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The Vintage Motor Cycle

April 2017

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T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE

The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

open road. This is the Amulree hairpin on the Stirling Castle S&T Regularity Run. See also Scottish Notes on Page 24

No. 674: April 2017

FOUNDER: THE LATE C.E. ‘TITCH’ ALLEN OBE, BEM

Published by The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1TR, and issued free to members.

April 2017

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Norton Owners’ Club founder brings

Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm

the first instalment of his half-century in motorcycling – see Page 40

PRESIDENT Rod Hann - president@vmcc.net 01935 872528 (Call before 8pm, please) CHAIRMAN Peter Miller - chairman@vmcc.net 01258 721356 (Call before 8pm please) GENERAL MANAGER/IT Ian Botham - ianbotham@vmcc.net ACCOUNTANT Paul Broadhurst - paulbroadhurst@vmcc.net EDITOR Peter Henshaw - c/o Allen House ADMIN/EDITORIAL/MEMBERSHIP Pam Goodfellow - general@vmcc.net 01283 495100 BOOKKEEPER/DIRECT DEBITS Sue Bartlam - accounts@vmcc.net SMALL ADS/ADVERTISING Sara Smith - adverts@vmcc.net LIBRARY TEAM Vicky Frost and Peter Bennett library@vmcc.net SPECIALIST PRODUCTS (BRAKE BLOCKS/TYRES ETC) Peter Bennett - brakes@vmcc.net Wednesday and Thursday only RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS Brendan Walsh (9am-2pm) transfers@vmcc.net 01283 495107 DIRECTOR SUPPORT REMIT FOR ALLEN HOUSE www.vmcc.net/membersarea/ member_club_officials.aspx MEMBERS’ DISCOUNT INSURANCE Footman James Insurance Brokers www.footmanjames.co.uk 0333 207 6069 Full details of all the Club’s Directors & Officers can be found on the Club’s website www.vmcc.net/membersarea/member_club _officials.aspx

Cover shot: Ah, the thrill of the

Another trophy win for Ian Cole, who scooped the Alec Ross Meet the stars of the 37th Bristol Show, including Cup at the Levis Trial a V-twin Panther and this – see Page 47 V8 Norton – see Page 50

Flashy and French Was French chrome more boudoir than baroque? How would this have gone down on the North Circular in 1935? ‘Tart’s boudoir’ is a description which comes to James Ayres’ mind. See page 59 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, whose members are united by their common appreciation of the engineering skill and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by.

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Chairman’s chat

Bristol Bike Show The Bristol Classic Bike Show went off well with an impressive VMCC display made up of the local Sections and Headquarters, along the full length of the wall in one of the halls. It was good to see the Club coming together in this manner and also to see the very broad spectrum of machines on the various stands.

Next big date: The AGM In other respects February has been a quiet month with no meetings to report. As a consequence, other than the AGM, I have few topics to bring to your attention. I hope as many of you as possible will make the journey to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon on 9th April for the AGM. The agenda for the meeting is short and there should be ample time, whether within the meeting or outside, to make suggestions or express your views on the future direction of the Club, or simply

to meet up with friends for a chat. I hope we will have an A4 mock-up of the Journal for inspection and comment. If you are unable to attend please take a few minutes to complete the voting form; you can use the form for postal voting or to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. It was disappointing to me that the Burton Section put forward an AGM resolution to express dissatisfaction over the running of the Club, and to call for the resignation of the Directors. It would have been preferable to have discussed matters and to know the true facts before taking this action. The East Devon Section initially supported the Burton resolution, and this is recorded in the agenda for the meeting. Subsequently, the East Devon has become aware of a misrepresentation of the facts, and I am pleased to report its support for the resolution has been withdrawn. Peter Miller

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BHR DATES FOR 2017 March 24:

Practice Day, Mallory Park April 15 & 16 (Easter): Mallory Park May 20 & 21 Darley Moor July 1 & 2: Cadwell Park July 22 & 23: Anglesey August 19 & 20: Lydden Hill September 23 & 24: Cadwell Park


President’s progress

In February I was pleased to attend the Bristol Classic Bike Show held yearly at Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I was predominately engaged on the main VMCC stand but we had seven other Section stands, all lined up along one wall of a large building. An impressive display it made. During the two days we took several applications for membership and collectively sold over £700-worth of club raffle tickets. More raffle tickets were sold than I would consider normal, and I wonder if that was because the machine is the Suzuki GS1000, which perhaps appeals to a wider audience. Only time will reveal the answer. As always it was nice to meet existing and potential members, and I hope to see many more at Stafford. During February we have held a further two of the President's Regional Meetings (South Midlands and South East). This has certainly been an interesting exercise and as expected similar problems exist throughout the Club irrespective of location. Each meeting has thrown up something different, be it very minor or quite major, and all will be considered upon its merit. With one more meeting to go the end is in sight as it has been quite an undertaking, but at the conclusion my intention is to make a comprehensive report which I hope will appear within these pages so that all members can see the results. One item which regularly crops up is that of the public liability insurance held by the club. To clarify this matter all event organisers are covered for riders of machines of any age, not just those over 25 years. Apart from attending local Section club nights and events I was also lucky enough to be asked to the Flat Tank Section's Lunch and Presentation.

Another very social occasion with good company, good food and in pleasant surroundings. The social aspect of our club is so essential, especially at a time of year when fewer riding events probably mean less frequent contact with our friends. By the time you read these words I trust that spring will be well and truly with us. Riding events will by now be more prolific, all bikes should be serviced and fettled ready for some serious action in the months ahead. Whilst enjoying our riding spare a thought for the organisers who have given their time, and probably money, to lay on an event purely for others to enjoy. Without such people our club would be so much the poorer. The problems within the Club have been well chronicled in recent months but must surely now be behind us. The decisions made will stand, the staff we have lost will not be returning and new and replacement staff have or are being appointed. Give the new staff time to settle and normal service should return. I wish the new staff my best wishes with their new careers and I also thank those staff members who remained for their loyalty and hard work which has seen us through difficult times. Now is the time for all members and staff to push this club forward into what should be exciting times ahead of us. April will see the AGM once more. Some members see little point in attending as most matters are already settled by way of the proxy voting system. This is not necessarily so, and I urge you to attend and have your say, and use your vote by whichever method you choose. Rod Hann

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Allen House News Current VMCC membership: 15,092

Journal submission deadlines

May 2017: Saturday 1st April 2017 June 2017: Monday 1st May 2017

Banbury Run 2017

There are still a few places left for this year’s Banbury Run. Any member who’s interested in a place should get an entry into Head Office without delay – but time is fast running out! The Banbury run owes its success to the tremendous support and help of the volunteers.

Be part of the action with the VMCC at the

Endurance Legends weekend at Donington Park The VMCC  has not only secured space for a major static display at Donington’s important Endurance Legends meeting, but but we’ve also got track time to ride the Melbourne Loop. Now we’d like volunteers to put their bikes onto our dedicated under cover club display stand, and to ride them (and allow others* to do so) in our ‘try-a-bike’ sessions around the this internationally-famous part of the circuit. Get involved. Do your bit to promote the VMCC  and encourage others to join, and share in the cameraderie that comes with membership. Contact Ian Botham at Allen House to find out how:

IanBotham@vmcc.net 01283 540557 *Suitably experienced, dressed, helmeted, and briefed, naturally

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We are always looking for new volunteers to come and help throughout the day in various roles. If you are interested in being part of this great team, please download a form from the Banbury-run.co.uk site or request a form from the office.

Stafford Show 22nd and 23rd April

Thank you to all the volunteers who have agreed to help at Stafford Show and display their machines, help sell raffle tickets or talk to prospective new members. We are now fully manned for the show, and looking forward to it.

Training Day 3rd June

This is now fully booked for riders, but we still would like a few more machines to be ridden at the event. It is possible to camp or caravan at Curborough the night before if you are travelling quite a distance, but it is a very basic site. Please contact Ian Botham at HQ for further information ianbotham@vmcc.net

Endurance Legends

As you’ll see from the advert on this page, we are still looking for machines and volunteers for this event at Donington Park on the 6th and 7th May. Bikes required for both a static club display and for “try a classic or vintage machine” on the Melbourne Loop. For further information please contact Ian Botham ianbotham@vmcc.net or call the office.

Staff

Mr Paul Broadhurst joined the team at HQ as the Accountant at the beginning of March. We also say farewell to Jane Farnsworth at the end of March, we will miss her in the office, but wish her all the best for the future.

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Editorial

A Vincent sporting a pair of handlebar muffs must be one of the most incongruous pairings in motorcycling – a bit like a Francis-Barnett Plover with an aftermarket expansion chamber. But I saw one at the Dragon Rally in February. The bike (and its sidecar) was as shiny as you'd expect a Vincent to be (or at least as shiny as it could be in the middle of a muddy field in North Wales), but it had clearly been ridden there, unless it was all an elaborate joke and had been trailered to within half a mile. But I don't think so. The spirit of the Dragon Rally, held in the depths of winter since 1962, is that everyone rides all the way, whatever the weather, and if that Vincent rider is reading this, let us know where you'd come from. Of course most of the bikes that get to the Dragon now are modern – hordes of BMW GS's and other big adventure bikes – but there was a good smattering of older stuff as well. Wandering around that muddy field I spotted a BMW R26 single, the odd classic scooter, a handful of MZ's, a Villiers two-stroke Panther, a trio of Bantam D1s plus plenty of older Japanese machines. Plus sidecar outfits and odd stuff like a home-built diesels and three-wheel scooters. The point was that everyone was welcome, and long may it remain so. If you've never heard of Gerald Davison, he's the man we have to thank for Honda 5 Star dealers and the company's dominance of UK motorcycle sales in the 1970s – he oversaw its rapid growth from

C90 to the CBX and beyond and later became the brains behind Honda's efficient racing operation. Under his watch, Honda grabbed one in two bike sales in Britain, something which simply wouldn't be possible in today's fragmented marketplace. It's interesting that the Japanese dominance of that time, which looked like it would go on forever, has now given way to a world in which American, Chinese, Italian, German and, yes, British motorcycles also seriously compete for our custom, and as a result life is more interesting now than it was then. Anyway, in February, Gerald gave a talk to the Dorset Section and this Journal brings the edited highlights of his early career, from racing a Greeves Silverstone onwards. More on all of that next month, not to mention Isle of Wight Section's Roy Bacon Memorial Shield and the news that Bert Hopwood could ride a bit, neither of which we had room for this time round. Peter Henshaw

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If you have the relevant experience of these marques, or any other marque which does not have a specialist, and can share your knowledge and give advice to fellow members, please apply to: WILLISON – VMCC ALLEN HOUSE,Wetmore WETMORE ROAD, TRENT, TheGILES Library, VMCC Ltd,LTD, Allen House, Road,BURTON BurtonUPON Upon Trent, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 1TR OR EMAIL: HJMFTXJMMJTPO@WNDDOFU Staffordshire DE14 1TR or email library@vmcc.net

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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Gary Sleeman, 105 Ledbury Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE3 9RA 01733 770241 gary.sleeman@gmail.com North East (NE) Vacant North Midlands (NM) Vacant North West (NW) Vacant Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: awalexander@talktalk.net South West (SW) Michael Downes 01395 489744 mickeydowns1@hotmail.co.uk

ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com www.vmccanglia.org The February Bring and Buy took place in the Fulbourn clubroom as usual, however, I did notice that the number of sellers was well down on a few years ago, is it that there is just an infinite amount of stuff needing to change hands within the section, or a result of on-line auction sites being so convenient? Anglian Section founder member and past VMCC President Frank Dolman will be giving a presentation at the April club night, and with Frank’s vast experience in our hobby, it will, I know, be a good evening. TTFN. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.com Well, who would have thought that a simple book auction could create such an entertaining evening! Our auctioneer Norrie arrived clad in clothes

South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 tpenn@tpenn.plus.com South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: bob.fisher2@virgin.net South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: freemanhouse1@btinternet.com Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: eric.londesbrough@gmail.com Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, email and web site address so members can contact you. Word count per section is 150, (or just 100 with a picture) reminiscent of a certain daytime TV bargain hunting presenter and conducted proceedings in an enjoyably jocular fashion. Many of the books and magazines auctioned had been intended for recycling in a different way and there were a few gems among them, so it was extremely pleasing that a new home was found for everything on offer and we raised £156 for section funds into the bargain. This was a tremendous result and our thanks go to everyone who took part and contributed. Being an avid fan of the TT and Manx races, I’m really looking forward to our April club night which is a joint presentation by Bob Pearson and Denis Gallagher on their exploits at those events, should be extremely interesting. See you there? BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 johnandvi4853@yahoo.co.uk We are getting well into the riding season again, when you read this and hopefully that will bring warmer temperatures, though you will have to cope with the April showers. We had another successful

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dinner dance in February and I would like to thank the team for organising it for the section. This month we have two runs on the 2nd and 16th. Aptly names April Fools run and our Grey Porridge and Girder Fork run. Club night is on the 12th with a talk entitled ‘Tarantulas and the Rain Forest’. Our Facebook page is proving popular and details are on there. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk February’s mid-week lunch meeting was held at the New Inn in Heckfield. The day was a bit damp and gloomy, but a couple of stalwarts made their way over on two wheels to join 20 of us others, who were less enthusiastic about the conditions. The guest speaker at our club night was John Bottomley, who gave a very informative talk on the history of Brooklands. Starting with a short review of historical motoring facts, he led on to tell of the sponsorship and construction of the Brooklands Motor Course by Ethel and Hugh Locke King who, inspired by the racing held on public roads on the Continent, decided to build what was to become the first purpose built racing circuit in the world. Many thanks John. Please make a note that our first formal run is the Calleva Gallop on 23rd April. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk We had a packed house for February’s meeting where we listened to a fascinating talk on motorcycling through Peru (actually a guided motorcycle holiday with hired Honda Transalps). The photographs of the scenery were stunning, although not sure I would fancy riding on a dirt road on the edge of an unfenced thousand foot drop! We are hoping to have a couple of other talks sorted before our first (weather permitting!) bike night in May so please keep an eye on our website for news. By the time you read this I really hope for improving weather - the unrelenting grey skies with damp and filthy roads are getting depressing!

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BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com The Kraut’s Pre-season Shakedown run would have been a brilliant run had it not been for the cold and wet day, and a good turn-out would have been much better had it not been for many whose bikes weren’t ready for a shakedown and more who knew better than us that the rain was coming. A wellplanned route using the 2nd man drop-off system (now honed to perfection) took us to the Gunn at Keyhaven for sandwiches and beer. April’s events include Ian’s Good Friday run on 14th April, a lunchtime meet at the London Tavern on 17th April and our section meeting on 24th April.

BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk www.bristolvmcc.com In February our stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show attracted a lot of attention, especially Rufus’ Nimbus. The new carpet tiles smartened things up and kept our feet warmer than in former years. The Club night talk, by Reg Hall, on his life and times, on the 22nd attracted a record crowd of over 45 so thank you Reg for an entertaining evening. Don’t forget the Club night talk on ‘Life on a Canal Boat’ on the 26th and the lunchtime meet at the Beaufort, Hawkesbury Upton on the 27th this month. See the website for details.


BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Mark Whittaker 07939 571634 bhrsecretary@vmcc.net March will have seen us at the Mallory Park Circuit (on the 24th) for our testing day where we will hopefully have seen the results of all of those repairs and modifications we did over the winter period. For some it will ready the coming season that starts at Mallory on 15th and 16th April over the Easter weekend, for others it will be back into the garage to rebuild and repair in readiness. Remember that new for this season is the ACU championship for girder fork solo bikes, so if you have a bike with girders from any year, come and race with us for what promises to be an exciting championship. The entry forms for our PR6 parades (race bikes out on track without the cut and thrust of racing) are now on our forum and website along with the forms for solo and sidecar racing. Remember also, those of you with a road bike who fancies stretching its legs on the smooth and safe environment of a race track we run PR5 parades for road registered machines, which for a small sum and with only a DVLA license, you could be out there too. See our website for more details. www.britishhistoricracingclub.co.uk BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc Our new summer riding season begins with the first running of the Jim Allen Challenge, what we intend to develop into our highlight run of the year; see the advert elsewhere in this edition and event listing for further information. Also our 'ride a bike nights' commence, whereby this year we are trying out new starting points, please check for details before you set out, otherwise you might find yourself on your own. Final bookings are now being taken for our Spring Break four days riding to Wales, contact Neal Young on young.n@btconnect.com to check availability and booking.

BURTON AND DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 or 07999 582111 viccp100@talktalk.net www.burtonsectionvmccandclassics.co.uk On February 10th we had our annual dinner which was held at the Boars Head in Sudbury. The dinner was well attended with everybody having a good time, a very enjoyable evening. Many thanks to Ann for organizing a great event. Unfortunately the talk on the February club night had to be postponed to a later date and so we finished up having a natter night which went very well.

CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 bill.coburn@btinternet.com www.facebook.com/central Club night in February was an illustrated talk by husband and wife team Stewart and Joy Mowatt, from Brechin, their programme consisting of telling about their motorcycling life spanning 40 years, from step through 50cc Puchs for commuting to Honda Goldwings and BMWs for touring. The touring to India and travelling a large part of the Danube was done by Stewart, but numerous other trips to Europe were done with Joy on the pillion, keeping Stewart right. The picture content of their talk was excellent - half was scenic views and the other half was taken close up to the people, a great night, with thanks to Bill Balfour for organizing their visit. Remember our show and autojumble at Forfar, 9th April.

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CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com It was standing room only at the ‘Bring & Buy,' sorry, lads! £295 for Section funds was raised, thanks to auctioneer John Holt and Peter Hill and Chris Wright, his assistants! At March Club Night, we surrendered to Peter Tipping, capturing our attention with his ‘small arms’ and weapons from the WW2 era! Thanks Peter! On Sunday 9th April, it’s our first ride-out to The Eagles Inn, Llanuwchllyn, near Bala; R/V at 11.15 at the car park, Corwen. Regrettably, our scheduled speaker for 18th April has withdrawn (technological problems). Therefore, can we ask for a volunteer to give a talk in April, please? C. Cats have invited us to their inter-section quiz on Thursday, 20th April; any aspiring team members, chaps? The North West Relay Rally is on Sunday, 30th April, and volunteers for checkpoints at Chester RUFC and Llangollen Museum invited! Finally, the Rhydymwyn reunion is at noon, Thursday 11th May at Gwysaney Arms. CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk At our Club night in February, Bernie kept us on our toes with his Quintessential Quiz. A great selection of themed questions on bikes and general knowledge; thanks Bernie! April sees the start of the riding season with the Big Brekkie to Llanuwchllyn (that's Bala to the uninitiated!) run on the 9th, meeting C&NW for lunch, and the NW Relay Rally on the 30th. Our April Club night features an Intersection Quiz, and all local sections are cordially invited to come and give us a good thrashing! The VMCC ‘white book’ Calendar of Events contains errors in some of our listings – mainly our website address so use the one at the top of these notes instead. CHILTERN (SM) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 phil.barfield@virgin.net Following the Section’s AGM last month we are

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still short of committee members able to lead runs. If run leaders do not come forward (and you don’t need to be on the committee to lead or plan a run) then the effected runs so far will be two evening runs and the summer run, and that’s after already removing the winter wanderings due to lack of leader. Today I am printing our section calendar handouts - the runs are still on the calendar at the moment so please, if you have an idea have a go, the worst you can do is get lost, and that’s just part of the fun. If nobody comes forward to help with leading these runs we may be forced to cancel worse, you may be behind me leading on my veteran Triumph, and you all know how slow that is! CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk The Section had a stand at the Haggis autojumble in Lanark on February 5th. There was good interest and it’s always a good event to meet up with other enthusiasts. Willie unfortunately couldn’t make it to club night on the 14th when he was due to give a talk on the Falkirk Wheel, so instead members were subjected to my ramblings and photos of my North American trip last year. It was good to see so many in attendance and we’re always glad to have a couple of new faces. CORNWALL (SW) Karen Gould 01872 572207 karengould25@gmail.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk We have to report the sad loss of one of our very active members Eric Perryman; our thoughts and best wishes go to his family. February’s East Taphouse club night Gerald entertained us all with a talk and DVD on the Wadebridge to Bodmin steam railway. Truro club night, thanks go to Peter Davis and Genevieve Rosier for giving a detailed talk and slide show from the Cornwall Air Ambulance - they were also presented with a cheque which was a collation of monies raised from the Cornwall Rally Week and club donations totalling £232. Everyone enjoyed the club run thanks to Mike Harris who took us to Lerryn,


Polperro, Looe and Crafthole near Torpoint for lunch - we were told that the views were spectacular on the way to Crafthole, and if only the mist had lifted we would have seen it! COTSWOLD (SM) Brian Keeling 01452 712753 briankeeling@btinternet.com www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ Not a lot of riding going on in the month of February but we have enjoyed some good club night events. Keith Twist kindly brought along our library collection which he looks after for us to read or borrow, and the following week we had a talk and film show of ‘Motorcycling in Pathe News’from Mark Harris which, if you get the chance to see is fascinating, brought back a lot of memories. All the Pathe News archive amazingly is available on line if you are interested. Mike Borrie stood in at the last minute with another quiz which kept us guessing happily for a good hour. Francis Dallman is none too well at the moment and we all send our best wishes. I think we are all looking forward to spring and a bit more riding. Don’t forget your entries for the Cotswold Road Trial (Felix Burke) on April 2nd. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 alan@magic-wheelers.org.uk www.magic-wheelers.org.uk Two dozen hardy souls, desperate to ride their machines after the winter, turned up for Norman Smith’s Winter Wanderings, and it was windy, with some wet and muddy roads, but no rain. There were a lot of smiling faces on their return to the Rock of Gibraltar, and Norman’s sporting route took us through parts of the old Upper Heyford USAF base, which was of interest. The Three in One run is on 9th April, May Bug on 1st May, Nasty Run on 7th May, and Postcombe on 14th May.

DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 osmondstujais@sky.com www.vmccdartmoor.com The Section enjoyed a social evening at the annual dinner at the Seven Stars, Hotel Totnes. Our club night on 13th April will be our first evening ride led by Alan Langmaid (01803 863296), meet at Totnes Plains 6 for 6.30pm. Our Sunday ride out will be on 23rd April, the Tamar Transit (Derry Bowman 07842 146722) - meet at Tesco car park, Lee Mill 10.00 for 10.30am. For further details visit our website at VMCC Dartmoor or contact the secretary on 01803 52746. The picture shows a member’s ancient Matchless on Dartmoor. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com By the time you read this the AGM will have been held, some changes made, one of which will be the appointment of a new secretary, so these are the last notes I expect to write. More up to date news can be found on our Blog at devon-vmcc.blogspot.com April is going to be busy; we have our second run of the year on April 9th, starting at the Rest & Be Thankful, Wheddon Cross, at 11am. An evening meet will be held on the 17th at The Sportsman Inn, near N. Molton at 7pm. On April 20th our Club Night speaker will be Darol Baker, with a talk entitled ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. And it’s fish & chip night at the Welcome Fryer on the 22nd at 7pm. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 bob341rc@outlook.com After the January fiasco things are back to normal, and the club steward remembered us. We decided that it would be easier to change the day for our lunch meet than try to find another venue, so this is now on a Wednesday, and from April will be on the second Wednesday of the month. Luckily only

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one disappointed member attended on the second Tuesday in February. The Sunday ride up the Exe valley to Dulverton went well with an above average turnout and this month’s effort is set to be a bit of a mystery tour around Somerset and Devon. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 “Oh, to be in England now that April’s there” as Robert Browning said in Home Thoughts. Let’s hope April doesn’t disappoint and we get some spring weather for our first two rides of 2017. Wrinkly Run on the 26th, and the Spring Run on the22nd. (See box advert), The Section AGM was poorly attended, only sixteen being present. Dave Francis stood down as Secretary after many years of sterling service, and Roy Woods was chosen from thousands of applicants to replace him! Thanks for all your hard work over the years, Dave, and thanks Roy for taking over, we could do with some more volunteers. The following Book Sale raised over seventy quid for Section funds. The penultimate monthly luncheon saw eighteen members present, more than the AGM, followed by afternoon tea and homemade cake, courtesy of Richard and Mary Martin. EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com www.vmcceastlancs.co.uk The last night of February saw twenty-four members and guests attend the East Lancs Annual Presentation of prizes and trophies at the Duke of Wellington, Haslingden. A very pleasant evening was spent enjoying carvery fare and splendid conversation, and after the presentation of trophies and prizes by Chairman Dave, the serious business of the raffle began. I think everyone won something and £75 was raised for the North West Air ambulance. Thank you to everyone who attended and those who brought raffle prizes. Looking further ahead, the Section has been invited to attend 'Tram Sunday' at Fleetwood on 16th July. It’s always a good event and very well attended, so we will be compiling a new run to Fleetwood, later on in the year. There is a website, so get Googling!

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EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Hopefully by the time these notes are read we will have had our Run to Brede Pumping Station. This month sees our big event – the Snow-Mann Test Day – so if you are free contact Andy Marks for help clearing the site on the Saturday and helping on the Sunday. 26th April we have our Guest Speaker at the Hut. 5th/6th May is the Bill Bailey Run to Coventry followed by the Midland Section Run from Coventry to Brighton. Five days later is Rob’s Ride Out starting from Westfield, and the first evening run of the season is on the 17th May from The Hut. 24th May is the Fish and Chip run with Chris Pile’s first Wrinkly Run on 31st May. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 denniscooney.mc@btinternet.com www.holdorf.karoo.net An excellent turn out for our February meeting, almost a full house! After a number of years successfully organising our annual dinner, Dennis and Brenda Johnson are stepping down, a big thank you to both of you for your hard work, much appreciated by Section members. Anyone wishing to take it on then have a word with Chairman Harry, let’s not lose this popular event, new venue, etc? Put your own stamp on it. It is Glen Bradley’s run on 2nd April, followed on 16th April by the Tiger Trot from North Newbald. This new event is for flat tank machines and lightweights up to 125cc. Contact Harry on 01482 862209 or check the website. East Yorkshire does not have any really steep hills, just many motor cycle friendly roads, so most of our events are suitable for machines from veterans upwards. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk The weather has kept us indoors lately with our runs not starting yet. The additions to the committee have yet to have our first committee meeting. Secretary Bill is arranging speakers for


the club nights and we start with a talk by the Museum of Power on our April Club night. The Museum is based in a disused water pumping station complete with a steam pump the size of a house which still runs occasionally, they also have examples of many engines and power plants in the museum, I am sure many will be looking forward to the talk. By the time of publishing we will have started this year’s runs, so the cobwebs will gone, hopefully the brakes will work first time, but it may still be time for the thermals. Roll on summer!

the Renfrewshire Ramble starting from the Erskine garden centre, this being an open to all eligible age machines run, just turn up at 10.30am. We will be heading down to the Lochwinnoch area then back via Ayrshire. For our monthly meeting in April we will be back on the pavement at the Cafe Kothel on the crow road. Drink some good coffee and admire our machines parked outside.

FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9pm please) reg.eyre@tesco.net

Dudley Hooley from Tangmere Aviation Museum presented members with another interesting talk in February, this time on the SOE (Special Operations Executive) at Tangmere during WWII, and Squadrons 138 and 161 who delivered to, and extracted, agents from France. First run of the season on the 3rd April is the Norman Broadbridge Run from Tangmere Aviation Museum, Tangmere, east of Chichester, 10.30am. However, for some Section members the Pioneer Run will have started their riding season on 19th March. The first Wrinkly Run is on 21st April and Evening Run 27th. These have been moved from usual days because of clashes with Easter. Reminder Club Night on the 18th is the AGM and we also have a Chinese meal on the 15th. Please remember that Noggin’n’Natter nights are now at the Frankland Arms, Washington.

Flat Tank badge sweatshirts are now available, please order from Ian Dettmer at a Section meeting or through me. These are for local members and others with sympathetic leanings that wish to show their allegiance to flat tank machinery. The St. Patrick’s Quiz Night will have taken place on 23rd March, and the Flat Tank Awards Presentation Lunch at our new venue in Cambridge went well with complimentary comments all round. Flat Tank Section Road Trial w/e is June 23rd to 25th. The Severn Saunter has 11 riders from Holland asking to take part. Are you coming?

GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com

GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753

GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 rustynuts@talktalk.net The season for events and riding season is now upon us... yippee!On 2nd April I’m goin’ to be smokin’ on the Blue Haze run. On the following weekend we have our very own Pip Squeak Run for the sub-100cc bikes. Even if you don’t have suitable machines, why not come along and see what we are up to? On the 23rd April we will have

There are occasions when the Gwent Section club house is full to capacity, but February’s bring and buy night was not one of them – no-one thought it worthwhile to turn up and give support, just one or two committee members. Our bring and buy sets us up for the year to come, and that’s why we make no charge to cover costs to anyone attending any of our runs. It’s the first time this has happened in our 30-year history, and we wonder what could have gone wrong. Anyway, the bring and buy will be rescheduled for Tuesday 16th May, 7.30pm. Our Reservoir Run will be held on Sunday 23rd April, Abergavenny bus station 10am start, Henri Collins 01873 831946

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HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk We’re getting a steadily growing number of members attending club nights at the Moon. Our chairman Geoff McGladdery’s newsletter, which is full of interesting snippets, seems to be getting a lot of folk interested. We’re encouraging members to support the Bromyard Festival of Speed on 2nd April (www.bromyardfestivalofspeed.co.uk) and on 13th April there will be a ride around South Shropshire and over the Long Mynd. Club night will be at the Moon on 20th April and on the 23rd there will be a mid-Wales meander via the Rhayader dams and our ‘big one’ of course is the second running of ‘Herefordshire on the Edge’ on 25th June, a really fascinating navigational challenge which takes riders to many out-of-theway locations all around the outside of our beautiful county. The route is being made even better and entries are coming in steadily. No excuses, get yours in to Geoff right now! IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 maryandtink@live.co.uk www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk As I’m writing this the windy weather is on its way, but hopefully it has gone by now, the riding season is around the corner with the lunch at Westerfield Railway on 8th April 12.00pm for 12.30pm. Hope you all enjoy the film nights, the first we have tried what did you think - let me know? The Good Friday run is on 14th April at Rushmere at 10.30am with the evening runs starting Tuesday 18th April at 7.00pm Rushmere. We have a full riding season this year also and the camping. If not, pick up list or go online. Hope all the repairs are done by now and if not it’s shed time. Look forward to seeing you all on Friday, and all the new members. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 aj.richardson@rocketmail.com The Skittles Evening mentioned in the Ironmasters calendar to be held in March will now be at a later date. We are hoping that a local MOT Tester will

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give a talk on his work and will bring along a machine to illustrate what is required to obtain a 'Pass' certificate. The February Club Night was not held in the usual room due to a Crown Green Bowlers meeting being held there instead. I actually forgot it was Club Night and did not attend, and by lunchtime the following day I had received three phone calls enquiring if I was OK. I felt extremely humbled by my fellow members' concern - that to me is what being a Club member is all about. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 www.vmcciom.org The entries are coming in thick and fast through the online entry page on our website at www.vmcciom.org Our new trials season is now well under way, and results from Round 2 at a very blustery Scarlett were: VMCC Members ‘A’: 1: Kevin Whiteway (Triumph Cub) 6 Marks Lost; 2: Sammy Ball (Fantic) 13; 3: Brent Seal (Yamaha) 18; 4: Colin Scarffe (Triumph Cub) 30; 5: Ashley Gardner (Triumph Cub) 51. VMCC Members ’B’: 1:Mike Kerruish (Yamaha) 17 Marks Lost; 2: Jon Duncan (Yamaha) 29; 3: Michael Ellis (Kawasaki) 37; 4: Andy Sykes (Honda) 46; 5: Richard Smith (Armstrong) 58; 6: Philip Crellin (Suzuki ) 81; 7: Steve Taylor (Honda) 91; The VMCC IOM Section would like to thank Shaun and all the observers. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Well 2017 started to get more interesting as we got into February. Our Chairman's Dinner on the 4th was a great success with members and friends enjoying a splendid evening, with food, drink and bike chat aplenty, thanks Geoff. Then on the 14th those of us not distracted by that Valentine chap were totally enthralled for well over an hour, listening to Iain Young recounting some of his life's highlights, through all aspects of the aviation


industry, and a Norton rider as well! April's Lunch run on the 4th will end at Brading Roman Villa Cafe - a new venue so hope that it suits our purpose. Club Night on the 11th is a Picture Quiz. Then Saturday 22nd is our new venture – Vintage, Historic & Classic Motorcycle Show at the Ventnor Winter gardens. Ride, trailer or van it, get your bike there. On Tuesday 25th Mark Earp will give us another of his fascinating Isle of Wight oddities talks. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Pete Escott carole.hughes@btinternet.com 01553 670245 www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk Our annual wine, dine and general jolerfercashuns (thas norfik bor) was something of a departure for us this year being held as previously announced at the Heath Side Cafe just outside Swaffham. From the outside this looked like a typical all day breakfast roadside diner but inside far from it, a lovely homely atmosphere with genuine home made, cooked food, not trucked in from a catering wholesale warehouse, made for a delightful evening. I had the pie, others on the table the casserole, all expressed total satisfaction delicious. Congratulations to the committee, a great choice. Not much else to report this month, the days are beginning to lengthen and our riding events will soon be in full swing, time to finish off the winter's restorations LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk 017687 74536 www.vmcclakeland.co.uk We had a reasonable turn-out for our February club night when we had the opportunity to try out the new screen at the rugby club, watching TT racing from Mike Hailwood’s return in 1978 through to 2000. In April we have a Ride-In to the Lakeland Motor Museum on Saturday 8th and a new venue, a Ride-In to the Threlkeld Coffee Shop on Wednesday 19th. Stafford is the following weekend so we’ve left that free, then at the end of the month, Thursday 27th we welcome Steve Brownless of Morris Lubricants who will present on their range of materials suitable for our machines and there will also be a question/answer session, if you let me

know of any specific queries then I can pass them on to Steve beforehand, I anticipate that there will be some freebies and some deals on the night, so please make an effort to attend. MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 I have just received notification from Chairman Barry Cook that owing to pressure of work he will regretfully have to resign at the AGM, this means therefore that it is imperative that a volunteer comes forward, or the Section will have to close! Possibly due to weather conditions, the bring and buy only attracted twelve people and made about £20 so the decision was taken to encompass next year’s event into February club night. Again due to poor weather February club night was poorly attended, so we just had a drink and natter and discussed the proposed show and free buffet for club/machine night on 25th May - everyone is welcome on any age of bike, and prizes will be presented for best bike and also most desirable bike. The Phil Barton memorial run on 11th June will now start from Phil’s old home at 49 Moss Road, Congleton, 10.30 for 11.00am start. MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk For some time now two other clubs meet with us at the Wagon and Horses for our monthly gathering, – the Velocette and Ariel Owners Clubs – and it seems to be working well. Some at least are also in the VMCC, so the edges are somewhat blurred so to speak, but it does mean there is a good cross pollination of ideas and I’m all for that. Richard Mummery’s talk on the Wilkinson motorcycle went down a storm with the assembled throng at Dunkirk. The bike was displayed in all its glory and Dick showed a fascinating film about Wilkinson Sword, a company that sadly no longer exists. Derek and Brian’s winter wandering was also a cracking success, with 27 motorcycles and riders turning out for a run to The Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. There we were treated to a guided tour and some cultural uplift - excellent and original.

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MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands Following on from his fascinating and ever amusing presentation to our Section last year on his recorded trip ‘Overland to India’, Gordon May visits us again on Club Night Wednesday 19th April, his presentation this time (with slides and video) recalls his ‘Overland to Vietnam’ adventure. If you have the time come, meet, and listen to this charismatic adventurer. If you don’t find Overland to Vietnam or India exciting or dangerous enough to satisfy your adrenalin rush hunger, why not take on arRide that even Gordon May hasn’t had the nerve to do – namely the 2017 Coventry to Brighton Run! The Midland Section is busy organising the 52nd running of this social fun event. Starting from the Motor Museum in the heart of Coventry City on Saturday 6th May 2017 with hotel accommodation organised in Brighton for your overnight stay, it’s a great way to spend a weekend. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 p.gunnee@talktalk.net www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk On the February club night a fascinating talk was given by Mr Bob Fish on the Battle of the Somme, concentrating mainly on the local men that were involved, he kept the section absorbed in the human story of this historic conflict. April club night, 19th April, is what to do with an accident, with instruction from the emergency services, vital for all active members. April 9th sees our first run, The Bluestone Heath Run starts at Stanhope Hall car park, Horncastle, LN9 6NF, at 10.00am. All welcome. NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk April’s always a busy month, some of us will be away at the Cotswold Section Felix Burke weekend on 1st/2nd. Club night is on the 5th at The Round Oak, Wombourne, and then we have a run, an

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Excursion with Julian Edwards on the 9th. Ian Harris has planned four mid-week runs this year, the first being on 26th April. Then, as an early reminder, we have a new run on 7th May: A Tour of Worcestershire, put on by new organiser Peter Gray. It will be a longer run than usual, just over 100 miles, and it should be a grand day out. Start points for all our runs should be in the Diary section of the Journal, the national VMCC website and our own one, or give me a ring. Do come and join us on a run or more this year, we’ll be pleased to see you. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com www.northcotswoldvmcc.com We tried something new at Club Night in February, and invited three members to be Guest Speakers for the evening. Past President Graham Hallard regailed us with amusing anecdotes from his life in motorcycling, while in true Ronnie Corbett rocking chair style, John Bradfield introduced us to his hobby of powered gliding and Gary Booth’s ‘What’s in the Shed’ slide show and talk will hopefully encourage others to do likewise. The evening was a great success, and it's always worth a risk with something new. 35 attended the Hallard’s excellent Wrinkly Lunch at the Queens Head, Salford Priors. At April Club Night our Guest Speaker will be Jeremy Main on 'The design and development of the Aston Martin DB9', from his days as a captain of industry! We have Wrinkly Runs from The Hallards and Mike Chiddick and my ‘Blossom Run’ which may be a breach of the Trades Description Act. Spring is here! NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 nevmcc.notes@googlemail.com Neil.Wyatt@gmx.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ 27 members attended the March Section meeting where our catering executives Martyn and Mick fed us well, to be followed by an excellent old film show from Paul Mellor and his friend. It was good to see a couple of clips of the late Tom Ellis riding trials, a former Ripon motorcycle shop proprietor,


fond memories. The Dales Run from Pateley Bridge is on 9th April, 10 am for 11am, Secretary Tony for details. The lunch time meeting, from noon onwards at the Dyneley Arms is on 12th April and the Final Section meeting until September at the Coronation Hall , Boroughbridge @ 2pm on 30th April. Early reminder: Wetherby Run on 7th May @ 11am. Just enough words left to remind you that ethanol-free petrol is available from Esso in Harrogate on the A59, opposite Majestic Wine and also Esso in Tadcaster (Supreme Synergy+) only. NORTH EAST SCOTTISH (SCO) Tony Mortishire 01330 844322 mortishire@btinternet.com As the VMCC’s main riding and events season opens we conclude our winter program in April with an evening’s entertainment in the form of a DVD with some historic content for those of us living in Aberdeenshire. This is at our Section meeting place on the second Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm at The Ashdale Hall, Westhill, AB32 6FY. The Section's first major event is the Girder Fork Run on 7th May, stating from Clatt Village Hall. Overnight camping is available on site and entry forms from mortishire@btinternet.com. The route will take in the very open and scenic countryside to Tomintoul in the morning then returning via Cockbridge and Strathdon. Total distance will be in the region of 85 miles which makes for a nice little sedate and gentle jaunt to start the year on your girder fork machine. So get beavering and make this your shakedown run. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 kateguy@googlemail.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com Our Section quiz is at Moorville on 13th April and not March as apparently printed in the Journal, and our checkpoint for the NW Mini Relay is at Butterton Tea Rooms near Hartington, 10.30 – 3.30. NB! We're all champing at the bit for our first outing, the Oatcake Run from Bradnop Village Hall, I'm really looking forward to this one, the scrummy oatcakes have nothing whatsoever to do with it! Then, all roads lead to Stafford, I do love my shows. See you there all, Carpe Diem.

NORTH TAMAR GROUP (SW) Paul Dyson 07974 230840 pdyson@jumbler.co.uk The quiz evening was very successful; even one of the competitors added a few extra questions to the amusement of those gathered; Mr Rod Hann achieved top marks and went home with our small prize and grateful thanks for his continued support of this new group. Things are now picking up with our first midweek run on 29th March. April 9th sees our first weekend event with an amble around the lanes and byways of North West Devon and North Cornwall, starting and finishing at Bradworthy Inn, The Square, Bradworthy, Devon EX22 7TD . Stops are included to soak up the sights and sounds of this unique area, clues are to be solved at each and a lunch break (to be booked in advance). I need to book lunch and would appreciate those who intend joining us to contact me. NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk Now April has arrived, please don’t forget our redated Spring Special Social at the Barons Burscough on Monday 24th April at 8pm with the fabulous 60’s group ‘The Undertakers’ and Pauline’s famous Hot Pot Supper will be on the menu, great prizes to be won and all for just £8 per ticket which are available from the secretary. Before that of course is Brian’s April Fools run on Sunday 2nd April starting from Brian’s Farm. Ride best suits girder forks and small engine bikes, details from Brian or Secretary. Also one of our

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biggest events of the year, the Steam and Vintage Rally, at the Leisure Lakes not to be missed, info from Alan Johnson or Secretary. Enjoy a busy month. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 hilary.dixon@northumbria.ac.uk There was an excellent turn-out for our film night at the end of February, many thanks to our Chairman for his work as projectionist and for sourcing exciting clips for us to view, also to Stephen Green for providing more rare film footage and to Malcolm for entertaining us with his Northumbrian Gathering films and commentary. Chairman Pete was especially grateful to the Section Secretary for getting the icecream sorted at short notice. All enjoyed the films and the ice cream. Coming up soon on the 24th April is the White Elephant Sale, so make sure you get plenty of items sorted out for sale. A reminder that the Rookhope Ryde is on Sunday, 14th May, starting from Wylam Country Park Car Park – details from Pete Bagnall at Club Nights or on the Section web page. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Steve Hallam 01362 820 661 steve@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk Annual Dinner 2017 - 50 members went along to the Wensum Valley Golf and Country Club for our Annual Dinner. The carvery was served in the Morton Suite which had a lovely view over the Wensum Valley. We all found the service and food to be excellent. It was thought by all to be one of the best venues in the area with excellent food, efficient and well organized staff. Our thanks go to Bob & Cynthia for organizing the venue, the staff at the golf club for their excellent service and Tony and Mike for sorting out the finances.

NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Bruce Phillips 01773 689297 brucephillips@hotmail.com www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net Our Lunch Meets are an ideal opportunity for new members to meet the Section members and they have been very successful so far. This time of year we are looking forward to being able to ride out without dressing like the Michelin man, and it's also an opportunity to prepare 'new to us' machines. Work has finally got underway on my Dominator and Robby has picked up a couple of AMC bikes he braved the weather to attend at Homesford Cottage on his 350 single but bottom-end noise means he will soon have it apart. As he says, “It's rusty enough for it not to be bothered by the bad weather!” By the time you read this, we will back to our normal runs. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 alphacancaris@hotmail.co.uk On Dave Webster’s run from Horsepath twenty lads and one young lady pillion rode out in the Witney direction passing through several villages, finally halting at the Bookshop Cafe near Thame for refreshments and shelter from a dry but windy day after a good break they saddled up and headed back across country. The wind was now gusting at gale force, after quite a bit of buffering and tacking we arrived at the Hungry Horse inn at Crowmarsh for lunch. About a fifty mile run on a dry but stormy day plus a good turn out for time of year. Us Oxford lads enjoy a good challenge in all weather. Our AGM was well attended with around forty lads turned out. All the new positions on the new committee were voted in so we can still continue enjoying our runs plus lots of banter. Committee members will be named in the next issue. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 www.penninevmcc.org.uk secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk Our January meeting was hastily rearranged at a new venue due to the sudden closure of our usual meeting place. We have Graham to thank for compiling his annual quiz which was won by the

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team of Rodney Lee, John Kerridge, Philip Martin and Kevin Hellowell. We intend to meet at the Lower Place Liberal Club, Oldham Road, Rochdale until we see if the Kingsway, which ticks all the boxes for our purposes, reopens. If it is still closed by the start of the riding season in May we will have to find somewhere else. Please keep an eye on the Section’s website, or send a message to 078 1717 8287 if you are not on my list already, and would like to receive text alerts. This month we will just have a natter night and get ourselves organised for the year’s events. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Jon Hill stepped into the breach at the February meeting and told us about Jimmy Moore, Newcastle’s Motorcycling Pioneer whose Dene Motor Company built machines in the city up to the early 1920s. Jon was standing in for a speaker from Northumbria Air Ambulance, whose talk will now take place in May. The main event at the April Club Night is an auction so come along with something to sell if you can - 10% of the sale price will go to the section’s coffers. The first Thursday and Sunday runs of 2017 take place on 13th and 23rd April respectively. If you need a printed copy of the events calendar, you can pick one up at club night, alternatively, give me a call and I’ll pop one in the post. SHEFFIELD AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE (NE) Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 ken.shemwell@blueyonder.co.uk I expect many of you will share my disappointment to hear that Terry Croft's Norvin did not get an award in the Classic Bike competition, held in midFebruary. (It was won by the Matchless V Twin). Terry would like to thank all those people who voted for him. The Section looks forward to a close inspection of this motorcycle at a future meeting. Tony Cowley has several guest speakers lined up, but we are still waiting to get back into our 'proper' meeting room; perhaps for the April meeting? A reminder that some support would be welcome at the AGM (April 9th), for the two award winners

successfully nominated by this Section. (See March Journal.) In addition you get free entry to the Motor Museum! Perhaps an occasion to share transport down to Gaydon? SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 derek.trow@talk21.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk The meeting for February was a talk by Paul Evans of the Air Ambulance Lottery who gave us a insight in to the workings of the Midlands Air Ambulance. It was a very interesting talk and was followed by a question and answer session. Dave Margaroni brought a large number of books which were available free of charge however he requested that if you wished to give a donation to the Air Ambulance Fund - which raised £24. Our grateful thanks to Dave who will be giving us a talk later in the year on Oil for Vintage Motorcycles. The April club night is a illustrated talk by Mike Watkins on the sinking of the Empress of Ireland which had a bigger loss of life than the Titanic, as usual it is at The Inn-on-the-Green at 2pm on the 26th of April entrance £2 towards club funds. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 Notes-secretary@vmccsomerset.co.uk www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk The AGM went as usual, the whole committee voted in enbloc. The Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at Cossington was a success, and I think Dave Boon was the overall winner as he received a tableful of trophies, good food, well served and the free draw was appreciated although I did not win anything! Our speaker on the 6th will be Carl, talking about his experiences at ATC (Air Traffic Control). Let’s hope you still want to fly after hearing the inside story. Cheddar weekend is on 8/9th at Cheddar Football Club, social run on the Saturday, followed by a social evening and a Road Safety Competitive Run on the Sunday. The committee are arranging a Section visit to the SS Great Britain. Because there is not a safe parking area at the site for motorcycles, it was decided that we would organise a coach for the trip. Details will be published later.

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SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk https://sites.google.com/site/vmccsc/

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk

At our 7th February club night, Ian Young’s ‘Places and Motorcycles’ word association challenge was won by Dave Carroll. Our thanks, once more, go to Ian for creating this event. As it is now April, our Tuesday evening pub meets get underway. Please note – following the fire at the Carpenters Arms at Misserden, the May 30th meet will now be at the Forge at Whitminster. On April 23rd, we have a run to the smallish but excellent Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum in Calne. The meeting point for this is the AV8 Café at Kemble Airfield, NOT Stonehouse! From May 1st, You can have a go at Dave Carroll’s excellent ‘Stoned in Gloucestershire’ Summer riding challenge. Details and maps will appear on the Section’s website (see above) on that date. Happy riding.

Thanks to Alistair Alexander who travelled from Scotland to entertain over 40 at our club night with illustrated talks about the Hebridean Hop - 500 miles on a 98cc machine - and Ian Stuart 'One Fast Fifer,' - he hoped it encouraged others to unearth interesting motorcycling tales. Hopefully Eric Londesbrough’s sociable motorcycle quiz will further entertain at our second February club night and Roy Sturgeon will be rewarded with a good entry for the championship trial at Chopgate, this year the championship will include the summer trials. Some are busy restoring or refurbishing motorcycles, organisers are planning events as we look forward to warmer riding days. April 6th Club night a quiz with pie and peas; be helpful if you let Brian Smith know in advance. See you soon, if I manage to return from Alcatraz.

SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk The brave Sunday Run Crew continue to ride through all wind and weathers, to our various watering holes around the county. Henstridge Airfield always looks after this group very well and we will have to increase our tyre pressures if we go there too often. Another favourite is Hamish’s café on the A37 where they do rather nice cakes, as can be seen in the photo. The Crank was not awarded this month as nobody would own up to anything! Deep concerns are still being expressed over the current management style of some club officials.

SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Our February AGM saw one change on the Committee and no new volunteers coming forward. Russell, Dave and I are to continue as Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. Dave attended the President's Regional meeting for the South East Area at Crawley and found it very interesting. Our annual dinner took place in late February and 27 members had a great time and meal at the Lysses Hotel. Our first event is on Thursday 13th April from Portchester Castle to Sammy Millers Museum followed by day runs on the 20th and 27th April and 4th May. On Sunday 9th April is the Mayor of Havant charity run. We still need run leaders for a number of evening runs, please contact Russell if you wish to volunteer. SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 janda.salix@hotmail.co.uk www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk February quiz night tested the grey cells with 20 motorcycle questions from Gary interspersed with 20 on general knowledge from Kay. Most

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fared better with the two-wheeled answers. ‘Maybe we should have something other than motor cycle books in the library,’ suggested Roger, scrutinising our team score of 23. ‘Too much like school exams,’ observed another member, proving that you can’t please all the people all the time. The winner was John Connelly, who took home the bottle of wine. Problems with date clashes mean that the Daffodil Run from the Red Lion has been postponed until April 2nd, and there will be no April Showers Run. After Club Night on the 19th, our next Section event will be Peter’s Wrinkly Run which will take place in May. Always check the website for up to date run information or phone/e-mail the organiser before travelling. The Section still needs organisers for riding events. Committee members can offer support and advice. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.hmharris@tiscali.co.uk www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk The St. David’s Day event at the club house, of a faggots and peas dinner followed by a lecture on Les Graham, was well attended by 35 members. The meal was superb and I hope the lecture was interesting and not too long, as I didn’t finish until 10.20pm, and all for just £5.00. April has the Spring Run starting from the café at the top of Caerffili Mountain, meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. Don’t forget we have a Noggin and Natter at the clubhouse in the Llanharry Working Men’s Club every two weeks. In April we meet on the 10th and the 24th, so if you haven’t tried it out please come along, give me a call first and I can give you an outline of what takes place. SPRINT (SE) www.vmccsprint.co.uk info@vmccsprint.co.uk Find us on Facebook Greetings – some news re the 2017 Brighton Speed Trials (Saturday 2nd September). The motor cycle entry has been increased to 75 machines this year, so we can take a few extra entries in all classes. Further details (as and when they emerge) can be found on the webpage and Facebook page.

STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown info@stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk 01786 870345 www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk Once again Alastair Alexander seemed to attract a good turnout of 34 members to listen to his very interesting account of his 500-mile Hebridean trip on his 100cc moped, along with other enthusiasts. I was not at the meeting so this information is gleaned from fellow members. During general committee business it was announced that Maurice Chandler has been awarded The E E Thomson award which is for outstanding efforts in promoting section activities. Congratulations Maurice. Hope I've got this right. Good to hear the first entries for this year’s S&T are the Kirkham's. Great! Also entry forms for other events arriving starts the excitement. After a nasty fall John McNicol is on the road to recovery, haste yea back John. Good luck to all you chaps showing bikes at Ingliston. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk Thank you to all the exhibitors who displayed their machines at the Classic Bike Show in February at Shepton Mallet with a special thanks to John and Olive Guy for once again organising the display and congratulations to the award winners, John & Olive and Shirley Blake in their respective classes.By now our Section calendar for the year will have been uploaded onto the V.M.C.C. website. If you are unable to access the internet then pick up our programme on Club Night or contact me for a copy. Our riding season begins with the ever popular Spring Run from Breamore House on the 2nd followed with the Spring Nifty Run also from Breamore on the 23rd. For this month's club night on the 19th we once again welcome back by popular demand the RevStewart Timbrell who will be giving a humorous talk on Discovering Dorset. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club Our February Day Run was a complete washout,

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one member did turn up but as there was no organized ride he went back home. Our Section dinner is going from strength to strength, the annual awards were presented to the worthy recipients and everyone had a good evening. I borrowed a good selection of videos from headquarters which added to the interest. We hosted the President's Regional Meeting with representatives from nine Sections to discuss the future of the club, a worthwhile meeting with some good frank discussions. I am sure there will be more information in the magazine once all the meetings have taken place. As the weather improves we have a full programme of events so keep an eye on the club website and magazine. SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 barrygfox@hotmail.com Not much to report as the AGM has not yet been convened. Meetings are held from 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Morriston Rugby Club, just off Chemical Road, Morriston, Swansea. We are a friendly bunch so if you are a member please come along. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 07887 517906 jugood@talktalk.net We had our AGM on 21st February, all Committee stay the same. Not a lot going on at the moment, waiting for the more settled weather to start improving. By the time you read this we will have had our Annual skittles with The Swindon and District Motor Cycle Club on the 9th March, also our Annual Meal March 18th. Don is going to do us a run in April - let’s have more of you all organising a run. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.thetaverners.com www.tavernerstrials.org.uk Peter.Monk@snapon.com February kicked off with a noggin & natter whilst waiting for the riding weather to appear, followed by the next trial in our championship at Eaton where the water crossing was missing this year but the very slippy bog section more than made up for it even though Mr Ash still managed to go clean all

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day! We’d all love to know how he does it. We also were entertained by Arthur Bassett with his famous film night - unfortunately there was a technical issue with the sound but I’m informed he will come back on another night to give us a full screening, so keep an eye on the calendar for further details. Get the bikes ready as April hosts our Tulip run from Little Stretton starting at 10:00am fingers crossed for good weather. TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01245 321573 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com By the time you are reading these notes winter hopefully will be long gone and spring will be with us once again, so I hope you are all fit and well and your machine is ready as it is time to go touring once again. The first event we will be supporting is the Essex Section Bluebell Weekend based at The Museum of Power at Langford near Maldon where the usual camping facilities will be available. Pauline and I offered to organise the Bluebell Weekend this year rather than see it drop from the calendar and with help from Gill Scatcherd we have three enjoyable days riding planned. Besides the usual fish and chips on Friday evening we have arranged for the Saturday evening meal to be held in the Steam Pump Tearoom in the museum so there is no need to drive anywhere, allowing everyone to enjoy the weekend more. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com The February’s Section meeting was started by the chairman and followed by the treasurer and secretary – all reported a quiet month in terms of correspondence. The assembled members then enjoyed a video presentation organised by Kevin Hellowell with a disc kindly loaned by Rod Lee, the subject being the racing career of Richard Britton. The video showed many interviews with family and friends and followed Richard’s career from early days on 125cc two-strokes, through to the tails of racing in Macau and until his premature death in an Irish national road race at Ballybunion, County Kerry in 2005, racing highlights shown


included many clips on racing on the narrow public roads in Ireland, the IoM TT and short circuits. Our Easter Monday meeting will be an informal noggin and natter for those available. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 As our stand at the Race Retro was cancelled, we had little going on in the Section, although we had a really interesting talk and slide show on the life and work of a lock keeper on the Grand Union Canal. Now that April is here our runs kick off with our Spring Run 2nd April, so here’s hoping a good season of weather gets you out on these machines. WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Our stand at the Bristol Bike Show was a success, dominated by Paul’s Harley Davidson. Congratulations to Rodney for best veteran. Club Night was a talk by Pete Leach of Globebusters. Pete is back-up man and grand tour organiser. This tour was Cape Town to Kenya – quite tough! On a

sad note, I was sorry to hear that Larry Erickson of Spraymaster died unexpectedly at home last week. He was a paint finisher extraordinaire, and will be sadly missed. Our first outing of 2017 will be the Hinton St Mary Run on 23rd April – always an excellent event preceded by tea and biscuits and finishing with soup and other goodies at the Cricket Club Pavilion. I can’t wait to get out there; winter seems to have lasted a long time – see you there. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 betron.wright@gmail.com http://wkvmcc.weebly.com Last month I briefly mentioned that two of last year’s committee were not standing for re-election, Dave Mills and George Smith, both of whom had given many years service to the Section, 10 years and 20 years respectively. It is the dedication of people like this that keeps this Section of the VMCC going as well as it does. Entry forms are now available for the Godwin Oast House Run on 14th May. See me for a hard copy or email for a soft copy. There’s no meeting at the Three Horseshoes this month but instead we have our

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Bring & Buy auction at West Kingsdown Village Hall where there will be an entrance charge of £1. This will help to offset the hall hire charge. I still have vacancies for the September Wrinkly and December Social Runs – volunteers! WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 vmccwestwilts@gmail.com Our stand at the Bristol Bike show concentrated on more modern, affordable bikes to try and show we were not just a club for flat tank bikes. This approach seemed to work as our members were kept busy and managed to sign up new members and had prospects of others. An evening of head scratching and laughter was had with Colin testing our knowledge with a quiz. It was so successful he was invited to give us another one. Peter gave us a slide show of his experiences on the Rally International Colombres. He, together with Mike and Bill, has taken part for the last two years and are also signed up for this year. The scenery was breathtaking and the selection of bikes, including many not normally seen in the UK, very interesting. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk www.vmccworcs.co.uk April is an action packed month for the Section. The Malvern Classic Motorcycle Show will be on 2nd April and we hope to have our usual Section stand there and the week after that there is the Spring Run on the 9th. Club night on the 10th will feature Chairman Roy Lambert explaining the mysteries of his EMC machine. The ever popular Good Friday Run is being organised this year by Bob Arnold. The April mid-week run on the 20th will be Richard Caddick’s Wye Not Run, remember this starts from Market Square, Bromyard. We finish the month with a breakfast meet at the Colliers Arms Café at Rock on the 30th. Advance notice of change of start location for the May midweek run on the 18th. This will now start from the Mayfly Café at Cob House, Wichenford, WR6 6YE and lunch will be at the Farmers Arms at Wellington Heath near Ledbury. On May 20th we will have the chance to display our bikes in Friar Street, Worcester as part of the Worcester Motor Festival.

