2015 Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auction

Few in attendance had ever heard of, let alone seen, a 1903 REX Belt Drive. But Englishman Steve Norton knew what it was, and that he wanted it, and won the bid at $66,000. Not only that, he plans to ride the 2.25-horsepower 344cc Single in this year’s Cannonball Rally. And having served as crew chief for Texans Mike and Buck Carson for two years, Norton is aware of the challenge. “It’s a really solid engine,” he said. “It will take it.” He says the engine will tell him what speed it wants to run. “We’ll find the sweet spot, maybe 25 to 30 mph.” He figures they have two chances. “Either it’ll go or it won’t.” British resolve.