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Speedway collection up for auction

Having been on display at the Haynes Motor Museum for a quarter of a century, the Forshaw Speedway Collection will be kick-starting Bonhams’ autumn sale at Stafford. The collection represents 60 years of speedway history from its beginnings in the 1920s. Led by an exemplary pre-war American duo of a Crocker and an Indian, estimates are £100,000-150,000 and £90,000-130,000, respectively.

The collection also includes European solo-style motorcycles, representing marques such as BSA, Douglas, Norton and Rudge. They are offered with associated memorabilia, including six engines and an extensive selection of race jackets. The collection has an estimate of more than £500,000.

All the motorcycles and memorabilia were amassed by the late enthusiast and engineer Richard Forshaw, whose father, Captain Ivan Forshaw, was a former motorcycle racer before founding the family’s respected Aston Martin specialist business in Dorset. Richard was also, in his own words, “a former, if undistinguished, speedway rider with a passion for collecting the machinery of the sport”.

The collection is being offered by Richard’s children. A family spokesperson said: “It has been an honour being custodians of our father’s collection. It represents a lifetime of enthusiasm and hard work searching for such rarities, and we hope they will find new and appreciative homes where they will be cherished in the same way that he cherished them.”

Bonhams is at Stafford for its traditional Autumn sale at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show on 15 and 16 October.

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