Donington Classic Motorcyle Festival
Posted on 16th February 2017 at 10:42
Historic Simson AWO machines to race for the first time ever in the UK
Simson AWO machines will, for the first time ever in the UK, race at the Donington Classic Festival organised by the CRMC. The Rennkollektiv Simon Team will make the trip from Saxony, in what was East Germany, to bring these rare machines to race, parade and display over the weekend. Only 15 race machines were ever produced for sale together with a handful of works machines that were exclusive to the factory riders.
The machines date from between 1952 and 1955 are are 250cc and 350cc single cylinder four strokes, shaft driven via a four speed gearbox. It is anticipated there will be a total of 10 machines that will chart the development from the earliest Championship winning machine of 1952 through to the rarest of them all, the 1955 AWO RS/4. The RS/4 was the first machine Simson designed from the outset as a race machine as opposed to a development of a road bike. Notable changes include chain drive, double overhead cam motor and a full duplex frame. Of the four that were built there are only 2 are known to survive today.
In the 70's and 80's Simson were well known in the UK for their small capacity two stroke 50cc mopeds and motorcycles that were much more affordable than the Japanese competition. But the history of the company goes back much further, in fact all the way back to 1856. In its time the factory has produced everything from hammers, to prams, bicycles, clip on engines for bicycles, rifles, pistols, motorcycles of course and superb quality cars.
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