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Racing Norton ‘LPD1’ 490cc with sidecar

1927, ERA Shed, On long term display

LPD 1 was originally part of the Norton works team and was regularly raced at Brooklands by Bert Denly. Bert Denly was the first 500cc rider to achieve 100 miles in an hour on a solo motorcycle at Montlhéry in June 1927. LPD1 took 18 World Long Distance Records ridden by Bert Denly and Pat Driscoll, with local rider Jack King as passenger, on 29th June 1928. It also took part in the 200 miles Motor Cycle and Side Car Races at Brooklands where it won one and came third in another.

In 1929 Pat Driscoll acquired the machine and used it until he was forced to give up racing by the Austin works team who considered it to be too dangerous. Although Driscoll achieved over 200 firsts in three years of competition, his main interest was in record attempts and long distance racing. He became one of the outstanding tuner-riders of Norton in the 1920s and '30s and was a contracted Norton works rider.

The machine is fitted with its original sprint tank and Druid ES forks. The bike has been faithfully restored according to Pat Driscoll’s wishes for it to look ‘used’ rather than in showroom condition and is still ridden at special events.

Loaned by Roger Bird