Much travelled Velo (and fellow)


After reading the article about the two Vincent riders in the August issue, I thought I’d drop you a line, as I also went on that rally on my Venom Clubman, which I still ride and have owned since 1961.

I travelled Harwich to Zeebrugge to Berlin; Berlin was interesting, sorting passport and money out, then heading to the campsite, which looked very much like a 1930s German youth camp…

After the rally, I went on to the Polish border, riding down the old autobahn, with a chap I had met at the campsite.

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Over the years, I have travelled all over Europe on this same machine, never on arranged trips and have always found B&Bs – and had no troubles with the Velo.

Some photos chronicling Mr Ballinger’s journeys with his faithful Venom. Reverses read legends such as ‘Poland 1989,’ ‘Italy 1991’, ‘East Germany’ and ‘Switzerland 1992.’

My travels were mainly in the Alps over the old passes; the Stella Alpina rally was taken in one year. The people over there always wanted the machine inside at night, locked up.

R Ballinger, Bingley, West Yorks.

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