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Some excellent rally pics from the UK!


Time to get back into the e-mails with this nice collection!
With special Thanks to Kenneth Pantling for all the hard work. Some very nice rides here!

Steve,

These pictures were taken at The Goat Public House in Skeyton, North Norfolk, UK. The annual gathering there is in aid of cancer charities and draws in an astonishing variety of vintage bikes and cars for such a small rural gathering. Skeyton is right next door to Coltishall which was the site of one of the famous WWII Battle of Britain Spitfire bases. Douglas Bader, the pilot with tin legs, was based at Coltishall and allegedly downed a significant part of his beer consumption in The Goat.

Some of the pictures are of the same bike from a couple of different angles so you may well want to dump some of them. Also the bikes varied from pristine to distinctly agricultural so if any of these pictures are of interest, take your pick.

Kenneth Pantling

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And here some more from a few years back. Nice Square Four and that Scott is sweet!

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So much for that dream of one day owning a Vincent! LOL


The latest results from the Bonhams Auctions. She’s a real Beauty though.
CREDIT DOUBLE RED 1952 Vincent 998cc Montlhery Black Shadow 300dpi

RECORD-BREAKING VINCENT BLACK SHADOW MOTORCYCLE TOPS THE BILL AT £1.4 MILLION BONHAMS SALE
The Bonhams auction at the International Classic MotorCycle Show at the Staffordshire County Showground topped £1.4 million on Sunday 28th April, with the top-selling lot a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow, which realised £113,500.
The fully-restored, ex-works machine formed part of the factory’s bid to set a new 24-hour speed record at Montlhéry in France in May 1952. Although mechanical failures prevented the bid from being successful, the British team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph.
Among other auction highlights was a 1931 Brough Superior SS80 motorcycle won in a raffle more than 40 years ago and a 1914 Indian Model F once owned by legendary Hollywood actor Steve McQueen.
The latter sold to a European telephone bidder for £32,200, while the SS80 realised £57,500 – more than a million times the cost of the 1972 raffle ticket. Starting life as a sidecar outfit with Ipswich Police, the motorcycle was converted to solo trim and later offered as first prize in a fund-raising raffle at the Brough Superior Club. Tickets were sold for five pence each, or 50 pence for a book of 10, and second and third prizes respectively were 10 and five gallons of oil.
An eclectic selection of 30 machines owned by the late Clifford Jones proved popular with bidders, selling for a total of more than £175,000. The collection featured a number of 1950s ‘cafe racers’, as well as much modern-day racing and superbike machinery.
Meanwhile in the automobilia section, two Akai Yamaha race helmets worn by the legendary Barry Sheene in the 1980s fetched a combined total of £10,000, selling for £6,875 (Lot 105) and £3,125 (Lot 104) respectively.
Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “Once again our auction at the ‘International’ Classic proved to be exactly that, with interest from bidders from across the globe.
“Record-breaking machines like the 1952 Vincent Black Shadow and the movie star charisma of Steve McQueen were among the draws for the crowd, and there was fierce competition for the Ducatis in the collection of the late Clifford Jones.”
For further press information please call 0207 468 8259, or email press@bonhams.com.
Please credit the Vincent image to ‘Double Red’. All other images are ‘Courtesy of Bonhams’

Time to get caught up on some recent e-mails. The latest from Murph!


Hey Steve, 

 
Murph here. I’m STILL in Holland, or put another way, still in a country where gas is $10 a gallon.
 
Meanwhile, I ran into a friend over here who new of another friend who has some nice old iron, a pair of Indians, a 1921 & 1930 Indian Scouts and also an unusual and rare Cees Fick Vincent, so I thought it might be of interest to some of your readers. it’s an interesting article, full of intrigue, depression, schizophrenia, homosexuality, pedophelia and castration.
 
 
Hope is well with you, all the best and the next set of pictures I’ll be sending you will be of my new completed BMW 2 Wheel Drive Sidecar outfit. We’re almost finished final assembly and ready to start it up and test ride it.
 
Regards to you and hi to all the readers looking at this post and a big thanks to you for coming over to my blog.
 
 
Best to you all from Holland,

Murph.


 
 
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Vincent HRD Series A Rapide and Vincent Black Shadow. A nice treat from Bonhams Auction House.


BONHAMS STAFFORD MOTORCYCLE AUCTION REVS UP WITH A HOST OF EXCITING NEW CONSIGNMENTS

Six outstanding motorcycles from an important private collection are to feature in Bonhams next auction at the Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford, on 29th April 2012.

This eclectic collection of six historically significant motorcycles has been assembled over the last few years by the enthusiast vendor, who wishes to remain anonymous. Kept in climate controlled conditions within the owner’s private museum, they range from an ultra-rare, fully restored 1928 Windhoff 750cc four-cylinder (estimate £90,000-120,000) to a ROC-Yamaha 500cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle of 1992 (estimate £25,000-35,000).

A racing motorcycle from a very different era, the collection’s 1931 Douglas 750cc sidecar outfit is believed to be one of only three examples of this works model built and thought to be that of Jack Douglas, grandson of company founder, William (estimate £35,000-45,000).

Two other great names in the history of the British motorcycle industry also feature in the sale – Brough Superior and Vincent – the former being represented by a 1934 996cc SS100 that previously formed part of the Murray Motorcycle Museum collection in the Isle of Man. Known as the ‘two of everything’ model because its JAP v-twin engine had two carburettors, two magnetos and two oil pumps, it is one of the rarest of SS100 variants with only eight made (£150,000-180,000).

The two Vincents span almost the entire period of v-twin production at the Stevenage factory. Previously forming part of the late Brian Verrall’s exceptional collection, the 1939 998cc Rapide Series A is one of only 50-or-so survivors out of fewer than 80 made (estimate £180,000-220,000), while the 1955 998cc Black Shadow is the last Series C example of this iconic model produced prior the introduction of the revised Series D range (estimate £70,000-100,000) .

200 machines are consigned to the sale and further highlights include:

A unique 1995 Ferrari 900cc Motorcycle by ‘David Kay Engineering’ (estimate £75,000-100,000);

c.1958 Benelli 248cc Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle (estimate Refer Department)

The ex-Takazumi Katayama, World Championship-winning, 1977 Yamaha YSK3 ‘Sankito’ 350cc Racing Motorcycle – part of the Ferry Brouwer Collection (estimate £50,000-60,000)

The ex-Dick Hawes, 1996 Busch-BMW 980cc Racing Sidecar Outfit (estimate £55,000-65,000)

The ex-Mission Impossible III, c.2005 Triumph 865cc Bonneville Scrambler – as ridden by Tom Cruise (estimate £12,000-15,000)

Ben Walker, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle department, comments, “The Spring Stafford sale is one of our premier collectors’ motorcycle sales of the year and once again we’re proud to present an eclectic and diverse selection of fine machinery, from early Pioneers through to modern era Grand Prix – and everything in between.”

Motorcycles (London): +44 (0) 8700 273 616 / motorcycles@bonhams.com

For further press information and images please contact Katherine Boyle on 0207 468 8363 or Katherine.boyle@bonhams.com / press@bonhams.com

Notes for Editors
Bonhams
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to http://www.bonhams.com

Some outstanding Vincents from our old friend Murph!


Good to hear from you again Murph and glad to see you’re still at it.

How are things Steve?.
Here’s a few “unpublished” shots of a Vinny International Rally I bumped into in PA a few weeks ago.Fantastic buncha guys,and I’ll have a few articles coming up in my next few blog posts on their bikes.

Best regards to you Steve,
Murph


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