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The Vintage Motor Cycle

February 2016 Issue 660


North Staffs Hangover Run. Full story, page 45


T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE

The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Cover shot Cpl. A Reid, a dispatch rider of 3rd Div Signal Co., Australian Engineers, at Foucacourt in December 1918. See Page 62 for more WW1 pictures.

No. 660: February 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. T: 01283 540557 F: 01283 510547 E: hq@vmcc.net W: www.vmcc.net Webshop: www.vmccshop.com

Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm PRESIDENT Tim Penn - president@vmcc.net 01444 232035 CHAIRMAN Pat Robotham - chairman@vmcc.net 01889 500479 (5pm - 8pm only please) GENERAL MANAGER Giles Willison - gileswillison@vmcc.net ACCOUNTANT Jane Farnsworth - JaneFarnsworth@vmcc.net EDITOR David Davies - c/o Allen House GENERAL ADMIN/EDITORIAL Pam Goodfellow - general@vmcc.net 01283 495100 ADVERTISING/BOOKKEEPER/DIRECT DEBITS Jo Dunhill - adverts@vmcc.net 01283 495103 RETAIL ADMIN & RETURNS Joanne Delaney - events@vmcc.net 01283 540557 RETAIL/IT ADMIN Ian Botham - ianbotham@vmcc.net OFFICE/ADMIN/SMALL ADS Sara Smith - members@vmcc.net LIBRARY TEAM Vicky Frost, Michelle McGeachy and Peter Bennett - library@vmcc.net SPECIALIST PRODUCTS (BRAKE BLOCKS/TYRES ETC) Peter Bennett - brakes@vmcc.net Wednesday and Thursday only 9.00am - 5.30pm RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS Alan Jones - transfers@vmcc.net 01283 495107 DIRECTOR SUPPORT REMIT FOR ALLEN HOUSE www.vmcc.net/membersarea/ member_club_officials.aspx MEMBERS’ DISCOUNT INSURANCE Footman James Insurance Brokers www.footmanjames.co.uk 0333 207 6069 Full details of all the Club’s Directors & Officers can be found on the Club’s website www.vmcc.net/membersarea/member_club _officials.aspx

February 2016 Issue 660

‘Chased by a German truck, the driver of which was not enamoured of the British army’ – Tony Morpeth recalls some motor cycling memories on page 68

Contents Section notes Diary Correspondence Happenings Quiz answers Club Articles Smallads

8 25 34 42 67 72 85

Explained: The mysteries of welding cast iron – Page 54

Adrian Earnshaw recalls the thrills of the 1962 TT – Page 58

This sorrylooking AJS looks very much better today. See for yourself on Page 77

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, whose members are united by their common appreciation of the engineering skill and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by.

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

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Allen House News CURRENT VMCC MEMBERSHIP: 15284

JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES March 2016 Deadline - Monday 1st February 2016. April 2016 Deadline - Tuesday 1st March 2016.

VMCC AGM VENUE 3rd April 2016 The venue is Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ with a start time of 11am. Please note: Attendees will also be eligible for free admission into the museum.

DRAFT ARTICLES AND BYELAWS The final draft articles and bye-laws are now available for viewing on the website prior to the AGM in April. VMCC CLUB WEBSITE I know you will be aware of the issues we have been experiencing with the Club website and its reliability, an issue we take very seriously and an issue we are trying to resolve on a daily basis and for the long term. Members who have a current email address registered at Allen House are now able to securely update their personal details if required on the VMCC website after receiving the recent email containing the unique and individual pin number. If we haven’t been given your email address and would like access to these facility please email me at gileswillison@gmail.com DATE CHANGE: WEST KENT INTERNATIONAL Please note that the date for this event is over the weekend of 4-8th August and not the 28th July as detailed in the 2016 VMCC calendar.

FOUNDERS RELAY RALLY 2016 Many thanks to all the Sections who have returned the Section entry forms for this event. Could Sections who have not returned the requested information do so, as we need this information before 12th February 2016.

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL VINTAGE TRAINING DAYS We require volunteers and suitable pre-war hand change or girder fork machines for the events on 28th May and 3rd September 2016 , please contact Joanne Delaney at HQ events@vmcc.net to loan a machine and help on the day. APRIL STAFFORD SHOW 2016 This year’s Classic Motorcycle Show will be held over

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the weekend of 23rd /24th April and we are looking for machines to display on the VMCC stand. We are looking for machines from different countries and ages to display. If you have a suitable machine and can spare a few hours to help man the stand over the weekend please email details and an image to me at gileswillison@vmcc.net

JANUARY – JUNE RAFFLE AND A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES First Prize: 1960 Norton Model 50 350cc. Second Prize: 1964 Royal Enfield Turbo Twin 250cc. Third Prize: A year’s subscription to Old Bike Mart & The Classic Motorcycle Magazine. Fourth Prize: A year’s subscription to Bonhams’ Motorcycle Auction Catalogues. Thanks to our generous sponsors Footman James Insurance Brokers, Morton’s Motorcycle Media & Bonhams Auctioneers. The raffle will be drawn on Thursday June 30th. Tickets are available via the phone to Allen House or online via the Club’s web shop www.vmccshop.net

VMCC MEMBERS’ RAFFLE RESULTS OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015 Results and the winners of raffle prizes are detailed below, and are also available on the website. Winners First Prize: 1958 Ariel Huntmaster 650cc motor cycle, Mr Martin Fear, Dorset. Second Prize: Heritage Wax Jacket, Mr Stan Agar, Southampton. Third Prize: HJC FG-70s Motorcycle Helmet, Mr John Mitchell, Goole.

Results for the July - December 2015 Raffle drawn on 18th December 2015 are detailed below, as well as on the Club’s website at www.vmcc.net . First Prize: Royal Enfield Constellation, Mr Ralph Spires, West Yorkshire Second Prize: Honda CB200, Mr Kevin Stephenson, Lincoln Third Prize: Subscription to The Classic Motorcycle Magazine and Old Bike Mart, Mr David Hearne, Dereham Fourth Prize: Subscription to Classic Racer Magazine, Mr George Wickham, Bude Fifth Prize: Subscription to Bonhams’ Motorcycle Auction Catalogues, Mr Stuart Huggard, Tamworth. Sixth Prize: Davida Crash Helmet, Mr Mark Cobbett, Guildford.


President’s progress

My first thought is with the members who live in the North-West and Scotland who have had a torrid time during December. I can only hope that they have all survived, including their motor cycles. Hopefully, by the time they read this they are slowly returning to normality. My thanks to the Pennine Section for an excellent Pie Night in December and for their hospitality. It is not an area I have visited a great deal but it was nice to see so many people at this convivial gathering. Towards the beginning of the Christmas break I was fortunate enough to make the journey to Burton to join the office staff for their Christmas lunch. It was an

excellent lunch, even though I had to leave in rather a hurry to catch the train. I would also like to thank the many volunteers who help in the office. It is much appreciated and it shows in the way the office is now running. Christmas was a quiet affair in the Penn Household. Both Tricia and I were able to get out on Boxing Day in Mollie for a run around the Sussex countryside, meeting members from various sections at The Plough in Plumpton (the village which has been split by Network Rail and the Local Authority over level crossing gates!) Tim Penn

As we move into the New Year, minds turn to what events we will be doing in forthcoming one. I have managed to get some winter riding in despite the heavy rain, and the lack of road salt all over me and the bike has been very welcome, I did meet some black ice going up to Leek on New Year’s Day but not too bad. So firstly have a good and active motor cycling year and I hope to see some of you somewhere. Before then we will have the AGM. Hopefully it will be positive and useful. I look forward to seeing you all there. It will be my last action on the Management Committee. On the matter of me giving up with the management committee, I realised that I would then have some time on my hands. Over the past two years I have come to realise how little the club actually knows about its own membership. We have lots of opinions expressed, but none of them are based on any real understanding of the makeup of the membership. I can’t think of another membership organisation that knows so little about itself, and without knowing this it is impossible to plan the club for the future. Anyway in a rash moment I have volunteered to try to gather a big enough sample from you, the members, so that we can be better informed. In a previous life I used to do this type of thing as a job only on fish not humans. If you want to know the age of a fish you have to cut it

up, I guarantee that no members will be cut up in the process of collecting the data. My intention is to do this via the website with a simple anonymous electronic questionnaire, which Ian assures me can be put up there quickly. All I want is for 10% of the membership to fill it in, and we will really have some information to work with. I do realise that collecting information in this way is in itself selective, particularly with regard to age. However, it may reflect just that group about which we know so little. Anyway, I am sure this has alarmed many of you thinking about your details, and security being somehow out there in the public domain, and so to set your minds at rest, here is an example of what information we would need in the form of my own entry on the survey. Age 64, year of joining VMCC 1976, continuous membership since. Bike preference 1910 to 1960, Restorer and rider in events, Trials riding and off road, some time trials. Male. Section member. Retired. And that is it, no name, no address, no list of bikes owned. I don’t want to know about you, I want to know about the type of member you are. If we can get 1,500 to 2,000 returns, which is quite optimistic, the club will have something with which to work. Please consider filling it in when it becomes available in the next two months. Pat Robotham

Chairman’s chat

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The Baton Rally

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Club, and many events will take place organised by the Sections. We are encouraging as many members and guests as possible to take part to make this a memorable year. One of the main events will be the 70th Baton Relay, between April and June, and the baton will be available for any other sections that request it for an event. The baton has already been requested for the Shetland, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight, so the same may also be taking place in areas you visit, so it’s advisable to check for forthcoming events and with Section Secretaries. Area Representatives with the Sections are organising events; contacts are available on the website and in the journal. The AGM at Gaydon on 3rd April will be the start of the main event, with the baton being handed over to commence the relay. This will follow the route shown by Sections. Please support any Section where you may be during the baton relay or events throughout the year. There is a special event at Cadwell Park for the VMCC 70th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of British Historic Racing starting Friday 24th June – Sunday 26th June. This has been organised for VMCC to have the extra special day on Friday as well as other activities and racing taking place during the weekend at which we hope as many members as possible will be able to attend. Already local Sections have reserved stands, with VMCC and BHR stands too, so please put this event in your calendar. Guests are welcome, and may even join the club. From Cadwell Park the Baton will then be taken to other Sections, arriving back at Allen House so named after the club’s founder who started the club in April 1946. The idea of the Baton Relay is for members and Sections to participate in the route of the Baton. There will be a Log Book for details that will accompany the Baton. Non Territorial Sections will be able to join any local Section or part of the relay. All members are welcome to join at any part too. All information for members will be available from the

Section Secretary of the local Section during the relay. This will be the detailed route and meeting points along with date/time. The Baton Relay is all about members and Sections taking part, meeting other members and getting publicity and enjoyment in motor cycling during the riding season. We hope that all Sections take the opportunity to gain publicity for the Club and events, and to promote the Club Sections to widen interest in all aspects of motor cycling. 70th VMCC and 50th BHR Celebrations CADWELL PARK

Outline programme THURSDAY 23rd JUNE: SET-UP Set up of stands etc. in the afternoon ready for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday event. (Any assistance to set up the event from members will be much appreciated. Please let Giles know your availability, particularly if you are from a local Section.)

FRIDAY 24TH JUNE: VMCC 70TH ANNIVERSARY Track Day & Events The day will be for road-going motor cycles, scooters and three-wheelers, and will be similar to the Festival of 1000 Bikes. The programme will include 15-minute track sessions throughout the day. Entries will be closely monitored with a view of a full grid of, for example, BSAs, Nortons or others arranged to show the marque. The same can happen for any pre 1939-machines. There will also be a lap of honour for the relay baton. There will be the VMCC, BHR and various club section stands to visit close to Cadwell Park Office Block, and the various adjacent facilities. Confirmered stands so far are:- Vincent, Velocette, Scott and Douglas Owners’ Clubs who will also be putting on substantial displays. Other likely to attend are Norton, BSA, Triumph, Royal Enfield and Harley Owners’ Clubs. Classic Racing 50 Club will have a stand with many machines on display, and they will also take part in the BHR track events as will other motor cycle clubs. We are pursuing the Italian and German Clubs to have stands and take part in track events. The British Scooter Club will have a stand and are arranging to relay to the event. Further details will follow in next month’s Journal. Entry forms will be in the Journal and on-line for VMCC and members of other bona-fide clubs to download. SATURDAY 25TH & SUNDAY 26TH JUNE: BHR 50TH ANNIVERSARY Celebrations with Track Parades for road-going and race bikes The two days will not form part of the BHR annual

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championship, but will be for 50th Anniversary Trophies. Races will not necessarily be run in the normal BHR format. With the sufficient knowledge and records available, entries will be arranged to rider’s abilities. This means the fastest riders will complete against each other as will the slower riders. There will also be rounds of Morgan and BSSO championships.

Programme in detail Friday 24th June VMCC 70th Anniversary Parade and Display Day 9.00 - 12.00 Parades for road going solo, sidecar and scooters. 12.00 - 14.00 VMCC Baton paraded round the circuit to promote the VMCC 14.00 - 18.00 Parades for road-going solos, sidecars and scooters. The afternoon will include parades of single make solo such as Vincent, Velocette and Scott who have pledged to bring sufficient numbers to fill a 57 Grid. Bill Barrowcliffe will be examining bikes with the view of awarding best turned out awards. Saturday 25th June 9.00 - 10.30 Practice for all race bikes 10.30 - 1045 PR6 Parade for race bikes 10.45 - 13.00 Road racing for solo/sidecars/Morgans scooters. 13.00 - 14.00 PR5 Parades for road going motorcycles 14.00 - 15.00 Road racing for solo/sidecars/Morgans & scooters. 15.00 - 15.15 PR6 Parade for race bikes 15.15 - 18.00 Road racing for solo/sidecars/Morgans & scooters

Sunday 26th June 9.00 - 10.00 Practice for all race bikes 10.00 - 10.15 PR6 Parade for race bikes 10.15 - 13.00 Road racing for solo/sidecars/Morgans & scooters 13.00 - 14.00 PR5 Parades for road-going motor cycles 14.00 - 15.00 Road Racing for Solo/Sidecar/Morgans & Scooters 15.00 - 15.15 PR6 Parade for race bikes 15.15 - 18.00 Road racing for solo/sidecars/Morgans & scooters The road racing will be for anniversary trophies which will be awarded during the day on Sunday in the Holding Bay Area. A Final Race will be for the event trophies from 38 Solo and 28 Sidecars that qualify during the weekend’s racing. John Donaldson

The baton route and timetable are shown on Page 7

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Date and Section Route of 70th Anniversary Baton Relay Route

For further details as to section start and finish points and route between sections please see the club website or Section Secretary for details and joining instructions.

03-Apr 04-Apr 05-Apr 06-Apr 07-Apr 08-Apr 09-Apr 10-Apr 11-Apr 12-Apr 13-Apr 14-Apr 15-Apr 16-Apr 17-Apr 18-Apr 19-Apr 20-Apr 21-Apr 22-Apr 23-Apr 24-Apr 25-Apr 26-Apr 27-Apr 28-Apr

29-Apr 30-Apr 01-May 02-May 03-May 04-May 05-May

AGM Gaydon Warwickshire Midland North Birmingham Burton Notts & Derby Sheffield & S Yorks Wakefield & W Yorks East Yorks North East South Durham Northumbrian Reivers Auld Reekie Edinburgh Central Scottish North East Scottish Highland Stirling Castle Glasgow Group Clyde Valley Clyde Valley to Cairnryan DHL connection NI Northern Ireland Belfast Northern Ireland DHL to Lakeland Lakeland Lakeland Ferry (Heysham) Lakeland Lakeland Blackpool Central Lancs East Lancs Pennine Rest Day Rest Day

06-May 07-May 08-May 09-May 10-May 11-May 12-May 13-May

14-May 15-May 16-May 17-May 18-May 19-May 20-May 21-May 22-May 23-May 24-May 25-May 26-May 27-May 28-May 29-May

30-May 31-May 01-Jun 02-Jun 03-Jun 04-Jun 05-Jun 06-Jun 07-Jun

M’chester & High Peak Cheshire Cats Cheshire & North Wales Snowdonia Shropshire North Cotswold South Cotswold Herefordshire and Worcester Cotswold and Flat Tank Gwent West South Wales A West South Wales B Swansea and District Cardiff Bristol West Wilts Somerset Devon Cornwall North / Mid Cornwall Mid / South Dartmoor East Devon Dorset & South Dorset Wessex and Bournemouth & New Forest plus visit from IoW to mainland Stonehenge Swindon Moonrakers Oxford Cyclemotor Chiltern Berkshire Brooklands South Hants Goodwood

08-Jun 09-Jun 10-Jun 11-Jun 12-Jun 13-Jun 14-Jun 15-Jun 16-Jun 17-Jun 18-Jun

Surrey & Sussex East Sussex Men of Kent West Kent London Ipswich & Suffolk Ipswich & Suffolk Norwich & District Norwich & District Kings Lynn South Lincs & Peterbrough 19-Jun Banbury 20-Jun Chingford 21-Jun Bedfordshire 22-Jun Taverners 23-Jun Mid Lincs section 24/26 Jun Cadwell Park 27-Jun Return Baton to Allen House for North Staffs 28-Jun North Staffs 29-Jun Ironmasters 30-Jun Ironmasters return to Allen House 16/17 Jul Baton to Isle of Man 23/27 Sep Baton to Isle of Wight Mid March Shetland event

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE CLUB LIMITED WILL BE HELD AT 11.00AM ON SUNDAY 3RD APRIL 2016 AT THE HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE, BANBURY ROAD, GAYDON, WARWICKSHIRE, CV35 0BJ. ALL PROPOSITIONS FOR INCLUSION IN THE AGENDA MUST BE RECEIVED IN WRITING AT THE CLUB OFFICE BY 5.30PM ON TUESDAY 26TH February 2016

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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Bob Forster, 2 Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 7ND. 01603 737540 email: bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk North East (NE) VACANT North Midlands (NM) Pat Davy, Arnwood, Coton in the Clay, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5GY. 01283 820563 email: p.davy750@btinternet.com North West (NW) Robert Mayer, 9 Millfields, Beckermet, Cumbria, CA21 2YY, 01946 841876 email: bobmayers@btinternet.com Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: awalexander@talktalk.net South East (SE) John Donaldson, 01273 493050 email: donaldsonjordan@btinternet.com ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk In December, our own Gordon Parker gave a fascinating talk on his family’s involvement in Formula Ford single seat racing over the past half century. Most of us had no idea of this aspect of the Parker family. What other section members have hidden talents that they could talk about, I wonder. Thinking caps on chaps (and chapesses). Our January club night will be the annual pie and chips meal, provided by the Fulbourn Centre staff. Last year’s was great, so we are in for a treat. Over the next month, have a sort out for anything you may wish to offer for sale at the February Bring and Buy evening. Dave Pink will be masterminding things, so speak to him to reserve a table. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.com It seems such a while ago, but our Christmas Carvery was a very sociable affair with 25 husbands, wives and

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South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: bob.fisher2@virgin.net South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: dcodd@btconnect.com South West (SW) Rodney Hann, Greylands, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. 01935 872528 email: rodhann@hotmail.co.uk Overseas : VACANT Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: eric.lon@btopenworld.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) partners enjoying the festive fair. The price had increased slightly but the quality of the food was better than previous years and everyone left content – good result. Our Calendar of events was circulated and Dougie Gibson will be revealing what it’s like to be a “Vintage Restoration Apprentice” at the next meeting on 15th February. I’m sure there will be lots to learn that hopefully can be applied to current rebuilds and maintenance of our old bikes. The “Haggis Gathering” is on 7th February at Lanark as usual, a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, get along you never know what you might find? BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 johnandvi4853@yahoo.co.uk For the last ride out of the year, we had 12 riders and machines. The only problem was the weather it rained heavily until we set off then calmed down a bit and the sun shone briefly. The chosen coffee shop was closed so we tried a second one. That was also closed, so we called it a day and went home. Norman Cooper, one of our senior members, passed away in December. Some of the section escorted the hearse to the church.


BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk The Beds Section always likes to punch above its weight and nowhere was this more in evidence than in the way 2015 was sent off with the proverbial bang rather than a mere whimper. The hall was full to the rafters, and beyond, for the charity auction and Christmas feast – almost seventy punters eager to clear out their old junk and then replace it with someone else's. We raised more than £500 and at least as many laughs thanks to the antics of the man with the gift of the gab and the gavel, Brent. The money will go to Hoppy's favourite charity, the East Anglia Air Ambulance – a very worthy cause that we all hope we never have to use. February club night sees club stalwart Bob Culver telling us all about the Chater-Lea. And for a bit of welcome winter warmth, please don't forget the mid-week luncheon meeting.

portunity on behalf of the Committee to thank all our members for supporting us over the last year and we are all looking forward to a busy 2016. BOURNEMOUTH & NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a great New Year. About 50 members attended our ever popular and brilliant Christmas Dinner at the Walkford Hotel, organised as always by stalwart Tony Townsend. Our AGM will have been on the 18th January at the Walkford. Our next event (first of the new year) will be the PreSeason shakedown run by Bernie on 28th February from the Carpenters in Bransgore.

BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk The boys and girls are on a run with the Inter Section Quizzes, at the Oxford event the A team won followed by the B Team in joint second and the Ladies came third, what a result! At the Chiltern Session the A team scraped into 1st Place closely followed by Chiltern and the Bedfordshire teams. The B team resorted to their normal status by finishing last and in doing so concluded that they were better at general knowledge questions than bike related ones!! In both cases everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thirty members gathered for our annual Christmas Dinner on the 13th Dec which had to be hastily re-arranged as our normal location had lost our booking!! However a great time was had by all with much discussion about the past year and the year to come and on this basis I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 2016.

BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk The big event this month is the Bristol Classic Bike Show at Shepton Mallet on the 6th and 7th where we will have our usual stand so pop by if you’re visiting and perhaps don’t normally come to section meetings. Those who made the run up to Whitminster for the Boxing Day meet wouldn’t have been disappointed; it was a great gathering and a decent day for a ride, though the return run was into a real blustery headwind. New Years Day at Bitton exceeded expectations with some forty machines turning up, including visitors from other areas.

BLACKPOOL & DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk Well, the New Year is here and by the time you read this we will be heading towards spring and we hope no more rain. No riding for us in December just constant downpours and flooded roads so not a lot to report really. In December we tried our first section meeting autojumble/garage sale, mixed results but most enjoyed the evening, being able to swop one load of junk for another! Finally this month I would just like to take this op-

Alan Spencer (left) with friends at Bitton.

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BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 gerry.daine@ntlworld.com Now that the festivities are over we start our busiest two months of the year, submitting entry form/regulations to the ACU for approval, applying for race permits and extra for this year organising the three day festival at Cadwell Park on June 24th - 26th at which we celebrate, with the VMCC, 70 years anniversary and ourselves the 50th anniversary. This should be a fantastic weekend at which we would like to see many of you there. Some details are elsewhere in this journal. Our first outing is test/practice day at Mallory Park on Friday 18th March followed by our first race meeting some three weeks later on the 9th/10th April also at Mallory Park. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc Our 2016 programme started with a very wet winter wandering, five riders braved flooded roads and high winds, (see photograph) .Given the conditions we had a short ride to Surrey favourite: Rykers Café near Box Hill, where we knew we could drip inside with our wet gear without complaint. Hoping for better weather for our next ride on 7th February, which follows our annual dinner on 6th. Club night on 16th with lady guest Zoe Cano who travelled across America in 2012 on a Bonneville, and general discussion on long-distance touring, come along and share your experiences.

At one point I thought I would be the only mad rider to brave the storm! BURTON & DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net The Frostbite run, had the usual good turnout. Ian Marcer led us on a very pleasant ride of about forty miles around the Staffordshire and Derbyshire lanes finishing up at Shackerstone steam railway station. Here you can get a bacon roll or piece of cake and a nice cup of tea or coffee

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while watching the steam trains come and go. As usual we had our last meeting of the year at the Burton Bridge pub and brewery, where we all enjoyed a game of skittles and a lovely buffet. On the 27th of Dec we had the last run of the year, this was organised and run by Peter (Welly) Harrison. Twenty six bikes followed Welly for about 45 miles around the Staffordshire lanes finishing up at the Cock Inn Hanbury. After a quick pint it was back to Welly’s where his wife had put on a fantastic spread. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 adie851@hotmail.co.uk A Happy New Year to everyone... Let’s hope 2016 brings us some good weather and plenty of riding opportunities. Due to the adverse weather recently, our festive bike gatherings were a bit of a wash out. However, there are plenty of events scheduled in for 2016. Hope to see you at one of our events soon. Check our website for updates and any changes to scheduled events. CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 bill.coburn@btinternet.com We do not have a club meeting in December; instead we have a Xmas meal for members, and their partners. The night was well attended at the Strathmore Arms, Glamis. It was a good night with excellent food and service, great company, even the Chairman’s jokes in his welcoming speech were good? Most of the talk at the tables was, as you would expect, about the coming riding season, hoping for good weather. Also thinking about some fellow VMCC members who at that time were suffering the terrible weather, and results, in SW Scotland, Cumbria and the Midlands. We hope 2016 is good to you. Organising our Motorcycle Show/Autojumble in the spring at Forfar, and the Scottish National Assembly at Blairgowrie, in August is under way. Dates will be printed later. CHESHIRE & NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com December Club Night went well with some differing interpretations of a ‘White Christmas’. A big thank you also to the Ladies for the splendid catering arrangements. Attendance seemed a bit down on previous years; I forgot to send a reminder out, unfortunately! By the time you read this, we’ll have held the section’s AGM. Will the existing officers be continuing for another year? Watch this space! Some interesting ideas on our activities were


put forward. Hopefully, there was a good turnout, anyway. On 16th February, 2016, we’ve the annual ‘Bring & Buy’ auction in aid of section funds. Let’s try and keep it productive, chaps, so no tat, no bald tyres, just usable stuff, please! Unearth those parts, spares, tools, manuals, books, clothing etc you’re not going to use and pass them on to a good home!

including a Norton Manxman and a funny hat. Well done to all of them and a speedy recovery to Bob and Kate. The photo shows one of two speedway James taken on our recent visit to the ‘From Cinder to Shale’ Speedway Museum.

CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk Well, we all had a good time at our Christmas Meal in December and by the time you read this, we’ll have had our AGM & Bring-n-Buy too and will be looking forward to the Riding Season once again! Speaking of riding, all events planned for 2016 are on our website at www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk (click on the ‘Calendar’ tab on left side). The Website can only get better – it’s now in Richard’s capable hands, so watch out for new and exciting things on there – maybe even a copy of Jeff’s 2015 events compilation video! No events yet, but watch this space (and the website) for runs coming soon! CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 phil.barfield@virgin.net By now most of you will know I have agreed with Mike to take over as Secretary for the Chiltern Section. Most of you will know me as the bloke on that smoky thing, often at the back, with my belt flapping about. I’m new to the Committee, so if I’ve forgotten something please let me know, I’m sure I will get the hang of it. As usual February’s Club night on the 3rd at the White Hill Centre is the AGM, followed by the annual book sale, so bring along some books for sale to members and help generate some funds for the section. The next Wednesday will be a coffee morning at the Black Cat around 11am instead of the usual Wrinkly Run to keep the cold weather out, and the Wednesday after that the usual pub night again at the Black Cat. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk Bob and Kate sadly didn't make the Christmas meeting due to illness so we missed their usual musical rendition, though we still tucked in to some tasty festive fayre cooked up by Willie and George. Gordon brought some motorcycle DVDs to play in the background, while Ronnie made some interesting objects from balloons,

CORNWALL Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 lclayton56@btinternet.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk You may have forgotten Christmas festivities already as you will be reading this in February but thanks must go to Graham for organising the Section Christmas meal. 40 members and partners enjoyed a meal at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay; lots of empty plates so the food must have been good! Members at East Taphouse and Truro December club nights munched mince pies with Roger arranging a game of bingo also at Truro. Thank you to Les Gill for leading the End of Year run, a short tour around Lanivet while the caterers, arranged by Peter Old, cooked bacon sandwiches to end the run perfectly. Around 35-40 members participated in this last run before Christmas in surprisingly mild weather conditions. The February club night at Truro should include a talk on Adventure Motorcycling. COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ December seems far in the past now but the photo shows the Cotswold Sections "Famous Frog Game" with Chris Roberts and Tom Harris deep in concentration trying to get their frog to the finish line during our Christmas shindig. But now to February and what a month in store for us, with a couple of Club Nights to start us off, then followed by a talk by Bill Lane on "All The Fun Of The Fair", followed by Chris Roberts quizzes, this time " What is It" "and What's in the Bag". Then to finish off the month a Winter Wandering to The Gloucester Old Spot on Sunday 28th.

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DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com

Cotswold frogs are go! CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 alan@magic-wheelers.org.uk www.magic-wheelers.org.uk The New Year’s Day run was a delightful social affair, with visitors from the Two-Stroke Club along to say hello. It was lovely to see Mike Hele on a super Anstey link Ariel KH outfit with Renata in the very sporty sidecar. Thanks to Peter Marsland for the organisation. It was pretty windy along the coast road though. Dear Ken’s Pompey Pop Trophy went to Mary Lawson for all her support. This month it’s Norman Smith’s Winter Wander at the Rock of Dave Benn, a Norman Gibraltar on the 28th. Autocycle and sandals. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 www.vmccdartmoor.com osmondstujais@sky.com At the section’s meeting in December a group of Members enjoyed a talk on the development of the Supermarine Spitfire and various other aeronautical subjects. The talk was given by the manufacturer of a flight simulator for the Spitfire. The simulator was then demonstrated, and Members were then able to ‘fly’ the Spitfire on it. Check our web site for the clubs activities in March. We remind members of our annual dinner on 11th February 2016. We are planning a larger number of evening rides for 2016 season, with the first one being in April. We anticipatea very dry riding season as surely there cannot be much more rain up there! For further information on club activities visit our web site at VMCC Dartmoor, or contact the Secretary on 01803 527469.

