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1916 Racing Motorcycles at the Autodromo de Sitges-Terramar, Spain

November 30, 2014

Located near Barcelona, the Autodromo de Terramar once held races for cars and motorbikes, before being abandoned to the elements like so many other tracks. There are modern plans to revive the location with penthouse suites, a casino, 5 star hotel, etc. Info at the link above if you are interested. But we’re here to view a little of the history and to see two of the motorbikes.

Manuel Parra sent in these great photos of the track and some of the bikes and cars that raced their during the 1920’s.

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Here is how the track looks today:untitled



At Cometa Restauraciones, Manuel has these two race bikes for sale. A c1916 Indian and Harley, both had been stored in an abandoned warehouse near the track since the 1950s. The racing history of the bikes is not fully known, but Manuel has had them for many years and has finally decided to let them go.  Feel free to contact him at the link above to get more details.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Coupe900s permalink
    November 30, 2014 11:09 pm

    Carrer de l’Antic Camí de l’Autòdrom
    08810 Sant Pere de Ribes
    Barcelona, Spanje

  2. jim walter permalink
    December 1, 2014 8:46 am

    thank you for the post but what happened to the 2014- 49 mile ride, did it happen or canceled?????????????

    Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:41:48 +0000 To:

    • December 1, 2014 9:29 am

      We cancelled it. 13 years was a good run I think. My wife keeps bugging me to bring it back to life, so maybe it will return in 2015…

  3. Jim Abbott, Tucson, AZ permalink
    December 1, 2014 9:24 am

    Pete: You absolutely must get a spare plug holder/plug wrench like the one on the Harley! What an inspiration of design.
    Jim A.

  4. John permalink
    December 2, 2014 1:03 pm

    Great pictures Pete, it looks like a Spanish version of Brooklands.

  5. Frank permalink
    May 28, 2016 2:09 pm

    This history is a fake, as the most of histories told by Mr. Martinez. These motorcycles have made with parts from different origin. Don’t believe all people says about old motorcycles…

    • May 29, 2016 9:49 am

      Who are you referring to? I don’t know anybody named Mr. Martinez. And the old photos appear to have come from that race track, but I cannot be sure. I agree, it is always good to verify stories when possible. If you have more info, it would be good to hear it.

  6. enrique castells permalink
    May 30, 2016 7:21 am

    Hello Pete, what Frank told you is true. These bikes and all the story is not true, as several stories told by Manuel Parra (do you remember the story of the Rooper? another bike he tried to say to everybody was original and was made in Huesca with a frame of a bicycle by a honest guy which always said it is a replica… and was sold by Manuel Parra to a naive as original a couple years ago in a huge amount of money). The story about the Indian and the Harley is another big lie, prepared only for sale the bikes to a naive by a man without scruples. The Indian was a spanish tricycle, which was sold to Manuel Parra (Cometa) by a guy from Tarragona (If you need to contact him, I can give his email or phone, but I prefer not put here this kind of information), and the frame handlebar, petrol tank… were made in Huesca city (if you need to contact to the guy who made these parts, I can give you the phone; there are lot of pictures about the process; he used part of the frame of the tricycle to made it), and the other parts were from, as most of the parts of the Harley. The only thing it is true, is the story about 2 bikes which were in Terramar, but one was a Douglas and the another one I don´t remember, but not Indian and not Harley and both are in Barcelona now. I have seen both bikes in Madrid, in a show, and the patina is fake too, as all this story.
    Enrique Castells, AMCA European Chapter Representative for Spain

    • May 31, 2016 8:11 am

      Hi Enrique. Thanks for the info. But I feel like I have missed some other part of the story. Manuel briefly told me was that the HD and Indian bikes had been in storage for some time and that their racing history was not known. Maybe he said something else to other people? Was there more story written someplace else? All that I have is a few photos of the old track and a few photos of the bikes and a paragraph.

      • Enrique Castells permalink
        May 31, 2016 12:36 pm

        Hi Pete, bikes were never stored as both are replicas, the Indian was a tricycle and all the frame, tank, handlebar,…. Are new parts, made in Spain and in Indonesia. Same story about the Harley. If somebody decide to buy the bikes, keep the eyes open.
        Thank you for your besutiful web site, I like it
        Enrique Castells

      • May 31, 2016 3:44 pm

        thanks Enrique. Yes, all must be careful when buying old bikes!

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