New DOHC Velocette
This exciting new motorcycle made its first appearance at the Classic Motorcycle meeting at Pukekohe. The team of Phil Price, Pat Clancy, Nick Thomson and Chris Swallow are pictured here with the new KTT.
The team is planning to take 2 bikes to the Classic TT on the Isle of Man this year, the Eldee which they took in there in 2014 but also and excitedly this new bike.
The machine is almost entirely hand made, in fact about the only parts which are not are the oil and petrol tank caps which are genuine period items.
The guise of the bike is largely in the form of the last of the factory works racers of which it is thought 5 were made, 3 were 350’s and 2 were 250’s (or perhaps the other way round). These all sported special frames which used the standard KTT bottom half with the top being more like a Manx Norton with the exception that the brace tube goes all the way from the top of the steering head through the centre of the petrol tank to the seat tube. The team was lucky enough to borrow a genuine article from Ivan Rhodes to copy. Most engine and gearbox castings with the exception of the head and barrel are cast in magnesium and this has been copied this very accurately although the choice of engine is the earlier dog kennel style DOHC top knot which was arguably a better design. In any case history has it that the factory never really optimised either double knocker so Phil says they are taking up that challenge now. There are many other special features to this bike which may be of interest which we will add to the site in the future.
Ride Forever Motorcycle Show.
Sat/Sun 16/17 September. ASB Showgrounds. Auckland. (see Gallery for photos)
After several weeks of recruiting local Velo fellows, friday before the show was with us. Time to load up our trusty Ute with all the Velocette advertising material together with the GTP.
Ably assisted by my wife Trisha, Bernie Bolstad and Dave Tomkins, the hoardings were quickly in place and the display bikes were beginning to arrive. It transpired that the entrants that were furthest away from Auckland won all the awards.
Over the weekend, the display received many compliments from the attending public. Awards went to Roy and Linda Harvey, Jim Bird and Neville Mickleson.
1st Vintage Class R & L Harvey 1913 Veloce
3rd Veteran Class. R& L Harver. 1920 D.2 Velocette
1st Post War Class. Jim Bird 1953 Velocette Mac.
Merit Award. Neville Mickleson. Velocette Venom Clubman.
I would like to thank those who made the effort to bring there machines to the show.
John Bryant. 1936 Velocette Mac.
Warwick Darrow. 1939 GTP Velocette.
Tony Vaughan/ John Meharry. Velocette Viceroy Scooter and L.E. Velocette.
Jim Bird 1953. Velocette Mac.
Colin Bird 1951 Velocette Mac.
Roy and Lyn Harvey 1913 Veloce and 1920 D.2 Velocette.
Lyndsey Banks. Velocette 500 OHC Special
Dan Trafford. Velocette Venom.
Nev Mickleson. Velocette Venom Clubman.
Terry Bracey 1954 Velocette Mac.
As a consequence of the display we found the following new members, which the N.Z. Velocette Register extends a warm welcome.
Alister Johnston, Tony Thompson, Rick Hackett and Peter J Lennan, and Casey Lyons who joined earlier.
NORTHLAND MOTORCYCLE RALLY
(with thanks to Martin Spicer for the report)
In the week leading up to the rally the weather was wet and windy, but on the Friday morning when Ian Hubbard arrived at at our Pokeno farm to pick me and my bike and trailer up it was sunny. We then went back to St Helliers to get Ian’s Triumph T120. We had a good trip up to Whangarei. Saturday morning dawned sunny but breezy. After a cupper plotter Martin Salter gave the briefing to the 49 starters. There were 18 Auckland members taking part.
We set of westwards on great country roads. We then circled our way up and crossed over SH1 and passed through the township of Hikurangi, then traveled up and down Mt Tiger – a great biking road. We then followed the water front road, crossing the new road bridge and finished the morning ride at the clubrooms for lunch.
After a very good lunch, we set of west on another circular route but now the rain and wind
arrived. We stopped at a members property to veiw his collection of British and Amercian cars in varing states of restored and unrestored condition. The owner will certainly have his hands full for many decades. We finished back at the club rooms around 3.30pm, the rain still coming down. Time for a hot shower and then we were of to the Kamo club for the prize giving dinner. We had a very good dinner after the prize giving. Our Auckland members did well in the results.
Don Green won the Veteran class with his 1916 Triumph H.
Dave Williams won the Vintage class on his 1928 Harley.
John and Jill Williams 2nd PV in their 1937 Morgan.
Warwick and Trish Darrow won the post war class on their 1953 Mac Velocette.
John Hartles 2nd in P60, Ian Hubbard 3rd P60.
Martin Spicer won the P80 class with his 1985 Honda CBX 550, John Comer was 2nd on his 1983 BMW R80ST.
The overall winner was Auckland member Warwick Darrow.
Well doneWarwick and Trish. Hard luck prize went to John and Angela Bryant They only got as far as the gate post of the club rooms, when their Velo died. John worked on the bike and finally got it going at lunch time. They completed the afternoon ride with no problems.
Northland’s Martin Salter did a great job plotting his first ever rally.
Velo LE wins Auckland Rally
Velo GTP wins the Taupo to Napier Mail Run.
Held in March 2016.
The 27th running of the Vintage mail run which is open to girder fork machines, with either a sprung seat or plunger suspension attracted 51 Bikes. The ride started at the Taupo Marina and went all the way to Napier over a distance of 142km. The ride celebrates the fact that mail was often delivered by motorcycle in the early days, as the road became impassable to four wheels. The winner was Peter Hargroves on his very neat and restored 1936 two stroke GTP Velocette. Peter received the Tin Man Trophy, a memorial to the late Allan Wakefield, who made replica tinware for many classic bikes in New Zealand. Also New Zealand Velocette Racer and Guru, Phil Price rode his pre war MSS and received the award for the longest ridden bike.