Irreplaceable TT replica trophies have been stolen in a raid on the National Motorcycle Museum.
The museum, based in Bickenhill, West Midlands, has offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of the priceless artefacts.
Raiders broke into the inner foyer of the Coventry Road attraction at about 11pm on Wednesday evening.
Each of the trophy cabinets was smashed, causing substantial damage to the displays. A large number of the trophies and TT replicas – including a number won by racing legend and island resident Geoff Duke – were stolen.
Museum director James Hewing said: ‘They’ve taken almost all the trophies in our inventory – the TT replicas, and the World Cup and Geoff Duke trophies.
‘Many of the trophies and TT replicas have little “scrap” value but are unique and irreplaceable as part of this country’s motorcycling heritage.
‘Because of the historical importance of these trophies the National Motorcycle Museum will be offering a substantial award of £20,000 for information which leads to the safe recovery of these important artefacts.’
The museum re-opened as normal yesterday morning. Police said windows to the museum shop had been smashed but the raiders had not got into the main premises.
Geoff Duke, 91, was six times world motorcycling champion and won six TT races.