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Mis­sives from your good selves

MISSIVE OF THE MONTH ‘I TOOK ALONG THE JACK WIL­SON VIN­CENT RACER I’VE RE­STORED’

Nice job by Phillip Tooth on the ‘Worth Their Salt’ ar­ti­cle in Septem­ber’s Clas­sic Bike. This story is of­ten told – many times with too lit­tle or too much and some­times in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion. In al­most any form, though, those of us in Texas who hap­pen to bJk­wilfl hi! Thk

I reg­u­larly at­tend the Pete Dalio/jack Wil­son ‘Re­union’ held around Memo­rial Day by the Fort Worth-based Iron Horse Mo­tor­cy­cle Club each year – and that group of guys seem to get faster with every bench race! This year, I took along my ‘Jack Wil­son’ Vin­cent Racer (aka Felix) that I’ve re­stored. I stum­bled across the bike as a bas­ket case and af­ter re­search­ing it, de­cided to build it up in the spirit of how Jack Wil­son had it. While Jack was a “Tri­umph Man,” mainly, he could make any­thing go fast, in­clud­ing this one Vin­cent. They loved it! BEV BOWEN, PLANO, TEXAS

‘SPRINGER’ TO MIND

Nice to see the ar­ti­cle on Terry Dob­ney in the De­cem­ber is­sue of

Clas­sic Bike. I first met ‘Springer’, as he was known, in the late ’60s at the Old Manor Cafe with his bike ‘Spot­ted Cow’. We used to meet up at lo­cal bike do’s, on runs or at pubs. I vis­ited his shop in Black­wa­ter sev­eral times, where he showed me around the work­shop. He used to leave his In­dian out­side the pub un­locked – and when asked why, the re­ply was: “Let them try and start it”. Won­der if the H-D tank hang­ing on the wall in the pho­to­graphs was the one from his bike that ended up “in a tree” af­ter a cor­ner­ing mishap. Haven’t seen him for a num­ber of years now, but he al­ways had a cheer­ful greet­ing when we met up. Glad to see he’s still do­ing well.

TONY (TONA) KALISZ

POL­LOCK FOL­LOW-UP

Peter Lock­ley’s ref­er­ence to tube maker Ac­cles & Pol­lock in his let­ter pub­lished in the De­cem­ber is­sue brought to mind the com­pany’s amus­ing ad­verts on the Lon­don Un­der­ground (Tube – get it?) in the ’60s. They were mainly puns based on the com­pany name, such as: Pick­les & Wal­lop, Shack­les & Wed­lock and Ap­ples & Had­dock, which, whilst bring­ing a smile to the trav­eller’s face also im­printed the com­pany name in the mind – 50 odd years later I still re­mem­ber it.

JOHN ATKINS, CHELMS­FORD, ES­SEX

FUR­THER CON­QUEST

Thanks for the ar­ti­cle on Mike Nicks’ mem­o­ries of the Cot­ton Con­quest. The Pro­duc­tion Racer Mike rode was the class win­ner in the 500-mile pro­duc­tion race at Brands in ’66, where it was rid­den by Peter Inch­ley & Reg Everett. It was fit­ted with the 32bhp Starmaker race en­gine & as he notes is also a great road bike, but the four-speed close ra­tio box was a def­i­nite draw­back in town.

MICK TURNER

LEADER FOL­LOW-ON

I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on the Ariel Ar­row/lead­ers. I had sev­eral 250cc Ar­rows and Lead­ers back in the ’60s and al­ways en­joyed them – es­pe­cially the one in the pic be­low, which had Dykes pis­tons, stuffed cranks and cases, works span­nies and was very quick for a 250. I re­mem­ber it be­ing faster than a new Yamaha YDS3, but it was 1969 and I was in­vul­ner­a­ble then. The pic is from about 1970 and I would have been about 19 then. The young lady was the ‘cur­rent’ girl­friend at the time and was called Mau­reen. The pic was taken at Cleethor­pes if I re­mem­ber right. Looks like we were do­ing a bit of play­ing, go­ing with the gui­tar nearby (cough!) We parted com­pany some time later on rea­son­able terms, and she got mar­ried soon af­ter – so it was a lucky es­cape!

ALAN HODG­SON, YORK­SHIRE.

Bev (right) with Corky Evans (left) and Carl­ton Wil­liamson at a pre­vi­ous re­union

Alan had a close es­cape – but not on the Leader!

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