Hi guys, Sadly I dont have a bike but I used to work at Spondon Engineering I started off as a Saturday lad at the ripe old age of 13 cleaning up the lathes and shop floor and forever making endless drinks for everyone... I remember Bob and Stuart very well, along with all the other guys that worked there in the 80's. Sweary Bob is a good description of him, all the tantrums and spanner throwing are still very clear in my mind. He gave everyone a nick name and the one that stuck for me was Joe 90! I worked for £4 a day and was more than happy with that. I was too scared to ask him for a rise and when I did eventually ask him about 2yrs later, he gladdly upped it to £5. Mind you, by this time, all the jobs that I was doing must have made him a mint. It wouldnt happen like that nowadays, but I did enjoy the work. Thankfully, turning 16 and leaving school Bob and Stuart didnt hesitate to take me on full time for £1 per hour, which to me was like being a millionaire, especially when my mates were on £17.50 YTS schemes. Sadly a few months later, I was offered an apprentiship at British Rail and Bob could not match this. So this is where I parted my relationship with Spondon Engineering and loved every minute of it, even when the lads played tricks on me, like throwing me in the bath of cold dirty water lol... RIP Bob, you taught me lots as a youngster and RIP Spondon Engineering
Welcome to the group, we all fondly remember old Sweary Bob he was one of a kind. We are all still in touch with most of the old employees and love the old tales of Bobs lack of patience with most customers. For a faster response it's always worth looking on our Facebook page.
mike: Just bought a TZ350 spondon , I am looking to road register it but to get a 1976 plate i need to date it . Does anyone know whohas the spondon records of Vin Numbers and year of manufacture ??
Jun 10, 2019 11:35:43 GMT
yamaha36: hello glad to be here have 2 spondon tz yamahas
Jul 16, 2019 17:19:14 GMT
kalle250cc: Hi! Can anyone tell me the FIRST YEAR Spondon aluminium frame made of square tube for TZ 250/350 were used? And were I can read this. I have a classification dilemma in Nordic Classic Racing.
Aug 24, 2019 6:44:08 GMT
wayne: Hi everyone, TZG frame # 430-991873 in Australia. How do I find out when built.
Sept 5, 2019 10:34:34 GMT
crusty: Hi Lads I'v got a frame here that I'd like to get some info on it's a steel cradle frame that was built in 1979 I believe, the frame number is SPE/750F1/16 which is stamped on a small plate brazed on to one of the tubes close to the headstock. Thanks Mike.
Aug 7, 2021 22:30:47 GMT
crusty: I'v got photos if I can figure out how to upload them. Mike.
Aug 7, 2021 22:31:33 GMT
mathini: Hey all, a new member with questions regarding my newly acquired Spondon frame (orig purchase 2014). Can anyone tell me if the alloy frames have any coatings or anodize? I'd like to polish out some blem's, but don't want to create a maintenance nightmare
Aug 11, 2021 21:16:44 GMT
bigelsy: Dear All. Hope you are well.
Oct 14, 2021 9:00:38 GMT
bigelsy: I have obtained a Spondon Hooligan by hook or by crook. (Long Story) I am trying to find a home for it as I do not have the time or facility to do it justice. Is there anyone on here that can give me some guidance to ensure it goes to the right owner.
Oct 14, 2021 9:02:57 GMT