THIS CAR MATTERS: From the Archives 1948 Vincent Black Lightning

This month we’re again venturing into the THIS CAR MATTERS archives to share the story behind the iconic 1948 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle, the so-called “bathing suit bike”, used by Rollie Free to set a land speed record in 1948 at Bonneville.

For its THIS CAR MATTERS movement, the HVA is asking people to share their stories about special vehicles—ones that helped to shape their lives and communities, our history and our heritage.

Check out the video below and if you haven’t yet shared your story, head on over to the HVA’s THIS CAR MATTERS page to find out how you can participate.

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THIS BIKE MATTERS: 1948 Vincent Black Lightning