The Thruxton Velocette
was the final development of Velocette's pushrod
single - a machine that in essence dated back
to the mid 1930s, but could top 110mph and still
sip fuel at an astonishingly low rate through
its massive racing carburettor.
Thruxton is a
race track in Hampshire - one of the many wartime
airfields that found a new use during the 1950s.
Racing centred on the endurance marathon for
production machines, the 500-miler. The bikes
were substantially catalogue models and the
entries were shared between two riders. Over
the years many British stars shone in the event,
including Dave Croxford and Percy Tait. Machines
included the racing Triumph Bonneville, the
John Player Norton Commando - and the Velocette.
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