Young local racing identity Beau Beaton; son of Bears Racing Champion – Ashley Beaton and proprietor of local motorcycle store North Coast V-Twins is off to England to race in the prestigious Goodwood Revival.
His invitation to the motorsport Hall of Fame will be onboard a genuine 1948 Vincent Rapide against such big names as world champions Troy Corser, Wayne Gardner & Kevin Schwantz for the Barry Sheene Trophy Cup.
Vincent Motorcycles , “the makers of the world’s fastest motorcycles“, began with the purchase of HRD Motors Ltd less the factory premises, by Phil Vincent in May, 1928.
HRD was founded by the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilot, Howard Raymond Davies, who was shot down and captured by the Germans in 1917. Legend has it that it was while a prisoner of war that he conceived the idea of building his own motorcycle, and contemplated how he might achieve that. It was not until 1924 that Davies entered into partnership with E J Massey, trading as HRD Motors. Various models were produced, generally powered by J.A.P. engines.
Unfortunately, although HRD motorcycles won races, the company ran at a loss. In January 1928 it went into voluntary liquidation. The company was initially bought by Ernest Humphries of OK-Supreme Motors for the factory space, and the HRD name, jigs, tools, patterns, and remaining components were subsequently offered for sale again.