Images relating to motorbikes and their riders, in Hartlepool and the surrounding area.
Two women with a early motor bike and a man in the sidecar. People and location not known but, judging by the size of the barrels in the background, it could be on a brewery premises. The women do seem to be wearing the same style of clothing.
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The unknown figure on the bike is sitting on a 1925 or 6 Hartlepool registered model indicated by the numberplate EF 317_ . There is one more digit which is unclear and this plate would be from about 1926.More detail »
Taken outside the Hartlepool Mail Office in July 1968, the image shows Peter Wolfe who was chairman of HartlepoolVintage Club on his 1925 motorcycle which could still travel at 70 mph although he used it mainly in rallies and shows. He had bought the bike from Mr A Windross of Parton Street who had not used it since 1954 although it was kept in good condition since he had bought it in 1925. Mr Wolfe overhauled the cycle to make it completely roadworthy again. Eventually he sold it to a Mr John Hughes of Hartlepool.
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Despatch Riders Group 18 attached to the Home Guard, pictured on the Bull Field (now the site of the Civic Centre). To the left was the Army Barracks, which was also the Motor Transport Department (and supplied the petrol needed for the motor cycles) and the Armoury.
3rd from the Left: Stan Smith –Dirt Track Rider
5th from the Left: Geoff Saunders
14th from the Left: Charlie Dutton – Dutton’s Garage opposite Travellers Rest
1st from the Right: name unknown but he was Manager of the Staincliffe Hotel
4th from the Right: Guy Perry – Lodged at Rium Terrace. Lived in Biggleswade, became director of Convair Aircraft Company in Canada
5th from the Right: John Proudlock
8th from the Right: Don Kirkpatrick
The last 6 riders on the right were apprentices at CMEW and Richardson & Westgarths.
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West Hartlepool Home Guard despatch motorcycle riders in Victory Square, Hartlepool.More detail »