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Hughie Hancox


Hughie Hancox
Hughie Hancox is probably best known for his restorations of classic Triumph twins of the 50's & 60's, and as an ex Triumph employee, who for many years had been turning neglected Triumphs into gleaming examples of Meriden's finest. He was also the Vice President of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club of Great Britain and an accomplished international concours judge. This came about because his restored machines, owned by his customers, won so many awards at the Classic Bike Show (the premier classic show in the UK) so often that he was asked to stand down and give others a chance. It was then that the organisers appointed him a Judge!

Hughie's career

Hughie started work at the Meriden factory just after Christmas 1953 as a seven-year trainee, working in the Service Dept and Repair Shop as a fitter until his call - up for National Service with the Royal Corps of Signals. After a period of training and serving as a despatch rider he graduated to the famous Royal Corps of Signals Motorcycle Display Team or "White Helmets" as they were known. He was not only a riding member of the team, participating in all the displays, but was also the Corporal Team Fitter, responsible for keeping the "Team Triumphs" on top form.

From 1981 Hughie ran his own restoration business, becoming hugely successful all over the world with his work on Triumphs. In addition he has made several Video productions as part of the "Cub Video" partnership, dealing with overhauling of Triumph Engine / Gearbox units, and a very useful carburettor setting video that can be used to set up the carburation on most British post war four-stroke singles & twins. He also appeared in numerous films and television programmes, and featured prominently with other famous faces on several motorcycling videos. He was also an accomplished author, with a best selling book (now in its third re-print) about his time at Meriden and with a further book entitled “Triumph - Production Testers Tales” completed shortly before his death and due to be published in September 2012.
After demob in 1959, he resumed work at Meriden in the Experimental Department, and actually worked on the prototype "Bonneville", then undergoing high-speed mileage tests up and down the newly opened M1 Motorway. In 1960 Hughie transferred to the Production Test dept where he became one of the legendary Triumph testers. In 1962 he returned to his first love, the Service / Repair Department as a fitter until 1966 when he was promoted onto the Service Department staff as a "Technical Adviser / Trouble-Shooter" where he worked for John R. Nelson (Patron of the T.O.M.C.C.) who subsequently moved to Norton / Villiers, and then for Alex Scobie who took over as manager until the factory closure in 1973.