Motorcycle mystery solved
In The Way We Were of 27 September featuring Callander, Stirling, in 1955, Richard Gunn comments about the strangest-looking vehicle parked by the right-hand kerb.
He says it looks like a motorcycle sidecar but there’s no sign of a bike and wonders if it’s an invalid carriage or has the motorcycle disappeared by design or accident. It is indeed a motorcycle sidecar… and the motorcycle is still there, attached to it.
In Britain, the sidecar is generally on the left-hand side of the motorcycle, and if you look at the picture again you will realise that you are viewing the rear of the sidecar. Look to the right of it and you will discern what appears to be part of the motorcycle bodywork and above that you’ll see the handlebars and perhaps a mirror. Just above the handlebar and speedometer area there is a clearly defined dark straight edge which will be the outline of a handlebar mounted fairing, and immediately above that edge you’ll spot that the building in the distance is slightly blurred for a small area. That small blurred area can be seen to be the size and shape of the clear windshield attached to the handlebar fairing.
So… there’s no mystery. Apart from where have the rider and passenger gone off to... and why? Steve Thomas, Wirral, Merseyside