Matchless (1899-1966) ~ The first year Isle of Mann TT was won by a Matchless in 1907
Ariel (1902-1970) ~ "Spirit of the Air"
Vincent (1928-1959) ~ from Latin vincere, "to conquer" - Vincent Black Lightning: 'nuff said!
Velocette (1904-1971) ~ a french sounding but british through and through manufacturer finished their models with the evocative Venom and Viper.
Norton (1898-1975) ~ the quiff off the N and the swoosh of it's scarf like tail as well as the tilted o's create a name of speed.
B.S.A. Birmingham Small Arms (1910-1973) ~ Rifle and Bicycle makers made some of the best bikes of the 20th Century; a winged B adds a sense of flight.