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Rollie Free Vincent Now on Display, the Famous "Bathing Suit Bike"
Free Vincent Now At the
Photo from Herb
The actual prototype Vincent Black Lightning ridden by
Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah is
now on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. If you
attend Vintage Rally 2018 on June 23, 2018 you can enjoy a bike show,
swap meet, special guests and the Rollie Free Vincent.
The famous and historic "bathing suit bike" will
be on loan only until June 30, 2018, so we hope you'll visit soon. It's
great to look at up close.
Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing
suit riding John Edgar's HRD Vincent one of the most famous
motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers
and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a
bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even
Hollywood can dream up! Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that
this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan "The World's Fastest
Standard Motorcycle" when it set a land speed record of 150.313
miles per hour.
The machine does not get shown often, mostly at west coast
concours. The owner has graciously agreed to loan it for a display at the
National Motorcycle Museum as part of the Museum's current STREAMLINERS presented
by J&P Cycles exhibition.
The National Motorcycle Museum is located in Anamosa, near
Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is open daily year around. On display are over 480
motorcycles from all parts of the world, board track racers from the
golden era of American board track racing and a 1920's service station
plus bicycles, pedal cars and thousands of pieces of memorabilia.
RIDING USA, presented
by J&P Cycles. Nearly 50 great Trials, Enduro and
Motocross bikes help trace the 1970's and 80's, glory days of dirt
racing and off-road motorcycle design on display for a limited time.
FIND. Rusty, Dusty and Crusty motorcycles and parts, what might live in
a barn near you. Come see what we have found and displayed.