Formed from a spontaneous rally of riders meeting at Newlands Corner, just outside of Guildford in Surrey, in the early summer of 1950, the LE Velo Club
has survived the changing values of more than six decades. Now into its 7th
decade, it has over 1300 members worldwide and is a limited company committed to promoting the enjoyment, riding and restoration of the post-war
lightweight models - the LE, Vogue, Valiant and Viceroy.
In its early years the Club established a strong interest in
long distance touring, coupled with a close relationship with Veloce Ltd. In
1957 its membership stood at near 800. However, its subsequent decline mirrored
the fortunes of Veloce, such that at the time of the factory's closure there
were fewer than 350 members. By 1973 it was apparent that few dealers would
remain loyal to the LE. Further, it appeared that little information and
technical expertise has survived the company's liquidation. The future of the
Club was distinctly gloomy.
However, a dedicated committee resolved that the Club would
lead a post-Velocette revival of interest in the marque. To this end it
established a spares scheme and a historical archive, the former being stocked
with parts bought from dealers who were moving to other makes. By 1985, when the
spares scheme had outgrown its storage space at the Spares Secretary's home, the
Club bought a dilapidated building in Walsall at the West Midlands, and spent
the next two years renovating it. Now it serves as a club house and spares
The Club is now the pre-eminent source of LE spares. The
original stocks from dealers has been augmented by purchases from many police
forces, who used to own fleets of these machines for local patrol work. In
recent years a large range of newly manufactured parts have been added to stock,
designed by the Club's highly qualified and experienced spares team.
The archives of the Club have grown considerably, thanks to
donations of individuals, ex Velocette dealers and members of the Goodman
family. It is now a major prime source of restoration information. The archive
includes a great many Veloce drawings, the original factory sales records and a
comprehensive register of surviving machines. Most of these have now been digitized
and are in CD format.
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