Estimate: (£) 8,000 - 9,000
Reg Number:LPM 22E
The decline of the British motorcycle industry towards the end of the sixties presented the ACU with a dilemma. The rules governing the ISDT stipulated that riders must use machines of their own nationality, a clause that in 1968 restricted the choice of suitable machines for British riders, particularly in the larger classes. In response they turned to Eric Cheney. Eric Cheney had enjoyed a successful competition career before concentrating on frame production, initially building a Gold Star powered machine. His products, which were hand built using the finest materials quickly built up a formidable reputation. For the 1968 ISDT he built a limited number of machines for the British Trophy team using a tuned Triumph 500 twin. Eric Cheney was at the forefront of suspension development which the ISDT machines benefitted from.
This example was ridden by Dick Sutton in the 1968 ISDT held at San Pellegrino in Italy to a bronze medal. It is presented to a good standard having formed part of a private collection.
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