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The Ghost <grin>

It's you is it <ggg> !!

Have just re-read your e - Vincents eh !! - I envy you !! You know I can remember going to Pride and Sharks in Camberwell Rd about 1956 and there was a line of Vincents for sale around the 185 pound mark. Black Shadows mainly with a sprinkling of White Lightnings (I think they were called that - they had white metal bearings). Seems incredible today but no-one wanted to buy them.
The first bike I ever owned was an Excelsior 197cc - I paid 25 pounds for it and I've still got the receipt. I went to a show of restored bikes a few months ago and I couldn't believe it - there was an Excelsior just like mine. Another bike I saw was a restored Douglas Dragonfly - they sold for around 200 pounds new before the firm went under - and I always wanted one.
Another bike was a Rudge Ulster vintage around 1936 - my father owned one and until that point I'd never seen one - girder forks, solid rear end. My father said it was the fastest bike on the road and could do 80mph two up. I can just imagine my mother hanging on like grim death - it must have frightened the life out of her.
Been into bikes for years - Enfield, Jawa, Matchy, Beezas, AJS - had 'em all at one time. Still thinking of buying and restoring a BMW but haven't got around to it yet.
Just thought of that coal mining village in Yorkshire I used to go to - a place called Counden (think that's how you spell it).
I've still got photos of me and my Enfield Bullet on the North Yorkshire Moors - Kirby Moorside, Pickering, Wheedale, Whitby.
Ah Jon !! - nostalgia washes over me - where have the years gone ??
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