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The Vintage Motor Cycle

July 2016 Issue 665

Neil Hodgson on his BSA A10 passing through Brassington on the North Staffs Museum Run. Story and more pictures, page 63.


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This ‘thumbs up’ is the perfect summary of our Training Day at Curborough near Lichfield. Words and more pictures start on page 46 . This Harley Davidson (Aermacchi), pictured by Arthur Pentney, was on display in Swaffham Market Place during the Relay Rally. More Relay Rally happenings are on page 43

No. 665: July 2016


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

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

Contents July 2016 Issue 665

Meet our next raffle bike


Section roundup


Training Day: a grand day out for all 46-50 Full AGM report


Pre-1915 machines 64 One engine per wheel: See Gordon ride out Williamson’s splendid twin-engined Weymouth Week round-up 69 creation – Page 23 Pre-40s run encounters Aladdin’s cave of historic engineering, as well as a bubble car museum ! – Page 70 Living life on the edge: Derek turns to cycling technology to keep track of distance travelled – Page 83

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

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Allen House News

CURRENT VMCC MEMBERSHIP – 15387 JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES August 2016 Deadline – Friday 1st July 2016. September 2016 Deadline – Monday 1st August 2016. TRAINING DAY Many thanks to all the very generous bike lenders and volunteers who helped to make the recent training day on Saturday 28th May at Curborough Sprint Circuit near Lichfield a great success, with good weather making a welcome appearance. There were 51 people booked in on the day with a variety of interesting and rare machines to sample riding, including the Brough SS80, the Dreadnought, Morgan, P and M Sidecar outfit and many other interesting bikes. Our next training day will be held on Saturday 3rd September at Curborough Sprint Circuit, and we would like to invite members to support this event by bringing their pre-war hand change or girder fork machines for the event. Please contact Joanne Delaney at HQ, or phone on 01283 540557 to loan a machine and help on the day. CLUB MACHINES An update on the Club machines, all of which are available for members to use at suitable events upon application to the Director responsible (via Allen House) for their upkeep. The Bailey Rudge and Velocette KSS have recently been repaired and are now up and running. The P&M sidecar outfit is being re-homed in the north east, and will be a welcome sight out and about. Other bikes available to use are: The Brough Superior SS80 The Triumph SD The Reed Scott The Dreadnought. MCC ACE CAFE DAY Sunday 14th August is the date for this London event, and it would be good to have the support of as many members attending this event and enjoy a day out. CLASSICS ON THE GREEN This afternoon / evening event starts at 3pm on Thursday 7th July at Friston near Saxmondham,

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Suffolk, IP17 1NP and welcomes all types of veteran, vintage and classic bikes prior to 1970, so perhaps come along and enjoy an afternoon out if you are in the area. There are cakes and tea available, with also a bar and BBQ on the green and food and drink available at The Old Chequers nearby.


The Management Committee has decided to combine the duties of Overseas Clubs Liaison and Affiliation Officer with those of the Overseas Representative who looks after the interests of Members of VMCC Ltd., living abroad. Eric Londesbrough, who has held the first of these offices for many years involving 57 Clubs and over 100,000 affiliated members, has been appointed to this office. He may be contacted as follows: The Meadows, Orchard Close, Dalton-on-Tees, Darlington, DL2 2PY U.K. Tel 01325721463. Email: OCTOBER STAFFORD SHOW We will be having a larger and differently-located stand at the Stafford Show over the weekend of October 15th -16th, and are looking for machines to display on the Club stand. We are looking for machines that cover all the years up to 1991 from different countries. If you would like to display your machine and can spare some time during the show to help on the stand, please email details and an image of the machine to me at HARLOW INJUNCTION You may have heard about the injunction that Harlow Council have applied. This injunction, imposed by the Council, has caused some concern due to the original implications and to it not being very well worded. This injunction is aimed at illegal riders and riding that is currently causing an issue in their area. The council has issued an update to clarify the original statement. I have included the link and script for your reference.

President’s progress

I write these few words towards the end of May, a quiet month as far as Presidential duties go, but nevertheless I have visited five Sections and talked to many members about their concerns regarding the Club. This coming week I shall be getting involved with the Baton Relay and should see nine different Sections in the process. I enjoyed this event 10 years ago, and this time around it holds even more significance for me, so I shall be doing quite a few miles to accompany the Baton on its way. June is likely to be busy as I shall be visiting the Berkshire Section, riding in the Cornwall Section’s Land’s End Run before going to the Banbury Run and Cadwell Park for the 70th celebrations there, coupled with BHR’s 50th celebrations. I would consider the Founders Relay Rally to have been a success. I rode to four Sections and clocked up around

140 miles. Always great fun to visit different places and meet other members and then go off in entirely different directions. At the checkpoints I visited it seemed that rider numbers were down on previous years, which seemed at odds with the participants I met who were thoroughly enjoying their ride. My thanks go to all the people who gave up their time to man the various checkpoints throughout the country. Also of great fun was the Dorset and South Dorset Section’s Weymouth Run and Weymouth Week. How nice it was to see old friends and spend a week touring around Dorset with them. Our pastime with motor cycles can take many forms, but whatever takes your pleasure may I encourage you to get those bikes out and use them. We may not always be able to enjoy the freedom of the road as we now do. Rod Hann

By the time this is before you we will be in the middle of the riding season – weather permitting... Banbury is behind us, all the sheepdog sales have finished and the second Stickney autojumble of the year has been ravaged. ‘Scarborough Week’, the ‘Weymouth Week’ and the 70th birthday celebrations will have been enjoyed. We have the ‘West Kent’ to look forward to – also the Pennine Run, the Saundersfoot, the ‘Golden Era ‘and the Scottish ‘double’ to name but a few of the major long-established events. You are all spoilt for choice. It is to be hoped your riding so far this year has been enjoyable, and that you are not regretting putting off that magneto overhaul - are you? What is not an enjoyable experience is – TRAFFIC. Riding old motor cycles – or any motor cycle – has become much less pleasurable on today’s roads – not only because of the ever-expanding rash of pot-holes, but the ever-decreasing standards of driving, with the total disregard for other road users. Training day this year was blessed with ideal weather, which makes the occasion all the more enjoyable. This worthwhile exercise offers motorcyclists the opportunity to discover what especial experiences can be enjoyed on an historic motor cycle. The wide grins and the considerable élan demonstrated by the trainees told the story. This year’s participants followed the pattern of previous years; riders of modern motor cycles in their 40’s, 50’s and older. Those amongst us who have reached a time in their lives when there is a bit of money to spare, there is a feeling of nostalgia – mixed with curiosity – for the older machines. Some riders are hooked; others get it out of their system and rush off to buy another

‘superbike’, but it all goes towards raising our profile within the ranks of ‘mature’ motor cyclists. The quest for that mythical creature, the young motor cyclist, never seems to die – nor does it have much success – and never did. ‘Young people’ have different priorities and interests. Their seeming unwillingness to become involved with historic motor cycles cannot be put down solely to financial constraints. It would seem that money can be found to pay for football season tickets, or the latest ‘phone and/or tablet - and clothes and cars... Look around you. The lycra-clad cyclists, the intrepid riders of scooters and the majority of riders of large modern machines are in their late 30’s and beyond. There is a camaraderie here. This is the age group we need to attract and we will have to raise our game so to do. We should work towards meeting with our machines in places that already attract the general public, as well as places where motor cyclists already meet. We were in the habit of enjoying a Sunday run – which always involved lunch at an inn or other recreational venue. The appearance of just one historic motor cycle attracted interest (as does the appearance of a ‘classic’ car) and the opportunity to engage with interested parties to explain who we are and what we get up to and to try to dispel that image of groups of grumpy old men huddled around halves of lager in the back room of the village hall comparing prostates after tottering around the local lanes for a couple of hours. Riding an historic motor cycle should be FUN, and, whilst it can be enjoyed in solitude, the company of like-minded souls enhances the experience. Mind the trams... David Davies


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Finance Director’s Report

As I commence my role as Director for the Club, I would like to thank everyone who supported my application. My aim is that, working as a team, we provide guidance so that the Club operates efficiently and moves forward in the right direction for the members. I have been allocated the responsibility for finance and staff liaison at Allen House. I started with a day at Allen House meeting the team of staff and volunteers and was very encouraged by their valuable feedback. I will be working closely with the team to ensure we can deal with the many issues, in particularly the financial position, which, although reasonably sound, is still fragile. We need to ensure a discipline of good financial management and control of expenditure by everyone as well as looking at income streams and cost effective opportunities. One of the aims of the Management Committee for 2015/16 is to financially break even. The 2015/16 budget was prepared prior to the start of the financial year and was based on current streams of income, a review of expenditure in the last year and known future expenditure. The budget came in at a loss of £29k, after depreciation of £30k, which is not where the Committee wants to be, but has highlighted areas that need concentrating on. Its effectiveness can be seen in the six-monthly management

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accounts, now available on the website, showing income overall has increased slightly when compared to budget and costs are being controlled. However, the fragility of our position has been made clear with the withdrawal of commission from Carole Nash, adding an additional £18k to the budgeted loss. In the past, members have been able to support the Club by renewing their Carole Nash policies, but this no longer applies, although we still receive support if members take out or renew policies with Footman James. In taking out and renewing your policy with FJ you are helping the Club; please mention that you are a VMCC member. The Management Committee is committed to finding new income streams it can control, and implementing cost savings. Whilst everything is being done to produce the best result possible this year, many initiatives being looked at will take time to show a financial impact. The fall in current membership is a concern; we have lost 1,700 members compared to a peak of about 17,000 a few years back. The loss in membership income accounts for many of current problems. Giles and the team, with local support, have been doing a great job at the major events in promoting the Club to gain members and boost income, but we need the whole Club to pull together on this. I know there are many ideas at all levels in the Club to promote the membership, but we need to ensure this takes place in all Sections of the Club and at local events. I know in many Sections you are already working hard at promoting the Club in many places. Another good source of income is the Classic Bike Raffle thanks to the good work by fellow Director Chris Illman and the team which arrange some excellent bikes as prizes (see page 40); let’s ensure we sell as many tickets as possible at every opportunity. My message is that promotion of our Club is important to gain new members and getting more enthusiasts joining will improve our position; many thanks to all those who are actively making this happen. We are about to commence the budget preparation for next year with a clear focus on improving the financial position. I welcome comments which can be forwarded to Jane and myself at Allen House for consideration. Finally I would like to thank everyone who took part and arranged the 70th Anniversary Baton Relay which I was involved in arranging. I can say I was delighted by the work put in by the Area Representatives and all the Sections. By the time you read this the Baton will be back at Allen House ready for other events throughout the year. Let us all take this 70th Anniversary Year to get out and about to promote the VMCC with the support from everyone members, staff and volunteers involved in the enjoyment of motorcycling. John Donaldson

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

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Chairman’s chat

The Journal has been available for download from the Club’s website over the past few months and all the problems of publishing the electronic version have been solved. This month’s edition will be the first to be distributed simultaneously in both paper and electronic versions. If you have notified the Club of your email address you should have received an email notification the moment the electronic version became available. I hope many of you will be reading my chat this month on your computer. That is following the adverts, of course, and therein lies the rub. There is no way we can get the adverts to everyone simultaneously using either post or email. I know members in some parts of the country receive the posted Journal a day or two after others. In this respect the e-Journal will be fairer as the majority of members will be able to read it at the same time. If you have not notified Headquarters of your email address you should. If you have no email address and want to peruse the adverts as soon as the Journal is published perhaps ask a mate to keep you informed. Publication of the paper Journal will continue alongside the e-Journal for as long as there remains a demand. I do not consider any change in the paper Journal to be likely, although there is an ongoing debate as to whether it should be brought up to date and converted from A5 to A4 format. The e-Journal will have the same content, but as there is little extra cost in providing more pages I anticipate we will have opportunity to include extra photographs and more adverts promoting Section events. Past copies of the e-Journal will remain available via the website. There is a conservative vein running through the VMCC and a dislike of change. I hope the introduction of the eJournal will go down well but I anticipate it might not be universally popular. I suspect the Allen House staff are preparing for a bit of ear bending upon the iniquities of the modern age. Please don’t, the staff are busy running the Club. If you have concerns please pass them via your Section Secretaries to your Area Rep, who will bring them to the attention of Management. The same applies to any other comments or suggestions to improve the Club as the Area Reps are your interface to the management. If you find you are reading the e-Journal in preference to the paper version, please consider emailing Allen House to cancel the paper version. The printing and postage of the Journal represents over a quarter of the Club’s running costs and a saving here is one of the best ways of improving the club’s solvency in the short term. The other short term expedient to the same end is an increase in membership numbers. John Donaldson, our new Financial Director, highlights the problem in his report.

