Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

Well, here we are, some 13 years after acquisition and 2751 breathes fire once again! And running on methanol – as last raced – what a sound… Bert booked an airfield and rode up and down the runway, gradually unwinding the motor as his confidence grew with each run.

With many decades of riding and fettling a wide range of classic/vintage machinery I was eager to know what Bert’s riding impressions would be. “It bloody goes!” was his reaction – and we should remember that the man is a master of understatement which is a characteristic of one born ‘n’ bred in the north of England…

Available power is easily gauged by examining the rear tyre after a few runs – this was in the wet too…
Bert looking confident, nay CHUFFED, here!
That Yorkshire wind… He’s plainly carrying some speed.
(sorry about the black screen but the vid plays OK)
I think the cameraman was feeling the effects of that wind chill! The engine sound on the overrun is really something though…

So there we have it! 13 years of painstaking hunting for the rarest of parts in addition to countless hours of research culminating in the restoration and this superb result! A unique racing Vincent returned close to how it left The Works.

I am indebted to all who have assisted in this project – I have listed them under the “Respect Due” heading in the sidebar of the homepage. I hope that I haven’t forgotten anyone.

Without Bert’s expertise, practical common sense and skill-set I’d still be looking at all the parts and sucking wind through my teeth, or what’s left of them!

Thanks Bert! 🙏🏻

5 thoughts on “Proof-of-Life (the postscript)

  1. duzmoboy says:

    I have followed this blog from day one, what a fantastic story and fantastic history. it must have had a hard life and so nice to see it put back as it was when it left the factory with all those period fittings. The sound of the bike on methanol is just awesome, a credit to all those involved in this build.

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  2. Annie Dell says:

    Congrats! Enjoy it!

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  3. S Penn says:

    Gday Humphrey, Congrats mate bike looks fantastic ! Kind Regards


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  4. Oldclunkerlover says:

    A very special bike & the sound of it running like it does after the extensive research & rebuild are a credit to those involved.
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. humphsmith says:

      Thanks! It’s been one hell of a journey but we felt the bike deserved our full attention.


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