Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Velobanjogent has many small folders in his archive and this is of Northern Ireland Road Races in 1946....

 Perusing one of my small folders in my archive I've come across some interesting photos, varying in quality, but super historic of road racing in Northern Ireland in 1945/1946, as it contains photos taken at races in Northern Ireland in 1945/46. Included are Bangor Castle July 1945 (war still in the Far East) Ulster MCC Ulster 100 Victory Road Race only held once in September 1945 with  Artie Bell # 3 winner 500 Class, Rex McCandless 2nd also Cromie McCandless # 14 after finishing he won Novice's Class on Beniel must have been it's debut ! #2 of 1939 KTT Vic Willoughby winner on a 350 Velocette Ulster Road Race Clady 1946 and Ernie Lyons # 14 first outing for that machine retired.

Now  these photos are via Dave & Joan Crawford of Northern Ireland, who in 2012 visited a friend Billy Chambers and they are from his photo album.
He's happy for me to post them on my webblog but of course we give full credit to him and as usual I'm not unhappy at folk capturing some...BUT..I'm real cranky when you don't acknowledge Billy Chambers and if you don't take the description of the photo as well...so we all know who the photo refers to...
There...the Velobanjogent has jumped off his soapbox and lets look at some pix.... 


I'm having trouble with the text into the post...so I'll leave it for a day and come back....please revisit the site again....






These following two pages are what the album looked like....


The following scans are in B&W from the Crawfords...
Below #47, unknown rider in 1945 Ulster 100



September 1945 Ulster 100 programme


 Rex McCandless and T.E.Seymour.

 Artie Bell, winner, Lisbon 100, Northern Ireland.
1946,N-Irish races, CTS #34 unknown rider, KTT Velo, #35 unknown rider....

 Above coming down from the programme.....
Rex McCandless and T.E. Seymour.
Artie Bell, winner of the Lisbon 100
1946 Northern Ireland event riders unknown, #34 and #35
Then...
Ernie Lyons, GP Triumph,#14, 1946 Ulster 100 road race at Clady. 
Then below...#2 J.Hayes, Rudge, Clady 1946 Ulster road race.
Then...Vic Willoughby #30 Velocette mk.8 KTT winner of 350 event 1946 Ulster road race, Clady circuit.
Then #34 Rex McCandless on prototype pre-featherbed frame, 1946 Ulster road races.
 Well, that's all for this post....another coming in the near future..
 
 

 
 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Velobanjogents back in 2017 with a post on archival photos from a late friend's collection...Gary Ross. He was always keen to start a blog such as mine but sadly it never eventuated...

Gary Ross was a lifelong friend of mine, pictured left at the Australian Velo OC "Fagan Park" display day in 2012 who had a passion for motorcycling in the 1920's & 30's, especially JAP engined machines...Brough, Zenith OEC etc...and he sadly passed away in late 2014...his collection of Broughs were auctioned by Bonham's UK at the Stafford Show in October 2015 which I attended and did several posts on...  
Gary was an avid motorcycle historian/researcher and collector of early photos and literature....I've many of them from his computer and while he used a computer he wasn't that computer savvy and many are sadly unlabelled....
Lets start on this first of some posts from his archive with some Brough stuff...as said mostly unlabelled and left by me as such with the odd comment...perhaps you can assist...












 George Brough waves a client off, perhaps on his new or recently serviced Brough outside the BS works...
 Alan Bruce's record breaker Brough Superior from mid 1930's




Bruce's record breaker with Bruce centre and to his left Phil Irving

 Broughs at Brooklands...
 





















Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas from the Velobanjogent for 2017..

Merry Christmas to you all...
Been under the pump as they say and my next post isn't yet ready.....soon...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Well this post has been a long time coming.....
Apologies to my followers for this....
But last month DQ joined up with Gert Boll from Germany, my Velocette research friend, in the UK for a 10 day tour of some archives resulting in some more interesting photos and information, particularly Velocette...
Unsure how to present this, I thought I'd select from the 1500 odd photos we collected, a range of interesting stuff...obviously I'll present more in time.
For those of you who follow Facebook group sites, I contribute to "Velocette Motorcycles", "Velocette" and my own site on motorcycle instrumentation..."motorcycles speedos, tachos and other instruments" as well as the "smiths chronometric" site....
Worth a look, perhaps even to follow....
Down to business...
In the VMCC library is a source of interesting photos, including a small collect from Rex McCandless, responsible for the Norton Featherbed frame.....
Rex testing an auto gyro with a VW engine..he made 6 in all with the early version fitted with 650cc Triumph engines.


