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This book looks at the World of Vincent Motorcycles since 1955, Private owners, competition, and the people who have worked hard to keep this Motorcycle marque running after 60 Years.
For this new title, his subject is what has happened since the factory stopped making the 'large capacity motorcycles' in 1955, the cumbrous phrase clearly denoting that the book was not intended to look at extraneous issues, such as the Firefly cyclemotors that remained listed for a few more years, or the Go-karts made by Harper Engines around the small, two-stroke, Vincent Industrial engines.
The book's detail, however, is such that we do learn that Vincent was actually bought by Saltrens Ltd in 1959, who became Harper Engines later in that year. It was Harper engines from whom I originally bought spares to rebuild what was then my father's bike, PUB 335.
Necessarily, the book does start with a brief chapter, 'A legend in the making', covering old ground such as Phil Vincent buying Howard Davies' original HRD trademark, making his own rear-sprung models, and the coming of Phil Irving to develop the pre- and post-war machines. It ends with 1955, the new series D models, world sidecar and solo records by Bob Burns and Russell Wright, whose bike was exhibited at Earls Court, and the cessation of motorcycle production.
The bulk of the book, and it is a bulky book, deals with what came after, and a whole lot came after. Notionally the chapters are based chronologically, but with plenty of deviations where appropriate, and 'oddball' sidebars where interesting snippets are found a home.
Every Vincent owner and enthusiast should have a copy, and they are the primary target for this book. However, it should also make interesting reading for anyone with some interest in the make, or even just in the story of the development of classic motorcycling. It may be a book to dip into rather than try to read straight through though, unless you actually are a Vincent nut. Vincent nuts, will find plenty they do not have in their other publications, however comprehensive their library is.