Sunday, October 23, 2011

The 2011 Vincent Owners Club International Rally.

A chance meeting of some 20 or so Vincents in the car park of "Fallingwater" led to me spending 5 days touring with the group and a couple of nights at Ken Smith's house in Mifflintown,PA,sleeping in the barn among some of his rare collection of motorcycles.
"I have a motorcycle for each decade of this century" is how he describes his collection.
And there all running and very rideable,no showbikes here.

R to L,Ken Smith,English Marcus,unknown and Norton Jane,giving Ken a cake for his birthday.Ken's house was a stoping point on Day 4 or 5 of the VOC rally,he had organized an Amish picnic for all who stopped by on the way to the end of the days rides.A fantastic spread of food prepared by Mr and Mrs.Peach.

Left to right,a 1929 Scott TT Replica,1936 Sunbeam Sport,1970 Velocette Thruxton(original paint),an H-D(not Kens) and the tail of Chris Klepps Egli-Vincent.

This is a 1908 Excelsior Belt Drive Single and it's wearing the original paint.1908 was the first year of production if i'm not mistaken.

Tucked away behind the Excelsior is a 49cc,1966 Raleigh RM6 Runabout.
Raleigh began making motorcycles in 1899,but production only lasted until 1906.Raleigh's main business was in the cycle trade,but only after the first world war some serious thought was given to motorcycle production.

A 1947 Indian Chief,restored.

Robert's 1937 Series A,a gorgeous bike that's a rider too.
Bought in the U.S. in parts in plastic storage boxes with another bike for $100,000,fully restored at Bonhams they can fetch over $400,000.

More,much more Vincent images in the next post,plus Jim Moshers Twin Scout,and a few other bits and bob's......

"till then I hope you enjoyed this post,and please leave a comment if you wish.


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