We're pleased to report that the new Online shop has opened and has been well-received by both the Members and the Volunteers who man the shop. Because of the constraints of the current Covid situation the shop is currently restricted to orders from UK members only. In due course it will be possible to open it to Overseas members.
Amongst the attractive new items on offer is the re-designed gearbox linkage shown below:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Government guidance restricting all but essential travel and requiring social distancing, club events are suspended for the foreseeable future. Until guidance changes the club diary will neither be published online nor in issues of Fishtail beyond FT467, which has already gone to press.
Further information will be published here when appropriate.
Members will be aware of the Government’s emerging Coronavirus advice and the vulnerabilities heightened by indoor gatherings. This will be of particular concern to those of our members who have underlying health issues or are in regular contact with other vulnerable people.
In the circumstances and in consultation with our Woburn Centre hosts, it has been decided that the interests of our members will be best served by postponing the AGM planned for Sunday 29 March.
Members will understand that the present uncertainties as to the likely future effects and lifecycle of the Coronavirus outbreak are such that we cannot sensibly set a revised date at this time.
Further announcements will be made on the VOC website and in Fishtail in due course.
VOC Hon. Secretary
A total of ten Club Members competed with Velocette machines in the VMCC British Historic Racing (BHR) 2019 season, comprising Tony Ainley, John Fieldhouse, Tony Green, Nigel Heath, Sam Page, Oliver Presswood, Keith Riley, Grant Sellars, Kevin Thurston and Chris Wickett.All these Club Members qualify for the award of the Club’s donation of £40 for each of their magnificent total of 134 race starts, exceeding the previous record of 117 starts set in 2017.The Club is pleased to provide this funding in recognition of the public profile which our racers provide for the Velocette marque and for the Club and the many services it offers.
The Club’s range of racing trophies is awarded to the most outstanding Velocette-mounted competitors over the BHR season, irrespective of whether or not they are Club Members. We are pleased to report that, this time around, all the trophy winners were Club members.
The Dave Allcock Memorial Trophy is awarded on the basis of the highest points gained during the BHR season. The 2019 winner by the narrowest of margins in a long tussle with Tony Green is Keith Riley, who campaigned his very rapid and reliable MkII KSS, finishing every race he started.
The Renee Rhodes Trophy, awarded on the basis of the number of highest places achieved during the BHR season in the 350cc class, also goes to Keith Riley, with his impressive twenty-nine podium places including eleven wins. The Arthur Lavington Trophy, the 500cc class equivalent of the Renee Rhodes Trophy, was insufficiently contested in 2019.
The Harold Willis Trophy is awarded to the most successful rider of a girder-forked machine who is not the winner of another Club trophy. The 2019 winner is Tony Green, achieving a grand total of twenty-six podium places, including three wins, aboard his rigid MAC.
Unfortunately, we were not able to be represented in the Manx Classic TT in 2019.
The Club is not currently in a position to provide support to Club members competing in other disciplines such as sprinting and hill-climbing, or in other road-racing series, primarily for reasons of administrative transparency, but those members do of course deserve equal recognition for flying the Velocette flag and the Club is very grateful to them for that.
Our grateful thanks, as always, to John Hannis for his help in compiling the analysis of the racing results.
The AGM on 29 March 2020 will include the presentation of the racing trophies and will provide an opportunity to recognise the achievements of all our racing members for the exposure they provide for the Club and for the Velocette marque.
On 30 June 2018, the Executive Committee considered ways of driving down the use of cheques. Consideration was given to increasing the cost savings offered by the other payment methods, but whilst the existing discount for Standing Order payments has had some success, it was concluded that fee differentials were unlikely to provide sufficient incentive for the necessary total shift from cheque payments to the use of PayPal, online banking or Standing Orders.
It was noted that Standing Orders are often confused with Direct Debits. Direct Debits are commonly suspected of allowing funds to be extracted from an individual’s bank account without their knowledge or agreement; the Club does not use them. A Standing Order is an arrangement between only the Member and his or her bank, not involving the Club, providing for the payment to the Club of an amount specified by the Member, on a specified date. The Club has no way of influencing the amount paid or its timing and the Standing Order can be cancelled by the Member at any time without the knowledge of the Club.
The Executive Committee decided that the payment of membership subscriptions by cheque would cease to be an option on 1 July 2019.
The programme of change will be supported by items in Fishtail reminding Members of the timescale together with the details of the various alternative payment methods. Standing Orders can be set up by the Member online to the Member's bank or using forms which can be obtained from the Member’s bank, downloaded from the Club website or obtained by email or post from the Membership Secretary (Renewals), who will be pleased to assist in cases of difficulty.