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Capacity : 250
Model : Brooklands usine
Production : 1935 - 1935
Category : (R) Racing


250 Brooklands Works Racer - 1935

High performance lightweight

The racing New Imperials were beautifully made machines with double-cradle frames and extremely lightweight engines. The first to make intensive use of magnesium, they were outstanding performers at the two key venues of British motorcycle sport – the 38 mile Isle of Man TT mountain circuit and the 3-mile banked track at Brooklands.

Six Tourist Trophy Victories

The "New Imp" won its first TT in 1921 with Doug Prentice riding a 250 JAP. In 1924, the Twemlow brothers scored a TT double in the Lightweight (250) and Junior (350) races – still with JAP engines – and Eddie Twemlow won the Lightweight again in 1925. New Imperial then abandoned JAP engines to make its own overhead-valve power units. Still competitive in 1930, the 250 won the French Grand Prix for Ted Mellors.

First Past the "Ton"

During the next few years, Mellors, Gleave and Davenport won many international victories on their 250 and 350, including the Isle of Man TT, Assen and the Belgian, Ulster and French Grands Prix (in the 250 race at Reims with Davenport in 1932). Later on, Bob Foster gave the works its last major success with victory in the 1936 Lightweight TT with the new unit-construction engine. The other great prestige-pulling achievement was breaking the record at Brooklands. There was fierce rivalry between New Imperial and Excelsior to be first through the 100 mph barrier with a 250 on the British speed circuit. Excelsior had already pushed the record to 93 mph when Les Archer, riding a 250 with a head fairing and running on alcohol fuel, lapped the famed banked oval at 100.4 mph.


Engine: 245cc (62.5x80mm) air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 25 hp @ 7000 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: Amal carburetor

Transmission: 4-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: magnesium drums (front & rear)

Wheels: 21 inch (front); 20 inch (rear)

Weight: 260 lb

Maximum Speed: 105 mph (alcohol fueled)

Due to its upper-crust urban location, Brooklands track demanded the fitting of the celebrated "Brooklands Can" muffler.


Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.