This was my Favourite bike.
The only trouble I ever had with this bike was the centre crankshaft bearing and the Jampots.
The bearings necessitated a day trip to Matchless with the crankshaft. The Jampots I changed to Girlings.
My brother had a Thunderbird and we used to have many a blast together which to his everlasting annoyance the G9 always won.
The Reg No. was GRP12 but I cannot remember the year.
I was very proud of the panniers which were transferred from bike to bike.
The action picture is of the Promenade test of the Morecambe rally, which the year before I had won the 500cc class on my Arial twin.
Derek Tompkins (Slim)
On the 1955 Morecambe Rally, Derek very unwisely offered to take me with him over the 400 miles of mountainous roads and tracks.