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Malc28/12/2020 10:00:42
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Looking at posts on old motor bikes made me think back to my Dad and the 1950’s. He had a friend in the forces with him who had opened a motor bike shop in London after the war. In the 50’s the friend invited us down to stay for a weekend. I remember the visit and a trip to Petticoat Lane whilst we were there. The name of the friend (I think) was Sid Strelitz, and the shop was at 458 Barking Road, Essex (stupid how some details stay in your mind for years!). I wondered whether any one remembers the shop (or Sid) or is my memory playing tricks?

Steviegtr28/12/2020 14:37:38
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Here in Leeds i use a site called Leodis. It has a lot of local history & photo's. It may work for you , not sure.

Leodis

Steve.

AJW28/12/2020 14:37:44
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Don't know that name (or the area very well!) but my Dad would buy his motorcycles from 'Wag Bennett' a motorcycle dealer on the A13 in Barking although it might have come under Dagenham.

I think it has gone now but I know one of the bikes my Dad bought he sold after 250 miles as he decided he didn't like it! I think he mainly had BSA machines.

I've found out since that Wag Bennett (who also ran a gym) was responsible for discovering Arnold Schwarzenegger and training him up to Mr Universe level!

Alan

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