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#1 SILVERDREAMRACER

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 01:14

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Prompted by the waves of nostalgia that waft over me as topics and threads bring up the names of long gone and often forgotten race bike emporiums....
I wonder what recollections forum members have of the old shops and dealerships we spent so much time in way back when.....
even before I was old enough to ride a motorbike me and my brother would catch a bus on a saturday just look in the windows to see the race bikes and the latest roadbikes

just some of my favourite haunts and destinations I loved as a spotty youth (early 70's onwards in my case)


I can still smell the oil stained floorboards :cool:

Rivetts of Leytonstone

Stratford Motorcycles

Hadleigh Custom at Hadleigh then Southend

Gander and Grays

Gus Kuhns

Dixon Racing

Vic Camps at Walthamstow

Read Titans at Leyton

Sondell Sports

Geoff Montys? at Edenbridge

Tom Kirbys at Roneo Corner


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#2 LamboNZ

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:30

I can remember as a kid going to another Revetts store, on the Thames embankment I think (Fulham, Chelsea or somewhere like that I think).
I was with my dad, who was buying his first TZ, around 76/77ish. The place was like an Alladin's cave to me back then with all of the race bikes everywhere!
Another place we used to go to was Jim Pink's in Newbury, there were often race bikes around there too.

Later on when I started racing, went down to Dennis Trollopes quite a few times, but only made into the front of the shop. I only know of three other non-family members who have been out the back, where there is reputidly twenty or so race bikes from different eras!

#3 k21john

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:51

I can remember as a kid going to another Revetts store, on the Thames embankment I think (Fulham, Chelsea or somewhere like that I think).
I was with my dad, who was buying his first TZ, around 76/77ish. The place was like an Alladin's cave to me back then with all of the race bikes everywhere!
Another place we used to go to was Jim Pink's in Newbury, there were often race bikes around there too.

Later on when I started racing, went down to Dennis Trollopes quite a few times, but only made into the front of the shop. I only know of three other non-family members who have been out the back, where there is reputidly twenty or so race bikes from different eras!


Took my missus into Arthur Wheelers (Epsom) looking for a road sidecar outfit, his spanner man whose name i forget said "he (Arthur) won't sell anything from out the back... well what a place pretty much all his race bikes out there and he must have taken a shine to my missus as she road away on a lovely S7 with Watsonion chair..... wish we still had it...

Nice memories of spending half a day with Mr Wheeler.....


#4 Russell Burrows

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 13:31

I can remember as a kid going to another Revetts store, on the Thames embankment I think (Fulham, Chelsea or somewhere like that I think).
I was with my dad, who was buying his first TZ, around 76/77ish. The place was like an Alladin's cave to me back then with all of the race bikes everywhere!
Another place we used to go to was Jim Pink's in Newbury, there were often race bikes around there too.

Later on when I started racing, went down to Dennis Trollopes quite a few times, but only made into the front of the shop. I only know of three other non-family members who have been out the back, where there is reputidly twenty or so race bikes from different eras!



I too remember the oddly sited Revetts shop, sort of west Pimlico really ;). Geoff Monty's place in Edenbridge was impressive but tiny compared to the Twickenham shop which was absolutely crammed full of racing irons; I used to cycle over there as a kid and gaze in awe at the serried ranks of Manxes, 7R's and G50's, and a bit later bought one from him.

Edited by Russell Burrows, 09 November 2010 - 15:46.


#5 Paul Collins

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 16:53

Used to go for a look around at Pride & Clark when we went on the train down to London for the bike shows as teenagers, that was an olde worlde place from what I remember.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 17:41

Used to go for a look around at Pride & Clark when we went on the train down to London for the bike shows as teenagers, that was an olde worlde place from what I remember.

Blimey, forgot about them, bought a 250 Panther from them which was dispatched to darkest Lancashire on the train and arrived complete!! Try THAT today!!

They bought up the stock when Phelan and Moore went bust.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 17:48

Weren't P&C in Stockwell where they had loads of red painted buildings, rather than just shop fronts, on either side of the road ?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 18:32

:wave:
Prompted by the waves of nostalgia that waft over me as topics and threads bring up the names of long gone and often forgotten race bike emporiums....
I wonder what recollections forum members have of the old shops and dealerships we spent so much time in way back when.....
even before I was old enough to ride a motorbike me and my brother would catch a bus on a saturday just look in the windows to see the race bikes and the latest roadbikes

just some of my favourite haunts and destinations I loved as a spotty youth (early 70's onwards in my case)


I can still smell the oil stained floorboards :cool:

Rivetts of Leytonstone

Stratford Motorcycles

Hadleigh Custom at Hadleigh then Southend

Gander and Grays

Gus Kuhns

Dixon Racing

Vic Camps at Walthamstow

Read Titans at Leyton

Sondell Sports

Geoff Montys? at Edenbridge

Tom Kirbys at Roneo Corner

Hi,I was an apprentice mechanic with S.G. Smith Motors in South London .Gus Khunn's was just along the road, Pride and Shark's a bit further and all sorts of interesting bike shops all around. An abiding memory is of Wal Phillips. He was making a bomb selling his injectors from a corner shop down the New Kent Road, near the Elephant and Castle. I used to watch him cutting the envelopes open to get at the cheques and postal orders! After he had been down the bank he would box up that days orders and then take them to the Post Office for dispatch. Wal was also developing a disc brake for motorbikes. He used Jaguar pads and made a sliding caliper which used a car clutch slave cylinder to work it. The disc was of huge diameter and was riveted to the rim. One day he tried it out . It was fixed on a bathtub T110 Triumph. He took off, turned at the Elephant and roared back. He clapped it on hard- the forks flexed so much the font mudguard hit the frame with a clunk. The tyre squealed and Wal was sitting on the fuel cap! It was chucked in the back of the shop and I never saw it move again. Hanging on the wall was one of the ex Wembley Speedway Dirt Track Douglas team bikes.George Greenwood had another one. Wish I had bought one then.Happy memories.In Sport, Rotrax.


