ROBBO’S RE­MEM­BERED

Real Classic - - Letters -

I re­ally en­joyed the ar­ti­cle about the Royal En­field Clip­per in RC167. It brought back many mem­o­ries of my own trips to Robbo’s in Bur­ton La­timer through­out the 1960s and 70s. I ac­quired my first bike at 16, a Tiger Cub. It wasn’t long be­fore it had to be ‘cus­tomised’, and there was only one place to go for th­ese parts. On went ace bars, a fi­bre­glass tank and a mega.

My pals and I con­tin­ued to use Robbo’s for many years and be­came quite friendly with the broth­ers; John the younger who served be­hind the counter, and Tony who used to go to Brum for the bits and pieces. In the late 60s, Tony set up a rac­ing team with Mick Bass. Tony raced a Tri­ton which he built him­self, and was a very flam­boy­ant char­ac­ter at the race meet­ings. He de­cided to build some Tri­tons for the road, which he named the ‘Robbo Tri­ton’.

When I saw one in the shop, I had to have it. In 1968 I col­lected my pride and joy. It had a red metal­lic frame and had all the lat­est good­ies. It was a mass

of chrome and al­loy. I kept the bike for about 18 months, be­fore it was part-ex­changed it for a Vin­cent Rapide at Ross Mo­tors of Hinck­ley.

In later years, the broth­ers went deeply into mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles. I was lucky to bump into Tony in 2013 at the East Carl­ton Transport Gala and we had a long chat about the old days. I am sure there are many older read­ers /rid­ers who will re­mem­ber the broth­ers well.

Dave Thomp­son, mem­ber 10,998

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