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Scottish notes

There are a couple of important changes to the calendar of runs which should be noted. Firstly, the 43rd National Assembly organised by Central Scottish Section will be held two weeks earlier than usual, now taking place on the weekend of 28th-30th July 2017 in Blairgowrie. The change is not of the Section’s choice or making, and the hope is that the event will continue to be very actively supported. Stirling Castle Section is putting on a mid-week social run (Wednesday 2nd August) starting at Crieff prior to their S&T Rally at Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie on the weekend of 4th-6th August. Add the whole lot together and you can enjoy five days of riding with organised social evenings included. Enquiries to Brian Gordon for the National Assembly (01241 853946 or snaeventsec@hotmail.com) or Dougie Cowie for the S&T and mid-week run (01764 653474 or douglascowie54@gmail.com ). Secondly, the Galloway Flat Tank and Girder Fork Weekend planned for 5th-7th May has a change of organiser. Geoff Brazendale and Dave Moffat are not able to run it this year, so Peter Oram, of Stirling Castle Section, has stepped up to the plate to make sure that the event goes ahead. I was delighted to learn that he had volunteered his services, and with Peter involved we are in very good hands (details from Peter Oram on 01764 681300 or peter-oram@outlook.com). There are a couple of other girder fork/flat tank events in May and these are the NE Scottish Section Girder Fork Run on 7th May starting at Clatt Village Hall in Aberdeenshire (Details from Tony Mortishire on 01330 844322 or mortishire@btinternet.com) and the Scottish Demob Run (pre-1950) being organised by Auld Reekie Edinburgh (ARE) Section starting at the Powmill Milk Bar on 14th May (details from George Plumb on 0131 3333336 or growanleaj@btinternet.com ). The following evening ARE Section hosts James Robinson, Editor of ‘The Classic Motorcycle’


Across the moors on the Stirling Castle S&T Regularity Run. magazine, for an illustrated talk. It should be a fascinating evening, to which you are all invited, held at the Newliston Arms, Kirkliston starting at 7.30 for 8.00pm on Monday 15th May. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Central Scottish Section’s Classic Motorcycle Show and Autojumble on 9th April in Forfar. Clyde Valley Section is organising a lunch meeting at the Oven, Overton Farm, Rosebank on the A72 starting at 12.00pm (details from Tim Ryan on 07714 505386 or timryan750@gmail.com). ARE Section received a large donation of books and magazines last year, and George Plumb reckoned we had enough to run an auction. We received some further donations from members like George Ogg, Allan and Brian Forbes, Bill Dunlop, Anton Roberts and others and the scene was set for the auction at our February meeting. Norrie Russell

was our auctioneer, resplendent with a bow-tie and a gavel. He used his wit, good humour and general bonhomie to relieve us of a healthy contribution to the Section’s funds. The format might work for other Sections. Alastair Alexander, Area Rep. for Scotland

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Diary

April 1st Cotswold

Unless otherwise stated, there are no costs and no restrictions on attendance at events in these listings

Felix Burke Weekend Social Run. 10am. Andoversford Sports and Social Club, Templefields, Andoversford, GL54 4LE (SP 021 194) Pre-1993 solo and sidecar motorcycles and three-wheelers Jenny Hart 01684 276610 jenny@hart1246.plus.com www.vmcc-cotswold.org £2

2nd East Yorkshire Spring Run. 10:30am. Beechwood Cafe. A614 Holme on Spalding Moor, YO43 4ED. All Welcome G. Bradley 01430 422667 £2 Goodwood Norman Broadbridge Run. 10.30am. Tangmere Aviation Museum, Tangmere Road, Tangmere, Nr Chichester, PO20 2ES. John Taylor 01903 892314 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Stonehenge Spring Run. 11am. Breamore House Countryside Museum, Breamore, Hampshire SP6 2DF Lionel Butler 01725 510760 £2 Warwickshire Spring Run. 10am for 10.30 start. Kenilworth R.F.C. Martyn Roberts 01455 238413 Notts & Derby Breakfast Run. 10am. Sainsbury’s car park, Matlock. John Hoyle 01623 861474 www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net Dorset The Blandford Run. 11am. The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford, Dorset 25 years and older Peter Miller 01258 721356 £3 Banbury April Fools Run. 9.30am. Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AN. M Phipps 07985 035502 Blue Haze. 10.30am. Broadlees Golf Course, Chapelton, Strathaven, ML10 6GH. Willie Malone Clyde Valley 01357 521375 wbillmalone@btinternet.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk Cotswold 63rd (Felix Burke Memorial) Cotswold Road Trial. 10.00am. Andoversford Village Hall, Crossfields, Andoversford, CGL54 4LQ (SO 021 194) Pre-1993 solo and sidecar motorcycles and three-wheelers Jenny Hart 01684 276610 jenny@hart1246.plus.com www.vmcc-cotswold.org £15 Kings Lynn Frank and Ida Allen Memorial Run. 10.30am. Main Street, Witchford, Ely, Cambs. Open to all club eligible machines Paul Allen 01353 667850 £3 Cornwall Informal Meet, Kit Hill. 10am - 11.30am. Louis Tea Rooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Stirling Castle Maurice’s Run. 12.30pm. MHOR 84 Balquidder. Maurice Chandler 01786 818953 mauricechandler@talktalk.net East Lancs Gordon’s Pre-season Run. 10.30am. Judge Walmsley car park, Whalley. BB7 9NT. Gordon Barker 01254 383003 £2 West Kent Girder Fork Run. 10.30am. Eynsford layby south of railway bridge on A225. Any machine fitted with girder forks. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com South Wales Spring run. 10.30am. Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar, Mountain Road, Caerphilly CF83 1HJ, Club Eligible vehicles Howard Jayne 029 20868203 North Staffs Oatcake Run. 10.30am. Bradnop Village Hall. John Broadhurst 01538 385122 www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com £5 Oxford Club Run. 10am. H-Cafe Berrinsfield. Pete Ryman 01235 200367 £1 South Dorset Spring Fever Run. 10.30am. Top of Town CP, Dorchester DT1 1RR John Morey 01308 423819 johnmorey.bikes@googlemail.com £2 Taverners Sporting Trial. 10:30am. Lount. Pre-65Mark McEvoy 01858 434197 mmcevoy@infoteknix.co.uk www.thetaverners.co.uk £15 Northwest April Fools Run. 10am. Brian’s Farm, Hundred End Lane. Girders and small capacity. Brian Moorcroft 01772 811430 South Lincs Daffodil Run. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP. 10.30am & Peterboro Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com Warwickshire Spring Run. Kenilworth R.F.C. 10 for 10.30am start. Martyn Roberts 01455 238413 Oxford Club run. H Cafe Berrinsfeild. 10am. Pete Ryman 01235 200367 3rd South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com www.northumbrianvmcc.co.uk/index 50p

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Men of Kent 4th East Lancs

Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horse Public House, Charing. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk

Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. The Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com www.northcotswoldvmcc.com Ips & Suffolk Club Night. 8pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Club Night. Gather from 7pm. Kings Arms, Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Isle of Wight Lunch Run. 11.30am. Old Smithy car park, Godshill. VMCC membership. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Central Lancs Club night. 7.30pm Charnock Richard FC, Charter Lane, Charnock Richard. Adrian Such 07534 278388 adie851@hotmail.co.uk 5th Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club £1 Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Apple Tree Inn, Woodmancote, Bishops Cleeve, GL52 9QG (SO 975 273) Nigel Tustin 01424 518310 nige-bsa@hotmail.co.uk www.vmcc-cotswold.org Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Apple Tree Inn, Woodmancote, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 9QG Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Kemsing High Street car park. Any machine over 25 years Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Chiltern Club Night. 7.30pm for 8pm start. The White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks HP5 1AG Philip Barfield 0144282 4143 multiman500@virginmedia.com www.chilternvmcc.co.uk £2 Dorset Lunch Time Meet. Noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset. SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Apple Tree Inn, Woodmancote, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 9QG Cotswold Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk vmcc-cotswold.org South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club Middleton St George. Brian Smith 01325 286623 www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk Taverners Wrinkly Run. 10am. 1 Bradgate Close, Mountsorrel, Leics, LE12 7DZ. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com 6th Oxford Social Run. 10am. Millets Farm. Pete Ryman 01235 200367 £1 Notts & Derby Natter Night. 8pm. Royal Oak, Green Lane, Ockbrook, Derbyshire, DE72 3SE. John Hoyle www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net West Wilts Mid Week Run. 10am. Chocolate Poodle, West Lavington. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com £1 Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Phil Ham 01278 671626 South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club Middleton St George. Brian Smith 01325 286623 8th Wessex V&V Breakfast Meet. 9am. Ansty PYO. Bette Barber 01722 330453 bykerbabe@icloud.com Somerset Cheddar Weekend. 10am. Cheddar FC.Machines over 25 years Sue Skinner 01934 820657 Cheddartrial@hotmail.com www.vmccsomerset.co.uk Ips & Suffolk Lunch. 12 for 12.30pm. Westerfield Railway. T. Dickings 01473 217215 9th M&HP Off road trial. 10.30 for 11am. Mow Cop. No water-cooled, disc brakes or monoshocks John Drabble Stuart Coales Barry Howard 01625 575479; 01260 252305; 01625630016 £12 Glasgow The Pip Squeak Run. 11am Kilmarnock, car park near Tesco. 25-year rule. Categories for under 100cc; short route for sub-32cc cyclemotors. Gordon Mowat 01475 638528 Rustynuts@talktalk.net £5 Northampton Hugh’s Run. 10.30am. Pure Triumph, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD, A scenic ride Hugh Gallagher 01933 419800 Worcestershire Spring Run. 9.30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 vmccworcs.co.uk Mid Lincs Bluestone Heath Run. 10am. Stanhope Hall Car Park, off The Wong, Boston Road, Horncastle, LN9 6NF. All welcome Stewart Parker 01652 657603 www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk

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Moonraker Don’s Run. 10.30am. 25-year rule. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net £1 North Tamar Gp Spring Run. 11am. Bradworthy Inn, The Square, Bradworthy, Devon, EX22 7TD Pre-1992 machines Paul Dyson 07974 230840 pdyson@jumbler.co.uk Shropshire Long Mountain Run. 10.30am. The Inn on the Green, Wentnor, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5EF Derek Trow 01686 670626 £5 Cyclemotor 3 in 1 Run. 10.30am, The Four Horseshoes, Long Sutton, Hants. RG29 1TA. Lorraine or Derek 0118 9730712 www.magic-wheelers.org.uk North Cotswold New Blossom Run. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com www.northcotswoldvmcc.com Moonraker April Run. 10for 10.30am. The Woodshaw, Wootton Bassett. 25-year rule Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net £1 South Hants Mayor of Havant’s Classic Vehicle Charity Run. 9am. Pre-1992 Anne Thurlow 023 92446152 anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk www.havant.gov.uk £10 Essex Early Easter Run. 10am. Belmont, Hollow Road, Felsted, Dunmow, Essex. Gill Scatcherd 07733 063928 gillscatch@aol.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk £1 Devon April Fools Run. 11am. The Rest & Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, TA24 7DR. Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com Road Run & Tea Party. 1:45 for 2pm. Laxey Prom.25-year rule. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Isle of Man ghcorlett@manx.net www.vmcciom.org North East Dales Run. 10am for 11am. High Harefield Farm, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5DG. Anthony Head 01423 712072 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com £3 Central Scottish Autojumble & Classic & Vintage Motorcycle Show. 10am. Strathmore Hall, Forfar Mart, John Street, Forfar, DD8 3EZ. Pre-1990 John Lamb 07925 535403 greatjumble@googlemail.com Chesh & N Wales Run-out and lunch. 11.15 amCar park in Corwen. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com Stirling Castle Davie’s Spring Run. 9am for 10am start. Rhubarblime, Main Street, Kippen. David Brown 01786 870345 janettemcbrown@icloud.com Cheshire Cats Big Breakfast & run to Llanuwchllyn (Bala). 10:30 for 11 set-off. Prees Heath Truckstop. All welcome, on any bike Phil Green 01477 534346 phil.green100@btinternet.com vmccCheshireCats.co.uk North Birm’ham Julian’s Excursion. 10 for 10.30 start. Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre, Henwood Road, Tettenhall, WV6 8NX. Open to all. Julian Edwards 01562 883224 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk £2 East Lancs Jubilee Run. 11am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall. Bill Leach 01706 225727 £2 W South Wales Commemorative Run. 10am. Dave or Graham 07796 293468; 07813 441376 Cornwall Awards Presentation and Rides. 10.30am rides start, 1pm lunch and presentations. East Taphouse and Truro Cricket Club. Roger Hore and Eric Bayley Roger 01208 73571; Eric 01637 872618 10th Worcestershire Club night. 7.30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 www.vmccworcs.co.uk Stirling Castle Club Meeting 7.30pm Woodside Hotel, Doune FK16 6AB. Maurice Chandler 01786 818953 mauricechandler@talktalk.net Northumbrian Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley ROAB, Birtley Lane, Birtley, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357petebagnall44@hotmail.com www.northumbrianvmcc.co.uk/index 50p Wessex V&V Club Night. 8pm. The Kings Arms, East Stour SP8 5NB. Bette Barber 01722 330453 11th South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6.30pm. The Cheese Rollers Inn at Shurdington. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Burton & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net www.burtonsectionvmccandclassics.co.uk £1 East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Isle of Wight Club Night. 7.30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Brooklands Ride a Bike Night. 7.30pm Downside Bridge Road car park, Cobham, KT11 3DG, John Gentleman 07837 074131 thegents1977@hotmail.co.uk www.thesaddlersarms.co.uk £1 Surrey & Sussex Early Evening Run. 6.45pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Social Club, RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club £1 Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, Anglian

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CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com £2 Club Meeting. 7.30pm. Dalsef Church, Kirk Road, Dalserf, ML9 3BL.Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk Club Night. 8.30pm. Kingsway Hotel Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 01616 548159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk penninevmcc.org.uk £1

Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Royal Oak Inn, Andoversford, Cheltenham, GL54 4HR. Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk vmcc-cotswold.org East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Snowdonia/Eryri Club Night 7.30pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth R.F.C. Helen Parker 01926 429310 Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. The Barons, Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@googlemail.com www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Men of Kent Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Village Hall, Dunkirk near Canterbury, Kent, ME13 9LF. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk Reivers Club Night. 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk 50p Chiltern Midweek Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com www.chilternvmcc.co.uk £2 Cornwall Informal Meet. 11.30am. Atlantic Cafe, The Seafront, Portreath, TR14 4NN. Peter Lee 01209 212276 alpa1948@btinternet.com East Sussex Club Night. 7.30 for 8.p.m. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Banbury Club Night. 8pm. Banbury Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, OX15 4BN. Members and guests. John Harris 01295 721282 Dorset Club Night; Speaker. 7:30pm. Details at www.dorsetvmcc.co.uk Peter Miller 01258 721356 13th Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 OLE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com www.thetaverners.co.uk Bedfordshire Beds Fish & Chip Supper. 8pm for 8.30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, SG17 5JA. Martin Brookman 01767 226628 South Hants Day Run One. 10.30am. Portchester Castle. Clive Brown 01329 841920 robertbtsc@live.co.uk £2 North Staffs Inter Section and Club Quiz. 8.15pm. Moorville Hall. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 geoffvmcc@hotmail.com Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6 for 6.30pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD All welcome Alan Langmaid 01803 863 296 www.vmccdartmoor.com West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night. 7.30pm for 8pm start. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 hpippadog@aol.com Herefordshire South Shropshire and the Long Mynd. 9.30am for 10am. Brightwells Auction House, Leominster HR6 0DE. All VMCC eligible bikes welcome. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Norton Lindsey. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 www.northcotswoldvmcc.com Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett Isle of Man 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net www.vmcciom.org West Kent Quiz Night. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham DA4 0DG. All members welcome. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Reivers Thursday Run. 10 for 10.30am. Nelson’s Cafe, Swarland. Dave Spencer 01670 787 546 Dave.Spencer@gmx.co.uk www.vmccreivers.co.uk 14th (Good Friday) Bournemouth Good Friday Run. 11am. Walkford Hotel. Ian Barr 01425 610427 & New Forest Worcestershire Good Friday Run. 9.30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 www.vmccworcs.co.uk Surrey & Sussex Good Friday Run. 11am. SCHVPT, East Hill Road, Effingham Road, Copthorne, RH10 3HZ Map Ref: 328406. No entries on the day. Nigel Pepper. 01403 268952 nigel.pepper@talk21.com £3

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Ips & Suffolk Good Friday Run. 10am to 4pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 15th (Easter Saturday) Notts & Derby Anson Mseum Run. 10am. Lay-by A6 South of Whatstandwell. Gordon Milburn 01773 788710 www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net 16th (Easter Sunday) Ironmasters Fools Gold Run. 10am. Priorslee Lake Jnt4 M54. Phil Nation Bedfordshire Beds Spring Run10am for 10.30am. Shuttleworth Cafe, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP. Normal VMCC eligibility. John Brooker 01767 692805 £2 B’pool & Dist Crook O’Lune Social Run. 10am. Knott End Cafe, Ramsey Court, Knott End on Sea. Jeff Cambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com East Yorkshire Tiger Trott. 10:30am. Tiger Inn, Newbald.YO43 4SA. Flat Tank, girder fork & up to 125cc. H.Holdorf 01482 862209 £2 East Devon Ride Out. 10.30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area EX14 1BQ. Bob Fulthorpe 07490 863666 £2 Banbury Grey Porridge and Girder Fork Run. 9.30am. Cropredy Village Hall. Girder Forks, but all welcome Geoff Wheeler 01295 750400 Isle of Man Trial. 1:30pm. Arrasey Plantation. Pre-65 & invitation classes. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 sseal@manx.net www.vmcciom.org £10 Northampton Hugh’s Run. 10.30am. Pure Triumph, Wellingbro’, NN8 1LD. Hugh 01933 419800 VMCC £2 17th (Easter Monday) Devon Evening meet. 7pm. The Sportsmans Inn, South Molton, EX36 3LU. Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com www.sportsmansinn.co.uk Bournemouth Lunchtime meet. 1pm. London Tavern, Ringwood. Bernie Kuropka 01425 479177 & New Forest Moonraker Easter Monday Autojumble. Stallholders 7am, Public 9am. Lotmead Business Centre, Wanborough Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net £10 Norwich & Dist Shakedown. 10 for 10:30am. 100th Bomber Group Memorial Museum, Common Road, Dickleburgh, Diss, IP21 4PH. Bob Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk £4 Wakefield & Noggin and natter. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis West Yorkshire 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com £1 18th Gwent 30 Years of The Gwent Section. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. Mark Hillier or John Sharman 01873 811541 or 01874 730753 markhillier61@icloud.com Goodwood Club Night - AGM. 8pm. The Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979. goodwoodvmcc@aol.com East Lancs Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Ips &Suffolk Evening Run, Westerfield Railway. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6.30pm. The Holford Arms at Knockdown. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com 19th Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk £1.50 Oxford Club night. 7.30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Pete Ryman 01235 200367 £1 South Lincs April Club Night 8 pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk/events Mid Lincs Club Night, Accident Response. 7.30pm. The Shires,Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL All welcome Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@midlincsvmcc.co.uk midlincsvmcc.co.uk £3 Chiltern Pub Night. About 8pm. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 0144282 4143 multiman500@virginmedia.com www.chilternvmcc.co.uk Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Pilot Inn, Sellars Road, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QD. Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk vmcc-cotswold.org Midland Oveland to Vietnam. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum. VMCC Members. Bob Badland 0782 584 0677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com £1 Cornwall Informal Meet. Noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, Newquay TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 rogerhore65@gmail.com Stonehenge Club Night - Guest Speaker. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls, SP5 2LN Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk

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20th Worcestershire Wye Not Run. 9.30 for 10am start. Market Square, Bromyard. Richard Caddick 01299 403334 www.vmccworcs.co.uk Cheshire Cats Clubnight & inter-section quiz. 7:30 for 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich, Stephen Herbert 01606 888972. stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com vmccCheshireCats.co.uk Bedfordshire Beds Midweek Run. 10 for 10.30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford. SG17 5JA Normal VMCC eligibility Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2 Oxford Social run. 10am. Millets Farm. Alan Wittington 01235 832145 £1 South Hants Day Run Two. 10.30 am. Roundabout car park, Portsdown Hill. Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk £2 Herefordshire Club night. 7.30pm. The Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk West Wilts Mid week wandering. Noon. Fox and Hounds, Colerne. Colin Smith 01666 829540 colin.smith1951@btinternet.com Notts & Derby Evening Run. 7.30pm. Griffins Head, Moor Road, Papplewick, Nottingham NG15 8FZ. G Bower 07745 888938 www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George, DL2 1JQ. David Porteous Oxford Social Run. 10am. Millets Farm. Alan Wittington 01235 832145 21st Goodwood Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top of Bury Hill A29, junction A284, A29, and B2139, West Sussex BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Essex Bluebell Weekend. 10am. Museum of Power Langford, Maldon. VMCC eligible machines Pauline Hodkinson 01245 321573 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com vmcc-essex.co.uk £6 Isle of Man Trial. 1.30pm. Bimson’s Field, St George’s Bridge. Pre-65 & invitation classes. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 sseal@manx.net www.vmcciom.org £10 22nd Brooklands Jim Allen Challenge. 9.30am for 10am. Newlands Corner, A25 near Guildford, GU4 8SE Gavin Shaw 07910 373733 dpsc1954@yahoo.co.uk £2 Northwest Steam and Vintage Rally. 8pm. Leisure Lakes Southport. Pre-1973 only. Alan Johnson 07763 121460 www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Chiltern Spring Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 01442 82 4143 multiman500@virginmedia.com www.chilternvmcc.co.uk £2 Somerset Twin Dragon Run. 8.30am. Glastonbury. Machines over 25 years. Dave Boon 01749 672672 www.vmccsomerset.co.uk East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am to 4.00pm. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Isle of Wight VMCC Winter Gardens Show. 10am. Winter Gardens, Ventnor, Isle of Wight. VMCC eligible. Keith Hadfield 01983 730559 keith.hadfield1@btinternet.com 23rd South Cotswold Sunday Informal Run to the Atwell Motor Museum, Calne. 9.30 for departure 10am sharp AV8 Cafe on Kemble Airfield GL7 6BA. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com www.atwellwilson.org.uk/index Herefordshire Mid-Wales Meander to the Dams at Rhayader. 10am. Texaco Petrol Station, Kington, HR5 3DZ. all welcome. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk Taverners Tulip Run. 10am. Little Stretton. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com www.thetaverners.co.uk Warwickshire Social Gathering. Noon. The Friendly Inn, Frankton, CV23 9NY. Frank Parker 01926 429310 W South Wales Gower Run. 10am. M and P, Gorseinon, Swansea. Terry Nicholls 01792 873536 Northampton The Ted Cotton Memorial Run. 10.30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. Jim Poole 01604 766734. VMCC £2 Spring Nifty Run. 11am. Breamore House Countryside Museum, Breamore, Hampshire SP6 2DF Stonehenge Pre-1973 and under 250cc only. David Benn 01722 712701 (Day) 07870 759081 (Evenings) £2 East Lancs Basil’s Run. 10.30am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall. Dave Jeffers and Gary Pye 01254 777451 or 01254 775633 £2 Dartmoor Club Ride - Tamar Transit. 10 for 10.30am start. Tesco car park, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Central Ave, Ivybridge, PL21 9PE. All welcome. Derry Bowman 07842 146 722 www.vmccdartmoor.com £2 Wessex V&V Hinton St Mary Run. 10.30 for 11am start. Hinton St Mary Cricket Club, DT10 1NA. Pre-1931 Gabby Hunt 01963 250184 £3

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The Reservoir Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station, NP7 5HF. Henri Collings 01873 831 946 Calleva Gallop. 10.30am. Calleva Arms, Silchester, Reading RG7 2PH. Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk £1 Reivers Reivers Day Out. 10 for 10.30am. The Country Barn, Widdrington. Dave Harrison 01670 735753 dharriso@phc-uk.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Norwich & Dist Spring Lamb Run. 10 for 10.30am. 2, Harbor Road, Frettenham, Norfolk, NR12 7ND. Bob and Cynthia Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk £4 West Wilts St.George’s Day Run. 10.30am. Malmsbury Cross. Dave Waldron 01666 575205 dwaldron@sky.com £1 West Kent Members Memorial Run. 10.30am. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Any machine over 25 years of age Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com St George’s Day Run. 10.30am. Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2DH. Open to all club eligible Kings Lynn machines. Carl Brooks or Andy Culyer 07810 773630 or 07961 835774 carlbrooks118btinternet.com £3 Bournemouth Noggin & Natter. 7.30pm. Walkford Hotel. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 and New Forest Northumbrian Club Night & White Elephant Sale. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. P. Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com www.northumbrianvmcc.co.uk/index 50p Brooklands Jim Allen Challenge. 9.30am. Newlands Corner, A25 near Guildford, GU4 8SE. Gavin Shaw 07910 373733 gavinshaw1954@hotmail.co.uk 24th Northwest Club Social Night. 8pm. The Barons, Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@googlemail.com www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Bournemouth Noggin & Natter. 7.30pmWalkford Hotel. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest Northumbrian Club Night and White Elephant Sale. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 25th South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6.30pm. The Old Neighbourhood Inn, Stroud. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. Frankland Arms, London Road, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 4AL. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club £1 Isle of Wight Club Night. 7.30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Ips & Suffolk Evening Run Great Blakenham. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Berkshire Club Night;Video Evening. 7.45 pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Cotswold Committee Meeting. 7.30pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Brian Keeling 01452 712753 briankeeling@btinternet.com vmcc-cotswold.org West Kent Bring & Buy Auction. 8pm. West Kingsdown Village Hall, Gamecock Meadow, London Road, West Kingsdown, TN15 6BZ. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com £1 26th Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. Noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel), Crawford, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6TW. Paul Rickards 01555 870 329 paul.rickards@virgin.net www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk East Sussex Club Night. 7.30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk £1 Bristol Club night talk by Martin Palmer. 8pm. Begbrook Social Club, Frenchay Park Road, Frenchay, Bristol, BS161HY. John Dodimead. 01179 372949. john.dodimead@btinternet.com www.bristolvmcc.com £1.50 Shropshire Club Meeting. 2pm. The Inn on the Green, Wentnor, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5EF Derek Trow 01686 670626 £2 N Birmingham Mid-Week Run 1. 10 for 10.30am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL. Open to all Ian Harris 01952 460254 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk £2 Cotswold Club Night. 7pm. The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ. Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk vmcc-cotswold.org Men of Kent Bike night meeting. 8pm. Black Robin Public House, Kingston. CT4 6HS. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk

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Lunchtime Meet.12.30pm. Independent. VMCC eligible. John Hembrough 0117 9613262 www.bristolvmcc.com Notts & Derby Bill Sherras Memorial Run. 7.30pm. Ripley Market Place, DE5 3HA. M Shepard 01773 768263 www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net Lakeland Club Night: Morris Lubricants Presentation by Steve Brownless. 7.30pm for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, Keswick, CA12 5EG. Colin Steer 01768 774536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk South Hants Day Run Three. 10.30am. Wickham Square. Dave Bettridge 02380 464822 robertbtsc@live.co.uk £2 Isle of Man Road Run & Tea Party. 7.15 for 7.30 Grandstand, Douglas. 25-year rule applies. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net www.vmcciom.org Goodwood Evening Fish & Chip Run. 6.45pm. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top of Bury Hill, Junction of A29, A284, B2139, West Sussex, BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Bretforton. Mike Chiddick 01386 830330 www.northcotswoldvmcc.com West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com M&HP Club night/ Inter-section quiz. 7.30 for 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton. Barry Cook, Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 Taverners Sam’s Quiz Night. 8pm. Ratby sports & Village club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Sam Page 07984 566400 Stp751@hotmail.com Northampton Club NIght. 8pm. Obelisk Club, Northampton, NN2 8UE. David Mead 01327 342570 VMCC 28th Dartmoor BMAD Festiva. From 6pm. Paignton Sea Front, TQ4 6BL. All Welcome. Derek French 01803 391292 www.vmccdartmoor.com £4 Cornwall Truro Club Night. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Peter Lee 01209 212276 alpa1948@btinternet.com 29th Dorset Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset. SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Northumbrian Coast to Coast. 7.30am. Spanish Battery Car Park, Tynemouth, NE30 4HG. Flat tank/girder fork. Other 25-year rule bikes of less than 10hp. Andreas Schrocksnadel 0191 2901387 oatb@aol.com www.northumbrianvmcc.co.uk/index £10 30th North Staffs North West Relay Rally. 10.30am. Hulme End Tea Rooms, B5054 near Hartington. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 geoffvmcc@hotmail.com Worcestershire Breakfast Meet. 10am. Colliers Arms Cafe, Rock. John Porter 01386 553329 www.vmccworcs.co.uk Cotswold Summer Meeting. Noon. The Royal Spring Inn, Vention Lane, Lydbrook, GL17 9RL Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk vmcc-cotswold.org Cheshire Cats North-West Relay Rally. 10am. J&S Motorcycle MegaStore, Chester Road, Oakmere, Northwich. CW8 2HB (CW8 2HG Sat-Nav) 25-year rule. Bernie Horrigan 07747 859831 llmhorrigan@aol.com vmccCheshireCats.co.uk M&HP VMCC North West Relay Rally. 9.30am. Barry Howard 01625 630016 Oxford Club Run. 10am. H-Cafe Berrinsfield. Barry Winter 01235 531402 £1 Notts & Derby Sunday Run. 10am. Pidcocks BMW, Fields Farm Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 3FZ G Bower 07745 888938 www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net South Dorset Sunday Lunch Run. 10.30am. Top of Town CP, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. Nick Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk £2 North East Section Meeting. 2pm. Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge. Anthony Head 01423 712072 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com £1 Norwich & Dist Pre-40’s Run. 10 for 10:30am. Acacia, Queen Street, Spooner Row,Wymondham, NR18 9JU. Pre-40’s machines Richard Mack 01953 603773 www.vmccnorwich.co.uk £4 Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am to Noon. All welcome. John Osmond 01803 527469 www.vmccdartmoor.com Northwest The Chairman’s Run. 10am to 4.00pm. The Barons, Burscough. Alex Graham 07582 966522 www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Norwich Spring Run. 10 for 10:30am. Acacia, Queen Street, Spooner Row,Wymondham, NR18 9JU. & Dist Richard Mack. 01953 603773 www.vmccnorwich.co.uk £4 Cheshire North West Relay Rally. Our check point will be manned from 9.30 am Chester RUFC, CH3 7DB & North Wales 25-year rule applies

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Get Stoned in Gloucestershire! Choose from the locations listed Dave Carroll dodursley@tiscali.co.uk Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk May Bug Buzz. 10.30am. The Swan, Radcot Bridge. OX18 2SX. Alan 01494 532172 Abergavenny Toy Fair (in conjunction with Monmouthshire CC). 10am Abergavenny Market Hall 25 year. Details: Council 01873 735811

2nd Ips & Suffolk Evening run Trimley Hand in Hand. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Club Night. from 6.30pm. Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 7831314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Central Lancs Bike night. 7.30 Charnock Richard FC club, Chater Lane, Charnock Richard. Adrian Such 07534 278388 adie851@hotmail.co.uk East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Brooklands Social meeting. 8pm. The Cricketers Inn, The Green, Pirbright, Woking GU24 0JT. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 Richard.huckle@ntlworld.com Isle of Wight Lunch Run. 11.30am. Old Smithy car park, Godshill. VMCC membership Geoff Dean 01983 403331 East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com 3rd Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Boat Inn, Ashleworth, Gloucester, GL19 4HZ (SO 819 251) Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 nige-bsa@hotmail.co.uk Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Brian Robins 01293 537598 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Boat Inn, Ashleworth, Gloucester, GL19 4HZ Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk Dorset Lunch Time Meet. Noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset. SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Chiltern Evening Run. 7pm for 7.30pm departure. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 0144282 4143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Stonehenge Midweek Run. 2pm. Wyevale Garden Centre (Golden Acres) Southampton Road, Landford, SP5 2BE John/Olive Guy 02380 694111 4th Notts & Derby Natter Night. 8pm. Royal Oak, Green Lane, Ockbrook, Derbyshire, DE72 3SE. Bruce Phillips 01773 689297 brucephillips@hotmail.com Oxford Social run. 10am. Millets Farm. Vince Ellis 01235 526333 South Hants Day Run Four. 10.30am. Basingwell Car Park, Bishops Waltham. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 robertbtsc@live.co.uk South Durham Club night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous West Wilts Mid week Run. 10.30am. Burger King. Chippenham. Mike Davis 01225 811986 mica40@tiscali.co.uk Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Charlie Ollis 01934 713068 5th East Sussex Bill Bailey/Coventry to Brighton Run. 9.30am. Chalet Cafe, Cowfold. Chairman 01323 849199 chairman@eastsussex-vmcc.co.uk Auld Reekie The Galloway Run. 10am. Castle Douglas. Motorcycles and three wheelers with girder forks manufactured up to 1945. Geoff Brazendale (01228 549445); Dave Moffat dhmoff@btinternet.com 6th Midland Coventry to Brghton Ride. 9am. Coventry Transprt Museum. 25-year rule. Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com Lakeland Pop’s Bacon Butty Run. 10.30am. Crosthwaite Church, Keswick, Cumbria Brian Hinde 016973 71416 7th Isle of Man Road Run & Tea Party. 1:45 for 2pm. Grandstand, Douglas. 25-year rule. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net Cyclemotor The Nasty Run. 10.30am. Rising Sun, Halls Green, Weston, SG4 7DR. Chris 07950 903794

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N Birmingham Tour of Worcestershire. 10 for 10.30 start. Old Wagon and Horses, A451 Stourbridge to Kidderminster Road, Ismere, DY10 3NX. Open to all. Peter Gray 07929 611546 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Notts & Derby Robin Hood Run. (Route Card Run.) 10am. Transport Heritage Centre, Ruddington, Mere Way, NG11 6JS. Bruce Phillips 01773 689297 brucephillips@hotmail.com NE Scottish Girder Fork Run. 10.30am. Clatt Village Hall near Insch. Girder Fork two and three wheelers only. Tony R Mortishire 07887 740396 mortishire@btinternet.com B’pool & Dist Steve King Memorial Social Run. 10am. Knott End Cafe, Ramsey Court Knott end on Sea Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com Northwest Founder’s Relay Rally. 9am. Colin Hornby’s Farm. Colin Hornby 07581 506936 Moonraker Navigational trial. 9.am. 25-year rule, Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net Pennine Ellenroad Steam Museum Display. 11am. Ellenroad Steam Museum, Elizabethan Way, Milnrow, Rochdal, OL16 4LE. Geoff Green 01616 548159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk Cornwall Informal Meet Kit Hill. 10am - 11.30am. Louis Tea Rooms Kit Hill Approach Road, Kit Hill, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Warwickshire Warwickshire Wander. 10.30 for 11am start. Hatton lay-by. 250cc and under. John Heywood 01926 408074 West S Wales Pre-31 and Girder Fork Run. 10am. Jim and Joyce Codd 01834 813173 Banbury May Fly Run. 9.30am. Deddington Market Square. Dave Osenton 01295 811621 Anglian John Abraham Veteran and Vintage Memorial Run. 10 for 10.30am. Vet & vintage machines only Roger Newark 01354 741099. shutterbug43@btinternet.com West S Wales Classic Run. 10am. Alan and Roy 01834 831602 North East The Wetherby Run. 10.30 am for 11am. County Mowers, Sandbeck Lane, Wetherby. Anthony Head 01423 712072 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com Stonehenge Static Display. 11am. Breamore House, Countryside Museum, Breamore, Hampshire SP6 2DF 25-year rule. Brian Jeffery 01202 824086 8th Stirling Castle Club meeting. 7.30pm. Woodside Hotel. Doune, FK16 6AB. Maurice Chandler 01786 818953 mauricechandler@talktalk.net Worcestershire Bring a Bike night. 7.30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Wessex V&V Clubnight. 8pm. The Kings Arms, East Stour, SP8 5NB. Bette Barber 01722 330453 9th Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. Swilland Moon and Mushroom. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Burton & Dist Club night. 8pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net Anglian Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub. Meet from 6.30pm. Pier View Inn at Sharpness. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Social Club, RH10 3RE. Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club Clyde Valley Club Meeting. 7.30pm. Dalsef Church, Kirk Road, Dalserf, ML9 3BL. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. The Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com Isle of Wight Club Night. 7.30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com 10th Reivers Club Night. 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. The Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@googlemail.com Dorset Club Night - Speaker. 7:30pm. see www.dorsetvmcc.co.uk for details. John Adams 01963 251890 East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Gardeners Arms Inn, Beckford Road, Alderton, Tewkesbury, GL20 8NL Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk

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Informal Meet Atlantic Cafe. 11.30am. Atlantic Cafe, The Seafront Portreath, TR14 4NN Peter Lee 01209 212276 alpa1948@btinternet.com South Lincs May Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Peter Gilbert 01733 770241gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com M&HP Evening run. 7.15 for 7.30pm. Twenty five year rule Barry Howard 01625 630016 Chiltern Midweek Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Banbury Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury. OX15 4BN. Members and guests. John Harris 01295 721282 East Sussex Club Night. 7.30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth R.F.C. Helen Parker 01926429310 11th Bedfordshire Overland to Vietnam - Gordon May. 8 for 8.30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, SG17 5JA. Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com Chesh & N Wales Rhydymwyn Reunion lunch. Noon.Gwysaney Arms Hotel, Rhysymwyn, Nr Mold. Bernie Dunmore 01686 640155 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Village Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. Buriton Pond Car Park. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6 for 6.30 pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD All Welcome John Osmond 01803 527 469 North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Evesham. Peter Boonham 01386 765765 Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night - BBQ. 7.30pm for 8pm start. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA Celia Hore 01208 73571 hpippadog@aol.com 12th Goodwood Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Petworth Town Car Park, end Market Square, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0AP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Stirling Castle Chairmans Run. 10am. From home. Gordon MacLean 01786 813747 gordon_maclean@yahoo.com 13th Stirling Castle Chairmanship Run. 10.30 am. Woodside Hotel, Doune, FK16 6AB. GordonMcLean 01786 813747 Gordon mclean@yahoo.com 14th Devon The Scrumpy Run. 9.30am to 11am. The Old Pavilion Site, Ilfracombe Seafront. Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com Bedfordshire Arthur King Memorial Run. 10am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Road, Shefford. SG17 5JA Veteran, Vintage & Girder Fork; pre-entry only. Roger King 01582 534711 rking8@ntlworld.com Northampton The Penny Farthing Run. 10.30am. The Priory, Wilby, NN8 2LF. Geoff Drage. 01604 811375 Dartmoor Club Ride - South Hams Run. 10for a 10.30am start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD. All welcome. Chris Coote 07899 993 902 Norwich & Dist Bow Street Run. 10 for 10:30am. Rosewood, Bow Street, Gt. Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1JA. Peter Thacker 01953 454745 South Dorset New Forest Run. 10am sharp. Top of Town CP, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. Nick Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk West Kent Godwin’s Oast House Run. 10.30am. West Malling High Street car park. Any machine over 25 years old. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Oxford Club run. 10am. H Cafe Berrinsfeild. Chris Lewis 01235 813197 Cotswold 27th Cotswold Signpost Rally. 10am. Kempsford Village Hall, High Street, Kempsford, Fairford, GL7 4EQ (SU 155 971). Dave Hoskins 01285 651230 veloskins@sky.com Taverners Kev’s Sunday Run. 10:30am. The Royal Oak, Kriby Muxloe, Leics. Kev Ellard 07712 612443 ellardshome@aol.com

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North Cotswold Bluebell Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Andy Geden 01608 663963 South Cotswold Sunday Informal run to Monmouth. 9.30 for 10am. Severn View Services BS35 4BH. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Isle of Wight Breakfast Run. 9.30am. Coppin’s Bridge car park, Newport. VMCC membership Geoff Dean 01983 403331 Cornwall Creepy Crawly Run 2. 10.30am. Griggs Pendennis Lower Sticker St. Austell Cornwall PL26 7JH Engine size up to 250cc. Dave Rogers 01895 446305 West S Wales Commemorative Run. 10am. Dave or Graham. 07796 293468 07813 441376 Kings Lynn Old Airfields Run. 10.30 am. Swaffham area. Open to all club eligible machines. Malcolm Rolph 01842 811077 East Yorkshire Betty Fisher Run. 10:30am Bry-Bet Farm, Lambworth Lane, Rise, HU11 5BS. All Welcome. H.Holdorf 01482 862209 The Scottish Demob Run 10am. Powmill Milk Bar, Rumbling Bridge, Kinross. Motorcycles and three Auld Reekie wheelers up to 1950. George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com South Hants Raleigh Run. 10.30am. The Hinton Arms, Cheriton. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Bristol South West Coast Run. 11am. Failand Village Hall, Ox House Lane, Bristol, BS83TS. VMCC eligible plus up to 20 pre-1976 cars. John Dodimead 01179 72949 john.dodimead@btinternet.com Lakeland The Birthday Run. 10.30am. Knipe View, Bampton, Cumbria. Howard Ostle 01931 713349 North Staffs The Hope Valley Run. 11am. Leek Market Place. Martin Jones 01782 515416 Burton & Dist Burton Parade. 10am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. 25 year rule. Ann Davy 01283 820563 p.davy750@btinternet.com Cyclemotor The Postcombe Run. 10.30am. Englands Rose PH, Postcombe, OX9 7DP. Alan 01494 532172 Ips & Suffolk Spring Run. 10am to 4pm. Washbrook Service Station. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Pennine North Lancashire Run. 10.30am. Kingsway Hotel Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk Northumbrian Rookhope Ryde. 10am. Wylam Country Park, Main Road, Wylam. NE41 8DZ. VMCC 25-year rule Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com Cheshire Cats Bob’s Berwyn Run. 9:30am. Leigh Arms, Acton Bridge, CW8 4QT. All welcome, on any bike. Bob Moon 01925 601734 robert.moon93@ntlworld.com Northwest The Holmeswood Run. 10am. Holmeswood Coaches, Holmeswood. VMCC eligible bikes Warren Law 07787 527042 15th Bedfordshire Beds visit to Velo Club. 8 for 8.30pm. Cross Keys PH, 159 High Street, Cranfield, MK43 0JB Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Wakefield The Committees Motorcycling Quiz or film night. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr & West Yorks Middlestown WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com Bournemouth Bring a bike night. 7.30. Mudeford Quay. David Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest Spring Break. 8:30am. Hogs Back Lay By A31. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Brooklands richard.huckle@ntlworld.com Brooklands Spring Run. 8:30am Hogs back Cafe, A31 GU10 1HQ. Neal Young 0786 567726 young.n@btconnect.com Reivers Scottish Island Hopper. 9am. Longframlington. Dave Spencer 01670 787 546 dave.spencer@gmx.co.uk 16th Goodwood Club Night - N&N or Speaker. 8pm. The Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Warwickshire Mick and Franks Social Evening. 7pm onwards. Bishops Tachbrook Sports and Social Club Frank Parker 01926 429310 Surrey & Sussex Fish’n’Chip Run. 7pm. Bolney Cross Garage, Cowfold Road, RH17 5QU. Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club East Lancs Ernie’s Bowland Run. 7pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339

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South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Tunnel House Inn, near Coates. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Gwent Noggin and a Natter. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. Mark Hillier and John Sharman 01873 811 541 or 01874 730 753 markhillier61@icloud.com East Lancs Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St John’s Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. Framsden Dobermann. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings. 01473 217215 17th West S Wales Mid week get together. No restrictions Les Thomas. 01646 651384 Cornwall Informal Meet, Quintrell Inn. Noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, Newquay TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 rogerhore65@gmail.com Taverners Wrinkly Run. 10am. 1 Bradgate Close, Mountsorrel, Leics, LE12 7DZ. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk Mid Lincs Club Night/Talk on NDT. 7.30pm. The Shires, Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL. All welcome. Richard Maw 01427 872247 www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk Chiltern Pub Night. About 8pm. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com South Lincs Club Night - Bring a bike. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com East Sussex Evening Lightweight Run. 7pm. Brian’s Barn, Brownbread Street, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX 250cc (or smaller) pre-1960 motorcycles Dave Masters 01424 211873 maggirose@hotmail.com Stonehenge Club Night - Ride In / Social Evening 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN. Committee (Keith Starks). 01202 605112. keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Lower Lode Inn, Forthampton, Gloucester, GL19 4RE. Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk Oxford Club night. 7.30 pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Pete Ryman 01235 200367 18th South Durham Club night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George, DL1 1JQ. David Porteous Oxford Social run. 10am. Millets Farm. Roger Laban 01993 704482 Wessex V&V Picnic Run. 10.30 for 11am start. Woodhenge, Amesbury. Pre-1931 machines only. Bette Barber; Ian Clarke 01722 330453 or 01202 824772 Cheshire Cats Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com Mid week wandering. Noon. Queen Victoria, Priddy. Colin Smith 01666 510363 West Wilts colin.smith1951@btinternet.com Bedfordshire Beds Midweek Run. 10 for 10.30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds, SG17 5JA. normal VMCC eligibility. Don McKeand 01525 720629 Goodwood Evening Run. 7:30pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, West Sussex BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Notts & Derby Barrie’s Chip Shop Run. 7.30pm. Ripley Market Place, DE5 3HA. B Sherras 01773 741908 brucephillips@hotmail.com South Hants Day Run Five. 10.30am. West Meon Hut PH. Russell Daysh 01329 0311331 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Worcestershire Midweek Run from Hundred House. 9.30 for 10am start. Mayfly Café at Cob House, Wichenford, WR6 6YE. John Porter 01386 553329 19th West Kent Fish & Chips Run. 7.30pm. Eynsford lay-by south of railway bridge on A225. Any machine over 25 years of age. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com 20th South Durham Quaker Social Run. 10am. Crown, Manfield DL2 2RF. Brian Smith 01325 286623 21st Bournemouth Pete’s Spring Run. 11am. Carpenters, Bransgore. David Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest

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Tiddlers Tour. 10.30am. Bradford Arms on A5, past Weston Park. Alan Richardson 01785 841257 Flat tank & Girder Fork run. 9am. Goosnargh village hall, Preston PR3 2BH. Scott Hodges 07813 608891 Chiltern Post 70 Run. 10am for 10.30 departure. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Philip Barfield 0144282 4143 multiman500@virginmedia.com North Cotswold Sunday Social Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Andy Barnett 01386 881145 East Lancs Cravendale Run. 10.30am. Bancroft Mill, Gillians Lane, Barnoldswick.BB18 5QR Graeme Bretherton 01772 716076 Banbury A Grand Day Out. 7am. Horse Fair, Banbury, OX16 0AN. Alan Yeomans 01869 388497 Lakeland The West Valleys Run. 10.30am. Springfield, Greysouthen, Cumbria, CA13 OUW. John Trafford 01900 825203 Northampton The Surprise Run. 10.30am. Super Sausage, Paulersbury, NN12 7QD. Ewan McKenzie 01908 564215 N Birmingham The Not the Levis Trial Social Run. 10 for 10.30 start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL. Open to all. David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Dorset Weymouth 50th Run. 11am. Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth. DT4 8ED. 25 years or older. Bob Hoare 01963 364618 Blackpool & Dist Dunsop Bridge Social Run. 10am. Helen’s Butty Bar, layby off A6 at Scorton, Lancs Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com Cornwall Coast to Coast Run. 10.30am. Chiverton Cross Services. Basil Stocker 01736 850384 South Durham Quaker Run. 10am. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. Darlington DL2 1JQ. 25-year rule David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com North Staffs Museum Run. 10.30am. Froghall Station. 25-year rule applies. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 Stirling Castle Tiddlers Tootle. 9am for 10 30am start. Tulibardine Distillery, Blackford. Jim Leddy 01786 825249 jjleddy@talktalk.net Gwent The Cross Borders Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station, NP7 5HF. Scott Headington 07975 569 879 Essex Eric Hodkinson Memorial Run. 9.30am. Brock Hill Nursery, Brock Hill, Wickford. VMCC-eligible machines Andy Cook 07967 478555 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com South Lincs Out West Run. 10.30am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough PE8 6LR & Peterborough Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com Berkshire Owen Tyler Run. 10.30am. Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst, Reading RG10 0DR Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Clyde Valley Tiddlers Tootle. 10.30am. Tullibardine Distillery, Blackford, Perthshire PH4 1QG. Up to 250cc Don Riley or Jim Leddy 01698 854390 or 01786 825249 jleddy2@gmail.com Wakefield Easy run – low capacity and girder folks welcome. 10:30am. McDonalds, Cathedral Retail Park, & West Yorks Charlesworth Way, Wakefield WF2 9SE. Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com Anglian Hougton Mill Run. 10 for 10.30am. Huntingdon Garden Centre, Banks End, Wyton, Huntingdon PE28 2AA. All VMCC eligible machines. Mike Hobbs 01480 880217 mike.h.h.hobbs@btinternet.com East Devon Ride Out. 1030hrs. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. John Spencer North East The Coronation Run. 11am. The Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge. Dennis Buckle 0113 2589872 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com 22nd South Dorset Weymouth Mid Week Run. 10.30am. Bagwell Farm, Chickerell DT3 4EA. Rod Hann 01935 872528 rodhann@hotmail.co.uk 23rd South Dorset Weymouth Mid Week Run 10.30am Bagwell Farm, Chickerell DT3 4EA Rod Hann 01935 872528 rodhann@hotmail.co.uk Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. Frankland Arms, London Road, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 4AL. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. Snape Crown. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Isle of Wight Club Night run. 7pm. Nunnery Carpark, Carisbrooke. VMCC membership. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Surrey & Sussex Evening Run to the West Kent Section. 7.15pm. Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club

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South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6.30pm. The Anchor Inn at Thornbury. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Burton & Dist Inter-Section and Classic Gathering. 7pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 Taverners ‘Tuesday’ John Thompson Run. 7:30pm. County Hall, Glenfield, Leics. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com 24th Essex Evening Run. 6.30pm. Tesco car park, Maldon. VMCC eligible machines. Dave Iszard 01621 0892206 Chiltern Empire Day Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF. Pre-1954 Bikes from the British Empire. Philip Barfield 0144282 4143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Bristol Club Night; film. 8pm. Begbrook Social Club, Frenchay Park Road, Frenchay, Bristol, BS161HY John Dodimead 01179 372949 john.dodimead@btinternet.com South Dorset Weymouth Mid Week Run. 10.30am. Bagwell Farm, Chickerell DT3 4EA. Rod Hann 01935 872528 rodhann@hotmail.co.uk East Sussex Fish & Chip Run. 7.pm sharp. Brian's Barn, Ashburnham, TN339NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Norwich & Dist Ranworth Broad Wednesday Run. Noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Bob Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Old Neighbourhood Inn, off Midway, Chalford Hill, Stroud, GL6 8EN Cotswold Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk 25th North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Contact event organiser Dave Moy, 01608 682446 Lakeland Millstones Cafe Ride-In. 11am. Various start points. John Silcock 01229 861264 North Staffs Holly Bush Run. 7.15pm. Leek Market Place. Martin Jones 01782 515416 Notts & Derby Evening Run. 7.30pm. Markeaton Roundabout, Derby, DE22 4AA. Mick Leach 01283 815487 brucephillips@hotmail.com South Hants Evening Run. 7.30 pm. Roundabout Car Park, Portsdown Hill. Russell Daysh 01329 311331 robertbtsc@live.co.uk South Cotswold Mid-Week 100-Miler. 9.30 for 10am. Severn View Services, Aust BS35 4BH. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Lakeland Club Night: ‘My Apprenticeship & Career at Sellafield’ by Terry Richardson. 7.30pm for 8pm Keswick Rugby Club, Keswick, CA12 5EG. Colin Steer 017687 7453 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk South Dorset Weymouth Mid Week Run. 10.30am. Bagwell Farm, Chickerell DT3 4EA. Rod Hann 01935 872528 rodhann@hotmail.co.uk M&HP Club/machine night. 7-30 for 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton. Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 Flat Tank Flat Tank Section meeting - Roger Fogg. 8pm.Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (before 9pm) 01242 870375 reg.eyre@tesco.net Bristol Lunch time meet. 12.30pm. Independent. VMCC eligible machines John Hembrough 0117 9613262 Northampton Club Night. 8pm. Obelisk Club, Northampton NN2 8UE. David Mead 01327 342570 Taverners Evening Run. 7:30pm. McDonalds car park, Thurmaston, Leics. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com 26th Cornwall Truro Club Night. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Peter Lee 01209 212276 alpa1948@btinternet.com South Dorset Weymouth Mid Week Run. 10.30am. Bagwell Farm, Chickerell DT3 4EA. Rod Hann 01935 872528 rodhann@hotmail.co.uk 27th Stirling Castle Blackford Games. 12 points noon. Blackford Games Park. David Brown 01786 870 345 janettemcbrown@icloud.com Lakeland The Back Green Rally. Saturday 1pm, Sunday 10am & 1.00pm. Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria Pre-1961 machines, Paul Richardson 016974 78037 walter.hnm@btinternet.com

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Dorset 28th Cotswold

Breakfast meet. 9.30am. The Star Inn. Honiton. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Clyde Valley Barbeque. 2pm. John Harper’s smallholding, 11 Cathburn Rd, Morningside, Newmains ML2 9QL. John Harper 07770 647799 john@cathburn.com Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset. SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528

