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I obtained this photo in the belief that it depicted the German racing driver Rudolf Caracciola (his name has been handwritten on the back of the photo). During 1922-1924 he competed on an NSU and a Garelli in a handful of German events. I have been informed by motorcycle aficionados that the bike in the centre of the picture is neither an NSU or a Garelli. One suggestion is that it might be a Sunbeam or some other British bike. In light of this information I now have doubts as to whether the rider is in fact Caracciola.

Can anyone shed any light on the type of bike, the identity of the rider or the location/event?

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Thank you.

  • Manufacturer: Don't know
  • Model: Don't know
  • Engine: Don't know
  • Year: circa 1924 possibly?
  • Decade: 1920s
  • Machine Type: Race

3 Responses to “Unknown 1920s Race Bike”

  1. Hubert Furtner on March 4, 2015 @ 5:07 pm

    the bikes in the might and behind left are definite Sunbeam Modell 90 ,
    Rider is Charly Dodson ,Sunbeam Worksrider
    The Senior TT Race won for the Third Time on a Sunbeam

    Location is ?
    with best greetings Hubert Furtner from Austria

  2. Hubert Furtner on March 4, 2015 @ 5:37 pm

    more Information for the Sunbeam Picture with Charly Dodson

    Manufacturer : Sunbeam
    Model : Mod. 90
    Engine : 1 Cylinder Double Port 500 cc OHV
    Year : 1927-1928
    Decade : 1920 s
    Machine Type : Race

    greeting Hubert Furtner Austria

  3. Simon Davis on March 6, 2015 @ 2:54 pm

    Thank you Hubert for this information. It clears up a mystery.

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