THINK­ING OF TORRENS

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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

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