Very sad news of the recent passing of our VOCA Membership Secretary Peter Underwood. We extend our most sincere sympathies to Peter’s family, he will be much missed by all who knew him.
WA CENTRE WINTER RUN
On Sunday July 1st members of the WA centre of the VOCA gathered on a cold but fine morning in Kalamunda for our mid-year run. The weather gods were kind to us as the preceding week had been cold and very wet, however this morning was just COLD – 3 degrees (well that is cold by our standards).
Our group which consisted of 4 Velos (a Thruxton replica, Clubman, Venom and a Scrambler) were joined by an A65 BSA and a Triumph Bonneville. We set off through the Perth Hills heading for Araluen then on past the Canning Dam to Jarrahdale for a coffee stop – with little or no traffic and with glorious sunshine bathed pastures warming us up. Parts of the run dropped down to dam level through forrest areas and the temperature dropped even more, the bikes loved it! After coffee at Jarrahdale it was on to Serpentine Dam before dropping down to the South West Highway for a short stretch or a long gallop for some who gave the bikes their heads to run free.
We then climbed back into the hills heading for Dwellingup. This was our lunch stop and the food was just fantastic, we each checked out each other’s lunch and no one was disappointed. Mick Tesser went to a local Antique store searching for old wind up gramophones and 78’s, and the lady in charge turned out to be quite a character, gruff, terse and no nonsense – she ran the shop with a steely eye and woe betide anyone stepping out of line! One poor tourist was told in no uncertain terms that she had to take her shoulder bag off and carry it just in case she swung it around so fast that it knocked off her ceramics – she did so pronto and I’m sure I saw a look of fear in her eyes as she complied!
Our return was via the South West Highway for most of us (very quiet at this time of the year) and that’s when Chris Butler found out that his A65 BSA doesn’t have the range of his Velo and he spluttered to a stop. Fortunately it was in Byford and fuel was at hand. Mick Tesser and Colleen went via the “Freeway”, and encountered a monster trafiic jam – but the slim little Velo just glided down lanesplitting for mile after mile with gay abandon – he reports that it was the most fun he’s had in ages, although Colleen was not as keen apparently.
A very good days riding in beautiful Winter sunshine – thanks to Paul Barfoot for organising it.
VOCA GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY 2018 – Lennox Head NSW
Sunday Oct. 7 until Sunday Oct. 14, 2018
Our annual rally will once again be held at Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre Lennox Head on the north coast of NSW. The venue has undergone extensive renovations since the 2010 rally. We look forward to catching up with many old friends and meeting new members.
Get your 2018 VOCA (the Velocette Owners’ Club of Australia)…
There is an interesting little video on plasma cutting the Velocette logo. Click on the “Worth A Look” button in the menu – thank to Steve Richter.
This link is to a Data Base form for VOCA members to submit details on their machines.
Hopefully one day we can produce a modest booklet or similar.
The committee decided to have it also made available on VOCA website so everyone can fill it out and return it to Dominic so he can create the database – you can do this online and do not have to add a signature to send it in.
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.