Triumph celebrates rock ‘n’ roll heritage with special edition vinyl and turntable

Triumph celebrates rock ‘n’ roll heritage with special edition vinyl and turntable

To celebrate its rock ‘n’ roll heritage, Triumph has created its own vinyl record, featuring 10 young British rock bands as well as a bespoke Rega turntable inspired by Triumph’s Street Cup

Iconic British motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, has created its own vinyl record and turntable, inspired by the rock ‘n’ roll heritage of its street range of bikes.

The record deck, made in conjunction with legendary British maker, Rega, takes its inspiration directly from the Street Cup model, which is a modern-day street racer harking back to the café racer machines of the 1960s.

Adorned with a line drawing of the £8,800, 900cc Street Cup and finished in the bike’s signature Racing Yellow paint colour, the turntable is in keeping with its automotive cousin.

The vinyl album has been pressed by Triumph music partner Flying Vinyl and is entitled ‘Racing the Record’. This title is a nod to the original 1960s café racer practice of selecting a record on a café’s jukebox and racing to a predetermined point and back before the song ended.

Both the turntable and vinyl album will make their public debuts at a launch evening on Tuesday, August 29, at London’s The Bike Shed, where a handful of the featured bands will provide live entertainment.

The turntable itself is fitted with a hand-assembled, precision-built RB110 tonearm, a low-vibration, low-noise 24v motor assembly driving a precision bearing, and a 10mm float glass platter fitted with a custom-printed plinth and mat. 

In keeping with the rock ‘n’ roll history of the café racer culture, Triumph selected 10 up-and-coming British rock bands to submit two tracks each for a special edition album, of which just 500 will be made.

Each band has one track on the record, with the songs selected by Triumph’s fans, who voted for their favourites via Facebook.

Triumph Motorcycles GB general manager, Paul Lilly, said: “Our Street family of motorcycles has been built with fun and accessible rideability in mind and the Street Cup in particular is a modern-day street racer inspired by the café racers of old. It is fitting that we are now taking the Street Family back to its roots by creating our own record and turntable.”

Triumph has been manufacturing motorcycles for over a century, with the company being first established in 1902. For the last twenty years Triumph has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and today builds around 60,000 bikes every year – making it the largest British motorcycle manufacturer.