Fathers Day present 40 years in the making

WHILE most men get socks and jocks for Fathers Day, one Coffs Coast father received a special present from his sons that has been 40 years in the making.

In the 1960s, Henry Mann gratefully accepted a trailer full of BSA motorcycle parts from a friend with the intention of one day completing the bike and riding it to work.

Working with sons Andrew and Stephen, Mr Mann started putting together the bike out of all the bits and pieces.

But as time went on and life got busier, the bike was put on the backburner until Mr Mann had more time to finish it.

Unfortunately, Mr Mann was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight years ago and subsequently had to give up his bike license.

“I left the bike for Dad to tinker with but the shakes caused by Parkinson's made it nearly impossible to assemble the bike himself,” Andrew said.

But with the help of his uncle Geoff, brother Stephen and family friends, Andrew has completed the restoration of the 1950 BSA D1 Bantam 125cc motorcycle in time for Fathers Day.

“It's unfortunate that Dad won't be able to ride the bike but at least he can see the finished project being ridden after 40 years,” Andrew said.

“Hopefully one day his grandchildren can also get some enjoyment in riding an oldie but a goodie.

“Happy Fathers Day, Dad.”



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