The rare Vincent “Gunga Din” will be on display at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 13 The rare Vincent “Gunga Din” will be on display at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 13

Vincent Motorcycles at Cobble Beach Concours‏

Written by  on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 17:15

@PebbleConcours • (September 9, 2015)- The 2015 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Canada’s premier classic automobile event, will take place at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community, September 12 & 13 in Kemble, ON, just north of Owen Sound on the shores of Georgian Bay.  There are over 20 classes of automobiles on the 18th fairway on Sunday and, for the first time, the organizers have added motorcycle classes, with the Vincent to be the motorcycle marque of the Concours.


Three Vincents from the Bar Hodgson Collection will be on the greens at Cobble Beach.  The most famous of all Vincents, “Gunga Din,” will be the Feature Motorcycle of the Show.  The original 1947 factory test/race bike, previously thought to be dismantled and lost forever (it is the only one of its kind in the world) was restored in 2009 and has since won many prestigious Concours all over North America.  While Gunga Din will be on display only, it is expected to be the star of the show. 

Bar’s latest Vincent restoration, “The Lost Singapore Lightning”, will be unveiled at Cobble Beach, having recently been completed in his workshop.  This race bike is a 1951 Black Lightning that raced for many years in Singapore and resurfaced in the 70s after being lost for 25 years.  This will be the first time the Black Lightning has run in 40 years. 

Bar’s third entry is the 1955 Vincent Black Prince.  A fully enclosed “gentleman’s motorcycle” with a futuristic aura, it was the first motorcycle to use fiberglass and only 120 were manufactured before the Vincent factory closed for good in 1955.  This bike consistently wins top awards at rallies and concourses.  Both the Lost Singapore Lightning and the Black Prince will be competing for awards. 

There will be six other Vincents from Canada and the US competing at Cobble Beach, all there by invitation.  All are unique models that emerged from the famous Vincent factory out of Stevenage, Great Britain between 1928 and 1955. 

The event is open to the public and Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 am will see all entries readied for judging, with the awards presentation beginning at 2:15 pm.  Many entrants will be dressed appropriate to the period of their vehicle.

Information on tickets, accommodations, directions and a complete schedule of events is available

Bar Hodgson is the producer of the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show taking place each Spring at the Toronto International Centre. He is also the founder of the North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW and the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Wally Nesbitt

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