’51 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

By December 19, 2012Motorcycles

Bonhams is having their annual motorcycle auction in Las Vegas. There’s going to be some classic head turners. I’m going to feature some of these bikes in upcoming posts.

1951 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

'51 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

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1951 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

About this bike:

As a teenager competing with adults in early drag racing – and often winning – young Bobby Sirkegian was used to getting attention. Often times magazine and newspaper reporters showed up to ask questions and take photos. Then one day in 1954, television came calling.

Format for the nationally syndicated program “You Asked For It” was that viewers wrote in asking to see some human interest story or another. A 14-year-old New Jersey girl had read a magazine story about Bobby, also 14, racing his Triumph motorcycle against cars and wanted to see more. Host Art Baker showed up with a film crew at the Pomona, California dragstrip to record Sirkegian beating a souped-up hot rod across the line. It was the only time in the show’s 1950-59 run that a motorcycle was featured

1951 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

1951 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

'51 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike

+ Source: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird 650 Baby Mine Dragbike :: Bonhams
 
 

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