Read about this in Classic Bike magazine. A man called Ronnie Borradaile was a 21 year old motorcycle enthusiast who rented this Jap-powered Grindlay-Peerless (the first 500cc machine to do 100 miles in an hour, ridden by Bill Lacey) at Brooklands in July 1935 and proceeded to lap the circuit at 100mph, winning a coveted Gold Star badge. "I just turned it up and hung on," he said. "It was great fun".
A professional soldier, he went on to win a Military Cross during WWII and was later made MBE. Modern day 'heroes' just don't compare to men like Ronnie.