4 April 2014
With reference to the April 2014 issue. It was very nice to see the photo of you James Robinson in front of the Francis-Barnett Owners Club stand at Bristol on the contents page, but a little disappointing you did not include any mention of our stand in your show report

When it comes to friendship and comradeship within the club, we would stand comparison with many others.

On the assumption that you did in fact have a look around our stand, you would have noticed that we had a good selection of the FBs covering the whole of the period of manufacture from the 1923 Model 3 to the late Cruisers, including a one-off 250cc Cruiser fitted with a Villiers 2H engine unit, installed in place of the 225cc Villiers 1H unit, fitted by the factory.

Looking through the For Sale section of TCM, there are a number of FBs for sale at less than £2K, which can be purchased by anyone wishing to join the classic motorcycle owning ranks, without taking out a second mortgage…

Although I currently help to run the FBOC, in the 1970s I raced a BSA A65 powered sidecar outfit in a number of TTs, your Beesa Barrow Boys article in the April issue bought back some good memories.

During one evening practice, we made it on to the MCN top-10 speed-trap times past The Highlander. We were in 10th place at 106mph. but the top runner of a König clocked at 142mph. No wonder we were only there for the ride, but I would not have missed it for the world.

Ted Lloyd, general secretary, Francis-Barnett Owners Club

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