HISTORIAN'S NOTES ON-LINE
Welcome to Historian’s Notes On-line: written by Dennis Frost.
Dennis Frost has been the L.E. Velo Club’s Historian for nearly 40 years, and has written extensively about Velocette’s post-war lightweight models.
His first L.E. was bought for £12.10s in the late 1960s – a machine he still owns – and was ridden to the Hall Green factory at the invitation of the firm’s service manager, Bill Sewell. Dennis went on to become friends with many of Velocette’s controlling Goodman family and also notably with their onetime chief designer, Charles Udall.
Dennis is the curator of arguably the largest archive devoted to a single UK motorcycle manufacturer. The Club’s Velocette Archive contains over 10,000 items, ranging from machine production records and thousands of engineering drawings, to internal memoranda, accounts and managerial information.
In the 1990s Dennis worked at the UK’s leading motorcycle enthusiasts’ magazine, The Classic Motorcycle, where he rode and wrote about marques from Adler to Zundapp. He continues to contribute to many publications including Classic Bike and Old Bike Mart and heads the team of concours judges at the UK’s leading classic motorcycle shows held each year at the Staffordshire County Showground.
By profession, Dennis is a senior civil servant who works with and advises elected politicians. He says that riding a motorcycle is often the best way to ponder solutions to the problems his political masters set him.
To view the various articles please select an item from the following list:-
Who built the first L.E. – engined Valiant? It wasn’t the Veloce factory - January 2016
Dennis has visited the DVLA to discuss the Agency’s re-registration scheme. His trip included calls on a couple of club members - November 2015
DENNIS HAS BEEN CATCHING UP ON HIS CORRESPONDENCE WITH MEMBERS AND LEARNS ABOUT SOME UNUSUAL MACHINES - November 2014
DENNIS ISN'T KEEN ON WORKMATES. BUT OUR HISTORIAN HAS HAD TO ADMIT RECENTLY THAT BLACK AND DECKER'S VERSATILE WORKBENCH HAS ITS USES - October 2014
ICE CREAM, PUMPS AND BOATS: DENNIS PUTS ON A DISPLAY AT THE CLUB'S ANNUAL RALLY, TELLING THE STORY OF VELOCE'S INDUSTRIAL ENGINE - September 2014
YOU MEET THE NICEST PEOPLE ON A MOTORCYCLE. DENNIS FINDS THIS IS TRUE BOTH HERE IN THE UK AND ABROAD - August 2014
DENNIS GETS A LESSON ABOUT MISSING A GREAT 1960s MOTORCYCLING EVENT, BUT HE WAS THERE IN SPIRIT - July 2014
DENNIS IS WRESTLING WITH SPARES MANUFACTURE THIS MONTH: A JOB THAT IS OFTEN MORE COMPLEX THAN IT SEEMS - June 2014
SUNNY AGM: A TRIP TO TAMWORTH ALLOWS DENNIS TO MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS AND CELEBRATE VELOCE'S EARLY DAYS - May 2014
SUPERB STAFFORD: THIS MONTH DENNIS REVELS IN THE EXCITEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW - April 2014
TURNING OUT TINWARE: LAST TIME IT WAS LEGSHIELDS, NOW IT'S PANNIER FRAMES - March 2014
L.E. RESTORATIONS DON'T LOOK THE PART WITHOUT A DECENT PAIR OF LEGSHIELDS - February 2014
DVLA’s LOCAL OFFICE CLOSURES: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US? - January 2014