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Isle of Man Classic T.T. Junior Race. Bill Swallow rounds The Bungalow aboard Eldee 2 during practice. A2 Landscape Poster. Photo Credit: Russell Lee/Sport-pics

2014 Eldee 2 at I.O.M Classic TT Journal

Feature Image: Isle of Man Classic T.T. Junior Race. Bill Swallow rounds The Bungalow during practice. Photo Credit: Russell Lee/Sport-pics. Written by Nick Thomson, November 2014.


Travel itinerary map, Christchurch to Isle Of Man.I DELIVERED ELDEE-2’s new aluminium crate to Lucas Palmer at Auckland Airport with assistance from Ken Macintosh a few weeks before the Manx. At 280 kg, it was packed with all the tools and spares we could think of including the original Eldee 2 motor. It took 36 hours to get to the U.K. where it was received by Andy Farrow who kindly delivered it to a depot in Somerset where Velocette Owners Club member Will Wells picked it up.
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21 August, 2014. Chris Swallow, Nick Thompson, Bill Swallow and the Eldee TT 250cc Velocette Special on hold in Pit Lane, Isle of Man.

Eldee 2, ‘Phil Read’ Classic TT trophy race report

 

Tuesday 26 August, 2014. The Eldee 2 was competing for the 250cc ‘Phil Read’ Classic TT trophy in a shortened 3 lap race that combined the 250s race with the Okells 350cc Race on the Isle of Man. The team congratulates Tom Jackson, on the T20 Suzuki, who was awarded the ‘Phil Read’ Classic TT Trophy as the first 250cc machine, and also acknowledge his achievement finishing in 20th position out of 45 finishers (and 62 starters)  in a mixed 250 &  350cc field. The Eldee Velocette developed two unexpected problems in the race;

  • The rear wheel became tight for some as yet unexplained reason and
  • the magneto gear stripped a few teeth clean off.

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Engine man Nick Thompson selects a carburettor jet for the Eldee Velocette

Our rider, multiple Manx Grand Prix race winner Bill Swallow, will be competing for the new 250cc class Phil Read Trophy today

Bill Swallow, Eldee Velocette, Eldee-2, portraitOur rider, multiple Manx Grand Prix race winner Bill Swallow, will be competing for the new 250cc class Phil Read Trophy (the new Phil Read Trophy, will go to the first 250cc machine in the Monday’s Okells 350cc Classic TT Race). Bill Swallow is to ride the Eldee Special in the Junior Classic, today, 25th August.

Good people, good company, long days

Engine man Nick Thomson replaces the cap on the Eldee TTs magnetoSaturday morning, 23 August Isle of Man time: The Eldee had two practice laps around the 37.5 mile (60km) Isle of Man circuit last night, the chief goal of the practices was to try and sort out the carburettion as the Eldee is down on power, she is developing about 10% less power than we think can be reasonably expected. The cause prior to practice was uncertain, and the last avenue for unlocking that potential engine power, it was hoped, was going to be in tuning the carburettion in practice. Specifically finding the right fuel/air mix for the humidity and altitude conditions the bike is working in on the Island on the day. The best lap time is averaging about 82mph, so the Eldee is just not on the pace to be a contender in today’s race against machines with fastest lap times in the order of 94–95 mph. On the positive side of the ledger, the findings from the I.O.M. Mountain Course practice laps is it seems that the source of the problem lies deep in the DNA of the engine design, it appears that the cam timing is probably the root cause of the under-performance of the engine. On reflection the engineering experts agree that running the Eldee on methanol in all race conditions previously in New Zealand, because methanol is a more forgiving fuel than petrol, this has effectively masked the extreme cam-timing problem with the engine design from all the stakeholders, from the rider to the the Automotive Engineers.
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Eldee Velocette, front three-quarter, poster, A2, portrait, Craftsmanship, mock-up

