1. Tim Rutherford and his Vincent Black Lightning

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I know almost naught when it comes to classic bikes, but a quick glance through the interwebs says Phil Irving (legendary Vincent designer) said there were only 16 Black Lightnings produced, between 1948 and ’52. Tim’s mother acquired this one for his granddad.

Tim in the service department and his brother, at the parts counter, were practically raised in this place. The brother moved on. Tim stayed. “It’s an honor to be third-generation here,” he says, “a privilege to carry on what my grandfather started, and to carry on the values, the way he and my mother treated everybody who’s walked into this place since 1953.”

Including me. Thanks for the tour and a great day at the office, TR.

Having Tim wear Von Dutch’s hat isn’t really working for him, though. Oh well.

Having Tim wear Von Dutch’s hat isn’t really working for him, though. Oh well.

http://www.centurymotorcycles.net/