BSA and the decline of the Midlands motorcycle industry. How did the Midlands once mighty motorcycle industry decline into industrial turmoil and eventual collapse?
Using archive film from the MACE collection we will travel from the post-war boom years of mass produced motorcycles to the 1970s when motorcycle giant BSA faced closure and the eventual ignominy of a public auction of its assets. Perhaps the school boys were right and BSA did stand for Bits Stuck Anywhere….This sales decline is contrasted with glorious footage of the riders in action: the Midlands’ own leather jacked clad ‘ton-up boys’ taking to the streets of Birmingham and Leicester when the only motorcycles that mattered were made in Britain.
Duration: 32 mins
Important Notes: This title does NOT have optional Subtitles. This DVD is made to order. A file is burnt to disc in our technical suite when it is purchased through our website. Waiting time for the DVD can therefore be up to 2 weeks. This compilation has been shown on Vimeo as part of MACE's New Way of Seeing project.
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