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Eric Fernihough

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Eric Fernihough (1905-1938) was a British motorcycle racer.

1927 Made his only participation in the Isle of Man TT, finishing thirteenth in the 250 cc Lightweight TT.[1]

In the first half of the 1930s, Fernihough took part in many international races for the Excelsior Motor Coy.

1930 April. Won the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland in the 175 cc category.

In the Belgian Grand Prix of the same year, Fernihough finished second to the local rider Yvan Goor.

1930 September. Won the UMF Grand Prix in Pau, France.

1931 June. Won his second UMF Grand Prix in the 175 cc category and with it the title of European Champion. That year he also won the Belgian Grand Prix and the 250 cc category races at the North West 200 and Swedish TT.

1932 Won the 175 cc races at the Dutch TT, the UMF Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix.

1933 Fernihough and Excelsior win their fourth consecutive UMF Grand Prix in the 175 cc class.

1935, riding a Brough Superior, Fernihough improved the lap record at the Brooklands circuit, one of the fastest tracks of the time, to 123.58 miles per hour (198.88 km/h).

I1936, Fernihough set a new motorcycle land-speed record for solo motorcycles over the flying mile on a Brough Superior at a speed of 163.82 miles per hour (263.64 km/h). The following year, he improved the record using a supercharged 1000 cc J.A.P. engine, upping the flying kilometre record to 169.79 miles per hour (273.25 km/h). He also set a new record for sidecar motorcycles at 137 miles per hour (220 km/h).

On 23 April 1938, Fernihough crashed while attempting to break the motorcycle land-speed record at Gyón, Hungary.

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