The Classic Motorcycle
Panther picture sought
Motorcycle mad, at just 17 years old, I worked for Acrow Engineeers in Harefield, Middlesex. The foreman, a Scotsman, was one day telling of how he had inherited an old motorcycle. Intrigued, I parted with £10 and the next evening a van pulled up where I lived and we unloaded this huge old motorcycle, a Panther.
From memory, it was approximately late 1920s, beige colour, and quite low. It was love at first revs, it was so beautiful, words like ‘fantastic’ ringing in my ears – plus, do be careful, it’s fast and powerful. I kicked it over, a roar of the great engine. I took off, 0-60 in about 10 minutes.
I rode round the green, being flagged down by a certain Freddie Graves, the owner of a mobile greengrocers business. He said: “How much?” to which I replied, “£20, delivered.”
The story unfolds:
Says Freddie: ”I have a friend, a window cleaner – the motorcycle that pulls his flatbed is no more, so this, (pointing at the Panther) would be just perfect.”
I duly set off for Mill End, Rickmansworth on this wonderful, noisy old plodder, thus concluding a brief but profitable period of ownership.
Now, I know this is a long shot, but does anyone remember or have a photograph of this motorcycle in the Mill End, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth area in the 1960s? I would so appreciate it, as of all the many motorcycles I have owned, this is the one that sticks in my memory, the old Panther.