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Although numbers were down on last year, all who attended the Annual Lunch at the Tiverton Hotel had a thoroughly good time. The year 2015 is the fiftieth year of the Devon Sections existence. To mark the occasion Di Cleeve made us a splendid birthday cake which was consumed with the mince pies, after the meal. Next month we begin the 2016 riding programme so I hope you have kept your bikes in good order over the winter. This month on club night we have a talk by Dermot who has always got something interesting to say, so come along and enjoy a jolly evening. That is on Feb the 18th at 7.30pm. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 kenneth.druce@homecall.co.uk Rod’s Christmas run and dinner on the 13th as usual was well attended with 90 people enjoying the plentiful excellent food followed by a fantastic raffle, £170 raised. This was the 26th they have organised, so thanks to Rod and Carol and all the other people who make this annual event happen. Book now for next year, don’t delay. December club night was a general knowledge quiz and buffet, both of which were enjoyed by a large attendance. New Year’s Day Run, courtesy of Gabby, saw only 12 brave/foolhardy (delete as appropriate) souls sign on for the run, although dry at the start the weather deteriorated and all the riders had a character forming soaking. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 bob341rc@outlook.com It seems ages since anything worthy of reporting on the bike front has happened what with Christmas and New Year, but December happened. It started with our regular skittles and snacks club night which again was very well supported with ample catering and raffle prizes provided by the ladies of the section so once again many thanks to you. December saw a pleasant ride which was surprisingly well attended and enjoyed by all. The café stop came in the nick of time, just as the rain was starting, but it had cleared by the time we set off again. Looking ahead to this month Peter is hoping to make the Spring Ride the regular run to Tiverton Canal Basin, it all depends on the café opening dates. The ride will go ahead anyway see you there.


EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 Happy New Year, everybody! First, apologies for missing Section Notes last month. I was offered a next day hospital admission for my knee replacement operation and I'm afraid that took top priority. I’m now a full member of the East Herts Orthopaedic Club, third one in the Section this year! The first monthly Luncheon at our new venue was successful, better attended than the previous evening’s Club Night. The Section Christmas Party was a huge success. Over seventy attended an excellent buffet and entertainment, the best yet by far. Thanks Chairman Bob and his Team. Your Committee are trying to get an interesting programme together for the rest of the winter, so please give us your support as attendances have been a bit disappointing lately. Don't forget the AGM and Book Sale on February Club night when some of our late President’s book collection will be auctioned. EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com www.vmcceastlancs,co.uk The Chairman’s mince pie night was attended by eighteen members, some new faces, but mainly very old ones. In addition to the pies, was a very nice cake baked by Mrs Prismall, so thank you Denise. On the twenty-eighth of this month, it will be our annual presentation night at the Duke of Wellington, on Grane Road in Helmshore. Tickets for this prestigious event are available from yours truly for the princely sum of two pounds, which will entitle you to two free goes of our interminable raffle. There are going to be lots of prizes this year, thanks to a very large donation of motor cycling books and DVDs. Food can be ordered from the carvery menu and paid for individually and so can extra raffle tickets, which of course is in aid of the NWAA. If you still have a trophy, I need it back quick! EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 wimdons@hotmail.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Club night on the 25th November saw members trying to recognise various strange objects. Saturday 5th December saw our founder Member Brian Walker lead seven members to our annual visit to Brede Pumping Station an interesting place where years ago these large engines pumped water to the people of Hastings and the villages nearby. Not much riding now but still time to book your seat at the Annual Dinner contact Stan on 01424 424476. 24th February will see us at the Cricket Bat Factory for a

Video Evening starting at 8.00pm. In between the meetings time to sort out those niggling little problems which crept in during the summer. Keep an eye on the branch website for any additional information about future meetings. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 denniscooney.mc@btinternet.com http://www.holdorf.karoo.net/ In November the section lost another member when Ivor Nicholson passed away. Ivor was our previous scribe, also a lifelong motorcyclist. I remember Ivor when in 1953/54 we joined the Hull Motor Club. Up to three years ago he rode with the section on his very nice Velocette Valiant. Rest in Peace Ivor. At our annual dinner two of our prestigious awards were presented by our honored guests Giles Willison and Brian Fisher. Brian presented the Les Watson trophy to John Thompson. Giles presented the President’s trophy to me.

Photographs by Chairman Harry. Award 1, Left John, Right Brian. Award 2, Left Dennis, Right Giles. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk The December club night was our Yule festivities for which the Ship and Anchor provided us with Christmas snacks. The raffle was run by Ray and most people went home with a prize. By the time this is published we will already have had our first run of 2016 on New Year’s Day. As I write this just before Christmas the weather has been unseasonably warm around Essex with temperatures around 15ºC so I hope this will continue into the New Year. The riding season for the Club starts in earnest in March so plenty of time to do those jobs that you have been putting off. The shed is not heated so I’m hoping this warm weather will continue so I can get on with it. Owing to one thing and another the Humber didn’t see many miles last year; hoping for better this year.

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FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) reg.eyre@tesco.net Our next event, The Flat Tank Luncheon and prize presentation, Feb 14th, Tudor Arms, Slimbridge; main course only £10. Come join us. 20th March is the Pioneer Run. Our March meeting is the St Patrick’s Night Quiz; Bristol Section won it last year so they are hosts but using our meeting venue at Thornbury RFC; it facilitates higher numbers. Sections prepare your teams for battle, buffet provided. Members not happy about the lack of an Events Calendar; so let’s use the opportunity to liaise between local Sections and hopefully avoid date clashes. Perhaps running our own major events but forget smaller meetings and support each other more instead? There appear fewer real riders so support each other and entries may reward the organiser’s efforts. Contact myself or Secretary Reg Eyre on any matters/suggestions. Dennis Beale, Chairman 01452 750424 dennis@beale788.orangehome.co.uk GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931 561898 rustynuts@talktalk.net Well our first year is over and the January meeting with Myles Raymond’s talk on the BSA Daytona winners well received. Bring and buy on 16th February followed in March with our participation in the Scottish motorcycle show, Edinburgh. For the first time three sections have banded together with a joint Scottish stand, maybe next year all Scottish groups will join in making it even more impressive. On 17th April Glasgow launch the ‘Pip Squeak Run’ centred Ayrshire, all VMCC-eligible machines sub 98cc are welcome. The route has been planned by experienced member John Shaw and he assures me hills will be kept to a minimum. On this same day the Glasgow group suggest a ride in to the start point and Irvine marine museum, this allows riders of largercapacity bikes to get involved in the event. For more info and an entry form contact me.

helped him celebrate this milestone at an event at Shoreham Airport.

John Buckingham chatting to Tony Donnithorne of Surrey & Sussex Section. GRASSTRACK & SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 stuart.towner@blueyonder.co.uk Well I expect you’ve all been out in your sheds or garages beavering away try to get some extra speed from your bikes for this coming season? The following is a provisional list only for the coming season. Chalfont, 24th April; Fenlands, 21st/22nd May; 10th - 12th June, watch this space; 24th - 26th June, Section stand/display at British Historic Racing 50th Anniversary Meeting, Cadwell Park; 3rd or 10th July, Ivor Thomas Memorial Meeting, Iwade; Swindon 17th July; Southend 7th August; 28th August, Oxford and 25th September for the Chalfont Hill Climb.

Luke Tuck, 88 leads Dave Lambert, 127 and Andy Smith 94 at Southend. Photo by Sue Towner

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

GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753

December, a quiet month with just noggin ‘n’ natters to keep everyone up to date on proposed fettling jobs for the New Year. Members also provided questions for compilation of the January Quiz. John Buckingham, long serving Goodwood member, celebrated his 80th birthday on New Year’s Eve and members from the VMCC, SBMOC and Sunbeam clubs, together with friends and ex-colleagues from Ricardos

Our Christmas dinner was well-attended with around 35 members and guests present. Congratulations to Martin, winner of the Hardwick trophy. Our clubman of the year trophy has still to be awarded: watch this space! Our Bring and Buy will be held on Tuesday 16th of February, 7.30, at the Rising Sun, Pandy, near Abergavenny. We rely on your support to attend as the proceeds to finance the Section throughout the coming year, so see you there.

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HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnetco.uk The February section evening meeting will be held as planned at the Bunch of Carrots Pub, Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire on Thursday Feb 25th at 7.30pm. The Speaker will be Section Chairman Geoff McGladdery, who will be talking about his 15-day ride on the Ho-ChiMihn trail in Laos and Vietnam. There is no admission fee. Other sections and members will be most welcome. If members would like to eat at the Carrots before the meeting, they should make their own arrangements with the venue: http://www.bunch-of-carrots.co.uk/ or ring 01432 870237. The club run on the Sunday will feature two separate routes starting and finishing at the same place. One of the routes will be aimed specifically at smaller, slower and older bikes. So here’s your chance to get your moped out or to ride your pre-war or girder fork bike in the company of fellow enthusiasts. There is adequate trailer and van parking available at the pub. IPSWICH & SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 maryandtink@live.co.uk www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk I do not believe the weather this year, you should have been in the shed doing the repairs that you have put off, but with no salt on the roads in January and all the hot days I hope you made the most of it, as I do not think we will have winter like this for years to come. You will have to fix it now as you only have one month to go before the riding starts all over again. If you have not picked up the dates list come to the club nights so you know when and where we are going. Also the Ipswich section is 50 years old on May 26th and we are having a run on Saturday 28th May to celebrate this milestone, there have been a lot of members over the years it would be nice if we could meet up. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 aj.richardson@rocketmail.com With some muttering from 16 heads bent over paperwork, standby brain food of mince pies and cream, plus prizes with a value that would defy accurate description, it could only be the Ironmasters Christmas quiz Night! As normal the humorous inquisition of the Question Setter’s offerings took place as the quiz answers were revealed. However, having previous experience of this, the Question Setter’s dodging of the heckling would have done credit to a seasoned politician! The team of Stan, Matt, Colin and New Mike came out top with 58 points

from 90, we also welcomed Ray who was paying his first visit to the Ironmasters on what seemed a good night to end our year. In February, a local Beekeeper is our speaker, and in early March we are hoping to restart the Skittles Evening, if interested, names to a Committee Member. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Ken Blackburn 01624 673590 www.vmcciom.org We had a good crowd of bargain hunters attend our ‘bring and buy sale’ club night. Over £250 was raised for club funds – thanks to all. The programme of events for next year is complete with a number of excellent speakers, including VMCC President Tim Erica Moore receives the Penn in February. The Somerset Shield & The trials championships George Larkin Cup, awarded have concluded for the to the best lady rider in the year. 1st Shaun Huxley, Manx Rally, from Section 2nd Kevin Whiteway, Chairman Richard Birch. & 3rd Sammy Ball. Thanks to Shaun Seal for organising the trials & all the observers throughout the year. Finally, 50 bikers turned out for our annual Hangover run on the 28th December, brave souls! ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 gladingreg@gmail.com Either in spite of or because of there being only two December activities planned, both were well supported. Ron's Xmas Pudding run on the 6th followed a well planned route with cunningly concealed festive clues. 20 started off, three on solos & 9 teams in cars took part finishing at an excellent venue in Freshwater for lunch. The winner was Iain Young, Keith Hadfield runner-up. Thanks to Ron & Lin for their hard work. The Ventnor Cricket Club laid on a good buffet at the Quiz night, Jeff Read the quiz master had devised a seasonal themed challenge. Thanks Jeff & Lesley for a fun evening also to all who generously supported the raffle. The first club night this month is ''Bring Something Interesting'' it was good fun last time. Peter Sparkes with a vintage slide show is scheduled for the second. See diary.

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KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk With the weather being so unseasonably mild we had what must have been the best turnout ever for a Boxing Day gathering with 40 machines counted at the Green Man at Methwold Hythe, some just coming to look at the bikes but at least 30 club members which included visitors from neighbouring Essex and Norwich Sections enjoyed a short but very enjoyable ride around the local lanes and then onto Brandon and Santon Downham and through the forest to Mundford and back to The Green Man to be joined by other members and family for a social gathering and buffet spread supplied by our hosts Gary and Lesley. It could not have been a more enjoyable end to the sections 50th Anniversary Year so a big thank you goes to all of the club members who supported the events and made it such a memorable year. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk www.vmcclakeland.co.uk As previously mentioned, on 2016 Club Nights where we have no guest speaker, it is our intention to have a motorcycle related film night at the Rugby Club. Now however, the Rugby Club has again been flooded and I’ve not yet been able to establish a date for the re-opening. Accordingly, as soon as information is to hand then we will communicate via email and word of mouth, to let folks know the situation. In any case, we have a 2016 calendar that is full of events and this will be distributed along with a newsletter in due course, as soon as I have somehow compiled enough copy to fill four pages. It will undoubtedly be necessary to amend some of our classic event routes to account for the changed road conditions in the county, following the floods, bridge collapses, landslips etc. but this is not insurmountable. Regards to all. MANCHESTER & HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 Hi everyone and best wishes for a new year of riding and events December’s trial had another good turnout of riders and observers on a mostly fine and enjoyable day. Christmas party night featured the awards presentations and, thanks to Kevin, a quiz and board games plus a festive buffet, all enjoyed by about thirty members and guests. The lunch time meal at the Lamb Inn attracted 26 members for an amiable get together and food, which as always proved popular. EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED, February 21st the annual bring and buy. February club

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night will feature two guest speakers, Charlie Williams on racing and Nortons and David Videman on Davida helmets ETC. March club night, the AGM when you can put forward any ideas you have for the section. April club night, our intersection quiz, time to get studying or revising for this prestigious event, all teams and Sections welcome, Fabulous Prizes! MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 / 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk A good number of the Section, plus members of other clubs attended Barry Rapley’s yearly run to the Jack Thompson Classic trial, at Canada Heights near Swanley. It was a cracking run as usual and there were some lovely machines taking part in the trial. Tuesday 8th December saw the section receive a visit from Southeast Area representative John Donaldson. A good turnout ensured John’s visit wasn’t in vain and a very informative evening followed. Questions, generated by a genuine and sincere concern for the future of our Club meant that John was left with an encouraging insight into at least the Men of Kent’s section commitment to the VMCC. I’m sure this enthusiasm was taken back to HQ. Thanks for visiting John. The Christmas Social evening this year was excellent, a really lovely atmosphere, a credit to all those who attended. Good luck for 2016 girls and boys. MIDLAND (NW) Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands On our Club night, 17th February, Ken Sprayson will be recounting his experiences with the top riders of his day and the demands made on his frame building skills, this will be a great night, come if you can. Roy Osborn, our ‘Webmaster’ is constantly updating our Web Site (midlandsvmcc.com) and Facebook Pages and there you can view our 2016 Events along with any additions to the Programme throughout the year. We also have a Members email ‘warning’ system which is activated 2 days before an event. Emails are sent to over 200 Members who have requested to be on our Email Library list. If you would like to be added to this information service just send an email request to our Secretary Bob Badland (badbobland @hotmail.com). Regarding the ever popular Coventry 2 Brighton Run (9/10th April 2016) application forms need to be returned by the end of February please.


MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 6571693 p.gunnee@talktalk.net www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk

NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com ww.northcotswolvmcc.com

Due to the unusually warm December weather an excellent turn out of machines graced the market place at Market Rasen on Boxing Day. A wide variety of old and newer friends and motorcycles appeared and though only limited numbers undertook the route through the Wolds, most appeared at the Skipworth Arms for a drink and a chip butty. A reminder that our section Social evening is on February 5th, 7.30pm at the Shires, see committee members for tickets. February sees the re-scheduled Auction, dig out your unwanted bits and pieces, hopefully to make a few bob and assist other riders. 17th February 7.30pm at the Shires, vendors are encouraged to bring items early, to book them in.

Good turnout for an excellent Christmas dinner at The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden, many thanks to Sandra and Jo and all the staff. Awards were presented by President Fred Simmons to, among others, Bob Ashwin for clubman of the Year (and Wooden Spoon!) and Ian Scott for highest attendance on runs throughout the year. The New Year's Day Run to The Carpenter's Arms, near Misserden, brought out over a dozen riders plus cars joining later at the pub. February Club Night is our annual skittles match against the Tractor Boys, and the Hallards will be hosting their Wrinkly Lunch on 25th February.

NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Paul Braddock 01604 710104 07900 357018 paul.braddock@ymail.com Hello all, hope you are all in good health and ready for another year of riding. One run this month The Heartbreakers run, From Billing Garden Village on the 14th. This is always a well attended run to kickstart the year. Club night is on the 25th at the Obelisk centre. Ben Shaughnessy is giving a talk on Alto Engineering Racing Development. Don’t forget the informal social evening on the second Monday of the month at the sun in Kislingbury, so that’s the 8th! Have a safe month and good riding for the year to come. NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk A cloudy but dry New Year’s Day at The Round Oak Inn, Wombourne, saw 13 members sign on for a short run, and at least the same again join us to socialise at the start or later for lunch. The Function Room at the same pub is now our Club Night venue on first Wednesdays of the month. On February 3rd it will be the Section AGM and the committee will be grateful to those who come, support and perhaps offer views. We can’t accommodate your wishes if we don’t know what they are! Don’t worry, no one will be forced to take work on if they don’t want to or are too busy with other responsibilities. Dates of all our Section Social Runs and Club Nights are on the www.vmcc.nbs.co.uk website, but keep an eye on it nearer the date for further details and in case there are changes.

North Cotswold Section stalwarts before their New Year’s Day Run in the Square at Chipping Campden.

NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 nevmcc.notes@googlemail.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ neil.wyatt@virgin.net A smaller turnout at the Christmas Section meeting on 3rd January, but pleasing to see our Catering Executives Martyn and Mick still in place (mince pies were the best I ever tasted) Also, Chairman David, Secretary Tony and myself still in place after the AGM. I’ll let you know of any changes I’m not currently aware of. Still looking for a new Secretary for the Wetherby Run: if nobody comes forward, Tony Head will continue to run the event in a slimmed-down format. The Section may visit to the Royal Armories in Leeds this Spring, possibly with another Section? An error in last month’s notes: I said TCM for the ethanol removing kit; it was actually in the November Classic Bike. Esso Supreme is E0 except in SW, Teesside and Scotland. Outside this they say there is no intention of adding any! A result for our long-term future. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 kateguy@googlemail.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com May I start by wishing a Happy New Year to all, if yesterday’s Hangover Run was anything to go by, there

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will be much fun, camaraderie and good biking times to be had in 2016. Now, to business, whilst numbers attending runs grow, club night attendance is patchy, do we continue or has anybody got a better idea ?...come along to the section AGM on January 14th, 8pm, but whatever you do, don't miss the evening with Peter Williams, informative and entertaining anecdotes, 11th February, usual venue. Carpe Diem! NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk All the festivities are behind us now and it’s time to get the bikes out of hibernation and back on the road. May I remind everyone that applications to display bikes at Royal Umpire Steam and Vintage Rally at Croston in April must be sent in by 20th Feb. Monday 29th Feb is our special Leap Year Bring and Buy Auction Held at the Barons Burscough 8pm. Come and join the fun, all welcome. The details of these and of all our other activities can be found on our website. www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk. Text questions to the section mobile phone number: 07734 743314. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 hilary.dixon@northumbria.ac.uk It was lovely to see a good turnout for the Section Xmas Bun Fight in December – many thanks go to Rachel and Pete for providing the excellent buffet, and to Malcolm for providing the quiz which kept us all entertained. There was the usual raffle, a big thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets and this year the bucket was also passed to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance. Hope to see everyone at our Film Night on the 22nd February, (fingers crossed for cookie dough ice cream!) Entertainment for March is still to be confirmed– but just keep an eye on the Section web page. Then before we know it, it will be the White Elephant, sorry Section Auction, on the 25 April! Our first official run of the year will be the Coast to Coast, 30 April – 1 May 2016.

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NORWICH & DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk At our December club night Cynthia our Secretary had placed mince pies and other nice things to eat on the tables. The meeting started with our AGM, the outgoing committee was re-elected en-bloc to serve another year. After the formalities were out of the way the evening continued with our traditional Christmas raffle organised by Jacqui Mack. Prizes consisting of cakes, bottles of wine, books and other items donated by section members and friends of the club ensured there were many winners. Roger Parsons of course won the cake donated by Joy Chapman. Our Section’s AJS is suffering with worn and damaged rear sprockets, our thanks go to Richard Mack for organising the replacement of these items to an improved design. NOTTS & DERBY (NW) Clive Russell 01335 390369 zrussell2@googlemail.com The turn of the year as always is the nadir of the outdoor season, although Gordon heroically put on a ride during December. The temperatures have been mild for the season and salt is not in evidence but high rainfall and damage from farm vehicles and hazards have created hazard enough on the Peak District's minor road network. We have decided in future to specify the mid winter rides as destination only to enable individuals to use discretion over their routes in the light of immediate local conditions. The Party night at the Royal Oak Inn was very enjoyable with food supplied by the members and the Annual Dinner is scheduled for January 9th, Pat, as always, being the organiser and leading light for both. I am told that John Watson, who has been hospitalised, is on his feet again, fitter than ever. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 alphacanaris@hotmail.co.uk Our social evening went well with ale and fodder. A small auction of books was held to ease Chris Lewis’s shelves, and raised a substantial amount for our club funds. The said bible of our machines by Edwin Tragatsch raised the most. Our Boxing Day meet was well attended at all locations but yours truly was unable to attend. On New Year’s Day our gathering was at the Cherry Tree in Steventon at least twenty machines arrived with a good bunch of veterans included, three of them sporting new rear baskets so either they have taken up pigeon racing or their ladies received a weaving set in their stockings. Safe


riding to you all in what looks to be another very full programme of events. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk At our Christmas Social we had a surprise guest - no, not Father Christmas - Club President Tim Penn came up to join us for our annual potato pie supper. He had a word with most of us during the evening and started off the raffle of prizes donated by members. All went home with a prize and a good time was had by all. This month we have a talk and video show by Neil King and Tim Burrow on their charity-raising flight around the coast of Britain in a pair of microlights. 2016 is a Pennine Way Weekend Run year and the event will take place on the 9th and 10th July. All who entered last year should by now have received their entry forms in the post; all the information plus forms, still photographs and video are available on the section’s website above. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Gordon May visits us for the February club night to talk about his adventures whilst travelling to Egypt by BSA Bantam. The March club night sees Alastair Alexander, VMCC Scottish Area Rep, visit us to speak about the VMCC in Scotland. We’ll be manning a Section Checkpoint for the 2016 Founders Relay Rally at the Vallum Cafe near Melkridge so let me know if you’d like to help staff it. Plans for the Reivers Rally and Bamburgh Run are well in hand. The full 2016 Calendar of Event is available on the website. SHEFFIELD & S YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 david.sellars@sky.com December’s meeting saw our AGM take place, no change in officials but we do need a new Treasurer ASAP to take over from Bob if someone would be kind enough to take from him. February’s meeting will be a noggin & natter plus a post mortem on the Christmas dinner. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 derek.trow@talk21.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk There was no Club meeting in December. Our chosen charity for 2015 was Riders for Health, for which we

managed to raise £175.00 through club runs, donations and for tea/coffee donations. Thank you all for supporting this. In 2016 we will be raising money for the Shropshire Blood Bikers. Blood Bikers is an emergency volunteer service for out of hour’s delivery of blood and other medical items, such as breast milk for premature babies and microbiological samples, using specially-equipped motorbikes. Shropshire is the only one that operates 24/7, providing emergency transport every night, weekends and bank holidays. It is funded entirely by donations. 2016 Club nights are to be announced. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk Please note it is the AGM this month, also we can plan our events for the year. February also brings us the Dragon Rally, always worth a ride out to view the hardy souls arriving. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 pc.newman@mypostoffice.co.uk www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk Club Night Bring and Buy was conducted by our auctioneer, Chipps. He was in his usual entertaining mode. The result was a tidy profit for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. It is notable that the more interesting items do not seem to surface any more but still plenty of goodies. The Christmas Run and lunch was well attended. A good route in dry weather. Thanks for organising both Harry. Over seventy people sat down for the excellent lunch, thanks to Ruth and all the lady helpers. It would not be a success without you. February 4th is our AGM and Photo evening, please attend and show your support for the newly elected committee. The 19th is our Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening. If you have not purchased your ticket, please contact Ruth. Autojumble on 5th March. So please put your name forward to help. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk Firstly, our thanks to John Oliver for once again organising our excellent Xmas meal. At the February club night there will be a motorcycle-based quiz presented by John Deane. At the March club night we have Alan Freke from the Bristol Section speaking about the life of FA Simpson, who (amongst many other things) was staff artist on The Motorcycle from 1916 to 1932 and Douglas

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motorcycle’s advertising manager. We will also be holding our (short) AGM, so all volunteers one pace forward. Lastly, if you want some sandals, I know a man in Vietnam who has some! Safe riding.

SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk Due to the Christmas festivities no meeting was held in December. This month’s photograph shows six suspicious looking characters loitering in a shelter in Swanage, taken on a beautiful spring day in April.

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk Tom Reed retired from the Committee at the AGM having made a significant contribution since 2004. Thanks to Paul Feldon and all for the Christmas party fun. Brian Smith led some hardy riders into Teesdale on a very wet Boxing Day for the annual meet. Twenty-two riders enjoyed the practice trial at Hartlepool. We had a good turnout of members at Sadberge to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Section. A commemorative memento is available from the Treasurer. February 25th Pete Bates is giving a talk on life at the DMW motor cycle factory.

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SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk www.southhants-Vmcc.co.uk The December Christmas Party attracted only 28 members and wives. We had expected a lot more and had catered for 50. The Club funds took a hit this time with the raffle only making £39. A very disappointing turnout. Clive Brown is taking the first day run on the 14th April down to Sammy Miller’s Museum in New Milton. We are still looking for leaders for runs taking place both during the day and in the evenings. SOUTH LINCS & PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 janda.salix@hotmail.co.uk http://www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk Plenty of back-slapping, real and metaphorical when the section met in December to look back over the year's events. The group is strong in spirit and finances are healthy, witness the grand buffet. Chairman Gary gave a blow by blow account of runs, with his photographic slide show and my on-board video distillation. Plenty of opportunity there for a little gentle leg-pulling. Bouquets and tinpots were handed out – supply your own silver polish and mutton cloth. In the lull between Christmas and New Year the weather turned warm and wet for our Chilly Willie run. Scuba gear would have been more appropriate than Belstaffs for the eleven who signed on for 25 miles of puddle-skipping before a welcome lunch at our base, The Red Lion West Deeping. Next meeting February 17th. If you would like e.reminders of our runs mail me at the above to go on the list. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.hmharris@tiscali.co.uk www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk The Christmas lunch was attended by 50 or more members enjoying the excellent meal, live music, but the general feeling of relaxed good cheer hid a last minute crisis; with just 24 hour notice, the Band, cancelled. Frantic last minute work found a replacement band and all was well. The Boxing Day Run to the Lamb and Flag at Wick resulted in some crowding, next year we will look to an alternative. The New Years Day run to the Victoria Inn, Singinstone attracted some 27 attendants. The section is starting a new event. On Monday 29th of February as part of the Saint David’s Day Celebrations, we are having a “Fagots and Peas” dinner at the club house, at a nominal fee, followed by a Power Point talk on the life of Norton works rider, Jimmey Guthrie. All members are welcome. Please contact me for further details.


STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 info@stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk I was not present at the end of season dinner, but any reports I have had are good ones. A vote of thanks for the hotel staff was given after the meal. The only trophy left to be presented this year, The Places of Interest Trophy, went to Maurice Chandler. After a very enjoyable buffet meal, a large assortment of raffle prizes were donated and won by numerous members. Although the wet weather still persists it has been possible to get out for short runs as long as you remember to hose any salt off your bike. Sorry I have not any more to report, but I am looking forward to seeing the winter projects, restorations and new acquisitions being aired at Maurice’s season opener to MHOR 84 Balquihidder. We are still looking for anyone who could give a talk or show at our meetings any member who can help can contact Maurice Chandler. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk The last event for 2015 was our annual Christmas Quiz

set by Rod Hann. The joint winners were your trusty scribe and Vice Chairman Jim Devereux who have the honour of compiling this year’s quiz. Thanks to everyone who provided food for the evening. 2015 season was most successful and the committee have compiled a full programme for 2016. The 2016 social season starts with club night which is a social evening where we will have the use of the club skittles alley and you will be able to pick up the Section programme card for the coming year. Programmes will also be available from the Section’s stand at the Bristol Classic Show, once again organised by John and Olive Guy. Please drop by for a chat. February also sees the start of our riding season with the first event being Lionel’s Winter Wandering to The Haven on Mudeford Quay. SURREY & SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com The weather down south has remained very mild and has extended our riding season well into December. My thanks to Andy for leading the Day Run to Normans Bay, 12 bikes had a dry ride out. Our film night was well supported with a good variety of films, some from the club library and some brought along by club members.

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The Boxing Day Run (thanks Graham for again leading this run) as usual finished at The Plough at Plumpton where we met other section members and many other motorcyclists. Looking ahead to 2016 we have a full calendar of events including a 2 night, 3 day Castle Hunt Event at the end of June, see Reg Available for more details.

At our Christmas party our Chairman organised quizzes to make everyone’s grey matter hurt! A fantastic spread was laid on and nobody went home hungry, some club members even benefitted from a pack-up over the next few days. The Boxing Day run was a great success with the unusually mild weather for this time of year bringing out fifty bikes and riders.

SWANSEA & DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 barrygfox@hotmail.com

TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 / 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com

The Annual Dinner at the Morriston Rugby Club in December was well attended and a most enjoyable night. Our dinners are very informal, a meeting of friends enjoying each other’s company, what more do you want. Our AGM will be at the next meeting on Feb 9th at Morriston Rugby Club. The meeting after that will be on the 8th March.

