Vicar's £140,000 motorbike collection heads to auction
A vicar's collection of 12 motorbikes will be sold at the National Motorcycle Museum later this year.
Father Robert Edward Hampson, who was a priest at Holy Trinity Church in South Woodford, was an avid motorbike collector and rider in his spare time. He died in May at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer.
His large collection of classic motorcycles worth £140,000 was displayed at the church this week ahead of the sale on 9th November.
Mike Davis of H&H, the auction house conducting the sale, said: "The Reverend was known for his tongue in cheek approach to preaching his faith during his time at the Holy Trinity church in South Woodford.
"Robert's love for old British motorbikes started as a teenager and he would dismantle old gear boxes or engines on his mother's kitchen table or solder something over the gas cooker. This is when his mum would go mad."
The headline bike in the collection is the Vincent Black Shadow, with an estimated value of £40,000 to £50,000.
There is also a 1938 Sunbeam Model A26, a very rare machine and the only known example on the road today, estimated to sell at £8,000-£9,000.
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