Many of you remember the Feuling W3 engines produced by Jim Feuling, a few of which still survive and occasionally find their way into custom builds of one sort or another, but how many of you have heard of the Anzani built before 1910? The Anzani 3 cylinder used the same W3 configuration as Feuling and powered the Motos de stayer (cycle pacing machine) and a racing motorcycle.
Alessandro Ambrogio Anzani was the man behind the machines and he made a wide variety of fascinating engines and vehicles. British Anzani, the company, supplied engines for light aircraft and cars and eventually even made farm and horticultural tractors and mowers, including the very art deco looking LawnRider, which looks like a cool alternative for bikers when they have to mow the lawn. It was a very diverse operation.
The company finally went out of business around 1980, but not before producing some amazing machines. There’s a pretty interesting article covering their range of activities, it makes for an interesting read, including the section on the Powerplus Clipon engine.
Link: Iceni CAM