Miscellaneous Images

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Photo – ACU Six Day Reliability Trial finishers gold medal

This English event that was taking place at the turn of the century was the precursor of the format that the ACY put forward as the basis for the first International Siz Days Trial that took place in 1913 in Carlisle

Photo – rear engraved ACU Six Day Reliability Trial Gold Medal awarded to W Edwards 1920

Photo  Rear of a silver Edinburgh and DCC medal won By W Edwards in 1920

Will Edwards was a successful Welsh Trialer of the time. Will Edwards founded W Edwards & Son of Towy Garage which was a succesful garage and motoring business based in Carmerthen where it operated a coach company and in the 1950’s was the appointed dealer for Landrover. Will helped found the Carmarthen Motor Club who helped not only develop the speed events on Pendine Sands but supported the Builth Motor Club in the development of road racing on the Eppynt.

Scottish Six Days Trial 1920

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Pentre Cwrt Hill Climb 1920

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AC Mighty Atom Trials team 1909, discovered & uncovered for us by Dave Martin, names & locations relating to these Trikes wd bring a huge section to light, doesanyone out ther have the info or the slightest piece?.

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Dave Martin originally of Cardiff, now of New Orleans has uncovered more data we can all appreciate.

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From Dave Martin, statistics of the Mighty Atom’s 1911 ACU Trials progress.

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Another entry in that 1911 Trial, again found by Dave Martin, Arthur Williams of Crickhowell has identified this being Driven by the Inventor ‘Mr Morgan’ himself. ?

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Here is where George Brough turned to for His Brough Superior Power plants & Speedway Riders Worldwide plus all sorts of machinery calling for power units.  This plus the image below found for us by Dave Martin who has helped make this site worth searching.

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After a request for more details about the above pic sent in as 1921 ISDT, however with ‘Scots’ also on it, plus the shop text seen astern of them is a clue, so it could be Scottish Six Days?. we recently were advised the photo was most likely taken outside the Roseburn Bar in Roseburn Terrace where the event started from until 1954 when it moved to the Gorgie Markey (now called ‘The Corn Exchange’).

Anyway that guy on the centre machine does look distinctly like George Brough, see the pic below.  Can you Identify others please?.

Photo of George Brough ready to go over to the ‘Big Twin’ as u can see him with in the Switzerland 1922 ISDT elsewhere in this site.

Photo of NOT a ISDT rider Pic. but look what the Godfather rode then, Marlon Brando on a circa 1954/55 Matchless twin, (his leather cap may have blown off) Another of Dave Martin’s Discoveries.

Photo of riders #26 Johnny Brittain #28 #20 in the Welsh 2 Day gathered at a petrol station in Presteigne a small border village of Radnorshire sat bang on top of the Wales / England Border

WELSH 2 DAYS Trial, but who, when where & on what, Dave Martin again found this and Richard Ross came to our aid with this response. “The location is Presteigne, Powys and the building that here is a garage and petrol station still stands (with one of the petrol pumps still in place – but not used!) I am almost certain that the rider on the left of the three is Johnny Brittain and his machine a 350 Royal Enfield Bullet (of course!). The machine in the centre looks like an AJS or Matchless.”

A quick trip down Google Streetview found a recent picture of the Garage alas no longer the kind of hub of attention it was in this photo.

Photo of the old petrol station on Hereford Road Presteigne (Google Streetview)

