Rollie Free Vincent Now At The National Motorcycle Museum

Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah is now on display at the in Anamosa, Iowa. If you attend Vintage Rally 2018 on June 23, 2018 you can enjoy a bike show, swap meet, special guests and the Rollie Free Vincent. The famous and historic “bathing suit bike” will be on loan only until June 30, 2018, so the Museum hopes you’ll visit soon. It’s great to look at it up close. (top photo @ Herb Harris Collection)

Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing suit riding John Edgar’s HRD Vincent one of the most famous motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even Hollywood can dream up! Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan “The World’s Fastest Standard Motorcycle” when it set a land speed record of 150.313 miles per hour.

The machine does not get shown often, mostly at west coast concours. The owner has graciously agreed to loan it for a display at the National Motorcycle Museum as part of the Museum’s current “Streamliners” presented by J&P Cycles exhibition.

4 Responses to “Rollie Free Vincent Now At The National Motorcycle Museum”


  1. 1 Chief Waldo Mar 31st, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Nice!

  2. 2 Boomer Mar 31st, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Never hurts to be a little crazy out on the salt flats but it sure could have if he went down. 🙂

  3. 3 richards Mar 31st, 2018 at 10:16 am

    The museum in Anamosa Iowa is a jewel. I’ve been at the downtown, Hwy 151, and “Old Walmart” (current) locations. Great museum and nice people. I your in the area go there, you will not be disappointed.

  4. 4 Mr. P Apr 1st, 2018 at 10:35 am

    The museum never disappoints. It’s a great legacy for John Parham and all that he did to advance the motorcycle industry. Boat Drinks, John.

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