But before ending up at Ken's,the VOC rally had a stop at the Red Caboose,a collection of 46 old railroad cars converted to motel rooms right in the middle of Amish country.It was all part of the final leg of the nearly three week long rally.
"I figured I was finished,but Dan Smith thought the loose spindle could be fixed.JB weld to glue the the spindle into the case,a steel steady plate, sourced at the swap meet to hold the outer end securely.We ordered a distance piece and a cam-follower from Coventry to be delivered to Ligonier PA".
That's what was supposed to happen,but it's a Vincent,and you're on the road on a long trip,so "Murphy's Law" had other plans for Chris.
I did go to the VOC Concours,but i'm not much of a concours fan,i'm more impressed with guys like Chris who ride a 60+ year old bike over 3,000 miles than a perfect restoration,I don't care how rare it is.And don't forget,Chris's Egli-Vincent is not a long distance type of motorcycle,it's essentially a cafe-racer,plus if you break down on a Vincent,forget about going to a dealer for parts,there are no dealers,not since the early fifties.
There are $40k Harleys ridden less in a year than Chris rode on his Egli-Vincent in a month.That's a motorcyclist.
In all fairness,all but one or two of the bikes on display at the VOC Concours were NOT show bikes but well travelled motorcycles,used for their intended purpose,complete with dirty,oil stained engines.Since the Vincent motorcycle has tripled or quadrupled in value in the last 10-20 years there are more collectors now than there used to be,whose main concern is how much it's worth today vs. six months ago.
The "Gunga Din" fell into the "one or two" category.Maybe it's just me and my lack of knowledge of the Vincent,but I wasn't impressed much at all.The owner wasn't too happy with me getting too close to the bike to take pictures,and another Vincent owner was chastised for touching one of the tires on the bike................I mean,really?.
I wasn't too impressed with the owner either.
For me the bike just didn't have any soul,no character or flavor,it's a possession not to be touched,ridden or sat upon,to me the type of possession that owns you,not the other way around.
Meanwhile Eddi and the missus rode their Vincent sidecar outfit from England,well,flew it from England to Canada,then rode down for the rally.
Paul Allen and his Series A Vincent.
Paul was the "Obligatory Irishman" that I seem to bump into all along my trip,we're friggin everywhere.
Paul now lives in Evergreen CO,so a spring/summer ride over to see him is on the cards.
And i'll finish off on a classic here.
The above picture was taken and published in a UK Motorcycle Magazine back in 1963.
Fast forward to 2011,and Dave and Yvonne are at the VOC rally in PA,and while at Ken Smith's Dave had the magazine with him and showed me this pic,so I couldn't resist in re-creating a similar image 48 years later,albeit in one of Ken's motorcycles and sidecar.........
What's a sidecar for but to go motorcycling together in for the rest of your lives,eh?.
It was a pleasure meeting you both and great honor to be able to take this photo of both of you 48 years later.
So to Dave and Yvonne and all of you reading this post.....