Getting it wrong… but making it right

When The Classic MotorCycle ran a Restoration Guide on the BSA Bantam D1 (March 2012), it stated BSA never made a plunger-sprung competition version.

ABOVE and BELOW: John Excell’s Competition Bantam then… and now.

This error was picked up by reader John Excell, who had bought a brand-new, plunger Competition Bantam in 1951 from Gray’s, a long-defunct dealer in the Medway Towns.

He sent a photograph to prove his point.


The photo also revealed the bike’s registration number and this rang a bell with a Yorkshire reader.

He checked and got in touch to confirm he had owned the bike since 1982!

The Bantam had already spent some time abandoned in a garden, covered by a sheet. A link was established between past and present owners.


Read more in the June issue of TCM – on sale now!



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