Long time Meriden worker and Triumph restorer, Hughie Hancox, describes everyday life in the Triumph Production Testing team from 1960 to 1962. A story packed with amusing anecdotes, and guidance on fixing problems still found today on the 1960s models. An intimate and entertaining account of Britain’s most famous motorcycle factory.
From the 1950s through to the 1970s, Hughie Hancox worked at the Triumph Meriden factory in various capacities – a fitter, a member of the famous Royal Corps of Signals Motorcycle Display Team, in the experimental department (where he actually worked on the prototype Bonneville), and eventually as one of the legendary Triumph Production Testers.
This latter role provided countless unique experiences with some of the most iconic British motorcycles ever manufactured. The story of testing new motorcycles at Meriden as they came off the production lines has never before been published, and this intimate and pragmatic account comes straight from a man who was at the heart of it. With many previously unpublished pictures and service bulletins, plus helpful advice on problems that still exist with the bikes today, this is a unique book about a fascinating time and place in the British motorcycle industry.
About the author
Hughie Hancox began work at the Meriden factory in 1953, working as a fitter until his call-up for National Service. He eventually graduated to the famous Royal Corps of Signals Motorcycle Display Team, or “White Helmets” as they were known, serving as a riding member of the team and as the corporal team fitter, responsible for keeping the Team Triumphs on top form.
After demob in 1959 Hughie resumed work at Meriden in the experimental department, and actually worked on the prototype Bonneville. He eventually became one of the legendary Triumph Production Testers. He then functioned as fitter, technical advisor and trouble-shooter until the factory closure in 1973.
Hughie ran his own restoration business from 1981, becoming hugely successful all over the world with his work on Triumphs. In carrying out his restoration work, Hughie employed the methods and techniques that he learned all those years ago at Meriden, bringing an unparalleled authenticity to his work. He appeared in numerous films and television programmes, and featured prominently with other famous faces on several motorcycling videos. He was also an accomplished author, with an existing best-seller about his time at Meriden.
Sadly, Hughie Hancox passed away in August 2011 just after checking the proofs of this book.