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The Vincent in the Barn: Great Stories of Motorcycle Archaeology

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Publisher Comments:

It’s every motorcyclist’s dream. A friend or acquaintance says, “You know, there’s an old bike that’s been sitting in this garage for years.” The hunt is on. And rather than the usual worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, at the back of that barn you find a genuine classic, the motorcycle collector’s dream.

The Vincent in the Barn tells forty such stories--tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents abandoned in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s fantasies. The only difference? They’re true.

See Tom Cotter, author of Motorbooks “In the Barn” series, interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-the-hemi-in-the-barn/1237422/

Book News Annotation:

A regular contributor to Road & Track and other magazines, car and motorcycle enthusiast and collector Cotter wrote two earlier books, about finding a Cobra and a Hemi in the barn. Here he tells 39 stories of finding old and usually abandoned motorcycles and restoring them. They are arranged by theme: crimes of persistence, intriguing circumstances, strange journeys, passion plays, speed freaks, rare birds, and star power. Photographs accompany many stories. Readers not adept in motorcycle esoterica will quickly loose their way. There is no index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

40 tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true--Ducatis in basements, Vincents in sheds, Harleys in barns, Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages.

Synopsis:

For The Vincent in the Barn, author Tom Cotter scoured the motorcycle collector ranks to find the best “barn find” tales. From well-known collectors like Tonight Show host Jay Leno to lucky bike freaks you’ve never heard of but whose finds you will envy, theirs are the stories that keep the barn-find dream alive.

Synopsis:

Tom Cotter (Davidson, NC) writes regularly for Road & Track and other magazines and has a deep-seated love for motorcycle and automotive rescue. He has written four books on the lure of collector vehicle archaeology, the award-winning The Cobra in the Barn, The Hemi in the Barn, The Corvette in the Barn, and The Harley in the Barn. Cotter also recently authored the biography of drag racing legend Tommy Ivo.

Synopsis:

Every motorcyclist dreams of hearing the magic phrase: “You know, I know where there’s this old bike that’s been sitting at the back of this garage for years. . . .” With those momentous words the hunt begins. Too often the machine revealed is a worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a collector’s dream: a genuine classic motorcycle.

The Vincent in the Barn offers 40 stories of motorcycle-hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents piled in sheds, from Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s moto-fantasies.

Synopsis:

Every motorcyclist dreams of that magic moment when a friend or acquaintance says, “You know, I know where there’s this old bike that’s been sitting at the back of this garage for years.” With those momentous words the hunt is launched. Too often the machine revealed is a worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's a collector's dream; a genuine classic motorcycle.
 
Author Tom Cotter has scoured the motorcycle collector ranks to find the best “barn find” tales. From well-known collectors like Dale Walksler (Wheels Through Time Museum) and Tonight Show host Jay Leno, to motorjournalist Ken Gross, to lucky bike freaks you’ve never heard of but whose finds you will envy; theirs are the stories that keep the barn-find dream alive.
 
The Vincent in the Barn offers 40 stories of motorcycle-hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents piled in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s moto-fantasies. Cycle World magazine tells readers, “You never know what you might find in a barn, back of a garage or under a dusty tarp. . .Tom Cotter continues his entertaining search for motorized treasure.” Motorcycle Classics magazine calls it “. . .a thoroughly fun romp through a corner of the hobby most of us wish we inhabited – and swear we someday will.”  
 

