I found the letters by Bruce M Bennett (July 2019) very interesting as that was the era I started riding and his mention of his employment at Thornton Heath depot reminded me of the following:
My cousin Alan ‘Johnny’ Johnson was a sergeant in the Met based at that depot, riding Triumphs.
When the Daimler Darts came along he was the first officer to drive them… I found that out one dark evening on the Kingston bypass, Surrey.
On travelling home from Wimbledon Speedway at a modest speed, I realised a car wanted a ‘burn up’ so as he was trying to get by, I thought ‘no way’.
So, flat on the tank, I proceeded to leave him behind.
Read more in the August 2019 issue of TCM – on sale now!