Bruce Main-Smith

Old Bike Australasia - - ON THE SHED - n Den­nis Quin­lan

Jour­nal­ist, au­thor, pub­lisher, ‘BMS’ was one of the best known names in the Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cling press. He died on 6th Oc­to­ber 2018. It was a sad day for mo­tor­cy­cling – both Ve­lo­cettes and Vin­cents – with his pass­ing. BMS is prob­a­bly best known for his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the suc­cess­ful Ve­lo­cette at­tempt on the 24 hours at over 100mph in 1961 on a Ve­lo­cette Venom Club­man Vee­line and again on the un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt in 1963 on the Ve­lo­cette Viper Club­man Vee­line. I’ve re­ceived a com­ment on my Veloban­jo­gent site from a rel­a­tive of Bruce in­form­ing me of de­tails... A Mo­tor­Cy­cling jour­nal­ist then later with the merg­ing of Mo­tor­Cy­cling with The Mo­tor­Cy­cle and sev­eral of the jour­nal­ists from Mo­tor­cy­cling made re­dun­dant, a free­lance jour­nal­ist for Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport pen­ning such items as “Tech­ni­cal Com­ment” and “Mo­tor­cy­cling Moments” and he opened a pub­lish­ing house, BMS Ltd spe­cial­is­ing in pho­to­copies of most of the UK mo­tor­cy­cles spare part & in­struc­tion man­u­als as well as The Keig Col­lec­tion, some five books of IOM TT & MGP pho­tos. He was a Vice Pres­i­dent of the UK Vin­cent Own­ers Club as well as its Pres­i­dent for sev­eral years and rode and raced per­sonal Vin­cents early in his life. He tested many Ve­lo­cettes dur­ing his ca­reer.

Bruce Main-Smith on the pro­to­type Ve­lo­cette Venom, with Bob Hal­l­i­day in the Isle of Man 1955.

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