Unveiling the new Eldee 2—The launch announcement

Bill Swallow, Eldee Velocette, Eldee-2, portraitJULY 31, 2014, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND. The V.R.N.Z team is proud to announce the launch of the new Nick Thomson DOHC [1], Dual Ignition Eldee 2, the 250cc lightweight special is equipped and ready for the Isle of Man Classic T.T., August 2014. Our rider, multiple Manx Grand Prix race winner Bill Swallow, will be competing for the new 250cc class Phil Read Trophy (the new Phil Read Trophy, will go to the first 250cc machine in the Monday’s Okells 350cc Classic TT Race). Bill Swallow is to ride the Eldee Special in the Junior Classic, 25th August. Bill still holds the record for fastest ever average laps around the Isle of Man circuit on single cylinder machines: 1998, 250cc Aermacchi, 98mph (157.72 km/hr). 1996 350cc Aermacchi, 102.23 mph (164.5 km/hr). 1999, 500cc Manx Norton, 108.03mph (173.86 km/hr). At this proud milestone in the campaign we’d also like to express our gratitude to our sponsors and supporters, listed at the foot of the page.
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Classic Racer Magazine, Eldee Velocette letter, Kiwi Invaders look for good results,

KIWI INVADERS LOOK FOR GOOD RESULTS

This excellent letter from Eldee Isle of Man 2014 sponsor Tim Matt expresses excitement at the prospect of our rider, multiple Manx Grand Prix race winner Bill Swallow, competing on the 250 Eldee 2 Velocette for the new 250cc class Phil Read Trophy (the new Phil Read Trophy, will go to the first 250cc machine in the Monday’s Okells 350cc Classic TT Race). The letter has been published in Classic Racer Magazine’s current July 2014 issue. (Classic Racer Mag is another of the Eldee Isle of Man 2014 campaign’s sponsors.)
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Eldee Velocette, tshirt, Velocette Racing New Zealand

Jeepers! Our new community page has gone Facebonkers!!

Representing the VRNZ team today… are our brand new Fb page Admin, Ms Olive Price and a certain Editor, Shaun Waugh. It is two days since the launch of our new VRNZ Fb page. Page Admin and Ed just wanted to let you all know that we are really excited by the results of the ‘kick-start’ launch promo.

Thanks sooo much everyone! Frankly we’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm of your response, you guys are awesome!

Waking up this morning, Olive in Dunedin, and me in South Brighton, it was quite hard for us to believe the sheer numbers of your Likes and the speed with which they climbed overnight !! >>> Likes = 825 >>> Page likes = 807.
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1-2-3 Eldee; The Legend Continues, Opening spread, Chris Swallow, 7 page feature article, campaign to race Eldee Velocette Special, Isle of Man, August 2014

B E N C H M A RK | On the Cover of BRNZ Mag

Cover of Bike Racer NZ May issue featuring the cover line and graphic for Chris Swallow’s 1-2-3 Eldee; The Legend Continues… 7 page feature article in Bike Racer NZ May issue.

Our coverline on the BRNZ May issue.

Highlights so far this month include Bike Rider NZ’s Classics man Chris Swallow’s 7 page feature article ‘Eldee 1-2-3; The Legend Continues’ in their May issue (available now at the newstands). Adding to this piece of Australasian motorcycling history Chris delves behind the scenes to look at the effort to build and campaign the Velocette Eldee Special at the Isle of Man this year, which will see the rider, his father, multiple Manx Grand Prix race winner Bill Swallow competing for the new 250cc class Phil Read Trophy (the new Phil Read Trophy, will go to the first 250cc machine in the Monday’s Okells 350cc Classic TT Race). In the article Chris sets out the broad scope of the components getting drawn up, constructed, readied and put together, and details the depth and fine-grain of each development in the race preparation drive—quoth Chris;

The lengths gone to will blow you away

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Les Diener, Eldee Special, Eldee Velocette, Eldee-2, Bill Swallow, Illustration Shaun Waugh

Megaphone mag ad Eldee 2 Classic TT 2014

Bill Swallow, Eldee Velocette, Eldee-2, portraitHi, this is the kick-start of the brand new Velocette Racing New Zealand website and blog. The site has been established as the information and promotion arm of our Eldee Special Isle of Man Classic T.T. campaign—where our rider, multiple Manx Grand Prix race winner Bill Swallow, is to race the Eldee Velocette at the Classic TT races, I.O.M, August 25th 2014 and compete for the new 250cc class Phil Read Trophy.
The full-noise about the project to get the fastest Velocette Lightweight Special from downunder to the Isle of Man is on the Velocette Racing Home and About Eldee IOM Page. I should also clarify that the Eldee Special ‘Eldee 2’ was designed and built in South Australia by Les Diener in the 50s, while it has now being successfully raced by the Velocette Racing New Zealand team in the 20-teens for the past two years.
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