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1930s BSA Empire Star Pictures

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  1. This is identical to my bike (which is in bits). Mine was registered in 1937. The engine is the second series (Val Page design I believe, introduced in 1937) with a cast alloy push rod case (not the earlier twin tube style). This engine wa introduced in 1937 and in the same year won a “Gold Star” at Brooklands (or was it Thruxton). BSA saw a marketting opportunity and the bike was rebadged the “Gold Star Replica” for 1938 and the Empire star name was dropped and a legend was born. Like my bike, this one has twin exhaust ports and upswept exhaust pipes. This is most unusual, and, although I have come across other 1937 models with the Val Page engine, this is the first time I have ever seen another with twin exhaust ports. Although the Empire Star with this engine only ran for a year or so, the engine was the basis for all the “B” series singles right through to the introduction of the unit contruction engines.

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