Velocette’s reputation has always been about high quality and forward thinking. The bikes were light, handled well, and in the case of the mkVII KTT models, extremely rare as only 39 bikes were produced. In fact, the picture above is a mkVIII, but there are many similarities. The K engines in the KTT series are 350cc with overhead cams – a very advanced feature for the 1930s. Racing success wasn’t immediate due to handling issues, but factory rider Stanley Woods suggested moving the engine further forward in the frame, and the Oleo Strut company fabbed up some shock absorbers to attach to the swingarm, creating the birth of modern rear suspension – in 1938! Soon enough the bikes were doing well at the Isle of Man TT. So much so that Woods won the Junior TT that year and came second in the Senior race.