There’s already considerable interest around one particular lot H&H is selling at its Duxford sale on October 4. ‘Old Bill’, which was owned and raced by George Brough — the founder of Brough motorcycles — is considered by many to be one of the most important bikes in existence. It was built by the factory for the founder to race and, despite a couple of accidents, the combination won 51 sprints in 1922 and ’23. The auction house already holds the record for the most expensive bike to be sold at auction — a Brough Superior SS100, which went for £280,000. But the £250-270,000 estimate for ‘Old Bill’ might well be surpassed, along with that record.