In the genes?
By Anthony van Someren - 24 Oct 11
Mac on his BSA between 1927 and 1930This is my uncle Mac - my grandma Nora's brother, who lived with her in Staffordshire in the 70s. I remember him very well as I grew up visiting her home. He was always in the shed. I actually assumed he lived in the garden somewhere, as I don't think I ever saw him in the house, even though we often slept and ate there as a family. He had calloused hands, a gravelly voice and always wore a flat cap (...at least in my head he did, anyway). But it gets better than that...
Nora MacDonald and Veda Blezzard on Mac's bikeNora (at the front, natch) was a force to be reckoned with. As my grandma I remember she smoked 40 a day, drank like a fish, had a ram-rod straight back and took no nonsense from anyone. As a young woman she was pretty out-there (I'm told), and this pic seems to be evidence of that. I'm guessing it's a fairly outlandish photo of a lady, for the late 1920s. (...although Mac was clearly smart enough to put the centre stand down) Mac obviously loved cars and bikes, and made the most of his passions.