Wrong chair

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

On page 85 of OBA 45 there is a photo of a nicely re­stored B.S.A. Ban­tam and Til­brook side car that has been iden­ti­fied as a “Dan­daloo” when it is in fact a “Ku­paru”. The “Dan­daloo” was a stan­dard size side­car with an all en­closed chas­sis and 12 inch wheel that was de­vel­oped in 1955 to re­place the orig­i­nal Til­brook ex­posed chas­sis and body mounted on four ten­sion springs with a 19 inch wheel. They were made in sin­gle and dou­ble seat mod­els. The Ku­paru was a devel­op­ment of the Til­brook Tom Thumb side­car that was made for at­tach­ment to light­weight mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers to carry a pas­sen­ger or parcels. One as­pect of the Tom Thumb that re­ceived ad­verse com­ment was that there was not enough leg space for a taller person so Rex de­cided to make an al­ter­na­tive ex­tended body with the front shaped like the stan­dard model and in­stead of a ver­ti­cal back it was sloped out at the bot­tom to give more space be­hind the seat pad. This also im­proved the ap­pear­ance but in­creased the cost of what was sup­posed to be a rel­a­tively cheap so­lu­tion for some­body who could not af­ford a larger out­fit and only twelve were made with three stay­ing in South Aus­tralia, four go­ing to N.S.W. and five be­ing dis­patched to Vic­to­ria. The screen was an op­tional ex­tra and on a small mo­tor­cy­cle, while pro­vid­ing the pas­sen­ger with greater com­fort, it cre­ated ad­di­tional wind re­sis­tance. There were well over four hun­dred Til­brook Tom Thumb side­cars sold as well as the Ku­paru but un­for­tu­nately most side­cars have ended up as scrap with the bikes they were at­tached to so it is nice to see a re­stored ex­am­ple as a trib­ute to the mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ces­sory, side­car and mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness that Rex Til­brook started sixty seven years ago. Alan Wal­lis O.A.M. Mor­phettville, SA

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