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It has long been recognised that the Club should not rely on insurance commission and sponsorship to fund its activities. For financial security we need to operate on subscription income and generated income through sound business activities. We have started a drive for new members and I know Area Reps, Sections and individual members are proactive in this. Following the June management meeting I hope to tell you more of the initiatives proposed. Most of my writing for the Journal is to keep you informed of club matters and to cajole volunteers to come forward. This time I thought I would also write about motor cycles. My wife will tell you the last thing I need is another motor cycle, especially one that is missing important components, needs restoration and will never provide practical transport. I am however a sucker for the rare and unusual, especially those that will never provide practical transport. The machine in question is a Stafford Pup dating, I believe, from 1921 and designed by T.G. John of Alvis fame. The engine fits on one side of the front wheel with the flywheel on the other. It is a true scooter and does not have a seat. Surprisingly it shows signs of wear and appears to have had considerable use. It is now missing one or two important components, including tyres. I thought these would not be a problem until I made enquiries about the availability, or rather lack of availability, of 15-inch beaded edge tyres. By contrast with the Pup, over the Spring Bank Holiday I have just taken part in the Club’s Baton Relay Rally riding my 1939 SS80 Brough. On the Saturday I joined the Dorset Section riding from its base at the Halsey Arms, Pullham to West Bay to meet up with the East Devon Section. Having received the baton, it remained in the Dorset Section’s hands for barely 90 minutes – just time to take it by a scenic route to Dorchester, where it was handed over to the South Dorset Section, before a pleasant ride back to Pullham and lunch. The following day I joined Stonehenge Section for their Whitsun Run starting at Drusilla’s Inn, Horton. The baton by this time had been passed to Bournemouth & New Forest Section, who took it with them on a run ending at Drusilla’s. It was briefly placed in the hands of the Isle of Wight Section, who had accompanied it on the morning run, before being handed over to the Wessex Veteran and Vintage Section. It was good to see so many riders from various local sections all gathered together enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. Peter Miller

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

ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 We had the hottest day of the year (so far) for the John Abraham Vintage and Veteran Memorial Run, on May 8th. Twenty-two riders took part, the event starting and ending at our Fulbourn clubroom, with a pub lunch at Fornham St Martin. John Abraham’s son Andy not only rode in the event (1930 Levis), but made the choice of the overall winner for the JAMR Cup, which this year went to Roy Arthur with his 1921 Ner-a-car. Roy’s brother Cliff was the winner of the Ian Webb Trophy (members’ choice) for his 1919 Indian. The Mike Stanley Trophy for the furthest travelled to the event went, for the second year running, to Mike Macdonald with his 1930 Ariel. Thanks to Frank Dolman for setting out the route, with additional assistance from Mike Hobbs and Drew Down. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 Tom Norman from the South Durham section came north to give us a talk on the Travers and Beamish Trophy Trials and once more we had a really good turnout for what proved to be a great presentation. We had Pathe footage

South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, email and web site address so members can contact you. Word count per section is 150, (or just 100 with a picture) from the 1920’s, period film from the 1950’s and recent onboard footage from the son of a weel kent individual who did very well?? Tom also imparted much information on other aspects of running and participating in the event; all in all, with the banter during and after the talk a fun night was had by everyone. The next two club nights in July and August are ride ins to the Ratho Park, however, our accommodation there is proving to be a bit cramped so the search has begun for a new venue. Why not get an old bike out and come and see us before we move? BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 We had a fairly steady flow of riders and machines at our checkpoint for the relay rally, and we had the faithful few who helped man the post during the day. We had 19 sign on and 78 visitors through the checkpoint, there seemed to be one casualty with a bad oil leak, who was going to proceed home slowly. The museum run on the following weekend was well attended and quite a few enjoyed a wander around The Wellington museum at Moreton in Marsh, which is full of interesting artefacts from WW2. The May club night was an entertaining talk about Winston Churchill’s toolbox by Gordon Rogers, who it would appear, is lucky to have survived his youthful antics.

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BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 What comes to mind when you think of Finland? For Beds Section members it’s no longer just pine trees, reindeer and saunas; thanks to Don McKeand we now know all about the great (and boozy) motor cycle rallies they have there and which he has attended over the years. Long way to go. He’s also been busy with the monthly midweek runs. Also very busy in May was Roger King and all the members of his family running the Arthur King Memorial run for veteran, vintage and girder fork bikes. This year the rain stayed away and a great day was had by all. Talking of runs this might just arrive in time to remind you about the Albert Brown Run – but only if you pre-entered I’m afraid. But don’t get the bike too dirty because club night is the much-celebrated Car Park Concours night and shininess always fools the judges.

BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 In February we unexpectedly lost a friend and member Steve King, to honour his memory we renamed our 8th May Lakeland Museum run as the “Steve King Memorial Run”. This run was a favourite of Steve’s, and so his widow Jenny asked if I could take his ashes on one last run and spread them on the banks of the river near Newby Bridge. A great turnout of members and close friends came along to pay their respects, it was a glorious day and we had a little ceremony in Steve’s memory by the river; definitely a run to remember.

BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 May's mid-week outing ran somewhat afoul of the elements and but a few hardy souls fought their way through rivulets and fords – just to get to the start. Fortunately, although the roads were sodden in places, only a couple of showers were encountered on the way to our destination at the Empress of Blandings at Copythorne. The Owen Tyler Run on 22nd May attracted a good selection of motor cycles across the differing eras of VMCC classification. The run was accomplished in optimum conditions with a break at the Rising Sun in Witheridge Hill for lunch. Vic Blake with his 1926 Raleigh Sports 350 was awarded the Owen Tyler Cup. Other award recipients are shown on our website. Our Girder Fork night was unfortunately beaten by a day of continuous rain, so the evening turned into the usual banter about bikes and putting the world to right.


ANNIVERSARY RUN 11th September 2016

Come and Join Us! Start/Finish: The Elephant & Castle, Bloxham, nr.Banbury OX15 4LZ Two Routes: 30 and 80 miles (coffee stop) 8.30am: Sign On,Tea/Coffee,Bacon Sandwich 9.30am: Bikes Away! Two-course lunch upon return Cups to keep for Best in Class! Entry Fee: £10 (£8.50 pillion) Details and entry form from David Jebbitt 01295 750538

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Blackpool Section members gathered together to pay our respects. BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 Pete wasn’t well enough for his Spring Run so Bernie and I covered and took a good cross section of members on a run around the Dorset countryside, through Cranborne and the Ebble valley to the Queens Head at Broadstone where we met up with more classic bikers including Rev, Harpic and Neville, before carrying on to the Cuckoo (more bikers) and eventually the London Tavern. The Baton Run was brilliant, a few BNF met up with the Isle of Wight section. In glorious weather we took the scenic route to Wimborne to meet the South Dorset section and pick up the Baton. Then another scenic route to Drusillas Inn to meet the Wessex and Stonehenge sections – five sections and the President all together and some beautiful bikes. July 17th we meet at the Aircraft Museum, Hurn for the historically-called Hampshire Run. which will actually explore Dorset and Wiltshire.

BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 The South West Coast Run had a bumper entry this year due in some part to the brilliant weather on the day, thanks to Paul Flowers and his team for running the event so successfully. Our turn to receive and hand over the baton from our chums in South Wales and West Wiltshire respectively went smoothly, no one dropped it! Pat Bessel’s talk on the early days of Bristol Speedway (Knowle Stadium 1928 – 1960) was well attended; his recall of names and when they rode was impressive as was the display of memorabilia collected over the years. Five members attended the lunchtime meet at Gurney Slade while it was another fine day for the Ray Cordy Memorial Run based at Avon Valley Railway. Using the drop off system John Beddis led the 26 entrants on an enjoyable run around North East Somerset. BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 Just got back from Darley Moor at which the racing was first class. Saturday was a wet affair but Sunday the sun was with us all day. We completed our programme with little hitches, and all went home happy. When you read this we will have been to Cadwell for the 50th/70th Anniversary meeting and as at this moment in time it is looking good entry wise. Also a good number of Club Stands with the VMCC, BHR, Bonhams and Footman James stands. Some of our riders have entered the Pre TT races in Castletown, hope they were successful. Learnt of the passing of Steph Wilkinson whilst at Darley Moor, Steph in the past did a mountain of work for BHR to which we are truly grateful. The depth of work only known by those in the deep end at the club. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 July is off to a good start with the Brooklands Motorcycle show where the section will be displaying a range of bikes. Our BBQ is on 5th, where all will be welcome. Our summer run to the seaside is on 10th, for full details go to the events section. The “heads up” on this year’s autumn jumble – usually held on Remembrance Sunday at Bisley – this venue has now closed, and we are planning to continue the event at an alternative location and new date. Watch this space for more details. Don’t forget our evening ride on 19th; we will depart at 19:30.

Brooklands section members and Museum volunteers welcome the legend that is Ago. BURTON AND DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 The Burton Parade went very well due to the excellent organisation by Ann Davy. Also many thanks goes to Keith (Eddy) Waring for the excellent route and the Clifford Arms for the coffee stop. Back at Marston’s we had the prize giving and excellent buffet after which Brian Slack handed a cheque for £500 to St Giles, which we had collected over the year. On May11th nine members went on a conducted tour around R.R. Heritage centre, stopping for lunch at midday. It was a very interesting and enjoyable day. We had a good turnout for the Intersection and Classic gathering, a dozen bikes left Marston’s led by Mick Leach, we had a very pleasant ride round the Derbyshire lanes finishing up at the John Thompson pub where we met up with other sections and classic bike riders. Over 90 bikes turned up over the evening, great night. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 Our usual meeting place is currently closed for refurbishment. We are looking at several locations with which to hold our future meetings at. Please contact me via email or ring my contact number for an update on the situation. Our Flat tank and Girder Fork run went very well, please see separate article on this topic. Thanks to all whom helped out. We've got two runs in July, one on the 10th and one on the 19th. See events list on the club website for details. Enjoy the sunny weather, get out on your bikes and ride them. Hope to see you at an event soon.

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CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 At the ‘Fish and Chip run’ to Arbroath in May, six motor cycles brought out their owners for food and refreshments and a good natter at the marina. Not a great turnout, but maybe the cool evening put members off. Half a dozen section members took part in the Tiddlers’ Tootle and had a good run, if a little bumpy due to the road conditions, with food, refreshments and good conversation at the lunch halt at Crieff Visitors Centre. A few members are off this weekend to the Shetland Classic Car Show, more of their trip later. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 We eventually collected the genuine Anniversary Baton on 7th May from the Cheshire Cats, after some impromptu alterations to a certain rider’s jacket, delivering it to Snowdonia/Eryri colleagues the next day at Betws-y-Coed. Thanks to the escorts! There was a good turnout at May Club Night, discovering what made Alex Graham’s Special so special. Thanks Alex! Hopefully, we also had a good attendance and favourable weather for the Llangollen Gathering on 5th June, plus ample (stand) boards, bangers and beef burgers. Grateful thanks to our caterers! We had our first 2016 Machine Night in June at the Bridge Inn, organised by Derek Burns. June’s Club Night was held at Chester Fire Station where Blue Watch demonstrated RTC procedures. The next Machine Night is at the Tap, Eastham Ferry, on 14th July, whilst Claire Moorhead will be giving an illustrated talk about Liverpool’s Williamson Tunnels at Club Night on Tuesday, 19th July. CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 May was a good riding month. Founders Day Rally was a bit damp, but Bernie had many visitors at our Checkpoint. The Baton Rally was really well attended – 17 bikes escorted The Baton around Cheshire and delivered it (almost) without incident to C&NW at Christleton (Alan & Malcolm can enlarge on this!). There’s a picture here showing the Baton having lunch… Bob led a group out on the annual Berwyn Run. Thanks to all organisers & attendees for a great time! July should see us BBQ-ing, attending the NW Section Meet & Greet and running out to Buxworth. The photo at the top of the next column shows the Baton having its lunch.

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CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 A damp start for the run to Old Marsden deterred some riders including myself, good reports have been received, most only got wet on the way home. On the evening run I was informed by a kind man in a convertible Porsche who had been behind me all the way up a hill, apparently my Villiers 2 stroke was smoking. Julian on the other low power bike had a rear puncture somewhere out near Hazelmere so was missing at the end. The relay rally is now a distant memory, 30 visitors; apparently we were out on a limb – no East Herts checkpoint this year. For July we have the regular runs plus the Girder Fork run and The Cherry Pie Run, I note the comments about repetition in the journal, so please check the diary dates, section website, main club website or just ring if you are unsure. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 A very busy May for the section. We had the relay rally checkpoint at the Big Red Barn cafe, then the open day at Dalserf Church. The club meeting followed with Roger Moss giving an excellent talk on racing Scotts. The Tiddlers’ Tootle goes from strength to strength with a record 65 entries and only a few mechanical issues. We rounded off the month with the Barbeque with the usual good weather and a WW1 replica biplane giving us an aerobatic display. Thanks to all who participated and helped especially John and Ann Harper for hosting the barbeque yet again.

CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 Truro Club Night welcomed South West Bonhams’ representative Jonathan Vickers, to talk about the journey of getting the Bodmin Brough’s barn find to auction. The Founder’s Relay Rally proved to be a very wet affair but despite this many riders turned out to visit the four checkpoints in Cornwall. 15 low powered and vintage machines left Trevaskis Farm Shop in the far west of Cornwall under the guidance of Boo Cock for a very enjoyable mornings ride around West Penwith. Thank you to Basil for leading the Coast to Coast Run along a superb route from Long Rock with a lunch stop at Geevor Tin Mine which had spectacular views. The Baton Rally covered many miles on the north and south coasts of Cornwall including a flight to the Scilly Isles. Thank you to all the members involved in planning routes and making the event enjoyable.

CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 We had the now usual large turnout at the May Bug Buzz, and the new folk at the Swan made us all welcome. The Nasty run was a delightful romp around quiet lanes, and the Postcombe run was also super fun. We owe a big thank you to Donna for super tea and cakes at the Brancato household on the way round. Hugh Gallaher’s bikes in Beds is on 3rd July, and Reg Eyre is organising the Severn Glide on 7th August. Your scribe looking cool at the 3 in 1 run.

COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day The weather dawned bright and sunny on May 14th, the day we in the Cotswold Section were receiving The Baton from the Worcester Section. As arranged members from Cotswold (8) and 4 members from Worcester met at The Carpenters Arms in Birt Street Birtsmorton at mid-day along with The Flat Tank Section for a 3 way transfer. The photo shows Fred Smith (Cotswold), John Porter (Worcester) and Denis Beale (Flat Tank) all holding the baton. After suitable refreshments and a good natter 4 riders were very ably led by Denis around the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire countryside on a superb afternoons ride. I would like to thank Denis on behalf of the other three of us.

DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 This was a busy month with Paignton BMAD festival at the beginning where the section displayed a various collection of member’s machines. Our programmed Sunday ride over Dartmoor was well attended, unfortunately our evening riders encountered a rain storm of biblical proportions 2 miles from start and the ride was abandoned. The Baton run was enjoyed in perfect weather by all riders with the Baton covering a variety of roads and scenery typical of our area, thanks must go to Brian Phillips for organising the itinerary and leading the run. Our activities for July will be 14th July early evening ride (Derek French 01803391292) meet at Totnes Plains 6.00pm for 6.30pm. 17th July ‘Great West Run’ (Brian Phillips 01548 581319). For further information on club activities visit our web site at VMCC Dartmoor or contact the secretary on 01803 527469. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 A fine spring day for the Scrumpy run encouraged 39 riders to take part. The award for the oldest bike and rider went to John Morey riding a 1928 Scott F/S. The rider’s choice award went to Cyril Cole for his 1959 Triumph

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650 and the Mayor of Ilfracombe chose Mike Kidd's 1954 Velocette LE as his favourite machine. A disappointing turn out for Ray’s Ramble run, which was held on a Wednesday; we may have to rethink this event. Our next run is the Deepest Devon run on July the 10th, this starts at Bickleigh Mill. The Evening Meet on July the 18th is at The Anchor, Exbridge at 7.00pm. Club night on the 21st is Ray’s Quiz, which is always interesting and entertaining. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 07742 525262 All three section runs this month enjoyed fine weather, thanks to Gabby for the Wednesday evening run. Next was Bob’s Weymouth run, with forty-five bikes signed on, long and short routes, and some volunteers who made it a great day. Finally the Baton Run, where we collected the much travelled baton from East Devon section at West Bay and handed it over to South Dorset section in Dorchester, which all went to plan, with people in the right places at the right time.

Dorset handing over in Dorchester. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 May seemed to be extremely busy what with the Relay and Baton Rallies in addition to our normal events occurring in the same month. The Baton handover to Dorset at West Bay went well with over twenty bikes on display. By the time this is published a few of us will be at Cadwell Park to welcome the Baton there. Then it is back to Devon for the Yeovilleton Air Show, the Devon Air Ambulance Trust ride from Trago Mills and our own trundle out to Buckfastleigh Steam Railway, and so another month is past. I am going to have to get a job, retirement is much too busy.

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EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 A rather lacklustre month with disappointing support from the membership for Section events. Club night was a fascinating presentation by Bo Hare with his ingenious creation – a 1929 Peugeot autocycle with a nine-cylinder 100cc radial engine of model aircraft origin. It looked and sounded fantastic. He also demonstrated a rather clever device for de-scaling petrol tanks. A most interesting evening, sadly only attended by fourteen members. Unfortunately Section member John Pike passed away in his sleep on 7th May. See Chairman Bob’s obituary. The monthly Wrinkly Run was held on a dull and chilly day with only nine brave souls on Parade. Nevertheless, we had an enjoyable 35 mile wander along Hertfordshire’s Highways and Byeways, led by yours truly, and terminated at one of our favourite lunch stops, The Green Man in Sandridge. Don’t forget Wheathampstead Old Bike Day on 10th July. EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Eleven members signed on the Founder’s Relay Rally at Bancroft Mill on a cold wet day. Two of the visitors were Adrian and Peter from Central Lancs, who were delivering the baton for the Seventieth Anniversary rally. The baton was passed onto the Pennine Section at the Owd Bett’s pub two days later. The East Lancs riders went for a run afterwards with a lunch stop at Townley Hall. Nine riders set out on Ernie’s Bowland Run, but at the start of the run the heavens opened and drenched everyone. Not everyone returned to the Victoria. Twelve riders set off on the Cravendale Run for a lunch stop in Masham on a brilliant day, via the Coverdale route. This made for an excellent run out, even though some got lost after a petrol stop and yours truly turned down a farm track. It’s half the fun, isn’t it? EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 A great turnout at the Ixion Cavalcade with the Baton Relay point at the same position. Riders on the Founders Relay Rally certainly enjoyed seeing so many old machines on their ride round. Another great quiz evening produced by Vic in April. 15 riders on the Fish and Chip run to Hastings. Great to see our Competition Secretary Andy Marks made it to the Norton Rally in Italy without any problems let’s hope the ride back is good as well.

Plenty of runs in July so let’s hope the weather is kind to us and we have plenty of bikes turn out to support the Run Organisers.

visitors and offers in sidecars for events. If you are going nearby, consider offering him a lift to and from an event – many thanks!

EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 An excellent entry of 41 for the Betty Fisher Run. Chairman Harry’s planned route taking in an area of Holderness we seldom use. An interesting memorial on the route at Lissett is to 158 Squadron, a unique design and well worth a visit. Our host Brian Fisher, his family and friends fed and watered the riders at the start and finish of this very popular event. A collection raised a useful sum of £60 which Brian will donate to Diabetes UK. Do not forget that the change of date for the Humber Bridge Run; it is now August 14th, organised this year by the Mid Lincs section from Barton. Peter Gunnee, 01652 657169. The bridge crossing is still free for motor cycles. A static event that may be of interest to members is on August 27th Hull Aero Clubs Bike Show at Leven, See web site. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 Old trains are an interest to all of us who try to keep old vehicles working and on the road. May club night we were treated to a talk by the Colne Valley Railway Director. The railway is based in Great Yeldham and runs steam and early diesel locos over some mile of track. We were told of the history of all the local railways sadly no longer with us in the area, most of them created in the heyday of the railway and torn up in the 1960’s. The Colne Valley railway traffic was at its peak in WW2, serving the many airfields in the area. The upkeep of these locos involves moving very heavy bits of metal around. The Eric Hodkinson Memorial Trophy run in May was a great success with Ian Johnson taking the honours. Thanks to Andy Cook who arranged the run. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) Our thanks go to Paul Powell and Bob Smith from the Cotton Club for a great talk at our 26th May meeting. The July 28th event is a meet the immediate past VMCC President, Tim Penn. August 7th is the Cycle-motor and low powered machines run around the Severn estuary. All veteran and vintage machines are also welcomed. Ian Young is making good progress and would appreciate

A lovely pioneer machine powered by a Minerva engine GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 Writing notes and planning taking a back seat. Lots of runs on bikes for those who can be bothered. It may not be warm, but at least we have been lucky with dry weather when out and about. If you are not getting emails from me about local events, make contact. I really do want to hear from local members. Check out new VMCC Glasgow on Facebook for info if you are not afraid of the technology. On our June meeting night we had the Cafe run followed in July with a wee trip doon the water to Largs. August meeting back at Tradeston with the AGM scheduled for Sept. Some of us are off to the Manx GP so hope to meet up with friends old and new. I don’t want to depress you... but winter’s coming, so don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 The Founders Relay Rally checkpoint at Whiteways Car Park did a good 'trade' and we managed to fly our new flag by way of advertising the club. May club night was a noggin ‘n’ natter, but with only a few bikes in the car park. More bikes turned out at the Sportsman where the Magog and Thakeham Morris

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Dancers were entertaining, on a lovely spring evening. July Club night is Bring an Interesting Vehicle, we await with interest some surprises. At the Sportsman Noggin 'n' Natter evening Surrey & Sussex Section will be joining us after their ride from Copthorne. The picture on the previous page shows a visitor to our checkpoint on the Founders Relay Rally.

Herefordshire along the borders ending back into Monmouthshire where lunch was taken in Monmouth before heading home. Our Fish and Chip run will be on Tuesday 19th July, meet at Abergavenny bus station, 6pm start, To order a meal ring Maldwyn on 01873 858358.

GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599

Tenbury Wells ride: Thanks to Pete Howells for the superb route in the Shropshire hills – a great place to ride an old bike. Chris Lawton-Smith rode his Sunbeam S7 De-luxe. What a splendid thing it is too. It effortlessly handled the wide range of roads including the steep climb and descent of the Long Mynd. Very disappointed there were no RAC patrolmen to salute us as we passed! Don’t forget club nights – last Thursday of the month at Bunch of Carrots, Hereford HR1 4JR

Giles Dismore did a splendid job on organising the Chalfont grass track with his merry band of helpers, and even organised the weather too! Well done mate. The winners were in no particular order: Vintage, yours truly; Post-vintage, Luke Tuck; 500cc upright, pre-1990, Andy Gomm; 500cc Classic pre-75, Ed Hopkins; Youth/intermediates, C. Wirtzfeld; 350cc upright pre1990, Glen Waterfield; Cadets, C Arthur; 350cc Classic pre-75, Steve Darvil; Youth/juniors, Sam Norris, 250cc Classic pre-75, Dave Grist.

Youth Juniors action shows Aidan Arthur leading Sam Norris but Sam won the class eventually. Photo by Sue Towner GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 Scott’s quiz, postponed from a previous meeting, met with almost a full house, delivered with much joviality, produced a worthy winner in the shape of ‘Team Backwards’, so it’s well done to them. The Founders Relay Rally was well down on visitors this time, only 26 visitors instead of the usual 100 plus, is interest waning, or was it the uncertain weather around this area? Anyway, not so good this year. The sections Cross Borders run was met with mixed weather conditions, even so eight bikes and 10 people headed for the Black Mountains where morning coffee was taken at Hay on Wye, then it was into

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HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698

IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 The town run went well, nice and sunny 24 riders, on small roads at the start then on to good ones, thanks to John for a good day. Tuesday evening runs are getting longer as the evenings pull out; remember you come, lead a run. On the 28th May we had our 50-year anniversary run with only 15 members. We all had a good run and the club paid for the fish and chips, if you missed out you should have come. Remember The Three Valley Run on 3rd July meet Washbrook Service Station at 10.00am, on the 17th July Ipswich Wheels see Angus. We have the Harvest Run on 31st July at Woodbridge car park at 10.30am, Camping Weekend 4th to 9th August if you can help let me know. A lot on in July and August let’s hope the weather is good not like some Tuesday evenings. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 As we did not have a 2016 Relay Rally checkpoint, sorting out a suitable future site was discussed at May Club Night. On May 1st I Velocetted to both the Staffordshire venues, only to hole a piston on my return journey! The next weekend the Sprinters started their NSA season, Pete setting his quickest time to date. I came very close to mine, but after a long ‘rest’ period, Colin’s Weslake special alas had suspected ignition problems. Our May Club Run had nine prospective participants, including occasional visitor, Honda Dave, but unfortunately Mike’s Guzzi failed at the start. However Matt led us to Sleap Cafe, returning via a different route, with only the final few miles on wet roads for some.

ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 The recent trial at Bims field had a good entry, taking the honours was Brent Seal, 2nd Jim Davidson, & 3rd Paul Ansermoz, thanks to Shaun & his team who run these wonderful trials. We had a quiz night at club night, the winning team, all 9 of them, thrashed the rest of us hands down! The track day at Jurby was blessed with good weather & a great turnout. Our Bob Thomas club run organised by Paul & Bridget Bolster, raised £102.28 for Manx Cancer Help. Well Done to Bridget for many hours in the kitchen baking really scrummy cakes!

riders coming and going, several visitors having lunch at one of the local cafes before carrying on. My thanks to Marion and Pauline for helping me to run the check point and good to meet so many old friends again. Malcolm Rolph did a splendid route for The Old Airfields Run taking us along lanes we had not ridden before past several former bases no longer used and looking rather derelict and a brief stop at Langham Dome. With lunch at The Chequers at Binham and finishing at The Mid Norfolk Railway at Dereham we could not have wished for a better day. The first club night meeting at our new venue at Northwold could not have been better supported; thank you all for giving it the thumbs up. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536

Chairman Richard Birch presents the Trophy to the Quiz Winners. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 The section staged a successful Bring & Buy in May, our resident auctioneer Jeff Read presided and £128 was raised for section funds, thanks to all bringers andbuyers. A group of eight met at Yarmouth on 1st May to visit Relay Rally checks on the mainland, combining the mission with a visit to Sammy’s Autojumble. Ron seems to have taken over the mantle for running out of petrol, this he managed to do in the middle of nowhere in the New Forest, after a long wait and fruitless thumbing a chap in a pick-up stopped. Not carrying spare fuel and running on diesel, he was unable to help. However, he shortly reappeared with a can of fuel, and would not accept any money for the petrol saying that he was a rider too. If by chance this Knight of the Road should read this Ron would like to express his thanks. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 Our checkpoint for the Founders Relay Rally at Swaffham was kept busy for most of the day with a steady flow of

A disappointing local turn-out for the Founders Relay Rally may be attributed to the cool weather conditions but this didn’t stop two hardy Richards’ from Macclesfield visiting most of the Lakeland checkpoints. The following weekend was well supported for Pop’s Bacon Butty Run but the West Valleys Run, even with an excellent route, was poorly supported. We question whether Lakeland is over-providing in terms of the number of events on offer – 27 this year! Perhaps if we had half as many we may have more entrants and less work required. At the month end we were blessed with brilliant weather and a great weekend for the Back Green Rally at Hesket Newmarket, thanks to Paul Richardson and team. In between we enjoyed a visit from Western Australia, with a touring group present in the Lakes, hopefully a report elsewhere in the journal. MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 Our Relay Rally checkpoint at Buxworth had 32 visitors from quite far and wide with one couple from Devon! (I think that they were on holiday in our area) but still quite a good turnout. The Baton Rally pickup from N/West section and delivery to C/Cats went off alright judging from reports I have received from the members that took part, (I couldn’t attend as I was abroad). The Chip Shop/Evening run on 11th May only attracted a small number of members which is very disappointing for the organisers of these runs and if this low level of interest continues these runs could be dropped from the calendar! I have just heard the sad news that Jess Austin, one of our most reliable and stalwart observers, has died shortly after he returned from the SSDT. He will be sadly missed, and our condolences go to his family and friends.

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MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 July brings plenty of outdoor action for the Midland Section. An unusual one; on Sunday 10th July, will see our third very popular and aptly named ‘Quick Run’. The Run is to give members the opportunity to flex the muscles and stretch the legs of their more powerful Classic machines that would appreciate a healthy Sunday morning ‘airing’! A route to Rutland Water has been planned which will include some great scenery and an optional stop for Lunch for those not planning to return home for their Sunday Roast! Anyone wanting to have a slightly faster paced ride than usual should meet at The Boat, Catherine De Barnes, Solihull, B91 2TJ at 10:00 with bikes away at 10:30. Total mileage (if returning to the Boat) is 150 miles. The round trip will give about 4 hours of riding time. Speeds won’t be excessive – just quicker than our more usual jaunts.

NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 In May we had the Girder Fork Run on the 8th, and then the Long Mynd Run on the 22nd. There was a decent turnout for them both, particularly the Long Mynd, for which 25 people signed on. Thank you to organisers Martyn Round and Ron Higgins. In July we have runs on the 10th and 24th, more details in the Diary, and remember it’s our Ride a Bike and Concours night on the 6th, at The Round Oak, Wombourne, registration for a short social run from 6.15pm.

MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 May has seen a number of riding events, commencing with the Relay rally, some 30 plus riders attended our check point, only a handful from our section though. The Pre 40’s run based at Horncastle was a busy event with some 27 riders enjoying a day out, visiting a huge collection of old agricultural machinery and lunching at the Bubble Car Museum. Thanks to Stewart for an excellent day. Several problems meant that the backup crew were kept very occupied, hopefully all motor cycles are now repaired. The May club night was poorly attended, possibly due to damp weather, hopefully we will have a better turn out for the ‘Sunburn Run’ on the 13th July and the Noggin and Natter on the 20th July. Details on the Section Web site.

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Maurice Hardy, 1950 Matchless G3, leads a group of North Birmingham Section riders up onto The Long Mynd in Shropshire. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 An active month with Wrinkly Runs from Peter Boonham and The Hallards and Sunday Runs from Andy Geden and Andy Barnett, as well as the Relay Rally and the Baton handover, which was collected from Shropshire Section by Chairman Bob Ashwin and a small posse and handed over to South Cotswold Section with whom we met up

for lunch and a pint. All runs were very well attended with some excellent venues. Thanks to all the organisers and to The Hallards and Bob Ashwin for manning the Relay Checkpoint. Don’t forget Bring and Buy Auction at Club night 5th July. Picture foot of previous page: North Cotswold and South Cotswold Sections meet up to pass on the Anniversary Baton. NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 With sadness, it has to be reported that long-standing Section member David Town passed away on Tuesday 17th May. The Section’s sincere sympathies to David’s family. David was a past Secretary of the George Foggitt, Topcliffe, Road Safety Run and will be sadly missed this year on 14th August, at the York Gliding Club. We also have the Golden era run to come on 24th July for pre 1931 machines. May has been a busy Month, starting with the Founders Relay Rally on 1st. Both checkpoints poorly attended, thanks to cool and wet weather. In a cooling climate, perhaps it might be an idea to move this event to later in the month, in order to see more bikes on the rally? Both the Wetherby and Coronation runs were well attended in fine weather. The results of the Wetherby run and quiz can be found on the Web Site. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 Intersection Quiz had a few takers... Museum Run maybe a dozen.... a pity cos t’was a good ’un. Perhaps the temperature put folks off, or was it still due to our dates missing from the Journal, a problem which appears to have been solved in the June issue. Look out for our Classic Car and Bike meet at Moorville on 7th July. By the time you read this we should have transferred the Baton; your scribe having picked it up on track at the Cadwell Bash... Enjoy yer Bikes!

NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 We have had a very busy couple of months, taking in the Founders Relay Rally and the 70th Anniversary Baton Rally where we had two fabulous riding days, collecting the Baton from Pennines at Rivington Barn and handing over the next day to Manchester and High Peaks at Stalybridge Canal Basin. We have a new event on 11th July, Maintenance day at Colin Hornby’s Farm. Bring a bike for us to fix. For more info Contact the secretary, Ken. Details of these and all our other activities can be found on our website. and on the main VMCC website.

NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 April saw the successful exchange of the Baton at Edmondbyers and Beamish, however, at the May Business Meeting, members highlighted their disappointment with the lack of central coverage of the local events. Everyone enjoyed the C to C at the start of May, the weather was mixed, but most riders were drying out by the time they reached the Relay Rally check on the Sunday. Mid-week runs are now under way – the first was led by our Cultural Attaché from England’s Industrial Heartlands. An excellent turnout for the Rookhope Ryde; a slightly different format this year with questions at the finish as well as along the route. The weather was great and lunch at the Strathmore Arms was excellent. First place went to Drew Grant (and companions). Hope to see lots of you at the Section stand at the Bikewise Show, 24 July at Police Headquarters, Aykley Heads. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 The Section operated two checkpoints for the Founders Day Rally. Thetford had 45 machines and Wymondham

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37 machines call in. Thanks to Cynthia, Bob, Val and David for making this event such a success. Our Bow Street Run on 15th May had 29 riders and 3 passengers take part. The morning route passed through Carbrooke, Watton and Mundford then passed through Thetford Forrest to the lunch stop at the new Route 11 motorcyclist’s cafe on the A11. The afternoon route made its way back to Bow Street via Easton and Colton for tea and cakes. Thanks go to Maggie and Peter for this event. The 22nd May saw our new Suffolk 100 Run for pre-31 machines, 18 machines took part. The start and end location was the excellent 100th Bomb Group Museum at Thorpe Abbotts, always a delight to visit. Thanks go to Peter and Nick for organising this event.

and Dave Green taking the chair with Peter Greig his deputy. The North Lancashire Run saw 18 members enjoying the ride to Waddington on a bright and fine day. Later in May nine members attended the Back Green Rally and the picture shows some of them and the trophies won.

NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 The May weather was of course mixed, and unfortunately forced the cancellation of the Bill Sherras Memorial Run, but thereafter was fine for the Relay Rally, for which we had a check point at Ambergate, and the event was well attended generally in the area. The Robin Hood Run around Nottinghamshire was then led by Bruce and the Chip Shop evening run, starting at. Ripley was well attended with a number of traditional machines ranging from 150cc to 998cc in use. As I write, Mick Leach's regular run from Derby into the Lower Dove area is scheduled this evening and details of the Pennine Way and Ace Cafe events should appear soon on the web site. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 On May morning around one hundred lads from Sections in our part of the southern lands signed on at our Section Checkpoint in fine and breezy weather. At the The Duke of Marlborough near Woodstock. Mike Hallem, one of our senior members, has celebrated his 80th year so our Committee gave him a hearty meal at Sturdys Castle on the Banbury Road but he insisted on paying for the ale. No run reports this month, as I have been busy with other matters. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 The Founder’s Relay Rally was poorly attended as far as visitor numbers is concerned, not really justifying the cost and the effort put in by section members. Let’s hope that it was just down to the poor weather. The AGM went smoothly with both Treasurer and Secretary re-elected

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SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 May has been a busy month – on 9th May 6 club members met the Snowdonia Section at Llangollen for the 70th Anniversary Baton handover, where our Chairman Godfrey Cookson accepted the Baton, then on 11th May 6 members went to Cleobury Mortimer where Godfrey made the handover of the Baton to the North Cotswold Section. 15th May was our club Spring Run organised by Godfrey and Cyril, this was a brilliant route and enjoyed by all. Thanks go to Godfrey & Cyril, also to Godfrey for the refreshments. 25th May Club night was John Bradshaw with his Morgan Ariel. This was a build from scratch project over many years. First we went outside and had a “tour” of the car, then a film show going through the different processes, acquiring of parts, drawing plans etc. John has also written several books, which were on sale. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 The Founders Relay Rally on the 1st May was a total washout, wind and rain resulted in no visitors. The Baton Relay was much better, pickup from the Cheshire Section and delivery to the Shropshire Section at Llangollen Motor Museum on the 9th May, we all then went up to the Ponderosa for lunch. Terry did the whole run on his 1930 BSA 350 Sloper, over 140 miles on the day, well done! There are some local events on in July, keep in touch or check out the VMCC website. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding.

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SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 Dave’s Twin Dragon Weekend was the usual success, good accommodation and weather. Unfortunately one of the smaller-engined machines was not able to climb one of the steep mountains. Reminds me of when I rode a police Noddy bike and had to ‘tack’ up a hill. Not the most powerful machine! The Relay Rally Check Point was well attended by visiting section members. As usual we supplied free tea and biscuits. Our meet at Emborough saw sixteen Wilts riders bring the baton and pass on to twelve members of our section. All enjoyed a Sunday lunch at the Odd Down Inn before departure. On Monday we took the baton on to Tiverton and handed it over to the Devon Section. July 3rd Veteran, Vintage and Anniversary Run meet Cossington Village Hall 10.30am. July 7th Club Night. Talk by Mike Axe on Motor Cycling in Chile and Argentina. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 The Baton Relay collection/delivery runs in May went well and our thanks to Dave Carroll for organising the routes. On 10 July we have our Mid-Summer Meet and Concours at the Whitminster Inn, Whitminster, from 11.00 onwards. Aimed at being an informal bike gathering and show, we will have prize categories for eligible machines and welcome people to join us from other VMCC Sections and bike clubs, as well as individual machines and riders. Food and drink will be available. On 30 July, we have a run to the Calne Bike Meet and the annual Harvest Run is on Sunday 9 August, both departing Stonehouse car park at 10.00hrs. Keep supporting the Tuesday night pub visits; we have seen 4050 bikes at some of them this year. I think I may have screwed up the June Section notes - apologies. However, details in the Diary (here and on-line) are correct. Happy riding.

A number of successful runs took place in May in relatively good weather. The Sunday Lunch Run took us to the Black Bear at Wool and the Canal Run to the Black Horse at Devizes, a lovely location alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal. We then visited the spectacular Caen Hill Locks for ice creams before returning via Salisbury Plain. At the end of the month we received the Baton from Dorset Section and handed it to Bournemouth/ New Forest and Isle of Wight sections the following day, as shown in the photo below. Nick Frisby received the Crank this month.

