Journalist, author, publisher, ‘BMS’ was one of the best known names in the British motorcycling press. He died on 6th October 2018. It was a sad day for motorcycling – both Velocettes and Vincents – with his passing. BMS is probably best known for his participation in the successful Velocette attempt on the 24 hours at over 100mph in 1961 on a Velocette Venom Clubman Veeline and again on the unsuccessful attempt in 1963 on the Velocette Viper Clubman Veeline. I’ve received a comment on my Velobanjogent site from a relative of Bruce informing me of details... A MotorCycling journalist then later with the merging of MotorCycling with The MotorCycle and several of the journalists from Motorcycling made redundant, a freelance journalist for Motorcycle Sport penning such items as “Technical Comment” and “Motorcycling Moments” and he opened a publishing house, BMS Ltd specialising in photocopies of most of the UK motorcycles spare part & instruction manuals as well as The Keig Collection, some five books of IOM TT & MGP photos. He was a Vice President of the UK Vincent Owners Club as well as its President for several years and rode and raced personal Vincents early in his life. He tested many Velocettes during his career.
Bruce Main-Smith on the prototype Velocette Venom, with Bob Halliday in the Isle of Man 1955.