Venom Roush Rac­ing


“Hav­ing been to SEMA in 2015, I no­ticed that most one-off or ‘ resto­mods’ had their own iden­ti­ties or names. One was needed for my car. I scoured the in­ter­net for horse (pony) types of names, in­clud­ing Diomedes, Xan­thus, Cen­taur, and Talpur, but none of them res­onated. I also fig­ured it would be hard to get a num­ber plate that would fit any of those names with­out it be­ing mis­read or mis­in­ter­preted. More of a mus­cle name was needed, so, after some ca­jol­ing by Mal­colm at Mata­mata Panel­works, we de­cided on ‘Venom’,” re­calls Igor. “Now, if I could just get a num­ber plate that said VENOM — yeah, right! After six months of try­ing var­i­ous plate cre­ations — I wasn’t happy with VENOM8 or 1VEN0M, etc — I de­cided to wait for divine in­ter­ven­tion. Lo and be­hold, three months later the owner of the num­ber plate VENOM, which was on a 1950s Ve­lo­cette Venom mo­tor­bike, died. His son, who lived in Aus­tralia, in­her­ited the bike but didn’t need the VENOM num­ber plate any­more as he couldn’t use it in Aus­tralia, so he de­cided to sell it, and I just hap­pened to be look­ing on­line that day! The dream had been ful­filled.”

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