Eric Fernihough was a British racing motorcyclist born on April 7th, 1905, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was one of the most successful riders of his time, having competed in a variety of events throughout the 1920s and 1930s. His motorcycle of choice was a Brough Superior, the high-end British motorcycle known for its speed and reliability.
Fernihough began his racing career in 1925 and quickly established himself as a talented and daring rider. In 1927, he set the world speed record for a motorcycle, reaching a speed of 122.38 mph on a Brough Superior. He would go on to set several more speed records over the years, cementing his status as one of the greatest motorcyclists of his era.
In addition to his speed record achievements, Fernihough also won numerous races and competitions throughout his career. He won the prestigious Brooklands Gold Star three times and also competed in the Isle of Man TT, considered one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world. In 1937 Eric Fernihough records 163mph at Brooklands and smashes it again in 1937 at Gyon recording 169mph.
Fernihough's career was not without its challenges and setbacks. He suffered several serious accidents over the years, including one that forced him to retire from racing for a time. Despite these setbacks, he remained committed to the sport and continued to compete at a high level for many years.
Sadly, Fernihough's life was cut short in 1938 when he was killed in a racing accident in Budapest at the age of 33. He was racing at the Gyon circuit when he crashed and died from his injuries. His death was a great loss to the racing community, but his legacy as one of the greatest riders of all time lives on to this day.