Photo of East v West Wales 1948 Championship Winning Team

This started as just an unidentified Pic. number 13 is L G Wedgbury, Arthur Williams identified far left number 1 as Cliff Jayne on a JAMES. (Motorcycle Shop at Brynmawr from where LGW bought his BSA was Jaynes) Jaynes Garage was owned by brothers & located on the Road between Brynmawr & Black Rock. Here in  upper right background we see Railway Signals & shed Arthur also believes this is where nowadays caravans are Parked up!, so please help with info re this pic. Cliff Jayne’s brother in younger days informed Arthur Williams Cliff had been riding in 1949 ISDT & became quite badly injured after being knocked off by a Czech. rider on 3rd Day. (from the Steve Wedgbury collection, with help from Arthur Williams) This image has just been featured on pages of Old Bike Mart to see if readers can find further identities. Thanks to that:-My old friend & ISDT Gold % Silver winner Des James rang up to tell me “hey that’s me on # 3 a pre WW2 BSA B25”, es went on to identify George Munday as #17, then of Hirwaun & later to be of the Mundays of Brixton which were the most well known sidecar sorters & suppliers in Britain.  S George is sat here astride a pre WW2 250 Ariel.Standing behind is the team friend & fellow competitor Tony James of Croedyrhyw.Number 9 is Len Packer of Tredegar on a B32 BSA.  Next is number 7 Ray(Dapper) Heaton on  a 350 Girder forked Royal Enfield, the term “Dapper” came on account of that jaunty headgear angle.  Number 11 is Rhys Gilchrist whom I believe until not long ago ran a Guest house at Knighton, he in those days stemmed from Pontllanfraith & became involved with Bristol & Rolls Royce Aeroplane components, last but not least is #15 Dewi Hughes of Brynmawr.  A number of their Wartime outings were under the auspices of the Home Guard exercises & what a DR team this would have made!. All this stemmed from a photo in those being sorted after L G Wedgbury passed on. with a lot of people involved in researching, (I am highly privileged to have been at all involved in recording the outcome.)

Photo of E Roy Evans’s Motorcycle Shop Opening in Oswestry

Here is a section we need to trace relative data, like this Garage at Oswestry, is the Evans connected with Ariel Works Team man D S Evans, it is post WW2 see the white painted rear WW2 requirement mudguard on bicycle to the right.

Photo of Inside premises, can you identify anyone?

Photo of Oswestry 1951 collection of enthusiasts, any identities out there?

Photo of motorcycle scrambler arriving at an Oswestry Scramble.

Who was this Oswestry Scrambles Arrival? 71 & Registrations could help.   Yes I know all about travelling like that, my BSA M21 Sidecar outfit carried my Methanol fuelled Dot framed 200cc Triumph Cub engined machine, my first sidecar racing effort came via needs when in a Brecon meeting they allowed me to transfer the entry to my sidecar outfit after the Cub motor blew up!,  next step was fitting a 1949 Square 4 motor in the lowered M 21 frame, that was hopeless against Triumphs Nortons & BSA so the rest is daft history!.

Photo of Jack Sparrow of Wem, manager at Wilkes Motorcycles in Shrewsbury, the frame was made for Jack and the engine and Excelsior Manxman motor

Taff asked “Who is Jack  with this Velo ohc powered machine, a front end of is it Triumph or Ariel & is the frame an early AJS 7R, where was it used, that big tank looks IoM bound, is there any info out there, a clue is that the word WEM followed the name Jack.  (Salopian?Shropshire?)” and thanks to the power of the internet Richard Ross (to whom we are much endebted) found this question and replied

“‘Jack’ is Jack Sparrow (J. J. I. Sparrow). Jack managed W. Wilkes (Shrewsbury) Motorcycles for many years, from the 1950′s through to the 1980′s. For most of those years Jack lived in Wem, Shropshire. He was a motorcyclist through and through, riding from Wem to Shrewsbury each day on his Ariel Leader (or his immaculate BMW R50). His prefered branch of the sport was road racing, and he was very quick to appreciated the superb quality of the early 1960′s Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha machines. W. Wilkes became one of the earliest dealers to take on the agencies for these three makes. Jack rode in the 1948 Manx 250 GP and then in the TT each year from 1951 to 1955 – mainly in the 250 class. The bike in the photograph has an Excelsior Manxman motor, in a special frame of Jack’s own design. This was his mount in the 250 IOM races – a machine which did not meet with great success! During my regular, after school and Saturday, visits to the shop and then for the few years I was able to work with him, Jack was always a kind and informative friend and mentor.”

