This page is intended to be a repository for items that are not directly relevant to any one particular department of the AMC firm, but which are considered sufficiently interesting to viewers who may have personal recollections of the subjects covered.
All the photos in this collection have been image-mapped (hover cursor over faces to identify) and names given where positive identification exists. If you recognise anyone - even yourself - in the pictures, whose face is un-named, then please contact the website where we will be happy to include any information you can give.
Three Norvil racing Commando bikes, posing outside the Burrell Grove race shop and on the main factory roof.
Photos courtesy of Norman White website
Personnel Office assistant Val Maddocks (sister of Ron Maddocks, capstans machinist) showing
off a nice pair of US market Commandos, fresh off the Woolwich factory assembly line.
This picture is of AMC van driver Teddy Mehan and assembly shop worker Eric Pratt (in full stylish racing leathers)
enjoying a break on a country road with unknown girl aboard his Norton.
The three monochrome pictures were used for publicity purposes and featured design draughtsman Terry Wetherfield
and an office girl (not Dusty Springfield) in various photogenic settings.
The first colour picture is an advert that uses Terry's drawing office colleague Ned Hooker along with Joan Anderson (Jock West's secretary) as in-house models, whilst the the fellow in the second picture is John McDermott from the AMC Publicity Department.
The tool room personnel of the '60s organised several car/motorbike rallies in the summer months.
This set of pictures was taken in the car park of Bodium Castle, East Sussex, at the end of one of them.
Not sure of the time, the place or even the reason for this party, but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.
In 1963, at the height of the British Beat period, AMC had its own guitar/drums group who called themselves the Ajays.
These two photos show them playing in the works canteen. With that number of instrumentalists, it must have been quite a sound!
This picture of Sales Director Jock West, discussing the features of a Matchless bike with WWII flying ace Douglas Bader, was taken at the 1960 Earls Court Motor Cycle ShowPhoto courtesy of David Lewis Go to Top of Page
This photograph shows employees from the gearcutting and milling departments,
plus some office staff, about to set off on a coach outing in the early 1950s.
This photo of Assembly Shop personnel was taken prior to the Xmas 1951 holiday
and features special guest TRUNKIE (an over-inflated tyre inner tube)
Another party whose date, location and reason (who needs a reason) is not known, but plenty of smiling faces and full glasses.
At least, from the decorations in the background, we can tell that this is a Christmas party,
but we still don't know the date or the location that it was held in.
(Quite a few test riders and assembly staff with their wives).
Here are a couple of photos, taken at different times, showing the tool room personnel wearing
their paper hats in preparation for the forthcoming Christmas break.
No expense spared on the balloons!