Lanz Success Leads To Field Marshal
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As before, we had a good clean exhaust under idle, and this time
it was great to have a seat to sit on. We selected a gear and
headed off up the yard, the first time in 12 months under its own
We telephoned Norman that evening and informed him that we had
finished restoring his old workhorse, and he was eager to know how
it turned out.
'Well, you had better come and drive it in the grand parade
at our show next week.'
'Really? Yes, of course I'll be there,' Norman
The next week it was bright and sunny as I departed down the
road to the local showground. It was then I discovered the
limitations of a 6 mph top gear, especially when I got rounded up
by Oliver 70's and similar hot rods.
Upon arriving at the grounds, I could see that we had a good
selection of Marshalls from all over the state, 12-20's through
to Series 3. It was then that I saw one gentleman admiring my new
arrival more excitedly than anyone else, pointing it out to all the
people around him. Looking more carefully, I saw it was Norman,
complete with family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
'Yes, that one's mine!' he exclaimed, pointing at
the one original British Firestone tyre on the rear .
We exchanged greetings and discussed aspects of the restoration.
He was in fact surprised we had gone to all the trouble of making
and upholstering a seat, but he was even more surprised at us
cranking the engine by hand. Again the engine started easily, and
we invited Norman to go for a drive.
I was sure that he had a tear in his eye as he stepped off.
After having his photo taken on the Marshall with his
great-grandson, his sense of humour came to the fore again, as Dad
arrived on the scene and asked Norman what he thought of his
'Very nice, but I thought you were going to paint it!'
was his reply as he laughed, remembering our first meeting on that
Norman's Marshall is now proudly parked in our museum
opposite its German nemesis, the Lanz Bulldog, two single cylinder
two-strokes together. I guess another would be nice ... !
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