|'Old Bill' as she sits today|
Before we go on, a correction; their press release claims HandH Classics have sold the most expensive motorcycle at auction, which is simply not true by any calculus. That spot goes to MidAmerica Auctions, whose sale of a Cyclone in July 2008 hit $551,200; as the English Pound has never achieved a 2:1 ratio with the US Dollar, the £280,000 ($465,350 on the day) sale of a Brough SS100 in 2011 is hardly the greater sum. Let's get the facts straight, HandH; to keep abreast of the most expensive bikes sold at auction, follow my 'Top 20' here.
|George Brough on 'Spit and Polish' with 'KTC' JAP engine, Druid forks, and 'dummy rim' brakes fore and aft. 1922|
|George Brough aboard the transformed 'Old Bill', and note the changes - new twin-camshaft KTR engine, a lower frame with extra struts, a drum front brake, and new Webb forks|
|A period postcard showing a young George Brough aboard a Brough motorcycle, after winning three London-Edinburgh trials in 1910-1912 (from the Brough Superior photo archives - worth a visit!)|
|Rider A.Greenwood aboard 'Old Bill' at the 1924 Doncaster Speed Trials|
|1962; the restored Brough, back to 'Old Bill' spec, with 'Titch' Allen aboard, George Brough behind (smiling, with cap and goggles) and Ike Webb at far right|
|George Brough in 1962 having one last 'go' on 'Old Bill' at the very Clipstone 'track' (really the driveway to a private estate, paved in gravel!) where he last raced the machine in 1923.|