Superfast Velocette shatters Mighty Mouse record

Published: 08:00AM Apr 4th, 2013
By: James Robinson
Stuart Hooper has established his overhead valve Velocette as possibly the world’s fastest British single, surpassing Brian Chapman’s legendary 156mph Vincent, Mighty Mouse...
Superfast Velocette shatters Mighty Mouse record

Stuart recorded his record breaking run at the Lake Gairdner Speed Trials in South Australia (having earlier clocked 166 and 152mph efforts).

He said: “Finally the track was clear and the Big Velo boomed away from the line with its nearly 100mph first gear into a 7-10mph gusting head and slight crosswind. By the time I changed up from third into top at 156mph the bike was weaving and darting about in the ruts on the track and the odd gusts of wind, but with the throttle hard against the stop, one hand hovering over the clutch lever and the revs climbing towards the 6500rpm mark, the track markers started to slip by faster and faster, until the final timing light flashed past, and it was time to slow down, with the old MSS single leading shoe brake smelling as only red hot 50-year-old asbestos can.

“Back to the pits to see the crew flashing lights, cheering and jumping around…171.6mph. A fantastic end to a great week. The Velocette name is again in the record books were it belongs.”

Records claimed are for world’s fastest Velocette, world’s fastest British single and world’s fastest single-cylinder ‘sit on’ motorcycle. Well done to Stuart and all concerned.

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