Summer Meeting. Noon. The Duke of York Inn, Berrow, Malvern, WR13 6JQ. Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk South Hants Ted Craven Run. 10.30am. Wickham Square. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 robertbtsc@live.co.uk West Kent Social Run. 10.30am. Kemsing High Street car park. Any machine over 25 years of age. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Stonehenge Whitsun Run. 11am. Drusilla’s Inn, Wigbeth Horton, Dorset, BH21 7JH. 25-year rule applies Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk North Staffs Blithfield Run. 10.30am. Leek Market Place. Geoff Hambleton 01782 373715 Somerset All Day Breakfast Run. 7.30am. Spaxton Village Hall, Spaxton, Nr Bridgwater. Machines over 25 years. Phil Ham 01278 671626 Banbury Whitsun Wander. 9.30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. Phil & Alan Butler 07857 648974 Isle of Wight Ron's North Island Run. 8am. Yarmouth Ferry Terminal. VMCC membership. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am to noon. All welcome. John Osmond 01803 527469 Gwent Abergavenny Steam Rally. 10am. Bailey Park, Abergavenny NP7 5PR. Please check Abergavenny Steam Rally Worcestershire Girder Fork/Cotswold meet 9.30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Oxford Club Run. 10am. Horsepathe R.F.C. None Edd Walter 01865 863939 Dorset Ride and Show. 11am. see website for details www.dorsetvmcc.co.uk. 25 years or older. Phil Allen 01258 453009 Northampton The Girder Fork Run. 10.30am. Sywell Airport. NN6 OBU. John Bulmer, 07850 909340 29th Surrey & Sussex Spring Bank Holiday Run. 11am. The Queens Head, Barns Green, RH13 0PS. Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club Northwest Club Social Night. 8pm. The Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@googlemail.com 30th West Kent Visit from local sections. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt, TN14 7LD. Members welcome Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Berkshire Club Night - Girder Fork and Rigid Evening. 7.45pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Cotswold Committee Meeting. 7pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Brian Keeling 01452 712753 briankeeling@btinternet.com Ips &Suffolk Evening run to Old Buckeham bike meet. 6pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. 6.30pm. The Forge Inn at Whitminster. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com 31st Men of Kent Sittingbourne Touring Week. Noon. Sharsted Sports Club, Faversham Road, Newnham near Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0LG. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk East Sussex Chris Pile’s Wrinkly Run 1. 10:30am. Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. No restrictions, you’ll be welcome on anything! Chris Pile 01435 864043 Christopher.pile@sky.com Essex Wrinkly Run. 10am. Battlesbridge. VMCC eligible machines Mark Wilson 01702 512010 N Birmingham Mid-Week Run 2 to Hay-on-Wye. 10.30 for 11am. The Square, Ludlow, see details. Open to all. Ian Harris 01952 460254 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. Noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel) 20 Carlisle Rd, Crawford, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6TW. Paul Rickards 01555 870 329 paul.rickards@virgin.net Cotswold Club Night & BBQ. 7pm. The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowmanr.freeserve.co.uk

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When I was young, I had no great plan to be ambitious and do big things. I was an opportunist and when something exciting came along I tended to grab it with both hands. I grew up in South London and started my motorcycling on a Norton 350 around 1959. My second was a Dominator 88 and I was a bit of a Norton fanatic – it’s a good thing we didn’t have tattoos in those days because I probably would have had Norton tattooed on both arms, which would have been a bit embarassing for 20 years at Honda. I did several jobs so I could keep motorcycling, and GERALD DAVISON, ex-Head of Honda later turned the Dominator into a racer. UK and founder of the Norton Owners’ I had a good connection with Taylor Mattisons in Club shared stories from his 55 years of Balham, the Norton dealer who helped me a little motorcycling with our Dorset Section. bit with my racing, and Harold Taylor was a fatherThis is what he said. like figure. I wanted some training and went to Part 1: Beginnings in Balham, meeting work for them for about nine months, and the plan The Man From Interpol, and the man was to then go to North America where I had a job in the White Suit... lined up with Lance Reventlow who was building Scarab racing cars – unfortunately he was killed Riding the factory Greeves in a car crash, so that was the end of that. Silverstone at Meanwhile, I was very frustrated because there Brands Hatch, 1961 was a good club for Triumph owners and nothing for Norton. So with the help of Harold Taylor’s money I started the Norton Owners Club. One of the first speakers I invited was Richard Wyler, the American star of the TV series ‘The Man from Interpol’, and a very keen motorcyclist. Aged 18 I was cheeky enough to write and ask him to give us a talk – we hit it off and he became a kind of older brother to me, certainly helped me a lot in getting into racing and a very nice chap. Later he had a difficult life and when I bumped into him many years later he was working in London as a motorcycle courier. For racing, I reluctantly accepted that if I wanted engine performance I had to give up Norton and buy a Triumph – bought an exThruxton Bonneville and was also lucky enough to be given a factory Greeves Silverstone to race for a year. At that point they hadn’t decided whether to use a single-cylinder Villiers engine or the twin – so I had the bike with two engines, had to use both engines and report back to the factory. The short answer was that I thought both were rubbish! I’m a lover of four-strokes, always have been, and the

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only good thing about those engines was that they four-stroked all the time! But the Greeves was still useful machine to have.

Hello Honda My introduction to Honda came through the magazines. I liked the look of Mr Honda, this respectable whitesuited man. People seemed to recognise that this was a very dynamic and ambitious company whose products were starting to appear all over the world. I bought one of the early 125s with a race kit and rode at Crystal Palace which in those days was an incredibly dangerous track, lined with railway sleepers – and it was always wet there! But I was really impressed with Honda’s engineering and flair. By this time I was making my living as a car engineer, and after a time with a British company I had three very formative years with Chrysler – what that taught me was that the Americans, especially American companies, have huge horizons, with big plans and ambitious ideas, and usually the muscle to go with it. I joined Chrysler in 1965 at age 23 and was very fortunate to get the job – they were advertising for someone 30-35! Three weeks into the job I was flying to Sweden to negotiate with the Swedish government on brake safety systems. The attraction of joining Honda was that not only was I in love with their engineering, but they were at a very embryonic stage, so I knew there would be lots of scope to do things and grow the company. Incidentally, I also did some male modelling at the time, purely because I could earn more in two hours as I could in a month’s salary – this was what I had to do to to keep racing! I joined Honda UK in 1968 as a young manager in charge of the distribution of the then new Honda cars. I set up the distribution for those in my first year and was also able to find a loophole

Ton-up boys of Balham – Gerald is the slightly suave young man on the left – full-length leather coat and a full fairing

which saved the company £1 million – that might only buy you a cottage in Dorset now, but it was a lot of money then, especially for Honda which was still in its early days. That helped me a lot within the company, and I was quickly given other opportunities. I designed a new spare parts disribution operation, which was good because Japanese companies were gaining a bad reputation for parts supply – I took our spares availability from 80% to 96% in six months. I very much enjoyed that time and began visiting Japan, where I met Honda engineer Yoshi Nakamura, who became a sort of mentor. He was a famous engine designer, probably one of the world’s top ten engine designers ever – designed the Zero fighter engines during WWII – the Zero was regarded as one of the best fighters of the war and the engine was an absolute masterpiece. He later designed Honda’s V12 F1 engine, which was very successful. Honda in those days was a loose company, without a lot of checks and balances, and there’s a story to illustrate that. Now Mr Honda didn’t like watercooling, so when Nakamura designed the water-cooled V12 Honda for F1 he was very upset, and instructed another engineer to design an aircooled version for which there was another separate continued overleaf

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from previous page F1 team – so Honda ran two teams! This was quite bizarre, but really this sort of thing benefitted the company, allowing it to advance very quickly. And of course the aircooled V12 was never very successful. In 1973 Mr Honda was forced to retire from R&D so that the engineers could concentrate on water-cooling – the immediate result was the Honda Civic, which was a huge success.

Back on motorcycles Soon Gerald was able to concentrate on Honda motorcycles, and he had two priorities: back-up service and racing. I created something called Five Star Service. I was determined that in the battle we had, not with the British motorcycle industry but with Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, that we would be top dog of every aspect of motorcycling. I wanted the Honda owner to feel he was looked after better. At the time, many dealers didn’t even have a hydraulic lift, with mechanics grubbing around on the ground repairing bikes in really awful conditions. So we Meeting the boss: Soichiro Honda spent a lot on new workshops for the dealers, with lifts, and new equipment that could her husband worked for Dave. He once parked his cope with the multi-cylinder bikes we were now 750 outside Degen’s shop and when he came out in offering. We also set up the Honda training school the evening it had gone – the word was it had gone with a technician of the year award, Hondastyle for into the workshops, been rekitted as something else clothing and Honda insurance, because at that time and sold! it was difficult for younger riders to get insurance. I began to get a bit of support for racing from head I also wanted to get Honda back into racing. We office. They wanted to prove our reliability by had stopped racing altogether in 1968, and it was a going endurance racing, which was very popular constant battle to get them to restart. I had to poke across Europe, though less so in the UK. We could the parent company with a stick and took an old ex- do this without the enormous expense of Grand training school CB750 which must have been taken Prix racing, so we set up an endurance racing team apart hundreds of times, Dave Degens put a race and in 1975-78 we completely dominated the series kit on it and we entered it for a superbike race. Paul with the RCB – that was based on the standard 750 Smart refused to ride it; said it was a death trap, but but with a rather special four-valve head. Dave did and was third – remember this was an old We had a rather arrogant strapline, ‘Honda Enters. single overhead cam CB750, quite heavy, but it still Honda Wins’. It was true, but the trick was not to did well, and just showed what could be done. enter too many things! Tony Rutter rode for us, and Incidentally, Dave might well have been a world it takes a particular sort of rider able to tackle a champion if he hadn’t been distracted and spent 1000km race, let alone a 24-hour race, and in those days you only had two riders for 24 hours. We tried time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. I remember one of the women who worked for us, to encourage endurance racing in the UK but it

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never really worked. The Thruxton 500 had established itself as a niche and was successful, but the British public really wanted to have race meetings with lots of starts and lots of finishes. I also created the first one-make race series. Honda had the MT125 racer at the time, developed from a motocross engine, and Honda were expecting me to order three or four. I ordered 40 (which caused a shock at Suzuka, where they were hand built) brought them back. At the time, 125 racing was dying, and I thought the only way to make something big out of this is to have our own championship. I put more prize money in than was in the MCN races at the time – £1,000 to win the championship – and the result was we had all the top riders. So it became the race to watch, and the paddock would empty to see these little 125s being ridden very aggressively, fairing bashing and all that. There's still a Honda 125 class in classic racing to this day!

Next month: A return to racing with fourstrokes. And to follow, TT comeback, Ron Haslam, Phil Read and why the 'oval piston' NR500 needed two teams of mechanics...

Plastic maggot or inspired lateral thinking? Maybe the CX500 was both...

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THE SCOTTISH DOUBLE 43rd National Assembly: Blairgowrie, weekend 28th to 30th July

d n A 37th S&T Rally: Comrie, weekend 4th to 6th August

Two major motorcycling events over consecutive weekends in the heart of Scotland. Please note that the National Assembly is preceding the S&T rally this year. Following last year’s successful rally, the S&T will again be based at the WW2 Cultybraggan Camp near Comrie, 7 miles W of Crieff. Both runs are timed regularity runs with a choice of long or short routes and various average speeds. Come and test your driving skills whilst enjoying some of the best of Scotland’s scenery. Each event offers a full social programme as well as an optional social run the day after the main event. It is also planned to have a social run mid week, Wednesday 2nd August from Crieff. Low cost camping is available on site Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Comrie and Blairgowrie as well as reasonably-priced B&B and Hotel accommodation nearby for both events.

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S&T Rally enquiries Dougie Cowie, Duncryne, Murrayfield Loan, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 3EE tel: 01764 653474 email: douglascowie54@gmail.com Entry Forms and Regulations available online at www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk

National Assembly enquiries & entry forms Brian Gordon, 17 Newton Crescent, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 6HW tel: 01241 853946 email: snaeventsec@hotmail.com


Points mean

prizes

With the first Western Region road trial of 2017 upon us, MARTYN ROUND reports on 2016’s Levis Trial Sunday 25th September – it seemed such a long way off at the beginning of August, but how those weeks flew buy. And then, almost disaster, as I’d forgotten to send off a declaration to the MSA, prompting them to phone on the 23rd to obtain the information so that Event Authorisation Form E406 could be emailed that evening...’Must do better next year,’ as my school report used to say. The nice woman on the telly said that sporadic heavy showers would spread from the west by midday Sunday and I certainly saw clouds building as my course opening duties took me to Ludlow. But we were lucky – that Sunday was a stolen one between Saturday evening’s torrential downpour and Monday’s soggy gloom. Of the 52 potential competitors 46 assembled at The Lenchford Inn and were called to the start by Eric, Ron and John, with Tony Eyre’s Humber flagged away at 10.01am by Rachel Bull – which was fitting as the late Trevor Bull had been a long standing and very active member of our Section. Steve Weller (98cc James Comet) and Adrian Lockrey (1919 Triumph) were next away, all three opting for the 18mph schedule. John Stirman, also James mounted, lead a cohort of ten riders as the 20mph group while first of continued overleaf

Robert Rendell clearly had a job to do...etc

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from previous page the 24mph lot was Glen Crook, whose time keeping with his 600cc Levis resulted in winning both the Levis Tankard and the John Greenwood Trophy for best flexibility time ratio. Beware the flood The morning route went through Abberly and over the first observed hill (Flagstaff) then wound its

Ian Cole won the Bert LeVack trophy last year – bagged the Alec Ross Cup this time

We’re not sure whether John Spence is more proud of his BSA or matching pully produced by wife Sarah.

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way up to Clows Top, down to Newnham Bridge then north to Neen Savage, the only ford this year. After Saturday night’s downpour the flow was fast and muddy, the challenge compounded by a fallen branch which prevented the passage of anything more than three feet wide! Fortunately, the footbridge was big enough for most things, even Bruce Grant’s Brough (though only just) and so a hastily erected VMCC sign pointed the way. But what to do about Jenny Hart in the BSA TW3? Simple, drop off the next set of checkpoint signs than belt back along the route to catch the BSA and dictate bypass instructions to passenger Marion. Meanwhile, back at the ford Sally Williams (Ariel) proved that fast flowing water and fallen branches were no real obstacle for a determined rider – her score of 29pts gained her the Peter Ashen Rose Bowl. Five miles further on, Farlow Bank caught out Bruce and Dianne Grant, but that didn’t stop them, along with John Webb (Scott) and Dick Hobart (Ariel) taking the Albert Mattox Trophy. That was the team award, though Dick’s impressive 11pts also resulted in his award of the Levis Cup, so congratulations to him. Of the riders aboard pre-1966 sub-200cc machines, Andrew Rae showed the same level of skill with 11pts and won the Majorie Cottle Trophy. After lunch at The Squirrel, the riders faced Mr Danks’ starter’s flag to climb Whitbatch, demonstrating slow speed control over the first 80 yards and attempting a 24mph average over the second 120 yards. As mentioned, Glen Crook bagged this one, showing what his Levis is made of. In a change from last year’s route the competitors headed south west beyond Ludlow for a tour through the vintage scenery of Downton, The Goggin and Richards Castle before picking up the Teme valley again at Tenbury Wells. Finally leaving it at Shelsley Beauchamp to climb over the hills to Holt Heath and so the finish at Lenchford where first man home was Alan Bromwich (BSA B31) grinning from ear to ear. “I’m early,” he said, “it was just lovely. I set the throttle and just enjoyed the countryside.”


As some will know, we extended the entry criteria this year to include machines of no more than 350cc registered before 31st Dec 1960, and within that group Andrew Leslie (BSA B31) achieved 16pts and the class award while Robert Rendell (BSA C15) with 31pts had the Calthorpe Cup. Well boys and girls, another Levis Trial is over and as usual thanks go to those whose help is invaluable and absolutely essential – members of the Worcestershire and North Birmingham Sections, their families and friends together with staff of The Lenchford in Shrawley and The Squirrel in Ludlow. On behalf of myself and the competitors, many of whom have written to say so – thank you. Right: Preparing for the off – Tony Eyre and his Humber.

The results

Levis Cup (Premier award) Richard Hobart (1936 Ariel) Alec Ross Cup (runner-up) Ian Cole (1929 BSA) Majorie Cottle Cup Andrew Rae (1960 Excelsior) Levis Tankard Glen Crook (1937 Levis) Alice Round Cup (best opposite class) Jenny Hart & Marion Canham (1930 BSA TW3) Bert LeVack (next best, vintage) Peter Kent (1926 Ariel) Omyga Trophy (next best, post-vintage) Ian Scott (1935 Ariel) PW Classic Trophy Andrew Leslie (1957 BSA) Sgt Colley VC Mem Trophy Ralph Taylor (1940 BSA WM20) Peter Ashon Rose Bowl Sally Williams (1930 Ariel) Calthorpe 100gns Cup Robert Rendell (1960 BSA) John Greenwood Trophy Glen Crook (1937 Levis) Endeavour Award John Stirman (1953 James) Albert Mattox Mem Rose Bowl Bruce & Dianne Grant (1937 Brough) Dick Hobart (1936 Ariel) John Webb (1929 Scott) Team Total

11pts 15pts 11pts 17pts 39pts 16pts 15pts 16pts 29pts 29pts 31pts Ratio 2.53 40pts 30pts 11pts 18pts 59pts

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Variety is the spice...barn find Vincent detail with a Ducati single in the background.

Toolkit and a half on the Rudge Owners’ Club stand...

John Crudginton's V8 Norton, above. An Atlas frame with home-built engine consisting of two Reliant 850s welded together. It really does run!

Magnificent 1937 Matchless Model X on the Bonhams stand

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The 37th Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet continues to go from strength to strength. This year was no exception, for despite bad weather forecasts, huge crowds flocked to this amazing show with over 1,000 machines on display by individual owners and many club stands (including no less than seven VMCC Sections) exhibiting a range from barn finds to superb restorations. D. Davis’s undeniably eye-catching 1924 2¾ h.p. New Imperial was the well-deserved Best in Show while John Crudgington was awarded the Most Technical Interest prize for his amazing self-built V8-engined Norton (left). Best Veteran went to VMCC President Rod Hann with his 1914 Ariel Roadster and Best Vintage to M. Wheway, 1917 Douglas. Shirley Blake took Best Pre-War with her 1938 Sunbeam Model 9, while K. Heyhoe (1971 BSA Firebird) bagged the Post-War prize. Olive Guy secure the best Continental with her 1938 Magnat-Debon, with VMCC Chairman Peter Miller in third place with his rare 1958 50cc Maserati T2/55. JONATHAN HILL offers his feedback from the 37th Bristol Among the technically Classic Motorcycle Show, where a V-twin Panther and a V8 interesting bikes was the onNorton took starring roles. going progress of Geoff Stray’s 1,200cc V-twin Panther. The bare engine was on show last year, but it’s now fitted into a Norton Featherbed frame, featuring a box-section swinging arm, with an AMC gearbox , displayed on the Panther Owners’ Club stand (see overleaf). Maybe we’ll see a complete machine next year Geoff? The Dorset Section displayed a good variety of machines ranging from Phil Alan’s 1990 Suzuki RGV 250 (130mph and eligible for club runs!) to Linda Dickinson’s 1961 Triumph Tiger Cub, plus Ken Druce’s 1955 Sunbeam S7 and Brian Casely’s superb ex-works 1966 Triumph-engined BSA Victor on which Arthur Lampkin won an ISDT gold medal.

Ship-shape and

Bristol fashion

Brian Casely’s Triumph-engined BSA, left, has an illustrious ISDT history.

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Geoff Stray's amazing V-twin Panther in a Featherbed frame. It’s an ongoing project.

Ray Dickinson (left) and Peter Miller were among the Dorset contingent.

Above: Four cylinders, four carbs, four downpipes... Honda four. Left: Ready to dig the dirt – a Yamaha XS-powered Wasp outfit.

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Lovely triplet of Greeves – what is the collective noun for the Thundersley twostrokes? Answers on a postcard please... Left: Pristine drumbraked 31/2 on the Morini Owners’ Club pitch. Below: Peter Miller's 50cc Maserati has some very comfy looking tank pads, including one for the chin!

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My best bike

Greeves 24DB Sports Roadster BILL DANKS

I have always been a champion of the underdog. As schoolboys in the late 1950s my pals and I spent our Saturday afternoon glued to the television and on Sundays we would cycle, yes cycle, out from Birmingham into the depths of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire to watch this motorcycle sport called ‘Scrambling’. We were watching a revolution. The lumbering giants from BSA, Ariel, AJS, Matchless and Triumph were being harried and beaten by a swarm of angry, buzzing two-strokes. David was beating Goliath. The leader of this revolution was the ugly duckling Greeves from, of all places, Essex. It was so good that a young Dave Bickers, against all odds, managed to win the 1960 and ’61 European (well we all knew it really was the World) Championship for the little company based at Thundersley, and that Reg Everett turned the British 250 Clubmans road racing scene upside down racing a Roadster model fitted with a squarebarrelled scrambles motor and spawned the Silverstone Racer. Oh how I wished to join this revolution and make my first road bike a Greeves! I sent off for the brochure and drooled through the window of Ken Sedgley’s showroom. Ken, a Greeves works rider, was our local hero and a force to be reckoned with in any Midland Centre off-road activity. Sadly schoolboy William and his dad Bill Senior could not afford the price tag on a Greeves as £45 was our top limit, so a very secondhand Triumph Tiger Cub filled the vacancy. I have never been without a Cub since, and parts from No1 Cub grace my current Cubs. In the early '70s I turned my back on engineering and in particular the Austin Motor Company, Longbridge, to become a student teacher at St. Peter’s College Saltley in the depths of Birmingham. My grant did not stretch to four wheels so fitted with lights my trials Tiger Cub was pressed into service and daily I fought my way from Kidderminster through the Observed Sections of Birmingham’s Hagley Road and Smallbrook Ringway to Saltley. A fellow student and Triumph

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rider was Chris Burrows who trod a similar path on a very desirable ex-police 650 Triumph Saint complete with blue lamp – he never experienced any traffic problems! Out of the blue, Chris asked me if I wanted to buy a Greeves trials bike. He had seen it languishing in a garden, knocked on the door and £10 changed hands for the bike and its log book. Whether Chris had cold feet about the project or Linda, his better half, said ‘please no more motorcycles’, I can’t remember. The Greeves was in very poor condition after many years languishing in the undergrowth, but I instantly recognised it as the motorcycle of my teenage dreams – the 24DB Sports Roadster. For a relatively small manufacturer, the Greeves Motorcycle Company produced huge quantities of highly successful competition machines, but their production of road bikes was always somewhat on the back burner. They were pricey and by the late 1950s those that hit the tarmac were powered by the humble Villiers 197cc 9E motor or the more glamorous 249cc 2T or 324cc 3T twin-cylinder sisters. However for just a couple of years, Greeves offered an alternative, the 24DB Sports fitted with a 246cc single-cylinder motor. This power unit had an excellent reputation, being used by Greeves and their competitors Cotton, DMW, DOT and Sprite for their off-road competition machines. Despite its reliability, tractability and ability to be seriously tweaked, this motor fitted to a road machine failed to attract Joe Public’s attention, and relatively few 24DBs were sold. So for £10 the Greeves was mine and spirited away up to a spare bedroom in our first house in Kidderminster. My wife, the lovely Susan, had long since given up with William’s whims and fancies and anyway at time I didn’t have a shed, garage or workshop at my disposal. Still, the Greeves was a major challenge. All the sheet metalwork and rear subframe had been crudely hacksawed off and the dual seat sliced through the middle in an attempt to make a trials iron and the motor was solid as the cylinder head had been removed and everything left open to the elements. Time, copious quantities of


Bill Danks and Greeves, not parading at the 1000 Bikes, Mallory Park

diesel and frequent visits to the late Harold Badham’s workshop (he was the Villiers agent for Kidderminster) rectified the problem and started my long association with Harold and the VMCC. Replacing the sheet metal and tube work was difficult but I had a vice attached to the window sill and plenty of enthusiasm. To check progress I simply wheeled the Greeves across the landing to the front bedroom and lay on the bed to admire my progress. When finished, Susan and I carried it down our stairs and out the front door. I used the Roadster as daily transport to Droitwich and beyond for the next 10 years – she was a loyal servant. I had a lot of fun on that motor cycle, but when she was worn out, she was dismantled, put in the loft and forgotten. House moves, renovations, and other projects took priority. Years later I found out Bert Greeves was, like me, an Austin Motor Co. apprentice and a local lad from Claines near Worcester before his post-war move to Essex. I felt guilty and was prompted to get her back on two wheels so out of the loft she came. This restoration was relatively easy. It was all there, and it was a case of reconditioning all the worn out components or diving into the useful stock of spares I’d acquired as and when Greeves and Villiers agents had closed down. For good measure I fitted a spare fire-breathing Greeves Moto-Cross Special square-barrelled motor and instantly doubled her brake horsepower. Since her second ‘recycling’ the Greeves has completed many Section and National Events.

Does she go? Well for many years she held the record for the Whitbach Flexibility Hill Test in the Levis Cup Trial, a measure of slow speed tractability and outright acceleration and part of a bet with that loveable rogue and Scott man John Round (father of Martyn Round, current North Birmingham Section Chairman) who claimed I would never beat the long-standing Scott record. Well the red mist descended, the record was beaten and my name was the first to appear on the John Greenwood Silver Salver. Does she corner? As if she is on rails.The late Moss Withers (a Greeves owner in the '60s) was amazed at the speed she went around Creg-na-baa in front of a full Manx audience. Does she keep going? With ease and comfort, we’ve completed many Coast to Coast events including riding there and back. Is she my favourite? That’s a difficult one for over many years I‘ve been a very lucky lad acquiring machines from the sublime to the ridiculous but I have to say I have a deep affection for my Greeves Sports Roadster. She’s ugly, a survivor, a great little ’un amongst the big ’uns, has that ‘smile factor’ when you climb aboard and as Susan reflects, she ‘looks homemade’. Of course she does but what do you expect to come out of a tin shed in deepest Essex. Thank you Uncle Bert, for producing such a wonderful and charming motorcycle. What was (or is) your Best Bike? Tell us about it – submissions to editor@vmcc.net

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The black art of

belt tightening REG EYRE uses pictures to show how to shorten a belt drive

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Slide the rivet into the small hole on the right of the right-hand piece.

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You will need a Brammer belt tool. Essentially this is the same as a tool used for fitting circlips but has its ends raised and shaped as shown.

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Now for the magic! Twist the two ends so that they are in line. By bending the left end of the belt upwards, the rivet in the left-hand piece can be manipulated into the end hole by opening the large hole of the right-hand piece and moving the rivet head into the hole.

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Open the main hole in the next link down and remove the link from the rivet head

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Start with the joining of the two ends and place the rivet (on the left) into the larger hole of the piece on the right. If it won’t go in, use the tool to open the slit connecting the holes.

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Magic, eh? To split the belt, take the belt off the tensioning pulley and belt rim – there should now be plenty of slack in your hands.

To split the belt, using the tool, open the link, manipulate the link off the rivet and swing the belt to an angle.

Now open the main hole in the first link and manipulate the right-hand rivet through the large hole of the link on the left.

It should look like this! To remove (or shorten the belt), you will need to 'break' the belt by splitting it at the place which might be about right – this is easier if a tensioning pulley is used.

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The /JOth Golden Era Run Organised by the North East Section of the VMCC

Sunday, th July, 201 An event for all pre-1931 motorcycles and three-wheelers starting from the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, near York. This now well-established run was described by a participant in 2015 as ‘a true classic for pre-31 machines and one of the top three of our VMCC events’. Starting and finishing at the fascinating Yorkshire Air Museum, it offers opportunities for riding on quiet and picturesque roads in the beautiful Vale of York and the surrounding Wolds. All entrants will return to enjoy warm Yorkshire hospitality with a fine roast lunch served in the NAAFI. Two circular routes are offered: Flat: About 30 miles over roads suitable for even the earliest single-speed machines. Hilly: About 60 miles, taking in more challenging roads for those who enjoy a hill or two. Numbers of entrants must be limited, so apply early, and advance entry is essential. Sadly no entries will be accepted on the day. Information and entry forms from: Graham Wilson, 160 Green Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7JQ. Phone: 0113 217 6509 or 07772 724078, Email: gericwilson@ntlworld.com, or download from the VMCC website, NE Section.

The Flat Tank & Girder Fork Run

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Possibly France’s most desired motorcycle the 1000cc overhead cam V-twin Koehler Escoffier.