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 May opened with the Relay Rally and despite the thoroughly cold wet day, 11 visited Middleton St George and 18 rode into Teesdale; thanks to Eric and Denise Londesbrough and Ken Dove for attending the check points. Thankfully the weather improved when some attended the Wetherby Run and the Rookhope ride organised by our neighbouring sections. The sun shone for most of the 40th Anniversary Quaker Run when 53 entrants rode into the Yorkshire dales with lunch being taken at Reeth and culminated in a fine buffet tea at Middleton St George. A special occasion enjoyed by organisers, marshals, past entrants, riders and passengers, on wonderful machines, who had travelled from all parts of the country. The sunshine continued for the Section’s touring week with rides into beautiful countryside with friends. In July: Sunset Run 11th, club night ride in 14th. Chairman’s Run 24th. SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 Those of you who missed the May meeting missed a great talk and film show on E W Burnett & Son, the Old

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Motorcycle Shop in Southsea. The last three day runs were very poorly attended with only four members turning up for the Milestone and Littlehampton runs. We will need to rethink these in future. The relay run checkpoint was poorly attended, together with the Raleigh Run. The Pitdown run is on the 10th July. Evening runs continue throughout July. Do not forget the Day runs on the 21st July. 18th and 25th August. SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 Wild contrasts for our two runs in May, meteorologically speaking. Peter's mid-week Wrinkly suffered rain and grey skies, attendance seven, while Brian’s Out West enjoyed warm sunshine and a corresponding turnout of 21. We can stand any number of miles along local byways in those conditions. Good to welcome some new riders and machines, each one with the special patina and character of long use (the motorcycles too). Our Bring-aBike club night was similarly marred by the puddle gods but that didn't deter the hardier members from showing off their waterproofs and exercising buckets and sponges next day. Further opportunities to soak or scorch will no doubt arise in July with a dual Wrinkly Run on 13th from Waterside Garden Centre 10.30, your choice of 18 or 36 mile routes; a massed section run to Founders Day on 17th and our Summer Saunter on 24th, 10.30 from the Red Lion. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 The section check in point for the Relay Rally was the stunning location of Tintern Abby in the Wye Valley, and was manned by Howard and Carol. Despite some unfavourable weather they had 50 visitors. Our thanks to them both. Baton Relay, 7 members’ rode to the café on the A48 to meet the Swansea section and receive the Baton. Two days later, 9 members rode to Aust to pass the Baton on to the Bristol Section. They then decided to make a day of it and rode a pleasant route with a total of 150 miles. July 10th Follow the Velo Run. 27th Wednesday evening run to Corntown Country Inn. Full details of all the runs and events are on the section website. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 They came from Oban, Carlisle, Pitlochry and Lochore

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to hear Roger Moss give an experts view on various engineering feats including early steam engines but most interestingly The Scott Motorcycle, for which he designed and manufactured some very invaluable parts, Flywheels, Bigends and con-rods to name but a few. Thank you very much Roger, good to see 16 bikes and 30 members attend, making it a full house again. The Chairman's Run to Bute was more enjoyable this year as we had excellent weather, six members took advantage of this as we covered about every square inch of the island, and visited the many places of interest. At night we were entertained by George and Gordon with their songs and guitar accompaniments. By the time you read this the Tiddlers’ Tootle, Blackford Games and the Bracken Trundle will have taken place which I hope were a huge success. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 Well hopefully summer has now finally arrived and you are enjoying riding your bikes after all the work that went into them during the winter. We have organised several runs for you this month beginning with the popular Midweek Sundae Run from Barford Farm Ice Cream Garden on the 6th. Lionel will be organising the midweek run on the 13th, which this year will start from The Churchill Arms, Alderholt. Please note the change of venue for this event to that previously advertised in the programme card. This year’s Old Thumper Run, organised by Percy, will take place on the 17th from the Elm Tree Inn in Ringwood. Club night on the 20th will be a talk by the Reverend Timbrell entitled ‘Clerical Errors’. Contact Lionel if you wish to exhibit a bike at the Ellingham Show next month as passes will be required for admittance. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 Another full month of riding. Our Day Run led by Mick took us into Kent where again we bumped into the West Kent Section! An excellent route using roads some of us had not been on before. Martin led our evening run on a drizzly evening so only six riders, but again an excellent route carried out a good speed! Our popular Fish n Chip run filled the cafe to bursting point, it was good to see Chris, all be it still not on a motorbike after his knee operation. Our Section BBQ is on the 5th July at SCRIPT from 6.30pm, all members are welcome. Please check the VMCC website for future events.

SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 May was the time to meet more members from other sections during the Founders Relay Rally and the Baton Relay. Our Baton pick up from the WSW Section was at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli by the WSW Section. Thanks for us seeing the stadium and the refreshments. The photo shows Gareth’s Matchless by the statue of Ray Gravell. The following day it was off to take the baton to the South Wales Section in a cafe. Our camping weekend is on the 16, 17 & 18 Sept at Dan yr Ogof Show Caves. Phone Gareth on 01792 846169. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 07887 517906 Our Relay Rally Checkpoint at the Rat Trap went okay, weather stayed fine. Thanks to the members who gave up their time to help man the checkpoint, we had about 45 Riders visiting it. The Navigational Trial on 8th May went well on a very hot day. My thanks to all the Marshalls who made this possible. The Buffet went okay at The Rat Trap thanks to Amy for helping with the food. It’s a shame we didn't have more Riders (I think it’s a sign of the times). We can only put the regulations out and see what comes back. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 May was kicked off with our section checkpoint for the relay rally at Quorn steam railway station with plenty of travelling visitors keeping the section volunteers from practising their trainspotting! Four club runs this month including a great route for Kev’s run a meet up with the Notts and Derby section with Roger having to lead some members back from the John Thompson due to lack of geographical knowledge and a slightly disjointed run to Dick and Lynda’s house but thankfully I think most of us arrived there in the end for the fabulous spread as always.

TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 I was not able to make it to the South Durham Event this time but have had a good report from Mick and Sarah that Brian Smith and his team looked after everyone very well, taking them on some lovely rides across the Dales and Moors with breathtaking views as the weather was so good for them. The reason I had to miss out was because of a date clash as I promised Pauline that I would ride Eric`s Enfield Outfit on the Essex Section Eric Hodkinson Memorial Run, taking her in the chair again. Pauline was very pleased with the turnout and to see Badger with Marcus Whatling and John and Pauline Pattinson as well. July we head for the Cotswolds then Breckland Weekend and Touring Week at the NEW VENUE at Fendicks Fishery and Camping Site, plenty of room now so look forward to seeing you all. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 Our May section meeting was the committee’s quiz on motorcycle identification and where they were made, no one got the Sparkbrook! A round followed this, on motor racing circuits (some of us now know the difference between Philip Island Australia and Brough, East Yorkshire). The turnout was good, with guests riding over from the Sheffield section to be with us – thank you. Discussion followed on the Founder Relay event and our runs, with many looking forward to the Chairman’s run in June to be rapidly followed by our ride your bike night. Please see the VMCC web site for the latest information or call Neil, Section Secretary.

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WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 Our checkpoint for the rally was quiet with one flurry of riders late morning but the sun managed to shine until mid afternoon so those that visited us at least stayed dry. Our speaker for May was Reg Eyre, who gave us an amusing talk about his smaller machines. Simon and Dave's morning at the Long Itchington Diner was well supported thanks to them for this and Frank's social run to The Friendly Inn saw a good turnout of machines on a lovely sunny Sunday. Please note change of date for The Chairman’s Social evening - now JULY 6th.

WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 Both the VMCC rallies, i.e. the Founders Relay and the Baton Rally, were well supported by the section. Thanks to all those that were able to support and to Jim Codd for all his hard work. We have something on practically every weekend in July, the new one being the GWILLI RUN on the 17th. Please check your Section calendar for contact names, or see the website.

WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Apologies to anybody who turned out for the picnic. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it was cancelled. It has now been rescheduled for 11th August. We are not doing well as the table-top trial suffered equipment failure and was quickly substituted for a brilliant impromptu talk by Frank about a European tour in a BMW Isetta. Who said BMWs were reliable! This month’s riding event was the Baton rally and an enjoyable day with much hilarity. The old sock used to protect the baton caused great amusement. On the 11th July is the annual barbecue at the Lydfords at Shaftesbury (don’t bring any magnetos!), followed by the Beaded Edge Run at Shillingstone on 24th; it could be another international event with any luck. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 Here’s a run-down of the Oast House award winners. The Isabel Thompson award went to Mike West riding his LE Velocette, the Bill Jeggo Shield went to Peter Herridge with his M16 AJS and the Sheila Godwin Plate to Roy Galloway with his 850 cc Norton Interstate. The Bob Knapp award for Best Velocette went to Fred Baker with his Velocette Viper. Entry forms are available for the Chaucer Run on 17th July. The event this year is run in aid of The Bexley and Greenwich Community Hospice in memory of John Marchant. We’d like as many as possible to ride in support of this worthy cause. Entry fee is £4 in advance or £5 on the day. Help is again required for the IWKR. As The Woodman is now closing on Tuesdays we will be meeting at The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt. Please amend your event cards to reflect this change.

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The Dean of St David’s blesses the Relay Baton at St David’s Cathederal. WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 A very busy month with the Relay Rally, Baton Relay, a section run and a mid-week wandering to The Rose and Crown in Tilshead where 20 members attended. The weather was kind to us this month, starting with the relay Rally but unfortunately we only had 18 visitors during the day. A successful run to the Newport transporter bridge led by Mike Davis was a sunny day out, with the highlight of riding the gondola and visit to the control room. Some members took part in the Moonraker trial and the Bristol section South West Coast Run with Richard Kinsey collecting the best veteran/vintage award. We received the baton from the Bristol section at the Barge Inn, Seend and passed it on the Somerset section in Emborough despite the run leader losing his way at one point. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 Please note that the Tour of Worcestershire Fords due to take place on 3rd July has been cancelled. However we have three other runs in July: Bob’s Run on the 10th, the midweek run on the 21st is Richard Caddick’s route which will go to Montgomery. Note that this starts from the Rose and Crown at Burford, Tenbury. On the 31st we have the Shropshire Hills Run. Pub night on the 4th will be at the Fox and Hounds at Lulsey.

Scottish Notes The entry for the Tiddler Tootle on 22 May was a record at seventy-five. It seems to have captured the imagination of our members and attracted some new enthusiasts. I have asked the organisers (Don Riley and Jim Leddy) to record the age of the Scotland’s answer to the Megola, Gordon Williamson’s splendid twinentrants when signing on. I engined Cyclemaster. am hoping that it might show that the event is appealing to some younger gained. ARE has specifically chosen a central members as we need to attract a younger age group location at Kinross and will announce the lunch to balance the ageing demographic of the Club’s stop location as soon as the route is finalised by membership. Getting the Club to appeal to younger George Plumb. ARE is absorbing the costs, so there riders is a must for the future, and a personal is no entry charge but you do need to complete an preoccupation. In this regard, I am asking for your entry form so that we comply with insurance help with one specific event this autumn, namely, requirements: ( or the “Classic Run and Ride In” that Auld Reekie 0131 3333336). Edinburgh (ARE) Section is organising on We would like you to spread the word about the event and make it known that non-members are Saturday 17th September. The format will be novel with a social run starting welcome to attend. ARE will be sending invitations from the Lochside Bistro by Loch Leven, Kinross to all of the classic clubs we can think of in then a Run on A and B roads of between 100-120 Scotland. It should be a big day out but that all miles combined with a Ride In to the lunch stop. depends on yourselves and we hope that the format All bikes over 25 years old are welcome, but we appeals to you. are aiming at the riders of bikes in the period 1970- Stirling Castle has a Fish & Chip Run on 4 July. 1991 and that should mean a host of Japanese, Clyde Valley host their “Sound of Singles” Run on Italian and American bikes as well as British 10 July starting at the Big Red Barn Café, near Elsrickle. ARE host their Inter Club Invitational machines. It is asking a lot for members to ride from remote Meeting at the Ratho Park Hotel on 18 July. Central parts of Scotland and cover maybe 100-150 miles Scottish members will be very active in support of to the start and 100-120 of the run and then head the Glamis Extravaganza on 9-10 July and have an home. For them the event might be about a ride in evening run on 22 July. at midday to see all the bikes and to meet fellow Finally, thank you to all of you who organised or enthusiasts and friends. For others more proximate rode to the Relay Rally Checkpoints on 1 May. Alastair Alexander, it might be more about doing the social run, so a bit Area Rep for Scotland of a hybrid approach but nothing ventured nothing

