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one of the strangest things that ever happened to me...the
story of the Spagforth Lightning!
|Well, if you came here from the guestbook of the BS Club, you might or might not have followed the debate about the Spagforth lightning in the end of the year 2001. It went on like this:||I have just inherited a
1931 Spagforth lightning from an old uncle. it looks very much like an old
brought and I have been told that it was built by employees of the brought
factory. I don't want it so it's for sale. £500.
I havenít heard anyone mention
Spagforth Lightning for a good 10 years. I have one, I bought mine in
Nottingham from an old bloke who claimed it was an old brook lands racer. It
has a matchless V twin engine very rudimentary telescopic forks, and goes
like the clappers. Has anyone else got one? Are they worth anything?
I'm still looking for a JAP 100.
I haven't been offered one at all, at any price. I will genuinly pay the
going rate. Please e-mail me. By the way, don't offer me a Spagforth
Lightning. I have 3 already!
|Curiosity got the better of me and I started searching the
internet. I finally found one link:
Please have a look at the seizing story Ray is telling here and dream up how the Spagforth must have looked!
Of course, I was disappointed by the missing picture on this web page, so I wrote a short e-mail to Ray (see right side) .
And please read his almost unbelievable answer as well.
do you know how many out there are desperately waiting for a picture of the incredible Spagforth lightning?
Have you watched the debate going on in the guestbook of the Brough Superior Club (http://www.broughsuperiorclub.com/) ?
Kind regards Wilfried
|I found all of this still quite amusing, but a few weeks
later, things took a quite unexpected turn, see my message to Ray.
Now, I am sorry if reading this long message has sent you to sleep, but I was really struck by what had happened. And the travel in and out of a foreign country at night had surely helped to undermine my mental constitution.
After sending the picture to Ray and telling him my story, I received the answer given below:
But the odd thing is that from this day I never heard from Ray. I wonder what has happened to him.
At least his website still exists...
thanks for your amusing story about the pictures of the Spagforth.
I did not quite know what to answer to your message then, but in the meantime the whole thing has taken an amazing twist, and I think I have a real surprise for you now:
not too far from the Czech border I have a few friends over there.
For the next half hour our conversation
turned to other things, but Jiri seemed a bit absent-minded, until he
suddenly apologized and came back with a dusty box of old photographs. "If
it was not a dream of mine I have once been sent a photograph of such a
bike. It must be in this box..." Sorting the pictures took another hour or
so, as there were quite a few interesting ones among these!
|Be that how it may, I do not want to withhold the picture
from you. I am not yet sure what might arise from putting it on the
internet, but here it is.
NB: if you decide to do further investigations on this topic - please do not hold me responsible for any weird consequences that might arise !!!
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