BSA managing director James Leek reckoned scooters could be profitable. Bert Hopwood’s design team duly produced two models for the Earl’s Court show: the 70cc twostroke Dandy and the 197cc fourstroke Beeza.

Organisers of a North vs South trial at Cuerden Park, Lancs were prosecuted under the 1780 Sunday observance law. The RAC’s lawyers suggested ways round the law, such as free entry to Sunday events, combined with high parking charges. Also still on the statute books was the 1625 Sunday Observance Act, which banned music as well as sport. The RAC advised organisers to ignore this anachronism as offenders could be fined a maximum of 3s 4d (about 17p).