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The Vintage Motor Cycle

January 2016

Issue 659


The 2016 Spring Raffle - See page 4.


T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE

The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Cover shot Rob Buxton driving his Morgan with Phil Heath doing the necessary at Silverstone in ‘59, part of the family history of a couple who have just joined the VMCC. Full story, Page 50.

No. 659: January 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.

January 2016

Issue 659

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

Under the Bonhams hammer. Discover what this AJS sold for on Page 38

Contents Section notes Diary Correspondence Christmas quiz Happenings Smallads

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This shed-fresh Bantam provides heaps of fun for a new member in Cornwall. – Page 58

New Bullets will come together on new register - Page 43

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:15,300

JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES February 2016 Deadline – Friday 1st January 2016. March 2016 Deadline – Monday 1st February 2016.

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

DRAFT ARTICLES AND BYE-LAWS The final draft version of the Articles, Bye-Laws and Proxy Voting are now available on the website for viewing prior to the AGM.

VMCC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS The closing date for nominations to serve on the Management Committee is Monday 11th January 2016 as shown on page 6 of both this and December 2015 journal.

MAJOR AWARD NOMINATIONS A reminder that the closing date is Monday 11th January 2016 for nominating your fellow members for the annual awards as detailed on Page 7 of this edition.

THE 13th ANNUAL VINTAGE TRAINING DAYS For 2016 the VMCC will be holding two separate training days at the Curborough Sprint Course, Netherstone Lane, Lichfield WS13 8EJ where you can come and experience riding vintage hand-change machines. The dates for these events are Saturday 28th May 2016 and Saturday 3rd September 2016. Please note that there are a few places left to book for the event in September. We will also be requiring suitable pre-war hand change or girder fork machines for the event. Please contact Joanne Delaney at HQ events@vmcc.net to ride or lend a machine and help on the day.

CAMPING AND CARAVANNING 2016 If you require the exception certificate to allow for camping and caravanning on sites which do not have a

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site licence or the need for planning permission or if you have used the permit in the past; (you will need the updated certificate and guidelines); or would like a copy of the permit and the guidelines/restrictions please email:gileswillison@vmcc.net or contact the office.

VMCC FOUNDERS DAY RALLY This bi-annual event will be taking place on 1st May 2016, with all of the Clubs Sections invited to participate in this great event. More information will follow in the New Year, and checkpoint entry forms were sent out to the Sections prior to Christmas.

WEBSITE EVENTS FACILITY UPDATE At the time of writing this for the January Journal (3rd December), we are still resolving issues with the IT company we use to get the events page up and running. However, below is an idea of what it will look like. In conjunction with this we are giving more space in the Journal detailing around eight weeks of events as detailed in the October Journal. Please note: All events need to be published via the Journal or on the website events page to be covered by the Club’s public liability insurance.

Above: the front page of the new version of the VMCC web site events pages. This gives the reader a brief over view of the event. It also has a search function to allow users to search by event name, organising section or by date range. By clicking on the ‘More Details’ link you will be able to see additional content and a full description of the event.


President’s progress

As I start my last few months of office, November has been a time of reflection, as it has been a quiet month for visiting sections or any other activities. This has given me time to remember how each section I have visited or event I have entered has been worthwhile as I have been made extremely welcome at all events. I would like to thank you all for this, as it can be sometimes a lonely trip travelling around the country. I attach a photograph of my 1928 Raleigh S23 Sport parked at Port St Mary on the Isle of Man, where it stayed for at least 3 hours while I went fishing with some friends from Sussex. I have just come back from a long day spent at Allen House at a Management Meeting, which was positive and constructive regarding the future of the Club. It was extremely pleasant to have a meeting without having to discuss any negativity, and plenty of input from members there. We are now moving into the 70th Anniversary year and I hope that each Section is looking forward to supporting this particular landmark. The Baton, which has been produced by President Elect, Rodney Hann, is a superb

Chairman’s chat

The main reason for writing this month is to wish you all a happy New Year and to thank all my colleagues on the Management Committee and the volunteers and workers at Allen house for their work, support, and good humour through the past year. Speaking of the past year, it has not been a bad year at all with the final accounts coming in under budget, which has given me considerably more confidence in the future of the club. Still some way to go until we break even or even make a profit. It is the view held in Allen House that the next stage of rebuilding is to try to get the membership back towards where it was a couple of years ago. The required subs rise and the period of very visible in-fighting in the club both contributed to members leaving or failing to renew. Now we need to either get them back or replace them, by improving what the club has to offer its membership, in terms of services and events, and then promoting this to members and non members alike. Sections will have to play a significant role in this activity and I am sure will want to be involved. So if you have ideas for any new directions you think the club should be going in please make your opinions known. All the best for the New Year, and see some of you somewhere. Pat Robotham

piece of workmanship and my thanks to Rodney for his efforts. This will be making its way round the various Sections, starting from the AGM. John Donaldson has created a programme on where the Baton is travelling to and from, so that each Section can participate. Tim Penn

Editorial

It’s that time of the year once more. The time to order your 2016 edition of Morgan’s year book. This publication by the Rotary of York is an invaluable guide to what’s on in the historic vehicle world in the north of England. Still only £5 including postage and all the money goes to charity. Order it via their website www.morgansyearbook.co.uk. The inexorable march of time... I have just been to the town’s remembrance ceremony at the War Memorial. The numbers of WW2 veterans attending are now very small indeed, and those who can and do turn out are noticeable for their frailty. It is all too easy to overlook the march of time. There is now no-one left alive who raced at Brooklands. Very few who raced at Boreham Wood or Dunholme Lodge are still with us; many riders who thrilled us with their courage and skill in the 50’s and 60’s have joined The Great Majority. Those who toiled in the motor cycle companies’ dark satanic mills, and the craftsmen and craftswomen who supported the retail trade, leave us in ever-increasing numbers. We have a duty to record their memories before it is too late. In the early VMCC days it was customary to hold luncheons – in the most agreeable of London’s watering holes – where the captains of the motor cycle industry and key figures in motor cycle journalism and sport would be invited to attend. No-one, but no-one took notes; or if they did, they would appear to be lost. David Davies

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Testing the raffle bike

Before taking the latest raffle bike out for some exercise, Giles and I discussed the matter of objectivity in reporting on road tests of machines for which we are trying to sell raffle tickets . And so here, dear readers, as a result of our deliberations, is a warts and all account of my few days spent with the Norton Model 50 - except there weren’t any – warts that is. There were a few minor pimples perhaps, of which more anon, but I really couldn’t find anything major to gripe about. I should perhaps qualify that by saying straightaway that, if you are a ‘speed man’ as the old time commentators used to say, you might find it a little pedestrian, for this is no sportsman’s mount. But then I’m no sportsman! First impression was of a heavy bike but, mercifully, one that rolled on and off its stand fairly easily. Starting from cold was a doddle once I got over my fear of flooding and gave it enough petrol (a good tickle and about two thirds air is needed). Hot and warm starting presented no difficulties. Acceleration was smooth in all gears although at no time did I feel my cervical vertebrae were in any great peril – which is perhaps not surprising given we only have a 350cc single pot trying to move quite a lot of motorcycle. Apart from a bit of crunch engaging first gear from standing, changes were positive and virtually silent in all directions: I failed to find a single false neutral! Hills of any substance generally required a change down at some point, but it was fun annoying the trail of BMW owners behind me (other impatient motorists are available). On the level the bike would pull away in top from about 25mph and I found it would cruise happily and was rock steady at about 55 to 60. Any more and it felt a bit strained. The brakes were well adjusted, lacked any judder and

proved very effective at bringing this great lump to a stop, even on wet and leafy mid-November roads. And oh, that exhaust note! Just what a British single should sound like. Grandads, dog walkers and groups of navvies all stopped and smiled admiringly (at least I think it was in admiration) as we passed: lovely! Riding position was ok and the dual seat was extremely comfortable, sitting atop that featherbed frame. I did occasionally have trouble locating the gear change lever, which doesn’t seem to stick out very far; though to be fair, I became used to it after a few miles. The featherbed, incidentally, is the reason for the apparent rarity of Model 20s, many of them being chopped up in later life to provide the frame for the slightly sprightlier ‘Triton’. So there we are: not a quick machine, so not one for the motorway or the daily commute, perhaps, but one you could stay on for hours and hours and enjoy the more interesting highways and byways of our fair land - and one which you feel would probably keep going almost forever. In short this is a well sorted and scarce motorcycle which I would gladly find room for if I were lucky enough to win it – and that’s as objective as you’re going to get! Steve Bullock

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 JANUARY 2016

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And one for the boys (revised)?

The second of this season’s raffle bikes is another pretty scarce model: a very tidy Royal Enfield 250cc Turbo Twin. Essentially it consists of a Villiers 4T engine in a Crusader frame, tarted up with plenty of chrome. According to a gloomy editorial in ‘Motorcycle Mechanics’ in January 1964, “The large capacity motorcycle is out, as far as everyday transport goes”. Well, that may have been true so far as ‘grown ups’ were concerned, but young folk were still keen to take to two wheels, which is perhaps why the backroom boys at Enfield had started looking to develop more attractive smaller models – and since times were hard and money for development scarce, it made sense to use a proprietary engine. The Turbo Twin was introduced in late1963 and in September of 1964 a reviewer in ‘MotorCycle’ described the 4T motor as “smooth as silk”: good choice then eh, chaps?

Weather permitting we will have a road test report for next month, meanwhile, take a look at the picture and imagine you’re sixteen again...

(Editor’s comment: The ‘Crusader’ cycle parts and the Villiers 4T was one of the best combinations for that power unit in its day)

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NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS TO FILL THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES ON THE VMCC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE THREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Directors of the Company and work with the Club’s Officers in the management of the Club for a period of two years. FIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for North West, South East, South West, North Midlands and Anglian region’s for a period of two years. TWO COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for North East and Overseas Region’s for a period of one year. Voting for Directors will be open to all members of the Club and any member may be nominated. Area Reps will be nominated and voted for on a regional basis. NOMINATION FORMS (with more details) ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VMCC OFFICE, ALLEN HOUSE, WETMORE ROAD, BURTON ON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 1TR. Telephone 01283 540557 email: members@vmcc.net NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE CLUB OFFICE BY 5.30PM, MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016

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NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING MAJOR AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT THE VMCC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016

The Dreadnought Trophy:

Presented for an outstanding effort on a veteran or vintage machine.

The Harry Knight Trophy:

Presented for the best performance of the year on a veteran machine.

The Harry Mack Trophy:

Presented for an outstanding achievement on a sidecar outfit.

The John Griffith Salver:

Presented for outstanding activities within the Club.

The E. E. Thompson Award:

Presented for outstanding efforts in promoting or organising Club activities.

The H. O. Burton Award:

Presented for an outstanding riding performance by a Club member using a post 1930 machine.

The Bob Currie Memorial Award:

The Daphne Hedington Dent Memorial Trophy: The Syd Plevin Trophy:

The Footman James Spirit of the Club Award:

Presented to one who, in the opinion of his peers, has made a significant contribution to the world of motorcycling “in the Bob Currie tradition”. For this award a citation is required. Presented to a VMCC member under the age of 25 years who consistently rides in Club events. Presented to a VMCC member for outstanding work within a section of the Club. Presented to a member who, in the opinion of his peers, operates and helps in the background who would in some cases go unrecognised for all their efforts in helping the club.

NOMINATIONS MAY BE MADE BY INDIVIDUALS OR SECTIONS. DETAILS OF THE PERSON NOMINATED AND THE REASON(S) SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE CLUB OFFICE BY: MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 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 rog.jac@virgin.net www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk 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. Speak to him to reserve a table. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com We had such a fantastic last presentation of the year that if you weren’t there you missed a rare treat. Mark Whitham with Dave Moffat as research assistant opened our eyes to the difficulties facing competitors in the early days of the Scottish Six Days Trial. 700 odd miles on what passed for roads was extremely impressive and the photographs and film footage imparted a real feel for how tough the event was then (and still is now). Such was the

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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) amount of information available that we ran out of time and hopefully Mark can be persuaded to give us a “part two” next year. At the time of writing our 2016 calendar of events is not quite finalised but planning is well in hand and it won’t be long ‘till spring arrives and we can get the bikes out of our hopefully cosy workshops. A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 johnandvi4853@yahoo.co.uk The Cold Finger run lived up to its name having one of the first frosts of the winter. We still had a good turnout with 16 machines and 2 passengers. The pub had a good run on coffee and tea but no beer. We still have one run left for this year, seems odd as you will read this in the New Year, probably a follow the leader. We are well on the way to having all the runs organised for next year, I hope they will be as well attended as this year. The first one is on 17th January aptly named the Frost Bite Run, starting at Reg's Cafe, but before then we have a club night on the 13th.


BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 www.vmccbeds.co.uk bryan.marsh@btinternet.com The dust has finally settled after the wild excesses of the Section AGM – no surprises, committee returned en bloc and our financial head is still above the water. The request for new volunteers to help organise runs provoked stony silence so I repeat the plea here. No experience necessary just enthusiasm and a vague sense of direction; lots of help available. The new “Hoppy Memorial Shield” for services rendered was awarded to John Brooker (see picture below). Nigel’s photographic and moving picture show review of the year’s section events was great fun. Lots to look forward to in the 2016 programme.

BLACKPOOL & DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk November saw a packed meeting watch our first film show of the year via a projector on to the wall of the hall, just like being in the cinema! By the time you read this, our first club autojumble will have been and gone as part of the December mtg, it’s a bit of an experiment so we wait to see if it was a success or one not to be repeated! As this is the January issue our thoughts turn to next year’s programme, not sure where the year has gone but for 2016 we have a packed calendar with hopefully something for everyone, all the details can be found on the website. Let’s hope it stops raining, and we can get out for a ride as up here it seems to have been wet forever! BOURNEMOUTH & NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com

BERKSHIRE Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Thanks to some balmy November weather a record 11 riders turned up for the last mid-week run of the year which was an enjoyable 45-mile run through the Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire countryside which was sort of led by our Chairman, Bill Barnes; after a few false turnings we finally ended up at the Four Points Inn at Aldworth where we were joined by a few more of the team who had arrived on four wheels Tut Tut!! All of us then maxed out the Senior Citizens menu and caught up on all the gossip. For our club night Rodney Hann paid us a visit and gave a super practical demonstration on the art of wheel building which might just result in some of us attempting to spoke a wheel. Many thanks to Rod for an enjoyable and informative evening.

The Remembrance Sunday meeting at Holmsleigh Airfield Memorial was busy. Bernie led a run from Ringwood, Harpic led another group from Romsey and many rode directly there. After refreshments and a catchup at the Holmsleigh tea-room we decided it was too wet to go on our planned bike run (wimps or what) so we retired to the Carpenters for more substantial refreshments. That was our last “run” of the year with nothing more happening thru November or December other than our Christmas dinner on the 4th, until the New Years Day run from the British Legion on (you guessed it) - 1st January.

Remembrance Day BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk Happy New Year to everyone. The section website is now up and running and although content is still being added,

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there is plenty on there to give a good idea of the early days of the section and what we get up to now – www.bristolvmcc.com will take you there. Chairman John Dodimead has done all the work so is Webmaster if anyone has any material that could add something to the content of the website please contact John or myself. Our AGM passed without controversy with your Committee being re elected en bloc. Area rep. Rod Hann and Carol were welcome visitors with Rod urging us to read the new proposed Articles of Association on the Club website because of significant changes. On a lighter note don’t forget to visit our stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle show early February, see diary for details. BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 gerry.daine@ntlworld.com BHR had their AGM on Sunday 22nd November at which Ian Botham was elected Chairman to replace the retiring Sam Pearson. To look at the propositions and the results go to "britishhistoricracing-forum". All our dates for 2016 are now confirmed and the celebration of our 50th and the VMCC 70th Anniversary will go ahead as a joint venture on the 24/25/26th June 2016 at Cadwell Park. For those interested in parading (in a similar fashion to the festival of 1000 bikes) please contact me or any of our committee or David Sellers. We are all now working towards bringing off a successful weekend. Entry forms for our racing season will be available early February and to those who received theirs by email will do so this time and those who do not have email send me an A4 stamped addressed envelope and I will post them to you. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc

increasing with a broad spectrum of age of machines, their riders and interests. At our forthcoming AGM on 19th January, we will elect a new Chairman as Tim Simkins steps down; we thank him for his contribution over many years to the section. We look forward to the year ahead with a new Chairman and Committee members. Our first major event being, the annual dinner on 6th Feb. For last minute availability contact myself. BURTON & DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net Happy New Year to all you avid readers, it seems strange writing this in November but such is the insanity of a publisher’s deadline. Still there’s not a lot to write about this month as the Autumn Mist run has gone and been written about and the Frostbite run is not until December the 6th, past the deadline date. That only leaves the A.G.M which went very well. The three officers jobs were put up for grabs, as we have all done well past our three year stint, but there were no takers. So you will have to put up with us for another year. Don’t forget that the January club night is on WEDNESDAY THE 13TH and in the main hall and not Tuesday as usual. Look forward to seeing you there. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 adie851@hotmail.co.uk We had a great night at our Xmas meal, thanks to Bryn and Jim whom organised the quiz afterwards. Thanks to all whom attended. Looking forward to events in the New Year, please look at our website and magazine for details and changes. Hope to see you at one of our meetings soon, new faces always made welcome. Happy New Year. CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 bill.coburn@btinternet.com

Brookland’s annual jumble at Bisley, held on Remembrance Sunday each year.

Another year begins, we reflect on 2015; it’s encouraging that attendance at our meetings, runs and events are

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The Section November meeting was a ‘full house’ to hear our youngest Section member Lachlin McLeod. It was an illustrated talk on the Royal Observer Corps duty of manning the many nuclear fallout posts that were around during the time of the Cold War. In particular he talked mainly about the many nuclear fallout posts in the Angus area one of which is close to his home at Aberlemno, but there were a few like minded volunteers from other posts, in the audience, who brought along artefacts. A good night by a young man. Well done Lachlin for organising it all. Thank you.


CHESHIRE & NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com We had an enjoyable Christmas ‘do’ at Club Night in December. The evening was given over to fun, feasting and frivolity. Hopefully, the ‘musical’ entertainment maintained the previous standards of these ‘dos’. Very special thanks go to Ann Kay, Celia Cope and Marge Skeldon for providing the very tasty buffet arrangements. This month, it’s our AGM on Tuesday 19th January. This provides an opportunity to voice any suggestions, concerns or ideas over the way this Section is going, fellers! Then, on Tuesday, 16th February, we’re holding our ‘Bring and Buy’ auction. This note should give you time to delve those darkest corners of the garage/shed/attic to unearth those serviceable tools, spares, accessories etc, that someone else could use whilst helping restore Section funds. In the meantime, your Committee send you their best wishes for a Happy (and ‘Restorative’) New Year with plenty of fine weather for ride-out opportunities. CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk Happy New Year, all ‘Cats! We had two events at our November meeting, the first being Bernie’s Brilliant Quiz (with absolutely no cheating whatsoever – thanks Bernie!). The second was a video show. Jeff Meehan has been Go-Pro-ing various events throughout the Riding Season and treated us to the edited highlights viewed from his handlebars. Thanks Jeff, it was excellent despite the projection equipment’s failed attempts to spoil things. If anyone would like a copy, talk to Jeff next Club night. All events planned for 2016 are now on our website www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk (click on the ‘Calendar’ tab on left side). January Club night will be our AGM and hopefully an Auction (hard to be sure this far in advance!). Hope to see you there! CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk Not much motorcycling going on at this time of year but we still had a couple of hardy souls turn up for the AGM on two wheels. As has become customary, George Head acted as MC. Alistair Jack stood down from the Committee after many years of sterling service and was replaced by the very capable Willie Sweeting, otherwise the Committee were duly re elected. Chairman Gordon

noted a year of increased club activity in general, with more members turning up at meetings and events. Next year also looks to be excellent. Afterwards Bob Dougan showed us the very clever LED tail light he has made to fit inside a top box. A very good Christmas to you all. CORNWALL Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 lclayton56@btinternet.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk Happy New Year and safe riding in 2016! Truro club night welcomed Sam Lovegrove to provide us with an excellent insight into building a Brough Superior and the Salt Flats record achievements. This proved to be informative, entertaining and showed what can be achieved from a humble shed. Peter Old’s Dolly’s Run started and finished from Ladock, covering 40 miles in the drizzle and wind but did not deter riders taking part and answering questions along the way. Bill Phelps travelled from South Wales to give Truro an interesting illustrated talk covering some 60 years of his motorcycling life. Hopefully the West Briton newspaper reporter will be at the New Year Run on 17th January to write an article for Cornwall Section. Bonham's representative, Jonathan Vickers is attending January’s Truro Club Night speaking about the Broughs on Bodmin Moor and valuations of items brought along. COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ January 2016 and a Happy New Year to All, and some great events to look forward to this month. The New Years Day Gathering may well have come and gone by the time you are reading this, but through this month we have lots in store. On the 6th we have our Motorcycle Book and Ephemera Sale, followed on the 17th by the Winter Sporting Trial and then a talk on the 20th by Peter Tustin on "My Life with Broughs". A quiz night on the 27th, pre dinner Social Run on the 30th followed by The Dinner and Awards Presentation on the same night. Then to finish the month there is a Winter Wandering on the 31st. Looking further forward to April we are still looking for volunteers to assist at the Felix Burke Memorial Run. If you can help, please speak to any committee member. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 alan@magic-wheelers.org.uk www.magic-wheelers.org.uk The turnout for the Peacehaven Farm event was remarkable considering Saturday’s torrential rain. The run

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took place in a lucky window of dry weather for once, it was pretty windy though. The section A.G.M. took place after the run, and was a good natured affair. The same team was elected again, and we owe a big thank you to Ivan Dutton and his family for looking after us so well. We have a good programme of events for next year which can be found on our web site.

he was also responsible for the fine weather. No more runs until March but we do have the New Year lunch to look forward to. This is held at The Welcome Fryer, South Molton, on January the 3rd, at 12.30pm. The owners open just for us and last year the cafe was almost full, so be early to be sure of a place. At club night on Jan the 21st we have a film. We are not sure of the title yet but it will have a motor cycling theme. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 kenneth.druce@homecall.co.uk

Colin Morris gets a little help. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 www.vmccdartmoor.com osmondstujais@sky.com At the section’s meeting a large group of members were treated to an interesting presentation, recounting details of a trip made to Brittany on Classic Motorcycles by a small group of members earlier in the year. The group are planning another trip during 2016 any interested members wishing for more information contact Brian (01548 581319). We remind members of our annual dinner on 11th February 2016, at the Tally Ho, Littlehempston. Interested members contact John (01803 527469). The first club night of the New Year will be on Thursday 14th January 2016 at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes. Where we hope to plan the rides and activities for 2016. For further information on club activities visit our website at VMCC Dartmoor. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com We were given a warm welcome at Blackberries Hotel in Bampton where we had coffee at the start of the Guy Fawkes run. The early mist cleared as soon as we got up onto Exmoor where we all enjoyed a most pleasant day’s riding. Gordon planned and led the run and tells me that

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Thanks to Dave Burfit for a splendid run that saw thirty bikes enjoy a good day out with no rain and only a few damp patches to contend with, the route covered around fifty miles avoiding busy roads and including some autumnal leafy lanes. Club night speaker was John Beattie who gave us an interesting talk on military aircraft that he has flown over many years including helicopters, prop engine planes and jets. John has also survived six engine failures, which by my reckoning, means he has three lives left. Phil Allen has kindly agreed to take over the role of Vice Chairman from Tony Morpeth, Tony is not off the hook as he will continue on the committee. January Note, Gabby’s New Year’s Day run 1st, Lunch Meet West Stour 6th and Bob’s run 10th, Breakfast Meet West Stour 30th. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 bob341rc@outlook.com Thank goodness that is all over. I hope all had a good Christmas and New Year and now is the time to try on your riding gear to make sure it still fits. Everybody knows they shrink with lack of use. The photo shows the start of the November ride. Our run this month is out to Portland Bill. Normally a summer ride but no one volunteered for January so our erstwhile Chairman decided the roads would be quieter this time of year so that’s where we are going.


EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com www.vmcceastlancs,co.uk First compliments of the season to one and all, second apologies for the lack of December's notes due to gremlins in the machine. The Memorial Run had sixteen riders, visits to Lytham and Glasson Dock and raised thirty-five pounds for the NWAA. At the November AGM, all Committee Members retained their respective positions. Treasurer John deemed that there would be no increase in run fees, due to the section's healthy financial position. The Section Trophy was awarded to Graeme Bretherton for attending and completing every single section event last year. Well done Graeme, that's no mean feat! The In-house Quiz was won by Chairman Dave and thanks go to Dave Thorp for setting an interesting quiz. Our Annual Presentation will be on 28th February at the Duke of Wellington, Helmshore , so if you have a trophy, I need it back pronto! Contact the Committee for tickets. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 wimdons@hotmail.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk With bad weather forecast four members turned up for Brian's Breakfast Run but were treated to a dry run finishing at the 1066 Cafe near Battle. Bonfire Night for the Section was delayed for a week and finally took place on 21 November when about 20 members turned up at Brian's Barn for a very sociable evening. Very few runs now but there is still the New Years Day run starting from the Six Bells at Chiddingly. Tickets for the Section's Annual Dinner on 20th February are still available so why not contact Stan Manning on 01424 424476 for a good evening. All other sections are invited. Usual Club Night's in January but a special Video evening on the 24th February at the Cricket Bat Factory at 8.pm. Belated Christmas Greetings to everybody and a Happy and Safe Riding in 2016 for All Ancient and Modern Bikes. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 denniscooney.mc@btinternet.com http://www.holdorf.karoo.net/ January 2016 already, where has 2015 gone? Having now done the rounds of Christmas dinners. Our village dinner, the local section of the AJS and Matchless owner’s club dinner. Our own section of the VMCC dinner in which we had as special guests Giles Willison from Allen House and Brian Fisher of Rise. Hope you both enjoyed the hospitality of our section and of course the dinner. Now to get the pounds off and the bikes sorted; two of mine 25

Raleigh and 55 Matchless require a fair amount of work before the riding season begins. What with the club’s exciting program and our sections events we shall have plenty of excellent runs to satisfy our enjoyment of our old motor cycles. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk The season starts with the New Years Day run from Writtle Green at 10.30 for 11.00. Weather permitting. On other years this has not proved to be too cold for those hardy individuals. January Club night is the AGM where everyone has a chance to vote for the new Committee and other posts. The Trophies are awarded. Come along and get yours or applaud others. We also get to nominate our charity for the next year, please attend if you can. November club night was a talk by Alan Matthews on the best vantage places to see the racing on the Isle of Man racing with useful hints like whether to be on the inside or outside of the circuit and the location of the best cakes and beer. Thanks Alan. A happy and safe new year to all. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) reg.eyre@tesco.net The AGM in November saw Dennis Beale and Reg Eyre returned as Chairman & Secretary respectively, Ian Dettmer taking over as Treasurer from John Mockett with thanks for his long service. The conjoined Bring & Buy found new homes for some interesting objects and added a few coffers. On Feb 14th we have our Lunch & prize presentation at the Tudor Arms, Slimbridge; tickets @ £10 for the main course, you order & pay for any extras on the day. Next club night is Jan 28th, 8pm, Thornbury RFC, Trevor Wells will educate us on pre ’31 Francis Barnett’s. Get your entries in quick for the Pioneer Run. We welcome any suggestions or offers of appropriative presentations for club nights. Flat Tank Week-end is June 24th-26, Forest of Dean; diary it now please. Further info or Section Calendar from Secretary 01242 870375 (before 9pm) or Chairman dennis@beale788.orangehome.co.uk , tel 01452 750424. GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931 561898 rustynuts@talktalk.net November was a good month for our group, started with half a dozen of us joining with Clyde Valley and Auld Reekie members on a shared trip to the Speedway

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museum at Loanhead. What a great place, well worth a visit. At our monthly meeting on the third Tuesday a full house welcomed Alastair Alexander who gave an entertaining talk on a trip around the Hebrides on mopeds and auto cycles, inspiring stuff. November ended with the news from Allen house that official group status had been approved. In December we have a chat and film night at our Tradeston ex Servicemen’s club venue. I guess we are all looking forward to 2016. Our first guest speaker of the year on 19 January is Myles Raymond whose story is about the recreating of the 1950s Daytona winning BSA machines, looking forward to this one, why not come and join us. GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com November speaker Gary Mason gave another excellent talk, this time on fuel. He gave an overview of fuel types ranging from liquid fuels for turbines to petrol and diesel. His talk concentrated on impact of lead additives in controlling octane rating and reviewed possible options for dealing with this including ‘suggesting’ the following – Trying lead additive substitutes; timing adjustment; valve and or head replacement/upgrade. He also covered the forthcoming increase of Ethanol content of fuel which has a degrading impact on plastics, gaskets, fuel pipes and fibreglass tanks. For January Club night it is proposed that members have a quiz question setting session, for a later quiz. Hoping everyone had a good Christmas and New Year; did not over indulge too much and have not yet broken any fitness New Year’s resolutions! Looking forward to the New Year and hopefully some good dry weather to start riding again. GRASSTRACK & SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 stuart.towner@blueyonder.co.uk Well, another AGM is gone and a provisional calendar set for 2016 which will be published when the dates are confirmed. All the usual suspects of the last committee were re-elected with the addition of Michael Croucher who has volunteered to help our effervescent leader, Janet Abbott with the trophies. Well done Michael and welcome aboard - no fear we are a friendly bunch and work well together. One matter that was discussed was something I mooted here in the past was a Marshalls Club. What we are looking for is a nucleus of members who are willing to cover our area of grass tracks (mainly south to Midlands) to turn up to marshal at our meeting. Training will be

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given and as an incentive a packed lunch will be given too. All in all a splendid way to spend a day out and to help a race meeting. GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 The section’s Skittle night is always well attended, this year’s event was no exception. The organisation by Henri and Marina’s ensured a full house, so it’s thanks to them, and of course, well done to the winners. This time of year there’s not much going on so the Gwent section wishes all members a good New Year to come, and remember, the Gwent section meets at the Rising Sun, Pandy, near Abergavenny on the third Tuesday of the month, 7.30 pm, all welcome. HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk Section runs will rotate their starting points around the county towns of Bromyard, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington and Tenbury, but most will start in Hereford. Weekend runs will usually be the last Sunday in the month, midweek rides will normally be the second Wednesday of the month. The section’s first Sunday ride will be held in conjunction with the Worcestershire section starting at 9.30am from the square in Bromyard on Jan 31st . It is hoped to offer an alternative route for older bikes, mopeds and for those who just want a gentle Sunday ride. Further dates will be published later. IPSWICH & SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 maryandtink@live.co.uk www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk Sorry about December notes as I did not have time, I hope you all had a good Christmas and you got the tyres you wanted, Happy New Year to you all, It’s that time of year when you can get in the cold shed and fix the little jobs you have put off for the last few weeks, You will be pleased to know the Committee have now made up their mind and the date list is now finished, it can be collected from Neville. The first club night is on the 5th January. The AJS club have invited us to their Film night on Wednesday 10th February; 7pm Waldringfield Golf Club. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 aj.richardson@rocketmail.com Due to the collective failure of others to remind him to bring the equipment, (He said!) Chairman Phil's Novem-


ber Grope Bag Night had to be postponed. However with a fair number present the alternative Noggin and Natter had its usual variety of topics. There was much humorous banter when I suggested ways those present could prepare for my questions at the forthcoming Quiz Night in December. The annual Post Christmas Meal is planned for January 22nd; anyone interested please contact a Committee Member. The first 2016 Club Night is 18th January. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Ken Blackburn 01624 673590 www.vmcciom.org Happy New Year and safe riding in 2016. Following on the success of Richard Bark’s world speed records achieved at Bonneville, Utah, U.S.A., in 2013, our November club night was enlivened by committee member Chris Procter’s talk on his planned follow up attempt of a further world record at the same venue in 2016 riding his latest 600c.c. 300 b.h.p. machine which Chris had brought along, together with a 250c.c. Royal Enfield engine which has been ‘tuned’to power another machine to be ridden by section member Ralph Mitchell at the same event, we wish them both every success. Top man in the November Dhoon Quarry trial was Shaun Huxley followed closely by 2nd and 3rd riders Kevin Whiteway and Sammy Ball. Next trial is scheduled for 17th January at Old Stoney Mountain. Club night guest for January will be Morton Media’s Richard Rosenthal at Knock Froy 14th 8pm. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 gladingreg@gmail.com The newly-elected (same) Section Committee have held their first meeting & have started planning activities for the New Year, suggestions would be welcomed. The last lunch run of 2015 took place in awful weather, all attended by car not surprisingly. Mark Earp's IoW Curiosities talk (part 2) was most interesting & enjoyed by a good crowd. In spite of there being fewer items for sale at our Bring & Buy our resident auctioneer Jeff Read did his usual fine job, which raised £133 for section funds. Thanks to Jeff & all who brought & bought. Our first club night, a noggin & natter is on the 12th. Harry is presenting a film evening on the 26th. The Chairman and Committee wish everyone a Happy New Year and safe riding in 2016. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk We must be doing something right as we welcomed a

packed house once again for our November Club Night but then it was the return by popular demand of our very own Dangerous Don from Dereham and his Dodgy Digital Downloads keeping everyone amused for an hour packed full of short films covering all sorts of topics from correct road craft while riding on L plates, machining a massive crankshaft to taking a test ride on a new bike with the salesman sitting on the pillion. Brilliant as always Don thanks for all the hard work putting it together once again and by the time you read this you have until April to get the next one ready. Another full year of events has been sorted with one or two new riding events planned and hopefully some interesting guest speakers once again. Have a happy and safe 2016. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk www.vmcclakeland.co.uk Season’s Greetings to one and all. Hopefully you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to a prosperous New Year. Our last event of 2015, the Bluebird Café Ride-In was attended by 57 members, a record turnout perhaps. The AGM at the end of November saw two committee members stand down, namely Martin Tuer and George Bownass, our thanks to them for their sterling contributions to section activities. A proposal at the AGM was to change the club night to the first Thursday of the month rather than the last Thursday at present, to make it easier for some members to attend. Given the low attendance at the AGM it was decided to canvass section members’ opinions through these notes and by email. So, please let me (Colin) have your views, be they neutral, positive or negative. Guest speakers are still being sought, any ideas to me please. MANCHESTER & HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 I have to start with the sad news that two of our longstanding and respected members have passed away, Bob Grant died on 30th October then we lost Fred Wilson on 28th November, they will both be sadly missed and our condolences go to both their families. On a lighter note we are indebted to Selwyn Parry for setting up the M&HP website at www.vmccmhp.wordpress.com. November club night Jeff Meehan from Cheshire Cats gave us a very entertaining talk on roadside features that we all see on runs but don’t always know or appreciate the meaning or history of. Volunteers are still needed for 2016 runs and observers for the trials so please step forward, you know you want to! Finally I am trying to trace ‘Cyril the Signman’. He

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moved from Laxey to the Stafford area, if you know of him can you please let me know? MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 / 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk On the 1st November, over 30 members of the section turned out in less than pleasant weather, for Brian Andrews run to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance HQ in Marden, Kent. The purpose? To deliver our yearly donation, which this year amounted to £1200, well done boys and girls. Unfortunately the crew was out on a call when we arrived, but at least some poor soul was benefitting from the Air Ambulance’¡s existence. November’s club night was as convivial as usual, there is always plenty to talk about around old motorbikes, bits falling off, rebores etc and that’s just the riders. Then there was another night of the same, but this time a social evening at the Elephant Pub in Faversham. A fine free house, with an open fire and good beer, the company wasn’t bad either and a good turnout. MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands

sorts of unwanted or unloved items, not just motorcycle related bits, and as ever Alan Price and Richard French are our Auctioneers. Grommit is donating a piece of cheese. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 6571693 p.gunnee@talktalk.net www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk The section night in November featured a lively account of Tony and Mike Pearson’s adventures on their Monte Carlo or Bust! Charity car rallies. The events were obviously very far removed from our own local runs and proved very entertaining. Our Social evening is planned for the 5th February at the Shires; menus/tickets are now available, see Richard or me. The postponed Auction will now occur on the17th February club night, please dig out all your unwanted bits and book them in early. Plans for 2016 are completed; cards will be made available at section meetings. For those going to the Classic Bike Show at Newark, 9/10 Jan, we will have a section stand there over the weekend, come and see us. All the best for the New Year, hope to see you all out and about in 2016. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Paul Braddock 01604 710104 07900 357018 paul.braddock@ymail.com Happy New Year to you all! Sorry I missed the December journal, work got in the way. Hope you are all well and in good health. The AGM was a turbulent affair, I understand as I did not attend. It’s a shame that we beat each other with sticks when we love our motorcycles. If only we could channel all this energy into the sections affairs instead of looking for faults, maybe we would not be desperate for officers. I am like most members, I like the section and respect anyone who stands up and helps to promote this. No runs this month. I am afraid I haven’t the date for the club night/speaker yet. I wish you all a safe and healthy year to come and hope the politics do not prevent us from being the section I have always been proud to be a member of.

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NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk Seasons greeting to all, either Christmas or New Year depending on when this Journal arrives. If before New Year then a reminder that on the 1st we have our New Year’s Day gathering at The Round Oak, Wombourne. 11 for 11.30 for a short social run if you want it, or from 12 if you don’t. Details in the Diary Section. With effect from


the meeting on January 6th, The Round Oak will be the new venue for Club Nights, first Wednesdays from 8pm. In January we will show some vintage motorcycling films, then on February 3rd it’s the AGM.

It was Triumph Bathtub Day for the Winter Wander on November 15th: Bill Harley’s T100A, Ray Heap’s 21, Brian & Pat Empsall’s Speed Twin. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com ww.northcotswolvmcc.com We were sad to hear of the passing of Roy Newman, our condolences to his Family. Good haul at Levis Cup, including Team Prize. Two runs in excellent weather; The Windmill Run with Glyn Buckler and Idiots Run with Chairman Mike and two popular Wrinkly runs with the Hallards. At Club Night we celebrated Graham Hallard’s 80th Birthday with a cake made by Judi Delaney which survived briefly before being devoured. By now we will have enjoyed another excellent Christmas dinner at the Lygon Arms and frozen on Bob Ashwin’s New Year Run. Happy New Year and safe riding. Graham Hallard celebrates his 80th Birthday with his friends in the North Cotswold Section. NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 nevmcc.notes@googlemail.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ neil.wyatt@virgin.net With Sadness, John, Richard Stang aged 61 passed away on 8th October 2015. Please see the obituary on Page 66 of this edition. Thank you Ted, for supplying the

necessary words and photo. By the time you read these notes the 2015 Section AGM will have passed. I shall not be at the AGM this year for the first time in an age due to travel but if I’m still in office then I’m sure someone will let me know if there are any changes, so I can pass these on in these notes next time? The December meeting will take place on Sunday 3rd January, where I’m certain our catering executives will produce something seasonal. Only hope Martyn and Mick are standing once again. An interesting article in last month’s TCM with a kit available to take Ethanol out of petrol! Hope Santa gets me one. Happy New Year all and Safe riding 2016. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 kateguy@googlemail.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com Christmas eh? Our November film show was most enjoyable...a couple of good period bike films plus comedy interlude starring Warren Mitchell! Thank you Geoff. Don't forget the Hangover Run on New Year’s Day, AGM on January 14th and on February 11th, an ‘Evening with Peter Williams’, ta dah! Seriously though, highly respected racer, raconteur, engineer and designer....tis going to be good, £5 entry...all proceeds to TTRA... Hey, 2016, no doubt some great motorcycle times in this 70th Anniversary year to look forward to, Yippee!

NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk The NW Section Chairman Alex Graham wishes a Happy New Year and safe and plentiful riding to all VMCC Members. We are really close to securing a new venue for our Sunday January 17th bike-ride-meet which will include Indoor facilities. I will do my utmost to publish

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this on the website and through our texting service in early January. No doubt people will turn out for Worden Park but this will no longer be a NW section event. We have a new and hopefully exciting events calendar which will be published on the website. Anyone wishing to join us for any of our events will be made most welcome. Text any questions to the section mobile number 07734 743314. Details of our activities are on our website. The address is =under the section title. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 hilary.dixon@northumbria.ac.uk Happy New Year everyone! Back in November last year, we had a good turnout for the Section AGM where all officials were re-elected (some taking a bit more persuasion than others!). The following week, a small, but attentive group received a very interesting talk on Dreadnoughts by Malcolm Byrne, including intricate manoeuvres with model boats, very impressive and not a sand bank in sight! A donation was collected for the NE Air Ambulance. We have an interesting schedule for the darker winter club nights – come along on Jan 25th and for our Quiz, and hope to see lots of people for the film night on 22nd February (there may even be ice cream!) NORWICH & DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk Our runs are now on hold until winter has passed. We have booked our Section’s annual dinner for February 14th, this time we have chosen a new venue in the Drayton area of Norwich. We have been planning our new season’s events. The major change is the Committee’s decision to discontinue our Camping Weekend, an event that has given a lot of enjoyment to many people from many other Sections over many years. We were faced with losing six of our key volunteers and having to find a new venue. The amount of planning that goes into organising an event of this kind is formidable and has in the past spanned a period of seven months. We would like to thank everyone who has supported this event in the past and in particular the Norwich Section’s volunteers and their partners who have given their time year after year. NOTTS & DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 zrussell2@googlemail.com At this time of year outdoor activities are greatly affected by weather and the remaining rides at the end of November and mid December are vulnerable to

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disruption, even though there have been no extremes of temperature and only minimal use of de-icing salts (the latter being possibly the greatest source of anxiety to the experienced rider). Forecasts in the Midlands have also tended towards undue pessimism lately. The social season is under control, with the party night and annual dinner on 17th Dec and 9th Jan respectively, and the activity list for 2016 is being arranged. The section website contains information about our activities, and can be used for last minute notifications should any details be altered. OXFORD (SM) Pete Ryman 01235 200367 alphacanaris@hotmail.co.uk Our quiz night was well supported, with the Berkshire section again taking the honours. Special thanks to Chris Luckett once again for chef duties. Next year looks to be busy again, with a full programme of runs, to include a three-day Welsh adventure. We wish all the staff at H.Q. and our fellow VMCC members the season’s greetings. Ride well and ride safe. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk A Happy New Year to all. Let’s hope 2016 is dry and interesting. We start the New Year with a talk by Frank Baines and Paul Mercer on their ride from Bolton-byBowland to Vladivostok, via Mongolia, on their Honda Dominators. At our November meeting we heard a talk by Dave Prismall on the Accrington Pals in the First World War. Recruitment to the battalion was rapid taking only three weeks, the general enthusiasm helped by the financial pressure imposed by a lock-out at the town’s largest employer. The men were deployed to Egypt and then to the Somme where on the first day’s offensive they suffered around 80% casualties. A very interesting but sobering presentation. Thanks Dave. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk The first Sunday Run of the year is planned for April. However there’s a full calendar of club night speakers to carry us through the winter months. Nicola Day joins us in January to speak about the Northumberland Fusiliers, whilst Gordon May is back in February to regale us with his tale of 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. With the Reivers Section based twenty miles north of Hadrian’s


Wall, Edinburgh is not so far away! We’ll probably be offering a Section Checkpoint for the 2016 Founders Relay Rally so let me know if you’d like to help staff it! SHEFFIELD & S YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 david.sellars@sky.com I would like to wish everyone who reads this A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR and safe riding in 2016. Don’t forget our Christmas dinner is on 23rd January 2016. We will have Noel Whittall giving us a talk about taking his Model H to the Alps at the Jan meeting. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 derek.trow@talk21.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk November club night was an excellent talk by John Carter on vintage racing on a Velocette. He told us of his experiences over the 7 years racing on various circuits around the country, his favourite being Oulton Park, Cheshire. He had a couple of accidents, one causing a friend to crash due to the brake arm snapping off, the other when he tried to overtake, he went on to bare tarmac and slid off and was run over by the following rider. He then decided enough was enough and finished his racing career. Thanks to John for a great evening. We still have rooms available on our weekend away trip to the North East in February. Thank you to Chairman Godfrey Cookson for gifts he gave to the Treasurer and Secretary for their work over the past year. Happy New Year to all!

Richard! Thanks, a good route enjoyed by all. We had an enlightening talk about the Somerset and Dorset Railway by a knowledgeable Terry Temlett. A Coach Trip to the London Motor Cycle Museum was very interesting, although the ladies visit to nearby Richmond was not so good due to heavy traffic. We had an interesting conversation with Bill Crosby, the museum founder and his staff (family) who were very knowledgeable. Our section made a donation to support the collection. Thanks Ruth for organising. A change of venue for The Frostbite Run on January 17th, now at The Three Wells, Polsham, (A39), formally The Camelot. Meet 10-30am. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all and safe riding. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a good Christmas. The 2016 programme is now available, so please ring or e-mail me if you have not got a copy yet. We have a full and varied programme for the year (by our standards anyway), and the Committee hopes that you will both support it and enjoy it. At our 5th January club night, Ian Young will lead a rapid-fire motorcycling “word association” challenge, to test your knowledge. At the February club night there will be a motorcycle-based

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SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk We all enjoyed our Christmas dinner in December, and hopefully your raffle prize was what you always wanted!! Not much riding due to the miserable weather at the moment, however the days are getting longer. Please attend the AGM next month so we can plan our year. Happy New Year/Blwyddyn Newydd Dda. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 pc.newman@mypostoffice.co.uk www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk The Guy Fawkes Run from Cheddar attracted an excellent turnout on a warm November Sunday. Last to arrive was the organiser! Hope this is not an early senior moment

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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. We will also be holding our (short) AGM, so all volunteers one pace forward. Good riding in 2016. SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk In October a number of members kindly took part in a charity event at a Weymouth School to bring some cheer into the life of a small boy suffering from a brain tumour. At the November meeting a discussion was held about the venue for next year’s runs. Members were informed about the baton run which South Dorset are involved in on the 28th and 29th May. This is the time of year when I look back on all the photos I have taken throughout the year. In this one Nick is asking Maggie if his hair needs combing!

Anniversary in December and we wish you all the best for 2016. As usual we have a varied programme of quizzes and talks to entertain you at club nights through to the summer months. SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk www.southhants-Vmcc.co.uk We were all saddened by the death of Mike Sherwin in October. Mike was a founder member of the South Hants Section. His funeral was well attended by friends and colleagues. Mike leaves behind a vast collection of bikes, equipment and memorabilia and one wonders what will happen to it all in the future. The revised program of events for 2016 is still open to discussion. More volunteers are required to lead the runs. Please come forward with your ideas of destinations. Dave is well ahead with plans for the annual dinner and is hoping to hold it at the Lyses Hotel in Fareham in February. January monthly meeting is on the 4th and the AGM is on Monday 1st February 2016. All at the Hill Park Working Mens Club in Fareham at 8.00 pm. Please come along and have your say and perhaps volunteer for a role on the committee. SOUTH LINCS & PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 janda.salix@hotmail.co.uk http://www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk November featured Beamish Awards ceremony masterminded by Tom Norman aided by Brian Smith with presentations being made by Dennis Marwood a long time Beamish competitor (retired). 80 marshals competitors and members packed the cricket club for an excellent buffet with some travelling from Cornwall. Twenty-four riders took part on the final championship trial at Underbanks near Reeth. Tickets now available for the Presentation night (January 9th) at Walworth Castle. Awards for the Northern Road Run, Section and Trials Championships, Over 60’s, Concours, Consolation and Derriere trophies (John Robinson, David Porteous, Rob Green, Steve Hodgson, Anthony Bailey, Tom Reed Stan Fraquet) as well as 50 engraved replicas. The Section celebrated its 40th

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John Connelly’s graphic description of life as a Vulcan bomber pilot during the cold-war years of the 1960s had us on the edge of our seats in November. We looked in awe at acres cockpit instruments as the function of each was outlined and heard hair-raising tales of flying this agile monster around the world. Now I understand why, fifty years later, John makes light work of riding his Sunbeam S7 and Ariel Square Four on section runs. So we hurtle bravely forward into 2016 with a club night Noggin and Natter on January 20th.


SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.hmharris@tiscali.co.uk www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk November is normally a quiet month for section activities but, be assured that members of the section committee are working behind the scene to produce a full calendar of runs and events for next year which will include several completely new events. Full details on the section website, click on the “Lounge” tab and then select “Events Calendar”. The Film Night on the 9th was of this years Anglo Dutch trial for veteran motorcycles which Bill and Jean attended on their 1908 Triumph combination. Don’t forget the New Years Day Run to the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 info@stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk Again a good number (34) turned out for the yearly auto jumble, a large assortment of clothes, helmets boots and other accessories along with a multitude of tools large and small were auctioned off by Gordon McLean assisted by Maurice Chandler and John McDougall. As well as being good for section funds it provided a good evening’s entertainment. A total of £267 was raised £40 up on last year, so well done everybody especially Gordon, Maurice, John and George. Davie Brown collected the last of the names of those interested in going to the Classic TT at the end of August, so by the time you read this all will be organised, also we will have had our section Christmas dinner. So a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody. Remember Maurice’s first run of the year to Balquidder, this was good last year, hope to see all of you there, Cheers! STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk January club night will be our AGM which is more of a formality with hopefully no contentious issues. If you have any ideas or suggestions you may have for future events or the way the Section is run please come along to the AGM and have your say. Your committee work hard throughout the year on your behalf but we are always keen to have input from the members on what you require from us. If you have not already done so, remember to collect a participation award form at Club Night. For anyone not aware this gives you a chance to win the award for the most runs entered during the year. If you complete a

minimum of six events you will receive a commemorative coaster. Finally may I wish you all a Happy New Year and safe riding for 2016 with a full programme of events already planned. SURREY & SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com A good crowd met at Ian Pollard’s to watch the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and boost our support for the NSPCC. Mick Beer lead the well-supported Day Run from a new start point. Thanks Mick. Over 30 members attended a very interesting talk given by Ian Northeast on the Bloodhound SSC project, we will be following this project very closely and hopefully Ian will give us an update towards the end of 2016. A good crowd attended the Noggin n Natter; we were made very welcome and will return to the Kentish Horse later for a few more beers. Our section dinner will be on February 6th. Please contact Brian Robins if you wish to attend. Our events will be listed in the magazine’s Diary Section of the magazine. We look forward to seeing you. Safe riding in 2016. SWANSEA & DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 barrygfox@hotmail.com If you are a VMCC member and live in the area, make a New Year’s resolution to come to our meetings on the second Tuesday at the Morriston Rugby Club (off Chemical Road). You will meet friendly like minded people who have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. The next meetings are on Jan 12th and Feb 9th. I hope everyone in our Section had a Merry Christmas and Have a Happy New Year and safe riding on 2016. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 / 07887 517906 jugood@talktalk.net This Year seems to have flown by. We had our usual Club Night on the 20th October an interesting evening as usual. We had a Bring and Buy sale on November 3rd not a lot going on this time of the year. November 17th we now have our details for The Baton Rally from Mr Fisher. December 1st Skittles Night with The Swindon and District Motor Cycle Club. December 15th Club Night. December 27th our Mince Pie run The Woodshaw 11.30 - 2.30. January 5th Club Night The Woodshaw. January 19th QUIZ. February 2nd Bring & Buy Night. February 16th AGM. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL FROM THE SWINDON MOONRAKER SECTION.

