The Vintage Motor Cycle
An attractive backdrop made this North Staffs Section run all the more enjoyable. See page 51
T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE
The Vintage Motor Cycle
The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club
A 350cc Excelsior ‘Manxman’ engine, seen on Founder’s Day in 2010.
No. 670: December 2016
FOUNDER: THE LATE C.E. ‘TITCH’ ALLEN OBE, BEM
Published by The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1TR, and issued free to members.
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Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm PRESIDENT Rod Hann - firstname.lastname@example.org 01935 872528 (Call before 8pm, please) CHAIRMAN Peter Miller - email@example.com 01258 721356 (Call before 8pm please) GENERAL MANAGER Giles Willison - firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNTANT Jane Farnsworth - email@example.com EDITOR David Davies - c/o Allen House GENERAL ADMIN/EDITORIAL Pam Goodfellow - firstname.lastname@example.org 01283 495100 ADVERTISING/BOOKKEEPER/DIRECT DEBITS Jo Dunhill - email@example.com 01283 495103 RETAIL/IT ADMIN Ian Botham - firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICE/ADMIN/SMALL ADS Sara Smith - email@example.com LIBRARY TEAM Vicky Frost and Peter Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIALIST PRODUCTS (BRAKE BLOCKS/TYRES ETC) Peter Bennett - email@example.com Wednesday and Thursday only RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS firstname.lastname@example.org 01283 495107 DIRECTOR SUPPORT REMIT FOR ALLEN HOUSE www.vmcc.net/membersarea/ member_club_officials.aspx MEMBERS’ DISCOUNT INSURANCE Footman James Insurance Brokers www.footmanjames.co.uk 0333 207 6069 Full details of all the Club’s Directors & Officers can be found on the Club’s website www.vmcc.net/membersarea/member_club _officials.aspx
Yorkshire fun during Scarborough Week – Page 34 from left: VOC members Derek Manders, 1938 MAC & 1964 MSS; Dave Stewart, 1959 Venom; Albert Lynes, 1960 Venom; Frank Kay, 1958 Viper; Dave Downer, 1956 Venom; Rob Jones, 1959 MAC; and Graham Bentley, 1938 MSS
Care to live la dolce vita? Andrew Hunt alerts VMCC members to a memorable Italian event. See Page 62... Mutch ado about gloves New French glove law angers Ian Mutch. How do you feel about it? See what he says on Page 42...
The way we were Where, who, and what? See page 40 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, whose members are united by their common appreciation of the engineering skill and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by.
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It is only as a Director that one gains a full understanding of the organisation of the Club and of its strengths and weaknesses. As a Director one observes the workings of Allen House and discusses problems with the staff in order to gain their views and, more importantly, their concerns for the future. One also analyses in considerably more detail than would the average member the financial performance of the Club to discern the ongoing trends so that timely remedial action can be taken if required. This is not an easy task. Presently the financial performance of the Club appears sound. The budget for financial year 2015/16 had forecast a deficit of £28k yet by August, the eleventh month of our financial year; we were trading £40k above budget. However, at the year-end, with all adjustments included, we still expect to show a modest loss. No loss is acceptable, but that it should be small is good news. However, the improvement has been achieved by stringent cost control and by paring staff levels at Allen House to a minimum. Such actions adversely affect our services to members, and in the long term can only be detrimental to the future of the Club. The financial operation of the Club has been in the red for the past five years, is expected to be in the red for FY 2015/16 and the budget forecast is that it will remain in the red for the current year. Such losses are unsustainable. The Directors, who are responsible for the financial wellbeing of the Club, would be failing in their duties if they did not take urgent steps to reverse the situation. Immediately the financial forecast for the present year became available it was apparent that action was required. A meeting of the Directors and the President was held on the 22nd August and it was agreed that a restructuring study should be carried out to determine how to improve the organisation and management of the Club. The exercise was commenced immediately, and extended over a six-week period. It included interviews with staff members to gain their views and suggestions upon how improvements and cost savings could be made. We found certain areas of the Club business were running efficiently whilst others, such as IT and possibly events, might be better outsourced. We felt the management structure was top heavy and did not provide value for money. The restructuring proposals were discussed at a meeting attended by the Directors and the President, in his role as membership representative, and endorsed by those present. As a consequence of the restructuring proposals, Giles Willison has agreed to step down as General Manager. Giles joined the Club at a troubled period in its history and has proved a stabilising influence. I would like to
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express the Directors’ thanks to Giles for his work for the Club, and wish him well in the future. The Directors are seldom required to intervene in the running of the Club. The usual tasks in which they are involved are in the business management and in setting the strategy for the future development of the Club. These are important roles, and I would like to make a plea for members to put themselves forward for election. Three of the six Directors must stand down at the AGM in March, which means there will be at least three vacancies to fill. We need candidates with business backgrounds and organisation skills to put themselves forward. I sense a new enthusiasm to develop and grow the Club. It is already a great Club, but it can be made better with fresh ideas and sound business guidance. The job can be immensely rewarding, and is the opportunity to make a contribution to the Club’s success. All elected Club officers are appointed for a two-year period. In addition to the Directors we have a number of Area Representative posts to be filled. These are listed overleaf. Five posts are for the full two years and two others, which are currently vacant, are for the remaining year of the appointment. The Area Representatives are important in promoting the Club and in coordinating activities between the sections in their Area. They are also important in the liaison between headquarters and the membership. These are important and rewarding roles in our management structure; please consider putting your name forward. Our President, who was for some years the South West Area Representative, will be pleased to tell you what the job involves. The ten major awards to be presented at the AGM are listed on Page 6. The awards are presented annually in recognition of meritorious achievements in the various Club activities, whether these are riding Club eligible machines, promotion of the Club, Section organisation or behind the scenes activities. Last year there were numerous members whose activities were deserving of recognition but who did not receive an award as without nomination the award could not be presented. So if you know of a member worthy of an award please act and put forward a nomination; don’t leave it to others and risk it not going forward. Finally this month a date for your diaries; May 6th/7th 2017 will see the Classic Endurance Race Weekend at Donington Park. It is being staged by Endurance Legends and will include a four-hour Endurance Race, celebrity riders, live bands, track sessions and much more. The VMCC will be run turn-up-on-the-day training sessions, track parades and displays. More details in future months. Peter Miller
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JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES: January: Thursday 01/12/16. February: Sunday 01/01/2017
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The 2017 AGM will take place at The British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ at 11am on 9th April 2017.
YEAR END ACCOUNTS: The statutory and Members accounts will be available on application from the office on Monday 23rd January 2017. They will also be available electronically by emailing Jane Farnsworth email@example.com or, if a hard copy is required, please send an A4 SAE with your request.
NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS: A final reminder for you to nominate members for an award as detailed in the Journal, with the awards being presented at the AGM. There are ten awards for nomination covering all aspects of achievement within the Club so plenty of opportunities to show your apreciation of their efforts. Closing date is 5.30 pm Monday 9th January 2017.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE VACANCIES :There are vacancies for both Directors and Area Representatives to serve the Club as detailed in the Journal; nomination forms are available from Allen House. This is an opportunity for members to become involved in the management and representation of our Club. The closing date to receive these is 5.30 pm Monday 9th January 2017. VMCC HQ AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR: The office will close at 4 pm on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. The office will close at 1.30 pm on 9th December for the office Christmas meal.
RETAIL ORDER DEADLINE: The last day for receiving orders for presents or parts required for fettling your bike by second class post is Tuesday 20th December and for first class is Wednesday 21st December. We will continue to dispatch orders after these dates, but there can be no guarantee of pre-Christmas delivery â€“ so please get your orders in early as possible to avoid the final Festive postal rush and any disappointment.
RECRUITMENT BANNERS UPDATE: Three revised quotes for recruitment banners have been given to the Directors, who will make the final selection.
HQ ALLEN HOUSE: Results of the restructuring process at Head Office were communicated to the Team at Allen House on 13th October. As a result of this restructure I have decided to leave the VMCC at the end of November, a decision that has taken some thinking through, with my last day in the office being Friday 11th November, as I am away on holiday after that date. I would like to thank all the staff, members and volunteers who have shown their support during my time within Allen House and wish the Club every success in the future. During my two years working for our Club I have met many members, had interesting and varied conversations, learnt much about the Club and I am very proud of what has been achieved with the Team. I will miss being at the shows and events meeting and having conversations with our members and the public. Over the two years I have been as far afield as Scotland and, at the other end of the country, have visited the Somerset Section, Bristol Show and the Banbury Event. I hope to visit these shows and events in the future and meet up in the future.
Giles Willison, General Manager
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE CLUB LTD WILL BE HELD AT 11.00AM ON SUNDAY 9th APRIL 2017 AT THE BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM, BANBURY ROAD, GAYDON, WARWICKSHIRE, CV35 0BJ. ALL PROPOSITIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE DIRECTORS AND RECEIVED AT THE CLUB OFFICE BY 5:30PM ON MONDAY 9TH JANUARY 2017 The Vintage Motor Cycle December 2016| 3
NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS TO FILL THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES ON THE VMCC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT ELECT: Nominations are required for the Club’s President Elect for 2017 (Presidential term 2018-2020; the Presidential term of office is two years). A job profile for the role is available from Allen House; please see details below. THREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Directors of the Company and work with the Club’s Officers in the management of the Club for a period of two years. FIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for North East, Overseas, Scotland, South Midlands, Wales & South West regions for a period of two years. TWO COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for and North Midlands & North West Regions for a period of one year. Voting for Directors will be open to all members of the Club, and any member may be nominated. Area Reps will be nominated and voted for on a regional basis. NOMINATION FORMS FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE ROLES (with more details) ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VMCC OFFICE, ALLEN HOUSE, WETMORE ROAD, BURTON ON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 1TR. Tel: 01283 540557 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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October has seen my travels continue around the country. A Committee Meeting at HQ on the 7th was followed the next day with the Southwest Regional Meeting, and on the next day by a local riding event. In additional I have attended a funeral at Bath, given a talk at the North Staffs Section, spent two and a half days at Stafford Show, gone to a meeting in Cornwall, visited Devon with a view to the starting of a new Group, and done the Anglian Regional Meeting as well as attending local Sections and Runs. November will see a further visit to Headquarters for another Management Meeting, plus further Regional Meetings for the North Midlands and Scotland. Never a dull moment. Stafford Show was its usual excellent self. Acres of autojumble both outside and inside and the standard of machines on display was of the highest quality. The VMCC stand was in a more prominent position this time, and aroused much interest, with many new members being signed up to swell our ranks. My thanks go to all who manned the stand, specially Giles and Ian for whom this was a difficult weekend which they dealt with most professionally. Our stand had machines ranging from 1903 to 1972, showing the range of our interest, and of particular note was a 1930s BSA three-wheeler which was prominently displayed. My visit to Bradworthy in Devon was to meet some existing VMCC members and other interested persons to gauge if there was enough support to start another new Group. Around thirty people were present and at the end of our deliberations there was enough interest to form a committee and take things to the next stage. Quite a few new members will result, and enough people promised future attendance to make this worthwhile. No name yet for this new Group but I wish them well, and watch the Journal for even more VMCC activities in that beautiful area. So far we have held two of the Presidentâ€™s Regional Meetings. Both have been well supported, and those attending seem to think this
The Townsville Restored Motor Cycle Club from Queensland, Australia recently became affiliated to the VMCC on 22nd August 2016. I was pleased to present the certificate of affiliation and VMCC pennant to Malcolm Burgess and his wife of the Townsville Restored Motor Cycle Club at the Stafford Motor Cycle Show.
a worthwhile exercise. A good exchange of views on all aspects of this Club has resulted. With two more planned for November and one in January there are still four more to plan, so when your opportunity to attend arrives, then please do so as your input is much appreciated. At the conclusion I will prepare an overall report for inclusion in the Journal. I am sure you will read elsewhere of the restructuring taking place within the company. We have recently lost good and valued staff from Allen House. I wish them all the greatest success in their new careers, and thank them for their dedicated work whilst within our employment. Your next Journal may or may not arrive on your doorstep (or computer screens) before Christmas, so may I take this opportunity to wish all members and their families a Happy Christmas and my best wishes for a successful 2017. Rod Hann
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We live in interesting times (once more...)
Out in the real world, the last of the major shows for 2016 has been and gone, the ‘London-to-Brighton’ has taken place and we can now make preparations for 2017. For many of you, it is spanner flinging time – attending to those niggling little problems that have detracted from the enjoyment of your favourite machine – or embarking on a major rebuild occasioned by some mechanical misfortune. You may even find the time to write up some of your workshop experiences for the Journal...... Matters electrical feature in this month’s issue. It is pure co-incidence that all these submissions arrived at the same time. I make no apologies for their inclusion; electrics do seem to be a blind spot for many owners and riders of historic motor cycles – as borne out by the lemming-like rush to get home before lighting-up time from any section meeting on a summer evening. Whilst the complexity of more modern steeds commands shock and awe, systems up to and including the 1960’s will respond to a bit of logical TLC – in spite of pennypinching and poor quality control from the industry. There are now many examples of ingenuity and applications of modern technology to come to your aid. David Davies
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FBHVC survey results
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does so by representing your interests to politicians, government officials and legislators in the UK and through the FIVA in Europe. More than 500 subscriber organisations represent a membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual trade supporters. When representing the movement, it is essential to be able to back up your arguments with hard facts and figures, to this end, the Federation carries out ‘National Historic Vehicle Surveys’ every five years. The results of the latest survey were presented to Parliament and the Press at the Palace of Westminster on 11th October. 13,929 survey responses were received in what’s believed to be the most comprehensive survey of its type anywhere. The findings can be summarised as follows: Registered historic vehicles: 1,039,950 Registered motor cycles: 296,936 (29% of the total) Proportion of vehicles registered for road use: 58% Combined estimated value: £17.8billion Number of enthusists: More than half a million Vehicle owners’ annual spend: More than £662m Spend on related activity: £5.5 billion People employed in historic vehicle industry: 34,000 The Historic Vehicle Movement matters... The full survey report is available from the FBHVC and it can be found on their web site: www.fbhvc.co.uk
Visitors from all Sections are invited to join us for our annual
COTSWOLD WAY RUN SUNDAY 23rd JULY 2017
A 90-mile Road Run around the glorious Cotswolds Along the route of the Cotswold Way Walk, including new and revised sections mainly on B and C roads suitable for all eligible classes. Start /Finish at Hayles Fruit Farm Café, Winchcombe Entry Form and Supplementary Regs from NORTH COTSWOLD SECTION Glyn Buckler, Badgers Green, Welford Hill, Long Marston Road, Stratford upon Avon CV37 8AE www.northcotswoldvmcc.com email: email@example.com The Vintage Motor Cycle December 2016| 7
An appreciation of Giles Willison It was with some surprise and not some little sadness that I have learnt recently that our current General Manager, Giles Willison, pictured right, will be leaving the employ of the VMCC on November 11th. As the Past Chairman of the management committee, I chaired his appointment panel, and felt that when he was appointed we had got exactly what the Club needed at the top, following a rather unpleasant and damaging period in the clubs history, that was to say, a calm, safe and pleasant individual with a wealth of expertise in the field of customer relations and a real belief in the value of these relations. In the eighteen months that
I worked with him he showed his capacity to smooth ruffled feathers of both membership and staff alike. This was enormously important as the Club’s relationship with its membership had never been at such a low ebb, and Giles’ efforts have been absolutely essential in repairing this rift which had it continued would, in my mind, have destroyed the VMCC as we knew it. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work on behalf of the VMCC, who I am sure will miss his calming, and professional influence greatly, and wish him luck for the future, whatever he chooses to do. Pat Robotham
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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Gary Sleeman, 105 Ledbury Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE3 9RA 01733 770241 email@example.com North East (NE) Vacant North Midlands (NM) Vacant North West (NW) Vacant Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: firstname.lastname@example.org South West (SW) Michael Downes 01395 489744 email@example.com
ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccanglia.org Our AGM took place on the October Club night. The Committee all stood for re-election, so no change there then. We welcomed Pat Meads as the co-opted Website Co-ordinator, and you can see the new website, which he is building up, at http://www.vmccanglia.org/, so check it out. There is also a direct link to it from the main VMCC website. I will repeat my plea that I made at the AGM – we need organisers in 2017 for both the John Abraham V&V Memorial Run and the 1930s Run. It would be a shame if these two popular events couldn’t take place because there was no one to organise them. The January Club night will be the ever popular Pie and Chips evening – followed by one of Drew’s quizzes. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 email@example.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.com George and Jane Plumb were away so the AGM which was planned for the October meeting was shifted to the November meeting. The entertainment was a DVD of the 2015 Anglo Dutch Trial. Some Scottish members were part of the Anglo Team (Geoff Hanson, Paul Morley,
South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 firstname.lastname@example.org South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: email@example.com South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: email@example.com Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, email and web site address so members can contact you. Word count per section is 150, (or just 100 with a picture) Johnny Johnson and Alastair Alexander). The Trial started in 1912 and got dropped because of WW1 and re-instated in the 1980s. There were a couple of new faces attending the meeting, one of whom joined the Club at the Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston in March and had a great time as an entrant at the Tiddler Tootle. The new venue at the Newliston Arms is working out very well but does not provide food on a Monday night. We are looking for a venue for the December 19th Xmas meal meeting and George will email details in due course. All welcome. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 firstname.lastname@example.org By the time you read this, we will have had our extraordinary AGM in November. This has come about as we were unable to persuade anyone to step forward to take up the position of Chairman. As this position needs to be filled, we need to have this extra AGM. In December we have our Ladies Night where the partners and girlfriends are invited to attend and enjoy a little light supper and a chat entitled “Ping Pong Piffle” given by Dr. Anne Barrowdale. There are 2 runs this month, the Early Xmas run on the 11th and Ring out the Old on the 27th. The length of both will depend on the weather. May I wish all readers a Merry Christmas and hopefully a better New Year.
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BEDFORDSHIRE (ANG) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 email@example.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk Eddy’s intriguingly titled “Every picture tells a story” provided a fascinating insight into early events of the Motor Cycling Club and Association of Pioneer Motorcyclists through wonderful original photographs he’d been lucky enough to obtain some years ago. The Autumn Gold Run (Autumn Cold, someone said) proved a great success. Loads of great bikes, glorious weather (for October) and stunning colours in the trees and hedgerows. Shuttleworth proved a popular start and finish venue with its £6 breakfast and lunch deals, and coffee at Dunstable Downs made a convenient break for the 20+ riders and passengers. Splendid to see so many friends at the start and finish. December Club night will feature the traditional charity auction so have a look in the shed and see what you no longer need, doesn’t fit, or you can’t remember what it is, but which might tempt someone else to squander their Christmas bonus.
Brenda (of Brenda’s Pantry Preesall) who continues to bring along hot pot suppers to order every month and brew up for us, yes we are spoilt up here in Blackpool! We discussed next year’s programme of events which by the time you read this will have been finalised and on our website. So that’s it until next time. BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 firstname.lastname@example.org Dave’s Late Run was led by Bernie in cool, sunny weather, up into the Forest and through the leafy lanes of Hampshire via Lockerley, Dean, and Grimstead to the Silver Plough at Pitton. Bernie was well complimented for a most enjoyable run. Nominations are needed to take over Bernie’s role as Section Chairman in January. The Section Christmas dinner will be at the Walkford on 2nd December. This fantastic value event is organised by Tony Townsend and is often oversubscribed so call Tony soon on 01425 612458 to book. The New Years Day run from the British Legion is on (you guessed it) – 1st January
BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 email@example.com www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Responding to a kind invitation from a like-minded enthusiast, the mid-week run from Padworth followed a leisurely course into the Oxfordshire countryside to visit a small collection of veteran motor cycles. All were nicely restored and maintained, yet not over the top. Thanks Joe. The Autumn run from Nelson’s Diner at Kingsclere started out in somewhat misty conditions, but the day remained dry as we made our way on a circuitous route to the George Inn at Lambourn for Sunday lunch. It was a lovely run to appreciate the autumnal splendour of the trees around us with the leaves blowing in the wind of our passing. Our annual Bring and Buy Hardware evening proved the focal point for the redistribution of articles acquired during the year that were supposed to fit, but didn't, and those that had lain hidden under benches gathering dust for a millennia. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk October was the AGM and yes you are stuck with the same Committee! The AGM was pretty uneventful, reports from the Officers regarding the past year, we cancelled only one run due to wet weather and our own Knott End Show was also cancelled but the rest of our programme went off without a hitch, culminating in a clean sweep of the awards at the Lytham Hall Classic Show. We continue to be able use Stalmine Village Hall at no cost which is a great help and a big thank you to
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BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com www.bristolvmcc.com The lunchtime meet at The Salutation, Ham was well supported as was our annual Dinner and Prizegiving at Begbrook. Our caterers did us proud once again and thank you to those that turned up to collect their awards. A background DVD presentation of Section events over the years from the mid sixties proved entertaining identifying members in their younger years some of whom were present but quite a few who weren’t... Just a reminder that the Boxing Day meet is at the usual Whitminster Inn on the A38 a few miles south of Gloucester where we join our South Cotswold chums, and no doubt many others, and on New Year’s Day we meet at Avon Valley Steam Railway at Bitton Station. BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 firstname.lastname@example.org Our AGM of November 20th will have been and gone when you read this. For those with girder fork race bikes
there is a possibility of an ACU Girder Fork Bike Championship at BHR dependent on how many bikes we can get on the Grid at our race meetings throughout the season so for those with Girder Fork Bikes, prepared to race them please contact me. Just a reminder if any one wishes to join BHR at our Trophy Presentation Dinner/Dance on February 17th at Mercure Daventry Court Hotel & Spa contact Diane Whitehouse on 01246 435653 or by email email@example.com Our race dates are now on the BHR forum to help you plan 2017. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/brookvmcc As we approach the end of 2016 our thoughts turn to 2017, where we are building on our traditional programme with the introduction of new events, different starting points for our runs and moving away from always having all runs on Sundays. The aim of this is to encourage, greater participation and provide quite literally a change of scenery. This includes our ever popular weekend run, which now becomes a mid-week spring break, 15-18th May. Full details are to be found in the Events section, for availability contact the Chairman. Club night on 20th features our always popular prize quiz.
John and Janet Stone took the prize for best tramp and trampess. On the night we collected £101 towards this year’s charity, this was from the raffle and the forfeits paid by those not coming dressed as a tramp. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 email@example.com Thanks to everyone who’s helped run our Section this year. We’ve done a lot of rideouts and events. I hope we can do more of the same next year. Best Wishes to all and have a good Christmas. Enjoy the festive break and hope to see you at some of our events in the New Year... CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/central The Section October meeting consisted of our AGM and a natter. Elections were as follows. Chairman: Bill Balfour; Secretary: Arthur Merchant; Treasurer: Bill Coburn. Member Bill West stepped down from the Committee due to health reasons. Many thanks to you Bill for all you have done in the past, and I hope you will still be able to '’lend a hand’ sometimes. The natter was mainly about what we will be getting involved during 2017. Our Bike Show/Autojumble in the Spring, the Scottish Bike Show at Ingliston and The Scottish National Assembly in August being the main topics, and of course anything motor cycle. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 email@example.com
A beast from the 1970’s BURTON AND DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 07999 582111 firstname.lastname@example.org On October 9th nine bikes led by Mick Leach left Marston’s at 11am .We had a nice steady ride out to the Yew Tree at Cauldon Lowe, where we joined up with the North Staffs on their Lemmings Autumn Leaves run. All together there must have been nearly fifty real nice classic bikes on the run, a great day. On the 11th we had our Bring and Buy night which went really well. Pat Robotham managed to sell nearly every item that had been brought in, making about £40 for the Section. On the 25th we had the Tramps’ Supper with 38 attending.
Another good turnout for Sam’s End of Season lunch at Trevor – 18 machines. More or less dry weather helped, as the photo by Peter Joyce below shows. A smashing return with DBK along the border. Another a good Quiz Night in November, thanks to Q.M. Peter Hill. We are now planning a special Christmas ‘do’ at Club Night on Tuesday, 20th December. Any suggestions for entertainment, folks? Finally, please note, it’s the AGM in January; if anyone wants to propose someone for the Section Officer positions, including the Committee, please send me written nominations, including the seconder, by 15th December.
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CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 email@example.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk At our October Club night we raised a sizeable sum for Jeff Meehan’s nominated and worthy charity, NABD. Jeff’s widow Maureen thanked everyone for their generosity. At the same Club night, we asked for volunteers to put themselves forward as Section Officials and to nominate other Members for Section Awards. There is still time to do this, please contact either Richard or myself. More details on this soon after you read this! On 23rd October, Bob Moon led a group of Cats to C&NW’s Pie Eating Extravaganza at the Telford Inn on a cool but dry day. Hope we left enough of the good stuff for our hosts…! Our 2017 events will be on our website and on VMCC’s Events Portal by the time you read this. Time to get your diaries filled in for the New Year’s riding. Merry Christmas to All! CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 firstname.lastname@example.org October is traditionally quieter month for Section events, time to start sorting out those little repair jobs put off in summer. Colin lead the October Wrinkly run to the Swan at Northall, sorry if anyone went to Aldbury, he changed the route on route, he had carefully planned the rain to come after arriving at the pub for lunch. I think those who came enjoyed the run. Head Office has asked us to provide details of runs for next year, to be added as a calendar of events. Sadly we were taken by surprise with this, and at the time of writing no plans for next year have been made. If you have an idea for a run, place to visit, event in mind, please give me a ring and let me know so I can add it to next year’s plans. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 email@example.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk
On 8th October we held the second Early Motor Bicycles run for pre-1920 machinery at Museum of Flight near East Fortune. Good weather and nice routes ensured it was a great success and good to see the six Dutch entries. There were no bikes in the support vehicle, a testament to their owners. Well done to John McMillan for organising this. We had the Club meeting on 11th then the Autumn run to Happendon Services, which had a good turnout despite wet weather. CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk September’s Truro Club Night was entertained by the Ladies of Ladok, adventure motorcyclists, who entertained members with stunning photos, music and accompanied talk of their inspirational travels. Members at the East Taphouse Club Night had a Quiz Night which tested the old grey matter on motorcycling and Cornish knowledge. It was an enjoyable evening with the first prize being a Cruise for Two, from East to West Looe! The Roseland Run saw a large number of riders gather on a beautiful morning after heavy rain during the night. They headed to St Mawgan Air Museum and ate pasties for lunch. Thank you to Lawrence for leading this run. It will soon be Christmas, so I wish all members a Happy Christmas and safe riding in 2017. COTSWOLD (SM) Brian Keeling 01452 712753 email@example.com www.vmcc-cotswold.org In the event of no other volunteers at our AGM I now find myself as Secretary for the Cotswold Section, Fred Smith has kindly stayed on for another year as Chairman and Rob Rendell is our Vice Chairman. So a succession plan is in place which for us is really good news. Following the AGM we had the annual Bring and Buy Sale for which Tony Wright acted as our Auctioneer and as usual making it a lot of fun and amassing well over £200 for club funds. On December 7th we have Royce Creasey giving a talk on Feet Forward Motorcycles which should make for a really interesting night then the next week the Christmas Party and hopefully our annual Frog Race. Worth coming just for the race, but always a good night and usually more food than we can eat. Don’t forget the Presentation Dinner on the 28th January 2017. Tickets from Jenny Hart. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 firstname.lastname@example.org www.magic-wheelers.org.uk Next year’s events are coming along nicely, very much the mixture as before. I hope you all receive the lovely
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Christmas presents you wish for, perhaps that unused Lohmann still in its box, 18ccs of diesel delight. New Year’s Day is the first run of 2017 at the Toby Carvery, Hilsea. I look forward to seeing the usual suspects. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 email@example.com www.vmccdartmoor.com Our year ended with our AGM and ‘End of Season Run’. We have new Members, new Committee Members, and new ride leaders. The Committee has planned a programme of Sunday and evening rides for 2017, and an extra weekend venue for a display of our machines. For December we have our Club night at the A MAC on the Baton Run. Seven Stars Totnes at 8pm on 8th December. For further information visit the web site at VMCC Dartmoor, or call the Secretary on 01803 52746. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 firstname.lastname@example.org Good weather and a good show of bikes for the Autumn run, plus a Hockings ice cream on Torrington Common, proper job. I had a good day out, but of course, all my troubles were behind me. Club night is on Dec the 15th for a mince pie and a natter. The Christmas Lunch on December 3rd is timed for a sit-down at 12.30pm. If you can, please bring a prize for the draw. The first date in the New Year will be the Fish and Chip lunch at the Welcome Fryer, South Molton, on Sunday Jan the 8th at 12.30pm. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 email@example.com We have been lucky to have good weather on the runs this year and Roger’s Winter Run was no exception. The route was varied and the lunchtime stop at the water wheel in Sherborne was interesting with lots to see. As I was about to leave, Rod noticed the horn on my bike was just about to part company, only being held on by the two wires. A quick fix/bodge sorted it, so thanks to Rod for avoiding a costly mishap. The AGM on the 12th October was well attended; the Committee has a few changes. Lynda has stepped down as Secretary; she has done a brilliant job and will be sorely missed, especially since her replacement is me. Mike Gardiner has handed over Section Presidency to Ted Foote, so a thank you to Mike and congratulations to Ted. Merry Christmas!
EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 firstname.lastname@example.org By the time this gets into the magazine people will be more interested in sorting out Christmas than riding bikes but some of us will still be out there. The ride out to Blue Anchor in October was a new one, along many roads that we had not been on before. It was a fine day and although the café was busy there was plenty of room. The return was not quite the route we were expecting, but that’s what happens when you let Mike get in front. We went up Porlock Hill through the valley of rocks, and back across Exmoor, but it made for a very interesting day. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 Don’t forget the Section Buffet on 20th December, and the Boxing Day and New Year Day events! Details in the Diary. Club night saw the usual thirteen just men enjoy a noggin’n’natter. The year’s last Wrinkly Run, combined with a visit to the Roger Dudding Collection of cars and motorcycles, saw the biggest turnout I can remember. The weather helped to encourage 32 riders, led by Peter Langridge, including 2 Vincents and 3 Scotts, plus 8 members in cars. Roger offered us wonderful hospitality, including a superb buffet, and personal tour of his fantastic collection, many of which are used in the film industry, including the recent Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge. Thank you Roger! Thanks also to Chairman Bob and Don Williamson for organising it. Finally, nice to see Peter Biles back in the saddle. EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 email@example.com www.vmcceastlancs.co.uk Compliments of the season from the East Lancs Section; another year gone! The Memorial Run, our season’s last, had thirteen machines sign on. Visiting the Spitfire Memorial at Lytham St. Annes and having decent weather, the run raised £24 for the North West Air Ambulance. The 20th of the month is the Chairman’s Mince Pie Night, so if you have a sweet tooth and you fancy a natter, come along to the Victoria. Finally if you were the recipient of one of our trophies last year, it’s time to hand it back, so someone else can polish it for a year. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk October 9th saw a large turnout for Richard Lanney’s Frank’s Autumn Leaves Run round the lanes of East Sussex stopping for a mid morning break at Hawkhurst
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then onto Rye. 12th October was the Section’s AGM; all Officers were returned unopposed. The weekend of the 15th October was the Annual pilgrimage to WestonSuper-Mare, where 11 machines set off from the Cafe at Cowfold stopping for fuel and lunch until The Ice Cream Stop at Cheddar Gorge. A good evening in the two pubs for food and drinks before setting of the following day through sunshine and showers. Thanks to the leaders and Mick Lucioni for organising the trip. 26th October was a talk and presentation of a cheque to The Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance for £1,800. Don’t forget the Section Dinner on January 21st. Contact Stan on 01424 424476. Merry Christmas. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 email@example.com www.holdorf.karoo.net Chairman Harry made a good move when he relocated The Beverley Run from a garden centre, to Bishop Burton Agricultural College. An entry of 55 had a choice of routes, one which was suitable for older and low powered machines. Back at the college food was available in the student’s café at a very reasonable price. Harry Oglesby, pictured, was out on his D3 Bantam in this his 82nd year. Makes a change to your cammy Velo, Harry! The Annual Dinner is on Sunday 11th December. Contact Dennis Johnson 01964 623401. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-essex.co.uk October Club night was the annual quiz arranged by Ray and Mark Spearman. The teams battled over the first prize of a Mars bar each. Thanks to some outstanding knowledge of past Isle of Man TT races by members of my team we emerged victorious. Our Committee members attended the President’s Meeting at Fulbourne. Rod Hann was able to provide a lot of information about the Headquarters activities and also provide many ideas on growing membership and appealing to a wider audience. It was good to hear that the Club is on a sound financial base and the plans for future at the headquarters. The December Club night is our seasonal celebration and we start the New Year with our New Year’s Day run from Writtle Green.
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FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9pm please) email@example.com Our next meeting is Club night on 26th January when our ex-Chairman will reveal his list of favourite flat tank machines and riding events. The Lunch and prize giving is 12th February at The George Inn, Cambridge – tickets cost £10 from me please. Don’t forget to enter a team for St. Patrick’s Quiz Night on 23rd March. Flat Tank Road Trial w/e is June 23rd to 25th. We wish all Sections a happy festive period and ask organisers of suitable events in 2017 to send details to me to include in our list printed in our calendar. Send me an email for one in January. Please Santa, send me one of these with the rest of the machine! GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 firstname.lastname@example.org Our November meeting will have come and gone and Christms is now just round the corner, so I wish you all a happy festive season. Plans are under way for the new season, but our group really does need your help, support and participation. I don’t want to keep banging on, but the more you put in, the more you get out. A bit like a bank really. Well maybe not. Meetings are as usual third Tuesday of the month, and providing I have your email address you will get a reminder from me the week before as to what’s on. Keep warm and stay safe in the workshop or wherever you spend your winter hibernation. GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 email@example.com Excellent speaker John Grew gave the Section a talk on his Himalayan Bike Trip from Shimla and return 960 km later. A good slide show providing an insight into the people and country with facts on the height of mountain passes crossed. The last evening run was led by Ron Davis to Petworth for fish & chips. Ron also lead the last Wrinkly Run; another well supported run finishing at the Travellers Rest. Members and partners had an exciting game of skittles and a fish & chip supper at the end of October. The Pumpkin Run saw 17 riders start out from Amberley Museum on a 56-mile run, with a foggy start but sunshine later. Note: Christmas Dinner rearranged for Friday 9th December at the Vardar, Littlehampton.
GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccgrasstrack.net The AGM and Awards Presentation saw some lively discussion and debate. Classes were discussed and some fears of the VMCC rolling 25-year rule on what machines might soon be eligible were aired. At present we are holding fire on confirming our dates to hopefully avoid major clashes. The two Fenlands meetings will be oneday events due to a lack of entries on the Saturdays. These will be on 21st May and 3rd September. Southend date is 6th August. More on dates/events as they are confirmed. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Let’s all make a new year’s resolution to get those bikes out in 2017, burn some dope and R and stretch those throttle cables! Marshals, helpers always needed, let’s make next season a bumper one! GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 Our last run of the year was the Des James Run. 15 bikes assembled for a run through the Clydach Gorge then over the Black Mountains where coffee was taken at the climbing centre, Llangorse (didn’t notice any members on the zip wires!) We welcomed Bruce and Di on their Brough Superior not their usual 3HW Triumph, whilst autumn mists were much in evidence, in places it was hard to see as far as one’s front mudguard! But once on lower ground the mellow fruitfulness more than made up for the fog. The Section AGM has come and gone with surprise surprise, no changes, our Christmas dinner will be on Tuesday 19th December at the Rising Sun 7.30 pm. Ring Mark on 07870 535933 to book. HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 email@example.com Our first AGM is on Thursday 24th November at the Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW starting at 7:30pm prompt. Please do your utmost to attend this meeting. We need to review the year, elect new Officers and agree our calendar for 2017. Your input is essential. “A grand day out, Gromit” is what you missed if you opted for couch surfing or DIY duty instead of doing our Bredon Hill run in Sunday Oct 30th. More accurately, you missed a grand morning out, as were back in Ledbury before 1:30 p.m.!
feel cold. The roads have been salted, so it’s time to get in the shed and do all the jobs you have put off. But you still have the Club nights each month and Christmas to get over. Remember you can have a go at taking a Tuesday evening run as its end over end you are the only one who knows the route so you cannot be wrong. The Committee and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Next year’s dates list is now ready. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 firstname.lastname@example.org October Club Night had Pete Thomas (pictured), one of the Ironmasters Sprinters, display his PRS Hagon BSA 250cc and give an informative talk about this and Sprinting in general. Regrettably, attendance was sparse for this interesting evening. At its start, the final Club run lived up to its Fowl Weather title, but Chairman Phil, (an enthusiast for Roman History with his choice of straight roads?) led a brisk run to refreshments in Staffordshire. Another speedy, different route, in better weather, returned us to Phil’s 19th home for further tea, nattering, etc. December 19th is Quiz Night. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 www.vmcciom.org Hot off the press we can confirm the Manx Rally dates: It will start on Thursday 24th August 2017 and conclude on Thursday 31st. Our Festival of Jurby Day will be on Sunday 27th August. Entry forms will be available on our website and Facebook pages soon. Our Festival of Jurby T-shirts, sold in conjunction with our event sponsor Wemoto.com raised a staggering £16,248.48 for the Manx Grand Prix Rescue Helicopter fund. Thanks go to Wemoto.com for the designing and producing the T-shirts.
IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 email@example.com www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk This year’s riding season is over with the last run in October. It was a good day but for the shower. You had to feel sorry for the swimmers crossing the river; it made me
Section Chairman Richard Birch & TT Racer Steve Plater with the cheque at Stafford.
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ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 firstname.lastname@example.org Again our Mystery Things Night was amazing. Diverse items from Derek’s standard noise machine to Andy’s DeDion surface carburettor and Robin’s Sterling engine created much interest, thanks to all for bringing items of such wonderment. The Section AGM took place on 25th October; a lively gathering saw Jeff Dean voted in as Chairman, the retiring Committee was re-elected and augmented by new members Roy Pilbeam and Alan Winter. Among ideas put forward was an indoor display at the Winter Garden in April 2017, with the objective of promoting the Section and boosting membership. All were in favour, and a good number of machines will be assembled. A trophy in memory of Roy Bacon (one of the Section’s founding members) will be featured. As well as having a new knee fitted, Roy Pilbeam has acquired a sidecar outfit ready for the riding season. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 email@example.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk The Pre-31 Run had 30 riders sign on at the new starting venue at Great Cressingham Windmill, which worked a treat as the lunch stop with two circular routes. Brandon Shield Keith Cullier 1923 V Twin James, Suffolk Shield Martin Blunt 1912 Rudge Multi and Travellers Shield Pete Escott 1925 Coventry Eagle. The AGM had a good attendance but no-one willing to come forward to take on the vacant roles, but by the end of the evening we do have a new Committee: Chairman Brian Robinson, Secretary Andy Hunn, Treasurer Steve Jones, members Graham Lovesay, Malcolm Rolph and myself. Dudley Groom was a bit overwhelmed with the entry for the Hallowe’en Run with 49 signing on. Such a shame the mist spoilt the autumn scenerym as the run was superb. Thanks Dudley and family for an enjoyable day. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 01768 774536 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcclakeland.co.uk Events have started to thin out a bit as we wind down to the winter. Our traditional Ride-In to Shap relocated to The Shap Chippy, an award winning establishment that was every bit as good as its reputation. With 38 riders attending and excellent reports of the food, this is definitely rebooked for next year. Unfortunately our guest speaker from Morris Lubricants, Steve Brownless, was unable to attend the October Club Night due to an RTA but this is rescheduled for next year. We need additional guest speakers for Club nights and would welcome any suggestions or ideas. Otherwise, we are working to comply with the sudden imposition, by the Management
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Committee, of a November 11th deadline for completion of the 2017 calendar. This requirement may result in amendments, so watch this space or VMCC.net for updates. Merry Christmas! MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 The off-road trial at Mow Cop was enjoyed by 38 competitors, and featured eight excellent sections several of which had not been used before. Thanks must go to Stuart, Clem and Alan Critchlow for setting out and all the observers. October Club night was mainly a natter night, apart from a couple of items of information for the members about local events and also a vote was taken on the type of food for the Xmas party on eighth December, this will be a buffet plus mince pies and cream. I have room this month to thank all the Committee Members and Section Members who have worked hard all year to organise and officiate at events and ask again for more of you to step forward to assist with or organise a run or event next year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers! MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 email@example.com October has been a busy month, a final flurry you might say. The Section’s Girder Fork run was well attended with over 20 bikes and a fine selection of girders on display. Despite the rain early on, Richard Mummery led the run through the wilds of East Kent down to Elham and the Kings Arms for lunch. The run was not without incident though, with punctures and a mystery electrical problem for Chairman Franks model ‘J’ Harley just outside Wye. (well, a fuel problem). The weather brightened up for the run back to Dunkirk and a thoroughly good time was had by all. Our AGM was on 12th, and a good turnout offered plenty of input from the floor, excellent. The Committee was re-elected for another year; must be mad. Everyone appeared happy with the direction of the Section. MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 firstname.lastname@example.org www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands The Midland Section Committee send thanks to the regular members of our Section for continued support and attendance over the last year. We regularly enjoy the company of over 60 members at our monthly Club Night meetings – making all Committee efforts worthwhile. My own thanks go to my Committee colleagues who continue to find new ways of entertaining our Members. The Midland Section also wishes to thank Giles Willison, ex General Manager, for his help and support of our Section
and wish him well. As Hoare Park are not able to confirm if they will be open, our Boxing Day Run will start at the Motorcycle Museum ending at the Dog Inn where Gary and Joanne Webb will welcome us with tea, coffee and bacon rolls. If you have the time come and blow those Christmas cobwebs away. Merry Christmas everyone. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 email@example.com www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk Just a noggin and natter last month. The Boxing Day run assembles at Market Rasen Market Place as usual, hopefully the good weather enjoyed in recent years will return and we have a festive assembly. Early January features the Classic Bike Show at Newark Showground. We have a joint stand with South Lincs and Peterborough Section to promote the VMCC, come and have a chat. For the January meeting we hope to have Mr George Beale and his unique Lynton race motor cycle, circumstances permitting. Keep an eye on the web site for updates. Season’s greetings to all. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Peter Tomkins 0791 7407400 firstname.lastname@example.org Dave, Richard and Alan present a cheque for £600 to Mick Hemmings for the TT Riders Association following our evening with Peter Williams with Jim Reynolds, Greg Taylor and Mick himself. Jim’s Jaunt finished in dry weather, but Trevor’s final midweek run ended in a soaking. Tim Penn entertained us at the club with his memories and thoughts on his time as President – some of us heard his rendition of Alouette on a previous hazy evening in Kent! X Factor perhaps? Run organisers and Committee Members wanted! Finally, please spare a thought for Leo Eadon who is very poorly.
Cheque presentation to Mick Hemmings. NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 email@example.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk In October the Winter Wander took us along some less familiar lanes to Shrewsbury where we visited the
Coleham Pumping Station. The volunteers opened especially for us, made us very welcome with tea and biscuits and put on informative guided tours, a most excellent visit. It’s been a good riding year with numbers up on the last two years. A sincere thank you to all the run organisers for the time and effort they put in. On New Year’s Day we have our gathering at the Round Oak, Wombourne: 11 for 11.30 for a short trundle, or from noon for a social gathering. On January 4th, Club Night at The Round Oak, Wombourne, will have a talk from John Young riding in the Tuareg Rally on a Triumph T150 and sidecar. Don’t let the post-Christmas lull take hold, come and have an interesting evening instead – you’ll feel better for it! NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northcotswoldvmcc.com October signalled the end of our riding season with Glyn Buckler’s Windmill Run in fine weather and a good turnout. The Chairman’s Idiots’ Run, by contrast, attracted only three participants, with the day starting with rain, but improving later. Graham and Brenda Hallard hosted the first of their Wrinkly lunches. At Club Night I produced the draft calendar of runs for next year. Once again, the response has been very good and we have a pretty full programme for the year, which was well received. There are one or two dates still available and some routes and venues may change as outside event dates are obtained, as we try to keep the runs fresh. Saturday December 3rd is our Christmas Dinner and Awards presentation at the Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Please see our advert on Page 7 for our Premier Cotswold Way Run in July: all sections welcome once again. NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 email@example.com Neil.Wyatt@gmx.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ 33 members were at the Coronation Hall on 30th October for our Section Meeting. The provisional calendar for 2017 was discussed and a possible morning run ahead of our September meeting. Our Catering executives, Martyn and Mick have lost none of their magic; I knew there was a reason for turning up! Guest speaker was Mr Gilligan gave an excellent talk and slide show on various parts of Belgium, both in recent times and looking back at WWI. Bonhams and high machine prices still dominate the Journal, while potential young members can’t get on the old bike ladder. As if we don’t have enough issues to address with only Esso Synergy Supreme + providing ethanol-free fuel and then, not available throughout the country. Christmas lunch on 7th December, fish and chip supper on 12th in Pudsey @ 8pm and Dyneley Arms, lunchtime on 14th.
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NORTH EAST SCOTTISH (SCO) Tony Mortishire 01330 844322 firstname.lastname@example.org After the recent AGM, the new Committee of Tony Mortishire (Secretary), Alan Griggs (Treasurer) and Crawford Logan (Chairman) have had a first meeting and roughed out some plans for making the Section more active in 2017. It was decided to hold our first Section meeting on Tuesday 10th January and thereafter on the second Tuesday of the month during the winter. Venue still to be sorted out. It was decided to try to run two events in the coming year. The first, a girder fork run on Sunday 7th May, based at Clatt Village Hall in Aberdeenshire; the second as a pre-1975 run on Sunday 17th September in the Banchory area. All VMCC members with an AB postcode will be written to in early December giving details of venues etc and also invited to attend the first Section meeting. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 email@example.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com We have recently enjoyed an informative and entertaining lesson on wheel building from Rodney Hann, and a very well-attended Autumn Leaves Run, with welcome visitors from Burton and M&HP. The nice lady at Wetton very nearly ran out of pies, speaking of which, the landlord sells monster porkers at The Yew Tree! Stafford was frantic as usual, and left some of us with the lurgy. It appears we are not bothering with December Club night; however the Section AGM is on 12th January. Don’t forget our Hangover Run on New Year’s Day! NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk We held our first Presentation Evening at The Farmers Arms in October. It was a great success and we will be making this an annual event. The photo is John Finnegan receiving his Trophy for Member of the Year. With Christmas approaching the calendar is quiet. Remember we will be having an informal meet at The Farmers on Boxing Day for those mad enough to come out. The 2017 events calendar is
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complete now and can be seen on VMCC.net and details will be on our website soon. The web address is in the section heading. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 email@example.com A great turnout at the Club on Hallowe’en for Jon Hill’s interesting and informative talk about Newcastle motor cycling pioneer J R Moore and The Dene Motorcycle shop. Many thanks to Jon for his fascinating talk – I think even I can now spot a Jesmond by its distinctive frame, and we will all be searching garages, sheds, barns and attics for weeks to come! Thanks also to Rachael for providing pumpkin pie and cake, sold as part of our fundraising efforts for our extra special 40th Northumbrian Gathering next year. January’s entertainment will be a Quiz Night on 30th January. Hope to see everyone at the Section Xmas Bun Fight on the 19th December, 8pm at the RAOB Club – there will be the usual entertainment and buffet provided for a small fee of £3. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccnorwich.co.uk The last run of the Norwich Section year was held on 16th October. Richard and Jacqui Mack had arranged the new Route 11 run. Riders met at the Route 11 Café on the A11 at Attleborough. The morning route passed through Wicklewood and Wellbourne before stopping for lunch at The Bull Public House at Litham. Whilst the riders were enjoying their lunch the heavens opened leaving many of the bikes standing in water in the flooded car park. The afternoon route took riders through Watton and Deopham Green with the run ending back at the Route 11 Café. At our December Club meeting we will have our AGM followed by our usual Christmas raffle and a members’ auto-jumble. NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Bruce Phillips 01773 689297 email@example.com www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net At the AGM, Clive Russell stepped down and I, Bruce, took over the Secretaryship. Thanks, Clive for all your work. The runs in October led by Gordon (two runs), Alex and myself have covered a great area and reminded us of the beauty of our local environment, including North Staffs, East Notts and large parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District. It’s always good to see the variety of machines taking part. We attend lots of rides but our Club
meetings attract fewer members. Newer members would be very welcome if they come along and meet us! Internet users can find on our website (see above) a link to our Facebook page. Both contain many photos of our jaunts. Merry Christmas, all! OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 firstname.lastname@example.org Around thirty of our members escorted the funeral procession of Les Winbridge to his farewell service, on behalf of Les’ family I would like to thank all those who attended. Steve Wiggins run attached 27 lads for a mostly Cotswold run with a coffee break at the Old Swan at Minster Lovell where Cliff Jones discovered a cup with no handles, it turned out to be the sugar bowl! After more miles the White Horse at Abingdon was visited for lunch. Chris Greens run was more to the east of our area. In the mostly leafy lanes of the Chilton’s. Coffee was taken at the bookshop cafe near Tame and lunch at Benson Marina. Thirty lads rode out on Neil Kerr’s run of around fifty miles around the stone villages halting at the Duke of Marlborough inn for coffee and later lunch at the Rowing Machine in Witney. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 email@example.com www.penninevmcc.org.uk As our speaker for the October meeting was indisposed, Peter Greig stepped in at short notice and gave us a talk and slide show on Charlie Lucas’ extensive range of competition machines, one of which is owned by Peter and has been campaigned extensively by him over the last 40 plus years. The frames were based on the Featherbed principle but were sufficiently different so as to avoid infringing the Norton patents. Engines used were JAP, Velocette and Rudge. Thanks again Peter. This month we will be holding our Christmas social on the 13th which will be the usual format of a potato pie supper. Raffle prize donations will be gratefully received on the night. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccreivers.co.uk The AGM took place in October with the Committee carrying on unchanged. We’re now planning events for 2017. The dates of the Reivers Rally and Bamburgh Run will appear soon on the Reivers website. Dates of other events in 2017 will also be posted on the website in due course. The full programme will be available by the end of December. There will be a buffet at the Christmas Club Night on Wednesday 14th December, so don’t scoff too much beforehand!
SHEFFIELD AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 email@example.com Please note that our AGM will be taking place at the December meeting (14th) and we require two volunteers, one to be the Treasurer and the other to be the Section Scribe. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 firstname.lastname@example.org www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk We visited the Norton motor cycle factory and the Donnington Park racing car and military museum on 7th October, an excellent trip. The Autumn run on the 9th, another excellent run organised by Godfrey and Cyril. Thanks to Godfrey and family for refreshments following the run. The speaker for October was Frank Melling who gave us a very informative and interesting talk on how he became a motor cycle journalist. Frank has written a number of books over the years and is currently writing a novel. Highly recommended is his autobiography, the story is told over two books; the first is A Sparrow in a Penguins Nest; the second is The Flying Penguin. They are a great read for any motor cycle fan or anyone who was about in the 1960’s. They are available direct from Frank or any good book shop. There is no Club Night in December. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 email@example.com Nadolig Llawen/Merry Christmas to all, our festive feast will be on Wednesday 14th December at our usual venue, the Snowdonia Pub, Waunfawr. In October we met the Cheshire crowd for lunch in Froncysyllte, a good run out although quite cool on the day. In November we had a trip to the National Motorcycle Musuem. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk The talk for October Club Night on the SS Great Britain, was given by Ian Caskie, an excellent speaker. I understand he has other talks on the subject. We must invite him again. The Autumn Leaves Run is suitably named as the leaves are rapidly changing colour. A good attendance and route with favourable weather. Followed by a nice Sunday lunch. Thanks Colin for arranging it all! Club Night December 1st is our Bring and Buy. Please donate your interesting items, motor cycle related or otherwise. All proceeds to Air Ambulance. The 11th is our Christmas Run and Lunch. Route this year by Chipps, if you have not booked your lunch ticket by now, you may
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be too late. New Year’s Day Meet is at the Cattle Market, Huntworth, TA6 6DF. 9am onwards. NOTE – Ashley’s Run is now on Wednesday 28th December and NOT Tuesday 27th. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 email@example.com https://sites.google.com/site/vmccsc/ Our Christmas meal is at the Anchor Inn at Epney on Friday 9th Dec, at 7.30 for 8.00. Cost is £22 for three courses, which includes a small donation to the Air Ambulance. For a last minute booking, please speak to John Oliver on 01452 729939. Also, please bring along a tempting raffle prize as proceeds also go to the Air Ambulance. The 2017 Section programme should be ready for distribution at the meal too. The Boxing Day lunchtime meet is at the Whitminster Inn, Whitminster, which is on the A38 near the A419 and M5 J13 intersections. Note: The New Year’s Day lunchtime meet will be back at the re-vamped Daneway Inn, near Sapperton. Lastly, the January 3rd Club night is Swop Night, so bring along any unwanted mags, books and DVDs to swop with others and take away. May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and good riding in 2017. SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 firstname.lastname@example.org The Bob Foster run was well attended, especially by the Velocette riders. A number of our Section attended the start and then went to a vintage vehicle rally at Mangerton near Bridport where the bikes were put on show. A number of small Sunday get togethers have taken place in the good weather and many eating places have been visited. This month the crank went to Trevor Burt on his Kamikaze Kawasaki which he managed to fall off when he arrived at the Top of Town car park. Nobody laughed (much). This is Trevor’s bike when he got a puncture recently.
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SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 email@example.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk On a mild October day, 25 entrants competed in the Anniversary run over the moors to Pateley Bridge for lunch, with an ice cream and coffee stop near Jervaulx abbey, before finishing at The Crown, Manfield. Thanks go to Mike Carruthers for organising such a sociable day and a splendid scenic route, and also marshals Linda, Dave and the Feldons, not forgetting the friendly recovery service provided by Stan and Sandra Fraquet. Some viewed the Scott Trial through Arkengarthdale, won by British champion James Dabill. Our own trial in Coverdale was keenly contested by 19 competitors, thanks to Dave Headon for his organisation on the day. Our AGM is on 1st December when we are seeking to elect a Chairman. Tickets are available for the Christmas Party on the 15th and Awards Evening at the new venue of Kings Head, Darlington on 7th January. Happy Christmas. SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 firstname.lastname@example.org At the last meeting we had a great film show which was much appreciated by all those who attended. We are still looking for run leaders and run destinations for 2017 please come forward and volunteer. Hopefully we will still be able to run both day and evening runs during the year. In June 2017 we are taking part in the Waterlooville Motorcycle Club Show and we will be looking for bikes to display. SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 email@example.com www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk For October’s Bring and Buy our regular auctioneer Bob failed to make reserve, so Linda Thompson took up the gavel at the last moment. Bidders seemed so mesmerised by her presence that Section funds achieved a record £175 boost. The big numbers continued with a turnout of 40 for our Autumn Leaves Run, honoured by the attendance of Norton-mounted President Rod Hann and the First Lady. A delightful run with lunch at The Fox, Hallaton was marred only by slight scarring to Barry’s Red Hunter, the autumn colours in this instance being oil on a wet road. No bones were broken, and Ariel repairs were completed in time to join the dozen bikes that made our busy stand at the following weekend'’s Classic Bike Live show a riproaring success. The December Review of the Year presentation takes place on the 21st, and for frost-proof riders the Chilly Willie from Stibbington takes place on the 28th.
SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.firstname.lastname@example.org www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk The Section Committee members have had their collective heads together and prepared next year’s calendar of events. All the old favourites are there, some with modifications and some entirely new. We believe it’s a full and exciting year ahead. Go to the Section website for the complete list of events and dates and start planning for next year. Don’t forget the Sections Christmas Dinner 5th December at the club house. The Boxing Day run is to The Lamb and Flag. Ride your own route and meet at the pub at 12 noon. Similarly, the New Year’s Day run is on 1st January. Meet at the Victoria Inn, Siginstone, at 12 noon. Full detail on the website. SPRINT (SE) www.vmccsprint.co.uk email@example.com Find us on Facebook It may be a week or two early, but Season’s Greetings to you all! We know of three new/restored vintage Sprint Specials that are close to completion and should be ‘out there’ for 2017. One’s a lovely new-build, one’s using an historic frame with a ‘new’ powerplant, the other’s an early 70’s drag bike that has spent many a year languishing in a shed. So, if you’re spannering over the winter months, here’s wishing you power to your elbow. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk Our run to Killin arranged by Pat and Jim was again a huge success. The sun shone on the 29 bikes some with pillions, this encouraged us to have a look round the bikes and discuss various topics. This was the last arranged run of the year, as the weather is still quite good perhaps some of us could try The Places of Interest Competition.This gives a target to aim at as we go out on our weekly run. At this month’s meeting after Committee business was dealt with, Bill Dunlop gave a superb talk about the way bicycle frames developed over the years, from a bicycle with engine bolted on to the motor cycles we have today. Our thoughts are with three of our fellow members who at this time are suffering health problems, so we wish you guys back to the best of health. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 email@example.com www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk As another year draws to a close it brings us once again to our annual quiz at this month’s Club night. Once again
there is another great prize for the winner, you will have the honour of compiling and setting the questions for next year’s quiz! As in previous years contributions of victuals for the buffet following the quiz will be most appreciated. Your Committee are currently compiling the programme for next year and would welcome any ideas or suggestions that you may have for Club nights regarding guest speakers or for the social/ride-in evenings. Finally I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year for 2017 and thank you for your support over the last year. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org A busy month with both riding events and social evenings. Our Day Run was well supported with 18 of us out and about in Surrey and Sussex. Unfortunately our Bring and Buy was not that well supported this year but Nigel did an excellent job in entertaining us and extracting some money out of those with deep pockets and short arms! The Practice trial was blessed with good weather on the day after some early rain which made some of the sections a little tricky, but all had a good day and monies raised for the NSPCC, our thanks to Avril and Ian for allowing us to use their land. Our skittles night was well supported and a good time was had by all. By the time you read this it will be nearly Christmas and the end of another year. My thanks to all those that have supported our events. SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 email@example.com Change of plan: Our Christmas dinner will be held on the 13th Dec at 7.30pm at the Toby Inn, 301 Gower Road, Sketty, SA2 7AA . See you all there for a good time. This is due to the caterer at Morriston Rugby Club being unavailable due to staffing problems. To all Section members have a Very Merry Christmas and safe riding in the New Year. Season’s wishes go to our friends in the West South Wales Section for organising such good events. M&P Motorcycles at Phoenix Way, Gorseinon has opened a large clothing department upstairs which also has a display of 16 classic, mainly Japanese, motorbikes. It is well worth a look. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 07887 517906 firstname.lastname@example.org On October 4th we had a quiz, a very enjoyable evening with a lot of head scratching. Some gave up the Ladies did better. General Knowledge for the Ladies and would you believe motorbike questions and pictures for the men. Congratulations to the winners. Finished off the evening
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with sandwiches and chips. The Club Night on 18th October was a noggin and natter evening. Most of us have put the bikes away. On November 15th we are hoping to brush up on our skittles due to our match on 6th December with the Swindon and District Motorcycle Club. They have beaten us two years on the trot. Our Mince Pie Run is on the 27th at the Woodshaw. Swindon Moonraker Section wishes you all at Allen House and all Sections a very happy Christmas.
