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Glitterguts

Norvin1000

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Can anyone help with any history of a Rapide (which used to belong to a distant relative at one time) and which eventually was polished and nickel plated all over (Stockport area of Greater Manchester, UK)? Cheers, Phil
 

methamon

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Hi,
I have heard of this bike and if I remember correctly I have seen pictures, perhaps in MPH or books. I seem to recollect the bike being used to advertise Solvol Autosol?
Methamon
 

Len Matthews

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The bike used to promote Solvol Autosol was known as "Big Ed" by it's then owner, Terry Hart but I think he was from the south. Anyway, it regularly appeared in the Solvol ads in "Motorcycle Mechanics".
 

nkt267

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A picture of 'Big Ed' appears on page 2 of A photgraphic miscellany by Geoff Preece. On the opposite page is a photo of an A twin called Glitterguts,any relation?
 

tonythecat

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Hi there, If it was Big 'Ed I have a copy of the Motorcycle Mechanics June 1960 with a short 1 page write up on it, owner Terry Hart ex-regular Army sergeant, but does not say where he was from?. The headline says a dealer valued it over £600.!!!!!! now who would pay that sort of cash for a motorcycle?????
Anyone wanting a photocopy of the article please send me a pm.
Just had another look at the article, there are 2 photos, on one the reg no.is F 8528Z , on the other it is TPU 362, the plot thickens.
Tony
 
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clevtrev

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Can anyone help with any history of a Rapide (which used to belong to a distant relative at one time) and which eventually was polished and nickel plated all over (Stockport area of Greater Manchester, UK)? Cheers, Phil
That was plated by Hillgate of Stockport. I think I have a picture somewhere, an advertising leaflet for the plating solution suppliers. I`ll dig it out and scan.
 

Hugo Myatt

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Surely Glitterguts was a Series A Rapide finished in bright red with lots of extra chrome e.g mudguards, oil tank, mag cover etc. See 'Vincent' by Duncan Wherret page 18
 

clevtrev

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That was plated by Hillgate of Stockport. I think I have a picture somewhere, an advertising leaflet for the plating solution suppliers. I`ll dig it out and scan.
I`ve added a photo, Miscellaneous 2007. This is the machine you asked after. Plated by Hillgate Engineering of Stockport. Note, It is not Glitterguts.
 

methamon

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I was wide of the mark regarding my initial comments as Glitterguts was an A rapide. Is anyone able to give a comprehensive history of the beast including owners right up to the present day? It was obviously much revered even in the 60's as can be seen in Geoff Preeces book A Photographic miscellany.
Methamon
 

methamon

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Dear Phil,

Did you ever satisfactorily resolve your search for information on Glitterguts?
As I understand it, Glitterguts is a series A Rapide registered UJ9774 and once owned by Geoff Bibrook (or Billbruck) of Hillgate Motors.
I understand the red A Rapide referred to in another reply has the engine from Glitterguts.
Is anyone able to put me (VOC member) in touch with Geoff Billbrook?
Jeff
 

Graham Smith

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Jeff

I'd offer to help you, but the Geoff Billbrook isn't a current Member, so I don't have access to the information you require.

If he's been a Member of the VOC in the past, you could contact John and Dawn Kennedy as they will have details of old Members, and might be able to put the two of you together.

Regards
 

Albervin

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All that glitters is NOT Glitterguts

In Australia, well NSW. There is a "B" Rapide that is chrome & polished alloy from front to rear. It has not seen the light of day for nearly 20 years but is a sight to behold. Chrome horns on chrome crash bars, chrome headlight & chrome Bramptons. Strangely enough, it actually looks really good. Is Mr. Grice out there??
Alyn:rolleyes:
 

clevtrev

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In Australia, well NSW. There is a "B" Rapide that is chrome & polished alloy from front to rear. It has not seen the light of day for nearly 20 years but is a sight to behold. Chrome horns on chrome crash bars, chrome headlight & chrome Bramptons. Strangely enough, it actually looks really good. Is Mr. Grice out there??
Alyn:rolleyes:
Did you look at the picture I posted ?
 

a. boozer

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I owned Big Ed TPU362 for many years, before selling it in the mid eighties. It was a 1951 Rapide, originally owned by Terry Hart, who I understood had the majority of the chroming done in Germany, where he was in the RAF (cannot verify that).
I paid the princely price of £330.00 at the time of purchase. I well remember dropping the front exhaust valve in a state of over exuberance after leaving a VOC meeting at Stone (Greenhithe) and having to ride home on one pot !

My first Vincent was a Comet, which cost me all of £25.00, whilst my first Rapide was £110.00.
Once sold a complete Rapide engine/box with carbs and magneto for £35.00

Those were the days !!!
 

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Marcus Bowden

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A. Boozer my handsome, you have a certain time on your hands (I wonder why) 13 plus years ago. Yes Geoff Billbrook was the man who originated it and the proprietor of Hillgate Motors who kept Vincent spares and did chrome plating D.H. stuff too as a lot of Lancs & Cheshire lads had it done on the cams & exhaust pipes, I believe he also made pipes as I remember at a rally a customer was complaining about them not fitting and brought them to the rally in his sidecar so Geoff removed his old and fitted the new in very short order.
I never saw Glitterguts in one piece but do recall seeing bits lying around in the basement of Hillgate motors.
When I became the custodian of "Old Harry" when Harry Cox could no longer manage it, a Mr Tony Wilson got in touch and wanted all the lightweight racing bits, Webbs forks,21" wheel and composition brake drums, racing magneto, wraparound S/S oil tank and the 20"rear wheel with magnesium brake plates, I wanted a standard Rapide as not a racer but this bike did go well and John Waltham escorted Irving round in it in the eighties at an international with a Stieb sidecar. The arrangement was I'd have all the above plus a re-pop petrol / oil tank. The swap all took place at John Waltham's, the cheeky sod Tony charged me £400 for the tank. To save a scene Christine wrote out a check and poor Harry said after that was a bit much. Anyway Tony was telling me he had Glitterguts and also doing up a racing "A" Rap, was it Ginger Woods's? this was all in the late eighties in the nineties the bikes moved on and Glitterguts went to Sweden and the "A" racer not sure where that went, maybe the Motor Museum.
bananaman
 

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