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TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.tavernerstrials.org.uk www.thetaverners.com This month the Taverners held their annual Dinner and presentation evening at Kilworth Springs, thanks to Ron Spinks and his good lady not only for the organising of this event but also putting on the entertainment “Nutty professor” Style ! A good night had by all. Our Trial this month was at the venue known as the “moonscape”, Stainby and if we lacked mud at the previous event we certainly made up for it here. The sections were well set out as usual by Roger and Tony and they managed to get points off most riders. We also had a talk this month by the Leicester historical society on some local industry – Desford Tubes, a company no longer with us but were a big employer in the local area supplying tubes and latterly bearing cases across the world, how things have changed in the world of health and safety. TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 / 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com As I sit writing these notes at the end of November I look back on another very enjoyable season of touring with you all once again, although at times our number has been down as some of you are unable to do as much as you would like to do now a few of you are really enjoying your retirement and covering some big mileages riding in events all around the British Isles being away from home for weeks on end and I don’t blame you for doing so one bit. We have a new venue to look forward to going to in July besides most of the favourite events we support so I look forward to seeing many of you when the wheels start turning again around Easter time. Cyril and myself wish you all a very happy and safe riding and touring 2016. WAKEFELD & WEST YORKSHIRE (SM) Neil Lewis 07730 146637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com Our November meeting proved to be popular, we enjoyed an interesting talk and discussion on welding. It was given by Stuart Wilby, who shared his experiences of pipework installation when building gas turbine power stations. We then moved on to the repairing old aluminum castings, aided by a damaged Norton casting. Stuart discussed the difference between TIG and MIG methods for fusion welding and the potential use of fluxed rods for brazing aluminum (adhesion) assisted by use of stainless spoon to spread the pool. He emphasized the need to prepare the work piece, cleaning of the oxide layer (and not merely wiping over with a rag), the dangers of collapse due to the low melting point of aluminum, the

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need for pre-heating and most importantly the need to setup and test your equipment on a similar piece of scrap material first and not your rare casting. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 Apart from the Boxing Day Run and our new run on New Year's Day the winter season see the end of runs until spring. Alan Bailey's talk on his Austin 7 made an enjoyable evening for our November meeting. Numbers are currently down for our Christmas Skittles but could improve. Members please have a think about something else you would rather do if interest in skittles is waning. Jenny Smith has offered to join the committee for 2016 to replace John Heywood who has been a hard-working member for years; thanks go to John for all his hard work. WESSEX VETERAN & VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 The November Club Night’s talk was about the Skylark Project. Not motorcycles, but the beginning of the space race - a relatively low-budget exploration series of probes into space; in fact, about 335 launches in 35 years. It was impressive stuff, rather above my head (and literally everybody else’s in both senses) but nevertheless, very interesting. Winter activities have been fairly low except for planning next year’s programme. By the time you read this we shall be returning to a normal diet and looking forward to the AGM and Frank’s quiz on January the 11th. Don’t forget the Bristol Bike Show at Shepton Mallet on the 6th and 7th of February. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 betron.wright@gmail.com www.westkentsection.webspace.virginmedia.com A Happy New Year to you all from the committee. Our Dinner & Dance will be held at Darenth Valley Golf Club on 13th February. Please contact Jane Smith, 01474 852960 for tickets which are priced at £32. Don't forget it’s the section’s AGM at the end of the month and if you want something discussed at this meeting you will need to get details to myself by Tuesday 12th January so that it's included on the agenda. We’ll also be looking for a new Committee member. Don't forget that the Section has bound copies of Motor Cycle and Motorcycling that you can borrow. Contact me if you're interested. At the current time I still require run leaders for the February, November and December Wrinkly Runs and some Sunday Social Runs. No leaders, no runs! Speak to me if you fancy having a go as instruction /help can be given.


WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 britie.motorcycles@btinternet.com www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL... Another full year of activities have been planned for 2016, so pop along to one of the club nights and pick up your new 2016 Branch Calendar. Section club nights in 2015 culminated with a Social evening, with Quizzes, raffles and festive eats, I hope you all enjoyed, although at the time of writing we still have the Boxing Day Run to take place. Don’t forget, the New Year’s gathering at CENARTH for Lunch and a natter and the full club night programme begins on the 25th January. February club night sees our annual Quiz and CAWL evening on the 22nd, and the first run of the year is on the 28th, St David’s Day Run; contact Allan T for details 01269592900. Don’t forget our Section Website and Facebook page, full of Section information.

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WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 vmccwestwilts@gmail.com The Autumn Leaves run to the Forest of Dean led by Jim Gaisford was highly praised by the 13 riders who took part, the autumn colours illuminated by the autumn sun were impressive. This sets the bar for next year’s run. The meal at The Autumn Wandering on the 15th November at The Radnor Arms was attended by 22 members and wives and despite the rainy weather the mid week wandering to The Quarrymans Arms on the 19th November was also well attended, but bad weather meant only a few arrived on bikes. At the last section meeting guest speaker Peter Donovan talked about 100 years of aviation using pictures of aircraft from the late 1800’s to those still flying. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk www.vmccworcs.co.uk Happy New Year to one and all! Safe and sunny riding. Two relay rallies to look forward to, many thanks to all those who organise these events for us. We have club nights as usual on the 11th January and the 8th February, the latter will be the Fish and Chip supper and quiz, remember to book your meal at the January club night. The riding season starts with the Winter Wandering on the 31st January and then the John Langford Run on the 28th February, both Bromyard starts. Thanks to Pete Howells for organising both of these. 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.

COTSWOLD SECTION Cotswold Weekend 2016 9th – 10th July 2016 This event will be based at Apple Orchard campsite near Westbury on Severn and will consist of a Social Run on Saturday and a Time trial on Sunday. Entry forms from: Jenny Hart 56 Wigeon lane Walton Cardiff Tewkesbury tel.no.01684276610 or download from the Cotswold section website at www.vmcccotswold.org Stay on for our

Touring week 11th-15th July

Also at Apple Orchard Campsite, Whitehouse Farm, Adsett, Westbury on Severn GL14 1PH www.appleorchardcampsit.co.uk tel. no.01452760618 This is a lovely site with excellent facilities, including some “camping pods” for those who would prefer something more substantial than a tent. There are plenty of electric hook-ups for motor homes and caravans, and a café with bar. Join us for rides out to the Forest of Dean, the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains and more. Further details and information can be obtained from Jenny Hart.

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The 14th ISLE OF WIGHT SEPTEMBER SCURRY Will be held from Friday 23rd To Tuesday 27th September 2016. Primarily a Flat Tank (Pre- 1931) event, But open to later machines, subject to a maximum entry of 50. Lots of Isle of Wight Miles and Smiles to be experienced. To get your name on the list for Regs as soon as they are available contact either; Keith Hadfield 01983 730559email keith.hadfield1@btinternet.com or

Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email ron.wallis10@gmail.com

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Scottish notes

The coverage in the November Journal of Scottish activities was exceptional. A big thank you to those members who contributed the words and pictures. May I appeal to the technical amongst our membership to send in hints, tips or engineering challenges tackled to the Editor. It is New Year’s resolution time again. You know it is a hoary chestnut of mine but if you are not already on a Section Secretary’s mailing list please act now. The Scottish scene is very vibrant at the present time and we want to be able to contact you and keep you up to date on developments. Communication with the members is a challenge as not all members want to be contacted and this we do respect. But if you are amenable to contact please send that email or make that call to your local Secretary. The Glasgow Group is now official following the last VMCC Management Committee meeting. It is great to see the efforts of Gordon Mowat and the rest of the Committee finally rewarded. I gave a talk to their November meeting and the room was full and the enthusiasm and interest of the members was commendable. Their Committee has put together a calendar of events for next year so get in contact with Gordon for more information ( rustynuts@talktalk.net or 01475 638528 ). The Veteran Group held a lunch at the River House in Stirling and ten members attended. It was a very lively and much enjoyed affair. The next lunch will take place on the 6th February at the River House. The 8th October at the Museum of Flight will be a very special day in our 2016 Calendar being the time and venue for the second Early Motorcycle Run. John Macmillan has been approached by some of the Dutch entrants in the 2015 Anglo-Dutch Trial. Roel and Henne van Maarseveen are planning to take part in our Veteran Run along with several of their friends. They are very experienced riders and especially of the earliest motor bicycles. If all goes to plan you will have the rare opportunity to see machines such as a 1904 Rex, 1902 Humber, 1904 Werner, 1903 The Pebok and 1903 Excelsior previously owned by the late Colin Dunbar. The organisers of the first run in Thornhill were delighted with the number of members who attended just to see the spectacle and you are all welcome back next year and bring your friends. Membership of the Veteran Group has grown from twenty at the outset to well over fifty including members in Holland, South Africa and Australia. For more information please contact John on 01555 662760 or jmacmillan@talktalk.net or . Central Scottish Section had a full house for their November meeting where Lachlan Macleod gave an excellent illustrated talk on the restoration of a post war nuclear recording bunker in Aberlemno. Lachlan is sixteen and the youngest

David Moreton presents the richly-deserved E E Thompson Award to Arthur Merchant for eighteen years’ service as Central Scottish Section’s Secretary.

Committee member in Scotland, and with responsibility for Central Scottish’s finances. All the best for 2016. Alastair Alexander

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Diary

January

1st North Cotswold Essex Surrey and Sussex

New Year Run 2016 New Year’s Day run Writtle Green 10.30 for 11.00. Roger Gulliver 01621 892606 New Year’s Day Run to Surrey Oaks, Newdigate, RH5 5DZ. Start at Copthorne Social Club at 11.00. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Dorset New Year’s Run from Streeters Carpet Shop Sturminster Newton 10:45 AM. Gabby Hunt 01963 250184 North Birmingham 11.00 for 11.30 from The Round Oak at Wombourne, WV5 8BU (an hour later than our usual time). Short route from and back to the Round Oak or from 12.00 for a social gathering. David Spencer 01746 762957 Warwickshire New Year’s Day Run, 10.30 for 11.00am start, St. Nicholas Park Kenilworth. NO-ONE to arrive at the pub before 12 noon, thanks. Bob Taylor 02476-503712. Somerset Vintage Vehicle Gathering, The Market Centre, North Petherton. A38. TA6 6DF. 10am. West South Wales New Year’s Day Get Together. Les Thomas 01646 651384 Cyclemotor New Year’s Day run, 10:30am. The Toby Inn, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO3 5HS. Peter 02392 321722 West Wilts Meet Cotswold section Carpenters Arms. Misterton Men of Kent New Year’s Day meeting, 11am at the Smarden Bell PH, Smarden, Kent TN27 0NR Frank Mitchell, tel. 07837 918087 West Kent New Year’s Day Run, 10.30 from Borough Green Stn going to Pied Bull, Franingham. B’mouth & New Forest New Year’s Day Run, 10.30am British Legion Christchurch. Ian Barr, 01425 610427 Cotswold New Year’s Day gathering, Carpenters Arms, Miserden, nr Cirencester (SO 937 088) East Herts New Year’s Day Meeting, venue TBA Oxford New Year’s Day meeting at the Cherry Tree, Steventon from midday North Staffs Hangover Run. 12 noon Leek Market Square. Run to Wetton Mill, weather permitting. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 Bristol New Year’s Day Meet, Avon Valley Railway (Bitton Station), Noon. Simon 01179 652503 South Cotswold Informal lunchtime meet; Carpenter’s Arms Miserden. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 South Wales New Year’s Day Run to the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 East Sussex New Year’s Day Run, 10.30am, Six Bells, Chiddingly 2nd Isle of Man Annual Dinner, Sefton Hotel, 7.30pm. Tony East 01624 878242 3rd Taverners Leicester Riley’s Railway, Marefield, Leics, grid ref: SK 7412 0820, 1.5m off B6047 north of A47. Mark McEvoy 01858 434197 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk East Yorkshire Club Night, Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverely, 8.00pm. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 North East Christmas Section Meeting: Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge @ 2pm. Devon New Year Lunch, The Welcome Fryer, S Molton. 12.30pm. Chris Wood 01237472855 Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial - Rileys Railway, Marefield, Tilton. Observers needed. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 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 10.00-11.30am Len Dingley, 01208 850013 Clyde Valley Chairman’s Run. Tim Ryan 07714505386 4th South Hants Monthly Meeting Hill Park Working Mens Club, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8pm. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Men of Kent Club night, Plough and Harrow PH, Bridge, near Canterbury, Kent. CT4 5LA. Dickie Barsby, tel. 07989 352990

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5th

6th

Northumbrian South Wales East Devon East Herts South Cotswold

East Lancs Ipswich & Suffolk North Cotswold North Birmingham

Cotswold Oxford Somerset Notts and Derby 9th Notts and Derby South Durham 9/10th Mid Lincs 7th

BHR Section 10th Dorset M’chester & High Peak South Cotswold 11th

Northwest Surrey and Sussex Wessex Veteran & Vintage Worcestershire Northumbrian

Stirling Castle 12th Anglian East Devon Pennine Burton and District Isle of Wight Clyde Valley 13th East Sussex Snowdonia/Eryri Warwickshire Reivers Berkshire

North East Cotswold

Essex Banbury Burton and District

Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8pm Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Club Night 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. Pub Night, Woodman PH, Wild Hill, 8.00pm Club night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Word association challenge, with Ian Young.Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Business Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 7.30pm Club night. 8pm Rushmere Club Night AGM, quiz 8pm Lygon Arms Chipping Campden Chris 01789 262076 Club Night, Vintage Motor Cycling Films, at new venue: The Funciton Room at The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, WV5 8BU Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 10.00am, January Jaunt, H Cafe, leader Vince Ellis Club Night. Film Show. Natter Night, Royal Oak, Ockbrook Annual Dinner, 7pm for 7.30, Royal Oak, Ockbrook Presentation Night Walworth Castle. Brian Smith 01325 286623 Section Stand at Classic Bike Show, Newark showground. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 Section Stand at Classic Bike Show, Newark showground Winter Run from Dikes Supermarket Stalbridge 11am. Bob Hoare 01963 364618 Off road trial Pott Shrigley 10-30 for 11-00pm start. John Drabble 01625 575479, Barry Howard 01625 630016, Stuart Coales 01260 252305 Sunday lunchtime informal meet at the Beacon at Haresfield 12.00 onwards. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Club Meeting 8pm at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 Section AGM - Copthorne Social Club at 7.30pm. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com AGM and Quiz, The Kings Arms, East Stour. Ian Clarke 01202 824772 Club night, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 7.30 for 8.00pm. John Porter 01386 553329 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club Night Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS (Pie and Chips Evening) Lunch Meet 1300 Aviator Café Dunkerswell Talk on motor cycle ride across Russia, 8.30pm Kingsway Hotel Rochdale OL165HS Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Slide Night, Wednesday, 8.00pm, Marston’s Club Night, Noggin and Natter, 7.30pm, Ventnor Cricket Club Club meeting - Dalserf Church Hall. Tim Ryan 07714505386 Club Night, 7.30 for 8.00pm Club Night Waunfawr. johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 01286872599 Club Night A.G.M. Helen Parker 01926 429310. Club Night. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 19.30 for 20.00 Nicola Day (Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland). Northumberland Fusiliers Past and Present. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 Mid-week Lunch Meeting (see website for further details). Malcolm White. info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire From 12 Noon. Auction of Motor Cycle books and Ephemera, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 840489 AGM Ship and Anchor Club Night, Cricket Club Banbury. Brian Little – TBA Slide Night 8pm. Marston's Sports and Social Club

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Dorset

Northwest 14th Cornwall

West Kent Bedfordshire

North Staffs South Durham West Wilts Cornwall

Isle of Man Taverners Leicester

16th Men of Kent 17th East Devon Cotswold Banbury Somerset

West Wilts Cornwall Isle of Man South Durham West Kent Northwest 18th Wakefield & West Yorkshire South Wales Ironmasters B’mouth & New Forest Northumbrian 19th Cheshire & North Wales Goodwood Brooklands

Cheshire & N Wales

East Lancs Northern Ireland

Ipswich and Suffolk 20th S Lincs & Peterbro Cotswold Norwich & District Cornwall

Club Night, club matters/social, Halsey Arms, Pullham 7:30 for 8pm. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Club Meeting 8PM at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 East Taphouse Club Night, Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. 7.30 for 8pm. Celia Hore, 01208 73571 Noggin & Natter 8pm at the Pied Bull, Farningham. Biker Down (what to do in an accident), Shefford Memorial Hall, 8 for 8.30pm. Ivor Rhodes 07719 552241 Section AGM, Moorville Hall 8.15pm. Club Night Middleton St George 8pm Section Meeting. Chippenham Rugby Club East Taphouse Club Night, Community Hall, East Taphouse PL14 4TA 7.30 for 8pm Celia Hore 01208 73571 Club Night, Speaker Richard Rosenthal, 8pm. Ken Blackburn 01624 673590 Noggin & Natter, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, Leics. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Section Annual dinner Boughton Golf club, near Faversham, ME13 9AJ. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Portland Bill Ride 10.30 Smileys Café. Mike Larcombe 01460 57236 Winter Sporting Trial, Denfurlong Farm, Chedworth, Cirencester. 01452 840469 Horse Fair Banbury. Follow the Leader. Cliff Osenton Frostbite Run. The Three Wells, Polsham. BA5 1RW Formerly The Camelot. 10.30am Arthur Spain. 01749 679358 Winter Wandering. Plough, Kington Langley New Year Run, Chiverton Cross, 10.30am. Sam Lovegrove 01209 213702 Trial, Old Stoney Mountain, 1.30pm. Shaun Seal 01624 834855 Championship Trial. Roy Sturgeon Tel:01325260937 Social Run. Polhill lay-by to the Padwell Arms, Stone Street. January Ride and Meet Location TBA. Secretary 07961 446971 Club Night - Pie and Peas, 8.00pm, Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WR4 4RL Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Club Night, Sir John Bayley Club, 8.00pm AGM, 8pm, Walkford Hotel. David Bowmer, 01202 388404

Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club Night at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL A.G.M. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8.00pm - Noggin 'n' Natter TBC. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night, AGM and prizegiving, Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge. KT13 0QN, 8pm. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Annual General Meeting at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL Christmas 'Do'. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Social Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm AGM at St. George’s Parish Hall, High Street, Belfast - 8:00pm Rab Bryson 079 286 80364 Club night. 8pm Rushmere Club night – noggin and natter. Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 Guest Speaker, Peter Tustin, ‘My Life with Broughs’, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01242 574599 Club Night. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane Postwich, NR13 5HL, 8pm. Informal Meet, Blast M/C, Bodmin, PL31 2QN 12.00 noon. Roger Hore, 01208 73571

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Oxford

21st

Stonehenge Mid Lincs Bedfordshire Devon Cheshire Cats

West Wilts Notts & Derby 23rd East Devon 24th Taverners Leicester Worcestershire 25th Northwest Northumbrian 26th Surrey and Sussex Cotswold Isle of Wight Kings Lynn

Goodwood Berkshire West Kent Northwest 27th Cotswold East Sussex Bristol Men of Kent

28th M’chester & High Peak Flat Tank

South Durham Taverners Leicester

28th North Cotswold 29th Cornwall 30th Cotswold Cotswold 31st

Notts and Derby North East Cotswold Worcestershire Herefordshire

Club Night. British Legion Clubhouse Lakefield Road, Littlemore, OX4 4LZ. Talk on Nortons by Mr Ficcett. 7.30pm AGM. 8pm Club House Woodfalls. Details Committee Club Night, The Shires, Quiz, 7.30pm. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 Midweek Lunch, The Cross Keys, Pulloxhill, approx. 12.15pm. Roger 01582 534711 Club Night. A film. The Town Arms, S Molton, 7.30pm Chris Wood. 01237472855 Club Night (including AGM & Auction). 7:00 for 8:00 Winnington Park RFC Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Section Meeting. Talk by Bill King Natter Night. Royal Oak, Ockbrook Breakfast Meet. 10.00 A35 Pit Stop. Gammons Hill, Kilmington Sporting Trial, Lodge Farm, Eaton, Lincs, grid ref: SK7914 2915, 3 miles nw of Waltham on the Wolds, Observers needed. Mark McEvoy 01858 434197 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Midday Meet, Fox and Hounds, Lulsey. John Porter 01386 553329 Club Social 8PM at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 Northumbrian Quiz Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Noggin’n’Natter - The Green Man, Horsted Keynes RH17 7AS from 8pm. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Harry’s Film Evening, 7.30 for 8pm, Ventnor Cricket Club Club Night, Guest Speaker, 8pm Social Club Methwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661, mobile 07875694842 or e mail paul@fes1hq.plus.com or see Section Website or Facebook page. Noggin’n’Natter, The Sportsman, Amberley, 8pm. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Section AGM - Start at 8.00pm. Malcolm White. info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk The Woodman. Section AGM. Annual Bring and Buy Auction. 8PM at The Barons Burscough. Sec 07961 446971 Quiz Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Club Night, 7.30 for 8.00pm Video:Workshop tour of Holland and Holland, Begbrook, 8pm. Simon 01179 652503 Talk/Quiz, 8pm onwards Dunkirk village hall, near Canterbury. ME13 9LF. Derek Bird 01843 860073 Club Night, Poynton Workmens club, 8pm. Barry Cook, 01663 750827, Barry Howard 01625-630016 Club Night, Trevor Wells on pre-31 Francis Barnett Motor Cycles. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 before 9.00pm please Club Night. Middleton St George 8pm. Talk, Eric Londesbrough Voyage to the Arctic Talk by Tony Hulls, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, Leics. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Wrinkly Lunch. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Truro Club Night, Truro Cricket Club, Malpas, Truro, TR1 1 SG 7.30 for 8pm. Speaker, Jonathan Vickers. Roger Fogg, 01726 67198 Pre-dinner Social Run, Wellesley, Lime Street, Eldersfield, Gloucester. 01452 840469 Dinner & Award Presentation, Brickhampton Court Golf Club, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Sunday Run, 11.00am Griffins Head, Papplewick X Roads. G. Bower 07745888938 Section Meeting, Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge. 2pm. Anthony Head 01423 712072 Winter Wandering,The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester. SO 845 278 Winter Wandering, Market Square, Bromyard, 9.30 for 10am start Pete Howells 01886 853293 Sunday Ride. Meet at 9.30am from The Square in Bromyard. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 email geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk

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February 1st

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4th

5th

6th

6/7th

7th

8th

9th

10th

South Wales South Hants Men of Kent

Section AGM, 8.30pm. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 AGM & Monthly Meeting. Hill Park WMC, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8.00 p.m. Club Night, 8pm Wagon and Horses PH, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Northumbrian East Devon Club Night 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. South Cotswold Club Night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanley - Bike Quiz with John Deane (valuable prizes?) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 East Lancs Business Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 7.30pm Ipswich and Suffolk Ladies Night, 8pm Rushmere 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 West Kent Wrinkly Run. Start from Kemsing High Street car park. North Birmingham Club Night, Section AGM at The Function Room at The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, Wolverhampton, WV5 8BU Somerset Club Night, AGM and Photo Display Notts and Derby Video/Natter Night Royal Oak Ockbrook Mid Lincs Social Evening, The Shires, Ticket only, see any member of committee. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 Brooklands Annual Dinner, The Cricketers Horsell GU21 4XB. Dave Gibson 01372 453247 Wessex Vet & Vint. Bristol Bike Show. Ian Clarke 01202 824772 Surrey and Sussex Section Dinner, Best Western Hotel, Horley 7 for 7.30 Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Somerset Classic Motorcycle Show. Bath and West Showground. Shepton Mallet. Richard Gray. 01934 513910 Dorset Classic Motorcycle Show Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 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 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 Brooklands Winter Wandering, Newlands Corner, A25 Guildford GU4 8SE 11am depart. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Stirling Castle Club Night Worcestershire Fish & Chip night, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 7.30 for 8.00pm start John Porter 01386 553329 Wessex Vet & Vint. Club Night Talk, Kings Arms, East Stour Surrey and Sussex Section Meeting - Copthorne Social Club at 7.30pm. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Northumbrian Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Anglian Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS (Bring and Buy). Roger Newark 01354 741099 Burton and District Club Night 8:00pm Marston's Sports and Social Club East Devon Lunch Meet 13.00, Aviator Café, Dunkerswell Club night with Geoff Brazendale speaking, Dalserf Church Hall. Tim Ryan 07714 Clyde Valley 505386 Talk on a microlight flight around Britain, Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale OL165HS Pennine 8.30pm Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire From 12 Noon. North East

