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Re­cent men­tions of Tor­rens (Arthur Bourne) call to mind a re­mark­able en­counter I had with him in 1953. I served with the RAF in Lin­colnshire and was rid­ing to the lo­cal town of Bourne to re­fuel my Ariel Square Four. I mis­judged it and ran out a mile or so out­side the town. I had just be­gun to push when a car pulled up, driven by a gen­tle­man clothed in im­mac­u­late tweeds who kindly gave me a tow to the fill­ing sta­tion. He ad­mired the Squar­iel and told me that he had owned sev­eral him­self. When he in­formed me that he edited a mo­tor­cy­cle mag­a­zine the penny dropped and I asked him ‘Is your name Tor­rens?’

When he an­swered that it was, I replied ‘So’s mine!’ and showed him my RAF iden­tity card. He was gob­s­macked and wrote up the event in his next edi­tion. It cer­tainly was quite a co­in­ci­dence – Tor­rens, Bourne and Square Fours. I still ride reg­u­larly aged 85, though Square Fours have given way to BMWs and Scotts. Bob Tor­rens, mem­ber Bril­liant tale! Thanks for that. Frank W

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