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Philip Conrad Vincent
Birth: Mar. 14, 1908
London
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 27, 1979

British designer and manufacturer of the legendary Vincent motorcycles. Philip Conrad Vincent founded Vincent Motorcycles, manufacturer of motorcycles in the United Kingdom from 1928 to 1955. His parents, William Conrad Vincent and Ada Mary Vincent, owned a large cattle-farm some 300 miles from Buenos Aires in Argentina and it was customary in many circles at the time for an expectant mother to return 'home' to have her baby, to ensure British nationality for their offspring. His education began at a preparatory school in Argentina but he was sent back to England to live with his uncle, John Vincent, who was a veterinary surgeon at High House, Horndon-on-the-Hill. His education continued at this house along with his sisters and other local children. He then went on to Harrow, one of Britain's most famous public schools. In 1928 he left Cambridge University with an engineering degree and, with the backing of his family wealth, acquired the trademark, goodwill and remaining components of HRD Motorcycles for 450. The company was promptly renamed Vincent HRD Co., Ltd (he had been advised to start production under an established name.) and production moved to Stevenage in Hertfordshire. Their Black Shadow is one of the best known high performance motorcycles of the 1950s. He had built a motorcycle of his own in 1924, and in 1928 had registered a patent for a cantilever rear suspension of his own design. After World War II Britain had an export drive to repay its war debts, and as the USA was the largest market for motorcycles, the HRD was dropped from the name to avoid any confusion with the "HD" of Harley Davidson, and the motorcycle became The Vincent. His ashes are interred in the family plot. (bio by: geoffrey gillon) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Conrad Vincent (____ - 1946)
  Ada Mary Vincent (____ - 1930)
 
 Spouse:
  Elfrida Mary Vincent (____ - 1988)
 
Burial:
St Peter and St Paul Churchyard
Horndon-on-the-hill
Essex, England
Plot: Extension Churchyard
 
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Originally Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Mar 29, 2009
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