That compy Bantam

Published: 07:44AM May 31st, 2012
By: Web Editor
The article in the May 2012 edition on the competition Bantam took my eye as I can well remember a local policeman and later a friend of mine running a similar one up here in Shetland in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
That compy Bantam

Photo form Erik Young of the competition Bantam up in the Shetlands.

However, although the number looked familiar, I couldn’t be sure until my friend George Black called me from Yorkshire to confirm that it was indeed the same bike and he had acquired it when he resided in Shetland and still has it to this day.

I contacted the son of one of the former owners and he sent me the accompanying photo which shows his dad starting up the Bantam, now fitted with a ‘go faster’ megaphone silencer.

I thought that John and other readers might be interested to know that his bike still exists and that having travelled a long way from one end of the country to the other in its early years, now appears to be on the way back down again.

Joe Gray, Lerwick, Shetland

Responses to “That compy Bantam”

Current Issue: Dec 2015

Issue Dec 2015

Big Four: Stunning multi-cylinder Zundapp
Ariel VH: Pristine red Hunter Single
FREE: Double-sided A2 poster
Go faster Commando: Trick Norton tested
PLUS: Henry Cole interview; Greeves Silverstone genesis; 1905 Triumph endurance test; New Imperial rebuild; October Stafford show and sale


Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: 4th December 2015

Issue 42-12

Issue 42-12
Dec 2015

Where legends come to life

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now facebook Sample on-line

Other Letters

Remembering the NSU-Vincent Fox

Remembering the NSU-Vincent Fox

My brother John passed onto me the September 2015 issue of The Classic MotorCycle and I had to write to ...

Read More »

Peter Pykett trials replica

Peter Pykett trials replica

I saw in an issue (August 2014) of the magazine that a reader was requesting information about a Peter Pykett ...

Read More »

View all...


Related magazines:

The Classic MotorCycle MSL Magazine Twist & Go magazine


Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Advertising Deadline:

Jan 2016: 11 Dec 2015
Feb 2016: 15 Jan 2015

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

4th December 2015