IT WAS THE THRILL of racing at the jump-laden, narrow, tree lined and historic Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough, 2006, that first advanced my thoughts of racing on the Isle of Man TT circuit. Grandad, Ken, raced in the first post-war Manx Grand Prix on his 350cc Norton, then returned to the Island every year until 1955, ‘graduating’ to the TT in 1952 on a Norton, 7R and later a Matchless G45. Dad, Bill, and his brothers Richard and Alec were clearly seduced by the Castrol R rich Manx air they inhaled as awestruck youth, as they too have all made racing pilgrimages to Mona’s Isle. Between them Bill and Richard have fourteen Manx Grand Prix victories and numerous podiums to their names. I have great childhood memories of straining on tiptoes to see over the pit wall and witness these achievements before darting beneath security guards into the winner’s enclosure for big hugs amidst the heady heat and smells of cooling racing motorcycles. I always figured I would race there; it was just a matter of when. —Chris Swallow “The allure of Manx”, New Zealand BSA owners club. Slideshow of Chris racing at Pukekohe Feb 2012 >>
RENOWNED VELO RACER IN THE NZCMRR Classic Motorcycle Racing series, Andrew Drake is a regularly seen flying Nick Thomson’s Venom (a.k.a The World’s Fastest Velocette) and merging with his own, none-too-shabby, chrome and gold, Velocette Mac.
IN COMMON WITH MANY of the Velocette Racing New Zealand crew, Christchurch Velo man Phil Price has had a passion for owning and racing Velocettes in the NZCMRR series since he was in short pants.
In 2013 Phil was placed 1st in the NZCMRR 0-250cc Pre 1963 Clubmans Class aboard this one of the Joyce brothers’ 250cc MOV pair.