I was delighted to read Andy Westlake’s article (TCM, July 2019) about a 350cc scrambles Matchless and his fond memories of that era.
I was a competitor at that time and this was my 1953 350cc Matchless at a scramble meeting somewhere in Cheshire in about 1957.
I am the bloke in the corset and this bike was my sole transport at the time. I rode it to the meeting and back with a silencer which I replaced with an 18in copper pipe for the races.
I started my competition career in 1955 on a G3L Matchless during National Service and was cannon fodder for the stars for nearly 20 years in most branches of the sport and really enjoyed it.
Although I am 86 years old now and no longer a motorcyclist I still compete in (age group) running, cycling, duathlon and indoor rowing events and am still hoping to breakthrough into the big time!
Brian Forster, via email.
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