As I sit writing these notes at the end of December it is a glorious day outside, more like summer than winter time which makes me think what is going to happen when we get to spring time again. Will we pay for it just as our touring season starts once again well let’s hope we don`t. At least you can get out in the shed and work on the bikes and get them ready for another good year of touring around the countryside and with the cost of fuel coming down ever closer to the magic £1.00 a litre it is looking good for us once again. It’s a shame we don’t have the calendar of events to plan our year but I’m sure word will get round and we can let everyone know the dates of the events we like to support most if not give me a call.

SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 / 07887 517906 jugood@talktalk.net We had a great evening on 1st December our Annual skittles match with The Swindon & District Motocycle at Grange Drive Bowling club they won again I think we were all having Senior Moments. Thanks to all who helped with the food, especially Ivy Sheppard who worked like a Trojan. Our Club night on the 15th was a mince pie night we all filled ourselves with mince pies. On the 6th December 33 of us enjoyed a meal and a get together at The Kembry Inn. It was nice seeing John and Edna Mocket from Bristol. Also thanks to Pauline for doing a raffle. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.tavernerstrials.org.uk www.thetaverners.com

WAKEFELD & W YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 07730 146637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com Christmas week saw the section gather for the annual Christmas feast, the peas were mushed and pies were warmed, before being enjoyed by all present. The meeting include a fun quiz of ten motorcycling related photos with questions, much debate raged amongst the tables as the photos of Ariel, Triumph, MV Augusta, Ducati, BSA and Francis Barnett motorcycles circulated. We also had a series of updates; Chairman Rowly Scholey on his tool for lapping valves (it worked well on the inlet, but the exhaust took a little more effort – see Dec 15. Journal) and Stuart Wilby (see Jan 16 Journal) returned with the Norton casting he had repaired – all present were impressed with the quality of the repair, which included re-build in solid then boring out one of the holes/channels on the parameter to mount the cover to the crankcase. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310

December kicked off with an enjoyable sporting trial at the Earls Shilton Trials Club, Roger and Tony managed to organise eight sections that fortunately didn’t make us attempt the large rocks and climbs that the moderns use.

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The Christmas Skittles was a great night with good food, and lots of competition even if attendance was a bit thin on the ground. When you read this the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Runs will have long gone and we have the Spring Run to look forward to, so here's to good riding weather for 2016.


WESSEX VETERAN & VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500

WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 vmccwestwilts@gmail.com

Once again, thanks must go to Denise for organising a splendid annual Christmas Dinner. Numbers were slightly down on last year; nevertheless, a great time was had by all. Now the seasonal over-indulgence is at an end, our efforts must go into making ourselves noticed at the 36th Bristol Classic Bike Show. Two days of setting up, wandering round the Show talking to numerous friends then having to load trailers and vans, clear up the stand etc. I, for one, go home knackered and looking forward to the new season’s riding!

The Christmas Dinner and prize giving was attended by 47 at the Royal Ship, Luckington despite the bad weather. Prizes were awarded to the various winners in The White Horse Trial with Dave Brierley winning the Rider of the Year award. During the last section meeting of the year it was agreed to upload a trial section website. This is on the Internet at http://www.starfield181.co.uk/westwilts/. Regs and entry forms for The White Horse Trial are available on the webs or from Peter Fielding, 181 Devizes Road, Hilperton, Trowbridge, BA14 7QS.

WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 betron.wright@gmail.com www.westkentsection.webspace.virginmedia.com

WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk www.vmccworcs.co.uk

For all those with computers please bookmark the section website above. It now has an easier address and people have said it is much improved. Thanks to Brian Southam for doing his best keeping parking spaces available at the Pied Bull on Boxing Day, which is always a difficult task with the number of people there. This year’s run proved a lot more successful than last year’s and everyone got back to the pub. Will members please note that, particularly at this time of the year, runs could be cancelled due to adverse weather. Check on the section's website for the latest information to save yourself any unnecessary journey. This is the final call for the Dinner/Dance on 13th February, close to Valentine’s Day. What a good date to take your other half out for a splendid meal and jig about. Phone Jane immediately for your reservation on 01474 852960. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 britie.motorcycles@btinternet.com www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk Just a reminder that we have our first club run of the year this month, on FEBRUARY 28th, the Annual St David’s day run, tel 01269 592900 or turn up on the Feb’s CLUB NIGHT at THE NEW CROSS INN on the 22nd, for CAWL & QUIZ NIGHT, and get the details straight from ALLAN himself. I’m told twelve brave souls attended the Boxing Day Run and around 25 plus arrived at CENARTH for the Annual New Year’s Day, gathering for Sunday Lunch. The Section calendar booklet is now available, collect at club night on the 22nd. Don’t forget the NARBERTH meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month, in the Rugby Club, for all members especially those in PEMBROKESHIRE.

Club night on the 8th February will be the Fish and Chip supper and quiz (pre booked meals). The March club night (14th) will be our AGM, items for inclusion on the agenda to any committee member by the February club night please. The February run is the John Langford Run on the 28th, a Bromyard start. Thanks to Pete Howells for organising this. In March we have the first midweek run of the year on the 17th organised by Richard Bullock and on the 25th we have our usual Good Friday Run.

Men of Kent Section Vintage Motorcycle Jumble Saturday 2nd April 2016, to be held at the village hall, Old Wives Lees, near Canterbury, Kent. CT4 8BN. Admission between 10am and 1pm by donation to Air Ambulance, early birds admitted from 9am at £4.00.Stall Holder costs: £8 for a 6ft inside pitch, the same price for a van size outside pitch. Price includes a Bacon Roll and cup of tea. All proceeds to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. For more details contact Colin Townsend on 07789 606686.

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Diary

February 1st

South Wales South Hants

Section AGM, 8.30pm. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 AGM and Monthly Meeting Hill Park Working Mens Club, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8.00 p.m. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Northumbrian Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Men of Kent Club night. 8pm Wagon and Horses PH, Charing. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell, 07837 918087 2nd Swindon Moonraker Bring & Buy Night West South Wales Narberth Meeting 8.00pm, Rugby Club South Cotswold Club night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanle. Bike quiz with John Deane (valuable prizes?) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 East Lancs Business Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8pm Ipswich and Suffolk Ladies night. 8pm Rushmere East Devon Club night. Guest speaker on First Aid 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. East Herts Pub Night, Woodman PH, Wild Hill, 8.15pm North Cotswold Club Night 8pm The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 3rd Cotswold Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Surrey and Sussex Day Run - Start at The Riverside Café, Forest Row at 10am. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com North Birmingham Club Night, Section AGM at: The Function Room at The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, WV5 8BU Chiltern AGM and book sale. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 West Kent Wrinkly Run. Start 10.30 from Kemsing High Street car park. Dorset Lunch Meet, West Stour 4th Oxford Frosty Frolics – starting from Millets Farm. Pete Ryman Somerset Club Night. AGM and Photo Display Notts and Derby Video/Natter Night Royal Oak Ockbrook 5th Mid Lincs Social Evening, The Shires, Ticket only, see any member of committee. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 6th Brooklands Annual Dinner, The Cricketers Horsell GU21 4XB. Dave Gibson, 01372 453247 Surrey and Sussex Section Dinner - Best Western Hotel, Horley 7 for 7.30. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com 6th Somerset Classic Motorcycle Show. Bath and West Showground. Shepton Mallet. Richard & 7th Gray. 01934 513910 Dorset Classic Motorcycle Show Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Wessex Vet & Vintage Bristol Bike Show. Ian Clarke 01202 824772 Stonehenge Club Stand at Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show. Shepton Mallett. John and Olive Guy 02380 694111 Bristol Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show - Section Display. Simon 01179 652503 7th East Yorkshire Club Night, Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverely, 8pm. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 Brooklands Winter Wandering, Newlands Corner, A25 Guildford GU4 8SE 11am depart Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet at Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX from 10-11.30am Len Dingley, 01208 850013 Clyde Valley Haggis Autojumble - Section Stand. Tim Ryan 07714505386 8th Stirling Castle Club Night, Alastair Alexander Worcestershire Fish & Chip night, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 7.30 for 8.00pm start John Porter 01386 553329

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Wessex Vet &Vint Surrey and Sussex 9th

Northumbrian Northampton Anglian

Burton and District Clyde Valley Pennine

Isle of Wight East Devon 10th North East Warwickshire Cotswold Banbury Snowdonia/Eryri Berkshire Dorset

East Sussex Reivers Ipswich and Suffolk Chiltern Cotswold

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Northwest West Kent Dartmoor West Wilts South Durham North Staffs

Bedfordshire Taverners Leicester Cornwall

Isle of Man

13th West Kent 14th West Wilts Dorset South Cotswold Flat Tank

South Durham

Club Night Talk, Kings Arms, East Stour. Ian Clarke 01202 824772 Section Meeting - Copthorne Social Club at 7.30pm. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Social The Sun Kislingbury 8pm Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS (Bring and Buy). Roger Newark 01354 741099 Club Night 8:00pm Marston's Sports and Social Club Club night with Geoff Brazendale speaking, Dalserf Church Hall. Tim Ryan 07714505386 Talk on a microlight flight around Britain, Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale OL165HS 8.30pm. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Noggin and Natter, 7.30pm, Ventnor Cricket Club Lunch Meet 1300 Aviator CafĂŠ Dunkerswell Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire From 12 Noon. Club Night talk, A Taste of Ale by Graham Sutherland Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Club Night, Cricket Club Banbury. Bill King -World War 1 Part 2 AGM. Waunfawr johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 01286872599 Mid-week Lunch Meeting (see website for further details) Malcolm White. info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Club Quiz Night, Halsey Arms, Pullham 7:30pm for 8pm. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Club Night, 7.30 for 8.00pm Club Night: Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 19.30 for 20.00, Gordon May returns to regale us with a tale of travelling from England to Egypt by BSA Bantam. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 AJS Film Night, Waldringfield Golf Club 7pm Coffee Morning. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Section Library, Viewing Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown 07717 672210 Club Meeting 8pm at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 Pied Bull Farningham Noggin & Natter. Start 8pm. Club Dinner Section Meeting Club Night Middleton St George 8pm A talk by Peter Williams, Motorcycle Racer and Engineer. Moorville Hall, 8.15 pm Kate Wain 07561 530136 Chater-Lea by Bob Culver, Shefford Memorial Hall, 8 for 8.30pm Noggin & Natter, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, Leics. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 East Taphouse Club Night, Community Hall, East Taphouse PL14 4TA 7.30 for 8pm Celia Hore 01208 73571 Club Night speaker VMCC President Tim Penn @ 8pm venue Knock Froy Santon Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Dinner/Dance Winter Wandering. Crown, Cerney Wick Winter Run Library Car Park, Gillingham, 11am Phil Allen 01258 453009 Sunday lunchtime informal meet at the Pier View Sharpness,12.00 onwards. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Lunch and Prize Presentation, Tudor Arms, Slimbridge Reg Eyre: 01242 870375, before 9.00pm please Championship Trial. Roy Sturgeon Tel:01325260937

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Winter wandering, 10.3 am Kent Gliding Club, nr Challock. TN25 4DR. Brian Andrews, tel. 01843 293370. Derek Bird, 01843 860073 Heartbreakers Run. 1100 Billing Garden Village. Trevor Pinfold Northampton 15th South Wales Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 B’mouth & N Forest Noggin and Natter, 8.00, Walkford Hotel. David Bowmer, 01202 388404 Northumbrian Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Wakefield Club Night - Yorkshire Motorcycle Manufactures, Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, & West Yorks Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL Ironmasters Speaker on Beekeeping, Sir John Bayley Club, TF1 1QX, 8.00pm 16th Swindon Moonraker AGM Goodwood Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8.00pm - Speaker TBC. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Cheshire & N. Wales Annual ‘Bring & Buy’ auction at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL AGM Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Ipswich and Suffolk Club night, 8pm Rushmere Club Night, AGM and prizegiving, Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge. Brooklands KT13 0QN, 8pm. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 AGM and Book sale, Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, 8.00pm East Herts Social Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm East Lancs Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 South Wales 17th Midland We welcome the world famous frame builder Ken Sprayson who will entertain us with a slide show of his work and tales of the well-known riders for whom he built frames. Guest Speaker, Bill Lane, ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’ Churchdown Club, Church Road, Cotswold Churchdown. 01242 574599 Club Night. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane Postwich, NR13 5HL, 8:00pm. Norwich & District Ride-In / Skittles Night. 8pm Club House Woodfalls. Details Committee Stonehenge Auction, The Shires, 7.30pm, please book items in earlier. Peter Gunnee 01652 Mid Lincs 657169 Midweek Lunch, The Old Red Lion, Houghton Regis, approx. 12.15pm. Roger Bedfordshire 01582 534711 Pub Night Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Chiltern Spring Mid week Wandering - Fox and Hounds, Colerne West Wilts S Lincs and Peterbro Club Night - Quiz. Brian Fosh 01832 273390 Guest Speaker, Bill Lane, "All The Fun Of The Fair" Churchdown Club, Church Cotswold Road, Churchdown. 01242 574599 Club Night our AGM at Littlemore British Legion Club Oxford Informal Meet, Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs Noon. Roger Hore, 01208 73571 Cornwall Taylor’s Tour – starting from Millets Farm. Alex Taylor Oxford 18th Devon Club Night. A talk by Dermot. The Town Arms, S Molton, 7.30pm Chris Wood 01237 472855 email cjwood10@hotmail.com Club Night. 7:00 for 8:00 Winnington Park RFC. Stephen Herbert 01606 888973 Cheshire Cats Slide Night Royal Oak Ockbrook Notts and Derby 19th Somerset Annual Dinner & Awards Evening. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 20th East Sussex Annual Dinner at Langham Hotel, Eastbourne. Stan Manning 01424 424476 21st Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial, Riley's Railway, Marefield, Leics, grid ref: SK 7412 0820, 1.5m off B6047 north of A47. Observers needed. Mark McEvoy 01858 434197; 07973 142440 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Banbury Horse Fair Banbury-- Follow the Leader Somerset Neil's Run. Crown Inn, Fivehead. TA3 6PQ Mike Chipperfield. 01749 679371 M’chester & High Bring and Buy, Poynton Workmens club, 10-30 for 11am start. Barry Cook, 01663 Peak 750827, Barry Howard 01625-630016 Worcestershire Midday meet, The Dog at DunleyJohn Porter 01386 553329 Stonehenge Winter Wandering, 12.00 noon The Haven, Mudeford Quay Cornwall Peter Shelton Memorial Run, Tesco, Wadebridge, 10.30. Mike Champion, 01726 824737 Men of Kent

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West Kent East Devon South Durham Isle of Man 22nd Notts and Derby Northumbrian 23rd West South Wales Cotswold Kings Lynn Goodwood Berkshire Isle of Wight Cotswold Surrey & Sussex

24th West Kent Cotswold Bristol

East Sussex Cotswold 25th

Clyde Valley

M’chester & High Peak Taverners Leicester

West Wilts South Durham North Cotswold Northampton Lakeland Herefordshire

26th Warwickshire -28th 26th Cornwall

27th East Devon East Herts Dorset 28th West South Wales Herefordshire North East Cotswold

Social Run. Shoreham Stn car park to the Chequers, Laddingford. Wellington Ride 1030 Smileys Café. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Championship Trial: Chopgate Roy Sturgeon Tel:01325260937 Trial at Scarlett @ 1:30pm. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Sunday Lunch Meet, Homesford Cafe A6 nr. Whatstandwell Northumbrian Film Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm New Cross Inn, ‘Cawl and Quiz’ Night 8.00pm Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown.m 01452 854341 Club Night Guest Speaker 8pm Social Club Methwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661, or 07875694842 or e mail paul @fes1hq.plus.com or see Section Website or Facebook page for details Noggin 'n' Natter, The Sportsman, Amberley, 8pm. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night - Guest Speaker. Malcolm White - info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Peter Sparkes, Vintage Slide Show, 7.30pm Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Noggin n Natter - Kentish Horse, Markbeech TN8 5NT Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com The Woodman. Film night. Start 8.00 pm. Chris Roberts Quiz, "What is It and What's in the Bag" Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Talk: My life with motorcycles- Reg Hall (Charlies m/c) Begbrook 8pm. Simon 01179 652503 Video Evening at Cricket Bat Factory, Ashburnham, 8.00pm sharp Chris Robert’s Quiz, "What Is It" and "What's In The Bag" Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Grumpy Old Men ,Crawford truckstop (Heathergyll hotel) Paul Rickards 01555 870329 Club night, Poynton Workmens club, 8pm Barry Cook, 01663 750827, Barry Howard 01625 630016 World Famous Arthur Bassett Film Night, Ratby Sports & Social Club. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Section Meeting Chippenham Rugby Club 8pm. Talk by Dr Mike Rodd Club Night Middleton St George 8pm Talk Pete Bates on the DMW motor cycle Wrinkly Lunch. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Club Night 2000. Obelisk Centre Film Night. Provisional on venue, check with Colin Steer 017687 74536 Illustrated Talk - riding the Ho-Chi-Mihn Trail - Bunch of Carrots Pub, Hampton Bishop, Hereford, HR1 4JR, 7.30pm Race Retro Show, Stoneleigh Country Park. Dave Kendall 07528218024

Truro Club Night, Truro Cricket Club, Malpas, Truro, TR1 1 SG 7.30 for 8pm M/C Adventure Talk. Roger Fogg, 01726 67198 Breakfast Meet 10am A35 Pit Stop Gammons Hill, Kilmington Monthly Luncheon, The Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans, 12.15pm Breakfast Meet, West Stour St David’s Day Run. Details 01269 592900 Sunday Morning Run - Two separate routes are planned, one will be run at a slower pace and is ideal for smaller and older bikes. Meet at the Bunch of Carrots Pub, Hampton Bishop, Hereford, HR1 4JR - 9.30 for 10.00am start. The run will finish at a pub around 1.00pm and those wanting dinner can book on the day. Section Meeting, Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge @ 2pm. Anthony Head. 01423 712072 Winter Wandering, The Gloucester Old Spot, Piffs Elm, Cheltenham. SO 898 261

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Winter Wanderings 10.30am at the Rock of Gibraltar, Enslow, Oxfordshire, OX5 3AY Norman Smith 07835 101560 Worcestershire John Langford Run, Market Square, Bromyard, 9.30 for 10am start. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Cotswold Winter Wandering, The Gloucester Old Spot Inn, Piffs Elm, Cheltenham. SO 898 261 East Lancs Annual Presentation, The Duke of Wellington, Grane Road, Helmshore, 7.00pm B’mouth & N Forest Pre-Season Shakedown, 10.30am, Carpenters Arms, Bransgore. Bernie Kuropka 01425 479177 South Wales Saint David’s Day Celebration Meal and Talk. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Northumbrian Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Northwest Annual Bring and Buy Auction. 8pm at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971

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8th

West South Wales South Cotswold

Narberth Meeting Club night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanley - AGM and Speaker. Alan Freke on the life of FA Simpson, technical artist. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Swindon Moonraker Club Night Isle of Wight Tuesday Lunch Run, meet Godshill car park, 11.30am to the Bear Cafe East Devon Club night Quiz. Bob Fulthorpe 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. North Cotswold Club Night 8pm The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 East Lancs Business Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8pm Chiltern Club Night, Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Cotswold Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Surrey & Sussex Day Run - Start at The Riverside Café, Forest Row at 10.30. Finish at Madeira Drive, Brighton. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com West Kent Wrinkly Run. Start 10.30 from Village Hall, Ide Hill. Somerset Club Night. Guest speaker Dave Pilkington. "Tales by an oily rag" Notts & Derby Skittles match. Brennans Long Eaton Ipswich & Suffolk Club night. 8pm Rushmere Oxford Paul’s Pastime – starting from the Turnpike. Contact Paul Albert Ironmasters Skittles Evening, White Horse, Wrockwardine Wood, TF2 7AB Somerset Autojumble. Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet. 9.30am Carl Horrocks 01643 705866 West Wilts Winter Wandering - Woodbridge Inn, North Newton East Yorkshire Club Night, Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverely, 8pm. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet at Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX from 10.00-11.30am Len Dingley, 01208 850013 Banbury Horse Fair Banbury: March Hare Run. Dave Jebbit West Kent Social Run. Kemsing High St car park to the Tally Ho, Knockholt. Start 10.30 am. Notts and Derby Sunday Lunch Meet. Wardlow Mires Cafe (AKA "Yonderman cafe") 12pm onwards M’chester Off road trial, Pott Shrigley, 10-30 for 11am start. & High Peak Brooklands Winter Wandering, Newlands Corner, A25 Guildford GU4 8SE 11am depart. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Dorset Winter Run, Top Of Town Car park, Dorchester, 11am. Rod Hann 01935 872528 South Wales Tiddelers Run, Llandow Circuit 10am. Bill Phelps 02920 890255 Stirling Castle Club Night Northumbrian Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Men of Kent Club night, 8pm Wagon & Horses, Charing. TN27 0NR. Dickie Barsby. 07989 352990 South Hants Monthly Meeting Hill Park Working Mens Club, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8pm Robert Hill 02392 460014 Anglian Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS (Talk by Michael Martin on the Mickmar project). Roger Newark 01354 741099

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Clyde Valley Pennine 9th

East Devon Burton & District Chiltern East Sussex Berkshire Cotswold Banbury Snowdonia/Eryri Reivers Northwest Dorset

Bristol North East Warwickshire 10th Dartmoor West Wilts Cornwall

Taverners Leicester West Kent South Durham North Staffs Bedfordshire Isle of Man

11th Bristol 12th Somerset Notts & Derby 13th Dartmoor Taverners Leicester South Cotswold Devon

Cotswold Taverners Leicester Stonehenge Cyclemotor

Northampton M’chester & High Peak North East 14th South Wales Stirling Castle

Club Meeting , Dalserf Church, Bring & Buy sale. Tim Ryan 07714505386 Quiz Night, Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale OL165HS 8.30pm. Geoff Green 0161 6548159 Lunch Meet 1300 Aviator Café Dunkerswell Club Night 8:00pm Marston’s Sports and Social Club Wrinkly Run (coffee morning if inclement). Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Club Night at HQ 7.30 for 8.00pm Mid-week Lunch Meeting (see website for details) Malcolm White info@berkshirevmcc.org.uk Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Club Night, Cricket Club Banbury. Bill King -World War 1 Part 3 Club Night,Waunfawr. johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 01286872599 Club Night: Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 19.30 for 20.00 Alistair Alexander, Scottish Area Rep: ‘The VMCC in Scotland’ Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 Club Meeting 8pm at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 Club Night, Sally Cadec - The Work of SAFFA Halsey Arms Pullham. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Talk - Ballooning through the ages - Begbrook 8pm. Simon 01179 652503 Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire From 12 Noon. Club Night, Bring and Buy Sale, starts 7.30pm Club Night. Details John Osmond 01803 527469 Section Meeting Chippenham Rugby Club 8pm East Taphouse Club Night, Community Hall, East Taphouse PL14 4TA 7.30 for 8pm Celia Hore 01208 73571 Noggin & Natter, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Pied Bull Farningham Noggin & Natter. Start 8pm. Club Night Middleton St George 8pm Moorville Hall. Club Night Intersection Quiz Night, Shefford Memorial Hall, 8.00 for 8.30pm Brent 07754 146605 AGM and Film Show @7:30pm venue Knock Froy Santon. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Social evening at Winterbourne Comm. Centre - 7pm. Simon 01179 652503 Skittles Evening, Red Cow, Brent Knoll. Pete Newman 01934 813638 Saturday PM Run 2pm A6 lay by 1m.S. Whatstandwell br. B. Sherras 01773 741908 Out in sticks. Details Roy Turner 07702 908425 Rectory Farm, Uppingham, Rutland, TF 8471 0103, A6003 1m south of Uppingham Mark McEvoy 01858 434197 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Sunday lunchtime informal meet at the Old Neighbourhood Inn, Stroud, noon onwards. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Spring Run. Corn Dolly, S Molton. 11am. Chris Wood 01237472855 email cjwood10@hotmail.com Winter Wandering, The Carpenter's Arms, Miserden, Stroud. (SO 937 088) Sporting Trial - Rectory Farm, Uppingham - Observers needed. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 Winter Wandering 12.00 noon Poole Quay. Details Committee The Wansdyke run, 10:30am at the Pear Tree Inn, Whitley, Melksham, SN12 8QX. Frank Cropp 01225 708743 Pre Pioneer Run. 1100 Sixfields Stadium. Martin Laundon 1st Four Seasons run, Poynton Workmens Club 10 for 11am start. Annual Lunch, Healds Hall. 12 noon for 12.30. Barry Barker: 01132 525291. Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Club Night, Gordon May - overland to India

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Northumbrian Surrey & Sussex Worcestershire 15th

Northampton Swindon Moonraker Goodwood

Cheshire & N. Wales 16th

Brooklands

Midland Chiltern Men of Kent

S Lincs & Peterbro Cotswold

Cornwall Norwich & District Stonehenge 17th

Bedfordshire

Cheshire Cats Devon

Worcestershire

19th

20th

Notts & Derby Ipswich and Suffolk Oxford Swindon Moonraker North Birmingham Lakeland Cheshire Cats Men of Kent Cornwall

21st

East Devon South Durham Notts & Derby North Cotswold Isle of Man South Wales Northumbrian Ironmasters W’field & W Yorks

Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Quiz Night - Copthorne Social Club at 7.30pm. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Club night, AGM, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 7.30 for 8.00pm start John Porter 01386 553329 Social The Sun Kislingbury 20.00 Picture Quiz (Mr & Mrs Bates) Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8.00pm - Speaker TBC. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL. Illustrated talk on Manx Trains and Trams by Geoffrey Morris. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Club Night, Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge. KT13 0QN, 8pmRichard Huckle 07853 204018 AGM followed by an hour of entertainment Pub Night Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Quiz night, 8pm Plough and Harrow PH, Bridge. CT4 5LA. Frank Mitchell, tel. 07837 918087 Club Night - Bring and buy. Brian Fosh 01832 273390 Guest Speaker, Dave Minton, "Surviving Despite One's Self", Churcdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Informal Meet, Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs. Noon. Roger Hore, 01208 73571 Club Night. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane Postwich, NR13 5HL, 8pm. Club Night Talk by Derek & Don Rickman on Metisse Motor Cycles. 8pm Club House Woodfalls. Details Committee Midweek Lunch, the Tavistock Pub, Tavistock Street, Bedford, approx. 12.15pm Roger 01582 534711 Club Night. 7 for 8pm Winnington Park RFC. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 AGM The Town Arms, S Molton. 7.30pm. Chris Wood 01237472855 email cjwood10@hotmail.com Midweek Run, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 9.30 for 10.00am start Richard Bullock, 01905 641216 Natter Night. Royal Oak Ockbrook Club night. 8pm Rushmere Merry Marches, starting from Millets Farm. Vince Ellis Annual Meal Woodshaw (hot buffet as previous) 7.30 - 8.00pm Paul’s Saturday Run, 10 for 10.30 from Louise Street Garage, 90 Louise Street, Gornal Wood, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 2UB. Please note that, contrary to our usual practice, this run is on a SATURDAY! Paul Raybould 01902 676396 Spring Run. 11.00 am, The Red Lion, Lowick. George Bownass ~ 01229 580776 Run to Wistanstow Show - probably with C&NW, meeting Prees Heath Truckstop. More details to follow. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Winter wandering to the Pioneer Run. Start time and venue TBA. Frank Mitchell, tel. 07837 918087 West Cornwall Run, Chiverton Cross, Blackwater, 10.30am. George Pengelly, 01209 214521 Spring ride 10.30 Smileys Café. Peter Baker 01395 224535 Championship Trial. Roy Sturgeon Tel:01325260937 Sunday Run. 10.30am Limes Cafe Bilsthorpe A614 G.Bower 07745888938 March Hare Run. Mark Dudfield 01608 686288 Trial at Ballagarraghyn @ 1:30pm. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Spring Run meet at the Multiflex Nantgarw, 10.30am. Bill James 01443 227439 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club Night, Sir John Bayley Club, TF1 1QX Committee’s Quiz Night, Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown

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22nd Goodwood Burton & District 23rd Cotswold 24th West Wilts Clyde Valley

Taverners Leicester South Durham North Cotswold Flat Tank

25th Cornwall

Surrey & Sussex Worcestershire

26th East Devon Northwest 27th East Yorkshire

S Lincs & Peterbro Surrey & Sussex Cyclemotor

Ironmasters 28th Swindon Moonraker Northumbrian Men of Kent Norwich & District South Wales 29th Berkshire Kings Lynn Cotswold West Kent 30th Cotswold 31st Northampton M’chester & High Peak Lakeland Oxford

Noggin ‘n’ Natter, The Sportsman, Amberley, 8pm. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Cheese Night. Brian Slack 01283 544500 Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Section Meeting Chippenham Rugby Club 8pm Grumpy Old Men. Crawford truckstop (Heathergyll hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 Skittles Evening, 7:45pm The Wheatsheath, Thurcaston. John Wills 07773 145247 Club Night Middleton St George 8pm Domino Knockout Wrinkly Lunch. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 St. Patrick’s Quiz Night, at the Thornbury Rugby Football Club, Thornbury. All sections welcome to send teams (max 4 per team). Please contact Reg or Dennis beforehand. Dennis Beale 01452 750424 Truro Club Night, Truro Cricket Club, Malpas, Truro, TR1 1 SG 7.30 for 8pm Bring and Buy. Roger Fogg, 01726 67198 Good Friday Run, Starts at SCHVPT at 10.30, see Regs Available for details Nigel Pepper 01403 268952 nigel.pepper@talk21.com Good Friday Run, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 9.30 for 10.00am start John Porter 01386 553329 Breakfast Meet 1000 A35 Pit Stop Gammons Hill, Kilmington Section Social 8pm at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 Spring Run, Kings Arms, Newport, all welcome, start postcode HU15 2QS G. Bradley 01430 422667 10.30am Daffodil Run – Red Lion West Deeping. Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 Noggin n Natter. The Crown, Turners Hill. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com The Welsh Run 10:30am at the Castle Street car park, Abergavenny, NP7 5EE Philippa Wheeler 01873 858344 Mad March Hare Run, Shifnall Cricket Club layby, TF11 8HD Easter Monday Auto Jumble, Lotmead, more details later Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Section Stand, Ashford Classic Bike show and jumble. Nick Pearce and Harold Beal, tel. 07944 311199 Shakedown Rally. Cynthia Forster, 01603 737540. Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Club Night - Bring & Buy Books Malcolm White - info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Club Night George Keeble’s Quiz 8pm The Social Club Methwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 mob 07875694842 e mail paul@fes1hq.plus.com or see Section Website or Facebook page for further details Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 The Woodman. Guest Speaker night. Start 8.00 pm. Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Club Night 2000. Obelisk Centre AGM and club night, Poynton Workmens Club. 8pm. Barry Cook, 01663-750827, Barry Howard 01625-630016 David Wilson's Slide Show March Hares, starting from the Turnpike. Contact Phil Stock.

