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plasticbeer

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An advert taken from the original Richardson 'Vincent' book. Do any owners remember this showroom?

Vincent
 

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Bill Thomas

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Yes lots, As a young lad often went up and down the rows of Bikes, Thinking which one can I have,
Joke, Had no money !.
We had a west London member worked there, Often saw him leave on his perfect Vin' Outfit, Super sound !.
The name has gone !, That will keep me awake tonight.
 

peter holmes

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Yes indeed Vince, I was born and lived for the first 23 years of my life, approx 1 mile from Pinks of Harrow, like Bill I used to dream also, a far smaller establishment was Wessells of Wealdstone, more of a greasy oily workshop as opposed to a posh showroom, but useful none the less, it was at the bottom of my road, could get there in couple of minutes and normally get anything you would need to keep a bike on the road, as long as it was not Vincent specific, then it was a trip to Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, Conways of course.
 

Bill Thomas

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Keith Pattendon ??, My spelling is getting worse, If that's possible !.
Funny , He came on here a long while ago.
Peter, If you had come round the corner, I may have served you myself, At Aitchanbee Motorcycles.
Unless I had already gone to MLG, BMW's, Or Conways, Shepherds Bush.
I got about !!.
 

peter holmes

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What road was Aichandbee motorcycles in, I remember the name, also Hugo Myatt has mentioned them in past when going down memory lane.
 

Bill Thomas

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Long time ago !, For me, Headstone lane ?, Same road as the Camera Film people and Royal Mail.
John Mockett was a customer, They walked by In the dinner hour.
After I had left, The Shop moved up to Harrow weald.
There was a Café over the road, Where the Lads came with there open Mega's, Good Times.
 

peter holmes

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Ah yes, of course, next door to cafe was a newsagent named Hymans or something like that, did a paper round for him during the winter of 62 or 63, very cold and very heavy snow, I remember a Vincent outside the cafe, I don’t think it was the Royal Mail, it was the HMSO and Kodak.
 
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vibrac

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Which London dealers had the outside alloy painted red or orange? Both sides of the road? My place to visit was Monty and Wards they sold me a 1951 7R AJS all road registered for 50 quid with push bike lights rode it for a year bump started it everywhere. Proper caff racer no chequer tape or studed leathers needed. Those posers down 'the bike shed' make me smile.
 

Hugo Myatt

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Which London dealers had the outside alloy painted red or orange? Both sides of the road? My place to visit was Monty and Wards they sold me a 1951 7R AJS all road registered for 50 quid with push bike lights rode it for a year bump started it everywhere. Proper caff racer no chequer tape or studed leathers needed. Those posers down 'the bike shed' make me smile.
Pride and Clarke, Brixton, had shops on both side of the road. The shop fronts were painted red.
 

Bill Thomas

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I can't think how or why I got to Pinks, It was before I had a Motorcycle.
I lived about 5 miles away at the time.
Funny how some things drive you Mad.
 

Hugo Myatt

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I can't think how or why I got to Pinks, It was before I had a Motorcycle.
I lived about 5 miles away at the time.
Funny how some things drive you Mad.
Pinks had a forecourt in front of the shop, which was a customary meeting place for motorcylists and bikes to gather on Saturday mornings.
 

Bill Thomas

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Pinks had a forecourt in front of the shop, which was a customary meeting place for motorcylists and bikes to gather on Saturday mornings.
I never went then, I should have worded that different, I had a 250 BSA Ron gave me when I was 14 !,
For 2 years had to wait, I rebuilt it and polished the c/cases.
 

alan wright

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Keith Pattendon ??, My spelling is getting worse, If that's possible !.
Funny , He came on here a long while ago.
Peter, If you had come round the corner, I may have served you myself, At Aitchanbee Motorcycles.
Unless I had already gone to MLG, BMW's, Or Conways, Shepherds Bush.
I got about !!.
Bonjour Bill, I see that you worked at MLG in Chiswick and wondered if you were there when they took a BMW R69S to Montlhery in 1961 to try to obtain the 12 hour and 24 hour records, only to be beaten by a week by Velocette, one of the Velo team being our very own Bruce Main-Smith. As an aside, the "L" of MLG was Charles Lock and I was a mate of his son John when I was involved in selling Porsche parts and John was racing a 911.
He was instrumental in restoring a B Rapide when I brought 2 Argentinian wrecks back from Weisbaden, Germany in 1990, keeping one for myself ( Peron's Revenge !) and selling one to Porsche racing preparer Paul Edwards.
Best regards, Alan
 

Bill Thomas

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Greetings Alan, ca va, :) I can't spell in English, So I had better stop :).
I have a Step Daughter and 3 Boys in the French Alps.

I was too young !, Not said that for a bit,
Must have been 1965 ish when I worked for Charlie, Funny I was only saying to the Wife the other day about Charlie and could not remember his second name, I spotted a new red BMW Sports Car, Looked a bit like the one Charlie had back then, Sort of E Type, Super looking Car.
When I was there we had " Works " !! Production Race Bikes on site,
And Me being Me !, Hammered a Standard BM Twin up the Mews, With no Silencers on it, It did sound nice !,
Charlie thought I had got one of the racers out !!, He was not happy.
They didn't like me there anyway, My Twin Vincent outfit was always parked at the end of the Mews,
It drew too much attension from his BMW Customers.
It's a Small World, Have Fun, Bill.
 

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