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Hibbsy,George Pollard is buried 100yrds from my house,i went to his funeral as did quite a few racers Chris Vincent being one of them.Ive known Tony Dawson for years and also knew Terry Windle,if I remember right i think Jack Woods had Handsworth Motorcycles.

 

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Saw Crumpy 76 asking if anyone remembered his dad at Handsworths - which prompted my post. 

 

Handsworths was just on from Abbeydale Cinema. Wilf Green let the property so I believe he may have worked out of the same before moving when he got the MZ contract.

 

Tried to buy Bob's Shadow engine but he would never part with it, During the time I was autojumbling with him, someone nicked it from his shop - think all the missing parts were Vincent so they obviously knew what they were after. It was a chopped motor with a Goldie gearbox.

 

 

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When Bob committed to going full time at D&H,he realized that he didn't have the time to go racing anymore so the outfit was stripped down and the engine languished on the floor of the shops back room for years. That Vinny engine was a brute and well sorted by Bob and had strong sentimental ties for him. The last time I saw Bob he had a small lock-up property in Wath upon Dearne. The racing sidecar chassis was propped in the corner and in a bit of a state as the property had been recently flooded. By that time the engine was long gone and believed to have resurfaced in Australia. Bob's collection of Vincent stuff would be worth a fortune these days.

Happy Days.

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I worked at F.B. Ropers, London Road 1969-1971. 

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3 hours ago, Lorisue said:

I worked at F.B. Ropers, London Road 1969-1971. 

I was always in the shop during those years

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I worked in the office upstairs but I was on the shop floor quite frequently as Mr. Roper's office was downstairs.

There was a spares department further up London Road too. 

I was 16 at that time and remember when they started selling the Bond Bug. 

 

 

 

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Handsworth Motorcycles was in Wilf Greens old shop on Abbeydale Rd. My dad took the shop on when Wilf left to take his new unit over at Halfway. When Handsworth motorcycles closed in the early 80's Jack Woods took the shop on.

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