Concours bound: BSA Scrambler and Gold Star
September 24, 2012
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One of the best features of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d'Elegance is the range of bikes represented on the show floor. Participants show bikes from every era and discipline. Some bikes are expertly restored while others are near-perfect preservations of the original.
One participant in this year's show is Jerry Garrett from Dayton, Nev. Jerry will bring two BSAs that he will show in the Antique British to 1960 class and the Classic British 1961-1987 class. We caught up with Jerry to talk about his BSAs and his passion for old motorcycles.
Q: What bikes are you bringing to the show?
I’m bringing two BSAs -- a 1959 Spitfire Scrambler and a 1963 Rocket Gold Star.
Q: Do you have a special interest in BSAs or British-made bikes?
I like British bikes in general, but my heart is really in BSAs.
The Spitfire was an early version of a factory-prepared, almost race-ready scrambles/desert bike. The Rocket Gold Star was sort of a last ditch effort to make a really desirable, fast, and cool street machine out of the long line of A-10 pre-unit twins.
Q: Did you restore these BSAs yourself?
Yes, everything except the machine work on the engines and paint on the tanks.
Q: How long have you been interested in motorcycles?
I bought my first bike, a 1946 BSA B31, in 1959, when I was 14 years old.
Q: What type of riding do you do?
I ride as often as possible. I live in Nevada and do a lot of off-road riding on my Honda crf450x. I also do some long distance riding, like cross country to Alaska, on my Honda ST1300. I also have a few A10 BSAs that I ride around here and on club rides with the Northern California BSA Owners Club.
Q: Regarding the era of these BSAs, do you have a particular fondness for that period and why?
I grew up with A10 BSAs in the early ‘60s, for my everyday transportation and for dirt riding, and during high school even worked for Bob Chaves BSA in San Jose. I have owned A10s ever since.
Q: For future projects or bikes, is there anything in particular that interests you and why?
I would still like to find some of the lower-production A10s to restore.
Q: Is there anything special about this year’s induction ceremony that you’re looking forward to?
The special recognition being given to Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. Flat-track racing has always been my absolute favorite sport, and Mert was one of the best ever! Malcolm is Malcolm, what else can be said.