FRANK HIP­KIN 1937- 2012

Classic Trial - - SPRITE BEST OF BRITISH -

Frank Hip­kin died on the 13th Septem­ber 2012 aged 75 but al­ways kept his pas­sion for mo­tor­cy­cles alive. Two weeks be­fore he passed away he had been play­ing on his KTM mo­tocross ma­chine.

The fam­ily foundry, ti­tled Sprite Al­loys, is still in use to­day as they pro­duce metal fur­ni­ture for the of­fice, club and res­traunt trade. The legacy of the foundry and its part in mo­tor­cy­cle pro­duc­tion was sold af­ter Hip­kin used it to pro­duce his own en­gine com­po­nents in­clud­ing pis­tons.

The en­ter­prise pro­gressed to be­come to­day’s Omega Pis­tons, whose cus­tomers in­clude the Du­cati Mo­toGP road race team. Frank is seen here in 2012 at Alan Wright’s Telford Clas­sic Show sur­rounded by a collection of his trea­sured Sprite mo­tor­cy­cles.

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