|'Moby Dick' coming up for sale at Bonhams Stafford, Oct 16th.|
|Spotted at the Bonhams tent at Goodwood Revival...|
FN design. The long B-S chassis had super-solid headstock and robust frame, with enough rake to those Castles for a very stable ride at speed.
Motor Cycling had ever recorded, and Hobbs dubbed her 'Moby Dick', so impressed was he with the bike's staggering performance. Not satisfied with this, owner Hobbs left Moby with Ted Baragwanath, a Brough racer at Brooklands and expert speed tuner. In 'Barry's' talented hands, the JAP engine gave 65hp (21 more than stock - half again the horsepower!), and Dennis May tested Moby in a more remote locale, on a fairly straight stretch of road...at least, until speeds topped triple digits, when several distinct bends were discovered. The subsequent headline read, "Just Fancy, 106mph in Second!" Hobbs barely shifted into top gear (third gear on the Sturmey-Archer 'Super Heavyweight' gearbox) before needing to shut the beast down, to avoid a rapidly approaching series of bends. He calculated his rate of knots at 115mph, given the gearing, rpm, and wheelspin... a speed which wasn't bettered by Motor Cycling until the postwar Vincent v-twin appeared.
|What every other vehicle saw...|