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Warwickshire Cotswold

Banbury Snowdonia/Eryri Berkshire Dorset East Sussex Reivers Ipswich and Suffolk 11th West Wilts Cornwall Isle of Man South Durham North Staffs

Bedfordshire Taverners Leicester West Kent 13th West Kent BHR Section 14th West Wilts Dorset South Cotswold Flat Tank

South Durham Men of Kent

15th South Wales B’mouth & N Forest Northumbrian Wakefield & West Yorks 16th Goodwood Brooklands

Cheshire & North Wales Ipswich and Suffolk 17th S Lincs & Peterbro Cotswold Norwich & District Cornwall Stonehenge Mid Lincs

Club Night talk, A Taste of Ale by Graham Sutherland Section Library-viewing 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 meet. Details: web site. Malcolm White. info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Club Quiz Night, Halsey Arms, Pullham 7:30 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 Section Meeting East Taphouse Club Night, Community Hall, East Taphouse PL14 4TA 7.30 for 8pm Celia Hore 01208 73571 Club Night, Speaker Tim Penn, 8pm. Ken Blackburn 01624 673590 Club Night Middleton St George 8pm A talk by Peter Williams, Motor Cycle Racer and Engineer. Moorville Hall, 8.15 pm Kate Wain 07561 530136 Chater-Lea by Bob Culver, Shefford Memorial Hall, 8.00 for 8.30pm Noggin & Natter, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Pied Bull. Noggin & Natter. Dinner/Dance Dinner and Dance Awards Evening, Village Hotel, Nottingham 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 01325 260937 Winter Wandering, 10.30am Kent Gliding Club. TN25 4DR. Brian Andrews 01843 293370 Noggin and Natter at the club house. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Noggin and Natter, 8.00, Walkford Hotel. David Bowmer 01202 388404 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8pm Club Night - Yorkshire Motorcycle Manufacturers, Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8pm - Speaker TBC. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night, Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge. KT13 0QN, 8pm. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Annual Bring & Buy auction at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL plus A.G.M. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Club Night 8pm Rushmere Club Night – quiz. Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 Guest Speaker, Bill Lane, ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’ Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01242 574599 Club Night. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwich, NR13 5HL, 8pm. Informal Meet, Blast M/C, Bodmin, PL31 2QN Noon. Roger Hore, 01208 73571 Ride-In / Skittles Night. 8pm Club House Woodfalls. Details Committee Auction, The Shires, 7.30pm, please book items in earlier. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169

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19th 21st

22nd 23rd

24th

25th

26th 27th 28th

29th

Midweek Lunch, The Old Red Lion, Houghton Regis, approx. 12.15pm Roger 01582 534711 Club Night. AGM. 7.30pm. Oxford Club Night. Talk by Dermot. The Town Arms, S Molton, 7.30pm. Chris Wood 01237 Devon 472855 Club Night. 7 for 8pm Winnington Park RFC. Stephen Herbert 01606 888973 Cheshire Cats Slide Night, Royal Oak, Ockbrook Notts and Derby Annual Dinner and Awards Evening. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope. 01458 251174 Somerset Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial, Riley’s Railway, Marefield, Leics, grid ref: SK 7412 0820, 1.5m off B6047 north of A47. Mark McEvoy 01858 434197 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Somerset Neil’s Run. Crown Inn, Fivehead. TA3 6PQ Mike Chipperfield. 01749 679371 Cornwall Peter Shelton Memorial Run, Tesco, Wadebridge, 10.30am. Mike Champion, 01726 824737 East Devon Wellington Ride 1030 Smileys Café. Bob Clow 07774 694833 M’chester Bring and Buy, Poynton WMCb, 10.30 for 11am start. Barry Cook, 01663-750827, & High Peak Barry Howard 01625-630016 Worcestershire Midday meet, The Dog at Dunley. John Porter 01386 553329 Stonehenge Winter Wandering, Noon, The Haven, Mudeford Quay. Lionel Butler 01725 510760 Isle of Man Trial, Scarlett, Castletown, 1.30pm. Shaun Seal 01624 834855 West Kent Social Run. Shoreham Station car park to the Chequers, Laddingford Banbury Horse Fair Banbury. Follow the Leader Northumbrian Northumbrian Film Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8pm Cotswold Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Kings Lynn Club Night Guest Speaker, 8pm, Social Club, Methwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661, mobile 07875694842 or e mail paul @fes1hq.plus.com or see Section Website or Facebook page for details Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter, The Sportsman, Amberley, 8pm. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Berkshire Club Night. Malcolm White. info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Surrey and Sussex Noggin’n’Natter, The Crown, Turners Hill from 8pm. Brian Robins 01293.537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com West Kent The Woodman. Film night. Cotswold Chris Roberts Quiz, ‘What is It?’ and ‘What’s in the Bag?’ Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01452 854341 Notts and Derby Sunday Lunch Meet, Homesford Cafe A6 nr. Whatstandwell Bristol Talk, My life with Motor Cycles. Reg Hall (Charlies m/c) Begbrook 8pm. Simon 01179 652503 M’chester Club Night, Poynton WMC, 8pm Barry Cook, 01663-750827, Barry Howard 01625 & High Peak 630016 Club Night, Middleton St George, 8pm South Durham Taverners Leicester World Famous Arthur Bassett Film Night, Ratby Sports & Social Club. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Section Meeting. Talk by Dr Mike Rodd West Wilts North Cotswold Wrinkly Lunch. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Cornwall Truro Club Night, Truro Cricket Club, Malpas, Truro, TR1 1 SG 7.30 for 8pm. Roger Fogg, 01726 67198 East Devon Breakfast Meet 10.00 A35 Pit Stop, Gammons Hill, Kilmington North East Section Meeting, Coronation Hall, Boro’bridge, 2pm. Anthony Head. 01423 712072 Cotswold Winter Wandering, The Gloucester Old Spot, Piffs Elm, Cheltenham. (SO 898 261) Cyclemotor 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 South Wales Saint David’s Day Celebration Meal and Talk. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 Northumbrian Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Bedfordshire

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Regs available Jan 3rd

Taverners Leicester

Feb 21st

Taverners Leicester

Jan 24th

Mar 13th

Taverners Leicester Taverners Leicester

Apr 3rd

Taverners Leicester

17th Jul

West Wiltshire

29th-31st July Northern Ireland

24th-26th Jun Northern Ireland 25th Mar

Surrey and Sussex

Sporting Trial, Rileys Railway Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Sporting Trial, Eaton Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Sporting Trial, Rileys Railway Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Sporting Trial, Rectory Farm Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Sporting Trial, Eaton Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 email mark@tavernerstrials.org.uk Kingdom of Mourne Weekend 2016, based in Newcastle, Co Down, pre-1931 bikes only. Adrian Saunders 028 9082 5807 email: mournesorganiser@vmccni.org.uk http://www.vmccni.org.uk/kingdom-of-mourne-weekend-2016/ White Horse Navigational Trial, Subway, Beanacre Road, Melksham & Oak Farm, Braydon, SN5 0AG. Peter Fielding, Secretary of the Meeting 01225 763567 email starfield181@gmail.com Antrim Coast Weekend, Ballygally, Co. Antrim - social event open to all VMCC eligible machines. Ian MacDougall 028 2582 2356 email ian@macdougall.demon.co.uk http://www.vmccni.org.uk Good Friday Run. (No late entries accepted) Nigel Pepper, 9, Amberley Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4LJ. 01403 268952 email nigel.pepper@talk21.com

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Correspondence Microns - 1

Jeff is right, there are just over 25 microns in one ‘thou’ 0.01mm = 10 microns 0.001” (thou) = 0.0254mm. There are roughly 25.4 microns in one thousandth of an inch. Michael Mead

Microns - 2

Having just read this “brief” reminded me of when I worked in the coated abrasives industry in the late 60's/early 70’s. We had to teach some new recruits, who were not too bright, how to set up cutting knives for the production of sheets of abrasives from meter-wide rolls. We explained with the aid of a steel rule that the larger markings on the rule were the inches and then went on to point out the half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, thirty-second etc. markings. We then showed them the very end of the steel rule which had markings of hundredths and asked how many they (the recruits) thought there were on the rule. One of them remarked: “COR, there must be bleeding thousands of them.” This was the calibre of manual workers at that time/place. Thank you for a much improved journal. Keith Rose

Microns - 3

There must be many of us who, just like Jeff Waller, find it hard to shake off imperial measures and think metric. Back in the good old days of British engineering, there were countless number of small under the arches type machine shops who would turn out really good quality work and if you wanted fine tolerances you didn't mention microns, you just said half a gnats cock and they would inevitably come up trumps. So come on Ed, you tell us that there are twenty five microns to a thou, but how many to half a gnat’s cock? Charles Reeves

An answer for Barry Corke

I sympathise with Barry Corke looking for technical information on his Raleigh. They didn't do Haynes manuals back when his Raleigh was new. Nevertheless, most of what he seeks can be found in ‘Motor Cycle Repair and Upkeep’, published by George Newnes Ltd back in the early ’30s. This was one of those publications brought out in weekly parts as still seen in newsagents today. This motor cycle series broadly covered the major makes from the mid-20s to 1931, and each weekly issue concentrated on either a specific make of engine or gearbox or a particular area of a motor cycle, e.g.

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carburettors or lighting. They certainly did a chapter on Raleigh and another on the Sturmey Archer gearbox. A full set contains much of the general knowledge necessary for the daily maintenance and upkeep of late vintage British motor cycles plus a little extra for those who sought for more power. Obviously finding a full set of originals would take some doing, but the whole series was reprinted some years ago and sets regularly come up on eBay. I’m rather vague about this as I was lucky enough to acquire both volumes of the originals so have no need of reproductions. The Library may even hold a set. Whatever the case ‘Motor Cycle Repair and Upkeep’ will give a lot of answers. I hope this gives Mr Corke some interesting reading over Christmas. Bob McGrath

The Articles and Bye-Laws: A final word

I write in response to Jeff Meeham’s letter in particular, and unlike his missive, I will not enter into a prolonged tit-for-tat reply. No Jeff, I do not interfere with the Committee; as has been pointed out many times, I now live over 600 miles away from Burton, but like you, I am a member of the Club and equally entitled to have a view. During my 12 years as an elected Director, we as a Committee encouraged membership, raising the numbers by over 4000, and yes we did do this at some financial cost. Recognising this, we as a Committee of 20 put in place a Business Plan, and installed budgets to manage the Club’s finances that are now giving the results they were intended to. When the plans were announced at the AGM, it was also explained they would take a couple of years to bear fruit, acknowledging that we would not be around to see the results, but having confidence that the ensuing Committees would use our plans as the foundations for a sound future. What I do have issues with is the concept that the proposed Articles and Bye-Laws have not been made readily available, accessible only by members with Internet skills, and moreover are then able to untwist the ‘legal speak’ and link the two documents to form a view. It seems incongruous that a set of proposals, penned by an anonymous group, may potentially change the Club as we know it. I have little faith in a group of people that hide in shadows, having never even served on the Committee that they see as overlarge, and unmanageable. This is the same Committee of 20 voting members, representing all 15,000 members views, which are turning the Club finances around. In April, should members choose to have a Club run by a


Board of Directors that only needs three to vote in favour of any change, then I will accept it and head quietly for that same shadowy place. Kim Allen

Perhaps it is time to add to the list of marque specialists a retired GP to offer advice on restoration and upkeep of the vintage rider. “Ouch!” I've just bitten my tongue. Derek Critcher

I would like to respond to David Blanchard’s robust views. Firstly performance parts and machines have been around since the dawn of motoring. Yes there are those who have and will exceed their ability, but that is human nature. I believe the jury is still out on MOT's for pre-60's vehicles, but I don't think you can compare today’s world with the situation 50 years ago. I have a pre-60 bike and look after it and, as we know, if a vehicle is unroadworthy it is not insured. In fairness I have an open mind, but would be surprised to see accident rates rise. Modern tyre technology has improved road safety in my opinion, and can have benefits for our older vehicles as well. As for snow conditions Knobblies are about the only thing that will give you a fighting chance on any generation of machine. As for 4X4's I can't argue too much on that one, but consider that most Chelsea tractors’ only excursion is up the pavement outside schools. Powerful brakes, pity the poor child that runs out in front of Mr Blanchard with his skinny tyres and poor brakes on a wet day On the face of it, bright lights enhance our ability to drive safely at night, but sadly the dip cut off is not always adjusted correctly. Concerning Hi-Fi and hearing emergency vehicles etc, I agree it is an issue. As for satnavs, I worked in a service industry and used one all day, it is not necessary to look at it all the time, as the voice will guide you. So used correctly they are not dangerous. Voice operation and Bluetooth will gradually improve things, but there is much abuse of mobile phones. I think after all said and done it all comes down to Mr Blachard’s last sentences. It is down to who the handlebar or steering wheel attendant is. I ride modern and classic bikes and enjoy them all.

My lovely calendar has just arrived. Thank you. A source of enjoyment EVERY month of the year when a new item of motorcycle porn is revealed to spark dreams and fancies of lust, conquest and ownership. Thank you to you all for your valiant work in the past year. You have faced a scary challenge and a lot of brickbats and worse from many quarters, but your courage and hard work has made you win through. I love the redesigned magazine, especially the captions with the photographs and the new colour layout and I enjoy reading it every month. Please find an accompanying email with photos of my trusty steed which has accompanied me round France and is I regular use in north London, braving the traffic and receiving much admiration. Kind regards and Happy Christmas. Keep up the good work. You have rescued the VMCC from the jaws of death. (The machine pictured below has accompanied me round France, England and Scotland on the back of my camper. It is as I bought it and in very good mechanical condition. Tax and Mot exempt it is an economical and enjoyable way to see the countryside at a leisurely pace.) Brian Ritchie

A reply to David Blanchard

Wrinkly runs

I regularly organize weekly wrinkly runs for a small group of palswho enjoy a fairly short trip around the Chiltern hills followed by a convivial lunch in one or other of our favourite pubs. In earlier times the conversation would consist of nothing but bikes and bike bits, and perhaps a certain amount of exaggeration as to the speed and quality of our current machine. How times change, conversation these days almost inevitably turns to discussion of pills, prostates, blood pressure and other irritants that seem to plague us all.

My lovely calendar

The calendar and the Journal

On receiving then opening the December 2015 journal I was very concerned that my eyesight seemed to be not up to scratch as the print was very hard to read!...but on further investigation (checking the November Journal) the font size is indeed much smaller! Could you please explain why? As most of the club membership is of mature years, an easy to read font size is of great importance I would think me for one. The use of a magnifying glass and search light to enable bedtime reading is not for me...please can we have our normal font back mister? Also of concern is the idea that the Journal will be ‘phased out’ and replaced over time by a down load from our own

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PC! My wife is not going to be very happy with the thought of sharing our bed with a computer should this eventually happen; grounds for divorce? The idea that if and when it does someone is going to download then pass on a paper Journal for me to read is ‘pie in the sky.’ Cheapest way to communicate is according to the Chairman via the website, to me this isn’t the best way, that is has always been by word of mouth surely? But as some of us due to work or area we live in away from sections we might by not being in any section either by the afore mentioned or choice just stay uninformed. The point of all this is when I pay my subs I expect to have an enjoyable years membership free of depression (there’s enough doom and gloom in our world every day) but these days it appears to me that along with the hike in VMCC fees for being a member has the austerity feel ‘buzz word’, much less for more£££. If this is going to be the norm, then sadly and with a great deal of soul searching my beloved club days will soon come to an end. John Barnfield

Bring back the booklet

As a riding member of the VMCC, I look forward to the booklet, Calendar of Events, for the forthcoming year. All riding members can begin to plan their participation in events using this booklet, especially events that take part in surrounding regions. I am now told that this will not be published this year. This is devastating news! The most we can plan for now is two months ahead using the events listed each month. I am also the Coordinator for the Western Region Road Trials Championship and now cannot list the dates for the events that make up the WRRTC events. The Flat Tank Section publishes events that are suitable for this type of machine. Please could sections let me know the dates/details of suitable events so that I can make them available to interested members? I am told that the events booklet was dropped for financial reasons, so why continue with the wall calendar which I never use? Please can I ask the Management Committee to reconsider and publish the annual events booklet? Dr Reg Eyre

Saddened by austerity

It is with great sadness that I see the ‘austerity’ bug has reached Allen House. I know the club has to tighten its belt, but come off it, this year’s Calendar is a bit much. On opening the post today and seeing what has always been an interesting and USEFUL calendar, I could not believe it. Two months on each page, with very little space to enter appointments etc and with due respect to the ‘artist’, I don’t think they would win a prize in our local Art club. Come on Our Club, let’s get back to having some photos

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of owners’ real machines, perhaps events or collections for a change. I’m afraid I will have to quote from one of my old school reports: Could do better. By the way I do like the new magazine layout, especially the ‘diary’; much easier to look up. Roy Robinson

A reply to John Punnet

Whilst reading through John Punnet’s letter I was completely taken aback by his reference to 'contacting Charlie Laws of the Bermondsey motor Cycle Club' as Charlie Laws was my Granddad, he was club secretary for years. I still have the club's 'Bessie Laws Memorial Trophy for Road Trial' bought by Charlie in memory of my Gran, who died in 1957. The names on it are 57-E H Butcher, 58-B Francis, 59-P Denyer, 60-F M O’Brien, 61-B Hall & B R Francis, 62H Ginno, 63-F M O’Brien, 64-G Wightman. I wonder if those names ring a bell with anyone? My Granddad gave the shield to me, I presume when the club folded, to use for ‘The Huntsman & Associates Motor Cycle Club’ I was secretary of for years. It was used from 1984 until 1990. I would love to know if anyone remembers Charlie, with first of all his AJS twin and Avon Sidecar and the his BMW R60 and Steib 501 Sidecar (I have a similar BMW & Steib, an AJS twin, and an Avon on loan to a mate at just now, amongst others). He was a staunch supporter of the TT and Manx races; they were his holidays for years. I have a few old slides and a bit of movie film of early Club events, but most of the slides have disappeared over the years, as has his lapel badge. Charlie died in 1984 aged 80 in Hampshire where he had retired to be near my mother. He gave up motor cycling when he was about 66, passed his car test and bought a Mini Countryman, but I don’t think he liked it as much as his outfits. Dave Piggott

It’s not mine!

I was overjoyed to see the fantastic coverage of the Demob Run in the December Journal. However in one of the photos on page 54 there is a Rudge credited as mine, but which is the mount of Mark Whitham. This month Mark gave the Edinburgh Section a fascinating talk on the history of the Scottish Six-Day Trial, which he has been involved in the organization of for a number of years. I was, in fact, on my Velocette MAC, and a picture of it can be seen on page 55, with George, Maurice and Bill staring at it and wondering how I had managed to get that far. On the way to the Scottish Mining Museum I had managed to lose one of the D rings on my Aviakit Trackstar helmet, which I can be seen clutching on the photo on page 51, so decided it was safer to return home to get a fully functioning headgear. Although I missed the run, I did about the same mileage looking in the gutter


trying to find the ring! Eventually I found a replacement on an Everoak which had seen better days. More pictures of the run and other Edinburgh Section events, mostly by our prize winning photographer, Norrie Russell, look at http://edinburghvmcc.weebly.com/ or sign up for some of the runs next year. Raymond Albeson

Bodging

Recent letters about bodges reminded me of a bodge on a friend’s Vincent Rapide. Pete and I had gone to a rally in East Berlin in 1990 to celebrate ‘the wall’ coming down. Having ridden from Rochdale to Harwich, we got the ferry to Hamburg then rode on to Smockwitz East of Berlin. Going through Berlin, Pete said he had terrible noises from his engine. I pointed out that his home-made rear carrier was self-destructing, but he hadn’t heard that due to the noise from the timing side. After setting up camp we had a look inside and found that the cam spindles were waggling about in the crankcases. Fortunately at the same rally were long-time Vincent owner Jaqueline Bickerstaff and Robin James of Robin James engineering. Jaqueline was able to offer much useful advice and Robin had lots of tools in his van. The eventual solution was to take solid copper wire, as used in domestic wiring, beat it flat and then wrap the cam spindle base and tap the spindle back into the crankcase. The corresponding holes in the outrigger plate had also worn. These had to be filed round and then copper wire sandwiched into the too large hole between two washers. But would it work? After the end of the rally we rode some way south to visit friends, then back up to Hamburg, then from Harwich back to Rochdale. It all held together but Pete wasn’t revving it much! (I was interested to see the ‘Bodge of the month’ from Total Bun-Up in the December journal to deal with a broken throttle cable. After clamping the cable end in the twist grip clamp instruction 4 would be to hold the twist grip in the normal manner but with the cable outer gripped parallel to the grip. If the cable is long enough then the twist grip can be used as normal. You could tape the cable to the grip, but that might be classed as a permanent repair in some garages.) John Robinson

Bodge of the month

Back in the mid sixties, my younger brother and I decided to visit the Manx on his model 50 Norton. Getting there wasn’t a problem, but where we left the bike when we got there I do not remember. We didn’t take it over as we were only going for one or two days. On returning to the bike we set off for home, me driving, with a stop planned at our brother’s place near Carlisle. No more than two or

three miles from the ferry we took a wrong turn (OK, I took a wrong turn) and ended up on a country road going roughly north. To further complicate things it was 3am, totally dark, and a terminal broke on the rectifier. If it had been a wire we could probably have bodged a repair, the result being that we could not use the headlight. Shortly thereafter the throttle cable broke. I had a flash of inspiration – why not use the choke cable. That’s when we discovered that we had no screw driver. Now the throttle is on the right handle bar, with the choke on the left. By the light of the occasional passing car and what there was of star light we managed to remove the carb top, swop the cables over and reassemble it all. I have never ridden a motor cycle without a twist grip, but using the throttle lever and clutch, both on the left, is not easy. Liverpool to Carlisle is a fair distance, and we were so glad to see our brother’s house. I went home to Aberdeen by car, and left my brother to ride the Norton back. I did fit the cable into the twist grip, but the rectifier had to wait until the bike returned to Aberdeen! Peter Krukowski

Terry Hart: a final word

In 1965 my late father and I rode up to the Earls Court Motor Cycle Show held that autumn. We parked our two C.15s, unlocked, at the entry steps and went into the show. It was the final day. Most machines had missing petrol and oil tanks caps! From the balcony small children were dropping fragments of torn catalogues, yes, the ones we seek today, onto the visitors below in a New York style ‘ticker-tape’ manner. Terry Hart fronted a Solvol Autosol display. At that time he featured in that company’s advertisements in the motor cycle press. A group stood around him and my father and I joined them. Terry Hart was ‘anecdoting’; the crowd listened, as we did, as he gave a warning. He told us that at night and on his Vincent he took, at speed, a sweeping right-hander only to see a rabbit directly on the track he intended to take. He gave a slight adjustment to the handlebars to avoid the rabbit, and fell off. He was unhurt and the Vincent was still rideable. “Never, ever alter your chosen line in a situation like that,” he said. “The chances were that at the very last moment the rabbit would have jumped out of the way.” We all nodded in agreement as he moved on to the next small story. On page 84 of the December Journal Mr Paterson probably means TONY Hart. Oh, when we had seen enough of the show we returned to the C.15s which were still where we had left them! We stayed the night at my granddad’s home alongside the Brooklands race track, and returned to South Wales in very dismal weather the following day – and the C.15s just kept going on and on and...” Bruce Grant

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Bonhams Hendon auction report

This year’s sale at Hendon majored on automobilia and on motor cars, but with an interesting collection of motor cycles to tempt the buyers. In the automobilia, in addition to the weird and wonderful selection of rather squiffy motor car mascots, there were three collections of ephemera – relating to ‘Jack’ Brooker of Royal Enfield, a medal collection of the 1920’s from the father and son team of Harold and Raymond Heap of Lancashire, and ‘Tom’ Keeley’s collection of medals and trophies relating to his exploits at Brooklands which sold for £437.50, £437.50, and £1,250 respectively. The association with Brooklands seems to add something... For the man who has everything and who does not mind upsetting the neighbours, there was a Ferrari Testarossa six-piece Drum kit – but no-one rose to the bait. Similarly, there were no takers for the RAF operations room sector clock – which was surprising after the bidding frenzy at last year’s Harrogate sale. An Austin pedal car went for £1,750, and an example of the rarer ‘Pathfinder’ needed £4,000 to give it a new home and the Royal Mail Coach “Quicksilver’ sold for an astonishing £133,660. But, enough of these irrelevances; we are really interested in the motor cycles, and the first machine to come before the auctioneer was the 1926 AJS G6 “Big Port” once the property of ‘Titch’ Allen. A nicely-presented example of one of the most sought-after vintage machines succumbed for £11,270, and this in spite of non-matching frame and engine numbers – more or less on estimate.

