Jules Tacheny, world record-breaker
Jules Tacheny’s first motorbike was an FN 350cc and he won his first race in Sorinnes without his parents’ knowledge. Several years after his promising début, Tacheny notched up victory after victory, attracting the attention of the official FN factory team which would take him on board alongside Milhoux, Demeuter and Noir. By 1931, he would have broken no less than 41 world records on the circuit at the stadium in Montlhéry, leading to FN becoming an international household name and surpassing the achievements of the then superior British factory bikes. In 1934 and 1935, Jules Tacheny became Belgian champion in Francorchamps – despite his numerous Grand Prix successes overseas, Tacheny considered winning at home his greatest achievement, something he succeeded at on his own circuit in 1946.
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