Scottish Centre Committee
I am 55 and live in Livingston, West Lothian and work as a Water Treatment Engineer. My first bike was a Tiger Cub at 16 bought with my tax rebate when starting work at the NCB as apprentice fitter in the North East, and I have had the bug ever since!
I have always been tinkering with Brit iron, and have gone through Rudges, Ariels and Vincents before seen the light with Velocette quality!
My current main riding bikes are a red 1938 MSS and big bore 1938 KSS, however I also have a 1936 Spanish MSS, 1939 KSS, 1960 Venom and 2 swinging arm MACs which I am rebuilding, which keeps me busy!
I am 59 years old and prior to taking early retirement I worked in the field of Housing.
My first bike when I was 17 was a 125 CZ, but this was quickly swapped for a BSA Starfire then a Norton Atlas, but I had always wanted a Velocette single since reading Royce Creasey’s articles in Bike in the early 70’s extolling their virtues and vices. After a few false starts finally managed to get my first Velo project in 1995, at which point I joined the VOC.
Since then my trusty Venom engined Viper has been joined by pre war MAC, MOV and MSS and a very original GTP, but so far, although tempted, I have not succumbed to a cammy model, but wouldn't say no to a Mk 1 KSS.
Whilst it is generally held that Velocettes are ridden by people with some mechanical aptitude, I am one of those who is quite good at taking things apart, but finds problems remembering how all the bits fit together again! I have been very lucky in finding friends and engineers in the old bike world to help make up for my shortcomings. This is one of the great strengths of the Owners Club, and even if they can't help, they can commiserate with your plight!.
Tim Miller has been on or around motorcycles since 1967 when he was an apprentice with Tube Investments. His first Velo was a 350 cc Viper in Newcastle upon Tyne, RHH 953. He has done eight years of road racing with NEMCRC and SCRMC, riding mainly a Rickman Triumph and Matchless G50. He also has done several long road tours in Europe and America. Tim is married to Esther and lives in Skirling near Biggar. He has three daughters (with first wife) and seven grandchildren. As an electrical engineer, his only qualification as Treasurer is a certain facility with complex numbers.