1936 Vincent-HRD TT Replica
Registration no. CKH 586
Frame no. TTRD1205
Engine no. TTR106
Rear frame no. TTRD1205
This machine is one of only nine TT Replica models made by the Vincent-HRD Company in 1936. It is a road going version of the factory race bikes and has the same large-capacity stainless steel fuel and oil tanks as those used in the Isle of Man TT.
'CKH 586' is very original with the correct frame and engine, as stated on the factory Works Order Form, a copy of which is available with the machine. However, an old-style logbook from 1950 states that the engine is 'TTR105' with frame number also 'TTR105', which is clearly an error. Also on the WOF, the frame number is rendered as 'D1205 TTS' but this seems never to have been transferred to the frame. The WOF also states that the bike was built by Ted Hampshire and tested by George Brown, a factory employee and machine tester at that time before he went on to be a famous racer and sprinter of Vincents.
The engine is complete with bronze cylinder head and 5X competition camshaft. Carburettor is an Amal 1&5/32" TT type and the magneto is a Lucas component. A high-compression piston is fitted and the engine is currently running on petrol with an open competition exhaust, but has run in the past with a silencer quite satisfactorily. The Burman gearbox, which is not the original, has standard ratios since the bike was built for road use. Originally the machine was not fitted with a kickstart or de-compressor. These were fitted later by the present owner.
The frame is heavily gusseted and features a saddle mounted further back than on the standard machines. Rear-set footrests with a special sprung rear brake pedal and fold-up right-side footrest complete the racing set up. The Webb forks are the racing lightweight pattern. The wheels would originally have had steel rims but the current 19" Akront alloy rims were fitted to take advantage of better tyres for racing. The brakes are the correct, pre-war alloy racing units with correct, lightly-grooved drums of the roadster type.
Already dismantled when acquired by the present owner in the late 1960s, the Vincent was restored for competition and has been used for racing, sprinting and hill climbs over several decades, competing at Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Silverstone, Oulton Park, Brooklands, Monthléry and many other venues. The machine has also been used extensively on the road, attending many rallies and events both in the UK and abroad over many years. We are advised that it starts well on the kickstarter or with a bump, and is an exciting ride on the road with excellent handling. Described as in generally good running condition, the machine is offered with the aforementioned documentation, expired MoT (August 2007), SORN acknowledgement and Swansea V5C document.