‘Titch’ Allen once owned this 1926 AJS. In spite of it having non-matching numbers, the auctioneer’s hammer came down at £11,270.

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A presentable 1934 Scott went for £5,750 and a ‘civilianised’ Ariel W/NG of 1940 looked like a good buy at £3,450 –spot on the estimate. Trials machines would appear to have to be something special, and the 1975 Ossa looked like a ‘snip’ at £1,150. However, no-one seemed prepared to give a new home to a nicely presented 1959 ‘Birmingham’ Scott with a distinguished history. ‘Sixport’ Levis machines rarely surface, and today’s offering found a new home for £5,290. The absence of the ‘correct’ frame counted against the very tidy 1939 Gold Star, which looked like a bargain at £8,165. A 1953 ‘Speed Twin’ fully restored and with matching engine and frame numbers was spot on at £7,245, and a similar “one owner from new” 1981 “Royal Wedding” Bonneville found a new home for £5,060 The assembled throng could not be tempted by a 1953 ‘four pipe’ Square Four and a very nicely presented Arrow ‘SuperSports’ failed to loosen the purse strings. A 1963 Moto Rumi motor cycle struggled up to £2,875, but other examples of lightweight continental machinery just hung in the air – a delightful 1950 125cc Mondial, for example, remains unsold but a 1959 98cc Laverda went to a new home for £2,530 – bang on the estimate. The rather daunting prospect of a Porsche-engined S8 Sunbeam obviously terrified the punters, and it lives to fight another day. And to conclude, a Matchless-engined Morgan of 1938 was carted off for £28,750. The moral of this tale would appear to be that would-be buyers are dissuaded by non-matching frame and engine numbers – no matter how attractive the machine.


Happenings

More than 100 attend Colin Seeley talk

More than 100 Northern Ireland Section members and their guests welcomed Colin Seeley as guest speaker at their meeting on 17th November. They were all enthralled by a talk covering the highlights of Colin’s exceptional career in motor cycling. Of particular interest was his involvement with Dr. Gordon Blair (later Prof.) of Queens University Belfast in the early Seventies. Queens developed a singlecylinder 500cc two-stroke engine which was built into a Seeley frame. It was therefore an absolute delight to have the machine on display (see photo) along with the rider who gave it its first track success, Ray McCullough. Ray rode the bike to wins in the unlimited classes at the Bishopscourt Circuit in Co. Down. A word of thanks also to the generosity of those in attendance; the sum of £320 was raised for the Joan Seeley Pain Relief Memorial Trust.

The NEC Show

The Midlands Section of the VMCC worked with the national team over the weekend of the 13th15th of November to present this fabulous stand at the NEC Classic Bike Show featuring machines from the early 1900’s to the 1980’s. Both machines featured in the forthcoming December raffle were on display and over £600 worth of raffle tickets were sold over the weekend with many new members joining the VMCC! The presence of Gromit sitting in the superb BMW / Steib motorcycle combination (below) drew large crowds who wanted their photos taken with this famous character! Roy Osborn

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The 60th Saundersfoot Road Trial

The sun shone on Saundersfoot for the West South Wales section's 60th diamond Welsh national road trial on the week end of the 19/20th of September. Friday morning the 18th Chris Thomas and some members rode down from Gloucester in recognition of where the event was formed in 1956 by a group of motor cycle enthusiasts from that area, now the Cotswold section. And when the results were made known during the Welsh week it was quite fittingly that it was Cotswold member Paul Button, riding the Scott Flyer as overall winner of the Founders Cup. Saturday morning at the harbour car park saw the tide in and many boats and crafts bobbing around in the lovely village harbour, as over 100 machines assembled on the car park and their riders coming from all over the UK, unfortunately unforeseen circumstances prevented a couple of overseas riders taking part. Many sections were represented with the furthest travelled members from Fife, Dave and Mary Stewart on their first visit to the event along with the many others this year; Dave gave us a great nights entertainment on the keyboards during one evening of the Welsh week that followed. The 10.00 am start soon came and the bustling quayside was ready to see bike No 1 the 1913 Campion ridden by Bob Ashwin alongside Lomax's all in their different colours and forms, some of Chris and Eiros Thomas on their 1913 Royal Enfield with which were known as 'Betty Stoggs' and 'Compo'. wicker sidecar, No 3 was local rider Phil "Lamo" The morning route passed through some lovely rural Hammersley who had been looking forward to the run and villages before the first control then it was into the old was astride his 100 year old Triumph a WW1 despatch market town of Whitland which then afterwards saw some riders machine he also received the Wyndham Rees cup hilly terrain and some good views towards the Preseli at the Sunday morning prize giving. As the riders leave Hills before two more controls and the much needed 1 two per minute he was paired with another local rider hour lunch stop for a ploughman's and a pint at the Lamb at Rhos. Aled Rees also on a Triumph from 1924. We were very honoured to have our president Mr Tim The return route was easier going with two controls to be Penn and his wife Patricia with us, Tim flagged away the visited before the famous village of Pendine famed for the first handful of competitors as they were not far behind land speed records of yester year and still holding speed on the start line themselves and needed time to get ready trials there today, the steep hill out of the village took the riders to Amroth a village badly hit during winter storms and kick "Bertie" into life for the off. Mr Phil Baker chairman of Saundersfoot community but with great views across Carmarthen bay towards council was also present starting all the competitors off Tenby and the monastic Island of Caldey in the distance. Only one more coastal village and two hills to the finish on their 94 mile route through the three counties of West for a well deserved stretch of the legs back on the Wales on what was said to be a challenging course set by Quayside were people were gathering to see the bikes Les. There was a good mix of machines from a Bantam cross the finish line were many riders chatted to each to Brough, lady riders and young riders and many wives or family members as passengers on board the machines other and the spectators about the days activities before many of which were reading the route card to their rider, going for a well deserved ice cream. all classes were generously supported, this year was no Saturday night at the Merlewood hotel was enjoyed with exception for the three wheeler class seeing 18 machines a turkey dinner and later dancing to some great sounds with live 60's music. Many members were pleased to meet including a veteran outfit to a post vintage Morgan and up with Dick the and Gaye Weekes who had come for the vintage BSA cycle car known as 'Basil' and numerous

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evening Dick being a past organiser of the event for many years. Sunday morning a lovely day once again saw the previous days machines line up on the harbour for the Concours d' elegance this is the "Saundersfoot" to many people who book their holidays to come and see the display of machines along with the many other local spectators who came to the harbour many of which were modern day motorcyclists and clubs who were very interested to see the early machines and chat with the owners about the many different controls which they used whilst riding. President Tim Penn (pictured left) presented the silverware for class and runner up awards, along with numerous other awards while young Jessica Lewis presented the anniversary rosettes. Most interesting machine was Barry Winter’s Brough, best WSW Section machine John Webb’s Scott, also winning the road trial vintage class. Furthest ridden & youngest rider awards were presented and a few best in class cups went home with members of the North Cotswolds section. Nicholas Granger’s weekend was

topped off with winning the post war Concours with his nice little FB Mondial .This year four riders received a lucky lotto prize of a can of oil and goodies kindly donated by B&R Factors, one recipient was Terry Hopes who took part in the 1959 event and has ridden in many since. With the awards over riders departed on the social run and lunch stop which was organised by Roy and Alan. WSWS Would like to thank all involved for making the 60th and Welsh Week a great success and the great letters of thanks received. LT

Square Four joins Miller museum

The rather splendid 1936 Ariel ‘Square Four’ (below) has become part of the Sammy Miller Museum collection. It was formerly owned by Mike

Waugh and maintained by the museum for many years, but now Mike has decided to retire from riding he has sold this outfit to the museum.

Archive addition

The Bob Light Archive has joined the Ralph Venables collection in the VMCC museum’s library. Bob Light was one of the 1960’s and 1970’s senior motor cycling journalists. His brother Martin kindly brought the collection to the museum, and it will certainly complement the Venables archive.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire visit Goodwood

After close collaboration between Sheffield & South Yorkshire Chairman Tony Cowley and Goodwood Committee Member Roger Seymour nine visitors from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire section arrived for a reception at the Maypole Inn, Yapton on the 22 September for this first mid-week annual event. They consisted of five riders and four pillions – Tony Cowley & Dot (1960 Triumph Tiger 100), David Thomas (Yamaha Dragstar who was camping for the week), George & Masie Rooke (1980 Honda CX500), Peter & Marise Hewitson (1961 BSA Gold Flash) and Terry & Ann Croft (1938 Excelsior Warrior, owned by the family for 58 years). A welcome was extended by Goodwood Chairman John Turrell, Committee and other section members. Sadly, David Sellars, Sheffield & South Yorkshire Secretary and VMCC Director was unable to attend. Later it was good to see several visitors joined the section at the Noggin’n’Natter at the Sportsman in Amberley. The run out on the Wednesday was led by John Taylor with 19 bikes on the run which included two couples from the Surrey & Sussex Section. The weather was sunny following a cold start. Two of the ladies pillions joined the run, but the others opted for a day out in Brighton. The morning run was about 60 miles along some good B roads, some narrow, wet, very gravelly and rutted C roads which caused vans and cars to stop to allow us through. At one very tricky downhill stony section a tractor had to reverse out of our way as he took up the whole width of the road with no room even for a bike to pass. We also encountered a very skittish horse, and everyone had to stop, just a little throttle set the horse off again. The convoluted route headed from Whiteways towards Leith Hill on the north downs in Surrey via Sutton, Petworth, Kirdford, Plaistow, Dunsfold, Loxhill, Hascombe, A281 north, Holmbush St. Marys, Forest

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Green, Walliswood, to the Punch Bowl at Okewood Hill for soup and a roll. Some even managed to get in a sweet! The drop-off system worked well. The return journey of about 15 mileswas via Capel, Charlwood, Gatwick café, Rusper, Faygate, Colgate, Mannings Heath, Coolham, Thakeham, and Storrington. Shortly after the start Pete Busson stopped when his tail light fell off, and back-marker Steve Priston was soon on the job with the tape. The initial wet start on the Thursday appeared to have put Goodwood members off, as there were only 13 bikes at Whiteways. The weather was, however, dry by the beginning of the run, and improving. Unfortunately, the numbers were soon to drop. David Thomas had a puncture early on and Roger Seymour sorted out a recovery vehicle to Alf’s Bikes Worthing; the leader, Ron Davis, had his clutch go shortly after, and Richard Carlisle, who was due to guide the route back, took over the lead. Third person to fall by the wayside was Dick Somers when his rectifier failed near Goodwood racecourse. The remainder of the riders arrived safely at Fort Nelson Museum, Porchester in time for lunch where Tony and I joined them followed by a wander around the museum. Richard continued to lead the afternoon session via Southwick, Denmead, Droxford, Clanfield, across busy A3 junction at Horndean, Rowlands Castle, past Stanstead Park, then onto Funtington, Halnaker, Eartham, Slindon, Spur to Whiteways. A big black cloud had followed us back, but it only started to drop a little rain just as everyone was checking bikes after an excellent run, before heading back to their accommodation and getting ready for the evening meal. It was very unfortunate and a great shame that Ron’s bike broke down after he’d spent so much time planning and recceing the route. Everybody met up again for the evening meal at the Vardar, Littlehampton, arranged by Roger Seymour and a splendid evening ensued. This event was a major success with great camaraderie. The return event in South Yorkshire next September has arrival on Tuesday 20, and departure on 21, 22, 23. Maureen Street


Royal Enfield ‘New Bullet’ register

Some VMCC Members may be aware of the rare 1963 to 1965 Royal Enfield ‘New Bullet’ model, others may not. The New Bullet was a unit construction machine sometimes described as a ‘350 Crusader’ due the commonality of most of the chassis and engine parts. The model was not a sales success, largely because the buying public faced the recent 250 cc learner law. To hamper sales further, buyers who purchased the New Bullet and expected greater performance from what was essentially a larger capacity ‘Crusader’ did not get what they expected. The New Bullet was an altogether different motor cycle from the sporty 250 Crusader. If you wanted the sort of characteristics that a 250 had given you, but in greater quantity, then the 350 New Bullet was going to be a disappointment, but that’s not where its merits lay. If you understood that the 350’s lower (7.5:1) compression ratio, beefed up gearbox and altered gearing for a higher cruising speed would offer you an excellent robust small touring machine, then you were in for a treat. Royal Enfield produced a few ‘works’ New Bullets trials machines, but they did not achieve the success of their earlier namesake. Towards the end of the New Bullet model's three-year production life an unknown quantity of the machines underwent factory 250cc engine exchanges prior to sale. Like many British motor cycle manufacturers Royal Enfield desperately needed to get bikes out of the door, and this was one way of shifting a

slow-moving model. Royal Enfield ledgers show five batches of about 50 New Bullets being built between 1963 and 1965, with many destined for the US or further afield. Factory 250 engine exchanges and ‘natural selection’ have dramatically reduced the potential survivor figures, so today we can only account for the partial history of around one hundred machines, some of which are terminally inactive. As a result, spotting a New Bullet on the road these days is a very rare occurrence. That point is magnified by the fact that most onlookers are not aware of its defining features, and assume they are looking at a 250 Crusader. The best giveaway is the New Bullet’s taller ten-finned cylinder barrel, necessitated to reach the traditional Bullet 70 x 90 mm bore and stroke proportions. Given the scarcity of the Royal Enfield New Bullet, a few enthusiastic owners have started a ‘New Bullet Register’ to act as a contact group to share experiences and information about these excellent though largely misunderstood machines, and try to help keep as many as possible on the road. If any VMCC member would like to add their email address or phone number (no home addresses collected) to the register, then they would be most welcomed. Please contact John Dove on 07766947932 or jd.btsdf@gmail.com. The photo above, and that on the contents page, show 63 UK and 65 US New Bullet models. John Dove

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Levis Cup Trial & Marjorie Cottle Trial Trophy

Sunday 27th September… Levis Cup Day! Once again The Lenchford Hotel at Shrawley provided our venue for the event, with some competitors arriving on the Saturday evening to camp or lodge overnight ready for the Sunday Trial, though the first machine heard was the sweet burble of an ABC which announced that Keith Sams had arrived from Chesterfield. The Levis Cup Trial doubles as a social event for many who come to view the start and catch up with old mates or even spar over the potential of a few Western Region Championship points. This year was no different, with the cheery mingling of competitors, marshals and supporters preparing for the day, fitting route sheets, riding numbers, confirming check-points or selecting good vantage points. The Clerk of the Course set off at 9.15am with a car full of signs, record sheets, clocks and crossed fingers trusting that the various officials had found their allotted sites and were comfortably ensconced, so it was with relief that the first team were found on Flagstaff Hill – just where they should be! On his arrival at the second observation point Roger and Trevor were comfortably set with flask and deck chairs – excellent! Meanwhile, back at the start Bob Ashwin astride his 1913 Campion was being flagged off by Starter John Shaw, who was suitably clad in period white overalls and flat cap whilst lined up awaiting their allotted start times were Dennis Beal [Rex], Keith Sams [Sopwith ABC] and Ian Hirons [Triumph]. The steady and timely flow of machines to the Starter’s flag was assured by Eric, John, Julian and Richard such that by 11.04 Dave Thomas’s Model 6 Sunbeam was disappearing into the distance toward Holt Heath and thence Wichenford and Martley leaving The Lenchford Hotel once again a tranquil Severn-side location. Out on the course the Flagstaff team had rendered pushing assistance to Pat & Brian’s 1926 Triumph outfit whilst Ian’s Triumph and Andrew Rae’s 148cc Excelsior needed a little LFA [Light Footing Assistance]. Flagstaff is a long climb, and the observed section, though reasonably short is probably just below the mid- point of the hill. It is surely a test of stamina and determination especially for the earlier machines and their riders. Once crested, the route meandered out to the Teme valley then climbed back toward Titterstone Clee Hill. The ford at Neene Savage was not observed this year though any casual spectator could be forgiven for their confusion regarding the order in which machines passed through since by now the faster 24mph average competitors were passing the slower 20mph chaps. At 37 miles out the second observed section, Farlow Bank, provided the usual challenge with a left hand hair-pin included in the climb. Uncharacteristically caught-out was Reg Eyre [Ariel] with a ‘footing’ penalty, whilst the Triumph outfit needed

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some assistance and Bob Ashwin resorted to a steady walk alongside the Campion. Ludlow Council’s permit restriction of only 25 machines in the Town Square had forced a change of lunchtime venue. The Squirrel – Foldgate Lane, proved to be a welcome alternative, doubly so since the pub’s management team had allowed us exclusive use of one area of their car park and, un-requested but greatly appreciated, had provided a ‘VIP’ area within the pub for competitors to find refreshment and a place to eat – though the day was dry and warm and many chose to eat outside. By noon a good selection of spectators and some of the earlier marshals had gathered on a range of machinery from modern sports bikes, a gamut of Triumph twins, a couple of BSA’s to a 30’s Enfield – all waiting for the arrival of the competitors. Clearly nervous and having been asked a number of times when the riders were due the Clerk of the Course waited out by the main A49 junction looking back toward Ledwyche [the last time check] wondering whether some unseen route-sheet error had sent 54 riders scattered over the Shropshire countryside – but no; first man in was Keith[ABC] followed by Pete Tustin [Model 50 Norton] then a cheery wave from eventual Levis Cup winner Colin Lloyd [Model Q Triumph]. After a short break Bruce and Dianne Grant [Triumph 3HW] followed by a grinning Ian Harris [Kreidler Florett 50cc] rode in and a salute from section secretary Dave Spence [BSA Sloper] – obviously pleased that his machine had coped well on its second Levis Trial, eased any uncertainty. Happy that the route sheet worked and that timings were about right the CoC departed to confirm afternoon checkpoints and put in place the various “VMCC This Way” signs at Furnace Mill near Bewdley, letting the riders know that the Road Closed signs (which were not on the local Highways/Council information web site) did not apply, and that safe passage past the numerous Water Board holes could be had by all – including Jenny and Frances’s BSA TW3 and the outfits of Fred Smith and Sue Hudson [BSA G29] and Pat and Brian [Triumph]. The afternoon section of 42 miles began with the ascent of Whitbatch Hill on which the Flexibility Trial was conducted – for those who do not know, it was a simple test of riding up the hill in first gear as slow as possible to the mid point and as fast as possible to the top with the ratio of slow over fast time used to identify the machine of greatest “flexibility”. However, due to an issue regarding permitting, the presentation and description of the test was changed slightly to satisfy the oversight authorities. Nevertheless the ascent presents a challenge and an element of competition unique to this event. Other than time checks there were no more formal observed


sections on the afternoon route back to The Lenchford, though the long ford at Clee St Margaret and the 1920’s trial hill at Buckeridge were included for fun! Back at the paddock, after a day riding over 93 miles of Worcestershire and Shropshire hills and byways, time cards were handed in, machines loaded and farewells said. As usual thanks must be extended to those who support the event by participating – it is a long day and at times a tough trial, especially when the test hills get the better of Levis Cup Trial – 2015 Results: Levis Cup: Alec Ross Cup: Alice Round Cup: Bert LeVack Trophy: George Yeomans Trophy: Omyga Trophy: Calthorpe 100gns Cup: Marjorie Cottle Trophy: Rolley Newton Cup:

Sgt H.J.Colley VC MM Memorial Trophy: Levis Tankard: John Greenwood Salver: Time Keepers Trophy: Endeavour Award: Albert Mattox Rose Bowl. (Team of 3):

a machine. Likewise thanks and appreciation must be extended to all of those who have helped out marshalling, overseeing car parks, providing a breakdown service, all of whom have been drawn from the ranks of the Worcester and North Birmingham Sections, The NACC and The Sunbeam Register. Nor must we forget the staff at The Lenchford, Shrawley and at The Squirrel – Foldgate Lane [Ludlow] Thank you. Martyn Round Colin Lloyd Peter Kent Jenny Hart & Frances Arrow Ian Cole Bob Ashwin Jeff Stirrop Mary Roberts Ian Harris Brian and Pat Empsall

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Articles

New to the VMCC

SUE HARRIS (NEE BUXTON) & MICK HARRIS

Oh Lord! What HAVE we got ourselves into? Everyone knows bikers are a breed apart. Brave. Tough. Hardy. And bike racers? Well… just plain crazy! But then a lot of people think we’re crazy too. My husband, Mick and I have been building and racing our own cars (yes, four wheels) for many years. He’s been in the 750 Formula with the 750MC for over 40 years and has been National Champion 10 times. We got together when he rescued me from Norwich hospital after I had been squashed into a concrete wall by someone at Snetterton in the car I built nearly 20 years ago. Yes. We build, maintain and race our own cars as Im’n’Er Racing (that’s us, in the picture at the top of the page). And we’re planning to continue until we’re just too old to get in and out of the cars within the five seconds allowed by the MSA! My father, Rob Buxton, raced bikes, Morgan 3-wheelers and sidecar combis before and after the war with his old school pal Phil Heath. Some of you may know his name and his biking history well! When Phil turned pro in 1949, my father became a farmer near Meopham in Kent, and although I only had eyes for ponies and horses when I was young, there was always an assortment of bikes & sidecars in the garage at the bottom of the drive and he and Phil continued to race their original 30’s and 40’s bikes in “vintage” races through into the 60’s. My husband had a Lambretta (yeah, yeah) when he was 16, and I drove tractors, vans and cars round the farm from the age of about six. I used to ride the cows in to milking (which isn’t recommended) until my father relented and bought me a pony. But I never rode a bike. Not once. Not ever. I never felt the need. But somewhere locked into my childhood memory must’ve been the

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love of the smell of Castrol R and the sound of a Norton in full flow. My father left home when I was almost a teenager, and I never thought any more about his bikes. For me, cars took over from horses, and after a year at the Brands Hatch Racing School in the 80’s, I’ve been racing various cars both in the UK and in Papua New Guinea, where I lived for 10 years. My father passed away more than a decade ago, and I have his original helmet and a couple of photos. But we are 750 Racers and it takes up most of our life. A couple of years ago we sat in awe watching the IoM TT and although I knew Phil had done the TT, I remembered my mother saying that they had both done ‘other’ TT’s in Europe. The Classic TT came on the telly, and then Goodwood Revival, and we wondered whether any of the bikes there had ever been in our garage at home or Phil’s workshop. Without the internet, that would’ve been as far as our curiosity went. We started idly investigating my ‘racing blood’ and gradually we built up a picture of two young men having the BEST time with a common love of bikes, from schooldays, through the war and into their later years. There were many adventures at Donington, Cadwell, Mallory, Brands Hatch, Wellesbourne, Eppynt and elsewhere here in the UK, and included a full year on the ‘Continental Circus’ in 1948. Some strange spooky things have happened to us in our research. It’s as though we’ve been ‘guided’ at times. Chance remarks. Spur of the moment decisions. Right place, right time. Books falling open at a certain page at a boot fair. But the strangest was a friend finding, on Amazon, the book we wanted that contains the exploits of the ‘Continental Circus’ in


1948…The Year Book. Much was written by Phil, and we hoped there would be mention of my father. Well! Not only was there chapter after chapter of their racing and off-track exploits, with many photos taken by my father, but the inscription inside the front cover was from Phil, and inside the back of the dust cover was a letter from Phil. TO MY FATHER and my mother (then girlfriend) thanking them for the fun of 1948 and for a lovely weekend break with them in London! You could’ve blown us down with a feather! We’ve managed to trace Rob’s Morgan to New Zealand, his pre-war Brough Superior SS80 ‘Black Bess’ (below left) to London, where it now roars down the Cromwell Road, exactly where it used to in the 30’s, and one of the sidecar outfits that he and Phil had so many happy times in... the ‘Instant Racer’ which became the ‘Instant Sidecar Racer’ (top). We understand that’s now in the National Museum! Part of our research was to visit some CRMCC and VMCC meetings locally and talk to people and see their bikes. You can see where this is going! That noise! That Castrol R! What joy! And what a brilliant idea those clubs have with ‘parade laps’. If you have an eligible bike, licence, leathers etc, you can take it round the circuit. For a very nominal sum! There are “race” parades, and “road” parades. So if we had a bike (just had to be Norton and girder forks and pre-war) we could ride our favourite circuits! Lydden, Cadwell, Mallory, Brands. Good idea, I thought. Why not? You only have one life to live. (Mick’s eyebrows raise skywards as his wife comes up with some new hair-brained escapade!) So, we’ve only been and gone and done it! We’ve joined the VMCC and NOC and been welcomed into both, thankyou. A racing friend from Yorkshire very kindly gave us his Derbi 125 as a learner bike so we can do our CBT and practice through the winter (great!), and while we were up North collecting that, we went a few miles

further and bought a 1936 348cc Norton 50. Girder forks, nice wide saddle, and a good runner! We have a ‘period’ maintenance book, so we’ve sussed out how to start her up every weekend, the compulsory drip tray, and Rob’s old goggles. But no licence. And not the FIRST clue as to how to make a bike move. Or stop! Or turn left. Or right. The aim is to be on track somewhere in 2016 on two wheels as well as our usual four. Somehow. As I write this, we’re just having a sit-down after our first couple of hours (pre-CBT) bike lesson. We’ve been togged up in some weird, unfamiliar “gear” and gloves that could knock any foe into the next century, and made do for the time being with this year’s race helmets. (Bike helmets and water repellent next on the list!)