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Regs available Feb 2nd

Mar 13th Mar 25th Apr 3rd Apr 9th/10th

Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial, Rileys Railway Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial, Rectory Farm

Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk

Surrey and Sussex Good Friday Run (No late entries)Nigel Pepper, 9 Amberley Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4LJ. 01403 268952 nigel.pepper@talk21.com Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial, Eaton Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk

Midlands 51st Coventry 2 Brighton Run Weekend Flagged away by the Lord Mayor of Coventry on 9th April 2016 for an overnight stay in Brighton, all riders and guests accommodated in the same hotel. Celebration awards dinner on Saturday night, memento of the event for all riders. All classes and make of machine welcome. Bob Badland badbobland@hotmail.com 07825 840677

Jun 24th-26th N Ireland Antrim Coast Weekend, Ballygally Social event open to all VMCC eligible machines. Ian MacDougall 028 2582 2356 email ian@macdougall.demon.co.uk - NI Section website http://www.vmccni.org.uk

Jun 27th-29th Surrey and Sussex Castle Hunt Run Brian Robins, 42 Langley Lane, Ilfield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0NA. 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Jul 3rd

Jul 9th/10th Jul 24th Jul 29th-31st

West Wiltshire White Horse Navigational Trial, Subway, Beanacre Road, Melksham & Oak Farm, Braydon, SN5 0AG Peter Fielding, Secretary of the Meeting 01225 763567 starfield181@gmail.com or vmccwestwilts@gmail.com

Pennine Pennine Way Weekend Run 250-mile, two-day run from Edale to Hadrian’s Wall. See section’s website. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 North Cotswold Anniversary Run 90-mile run around the stunning Cotswolds open to all eligible machines Bob Ashwin 01386 870648 email bobashwin@btinternet.com Northern Ireland Kingdom of Mourne Weekend 2016, based in Newcastle, Co Down. Pre-1931 bikes only Details from Adrian Saunders 028 9082 5807 mournesorganiser@vmccni.org.uk http://www.vmccni.org.uk/kingdom-of-mourne-weekend-2016/

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Correspondence Who is Ted Fenwick?

I was preparing to take part in the parade laps for the Sunflower Trophy Races at Bishopscourt. Talking with my friend Asa Moyce, I suggested this could be my last season, as I had reached the age of 77. “Nonsense,” he replied (well, the actual word he used began with ‘B’ and ended with ‘ocks’) “What about Ted Fenwick?” he said. “Who is Ted Fenwick?” I asked. “He’s just won the 250 singles race at the I.O.M. ‘Southern 100’ road races at the age of 87.” So, thanks to this man, I cannot wait until April 2016 for the Cookstown 100 road races. The two photographs below are of one of the ’bikes I use – the top one shows the original owner, he had McCandless convert the frame to swinging arm and a large oil tank. The second photograph is of myself on the same ’bike 60 years later at the Armoy Road races. Don Curry

of jets for Solex carburettors as far back as the 1920’s it developed into an accurate means of measuring precision diameters etc. Manufacturers developed their own systems, notably Federal in the USA and Thomas Mercer Ltd in Britain. Still used basically the same way, the Mercer system is good for fast repeatable gauging down to a micron (and on a good day half a micron) by semiskilled workers. This is used extensively in the automotive, motor cycle, aerospace and many other industries. The UK tends to use the metric system of measurement, mm and microns (0.001mm). Saying this though we see some companies still using Imperial measurement and some both! A connection with the States is usually the case for imperial measurement, either that or very old drawings! Strangely Canada seems to use mainly metric measurement which brings the thought that gallons flow over one side of Niagra but litres over the other! We find that on some days microns have a mind of their own, and can tend to come and go as they please with temperature, but once in a temperature-controlled environment they are kept at bay. Removing that last obstinate micron or two from a gauge bore can prove challenging to say the least. The diagram below gives an idea of the comparative size of a micron to other sizes – clearly not actual size. Human hair 0.0762mm; 0.003” Particle of dust 0.004mm 0.000157” One micron 0.001mm; 0.00003937” Particle of cigarette smoke 0.0025mm; 0.000098” One thou 0.0254mm 0.001” One tenth of a thou 0.00254mm; 0.0001”

More microns

I work for a company producing measuring equipment using compressed air as the measuring medium. Originally developed I believe for the flow measurement

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For more information on our method of measuring the micron (or indeed a thou, tenth etc.) please visit the web site at www.a-egauges.co.uk. Oh well home now, down the shed for a play with some thou’s on the BSA, no microns there!

The last word on microns

Disclaimer(!) This letter has been written to both inform you (as I am


in a ratified position to feel able to do so) and, hopefully, make you smile along the way – it is not intended to create a platform for attempts at point-scoring follow up letters! Any controversial comments I make are merely tongue in cheek to raise a smile; read on and enjoy the ride or simply avoid this and move on! “Metrology? Ah, an article about the weather,” I hear you say…. Not quite! Often confused with monitoring the weather, metrology is the science of measurement (rather than Meteorology, which is the former discipline). In the letter from Jeff Waller, in the November magazine, the question was asked with regard to what exactly a ‘Micron’ is, so, here commences the story that will (eventually) provide the answer! In the technical sciences, which, of course, include engineering, scientific notation used to raise or lower numbers “to the power of”. For example “ten to the power of three” = 103 = 10x10x10 = 1000. One of the main reasons that notation is used is that it relieves confusion and potential error – it simply makes the number easier to read and interpret. A thousand isn’t too bad but when the zeros build up, such as in a thousand million (1000000000), in the best case, it is hard to follow, in the worst the wrong number is used (being a factor of ten or more from what it should be). A thousand million, presented in scientific notation = 109, which further illustrates the increased level of clarity and interpretation. Back to thousands (103); a thousand in Greek is “kilo”, hence a thousand metres is a kilo-metre (km) and a thousand grams is a kilo-gram etc. If we instead, divide by three, our number is a “thousandth”, this is “ten to the power of minus three” = 10-3 = 10÷10÷10 = 0.001 Relating this to the world of dimensional metrology and our fundamental requirement in engineering to measure, in order to ensure design intent has been realised, this is where, in the imperial system of measuring, we get a “thou” from – 1thou = one thousandth of an inch = 0.001” In the metric system, we don’t use “thou”, well, not directly anyway - this is where “microns” come in. In the metric measurement system (SI), 10-3 is referred to as “milli, hence a milli-metre is a thousandth of a metre. So, here comes the punchline; again, in the SI system, 10-6 is referred to as “micro”, hence a micro-metre is a millionth of a metre and one micro-metre is referred to as a “micron” by the majority of us lazy people in engineering (and science)! Correctly, it should be referred to as a micro-metre. So – take a metre length, split it into a million equal divisions and each division is a micron. As previously stated, 1mm is a thousandth (10-3) of a metre, therefore, it follows that a thousandth of a mm is a micron – are you still with me?! So how big is a micron? - Grasp the page

of your magazine between your fingers – do it now… How many microns can you feel? Think maybe of how much thinner than a millimetre it feels between your fingers... Any guesses, or is it 50/50, phone a friend? Those “proper engineers” among you will think “forget that metric system, which was invented by the devil” (The French actually) and gauge the dimension in thousandths of an inch. (Well, that’ s what I do anyway, because we all know the imperial system is far superior to the metric system; that is why a Spitfire was (is) superior to a Messerschmitt…). The ability to develop feel comes simply from experience of working with artefacts – making and measuring components, and if you were brought up in a proper (read imperial) measurement system, then thou is what you will feel in and relate to. If you are “on it”, you should have made a call around four thou (for the sake of “correctness” my paper measured to 3 thou, just in case you are getting ready to pen a letter to ‘correct’ me. Not that we can make a 100% call on any measurement as every one that we assess is wrong anyway, but that is possibly for another time – back to microns for now!). With the adoption of the metric system across many primary nations (well done USA for remaining strong), the sub-division of the mm has led to microns being called upon for the definition of smaller number units. What is the conversion? There are exactly 25.4 mm in 1 inch, therefore, if we divide one inch by 25.4, we get how many bits of an inch are in a mm. (1÷25.4)=0.03937 (no “I feel I must correct Geoff Booth because he missed the “0078” off the end of his conversion number” letters on this one either please!). Looking at the number above, there are “about” 40 thou in a mm (39.37). 1mm = 1000 microns (and therefore, 1000 microns = 40 thou (39.37), therefore, 0.1mm = 100 microns = 4 thou (3.937). Following on from this, 1 micron = 0.001mm = 0.04 thou. In the world of UK machine-shop engineering a “gnats cock” is universal slang, that refers to a tenth or two of a thou (0.0001-0.0002”) and if you have passed this module, you should be able to work out how many microns that is! In practical terms, a finger print is around 4 microns thickness, a particle of smoke is around 2-3. So, when you are performing your measuring duties, be very careful about reckoning you can make a call to micro-metre magnitude, to any real level of confidence, even with good quality ratified instrumentation. As a final parting comment, when I was very slightly younger, an engineering guru told me what a micron was – it involved cheap toilet paper and the problems that come with it – unfortunately this particular forum

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prevents me from telling the full story, as I am sure the editor would spring into action. If you enter next year’s Coventry Parade (Sunday 14th August) on a girder-rigid, I will tell you the story. Geoff Booth (I think it’s safe to say there isn’t another micron of space available for any further letters about microns; these tell us all we could ever need to know on the subject – Ed)

The magazine

Congratulations David on the revamp of the magazine which is much more pleasing to the eye than previously. The only problem you face is common to all club magazines, and that is the preponderance of local section reports. I take seven regular club magazines and the same is true of them all. The December issue of the Journal contained no less than 15 pages of section reports that are, I would suggest (and there will no doubt be a few who disagree) of interest only to the members who actually attended the runs or meetings, which usually seem to average only about 20 members, or the person who sent in the report. I do not include in this those features submitted by members about specific events they have attended or their experiences with motorcycles etc. which are usually much more of interest. The vast majority of readers will have no interest in a large proportion of the magazine's content, and I would suggest this space be devoted to more interesting, possibly technical, matters or maybe even fifteen pages of advertisements which would at least make the club some sorely-needed cash. Perhaps the correspondence column could also have more space, as members comments, views and advice is much more interesting and informative perhaps, than news of a few riders struggling through the rain for tea and cakes in Doris and Fred's conservatory. Perhaps it would be possible to put the section reports up on a social media site from which those who might be interested can access the information, freeing up the space in the printed magazine? Mike Powell

The twenty-five year rule

No, please don't chuck out this message as it will not be controversial. To get back to basics, I feel that it should be pointed out that, when the VMCC was actually kick-started off by the meeting with those gallant pioneers in April 1946, the cutoff date of December 1930 meant that the ‘new’ bikes could be as young as only 16 years! I know of course, that the original concept was to preserve the ‘pioneer spirit’, and just let in only a few of the new trendy designs such as chromium plating, saddle tanks, foot operated gear changes, wired-on tyres, etc. that were

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happening around that period of the late twenties. Perhaps the selected date was purely coincidental. I originally joined the VMCC during 1964, when I bought my first proper vintage bike a 1926 Ariel. Prior to then, I was using on a daily basis a (non compliant) 1938 Levis 500 D Special. It was the then VMCC librarian, the late Freddie Forster (Mr Levis), who enticed me into the hallowed cult. I understand that the library was in Freddie's home in Fleet, Hampshire. My first Journal was number 45, which I still have somewhere. To me, the Levis, already over 25 years old, was sort of ‘vintage’. It was four years older than myself and still sporting a total loss Pilgrim Pump lubrication system in the 60s. I had a forced lapse of membership sometime in the '60s when, as an impoverished apprentice, the tax and insurance on two bikes became more important than the membership fee. I wonder if the old VMCC membership records still can confirm that for member No.1879. However, I still can’t believe that my all the year round daily hack, a 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing is easily eligible under the rule. Somehow, it makes me feel a fraud even though that model may have been the logical development of the LE Velocette. I am sure that the debate will continue. Chris Maybury

The Banbury Run

As a spectator at many Banbury Runs may I suggest that as the entry list is always oversubscribed that the cut-off date be set back to 1928? This would ensure a bigger entry of flat-tank machines and give these machines a better chance of an entry. I have spoken to a lot of people about this and nearly everyone is in favour of a change. M MacLeod

All change! Or not?

I read Pat Robotham’s Chairman’s Chat with interest, as change is inevitable but the path it takes may be a bit tortuous and the result totally at variant with the forecast. When the motor cycle industry ran its Institute of Motor Cycling campaigns in the eighties and nineties much use was made of regional newspapers. At that time there were more than two hundred and their effectiveness in using our promotions, news and photos was a highly successful part of the strategy in turning round sales, and also the introduction of the Compulsory Training Scheme that reduced learner rider accidents. But many of these publications have vanished, so today a campaign would need to use the Internet and other forms of electronic communication because that is where our audience exists. Over the years many notable changes have been forecast, rarely is the result as expected. In the 1920’s the arrival of radio broadcasting spelled the death


of newspapers, so it was claimed, wrongly as it turned out and newspaper sales also rose. In turn the talking movie should have killed the theatre – wrong; (the Mousetrap is in its 63rd year). The government thought motorways would solve travel letting Doctor Beeching loose on the national structure with devastating results; another obvious mistake as more and more travellers pack our trains and more routes are needed. The Zeppelin was designed for luxury long-haul travel and failed instead a vast audience of everyday folk has access to fast 400seater, 500mph jumbo-jet-sized airliners. Another forecast was that e-mail and internet would kill off the need for letters; yes, there is a huge drop in volume but buying by post has escalated making the Royal Mail and others work harder and faster. Recently banks forecast the demise of cheques until some bright spark correctly asked how would companies pay dividends to investors and how would those without electronic gadgetry pay their bills? It is a strange world, and maybe our treasured monthly club journal will change; I just hope I’ll keep receiving the paper version in my lifetime. Dennis Bates

Looking back

I recently came across a 1960 VMCC membership list which, in those days, used to list the machines owned. To begin with, there were 728 members listed and after carefully going through the lists there appear to be fourteen who are still with us! I decided to analyse the makes and numbers of machines listed and below are the findings: Sunbeam Scott Triumph Douglas Norton BSA AJS Velocette Rudge Brough Superior All other makes TOTAL

105 105 109 68 35 51 65 23 30 18 412 1021

Amongst the listings some 151 veterans were found. Other makes included: Bard, New Crescent, Slinger, NSU, Monarch, Grindlay-Peerless, Calcot, Campion, Ivy, Edmund, Grigg, NUT, Chater-Lea, Pope, Quadrant, Rex, Corah, Croft-Cameron, Howard, Colonial, Wee Mcgregor, Farnell, Pierce, White& Poppe, Singer, ROC, Dunelt, C.A.B, Trump, Lloyd, Economic, BAT, Dart, Coventry Victor, Wolf, Rothwell, Thomas, Dayton Williamson and Minerva.

I have long since given up trying to know every make, but the listings illustrate the huge industry that motor cycle production was in times past. I trust that this information may appeal to some of our time-served members. Ian Young, Past President

The Herefordshire Section

The inaugural meeting of the re-formed Herefordshire section on Wednesday November 25th was a great success. 24 members attended and a further four sent written apologies – more than enough support to suggest that the section will be viable. A small committee was elected under the Chairmanship of Geoff McGladdery and numerous offers of support were received during and after the meeting. A varied and interesting provisional calendar was presented and discussed, and details of the 2016 events are now being finalised. The first section run will be held in conjunction with the Worcestershire section and will start in the square in Bromyard at 09:30 on Sunday Jan 31st. If you would like to be involved in the section, or take part in any of their events, contact me, Geoff McGladdery, by phone on 07588 559698 or by email at geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk Geoff McGladdery

Tales from the dim and distant past

I wonder how many of our senior members can recall taking part in the annual “Morecambe Rally” which was held in September? This event was for pre-1930 machines and was very well organised by the Morecambe MCC and the Morecambe and North Lancs Police. I well remember the 1958 event which gave rise to surreptitious actions on my behalf. I’d be 17 years of age and promoted to borrow and to ride father’s 1924 23/4 hp Douglas - 2-speed, no clutch. The Douggie sounded great, sporting a W.G. Brown ‘sports cam’ and their twointo-one ‘zoom-zoom’ exhaust system. At that time father owned and ran a rural garage in the market town of Howden, East Yorkshire, where I worked for pocket money. My numerous tasks included serving petrol and oil, tyre inflation and servicing BSA ‘Bantams’ and Lambrettas and being the general dogsbody. The evening prior to the event – the Saturday afternoon at about 3.30 pm – regulars and others were filling up with petrol for an early start for the East Coast in the morning. In between these chores I was polishing/fettling the Douglas for tomorrow’s event. Then I noticed its road tax had expired by one month! As suggested by father’s apprentice, a solution lay close to hand. Another 1914 23/4 Douglas dad had purchased earlier – with a defunct engine. As Clive, the apprentice, pointed out, it was taxed until December 1958. Swap number plates and licence holders over – simple. Unaware to Dad, I did just that,

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first the licence holder, then the rear number plate. This operation kept being interrupted by serving petrol! The front number plates on neither machine would not shift! Interrupted by Dad this time: “Don’t keep customers waiting! I shan’t tell you again!” Next I had to pick up some small parcels from Howden station on the shop carrier ‘bike, b.....ks! To my dismay upon my return both Dad’s 1914 23/4 Douglas and mine had been carefully fitted into our Standard ‘10’ van. The transplant had not been fully completed... MBT 50 on the front and DC 4519 on the back! I chose to say NOWT! It was all right, wasn’t it? Anyway, infringements of legalities would be classed as a ‘peccadillo’. Home for tea, suitcase packed and we were on our way to Morecambe. In September, digs were easy to find – a knock on two doors fixed us up with B&B. Sunday morning, a short run to the promenade where we parked up, ‘bikes out of the van and pushed down to the start venue. Soon, others were turning up – names, machines now a long time ago. I remember the1925 RE twin ridden by one of the Clucas Brothers – did his brother ride a 1916 4hp Douglas? The ‘Baby’ Triumph and the 1914 Douglas entered by Wall & Sager, the motor cycle dealers. Our fellow-countrymen were present – the late Ray Stubley on his 1924 two-speed Scott and Harold Walker riding Ray’s 1916 Model H Triumph, Cliff Walmsley on his 1924 Toreador- Bradshaw... Things were moving, we signed on affixed numbers to our ‘bikes and we were on our way. Dad, riding the early Douglas along with the other veterans/early vintage machines, started long before us. Owing to the River Lune being tidal, some of the roads could flood. Eventually, all returned to the start/finish venue on Morecambe Promenade. It was rumoured that four competitors followed a smokey ‘vintage’ motor cycle having a large rear number plate for some miles before it turned into a cement works – no doubt a shift worker on his 1940 New Hudson autocycle. At the finish, we noticed a heavy police presence and a lot of activity. The ‘Grand Finale’ for this event was an arranged ‘slalom’ between equally spaced marker cones followed by a ‘straight line’ timed sprint to the finish. The above was more suited to a 1928 Model 18 Norton with sidecar gearing fuelled with methanol or a ‘Sprint Special’ Scott – not really benefitting a 1924 23/4 hp twospeed Douglas! One could sense an atmosphere of anticipation, especially among the younger bobbies. Next, a big black staff car appeared, and out stepped the senior police officer, complete with his silver/ebony swagger stick, peaked cap and with his tunic adorned with ribbon and medals determining his rank. He was accompanied by two others of slightly lower rank. Yes, every aspect was now in place. You could hear a pin drop. A hoarse, well-meaning

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whisper went around the competitors: “Don’t do anything daft.” Chilling! How could you ride a motor cycle with great gusto with the presence of police equi-spaced along the test venue – ‘looking on’? The action commenced with the early motor cycles. Dad seemed to enjoy it – neatly done. Soon, my turn, and the Duggie fired up spontaneously. Half-way along the slalom, the truth gripped me like a vice – the mis-matched number plates! More so at the other end and before the final dash to the finish. Had my misdemeanour gone unnoticed? Er- No! As I reached the finish, one chap stood out in the crowd willing me on further. It was father. HE spotted the number plates and calmly said: “Let’s have these ‘bikes into the van and sheeted up.” Next, I got bumped, told ‘Fraud’ and was never allowed to ride the Duggie again. I was relegated back to my 1924 225cc Ladies model Enfield. How, why, any of those police officers didn’t spot the mismatched numbers I do not know. Yorkists were not liked in Lancashire at that time. The battle of Towton on Palm Sunday 1461 was still fresh in their minds. 30,000 slain – a decisive battle – “The war of the Roses” All in all an event to pencil in and to look forward to, a break by the sea-side to wind up the riding season. POSTSCRIPT: After father’s demise in December 2001, I inherited the same 1924 Douglas. It looked forlorn and neglected. Will it go? Some fresh petrol, the plugs removed and wirebrushed produced a feeble spark. Bottom gear engaged, a pull round of the rear wheel, it fired up! Can I do what I did then at 17 years of age? NO! 1.) My hand must have gone round twice under the rear mudguard on starting 2.) Walking the two paces, gear engaged, the exhaust valve lifter dropped, simultaneously nicking it into neutral – Er – NO! I ended up under the ‘bike. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have a ride on the Duggie again. Hopefully to capture the joys of youth. Best clean and polish my rose-tinted glasses... David Frank

Corporal Watts

I have so enjoyed Cpl S G Watts’ ingenious verse kindly provided in the December Journal by Mr B Scholes. A Don-R familiar with Cargoes must be something unusual in itself, but one creating such an inventive parody of the original – the onomatopoeic inclusion in the third stanza is particularly clever – indeed is rare. However, I wonder if Mr Scholes correctly has quoted the worthy corporal; would not the dreaded Cardinal’s courier have galloped down the French poplar ‘aisles’ rather than the ‘isles’ as printed? Dermot Elworthy


Insurance woes

My motor cycle insurance recently came up for renewal. I have been with my current insurer for a number of years who I have found to be reasonably priced and competitive. The cost of renewal was a little higher, not significant, but I thought I would support the VMCC’s insurance partner, Footman James; therefore the Club gets a small commission. I telephoned FJ and asked the young lady for a quotation, making sure that the policy would cover my six old bikes and my modern bike. She confirmed this was possible. After a few preliminary questions she asked for details of the bikes. 1955 Ariel, when purchased; 1991; cost £2,500; current value £3,500. 1930 Ariel; purchased 2008; cost £3,250; value £4,500. So far so good. Next, 1946 Triumph T100 purchased 1971 for £15; current value £2,500 (conservative value based on current ‘scruffy’ condition, a smart example could be priced at £8,000 to £12,000). The young lady had difficulty with this and asked how this could be justified. I tried to explain and replied that I would supply photographs and detailed descriptions if the quote was acceptable. There was worst to come when I described my cls1935 Triumph (Val Page) model 5/5 purchased in 1975 for £35, Current value £10,000. She asked about bills for spares, restoration and engineers’ reports along with receipts for the restoration. Irritated, we moved on. I explained that I had another bike in long-term restoration that was near completion but not yet registered and that I required insurance as an ‘in storage’ vehicle. That was not at all possible, as the FJ would need a registration number within 30 days. I cannot be the only member that over the years has bought a box of bits that is now worth a considerable amount of money, or carry out my own restorations and have bikes in storage/restoration. I couldn’t get a quote from FJ and renewed with my existing insurer. Are we as a club catering for classic and vintage motor cycles associated with an insurance company that understands our needs? Darol Baker

An invitation

The Airhead Ezine is organising a leisurely run for Airhead BMWs from Land’s End to John O’Groats next July. All are invited, although accommodation is limited. We will set off from the Land’s End Hotel on July 4th and aim to travel about 150 -200 miles a day. Motorways will be avoided completely, and we are planning a route taking the scenic roads up through the west of the country. There will be a day’s break in Cumbria to allow a bit of R&R,

Footman James replies

Firstly the fact that Mr Baker as a member reported his issues both to the club and then to myself as liaison to the VMCC is important. Footman James has many VMCC and other club members insured, and it’s not always possible to meet everyone’s expectations. More importantly, where a member perceives they have had service they felt could be better I am to address that. In this case (and allowing for data protection) Mr Baker felt that the staff member was being too pressing on the values as reported, being so much higher than the purchase price (£15 to £2,500). Experience takes time to gain, and this relatively new member of staff has now been retrained in the vast changes in motor cycle values in the last 10 years or so. Despite this, she did offer cover as a ‘Laid up’ vehicle or ‘Spares cover’. Unfortunately, in his own words, Mr Baker was ‘irritated’ and moved on. I spoke to Mr Baker at length and he confirmed he became ‘short, and didn’t really listen to the girl from this point on’; the final straw for Mr Baker came when he said he wanted to insure ‘a box of bits’ as a full motor cycle with an agreed value! ‘I cannot be the only member that over the years has bought a ‘box of bits’ that is now worth a considerable amount of money or carry out my own restorations’. It is simply not realistic, honest or a legal description to insure a box of spares as a finished or near-finished bike. If there was a fire there would simply be a partbuilt frame and more parts on the floor. How is a claim assessor going to view that as a restored or road going vehicle? Complying with such a request also diminishes other agreed values, and the trust of our other customers for every fully or near-restored project vehicle that does have a realistic and true value. Mr Baker’s comment during the call ‘Well other brokers would’ may be true. Footman James, as a leading and trusted insurer, would not. Martyn Raybould MCMI Footman James or just to explore the Lake District on your bike. We will be using mainly Premier Inn type accommodation to keep costs down, and the trip will end on July 10th with a night in Wick. The emphasis is on enjoyment, NOT endurance. The bikes will range from the 1930’s to the mid 90’s, and I suspect the riders’ fitness will be equally diverse, so everyone will do their own thing in their own time. A suggested route between hotels will be provided, but if

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you want to create your own route, visit places of interest nearby or whatever that’s no problem - it’s a fun ride, not a regimented procession! It’s a long time since anything like this has been planned exclusively for classic Be-ems, and it would be great if as many of you as possible could take advantage of the opportunity and come along. This is open to everyone and you don’t need to be a subscriber to The Airhead to take part. Please phone Peter Ardron on 01673 844519 or email: editor.theairhead@gmail.com if you're interested. Paul Nadin

The 25-year rule: My story

About six years ago I met an older gentleman who had four lovely BSA motor cycles. We became friends and every other Sunday went out on a ride (my bike was a modern Honda). He mentioned the local VMCC section and that there were two rides coming up, why didn’t I come along? So, my £3 day membership paid, I met the local riders. What a day! Welcoming people, great fun and a great day out. Wanting to get involved (not on the Honda) I purchased a 29-year-old Kawasaki Z650. (I was brought up on Japanese bikes, since I was 13, and I’m now 52). I didn’t want a British bike as in my mind they all broke down regularly and leaked oil! In my first year as a member I did as many rides as possible on the Kawasaki, and as I got chatting and listened to some of the ‘older’ members and watched them on their bikes, I became to realise that maybe those ‘British’ bikes weren’t too bad at all and my fears of leaks and break downs were just that – fears. I saved up and purchased a road-registered 1947 AJS 350 competition bike. Guess what got used the most that year? After a while I seemed to get drawn to even older bikes, especially on one run I followed a beautiful 1929 Aerial Model F 500 Twin Port, sounding amazing. My local motor cycle dealer in old bikes got in a 1925 Royal Enfield 350 side valve, which I duly purchased. I then had to learn about lever throttle (what on earth!), hand change… skinny tyres, the list goes on. Moving on, I am now the owner of a 1931 Sunbeam Twin Port 500, Model 9. Each bike gets ridden in turn; they keep me busy after work and weekends, doing all the fettling. The Kawasaki comes out for late runs, because it’s the only one with lights! I wanted to write this to explain that if I hadn’t been allowed to turn up at my first local VMCC section ride on my modern Honda, I would have never met new friends, found a passion for old bikes and had great fun at all the VMCC events. Yes, soon the Fireblade’s, GSX’s, FZR’s etc. will all be eligible for the club, but I can’t imagine many of them being happy tootling around country lanes, ‘B’ roads, doing drop offs, stopping for chats and coffee breaks. But, if someone turns up on one

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please have a chat, enjoy their bike for what it is and maybe we will gain new members. (They might end up like me, buying something more suitable). Most of those riders are the next generation of the VMCC and without them our club will not survive. Andy MacDougall

Flat Tank and Girder Forks run

This year’s Flat Tank & Girder Fork Run will be held on the 22nd May, and will again include tele/rigid machines. All details will be on the Central Lancs website soon. We held a meeting with other sections (well, in the pub after the Lakes run) and have now placed it in between the Quaker Run and the Hesketh Weekend, so you lovely people from the South could head North for weekends of fun! I’ve also been pestering the Durham and Lakes mob for years, but it has always clashed, so now they have no excuse either and the lovely people from further North can now head South (don’t worry the beer is the same price Brian). Hope to see you all there - helping to keep veteran and vintage riding alive and well in the North West. Safe riding. Scott Hodges

The June 2015 front cover

I am very sorry if I offended Roger Monk with my point of view regarding the cover of the June Mag; it was certainly not my intention to do so. I actually agree with all he says – except for his last sentence. Why is it wrong for me and those like me to express a view concerning the Club? If you were browsing in a book shop and saw two books, one with a picture of a Honda C50 and another with a 23/4 AJS , you would pick up the latter. Why? Because the Honda could be anything between one and fifty odd years old, where the AJS would certainly be a very old machine. I got my first 16c AJS from Tom Arter in 1958 and in later years rode my 1974 Cheney Triumph in many ISDT’s, European 2/3 day trials including the Welsh etc so, believe me, I do appreciate good off road machines. I hope Roger and indeed all club members, have many happy days with what is clearly a very nice trials bike. Reg Butchers

Scottish Motor Cycle Show

The Club will have a big presence at the Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, on 12th13th March. Auld Reekie Edinburgh (ARE), Clyde Valley and Central Scottish Sections and the new Glasgow Group will all be exhibiting. HQ will be bringing up the two raffle bikes and Giles Willison and Ian Botham will be manning the stand. The combined effort should result in the VMCC being one of the largest exhibitors in the Classic Hall. We hope that it will help us to get a stronger


message across to attract new members. It is the first time that VMCC HQ has taken the decision to exhibit in Scotland and offers a great opportunity for members to meet Allen House staff. The raffle bikes should attract a lot of interest and there will be a promotional offer at the Show to encourage new recruits to join the Club. Make a note in your diary and come along and see us at Ingliston and spread the word that it would be a great opportunity for new recruits to join the Club. Alastair Alexander

April Ayrshire Pip Squeak Run

The Glasgow Group are breaking new ground in Scotland with their Pip Squeak Run, in mid- Ayrshire, on the 17th April, 2016. The now well established Tiddler Tootle has shown that a demand exists for events tailored to lightweight machines. The Pip Squeak Run is open to riders on machines of up to 98cc and over 25 years old and opens up a new opportunity for the really wee bikes. John Shaw, who is planning the route said, “A number of fellow enthusiasts have been having great fun on mopeds and Autocycles for many years. The Pip Squeak Run is intended to encourage more members to give the wee bikes an airing and just see how much fun can be had on a few c.c.s. So dig out your Norman Nippies, Yamaha FS1Es, Phillips Gadabouts,

Raleigh Wisps, Honda Step Through, Ariel Threes, BSA Winged Wheels and James Autocycles and join in the fun. Look forward to a relaxed day with an easy thirty plus mile route in excellent company. Entries forms are available from Gordon Mowat, the Glasgow Group Secretary on rustynuts@talktalk.net or 01475 638528. Gordon said, “We know our members are keen and believe that the Pip Squeak Run will appeal to members and non-members across Scotland. Suitable machines can be bought for a modest sum and it is an easy and affordable way to become part of the vibrant VMCC scene in Scotland. Alastair Alexander

Help/advice wanted

My 1924 BSA Round Tank sports an ML round magneto which has a tendency to collect oil on the slip ring at the base of the HT lead. Has anyone any idea how this is getting in and cured the problem? I know it is not down the HT lead itself, and the drive sprocket is sealed by a felt collar, but I would have imagined the magneto to have been designed to prevent oil creeping along the centre shaft. It is not a long job to remove the HT lead and clean the slip ring but I’d like to beat it once and for all. Paul Whitehead, New Zealand bsajames@hotmail.com

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This 1951 ‘Black Shadow’ sold for $137,000 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Auction – but it was not the top dog.

