The 39th Melo Velo ride is upon us and scheduled for the weekend of the 15th of October 2022. Thanks to the VOCNA community, as of 2022, "The Melo Velo ride" has been "peened" to the cases of the club's calendar, and is now an Official VOCNA event! Tim Kenny has recently fulfilled this legacy with grace and style, taking over from Pat Petticord who carried on what Ellie Taylor had started back in the early 80s. Sadly, 2021 was his last as an organiser. Naively, I thought I should pick up and ride the Mellow flame forwards. As I venture deep into VOCNA history, I realize the provenance of these Velo fellows... What was I thinking? Following humbly in their shadows, I hope to do them justice. I've also learned from other VOCNA ride organizers that I need a wingman: Steve Eorio has kindly opened the gates to paradise and will be hosting us on Saturday evening, so you had better be on your best behavior… Lastly, it’s important to note that like a Velocette, traditions are hard to keep on the road. If VOCNA is to survive, events like this need attendance and the community has to grow. You don’t need a Velo to be a VOCNA member, or to attend the events. So we all need to spread the word to ALL our fellow moto communities: veteran, vintage, classic, and modern motorcycles. Everyone is welcome so please share! See you in Paso Robles…

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