Dad told me you had had some trouble John.
Interestingly I went in to my local DVLA office today (Nottingham), armed with some photos of the bike and they told me they did not process the number on the enquiry desk, and they would take all of my information, charge me the £55 and I could expect my tax disc, dating certificate, a new mot with the reg number on it and the certificate to make up plates within the next 3-4 working days. No mention of having to come back for an inspection.
I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that some jobsworth in the back office doesn't get involved and make me take it in!
I'll keep you updated, maybe its luck of the draw?
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1957 Ariel VH
1956 Ariel KH (LARGE project!)