Rudge motorcycles were manufactured from 1911 to 1946, and the Birmingham firm was highly regarded for its innovative engineering solutions. Rudge enjoyed a string of successes at the Isle of Man TT races during the 1930s.
This fine sporting marque was very competitive in speedway, and also trials events in the hands, and feet, of Murray’s dad Graham (Walker) Rudge’s sales manager at the time. Works supported racing and the supply of race machinery stopped around the mid thirties after the death of Rudge- Whitworth principal and driving force J.V. PUGH and subsequent sorties into autocycle production and other badly managed ventures foresaw the demise of the once proud Rudge concern in 1940.
The 250 Sport was powered by a 4-valve 249cc single with an ope-valve radial cylinder head. First registered on 18th April 1936 in Preston, this charming 250 Sport comes with recent MoTs, a buff log-book and a letter from the Rudge Enthusiasts Club stating it was first registered in Preston. In restored condition, a plethora of receipts from the late 1980s would indicate that the restoration took place around then. Having been owned in recent times by an engineer enthusuast in Hull, we’re told it “runs well”.