This ’68 Egli-Vincent is the most magnificent thing on two wheels that I’ve laid my eyes on since the last magnificent Vincent I saw at Bonhams.
I asked Paul d’Orléans from Bonhams and The Vintagent, about this Egli and he was kind enough to send over his thoughts:
– paul d’orléans
1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle: The Egli-Vincent offered here was built by sidecar racer Pete Gerrish using a frame bought directly from Fritz Egli shortly after meeting the Swiss engineer in 1968. Although a ‘chair’ man, Gerrish was so impressed by his test ride on Egli’s own hill-climber that he decided to build his own solo racing version. Subsequently Gerrish described the machine’s construction in an article published in the VOC’s magazine ‘MPH’ (October 1980 edition, copy available). In the latter he states that the engine – described as ‘part Lightning, part Shadow’ – was taken from his racing sidecar outfit. Gerrish’s Egli was raced by Dave Browning, who won first time out at the Cheltenham Motor Club’s Moreton Valence circuit in September 1968 despite being unfamiliar with this type of motorcycle.