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Brough Superior 1000cc ‘Works Scrapper’

1927, ERA Shed, On long term display

This motorcycle was built by Freddie Dixon and the Brough Superior Works to be used in an attempt to take the ‘World’s Fastest’ title.

The bike was a heavily modified SS100 1000cc machine and was used extensively by Dixon in 1927. He took the record for the first bike with a sidecar to lap Brooklands at over 100 mph and reached 130 mph on a one way run at Arpajon, France. Mechanical problems prevented a return run, and the record.

In 1928, George Brough competed with the bike with speed victories at Pendine Sands and Doncaster among his successes.

In 1929, the bike was raced by Herbert LeVack, who took the ‘World’s Fastest’ title at Arpajon with an average speed of 129.05 mph over two runs. He also became the first person to ride a motorcycle at more than 200kph (125mph) around the banked circuit at Montlhéry, France.

In 1938, the Brough Works sold the bike to Noel M. Mavrogordato who used it the following year to win the Inter Varsity Sprint at Syston, and a Gold Star for lapping the Brooklands circuit at over 100mph.

The bike remained in the Mavrogordato family until 1998, when the present owner acquired it. He has since run it at many revival events both here and abroad, including the Brighton Speed Trials, ‘Coupes de Legende’ at Montlhery, Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Festival of 1000 bikes.

Loaned by Peter Lancaster