nsu club badge
Club badge designed by Jack Carpenter based on the ‘Supermax’ tank cap design
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The tank badge/cap made to commemorate NSU winning the 250cc world title 3 times in a row.

One of the German bikes I wanted most,was a NSU ‘Supermax’ 20 years ago i was fortunate to find a complete original ‘Supermax’ that had been in the ownership of a so-called number plate dealer.It came with just 9,000 miles  on the clock all for a cash deal of £500 and a old Zundapp frame  with logbook, reg number TUC 345(i wonder if it’s on a vehicle??) A few months later my ‘Supermax’ was on display at a Steam show when i was approached by a man who was ‘over the moon’ to see a NSU again ! He told me a history of NSU in Britain and that he worked for the company in Croydon. He mentioned that the he formed the works(GB) motorcycle club and that he designed the club badge,it being based on the Supermax tank cap. He went on to say they held a summer camping/treffen/meet at Beaulieu(The club in the summer of 1958 had over 250 members) One of the attractions was the Saturday night dance when a unknown band was playing good trad jazz music, That band was later to become famous as it was Acker Bilk!! The report mentions that the Bikes and scooters were judged by a Graham Walker! Father of Murray Walker.

Now we are up to date its June 2014 and whilst going through some old Green’nons and blue’nons Motor Cycling and Motorcycle mags ,i came across the article below with it’s write up on the occasion also a picture of the NSU Works Motorcycle Club GB badge.img026

The earliest advert for NSU motorcycles i have found in a magazine July 1953