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- ISBN-10: 1847971121
- ISBN-13: 9781847971128
by Peter Miller
George Brough gained his love of motorcycles from his father, William, a pioneering motorcycle rider and manufacturer. William's machines were of high quality, but staid, and George believed he could do better. His duties in the Air Inspection Department during the Great War gave hirn opportunities to assess machines from rival manufacturers. He determined the good and bad features of each in order to design his own ideal machine.
George's new Brough Superior, announced to the public in September 1920, proved a sensation. Designed as a sporting solo with a large-capacity overhead-valve V-twin JAP engine and handsome saddle tank, it set new standards for performance, quality of finish and styling. Other machines with side-valve JAP and ioe MAG engines followed. The SS80 model was announced in 1922 and supplied with an 80mph guarantee. It was revised for 1924, using a frame based upon Bert le Vack's Brooklands racer, and within the year was fitted with an overhead-valve JAP KTOR engine to create the SS100. Guaranteed to exceed 100mph and of unsurpassed styling, it was the iconic design of the pre-war years - the world's first superbike.
Other outstanding designs followed, including JAP Overhead 680 and 11-50 models, and Matchless SS80 and SS100 models. Brough Superior cars, based upon the Hudson Straight-8 and Straight-6 chassis, were also produced in limited numbers from 1935.
Brough Superior enjoyed considerable sporting success in trials, racing and record breaking. It held the world's fastest title in the hands of Bert le Vack and Eric Fernihough, and holds the all-time Brooklands record in the hands of Noel Pope.
This book traces the history of George Brough and Brough Superior from the early pioneering Brough machines, produced by his father, through to the end of Brough Superior production around the time of the Second World War. The events, sporting achievements and personalities important to the development of the marque are described. Detailed model-by-model histories of the various models are presented. These include the specials, which often featured on the Brough Superior stand at the Motorcycle Shows. Finally, profiles are presented of the two most famous riders of Brough Superior machines: Lawrence of Arabia, who lost his life riding an SS100, and George Brough himself.
The History and Developmemt of the Brough Superior
- Williarn Brough and Brough Motors
- 1919-1922: Getting Established
- 1923: A Year of Sporting Successes and an Upset
- 1924: A New SS80 Model
- 1925-1926: 100mph Guaranteed
- 1927-1929: A Miniature SS100 and a Show-Stopping Four
- 1930-1931: The Start of the Depression Years
- 1932: A Three-Wheeled Motorcycle!
- 1933-1934: An Outsize Brough Superior, the 11-50
- 1935-1938: The Matchless Years
- 1939: George's Dream
- Wartime and the Post-War Years
- The Brough Superior Motor Cars
Model Developments and Technicalities
Men and Machines
- Lawrence and his Broughs
- George Brough - An Assessment
- Brough Superior - An Ongoing Story
- Appendix I - Brough Superior Motorcycle and Car Production
- Appendix II - Brough Superior Motorcycle Frame Numbers
- Appendix III - Summary of Engines Fitted to Brough Superiors
- Appendix IV - Nomenclature of JAP Engines Fitted to Brough Superiors
- Appendix V - Known Surviving Brough Superior Motorcycles and Motorcars
- Appendix VI - Motorcycle and Sidecar World Records for the Flying
- Kilometre and Mile Established Between 1920 and 1940
Buch, Hardcover, 22 x 28,5 cm, 320 Seiten, ca. 300 farbige und 60 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text