Rare 1929 Grindlay-Peerless Racer to be Auctioned at Bonhams’ Stafford Sale

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Bonhams’ hopes to get $80,000-$110,000 for this 1929 Grindlay-Peerless at its October Stafford sale.

An extremely rare racing motorcycle from the 1920s that lapped the famous Brooklands race circuit at over 100mph in 1937 is expected to generate intense competition among bidders at the Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Presale estimate is $80,000-$110,000.

One of only two of its kind known to survive, the 1929 Grindlay-Peerless-JAP 500cc ‘Hundred Model’ (won the Brooklands ‘Gold Star’ award in 1937 in the hands of prominent VMCC member, the late Edmond ‘Boy’ Tubb.

When Grindlay-Peerless rider C W G ‘Bill’ Lacey became the first man to cover 100 miles in an hour on British soil in August 1928, the Coventry factory lost no time in bringing out a replica of his machine, the Brooklands ‘Hundred Model’, of which only five or six were ever made.

Offered for sale by the Tubb family, this Grindlay has been displayed at the Brookland Museum since the late 1980s, and used by the Brooklands Society on numerous demonstration runs in recent years.

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