Brand of the Week - BSA - 1968 Ad
Initially, after World War II, BSA motorcycles were not generally seen as racing machines, compared to the likes of Norton. In the immediate post war period few were entered in races such as the TT races, though this changed dramatically in the Junior Clubman event. In 1947 there were only a few BSA mounted riders, but by 1952 BSA were in the majority and in 1956 the makeup was 53 BSA, 1 Norton and 1 Velocette.
To improve US sales, in 1954, for example, BSA entered a team of riders in the 200 Miles of Daytonawith a mixture of single cylinder Gold Starsand twin cylinder Shooting Stars. BSA took first, second, third, fourth, and fifth places with two more riders finishing at 8th and 16th.
The BSA factory experienced success in the sport of Moto-Cross with Jeff Smith on a B40, winning the 1964 and 1965 500cc World Championships.It would be the last year the title would be won by a four-stroke engine until the mid-1990s. A BSA motocross machine was often colloquially known as a “Beezer.”
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