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aeronca65t
10-10-2008, 09:56 PM
..speaking of Vincents,

I was just reading about Marty Dickerson (I'm a lifetime AMA member and he's in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame). I thought I'd look around the web and see if there was any good pics of his bike.

I found some ~Great Pictures~ (http://www.vincentstreamliner.com/MartyDickerson/MartyDickerson.html) of Dickerson's Bonneville Vincent.
This bike held it's class record for 20 years.

Dickerson was a friend and team mate of the famous Rollie Free (another LSR racer with a Vincent).

Dickerson, a Californian, was also active in west coast road races on the same bike. Later in life he taught motorcycle repair in a vocational school and is still active in motorcycling today.

Within the last 10 years or so, in his 70s, he set a vintage land speed record on the bike.

An old poster with Dickerson
http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/halloffame/hofimages/Dickerson.jpg

Dickerson's Vincent today
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a303/yachbee/solvang/DSC01850.jpg

Moseso
10-11-2008, 03:02 PM
This page (http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/TheMag/features/bub_speed.html) has a fine little story, with great pictures, about Marty riding Steve Hamel's Bonneville Vincent just a year or two ago. Scroll down to the story headed, "It's hard to keep a good man down." (about 3/4 of the way down the page.)

aeronca65t
10-12-2008, 06:56 AM
^ ^ ^ ^

Great stuff!

I also like the story on that page about the vintage Cushman sidecar outfit getting the Cushman record of about 37 mph! :laugh:

Dale
10-18-2008, 02:18 PM
Great Pics! Did you catch the Matchless (G12 I think) being used to start the Vincent. Pretty hairy technique.

GB1
10-19-2008, 12:07 PM
Thanks Guy's - great stuff

Moseso
01-02-2009, 10:18 AM
Was listening to All Things Considered in the car yesterday and just caught the end of a piece about Steve Hamel and his Bonneville Vincent. Actually, I only heard the last sentence, "His goal is to get the Vincent to go 200 MPH," and I knew what they were talking about.

Here's the link (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/30/st_paul_enthusiast_aims_for_recordsetting_speeds/) to text, photos and an audio clip of the segment.

vagt6
01-02-2009, 03:50 PM
Thanks for starting this thread, Nial.

Really interesting guys, with a definite need for speed.

150 MPH with drum brakes! Holy moly, are they crazy or brave, or both . . . :crazyeyes:

Moseso
01-02-2009, 06:00 PM
If you take a close look at the poster picture at the top of this thread, neither of those bikes even <span style="font-style: italic">has</span> a front brake! There's a loooong run-out at the Bonneville salt flats and a 0.00062% chance that a dog (or something) is going to run out in front of you. Brakes are just dead weight on those bikes -- not really necessary.

I just looked at some pictures. Steve's bike has no front brake either.

Wouldn't want to drive one of 'em on a normal road, but then I wouldn't want to go 150 on a normal road, either.