2 August 2013
The Royal Enfield ISDT outfit article (July 2013) not only brought back memories of seeing Brian Nash on this combo, but also of me riding my father’s very similar outfit over the family farm as a 14-year-old

The engine was started by the expedient of rolling the outfit down the brick and concrete trailer loading ramp and then on down the slope of the machinery yard – a trick used by the farm driver to start the very battered jeep, used as the farm runabout, when the batteries were flat.

However, this missive is not about personal memories – the article mentions faired brackets on the front mudguard to attach competition number plates. Now the Mortons Archive will no doubt prove me wrong, but I have never seen a competition outfit from this period with its numbers carried each side of the front mudguard, under the legally required (if road registered) number plate. In any case, if memory serves, the Enfield’s front mudguard valances are substantial enough to support a couple of race plates without any extra support. A careful perusal of the article’s last photograph will, I think, indicate the real reason for these attachments. One can clearly see that there is a ‘patent’ flint remover fastened to the attachments, contacting the front tyre just forward of the front peak of the mudguard.

In those days tyre technology was a far cry from what it is today, especially in the carcass and rubber departments, any trapped stones or flints would rapidly cut their way through into the tube. I would also think that it was important to prevent the front tread becoming blocked with mud and debris, so that the steering of the combination was not compromised.

I think I recall seeing many years later, a number of boxes of Acme and/or Bulldog ‘patent’ flint removers in the old barn that stood in for the workshop of my father and uncle in the 1950s and 60s. Happy days!

Glenn Middleton, Leeds

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