Club Diary: October 2017 onwards

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The diary contains details of all Centre events except routine meetings held on regular dates. Details for these can be found on the Centre details page, or in any issue of Fishtail.

Please send events details and updates for the diary to Mike Williams  at pro@velocetteowners.com 

Updated 24 September 2017

Latest update: VOC at National Motorcycle Museum Open Day

IMPORTANT _ MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS by Bill Greenwood

Alex Wood will no longer be acting as Membership Secretary (Renewals). Our Membership Secretaries are the most hard-working of any of the Committee members and the Club is grateful to Alex for volunteering to take over from Mike Spink and for his hard work, in trying circumstances, ever since.  Until a successor is appointed, Bill will handle renewals in an acting capacity, with Jeff Whitworth continuing to provide his excellent service to new members.

We are taking the opportunity to immediately implement a well-proven and professionally-supported database system, which has been thoroughly trialled over recent months. Our Treasurer, Tom Roche, has been leading the trial and will continue to manage the launch of the system. We are confident that the new system will greatly streamline our operations and provide a solution to the membership renewal problems which some members have experienced in recent times. We recognize that there is still a backlog of corrections to resolve; this is in progress and will soon be completed.

If you have any such problems, please do not hesitate to contact Bill on:-

membership@velocetteowners.com
Tel:  07764 281 371
or by post at:-
7 Townsend Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 4BQ

TO WHICH ADDRESS ALL FUTURE RENEWALS
BY CHEQUE SHOULD BE SENT

If you are currently renewing by cheque we urge you to move to payment by Standing Order which, incidentally, will save you £2. When you do so, please ensure that you include your Membership No. in your Standing Order instructions to your bank. The Standing Order form can be downloaded from the VOC Website by clicking on ‘Join/Contact’ and selecting ‘Membership Renewal’.

Please bear with us as we bring the new system on stream and do not hesitate to contact me with any membership renewal problems.

Brooklands 2018 ... date for your diary

There will be a Velocette Owners' Club Day at Brooklands on 29 April 2018.

Members will have the opportunity to ride up the Test Hill and on part of the historic embankment, as well as seeing the restored hangar and other works done since our last visit.

Please get the date in your diary now and let's see if we can make it the biggest Brooklands gathering of Velos yet!

Organised by Chris Stevens. More details to follow.

NATIONAL RALLY UPDATE

2017 Rally Update

We have arranged a couple of runs this year to accommodate those who wish to put a few miles under their belts, and a shorter run for those who want to potter along and take their time, maybe with a smaller capacity machine.
The runs will start at different times to minimise any mix up about getting on the wrong route. Although there will be a few instruction sheets around we’ve already checked the routes and there will be guides to lead the way.

Run1 :- Will start at 1pm  (1300. Hrs) from the car park. It will cover around 45 miles and take in Rugeley, Blithfield Reservoir, and the edge of Uttoxeter. After a tea stop the route continues via Stowe-by-Chartley, Wolseley Bridge, and through the “Chase” back to Burntwood.

Run2 :- Will start at 1.30. p.m. It’s about 25 miles long and will head for Rugeley via Slitting Mill, then on to Wolseley Bridge, a tea stop and then a similar route to run 1.

I know that these will be enjoyable rides out, Many thank to Mike Spink (Saturday Run Man) and his “team” of helpers.

We are having a much larger marquee this year, this is so that a presentation can be made to commemorate the Neil Kelly’s win in the 1967 Production TT. This will also allow more room for the Saturday evening BBQ. Again can you let Jim Plant know of your intentions for the Saturday evening so that he can gauge how much he will need to purchase for the BBQ. James.plant@homecall.co.uk - 0121 709 4906
Two Club advertisers, Grove Classic and Messrs. Thurston have booked places in the Auto/Trade Area. I do hope that others will do likewise.
On another point can I again ask (plead with) those considering staying overnight at the Rally to let me know. So far less than 12, yes twelve, have indicated their intentions !

Alan Harper
email:  brassedoff25@gmail.com  
Tel :     01543 682438

Vic Pratley, R.I.P.


The Club is saddened to learn of the death of Vic, a long-term member, past Chairman and Trustee of the Club.
Vic's funeral will be on Tuesday April 25th at 10.45 am, at St Mary's the Mount Church, Glebe St, Walsall WS1 3NF
The family have asked that Donations in lieu of flowers are made to : St Giles Hospice, Goscote Lane ,Walsall. WS3 1SJ

Velocette Club de France Rally: Normandy 1 - 3 September 2017

The Velocette Club de France invites VOC members to join them on the first weekend of September for their latest rally. As in 2016, the venue will be the chateau of Tourville-sur-Pont-Audemer, about 30 miles from Le Havre in eastern Normandy.

