Thursday, November 29, 2012

Velocette Venom Thruxton

With its Amal GP carb (requiring a special cut out in the fuel tank), big valve head with downdraft inlet tract, rear sets, clip ons, close ratio 4 speed gear box, alloy rims and big front brake, the Thruxton was the ultimate incarnation of the might Velocette Venom and the last of the big British singles.

Introduced in 1965 and named after the Thruxton 500 endurance race in honour of the racing success that Velo achieved there, it is also worth mentioning at this point that a Velocette Venom Clubman still holds the 24 hour average speed record for a motorcycle, which was set in 1964 at Montlhery under truly incredible circumstances (read here with Paul D'Orleans for more information).

Thank you to the wonderful Megadeluxe for the reminder about the fantastic machine.


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