Crimbo Quiz – Answers to British Bike Bonanza

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37/ Who manufactured bikes at Selly Oak?

Answer: Ariel

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38/ Who manufactured bikes at Small Heath?

Answer: BSA

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39/ Who manufactured bikes at Monarch Works Tyseley Birmingham ?

Answer: Excelsior

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40/ Who manufactured bikes at Lower Ford Street Coventry?

Answer: Excelsior & then Francis Barnett.

41/ Who manufactured bikes at Greet, Birmingham?

Answer: James

42/ Who was the original manufacturer of bikes at Plumstead ?

Answer: Matchless

43/ Who manufactured bikes at Bracebridge Street ?

Answer: Norton

44/ Who manufactured bikes at Heaton Street, Cleckheaton ?

Answer: P & M (Panther).

45/ Who manufactured bikes at Redditch ?

Answer: Royal Enfield

46/ Who manufactured bikes at Grosvener Street, Bradford ?

Answer: Scott

47/ Who manufactured bikes at Meriden ?

Answer: Triumph

48/ Who manufactured bikes at Hall Green ?

Answer: Velocette.

49/ Who was asked to resign from the Norton Company in 1948 after designing the Norton Dominator engine?

Answer: Bert Hopwood, Joe Craig declared the engine underpowered and delayed production. In later years, Hopwood re-joined Norton and took the opportunity to re-look at the Joe Craig ‘revised’ design, no alterations had been made.

50/ The BSA Fury & the Triumph Bandit ( surely they got the names the wrong way round), were 350cc OHC twins which were to be the saviour of the BSA group. Who was the designer of the engine?

Answer: Although he was supposed to be retired, Edward Turner designed the engine.

51/ Which motorcycle manufacturer turned down the opportunity to buy the formulae to make custard powder?

Answer: Velocette turned down the formula taken up by Birds

52/ Who was the designer of Triumphs first 650cc vertical twin engine in 1933?

Answer: Val Page designed the engine, however, despite being a sound design it was very short lived and soon replaced by Edward Turner’s Speed Twin

53/ Who designed BSA’s A10 Golden Flash in 1949?

Answer: Bert Hopwood

54/ Who was the designer who left Velocette to take up the position of Chief Engineer at AMC?

Answer: Charles Udall


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