Happenings

Bonhams at Las Vegas

There were 241 machines on offer to tempt you at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Thursday, 7th January. Everything from a 1911 ‘Free engine’ Triumph through to a 2007 Confederate B120 ‘Wraith’. All prices quoted are in dollars, and the exchange rate is approximately 1.40 dollars for 1 pound. This auction was a Vincent benefit, with the belle of the ball the 1951 Series ‘C’ White Shadow in ‘Chinese Red’ – the only example supplied to this specification by the factory, it seems. The subject of a no-holds-barred restoration, it was fought over to a winning bid of $434,000. After that, everything seemed to be a bit of an anticlimax... but there were other Vincents to excite the bidders, ranging from a 1950 ‘barn-find’ Shadow which sold for $57,500 an unrestored 1949 ‘Touring’ Rapide at $55,200 and a ‘mildly customised’ (auctioneer’s description) 1955 Series D for $80,500,a one owner from new Series D ‘Black Prince’ at $ 164,500 and so on. For the Vincent owner who has everything, there was a 1942 Vincent lifeboat motor – out of the 50 built only 12 survive, which must tell you something – anyway, it found a new home for $28,750.

Everywhere you looked there were Triumphs. From the 1911 ‘Free engine’ machine which sold for $20,070 up to the inevitable 1977 ‘Silver Jubilee’ Bonneville. Some of these beautifully-presented machines succumbed to attractive hammer prices, but with the more iconic examples being keenly contested. The 1953 T100C with the factory ‘speed kit’ sold for $39,100. Machines a bit out of the ordinary included a splendid 1921 925cc Clyno sidecar outfit which made a welldeserved $46,000, and an SS80 Brough of 1938 with a SS100 motor found a new home for $120,000. There was, as would be expected, a significant percentage of American iron with the ‘fours’ attracting the most interest. An outstanding 1922 Ace and ‘Flxi’ sidecar sold for $103,000, with one of those florid Indian ‘fours’ of 1941 needing $58,650 to give it a new home. Classic BMWs are attracting more and more interest as exemplified by the ‘fully dressed’ 1960 R69 which sold for $19,550, with the 1928 R57 being fought over to $100,650. There was something here for everyone – and even a bit of time left over for playing the bandits.

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South Durham Section’s 40th Anniversary 1975-2015

The inaugural meeting of the South Durham Section of the VMCC was held at The Three Tuns pub, in Sadberge just outside Darlington on Tuesday December 9th 1975. To commemorate that occasion and celebrate the Section’s fortieth anniversary, over 40 members and friends and a wide range of vintage bikes, gathered at the refurbished Tuns on December 9th 2015. This unique occasion was enjoyed by all. It included two of the founder members, Bill Gillham and Geoff Graham,

and several who had been attending the section for most of its life. A 40th Anniversary memento has been produced, suitable for insertion in a tax disc holder, or displayed as desired. One will be freely available to anyone participating in our events during 2016. Additional discs can be purchased from Treasurer Brian Smith. We invite VMCC members to come along and support our many and varied events, especially those who reside in our area, but do not attend. Help us celebrate our Ruby year and the continuation of the South Durham Section. Brian Smith / David Porteous on behalf of the South Durham Section Committee

Watching brief

Dr Ken German has volunteered to maintain a watching brief on behalf of the VMCC at the Motor Cycle Industry MCRG ( Motor Cycle Crime Reduction Group) Topics discussed at recent meetings included the stolen motor cycle recovery rate ( currently 42%) recovered containers full of motor cycles and parts. The MCRG is available to view at www.mcrg.org

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Cotswold Section New Year’s Day meeting

Our usual hostelry is currently undergoing refurbishment, so the New Year’s Day meeting went to the Carpenter’s Arms in Miserden instead. VMCC members came from the Cotswold, Flat Tank, West Wiltshire, South Couth Cotswold, North Cotswold and Bristol Sections, about sixty machines in total. Our machines filled the centre of the village and left the car drivers with a walk to the pub. There was one vintage machine; three post vintage machines and many modern machines with most people enjoying the venue and the respite from the rain. Various questions were answered about an assortment of

marques, including the stores that provided spares for Nortons and BSAs. Several members needed reminders that the Annual Calendar of Events was not being published this year, and the expectation that they could view forthcoming events online produced a groan from members that still think that on-line is confused with washing line. A Happy New Year to all VMCC members.

North Staffs Hangover Run

Christmas is over and it’s time to do something sensible. Get a bike out and go for a ride. The Hangover Run is an ideal opportunity to start your riding year and meet lots of friends. This year it did not look very promising. Red flood alerts, persistent heavy and dropping temperatures. Will anyone turn up? All the fireworks at midnight must have dried up all the rain. A light sky got everyone out of bed and off to Leek market place. By noon it was almost impossible to park. Then the first engine fired up and it was time to go. Straight up the Buxton road, then across to the top of Morridge, where there are wonderful views in all directions – on a clear day. Today’s misty, there’s no shelter and the cold wind is blowing. Time to lie along the tank, one hand on the bars and the other one pressed on the cylinder barrel to warm up the fingers. Change hands every ¼ mile. Leave it longer and you might burn a hole in your

gloves. Winding across the moors to Longnor and then south through Sheene towards Wetton. Finally down the steep hill into the Manifold Valley, along the track way and into the Wetton Mill Café. A rush to order a hot mug of free tea or coffee to restore circulation then time to chat. Life can’t get better. Just doing the main thing the Vintage club is for. Riding old, or not so old, motor cycles. Geoff Davies

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Visitors from all Sections are invited to join us for our

COTSWOLD WAY RUN SUNDAY 24th JULY 2016

90-mile road run around the glorious Cotswolds, along the route of the Cotswold Way Walk north to Chipping Campden and south to Dursley. Start & finish at Hayles Fruit Farm, Winchcombe. Entry form and supplementary regs from North Cotswold Section www.northcotswoldvmcc.com bobcottsway@btinternet.com

Bob Ashwin, The Gables, 69 Village Street, Harvington, Evesham, WR11 8NQ

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Scottish Notes

The Glasgow Group is organising a novel event called the Pip Squeak Run in Mid-Ayrshire on 17 April 2016. Many of our members have a lot of fun on very small machines so the Pip Squeak is aimed at 98cc or less bikes and up to 25 years old and encouraging other members to join in the fun. If you do not have an eligible machine just come and spectate. See Glasgow Group’s Notes and the article elsewhere in the Journal for more information. The December Journal was full of Scottish material and the photography was first class. Most of the pictures were

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taken by Norrie Russell including those of the Triumph Model H Centenary Event. Norrie has been doing sterling work for the VMCC in Scotland and this year he has excelled himself. We are getting close to the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston on 12-13 March. Central Scottish, Auld Reekie Edinburgh, Clyde Valley and the Glasgow Group will be exhibiting along with HQ staff displaying the two raffle bikes. The combined VMCC presence should get us noticed and we will be actively selling raffle tickets and trying to recruit new members. Auld


Reekie Edinburgh has a new website developed by Raymond Albeson and full of great photos taken by Section member, Norrie Russell. Please search under ‘edinburghvmcc.weebly.com’ or just enter ‘edinburghvmcc.’ Lachlan Macleod of Central Scottish has prepared a website so search under www.centralscottishvmcc.wordpress.com”. A Facebook page is also up and running under https://www.facebook.com/Central-Scottish-VMCC512591782253259 or just try ‘Central Scottish VMCC’. The Haggis Autojumble will take place at

Lanark Auction Market on 7 February. The Glasgow Group will have a Bring and Buy Night on 16 February. Clyde Valley’s Blue Haze Run is set for the 10 April starting from the Broadlees Golf Club near Strathaven. The day is designed to appeal to owners of two-strokes, but all machines over 25 years can be entered (contact Willie Malone on 01357 521375). • In the picture are Pip Squeaks and owners at the Butt of Lewis on the 500 mile Hebridean Hop. Alastair Alexander

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Articles

The art of nickel plating (with a little bit of science) OLD FATHER BRAZENDALE

Over 25 years ago I took some vintage motor cycle parts to a plater who charged a lot of money for inferior work. I vowed ‘Never again’ and I have never regretted this decision because: 1. The small parts are easily lost by commercial platers 2. Modern plating is ‘too shiny’ We should replicate the greyish finish of the old-style plating 3. Cost: Once the initial kit of parts has been paid for, you can plate countless pieces ad infinitum. Only replacement chemicals are needed. 4. You can do the plating in ‘batches’ at your own speed and not be waiting for the next weeks ‘promise’ 5. The commercial plated invariably removed the minute details and ‘trade marks’ such as the ‘Best & Lloyd little man’ logo. You can do a better job and preserve those irreplaceable snippets of history. I have been privileged to meet hundreds of members from all over the UK in pursuit You will have failures, of our hobby and often find but persevere for job that they have satisfaction a plating kit but who have never found the time to restore their bright work themselves. This is a pity because it is rewarding to transform a rusty handlebar into a useable state. There are, however, many pitfalls (sic) to learning the art and science of electroplating. One has to recognise that size limitations will preclude large items such as exhaust pipes, though items such as brake rods can be plated half-way and then the piece turned around to plate the other end. There are safety issues as to how much rust or pitting to remove. I once saw a handlebar fold up because the plater had removed most of the metal – so beware! Your life may be at risk with over-zealous grinding/sanding. With some irreplaceable parts such as a rare carburettor pitted in places, you may have accept some pitting carefully plated as far as practicable. The ‘shopping list’ to commence electroplating includes the ‘plating kit’ with nickel salts, anodes, comparator papers for acidity (Ph) scouring powder (pumice) degreasers and bits of copper wire. But you will also need to acquire:1. A one gallon (5 litre) plastic bin from a brewing supplies shop – but a decorator’s paint tub may be suitable.

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2. An aquarium heater to heat your plating bath up to body heat – say 30º Centigrade, and a thermometer. 3. Yards of thin copper wire to suspend components in the plating bath. I bought a metre of scrap heavy-duty cable from a scrap yard and cut lengths off it. 4. Rubber gloves from the kitchen. I use left-hand ones only, to keep dexterity for the right hand (screwing and wiring up) 5. A 6-volt or a 12-volt battery and a battery charger. I find that 6 volts works better, but it is slower, using the battery charger to boost the voltage as necessary (and it keeps the battery up) 6. Old tooth brushes for final scrubbing of parts. 7. A hanging bar to go over the top of the plating bath (a piece of scrap ¼” copper pipe will do) suitably drilled to attach wires on to it when plating. 8. A source of sulphuric acid (H2S04) Take care when diluting... Battery shops may sell you some. DO NOT USE old battery acid. It is contaminated 9. Pure water (softened, distilled or de-ionised) for making up solutions 10. Titanium wire is good for hanging parts but it is expensive. The theory of electro-plating

A suitable electrolyte – eg. nickel sulphate in water is a green solution of nickel ions which are positively charged invisible particles. The sulphates ions are negatively charged. Under the influence of an electrical charge (force) – ie a battery, the ions move to the poles. When they reach the pole they are persuaded to give up their charge so that the nickel ions are deposited on the article being plated to form a thin layer of nickel plate. Likewise at the other pole where gases are given off and the charge released. We say that the current is ‘flowing’. The positive pole is called the anode, the negative pole is the cathode (the + and - ve signs on a battery are purely conventional). In a nickel plating kit the anode is pure (or nearly 100% pure) nickel metal. When you have done a bit of plating, the anode is found to have been corroded –‘eaten away’ during plating. The anode will last for ages and a whole ‘bike can be plated from one anode, but they are expensive to replace. The gases liberated during plating are mostly hydrogen at the cathode and oxygen at the anode so do not smoke and arrange for plenty of ventilation.


and grinding marks will show on the final article; so your work needs to be meticulous to polish them all out. You need to imagine the bare part with a coating.

Location of your plating activities

If the kitchen at home is tatty and you don’t mind wrecking it and, possibly, your marital harmony; then carry on plating there. Really, you need a suitable outhouse/shed/garage with running water to adequately wash all the items before plating (and afterwards). Mains electricity is an advantage, but Avoid heavy metal people have used other sources of pollution by avoiding power. lead and tin parts The late Frank Farrington’s (Radco) shed was his plating shop. His book “The Vintage Motorcyclist’s Workshop” - pages 212 – 223 available from Allen House is a mine of information. I knew Frank in the 1960’s and until his death when his restorations set the standard to be desired in the vintage world. To conclude, electroplating is interesting and is an example of ‘proper chemistry’ which you can perform in the winter evenings. You WILL have failures and successes but persevere for job satisfaction!”

The fumes are acidic and commercial plating shops are not very healthy working places. If you are getting excessive gassing during plating procedures, then there is too much current passing into the plating bath. The above are the basic concepts of electroplating whether it is silver, chrome or zinc. In the case of chrome plating the fumes are dangerous and the operators can develop perforated nasal septum. Also cyanides are used, so chrome plating is a non-starter for a home workshop! You can silver or zinc plate if you so wish. Preventing contamination/pollution of the plating bath. One of the reasons that people have trouble with electroplating is contamination of the plating bath. The following are the main causes: Iron contamination, you must store and use solutions in plastic containers, zinc – ie galvanising, are equally detrimental. Avoid heavy metal pollution by avoiding lead and tin, etc parts. Obviously you can still plate soldered articles such as some lamp fittings. Sometimes with a plain petrol cap a dab of solder must be used to secure the (temporary) copper wire to the cap. The signs of a polluted plating bath are black streaks on the plating, in which case new solutions must be used. Everything you intend to plate must be degreased PROPERLY! or you will not be able to plate properly. Many commercial electroplaters will not plate secondhand exhaust pipes or silencers, particularly if they’re from two-strokes! Your fingers have grease on the skin, so finger marks will spoil the plating. Once you have degreased the part properly, gloves must be used to handle the part(s). Plating solutions are acidic and can cause ‘nickel itch’ on the hands. so good hygiene is important. Change your bath degreaser and acid etch regularly and remember that ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’... Filter the plating solution before storage, you will be amazed at the pollution! And keep the lid on the plating bath to keep the dust, etc out of it. Preparation for Plating

When you take a part to the professionals, much of final cost lies in the time taken in preparation – this is what you are paying for in the main. Your evenings can therefore be usefully spent grinding, filing and sanding – then polishing the piece of steel/brass or nuts and bolts to perfection. Nuts and bolts need to be looked at critically, for if they are very pitted, it will become a non-standard size by the time you have cleaned it up. Maybe some new nuts are needed which you can then polish up and plate. Another consideration is the repair of the bolt to the original specification by brazing/welding on a new undamaged part. It is all possible. Remember that filing

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On cast iron cylinder repairs JURAS RAMBA

I would like to touch on a subject which I found has not been covered adequately in most motorcycle restoration books – it is about successful repairs of cast iron cylinders, heads and other intricate cast iron parts. One of the biggest headaches of a restorer nowadays still is – how to efficiently repair cracks, broken exhaust stubs, repair threads, etc. Most people will try to obtain professional help when or if they run into problems with cast iron, but it would be important for general knowledge to know what technologies exist and what to expect in what quality, what can be the drawbacks or pitfalls of different techniques and materials. As with most other restoration jobs the restorer or the ‘project manager’ must know the restoration subject well enough in order to control the quality, especially if or when things can go wrong… It is like playing chess, you have to be ready to predict at least three moves ahead so that nothing goes unnoticed or is spoilt because of lack of foresight or experience. The problem with very old cast iron material is that it is in most cases irreplaceable, so it becomes a nightmare and we will lose our night’s sleep until the part is returned hopefully much better than it was before anything was attempted… Continuous experimentation, restoration work and challenges involved will weather one’s competence, and mistakes made will teach you lessons, how Above all, it takes not to do it or a lot of perseverance, how to do it properly – next patience and even time. courage to see the Above all, it takes a lot of process through perseverance, patience and even courage to see the process through to a successful finish. The fruits, if worthwhile, can be very rewarding. Most of the orthodox old-time basic methods of welding cast iron involve the use of an oven, big enough to heat the part to be welded to red hot condition and to anneal it in the oven after the welding is done to remove any stresses. Most MIG (Metal Inert Gas), TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas), SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) or Stick Welding and Oxy-Acetylene welding without proper preheating and post-heating will produce unpredictable

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results, more cracks, poor quality welds or totally destroyed parts, especially if done on old cast iron cylinders or heads. On rare occasions though the results can be satisfactory, but these cannot be taken for granted with any future welding jobs on cast iron. Besides, even pre- and post-heating in an oven does not guarantee against distortion of the whole component. Holes and bores can get elongated, parts can literally ‘grow’ in size and they can soften, depending on the material they are made in. Often the results are influenced by the type of cast iron used, whether it is gray, ductile or malliable, how old it is and how saturated with oil and other contaminants it is. The experiences gained from welding modern types of cast iron do not work with any, centuries old cast iron because of the technical progress in metallurgy. As with most welding jobs the cleaner the part to be welded the better. Cast iron welding in most cases will produce unsightly pores on the surface of the seam and inside the seam as well. These pores are trapped bubbles, which come out as holes if the weld is filed or ground. One good method is to heat the parts to be welded with a propane/air torch to burn out the oil that has saturated the parts. It is surprising how much better the part is welding after burning out oil. Besides the generally known methods of cast iron welding and brazing, there is a long forgotten and comparatively old-fashioned method called Flame Powder Spray. This method involves the use of a special Oxy-Acetylene torch, which has a small bunker with a trigger, which dispenses fine Nickel alloy powder through oxygen line on to the heated part. The powder is blown precisely where it is needed and can be deposited and melted in a thin or thick layer. The trigger must be pressed before the part starts to blue – i.e. before 300 degrees Centigrade is reached and the temperature of 1,150 degrees Centigrade can be reached very soon. No pre-heating is necessary as such. There are different sizes of nozzles to be used according to the size of the job. The parts must be properly cleaned, V-grooved and if possible sandblasted or ground accordingly. After the Flame Powder Spray welding is done the part should be wrapped in a fibreglass blanket


or even better submerged in vermiculite powder, which helps to dissipate heat evenly and will hold the heat for many hours. Any ventilation or access of cold air into the room should be avoided. It is best to leave the parts covered and in peace for a few hours. This welding method is the best method that can be used successfully for the restoration of old cast iron parts without pre-heating and after heating in an oven. Due to good penetration and diffusion into the parent metal this method does not produce porosity or cracks. Different HRC (Rockwell Hardness) Nickel base powders are available. For cast iron motorcycle cylinders HRC 15 is preferable because the weld seams can be worked easily with a file or machined, drilled and threaded. HRC 40 or higher would be a good material for worn steel gearbox shafts. These powders are actually round particles of Nickel alloy manufactured by blowing molten metal into

water and then calibrating it to a certain size. Threaded stubs can be best made from used cast iron car camshafts. The thread would have to be protected by covering with a piece of thin stainless steel strip, which can be secured with a stainless steel wire wound around it and scrolled tight. Even if the strip will get welded to the exhaust stub it can be later easily removed and cleaned up with a file. There are some advantages that rank this method above most others. The most important advantage of Flame Powder Spray is that it can be successfully used on parts that would be subsequently Nickel plated. The lack of pinholes, cracks and pores make it possible. It is especially handy when rebuilding old cylinders, intake manifolds, highlycorroded fork parts or lugs and other similar parts that need to be subsequently plated. One must not forget to

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warn the plater that the part to be plated has a thick deposit of welded Nickel, otherwise he may try to remove it thinking that it is old plating. It also provides the possibility of joining newly-fabricated steel parts to the old cast iron parts. Flame Powder Spray equipment also allows to spray bronze powder on bronze and steel parts without the necessity to use flux. Due to the high penetration ability of molten Nickel alloy powder into cast iron the resulting welds are very strong and uniform. You can build up missing material with no practical limits, fill holes, repair cracks, add broken or missing cylinder base flanges, etc. If there are holes, segment recesses or even threads that need to be retained or protected from filling with weld, soft carbon material can be shaped and used with imagination in these recesses or threads for subsequent retention of the original shapes.

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The down side of this method is the high cost of Nickel powder and its carcinogenic nature. A fresh air facemask is a must as is protective clothing and appropriate goggles. Another cautionary note – do not use this method on cracks in automobile cylinder heads or blocks. It will not work with this application! One can add a broken off bracket or stub to a cylinder block corner or fill heavy corrosion pitting in cast iron automotive cylinder heads with Flame Powder Spray, but it is best to stay away from cracks in blocks and heads with this method. Lloyds Register of Ships only approves metal stitching with pins for cracks in marine engine blocks and heads. One of the best methods for repairing broken off ribs on air-cooled cast iron cylinders is brazing with silver or bronze rod. Lower-temperature silver brazing is best for any work that is done in close proximity to the cylinder – just to avoid too much distortion to the bore. Bronze rod is cheaper and thus can be used to join broken off pieces on top of the ribs where higher brazing temperature would not matter much. Brazing in general will not cause as much stress and cracks as with other types of arc welding where harder materials are used. Finally a few words on cold metal stitching with metal pins. Air-cooled motorcycle cylinders may have a few weak spots where welding and/or brazing cannot be used for a successful repair, unless one can get involved with production of expensive jigs, taps and/or use of appropriate equipment. Even then the anticipated results are not always achieved. One such area is cracks between valve plugs on side valve cylinders. These can be successfully repaired using a single Lock&Stitch threaded pin, which has a “sawtooth” thread and a “dove-tail” under the head. The repair is done by first drilling an appropriately sized hole in the middle of the crack. Then it is threaded with a “saw-tooth” tap and then the “dove-tail” recess is machined on top with a special cutter. The pin is screwed down and tightened snugly until the hex head breaks off. The final operation is machining the protruded head stub to allow for smooth finish for the valve plug copper gasket. • For more information and photographs of successful cast iron repairs done in the course of many years on historic motorcycle parts please visit the following website: www.ramoto.lv Please go to the English language section and choose “A Few Finished Projects”.


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Memories of the ’62 TT ADRIAN EARNSHAW

Rarely does a TT pass without special moments and if you would like to read on, I hope you’ll enjoy sharing my memories of a week of ‘firsts’ over half a century ago. The year was 1962 and aged twelve; I can easily recall the six different winners of the six different races plus many unique achievements. First-time victories came the way of four seasoned TT stars, two of whom would become first time World Champions later that year. The inaugural 50cc TT was run which marked the dawn of modern two-stroke GP racing and gave Suzuki their maiden victory. Added to all that, the race also featured the first ever lady to compete in a solo TT race. In the record breaking Junior, spectators saw one of the History in the making as Ernst Degner most exciting TTs of all time. This produced the first exits Governors Bridge and heads for the 100mph lap by a 350 and capping the firsts list, BSA, a finish line to win the first-ever 50cc TT. factory which had competed since Biblical times, notched its first ever TT win. What a year! stride chased by Camathias. This was rather short lived For a youngster, I also experienced the heartbreaks of our however, as crowd-pleaser Camathias came to grief on sport as 1962 saw me saying farewell to my three lap two following an altercation with a hedge. Not long favourite riders, Gary Hocking, Tom Phillis and my allafter this mishap, luck deserted Deubel when the Champs time hero, (still is) Bob McIntyre. Beemer was out with a seized engine. What now?! Turning to the racing, Monday’s curtain raiser was the Surprise, surprise: the continental misfortune produced three-lap Sidecar Race, a thriller I watched at the right the shock of the week as a delighted Chris Vincent and and left handers at the Nook, the bends leading to Eric Bliss, aboard their pushrod 500 cc BSA, Governor’s Bridge. crossed the line for a totally unexpected maiden Practice times indicated one of the continental aces win. Next up was the afternoon’s on their rapid BMW outfits would take the 250cc, a six-lapper which, win with reigning World Champion along with my Onchan Max Deubel the hot favourite and School chums, I Swiss stars Florian Camathias watched up the and Fritz Scheidegger very road at Bedstead close behind. Corner. Others were considered ‘also rans, but things don’t always go to plan in the Isle of Man as we watched the unfolding race of attrition unfold with a surprise victory awaiting a highlytalented, determined and popular English rider. With Scheidegger a non-starter, Deubel You can almost hear the roar and squealing tyres of Chris Vincent’s BSA was quickly into his as he and Eric Bliss power around Signpost Corner on their winning ride.

