Com­pany pol­i­tics

Classic Dirtbike - - Super Profile -

Though tech­ni­cally part of the same com­pany since the early Fifties, when Tri­umph was sold to BSA, there were in­tense ri­val­ries be­tween the two fac­to­ries. Their team riders may have en­joyed friendly in­ter­ac­tion with each other on a per­sonal ba­sis, but a dis­tinct ‘them and us’ was the feel­ing fur­ther up the scale. John Giles fell foul of this at­ti­tude when he dared slot his Tri­umph en­gine into a BSA frame and race it in a scram­ble. Tri­umph boss Ed­ward Turner was less than pleased so Giles was cast into the wilder­ness for a year as pun­ish­ment. Ironic re­ally, when the fac­to­ries had had their hand forced to try just such a com­bi­na­tion of­fi­cially.

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