Greeves Scottish metal wall sign

Essential lowbrow art for your garage, lounge, hall or ... wherever

Specifications: Steel plate backing. 300mm x 400mm. Printed direct to recycled metal. Original Sump design.

 

 

Only £14.99

plus P&P. UK £4.30. EU £6.50. World £11.10

 

UK P&P £4.30

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Greeves Scottish metal wall sign

 

Instructions for use:

 

1. Remove carefully from the packaging.

2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.

3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.

4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.

5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).

6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.

7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.

8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.

9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).

10. Tell your friends.

 

That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.

 

 

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A quality framed motorcycle print unique to Sump Magazine

Specifications: Solid oak frame. 8-inch x 6-inch high-resolution image. UK designed and produced. Reinforced corners.

£9.99

 

 

Greeves Motorcycles framed print

 

About this framed print...

 

We've got a particular soft spot for Greeves motorcycles. It's the "mystique" of the Greeves back-story that we like. Derry Preston Cobb. Bert Greeves. Invacar. The creation of a new motorcycle company. The new thinking with the cast beam downtube. The rubber-in-torsion suspension. The competition successes of Dave Bickers (and the tragic loss of Brian Stonebridge). The range of bikes. And the colours.

 

Especially those.

 

The image on this framed print is of a 246cc Greeves Scottish model, specifically a 1967 bike. We figure that all Greeves competition bikes are best enjoyed at jaunty angles, so it seemed natural to display it here at an appropriate incline.

 

Greeves framed motorcycle printThis high-quality print looks good on its own, and looks better in a set of four. Are we trying to upsell you? Well, a bit. But these framed prints really do look better in a collection. Check our range below and see if you agree. They're designed to be displayed on a wall, desk, shelf or wherever.

 

Our Greeves Scottish print is mounted in a 225mm x 175mm x 16mm solid oak frame. The high quality image measures 203mm x 152mm (or 8-inches x 6-inches, if you prefer).

 

As soon as we receive your order, we'll despatch. The prints are in stock right now and ready to go. So start clearing some space for one or more of them. You'll be glad you did.

 

 


 

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Greeves mini metal motorcycle sign

200mm x 150mm. Printed in the UK direct-to-metal.
Note that these are smaller than our 300mm x 400 large metal signs as shown at the top of this page.

 

Greeves Motorcycles metal sign

 

£8.99

 

 

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There are plenty of things that the oft-maligned British county of Essex is thankful for. Miles of relaxing coastline. Some of the best oysters in the world (or so we're told). Numerous seaside towns to explore. Quaint olde worlde villages in acres of rolling countryside. Nature parks. Stately homes. Public gardens. And Greeves Motorcycles.

We mention Greeves last, but not least, because the story of this firm and the products it created is one of those homespun tales of a local boy done good; a boy—or, rather, a man—who for a generation or more helped put Essex on the world motorcycle map.

 

Bert Greeves - Greeves Motorcycles

 

Greeves Motorcycles was founded by Oscar Bertrum "Bert" Greeves. He wasn't an Essex man, except by adoption. He was actually born in Lyon, France to British parents. As a young man, he began an apprenticeship at the Birmingham Longbridge Works of the Austin Motor Company, then in its postwar heyday.

 

Derry Preston-Cobb
and Invacar

 

He lived in neighbouring Worcestershire where (so goes the legend) he devised the idea of fitting a small engine to his disabled cousin's wheelchair. That cousin was Derry Preston-Cobb who, together with Bert Greeves, subsequently formed the Invacar company for similarly disabled men and women. Aided by government grants, the firm (founded in 1946) quickly grew in size and was located at Thundersley, Essex, just a few miles from Southend-on-Sea.

 

Beam downtube and the
leading link fork

 

Quick to diversify, by 1950 Bert Greeves was planning a two-stroke motorcycle which incorporated his trademark cast-in-beam aluminium alloy downtube. This rigid and simple design was backed by a leading-link front fork underpinned by rubber-in-torsion suspension.

The trials and scrambles models that followed were soon very successfully campaigned in all the major, and many of the minor, international races and earned a reputation for quality. Meanwhile, road models proved that the company also understood the needs of the man-in-the-street.

Greeves quickly developed its own engines, but also deployed Villiers and British Anzani manufactured units. Gearboxes were supplied by Albion or built or reworked in-house.

The export market was particularly lucrative, notably the USA. And everywhere, these lightweight Greeves motorcycles showed firms such as Triumph and BSA that this small Essex upstart was a serious player. For a decade or more, Greeves motorcycles was leading the charge and not following the herd.

 

Villiers 246cc engine

 

The Greeves Scottish shown here is powered by a 246cc Villiers engine (with a Greeves barrel). It was named in honour on the firm's performance and class win in the 1957 Scottish Six Days Trials (SSDT) on bikes ridden by Jack Simpson and Ernie Smith. Johnny Brittain (350cc Royal Enfield) was the outright winner that year.

This 1967 model is exactly the way we like these bikes. Lightweight. Simple. Rugged. And dependable. We're not in the same league as famed Greeves riders Brian Stonebridge and Dave Bickers, but we wouldn't let that stop us owning one of these when the right moment comes around.

The size of this Greeves Scottish metal sign is a generous 300mm x 400mm, which is roughly the size of two A4 sheets of paper. The signs are printed direct to metal in the traditional way.

Will you like it when you see it? We think so. If we didn't, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.

We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied).

Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.

And remember this if you will:

We don't sell anything that we don't hang in our own garages.

 

 

 

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