Prince of Wales Pub - Car Park

Brian Reynold's Norton Vincent
Brian Cordell
Brian Reynold's Norton Vincent
Brian Cordell

Prince of Wales car park between 1960 and 1963 left to right Brian Cordell, Brian Reynolds, Dennis Hyat.

The bike is a Vincent engine in Norton featherbed frame.  AJS 7R front forks and front wheel. Engine fitted with Goldstar Pistons, Vincent lightening cams. 1.1/2 inch GP Carburators, 7R racing seat, Ariel Arrow silencers with no baffles, we called it the Black Beast.  You can see just below the seat a bulb hooter a legal requirement as an audible means of approach.  This bike sounded like a spitfire in full flight.  A super bike of its day probable speed of 150 mph.  This bike is still alive and kicking and living in Northampton.

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  • Great bike, I remember Dennis Hyat transporting the beast up to the Blinking Owl in the back of an Austin pick-up truck, and giving it a blast down the A127 to the roundabout at Nevendon, then back, via the Rayleigh Weir.  The local police gave chase, in an Austin A60 patrol car, but had no chance to catch that bike.

    By Barry Fowles (12/03/2015)
  • Is that other chap Dennis Hyatt whos mum and dad ran the Prince of Wales Pub?

    By Keith Nock (04/02/2012)
  • Oh the joy to see this photo. If this is the same bike I have travelled to Brands Hatch many times on the hump on the back of the 7R saddle.

    If this is the same bike the young man in the middle is my first love Brian Reynolds, left of course is you, not to sure, but is that Dave Newman. 

    I have heard that Brian now lives in Aus and has his Velocet hanging over his fireplace, why am I not surprised. I get a lump in my throat, Brian, thinking of those days. Do you own this bike now.

    By Gloria Sewell (01/02/2012)

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