I just received my first print by mail and I wanted to share my excitement with you!

So here is a sneak peek of 28 of the 400 pages and just 55 images of the 875 photos that this book contains. Enjoy….

© Philippe Guyony
400 pages in a 10in x 10in format make this book quite hefty. Preface by Fritz W Egli himself © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 14-15 of Chapter 1. This chapter is dedicated to the classic Vincents built until the factory stopped its production in 1955. From the pre-WWII Series A to the latest Series D, all models are covered in details: Rapide, Comet, Black Shadow, Black Lightning, Grey Flash, TTR… the key historic events, as well as everything you need to understand why Vincent became a legend and why it declined inexorably. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 28-29 of Chapter 1. Series A, B, C, D, HRDs, pre-WWII Vincent-HRDs, production years… If the understanding of the Vincent line-up looks complex to you, it won’t be anymore after looking at this synthesizing roadmap covering all the motorcycle production between 1928 and 1955 with production numbers. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 36-37 of Chapter 1. Everyone knows these magic images of Vincents flat-out on the salt flats of Bonneville, Utah. They are part of the Vincent story and of course they are included in this book with many many more… © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 70-71 of Chapter 2. With this chapter starts the long journey to discover the Vincent specials and understand why so many Vincents were modified as soon as 1952, starting with Nero, then the NorVins, Viscounts, Parkins and Curtis, for this second period lasting until 1966. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 76-77 of Chapter 2. The NorVin has been a significant step in the evolution of the Vincent as a cross-breeding between the two best machines of the time: the Vincent Twin and the Norton Manx. In this section you will learn all details including the differences between a Wideline and a Slimline chassis.  © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 118-119 of Chapter 3. A key chapter as it covers the Swiss Egli-Vincent period from 1966 to 1974. It includes exhaustively the Egli-Vincent history from the early racing days until the time when the market of Specials died, replaced by numerous Japanese racing replicas. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 142-143 of Chapter 3. All the book content is identified as “The Essentials“, The Expert Corner” or “Advanced Materials” – see the color code in top corner – according the interest that the reader might have. Information such detailed specifications and builts helping you to identify a genuine Egli-Vincent from subsequent replicas belongs definitely to The Expert Corner and is exhaustively detailed. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 186-187 of Chapter 4. As Fritz Egli appointed Roger Slater as sole distributor, the legend started to take off in the UK. However in 1970, Roger Slater decided to make his own interpretation – The Shadow 70 – which will kick off the era of the Egli-Vincent replicas ‘Made in England’. This period is comprehensively covered in this chapter. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 210-211 of Chapter 4. After Slater came Cheney, Smith (Sprint), CTG (Malem), Spondon, Sidlow, Mossey, Cotton, Taylor and CGA, all these manufacturers are included and detailed in this fourth chapter with many examples of the machines built by each of them. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 246-247 of Chapter 5. Godet Motorcycles is the only workshop authorized by Fritz Egli, and on that extent they worth a full chapter: Vincent restoration, recreation and even a full racing program with the 500 Grey Flash released in 2014 and adopted since by several racing teams. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 298-299 of Chapter 6. The success of the Egli-Vincent concept echoed in Australia and New Zealand  where similar machines were built by Terry Prince (TPV and RTV) or Ken McIntosh for the most famous. However numerous one-of-one were also built, making any identification quite difficult and this chapter helps you to understand all these aspects. © Philippe Guyony
© Philippe Guyony
Pages 324-325 of Chapter 7. Is that all? certainly not, and beyond the Egli style machines other specials were also built such the Vincati, Cees Fick, Trackmaster. Even today the racing legend continues to roll-on with Irving-Vincent bringing the Vincent name to the highest level of contemporary racing. In this chapter the author concludes by summarizing the content of chapter 2 to chapter 7 with an innovative classification in five main schools. © Philippe Guyony
Pages 362-363 of Chapter 8. There are many more stories to tell about the Vincents. Among those, the author decided to focus on drag and sprint racing and land speed records, two significant aspects of the Vincent history that contributed to make the Vincent a legend. © Philippe Guyony
Page 376-377 of Chapter 8. Besides the famous stories, some were untold like the Courage-Vincent, one of the multiple attempts to revive the Vincent brand, or more exotic and confidential machines like the bobbers, choppers and the recent pro-streets. You will find here the genuine story of the Vindian, a joint-project between Vincent and Indian corporations that was never implemented but inspired a few disciples to create a few genuine replicas. The book concludes on a quite hot topic as Royal Enfield just failed to acquire the Vincent trademarks in the US earlier this year and as more industrial groups could be interested by the acquisition of the Vincent remaining assets: ‘Will Vincent revive one day?” This is an open question discussed by the author to conclude his multi-years researches. © Philippe Guyony
Vincent Motocycles, The Untold Story since 1946. The title says it all! no book covers the modern  history of the Vincent so comprehensively, supported by a well documented classic history of the Vincent from 1928 to 1955. Available exclusively from Veloce Publishing and their international distributors. http://www.veloce.co.uk/shop/products/search.php

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15 thoughts

  1. Well now you’ve gone and made the waiting even more difficult ! 😉 FYI any reputable bookseller / chain in the US can get the book … albeit not until October …… err … oops .. now they’re saying January 2017 .. sigh ..

    Is that January 1 , 2017 date for the US release accurate Philippe ?

  2. When and where will the book be available for sale? Price?

    Also is there anything in the book regarding my cousin Tony Blackstock’s Black Lightning or his Trackmaster Vincent Street Tracker?

    Hank Blackstock

    1. Hi Hank, you can (pre)order it on Amazon. Retail price is $180 but pre-sales goes between $110 and $116 depending the vendor for the time being. Yes there are several pages on the Track Master Vincent of your cousin.

      1. Philippe – You never addressed my concern that the release date in the US may of been bumped up to Jan 1 , 2017 versus the original October date . Is that new date accurate or has someone made an error ?

      2. Sorry, I missed this part. The books are in the UK since last Monday and they are starting to ship right now. I got Veloce Publishing today and he confirmed that the book will be shipped from the US early November.

      3. Philippe – No worries . The thing is I just talked to their US distributors as well as the bookseller I pre-ordered from and all including Amazon are giving the 1/1/17 date for delivery in the US . Unfortunately this has been a recurring pattern with Veloce Press over the years [ I have shelves of their books in my collection ] Announce a US date . Delay it . Then delay it again two or three times more to the annoyance of the customer . To what end on their part I know not what . So unfortunately I’ve canceled the pre-order and will reorder at the point which they finally are available rather than deal with yet another string of interminable delays when it comes to Veloce’s US distribution . Sometimes Philippe I get the distinct feeling they [ Veloce ] either don’t like us ( US ) or feel we are inconsequential when it comes to the sales of their fine books . Anyway Philippe thanks for trying on your end as well as the quick response … and here’s hoping sales go gang busters for you despite the treatment given by Veloce to those of us south of your mighty fine border

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