Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse are selling six of the world famous Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team Triumph motorcycles on Thursday 16th November.
More commonly known as The White Helmets, the display team was a group of serving soldiers from the Royal Corps of Signals who performed public displays of motorcycling skills, aerobatics and stunt riding, and were based at the Royal Signals Blandford Camp.
“We are delighted to receive instructions to auction these Triumph motorcycles from the dare-devil White Helmets.” Commented Matthew Whitney, who heads up the auctioneer’s classic car department. “I first saw them in action over forty years ago when I was a young lad and they certainly made an impression on me then.”
Beginning 90 years ago, in 1927, the riders were normally dispatch riders and the team have had several names in the past including ‘The Red Devils’ (before the Parachute Regiment Team of the same name existed), ‘Mad Signals’ (on account of the poor brakes on the motorcycles), and only adopted the name ‘White Helmets’ in 1963.