Too fast. Not wel­come!

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The Irv­ing Vin­cent team that swept to victory at the Good­wood Re­vival in 2014 has not been in­vited to com­pete this year. The for­mula for the pres­ti­gious event al­ter­nates year by year, with Pre 1953 bikes in even num­bered years and Pre 1966 bikes in odd num­bered years. When asked the rea­son for the lack of an in­vi­ta­tion to de­fend their ti­tle, team owner Ken Horner replied, “About 50 sec­onds. That was our com­bined win­ning mar­gin over the two legs of the race. That’s very dis­ap­point­ing but it is an in­vi­ta­tiononly event so there’s noth­ing we can do.” In a let­ter to Ken Horner, Gor­don Rus­sell, who with his wife Sally co­or­di­nates the mo­tor­cy­cle com­po­nent of the packed pro­gram, said, “We are cur­rently sort­ing the 2016 50’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion Re­vival in­vi­ta­tions out. Of course your Vin­cent was dis­cussed as a pos­si­ble in­vite for this year. If you re­mem­ber you and I had sev­eral con­ver­sa­tions be­fore your 2014 in­vite where I in­formed you that you were most wel­come to come along but that if your bike proved to be sub­stan­tially quicker than the fastest of the rest of the grid then a fu­ture in­vite would be un­likely. In­spec­tion of the re­sults and tim­ing sheets show that your bike was sub­stan­tially quicker than the rest of the field. In­deed even Jeremy McWil­liams on a fast 60’s spec Nor­ton could not keep with your bike. “Your Vin­cent is un­doubt­edly a su­perb racing ma­chine and you and your team are to be con­grat­u­lated for build­ing and run­ning it but is does not look par­tic­u­larly in keep­ing with a race recre­at­ing 1950’s racing. The Re­vival is as much about show as race but we do try very hard to make sure the racing is close and have pretty much suc­ceeded over the years. Not only that it does a good job in recre­at­ing the sort of racing that went on in the 50’s and 60’s.

“Ac­cord­ingly I have to tell you that you are not on the 2016 re­vival list.”

Stay­ing home. Ken and Barry Horner with the Good­wood-win­ning Vin­cent.

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