It looks like a neglected bike long since consigned to the shed, but this two-wheeled contraption's value belies its rusty appearance.
The ancient bicycle is in fact a 1906 Indian Camelback, one of the first ever two-wheeled motorised machines and one which is hugely desirable to collectors.
The Name Mondial Is French for "World," While The FB Is An Acronym For Fratelli Boselli (Carlo, Ettore, Giuseppe and Luigi)
The FB Mondial Motociclistica was founded by Count Giuseppe Boselli in 1948 in Arcore, Italy. Prior to WWII, FB Mondial manufactured motorized tricycles and delivery vans. The name Mondial is French for “world,” while the FB is an acronym for Fratelli Boselli, Italian for Boselli Brothers. There were four Boselli brothers (Carlo, Ettore, Giuseppe and Luigi). Guiseppe, a racing fan, talked his brothers into building a 125cc dual-overhead-cam road race bike in 1948. Amazingly, one year later Mondial won the 125cc World Road Race Championship with Nello Pagani at the controls. FB Mondial repeated as 125 World Champion again in 1950 and 1951 (with Bruno Ruffo and Carlo Ubbiali at the controls). Read On: http://www.motocrossactionmag.com/Main/News/CLASSIC-MOTOCROSS-IRON-1952-FB-MONDIAL-200-5812.aspx
WEYBRIDGE.- A unique motorcycle created for the 2011 Great Escape 2 – a charity motorcycle ride across Europe to commemorate the 50 RAF officers who met their demise after the so-called ‘Great Escape’ from the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III in March 1944 – is to be sold inBonhams auction of Collectors’ Motorcars and Motorcycles on Thursday 1st December at Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey. The 2011 Triumph Bonneville T100 ‘Great Escape’ on offer is a modern version of the one ridden by Steve McQueen in epic 1963 film The Great Escape which immortalised the heroic exploits of these prisoners of war and starred Richard Attenborough, James Garner and McQueen. It is being sold with the registration ‘WW11 POW’ and is estimated to fetch £9,000-12,000. Read On: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52032
Bonhams has been entrusted to represent what is regarded as one of the most important collections of motorcycles to come to market in years. From the prominent American family Du Pont, a name synonymous with a chemical empire, a luxury automobile manufacturer, and America's first motorcycle company, is a private museum collection three generations in the making.
Offered for the very first time, the collection of nearly 50 vintage motorcycles spanning 70 years of history contains many important and impressive machines, a good number of them Indian. Read On: http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2011/du-pont-motorcycle-collection-to-bonhams
THE other evening, I was sauntering down (or is it up?) Upper Kinondoni Road in Dar, minding my own business when the relative silence was shattered by the rat-tat-tat not of machine gun fire, but the firing of an overstrained motorcycle engine. This was not particularly unexpected – especially taking into account the proliferation of the machines in the country in recent months and years. READ ON