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Elstar Motorcycles

Elstar speedway motorcycles were produced in Birmingham from 1965 to 1971.

The name came from the combination of the founder, Alf Ellis and the BSA Star model, as his early grass-track frames were built to take that engine. There was also a speedway version with a JAP engine, and this was followed by trials models in kit form. Construction was simple and the engine cradle could be varied to suit. British or foreign engines were used together with a variety of wheels and forks.

Alf Ellis was killed in a car crash, and his work was continued by Andy Ross. The firm was then sold to Bob Joyner who established a dirt-track team and continued to develop the machines until 1971 or so.

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