 In 1939 Rex made a "Triton"...utilising a Norton inter frame with one of the newly introduced in 1938, 5T/speedtwin Triumph 500cc engines.
 Rex astride an NSU at Neckarsulm with Joe Craig and Ken Kavanagh.
 When I posted  this the other day...see the red text below... I read the back of the photo, above that I'd also photographed...however it is incorrect...the photo is when Norton tested the kneeler with Ray Amm riding...probably around 1953...The Vintagent comment some time back on his post... Amm and Eric Oliver took the Kneeler to Montlhery, where it broke the 1-hour speed record at 133.66mph.Thanks to John Nienhuis for alerting me to this error...
Testing the new Norton Featherbed frame at the circuit Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry near Paris in 1949...Joe Craig holds the indicator board out....124mph...
 A visit to Geoff Dodkin, renowned former Velocette agent.... Gert poses by Geoff's front gate....

Geoff now in comfortable retirement....


Perhaps as we remember Geoff more.... the last photo is off the internet at his East sheen shop and I am unable to acknowledge the source...

Its not all "work"....

Time off with Dai Gibberson to visit a  flight of canal locks near Devizes...the Caen Hill Locks,on the Kennett & Avon canal, around 29 in all in the area...
 Then a day with Ivan Rhodes...
 Engine parts for the 595cc replica of the Stuart Waycott prewar ISDT outfit Ivan and Bob Higgs are constructing...

Works bottom bevel gears...3% nickel steel.




Ivan is selling the ex Bob Foster TT winning DOHC 350 from 1949....
Speak to Ivan if you are genuinely interested....

Then we spent several days with James Robinson the editor of "The Classic MotorCycle" at Morton Motorcycle Media identifying photos for them..
The archive has many contact prints prewar in a form of albums with a penned code number...identity long lost, but often on the edge of the negative a comment....
Lets look at the 1938 ISDT which was in Wales....
 The 1938 British Trophy Team....
The 1938 British Vase B team...

 1938 ISDT,Wales, Crymmych HRMS check....

 During the 1938 ISDT in Wales...

 Some Velocette items....
 1920-22 Ladies Model two stroke...
 1928 Junior TT...#39 Harold Willis, #22 Alec Bennett #18 Freddie Hicks...Alec Bennett won, Willis second and Hicks 5th..
 1928 Junior TT...#39 Harold Willis, #22 Alec Bennett...


Brooklands....Lamacraft's supercharged 350 KTT Velocette



The Roarer being assembled before the 1939 IOM TT...looks like an OHC special of some sort under the bench.....

After assembly, ready to transport to the IOM....Percy Goodman in white coat...the lady is his sister Ethyl Denly (nee Goodman) and her husband, George Denly with glasses behind.
 In the mid 1950's the Roarer was got out to be readied for showing on the Velocette stand at various motorcycle shows as a form of advertising....note the corrosion on the casting of the rear bevel housing from standing since WW2. 
All internals were removed to make the bike lighter to move around.
 Tommy Mutton the prewar works race mechanic astride the Roarer after the mid 1950's assembly. 
The front wheel is from a mk.8 KTT racer as the original Roarer wheel was on loan to Geoff Duke for his KTT special at the time...
 Factory staff with a sectioned Velocette destined for an Earles Court or other Motorcycle Show Velocette stand....
 Bernal Osborne, the midlands editor of "The MotorCycle" tests a Velocette Valiant around 1957....
 And finally for this post...Bruce Main-Smith ( BMS) a favourite ex "MotorCycling" journalist of mine, tests a 1961 Velocette Venom Clubman Veeline near his home at Leatherhead in Surrey....

On ya Bruce...!!!