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morning’s 125cc when, on another sunny day, the Onchan School gang was once again in its usual spot on the hedge at Bedstead (only foot-power for transport from Onchan in those days). This time, Honda’s strategy went perfectly to plan with Swiss ace Luigi Taveri making amends for his previous year’s defeat by Hailwood and leading the official ‘Great Scot! It’s Honda team home McIntyre!’ Murray to a routine 1-2-3. Walker never spoke If the morning 125 race was somewhat a truer word mundane, then it was all to change for the afternoon’s sizzling six-lap Junior – a race unbelievably overlooked by the sages invited in 2011 to assess the best ever Mountain Course TTs of the Century. I’ve seen loads of TT’s in my time, and this is unquestionably in the top three – (arguably best of the lot) as it featured the worlds three finest motor cycle racers of the day, Hocking, Hailwood and McIntyre. Following John Surtees’ premature retirement from motor cycle racing at the end of the 1960 season, Gary Hocking, winner of that years Lightweight, was awarded the coveted MV number one slot and although out of luck at the ’61 TT, Gary finished the year as World 500cc Champion. Hailwood. on the other hand, had far better luck in the Isle of Man in1961, winning three TTs and then claiming

Clear pre-race favourites were the Honda team of Bob McIntyre, Tom Phillis and Jim Redman with the flying Scotsman, McIntyre, in red hot form. Little did we know however that this would be the second race of attrition that day and see another popular campaigner taking top spot. True to the form book, starting at number 8, Bob stunned absolutely everyone by leading on the road at Parliament Square on lap one having passed (among others) Minter, Hailwood and Phillis on the way – sensational! Commentating for the BBC that afternoon from his position behind the Central Hotel, was non other than Murray Walker. Famous for his ‘Murrayisms’, Mac’s early arrival caught Murray on the hop as he suddenly identified the speeding Honda approaching from Schoolhouse Corner and prophetically yelled into his microphone “Great Scot! Its McIntyre”. Murray never spoke a truer word!! Sadly Bobs usual rotten luck struck when his machine let him down at Sulby on lap 2 thus ending his race. This promoted Redman and Derek Minter to dice for the lead with ‘King of Brands’ Minter, on a privately-entered Honda, upsetting the factory apple-cart and topping the podium for his one and only TT win. Although only seven finishers crossed the line, the race was certainly memorable for McIntyre’s fantastic early effort and Hailwood riding the wheels off a single cylinder Benelli for five of the laps. Rarely have I seen a bike thrashed as hard as that poor little Benelli! Third maiden win of the week came in Wednesday

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the World 250 cc Championship. Mike’s reward was an invitation from Count Agusta to team up with Hocking at the 1962 TT. In that year Hailwood was aged 22 and Hocking two years older. In the MV team, Hocking remained the number one man and ability wise, in my opinion, had the edge on Hailwood – although Mike clearly didn’t agree! Sitting above both of them was the experienced McIntyre, the top TT rider of the day. Although MV-less, Bob and his team mate Tom Phillis had Honda’s brand new 285cc four-cylinder machines which, although down on capacity, were considered a very good match for the ageing MVs. At 1.30pm prompt the stage was set. The weather was perfect and on the line, awaiting the start in pairs at 10second intervals were Phillis at number 1, then Hailwood at 3, with Hocking 6 and McIntyre 10. Wow! The starter’s flag fell and the chase was on. Having made up the starting difference on Hailwood, first man to arrive on the road at our spot at Bedstead was Tragedy struck when Hocking. the hugely popular He was going like a rocket, Australian crashed and Mike was at Laurel Bank and jammed in suffered fatal injuries right behind and not letting go. On their tail was Phillis, eleven seconds down on corrected time on Mike, and just over twenty adrift on Gary, outpaced but clinging on for all he was worth. What a fantastic sight and sound as we watched, the fabulous MVs and the Honda pass by before listening to them under the canopy of trees navigating Governors Bridge and then screaming down Glencrutchery Road, (I can still hear them!!) with H and H recording the first ever 100mph laps on 350s on their way – Hocking first, Hailwood second. Such was the pace that the leading trio must have been heading for Bray Hill before fourth man McIntyre arrived, an unbelievable fifty seconds behind Hocking on the road. On lap two, tragedy struck when the hugely popular Australian Phillis crashed at Laurel Bank and suffered fatal injuries. In 1962, the Rescue Helicopter was still in the future and with communications limited to land-line telephone, the race continued with spectators unaware of the sad plight of Phillis. A lap later and McIntyre was also out at Keppel Gate, once again with mechanical gremlins. However, at the front the MVs were having an almighty scrap with Hailwood giving nothing away and setting a new lap record at over 101 on lap two as they battled it out. Laps 3 and 4 saw Hailwood continue to inch back and eventually regain the lead on the road on

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lap 5 but still within Gary’s sights. By the final lap, the pace was telling with both machines suffering faults – but not their riders, who continued to give it their all. I sometimes wonder if I imagined what happened next but as they arrived in our view at Signpost Corner, about 150 yards to our left, I’m convinced Hailwood clouted the bank but stayed on with Hocking doing exactly the same moments later. Did my eyes deceive me, or can anyone else remember this? Why could this have happened? The explanation must be that having raced so hard down the Mountain, accumulated brake fade caused the mis-judgement.Whatever the reason, thankfully both remained on-board with seemingly little in it as they passed us at Bedstead. But a super-human effort by Hailwood in that final mile or so was enough to turn the tables of the race with Mike bringing it home to win by just over five seconds. Phewww!! After Wednesday’s thriller, Bank Holiday Friday featured the first-ever 50cc race followed by the afternoon’s sixlap Senior, the main event of the week. Having recently acquired his first car, a 1952 Vauxhall, my Dad took the family to Brandywell for the ‘big day out’. First time I’d ever ventured that far! Here it was I watched history happen as Suzuki mounted Ernst Degner earned for himself and his factory their first TT wins in this two-lapper. This was no ordinary win however, as Degner had caused a sensation the previous year by defecting from East Germany. This was in the communist block of countries behind the Iron Curtain and those of us who have lived through the the cold war era will understand what an extraordinarily courageous act this was. The defection had been plotted at the Fernleigh Hotel in Douglas during the 1961 TT, and was sensational due to Degner taking with him priceless intellectual property rights of two-stroke engine and exhaust design from his former East German employers MZ. Whilst MZ lacked the resources to fully develop their machines, their technology immediately became available to Degner’s new employers, the more affluent Suzuki factory, providing them with the priceless breakthrough they needed to turn their race machines into winners. Although Degner’s win was a straightforward affair, TT fans were amazed by the speed of his immaculate, tiny blue and silver Suzuki which became the first stroker to win a TT since DKW in 1938 and launched the modern two-stroke Grand Prix era. More history was created when Mrs Beryl Swain became the TT`s first ever lady to compete in a solo class. Riding an Itom, Beryl got quite a bit of stick in those pre-PC days but gave a good account of herself on race day, finishing ahead of several of the men. After Wednesday’s Junior race, anticipation was massive for the Senior with Hailwood and Hocking once more


A first-time win came the way of Luigi Taveri in Monday’s Ultra-Lightweight Race. Here, the stylish Swiss is pictured descending the Mountain on his factory Honda twin.

lining up their MV fire-engines for another duel. Both were in record-breaking form with Hailwood, doubtless, looking to put it over the Champ and complete the double. Hocking was having none of it, and despite a slowish start (for him), soon got into his stride and led Mike at the end of lap one by a second. This gradually grew as the race progressed, with Hailwood’s efforts hampered by being unable to make up the 30-second starting difference to get on Gary’s tail and race him on the road. Mike’s safe 2nd place then fell apart at the end of lap 4 when his MV’s clutch played up. This necessitated a thirteen-minute visit to the pits for repairs, which ultimately demoted him to a lowly 12th place finish. Meanwhile, Hocking powered on to a record-breaking win and on the final lap passed me as I stood alone, at the highest point on the course, pressed against the fence on the right hand kink just before Brandywell. As he approached me from the Bungalow, I waved excitedly and was delighted when he passed by only three

or four feet away and returned the compliment with a wave of his right hand from behind the screen of the MV. How on earth he waved with his throttle hand whilst controlling the machine at this tricky point remains a mystery to me, but that was what I got. What a special memory for a 12-year-old, a personal wave from the Champ on his way to victory in the Senior TT. Alas, a moment later, as he disappeared around Brandywell, little did I know this was my last-ever sight of the great Gary Hocking. Devastated by the loss of his friend Tom Phillis, Gary called it a day on his motor cycle racing career which I’m sure would have brought many many more successes but sadly lost his own life in a car race in South Africa later in the year. So ended TT 1962, and for those old enough to remember it, I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me. If you are too young, then I’m sorry you missed a belter!

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Main picture: Australian mechanics of ‘K’ supply column repairing motor cycles in the mud at 1st Anzac Corps. H.Q. near Hoograaf, in Belgium on November 11th, 1917. (Reminds me of a typical Mid-Lincs section run lunch stop – Ed)

Clockwise from top left: The motor garage at Bhurtpore Barracks, Tidworth; An Australian motorcyclist cleaning the mud from his machine outside his billet in a Somme village in France in the winter of 1916-17; A group of dispatch riders of 8th Division Signal Coy. Australian engineers at Foucacourt in January 1919, from left: Drivers Durward, Cotton, Barton, Reid, Farrow, Nelson and Atkinson; Company Sgt Major T.L. Doerg, 3rd Div. Signal Co. at Foucacourt Chateau January 1919. (Latter two loaned by Cpl. A. F. Hollins).

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Main picture: The advanced divisional HQ Signals Office situated on the outskirts of Vaulx, on the Vaulx-Beugny road on May 20th 1917. A motor cycle dispatch rider is leaving with a basket of carrier pigeons for distribution among the fighting troops. These dugouts were built as advanced Divisional HQ by the 4th Australian Division for the attack on the Hindenburg Line, and connected by buried cable route to the Brigade HQ at Noreuil.

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Clockwise from top left A motor cycle made by a mechanic of the 1st Sqdn. Australian Flying Corps March 1916 (loaned by Lieut. C.R. Andrews); The 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigade Signals motor cycle and sidecar at Richon , Syria. November 1918. The sidecar was made from angle iron used for barbed wire entanglements; Sapper F.R.Read, dispatch rider 3rd Div. Signal Co. and Spr. B. Farrow (in the rear) at Foucacourt, December 1918 (this and next picture loaned by Cpl. A.F. Hollins); A


wintery road scene at Merelessant, December 1918 (loaned by Cpl. A.F Hollins); An Australian dispatch rider photographed near Australian Headquarters at Ham-sur Heure, in Belgium on 10th February 1919; At the end of the war several officers of the Dunsterforce were, for a time, attached to forces fighting the Bolsheviks. This officer, Capt, E.W. Latchford, superintended musketry(!) inspection at Irkutsk, Siberia. The motor cycle is an Indian. (Google Dunsterforce for an interesting story...)

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B.E.A.R. Sidecars TONY BANISTER

The VMCC has many interest groups and with the 25year rule these are many and varied, and all have their place as do the week-long rallies etc. but my passion is racing sidecars with British Historic Racing (BHR) which is the racing arm of the VMCC. BHR, as with many other groups has to keep moving to stay fresh and as one class starts to diminish new ways of attracting new racers have to be explored. The problem, as I see it, is that as riders stop racing, for whatever reason, the bikes are taken out of circulation and often never seen again. To add to this the cost of buying a vintage bike to race, even in a rough state, is often prohibitive, for these reasons BHR can’t afford to stand still. Why all this babble? Well the class I race in, while still attracting enough riders, is, as with all the ‘vintage’ type classes, starting to get smaller compared with 10-15 years ago. The sidecar outfits raced in this class are pre-1959, and must be basically a bike with a sidecar platform attached and with a minimum of 18” wheels all round. A few of us sat down (in a pub, where all good ideas come from) and thought what can we do about attracting new riders to this class, free beer, brolly girls? As the night draws on we come up with nothing that seems to be a great idea and then POW! What about a new class along the same lines as the pre-1959’s but up to 1986? The bikes would not have the frames altered apart from making the rear solid and changing the rake on the forks, the sidecar platform would again be as with the pre-1959’s. Well all this needed to be refined which involved many more nights in pubs until the idea was finalised and we could all stop drinking that nasty beer. The class we decided would be for non-Japanese bikes (although they would be plentiful and cheaper) and would include BMW, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Harley Davidson – even MZ’s could be raced in the class

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as we came up with a points system to try and make a more level playing field. The idea was put to the committee and then to the vote at the AGM, where it was agreed to allow this new class, a brave move as the cut off date is quite late (although well within the 25-year rule of the VMCC) and as the class was for non Japanese bikes we used the BEAR’s title for the class (British, European, American Racing). In 2014 the class ran for the first time, and had only two outfits for most of that season, both BMW K100’s of Phil Jones, Claire Duplock and John Lorriman, Jim Steel. For the last two meetings of the season they where joined by Adam Pope, John Christopher on their Moto Guzzi Le Mans. The class was won by Phil and Claire, but it went down to the last race. (John Lorriman, incidentally, has been racing so long some say he invented sidecar racing). The 2015 season had a grid that by the end of the season had swollen to about 10 outfits and had some great racing including at Darley Moor where the lap record was broken four times in one race, finally going to Adam Pope and John Christopher on their Guzzi Le Mans as did the championship. Well done, lads! The racing has been close and exciting to watch and has attracted new riders to the grid with new bikes that can be built at a fraction of the cost of buying a proper vintage bike. John Lorriman’s first bike cost £501 to build, including the purchase price of the bike and the most expensive to build was the Moto Guzzi of Adam Pope which came in at £1,200; not bad for a race outfit (it was a burnt out wreck). Why have I written all of this? Well I would hope it is of some interest to anyone that cares to read it and that and it might even make someone think: “I fancy a bit of that.” I know that there will be another three outfits on the grid for next season, and that there has been interest not only from dyed in the wool vintage racers but also from racers of more modern machinery that have found the cost of competing growing beyond the depth of their pockets. This is a up and coming class which could grow far beyond what it is now (and its not bad now) and now after a recent AGM proposal there is now a up to 750cc class so get in that shed and start building. If you are interested have a look on the BHR web site and get in contact help will be give readily. I would like to thank Dave Sykes, Adam Pope, John Lorriman for having to sit in pubs with me while we came up with this idea, and Phil Jones who has done so much to promote the class once he started to race in it. Dave Sykes was the one that got us together, wrote up the spec as we thought of it and then put it to the committee before making it a proposal at the AGM, well done to him.


Christmas Quiz 2015: Answers 1. How much did a 596cc Scott cost in 1949? £247 0s 3d - including purchase tax and a speedometer 2. What was Tim Hunt’s real Christian name? Percy

3. Who was the runner-up in the 2014 Yorkshire dry stone walling competition? Michael Coggins of Ingleton

4. Eight Greeves were entered in the 1965 Lightweight TT. Who were the riders and how did they finish? 20 – Sid Mizen; 32 – John Cooper; 49 – Bob Richie; 71 – E.R. Cowan; 73- E.A Johnson; 77- Barry Smith; 104 – H.G. Evans; and 107 – B. Lund. Sadly, none finished the race 5. How many ‘categories’ of angels are there ? Nine 6. When was the first Ulster Grand Prix run? Saturday, 14th October 1922 7. Who was Rufus T. Firefly ? Groucho Marx

8. What years was Harold Daniel in the AJS works team? 1934, 1935, and 1936

9. Patrick McNee played ‘Steed’ in the Television series ‘The Avengers’. What was his full (stage) name? Major the Hon. John Wickham Gascoyne Beresford Steed MC OM

10. Sir Stanley Matthews retired from professional football at the age of 50. How many league and cup games did he play? How many goals did he score? And how many times was he capped for England? 701, 71, and 84

11. Who designed the magneto for which the company Robert Bosch became famous? Gottlieb Homold

orders to move about’. His trusty charger at the battle of Waterloo was called ‘Copenhagen’. From which horse was it sired, how old was it when it died, when did it die and where is it buried? It was sired by the winner of the 1792 Derby ‘John Bull’; it was 28 when it croaked in 1836, and it is buried at Stratfield Saye House, in Hampshire under an old oak tree. The grave is marked by a marble headstone.

16. What is suppose to happen on April 14th ? This is Saint Lidwina’s day and it traditionally marks the arrival of the Cuckoo 17. How many Ulster grand prix did Joe Craig win? Four

18. What momentous decision was taken by Adelaide Hoodless in Ontario, Canada, in 1897? She formed the Women’s Institute movement

19. Everybody knows that Rem Fowler won the twincylinder class in the very first Isle of Man TT, but what did he do for a living? He was a die sinker/engraver, and probably responsible for the dies used to make the first VMCC badges

20. Stott Hall Farm stands in the middle of which motorway? The M62

21. What make of motor cycle was made at the Eagle Works, King’s Norton? Corah 22. What are the four noble truths of Buddhism? Dukkha, Samudya, Nirodha, and Magga

23. Who was the catering manager at Brooklands in the 1930’s ? Mr Emery

13. The late Mike Hailwood’s birthday was on April 2nd. With which other famous racer did he share this date? Rem Fowler

24. There are/were six railway stations in Swansea. Name them and name the companies who owned them High Street Great Western Railway Rutland Street The Mumbles Railway St. Thomas The Midland Railway East Dock Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway Great Western Railway Victoria LNWR Riverside Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway

15. The Duke of Wellington was noted for some of his more reactionary ideas. He was very much against the idea of railways as he feared they would ‘enable the lower

26. Where were the first Werner motor cycles made? 85 Rue Richelieu, Paris

12. Which motor cycle was made in the Cedar Road works, on Enfield Highway in London? Duzmo

14. Where was Freddie Dixon born? Stockton-on-Tees

25. Fifteen million model ‘T’ Fords were built between 1908 and 1927. Which engineer led the design team? Childe Harold Wills

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Memoirs of a 1950s motor cyclist TONY MORPETH

My earliest recollection is, at the age of four, being given a short ride perched on the petrol tank in front of my father on what I believe was a 250cc New Imperial of 1930’s vintage. The other memory is of being comfortably ensconced in the sidecar of a Triumph combination whilst father battled with the elements on the road between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Carlisle. Unfortunately, with the intervention of WW2, the closest I came to another motor cycle was next-door neighbour restoring a 2-stroke Coventry Eagle. There was to be no more childhood involvement with motor cycles until at the age of twelve I was sent to school in the Isle of Man. Soon after arrival in the House reading room I found three volumes of ‘Motorcycling’ covering the 1936-38 period. Over the next four years I read these from cover to cover several times. As an aside there was a very amusing series of cartoons entitled ‘Song titles retuned’, two of which stick in my mind. One was the character refitting a tyre with the caption “I’ve got you under my skin” and the other him pushing a lightweight “Walking my baby back home”. The school was sufficiently enlightened to allow summer half-term to coincide with the running of the Senior TT. At that time, the Lightweight Class also ran on the Friday. One of our masters was Canon E.H. Stenning, who was president of the Manx Motor Cycle Club; a very large and wonderful character often seen in period pictures near the TT start line. When I first arrived at college he rode a 20’s AJS which was swapped for an LE Velocette by, I think, George Rowley, ’thirties TT rider and at that time a travelling marshal. I optimistically hoped, having a father who was a motor cyclist, that my seventeenth birthday might see a machine of some sort come my way. One of my contemporaries had a MAC Velo kept on the Island obviously away from the environs of college, and the Head of House had an ES2 Norton at home. I embarked on my first job in September 1952, and suddenly the opportunity arose to fulfil my ambition. This took the form of a 1946 Model 60 Panther (HTU 820), I suppose the successor to the pre-war ‘Red Panther’. It was purchased from Warburtons of Hazel Grove on HP for £55.00 – quite a sum with four-pounds-a-week wage plus a welcome quarterly bonus of £12.00. The motor cycle was collected by my landlord’s son who, back at home, showed me how to ride. The long-awaited moment had arrived. That Saturday afternoon I rode around the suburbs of Stockport. The following day I was out again, but suddenly no power. The ’bike would idle, but as soon as the throttle was opened it would stall. The first of many

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occasions when I was to push this motor cycle. Being mechanically ignorant at that stage I did not diagnose that the ignition timing had slipped. Walking the machine back to the dealer, they rectified the problem. I collected the Panther from them on the Thursday evening, the plan being that having been allowed Friday off work, I would ride home to Newcastle for the weekend. I had plotted and memorised the route which I still recall all these years later – Dobcross, Huddersfield, Halifax, Ripon and on to the A1. The trip was without any drama. Unfortunately the speedometer did not work, so I had no idea of what speed I was achieving but it did seem to take a long time to overtake the long-distance lorries which were restricted in those days to 20 mph. Having made an early start I did not get home in time for lunch. After showing off my acquisition to the family my father actually rode it around the block. On Sunday I was due to return to Stockport and set off after lunch on what became something of a marathon. I decided, unwisely as it turned out, to leave the A1 south of Darlington and to go through Richmond, Leyburn and across to Lancaster, then down the A6 to Stockport. My calculations had allowed insufficient time, and consequently I found myself approaching Lancaster in the dark with a headlight that was more of an orange glow than a bright yellow light. Coming towards me were coaches on their way back from Morecambe. The consequence of this was I was effectively blind on arrival in Lancaster. I did find an open cafe, unusual in those days on a Sunday night. Carrying on south to the next act of the drama was losing my way in Manchester and finishing up in the Trafford Park area. A strange noise emanated from the region of the rear sprocket and on investigation showed the chain was stretched and worn and had damaged the rear sprocket. We limped back to Hazel Grove and arrived at two in the morning to the chagrin of my landlord. It is to the credit of Warburtons who replaced the chain and sprocket in time for the following weekend. My mother, who had separated from my father during the war, now lived at Wigton in Cumberland, probably only known for being the birthplace of Melvin Bragg. Having finished work at 1 o’clock on the Saturday, I set off on the trip to Wigton which was to have a somewhat dramatic finale. Progress was exceptionally slow for reasons I do not now recall, but by nine in the evening I had only got as far as Penrith where I halted for a packet of chips. There were now only some 20 miles to cover. However, it was now dark and as previously mentioned the Panther’s lighting system left something to be desired. I was travelling reasonably happily in spite of the limited


when a notice appeared on the Squadron notice board inviting applications for Regimental Despatch Riders, I saw my release and the opportunity of doing something I would enjoy. The potential DR’s were told to report to the MT park where we were issued with an M20 BSA. There were three of us and we were told to follow an officer – also M20 mounted. I suppose we did a six or seven-mile route through the adjacent town of Detmold and surrounding countryside. Provided we were still on his tail when we returned to barracks we were deemed to have passed the test. Two of us were accepted, and for much of the following four months I was the sole regimental DR, which excused me from any other duties. There are three or four events from this time worthy of recording. On one occasion I was chased by a huge German truck, the driver of which obviously was not enamoured of the British army. I did manage to extend a modest lead which allowed me, when the opportunity offered, to suddenly turn down a side road and to escape. In the depths of the winter of 1955 I was issued a Jeep, and unfortunately after only two duties it blew a head gasket so it was back to the ’bike. I still clearly recall one particular trip. There was thick frozen snow on the roads and in one particular mountainous section I came across a column of tank transporters complete with Centurions on board. The transporters had lost traction so they were in the process of unloading the tanks. In places the compacted snow and ice was sufficiently thick that the tank tracks acted like sledge runners with the result that the tanks slid sideways. Having negotiated this I was travelling towards Sennelager when I I was the sole noticed a khaki coloured bundle on regimental DR, the side of the road which excused me and, a little further on, an M20 laying from other duties on its side. The bundle turned out to be the rider. He was happily unhurt and told me he was travelling as we had been and the next moment he was on his back looking at the sky! As there was no serious damage to man or machine we proceeded on our separate ways. One final anecdote; on a particular exercise I managed to lose contact with the rest of my unit. Travelling down an unmade road I hit one or two piles of stones caused by a tank having made a neutral turn. I abandoned the ’bike before I hit the second pile. It carried on for a few more yards. When I picked it up the damage was minimal, and we were able to carry on. The M20 could absorb a great deal of punishment! (There will be more from Tony Morpeth next time – Editor)

illumination, and reached the village of Sebergham where I mistakenly thought I knew exactly where I was, and the imminent road junction was the cross-roads prior to the one where I would turn right. To my horror, and too late, I realised that it was a ‘T’ junction! Everything went black. In due course I picked myself up but it took a little while to understand why there was a single strand of barbed wire fence and a hedge between me and the orange glow of the Panther’s headlight. The force of the impact had projected me through the hedge and over the barbed wire. Fortunately my only injuries were a dislocated joint in my little finger and some pain in my left foot, which would have repercussions later in life. The farmer and friend came to the scene and were able to extract the Panther from the ditch. The girder forks were misshapen and the exhaust pipe pulled out of the manifold. It obviously wasn’t going anywhere that night. They very kindly provided a lift to Wigton and the following day we recovered the ’bike to a local garage. Fortunately my benevolent employers, who were floorcovering distributors, collected the ’bike when they had a lorry in the area. I had, in the meantime, returned to Stockport by train. This ended my first two weeks of motor cycling. In due course, the Panther in due course was repaired and I returned to Newcastle in November before starting work in London in December. It was the following April before I could arrange to have the Panther with me in London. I duly set off on the 280-mile journey. I suffered transmission problems en route, and approaching Biggleswade I realised the dynamo was producing insufficient amps to provide a spark, let alone any lights. I struggled on as far as Baldock where I was able to abandon the ’bike at a garage and continue by train. The following day I was due to commence three week’s preNational Service Naval training. It was only after this I could collect the Panther and ride it into the heart of London via both Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner. I was only able to use the machine spasmodically, but for my summer holiday that year I did ride it back to Newcastle. Unfortunately, on the return journey it expired at Darlington and I hitch-hiked my way back to London. I do remember one lift was on the pillion of a 1939 Sunbeam which, after the Panther, seemed to go exceptionally fast two-up. The following December I received Army call-up papers, the Navy having down-graded me medically due to the damage to my left foot caused in the Cumbria accident. The Army medics did not see this as a problem. My National Service was to be spent in the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment who initially trained me as a wireless operator and I was then posted to Germany. I soon realised I did not particularly enjoy operating a wireless set inside the turret of a Centurion tank. Consequently

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KTT 13 – A Velo without a famous past HARRY OGLESBY

KTT 13, which I have owned for over fifty years, was bought in Hull in February 1929 at Crossland Motors by a young man to use locally in sporting events. For a couple of years he used it at local grass track events etc. and it did very well at White City. It was passed on to an engineer who had it for a short time only. This was during the recession, and he lost his job so had to sell the Velo. The means test was around at the time which meant you had to sell possessions to live. However, if the Authorities knew about you selling items you got no dole. A local farmer who was a friend of my family bought the Velo, and so it was kept secret. He collected the bike during the night so no-one could report it to the Authorities. Charlie the farmer had a 1934 KSS Velo and was keen to compete in events, so the two Velos took part in local grass-tracks and on the sand at Redcar (competing against the likes of Denis Parkinson). KTT was finally blown up at Cadwell in 1938. The Velo was left in an old windmill without a roof until I bought it in 1960, as a real wreck.

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As I had a young family it took me a few years to restore it, learning a lot about Velos from the likes of Barry Blyth who raced one. I also met the owner who sold it to Charlie. It is a vintage KTT and one thing I noticed was the footchange mechanism had ‘patent applied for’ stamped on it, so I suppose the bike was built in 1928. When the Velo was completely restored, I took it along to a local vintage event to be greeted with ‘another b***** saddletank bike, this is the thin end of the wedge’, so I received the cold shoulder for a while. I put the Velo away and built another for sprinting/hill climbing, and had a few years enjoyment that way. I was asked by a pal if I would like to go the Montlhery and take the KTT. It was great to gallop the Velo at a place where Velos have had a lot of success. We went to Hockenheim and Schotten and I had a win in 2004 in their vintage class. Their racing is regularity riding so it’s not the first past the post. It has since been at Dijon, Mallory and Brooklands, not a bad time for an original bike, but would be totally outclassed in historic racing today. The photo was taken when we got back from Saltburn this year. I have since acquired a Model K 1927 which is a joy to ride and competed at Banbury and the Golden Era run. Your recent letter regarding RH91 Francis Barnett, the owner Keith joined the club about the same time as I did, ‘another b***** saddletank’...


The Petroleum Board and ‘Pool’

by LEIGH TREVAIL, and reproduced courtesy of Leigh and the Allard Owners’ Club

Neville Chamberlain’s assurance of “Peace in our time” was of little reassurance to the larger importers and suppliers of crude oil and petrol in Britain. Fearing that in the event of war they would lose control of their business, they decided to pre-empt any likely nationalisation by the government. During the summer of 1938 with government approval Anglo-American (Esso) Shell-Mex and BP Trinidad Leaseholds (Regent) and National Benzol joined forces and formed The Petroleum Board. Together they agreed that in the event of war they would pool their collective resources in the importing, refining and distribution of fuels, each company receiving remuneration at an agreed rate based upon contributed assets. It was also agreed that each company would, within reason, keep to the proportion of the overall business (the quota) it had before pending hostilities. Advertising and promotions were to cease. All brands were to be known collectively as ‘Pool’, pricing and octane rating (which varied over time between 67 and 80) were to be set by the government. Other agreements covered oil and grease, but because of the varieties of specialist uses brand names were kept. There were to be two types of Pool petrol – one for private motoring, which was rationed; the other for commercials which contained a red dye and which was freely available for those in haulage. The penalty for using the commercial fuel for private motoring was heavy, although it has been said that a loaf of bread or an air filter from a gas mask could be used to filter out the dye, whether there is any truth in either of these I have no idea! (Yes, there is – Ed) On the 3rd September 1939 Britain and France declared war on Germany, and the Board’s plans were implemented with the Petroleum Board becoming an executive body under the direction of the Government’s Oil Control Board. A fortnight later petrol rationing was introduced. Any motorist foolish enough to believe there was no difference between petrol brands quickly realised their mistake, now it was all the same and performance inevitably suffered. Owners of large or powerful vehicles had to retard the ignition to combat ‘pinking’ (pre-ignition knock) with only the most pedestrian of motors being unaffected. Vehicles that had little usage were found to have solidified fuel lines and blocked carburettor jets due to the lack of the appropriate additives in the petrol. Ironically as the government increased the octane rating (American army vehicles needed leaded fuel) some said the rating was too high, complaining of valve damage. The original agreement with the government was that pooling would cease two years after the end of the national emergency. This, however, was not the case. In

July 1945 the Labour Party, headed by Clement Attlee, won the General Election, but despite the war having ended, things in the high street got steadily worse. Sir Stafford Cripps, who was Chancellor, actually extended rationing on many goods. The Petroleum Board ceased to be on 30th June 1948, its former members agreeing to continue to maximise economy by collaborating together as they had during the war. With petrol still rationed (and remaining so until May 26th 1950) there would be little point in stimulating demand with advertising, the prices were controlled and the pre-war quotas which were agreed in 1938 were adhered to. During 1952 adverts for branded fuel were introduced, although in reality it was still Pool petrol on offer. Eventually on February 1st 1953 different brands and grades returned, over thirteen years since they had disappeared. The big players entered the pool agreement to protect their own interests, but their contribution to the war effort must not be forgotten. Also it must not be forgotten that fuel installations were a prime target for the Luftwaffe. Crews of ocean-going tankers (carrying petrol as well as crude oil) refinery workers, tanker drivers were always in great danger.

