Brough returns victorious from Bonneville Salt Flats

By Web editor, 18 September 2013
Jubilant team! Pics by Phil Hawkins and Gary S France

In August this year the Brough Superior factory team revisited the Bonneville Salt Flats with two motorcycles and despite a ferocious downpour, still came away with two FIM world and four AMA records to add to the one achieved two years previously...

The Brough Superior 1150cc machine competing in the 1350-APS–VF class achieved a speed of 110.454mph in the first run and 116.882mph on the return run to set an aggregate speed of 113.668mph, a new AMA record. Later in the week, after further tuning of the bike and rider, the partial streamlining was removed and competing this time in the 1350–A–VF class the motorcycle flew through the clocks at 122.614mph in the first run and on the return run 126.075mph for an aggregate speed and new AMA record of 124.334mph. Good fortune shone on the Brough team as this run was actually the very last by any motorcycle in the entire competition as immediately afterwards the sky opened and there was a catastrophic storm and downpour of rain.

Rider Eric Patterson and chief engineer Alastair Gibson were very pleased with the performance of what is essentially an engine that is well under the maximum class size.

Brough 750cc 'Baby Pendine''Baby Pendine', Brough's smaller 750cc machine, prepared by Brough Superior designer and engineer Sam Lovegrove, was even more successful as it achieved two FIM world and two AMA records. On the first day of the event it set two FIM and one AMA record in the 750 A-PS-VG classes. Ridden by motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart the first run was very much a shake down run at 97.260 mph over the flying mile. But he blitzed through the clocks at 105.004 mph on the return run for a new record average speed of 101.328.

The team quickly turned the bike around and after patiently sitting in the sun for nearly three hours the team's third rider, TV presenter Henry Cole, set a speed of 103.941 in the first run riding in the 750 A-PS-VF class and 95.619 mph for the return, creating a new AMA record of 99.780 mph. This bike ran smoothly and trouble free throughout the entire event and only required very minor changes to jetting, gearing and timing.

Proud Brough Superior CEO Mark Upham said: “We have attained the goals that we set ourselves at the beginning of the competition and continued with the story that is Brough Superior. This is the beginning of a new era for Brough Superior and with planning in place for our new modern machines the future looks very exciting."

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