A 91-year-old motorcycle was among the classic bikes stolen from a Manchester workshop.
The 76-year-old victim of the theft, Roy Dickman, is said to be “devastated” in his planned retirement year.
The bikes stolen from the Dot motorbike factory in Hulme include:
Thieves also took
What the family says
Gavin Pettigrew, Mr Dickman’s son-in-law, told the Manchester Evening News that the bikes have great sentimental value besides their high price tags.
He says the crime has left Mr Dickman feeling “devastated”.
Garages are in the Dickmans’ blood. Roy Dickman has been in the motorbike trade throughout his career. His father owned a Salford-based garage.
Mr Pettigrew believes that the thieves may come unstuck if they try to sell the classic bikes, tools and parts.
He says that Mr Dickson is very well connected in local classic bike circles.
Can you help?
Greater Manchester Police want the public to help them catch the thieves. They can quote the reference number 290316/549 if they know anything and phone 101.
The crime took place over Easter, but the police appeal has only gone public in the press last week.
The Dot factory - a potted history
1903: Harry Reed establishes the Dot Cycle and Motor Manufacturing Company
1906: The first Dot motorbike is built… with the help of an engine from Peugeot
1908: The Dot Peugeot wins the Isle of Man TT Twin Cylinder Class
1932-48: The Depression and the Second World War mean no bikes are built during this time
1949: Production resumes
1960s: Manufacturing ceases in the face of heavy competition. But the factory still goes on, selling post-war machine spares