Len Vale Onslow - RIP

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Mike Fleming, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Mike Fleming

    Mike Fleming Guest

    Seeing as no-one else seems to have noticed...

    Old Len shuffled off this mortal coil a few days ago, shortly before
    (IIRC) his 103rd birthday. Not sure what the implicatiosn are for the
    shop, but an ex-girlfriend of mine whose late dad used to grind cases
    for Old Len informs me that all the bikes have been left to the
    furnace, sorry, National Motorcycle Museum.
     
    Mike Fleming, Apr 29, 2004
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  2. Mike Fleming

    TMack Guest

    Sorry to hear that. I used to be a regular customer back in the 70s - great
    shop and Len was still actively involved in running it back then. I often
    visited to get spares for my BSA Bantam, BSA A7 and Norton Model 50 etc.

    Tony
     
    TMack, Apr 29, 2004
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  3. Bugger. no, I'd not noticed. Mind, if I last as long as him and healthy,
    I'll be doing better than I expect or deserve to.
     
    Austin Shackles, Apr 30, 2004
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  4. including the bbc news website. useless lot.
     
    Austin Shackles, Apr 30, 2004
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  5. Mike Fleming

    sweller Guest

    It was posted on UKRM.

    I'm sure I read a piece on the Guardian website, but I can't find it.
     
    sweller, Apr 30, 2004
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  6. fed up that the beeb didn't see fit to put it on the news, though. Parents,
    ex-motorcyclists of the generation of Len's son, didn't know about it
    either, and would've noticed if it'd been on the news.
     
    Austin Shackles, Apr 30, 2004
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  7. Mike Fleming

    sweller Guest


    TBH, why should they?

    Len Vale Onslow was a minor character in the world of motorcycling and
    certainly not a cultural icon outside. His only real claim to 'fame'
    outside the motorcycling community was his age.

    Motorcycling, ATM, doesn't attract mainstream reporting. Even the death
    of Dave Jefferies was only patchily covered. Most of it was simply an
    excuse for lurid "biker death TT" reportage.

    But as to the achievements of LVO you may care, I may care, but old
    people aren't sexy.

    I'll be surprised if there is much more coverage for the last of the WWI
    veterans.
     
    sweller, Apr 30, 2004
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  8. Mike Fleming

    'Hog Guest

    What! you're forgetting about the bikes he manufactured.
    He lived to a ripe old age, had decent health and did far more than most of
    us. Good innings.
     
    'Hog, Apr 30, 2004
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  9. Mike Fleming

    Mike Fleming Guest

    The Beeb knew enough about his existence to make a "Das Is Yer Leef"
    [1] about him, so you'd think they might manage a "This is it, You're
    Dead" article on the website.

    [1] I use the Eamonn Andrews pronunciation, though that nice Mr Aspel
    hosted this one
     
    Mike Fleming, May 1, 2004
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