MUR­RAY BARR, 68

1949 VIN­CENT HRD RAPIDE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FEATURE -

I’ve been here for most of my life. I was 13 or 14 when I got my first bike. I’ve al­ways had one since then. This one’s made up of a few bits; I’ve had it for about 40 years. it’s raced on the speed­way here in Townsville. I bought it off Trevor Den­man, who was the guy who raced it. I’d al­ways wanted one. They were very ex­pen­sive in their day and very hard to come by. They were the fastest mo­tor­bike. They held the land speed record and just about ev­ery speed record there was. They used them a lot on the speed­way, and for road rac­ing. They cost twice as much as other bikes. They were more hand-built but they were very ex­pen­sive to pro­duce. They made only 10,000 from 1946-1956. I wanted one be­cause it was fast, not so much these days. I worked in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions but I was more interested in me­chan­ics. I do all my own me­chan­i­cal work, un­for­tu­nately! This is the first time I’m do­ing The Distin­guished Gen­tle­man’s Ride. I’m go­ing to have to find some­thing to wear. Paul said, “Just wear a white long-sleeved shirt,” and I said, “I don’t own one,” and he said, “Well, wear a tie!” and I said, “I don’t own one!”

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