Classic Bike (UK) - - LOT STUFF -

Cho­sen by: Ben Walker

Sold at: Spring Stafford sale 2003 Sale price: £943

Bonhams have han­dled a vast quan­tity of lit­er­a­ture and mem­o­ra­bilia over the years and some­times some of that has turned out to be just as spe­cial as some of the bikes. Cer­tainly that’s so in the case of the Auto-cy­cle Club Of­fi­cial Pro­gramme of the First Race For The In­ter­na­tional Auto-cy­cle Tourist Tro­phy of May 28, 1907. Gifted to the ven­dor by the grand­son of leg­endary Brook­lands hand­i­cap­per and time­keeper AV Eb­ble­white, this gen­uine pro­gramme con­tains a sheet of con­tem­po­rary, un­dated time­keeper’s notes, com­plete with race en­trants num­ber against a nett and gross timed fig­ure. These fig­ures ap­pear to tally ex­actly with the re­sults of the race and are quite pos­si­bly the orig­i­nal timings taken by Eb­ble­white as he waited at the line. The 10-page pro­gramme had some fa­tigue and tears, but was a su­perb and surely un­re­peat­able lot. A time cap­sule from the first year of the TT.

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