Sonny Scott's Dual Engine Triumph Race Bike


On a recent trip to Wes White's Four Aces Cycle in California's San Fernando Valley I was lucky enough to admire this fine piece of motorcycle drag-racing history. Built by Max Kelly around 1958 as a supercharged gasser, the chassis was later sold to Sonny Scott who campaigned the bike in 1959 as a nitro-burning fueler with Priness Perry as the pilot. The bike was heavily raced from 1960 to '65 and was a top US competitor. Making it even more historically significant is the fact that Scott and Perry were black men in a sport mostly populated by white dudes. Today this hotrod time capsule has been restored by Wes and was recently shipped to a museum in Iowa.



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Commented on 9-13-2012 At 05:26 am

Cheers to Wes for preseving this piece of history. I had a chance to see Tyler from Lowbrow's dual engine Triumph. The work that goes into the dual engine set up is mind blowing.

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 08:18 am

Thats one sweet machine there!

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 09:03 am

thats a good lookin bike

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 09:31 am

Nice! The bike looks super mint!

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 09:53 am

I don't know if it's the nostalgia, the way the engines are nestled together in there, or the chrome buttons, but I'm feeling warm and fuzzy.

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 02:04 pm

Uh, yeh..........FOOKIN RAD!

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 02:48 pm

Beautiful work and great piece of history. Now I want someone to blast down the flats on it!

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 03:19 pm

i got a poster, ive had for a couple years, from Lowbrow with that thar bike on it. doent matter what your tastes go in for, that bike grabs folks attention! glad to know more about it and to see closer images finaly!

Commented on 9-14-2012 At 10:58 am

Thanks for your kind words guys. The best part was when Sonny Scott came by to see it together for the first time in over 30 years.

Commented on 9-14-2012 At 07:27 pm


Commented on 9-14-2012 At 09:11 pm

a favorite post made a good night for me. rebuilt history and this bike is so cool. bill with the classic bill hand grip photo. well done guys. wish I could see that one in person or some old original photos with the first owner. well now I have something to check out if I'm ever in Iowa. Any more net links to this?

Commented on 9-15-2012 At 02:16 pm

This ride is mind blowing.

Cool simply seeps from the nuts and bolts.

Commented on 9-16-2012 At 07:25 am

Photos look nice, in person awesome! Good job.

Commented on 9-16-2012 At 12:03 pm

That bike looks like 200mph just sitting there. Just think about all the engineering that went into building it, awesome.

Commented on 9-17-2012 At 08:48 am

So much awesome work in this thing.

Commented on 6-11-2013 At 06:49 pm

UNREAL!!!! I'm gonna have to look for old footage of this machine, if it exists, on the ol' interweb. Love the old can of Oly too! I'll bet Sonny drank that foamer while working on this beast. Thanks Wes, for sharing this amazing piece of motorcycle history!!!

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