Final design changes made to production moulds and approx 21 further Martello sidecars are produced in the mid to late 1980’s.
Dave Clark and John Whitcombe provide Martello with a sidecar fitting service.
Jun 1986 Bill Kilkennys CB750/Martello outfit covered in Motorcycle Enthusiast news report.
1988 Martello sidecar development continues with production of 30oz ‘plug’ special with the design aim to cut and widen this shell to produce a mould for a more broader design and incorporate other refinements.
1989 Due to commercial pressures Martello sidecar production is put on hold without further progress on the 30oz design. The 30oz shell is placed in storage in the back of Len Turners garden shed.
1993 The 30oz shell is given by Len Turner to Dave Clark to allow Dave to produce his silver ST1100 Pan European outfit and has subsequently found its way in 2010 to John Whitcombe for use on his gold Honda 50th anniversary ST1100 Pan European outfit.
1995 early Final Martello sidecar canopy produced as spare item for Dave Johnson - now with author as strategic spare.
1995 mid Martello Plastics relocate to new premises and the final commercial decision taken to stop further production of the Martello sidecar. Production moulds broken up at works to ease storage space constraints.
2015 late Original ‘Moby Dick’ 12 part moulds passed onto Clive Cheer in Clacton with the aim of developing a test plug to confirm the viability of further sidecar production (son of Moby Dick?).
2016 May 30th Year Martello Gathering held near Canterbury Kent
Martello Sidecar Production Run Summary:
1980 - Creation of test plug from Cliff Day moulds
1980/81 - Development of pre-production mould (Lens and Malcolms shells)
1982 - 1st Production batch run (Dave Clark, Stan Ching, Les Bray)
1983 - Further refinement of design to passenger canopy.
1984 - Mid term production runs to order (approx 21 off)
1988 - Final Martello production shells (Dave Johnson and Paul Ennis)
1988 - 30z special produced
1995 - Single passenger canopy manufactured – intended for ‘Moby Dick’.
1995 - Final decision to cease production and moulds broken up.
Clifford Day and ‘Moby Dick’
Circa 1963 and Clifford Day of Warlingham, Surrey decides to return to sidecars by designing and building his own glass fibre sidecar suitable to carry his wife and three children. Copy of a news paper article (unknown news source, but hand dated 1966) details the story and acknowledges the high level of workmanship present in design and manufacture.
NOTE: copy of news article included in the following chapter.
Circa 1975 and Cliff commences the development of the ‘Moby Dick’ design using contacts at the Brabham F1 team and his own experience. Friends recall Cliff stating that general design cues taken from the Marcos 1800 and Wessex sidecar, with some of the 12 part mould set being taken from sculptured clay former.
The Marcos 1800 – subsequently made as a kit car
Selection of Cliff Day 12 part ‘Moby Dick’ Mould Set.
Soft top inner mould
Note: Cliff was not adverse to using living room wall paper to create moulds