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Fernihough’s bike prepared


for its 1938 record attempts (Brooklands Society).


exploring the unknown, and I was exploring speeds that had never been attained before on two wheels. To celebrate their achievement, Eric invited his


friends and assistants to ‘Ferni’s Brough Superior Supper’ at the Ship Hotel Weybridge on 9th October. At the time Eric was recovering from a compound fracture to his right arm which pre- vented any riding for the remainder of 1937. By November, Henne had retaken the records and set yet another challenge to Eric. However, in Jan- uary 1938 Eric and his wife Dorrie were more concerned with their new house in The Fairway on St George’s Hill. Nevertheless, soon the blown Brough was back on the Track on 12th March, when Eric covered the flying start kilometre at 143.39 mph, the fastest recorded motor cycle speed over a kilometre at Brooklands and the highest speed ever attained on the Track on two wheels. Suitably encouraged, the Fernihough team once again set out for Gyon to try and re- take the record from Henne. On Saturday 23rd April however, as Eric’s bike entered the measured distance at over 170mph, a gust of wind caught the Brough and in the resulting crash he lost his life – he was just 35 years old. ‘Why do we do it? What is the use of it? People


ask. Tourists now travel at the speeds I com- menced racing at, though only 15 years have passed since then. My two-ton lorry is just as fast as my first racing motorcycle. That is progress.


38


The cover of a Fernihough Garage calendar (Brooklands Society).


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