Dave joined the company in 1959 as a teenager. Initially in the workshop, he later moved to the parts department where his main responsibility was the postal spares service. In 1969 30 per cent of the goods despatched from his department were for export.
With four years grass track racing experience, he had planned a comeback for 1970 with a 350 BSA B40 and a 500cc big port vintage AJS, both fitted with frames of his own design and manufacture. But he became involved in the Gus Kuhn race team, working alongside the race mechanic, Frank Kately, so weekends were no longer available for his own racing career.
Photo courtesy of George Largis
When Frank left at the end of 1970, Dave became the team's Race Mechanic. His ingenuity was legendry and he had a solution for most problems!
He was with the GK race team all through seventies until they finally retired from racing in 1979. Dave then left the company to join the Honda GB Race Team.
See a younger Dave and his brother Peter by clicking here.
Read Jim Whitehead's memories of Dave when he first joined the company - click here.