Three decades after the last vestiges of Royal Enfield production left the Midlands, a manufacturer is continuing to make parts for the new wave of motorcycles.
Hitchcock's's Motorcycles has made about 1,000 different parts for the bicycles which were built in Redditch until the late 1960s.
And in a coals-to-Newcastle situation, the firm is now bucking the outsourcing trend by supplying components to Royal Enfield riders in India, where 25,000 motorbikes are still produced every year.
Hitchcock's, which is based in Chadwick End, Solihull, is looking to increase its manufacturing arm to service the heritage motorbike market.
Allan Hitchcock, who set up the company in 1984, has built the company into a £1 million a year business from an initial £2,000 loan from his father.
Allan said: "I was 17 and left school, and I had always played around with bikes in my dad's field, when a lorry load of Royal Enfield parts became available from a collector.
"I did not know what an Royal Enfield was really, although I was interested in British motorbikes.
"I borrowed £2,000 from my dad to buy it, and then I was in at the deep end."
Mr Hitchcock started selling the parts to enthusiasts, and began sourcing other components from auto jumble sales. It was a very teenagey type of business, and I realised after two years I wasn't going to make a living at it."
So Allan, whose father Ray was once played country cricket as an all-rounder for Warwickshire, asked for a little more help.
He said: "My dad had a sports shop in Solihull and he wanted me to run it eventually. So we made I deal. If I would work in the shop during the mornings, my parents would let me use their house to run the parts business from."
Another break came in 1988 when an ex dealer from London decided to retire and sell up his stock and information about his component suppliers.
"This changed the business totally. From mainly dealing in old second hand parts we went to having a reasonable stock of new genuine parts.
"I realised if the business was to go on, we couldn't continue to rely on second hand parts. There are only so many of them around, while there are a lot of people who wanted the parts to restore their heritage bikes.
"I did not realise there was such a market for the parts, but we decided to make them."
Allan's wife Jo joined the business in 1990, and eventually it moved to its own premises.
"We moved from occupying a small room in my dad's house to taking up two garages, a shed and the back bedroom.
"We were taking over the house, so we had to move."
Allan and Jo switched to Chadwick End in 1992 and set up a business near to their house. In 1996, the company began taking on its own staff, first in an outhouse of the Hitchcock's home, before moving to new, larger premises.
The company now employs ten people, and has its own workshop which manufactures components.
As well as replacement parts for Enfield bikes, it manufactures improvement parts which allow Indian built Enfield bullets to be converted into the trial, scrambler and other popular models from the 1950s and 1960s.
Among the pieces manufactured in the Hitchcock's workshop are real wheel sprockets, number plate clips and rear drive housings.
Allan said: "I had a lathe 15 years ago, because we couldn't get the quality of the parts we needed, and then our engineer Charlie King joined and it increased from there.
"We must have produced about 500 to 600 different parts, while we stock 10,000 altogether from other manufacturers.
"There is a big market for heritage bikes; people buy them because they loved them in the 1950s and 1960s but couldn't afford them then, but they can now.
"Some buy them from India and convert them. We have even sold some parts to bikers in India."
Hitchcock's has also sold parts to Chile, New Caledonia in the Pacific and even the Falkland Islands.
Now the company is planning to increase its manufacturing base.
Allan said: "Quality is a problem, we can get tube bonding and sheet metal work done, but we don't have control over the quality.
"We want to manufacture more components in the future because that gives us more control and quality.
"Because people are restoring their bikes as a hobby, everything has to be exactly right."
Allan said the future looked bright.
He said: "Every year were are growing, and will continue to expand, although we will be sticking with Enfield.
"It's nice that a little bit of Enfield is still being made not far from the original factory."