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Wednesday, 21 April 2010


One of the most respected names in the vintage motorcycling / engineering fraternity, Ivan Rhodes, will be touring Scotland in May, stopping off to present three talks around the country.

The main focus of these events is the world famous Velocette ROARER, a machine that was developed in the late 1930s to take on the mighty BMW at the TT. A supercharged 500cc race bike with twin contra rotating crank shafts, and shaft final drive, the restoration process undertaken by Ivan and son Grahame, makes for an interesting story.

The first talk is on Saturday 22nd May at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire. Not only will Ivan be talking about the six year rebuild process that saw all of the engine internals being replicated from old sketches and magazine articles, but you will have a rare opportunity to actually see and hear the ROARER in action on the museum track.

After attending the Scottish Vintage Training Day on Sunday at the same venue, Ivan will present his next talk at the Strathmore Arms Hotel in Glamis, Perthshire, on Monday 24th May. The evening will consist of an illustrated talk, followed by a chance to chat with Ivan, and a browse through some of the photographs that capture the history of the ROARER.

To round off a fabulous few days, Ivan will travel further south to Stirling University where he will present another evening talk on Tuesday 25th May, giving anyone who missed the more northerly talks, a chance to experience one of Ivan’s informal lectures.

Please get in touch for more details about any of the 3 events, and to book your place.

Sat 22nd May – Alford for the LIVE ROARER experience, contact GBC gorgeousbikerchick AT

Mon 24th May – Glamis evening talk, contact Stan Williamson stan.williamson AT

Tues 25th May – Stirling evening talk, contact Martin Shelley marticelli AT

**The ROARER and any other bikes that Ivan can bring, will only be fired up at the Alford talk, but may be on static display at the other venues.


Anonymous said...

Not that soon then!

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Yeah, well, what I meant was...when I get back from Glasgow...

U N said...

I'm working in Glasgow tomorrow, so if you're still there at lunchtime I'll treat you to deep fried Mars Bar...


Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

UN, you know how to treat a girl! I don't know what time my meeting finishes but if it's in time for lunch, I'll drop you a text.

Anonymous said...

Glasgeee whit you up to there then lassie? Anon 24

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Work work work, Anon. What else would one go to Glasgeee for?

Looks like I missed lunch, UN, didn't get let out til gone 4pm. Thanks for the offer - mebbes next time!


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