NEED FOR SPEED 2 : Ben Bickell takes it further
We write the year 1933 A.D........The last time a Supercharger Square Four had been tried
by Somerville Sikes didn't work out too good.....So now the time has come for Ben Bickell to give
it a shot at that famous circuit, Brooklands.....His aim : the first multicylinder motorcycle to do an
average speed of 100 miles in an hour, and with that, to win the coveted Motorcycle Cup and a
prizemoney of 50 pounds.
But, that's all still to come...In the mean time the standard Squariels had allready been tried in some other
racing events, and before we go to Ben Bickell and his magic Supercharger, let's have a short look at
what those other riders did. Peter Hartley in his "Ariel story" gives a good account of those attempts, and
I will give you a brief account of the information he penned down in his book.....
On March 19th 1932, on Brooklands race track the Motorcycle Clubman's Day was held, and here a
mr N. Middleton of Brighton & Hove Club won the Clubman's Flying Lap event, mounted on a
600 Square Four, with a lap-speed of 74.33 mph. On that same day a three lap Passenger Handicap was
raced too, in which GV Firman of the Sunbeam club, riding a 600 Square Four with sidecar took
third place. The next year, on March 25th 1933, Middleton again came out with his 600 SQ4, and came in
fourth in the 750cc solo class's 550 yard sprint.
In the BMCRC's Clubman's Day, at April 6th 1935, we find another entry, mr GC Whittlesea, who on a
600 SQ4 came in sixth in the Clubman's flying kilometre. He also came out in the over-350 solo event, where he
got a beating though by Len Williams on his 500 Scott..........
Well.........Time to have a look at the doings of my, and I hope after this, your hero too ....