Triumph over adversity

December 15, 2006

Stephen Heppell's article (Opinion, December 8) drew telling analogies between the current situation of universities and that of the 1960s and 1970s British motorcycle industry: lack of vision, lack of investment, outdated equipment and so forth.

Indeed: BSA, Norton, AJS, Ariel - where are they now? However, the revitalised Triumph company is alive and well, selling more machines a year than it ever did in the 1960s.

Perhaps there's hope for us yet.

On the other hand, Royal Enfields are now made only in India - and exported back to us...

Steve Roberts
Oxford University (and 1961 Thunderbird)

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