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Phil Conrad Vincent

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Philip Conrad Vincent (1908-1979) was a British motorcycle designer and manufacturer. Founder of Vincent Motorcycles

1908 March 14th. Born in Wilbraham Gardens, Fulham.

Formed his first company with Frank Walker, a family friend. Howard R. Davies, founder of the HRD marque and winner of the 1924 Senior Isle of Man TT was in financial difficulties and in 1928 with backing from his family and their cattle ranching business, Philip was able to acquire the trademark, goodwill and remaining HRD spares for £450. The company was promptly named Vincent HRD Co., Ltd., and the logo appeared with The Vincent added in very small letters over the top of the large HRD. Vincent designed a brand new motorcycle with his own spring frame and marketed it as Vincent HRD, with a choice of either JAP or Rudge engines

1979 March 27th. Died.

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