1912 Indian 61ci Twin Board Track Racer Engine no. 75D900
Lot 196
A Stephen Wright restoration, from an important Long Island collection,1912 Indian V-Twin Board-Track Racer Engine no. 75D900
Sold for US$ 61,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
A Stephen Wright restoration, from an important Long Island collection
1912 Indian V-Twin Board-Track Racer
Engine no. 75D900
Every discipline in motorsport has its keepers of the flame, and when it comes to the life-and-death game of board-track racing, Stephen Wright is one of those people. In the Teens and Twenties, motorcycle racing on huge pine-planked speed bowls – some with banking set an incredible 60 degrees – was a big enterprise. Factories used victories to sell the public on the speed and reliability of their road machines. Winning racers became stars. Crowds were immense. Wright has immersed himself into those glory days. A transplanted Brit, he is a historian with several seminal books about early American motorcycling to his credit. He also undertakes immaculate restorations of board-trackers, his handiwork appearing in museums and finer collections.

The 1912 Indian track racer shown here is one of Wright's restorations. Starting in 1911 Indian's favored riders would have access to fire-breathing 8-valve race bikes. This racer, with two-valve heads, represents what a well-connected privateer, say a large dealership's best hired gun, would have been provided to do battle with the factory stars. Rather than a "keystone" chassis – one where the crankcases tie the frame tubes together – a more standard loop-type frame is used. The 1000cc V-Twin would have been down on power to the factory 8-valves but was still a formidable piece, and more reliable to boot. In fact, it was a two-valve-per-cylinder Indian ridden by Albert Burns that was the first motorcycle to average 100 mph during a national championship race. Here's a great example of the kind of bike that made up the backbone of board-track racing. Offered on a bill of sale.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Motor Cars (US)
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 415 391 4000
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  2. David Swig
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3285
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  3. Eric Minoff
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  4. Nick Smith
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5470
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843
  5. Mark Osborne
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3353
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040