Martin Schalkwijk restored
1962 BSA 500cc Gold Star Clubmans
Frame no. CB32 11183
Engine no. DBD34 GS 6529
Brooklands circuit, Wednesday June 30th, 1937: BSA raced across a benchmark finish line with a racing spec Empire Star 500 ridden by Wal Handley when he blew through the 100mph mark for a 107mph lap on his way to race victory. The achievement earned him a small metal gold star award from the Brooklands circuit, one of only 100 given to 500cc machine riders. That award gave the moniker to one of the most evocative names in European motorcycles, and the BSA Gold Star was born. It soon became one of the most successful production racing motorcycle ever, and the post-war Gold Star formed the mainstay of clubmans racing in the 1950s.
The versatility of the model was as impressive as the model itself. In off-road guise, the model achieved a very remarkable record in AMA flat track, trials and scrambles competition away from the tarmac. However, it was the 500cc DBD34 in Clubman’s trim that is the epitome of the “Goldie” for most enthusiasts. It appeared in 1956 when the famous RRT2 close-ratio gearbox and 190mm front brake became standard equipment. The beauty of the lines, the exquisite design of the tank, and its ease of use to break-neck speeds, created an immensely desirable motorcycle.
The bike on offer here, from the penultimate year of 1962 (regardless of the model year on the pedestrian-slicer mudguard) was the subject of a ground-up restoration by the world-renowned marque expert, Martin Schalkwijk. Dutchman Martin has a track-record of British bike restorations that have achieved world record after world record at public auction. His attention to detail is unsurpassed. This bike started as a complete matching numbers example, as verified by the BSA Owners Club and factory records. The engine was fully rebuilt, as was the gearbox, and they were hung in a fully restored frame. All cycle parts were fully restored and finished to the very highest quality and to original factory specification, as can be seen in the photos. The bike’s quality would withstand any degree of scrutiny and inspection.
Having covered a mere 16 miles, since, the machine represents a true investment grade motorcycle in exquisite condition, ready to form a cornerstone of the finest of collections or concours show field.