HRD Hor­rors

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Jim, as you may now re­alise, I tell it as it is. This is called ac­cu­racy and pays no heed to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness or feel­ings. In re­port­ing, re­view­ing or re­spond­ing, I say what is and try to keep an ob­jec­tive man­ner. In the OBA 50 Boyd Col­lec­tion story... Page 72. The bike is “Speed­way en­gine” Se­ries B (mod­i­fied) NOT a TT Replica. TTrs were a pre war ma­chine and this is a 1948 post war en­gine in a mod­i­fied 1948 frame. Page 74. Not JUST a Til­brook side­car but very rare en­closed wheel model. Page 76. Se­man­tics. It was al­ways a Se­ries B, NOT B Se­ries. Page 77, Ian’s “cof­fee ma­chine”, Neal Videan does not call them Se­ries A be­cause they are not. Page 78. The Se­ries A was ex Al­lan Wig­gins NOT Bill Wig­gins. The story of the Wig­gins bike was re­ported in a pre­vi­ous edi­tion of OBA. Page 78. Again a ref­er­ence to a C se­ries as op­posed to Se­ries C. Yes, se­man­tics BUT im­por­tant to a Vin­cent owner. Page 78. Pi­cador; for un­manned air­craft tow­ing. Not sure what that means. The Pi­cador was de­signed to power an un­manned drone for tar­get prac­tice NOT to tow some­thing. Most of Ian’s col­lec­tion was co-or­di­nated by David Bowen. David is 82 years old, lives in Ade­laide and was an ap­pren­tice at Vin­cent with John Sur­tees. David still vis­its John on an an­nual ba­sis. Alyn Vin­cent Cor­ri­mal, NSW into B Se­ries. As for Bill Wig­gins, well, this is an un­for­tu­nate but ac­ci­den­tal Spooner­ism, caused by a con­di­tion known as Mid­night Mind­snap, com­mon amongst jour­nal­ists who work around the clock. Wil­helm Otto Dagob­ert Rainer “Bill” Wig­gins is of course sev­enth cousin to Edgar Jes­sop, and in no way re­lated to or as­so­ci­ated with Al­lan Wig­gins. The of­fend­ing pho­to­graph is reprinted here with the cor­rect cap­tion. It is worth not­ing that this story was pri­mar­ily about the pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of Ian Boyd in com­pil­ing his mar­velous col­lec­tion, and not about an­other nut & bolt Vin­cent model break­down. – Ed

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