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brian stimson

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21-10-2008 10:43 AM

I'm sure their all long gone now but does anyone remember, have any information on, or know when the demise of the following was. John Surtees motorcycle shop somewhere near the station. Harold Daniels' Norton motorbike shop on Dartmouth Road and last but not least Buckley the handbuild cycle shop also on Dartmouth Road.

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21-10-2008 12:31 PM

Before my time but found the following courtesy of Google...

I lived in Forest Hill in the 1960's on a road off Dartmouth Road. Two shops on the road stand out in my memory. Probably in 1965 both were still trading.

H.L. Daniel was a Norton works motorbike rider , probably in the 1930's and competed in the TT. Later he had a shop in Dartmouth road selling Nortons and there was always a big featherbed* twin and later the first Commando displayed in the window. He was an unlikely looking works motorcyclist, small, balding with pebble glasses and he wore a white coat while working in the shop.

I had a motorized push-bike with a Trojan Minimotor, 50cc which drove the rear wheel with a roller. I bought it for ?5 at Buckleys the nearby bike shop. Buckleys were a bike shop of the old school, at one time they assembled their own Buckley badged frames. On two occasions I needed to get the motorized push-bike MOT'd and for that I took it to H.L.Daniel. I have a lasting memory of a TT works rider, bald with white coat flapping riding my 50cc motorized push-bike along Dartmouth road during the test. I didn't realise how famous he was then, but I kept the two MOT certificates with his autograph...

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brian stimson

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21-10-2008 01:34 PM

What a result, thanks for that. By the way Buckley built me a racing bike when I was 14 (in 1954) paid for from my paper round, ?30.00, you can get a bike (of sorts) from the likes of Halfords today for not much more than that!

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21-10-2008 04:40 PM

What about this post from some time ago:

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