"[17] The bike is mentioned several times in Thompson's 1971 novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.[18]. The Tires have only seen museum duty and are in excellent shape but, as a rider, it may be time for a conversion. “It’s great that this bike has turned up again after all these years; it’s one that’s a bit special,” Farrell wrote. The engine specifications were the race pedigree that Holmes referred to in his eBay ad. This graphic, which mimics a race poster used to advertise the Vincent speed run, is painted on the tank. Save Even More Money with our RALLY-RATE plan! “We started seeing these crazy stamps,” Harris said. By 1963, the fighting took to the streets as a coup d’état showered bullets on the walls of the city’s elegant cathedrals, hotels, and theaters. He said the crate also contained a new Black Shadow. This Black Shadow’s engine was prepared by the Vincent factory to set a speed record at Montlhéry, France, in 1952. Jul 26, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Greg Lipp. 1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 500E Our Price: $85,000. 1959 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster Our Price: $92,500. . This agrees with the story of it being found in a box unused in Vietnam.”. “I bought it because it had history,” Harris said. It has the dual choke lever for the carbs, the correct shifter lever and rubber, the open [D] headlight, even the felt at the bottom of the triple tree to keep dirt out. When Nygrin took the engine apart, he discovered it was not quite as pristine as promised. The interest in this bike will be global when it rolls across the auction block with Bonhams at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama on the 6th of October. Gunga Din was brought to Montlhéry in 1952 to set new top speed records. When Farrell pulled the paperwork on it, he knew the Vietnam Vincent was something special. The Vincent Black Lightning was the fastest and most desirable motorcycle in the world when it was released in 1948. The editor wrote to his readers in one issue, “Many thanks to Rudy for clearing up one of the longest-running Vincent mysteries.”. On a stock Vincent Black Shadow engine, the front cylinder has a spark plug on the right side, while the rear has the plug on the left. Richardson notes that French pit workers told the team to use a brush to lube the chain rather than just pouring oil on it, and urged them to use “some oversize flamethrower of French manufacture” rather than stock HRD lighting. [20]:52 Brown also reports that he designed and ground three sets of prototype MkII cams for the bike. The Surtees engine was built alongside one other, which would go into the bike that would become known “Gunga Din” – the prototype test-bed for the motorcycles that would evolve into the Vincent Black Shadow and the Vincent Black Lightning. From the seller’s notes, prior to purchase in 1999, Terry Prince of TPV in AU. The engine was shipped to the United States, but Clarke didn’t keep it for long. Sheet metal is all original. If the name Surtees sounds vaguely familiar to you and you can’t quite put your finger on it, you may be thinking of Jack’s son John, who is still the only man to win Grand Prix World Championships on both two wheels and four. Montlhéry’s 1.5-mile banked concrete oval was a popular place to set speed records, and Vincent was looking to set new records for average speeds over 6, 12, and 24 hours with a Vincent Black Shadow. Chasing Classic Cars follows master car restorer Wayne Carini as he embarks on a mission to uncover the world's most rare and exotic cars. The 1999 original bill of sale and Australian tax stamp from David Wilson will go with the bike. That made it 1977 when he bought it from a “Mate of his” who had owned it for about 5 years. “A concerted vocal effort convinced Madame the Proprietress and the one and only Head-Waiter that [we] were jolly good fellows,” Richardson wrote, “and I don’t think we broke anything of value.”. Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Hamlyn Publshing Group Ltd. Great British Motorcycles of the Fifties, p.16, "Vincent Black Shadow: The First Superbike, and Maybe the Best", "Recollection of Working at Vincents 1948–1950", "2007 Vincent Black Shadow; Vincent Owners Club Spares Co; 2007; CMM83", "The Vincent Owners Club Spares Company 2007 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow", "Lot 291 – The ex-works, Montlhéry speed record attempt,1952 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vincent_Black_Shadow&oldid=983071509, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 02:15. Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more. I’m glad I asked the questions. While corresponding with the pilot, Lieutenant Leon, he expressed his interest in trading the Vincents for Marantz and Fisher stereo components, a 1965 Ford Falcon with a three-speed transmission, or parts for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It shows the early design and testing phases before taking you inside the factory and showing the…, In 1977 when the Panther 6 was unveiled to the general public for the first time at London’s 1977 Motorfair show at Earls Court it caused a global sensation. Almost everyone with a Vincent Black Shadow engine has been told it has race history. Silodrome, Gasoline Culture, and the Piston/Blade Icon are registered trademarks. The spark plug holes are a clue for those in-the-know in Vincent lore. “The bike was a mess,” Harris said. 500 miles completed on the bike by the current owner in 16 years. Free unofficially broke the record during a test run at Rosamond Dry Lake in California with a recorded speed of 138 mph.[19]:414. That Black Shadow was flown out of the country as Saigon was falling by an Air America pilot and ended up in Australia. Every motorcyclist dreams of hearing the magic phrase: “You know, I know where there’s this old bike that’s been sitting at the back of this garage for years …” With those momentous words, the hunt begins. One of the other race engines that ran at Montlhéry survived, for a while, but the owner unwittingly stuffed it into a Norton Featherbed frame and eventually parted it out. Damaged at Terry Franklin Motorcycles when the bike was run without oil. Only 144 Black Shadow motorcycles were produced in 1955.