1951 Triumph Thunderbird / Bobby Sirkegian

As a kid, Bobby Sirkegian had better What I Did On My Summer Vacation stories than the rest of his school chums. Already making a name for himself in early Southern California drag racing, running and winning against full grown men, 13-year-old Bobby travelled with his bike-dealer father to Wendover, Utah in 1953 to take part in the fifth annual Bonneville Speed Week. Because Bonneville officials knew of the youngster’s prowess on a drag bike, he was given special permission to run on the salt flats. He lined up for passes in the 650cc class on this stripped-down 1951 Triumph Thunderbird, just treated to a full restoration by Sirkegian, now 72. It’s one of the bikes on offer at Bonhams’ 12 November auctionat the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles — via Bike EXIF

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