My name is Anthony Curzon and I worked for Gus Kuhn Motors from 1969 to 1970. I worked in the spares department so I saw all the broken components that the customers brought in for replacement parts and I despatched spares orders. It was me that stamped the hand books and manuals with the Gus Kuhn logo in them.
I also went to Adelaide House on London Bridge to collect the log books for all the export bikes that we sold. I also used to ride the new bikes off the delivery lorry when Norton's brought us another batch of new Commando's.
It was me that took and answered the phone calls after Mick Andrew so sadly got killed. The phone was going all day from all over the country. I must have been one of the last people that Mick spoke to. I remember he asked for four phosphor bronze valve guides and half an hour later he was dead. The bike he was riding was a customer's Norton Commando Fastback with a Seeley front wheel fitted to it. I am convinced that that bike was featured on the front cover of an edition of Motorcycle Mechanics. This showed the workshop entrance and two of Gus Kuhn's workshop staff, doing a brake check for an MOT.
Mick could ride a Commando! I remember standing outside the shop and this Commando came up to turn into the side road and stopped. To this day I have never ever seen any one lay over a bike into a turn like that. It was an incredible piece of riding and bike control.
I was there when a young man turned up with his dad, who was going to race one of company's bikes. It was a very young Barry Sheene.
It was such a good time in my life as I got to ride brand new Commandos and it was the first time I rode a bike over 600cc as I had a 600cc Dominator cafe racer at the time.
It was after riding those new yellow Commando Roadsters that I always wanted one, as it was just an amazing experience. Only 21 years old and allowed to ride such amazing machines. It left such a huge impression, that I finally found a really good 1970 yellow Roadster in Canada last year and brought it back to London for myself.
It was at Gus Kuhn Motors that the obsession for the N15CS, G15CS machines began. There was a brand new one in the showroom and I used to go and just look at it. I always wanted one just like it. George the salesman explained to me that he hated that bloody bike, as he put it, as he could have sold over 30 of them. It was bought by an airline pilot who stored it at Gus Kuhn Motors while he was away. I bought a 1970 registered Matchless G15CSR street scrambler back in December 1970 and I still have it, all because of that Norton N15CS that sat in the Gus Kuhn Motors showroom.
I only have happy memories, and meeting all those now legendary people and to talk to them personally was an incredible experience for one so young.