Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Manufacturer who rode his bikes....Bertie Goodman, Velocette managing director, a general look at his life.........part 2

This is the second part of "The Manufacturer who rode his bikes" and follows directly on from the first, part 1....IN THE BLOG BELOW THIS...yes I stuffed up setting the order of the two blogs up and can't seem to change their order....
Again left click on the images to enlarge them and to read the text....
Bertie's daughter Anne Frampton moved to Sydney, Australia and I was able to meet up with him while he was here on a visit to Anne as I had previously had corresponded with him.
Anne is the current Australian Velocette Owners Club Patron, something the members are very proud of...having a member of "the Goodman family" in the Club.
Anne donated an annual award..."The B.J. Goodman Memorial Prize" and is seen presenting the 2010 award to Stuart Hooper for his record breaking efforts...
The award...
Anne with husband Norbert at a Velocette Show day at Fagan Park in 2007  on the northern outskirts of Sydney. She is on Peter Wolfenden's 1948 MSS Velocette.




Bertie had a road racing career following WW2 in the late 1940s...


On the starting line of the 1949 Ulster Grand Prix....
During the 1949 UGP....


During 1960 following talks with their French agents and L.Stevens and Geoff Dodkin, Bertie set the wheels in motion for an attempt on Velocette being the first motorcycle to achieve better than 100mph average for 24 hours. A relatively standard 498cc Venom Clubman engine was assembled in June 1960 and numerous laps were put in at the M.I.R.A test facility at Nuneaton in the UK.
The engine did over 1400 miles in testing and was not disassembled until the record was succesfully "in the bag"....that meant over 1400 miles testing and 2400 miles of record all at over the "100mph" mark.
BJG spent many of the test laps on the bike at MIRA.


Somewhere on the back straight at Montlery...


Bertie and one of the co-riders in the successful 1961 24hr attempt, Georges Monneret shake hands after the successful attempt.
Bertie sets off on a Velocette Vogue , again to Montlery for the abortive attempt with a 350 Viper Clubman on the 24hr record in 1963...


During the unsuccessful 24hr record attempt using a 350 Velocette Clubman at Circuit du Linas, Montlery, 18-19 March 1961, Bertie pushes off for a stint...
The bike is incorrectly labelled as the 500 attempt in text under the photo, but the fairing on the 500 had no writing on the sides of the fairing, only the 350 did, as is visible in the photo...
Bertie and a  customer taking delivery of a new Velocette Clubman...
Following Bertie death in 1996, again MCS ran an item on him...
"Bertram John- 'Bertie'- Goodman 1919-1996"
Read through the following pages for a more in depth view of Bertie's life...











Bertie with wife Maureen, 4th from the left and likely the Denly's ( Ethyl Denly, nee Goodman, next to BJG, was Bertie's aunt..).
Finally, getting down to it...BJG testing the new Velocette designed telescopic front fork fitted to a KTT special...H'mmm...









Bertram John-"Bertie"-Goodman
                1919-1996

2 comments:

methanol martin said...

Great blog DQ for 20th March. Beries sure looks serious and almost 'willing the old girl on' during that tele test for the KTT.
I can't see a date for the 24 hr record breaker - i thought it was 17 and 18 March, but JJ says its the 18 and 19 March (according to BMS). Guess JJ has it right.

occhiolungo said...

great stuff Dennis. thanks for sharing his story with all the young 'uns of today.

We're off to San Jose at 05:30 tomorrow for the Clubman's show, featuring Velocette this year. I'll post pics.