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Review of New BSA's Book

Where BSAs Dare: BSA's 1952 ISDT Golds and Maudes Trophy by Norman Vanhouse (Author), Graham Vanhouse (Editor), Jeff Smith (Preface) (product code: 37201)

Review by Jim Scaysbrook from Old Bike Australasia Magazine

Subtitled, “BSA’s 1952 ISDT Golds and Maudes Trophy”, this book is a tribute to the efforts of a three-man team mounted on standard BSA Star Twins that achieved a quite remarkable series of victories in 1952. True, it’s somewhat jingoistic – even the cover shows a German rider, his machine bogged in the Tyrol mud of the 1952 International Six days Trial, with the author storming past on his BSA - however these were the glory days of the Empire after all. Vanhouse, a member of the BSA squad and a prolific chronicler of BSA history, set off with Fred Rist and Brian Martin on the new Star Twins from Birmingham, rode to the ISDT in Australia where each won a Gold Medal, then rode back through Germany, Denmark and Sweden and back to Birmingham, in virtually non-stop rain. Their efforts netted them not just the coveted gold medals, but the highly prestigious Maudes Trophy, which was awarded annually from 1923 to 1994 for the most meritorious performance in each 12 month period. The final Maudes Trophy went to a 10-man New Zealand squad at the 1994 Isle of Man TT. Packed with excellent period photos, this book is a wonderful insight into the heady days when BSA was the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. 

February 16, 2016
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