This year, for the first time in many years, the organisers of the magnificent Retromobile classic car exhibition in Paris turned some of their attention to the French motorcycle – and a very interesting show they made of it. France has a good tale to tell that stretches from 1871 to the present day. Indeed, for several decades before the First World War, France was the world’s largest motor vehicle producer, if motor cycles are included in the figures. Like much of French manufacturing, the initial objective was essentially frivolous. One has the enduring image of the massive bulk of the Comte de Dion serenely chugging his way around his chateau grounds, smoking a cigar, on the powered tricycle designed by the plain ‘Monsieur’ (and many social degrees inferior) Bouton. The first fully-patented motor cycle – the steampowered machine of Louis Perreaux of 1871 – could have had but a limited range and, as there seem to have been no brakes, would have been less than practical away from the client’s garden. By contrast, the Werner motor cycle was a fully grown-up machine for the public road capable of

Doing it the

French way JAMES AYRES discovers that there’s more to French motorcycles than the Velo Solex

distances and speeds that put the fastest horse to shame. For a while (until about 1900) Werner was the world’s largest motor cycle maker. The firm also pioneered the first vertical twin (of 360 or 430cc) in 1905. As in Britain, the end of the First World War brought new suppliers to the motor cycle market. The wartime aircraft makers were in search of civilian products that would benefit from their hard-won experience of making reliable motors and continued overleaf

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The brilliant Blériot, one of many aircraft manufacturers to try their hand at the motor cycle market.

Nothing new! The push-and-pull layout of France’s new hope, the Midual, would have been familiar to pre-War Douglas owners, not to mention William Brough.

Simca Sevitame was ingenious but didn't frighten the Panzers.

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from previous page frames with impressive strength to weight ratios. The Blériot was a good example of this. It had sheet steel wheels (both braked), a 180-degree parallel-twin engine, built monobloc with the gearbox in a double-loop frame, a multi-plate clutch, a kick-starter, and on some models, rear suspension. The Bleriot is a bike that is still up to everyday use, provided one stays out of the towns. The mature market of the 1930s in France turned out, as in Britain, to be composed of get-to-work machines at one end and extremely dear sports machines at the other, with bikes for every other conceivable use in between. The French ‘Brough’ of its day was the Koehler-Escoffier overhead cam 1000cc V-twin and its more accessible predecessor, the 504cc V-twin Mandoline. France of course, had kept a wary eye towards Germany ever since 1918, and the Simca-Sevitame was the prototype of a military motor cycle which could double as an outboard motor! Work started in 1935, and the Simca incorporated many new ideas, though it also personified the French art of making the simple complicated. The bike was powered by an 314cc upside down two-stroke twin, cooled by five litres of oil. It had shaft drive and the petroil was kept in a massive 20-litre fuel tank which doubled as the rear mudguard, giving a range (so it was said) of 500km. As for the marine connection, the motor could be quickly detached from the frame and, fitted with a propeller, used to propel a small boat. Sadly, the Sevitame went into production too late to hold back the Panzers.

Post war Sadly, the French industry was no more apt at coping with the Japanese invasion than was our own. Its established marques – Terrot, Motobecane, Alcyon – went down the lamentable road of amalgamation, badge-engineering, and tacky launches of inferior products until no more bank or government money could be found. But there were some further attempts at an allFrench motorcycle in the 1970s, ’80s and beyond. In 1978, Louis Boccardo, Dominique Favario and Thierry Grange formed BFG – their idea was to build a sort of French BMW, no doubt with Gendarme business in mind. They used Citroen car


The Louis Perreaux steampowered motorcycle, left, of 1870. One of a kind, but the perfection of internal combustion sealed its fate.

Voxan’s 72degree V-twin, below, didn't excite buyers quite enough – maybe if they'd been able to use the Koehler badge...

engines, namely the 652cc 2CV flat twin and 1299cc GSA flat four, with a five-speed gearbox, shaft drive and Brembo brakes. About 450 BFGs are thought to have been made in the 1980s, and later Monsieur Boccardo built some tourers using the Citroen AX 1.4-litre engine, this time laid on its side, BMW K-series style – there was even at least one diesel version. Things then seem to have gone quiet for a while, until Jacques Gardette formed Voxan in 1995, with financial backing from the massive Dassault Group. Gardette’s vision was for something far less idiosyncratically French, a straightforward 72degree 1000cc V-twin with chain drive in a conventional chassis. The Voxan Roadster was

finally launched in 1999, followed by a Cafe Racer and a Scrambler. Alas, none of these enticed enough buyers (whether French or not), and the limited production ceased in 2009. But the story of the French motorcycle isn’t over yet. The Midual, on show at Retromobile, actually pre-dated the Voxan, conceived in 1992 as a foreaft flat-twin roadster. Lack of funding put paid to it, but now it’s back, staying faithful to that pushpull original idea with a 1036cc, 100cv flat-twin, an alloy monocoque, leather seat and wood veneer instrument panel set into the tank. One wishes the enthusiastic young production team well, but – as they say in France – when it’s David against Goliath, it’s not always David that wins.

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Rick’s

odessey

VMCC member RICK HALL is planning to visit every Section in 2017. It should be fun, but he’s got a serious point

I’m 28 and have been a VMCC member for 10 years, and I want to visit every Section as a means of encouraging younger members into the Club and current members back out on their bikes. I work full-time, so the ride will be done in stages, and all of it will be on VMCC-eligible bikes. I’ve got about 31 bikes amassed over the years, mainly BSAs, some of them restored, some as ongoing projects. As a way of encouraging everyone to ride I’m willing to lend them out to members, as long as they provide their own I’m especially insurance. Any members keen to lend interested in getting involved can contact me to younger (see below) – they might members or want to lend out their prospective own bikes, make use of my workshop or help members... restore one of my bikes so that others can ride them. I’m especially keen to lend to younger members (or prospective members) or those who for whatever reason are unable to own a bike now. I started messing about with bikes when I was 16 with a Honda C90 – loved it, but always had the thirst for something a little different from the rest. At the same time I bought a 1952 D1 Bantam which I restored but had to wait until I was 17 to ride it on L-plates. I’ve covered 10,000 miles on the thing since, still with its original 123cc engine. I spent three years racing a Bantam with the British Historic Racing Group, but in the end lack of time and funding put a stop to that. I rode every day for five years, with a break of 18 months, then coming

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back to riding when I was 23, again every day. That all stopped two years later when I had a life changing accident (on, believe it or not, a C90), damaging my lower spine, right hip, right leg and scarring my face. With these injuries I had all but given up in 2013, but a visit to the Relay Rally the following year changed my mind – I covered 362 miles on a 1964 Bullet 350 and loved it. The bug was back and since then I’ve ridden thousands of miles on various machines. I’m doing this ride to meet other members and publicise just what you can do on an old bike. There is a wealth of knowledge within the Club that could be tapped into to benefit everyone. Above: Rick’s Gold Star has encouraged him to spread the word about what is possible on an old bike. Top: Rick Hall is coming to a Section near you, probably on a BSA l Editor’s note: Sounds like a great idea Rick, and the best of luck with your Section Odessey. Anyone interested in getting involved (including invites to club nights and runs, offers of accomodation etc) can email Rick at Rick.Hall@bowlandstone.com


New girder fork championship

MARK WHITTAKER looks at British Historic Racing’s launch of a new race series for girder fork bikes ...plus a reminder that BEARS sidecars are alive and well

Girder forks, love them or loathe them, they were a feature on many of the bikes we treasure or long for and are certainly evocative of motorcycling up until the 1950s. I wonder how many of us have got bikes nestled away in the shed with girders which have been on track (or could be) that are waiting patiently for another chance to show what they are made of? Wonder no more, because starting this season the VMCC racing arm – British Historic Racing – is introducing the ACU Girder Fork Championship. This is open to any machine that was (and still is) originally fitted with girder forks, including Brampton-equipped Vincents. Any capacity, any year. This looks to be a lot of fun and a real spectacle for spectators in and out of the paddock and will ensure, to paraphrase our club, " that machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life...in order that a new generation can marvel..., and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by." For those, like myself, with a leaning for three

Darley Moor BEARS by Jim Stevenson.

wheels and have also had the joy, satisfaction and occasional frustration of riding a sidecar outfit on the road, then do come and have a look at the BEARS sidecars that are increasing in popularity at our race meetings. If you haven't worked it out, then BEARS is the long-running British, European and American racing series. All of these outfits are based on bikes from these countries up to December 1986 complete with a detachable – yes you read that right – sidecar. Current outfits are based on the ubiquitous K-series BMWs, Moto Guzzi twins and lurking in the wings a Harley-Davidson. Theyare similar in principle to the older 'Big Wheel' outfits except that they have more power, better brakes, more weight and spend even more time going sideways than the older ones. I am assured also that these outfits can be built and be out on track for quite a small outlay, some for under a grand! (Incidentally, if you are up for it, the Big Wheelers are eligible to join in as well and can give the newer outfits a run for their money). So, do have a think about it. Even if you don't want to race there are PR6 parades (for racing machines) and PR5 parades (for road legal machines) to get a go on the track. Otherwise come along and spectate, or better still marshal and see what we get up to. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

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SURREY AND SUSSEX SECTION

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EASTER SUNDAY

MOTOR CYCLE SHOW Conygre Hall, TIMSBURY, BA2 0JQ. Vintage, classic, and any two-wheel transport plus Auto Jumble. The famous

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Cheshire and North Wales Section invite all members to:

T he LLANGOLLEN GATHERING

10am Sunday 4th June 2017

At the Llangollen Motor Museum, LL20 8EE (just a mile north-west of the town centre, off A542) We provide guided runs, refreshments, a BBQ, bikes on display and chinwagging... the choice is yours! Camping and caravan facilities available on site (in beautiful North Wales) Details: Call Dave Kay on 0151 334 6187 or email: davank1@ntlworld.com 64 |The Vintage Motor Cycle April 2017


30th April and 6th August 2017

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CORNWALL SECTION

RALLY WEEK 2nd-9th September 2017

At the Monkey Tree Holiday Park, Newquay, TR8 5QR Will include five rideouts. Arrive Saturday 2nd, Rideouts Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday’s a free day for you to explore at leisure. Fish & chip supper on Friday night.

Entry forms and further information from: Roger Hore, 1 Chapel Cottage, Halgavor Lane, Bodmin, PL31 1BZ tel: 01208 73571 email: hpippadog@aol.com, rogerhore65@gmail.com, ml.dingley@btinternet.com or see the Cornwall Section VMCC website

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Viva Las

skimpy outfits would The words ‘Las Vegas’ conjure take your order and up images of bright lights, palm bring your drinks and trees, dancing girls, casinos, snacks to you. I’m shows and, above all, gambling. not sure where the Yes it’s all of these, but in January girls put the tips; it is also the motorcycle auction they didn’t seem to season. have pockets... There Most of the casino complexes include huge exhibition halls, and was a wonderful VMCC’s Foreign Correspondent this year the Bonhams chaps set selection of machines ROGER ROUGHLY reports on a trip up their usual stall with about 200 in both auctions at to Vegas, and the American version of mixed machines at the Rio Casino prices to suit every a Bonhams Auction where I stayed. That wasn’t the pocket with some only one. Mecum Auctions were at the huge South very good bargains to be had if you did your Point Casino a few miles away with over 1,200 research. I was told later that a truck carrying most machines, an incredible sight lined up in several of the documents for the Mecum bikes had been hit neat but spacious rows in the enormous hall usually by a train on a crossing and demolished, scattering used for equestrian events. And forget dark, damp, the contents somewhat. This may make registering cold and smelling of &%#, this was light, airy and these machines for the purchasers problematic ! No warm and filled with spectators, owners, restorers need to worry for the buyers from far afield, as and collectors from across the world. there were several transport and shipping Before the auction Mecum Staff cleaned and companies ready to help you get your purchases polished each machine, and the seller would home – at actually quite reasonable fees! usually be available to answer questions – A couple of pointers if you fancy going to the LA the spectator entry fee ($60 for three days) auctions in 2018. It is cold in Vegas in January, so allowed you to circulate freely. The actual pack warm clothes. Food and drink is expensive in auction was conducted over the three days the casinos and along the Strip. You can stay at the in the adjoining Rodeo Stadium, with casinos, and most rooms have two big double beds plenty of seating for spectators and bidders. and appear a good deal but there may be additional For those of you used to the pace of fees and taxes to pay per day during your Bonhams at Stafford, the Mecum Auction stay (ie $35 Resort Tax per day), so is a much faster affair, more like a cattle check first. If you want to take market with lots coming thick and fast – in a show, expect to pay $70-$170, and some of you need to have your wits about you. Two big screens show the machine being the shopping malls are auctioned and the current asking price... really expensive. flashy! In fact, the whole thing had a razzmataz about it. There was a bar and girls in

Vegas

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Isle of Wight Section

2017 September Scurry l Friday 22nd-Tuesday 26th September l At our usual venue: Brighstone Holiday Centre l The long-established mix of rides, displays, visits

and evening enetrtainment l Regs and entry forms will be available from 1st April l This year we will send packs only to those who ask, so please phone or email now: Ron Wallis: 01983 752861 ron.wallis1@gmail.com Geoff Dean: 01983 403331 geoffbikeman@gmail.com Go on, you know you want to..!

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This month, factory records and what they can reveal...

From the archives... by Matthew Swindlehurst

Sat across a large area of the library are sets of original factory records. Like individual time capsules they speak from the past. From the beautiful copperplate writing of the late 1920s and early ‘30s to the more informal print of the ‘60s, every individual machine is recorded for posterity. Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons are recorded in large format books, whilst Ariel Motors used more modest foolscap formats. For Norton, BSA and Ariel the books date back to the mid-1920s, but for Triumph there is an abrupt start in 1941, a stark reminder of the Coventry Blitz, when all Triumph’s records were destroyed. Whilst the records of these major players cover years of large production runs, smaller manufacturers are also represented. There are boxes of despatch cards from Douglas Vespa as well as Scott and Levis, and partially complete sets from Royal Enfield and Velocette. As the factories closed the records were passed on to the stolen vehicle department of the Metropolitan Police, then to the Science Museum. Microfiche copies were made for the relevant owner’s clubs, and in 2008 the original books came to the VMCC for safe keeping. In general the engine numbers are in sequence and then frame and gearbox numbers and, in the case of Norton, even forks. Colours are usually specified, as are any extras or deviations from the standard specification. Despatch dates are noted and the destination of the machine (usually the dealer or overseas agent, but sometimes the first customer too). So it was that on 22nd October 1951 Ariel Works book number 23 shows that Writers Garage of London took

delivery of an Ariel 500cc KH Twin. It came in a sprung frame (the famous Anstey system) and had a QD rear wheel as an optional extra. The engine, frame and gearbox numbers are logged along with the works tab number 4226, which would have accompanied the bike through its build. The colour is not recorded, but an announcement in the edition of The Motor Cycle for 8th February 1951 states that, due a nickel shortage, petrol tanks for that year would be all enamelled, with the KH available in ‘Lustrous Red’. Six similar machines were despatched on the same day to Stalybridge, Glasgow, Islington, Chatham, Reading and Plymouth. Unlike the Norton records, the first owner is not recorded but perhaps they was tempted by the fourpage article in the 19th July edition of the same year, part of a series entitled ‘Modern Engines’ and showing a very nice exploded diagram of the engine, to accompany an article based on a questionnaire answered by the designer, Val Page. In any event that first owner of the KH would have paid a total price of £222 6 shillings and eight old pence! Most of this particular machine’s history is lost but, for the last eight years, it’s taken me on club runs and events across the country as well as a very pleasant long weekend in Brittany! In other words, it’s my bike, and thanks to those records in the library I know exactly when it left the Ariel factory.

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Correspondence

l Editor’s note: Letters may be edited to fit the space available.

Tread carefully

I would urge the Club to exercise caution regarding consideration for a new logo. My concern is that if a decision to adopt a new logo is made, we would most likely end up with a poor quality design which demeans the high standards the club holds. David Jordon (Letters, January) says that a good graphic designer could come up with something for a few hundred pounds. We may indeed get something for a few hundred pounds, but would it be any good, and would it stand the test of time? I doubt it. The design industry today suffers from diminishing skills, in part led by an industry driven to cut costs, with the inevitable drop in standards. The VMCC does not want, I would suggest, a new logo which looks the same as any other old bike club, which are often a pastiche of a long-defunct manufacturer’s tank badge, designed around what someone’s idea of what an old bike club’s logo “should” look like. No doubt one of the members would be able to tell us about the history of the VMCC logo – that would be interesting to learn. But there is little doubt that it was painted by an artist. We would not get that from a designer today – many cannot paint! Instead, we’d get a computer generated graphic. That might not be bad in itself, but how would the logo reflect the VMCC, its values and interests? Would the designer really understand what these are, and would they really care? Unlikely. The VMCC logo is distinctive, and oozes quality. Perhaps it is time for a change, but tread carefully, and take advice from competent designers. Above all, don’t replace it with a copy of another old bike club logo – it will be lost in a sea of crass designs, along with a key part of the VMCC’s identity. Roger Steele

Pre-war Triumph records

Triumph’s records were destroyed, along with the factory, during the Coventry blitz, which can make it problematic trying to date for source information for machines built before this disaster, as I have discovered. In view of this lack of information it is proposed to try and replace some of it through the Club’s

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members who have pre-war Triumphs before this gets dispersed. These machines have technical information in their logbooks, and possibly other sources of information. I have been in contact with the Club’s archivist and ask who is prepared to assist in providing this information. No personal information or registration numbers are needed and the anonymity of members can be preserved – just the technical information on the logbook, with date of manufacture. I have also approached the Triumph Owners Club to run the same project. This would assist both clubs to record this lost information, so Triumph owners, would you please respond and write, email, fax, or visit the Club, with the information you have. Alan Pearson

About carbs...

I’m trying not to split hairs, but would like to clarify some points I have made about carb operations. It seems to be a case of how you tell it! When Bob says that every carb works on the venturi principle and it does, in effect, but there is no actual venturi in almost all motorcycle carbs. The difference in pressure between the two ends creates a partial vacuum in the mixing chamber which does not act on the jet passages as such - it is the action of atmospheric pressure in the float chamber that forces fuel up into the jets and metering system. What happens when the throttle is wide open? There is a plain hole all the way through, no venturi, just the pressure difference (partial vacuum engine side, atmospheric outside) generating the pressure difference between mixing chamber and float chamber which causes the fuel to be introduced. When you suck on a pipe let into a fuel tank (to create a siphon), you do not ‘suck’ the fuel up. You suck out the air from the tube, causing the pressure inside the tube to go below atmospheric. Atmospheric pressure then forces fuel up. This is a fundamental and irrefutable law of physics and is what is behind carb operation. So, when Bob says my argument falls apart when considering remote floats, why? The principle is exactly the same; the


We should all appreciate our Library

Some of the letters in the last Journal were quite amazing. Solve the Club’s financial woes via a name change and different logo? To me, this all sounds like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic as it slid beneath the waves. Long-term changes, like name/logo changes, even if they were beneficial, will take time to come good. Short-term measures however are vital right now, even if some pain is experienced. Re dating charges, when it comes to dating and DVLA matters, it seems to me that it is much easier for the Vintage Japanese Club to provide this data from the (relatively speaking) mass of fairly recent data that is available for their machines, than it is for the VMCC. Trying to provide the same information for an obscure make that was poorly documented at the time is much harder and may involve a lot of consultation with marque specialists (if there is one) and other knowledgeable people. Language problems may also arise if the machine is of French, German or Eastern European origin. The true costs of such a search might be prohibitive, and prevent these machines from ever getting on the road. This makes it reasonable in my view to make a standard charge and spread the costs.

only difference is that the atmospheric hole is on top of a remote float chamber, instead of the front face of a combined instrument. That front facing hole is simply drilled there for convenience during manufacture of the carb. When Bob says, why manufacturers don’t make a carb with just a butterfly, they do, and most lawnmowers and small generators have them, but they would lack sophistication for a road vehicle. Bob said earlier that a carb will work facing any which way. It will, in theory, or on something that doesn’t move very fast. As soon as you face them into the wind, the inward pressure goes to pot and so does the mixture. Racers running heads about face? Hats off to them, but I suspect a bike set up to run at racing revs/speeds would be as poor a road bike as the ordinary road bike with its carbs turned into the wind.

Library charges are again a touchy subject. For a reality check, try checking the cost of a days’ research at Mortons or Beaulieu, but make sure you are sitting down first. The VMCC Library is a free service to members but whether it should be free to members is a moot point. It would be hard to over-estimate the value of this resource. I doubt if any marque history or major research has been accomplished in the last 30-40 years without reference at some point to the VMCC Library. Despite a less-than-ideal staffing situation, the Library functions in a manner which is very efficient, courteous, and helpful in the extreme. As a Club we owe our thanks not just to the permanent staff but also to the small but highly dedicated teams of volunteers. Recognition of the splendid work done by the Library seems a more fitting response than moaning about library charges. Charles Lipscombe l Editor’s note: Beaulieu charges £24/day for personal visits, and £24 per enquiry if they do the research for you – if it takes more than two hours, they’ll charge another £25/hour. And there’s no browsing...(Ed).

I’m sure if bike manufacturers could gain an advantage over others by mounting carbs forward facing, it would have been done decades ago. Instead, even the latest bikes, on carbs, have them behind the cylinders, in still air. Terry Maslin

Score solution wanted

I have a 1912 Royal Enfield 2 3/4hp twin with scoring to one cylinder barrel. I am currently on with restoration/rebuild and would like to rectify the problem if feasible – there’s little enough power to start off with, let alone with it escaping down into the crankcase. The barrel wall thickness is only about 3mm, so it is too thin to think about sleeving. The barrel is also effectively "blind" or nondetachable head type. I can’t measure the depth of the scoring, but would estimate it to be 20-30 thou.

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I have done the usual Google search and come up with Americans using some sort of epoxy resin, but I can’t see this working on an air-cooled cast iron cylinder (the scoring is all the way up the swept volume). The usual commercial solution is sleeving, but no good for my situation. I’m sure this isn’t the first time this will have come up in veteran/vintage motorbike engines, so does anyone have a tried and tested solution? I did wonder about silver solder/scraping/honing, but am concerned about possibility of distortion and thermal shock cracking. Just to add to the mix, the engine is a one off, so there are no replacement parts if all goes belly up! I’m hoping to retain the original bore size/pistons. All suggestions openly considered. Keith Hodgson

It’s true!

The Velo-Solex article (Peter Perkins’ almost believable piece on a DOHC supercharged cyclemotor – Ed) may not have been so far from fact! The village of Augun in Brittany, along with other communes across France, used to run a sixhour LeMans endurance event for Velo-Solex. Rules allowed from standard bikes through to ‘Formula 1’, where only the original drive roller and capacity had to be maintained. Other mods, such as water cooling and tuned exhausts, were tolerated. Speeds of up to 60mph on a far from flat and easy road circuit were achieved by the F1 machines, but as these mixed with standard bikes at 12mph some interesting near misses occurred. The Le Mans start of up to 50 teams and the pits being in the centre of the village added to the fun. There were frequent pit-stops as the front tyres wore through and it was also not uncommon to see the determined riders desperately rebuilding an engine in an effort to finish the full six hours. Pit stops along with the constant overtaking meant that the only way to place the riders was to have an equal number of spotters ticking off the individual rider’s achievements/laps. Alas all this fun ended here in Brittany when ‘ELF’ and his friend ‘SAF-T’ surfaced a couple of years ago. Rumour has it these events are still taking place somewhere. Geoff Hobbs

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Rhydy Memories

Reading the letter by Don Higham about the North Wales race circuit Rhydymwym (February Journal) stirred up the memory bank a bit, because in 1949 or 1950 I raced there. It was a bit of an epic weekend! I had been racing my stripped down 1937 250cc BSA Empire Star on grass track, sand races and scrambles, then decided to try my hand at road racing. Two of my close friends, twin brothers Kevin and Brian McAnally, entered the sidecar class with a 500cc Norton and off we set to ride our bikes to North Wales. We all lived in Gateshead and about 40 miles down the old A1, Kevin’s Norton broke the con-rod so we left it at the Garage at Leeming Bar. Kevin got on the pillion of Brian's Dominator and off we set again. Late on Saturday

Laughing Liza

It is my wont to listen to Liza Tarbuck on Radio Two on Saturday evenings because she plays mostly my kind of music and I enjoy her sense of humour. Last Saturday she was laughing hysterically about something or other, and at the same time I was reading ‘The world’s first DOHC Velo-Solex’ in the February Journal – the combination of the two meant I was falling about too. It’s strange how some things make us feel and at the same time sails way over someone else’s head. I mentioned this article to several of my mates with no response at all. I would have loved to have met Peter Perkins, and am so grateful to his son for sharing this with us. Lloyd Watson


afternoon we found a B & B in the village of Mold,. we were up early on Sunday morning and found our way to the little circuit. The circuit was very narrow with very few competitors in each class, the main competition in the 250 class being Triumph Tiger 70s and MOV Velos. I got through to the semi-final and although I did not make the final, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Soon it was time to set off home, and we decided to return via the old A6 over Shap to Carlisle then along the Tyne Valley home. All was going well until it began to get dark. I had taken the lights off the BSA and fitted a cycle dynamo, which had worked well on a trip to my locally chippy! After a while the dynamo seized and I was left without any lighting. The only thing to do was tuck in behind Brian on the Dominator all the rest of the way, arriving home at about 2am on Monday morning. We then had to drive down the A1 to Leeming Bar to collect the broken down Norton – Kevin borrowed a car from the garage where he worked and we towed the outfit home. We were close friends, but Kevin was killed in a sidecar grass track accident in 1958 and Brian took over the outfit. Brian was killed in 1965 while racing at Kirkcaldy in Scotland when his passenger fell out of the chair and Brian and the outfit hit a tree and he tragically died on the way to the hospital. A sad end to our friendship. Les Siddle

Be more flexible

There is an assumption at the top of the Club that we all have disposable funds to cover the hobby we enjoy so much. Unfortunately not everyone at the grass roots is in that position and therefore the elitism that exists from the top down will kill the Club if not recognised, in my humble opinion. I'm fortunate to be able to ride with several groups and friends on both classic and modern bikes, but it is only the VMCC that insists on an age-related machine and, depending on the event, the period and type of machine. The other groups accept that not all are able to have the luxury of a dedicated machine to ride and that following the ride at a discrete distance and meeting and greeting at the start and finish of the ride is part of the enjoyment

of our hobby. My Velo was out of action for some time having blown a piston, but fortunately I was able to use my Chinese 125 to follow their rides and enjoy their company at the start and finish. Not so with our exclusive club, of course. I'm now having some health issues that will, in due course, prevent me from being able to kick start or hold a heavy bike up. When that happens I'll leave the Club as I won't be welcome. If we were less elitist I would be able to come along on the Chinese bike with its electric start, light weight, fairly reliable and cheapness to join in the banter, ride and camaraderie. If we were not so elitist we would keep the old faithful members at the top end and could approach other clubs with modern bikes and young members, even youth clubs and colleges etc, introduce them to our machines with invites to join us perhaps but as it is we appear to ostracise and patronise them instead. As a final point, to help balance the books all services to non-members should be charged a premium of a minimum of two years membership to encourage them to join. Colin Snooke l Editor’s note: Of course, any Japanese 125 of the 1970s/80s (CG125, GS125) would have the same benefits of the Chinese bike, and still be VMCC eligible.

New name, new badge?

The problems at Allen House are now even more apparent when the current Chairman openly shows his displeasure of the current President in the Journal – differences should surely be discussed within the board room. Rodney Hann was a loyal servant of the South West when he was our representative, and he still has the support and backing of the Cornwall Section. His honest character, views and judgement have been an asset to the VMCC. I suggest that his views as to the future of the are more realistic than others who see the future through rose-tinted glasses. Was it not these past officials that have driven the Club into its current financial difficulties? The popular talk is re-branding to attract new members, so may I suggest the following updates. Reduce the 25-year rule to 15 years. This would enable the new members to purchase the more

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affordable Japanese and European motorcycles they started their riding path on. Update the name of the Club, and could I suggest 'The Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club.' This would show that the Club recognizes the evolution of the Motorcycle. Re-naming would include a new badge (see illustration). These are my personal views and I anticipate that they may cause controversy, perhaps even agreement. I eagerly await other members’ comments. Peter Lee

The name’s Bond...

