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The Debenham Sisters

Twin sisters Betty and Nancy Debenham were keen motorcyclists often seen in promotional material for BSA, accompanied by their dog, Poncho. They competed in trials events and Nancy won a Gold Medal at Brooklands in 1926. Their book, Motorcycling for Women (1928) contained a wealth of information for aspiring lady riders, as did their magazine and newspaper articles on the subject.

  • Motor-cycling is an ideal hobby for the tired business girl. She can seek health and pleasure during her precious week-ends by exploring the countryside and the seaside. She can gather her violets and primroses from the woods instead of buying them in jaded twopenny bunches, and her whole week-end's holiday need only cost her the price of her return fare to Brighton.

The book included useful tips such as scraping the fingernails over a bar of soap before working on the motorcycle in order to make them easier to clean afterwards.

  • Women in Motorcycling
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