So here we go! major learning curve coming up to be fully qualified and capable bikers as soon as possible. We’ve got our work cut out, big time, but it’s such fun. Well, so far. We managed to stay shiny-side up today, but who knows how long for! Maybe the year after next we’ll get another Norton so we can both be out on track together again, just as we normally are on four wheels! ‘Im‘n’Er 2... Many thanks to anyone we’ve accosted over the last couple of years and to the members of the VMCC and NOC that we introduced our novice selves to… so nice to be made to feel welcome into the vintage biking world and into the Norton clan. We’re planning to visit the VMCC library soon to continue our research, but if anyone has any info/photos/recollections of Rob, or Rob and Phil, we’d love to hear from you (presume VMCC will pass on your tel no etc to us). We’ll see some of you around and about somewhere next year!! Hopefully...

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The Norman Dixon motor cycle JONATHAN HILL

This is the second part is a copy of a ‘biography’ of Norman Dixon and features a detailed account of the N.D. J.A.P. Special. ‘Norman Dixon lived in Gateshead, worked in engineering and taught woodwork in Gateshead schools in the 1940’s – 1950’s.

After he died John Archibald rode it until an accident stopped him riding, it was then sold to a South Durham member. Norman also built model steam traction engines and steam boats. When the High Level Bridge (the railway bridge with the road underneath) in Newcastle was strengthened in the 1920’s it was Norman who cut the threads on the stock rods and made the nuts. The rods are 5” in diameter and about 20 ft. long! I have not had the time to count them, but I should think that there are about 20 rods.

By this time I was feeling quite excited as having, at last, a big twin, 3-speed, all-chain drive which looked quite racy, despite the gas lamps and klaxon horn. I had to make two chain-cases from heavy tinplate, arrange the footrests and the brake operating rods. This latter was quite a puzzle, as I could not find room for a direct acting rod from the pedal to brake arm. Eventually I used the pedal to push a bar fixed to the front of the crankcase from where a long 5/16th rod pulls on the brake arm. This is supported at the centre to prevent vibration and whip. All brake and gear rods have right and left-hand adjusting sleeves fitted, and the gear shift crank has an adjustable arm to take up wear on the pins (when there is any). As the ‘bike could hardly be called a ‘Matchless’ now, I made enquiries about registration and was informed that as long as the working parts were new and the rest of the machine had just been made it could I was feeling quite be registered as a new machine. It excited at having, at was weighed – 384 last, a big twin, 3-speed lbs - and registered all-chain drive which as a 1928 “N.D.” in that year, and, looked quite racy, although heavy for despite the gas lamps a solo mount, it was very nice to and klaxon ride and was stable. The following year I fitted a sidecar, changing the engine sprocket from 18 to 16 teeth. Even the sidecar was different, as it had a 5” AJS hub brake operated by a pedal through rods and

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levers. No less than six connections held it to the ‘bike and it had to be fitted up for each ride. However, 10 minutes was enough to dismantle and to put away the sidecar, but this proved too much if it was raining... Many happy weekends were spent and we always had a camping holiday of about three weeks in the Lake District. The steepest climb was from Ambleside to the top of Kirkstone (the struggle). The one fault was the clutch, and even though I extended the drum to take another set of plates and fitted stronger springs, it still slipped. This had one good point, as it took a lot of the strain off the gears as it is quite easy to strip the low gear pinion when ‘riving’ up a hill in second gear. After the war I fitted electric lights and horn, and obtained wired rims to bring the machine up to date, as the wired tyres seemed much stronger than the beaded edge type. One snag cropped up with these new rims. The holes were much larger than the nipple holes in the beaded rims, and as all my spokes had a ‘cut’ thread I could not get any large nipples to fit. Once again I had to make these from 7 /16th brass rod. Special two-sized drills, as well as tools to form the square, were made. At the same time, I made a 9 gauge 36 thread tap and die for heavier spokes in the rear wheel. I did buy a 9 gauge die, but this cut such a hopeless thread that I would not use it. The machine has been enamelled more times than I care to remember. This could always be renewed, but as the various nuts and bolts etc. began to shed their nickel, I thought that it would have a shot at this. Messrs. Cannings of Birmingham supply plenty of information and the materials for this work, but it is a most messy job. My first attempts were carried out in an old plant pot bowl holding about ¾ gallon. I was once accused of using a p... pot by some model-making friends. No doubt it looked like one without the handle. I now use a glass-lined wooden box holding about 2 gallons. The work has to be buffed up to a high finish and then boiled in a cleaner before plating. Even now, I never know when the plating will peel off. Very little current is needed - 1-11/2 volts giving a bright finish straight from the tank. As the engine is geared 3.7, and is not always easy to start, especially if the plugs are covered with carbon. I could tell a few tales of stoppages on the road, failure to start, and various magneto faults which led eventually to completely rewinding the old Bosch magneto with about 12,000 turns of 42 gauge wire. It requires quite a hefty kick to turn over the engine fast enough to give a good spark. I am now using a square ‘ML’ which I rewound with about 15,000 turns of 44 gauge, this gives a longer but thinner spark.


the speedometer I doubt I would have seen the needle. A friend, on a new 500cc two-port Ariel, allowed me to slowly pass him at this speed. Needless to say, nothing like this is ever attempted now as I always have a horror of the front forks giving up. Let us hope they don’t. Some years ago I bought a heavier Sturmey gear box. At least the wheels are stronger, also the clutch is larger and of a different design from the old one. This was reconditioned as new, even to grinding up the roller bearing path and making oversize rollers. New clutch inserts were made, the gear box being ideal for sidecar work. The kick start shaft, however, has a low ratio to engine, and if I fitted a larger engine shaft sprocket for solo work the engine speed The vibration was would be slower than ever when terrific, and even if starting. To get I had dared to look over this, I plan to manufacture a at the speedometer, smaller chain I doubt I would have wheel for the back wheel. I seen the needle have made about three gearbox sprockets of about 16 to 19 teeth, so I already have the tools for forming the teeth, but when I look at the big disc of rusty steel, ½” thick, I wonder if it will be worth it? Perhaps, one day, in a sudden burst of enthusiasm, I may start on it, and even finish it, but in my opinion, a vintage motor cycle is a bit like an artist’s picture, it is never finished.

As the handle starter was discarded, the timing pinion was fitted with a new, smaller shaft, but the large bush is still very much in evidence. The carrier is set well inside the wheel centres and is made from ½” x 16 gauge tube, the many ‘T’ joints being neatly socketed and brazed. There are 25 of these joints and two steel fabric covered tool bags are fitted, pannier fashion. The saddle is a Lycett “La Grande” with a leather top. As this is rather hard, I made a leather cloth cover under which is a pad of one-inch sponge rubber. Lubrication of the engine is on the constant loss system. A double thread worm pump is driven in line from the front cam wheel and is fed by gravity pipe from the oil tank. From the pump, one feed goes to the rear of the front cylinder, while the other leads to a well on the timing shaft side of the engine. Here it is thrown up banjo fashion to the crank pin. In addition, the suction from the two big pistons also draws the oil into the engine, a hole from inside of the crank case feeds oil into the drive shaft bearing. Crank case pressure is led to the primary chain and as this carries away surplus oil the chain is kept well lubricated. Despite these many oil feeds, one can still forget to turn on the tap on the oil tank. On one such occasion, the big end bush stuck to the crank pin and revolved in the fork of the connecting rod. Although the engine could not be kick-started due to the stiffness, no lack of power was noted when running. Incidentally, no loss of power is noticed after dismantling for decarbonising. In fact, there seems to be no difference if decarbonised or not, except for a slight loss of compression, due to pitted exhaust valves. I am always on the hunt for these to turn down but they have to have a 3/8th stem. As the pillion footrests of the day were of a very flimsy nature, lugs were brazed on to the chain stays. These lugs had a horizontal tapped hole 9/16th x 20. The footrests screwed into these holes, the one on the kick-start side being hinged to clear when starting the engine. Originally AJS rubbers were used on these rests, but these have been replaced with Woolworth’s handlebar grips which seem ideal for the job. No dynamo is fitted, the current being supplied to lights and horn by 3 double “Nite” cells which are charged up off the ‘bike. These cells appear to be everlasting and will hold a charge for six months and will still give about two hours’ light – I hope... The carburettor is an early AMAC and I have fitted a variable needle jet, which can be moved from the saddle. Petrol consumption has been 70-75 miles per gallon solo, two up on the 3.7 gear. The present gear is 3.96 which gives better hill-climbing. The top speed recorded about 1929 was slightly better than 75. This, with the 3.7 top gear and two up. The vibration was terrific and even if I had dared to look at

(I doubt there is anything more to say about the “Norman Dixon” – all we need now are some photographs. We owe a vote of thanks to Jonathan Hill for sharing this information with us – Ed.)

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Recovering the Binder Mk 8

from Past President IVAN RHODES first published in the magazine of the Velocette Owners’ Club

Franz-Jozef Binder Ritter von Degenschild, otherwise known as Franz Binder, was Austrian by birth, having been born near Vienna. He was a trained dentist who, at one stage in his life, found himself without employment. He eventually found himself a job with a Dutch doctor who was a keen motor cycle racing enthusiast and the owner of a Rudge ‘Ulster’. This he loaned to Binder for the 1932 Dutch TT, his first big race. Whilst Binder retained his Austrian passport, he raced on a Dutch competition licence. On one occasion Binder met Graham Walker, who was still racing, and during conversation Walker suggested that Binder could get an allowance to live in England during the winter months and, possibly, get employment in the motor cycle trade. Binder also met with Fergus Anderson, and for a while they travelled the continental circus together, both riding Mk 5 KTT’s (1935/36). Binder took up the suggestion and found employment with L Stevens of Shepherd’s Bush, by whom he was entered in the 1937 and 1938 TT’s in the Isle of Man. In 1939 he rode the semi-works Velocette with the Irvingdesigned friction-damped rear suspension system (the one that did not work properly...) as used on the Model O. I have no record of Binder’s movements during the war other than that, due to the occupation of Austria in 1938, he changed his nationality to German and, at that time, became engaged to the daughter of a The river was flooded, carpet dealer. Early so the young Austrian in 1946, however, Binder, who was waded across with all now married and his clothing above his living in Salzburg, was prominent in head. Having dressed local government. He made a visit to again, he walked for local hospital three hours to the next- the where there lay a but-one station young patient by the name of Helmut Krackowizer, who was suffering from jaundice. There was, as can be expected, much discussion about racing. Binder suggested organising a TT-type event around the local lakes. The young Krackowizer eagerly responded: “What a good idea, but you have no machine to ride.” Binder remarked that his semi-works MK 8 (KTT 702) was in the east of Germany, which was then under Russian occupation. It was secreted away at the home of his parents-in-law, with

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whom he had no recent contact, at a village called Kothen, south-west of Berlin. Helmut was keen to be involved and to learn from a real TT rider. Soon Binder was encouraging Helmut to retrieve the ’bike, with the promise that it would be passed on to him when Binder retired. Helmut was wondering how he would manage this when unforeseen circumstances arose which were to help. First he met a summer guest on holiday in Austria who turned out to be the mayor of the small town of Bad Soden, near to Schotten, not far from Frankfurt. Helmut explained the urgent need to go back to the East for this Velocette. Keen to help, the mayor promised that if Helmut came to visit him in his office he would supply a German identity card, and this was done. However, it was highly illegal and very dangerous to cross the Austrian/German border! It had to be done unofficially under cover of darkness at the village where Walter Zeller was to live. The river was flooded, so the young Austrian waded across with all his clothing above his head. Having re-dressed he continued to walk for three hours to the next-but-one railway station to the border. The nearer station was being watched, and as yet Helmut had no identity papers. Helmut eventually arrived at the Mayor’s office where he was afforded a few days’ stay whilst his documents were completed and he emerged with a card to cover West Germany. The next stage of the operation was to look for a village where the East German border was close to the railway line. His turned out to be a village called Eschwege, from where Helmut took a bus to the border. However, he could not find a way of making an entry. Meanwhile, he was getting short of food and money. When the local inhabitants warned Helmut that he was in danger of being shot he decided to go back to Austria, apologise to Binder and give up the whole idea. On his way back Helmut passed through Stuttgart where he saw a poster advertising the first post-war dirt track race at the Neckar Stadium, and decided to take a look. Having always taken a keen interest in the history of the sport, Helmut knew that Otto Daiker (later 1952/3 NSU works rider) lived near Stuttgart. Although the two had not met since 1943, Helmut decided to call and see him. Helmut arrived to find Daiker loading his 250 DKW on to a three-wheeled economy vehicle and asked where he was going racing. Daiker replied that he was going to the first dirt track meeting – it didn’t matter that his machine was not suitable for such a short oval circuit of some 400 metres. Helmut was invited to go along as friend and mechanic. In the paddock they met up with another well-


known rider, Lothar Berger, of Breslau, with another DKW. Breslau was a town in the far east of Germany – now Poland – and Berger, having escaped from the East, was now living in the same border town of Eschwege. When he asked Helmut what he was doing in Stuttgart and learned the reason, Berger said that he could help with the retrieval of the Velocette. “Come to Eschwege and I will show you the only way across,” he said. “It is through a disused railway tunnel!” The border was on the top of a hill above the tunnel, and the first Russian post was on the road below. There was a tripwire across the railway line connected to the post so that, should anyone pass along the line not knowing this, the wire would be pulled and a bell would ring in the hut. Berger occasionally travelled this route to visit his sister in Berlin, always under the cover of darkness. It was passable with care, but the risks were considerable. After the race meeting Helmut bade farewell to his friends and proceeded back to Salzburg – via the river crossing – his enthusiasm for the scheme having been stimulated (perhaps one should say ‘whetted’) once more. Helmut reorganised himself. Collecting more money and food this time, he proceeded to Eschwege, wading through the river for a third time. There he met up with Herr Berger, who took him to the tunnel before it was dark. Helmut was then left to find his own way. He located and passed over the tripwire, and was at the first station by dawn. Currency then being the same in both East and West, Helmut was able to board a train to Kothen. He carried a letter from the mayor of Bad Soden stating that this was his home town. Franz Binder’s in-laws were at first frightened and then relieved to receive a young man claiming to be a friend of their son-in-law – they had no idea whether he was alive or dead. Helmut explained the circumstances of his visit, and soon found the Velocette. He proceeded to dismantle it into manageable lumps. Having removed the engine and gearbox, the wheels and the forks, he removed the sub-frame and rear fork, therefore reducing the frame to an acceptable dimension. Helmut planned his return journey to be as an official refugee, so he had to be prepared to go via the official refugee camps. The dismantled Velocette was packed into a number of wooden boxes and surrounded with clothing before the lids were fastened down. These were then deposited at the parcel office of the railway station. The meticulous checking of personal papers and documents took a further two days, after which Helmut was allowed to travel in the railway goods van, taking the boxes with him. As he moved down the line the Russian police commenced checking parcels. It was unusual to find belongings packed into wooden boxes, and this created suspicion. The smaller box containing the rear dampers

was checked and thought to contain machinery. The Russian police were suspicious, thinking that perhaps some secret industrial designs were being smuggled across the border. Helmut was questioned, and replied that they were, in fact, motor cycle parts. He was the asked to show the rest of the parts to confirm his story, which he did. The Russians thought this was good and accepted what was, in fact, the truth and went away. However, when Helmut eventually arrived at a West German station with his luggage he was ordered back East, crates and all, for some further questioning – but Helmut had met with an East German official. Now travelling privately, this official had been in charge of the railway train containing the refugees. He had travelled with the train into the Western Sector and had seen the contents of the boxes. Being sympathetic to Helmut’s plight he approached him, saying “Why did you not tell me about this? I would have been able to help you. Now I will do my best, when we get back to the East.” The boxes were once more deposited, having all been broken open, at Eisenach in East Germany. Helmut returned to the refugee camp where he was once again interrogated. Fortunately his new-found sympathetic official proved influential. Whilst being a communist, he had also been a mechanic for a famous private rider from Eisenbach named Kellner, who had ridden a BMW. One more the refugee authorities were persuaded to let Helmut leave for the West – but without the Velocette. This they had to keep at Eisenbach for one month, and if Helmut returned with official papers to confirm his story then he could take it back with him. Thus Helmut crossed the river as before and returned to Salzburg empty-handed for the second time. He found Binder most upset at not having his ’bike restored to him. “I will never see my Velocette again!” he lamented. However, being a man of strong character, a new thought soon came to him – how could he supply Helmut with some ‘official’ documents? Binder was a leading figure in the Salzburg government. He also spoke perfect English. His job was to liaise with both the American forces, which were still in control, and the communists. The latter were prominent in the government at that time. Binder arranged for a letter from the Communist Party describing Herr Krackowizer as a very trusted Party member, and recommending that all German Communist Party members should offer him every assistance. The letter was addressed to the West German Communist HQ at Eschwege. So, yet another illegal crossing of the river border took place. After a train journey to Eschwege the letter was presented to the Communist HQ. Helmut was now allowed to return to Eisenach with the necessary paperwork to confirm his story and claim his prize. Once again Helmut met the official from the refugee train.

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Upon showing him the letter Helmut was instructed to wait until the next day so that the documentation could be cleared. To Helmut’s relief, this was duly done. The boxes and contents were dispatched to a forwarding agent’s warehouse in Eschwege, in the West. It was now late September 1946, the ambitious and hazardous project having begun the previous July. Helmut’s adventures were not yet over, as he had still to make one more illegal river crossing so that he could return to the West. Binder was ecstatic at the return of his beloved KTT. He arranged with the American HQ at Salzburg for a truck to be sent to Eschwege to collect the ‘luggage’. The dismantled Velocette returned just ten days before the first Salzburg road race was due to take place on October 6th 1946. It was unpacked and reassembled, whereupon Binder used it to come second behind the Austrian champion Leonard Fassi on an NSU, with Helmut Krackowizer third on a Rudge. Binder subsequently rode the KTT with considerable success in the 1947 and 1948 seasons. As promised, it eventually passed into Helmut’s hands, a just reward for his enterprise and initiative, not to say bravery. This is why Dr. Krackowizer so readily identified the picture of his machine with Binder aboard and wearing race number 22 for the 1946 Salzburg racing in edition 297 of ‘Fishtail’ the journal of the Velocette Owners’ Club.

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“The story of how Dr. Krackowizer came to relate the tale of the Binder KTT to Ivan is no less remarkable. By the mid-1980’s Ivan had obtained, over a period of years, a lot of old Velocette racing bits. These were regarded as nowhere near as valuable as parts for vintage machines, but were of interest none-the-less. At this time Ivan was offered the ‘derelict’ Roarer. In order to find the funds required, over the period of twelve months he had to build surplus parts into machines to sell off. Two of these went to a friend of Helmut. These were a 1927 ‘K’ – road tested by Titch Allen in the Road Test Journal – and a freshlybuilt Mk 8 KTT. The phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ comes to mind because it had to be one of these that failed, the oil pump of the KTT shearing and needed to be replaced. This entailed a trip to Frankfurt airport from where Ivan was driven to the owner’s home and workshop for the job to be done. On completion Ivan and the owner went to Hockenheim circuit for testing, and it was during these sessions that Helmut related to Ivan the fascinating story of the recovery of the Binder KTT. Ivan wrote up the tale immediately, realising that it was appropriate to record the details for posterity. If the tale is familiar to some of you it is because a shortened version appeared in “Fishtail” at about that time. It is certainly worth repeating telling. How many of us would risk our life to secure the ‘bike of our dreams?”


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A new member’s perspective BEN LANGTON

I spotted the call for articles in issue 657 by David and, having read several pieces about the club attracting new members, I thought I should give it a go from my perspective as a new member and a new rider in general. I passed my bike test a couple years ago, just after my 32nd birthday, so some members would call me a ‘youngster’. My interest has always been in vintage and classic machines. The simple to the strange engineering of vintage bikes and the way technology developed into the classic era of motor cycles, even the gear and tools gave me a particular area of motor cycling I wanted to join. My father raced in the 60’s on a Gold Star. I remember the smell of Castrol and fuel in the pits as a kid in the 80’s when Dad was riding a Commando, and later a K4 Honda, so this is where I started 20 years later. I was getting out on a Honda XBR500 which my father and I had built around a classic racer theme. (facing page) I’d learned a bit whilst building the “Nonda” (Manx

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Norton-inspired Honda), but I wanted my own real British Classic. I had been looking for a classic motorbike for some time, but with most bikes well out of my price range of £1,000 it really did narrow the options. Added to that I wanted to find a local bike (I’m a proud Cornishman), so the search took a while and unsurprisingly didn’t reveal a “Goldy” or Commando! However, I did eventually find something. My first classic was bought in boxes and large bits out of an old tin shed in south Cornwall, a cheap project to cut my teeth on was the idea. It will come to no surprise to most that my first British classic was/is a BSA Bantam, much the same as many members, I would imagine. The Bantam is a truly affordable classic that is appreciating, it seems, and I feel it’s a good stepping stone into classic ownership on a budget. I conducted a bit of research into this Bantam, finding it was one of the very last D1 plungers (not as it was advertised) and in a particularly rare colour ‘fuscia’ red, and I hoped to retain its Cornish registration of 50 LCV. The bike had no paperwork, but clearly showed the original number, and with a quick search on the internet I found it was not on any other vehicle (so must be linked still to the bike). It looked mostly there, so I bought it. I joined the club soon after, and got hold of the fantastic Library team to further my research and knowledge. I later found that the Bantam had been bought new at Collins of Truro in Cornwall, a motorbike garage long gone now but where my father bought his first motorbike – which was a nice surprise. I soon decided to keep everything original as it came out of the tin shed. The bike has fantastic patina and an extra addition of interest I will mention later on. Very cheap reproduction and spare parts are so readily available for Bantams you rarely see an original unrestored one. I like to see original bikes; for me they hold a certain character and story. I just needed to get it all together and back on the road, and I wanted to do it myself. First job was to get it on its wheels. The brakes were all new inside the hub, which was a surprise; they just had the odd spider living in the drum after being sat in the shed for several years. I cleaned out the drums, giving them a slight rub down with emery paper to relieve the inside of ‘patina’! I had a tip on removing a small amount of pad material from the edge, which I


also did and fitted the brakes. No books, just common sense and an interest of how it worked (can’t do that with many modern bikes now). New cables and new tyres went on as the back was the wrong size with offroad tread and the front was covered in cracks. Mudguards, seat and handlebars were fitted as they came out of the box, with just a wipe over with light oil. The petrol tank looked pretty sound, but I could here a few bits rattling inside so I poured a cup of fuel in, shook it around and tipped into a jar with a bit of cloth over it. There were a few large flakes of rust, several medium bits and a lot of fine stuff. This was another place I didn’t want the ‘patina’, so I cleaned the tank out and sealed the inside with a tin of POR tank sealant, leaving the outside in its original shed-fresh finish. The engine had been rebuilt at some point but left to sit. it turned well and all looked and felt right. It’s actually an interesting little unit with a George Todd racing head. Bantams racing success throughout the 50’s and 60’s led to many owners ‘pepping up’ their 100mpg commuter machines into something a little special. In the late 50’s an amazing engineer and Bantam racer named George Todd developed several race engines for competition. One of his most notable and well-known developments in Bantam racing is the Todd “Racing Special” head, an alloy centre plug high compression head that improved burn and gas flow coupled with better timing and jetting. It hadn’t taken too long and the bike was pretty much together, and I was eager to get it fired up. The throttle was very notchy, which took some investigation. The twist grip seemed worn and didn’t have the right tension on it. The cable (one that had not been changed) I oiled with a nifty device I borrowed, but it was still notchy and wouldn’t return correctly. I wanted everything ready before spark and fuel met, but couldn’t work out why the throttle was not returning sometimes. I had the carb off to clean, and remembered there was a small threaded screw in the slide shaft that kept the slide from twisting; I popped the slide out to have a look. The screw had a burred end and barely cleared the slide cutout; it must have been the wrong one and was catching the slide as it rose and fell. I decided to file the end very carefully into more of a round to reduce its size and remove thread that may catch. I screwed it back in and replaced the slide and carb top. The throttle now had a nice smooth twist, and when released it returned nicely with a slight metallic tap as the slide closed in the carb. This is the kind of little job that I really enjoyed doing,

having a problem and finding a solution with what I had. It may not have been a big or particular tricky job, but it vastly improved how the carburettor performed and improved how the bike rode and, of course, I now knew how the carb and throttle worked. A new spark plug and lead were fitted, another step to starting. I held the plug against the engine and gave the kickstart a few goes with my other hand; nothing. Thankfully a friend got onto the points with a little screwdriver, opened it up a bit and gave them a clean with some emery paper (I should have thought of that first). I cranked it over again. Still nothing, but I kept going. Steve tweaked the points, “Keep going,” he said (I was glad it wasn’t an A65!). “Got something,” he shouted, and I watched the plug with much anticipation while still giving the kickstart welly. “Crack!” There it was, a spark, not great but there. Steve fettled the points a little more, the spark improved, and we were ready for fuel. I sloshed a bit into the tank and slung my leg over the saddle to kick it over. I opened the throttle right up, pulled the clutch in and started to kick. Little by little a splutter emerged until finally the now familiar “pop, pop, pop” of the little twostroke filled the air. The seized clutch eased off running on the bench after some revving and filling the air with two-stroke smoke. It was glorious! The smoke cleared (slightly) so I took it out the door and down the hill. Stopping at the bottom wasn’t great, but I was ready for the change from discs on the XBR to Bantam brakes. I got through all the gears without a problem, and the little engine was buzzing away very nicely indeed. I returned with a smile on my face, my first ride on a British classic. I got out on the Bantam quite a lot over the next few weeks, an adjustment to the front brake and some careful mixing of two-stroke had it buzzing around my local town of Wadebridge and up to the local bike night well. I was amazed with the attention the old Bantam got not

