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Vincent Reading Materiel

Stacks

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I bought my pride & joy, a 1954 Series C Comet, earlier this year following several months saving whilst in Iraq and Afghanistan. In between rain it’s been a great summer, but I’m due back in Afghan shortly and prepping the bike for winter storage. As a remainder of what I’ve got to look forward to I’m after a couple of Vincent books to keep me occupied whilst away. I’ve got the instruction manual and spares catalogue, but am looking for more of an entertaining read and finding it hard to choose from the range on offer – any suggestions?
 

Len Matthews

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I bought my pride & joy, a 1954 Series C Comet, earlier this year following several months saving whilst in Iraq and Afghanistan. In between rain it’s been a great summer, but I’m due back in Afghan shortly and prepping the bike for winter storage. As a remainder of what I’ve got to look forward to I’m after a couple of Vincent books to keep me occupied whilst away. I’ve got the instruction manual and spares catalogue, but am looking for more of an entertaining read and finding it hard to choose from the range on offer – any suggestions?

"Vincent Motorcycles" by Paul Richardson (former Service Manager at Stevenage) , "Vincent from 1938" by Cyril Ayton and "Vincent-HRD" by Peter Carrick. The Richardson book is available from VOC spares Co. The other two are probably out of print but maybe your library can help.
 

Hugo Myatt

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Books

A very useful little book (booklet) with more information than its size would suggest, is VINCENT-HRD Motorcycles 1947 to 1955 published by 'Motor Cycle', the magazine publisher, and later published by 'Bruce Main-Smith and Co. Ltd.' It was actually written by Bruce Main-Smith, a one time stalwart Vincent Owner and Club member who was also a staff writer for 'Motor Cycle'.
 

BigEd

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If you are looking for an entertaining read with lots of Vincent background see if you can get a copy of Phil Irving's biography. It is out of print but you might be able to beg, borrow or steal one. Here's a review someone posted on amazon.

"In Phils easy to read, yet interesting and informative, writing style we are given an insight into his very active life. Phils knowledge and experience in the motorcycle industry in Australia and in the United Kingdom from the 1920's to the 50's is unbelievable. If you love The Vincent HRD, you can only love this book. Phil also has a fair bit to do with AJS, Velocette and other motor bikes in the glory days of British motorcycles. PEI was a very talented motorcycle engineer who also worked with racing motor cars getting an Australian onto the world champions podium. Phil made his writings on engineering readable and interesting to the non engineer. Phil didn't suffer fools and you will not be a fool to read this book and I'm sure your knowledge will be considerably enhanced when you complete it."

Regards,
Eddy.

I bought my pride & joy, a 1954 Series C Comet, earlier this year following several months saving whilst in Iraq and Afghanistan. In between rain it’s been a great summer, but I’m due back in Afghan shortly and prepping the bike for winter storage. As a remainder of what I’ve got to look forward to I’m after a couple of Vincent books to keep me occupied whilst away. I’ve got the instruction manual and spares catalogue, but am looking for more of an entertaining read and finding it hard to choose from the range on offer – any suggestions?
 

lindie

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A very useful little book (booklet) with more information than its size would suggest, is VINCENT-HRD Motorcycles 1947 to 1955 published by 'Motor Cycle', the magazine publisher, and later published by 'Bruce Main-Smith and Co. Ltd.' It was actually written by Bruce Main-Smith, a one time stalwart Vincent Owner and Club member who was also a staff writer for 'Motor Cycle'.

is there a long term copyright issue on this one? i have a copy and scanned all the pages. it's 57 mb at present but i'm sure someone with more nouse than i could make that a far more liveable size in some other format.

opinions welcomed.
 

Albervin

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is there a long term copyright issue on this one? i have a copy and scanned all the pages. it's 57 mb at present but i'm sure someone with more nouse than i could make that a far more liveable size in some other format.

opinions welcomed.
Up until 2 weeks ago I had 2 mint copies. Can't remember where & when I bought them but it must have been in the last 4 or 5 years. Maybe Morton Publishing can help?
 

John Cone

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Stacks

Apart from keeping your eyes peeled for the enemy and staying safe, watch out for any Vincent bits laying around. while out in Belize in the 80's and before i got into Vincents I spotted one or two bits from a twin laying in the bondue. (spelling). At the time I didn't know what they were but sure wished i'd picked them up.
 

tedeye

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Bruce Main-Smith

A very useful little book (booklet) with more information than its size would suggest, is VINCENT-HRD Motorcycles 1947 to 1955 published by 'Motor Cycle', the magazine publisher, and later published by 'Bruce Main-Smith and Co. Ltd.' It was actually written by Bruce Main-Smith, a one time stalwart Vincent Owner and Club member who was also a staff writer for 'Motor Cycle'.
I have been looking for a copy of this book, do you know where I might get to one? Tedeye
 

lenstevens

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Books to read

I dont know how much of a purist you are But i enjoyed Mathew Bibermans book Big Sids Vincati Also David Wights Vincent The complete story.Good luck soldier.
 

sidmadrid

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It's not coffee table reading,but I think 'Tuning for speed' should be on every enthusiasts book shelf.
 

Stacks

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Cheers all - I'll probably stay away from some of the more serious material, but a couple of the lighter tomes (literally and metaphoriacally) will be going in my bag - particularly Phil Irving's biography. Hopefully I won't be bidding against any of you on ebay.....
 

Tom Gaynor

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Bruce Main-Smith books

Easy-peasy. Just go to BMS books, who are still in business under new management, BMS having, presumably sold out. They have a huge amount of stuff: I got a manual and parts list for a 1921 Sunbeam almost by return of post, all neatly bound. Must look for the Vin book.

Tom

I have been looking for a copy of this book, do you know where I might get to one? Tedeye
 

tedeye

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Bruce Main-Smith

Oooooh! didn't think of that one? just that eazy, I did try a few years back, looking up BMS Ltd. with no luck, must have used the wrong computer? thanks Tom you and Lindie are getting me off the side of the road. tedeye
 

Len Matthews

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Oooooh! didn't think of that one? just that eazy, I did try a few years back, looking up BMS Ltd. with no luck, must have used the wrong computer? thanks Tom you and Lindie are getting me off the side of the road. tedeye

I thought I would surf the Web to see what I could find re. B.M-S. It appears that he (Bruce) has donated a stack of his photos to the Velocette OC. Nothing, it seems, was offered to our Club-I wonder why?:rolleyes:
 

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