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Home Entertainment: ‘Speed Is Expensive’ digital review

Motorcycles, specifically the history and legacy of one of the British greats, the Vincent, are the subject of this interesting documentary that may appeak die hard petrolheads than broader audiences, but there’s still enough interesting material here worthy of attention.

Narrated by motorcycle enthusiast Ewan McGregor, the film comes to the screen from filmmaker Lancaster David who brings together talking heads – everyone from relatives of the Vincent family to racing legend John Surtees and celebrity collector Jay Leno (pictured above). The feature tells the story of the legendary Vincent motorbike and its inventor, designer and company founder Phillip Vincent, who died virtually penniless in a West London council flat in the late ’70s. This despite some of his iconic bikes changing hands for millions with the likes of Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds as avid fans.

The film is a slice of British history, and nostalgia buffs and fans of the brand, and indeed two-wheeled motor heads in general will lap this up in droves. It’s an engrossing watch full of archive material touching every part of Vincent’s story packing tons of detail into its sub-80 minute runtime.

Speed Is Expensive is released on digital download on 25th September.

Speed Is Expensive

Paul Heath



While this will undoubtedly appeal more to fans of Vincent and his wonderful machines, there’s enough packed into this absorbing documentary to attract a much wider audience, too.



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