About the Author

The title on Tom Cotter's business card reads: "Certified Car Geek." For the past 30 years, Cotter has worked on nearly every end of the car business: mechanic, car sales, automotive public relations and marketing executive, auto racing authority, historian, racer, collector, restorer, journalist, and author. He has authored 10 automotive books, including most of the popular In the Barn series for Motorbooks. He has written for the New York Times and Road and Track magazine. Whenever he sits down at his keyboard to write another book, you can be sure that he has grease under his fingernails. Official Website: www.cobrainthebarn.comTom Cotter writes regularly for Road and Track and other magazines and has a deep-seated love for motorcycle and automotive rescue. He has written two books on the lure of collector vehicle archaeology, The Cobra in the Barn, winner of a 2006 International Automotive Media Award, and its follow-up, The Hemi in the Barn. Cotter most recently authored the biography of car builder extraordinaire Dean Jeffries.Tom has been in and around cars and bike all of his life. He built one of the most successful PR agencies in motorsports, with a client list ranging from NASCAR to the SPEED Channel. Cotter lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Cycle World magazine
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter One: Crimes of Persistence
The Jurassic Junkyard
The Indian under the Tarp
Parked Warriors by Phillip Tooth
The Hard-Ridden Burnt-Down Over-Chromed and Finally Perfect Panhead
The Patient Cleveland by Kris Palmer
The Vincent in the Barn
Chapter Two: Intriguing Circumstances
You’re Only Crazy Once
The Italian Motorcycle Merchant
Black Shadows of Saigon by Lee Klancher
The Indian Chronicles
The Super Supercharged Vincent
Chapter Three: Strange Journeys
The American Dream
The Wild Goose Chase by Steve Rossi
Snowbound
Deals Down Under
The Finest Wine by Ed Bauer
Chapter Four: Passion Plays
Bikes, Booze, and Broads
Follow Your Nose
The Madman of Marin County by Somer Hooker
The Million-Mile Harley
Same Bike, Different Basement by Zack Miller
The Beeza in the Bedroom by Ken Gross
Birth Year Beauties by Larry Edsall
Horse Trading
The Time Machine
Chapter Five: Speed Freaks
The Crocker Trio
The Hillclimber Chronicles
The Race Engine in the Trailer House
The Curious Tale of the Beauty and the Beast by Ken Gross
The $200 Puzzle
A Beast of a Harley
Chapter Six: Rare Birds
The Curtiss Parallax
The $50 Ariel
Hunting for the Barber
The First Black Shadow
The Hyperterrestrial Hopper
Chapter Seven: Star Power
Winnie’s James
The Lawrence of Arabia Death Brough by Paul Duchene
Leno’s Black Shadow by Ken Gross

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760335352
Author:
Cotter, Tom
Publisher:
Motorbooks International
Foreword by:
Edwards, David
Foreword:
Edwards, David
Author:
Edwards, David
Subject:
Motorcycles - General
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
Motorcycles
Subject:
Motorcycles -- Conservation and restoration.
Subject:
Motorcycles -- Collectors and collecting.
Subject:
Automotive - General
Subject:
Motorcycles - Pictorial
Subject:
collector motorcycle
Subject:
Harley-Davidson
Subject:
motorcycle restoration
Subject:
Collector
Subject:
barn find
Subject:
Cars
Edition Description:
First Edition, First, Paperback reissue of hardcover
Series:
In the Barn
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
133 color & 31 b/w photos
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
40 tales of motorcycle hunting dreams come true--Ducatis in basements, Vincents in sheds, Harleys in barns, Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages.
"Synopsis" by ,

For The Vincent in the Barn, author Tom Cotter scoured the motorcycle collector ranks to find the best “barn find” tales. From well-known collectors like Tonight Show host Jay Leno to lucky bike freaks you’ve never heard of but whose finds you will envy, theirs are the stories that keep the barn-find dream alive.

"Synopsis" by ,

Tom Cotter (Davidson, NC) writes regularly for Road & Track and other magazines and has a deep-seated love for motorcycle and automotive rescue. He has written four books on the lure of collector vehicle archaeology, the award-winning The Cobra in the Barn, The Hemi in the Barn, The Corvette in the Barn, and The Harley in the Barn. Cotter also recently authored the biography of drag racing legend Tommy Ivo.

"Synopsis" by ,
Every motorcyclist dreams of hearing the magic phrase: “You know, I know where there’s this old bike that’s been sitting at the back of this garage for years. . . .” With those momentous words the hunt begins. Too often the machine revealed is a worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a collector’s dream: a genuine classic motorcycle.

The Vincent in the Barn offers 40 stories of motorcycle-hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents piled in sheds, from Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s moto-fantasies.

"Synopsis" by ,
Every motorcyclist dreams of that magic moment when a friend or acquaintance says, “You know, I know where there’s this old bike that’s been sitting at the back of this garage for years.” With those momentous words the hunt is launched. Too often the machine revealed is a worthless Hondazukimaha pile of hopeless oxidation, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's a collector's dream; a genuine classic motorcycle.
 
Author Tom Cotter has scoured the motorcycle collector ranks to find the best “barn find” tales. From well-known collectors like Dale Walksler (Wheels Through Time Museum) and Tonight Show host Jay Leno, to motorjournalist Ken Gross, to lucky bike freaks you’ve never heard of but whose finds you will envy; theirs are the stories that keep the barn-find dream alive.
 
The Vincent in the Barn offers 40 stories of motorcycle-hunting dreams come true. From Ducatis in basements to Vincents piled in sheds, Harleys in barns to Brit bikes moldering behind urban garages, these are the stories that fuel every motorcyclist’s moto-fantasies. Cycle World magazine tells readers, “You never know what you might find in a barn, back of a garage or under a dusty tarp. . .Tom Cotter continues his entertaining search for motorized treasure.” Motorcycle Classics magazine calls it “. . .a thoroughly fun romp through a corner of the hobby most of us wish we inhabited – and swear we someday will.”  
 
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