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 18:38

Weren't P&C in Stockwell where they had loads of red painted buildings, rather than just shop fronts, on either side of the road ?

Dunno Russell, never went there. IIRC they advertised regularly in Exchange & Mart and I did the deal on the phone and by post.

Clerkenwell perhaps?

Edited by exclubracer, 09 November 2010 - 18:40.


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 19:28

Took my missus into Arthur Wheelers (Epsom) looking for a road sidecar outfit, his spanner man whose name i forget said "he (Arthur) won't sell anything from out the back... well what a place pretty much all his race bikes out there and he must have taken a shine to my missus as she road away on a lovely S7 with Watsonion chair..... wish we still had it...

Nice memories of spending half a day with Mr Wheeler.....

Hi, If he was very tall and slightly balding it may have been Frank Coots.In Sport, Rotrax.

#11 Russell Burrows

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 20:00

Dunno Russell, never went there. IIRC they advertised regularly in Exchange & Mart and I did the deal on the phone and by post.

Clerkenwell perhaps?



Up the road a bit in Brixton, Mick : http://www.realclass...on07053100.html A huge operation: must have been the largest bike oufit in the country. Edit: or the world as claimed in the blurb.

Edited by Russell Burrows, 09 November 2010 - 20:05.


#12 SILVERDREAMRACER

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 21:55

Pride & Clark were at Stockwell,the bikes were arranged in price descending order,the further you went into the shop the cheaper/rougher the bikes became.
I seem to recall George Clarkes ? a seperate operation were nearby too.

I remember Jimmy Wells dad's shop on the Romford Rd,Forest Gate with plenty of Ex Police Triumph Saints?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 22:33

Comerfords Thames Ditton..bought my trusty NSU Sportmax got me all over Europe watching races..they had a 50cc Maserati that I went to buy but another had beaten me to it..one of our correspondents on the Fast Racing Mopeds thread said I didnt miss much..sawa 350 Gold Star advertised and thought about it but my late wife had other ideas so no DBD32 for me....

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 22:41

Comerfords Thames Ditton..bought my trusty NSU Sportmax got me all over Europe watching races..they had a 50cc Maserati that I went to buy but another had beaten me to it..one of our correspondents on the Fast Racing Mopeds thread said I didnt miss much..sawa 350 Gold Star advertised and thought about it but my late wife had other ideas so no DBD32 for me....

Talking of which..we know who this is..

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 22:47

Up the road a bit in Brixton, Mick : http://www.realclass...on07053100.html A huge operation: must have been the largest bike oufit in the country. Edit: or the world as claimed in the blurb.


Nice find Russell :up:

#16 Herr Wankel

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:36

My first real bike was a 500 Ariel Red Hunter (with a Hartley cam) that I bought at the side of the road (A38 Burton By-pass) after the owner had stood there freezing his bits off for about 4 hours.His missus hadgot severely pissed off and hitched it back to Wolverhampton.Broken drive side crank mainshaft,so no drive.I think £20 changed hands and a lift to the station.Bank of mum was my sponsor for this project.Motor cycle news was scanned for a suitable spare part.A postal order was dispatched to Writers in London,anyone remember them?I think the part was £1-19s-6d,plus 2s-6d for the p&p.It must have been quite funny watching me rolling the crank across the kitchen floor to true up the flywheels.What a great bike this was,and I felt like Hailwood.(I was only 17) as I had jumped straight from a Honda S65 to this poor man's Goldie.
So what happened to Writers chaps?
P.S. the 1960 Scott in my care (my brothers bike) came from Comerfords in 1967 (or thereabouts)
HW

Edited by Herr Wankel, 10 November 2010 - 09:39.


#17 SILVERDREAMRACER

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 13:01

excellent stuff jaybee...i really relate to lots of that..

Tom Kirby had a brother Reg who was also a bike dealer based about 4 miles from Roneo Corner
Reg Kirbys was in Green Lanes,Dagenham/Goodmayes borders

we were always lead to believe they had fallen out as only brothers can and never spoke to each other


#18 Russell Burrows

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:36

excellent stuff jaybee...i really relate to lots of that..

Tom Kirby had a brother Reg who was also a bike dealer based about 4 miles from Roneo Corner
Reg Kirbys was in Green Lanes,Dagenham/Goodmayes borders

we were always lead to believe they had fallen out as only brothers can and never spoke to each other


I had an interesting conversation with Ron Chandler at the Bemsee gig last year, some of which touched on Kirby and his bikes. Apparently, one of the reasons Ron fell out with Tom was over the disparity in grunt of the various bikes in the Kirby stable. He said too that brother Reg's sponsorship amounted to no more than having his name in the programme as the entrant. Ron suggested this looked better than being sponsorless after such a long stint with the Kirby team, and that he knew it would get right up Tom's nose.

Edited by Russell Burrows, 14 November 2010 - 13:16.