Historic works Raleighs

Posted on on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

The Museum is delighted to have these extremely rare ex-works ohv Raleigh racers on loan. The 350cc machine with a cream panel on the tank was a team bike for the 1930 Junior TT, where Raleigh took fifth place, and it won the first motorcycle race at held Donington Park in may 1931, ridden by speedway ace Squib Burton.

The all-black 500cc bike was ridden to seventh place in the 1931 Senior TT by Arthur Tyler, who also raced it at Donington. Its crankcase and gearbox shell are in lightweight magnesium alloy, only used by the most progressive race teams of the period.

The design of both machines was overseen by Brooklands racer DR O’Donovan, but the famous Nottingham factory ended its motorcycle and gearbox production to concentrate on pedals cycles after 1933.