granted now has been tried before on a British bike and whether because of lack of money, will power, foresight or all three, has ended up in the bin. You want a Boxer engine; “Would that be two or four cylinders sir”? Need an electric starter; “Step this way sir”? Not sure about drive train; “We can offer chain, belt or shaft, automatic or manual sir”? Trouble parking; “Have you tried our reverse gear sir”? This is evident when you look at the Triumph Trident in the entrance door. No, you are not seeing things; that Triumph Trident you have just passed did have four, yes four exhaust pipes! Those enterprising people at Triumph welded two thirds of two Trident three cylinder engines together to make a four cylinder 1000cc bike way back in the seventies. Where did it all go wrong…………..? This year I specifically wanted to take a very close look at the sidecar outfit previously raced by my childhood hero Chris Vincent. Without wishing to insult the likes of Bill Boddice or Owen Greenwood, etc, etc, Chris, with his virtually bog standard 500cc BSA A7/A50 powered unit was the only privateer in the fifties/sixties who could take on the likes of Camathias, Scheidegger and Deubel equipped as they were with their BMW O.H.C. Rennsport works engines with anything like a chance. Ah, the memories………………………!. Leaving Birmingham at 2.30pm, I took a short detour south of Birmingham via Halesowen, Hagley and Stourton to pick up the A458 to Shrewsbury and then the A5 and take a pleasant drive through Wales to my overnight stop at Anglesea. This must be some of the best scenery in Great Britain and normally you would have to be careful to not get in the way of the locals getting their “knees down” at every opportunity. However, this time the weather was so The SAM Observer June 2011
The June 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"