Norton Commando are the featured marque
British and European
Classic Motorcycle Day
Rare press pic taken at the British Motor Show at the Grand Concourse NYC April 1950. Indian Show Model Black Lightning 1C/2789 ordered by Indian Sales Corp for the show. Note the rear head, twin Instruments and mountings, early thicker seat, (all that was done was trim the front ears off a std seat Squab). This Lightning has not surfaced best I can tell ? PCV was in attendance at this show as well as the Daytona races that year. With the British pound devalued twice in 1949 (long overdue) Vincents matched Harleys price points on the lowly street models.
The”Carlton Blue” Touring Vincent was on display (rush ordered) just in time delivery, (see April 1950 Brit. Motorcycling Issue covering the show) with a white seat as was a Red Comet with white seat and polished alloy fenders. A series’C’ Red Touring Rapide with a Black Seat and in the lower rh corner of this pic a ‘C’ Shadow also were displayed. A Rapide Sectioned engine was on a pedestal stand and a large AMAL Carb display also included. Indian Sales Corp imported Lightnings all the way through 1955. This one may well have been purchased right of the stand as was the lone Blue Rapide
Rollie Free’s Records poster I’ve never come across and may well be a last minute pasteup effort. Indians promotional material was bottom of the barrel quality printed on the cheapest paper stock with basement level graphics. Harley was better by a bit but Triumph with their early postwar large full color posters and literature printed in the UK set the bar high. By this time 3 Grey Flashes had been sent to North America 2 to Canada and one to Gene Aucott in Phil. Pa.
Reunion at Lake Arrowhead by Bill Hoddinott
Vincent Black Lightning #F10AB/1C/4439 and Black Lightning Data
Black Lightning Special Parts List (items, part numbers, some photos)
Grey Flash Information
Grey Flash Ad 1949( 394kfile - very large for detail)
Vincent Rapide Drawing(143k file)
Drag Racing at Night - Auger (129k)
Vincent Rapide Article with specs and photo (1951)
Letters From Home (not motorcycle related...late night musings)
Phil Vincent: The years after 1959. Historical note by Robin Vincent-Day.
KVFTT Special Webpage
Russell Wright Interview by Bill Hoddinott
"McDouglator" generator for Vincent motorcyles
Nigerian Internet Scammers
Good card to carry in your wallet: http://www.medids.com/free-id.php
website about Coburn Benson, his shop and Grey
2 interesting videos about Sid Biberman and Bonneville....videos developed by the TV show Cafe Racer.
Series "C" Comet:
Vincent Motorcycle Build/Date information (VOC) (revised 3/25/07) (This link is curretnly not operating - 4-16-07)
Vincent Owners Club Home Site
Vincent Motorcycle Links #1
Vincent Motorcycle Links #2
thevincent.co.uk (Graham Carey)
Amandaa water scooter video ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfTgYKoa-P4
Phil Irving's excellent article "The Vincent Motorcycle" . Extensively covers the design considerations of the post-war Vincent.
Shaking Forces of Twin Engines
Walt Lund Carb Restoration
Bob Kizer's Magneto Information
http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm (Engine Break-in Secrets)
Hunter S. Thompson's Writings on Vincents
History of Cooper Cars
Working on Motorcycles - article by Paul Zell
Video/audio clip of Irving Vincent Racer being air-started: http://www.irvingvincent.com/video/classic_racer.mpg
www.myvincent.co.uk/parts/parts.php (Vincent Spares List)
(Various photos and videos of the Lambky Vincent Streamliner, Burns & Wright Lightning, Dave Matson, and other LSR Vincents)
How to read Spark Plugs by Gordon Jennings: http://www.strappe.com/plugs.html
NGK Sparkplug information: http://www.ngksparkplugs.com/techinfo/spark_plugs/techtips.asp?nav=31000&country=US
The Story of the Black Shadow by Phil Irving : http://www.vincent-hrd.co.uk/story.html
Video of David Jefferies riding flat out at IOM with personal commentary. Great Fun. Be sure to go to Full Screen. I can only watch it for a couple minutes before I have to stop to breathe.... http://kapitalmoto.co.uk/node/235
Recommended Vincent road test video. http://youtube.com/watch?v=mPZjk4AIBdU
The story of
Crazy George Disteel and his 19 Vincents as
posted by Paul Zell.
There are a whole series of "On Any Sunday" video sections on Youtube.com. Still magical 36 years later. Start with Bart, Malcolm and Steve at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRJK02uV_oE&NR=1
Vincent motorcycles in
Story of the Vincent "Black Widow" .... bogus but fun: http://www.angelfire.com/wi/VinWidow/index.html
Richard Thompson's version of Vincent Black Lightning: http://youtube.com/watch?v=AxKTzwaEa2o
Phil Davies sent in instructions for using thevincent.com as your Home Page or as your desktop Background !!
