Land speed record-breaking motorcycle to return to Australia after setting top auction price – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Motorcyclist Jack Ehret with his Vincent Black Lightning in a simulation of a racing seating position in 1952.The most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction will soon return home to Australia where it set a national land speed record 65 years ago.

The British-manufactured 1951 Vincent Black Lightning became part of Australian motoring history after Mascot-born speedster Jack Ehret rode it into the record books in 1953.

Forty years later his son, former sidecar racer John Ehret, was the last person to ride the motorcycle in competition.

“It was an incredible experience to ride it,” he said.

“When you open the throttle on that, it just pulls out of the corners, it’s quite effortless and it just flies down the straight.”

The 1,000cc motorcycle was bought at auction last week by an undisclosed Australian businessman for $US929,000 ($1.16 million) in Las Vegas.

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