acquired a 15,000 sq ft factory at Donington Park. “This is an exciting time,” said Garner. “We are proud to have brought these brands home.”