VMCC in 2017. We also agree to change the May run to one for small-capacity and girder folk machines. We then enjoyed a review of the 2016 Section rides, in presentation prepared by the Secretary. The picture of those signing on and out on the road were enjoyed by all. We now have another fixture in the 2017 calendar – so more picture will need to be taken next year of machines, riders and riding! A reminder our December meeting will include supper and a quiz – for fun as we did last year.
TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.thetaverners.com www.tavernerstrials.org.uk Peter.Monk@snapon.com
WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310
Where has the year gone? At least the mild weather is still holding, allowing for some extended riding days without having to find the thermals. This month we held the second sporting trial of the season which provided some varied sections to test most riders, but at least the rain stopped just before the start. We held our annual auction with lots of good items along with some spurious items going to the lucky! Bidders, all these raising money for our adopted charity this year – National Association for Bikers with a Disability. By the time this is read we will be getting towards the Christmas season but don’t forget our Christmas party on December 8th, with quizzes and seasonal food and also our annual Boxing Day run on the December 26th, all details are on the website. TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 email@example.com The final get together for this season for a small number of Section members was in Norfolk, Mick and Sarah first doing Wales before travelling up to the Lakes and then stopping off on their way home to ride the SD Triumph on its once-a-year outing on the Kings Lynn Section Pre31 Run after a month away. Pauline and myself joined them for the weekend along with Paddy Winter, and we enjoyed a pleasant saunter round the local byways on Saturday before the heavens opened, causing Sir Walter Raleigh to play up but all was well for Sunday’s run as the sun came out. Ray Smith and Ian Pollard drove up from Brighton to join us, but as the morning and afternoon routes both started from The Windmill Inn at Great Cressingham, which was also the lunch stop, suffering from jet lag they enjoyed doing the afternoon route first. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 firstname.lastname@example.org At the October meeting we welcomed some new members to the Section, and we had a further discussion on increasing membership via attending events as the
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Thanks go to Alan for his well-supported Autumn Run, which was held on a beautiful day, also a great route through the Warwickshire countryside. Our Bring and Buy raised nearly £300 for Club funds. Thanks go to all the buyers and Dave Mc for once again being our auctioneer. After rain early on the sun came out for Simon’s run to the Antelope pub. Many thanks Simon. The AGM is in January, so if anyone has any matters to bring up or would like to join the Committee please let Harry know. Don’t forget there will be a social gathering at The Three Horseshoes pub at Princethorpe on 1st January 2017, bikes or cars. WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Club night was a fascinating talk by an ex-Vulcan bomber pilot. What a wonderful aeroplane and what a pity we shall never see one fly again; like old motorcycles the ground staff and engineers are fading away, thus making it unviable economically to keep one in the air. With the vintage runs over for the year, most of us keep riding on more modern mounts throughout the winter. We are also preparing our bikes for the Shepton Mallett Show – not so far away. Don’t forget the Swanage Rail trip and meal and also our annual dinner at the Kings Arms on Club night, December 12th. Hope to see you all there. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 email@example.com http://wkvmcc.weebly.com Newer members may be unaware that the Section has bound copies of Motorcycling and The Motor Cycle that you can borrow. Contact me for details. The Pied Bull party night is on the 8th, and will provide you with a buffet and chance of a raffle prize for the princely sum of £2, and you’ll be able to pick up next year’s events card. You may also email me for a soft copy. Take a close look at it as there are changes to start times and start finish venues. This year’s Boxing Day Run will start from Wrotham Hill car park. The 2017 dinner/dance will be on
Saturday 11th February. Good food and dancing to Band of Gold. Ticket price is £33 and Jane Smith, 01474 852960, will be taking reservations. I wish you all Seasonal Greetings and safe riding. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk Our Annual Dinner and prize giving went off very well, thanks to Shirley for the hard work prior to the event. Our AGM on October 24th was, as usual, a modestly-attended affair, and the 2016 Section Committee was re-elected en bloc. Our meeting on December 12th is a social meeting with all the usual Chrissy eats FREE, A Christmasorientated raffle and a few quizzes etc. Please bring a prize if you can. May I wish all VMCC members a Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.
Angelo Conti, awarded the Bristol Sore arse trophy, for coming last in the Saundersfoot event...
WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 email@example.com The Section AGM on 27th October was well attended and returned Mike Davies as Chairman, myself as Secretary, Simon Nuttall as Treasurer and Bob Fisher in the post of Social Secretary. Colin Smith was the deserving winner of the Rider of the Year Award. We had a well supported mid week run to the Radstock mining museum, and an equally well supported run through the New Forest. Thanks to Dave Brierley and Peter Fielding for leading those runs. A successful wandering to The Wishing Well at Codrington with most attendees being riders thanks to the warm weather. On December 8th Rodney Cross, the inventor of the ‘Helicoil’ and Cyril James are to address us. We have a full calendar lined up; let’s hope for some cracking riding weather in 2017. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccworcs.co.uk Our October talk was given by Geoff McGladdery, Chairman of our neighbouring Herefordshire Section. He spoke about his recent ride along the Ho Chi Minh trail; it was a fascinating talk and well received by all present. It nearly did not happen at all because we had a problem connecting a laptop to the venue’s projector but by great good fortune Neil Lewis, Secretary of the Wakefield and West Yorkshire Section was with us and he had with him a laptop and suitable lead so saved the day. Thanks, Neil! The meeting at the Cob House, Wichenford on Sunday 11th December will now be a breakfast do, arrive between 10.00 and 10.30am. We have now included several breakfast runs into our 2017 calendar. The December Club night on the 12th will be our usual Christmas do at the Bell.
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North East Scottish Section held its AGM and you can read all about it in this month’s Section Notes. The Section has a new Chairman, Crawford Logan, and Tony Mortishire is the new Secretary and Alan Griggs continues as Treasurer. The Section’s catchment is largely defined by the Aberdeenshire boundary and if you have the AB postcode you should get a letter about future plans. One way or another, please make sure that you are in touch with Tony (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01330 844322) and are on his list of contacts and try to attend the first meeting of the year on 10 January 2017. The second big moment of the month was, not so long ago inconceivable, three days of veteran riding in Scotland. The long weekend kicked off at the Museum of Flight on 8th October where 28 riders gathered on motorcycles manufactured from 1902 to 1922. Clyde Valley was the organising Section and they did a grand job. The party continued on to Glendaruel, Argyll with 18 pre1914 riders touring Cowal and Bute. Notably present was the party of Dutch riders on the earliest machines. Particulary encouraging was Roel Marseveen’s comment that the mention of “The Early Motor Bicycle Run“in Scottish Notes was the catalyst for the Dutch riders to attend. Even more encouraging is that our Dutch friends want to come back again and bring reinforcements including some of their German rider friends. The drivers behind these two linked events were John
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Riders ready for the off at the Glendaruel Veteran Run.
Macmillan, Paul and Dawn Morley and their hard work is gratefully acknowledged. Over the last few years a large number of new runs have been introduced to compliment an already strong and varied calendar of events. The events with a long record of success like the Scottish National and the S&T have been added to with new annual offerings like the Scottish Gathering, the Tiddler Tootle, the Blue Haze, the Scottish Demob, the Rock ‘n’Roll Run, the Sound of Singles and the latest newcomers the Pipsqueak Run and the Auld Reekie Classic. All of the above have gone on to become regular fixtures in the calendar. In addition, there are a host of social runs and events which Sections organise. If we want to add to this already crowded diary one way forward might be to start to consider one off events which happen for a compelling reason but do not go on to become regular fixtures. The Glendaruel Veteran Run, above, is a perfect example. The desire for the event was matched by the Morleys’ willingness to stage the Run but it is most unlikely to be repeated. The moped/autocycle Hebridean Hop and the Castle Douglas girder fork and vintage run are other exemplars. Any comments would be most welcome. Finally, I am standing for re-election to continue as your Area Rep. for a further two years. Collectively, we have made a lot of progress and I have enjoyed working with you. All the very best for the Festive Season. Alastair Alexander, Area Rep for Scotland
Unless otherwise stated, there are no costs and no restrictions on attendance at events in these listings
Club Night. Bring and Buy. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Club members and guests West Wilts Section Christmas Dinner. 8pm. T.B.A. Mike Davis 01225 811986 email@example.com £26 South Durham Club Night & AGM. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 01325 358308 50p. Mmembers 2nd B’mouth Christmas Dinner. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Tony Townsend 01425 612458 & New Forest Call Tony 3rd East Sussex Saturday Run to Brede Pumping Station. 10am. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham TN339NX Section Secretary 01825 890499 firstname.lastname@example.org North Cotswold Christmas Dinner. 7pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Andy Barnett 01386 881145 email@example.com. £20. No leathers 4th Men of Kent Winter Wandering. 10:30am. Sheila’s Kitchen, Gare Inn Services, Gate Hill, Dunkirk, Faversham. ME13 9LN Richard Barsby 07989 352990 firstname.lastname@example.org Brooklands Winter Wandering. 11am Newlands Corner, A25. Nr Guildford GU4 8SE. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 email@example.com £1 Burton & Dist Frostbite Run. 9:30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Ian Macer 07944 685917 West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. West Malling High Street car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org Any machine over 25 years of age Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet. 10am-11:30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Taverners Sporting Trial. 10:30am. Earl Shilton Trials club venue. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 email@example.com £12 pre-65 South Durham Anniversary Social Run. 10am. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. Brian Smith 01325 286623 5th South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park Working Mens Club. Robert Hill 02392 460014 firstname.lastname@example.org South Wales Christmas Dinner & prizegiving. 7pm. Llanharry Working Mens Club. Howard Jayne email@example.com £15 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 firstname.lastname@example.org 50p 6th Moonraker Christmas Skittles match. 7:30pm. Grange Drive Bowling Club, Grange Drive, Swindon. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 53920 email@example.com £1 East Herts East Herts Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman P.H. Wildhill AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 email@example.com East Devon Skittles Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 firstname.lastname@example.org North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 email@example.com South Cotswold Club Night. 7pm onwards. The Kings head at Kings Stanley, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dorset East Herts
West Wilts Taverners
Isle of Man
9th S Cotswold
Club Night-Inter Section Quiz. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 email@example.com £2 VMCC members Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset, SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Lunch meeting. 12:15pm. The Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans. Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Kemsing High Street car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 email@example.com Any machine over 25 years of age Guest Speaker. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Mike Borrie 01242 574599 firstname.lastname@example.org £2
Christmas party/club night. 8pm. Poynton Workmens Club, Park Lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG Barry Cook/ Barry Howard 01663 750827; 01625 630016 Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 email@example.com Christmas Party. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 firstname.lastname@example.org Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 email@example.com East Taphouse Club Night. Mince Pie evening. 7:30pm for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Club Night. 8pm. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 Christmas Bash & Charity Auction. 8pm for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Party Night. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham, DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 All members welcome Christmas Meal. 7:30pm. The Anchor Inn at Epney. John Oliver 01452 729939 email@example.com £22
10th Notts & Derby Half Day Run. 11am. Limes Cafe, A614 Bilsthorpe. Gordon 01773 788710 Berkshire Christmas Dinner. 7pm. The Bull Inn, Arborfield. Malcolm White 01344 642866 firstname.lastname@example.org 11th Somerset Christmas Run and Lunch. 10am. Cossington Village Hall. Mike Chipperfield 01749 679371 Machines over 25 years Northampton The Winter Woolies Run. 11am. Six Fields CP Northampton, NN55QA. Martin Laundon 01604 586144 Wessex Vet Club Night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, Dorset, SP8 5NB. &Vintage Ian Clarke 01202 824772 Banbury Early Xmas Run. 10:30am. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. John Harris 01295 721282 Christmas Lunch. 12 -12:30pm. Hotel Bristol, Narrowcliff, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2PQ Cornwall Graham Walkey 01726 64493 S Cotswold Sunday Lunchtime Meet. 12 noon onwards. The Lammastide Inn at Brookend. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Worcestershire Breakfast meet. 10am. Cob House, Wichenford. John Porter 01386 553329 12th Wessex Vet Club night. 6:30 for 7pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 5NB. Denise Lydford &Vintage 01747 852136 Men of Kent Christmas Social evening and club night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Stirling Castle Christmas Dinner & presentation of Section awards. 7:30pm. Woodside Hotel Doune Gordon Maclean 01786 813747 email@example.com
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Worcestershire Christmas event. 7:30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Surrey & Sussex Social Evening. 7:30pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 email@example.com 50p 13th East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow. 07774 694833 firstname.lastname@example.org Isle of Wight Club Night. 7:300pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email@example.com Pennine Christmas Social. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 firstname.lastname@example.org £Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 email@example.com £2 Clyde Valley Christmas meeting. 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 firstname.lastname@example.org 14th Chiltern Coffee morning and natter. 11am. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 email@example.com Snowdonia/Eryri Christmas Dinner. 7pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 firstname.lastname@example.org £16 Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 Reivers firstname.lastname@example.org 50p Cotswold Christmas Party. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Caroline Kear Banbury Ladies Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury. OX15 4BN. John Harris 01295 721282 Members and guests 15th Cheshire Cats Clubnight & Christmas Meal. 8pm. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 email@example.com West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Crown, Bishops Cannings. Colin Smith 07778 281332 firstname.lastname@example.org South Durham Christmas Party. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. Brian Smith 01325 286623 £5 18th Isle of Man Trial. 1:30pm. Knock Froy, Santon. Shaun Seal 01624 834855 email@example.com £10 Pre-65 Cornwall End of Year Run. 10:30am. Treviscoe Community Hall, Centra Treviscoe, St Stephens, Cornwall, PL26 7WQ. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Cotswold Winter Wandering. 12 noon. The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon, GL17 0AH (SO 703 169). Peter Kent 01452 610375 Dorset Christmas Run & Lunch. 11am. The Village Hall, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. Rod Hann 01935 872528 £5 East Devon Christmas Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Bob Clow 07774 694833 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 19th B’mouth Noggin and Natter. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest W’field & Club night: Christmas nosh and quick quiz. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, West Yorkshire nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 email@example.com Northumbrian Section Christmas Party. 8:30pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 firstname.lastname@example.org £3 20th Brooklands Club Night and Annual Quiz. 8pm. Members’ Bar, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 email@example.com £2.50
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Section Buffet. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org £2. East Herts and Scott Owners Club Members only Gwent Christmas Dinner. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. Mark Hillier 01873 811541; 07870 535933 email@example.com Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. The Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979 firstname.lastname@example.org Moonraker Club Night. 7:30 - 8pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett, Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 email@example.com £1 Cheshire Club Night and Christmas Buffet. 7:30pm. Chester RUFC Clubhouse, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, & North Wales CH3 7DB, Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 21st Stonehenge Club Night: Christmas Eats & Quiz. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN. Committee 01725 510760 Oxford Club night. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 South Lincs December Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 email@example.com Chiltern Pub Night. About 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 firstname.lastname@example.org Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Chris Day 01452 854341 email@example.com £1 Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 firstname.lastname@example.org £1.50 Midland Club Night Christmas Meal. 7pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 8406775 email@example.com £12 Midland Section and Guests 22nd West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 firstname.lastname@example.org 24th East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe. Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 email@example.com 26th Surrey & Sussex Boxing Day Run. 10:45am. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 South Wales Boxing Day Run. 12 noon. Lamb & Flag pub, Wick. Howard Jayne email@example.com Worcestershire Boxing Day midday meet. 12 noon. New Inn, Shrawley, Worcestershire WR6 6TE. John Porter 01386 553329 West Kent Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. Wrotham Hill car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org Any machine over 25 years of age Midland Boxing Day Breakfast Ride Out. 10am the Dog Inn, Nether Whitacre, Bob Badland 07825 8406775 email@example.com Mid Lincs Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. The Market Place, Market Rasen, Lincs. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@ midlincsvmcc.co.uk East Herts Boxing Day meeting. 11am. Sarrat Common, nr. Chipperfield, Herts Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org Bristol Boxing Day Meet. 12 noon. The Whitminster Inn, Bristol Rd, Whitminster, GL27NY Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com Northwest Boxing Day Gathering. 11am. Farmers Arms, Bispham. Secretary 07951 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org Herefordshire Brass Monkey ride. 11am. The Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 email@example.com Midland Boxing Day Breakfast Ride Out. 10am. The Dog Inn, Nether Whitacre. Bob Badland 07825 8406775 firstname.lastname@example.org Bedfordshire Boxing Day Meet. Late morning. Will Curry 01582 882122
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Boxing Day Run and Gathering. 10:30 am for run; 12 noon for gathering. The Green Man at Methwold Hythe, Norfolk. Paul Fletcher01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 email@example.com S Cotswold Boxing Day meet. 11am onwards. The Whitminster Inn at Whitminster (on A38). John Oliver 01452 729939 or 07968 302435 firstname.lastname@example.org Men of Kent Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. McDonald’s Restaurant, Chestfield, Kent. CT5 3JE. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 East Devon Boxing Day Meet. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Bob Clow 07774 694833 email@example.com Oxford Social run. 10am. Red Lion, Cassington. Dave Webster 0186 5452232 £1 Cotswold Boxing Day gathering. 12 noon The Watersmeet Hotel, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 2ER (SO798 259) Peter Kent 01452 610375 Boxing Day Social Meet Up. 12 noon. William IV Public House, Little London, Albury, Guildford Brooklands GU5 9DG Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 firstname.lastname@example.org Taverners Boxing Day Run. 11am. Victoria Park, London Rd, Leicester. Roger Monk 01509 412662 email@example.com South Durham Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. Market Place Darlington. Brian Smith 01325 286623 27th Moonraker Mince Pie Run. 10:30am. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett, Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 25-year rule Banbury Ring out the old. 10:30am. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. john harris 01295 721282 Northampton The Christmas Cracker Run. 11am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. David Mead 01327 342570 email@example.com Berkshire Club Night - Social Evening. 8pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER Malcolm White 01344 642866 firstname.lastname@example.org Isle of Man Hangover Road Run. 11:30 for Noon. St Johns. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 email@example.com M&HP Day after Boxing day ride/drive out. 11:45am for 12 noon. Lamb Inn, Hayfield Road, Chinley, SK23 6AL Barry Cook / Barry Howard 01663 750827/01625 630016 28th South Lincs Chilly Willie Run. 10:30am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough & Peterborough PE8 6LR. Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 Somerset Ashley’s Run. 10:30 for 11am. Pecking Mill Inn, Evercreech. BA4 6PG Dave Boon 01749 672672 Machines over 25 years 30th Cornwall Truro Club Night: Mince Pies evening. 7:30pm for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG. Roger Fogg 01726 67198 31st Dorset Breakfast Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset, SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528
1st Bournemouth British Legion Run. 10:30 for 11am. British Legion Club, Christchurch. Ian Barr 01425 610427 & New Forest N Birmingham New Year's Day Run and Social Gathering. 11 for 11:30am or Social from 12 noon. The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BU David Spencer 01746 762957 email@example.com West Kent New Year’s Day Run. 10:30am. Borough Green Station. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org Any machine over 25 years of age Men of Kent New Year’s Day meeting and run. 11am. Smarden Bell Public House, near Smarden, Kent, TN27 8PW Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Surrey & Sussex New Years Day Run. 11am. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Social Club, RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 email@example.com £1 N Cotswold New Year’s Day Run. 10am, The Square, Chipping Campden, Bob Ashwin 01386 870648 firstname.lastname@example.org £1
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N Cotswold Somerset
Bournemouth & New Forest Oxford East Herts North Staffs South Wales
Isle of Wight Bristol
Warwickshire Cotswold 2nd South Hants 3rd East Herts
N Cotswold 4th Chiltern
New Year’s Day Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden, Bob Ashwin 01386 870648 New Year’s Day Meet. 10am. Market Centre, North Petherton, Nr Bridgwater. TA6 6DF. Pete Newman 01934 813638 The Hangover Run. 12 noon. Leek Market Place. Geoff Davies. 01782 550005 email@example.com New Year’s Day Legion Run. 10:30am. Christchurch British Legion. Ian Barr 01425 612458 £3
Social run. 12 noon. Cherry Tree Inn, Steventon. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 New Year’s Day Meeting. 11am. The John Bunyan, Coleman Green Lane, Wheathampstead Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org Hangover Run. 12 noon. Leek Market Place. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 New Year’s Day Run. 12 noon. Victoria Inn, Sigingstone, Cowbridge CF71 7LP, United Kingdom Howard Jayne 02920 868203 email@example.com All makes welcome New Year Breakfast Run. 9:45am. Coppin’s Bridge car park, Newport. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 firstname.lastname@example.org VMCC membership New Year’s Day Meet. 11am onwards. Avon Valley Railway, Bath Road, Bitton, BS30 6HD Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com Informal Lunchime Meet. 12 noon. The Daneway Inn. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 firstname.lastname@example.org New Year’s Day Run. 10:30am. Writtle Green car park. Roger Gulliver 01621 892606 £1 VMCC eligible Social meeting. 12 noon onwards. Three Horseshoes. Princethorpe. Harry Wiles 01788 334617 New Year’s Day Gathering. 12 noon. The Daneway Inn, Daneway, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, GL7 6LN Peter Kent 01452 610375 Monthly Meeting. 7:30 for 8pm. Hill Park Working Mens’ Club Robert Hill 02392 460014 email@example.com
Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman, Wildhil, AL9 6EA Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park, EX14 1AR Bob Clow 07774 694833 email@example.com Club Night. 7pm. Kings Head at Kings Stanley, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 firstname.lastname@example.org Club Night. 8pm. The Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden, Chris Delaney, 01789 262076 email@example.com Club Night. 8pm. White Hill Centre, Chesham, Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 Section Members
5th Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. TA7 8LH. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 7th South Durham Presentation Night. 7pm. Kings Head Hotel, Darlington. Brian Smith 01325 286623 £11 8th Brooklands Winter Wandering. 11am. Newlands Corner, A25. Nr Guildford GU4 8SE. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 email@example.com £1 Devon New Year lunch. 12:30pm. The Welcome Fryer, 24, Broad st, S Molton, EX36 3AQ. Chris Wood 01237 472855 firstname.lastname@example.org 9th Worcestershire Club night with speaker. 7:30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Wessex Veteran Club night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 5NB. Bette Barber 01722 330453 & Vintage
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Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 email@example.com 50p Surrey & Sussex AGM. 7:30pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 10th Isle of Wight Club Night. 7:30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email@example.com East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe, Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 firstname.lastname@example.org Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 email@example.com £2 Pennine Club Night. 8.30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 firstname.lastname@example.org £1. 11th Chiltern Coffee morning and natter. 11am. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 email@example.com Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. The Barons, Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org Burton & Dist Slide Night. 8pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 email@example.com £1 Snowdonia/Eryri Club night. 7:30pm. Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 firstname.lastname@example.org 12th Oxford Social run. 10am. H. Cafe Berinsfeild. Sid Hill 01494 464607 £1 North Staffs Section AGM. 8:15pm. Moorville Hall, Kate Wain 07561 530136 Members only West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 email@example.com £1 Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett. 07624 496672 firstname.lastname@example.org South Durham Club night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 01325 358308 50p Oxford Social run. 10am. H. Cafe, Berensfeild. Sid Hill 01494 464607 £1 Dartmoor/S Devon Club Night. 8pm. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527 469 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 email@example.com West Kent Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org All members welcome Bedfordshire Talk by Bob Culver. 8 for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Bob Culver 13th Worcestershire Club night. 7:30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 15th Somerset Frostbite Run. 10:30 for 11am. The Three Wells, Polsham. Arthur Spain 01749 679358 Machines over 25 years West Kent Social Run. 11am. Polhill lay-by on A224 near Halstead, Kent. Ron Wright email@example.com Any machine over 25 years of age East Devon Sunday Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Andy Field 07554 440305 £2 South Cotswold Sunday Lunchtime Informal Meet. 12 noon. The Ship inn, Brimscombe. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 firstname.lastname@example.org Northwest Farmers Arms Indoor Venue. 10am. Farmers Arms, Bispham. Secretary 07961 446971 email@example.com VMCC Eligible bikes Isle of Man Trial 1:30pm. TBA. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 firstname.lastname@example.org £10. Pre 65 & invitation classes 16th Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 email@example.com 50p
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Wakefield & W Yorks B’mouth & New Forest 17th Gwent Brooklands
Talk: My Lucas Special - Peter Greig. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 AGM. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel. Bernie Kuropka 01425 479177 email@example.com Guest Night. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. John Sharman 01874 730 753 Club Night and AGM. 8pm. Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge KT13 0QN. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 firstname.lastname@example.org £1.50 January Quiz. 8pm. The Woodshaw, Wootton Bassett, Wilts. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 email@example.com Club Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 firstname.lastname@example.org
18th Oxford Club Night. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 email@example.com £1.50 South Lincs January Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 firstname.lastname@example.org Stonehenge Club Night: AGM. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN Details: Committee 01202 605112 email@example.com Mid Lincs Section Club Night/Talk. 7:30pm. The Shires, Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 email@example.com 19th West Wilts Midweek wandering. 12 noon. The Crown. Bishops Cannings. Colin Smith 08295 4001666 firstname.lastname@example.org
Where did the year go? It’s a question we’ve all asked! The VMCC 2017 calendar is the perfect way to keep track. Every member receives a free copy, but we do have a few extra ones; perfect for a last-minute gift, and yours for a mere £5.50 if you call 01283 540557 or email email@example.com 32 |The Vintage Motor Cycle December 2016
Product Code SC24
Bedfordshire Cheshire Cats
Midweek Lunch. 12:15pm. Cross Keys, Pulloxhill. Roger King 01582 534711 firstname.lastname@example.org Clubnight, AGM & Gordon May. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 email@example.com
22nd Worcestershire Midday meet. 12 noon. Fox and Hounds, Lulsey. John Porter 01386 553329 23rd Northumbrian Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 firstname.lastname@example.org 50p 24th Isle of Wight Club Night. 7:30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email@example.com Surrey & Sussex Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. Kentish Horse, Cow Lane, Markbeech, Edenbridge TN8 5NT Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, West Sussex, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 email@example.com 25th East Herts Lunch meeting. 12:15pm. The Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans. Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org 26th Flat Tank Section meeting. 7:30 for 8pm. Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (before 9.00pm) email@example.com £2 Northampton Club Night. 8pm. Obelisk Club, Northampton, NN28UE. Richard Stone 01604 768069 Oxford Social Run. 10am. Milletts Farm. Dave Webster. 01865 452232 £1 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 01325 358308 50p. N Cotswold Wrinkly Lunch. 12 noon. contact event organiser. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 email@example.com 28th East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. TBC. Bob Clow. 07774 694833 firstname.lastname@example.org 29th Notts & Derby Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Monyash Cafe. Bruce Phillips 01773 689297 email@example.com Worcestershire Wintering Wandering. 9:30 for 10am start. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 30th Northwest Hot Pot Supper. 7pm. The Barons, Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org £8 Ticket only Northumbrian Club Night with Quizzes! 8:30pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 email@example.com £1 31st West Kent Section AGM. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt, TN14 7LD. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org All members welcome
SCARBOROUGH WEEK 2017 June 23rd-30th Once again we return to Arosa Caravan and Camping Park for the 2017 social & riding week. The site has been booked from Friday 23rd June until Friday 30th June inclusive. Format will be similar to previous years with some new routes. Entry forms should be available from Allen House by mid-January. APPEAL! Has anyone kept copies of the 2013 and 2014 routes? If so, copies would be appreciated. Please direct queries, and help with the route appeal, to Pat Davy, 01283 820563 (daytime). The Vintage Motor Cycle December 2016| 33
Scarborough Week PAT KIRKHAM
Friendships were renewed, and, after a sunny day spent setting up outfits, hopes were high for a good week riding around Yorkshire during Scarborough Week as many of the 126 entrants gathered in the clubhouse at the Arosa Caravan Park, Seamer to hear Pat Davy’s welcome speech. Saturday we set off on a 48-mile run via Forge Valley to Dalby Forest and after a lunch stop at the visitors’ centre returned to Seamer mid afternoon. Apart from a short shower early pm the weather stayed dry and sunny which belied the forecast. The evening was spent at base fettling for some and talking all things bike for others. Sunday dawned sunny and dry, and remained so for the whole run which took us from base to Pickering for lunch via winding narrow lanes to the south of the A64. After refreshments we returned to the campsite via Kirby Grindalhythe and Birdsall and readied ourselves for ‘the quiz’ presented in his inimitable fashion by Dennis Geldard. He excelled himself this year after previous hilarious attempts to match questions to answers and a good time was had by all with the 'Jampots' eventually the worthy winners. A raffle followed with the proceeds going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a great service we hope never to use. Neil, the ever helpful owner of the Arosa Caravan Park had, after only two days, already helped several entrants with problematical machines getting each one back on the road in double quick time including welding Martin Roters’ broken
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centre stand on his BSA Sloper. Monday’s run was yet another dry one from Seamer to Breighton Aero Museum via Bainton and Foggathorpe. The route was a good mix of B roads and twisty gravel strewn lanes and was great to ride in the dry. After a look round the Museum and lunch the return was via Thixendale where we had our annual sight of the ‘heilan coos’, (the touring week wouldn't be the same without this memory of home). The evening entertainment in the clubhouse was musical following preparation of bikes for the following day’s run to Whitby where the ‘best bike' judging would take place. Tuesday started sunny and dry, but rain arrived in the afternoon. It did not spoil the ride to Whitby where our bikes made a great display adjacent to the bandstand for the holidaymakers to enjoy but the ride back to base was wet. The outward route via the quaintly named 'Boggle Hole' and 'Ugglebarnby' was great to ride with numerous tortuous hairpins to negotiate. There were also several B roads en route with sweeping bends and distant views of the sea. Wednesday morning before the Ultimate Hill Run I chatted to Chris Luckett from Oxfordshire Section who was at the rally for the first time, riding his T120. Five years ago he came up with a simple but brilliant idea. He cut ribbed hosepipe into short lengths to put on the ends of route sheet holders enabling riders wearing wet gloves to easily turn the rollers. Since then he has made and handed out dozens of them at no cost. Well done Chris, I am sure there are many riders grateful for your idea. The run was, as usual, great, marred only by the persistent rain and wind which started as I reached the top of Rosedale Chimney and continued throughout the remainder of the day. The tricky route through Little Beck is one of my highlights of the week, and better ridden in dry weather but one wet run will not spoil the rally. The
evening entertainment was Guy Martin’s film 'Spitfire' which was watched by a rapt audience. Today’s hard luck story belongs to Clyde Cardy who got water in the float chamber of his Vincent Comet and waited two hours high on the moors in bucketing rain for his pals to recover him. He ruefully said to me that his first job when he got home would be fitting a Mikuni carb. Thursday's trip out was to Seaways Café, Fridaythorpe via Huggate Road and Hutton Cranswick and after the substantial food provided by the Café the return was by way of Duggleby where a hog roast, courtesy of the VMCC awaited us followed by the Best Bike award which went to Bill and Mary Northcote’s 1943 BMW R100 outfit. The only rain of the day came in the evening which meant our m/cycle clothes stayed dry today. Friday took the riders to Goathland, the venue for the Heartbeat series on television, via Grosmont and Egton Bridge, returning to base early afternoon in order that we could pack up outfits, bikes, etc., to continue, for most of us, to other events or home to fettle troublesome bikes. One particular rider, Pat Davy, having replaced a clutch cable on his Morini 500 Strada earlier in the week then had trouble with rear wheel bearings which he was keen to fix.
One story of forbearance this week was Joe Khan, the chuck wagon chef on the campsite. He suffered a stroke in 2015 and had his licence taken away because of this. Inspired by seeing the fun we were all having last year he successfully applied to have his driving licence restored, resat and passed his motor cycle test and joined us on the run to Whitby on a Kawasaki 500. He is now busy restoring an early 1960s Cotton and intends to join the VMCC and enter many more events. The success of the week’s rally is due not only to Pat and Ann Davy and Chris and Joyce Edmunds but many people behind the Willy De Hoog and scenes who organised Mady, all the way routes, meal stops, from Belgium on his visits, etc. Equally Super Rocket. important were the marshalls including a cache of Casses, Geoff Ketley and his friends. On behalf of all the entrants I would like to thank them all for a great week. If this report has whetted your appetite, a warm welcome awaits you in June 2017 in Yorkshire.
Bikes at Breighton Airfield on Monday with a backdrop of a MIG 15.
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Reivers Section Autumn Ramble
JOHNATHAN HILL Members of the Reivers Section enjoyed a superb day of motorcycling in the four northern counties of Northumberland, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and County Durham on Saturday August 8th. Traffic-free roads, beautiful scenery, good company, plenty of refreshment halts and a total mileage of 207 miles of the ‘Autumn Ramble’ organised by Alan Holdsworth, were much appreciated by participants. Machines ridden ranged from BSA to Velocette and to prove the point that VMCC runs can be enjoyed on learner legal machines at a cost of a shade over £500, I completed the event on my 1985 Honda CG125, which consistently returns 125 mpg.
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The Moto Club Indianos 5th Classic Colombres
Staged for pre-1988 motorcycles, this – their 5th – was yet again another very well organised and great event. But that's what everyone has come to expect from what has become an annual pilgrimage for many of us and a definite firm favourite not to be missed. With potentially eight days of riding (but there is a four day option) the empty and pot holefree roads around the Picos Mountains in Northern Spain following excellent route cards in the company of over 300 other classic bike riders, with lunch provided half way round the daily 100 mile
routes, what’s not to like? This year Paul Smart was the Special Guest, riding every day. Many could not resist the lure of ferreting around in the weekend’s free Autojumble or indeed watching the Saturday Hill Climb and Sunday Moto-Cross. It was a busy week for riders of Classic, Vintage and Veteran motor cycles… It is said that the sun shines on the righteous so as usual the weather was good, all bar one day of drizzle; the roads were uncluttered although at times we had to share them with cows and sheep in the high mountains. Fabulous stuff indeed. For next year the organisers are arranging an optional five day pre-event 'tour of Spain' for those wishing to further extend the last trip of the year details of which will appear on the Club website in due course. Check out the prices, accommodation options and link to the discounted Brittany Ferry rates on: www.motoclubindianos.com The website goes live for next year’s event towards the end of December.
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The Begonia Rally
LES SEPT MAGNIFIQUES (DE PRESTON)
Seven members of the Central Lancs Section made their annual trip to The Continent, this year for the Begonia Rally held by the Flanders Branch NOC. The riders were Pete on a Venom, Simon on a TR6, Graham on a T140, Al on his Commando, Pat with his Triton, Steve on a Commando and Adrian, who would have been on his Commando but for a last minute brake problem; he had to make do with a Ducati MultiStrada!! We do a run of 1,500 miles or so every year, and visit a rally en route, either the Club Triton France, NOC International or the Begonia, and whilst we are relatively old hands at this there are always ‘events’ along the way, often electrical, rarely mechanical, but more usually fuel based. This year was no exception. The first snag was Steve realising at 8am on departure day that the Commando was two months out of MOT. Patient souls hung, the MOT was won, and by 10am six bikes duly departed via the A49 at Preston on the long haul for Portsmouth. We were due to pick up Simon at Thruxton on the way through. The A49 has its ups and downs, but is a hard ride. It was duly dealt with and contact with Simon half way down revealed Snag Number 2. His newlypurchased TR6, on which he had only had time to do a couple of trips, was becoming quite noisy on the trip across from Newquay. We met as planned at Thruxton, but Simon was convinced that that was as far as he was going. We
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convinced him to carry on at least as far as Portsmouth, and with the ignition timing retarded foru or five degrees to about 32, the bike was less noisy. France was possible! Portsmouth gained, and a meal and several pints at the dockside was our reward, before boarding and a nightcap. (We like a drink). After what seemed like five minutes’ sleep we were summoned by the PA to breakfast and disembarkation. All the bikes started OK; always a relief when you are among swarms of modern stuff (some sneery). We left Le Havre, Pete leading, to wend our way along the north coast of France and along the Somme towards Albert with the intention of visiting the museum there and a night at a campsite. Plans are made to be remade. Some way out of Abbeville, Pete’s ultra-relaxed Venom decided to become unrideable, except on full throttle. A pit stop revealed nothing obvious, the carb was cleaned, points etc checked, to no avail. While that was going on a very tight belt drive was spotted on Steve’s Commando, caused by heavy camping gear and not enough rear chain slack shocking the 'box backwards, this despite two adjusters. This remedied, Pete decided to press on for a while; the problem disappeared about 50 miles later. Diagnosis seemed to point to something in the needle jet holding the needle and causing a very rich mixture. We abandoned Albert and camped at Berck Plage.
Some investigation of the noisy TR6 revealed a badly-worn left little end. Simon decided to press on and we agreed to adopt a gentler pace. Also, an attempt to settle stiff forks on Steve’s Commando resulted in a snapped spindle pinch, also requiring some circumspection! A very convivial table at a local restaurant rounded the night off. Day three was towards Staden and the Rally base at Open Huis, achieved without incident by 4pm. Tents pitched, showered and presentable we were of course first to the bar. A very enjoyable evening in perfect weather saw us relaxing and watching arrivals. It was mostly Commandos, some Featherbeds and a few earlier singles such as ES2s and one or two rotaries made up the majority of the Norton contingent, with several other British and Continental makes also present. The Flanders Branch look after their guests. Chairman Marc Maes and his family made sure we were fed, well watered and entertained before we retired, duly anaesthetised, for the night. Saturday dawned, breakfast provided by our hosts and a good check round the bikes was deemed in order. We decided not to do the 100-mile arranged run out, not least because we didn’t want to give the TR6 any more to do than was necessary, but also because, being mostly older than the bikes, we were knackered. A two-mile walk into Staden, some culture in the form of a bar table across from a beautiful stone church, a decent lunch and an
afternoon kip in the sun was all we could manage. Towards late afternoon the air started filling with sounds and smells of arrivals. Belgium is very flat and very windy so we could often hear throaty old singles approaching for several minutes, up and down the gears, heady stuff. A good dinner, wine, and an excellent rockabilly band were on the cards for the evening, along with speeches and awards. We took Best and runner up non Norton, with the Triton and the Venom, which was very gratifying. We drifted off to bed at midnight-ish only to be awoken at 2am by a Commando somehow managing to start, rev wildly and switch off without human intervention. A few steady souls at breakfast that didn’t ‘get’ this sort of enthusiasm at an Old Bike Rally. Ah well! The TR6 made it to Ypres on Sunday morning, where we parked in the main square for coffee and a visit to the museum, which is well recommended. A meander up to the ferry at Zeebrugge was to be our final ride on Belgian soil, and it turned out to be the end for the TR6 which made aboard and off again at Hull, but then decided enough was enough; the errant piston kissing a valve meant loss of compression and a call to Carole Nash for recovery. Excellent service by the way getting Simon 400 miles home to Newquay by supper. The rest of us made it home without further incident. British bikes unreliable? Pah! Roll on next year!
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The Bonhams Auction DAVID DAVIES
’ARRY ’OLDORF OF ’ULL
Pictures suplied by Ian Cooney offer a glimpse into the history of motor cycling in Yorkshire’s East Riding. Above is the late Harry Fenby, a founder member of the East Yorks Section, who is working on a TT Sunbeam. His special interest was early scooters, but he was a prolific collector of vintage machines.
Below is a group of riders who appear to be on a ‘run’ as they are wearing numbered arm bands. The photo was taken in 1910 outside The Hayworth Arms, situated at a major cross road on the Beverley road in Hull. A modern version of this pub stands on the same spot today – but there would be no chance whtsoever of posing on the road like this now!
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East Yorkshire memories
Now, here was a sale with something for (nearly) everyone. Starting at 11am on Sunday 16th October with some 250-plus lots, The Demon Barber certainly earned his corn that day. The proceedings began with a fine selection of odds and ends – including some examples of that auctioneer’s favourite, the ‘Autojumblers lot’. Highlights among these gems included two 5-stud JAP engines which sold for £1,000 each, and an early Indian ‘Hedstrom’ carburettor which succumbed to an identical bid. Some early engines attracted keen interest with a ‘believed NSU’ engine complete with a reproduction 2-speed gear needing £3,125 to take it home. The inclusion of the two-speed gear was obviously the attraction here. At least one bidder took a shine to the dismantled ‘Silver Hawk’ engine as £9,375 clinched the deal and a Steib S350 sidecar seemed to be a good buy at £1,000. After the disposal of posters, literature and some ancient leathers, we got down to the real business of the day – the motor cycles. It has become the perceived view that historic motor cycles have become unaffordable and unavailable. The selection offered at Stafford undermined these arguments. Yes, some In many of the lots could be accurately described as instances the ‘mature’ but in many machines were instances the machines complete, which were complete – would greatly which would greatly facilitate restoration. facilitate A 1962 BSA C15 at restoration £460 was a good example of a winter rebuild which would provide hours of savage amusement. Similarly, a 1957 Triumph T100 at £4,140 looked like a straightforward restoration
project. There were, indeed, some festering ruins which needed vivid imaginations, and significant investments of both time and money to restore them to life – are they sold to be broken for spares, I wonder...? Scotts generally confound the estimates. A 1929 two-speeder made £4,370, and a 1928 ‘project’ sold well at £2,990 as did the 1929 ‘Flying Squirrel’ at £4,830 and a well-known and well documented 1914 model was par for the course at £12,650. OHC Velocettes never fail to disappoint, and the 1946 MSS/KSS went all the way to £10,120 whilst the 1956 ‘Viper’ looked like a bargain at £4,370. 600cc ‘Square Fours’ are quite rare, and the 1939 example here made a healthy £17,250. A rebuilt but unrestored 1920 Harley-Davidson Model F sold for £21,850, whilst a 1996 FLSTC needed £17,250 to take it home – make of that what you will. “Big Oggy” the 1930 AJS R2 V-twin once owned by Trevor Wootton, one-time President of the VMCC, maintained the trend of escalating prices for AJS and Matchless V-twins with a selling price of £14,375. But this was easily eclipsed by lot 177 – which everyone had been waiting for – the impressive 1924 Croft-Cameron ‘Super Eight’ with its 996cc 8-valve V-twin Anzani engine, which was taken all the way up to £203,100 in a reverential deathly hush. This was the prelude to a whole series of V-twins, commencing with a 1937 11-50 Brough and matching Brough sidecar, which comfortably exceeded its estimate at £85,500. The 1925 Zenith Super 8 and the 1923 8hp Enfield combination struggled a bit, but perhaps it was the 1907 Vindec outfit with its splendid wicker sidecar, which went away at £32,200, that bidders were waiting for. This heralded the almost unprecedented collection of pre-1914 machines that we have seen for some time – all of which found new homes. The 1904 Raleigh at £20,700, the 1909 6hp
Matchless and sidecar, which needed an identical sum to take it away, stood out – as did the 1906 FN ‘4’ at £23,000. It was interesting to note how well the veterans of Teutonic origin performed. Was it the weakness of the pound, or simply a desire to reclaim one’s heritage...? Your scribe was sorely tempted by a mummified but very complete 1929 Model 7 Sunbeam – but so were some other bidders, and it made a thumping £7,130. Even the dreadful 1919 ‘Autoped’ got caught up in the buying frenzy to go to a new home for £2,070. No auction is complete without a Brough or two or some Vincents. Stafford did not disappoint with a Series B ‘Shadow’ and a Series B ‘Rapide’ both selling well above estimates at £113,500 and £68,700 respectively. What a difference one word makes. ‘Classic’ The impressive Japanese machines are 1924 Croftcurrently beginning to appreciate, and the Cameron ‘Super prices achieved by Eight’, with its Hondas in particular is moving inexorably 996cc 8-valve upwards. Is this the V-twin Anzani time to invest? There engine was taken still bargains out there: all the way up the 1987 Honda XBR500 looked like a to £203,100 in a snip at £1,840. reverential deathly If you have the ‘right’ hush spaghetti-burner, it will sell well. The 1997 Ducati 916 SPS went down for £22,770 and the 1978 MV Agusta 750 ‘America Magni’ at £48,300 was eclipsed only by the 1977 905 cc ex-works Ducati production racer complete with ‘history’ at £59,740. The day’s festivities were concluded by the sale of a delightful little Moto Guzzi V35 ‘Imola’ for £1,380. All together, a grand day out.
at the Stafford Show
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The gloves are off in these thoughts from MAG
IAN MUTCH In another example of the march of Government into our personal liberty, France has introduced a law requiring all riders to wear gloves when riding. As with the helmet law, it proves the urgent need for MAG to continue gearing up for a conflict which will ultimately decide whether the citizen or the state is in charge of how we choose to live our lives. In a jointly written article, MAG’s President Ian Mutch and Chair Selina Lavender outline the battle lines that have now been drawn.
‘The Battle for France is over. The battle of Britain has begun.’ So said Winston Churchill in 1940, and so says MAG in 2016. Another country, separated from us by 20 miles of water, has introduced an oppressive, illiberal and patronising regime for riders in which older bikes are banned from Paris and every rider in their land must wear protective gloves. Let’s not pretend. This is not a victory for safety: it’s a temporary defeat for liberty, marking the ascendency of trivial jobsworth mindsets over common sense and moderation. We, as a movement, must draw the line at the English coast. However you voted in the EU Referendum, the reality is that now we are fighting for our very right to determine our own destiny. If you think the Government has the right to tell you what choices you MUST make to protect yourself, regardless of the fact those choices make no difference at all to anyone else on the planet, then do nothing. If you believe your future is your prerogative – and that the state is there to serve you, not control you – then we’ve got to make a stand. We find it immensely disappointing that, somehow, the glove law has been allowed to come into force in France. Well, the gloves are off to stop the same thing happening in our land. Our position is simple and clear: we will not let the same thing happen in the UK – with a policy no less dictatorial than the helmet law which provoked the creation of the Motorcycle Action Group in 1973. The advance of tyranny has reached the French coast before. And, against all odds, it was pushed back and ultimately destroyed. Churchill saved the people of Europe. MAG is limiting itself to saving the bikers of Britain. He could not afford to lose.
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And nor can we. To some this may sound theatrical and it’s meant to, but that doesn’t make it invalid. Of course there will be those who say: “What the hell, I always wear gloves anyway, and the cops probably won’t enforce it.” That sort of indifference misses the point. There are rabid conformists who want to micromanage every element of our lives. They identify a protocol that offers merit, like pulling on a pair of gloves, and decide we must criminalise anyone who fails to do so. Whether it takes little time or one was going to do it anyway is neither here or there. The point is that the state is now telling you that you will be committing a criminal offence if you do not put your gloves on. Not only that but they must be the right kind of gloves that conform to the prescribed standard. I happen to like my very flexible well-worn brown leather gloves that no more have a CE mark on them than they do The Royal Crest. They are my favourite gloves and I like them. On my recent trip into Europe it was very hot and at times I rode with no gloves at all. I do not want to be turned into a criminal for doing that. There are times when I enjoy the totally unhindered dexterity of bare fingers in dense traffic, something I particularly valued during my dispatching days in 1980s London. There is far too much emphasis on surviving crashes with the ‘right gear’ at the expense of riding in a fashion that makes it far less likely to crash. Of course it is always possible to create some hypothetical situation in which I slide down the road, and would have valued my gloves. You could make the same case for any item of clothing and mandate high abrasion resistant trousers, jackets and minimum impact resistance kit to be incorporated into these garments. You can make a case for any amount of impertinent intrusion into the lives of people, including making it a criminal offence to smoke, drink, fail to clean your teeth or be a fat son-of-a-bitch. The fundamental question is – do I want to live in a world in which every minute decision about my personal welfare is made for me by a busybody government, and enforced by a nit-picking police
force who, one might hope, are actually out and about gainfully employed catching criminals? There are serious problems that deserve the scrutiny of those employed to draft laws and enforce them. There are many evils afoot, and terrible abuses and cases of exploitation or neglect that warrant the heavy hand of the law. There are evil criminals plotting murder and mayhem, there are thieves, burglars, con men and psychos galore. Then there are giant corporations who will sell our futures and our children’s futures down the river for corporate greed. There are companies whose pesticides are slaughtering bee populations worldwide and threatening the pollination of crops that depend on bees, just as we in turn depend on those crops. These companies are putting millions if not billions of lives at risk. These are real and gargantuan problems of Biblical proportions. Here are cases where legislation has a place, where the free choice of exploitative maniacs should be categorised not as legitimate personal expression but as the selfish, indifferent greeddriven evil that it is. There is no shortage of issues for politicians to get involved in for the good of humanity. There is no shortage of malignant miscreants wrecking our world and showering contempt on its people for their own short-term interests. These are people who richly deserve the tap on the shoulder and the snap of handcuffs around their wrists. So why bother wasting taxpayers money and police officers’ time dicking about with utterly ridiculous trivial bullshit like glove laws that will make less impact on the world than the smallest snowflake that ever blew into hell during a summer heatwave? It is high time we had a Common Sense Tzar to tell public servants, who fraudulently draw salaries drafting and promoting drivel like this, to gather their belongings and get their sorry asses out the door before they are kicked into the gutter where they belong, and told to get proper jobs. Now there will be those committed to indifference, who will claim this is a French law and none of our business. Well you can stuff your heads in the sand until your eyes fry, France is my back garden. I love riding my bike in France, I am now taking French lessons. I like the warmth in the south, I like the space, I like the countryside, I like the food, I like the wine, and I like the way beautiful young girls
are forever asking me in their delightful accents if they can ‘please come for a leetle ride’ with me. OK that bit is kind of wishful thinking, but you get the picture. These barmy clothing ideas are contagious anyway. A stinker of an idea takes root in one country and before you can spit, a neighbouring country has sent delegates to some best practise forum of the spectacularly pointless at the taxpayer’s expense and hep presto they think: ‘we’ll do the same here.’ Historical interlude Now did you know that the traditional V sign is said to owe its origins to the Battle of Agincourt? The French king was so angry at his finest knights being cut down by English longbowmen that he offered a bounty for every pair of digits, with which the archers pulled the bow string, cut from an Englishman’s hand. Well, after spending all morning getting dressed up in chain mail and armour, there was a great whooosh of arrows from Johny Strongbow et al and the poor old knights got turned into shiny pin cushions that a porcupine seamstress would have been proud to own. As the surviving captives were led away passed the jeering ranks of English archers, they flashed their bowstring fingers upward to show that they were digitus intactitus. That is what we have to do, metaphorically speaking, to the vermin who concocted this load of old cobbleuerres and to any copycat who thinks we need a dose of the same this side of Dover. MAG has contacted the French rider group FFMC to discuss strategy on this latest affront to dignity and we shall revisit this issue to give you advice on what you can do. In the meantime an email to the French Embassy in London can set the ball rolling, and one to the French Tourist board won’t do any harm. Go on get on line now, just key in French Embassy or French Tourist Board, It’s all so easy in the internet age. Let them know what you think. Tell them you’ll never leave Blighty again to stand upon the fields of France. Don’t mention Agincourt though. I think I let it slip out once but I don’t suppose anyone noticed. You can join MAG on line www.mag-uk.org l Ian Mutch is a founder member of MAG and edits its magazine The Road. l Editor’s note: A really good rant
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The Blackburn Bonanza Weekend – Part 2 DAVE PRISMALL
Sunday saw the reason for having started the Blackburn Bonanza weekend four years ago: a reenactment of the 1913 100-mile road trial by the long-since defunct Blackburn Motor Cycle Club. Diaries and minutes books found in the late 1960s led to the revival of the run, taken over by the VMCC in 1973. It once began in a mill yard in the heart of a gritty Northern town, but even then the intention was to get away into the surrounding hills and test the single-speed, belt-drive machines against the steep terrain and broken surfaces of the moorland tracks. Nowadays the roads are wider and much bettersurfaced, despite the depredations of winter salt and 4x4s, but still challenge man and machine, a test of riding capability that is hugely satisfying. The mill yard is long gone, so now we begin the run at the Rocket Motorcycle Centre on what is nowadays the industrial equivalent of the ‘dark, satanic mills’ of old, namely Trident Park, Blackburn’s centre for motor dealers and high-tech digital industry. The run might start off with a mile stretch of modern dual carriage way (which was quiet enough on a Sunday morning) but soon we are once again on roads that follow centuries-old tracks. Though ancient Whalley and past the ruins of the abbey flattened by Henry VIII (not personally, you understand...) and towards Clitheroe, ...but surely we where the tower of are as fast as a the castle stands stillproud above the town, TT racer, our the cross of St George exhausts fluttering jauntily bellowing..? despite the cavernous hole thumped into the stonework below by one of Oliver Cromwell’s cannon. On, then, through Waddington – one of England’s prettiest villages with awards to prove it – and up the seemingly never-ending rise over Waddington Fell to Newton-in-Bowland and the Hodder Valley to Slaidburn for another visit. A different exit this time, over the arching, ochre stonework of the Hodder’s bridge... up the steep double hairpin bend... away across the fells to Rathmell... and our lunch stop across the Yorkshire
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border in the Dales market town of Settle. From Settle the A59 beckons fast traffic northwards towards the Lakes, and with a fair wind the deep drone of fast, modern Ducatis can be heard as they are propelled towards Kirby Lonsdale and the ‘bikers’ meeting-place at Devil’s Bridge. But for we riders of more elderly and sedate machinery (though, of course, in their day...) it is through Giggleswick to join the A59 for a short spell to Clapham, across Clapham Beck in the shadow of Ingleborough, and onto Egg Shell Lane and the packhorse road that the modern road supplanted. The road rises and falls, rises and falls, our engine notes lifting and dropping in harmony. The road, now high on the fells again and crossing to the shoulders of Ingleborough and Whernside, veers left and right, past ancient stone-walled, sheepfilled fields to our left and sheer crags to the right. We turn onto the road towards Hawes and once more we are climbing, climbing, climbing. How those pioneer motor cycles must have struggled 100 years ago! How much ‘light pedal assistance’ was demanded from their riders! But we, on our slightly more modern machinery, with the benefit of gears and more lusty engines, gradually wind up the wick. The heavy flywheels gather momentum, the gaping carburettors breathe deeply, the valve-gear clatters and the chains hum. Past remote farms and the White Scar show caves we thunder, suddenlyturned heads of visitors note our passing without opprobrium. But surely we are as fast as a T.T. racer, our exhausts bellowing on open mega? But no, it is an illusion. It is a mere 50mph we attain, we are mere silent snails compared to the deepdroning, high-shrieking, modern two-wheeled projectiles. And only too soon our return to reality is complete as our target appears, the Ribblehead Viaduct. Nestling across Batty Moss like a massive stonework caterpillar creeping between the opposite valley sides of the River Ribble, the bridge shows its purpose while we descend to the station as a diesel engine pulls two carriages southwards across the twenty-four arches on the Carlisle to Settle line a hundred feet above us. We stop for an ice cream and a chat... our weekend will soon be over, we have just the final run back
to the finish and then our weekend will be at an end. But what a run! Once more across the fells; past Ingleborough – on our right now – and past Pen-yghent high on our left, onwards through Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Helwith, then to Langridge and into Settle, out to the A59 and Long Preston, to turn off across farmland. And then one last treat – a five-mile run through a near-straight green tunnel of dense trees either side that form a dappled canopy overhead. Pheasants, idly fossicking in the gutters and ditches of this ancient Roman track, lift and soar and swoop at our approach. Sawley, with its ancient ruined abbey, and Clitheroe, and then Whalley pass by. Modern Blackburn appears, and then we are brought back to the real world as we cover the last mile on dual carriageway back to our starting point. With their bone-jarring ride, their firmly-sprung saddles, their narrow tyres, how those motorcyclists of old must have ached when they returned their machines to the mill yard – and fifty yards of cobbles still to traverse to the finish! They deserved their pints in the pub that evening in 1913 as they compared the performances of their Triumphs and
their Rudges and their Matchlesses and their NSUs – the latter the first home, by the way. Pioneers all, and we just rode in their tyre-tracks. It has been a wonderful weekend. Simon Wilson took home the trophy for the oldest machine ridden, a 1926 BSA – with hand-change, three-speed and clutch, such a huge leap forward from machines of only a dozen years earlier, but still a challenge to ride today - whilst ‘Honda Bob’ Livesey rode the smallest machine, a sparkling CB160 that looked straight out of a jeweller’s shop. A Chairman’s Award was presented to Trevor and Christine Pinfold for their efforts aboard their 1929 BSA and sidecar, and for the assistance they gave to others. Yes, we will do it again, and if you haven’t done the Blackburn Bonanza yet, you should. We aren’t just ‘industrial norf’, we have some of the most staggeringly beautiful open countryside you could imagine. We’ll be here waiting, and you’ll get a ‘reet good Northern welcome’ in 2017. Send an email now to firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring 01706 217572, and we’ll put you on our mailing list for next September.
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Clinging on at Brand’s Hatch
The technical quality of this picture is less than perfect, but it has been submitted by Norman Devonshire who was prompted to share it after reading page 66 of the October Journal about Walter Bibby and his passengers. Norman writes: “I enclose a photograph taken at Brand’s Hatch in the late 1940’s showing the spectacular antics of the passenger and the various hand-holds. Members may find it interesting. Also, riders rode clockwise when Brand’s was a grass-track and changed to anti-clockwise when it was changed into a road racing circuit.” The Vintage Motor Cycle December 2016| 47
PAST PRESIDENT IVAN RHODES
I was asked togive a brief report on our Cadwell 50th anniversary meeting in June, and whilst I did not take any particular note of the racing, of which there was much continuous activity under the stewardship of Gerry Dane, I did meet up with a few old friends who were there at that first full VMCC meeting in 1966 organised by Dan McDiarmid. My role on this occasion was to carry the Club’s baton around the circuit, and present it to the next recipient. This was carried out by riding two laps on board the Velocette shaft-driven twin formally in the custody of our founder ‘Titch’ Allen, and known as the ‘Model O’, a unique experimental machine designed and built by Phil Irving as a means of justifying the huge expense of producing the supercharged version known as ‘The Roarer’, way back in 1939. Whilst taking part, I reflected on the last time I rode around Cadwell, the time when we were given free access to the circuit for half a day when we carried out trial testing of the Roarer – recorded for the Club’s video back in 1989 – 27 years ago. The circuit has changed a bit in that time. There no longer seems to be a hairpin, and I found that a chicane has been added to slow down the modern machinery. Of the old stagers I met up with were Bill Page from Yorkshire, Mervyn Stratford and his family – still campaigning Rudges with great verve. Rob Collett with his old Scott-Norton and Alan and Mary Lewis with the same old Triumph and Cammy Norton with AJS wheels, which they keep in the coalhouse. John Lane’s Norton was there on display, and I believe Simon Grigson was somewhere about, but I did not see him, and the ubiquitous Grant Sellars from ‘Up North’ was there with his cammy Norton. A very good day was had by all. Main picture: Sam Rhodes Inset top right: Mervyn Stratford
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2016 Lemmings Autumn Leaves Run GEOFF DAVIES
The nights are drawing in and it’s time for the North Staffs lemmings to wander into the narrow lanes of the Peak District. A nice bright but slightly chilly day appeared to have encouraged an unusual number of members to get out of bed and get riding. This year we have been classing a turnout of 10 plus as good. Sunday October 9th saw almost 50 gather in the car park of The Yew Tree at Cauldon. The pies etc. were sampled by those who had no time for breakfast before leaving home. Terrific support from the neighbouring sections, Manchester & High Peak, Notts and Derby, Burton and Cheshire Cats. If I’ve missed any section out, I apologise, as it became hectic and problematical, I clearly had not printed sufficient route sheets. However, it sorted itself out and after a hour of nattering machines were kick started, or button pressed, or in a few cases push started, and off went assorted groups to find their way to the Magical Manifold Valley via a scenic route. Over the Weaver hills to Wooton, through Ellastone, Norbury and Roston to Clifton. Then past Okeover Hall to Thorpe, Ilam and on to Wetton to dive down the Hill to the café at Wetton Mill. More tea, cakes and pies to sample, however café supplies were
Bikes at the Yew Tree.
getting low as the stragglers rode in. No lemmings went over any cliffs this year and long may this continue. I have been considering if it was time to cut back on my organising activities. This was the 40th anniversary and time to quit. However, it was such a good day out that I’ve decided to go for a 40th. My glass as always been half-full, not halfempty. See you all at the Hangover Run in Leek Market Place on January 1st, 12 noon. Weather permitting we will be sampling more pies at Wetton Mill.
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Understanding dynamos MIKE JACKSON
The article Understanding dynamos (November 2016 Journal) is a good example of the saying “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” As it first appeared in The Riley Register Bulletin it clearly applied to electrical equipment made well after the time when Riley was associated with motorised
bicycles and tricycles (a former Editor would probably have disputed this) so we can take it that in general terms it referred to the post-WW1 cars through to the 1960s, which saw the demise of both Riley and dc generators. Doubtless a time and motion study expert would question the order in which the tests are described, but basically it is OK for 2brush systems as applied to both cars and motorcycles. Cars, but not motor cycles However, in the case of 3brush systems it would be OK for cars but not so for motorcycles. The reason for this is that in the car application the control element (resistors switched in series with the field winding) is applied at the “hot” end of the winding – i.e. between D and F, whereas in the motorcycle application the resistor is switched into the “cold” end, between F and E. Any attempt to repolarise the dynamo by “flashing” the hot battery terminal to the F terminal will therefore result in a short circuit if the wire from F to the switch has not been disconnected, or a reverse polarity if it has. Repolarising To repolarise a three-brush motor cycle dynamo,
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The Canadian Vintage Motorcycling Group connect the F terminal to earth and “flash” the D terminal. If the dynamo is still on the machine this can be achieved by momentarily pressing the cut-out points together, but ensure they separate again when pressure is released. Likewise, to motor a 3-brush dynamo (off the machine of course, you have not just discovered a self-starter) connect F to the case and apply the voltage between D and the case. When motoring any dynamo always check that it rotates in the same direction as it is driven on the machine, if it rotates in the opposite direction reverse either the field connections or the brush connections, but not both or you will be back where you started. Also, use the same battery polarity as on the machine, to save repolarising the dynamo later. This diagram on teh facing page shows the essential differences between the two systems, but if all is not clear by now it is time to repeat my standard piece of advice. If you don’t understand what you are about to do, and why, don’t do it. Seek the assistance of someone who does understand these matters.
Two final points Firstly, when motoring dynamos the slower the dynamo rotates the better it is likely to be, a high speed indicates a weak field, possibly due to an excessive air gap between the field and armature if the dynamo has been built up from assorted parts. Secondly, the foregoing applies to Lucas and Miller equipment. When the industry changed over to constant voltage control and 2-brush dynamos in the 1930s Bosch, and possibly others, retained the earlier field connection configuration.
ERIC LONDESBROUGH; OVERSEAS LIAISON AND AFFILIATION OFFICER
The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group has been affiliated to the VMCC for many years, and reaches its 50th anniversary in 2017. I asked their Editor John Pepper to send updated details of the club, and he kindly sent me the following information and an invitation to VMCC members. They have an excellent web site at www.cvmg.ca
The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group was started by a group of enthusiasts who saw the need to preserve motorcycling history in Canada and the motorcycles that contributed to it. With foresight, the early group decided its aim as, the use, preservation, and appreciation of motorcycles of historical interest. Over time, the notion of what is a motorcycle of historic interest has been debated but has also changed. To attract younger members, and keep our group vibrant, changing, and growing, it is open to people and motorcycles of all ages and types. We deliberately impose no age limits, and encourage participation by anyone with an interest in motorcycles, but especially those that consider their own motorcycle to be of historic interest. Canada is a country that champions diversity, so does the CVMG. Canada is a big country. It is 7,561 kilometers from St.John’s in Newfoundland to Prince Rupert in British Columbia (a month long trip on a Vintage Motorcycle). Our group has Approximately 2,700 members in 33 sections. Each section meets at least monthly and organises rallies and events during the riding season. There are major rallies in most provinces throughout the summer and each June our national rally is held in the little town of Paris, Ontario. In 2017 to celebrate our 50th anniversary a national ride will connect riders and machines from coast to coast with our rally in Paris. The CVMG despite its geographic dispersion holds an annual members meeting in a different location each year, to conduct official business. We publish a monthly newsletter “The CVMG News”. Our group is entirely run by volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort at National level. The CVMG would welcome visitors from VMCC at any time. Our members would be willing to, offer advice or assistance, to give details of our events, or make recommendations for fantastic roads, scenery and places to visit. We would love to see you here and it would be amazing if any of you could bring your bikes. Come join us in 2017 and help us celebrate fifty years.
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Let there be light DAVE MILLER
This article is reproduced with grateful thanks to ‘Rumcar News’ Although the vehicles referred to are Bond Minicars, the research and the findings are relevant to all of those who do not use acetylene – Editor. Whether or not it was Edison, or Swan, or any of the 22 others you can find listed as possible inventors of the light bulb, they were all definitely on to something, and we’ve enjoyed the results for over a hundred years. But, heating up a filament takes a lot of energy, so a typical car light bulb puts out about 2-4% in light and the rest in heat. You get about 10-15 lumens per watt of electricity. LED’s are so much more efficient that (depending upon the colour) you get up to 150 lumens per watt and less heat. That means they can be a great help, especially where an alternator, dynastart or dynamo does not produce enough current to keep up with powerful light bulbs. An easy first step: Several years ago, on both my Mk A and Mk G Bonds I changed over the sidelight, rear light, number plate and dashboard bulbs to an LED version of equivalent brightness. On the Mk G that meant a saving of about 30 watt when the lights were on –so I could change the To get the 24 watt headlamp required bulbs for 36 watt brightness, they each and still be within what the used a large number of LEDs car was designed for (and saving a arranged like bit more, too when using the corn on the cob, each a long way brake lights) But can you see from the focal where you are point going? Headlamps with 36 watt bulbs still aren’t exactly bright, though. I tried 35 halogens, which DID give off more light, but not always in the right places. Some were better than others ,but it was difficult to find bulbs which had the filaments QUITE where they needed to be
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to reflect properly into two different beams, which is key. The reflector is designed for the light to come from a certain point, and a different point (very slightly up, forward and right) gives the dipped beam. This was the problem with the first LED headlamp bulbs to come on to the market. To get the required brightness, they used a huge number of weaker LEDs arranged like corn on the cob, each a long way from the focal point. This gave a huge number of weaker beams, shooting all over the place – hopeless! Back in 2014, when I last looked, there were no LED bulbs on the market which replicated the “point source” arrangement of incandescent bulbs. I am pleased to say that now there are, so I checked the market.... Getting to the point (source) The newly available versions use much smaller, more powerful LEDs set out to mimic the positions of the original filaments. You can get them in fittings that include British Pre-Focus ( BFP- used in many classic cars with 7 inch headlamps and BA15d ( the equal-pin double-contact bulbs often used on earlier British microcars.) I started with the BPF bulbs in the Mk G and bought some from bettercarlighting.co.uk (0121 773 7000) at £ 62.39p the pair – including VAT and postage. They have a small LED on each side, one slightly further forward than the other. The upper on lights for dip and both light for main beam. The central aluminium billet takes the heat away. These were simple to fit, and really do fit straight into the existing BPF holders. I did a quick realignment in the garage, followed by a trip along local lanes as soon as it was dark. The dipped beam was very well controlled, with fairly bright oval pools of (bluish) light showing on the road. Quite impressive, for a total of half an amp feeding the two bulbs. I changed to main beam (total 1 amp) and the dipped pools remained as before. Plus there was further light ahead. But it did not seem much... until I noticed that I was lighting the tops of trees! If I adjusted to bring the main beam down, dip shone just in front of the bumper. I spotted that similar bulbs were offered by another
cage, to serve as a heat sink and something (I guess the electronic LED ‘drivers’ to control and stabilise the voltages applied?) was now in black boxes in the cabling. “How much are these bulbs?” I hardly dare ask... and I was not surprised to find that they were £150 the pair. They were also an H4 fitting and were designed for a specific lens pattern, which my existing Lucas lamps did not provide. Ah well, in for a penny, in for most of my pension, so I bought them-and a pair of new Wipac glass and reflector units (£57.59.) AND a pair of cables to fit on to the H4 connectors (I cannot remember how much, but I was getting numb) I drove home very carefully and with the garage doors in high security mode and my hands washed to a sterile sparkle, I set about fitting it all together. The assembly was very easy, the new Wipac units fitted exactly into the metal frames from the old lamps and all the connections fitted beautifully. I had been worried about whether all the heat sinks, the black boxes and the extra cabling I drove home would fit into the carefully, and space behind the with the garage reflectors – but they did, just fine. doors in high So, a quick adjust in security mode the garage, and then and my hands out into the gloom. Where the previous washed to a LED bulbs on dip had sterile sparkle, I made me go ‘Wow!’ set about fitting it these brought forth all together something that I hope the neighbours did not hear! It’s really hard to capture just how bright the pure white beams are, and the spread and cutoff are excellent. I headed out and down the lanes and tried the main beam. It was even better! I returned home a happy Bonder and all the expenses forgiven. Meanwhile... I had also bought, on the web, a pair of non-dipping BA15d bulbs for the Mk A (and rewired the bulb holder to suit). These came from dynamoregulatorconversions.com and were said to be suitable for 6 Volt or 12 Volt. and giving light
company dynamoregulatorconversions.com (01522 703 422) but their details said revised chip position for a better high beam (lower down – where you need it) That sounded better, even though these were a little dearer at £70.95p the pair. These bulbs were ALMOST identical – right down to the lettering on the chips-but the LEDs were, indeed, in a slightly different position. I was once again waiting for night-fall! This time, the dipped beams were again well defined and there was definitely a better main beam – though it was still not really where I wanted it. Also, I did not like the idea that I was only using half the available power at dip and full power at main, but with only half of that still pointing to the nearby surface. The old incandescent bulbs sent ALL of the power downward or ALL of the power forward. So, I returned both sets for a refund. The first company I used was only about 20 miles away , so I took them in personally. I found that the office/warehouse was in a rather posh office building, wasn’t a retail premises and the sole occupant and owner was quite surprised to see me walk in! He was, however, quite the gentleman and discussed the problem with me. Noting my concern on the definition of beams, he pulled out a 7 inch headlamp and fitted it with a new kind of LED lamp (not yet on his website) With this connected up to a 12 volt supply on his bench, he pointed the lamp at a distant wall and showed me the very well-defined beams that it produced. These bulbs were quite different in their intent and in their structure. Firstly, they are aimed not at minimising the current, but at maximising the light output. Where the previous bulbs each took a quarter of an amp on dipped beam to give the sort of light you would get from a 30 watt old-fashioned bulb, these would each take 1.8 amps to give twice the light of a modern 60 W halogen! I was hooked! Close inspection showed that the bulbs still had a (thinner) central aluminium slab, but on each side were now eight LEDs giving both dip and main. The LEDs were branded as ‘Philips’ and they had a specific lens and shield set-up, all behind an outer glass. The rear part of each bulb (behind the reflector, once fitted) now blossomed out into a large metal
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from previous page equivalent to 40 watt on 1 amp at 6 volt. When fitted, they did light, but not very brightly (about as much light sent forward as with the old three-watt ‘sidelight’ filaments and nowhere as much as the 18 watt filament) I doubted my wiring, Meanwhile, I so I connected up look forward to each bulb on the night-time bench. I tried both journeys when I bulbs. Two different go to France this batteries, two circuits and two different summer meters all gave the same result. A low level of lighting at 0.07 amps. I returned the bulbs. In fairness, I should mention that a friend’s 6 volt Mk C Bond is fitted with dipping versions from the same supplier and I have seen these lit (in daylight) and they were very bright indeed. So, I’m still in search of the answer for my Mk A. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to night-time journeys in my Mk G when I take it to France this Summer. For the first time ever, I will not feel quite so silly sticking the beam masks on the headlights so as not to cause dazzle with the left-hand dip!
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Things to remember with LEDs
Positive or Negative? Unlike incandescent filaments, LEDs are polarity sensitive. Sometimes, the manufacturer builds a circuit in to deal with that. At other times, you can simply swap the bulb around (if it is a dual contact in a symmetrical fitting) or you may need to order the correct type ( +v earth or -ve earth) What colour is ‘white’? Where traditional bulbs gave out a whole spectrum of colours adding up to ‘white’ LEDs give out just a limited few frequencies. The cheapest (and the most light-efficient) ones show a bluish sort of white. If you want to imitate the original colour on a classic vehicle, especially for sidelights, instruments and interior lighting – use ‘warm white’ versions. The ‘limited range of frequencies’ shows up when you use a coloured lens. A white LED will not be sending out much red light, for example, and will show dimly through a red lens. I would recommend you use: red LEDs with red lenses, amber LEDs with amber lenses – and so on. You can get combinations within the one bulb that, for example, send out red light rearwards, and white light downwards, for number plates - or show the sidelight in white, but the flasher in amber. Flash flashers! Traditional flasher units are triggered on and off by the current passing through. If you change to bulbs to LED, the current will be much lower, and probably will not trigger the flashing. You will need an appropriate flasher unit, designed specifically to deal with LEDs Hot and bothered! Filaments, by their very nature, run very hot indeed. LEDs do not put out as much heat, but, importantly, they do not work well at high temperatures. For low-current situations, like sidelights and rear lights, this will not matter. You should always use heat-sinks supplied with high-output LEDs, such as the bright headlamps mentioned in this article.
East Sussex Section Charity contribution KEITH RHODES
To a packed audience at The Barn in Ashburnham, East Sussex, where the Section meets, a cheque for £1,800 was presented to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance charity by Paul Rees (extreme right). This donation was raised in the main from the proceeds of entry and collections made at the Section’s Annual Bike Show and Concours, which Paul (with the aid of others) arranges in June each year. The presentation followed a most interesting evening listening to the challenges that the charity face in raising the £6.4m annual budget needed to keep the two helicopters flying in the area.
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1911-ish Royal Enfield – a long shot? KEITH HODGSON
In July this year, I became the latest custodian of a very incomplete 1911/12 Royal Enfield 340cc 2.75hp Vtwin. After much fascinating research, I believe it to be a factory prototype, and its history can be traced back to Ivor Mutton. As bought, the very bare carcass was without fuel and oil tanks. These did exist, but for some reason after Ivor’s death they went a different route. After help from a couple of members they have now been reunited with the bike. The catalogued bikes of the time were 2.75hp models 150 and 160 (with 2.75hp side valve Motosacoche or MAG engines). The two models were single and two-speed respectively. For the 1913 season, the 2.75hp model 150 single speed was withdrawn, and a new, wholly Enfieldmanufactured 425cc 3hp ioe V-twin engined model 140 appeared (followed by a revamped 150/TT model in 1914), after racing/proving activities during 1912 at Brooklands and elsewhere. The bike in the photo has (with modifications) the 1911-14 2.75hp frame (different to the 425cc 3hp one), with a 340cc/2.75hp ioe engine (similar to the type raced at Brooklands in 1912). In fact, a photo of Bert Colver with RE Brooklands racer (no. 17) can be studied on the internet, and seen to be very similar - with dual petrol tanks and steel oil tank, together with high mounted Bosch DA1V magneto. Incidentally, there are numerous incorrect references to this ioe engine as being of JAP manufacture, with outside flywheel, and the photo of no. 17 from Peter Hartley’s book is captioned as being August 1911. It was in fact a year later, as the side valve Motosacoche/MAG engined 2.75hp was still being campaigned in 1911 (see page 904 The Motor Cycle, Aug 31, 1911 and photo showing 1911 MAG engined TT bike no. 7 on Getty Images).
My reason for writing up to the Journal is in the slim hope that there may be a ‘more mature’ member with a photo of entry no. 22 at the Banbury Run in 1967 tucked away somewhere (I was 10 at the time, and had no interest in, or exposure to motorcycles). I've already tried the Library, but no joy there. According to Ivor's bound copy of the first 25 years of Banbury Run programmes (that came with the project), he was entered on a ‘1911 Royal Enfield 330cc V-twin ioe with Enfield 2 speed gear’, which was described in the Class B intro as ‘a works prototype ridden by Ivor’. From the description there is every chance it could be this bike. It came to me with no documentation at all, so if it has been on the road previously, I would dearly like to know. Any photos at all would be amazing, but one with a registration number may help the trail to retain/reclaim the number. With this being a prototype, it would probably have originally only gone under a moveable factory registration number, so may have been individually registered later in life – who knows? On the other hand, Ivor may have had access to more than one prototype... I eagerly await being bombarded with responses. Contact me by phone at 01535 603975, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org l Editor’s note: if you can locate Len Thorpe’s photographic archive, you will almost certainly strike gold (and other things)...
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Ethanol in petrol JEFF HURST
This article is reproduced with grateful thanks to The Ford Sidevalve Owners’ Club I was very interested in John Porter’s editorial on the above subject. Having worked in the motor industry and the chemical industry for many years since I left school in 1961, there are comments I would like to make on some of the issues he raises. Firstly, the historical situation. The Model T Ford (the daddy of our sidevalves) would run on pure alcohol: indeed, Old Henry thought alcohol was the fuel of the future. Many companies in the early 20th century marketed ethanol/gasoline mixed unleaded fuels as many thought that the probability of lead poisoning of the population posed by using tetra ethyl lead (TEL) as an anti-knock additive were too great to be acceptable. In 1928 Shell Oil and National Distillers introduced a fuel in the UK called ‘Cleveland Discol’. The alcohol content of this varied over time from 1530%. This was marketed from 1928 to 1939, and from the early 1950s (after Pool Petrol finished) until 1968 when it was dropped in favour of TEL petrol. This of course was when our glorious sidevalves were in their heyday. Indeed, I remember my dad filling up with Discol before driving his Prefect to London to head office in the 50s. No problems there! Can anyone remember any issues? Rubbers in the fuel system: Early in my working life in the 60s I was employed as a reception engineer by a local VW dealer who also had a Discol pump. Many VW Beetle owners filled up
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with the Discol. Now, anyone who knows Beetles knows that they use a large proportion of artificial rubbers and plastic in their construction because the Germans, having no source of natural rubber in WW2, were at the forefront of developing artificial rubbers such as Buna. Indeed, my abiding memory of the Beetle is the smell of residual solvents and polymers in the car. Now, in my job I would been the first person to be presented with any problems with degeneration of rubber or artificial rubber seals due to alcohol in the fuel. There were none. Later in my working life I became responsible for specifying the construction of tanks pumps and hoses to handle thousands of tons of 100% ethanol and 100, 99 and 95 octane gasoline. Any engineering compatibility chart that I could find showed ethanol to be better tolerated by metals, plastic and rubbers than gasoline (petrol). Indeed, when cleaning out the 2,500-ton storage tanks after use there was far more residual rust and (highly toxic) sludge in the TEL gasoline tanks than the alcohol ones. Aluminium and alloy fittings were used on all the hoses and tankers. No degeneration due to alcohol attack was ever noted. Indeed, some beers which are up to 5% ethanol are supplied in aluminium casks, and whisky and gin – in the UK a solution of 40% ethanol in water – is sold in aluminium cans. Has anyone actually experienced any of these material degeneration problems, or is it all a bit of a ‘scare story’ myth? My personal feeling, having had years of experience with the oil industry, is that the issue of damage to these materials is a marketing ploy put about by the manufacturers of these additives, who are intent on selling the product and nothing else. Water and ethanol: Ethanol does not grab water molecules out of the air. It is hydrophilic, which means it holds water. For regular non-ethanol petrol (E0) and 10% alcohol petrol (E10), the primary cause of water collecting in tanks is condensation on tank walls. But unlike E0 which can absorb no moisture, E10 can hold up to one half of one per cent of water by volume (so the alcohol in 10 litres of petrol in your tank will absorb 50 ml of water) and the water molecules will dissolve in the fuel.
This water will then be in solution, like salt in sea water, and will not separate out but will burn harmlessly in the engine. It is a fact that at 5% alcohol will form a stable mix with petrol down to about -28 degrees Celsius. Temperatures that low in the UK are unlikely. Unlike diesel fuel there are no waxes in petrol to separate out and cause problems in low temperatures. Vaporisation: John is right when he says that the cause is more likely to be mechanical than fuel. The boiling point of petrol is circa 35 degrees Celsius, depending on the blend. That of 100% ethanol is 78 degrees Celsius. Adding 5 or 10% alcohol to the blend is likely to have no effect on vaporisation whatsoever. Once again I would ask if anyone out there has experience any sign of any of these issues highlighted by John which can definitely be laid at the door of ethanol. You are welcome to respond to me at Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope this note has helped to address some of your concerns. Remember, the purpose of additive makers is to sell additive! Some of them are like go faster stripes, they look good but do nowt!
Come to Ireland in 2017 21st IVVMCC Slievenamon Pre-1931 Rally
11th. to 14th. May in Ireland's beautiful County Kilkenny. Half price entry for newcomers Timed and informal runs Dinner and social events A warm Irish welcome For entry form and details: Ph. Sean Whyte at +35386-0850485 or email email@example.com
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Wanted: A VMCC team for the Motogira d’Italia ANDREW HUNT
For the seventh time, VMCC members Claudia and I will be entering the 2017 Italian Motogiro d’Italia – but for the first time we have been asked by the organisers to try and get some UK-based British bike riders to consider joining the event. We’ve agreed to make ourselves available if Club members would like to talk to us about the event, even though we are not being paid and have no interest in this, apart from being entrants! There have been individual VMCC and British bike entries in the past, but never a VMCC Team or coordinated UK bike entry. Maybe this would be a good idea? It’s one of those events that anyone with a sporting Vintage or Classic British bike and a love of Italy should try to do – road race in Italy with their favourite bike – brilliant! We’d suggest that the idea of a VMCC Team in 2017 is the way to go, and the organisers have agreed, sayin they would create an ‘All British Motorcycle Class’ if a team could be formed together, with a possibility that, if a team is put together, a discounted entry might be given for a VMCC rep to be able to accompany it.
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The Giro starts with scrutineering on May 14th at Spoleto, 90 miles north of Rome, with the event proper starting on May 15th and finishing on May 20th in the same town, having travelled 950 miles through spectacular Italian mountain passes, rural plains, along forested hairpins and through wonderful medieval towns and villages. www.motogiroitalia.it shows the daily itinerary. It’s not a race but a regularity event, and is more about a great week in the sunshine on old motor cycles, testing a rider’s ability to cover sections of the road route and a series of timed special stages to a predetermined time. You must start each day at your allotted time and aim to reach each checkpoint according to your schedule, following the red marker arrows that will indicate you’re on the correct route: arrive too early and you must wait; arrive too late and you don’t get your stamp. Motorcycle Entry Classes Historical Class: Italian Motorcycles of 75cc, 100cc, 125cc and 175cc manufactured from 1950 to 1958 inclusive. Organisers may accept British or
other motorcycles of a larger capacity but of the same age, subject to interest and manufacturer, but if accepted, they will incur a 10-point penalty. Vintage Class: Motor cycles, sidecar outfits and scooters of any engine size, manufactured between 1959 to 1969 inc. Classic Class: Motor cycles, sidecar outfits and scooters of any engine size, manufactured between 1970 to 1980 inc. Motogiro d’Italia Class: Motor cycles, sidecar outfits and scooters of up to 750cc and a class for over 750cc, manufactured from 1981 to present day, Tourist Class: Any bike, any capacity, with or without passenger, with a more relaxed tourist entry, having only to start and finish at the prescribed locations and obtain stamps from only two of the time control stations, allowing entrants to watch the event rather than to compete in it. Most of the 90 or so riders in the 2017 Motogiro will be on vintage bikes. There is a Class entry specifically designed for riders of most post-war eras, including British and more modern bikes. If you own a Laverda, Ducati, Moto Guzzi or any of the other famous Italian makes, or importantly, any
of the British classics including Triumph, BSA, Vincent Velocette, Scott and so on, you will be welcome and have a class designed for you. All classes and categories in each class attract prizes.
The cost This year, the contestant entry fee is €1,450 for a single entry and €1,350 if you enter as a team of three riders or more for entries received before 31st December. All prices exclude extra overnight stays and single room requests. Interestingly, a team can also be a rider, a passenger and a mechanic. The prices for this would be less and other discounts are available. Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information and other available discounts. The price includes quality hotel accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, lunches are served by welcoming locals and cheering school kids along the route, a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, entrants support vehicles, breakdown mechanics, recovery lorry, medical and police support, event organisation, baggage transport (including tool kits) and heaps of unforgettable Italian hospitality. Andrew Hunt email@example.com
Visit the heart of Ireland in 2017 IVVMCC
Golden Vale Pre-65 Run 9-11th. June in Ireland's beautiful Co.Tipperary
Scenic countryside and quiet roads
Half price entry for newcomers
Timed and informal runs
Fun and friendship
A warm Irish welcome
For entry form and details: Ph. Bruce at +00353 87 237 9932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The gesture that cost Ben Drinkwater his life
JOHN ROBINSON ‘Rider’s gesture costs his life’ ran the headline on the faded newspaper clipping. ‘It was rather a sporting gesture, he was braking to give way, his rear wheel locked and this caused the crash’. The witness was a Mr Dixon of Reading, and he was giving evidence at the inquest at Peel in the Isle of Man on Reuben ‘Ben’ Thomas Drinkwater, the Rochdale motorcycle dealer killed in the Junior Tourist Trophy race on Monday, 13th June 1949. I had been contacted by Harry Livesey and Alf Pemberton after an appeal for information about Ben in the Rochdale Observer. Harry had lived next door to Ben before becoming landlord of a pub on the docks in Douglas. Ben, a regular competitor in the island, would visit Harry and talk over old times whenever he was there. In June 1949 Harry had the unpleasant task of sending his ex-neighbour’s damaged Norton back to the mainland. Ben was 39, and hailed from Manchester. He became interested in two wheels by buying and refurbishing pedal cycles and gradually moved on to motor cycles. He began racing in 1936. He entered the 1937 Manx GP in the lightweight class on an Excelsior but didn’t finish. In 1938 he finished 6th in the same race at a speed of 65.94, and was one of only 14 finishers with 17 riders retiring. When motor cycle sport halted due to the war, Ben became a Sgt despatch rider in the LDV, later Home Guard. Presumably he made full use of his war department bike to keep his hand in pending the end of the ‘unpleasantnesses’. Ben’s full-time occupation was as a signalman at Bacup for the LMS railway company, but in his spare time had a small repair garage on New Line in Bacup. Anyone who knows the area will appreciate that New Line is a decent stretch of road for checking if the bike was ‘going proper’ Ben opened a motor cycle shop at 48, Milnrow Road in Rochdale in 1945. He is reported as making the change from amateur to professional rider in 1946, and thereafter riding mainly Norton, Excelsior and Moto-Guzzi machines. Before he opened his own shop his machines were prepared over a corn merchant’s, and had to be hoisted into the building by the hoist used for bags of corn.
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Above: Ben and Alf Pemberton in 1949. Below: Ben with his wife after 1947 Lightweight TT.
Alf Pemberton helped Ben with his machine preparation, and was an accomplished motor cycle competitor himself, with many trophies. He was one of the founders of ‘Pem’s garage’ on Drake Street in Rochdale. Ben’s racing career seems to have had its share of bad luck. In the lightweight Manx of 1946 he was riding the 250cc Excelsior that had won the 1938 race, and was leading the race up to the fourth lap (the first two laps at 66mph) but had to pit due to a damaged oil feed pipe that had oiled his rear tyre. Despite losing two minutes in the pits he finished second to L W Parsons (Rudge) by 27¾ seconds.
He also rode a Norton in the Senior race that year but managed only 16th place. A press representative at the time said Ben was ‘a rider of distinction with perfect timing’. Ben finished third in the 1947 lightweight TT on the Excelsior behind Manliffe Barrington and Maurice Cann, who were Moto-Guzzi mounted, at a speed of 70.139 mph. July 1947 saw him in Holland for the Dutch Grand Prix to be followed a week later with an entry in the Belgian Grand Prix. His machine didn’t arrive in time for the race, and he had to borrow one. Perhaps as a result of riding an unfamiliar machine he crashed into a 6ft deep trench which contained barbed wire! After having stitches to his face he returned home before the Belgian race. In August 1947 a faulty spark plug caused him to stop twice and drop back to fourth place in the Ulster Grand Prix. In 1948 he finished fourth in the Lightweight on a Moto-Guzzi at 66.6mph but failed to finish on an AJS in the Junior race. May 1949 found him at the Leinster 200 where his Moto-Guzzi caught fire during the race. Undaunted, he beat out the flames and restarted to finish third. For the 1949 TT he had a 350cc Norton prepared in the factory race shop and was entered in the
Alf in the foreground working on the drive side of the Excelsior. Ben is behind the other bike with Les Martin beside him and R S Simpson leaning over the bike. He was the rider of the machine they are looking at, the one-off works short unit bike.
Junior TT for the first time. Ben crashed at over 80 mph near the eleventh milestone at Handley’s corner approaching Kirkmichael. It was reported that he hit a stone wall and somersaulted for a distance of 50 yards. He suffered head and arm injuries, and died before reaching hospital. At the time of his death in 1949 he was reported as having three daughters aged two, four and six. Ben once told a Rochdale Observer reporter that it was his ambition to win a TT and added: “Racing is my life and I don’t know what I shall feel when I don’t race any more.” l Author’s note: This article is an expanded version of the original which appeared in the Rochdale Observer in 1988. It has been updated by further research and with help from Ben’s family (then in Australia) who helped with some details. Thanks also to Paul Ingham who identified the people in the garage scene photo. There are clearly some gaps in the story, and I would welcome any help to fill them.
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The Veteraan Motoren Club ERIC LONDESBROUGH
The Veteraan Motoren Club in Holland founded in 1955 is geographically one of our nearest Affiliated Clubs. The affiliation has existed for many years, and members of both Clubs have regularly visited one another. Members have met at The Windmill Rally and the Anglo-Dutch rally ever since it was re-instated in 1989. I am sure we will welcome a strong Dutch contingent in 2017 when this event is held again in U.K. Other rallies in both countries regularly see meetings of members of the two Clubs. Veteraan
Motoren Club members regularly attend the Pioneer Run and the West Kent Run in considerable numbers and other events too. They recently travelled to Scotland for the event at East Fortune which they thought was excellent. They particularly enjoyed the hospitality and being shown round parts of Scotland. It is a pleasure to record that the Veteraan Motoren Club twinned with South Durham Section in 2007, and members regularly meet at rallies. Whilst VMCC has the
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25-year rule, Veteraan Motoren Club eligibility is up to 31st December 1940. The Club covers the whole of Holland, and there are regional meetings and events organised all over the country. They have an excellent magazine and a very good web site which has a section in English and a very good calendar of the many
events which may attract visitors from VMCC. There is no doubt that visitors from VMCC will always be welcome in Holland. Long friendships have been established between members of our two Clubs, and many have continued even after riding has no longer been possible.
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Beware solid state boxes PETER GRAY
I have a Triumph T100C of 1971 vintage and after a total rebuild of the engine over the earlier part of this year, I was feeling quite happy. I had succeeded in rebuilding it without any oil leaks (!), and it was running superbly – for 1,383 miles to be precise, until a routine check of the chains found the primary to be quite loose. Removing the drain plug for access to the tensioner, I was greeted with a black, gravel-like substance oozing out with the oil. Oh dear! Dismantling the primary cover revealed that the stator (the stationary part of the alternator) had been fried, producing the black gravel from the previously green compound which encases the windings. This had then been finely ground by the primary chain into a penetrating and highly abrasive paste which had permeated every nook and cranny of the engine. It had destroyed the primary chain, wearing away the pins inside each link, and was between every cork of the clutch plates. The engine, being of the later type with the open breather, I thought would be ok, but no. The slime was in the drain plug, oil tank and timing cover.
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The-newly fitted big ends shells and bearings were all damaged and the crank sludge trip almost full of the new slime. It had even gone down the clutch pushrod, but thankfully, had only got as far as the outer cover of the gearbox. During the rebuild, I had fitted a solid state rectifier/regulator, having done so previously to other bikes with great success. Also at this time, as the output wires from the stator had become brittle and broken off for a second time, a new single phase stator had been fitted. As I said previously, the engine was running perfectly. It was charging normally, the battery was fine and no bulbs had failed. The ‘fried’ stator, (pictured) which has been burnt back by about 3mm all around the rotor, showed no signs of metallic contact with the rotor, and the wiring from it showed no signs of heat damage at all. Indeed, had I not checked the chain tension, I would have merrily carried on to an even more catastrophic failure within a very few miles. I returned the ‘new’ stator for examination, to be advised that these items almost never fail unless in contact with the rotor. There was no such contact and, in truth, it was still fully functional, though heaven knows how. Similarly, I returned the solid state black box. My supplier was unable to test the unit, so replaced it for me. All very well, but I still have no idea if, a) it was faulty, b) the cause of it, or, more importantly, c) how to check that this is not happening again, when I eventually rebuild it for the second time this year. The primary case of this engine does fortunately have an access cover, so this will be now be removed very frequently to check for any recurrence, and I would advise anyone with similar equipment to do likewise, unless someone knows of another way to check for symptoms. I had no warning signs whatever.
OHC vintage bikes
Bill Hale has sent us these pictures of OHC vintage bikes, which he can’t recall having featured in the Club magazine. He says: “Bike No 161, ridden by Karl Reese from Germany to the Isle of Man is a 1930 NSU 500cc Type Bullus. Bike reg PK 675 is a Humber. I saw it at most events but never met the rider, so informaton, anyone? Bantam No 40 is Prees Heath in the 1960’s – Today disc brakes, trick suspension etc., Time marches on!”
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Mixing with the mighty – Part 2 UNCLE JIM REYNOLDS
Roger Barlow had quit the BSA empire when its Ariel subsidiary was on the way out, finding refuge and a wage at Rover in Solihull. But the work was less than fascinating and when he saw a NortonVilliers advert for a Designer-Development Engineer to productionise prototypes he got his application in the post the same day. The response was call from Bob Trigg, who Roger knew when they were both draughtsmen at Ariel; the big job had gone, but N-V needed designers. If Roger was interested in working with Bob and Bernard Hooper, come to Wolverhampton and talk. He went. “It was an interesting chat between Bob Bernard and myself, all about motorcycles,” he remembers. “It sounded interesting, they offered me a job and I began at Wolverhampton in April 1967. There were five designers, all enthusiasts, and we naturally supposed the new Norton would have a Featherbed frame. But we’d reckoned without Dr. Stefan Bauer.” “Bauer came from Rolls Royce, a small man who fired out ideas in a constant stream, some splendid some not, but all made you stop and think. His plan to discard the Featherbed met with amazement, but he said if after 25 years we couldn’t design a better frame we had no business in his office. We supposed he had a point after all. Then we found the engine was to be rubber mounted. Look at the Sunbeam S7 and 8, jellies on wheels! But once we’d listened to the reasoning behind Hooper and Trigg’s idea we accepted it as a potential equal to the featherbed.” A basic tubular chassis with forks, wheel and engine was delivered to the drawing office, followed by The Stylist, a man from Wolf-Ohlins with blocks of polystyrene, glue and sandpaper and a collection of saws. He attacked the plastic, generating clouds of white dust as the outline of the Commando Fastback emerged, and when he’d finished Roger and his fellow designers admitted he’d done a pretty good job, But they weren’t convinced the green blob on the tank was what proud Norton owners would recognise as their chosen brand. “One of the first things we learned was that our new Norton was to be at the Earl’s Court show that
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autumn, and it had to be finished some time before to take pictures for brochures for the show. No excuses – once the bike was styled we could get on with the job of designing all the bits and pieces to bring the vision to reality.” “The tank and tail-piece were in fibreglass, so we enlisted the help of Avon Fairings and their Doug Mitchenall paid several visits to pass on his expertise in manufacturing fiberglass components. The petrol tank was styled to form it from just two mouldings, the top and sides in one piece and a separate floor that could be stuck inside that to give a complete tank. Doug Mitchenall advised the overlap to form a satisfactory petrol-tight bond, and the tail section was made the same way.” “Back when JA Prestwich and Villiers joined forces, one of the assets Villiers gained was a man we nicknamed “The Colonel”. His particular skill was an ability to turn our drawings into actual parts in an incredibly short time. He’d hover for a drawing to be finished, whip it away for a copy to be made, then disappear into a secret world of backstreet workshops and small factories that abounded in the Wolverhampton area. Often as not, he’d come back into the office the next day, brandishing the parts and demanding more drawings. He was a most valuable man with an incredible string of useful contacts who worked wonders on our behalf.” “In due course I was dispatched to Reynolds Tubes to bring the first of the new frames back to Wolverhampton. I remember Ken Sprayson was doubtful about the durability of the frame. In the event he was proved correct and a little judicious stiffening had to be done, though the original concept was unchanged. “Gradually the bits came together and assembly began. Sometimes drawings were altered and then the parts themselves, but on occasions the parts were altered to fit, then measured and the drawings altered last. The Lucas rep, Derek Norton, came to arrange wiring harnesses and oversee the electrics in general. The Dereks of this world were an incredible asset to the British motorcycle industry – without him and his fellow reps the designer’s job would have been virtually impossible.”
We should point out that while the Commando design was being sorted out and all the bits and pieces made, the design department was also working on the Villers ‘Starmaker’-powered AJS Street Scrambler, which made its debut at the same show and looked good enough for Fluff Brown to keep on producing it down in deepest Goodworth Clatford in Hampshire to this day. It was a good team at Wolverhampton, under pressure and getting two quite diverse bikes looking right – even with a little manipulation of figures to offer Norton devotees alternative versions of the new twin. “The wording of the brochure demanded attention as the Commando took shape,” Roger remembers with a grin. “Were we going to produce just one model, or two or even three? There was no way we could concoct and produce a bike with different appearance in the time left, so the option was left to us and we decided it had to be performance. The standard Atlas engine was a pleasant, torquey lump, but it did vibrate too much for comfort. But our new Isolastic frame would take care of the vibes, so why not up the state of tune? There was no time to develop more power, so sleight of hand was called for…” “Road tests of the opposition’s best were studied and BSA’s A65 Spitfire was quoted at 55bhp, five or six more than the Atlas. A horsepower or two was added to the BSA figure an a few tenths of a second subtracted from vital road test figures, and our new Commando became a force to be reckoned with! For Stage Two a search revealed a Bonneville that had had a lot of work done, possibly by Paul Dunstall, and the odd horsepower was added to their figure and a few tenths subtracted again to make our Stage Two look very attractive. Two kits of parts were assembled from thin air: pistons, cams, carburetters, that sort of thing. The new stages of tune went in to the press release, along with the acceleration figures and imaginary top speeds, and very impressive it all looked. A new model with two tuning stages, kit of parts, all priced and listed. My goodness, Norton must have a red-hot team up there in Wolverhampton! Nobody called our bluff, which was just as well.” That must have been the quickest and cheapest tune-up a bike ever had; no wonder there used to be a saying in the trade that the easiest part of a bike to tune was the speedo… “The Earls Court Show came and went and we
settled down to finalise the design and get it into production. One day a van arrived from Plumstead with the first roadworthy Commando, accompanied by Tony Denniss and long time AMC man Wally Wyatt, and we began to notice little changes the Associated Motor Cycles team had made to our new bike. We felt this was a bit much; Plumstead had not been chosen to design the thing, yet here they were changing it. Started up and left on tickover, it began a slow waltz across the yard, on its centre stand and slowly moving sideways with the engine unit just a blur. Had we got it wrong, were those moths of effort all down the pan? A quick blip of the throttle and it all came into focus. Phew! It did work, after all.” “We were allowed a quick run down the road and all five designers queued eagerly for our turns. Mine coincided with a brief flurry of snow. But it felt perfectly safe and not over-heavy or clumsy in any way. One of our lads who owned an Atlas was mightily impressed. It seemed the Isolastic frame could work after all.” Towards the end of March 1968 all the design and development moved down to Andover and to those of us with families it was the end of a wonderful twelve months. One or two went, but the majority left to find jobs that did not involve moving for what might be a temporary spell, and in the fullness of time the company did return to Wolverhampton for what turned out to be the final countdown. For me the fun and excitement were over and I went back to my old job at Rover. Until mid 1969, when I saw a BSA advert in the motorcycle press…” “I was granted an interview and saw Stefan Bauer, my old boss from Norton, who said he’d be glad to have me on board. When I asked about the rumour that BSA had too many chiefs and not enough Indians, he quoted design staff numbers compared with total employees and mentioned other, very successful companies with similar proportions. Reassured, I started with BSA at Umberslade Hall in May 1969.” Umberslade Hall, the Aunt Sally of the declining British motorcycle industry we all love to knock, Roger sees in a totally different light and defends the place and its people: “The trouble with being ex-Umberslade is people regard you as unable to design a sheet of paper. There were lots of very capable engineers and designers, all keen to do as
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good a job as possible because they believed in motorcycles and wanted BSA to be the best. Like Mike Anderson, ex Norton Villiers, who’d worked with Bernard Hooper and John Favill on a series of different projects, a very capable designer; Stefan Bauer full of ideas and ingenious ways of doing things. The Commando’s Isolastic frame was his idea and he was and asset to any engineering company. Gerry Bayliss, a BSA man of considerable experience in charge of the main drawing office that he ruled with a firm but fair hand; Clive Bennett, who began with Ariel before the 1939-45 World War, was a scrambler, road racer and all round motorcyclist who was head of development at Ariel. He was an organiser of people and things, a welder, machinist, tuner and builder of machines. A He was an Good man to organiser of people have around.” and things, a The list goes on: welder, machinist, “Brian Jones, designer turner and builder senior from Triumph of machines who had many years of experience with Jack Wickes and Edward Turner. Michael Martin, brother of Brian the BSA competition manger; Michael was a design engineer at Umberslade and went on to found the Mickmar company; Jack Passant from Velocette was a brilliant engineer fitter. Mike Riley had been chief engineer at DMW and was a fine trials rider, designer and production manager – at Umberslade he was chief designer. Ernie Webster from BSA was a senior designer and draughtsman of incredible skill, the sort of man who, when he asked how you were, really wanted to know. Gaffers like him are few and far between. And Jack Williams from AMC and Vincent developer of the 7T AJS and father to Peter Williams; Jack’s expertise was invaluable. Some of them I knew personally, some by reputation an I felt humble in their company and determined to do my best. If that lot of people was incompetent, who in God’s name would you have put in their place?” The view, from a man who was there, should be heard and heeded. He recognises orders from on high sometimes have to be obeyed. Like a certain frame the design
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department was ordered to draw up: “Put the oil in the frame. Saves a separate tank and its cost and weight. Try a big bore tube from the steering head to the seat nose, then curve it down to hold the swinging arm in place. It must take BSA and Triumph engines, single and twin carburetters. Just the one frame,” says Roger. So the designers schemed the idea out on the drawing board and were getting the fundamentals together when Group Managing Director Lionel Jofeh and hangers on looked in. “We don’t want this leaning forward Japanese look to the engine, do we?” asked Jofeh. “Must keep the engine upright, look British and all that.” With a chorus of “Yes Mr Jofeh” ringing in his ears, the great man went on his way, leaving the designers to pull the engine upright. Roger explains the matter of fitting the rest of the bike around the specification: “Knowing the travel of the damper, we can show where the tyre will come on full compression, allowing for growth at speed. Leave half an inch for build variation and draw in a mudguard. Then the base of the seat, half an inch above the mudguard to avoid any risk of contact and drumming. Then they told us the dual seat had to be three inches thick and horizontal. So add three inches and draw in the top of the seat; it’s going to put the rider a bit high up, but orders are orders.” He talks about the oil-in-frame idea: “Losing a tank and using an item already there sounds fine. We’ll have a large diameter tube and fill it with oil, the tube goind down behind the engine to the swinging arm pivot, so the oil will be low. But shielded by the engine, which will keep the oil hot. The big top tube will reduce the fuel capacity and what about cables on the single carburetter model? A large tube it was and I proposed putting the filler cap and oil return behind the steering head, so the hot oil would run down the cool thin-walled tube until it reached the oil already there.” “You can’t do that,” was the reply. “Riders will put petrol in the oil and vice versa.” “Vincent riders don’t do that, why should BSA riders?” asked Roger Barlow, ex-Vincent twin owner. “We’ll have the filler cap and return just under the nose of the seat. It will reduce the capacity a little, but it’ll be OK,” he was told. Roger again: “And so it came to pass that the ‘oil boiler’ frame had arrived. It could have been better. So, perhaps, could a separate oil tank.”
A modest budget let the designers look at Triumph’s rocker box and its oil leaks. More Barlow logic: “I’ve never liked valve clearances depending on rocker box gasket for accuracy. I suggested mounting the rocker spindles on pedestals, as on any push-rod car engine and on Morinis, and let the rocker box be just a lid to keep in the oil; lift the lid and set your valve clearances. Rigid pedestals on a simpler head casting would eliminate a lot of machining, while leaving the rockers and pushrods as standard items. Keeping the rocker shafts inside the rocker box eliminated a potential oil leak.” “Looking at the rocker gear I suggested reducing side loading when opening and closing the valves. Put the rocker adjustment at the pushrod ends – fine with our new lift-off lid – and mount a swivelling, flatted ball in the rocker to open the valve. Area of the flat could be nearly the diameter of the ball and certainly bigger than the end of the valve stem. The flatted ball would swivel as it slid across the valve end during opening and closing and remain in faceto-face contact, not line contact as in the usual set-up. Large contact area, low loading and eliminate any indentation of the valve end.” A move into the late 20th century? Predictable reply: “Re-design the Triumph top end? Absolutely not, old chap. Put some big trapdoor thingies in if you must.” I suspect that what we’re looking at was an in-built refusal to consider any idea that ran counter to the dictat of long established Triumph design chief Edward Turner. Back to Roger. “The first ‘oil-boiler’ frames were made and bikes assembled. The seats were on the high side, so they were lowered. I rode and early one, and it was high, but I’m no giant and managed alright. So why the song and dance about a fine handling frame? Pause a moment and think about Suzuki electrics, not to mention their early veetwin; Honda camshaft drives; Kawasaki and carburetter icing; Yamaha and corroding brake calipers. These faults were far more serious than tall seats. Why is Umberslade reviled while Japanese foibles are pushed aside and ignored?” Brave and patriotic English men will tell him: “Because they spend money on advertising and BSA don’t.” As ever. Money talks, guys. As the unit singles were being finished for show a new design consideration came from on high; all
the electrics were to be contained in a cast aluminium box under the tank nose, where the warmth of the engine would keep them dry. Warmth, please note, not heat. Huh. One of the designers did as he was told and all the bits went into a little box, which the rain filled on a wet day. “As usual, too much money had been spent for us to redesign the electrics again,” sighs Mr Barlow. He didn’t know, but his days were numbered when the designers were told to put Truimph’s 500cc twin in the BSA unit single frame. Hey presto – the Adventurer. The prototype went to Hawkstone Park, where a succession of riders thrashed it around for 100 laps with no problems at all. Next two or three bikes were sent to mid Wales, where they were thrashed around an enduro course for three days. Problems emerged, bits broke. Roger went out there, reported back and the problems were sorted. This was the summer of 1971 and by the autumn he’d booked a holiday to take a threeday weekend. “On my last day off I had a telephone call from Umberslade: ‘Umberslade Hall is closing and you’re out of a job. Come in later in the week to collect your belongings and your settlement pay. By the way, if it helps, I’m out as well!” “Even the personnel manager was out. I went for the last time and picked up a cheque for £460, take it or leave it. I took it. So there we are. All that concentration of expertise, enthusiasm and affection for that quaint single track vehicle, the British Motor Cycle, was thrown away. Men from AMC, Ariel, BSA, Royal Enfield, Norton, Triumph, Velocette and Vincent went their separate ways to look for work.” “I enjoyed my time at Unberslade,” he admits. “Monday morning was a pleasure, not a penance. Knocking off time was a time to put down one’s pencil and ponder on the day, not a mad scramble to get away. Jobs such as that are hard to find, and if you are lucky enough to have one, savour it while you have the opportunity.” It was May in 1972 before he found work as a designer at Leyland Engines, moving on to work at GKN Sankey and Alvis on fighting vehicles. It was perhaps the final irony of his working life that he found security of employment in conflict. Today he happily talks of those bright, optimistic years in the bike industry, when he was the keen young man. Today more the sage, who’s seen it all before.
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PETER BEANEY News that Peter Beaney had died tried triggered memories of the local hero when I was a mere youth in Harrow in the 1950s and he was an active competition rider. In the shed that was the side passage to the Beaney house, Peter and his dad worked on ride-to-work Ariels and a variety of competition machines. When this big-eyed schoolboy caught sight of an International Norton with racing plates I asked if I could have a closer look, and was made welcome and became a very minor part of the motorcycle clan, taken to Kenton and Kingsbury MCC club nights by his father and on the pillion of his VB Ariel sidecar outfit and to a variety of local trials. The Norton was a 350, ex local dealer Ted Pink, who had graduated to a 7R AJS. Peter had moved up from a 250cc AJS that he rode on grass tracks and in road races before buying the Norton and moving on to more ambitious events, not least the Clubman’s TT, where he finished 21st or thereabouts. In later years, when I discovered that we both lived in Northamptonshire, I featured him and his very nicely restored Royal Enfield Trials Bullet in ‘Motor Cycle News’ and listened to tales of his racing days. Like lining up the little Ajay for a race at Thruxton, where the starter had the irritating habit of keep the starting flag aloft for a long time, until one of the impatient riders shouted “Your flies are undone”, whereupon the starter dropped the flag to recover his dignity and the field promptly departed. He married Valerie Mills. In later years Peter was elected President of the club, always an amiable man who would give good advice when asked. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Beaneys, father and son, for sowing a seed that still flourishes. Jim Reynolds ALF CLAYTON 4/10/1933 - 21/10/2106 The Sheffield & South Yorkshire Section is very sad to have have lost one of its older and most popular members.
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Alfred Edward Clayton had been a member of the VMCC since 3rd April 1996. Alf started his working life at Glovers ‘Snowdrop’ Flour mills, and progressed to being a driver. When he joined the Army he joined as a Driver, and was so good at it he became an Instructor. It was while he was in the Army at Poole he met his wife to be, Edith, and later whisked her ‘Up North’. Upon leaving the Army, Alf got a job as a driver with Davy United, and later became a Chauffeur, a job he had for over 20 years. Whilst he was a chauffeur, he would often meet his old friend Dennis Kirk, a chauffeur for another steel company, a friendship that lasted over 60 years. Alf’s interest in motor cycles started at an early age, and his dad often ticked him off for starting his Brough! He had many bikes and loved tinkering and riding his 350cc AJS, his BSA Rocket (replica) and his Thunderbird –with which his son Stephen led the motorcycle cortège at his Funeral. Alf was well known at local Shows & Runs, where he could talk Bikes! Also the mischief continued when they took it in turns to get three in for the price of two at a local Autojumble! (Don’t ask!). Alf was not just interested in things vintage, as he learnt to use a computer and used Skype to keep in touch with family and friends. His health had been failing for some time but he continued to ride when he could. His last ride out was out into deepest Lincolnshire, to the Dogdyke Pumping Station, on 4th October 2015 – it was his birthday, and he treated all our members to a cup of tea and a bun. What made it a very special day for Alf, was a flypast by several Spitfires, Hurricanes etc from RAF Coningsby nearby. Alf had a fall at home, was taken to Hospital, but was deemed too ill to operate. Our sincere condolences got to Edith, Christine, Stephen, and family. Dennis Kirk & Ken Shemwell PETER MICHAEL RUTINS 24/6/1950- 31/8/2016 Peter ‘The Lat’ Rutins, as he was known to his friends, was a robust character (in every sense) with a fantastic, sharp and often acerbic sense of humour. After a failed attempt to run a garage with his brother-in-law he became an Electronics Engineer, travelling the world, working in remote locations in the Middle East and Southern Africa. He returned to the UK in the 80’s and worked as a computer maintenance engineer. In the 90’s he made his living for a while delivering sailing yachts, until a chance encounter brought him back into what he loved most and he bought Armours. He had been a member of the Bournemouth and New Forest Section of the VMCC for around 10 years. However, many of us enjoyed his friendship earlier than that, when he joined in with what had been the Ringwood Riders group, or “Old Farts” as they were more
commonly known. Peter was a dedicated motor cyclist for most of his life. Starting out with a BSA A10 back in the sixties, moving on to a CB750Honda in the seventies, which he regularly rode from his workplace in Namibia to visit his girlfriend Rosie (who became his wife) in South Africa. On his return to the UK in the early eighties a Yamaha and Ducati followed. After a bad prang on the Duke, I talked him into buying a Triumph TR6 Trophy for restoration, which he completed (followed by a steady stream of vintage and classic motor cycles) and then joined in the fun with the Bournemouth & New Forest Section of the VMCC. Many of the VMCC Club members will know (or maybe not) that Pete was “Mr Armours”. Pete purchased Armour Motor Products around 2004 and readers will have purchased their bike’s exhausts from him. I can report that the business has been successfully sold and continues to trade ensuring classic exhaust systems for years to come. ‘The Lat’ and I had enjoyed countless trips abroad together, both on classic bikes and more modern machinery and many are the hilarious stories that emerged from those memorable trips. His favourite saying was: “What happened abroad stays abroad”! He brought me home in 2010 after I smashed my shoulder at Le Mans whilst doing a track day with him and other pals, thanks Pete. Pete had built an eclectic collection of motorbikes in his garage; it is a testament to friendship and his memory that many of the Section lads have helped his widow to sort things out. My thanks go to them. We offer sincere condolences to his widow Rosie, family and many close friends. A true friend, motorcyclist and great mate. Bernie Kuropka DESMOND VICTOR SAMUELS We lost one of our Section’s founders with the passing of Des Samuels. Des always lived in the Pontypool area, and after school joined the Great Western Railway in the freight offices at the Pontypool goods and freight yards. He was sent underground as a ‘Bevin Boy’ at one of the many collieries around the South Wales area. During 1944, Des applied to join the RAF as a pilot and was posted to Rhodesia for training. But as war ended the RAF no longer needed pilots so it was back to the Great Western Railway to resume his career at the Pontypool railway yards. He was then posted to the Severn Tunnel railway yard, working in the office dispatching goods and coal trains. He once explained to me that occasionally it was possible to get an illicit footplate ride – thus relieving the boredom of night shift working ! Des had a life-long interest in motor cycles and always travelled to work on a ‘bike. I understand that on retiring, he took up sailing and built his own sailboat for use on nearby Llandegfedd Reservoir. He owned a number of ‘bikes over the years – BMW and Velocettes were used
as work transport. On joining the VMCC he went to ‘The Classics’ An Ariel ‘VB’ was obtained for restoration but he was disappointed with its performance! Next was a 350 Panther – the one with the upright motor. He and his daughter Rosalind used the Panther extensively for VMCC runs. Next came a Triumph T100, an Ariel ‘Huntmaster’ and then his pride and joy – a completely original Norton 88; the 1954 model, one of the first ‘featherbed’ models available to the buying public. In later years, he used a BSA C15 as the Norton became too heavy for him. A long illness was to force Des to give up motor cycling altogether and to give up the restoration of the Triumph ‘Bonneville’ which remained uncompleted when he succumbed to cancer at the age of 92. We offer our condolences to his wife Mary and daughter Rosalind for their loss of a true gentleman and a section colleague. John Sharman
PETER ERNEST WINCH Peter was born in Kent and moved to Bath during the war. He did his National Service in the RAF and then worked for Commercial Union. He married Angela in 1967 and they set up home in Keynsham and had daughters Elizabeth and Emma. He rode motor cycles all his life, mostly two-strokes, starting with a BSA ‘Bantam’ during National Service in 1953 and then an MZ as a commuter ‘bike. He joined the VMCC Bristol Section with a 197 cc James and soon became a committee member and secretary for many years. He added a 325cc Greeves and a Francis-Barnett and covered many miles on these. He organised a great number of timed road trials for the section and competed in a lot of timed trials himself and became very competent, winning many times as overall winner and best two-stroke. He also took part in the yearly long-distance weekend events such as the Bristol Land’s End Run, the Somerset Twin Dragon Run and Cornish Weekend and other events put on by local sections. More recently he used his two Yamahas - a 100cc and 125 cc and often covered 200 miles in a day. For the past nine years he suffered prostate cancer without complaint and still continued to ride and to take part on events right up until the last few months. Peter was a keen follower of cricket, and he played bowls and hockey and became a referee and was also a member of the Waverley Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. He was interested in railways and had a model railway with his own track. He was a good all-rounder, cheerful and exacting and a gentleman and will be greatly missed by his family, Angela, Elizabeth and Emma and all in the Bristol Section. Terry Gill & John Mockett
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Sixty years’ membership
With regard to membership numbers, these were quite haphazard in the early days until Eric Thompson introduced fixed numbers when the club membership was about 2,500. It was done in alphabetical order so those of us near the end of the alphabet have numbers over 2000. I can claim to have over 60 years of unbroken membership. Also, it was stated at the AGM (which I was unable to attend) that a current member of the Management Committee is the first to be an Area Rep followed by being a Director. Not true!! This century I was first Area Rep for the South East, followed by being a Director responsible for the Library. I am sure that there were others before me. To those who would like to combine the jobs I would say that each is quite different and each takes up quite a lot of time. I was happy to do either job but would have never tried to do both at once. In the September magazine the early Rudge frame numbers were listed, but there is one error. These numbers are continuous but there is a digit missing from 1911. This should read 663066. This does appear to show vast production numbers in each year, but the cycle production is in the same series! Finally a compliment on the appearance of the magazine. I thought that it improved greatly when David Davies took over, but it seems to get better every issue. Bryan Reynolds
Thank you, Scarborough Week organisers
Once again I have to say a big thank you to the organisers of the Scarborough bike week, as last year a very enjoyable week despite the dodgy weather. I suppose to expect another week like last year would have been asking for too much. Quite how I used to cope riding a bike in all weathers in years gone by I don’t know, but the rain of this year hasn’t put me off. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I’ll be back.” I did chicken out for the second half of the Wednesday run though, but not till after I had my ploughman's at the Feversham Arms, it alone was worth suffering the morning rain, but the prospect of another 60 miles in that weather was too much for me so I made for the camp site only to find that
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it was reasonably dry back there, until later in the evening! I think that I can say with confidence that all of us had a good time. See you in 2017. Derek Manders
I sympathise with Reg Ayre’s enforced period of recuperation and hope he may recover quickly. Until then, I hope he may find a moment to reflect upon just how offensive was his attack on Richard Mummery, and all the rest of us who make an effort to present ourselves on our bikes in age-related clothing, and consider ghow it makes us feel. (October Journal p76) Would he really prefer to see us all in one-piece leathers and full-face helmets, because that seems to be the logic of his argument? I ride in quite a few events on the Continent, and it is notable that a far higher percentage of the participants choose to wear period clothing. I also note that the general age of the riders appears significantly younger than at comparable events in Britain. On this evidence alone I reject Dr Ayre’s hypothesis. I propose to continue to wear exactly what I like and do all I can to promote Vintage Motorcycling, in spite of the handicap of a white beard. Noel Whittall
The motor cycles of Nottingham City Fire Brigade
Nottingham had three stations; at each was a motorbike and sidecar. When I joined the Brigade in early 1968, I already had a full ‘bike licence and was immediately “appointed” as a fogrider. (It was a voluntary role!) I started at Central which had a late 40’s Norton big4 with AA type box. The principle use was to ride ahead of the main machines to lead the way in the dense fogs of those days. The 2 other stations, Dunkirk and Stockhill, had Triumph Thunderbirds, with plain tradesman style boxes. They were both full bathtub bikes, in polychromatic grey. Registered in 1961 as 491 MAU and 492 MAU, both were supplied by Hooleys of Nottingham at £286-12-6 each.
The bikes were also used for general transport and I rode all three. 492 still shows up on the DVLA website, a VMCC member hopefully? In March 1973, the Norton was replaced by a new Triumph, a T100c in police spec and with lightweight box. ETV 99L. I spent a full day happily running it in wearing the “fits all” police style Corker helmet and gabardine mack. All three ‘bikes were sold off around late 1975. I was pleased to purchase the T100 a few years ago. If anyone knows anything about the “missing” Norton and 491 MAU I would be pleased to hear from them. Terry Maslin 01482 656461 firstname.lastname@example.org
More on the Manx
I was sorry to read in the October Journal about Peter Cottrell's experience at this year Manx Rally, especially with the scrutineering for the closed road parade. Mine could not have been more different and I certainly didn’t detect any hint of an unfriendly atmosphere at scrutineering, the parade lap or any of the events of the week. On behalf of all of us who had a wonderful time, I would like to thank all involved for making the 2016 Manx Rally such an enjoyable experience. John Lee
Classic TT Closed Roads event
It was disappointing to read Peter Cottrells experience at the Classic TT VMCCIOM closed roads parade this year. May I reply on behalf of the organising committee? The VMCC IOM section act as facilitators for this event. We collect and process entries on behalf of the Manx Motorcycle Club and the ACU who issue regulations and control the event. On Friday of practice week we arrange for the race scrutineers to safety check every machine and riders personal riding kit. Signing on and a safety briefing is then given and riding numbers issued. On Saturday paraders present themselves and await their turn to enjoy themselves on the TT course. The scrutineers’ primary function is to check machine suitability to go on the course, bearing in
mind that all machines presented should be fully road legal. Any machine deemed unsafe will be rejected; they sign to acknowledge your machine IS fit for purpose. Should the unthinkable happen during the parade and a rider loses their life, those scrutineers would be called to a Coroner’s Court along with members of our committee, including me! to be examined under oath that we had done everything in our power to ensure a safe event. Peter’s opinion that his and his son’s machines were OK would not be taken into account, and an independent machine examination would ensue, with any defects being reported. Any lapses in the system would be seized upon for our negligence with the probability of our prosecution. All this of course is purely academic in Peter’s case as he had forgotten to enter the event anyway and should not have been in the scrutineering queue! Richard Birch IOM section Chairman
Where is it now?
Pictured below is ‘VR1007’ which I had new at Christmas 1956. It did 93 mph through the ‘flying quarter mile’ at RAF Locking in 1957. Bertie said it would have been giving about 29 bhp and would have been assembled by the competition shop to keep them busy!” John Hill l Editor’s note: This machine is not listed in the Velocette Register, but is it still out there?
Having just returned to the vintage British motor cycle scene after an absence of about 25 years I have become dismayed by the poor quality service received from a couple of dealers, particularly with
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regard to a well known Velocette spares "specialist" I have just had the displeasure of doing business. I would like to share this experience with others and ask if they have had similar poor service when trying to source spares. I telephoned to order an instruction book and parts list, steering damper knob and rear stand to mudguard fittings. Each item I had to ask the price for and was told the steering damper knob would be 19 pounds. When I received the items the total cost came to over 82 pounds. Apart from the instruction book and parts list everything else was incorrect including a part which was itemised as a "rear stand spring" which I hadn't even ordered since there was no such thing for my motorcycle. The rear stand fittings were used and incorrect anyway, the steering damper knob which was now on the invoice stating 28 pounds. I contacted supplier regarding steering damper knob and they confirmed that they never had the one in stock which I required. I returned the "rear stand spring" and knob and had to telephone two weeks later regarding my refund. I was offered a credit note and told that they had another knob which he thought would probably be the one. I accepted this only to find, although a different knob, the threaded diameter hole was the same as the other one. I telephoned back again and was told, rather wearisomely, that they couldn't help me and just to send it back again and that they would refund me or give me a credit note to which I opted for the credit note. I did this but also sent a nut which was the correct thread and diameter to fit the rod of the steering damper. More postage again. Two weeks later, still no refund telephoned but was told that the guy dealing with this was out so she couldn't check what was happening. I telephoned the next day and, to make things easier rather than trying to fight for my money back, I ordered a gear lever bush. Yes, we have them in stock, he says, and a couple of days later the bush arrived. Not only did the bush freely turn around in the gearbox end cover housing, but the gear lever slopped about so loosely that I resorted to putting my old one back in as it was a better fit. I telephoned company up next day and he just laughed, saying that we were just going round in circles and for me to send it back and he would refund me. (The nut I sent with regard to the steering damper rod diameter was also
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The Alldays ‘Matchless’ motor cycle
Enclosed are copies of early Alldays ‘Matchless’ motor cycles – circa 1910. Note the firm Alldays & Onions – established 1650 (making motor cycles?) The ‘Matchless’ lightweight single and twin models are identical to the Swiss Moto-Reve machines of that period, indeed, the Moto-Reve engine is fitted. Perhaps verging on an offence to say ‘badge engineering’? I wonder if any have survived? On page 64 of the magazine. I restored the sole remaining 1914 oscillating inlet valve TT Scott. Apart from the front ‘roller’ pattern forks it is alien to any other Scott made at the Hirst Wood (Shipley) factory. In short, complex and complicated. The restoration of this machine was well documented sent back, but looked familiar with an attached washer collar and I found that it was actually a bicycle wheel spindle nut). The next day I sent this email to them;
From me: Hi, regarding our telephone conversation I have decided not to bother sending bush back for a refund. I can't be bothered with the hassle of having to remind you when you haven't refunded me. Dealing with my original order I was charged around £82 for a parts list, instruction book, steering damper knob(incorrect), rear stand attachments (incorrect and used) and a spring
with photographs in ‘The Classic Motor Cycle’ and in ‘Motor Cycle Sport and Leisure’. How the Scott attained a lap of 53.50 mph at 485cc beggars belief – let alone with two VERY high gear ratios and next to no brakes, not forgetting the condition of the roads at that time. Put this into 1970’s focus. To lap the TT circuit at 54 mph (this was done) on a Ducati 250cc single – keeping 75-82 mph up nigh on 80% of the duration. David Frank which was invoiced as a rear stand spring which there is no such thing for a 1935 Mac. Returned knob and spring for refund then had to contact you and had to settle for a credit note. The incorrect knob was sent because the correct one of £19 was not available so another costing £28 was sent instead. Won't be contacting you again, you’re a waste of time. Keep the refund, you obviously need the money more, Regards P. Jensen
The reply I received from the dealer was unprintable, totally unsatisfactory, and not at all customer-focussed, resulting in me being out of pocket and very dissatisfied.
In short, I paid over £82 for an instruction book and parts list plus two lots of £2.85 pounds to return items. I now also have the worry that people like this have my credit card details. By far this company is the worst company that I have EVER dealt with in my life. Has the service standards deteriorated since over the years, or have I just been unlucky? Paul Jensen
l Editor’s comment: This looks like a job for Trading Standards, and perhaps even the Small Claims Court.
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I’d love to add my bit about younger members, since I genuinely am one – aged 23. I have only ever owned classic ‘bikes and feel very privileged to own my ultimate Brit sporting twin – a 1964 Norton 650SS, which is pictured below. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I read Mr. Hemingway’s letter in the October issue suggesting that the VMCC lobby the Government to alter the current ‘bike licence legislation – this is precisely what I’ve been thinking the club should do! I got so fed up with the ridiculous legislation re. getting a ‘bike licence. Having spent over £1,200 (yes, you did read that correctly...) attempting my A2 (restricted) licence I wrote to my MP suggesting alterations that could be made to the licence system. I ended up getting a reply from the Transport Minister, published right, showing a massive lack of understanding regarding the current legislation that he is responsible for! As the Club enjoys more than 15,000 members, the issue of lobbying Government to negotiate the approval of VMCC-eligible ‘bikes for A1 and A2 licences MUST be a top priority, if we are to secure the future of the club for my generation and also to ensure the survival of the ‘bikes we all love and cherish. I, for one, am more than willing to devote my time and energy to accomplishing this! Ranulph Attridge
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An expensive day out
Rhydymwyn (known as ‘Rude Women’ to the racing men of the day – Editor) was a rather short circuit run by the Wirral Hundred Club in the days after the War. The then local VMCC branch secretary rashly asked the club to stage a ‘Vintage Race’ despite there being few of our local members with suitable ‘bikes. As the race was due to be cancelled, I was asked to find competitors, and so I gave my Mk 1 Velo to Malcolm Ward and my sidecar passenger, Mike Wren, my road-going Velo, intending to take the DT Douglas off its sidecar for me to use. My brother-in-law George Stevens also volunteered to race, but only if he could have the use of the Douglas and my nearly-new one-piece leathers, which left me to take the 1928 sand-racer Sunbeam off its sidecar just to make up the numbers. The circuit had one tricky bit, for the one straight
had a slight bend where, if you went on to the grass, it was impossible to regain the concrete and it contained a bump so severe that on one occasion a sidecar ‘overdid it’ and it bounced the driver completely off – leaving the hapless passenger to spring up and stop it before it hit the iron railings at the boundary. I repeatedly warned George of this hazard. On race day, I was required to work on the Saturday morning and on arrival was told: “George is OK but in Wrexham Hospital.” It seemed that in the very first practice session he had failed to take the bend and come off – bending the Douglas and breaking his collar bone (note priorities..) In the race the well-known vintage racer Mr Cramp won (he was on a proper KTT Velo) followed by Mr Ward. I only got in one lap before the gearbox sprocket fell to bits – due to having been thrashed on the sand racer. Mike Wren on my ‘road Velo’ dropped a valve through the piston and lost the ‘quick’ filler cap. He assured me that he had only been going slowly. When George arrived home, he handed the leathers back, abit scuffed where he had come off and needing repair, as they had cut them off him at the waist and at the sleeves. A memorable episode - and three ‘bikes to fix! Archie Beggs
A reply to Peter Dear
Referring to Peter Dear’s letter (October issue), it is interesting to note that the first general-purpose and reprogrammable computer, ENIAC, was formally inaugurated on 15 February 1946, two months before the foundation of the VMCC. The personal computer is generally reckoned now to be about 40 years old. Had Peter’s enthusiasm to embrace what is now old technology been demonstrated widely by those presented with the new-fangled internal combustion engine and the ‘electric’, I dare say we would now be enjoying reading the letters page of a horse and carriage magazine. More seriously, how can we possibly hope to attract a younger audience to the delights of vintage machinery if we do not embrace the medium of communication which they and most of their parents take entirely for granted? Mansur Darlington
If Mr Cadman were to visit HQ he would see a small, dedicated staff working hard to keep the club running. In addition there are a lot of volunteers, some of whom work full days to assist the staff. The need for bigger premises is mainly due to the ever-increasing size of the library. This has always been so; the late Phil Heath told me that when he became librarian he picked up the contents in his Cortina estate. When it was moved to HQ it required three Transit vans. If you get the opportunity, believe me, it is well worth the visit. Chris Harper
In praise of the Library Staff
For some time now the DVLA have been slated in the magazine so I thought I would give credit where credit is due. Earlier this year I bought a 1949 BSA Star Twin which had a 1986 registration number, fortunately it came with a couple of old buff log books showing the original registration number. When I contacted the library staff they found out the original registration number was still available so I set in motion the proceedings to get the original number back. Thanks to the efforts of the library staff, especially Michelle, the bike is now the proud owner of the original registration number a big thank you goes to the library staff and the DVLA. As far as I was concerned the whole experience was hassle free and completed in the time I was told it would. Harry Wiles
As a member of this club for over 30 years, from the age of 17, I have recently had to accept that the VMCC is taking its own path, it cannot be steered in any preferred direction by the influence of management but is simply evolving all the time. The VMCC membership or at least the majority, seems to get what it wants & will be unstoppable by those of us that regularly enjoy riding eligible machines on the “Queen’s highway", you could say that both persistence & resistance are both futile,
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with a predominantly non-riding membership, due to age, poor health, traffic levels & very often concerns of using such valuable machines. During a brief spell as our section secretary over 20 years ago, it was clear to see, that our section on paper was over double the size of the participating membership & by that, I mean purely attendance on club nights, not hands on handlebars, which has always been less & will always be the case! Being a member of the VMCC, with its reference material, marque specialists, insurance discounts, affiliations, government recognition etc, has made it hold the status of the "Parent Club", amongst a sea of smaller operations, which is why it has had such a large membership for so many years, not really a regular riders' club for many many years but one to organise higher profile events, the highest now being Banbury, whilst trying to protect our interests future. This change, from when it was founded, is largely due to the increase in members' average ages, together with the ever increasing values of machines that were originally cheap to own, normally by working men with families at home. Look at the situation now, they are owned as investments because of owners' (often not owner riders'), lust for profit, as the normally accepted investment type is ‘flat’ or too risky, with ancient motorcycles a proven winner, of long standing. Consider that there is nothing to stop any members from meeting up & going for a ride together, anywhere, we all have our machines insured, normally now with breakdown cover, you could plan for the next day, weeks ahead or ring round on the day, just do it, enjoy it, be seen doing so, answer questions from the public, display a badge, just one
in your now-empty tax disc holder will do. You don't need everyone to have a route sheet, maybe just the leader if he can't remember it all, smaller groups are easier to manage, you can call it off till another day if the weather is dodgy, with a few phone calls, just have the VMCC in the background. Who knows, you might even talk others you meet into joining. Is the future or it could be the end? Steve Priston
That BSA engine
I don’t know if you have the answer already, but the engine Mike Barry is trying to identify on page 80 in the September Magazine is a BSA 250 engine made between 1933-36. In each year they were titled differently: 1933 B33-1; 1934 B34-1; 1935 B35-1; and 1936 B1. From these numbers you can get an idea of how BSA’s numbering system worked, and how and see what it was changed to in 1936. The ‘1’ in the numbers refers to it being the first/lowest-powered bike to appear in the sales catalogue, although when they had a 175 bike to put in they called this the ‘0’ model! Brian Chambers
Why did he not contact me?
I have just read a rather defamatory letter regarding the sale of an engine to a Mr. Robson. If this engine was in such a poor condition, why did he not contact me and I would have sorted it out with him? Perhaps he will now contact me (01295 710911) as the telephone number in the magazine was obviously wrong. Mr M Dale
Just read this month’s journal and noted picture of VC.M.C.C. Stand at Copdock show. I may have sent the wrong picture to go with the text. This one is the one that shows our new banner in action. Neville Heath
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Read all about it!
VMCC member Terry Wright’s critically acclaimed book, ‘Power Without Glory’, about JAP V-twin engine Cooper cars, received an Award of Merit as an ‘exemplary book’ at the Society of Automotive Historians recent meeting at Hershey, Pennsylvania in October. Subtitled ‘Racing the Big-Twin Cooper’, the book has been widely praised for its new look at the origins of the modern racing car, and was ‘Book of the Month’ in Octane magazine this year. It is shortlisted for ‘Publication of the Year’ in the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards. There is, of course, plenty of J.A. Prestwich history, record breaking, speedway and technical detail in the book, much of it not previously published. Cooper’s early use of Vincent engines is also covered. Terry says only about 40 copies remain, and he expects them all to be sold as Christmas presents. Yours can be bought on-line at www.loosefillings.com or from Chaters, Simon Lewis, Automoto and Brooklands Museum.
Regrettably, issues with copyright provent us from republishing an item from the Bristol Times, submitted by Alan Freke, about a round Britain motor cycle publicity stunt involving film star Harry Lorraine and a Douglas motor cycle. l We regret to report that Marc Haines, CEO of the Haines Motor Museum, passed away on 11th October. l 5,800 guineas was the top price at the Autumn sheep dog sales in Skipton on 28th October.
What is it?
This photograph is of one Herbert Henry Barker. His son, also Herbert Henry Barker, is an instructor with the Lincolshire Gliding Club. Bert, our flyer, has no idea when and where this image was taken or what ‘bike his father is sitting on. I am fairly sure that one of our members out there will be able to fill in some of the details. Bert is just retiring – having chalked up more than 14,000 flights. Strangely, in the Lincolnshire Gliding Club about one third of the members are motorcyclists. Something to do with banking over and going round corners, I guess! John Brookes
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A new acquisiton
I have just acquired the 1920–ish Royal Enfield pictured above from the estate of the late Tony Robinson of Sale, who died in 2003. The picture is of Eddie ‘2 Wheels’, who ran a motor cycle dealership in Sale, and who was the Royal Enfield dealer – I believe. Old Father Brazendale
l The 1903 Humber 23/4 hp ‘Olympia Tandem’ sold for £36,800 in Bonhams November 4th Auction.
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FOR SALE: MACHINES
AJS model D1, 800 cc, 1924 Vee-Twin combination with original AJS “Standard” single-seat sidecar, runs well, completed Banbury last year £18,000. AJS M6 overheadvalve twin- port 350 cc, a 1929 “big port” successor, nice condition £6,500. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) AJS 1952 model 20, 99% original, 6 volt, many new parts, wheels, tyres, saddle, pillion, battery, chains, magneto, dynamo, forks reconditioned, original log book, spares, special tools, manual. £4,500 J. Kirk 0161 427 1292 email@example.com (Stockport) AJS ‘D’ 799cc, 1922, black, immaculate condition, won ‘Best in Class’ Scottish show 2002, maintained to high standard, confirmation - Classic Motorcycle & VMCC Marque specialist in 1887, only 5 other machines known to exist, letters available £19,000. Chris Harvey 01665 710083 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Northumberland) ARIEL Leader, 1960, lovely example, red/white, flashers, extended windscreen, panniers, luggage rack, original chrome bumper, mirrors, 12 volt conversion, matching numbers, owner’s manual, mot May 2017, not used since recent purchase, contact for details, email photos available £2,995. Barry Lovett 01258 840062 email email@example.com (Dorset) ARIEL VH 1959 Red/Black, VHA Engine, good starter on JRC Carb, 12V, age related number £3,995. Yamaha XTZ660, Tenere Single, 1991, electric start, Akront
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org Please pick a KEY word for the first word of your advert ie: AJS, MZ, handlebars, panniers. Also prefixed by – For Sale (Machines, spares/equipment, clothing/publications), exchange, wanted, trade, holidays – NOT a year or model. This helps us to sort in alphabetical order and put in correct classification. Please quote your membership number and, if HAND WRITTEN, write all adverts clearly.
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Alloys, 26,000 kilometres on clock, mot to July 2017 £1,750. Frank Chapman 01993 778054 mob 07780 967014 email email@example.com (Witney) BMW K100RS, 988cc 8 valve, 1986, 45k miles, MoT May 2017, owned 14yrs, very good condition with lots of history incl old MoT's, heated grips, BMW panniers, original handbook £1,700. Philip Cooper 01708 501414 mob 07584 088590 (Essex) BMW R100RS 1983, Limited Edition, ‘Series 500’ No.475, last of the twinshocks, 78,000mls, blue/silver, panniers, seat not in original colours, powder coated wheels, swinging-arm and fork sliders, service log available £3,750. Glyn Jones. 07746 368461 (S.Lincs) BSA Gold Flash, 1960, good condition, good starter and runner, also, Watsonian sport side car bought for bike but not fitted yet £6,500 or may swap for lightweight bike, James Triumph etc. or Vincent 1000cc engine and parts. Jim Gardner 07913 336854 (Suffolk) BSA M21 1960, mot until March 2017, new tyres, new rear chain, some stainless parts £3000. John Simmonds 0208 549 6548 (after 6pm) (Surrey) BSA 1948 C11 ohv 250 with V5 original registration mark, matching frame/engine numbers, too much work and parts replaced to list in advert, photos available, attached to email reply, genuine reason for sale. Emlyn Evans firstname.lastname@example.org 01472 825752 (Lincs) FRANCIS Barnett Cruiser 250cc, 1939, black/silver, restored to a high standard, won ‘Best in Class’ 1993 Stafford Classic Bike Show, has been maintained to same
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high standard since, sale due to bereavement £3,600. Chris Harvey 01665 710083 email email@example.com (Northumberland) GREEVES Deluxe Roadster 197cc, 1955, some racing history but street legal, engine professionally overhauled, no mileage since, electronic ignition, tank repainted, alloy wheels, new battery and chain, some spares, special tools, V5C, MOT/tax exempt, £2,650. P. Howell, 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) GREEVES 24TFS, 1965, Greeves own head and barrel, ride or display condition, V5 and buff log-book, new front tyre & paddock stand included £2,750. Colin Murrells 01892 531276 (Kent) HARRIS Matchless 1987, very good condition, 500CC OHC Rotax engine, 31,000 miles, 900 miles on new engine, 5 gears, electric start, kick start, Alli rims, front disc brake, mot Oct 2017, technical spec, handbook, garaged in Swindon area £4,000. Carol Mulraney 01793 644724 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Swindon) HONDA BENLY 200cc 1980, 21,296 miles, electric and kick start, very reliable, on SORN £850. Brian Riddle 01579 344339 (Cornwall) HONDA CB550F 1978 very good condition, used regularly £2,600. G. Pye 01254 775633 (Lancs) HONDA XL250 1977, excellent winter bike, good condition with some mods, kickstart, MOT, looks good, Enduro tyres included £850. M. Dale 01295 710911 (Banbury) HONDA 250 cc CDU, 1989, mot'd to June 2017, good condition £700. Jim Kirkham 01631570544 mob 07810 577109 (Argyll) KSS Mark 1, 1935, matching numbers verified by VOC and VMCC, rebuilt in 2009, new engine bearings, cams and followers professionally reground and re-hardened, with rebuild record, invoices, technical literature, V5C, lovely road bike £11,000. Paul Devitt 01732 461 532 email email@example.com (Kent). MATCHLESS G80S, 1956, excellent condition, new tyres, lots of history, selling due to lack of use, call for details £3,995. Honda CB400A 1980, automatic, VMCC eligible, electric kick start, long MOT, call for info £1,195. John Hillier 07836 222236 (Berks) MATCHLESS 350 G3L, 1959, tax and mot exempt, newly restored, starts easily, red, cream tank and black frame and fittings and chrome, photographs available by email, £2,750. E Cooper 07814 730954 or M Gough 01642 651249 (Teesside) MORGAN Super Sports, 1932, JAP water cooled, beetle back, 4 speed gearbox, no reverse with Morris Minor internals, good running order, used regularly £35,000. Jack Pearson 01305 852599 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Dorset) MORINI, 1957, 175 Tourismo, as featured in Classic Bike, June 2015, bought to ride Giro D'Italia (entry abandoned after bereavement) original ,unmodified
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condition, new carb, tyres, brake shoes, points, condenser, chain, sprockets, battery, UK reg £3,950. Mick Vockins 01628 661791 (Bucks) NORTON ES2 1948, original machine owned for 27 years, matching number, good club bike £6,000. AJS Big Port 1929, good Banbury bike, good brakes £8,000. J. Allen 01787 223357 (Essex) NORTON Model 30, 1955 (500cc International), stunning bike in regular use, matching numbers and history, all correct parts, well maintained and in sound condition, any questions, please ask (email preferred) £19,500. Tim Jackson 01926 842369 email Jackson291@btinternet.com (Warwickshire). NORTON Model 50, 1933, 350 cc, in good original condition except for dolls head gearbox, competed in Levis trial last 3 years, goes and stops very well £7,200. Peter Tustin 07903 166239 (Malvern) NORTONS UWO 748 & KWN 108, Francis Barnett WRW 341 - if the current owners are interested I have some related items from £5. Paul Richards 01639 645302 (Wales) PUCH MAXI moped 1971 for restoration, complete with manual £150. Bob Crockford 01189 416642 (Reading) ROYAL Enfield Series 2 Interceptor with 1A frame and Rickman motor, totally rebuilt over 16 years with mostly stainless fittings, tank and mudguards re-chromed, wheels rebuilt and frame powder coated, very smart bike, photo's can be emailed £8,500. Barry Harvey 07789 044315 (Southampton) SCOTT 1927 Flying Squirrel Deluxe, 600 cc for restoration £4,975. Rob Martin 07507 826624 (Wiltshire) STAFFORD Mobile Pup, 1922 by Stafford Auto Scooters with Alvis engine, reg OE 8825, original and unrestored, decal still on the tank, complete except for a couple of small transmission gears, assortment of extra parts £1,950. Alan Stote 01299 896418 mob 07818 406475 (Worcs) SUNBEAM 1929, model 1, scruffy oily rag but very original, runs well, new oil pump, both 20” tyres £4,850 firm price, could p/x 1946 G3L or J10 Comet 98cc similar condition. Mike Gardiner 01300 320446 (Dorset) SUZUKI GN250, 1989, mot'd to August 2017, excellent condition, new genuine exhaust system, recent new tyres, chain and sprocket £900. Patricia Kirkham 01631 570544 mob 07810 577109 (Argyll) SUZUKI GS 400, 1976, tax and mot, new tyres, tubes and battery, fully overhauled, serviced and in good running order £750. Tom Paterson 0131 332 1384 (Edinburgh) 'THE KENILWORTH' Scooter, 1921 GSC Autocyclette designed by Alvis chief engineer SmithClarke, reg HO 4931- V5 - Frame No. 61010, engine No. 61010, original and unrestored, decal still on the tank, has been running £2,950. Alan Stote 01299 896418 mob 07818 406475 (Worcs)
TRIUMPH Trident T150V 1974, 34,000 miles, previous owner from 1981, sensible mods £5,250. Andrew Denman 07786 651903 (Bucks) TRIUMPH TR6P, ex met police, matching numbers, original reg no, white, good runner, throw over box & panniers & trailer if needed in price £7,800. Pete Daniels 07884 056286 email email@example.com (Caterham Surrey) TRIUMPH TRW MK3, 1964, unregistered, owned last 30yrs, been a museum exhibit, has been dry-stored, less than 6,000 miles, original, very good condition, up and running but requires commissioning, £6,000. Suzuki FZ50 49cc moped, up and running, very clean and original, £350. AJS 350cc 16MS, good original condition, been in storage for the last couple of years, requires commissioning, has V5, £2,500. Jon Martin 01296 670420 (Bucks) TRIUMPH T100 1963 unit-construction model, stripped ready for restoration £2,500, would consider BSA C11G in good running order in exchange. Malcolm Shields 01945 860994 (Cambs) TRIUMPH T120, OIF, TR6 engine, 1971, £5,000. Z900, 1975, £4,500. Triumph T100SS, 1963, £4,600. Honda Fireblade RRN, 1992, £3,300. KZ750B twin, 1979 £950. Honda CB72, £850. Neil Green 07790 273204 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Notts) 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) TRIUMPH 885 Sprint, 96 model, in green, starts and runs well, m.o.t. March 2017, new bike forces sale £900. John 07910 483122 (Leeds) VELOCETTE KSS Springer standard road trim, black and gold, good all round condition been on road this year and goes well £8,500. Bob Booth 07780 119165 (Staffordshire) VELOCETTE MAC,1951, rigid frame with iron engine, Magneto rebuilt by Dave Lindsley, electronic regulator, new clutch, new fork bushes and seals, recent top end and carb overhaul, everything working and ready to use £4,250. Mick Bemrose 07747 805531 (Leicester) YAMAHA V80, 79cc step through 1982 2-stroke model, genuine 5,900 miles, very good condition. for photos and more information £950. Les Nicholas 01656 863330 email email@example.com (S Wales) YAMAHA XS 650, 1975, American Import, has U K Registration, mot to April 2017, Boyer Bransden electronic ignition, runs and rides fine (except noisy cam chain) £2,000. Keith Knight 01179 778214 e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org (Bristol) FOR SALE: SPARES & EQUIPMENT
AJS engine 1948 £300. AJS gearbox 1953 £75. AJS tin
primary chain-case inner & outer just re-painted £50. AJS magneto £40. Pair 1953 single side hub wheels £300. All in good condition. John Evans 01536 762216 (Northants) ARIEL leader, outer shell £40, tail-cover £20, fork shocks/springs £20, forks £25, swinging arm £18, rear brake pedal/rod £15, rear wheel spindle £10, footrests £8, primary cover £12,cylinder heads £40, gear cluster £30. C Flood (after 7pm) 01634 843803 (Kent) BANTAM D1 carburettor £45. Amal 72/1 Tiger Cub £45. Amal 47/022/S/LAC Villiers V508 CA £45. Amal 627 £45, D1 Air Clearer £25. Cub side-stand £35. Old Lucas horn £48. F Alcock 07743 370641 (Stoke-on-Trent) BMW GS 1100, rear wheel complete shaft drive, complete exhaust collector box, silencer, headlight, centre stand and some plastics £175.00. Graham Vickery 07934 57847 (Cheshire) 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 email@example.com (S. Yorks) BROUGH Superior Cruiser Sidecar, front top panel, good for sample only £20. Mike Harrison 01427 753 676 (Doncaster) BSA ZB32GS complete rebuilt motor, previously sprinted, lightened polished rockers, high compression, Clubman cams, blasted, polished, all fasteners stainless or newly plated £1,750, barrel, rebored, blasted £450. Complete rebuilt head £550, all ready for use. Paul Ridehalgh 07934 016309 (Lancs) BSA, 1930, 350 Sloper, Front forks, almost complete; 20” Front wheel c/w tyre fitted new brake shoes £200. Brian Carruthers 01285 655230 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Cirencester) BSA 1948, A7, longstroke engine, including bolt on gearbox £700. Lucas dynamo G3H 6V negative earth reconditioned £120. A7 short-stroke barrel requires some attention £25. A7 short-stroke pistons, 40 thou over £10. R. Saxby 01244 381873 (Cheshire) DAVE Cooper three-bike trailer, good condition, £165. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 (Dorset) DOUGLAS Rear drive Vee belt, 7/8"x 5/8", 83" long with fastener, £30 plus postage, rear brake heel pedal, nickel plated for 23/4, £15 + postage. Bantam D1 cylinder head, blasted clean, £20 + postage. Robert Todd 01480 382793 (Cambs) HONDA CRF 50F, engine/transmission stripped down in box, bore 39mm, stroke 41.1mm, engine parts seem almost as new and are from the junior scrambler model £25, buyer collects. Francis Jones 01686 626245 (Powys) MICA spark plugs (18) on stand £45. Early “B & B” carb, complete, brass type E BAB ¾” inlet, top feed £55. Thomson Bennet magneto for restoration (H complete) for Flat Twin £60, all plus postage. Geoff Brazendale 01228 549445 (Carlisle)
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BOUND VOLUMES OF ‘THE ‘MOTOR CYCLE’ “NO ADVERTS” MEMBERS ONLY DECEMBER SEALED BID AUCTION CLOSING DATE 20th December 2016
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Vol I; 31 Mar - 30 Dec 1903 40 issues; Spine missing, damaged cover, 20 pages missing, some pages loose/damaged; Reserve £170 Vol 5; 2 Jan - 25 Dec 1907 52 issues; Damaged binding, some loose pages; Reserve £180. Vol 6; 1 Jan - 30 Dec 1908 53 issues; Spine damage, some loose pages; Reserve £180 Vol 10; 4 Jan - 27 Jun 1912 26 issues; Rebound condition; Reserve £210 Vol 10; 4 Jul - 26 Dec 1912 26 issues; Reserve £200 Rebound condition; P905 – 908 missing Vol 32; 3 Jan - 26 Jun 1924 26 issues; Reserve £200; Several loose pages. Vol 33; 3 Jul - 25 Dec 1924 26 issues; Reserve £200. Vol 16; 6 Jan - 23 Mar 1916 11 issues; Reserve £170 24.02, 30.03 Issues missing Vol 16; 13 Apr - 29 Jun 1916 12 issues; Reserve £170 06.04 issue missing
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MV AGUSTA CSTL Engine, also spares for CSTL and CS 175 engines. G Riley 01614394647 email email@example.com (Stockport) NORTON Sturmey CS G/B, Kickstart pinion missing, mainbearing needs replacing £300. Sturmey gear lever, clamp type £40. Rigid/girder steering head £100. Toolbox WD (4½ “deep) £80. Dollshead G/B end cover £50. Rear brake plate/relined shoes £80. Terry Richardson 01946 810125 (Cumbria) OLD DOUGLAS seat l/blue like new , Smiths rev/counter 0-12,000, Keihin carburettor, full width alloy back wheel hub & drum, alloy Akront 19” x 1-85 rim and new spokes, old type number plate, new gloves (m) £120 job lot, collect. Barry Oddy 01386 792323 (Worcs) PETROL Generator, 850 watt, 2 stroke, only used twice £65, pick up only as heavy, can email pictures. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent) SADDLE frame, £20, reverse levers, £25, Villiers 150cc Mk8 combined barrel and head £35, crankcase and conrod £20, hub with drum brake, £20. Exhaust, silencer, tailpipe, £10. Centre stand, fit BSA B1, or BSA C11, £40. Suffolk 01394 386366, email@example.com THREE Bike Trailer, mini wheels, with suspension, complete with ramp and trailer board £150. Francis Guy 01905 640197 (Worcester) 8 STEEL Racking units 36”wx78”hx12” to 18”d, loaded with assorted motor cycle parts from 1920’s to 1980’s £500 – lot or sell racking separately, sadly losing rented shed after 30 years, 1930 Sunbeam 500cc frame and forks, vgc £1,400. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) TOOLBOXES, pillion side steel cases with hand stitched leather fronts and straps, 7 ½” to 9” long x 4 ½” x 3 ½” £85. A Greathead 01446 792586 (Glamorgan) TRAILER, 3 bike, good condition, always garaged, solidly built, good tyres on Mini wheels, loading ramp £150. Mike Phillips 01935 862866 (Yeovil) TRIUMPH 5TA frame, stove enamelled £250. Engine needs head/barrel gearbox cover (re-conditioned) £300, ex pipes/silencers, unused £200 or £600 for the lot. John Boggis 01978 842668 (Wrexham) TRIUMPH 9 stud cylinder head, stamped 67, inlet side and E3925HOA exhaust side, excellent condition (tel with email address and photos can be sent) £200. Roy Bell 01482 634464 (East Yorkshire) WIPAC Headlamp rims, new (in box) 5 inch & 71/2 wide £16 each, B.S.A. instruction books for 1931, 1935, 1938 & B31/B33 also 1949 A.J.S 350/500 all £12 each, postage extra. D. Earnshaw 01709 873381 (Rotherham) FOR SALE: CLOTHING & PUBLICATIONS
COPIES of the VMCC magazine from January 1993 to December 2015, free to a good home, collect from North Yorkshire. Ian Moorey 01423 360761 (Aberdeen)
CROMWELL Helmet, 1964, ACU 7 1/8 , never crashed, slightly tatty £25, Mk8 goggles, tatty £5, one piece suit, waterproof, made in England £10. Chris Harper 07731 382676 (Staffs) HONDA CB 400 + 500 workshop manual (Haynes), 1973 onwards, average, used condition £6 + pp. Martin Main 01706 372939 mob 07812 963882 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Rochdale) IXS RIDING SUIT, both jacket and trousers have detachable linings, all joints Kevlar reinforced, immaculate condition, suit someone 6ft ish £50. Ray Higglesden 01243 674405 (W. Sussex) JAP The Vintage Years and Jap The End of an Era, both by Jeff Clew and both in very good condition, £100 including post and packing. Dave Iszard 01621 892206 mob 07543 901340 (Essex) MOTORCYCLE Sport, 1990, in official self binder £6 plus postage. Roy Farrell email email@example.com (Oxfordshire) MOTORCYCLE Sport, number 1, 1950, very good condition £5.50. Bettie Barber 01722 330453 mob 07762 775778. (Salisbury) PAIR OF DAINESE touring boots, black suede/leather lace up, size 40 (61/2), as new, worn only once, cost over £100, will accept £25 plus £5.50 postage if necessary. M.Dughan 01283 500412 (Burton on Trent) 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) RACING Leathers, UK size 50, used but in very good condition (2 pairs) £75 each. Bell helmet, large, used £30. 2 pairs size 11 motorcycle boots (1 pair little use – 1 pair new) £35. Trevor Hilditch 0151 632 5186 (Wirral) WANTED
AERMACCHI Ala Verde / Harley Davidson Sprint parts wanted. European type fuel tank, headlight assembly (rectangular speedo type) and speedo, centre stand, 250cc engine parts required (Adv/Ret mechanism, points, backplate, points cover and dipstick). Mark Francis 01603713607 (Norfolk) AJS K9 1928 or compatible – spares for my K9 engine, Binks carb, gearbox etc. any bits most appreciated, or steers in the right direction. Don Paton 07749 609857 email firstname.lastname@example.org (N. Yorks) ANY make or size classic motorcycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb email email@example.com tel 07811 189755 (Tamworth) BMW pre-war twin parts needed for rebuild, anything would be helpful, please, including a wreck or non runner and any literature too. Nick Dulk 07904 505496 (I’ll call back) (Lancashire)
BMW Earles fork machine sought for project, incomplete or rolling chassis, abandend bike or barn find, also after market large petrol tank for this type and later models. Keith Crawley 0151 260 8401 (Liverpool) BONNIKSEN Drive for front wheel, or any parts, handlebar clamp, cable, gearbox, small gear, and large gear etc. John Dodimead 01179 372949 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Bristol) BRITISH BIKE wanted for winter project, anything considered, any size or condition, bigger and older the better, but Bantam, moped or cyclemotor acceptable. Have cash, your price paid. C. Rew 07538 696157 (Leics) BROUGH Superior Cruiser sidecar, front top panel good for sample only £20. Mike Harrison 01427 753 676 (Doncaster) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email email@example.com (Dorset) BSA A10 alternator, inner and outer primary chain cases. Phil Hartshorn 0116 2837920 (Leic) BSA A65 OIF 1971/1972 UK bread bin type petrol tank wanted any condition considered. Tony Arnold email firstname.lastname@example.org tel 01252 655052 mob 07827 441251 (Hants) BSA C10 and Enfield clipper dead or alive with V5C. Kenneth Baker email email@example.com 0161 287 5845 (Lancs) BSA C11G complete pre-unit 4 speed gearbox for a 1959 model as mine was stolen whilst the bike was being restored, any help would be greatly appreciated. Tom Thorpe 01132 520545 (Leeds) BSA Empire/Silver Star 350 crankcase, gearbox, valanced front guard and clutch, handlebar lever (similar M20?), also, Lodola oil pump and kick start parts. Lloyd Watson 01209 213386 (Cornwall) BSA L29, 350cc engine or large lumps in serviceable condition, 1950’s AJS trials competition petrol tank, I have for a swap a 1937 AJS petrol tank in very good condition. Richard Mummery 01227 751751 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis email email@example.com 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 (Worcs) BSA Wing Wheel (just the wheel engine) must have good spark otherwise condition not important. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent) BSA ZB31 or ZB33 parts have large parts if I can find any. John Gosling 01206 564662 (Essex) CENTRE Stand for ambassador supreme 1952, also, side stand for BSA A7 plunger 1949. Mick Marshall 01227 367509 (Kent) DUNELT double diameter 500cc piston, iron or alloy. S Moss 02085 290620 email email@example.com (London)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Wilts) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt email email@example.com 01442 891447 (Herts) FORK slider for late type Panther forks (the one without the brake anchor), have stuff to swap. Martin Main 01706 372939 mob 07812 963882 firstname.lastname@example.org (Rochdale) FRONT Exhaust pipes for MV250B, any condition, also, front fork legs, 32” Honda 4 or similar. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) GARRARD sports s/car all bits wanted please for chassis, wheel, mudguard and any bits for hook up to Norton rigid (19R), even complete chassis, why? Michael Cobb 01628 630806 (Maidenhead) GILERA 300B mean side silencers, bathtub 350 side stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) GREEVES 250 twin road bike in need of full or part restoration sought by retired motor engineer, barn find or abandoned project welcomed, have trailer, will travel. Richard Gynn 01566 782355 (Cornwall)
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HARLEY FXR frame must have good numbers. Graeme Chessum 01509 889058 (Leic) JAMES Cadet M15, 1966 (the teardrop model), kick start lever with good splines (don’t mind rust, also, air filter to fit mono bloc with threaded inlet pipe. Francis Jones 01686 626245 (Powys) JAPANESE or British, affordable bike to do up wanted by young member, any old motor cycle clothing from gloves to leathers, looking to encourage my sons, any classic kids motor cycles so they can enjoy learning with Daddy. Ben Langton 01208 816427 (Cornwall) JAP Speedway (350/500) rocker boxes wanted please, preferably complete with rockers etc but will consider parts. Jeff Smith email email@example.com 07771 940 299 (Berks) JAP 500 complete engine or parts to help complete my project, anything might help so please call me with whatever you have. Simon Dedman 01245 222670 mob 07748 933740 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Chelmsford) JAP 680 'V' twin, ohv, front and rear cylinder heads, looking for both if anyone can help with either one or even some good usable castings! Castings I had bought are condemned unusable! Scott Hodges 07813 608891(Preston) LUCAS Ammeter, 1 3/4 “ diam, chrome bezel, black face, white needle and lettering, curved scale reads 8 4 0
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Unfinished projects and rare motorcycles for our Museum Cash or swaps Also restorations affordable, rideable, show winning restorations. Estimates given Sammy Miller Musuem Trust 01425 616644 E:email@example.com
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4 8, marked amperes, curved, above the scale; discharge and charge, straight, below the scale, Joseph Lucas, Birmingham, England round the bottom. Glyn Baxter 01613383707 firstname.lastname@example.org (Cheshire) LUCAS MT110, also, Amal 76/001, clip fitting type 15/16" bore or close. Paul Richards 01639 645302 (Wales) McEVOY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email email@example.com (W. Sussex) MORINI winter project wanted, unusual Morini, 250 twin, 501 engine Excalibur, New York or 501 Cougaru or Kanguru, might consider a race bike, if you have any in any condition I may be interested. Peter Morgan email firstname.lastname@example.org 01732 357039 (Kent) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email email@example.com (Berks) NORMAN B2 or B4 frame and swinging arm or just swinging arm, can collect. David Hubbard 01256 321436 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Hants). NORTON Atlas genuine chrome rear mudguard, in solid condition for oily rag bike, chrome doesnâ€™t need to be perfect, similar condition pipes and silencers, must be genuine Norton, would collect or meet at auto jumble.
Harold Gardner 07773 570892 (Manchester) NORTON Commando drum brake front wheel, I have Commando disc front end, BSA Empire Star and Daytona Gold Star wheels as possible exchanges. Bob Mayow 01946 822580 bobmayow @googlemail.com (Cumbria) NORTON Inter head, barrel, vertical shaft, oil pump driver, flywheel or assembly, centre and prop stands, girder fork blades, battery holder, M19 barrel, alloy head, petrol tank, exchange many parts, WHY? Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON Inter mag sprockets, oil pump driver, half time pinion, bottom bevel, mag driving gear, flywheels or assembly, M19 alloy head, barrel, battery holder, rear chain guard, oil tank why?. Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON (Late) big 4 flywheels or bottom end, 113 mm stroke to replace my split flywheels, will consider complete engine or just bare good flywheels. Tim Walker 01484 642162 email email@example.com (Huddersfield) NORTON 1947 350cc Manx No B10 1146+ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton. Originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950’s, in Kent 1970’s. Living in NZ, visit UK. Alain Jerrard mob 07952 17 2772 email firstname.lastname@example.org. (New Zealand) 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 email@example.com (Norfolk) SCOTT Oil filler type XL-ALL saddle for oil in frame two speed, also BSA C12 toolbox. Keith Marshall 07765 964768 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Somerset) SPARKBROOK V twin JAP any parts, photos and information on 1912-1918 bikes please. Raymond Hudson email email@example.com 01934 844546 (Bristol) SUNBEAM 1937, model 9, clutch basket to suit Burman XBA PBH oil tank, rear mudguard. Roger Ennis 01239 820498 (Newport) SUNBEAM Model 9 or would consider good model 8. Mike Chadwick email firstname.lastname@example.org 01654 712193 (Gwynedd) TRIUMPH Std Pistons stamped 6862 on top for race bike, no cracks in gudgeon pin bosses please. Mike Harrison 01427 753 676 (Doncaster) TRIUMPH Trident T150 outer primary chain cover and Triumph T100R (1971 push over) cylinder head in vgc. Kevin Ellard 0771 2612443 email email@example.com (Leicester) TRIUMPH model H, dust cover for clutch as fitted to Sturmey Archer CS gearbox, cover is sprung over sprocket extension. Howard Bakewell 01664 840416 mob
0777 6065032 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Leics) TRIUMPH model W, any condition considered if complete parts are there, cash waiting. George Dowson 01287 660241 (Whitby) 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 1950's Terrier or Cub, prefer good running order but anything considered I have Excelsior 1935, 150cc in showroom condition for exchange or will sell £4,000. Jim Gardiner 07913 336854 (Suffolk) TRIUMPH Spares, pre-unit rigid, for restoration projects. C D Flood (phone after 7pm) 01634 843803 (Kent) TRIUMPH 650cc, pre-unit rigid primary chain case inner and outer for 6T Dynamo, 1950-1954 part no T483 or T1030 inner, T480 or T1055 outer. Please search your sheds, garages and shelves so I can finish my restoration! Keith Pottinger 07768 934604 (Essex) VELOCETTE Model K, Mk 1 Frame even a damaged one considered, rusty, bent or broken no problem, also, a top hung gearbox to suit ideally 4 speed case only would do. William Orr 07816 909452 (Salisbury) VELOCETTE OHC, vintage MkI KSS or similar cammy Velo wanted to ride not restore, usability and reliability more important than shiny finish. Mike Williams email email@example.com 07724 006123 (Devon) VELOCETTE Venom gear box, clutch, inner and outer screw up cases. Maurice Eley 01623 860071 mob 07989 313311 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Newark) VINTAGE/Classic leather jackets, jeans, boots, sheepskin lined flying jackets also pudding basin/open face helmets, goggles and ephemera, call me if you have anything no longer required and would consider selling. Neil Rogers 01823 618657 (Somerset) VINTAGE or pre-war bike to work on or rebuild, (an interesting one) i.e. a challenging and rewarding project. Paul Devitt email email@example.com 01732 461 532 (Kent) WESLAKE/NOURISH twin engine parts wanted, any model or capacity considered, what have you? Larry Steltner 01754 830437 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Lincs) WHEEL Rim, I need a 15" x 2" rim and a mudguard 20" x 4", condition is immaterial as they will be modified. Roger Hulett email email@example.com (Powys) YAMAHA XT500 1980s, any condition (needed as breaker), will collect. Keith Gavin 07949 377310 (Essex) EXCHANGE
AJS 7R original pair of wheels, no brake plates or shoes plus petrol and oil tanks, exchange for Rudge Ulster parts
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or may sell. Tony Cornell. 01621 853195 (Essex ) AUSTIN Healey Frogeye Sprite wanted, bikes to exchange. Henry Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) BSA C15T, excellent trials bike, proven winner, exchange for a B33 or B31, arthritis won the battle! Mike Griffiths 07729 888631 (South Cheshire) CLASSIC/Vintage machine or project wanted for my nephew, exchange my Austin 1933 ‘type 65’, sporty, original alloy bodied, 2 seater roadster, rare model, original registration plus V5C, generally good condition, including hood and tyres, cash either way. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) NORTON Commando drum brake front wheel, I have Commando disc front end, BSA Empire Star and Daytona Gold Star wheels as possible exchanges. Bob Mayow email firstname.lastname@example.org 01946 822580 (Cumbria) VELOCETTE Early Mark 1, KSS/KTS petrol and oil tanks, have late Mark 1 petrol tank and oil tank for exchange. Alastair Alexander 0131 261 6188 mob 07817 086037(Edinburgh) MISCELLANEOUS
AJS Bigport, 1928, parked in Mooragh Park at the Manx Gran Prix this year. Someone looked at bike and left note to call Ian, however, left no area code, I would like to be in touch, please call. David Hunter 01522 722797 mob 07702 720428 (Lincs) CLASSIC Motorcycle from 1980s to 1990s in year lots, a number of copies, can any members use them? They are free to collect from Polesworth. Vicky Frost (VMCC Library) 01283 540557 (Staffs)
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 - email@example.com A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden Ignitions, Advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique Magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto Ignition Switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any time) www.aoservices.co.uk - Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND
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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 vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.vintagebearings.co.uk 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 £5750. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel/Fax: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email email@example.com Twitter, @BEMWDERBY CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website scrclassics.co.uk for more info. CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Re-bushing of worn parts 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. www.gddesign.co.uk for more information call Glenn 0790 4244567 / 01858 575480 CONTROL CABLES AND DRIVE CABLES made to pattern or drawing for any motorcycle. Workshop services for unusual fittings. Small batches catered for. Loose parts available to order. Carrot Cycles (Lincoln). Unit 2 Monks Way, Lincoln. 01522 595975. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.carrotcycles.co.uk 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, email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc). Visit www.gezcater.co.uk to see my website and gallery, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at email@example.com. 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. THE CAMPION CYCLE CO STORY is finally available. Covering early years in textiles, bicycles, motorcycles and cars from 1860 through to 1930. Including never been seen before pictures and data. A must for the collector and Nottingham. Available from Amazon at £14.50 inclusive of post. Dave Croft 0781 7277780 (Notts) VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email firstname.lastname@example.org VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates & much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. Further details and list, Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles 01258 472262 evenings or email email@example.com. VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Unpainted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Mick Hall email firstname.lastname@example.org 01943 462248 www.vintele.co.uk HOLIDAYS
BRITTANY BIKER BREAKS - bed & breakfast exclusively for motorcyclists, in a small hamlet in rural Brittany 30 minutes from St Malo ferry. Delightful accommodation, home cooking, secure garaging & workshop for bikes. Guided tours can be arranged. Kim Rowland e-mail email@example.com +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, www.brittanybikerbreaks.com 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 £45 a night. Garages and workshop
facilities. Contact Roger NICHOLLS - tel/fax 0033 296 365480 firstname.lastname@example.org www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk - Follow us on Facebook, Countryside Holidays in France. * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * FRIENDLY AND RELAXED FARMHOUSE B&B IN THE HEART OF THE SARTHE, ideal touring centre and 45 minutes from Le Mans. Just 1.5 hours from the port and 4 hours from the tunnel. Up to 3/4 rooms available with adjoining bathrooms. Barns to store your bikes or cars. Secure parking, gated. Evening meal available.WiFi access. English and French TV. The farm sits in 16 acres and is easily accessible from the N12, 8k from Alencon. Contact Louise; email@example.com, Phone: 0033243340259; Mobile:0033608810167; Facebook le hamel,Sarthe. www.lehamel.co.uk. Find us on Airbnb. SOUTH OF FRANCE (NEAR MONTPELLIER) biker friendly English host. Secure parking, log burner, 2 comfortable double bedrooms, £42 per night. Friendly village in a semi- mountainous National Park area, with bendy, smooth, empty roads stretching to the Pyrenees! Mediterranean beaches just 40 minutes away! Please contact 0033 467 250211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Motorcycle Holidays and Events in Mid Wales • Five fully-equipped holiday lodges sleeping •from 2-8 people • Self-catering or catering available for your • stay for individuals and groups • Club room with WiFi • Map/information room • Workshops and breakdown facilities • Routes and advice for touring & trail • Book your club/group event with us • 10% discount for club/group bookings
www.RadnorRevivals.com Tel: 01597 840308 or 07876 597697 Brynwyddog, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Mid Wales, LD1 6TL
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