1925 Colton Blackburne, 348 cc
Lot 17
Ex-Eric Langton,1925 Cotton-Blackburne 348cc Engine no. CK2432
£9,000 - 12,000
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
amended
Lot Details
Ex-Eric Langton
1925 Cotton-Blackburne 348cc
Engine no. CK2432
Gloucester-based Cotton established its reputation with a string of racing successes in the 1920s thanks to an innovative frame patented by its founder, Frank Willoughby Cotton. Cotton's design featured four straight tubes running from the steering head to the rear wheel spindle, augmented by further straight stays supporting the gearbox and engine. The result was a stiff, lightweight chassis far in advance of the bicycle-derived diamond-type frame used by the majority of manufacturers. Like other small independent firms Cotton relied on proprietary engines, but such was the advantage conferred by its frame that the Cotton had little trouble seeing off similarly powered rivals. The legendary Stanley Woods made his Isle of Man TT debut on a Cotton in 1922, going on to win the Junior event at record speed the following year. Countless wins and podium places were achieved in international events throughout the 1920s, Cotton's finest TT achievement occurring in 1926 when its entries finished 1, 2, 3 in the 250 Lightweight race.

This rare, Vintage-era Cotton-Blackburne was restored in Australia circa 1986 by Eric Langton, one of speedway racing's biggest stars throughout the 1930s. Credited with pioneering the 'foot forward' riding style, Leeds-born Langton spent most of his speedway career with the successful Belle Vue team before moving to Australia in 1957. A fitter, toolmaker and turner by trade, Eric continued his interest in all things mechanical by restoring old cars and motorcycles. He was the first president of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club of Western Australia and the second president of the region's Veteran Car Club. Following his death in 2001, the Cotton-Blackburne was inherited by his wife before passing to the current vendor, another family member. Described as in generally very good condition, the Cotton is offered with VMCCWA dating certificate (signed by Eric Langton) and a photograph of Eric with the restored machine. We are advised that the gearbox is not original to this motorcycle.

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