Object of the month
Period of time: 1935
The object of the month is a ”Husqvarna Racer V-twin” motorcycle with a four-stroke engine of 500 cc. With this motorcycle Swede Ragge Sunnqvist won the German Grand Prix 1935 at the Avus track (in reality a closed part of the regular autobahn between Berlin and Potsdam). In a very exciting race Mr Sunnqvist won by half a wheel’s width before German Karl Gall on a BMW. Average speed was close to 172 kph.
Irishman Stanley Woods also used this machine in the Sweden Grand Prix in Saxtorp later the same year. Mr Woods won after another exciting race were the hot sun, and tarmac, caused a lot of flat tires.
The motorcycle was later sold to private owners and was used for different races. It was however bought back by Husqvarna in the late sixties and renovated in 1969, aiming for original appearance.
Husqvarna Museum is very pleased that we got to be part of Husqvarna Motorcycles launch of new enduro models 2017 ! Watch the film about the launch , which took place in Huskvarna and Norrahammar on 11 and 13 July. Many thanks to Smålands Karoliner for a fine setting of the company’s oldest history!