Photo of George Brown who would try anything darned hard!, here is the Vincent Works 500 Trial machine circa 1952

Not in ISDT but well worth inclusion after Dave Martin’s finding it!!  Thanks Dave.

Photo of George Brown, upright on a faster device setting several WORLD Records (Image via Dave Martin)

Photo of 1952 Czechoslovakian Winning Trophy PLUS Vase teams of all CZ mounted, Trophy Team:- C. Kohlicek, R. Dusel, J. Novotny, J. Kubes, J. Pudil, VASE Team:-F. Blaha, V. Kolar B. Kabat.

Thanks again to Arthur Williams for that data, it makes what we have on view so much more important to records.

Photo of Helmut “Speedy” Clasen, ex Champion Cyclist & great guy to all on his DKW

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Photo of Magazine advert for Greeves featuring European MX Champion Dave Bickers

Photo of Italian ISDT team

however I do not know which event plus when & where was this taken?

Photo of MZ, pic says it all!

Photo of Late 50 into mid 1960’s is the best I can get on what may be a POLISH JUNAK M07R 355cc Machine

ABSOLUTELY GREAT INFO HAS ARRIVED, a more exact piece of data comes in from TOM alias Trialsman13 identifying this more accurately as a Model 07R not Model 10, these were produced in 350 & 500cc in late 60’s.  Many thanks for the info, it can help more than just me.

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5 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Images”

  1. Richard Ross said:

    Hello I can help you with biographical information on the gentleman featured in the photo above – your text reads:
    Who is Jack with this Velo ohc powered machine, a front end of is it Triumph or Ariel & is the frame an early AJS 7R, where was it used, that big tank looks IoM bound, is there any info out there, a clue is that the word WEM followed the name Jack. (Salopian?Shropshire?)

    ‘Jack’ is Jack Sparrow (J. J. I. Sparrow). Jack managed W. Wilkes (Shrewsbury) Motorcycles for many years, from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s. For most of those years Jack lived in Wem, Shropshire. He was a motorcyclist through and through, riding from Wem to Shrewsbury each day on his Ariel Leader (or his immaculate BMW R50). His prefered branch of the sport was road racing, and he was very quick to appreciated the superb quality of the early 1960’s Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha machines. W. Wilkes became one of the earliest dealers to take on the agencies for these three makes. Jack rode in the 1948 Manx 250 GP and then in the TT each year from 1951 to 1955 – mainly in the 250 class. The bike in the photograph has an Excelsior Manxman motor, in a special frame of Jack’s own design. This was his mount in the 250 IOM races – a machine which did not meet with great success! During my regular, after school and Saturday, visits to the shop and then for the few years I was able to work with him, Jack was always a kind and informative friend and mentor.

  2. Richard Ross said:

    I have some info on the picture above with the description:
    WELSH 2 DAYS Trial, but who, when where & on what, Dave Martin again found this.

    The location is Presteigne, Powys – and the building that here is a garage and petrol station still stands (with one of the petrol pumps still in place – but not used!) I am almost certain that the rider on the left of the three is Johnny Brittain and his machine a 350 Royal Enfield Bullet (of course!). The machine in the centre looks like an AJS or Matchless.

  3. Ralph Brown said:

    Marlon Brando’s Matchless is a 500 G9 dating from 1953 at the latest because of the single sided front brake. AMC went for a full width front hub from 1954.

  4. The photo of the 1921 ISDT is the Scottish Six Days, the photo was taken at the Roseburn Bar in Edinburgh’s Roseburn Terrace where the event started from up to 1954, before moving to the Gorgie Market (now called ‘The Corn Exchange’).

  5. bigjohn2014 said:

    The 1921 ISDT photo is actually the Scottish Six days Trial. The photo was most likely taken outside the Roseburn Bar in Roseburn Terrace where the event started from until 1954 when it moved to the Gorgie Markey (now called ‘The Corn Exchange’).

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