Walter Worsch Masterpiece: 1938 BSA GoldStar

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Walter Worsch Masterpiece: BSA GoldStar

by Joe Michaud click on images to view large one

The between the world wars are a time in the history of European racing and also in the history of one manufacturer of motorcycles. Birmingham Arms. The BSA motorcycle factory had removed itself from after years of legendary including one ruinous season in all 6 factory race bikes to finish the Isle of Mann TT.

However, their fortunes be due to change. Legendary racer Wal was lured from retirement on 30, 1937, to ride a ‘one prototype BSA machine loosely on the 1937 BSA M23 Empire Star. new bike, slated to be run during a weekday club race at the Brooklands track, was heavily to run on alcohol and featured a new cast-iron and head.

Curiously, for spectators that Handleys bike had a pit crew almost entirely by members of new experimental division.

Handley, on auspicious Wednesday, was able to run laps around the rugged, bumpy Brooklands concrete at an average speed of 102.27mph one stellar lap of 107.57mph. This was no feat for the BSA factory.

At that it was the habit of the British Motor Racing Club to award a lapel pin featuring a ‘100’ inscribed inside a six-pointed star to any rider who could a 100mph Brooklands lap. day, Handley and BSA joined a elite club with ‘ton-up’ lap and a motorcycling legend was born.

Almost immediately, the was out among excited motorcycle BSA was back with a performance In the next production year of a new BSA model was released capitalizing on ‘ton-up’ lap and was called, in commemoration of Wal dramatic lap times, the M24 Gold

This new Gold Star was a revolutionary design by BSA styling and innovator Val Page and featured a cylinder 500cc engine twin pushrods in a cast-in-place pushrod tube which double-coil springs and overhead The ‘38 Goldie featured a ‘quick-detach’ wheel with a finned drum. Carburation was by a single TT carb.

The gear case was of Elektron magnesium alloy and the barrel and head were aluminum. Oil was drained from the assembly by external oil lines. was a large headlamp fixture an eight-inch fluted glass

The front brake was a seven drum and front suspension was design featuring an adjustable damper. The frame, with its rear section, was built new thin-walled tubing for lightness. engine was scrupulously hand-built and (as it was to be throughout the manufacturing history of the GS and power was rated at 30bhp at for 1938.

All these mods made the 315 1938 M24 Gold Star a Super Bike of its era easily of 90mph road speeds in trim and capable of stopping 30mph in under 29 feet. are very impressive figures the tire compounds and road of 60 years ago. Also, true super bike the Goldie was not inexpensive.

The advertised price quoted in 1938 was Ј82 10s in an age when the average British probably earned less Ј3 per week. that would put the in the price range of 7 months Consider that today. or more? That would put the into the heady strata of Bimota or other hand-built exotica.

Local motorcycle buff Worsch recently finished his ‘38 Goldie restoration, one of only 400 in the pre-war years of 1938-1939. of the Gold Star was halted in during the War and was not to resume until the Forties. This bike is one of the 4 models known to survive to British sources.

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Worsch the machine as a partial restoration in the of another US collector and decided to from fundamentals. Basically, the was acquired as a ‘basket case’.

Worsch loosely bolted the cases together then them to check frame The frame required serious and rewelding to cure bent and the engine cases themselves delicate welding repairs the bearing bosses were from years of hard

All the ancillary bits then had to be installed to check fit and availability. work and long hours up this part of any restoration information is lacking on many of old machines. Walter spent hours on the telephone or poring old photos checking authenticity and obsolete parts.

According to Worsch, the most pieces to source were and fender stays. Luckily, the tank was restorable since the ‘38 Star fuel tank is the model year produced an integral tool box. piece would have had to be had it not been present.

When the bikes current value, smiles and considers the ‘7 salary’ number to be a fairly sum in todays’ collectible motorcycle quite a nice touch. things do retain their Walter says the fini machine represents three work with some for domestic projects although the year of work was ‘one push.’

It’s a great job and a great bike. Val Page and the BSA team be proud of their engineering from 61 years ago. machine has garnered critical on the restoration circuit and CycleWorld awarded Walter a new Hinckley as recognition of his work for what the called ‘The Best Of The From 1999.’

©Joe 1999, reprinted from San

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