The 1929 Grindlay-Peerless JAP 500cc ‘Hundred Model’ that is one of only two of its kind known to survive lapped Brooklands at over 100mph in 1937.
An extremely rare racing motorcycle from the 1920s that lapped the famous Brooklands race circuit at over 100mph is expected to generate intense competition among bidders at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on Sunday 21st October 2012.
One of only two of its kind known to survive, the 1929 Grindlay-Peerless-JAP 500cc ‘Hundred Model’ (estimate £50,000 – £70,000) won the Brooklands ‘Gold Star’ award in 1937 in the hands of prominent VMCC member, the late Edmond ‘Boy’ Tubb.
When Grindlay-Peerless rider C W G ‘Bill’ Lacey became the first man to cover 100 miles in an hour on British soil in August 1928, the Coventry factory lost no time in bringing out a replica of his machine, the Brooklands ‘Hundred Model’, of which only five or six were ever made.
Offered for sale by the Tubb family, this Grindlay has been displayed at the Brookland Museum since the late 1980s, and used by the Brooklands Society on numerous demonstration runs in recent years.
Ben Walker, Director of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “Brooklands machines rarely come to market so we are truly honoured to be offering not one but two important examples at our Autumn Stafford sale.
“The ex-Edmond ‘Boy’ Tubb 1929 Grindlay-Peerless represents the period of ‘no fear’ motorcycle racing when Brooklands was the centre for the world’s most epic speed record attempts.