Gus Kuhn 1926
Page updated 12-Jan-2011

In 1926 Gus Kuhn and his 348cc Velocette were still winning many trophies. These included a Gold Medal in the London to Exeter Trial, a silver medal in the Colmore Cup Trial and a Bronze medal in the Victory Trial as well as a Silver medal in the Surbiton Motor Club's Spikins Solo Trial. [Cyril May]

Gus Kuhn 'Velocette' 1926 T.T. races

The Isle of Man produced a much better result than last year as Gus finished 5th in the Junior TT on his Velocette.

Velocette's prototype overhead camshaft engine was built in 1924 and development work carried out over the next year resulted in their first TT win in 1926. To quote from Ixion "1926 was to be the canonisation of the ohc 350cc Velocette product of a small firm dabbling in two-strokes and producing about a dozen bikes a week". Alec Bennett was the winner with Gus Kuhn and Fred Povey finishing in the first nine to give the factory the team prize. A great achievement for a firm with no racing department and a total staff of only 42 workers. []

In the Senior TT the Douglas didn't finish which is a pity as he had been very fast in practice. This was to be Gus's last outing to the Island as a competitor, but he would often go to the TT races as a very interested spectator in later years.

You can read more of Gus Kuhn's activities in 1926 in the Gus Kuhn Story by Cyril May. Part 9: TRIAL GLORY - covering the 1925 London-Exeter Christmas Trial, the 1926 Isle of Man TT and Camberley Scramble as well as a description of the start of Dirt Track Racing in America and Australia.