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icon31 Jan 2018 10:19

"A 1951 Vincent Black Lightning has sold for a record-breaking £659,729 at an auction in Las Vegas.

It is just one of 33 examples and was hand-built in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, by special order for Australian racer Tony MacAlpine. This original spec, unrestored model is just one of 19 left in existence and has only covered 5,281 miles.

At the Bonhams auction in Las Vegas, cheer and applause were heard as bidding finally ended at $929,000 (£659,729).

At the time of its build, another well-known Vincent Black Lightning nicknamed “Gunga Din” was undergoing work in the factory.

Upon completion of both, the two machines were contested at an airfield where it was said that McAlpine’s bike was a clear 30 yards ahead of Gunga Din, and factory records later indicated speeds in excess of 130mph in third gear.

Most notable, however, was that in 1953 the McAlpine-ordered motorcycle smashed the existing Australian speed record when Jack Ehret achieved an average speed of 141.5mph. "

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Bonneville (01-08)

icon31 Jan 2018 10:24
Slap & Tickle :thumbup:
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icon31 Jan 2018 10:45
Some of Buddy Holly :thumbup:
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