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just at the bike meet but by general passers-by in town. I couldn’t have kept count of the amount of people that have stopped and looked, waved or chatted, older chaps that once owned one or younger people who just think it’s a cool-looking old bike. I got the Bantam starting pretty well on the first or second kick most outings until one day (typically at a bike meet) it simply wouldn’t go. A VMCC member gave me a push and, to a cheer from the onlookers, off I popped down the road. I arrived home and gave starting a go, no problem! The next outing started off well until I’d got half a mile or so when the bike started missing and died. Amazingly a fellow VMCC member driving pass stopped to see if I was alright (Gerald). We had a quick chat about fuel and spark plugs, and he offered to help. I told him I was determined to get it going, and I didn’t think it was much. After a little wait and a bump down the hill I managed to ride home. A five-minute clean of the carb and plug and the Bantam seemed to be starting and running well again. I chased this intermittent conking out for a week or so, never giving up even after a couple of pushes home (again thankful it wasn’t a A65!) I tried all sorts and went through coil; points, the lot, learning much about how it all worked along the way. I remembered Gerald stopping and our chat about spark plugs. I had fitted a new one to get it going, and it was the recommended Champion plug. Couldn’t be a new plug surely? It had I have been amazed done only a couple of hundred miles. at the tips, tricks and After advice from a advice given by fellow fellow member, I got hold of an VMCC members NGK, and to kick which have all helped over and start took little trying at all. along the way The little Bantam seems to like the NGK, and the same plug is still in it now cracking away. I have been amazed at the tips, tricks and advice given by fellow members which have all helped along the way. Over the summer I decided to take the Bantam to a few of the several steam and vintage fairs down here in Cornwall. It’s no Gold Star, but I thought ‘why not?’. The first we attended was an event mentioned at a VMCC club talk I attended in Truro. The Bodmin and Wenford Railway asked the club for some motor cycles for their annual vintage and classic vehicle show, it sounded good. My two-year-old son Tristan and I had a fantastic day at the station, chatting to other exhibitors and even getting free travel on the steam trains for the day. It was excellent with all sorts of vehicles from the past; we look forward to going again and decided to go to some more events. Right in the middle of summer I did have a worrying

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incident with the old Bantam and another ‘learning curve’ emerged. I had been on one of my little rides through town and jumped on for the return journey. The Bantam started up well, and I gave it a few revs – then BANG! It was as though the engine had exploded. Something flew off and whacked my leg. I sheepishly looked down to expect oil and metal fragments everywhere! I gave it a look over and couldn’t see a thing out of place. I tried a gentle kick (to the kick-start, not the engine) and it just felt weak. I gave it several proper kicks but to no avail. Hmmmm. I put it in gear and pushed it, I could hear compression venting. I put my hand round the head and could feel a swoosh as I pushed the bike forward. I took the tank off there and then – just four simple bolts. Four cylinder head nuts looked up at me, I thought it’s no slide screw or plug change, but something a bit more serious, but I’d have a look and see what it is. The bolts were pretty loose, and the Todd head came off very easy to reveal half a head gasket. I thought I felt something and found the other part next to the wall where it had fired off to, ricocheting off my right shin. I took the broken gasket to Tony (Steve’s dad) at Camelford Bike Bits, where he said it wasn’t a head gasket at all. “This is one,” he said, pulling one of a shelf. “It’s metal.” The old one was some kind of plastic gasket material, no wonder it lasted only a couple of hundred miles. He also said I should pinch the nuts down again after a few runs on the new gasket (another top tip learned). Well, the whole job of changing the head gasket was totally simple, took very little time at all and the only tools used were a half-inch spanner and socket, and the Bantam even started first kick when it was all back on. Another memory of old bike ownership! My family and I attended several summer steam fairs and soon became known by the regular exhibitors. We have made several new friends and learned a lot simply from meeting and talking to like-minded folk. One of the highlights of these events is the parade where we ride around the show ring and a commentator or rider talks about the machines on display. Tristan sometimes gets to ride round with me, proudly waving at the crowds and squeezing the horn. I’ve seen a few photos of grandchildren on bikes over the past issues, so I had to send in one on page 48, showing me and Tristan getting ready to circle the parade field at Padstow. I let a friend take the Bantam round for a lap at one of these shows, and he loved it. With help from me and his boys he may be a classic bike owner before long! There has been much talk of getting new and younger members involved with the club. Discussions on prices of bikes and the attainability of such machines is also an ongoing thought amongst members and prospective members. Don’t get me wrong, the bigger classics and the veteran machines are superb, and I am on the lookout for a vintage project, an affordable pre 30’s bike (I’ve not met


a member with only one bike in the shed). Girder forks and hand gear-changes are calling. I would love the chance to ride at Banbury or other similar events given the chance; it is tough on a budget, but hopefully do-able with patience and elbow grease. So the old Bantam got me into the VMCC and riding an old machine. The brake downs didn’t come as problems, more of a challenge to fix myself, and even they have been an enjoyable pastime and made for memorable, adventurous rides. I, like many, have moved on from the Bantam. I still own it as its great for pottering about on and attending local shows with my family. I keep an eye on the letterbox for the arrival of the next journal, reading the technical pieces, seeing members from all regions with their bikes and spotting events I look forward to attending when a full-time job and a young family allow! My region is pro-active, and I get to as many meetings as I can. It’s a great club, and I am pleased to be a member, having got a lot out of the club already and looking forward to many more adventures with it. I have gone to something a little bigger now, another shed project I found about a year ago a very early and interesting (yes patina all over) Triton with a load of period race parts now put together and on the road – but that’s another story!

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Obituaries

DAVID WILLIAM OAKLEY David Oakley was a veteran of all the traditional Motor Cycle and Veteran Car ‘Runs’ with a host of ‘Banburys’ in particular under his belt, died in July 2013. He owned a number of machines of varying vintages which like the cars he also treasured, were all pre 1927 – some back into the 1890s. On 11 November 2015, the 100th anniversary of its manufacture, his daughter took curatorship of his 1915 Royal Enfield 180 and sidecar. This 770cc twin cylinder motorcycle only had two owners in the 100 years of its life – a saddler Mr William Harvey and DW Oakley. Two other 180’s left the factory on the same day but were taken over almost immediately by the army and lost on the war front. In 1951 he bought what is now as a consequence believed to be the only Enfield of its specific type for £50 and right up to his death, it was always in the forefront of his thoughts on things mechanical. Until he was sadly too ill to continue to ‘surf the web’, he was still focused on what the next ‘Enfield’ care project would be, even searching for an elusive replacement horn. The original horn was lost around 1959 when he dismantled the motorcycle and it went into storage - his young family and business in the motor and marine trade took up too much of his time. He reassembled it in 1961 because although he could ride most things, drive most things and fly and sail great number of things, the ‘Enfield’ that was part of his daily life in the 50’s, was always his pride and joy. He left a legacy of paperwork about the ‘Enfield’ that reflects his travels in the UK and France, its own history, his passion and the camaraderie of the vintage motorcycle community of which he felt himself a small but dedicated part. He is survived by his wife who waved the cherished machine goodbye at the end of an era as it set off for Warwickshire, returning on its 100th birthday to close to where it was made. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son, another keen vintage and veteran enthusiast. Jane Oakley-Kang BRIAN PASHLEY Sadly Brian passed away on November 29th. He had been in failing health for some time, but managed to survive to attend our Annual Dinner a week before he died. I don’t think he had missed a dinner in the last 40 years. We didn’t know each other at the time, but must have joined the Club on the same day (1963/64). His VMCC membership number was 3186 mine 3185, which was always a chuckle when we were signing on for an event. Brian served on the Taverners Committee for many years, mostly as Treasurer. Committee meetings were always lively if Brian had a “bee in his bonnet”. In the early days of Founders Day he enjoyed going round

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to collect stall-holders fees, with big Jim Peace and his hammer as his minder. He was no mean feat with his own hammer being our resident Chippy, always on hand to help assemble The Taverners stand on Founders Day. He was custodian of our first video camera attending lots of events as a roving camera man. I seem to recall lots of footage of his feet, always a source of amusement on film night and taken in good spirit. Brian tried his hand at racing on his 95 Sunbeam and competed in our winter trials on a Bantam. However, most of his riding was on his speed twin with Pam navigating from the pillion seat. Our condolences go to Pam, Mark, Lucy and the family. Rex Wills HARRY PRITCHARD It is with deep regret that I wish to inform you that my dear friend and neighbour, Harry Pritchard passed away on Friday, 16th October. Harry was renowned for his love of motor cycling, especially his 1952 AJS Model 20 which he had owned from new. This had been fitted with a full Peel Fairing and had been on the machine for over 50 years; indeed, he was sometimes referred to as Harry ‘Peel’ Pritchard. For many, many years he regularly went over to the Isle of Man on the machine for the T.T. He will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Cheshire and North Wales VMCC and the AJS and Matchless Owners Club. Roy Dean & Graham Gotts JOHN RICHARD STANG Our friend John passed away on 8th October 2015 as a result of a road accident. John had been a lifelong motor cyclist from a family of bikers and one of his daughters has a motor cycle licence. John tried but he could never persuade his wife, Jane to ride pillion. When John acquired his AJS he joined the VMCC and enjoyed the various runs and social gatherings, especially when food was available. John was


also a much respected man in his home village. John had been a forester for 40 years, employed by the same family, which was testament to his steady dependable nature. John could meet someone for the first time and talk as if they had known each other for years. He enjoyed his annual visit to the bike show at Birmingham, and also trips to Scarborough road races. John talked a lot of his retirement and having more time to ride his bikes, but we all told him that he would have to keep working as his taxes help to pay our pensions! We have lost a very good friend who will be missed by everyone in the VMCC who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to Jane, love of John’s life, his daughters Marie and Clair and also two grandchildren. Ted Conacher

DON WARREN Don was born in Derby in August 1929 where he grew up and went to school. On leaving school he got job in the local Co-op, working in their TV. and engineering department. In due course, he was called up and went into the REME. When he came out, he made his way to Spain and opened up a TV and radio repairs shop. When he tired of this, he came back to the UK and managed to get a job with ATV, then joined ITN as a sound technician, linking up with Jon Snow and others on assignments to the world’s trouble spots. He certainly travelled around, Central Africa, The Middle East, South America and Antarctica. He was involved in the Icelandic Cod Wars, and Belfast, at the height of the troubles. One of his more hair-raising episodes was travelling into Afghanistan, entering through China, mixed with a group of afghans but secretly filming the Russian tanks rolling into Kabul. They were caught and put up against a wall expecting to be shot! The films were stripped from their cameras and they were expelled from the country. One small camera and film they missed was smuggled out and later shown on the ITN news from London. At his funeral service, a moving tribute was made by Jon Snow of ITN, when he recalled Don’s uncanny ability to defuse an ugly situation with whit and humour, and often a bottle of whisky wherever they were in the world. Don joined the VMCC in the early 1970’s as a member of the East Herts. section and became a committee member in 1977, before becoming chairman in 1999. He was a keen rider with a stable of superb ‘bikes – Sunbeams and AJS’s seemed to be favourites. He had bought a new featherbed International Norton, now

owned by Kenneth Miller of the Chiltern Section. Don also had a love for AC cars and had a professionally restored Aceca sports saloon for many years. He always rode in the Banbury Run, and I remember on year he broke a gearbox shaft and somehow Willie Wilshire managed to fit his broken AJS into his little Mini pick-up truck, along with the Rudge Multi that was already loaded, then took him home to Barnet. Don did all of ‘The French Trips’ that Peter Hayes organised for the East Herts Section. I must not forget that he was a very keen cyclist and had half-a-dozen very fancy top class racing cycles, probably before he came into the VMCC scene. Sadly, 13 years ago he had a stroke, which left him without the use of his right arm and leg and which confined him to a wheelchair. His devoted wife, Barbara ensured that his lifestyle still include his varied interests; visits to London Museums, concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and occasionally holidays taking cruises abroad, plus visiting friends in Derby; thus back to his roots. One of his highlights was being taken by his son, Hugh, who lives in California, for a final visit to the Isle of Man. He remained passionate about all things mechanical and electrical; over many years of my visits to him, I could always take my ‘bike problems, and we would spend many happy hours reminiscing and sorting them out. You are sadly missed, Don Warren! Mike Vangucci

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In brief

Where are they now?

Does any reader know the whereabouts of the following: Douglas T35, 1949, reg. No. KLU 26 New Imperial, 1935, 250cc, reg. No. AOP 425 Royal Enfield, 1927, 350cc, reg. No. 120 FAY I have documentation, some photos and potted histories of my finding and rebuilding all three, which I offer free to the current owners. Please contact me by post. Geoffrey Hobbs La Hallois, 56800 AUGAN, France

Thank you

Please pass on thanks to all members who helped identify my Romac cables. I can now get them to folk who can make good use of them. John Knibb

Green lanes

Not everything is gloom and doom. We have received intelligence from LARA (that splendid organisation that campaigns ceaselessly on our behalf) that East Riding of Yorkshire Council has closed green lanes in the Gartonon-the-Wolds and Wetwang area to motor vehicles from 1st November to 30th April except for solo motor cycles. David Davies

Calendars

One can never have too many calendars and Andy Tiernan’s is always keenly awaited. Next year’s publication features a series of six illustrations of iconic machines by artist Mike Harbar. The calendar costs £10 including UK postage, and can be obtained by sending a cheque made payable to ‘East Anglia Air Ambulance’ to Andy Tiernan Classics, The Old Railway Station, Station Rd, Framlingham,Woodbridge. IP13 9EE. Last year’s calendar raised £1027. Don’t delay, they sell out quickly! David Davies

Dick Isles

I was wondering if any of our members have any information on Mr Dick Isles. He bought a new Manx Norton and raced it in 1946/1947. If you have any information please call me on 02820 731527. Mr Scott

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What is it?

My eldest surviving brother (lost the eldest a couple of years ago) has been clearing out his sheds; loads of old junk he has passed to me in case it’s any use, mainly car parts but a few magnetos and other bits. I’ve got a good set of twin SUs and twin 40 Webbers out of it – good stuff. Can anyone provide any info on the engine in the picture? Says “Hayes, London”, and has an atmospheric inlet and side mechanical exhaust. Looks complete from the outside, except there is no main shaft sticking out and the inside rattles when I shake it! I will take it apart to see how much is there and decide if it worth repairing to sell as going unit, or pass on as is, depending on what it is. Obviously if they are two a penny, then it’s scrap value! Dennis Beale dennis@beale788.orangehome.co.uk

Events for 2016 in Germany

It may interest members to know that 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)6242-915829 or wwwkeilriemenfahrt.de Also 24-25th September they are holding an ‘Old Crocks’ trial – presumably for veterans. Contact details as above. This is a very picturesque area of Germany, and the organisation excellent. I can recommend these events. Vic Blake

Russian Army Norton

Having recently acquired a 1916 Norton which was sent to Russia for Military use in the 1st World War I wondered if anyone has any information. I understand that two other bikes exist, one in Finland and one in Latvia, but have not had any communication with these owners at time of writing. Ian Loram ianloram1962@gmail.com


Northern Classic Trial 2016

Fellside Auto Club will once again be organising the Northern Classic Trial on Saturday 20th February 2016 which is centred around the Bassenthwaite Lake area of the northern Lake District and is famous for its fantastic views and a friendly welcome! It’s open to solo motorcycles, sidecars and three wheelers, with many different classes. Members of the VMCC are eligible to enter (as is anyone who holds an ACU licence) with the rules and regulations being similar to events that are organised by the MCC. So if you fancy something a bit different and you want to have some fun on your bike, more information can be found on the Fellside AC web site, with regulations and entry forms available from Myke Pocock, 01228 530555 David Sharp

Random observations

In my letter ‘In Brief’ p.84 regarding Founder "Titch" Allen, Editor David missed the main point of "Titch's" employment at the time ,(at the bottom of the photo), that he was employed by Douglas the importer's of Vespa Scooters. Did the member know this? Bournemouth & New Forest Section Editor David Bowmer mentions a presentation by the Rickman Brothers, and says that a Metisse is a ‘Woman of mixed ancestry’. May I suggest that the Brothers were pulling your leg! My understanding of the word Metisse (mongrel), and specific, (dog) is correct. This is following scrambles and MotoX for over fifty years. As a P.S. I've just read a whole lot of memorabilia on the ‘Brothers’ lent to me by Janet, wife of Dick Evans who was their chief mechanic for many years. Janet also says that Les Archer is living close by too in Calpe. P.P.S. May I say thanks to Paul Button and Ivan,(Rhodes), for their input, and others on the ID of the photo in October’s Correspondence ‘The Kettering Question’. Jeff Waller

Thinking outside the box spanner

Many valve caps, ‘fir cones’ etc. show the efforts of crude removal! A cheap way to make a spanner which fits is to use part of a box spanner and to weld a handle on to the hexagon. There is usually enough metal in a box spanner to make several or to retain the ‘box’ for further use Old Father Brazendale

Christmas Quiz 2015

1. How much did a 596cc Scott cost in 1949? 2. What was Tim Hunt’s real Christian name? 3. Who was the runner-up in the 2014 Yorkshire dry stone walling competition? 4. Eight Greeves were entered in the 1965 Lightweight TT. Who were the riders and how did they finish? 5. How many categories of Angels are there? 6. When was the first Ulster Grand Prix run? 7. Who was Rufus T. Firefly? 8. During which years was Harold Daniel in the AJS works team? 9. Patrick McNee played the part of ‘Steed’ in the television series “The Avengers” What was his full name? 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? 11. Who designed the magneto for which the company Robert Bosch became famous? 12. Which motor cycle was made in the Cedar Road Works on Enfield Highway in London? 13. The late Mike Hailwood’s birthday was on 2nd April. With which other famous racer did he share that date? 14. Where was Freddie Dixon born? 15. The Duke of Wellington was noted not only for his military prowess but also for some of his more reactionary ideas. He was against the idea of railways, fearing they would “enable the lower orders to move about”. His trusty charger at Waterloo was called ‘Copenhagen’. By which horse was ‘Copenhagen’ sired, how old was it when it died, when did it die and where is it buried? 16. What is supposed to happen on April 14th? 17. How many Ulster Grand Prix did Joe Craig win? 18. What momentous decision was taken by Adelaide Hoodless in Ontario, Canada, in 1897? 19. Everybody knows that Rem Fowler won the twin cylinder class in the very first Isle of Man TT but what did he do for a living? 20. Stott Hall farm stands in the middle of which motorway? 21. What make of motor cycle was made at the Eagle Works, King’s Norton? 22. What are the four noble truths of Buddhism? 23. Who was the catering manager at Brooklands in the 1930’s? 24. There are/were six railway stations in Swansea. Name them and name the companies who owned them. 25. Fifteen million Model T Fords were built between 1908 and 1927. Which engineer who led the design team? 26. Where was the first Werner motor cycles made?

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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.

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Smallads

FOR SALE: MACHINES

AJS Big Port, 1928 K6, C/R box all in good order, ready for the Banbury run! £20,000. Grahame Rhodes 01283 734122 mob 07718 160144 (Derby) AJS Model D, 1924, 800cc, V Twin s/v, in excellent running condition, engine/gearbox/magdyno overhauled too much to list, original reg, old buff log book, V5c, tool kit, reducing collection, £18,850. Scott Headington, mob 07975 569879 (Caerphilly) AJS model 16 1959, professional engine rebuild including valves, guides, re-bore, big end, main bearings, Boyer ignition, 12v rewire, new tyres, from long term ownership with old bills and mots £2,800. Peter Newman mob 07778 415465 (Herts) AJS 500 single model 18, registered 1961, fully restored, converted to 12 volt, new tyres, led indicators, can e-mail photo`s, very reliable and easy starter, sale to fund restoration of vintage car, £5,500. Peter Beattie 01228 596887 email s-beattie@sky.com (Cumbria) ARIEL NH 1955, 2k miles since rebuild, looks good, goes well £2,900. Archie Goodall 0137 827954 (Fife) BMW R80/7, 1978, 34,000 miles, alloy rims, twin disc, electronic ignition, stainless exhaust, crash bars, BMW panniers, Givi top box, heated grips, good condition, regularly used, oils changed, new bike coming £2,200. Andy Helm 01482 346477 (Hull) BSA 3-wheeler, 1934, needs some restoration, largely

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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.

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original, VSCC buff form currently, very worthy project, 4 cylinder, water-cooled, may new parts fitted £5,000. J Calver email greta@alverton.freeserve.co.uk, tel 0191 3843114 (Durham) BSA 3.49hp, L32/5 Blue Star, BSAOC dating certificate states “machine despatched to France 13th Nov 1931 and still has the original motor”, the Reg no is not original, V5 present, I have owned the machine for 5 years and have only ridden it approx 100-150 miles per year, can send photos and deliver up to 100 miles if required £7,000. Barry Cork 07903 856407 (Cambridge) 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 £4,500, factory bike, VMCC history, consider delivery. Bill Nicholls 0191 2632368 mob 07724 939086 (Tyne & Wear) COTTON Cavalier fully restored 1973 for sale, engine and carburettor overhauled, all powder coated and enamelled, brand new tyres and tubes, ready for the road, blue in colour, restoration finished last month, photographs available if needed £1,200. Arthur McGill 01685 874299 email agmac1066@aol.com (Aberdare, S. Wales) CZ 250 twin, 1975, v5c, part restored after 30 years storage including powder coating, new tank, seat, rear shocks, crash bar, exhaust system and lights, police radio, 19,000 miles, engine requires attention seized through


standing, used as show bike £500. Bill Hollis 01490 440544 (Corwen) ENFIELD Indian Bullet, 346cc, bought new in 1988, mileage 10,122, mot to 2.9.2016, immaculate comfortable ride, £2,000. Elaine Beaumont 01776 889549 mob 07803 376465 (Wigtownshire) GREEVES 1966 25DC fitted with a Triumph 3TA engine, tidy condition and easy starter, lovely ride, recent re bore and still running in £2,500. George Simmonds 01622 298189 (Kent) GREEVES Triumph 1961, 500 Triumph engine, Greeves frame, banana forks, new main bush, big ends, rings and rims, Boyer ignition, Ducati tank, 800 miles only, new project forces sale £2,100. Mike Worthy 01246 862896 email mikeworthy26@gmail.com (Chesterfield) HARLEY WLC 750cc, 1943, civilian spec, red, very nice condition with hand and foot clutch, military rear rack and panniers £13,000. David Thomas 01895 624554 email peterpaulmoore@hotmail.co.uk (Middx) HONDA ST50 1970 Blue, 700 miles since restoration, £1,595. Honda CT90 Trail KO 1968 Red, 4,195m, £1,895. Honda CT90 Trail K1b 1969 Yellow, 3,000m, £1,395. All MOT’d. Frank Chapman 01993 778054 email frankjchapman@talktalk.net (Oxfordshire) HONDA Benly 1980, 200cc £700. Gordon Bailey 01793 812610 (Wiltshire) HONDA CB250RS, 1980, 250cc, 4 stroke, 4 valve, Sinope red, 42,000 miles, mot Nov 2016, very good tyres, excellent model but I’d prefer a Triumph Cub!, handbook and Haynes manual £575. Robert Payne 01788 537754 (Rugby) INDIAN Chief 1940, owned and regularly used for 9 years, well maintained in great condition, runs beautifully call for photos and more info £21,000. Chris Overs 01291 629900 (S. Wales) JAMES Captain 1958/59 in very good restored condition for £1,850. Bryan Ling 01235 812495 (Oxon) JONGHI, 250cc, 1955, rare nice bike £1,850. Terrot 125cc, 1961 Tehor, dating certificate, original bike £1,450, consider British swaps. F. Allcock 07542 169543 (Stoke on Trent) KAWASAKI Z250 A3, 1982, electric start, 250cc twin, 20,800 miles, mot, metallic red/chrome, original toolkit and owner’s manual, some corrosion on Motad down pipes £1,750. Honda CB250RS, 1980, 250cc twin port single, electric start, new tyres, battery, metallic blue, mot, £1,250. Clyde Cardy 01621 855899 (Essex) MATADOR 350cc Bradshaw oil cooled engine, special gas lights, 1925 £8,000.OK 350cc Bradshaw oil cooled engine, gas lights, 1925 £8,000 spares available. Sid Wilkinson 01666 502149 (Glos) MATCHLESS G3, 1960, 350cc, very low mileage, ex AFS, one of batch featured in July 2000 Classic Motorcycle, 10,300 miles only, amazing condition for

age, present owner 15 years, reluctant sale £4,250. R. Russell 01425 279870 mob 07759 931536 (Dorset) MONTESA 1971 Cota 247 trials, with V5C and transferable registration number plus spare frame, plus spare engine and other spares, £1,900 the lot. Ian Fairhead 01522 753100 email ian_fairhead@hotmail.com (Lincoln) RUDGE Special 1929 for sale or swap, veteran motorcycle, excellent condition, electric lights, starts and runs very well, original registration £12,000. H. Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) RUDGE Special 1939 500cc, excellent condition, original machine, buff log book, £11,000. Peter Thomas 01559 363761 email teifiprt@gmail.com (Carmarthen) RUDGE 500 1937 racer, road reg £11,000. Rudge Raleigh bike and mini motor, great fun, 2 owners, low mileage £650. 1930 Rudge toolbox M2534X9 plus battery holder includes case to Rudge drawings £200 the set. Tim Dover 01304 368277 (Kent) SUZUKI GSXR 400 1988, mot till June 2016, new chain and sprockets average condition, did VMCC parade lap 29 August 2015 £700. David Staples 01509 813579 (Leicestershire). TRIUMPH model P, 1924, early type, has been a good friend, all original, pub lights (electric), was rejuvenated from 1960’s £7,500. J. Calver 0191 3843114 email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham City) TRIUMPH Trailblazer 250, 1971, in overall good condition, mot until November 2016, sorn, v5c in my name, needs attention to the cartridge oil filter to stop leak, brand new tyres £1,850. Hugh Mackenzie 01372 379706 (Surrey) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 4th, only seven entered the race £30,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) VESPA PX 125 c1970s, part dismantled, 90% parts there, needing restoration £450. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (after 7pm) (Kent) VINCENT meteor 1936 and Vincent comet 1952, both in very good condition. Meteor spares include frame engine, tanks etc. Harley Davidson 1450cc 2003, heritage soft tail, very good condition. Velocette L.E. Selling collection £65,000. Malcolm Potts mob 07761 056655 (Doncaster) WHITE & Poppe 1905, single speed 427cc, two owners last 65 years, original number, good history to 1907, perfect running early veteran with spares, entered 2016 Pioneer Run £25,000 (Could P/X something interesting but prefer sell). Alex Taylor 01235 553574 (Oxfordshire)

