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Ascot Pullin

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1930. Exhibit at the National Motor Museum.

Ascot Pullin were motorcycles produced from 1928 to 1930 by the Ascot Motor and Manufacturing Co of Letchworth.

1914 the Senior TT was won by Cyril Pullin and for the next forty years he was intermittently involved with advanced designs.

1928 The Ascot Pullin was announced as the New Wonder Motor Cycle. This innovative machine had a horizontally set 498cc ohv engine; in-unit three-speed gearbox; gear-driven magneto and dry-sump lubrication, all enclosed by a pressed-steel frame. Also specified were wire wheels with drum brakes, interconnected and with hydraulic actuation - the first use of hydraulic brakes on a motorcycle. Also included was a telescopic centre stand. It was even fitted with an adjustable windscreen and optional wiper, leg shields and rear-view mirror. Only about 400 to 500 machines were ever built as, sadly, the performance was sluggish and handling poor, so few were sold. Also announced was a sidecar model with a monocoque structure and this was equally unsuccessful.

1929 The designs were short-lived due to major development problems and by the end of the year the receiver was called in.

1930 A London dealer called Rennos sold the stock off.

National Motorcycle Museum exhibits:-

  • 498cc machine

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • [1] Ian Chadwick's motorcycle web site
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9