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Background[ edit ] The project was inspired by Lord Hesketh, who planned to revive the failing British motorcycle industry and at the time had a background of F1 racing being the last private team to win a Formula One Grand Prixwith James Hunt at the wheel.

Lord Hesketh wanted to use the skills and facilities built up in that pursuit to greater effect and production of a quality motorcycle was born. The Hesketh motorcycle was developed on the Easton Neston estate, with the prototype running in the spring of using a special Weslake engine.

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The V-twin V based loosely on the marketing panache of the Vincent Motorcycle but looking much-like a contemporary Ducati GToffered all sorts of advances; for example, it was the first British bike with four valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts although commonplace in Japanese machines.

After two years of development, the project was announced to the press and partners were sought for the manufacturing. However, none were forthcoming and so Lord Hesketh formed Hesketh Motorcycles plc. In a modern purpose-built factory was set up to manufacture the Hesketh V motorcycles in Daventry.

However, there were numerous problems. The bikes were heavy, made worse by a high riding style; and unreliable, [5] with numerous manufacturing problems adding to an overheating rear cylinder due to lack of air flow.

The resultant bad press combined with an underdeveloped bike, lack of cash and a collapsing market meant that after the production of bikes, the company went into receivership. Cagiva visited the Daventry facility in Septemberwith a view to absorbing the Hesketh into their range of machines.

The very rare Hesketh Vampire He was sure they could cure the Hesketh mechanical problems, but Cagiva withdrew their interest after Hesketh marketing chief Peter Gaydon appeared in a TV interview, stating he feared a drop in quality and that the marque would end-up as a 'spaghetti special' under Cagiva.

A V machine even appeared with a Triumph badge on its tank, but Triumph also lacked funding to buy and develop the machine. However, although the company had produced a motorcycle with export potential in mind, the Vampire retained too many of the V's faults [5] and only 40 were produced before the company closed again in When the original Hesketh Motorcycles plc company went into receivership, Broom was part of a team funded by Lord Hesketh which supported the owners of the original machines, offering maintenance and modifications to the bikes sold.

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This funded team eventually became Hesleydon Ltd, who obtained the necessary certification to sell overseas and went on to develop the Vampire after requests for a touring version of the V Combined with the general down turn in motorcycle market, the high cost of the parts and the inability to raise finance to implement volume production assembly methods, Hesleydon ceased trading and Broom continued to support and develop the bike alongside development work for other motorcycle factories and clients Broom Development Engineering.

Based in the same outbuildings where the development of the V had begun, Broom and his team began improvement of the V into a reliable "gentleman's" long distance tourer.

This included the resolution of the overheating through increased oil flow to cool the rear cylinder. Broom produced up to 12 motorcycles per annum, additionally developing the Vulcan and Vortan concept machines.

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Silverstone[ edit ] Inhaving been forced to leave Easton Neston after its sale by Lord Hesketh to Leon Maxand Max's intention to turn the stable block into a call centre for his Max Store clothing brand, Broom Engineering relocated to Turweston Aerodrome near Silverstone Circuit. This slowed progress on the intended small scale production at the new location.

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