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Glanfield Rudge

Glanfield Rudge was a motorcycle produced in 1928, by Stanley Glanfield.

The machine was built for the new sport of speedway or dirt-track racing that had recently been introduced from Australia. It was fitted with a 499cc Rudge engine, forks and wheels to a duplex frame with strutted tubes.

Rudge themselved introduced a very successful speedway model later that year, so the life of the Glanfield Rudge was short.

In July 1928 Glanfield departed on a Rudge combination on a tour that would take him through four continents and cover 18,000 miles over some very inhospitable terrain including the Syrian Desert and Darwin to Sydney via Boulia. If you know where Boulia is, you can imagine the difficulties encountered travelling that route by motorcycle combination almost a century ago. Glanfield rode the last 200 miles to Boulia with a broken foot. It appears 1928 was a particularly busy year for the man.

The Coventry Transport Museum has Glanfield's Rudge on display.

See also: Speedway Index

Sources: Graces Guide, et al.

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