Bill remembers friend as he accepts award for Velocette

Bill Archibald on his prize-winning Velocette. (Photo: Dave Scott)
Bill Archibald on his prize-winning Velocette. (Photo: Dave Scott)
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A 78-year-old motorbike enthusiast from Cupar was moved recently when he was presented with a memorial trophy by the family of one of his friends.

Bill Archibald, whose passion for motorcycles stretches back 60 years to the days he joined the RAF Regiment, was awarded the David Jack Memorial Trophy at the annual vintage and classic and vintage show at Ladybank.

The Fife Vintage Vehicle Owners show attracted a large entry for its popular event at Brucefield, with Bill’s immaculate 1958 Velocette 350 Mac scooping the coveted trophy.

It was a fitting reward for Bill who has attended countless shows over the years with various gleaming bikes.

“In our young days, Dave and I both had motorbikes - Dave owning a 500cc Velocette, which was one of the top-of-the-range bikes in the 1950s.

“I had a an AJS twin 500 and then a 650cc Triumph Tiger 110. I used to meet Dave and other lads at Andy Brown’s motor cycle business in Pittenweem. There were also a number of other guys with Nortons, Triumphs and BSAs and we have a “tear about” on our machines.

“With postings to Germany and other commitments I lost contact with Dave for a while, but caught up with him again in the late 1970s at a Masonic Lodge meeting in Methil, where he was a past master.”

Bill said it was a “great honour” to receive the David Jack trophy in memory of his friend, who died about a couple of years ago.

“The trophy was presented by his granddaughter and, having known Dave, it was very chuffed to receive it.

“It was only the second time the trophy had been awarded.”

Bill, who has been involved with many organisations over the years and is chairman of Fife and Forfar Association, also owns a 1964 Triumph T21 350cc twin.

Sadly, Bill may not be polishing his treasured bikes much longer. “I’ll be 79 next week and I’m now planning to sell my bikes because of health issues.”

A few years ago, Bill took part in a tandem skydive for charity - an experience which he thoroughly enjoyed.