Save Our Mangham-Wilson-Allen
Click here for the article on the Texas Ceegar featured in the May 24th, 2016 issue of Cycle News.
From the December issue of Classic Bike Magazine
Uncrating the Streamliner at the National Motorcycle Museum
A request was made to add one of Paul Valentine's photos of the Texas Cegaar to an article about the streamliner on Wikipedia Commons. This is that photo.
Paul responded with:
You are welcome to use this photo. I am certainly happy to provide it. This motorcycle has a special meaning to me and fellow members of my club, The “North Texas Norton
Owners Association.” A very special friend and member of our group, Jack Wilson” (deceased) built the engine that powered this bike to that land speed record.
As you certainly already know, this motorcycle was built at Mangham Field. North Richland Hills TX. This airfield was private airport that used to exist only a few miles from where I now live. Little exists
of the old airport property now. Only the remnants of a stone wall that once separated the grounds from the street In front of it. The city of North Richland Hills TX recently honored Stormy Mangham by
dedicating a new plaza in front of the new library building to him, naming it “Stormy Plaza”.
The bike in this photo, of course, is a mostly reproduced version of the original, as the original was mostly destroyed in a tragic fire at the British Motorcycle Museum several years ago. The original frame
was salvaged and was reused when the bike was rebuilt for the museum, and whatever other salvageable parts that could be reused. The original mold that Stormy used to build the body of this motorcycle still
was/is still in the possession of club associates, and that mold was used to rebuild this body. I personally helped, just a little, in the rebuilding of this body.
I am very happy that you wish to do a feature on this wonderful machine. The current and past editions Triumph “Bonneville” Motorcycle would not bear that name were it not for the efforts of this group of
‘enthusiasts’ and their efforts at Bonneville.
I believe I have made the appropriate changes in the license, so if I can be of any further assistance, let me know. If you need any other information on this bike, I may be able to help you with that as
Paul A. Valentine.
Our SOS project is now complete. The Streamliner has arrived safely at the
museum in Birmingham. Thank you all for your
support over the past year. It's been a very gratifying project.We've created quite a stir in the motorcycling community. Speed Channel
aired a very nice segment on our Bonneville trip and the restoration last
week on 2 Wheel Tuesday. Articles are in the works from Cycle World,
Classic Bike, and Antique Motorcycle Club of America. There were several
freelance journalists at Bonneville from Europe so I expect some articles
from them too but I don't know which magazines we'll be in.
The very last task is a fun one. The National Motorcycle Museum in
Birmingham will be conducting their Grand Re-Opening January 15, 2005 and
everyone is invited! So far we have about 30 people attending. Most are
bring significant others. My wife and I are staying over in London for the
week after to do the tourist thing. I've requested discount rates from the
museum hotels for any SOS volunteers or supporters. I can't play travel
agent for everyone but if you are interested in attending please let me
know and I will put you in contact with the museum/hotel staff to work out
your travel plans. Flights are cheap since January is the off season.
It'll be cold and wet to say the least but at least they have warm beer!
Here are the museum and hotel websites. Click on "articles" on the museum
website and you'll see the Streamliner and other restored bikes.
Interesting side note: The Manor Hotel is only a few blocks from the site
of the old Triumph factory in Meriden. I drove through it last year and
it's a housing development now but all the streets are named for famous
Triumph bikes and personalities.
Key Players: <[Dennis
Tackett]> <[Ed Mabry]> <[Keith Martin]>
<[Dave Howe]> <[The
Crew]> <[George Tuttle]>
The Texas Ceegar is back on the Salt exactly 48 years to the day
of its record run.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone directly involved in
the project. Keith Martin, Paul Laubach, Steve Adkins, and Cory Korn at
RPM Cycle. Ed Mabry, Dean Baker, George Tuttle, Dave Howe, Bob Kizer, Dan
Dzivi, and all the NTNOA volunteers.
