Classic Racer


Initially, the cammyVelocette was anonymous. The bike came about as the result of a discussion between two of the company’s top engineers. It was based on a standard, 350cc overhead camshaft KTT engine but among many others of that ilk the supercharger made this one a unique example.

Designer Phil Irving and technical director Harold Willis were the two engineering minds involved and the idea for the bike began during an ‘after-hours’ discussion at the local pub. The broad subject was the evolution of the KTT models. Irving had only joined the company in 1930, but he had already addressed problems experienced with earlier KTT engines, where ever-higher states of tune were causing blow-ups that had barrels separating from crankcases. In trying to pre-empt future weaknesses, Irving wondered if the relatively small main bearings were the next potential problem area. The pair decided to experimentally increase the stress on an engine by fitting a supercharger.

Supercharging a single cylinder engine is not easy. The supercharger provides a steady charge of pressurised air, or fuel/air mix, depending on where the unit is fitted into the induction layout. The pressurised gas is delivered

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Classic Racer

Classic Racer1 min read
New Way In
CRMC is currently testing the new automated on-line entry system that will be appearing on the CRMC website shortly. At the CRMC Pembrey meeting in May the Carmarthenshire circuit was able to retain the marquee pit lane garages from an earlier meeti
Classic Racer1 min read
True commitment to racing is shown by Horsman, who knowingly drove to Bathurst without enough money to return home! How many in the sport today would do the same? With that historic win under his belt, Horsman fortunately doubled his prize money as t
Classic Racer1 min read
Move Quickly For Oliver’s Mount Entries
Entries for the forthcoming Barry Sheene Classic on July 27 and 28 July at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount are now open. Organiser the Two Four Three Road Racing Association says its first meeting heralds a new era of racing at Oliver’s Mount, which wil