In June 2022, the Veterans Living History Museum (VLHM) are organising a charity event called Operation Banham. #OPBANHAM will see eight ex-forces veterans retrace the steps of Lewis Banham, a WW2 dispatch rider.
The ride will take the veterans from Blackburn, through France, Belgium, Holland and finally on to Berlin whilst riding a WD BSA M20 similar to Lewis’s, as well as taking & riding a new BSA Gold Star which is on loan from the new BSA Company.
The National Motorcycle Museum is very proud to be supporting Op Banham with its very own restoration team preparing & servicing the BSA M20, with support from BSA themselves.
Lewis Banham himself, who is now 99 years old, along with his grandson will be at the National Motorcycle Museum on Tuesday 26th April to see the bike handed over to the VLHM team. Lewis is looking forward to visiting the NMM and is exceptionally excited to see ‘Old Faithful’ – which is the name he gave to his bike!
This charity event pays homage to the resilience & bravery of this remarkable veteran and his countless missions throughout Europe during WW2, with the funds generated being used to support veteran’s mental health.
For more details, and for how to donate much needed funds: www.vlhm.co.uk/opbanham/