THINKING OF TORRENS
I saw last month that Frank’s regular tales had metamorphosed from ‘ Tales from the Shed’ to ‘ Tales from the Saddle’ and was immediately transported back to The Motor
Cycle magazine in the days when its editor, Torrens (Arthur Bourne), also wrote a weekly column; ‘Workshop and the Open Road’. Why, even Frank’s ‘From the Front’ editorial shows him riding Torrens’ favourite bike, an Ariel Square Four...
I see Frank has now got his pension book and it seems appropriate to liken him to Shakespeare’s fourth age; ‘Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard.’ Fortunately the sixth age ‘lean and slippered pantaloon, with spectacles on nose and pouch on side’ is still a long way off and I wish you many years yet to entertain us all. I hope Frank’s not considering retirement?
To pursue the Torrens theme, Frank now need a short back and sides, tweed jacket, collar and tie and a pipe. You should also address all male members of the younger generation as laddie’.
Mike Knowles, member 8882
I don’t know, I quite like the idea of Frank in pantaloons… and you need not worry about him retiring just yet. We have far too many old motorcycles to support! Rowena