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A post-war special - the LEF

A post-war special - the LEF


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A post-war special - the LEF

Post-WWII there were very few 250cc racing machines available, so many specials were made. The LEF was built by a motorcycle business run by 3 partners, Lewis, Ellis and Foster in Watford, Herts. The machine still exists and can be seen at Classic race meetings. John Harrowell rode it in the TT

BikeSport TT Race Pics feature the FoTTofinder Bikesport Archives of Isle of Man TT Race photographs

Media ID 19774547


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In this print from BikeSport TT Race Pics, we are transported back to the post-war era, where scarcity and ingenuity prevailed. The image showcases a remarkable machine known as the LEF - a post-war special that emerged due to the limited availability of 250cc racing motorcycles after World War II. Crafted by Lewis, Ellis, and Foster, three partners who ran a motorcycle business in Watford, Herts. , the LEF stands as a testament to their resourcefulness and passion for speed. This unique creation not only symbolizes their determination but also represents an era when enthusiasts had to rely on their own skills to pursue their racing dreams. The significance of this photograph is further heightened by its connection with John Harrowell - the brave rider who fearlessly took on the challenge of piloting the LEF in the prestigious TT races. His skillful handling of this exceptional machine undoubtedly left spectators awestruck as he pushed boundaries on those demanding tracks. Today, fortunate enthusiasts can still witness this piece of history come alive at Classic race meetings. Preserved meticulously over time, the LEF continues to captivate audiences with its timeless design and rich heritage. It serves as a reminder that even amidst adversity, true innovation knows no bounds. This print encapsulates not just an iconic motorcycle or an unforgettable race moment but also pays homage to those unsung heroes who shaped motorcycling history through sheer dedication and unwavering spirit.

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