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

1st W South Wales Camping weekend. 10.30am. Chris Thomas 07974 373987 Somerset Coach Trip. 7.30am. Glastonbury. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Section members and guests Men of Kent Camping Weekend. Midday. Red Lion Pub, Baddlesmere near Faversham, Kent. ME13 0NX Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Northumbrian 39th Northumbrian Gathering. 10am. Highburn House Country Holiday Park, Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6EE. Pete Bagnall. 07968 646357 £9 VMCC 25 year rule Lakeland Social evening at Keswick Rugby Club. 7.30pm for 8pm, CA12 5EG. Colin Steer 017687 74536 2nd Lakeland The Lakeland Weekend. 10.30am both days. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG Colin Steer 017687 74536. £8 Herefordshire Bromyard Gala evening ride. 6pm. Bromyard Gala Field - The Burgess Farm, just outside Bromyard on the B4214. HR7 4JY. Geoff McGladdery 01885 490799 Normal VMCC 25 year rule B’pool & Dist Wrea Green Club Day Display. 10am. Wrea Green Village: On the Village Green. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 Notts & Derby Saturday PM Run. 2.30pm. Belper Mill Junction A6/A517. Gordon 01773 788710 3rd Ips & Suffolk The Three Valley run. 10.30am. Washbrook service station. T Dickings 01473 217215 Warwickshire Tea and Cake Run. 2pm onwards. Wren Hall Wroxall off the A4141. John Lycett 01926 491519 East Lancs Basil's Run. 10.30am. Bury Road car park, Rawtenstall. Dave Jeffers and Gary Pye 01254 777451 01254 775633 £2. W’field & Derbyshire Run. 10.30am. Redbeck Café, Doncaster Road, Crofton, Wakefield. Ray Bradley West Yorkshire 01924 827881 £3 Warwickshire Whitnash Fun Day. 11am. Acre Close Whitnash. Bill Wise. 01926 313191 £1 Bedfordshire Albert Brown Run. 9.30am Victoria Arms Pub, Wilden, Beds, MK44 2PB. Brent Fielder 07754 146605. £10. Any bike over 25 years old, or any age Royal Enfield Bike. No other bikes under 25 years old Brooklands The Brooklands Motorcycle Show, Then and Now. 10am. The Brooklands Museum 01932 857381 £11 Cyclemotor Bikes in Beds. 10.30am. The Chequers PH, Yeldon. MK44 1AW. Hugh 01933 419800 Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran Burton & Dist Easy Does It run. 11am. Marston's Sports and Social Club. Mick Leach 01283 815487 Pre 1940 or Pre 1971 up to 259cc West Wilts White Horse Trial. 10am. Minety Village Hall, SN16 9QH. Map Ref 023906 OS sheet 173 Peter Fielding 01225 763567 £8 see regulations North Cotswold Factory visit. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Mike Legg 01608 663898 £1 North East Sun Run. 10 for 10.30am. Sun Inn, Norwood. Anthony Head 01423 712072 £3 Kings Lynn Early Birds Run. 7am. The Chick King Cafe, Mile End, Brandon, Suffolk. Malcolm Rolph 01842 811077 £3 South Dorset Lawrence of Arabia Run. 10.30am prompt. Spitfire Club, Crossways DT2 8TP. J. Morey 01308 423819. £8 Pre-1990 machines Worcestershire Tour of Worcestershire Fords. 9.30 for 10am. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329. No non-swimmers Somerset Veteran, Vintage & Anniversary Run. 10.30am. Cossington Village Hall. TA7 8LH Colin Bentham 01761 241516. Machines over 25 years

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Don Lafford Memorial Run.10.30 for 11am start. A429/M40 lay-by. Mick Jaggard 01926 314286 Machines 25years old and over Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet. 10am -11.30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 West Kent Girder Fork Run. 10.30am. Meopham Station car park. Ron Wright, Open to any machine with girder forks North Cotswold Factory visit. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Mike Legg 01608 663898 M&HP Second Four Seasons Run. 10.30 for 11am. Davenport Arms, Woodford. Barry Howard, Barry Cook 01625 630016. £2 4th Stirling Castle Fish&Chip run. This is not a club night. 7pm. Woodside Hotel, Doune. Gordon MacLean 01786 813747 gordon East Sussex Evening Run to The Smarden Bell. 7pm. Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Steve Marks 01323 849199 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Men of Kent Club Visiting Section Night. 8pm. Smarden Bell Public House, near Smarden, Kent. TN27 8PW Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park Working Mens Club. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Worcestershire Pub night. 7.30pm. Fox and Hounds, Lulsey, Worcs. John Porter 01386 553329 Men of Kent Club and visiting section Night. 8pm. Smarden Bell Public House, near Smarden, Kent. TN27 8PW Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 5th Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Club Night. from 6.30pm. The Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Surrey & Sussex BBQ. 6.30pm. SCHVPT Centre, East Hill Lane, off Effingham Road, Copthorne RH10 3HZ Brian Robins 01293 537598 Isle of Wight Lunch Run. 11.30am. Old Smithy car park, Godshill Ron Wallis 01983 752861 VMCC membership Brooklands Brooklands BBQ. 8pm. Sadlers Arms, Send Marsh Rd, Send. GU23 6JGRichard Huckle 0785 3204018 £5 Moonraker BBQ 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 £5 Isle of Man Test Day at Jurby Aerodrome. 10.30am. Jurby Aerodrome. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 25 Year rule applies East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 6th Bristol Evening Meet. 7.30pm onward. The Ragged Cot Inn, Cirencester Rd., Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 8PE. Simon Bending 01179 652503 N Birmingham Ride a Bike Night and Concours Evening. 6.30 for 7pm. The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BU. Paul Harris 01902 842732 South Durham Evening Social Run. 6.30pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. Brian Smith 01325 286623 Chiltern Evening Run. 7 for 7.30pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25 year rule applies Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Riverside Café Station Rd, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Essex Evening Run. 6.30 for 7pm start. Tesco car park, Maldon. Dave Overy 01621 893450

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Dorset East Sussex


Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Farmers Arms Inn, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5TZ (SP 095 248) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Farmers Arms Inn, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5TZ (SP 095 248). Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 Midweek Sundae Run. 2pm. Barford Farm, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne BH21 4BY. Keith Starks 01202 605112 £2 Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 East Evening Two Stroke Run. 7pm. Brian’s Barn, Brownbread Street Ashburnham TN33 9NX Richard Hall 01424 222334. No restrictions - but see details! Chairman's Social Evening.7pm onwards. Blue Lias Inn Long Itchington.Harry Wiles 01788 334617

7th Notts & Derby Car Park Concourse. 8pm. Royal Oak Ockbrook. John 01623 861474 VMCC Eligible machines Ironmasters Jolly Jape Evening Run. 7.30pm. Telford Steam Railway, Horsehay. John Carter 01952 619704 Midland Vintage Sports Car Club Ride to Meet. 7.30pm. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ Bob Badland 0782 584 0677 £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. Buriton Pond Car Park. Harry Lyons Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall, TA7 8LH. Ruth Pope 01458 251174. Members & guests West Wilts Mid Week Run. 10am. T.B.A. Dave Brierley 01225 742988 £1 North Staffs Classic Bike and Car Meet. 7pm. Moorville Hall Car Park. Kate Wain 07561 530136 8th Goodwood Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Northgate Car Park, Oaklands Way, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6AA Maureen Street 01903 742979 9th Cotswold Cotswold Weekend Social Run. 10am. Apple Orchard Campsite, Whitehouse Farm, Adsett, Westbury-on-Severn, GL14 1PH (SO 727 149) Jenny Hart 01684 276610 £2 Burton & Dist Hatton Carnival. 11am. Hatton Carnival. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 Pennine The Pennine Way Weekend Run. 9.30am. The Public Car Park, Edale, Derbyshire. Geoff Green 01616 548159 £14 25 year rule Kings Lynn Danny’s Veteran and Vintage Weekend. 10am Saturday and Sunday. The Fendicks Fishery, Northwold Danny Adams 01366 500371 £6 Pre-1931 10th Worcestershire Bob’s Run. 9.30 for 10am. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Midland The Quick Run. 9.45am. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 0782 584 0677 £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule Northwest Colins Maintenance Day. 9am. Colin Hornby’s Farm, L29 5XB. Secretary 07961 446971 Clyde Valley Sound of Singles. 10am. The Coffee Spot, Biggar. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 East Yorkshire July Jaunt. 10.30am. Langlands Garden Centre, Shiptonthorpe, YO43 3PN. A.Frankish. 01482 658903 £2 Moonraker Chairman’s Run P Goodwin. 10 for 10.30am. The Rat Trap, Stratton. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25 year rule Norwich & Dist Carbrooke Run. 10 for 10.30am. High Barn, Shipdham Road, Carbrooke, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6SY. Steve Hallam 01362 820661 or 0773 2364524 £4 Devon Deepest Devon Run. 11am. Bickleigh Mill, Bickleigh, EX16 8RG. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 East Herts Wheathampstead Old Bike Day. Colin Morris 01923 671441 25 yr rule Northampton Mystery Run. 10.30am. Super Sausage, Poterspury, NN127QD. Mick Hulbert 01327 766480 Follow the Velo run. 10.30am. Lay-by outside the Railway Inn, Nelson. Rob Jones South Wales W South Wales Teifi Valley run. 10am. Andy and Quae 01559 371770 South Hants Pitdown Run. 10 for 10.30am. Basungwell St Car Park, Bishop Waltham, Russell Daysh 01329 311331 £1

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Brooklands Chiltern

South Cotswold

North Cotswold Notts & Derby Cotswold

Banbury N Birmingham North Staffs

Central Lancs Midland

Summer Run to the Coast. 8.30am. Newlands Corner off A25 Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 Girder Fork Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 Girder fork and pre-12930 machines Mid-Summer Meet and Concours. 11am onwards. The Whitminster Inn at Whitminster John Oliver 01452 729939 or 09768302435 The Long Run. The Square, Chipping Campden. N & K Batchelor 07730 283607 £1 Derbyshire Road Run. 10am. Derbyshire Stone Centre, Wirksworth. John 01623 861474 £2 28th Cotswold Weekend Reliability Road Trial. 10am. Apple Orchard Campsite, Whitehouse Farm, Adsett, Westbury-on-Severn, GL14 1PH (SO 727 149) Jenny Hart 01684 276610 Chairman’s Cotswold Run. 9.30am. Chipping Norton Town Hall. Dave Osenton 01295 811621 Trent Valley Run. 10 for 10.30am start. From McDonalds (next to Holiday Express) at Wall Island, 2.5 miles south of Lichfield at WS14 0QP. Brian Empsall 01543 264968 Pete Harvey Collection Run. 11am. Moorville Hall Car Park. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 £1 Bowland Run. 10.30am. John Proctor’s farm, Garstang PR31RN. Mike Milton 01772 424789 The Quick Run. 9.45am. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 0782 584 0677 £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule

11th Worcestershire Bring a Bike night. 7.30pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Cotswold Cotswold Touring Holiday. 10am. Apple Orchard Campsite, Whitehouse Farm, Adsett, Westbury-onSevern, GL14 1PH (SO 727 149). Jenny Hart. 01684 276610 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Stirling Castle Club Night (bring a bike and a blether). 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel (inside and out). Davie Brown 01786 870345 Dorset Vintage & Veteran Run. 11am. The Village Hall, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. Rod Hann 01935 872528 £3 Vintage & Veteran Motorcycles Wessex Vet Club night. From 7pm. 19 Laneside, Shaftsbury. Bette Barber 01722 330453 & Vintage South Durham Sunset Run. 6.30pm. Middlesbro Motor Club, Coulby Manor Way, Coulby Manor, TS8 0RP. Howard Duddles 01642 822707 £2.50 25 year rule Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 12th Burton & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Marston's Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter. 01283 619489 £1 Clyde Valley Club Meeting.7.30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Anglian Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 £2 Pennine Machine Night. 7.30 pm. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 01616 548159 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6.30pm. The Butcher’s Arms at Oakridge Lynch. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 13th Cotswold Mid-Week Rally and Barbecue. 7pm. Apple Orchard Campsite, Whitehouse Farm, Adsett, Westburyon-Severn, GL14 1PH (SO 727 149). Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 Kings Lynn Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Meet at Wells Next the Sea. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Berkshire Mid-week Run. 10.30am. Malcolm White 01344 642866

