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Rare 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer Sells for Record $775,000

 

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One of just 13 Cyclone motorcycles known to exist, a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer, recently sold for $775,000 at Mecum Auctions’ E.J. Cole Collection Auction in Las Vegas.

The Cyclone was in production for only three years, manufactured by the Joerns Motor Manufacturing company in St. Paul, MN. It was known largely for it’s remarkable engine: an OHC V-twin, with a 61 cu-in. engine featuring shaft-and-bevel drive single overhead cams.

The company did product road bikes, but was best known for the board track racers which were timed at 111.1 MPH in an Omaha, NE board track race in 1914, 20 MPH faster than the current world record at the time.

This particular machine, the E.J. Cole 1915 Cyclone has a storied history, including belonging to actor and icon Steve McQueen.  It was restored by Stephen Wright, author of the ‘American Racer’ books after he purchased it from the Steve McQueen estate Auction in Las Vegas in 1984.
 

 

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