Herald - Issue 448

Page 74 • The HERALD • 26th October 2023 v READ THE HERALD ONLINE: www.herald-publishing.co.uk v Our knowledgeable staff are on hand to keep your vehicle on the road in a safe manner • We offer all garage services including free collection and delivery from your home • We now offer Dpf cleaning - Injector cleaning - Turbo cleaning and Air intake cleaning to help your car run cleaner improving its performance and economy. • Good Garage Scheme – RMI – Trust my Garage Member MOT’s, TYRES, CLUTCHES, CAMBELTS, SERVICING, WELDING, DIAGNOSTICS, LASER-TRACKING. CARS, VANS UP TO 3.5T, MOTORHOMES UP TO 30’ 023 8001 0029 Badminston Lane, Fawley, SO45 1BX 023 8001 0029 023 8084 9370 Prospect Place, Hythe SO45 6AU • MOT’s • MOT Repairs • Air Con • Auto Electrics • Servicing • Welding • Diagnostics • Suspension • Tyres • Clutches • Cam Belts • Brakes e October Monthly Medal attracted a eld of 40 New Forest Golf Club Seniors on Tuesday 3rd October. Any threat of rain had passed and, although it turned into a ne day, the sti breeze presented a challenge on some holes. In Division 1, Chris Angell’s 11 pars ensured he led the eld by one stroke ahead of Roy Nelson. Meanwhile Phil Kilburn won the Division 2 medal by a comfortable 3 strokes ahead of Colin Chatten and Dave Titchmarsh. Division 1: 1st Chris Angell – 65 nett, 2nd Roy Nelson – 66 nett, 3rd Neil Archibald – 67 nett. MONTHLY MEDALS Medal winners (left to right) Chris Angell and Phil Kilburn Division 2: 1st Phil Kilburn – 66 nett, 2nd Colin Chatten – 69 nett (back 9=30), 3rd Dave Titchmarsh – 69 nett (back 9=33) LOCAL RIDER SPARKS NATIONAL MOTORBIKE RESTORATION PROJECT TO HONOUR FATHER’S LEGACY Southampton resident and motorcycling enthusiast, Richard George recently embarked on the ultimate restoration mission with manufacturer BSA Motorcycles, the National Motorcycle Museum, and his brother Phil; a project which has been 66 years in the making. e rider inherited a 1957 BSA A10 motorbike, a er his father sadly passed away from cancer and liver failure in 2021. e A10 family heirloom, which was rst purchased in the late 1960’s for ‘next to nothing’ during a time when British bikes were losing favour in the market to imported Japanese models, became a retirement restoration hobby for Richard’s father. During his illness, he entrusted the bike into the hands of his sons with one, simple request: ‘get it t for the road.’ Richard explained: “I grew up with this motorcycle. I remember watching my Father and Uncle ride it around the garden when I was young – it was quite a large garden with plenty of room. It’s always been in the family. My Dad spent thousands on it. He painted the tank himself, had it re-chromed and took it as far as he could before the illness took over. I took the bike on in 2016. I’ve had the electrics redone, had it re-registered, and done quite a bit of work. But I’ve taken it as far as I can. No matter what I do, the clutch keeps dragging, so in order to fulfil my Dad’s final wish, I took a long shot and reached out for help.” e model, which has only ever travelled a few metres will nally realise its potential, following an innovative idea from Richard – contacting the original manufacturer, BSA, on Facebook, a platform that has become a hub for motorcycle fans since the brand’s relaunch in 2021. A er telling his passionate story, the business reached out to the National Motorcycle Museum, and together they agreed to help fund and undertake some of the restoration works, to nally get the model back on the road, where it belongs. Roy Pinto, Marketing Manager, BSA Motorcycles, commented: “Richard’s story encapsulates the BSA spirit perfectly. This is a brand that means so much to so many people, and our heritage and legacy lives on in motorcycling communities and families. When we heard about Richard’s quest, we were touched by his story and keen to help him achieve his goal. BSA motorcycles really have gone down in history as classics and if we can work with Richard and the museum to keep this one alive, we not only further the A10’s legacy, but that of Richard’s father too.” e BSA A10 gained popularity in the ‘50s and ‘60s, powered by a 650cc air-cooled parallel-twin engine, known for its smooth power delivery and reliability. e BSA A10’s iconic design, combined with its comfortable ride and powerful performance, has since made it a sought-a er vintage motorcycle among enthusiasts and collectors. Wesley Wall, a restorer at the National Motorcycle Museum, commented: “When I first looked at Richard’s A10, it was clear that he had already done some restoration work to a high standard, but there is a bit of work still yet to do. However we can access high quality A10 parts fairly easily these days, so we can certainly get this fit for the road.” e nal goal for Richard is to make his debut at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) in 2024. DGR is an annual international charity event which raises vital funds for men’s health issues. Richard remarked: “I’ve never done the DGR before, but I think it’s a great event. To dress up in my finest clothes and ride this A10 among the BSA and motorcycling community will be a real achievement. It’s what my Dad would have wanted.” Left to Right: Richard George and Wesley Wall inspect the BSA A10 Copythorne Parish History Society meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, in the main Copythorne Parish Hall at 7.30pm and welcomes anyone who wishes to go along. Entry is £1 per person. eir next meeting is on Thursday 23rd November for a Film Show. For more information please contact Clare on: 023 8081 2167 or email: anniesapp@ hotmail.com Film Show