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Many thanks to Paul Sofield for these fascinating pictures. Made by Fred Marsh – quite a remarkable man!

15+ years ago, I worked with the brother of Fred’s apprentice. When Fred passed away, the apprentice was given the V8. It languished in a shed for many years, not running but clean and tidy. As far as I know, the V8 hadnt been run since Fred died. It is a remarkable piece of engineering, and its was road registered. Apparently it was used on the IOM during TT over a number of years. not raced, but I have seen a photo of it on the prom at Douglas.

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  • Decade: 1900s
  • Machine Type: Race

10 Responses to “Marsh V8”

  1. Tony Pitcher on March 28, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    What a stunning looking bike.

  2. J’ai toujours été persuadé que seul “Moto Guzzi” avait produit une moto à moteur V8, je suis surpris, on en apprend tous les jours !

    I’ve always been convinced that only produced a Moto Guzzi motorcycle V8, I’m surprised, you learn every day!

    • Tree Usher on March 14, 2019 @ 9:51 pm

      Curtiss , Morbidelli , PGM , Drysdale , also MV Augusta & Ducati started but didn’t finish v8 bikes

  3. i helped fred with making this v8 and rode it on the roads of Southampton, stopped by police but let off:: where is bike now ????

    • Seems like its hidden somewhere, Fred’s 4 is currently centre stage at National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham airport. Would be great to get the two bikes together again.

  4. Hi, you may be interested to know an old friend recently gave me copies of four photo’s he took of the Marsh V8 at the TT in 1975 or1976, taken at Laxey. Apparently the total loss battery ignition couldn’t manage a full lap! If you contact me by e-mail I will foreward the photo’s. It’s a shame there are so few pictures of this bike on the net, so these should double the number I can find. (I’m surprised someone like Sammy Miller hasn’t traced the V8 for his museum; surely it must still exist?)

    • Dear Alex
      Could you please send the photos.
      Also the V8 did manage a full lap in the IOM.

      Many thank

      • anyone know where the V8 is now, I would also like to see the pictures. Saw one shot of the bike outside a hotel on Douglas Prom, years ago.

  5. for more info about the v8
    please reply to email

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