Velox Engineering Works (V.E.W) components were the creation of Jack Bazzano who began production around 1934 in N.S.W.
Jack Bazzano arrived from Italy seven years prior with his sons Charlie and Leo and partnered with W.L Morgan in the Velox Cycle works located at 356 Parramatta Road, Petersham, N.S.W and at around 1934-1935 with the partnership coming to an end Bazzano set up his own firm called Velox Engineering Works.
Bazzano with his sons went on to produce bicycle components made from aluminium with their hubs being well known and sought after by many professionals and used in many World and State Championships.
Jack was a prominent cyclist having competed in the 1934 Goulburn Sydney race and his son Charlie Bazzano went on to become one of Australians finest riders competing in the 1948 Olympic Games reaching the semi-finals before being eliminated by the great Reg. Harris. Charlie also represented Australian at the 1950 Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) as a sprint cyclist competing with team-mates Russell Mockridge and Sid Patterson. Charlie was a skilled tradesman and built most of his own bikes.
V.E.W Aluminium manufactured components included five grades of hubs, Roadster, Light, Continental, Special Continental and the Zenith. The Roadster was a low flange model, the Light model available in three flange sizes and the Zenith, Continental and Special Continental were high or wide flange models. Other parts included branded brakes, both levers and callipers and stems in their line-up. Malvern Star Five Star models offered V.E.W hubs as standard offerings as they were provided with lightness, performance and a superb finish. Velox Engineering Works moved to Blakehurst, N.S.W around 1946 and continued production of bicycle components until at least 1957.
With Leo and Charlie forecasting a demand for ‘Brick-In’ style letterboxes, they produced their first designs and production began manufacturing them.
Fast forward to Today Velox is a privately owned company and still under family management Velox which still manufacture letterboxes and also produce a range of diecast alloy boat trailer wheels.