Universal Racer Mk 2

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D Lewis Ltd began making motorcycle and track racing suits in 1926, the Universal Racer Mk 2 first appears in a WW2 period catalogue but probably debuted around the mid-30s.

Worn by Road and dirt track / Speedway racers right up until the mid-60's, the UVR jacket was also worn by Steve McQueen when he competed in the Greenhorn Enduro Race on 26 May 1963, during which he also wore our 935 leather trousers.

Meticulously researched from vintage UVR jackets in our collection, the model we have remade is the early 60's type and features our own Lightning brand zippers, replicated in every detail from originals of the period. Lined with 100% cotton plaid fabric.

('Universal Racer Mk2 1930s 40s Jacket' also available HERE)

Photo by Lyn Wineland (c) & permission Sean Kelly, Johnson Motors Inc.

A waist-length jacket, fully zipped and padded; generously cut (no fear of gap between jacket and breeches). Adjustable wrist and collar bands. Unique front flap over main zip to keep out dirt and rain: zipped inside and outside breast pockets. Suitable for dirt or road use. 100% cotton lined.

Concealed zip under the wind placket

Back view collar detail 

Adjustable cuff

Inside breast pocket with Lightning fastener

Shoulder pad detail

Elbow pad detail

Left: Lightning fastener (in & outside breast pockets), Right: Lightning fastener (main)

Brown tartan lining

Helmet No. 261 + Goggles No. 2539, Motorway boots No.191 + Seaboot socks

Ton ten belt, Silk scarf, LL leather jeans


  • Sheep leather available only up to chest 50 inches = 127 cm
  • Our estimated lead time for custom made jackets is 10 months.
  • Stock options available please contact us.

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