Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fagan Park.....the NSW section of the Australian Velocette OC's Velocette Show Day.

For some time now the NSW section of the Australian Velocette OC has run a Velocette show day at an historic property on the northern outskirts of Sydney..."Fagan Park".

Originally the idea of  former Club member Warwick Nicholson in collaboration with fellow Club member and head of "The Friends of Fagan Park", Allan Foy, the event has become a major one in the Club Calender.
Held towards the end of August each year, this year's 2010 event on Sunday 15th August was one of the biggest yet with some 71 bikes in attendance including 31 Velocettes and four Vincent twins.
Surprise international visitor was US and Australian Velo Club member Olav Hassell in Sydney for a brief family visit as well as the Club's Patron, Anne Frampton ( nee Goodman) with husband Norbert down from the Queensland Gold Coast where they now live.
Anne is the daughter of the late Bertie Goodman, the last managing director of Veloce Ltd.
Anne brought some Goodman family photographs for display and two are included below.
My thanks to them both for their support and loan of the literature.
Left click on the images to enlarge.....
Norbert and Anne with The Velobanjogent....
Anne in 2008 on Peter Wolfenden's LE
Following are two Veloce publicity photos of Anne, taken in UK in 1965 for use in Velocette catalogues...

Graham Roberts' succesful 500 Velo short circuit Australian form of flat track racing.
Malcolm Sullivan's latest racing creation, a 500 OHV machine, likely to be ridden by Graham Roberts in Australian Historic road racing events.
Californian Olav Hassell, in stripped shirt, chats with John Herrick, others look on to the display of Groves Classic Velo parts brought along by Stuart Brown, immediately to Olav's left.
As well as the 2010 photos, I've included some of the 2008 display items. As usual this year had a good display, courtesy of several members, but I failed to take photos of it.

This year Drew Duncan brought along a Viceroy scooter engine and one of the failed LE Industrial engines imported to Sydney as the power unit for the refrigeration unit for the creamy ice cream "Mr Whippy" vans. They all failed within hours of going into service in the heat of an Australian summer, resulting, luckily for Veloce Ltd., a failed court action to recover lost ice cream sales.....

The remaining photos are scenes from the day.....


Anonymous said...

great stuff! Do you have any more info or photos of that DOHC special motor based on a pushrod M series Velo motor?


Lanora said...

wonderful photos and tales. I love the mix of old and current, complete and parts. Anne still is a fabulous Velocette model.