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