Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Racing in Australia. with the emphasis on Velocette…more photos from past times

I’m still “on a roll” as they say, so more pics from Australian racing…. Enjoy!
Australia was a big market for Veloce Ltd up perhaps until the late 1950s and so racing machines from the factory frequently were sent to Sydney and Melbourne for the use of ace locals to promote the image of Velocette….very successfully I might add.
For those interested in the racing history of Velocette, a perhaps new source of material for your own use or for publication in the future… please acknowledge the source should you capture an image and feel free to do so.

Left click on images to enlarge, where possible.

The first photo shows Bob Brown kneeling and Alan Burt- they were great mates- with a load of racing bikes transported from NSW to the road races at Victoria Park, Ballarat, Victoria over Christmas in the early 1950s.
The second is Sid Willis' oversquare ( 74 x 58mm) 250cc DOHC ( factory postwar cylinder head) in a Smith frame ( the first copy of the Beasley frame Sid brought back from Europe at the end of 1952).
The third is Don Bain on his Mk.5 KTT special following a successful record attempt at Maddens Plains, south of Sydney around 1936.
The final shot is Sid Willis on his Beasley framed 250cc DOHC ( ex works prewar 350cc Velocette cylinder head) in the pits at the 1952 IOM Lwt.TT. Sid came 5th. The best privateer. (S.R.Keig IOM, photograph)

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