Old Photographs: Motorcycling

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motorcycle club, Church Street c1912Members of Bradford Motorcycle Club posing for a group photograph in Druce’s Hill, Church Street. Many of them have sidecars for conveying wife/girlfriend and child. No helmets are worn, but most of the drivers have goggles. The date would be after the beginning of 1912, when one of the bikes was registered.

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Motorcycle club, Swan Hotel 1912Another photograph of the Bradford Motorcycle Club members, this time outside the Swan Hotel in Church Street. This one is dated April 1912 and may have been taken on the same occasion as the previous photograph. The lines below each bike relate to an attempt to identify the people involved.

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Joan Uncles and Eric Burgess on motorcycleEric Burgess and Joan Uncles on a motorbike in the yard of Uncles’ engineering and iron founding works.

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Jim King on a Douglas motorcycle 1924Jim King, of E.W. Stone’s garage in Bradford, in 1924 on a Douglas bike that was made in Kingswood, Bristol.

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motorcycle club at Farleigh Castle 1927A club outing of Bradford motorcycle enthusiasts at Farleigh Castle, Farleigh Hungerford in 1927. They are all wearing suits or jackets over shirt and tie -no brightly-coloured leather is visible and no helmets are worn.

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Jim King on an AJS motorcycle with sidecarJim King again, this time on an AJS with sidecar, outside Alfred Smith’s coal office near the station. The Great Western Railway posters are advertising rail excursions to Ilfracombe and Weymouth -the latter for 5 shillings (25p).

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Liberal Party motor cycle rallyThis group is campaigning to elect a Liberal Party MP. We are not sure about the location, but it is not Bradford and the date would be in the 1950s. Bradford builder Michael Long is on the second bike from the right, probably a Matchless G3L.

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