In the early 1960s I had a Mk C Bond Minicar, but after passing a driving test and acquiring a full licence changed it for an Austin A40 pick-up, which enabled me to transport various old bikes to more distant events. However, marriage and babies meant the pick-up had to go – you cannot carry prams in a pick-up! Around 1970 I heard a friend was breaking up a Mk D Bond in order that another friend could make a camping trailer, and I went along to lend a hand if required. Basically the Bond was cut in half so that the door remained with the body and wood was fixed in the gap to make a box; then a tow bar was made up from 2x2 box-section steel tubing. The friend was not happy with the result so I claimed it to make a trailer to carry building materials and motorcycles. I totally re-engineered it by moving the wheels nearer to the centre, relocating the tow bar, boarding the bottom and bolting 2x2 angle iron underneath to reinforce it. The half Bond would now spend the rest of its life going in reverse! To all intents it now looked like a Roman chariot but was very successful as a carrier of motorcycles,

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being low and lightweight. It made many trips to Buxton from my home in Carlisle for the VMCC Buxton Rally in September, and I bought the wheels from any Bonds seen in scrap yards, just for the tyres. After around 35 years the trailer was showing signs of metal fatigue and I had used all my tyres – they did not really wear, just went hard and tended to break up. I came back from Preston one night in the dark and unloading next morning saw that the tread had totally disappeared on one tyre and I had been running on the canvas! Eventually the trailer was passed on to someone else who wished to use it to take goods to car boot sales. See picture, left, to see how successful it was in my possession and in its new role. David Wilson Dear Chairman... Thank you for replying to my original letter ‘Trouble at Mill’ in the March Journal. I have to take you up on your opening sentence re, the ‘vote’. In your February Chairman’s Chat you state: “No formal votes were taken”, so to

say that my statement is incorrect, I find perplexing. Being in my 76th year and having served on several committees including being Chairman of School Governors, my understanding of a ‘vote’ is when there is a show of hands and the result is minuted. I still stand by my previous statement that as members we deserve to know why there has been so much unrest at Allen House. Moving on to a more positive idea for the future. I firmly believe that the time has come to change the name of the Club. With so many riders now using post-war machines the inclusion of the word ‘classic’ should be included in the title, along the lines of ‘Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club’ (VCMCC). This would highlight that the Club welcomes this class of machine and open up the opportunity to increase membership. I would still keep the rolling 25-year rule. I trust you will take my comments as an individual observation not on yourself as Chairman. Roy Robinson l Peter Miller replies: I feel I have covered this point previously in the Journal. It is accepted convention that where the chair of a meeting senses general agreement upon the matter under


discussion, a vote is not necessary to formalise the decision unless a vote is requested. I went further and asked everyone present to confirm their acceptance, which they did. I do not consider staff issues are matters for discussion in the Journal. I anticipate these topics will be discussed at the AGM and I hope you will be able to attend.

Pre-war Triumph records Triumph’s records were destroyed, along with the factory, during the Coventry blitz, which can make it problematic trying to date for source information for machines built before this disaster, as I have discovered. In view of this lack of information it is proposed to try and replace some of it through the Club's members who have pre-war Triumphs before this gets dispersed. These machines have technical information in their logbooks, and possibly other sources of information. I have been in contact with the Club’s archivist and ask who is prepared to assist in providing this information. There is no need for personal information or registration numbers, and the anonymity of members can be preserved – just the technical information on the logbook, with date of manufacture. I have also approached the Triumph Owners Club to run the same project. This would assist both clubs to record this lost information, so Triumph owners, would you please respond and write, email, fax, or visit the Club, with the information you have. Alan Pearson

Comfort of the familiar So who agrees we need a name change? Is it essential? What says: ‘This club welcomes old ’uns, young ’uns, enthusiasm and fresh ideas’; men, ladies, boys, girls, any size of motorbike; oil in your veins, laughter in your smile. Prepare to be frozen stiff but warm inside, because it feels good to belong. With a known name comes that nicety you get with an old book. You feel comfortable to pay your subscription in knowing that so much is available throughout the year. The monthly magazine full of events, addresses and ideas to whet your appetite, whatever you choose. John Daly

See you at Dijon As a member of the Brooklands Museum motorcycle team, I was interested to read the letter regarding Vintage Revival Montlhery in the latest copy of the Journal. We are intending to take our ABC, and possible two Skootamotas, to this event, along with a number of other museum machines and guests with their own bikes. However, I was amused to read your footnote, that Coupes Moto Legende was also a good event to attend at Montlhery. This particular event has not been held at Montlhery for quite a number of years, and indeed your Journal advertises this fact on page 111, CML now being held in Dijon. Tony Baxter

Stop expenses I agree with Dennis Beale (Letters, February), having been a member for over 50 years and knowing the good days when we were a Club, ‘club’ being the operative word, not a business, which is a whole different ball game. Like Dennis, I have done voluntary service for most of those years, having been Trials Secretary for over 30 years, travelling many hundreds of miles without getting or indeed expecting any expenses as we did/do it for the good of the Section. This is my beef with our top officials. How can they in all conscience charge the Club expenses to go to events and enjoy themselves. This should be stopped forthwith and they should be leading by example, giving the grass roots members a bit of encouragement to keep giving to our club before it is too late. Brian Moorcroft l Peter Miller replies: The Editor has asked me to respond to Brian Moorcroft’s letter, and whilst I am happy to do so it must be appreciated that the response is my view and not necessarily that of the other Directors or Club Officials. I believe Dennis’ letter was concerned with Machine Examiners, Marque Specialists and Section Officials rather than the Directors and Club Officials. Brian has extended the discussion to include Club Officials and I will start by addressing this issue. Three years ago at the AGM we passed a resolution requiring the expenses of all Club Officials to be recorded on the Club’s website for inspection by the

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membership. Since then the expenses of the President, Directors and Area Reps have been recorded and are available for inspection. The facts are readily available to all and do not support the contention that Club expenses are paid for officials to go to events and enjoy themselves. In my case, which I consider typical, I travel to events or shows at my own expense, I pay for my own accommodation and usually buy my own tickets. Then rather than wander round enjoying the event, which I would do were I not a Club Official, I spend much of my time on the Club stand. Most of the expenses claimed by Club Officials are for attendance at management meetings. In my case attendance means I am away from home for two or three days and will drive over 400 miles in total. For this I claim for my hotel room and charge the lowest mileage rate for my travel. I am an unpaid volunteer, and put in long hours for the Club, often in excess of typical employment hours. Whilst I am willing to do this I cannot afford to be grossly out of pocket. If I am able to detour to Allen House whilst travelling north on a family visit, then I make no claim. Several officials never claim for attendance at meetings and the Club benefits from their generosity, but we must allow expense payments otherwise we bar those of more slender means from taking office. Moving on to the topic of expenses for Section Officials, I feel this is very much a matter for the individual Sections, as it will depend very greatly upon the manner in which the Section carries out its business. I was the Treasurer for the Dorset Section for many years and am still on the Section Committee. The informal policy adopted there is that Section Officials do not claim expenses. Run organisers can choose to claim fuel and other expenses. We believe effort supporting the Section should be free, but that no one should be barred from helping because of the cost of dipping into their own pocket. Marque Specialists provide an invaluable free service to other Club members through sharing their knowledge and expertise built up over many years. I have been a Marque Specialist for many years and recognise the benefit of the service to owners seeking knowledge and advice. The contentious area, to which I believe Dennis was referring, concerns the payments made to the

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Marque Specialist and the Machine Examiner in connection with DVLA dating issues. I have commented upon these in past issues of the Journal and do not really wish to re-trample old ground, but a few additional comments might be useful. Also I am now able to speak with more authority having recently carried out my first two machine inspections. Dating and assistance with DVLA Registration applications must be considered a commercial transaction. It is a service provided by the Club, but one used by relatively few members. I consider it is appropriate that those using the service should cover the costs of providing it rather than expect to be subsidised by the rest of the membership. The Marque Specialists and Machine Examiners form part of the commercial dating service and it is legitimate to offer them payment should they wish to accept it. The thorny issues are that not all Marque Specialists want to be involved and there is no consensus agreement amongst the Machine Examiners upon the appropriate fee. I believe that machine inspection should be considered a social activity, a belief confirmed by my recent experience, and as such only a modest fee or expenses should be paid. A number of Machine Examiners, who have contacted me, agree with this view although a greater number claim the existing fee is not high enough. It is clear we will never satisfy everyone whatever we adopt. I hope shortly to hold a further Archive Committee meeting to review, and most likely revise, the fees offered to the Marque Specialists and Machine Examiners in respect of DVLA dating requirements. Minutes will be on the Club’s website and a report of the meeting included in the next issue of the Journal. Whilst I cannot agree with Brian’s premise that the top officials are exploiting the Club, I whole heartedly agree that the creation of the Limited Company, the move to Allen House and the employment of paid staff members, plus a bit of past empire building, have contributed to a change in the ethos of the Club. Whereas once the members took responsibility, there has become a tendency to throw it at HQ for them to sort out. This is no longer viable, and for the Club to survive, grass roots members needs to become more involved. Members, officials and staff need


to work together for this to happen. It is time to stop pillorying the hard-working officials and give them a bit of encouragement, otherwise there will be no one volunteering for election in the future.

in 1922 when Nurse Robinson resigned and the Association couldn’t find a suitable nurse to ride a motorcycle! Geoff Brazendale

What’s it off? In 1962 I bought a dismantled two-speed Scott which included a gearchange pedal which, although it fitted, didn’t look quite right. I thought it was a bit too agricultural and primitive and obtained the correct item together with dozens of other bits from Tom Ward’s emporium at Wilfred St, Derby. The item has the word ‘GEARS’ cast on one pedal and ‘A’ something on the other, the rest of it having worn away. Maybe some member can tell me more? Phone (01263) 713280, thank you. Arthur Pentney

Motorised Midwife?

When my friend Tony Hayne gave me the photograph above, showing a locally-registered early 1920s Royal Enfield two-speed two-stroke, I got quite excited. Who was the lady rider? I was able to find out by using local archives. Although most of the large cities complied with the DVLA edict to destroy old records, the Shire counties and rural Councils generally ignored it, and up here in the Borders, Cumbria, Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway they are available for inspection on application – always a worthwhile exercise! Records revealed that AO7141 had been registered as a ‘Cycle’ to Wetheral and District Nursing Association in 1921. Why would the Nursing Association want a motorcycle? I asked the archivist who produced the Minutes Book, and there was the record in pen and ink (signed by Secretary Claire Howard) of a proposal to purchase a motorcycle for Nurse Robinson (salary £140 pa). Here was the proof that the lady in the picture was a nurse. She certainly looked formidable, and visited patients east of Carlisle from her Wetheral base. These Nursing Associations were pre-NHS and raised funds through local subscribers, patrons who included the Howards of Corly Castle, right up to 1946. As for the Enfield, the trail went cold

Seeking Speed Twin

My Granddad (Herbert Lowe) bought the Triumph Speed Twin pictured above circa 1951, and only ever had this bike until he died in 1973. It was then was sold to Mr Swindlehurst in Leek and I’m told was stolen and found burned out some time later. In 1995 I had the urge to try and find granddad’s old bike and managed to trade the last owner I know – David Wilkinson of Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset. We exchanged letters and agreed that if he ever decided to sell the Triumph, he would give me first refusal – unfortunately I have since moved house twice and lost contact. So my question is, is Mr Wilkinson a member of the VMCC and does he know the whereabouts of

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THE FIRST ‘JIM ALLEN’ CHALLENGE Sunday 23rd April – Ride off 9.30 100+ mile ride through the lanes of Surrey and Sussex to celebrate runs planned and led by Jim over many years. Route sheets provided: Entry cost £2, payable on the day. Starts & finishes at Newlands Corner, A25 near Guildford, GU4 8SE. Confirm your intention to participate to: Gavin Shaw gavinshaw1954@hotmail.co.uk, tel 07910 373733. More details under VMCC event listings

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SURREY AND SUSSEX SECTION

DORKING TO DORSET RIDE 1st July, 2017

Social run of about180 miles with route card for machines over 25 years old. Starting from Ryka’s Café, Dorking; Refreshments available. Finish Lulworth Cove, social evening at Junction Hotel, Dorchester

Organiser: Simon Webb, 01342 713841 simonwebb@tesco.net


Triumph NEH 899? if the current owner can be found, please pass on my details as I would like to buy the bike if the owner would consider selling. Thanks for taking the time to read this part of my family story. David H Lowe l Editor’s note: Is the current owner of NEH 899 a VMCC member? Let us know at HQ, and we can pass on David’s contact details.

Retford holiday

West Wilts’ next Section Holiday, which is open to all, will be based at Retford, Notts, 18th-25th June. We have routes to WW2 airfields and photo opportunities with a Vulcan bomber, a Lancaster, visits to a trolley bus museum, the bubble car museum (with a ride in a bubble car), a working windmill selling its own flour, a waterways museum, and riding on roads with beautiful views. A back-up vehicle with bits and pieces and a spare bike if yours breaks down, while accommodation includes breakfast and dinner. Enquiries to Bob Fisher, 23 The Leonards, South Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 5UX, phone: (01285) 860130 email: bob.fisher1946@gmail.com Bob Fisher

Identify this frame

Can anyone identify this mystery frame? We estimate 1930, 350cc. It’s all straight tubes and bolt-up construction, with no brazed lugs anywhere except the seat lug which carries the number 1119. Even the front forks are straight tubes, all bolt-up, and the front axle pushes through flattened fork tube ends. The steering head is a cast lug but all the tubes bolt to it. There are saddle tank mountings on the twin tubes and small cast alloy tank lugs, with extra stays below the gearbox to the rear axle plate. Neil Bromilow, Western Australia

Identify this bike

Learned friends within the motorcycle fraternity have failed to identify the bike in this picture. Perhaps Journal readers may be interested and have a go? It was taken in Belper, Derbyshire and by the pillion’s age (he was the wife’s cousin) probably in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Barrie Gobey

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Read all about it

Isle of Man TT – The Golden Years 19471962 Volume Two

Reviewed by Jonathan Hill This second volume in the Golden Years series is packed with a rich mixture of evocative photographs selected from the archives of the Douglas, Isle of Man-based Keig photographic company, taken from 1947 to 1962, a fabulous period of growth for the world’s greatest road races. Many of the pictures were taken during practice sessions with riders emerging from the paddock – fascinating, emotive shots of both works riders and private owners. Superb stylist and Junior TT winner Freddie Frith is shown on his Velocette KTT Mk 8 and Artie Bell on his works plunger-framed Norton. Later, a proud-looking 20-year-old Geoff Duke is pictured with the then revolutionary featherbedframed Manx Norton and veteran Lightweight TT winner Fergus Anderson is shown waiting with his works 250cc Moto Guzzi. About to push off we see South Londoner Mike O’Rourke on his Senior Matchless G45 twin – arguably the most attractive production racer ever built. There is everything here, from the simple to the sophisticated. Harvey Williams about to practice for the 125cc Ultra Lightweight race on his tuned BSA Bantam roadster, whilst works rider Alfredo Copeta waits with the superb double overhead camshaft 125cc MV Agusta. The Clubman’s TT is also covered with 1948 1000cc class winner John Daniels wrestling with his Vincent Rapide; Frank Sheene (Barry’s father) on his fast, but fragile Douglas 90-plus and Captain Eddie Dow is shown on his way to winning the Senior Clubmans on his BSA Gold Star. As a publicity stunt, former sidecar world

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champion and motorcycle dealer Eric Oliver raced a Norton Dominator 88 roadster with female passenger Pat Wise seated in the Watsonian Monaco sport sidecar. (This was not a factorytuned machine, as stated - Norton’s MD Bert Hopwood refused to help, so Oliver took a machine from his showroom and tuned it himself). They finished in 10th place, a truly amazing achievement. In 1957 the TT’s Golden Jubilee saw 15 different manufacturers represented in the five race programme with the great Bob McIntyre pictured on his fully-streamlined four-cylinder Gilera. Jethelmeted American Ed LaBelle is shown riding his rare BMW RS54 Rennsport to 20th place in the 1959 Senior. The same year also sees the writing on the wall with the arrival of the Honda team and Naomi Taniguchi riding his silver and orange twin to 6th place in the Ultra Lightweight race. MV’s new boy Gary Hocking is being congratulated after winning the 1960 Lightweight with John Hartle and John Surtees pictured on their fabulous 'fire engines' winning the Junior and Senior races respectively. All in all, a superb collection of pictures which really bring out the atmosphere of the Island in the first decade and a half after the war. Isle of Man TT – The Golden Years 19471962 Volume Two

Author: Mick Duckworth Publisher: Lily Publications Ltd, PO Box 33, Ramsey, Isle of Man IM99 4LP Web: www.lilypublications.co.uk Hardback, 210 x 205mm (landscape); 96 pages with over 110 photographs and illustrations. ISBN 978-1-911177-09-8 £16.00


AJS and Matchless – Post-War Singles and Twins

Reviewed by Ian Kerr MBE Subtitled ‘The Complete Story’ this latest hardback tome from Crowood is authored by Matthew Vale who has previously written others in this excellent series of books. As ever this well laid out and presented book has just short of 200 pages packed with information and is fully illustrated with 200 plus images and diagrams spread over the ten chapters. Most enthusiasts know that Associated Motor Cycles (AMC) produced some of the most iconic British bikes of the 1940s and 1950s. Badged as either AJS or Matchless the range covered everything from plodding ride-towork four-stroke singles, weekend racers, two-stroke moto-crossers and full-blown Grand Prix contenders, all of which are mentioned in the various chapters. As you would expect the book starts with a brief history of the company before moving on with chapters on the road going singles, then the twins, before looking at the off-road machinery, the road racers, the lightweight machines and the twostrokes. There is also a chapter on the Norton-powered machines made shortly before AMC was declared bankrupt and bought up by Manganese Bronze, and the much later revival of the brand under the ‘Harris Matchless’ moniker. Each chapter has basic information on the model ranges and the years of production, along with some more specific model information. Included too are owner profiles in the specific chapters, although the last chapter before the excellent bibliography also profiles owners and the owners club as well as mentioning various museums where the marques are on display. Looking through the high quality pages though it is clear than a lot of the images were taken at museums without any attempt at having the bikes

removed from the display in order that better shots could be taken, which detracts a little. Other images shot elsewhere are much better and clearer and are of a similar high standard to the excellent text. Vale has a good flowing style and manages to inform without boring the reader, because after all, this is just a dip into a long and convoluted history of a firm that provided transport to the masses for several decades and was a major part of British motorcycle history. Having said that, even if you have the various in-depth books on the two brands prior to the merger and even after, this book is still worth adding to the shelf as it brings the story up-to-date pending the long threatened rebirth in the 21st century we are still waiting for! AMC bikes have been slow to appreciate in value, but are now creeping up as other brands become out of reach to those interested in riding rather than collecting, and if you are thinking of buying one of these bikes then this book is well worth investing in to get a handle on and decide which model to go for. As an owner of several of the machines profiled, I highly recommend this modestly priced (£25.00 rrp) quality publication as an excellent grounding into the world of the AMC owner! AJS and Matchless: Postwar Singles and Twins Author: Matthew Vale Publisher: Crowood Press Web: www.crowood.com Hardback, 260 x 215mm, 192 pages with 200 colour and b&w photographs ISBN 978-1 78500 195-6 £25.00

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Obituaries

LEO EADON 1932-2017 Northampton Section has lost a good friend in Leo Eadon, one of nature's real gentlemen who was widely respected in the Club. Having had a serious operation in the 1990s, he decided that he would return to bikes and acquired an R60 BMW on which he enjoyed many events over the next 10 years, including the Manx Rally, Weymouth Week, Scarborough and especially our own Welsh Week for which he was responsible for organising for over 10 years. Leo planned new routes during the several days he spent prior to the event, which was were greatly enjoyed very well supported. He was always well remembered by the entrants of the Scarborough event, especially by those who witnessed his beautifully coachbuilt top-box, of which he was very proud, shedding its load when traversing unseen sleeping policemen, due to the inadequate design of the catches – Colin Bell was always the first to show his amusement! Leo was educated at Wellingborough School where he excelled at sport, followed by National Service, which he did not enjoy, but did enjoy his Royal Enfield and Norton International, which enabled him to travel on leave whenever possible. Returning home his first job was with Whitworths the millers, and subsequently with Weetabix, as a sales rep.

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One of his tales related how, when surprised by increasing orders being received from a small regular customer, he complimented the retailer on his efforts to popularise the breakfast cereal, only to be let into his secret of an extra use for it wasn’t originally designed. “You see,” said the shop owner, “if l soak them in a vat of kerosene overnight, then allow them to drain, I can sell them for a much increased profit as firelighters!” Hopefully Weetabix never discovered this alternate use! Leo’s many interests over the years included small-bore rifle shooting, including coaching, and organising the Old Boys Club at his old school. His later career included working as an executive with a local property developer and finally running his own general stores and paper shop. Finally, after early retirement, he and wife Di bought a narrow boat and cruised many canals and rivers over the next two and a half years. This experience came in most useful later on when he shared many trips with me in his motorhome. He never left the lights on or the tap running. Leo and Di celebrated their Diamond Wedding last year and were well supported by their son John and daughter Sally and their families, who will miss him greatly. The full 150-seat chapel at Kettering Crematorium reflected the love and respect of his many friends from many backgrounds. His BMW lives on in the caring hands of Terry Cooper. Michael Sharp JOHN FISHER 1937-2016 John Brian Fisher died suddenly on Christmas Day 2016. He was a hard working and honest Suffolk man of great motorcycling knowledge, best known for his Rudge 500 Special ENY 156 which he owned and rode for coming up to 60 years. He had bought the bike for £5 whilst doing National Service. John was very modest about his achievements over the years, though these were reflected in a 2007 invitation to the Parade of the Century event at the Isle of Man. He won over 300 awards with the Rudge. John lost his wife to cancer in 1993, but we met at the NEC in Birmingham and in 1995 moved to Suffolk to spend the next 22 years together. John and I embraced life, travelling to many events and shows. He also restored several motorcycles and cycles, not to mention music boxes, and was always in his work shed. ‘Making something out of nothing’ was how he would refer to another beautifully restored piece. John will be missed by many Rudge friends, especially by me and by the family. Another great restorer and loving man lost. Val Sowerby (John’s partner)


BERKSHIRE SECTION

DORSET SECTION

50TH WEYMOUTH RUN 11am Sunday 21st May 2017

from Weymouth Pavilion Enter on the day; fee just £5. Contact Bob Hoare, 01963 364618 You are invited to the Bedfordshire Section’s 10th Anniversary Event

Sunday 14th May 2017

THE ARTHUR KING MEMORIAL RUN

A navigation and road safety run in Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire for veteran, vintage, and post-vintage machines with girder forks. Motor cycles and sidecars welcome. Start & finish: Shefford Memorial Hall Lunch available Further details & entry forms available from Roger King Tel: 01582 534711or 07950 921385 Email: r.king8@outlook.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk

OWEN TYLER RUN May 21st, 2017

Starting from the village Hall, Hurst RG10 0DR, this event offers a choice of routes through the Chilterns. This is Berkshire Section’s premier event for all VMCC eligible machines. Awards given for different classes. FREE entry for pre-1925 machines Arrive 10am for coffee, first man away 10.30am Further details from Vic on 01897 92703 or Bill on 07817 143733.

CORNWALL SECTION start venue and new start 2017 New time: 9.30 for 10am start Arms, Dunmere, LAND’S Borough Bodmin, PL31 2RD Entry forms with SAE, contact: END Roger Hore Chapel Cottage, Halgavor RUN 1Road, Bodmin, Cornwall,

Sunday 4th June

Entry forms with SAE, contact: Roger Hore, 1 Chapel Cottage, Halgavor Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1BZ. tel: 01208 73571 PL31 1BZ email: rogerhore65@gmail.com

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FOR SALE, EXCHANGE & WANTED

One ‘For Sale’ and one ‘Exchange or Wanted’ advert free of charge per issue per member. Up to 40 words,including all contact details. Adverts of over 40 words will be charged at the ‘MISCELLANEOUS’ rate of £10.Motor cycles and ThreeWheelers must be over 25 years old. Spares must relate to machines over 25 years old. ITEMS FOR SALE MUST BE PRICED, WORDING SUCH AS ‘OFFERS OVER’, ‘ONO’ AND ‘OFFERS’ WILL NOT BE PRINTED

MISCELLANEOUS A service for members, which allows you to sell any item whatsoever that you believe, may be of interest to other members. These adverts will be charged at £10 each, up to 50 words, including all contact details. N.B.: TO REDUCE COSTS AND ADMINISTRATION, PAYMENT FOR MEMBERS’ ADVERTS MUST ACCOMPANY THE ADVERT. RECEIPTS OR INVOICES WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR MEMBERS’ ADVERTISEMENTS UNLESS A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE IS PROVIDED.

TRADE SMALLS & HOLIDAYS These adverts are charged at £12 for up to 50 words or £18 for up to 100 words per insertion and are open to those who operate on a small scale or as a ‘leisure’ trader.

Smallads

FOR SALE: MACHINES

ARIEL Huntmaster 1957, restored by previous VMCC member Colin Lloyd, very good condition £5,500. Ken Smith 07791 979068 (W Mids) BERKELEY T60 three-wheeler 1960, fitted with Mini 850 engine with V5 reg, make vintage race or road car, some old MOT’s, small work needed £2,850. D Sadler 01493 750302 (Norfolk) BMW R100RT 1982, 30,000 miles, MOT due 2018, one owner from new, £3,000. Gary James 01908 319082 (Milton Keynes) BSA Plunger, 1950 A7 plunger, very nice condition, has always been reliable, comes with dual seat and rear carrier £4,500. George Rhodes 01732 841268 (Aylesford) DOUGLAS 2¾ 1914 veteran motorcycle, owned for 10 plus years, very original condition (won Stafford Show c2005) many new internal parts, good history, in good running order, used in Scottish rallies £9,000. Geoff Brazendale 01228 549445 (Carlisle) EXCELSIOR Courier, 1957, 150cc two-stroke, restored, overhauled engine but problem with Dynomag, comes with spare engine and other bits £850. Simon Hewitt 07710 177250 email highgategardenhoney@outlook.com (Suffolk) HEJIRA Racing Supermono, 1984, rebuilt and ready

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Adverts for your ‘main’ business should be placed as a block advertisement at the appropriate rates.

INVOICES WILL STILL BE ISSUED FOR TRADE SMALLS AND HOLIDAYS For copy deadlines please see page 2. Adverts may be submitted by Post, Fax or Email (not by telephone) to: Sara Smith, VMCC, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1TR, Fax: 01283 510547. e-mail: members@vmcc.net Please pick a KEY word for the first word of your advert ie: AJS, MZ, handlebars, panniers. Also prefixed by – For Sale (Machines, spares/equipment, clothing/publications), exchange, wanted, trade, holidays – NOT a year or model. This helps us to sort in alphabetical order and put in correct classification. Please quote your membership number and, if HAND WRITTEN, write all adverts clearly.

