SHEE­LAGH’S VELO

Classic Bike (UK) - - GRIMSTHORPE -

Shee­lagh Neal’s 1937 Ve­lo­cette MOV was one of the in­ter­est­ing spe­cials along­side the pure-bred rac­ers at Grim­sthorpe. She in­her­ited it from her fa­ther Ossie, a well know cam­paigner in VMCC events. David White, Shee­lagh’s hus­band said: “It’s a bit of a bitsa, based mainly on a 1937 Ve­lo­cette MOV 250 with an MSS gear­box which is stronger and of­fers a bet­ter se­lec­tion of ra­tios. It runs on methanol, and with a bit of ni­tro it did over 100mph at the Brighton Speed Tri­als.”

Shee­lagh, who was still re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous hand in­jury sus­tained in a crash at the East Kirkby Sprint, also had an early Tri­umph Thun­der­bird-pow­ered out­fit at Grim­sthorpe; it had been raced on short cir­cuits in the Bri­tish His­toric Cham­pi­onship and fea­tures a home-brewed side­car, orig­i­nally built in the 1960s.

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