Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Well this post has been a long time coming.....
Apologies to my followers for this....
But last month DQ joined up with Gert Boll from Germany, my Velocette research friend, in the UK for a 10 day tour of some archives resulting in some more interesting photos and information, particularly Velocette...
Unsure how to present this, I thought I'd select from the 1500 odd photos we collected, a range of interesting stuff...obviously I'll present more in time.
For those of you who follow Facebook group sites, I contribute to "Velocette Motorcycles", "Velocette" and my own site on motorcycle instrumentation..."motorcycles speedos, tachos and other instruments" as well as the "smiths chronometric" site....
Worth a look, perhaps even to follow....
Down to business...
In the VMCC library is a source of interesting photos, including a small collect from Rex McCandless, responsible for the Norton Featherbed frame.....
Rex testing an auto gyro with a VW engine..he made 6 in all with the early version fitted with 650cc Triumph engines.


 In 1939 Rex made a "Triton"...utilising a Norton inter frame with one of the newly introduced in 1938, 5T/speedtwin Triumph 500cc engines.
 Rex astride an NSU at Neckarsulm with Joe Craig and Ken Kavanagh.
 When I posted  this the other day...see the red text below... I read the back of the photo, above that I'd also photographed...however it is incorrect...the photo is when Norton tested the kneeler with Ray Amm riding...probably around 1953...The Vintagent comment some time back on his post... Amm and Eric Oliver took the Kneeler to Montlhery, where it broke the 1-hour speed record at 133.66mph.Thanks to John Nienhuis for alerting me to this error...
Testing the new Norton Featherbed frame at the circuit Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry near Paris in 1949...Joe Craig holds the indicator board out....124mph...
 A visit to Geoff Dodkin, renowned former Velocette agent.... Gert poses by Geoff's front gate....

Geoff now in comfortable retirement....


Perhaps as we remember Geoff more.... the last photo is off the internet at his East sheen shop and I am unable to acknowledge the source...

Its not all "work"....

Time off with Dai Gibberson to visit a  flight of canal locks near Devizes...the Caen Hill Locks,on the Kennett & Avon canal, around 29 in all in the area...
 Then a day with Ivan Rhodes...
 Engine parts for the 595cc replica of the Stuart Waycott prewar ISDT outfit Ivan and Bob Higgs are constructing...

Works bottom bevel gears...3% nickel steel.




Ivan is selling the ex Bob Foster TT winning DOHC 350 from 1949....
Speak to Ivan if you are genuinely interested....

Then we spent several days with James Robinson the editor of "The Classic MotorCycle" at Morton Motorcycle Media identifying photos for them..
The archive has many contact prints prewar in a form of albums with a penned code number...identity long lost, but often on the edge of the negative a comment....
Lets look at the 1938 ISDT which was in Wales....
 The 1938 British Trophy Team....
The 1938 British Vase B team...

 1938 ISDT,Wales, Crymmych HRMS check....

 During the 1938 ISDT in Wales...

 Some Velocette items....
 1920-22 Ladies Model two stroke...
 1928 Junior TT...#39 Harold Willis, #22 Alec Bennett #18 Freddie Hicks...Alec Bennett won, Willis second and Hicks 5th..
 1928 Junior TT...#39 Harold Willis, #22 Alec Bennett...


Brooklands....Lamacraft's supercharged 350 KTT Velocette



The Roarer being assembled before the 1939 IOM TT...looks like an OHC special of some sort under the bench.....

After assembly, ready to transport to the IOM....Percy Goodman in white coat...the lady is his sister Ethyl Denly (nee Goodman) and her husband, George Denly with glasses behind.
 In the mid 1950's the Roarer was got out to be readied for showing on the Velocette stand at various motorcycle shows as a form of advertising....note the corrosion on the casting of the rear bevel housing from standing since WW2. 
All internals were removed to make the bike lighter to move around.
 Tommy Mutton the prewar works race mechanic astride the Roarer after the mid 1950's assembly. 
The front wheel is from a mk.8 KTT racer as the original Roarer wheel was on loan to Geoff Duke for his KTT special at the time...
 Factory staff with a sectioned Velocette destined for an Earles Court or other Motorcycle Show Velocette stand....
 Bernal Osborne, the midlands editor of "The MotorCycle" tests a Velocette Valiant around 1957....
 And finally for this post...Bruce Main-Smith ( BMS) a favourite ex "MotorCycling" journalist of mine, tests a 1961 Velocette Venom Clubman Veeline near his home at Leatherhead in Surrey....

On ya Bruce...!!!




2 comments:

thefrenchowl said...

Thanks again for all your efforts and shots, we appreciate them...

Don't leave it so long between post, I thought you got bored or else...

Patrick

The Velobanjogent said...

Apologies again for the long delay in posting...I had been setting up to do a long item on the Velocette Venom Thruxton, the VMT but always some excuse came along, then the preparation for the trip in the UK with my German Velocette researcher friend, Gert Boll has netted so much material and it has to be collated and renamed etc and while this job is not complete I've new material to share with you...As usual I post in reasonable photo resolution to allow capture by enthusiasts...my only gripe is...if you take a photo, please take some of the photos description with it...I get annoyed seeing them elsewhere on the internet with no description and people asking what it is...I've already done the research for you...
Kindest regards,
Dennis Quinlan, The Velobanjogent....