The Velocette MAF was a military version of the Velocette MACcivilian motorcycle. The Velocette company had just began producing their 1940civilian MAC model when wartime production requirements forced them to switch tothe production of high-precision parts for military contracts. In addition, theywere contracted to paint helmets for the British Army. The first military orderfor motorcycles came from the French government prior to the British militaryparts and painting contracts. All of the machines belonging to the first Frenchshipment were lost in transit. The fall of France shortly thereafter left theVelocette company with the bulk of the 1,200 MAC motorcycles ordered by theFrench undelivered. The Velocette company looked to the British military to takeover the order. Eventually, the British military took over the French contractMACs (designated MDD) and ordered a more militarized version, the MAF, as well.The MAF featured a reinforced frame and crankshaft shield. In addition, a lowergear and compression ratio was introduced along with a sturdier clutch assembly.The gear change sequence was reversed to coincide with other British militarymotorcycles. Only 950 MAF and 1,200 MACs saw service during World War II.