2012 International Motorcycle Supershow
International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Producer, Bar Hodgson, will unveil a very rare 1955 Vincent Black Prince, built in collaboration with Phil Mahood, well known in the Vincent Field as an expert builder and restorer of Vincent Motorcycles.
Hodgson and Mahood had worked on this project over a two-year period before the Black Prince was transported to the 2011 Vincent HRD Owners Club International Rally where it won Best Series "D: of the Rally.
The one-year-only Black Prince was conceived by Phil Vincent as a high speed gentleman’s tourer that was capable of 125 miles per hour by utilizing the legendary Black Shadow engine.
Way ahead of his time, he envisioned a fully enclosed motorcycle that would keep foul weather from the rider. The Vincent HRD Company only produced approximately 121 of this model before they ceased producing motorcycles in 1955. This particular example is one of only a few that are still on the road throughout the world.
Movie buffs may recognize this model from the George Orwell novel based movie "1984," where every available Black Prince was rented by the movie for the ‘Thought Police’ to ride as they presented a very menacing presence in this ‘dark’ movie.
Bar Hodgson’s background was in custom motorcycle design and high performance engine building during the 50s, 60s and 70s. During the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s Bar focused on the restoration and collecting of significant motorcycles.
He has recently returned to his roots as a builder and designer of unique motorcycles and is planning a number of unusual and special Vincent based customs, café racers and track bikes. He is currently redesigning and rebuilding a 1960s Egli Vincent that was disassembled back in the 1980’s.
The International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW takes place January 6-8, 2012 at the Toronto International Centre, 6900 Airport Road. The Black Prince makes its debut in Hall 4A, Vintage & Classics Hall, as a feature of the "Century of Motorcycles’ Display. Visit supershowevents.com for more information.
Photo by Steve Bond