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Be­low is my newly re­stored 1955 Royal En­field Clip­per 250cc. I bought it in 1983 from some­one who had used it for dirt rid­ing and had taken off the body­work and electrics, but it stood ne­glected in my gar­den shed for years. In­cred­i­bly, the chrome dates from the ’50s and only needed clean­ing. I used Hitch­cocks for spares and found an ex­cel­lent me­chanic in Eti­enne, here in France, who had only met­ric tools but did an ex­cel­lent job re­pair­ing bodged ig­ni­tion, clutch, carb, etc. Thanks to my friends Alex and José who spurred me on. As an apol­ogy to my wife, I bought her a ‘pas­sen­ger seat’ and footrests. I con­fess to be­ing a bit of an op­ti­mist. GIE (GUY) GOYVAERTS, FRANCE

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