During our recent visit to the Young Guns Speed Shop, we had the pleasure of checking out ‘Ferdinand the Sparrow’, the incredible sprinter built by shop owners Nik and Fabian.

As good friends of Sébastien Lorentz of Lucky Cat Garage, Ferdinand was built in an attempt to challenge Lucky Cat’s BMW Sprintbeemer (right). Its name, a tongue in cheek jab towards it’s competitor, the cat who would not catch the Sparrow.

Gauntlets have been thrown however, and the two friendly rivals will face the checkered flag on September 6th at Glemsek 101 in a challenge the guys like to call SPRINTRIOT.

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The inspiration to build Ferdinand started when Fabian took a seat on Lucky Cat’s machine at last years Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz, France.  A niggle that would remain in the back of his mind until he and Nik would get to work, undertaking their biggest project yet.

In just five short weeks, a 1976 Le Mans 1, powered by the block of a 2007 Moto Guzzi Norge was crafted into race ready art piece, worthy of even the most choosey exhibition.

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One year on from the initial idea, Wheels and Waves 2015 swung around and it was there at Punks Peak Race that Ferdinand was to first spread his wings.
With a little dyno help from their friends at VTR Custom, it was ready, and when asked how it went Nik smiled as broadly as any man could, as he said simply:

“It went well, very well.”

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A few notes from Nik on the build:

• Frame Base Le Mans 1 1976
• Homemade steering head, shorter, stronger and more flat angle at back. The frame was cut off on the height of the gearbox and these two kids made the whole new baccarat including the seat.
• The swingarm is from a Moto Guzzi California that is 12cm longer than an original Le Mans one.
• Backwheel: Original, with homemade alloy covers, MH Racemaster
• Frontwheel: suzuki 125ccm hub, akront 17“ rim, Metzler tire
• Gas Tank: homemade, painted by two good friends who call themselves Atelier Zweilicht
•Fork: original le mans, heavily modified

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Seeing Ferdinand as well as their amazing Sportster build, there are no doubt plenty more beauties just waiting to roll out of the Young Gun Speed Shop.  Follow them on Insta for updates.