Hints and Tips - Justifying the Purchase

From: John Hardy
Subject: she is not best pleased
Date: Sun, 16 May 1999

Dear All,

I spent the day at the Newark Autojumble today. Upon my return home Bridget enquired after my purchases. I catalogued all the various bits and bobs and finally owned up to buying a vintage motor cycle.

She hit the roof. I was give such a dressing down as I cannot recall. Not only was my sanity called into question but the morallity of my friends was impuned. Suffice to say that she is not best pleased. I'm still suffering the consequences of my actions as I write. Both my pals who accompanied me were also telephoned to suffer the sharp edge of her tongue. I sit here with ears not unlike a pair of braised lamb chops.

Is there anyone who knows anything about the REX ACME? It's of 1915-20 vintage, belt drive with a single cylinder engine. It's also probably not to be in my possession for very long. Any info gratefully received.

In the fervent hope that your mechanical contrivances remain trouble free

JH


Date: Mon, 17 May 1999
From: Mark Roper
To: John Hardy
Subject: Re: she is not best pleased

Hi john

I am afraid I also no nothing of the REX ACME marque but for many years I have had a large framed rex acme poster on my wall at home!

Mark


From: Ron Broome
Subject: Re she is not best pleased
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999

Just a note on your aquisition, you may like to know that a certain W.L.Hanley had some successes in the Isle of Man TT in the years 1925 & 1927 on Rex Acme bikes.

You could offer this info as a belated reason for your purchase to your persecutor - IF YOU DARE !!!!

Best of luck with both treasures.

You will find the details at the address below

G N Georgano in "The World Guide to Automobiles" ISBN 0-356-14278-7 states that the Rex Motor Manufacturing Co Ltd of Coventry which was founded by William Pilkington and his brother in 1899 made bicycles and motorcycles. After taking over the Allard & Co Ltd they started to make cars as well but stopped in 1914, they continued with motorcycles till 1922 when they merged with Acme of Coventry to make the Rex-Acme which was in production till 1928. In 1932 Mills-Fulford tried to revive the Rex-Acme but it only lasted a year.

Regards Ron Broome

http://www.mcb.net/ttraces/tt/ttwin.html


From: John Hardy
Subject: Ancient Motorcycle
Date: Tue, 18 May 1999

Dear All,

Thanks to all who replied to my queries about my newly purchased Rex Acme. Some more hlpful than others. To the others Divorce is not an option.

I rang Blue Diamond today for some more Lynx supplies and mentioned my aquisition. I told him the make expecting the usual " Never bloody heard of it" and instead got.....

" Oh. A Rex Acme. A pal of mine in Somerset has got a couple of those"

" Givvus his number then."

" No point. His off touring for the summer with his 'Wall of Death' outfit"

There's really no answer to that is there?

Bugger.

In the fervent hope that your mechanical contrivances remain trouble free

JH


From: Jim Runciman
To: John Hardy
Subject: RE: Ancient Motorcycle
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999

This is the sort of "dear John" letter that you can do without. Why would an intelligent individual such as yourself make the most fundamental of errors in announcing a new purchase to your good lady? Surely you could have declared to Brigitte that you had purchased a modest gift, to wit, one Rex Acme motorcycle for her. I have no doubt that an articulate and rational person such as Brigitte would see the intrinsic value of such a rare gift. Better luck next time - because you and I know there will be a next time.
My mechanical contrivances are all working fine.

Jim Runciman


Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
From: David Laver
To: Jim Runciman
cc: John Hardy
Subject: Re: Ancient Motorcycle

I'd have come home and said I didn't buy any Alfa parts and left it at that!!



Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
To: David Laver, Jim Runciman
From: Ian Grace
Subject: Re: Ancient Motorcycle cc: John Hardy

Look on the bright side - she could have said "On yer bike!"

Ian Grace


From: TA TERRY
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
Subject: Re: Ancient Motorcycle
To: Jim Runciman, John Hardy

In a message dated 5/19/99 7:24 Jim Runciman writes:

<< Surely you could have declared to Brigitte that you had purchased a modest gift, to wit, one Rex Acme motorcycle for her. I have no doubt that an articulate and rational person such as Brigitte would see the intrinsic value of such a rare gift. >>

Here, here, Brigitte once told me that she loved old carbbies, so I have no doubt that she would have accepted the gift most graciously.....the problem is that she is waiting for John to gift her with a 1924 Sunbeam!!

What is a "contrivance" anyway??

Terry


Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
From: Syd Saperstein
To: TA TERRY
cc: Jim Runciman, John Hardy
Subject: Re: Ancient Motorcycle

Now let ME tell you how to handle the Motorcycle(Bike) issue. The way I handled it, when I bought the vintage Beemer was: 1)I agreed to, and actually did install a new parquet kitchen floor, 2) I agreed to, and actually did take the Police sponsored adult experienced rider safety course and 3) I upped my life insurance another 250 thou! It only cost me about $2500 in trade outs but we had a deal! I sold the Bike 3 yrs later. Judi still has the beautiful floor, and the additional life insurance. I have the knowledge that I can pass the experienced rider course! You tell me which one of us you think is the smartest!


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