Vincent Motorcycles - The Untold Story since 1946, by Philippe Guyony

Vincent Motorcycles - The Untold Story since 1946, by Philippe Guyony
Published by Veloce in 2016, 400 pages. Square Hardback with Dust Jacket, c.25.5cm by 25.5cm (N7796).

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From the rear side cover: Despite only ten years of production, post-WWII Vincents continue to be ridden hard in racing, regularly in rallies, and certainly well beyond the normallifespan of a motorcycle. Following the premature end of Vincent production, Fritz Egli's 1967 Egli-Vincent featured the first chassis completely redesigned for a Vincent in 21 years. Egli's machine inspired numerous builders for several generations, and this book traces, holistically, the story of all these motorcycles in the broad context of the classic and modern history of the Vincent.

The book includes 875 colour and black & white photographs, many of them contemporary featuring the Comet, Rapide, Black Shadow, Black Lightning and Grey Flash; the Egli-Vincent by Egli, Slater and Godet, and replicas by Cheney, CTG, Mclntosh, Mossey, Slater and Smith; the Capon-Vincent, Cees-Fick-Vincent, Curtis-Vincent, Irving-Vincent, Nero, NorVin, Parkin, Phoenix, Rickman-Vincent, RTV, Seeley-Vincent, Spondon-Vincent, Trackmaster-Vincent, TPV (Terry Prince), Vincati, Viscount as well as some famous racers such as Barn Job, Mighty Mouse, Super Mouse; and much, much more....
From the front inside fly leaf: Very few motorcycles have left their stamp as effectively as the 1000cc Vincent did from 1946 to 1955. On the road, in club racing, in drag races, or making land speed records, the Vincent dominated the world of motorcycles, leading to the famous catch phrase coined by the factory: "The World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle, it is a FACT - NOT a slogan." Images, such as Rollie Free laid flat out in swim trunks on his works-modified Black Shadow, have become legend.

So ahead of its time was the 1000 Vincent that it continued to compete successfully - almost arrogantly - in racing until the mid-1970s, against all modern bikes. No other motorcycle in the world can claim that kind of achievement.

Because production of these motorcycles ceased prematurely, the builders of specials played a critical role in maintaining the Vincent's success in racing. First, George Brown with his famous Nero; then John Surtees, with a Vincent engine in a Manx Norton chassis, later known as the NorVin. Genuine innovation came in 1967, when Fritz Egli introduced his Egli-Vincent, featuring the first completely redesigned chassis for a Vincent in 21 years. Not only praised by the motorcycle press, Egli also won the Swiss hillclimb motorcycle championship in 1968, followed by three more titles
in a row gained by his official riders.

In 1973, Fritz Egli still held the fastest time up Generoso climb, and, during his domination of the event, both Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini, on their works Grand Prix MVs, had attacked and failed to dislodge the mighty Vin, commented journalist Dave Minton, in January 1979. The Egli-Vincent's design was breathtaking. More importantly, Egli's machine inspired numerous other builders for several generations. Call them replicas, copies, clones, modern interpretations or recreations, this book retraces, holistically, the story of all those motorcycles - in the broad context of the modern history of the Vincent - to explain how that flame of passion still continues to burn brightly today.