Brough Superior has broken the AMA Record, in the Category 1350-A-VG average 124,98 mph

There is a magic attaching to Bonneville Salt Flats that, in motorcycling terms, exists nowhere else. It is a magic linked to one of the greatest mechanical challenges, for the terrain is vast, changeable, and 4400 feet above sea level, factors that combine to provide riders and engineers with unforeseen difficulties. Englishman Noel Pope, the fastest ever motor-cyclist at Brooklands, went to Bonneville with a streamlined Brough Superior  some 60 years ago but, sadly, suffered a high speed crash on his first test run.  Though not badly hurt the project had to be abandoned.  Brough, if you like, has unfinished business at Bonneville.

Mindful of the engineering challenge Brough Superior will revisit Bonneville in August 2011 with a newly constructed Brough Superior SS100 Retro.  Targeting the VGA Vintage Class for rigid frame, girder forks, and un-streamlined, the Brough will run on pump gasoline. Piloting the 1150cc machine, will be the experienced English rider Eric Patterson, who achieved his first LSR at Bonneville in 2008 on his own Norton, in the pre-1956 pushrod Production Category at 121.79 mph.

The Brough Superior SS100 Retro for Bonneville 2011 has been Designed and built by Alastair Gibson; Brough Superior’s Chief Engineer in England.  Alastair was formerly chief race mechanic for BAR Honda Formula One, and states, “When I was approached by Mark with the prospect of running such a sound retro design I was immediately inspired. On my previous visit to Bonneville in 2006 we broke the existing record with our Honda Formula I car, so I do know the enormity of the task with which we are faced!”   

Mark Upham, Brough Superior's CEO, says, “We are under no illusions concerning the setbacks we will encounter on our first visit to Bonneville which, to us, is the Blue Riband of competition.  But, with such a beautiful product – and the care that Alastair has invested – I am confident of success!” Mark went on to thank the group of sponsors [see listing below] without whose help and enthusiasm this project would not have been possible.




By Mike Jackson



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The "Retro Brough Superior" will be on display at the Double RL store  in Los Angeles on the 24th of August 2011, prior to shipment to the  Bonneville Saltflats.


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Brough Breaks Bonneville Record

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The specially constructed 1,100cc SS model Brough Superior completed two opposite-direction runs through the measured mile at Bonneville Salt Flats on September 1, 2011, at a mean average speed of 124.98 mph, breaking the AMA 1350-A-VG Speed Record established by a 1350cc Indian in 2005 at 114 mph! 

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Racing at Bonneville, unstreamlined and with a specially tuned JAP V-twin engine running on 'pump fuel, in the category1350-A-VG, the new Brough Superior SS100 Retro clocked two runs on the morning of Thursday 1st September at 127 & 122 mph respectively, giving a mean AMA record speed of 124.98mph......

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