BSA M23 Empire Star 500cc (replica)
1937, ERA Shed, On long term display
This a replica of the bike Wal Handley rode in 1937 to gain a coveted Brooklands Gold Star for lapping the Brooklands track at over 100mph.
This success gave BSA the idea to market the successor of the M23 Empire Star as the M24 Gold Star.
Gold Stars saw much competition use in road races, trials and scrambles (motocross) events, while also being suitable for touring and the ride to work.
Built both in 350cc and 500cc form, Gold Stars remained in production until 1963.