Former rocker reunited with his beloved motorcycle after half-a-century.
Paul Hayes of Oxfordshire in the UK first bought his AJS Model 31 in 1959 and lived the life of an original café racer, spending time ‘riding, listening to rock music, hanging around cafes and going to picture houses’. But despite it being the way in which he and his girlfriend used to travel back from school, once they were engaged his future mother-in-law was insistent that a motorcycle wasn’t a mode of transport suitable for a married couple and so the bike was sold in 1969, never to be seen again.
Or so he thought.
Over the years, the AJS travelled around the country, from owner to owner, where it was fitted with a sidecar and briefly owned by the then Earl of Cardigan before ending up in an auction at Silverstone. From here it was purchased by a buyer in Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, who placed it for sale online.
“When I retired I thought ‘I wonder whatever happened to my AJS. I really loved that bike’. When I typed the registration into the DVLA’s website it came up with the Range Rover and so I thought it must have been scrapped,” said Paul speaking with the Oxford Mail.
So what did he do next? He decided to do the next best thing and look for a similar machine on eBay.
And it was then that he got the find of his life!
After a quick browse, he discovered that a very similar 1959 AJS was on sale and he contacted the seller for a little more information,
“He said he had the old registration documents and so I asked what the old reg was. He read out the first few digits and I started getting heart palpitations.
Then he read out the rest and I thought ‘good God, that’s my bike’. What are the chances of that happening?’”
And so, after a separation of nearly half a century, Mr Hayes bought the bike and it’s now back in his life.
“I never wanted to sell it. That motorbike, it’s how I met my wife. It’s how I got to work. It was everything.”
Source: Oxford Mail
Who said romance was dead eh?