Benbros Mighty Midgets
No.29 RAC Motorcycle Patrol
The second motorcycle in Benbros Mighty Midgets was No.29 RAC Motorcycle. The Royal Automobile Association patrols with their distinctive blue livery were a frequent sight on British roads in the 1950's & 60's.
No.29 RAC Motorcycle model was based on the AA Motorcycle Patrol (No.3) and used the same motorcycle casting and solid unpainted metal wheels, and also the Type 2 AA screen without identification.
The sidecar was a new casting with rounded front and the 'RAC' logo in the centre. 'Made in England' was cast underneath.
The opening lid was the same casting as the AA one. A few very early models appear to have had the black luggage rails fitted but these were almost immediately dropped and all later models were without rails (although the holes remained).
The metal rider was also the same casting as the AA one but painted blue with pink trim on the face. On very early issues the RAC version had a white cap but like the sidecar rails this was soon dropped and all later RAC riders had blue caps.
There was no subsequent change to No.29 RAC Motorcycle. The bike was always black and the sidecar and screen blue without variation.
The unpainted metal wheels with simulated spokes were fitted with nail-head & crimped axles on early models. These were later replaced by round-head & crimped ones but for a while the axle types overlapped and some models have both, usually with nail-heads on the front. The rear axle served both of the rear wheels and helped to secure the sidecar and motorcycle together, the other fixing being at the front of the sidecar.
The very early issue of No.29 RAC Motorcycle with sidecar rails and white rider's cap is rare. The more common version (without rails and with a blue cap on the rider) is still quite hard to find.
Variation 1 : sidecar rails, rider with white cap
Benbros No.29 Motorcycle RAC Patrol
BLACK motorcycle, BLUE sidecar & screen
BLUE rider, MM box
(1) Sidecar WITH RAILS, rider with WHITE cap
(2) Sidecar WITHOUT RAILS, rider with WHITE cap
(3) Sidecar WITHOUT RAILS, rider with BLUE cap
Variation 2 : no sidecar rails, rider with white cap
This model has both axle types
Variation 3 : no sidecar rails, rider with blue cap
Benbros No.29 RAC Motorcycle - underside