January 31, 2023

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..




Well that is the 2022 GCR done and dusted. It was a testing time for all with covid coming into the ranks, but as usual, the rally party rolled on regardless and everyone had a good time and caught up with friends old and new. 

Geoff “Claude” Ingram and John Doig rode their Velo’s from Victoria, did the rally, and are on their way back again – an amazing achievement and a testament to their dedication and ability. Other drove from far away Queensland straight across and from Victoria, NSW and South Australia to participate, and their hugs and greetings as they all arrived on Sunday and caught up with each other after so long was a joy to see.

The weather was a bit fickle but nowhere near as fickle as the dreaded covid which entered the group and quickly spread, although most members did not let it inhibit them in any way and they carried on regardless. Everyone enjoyed the Collie Racetrack part of the day and it was hard to get them to pack up and ride off, and the Dardanup Museum and display stopped people in their tracks such was the breadth of machinery and displays of all sorts of antiques and household/shop/memorabilia – 1 hour or so was nowhere near enough time to take it all in and 4 hours would be needed to do it justice – amazing!

The visit to the Vintage Steel metal works was also a big surprise to many, the quality of the workmanship and range of knowledge these guys have hand rolling and forming mudguards etc has to be seen to be believed, and the entertaining way they describe and show the process is top notch. 

The final dress up dinner was a real hoot with nearly everyone getting into the nautical theme including these characters who were unable to attend the actual dinner…
more photos added with viewing links as they come in…

Keith and Colleen Canning Rally photos

George and Val Loverocks rally photos

Dinner video-they sure can talk!everyone gets home and has time to send us their photos. Jim Day should have plenty as he was always there snapping away at every opportunity.

All in all a very testing time for the rally officials but at least we have had our GCR after the previous 3 years ones were cancelled and I’m sure everyone is keen as mustard to get ready for the next one in 2023 in Beechworth Victoria.

Many thanks to all who came to the rally and made it so special, you truly are GOOD COMPANIONS!



Andrew Davies (missing – ex-Don Chesson MAC), Robert Dillon, Jodi Brown, Fred Dillon and Ken Vincent
All 350’s and all going well, flying the flag for our marque. (pic courtesy Ken Vincent)



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


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.


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..


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.


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