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
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
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.
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!