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S Lincs & Girders, Rigids and Low Power Run. 10.30am. Waterside Garden Centre, Baston, Lincs. PE6 9NY Peterborough Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 £2 Norwich & Dist Sheringham Wednesday Run. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Brian & Jimmy Francis 01603 713767 Dorset Club Night - Car and Bike Meet. 7.30pm. The Halsey Arms, Pulham, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7DZ Tony Morpeth 01300 342058 Chiltern Wrinkly Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25 year rule applies Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 Stonehenge Midweek Run. 2pm. Churchill Arms, Daggons Road, Alderholt, Fordingbridge SP6 3AA Lionel Butler 01725 510760 £2 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 Mid Lincs Sunburn Run. 10am. Caenby Corner Cafe, Lincs, LN8 2AR. Richard Maw 01427 872247 £2 W South Wales Mid week get together. Les and Shirley 01646 651384 Snowdonia/Eryri Club night. 7.30pm. Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 Essex Evening Run. 7 for 7.30pm start. Hammonds Road Lay-by Heather/Roger Gulliver 01621 892606 Herefordshire Midweek run. 10.30am. Bunch of Carrots Hampton Park Rd, Hereford HR1 4JR. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 Normal VMCC 25-year rule 14th South Durham Club night Ride In. 6.15pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. Brian Smith Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6pm for 6.30pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel - The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Derek French 07747 032659 Reivers Thursday Ride Out. 10 for 10.30am. Moorhouse Farm Shop / Café, Station Road, Stannington Alan Holdsworth 01670 715 668 £2 Any machine over 25 years old Machine Night. 6.30 pm. The Tap PH, Eastham Ferry, Wirral Sam Senior. 0151 6451003 Cheshire & North Wales Plus 25 years old Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night, Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. Roundabout Portsdown Hill Car Park. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Taverners Vintage Bus Run. 7pm. Paddock Street, Wigston. Mark Wills 07972 875687 Northampton Alan’s Evening Amble. 7pm. Queen Eleanor Hotel NN47JJ. Alan Berkshire 01604 831584 Pre-1931 and Cyclemotors only North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Adlestrop. Jeremy Main 01608 658675 £1 Black Tie Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Bristol Breakfast Run. 9.30am. AV8 Restaurant, Cotswold (Kemble) Airport, Cirencester, GL7 6BA Tony Prescott 07816 388247 Bedfordshire Car Park Concours. 8pm for 8.30pm officially but usually gets going earlier. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Any VMCC eligible machine North Staffs Meet MPH Church Inn. 7pm. Leek Market Place. Graham Sneyd 01270 878805 £1 16th Lakeland Ride-In to Solway Aviation Museum. 11am. Various. David Wilson 01228 527448 Oxford Club run. 10am. Burford roundabout on the A40. Dave Cox 01865 739112 £1 Bristol Frenchay Historic Vehicle Day. 11am. Frenchay Village Museum, 1 Begbrook Park, Bristol, BS16 1SZ. Alan Freke 01179 570942

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17th Isle of Man Warwickshire Banbury Stonehenge

The Charles Craine Memorial Run. 2pm. The Sea Terminal. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Static diplay at Founders Day. 9am. Stanford Hall. Simon Dudfield 01926 832031 Founders Day. 8.30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. John Harris 01295 721282 Old Thumper Run. 11am. Elm Tree, Hightown Road, Ringwood BH24 3DY. Percy Gossling 01425 474369 £2 Flat Tank Founders Relay Rally. 9am. Anywhere. Dennis Beale KOBI 01452 750424 Machines over 25 years Dartmoor Club Ride - Great West Run. 10 for 10am start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Brian Phillips 01548 581319 Bpool & Dist Caton Run. 10am. Knott End On Sea - Cafe - FY6 0EA. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1 Northwest Northwest Section Meet and Greet. 10am. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 W South Wales Gwili run and transport show. 10am. Angelo Cont 01267 281394 Cornwall Wheels 2016, Wadebridge. 9.30am. Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE Stan Weston 01872 510478 Register machine with Wheels 2016 website Taverners Founders Day. 10am. Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, LE17 6DH Kev Alexander 07713 908407 £6 Avon Valley Run. 10.30 for 11am. Bournemouth Aviation Museum off B3073 @ BH23 6BA. B’mouth & New Forest Dave King 01202 042485 North Cotswold Shad’n’Tut’s Run. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Simon Shadbolt 01386 765840 £1 Stirling Castle BBQ .12 noon. Gordon’s House. Gordon 01786 813747 Cheshire Regional 'Meet & Greet'. 1pm. The Barrons, Burscough. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 & North Wales East Devon Picnic Ride. 10.30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area EX14 1BQ. Richard Gomm 07775 700535 18th Wakefield & Club night. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown. Neil Lewis West Yorkshire 0773 014 6637 Devon Evening Meet. 7pm. The Anchor, Exebridge, TA22 9AZ. Chris Wood 01237 472855 B’mouth & Bring a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 New Forest Northumbrian Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p 19th Goodwood Club Night - Bring an Interesting Vehicle Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 East Lancs Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. North Gate, South of England Showground, Argingly. Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere chip run. T Dickings 01473 217215 Cheshire & Club Night. 7.30pm. The Motor Boat Clubhouse, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL North Wales Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 £2 Moonraker Club Night. 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 East Herts Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge London Colney AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2 Brooklands Ride a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Hand and Spear Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet.from 6.30pm. The Tames Head Inn. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Central Lancs Mike Chapman’s run. 7.30pm. Top Lock pub , Wheelton,Chorley, PR68LS. Mike Chapman 07818 838136

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Club Nite Bike Run and BBQ. 7.30pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy NP7 8DL. Mark Hillier 01873 811 541 / 07870 535933 25-year rule

20th South Durham Evening Social Run. 6.30pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. B Smith 01325 286623 Stonehenge Club Night - Guest Speaker. Rev Stewart Timbrell on ‘Clerical Errors’. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN. Details Committee 01725 510760 East Sussex Keith’s wrinkly run.10.30am prompt. Sovereign Light Café, West Parade Promenade, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3HA. Keith Rhodes 01424 225888 Daves Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Northwest Mid Lincs Mid Lincs Club night. 7.30 for 8pm. The Shires,Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN2T1 4JL. Peter Gunnee, Richard Maw 01652 657169 or 01427 872247 £2 Banbury Fish And Chip Run. 7pm. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. Dave Buckingham 01295 780040 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1 S Lincs & Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Village Inn, Twyning Green, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 6DF (SO 902 367). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Ph il Barfield 01442 824143 £2 Dorset Mid-Week Run. 2pm. Hunters Lodge, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 8LD. Maurice Marston 01963 364579 £3 Oxford Club night. 7.30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 Essex Wrinkly Run. 9.20 for 9.40am start. Tesco Car Park Great Dunmow. John Beckinsale 01268 763805 Midland The H&H BBQ Night. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum Bickenhill Birmingham B92 0EJ Bob Badland 0782 584 0677 £1 Midland Section members Lakeland Inter-Section Ride-In to Hartside Cafe. 11am. Colin Steer 017687 74536 Warwickshire Chairman’s Social Evening. 7pm onwards. Blue Lias Inn, Long Itchington. Harry Wiles 01788 334617 Bristol Evening Run. 7pm. Rodway Common, opposite Mangotsfield School. Alan Burton 07774 923721 VMCC eligible machines Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1.50 Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 21st Notts & Derby Evening Run. 7.30pm. Ripley Market Place. Graham 07745 888938 Goodwood Evening Run. 7.30pm. Fontwell Roundabout, A27/A29 junc, Arundel Road opposite Little Chef, Fontwell, West Sussex, BN18 0SB. Maureen Street 01903 742979 North Staffs Manifold Run. 7pm. Leek Market Place. Terry Barlow 01625 573542 £1 Worcestershire Border Castles Run. 9.30 for 10am. The Rose & Crown, Burford, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8HA Richard Caddick 01299 403334 Somerset Evening Meet. 7pm. Horse and Jockey, Gurney Slade. Richard Gray 01934 513910 Machines over 25 years Cheshire Cats Clubnight. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Bedfordshire Midweek Run. 10 for 10.30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2 West Wilts Mid-week wandering. 12 noon. The Raven, Poulshot. Colin Smith 0166 6839540

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South Hants 22nd Kings Lynn

23rd Cheshire & North Wales Warwickshire East Devon

Oxford 24th Men of Kent Ironmasters North Staffs B’pool & Dist Taverners

South Lincs & Peterborough South Dorset

Cornwall N Birmingham

W South Wales North East Midland

North Cotswold Wessex Veteran & Vintage East Lancs

Northampton East Sussex 25th Northwest



26th Berkshire

Day Run Seven. 10 for 10.30am. Roundabout, Portsdown Hill Car Park. Robert Hill 02392 460014 £1

Breckland Weekend. 10am Saturday; 10.30am Sunday. The Fendick Fishery, Northwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 £7 Llangollen International Bike Festival. 10am. The International Pavilion, Llangollen Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 At least 25 years old Tachfest. 12 noon. Bishops Tachbrook S&S Club. Mick Jaggard 01926 314286 Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe. Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Club run. 10am. H cafe, Berrinsfeild. Chris Lewis 01235 813197 £1

Section Run. 10.30am. To Be Announced. Marcus Whatling 07817 198124 Mystery Tour. 10.30am. Long Lane Café on A442. Mike Instone 01952 200704 Scenic Shroppie Run. 11.30am. Strogford Lay By near Tittensor. Kate Wain 07561 530136 £1 Lancs Lanes Run. 10am. Sandwich Bar - A6 layby by Scorton. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1 Sunday Run. 10am. Steve Goodmans, 27 The Heights, Mkt Harborough, LE16 8BQ. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 Summer Saunter. 10.30am. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP. Eddie Barker 01780 740427 £2 Marshwood Vale run. 10.30am. Top of Town Dorchester DT1 1RN. Tony Fry 01202 770789 £2 Dartmoor Run. 10am. Morrisons, Bodmin, PL31 2ST. Andy Gould 07557 882182 The Severn Valley Run. 10 for 10.30am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL. Bill Danks 01562 67103 Mountain run. 10am. John and Liz 01550 740233 The 8th Golden Era Run. Access from 9am, Depart 10.30 am. The Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, YO41 4YW. Graham Wilson, 160, Green Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7JQ 07772 724078 or 01132 2176509 £26 Pre-1931 Motorcycles & 3-Wheelers only Mafe and John Rotheram Ride Out. 10am. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Roy Osborn 07970 416021 £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule Cotswold Way Run. 10am. Hales Fruit Farm Winchcombe. Bob Ashwin 01386 870648 £12 On The Beaded Edge Run. 10.30 for 11am. Shillingstone Railway Project DT11 0SA. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 £3.00 Pre-1931 machines ONLY Brownies’ Bash. 11am. Judge Walmsley car park, Whalley, BB7 9NT. Brian Settle 07724 671698 £2 The 15HP Run. 2pm. Irchester Country Park NN29 7DL. Robert Percival 01933 355617 For Machines under 250cc Seaford Martello Run. 10.30am. Pevensey Castle car park BN24 5LE. Vic Laidlaw 01424 425199 Club Social Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Breckland Touring Week. 10am. Fendicks Fishery, Northwold, IP26 4RG. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 £4 Club Night - TVAM Rider Observation Evening. 7pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866

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Surrey & Sussex Evening Run to the Goodwood Section. 7.15pm. The Green Man, Horsted Keynes, RH19 7AS Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6.30pm. The Bell Inn at Frampton. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Kings Lynn Club Night and Evening Run. 7pm for run 8pm for meeting. Northwold Sports and Social Club Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875694842 Burton & Dist Pie and Peas run. 7pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 £6.50 27th Bristol Ride the oldest bike you can. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 VMCC eligible machines East Herts Wrinkly Run 10.30am for 11am depart. Rookery Cafe, Welham Green, AL9 5SF. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2 25 year rule Cotswold Club Night. 7pm. The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 South Wales Mid week evening run. 7pm. Corntown Country Inn, Corntown. Howard Jayne Men of Kent Bike night meeting. 8pm. The Crown Inn, Sarre near Canterbury, Kent. CT7 0LF Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 28th North Staffs White Lion Run. 7pm. The Church House, Buglawton. David Sproson 01782 771576 £1 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Byfield. Alan Bailey 01327 260590 £1 Bristol Lunchtime Meet. 12 onwards. The White Horse PH, The Green, Biddestone, Chippenham, SN14 7DG. Simon Bending Notts & Derby Evening Run. 7.30pm. A6 Lay By S.of Whatstandwell BR. Clive. 01335 390369 Taverners Evening Run. 7.30pm. Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2AN Roger Monk. 01509 412662 Warwickshire Wrinklies Run. 10 for 10.30am start. 8 Beckets Close,Byfield, Daventry. Alan Bailey 01327 260590 Flat Tank Meet the immediate past president of the VMCC, 8pm, Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG Dr Reg Eyre 01242 870375 £2 Herefordshire Club night. 7pm for ride, 8pm for meet. Bunch of Carrots Hampton Park Rd, Hereford HR1 4JR Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. Basungwell St Car Park Bishop Waltham. Clive Brown 01329 841920 29th N Ireland Kingdom of Mourne. 10.30am approx Sat and Sun. Newcastle County Down. Contact Adrian Saunders for details. 02890 825807 Pre-31 for Saturday & Sunday runs North East Wetherby Evening Run (Follifoot). 7pm. The Radcliffe Arms, Follifoot. Paul Rogers £3 Cornwall Truro Club Night, Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 Lakeland BBQ at Welton. 5.30pm. Graham Gash. 016974 76337 East Yorkshire Goathland Family Camping weekend. 10.30am. Abbot’s Farm Rally Field, YO22 5NH C.Edmund 01377 255498 £2 Pre-book, please 30th Lakeland Threlkeld Quarry Steam Gathering. 11am. David Weeks 017687 72315 East Sussex Morgan Museum Run. 9.30am prompt Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash Tree Inn), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Andy Marks 01323 849199 South Cotswold Saturday Informal Run to Calne Bike Meet. 10am. Stonehouse car park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883

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Dorset Chiltern

31st Reivers Dartmoor

Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Cherry Pie Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25 year rule applies

