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Gold Stars at Brooklands…

On 30th June 1937, Wal Handley lapped the famous Brooklands Outer Circuit at 107.57mph on a 500cc BSA Empire Star. For that lap, he was awarded a Brooklands Gold Star, the tiny enamel badge that signified so much.

That achievement led the BSA Company to name their top sporting 500 “The Gold Star”, which became perhaps the best-known name of any British motorcycle.

On 30th June 2012, 75 years to the day, the Gold Star Owners Club plans a commemorative celebration at Brooklands, the world’s first purpose circuit for motorsports.

The aim is to get more Gold Stars and Rocket Gold Stars in one place at one time than has ever happened before. Owners and riders of other BSA models are also very welcome. There will be an opportunity for Gold Star and RGS owners to ride up the Test Hill and on the Members’ Banking. It is hoped there will also be static photo opportunities for the “Goldies” and RGS in front of Concorde “Delta Golf” and on the famous Brooklands Banking

Among the machines attending are two replicas of Handley’s 1937 winning bike, to include that built by George Wander which recently won the Ace Cafe London award at the Southern Classic Bike Show, Kempton Park. In addition George will be bringing along his 1937 Gold Star with the production number of 102, the oldest “Goldie” in existence.

Some of the Brooklands Museum racing machines will be run as well.

The event will take place from 10am on Saturday 30th June at Brooklands Museum near Weybridge in Surrey.

All owners of “Gold Stars” and RGS are urged to attend and help ensure a record turnout to mark this unique and historic occasion.

Entry will be the normal Museum ticket cost of £10 (£9 for Seniors). There will be a special price of £15 for riders with a pillion passenger.

Bikes can be ridden in or brought by van or trailer. There is no limit to the number of eligible bikes. Non-BSA owners are encouraged to make the event a destination for a ride out.


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