Scandinavian Vincent Club: http://vincenthrd.se
Steve Hamel's 153mph/100hp Bonneville Vincent on the Dyno: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6SpCobouDc&feature=related
Interesting video of Jay
Leno testing out his Vincent Black Shadow:
Great solution to Speeding: www.speedbandits.dk/ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UdLaf276-I
Interesting website for renting videos if you really want to Learn a Skill.... welding, lathe operation..etc..: http://smartflix.com
Burman BAP drawngs: http://vincenthrd.se/skisser.php
http://www.landracing.com/forum/index.php/topic,3908.0.html ( Link to Max's Vincent Streamliner website )
Interesting photos and stories about olde motorcycles. http://thevintagent.com
Top Gear video: Race between a Steam Train, an XK 120 and a Vincent Black Shadow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBZVPsfCxjI
Engine:Photos, history, and infomation in Special
The story telling is not limited to Vincent motorcycles... indeed, there is extensive coverage of Rollie making his early mark racing Indian motorcycles. 46 years and 80 pages go by before the first mention of a Vincent motorcycle. However, to truly understand the role of the Spitfire airplane in the Battle of Britain, you have to go back at least to the Schneider Air Races of the 1930's. So it is with a man in his bathing shorts and bath slippers balanced precariously on the rear fender of a Vincent setting the American Motorcycle Speed Record at Bonneville....you need to go back to the beginnings. Phil Irving's autobiography gives you historical perspective on the design, production and special magic of the Vincent motorcycle. "Flat Out" gives you the essence of the man/tuner/rider and further details of that eventful day and the special machine. A serious book for a serious reader...and Christmas and long winter nights are fast approaching, just like that Vincent.
Sources for "Flat Out"
The Richard Thompson Song about a '52 Vincent Black Lightning clearly conveys the passionate feelings that are generated by beautiful women and powerful motorcycles. Those of us who have experienced both admire Richard's ability of communicating to others the stories of our wildest and deepest loves. Richard carries us away on a vivid adventure in song where others have been left standing at the curb. By the end of his story we feel our tourguide on this enjoyable journey has shown us that Red-haired women and Vincent Black Lightnings can be both our salvation and our ruin. What is powerful enough to carry us to the heavens can also crash us to earth. His gift of the Black Lightning may not be a reward for what she gave him, but rather a realization that he must free himself from the steel bonds of both of his deepest loves. Only then can he escape the forces that gave him life and controlled his destiny.
For those of us who own a Vincent motorcycle, nothing else comes remotely close to the feelings of riding a quiet Dinosaur that suddenly transforms into a Fierce Dragon that bellows fire and takes flight..except a loving beautiful woman.
To listen to the song....paste and scroll down and play. Compliments of Red Molly. ( http://www.rtlist.net/listen.htm )
Thanks for your note.. Yes, ads are thin right now with people putting their spares on Evil Bay clawing for absolutely the top dollar...although they may appropriately end up with the parts gone and a bogus cashiers check or claims of non-receipt of goods.. I don't link to or generally even mention Evil Bay. When asked about Evil Bay, I tell Vin owners to try to borrow some Vin parts from Ebay, ask about their next Vincent social event, try to get help setting up your timing chest, ask them a tech question about carbs, stop over for a free beer and chat...ask to see their Vincent model photo galleries and engine diagrams, let them help you with identifying models, serial numbers and sources of parts, call them up to share the excitement and joy of your first Spring ride, ask them to drive out with a van to pick you and your Vincent up when your magneto quits.....There is NOTHING at Ebay but a @^%$&#* computer...
Well... you get the point... people may get a fistful of dollars and certainly will get precious little else. Then... and this is Classic... in a later conversation they complain about the high price of some Vin parts they really need. Bitten by their own snake. I guess that's what they deserve. The rest of us will post our Vincents and parts on thevincent.com. and receive the rewards of lasting friendships and an honest amount of money.
involving a motorcycle: In 1972 an old
Chinese man in Takoma Park, MD asked me to
look at this strange motorcycle in the cellar
of the house he inherited from his brother. It
was a rough Velocette Venom that had been
sitting for years and was missing the
muffler. We worked for over an hour in
the dim light before I could finally kick the
reluctant dragon to life. It responded
by filling the cellar with thick blue smoke,
flashes of light from the backfires, and roars
from the open exhaust. I’ll never forget
his wide open eyes and the dancing smile on
his face. He was 9 again and it was the
Fourth of July. Also noted was the
torrent of Chinese shouts from his wife at the
top of the stairs which were totally
ineffective at quenching our
Celebration. To this day, the key
ingredients of vintage motorcycling still are
- mystery, frustration, sweat, loud noises,
smoke, camaraderie, celebration, and
(The Office Cat .."Lucky")