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1 Sep 2022

Sky Dual: 100 Years After Lawrence

Exactly one century after Lawrence of Arabia’s legendary race on his Brough Superior SS 100 against a Royal Air Force Bristol fighter, several Brough Superior enthusiasts met at the Margny-les-Compiègne airfield in France to reenact this amazing feat. Lawrence published the original account of his experience in his tome entitled "The Mint" published in 1935.

Lawrence and his Brough Superior SS 100 vs. RAF Bristol fighter

Thomas Goisque is a photographer who embarked on a road trip that followed the route that the young Thomas Edward Lawrence took on a cycling tour of France, which Goisque later published in a book and documentary in 2020. Goisque organized a modern version of Lawrence’s race against a RAF Bristol fighter. The original race took place in Dorset in the early 1920s but Goisque chose the Margny-les-Compiègne airfield for the modern reenactment because Lawrence discovered medieval fortresses there in 1908 during his cycling tour of France.

On the day of the race, Thomas Goisque read a few sentences from Lawrence’s novel before the Stampe Biplane and the splendid modern Brough Superior SS 100 were unleashed on the runway:

"The bad ground was passed and on the new road our flight became birdlike. My head was blown out with air so that my ears had failed and we seemed to whirl soundlessly between the sun-gilt stubble fields. I dared, on a rise, to slow imperceptibly and glance sideways into the sky. There the Bif was, two hundred yards and more back. Play with the fellow? Why not?"

Brough Superior’s undying passion

Although a century has passed between the creation of George Brough’s first manufacturing facility in Nottingham, England and the rebirth of the brand in Toulouse, France, Brough Superior honors the same philosophy that was established in 1919: to produce exceptional high-end motorcycles, no matter the expense or endeavor. Now 100% French, each luxury motorcycle embodies the brand’s British heritage! By combining timeless design, an exclusive custom engine and modern technology, Brough is revolutionizing the industry of high-end motorcycles.

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Our craftsmen are true masters of detail and heirs to a wealth of century-old knowledge, providing exclusive custom designs executed to a level of intricate quality that is unmatched, bringing Brough owners an unparalleled touring experience. As an expert in custom-made high-end motorcycles, Brough Superior is the ultimate manufacturer for enthusiasts of prestigious machines. Each detail is carefully crafted to create unique motorized gems, entirely customized for their riders.



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