Pencilled inside the cover of this book is the price £2 and I think I got a bargain! I picked this book off the shelves of a charity bookshop in Stratford upon Avon, and immediately thought I must have it just for the quality and drama of the Artistic Renderings of the machines alone. The Illustrations are credited to a Terry Dutton of Whitecroft Designs, and I think the Artist deserves a renewed appreciation on this site.
This shows a smiling Tim Wood with his Twin Cylinder Two stroke Scott, Wood won the 1913 TT on this bike after a heroic battle with Rudge and Indian machines throughout the race.....which may account for the big Grin!
This shows the last Supercharged machine to win the TT , the international racing rules were changed after the War to Ban Superchargers. And here we have George Meier aboard his BMW which had a Supercharger mounted on the front of the crankshaft of his 500cc flat -twin BMW. I really think this skillful rendering shows both speed and racing drama to great effect.
Well I learn something new every day! This image shows a 1938 Brough Superior Golden Dream with a flat four engine with two crankshafts geared together for smoothness. Apparently only six examples were ever made of this 997cc luxury machine. But I do think the background scene is just as interesting as the featured machine.
Like many Motor Company's Humber were keen to prove their products by entering Motor Races. One such event is the Royal Automobile Club International Tourist Trophy at the Isle of Man. The three cars entered for the 1914 event are shown outside the Mitre Hotel at Douglas. Sam Wright who also raced Humber Motor Cycles can be seen standing behind the car he raced in the event car No 20. However this car eventually retiring on lap 14 of the 16 lap race. The race was won by a Sunbeam in 10 hours 36 minutes.
I do like the smart waiter seen under the ' T ' of Hotel....haven't I seen him on Fawlty Towers?