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BSA M21 Episode: 4

Make
BSA
Model
M21
Tags
deletedscenes

Deleted scene from ep4, included as DVD extra. Filmed outside the pub at Dunmail Raise near Grasmere. Bloke is retired AA patrolman in 1950s uniform. Plate is WLN 271, which is same series as 2 other AA BSA M21s in our collection and has several online photos such as this one. We've identified this vehicle using the details you provided BSA M21 1959 Registration number: WLN 271 Body type: M/C Combination Colour: Black And Yellow 592cc BSA M21 Date registered 26 March 1959 MOT expired on 27 March 2013 Date tested 23 March 2012 PASS Mileage 43,553 miles

The Travellers Rest, a Jennings house


Triumph TR 6 P Saint Episode: 5

Make
Triumph
Model
TR 6 P Saint
Tags
background vehicle
Times
00:15:41

Family album photo from owners of a village shop which used to be petrol station. Bloke is their father who according to commentary regularly filled up vehicles quite happily with his lit cigarette in hand as shown. Triumph Thunderbird? Maybe a TR6P Saint, any info on date/context if the picture?

The location is Brown's Village Stores at Llandogo, north of Tintern on the A466. I'd guess from VIP pump logo and possibly a Duckhams Q20/50 pavement sign behind the bloke it's 1960s, maybe 1970s; pump seems to be 98 octane instead of 4, so after the grade names changed.


AJS 16MS Episode: 6

Make
AJS
Model
16MS
Tags
minor vehicle
Times
00:14:42

One of the bikers RW meets in younger days. MGD 552 = Glasgow, Feb-March 1954

AJS - probably a 350 16MS. I thought 1955 was the first year for the full width front hub. Maybe this bike is an early production example.


BSA A7 Episode: 6

Make
BSA
Model
A7
Tags
minor vehicle
Times
00:16:10

Described as a 1961. The only direct shot I could recognise of this one, but it's in this line-up ... and part of the convoy which accompanies the Bentley from Brig o'Turk, as described here. That's an A7/A10 motor.

Probably the one fourth from left in the thumb.


BSA B33 Episode: 6

Make
BSA
Model
B33
Tags
minor vehicle
Times
00:16:34

Part of the convoy which accompanies the Bentley from Brig o'Turk, as described here. Another Beezer A7/A10. Can't be, it is a single. Maybe B33? Or is it a late example of the M type?

Your right, B33, the decomp' lever is visible on the left handlebar.


BSA Bantam Episode: 6

Make
BSA
Model
Bantam
Tags
minor vehicle
Times
00:15:44

The only direct shot I could recognise of this one, but it's in these line-ups ... and part of the convoy which accompanies the Bentley from Brig o'Turk, as described here.


Triumph Tiger Cub Episode: 6

Make
Triumph
Model
Tiger Cub
Tags
minor vehicle
Times
00:16:24

Described as a Triumph Tiger Cub. The only direct shot I could recognise of this one, but it's in this line-up ... and part of the convoy which accompanies the Bentley from Brig o'Turk, as described here. Which means it could be "Gorgeous Biker Chick"'s own 1962 (see miniscule pic in left edge of link).


AJS 16MS Episode: 7

Make
AJS
Model
16MS
Tags
minor vehicle
Times
00:22:16

Pick'n'mix. Better definition version online shows plate on right is YPP 554 = July-Sept 56. An AMC single, BSA A7/A10 and something with a Villiers twin engine. On the left a 1952 AJS 16MS. I had one as my first bike. The Villiers-engined bike maybe a customised Royal Enfield Turbo Twin?

Not 'til '64. If '56 it'll be a Villiers 2T motor (new on the market then), fitted to all sorts of cottage industry stuff but we can discount Greeves and Norman from the "proper" forks.


Norton 600 Type 99 Episode: 7

Make
Norton
Model
600 Type 99
Tags
background vehicle
Times
00:22:13

Part of this photo .. which seems to be an Ace Cafe publicity/archive shoot. And this pose. VAJ 723 ✓ SORN MOT Exempt Vehicle make: NORTON Date of first registration: December 1959 Year of manufacture: 1959 Cylinder capacity (cc): 650 cc Fuel type: PETROL Export marker: No Vehicle status: SORN in place Vehicle colour: RED Wheelplan: 2-WHEEL Hmmm, it's a Dominator, problem being the 650 motor wasn't introduced until late '60 for the US and late '61 for UK. It's had a transplant later in life, probably originally a white 600cc 99.

Note the Roadholder badge on the fork leg.


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Year 2009
Minutes 30
Category Non-fiction TV
Genres Documentary
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