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#46. I remember Bob's Spares. I once went there for someone and bought a bronze cylinder head for a 500cc Excelsior Manxman. Cost was five pounds, in late 1950s. The chap (Stu Slater, lived on Minver

As a 16 year old I had a bsa 650. I managed to seize it up due to stupidity, lack of knowledge and oil and I swapped it for a Norton es2 and 30 quid (my way) from one of the designers at Raleigh. At o

Anyone else remember Bob's Spares? They were on the corner of Northumberland Street and Alfred Street Central. Full of all sorts of reclaimed bits ad the occassional full bike.

Bought my DKR Scooter from Horace Rogers on Alfreton road,,in about 1962,,

They were unusual in design with their ""Domed front"" made in Wolverhampton,,

Come off it on the icy road one night in 63" and slid down the hill into Bulwell past St Marys CHurch,,always remember a Trolley bus followed me sideways,,Mam made me sell it,,  (the scooter,,not the Trolley bus)

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11 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

Does Horace Rogers ring a bell Waddo?

Nice one Ben, sure it was Horace Rogers, more or less opposite Jersey Kapwood !!. Nice try CT.

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On 5/17/2018 at 10:12 AM, denshaw said:

Chris Walker (super bike rider) his parents had a Kawasaki dealers on Hucknall rd, near the prison.

He now has a Kawasaki dealership in Grantham.

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Clarke's on Carlton rd sold Kawasaki, John Clarke used to race a H1 500 three cylinder in club races. Took me for a spin on one from the shop, absolutely ballistic in it's day with a wicked powerband. One moment you felt like you were on a 250Honda the next ( without warning) you felt like someone had rammed into the back of you at great speed. Always liked Kawasaki from then on.

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can anybody else remember knowles motorcycle breakers a bit further down from Gaggs ,he used to have a sunbeam single engine sat on the counter for years

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As a 16 year old I had a bsa 650. I managed to seize it up due to stupidity, lack of knowledge and oil and I swapped it for a Norton es2 and 30 quid (my way) from one of the designers at Raleigh. At one point I needed a part, something quite small, I can’t recall what but I think it was a clutch adjustment screw. I went into Gaggs and put this little screw on the counter. The old man came over and picked it up and said, “1954 Dorton es2” He had a slight speech impediment pronouncing Norton as Dorton. I was very impressed at this instant identification from a small screw present in 99% of British bikes. I commented “ you can tell that from that screw” to which he said, “No, I’ve seen you go past on it”. Much laughter.

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In reply to SWE62  I remember Knowles  very well In, fact I went to school with his son. I bought lots of parts of him including a large Brooklands can which I fitted to a Garden Gate Manx Norton I had on the road at that time .1964.

His shop on Alfreton road was there for many years, later on, the rear of the shop on Peveril St sold car parts.

Knowles senior was a interesting character always ready for a chat just like the guys at Gags, special breeds, no-one around like them these days. Glad I was There

Cheers Dick

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Another bike shop on Alfreton Rd was A E Oliver .He specialised in wheel building and frame repairs and worked at Brough Superior in the 30s making frames.

I had a few wheels done there for various projects plus a few welding jobs. A very friendly guy always ready for a chat.

One day he  (Eric I Think) showed me a Brough  frame he was repairing, that he had originally made for a very rare Brough Superior Austin Four 3 wheeler.

When he closed the shop on Alfreton Rd he worked around the back of the shop on Holden St for a few years until he retired well into his 70s.

Another Guy in the same league as the Gags and Knowles.

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Hi Cliff Ton going back to my old post about the mystery car and bike shop. I had a browse around and I'm pretty sure the building is now called Hayden Court its on Hucknall rd near the traffic lights on Haydn Rd.I worked at the hospital for a while and often looked in on my way home. He always had plenty of old bikes and cars, his pride and joy was a early Bentley open sports,

What really sticks in my mind about the place is I traded a Vincent Black Shadow in on a Mini Van around 1965 .Winter was coming and I needed a car. I regretted it ever since.

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I was pretty close about the location , I've been informed the place was called Wards Garage 269 Hucknall Rd two doors away from Haydn Court.

Google maps Wards Garage Nottm and there it is with a for sale sign on it.

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On 11/23/2012 at 7:58 PM, Paulus said:

What was the name of the shop at junction of Hartley Road & Radford Boulevard, brother of a footballer?

There was Twistgrip Motorcycles on one side, and Wheelcraft on the other,  M Newton

 

Twistgrip Motorcycles Radford Road, and Wheelcraft on Radford rd

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On 1/21/2020 at 8:04 AM, Waddo said:

Clarke's on Carlton rd sold Kawasaki, John Clarke used to race a H1 500 three cylinder in club races. Took me for a spin on one from the shop, absolutely ballistic in it's day with a wicked powerband. One moment you felt like you were on a 250Honda the next ( without warning) you felt like someone had rammed into the back of you at great speed. Always liked Kawasaki from then on.

I remember Clarkes Motorcycles Carlton  they had a  good selection of different bikes as i remember looking at a Rickman Matisse type 2 stroke 125 in red, fond memories,  M Newton

 

 

 

I remember Andy Bones in 1970s i was looking at a lovely 125 two stroke i think it was called hammer which i never heard of before,  M Newton

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On 4/10/2018 at 6:35 AM, Dick said:

Hi Ayup Yes I would think he's one and only  he had  a really good reputation,I often used him. As mentioned in my earlier posting he had a workshop in Raleigh Mews a real aladin's cave of bike parts.

These type of guys were a breed alone and were sadly missed when they retired. Its all about the money these days.

 

 Yes that was Clarks where we used to get good painting done, a nice crowd of guys. I restored a Vincent Black Shadow in 1965 and their paint job was excellent. I guess they are long gone.

I wonder if Roy Exton's still going I haven't been there since 2006 and he was talking about calling it a day then.

The shop is still there dont know if he still trades or not, he had one of my favourite bikes in his shop a 1970s Wassel 125 Antelope Trials  with Sach 125 Two Stroke motor with no miles all polished alloy most beutiful Trials Bike ever, M Newton

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On 11/21/2012 at 11:46 AM, 2easyco said:

Trying to remember all the Motorcycle shops around Nottingham in the 1960's. I remember ogling the futuristic looking Ariel Arrow in the showroom of Breffit's on Nuthall Road.

There was Andy Bone and Blacknell's on Arkwright Street. Can anyone remind me of the others?

E Kingston on New Evening Post Site,  Next door to fred bunny cycles

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M Newton   Hartley rd and Radford blvd I'm pretty sure was Needham's Motorcycles . Can't remember if it was Jimmy Jnr or Snr. I new them both well.

Jimmy snr was a mate of my dads and worked at Horace Rodgers for years.  Jimmy jnr was one of the original Nottm Aces motor bike lads (as I was ) .I think Needhams Motorcycles moved to Ilkeston rd late,. not sure if they are still around.

  I left the UK in 1973 so I'm stretching my memory a bit here.

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