Rare Grindlay-Peerless motorcycle heads to Bonhams sale



2015-06-26 10:45:23

Rare Grindlay-Peerless motorcycle heads to Bonhams sale

30 Jul 2012, 15:58 GMT+01

Bonhams have announced details of their forthcoming classic motorcycle sale in Stafford. Headlining the auction, will be a highly rare and historic 1929 Grindlay-Peerless JAP 500cc ‘Hundred Model’ motorcycle, believed to be one of just two in existence.

In August 1928, the Grindlay-Peerless rider Bill Lacey became the first rider of a 500cc machine to cover over 100 miles in the hour on British soil. The Coventry-based manufacturer, which produced a range of models from 1923 until 1934, created the ‘Hundred Model’ as a replica of the record-breaking motorcycle – but built just five or six models.

Only two are thought to have survived, with the machine offered by Bonhams originating from the collection of Edmond ‘Boy’ Tubb. Tubb purchased the motorcycle in 1936, and it has remained in his family ever since.

The important motorcycle has been displayed at the Brookland Museum for over 20 years, and has proved a firm favourite with enthusiasts at numerous shows and demonstration runs. It will feature in the sale with an estimated value of £50,000 - £70,000.

“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,” said Ben Walker, Director of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department. “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.

The auction will also offer three rare, hand-built Velocettes formerly part of the collection of the celebrated motorcycle writer Jeff Clew. Included are a 1930 KTT racer formerly raced at Brooklands and in the Manx Grand Prix (est: £20,000 - £25,000), one of just 21 1929 Speedway models ever built (est: £7,000 - £10,000) and a restored 1957 Matchless G45 which spent many years displayed in Australian museums (est: £36,000 - £40,000).

“Jeff Clew is sorely missed by all and we look forward to continuing his legacy through the sale of his much-loved and highly-prized Velocettes, one of which has Brooklands and Manx Grand Prix history,” said Walker.

Other notable lots will include a restored 1930 Brough Superior ‘Overhead 680’ valued at £20,000 - £30,000, and a 1910 Rex 5hp De Luxe V-twin priced at £14,000 - £18,000.

The sale is set to take place on Sunday October 21.

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