5 July 2013
I have just finished reading the interesting article on the Royal Enfield ISDT combination (July 2013) that I owned some years ago

I put in a bid for the machine to the executors acting for the estate and was successful. On going down to Kent to pick up the machine and viewing it for the first time it was much the same as your magazine pictures but only shabbier as you might expect standing for all these years. The main problem observed was the frame that had snapped below the headstock and was trussed up with fence wire!

The story goes that Brian Nash was travelling over Bagshot Heath carrying posts and rope in the sidecar when the frame snapped sending the rest shooting across the road down a verge into a thick wire fence.  Brian and I think his friend Bill Morris decided to relieve the fence from some of its wiring and wound it round the frame and made for home.

Luckily for me the machine came with a Service Exchange frame stamped up with original frame number from LD Motors Bristol (Enfield Dealers).

This meant on my reasoning I would have to strip the whole machine, separate the sidecar and attach everything to new frame. While the engine/gearbox was out I stripped the top end and found the engine in good condition. I put it all back together replacing the wiring harness that had gone the same way as the frame! With a new battery, the bike started up and sounded fine.

I spent many happy times with it before deciding to pass it on through an advert in the Old Bike Mart from which Mr Bradbrook bought it.

Other information that may be of interest includes other gents in the sidecar were Peter Thomas – Welsh Three Bays, Bill Covill – Land’s End and Exeter Trials.

Brian Nash sadly died 1988, buried in Shooters Hill Cemetery not far from Welling, and where all this story started.

Julian Edwards, Bromsgrove

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