The Hesketh Motorcycle Company which was based out of Daventry as well as Easton Neston was formed in 1980 by Lord Hesketh, but after it went bankrupt in 1984, the Hesketh Motorcycle Company was bought out and ran by Broom Engineering after which their factories were moved to the Turweston Aerodrome near Silverstone Circuit.
Devloped originally on the Easton Nesto Estate, the Hesketh motorcycle Company released their first motorcycle, a 1,000 cc V-Twin, in 1982 with a specially designed Weslake Engine. This bike was too heavy and had an issue of overheating because of an airflow issue, so after a whopping 139 motorcycles were produced, with little sales to cover losses, sold out to Triumph who attempted to utilise this large 1,000 cc engine, but soon found it to be more problems than they wished to handle.
Then in 1983, Lord Hesketh attempted to revamp his motorcycle and founded a new company called Hesleydon Ltd but only 40 were produced and once again the Hesketh Motorcycle Company had to close its doors a year later.
When the Hesketh Motorcycle Company was to move to the Turweston Aerodrome near Silverstone Circuit, while only half packed for the move, the factory was robbed and lost over £40,000 worth of tools, bikes and irreplaceable records. Although Brook still runs a shop to maintain the Hesketh Motorcycle Company motorcycles, the production of new models and the lack of funding forced the company to cease production for good and close down its entire factory.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 07/06/2008