Rex began production in Birmingham in 1899
as motorcar and forecar manufacturers. A
move to Coventry in 1900 saw the factory
breaking new ground by exhibiting and proving
a motorcycle at the Crystal Palace Show
when their machine was the only one capable
of climbing a nearby hill without pedal
asistance. Following this formula and aided
by a thorough advertising campaign the company
continued to actively promote their products
by, on one occassion, completing a record
breaking Land's End to John O'Groats run
In 1907 an advertisement in
Motor Cycle lamented the end of the King of
the Hill Climbing. In fact, this was an attempt
by Rex to clear out old stock before the arrival
of a new model, but it shows that the marque
was already noted for sporting prowess. It
also made the cheapest twin-cylinder motorcycle
and continued to be successful until it was
taken over by a sidecar maker in 1932.
I 1951 Oliver Langton, world famous
speedway rider, purchase this Beehive
model Rex Acme from Freddie Frith.
In Great Britain in the 1950's, the
Rex was sold under license as the Cyclaid,
a cycle-attachment engine that mounted
over the rear wheel instead of the front.
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