Benelli GP 250cc ex-works racer start up

Published: 12:19PM Jan 28th, 2013
By: Joe Dick

One of only a maximum of four (some reports say only three) 250cc Benelli racers built in 1959, these rare machines were campaigned by riders including Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, Dickie Dale, Silvio Grassetti and Tarquinio Provini, with Provini�s 1964 US GP outing the model�s last �works� race.

One of only a maximum of four (some reports say only three) 250cc Benelli racers built in 1959, these rare machines were campaigned by riders including Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, Dickie Dale, Silvio Grassetti and Tarquinio Provini, with Provini’s 1964 US GP outing the model’s last ‘works’ race.     

This particular example – used by Dutchman Cas Swart to come seventh in the 1961 Dutch TT and then sold to gentleman privateer Marcel Toussiant – has not been started for close on 10 years and this genuinely was the first time it was fired up, after being bought in autumn 2012 by UK-based enthusiast Rob Drury, who some may know through his Velocette MkVIII KTT exploits.

Rob, with fellow Velo fellow John Mundey assisting and TCM editor James Robinson getting in the way, was understandably nervous about first running the stunning bright red quarter litre charger, which was bought at Bonhams October Stafford sale. After buying it, Rob had been in touch with many who were involved in its restoration, and made a visit to Holland to visit uber Benelli enthusiast Frank Cavens and call on Cas Swart, who rode it at the 1998 Assen Centennial. With research completed and everything in place, it was time to hook up the battery and put it on the starting rollers…  

Comment on our videos: register or log in to add your comments to our video features below.


Video hosted by ©YouTube

Responses to “Benelli GP 250cc ex-works racer start up”

Current Issue: Mar 2015

Issue Mar 2015

•  Free 32-page supplement: 25 Memorable British Bikes
• Thunderbirds are go! Is this the best 650cc Triumph?
• Savage beauty: Wild New Imp • Old peculiar: OEC oddity
• 'Cammy' Square Four • T160 resurrection
• Arthur Bourne profile • Unrestored Monet Goyon
• Maltese collectors • New Imperial Unit Motor

PLUS:

Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: March 6, 2015

Issue 42-03

Issue 42-03
Mar 2015

Where legends come to life

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now facebook Sample on-line

Other Videos

Buddy Holly and Ariel Cyclone

Rare home movie footage of Buddy Holly, Joe Mauldin and Jerry Allison trying out ...

Read More »

RRL Riders Tour Paris 2014

On Sunday, May 25, 2014 France witnessed the first custom motorcycle ride around the RRL universe. 200 motorcycles rode on ...

Read More »

View all...

Advertisements

Related magazines:

The Classic MotorCycle MSL Magazine Twist & Go magazine

 

Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Advertising Deadline:

April issue - Feb 13, 2015

May issue - Mar 13, 2015

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

March 6, 2015