The BSA - by Steve Hatton
When I first went to St Luke's I had an old BSA A10 Golden Flash sidecar outfit. I had owned it for a couple of years but in 1969 I had been involved in an accident with a car, This had left me with a paralysed right arm.
In view of my injury, during the year prior to coming to college I had surrendered my full motor cycle licence and taken out a provisional. I had rebuilt the BSA and fitted it with a foot operated clutch, move the front brake and throttle to the left hand handle bar and fitted flashing indicators. Thus I was mobile again. I also painted it Pink!
This was the vehicle I turned up at Killerton on in September 1970.
I rode it to college every day for the first term and home to Portsmouth at Christmas. In the January I rode back to Killerton. It was freezing - literally.
I stopped in Dorchester and went to a cafe for a cup of tea. I looked down at myself. The front of my jacket was white with ice. I wasn't able to pay for the tea immediately, I had to tell the chap I'd give him the money once my hand had defrosted.
I sat down at a table with the tea, blinked, and a lump of ice fell from my eye lashes into the tea!
I continued on to Killerton after I'd warmed a little but the novelty of driving in that sort of weather was wearing off!
I rode the bike home at Easter and I have to confess, I didn't ride it back in the summer. It stayed in the garage at home for a while. Indeed, it moved around with me for several years after that but it never went on the road again. It was only recently that I was able to part with it. It has gone to a friend of a friend who is currently rebuilding it - 40 years on!.