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My Velocette Days

December 19, 2014

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Yay! The mailman brought me a Winter Solstice present. The Velocette Club UK sent a copy of this book to all members: My Velocette Days, by Len Moseley. (membership has its privileges). The book has been out of print for forty years and is now rare, selling for $50-100 on ABE books. This new edition from the VOC also includes an additional series of old photos of the factory. You may recognize some of them that I have previously shared from Dave Masters (formerly Mr. Moseley’s collection).


Mr. Moseley worked at Veloce for 48 years, from 1923 until the end in 1970. He tells his first hand account of Veloce’s story as the bikes were built, tested, sold and raced. He was there as the new OHC bikes were introduced, and became KTT world championship bikes. And when the OHV MSS was developed, which continued into the Venom and Thruxton. Ultimately the factory doors closed and the building came down, but even then Moseley wrote that he expected the owner’s club to thrive for years to come.


Thank you to the VOC for sending this book.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2014 6:49 pm

    I’m one of those geeky souls who found a copy many years ago – not easy. It’s a great companion to Hedley Cox’s ‘Race Shop Memoirs’ of Velocette, although Cox is a megalomaniac and thinks he could have saved the company (if only they had listened!).

    Moseley is an interesting fellow, although his tale is ultimately very sad. He was a devoted Velocette man, and loyal to a fault as the British industry went to hell.

    Also worth reading is Bert Hopwood’s ‘Whatever Happened to the British Motorcycle Industry’, which gives a slanted but interesting overview of the situation. Others have a different take on the downfall of Brit industry, which is probably worth exploring!

    • December 19, 2014 9:12 pm

      Agreed Paul. You’ll like the new version with the additional photos. And the introduction lists 6-8 other writers who worked at Veloce and published memoirs in Fishtail over the years (with the editions/dates). Good stuff.

  2. Doug Lyon permalink
    December 20, 2014 1:44 am

    It is indeed a wonderful book to turn up on the mat just in time for Christmas – well done VOC!

    Steve Koerner’s “Strange Death of the British Motorcycle Industry” is an insightful and well researched read now that a further period of time has passed. Everything has it’s time, and we have to make the best of our bit as it goes by.

    Thanks for the posts throughout the year Pete, and keep up the good work.
    Seasons Greeting to all your readers!

  3. Jim Abbott, Tucson, AZ permalink
    December 20, 2014 6:55 am

    YAY!! I got one too! Is this a great bunch of people or what! Jim A., Tucson, AZ

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