Mansfield Maun Motor Cycle & Car Club

Take a look at some of the pages in this programme to discover competitors at the event and some wonderful old adverts.

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  • Further comment from John Allwood.
    I first became interested in motorcycles when watching Grass Tracking racing on Chesterfield Rd. recreation ground in the late 40s. It became an addiction and from then on all I wanted to do was become a motorcycle mechanic.
    On leaving school I fronted up to Henstocks and Don Henstock set me on. Harry Walker was my first foreman, gave me a hard time but I learnt a lot from him.
    In all I worked for the company for about 6 years, both at Chesterfield Rd. and later at the two stroke department on Clumber St.
    To this day it was the best job I had, if only the wages had been better I may have stuck to it longer than I did. They were great days.

    By Jenny Wright (17/07/2019)
  • My first job I had when leaving school was to be employed by Don Henstock at the Chesterfield Rd depot. I worked at Henstocks for close to 6years,
    51–55, 55 – 58 served in the forces , the back to Henstocks at the two stroke department in Clumber St for another 3years

    By John Allwood (17/07/2019)
  • Good list of riders and machines, many of the bike brands are now classics and are still very much sought after. British bikes of course! Pity we let the foreign manufacturers take over.

    I used to go to the ‘Motor Cycle Scrambles’ occasionally – great days out. Knew Ingers shop on Ratcliffe Gate very well and lived just up the road from his premises – as did Frank at one time back in the ’50’s or thereabouts.

    By Steeve Cee (30/12/2018)
  • I used to go to the Motor Cycle Club it was held opposite Franks in the Brown Cow Pub.

    By Keith sams (13/06/2014)
  • As a teenager back in the 60s Frank’s was the hang out of many teenage bikers. He was good enough to let you walk around his workshop and chat to his employees about any issues you had with your machine. I always remember that Frank used to refer most as ‘old fruit’. I now live in South Africa but still have fond memories about his place back then.

    By ROGER JONES (12/04/2014)
  • I used to attend these events at Coombes Farm as a child, my father was the starter and painted the numbers on the bibs. I used to run around the house with No.1 bib pretending to be Dave Bickers who was the British Champion. My father was also manager of the Henstocks branch on Clumber Street that is advertised in the program and was a founder member of the club in 1937. Sadly all the motorcycle shops that were advertised are now gone, I remember lots of the competitors names both nationally and locally, I later competed with the club in motorcycle trials during the 70s & 80s. I also have fond memories of Inger & Sons, as a 14 year old my father used to send me there for spares for my Villiers engine special, see young Frank he would tell me and I never got charged.

    By Stephen Walker (14/01/2014)
  • I remember Frank Inger and his motor bike shop on Ratcliffe Gate. He also operated a shotblasting service too at the same site “Ingerblast” it was named. As a little lad I recall walking past and always stopping to view the gleaming motorcycles on display and I can even remember the smell of engine cleaning solvents coming from the shop front. After work Frank often used to call and have a pint in the Cavendish Social Club on Cavendish Street and always used to sit on the bench seat at the “off licence” bar. He sometimes gave me a few “tanners” ,(old six pences) to have a go on the one armed bandit in the club. A nice man he was.

    By Simon Leivers (14/01/2014)

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