If the previous rallies are anything to go by, this will be a most enjoyable weekend, especially if the weather is kind, with good food, good wine and good company. It doesn't matter if you speak French or not, we all have Velocettes in common.

Accommodation in the chateau is fairly basic (it's an agricultural college during the week - think boarding school!) but VCF have some ideas for hotels or B&Bs nearby if that's more your style. You will need to book them yourself though.

Please follow this link for more details of the programme.

As in previous years VCF have asked me to be the central point of contact for the British visitors, so please contact me by email ( pro@velocetteowners.com )  or phone if you'd like to come along - you'll find all my details in Fishtail.

I know September seems a long way off, but ferry space and hotels fill up quickly - so don't delay. There are about ten of us going so far - will you join us?

New "60 year" Club machine badge !

Those members who attended the AGM will have received a complimentary copy of the new badge ( see below)

The next distribution will be to those attending the National Rally and following this all remaining members as at January 1st will receive a badge by post


DATES FOR LANSDOWNE SERIES 2017

Lansdowne Classic Race Series 2017

Following on from last season's racing results, you may like to know when and where it should be possible to see Velos racing in 2017.

Here are the dates and circuits at which the Lansdowne series will be run:
Date
Circuit
Provider
Notes
April 15/16
Pembrey
CRMC
4 races
May 6/7
Donington Park
CRMC
3/4 races Endurance Legends weekend
June 3/4
Cadwell Park
NG Racing
3 races
July 8/9
Castle Combe
NG Racing
3 races
August 4-6
Donington Park            
CRMC
4 races – Classic Motorcycle Festival
October 7/8
Brands Hatch Indy
CRMC
3 races – CRMC Race of the Year

Other events will also have Velos racing and we will post details as we obtain them


VELOCETTE RACING RESULTS: 2016 SEASON

Tony Ainley represented the Velocette marque at the 2016 Manx Classic TT, in respect of which the Club is pleased to award Tony a donation of £400.  Tony’s account of the event will appear in a future Fishtail. 

A total of seven Club Members and one non-Member campaigned Velocettes in the VMCC British Historic Racing (BHR) 2016 series. The Club Members comprised Tony Ainley, Dave Burrell, Sam Rhodes, Keith Riley, Grant Sellars, Mark Stoker and Rob Walker, all of whom qualified for the award of the short-circuit race start donation from the Club of £40 for each of their total of 42 starts.

The Dave Allcock Trophy is awarded on a points basis, determined by the points gained during the BHR season by Velocette-mounted participants, irrespective of Club membership status.  The 2016 winner by a substantial margin is, yet again, Keith Riley, a Club member, whose consistent performance on his very quick and ultra-reliable MkII KSS always impresses.

The Arthur Lavington Trophy and the Renee Rhodes Trophy (the latter for 350cc machines) are awarded on the basis of the number of highest places achieved during the BHR season by Velocette-mounted participants, again irrespective of Club membership status.  The 2016 winner of the Arthur Lavington Trophy is, once again, Rob Walker, another Club member, aboard his very quick Venom special and the Renee Rhodes Trophy was retained by Keith Riley, whose eleven KSS finishes included six podium places.

The Harold Willis Trophy – for the most successful rider of a girder-forked machine who is not the winner of another Club trophy, again irrespective of Club membership status – for the 2016 season goes to Sam Rhodes, This year, Sam rode Ivan’s very quick MkI KTT, which attendees at the Experts’ Forum will remember was originally obtained by Ivan in exchange for a probably less lively BSA C11G.

All awards will be presented at the AGM on Sunday 26 March 2017 at the Alcester War Memorial Town Hall.

The Club is proud of the courage, skill and sportsmanship of our racing fellow-Members and we are grateful to them for the excellent exposure which they provide for the Velocette marque and for the Club.

VOC Experts' Forum - 9th October 2016


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 The Experts' Forum at Alcester was well received and the audience were treated to unique insights into the history of Velocettes at the factory and when racing.

The Club would like to thank Dennis Quinlan , Ivan Rhodes, Geoff Dodkin, Dennis Frost,  Ken Gardner and Jim Reynolds for giving up their time for us.

The proceeding were professionally video-recorded and a DVD will be available in due course.

More photos from the Annual Rally

Click here for the excellent pics taken by Brian Coldicott

Photos from Annual Rally

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM THE RALLY

Brooklands Photos

To see some photos from the recent Brooklands Velo day : CLICK HERE
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