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 ( )  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?


Click here for latest version of VOC diary

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

Updated 15 April 2017

New items include events for Dorking and Wye Valley Centres and corrected dates and locations for Thames Valley and Chelmsford Centres

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


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:
April 15/16
4 races
May 6/7
Donington Park
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            
4 races – Classic Motorcycle Festival
October 7/8
Brands Hatch Indy
3 races – CRMC Race of the Year

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


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


Brooklands Photos

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