John Dent Goodman elected as Chairman of Birmingham Small Arms Association.
|1861||Birmingham Small Arms company formed to manufacture guns by machinery J.D.Goodman elected as chairman.|
Heath factory commences weapon manufacture as power engines are
Small Arms and Metal Company Ltd formed to deal with massive order
placed by Prussian army.
Otto demonstrates his Dicycle to BSA Directors by riding it up and
down boardroom table! First threeOtto machines delivered 5th August.
Company adopt their 'Piled Arms' trademark.
title reverts back to 'Birmingham Small Arms Ltd'.
powered motor-bicycle produced using a Minerva engine. Eadie
Manufacturing Company of Redditch acquired.
all-BSA 3½hp motor-bicycle unveiled at Olympia, London. Daimler Motor
Company of Coventry acquired.
Kenneth Holden, chief tester, wins first race on standard 3'/2hp model at Brooklands, averaging 60.75
out of eight BSA entrants finish TT races. Model H, all chain driven,
557cc, 4lAhp introduced. First sidecars built. Great War marks return
to mass production of munitions.
Work commences on four-storey 'New' Building for Lewis Gun manufacture. Expansion to five factories
Cycles Ltd formed. Model E 770cc SV Vee-Twin announced.
Trophy races end in total disaster. Six specially built machine all
fail to finish. Commander Godfrey Herbert DSO appointed Managing
Director, BSA Cycles Ltd.
G 986cc SV Vee-Twin announced.
range expanded with introduction of 350cc Model L and 500cc model S 'Sports'.
production year for highly popular Model B 'Round Tank'. First OHV
Model L produced. Harry Perrey leads competition team up Screw Hill
and to summit of Mount Snowden.
Maudes Trophy win with demonstration of sixty climbs of Bwlcb-Y-Groes.
A. E. Perrigo joins competition department. Model S 500cc OHV 'Sloper'
announced. John Castley and Bertram Cathrick set out on eighteen-month
World Tour riding Model G Combinations.
Eadie works closed, all motorcycle production transferred to Small
Perrigo wins inaugural British Experts Trial. First BSA three-wheeler
powered by air-cooled Vee-Twin produced.
range of wet-sump lubricated, upright cylinder models announced.
Perrigo wins victory trial on Blue Star. Team award won by BSA team.
500cc Fluid Flywheel motorcycle announced but fails to reach
commemorate King George V's Silver Jubilee, Empire Star models announ
Page joins design department and presents complete new range of M and
B group singles, later joined by 250cc C group models.
Handley wins Brooklands Gold Star on dope-tuned M23 Empire Star.
Alloy-engine M24 Gold Star announced at Earls Court.
Maudes Trophy victory with endurance test using M21 Combination and
M23 Empire Star.
Leek leads BSA in massive war effort by producing vast arsenal of
weapons for Allies, plus 126,000 M20 motorcycles.
BSA employees killed in Blitz. Programme of dispersal factories
Motors of Selly Oak acquired.
of civilian models resumed. Popular model B31 produced, equipped with
500cc OHV parallel twin model A7 announced. Redditch dispersal factory
produces twin-cylinder Sunbeam S7.
to Isle of Man TT as ZB Gold Stars enter Clubman races.
of half a million Bantam two-stroke models leaves Redditch factory.
Hopwood joins BSA and designs 6SOcc Al0 Golden Flash. Harold Clark
wins 350cc Clubmans TT.
Tozer wins first-ever ACU Sidecar Trials Star.
Engineering Company acquired from Jack Sangster for £21/2m.
joins BSA board of Directors.
Maudes Trophy win as Brian Martin, Norman Vanhouse and Fred Rist
sensationally take three stock A7 Star Twins on 4,500 mile (7,240km)
test, winning ISDT team trophy. Gene Thiessen breaks world record on
Bonneville salt flats reaching 143.5mph (230. l2kph) on methanol4uned
Motorcycles Ltd and BSA Cycles Ltd formed as separate divisions.
Beach 200-mile (320km) race won by A7 Star Twins.
Codd wins Junior and Senior Clubmans TT riding Gold Stars. Sir Bernard
Docker ousted by Jack Sangster in AGM chairmanship battle. Edward
Turner succeeds James Leek as Automotive Chief Executive.
Cycles sold to Raleigh; BSA and Daimler Cars sold to Jaguar Motors. £2.1
m profit announced.
in long line of unit construction singles as 250cc OHV model C15 is
celebrates centenary. Jack Sangster retires after declaring annual
profit of £3m. Succeeded by Eric Turner.
Vincent wins BSA's first and only full International TT with A7
Shooting Star 'kneeler outfit'. New range of unit-constructed
twin-cylinder A50 and A65 models announced.
Turner retires as Managing Director, replaced by Harry Sturgeon. Ariel
production transferred to Small Heath. National BSA Owners Club formed.
Smith wins World Moto-Cross Championship. 44lcc Victor Scrambler
of Harry Sturgeon; Lionel Jofeh installed as Managing Director.
Umberslade Hall research establishment founded. Queen's Award to
Queen's Award presented to BSA. Three cylinder 750cc Rocket Three
Smith awarded MEE. Thirteen-model line-up including new 350cc OHC Fury
shown at lavish London hotel dinner.
Automotive Group devastated by £8m trading loss. Eric Turner and
Lionel Jofeh depart. Lord Shawcross installed to lead rescue.
£3 m loss declared by group.
near bankruptcy. Government-sponsored take-over by Manganese Bronze
Holdings. Norton-Villiers-Triumph Company formed. Machines bearing the
'Piled Arms' trademark no longer produced.
Meriden workers thwart attempts to produce Triumph engines at Small
Heath. Factory site sold to Birmingham Corporation.
BSA Owners Club formed.
Heath factory demolished.