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SIDE STRIDER History

In 1969 Doug Bingham formed The Side Strider Inc. company. What began was street sidecar outfits!

Aside from Harley Davidson who have been mfg. sidecars almost from day one, The Bingham MK-I was the first sidecar in several decades to be available to the general public.

The distinguishing mark in History was the article in the Dec. 1969 issue of Popular Science Magazine.

Several years later, Doug Bingham took that BMW R60 with a production sidecar and raced it at the AMA National Sidecar Road Race at the famous Laguna Seca circuit in California, Circa 1974.

With passenger Pam Stone riding quite comfortably, they finished in a creditable 10th place position.
Note: This is a stock BMW cycle with a street sidecar - racing against a full field of real road racing sidecars...

Interestingly enough, past British sidecar champion Eric Oliver competed in the 1958 Isle of Man Sidecar T.T. race riding a Norton Dominator 88 and a standard Watsonian Monaco. Oliver with his passenger Pat Wise, nice and comfortable finished in the top ten for a bronze replica!

Doug's knowledge of road racing sidecars and off road outfits made him a natural in this business.

In 1972, because of Doug's expertise and first hand knowledge he was approached by Watsonian Worlds oldest and best known sidecar manufacturer to be their exclusive representative.

 

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