Two Rare and Unique Vincent Motorcycles take Lead Position in the ‘Bikes of the Century’ Display at SPRINGSHOW 2014.
For this year’s ever-popular ‘Bikes of the Century’ Exhibit, 2 Vincents will take the lead position in showcasing 100 years of remarkable motorcycles. These Vincents are part of the Bar Hodgson Collection and both have interesting back stories.
One of them is a very rare 1955 Vincent Black Prince, with its imposing, fully-enclosed black bodywork. Built for one year only, the Black Prince was conceived as a high-speed gentleman’s tourer and was capable of 125 miles per hour. Only 121 of this particular model were produced before the factory closed in 1955. It has many unique design features that will have die-hard motorcycle enthusiasts zooming in for a closer look.
The second showstopper Vincent is one of Bar Hodgson’s own designs. Called ‘The Black Panther’ it is a design exercise centered on a Vincent Black Lightning spec engine (in itself very rare) utilizing a nickel-plated Egli Frame and a Dave Dunfey designed gas tank. The engine was built by world famous Vincent engine specialist, Mike White, and the entire project took a year and a half to complete as parts were sourced and modified. Since being unveiled in 2013, it had its first start up at Mosport and has proven to be a very powerful runner with a great exhaust note.
These are only two of the motorcycles on display in the ‘Bikes of the Century’ feature area where owners of noteworthy, iconic and rare motorcycles are invited to participate. A different selection is showcased each year at the Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW.