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The Vintage Motor Cycle

August 2016 Issue 666

The North Staffs Section knows how to keep secretaries under control, as Kate Wain found out at the Tramway museum. Another picture, page 46


The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Richard Mummery on his 1922 Douglas during the Banbury Run. Stories and more pictures can be found on page 50.

No. 666: August 2016


Published by The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1TR, and issued free to members. T: 01283 540557 F: 01283 510547 E: W: Webshop:

Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm PRESIDENT Rod Hann - 01935 872528 (Call before 8pm, please) CHAIRMAN Peter Miller - 01258 721356 (Call before 8pm please) GENERAL MANAGER Giles Willison - ACCOUNTANT Jane Farnsworth - EDITOR David Davies - c/o Allen House GENERAL ADMIN/EDITORIAL Pam Goodfellow - 01283 495100 ADVERTISING/BOOKKEEPER/DIRECT DEBITS Jo Dunhill - 01283 495103 RETAIL ADMIN & RETURNS Joanne Delaney - 01283 540557 RETAIL/IT ADMIN Ian Botham - OFFICE/ADMIN/SMALL ADS Sara Smith - LIBRARY TEAM Vicky Frost, Michelle McGeachy and Peter Bennett - SPECIALIST PRODUCTS (BRAKE BLOCKS/TYRES ETC) Peter Bennett - Wednesday and Thursday only 9.00am - 5.30pm RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS 01283 495107 DIRECTOR SUPPORT REMIT FOR ALLEN HOUSE member_club_officials.aspx MEMBERS’ DISCOUNT INSURANCE Footman James Insurance Brokers 0333 207 6069 Full details of all the Club’s Directors & Officers can be found on the Club’s website _officials.aspx

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Contents August 2016 Issue 666

VMCC plans launch of Youth Section 7 Sections roundup




Breakfast in Somerset


Petrol tank tales




Obituaries Smallads

Made to make your mouth water: For Jim Leddy, Nial Cowan’s MV epitomises the Italian approach, with glorious red paintwork, polished alloy and a wonderful noise. It was seen on the Scottish TT, which features on page 54.

Straight-laced: The story of how a man became tied to a motor cycle 80 – Page 44 Italian 85 debut in Ireland – see Page 65

Travels with the Baton Through fair weather and foul, VMCC members made sure the Baton Relay was completed. Sue Blanchard got her hands on it en route. Reports start on page 44. 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.

ISSN: 0141-945X © Copyright 2016 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd

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Allen House News

CURRENT VMCC MEMBERSHIP - 15369 JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES September 2016 – Monday 1st August October 2016 – Thursday 1st September VMCC Ace Café Day Sunday 14th August is fast approaching for this Annual London event. We would love to see as many members as possible at the Café to support the VMCC. We will be again supported by the team from Bonhams who will be


Whilst we will accept ‘nom de plumes’ in the Journal, we must insist on knowing the identity of all contributors to the Journal before publication of any copy. Do you want to receive your own personal copy of the Club’s magazine to read at your leisure with the ease of simply finding your reading glasses and settling down in your favourite chair for an hour or so? Should this be the case the Journal will remain as a monthly magazine dropping through your letterbox. However, should you have embraced the internet age and welcome the receipt of information by tablet and smart phone, the Journal is now available for download. The paper Journal is expensive to print and distribute and there is a significant financial benefit to the Club as more members change to the e-Journal. This is your decision, but one that will have significant effect on the future of the Club. Associated with the vexing question of an aging membership and the seeming reluctance of young people to join us is the question of succession – the need to make provision for the future in the areas of both section and national activities and the organising of major events. The number of vacancies for area representatives remains a matter of concern; a concern which is carried down to section level, where it would appear to be increasingly difficult to find volunteers for committees and to take on responsibilities. But we are not unique. Apathy is a problem not only in the Historic Vehicle movement, but in nearly all areas of voluntary activity. There appears to be no shortage of willing participants, but a worrying shortage of organisers and officials. Answers, please. David Davies

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available to provide complimentary appraisals. Awards on the day include ‘most turned out on a motor cycle from a single section’, ‘best bike’ and ‘furthest travelled’. BANBURY Thank you to all the helpers who turned out to help make the Banbury Run go so smoothly. Events such as these could not work so well without the help and support from all the members who give up their free time to do the multitude of tasks to make this happen. STAFFORD SHOW 15-16 OCTOBER 2016 This is an appeal for machines and helpers for our stand at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. You must be able to deliver the machine on Friday 14th and collect late afternoon Sunday 16th. If you would like to be involved please email with an image and description of your machine. JANUARY – JUNE 2016 VMCC RAFFLE We are pleased to announce the winners of the VMCC January to June 2016 Raffle which was drawn on June 30th: 1st Prize: 1960 Norton Model 50, 350cc, Mr Mike Jerez (pictured below with the bike and his partner Anne Lawrence). Ticket No: F 20571 2nd Prize: 1964 Royal Enfield, 250cc, Mr David Talbot. Ticket No: B 035738 3rd Prize: Year’s Subscription to Old Bike Mart & The Classic Motorcycle, Mr Johnson. Ticket No: H 722720 4th Prize: Year’s subscription to Bonhams Catalogues, Mr Harrison. Ticket No: H 737918.

President’s progress

June has been a busy month for me. Apart from visits to local Sections, I was made very welcome on a visit to Berkshire which incorporated a tie up with the Chilton and Brooklands Sections for the Baton Rally. I have also done four legs of the Baton Rally which I thought was very sociable and enjoyable. At one point no less than six Sections were present, which might be a record. I have also ridden in the Cornwall Section’s Lands End Run. If you like spectacular coastal views and very friendly company, then this is an event I thoroughly recommend. Starting at Bodmin, the route follows the coast most of the way to, of course, Lands End, where the event finishes. A visit to Allen House for a Management Meeting went as planned. Much discussion as always and I expect a full report will appear elsewhere. The Banbury Run was as spectacular as ever. I have 'done' the Banbury over thirty times, but I am still amazed and gratified to see so many early bikes actually in use.

I have just returned from a three day visit to Cadwell Park. Friday saw the return of the Baton from its travels, and this was part of the club’s 70th celebrations. Three days of parades and BHR racing formed part of their 50th celebrations. A jolly interesting three days it turned out to be. I am familiar with Scrambling (Motocross), Trials, Sprinting and of course Road Riding. My eyes have now been opened to Vintage Road Racing. I have seen many Manx Nortons, 7's, G50s etc being used in earnest, but a good look at the current sidecar outfits and Morgans was certainly a joy to behold. Also of interest was the Scooter racing. The sheer speed and skill of the riders must be seen to be believed. Go to a race meeting and see for yourselves. The three days’ racing were well organised and the whole thing was very slick in operation. Congratulations to all concerned. My next trip of note will be to Founders Day, I hope to see many of you there. Rod Hann

The Vintage Motor Cycle e-Journal

Following the successful trial publication of the VMCC Journal on the Club’s website over the past few months, it is now proposed to formalise the position. With effect from July, the e-Journal will be loaded onto the Club’s website at 9am on the second working day following the posting of the paper Journal. An email will be sent to all members who have notified the Club of their email address informing them of its imminent release on the Club’s website. As the paper journal is posted second-class, the e-journal should be available at nearly the same time. Past copies of the e-Journal will remain available on the Club’s website. There are no plans to cease the publication of the paper Journal, which will continue to be printed and posted for as long as there is a demand. However, if you do not wish to receive the paper version, and several members have stated a preference for an e-Journal, please notify headquarters by email so that printing and postage costs can be saved.

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Library notes

Amongst its many treasures, the Library holds Bound Volumes of ‘The Motor Cycle’ and ‘Motor Cycling’ magazines which are largely complete and are regularly consulted by Library Staff and visiting researchers, being a vital source of historical information. Whilst not every member has the facility or desire to acquire this sort of reference material, many do aspire to ownership of their own library covering their particular interests. Since April, members have been given the rare opportunity to purchase, by monthly Sealed Bid Auction, duplicate copies of those Bound Volumes that are surplus to Library requirements. It is perhaps timely to remind members what is on offer and how the auction is organised. Most Bound Volumes cover a period of six months, usually January to June & July to December of a particular year, or occasionally November to April & May to October. Within these generalities, there are many variations to the period covered, some more logical than others. Some include an Index, some do not. Similarly, some include the whole magazine whilst others have had the advertisements at the beginning and end of the magazines stripped out to reduce bulk. Any volume offered for sale is carefully checked to confirm it is indeed

Disclaimer Articles in this Journal are on an ‘as is’ basis and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the contents and disclaims all such representations and warranties. In addition, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the information and related graphics published in this Journal. Whilst every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information it may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. All liability of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited howsoever arising for any such inaccuracies or errors is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Neither the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited nor any of its directors, employees or other representatives will be liable for loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this Journal. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, none of the exclusions and limitations in this clause are intended to limit any rights you may have as a consumer under local law or other statutory rights which may not be excluded nor in any way to exclude or limit the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited’s liability to you for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our employees or agents. All rights reserved. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the terms of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 in Great Britain, no part of this magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, electrical, chemical, mechanical or optical, including photo-copying, recording or by any other means, or placed in any information storage or retrieval system, without the written permission of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited.

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a duplicate and to identify any missing pages; why were volumes bound with missing pages? The display advertisement appearing in the Journal describes each volume being offered for sale, with notes on condition where this is worse than might be expected for the age, and states a Reserve Price. We try to set this price at the lower end of the open market value taking into account scarcity and age/condition. The intention is to give members opportunity to acquire the volumes at a reasonable price whilst raising income to help fund the maintenance of library material and the purchase of new acquisitions. Sealed bids in writing should be addressed to Allen House for the attention of Giles Willison, or by e-mail to by the bid’s closing date. Successful bidders will be contacted shortly after this date and collection or delivery by courier (at cost) arranged, together with payment. Members may like to be reminded that duplicate books and individual magazines are also for sale, these being available for inspection at the Library. Books available include Illiffe & Temple Press range of books back to the 1920’s; Pitman & Pearson machine handbooks and a wide range of more recently produced books. Individual magazines available range from 1940’s to the present day. This material is available to members only, on a cash and collect basis from Allen House. It is currently not possible to list all the available material. To be fair to members unable to visit Allen House, the Library Staff will try to respond to reasonable requests for specific titles or issues. Such requests will be dealt with subject to workload, so please be patient and do not expect a same day service. Peter Hill

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Chairman’s chat

Might I start my piece this month with an apology? I know the last thing you want to read about mid-year is anything to do with finances. Now is the time for riding bikes and all the other associated activities that our great hobby provides. However the Club’s finances continue to give the Club’s management great cause for concern and I believe are a matter we all need to address. The primary concern is that the cost of running the headquarters organisation still exceeds our income. We must either cut services to members or identify new income streams which are secure and under our control. In the past we have lived beyond our means through reliance on sponsorship and commission handouts, which are subject to the whim of others and can disappear at a moment’s notice. The reality of this was brought home to us by the loss of the Carole Nash insurance commission. Giles and his team have done a great job of controlling costs, but there is a limit to what can be achieved through parsimony and we need to take additional steps. I like to think of the VMCC as an enthusiasts’ club, but do recognise that it is a business and, moreover, a business with high inherent operating costs. If we are to maintain services to Members we need to improve profitability. This can be achieved either by increasing Membership income, preferably by having more Members rather than by subscription increase, so that operating costs are spread more widely, or through income gained from new business ventures which capitalise on our expertise in historic bikes. Since I became Chairman, numerous suggestions for new business ventures have been proposed. I found considerable merit in many of the proposals made. However, I was concerned that by following through with these we would be in danger of dispersing our efforts too widely. Furthermore, we could be setting off along a business route which carried considerable financial risk and could change the character of the Club. I called a discussion meeting prior to the June Directors’ Meeting, attended by the directors and senior staff, to agree the ongoing development of the Club over the next few years. The consensus at the meeting was that the Club had outgrown Allen House, and any future development would be restricted by the existing building. It was, however, considered that a move should not be rushed and planned over a five-year timescale, by which time

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it was hoped the Club’s finances would be improved. The availability of suitable properties would be monitored in case a suitable property became available during this period. The criteria for any new property would be that it was within about two miles of Allen house, in order to retain staff, and that it incorporated space for meeting rooms, improved library archive facilities, training workshops, bike storage and display areas. Any new premises should allow space for the display of bikes in the form of a mini museum. This was considered to be within the present ethos of the Club. The sub-letting of space for motor cycle-related businesses was not popular, nor was the buying and selling of machines owing to a perceived lack of expertise in valuations and acquiring machines, combined with the labour costs. However, providing a brokerage service for the sale of members’ bikes on commission within the museum area was considered possible, and would be a service to members. The proposals represent an evolution of the membership-funded enthusiasts’ club. The alternative option discussed would have moved the Club firmly towards the commercial end of the leisure industry with cafes, retail outlets, recreational sites, etc. aimed at providing a day out for the family as much as a meeting place for the enthusiast. I accept it could work, but I also believe it is a concept best carried forward by a commercial organisation with paid directors having a stake in its success. With our current structure and financial resources it appeared to be a step too far. The suggestion that we move from Allen House raises the question as to whether it is affordable. Suitable buildings do become available in Burton upon Trent at reasonable prices, but we would need to budget for the cost of conversion to meet our requirements. I think it is affordable, but it would seriously dip into our reserves and that is a concern. We could consider raising funds by other means and a number of options were identified. If we considered restructuring we could become eligible for charitable donations. Alternatively we could adopt funding schemes similar to those used by the National Motorcycle Museum and seek donations from members; a generous starter donation has already been promised should we follow this route. The above is for the future, but we welcome your

VMCC Youth Grou


Hello everyone this is a new idea which thoughts on how the Club should is now hopefully act the build. My name is ioned and on Richard Hall and I am develop. Our immediate concern trying to form a Youth to try and build up the Section VM CC is that the Club should operate on and to increase intere and the Club in gene st in old motorbikes ral. its self-generated income which is I am asking all VMCC members to reach ou most easily achieved by t to people, family an of any age that they d friends know who are into increasing our Membership. A motor cycling, but members of the Club are not yet . I’m ho pin number of initiatives are being g to encourage people if they only have a mo to get involved even dern bike. I intend to proposed to attract new promote the Club by up road runs and ev setting ents. Please get in Members, but there is a limit to touch if you feel yo information or would u ha ve any lik e to give up any time to hel what can be achieved by p train, teach or even a bike to someone wh len d o has an int headquarters alone; the drive for erest but is unable to Any suggestion is a afford a vintage bike. good one, and any he increased Membership must lp would be apprecia time when the Club ted at this needs its Members come through the Sections and to play a more active promote it. At the mo role to me nt the average age of the existing Members. I am sure and it’s now time Club Members is 68 tha , t we ad dre this will be a topic to discuss ssed this before the outstanding record be Club’s long and comes part of history with Rod Hann during his and is no more. I wo help build, with our me uld like to mbers, a strong Club, Presidential tour of the country but we are going to nee Anyone out there wi d help. th an y skill is welcome to ge and his meetings with Section t in touch. There is a to be done and little tim lot e to do it so officials. I urge everyone that I hope to hear from yo can to get involved. u. Call me on 07792 I had recognised that the Club 825478 or ontact me at Rick.Hall@bowlan via email needs to exploit social media, but I had not appreciated just Rick Hall how beneficial social media could be to the Club. Consequently a presentation on Communication Strategy, made by Michael Baggs Banbury Run. Was it my imagination or were there at the Directors’ Meeting, proved to be a bit of an eye many more younger riders this year than in the past? opener. I am not a ‘social media’ person, but I do Can it be we are reaping the fruits of the Training recognise its appeal, especially to the younger Days, as I understand many riders taking part in these enthusiast, and its potential in bringing in advertising; events vow to obtain their own vintage machine? it is something we need to take up. If any members Whatever the reason it was good to see so many riders have expertise in web design or communications and out and about. marketing skills and are willing to volunteer their The joint BHR 50th and VMCC 70th celebrations at services to the Club, please inform myself or Giles at Cadwell Park the following weekend were equally Allen House. Similarly, if you have any thoughts or enjoyable. I attended on the Friday and Saturday and can provide feedback, please share your suggestions. was impressed by the seemingly relaxed, yet efficient, Another observer sitting in at the Directors’ Meeting organisation. Everything appeared to operate without was Richard Hall. Rick, although less than half the age drama, which must be difficult to achieve with all the of our average Member, is already an arch-enthusiast requirements of a race meeting. The BHR team are to with an impressive collection of machines. He has be congratulated on the organisation. come up with the idea of a Youth Section to attract into I understand that preparations on the Thursday the Club the young, and not so young, rider who has evening were hampered by a downpour that flooded yet to appreciate the benefits of VMCC Membership. part of the track, but this was not apparent when we On the right-hand side of this page you’ll find a short arrived on the Friday. The two days we were there introductory piece from Rick. If you are able to help, remained dry and I hope it remained so after we left, please give him your support to get his idea off the as we had a very wet journey home to Dorset. The ground, as it is initiatives of this nature that will ensure Cadwell meeting was the first BHR race meeting I had the future of the Club. attended and it provided a very interesting and Jo Delaney and her team, plus all the helpers and enjoyable couple of days. marshals deserve our thanks for another splendid Peter Miller

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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Gary Sleeman, 105 Ledbury Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE3 9RA 01733 770241 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: South West (SW) Michael Downes 01395 489744

ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 The Houghton Mill Run, in late May, took place on a glorious sunny day, with 25 riders signing on. The route, set out by Mike Hobbs, took us from the start near Huntingdon, westwards into Northamptonshire, and finishing at a golf club near Hemingford Abbots for a carvery lunch. The winner of the Anglian Cup for the best foreign machine was Roger Johnson of Hertford, with his MZ. It was also good to see Keith Collier giving a first outing to his newly acquired 1923 500cc James V twin. It sounded very sweet, and went as well as it looked. The June Fenland Gallop attracted 15 machines, with a new lunch stop at Welney Golf Centre, where we were made very welcome. Mid week runs still prove to be very popular, so thanks to those section members who take the time and trouble to organise them. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 The Capital Café Run is the recurring theme for our June meeting which this year coincided with the summer solstice, and what a long, warm and enjoyable evening was had by all. We met on the prom at Queensferry where

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South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: 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) an interesting and varied selection of machinery was evident. Unfortunately not everyone was able to join us on the short run around West Lothian but those who did had fun on interesting roads with great views of the Forth estuary, the new bridge and our new aircraft carrier. Tea, coffee cakes and or ice cream were enjoyed at the Bistro before heading for home. Our meeting in August, a ride in, will be the second at our new venue, The Newliston Arms, Kirkliston. If you have an interest in old bikes, owning one or not, it would be great to see you there. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 Our runs continue to be well attended, even though the weather has not been too kind. On 7th August, we have the Bill Lacey run to Evenley, an annual event attended by a large collection of motor cycles and their riders. On the 10th we have our club night; a talk by Barrie Williams on ‘The Sporting Life of Barrie Whizzo Williams’. I hope all will attend. The club run on the 14th will finish at The Brackley Bikefest, a great day out, weather permitting. BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 Once again, the June club night brought out some exotic

and shiny machinery, possibly anticipating rain on the August Concours Night but hopefully just a chance to get them out. No mention of rain in the weather forecast for the morning we took the 70th Anniversary Baton on to the Taveners Section on the Northants/Leics border – but Carol got that well and truly wrong. We were on the receiving end of a good two and a quarter hour soaking, only for it to be dry when we got to the hand-over pub. Such is life. Two more chances for a good canter on the bikes in August. Don’s midweek run (Thurs 18th from Shefford Memorial Hall) and the Summer Saunter (Sun 28th starting and finishing at the Marston Vale Forest Centre). Nobody got lost last year, so the Summer Saunter will use the drop-off system again, with no route sheet.

BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 June was busy with many runs, the Wheels Festival, Banbury, Goodwood, the MAG festival and Sammy Millers. Geoff felt the need for a holiday so passed his run to Tony who did a grand job. We visited the Queens Head at Broadchalke again on another lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. Our Chairman Bernie missed this run as he was gallivanting off to a Classic Bike festival in Germany in advance of needing a visa. On Aug 14th Tony will takes us on a Trundle. We meet at the Carpenters, Bransgore at 10.30. The following day – Aug 15th is our monthly ‘Bring a Bike Night’ at Walkford Hotel at 19.30.

BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 The month started with the Chairman’s Ride-in and BBQ, which was combined with the exchange of the 70th Anniversary baton from the Chiltern Section to Berkshire. Mike Vangucci did the honours for Chiltern and received by Chairman, Bill Barnes, watched by VMCC President Rodney Hann. We had a good attendance of 40 plus bikes and everyone stocked up on hot dogs and burgers. The following day we rode over to Brooklands to complete our part in the exchange. We were looked after very well and were given a guided tour of the motorcycle exhibits by Tony Baxter who enlightened us with histories of some of the bikes we hadn't known before. The mid-week run took us to the Flower Pots Inn at Cheriton – a popular watering hole for classic bikes throughout the summer – and the Mystery run led us to Tilford’s Rural Life Centre. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 Well what a glorious run of weather, but sod’s law our bike display at Knott End (for NW Air Ambulance) was postponed due to wet weather! However our two scheduled runs one to Dunsop Bridge in the Trough of Bowland and our very own Chairman’s Bacon Butty Run across the Fylde country lanes were blessed with sunshine and great turnouts. Chairman Graham led 23 on a great day around quiet country lanes, ending up with, yes you’ve guessed it; bacon butties at Helens Butty Bar on the A6 nr Scorton, hopefully this run of sun will continue!

BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953 or 07592 007686 The 50/70th Anniversary meeting at Cadwell was well attended with good Club Stands, well supported track activity and the arrival of the anniversary baton. Everyone looked as if they were having a good time. It was nice to see many faces from the past, too many to name here. Hope everyone returned home happy and safe. When you read this we will have been to Lydden Hill (16/17 July) and preparing for our August Bank Holiday, Sunday and Monday race meeting at Mallory Park. If you are at a loose end come and see the racing and meet the people. We have 4 rounds of the Morgan Championship at this meeting, should be good. It is that time of year when members should be preparing proposition for our AGM, closing date 30th September 2016, AGM date the 6th November in the Hailwood Suite at Mallory Park. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 I am pleased to advise that we have a new venue for our annual auto jumble; this event will now take place on Saturday 12th November at Pirbright. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks Ray Blackemore for his

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organisation of the jumble on behalf of the section over many years. Full details of how to book will be in next month’s edition. This month we have social meeting on 2nd, the last of our Ride a Bike nights is on 16th departing sharp at 19:30 and our Pinewood run on Sunday 7th. See events for details.

represented the VMCC at the Llangollen BikeFest. (Did ‘Ago’ come over to see our display, lads?) Don’t forget, on 7th August, it’s the Whitley RSR; study your Highway Code before though! Club Night’s 16th August; we’ll be ‘nogging and nattering’ and perhaps a short DVD, so some elastic stockings advised!

Brooklands Section always put on a good show. Three this year, and the next opportunity to see us is in September.

CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972

BURTON AND DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 Vic is enjoying the French sunshine and wine, but despite another wet June evening the Chip Shop Run went ahead as usual, 77 year old Brian Slack on his 54 year old machine led 15 motorcycles for a run of around 40 miles. They then joined those who had opted for 4 wheels at the Happy Chef and 30 of us enjoyed a fish and chip supper and good company. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 We still haven’t found an alternative venue for our meetings. However, we are looking at several options and will advise as soon as a decision has been made. We are still having several rideouts, which are listed on the main website. Please view the Central Lancs Website for updates on the location situation or send me an email, or contact me on my mobile number. We hope to have the venue situation sorted out very soon .Thanks for your patience. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 As Peter Joyce’s picture demonstrates, we had a number of bikes for our visit to the Fire Station in Chester in June. Good weather helped! On 17th July, we ‘meeted and greeted’ members from other NW sections at Burscough, courtesy of the NW Section. The following weekend, we

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A fair crowd of us ventured west to C&NW’s Llangollen Gathering. What a great day that was! Some didn’t make the rides out (various reasons quoted) but all had a good time and plenty of food on offer too! Thanks to all at C&NW. In June, Paul Knight stood down as Chairman. Richard Whitehurst stepped into the breach and was endorsed as our new Chairman at June Club night. Thanks both! At the end of June, 10 riders braved the rain on the inaugural Peter Mills Memorial Run. Picture hereabouts… This will be an annual affair with better weather in future!

CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Another damp evening lead to the cancellation of June’s Evening run; maybe we will re-run it later in the year. The Baton Relay had caused some considerable discussion at committee, but the Friday run to the Prince Albert and Saturday run to meet the Berkshire Section went off well. I led on both runs as Derek was unable to ride on the Saturday. I had not counted on the ford, and when we reached the rather deep-looking water we had

to find another way round. The following Wednesday was the wrinkly run led by Richard; I peeled off about half way round, my back had cried enough and needed a rest before Banbury. In August there is no evening run as most attend the Classics on the Common at Croxley. The schedule will run for the rest of the month as published. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 On June 11th the section had a stand at the Ayr Classic MCC’s show which had plenty of fine motor cycles on display. There was good interest in our stand and bikes. The following Tuesday we had our usual chip shop meeting at Biggar, with others manning the fort at Dalserf, then on the 18th was our Rock n Roll run, primarily for 60's and 70's machines. The weather was great for a change and the 24 entrants enjoyed a lovely ride on great roads with stunning scenery, including a delicious lunch at the Hopetoun Arms, Leadhills.

COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day The Cotswold Section is now well into its summer programme, having had the Sign Post Rally on the 15th, a successful barbecue at the end of May at the Haw Bridge Inn on the 25th, for which the weather stayed warm and dry, resulting in a good turnout. I must thank Graham Rowcliffe, our almost resident chef, and his very able partner Liz for doing the honours and keeping us all well fed. Into June a number of events including a midweek social run on the 1st, a historic vehicle day at Toddington Steam Railway Station on the 12th, a couple more mid-week rallies and the Breakfast Run to Dotty's Old Town Cafe in Swindon. The end of June on the 29th was a wet day for our Club Night but it brightened up around 6:30pm and a good number of riders turned out. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 Eight section members accompanied the VMCC baton to Brooklands where there were two successful, and several futile attempts at the test hill, much to the amusement of the hill marshals. Many thanks to David and Joyce Hughes for the delightful Greenway run, and thanks to Derek and Lorraine, Ivan Dutton, and Tony and Donna Brancato for organising the superb camping weekend. The Box Hill Revisited was a lovely jaunt around the lanes, thanks again to Derek and Lorraine for the organisation. Coming up we have the Severn Glide on 7th August, and the Lakes run on 11th September.

CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 Truro Club night invited Jeremy Jackson to speak about Cornish Speedway along with other interesting stories to keep members entertained. The annual Lands End Run attracted some 80 riders making their way from Bodmin, stopping for lunch at Portreath and taking in the beautiful scenery and twisting roads, this year in sunshine! Thank you to all those involved in the successful organisation, including the finishers award of a bone china mug, sponsored by Peter Old and presented by Tiffany Coates. East Taphouse Club Night saw a true Cornish lady, Hilary Keem, regaling members with her own poems about real life situations, Pam Ayres style! Thank you to Bernard Hand for leading the North Cornwall Run; 19 bikes plus rain turned up! Behind the thick mist there were spectacular views to be seen, but the coffee at Crackington Haven and lunch at Hartland Quay was great.

Derek Bentley on his way to a successful test hill climb. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 52746 The early evening ride was well attended; it was a pleasant ride through country roads ending in a country pub, a pleasant evening. The weather was good for the

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Babbacombe fair, it was a little inclement for the “Classic motorcycles at Cockington” but over 40 Classic machines attended, the bar and bar-B-que was kept busy. Our activities for August will be an early evening ride on the 11th (Brian Phillips 01548 581319) meet at Totnes Plains 6.00pm for 6.30pm. On August 14th is ‘The mid Devon Run’ (David Wills 01803 812830) meet at Chudliegh car park 10 for 10.30am. Aveton Giffard Car show on the 29th (Stumpy 07790 968048) Seven Stars Totnes 10 for 10.30am. Further details on our web site at VMCC Dartmoor, or from the secretary on 01803 527469.

managed without the rain. Not so lucky with the lunch meet though. A few of us thought that seeing as we had seen the Baton off from Gaydon and passed it from Dartmoor Section onto Dorset section we would head to Cadwell Park to see the finish. Despite being in place on time we somehow managed to miss the Baton parade along with the prize giving at the end of the meeting. But it was a brilliant weekend and having seen them race Mickey is even thinking of buying a scooter.

DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855

Starting on a sad note, member John Hayes died suddenly aged 52. A relatively new member, John was becoming a familiar face, mounted on his AJS. (See page 81). Six members took part in the Banbury Run, all finished successfully with Dave Dawson on his Royal Enfield and Don Williamson on his Coventry Eagle gaining silver awards, which might have been golds if Don’s clutch hadn’t expired. Well done! Club night saw the annual Car Park Concours. For the first time I can recall all entries were post-war. A sign of the ageing membership was a Gold Star and a Rocket Gold Star, both fitted with ingenious electric legs. Dave Dawson’s Goldie and Frank McGuire’s immaculate Honda Benly took the prizes. The Wrinkly Run saw thirteen entries on a chilly, damp morning. I saw them off, and then returned to the cafe for breakfast – more enjoyable than getting wet!

The turn-out for the Ron Ley run was a little disappointing, and I suspect that the bad weather had a hand in that. Our next run, The Dartmoor, is a new run on the calendar. It will be led by Graham Saunders and starts from his house on August 14th: Green Gates, Denelea, Halwill Junction, EX21 5XS. On August 3rd we have a Fish & Chip night at the Welcome Fryer, S Molton. Make the effort to attend, you won’t be disappointed. We have an Evening Meet at 7pm on August 22nd at The Mitre, Witheridge. After meeting there for a drink and a chat, we move on, to Ian’s house to view his collection of Nortons. Club night on the 18th is Ride a bike night and a natter. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 Weather has been patchy of late, but the Pie and Pint Evening run in June was well supported and saw fine weather. The Gillingham in Gear Show also saw a lot of people and a diverse selection of cars and bikes including a scout armoured car. I could not make Tony’s Purbeck Run which is always popular and includes some of Dorset’s countryside at its best. The Banbury run was also lucky, in a pretty wet June to have good weather, hundreds of bikes being ridden and an auto Jumble made it well worth a visit. Reminder of things coming up in August are –Gabby’s Border Run on 7th August. Club Night Auto Jumble and Barbeque, a chance to move some old tat/treasured items from your garage to someone else’s and vice versa. Mike’s Mid-week Run on 17th August. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 June saw Claire showing slides of her and John’s recent trips along parts of Route 66. I thought derelict buildings and tumbleweed were made up for the movies but apparently not, they are real. Many thanks Claire. The picnic ride was slightly better attended this year and we

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EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441

EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Only four riders set out on the run to the Lakeland Motor Museum. Graeme had set a marvellous route through the Trough and used minor roads up to the edge of the Lake District. An interesting afternoon examining the exhibits followed an excellent Sunday roast dinner. Half way back, by a slightly different route, liquid daylight descended, but it was an enjoyable day out. Thank you Graeme for an excellent run. A dozen riders set out on the Shortest Night Run, which went around Chipping. I was sweeping, and arrived back a lot later than the others, having somehow covered an extra four miles. I am glad there were no breakdowns! At the Burnley Classic Car Show, three members took the top three motor cycle places. Congratulations to Mick, Roger and Dave for your 1951 Thunderbird, 1955 ES2 and 1946 MOV. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 June 1st was Chris Pile’s wrinkly run round the lanes of

East Sussex past Eridge Station then back to Wesson Cafe. 9th June saw our Chairman take us round East Sussex via Bodiam Castle then collect the Baton from Surrey & Sussex Section at Ringmer where we had a nice lunch. The following day we delivered the Baton to the Men of Kent Section at Tenterden Station after Andrew had taken us round the many lanes of Kent. Dave Masters led the Slug Run on a very pleasant evening round Pevensey Marshes ending back at the Ash Tree.18th of June was the Bike Show & Concours at the Cricket Bat Factory (a more detailed report further in this issue). Spike led us on a splendid run to The Star for Sausage & Chips but the weather turn wet. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 At our June meeting Section President John Taylor proposed we make a substantial increase to our annual charity donation. John also proposed that this year we support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Members present supported both propositions. Events this year are well attended; the weather has been kind, let’s hope that it continues. The Mid Lincs section will organise the Humber Bridge Run, so it is over to the South Bank Viewing Area, Barton on Humber, DN15 5BD. Contact is Peter Gunnee, 01652 675169. NOTE: the revised venue and date for this event is August 14th and it is for pre-31 only riders only. Dennis Johnson’s Holderness Run is August 28th. The Forest Run is on September 4th. Its organiser Peter Hird has recently undergone knee surgery. Contact Peter on 07836 618599. Contingency plans are in place in the event of Peter not being fit. See web site or contact Chairman Harry, 01482 862209. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9pm please) The Flat Tank Section went well even if the weather put heavy showers down to test the braking power of stirrup and block brakes. Many thanks to Chairman Dennis and his lady Ginnie, who put a lot of work into making it a successful event. Prizes will be awarded at the Flat Tank Lunch in February 2017. August 7th is the Severn Saunter, which is shared with the Cyclemotorists and has two flat routes. The September club night features Chris Roberts and Great War motorcycles. Below: Sporty riders prepare for the Flat Tank Run.

GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 This August edition which you should receive at the end of July is being written at the end of June to make publication deadlines, all a bit confusing for your poor old scribe, who quite frankly is finding it hard to keep up. Lots of motorbike-related activities have taken place around Scotland and no doubt elsewhere in the country. Is it my imagination or are events increasing in number? If that is the case then it must be a sign that our hobby is in good health. Our meeting place at Tradeston may be under threat as a Tuesday venue, so please watch out for my emails of latest news. If you are not getting these messages, at least once a month please get in touch. GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 A good number of members took part in the Conyboro Run in May. The Anderson family, Jane and Ian, did well for prizes with Jane receiving an award for Best 2-stroke, a 1923 Ivy, and Ian a cup for his 1923 NUT. The collecting and handing over of the 70th Anniversary Baton was successfully carried out between the South Hants Section, Goodwood and Surrey & Sussex Section at the beginning of June. Good runs over the two days meeting Russell Daysh and South Hants members at Sheet, Petersfield and Tim Penn and Surrey & Sussex members at Charlwood, nr Gatwick.

Goodwood members at the entrance of Goodwood Motor Circuit ready for the run to meet Surrey & Sussex Section. GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 Results from the first Fenlands meeting of the year: Vintage and post-vintage class was scrapped when yours truly crashed out; 500cc upright, pre-1990 4-valve, Tom Meakins; 500cc Classic pre-75, Tie between Luke Tuck and David Lambert; Youth intermediates, C. Brooks; 350cc upright pre-1990, Giles Dismore; Cadets, Freddie Fox-Baran; Auto cadets, C Rushden; 350cc Classic pre75, Steve Darvill; Youth/juniors, M Simpson, 250cc Classic pre-75, Frank Yates. A busy couple of months

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coming up and please don't forget that we still need a volunteer to run next year’s Chalfont Hill Climb. Fear not you will not be thrown in at the deep end but with help and advice at hand. Anyone intending to Marshal at Oxford on 28th August please contact myself or Janet Abbott so you will receive your lunch bag. All Marshals go in to a prize draw at the AGM. GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 Maldwyn’s Fish and Chip run was very well supported, mainly due to a sunny summer’s evening. Our club room was full to capacity maybe due to the prospect of a meal following the run. Thanks Mal. Our Girder Fork run was not so well supported with only eight machines and twelve persons present for a run into Mid Wales with lunch taken at the Red Lion Inn, New Radnor. Thanks all for your support and as a bonus we only had the one shower, otherwise we enjoyed a good day out.

10.30am at Rushmere club. Let’s see you all on this one as we only have one more. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 June’s Come on a Bike Night had only two motor cycles arrive, plus Colin’s bicycle with electric motor assistance; a change from his Cyclemotor device! Matt’s run a week later was a 35-ish mile lanes trip to a Motorcycle Show at Four Ashes in Staffordshire. Due to other commitments only four riders took part. Colin was on racing sidecar ballast duty at the Cadwell Park Anniversary event, and being a former VMCC road race competitor I also attended. I had a splendid time catching up with acquaintances from our 1970s racing activities and some good laughs with the North Lincs Velocette folk.

HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 Over 35 bikes attended our successful concours event at the Moon, Mordiford on 23rd June. All future club nights will be held at The Moon at Mordiford - HR1 4LW and NOT at the Carrots. Sunday 26th saw the first running of our new flagship event, ‘Herefordshire on the Edge’. Open to pre-1991 machines and starting at The Travellers Rest, Ross-on-Wye, it attracted 52 entries from far and wide. Riders had to plot their own route around the County boundary by selecting from 30 different codemarked waypoints. Medals were awarded for the number of points visited and included 16 ‘Golds’ going to those who visited 24 or more points. 6 riders actually managed to visit all 30 points – covering about 190 miles on some of our smallest and most remote roads. (Next year’s “Herefordshire on the Edge” is scheduled for 25th June.) August events are listed in the diary section. IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 Well what, can you say? With all the rain we have had the roads flooded, runs cancelled, only two evening runs this month, the Baton Run one wet one dry day. Thanks to Terry for a good run and Janet for the coffee and cakes, It was so good one member had a doggy bag, no names. Due to wet weather the Mystery Run was cancelled. Thanks to Paul at Washbrook and all the helpers, it was all right for sailing clubs but not for us. All welcome to come camping on 4th to 9th August, 4th September is The Heritage Coast run starts at 10.30am Woodbridge car park. On 25th September it is the Autumn Run, starting

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ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 A great turnout of over 50 riders for the Harold Rowell Memorial run in glorious weather at the end of TT week, finishing up with Tea & Buns at the Villa Marina. It was nice to see half a dozen or so VMCC members from the UK joining us for the run whilst they were over on the Isle of Man. Thanks to Ken Blackburn for organising this event. Our first evening road run of the year ended up in Peel for a lovely Fish & Chip supper. At the end of June we had our Magnificent Summer Ball in the marquee at Tynwald, a great night out good food and dancing with local band The Rockets. Well done to organiser Rupert! ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 We had another good turnout at the June lunch run at the Boathouse in Yarmouth. Jeff and Sue Dean organised a Treasure Hunt starting in Yaverland a well thought out route & questions resulted in a tie, all entrants finding the answers. The winner was found by a tie-break, George Case correctly guessing the number of washers in a sealed box. Perhaps the event clashing with Father's Day caused a low turnout. Thanks to Jeff & Sue. It’s always a pleasure to meet up with members from other sections on holiday on the island; all are welcome to our events. Safe riding.

KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or 07875 694842 June was a busy month for the section with Graham Lovesay’s newly introduced Summer Run attracting an excellent turnout as 29 riders and two guests enjoyed a superb route taking them to The North Norfolk Railway at Sheringham before returning to Swaffham. Next was the Inter-Section meeting with Anglian Section at the Five Miles from Anywhere at Upware. The ride a bike night to The Stag at West Acre was reasonably well supported but only 4 riders turned out the following day for the 70th Anniversary Baton Relay changeover when we received it from Norwich Section at Swaffham before taking it on to Wisbech to hand to South Lincs and Peterborough Section. Unfortunately only five riders enjoyed a superb run to Cadwell Park which Mike Curtis put a lot of effort into organising for us, thanks Mike. Finally the rains came down, and the car park Concours was cancelled. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 Although the June weather wasn’t as good as May, we continued to have good turnouts for our events especially the resurrected ride-in to the Manor Hotel and the popular Newfield Inn event attracted about 40 members. The rides to the Wilson Arms and Millstones Café were also well supported. Looking forward we have four events in August with ride-ins to Carlisle Military Museum, Devil’s Bridge and Hodge Close Quarry (well worth a visit) and at the month end our Chairman’s Run from Bouth. The photo shows the Baton Rally crew at Carlisle Castle.

Baton Rally crew at Carlisle Castle, not sure where they were hiding the Baton though! MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 Club/machine night in May had an excellent and varied range of about 28 bikes which were enjoyed by both the VMCC members and also several members of PWC

bowls teams. The chip shop run on the eighth and also the Phil Barton memorial run on the twelfth were very poorly attended and this situation is very unfair to the organisers of these events especially Phil’s family who go to an enormous amount of trouble providing the route, start and finish venue and a huge amount of food and refreshments, mostly home cooked! We all need to make more effort to attend these events or we will lose them! On a brighter note, John Drabble and Dave Barlow both won gold and Derek Howarth silver awards at Banbury, congratulations to all of them. The Charity off road trial saw thirty riders enjoying another fine day’s competition, many thanks to the observers and organisers. MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 So here we are, end of June as I write. It’s more like April. Never mind though, at the beginning of the month the Sittingbourne weekend went down a storm, ha ha. Good local beer helped, fish and chips by Dave Else, a cracking hog roast, and a superb route for the Sittingbourne Run itself, lovingly mapped by Chairman Frank. Well done to all those who helped out and supported the event. The VMCC 70th Anniversary Baton was successfully collected from the East Sussex boys at the Kent and East Sussex Railway café in Tenterden and dropped off with the Westies at the Friars in Aylesford the following day, a good turn out on both days. There was also a sizeable number of the section who supported the mid summers day run, thanks chaps. A lovely run through the Kent countryside ended with lunch at the Black Lion Lynsted. MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 The 52nd Coventry to Brighton Run 2017 was on Saturday 6th May. We are welcomed back to the Courtlands Hotel in Hove, where en-suite bedroom facilities await you after locking your machine into the secure overnight parking area and enjoying a celebration dinner and awards presentation. Regulations are available from the Section Secretary. The Shuttleworth Collection Coach Trip (Saturday 10th September) is approaching fast and only a few seats are left. A £10 deposit secures your place to view the stunning gardens and fabulous collection of Classic Bikes, Cars and Planes. Pete Brown is organising the trip and he or the Section Secretary can be contacted for details and to book your seat. On Wednesday 10th August, we have our popular Chip Shop Supper Run leaving the Boat at Catherine de Barnes around 19:15 when you may well sharpen your appetite as we ride to our destination arriving around 8pm.

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MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 This month’s activities have centred on riding. A small group of hardened riders undertook a short evening run on damp roads, avoiding any rain on the evening. June also saw four riders collect the Relay Baton from the Taverners at Wilsford, the baton was then delivered to Cadwell Park by a group of five to the BHR celebration weekend, where it was accepted by Mr Ivan Rhodes. An early reminder that the Humber Bridge Run on the 14th August has a new start point at the South Bank Bridge viewing area, all welcome. The visit to Wickenby Airfield, listed for 17th August, has been cancelled. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Peter Tomkins 0791 7407400 This handsome bunch relayed the baton to Gaydon only to find someone had built a gate across the road! A three point turn on a motorcycle is far easier than a TriKingask Michael! Congratulations to all section members who took part in the Banbury Run. Don’t forget August 14th – Brackley Festival, an excellent day for all. Three rides in August; see Diary. Two highlights in September: 29th 8pm Obelisk Centre, an evening with Peter Williams, motorcycle racer and designer extraordinaire, and Trevor’s Navigation Rally on the 4th.

our printed calendar – Ian Harris has planned an additional mid-week run, starting from The Hundred House at Norton, and finishing at The Hundred House at Purslow. I’ve not been riding bikes myself this summer after some attention to my chassis, but I may be in action again by August. I hope to see you around. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 In June six members did the 20th Cantabria Tour including the tough ‘5,000 Curves Challenge’ hosted by the MC Piston Club near Santander. We had Mike Legg’s Breakfast Run and Bob Ashwin’s Girder and Rigid Run and Wrinkly runs by Dave and Pam Clemons, Peter Crook and John Stirman. Our fish ‘n’ Chips Night at Cherrington was a success despite gate crashing a wake! Thank goodness for organiser John Stirmans’ legendary diplomacy. We have a few walking wounded members at the moment so best wishes to them all for speedy recoveries. Remember August Club Night is ‘On Yer Bike’ night.

North Cotswold members celebrate at the end of the 5,000 Curves Rally (L to R): Chris Delaney, Mike Bolton, Lynne and Glyn Buckler and Peter Boonham (final member Bob Ashwin was probably at the Bar) NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107

NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 We had two social runs in June, thank you to Julian Edwards for his Excursion on the 12th, and Stuart Munroe and Brian Jones for the Beyond Clun Run on the 26th. The former had poor weather and the latter started nice but went awry during the afternoon. It’s not being a great summer so far…again. Hopefully things will improve and in August we have runs on the 7th, 17th and 31st, more details in the Diary section and on both our and the national VMCC website. The one on the 31st is extra to

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By the time you read these notes, our Section will have run the Golden Era run and other runs too. Let us hope that the weather picks up soon. Forty years ago we were basking in 35ºC +, a far cry from today, despite all of this catastrophic warming we are supposed to be having. The George Foggitt Topcliffe Road Safety Run on 14th August always brings out a good selection of machines and I hope to be there with my camera. Start at the Yorkshire Gliding Club at the top of Sutton Bank at 10:30. The Brexit vote should be good news for those concerned about Ethanol being forced upon us. The Finance Director suggests we should all pull together and he is right, although he was talking about another big deficit. But why have there been no comments on the subject of ethanol in correspondence for a year?

NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 Baton collected by your scribe at the superb Anniversary event at Cadwell, and due to be passed to a gentleman from the Ironmasters later today. We took it on a run to the Tram Museum at Crich, a place that’s well worth a visit; our bikes became part of the place. Future speakers at club nights are Colin Seeley (date unconfirmed), our VMCC president Rodney Hann in October and Mike Jackson of Bonhams in November. Meanwhile, as Tess and Claudia would say, Keep on Riding !

NORTHERN IRELAND (SM) Robert Bryson 028 90629257 It is 1st July as I write, and the NW200 and TT are behind us for another year. Take a bow Messrs Hutchinson, Seeley and Dunlop for your fantastic wins. Hutchy now equals Hailwood’s 14 TT wins and Michael Dunlop has 13. He has a long way to go to catch his uncle Joey mind you. Kudos also goes to Bruce Anstey for his 118 mph lap on an electric bike. If they made one that could do three laps, we would all buy one! By the time you are reading this it will be nearly time to head to Dundrod. Bike week kicks off on Monday 8th August with a Trial and a Classic and Vintage cavalcade, The Dundrod 150 races are on Thursday and Saturday 13th is UGP race day. There are lots of other events on the programme. See the bike week website for more details. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017

NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 Once again Brian Moorcroft’s Festival of Transport was a great success with a great selection of VMCC members bikes along with many others and of course lots of lovely classic and vintage Cars, tractors and HGV’s. A great time was had by all despite the odd deluge of rain. The weekend raised the fantastic sum of £2,500 which will be donated to the Southport Spinal Unit. Congratulations to Brian and his family for a job well done. Details of these and all our other activities can be found on our website. and on the main VMCC website.

Many thanks to Tom and Ann for arranging the Breakfast Meet on 26 June, we all enjoyed the lovely breakfast at the Hadrian Hotel, Wall and the chance to catch up with friends for a natter – it was even dry! Also in June, Thunderbird 2 put in a guest appearance at the Beamish Trial, thanks to Pete and MIB. Our next official run is the Bob Rawlings Run on September 11th, see website for details, but also keep an eye out for mid-week or evening runs – you can find out details at club nights and on the Section website. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 On June 5th 33 riders met at The Gull on the A146 at Yelverton for the 186 mile Round Norfolk Run. The route joined the coast road at Yarmouth where cold air off the North Sea accompanied us for many miles. We passed through Walcott and Cromer then stopped for coffee at The Kings Arms in Blakeney. We stayed on the delightful North Norfolk coast road to Holkham then turned inland through Burnham Market eventually stopping at Mundford for lunch at Browns Café. The route then taking us through Thetford, Scole, Needham, Bungay then back to The Gull for a buffet and the presentation of awards. On June 15th 6 riders left Postwick for the Baton Rally travelling to Southwold Harbour to collect the baton from the Ipswich Section, next day we met at Postwick and rode to Swaffham where we passed the baton to the Kings Lynn Section.

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NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369

REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023

In continuing mixed conditions, the section’s early summer rides continued, Mick Leach's ride round the upper Trent Valley was fast as usual (I love the last rickety bridge over the river), Graham moved East to the Vale of Belvoir and the Limestone Peak run took in scenic terrain round the Staffordshire Roaches ridge. Jim's Old and Slow run attracted the traditional downpour, but the stalwarts stuck it out and steamed happily to semi-dryness in the Hartshay pub afterwards. Graham Frank, nationally famed for his green A7 with a red toolbox, appeared somewhat shamefaced on an oriental shaft drive machine. Many of these ageing warriors have knees which no longer revel in the lusty kicking of the traditional British singles. We now look forward to the Derbyshire Road run.

June was a busy month with both the Reivers Rally and Bamburgh Run taking place. Many visitors enjoyed a week of touring with the Reivers Rally follow-on events. The Bamburgh Run experienced some dull, wet weather conditions but Judith and the ladies of the WI at Eglingham put on a sparkling show at the morning’s tea stop – all scones, sponge cake and bunting in the village hall. Amongst the events coming up this month are the Cream Tea Run on Thursday 11th August and the Reivers Summer Run on Sunday 21st August.

OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 On Dave Clarke’s run we rode out in a southerly direction from H cafe across to Basingstoke, to the Vintage History Museum. All of a dozen lads took part on a warm sunny day. About 60 miles ridden and enjoyed. 4 of our committee rode down to Wales to Recce for our Lakes and Mountains event in September. On the 1st of June we met up with Swindon Section up on the downs, See photo. To receive the anniversary baton afterwards we met the Cyclemotor Section at the English Rose to hand it on.

Colin Rutherford with his 1939 Triumph 3H Deluxe 349cc at the Bamburgh Run. This is a local machine, in original unrestored condition, which spent the years between 1963 and 2015 in a shed in Bedlington. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626

PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 The June Machine Night was well attended with 28 bikes and riders present, in spite of very poor weather forecast and the rain only just holding off. Our Four Counties run had 18 members taking a route over Holme Moss and the Snake Pass to a lunch stop at Frogatt. All returned to base via Winnats Pass and Rushup Edge. Brent Tomlinson won the raffle (again). Later in the month, 12 of us took part in the Banbury run and a group attended the Antrim Coast run for the first time. No breakdowns occurred on any of the events although a little light roadside tinkering was necessary at times; “stopped making adjustments” as they used to say at the TT.

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June Club night was Fish & Chips plus a sweet at HQ. Many thanks to Adrian and his staff for an excellent meal. We ran a draw for the Blood Bikers, winners were Graham, Granville (Gunner), Judith, Ken and Charlie. Many thanks to members and friends for supporting the club and to everyone that turned up for the Fish & Chip Evening. We had an excellent day at the Land Rover/Jaguar Engine factory Nr Wolverhampton, it was so clean you could eat your food off the floor. Very few people work there, most of the work is carried out by robots. We then called at the Cosford Air Museum where there was free time to look around the exhibits etc before sitting down for a meal to finish off the day. Many thanks to all that supported the event. August Club (Wednesday 31st) is Noggin & Natter.

SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599

SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551

Our Annual Show is in Porthmadog on Sunday 4th September. The Betws y Coed Show is on Sunday 14th August. The Glynllifon Show in June was fairly quiet but a good day out for all who attended. Keep in touch or check out the VMCC website. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding.

The Steam run to Yeovil Junction was well attended by 24 riders, but it was wet and there were not many attractions at the site. The Mid-Summer Madness run from Bridport attracted 22 riders and at one stage some of the Coast to Coast ride mistakenly joined in! Lunch was enjoyed at Dunkerswell Airfield and there were coffee and tea stops. The Crank went to John Morey for taking himself and four others the wrong way to Dorchester from Bridport (after all these years)! The photo features our own Wallace and Gromit, during Ollie Legg’s spell in the chair.

SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 Good attendance at Phil’s Breakfast Run, although problems in the kitchen and a cloudburst left the Spaxton area flooded. Alternative cooking arrangements and a reroute made the day a success. A good entry for the Girder Forks Run, this time route by Chipps, some riders got lost in the lanes around Nempnett Thrubwell, the name is enough to confuse most people! The attached photo is of a rather loud Norton/JAP that appeared in the car park at the beginning of the run. An interesting machine owned by a local farmer, hope to see more of it.

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308

SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 The annual Harvest Run is on Sunday 14th Aug, departing from Stonehouse car park at 10am. After discussion, we have decided to keep this run a bit shorter than some recently and with a route and speed more suited to older bikes (and riders perhaps!). So, why not bring along a machine well over 25 years old. Membership cards should be shown - or a non-member’s £5 fee paid. On Thursday 1st Sep Gordon Smith is leading another of his faster/longer informal runs, departing from Stonehouse at 10am. As I write this in late June, it is cold and wet and the recent weather has not been too kind to our Tuesday pub meets, but when the sun shines do come along while the evenings are long. Happy riding.

Dalton on Tees was the hub for two June evening events. Thanks to Dave Headon for our annual Concours at a new venue and to Eric and Denise Londesbrough for their 36th Evening Excursion when we enjoyed a warm sunny ride through the Vale of Mowbray around Northallerton, before being refreshed at the village hall, unfortunately without Shirley Fisher but we wish her a swift recovery. Thanks to Roy Sturgeon, for the Downholme practice trials attended by 16 riders whilst some of us enjoyed a heritage day in the Dales on the Beamish Reliability Trial and some went to Banbury. Viv Tubby is hosting the Saunter on 6th August; Bobby Robinson the Baydale Run on 4th September, whilst Tom Norman would appreciate marshals for Beamish Trophy Trial on the 18th. SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 The weather has been unkind to us on some of the evening runs with rain in the air and mud on the roads. This has reduced the numbers of riders on some of the runs and others have been abandoned. A new venue for the day run on the 18th August Winchester Military Museums. The final runs of the year are the Mid Hants Run on the 29th August and two Stuart Wallbridge on September 4th and The Sunday Social on the 25th.

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SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 Most riders on Mick’s evening run were so famished that they made a beeline straight from the start to the chippy. The weather went rapidly downhill thereafter when rain on our usually vibrant Bike Show evening cut entries to a handful. The day after just five rode to collect the Baton from Kings Lynn section, miraculously dodging thunderstorms to left and right across the fens. On delivery day, though we encountered only a small shower, members had become so disheartened that only three rode west to Weedon Bec. Thanks to Dave Mead and his henchmen for the welcome, and apologies for keeping you so long in the pub. Four riders got slightly damp returning from an enjoyable 70th celebration Cadwell run. August’s opportunities for a soaking? Anglian Hobson’s Choice on 7th, Wrinkly on 10th, Club Night 17th and High Summer Run 21st, details in the Diary. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 June was a busy month. The Seaside Run had 63 runners and glorious weather. A fabulous day out. Our thanks to Dave and John. The Bring a Bike Night was won with a unanimous vote for Ken Baxter’s 1925 BSA Round Tank. Our thanks to Carol. The To Cumru – Roof of Wales Run attracted eight bikes and one three wheeler car in what started as cloudy weather. At the picnic point light rain fell and the rest of the ride was in heavy continuous rain. Even so the ride was spectacular. Opinions welcomed as to the future direction of this event. Events for August7th Simon Pritchard Run meet at St Mellons at 10.00am. 15th Fish and Chip Run meet at the old café, Cowbridge Common 7.00pm. 31st evening Run to the Rose and Crown Egwlyslian. SPRINT (SE) Find us on facebook Just a reminder – The Brighton Speed Trials date is Saturday 3rd September. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 More than 20 members heard a very interesting, educational and sometimes funny talk about war-torn Afghanistan. The work John Lamb and his accomplices do is marvellous; in their small but well-equipped

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workshops they make prosthetic limbs as well as adapting invalid scooters and making bikes to suit different patients. He also showed us film of trips to the most outlandish even dangerous places to see what could be done for residents there. John has visited this country 20 odd times; he has set up various workshops and also a ‘charity’ to raise funds to keep them going. Congratulations to John for all this very necessary work. Once again Pat and Jim provided an excellent Bracken Trundle, the sausage or bacon rolls, a great run, then back for coffee and rhubarb crumble, great day although the weather was not very kind to us. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 The annual BBQ at Breamore Countryside Museum welcomed a good turnout of members with several riding bikes to this year’s event. For those who haven’t been before please make a note in your diaries for June next year as it is a thoroughly enjoyable evening with good food. Thank you Brian and Brenda for hosting the evening ride-in the following week. It is hard to imagine that it is now August and the Harvest Run is upon us which will be starting from its traditional venue at Breamore Museum on the 7th. We have a static display at the Ellingham Show on Saturday 13th, contact Lionel if you wish to enter. The Tuesday run will be on the 16th from Hayballs motorcycles in Salisbury. Club night on17th will be a talk by Derek & Don Rickman on Metisse Motorcycles. August rounds off with the Veteran/Vintage run from Old Sarum Airfield. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 June was a busy month with a number of riding events that were well attended, my thanks to all those who organised the rides and for those that turn out in some dreadful weather. The Baton Relay handovers went off without a hitch, our past president doing the honours on behalf of the section. Our evening run to the East Kent Section took place on a very stormy night, we managed to get to Waldron before the heavens opened but on the ride home we had one of the best lightening displays I have ever seen!! This year’s long distant event was based on a castle hunt across the South of England and South Wales. With no specific starting point and two organised overnight stops. I was expecting members from other sections to enter but it was not to be, so the nine of us from Surrey and Sussex had an excellent three days visiting a number of castles.

SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 In June it was off to Port Eynon on the longest day for a Fish and Chip meeting at the beach side Seafarer chippy. The weather could have been sunny but the company was enjoyable. Our camping weekend is on the 16, 17 & 18 Sept at Dan yr Ogof Show Caves. There is good camping on site if required and a pub within walking distance. There will be runs on the Saturday and Sunday. Phone Gareth on 01792 846169. We meet at 7.30 at Morriston Rugby Club off Chemical Road on the second Tuesday of the month. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 07887 517906 Our run on the 5th June was Dave’s run. It was good one, and a pity more members hadn’t turned up.Thanks Dave for organising this. Fred and Keith did a run to Crofton Beam engines for a coffee stop and lunch at The White Hart, Wroughton. A good run weather could have been better. Thank you both for this. On 18th June to 25th June some of us went on our Section Holiday in Dorset. Filled the week with various things. Tuesday John Holland took us out on his boat moored at Poole. Also a visit to VMCC President’s House for coffee and cakes thanks to Rodney and Carol for their hospitality. Also Nigel and Annie joined us on the Thursday for a ride. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 I write this month’s notes in the moist weather we seem to be enduring this month, but we still managed to arrange some authentic summer weather for our Armourgedden military museum evening run, followed by our BBQ Trial where once again Steve and Mark donned their chef’s caps to provide tasty Burgers & Beer, our section has also done our bit in the collection and passing on of the Baton (below). Plans for Founders day are well under way on this celebration year and if anyone would like to volunteer some help please contact Kev Alexander 07713 908407.

TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 Members who made the journey to Northumberland for the Reivers Rally in June could not have been looked after better. The venue at The Rugby Club at Alnwick was excellent situated just off the Great North Road or A1 to those that don’t know that it was so easy to get to. Each day’s routes took us through some of Northumberland’s finest scenery and we even crossed the border into Scotland and met the Ghost of Chillingham Castle (although it looked a lot like Brian Smith). Our thanks to Alan, Dave and Stella, Geoff and Pat and everyone from the Reivers Section for making us so welcome. Two events back to back this month; first the Ipswich Camp at Coddenham followed by The Essex Camp at The Colne Valley Railway. See you there, happy camping. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 Our June section meeting was a well-attended ride your bike night, with a range of machines from lightweights to classic twins, from 1930 to 1960 and a few modern Japanese mounts for good measure. The world was put to rights as we stood amongst our machine in the pubs ample parking area, enjoyed a drink and the abundant Pennine sunshine. Subjects included recent bike purchases, the challenges of beaded rims, petrol tank restoration techniques, bike shows that have been attended by members and the advantage of total loss LED lighting of older machines. Inevitably, comments were passed on recent Section runs including pace, breakdowns and navigational competence (or lack of it) and how best to write-up the route on the instruction sheets. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 Our thanks go to Malcolm and Judith for organising the Kenilworth Run which took riders through some lovely Warwickshire countryside. Most members came to the Fish and Chip supper in cars as the weather was very unpredictable, but it was a great evening. Harry's Breakfast Run was well supported and after a bright early morning start was followed by a hearty breakfast. Numbers were not as high as usual for Mick and Frank's Social Run but those who came had a good evening with one member coming on his machine with an unusual sidecar which was of interest.

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WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500

WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288

The Mercian Incursion, despite the weather forecast, turned out to be most enjoyable and without rain. It was followed by a very convivial lunch. It was good to see new faces on the run….. please come again. Thanks, Frank, for a great day. There was Section success at the Banbury Run; Peter Bovenizer was awarded the prize for the best sidecar. I failed to complete it due to lack of preparation, old age and a temperamental two-stroke; a bad combination! Don’t forget the auction Club Night, 8th August (motorcycle related objects only). Attendance at the picnic and ride on 11th August is almost compulsory – see you all there.

The club holiday in Allensford, Northumberland was attended by 49 members and friends and although the weather was wet and cold we managed runs every day which included a visit to the living museum at Beamish. Members attended the Wessex steam show and the local Poulshot show with their machines. The mid week wandering to The Cross Guns at Avoncliffe overlooking the Kennet and Avon canal was well supported with 23 attendees. Two members took part in the Banbury Run but unfortunately the writer broke down and was unable to finish. The Tiddlers and Tortoises run to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway was enjoyable with the majority of the bikes being tortoises rather than tiddlers. Thanks to the Pound Farm Shop for opening especially for us to have a coffee stop.

WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 The winner of June’s members’ choice concours award was Rob Francis with his BSA A10 who collected the majority of votes. The last time this bike was at the Pied Bull it was ridden by his late father George who was a long time attendee of this section. Help would be welcomed at The Friars on the Monday after the IWKR for clearing the site. More hands make light work. Several members came to the first meeting at the Three Horseshoes, Knockholt, our new Tuesday venue, and were greeted with friendly hospitality. The car park autojumble was a bit thin on the ground due to the adverse weather, so much for flaming June. The August meeting there will be a discussion night where all members can have a say in what the Section does next year. Again please remember to delete all references to the Woodman in your event cards.

WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 Several of our June runs were curtailed because of the awful weather, let’s hope we will be basking in sunshine for the August/September events. We have the Mid Wales Run on the 14th and the midweek run on the 18th. This will take us around the Cotswolds, note that it starts from the café at Upton on Severn Marina. Please note that the August club night at the Bell on the 8th will feature our annual Bring and Buy sale, time to clear the shed/garage! We have a programme of speakers for the winter season; first up on September 12th will be Chairman Roy Lambert talking about his National Service experiences in the Suez Canal Zone. Pub night on the 1st will be at the New Inn at Shrawley.

WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 One of our annual major events is our Welsh/Irish weekend, hosted this year by the Irish. An enjoyable weekend in the emerald Isle with wall to wall sunshine throughout. Thanks Les for booking/ administration. The Wrinkles run had a disappointing turnout, despite the beautiful day. Thanks to Ron and Michael from Swansea, and a visitor from Kent section who made it worthwhile. We also had the Pembroke Run, with Geoff back in the reins, Johns mid summer evening run and another of our major events, The Black Mountain Run. Starting at the Pontargothi Show, Alan set out an interesting route, and twenty finished. Results next month.

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West South Wales Wrinkles run participants at the lunch stop less Ron.

Scottish Notes The Tiddler Tootle was a huge success with an entry of 77 machines. I referred in my July Scottish Notes to a hope that the event might be attracting younger riders. For this reason, I asked the organisers (Don Riley and Jim Leddy) to find out the age of entrants when they signed on. Individual ages are, of course, confidential, but the raw data is very helpful and a big thank you to those who provided their ages. The demographics of the entrants were as follows: over 65 years of age, 56%; between 61 and 65, 22%; between 51 and 60, 17% and aged 50 or less, 5%. There was no-one under the age of forty. The fact that 78% of entrants were over sixty years of age shows the scale of the challenge we face to get younger enthusiasts involved in the Club. The Tiddler Tootle entry demographic matches closely that of the Scottish membership, as a whole, so it does not appear to be attracting younger riders at this stage. A closer look at the entry came up with some fascinating facts. A third of the entrants were riding two strokes which are seldom seen and heard at our other events and a fifth of the machines were of Japanese manufacture. The entry provided a real feast of rare, unknown and unseen motorcycles like Raynal Auto, Puch, Bianchi, DMW, Terrot, Motom, Gerosa and Simson. There were a dozen non-members taking part which was very encouraging and others spectating who could be interested in joining the Club. The organisers are seeing an opportunity at next year’s Tiddler Tootle to have a VMCC stand with

Bob Clark’s 1926 Calthorpe Super Sport and son David’s 1929 Calthorpe Ivory at the 2016 Loch Ness Rally. promotional material, raffle tickets and membership application forms. I am hugely supportive of such a move. I may just be imagining this but I have the impression that we are seeing more spectators coming along to our events than in previous years. Spectators offer us opportunities to promote the Club so please think about what can be done to attract them to join the Club. We tend to focus on getting runs organised and delivered on the day and little time is available to exploit the wider opportunity to promote the Club and enlist new members. Auld Reekie Edinburgh Section’s “Classic Ride Out and Ride In” on 24 September might just be the type of event to attract new enthusiasts. The Section sees it as a recruitment opportunity; hence there is no entry fee and two ways in which to enjoy the day. The “Ride Out” will start from the Lochside Bistro, Loch Leven, Kinross, with a run around Perthshire to the lunch stop at Crieff Visitor Centre where, from about 12.30pm, individuals can “Ride In” and meet us for a chat and/or a bite to eat. Please spread the word and try to support this novel event. If you are quick there might still be time to enter the S&T Rally at Cultybraggan ( or 01764 653474, date 6-7 August) and the Scottish National at Blairgowrie (12-14 August, or 01241 853946). Finally, the Scottish Gathering (pre-1931) is on 10-11 September at Roslin, Midlothian (Ralph White, 0131 3344144 or Alastair Alexander Area Rep. Scotland

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1st Men of Kent

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

Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Worcestershire Pub night. 7.30pm. New Inn, Shrawley, Worcestershire WR6 6TE John Porter 01386 553329 South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill02392 460014 2nd Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings. 01473 217215 South Cotswold Club Night. from 6.30pm. The Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Brooklands Social Evening. 8pm. The Cricketers, The Green, Pirbright, Woking GU24 0LP. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 Moonraker Club evening. 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn Woodshaw Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs J Goodwin (Secretary) 01793 539207 £1 East Lancs 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 N. Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 3rd Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Riverside Café, Station Rd, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Bristol Evening Run. 7pm. The Griffin Inn, London Rd, Warmley, BS30 5JN Dave Body 01179 402616 VMCC eligible machines Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Linton Church car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon near Gloucester, GL17 0AH (SO 703 169). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Lakeland Carlisle Military Museum Ride-In. 11am. Various. David Wilson 01228 527448 Midland Tipperary Evening Ride Out. 7pm. Boat Inn Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 07970 416021 £1 Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon near Gloucester. Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 4th Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. TA7 8LH. Ruth Pope 01458 251174. Members & guests Ips & Suffolk Camping weekend. Site open at 12pm. Bickers Action, Ivy Farm House, High Street, Coddenham, Ipswich, IP6 9QX. T. Dickings 01473 217215 West Wilts Mid Week Run. 10am. TBA. Colin Smith 07778 281332 £1 South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. Buriton Pond Car Park. Robert Hill 02392 460014 5th West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. The Friars, Aylesford. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Ips & Suffolk Friday Run. 10am. Bickers Action, Ivy Farm House, High Street, Coddenham, Ipswich, IP6 9QX T. Dickings 01473 217215

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6th Warwickshire Avon Dassett Country Fair. 12 noon. Avon Dassett. John Lycett 01926 491519 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Stirling Castle S&T Regularity Event. 10am. Cultybraggan, Comrie, Perthshire, PH6 2AB. Dougie Cowie 01764 653474 Motor cycles, outfits & 3-wheelers over 25 years old South Durham Saunter and BBQ. 10am. Cricket Club Middleton St George Viv Tubby 07741 472382 (by ticket in advance) Kings Lynn Young Bloods Summer Run and BBQ. 7pm. The Post Office,Stoke Ferry, Norfolk. Sean Rickard, Richard Fendick, Andy Hunn 01842 878288 day £3 7th Taverners 2-Stroke Run. 10am. The Lime Kilns, Cropwell Bishop, NG12 3BN Roger Monk 01509 412662 Cheshire Cats Whitley Road Safety Run. 11am. Whitley Village Hall, Village Lane, Higher Whitley (just off A49 south of J10 M56). Richard Whitehurst 07729 741663 £4 25-year rule South Lincs Run to meet Anglian Section for their Hobson’s Choice Run. 9am. Whittlesey Market Place & Peterborough Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet. 10 -11.30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Northampton The Bill Lacey Run. 10:30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN49UW. Richard Stone 01604 768069 Ips & Suffolk Sunday Run. 10am. Bickers Action, Ivy Farm House, High Street, Coddenham, Ipswich, IP6 9QX T. Dickings 01473 217215 Flat Tank Severn Saunter. 10am. Salutation Inn, Berkley. Reg Eyre 01242870375 (before 9pm) 01242 870375 £3 Cycle motors and flat tank machines Warwickshire Bill Lacy Run. 10 for 10.30am start. A423 south of Burnthurst/Stretton X roads. Dave Kendall 07528 218024 £1 25 years + old Cotswold Sidecar and Three-Wheeler Run. 10am. The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278). Fred Smith Junior, KOBI 01684 294401 £2 Drivers of sidecar outfits and three-wheelers preferred, but riders of solo machines may also participate. Notts and Derby Top Gear Run. 10am. Heritage Centre Eastwood. Gordon 01773 788710 Stonehenge Harvest Run. Meet from 10am for 11am start. Breamore House Countryside Museum, Breamore, Hampshire SP6 2DF. Brian Jeffery 01202 824086 £2 Brooklands Pinewood Run. 10am. Hand and Spear Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 Pennine The Roses Run. 10.30am. JJ’s Diner, Burnley Rd, Cliviger, BB11 3RF. Geoff Green 0161 6548159 £3 South Dorset Jimmy’s Air Ambulance Run. 10.30am. Top of Town Dorchester DT1 1RN. Phil Studley 01305 266910 £2 Cyclemotor Severn Glide. 10.30am. The Salutation PH, Ham, Berkeley. GL13 9QH Reg 01242 870375 Preferably low-powered, low-capacity, & veteran Lakeland The Westmorland Run. 10.30am. Devil’s Bridge, Cumbria. Trevor Woodend 01524 782036 N. Birmingham Breakfast Run. 8.30 for 9am start. Barr Beacon Park, off the B4154 Beacon Rd, Walsall Maurice Trupp 07836 538193 Essex Museum of Power Langford Bike Meet (Club Stand). 10am. Museum of Power, Langford near Maldon. Heather & Roger Gulliver 01621 892606 Banbury Bill Lacey Run. 9.30am. Bicester Market Square. Ian Cordes 01869 388497 N. Cotswold Marina Picnic Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. N & K Batchelor 07730 283607 £1 Norwich & Dist Waveney Valley Run. 10 for 10.30am. Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Bungay, NR35 1NZ. Bob and Cynthia Forster 01603 737540 £4 Machines judged for awards. Somerset Sign Post Rally and Social Run. 10am. Creech St Michael Village Hall. TA3 5QS.

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South Wales Anglian 8th Chiltern

Phil Ham 01278 671626 Machines over 25 years Border Run. 11am. Orchard Park Garden Centre, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5JG. Mr Gabby Hunt 01963 250184 £3 Simon Pritchard Run. 10.30am. Multiplex cinema, Treforest. John Fisher Hobson’s Choice. 10.30am. Orchard Farm, St. Ives Road, Eltisley, Cambs, PE196TW Mike Hobbs 01480 880217 £5 VMCC eligible only.

Low Power Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 Pre-30 and cyclemotor Worcestershire Bring a Bike night. 7.30pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. The Friars, Aylesford. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Ips &Suffolk Monday Run. 10am. Bickers Action, Ivy Farm House, High Street, Coddenham, Ipswich, IP6 9QX T. Dickings 01473 217215 Stirling Castle Club night. 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel Doune. David Brown 01786 870345 9th Anglian Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 £2 East Sussex Secretary’s Saunter. 10.30am. Heathfield Fire Station TN21 0UD. John Crawt 01825 890499 Clyde Valley Club Meeting. 7.30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Essex Summer Camping Week. Colne Valley Railway, Sible Hedingham. 9am. Colne Valley Railway, Sible Hedingham. Gill Scatcherd 07733 063928 £3 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley, RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet .from 6.30pm. The Tavern Inn at Kemble. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 10th Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Half-Way House Inn, Kineton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5UG (SP 097 266). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Snowdonia/Eryri Clubnight. 7.30pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 South Lincs August Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Peter Gilbert 01733 770241 £2 Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 Reivers Thursday Run: ‘The Cream Tea Run’. 10am. Micah’s Tea Room, 13 Oldgate, Morpeth. Mike Coxon 07919 666818 Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Dorset Club Night. Auto Jumble & Barbeque. 7pm. The Halsey Arms, Pulham, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7DZ. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Reivers Club Night. 7.30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 50p Chiltern Wrinkly Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25-year rule applies Essex Club night. 8pm. Ship and Anchor, High Street, Maldon, CM9 5BX. Bill Cullen 07946 527599 Berkshire Mid-week Run. 10:30am. TBD. Malcolm White 01344 642866 Banbury Club Night. 8pm. Banbury Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, OX15 4BN John Harris 01295 721282 Members and Guests M&HP Evening run to The Lamb PH at Chinley. 7:15 for 7:30pm. Poynton WMC Park lane Poynton, SK12 1RG. Barry Cook/ Barry Howard 01663 750827 01625 630016

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Herefordshire Warwickshire 11th South Hants

Fish and Chip Supper Evening Ride. 7pm. Boat Inn Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 £1 Forest of Dean Ride. 9:30 for 10am start. Cattle Market café, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7QQ Jim Delahay 01989 514407 Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926429310

Evening Run. 7.30pm. The Green, Rowlands Castle. Robert Hill 02392 460014 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Wessex Picnic Run. 10.30 for 11am. Woodhenge Nr Durrington, Wiltshire. Bette Barber 01722 330453 Vet &Vintage £3 Pre-1931 machines only Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night, Bring and Buy. 7.30 for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 N. Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Ashton under Hill. Andy Barnett 01386 881145 Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6pm for 6.30pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel. The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Brian Phillips 01548 581319 Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 South Durham Club night. 8pm. Cricket Club Middleton St George. David Porteous West Kent Car park concours run. 7:30pm. Polhill lay-by on A224 near Halstead, Kent. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Bristol Breakfast Run. 9.30am. The Stable Tea Rooms, Manor Farm, North Widcombe. BS40 6HP Alan Spencer 07815 992256 or 01179 712587 VMCC eligible machines Bedfordshire Noggin & Natter. Evening Meeting. 8pm for 8.30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 North Staffs Candlesticks Run. 7pm. Moorville Hall Car Park. Mike Peacock 01782 303133 £1 12th Goodwood Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Petworth Town Car Park, off Market Sq. Petworth, GU28 0AP Maureen Street 01903 742979 13th Oxford Club run. 10am. H cafe Berrinsfeild. Steve Wiggins 01235 528760 £1 Stonehenge Ellingham Show. Static Display. 9am. Ellingham Showground, Somerley, Ringwood. Lionel Butler 01725 510760 Notts & Derby Saturday pm run. 2.30pm. Belper Mill Junction A6/A517. Jim 0115 9329049 M&HP Evening off-road trial. 4:30 for 5pm. Lima Farm, Blaze hill, Rainow, John Drabble/Stuart Coales/Barry Howard 01625 575479; 01260 252305; 01625 630016. £12. No mono shocks, disc brakes or water -ooled machines Taverners Fish & Chip Run. 6.30pm. Wistow Garden Centre, LE8 0QF. Roger Monk 01509 412662 14th Men of Kent Section Run. 10.30am. To Be Announced. Derek Bird 01843 860073 Dartmoor Club Ride: Exploring Mid Devon. 10 for 10.30am. Car park, Market Way, Old Exeter Street, Chudleigh, TQ13 0HL. David Wills 01803 812830 Dorset Jeff Clew Run. 11am. Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset, BA22 7LH. Rod Hann 01935 872528 £3 East Lancs The Tower Run. 10:30am. Churchfield House, Church Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7RE Graham Daniel. 07952 348339 £2 Gwent Three cocks vintage show. 10am. Hay-on-Wye. Nick Hammond. 01497 847139 25-year rule Northampton Brackley Motor Cycle Festival. 10am. Old Stn Place, Brackley, NN12 8ET. David Mead 01327 342570 Northwest Mick Bodills Run. 10am. Secretary. 07961 446971 Banbury Chris Roberts Run. 9.30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. Dave Clacy 01295 720056 B’pool & Dist Longridge run. 10am. A6 Layby just North of Broughton (Nr Preston) traffic lights. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1

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Wakefield & West Yorks Cotswold N. Ireland

Cheshire Cats

Mid Lincs

S. Cotswold Cornwall

North Staffs Devon East Sussex

B’mouth & New Forest East Lancs

Treasurer’s Run. 10.30am. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL Rob Whalley 01484 363307 £2 Summer Meeting. 12 noon. The Snowshill Arms Inn, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JU (SP 097 336) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Low Country Run. 11am sign on for 11:30am start. Car park opposite Newtownards Flying Club John Conn 07748 582758 Bob ’n Jeff’s Anson Engine Run. 10am. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich, Bob Moon 01925 601734 The Humber Bridge Run. 10am. The South Bank Bridge viewing Area, Waterside Road End, Barton, DN15 5BD. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@ £5 The Harvest Run. 10am. Stonehouse Car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 VMCC eligible machines only please Creepy Crawly Run. 10.30am. MCB Insurance, Lanivet, PL30 5HF. Peter Old 01208 831935 Low-powered machines Central Railway Run. 11am. Moorville Hall Car Park. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 £1 Dartmoor Run. 11am. Green Gates, Danelea, Halwill Junction, Devon, EX21 5XS. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 Steve’s Summer Sortie’n’Social. 10.30am. Boship Roundabout, A22, Hailsham, BN27 4DT Steve Marks 01323 849199 Tony’s Trundle. 10.30 for 11am. Carpenters Arms, Bransgore. Tony Townsend 01425 612458

The Tower Run. 10.30am. Churchfield House, Church Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7RE Graham Daniels 07952 348339 £2 Worcestershire Mid Wales Run. 9.30 for 10am. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Cotswold Summer Meeting. 12 noon. The Snowshill Arms Inn, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JU (SP 097 336) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Norwich & Dist Dave Rogerson Memorial Run. 10 for 10.30am. Norfolk Motor Cycle Museum, Station Yard, Norwich Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 0DS. Brian & Jimmy Francis 01603 713767 £4 Age of rider and machine required. Warwickshire Coventry Parade. 9am. Coombe Park, Coventry. Rob Thomas. 01527 25yrs or older Burton & Dist Tax Dodgers Run. 10am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Mick Leach. 01283 815487 Tax exempt bikes only South Hants Run and Stand at Popham Mega Meet. 8.30am. Basingwell St Car Park. Bishops Waltham Dave Bettridge 02380 464822 N. Cotswold Brackley Festival Run. tba. The Square, Chipping Campden. Glyn Buckler 07767 487289 15th Wakefield Club Night. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL & West Yorks Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 £1 South Wales Fish & Chips run. 7pm. The old cafe, Cowbridge Common. Dave Danielsen Northumbrian Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p B’mouth Bring a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Walkford Hotel, Bh23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest 16th Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Moonraker Fred Sheppards Picture Quiz. 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 Brooklands Ride a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Hand and Spear, Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979

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Stonehenge S. Cotswold

East Herts Gwent

East Lancs

Tuesday Run. 2pm. Hayballs Motorcycles, Salisbury. Roy Poynting 01722 332996 £2 Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Foston’s Ash Pub at Cranham, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge London Colney AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 Club Nite. 7:30pm. The Rising Sun Pandy NP7 8DL. Mark Hillier 01873 811541 07870 535933 Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339

17th Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Oxford Club night. 7.30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 N. Birmingham Roger’s Mid-Week Run. 10 for 10.30am. Walton Hill car park, Clent. Roger Greening 01562 730464 Kings Lynn Ride a Bike Night. 7pm. The Chequers PH at Thompson near Watton, Norfolk. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Ship Inn, Upper Framilode, Gloucester, GL1 9LW, (SO 6t99 129) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 East Sussex Les’s second Wrinkly Run. 10am. Pevensey Castle Car Park. Les Mills 01424 212950 newimpnut@ Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1.50 Lakeland Hodge Clos Quarry. 11am. Various. John Silcock 01229 861264 Surrey & Sussex Girder Fork Run. 10.30am. Kentish Horse, Cow Lane, Markbeech, Edenbridge TN8 5NT Mick Adams 01892 527128 £3 Girder fork bikes only Dorset Mid-Week Run. 2pm. Otter Nurseries, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8ES. Mike Ward 07970 687272 £3 East Herts Roy’s Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Rookery Cafe AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2 25-year rule Midland Club Night at the National Motorcycle Museum. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 £1 Bristol Evening Run. 7pm. The Golden Hart PH, Down Rd, Winterbourne Down, BS36 1AU Simon Bending 01179 652503 VMCC eligible machines South Lincs August Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 18th Notts & Derby Last Ride Run. 6.45pm. Ripley Market Place. Graham 07745 888938 Goodwood Evening Run. 7:30pm. The Swan, Lower Street, Fittleworth, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1EN Maureen Street 01903 742979 South Hants Day Run Eight. 10 for 10.30am. Wickham Square. Maurice Hayman 01329 282058 £1 Cheshire Cats Clubnight. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Cheshire Machine Night. 6:30pm. The Plough Inn, Christleton, Nr Chester. Dave Jarvis 01938 590744 & N Wales 25-year rule applies Somerset Evening Meet. 7pm. The Retreat, Ashcott. Mike Chipperfield. 01749 679371 Machines over 25 years Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9.30 for 10am. Marina Cafe, Upton on Severn. Richard Bullock 01905 641216 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. George, South Cerney. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Bedfordshire Midweek Run - Bedfordshire. 10 for 10.30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2

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20th Surrey & Sussex Bemsee Race Meeting Brands Hatch. 9am. Brands Hatch Circuit. Brian Robins 01293 537598 21st South Lincs High Summer Run. 10.30am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough & Peterborough PE8 6LR. Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 £2 Cornwall Lamorna Run. 10.30am. Chiverton Cross, Blackwater,TR4 8HS. Peter Lee 01209 212276 West Wilts Summer Run. 10am. T.B.A. Colin Smith 07778 281332 £1 Northampton Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost Run. 10.30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. David Hibbert 01604 766480 Norwich & Dist Middy Run. 10am for10:30am. High Barn, Shipdham Road, Carbrooke, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6SY. Steve Hallam 01362 820661/0773 2364524 £4 N. Cotswold River Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 £1 Isle of Man Trial. 1.30pm. Billown Glen. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 £10 All Classes Stonehenge Veteran & Vintage Run. 11am. Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury, SP4 6DZ Roy Poynting 01722 332996 £2 Pre-1931 Bikes Only East Sussex The Pilot Run. 10am. Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX Stan Manning 01424 424476 Berkshire August Amble. 10:30am. TBD. Malcolm White 01344 642866 East Devon Sunday Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area EX14 1BQ Brian Chidgey 01392 421384 Gwent The Summer Madness Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station Colin Brown 01873 854 886 25-year rule West Kent Bucket & Spade Run. 10:30am. West Malling High Street car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.comAny machine over 25 years of age M&HP 3rd Four Seasons Run. 10:30 for 11am. Poynton WMC, Park lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 £3 25-year rule only Ironmasters Mid Summer Run (All Day). 10.30am. Atcham Bridge lay-by. Phil Withycombe 01952 606107 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. The Raven, Poulshot. Colin Smith 07778 281332 22nd Northumbrian Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Devon Evening Meet. 7pm. The Mitre, The Square, Witheridge, EX16 8AE. Chris Wood 01237 472855 23rd Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 S. Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Lammastide Inn at Brookend (near Sharpness) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Burton & Dist Last of the Summer Wine run. 7pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 24th Bristol Bring something interesting. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The White Hart Inn, Broadoak, Newnham, Gloucester, GL14 4HJ (SO 699 129). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 25th N. Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Norton Lindsay. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Taverners Evening Run. 6.30pm. Cosby, Leics. Roger Monk 01509 412662 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Warwickshire Wrinklies Run. 10am. Rainbow Cottage, Norton Linsey. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Bristol Lunchtime Meet. 12 noon. The Anchor Inn, Epney, Saul, GL2 7LN. Simon Bending 01179 652503

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South Hants



Isle of Man 26th West Wilts Cornwall

27th Dorset East Devon

28th South Dorset

Day Run Nine. 10 for 10.30am. Roundabout, Portsdown Hill Car Park. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 £1 Club night. 7pm for ride, 8pm for meet. The Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 Club night, 8pm. Poynton WMC Park lane Poynton. SK12 1RG Barry Cook Barry Howard 01663 750827 01625 630016 44th VMCC Festival of Motorcycling (The Manx Rally). 10am. Old Laxey Harbour. Mr R Murden, Halfway House, Main Road, Crosby Isle of Man IM4 2DW 01624 851686 £35 25-year rule Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Truro Club Night, Pasty Night! 7.30 for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Breakfast Meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe, Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833

Fete/Tram Run. 10.30am. Top of Town, Dorchester, DT1 1RN. J. Morey 01308 423819 £2 East Lancs Around the Hills Run. 10.30am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall. David Prismall 01706 217572 £2 Northampton Phil Annison Run. 10.30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. Bob Millar 01604 761633 Bedfordshire Summer Saunter - Run. 10.30am. The Forest Centre, Station Rd, Marston, Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR. Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 All VMCC-eligible machines East Yorkshire Sunk Island. 11am. Hedon Haven. HU12 8HH. D.Johonson 01964 623401 £2 Pre-31 machines Lakeland The Chairman’s Run. 10.30am. Bouth, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8JJ. John Silcock 01229 861264 North Staffs Matlock Bath Run. 10.20am. Leek Market Place. Terry Barlow 01625 573542 £1 Isle of Man Festival of Jurby. 8.30am. Jurby Aerodrome. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 £5 Manx Rally entrants & General Public Banbury From The Archives. 9:30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. Ian Cordes 01869 388497 South Hants Mid Hants Run. 10 for 10.30am. The Brickmakers PH, Swanmore. Russell Daysh 01329 311331 £1 Bill Shepherd Memorial Run. 10 for 10.30am. Horton Village Hall, Sodbury Road, Horton, Bristol BS37 6QH. Rod Western 07778 704097 £6 VMCC eligible machines Stirling Castle Arrochar Run. Meet atVillage Inn for lunch and a blether, for 12.30pm. Members starting from their home addresses 01360 550918 East Sussex Ron’s Ramble. 9.45am. The Homestead, Ersham Road, Hailsham BN27 3PN. Ron Wanmer 01323 840346 Oxford Grass track. 10am. Sutton wick near Abingdon. Maurice Belcher 01865 247823 £1 ACU approved event. Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am-12pm. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 29th Northwest Club Social Meeting. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Chiltern Quainton Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25-year rule applies Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Dartmoor Club Run to the Aveton Gifford Classic Vehicle Show. 10 for 10.30am. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Stumpy 07790 968048 30th Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215

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Kings Lynn

Club Night and Evening Run. 7pm for the Run 8pm for Club Night Meeting. Northwold Sports and Social Club Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 West Kent Come on a bike night. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt. TN14 7LD. Ron Wright 07761 005995 All members welcome Berkshire Club Night: Car Park Concours. 7:30pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Old Crown at Uley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 31st South Wales Mid week evening run. 7pm. Rose & Crown, Eglwysilan. Howard Jayne Men of Kent Bike night meeting. 8pm. The Crown Inn, Finglesham, Kent. CT14 0NA. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Norwich & Dist Ranworth Broad Wednesday Run 2. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Bob Forster 01603 737540 N. Birmingham Ian’s Hundred House Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Hundred House Hotel, A442 Bridgnorth Road, Norton, Telford, TF11 9EE.Ian Harris 01952 460254 £2 Cotswold Clun and Curry Night. 7pm.The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278). Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329


1st West Wilts

Mid Week Run. 10am. Little Chef, Chippenham. Mike Davis 01666 860577 £1 Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Members and guests South Cotswold Gordon’s Informal Weekday Run. 10am. Stonehouse Car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 3rd Somerset Codgers and Dodgers Run. 1:30pm for 2pm. Rich’s Cider Centre, Watchfield. Rod Thomas 01934 627358 Machines over 25 years South Cotswold Kingswood Classic Vehicle Show. 10am. Kingswood Hall on B4060 between Wotton and Wickwar Rod Alexander (organiser) or Jeremy Retford 01453 843398 or 01666 577883 £2 Pre-booked entries only Cornwall Cornwall Rally Week. 9am.Monkey Tree Holiday Park, Newquay, TR8 5QL. Celia Hore 01208 73571 4th B’pool & Dist Rivington Run. 10am. A6 Layby just North of Broughton (Nr Preston) traffic lights Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1 Midland Shackerstone Festival. 9:30am. National Motorcycle Museum. Peter Mahoney 07973 440 165 25-year VMCC rolling rule East Sussex Run to the BSA OC Open Day. 10am prompt. Boship Roundabout, A22, Hailsham, BN27 4DT Andy Marks 01323 849199 Mid Lincs Mid Lincs Mystery Run. 10am. Skyview Cafe, Sandtoft Airfield, DN9 1PM. Richard Maw 01427 872247 £3 Taverners Sporting Trial. 10:30am. Uppingham. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 £12 pre-65 South Hants Stuart Wallbridge Run. 10 for 10:30am. Wickham Square. Maurice Hayman 01329 282058 £1 S’donia/Eryri Porthmadog Classic Bike Show. 10am. Bridge Cafe in Ruthin. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 25-year rule applies N. Birmingham Flight of Fantasy. 10 for 10:30am start. Tony’s Domer, Quatford, near Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL Trevor Bull 01905 778917

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Worcestershire Teme Valley Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 West Kent Treasure Hunt. 10:30am. Borough Green Station. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age S’donia/Eryri Annual Show. 10:30am. Porthmadog Quay. John Evans 01286 872599 25-year rule Cheshire Cats Goostrey Road Safety Run. 11am. Goostrey Village Hall, Main Road, Goostrey (Nr Holmes Chapel), Cheshire, CW4 8PE. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 £4 Essex Colne Valley Road Safety Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall. Gill Scatcherd 07733 063928 East Yorkshire Forest Run. 10:30am. Fimber Roundabout, Tea Pot Cafe, YO25 3XU. P.Hird 07836 618599 £2 South Durham Baydale Run. 10am. Cricket Club Middleton St George, DL2 1JQ. Bobby Robinson 01429 269463 £2.50 25-year rule Men of Kent Dickie Dunster Memorial Run. 10:30am. Kent Gliding Club, Challock, Kent. TN25 4DR. Brian Andrews 01843 293370 Bournemouth Chairman’s Priory Run. 10:30 for 11am. Christchurch Quay. Bernie Kuropka 01425 479177 & New Forest Norwich & Dist Museum Run. 10 for 10:30am. 2 Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norfolk, NR12 7ND. Bob and Cynthia Forster 01603 737540 Banbury Reg Ridgeway Run. 9:30am. Brackley Market Square. Mick Dale 01295 710911 South Dorset Lifeboat Run. 10:30am. Top of Town Dorchester DT1 1RN. Ollie Legg 01305 768868 £2 Notts & Derby Sunday Run. 10:30am. Ashbourne Market Place. Clive 01335 390369 Ips & Suffolk Heritage Coast Run. 10:30am. Woodbridge Car Park. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Northampton Scatter Rally. 9am. Earls Barton CC. NN12 OEZ. Trevor Pinfold 01604 859215 t revorpinfold168@btinternetcom £8 5th South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7:30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Men of Kent Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent, TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 6th Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 East Herts Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman P.H. Wildhill, AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club, Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. East Lancs Graham Daniels 07952 348339 South Cotswold South Cotswold Club Night. From 7pm. Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Brooklands Social meeting. 8pm. The Cricketers Inn, The Green, Pirbright, Woking, GU24 0LP. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 7th Stonehenge Midweek Run. 2pm. Carpenters Arms, 103 Burley Rd, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8BA. Jim Devereux 01425 673547 £2 Clyde Valley Lunch Meeting. 12:30pm. The Oven, Overton Farm, Rosebank, A72. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Chiltern Club Night. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 Section Members Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Highwayman Inn, Beechpike, Elkstone, Cheltenham, Gloucs, GL53 9PH (SO 966 107). Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. The Nutley Arms Fords Green Rd, Nutley, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3LJ Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1

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Evening Meet. 7:30pm onward. The Plough PH, Pilning, BS35 4JJ. Simon Bending 01179 652503 Wakefield & Dalesmans Run. 10:30am. Pantry Café, Harrogate Road, Leatherley, Nr Pool LS21 2PS West Yorkshire Ralph Ballinger 01274 515987 £2 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Wrotham Hill car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Highwayman Inn, Beechpike, Elkstone, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9PH (SO 966 107). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 8th North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Evesham. Gary Booth 07881 260317 £1 Goodwood Wrinkly Run. Note: A THURSDAY. 10:30am. Washington Roundabout, Sandhill Lane, Opp. Destination Triumph, London Road, Washington, West Sussex RH20 4AJ. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6pm for 6:30pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 West Kent Come on a bike night. 8pm. The Pied Bull, Farningham. Ron Wright 07761 005995 All members welcome West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 North Staffs Club Night. 8pm. Moorville Hall. Kate Wain 07561 530136 Bedfordshire Reminiscences of the Triumph Meriden Factory - John Rosamond. 8pm for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 9th West S Wales Saundersfoot Weekend. 10am. Saundersfoot. Entries Peter Thomas 01559 363761 £14 Regs available; contact entries secretary. 10th Touring Three Days of Touring Wales. 9:30am. The Village Hall, Howey, Llandrindod Wells, Powys Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 £4 Auld Reekie Scottish Veteran and Vintage Gathering. 9am. Slatebarns Caravan Park, Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH52 9PU. Ralph White 0131 334 4144 £15 Motorcycles and three wheelers up to 1930 Midland Shuttleworth Collection Coach Trip. 9:30am. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 £27 11th Warwickshire Afternoon Tea Run. 1:30 for 2pm start. Hatton lay-by. Simon Dudfield 01926 832031 £1 25-years old plus machines. Devon End of Summer Run. 11am. The Corn Dolly, East st, S Molton, EX36 3DB. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 Somerset West Somerset Run. 10:30am. Cross Keys Inn, Norton Fitzwarren, TA2 6NR. Steve Bowden 01643 821808 Machines over 25 years old Moonraker Social Run, P Goodwin. 10 for 10:30am. The Rat Trap. Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25-year rule Lakeland Mystery Ride from Langwathby Station. 11am. Langwathby Station Car Park, Cumbria Eric Stephenson 01900 824898 or eric.stephenson@jameswalker .biz Sheffield Doncaster Circular. 10 for 10:30am. Hatfield Water Park. George Rooke 07776176651 & S Yorkshire or 01302 835805 £3 Essex End of Summer Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Brockhill Nursery, Brock Hill, Wickford. Alan Williams 01268 764501

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The Canal Run. 10:30am. Brixworth C Park, NN6 9DG. Michael Sawyer 01604 592666 Burton & Dist Bucket and Spade Run. 7:30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Mick Leach 01283 815487 M&HP 58th Buxton Road Safety Run. 10:30 for 11am. Pavilion gardens, Buxton, Derbshire. Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 £3 25-year rule applies. Kings Lynn Jubilee Run. 10:30am. Swaffham Market Place. Brian Robinson or Len Cox 01842 810307 or 01842 810663 £3 Cotswold Summer Meeting. 12 noon. The Walwyn Arms Inn, Much Marcle near Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2LY (SO 656 333) Peter Kent 01452 610375 South Dorset Ollie’s Follies. 10:30am. Top of Town, Dorchester, DT1 1RN. Ollie Legg 01305 768868 £2 Dartmoor Club Ride: Run to the Sun. 10am for 10:30am start. The Fox Tor Cafe, Two Bridges Road, Princetown, Devon, PL20 6QP. Steve Carr 07800 631271 Wessex Vet Roger’s Runaround. 10:30 for 11am. The Virginia Ash, Henstridge, BA8 0PL. Roger Gillard & Vintage 01935 814267 £3 Pre-1931 machines ONLY Worcestershire Girder Fork/Cotswold meet. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester John Porter 01386 553329 East Lancs Pendle Hill Run. 10:30am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall. David Prismall. 01706 217572 £2 Bristol Cyclemotor & Girder Fork Run. 10 for 10:30am start. The Stable Tea Rooms, Manor Farm, North Widcombe, BS40 6HP. Alan Spencer 07815 992256 01179 712587 VMCC eligible machines Chiltern Pitstone Museum Run. 10:30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25-year rule Cyclemotor The Lakes Run. 10:30am. Manor Farm Tea Rooms, N. Widecombe, Bishops Sutton. BS40 6HW Alan 01179 712587 Preferably low-powered, low-capacity, veteran 12th Wessex Vet Club night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 5NB. Ian Clarke 01202 824772 & Vintage Worcestershire Club night with speaker. 7:30pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Roy Lambert 01905 351033 South Wales Bring & Buy. 7:30pm. Llanharry WMC. Howard Jayne Stirling Castle Club Night AGM. 7:30pm. Woodside Hotel Doune. Davie Brown 01786 870345 13th Pennine September Club Night. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 £1 Clyde Valley Club Meeting. 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Dartmoor Widecombe Fair. Visit our web site for details. John Osmond 01803 527469 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6:30pm. The Anchor Inn at Epney Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe, Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7:15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 £2 14th Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 S’donia/Eryri Clubnight. 7:30pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 Northwest Club meeting and AGM. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Reivers Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 50p

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N Birmingham Ian’s Mid-Week Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, near Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL Ian Harris 01952 460254 Norwich & Dist Hemsby Wednesday Run. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Eric Smith 01493 384417 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. Fagin's Inn, Stroud Road, Brookthorpe near Gloucester, GL4 0US (SO 837 122) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Kings Lynn Ride a Bike Night. 7pm. The Twenty Churchwardens at Cockley Cley. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Chiltern Wrinkly Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25-year rule applies Men of Kent Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Village Hall, Dunkirk, Near Canterbury, Kent, ME13 9LF. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Essex Wrinkly Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Tesco Car Park, Maldon. Dave Iszard 01621 892206 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 15th Bedfordshire Midweek Run. 10 for 10:30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2 Cheshire Cats Clubnight. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Westbrook Inn, Westbrook. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 16th East Lancs Bonanza One. 10:30am. Edisford Bridge Hotel, Edisford Road, Clitheroe. BB7 3LJ. David Prismall 01706 217572 £3 17th East Lancs Bonanza Two. 10:30am. Edisford Bridge Hotel, Edisford Road, Clitheroe. BB7 3LJ. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 £3 18th Brooklands Windsor Run. 11am. Chobham Common Car Park, B383 Chobham to Sunningdale, just north of M3 GU24 8QX. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Cornwall South Cornwall Run. 10:30am. Chiverton Cross, Blackwater,TR4 8HS. Steve Brighton 07767 203464 East Lancs The Blackburn Run. 10:30am. The Rocket Centre, Trident Park,Whitebirk Drive, Blackburn, BB1 3NU. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 £3 North Cotswold Treasure hunt. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Ian Scott 01869 349107 £1 Mid Lincs Northern Veteran Run. 10am. Wickenby Airfield, LN3 5AX. Stewart Parker 01652 657603 £6 Pre-year 1931 only South Durham Beamish Trophy Trial. 9am. Esh County Durham. Tom Norman 01429 280820. see regs Cheshire Cats Jeff’s Out for the Count Run (see details!) 10:30 for 11am set-off. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Jeff Meehan 01928 581171 Men of Kent Section Run. 10:30am. tba. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 B’mouth Bring a Bike Night. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest South Dorset Tony’s Run West. 10:30am. Bridport By-Pass. Tony Fry 01202 770789 £2 Bristol Run Into Wales. 9.30 for 10am. Aust Services M48, BS35 4BH. Rod Western 07778 704097 VMCC eligible machines Northampton The Wrong Way Round Run. 10am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. Jim Poole 01604 766734 david.r.mead@btinternet,com B’pool & Dist Arnside Chippy Run. 10am. Knott End On Sea cafe, FY6 0EA. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1

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Burton & Dist East Devon

South Wales B’mouth & New Forest Isle of Man Midland West Wilts Dorset


19th Wakefield & West Yorkshire Bournemouth & New Forest 20th South Cotswold


East Herts



East Lancs

Ips & Suffolk Brooklands 21st Cornwall Midland

Breakfast run. 7:30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 Sunday Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Bob Clow 07774 694833 £2 Vale of Glamorgan Road event. 11am. Llanharry WMC. Bill Phelps £5 Autumn Run. 10.30 for 11am. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Barry Harvey 02380 894897

Trial. 1:30pm. Carnagrie. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 £10 Tour From Birmingham. 9:30am. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 £6 25-Year VMCC Rolling Rule Land’s End to John O’ Groats. 9am. Land’s End. Bob Fisher 01285 860130 £500 Last of the Summer Wine Run. 11am. The Village Hall, Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton, Dorset Bob Hoare 01963 364618 £3 4th Four Seasons run. 10:30 for 11am. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton,SK12 1RG Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 £3 25-year rule applies Section AGM. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL 0773 014 6637 Bring a Bike Night. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404

Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6:30pm. The Tudor Arms at Slimbridge. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Club Night. Nog and Natter. 7:30pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy NP7 8DL Mark Hillier or John Sharman 01873 811541 / 01874 730753 Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London, Colney AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2 Club Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night. 7 - 7:30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wooton Bassett. Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Club Night. 8pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Club Night. 8pm. The Members Bar, Brooklands Museaum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 £1

Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Club Night with Gordon May. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 £1 Norwich & Dist Sheringham Wednesday Run 2. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Brian & Jimmy Francis 01603 713767 Mid Lincs Section AGM. 7.30 for 8pm. The Shires, Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@ Stonehenge Club Night - Intersection Quiz. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls, SP5 2LN. Details Committee Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1.50 South Lincs September Club Night - Section AGM. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, & Peterborough PE6 9HP. Brian Fosh 01832 273390 East Sussex Chris Pile’s Wrinkly Run 2. 10:30am. Section HQ, Brian's Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Chris Pile 01435 864043 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143

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22nd Taverners

Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Aviator Inn, Staverton Airfield, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SP (SO 893 217). Roy Plowman 01242 577008

Section AGM. 8pm. Ratby sports & social club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Isle of Wight September Scurry. 8pm. Brighstone Holiday Centre, Military Road, Brighstone IOW. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 Pre-1931 given priority West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Flat Tank Great War Motorcycles. 8pm. Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG. Dr Reg Eyre 01242 870375 £2 Warwickshire Wrinklies Run. 10am. Rainbow Cottage, Norton Linsey. Graham Hallard 01926-842029 North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Chipping Campden. Michael Haines 01386 840164 £1 Wessex Vet Autumn Leaves Afternoon Run. 1:30 for 2pm start. Fox and Goose PH Coombe Bissett SP5 4LE & Vintage Ian Clarke/ Bette Barber 01202 824772 / 01722 330453 £3 Pre-1931 machines only 24th Lakeland South Lakes Mountain Weekend. Sat. 10am & 13:30pm; Sun. 10:30am. The Wilson Arms, Torver, Cumbria. Colin Steer. 017687 74536 £8. Pre-1971 machines only. Somerset Autumn Autojumble. 9:30am. Royal Bath and West Showground, BA4 6QN. Dave Atterbury 01297 32853 £3 Only motor cycle-related items to be sold Auld Reekie Classic Run and Ride in. 9am. The Boathouse Bistro, Kinross. George Plumb 0131 333 3336 All VMCC eligible machines. Dorset Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Notts & Derby Saturday PM Run. 2:30pm. Ripley Market Place. Gordon 01773 788710 East Yorkshire Saturday Wanderings. 10:30am. Fimber Roundabout. Tea Pot Cafe. YO25 3XU. A.Frankish. 01482 658903 £2 East Herts Autumn Run. 10:30am for 11am departure. John Bunyan P.H. AL4 8ES. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2 25- year rule East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe, Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 25th N Birmingham Levis Cup Trial and Marjorie Cottle Trophy. See Regulations. Martyn Round 0121 5501547 Gwent The Leap Year Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station. Mark Hillier / John Sharman 01873 811541 / 01874 730753 25-year rule Isle of Man Road Run & Tea Party. 2pm. St Johns School opp Farmers Arms. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Brooklands The Kempton Classic Car & Bike Show. 10am. Kempton Park Water Treatment Works, Snakey Lane, Feltham, TW13 6XH. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £7 Ips & Suffolk Autumn Run. 10.30am. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Midland Bob Currie Ride Out. 9.30am. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 £1 Ironmasters Mike’s Meander. 10.30am. Priorslee Lake Jct 4 M54. Mike Instone 01952 200704 Anglian The Arkesden Run. 10 for 10:30am. Arkesden Village Hall, Arkesden, nr Saffron Walden, Essex Roger Murray 01763 272045 £5 Any machine up to January 1st 1950 Stonehenge Memorial Run. 11am. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN Jim Devereux 01425 673547 £2 Moonraker Memorial Run Don. 10 - 10:30am. Details later. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25-year rule South Lincs Founder’s Run. 10:30am. Oaklands Farm, Caldecote,Nr. Folksworth & Peterborough Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 £2 South Cotswold Sunday Informal Run to Crofton Beam Engines. 10am. Stonehouse car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883

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South Hants Dartmoor


Northwest Devon

26th Northwest

27th Goodwood

Sunday Social Run. 10 for 10:30am. Basingwell St Car Park, Bishops Waltham. John Marks 02380 618244 £1 South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am - 12pm. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ John Osmond 01803 527469 Taverners 60th Road Trial. 10am. Gliding Club, Husbands Bosworth LE17 6JJ. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 £10 The Chipping Run. 10am. Chipping Car Park. secretary 07961 446971 Girder Fork Run. 11am. Cherry Garden Cottage, 4,Cowley Rd. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6HQ Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 Club social meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. secretary 07961 446971

Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 West Kent Discussion night. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt.TN14 7LD Ron Wright 07761 005995 All members welcome Kings Lynn Club Night, Guest Speaker. 8pm. Northwold Sports and Social Club. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Surrey & Sussex Noggin and Natter. 8pm. Kentish Horse, Cow Lane, Markbeech, Edenbridge TN8 5NT Brian Robins 01293 537598 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6:30pm. The Ship inn at Brimscombe. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 28th Bristol Video - Survival of the fastest. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 East Herts Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Rookery Cafe AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2 25-year rule Cotswold Club Night and Barbecue. 7pm. The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278). Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 South Wales Mid week evening run. 7pm. Farmers Arms, Aberthin. Howard Jayne 29th M&HP Club night. 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RG. Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 Dorset Mid-Week Run. 2pm. Warden Hill Trading Post, Evershot, Dorset DT2 9PW. Mr Rod Hann 01935 872528 £3 Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby sports & social club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Lakeland Club Night: Commander Bill Hanna MBE. 7:30pm for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG Colin Steer 017687 74536 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Langley Tap, Langley Burrough. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Goodwood Evening Run - Fish & Chip. 6:45pm. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top Bury Hill, junction of A29/A284/B2139, West Sussex BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Bristol Lunchtime Meet. 12 onwards. The Salutation PH, Ham nr Berkeley, GL13 9QH Simon Bending 01179 652503 30th Cornwall Truro Club Night. 7:30pm for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 Somerset 10th Cornishe Weekend. 9am. Willowbrook Garden Centre, Wellington, TA21 9HX. Philip Ham 01278 671626 £210 Machines to be over 25 years old.

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Travels with the Baton

Outside the Shell pagoda at Brooklands.

The Cyclemotor Section collected the baton from a good turnout of Oxford boys at ‘England’s Rose’at Postcombe on 1st June (facing page, centre). We treated the baton to a day out at Brooklands on 2nd June where Lorriane Carter had arranged for us to use the test hill during the lunch break. There were several spirited and some forlorn attempts at climbing the hill, though most of us managed half way. There were two successes, Derek Carter reached the top on his Puch MS50V with furious pedal assistance, and Derek Bentley also succeeded with footing and clutch slip on his James Comet. The marshals were all impressed by Lorraine’s starting procedure of riding in a circle in the car park, and then launching herself at the hill like a discus thrower, right. It was all in vain, as two thirds of the way up was the best she could do. We owe big thank you to Michael Sands, Donna Hopton, Tony Baxter and their team of marshals for being such good sports and looking after us at Brooklands. The following day, I carried the baton by cyclemotor to the “Prince Albert” in Frieth to pass it on to the Chiltern section. On the way there, I had to help my Nassetti il Pelegrino with some pedal assistance up a fair hill. I noticed it was getting harder to pedal. My left

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shoe lace had become caught around the pedal shaft, and the bike came to a halt just before the crest of the hill. I was of course unable to dismount as I was tied to the pedal, so the bike, rider and rucksack containing the baton ended up in a heap in the hedge. But for Boy Scout training at undoing difficult knots, I could still be there tied to the bike. Adventures over, I handed over the baton to the Chiltern boys, who found the whole episode amusing. Alan Hummerstone

Cyclemotor section passing the baton to the Chiltern section.

The West South Wales Section, right, at St David’s cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Britain’s smallest city. We were welcomed by the Dean of St David’s and its Mayor during our pleasant stay in lovely sunshine the Dean blessed the baton for its journey forward. A lot of interest was shown from the visiting tourists from around the UK and rest of the world. Les Thomas

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The WSW Section on a rather damp Tuesday 17th May at Carmarthenshire’s Laugharne Castle, once famous for its cockles and the home of Dylan Thomas. We were greeted by the Portrevve wearing his gold cockle shell chain of office. The medieval Town Corporation, established in 1291 and presided over by the Portrevve, is the only remaining Corporation in the UK other than the City of London Corporation. Les Thomas

The Essex Section met the members of the London/Kent Section to exchange the Baton on Sunday, and then on a very wet Monday passed it on to members of the Ipswich/Suffolk Section. Bill Cullen

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On Saturday 11th June Ron Wright the West Kent Secretary had arranged a pleasant 30-mile run through the Kentish lanes for 12 enthusiastic riders. This was an appropriate lead in to set the scene in preparation for the receiving of the Baton being ‘relayed’ in celebration of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s 70th Anniversary. The hand over for this important enactment in the Club’s history took place at the 12th century Friars Monastery near Maidstone... the very venue where the famous annual IWKR is held every August. The Anniversary Baton/Time Capsule was safely delivered to the West Kent temporary guardians, by the Men of Kent Section members. Previously the Men of Kent had received it from the East Sussex Section on Friday the 10th when those two sections rendezvoused in Tenterden. Next stop on the Baton’s travels was to be with the London Section, just as eager to honour this special occasion in true Vintage spirit. Dave Blanchard

Above: West Kent Chairman Rod Smith receiving the Baton from Men of Kent Secretary Richard Barsby. Below left: Roger Beale and Sue Blanchard display the commemorative Tabards.

Kate Wain of the North Staffs Section with the Baton when members of the Section gave it a day out at the Tramway Museum. Geoff Davies

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Rob Sawyer and John Carter deliver the Baton from Telford to Allen House. Handed over from John Carter to Michelle McGeachy (Library Assistant). Members of staff and also volunteers are featured in the photograph.

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The Banbury Run 2016

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Main picture: Michael Jones enjoying himself on his 1922 293cc New Imperial. Inset: You can almost hear the bark of John Sole’s 1927 Model 18 Norton as he pounds up a Warwickshire Hill (Sunrising, perhaps?) l See also inside back cover

A different perspective on my passion

My main passion in motor cycles is for the flat tank Vintage era. Banbury has always been the highlight of the year for me, and having ridden it many times I looked upon this year’s event from a different perspective. It was my honour as President to accompany the Mayor of Banbury to the start and between us we waved the flag to set everyone off. The machines were as diverse as ever, some super shiny and beautifully restored and others proudly showing the marks and scares of a hard but useful life. It matters not as long as they give enjoyment to their owners. The usual three routes for the differing classes brought everyone back to Gaydon, with hopefully enough time to enjoy the autojumble. After much examination, the concours winners had been judged, and after many numerical calculations the timed results were known. Off then to the prize-giving, where I was able to

A verge and a van home

present the spoils to the worthy recipients. My congratulations go to every one of you. Banbury is the biggest event of its type in the world, and everyone must be well aware that it takes a huge amount of work in the planning stage and lots of people give many hours of hard work before the event, on the actual day, and of course clearing up afterwards. Of special note here is Harry Wiles for his superb routes and the dozens of other helpers; I thank them for a job well done. I also thank the Mayor of Banbury for his continued support. My last thanks go to my good friend Peter Old from Cornwall, who rode his BSA outfit with the tradesman’s box sidecar. He stopped on the start line, and from the sidecar he served me with a genuine Cornish ice cream. After one and a half hours of breathing in noxious exhaust gases and oil fumes, I can assure you that the ice cream went down a real treat. Rod Hann, President

I would like to thank EVERYBODY connected with the Banbury Run event from Rod Hann to the guy who directed me in… an absolutely wonderful day marred only by my non-finish on my first Banbury. Briefly, my clutch cable snapped after four miles, I lost my map after nine, so for the remainder of my journey I simply ‘crash geared’, having to stall at junctions, pushing across roads and bump starting again using my decompressor which wasn’t always successful. I made Sunrising in first gear, but by now I had rendered the gearbox jammed in first. I stopped beside a broken down rider; we compared our dilemmas and he promptly gave me his map allowing me to continue for a further seven miles until a fractured oil pipe and a slide on loose stones ended with me being dumped unceremoniously on the (soft) verge. Luckily nobody saw me. I phoned my daughter, who accompanied me in a hire van to ‘come and get me’ which she did. I promise to return next year on a ‘beefier’ machine with plenty of spares, maybe a sidecar? Christopher Doyle

All this and a trophy too

I just wanted to say thank you again to everyone involved for organising a wonderful Banbury Run 2016 – including my last-minute entry. It is such a great opportunity to say hello to so many, and everyone is so friendly. This year the route was exceptional, with a variety of flowing roads, beautiful views and a few tricky bits thrown in to add to the fun! Brilliant! There were many spectators along the way too, which was lovely, and several pubs en route where people had gathered. The bikes were faultless, the dry weather was a relief and winning a trophy, well, I squealed with delight when I saw the rosette. Thank you to the judges, whoever you are, but I do take great pride in my bike, so it was wonderful to receive the Scott Shield. Thanks again, I have already got everyone enthused for next year! Alison Hunt

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And finally, this comment from a rider of a mount with just 1hp...

Main picture: Noel Whittall taking it very seriously on his 1913 Triumph. Inset, top: ‘Mr Robinson’ is a personification of the Company slogan “Don’t Trudge it – Rudge it” on his 1912 ‘Multi. Below: Simon Hollingsworth on his 1914 ‘Countershaft’ Premier.

Just wanted to say how we enjoyed seeing your riders yesterday. We were out riding our horses and passed loads of fabulous bikes – or they passed us! Everyone was SO friendly, and having a good time, even when broken down. Our horses will pass all traffic and would not be bothered, but your riders were extremely considerate. All SO interesting the really old bikes and authentic kit. Please pass on our thanks Gina Hall, West Farndon

l Pictures provided by Richard Jones. More like these and other VMCC events can be found on the internet at: www.

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24th Bracken Trundle PAT KIRKHAM

The 24th Bracken Trundle took place on 19th June 2016. This is our annual wander around the highways and byways of Argyll and was attended by 23 riders and pillions. This year, apart from our usual Scottish entrants, we were ‘invaded’ by members of the Reivers Section and riders from far flung Suffolk and Kent. Led by Pat and Jim Kirkham, our start was altered this year because the usual venue, The Brander Lodge Hotel, is undergoing extensive renovations but the new location, Corachie Clematis Garden Centre, did us proud. They were also hosting a vintage car display and steam vehicles were on show so there was a lot of interest from us in the attractions and from the car/steam vehicle owners in our mounts. After breakfast of bacon and sausage rolls and tea/coffee we set of under cloudy but dry skies along single track unfenced roads with livestock occasionally wandering into our path skirting Loch Etive and Loch Creran before arriving at our lunch stop, Castle Stalker café. Castle Stalker was built

in the 1440’s and has been the scene of many skirmishes in the history of the Stewart and Campbell Clans. Looking out over the tranquil water towards the Castle it was hard to believe that it had such a violent past. The heavens opened as we were having lunch and rain continued throughout the rest of the run. On arriving back at the Garden Centre we were again fed with a delicious selection of home baking and tea/coffee while sitting at trestle tables in a large polytunnel surrounded by all sorts of exotic perfumed plants and flowers. Finally, realising that the rain was not going to ease up, reluctant riders/pillions set off for home. The weather, although wet, did not ruin the day (this is Scotland after all), and the comments on the route and company were good. Next year is our 25th Bracken Trundle. Hopefully we will be back at our usual venue and, fingers crossed, the weather will be kinder to us – not that the weather will matter to the two hardy souls below, Maurice and Duncan, who decided the down-pour was not going to deny them their soup, as seen in this picture by David Brown. Once again many thanks to Pat and Jim Kirkham for arranging another day out.

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The 2016 Scottish Tiddler JIM LEDDY

The Scottish “TT” is an event jointly organised by the Clyde Valley Section and the Stirling Castle Section of the VMCC. Eligible machines are limited to a maximum of 250cc, which brings out a load of makes and models not normally seen. The event seems to have hit the spot, in that each year has seen an increase in the number of entrants. This year topped out at 75 entrants, with 65 machines turning up on the day. They were of all shapes, sizes, colours, makes and stages of condition, from the definitely oily rag to the ‘new out of the box’ type of restoration. Heading for the starting point was first time entrant Arthur Marchant on his immaculate looking BSA C12G. Just inside the 30mph limit and the Welcome to Doune sign, Geoff was kept poor Arthur’s busy in the car park steed refused to demonstrating this go any further. weird arrangement It had been reluctant to get to disbelievers going in the field car park, and initially Arthur suspected fuel/carb problems. Luckily before he got around to dismantling his Amal, he traced the fault to nothing more serious than a loose battery connection that had jiggled loose on the trailer run south. Connection made good, and one very happy man and machine enjoyed a run on roads just made for this type of bike. The start was from the Woodside Hotel in Doune, where riders were able to avail themselves of tea, biscuits and blether amongst the throng of small two wheelers. After a quick pep talk by Don Riley, the bikes were due to depart in an orderly fashion from 10.30 onwards, but such is the nature of the Tootle, laid back and relaxed, that nobody wanted to leave! It is the only event where I’ve seen organisers having to instruct people to get going! It really is a great social get together, and the gathering at the start gives riders and the public the chance to wander around the huge collection of quirky, small capacity machines. The public responds to wee machines

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such as these. We had several people detouring in order to walk among the bikes to chat and take photographs. Even a red classic XK120 Jaguar roadster stopped and parked up to watch proceedings. Shortly after this, an even redder Ferrari GT380 came howling by, blipped the throttle, waved, parped and then roared off! Magic. I’m always bowled over by Nial Cowan’s MVs (1957/58 175cc). They epitomise the Italian approach, glorious red paintwork and polished alloy with a wonderful noise, equal to the Ferrari! At the other end of the spectrum are the oily rag machines which excite more interest these days than ever before. Hamish Buchanan’s Puch MS50 falls into this category, and was a delight! Hamish had been burning the midnight oil on Saturday night in order to get the wee maroon bike to the event, and was rewarded for his efforts with a really sweet sounding engine and a faultless run all day. This machine was made by the Puch Company based in Graz, Austria, famed for their sophisticated split single two strokes. Hamish’s model was quite advanced for its day, and had a high specification when compared to other mopeds on the market at the time. Being a moped, it’s started using pedals but after that there are a lot of quality touches. It has telescopic front forks and a sprung rear swinging arm, and unusually, the engine is encased by an alloy shroud with fan cooling. In 1957 it was one of the most expensive mopeds you could buy at £89-18s-5d (a NSU Quickly was £61-17-11d) . Of equal technical interest was the autocycle ridden by Geoff Brazendale, a 1938 Raynal, with an extraordinary front suspension system using a vertical leaf spring. Geoff was kept busy in the car park demonstrating this weird arrangement to disbelievers. The routes used on the Tootle are equally attractive to the Veteran class, and the organisers are particularly pleased to see them turn up. They are such a rarity for motorcyclists and public alike; they generate a huge amount of interest. This year we were delighted that J. McMillan on his 1913 Humber 500 and P.White on his 1916 Triumph 225 entered.

The route took the riders out towards Dunblane along the back roads, and then northwards into Strathallan, at one point passing the entrance to Cromlix House Hotel, now owned by Dunblane tennis superstar, Andy Murray. Passing over the temptation of a Roux brothers lunch, the wee motors buzzed their way towards Braco with open views across to the rolling hills of Sheriff Muir. After Braco there was a short section on the A822, which mercifully is straight, and being a Sunday morning, quiet. No issues of holding up impatient churchgoers or Sunday shoppers. A sharp left took us onto a dead straight piece of old Roman military road, newly resurfaced so that machines had a chance to get a good run at the gradient climbing up to a ridge. Most zoomed up the hill, but not all. Unfortunately Keith Kintra’s normally bulletproof reliable MZES125 gave up the ghost at the foot of the hill, having spluttered to a halt. Roadside diagnostics revealed an almost non-existent spark, and a very flat battery. Keith had ridden all the way from Glasgow that morning

J. Gallagher’s Italian Gerosa

with no problems, but once on the run he began to experience misfiring. This was thought to be as a result of a gradually flattening battery, caused by a charging problem. It was a recovery vehicle back to base for Keith and a look at the charging circuit when back home. Having made it to the top of the ridge, riders and machines could take a breather as they made a long gentle descent down to the Mill of Drummond and crossing a wonderful 200-year-old single span stone bridge. Later there was a fleeting glimpse below, through trees to the Loch of Balloch, before a rather challenging right hander into the lane leading to the hamlet of Balloch. The road here is sunken and dark, and the turn is a steep little section of about 1: 6, even trickier on the return where the inside of the curve produces a gradient of 1:5 and blind to boot! Onwards to Crieff, where lunch was taken in the Crieff Visitor Centre which was able to supply the hungry and needy. As the Tootle is a giant social run no-one was in any hurry to make the return trip,

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and enjoyed an elastic lunch hour. The return route was a straightforward reverse of the outward journey. Everyone managed the tricky junction with gradient, despite slipping clutches and LPA that was required. Unfortunately Scotland seems to be a place where hills can be expected! Pat Kirkham had fuel starvation problems with her wee Jawa. It would run perfectly for a mile or so before coughing and spluttering to a halt. Husband Jim was on hand to help, and correctly diagnosed lack of fuel. What was happening was that the fuel tank was developing a vacuum and preventing petrol coming out. Much fiddling with the cap was to no avail, the bike continued to behave just as before. Eventually, in desperation, Jim looked at the rubber sealing washer on the cap and decided it would have to be ditched! Sans rubber gasket, the wee Czech machine fairly zoomed home the last remaining miles and Pat was chuffed to bits! D.Gibson on his 1955 Motom truly had a stressful time. Firstly his chain broke just outside of Dunblane, only a couple of miles into the run. A mobile call for help was received back at the start and Don Riley’s autojumble stock revealed bucket loads of split links of all shapes and sizes. Breakdown man Davy Paterson was soon on the case, and took off with the links assortment. He made good the repair to the chain, but more was to plague poor Gibson. His engine, running rich, began to foul plugs on a boringly regular basis. Hamish Buchanan fine tunes his Puch M.S. 50

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Then his HT lead came off. Then more plug fouling. At this point any vestiges of patience remaining with rider or breakdown man had evaporated in the heat, and the Motom was heaved bodily into the back of the van and carried to the lunch stop. But our rider is made of stern stuff, and not to be denied a run in the afternoon. D. Gibson refreshed by lunch, set about his machine and as far as is known, was never seen again so presumably made his return run successfully. This poor rider’s experiences were by no means unique to him. During the run, there were several machines parked on the verge along the route at one time or another for ‘roadside running adjustments’. But it was a sunny day, so stripping down a recalcitrant carb on a grassy verge with the ‘helpful’ advice from two or three other Tiddlers just added to the fun. Such was the skill of the participants that what initially looked to be a high rate of attrition, never actually materialised, all machines bar a couple completed the run successfully. Well done lads! All safely back and only two major breakdowns reported, always a relief for the organisers. I made a point of discussing the route with P. White on his 1916 Triumph. There is always the nagging doubt about the severity of the gradients for veteran machines which can’t be avoided in this neck of the woods. Surprisingly, the gradients were not the problem! The main difficulty was getting the gearing of the machine correct for it to go slow enough to cope with the poor road surfaces in one or two sections. After another smashing day, helped in no small measure by the bright sunny weather, riders were already looking forward to the 2017 event and making enquiries about it. This is still in the planning stage, but there will be some changes that cannot be avoided. Next year sees the launch of the Stirling Marathon, an event which will have a direct impact on our choice of venue and routes as roads will be closed in and around the Stirling area on the Tootle weekend. A final decision will be made in ample time well before the Tootle and will be advertised in the Journal. Watch this space!

East Sussex Section 2016 bike show and concours PAUL REES

June 15th was a nervous time for the organisers and helpers at the annual ‘bike show and concours, held for the third time at the cricket bat factory, just up the road from the Section HQ at Ashburnham. Nervous because the weather forecast was ‘iffy’ to say the least, and nervous because both the Section’s calendar and the Section web site had given the wrong date. However, we need not have worried, the weather was kind to us and most people seemed to have the correct date, as numbers were little down on last year’s show. Nearly 60 entries, dating from the early 1900’s to the mid-1980’s covering all the popular makes and models across the years. As last year, we had a separate display of racing machines, several of which were ‘fired up’ during the afternoon to the delight of the assembled crowd. We also had the Skiffle Group playing for us once more and the food and drink supplied by our hosts, Tim and Nick, owners of the cricket bat factory, was well received by the large crowd. The judging was undertaken by retired VMCC President Tim Penn, ably assisted by the lady volunteer from the Air Ambulance stall. With such a variety of machinery in each category it must have been difficult and it was certainly an unenviable task, but one carried out efficiently and with good humour. All in all, an enjoyable and a successful day, raising nearly £1,200 for our local Air Ambulance and giving 200 or so people an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. I must give thanks, first of all, Tim and Nick, without whom this show could not take place. Also the team of helpers, my main co-conspirator Brian, Vic, Richard, Rob, Ray. Matt and Ian – also our Chairman, Steve and son Andy for advice and encouragement and, of course, Tim Penn for being brave enough to take on the task of judging. And finally, thanks to other Section Members who offered help, and my apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently missed out.

RESULTS Class A up to 1930: 1st D, Masters 1923 Velocette 2nd N. Parratt 1924 Douglas Class B 1931 to 1945 1940 Indian 1st C Rix 2nd J Marsh 1940 BSA M20 Class C 1946 to 1960 1st E. Holman 1952 Triumph T100 2nd J. Wilson 1959 AJS Model 31 with sidecar Class D 1996 to 1988 1st R.Hall 1981 MZ 250 2nd A Scrace 1964 Norton ‘Electra’ Class E - the least restored most rideable pre-1960 machine (The Tony Held Memorial Trophy) R. Smith BSA Bantam D10 Class F - the most coveted (by a public vote) Paul Stiebritz 1936 Coventry Eagle AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH SECTION SEPTEMBER RUNS

Scottish Veteran & Vintage Gathering September 10th & 11th Details from Ralph White 0131 334 4144

Auld Reekie Classic Ride out and Ride in September 24th Details from George Plumb 0131 333 3336

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21st Irish and Welsh Rally LES THOMAS

From left: LCMCC Chairman Con, Derek, John, and Leonard, the event organiser.

What started as a day trip to south east Ireland for the West South Wales Section on the very first VMCC relay rally is now an event in its 21st year. This annual event alternates between the Section and Leinster Classic Motor Cycle Club, which is affiliated to the VMCC. As usual we set sail from Fishguard with Stena line on Friday May 27th in lovely sunshine and which lasted with us all weekend. This year once again we were joined by a few of the South Wales Section Members, some on their first trip with us. Some of the machines included Lomax three-wheelers, BSA and Matchless outfits, BMW, Hondas, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, Morini, all of which were clubeligible machines. On our arrival in Rosslare we were greeted by Leonard Fitzpatrick, event organiser along with other LCMCC members who led us to the Woodenbridge hotel in the vale of Avoca County Wicklow ‘the garden of Ireland’. It was a nice evening ride of about 60 miles using the drop off system. In Wexford Gareth Jones’ Honda sprung an oil leak, so was loaded onto the breakdown trailer until it was fixed next morning, on we then went to the fish & chip stop in Arklow. Friday evening, after booking in, most of us had a pint and a chat in the bar with a few of the Irish members who had ridden up with us and were also staying tonight. Saturday morning, after a great Irish breakfast, we gathered outside the hotel lodge in beautiful sunshine for signing on and catching up with old

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friends and chilling out and fettling the machines and getting fuelled up, which was just a minute away. By noon many of the LCMCC members had arrived, all riding a similar mix of machines as ourselves but out numbering our British ones. It’s quite rare to see any Irish owned three-wheelers in the Republic, probably that’s why people go mad taking photos of them. Shortly afterwards we were briefed about the day’s run using the drop off system by Leonard who would lead us on his Velo Thruxton out through the lovely wooded valley on some nice but sometimes bumpy lanes and through quiet villages were many people gave a wave as we went by. On route in the town of Buncloddy in blazing sunshine the back markers came to a halt as the road was closed to a national cycle race which was in progress just up the road. Not long after we all then caught up at the top of Mount Leinster for a planned stop to stretch the legs take some photos of the great view, and have a chat whilst enjoying Val's Welsh cakes. Past President Bill Phelps was introduced to Leinster club President retired Garda motor cyclist Tom Egan, who joined us in his classic Mercedes. This spot is renowned for hang gliding (as some members may remember on the very first event, beware low flying men!) Lenny was busy curing a misfire on the Thruxton which caused some banter amongst some of the riders. Leaving the 2,612ft mountain behind we

headed down towards Bagenalstown along the lovely river before stopping at the Lord Bagenal hotel in Leighlinbridge for food & drink. From here we travelled some lovely roads and villages once again, through Tullow & Kilteagan it was now getting towards 7.00pm on this sunny evening today’s run would be about 100 miles. Later that evening in the hotel a lovely rally dinner was enjoyed, thanks and praises were exchanged between the two clubs and the handing over of the rally plate salver was presented by Con Rogers Leinster club chairman to Les, organiser West Wales Section, who duly elected Peter Thomas to accept it on behalf of the section. We then enjoyed an evening of live music in the bar whilst having the craic with our Irish friends . Sunday morning soon came round a bit too soon for some after a late night or early morning, another good Irish breakfast went down well to get us on the way. A great time had been had up until now and we hadn’t yet done the main run! That started at about 10am, taking us 128 miles on a wellpresented route card, once again thanks to Leonard. Today we saw more of the Leinster Classic club turn out for the main event, as we departed Woodenbridge our first turn was into Avoca past Fitzgerald’s pub (famous in the TV series Ballykissangel). Then it was on through some lovely country lanes to Redcross, further on the route took a fork right which took us through a forestry road with some great views across the Wicklow mountains. It was then on to Roundwood for the morning rea and coffee stop at the Coach House Inn. By now we had 40 miles under our belt, and after refreshments headed off in blazing sunshine up into the Wicklow mountains taking the mountain pass road to Sallygap at 1,650ft were it crosses the military road (a very busy road with cyclists and tourists, many of which were taking a fantastic view of Lough Tay, the Guinness lake. Looking down it resembles a massive head of Guinness with the black peat water and white sand shoreline around the edge, and which is part of the Guinness family estate. As the route left the mountains we dropped down into Blessington then we had some main road before the lunch stop in the town square at Baltingglass, some had lunch in the

pub while others had theirs out in the square. 80 miles had now been ridden with no breakdowns for our recovery man Paddy, who was really enjoying the weekend. Here we said goodbye to some of our Irish friends as they were making their way back home as they lived this end of the Province. For the rest of us it was another 48 miles of Irish countryside towards Aughrim and Aughavannagh to the afternoon tea and coffee stop in the beautiful valley at Glenmalure. All the tables outside were full with everyone enjoying the evening sunshine and having a chat whilst other people were interested in the machines. There was no rush to leave, and six o’clock had long passed before some of us left to make our way back to the finish. It was lucky there was a hill here, as Graham’s BSA outfit had broken its kick start, but was fixed later by John Fitz who had a spare one in his garage as we passed his home. Sunday night was spent at the hotel with a few of the local Leinster club members. Monday was a free day to go and do what we wanted, as we didn’t sail until 9.00pm. Quite a few of us took up Leonard’s invitation to come to his home and have a look at the bikes he has – it was a day off for him after the busy weekend, and he was also preparing to go to the TT a few days later. From there we set off in different directions some going to visit Wicklow gaol museum, the Hook head lighthouse was another destination a place we had visited on a run previously, but well worth a visit, whilst others had a trip down the coast road and a ice cream at the seaside. All riders and machines were at the port safe and well for our return back to Wales. Thanks to all concerned in making the weekend a fantastic one.

An Irish member’s nice little Honda.

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Somerset Section all-day breakfast run PHILIP HAM

This year’s run was rather unpredictable with a few last-minute challenges to keep us on our toes! The breakfast run requires a largish quantity of food to be bought for the full English Breakfast that we cook at Spaxton Village Hall. This means a Saturday morning trip to buy it and take it to the hall fridge ready for Sunday to start cooking at 7am. This is when the first surprise happened. As I took the food into the kitchen I found that the large cooker was pulled out from the wall and various parts of the oven removed! Don’t panic, surely this will be all back together later today so we can use it in the morning? At about 8pm I went to the hall to set up the tables and cutlery etc, and to my disbelief the cooker was exactly as I’d seen it earlier that day! Panic was now allowed, how were we going to cook 40 breakfasts with no cooker? Time to dash next door to see the hall caretaker (Kim), but she’s not home, what is Plan B? Back to the hall and the thundery weather had just started, making large raindrops fall in the car park. Sort out some extra kettles and toaster. then decide I need to go home and make alternative arrangements for cooking breakfast. I jumped into my car and drove to the road to witness a new muddy brown river flowing down the road from the Quantock Hills and flowing towards residents’ houses. Instinct kicked in; put my wellies on (I keep them in the boot as my job is involved with drainage and flood risk) and my hiviz jacket and go and warn the householders that they are at risk of flooding. I soon realised that the amount of water was more than I could help with, as there had been a torrential thunderstorm (the Spaxton Monsoon) just up the road and the runoff had caused this river of silt to flow down the road into the village. Therefore time to go home and work on Plan B. This involved getting out some camping double ring cookers and gas containers, and asking Kim to cook the sausages and beans in her house and bring them round in batches for the breakfasts. Sunday morning, up bright and early, the sun was shining and the forecast was very good. The cooks

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(my family) arrived and we got stuck into the cooking of bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and scrambled egg. Soon the riders started arriving and Dave Thomas from Taunton reported that the road into Spaxton was deep in silt, water and shingle from the flash flooding, and he had difficulty getting through on a trail bike! This meant Plan C was needed for a last minute change to the route so that we didn’t have to ride through treacherous, muddy and flooded roads. As more members arrived we combined local intelligence to re-plan the route. Breakfast was served, route amendments issued, and we set off just after 9am to ride to Tiverton to the coffee/tea stop at the Grand Western Canal Tea Rooms. The sun shone, bikes made their way over the Qunatocks and Exmoor, through Bampton to Tiverton. Then after the break we headed on down to Exmouth for a ‘lunch’ stop, not that people really need any more food after a hearty breakfast! From here we made our way back through Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Taunton to finish at Spaxton (my house) for tea and cakes (properly homemade by my wife) on the lawn. Now that’s what I call a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend! But we all enjoyed it, I’m sure.

Flat Tank Weekend – June 2016 DENNIS BEALE Thank you to all the competitors who took part and the kind comments many of you have made. For those who stayed over the weekend the Friday night quiz, Saturday evening live music and the raffle appeared well received. The camp site was as clean and delightful as ever with cheery staff, home made cider and good home cooked food morning and night. A short social run Friday afternoon was enjoyed by the

Performance Awards 1st o/all (ex bonus): Chris Welch, 1928 Ariel Pioneer: Dave Jolly, 1902 Clyde Veteran: Reg Eyre, 1913 Sunbeam Veteran r/u; John Robinson, 1913 BSA Early Vintage: Jim Martin, 1921 Triumph Early Vin. r/u: Ray Hudson, 1917 Sunbeam Late Vintage: Frank Chapman, 1929 AJS Late Vin. r/u: Paul Button, 1927 Scott Best two stroke: Paul Button, 1927 Scott Best Sob Story: Tony Barnett, 1913 Ariel

earlier arrivals, and on Sunday the short social run to view a small private collection of vintage cars turned out to be a bit of a highlight. Special thanks to everyone who helped, especially Ginnie. The results for the main road trial on Saturday are below. Presentation of awards will take place at the Flat Tank Annual Luncheon which will happen on Sunday Feb 12th 2017. Wooden Spoon: Best Team:

Concours Veteran: Early Vintage: Late Vintage: Most Original:

Welcome to Bermuda’s motor cyclists

Tony Eyre, 1926 Humber Flat Tank Flyers, Bill Martin, 1926 BSA, Ian Dettmer, 1922 Hemming, Bob Ashwin, 1913 Campion

John Robinson, 1913 BSA Norm Lorton, 1923 Norton Huw Parsons, 1925 Sunbeam Tony Barnett, 1913 Ariel

ERIC LONDESBROUGH, OVERSEAS LIAISON AND AFFILIATION OFFICER After an exchange of correspondence The Classic Bike Club of Bermuda made a formal application to affiliate to VMCC, and this was recently discussed and unanimously approved by the Management Committee. The Club was formed about 15 years ago, arising out of a decision by the Bermudan Government to ban all twostroke motor cycles from the island. A group of motor cycle owners banded together to oppose this rule, and, whilst not totally successful, gained the concession that two-strokes in Bermuda before 2002 might still be used. The group then formed The Classic Motorcycle Club. It now has about 30 members with a wide range of motor cycles including Norman, Sun, Excelsior, James, Triumph, DKW, Tandon, OEC, NSU, Vespa, Zundapp, and many others. They have a 15-year-old rule for motor cycle eligibility, which considering that it was 1946 when the first

two motor cycles were registered for use on the island is very reasonable. They arrange a number of events throughout the year and many are to raise funds for charity, with an emphasis on helping poor children. Their President visits the UK regularly, and has been to the Pioneer Run twice. He hopes to take part in 2017 riding his 1905 LMC. Any VMCC member who wishes to visit this lovely island can certainly be sure of sunshine and friendship.

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The Norwich Section’s 200-mile Round Norfolk Run ARTHUR PENTNEY

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This picture was taken during the mid-morning break at Blakeney during the Norwich Section’s 200-mile Round Norfolk Run. The event attracted a good selection of machines including a vintage 4speed Panther, a vintage side-valve Raleigh, a racing 350cc OHC AJS running on ‘R’ with no kickstart (or silencer...), a 1929 twin-port Norton, a Green Velocette and a well-travelled BSA ‘Rocket Three’.

Herefordshire on the edge GEOFF McGLADDERY

Organised by the recently re-formed Herefordshire section, this new event provided entrants with a framework to explore on two or three wheels some remote and beautiful corners of one of Britain‘s most scenic, historic and least visited counties. Riders planned their own routes by selecting from the 30 waypoints scattered along the County boundary. Four were designated as “cardinal points” and competitors were obliged to stop at all of these and at any one of them for at least 30 minutes. Route information was published two weeks prior to the event in the form of postcodes, six-figure grid references and DMM co-ordinates. Entrants were able to use maps or satnavs as they preferred. Organisers hoped to provide “an enjoyable, non-competitive, long distance event to challenge entrants’ riding and navigation skills and test their machines over a wide range of surfaced roads”. Despite rain in the afternoon, it seems that their objectives were all achieved. Feedback from entrants has been overwhelmingly positive, with many asking for next year’s date already! With the generosity of club members and friends, the help of sponsors Holden Vintage and Classic, Lee Motorcycles of Ledbury and Bromyard’s Powerful Imagery entry fees were capped at £5 per vehicle, representing excellent value for money. 52 vehicles were entered, with 43 actually taking the start line at The Traveller’s rest at Ross-onWye. 30 vehicles finished with 16 of those achieving the Gold medal standard of 24 waypoints. Six riders impressively visited all 30 – a ride of around 200 miles, much on country roads. Entries were received from as far afield as Devon, Pembrokeshire, Derbyshire, Surrey and Cambridgeshire, making this a truly National event. “Variety” was the word when it came to machines. Sprinkled amongst the 50s, 60s and 70s British and Japanese classics, were a 1928 New Imperial, a 1948 Nimbus, a Sunbeam S7 de-luxe and a Brough Superior SS80 outfit. Special mention should go to the Welch family and their three unrestored Tiddlers, a 1939 Carlton lightweight, a 1950 James Comet and a 1958

Below: Rod and Lisa Baraona (left) travelled from Derbyshire and Henry Hornby and daughter Jessica from Surrey to take part. They both won Gold medals and can’t wait for the 2017 event.

Below: Ross residents Tom Welch and John Delahay chatting at the start. Tom’s sons Matt and James rode their grandfather’s lovely old British 2 strokes

Victoria Avanti moped. Average machine capacity was 534cc and average machine age was 48. Bigger and newer didn’t count for much as three of the riders getting to all 30 waypoints were riding bikes of less than 250cc. The New Imperial collected a bronze award and the Nimbus a gold! The event will run in 2017 with June 25th as the (provisional) date. If you want to know more about the event, contact event secretary Geoff McGladdery by phone on 07588 559698, email on or check out the Facebook page – VMCC Herefordshire section

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Loch Ness Vintage Motor Cycle Rally

MR FRASER A great day was had by all, with about 90 entrants coming from Oxford to Thurso and all points in between. Entries of machines spanned 82 years, ranging from 1914 to 1996; 100cc to 1100cc. After Judging was completed the men, ladies and their machines headed out to Kiltarlity, then Drumnadrochit, then onto Fort Augustas for a half way stop. Then back on the road, round by Whitebridge, along the side of Loch Ness to Foyers and back into Fairways in Inverness for prizegiving and a lovely meal. Quite a few Club Members scooped some well deserved prizes. Best of the Best, voted for by all the entrants, was Chris Stewart of Aberdeen on his Pristine 1949 Vincent Rapide. Great weather, great people, great bikes, great atmosphere, Roll on 2017! Check out the link to the photo album, great pics. hotos/?tab=album&album_id=556399687876863


Right: Emma Hall on her 1976 RV125 Suzuki, winner of the Bent Conrod Award. No.



Milburn Shield 1 1914 James Paul Morley (Oldest Machine) (LNR Secretary) McKay Shield 1 1914 James Paul Morley (Oldest Rider & Machine) (LNR Secretary) Eric Stevens Trophy 5 1929 Calthorpe Ivory David Clark (Youngest rider/oldest machine) (LNR Secretary) Fraser Shield 7 1936 BSA Empire Star David Ross (Best club entry Pre 1965) (Chief LNR Judge) Best of the Best 11 1949 Vincent Rapide Chris Stewart (Voted by LNR Entrants) The Leitch Trophy 2 1919 Douglas 2/4HP WD Bert McKay (Lowest Powered Machine) (LNR Secretary) Loch Ness Shield 38 1969 BSA Lightning Bob Skinner (Longest Distance travelled) (LNR Secretary) Bent Conrod 49 1976 Suzuki RV125 Emma Hall (Rider & Bike with most Character) (Chief LNR Judge) 32 1963 Francis Barnett Stuart Elkes MacKenzie Trophy (Best British Machine up to 250cc) Cruiser Sports 91 (Chief LNR Judge) HCMC Memorial Trophy 59 1978 Honda CD175 Ewan Telfer (Best Non-European Machine) (Chief LNR Judge)

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Veteran: Vintage: Post Vintage:


1 1 2 3

1 2 3 Post War: 1 2 3 Early Classic: 1 2 3 Classic: 1 2 3 E. Mod. Classic: 1 2 3 Modern Classic: 1 2 3 Specials: 1 2 3

John McAloran, granddaughter Emma Jane 1948 Excelsior and David.

Loch Ness event Concours Trophy Winners

No. Machine

1 3 2 4


1914 James 7 1925 Royal Enfield 180 1919 Douglas 2/4HP WD 1926 Calthorpe SuperSport

Paul Morley Mick Elstone Bert McKay Bob Clark

1963 Francis Barnett CS91 1959 BSA Goldstar 1957 Matchless G3 1973 Triumph TR5 1968 Honda CL350 1966 Triumph T100

Stuart Elkes David Skinner Alan MacKay Iain Rose A. Durrand Malcolm Davidson

1994 Ducati Super Light 1996 Yamaha Virago 535 1991 Suzuki GSXR 1100 1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone 1964 Triton 1968 Triton

Laure McNaughton Neil Ellison Dave Ross Scott Muir James Neil Andrew Wilson

8 7 9 11 22 21

1941 Indian 741-B 1936 BSA Empire Star 1942 Ariel 350 1949 Vincent Rapide 1954 Matchless G80S 1954 Sunbeam S8

47 65 51

1976 Moto Morini 350 Sport Andrew Johnstone 1981 Honda CB650Z David Gilchrist 1976 Suzuki TC100F David Craig

32 29 26 42 37 36

76 80 82 88 86 87

David Crow David Ross Brian Fieldsend Chris Stewart Donald MacKay Ken Booth

Oxford Island Run – Northern Ireland Section DAVID CRAWFORD

On Sunday 13th June my brother Eamon and I made our debut in a National Autocyce club event organised by our good friend and long standing Cyclemotor and auto cycle exponent John McAloran. This annual fixture had its starting point at the beautiful Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Co. Antrim on the shores of Lough Neagh which has shores on five of the six counties of Northern Ireland and is the largest Lough in the British Isles. At 11am we set off at a steady pace to cover the 30 miles trip returning to the centre for lunch. A good selection makes were represented, including Francis Barnett, Excelsior, Norman, Raleigh and some Japanese makes from the 1960’s. Being long-term devotees of the marque we brought along the pair of Moto Guzzi 1950’s Cardellino two strokes featyured on the contents page – quite a change from the big singles! There were no breakdowns and no doubt we will be back for more.

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2016 Reivers’ Rally


61st Sittingbourne Run

Bikes at the Percy Arms, which hosted a coffee stop on the 2016 Reivers Rally. A good mixture of machines took part, including John Robinson’s 1912 BSA. DAVID & VAL BRINDLEY

The 61st Sittingbourne Run, organised by the Men of Kent, was another enjoyable and successful event. Apart from THE run on 5th June there were three days of runs through the East Kent area. Excellent weather and traffic free roads made for some superb riding. Many friends from France added an international flavour. In the picture are Thomas Devigne with his 1936 350cc Motobecane andJean-Paul Decreton with his 1937 500c Rudge Ulster. Thanks to the hard-working committee for a wonderful few days. A truly vintage event.

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Petrol tank tales DAVID DAVIES

This article illustrates the advantages of having a wide range of contacts across the historic vehicle movement, and the heartening degree of cooperation between the editors of historic vehicle clubs which can be achieved. The article appears with thanks to Rob Symonds, Editor of the magazine of the Morris Register, the Thames Valley Region of the Austin Seven Owners’ Club and the Norton Owners’ Club.

BEFORE FOLLOWING THE ARTICLE’S ADVICE, HEED THESE WARNINGS: Wear suitable protective clothing and goggles. Always add acid/ alkalis to water – never the reverse. Do not breathe the fumes; work in the open and upwind. Driving home from a recent club meeting my fabric saloon stopped with the indication of petrol starvation. I got out, turned the fuel tap on and off and then tapped the carb. All was Shaking the tank well, and I then revealed a mass of carried on with sealant that that had my journey a little perplexed. presumably been A few days later I attacked by the had a good look ethanol, the sealant into the tank and found what having been seemed to be a installed by a sponge-like layer previous owner in the tank which could be detected with the petrol dip-stick. I drained and removed the tank. When dry, the tank was shaken and it appeared as if gravel or nuts and bolts were floating around inside. Shaking the tank revealed a mass of sealant that had presumably been attacked by ethanol, the sealant having been installed by the previous owner. Some of the pieces were too large to pass through the filler pipe, but, with the help of a fellow member,

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all loose pieces were removed. The initial plan was to try to dissolve the sealant, so samples were tried in caustic soda, brake cleaner, cellulose thinners. 2K thinners. Nothing seemed to make any impact on the samples. So I trawled the web for an answer. All kinds of magic snake oil vendors were out there but as I had no idea what was in the tank in the first place (other than petrol) I eventually settled on a solvent from Ibrestoration (Tank cure-epoxy resin remover 500 ml) The next action was to make a 1/8 BSP plug to seal the tap outlet and to model a pressure relief valve for the petrol cap from a strip of paxolin. The cleaner was added to the tank and left to stew for four days. By this time the old sealant was reduced to thin slivers, which were easily removed, but it then seemed prudent to repeat the cleaning. The cleaner was filtered and replaced into the tank and left for a week or so. At this point the debris resembled flaky fish food. The tank was now repeatedly flushed out with water. At this juncture I was at a loss as to how to proceed. However, an article in the Norton Owners’ Club magazine showed the way forward. In short, firstly fill the tank with water to ¾ full and add 500 g of caustic soda and then top up with more water. (I know that caustic did not work initially; by now I had a tank with no sealant – only debris) The pressure release valve was removed and the vent hole in the cap sealed with solder. The cap would now effectively seal the tank. The tank was topped up with water and left sealed for a few minutes after which the pressure was released by the removal of the cap, and then resealed. The tank was left for a week or so. The solution was emptied along with the residue of the sealant along with the rubbish that was left in the tank. Next, a pint of water and a bottle of spirit of salts (500 ml) was added, the tank was shaken at 10minute intervals (still with the solder sealed cap) until the inner surfaces of the tank became clean and shiny. (21/2 hours in my case) empty and rinse. At this point you could add a new sealant if you wish to. However, I chose to introduce phosphoric

acid to the tank to convert the new, shiny surface to iron phosphate. A bottle of phosphoric acid was put into the tank and shaken and removed after 15 minutes. After a good rinse with running water (15 mins) I hung the tank up, having removed the cap, unsealing it and also having removed the plug in the tank outlet. The tank was then dried out using a hair dryer ( be careful not to melt any solder seams) Petrol was poured into the tank and left to soak ( to see if there were any leaks) as there were none all that remained was to paint and refit. I took the stance that the tank is sound and I will only use a tank sealant if it is required in the future. I will be using only the super unleaded fuel in the future.

Editor’s note: Coincidentally, this subject has been exercising the minds of our friends in the Canadian Vintage Motor Cycle Group. In their most excellent newsletter, reference is made to “D Super Remover” ( to dissolve failed tank coatings. Also, ‘Metal Rescue’ and ‘Evaporust’ are recommended as rust removers, together with ‘Dry Coat’ to finish off - all these products are available from “Canadian Tire”. An age-old alternative which also works quite well is to dissolve a pound of cooking molasses in a gallon of water. A two-part compound marketed by is recommended as the best petrol tank sealer.

Meanwhile, the information above comes courtesy of Dr. Matthew Vincent of the FBHVC: In view of recent developments here in the UK, such environmental legislation may no longer be of interest to us – unless we go to Belgium... The remainder of this particular document is to be found overleaf.

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Amac carburettors DAVID FRANK

With reference to John Scott’s request for info. on the AMAC carb fitted to his Sunbeam. In short, the totally wrong type – even for the 350cc model. First, consider the long induction pipe/stub on ‘Beams’ up to 1929. As follows, the main jet size is suited to the full running range of the engine – be it No 32/No 37 (The No 37 being standard for the 500cc ‘long stroke’). The sprayer block does not act as a secondary main jet. It is the slope or cutaway on the air induction slide (throttle) that controls the mixture balance up to three-quarters throttle opening. Just check for the ‘Beam’ that you have ¼ (No 4) or No 5 – 5/16 angle – i.e. place the throttle slide down on to a flat surface, then measure the bevelled slope. You should, say, have ¼ up to the centre line of the slide. Petrol level: AMAC employ a ‘flooded’ main jet so the petrol level supply is cut off JUST wetting the top of the flanged unit that is held in situ with the base gland nut. The AMAC carburettor to suit your Sunbeam should be model 15 HYDM at 1” cross bore choke at 11/8th diameter stub fitting – if parts have not been swapped around. When fully reconditioned, a taper needleless AMAC carburettor gives troublefree good running. Arrange the main jet size to accept only JUST full air. Then, once at running temperature – air lever fully open – no juggling. my catcalling disappointment down to my advanced years? (75). Where others, like me, haven’t the power in our ‘back legs’ to give the Goldie, the Velo, Sunbeam or Vincent a lusty ‘starting kick? For one – nay two – the Velo and the Sunbeam have geared down crank-over so the magneto is required to give a very good spark at the above speed AND at the retarded end of the mag! This brings into direct focus the question of WHO can be recommended to recondition a magneto? There are a lot out there that cannot. I have recently paid out £319 to have a ‘square’ KS1 single anti-clock mag overhauled for my Sunbeam to replace its original Lucas. It ran out of sparks after a 46-mile round trip. The bearings – rough – had not been replaced. Its internal timing way out (BTH points fitted and the problem not addressed... Oh dear, I think I’ll take up golf...

Addendum: Sunbeam motor cycle Last year I finally completed the restoration of my 1927 Model 6 ‘Long stroke’. Whilst a nice-looking machine, alas, a lot is left to be desired. For starters, it is a BIG LUMP – temperamental to difficult starting from cold. Fussy too about grades of sparking plugs – the clutch drill involving constant adjustment of the clutch stops to enable bottom gear engagement. In fact, I’ve christened it ‘Fred Flintstone’s Velo Thruxton’. The engine and the gearbox on my model are virtually as new, the timing gears and new piston etc. Yes, both have a place in the vintage scene – parked under or near to a mountain ash tree for the duration of a club run!

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The riddle of the foot change mechanism ROGER FOGG

I wonder if anyone can help me with this vintage foot change mechanism? It was given to me years ago by John Lawrence, who was a founding member of the VMCC, and was I think at the inaugural meeting when it was formed in 1946 on the Hogs Back. John, (and I think I have got this story straight, it was told to me a long time ago) owned a smart Big Port AJS before the War. When he was called up, he put the bike into storage in a shed. Unfortunately there was a leak in the roof, which dripped water straight down onto the tank. When John was eventually demobbed, he went to retrieve the bike and found a large, rusty hole in the tank, although the rest of the bike was perfectly ok. At the time he could not easily locate a replacement tank, so he had a replica made in brass. He thought the new tank enhanced the appearance of the AJS, and polished it until it shone. He kept the machine in that form for many years, rode it in many of the early VMCC events, and gave it the nick name ‘Brass Tank’. Towards the end of his life he moved from the Home Counties to Cornwall, but he was never really happy in the location he had chosen, and eventually moved back to more familiar territory. I spoke to him on several occasions, and what got him talking was the fact that I rode my own flat tank AJS to his house. Just before he left Cornwall, he rang me up and said that he had something to give me. I went over there, fairly quickly, thinking engines, helmets, programmes..? He had all that sort of stuff. ESSEX SECTION

COLNE VALLEY ROAD SAFETY RUN Sunday, 4th September 2016; 10am for 10.30am start Starting and finishing at Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Near Braintree, CO6 1TG. Morning and afternoon run of 85 miles;optional shorter route of 50 miles for older and low-powered machines. Entry fee £3. (Late entries accepted at the start; £4 fee) Details and entry form from Gill Scatcherd Tel: 07733 063 928 email:

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What in fact he presented me with was this gear change mechanism. He could not remember where he got it, or who gave it to him. So I wonder if anyone can identify it for me. It’s a mix of crudely hacked out steel plate and a quite sophisticated ratchet and pawl system, covered in an equally amateurish aluminium cover. It will almost fit onto the bolt holes of a 350 AJS gearbox of the late twenties, and will attach to the lever on the box itself. There are two large foot operated levers on it, press the front down for down, and press the rear down for up. It will, however, foul the kick start lever, which cannot therefore be used. Is it some kind of prototype, is it adapted from another machine or is it just a one off homemade attempt at creating a positive stop gearchange? I would love to know.

EC 3145 is alive and well

DAVID HAMER In answer to the question “EC 3145 where are you now?” on page 58. of the June Journal, I am able to inform you that it has taken part in the Banbury Run in recent years prior to 2015. The photograph I enclose herewith was taken at the 2014 Banbury. Arthur Cuncliffe discontinued his VMCC membership several years ago and he appeared to be OK when I last corresponded with him in 2014. He was an active member of our ‘NorthWest Region” (as it was referred to in the early 1960’s) during which time he was restoring this ‘bike. Arthur, a school teacher by profession, was meticulous in everything he did, including this ‘bike and although he later realised that he had got the colour of the belt rim wrong, he decided to leave it as it still is in my photograph. He was featured astride the ‘bike on the front cover of the VMCC magazine in the early 1960’s. Incidentally, the Model 24 Norton which you featured on the front cover of the June 2016 Journal was in my ownership from 1963 to 1974 but it appears to have suffered cosmetically since then...


An evening with Peter Williams Racing Motor Cyclist & Designer

Hosted by Uncle Jim Reynolds and supported by Mick Hemmings Thursday 29th Sept 2016 at the Obelisk Centre, Northampton, NN2 8UE Doors open at 7pm Bar, raffle, etc, with proceeds to the TT Riders’ Association Tickets available from 1st August 2016, cost £8 by cheque or postal order, made out to Northampton Section VMCC. Please apply to: Mr D R Mead, Weedon Motor Co House, Watling Street, Weedon, Northants, NN7 4QQ Phone 01327 342570 Please include a stamped addressed envelope


The Famous Whitley Run

l 7th August, 1st bike away 11:00 l Whitley Village Hall, off A49, 1 mile south of M56 J10 l Road Safety Run, 60 miles on minor roads round Cheshire. Regs available. l Richard Whitehurst 07729 741663

The Famous Goostrey Run l 4th Sept, 1st bike away 11:00 l Goostrey Village Hall, 2 miles north of Holmes Chapel l Road Safety Run, approx 60 miles on minor roads round Cheshire l Stephen Herbert 01606 888972

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Younger members

Regarding the letters on the subject of young people joining the club a lot can be achieved by taking your children- or grandchildren-with you to rallies, runs and even to club meetings. My son Lachlan has attended the meetings and rallies for many years and now at the ripe old age of 16 is the treasurer of the Central Scottish section ( even if he is too young to sign cheques) And when we shuffle off this mortal coil, make sure that the younger ones get and USE your machines. Mike Macleod

George Dance?

A friend, who is more into cars than bikes, was recently trawling the Monmouthshire Motor Tax archives, and came upon several locally made motorcycles. Specifically those made in Abergavenny were the "Frogmore", the "Powella"and the "Jones", (that had to be!) However, what caught his eye was the fourth of four Frogmore machines that was purchased by a George Dance on 9th April 1906. The machine was subsequently sold on to a Fredrick H. Clarke on 14th April 1909, and then on to a Walter Dance on 12th Feb 1910. All three of these gentlemen gave their addresses as the Monmouthshire Asylum, Abergavenny, Walter Dance specifically as a carer. Was this the George Dance that went on to Sunbeam fame and how did he get there? I can find nothing but the Sunbeam years on the web. Bernard Illman


Thanks for pushing through my relay rally letter. So, it’s official. The lunatics have taken over the asylum. £331,900 for a ‘bike which the late great Bob Collier thought was such a joke that he made his own Austin 7 powered special to show how it should be done. I think that he made two more – one of which was converted to air-cooling. Sammy Miller has one of them - What value/ £600,000? It’s got to be a better ‘bike” Chris Harper

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Memories of Wally Flew

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Wally Flew. I first met him by chance in the Mitre Hotel Kirk Michael village during TT week in 1977. I had an interest at that time in a Mark Series Douglas and he spoke of their history. The next time I encountered him was on the 1981 Irish National Rally (my first), in the meantime I had bought a Moto Guzzi Falcone in April 1979 from Terry Haynes who was Moto Vecchia at that time and was entered on it. The Rally was held in the Ryan Hotel Kilkenny all on ground floor level. On one of the mornings I needed petrol but thought we would make a stop before long, instead we headed for the Healey Pass where I eventually ran out of petrol. Within a short time a 1929 Norton ES2 and sidecar stopped - it was Wally and Joan he opened the rear compartment of the sidecar and produced a gallon of petrol from a proper Pratts can. As we had no funnel to pour it, but thankful for my rescue, I had to watch as some the fuel poured over the tank my lovely Guzzi! The last day of the event brought rain and with the riding over Ivan Rhodes and I wheeled my machine down the corridor of the hotel into my bedroom cleaned and polished it – next day it won the post 1940 concourse! This is still a favourite machine in my collection. Ivan was VMCC President that year, he and Rennie came over on his Cammy AJS Combination I already knew them but met Jack and Marjorie Ward from the Isle of Man, Patrick Lowe, Dennis Bates, Tim Penn and his friend Terry Martin and another longstanding VMCC member Norman Broadbridge who rode a pre-war Scott he had owned since 1946 (sadly some of these people are not longer with us) but great memories. Joan Crawford

DVLA: A sorry tale...

A couple of months ago, you published a laudatory letter from a member, congratulating the DVLA on their service. Sadly, that level of service has not been reflected in my recent experience. On 21 March, I purchased a 1960 registered Ariel

Leader, which had evidently been off the road for some years. The same day, I wrote to the Ariel marque specialist, Jim Lee, who immediately replied, giving the year of manufacture as 1959, and therefore exempt from MoT. What happened thereafter is set out below. 21.3.16 – Wrote to DVLA, advising of change of ownership, and asking for a new V5C, recording a change of colour from grey to turquoise/ teal, and to Historic Vehicle status, with a build year of 1959. A copy of Jim’s email was also enclosed. 1.4.16 – Phoned DVLA for a progress check, and was advised that my application would take 2-4 weeks to process. 4.4.16 – New V5C received, no changes to vehicle recorded, so wrote to them. 7.4.16 – Letter received from DVLA, asking me to underline the incorrect details in the V5C. No mention of further build year authentication made. Form returned the same day. 3.5.16 – DVLA letter dated 27.4.16 received. This required authentication of build year by an authorised club. No explanation as to why the VMCC Marque specialist was unacceptable, but nevertheless, I wrote immediately to the VMCC library, who responded promptly. 9.5.16 – Copy of VMCC certificate sent to the DVLA. 27.5.16 – Phoned DVLA for a progress report. They say it takes up to 4 weeks to respond. 28.5.19 – Registered a formal complaint as to delay, computerised acknowledgement received. 2.6.16 – Email from DVLA saying no trace of my letter of 9 May and certificate. If I wished to deal by email, I must sign a disclaimer about sending personal details to my email address. 3.6.16 – Emailed copies of above documents to them , commenting that they were well known for losing documents! Same day, phone call from DVLA to say that the original had ‘turned up’ in the building. The colour had to be recorded as ‘blue’, as there was a limited range of colours available to their system. My application would now be processed. 8.6.16 – New V5C received, ‘declared manufactured 1959’, but not registered as ‘Historic Vehicle’ . Searched DVLA records on-line, colour was now ‘turquoise’. Unable to ‘tax’ the machine on-line, need to go to a Post Office.

9.6.16 – Tried to ‘tax’ the bike at a Post Office, unable to do so, as their computer would not allow it. Emailed DVLA, advising the position, and threatening to raise the matter with my MP if I were not able to ‘tax’ the machine by tomorrow, and saying I proposed to ride the machine with or without tax, and would refer to this correspondence if necessary. There then followed three apologetic phone calls and an email, when I was sent, and returned a V10 (Application for Vehicle Tax) and a V12 (Declaration of Exemption from MoT). I was then advised I was now legal.. 13.6.16 – Correct V5C received, a mere 12 weeks from start to finish! While on the subject of DVLA and bureaucracy, the new system of cancelling road tax on a change of ownership must be causing as much work in the issue of refunds as was once saved by the issue of tax discs. Given the fact that part of the month in which any sale takes place is not refundable, if the DVLA are still bent on this tortuous course, would it not be fairer to grant the purchaser the benefit of the remainder of that month, so he could at least drive the vehicle home without further complication? Patrick Howell

Mislaid letter?

Evidently my letter on the subject of ballot papers has been mislaid , or is of lesser importance to the value of show dogs. I wrote of the odd coincidence that one person (a member of the previous discredited management) occupied ‘pole position’- i.e. headed the ballot paper twice, and out of alphabetical order along with another. Strange how coincidence works. If I had not believed in the integrity of all concerned, I would have suspected that it was tantamount to ballot rigging. May we be assured that in future candidates will be placed in strict alphabetical order?” Archie Beggs

(Editor’s comment: Go to any show or autojumble and make a note of the number of enthusiasts with a dog at heel. There are far more dog lovers in the VMCC than enthusiasts for primitive scooters)

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Training Day

Another great Training Day took place in May with over 50 riders taking part in this event, now in its 13th year. The riders got to try a variety of pre 1930 hand change machines including the Club’s Reed Scott, Triumph SD and Brough Superior SS80 plus many other machines that were loaned by some of our generous VMCC members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the riders, lenders and marshals for making this great event possible, and to David Davies for organising the brilliant article in the July Journal. More pictures of Training Day and Banbury can be found on the internet at the web wdress below the signature. Joanne Delany, Events Administrator

The Norton story

I enjoyed reading the reproduced 1969 article on Norton in the July issue. I owned two of them at around that time, a grey porridge 500 single and then a Dominator 99 with lots of Mr Dunstall’s addons; oh, the folly of youth. I have to say that the story that in 1912, one Jack Emerson rode his spares laden, belt driven 490cc side valve Norton from Hull to Brooklands, entered it in a 150 mile race during the course of which he broke 3 world records and then rode it back to Hull ‘all in the same day’ is reminiscent of the escapades of ‘Alf Tupper’, the ‘Tough of The Track’ and working class hero of the Rover comic. Alf, to remind readers of a certain age, came from somewhere gritty oop North and had a Monty Pythonesque ability to work 26 hours a day in a factory which, after he’d fed his pigeons and exercised his whippet, took 11 hours to walk to. At the end of his shift and tired out from lifting locomotive axles all day, Alf would sprint from t’factory to just catch a London train to attend an athletics event that had been organised by snooty Southern athletics officials. He’d usually fall asleep in the train and miss his stop and have to sprint 10 miles back to the athletics stadium and without having time to remove his hobnailed boots, start a lap behind a field comprising floppy haired snooty Southern toffs in their spikes and win the race quicker than Roger Bannister!

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AA tell us that the distance between Hull and Weybridge is 225 miles and takes 3 hours 45 minutes in a modern car via the M18 and A1(M) motorways. That’s an average speed of exactly 60mph. If Jack did the journey in double that time, he had a long day to say the least. I’m sure that Jack was a hard man and it is fact that he won his race but to undertake a 450 mile round trip on a flat-tanker on pre-motorway roads, many of which were macadamised but not tarred and to break his journey with a flat-out 150 mile race on a concrete track, shattering world records in the process all in one day is a feat to put Alf in the shade! The one similarity between Alf’s fictional athletics events and the reality of Brooklands races was that both were organised by people who were insufferably snooty with riff-raff being discouraged unless, in the case of Brooklands, they were there as mechanics. Ian Gaynor

The Francis-Barnett ‘Brooklands’

In the April edition of your magazine there is a photograph inside the rear cover of “A FrancisBarnett with a Brooklands Engine” seen at Montlhery in 2015. The ‘bike is a bit more distinguished than that! It is the actual, complete 172cc Francis-Barnett owned, tuned and ridden by Tommy Meeten. This is the machine on which he set a world six-hour record at 50 mph in 1927. In addition to the main fuel tank, it is fitted with pannier tanks for longdistance records. The ‘bike is in the Brooklands Museum Collection and only the tyres are non-original. As part of the Museum’s policy of showing its machines in action, the ‘bike was one of six representing Brooklands at “Vintage Revival 2015” at Montlhery. The ‘bike ran faultlessly at that event, although the unusual mounting of the handlebars gave a rather strange riding experience. Later in the year, it ran in the Brooklands Parade at the Mallory Park Bonanza but it was retired when a rattle developed in the engine. A fairly simple cure was effected back at the museum and the ‘bike was ready for its next demonstration which was on 3rd July at the Brooklands Motorcycle Show. Michael Sands

What is it?

I wondered if one of our more experienced members might be able to identify a dynamo armature, purchased recently on Ebay? It was described as Miller, and listed under motor cycle parts, so I assumed it was of the type used by Velocette, amongst others. However, when it arrived it was obviously too big, and I took it to a good friend who has spent his career with vintage cars thinking it must be from a car dynamo. But he said no, and told me he’d never come across a tapered shaft for the drive gear, and anyway it was too small for a car dynamo. The drive end has a 3/8” Whitworth thread, the shaft is 5/8”, with a 26tpi thread, The laminations are 2” long, and 2” diameter, the commutator is 1.25” diameter, and the 1/2” shaft at the commutator end is tapped internally 1/4 BSF. The whole thing is 7.5” overall. It’s good on a ‘growler’, but what is it from? Any ideas welcome... Alan Freke 0117 9570942;

16-year-olds do you see taking an interest in classic motor cycles? I believe they should be encouraged at every opportunity. Andrew Frank North Yorkshire Mobile: 07831 380483

Electronic devices

Regarding the article in the July magazine, speed and mileometers. Electronic speedo/computers are not allowed on most timed events such as the Scottish National. I would hope that people would not use them when riding in any such events, fine for club/section event though. Mike Macleod Chairman of the Central Scottish Section

Enouraging a new generation of Members?

My son David aged 16, is interested in following a career in Mechanical Engineering and is showing interest in learning to ride British motorcycles. He can start and ride my Velocette MAC and Scott and has already passed his tractor test so he can take to the roads! He is looking for a British 125cc i.e. D1 Bantam or similar, which he can restore and put on the road to pass his bike test when he is 17 later this year. He can then take himself to Sixth Form, similar to when many of us served our apprenticeships and used motorcycles for daily transport. Does anybody have or know of a suitable bike laid in a shed or under a work bench anywhere? He has placed a Wanted Ad in the journal and we would be grateful of any help to enable him to learn and be involved in our hobby going forwards. How many

Brighton Speed Trials

The Brighton Speed Trials first ran in 1905, and for 2016, Saturday 3rd September sees the yet another running of this iconic event along the seafront’s Madeira Drive. Nowadays the Speed Trials format is a standingstart ¼ mile sprint, the event being run by the Brighton and Hove Motor Club, with a kind invitation going to the VMCC Sprint Section to organise the motorcycle side of things. Spectator entry, unlike some motor sport events, also allows access to the paddock area, so the variety of machines can be seen at close quarters,

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in fact, it’s not unusual to have bikes from the 1920’s to current day entered! Main sponsor for the 2016 event (along with many previous years) is Frosts Cars Ltd. Tony

Flat Tank Section

By the next AGM in November 2016 I will have been Chairman of the Flat Tank Section for two years. This has been a privilege and honour, most of the hard work being done by the Secretary Reg Eyre or Treasurer Ian Dettmer. For personal reasons I need to step down in November so the Section will require nominations for a new Chairman. I am announcing this in advance in the VMCC Journal because the Flat Tank Section being non-territorial meets only every second month, and because some attendees travel quite a distance they are not always able to attend. Being Chairman is an enjoyable role, and one I feel should change every two or three years to give others an opportunity of acting as figure head and to bring in fresh ideas. So please have a think if it is a role you would consider taking on then have a word with one of the committee.

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Thanks to all the members who have supported me over the last two years. Dennis Beale

Re-bushing front forks

I am indebted to David Brierley of West Wilts Section. After reading my article in the June journal he took the trouble to track me down to express his concern over my choice of material for the fork spindles. While the stainless 303 that I used has adequate shear strength, its impact strength is quite poor and a deep pothole could result in a catastrophic failure. He recommends EN24T as a more suitable material so I am currently trying to track down a source of the right size bar. I don’t claim to be an expert and this kind of response from a fellow club member is heartening. I believe that technical articles are an important part of the journal so if you have an idea for one, doesn’t worry if you don’t feel qualified to write it, get on with it! Other members are certain to come forward with constructive comments if it can be improved. Rod Thomas

Vee-twin Calthorpes

What a most delightful tale of a Calthorpe Twin being coaxed up Bwlch -y- Groes. There is only one known survivor of this particular model, at present being rebuilt in Scotland. Could you give the source of the story, as it has escaped the Calthorpe fraternity so far? Hot from the 1916 brochure are the appearance and specification of this rare beast. Dick Weekes Calthorpe Marque Specialist (Editor’s note: Sadly, the article was written in 1925 under the nom de plume of Pegasus)

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TREVOR BULL (1948-2016) On Wednesday 8th June 2016 our Vintage Movement lost an amazing character and I lost a great friend. I first met Trevor 40 years ago when I joined Droitwich High School as a member of the Craft, Design and Technology Department. At that time he was riding a C12 BSA and a ferocious Norton-Velo Venom-engined special and I was using my Triumph and Greeves as daily transport, so we were singing off the same ‘hymn sheet’. We were a young team and ran a tight ship captained by the paternal Doc Hale. By definition we and our students used dangerous processes and operated dangerous machinery. Discipline in our workshops was of prime importance. Our safety record spoke for itself. However there were times for fun, merriment, and the occasional practical joke. Trevor’s solution to a swarfega (the green slimy hand cleansing substance) shortage was to substitute lime jelly and his antics on his unicycle were legendary. Visitors to our department were perplexed and astonished by his activities. Trevor had a devilish sense of humour. He was less than impressed with the photo on his newly introduced security pass so merely substituted a photo of Wallace of Wallace and Grommit fame. Months elapsed before discovery by Headmaster Cledwyn Davies. Trevor, Bob Barningham and I shared a common interest, no a passion, for anything with wheels, the older the better. Bicycles, motorcycles, vintage sports cars, tractors, and old motorbikes, you name it we restored it and drove or rode it. We worked together at Droitwich for 30 years, yes a true measure of the friendship, and loyalty we shared. After retirement from Droitwich High School, Trevor slipped naturally into Motorcycle Training. Hundreds of motorcyclists have benefitted from his instruction including our son-in-laws but woe betide you if you rode in front of Trevor, for on stopping you were told in no uncertain terms what you had done wrong and how the problem should be rectified. On the acquisition of a magnificent Sunbeam Roadster Cycle from Peter Ashen, Trevor threw himself whole heartedly into the cycling fraternity. Ancient and modern examples were acquired for his collection including a Freddy Grubb, Bates and of course a Penny Farthing, oops High Wheeler courtesy of Dougie Pinkerton. He rode with the Veteran Cycle Club and with local groups of enthusiasts including the Origami (folding cycle) Group. Yes it was me who 36 years ago introduced Trevor to the Vintage Motorcycle Club and the North Birmingham Section in particular. Trevor and I have enjoyed riding thousands of miles on our old machines, whizzing around the countryside, getting lost was all part of the fun and we

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were good at doing that! Trevor made lasting friendships with like-minded enthusiasts, and was always there to offer sound advice for solving a technical problem, or wield his spanners to fix a stranded fellow enthusiast’s roadside breakdown. It’s a measure of the man that he took on the role and proved to be a very successful Treasurer and Chairman of the North Birmingham Section of the VMCC. His collection of motorcycles ranged from a vintage Sunbeam, through a Moto-Guzzi Le Mans to modern BMW, Aprilia and latter-day big powerful Triumphs. But probably his favourite and pride of joy was the 1940 Tiger 100, which he restored from a derelict heap to snarling beast and which proved a veritable handful at the speeds Trevor rode it. Four wheels entered his collection when spurred on by Bob Barningham, Trevor joined the Vintage Sports Car Club and purchased a 1920’s Austin Seven Special affectionately known as Felix. Yet another successful restoration project which provided hours of high-speed fun and introduced him to the Midland Region Austin Seven Club. From vintage rides and weekend trips we spread our wings and looked towards the continent in order to visit and circulate the lost and current motor racing circuits of Europe. It was to be the first of our ‘Jolly Boys’ trips and was a huge success. This became our excuse for an annual escape and we motored 1000’s of miles through France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Our fellowship grew and as matured riders we graduated to the GHA’s (Geriatric Hells Angels), ok we pinched the title from the Bristol-Cotswold Sections but we’ve perpetuated it to this day. It’s impossible to describe the fun, merriment, pranks and mishaps, all with happy endings, we experienced over the last 25 years. We were frequently lost, misplaced tickets, credit cards, experienced hotel fires, misconstrued food orders, and had great fun escaping bureaucracy. It was a serious suggestion to send a film crew with us to capture the antics of G.H.A’s. Trevor was an endless source of information, jokes and trivia. He never ceased to amaze us with his obscure facts from the dim and distant past. Of the GHA’s, well we’ve done it and have the ‘T’ Shirt to prove it courtesy of daughter Elizabeth and former French teacher and great friend Roger Parrott – Les Beaux Gars en Viree (The Bold Guys on the Prowl) Trevor you were amazing, you will never be forgotten; you never did anyone any harm and did everyone a power of good. Sincere condolences to Rachel, Elizabeth, Adam and the boys. Bill Danks

BILL GARDNER (1947-2016) It is with great sadness that I write this obituary; Bill and I have known each other and been friends for around 60 years; we shared our love of motorcycles and engineering for most of that time. Bill, who was born on January 13th, excelled at both; he was a great motor cyclist and loved bike sport, competing first in grass track, with a home built outfit, moving on to scrambling both solo and sidecar. He raced on the roads solo first, then with a sidecar. All of these activities were made possible by using equipment that he had built in his home workshop. Finally, he turned his attention to riding in trials; in all of these activities Bill was always among the leaders group, winning on many occasions. Bill was also an excellent engineer. Everything he made looked right, and performed well; he just loved fixing things! He worked as a locomotive engineer for the NCB, some years later he found employment at the local Aston Martin workshop and ended up building their engines. His reputation for engine work became legendary and the engine shop became Bill’s own, he will be sorely missed there. Bill sadly developed cancer and, after a long and spirited fight, he passed away on the 20th April. He leaves a devoted family, his wife Kath, two daughters - Clare and Leanne, their husbands and much-loved grandchildren. Tom Houchen JOHN HAYES East Herts Section Member John Hayes passed away aged 52 on May 7th from a heart attack whilst helping a lady with her gardening, a good man helping others with sincere and positive help. He was a good friend of Cliff Earl and Roy and Dave all living near Enfield Town, he rode in our section runs on his AJS and also rode his model P Triumph in the Banbury runs, a pleasant softly spoken man who seemed to bond instantly to you. At 52 years of age he had more to give to this world he will be sadly missed. Bob Crawley (Chairman East Herts)

GAYE MILTON WEEKES (1954 – 2016) Gaye’s friends and former colleagues in the Club will be saddened to hear that Gaye fell victim to a particularly aggressive lung cancer in January this year and died peacefully on 15th May. She was 62. Gaye burst onto the VMCC scene in 1987 when she was appointed as the first professional National Secretary of the Club with a mission to set up its first proper office. Previously tasks such as keeping the membership register, organising and providing secretarial services to the management committee, looking after the Club library and donated bikes and dealing with external bodies like

the ACU, RAC, Ministry of Transport, FBHVC etc had previously been done haphazardly if at all. It was Gaye’s task to concentrate these activities in a new central office which, before the advent of Allen House, was initially located above a furniture shop in Derby Road, Burton on Trent. The reason for the location of the Club HQ in Burton can now be revealed, the Management Committee decreed that the new Office should be located within 60 miles of Birmingham and Gaye happened to be living in Burton, having moved from London a year or so before to keep an eye on her father who had moved with his work to Burton. Gaye had impressive motorcycling credentials having been first a pupil, then a prominent instructor in the Hammersmith RAC/ACU (later BMF) rider training scheme where her handling of her Norton Commando inspired respect. Like many training schemes this had a strong social side and continental tours by the instructors were arranged with the Commando and rider well able to keep up with the rest of the rat pack. Ownership of the Commando also led to membership of the Norton Owners Club and to the voluntary job of event organiser with the NOC. Gaye moved to Burton in 1986, initially setting up a word processing business which neatly combined her office management and motorcycling skills. Work was collected by a leather clad Commando mounted courier, retyped and prepared to a decent standard (she had worked in publishing in London), then delivered back to the eager customer by courier. Yes, a one woman business! When the job of VMCC National Secretary was advertised Gaye applied and, so I was told years afterwards, stood head and shoulders above the other candidates. She was duly appointed, rented the first office premises, appointed Debbie Lowe as her typist/assistant and set to work. An early job was to bring the membership list in house. This was soon to cause the burning of much midnight oil as the primitive office computer system managed to corrupt the entire list, which then had to be retyped in its entirety, about 7,000 records, from the original cards. Gaye really enjoyed most aspects of her job, particularly opportunities to visit many Sections and to ride in all types of events from mud plugs to at least one appearance at Cadwell on a borrowed Gilera. She set high procedural standards, illustrated when Peter Moffatt missed the deadline, set by the Management Committee, for applications for the post of Club chairman to be received at the office. There was a standoff when Gaye refused requests by others to bend the rules and Peter had to spend a year in an ‘advisory’ capacity. He graciously wrote to the magazine that he was content to abide by the Club’s democratically arrived at rules. As a result of these same high standards she found the meetings of the (in those

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days) rather large Management Committee to be less pleasant with too many amateur directors too fond of the sound of their own voices. The wish to go motorcycling was still as strong as ever. As the Norton was not then club eligible a delightful 1937 MOV Velocette was sourced through Ivan Rhodes and Gaye was then able to take her place on her own bike in many Section events. Ivan valiantly stood by his after sales service when, twenty years later the crankpin broke, was replaced and the flywheels aligned f.o.c. Gaye remembered particularly fondly a trip to the 1988 Irish Rally on Ivan’s big port AJS especially as she always claimed to have been clocked at 90 MPH on the said AJS. As it was Ivan’s bike this is very believable! Thanks largely to her presence the Club took its place on the National stage, Gaye ably representing it at the RAC Associated Clubs Committee, the British Motorcycle Federation, Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs and also at meetings with the Minister of Transport which led to the creation of the vehicle registration retention and age related number schemes, schemes which continue pretty well unchanged to this day. Gaye resigned at the end of 1989 to move to Swansea with me and to embark on an entirely new and very successful career as wife and mother. An attempt to have the Club appoint her as a roving ambassador, a job which she would have done brilliantly, fell on deaf ears though she remained on the management Committee for two more years. She parted amicably from the Club, Ann Davy very ably replacing her as National Secretary. Rumours that there had been a bust up or personality clash were scotched by Gaye with the simple statement in one of her last Secretary’s Notes that she was giving up her job and selling her house ‘for love’. Older Club members will recall her smile, her energy and her organisational skills, all of which she subsequently bought into her family life. I was fortunate to be married to Gaye for nearly 26 years. She is greatly missed. Dick Weekes GEORGE POLLARD On 16th May motor cycling, and vintage motor cycling in particular, lost one of its most enthusiastic supporters and characters. George Pollard passed away peacefully in Rotherham District General Hospital, following a bout of pneumonia. His funeral took place at St Leonard’s Church, Dinnington, with interment at Bramley

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Cemetery, on June 1st. He will be remembered not only as a purveyor of machines spares and all things motor cycle, but also as a Grass Track Racer, Hill-climber and Scrambler of note and an avid Vintage and Classic motor cycle collector and rider. Before that though he had tackled, amongst other things which included street-sweeping and then selling sweets from a van, a bit of industrial painting and decorating, alongside his Dad. He decided it wasn’t for him when, after having completed work on a local gasholder, he stepped back to admire his work, and promptly fell in the River Don! Dad fished him out, and that, ironically, prompted his first-ever bout of pneumonia, along with the end of his painting career! He had no regrets!! His Mom and Dad bought Clarence Street Garage, in Dinnington, in 1964, having moved to the village from Bramley in 1959. The garage purchase included not only the usual ‘goodwill’, but also a yard full of chickens – a diverse enterprise! The bike side of things took off following the purchase of stock from the early-retired Len Tupling, Rotherham speedway star, famous in his day as a rider for Middlesbrough and Newcastle, later Captain of Wombwell, and latterly President of the World Speedway Riders Association. It may well have been Len who was instrumental in sparking George’s interest in grass-tracking, hill climbing and scrambling, as he used to organise such events at Listerdale, just up the road from Bramley, and where George competed successfully, on many occasions and on models as various as Rudge, Ariel-JAP, and Geoff Ward’s Super Rocket, purchased especially to outrun the Manx of D.C Owen - it did the trick! George ran a haulage business from the premises next door to the garage, eventually taking over the whole business following the death of his parents. Bikes became his life, although family transport had always involved bikes, and sidecars... and escapades, like when George was presented with his own sidecar wheel by his Uncle, who, fortunately, was following (not too) close behind on the way home from one of the painting jobs – George was blissfully unaware that the wheel had made a bid for freedom until Uncle arrived bearing the miscreant! Those who knew George will be aware of his deafness, and this may go some way to explaining his blissful state, though a list to port might have been interpreted as something being amiss! George’s passion for bikes encouraged foreign travel, which he grew to love, as he established the import/export side of things, searching out, selling to, and following up bikes in the USA, Japan and Australia. It may be anecdotal, but bikes exported to parts foreign would reappear in Clarence Street, given time and favourable exchange rates, after George’s radar had tracked down

previous sales, and he could re-purchase them for sale onwards to those markets whose currencies were on the up! You could never say that George was not business savvy! George did not suffer fools, and for those who attempted to ‘put one over on him’ he reserved especial scorn; they were instructed henceforth never to set foot in The Garage again, and to depart quickly with phrases involving sex and travel ringing in their ears! For those who took George simply as himself he was a special friend, and a generous one at that, as very many of us privileged to have known him over the years will testify. Just one example – two friends of mine, when travelling up from near Brighton, en-route to the TT called in at Dinnington to collect me to join them. Dick’s Matchless had sprung a petrol tank leak and would struggle to make the rest of the journey. With a boat to catch, time was pressing, and George was asked if he could help. “Bring the tank, and I’ll see what I can do.” We did. He took a look, pronounced it unfit for purpose, or words to that effect, pointed at a ‘sale’ bike he had lined up in ‘The Showroom’ (you know where I mean, if you ever visited the emporium!) and said “Looks like that one there, go and check.” We did, it was, and with no further thought on his part, we were instructed to remove it, fit it to Dick’s machine, enjoy the TT, and just bring it back when returning en-route to Brighton. The duff tank was held as ‘deposit’ and duly returned, repaired, in exchange for the original which then went back onto the ‘sale’ bike none the worse for its travels, but doubtless with a few tales to tell. I may be wrong, memory is fallible, but I don’t think the repair was charged for – just ‘helping out’ the friend of a friend who was in a bit of a spot. The esteem in which George was held, and will be remembered by, was evidenced on the day of his funeral. Clarence Street was filled with bikes and outfits of all persuasions - vintage, classic, modern and just plain weird, and dozens and dozens of friends, family and old grass-track, hill-climb and scrambles sparring partners, plus customers from near and far, all awaiting the funeral cortege. The cars bearing his close family arrived, but George himself, appropriately, was in a sidecar, his coffin bedecked with a huge array of white flowers. The journey to the church was led by George’s beloved 1951 Model 18 Norton, complete with his helmet on the rear rack and

ridden by brother Bob, accompanied by George’s nephew Robert (Bob’s son) on Bob’s BSA Super Rocket. The route was lined with locals, all of whom were well aware of Pollards of Dinnington and what it meant and means to the village, and who wished to pay their own respects. After the short but dignified procession, Clarence Street emptying one by one as the attendant bikes followed the hearse, Dinnington Square became filled with bikes, whilst the church itself was packed to bursting. The moving, but amusing service paid tribute to a life well-lived and the numbers present bore witness to a man well-loved. The service over, the funeral continued on to Bramley Cemetery, where George was laid to rest beside one of his daughters, who, sadly, had pre-deceased him and with whom he had asked to be reunited following his own demise. Bob, on behalf of all the family, wishes to thank everyone who turned out, whether on bikes, in cars or on foot, to give George such a splendid send-off, their attendance was very much appreciated. The photos were very kindly provided by Morris Baker, to whom grateful thanks are due, and for those able to attend the occasion and especially those who couldn’t, there is video footage on YouTube. George, you will be missed. John Kennewell


1957 Sunbeam S8

Serving the North of England, our 1957 Sunbeam S8 hearse can be viewed at For more details, phone Graham or Liz on 01653 695012

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In brief

many a motor cycle a few decades ago, before heading to Saundersfoot Harbour, the venue for the VMCC Saundersfoot Run. It was then off along the coast to Pendine Sands, Laugharne, Carmarthen, Pembrey and Llanelli, before the baton was handed over to the Swansea Section at Parc y Scarlets. Les Thomas

Riceburners’ Day in New Milton

Tenby visit

The ‘Tenby Observer’ played host to a flying visit from the West South Wales section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club on Tuesday morning as members celebrated the club’s 70th anniversary. As part of its commemorative baton relay to mark the milestone, local member Jim Codd and section members stopped off at the Warren Street office, opposite the site of the old ‘Ace Garage’ which sold

Held in conjunction with the Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Club, it would seem that Japanese Bikers’ Day at the Sammy Miller Museum on Sunday 11th June was well supported – not by inscrutable Orientals on motor cycles but by almost 200 enthusiasts of oriental machinery. Coming up is a right hooley over the bank Holiday weekend. Saturday 27th August sees the Summer Autojumble, Sunday 28th is the Sammy Miller Run and on the Monday there will be a craft and gift Fair. All the gory details may be found on the web site;

The Frost Auto Restoration web site

You may find this useful. The Frost Auto Restoration web site’ at contains not only technical articles from Frost but also from suppliers and from various automotive magazines – including contributions from some of Frost’s own customers.

Lost number plate

I live in Egham post code TW20 8HU and have found by the side of the road number a black with white lettering, number plate CSL 286 which also includes the Vintage Motorcycle Club brass badge Top right and a round red reflector below the badge. It looks like it fell off the rear of a motorbike? If this belongs to you then please contact us, details below. Please contact Vicky Frost (Library Team) on the phone at 01283 540557 or be email to

Club badge?

I have been a keen motor cyclist for many years. At a car boot sale I spotted this badge and bought it for 20p! Do you, or any of your readers, remember any of the details or dates of the ‘Leicester Ace Motor Cycle Club? The badge is now displayed on my 1955 500cc Matchless. John Morris

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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.



AJS model B1 1922, totally rebuilt but not run, will need minor fettling, have the original number but will need registering with DVLA, selling due to health problems, included some toolboxes that will need refurbishing £7,000. Stephen De’Ath 07944 397692 (Suffolk) AJS 1958, low millage, good condition, selling due to loss of owner, good price £3,500. Sarah Lavert 07961 276250 (Newport) ARIEL Arrow Cafe Racer, currently on Sorn, can Mot, 18ins wheels, alloy rims, geared to suit Acebars, lights, expansion boxes (loud), road-pipes, very good runner. Stan Davies 01948 665622 (after 6) (Shropshire) ARIEL Red Hunter, 1959, 350cc can email photos by request £3,800. Alan 07946 565605. E-Mail: (Staffs) BMW K75S, 1987, 37k miles, original panniers, tool kit, handbook, oil and filter changed, higher screen, comfort seat, blue/grey (the smooth one) use for club or European tours, much documentation, excellent condition, too heavy for me now £1,650. Robin Church 01366 348020 (Norfolk) BMW R75/5, 1974, tax free, full Mot, full BMW panniers, windscreen, original toolkit and handbook, good clean condition £2,100. John Denny 01398 323747 (Somerset) BSA A7 Shooting Star, 1957, 500cc twin, good condition with original alloy hubs and reconditioned magneto

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: 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.


£4,300. Moto Guzzi V50 mk2, 500cc vee twin, 1978 tidy, useable, electric start, low mileage £1,700. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) BSA BANTAM, nice condition, 1965, D7, 175cc, fully overhauled, Mot 05/08/2016, rear luggage rack, off side mirror, ride and enjoy £1,250. NSU Quickly, S23, Mot 05/05/2017, fully overhauled, V5s £650. David Hoskin email tel 01689 891345 mob 07799 813523 (Kent) BSA BANTAM D3 1955, 150cc, original registration, matching numbers, engine overhauled, re-sprayed green, new tyres, stainless rims, smart little bike to show or ride £1,995. Robert Todd 01480 382793 (Cambs) BSA Bantam D7, 1961, good original condition, blue and white £1,500. Geoff Kelly 07534 286783 (Warrington) BSA C15, 1962, recent rebuild, Mot December, many new parts, goes very well. 12-volt conversion, trials style build, 21" front wheel etc, delivery negotiable £2,100. Rob Dalkin 07703 892706 email (Northumberland) BSA WM20 1943, nice original military spec with V5C, not been used for many years though it still runs! £5,500. David Thomas email (Middx) 07798 866071 BSA 1918 Model H, nice restoration, original reg number with buff log book comes with gas lights, email for photos £12,000. I Crowhurst 01273 611338 mob 07729 117395 email (E Sussex)

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DOUGLAS EW, 1929, history back to 1971, including buff logbook, completely rebuilt 2008-2015, nominal miles since, real eye-catcher, registration MO---- valued £2,900 (staying with bike), manuals, catalogue, spare parts list, bills, selling due to age, £11,000. P. Howell 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) G12 1961, electronic ignition, original distributor available, canister oil filter fitted, good condition, owned by me 10 years £3,500. Phil Taylor 01904 744966 mob 07779 219313 (York) HONDA Benly CD200 twin (Feb/March road test), 1980 kick electric classic machine, done 11,000 miles only, condition to watch, new tyres and Mot £1,050. Mike Gardiner 01300 320446 (Dorset) HONDA +BR500, very good condition, new fork seals, good tyres, chain sprockets, 28,000 miles, old Mot’s £1,800. Gwyn Price 07594 662972 (S. Wales) HUDSON (new) 1932, 500 cc, M3, quite rare, complete and in good order with all original control levers and Binks bronze carb etc. Not run for some while (seriously bad leg) but bike is okay £8,750. Bob Dixon 01869 245462 email (Oxfordshire) JAMES Captain, 1954, in original condition, age related plates, VMCC dating certificate, starts and runs well, need space in garage not being used, email me for photos £1,250, also Wassell/Bantam £1,750. Rob Hutchinson 01642 961804 email (North Yorks) MATCHLESS G9 1951, Ariel 1952 NH rigid, both restored regardless of cost £4,250 each. 1926 Monet Goyon, 350cc, all work done, superb condition, needs small amount of assembly £6,500, may be able to deliver at cost. Kevin Eastwood 07500 042288 (South Yorkshire) MOTOBI 125 Catria Imperiled, 1954, running, flying egg, 500m papers, good condition, £1,995. David Croshaw 01903 537323 mob 07954 428980 (Sussex) MOTO GUZZI Ladola 236cc 1963, rebuilt to show standard, new exhaust system, wheels rebuilt, new tyres £3,500. BSA Bantam 150cc, black, 1957, new tyres and exhaust, electric ignition £1,800. DOT competition model 196cc 1954, V5, engine rebuilt, new alloy rims, fitted with BSA forks and wheel, 90% complete £2,000. Reducing collection due to age. Harry Oglesby 01482 867575, for photos email (E.Yorks) NORTON model 50, 1962, Featherbed frame, belt drive, diaphragm clutch, starts and runs well, a nice ride £4,400. F Ellis 01707 395198 (Herts) PEUGEOT 103 Moped, age unknown, last registered in France 1993. ID No 6961086, no paperwork, condition fairly good, not rusty, pretty much complete, non-runner but turns over, garaged stored, images on request, £100 (more important good home found). Steve Hart 07508 004511 email (Hertfordshire)

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RALEIGH 1925, 350cc ohv, complete, some nonoriginal parts, needs full rebuild, tax disc but no V5, email for photos, £5,000. John Diamond 0121 554 5701 email (B'ham) RE Ensign 150 for restoration, old log book, transferable reg, 1953, some spares, workshop manual £950, also, Le Velo 1959, ex police, not used for a couple of years, transferable reg £1,250. Michael Joyce 07468 530835 (after 6pm) email (Durham) RUDGE 1937 Ulster, road & race built, excellent condition £11,000. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) SUNBEAM Model 8, 1929, twin port, saddle tank, older cosmetic restoration, barrel re-sleeved with nos std piston, new gearbox internals, new exhaust, some spares £4,750. Gordon Milburn 01773 788 710 (Notts) TRITON 1955, Reg VKM198, 650cc, full V5 log book, full Hpi check, clean body, work wide featherbed frame £6,000. Darren Buckley 07775 998628 (Essex) TRIUMPH Tiger 100ss, 1962, very good condition, new front wheel, tax and tested, matching numbers, runs well, top box, reason for sale- old age and illness £5,250. Michael Hammond 01288 353963 (Cornwall) TRIUMPH Tiger Cub 1965, unwanted gift, Oxford based £2,500. Peter & Zoe Cottrell 07734 942048 (W. Mids) TRIUMPH Tiger 90, 500cc, 1967, very good condition, new Boyer Ignition, electronic voltage regulator /rectifier, alternator, re chromed parts, new wheels, nice looking, Mot & tax, runs well, starts first kick £4,295. Clive Edridge 07894 985891 email (North Dorset) TRIUMPH TR6, 1972, black, US spec tank, and last of the true 650’s, ready to ride, in very good condition £4,550. David Holland mob 07815 039418 email (Notts) TRIUMPH Trophy TR6 SS, 1963, matching numbers, original registration, purple, silver, 800 miles since total professional documented, photographed restoration many new engine parts carb etc, electronic ignition, immaculate, original Mot, history, the most sought after Triumph 650cc £8,950. P Ivis 01407 832382 (Anglesey) TRIUMPH 900 Sprints, choice of two, one £1,100 and one £850, both with Mot and in regular use, reliable every day transport from Triumphs proven bullet proof motors. John Keighley 01943 870418 mob 07910 483122. (Leeds) TRIUMPH T120R, 1965/66, fully tuned to Thruxton Bonneville spec, 2LS front brake, racing history, very fast, seen on many track days, superb handling £7,500. Chris Lodge 01245 440317 (Chelmsford) 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 £25,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable)

VELOCETTE Thruxton 1965, black, good condition, good starter, MoT June 17, all original except frame, so age-related registration number, have many original documents including original green logbooks (from new), receipts, old style MoT docs, tax-discs etc, recon dynamo & regulator, front TLS brake relined and skimmed, a nice bike, photos available £17,000. Chris Hannel 01798 873689 email (West Sussex). VELOCETTE 1929, KNSS, 350cc o.h.c, 3 speed footchange, not concours or 100% original, but major components are correct era, a tidy reliable runner, just completed 3rd consecutive trouble-free Banbury Run £12,000. Alan Connor 01235 533509 mob 07582 543755 (Oxford) WINGED Wheel BSA, 1954, Saxon frame, leading link forks, 99% complete but barn find condition, engine and tank with ancillaries all present, spare rear wheel, non transferable number, V5C present £895. Paul Wrighton 01227 266647 (North Kent) YAMAHA XS 6500c, 1976, one owner from new, totally standard with Watsonian Squires’ sidecar fitted £3,000 (previous Weymouth enquirer left no contact number on answer phone). Mike Townsend 02380 891221 (after 7) (Southampton)


ARIEL Leader cylinder heads £30, clutch drum £10, hub £10, fork shocks £25, assembly £25, swinging arm £20, rear brake pedal £15, outer shell £40, gear clusters £30, primary cover £12, cover (alternator) £8 spindle (rear wheel) £10. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (after 7) (Kent) AVON fairing covering handlebars, headlamp and screen, 1970’s, in good order with fittings, free to collector clearing shed. Brian Gray email (Glos.) 01684 294859 BEST and Lloyd oil pump, complete good hexagons and threads £275. BMW ‘S’ type fairing by Sprint manufacturing, excellent condition, black £125. Velocette L462 Hoffman, main bearing ground on O.D for plating oversize £75. John Cashmore 01548 842679 (Devon) 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 (S. Yorks) DOUGLAS sprocket/drum, missing 5 bolt fixing, damaged Speedo drive. BSA A/B QD front wheel single side brake, both poor chrome £50 each plus delivery. John Millis email (Northampton) DUNLOP wheel rims (two), suit 1968-1970 Triumphs, WM2-19 40 hole front, WM2-18 40 hole rear, the chrome on both rims is excellent show quality £120 each. G Whitten 0212 3777933 (Birmingham) DUNLOP 1 pair of professional tyre levers, C, 1920’s,

size: 12in x 1¼in x ¼in, clearly stamped £15 the pair + p&p. Jeff Nutt 01283 210542 (please call eves) (Burton) GREEVES Roadster front forks with good Metalastik bushes, alloy Scottish rear chain-guard, modified seat frame, complete Scottish rear wheel/hub/brakeplate sprocket/speedo drive, fitted flanged alloy wheel rim, also Jones WM2X19 bare rim (ex James?) £225. Dave Blanchard 01634 710327 (Medway, Kent) HONDA H100 Engine (2 stroke), complete and running when removed from lightly damaged machine, in good order, c/w oil tank and chain guard, bolt £60 plus postage. John Bones 01744 340385 (Merseyside) LUCAS new old stock, chrome on brass headlamp rim to fit 8" MU142 headlamp, domed glass type, excellent condition £30 plus postage. Brian Werrett 01453 842707 email (Glos) NORTON 16H pistons 20, 40, 60 OS £45 inc post, also, ex camwheel marked 41H 183 maybe AJS Vintage 32T free plus post. Archie Beggs 0151 6788565 (Wirral) SCOTT chromed steel foot gear change pedal for a three speed gear distributor, ignition type Scott £30. Mike Touhey 07702 001509 (Hove) SMITH’S Speedometers for sale 2 1/2” diameter, 100mph, black dial for AJS, Matchless, Norton, BSA Fury, Triumph Bandit, 120 mph. AJS, C15, Matchless, grey 100 mph. F/Barnett, James, Greeves, Crusader, all £90 inc postage. Brian Jenkins 01522 536580 (Lincoln) TRIUMPH T80-3HW Conrod big end, E1401 nos £200, 120mph & RPM Smiths Speedometer £175, BTH twin mag KC2-S4 £180. BSA Conrod big end, nos 65-444 £180, buyer collect. Gerry Moore 01767 691209 (Beds) VILLIERS 9D two engines, both vgc with 6 pole flywheels, one has angled inlet for James ml other is horizontal, £250 each, two chrome exhaust ports £25, 6 ½” flywheel 6 pole £20. Ray Seed 01283 734152 (Derby) WHITWORTH Tools, 9 assorted o/ended 3/16”-11/16” consecutive £18, set 55˚ thread gauges, set Moore/Wright radius gauges, ohv spring compressor £6 each, 11 split dies, some cycle in original wood box £20, 23 BSF tars £25. Philip Pess 01362 694688 (Dereham)


BOOKS – The Rolls Royce of motorcycles by R.H Clarke, Douglas- The Best Twin by J Clew, The Vintage Years at Brooklands by Dr J Bayley all at £12 plus postage. C Fryer 01524 854606 (Morecambe) HONDA CB250/CB400T factory overhaul manual (fingermarked) £12. Haynes Tiger Cub, BSA A50/A65, BSA Unit Singles, BSA Bantam £10 each. Norton Twin Restoration, BSA Twin Restoration, BSA Singles (Bacon) £15 each. Ann Heywood 0779 0763975 (Warwick)

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Sealed bids in writing should be addressed to HQ, for the attention of Giles Willison, or by e-mail to: before the closing date. If there are any questions, please contact Peter Hill via the Library (, who will pass on your message. (Figures in brackets represent the number of issues)

Vol XX; 2 July - 31 Dec 1919 (26), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £160 (issue 26/11/19 missing from this volume) Vol XXI; 7 Jan – 30 Jun 1920 (26), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £160 Vol XXII; 7 Jul – 29 Dec 1920 (25), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £160 (issue 6/10/20 missing from this volume) Vol XXV; 4 Jan – 28 Jun 1922 (21), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £140 (issues 22/2/22, 1/3/22, 10/5/22, 24/5/22, 31/5/22 missing from this volume) Vol XXVI; 5 Jul – 27 Dec 1922 (23), No index, No Adverts, Reserve £140 (issues 20/9/22, 15/11/22, 29/11/22 missing from this volume) Vol 22; 12 May – 3 Nov 1920 (26) Index, No Adverts, Reserve £150 (poor binding, many loose pages) Vol XXV; 9 Nov 1921 – 3 May 1922 (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £150 Vol XXVII; 8 Nov 1921 – 3 May 1922 (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £150 Vol XXVIII 9 May – 31 Oct 1923 (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £140 (poor binding) Vol XXX 7 May – 29 Oct 1924 (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £150 Vol XXXI 5 Nov 1924 – 29 April 1925 (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £150 (marked binder) Vol XXXII 6 May – 28 Oct 1925 (26) Index, No Adverts, Reserve £150

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JAP engine reference book £15. 125cc two stroke reference book £5. AZA spare parts booklet £10. Jap 350 ohv sports, 250, 350 racing parts list booklet (not illustrated) £5. 8hp sports spares booklet £5 (not illustrated). Andrew Denman 07786 651903 (Bucks) PRACTICAL British Lightweight Motorcycles (Wilson) £6, Restoration of Vintage & Thoroughbred Motorcycles (Clew) £10, Modern Motorcycle Maintenance (2nd edition) £8, Motorcycles and How to Manage them (32nd edition) £8, Book of the BSA (Haycroft) £5. John Heywood 0779 0763975 (Warwick) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector, £65 for good quality 1930`s; £100- for good quality 1920`s. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) SEVERN Pillars of Wisdom, 672 pages, 1935, Jonathan Cafie £75. First Edition another by World Book, 352 pages £30. The Letters of Lawrence 895 pages £70, a collection of old registration books 1921 onwards from £20 each. B Eaton 01159 272069 (Notts) TT SPECIALS lots available, 1946 to 1961 £3 each, 1962 to 1981 £2 each. Andy Sykes email (Isle of Man) WEISE Leather Salopettes, elasticated sides knees etc, no rips or tears, always oiled, near to mint, size medium £50, also Weise over trousers with braces, mint £20.Weise Jacket £20. Richa jacket with armour £25. Gary Davies 0115 9655287 (Oxon)


AJS 1920’s, 350/500cc, OHV or SV, private buyer for vintage runs, will collect anywhere. H. Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) AMAL Type 27/013 track racing carburettor, flange mount, the type (27/013) was intended for the 500cc engines. Dick Rogers PO Box 593, Mira Loma, California 001 91752 0593 (USA) ANY make or size classic motorcycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb email 07811 189755 (Tamworth) BRADBURY 2¾ hp, 1922 model restoration, any mechanical or cycle parts, engine, gearbox, druid forks, etc, usable or for pattern. John Colwill 01302 840680 (S Yorks) BRITISH 125cc restoration project for a young member looking to get into riding vintage motorcycles. Andrew Frank 01642 701792 Mob 07752 461271 email (N Yorks) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email (Dorset)

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BROUGH Superior frame in any condition, also reward offered for assistance to successful purchase. Bruce Grant 01446 404234 email (Barry) BSA Bantam D1 carburettor, complete, or good float and float chamber top needed, having trouble finding good items to solve flooding on my 1953 plunger D1. Roger 07774 886995 email (Devon) BSA C15 Trials tank, steel, genuine. David Green 07714 190997 (Lincs) 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 (Worcs) BSA Rocket Gold Star in unrestored condition or even incomplete, prefer an original UK bike but re-import considered, must have current V5C or old log book. Harold Gardner 0161 336 6837 (Manchester) CALTHORPE wanted by enthusiast, any model, any year, complete and in running condition preferred, also memorabilia welcome. Stefan Mathys email (Switzerland) CERIANI Forks and yokes for Wideline framed Triton, might consider alternatives. Mike Borrie 07717 851346 (Cheltenham)

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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 (Wilts) 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 (Herts) DUNELT, double diameter, 500cc piston, iron or alloy. S Moss 02085 290620 email (London) FRANCIS Barnett 1925, rear stand for use or pattern and 24 x 2.25 beaded edge tyre for use (does not have to be road worthy) please help. David Bovenizer 01242 890457 (Cheltenham) FRANCIS Barnett 1937 Plover foot brake lever, item is usually stamped with the numbers ‘2025’. Andrew Shields 01698 821 825 email (Lanarkshire) GILERA 300B mean side silencers, bathtub 350 side stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria)

HARLEY FXR frame must have clean numbers also FXR tank. Graeme Chessum 07962 810392 (Leic) HONDA, 1983, CB250RS, centre stand. David Brindley 01622 739007 email (Kent) JAMES Comet, 1955, headlight rim, speedo drive and speedo (as fitted to the Cadet). Ray Cook 01376 344391 email (Essex) LUCAS Ammeter 1930’s, chrome bezel, black face, white needle and lettering, amperes above curved scale reading 84048 with 2 amp markers, discharge and charge below the scale and Joseph Lucas, Birmingham, England round the bottom. Glyn Baxter 0161 3383707 email (Cheshire) LUCAS 3T coils as fitted to mid sixties U.S Triumphs. A Roberts 01933 355796 (Northants) MAGNETO square type ML with advance/retard to fit Sunbeam s.v or just end plate (4 hole) with air unit plus cam ring, I know they are scarce, can swop/px Lucas mag dyno frame, same bike (1930). Mike Gardiner 01300 320446 (Dorset) McEVOY motor cycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email (W. Sussex) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email (Berks) NORTON M19, petrol tank, barrel, alloy head, prop and centre stands, 8” single sided brake, inter flywheel or complete assembly, vertical shaft, barrel, small top bevil w.h.y? Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON 1947 350cc, Manx no: B10M 1146+ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton, originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950’s, any information very welcome! I live in NZ and in UK Aug. Alain mob 07952 172772 email (New Zealand) PRECISION engine 21/2 or 2¾ wanted for a 1914 Torpedo lightweight. I have a 600cc precision for a swap or I will purchase any parts. John Wilton 02392 613490 email (Hants) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) R.O.C. parts, especially a frame, duplex type circa 1907, and clutch hub internal parts, also, any other R.O.C parts/ info to complete long term project, will travel. Michael Cushion 01508 499718 (leave message & I will call back) email (Norfolk) RUDGE and Triumph spares, projects or bikes, can collect anywhere, please contact Mike Collinson 0151 630 5345 mob 07974 786914 email (North West)

Wanted Sparkbrook with Villiers Engine Scott 3-speed Super (open-frame type) Please contact Tony Griffiths 01298 872874 email:

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SIDECAR, tradesman’s box or single seat sports style with large wheel or just a decent chassis with 19" wheel and fittings. Andre Heal 01692 404476 email (Norfolk) TRIUMPH from 1958 to 72, any condition considered, none runner, long time storage etc, would like tr6 but all considered. Eddie Crowley 0151 259 1596 (Liverpool) TRIUMPH Model W, 1927, 277cc valve caps, 1 in 4/16 across. Darren Ireland 07790 035049 evenings (Cumbria) TRIUMPH 500 Trophy, rigid model. Clive Talbot email 01257 453498 mob 07502 082930 (Lancashire) TRIUMPH Model H, condition either running or project, fair price paid. Jim French 01162 796767 email (Leic) TRIUMPH, Norton, Featherbed special, Greeves/Triumph, BMW GS Airhead, dry stored, non runner, not used anymore, can travel and remove. Keith Crawley 0151 260 8401 email (L’pool) TRIUMPH Tiger cub engine. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (AFTER 7PM) (Kent) TRIUMPH T100ss, 500 unit twin, 1967, right angle rev counter drive unit fitting to crankcase front, inlet camshaft no 4678, speedo and rev counter clocks. Denis Hartle 07990 585437 email (Heywood, Lancashire) 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 650 thunderbird, sprung hub with magneto WHY? Gary Davies 0115 9655287 (Oxon) VENOM/MSS or Viper cylinder head, plus a gudgeon pin for a Venom +060 AE piston. Dave Blanchard 01634 710327 (Kent) VINCENT Rapide or Shadow, a complete oily rag machine would be good, W.H.Y have triumph projects to swop. Alan Bailey 01625 432439 mob 07860 347526 email (Cheshire) WATSONIAN Monza / Palma chassis. Matt Little 01926 812780 (Warwicks) WEBB DE LUXE, late '20s, early '30s, double damped, heavyweight girders (3/4" tubing or larger), approx dimensions top-middle spindle 225mm (9"), middlewheel spindle 450mm (18") wanted for New Hudson. Keith Hodgson email 07944 395216 (W Yorks) ZENITH 1911 V-twin Gradua, forks, wheels, hubs, mudguards, Gradua pulley system, carburettor, rear wheel belt pulley, front/rear brake system, pushrod valve caps, oil syringe system, levers, tank, information, drawings, or pictures of the above parts would be very useful. Andrew Leslie 07599 291787 email (Northampton)

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HD AERMACCHI, 350ss, 1973, electric start, lightweight, good original condition for a BMW R50/60/75/80/100 twinshock. Dick Howland 07979 607419 email (Northumberland) TRIUMPH Terrier 1954, rebuilt several years ago but needs registering, has VMCC dating certificate, finished in export black, exchange for WW2 British motorcycle. Adrian Reeves 07519 859098 email (Canterbury)


WORKSHOP - Situated in a beautiful part of Devon, purpose built, brick, measuring 34ft length and 26ft width with 16ft inspection pit and Jacking beam, secure doors and windows, selection of machine tools including centre lathe and engine lifting crane. Also, chalet bungalow and stables with paddock £550,000. Tony Hall 01392 811832 (Devon)


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 - 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) Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website 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 BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or email Twitter, @BEMWDERBY BMW. UK’s longest-established (since 1962) independent BMW specialist for all your BMW needs (singles and twins until 1993). Spares, service, repairs, restorations to the highest standard. Used machines bought and sold. Old BMWs purchased inc. non-runners. Mail order and export welcome. Bob Porecha, 303 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5EW. Tel 0208 659 8860. Fax 0208 659 9198. E-mail Working hours: 9.30am – 3.00pm Monday to Saturday or late by appointment. Due to irregular working hours please phone before calling at the shop. 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 for more info. CLASSIC MOTOR CYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Rebushing of worn parts i.e. brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-off’s 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. 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.

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CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts 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, tel 01428 707538 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 LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc). Visit to see my website and gallery, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at 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, eves. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH

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REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. Further detail and list, email ot call Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles on 01258 472262. 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. Unpainted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall email tel: 01943 462248


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, email website BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 6 bed 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 £40 a night. Garages and workshop facilities. Contact Roger NICHOLLS Email tel or fax 0033 296 365480 Follow us on Facebook: Countryside Holidays in France. * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on or mail for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259 TT AND MANX GRAND PRIX/ FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING ACCOMMODATION, twin bed self contained flat and garage access, in Maughold. £100 per night. Tel 07624 203155

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Anthony Kay on his 1925 L25 BSA during the Banbury Run. See also pages 50 and 51.

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