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Vincents star in Phil Irving Concourse

A display of rare and expensive Vincent motorcycles will be an apt highlight of the annual Phil Irving Concourse named after the Australian who designed one of the most famous motorcycles in the world.

For the first time the concourse will be held as part of the Mt Gravatt Show in Brisbane this Sunday (25 July 2021) which should attract a lot of attention from the public.

First-time show organiser Fraser McMillan says it is apt that Vincent Owners Club will have a display of Phil’s Vincents.

“Phil was not only the designer of the Vincent — the Rolls Royce of motorcycles — but he also designed the Repco Brabham engine. They don’t get much more famous in Australian motorcycling than Phil,” he says.

1948 Vincent Rapide
Phil Irving (right) with Queensland Vincent fan Ray Schriever

Some of Phil’s design genius included a mono-shock, frameless chassis bike which was ahead of its time, two side stands which can be used separately or together to create a front wheel stand and the Rapide was the first bike with hydraulic damping.

The Phil Irving Concourse was started in 1982 by the Historic Motorcycle Club of Queensland which now has 1600 members.

Admission to the show is free for those owners who enter their bikes in the concourse so long as they are at the gates between 7.30-8.30am on Sunday.

The concourse is open to anyone with a machine more than 30 years old. 

Categories include veteran which us up to 1919, vintage (1919-30), post vintage (31-45), post war (1946-1959), historic ‘60s,  historic ‘70s, historic ‘80s, sidecars, military , competition and 250cc and under.

The oldest model will be a 1911 Triumph.

Fraser rallying his New Hudson

Fraser, who raced in the Isle of Man Classic in 1998 for his 50th birthday, will display his 1914 military New Hudson made in Birmingham.

“I’m too old for racing now, so I’ve taken up rallying veterans which is exciting at 60mph,” he says.

Fraser expects about 50 bikes to be on display in the carpark just off Logan Rd.

Tamworth rally

If you would like to enter your motorcycle in the concourse, contact Fraser on 0418 625725 or [email protected].

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Vincent fortune found in LA warehouse

Six Vincent motorcycles and a rare Grigg that have been found in a Los Angeles warehouse after the death of the owner could fetch a small fortune at liquidation.

Vincent motorcycles are among the most collectible and expensive in the world.

In fact, a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning with an Australian speed record set by Aussie racer Jack Ehret sold for a record  $US929,000 ($A1,155,000, €748,500) at the 2018 Bonham’s annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction.

Jack Ehret's Vincent Black Lightning collection valuable - speed twin fortune
Jack Ehret’s Vincent Black Lightning

It is the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. 

Fortune find

Therefore, the LA horde could yield a fortune.

The collection includes six Vincent motorcycles with the most valuable being a 1938 Vincent Series-A HRD Twin.

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1938 Vincent Series-A HRD Twin

There are also a 1953 Vincent Black Shadow – Series-C, 1955 Vincent Victor Replica, 1954 Vincent Rapide D/C, 1948 Vincent Series-B Rapide and a 1950 Vincent Comet in pieces.

These bikes and a massive collection of spare parts will be sold by Michigan company Liquid Asset Partners who bought Erik Buell Racing after it ceased production in 2015.

Liquid Asset Partners says the reclusive owner brought his bike collection from England in the 1960s in a shipping container when he moved to the US.

The sixth bike is a rare 1923 Grigg Blackburne V-Twin which may also be quite valuable.

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1923 Grigg Blackburne V-Twin

Grigg Motorcycles only operated from 1920 to 1925 and don’t make as lot of motorcycles

This 696cc V-twin model is believe to be only one of four still in existence.

If you have the dough, click here for more details on the collection.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com