This is a pho­to­graph taken in 1948 of my hus­band Michael, aged 16, sit­ting proudly on his first mo­tor­bike, made for him by his friend, Peter Brackly. The bike was built us­ing a 1930s BSA frame and a 1929 AJS engine, and the friends spent many happy hours in the lit­tle vil­lage of Bier­ton, Buck­ing­hamshire, work­ing on the bike.

The photo was taken out­side the of­fices of the old Bucks Ad­ver­tiser in Ayles­bury, where Michael worked as a news­pa­per pho­tog­ra­pher – the bike was of­ten used for work all over Bucks and was also used in lo­cal tri­als. Na­tional ser­vice soon in­tro­duced Michael to a much larger ve­hi­cle – a tank! A rest from the mo­tor­bike fol­lowed, as he spent two years in Ko­rea (with the Royal In­niskilling Dra­goon Guards) be­fore fi­nally ar­riv­ing home. He has since re­turned to his love of mo­tor­bikes, own­ing many more in the last 60 years (in­clud­ing one bought only last week) and at 85 now en­joys re­tire­ment in Ged­ney Dyke, Lin­colnshire. Mrs Josephine Del­low

Michael’s mate built this BSA/AJS spe­cial for him

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