Saturday, August 15, 2009

NEW BROUGH SUPERIOR LAUNCH AT PEBBLE

Forgive me for having little time for a full update, which will be added later. The two new Broughs are really fine examples - one in 'Pendine' trim (strapped petrol tank, twin carbs, no lights, lightweight mudguards, André damper on the Castle forks, tuned 1150cc engine, etc), the other in twin-headlamp 'Alpine Grand Sports' guise (above). They're beautiful, they run, and they're not over-done. Excellent job, lads.

More images from Pebble Beach tomorrow - it's four days of gearhead nirvana, with various shows, races, parades, auctions happening at different venues daily, all over the Monterey Bay area.

Some familiar faces have shown up as well - above is 'Norton' George Cohen, Pete Young, and artist Conrad Leach, whose work was featured at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours last year. They all think the new Broughs are pretty keen as well.

The display is great as well, with unpublished photos from the BS archive blown up on strung banners - it adds a distinctive touch of class to the MidAmerica Auction tent.

And once again, you saw them here first!







16 comments:

Frank Sider said...

Sir Lawrence would have been Happy ...
thanks
F

Anonymous said...

atleast you didnt take them with your cell phone camera , but what about the backdrop sheet? , after all you did write about it , and its use in old photos , oh the only white sheet you had was on the bed and she who shall be obayed would not get up? lol dave

Anonymous said...

sir lawrence? give me a brake lets not do a guy who,s main intrest was arab boy friend ,s a justice, he fucked up the middle east so much, that we are still trying to sort it out , and as for the bs site great archive shot,s guys , it rates with the others great names sites of motorcycle which have been bought for their names , i just hope that build bikes ten times better than you treat the names you bought dave

YJH said...

quite a statement (about LdA), Monsieur Dave_too bad, you are (semi) "Anonymous"_all this, is because your blog, Monsieur PdO is simply extra-ordinary_merci beaucoup

Anonymous said...

huh is that english like wot we talk ? my comments on te lawrence i think are well found a man who took a arab nation to war on a promise , although he was a amature on international policy, it came back to him and fucked his head up te lawrence was just a simple drummer boy , calling men to war , a act i think he regreted in latter life , as for the photos of him dressed in princes robes taken after the war was over , that also dont give you a view of the real man , as for the anonymous my name is dave or daveinnola , found at bsa bits scraps and allsorts blogger .com and as for paul d o he does a great blog , i love it , but he has been known to fuck up some great photo ops , bon ton routte

John E. Adams said...

Love your blog! This bike is just amazing - thanks so much for sharing and highlighting this beautiful work -;0)

I found you blog via my 10th Annual Riding Into History Work - thye selected my pics for a small book on this years event:

http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/768105
John

Camilla Jessop said...

Hopefully the semi-literate 'Dave' knows more about motorcycles than he does about World War 1 and T.E.Lawrence. After all, Americans have been making wonderful motorcycles for a long time, but have an unfortunate record of rarely winning any war they start - and usually only join in the good ones when it's nearly all over. If the war-mongering G.W.Bush was to be seen supporting a Henderson revival, it would certainly stretch 'Dave's' intellect....
Tant pis, the Broughs look quite superb. My Grandfather, the late Edgar, had one and used to take me for rides on it.

Anonymous said...

I won't argue with Camilla or Dave's political views but the former couldn't be more wrong about America's war record. Point in fact, the USA has won every war in which it has been engaged with exception of Viet Nam and the current fiasco in the Middle East. Furthermore, and most importantly, no other conquering nation in world history has shown more compassion and support towards a defeated foe than the United States (case in point, Germany and Japan) or sacrificed more men for the good of an ally (ie, Europe - twice, Korea, etc.). This is historical fact, not opinion. So please don't let the current infamy of Bush Jr. soil your view of the facts nor allow it to mix with motorcycling. Aren't the greatness of bikes above this?

Camilla Jessop said...

Mr Anonymous 2: I chose my words MOST carefully after Mr Anonymous 1's scurrilous, inaccurate and uncalled for remarks about a British Hero.

kim said...

i am pretty sure this blog was created and remains a venue to inform and support vintage motorcycle enthusiasm...not politics. find somewhere else to spew.

Robert said...

Well, call me a parade-rainer, but I have to say that I'm quite disappointed to see the Brough Superior name become the latest legendary marque to get "revived" (read: purchased by some venture capitalist and exploited until its name is meaningless). Is there *any* great old name that can escape this retro-compulsion gripping the world of commerce right now? It's bad enough to see the Bugatti and Bentley names acquired by Volkswagen (try to tell me that Il Patron or W.O. wouldn't be spinning in their graves at the prospect of the Nazi Party's own KdF Wagen owning their names), but the most revered name in Pre-war motorcycling and British legend, dead with dignity for 60 years, now popping up in AUSTRIA?! Is no one else dismayed by this?

Who do these "revivals" really serve? The owners of *real* Bruf-sups? The British motorcycle industry? The history of motorcycling? None of the above. It serves a few Austrians, a few status-seekers looking for new toys, the motorcycle press, and pretty much no one else. And in the bargain, we get to see another legend get exhumed and raped, only to die a second death in a few years. Don't believe me? How long did the re-animated Laverda last? -or "Mondial"? -or Lambretta, for that matter? And how is MV Agusta doing at the moment? When are we going to learn to let the dead rest in peace?

I will probably never be able to afford a *real* Brough, and you know what? I'm fine with that. Nor will I ever be able to marry the young Grace Kelly, no matter how much I consider her a paragon of feminine charms. Some things will simply have to remain outside of the realm of mortals of limited means. That doesn't mean that they can't be appreciated from afar. To lower the bar to suit the masses ruins the prize.

YJH said...

KIm_actually, what is so "out of ordinary" with PdO's blog is in the description of the blog itself by the author: "The world of Motorcycles has all the ingredients for a good, enriching drama; heroic deeds, politics, art, business, quirky characters, national tensions, cultural biases, and more. When discussing motorcycle history, we explore everything which makes life interesting." At last, being a biker is not seen as being a mono-minded vroumvroum person_and the Spirit of Freedom that feeds all of us must be aware of what goes on around us if we want to remain Free Riders. And it should include the knowledge of the Past (not-so-past).
Robert_great comment_most basic venture capitalists are simply unable to "create" brands. They have no clue of the Power and the Beauty of Invention, a gift from Heaven for (only) a few of us.

Conchscooter said...

Cool. I come to enjoy a vintage take on the world and get a dump truck full of vituperation. Usually I get a compulsion to ride my modern Bonneville after I visit this site but today I want to watch Lawrence of Arabia try to screw up the Sykes Picot Treaty. Director's version please. I think the Depression is making people edgy.

R.Dress said...

Ahh the Rolls Royce of motorcycles! Have you ever laid eyes on a more prettier machine? I could spend hours and hours just looking at the gas tank. Every angle of this bike looks amazing. One of these days I should own one. Did the original JAP engines go up to 1,150 ccs? I thought it was only 1000?
Cheers!

brennan said...

those bikes are freaking beautiful.

j said...

Great reporting