The Gough legend
Seeing the photo of Bill Gough’s old twin BSA (OBA 57) brought a lot of good memories of a very good old friend. Yes, Bill made that bike in Launceston to have a go at the speed record; he made every casting, and the frame, he was a brilliant engineer and could make a motorcycle perform like no one else I have ever known. He also built a side valve 500 BSA that did over 120 mph and when he wrote to the factory to ask if they could give him any advice on how to improve on this they replied explaining that they couldn’t get more than 100 mph out of one. He tuned a Vincent that beat the works bike that Phil Irving brought over to Longford – that’s the sort of man he was. Unfortunately Bill has long gone and I have no idea what happened to the twin but the side valve is still in Launceston. They don’t make men like Bill Gough anymore and I still miss my old friend. Wally Lunn Launceston, Tasmania
The Way family with their Zenith Gradua complete withy front-mounted pulley.