June 22, 2022

Velocettes - Always in the picture....

Welcome to the Velocette Owners' Club of Australia, home of Velocette motorcycle enthusiasts throughout Australia, preserving, restoring, using and celebrating their motorcycles as the maker intended..

 

VOCA GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY 2022
Busselton, Western Australia

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM NOW AVAILABLE HERE!…PDF…..WORD DOC

CLICK HERE to go to the dedicated rally webpage for all the info you need,
and can’t wait to see you all at the rally after having to cancel the last 2.

 


VALE Sydney Taylor 1932-2022
Syd was born and raised in Subiaco, an inner city suburb near Perth, Western Australia and is survived by his brothers Don, Dick and sister Hillary.
In 1949 Syd bought his first Velocette, a 1937 KSS and this started a passion for cammy Velo’s which continued throughout his life, his brother Dick buying a Velo in 1950 followed by Don who bought his from West Cycles ( the WA dealer for Velo’s) shortly after, this family passion for the marque developed and has continued to this day with all 3 brothers participating in all things Velo whenever they had the chance.
Syd was an accountant and moved to Bunbury when the company he was working for relocated and their he stayed until his passing.
His profession took him all over the South West and into the Wheatbelt,
Syd was a member of the Indian Harley Club of Bunbury for over 35 years and was their volunteer accountant for many years, he was awarded a life membership for services to the club.
For many years Syd was the WA contact person for the Velocette Owners Club of Australia and always maintained a passion for Cammy Velo’s. He was a wealth of knowledge on Velo’s and will be missed by all of us.
Syd was a regular for the national rallies, many of our members would have met him and admired his lovely hyrbrid cammy/swingarm 500 and enjoyed his company in conversations (or on the dance floor as he could really cut the rug with the best of them!) especially after a couple of red wines or a shot of single malt. Always with a ready smile and a quick wit, Syd was one of natures true gentlemen and ready to help a fellow motorcyclist out with advice/parts or information.
After many years Syd fought and lost his battle with melanoma and if there is one message we are sure he would want passed on is always wear protection from the sun and don’t delay in having a skin check.
Syd was married to Jocelyn for 66 years, they had two daughters and a son with grandchildren and great grandchildren and we send Jocelyn and his family our most sincere condolences, we shall miss him greatly but he will not be forgotten by those whose lives he touched.

VOCA first notice of expression of interest to form our club
First club newsletter

Velocette oval belt buckles

Price includes p&p in Australia. Originally purchased for WA 2020 rally.
Price:$ 38
Contact Bob whittaker
Phone:0492 874 084


HEDLEY COX INTERVIEW

Courtesy of our Membership Secretary Arthur Harvey, who was sent this for us to use by Corey.
Dear Arthur;  Attached is a video you might be interested in and show to members. It was made by Corey Levenson, who lives near me

It’s flattering to me, I guess. Still —-Best wishes, Hedley Cox.


VOCA GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY 2019 photos


Keith & Colleen Canning and Paul Barfoot


The 2019 VOCA Hahndorf GC Rally Awards were as follows:

Bertie Goodman Award: Graham Colliver;
Velo Fellow Award: Arthur Harvey;
Mellow Velo Fellow Award, presented by Gil Loe on behalf of VOCNA: Gary Gibson;
Sid Willis Trophy: Max Mardardy 1949 MAC loaned to Irene Gartner from Germany;
Roley Walker Trophy: Ian Denholm 1964 Scrambler;
Les Diener Trophy: Robert Drysdale 1957 Valiant;
Cammy Trophy: Ian Elliott KSS;
Ted Carey Shield: Stuart & Marsha Hooper 1959 Venom;
Keith Howard Award: Gary Gibson 1938 MSS;
ACU Gold Star: Sean Evans 1961 BSA Gold Star;
Keith Hamilton Award: Garrett Lovell 1948 MAC.

Congratulations to all these worthy winners


From George Cresswell showing his Mac in action down in Antarctica. Bill Kellas is on the Velo pulling me on the skis. Thanks for sending it in George – still amazes me every time I see something about this remarkable episode in Velo history – Mick T

Get your 2020 VOCA (the Velocette Owners’ Club of Australia) membership forms here…NOTE CHANGE TO RENEWAL FEE..


MEMBERS MACHINE DATABASE FORM

The club has a Database form page for VOCA members to submit details on their machines, it is one of the menu item at the top of the page. All details will remain private and for club officials use ONLY.
Hopefully one day we can produce a modest booklet or similar so the history etc of our machines is captured and not lost over time.
The committee decided to have it made available on this VOCA website where everyone can fill it out and return it to Dominic Brown so he can create the database – once completed click on the “SUBMIT” button

Of course all details are strictly general in nature and no identification of the location of the machines is being requested other than which state it is located in.


GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY – WHERE IT ALL STARED

Here are three copies of 1983 club newsletters, showing the before/ during/after writeups of the first NSW rally’s, which eventually morphed into what we all know and love as the Velocette Owners’ Club of Australia’s “Good Companions Rally”.
(Thanks go to Paul Barfoot for sending me the copies)

Velo news June 1983

Velo news Aug 1983

Velo news Oct 1983