The way we were: February 1938

By Richard Rosenthal, 11 January 2013
George (LG) Holdsworth
George (LG) Holdsworth

Under the headline ‘motor cycles for all’ The Motor Cycle’s editorial informed there were 320 motorcycles included in the year’s buyer’s guide published on February 10...

Prices ranged from £18-18s for a single speed 98cc Raynal autocycle to £155 for a 980cc ohv V-twin Brough-Superior.

The family man could buy a four-seater 933 side valve Ford powered three-wheeler for £115 and the sporting light car fan could spend the same on a 990cc ohv water-cooled V-twin three-seater Morgan. Fancy racing? The 348cc single-cylinder Manx Norton Model 30 cost £96 and for just another £7 you could have competed in the 500cc class with a Manx Model 30. Surprisingly a DKW 490cc two-stroke twin was modestly priced at £69, the same as a 499cc Rudge Special and thinking of direct costing comparisons the 1140cc side valve V-twin Royal Enfield KX De Luxe complete with four oil pumps and the 498cc twin cylinder two-stroke Scott Squirrel were £80 apiece.

Despite stiff competition from a 96 strong entry, Royal Enfield factory man George (LG) Holdsworth (image above) lost just four marks to clinch the Victory Trial. Also on four marks were G E H Godber-Ford (346cc Royal Enfield) – Henley Cup, Len Heath (497cc Ariel) – Perrey Cup and Vic Brittain (490cc Norton) – Walter Hackett Cup.               

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