In 1966 the lovely but elderly Velocette Venom was given a racing-inspired overhaul, with a gas-flowed cylinder head, larger valves and an Amal Grand Prix carburetor so big that the base of the fuel tank had to be cut away. It was good for 110mph, and over a thousand ‘Thruxtons’ rolled off the factory floor in Birmingham, England. But by the end of the decade, Velocette was no more, doomed by falling sales. Today, many owners convert their standard Venoms to Thruxton specification—if you’re looking to buy, make sure you know what you’re getting. NB: Paul d’Orléans, the Vintagent, has just posted an evocative report on the 2009 Rally recently hosted by the Velocette Owners Club of North America.