When looking at the article about George Beale joining Charterhouse Auctioneers (May 2020) I noticed the registration number of the Gold Star in the photograph, and it rang a bell.
After a bit of digging through various books, I ascertained this was the actual one road tested in Motor Cycling magazine in 1955.
It was a 500cc DB34 and ridden over to the Isle of Man with standard handlebars, then converted to clubman’s specification for the speed tests.
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John Lee, via email.
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