A new concept for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)…
…Time limited online screenings streamed at www.macearchive.wordpress.com
In the coming months MACE will ‘screen’ a series of ten themed compilation films here on our blog. Each themed compilation will stream online for 4 weeks.
A New Way of Seeing Screening 2:
Commenced: Thursday 9th August 2012
Closes: Friday 7th September at 5pm
Title: Bits Stuck Anywhere: The Decline of BSA and the Birmingham Motorcycle Industry
How did the Midlands’ once mighty motorcycle industry decline into industrial turmoil and eventual collapse? Using archive film from the MACE collection we will travel from the post-war boom years of mass produced motorcycles to the 1970s when motorcycle giant BSA faced closure and the eventual ignominy of a public auction of its assets. Perhaps the school boys were right and BSA did stand for Bits Stuck Anywhere….This sales decline is contrasted with glorious footage of the riders in action: the Midlands’ own leather jacked clad ‘ton-up boys’ taking to the streets of Birmingham and Leicester when the only motorcycles that mattered were made in Britain.