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The Articles of Association PETER MILLER

The rewrites of the Articles of Association and the Byelaws have now been completed and the new documents will be tabled for your approval at the AGM. It is, therefore, an appropriate time to record the contributions by numerous club members in the preparation of these new versions. Jeff Meehan, and his team of volunteers, drafted out an initial version of the Articles using as basis model articles for a private company limited by guarantee. These were then the subject of iteration and revision following comments from the Management Committee and from members. Jeff’s objective had been to produce a clear and comprehensible set of articles written in plain English and we felt the final document achieved this objective. The final stage was to have the document legally vetted and I am pleased that Lewis Onions of Lewis Onions Solicitors, Birmingham agreed to do this for us. Lewis is a club member and, most importantly, an expert in company law. It was immediately apparent that our attempts at simplification had been too sweeping and could give rise to interpretation difficulties which might cause legal and practical consequences in the event of a dispute. I am pleased to record that Lewis agreed to redraft our Articles to ensure greater consistency with the model articles. He also wrote the following piece to explain the principles applied in the re-drafting exercise, and the general purpose and application of the new articles: The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited is a company limited by guarantee incorporated under the laws of England and Wales and every such company must have Articles of Association which set the rules company officers must follow when running the company. The Articles are a company’s internal regulations which are a public document available to anyone interested, published by Companies House via the Government’s Gov.UK web-service. The government prepares and publishes “Model” articles of association which are the standard default articles a company can use. The current versions are prescribed by the Companies Act 2006 although previous versions have been prescribed under companies legislation since 1862 and the current versions have been amended to take into account changes in legislation since 2006. The Model articles are consequently a benchmark and the most modern, officially approved and professionally drafted articles which a company can adopt. They are drafted with the needs of small companies in mind

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and with the intention of making the internal organisation and operation of such companies as simple as possible. The new draft articles of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited published here were drafted with the intention of departing from the model articles as little as possible but at the same time making amendments and additions to accommodate the unique requirements of the members’ club which is the company’s specific concern and its reason for existence. Obviously, only articles which are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006 and other legislation are capable of being incorporated. Where possible, the language used has been simplified but the majority is dictated by the words used in the model articles. Where there are adequate provisions in legislation dealing with any particular matter (for example, financial records, notice periods and winding-up provisions) those provisions are relied on rather than enhanced by being dealt with in the articles. The model articles are drafted with the intention of permitting the directors as much freedom as is legally possible in the manner in which they conduct the internal business of the company. This in turn is intended to ensure that the company can operate efficiently avoiding undue delay and expense. It also minimises the potential personal liabilities which might be attracted by the directors whilst going about their duties. Nevertheless, the members of the Club as members of the company, retain ultimate power to control the directors’ actions whatever the articles provide. In summary, the draft articles are the most modern, serviceable set of regulations by which the internal management of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited can be conducted and are specifically tailored to the need of the Club. Their adoption will permit the Club to be run in an efficient and economical manner for benefit of the membership as a whole, now and for some time in the future.

I would like to express my thanks to Jeff, Lewis and everyone else who has contributed in the preparation of the new Articles. They represent a sound legal basis for the operation of the Club. The day to day management of the Club will be covered by the procedures laid down in the Bye-laws. Together they represent a sound basis to move the Club forward.


Father and his Enfield

Peter Walker, who is the son of Lawrence Walker, shown in the photograph, has given permission for it to be published along with the details if you think it would be of interest to readers of the magazine.

Peter wrote to me: “Here is the photograph of my Father on the Royal Enfield mentioned in our recent telephone conversation, together with information written at the time on the reverse. Photograph taken circa 1920 after demob from army, Sherwood Forest regiment. Not sure where photo was taken, but probably Derby where he came from.” Richard Bull

The photo is of one of our French members (Jerome Bourasseau) taken on a rally in 2015. He always attends this rally every December. Not many Sunbeams are subjected to this amount of frost! Ken Baxter

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AJS and the tank panels RON FLEXMAN

As the owner of a Model 6 350cc AJS of 1929 since 1949, I was interested in the enquiry in the December Journal concerning ‘purple’ tank panels. When purchased, my machine was in its original livery and the tank panel was one of its unusual identifying features. After continuous use and some regrettable misuse, in 1960 it was superceded by four wheels and left sulking in the back of the garage awaiting a restoration. Following my retirement to the Cotswolds in 1986 this became a possibility, but it was not completed until 2003 since when electric lighting has been restored. The purpose of my writing this is to tell you of my meeting in 2006 at the Black Country Museum with

Riding the Dreadnought

Stephen Mills, author of ‘AJS of Wolverhampton’ who introduced me to Geoffrey Stevens, one of the last of the Stephens Brothers. He was delighted to see my ‘bike in such well-restored condition, and in particular he commented that 1929 was when the tank panel was first used to coincide with the introduction of the saddle tank by AJS. Now to the tank panel colour. When my sadly dilapidated petrol tank was taken to Raven Paintwork of, I think, Kenilworth, enough of the original panel paint remained for Mr. Raven to match it to the modern paint specimen reference swatch. It was found to exactly match the colour ‘magenta’. As a confirmation of this, Geoffrey Stevens commented at the Black

Dr REG EYRE

The Dreadnought was built by and for Harold ‘Oily’ Karslake from propriety parts available about 1902, and intended for the long-distance road trials of the period. It was so successful in these events that it was still competitive until the 1920s when, it is rumoured, manufacturers asked to purchase it to stop it winning against their more modern products. It next appears as an entry in the first Pioneer Run® to Brighton in 1930, when ridden by George Brough. It came into the possession of the VMCC in 1965 and was restored to running order by the late Don Bell, who secured and retained the original number H3294. Various members of the VMCC undertook the restoration while the late Walter Green attended to mechanical work and the cosmetics. The Dreadnought was invited to take part in the opening ceremony of the Channel Tunnel while being ridden by ex-VMCC president Wally Flew, where it caught fire in front of the Queen and had to be fully restored again. It is now fully restored both mechanically and cosmetically, and is available to members to ride after due application and consideration by the VMCC committee. This was how I managed a ride on this unique machine in the Banbury Run in 1997. The Dreadnought had been ridden in the Pioneer Run® by Len Ore as part of the tradition of having the President of the VMCC ‘proving’ his or her worth in riding such a machine. Living not to far from the Forest of Dean, I collected it from Len determined to ride it around my local lanes, and not appear to be intimidated by its historic background. Previous riders had warned me about its

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This 1902 Dreadnought machine was once owned by Harold ‘Oily’ Karslake, but is now owned by the VMCC for members to ride.

quirks and difficulties, but Len reassured me that once under way, it was easier than the bicycles with engines that I had ridden. The starting was the most pleasing aspect of all. I was used to pedalling furiously on Clements and Motosacoches, but the Dreadnought was a doddle. Hold in the valve lifter, take four swift paces, climb aboard and settle on the comfortable saddle and release the valve lifter and away! President John Moore saw me with the bike and asked me to demonstrate this procedure, which I did, and said he would ask the spectators at Banbury to see how easy it was to start – no pressure then for me at the start of the Banbury Run! Initial impressions are of an intimidating monster with its long swept back handlebars, dropped saddle and no pedals or clutch. One has to remember that it was built and used by Karslake to compete against works machines when time trials took place in difficult weather conditions and over tough terrain, so it had to give the rider some comfort as well as be reliable over long distances.


Country Museum that the repainted panels were an exact colour match to the original used in manufacture. This is also confirmed on page 90 of Stephen Mills’ book. I have no information about how far into the 1930’s this tank colour scheme was continued. Perhaps some other member can give this information? The photograph on the right shows my machine restored and at speed at the Festival of Jurby, Isle of Man, on August 25th, 2013 – in stark contrast to the unrestored condition shown on the contents page of this edition. The starting procedure consists of pressurising the oil system, connecting the battery, turning on the petrol and flooding the carburettor. I was then shown the technique of pulling in the valve lifter, and at the same time turning the engine over a couple of times by pulling the back wheel around; switching on the ignition, finding compression and giving the back wheel a swift pull over it. Whereupon I was told the engine would start first time - or if not, certainly second. I did not have this technique so I would take it off the two stands, lift the valve lifter and take a few quick paces while dropping the valve lifter which caused it to fire. I would then ‘walk’ onto the long footboards and away we would go. The machine pulled away from walking pace quite easily, and on a level road quite happily travelled at about 30mph. The heritage of the automatic inlet valve means that like other engines of this period, it is best treated as a stationary engine and the rider should allow the engine to settle at its own comfortable speed. It has a ‘modern’ carburettor fitted, which is a great help. The Banbury Run had a reputation of using some long hills on the Class A route and these needed a forward-looking approach in that the rider needed to wind on the engine and hopefully get a good run at the hill and allow the motor to work its way up the gradient. Where this was not possible, I found myself dismounting several times to push the lifeless machine to the top of the hill before restarting on the other side. The brakes are of the period in that the front is a bicycle rim brake and not very useful, but the rear is like others of the period which is effective so that full pressure can be applied as it is placed so that you can stand on it if you are at the panic stage. The oiling system is a peculiarity in that a cycle pump has to be used to pressurise the system about every five miles.

As a result of this, oil escapes from the crankshaft on one side and through the breather pipes on the timing side. This is not a problem on the relaxed time schedule of the Class A route of the Banbury Run, and prevents you from getting too far ahead of time. I managed to win the Banbury Run timed award which says something about the machine that Karslake built in that it can still win awards 100 years after it was built. It is a very different machine to the 1903 Large in that although both have a low centre of gravity, the Dreadnought has large tyres, wide handlebars, long footboards and a comfortable seat, which makes it ideal for covering long distances. The 1903 Large suffers from being built down to weight limit and has an uncomfortable bicycle seat and small section tyres, which created a lively ride on poor road surfaces. Both machines were built for different purposes, and each has charms when ridden with the respect that they deserve.

1903 Large owned by Roger Fogg and loaned to me to ride in the Banbury Run.

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the LARGEST gathering Of Veteran And Vintage machines in the world

format of the event for 2016 will be:      

Entry list restricted to 500 Tarmac parking for all entrants Riders will start at 5 per minute Over 100 autojumble pitches Reduced fee for veteran machines FREE spectator parking close to event

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FREE museum entry Onsite camping available Friday, Saturday and Sunday night Bonhams: Motor cycle appraisals available in the Bonhams marquee


The Lightweight Touring Motor Cycle JIM LEDDY

shuttling to and fro on Britain’s road network. They operate on the part-load principle, and if you are not in a pressing hurry, you can get some very competitive quotes. I bid for the Honda successfully, and it was picked up and delivered from London to Dunblane for £80 a week later. Mind you, I would never advise anyone to do as I did and buy a bike without physically being able to see it. As I helped Sean the van driver unload it, he could tell from my crestfallen expression that I was not a happy chap. “It’s not what you thought it was It’s not what you going to be like is it? A lot of guys thought it was going I’ve delivered to to be like, is it? Still have had the same experience, mate. it’s a solid wee bike, Still, it’s a solid I’m sure you’ll soon wee bike, I’m sure you’ll knock it into knock it into shape shape!” The MOT was only six weeks old, but how on earth it ever got one I’ll never know! The tyres were so old there were cracks in the tread, an indicator didn’t work, the rear brake was ineffective, being past the wear indicator limit, and the headlight was a measly 25W/25W Chinese item with an amber pilot light (legal?). Worse was to unfold when I set about servicing the bike. Both plugs appeared unnaturally tight to remove. It turned out one had been cross threaded, the other had a damaged thread. The carb slide was so worn that it sucked in air when the carb body

For short runs and brief tours in not too hilly districts a lightweight is best; for extended touring the medium weight is excellent, and is the go-anywhere machine.” Motorcycles & How To Manage Them; 22nd Edition. (c.1921) Being of small stature, I’ve always been attracted to lightweights and have owned several models over the years. This is the first part of a two-part tale revolving around a neatly scaled down motor cycle, the Honda CD200 Benly, a 200cc o.h.c. parallel twin, with a single carb and a power output of around 16 bhp, weighing less than 300lbs and fitted with electric and kick start. This model has a reputation for unburstable reliability and excellent economy. It should meet the criteria for a lightweight, but, a tourer? A year or so ago I had set out determined to find and buy such a model, but, there are not many to be seen up here in Scotland. I began to trawl eBay, and after six weeks or so thought I’d found what I was looking for: a smart 1980 model in burgundy metallic, complete with rear carrier and a year’s MOT. A major stumbling block was that the bike was in Heston (inner London) and I was in Scotland so I only had the photos and seller’s description to go on regarding the condition of the bike. It had a low mileage of 13,000 miles and the advert read well, but before I started to bid, I had to factor into the cost how much it would be to transport it from one end of the country to the other. The internet came to the rescue, and an outfit called Anyvan.com popped up. This is a clever set up should you need to have a bike moved. The company acts as a broker for the thousands of ‘white van men’ who are

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heated up, with the consequence that the mixture became very lean and the exhaust pipes were blackened rather than blued, and it was impossible to have a steady tickover once the engine was hot. A visit to my local workshop and MOT station to have work done on the cylinder head also uncovered worn headstock bearings! “Pig in a poke” rings loudly in the ears! The next few weeks were spent sourcing parts from the internet, NOS and, of course, second-hand items on e-Bay. The up-side of this was that, with patience, you could actually get the rare part you were looking for, even if it had to come from a Honda parts specialist based in the Netherlands. Most of the parts were very reasonably After weeks of work priced, or dare I say and several hundred it, even cheap! Jim and Pat Kirkham, pounds I had a bike VMCC pals from Oban, were running that was safe and a brace of these reliable machines at the time, and Jim was very helpful in solving some of my problems. We both had worn carburetters, but Jim discovered a supplier in Wales who sold a brand new item for around £30 incl. postage! After weeks of work and several hundreds of pounds, I now had a bike that was safe, reliable, economical and fun. It was also beginning to look smart too (new exhausts helped a lot here). The Honda is a delight to ride, and I rode over 1,000 miles on it in that first summer, visiting the nearby glens and over some of the more challenging routes available locally (the Amulree, Glen Quaich to Kenmore road). The wee bike was well able to cope, having ample pulling power, good brakes and excellent economy, averaging 100mpg. Ambitious plans were made during the winter of 2014 to push the boundaries and see if the Honda would fit into the “ideal lightweight touring motorcycle” mould. My brother Ron (BMW850R) and I decided to go pass busting in the Lake District in the summer of 2015. I would ride the 100 miles from Dunblane to Jedburgh, then together we would ride the 100 miles or so to our pub accommodation in Eksdale, on the southern edge of the Lakes. A friend suggested I fitted a gear box sprocket with an extra tooth (up from 15 to 16) which would knock about 500 revs off my cruising speed of 50mph and would make the Honda less buzzy on the motorways and main roads. At £6 including postage, one was duly ordered and fitted and then tested over a variety of roads to see if the bike’s climbing ability had been affected in any way. This Honda has a very torquey engine, designed as a commuter rather than a screamer, so it was well able to cope. Some small throw-over panniers were packed with three or four changes of quick dry clothes, and the top box was

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kitted out with a range of spares such as plugs, points and condenser, bulbs, cables and 250mls of 10/40 engine oil. The bike was kick started into life without any fuss and allowed to warm up for a minute or two before being pointed south on the first leg of of Lakes adventure. To keep off the motorways as much as possible, I rode along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, through the old coal mining villages such as Fallin, Throsk, Airth and Skinflats. This is the same route as used 100 years ago by competitors in the Scottish Six Days Trial when it started and finished in Edinburgh. In the 1911 event this part of my run was described as with “cobbles, pot holes, bumps, tramlines, dogs, barelegged children and ugly villages.” Mercifully things have improved immensely, and it was a pleasant ride indeed in the rare summer sunshine with the wee bike in its element. Shortly it was to be out of its comfort zone, because to get to the Borders one has to deal with Edinburgh, and so it was that I joined the fast highway system that is the Edinburgh Bypass. The geography here is such that the Pentland Hills act as a wind tunnel, so it is always an unpleasant 10 miles or so in fast, dense traffic with blustery conditions to boot! However, once heading south on the A68, the joys of the Border landscape began to unfold with big open vistas of gently rolling hills and tree filled valleys. The Honda fairly zoomed up Soutra Bank and down the other side into the steep-sided valley of Lauderdale. I decided to top up with fuel in the Shell station in Jedburgh before riding up to the farm where my brother lives. The bike had recorded 106mpg for this leg. A couple of days later and we were off to the Lakes. I decided to leave first, with the arrangement to meet up with Ron in Newcastleton, in a café on the main street there. As I left, I gave Ron a cheery wave, and also decided to give him a cheeky toot on the horn. No sound!? I rode on a few hundred yards frantically pressing the button, and also trying to decide just how important, or not, would it be to have a horn. Thoughts of Kamikaze sheep in the Lakes overcame exasperation, and I did a U turn and arrived back at base five minutes later to a surprised, mirthful and unhelpful brother. The Honda may be a fine piece of sophisticated Japanese engineering, but the wiring inside the headlamp shell is as packed, cluttered and awful as any other machine but more so, as it is only a 6” headlamp unit. Fiddling eventually found a loose connection (the bike is buzzy) and we were off again, and with a cheeky toot! The ride down to Newcastleton was superb! A lovely blend of scenery and well-surfaced roads with plenty of bends to delight the motor cyclist. I pulled into a parking slot opposite the café, and was approached and engaged in conversation by three motor cyclists from Belgium who had watched my arrival, and wanted to know all about the old Honda. They were a father and two sons on a touring


with recognisable Christian motifs such as a crucifixion scene. This masterpiece in stone had lain undiscovered, buried in the vicarage garden until 1893! We rode north and eastwards for our target of the day, to ride up Honister Pass. The approach is a lovely scenic ride alongside Cumnock Water and then Buttermere before the valley sides close in and the only way out is up and over the ever steepening pass. Honister is straightforward in that, compared to the other steep Lakeland passes, it does not have a series of hairpin bends; it is more or less a headlong charge up the slope. Ron had suggested I lead, so he was following on behind, perhaps not a good idea. Now I have to admit that I got this wrong. I just did not get the revs up high enough, so when the Honda ran out of steam in second, I thought ‘no problem, still a gear to use’. Still misreading the severity of the slope, to my horror, the bike began to slow dramatically! I could hear Ron frantically revving and slipping his clutch as I slowed and blocked his path. I would not have thought it possible, but the wee bike was literally down to walking pace and on the point of stalling. My feet were ready to slam down, and hand and foot hovering on the brakes, ready to prevent a high speed reverse! How it staggered up the final 20ft or so, I’ll never know, but oh what joy, the revs began to rise and the bike picked up speed. Phew! It wasn’t safe to pull in and recover until well down the other side just outside Seatoller. I explained to Ron how close to disaster I had been. This mollified him somewhat as my nonsense had forced him into some tricky manoeuvres himself to avoid clouting my rear end. A lesson or two there then; rev the Honda like stink, and don’t follow too closely behind. Still, I discussed with Ron the scenery was magnificent as we my misgivings about rode down to the real challenge Borrowdale, but then we had a nose ahead to tail run all the way to Keswick. We left the clutter and traffic behind, and rode into the Newlands Valley, a sigh of relief to get back on to yellow roads and gorgeous scenery. Our second pass of the day was Newlands Pass; again, no real hairpins to worry about. This time I made no mistakes, and snicked into second gear in plenty of time and kept the revs high (no tacho. but estimate circa 6,000 rpm) and the wee Honda fairly shot up the pass. The run back to base was pleasant and uneventful, but that evening I discussed with Ron my misgivings about the real challenge ahead; Hardknott followed by Wrynose...

holiday heading for Cape Wrath way up in Caithness. Over a coffee, we pored over maps and I pointed them in the direction of the Belach Na Baa to Applecross road as a ‘must do’ challenge for any motor cyclist looking for adventure. We swapped details, and arranged to meet up on their return south, when they were able to tell me that they indeed had conquered the pass. Later Ron arrived, and after another coffee and bacon roll, we headed south for Carlisle. Similar to Edinburgh, there is a handy bypass to avoid most of the city and soon we were on the main A595 road, following the coast of west Cumberland. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a race track, and not very comfortable for a small bike. It gets even more so as you approach the vast nuclear facility that is Sellafield. We had timed our ride past just as a shift was coming to an end, and hundreds of workers were streaming out of the gates. Eventually we made a left turn and headed inland towards the fells. At this point, it must be said that Ron was in charge of route finding, and had used Google Maps to locate a route that would take us to Eskdale. There appeared to be a white road that went past a golf course and then linked to a B road and thence to Eskdale. By this time it had begun to rain, and we were tired and looking forward to the end of the day. We set off along the road, and shortly came to the club house. The road seemed to continue through the car park, so we followed, but it then was blocked by an enormous compost heap of grass clippings from the green keeper’s labours! Blast! A look at the papier mache map did seem to suggest that a route may have been possible, but obviously many years ago. About turn, and a long ride out of this dead end valley, back up the coast road to a signposted turn-off. Our base was to be the King George IV Inn. This is a place of much interest, it dates back to 15th Century, complete with a flagstone floor and a great range of cask ales and large helpings of wholesome food, with a relaxed approach to wet motorcycling gear! An old framed photo on the wall showed that the pub had originally been called the King George IV of Prussia, but had tactfully changed its name on the outbreak of hostilities in 1914. The following day, with riders rested and fed, and the bikes stripped of all touring gear, we headed north, first to visit Wast Water to see the textbook example of rock scree slopes. We were not disappointed: It was a dark, overcast day, which made the blind valley seem all the more sombre and foreboding, not helped by the 1,000ft of scree on the other side of the black waters of the lake. We then rode west to the small village of Gosforth, “here among the foothills of the west Cumberland fells, is one of the greatest treasures in the county, the famous Gosforth Cross” (A.Mee). The Cross is a 15ft high sandstone monolith, the tallest ancient cross in the country. What is remarkable are the carvings on the shaft, a mixture of pagan Norse dragons, plaited snakes, a wolf etc. along

Is the ‘wee Honda’ up to the challenge of those two formidable Lakes landmarks? Find out next month.

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Obituaries

DAVE BIGNOLD Dave was born and brought up in Guildford Surrey, a clever boy, who easily passed the grammar school entrance, but despite his academic talent, did not become a student there. After school, he joined the Royal Navy for his National Service, the time mostly spent on motor torpedo boats, learning amongst other things, how to fish using the grenade hurling into the water method. After leaving the Navy, he joined GD Brown Motorcycles in Guildford, a business thriving today. This job fuelled his love of motor cycles and riding them, chiefly Trials, and all of his life this interest never waned. One year he won the Arbuthnot Trial. After leaving GD Brown, he joined the competition department at the Ford Motor Company at Dagenham which constructed championship rally cars and where he increased his great engineeering skills. During this time he married Kate and they had two children, Tracy and Jonathan. After Ford’s competition department closed , Dave started his own business in 1970 near Godalming, specialising in constructing customised rally cars. Dave designed and built the shells, axles, suspension and steering for his cars. This immensely successful company had many achievements, but one car, driven by Ari Vatanen, went on to win the World Rally Championship Driver’s title in 1981. Dave’s son Jonathan still runs the business. Dave’s love of motor cycles embraced all periods. He enjoyed the later classics, but also was a regular rider at vintage events, the Sammy Miller and Pioneer Runs. His funeral was predictably well supported by his many friends, and touchingly the committal was serenaded by the sound track of a single motorcycle firing up and powering off into the distance. This soft spoken gentle man will be very much missed. Jane Anderson PETER FREDERICK HARMER It is with regret and sadness that I report the passing of Peter, a well-known figure in our East Sussex section. Peter, born and brought up in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, was a pupil of the local schools before becoming an apprentice mechanic with the now long-gone firm of Parkinson and Polson, a local firm of motor repairers

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and body builders. After finishing his apprenticeship he decided that this was not for him and he took a leaf out of his father’s book and became a bus driver, this he really enjoyed. Unfortunately this did not last as he was diagnosed with severe diabetes while still a young man. His health dogged him through his life but he persevered and found his niche in the pursuit of old motor ‘bikes and spares. These being bought and sold even before our hobby became fashionable, thus helping to bring many old ‘bikes back to life! Later on in life, Peter, whom we all thought was a confirmed bachelor, surprised us all when he met and married Elizabeth and set up home in Hailsham where they were out and about on his trusty three-fifty AJS – much to the horror of her mum and dad! Peter’s slow Sussex accent will be missed by many of us who knew him and we offer our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and the family. Richard Parker

ROBERT GRANT In 1977 I acquired a 30 year old Triumph 5T, mostly intact. Looking for kindred spirits and help with restoration etc. I came across Ken Hallworth, who, in spite of the (prevailing at the time) prejudice against post war motorcycles, encouraged me to join the VMCC. “Bob Grant in our section (Manchester and High Peak) has one that is in regular use and can give you useful hints and tips” Ken offered. Two years of slow renovation took place with occasional appearance at section meetings and Bob would always turn out on either “Katie”, his Triumph Speed Twin (Reg. No. KTE) or his 1979 BMW R45. Although Bob was quite useful in the mechanical aspects of motorcycling and motoring (he was also in the Austin Healey club and raced these and Triumph TR3, Morgan and MG single seater sports cars), his preference was to be out and riding. With regards to cars, Bob was picked as a works supported driver in 1959 by Standard Triumph for the Liege – Paris – Liege rally in a Triumph TR3a. This followed on from the 1958 RAC rally when he and codriver, Lorrimer Derwent finished 3rd in class and the first Triumph home beating all the works entries! During my early years of VMCC membership, Bob and Harry Phillips (both ex-chairmen) of our section used to organise our “social” motorcycle trials at Nether Alderley in October and in between Christmas and New Year. These continued for a period of approximately 20 years until the wooded trials arena became unsafe following a winter storm bringing down many trees. Anyone could ride and try out trials riding and members would bring


along a “bitsa” to a pukka trials bike. Bob sometimes appeared on a Tribsa 650! Many people were able to have a go at the “feet up” game due to members loaning their bikes. Later some became proficient vintage trials riders, others like myself preferring less slithery surfaces! In addition to regular Manchester and High Peak runs such as the Buxton, 100 Mile Trial and Four Seasons Runs, Bob used to attend other sections events – a particular favourite being the South Lakeland weekend in September. He usually had an annual trip on his BMW (either R45 or R90S later) to visit his brother in the south of France. The motorcycle was his preferred mode of transport all year round when working in his timber business and later consultancy meetings. His most memorable feats were in the annual end-to-end runs to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease charity. These were organised by Bob Fisher from the Midlands, who came to pay respects along with a huge turn out at Bob’s funeral service at St. Mary’s church in Worsley. Bob undertook six John O’Groats to Land’s End runs in all. On the first trip he suffered an obstructed bladder and was ridden by colleagues to the nearest hospital (Fort William). Suitably fitted with a catheter and leg bag, he elected to proceed with the run rather than face further hospital treatment there. His comrades soon became rather jealous as, when they were scouting for a toilet, Bob was in complete comfort! All he needed to do was to to turn the tap on the bag occasionally when stopped in the gutter! A more rapid “pit stop” than his colleagues! In 1997, his Speed Twin threw a rod during a hailstone storm going over Shap. His rescue organisation took him home to Manchester but he forgot to get his riding gear out of the van. So he gave chase on his BMW R90S and flagged down the van to reclaim his suit! On returning home he noticed that the rear wheel bearing seemed slightly loose. So with yet another change of machine, borrowing his son Nigel’s Honda Fireblade, he was back up the M6/A6 to re-join his comrades for the hotel dinner! The run with vintage bikes was completed with Bob on the Honda! On the 2003 end-to-end run, Bob’s Speed Twin broke down on route to John O’Groats for the start. Undeterred, after rescue, Bob returned to Scotland for the first overnight stop at Nairn just in time for dinner with the rest of the group! Throughout his life Bob was admirably supported in his pursuits by his wife, June, not a pillion rider but much happier in the Austin Healey and his two sons, Nigel and Julian. This continued to the funeral at St. Mary’s church with representation from the Austin Healey club and the VMCC. As a true vintagent of 86, his arrival and departure from the church was on a vintage flatbed Albion truck with “Katie” and Healey fired up! Andrew Hardman

The Jerry Can DAVID DAVIES

During WW2 it was necessary to transport enormous quantities of oil and petrol around the combat zones. Mass transportation was, of course, by ship, supplemented on land by pipelines, railways and road transport. But the final link in the chain – the smaller containers that could be carried on vehicles and poured by hand – was crucial. A fuel container that would minimise fuel losses under combat conditions was a vital necessity. The Germans appreciated this problem, and by the time hostilities began in 1939, the German army had thousands of ‘Jerry Cans’ stored and ready for action. Development took place under the strictest security and the can had many unique features. It was rectangular and flat sided, but with ‘ribs’ to ensure rigidity, and it consisted of two halves welded together as in a typical car petrol tank. It had three handles enabling one man to carry two cans and pass one to another man in a ‘bucketchain’ fashion. Its capacity was 50 litres, and its weight, when filled, 45 pounds. Thanks to an air chamber at the top, it would float on water if dropped overboard or from an aircraft. Its short spout was secured with a snap closure that could be propped open for pouring, making a funnel or other opener unnecessary. A gasket made the mouth leak proof. An air-breathing tube from the spout to the air space kept the pouring smooth and, most importantly, the can was lined with an impervious plastic material developed for the insides of steel beer barrels. This enabled it to be used for fuel and for water. The British army first encountered the Jerry Can during the German invasion of Norway in 1940, and gave it its English name. (I hate to think what the ‘official’ German name was...) It became a highly prized item – but it could only be secured through capture in battle. Problems arising from huge losses of fuel whilst in transit were causing severe problems in the North Africa campaign. It was estimated that 40% of fuel was lost through leakage, evaporation and spillage from the 40gallon steel drums and from the infamous five-gallon ‘petrol tin’ – a square can of tin plate which tended to swell up under the desert sun and to burst at the seams, as well as needing a funnel for pouring. After the debacle of Wavell’s and Auchinleck’s campaigns due to lack of fuel, Montgomery saw to it that he had ample supplies – helped by large numbers of captured Jerry Cans. The penny dropped. By 1943 two million British Jerry Cans had been sent to North Africa, and by VE day some 21 million had been scattered all over Europe. More information is to be found on the Internet at http://www.jerrycan.com

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In brief

Who are they?: These photos were taken by Martyn Short at the Kettering Motor Cycle Club in 1951. I wonder if anyone can not only identify themselves, but also suggest where the pictures were taken? Jeff Waller

Programmes up for grabs

Allen House kindly juggled the words around for an advert for a collection of Sotheby’s and Bonhams auction catalogues that was hoping to raise money for SSAFA – Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen & Families Association – so it appeared I was not actually selling them for my own gain. They raised £50 for the Association, and the money is now in their coffers. Can I push my luck further with you in the same cause? “Programmes for 1000 ’bikes – 2006/7/8 Coupes Moto Legendes – Montlhery and Djon 2000/02/03/04 Hockenheim 2001, Nurburgring Kolner Kurs 2000/02/03/04. Best offer, all of which will go to SSAFA, by 29th February, to me at the email address below. Jim Hammant bjscompo@gmail.com

Registration observation

On the front cover and centre spread of the December Journal celebrating 100 years of the Triumph model H, there seems to be an abnormal amount of ‘SV’ registrations. My search reveals that it was ‘Undesignated’? Was it an original Scottish registration and why was it not used. And now? Is it used as an ‘age-related’ plate? Perhaps my old friend from Kettering days Frank Bayman can explain his SV4224 plate. Jeff Waller

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A look inside

The inside workings of a Ducati Elite 200cc – without taking the lid off. Jeff Waller

Thank you, Archie Beggs

We thank very much Archie Beggs for the help he gave us about our Sunbeam 90 TT 26. We admire our Sunbeam and always we feel very grateful to him and to Joyce. We recognize Archie’s high value of sportman and English gentleman. A hug to Archie and to all the Sumbeam’s friends. Belletti Giovannone - Florence (Italy)

Esway prop stands

In the September Journal on page 38 re Esway Prop Stands Michael Marshall describes his much-loved 1932 250cc Royal Enfield Reg. EZ 3525 and I wonder has there been a mistake, as to me this is a City of Belfast registration from 1936? David Crawford


German sojourn

The VMCC Northern Ireland Section meeting in St George’s Church Hall High Street Belfast on Tuesday 15th March will be dedicated to the 35th Anniversary of the death of Mike Hailwood on 24th March 1981 along with his 11-year-old daughter Michele in a car accident in Warwickshire. We will be displaying some of his

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trophies and memorabilia and showing the BBC’s This is your Life Mike Hailwood, first broadcast in 1974 and a Newsnight Special broadcast on 26th March 1981. Everyone welcome for further information Contact David & Joan Crawford Tel: 02892660057 Email: lario@btinternet.comphoto

Big British Bikes of the 50s and 60s Publishers Herridge and Sons Ltd are probably best known for their extensive catalogue of excellent fourwheeled books, and this new hardback title - written by veteran motorcycle writer Steve Wilson - is building on their paltry motor cycle folio. In this lavishly illustrated tome, images by ace photographer Garry Stuart spice up the eight chapters, seven of which are in essence no more than extended magazine road tests on large capacity machines that were part of the “Rocker” era. Wilson uses the first chapter to set the scene, and effectively justify the choice of machines by analysing the 1950s and ’60s when the British motorcycle industry was at its post-war peak, and looking at how these machines allowed the youth of the day to rebel against the accepted behaviour of the time. Understandably, he features the legendary Ace Café with lots of quotes from Mick Duckworth’s excellent book entitled ‘Ace Times’. Wilson comes up with little new information - rehashing articles that have been circulating for years - and this sets the scene for the rest of the book. Each of the following chapters on the bikes (arranged alphabetically), go on to describe in detail the machine, its performance, handling, strengths and weaknesses, but you can’t help feeling you have read it all before.

