Edward Turner's 1953 Ride Across England on a Triumph Terrier

Learn more about the compelling history of Triumph Motorcycles in "Travelling with Mr Turner."

| February 2012

  • Travelling With Mr Turner
    As lawyer Nigel Winter takes a few days off to follow in the tyre-tracks of one of England's greatest engineers, we encounter the bizarre history of Triumph Motorcycles — record-breaking machines that sold around the world, and whose entire work force locked out the management just so that they could continue to make motorcycles and prevent Triumph from being consigned to history.
    Cover courtesy Panther Publishing

  • Travelling With Mr Turner

Lawyer Nigel Winter takes a journey, following in the tracks of one of England’s greatest engineers. Discover the unique story of Triumph Motorcycles in this witty excerpt, taken from the chapter “Our Industrial Dunkirk” of Travelling with Mr Turner, published by Panther Publishing, 2011. 

Dawn seemed to break early as a brief shaft of sunlight lit up my tent, pitched somewhere to the south of Leamington Spa. I stumbled out and was brought to by a man in brogues and twill trousers looking at me out of the corner of his eye and exclaiming, “The cricket news is that Long Itchington have won by eleven runs.”

And with that he paced away to the big house with his spaniel at his heels. I scratched my head, pulled my soap bag out of the panniers and made for that period toilet block whilst being serenaded by a song thrush above my tent. Mr Turner may have spent his night in the splendour of the Regent Hotel but I would not have swapped with him.

On my return I spotted a father and son as they paused by the Triumph and Dad pointed to the large chrome mouth organ tank badge, an unmistakable bequest from the 1950s.

“It looks brand new.”

“It very nearly is.”

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