July 18th 2005.
Warwick-based British motorcycle specialist Norman Hyde has put a record-breaking bike on display, restored after 35 years in a suburban London garden.
The machine, nicknamed Yellow Peril, was built by Bill Bragg in 1960, and it went on to claim British and World speed records over the next few years, reaching speeds in excess of 145mph. Yellow Peril was powered by a 650cc Triumph Bonneville engine, made at Meriden, near Coventry, with streamlining made from the fuel-drop tank from a Second World War Mustang aeroplane. After its retirement from record-breaking, Yellow Peril was left untouched in a garden, until its recent discovery and rescue. It has been lovingly rebuilt by Tony Huck of Maitland Racing in London.
Norman Hyde is no stranger to speed. In 1972, he set the World speed record for a motorcycle and sidecar, reaching over 160mph. To recreate the spirit of the Sixties, Norman wore classic helmet, flying goggles and leathers for the restored bike's maiden run at the Classic Bike Festival, at North Weald Airfield - London's Drag Strip. He twice rode the bike successfully over the quarter-mile course, cheered on by a large crowd in the sun.
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