Grindlay-Peerless

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A Grindlay-Peerless motorcycle advert from June 1927

Grindlay-Peerless were motorcycle manufacurers from 1923 and specialised in racing machines.

The company's origins began with body-building and side-cars from 1910 at Spon End, yet by the early 1920s, they began making high-powered motorcycles using JAP and Barr & Stroud engines.

The firm had been active on the competition circuit, notably Brooklands, and by 1926 their works rider Bill Lacey started winning regularly on his Grindlay-Peerless 344cc powered JAP. The company’s greatest achievements came about in 1928 when Lacey set a 500cc world record by covering 100 miles in an hour (103.3 miles), something they repeated the following year (105.25 miles).

At this time their road-production machines were being offered as near replica's to their race winning machines like the 498cc model that broke the 1-hour world record which could be purchased for £90. As much as their race successes increased sales, it was a costly business so in 1936, Grindlay and Peerless parted company.

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