It my interest members to know that on 30th April and 1st May next a rally is being held in Osthofen in the south west of Germany. Details can be obtained from Timo or Heiner Rohrwick, Alter Westhofer Weg 45, 67574 Osthofen. Tel/Fax +49(0)6242915829 or wwwkeilriemenfahrt.de Also, on 24-25th September they are to hold hold an ‘Old Crocks’ trial – presumably for veterans. Contact details as above. Not only is this is a very interesting and picturesque region of Germany, but the organisation is excellent, and I recommend these events. Vic Blake

Owners of the bikes featured - a Vincent Black Shadow; BSA Gold Star; Velocette Venom; Triumph Tiger 110; Triumph T120 Bonneville; Royal Enfield 700 Constellation; BSA A10 Rocket Gold Star; Norton Dominator 650SS; and AJS/Matchless 31CSR/G12CSR - will already have detailed analysis of the bike and company history in many other tomes already on the bookshelf. Likewise very little of the archive photography is new, and it is only the specially commissioned colour photography that may tempt you to buy it for someone new to classic motor cycling. As a coffee table work it is OK, but the £35.00 cover price is not for the content, which any committed classic rider and devotee (and certainly owner of the featured machines) will have read many times before! Available for the VMCC, code B264 UK price £35 Ian Kerr

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FOR SALE, EXCHANGE & WANTED

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

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

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

Smallads

FOR SALE: MACHINES

AJS 350 Motor cycle, vgc, runs and rides well, refurbished motor, gearbox amc good, frame later, swinging arm, with V5, totally rebuilt from refurbished parts, pictures of rebuild available. Douglas Johnson 0208 941 2222 mob 07900 681184 (London) ARIEL Colt 200cc c1955, barn find, last reg 1972, untidy but 90% there, lots of TLC needed, engine is free to turn £250. Peter Jackson 01444 236133 (Sussex) ARIEL Leader, nice condition, needs battery, dry stored £2,750. Consider as part exchange BSA D1 Bantam or other t/stroke or interesting four stroke rough basket case projects. John Boggis 01978 842668 (Wrexham) ARIEL Square Four, MK11, 4 piper. 1954/55, rebuilt, but owner passed away before finishing, it’s in good order, needs finishing touches like fixing the seat etc, it’s a non-runner and has no documents £8,000. Peter Kemp 01689 876395 email noriel@talktalk.net (Kent) ARIEL Square Four 1949 with Steib sports sidecar of the same period, on the road and in good condition £9,500, buyer collects. Meirion Williams 01248 430276 (Anglesey) ARIEL 3, good condition, complete, one part dismantled but complete, one V5 to match, complete bike ideal set £400. Sammy Miller 01425 616644 (Hants) BMW R80 1985, good runner, original condition, mot to Sept 16 £2,350. D Else 01795 890241(after 5pm) (Kent)

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: ANY ILLEGIBLE ADVERTISEMENT, OR ANY CONTAINING TOO MANY WORDS, OR  WITHOUT THE ACCOMPANYING FEE, WILL NOT BE PRINTED.

BSA Competition scrambles outfit, 1958 factory built, 500cc, BB34A alloy engine, matching frame, V5C, VMCC history, alloy forks, last owner 1960 £6,950, same bike dismantled, matching numbers, factory bike, VMCC history £4,500. Bill Nicholls 0191 263 2368 mob 0772 4939086 (Tyne & Wear) BSA C15 1961, black, good, tidy condition, runs and rides well. 12 volt, ready to go, BSA Owners Club Dating Certificate and BSA instruction book £1,850. Les Perry 01993 775280 (Witney, Oxon) COMMANDO 850 Mk III, electric start, 1977, not concours but very clean and cared for, Mikuni single carb conversion, original parts come with it, spare humped seat, new tyres and chains, paperwork, any inspection £8,250. Jay Phelps 01327 340282 mob 07436 811514 email jjp57@btinternet.com (Northants) DOUGLAS 4HP Motor Cycle 1920, concours, but needs final running adjustments £14,000. David Barker 01535 606306 barkorology@hotmail.com (W Yorks) JAMES Two Captains L20, 197cc and one Commodore L25, 250cc, 1960/61 approx. easy restoration projects, no V5Cs, garaged, tanks and tinware complete needs painting, loosely assembled £1,150. John Donaldson 01273 493050 donaldsonjordan@btinternet.com (Sussex) KAWASAKI 1989 550GT Trike, big alloys, recently converted to trike, respray blue, new tyres, battery and serviced, lovely condition, mot Sept, retirement sale £3,995. Geoffrey Hambleton 01782 373715 (Staffs)

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LUCAS 4 cylinder racing magneto, type 4vr ENM 3319 £1,500. Mick Hemmings 01327 844877 (Northampton) MATCHLESS 500cc 1948 old buff log book, teles rigid, need restoring £2,450, consider swap for British bike. F. Alcock 01538 753086 (Staffs) MOTO Morini K2, 1984, 350cc V-twin, MoT, manuals, silver/ red, six gears, disc brakes, kick-/ self- start, beautiful handling, only known fault is its owner's Anno Domini! £2,950. Patrick Howell 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) MOTOR CYCLE collection: Vincent meteor 1936 & lots of spares inc. engine, tank & frame. Vincent comet 1952 both nice condition. 2002 Harley Davidson heritage soft tail & Velocette LE 1966. Complete collection £65,000. Willing to split. Malcolm Potts 0776 1056655 (S. Yorks) PANTHER M100 single port exhaust, 1963 (last year of production) years mot, new tyres, stainless rims, spokes, original tinware, Hagon shocks, rack, rebuilt gearbox, manuals featured in classic bike £5,000. Bruce Dougan 01395 276533 (Devon) ROYAL Enfield RE125 1946, model project requires rebuilding and a bit of TLC, V5 available £150. Patrick Pottinger 01189 882226 (Berkshire) SCOTT Flying Squirrel, first reg, 1947, rigid/dowty fork model, very reliable & good runner, frame, engine & gearbox date from 1937/38, some history and MOTs £6,750. Ken Pratley mob 07939 001115 email kenp2212@gmail.com (Coalville) SUZUKI GN 400 1982 single cylinder, kick-start only, mot Sept 2016, excellent condition, frame powder coated, 5-speed gearbox, flexible engine, light weight (325 lb) and low seat height, 17,000 miles £1,250. Colin Webster 01995 604715 (Lancs) TRIUMPH Tiger T100SS, 1963, 6mths MOT £4,400. Honda Fireblade RRN, 1992, £3,200. Kwak Z750B, twin, 1979 £900. Yam DT175 1G1, 1977 £700. Neil Green mob 07790 273204 email uk.neil@gmail.com (Notts) TRIUMPH Model P 1925 Combination with reproduction Triumph Gloria sidecar on original chassis all in excellent condition with acetylene lamps, with some spares. The Reg no. RO***, engine No and Chassis No are all original £10,500. John Chambers 01926 748529 (Kenilworth) TRIUMPH T120, 1966 £7,500. Triumph T120 1959 £9,500. Triumph 6T 1955 £6,000, all bikes restored in excellent condition. D Warren 07850 873717 (Northants) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500-mile race June 1959, this bike finished 4th, only seven entered the race £30,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable)

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FOR SALE: SPARES AND EQUIPMENT

ARROW Leader engine £600. RE Engine 250 SV, 1937, £250. Arrow side stand £45. Centre stand £25. Many Arrow/Leader parts including some tinware. M Dale 01295 710911 (Banbury) BIKE LIFT available to IOM Manx week 2016, outbound 24 August, return 31 August, from/to Stratfordon-Avon, share costs. Peter Cottrell mob 07976 530596 (Birmingham) BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email ken.shemwell@blueyonder.co.uk (S. Yorks) B.S.A. 250 round tank restoring one? Damaged U/S rear brake parts only for use as patterns, Free to collect or pay postage. Ken Baxter 01443 204776 email kenbaxter@gmail.com (S.Wales) BSA XB31 1946 complete bottom end, no7571, matching cases, all cylinder bolts, magdyno strap, flywheels, crank, conrod, cush drive, sprocket etc £350. Rodger French mob 07831 425426 email rodgerf@warwicknorton.com (Hants) CARBURETTORS – Villiers ¾” brass clip fitting with weak/rich lever £60. Amal 15/16” brass LH clipfitting 276 EO/2A £75. 1” flange fitting 276C/1B £75. 1” clip fitting 225/3 - ? Industrial £20, all + p&p. Arthur Spence 01858 463430 (Leics) COMBINATION Lever front brake and air lever 7/8” fitting £35. Villiers throttle lever, 3.5” 7/8 fitting £30. Special Long-leverage control levers 8”-7/8 fitting, the brake lever is designed for twin cables £60. Les Belcher 01865 244744 (Oxford) DRUID forks (early, no. 9930L), NOS, lightweight, drum brake lugs £500. BSA crank & cases F3116 (350cc 1924?) £250. Compression rings 62mm x 2mm pegged £2. Exhaust ring nuts 37mm inside thread x 1.25 £4. Whittle belting 1” £5/ft. Dennis Beale 01452 750424 email dennis@beale788.orangehome.co.uk (Glouc) FRANCIS Barnett tank, excellent condition, complete with original rubbers and badges, just needs spraying £50. Mr Langford 01902 662233 (Dudley) HUDSON Engine, 500cc, ohv, "MSO 1290", ca 1928, 80% complete and engine plates €980. Engine Velocette, 350cc, ohc, "KN 3196", ca 1929, 95% complete €1,200. 2 x Bosch Magneto, 4 cyl, 20's, €300ea, p&p at cost. Roland Schmid, mob +41 79 818 1858 email schmid@yetnet.ch (Switzerland) HYDRAULIC Bike lift £100. Brand New Dunlop Gold Seal K70 Tube Tyre £55, Photos available. Malcolm Smith 01625 526675 email velosmith@aol.com (Cheshire) LUCAS K2F with screw in pick ups £250. Dominator silencers by Campbell £80. Dominator slim line seat £20,


outer primary chain case alt £20. D Wolfe 01732 450920 (Kent) MAGNETOS for sale as a job lot, Lucas KSA1, 4 SR’s, 1SR, Maglita type FD, Wico series a four cylinder and series A single cylinder £900. Derek Carter mob 07964 514984 (Somerset) MOTO GUZZI V35 megaphone silencers, excellent condition £75. Brian Finch 01728 833337 (Suffolk) SPEEDO Smith Chronometric SC5301/34, 0-120 mph complete with light bulb, 44,000 miles, good condition plus Smiths Speedo drive ratio 2/1 BG5330/287 both £160 plus p&p. Roy Bell 01482 634464 (East Yorkshire) SUNBEAM Cylinder & piston suitable for Model 5 & 6 (492cc, 77 x 105.5) No valve gear £200 + Post. Roy Green 01278 722233 (Somerset) TOOLBOXES, Pillion-side steel cases with hand stitched leather fronts and straps, 7½” to 9” long x 4 ½” x 3½” £85. A Greathead 01446 792586 (Wales) TRIUMPH Front wheel WM2+18 Dunlop Rim, butted spokes, 8” TLS brake, good chrome, newly fitted tyre and tube, not concours but very good condition £200. Norman Powell 07861 766008 (S Yorks) TRIUMPH Nacelle top restored, black 61/2 inch headlight £50. New engine shock 19 tooth £25. New Dunlop 325 x 18 £30. Barrie Hall 01926 512083 mob 07980 280581 (Kenilworth) TRIUMPH pre unit front mudguard £65. Rear crash bars plus foot rests £50. Pre unit seat (to restore) £35. 1954 tank strips £25. 1949/50 Trophy 20 inch front rim £30. 1971 Daytona rear mudguard £75. Gary Davies 01159 655287 (Notts) TRIUMPH Tiger Cub front wheel, size 3 x 18 half hub with or without tyre. Steve Back 01245 353102 email di11on@btinternet.com. (Essex) TRIUMPH rev counter, rubber mounted chrome bracket fits under fork top nut £65 plus p&p. D Phillips 01787 312457 (Suffolk) TRIUMPH T140v, brown seat, no rips or tears £49 (can email pictures). Peter Gough 01634 372420 email p.gough676@btinternet.com (Kent) TYRE Levers, set 3 R/angled 6” 1930’s £6, 2 Dunlop flat 9” £4, 9 Whitworth sockets ½” drive 3/16-3/4, universal joint, 10” extension, speed brace £22, taps, 13 cycle, various sizes, threads £35, 5 x 24 TPI £10. Philip Pegg 01362 694688 (Norfolk) VETERAN Saddle c1900-10 in original unrestored condition with Barley twist springs approx 13” x 10” £200. Lucas 3 wire yellow/green/orange alternator stator and rotor c1960 £30. Mike Shaw 01420 588457 (Hants) WIRING Loom, good, second-hand, braided, to fit T90, T100, T120, ING and light switch on tool box £35. New unit 650cc Crank primary side roller bearing part 70-2879 made in England £55. Both include postage. Brian Benson 01539 723408 (Cumbria)

FOR SALE: CLOTHING AND PUBLICATIONS

BARBOUR inter suit m/pile £50 + post. Helmet flat cap covered in red tartan with kite mark £45 + post. R Davis 01943 463935 (W Yorks) CLASSIC Bike Guide, mint condition, issue No.1.June/July 1990 to issue No.103. November 1999 inclusive, £20. Used Motorcycle guide, mint condition, issue No.1. Summer 1986 to Issue No. 74. December 1996 inclusive, £20. Rodney Rumble mob 0783 3370 282 (Berkshire). DON Morley, Classic British Scramblers, Spanish Trials Bikes £80 each. Classic motorcycles BMW £15. All in very good condition. The Second Book of the Royal Enfield, W.C.Haycraft £15. Rob Hutchinson 01642 961804 email rob.hutchinson@yahoo.co.uk (N.Yorks) OLD books, Practical Lessons Metal Turning & Screwcutting, Marshall 7th edition, How to Work Sheet Metal Dyer 1975, Applied Mechanics for Beginners, Duncan 1905, above £7.00 + p&p. M/Cycle Electric Tranter, Spring Design & Calculations, Warring £4.00 incl p&p. Jim Hammant email bjscompo@gmail.com tel 01491 628015 (Reading) SPADA Open faced helmet (small), nearly new £20. Waxed Belstaff overtrousers, 32 waist, unworn £25. Mercian motorcycle manual, all Velocette models 193039, unmarked condition £15. All prices include post and packaging. Richard Gilby 01420 85995 (Hants) WAXED cotton one-piece oversuits. One lined Belstaff and one unlined Barbour, both in very good condition, small to medium, stored dry for a decade or so £50 each. Steve Parlour 01202 842376 (Dorset)

EXCHANGE

AMAC twin float racing carburettor, Excelsior Manxman engine, Quaife 5 speed racing gearbox, Norton twin port 350cc engine, 1928 Humber OHV project. Exchange for 500cc TT Raleigh parts. Paul Ingham mob 07772 096704 email paulingham06@btinternet.com (Lancs) CLASSIC and Vintage machines wanted for family collection, projects considered, exchange my superb Jaguar classic 2 seater, 12 cylinder, GT Tourer, auto powerhood and/or my 1939 SP25 3.5L Alvis “Charlesworth” drophead coupe and cash either way. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) SUNBEAM 500cc 1924 ohv “Grand Prix” engine, also 1925/26 reconditioned gearbox, clutch, kick start assembly, many other pre 1929 parts, exchange with short stoke Manx Norton engine. William Page 01132 871253 (Leeds)

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WANTED

ALL types of motor cycles wanted also spares, any age by friendly motorcycle enthusiast for over 50 years, good cash price paid, will collect, discretion assured. Phil Williams 01691 650137 mob 07856 90050 (Shropshire) ANY make or size classic motor cycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb mob 07811 189755 email g3web@tiscali.co.uk (Tamworth) ARIEL Arrow frame already converted to take a twin carb crankcase, pair GP1 Carbs with stub fitting, competition cylinder heads, AJS 7r Fairing, all for replica 1960 Arrow racer project. Roger 01773 874955 (Derbys) BOWDEN Electric cable soldering machine and any 1928/9 AJS 250 side valve engine spares, cash or swaps. Mike MacLeod 01307 830318 (Angus) BROCKHOUSE Corgi petrol tank and rear mudguard, would consider abandoned project. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email p.gough676@btinternet.com (Kent) BSA A10 or A7 engine or incomplete/parts possibly would consider bike project, also wanted early safety bicycle complete or incomplete parts. Scott Hodges mob 07813 608891(Preston) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email alancurtis@aol.com (Worcs) BSA Sloper cylinder head for 1930 BSA Sloper 500 OHV, twin port preferred but will take single port; please consider selling me your spare head to get my Sloper back on the road. Calvin Bobin 0208 598101 email cbobin@btinternet.com (Essex) CLASSIC 50/125cc sport racer for restoration, also Montesa Impala for spares and Peugeot BB3 SP spares. Lloyd Watson 01209 213386 (Cornwall) COVENTRY Eagle parts for 1937 Silent Superb, rear stand, chain guard, toolbox, leg shields, rear carrier, headlamp and other parts considered. Matt Powell mob 07806 442693 email mjpowell5@aol.com (Wilts) DUCATI Single frame wanted any narrowcase model 160cc to 350cc, to complete project also looking for 5 speed crankcases. Please let me know if you can help. Mark Francis lodola235@yahoo.co.uk 01603 713607 (Norfolk) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt 01442 891447 email dunsley1@ntlworld.com (Herts) EXCELSIOR Talisman 328cc +50 or +60 pistons x 2 wanted, also anything else engine or gearbox may of interest. Roy Puttock 01483 747475 email sales@heritagelocksmiths.co.uk (Surrey)

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FRAME Rigid 350/500 with/without girder forks (Building specials), even frame parts would help and affordable v twin engine or bottom half etc, also single sided wheels/hubs and teardrop or special racy tanks, any era. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) HONDA Camino, PA50, moped, I am happy to consider anything. Peter Goodge mob 07976 373562 (Bedford) JAP 1935 on inner timing cover No. 11913/2 high mag platform and outer cover No. 11468? For JAP mk3 dry sump 500 or 600 engine, swaps if required. Arthur Spence 01858 463430 (Leic) LE VELOCETTE MK111 spares required, especially Cylinder heads but other spares considered. Derek Carter 07964 514984 (Somerset) McEVOY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email peterlancaster25@talktalk.net (W. Sussex) MV AGUSTA 250B engine or contacts for parts, Gilera silencers for 1950’s B300, they are same as 175 etc but handed. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) NER-A-CAR, complete bike preferably or parts, model A, B or C, I had one call from a previous advert and deleted the voicemail in error ! Please try me again. Frazer Sloan 07500 953928 frazersloan@yahoo.co.uk (Northamptonshire)

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NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email andy@keephatch.net (Berks) NORTON headlamp shell, chain guard and rear mudguard wanted for 1957 Norton Model 50, these are the same items fitted to the ES2 and 19S of 1957/58. Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 email Neil.Wyatt@virgin.net (York) NORTON rigid frame, 16H if possible. I have quite a few complete engines from 1948 onwards including Mod 19, Mod 50 and ES2 and would like to do an exchange for a frame. Mike Pemberton 07715 200706 email mikepem49@btinternet.com (Lancs) NORTON tool box for 1953 ES2, this is the first year swing arm model with single front down tube. W B Wootton 01922 415137 (Walsall) NORTON 99 or 650cc cylinder wanted, must be good, best price paid. Mick Hemmings 01327 844877 (Northampton) NORTON 1954 500cc International original parts wanted. Petrol tank, cambox, clutch covers, mudguards, clubmans footrests, both wheel hubs, brochures etc. Any featherbed Inter parts welcome! Please email Alain on recycledreading@gmail.com or try 07952 172772 (I live in New Zealand, visit UK) PEUGEOT P50/51/52 clutch assembly complete with


casing and lever, or a complete engine in any condition, also silencer needed. Nic Hollinworth 01295 270888 email nik@nephroid.com (Banbury) PRE-WAR IOM TT and MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector. Good prices paid, cash or swaps available. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) PRE-1931 Motor cycle prefer runner - condition not important just want to ride on runs and enjoy, I have a budget of £5.5K. Chris Bennett 01283 517703 mob 07717 518310 email drakelow@sky.com (Staffs) RAFFLE Winner of Norton model 50, if you consider selling bike give me a call also, bike full size ramp, lowest price will collect and garage clearout projects and jumble bikes etc or others for sale or ES2 1962. Bill Nicholls 0191 263 2368 mob 07724 939086 (Tyne & Wear) SCOTT, 1914 Bosch magneto model – ZA2. John S. Thompson 01964 542403 (E. Yorks) TIGER Cub 1956 or earlier, must be fairly complete, but condition immaterial, need a winter project. Derek Yates 01438 352979 email boydel@talktalk.net (Herts) TRIUMPH Pre-Unit wheels, mudguards, rear and centre stands and any other spares for 1950 - 1960 Triumphs to finish a couple of projects. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (Kent) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) V TWIN M/C to restore or part bike or spares. Barrie Hall 01926 512083 mob 07980 280581(Kenilworth)

TRADE SMALLS

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

<http://www.aoservices.co.uk-> http://www.aoservices.co.uk-al - Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail vintagebearing@aol.com 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 £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email johnrlawes@gmail.com Twitter, @BEMWDERBY BMW.UK’s longest-established (since 1962) independent BMW specialist for all your BMW needs (singles and twins 'till 1993). Spares, service, repairs, restorations to the highest standard. Used machines bought and sold. Old BMWs purchased inc. non-runners. Mail order and export welcome. Bob Porecha, 303 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5EW. Tel 0208 659 8860. Fax 0208 659 9198. E-mail bob@porecha.fslife.co.uk Working hours: 9.30am – 3.00pm Monday to Saturday or late by appointment. Due to irregular working hours please phone before calling at the shop. BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS. Manufacture of my 43/4” and 63/8” replica Bowden inverted brake and clutch levers will cease at the end of January 2016. I have a small limited stock of component parts to convert into finished lever assemblies, once these are sold there will be no more. However, if anyone is interested in manufacturing these levers, I am prepared to sell the tooling, any residual stock and provide information to enable production to continue. Please contact Alan Clark on 0208 5463312 or email aclark232@btinternet.com for details and price. 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.

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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 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: mike@corkclutchservices.uk tel 01428 707538 GET THE INFORMATION ON YOUR CLASSIC: Over 550 Re-print Manufacturers Manuals & Spares Lists available for British Motorcycles from AJS to Zenith, Albion to Villiers, 1912-1980. Visit www.elkpromotions.co.uk or email books@elk-promotions.co.uk or send for the complete list (SAE appreciated): ELK Promotions, PO Box 85, New Romney, KENT, TN28 9BE 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, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at gezcater@yahoo.co.uk. MAGNETO REWINDS. Veteran, Vintage and Classic magnetos refurbished to customer requirements. Free report and estimate. All work guaranteed. Spare and complete units bought and sold. Ring for details. Dave Fisher, Moathouse Magneto, 52A High Street, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3HB. Tel: 01929 421255, Mobile: 07740 984213. ROB MITCHELL (Leek, Staffs) Small / medium turning – machining work for worn / reproduction/ new parts, made to your sample or sketch. One off’s or small runs / fabrications etc. Contact Rob on 01538 384239 or e-mail- mitchell.robert@live.co.uk. Avonford, Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6AY. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed over 20 years experience in all areas of accounting, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email vinandvet@aol.com VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply

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handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. For further details and list, phone Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles email hintonmotorcycles@gmail.com or call 01258 472262 (evenings 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 07944 140135 email info@vintele.co.uk www.vintele.co.uk

HOLIDAYS

APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENTAL WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS, ITALY. Visit paradise on two wheels! Enjoy beaches, castles, medieval towns, and shopping. Meet warm friendly local people, sample great food and drink. Immerse yourself in rural tranquillity. Run by VMCC member; discount for members. www.villamaieletta.eu www.facebook.com/VillaMaieletta Contact Stephen at villamaieletta@gmail.com B&B IN ATTRACTIVE, WOODED HILLS OF MIDBRITTANY. Small family run, in a small hamlet in quiet countryside, our accommodation is 4 double or 2 twin and 2 double en-suite rooms overlooking open fields. 4-course home cooked evening meals available on request, secure garaging for up to 8 motorcycles, only 1.5 hours from ferry ports with easy access to north and south coasts making it ideal for touring. Short or long breaks. Roads are high quality and largely traffic free. Contact: wwwbrittanystopovers.eu email:kerlouet@gmx.fr or tel: +33 (0) 2 96 45 73 46. BRITTANY BIKER BREAKS - bed and breakfast exclusively for motorcyclists, in a small hamlet in rural Brittany 30 minutes from St Malo ferry. Delightful accommodation, home cooking and secure garaging/workshop for bikes. Guided tours can be arranged. Contact Kim Rowland +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, e-mail brittanybikerbreaks@gmail.com or visit the web at 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 £40 a night. Garages and workshop facilities. Contact Roger Nicholls by phone or


email: rogerlinda@countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk tel /fax 0033296365480 Follow us on facebook: Countryside Holidays in France * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk HOLIDAY LODGES IN MID WALES owned by member. Ideally suited for motorcycle enthusiasts. Large site with safe, secure hard standing for bikes and trailers, utility / boot room in all, fully equipped workshops for those essential repairs. Wonderful touring roads and scenery (10 miles from Llandrindod Wells, 15 miles from Presteigne). Self catering and provision for grocery supplies to be delivered on your arrival. Excellent rates for members. Also suitable for club and group bookings. See our website: Radnor-revivals.co.uk or telephone 01597 840308 for a brochure and information. LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on www.lehamel.co.uk or mail louise@lehamel.co.uk for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259

The Somerset Section's 12th Cheddar Weekend, Incorporating the 51st Cheddar Trial will be held on 16th/17th April 2016 Two days riding in the land of cider, cheese and the summer people. contact- Sue Skinner 01934 820657 Cheddartrial@hotmail.com entries limited so get in early!

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