Παρασκευή 5 Απριλίου 2013

Ernst Henne – The supercharged BMW R37


Ernst Henne was a German motorcycle racer and racecar driver. Interested in motor vehicles, he started working on engines at a young age. He started racing in 1923 and soon he was already winning races and championships(1926, 1927 German championships) . He was also interested in land speed racing. Henne bought a 1928 BMW R37, took it apart and kept…some of its parts! He then started building what was to become one of the greatest land speed record motorcycles in motorcycle history. After it was finished, the supercharged, two-cylinder, boxer engine bike, produced more than 100hp! That was too much for 1929 and Henne did all the work himself. The faired bike with “the egg”(his helmet), kept setting world records from 1928 to 1937, with a total of 76. His last (279.5km/h in 1937) stood for 14 years. He retired after that record and became a Mercedes-Benz dealer(amongst other things), and his racing heart kept him going until he was 101 years old.


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