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for testing, owner too old and stiff to ride it £3,500 (Might do a deal on an up and running 1950s car). R J Hartley email russellhartley314@btinternet.com 01765 650049 (Beds) HONDA CB550 F1, original blue, bought by me new in 1976, original Honda service booklet, 29,555 miles, has original under-seat owner’s handbook and tool kit, 2 keys, V5, for recommissioning £2,550. H Brutlag 0208 9806115 email hbrutlag@hotmail.com (London) HONDA 750 F1, 1976, Sulphur Yellow, Super Sport, new tyres, paint, seat, chains and sprockets, battery, extensively refurbished as a rolling restoration, tax free, been off the road for 2 years, will need setting up £2,500. Colin Jones 07813 722239 (Sunderland) MATCHLESS 350 Replica alloy engine ,enclosed pushrods, V5 present, road use only £4,000. Triumph 1956 alloy engine WW2 barrels-head, alloy rims, SU carb, tidy bike £5,500. Brian Church 01909 721563 mob 07748 726102 (Worksop) MATCHLESS G80S, 1950, original and great £4,250. Rudge Ulster 500, 1937, road or race, excellent order, complete rebuild £11,000, also Rudge spares for sale. Tim Dover 01304 368277 (kent) MINI MOTOS (two) sports replicas, never fired up but should run, about 2 years old each, need to free up space, £50 for the two. Lee Gibson 01302 539081(Doncaster)


MORINI, 1957 175 Tourismo, as featured in Classic Bike June 2015, bought to ride Giro D'Italia (entry abandoned after bereavement) original unmodified condition, new carb, tyres, brake shoes, points, condenser, chain, sprockets, battery, UK reg £3,950. Mick Vockins 01628 661791 (Bucks) MZ, 2 x 250 Supa 5s, 1978/1979 both complete with V5s, plus many spares £575. Peter Davies 01822 820522 (Devon) NORMAN B3 Sport, 1960, starts easily, tax exempt, MOT to August, refurbished/new centre seal, tyres, silencers, rims/spokes, paintwork, seat, etc... For auction by Cheffins, on 22nd April - see http://www.cheffins.co.uk/auctions/vintage/ . Alternatively, e-mail fen.biker@gmail.com. Pete Goodge 07976 373562 (Bedford) NORMAN Nippy Mk. 4 moped, 1960 reg. 4317 MV, very good condition for year, last used in 1963, stored indoors thereafter, historic vehicle complete with original extensive paperwork, manual, gauntlets, helmet, waterproofs. Provisional inspection completed, no current V5C £450. Joan Dimmack 07814 152691 (IOW) NORTON Commander Rotary, 1989, No. 4220, 24,000 miles, in original condition, never taken apart and run every year £6,800. Norman Lorton 07770 588770 (Bedford) ROYAL Enfield Continental GT 1968, two owners from new, excellent condition, genuine original bike, matching numbers, original buff logbook and V5C, 4-speed box fitted with spare 5-speed cluster, shafts and GT engine, £4,000. Martin Davey 01558 668888 (Carmarthenshire) SCOTT Flying Squirrel 1947, for restoration, much work done, Magdyno and wheels rebuilt and many new/old stock parts acquired for the rebuild, original registration number, V5C, buff log book and all matching numbers £2,650. Richard Morris 01276 681981 e-mail richardmorris437@gmail.com (Surrey) SUNBEAM Model 10, 1931, lovely restored example of this very rare 350cc ohv twin-port hand change machine, everything works and looks as it should. First kick starter, excellent runner, great to ride £6,750. Details: http://tinyurl.com/Sunbeam10. Ian Soady 0121 777 9380email ian@iansoady.org.uk (Birmingham) TRIUMPH Bonneville 1965, tuned and fully prepared to Thruxton spec, c/r gearbox, TLS front brake, very fast, matching numbers, photo available £6,500. Chris Lodge 01245 440317 (Essex) TRIUMPH Bonneville 1975, T140V, 5-speed, free

road tax, burgundy/white petrol tank, engine turns over with good compression, dry stored for many years, sensible modifications, Boyer ignition, oil filter, modern rectifier, centre stand missing, Sorned, £4,500. Graham Smith 01282 710011 (Lancashire) TRIUMPH ex-WD 350 side-valve, engine rebuilt and sleeved back to standard, forks re-bushed. These bikes produced in small quantity before re-issued to the RNWS. A good example ready to ride, subject to MOT £5,000. Triumph Trophy 1949 with the Grand Prix style engine £7,000. Peter McManus 01283 703280 (Burton on Trent) TRIUMPH Model P 1925, first series original order, new toolbox, ‘Duco’ electric lighting, magneto rewind, nicely patinated, new brake block and transfers included, current use £6,900. J Calver email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk tel 0191 384 3114 mob 0777 3690 156 (Durham) TRIUMPH 6T Thunderbird 1954, well maintained, excellent runner, matching numbers, 12v electrics, coil ignition, rebuilt gearbox, front drum skimmed, new linings, see www.violinman.co.uk/6T for pics and full details £7,250. David Andrews 01423 504373 (Harrogate) TRIUMPH T120 1959 Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 3rd, only seven entered the race, £18,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) TRIUMPH T140E(S), Bonneville European, 1981, colour red/black, King and Queen seat, black Sigma panniers fitted, plus, large Givi top box that holds 2 helmets, runs but needs attention, currently SORNed, £4,000. Richard Dowling 07860 320429 (Leic) TRIUMPH Tiger SS, 1962, genuine mileage 8360 from new, all log books and some MOTs, bike is MOT’d, very original, runs well and everything works as it should, £5,500. Dave Mallows 01621 819170 mob 07801 281289 (Essex) TRIUMPH TR6 650cc 1969, matching frame, engine numbers and original registration, ex-Lancashire police model now in civilian guise, full restoration about 10 years ago, many receipts, original documentation, electronic ignition, runs well, no oil leaks, £5,250. John Middleton 01568 750592 (Herefordshire) TRIUMPH 1956 alloy engine, WW2 barrels-head, alloy rims, SU carb, good condition, V5 present, looks well £5,500. Matchless 350 trials alloy engine, enclosed pushrod replica, V5 road use only £4,000 (selling for son in Australia) Brian Church 01909 721563 mob 07748 726102 (Worksop)

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VELOCETTE MOV, 1948, original engine and frame numbers along with the name of the first owner, running order with reconditioned B.T.H magneto £4,900. R Saxby 01244 381873 (Cheshire)

FOR SALE: SPARES & EQUIPMENT

AMAL Type 27/013 stub fitting 1 1/8” twin float track carb, excellent condition £600. Amal T10, GP2 carb, 1 3/32” N.O.S £325. Magura trap door throttle N.O.S £60. WMI 20”, 40 hole rim N.O.S British £30, plus postage. P Livesey 01709 851273 (Sth Yorks) ARIEL Leader - fork dampers with springs £30, fork assembly £35, swinging arm £20, rear brake pedal £15, primary cover £18, rear wheel spindle £10, outer boy shell £45, tail cover £25, Arrow dummy fuel tank£45. Colin Flood 01634 843803 after 7pm (Kent) ARIEL 1927 forks complete set, good condition £500. G Baker 07970 162480(Glouc) AVON Full fairing, white, with fittings for early unit construction Triumph 650cc with headstock lugs, marked but not broken, photos on request, £100, buyer collects. Tony Williams email tony@thewilliams.fsnet.co.uk (Kent) BRAKE linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email ken.shemwell@blueyonder.co.uk (S. Yorks) BSA petrol tank, new, suitable for 1930 Sloper, painted with etched primer, surplus to requirements, £250. Brian Carruthers 01285 655230 email brian@bubbleless.co.uk (Glouc) ENGINE HRD, 500cc series C, less carb/dynamo £2,450. P/tanks- C-12, C-15, D7 £100. T120/140 £210. 1920s/1930s girders 500cc £650. Albion vintage gearbox, heavyweight 4-stud underside fixing £280. Clutch, ditto £110. Second garage autojumble clearance. Dexion racking £500. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) EXCELSIOR (GB) engine, 1911/12?, 680cc £685. Norton Big4 crank and cases, cases very poor, No 49592 late Vintage dry sump £80. Werner Eckel 01246 455402 (Chesterfield) FIXINGS – 16 x M8, steel Rivnuts £8, 24 x M8 S/S Rivnuts £15, 16 x 3/8” BSF x 2” capscrews £8, 16 x 5/16” BSF x 2” caps £8, 8 x 7/16” BSF x 2” caps £6, 16 x 5/16” BSF x 1 1 ½“ CTSK sockets £8, 26 x ¼ BSF x 1 ¼ CTSK sockets £8- £50 plus P&P. Mick Smedley 01332 756138 (Derby) FRAMES in good condition £400 each. Triumph 3SW (possible 3HW/T80 use). 1939/40 AJS 250cc,

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SV 1929. BSA 350cc ohv, 1935, forks in good condition. Brampton h/weight girders £400. Webb I/weight, main girder section only £300. Bruce Grant 01446 404234 (S Wales) GARAGE clear out - Norton 16H spares, 2 used pistons, 1 cylinder head, 2 gaskets, engine sprocket, misc, valves guides and springs, cylinder head, brake drums, fork springs, footrests, kickstart, 2 cylinder barrels , 2 crank assemblies, £40 the lot. Francis Guy 01905 640197 (Worcester) MANX Norton box of bits, including crankshaft bevel gear puller, exhaust nut spanner, main jets, front wheel spindle, clutch bits, Roadholder spring holders (good chrome), sprockets etc. £65. J Farrington email jfarrington999@gmail.com (Berks) MATCHLESS 250 L/W breaking for spares ring for details might have the bits you want. Eddie Crowley 0151 259 1596 (Liverpool) MOTO Morini ‘Corsaro’ full width alloy front hub/brake with linings, all excellent condition £75 plus P&P. Bill Orr 07816 909452 (Salisbury) PANTHER 1937, k/start quadrant spring and gear, 2 pushrods, clutch plates, piston rings, clutch springs and cups, toolbox, no lid, crank nut and breather, air, mag, exhaust, 2 front brake handlebar levers £95 plus p&p. Alan Verity 01480 461424 (Cambs) SUPERCHARGER, Shorrocks C75 with big SU and pipe work off BMC A-series 1100cc £1,650, not used for many years. 3’ pyramid bending rolls on cast stand £250, 2’ box pass folder 18 swg on stand £500, 1 ½ HP, 1 phase, Alba shaping machine, heavy, 1 pullet size, 2’ deep throat punch/notcher/circle cutter FJ Edwards £250, 2’ English wheel, Keetona, 3 sets of rollers, heavy cast, 1-man operation £1,350, Bradbury bench wheeling machine, 16 sets of formers £700. J Calver 0191 3843114 mob 0777 3690 156 email greta @averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham) TRAILER, 2-bike, substantial construction, always garaged, never used on salty winter roads, recent Indespension units, drop down ramp, lighting board, one mile from M6/M56 interchange £150. David Waring email davidjwaring@yahoo.com 07900 193394 (North Cheshire) TRIUMPH oil tank F4476A £45 unit and pre-unit seats good bases and foam minor cover damage £40 each pair 650 exhausts, £35 pair stainless guards suit unit Triumph £35 plus postage. Pete Pemberton 07925 049349 (Bath) TRIUMPH TRW Solex Carburettor 1" bore, new in box £150, Ariel Sq4 L-shaped Oil Tank, vgc £140. C. Ibbetson 01455 632292 (Leics)


willing to allow a copy to be made. Chris Taylor email taylorhq@xtra.co.nz (New Zealand) AMAC Type 15 HYDM or HYSP Carburettor, or Brown & Barlow 1 1/8" with bottom feed float chamber wanted for 1920s restoration project. Frank Nield 01926 857789 email fmn7777@gmail.com (Warks) ANY make or size classic motor cycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb email g3web@tiscali.co.uk 07811 189755 (Tamworth) BANTAM Cub trials bike parts, tank, mudguards, seat, footrests, oil tank, also, MU250B parts, forks, hubs etc. Mike Barrry 01228 675117 (leave message) BMW R65, touring model with panniers, in good running order. Cliff Prince 01624 842779 cliff@manx.net(IOM) BMW R80G/S, from 1981-1987, consider any condition, scruffy, runner, non-runner, dismantled or project. Mick Silverwood 01302 310300 (Doncaster) BRAMPTON Forks (pair), vintage, heavyweight, the centres between wheel spindle and top spindle are approx 27”, also a veteran Triumph front frame, any year considered. Chris Welch 07716 896338 (Derby) BROCHURES and sales catalogues wanted for following makes and ages: Triumph 1902-1920, BSA 1905-1940, Norton 1902–1940, to fill gaps in my collection, single items or multiples, please call with details. M Garside 01457 872788 (Lancs) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email b.burden@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk (Dorset) BSA B44 piston, std or O/S for engine over-bored to 82mm (475cc believed by Eric Cheney). Dave Spain 01843 593687 mob 07774 841967 email daveatramsgate@btinternet.com (East Kent) BSA M-series early QD rear brake drum, worn sprocket teeth an advantage! as will be replaced with a bigger ring. Bob Mayow 01946 822580 email bobmayow@googlemail.com (Cumbria) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email alancurtis@aol.com (Worcs) CALTHORPE Frame and forks 1926/27. Norton 16H 1926 top and bottom fork yokes. Lohmann Diesel engine. Honda Express front carrier. TT silver or bronze replicas. W McComb 07791 796983

(Antrim) CARBURETTORS, 13/16, 7/8in or 22mm bore, two wanted, preferably handed pair. Amal type 274, 275, 276, Monobloc or Concentric, another make would be okay. Nick Dulk 07904 505496, I'll call back (Lancs) COVENTRY Eagle parts for 1937 Silent Superb, rear stand, chain guard, toolbox, leg shields, rear carrier, headlamp and other parts considered. Matt Powell mob 07806 442693 email mjpowell5@aol.com (Wilts) C15S 1963 coffin shaped air filter box, cover 407890, adaptor sleeve 40-7879, air filter 19-5407. E Berry 01695 732675 (Lancs) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt 01442 891447 email dunsley1@ntlworld.com (Herts) DUNELT double diameter 500cc piston, iron or alloy. S Moss email seymourmoss@hotmail.co.uk 02085 290620 (London) EARLY Bosch magneto ‘snap’ type HT lead out terminals (2) wanted in new or reusable condition, to fit 6mm ball end, can supply photos if needed. Keith Hodgson 07944 395216 vintage_keith@hotmail.com GERMAN Two-stroke machine or scooter wanted in useable condition. A. Bloomfield email albie00@live.co.uk (Dorset) KLG 1930s plug cap wanted, brown Bakelite type with integral threaded top that screws onto plug, prefer undamaged condition. M Walters 01702 206481 (Essex) LINCOLN Elk parts, literature, and information wanted for local interest project. Phil Meggett 07974 654272 email Phil.meggett@yahoo.co.uk (Lincoln) McEVOY motorcycle wanted, can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email peterlancaster25@talktalk.net (W. Sussex) MOTO GUZZI, Nuovo Falcone, tidy runner preferred but all considered. Jock Reeves 07808 931424 (Sheffield) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email andy@keephatch.net (Berks) NORMAN B4, desperately seeking rolling chassis or just Norman B4 frame and swinging arm, willing

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British Motorcycles Bikes & Spares

Pistons: New old stock British, 1920s to 1970s Motorcycle Dating Service Breaking: Francis Barnett, most models Always buying collections, garage clearance, dead or alive classic motorcycles & spares. Distance no object, especially Norton, Triumph, Velocette & BSA from 1900 to 1975. Vintage & veteran

John Harding

01989 750731 07973 889401 johnharding197@live.co.uk

VELOCETTE MAC Spring Frame parts, complete exhaust system £50, chain guard £12, handlebars £10, headlamp nacelle c/w ammeter and light switch £30, 6 1/2” headlamp complete £20, set of new Venom/Viper clutch springs £5. Rich Kinsey 01225 762124 (Wilts) VINCENT HRD badge, ‘Know Thy Beast’ Vincent book £95, Lucas horn £48, carbs, model of Vespa scooter £95, Mobylette scooter 1959 needs restoring £395, Bantam D1 air filter £18, Tiger Cub side stand £28. F Alcock 07743 370641 (Staffs)

FOR SALE: CLOTHES/PUBLICATIONS

BROWN Leather boots size 8½ / 9, 18 inches high, sewn-in tongue, centre lacing with 20 eyelets and hooks £75 plus p&p or collect. P Cushing 02085 462745 (London) FRANK Thomas jacket, 42/44”, armour detachable linings £95, gauntlets £20, boots size 9 £25. 1960 circ leather jacket 42 inch, new zips £60, full bull-hide chaps £30, Halcyon Mk10 leather faced goggles unused £20, all excellent condition. Rod Woolgar 07981 578124 (W Sussex) JAP Booklets. ‘Care of OHV engine’ £5, parts lists, 8HP v-twin £4, 250/350 OHV sports/racing £4, AZA 2 stroke £4, 125cc 2-stroke reference book £3, reference book JAP £10, copy £3, Speedway manual 1965 £10 plus postage. Andrew Denman 07786 651903 (Bucks) VILLIERS 2T factory engine operating instructions and spare parts list, used £9. Triumph Bonneville 750, 1980 factory handbook £9. Motorcycling sports model road tests 1950s £10. Great British motorcycles of the thirties and fifties, Bob Currie £9 each, free p&p. Edwin Clarke 01953 607225 email edwingeorgeclarke@hotmail.co.uk (Norfolk)

WANTED

ABC Parts wanted, kickstart assembly, L/H rocker assembly, pushrod, 1-inch handle bars and control levers. I would be grateful of any help. John Wilton 0239 2613490 email trojon24@hotmail.co.uk (Hampshire) ALLDAYS ALLON primary chain guard or drawing/sketch of same for model with clutch. Stephen West-Oram swestoram@aol.com (Herefordshire) ALLDAYS Gearbox, any condition or someone

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to travel to collect. David Hubbard 01256 321436 mob 07436002647 email thehubbards1954@hotmail.com (Hants) NORTON M18 Enfield rear brake plate, cush drive sprocket, handlebar clamps or sample, Webb bottom yoke, damper parts or any parts for a 1926 machine, w.h.y. Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Co Antrim) NORTON 16H, rigid girder, anything considered, but would prefer something in the ‘needs some work’ category. Martin Main e: martinclive@btinternet.com t: 01706 372939 m: 07812 963882 (Lancashire) NORTON 1947 350cc Manx No B10 1146+ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton. Originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950s, in Kent 1970s. Living in NZ, visit UK. Alain Jerrard mob 07952 17 2772 email recycledreading@gmail.com. (New Zealand) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector. Why not search the loft and send your old programmes home to the Isle of Man? Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex)

RALEIGH OHV Model 25 & 23, 1928/1930, I am looking for any parts especially the pannier petrol tanks, please let me know if you can help. Phillip Moss email pmoss@dublinport.ie 0035 3872 208212 (Ireland) R.O.C. parts, especially a frame, duplex type circa 1907, and clutch hub internal parts, also, other R.O.C. parts/info to complete long-term project, will travel. Michael Cushion michael.cushion@btopenworld.com 01508 499718 (leave message & I will call back) (Norfolk) SCOTT Flying Squirrel 1929 outer gearbox – kickstart cover, hand change lever and gate. Webb front hub and/or brake plate, speedo gearbox drive front hub 1936 type, deep valance front mudguard. Stan Chappell 01453 842142 (Glouc) TIGER Cub clutch & brake levers for welded lug bars. John Chease email J.chease451@btinternet.com 01366 728994 (Norfolk) TRIUMPH Bonneville Pre-unit 1959 to 1962, will travel. B. Fielder 07754 146605 (Bedfordshire) TRIUMPH Model P petrol/oil tank in usable condition with or without oil pump & caps. Andrew Griffiths email andrewgriffiths2@googlemail.com 07552 788740 (Derbys)

WANTED

Unfinished projects and rare motorcycles for our Museum

As you may know auction houses will charge you up to 25% of the value of your motorcycle, and it could end up going to live in Russia, Dubai or even Japan! Also affordable, rideable, show winning restorations Estimates given

Sammy Miller Musuem Trust

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TRIUMPH pre-unit s/arm and rigid spares wanted for a couple of projects, also, a Tiger Cub engine. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (after 7pm) (Kent) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the '58/'59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TRIUMPH Twin and Cub wanted for restoration, any condition considered, long time storage etc. Eddie Crowley 1051 259 1596 (Liverpool) TRIUMPH Twin seat foam for late 60s (some minor repair no problem). John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 email johnpk21@hotmail.com (Devon) VELOCETTE Model K Mk1 frame, even a damaged one considered, rusty, bent or broken no problem also a top hung gearbox to suit, ideally 4speed case. Bill Orr 07816 909452 (Salisbury) VETERAN - I am looking for a veteran machine with a long term owner who would be willing to sell it on for runs and general use. Jon Smith 01789 450792 (West Midlands) VINCENT Rapide wanted by private buyer, cash waiting for the right bike. Mark Webb 07811 189755 (Staffs) VINCENT twin gearbox parts: G11 double gear, G9 1st gear, must be in as new condition, good price paid. Tom Wilson email tommycool@talktalk.net (Devon) VINCENT - Twin or single, any model considered in any condition. D Poole 01270 841032 (Cheshire) YAMAHA XT 600, 1980s, any condition, runner/non-runner, kickstart model. Keith Gavin 07949 377310 (Essex) MOTORCYCLE or project, 125cc or smaller, for 17-year-old lad looking to get into the hobby. David Frank 07752 461271 email d-r-frank@hotmail.com (North Yorks) EXCHANGE

CLASSIC Vintage machines / projects. Exchange my superb Jaguar classic 2 seater, 12 cyl, 5.3 E-type Roadster, low mileage, scarlet cream leather, auto power hood and or DH Coupe, 3.5 litre Speed 25, 1939 Charlesworth alloy coachwork. Cash either way. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) JAMES Wanted 1955, 197 Cotswold/Commando plus V5, buy or part exchange Rudge Ulster or Matchless G80S (too heavy for me), cash adjust also

Rudge spares for sale. Tim Dover 01304 368277 (Kent) SUNBEAM Model 9, 1930/1931, Webb centre spring forks complete with links, headstock, steering and fork dampers for 1930 Sunbeam Druid side spring forks (fork damper on top front fork spindle). Richard Morris e-mail richardmorris437@gmail.com 01276 681981 (Surrey) VELOCETTE Mk1 K.T.S ribbed tank section mudguards 6” wide wanted may exchange same 5” wide. Venom M.17/8 cam N.O.S. exchange for K.17/10 in same condition, also Venom rocker box needed w/o rockers or caps. P Livesey 01709 851273 (Sth Yorks) MISCELLANEOUS

CAMPER 2, 3 or more berth, Renault T1100 Hi Top, new MOT 1750 cc, smooth and economical, Holdsworth conversion, multi-fuel fridge, central heating, hot water, cooker grill, B&W TV, very clean, JXXXX reg, £5,800, tow bar fitted. J Calver email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk t: 0191 384 3114 m: 07773 690156 (Durham) TRADE SMALLS

ALL YOUR OIL AND LUBRICATION SUPPLIES. For classic and vintage motorcycles, motorcars, trucks, tractors, boats and workshop machinery. Mail Order service or collect by appointment. Service with a smile from fellow enthusiasts. THE VINTAGE OIL COMPANY 01283 509562 - vintageoil@aol.co.uk A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service, £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden ignitions, advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto ignition switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any-time) www.aoservices.co.uk-al - Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local

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FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail vintagebearing@aol.com website www.vintagebearings.co.uk BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMWs from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750s (copies of the 1938 BMW R71) from £5,750. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. SAE for any product or service or visit our website. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel/Fax: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email johnrlawes@gmail.com Twitter, @BEMWDERBY CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website scrclassics.co.uk for more info. CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Re-bushing of worn parts ie brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-offs or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323. CLASSIC PAINTWORK RESTORATION SERVICES. Paintwork, lining, petrol tank repairs and restoration. www.gddesign.co.uk for more information call Glenn 0790 4244567 / 01858 575480 CONTROL CABLES AND DRIVE CABLES made to pattern or drawing for any motorcycle. Workshop services for unusual fittings. Small batches catered for. Loose parts available to order. Carrot Cycles (Lincoln). Unit 2 Monks Way, Lincoln. 01522 595975. info@carrotcycles.co.uk. www.carrotcycles.co.uk CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts

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fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, telephone 01428 707538 email mike@corkclutchservices.uk GET THE INFORMATION ON YOUR CLASSIC: Over 550 reprint Manufacturers Manuals & Spares Lists available for British motorcycles from AJS to Zenith, Albion to Villiers, 1912-1980. Visit www.elk-promotions.co.uk or email books@elk-promotions.co.uk or send for the complete list (SAE appreciated) : ELK Promotions, PO Box 85, New Romney, KENT, TN28 9BE GIRDER FORKS. All types and makes reconditioned and restored. Friction pads made to your order. Turning and Milling machine facilities available for components no longer made. Contact Jess Ryles of Stoke-On-Trent on Mobile 07954 378995 Tel 01782 243907 (evenings) email rymitch@virginmedia.com. LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc), see my website and gallery. Visit www.gezcater.co.uk, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at gezcater@yahoo.co.uk. ROB MITCHELL (Leek, Staffs) Small / medium turning – machining work for worn/reproduction/new parts, made to your sample or sketch. One-offs or small runs/fabrications etc. Contact Rob on 01538 384239 or e-mailmitchell.robert@live.co.uk. Avonford, Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6AY. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed over 20 years experience in all areas of accounting, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email vinandvet@aol.com VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach-built sidecars restored. For further details and list, phone Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles on 01258 472262 evenings or email hintonmotorcycles@gmail.com. VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for


rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Un-painted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 01943 462248 email to info@vintele.co.uk www.vintele.co.uk WORKSHOP FACILITIES for all servicing, repairs, and restoration. Competitive rates, established 1986. Oxney Classic Motorcycles near Tenteden, Kent 07999 806635. HOLIDAYS

BRITTANY BIKER BREAKS - bed and breakfast exclusively for motorcyclists, in a small hamlet in rural Brittany 30 minutes from St Malo ferry. Delightful accommodation, home cooking and secure garaging/workshop for bikes. Guided tours can be arranged. Contact Kim Rowland +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, or e-mail brittanybikerbreaks@gmail.com website www.brittanybikerbreaks.com.

BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For bikers run by bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2-person log cabin, 6bed stone cottage and 6-bed wood bungalow. The houses are situated in 20 acres of our own land in a secluded valley setting. An ideal base from which to explore mystical Brittany, taking advantage of the excellent uncongested roads, an opportunity to ride in an unspoilt landscape - from the craggy cliffs along the north coast to the beaches of the south. Guided tours arranged. Prices from £45 a night. Garages and workshop facilities available. Contact Roger NICHOLLS. tel or fax 0033 296 365480 E: rogerlinda@countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk - W: www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk Follow us on Facebook, Countryside Holidays in France. * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * FRIENDLY AND RELAXED FARMHOUSE B&B IN THE HEART OF THE SARTHE, ideal touring centre and 45 minutes from Le Mans. Just 1.5 hours from the port and 4 hours from the tunnel. Up to 3/4 rooms available with adjoining bathrooms. Barns to store your bikes or cars. Secure parking, gated. Evening meal

available.WiFi access. English and French TV. Farm sits in 16 acres and is easily accessible from the N12, 8k from Alencon. Contact Louise; louise@lehamel.co.uk, Phone: 0033243340259; Mobile: 0033608810167; Facebook le hamel, Sarthe. www.lehamel.co.uk. Find us on Airbnb.

NORMANDY: stone-built gite next to our peaceful rural home. Garaging/workshop for motorcycles, parking for cars and trailers. Sleeps two solos or two couples. Outdoor hot tub. Close to National Parks and historic locations for daily rides. Miles of quiet motorcycling roads. 60 miles from Caen/Normandy Beaches, 80 miles from St Malo/Mont St Michel. 250 miles from Eurotunnel. Ideal for those new to motorcycling abroad. Support offered includes local recovery by VMCC member and racer. Available midweek to midweek to take advantage of ferry rates. Minimum 3 nights. Typically €400 per week. Call 0033673560071 or email poppy@adlem.net for details.

Motorcycle Holidays and Events in Mid Wales • Five fully-equipped holiday lodges sleeping •from 2-8 people • Self-catering or catering available for your • stay for individuals and groups • Club room with WiFi • Map/information room • Workshops and breakdown facilities • Routes and advice for touring & trail • Book your club/group event with us • 10% discount for club/group bookings

www.RadnorRevivals.com Tel: 01597 840308 or 07876 597697 Brynwyddog, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Mid Wales, LD1 6TL

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The 14th annual

Buy the perfect birthday gift for the classic motor cycle enthusiast who has everything – a place on a unique VMCC experience!

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Both days are opportunities for you to ride vintage hand-change machines including the VMCC’s Reed Scott, Brough Superior SS80, and Triumph SD plus many others kindly brought along by VMCC members

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Members: Non-members:

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£50 £80

I felt very privileged to ride machines owned by other members and by the Club Such a very good advertisement for vintage machines and for the Club itself!

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