In this section you will find the history of the Le Velo club, information about the LE Velocettes and a number of other historic articles including a series by our resident historian, Dennis Frost.
After the Second World War was over, hostilities and rationing were still a way of life. It was these factors which influenced Velocette's chief designer, Eugene Goodman, to propose a radical motor cycle design for the masses. It was decided that a design had to appeal to both sexes, all physiques and ages. From these parameters Eugene came up with the L.E. (little engine)...
About the club
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...
The committee of the LE Velo Club...
The Club has been approved by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to deal with re-registration applications from owners of Velocette post-WWII lightweight twin cylinder motorcycles...
"Looking Back" is an occasional series, written for the Club magazine by Club Historian Dennis Frost. To view the various articles please select an item from the following list:-
- EARLY METROPOLITAN POLICE L.E.s – OCTOBER 1957 (LOOKING BACK No. 33)
- “TWO IS COMPANY” L.E. AND PILLION – NOVEMBER 1951(LOOKING BACK No. 32)
- BERTIE GOODMAN WITH ROAD TEST L.E. Mk.III - JANUARY 1958 (LOOKING BACK No.31)
- PROTOTYPE VOGUE - NOVEMBER 1962 (LOOKING BACK No.30)
- VALIANT DEVELOPMENT - 1956 (LOOKING BACK No.29)
- MAGAZINES ADVERTISEMENTS - 1949 - 1954 (Looking Back No.28)
- CINEMA FOYER DISPLAY – EARLY 1951 (LOOKING BACK No.27)
- EARLY SCOOTER DESIGN - SUMMER 1956 (LOOKING BACK No.26)
- LE BROCHURE NOVEMBER 1948 (LOOKING BACK No.25)
- EARLS COURT SHOW - NOVEMBER 1948 (LOOKING BACK No.24)
- ADVANCE INFORMATION BULLETIN No.3 – SEPT 1948 (LOOKING BACK No.23)
- ADVANCED INFORMATION BULLETIN No.2. SEPTEMBER 1948 - (LOOKING BACK No.22)
- ADVANCED INFORMATION BULLETIN No.1. AUGUST 1948 - (LOOKING BACK No.21)
- SIMPLIFIED PRODUCTION FEBRUARY 1949 - (LOOKING BACK No.20)
- PAULINE ARCULUS WITH RESTORED PROTOTYPE L.E.
- PRE-PRODUCTION L.E. — HON 611 (LOOKING BACK 18)
- PROTOTYPE L.E. — WHAT HAPPENED TO FON 898?
- 1944 PROTOTYPE L.E. OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH
- L.E. VELOCETTE PROTOTYPE (on test)
- L.E. VELOCETTE PROTOTYPE
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.
Read about it here.
- January 2016 - Who built the first L.E. – engined Valiant? It wasn’t the Veloce factory
- November 2015 - Dennis has visited the DVLA to discuss the Agency’s re-registration scheme.
- November 2014 - Dennis has been catching up on his correspondence with members and learns about some unusual machines
- October 2014 - Dennis isn’t keen on Workmates
- September 2014 - Ice cream, pumps and boats
- August 2014 - You meet the nicest people on a motorcycle.
- July 2014 - Dennis gets a lesson about missing a great 1960s motorcycling event
- June 2014 - Dennis is wrestling with spares manufacture this month
- May 2014 - Sunny AGM
- April 2014 - Superb Stafford.
- March 2014 - Turning out tinware
- February 2014 - L.E. Restorations don't look the part without a decent pair of legshields.
- January 2014 - DVLA’s local office closures