The Gold Star man

Old Bike Australasia - - UNDER THE CHEQUERED FLAG - From Phil DeGruchy, Light­foot En­gi­neer­ing.

ED­DIE DOW, born and bred in Eng­land, passed away on 21st March, 2017. He would have been 93 this year. If you have or had or ever thought about BSA Gold Stars, you would know who Ed­die Dow is! Ed­die trained in en­gi­neer­ing dur­ing WW2 at Rolls Royce and then ended up in the Army as a Cap­tain and leader of the Army Mo­tor­cy­cle Team for sev­eral years. He was highly suc­cess­ful in tri­als events rid­ing Gold Stars earn­ing first class awards in Scot­tish Six Day Tri­als and gold medals in In­ter­na­tional Six Day Tri­als. Ed­die also was in­volved in road rac­ing and en­tered the 1955 Club­man’s TT on the Isle of Man, where he won the Se­nior race against stiff op­po­si­tion on a 500cc sin­gle BSA DB34 Club­man’s Gold Star. They were fast bikes for fast peo­ple and a weapon for a com­pe­tent rider in con­trol. With part­ner Arthur Tay­lor, he was in­volved in the mo­tor­cy­cle shop Tay­lor Dow based in Ban­bury, UK which spe­cialised in BSA Gold Star re­pairs but was mainly noted for im­prov­ing the breed with var­i­ous mods and spe­cial parts. There is prob­a­bly not a Gold Star on the planet that doesn’t run or utilise one of Ed­die’s mods. There were var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions writ­ten by Ed­die that are still in high use to­day for fet­tling and re­build­ing. The BSA Rocket Gold Star 650cc twin was sug­gested to BSA by Ed­die in the early 1960s. These were built dur­ing 1962 and 1963 and are highly col­lectible to­day, as is all the Gold Star range. From all Gold Star owner’s points of view, the words Gold Star and Ed­die Dow are spo­ken about on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and usu­ally in the same sen­tence. Ed­die may be gone but his name will live on with each and ev­ery Gold Star that is re­stored and rid­!

Cap­tain Ed­die Dow, Gold Star mounted at the Isle of Man.

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