Jason Small and the staff at Herb's Pint and Body in Plano. John O'Donnell
with Avteq for the use of his trailer. Stewart Garrison for supplying the
SPSD truck, gas tank, and sand blasting. Denis Manning at BUB Enterprises
for the tyres and Speed Week. Associated Fiberglass for casting the two
sets of bodywork. Charles Mangham and his friends and family. I hope I
mentioned everyone. If I did not, please drop me a note and I'll be sure
you do. It has taken literally a cast of hundreds to complete this
Last but not least I'd like to take a moment to remember the original
dreamers, builders, and riders. Stormy Mangham, Jack Wilson, Johnny Allen,
Pete Dalio, Jess Thomas, and Rusty Bradley. These guys are my heroes. It
has been an honor and privilege to restore their fantastic machine. This
has been one of the most memorable events in my life.
*** A note from Roy Richards, owner, National Motorcycle
Museum, Birmingham England. ***
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 9:22 AM
Subject: Streamliner Project Complete
Thank you for your email and the pictures of the Streamliner.
I am just thrilled.
Without fail please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all those who have
achieved this wonderful conclusion in resurrecting the burnt-out
I look forward to hearing from you on your return from Bonneville.
Again thank you all
With very best regards
The S.O.S. Project - The Beginning
National Motorcycle Museum located in Birmingham, England
experienced a severe fire on the afternoon of 16 September, 2003. Tragically
three of the Museum's five exhibit halls were destroyed along with around
650 machines. Many irreplaceable machines were damaged in the fire, but,
where possible, some will be restored to their original condition. To this
end the Save Our Streamliner (S.O.S.) project is committed to the
restoration of the record setting "Texas Ceegar."
This museum was Mecca for British bike enthusiasts. We all mourn the
tragic loss of the fine old machines in the September fire. As bad as this
is for the stock machines, it is doubly so for the competition bikes that
can not be replaced as many were "one-offs" and/or had important historical
significance. One such bike was the 1956 Triumph Streamliner
that set the world motorcycle speed record at 214.40 mph which had
been on display in the Competition Hall. The team of Jack Wilson (tuner),
Johnny Allen (rider), and Stormy Mangham (builder) set the motorcycling
world on its collective ear by beating the Bonneville speed record set by
the factory NSU team. The bike was sold to the museum by Jack Wilson in
This bike is particularly significant for us as it was designed, built,
tuned and ridden by Texans: Stormy Mangham, Jack Wilson and Johnny Allen
respectively, all of Fort Worth, Texas. The engine was a highly-tuned,
normally aspirated, methanol/nitro burning Thunderbird 650CC street twin!
And...the Triumph Bonneville took it's name from this bike. This sad event
has led to the formation of a core group of volunteers and restoration
experts, commissioned by the museum, to save the Wilson-Allen-Mangham
The reason for this website is to let everyone know that despite the
streamliner being virtually destroyed in the fire, it will rise again! This
collective group of Triumph fans and long-time friends of Jack Wilson (now
deceased) brought the "remains" back home to Texas, USA for rebuilding and
restoration. The engine and tranny are being replaced as all the aluminum
parts had melted; the badly warped, bent and twisted frame is being
painstakingly straightened and the body is being recreated from the original
fiberglass molds that we held onto all these years, never knowing what we
would ever do with them! One of our members and reconstruction experts is Ed
Mabry who has a long history of setting records at Bonneville. Keith Martin
at RPM Cycle, who worked with Jack Wilson over 12 years, is reconstructing
the engine and gearbox.
Publicity & Fund Raising Coordinator
Dennis Tackett - Project Manager - after opening the crate shipped
from the museum containing the streamliner:
"Holy Crap! Only the frame is left!"
Dennis Tackett - Project Manager - to the first restoration group
"This is the Holy Grail of motorcycle restorations"
Roy Richards - Museum Owner - to Dennis Tackett during their meeting in
the UK after the fire:
"Our motto is 'Where Legends Live On', and we will honor that statement
by rebuilding the museum"
Dennis Tackett reply:
"and we'll do the same with the streamliner"
Want to see the best Brit Bike thread anywhere, anytime, period?
My friend Simon Davis (Sir Simon) and his mate Andy spent time at the British National Museum a year or so ago and came up with this. Si grew up with these bikes, wrenched them and raced them. Now
he photographs & writes about them. If things work out you may be treated to some of his stuff here in the States. Si is coming over for a visit this year in September. I wanted to get him
to Lake O' the Pines but I don't think time will allow it.
This is a 2-page thread and if you want to see all the bikes you'll need to scroll past a lot of text posts, the pics are in "bunches".
Click here to view the thread.
Dangerous Dave Howe