Rollie Free Vincent Now on Display at the National Motorcycle Museum

| 3/2/2018 4:14:00 PM

Rollie Free in his bathing suit

Photo from the Herb Harris Collection.

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.

Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free

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.

3/15/2018 8:50:59 PM

It was not the immigration of Phill Vincent's Parents to Argentina, where they raised beef cattle for the fine Argentine restaurants of the 1950s, and a large sum financed for Phill from father to son, they would never have built together with the Australian engineer Phill Irving, one of the most sophisticated and fastest motorcycles the two-wheeled world has ever known.