STUN­NING RAPIDE

Classic Bike (UK) - - GRIMSTHORPE -

Top end of the road bike en­try was Richard Scud­der’s stun­ning 1938 Vin­cent HRD Rapide, one of only 78 or 81 ever made (the ac­tual fig­ure still up for dis­cus­sion). This par­tic­u­lar ma­chine is quite fa­mous for be­ing used in a road test when the Rapide was first launched, but Richard says: “I’m not sure whether it was used in a Vin­cent fac­tory test or by one of the mag­a­zines”.

Richard bought it in 1972; he rides it on the road and in com­pe­ti­tions like this. The heav­ens opened just as Richard took his first ride on the course. “I’m a fair-weather rider and don’t like these con­di­tions,” he said. “The track is very nar­row, bumpy and quite slip­pery in the rain and I’m not re­ally pre­pared to risk any­thing with this bike.”

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