Brough Superior SS100 Pendine

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George Brough, second son of motorcycle manufacturer WilliamBrough, set up his own company in 1919 and purchased premises inHaydn Road, Nottingham to build machines powered by large capacityV-twin, JAP engines. He was assisted in this venture by friendsIike Webb and Harold Karslake who was to become his Chief Engineer.George Brough's desire to improve on the motorcycles built by hisfather, William, led him to the name Brough Superior and the legendwas born.The first production Brough Superior , featuring  a 986ccoverhead valve V-twin JAP engine, Sturmey Archer three-speedgearbox and  Enfield Cush Hub, was exhibited at the 1921 MotorCycle Show at Olympia. In 1923 the SS80 was introduced to thepublic powered by a side-valve, V-twin JAP engine and H.D. Teague,editor of 'The Motorcycle', referred to the Brough Superior as "TheRolls Royce of Motorcycles" after road testing an SS80. The sloganwas adopted by George Brough and used in subsequentadvertising.Competition success was fundamental to the development of themarque and in 1922 George Brough lapped Brooklands at over 100mphon 'Spit and Polish', a prototype for the SS80. Following anaccident it was rebuilt and renamed 'Old Bill' and, widelycampaigned by George, became one of the most famous racing machinesever. In 1924, highly regarded tuner and racing motorcyclist, BertLe Vack, developed the Val Page designed overhead valve JAP V-twinand used it in a Brough Superior motorcycle to set  a newWorld Speed Record of 118.98mph at Arpajon in France. At the 1924Olympia Show, the SS100 was announced to the public for the 1925season and benefitting from Le Vack's development work, each SS100was supplied with a written guarantee that it had been timed at100mph or better over the flying quarter mile, before delivery.Each SS100 was assembled to meet individual customerrequirements using the best components available and rarely wereany two exactly the same. In addition to the aforementioned JAPengines, Enfield hubs and Sturmey Archer gearbox, Brough developedHarley Davidson forks and had his own version made by the CastleFork and Accessory Company. Each motorcycle was assembled twice.The first assembly was for fitting of all components then themotorcycle was disassembled and all parts were painted or plated asneeded, then the finished parts were assembled a final time. Everymotorcycle was test ridden to ensure that it performed tospecification and was personally certified by George Brough.At the 1925 Motorcycle Show, the Alpine Grand Sport, an SS100with a full touring specification, was launched as well as thePendine racing model of which the featured motorcycle is anexample. Further speed records were set with George Brough beingtimed at 130.6mph in 1928 at Arpajon; unofficially the world'sfastest speed on a solo motorcycle and Bert Le Vack taking theofficial motorcycle World Speed Record at 126.75mph in 1929.This 1927 SS100 Pendine is believed to have started life as aworks racer before being sold by the Works to noted sand racingexponent Norman Buckley of King George Avenue, Blackpool on 1stJanuary 1929 and registered FR9745 on the 8th January, 1929. Theinvoice from George Brough shows  the frame number  R100('R' standing for rigid, as opposed to spring, frame) which is outof sequence with Brough Superior numbering  therefore stronglysuggesting it was a works 'special'. The engine JTOR/*81990/SD is avery early example of the JTOR racing engine and dates from 1927although, unusually,  has no year number stamped on it-further evidence of its works racing history. Buckley (who laterachieved note for setting speed boat records with his series ofJaguar XK powered craft named Miss Windermere, for which he wasawarded the MBE) competed extensively from 1929 until the end of1931 with the Brough both as a solo and with a sidecar in sandraces in the North of England achieving considerable success asevinced in the history file that comes with the bike. Buckley isthought to have sold the Brough in the early 1930s and in 1935 itwas known to have been used on the road. It is thought that theBrough was dismantled by 1952 as from 1953 the registration FR9745was being used incorrectly on another machine in South West London.The trail then goes cold until Buckley's Brough was owned, in the1970s, by Alex Forty from whom the vendor acquired it in 1978;dismantled and without a frame. The JAP JTOR engine wassubsequently fitted into a Norton CS1 frame and used successfullyin sprint events until the vendor decided to reassemble the Broughafter evidence of its special history started to emerge.  Afull restoration by world renowned marque expert Tony Cripps wasundertaken in 2011 with an exact replica of the missing frame beingcommissioned, using the correct materials and manufactured by SteveRaffills in New Zealand. The new frame was then numbered 3520 froma sequence issued by the Brough Superior Owners Club.The Pendine features the correct Castle forks, S

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Brough Superior SS100 Pendine
Brough Superior SS100 Pendine
Lot number: 351
Seller: Historics At Brooklands
Event: June 6th Specialist and Classic Motorcycle Auction
Ends: Saturday, June 6 | 11:00 AM  EUR (BST)

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