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EMC September 4, 2012 posted by

E=MC2: Two 1988 EMC 250’s With Race History

E=MC2:   Two 1988 EMC 250’s With Race History


UK RSBFS readers, here is your chance to shine.  Other than the basic EMC history Mike featured in a previous post, I’m having a heck of a time digging up any solid info on this pair bikes.  I know we have some readers based in the UK (the bikes are UK based)  that know their stuff and I want to hear from you.  Enlighten me with your EMC knowledge.


This bike intrigues me.  The seller lists it as a ex-Brian Reid “factory” EMC.  What would have that meant back in 1988?  EMC was a low volume builder so what unobtainium would this bike have had?  Anything special with the Rotax engine compared to the customer bike?


The seller states this bike is still the fastest Rotax powered bike to cover the IOM TT course.



Is owning the fastest Rotax to cover the IOM to much pressure?  How about the second fastest?  You are looking at it.  This bike was raced by Eddie Laycock and Steve Hazlett.



I sure wish we cold have seen a couple pictures with the bodywork off.  Speaking of the bodywork, the seller has the molds for the fairing, seat and front and rear mudguards.  He also has a set of new bodywork ready to pass on to the first buyer of one of the bikes.  This bike also comes with some mechanical spares.



The factory EMC is being offered at 10,250 GBP, OBO


The ex-Laycock bike is being offered at  9,550 GBP, OBO





EMC December 8, 2011 posted by

Rare and Unique: 1985 EMC 250 ROTAX vintage racebike

For Sale: EMC 250 ROTAX vintage racebike

Update 12.7.2011: Back on eBay and with updated info: This bike definitely has a Harris frame. Links updated. -dc

Up for grabs today is a legendary racing brand: EMC. EMC is the better known name of the Ehrlich Motor Company, a British-based racing concern headed by Joe Ehrlich who immigrated from Austria in the 1930s. Ehrlich was a two stroke tuner, and mass produced road bikes under the EMC banner until the early 1950s. From that point onward Ehrlich concentrated mainly on racing, and developed numerous competitive vehicles – both cars and motorcycles. Even after he was no longer associated with the official EMC venture, Ehrlich continued to develop one-off racers and this 1985 250 Rotax powered bike is one such example.

With an aluminum box perimeter frame and Rotax power, this bike is kitted in fine fashion for its era. EMC motorcycles were always known for handling, and the list of victories is a long one – from Mike Hailwood’s win at the Saar Grand Prix in 1962 through numerous wins at the Isle of Man TT races during the 1980s (including eclipsing the 110 mph average – never done before on a 250) and many car and motorcycle victories in between.

From the seller:
EMC 250, Rotax tandem twin 2 stroke, aluminum delta box type frame and swing arm, aluminum gas tank, astralite wheels, Forcella Italia forks,frame made by Harris or Spondon or? still trying to get info. possibly raced Isle of Man, poss Donnie Mcleod, raced in AHRMA late 80’s, 90’s. bike was white and green , painted all black by world famous painter few years ago, comes with spare complete engine, exhaust, carbs, radiator, pistons, etc. really nice piece in excellent condition. If anyone can shed light on history, please let me know, winning bidder responsible for shipping etc.

Joe Ehrlich was well into his 70s when this bike was created, and continued to develop successful racers well into his 80s. This bike is a monument to his accomplishments, and the storied EMC brand in general. Vintage racebikes will always be an interesting lot. When it comes to one from Joe Ehrlich, though, things become even more interesting. As these were one-off racers, specifications and details might be a bit hard to come by. Unfortunately the seller does not have all the details at his disposal. Could our sharp RSBFS readers help out here?

If you are looking for a collectable or just something unique to clean up at your next track event, this might be one to consider. This auction has just started, and the opening ask is only $6k. The reserve setting is unknown at this time, so this will be a good one to watch. For more details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!