Nigel Yarrow

I am 70 years of age and have been interested in motor cycles from about the age of eight when my elder brother had motor cycles. I started work as an apprentice toolmaker with AWA and during that time rode a C15 having had a few old wrecks at school to play with.

On leaving AWA I joined Triumph motorcycles as a production engineer, from there I went to Massey Ferguson and finished my career at Jag/Landrover.
My interest in Velocette's goes back to my C15 days when a lad nearby had a new VIPER, could not afford one at the time, got married had kids and nearly 50 years later have arrived at the stage where I can have what I want. I have owned a verity of bikes during this time and mainly used them for transport. At 65 I realised serious biking days for me were over. So I decided to go back to bikes I loved and could easily work on.

I have a reasonable workshop with lathe milling machine drill press and fly press. So decided to embark on my first bike restoration.

This was how my son and I came to own the 52 MAC made the classic mistake of buying it off ebay, and took delivery of a severly abused MAC. It was then that I realised I would never restore it without the help of the club, so rapidly joined, Eric Bushill, and others have proved to be more than helpful in providing information and giving direction in finding the correct parts to get the bike back to near original spec. This is the first Velocette we bought  just a few months before I purchased my 1960 MAC. Described as oily rag, it was in fact very oily and far from original it is registered as a 1947 MAC, however the frame no, engine no, and gearbox no's all point to it being a 1952, one of the last rigids. Over the years we have purchased the correct missing or incorrect items. these include Miller headlamp, oil tank, rear brake lever assy ,correct gearchange mechanism  horn, handle bars exhaust pipe and front mudgaurd. A great deal of the nuts and bolts have been replaced with stainless, however there is still a fair bit to do including new silencer, re-built wheels with chrome rims and a top end overall to replace barrel  and head with ones without broken fins. The aim is to get the bike road worthy as it is and use it. Then complete the rest of the work on a "as and when" basis. This is one bike that will take a very long time to recover the cost of money spent on it.  
  •  MAC

    MAC

  •  MAC

    MAC

  •   1952 MAC Rigid

    1952 MAC Rigid

  •   1952 MAC Rigid

    1952 MAC Rigid

  •   1952 MAC Rigid

    1952 MAC Rigid

  •  Venom

    Venom

  •  Venom

    Venom