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Vincent Motorcycles -The Untold Story since 1946
 

Preface by Fritz W Egli 6
Foreword 7
Acknowledgements 8
Photographers and authors 9
Publications and corporations 9
Privacy policy 9
Chapter 1 Glory, fame and pride 11
The ABC(D)-Book of Vincent 12
Gunga Din: From the darkness to the limelight 31
The world’s fastest standard motorcycle 34
The legendary Black Lightning 38
The 500 Grey Flash by David Dunfey 46
The Black Lightning land speed record campaign 55
No need to race a Black Lightning to knock out competition 58
Speed and regularity, a shift in Vincent brand positioning 61
The day the clock stood still at the Stevenage Works 64
Chapter endnotes 68
Chapter 2 The very first Vincent specials 70
Nero: The first stab 71
The NorVin solution became irresistible 75
The Viscount: A first attempt to resume Vincent production 85
The Parkin-Vincent: In the wake of Nero 88
Curtis-Vincent: The NorVin concept pushed even further 92
Chapter endnotes 94
Chapter 3 The original Egli-Vincent 95
“Going my way” 96
Buying a ton-up motorcycle in 1967 109
Fame came only in 1968: corner after corner 115
After racing success, sales kick off in 1968 120
From 1969, the Egli-Vincent is raced competitively across the world 130
An Egli or not an Egli? That is the question 138
Visits to Fritz Egli’s shop in 1970 and 1979 by David Minton 144
The early days from a different perspective 147
The motorcycle of a lifetime by David Dunfey 150
1968-1973: Five transformational years for the industry 153
From the mighty Vincent to explosive turbocharged four-banger 156
Egli after Egli, with Alexander Frei 169
Chapter endnotes 172
Chapter 4 The British Connection 173
1969-1970: Egli-Vincent assembly under license by Slater 174
1970-1973: The Shadow 70 opens a new horizon for Slater 186
1971-1974: Cheney 197
1972-1982: Dennis Smith and Sprint Manufacturing 198
1986-2008: CTG-Vincent 203
2001-2008: Spondon 209
The British Connection today 212
Chapter endnotes 228
Chapter 5 The French Connection 229
Forty years of passion for the Vincent motorcycle 230
Restoration and Egli-Vincent recreation 234
No recreation comes closer to the original 241
The 998 and 1330 Café Racer 245
The 998 and 1330 Sport GT 250
Fashion and luxury industry 255
Riding the 1330 ‘monster’ 258
55,000 miles on my Café Racer by Serge ‘Raspoutine’ Vollard 261
The 500 Grey Flash program 264
Chapter endnotes 271
Chapter 6 Inspired by the Egli-Vincent 272
The Capon-Vincent 273
With the Phoenix, Hillgate envisioned the next Vincent 276
TPV for Terry Prince Vincent 279
RTV for Ron and Terry’s Vincent 291
McIntosh Egli-Vincent 295
A patchwork of ‘one-offs’ 302
The Vincent BT73 story 306
Build your own Egli-Vincent 307
Chapter endnotes 310
Chapter 7 A world of Vincent specials 311
The Cees Fick: Specials from the Netherlands 312
The French Nero: Could it have been the Series E? 315
The Seeley-Vincent: The missing link 318
Trackmaster: A Vincent for the speedway 322
The Vincati: The tidiest Vincent bitsa 324
The Irving-Vincent: For the track only 328
Six decades of Vincent specials: A summary 334
Chapter endnotes 342
Chapter 8 Other Vincent adventures and the future 343
Sprint and drag racing 344
The Egli-Vincent in a sprinter outfit 356
Returning to Bonneville on a Vincent 360
The Courage-Vincent 367
The American way 370
The Vindian and Indian-Vincent 378
Phil Irving’s four-valve head design finally implemented 383
1995-2008: The latest attempt to revive the Vincent-HRD brand 386
Will the Vincent come back one day? 389
Chapter endnotes 392
It’s time to ride … 394
Recommended and extended bibliography 394
Index 399

 

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