T.E Lawrence on his beloved 'Brough' on our Men’s heather grey hoody
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The enigmatic, bike loving legend featured on his prized Brough Superior SS100. Commemorating the influential WW1 role T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) played in orchestrating and mobilised arab forces against the Ottoman/Turks in the Middle East. After the war he became a passionate biker he derived much pleasure riding his Brough Superior.
- The 1000cc Brough Superior SS100 was legitimately advertised – and widely regarded – as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of motorcycles in the 1930s
- All Brough Superior SS100s were hand built and came with a guarantee that they were capable of 100mph
- T.E. Lawrence CB, DSO (aka Lawrence of Arabia) owned seven Brough Superiors during his lifetime (an eighth was on order at time of his death)
And some rather more colourful, esoteric little snippets for the real enthusiast …
- The Brough Superior design was constantly evolving because manufacturer George Brough knew a thing or two about customer service back in the 1920s – and encouraged owners to put forward suggestions for improvements
- George Brough was originally involved in the ‘Brough’ family business. Following a disagreement about the direction of the business, he left and set up as ‘Brough Superior’ to produce his ‘superior’ product
- Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia through his WW1 role in the then Ottoman Empire) is much better known for his role in WW1 and his great writings than for his contribution to motorcycle safety! His ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ is said to rank amongst the best books ever written in the English language.
- It was Lawrence’s death at the age of 46, from head injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident, which led to the initial introduction of crash helmets for motorcyclists. This came about when Hugh Cairns, the neurosurgeon who treated Lawrence after the accident (in 1935) recommended that they be mandatory for WWII army dispatch riders. When the order for a regulation for all motorcyclists to wear helmets was debated in the House of Commons thirty years later, in April 1973, many MPs regarded it as a gross infringement of personal liberty. Nonetheless, it came into force in June of that year.
- Lawrence owned seven Brough Superior motorcycles during the 1920-30s (he had an 8th on order when he died).