The British Two Stroke Club Ltd

Welcome to the showcase of the British Two-Stroke Club.  This website is not intended to be a place for technical information instead it shows the activities that the club is involved in



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At that time two-stroke machines were, in the main, small capacity models and in motorcycle sport they had been at a disadvantage by being grouped together with much larger four-stroke machines. Foremost in the formation of the Club was a famous competition rider of the day, T.G. (Tommy) Meeten, a former T.T. rider, competitor in the Scottish and International Six Days Trials as well as having set a number of world and endurance records on two-strokes at the famous Brooklands circuit















 

 The story goes that having been impressed by the performance of a diminutive 147cc Francis Barnett model in 1923, which he had ridden in a trial (without any great expectations of it),he thereafter chose to campaign two-stroke machines in preference to much larger four-strokes, which would undoubtedly have been available to him and which would, arguably, have brought him more recognition for his achievements, in the history books.


For many years the British Two-Stroke Club was based at T.G's motorcycle shop, originally at Dorking in Surrey and subsequently (as Meetens Motorcycle Mecca) at Shannon Corner, New Malden, also in Surrey. In the mid 1930’s T.G. took over the manufacture of S.O.S. motorcycles, formerly made by Len Vale Onslow and he continued to manufacture and improve on these up to the outbreak of World War Two. Unfortunately, theft of engines and parts, together with vandalism of the factory equipment, during the war period meant that production was

British Two Stroke Club History


unable to be restarted after the war, which was a serious blow to both T.G. himself and the Club, as the S.O.S. had evolved into a high quality lightweight machine, for which T.G. had promoted the slogans "So Obviously Superior" and "So Often Successful", to match the initials on the tank, which had formerly stood for "Super Onslow Special".


After a lean time for the Club during the late 1960s and 1970s, the BTSC revival took place as a result of the increasing interest in old motorcycles in the early 1980s and from then on the Club has mainly been biased towards people who are interested in keeping and running old two-stroke motorcycles on the road.



















In 2003, the BTSC became a Limited Company in England and Wales and it continues to be a national club for enthusiasts of all types of two-stroke machines and it has several active regional sections.


It still has a strong Villiers following, but it equally encompasses all makes and ages of two-stroke powered machines (including those from overseas from countries like Germany, Italy and Japan).


The British Two-Stroke Club was started in 1929 by a group of enthusiasts, with the intention of encouraging the use of two-stroke powered motorcycles.