George Prew

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George Prew

Born in and brought up in Hertfordshire George motorcycling riding an aged Velocette MAC around the fields and of a neighbouring farm as a 14 year old More machines and fun followed and by an interest in mechanics on leaving he signed apprenticeship papers a local garage, Smiths of

Initially transport to work, the and countless other trips was of the local bus service, who’s was at times rather restrictive. On his 16th birthday George a secondhand BSA C11G, and with ‘L’ plates fastened and back legally took to the

While the little 250 Beeza was a favourite it served well freedom and independence. Suddenly a new world opened up for the teenager to this 250 from Small

Soon a driving test was at Hertford and weeks later the Highway Code memorized set off astride the C11G for his appointment the driving test examiner. took a hand as he pulled his workplace ‘en route’ for to top up the fuel tank as a customer’s car him off bending the front wheel. All the downed tools and set too on the Beeza, true the wheel rim and straightening the

In next to no time he was again on his way to and an hour later was eagerly up the dreaded ‘L’ plates.

money saved from his apprentice’s pay packet young Mr was able to swap the BSA for a Royal Crusader Sports at his local shop, Pepper and Hayward of Very few parts fell off the 250 despite its regular full treatment and George has fond of it. However the purchase of the Crusader was a life changing experience for which had nothing at all to do with the factory or their rapid 250


While waiting to sign documents young George a BSA Rocket Gold Star pinned to the showroom wall. with its drawing pin holes he has it today (don’t ask!) and just as enthusiastic about the RGS than 45 years later. many of us motorcycles were dropped as other demands on his and pay packet grew.

Then in the 1960s he bought an AMC single to and a brand new BSA Starfire, his first new from Hallens of Cambridge. both enjoyable machines lived up to a young man’s expectations of the lavishly finished RGS of his

By 1973 George was near the self-build of his north Hertfordshire when thoughts once returned to the Rocket Gold Another glance at the ‘acquired’ heightened his enthusiasm and this dreams would become However no matter how attractive the RGS to admirers, its was regarded by many in the 1970s as just another old and none were to be found by the motorcycle press small and the model was too dated to be found in the big motorcycle dealer’s showrooms.

Acting decisively wanted were placed in the press. to the response of Tim Morris, son of the proprietor of Nest Garage, Stratford-Upon-Avon secured his Rocket Gold in 7 April 1973 and continues to its ownership today. The RGS may have work but at least spare wouldn’t be a problem reasoned Mr He couldn’t have been wrong, modern dealers interested in obsolete motorcycles, had yet to establish themselves, many had knowledge of the model and most simply confused by it. (continued)


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