TG1823 : 1953 BSA M21 with sidecar

taken 1 year ago, near to Marsham, Norfolk, Great Britain

1953 BSA M21 with sidecar
1953 BSA M21 with sidecar
The Birmingham Small Arms company (BSA) was founded in 1863 in the Small Heath Area in Birmingham by some 14 gun makers in order to produce rifles for the British forces. From 1881 onwards, BSA also produced their own bicycles, expanding in 1903 to the production of an experimental motorcycle. By 1951, BSA had acquired Triumph Motorcycles, making the company the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. The company survived the 1960s but motorcycle production eventually ceased in 1973.

BSA motorcycle combinations were the mainstay of the AA's breakdown fleet in the 1950s and the early 1960s, with over 2000 of the M20, and later M21 models being used, and was the last purchaser of the M21 when production ended in 1961.
Marsham Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2017
The show, the seventh in as many years, was held over the weekend of 12/13th August. It is growing bigger every year. More than 500 exhibitors displayed their tractors, stationary engines, vintage lawnmowers and agricultural implements, but there is much more to see on the 13-acres site which adjoins Orchard Cottage in Allison Street, such as several rare, "dancing" dual drive Doe-built tractors, classic and military vehicles and motorcycles, demonstrations in the parade ring of working gun and sheep dogs and demonstrations of old-time ploughing and harvesting in a crop field nearby. For the first time since its restoration the Soame steam wagonette was featured. The first tractor pulling event in the county for 27 years was also held here (in 2013). Fairground organs create just the right atmosphere, a bouncy castle provides entertainment for the younger visitors, and a variety of stalls can be sampled in the fun fair section of the site. Food vendors guarantee that no-one will be going home hungry.

According to Bob Parke, the site owner and one of the organisers, the show featured 350 tractors, over 100 classic cars, and about 80 motorcycles and had about 2,500 visitors.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 August, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1840 2343 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.8574N 1:14.1399E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1841 2341
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