I am sorry to report that "Gold Star Freddie" has passed away, May 20,2019. He suffered a brain aneurysm and died on the way to the hospital. He was always ready with information and advice for anyone who ask. He will be missed in our realm.
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1951 ZB GS 1953 BB GS 1953 Super Flash 1954 Vincent BS 1963 RGS 1956 Triumph T110
Freddie lived in Teaneck NJ which is only about 5 miles from where I live. I first met him just over 10 years ago when he had bought a job lot of old project bikes from a dealer who had closed down. Most of the bikes were Japanese but there were the remains of a 1965 Triumph T100SR there---with the gearbox parts in a big plastic bucket with two inches of water at the bottom and which had previously held cat litter. I bought the bike and we became friends. Strangely enough we never saw each other locally in NJ but we always met up at swap meets and had a good chat. Freddie always asked me if he was having problems with the odd Triumph he had acquired. Like Ed I last saw him at Oley last month. He was a BSA man through and through and his nom de plume "Gold Star Freddie" suited him well. His workshop was as well equipped as a dealers at the height of BSAs activities with a complete wall of small metal drawers with each one marked with a BSA part number. He was quite a shy man but would help anyone once he got to know you. He was a big man in the Gold Star world and his passing leaves a big hole. R.I.P. Freddie ---I can see him now winding on that Gold Star as he rides through the Golden Gates.
Sad news indeed. I met Fred through this forum about 20 years ago when I purchased a set of cases and a matching frame for a 57' Road Rocket which I am still putting together but close to complete. If I called him for some advice he would always call back quickly with good answers and advice. I always stopped to see him at the swap meets and have a chat with him. This is one BSA guy that will miss him and his wealth of knowledge on the machines we were passionate about. Hank
Sorry to hear of his passing. I never met the man but traded many parts back and forth over the years. I even sent him a cereal box template of a GS competition pre unit front number plate marked up with all the dimensions. He put it to use fabricating a few reproductions and sent the cereal box back to me!
No doubt he knew his Gold Stars. His bikes were true works of art.
Another BB man I would have liked to have met.
Rest well Freddie.
Don in Nipomo
1956 Zundapp KS601EL 1960 Greeves Scottish/Hawkstone Velorex 560 1963 BSA Gold Star Spitfire 1964 Triumph T20SM 1965 BSA C15T 1966 BSA VE 1968 Bonham Tote Gote 1969 BSA VS 1970 BSA A65L (with a "Y") 1972 Husqvarna 450 WR 1986 Yamaha TT 225 1987 BMW K75C
Sad to hear. I got to visit his shop once. He sold me a complete NOS A-65 trans which I still have in my turbocharged LSR bike. So, a part of him is part of what might be the worlds fastest BSA twin! PRT
Sad news indeed, our condolences to the family. I first met Fred Anderson (goldstarfreddie) in 2006 at the BSA international rally in Massachusetts. He sat there with his BSA competition models just like they came out of the store. At that time I had found a BSA GS flat track wreck that I was about to restore. Fred owned one as it came out of the BSA store all original. Fred helped me to find some rare original flat track bits and I’m ever so grateful for that.
As far as I recall Fred lived close to the former east coast BSA importer from the time of all those pre-unit competition BSAs passed thru there. I will miss him. Rest in Piece
As previous posters have noted, Freddie was a bit shy but had a big heart. I met him in the 1970's; I was just a kid at a bike shop who had the misfortune to own a couple of old BSA's (not yet beloved classics). If he saw me working on one, he wouldn't hesitate to come over and talk. Over the years, we had been back in touch from time to time ... Fred always remembered something from one of those very early conversations. I am very sad to read of his passing.