For Roy and Mary Dudgon
Roy and Mary Dudgon taking delivery and fitting a Steib sidecar to their BMW motorcycle. Quite typical of activities by many enthusiasts in the 1960s.
The 8mm film was saved by Les Hobbs who has made it available through LPMCC.net.
The video is a two minute clip from a longer DVD which Les Hobbs will be pleased to supply for a nominal cost towards expenses.
Served via YouTube. There are other clips in this series.
How very interesting to see this clip. Mary used a BMW/Steib as she had lost a leg after an accident at Hawkstone early in the 60s. Roy and Tony always made sure her bikes were the best and the Steib she used when Paul and I first met her was one they had made, making a mould out of which a fibreglass Steib could be produced. This was an inch or so longer than a proper Steib. After some years they decided to make her a better one so Paul bought the original fibreglass one from them.
Looking at the cine film she must have bought a genuine Steib originally but for some reason had abandoned it for the fibreglass one.
If you look at Ted Trett's picture from the Sundowner this year you will see her original fibreglass sidecar - now repainted and re-upholstered and fitted to Paul's old Beetroot which has had the same make-over by my husband Keith!
Thanks to Les for this reminder.
- Heather MacGregor
Margaret and myself knew Mary, her husband, and brother-in-law very well. The Steib was actually a look-a-like. They had worn one out so Roy started a very successful fibre glass business, using books from the library, making advertising signs. This gave him enough knowledge to make the sidecar. He also made panniers, top boxes, and one to fit on top of the petrol tank. These were very popular, but as soon as Mary's sidecar was finished he packed it all in; everyone in the BMW Club wanted his products.
When Mary had to go for a new limb she always went on the outfit because she insisted it was made to fit her leathers. She even refused one because the leathers would not fit over it.
- Ken Wells