NEWPORT, RI – August 15, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Royal Enfield’s one-of-a-kind Project Origin “motor bicycle” 1901 replica will make its New England debut on Friday, September 29th at “The Gathering at Rough Point.” “The Gathering at Rough Point” is an upscale garden party and is one of several automotive lifestyle experiences taking place at the 2023Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week on September 28th through October 1st. Project Origin will also be on display at Cars & Coffee at the historic Fort Adams State Park on Saturday, September 30th.
Going back 122 years ago, Royal Enfield built the first ever motorized bicycle prototype. However, after two world wars, two depressions and the company’s relocation to India, this rare artifact of motorcycling history was lost or destroyed. Turn the page and enter Gordon May, a world-renowned historian and author of books about Royal Enfield. May, working with engineers and designers from Royal Enfield UK joined forces with the company’s Indian technical center and Harris Performance along with a diverse group of experts from the vintage motorcycling community to recreate the oldest motorcycle without the benefit of any blueprints or technical drawings, which like the original prototype were lost.
“As a 122-year-old company with a long and rich past, taking part in an event filled with fans who admire historically significant vehicles is something we’re always particularly excited about at Royal Enfield,” said Nathan Kolbe, Head of Marketing – Americas Region. “The opportunity to meet vibrant fans and highlight the one-of-a-kind Project Origin “motor bicycle” at Audrain Concours & Motor Week will make for a fantastic week in Newport.”
“We are excited to have Royal Enfield showcase their Project Origin ‘motor bicycle at such a beautiful and historic event,” said Audrain CEO, Donald Osborne. “It is an amazing example of industrial design and motorcycling history. I am sure it will be treasured and admired for centuries to come.”
About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 150 dealers in North America, including the
contiguous U.S. and Canada. RENA currently offers the all-new Hunter 350, Scram 411, Classic 350, Meteor 350, Himalayan 411 and the 650 Twins (INT650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.
About the Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week
The annual Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week celebrates the diversity, elegance, and timelessness of classic and modern vehicles and the people who bond with them. With a week’s worth of incredible car showcases, alongside a plethora of fun gatherings, seminars, and other luxurious events, the Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week is sure to entertain, with all events leading up to the finale of the week, the Concours d’Elegance. The Concours d’Elegance features multiple classes of meticulously cared for cars that have had a significant impact on automotive history.
Source: Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week