FOR SALE: SPARES/EQUIPMENT

ARIEL leader spares, cylinder heads £20 each, bolts £5

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set, swinging arms £25, rear brake pedal and rod £18, top body outer shell £50, footrests £25, headlamp cowl £18, fork spares £10 - £40, Ariel arrow dummy petrol tank £40. C. Flood 01634 843803(after 7pm) (Kent) ARIEL Leader/Arrow engine, good £600, R.E Engine 250cc SV,1937 £250, Leader front mud guard, rear section, new £45, front forks £30, swinging arm £30, other Arrow/Leader parts available. M. Dale 01295 710911 (Banbury) ARMSTRONG rear shocks, dated 02/59, type AT6/7/1086 £45. David Brindley 0162 2739007 email davalb1@hotmail.co.uk (Kent) BANK of four 30mm carburettors with chokes and tick over lever, vgc came from 1986 Kawasaki 400 but would suit other bikes, £60 plus post or collect. John Morris 01455 209265 (John Morris) (Leics) BIKE lift bench complete with hydraulic jack in very good condition £200. John Morey 01308 423819 email johnmorey.bikes@gmail.com (South Dorset Section) BIKE Trailer by Dave Cooper for 2 large or 3 small bikes, excellent condition £150. Mike Starr 01547 530179 email michael.starr2@btopenworld.com (Shropshire). BMW R/6/7 series gearbox has been rebuilt with new bearings, seals, and shimmed to spec £200. Martin Dixon martinldixon@aol.com 01795 535653 mob 07768 847521 email (Kent) BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email ken.shemwell@blueyonder.co.uk (S. Yorks) BSA B40 Battery cover new replica £25 + £3 p&p. Dave Green mob 07714 190997 (Lincs) BSA B31 Cylinder Barrel bore 0.020", oversize and in excellent condition, there is 0.020" os piston with it but it has been used in a different barrel £50. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) CLARKE hydraulic motor cycle lift, 450kgs lifting capacity, complete as new condition including 1956 bsa gents bicycle, one of the last made by BSA at Small Heath £250 the lot. Jim Lee 01858 461386 email fleetstar@uwclub.net (Leic) DAVE COOPER bike trailer, 3 small bikes /1 large bike, Dolly wheel, two spare wheels £125. Mike Bell 01322 432553 mob 07955401756 (North Kent) DIES ¼”, 7/16” BSF 11/2” Dia £4, 2BA, ¼”, 3/8”whit, 1” dia with holder £7.50, 2,4BA, 3/16” Whit ¾” dia, holder £6, ¼”whit, 11/4” dia, holder5 £3, Garrett internal spring calipers £2.50. M. Pegg 01362 694688 (Dareham) DUNLOP 26x3 36 hole beaded edge rim £100. Used (Dunlop?) 28x2.75 40-hole beaded edge rim £50. BSA W4 frame No. D63068 (1936) refinished, no documents £375. Bette Barber 01722 330453 (Wiltshire) DUNLOP 30’s ‘Standard’ heavy duty foot pump £30.00, Engineers cast iron Faceplate 24” x 18”£ 35.00. Scribing

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Block £20.00, M & Wright 1” micrometer, as new in original case £25.00 plus postage. Jim Hammant email bjscompo@gmail.com (Reading) FRAMED period adverts, all 375mm x 325mm, Triumph vertical twin engine detailed view, 1951, Triumphs (countries exported to) 1948, Michelin tyres,1956, Ferodo linings,1935, lodge plugs,1951, standard 8 saloon, 1954, £20 each. Rikk Harrison 02476 348991 (Nuneaton) LUCAS N1-4 magneto to suit AJS Matchless etc £50 + P&P. Pitman’s books 1935-39 Triumph, 1936-52 BSA, 1932-39 Ariel, 1937-59 Triumph twins All £10 each including UK postage. Ian Coburn 0161 483 0757 (Stockport) LUCAS 4 cylinder racing magneto type 4 VR ENM 3319 £1,500. Mick Hemmings (01327 844877) (Northampton) MATCHLESS G12 spares (c1959/60), crankshaft £25, crankcase timing side £15, web centre £5, cylinder head right £5, handlebars £5. Craven Equipment, luggage rack (c 1950/60's) £10, 1970/80's front and rear indicator lights £5.00. Ed Duck 02380 551774 mob 07810 392783 (Southampton) NORTON featherbed parts, brake levers £5 each, brake and choke lever £10, gear lever £10, 2 mudguard stays unused £20, SS threaded top fork covers (1 slight ding) £20, ES2 piston +30 £50, + other bits. David Sharp mob 07719 326658 (Cumbria) NORTON Magneto advance cables, Norvil part 080299, new and £10 each. R150 Lodge sparkplugs £5 each. Royal Enfield unit crusader, clipper, valve springs £8. 250 clipper parts book, hardback, 1958 £8. JAP 80cc industrial engine £15. Andrew Denman mob 07786 651903 (Bucks) NORTON Pair 16H cam followers £50. Norton ½ time Pinion 3 keyway £30. Norton piston +30 1931/1933 1820-csi 5.9 com £80, front brake lever + throttle combined 7/8 fit £25, 2 stroke Villiers engine late 20’s £35. Les Belcher 01865 244744 (Oxford) NORTON Wideline frame, swinging arm, spacer, repair to top frame tubes £500. Polished alloy top and bottom yokes 7 3/8 centres £200. Triumph, BSA alloy petrol tank, suit cafe racer, no dents £150. Triumph 9 stud head, perfect £250. Dave Vaughan 01373 830801(Somerset) NORTON 350 ohv bare crank case no. 9725 (1938), Norton 500 sv & head, piston rusted in no.26771 (1942), Ariel 350 ohv piston rusted in no head or valve gear no. bc342 (1936) £120.00 each. Bob Crawley 01727 822347 (Herts) NORTON 650SS (and 600cc 99) pair of Hepolite Piston Assemblies, in good condition, + 0-040” £95 plus carriage. Tim Stockton 01904 413612 email t.stockdale123@btinternet.com (York) PISTONS n.o.s, pre WW2, Cov/Eagle 250 4 ring, Panther 350, Villiers 350 single also Villiers and BSA 150 4 stroke. Don Riley 01698 854390 (Glasgow)


RED Panther engine, number P4528, rocker cover missing, turns over ok £295. BSA spanner number 10, 1/2", 7/16" £8. Book - The Scott Motorcycle, by Jeff Clew condition as new £50, all plus postage. Dave Iszard 01621 892206 mob 07543 901340 (Essex) TRIUMPH pre-war cylinder heads, 250 cc and 350 cc£45 each, also small quantity other pre war parts available. Bryan Moore 07840 874211 (Leicestershire) TRIUMPH Trophy TR5 & 6 bottom fork sliders for 1958 & 9 only, vgc with all threads in good order £175 plus P+P or swap 1954 T110 Crankcases in good condition. Barry mob 07789 044315 email bigbaz_h@hotmail.com (Southampton) TRIUMPH T110 1960’s Petrol tank, sprayed Silver/black £250, also chronometer, Smiths, mph, original condition £150 and 2 Triumph Bonneville exhausts, original condition £50 each and primary case with box of other Bonneville spares £200. Vivienne Watson 01380 739551 (Wiltshire) TRIUMPH 6T pre unit engine, all restored, high spec, on stand £1,350. J. Calver 0191 3843114 email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham) TRIUMPH 1950 5T engine complete with two carburettors and manifold gear box and clutch, primary chain cases, oil tank complete, sprung wheel £1,290. P. Pottinger 01189 882226 (Berks) T70 or T80 drive side rocker plate, has surface rust, £10, Triumph steering damper anchor plate with star washer, Thunderbird?, £10. Book of the JAP by W. C. Haycraft, £10. John Sharman 01874 730753 (Powys)

FOR SALE: CLOTHING & PUBLICATIONS

BSA instruction manual C10/C11/C12, 1938/1953, excellent condition £6. BSA instruction manual for Bantam D1/D3/D5 £5. Douglas spares book 1946/1951 cover tatty £9. Yamaha Haynes workshop manual XS250/360/400 twins £5,all free post/ packing. E. Clark 01953 607225 email edwingeorgeclarke@hotmail.co.uk (Norfolk) THE book of the Norton, WC Haycraft, Pitman, sixth edition, 1951, free to a good home. Pete Burgess 01367 240406 (Swindon) THE Douglas Motorcycle – Clew, £10.00. Harley Davidson – Sucher, £15.00. Great British Motorcycle of the 30’s – Currie, £10.00. Maintaining the Breed – MG Thornley, £10.00. P&P at cost. R. Burton 01223 881308 (Cambridge) ‘VINCENTS HRDs And The ISLE OF MAN’ - ‘RacingTouring-Sprinting-Social’ by David Wright. (Amulree Publications) Very good condition c/w dustwrapper. £30.00 including P&P. D. Simmons 01256 475058 email simmoto916@hotmail.co.uk (Basingstoke)

VMCC magazines full set (12) for 1960, £6 plus post or exchange for similar 1959 or 1961 issues. Arthur Pentney 01263 713280 (Norfolk) 1950s IOM MGP and S100 Programmes plus Pre-War TT Programmes wanted by Manx collector, good prices paid, cash or swaps available. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM)

EXCHANGE

ARIEL Mk 1 Square Four Chaincase including filler and drain plugs and steel clutch dome. Exchange for Ariel steel half width rear wheel hub. Jim Turner mob 07775 827262 (Herts) JAP 500cc s/v, rear mounted magneto (Coventry Eagle), I need a cover for magneto chain case which is 45 degree from horizontal, I have one which is 27 degree to exchange, photo available. Bernard Illman 01873 812562 (Gwent)

WANTED

BANTAM rear crash bars for Bantam sport to finish project. Barry Shepherd mob 07814 091378 (W. Mids) ALL types of motorcycles 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) AMAC carburettor to fit 1 1/8” (1.125”) stub, suitable for fitting to 1912 Stuart Stellar (784cc twin two stroke). Brian Empsall 01543 264 968 email brian.empsall@btinternet.com (Lichfield) AMAC TT carburettor wanted: T25 TT 25 clip fitting 13/16" choke diameter, complete or just body, good price paid. Graham Gasson 01737 824256 (Surrey) 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) BANTAM D7 or Francis Barnett original condition wanted by long established member for club runs. Edward Moorey 07506 070057 (Hants) BMW R100, final drive/bevel box 33/11 ratio, drum braked, must have unworn drive splines to wheel. Barry Howard email howardranch@hotmail.co.uk 01625 630016 (Stockport) BSA BEAGLE, crankshaft, flywheel any engine parts or complete engine, your help would be appreciated. Ken Baxter 01443 204776 email kenbaxter@gmail.com (S.Wales) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if possible. A Curtis email alancurtis@aol.com 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 (Worcs)

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BSA Brake rim for 1924 round tank and any of the mechanism if possible, a rim for any pre war B.S.A may also be the same? Brian Morris 01204 846820 mob 07960 193703 (Bolton) BSA Rocket Three, 1970, mark one centre stand. Alan Gidley alangidley@mypostoffice.co.uk 01508 532172 email (Norfolk) BSA C11G with plunger frame and four speed gearbox wanted in running order but would consider any condition, must have v5c. M Shields 01945 860994 (Wisbech) COMBINATION wanted, prefer a well-sorted outfit with leading link forks etc, though everything considered. David Thomas peterpaulmoore@hotmail.co.uk mob 07798 866071 email (Middx) 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) DOWTY fork parts, damper rod and top yoke with handlebar clamps. EMC Parts to complete split single EMC Project, rear wheel, chainguard, footrests, battery carrier and other ancilliaries. Willing to purchase/exchange for other EMC spares. Jim Turner mob 07775 827262 (Herts) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt email dunsley1@ntlworld.com 01442 891447 (Herts) DUNLOP Alloy rim wanted 19” WM2 with 40 spoke holes. R Hartley email russellhartley314@btinternet.com 01767 650049 (Beds) EXCELSIOR Talisman 328cc +50 or +60 pistons x 2 wanted, also anything else engine or gearbox may of interest. Roy email: sales@heritagelocksmiths.co.uk 01483 747475 (Surrey) FOUNDERS Day autojumbler who had a BSA C10 rigid frame, girder forks and remnant of C10 BSA engine for sale, if you still have them could you ring me. Tony Bracey mob 07500 555629 (Milton Keynes) FRAME Rigid 350/500 with/without Girder Forks (building specials), even frame parts would help, also, affordable v-twin engine or bottom half etc, also, single sided wheels/hubs and teardrop or special racy tanks, any area. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilton) FRANCIS Barnett, 1938 SEAGULL 43 250cc, hand book, rear stand, speedometer cable 24” pin drive, speedometer bracket, photographs or pattern for rear stand and speedometer bracket would be of great help please. Alex Taylor email alex.taylor574@btinternet.com 01235 553574 (Oxfordshire) GILERA 175/300B silencers – MV Agusta 250 head gaskets or full set – bathtub 350 side stand, also 6”

headlamp rim for MV 125 etc, screw fix on the bottom. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) HONDA CB250RS, front brake piston housing or complete calliper, rear frame ‘rails’ that support indicators and starter clutch. David Brindley 01622 739007 email davalb1@hotmail.co.uk (Kent) HONDA CB400T Dream or a CB400N, Super Dream wanted in very good condition. John Bainbridge 01228 543782 (Cumbria) HYDRAULIC motorcycle bench, (getting too old to keep bending down or sitting on the floor!) I can collect. David Hubbard email thehubbards1954@hotmail.com 01256 321436 (Hampshire) IGNITION Key for Miller equipped R.E 250 clipper. Henry Owen 01453 828467 (Glos) INDIAN Scout 741 spares. Ivory Calthorpe spares; brake rod battery box and footrests or if someone could lend me some to get some made? Scott Hodges 07813 608891 (Preston) JAMES 197cc 1955 complete or running frame with v5 Cotswold or Commando prev, exchange or sell 1932/33 Rudge Ulster forks, ie legs & bridge, M3510X1 or sell £750 plus other Rudge parts. Tim Dover 01304 368277 (Kent) LUGGAGE Rack for Norton slimline featherbed. Tim Stockdale email t.stockdale123@btinternet.com 01904 413612 (York) 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) MILLER 7" headlamp shell (Vincent type), any condition, Miller headlamp glass, reflector & rim (Vincent) 7", Miller lighting switch OFF. CH. H. L. Miller ammeter No 75v, No 832. Miller dipswitch (lighthouse). John Bones 01744 340385 (Merseyside) MODEL H Triumph badge for primary chain guard or a complete primary chain guard (obviously with badge attached). David Earnshaw 01709 873381 (S. Yorks) MOTOR Cycle sport magazine wanted for November 1962. Arthur Pentney 01263 713280 (Norfolk) MZ 250 any model or condition, preferably a runner. Martin Dixon 01795 535653 mob 07768 847521 email martinldixon@aol.com (Kent) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email andy@keephatch.net (Berks) NORTON ES2 Plunger frame model, must be in good condition, mechanically sound and ready for use, would consider a swinging arm model or an early model 88. Harry Wiles email harry.wiles1@ntlworld.com 01788 334617 (Warwickshire) NORTON ES2 petrol, oil tanks, rear chain guard, prop

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and centre stands, tool box, battery holder, 8” single sided hub, fork sliders with vertical mudguard mountings, mudguard bridge w.h.y. Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON 16h wd model, rear chain guard, brake pedal, foot rests, rear number plate plus light, speedo with bracket, rear stand plus spring, panniers with metal carriers, can you help with any of these. Gary Cooke mob 07765 564338 email gary.cooke@live.co.uk (Buckingham) NORTON 1947 350cc Manx No B10 11+++ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton. Originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950’s, any information very welcome! I live in NZ and visit UK. Alain mob 07952 17 2772 email recycledreading@gmail.com. (New Zealand) NORTON Mod. 18, 16 H frame, rear hub fork links. Lloyd Watson 01209 213386 (Cornwall) NORTON 99 or 650cc cylinder wanted, must be good, best price paid. Mick Hemmings 01327 844877 (Northampton) OLD Motor cycle 1920’s, flat petrol tank, any condition (1920-1930), good price paid. Darren Buckley 07775 998628 email dbkiddle@hotmail.co.uk (Essex) P&M 2 speed gearbox, any condition or parts. Stephen Batsford stephen.batsford@web.de ++49 7635 2750 email (Germany)

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PRECISION engine 2 1/2 or 2 3/4 wanted for a 1914 Torpedo lightweight , I have a 600CC precision for a swap or purchase any parts. John Wilton 02392 613490 email trojon24@hotmail.co.uk (Hants) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) RAFFLE winner of Norton model 50, if you consider selling bike give me a call or if others for sale or ES2 1962. Bill Nicholls 0191 2632368 (Tyne & Wear) RALEIGH 350 1924 parts wanted, valves, cams, connecting rod , mudguards, rear hub, clutch etc, consider your project or basket case, What have you? Tim Ryan 07714 505386 email timryan750@gmail.com (Lanarkshire) ROYAL Enfield KX, wanted in original spec and in good condition by genuine private enthusiast. Kevin Hannon 07763 764773 e: kevin.hannon@tiscali.co.uk (Redditch) ROYAL Enfield 1920s 350 with SOR, JAP engine, primary drive with mag pinion, clutch or parts, rear sprocket straight not dished. Pete Paine 07905 084169 (Herts) ROYAL Enfield 1934 Model T Gearbox 4 speed hand change wanted, also gear change gate for petrol tank, front mudguard and primary chain case. John Stephenson 07934 714868 email jstep@talktalk.net (Tyne & Wear)


SCOTT 600 1930’s cylinder head, 1920’s Jap engine front mag inner/outer timing cases, Sturmey Archer hand gear change assembly 1920’s. Bruce Grant 01446 404234 (S.Wales) SUNBEAM 250cc, 1935 model 16 or 1936 Model 14, petrol tank, mudguards, mudguard stays, footbrake pedal & prop stand wanted, I might also be interested in other parts for these models. Alan Capstick 01772 423457 mob 07546 994133 (Lancs) TRIALS Sidecar. Matt little 01926 812780 (Southam) TRIUMPH Model H front wheel or hub for 1919 model to complete oily rag restoration. Colin Groves 01225 763919 email colin_groves@hotmail.co.uk (Wilts). TRIUMPH pre unit dynamo needed but not type E3H, 1950 approx, or later, 6 volt, anti-clockwise rotation. David Harrison 01493 781820 email dave.a.h@btinternet.com (Norfolk) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TRIUMPH TR25W side panels, Triumph Tiger Daytona 500 Barrells these can be +60 and need boring. Dave Green mob 07714 190997 (North Lincs) T120, TR6, 1960-62 outer primary chain case cover. A. Roberts 01933 355796 (Northants) VELOCETTE Mac or Mov wanted, fairly original girder fork model, non runner considered if it is complete and original. Colin Pepper 01483 567162 (Surrey) VELOCETTE MK2, oil tank and an 8” miller headlamp. H. White 01454 612607 (Bristol) VELOCETTE MK 2 LE model, must be a runner and in reasonable condition, preferably located in the South West. Norman Devonshire 01237 472101 (North Devon) VETERAN J.A.P motor 3 ½ h.p single cylinder for Zenith any condition long or short shaft. Neil Bromilow email r.bromilow@westnet.com.au (Australia) WEBB front brake, 7" diameter, approx 1926 to 1934. I'm looking for a pair of brake shoes to suit, fabricated steel ones as used by Scott, or the alloy ones used by Velocette and others. Brian Marshall 01949 851027(Notts) WILKINSON TMC, a complete and running machine preferred but would consider a non runner, solo or combo, cash waiting and or the possibility of exchange with a piece of 1950s exotica. Richard Mummery 01227 751751 (Kent) 5TA Barrels +60” in good condition please. Ken Baker 0161 287 5845 (Middleton) 1930’S MACHINE wanted, 250 to 500 fourstroke, reasonable condition and running order, post ‘34 preferred and no exotica, also, not too far ‘up country’ would be nice. Ron Wallis e:ron.wallis10@gmail.com email mob 07776 264877 (Isle of Wight)

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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 Al Osborn 01953 884681 (any-time) www.aoservices.co.uk<http://www.aoservices.co.uk-> http://www.aoservices.co.uk-al 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 –

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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 02085463312 or email aclark232@btinternet.com for more 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. 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. 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, telephone 01428 707538 email mike@corkclutch.co.uk 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 GLENN DAVID PAINTWORK RESTORATION SERVICES. Classic paintwork, lining and petrol tank repairs/restoration. www.gddesign.co.uk or for more information phone 0790 4244567 or 01858 575480. 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. POWER WITHOUT GLORY: Racing the Big-Twin Cooper by Terry Wright explores the influences behind the first Coopers including JAP V-twin world record motorcycles, hillclimb and sprint specials and dirt track speedway cars. The engine and chassis designs, and the racing and hillclimbing of the early post-war years are covered in depth. Hard bound with jacket, 352 pages and 300 illustrations. Order at www.loosefillings.com. £55.00. 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 motor cycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email vinandvet@aol.com VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. For further details and list, phone Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles on 01258 472262 evenings or email hintonmotorcycles@gmail.com. VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Unpainted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 07944 140135 email to 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. Contact Stephen at villamaieletta@gmail.com www.facebook.com/VillaMaieletta www.villamaieletta.eu 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

MISCELLANEOUS

HYDROVANE compressor, 8HP, Jap engined, 28cfm, 1956, trolley mounted, partly rebuilt £200. J. Calver 0191 3843114 email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham City) MATCHLESS 1924 model K car. 4 seater tourer with full weather equipment, two cylinder horizontal a/c ohv, believed to be last remaining example from small production run, restored by John Brown in the 1960's and largely museum stored since, £12,350. Matt mob 07973 939766 (Rempstone)

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arranged. Contact Kim Rowland +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, e-mail brittanybikerbreaks@gmail.com website www.brittanybikerbreaks.com. BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 7 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 ÂŁ40 a night. Garages and workshop

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facilities. www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk Contact Roger NICHOLLS - tel /fax 0033 296 365480 email rogerlinda@countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk Follow us on facebook , Countryside Holidays in France. * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * HOLIDAY LODGES IN MID WALES owned by member. Ideally suited for motor cycle 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


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THE PARIS SALE

Important CollectorsÂ&#x2019; Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Automobilia Thursday 4 February 2016 Paris, France LOT PREVIEW bonhams.com/23262          of 18 Italian machines from the world renowned MC Collection in Sweden. The museum was founded in 1999 by enthusiast Christer R. Christensson who, together with motorcycle historian Ove Johansson, has assembled a world-class collection of motorcycle masterpieces. 1949 MONDIAL 125CC SPORT Â&#x20AC;7,000 - 10,000

COMPLIMENTARY AUCTION APPRAISAL For details of how to take part        visit bonhams.com/motorcycles to submit a Complimentary Auction Appraisal request. ENQUIRIES UK +44 (0) 20 8963 2817 ukmotorcycles@bonhams.com EUROPE +33 (0) 142 611 011 eumotorcycles@bonhams.com CATALOGUE +44 (0) 1666 502 200 subscriptions@bonhams.com

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