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  1. That'd be why the Brough's Castle forks were made to a Harley pattern then! Oldace, have to disagree; I've owned a VL, currently run a 45 (second one I've had and shouldn't have sold the first) and they're bullet-proof. Admittedly not as fast as Brit stuff, and they don't handle as well, but then again they don't need to. Harleys are made to go long distances and stand up to the hammer, otherwise they'd never have lasted over 100 years. Rode my 45 to Holland and Belgium last year, over 1,000 miles on a 70 year old bike and it never missed a beat. Different market anyway; Brough may well h
  2. No, Andy Bone's was at the top of Huntingdon Street, near the junction with Mansfield Road. Had many dealings with them over the years; they were the local agents for Garelli and did Hondas as well. Nigel was the parts/sales guy, after Bones shut he went to Daybrook Square.
  3. But it'd still be Mrs. Thatcher's fault Rog! No mention from the cloth caps of the inescapable fact that even if we did produce diesel fuel and petrol from coal, it would not only be prohibitively expensive but the country would also be subject to the whims of the union barons, much the same as we are today with the tanker drivers. That, and the fact that unlike Germany we do have oil reserves, is the reason it didn't happen.
  4. Think it's a sluice gate for a water mill, but no idea where it is.
  5. Same design as many of the other stations on the Nottingham-Lincoln; my home village of Thurgarton has a particularly fine example which is Grade II listed. Lowdham also survives virtually unspoilt. I travelled that line many a time from 1960 onwards, and I have to say I don't ever remember seeing the old station buildings; the Paytrain system came in around 1970 making the station buildings redundant IIRC. I can still remember the crossing having gates rather than the barriers; the original signal box in the left-hand picture had by then been replaced by a modern unit, which like Lowdham had
  6. Not too bad here in Carmarthen. Pick-up trucks aren't supposed to be allowed but I get away with it by using my old GMC because one of the lads who works there is mad on old American stuff.
  7. Still got some cardboard cups printed with the Hoveringham Gravels logo; my old man bagged stacks of them when Tarmac took the company over, used them for planting kidney beans in!
  8. I didn't know Bill Ivory personally, but I did know quite a few of the men he worked on the bins with. There was a fair measure of truth in the stories, and many of the characters were easily recognisable to the locals!
  9. I'm sorry to hear that, but not surprised. Bill was a typical hard-living Scotsman; when I started working for him (about 1985) he'd just given up a 60-a-day habit, which he had been washing down with a fair bit of his native country's best brew. I once asked him if he missed his fags (since all of us drivers smoked like chimneys) and I'll never forget his reply; "Aye, every time you ****ers light up; but when the man in the white coat tells you you'll be deid in six months, ye listen tae him". A real character was Bill. If anyone remembers the TV series "Truckers", well that was what working
  10. My best mate was the engineer who installed those travelling ovens. Me and him used to go out paintballing with the Pork Farms management up near East Leake. He reckoned with me being ex-army we'd have a better chance of winning! Incidentally, I bought a Pork Farms pie a few months ago as Morrisons had sold out of their own-brand ones which I'm quite partial to. Shan't buy another; it was bloody 'orrible, not at all how I remember them.
  11. Never thought I'd hear that again! When I was younger, my old dad used to take the mick out of anyone who was "bawling out their wares" with a similar version of that....."Apples tuppence a pahnd, pears the same, the donkey's pi**ed on the strawberries"... me mam used to go mad at him! So was it an urban legend, poohbear, or did that actually go on? If the prices were appropriate to the time I'd guess it was before the last war.
  12. Limey beat me to it!. That'd be a Nimbus mate, made till 1960 by Nilfisk, better known for their industrial vacuum cleaners today.
  13. Bet they didn't have the cavity wall insulation reps knocking very often!
  14. Reading this topic brings to mind a chance conversation I had with a former Carlton resident at the Millenium Stadium, where I'd been to watch Wales play Argentina; freebie from work BTW, didn't pay! After reminiscing about what was still there vs. what had gone, we agreed that were were likely to be the only two people in Cardiff who knew where Doctor Parks' Corner was. Just out of curiosity, is that still the common name? Used to catch the 74A Trent bus from Thurgarton to visit friends and family in Netherfield, get off there and walk down Conway Road; every Trent driver knew where it was.
  15. I was in the Army then; I vaguely recall something about that time. Scraps were indeed regular between the bikers and the "gonks" as we called the soul boys, most were minor but the odd knuckle-duster got used.
  16. I'd say that would be an extremely conservative estimate. Top of the range Harley, which unlike the Brough is a mass-produced bike, sells for more than that. Chap in Florida started making a Brough tribute bike a few years ago; not a replica but IMO a passable facsimile using modern kit. These sold for $36,000 back in 2007; couple of years alter one came up for auction, and to the great amusement of Brough owners, fetched only $19,000.
  17. Ha! Going a bit further back, to 1976 in fact, the bikers used to go to Gedling Miners' Welfare, IIRC on a Sunday night. I used to ride from Thurgarton on my old Garelli Rekord,OK going there up the main A612 but on the way back used to go through Woodborough/Epperstone/Goverton 'cos the lights were so bad I was scared of getting pulled by the plod!
  18. Summat like that. It used to be common practice 'mongst us "locals" to treat the 30 limit in the area with a bit of respect cos the "power rangers" used to get up to so much stuff (wheelies, burn-outs etc) that you couldn't fart for traffic cops. Like most things a few plonkers manage to spoil it for the rest, it got so that many of us more "sedate" types gave up. No different to the 60's if you think about it but I suspect the plod are a darn sight less tolerant these days.
  19. Monday night used to be bike night.... happy memories.
  20. I would suggest that your best chance of finding your bike lies a few miles down the road from Nottingham, with the Vintage Motor Cycle Club in Burton-on-Trent. They have a machine register which might help. The Notts and Derby section, old friends of mine, meet at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook first and third Thursdays at 8pm. If you happen to pop along do say hello to them from me. The pub itself is well worth a visit, a traditional family-run house which serves excellent Bass. VMCC's website is There's also a branch of the BSA Owners Club in the district, they used to meet at As
  21. At the opposite end of the spectrum; if anything happened quickly, my mother would say it was "before you could say knife". Anyone else come across this one?
  22. Dad used to say "a wig-wam for a wowser" which is presumably much the same thing; and he also referred to girls (especially attractive, single ones) as "Judies".
  23. I remember my grandmother (a native of Netherfield) using that expression. I think it refers to someone who's not much use, or who isn't doing something correctly. One other one of hers comes to mind, along the same lines; "You're too slow to carry hats! " . I've since learned that this referred to the practice of mourners following the coffin, with their hats removed as a sign of respect.
  24. A better option than the road being full of empty shops.