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Offline john storrie 69

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First contact 1966.
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:04:36 »
Don't know if any off you lot are interested, but here's my first contact with Suzuki UK back in 1966! The importers were infact lambretta importers and took on Suzuki just in case a buck or two could be made! It was actually my stepfather who applied for them as I was trying to make a name for myself as a speedway rider, didn't through.
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 10:49:06 »
 :text-goodpost:  Interesting stuff, John, makes you smile, the whole naive way they put things then :)
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 11:47:42 »
I think that's better rather than naive. Maybe it's both!
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 13:02:56 »
I wouldn't call it naive, more honest. Yes it's sales speak but it doesn't sound like the waffling bollocks that most sales spiels represent today.
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 14:21:52 »
I think that £1 delivery charge is outrageous!
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 16:57:46 »
Yes but you could probably buy 2 gallons of 5* for that...
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2019, 17:50:25 »
How much,when I started work in 1961,Shell Super was three and sevenpence halfpenny a gallon,as I was the only apprentice,I had to squirt petrol for all of our customers as well as clean up,make tea,wash parts for the mechanics etc.In 1966 you could probably get about 4 gallon at least,that’s about 6p per litre.
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 19:06:27 »
 :) yes, I said naive when I probably meant 'refreshingly simple' and 'straightforward' :thumb:
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2019, 19:56:44 »
Ianmc are you sure about the price in 61, I think when I first started riding  on the road it was half a crown a gallon and 2 pennies for a shot of 2stroke oil, I used the petrol can method to keep my bantam topped up, could never be sure about how much you needed in those days. Ah those were the days.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2019, 20:06:36 »
Kannada?

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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2019, 22:00:41 »
Still from memory,Shellmex which went into vans and lorries only(yes we had petrol lorries) was three and sixpence a gallon.Have a look at this I have managed to find.Click on the link at the bottom for a clearer picture.
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2019, 22:18:34 »
Hello Ian.
Perhaps we should talk in the old way of money £.s.d, that would confuse the hell out of these young " wipper snappers " nowadays.
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2019, 22:54:19 »
 Hello John  :text-goodpost: I would have loved a super six

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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2019, 06:59:25 »
One for Alby
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2019, 08:22:57 »
I'm really enjoying these old snippets, that t20 is a lovely looking bike :thumb:

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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2019, 12:37:47 »
My brother had a super six, which ran out of petrol on the A1 going to Peterborough. Just as well petrol was cheap as it drank like Oliver Reed. That original letter was signed by Alan Kimber who was an industry legend in his day. Met him when he was wholesaling motorcycle luggage.

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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2019, 15:27:21 »
I have a T20 on display in the house  but for some reason it won't let me post a photo, wife hates having a motorbike in the living room  :)

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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2019, 15:30:31 »
No sense of aesthetics some people. I wish I could bring my motorbike into the lounge...
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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2019, 15:45:03 »
lets try

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Re: First contact 1966.
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2019, 16:20:53 »
Superb! That's the most practical draught excluder I've ever seen!
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