Looking for the Norton after 16 years
I tried a few times and could not get through. I eventually did and spoke to his son and to my shock was told Alan was no longer with us and passed away in 2010.
I was also told by his son that the bike had been sold to a restorer and he did not know where it went to.
I would now like to find out what has happened to the bike-is it being kept as it was when it did its last trips in Australia or has the new person taken away its identity and restored it to how it was when I first bought it in 1975?
I am now trying to find out its whereabouts and I will see what the future brings later.
It was now September 2013 and I still wanted to try to track down the bike.
thought the only way to get this information was via the DVLA so I sent an
I heard back after a couple of days and was told to fill in a form and send £2.50 to get a reply and the information I required, so that is what I did.
It was about 4 weeks before I got a reply only to say we are unable to give out this information as we are controlled by the Data Protection Act 1998 and it is not given to the public.
then was not in the mood to give up so I sat down and had a think. Maybe the
national newspapers could help or a motorcycle magazine. I tried ringing them
but there seemed little interest. There is the television and the next job was
to ring the BBC at the Forum
I rang straight away and spoke to the receptionist and asked for a reporter in radio. She put me through, and it was only seconds before a man came to the phone and I explained what I wanted to do. He told me he was a presenter on an afternoon program and thought it was a good idea-he told me his name was Andrew Edwards and for me to email him with all the details.
1st October I got a call from Andrew’s producer and was told to be ready for a
call at 10 to 5. I had a call on the dot and was put on hold until Andrew
wanted to speak to me. It went well and he put a lot of effort in for me to get
Andrew will contact me if he gets any more news.
This map shows all the trips it made with me and where it was up till 2010 when it was sold by Alan Edwards family in Keighley.
In the early part of the year I went to one of the
am not a speaker and had to go away to think if I could do it. In the meantime
when I was also speaking to Ian Bassett he said” I have been to
This made me think even more about this talk and I emailed David Hunt, who has loads of ideas and told me a few things I should do. Even more than that he said he would help where he could, so with that in mind I set about finding all my info and put it all on Power-point.
I had a couple of meetings with David Hunt and also Nick Strange, who is now Chairman, and went through what I was going to do, David said at the first meeting you may have to try it out and if there is not enough time we will organize you to come back and do the second half later.
David Hunt above used his display and did a very good job with photocopies I gave him.
29th October came and I was still unsure how long it would take for me to complete my talk. I had tried it out on my own and had to cut a lot of it out, as it would have gone on far to long.
David had organized to be there early to help set up the Power-point, and soon after a few people turned up. I was also pleased to have some of my friends and family there; David Fortescue, Ian Bassett, Ivan Davey and Andrew Stott.
Pio introduced me to his son Leo and his young
lady Kathleen, who came from
I hope I can guide them to some of the magnificent and beautiful places I have seen.
The meeting went well but David was right I will need to come back a later date to talk about my second trip.
is almost Christmas
was really great to hear from Robert Newton after just over 30 years I wondered
how he was but it is hard to find people but he found me.
I hope we can now keep in touch.
Bob 1983 and how he looks today.
Top picture around April 1983 Roy and Bob in Queensland Australia.
31 years later Roy and Bob meet again in Norwich Norfolk August 2014.
It was April 16th when I got an email that I thought I may never have got, it was from the now owner of my old faithful Norton Commando. It is quite a month for me as it was 28 years and one day after I lost my father.
The reason I mentioned this as 13th April 1988 I took my father to Stanfiord Hall where the Norton spent 6 years in all, we got it started and had quite a day out and sadly that was the last day I saw him alive so that was quite special.
I feel April has some good and bad memories and now I have photos of the old bike that I have not seen for nearly 20 years.
I will put a this photo below on facebook as there are quite a few people in Australia, Canada and England that will be interested to see it how it is now.
I am sure there will be more photos that will go on this page and we will let the future take care of that.