So, I’ve had a busy month. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a lot of fun and diverse – but busy nonetheless. Among the notable days out were Founders Day (still a highlight in the calendar, as far as I’m concerned), a 150-mile VMCC club run (I borrowed my dad’s BSA V-twin), Beezumph, CRMC at Donington and an opportunity to take to the track myself, aboard the ‘family’ KTT Velocette (shown above) at the Morini Owners’ Club track day, held at Cadwell Park, with the Velo still sporting the entry number and such from where my brother had ridden it at the Banbury Run a couple of weeks before.
‘Morini track day’ is great, basically being exactly what it sounds, but angled towards classics. This was my first time riding there – indeed, my first ever time on a motorcycle around Cadwell Park, despite living 10 miles away for the last dozen years – and what fun it was. Basically, the local Velo fellows are almost ‘honorary’ Morini club members, having participated in the event for years on end. So, it ended with six of us on prewar Velo ‘racers’ taking to the track, plus two New Imperials, in company with the predominantly 1970s Morini class. And what fun it was, though by the end of the day (six 20-minute sessions and it was hot) I was totally shattered. The old Velo – despite being a road bike, for all intents and purposes – never missed a beat all day, meaning I didn’t have to resort to my ‘reserve’ modern Kawasaki.
The poor old Kawa sat there all day, scrutineered and with its mirrors off and its lights all taped up, and moved not a wheel, apart from when we siphoned some petrol out of it, to add to the Velo’s tank.
But what an all-rounder the Velo has proved itself to be; one weekend taking part in the world’s biggest pre-31 celebration at Banbury, trundling around the English countryside, then a couple later, having its neck wrung on a race track, in company with machines mainly 50 years (plus) its junior. It’s thoroughly in the spirit of classic motorcycling, I believe.
James Robinson, Editor
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James Robinson, Editor
James Robinson has been the editor of The Classic MotorCycle since 2002. Aged 34, he has possessed a motorcycle licence for 16 years and during that time has owned and ridden all manner of motorcycles, spanning over 100 years from oldest to newest.
Presently the custodian of a varied shed full of motorcycles, his overriding enthusiasm is for pre-World War Two sporting machines, with a couple of cammy Velos, a Rex-Acme and a Model 9 Sunbeam among those competing for attention.