Our project is to buy and fully restore one of the 'Broughs of Bodmin' so that we can auction it once restored to it's former glory using the profits made to fund the work of the charity, Motorcycle Outreach (MoR) (www.motorcycleoutreach.org). MoR works to provide small motorcycles for use by healthcare workers in remote areas of developing countries.
"This is one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times," said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors' Motorcycle Department. "A lot of mystery surrounds these motorcycles, as very few people knew that they still existed, many believing them to be an urban myth. There was a theory that they still existed somewhere in the West Country, but few knew where, until now. This is the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors; there will not be another opportunity like this."
Brough Superior motorcycles are incredibly rare, powerful machines of the pre-war era. Dubbed the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles, they're famed as the bike of choice for aficionados such as the playwright George Bernard Shaw, and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia, owner of eight models.
"There is a strong market for unrestored, highly original motorcycles," added Ben Walker. "Bonhams regularly achieves world record breaking figures for Brough Superior motorcycles, including unusual projects, which appeal to the enthusiast and collector of the brand. It would be great to see these back on the road, as they are all restorable." This is a really important point - this is not just a hopeful project - it is a project based upon sound history of the assets involved alongside the time-proven skills of our restorer Craig Carey-Clinch. Craig already has a strong track record of restoring classic motorcycles.
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All it takes is time and a good motorcycle restorer. We have both! What we now need is the funding to make this project happen .... and that is where you come in. We believe that it will be possible to generate a strong return from this project, but we can only realise its ambition if we get your support!
For more information about the Bodmin Broughs see: https://www.bonhams.com/press_release/20738/
Founded in 2002, Motorcycle Outreach (MoR) is a charitable (non-profit) organisation which works to introduce effective healthcare delivery in remote areas of developing countries such as Indonesia and Tanzania. We do this by setting up self sustaining low cost transport for medical professionals using small capacity motorcycles. Importantly we have a track record of success so this is not s speculative proposition. It really works in the real world out there! See www.motorcycleoutreach.org for more details. The funding which this project will inject will enable MoR to strengthen existing projects and start new ones bringing safe medicine to locations which would simply be passed by without it.
Please note : As it is an auction - even if we raise the cash required on this site we cannot guarantee to be able to secure one of these amazing and restorable motorcycles. All our calculations are based upon the forecasts of auctioneers, Bonhams. If we did not win one of these machines at auction on 24th April 2016 we would assume that donations made could be used by Motorcycle Outreach in line with the charities aims and objectives. Should any donor feel strongly that this was not the case then clearly we would be happy to refund their donation without question.
The Trustees of Motorcycle Outreach.
Motorcycle Outreach is a registered charity in the UK, No: 1114675