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Wheelie great time: Golden Flash to light up show

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Martin Spicer Is bringing his 1960 BSA (Birmingham small arms) Golden Flash motorcycle to the Brit& Euro classic car show coming to Lloyd Elsmore Park on Sunday 1 March.

Martin has had a love affair with motorcycles since he was 16 and was riding around South London on a BSA Bantam D3 in the swinging sixties.

After “6 months of thrashing it around London it broke its crankpin, and I sold it to a mate for 15 pounds” and Martin bought his 1960 BSA Golden Flash with Garrard sports sidecar from George Clark motorcycles of Brixton. “It cost 187 pounds – 40-pound deposit and 5 pounds a month,” says Martin.

Fast forward a few years and Martin was working in Kent refitting nuclear submarines and frigates. In 1982  the UK government was shutting down military spending post the Falkland’s war, and Martin and his wife Lynda moved to New Zealand.

Martin Spicer on his prized BSA. Photo Jim Birchall

The Golden Flash also made the boat from Blighty, and Martin became involved a few years later with the Vintage car club of NZ, and for 8 years took part in all club events concentrating on the motorcycle side of the club.

Martin will be bringing his prize possession again to this year’s big dance, along with a BSA 1957 bantam 150, the show will also showcase the best of vintage bikes from the likes of Norton and Triumph.

Classic car show chairman Dr Rev Richard Waugh says “Having an increasing number of British and European motorcycles at our show will be much appreciated by the public. As of late January, our classic car and motorcycle registrations are 1,083, which is more than our record registrations in 2019, and we still have two weeks for registration time via our website: “

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