Factory records from 1949 show KTT 1041 going to English dealer, privateer, and factory rider Arthur Wheeler (5 August 1916–16 June 2001). I never met Arthur although he had been to New Zealand at least once… Read more >>
BILL SWALLOW races the Velocette KTT Mk VIII (No. 1041) at the Pukekohe NZCMRR Classic Bike Festival, February 2012. His son Chris races the same bike at Hampton Downs February 2015. Velocette built the production racing model, the KTT from 1925–49… Read more >>
The racing for the Classic Pre ‘63 racing machines at the tenth anniversary Burt Munro Challenge covered 3 of the Burt’s 6 events, kicking off on Thursday 26th November with the NZ National Hillclimb championships on Bluff Hill… Read more >>
Factory records only note this machine, quite late in the production of post war MKVIII KTT’s was a new export direct to Melbourne, Australia. Not much has surfaced about its history between then and my acquiring it at a Bonhams auction on the eve of the Rugby world cup final, hosted in NZ 2011. Eldee 2 has taken most of our enthusiasm since then but this year the dust was blown off 1079 with the intention we always had for this bike which was to develop it a little more than the famous and well documented 1041 from Arthur Wheeler… Read more >>
This page is a set of slideshows that chronicles all the Classic and Post-Classic classes racing in the 2015 Hampton Downs Summer Classic… Read more >>
As I had only heard about ‘Big Velo’ in revered and almost mythical tones, when friend and new owner Phil Price of Christchurch telephoned to say he would be honoured if I’d race this piece of New Zealand history at the 2014 Burt Munro Challenge, the honour was most definitely mine. In 1924 Veloce Ltd produced a single cylinder 350cc bevel driven single OHC engine: elegant, reliable and powerful, the model ‘K’ was… Read more >>
THE BIG VELO HAS won no less than eight national titles, five national beach championships and eight NZ TTs. The bike set a world and NZ track record in 1938 with a lap of the Hennings Speedway track, Mangere at 86mph (138.4kmh)… Read more >>
Isle of Man Classic T.T. Junior Race 2014. Bill Swallow rounds The Bungalow aboard Eldee 2 during practice. The Eldee Velocette or Eldee Special ‘Eldee 2’ is one of only two hand built racers made by Australian Les Diener… Read more >>
Chris Swallow’s BRNZ article about the preparation for the IOM 2014 event. Read more >>
Nick Thomson’s story of the Eldee-2 at the 2014 I.O.M. Classic T.T. … Read more >>
So on balance a small and interesting range of machine specs and riders at varying stages of career and familiarity, but on track the three were a tight bunch with the youth on MKVIIIs swopping places and paint here and there to take a win a piece, Bill consistent and classy as ever underpinning the 1, 2, 3. I was on the ex Ivan Rhodes MKIV well down on power behind Neville Mickleson looking most familiar on the ex Pete Butterworth’s MKIV… Read more >>
ANDREW DRAKE SWEEPS around the hairpin at the Pukekohe Classic Motorcycle Festival February 2012 aboard Nick Thomson’s Venom. ”Venom models were produced 1955–70. In ‘61 a production Velocette Venom set the 24-hour world record at a speed of 100.05 mph (161.01 km/h). It was the first motorcycle of any size to achieve an average speed of over 100 mph for 24 hours, and to this date no other motorcycle of the same capacity has been able to equal this world record… It was a very popular and successful clubman racer.”—Wikipedia. >> Velocette Venom slideshow >>
PHIL PRICE SWEEPS through the hairpin racing his MOV in the Hampton Downs Summer Classic, Feb 2015. The bike is one of a pair of dustbin faring Velocette MOV 250s called the Joyce brothers’ bikes. The pair were successfully raced in NZ through the 1950s and were really only troubled by NSU Sportmax machines at the time. The pair have actively raced since joining the VRNZ collection and have been ridden in recent years by both Chris and Bill Swallow in NZCMRR events. They have been maintained and race-readied by Nick Thomson. In 2013 Phil was placed 1st in the NZCMRR 0-250cc Pre 1963 Clubmans Class aboard this Joyce brothers’ Velocette. >> Joyce brothers‘ MOV slideshow >>
ANDREW DRAKE ACCELERATES out of the hairpin at Pukekohe Classic Festival, February 2012 aboard his Mac. “Post WWII the market for sporting motorbikes remained strong, and Velocette continued to produce the 349 cc MAC for racing. At the 1947 TT, the Velocette MAC won the first four places in the Junior race, and in 1950 they were the 350cc World Champions.”—Wikipedia.
PETER BUTTERWORTH ASTRIDE his 1935 Velocette KTT MK V at the 2012 Classic Festival, Pukekohe Park Raceway, New Zealand. The KTT is doubtless one of the great British sporting motorcycles. Introduced In the early 20s when Veloce realised they needed a new machine of advanced specification. They developed an overhead camshaft (OHC) 350 cc engine, which became known as the ‘K’ series, introduced in 1925…Read more >>
ROBBIE THOMPSON‘S 350cc Velocette Clubman racing at NZCMRR Hampton Downs Classic Bike Festival, February 2012.