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Vale Onslow Motor Cycles - Stratford Rd - Documentary Pictures

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
Just saw this after all this time!!! I knew Mac when I worked at "Onslows". When I rebuilt my bike, in 1969, I forgot to ease one of the bushes for the crankshaft. Had spent so much time and effort that I couldn't face the prospect of splitting the engine again. Mac came out to where I lived and identified the problem, took the bike away and sorted it for me.

Just for the record, I was previously a member of the forum and lost all my account details. Rejoined recently under a new alias - "RowleyJack". But originally "Alabama" So, it was me that created post to which you replied. Does that make sense?

Again, I worked in the shop there in the late 60's and early 70's. As to names - phew - it was a hell of a long time ago. But here goes. There was of course old Mr. Vale Onslow (old Len); Mrs. Vale Onslow (who we called "Mrs"); young Len Vale Onslow (who I believe had a stroke a couple of years ago; Peter Vale Onslow (who ran the bike sales side of things); Jean Vale Onslow (daughter of Mr and Mrs, sister of Len and Peter, who was the van driver, picking up bits and pieces as needed); Mrs "C" who was the cleaner and general tidy upper; Peggy (who worked in spares), John (who looked after the second hand stuff spread over 3 floors and the celler); a lad whose name I can't remember but can picture him vividly, because he was involved in a bad smash - when he came back to work his face was held together by a series of aluminium plates and rods. My mate there was Richard Fitzsimmons. Richard was the Japanese specialist. He was given a 200cc works racer by Suzuki, and I used to go away to racing events as his pit mechanic (until I screwed up on something just before a race, and was too embaressed to accompany him thereafter!). And that is about the best I can do. Terry - if I have got the right chap - left shortly after I began working there, but have a fading recollection of what he looked like.

I have many happy memories of working at "Onslows", and still think about the people there. One vivid memory especially. Peter (Vale Onslow) was given three complimentary Press Day tickets every year, for the bike shows at Earls Court and Olympia. He used to take a couple of employees with him on a rota basis, paying all expenses. I think was seventeen at the time, so it was something of a culture shock to go to the metropolis, and to see all of the top models of the time posing with the manufacturers latest machines.

But your Dad I can picture him now. He was a great chap and I think we got along very well. Reluctant to ask this but is he still alive?
yes it does make sense. i did the same,ask warren and he will combine you posts for you so you only have one username
 

LOZELLIAN

master brummie
Just saw this after all this time!!! I knew Mac when I worked at "Onslows". When I rebuilt my bike, in 1969, I forgot to ease one of the bushes for the crankshaft. Had spent so much time and effort that I couldn't face the prospect of splitting the engine again. Mac came out to where I lived and identified the problem, took the bike away and sorted it for me.

Just for the record, I was previously a member of the forum and lost all my account details. Rejoined recently under a new alias - "RowleyJack". But originally "Alabama" So, it was me that created post to which you replied. Does that make sense?

Again, I worked in the shop there in the late 60's and early 70's. As to names - phew - it was a hell of a long time ago. But here goes. There was of course old Mr. Vale Onslow (old Len); Mrs. Vale Onslow (who we called "Mrs"); young Len Vale Onslow (who I believe had a stroke a couple of years ago; Peter Vale Onslow (who ran the bike sales side of things); Jean Vale Onslow (daughter of Mr and Mrs, sister of Len and Peter, who was the van driver, picking up bits and pieces as needed); Mrs "C" who was the cleaner and general tidy upper; Peggy (who worked in spares), John (who looked after the second hand stuff spread over 3 floors and the celler); a lad whose name I can't remember but can picture him vividly, because he was involved in a bad smash - when he came back to work his face was held together by a series of aluminium plates and rods. My mate there was Richard Fitzsimmons. Richard was the Japanese specialist. He was given a 200cc works racer by Suzuki, and I used to go away to racing events as his pit mechanic (until I screwed up on something just before a race, and was too embaressed to accompany him thereafter!). And that is about the best I can do. Terry - if I have got the right chap - left shortly after I began working there, but have a fading recollection of what he looked like.

I have many happy memories of working at "Onslows", and still think about the people there. One vivid memory especially. Peter (Vale Onslow) was given three complimentary Press Day tickets every year, for the bike shows at Earls Court and Olympia. He used to take a couple of employees with him on a rota basis, paying all expenses. I think was seventeen at the time, so it was something of a culture shock to go to the metropolis, and to see all of the top models of the time posing with the manufacturers latest machines.

But your Dad I can picture him now. He was a great chap and I think we got along very well. Reluctant to ask this but is he still alive?
Hello Rowley Jack,

How nice of you to reply to my earlier post re: my Dad, if I remember right the Mrs (Onslow) was also called Jean. I saw a post a little while ago that also mentioned the fact that young Len had had a stroke (such a shame). When Dad left Onslows he went to work for a Honda Dealership but, I can't for the life of me remember the name of it; all I recall was that Dad told me that the gaffer managed the "Rockin Berries" at some point in the sixties. He then moved onto Car mechanics working for Crowder & Browns, Rowberrys, Mists Garage & one or two others before retiring. He & Terry used to meet up regularly for a beer or two and to reminisce about the old days ha ha. I almost forgot Dad also told me of a story relating to Peter (I think), apparently when he was little he had an imaginary friend by the name of "Terry Swoozer" who Dad & one of his mates heard him talking to, they mentioned it to Old Len and he said he knew all about it lol. Last but not least I'm afraid to say that dad passed away in 1996 at the age of 69 however, on a lighter note there was a very nice tribute to him from none other then Len Senior who came to pay his respects.

Lozellian
 
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