Thursday 28 January 2016

Jock Leyden and Jimmy Guthrie

1935 Drawing of Jimmy Guthrie by Jock Leyden

-SG- David Crawford from Northern Ireland (author of the Stanley Woods biography) has recently sent in this attachment regarding Jock Leyden and Jimmy Guthrie. Jimmy Guthrie needs no introduction to site visitors and doubtless many will be familiar with the works of artist / cartoonist / writer Jock Leyden which appeared for many years in the UK motorcycling magazines. David writes:

Jock Leyden in his office holding the Guthrie letter

"Please find attached a photo of the late Jock Leyden,  holding a letter from Jimmy Guthrie dated 9th October 1936. A & J Guthrie Automobile Engineers of Hawick in the lowlands of Scotland was a partnership between Jimmy and his brother Archie until Jimmy's death in 1937. 

Transcript of the letter from Guthrie
Jock cut off the signature for his autograph book. Jock was born in Grangemouth Scotland in 1908, and moved to Durban South Africa, with his parents, at the age of 17. He lived to celebrate his 100th birthday and was a true gentleman! I had the good fortune to meet Jock during motorcycle trips in 1988 & 1993 and was invited into his office in the Durban Daily News where he had worked for many years."