My 1938 bike, CMJ 159, bears engine and frame numbers JM24-102, and is the second production bike. It was dispatched to The Imperial Cycle Co, Bedford, UK in December 1937. It is one of only four M24s to have matching engine and frame numbers, and also the oldest surviving BSA Gold Star. (Engine JM24-101, which still exists in Australia, is now housed in a frame bearing a later number, and the bike is incorrect in various details. See photo below.)
I have owned CMJ 159 for 20 years and use it on the road and for track events. I take it every year to the Coupes Moto Legende track event at the Dijon GP Circuit in France, and have ridden it at Mallory Park & Cadwell Park in England. In 2006 I rode the bike in the Klausenrennen Memorial Mountain Climb races in Switzerland, and finished both races at a respectable average speed just under 50mph. It has also been back to its spiritual home at Brooklands and ridden up the infamous test hill.
In the past it has been featured in Classic Motorcycle magazines in France, Germany,Italy and more recently in UK.
France: Moto Legende Nr 204 Sept. 2009
Germany: Klassik Motorrad Nr 5 Oct 2009
Italy: Moto Storiche May 2010
UK: Classic Bike Guide April 2013
Classic Bike - article entitled "Beeza Fever" October 2014
I bought JM24 259 in September 2010 in Belgium. It was originally exported to Denmark in 1938, where it had spent its entire life, but I do not have any details of its history. Engine & frame numbers match those in the BSA despatch records.I have brought it back to original specification, and it is now UK registered and back on the road.
This bike has also seen regular action at the Dijon GP circuit over the past 10 years, often ridden by my good friend Nick Unstead.
KM24 369 Competition model
A lovely unrestored 39 Goldie, with chrome plated competition mudguards. One of very few factory-built in a KM23 Silver Star frame with sidecar lugs.
With high level exhaust, 21 inch front wheel and no instrument panel in tank. Restored with 1938 cylinder head
KM24 374 - a handsome non-standard sports machine
Believed to be unrestored, and in very tidy original condition
Resident in Austria and restored in 2011