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Thought you folks might enjoy seeing this 'concept' machine from 1936. The text and illustration below were scanned from a recent edition of "On The Level" a BMW club magazine, who in turn had copied it from a 'yard sale' magazine from 1936.

I'm imagining the shape these 'globular' tires would take at 300mph!



Text from "Modern Mechanix", June 1936: MOUNTED on spherical airwheels of moderate pressure, a recently designed super-motorcycle powered with twin motors is expected to shatter all existing speed marks for land vehicles. Speeds of more than 300 miles per hour will be reached without difficulty, its designer believes.
The driver is encased in a partially faired-in cabin and is securely strapped down in his seat. A headrest over the windshield provides additional bracing. Steering is effected in the customary manner. Two separate power plants are employed, one on each side of the powerful rigid chassis. The drive is carried to the rear globular wheel by means of conventional shafts and gearing. The peculiar wheels, apart from providing greater traction and serving as shock-absorbers, are expected to add to the streamline possibilities and the stability of the machine.
 

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Speeds of more than 300 miles per hour will be reached without difficulty, its designer believes.
Reminds me of a conversation I had today at an airport with a guy who says it is possible today to have a car's gas engine that gets 150 mpg but the oil industry buys those patents to keep us dependent on oil.
 
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