BILL HOWARD of the Birmingham 30 Motorcycle Club page
We have today started this page, & anyone who can supply or add info please contact Taff or Val WHILST THIS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION,
Here we go:-VAL was the Instigator & Obtained a Collection of Trophies of Prizes Competitive performances on a Motorcycle & rather than allow such to go to 'The Scrapyard', we felt that with data plus pictures and texts or information from Individuals that more could be made of a Motorcyclist's achievements & memorabilia.
The chap we are covering was Born in DERBY 19 June 1914. Died 30 November 1992. Both his Parents came from Manchester.
He was Married & his wife's name was Dorothy, he had 5 Motorcycle Shops, in Birmingham Area, 3 in Coventry Road Birmingham 4th in Kitts Green Birmingham, and another which as yet we have not traced.
BILL HOWARD (Kitts Green Ltd can be seen in one of the photos) now passed o and buried at Church Stretton,
His last Address was "High Lee", Sandford Avenue, Church Settle, Shropshire.
He became a Member of Birmingham 30 Motorcycle Club. & Had a TROPHY WHICH CARRIED HIS NAME. W. T. HOWARD TROPHY.
So let us assemble matter relating to WILLIAM THOMAS HOWARD, one is an award to his Late wife as well.
'Val the Gog' felt the items should be Stored & made available to a suitable Storage place and Hopefully after my wife, Janet's photography & Listing I shall be able shortly to TEXT in all the Dates & Data of each of the items, ... sadly in he box were a number of Trophy bases & Stands without the Trophy which stood upon it, nevertheless let us list what we can, Many thanks for any contribution of info or pics.
Workshop Mngr. att Wells Road was the late George Holland & he sadly passed away at only 52, his son Robin Holland kindly contacted me from his Home in Southern Brittany
As a 12 yrs young lad he helped and worked on the bikes of the shop in Ketts Street.
His own first machine was a 125 BSA & he quickly became a mechanically great after spending his school hols working on motorcycles.
His mum was bookkeeper for Howards whose Factory was termed A.H.M.
He still recalls the No 58 Bus Turnaround place at the City Boundary and the Coventry Road limit.
By 16 he had a BSA C15 & became a determined Trials competitor as a friend also of Brian Martin whom we all recall as a leading & influentially involved rider in BSA's Comp Dept.
Robin was married 50 years ago this coming OCTOBER 2016 and Bill and Dorothy attended his wedding. Many thanks & Congratulations in advance.
WE shall Start at 1937 pictures 1 & 2 from the Top which front plus Rear of EMC East Midland Centre ACU BEMROSE TROPHY TRIAL TEAM Award
Next pic. 1930,3rd down is Oawestry & District Motor Club 100 Trials Winner,
The next, 4th pic again is Oswestry & District M.C INVITATION Trial 1938. 5th is OXTON MOTOR CLUB 1938.
Small cup shown is ODMC Motor Club 1938 Award.
The Base & Loose Tag is for the SMC 1938 Shield Cup Trial winner with New Imperial printed on it.
2nd World War then interrupted sport for all with cruel undeserved results for many people, let us see whether we can find data for this period?.
1945 Came with Motorcycle Sport resuming after Military Service bringing skills to many survivors &the next Picture of 4 Cups starting with the KINGS NORTON MCC 1944 CONVOY Trial of 14. 10. 1945 Premier Award Captains Cup.
1945 BIRMINGHAM 30 M.C. Joint Trial, Best Sidecar outfit performance.
Redditch MC & LCC 1945 H. S. Perry Cup 23. 12. 1945.
Birmingham 30 MC Convoy Trial Best Opposite Class 23.12. 45.
N.B. Virtually all the clubs mentioned here and many more!, I rode in Grass Track Races held by them from pre 1965 to 1969 (Lynn Isaac & my passenger Ken Jones on a Dope Fueled Triumph powered machine bilt for us by Owen Greenwood with Knighton SuperSprox man Roger Maughling;s designed & built leading links forks.) Come to think of it our charges &collisions at Bewdley must have been noted by Mr. Howard!!
Below this a picture of 7 items Plate, Wood Green & DMCC Clayton Trophy Trial 1946, Next Colmore Cup 1946, Then BIRMINGHAM 30 MC BEST PERFORMANCE 6th Group Trials 1946.On to Birmingam 30 MC Best Sidecar entrant 26.07.46, next Cup is again Birmingham 30 Best Performance award in 1st Group Trial, next Cup Birmingham 30 MC for Best performance in 2nd Group Trials 1946, lastly in this pic is AGAIN Birmingham 30 MC Best Performance in 8th Group Trial 1946. W. Howard was busy for Brum. this year.!.................................
1947 Pic Follows, with 3 awards, 1947 cup from H&S. Cotswold, then Birmingham 30 MC, D K Mansell Trophy Trial of that year, then S.B.M.C. Prize..............................
On to 1948, another pic of 3 awards BIRMINGHAM 30 MC 1st Group Trial, Then 'Salop' Shropshire Secretary's Cup for 1948. Next cup SALOP MC HALFORD Cup for GroupTrial. 1948.
1949 arrives, & Here we see MRS D. HOWARD's award in the Midland Centre Trial, a Shield for the Calder Cup 1949!!. then W.B.M.C. &CC Cup. Then on to another Birmingham 30 MC 9th Group Trial award & VICTORY TRIAL 1949 award.
1950 arrives, BIRMINGHAM 30 MC Shield from the D K Mansell Trial, Watsonian TROPHY Replica which one gets when the Big Trophy has been returned.............Then Streatham Trophy Trial 350 Sidecar award, on to B.M.C. & Light Car Club, John Douglas Trial 1950. Lastly here BMCC 1st Group Trial award for 1950.
............................................ nothing so far for 1951.
On to 1952, Cotswold Best Sidecar Cup.
Next 1953: first Cup MIDLAND CENTRE TRIAL, Alec Cross Trial 2nd Class (Ashtray on its own. ... next Picture is Club Cup presented by A. Ellis Esq.. for Sidecar Performance in 8th Midland Centre ACU Group Trial 1953 organised by Handsworth Lions MC & LCC, then again W.C.A.H. Cotsold award, followed by SALOP Motor Club H. Embury Trial 1st Class Mar, 22.1953 we have only the base of the award for this...........................................
1954 Picture starts Neath M.C. SDRT first Class award. PATHFINDER and DERBY MCN CLUB then the for Bemrose Trial Trophy DISH..........
1958 picture Award has J.C.B.W. 1958 on it.
Next Pic is a 1965 LOTON PARK F.T.D. which to me means fastest Time of Day?...........
No Date on an award in next pic. BEWDLEY M.C.C. to Bill Howard as President on his retirement............
WT Howard also rode in International Six days Trial in 1954 in Wales. pics follow after this pic of Himself and Dorothy on a Grass Track 'Chair'...... 3rd. pic below you can see Dorothy in a Black coat shading her eyes watching Bill at the River crossing.
More Pics below showing BSA Works & WT Howard Shop Showroom locations, WTH on a little Solo, also events at Manor Abbey Trial also Kirkham Trial of March 1952.
Now BSA Factory at 1953, Showroom & Gates PLUS THE BUNCH OF BSA TESTERS, What a job eh?/
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