Thursday, August 2, 2012

THE 1952 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING



5 comments:

  1. Magnificent. This has been a favorite of mine since I heard the Del McCoury Band's version on the Oxford American's Southern Music CD of 2003.
    Thompson's guitar playing is mystical.
    Frank

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  2. Wheb I was a lad riding a Honda one bike got my attention. The Vincent Black Lightning. Here's a little info.

    On 13 September 1948, Rollie Free achieved the US national motorcycle speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah riding the first Vincent Black Lightning. During test runs Free reached average speeds of 148.6 mph (239.1 km/h). To reduce drag, Free stripped to his swimming shorts for the final run, which he made lying flat with his legs stretched out and his head low, guiding the Vincent by following a black stripe painted on the salt bed. The stunt worked as Free covered the mile in 23.9 seconds, passing the 150 mph (240 km/h) barrier and on the return run he reached a record average speed of 150.313 mph (241.905 km/h).

    That was some bike.

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  3. I never got into motorcycles. I love the looks of them but I've only been on once, behind SWMBO's son and he scared the hell out of me. But I love this song and Thompson's performance of it.

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