Speeding Dominator caught by Dart

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.

The motorcyclists’ scourge (unless your cousin was driving it…) Daimler Dart pursuit car; there’s surely some irony in Edward Turner designing its engine.

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.

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