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North London Garage

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1909. Will Cook with the NLG 2700cc JAP at Brooklands
December 1912.

NLG were the initials of North London Garage, Corsica Street, St Pauls Road, Highbury, London. They produced motorcycles from 1908 to 1915.

1906 Mentioned in court case. North London Garage.[1]

1908 An NLG machine, ridden by Will Cook, marked its place in history when it won the first official motorcycle race staged at Brooklands. It was powered by a 944cc V-twin Peugeot and weighed less than 120lb/54.5kg.

1909 Cook had further racing successes, but failed to win any world records using an NLG fitted with a massive 20hp, 90-degree, 2,700cc V-twin JAP engine. The usual, more realistic models had a 3.75hp Peugeot engine unless the purchaser requested something different.

1910 Sprung forks had become standard, with the rigid ones remaining as an option. Engines listed were: 3.5hp or 4.5hp JAPs; 5hp and 7hp Peugeot V-twins; and an 8hp JAP V-twin.

1910 Mentioned. Arthur Forster - the maker of the monster racing motorcycle.[2]

1911 There was a 4hp racer and another fitted with an Anzani V-twin engine.

1912 Only JAP engines were used, usually a 4hp single or a 6hp twin.

1915 By now the range had reduced to just the single and then production ceased.

1924 Mentioned. 'Arthur Graham Forster, proprietor of the North London Garage.[3]


National Motorcycle Museum exhibits:-

  • 1907 1000cc NLG Peugeot

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post - Friday 21 September 1906
  2. Sporting Times - Saturday 05 March 1910
  3. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 07 November 1924
  • 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