Anzani ca. 1928 2400 cc IOE V-twin pacing machine
Allessandro Anzani ( 1877- 1956) was born in Italy but moved to France in 1900.
He started constructing engines for motorcycles and was successful in racing.
He became interested in the development of light and reliable engines for airplanes and in 1909 , when Blériot crossed the Channel, his airplane was powered by one of Anzani’s engines.
Anzani became very big in motorcycle, car and aero engines and had factories in France, Italy and Britain.
One of these powerful Anzani engines we find in this gigantic vintage machine.
It has been used for many years on the cycle track of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.
The reason for the long term use of 1920s machines was that it was very difficult to find modern machines that could match their enormous flexibility: without clutch or gears such a machine could accelerate very steadily without jerking from almost walking speed to about a hundred kilometres per hour.
This giant comes in authentic and unrestored condition.