10/18/13

Brough Superior make successful return to Bonneville Salt Flats







In 2011 Brough Superior Motorcycles travelled to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and set a new record with their 1150cc Pendine Model. In August this year the Brough Superior factory team returned with two motorcycles and set two FIM world and four AMA records to add to the one achieved two years previously.




 The Brough Superior 1150cc machine competing in the 1350 - APS – VF class achieved a speed of 110.454 mph in the first run and 116.882 mph on the return run to set an aggregate speed of 113.668 mph, a new AMA record. Later in the week, after further tuning of the bike and rider, the partial streamlining was removed and competing this time in the 1350 – A – VF class the motorcycle flew through the clocks at 122.614 mph in the first run and on the return run at 126.075 mph for an aggregate speed and new AMA record of 124.334 mph. This last run was actually the very last by any motorcycle in the entire competition as immediately afterwards the sky opened and there was a catastrophic storm and downpour of rain.



 Rider Eric Patterson and chief engineer Alastair Gibson were very pleased with the performance of what is essentially an engine that is well under the maximum class size..









The Brough Superior 750cc machine nicknamed the “Baby Pendine” by the team and prepared by Brough Superior designer and engineer Sam Lovegrove was even more successful as it achieved two FIM world and two AMA records. On the first day of the event it set two FIM and one AMA record in the 750 A-PS-VG classes.




Ridden by famed motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart the first run was very much a shake down run at 97.260 mph over the flying mile. But he blitzed through the clocks at 105.004 mph on the return run for a new record average speed of 101.328.









The team quickly turned the bike around and after patiently sitting in the sun for nearly three hours the teams third rider, TV presenter Henry Cole riding in the 750 A-PS-VF class set a speed of 103.941 in the first run and 95.619 mph for the return creating a new AMA record of 99.780 mph. This bike ran smoothly and trouble free throughout the entire event and only required very minor changes to jetting, gearing and timing.





Brough Superior CEO Mark Upham pronounced himself satisfied with results achieved by the team. “We have attained the goals that we set ourselves at the beginning of the competition and continued with the story that is Brough Superior. This is the beginning of a new era for Brough Superior and with planning in place for our new modern machines the future looks very exciting”.

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Brough Superior 1120 cc - The Retro Brough

Class 1350-A-VG Average Speed 124.98 mph

Rider: Eric Patterson

This record still stands set by us in 2011

Class 1350 APS-VF Average Speed 113.668 mph

Rider: Eric Patterson

25.8.2013 110.454 mph time 12.27 temp 71.5 Humidity 49%

25.8.2013 116.882 mph time 14.21 temp 81.6 Humidty 29%

Class 1350 A-VF Average Speed 124.345 mph

Rider: Eric Patterson

28.8.2013 122.614 mph time 15.14 temp. 84.8F Humidity 33%

28.8.2013 126.075 mph time 15.44 temp 84,8F Humidity 32%


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Brough Superior 750 cc - Baby Pendine

Class FIM Mile 750 Average Speed 101.3285 mph

Rider: Alan Cathcart

25.8.2013 97.447 mph

25.8.2013 105.210 mph

Class FIM Kilometer 750 Average Speed 101.329 mpH

Rider: Alan Cathcart

25.8.2013 97.447 mph

25.8.2013 105.210 mph

Class 750 A-PS-VG Average Speed 101.3285 mph

Rider: Alan Cathcart

25.8.2013 97.447 mph

25.8.2013 105.210 mph



Class AMA 750 A-VF Average Speed 99.78 mph

Rider: Henry Cole

25.8.2013 104.298 mph

25.8.2013 95.619 mph

Brough Superior now holds 7 records at Bonneville

Two of which are FIM World Records














See you in June Mr Upham...

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