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The Tiger Cub Owners & Enthusiasts Association

SADLY MIKE ESTALL UNEXPECTEDLY PASSED AWAY IN LATE OCTOBER. 

TRIUMPH TIGER CUB EXPERT MIKE, AUTHOR OF THE “TIGER CUB BIBLE”, WAS AND WILL FOREVER BE BEST KNOWN FOR HIS KNOWLEDGE AND READINESS TO SHARE IT WITH ANYONE WHO ASKED. BUT MORE THAN THAT HE WAS PROBABLY THE NICEST MAN YOU WOULD EVER BE LIKELY TO MEET.  HE WAS TOO MODEST TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, SO I NEVER GOT TO TELL HIM.  NOW I WISH I HAD.

BORN IN JANUARY 1938 AT PERIVALE, MIDDLESEX, MIKE LEFT GRAMMAR SCHOOL TO WORK AS A LAB TECHNICIAN THEN DID NATIONAL SERVICE AT RAF TANGMERE IN A.T.C. UNTIL 1961, AFTER WHICH HE BECAME AN OFFICER OF HM CUSTOMS AND EXCISE AT HEATHROW, TAKING EARLY RETIREMENT IN 1991. 

DURING HIS EARLY WORKING LIFE HIS DAILY TRANSPORT WAS A MOTORCYCLE, A NEW TIGER CUB IN 1956, 40,000 MILES LATER EXCHANGED FOR A TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN, THEN A CAR WAS NEEDED FOR THE NEW JOB IN ’61. 25 YEARS LATER MIKE’S INTEREST IN CUBS WAS REKINDLED AND A BASKET CASE CUB WAS PURCHASED, THE FIRST IN A LONG LINE OF RESTORATION PROJECTS WHICH LED TO HIM RESEARCHING THE MARQUE AND PRESERVING EVERY SCRAP OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE.  ALONG WITH HIS PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE ALL THIS WAS COLLATED INTO THE “BIBLE” WHICH IS HIS MONUMENT, HIS “REGISTER OF EXISTING MACHINES” IS HIS LEGACY. 

A GOLFER, PHILATELIST AND ENTHUSIATIC CHORISTER MIKE’S INTERESTS WERE WIDE AND VARIED, BUT HIS DEVOTION TO WIFE OF 57 YEARS JANET AND THEIR FAMILY WAS ALWAYS HIS PRIORITY.

ALL OUR CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO JANET, DAUGHTER HELEN & BRIAN, YOUNGER DAUGHTER CAROLE & OLLY AND GRANDCHILDREN LAUREN & JAMES.”    

MIKE POWELL 24 /10/21 

Please join us for 

A Memorial to celebrate the life of 

Michael John Estall

Monday 8th November 2021 at 3pm

Sedgemoor Crematorium

Stretcholt, Bridgwater

Somerset, TA6 4SR 

Please join us at 

The Gardner’s Arms 

35 Silver St, Cheddar BS27 3LE

4-6pm for a light buffet

Please rsvp to mousseis@hotmail.com

As this is a celebration of life, we would like everyone to wear a splash of colour rather than black tie etc. No flowers please, if you would like to donate to the Weston Hospice then please donate via their website www.westonhospicecare.org.uk.

(Please do a lateral flow test before arriving)

This is the official website of the Triumph Tiger Cub Association, an informal association open to anyone with a passion for Triumph’s classic T20 motorcycles.

You can use this site to find out more about the Cub Club or about the bikes themselves, browse our list of motorcycles and parts for sale, have your questions answered on our Facebook page, or get in touch with us.

If you are already a member, we have a closed Facebook group just for you. Please have your membership number ready.

Many thanks to Mike Estall for authorising the use of the Cub logo for the Triumph Tiger Cub Owners’ & Enthusiasts’ Association.

Contact Mike Estall regarding machine dating and information from Triumph Meriden records

Contact Mike Powell for membership and DVLA Swansea registration matters

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