Velos at the Burt 2015: Megaphones on Bluff Hill

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.This post and the following 5 contain galleries that cover the motorcycle racing for the Classic Pre ‘63 class which are largely ‘girder forks’ motorcycles, that merge with telescopic forks machines from the mid 50s through to ‘63. The girder forks racing machines from the 30s and 40s are rare birds, highly prized hard-out competitors at the 10th Anniversary Burt 2015.

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Invercargill Street Races: Velocette 1, 2, 3

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.Three galleries of the Class winning Velocettes competing at the Honda Invercargill Street Races, Sunday 29 November 2015. Racing at the exciting new Invercargill street circuit included the same four riders, the trio of KTTs and the Big Velo in the Classic Pre ‘63 Girder class and the addition of a second ride for Chris Swallow aboard the Eldee Velocette in the Classic Pre ‘63 Class.

The VRNZ pits shared space with team Rudge’s Francie Winteringham and Rhys Wilson of Invercargill in pit lane who feature along with team VRNZ in the pit culture gallery below. In the feature image Chris Swallow aboard KTT 1041, leads Cloud Craig-Smith (KTT 1079) to a historic Velocette 1, 2, 3, class win in the Honda Invercargill Street Races for the VRNZ racing team.
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BSA Goldstar 500, Classic Motorcycle Racing, Classic Pre ‘63, Graham Peters, Invercargill, Invercargill Street Races, Rider 85, Street Races

Invercargill Street Races: Classic Pre ‘63 & ‘72

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.In the feature image Graham Peters lines up the next corner 100m ahead on Fox Street as he accelerates out of the apex of Corner 1 of the new Invercargill Street Races Circuit on Sunday 29 November 2015. In the gallery five riders in the Pre ’63 and 4 in the Post Classic Pre ‘72 Class are featured racing together. Team VRNZ riders Chris Swallow aboard the Eldee and Cloud Craig-Smith riding a Norton Special 500 were also contenders in this Class as well as aboard the KTTs in the Pre ‘63 Girder forks class.
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Big Velo 500, Bill Biber, Classic Pre ’63 with Girder Forks, Practice Day, Practice Racing, Rider 4, Teretonga Circuit practice day, Velocette

Classic Pre ‘63 racing at the Burt

Velocette Racing New Zealand organisation logo. Classic racing motorcycle enthusiasts organisation brand. ‘Coca-Cola’ style sloped and looped copperplate lettering in metallic gold on a black background, consistent with the historic livery of Velocette motorcycles. Brands for New Zealand / International organisations.Classic Pre ‘63 motorbike racing at the Burt Munro Challenge event, November 2015. This is the first in a series of posts covering the racing in 3 of the 6 events at the 2015 tenth anniversary Burt. Kicking off proceedings on Thursday 26th November with the Bluff Hill NZ National Hill Climb championships, the Teretonga Circuit Races & Practice Day spanning Friday–Saturday and culminating in the hugely successful new Honda Invercargill Street Races on Sunday 29th. Racing for the Classic Pre ‘63 class (with and without girder forks), including Phil Price’s superb collection of original 1930s Velocette racing machines, covered the aforementioned 3 events.
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Hampton Downs Summer Classic racing 2015

You would have to say the main focus of the Hampton Downs Summer Classic weekend for VRNZ was the Eldee and the opportunity, with Bill Swallow being out here from the U.K., for him to ride the Eldee Velocette for the first time post the Junior Manx Classic race at the IOM TT in August 2014.

Some significant engine modifications have been done since then including the new cams (which Nick Thompson described in his journal of the event). They were given a careful going over and we were keen to relate back Bill’s new engine lap times this year to Chris Swallow’s lap timesheets last year with the old engine running on methanol which had been such a great success.

Hampton Downs is a fast circuit so Chris’ quick times last year were the basis for encouraging us to consider competing in last year’s 250cc ‘Phil Read’ Classic TT trophy. The new Nick Thompson Eldee-2 engine of course is running on petrol which is altogether a more challenging prospect to tune as a small engine.
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