10th March 1932 – 27th January 2017
I am sad to say that the Adler to Zundapp club lost one of it’s founder members Bernard John Smith; always known as John. John had been involved with motorcycles along with his three other brothers all his life. It would be true to say John lived and breathed motorcycles every day especially Velocettes and German/Austrian machines. John was an old fashion true gent!Who was talented in many ways including drawing,model making.He had so many wonderful stories to tell about his life and travels including a trip with his brother Jim to Garmish Paterkirchen ,Bavaria in 1954 to watch the ISDT. I have lost a friend of almost 40 years, and the ‘Adler to Zundapp’ Club will miss him.
Picture top John on his favourite Adler MB250 and below on a Puch 250 SGS in the West Kent Run
The ‘Adler to Zundapp Club’ is a group of friends with a common interest in German and Austrian Motorcycles. Anyone with a German motorcycle(up to 1962) can invite themselves to be part of the club.As members are spread all over the country,and it’s not practicable to have runs and meets etc,etc, but twice a year we put on a display of machines in May at the Southern classic Bike Show held at Kempton Park and at the International West Kent Show in August also on the Saturday of that event we take part in the run. As said anyone with a German or Austrian machine is always welcome to take part!
2014, This years display had the most impressive display of German machines! With 4 Adlers,NSU Supermax,2 x TWN’s/Zundapps,Dkw and a Zundapp KS 601 with sidecar and a real brute of a motorcycle a ‘wehrmacht ‘Zundapp KS 750 with a 2 ratio gearbox 8 speeds and a reverse also a 1938 Victoria KR20 in Wehrmacht condition. A total of 15 machines!! A German man spoke to me in the middle of the show saying’ It was most wonderful display he has seen of German Machines’ DANKE! Below is a utube clip showing this wonderful display!!