From an early stage the OK Supreme racing models were notoriously formidable. In 1922 Walter Handley completed the fastest lap in the Isle of Man TT 250 class at 51.00 mph on a tricked up machine. Ernest Humphries lead his company through extraordinary times with his obsession with quality, speed and design leading him to acquiring HRD in the late 1920s. Although production ceased in 1939, a limited number of JAP 350cc racing machines were available until the death of John Humphries, the son of Ernest, one of the founders of the marque.
This fine example has been meticulously restored by Hughie Hancox, one of the world;s most knowledgeable and experienced restorers of fine motorcycle engineering. Provenance: from the John Howard museum collection.
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