Many Vincent had the same destiny: a first life as road bike, then stripped off to became a racing bike, racing side-car, grass-track… and finally they are likely stored in wood box for a while until the bits and parts are recycled to the market.  Here is the story of Jack Wilson’s Racer, built about 1960, which was commissioned by “Mr Jordan” to transform his Shadow into a Bonneville Racer. The delivery never took place and eventually Bob Welborn, became owner of this very fast Vincent.

After a chase of several years, Bev Bowen has been able to identify most of the bike history except the first 10 years. For sure the bike sat at least 42 years as basket case, as on the included picture, before Bev was able to acquire the “case”.  Then it took 6 years to finish it. Thanks to the VOC, Bev learned that he had the RFM of another Texan’s engine mate and he had his one. Through careful communication, Bev said he was able to swap the RFM. Bev also says this is not a restoration of what Jack built, it is rather a sort of  reincarnation, keeping with the spirit of that bike. “I am no Jack Wilson, but I like to think he would approve of this bike” says Bev Bowen.

Philippe Guyony © 2013

To read the full story from Bev Bowenhttp://lsvoc.vincent-hrd.co.uk/felix_history.html

The Black Shadow transformed in a Salt Lake Racer. The delivery never took place and eventually Bob Welborn, became owner of this very fast Vincent.
The Black Shadow transformed in a Salt Lake Racer. The delivery never took place and eventually Bob Welborn, became owner of this very fast Vincent.
Many people don’t imagine what it takes to bring back to life an old soul….
Many people don’t imagine what it takes to bring back to life an old soul….
Today “Felix” growl again after hundreds of hours of care.
Today “Felix” growl again after hundreds of hours of care.
“With the open pipes the machine is over the top loud and you gotta love Texas” says Bev, “because as I rode around the block that first time, windows rattling at every house, a lady neighbor in her yard cheered as I went by”
“With the open pipes the machine is over the top loud and you gotta love Texas” says Bev, “because as I rode around the block that first time, windows rattling at every house, a lady neighbor in her yard cheered as I went by”
So why “Felix”? (see the sticker on the steering damper) .... wait the last picture for the answer!
So why “Felix”? (see the sticker on the steering damper) …. wait the last picture for the answer!
Look at this gorgeous carb and tank!
Look at this gorgeous carb and tank!
Because one say cats have 9 lives, just like this racer...
Answer: Because one say cats have 9 lives, just like this racer…
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