- Jul 25, 2010
In 81 Len Perry , the N Z H.R.D. / Vincent Importer ,
Related how on a trip to England , He had visited
Amal , for the day. Whislt their top carburator man hand built the carbs ( 1 1/2 G.P.s ? )
The Lucas . Where their top magneto bloke spent the day building the magneto,
under Len's eagle eye , for the Burns & Wright Record Attempt .
Visiting H R D He discussed with Phil Irvine the requirement for the Cylinder Heads .
And took two days overseeing their machineing and assembly , by you guessed it ,
Vincents top Head Man .
And brought these components back to N.Z. , in a suitcase .
Comment from Burns ( or Wright ) when asked, that He Himself was the Engine Tuner
snorted Len , were that " He might have set the points . perhaps .
Len having spent till 2 A.M. for two weeks , after work ,
fitting and assembling the engine .
( This while we were catalouging his remaing stock of new Vincent H.R.D. components .)
Hios opion was , having roadraced them himself , and built the 51 Hydroplane 1.4 midgit
8 x 4 ft record holding motor, ( 1951 ? ) Still in his posestion then ,
was that 90 H.P. on the existing crankshaft mainshaft , was good for 160 mph,
unstreamlined . a.k.a Pukekohe .
Also that the shift due to inertia was slow , the selectors prone to bend ,
if hurried or forced .
From the Horses Mouth .