Westward Ho. 10 for 10.30am. Riverside Tea Room, Chollerford. Richard Hirst 01434 684474 South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am - 12pm. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 B’pool & Dist Lytham Hall Classic Vehicle Show. 10am. Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham, FY8 4JX Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £5 Worcestershire Shropshire Hills Run. 9.30 for 10am. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Isle of Man Road Run & BBQ. 2pm. The Waterfall Pub. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Cotswold Summer Meeting. 12 noon. The Red Lion Inn, High Street, Arlingham,Gloucester, GL27JN (SO 709 109) Peter Kent 01452 610375 Berkshire Girder Fork, Rigid & Low Power Run. 10.30am. The Cottage Inn, 26 Broad Lane, Upper Bucklebury, Reading, RG7 6QJ. Malcolm White 01344 642866 Wakefield & Secretary Run. 10.30am. Kirkless Lt Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, HD8 9XJ. West Yorkshire Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 £3 Oxford Club run. 10am. H cafe Berinsfeild. Chris Lewis 01235 813197 £1 North Staffs Buxworth Run. 11am. Leek Market Place. Graham Sneyd 01270 878805 £1 Northampton The Oily Rag Run.10.30am. Jacks Hill Cafe, Towcester, NN12 8ET. Alan Berkshire 01604 831584 Pre-1931 machines and cycle motors only Ips &Suffolk Harvest Run. 10.30am. Woodbridge Car Park. T Dickings 01473 217215 Herefordshire Bromyard Downs and the Malverns. 10.30am. Bringsty Common cafe WR6 5UJ. Roger Bibbings 01684 540249 Normal VMCC 25 year rule South Wales Historic Tour. 10.30am. Caerphilly Mountain cafe. Geoff Harris


1st Men of Kent

Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill02392 460014

South Hants 2nd Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings. 01473 217215 South Cotswold Club Night. from 6.30pm. The Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Brooklands Social Evening. 8pm. The Cricketers, The Green, Pirbright, Woking GU24 0LP. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 Moonraker Club evening. 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn Woodshaw Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs J Goodwin (Secretary) 01793 539207 £1 East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 N. Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 3rd Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Riverside Café, Station Rd, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Bristol Evening Run. 7pm. The Griffin Inn, London Rd, Warmley, BS30 5JN Dave Body 01179 402616 VMCC eligible machines Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon near Gloucester, GL17 0AH (SO 703 169). Roy Plowman 01242 577008

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4th Somerset Ips & Suffolk

Carlisle Military Museum Ride-In. 11am. Various. David Wilson 01228 527448 Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon near Gloucester. Nigel Tustin 01242 518310

Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. TA7 8LH. Ruth Pope 01458 251174. Members & guests Camping weekend. Site open at 12pm. Bickers Action, Ivy Farm House, High Street, Coddenham, Ipswich, IP6 9QX. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Mid Week Run. 10am. TBA. Colin Smith 07778 281332 £1 Evening Run. 7.30pm. Buriton Pond Car Park. Robert Hill 02392 460014

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

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Marina Picnic Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. N & K Batchelor 07730 283607 £1 Norwich & Dist Waveney Valley Run. 10 for 10.30am. Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Bungay, NR35 1NZ. Bob and Cynthia Forster 01603 737540 £4 Machines judged for awards. Somerset Sign Post Rally and Social Run. 10am. Creech St Michael Village Hall. TA3 5QS. Phil Ham 01278 671626 Machines over 25 years Dorset Border Run. 11am. Orchard Park Garden Centre, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5JG. Mr Gabby Hunt 01963 250184 £3 South Wales Simon Pritchard Run. 10.30am. Multiplex cinema, Treforest. John Fisher Anglian Hobson’s Choice. 10.30am. Orchard Farm, St. Ives Road, Eltisley, Cambs, PE196TW Mike Hobbs 01480 880217 £5 VMCC eligible only. 8th Chiltern Low Power Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 Pre-30 and cyclemotor Worcestershire Bring a Bike night. 7.30pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Stirling Castle Club night. 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel Doune. David Brown 01786 870345 9th Anglian Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 £2 East Sussex Secretary’s Saunter. 10.30am. Heathfield Fire Station TN21 0UD. John Crawt 01825 890499 Clyde Valley Club Meeting. 7.30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Essex Summer Camping Week. Colne Valley Railway, Sible Hedingham. 9am. Colne Valley Railway, Sible Hedingham. Gill Scatcherd 07733 063928 £3 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley, RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet .from 6.30pm. The Tavern Inn at Kemble. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 10th Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Half-Way House Inn, Kineton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5UG (SP 097 266). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Snowdonia/Eryri Clubnight. 7.30pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 South Lincs August Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Peter Gilbert 01733 770241 £2 Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 Reivers Thursday Run: ‘The Cream Tea Run’. 10am. Micah’s Tea Room, 13 Oldgate, Morpeth. Mike Coxon 07919 666818 Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Dorset Club Night. Auto Jumble & Barbeque. 7pm. The Halsey Arms, Pulham, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7DZ. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Reivers Club Night. 7.30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 50p Chiltern Wrinkly Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25-year rule applies Essex Club night. 8pm. Ship and Anchor, High Street, Maldon, CM9 5BX. Bill Cullen 07946 527599 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926429310 11th South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. The Green, Rowlands Castle. Robert Hill 02392 460014 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288

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Wessex Vet &Vintage Cornwall N. Cotswold Dartmoor Taverners Bristol


North Staffs 13th Oxford Stonehenge

Picnic Run. 10.30 for 11am. Woodhenge Nr Durrington, Wiltshire. Bette Barber 01722 330453 £3 Pre-1931 machines only East Taphouse Club Night, Bring and Buy. 7.30 for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Wrinkly Run. 10am. Ashton under Hill. Andy Barnett 01386 881145 Early Evening Ride. 6pm for 6.30pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel. The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Brian Phillips 01548 581319 Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Breakfast Run. 9.30am. The Stable Tea Rooms, Manor Farm, North Widcombe. BS40 6HP Alan Spencer 07815 992256 or 01179 712587 VMCC eligible machines Noggin & Natter. Evening Meeting. 8pm for 8.30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Candlesticks Run. 7pm. Moorville Hall Car Park. Mike Peacock 01782 303133 £1

Club run. 10am. H cafe Berrinsfeild. Steve Wiggins 01235 528760 £1 Ellingham Show. Static Display. 9am. Ellingham Showground, Somerley, Ringwood. Lionel Butler 01725 510760 Notts & Derby Saturday pm run. 2.30pm. Belper Mill Junction A6/A517. Jim 0115 9329049 Taverners Fish & Chip Run. 6.30pm. Wistow Garden Centre, LE8 0QF. Roger Monk 01509 412662 14th Men of Kent Section Run. 10.30am. To Be Announced. Derek Bird 01843 860073 Dartmoor Club Ride: Exploring Mid Devon. 10 for 10.30am. Car park, Market Way, Old Exeter Street, Chudleigh, TQ13 0HL. David Wills 01803 812830 Dorset Jeff Clew Run. 11am. Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset, BA22 7LH. Rod Hann 01935 872528 £3 Northampton Brackley Motor Cycle Festival. 10am. Old Stn Place, Brackley, NN12 8ET. David Mead 01327 342570 Northwest Mick Bodills Run. 10am. Secretary. 07961 446971 Banbury Chris Roberts Run. 9.30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. Dave Clacy 01295 720056 B’pool & Dist Longridge run. 10am. A6 Layby just North of Broughton (Nr Preston) traffic lights. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1 Wakefield Treasurer’s Run. 10.30am. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL & West Yorks Rob Whalley 01484 363307 £2 S. Cotswold The Harvest Run. 10am. Stonehouse Car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 VMCC eligible machines only please Cornwall Creepy Crawly Run. 10.30am. MCB Insurance, Lanivet, PL30 5HF. Peter Old 01208 831935 Low-powered machines North Staffs Central Railway Run. 11am. Moorville Hall Car Park. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 £1 Devon Dartmoor Run. 11am. Green Gates, Danelea, Halwill Junction, Devon, EX21 5XS. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 East Sussex Steve’s Summer Sortie’n’Social. 10.30am. Boship Roundabout, A22, Hailsham, BN27 4DT Steve Marks 01323 849199 B’mouth Tony’s Trundle. 10.30 for 11am. Carpenters Arms, Bransgore. Tony Townsend 01425 612458 & New Forest East Lancs The Tower Run. 10.30am. Churchfield House, Church Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7RE Graham Daniels 07952 348339 £2 Worcestershire Mid Wales Run. 9.30 for 10am. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Cotswold Summer Meeting. 12 noon. The Snowshill Arms Inn, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JU (SP 097 336) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Norwich & Dist Dave Rogerson Memorial Run. 10 for 10.30am. Norfolk Motor Cycle Museum, Station Yard, Norwich Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 0DS. Brian & Jimmy Francis 01603 713767 £4 Age of rider and machine required.

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Burton & Dist South Hants

N. Cotswold

15th Wakefield & West Yorks South Wales

B’mouth & New Forest 16th Ips & Suffolk Moonraker Stonehenge Brooklands

S. Cotswold

East Lancs

Coventry Parade. 9am. Coombe Park, Coventry. Rob Thomas. 01527 25yrs or older Tax Dodgers Run. 10am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Mick Leach. 01283 815487 Tax exempt bikes only Run and Stand at Popham Mega Meet. 8.30am. Basingwell St Car Park. Bishops Waltham Dave Bettridge 02380 464822 Brackley Festival Run. tba. The Square, Chipping Campden. Glyn Buckler 07767 487289

Club Night. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 £1 Fish & Chips run. 7pm. The old cafe, Cowbridge Common. Dave Danielsen Bring a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Walkford Hotel, Bh23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404

Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Fred Sheppards Picture Quiz. 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 Tuesday Run. 2pm. Hayballs Motorcycles, Salisbury. Roy Poynting 01722 332996 £2 Ride a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Hand and Spear, Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Foston’s Ash Pub at Cranham, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339

17th Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Oxford Club night. 7.30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 N. Birmingham Roger’s Mid-Week Run. 10 for 10.30am. Walton Hill car park, Clent. Roger Greening 01562 730464 Kings Lynn Ride a Bike Night. 7pm. The Chequers PH at Thompson near Watton, Norfolk. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Ship Inn, Upper Framilode, Gloucester, GL1 9LW, (SO 6t99 129) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 East Sussex Les’s second Wrinkly Run. 10am. Pevensey Castle Car Park. Les Mills 01424 212950 newimpnut@ Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1.50 Lakeland Hodge Clos Quarry. 11am. Various. John Silcock 01229 861264 Surrey & Sussex Girder Fork Run. 10.30am. Kentish Horse, Cow Lane, Markbeech, Edenbridge TN8 5NT Mick Adams 01892 527128 £3 Girder fork bikes only Dorset Mid-Week Run. 2pm. Otter Nurseries, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8ES. Mike Ward 07970 687272 £3 Bristol Evening Run. 7pm. The Golden Hart PH, Down Rd, Winterbourne Down, BS36 1AU Simon Bending 01179 652503 VMCC eligible machines South Lincs August Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 18th Notts & Derby Last Ride Run. 6.45pm. Ripley Market Place. Graham 07745 888938 South Hants Day Run Eight. 10 for 10.30am. Wickham Square. Maurice Hayman 01329 282058 £1

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Cheshire Cats

Clubnight. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Somerset Evening Meet. 7pm. The Retreat, Ashcott. Mike Chipperfield. 01749 679371 Machines over 25 years Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9.30 for 10am. Marina Cafe, Upton on Severn. Richard Bullock 01905 641216 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. George, South Cerney. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Bedfordshire Midweek Run - Bedfordshire. 10 for 10.30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2 21st South Lincs High Summer Run. 10.30am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough & Peterborough PE8 6LR. Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 £2 Cornwall Lamorna Run. 10.30am. Chiverton Cross, Blackwater,TR4 8HS. Peter Lee 01209 212276 West Wilts Summer Run. 10am. T.B.A. Colin Smith 07778 281332 £1 Northampton Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost Run. 10.30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. David Hibbert 01604 766480 Norwich & Dist Middy Run. 10am for10:30am. High Barn, Shipdham Road, Carbrooke, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6SY. Steve Hallam 01362 820661/0773 2364524 £4 N. Cotswold River Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 £1 Isle of Man Trial. 1.30pm. Billown Glen. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 £10 All Classes Stonehenge Veteran & Vintage Run. 11am. Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury, SP4 6DZ Roy Poynting 01722 332996 £2 Pre-1931 Bikes Only. Ironmasters Mid Summer Run (All Day). 10.30am. Atcham Bridge lay-by. Phil Withycombe 01952 606107 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. The Raven, Poulshot. Colin Smith 07778 281332 22nd Devon Evening Meet. 7pm. The Mitre, The Square, Witheridge, EX16 8AE. Chris Wood 01237 472855 23rd Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 S. Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Lammastide Inn at Brookend (near Sharpness) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Burton & Dist Last of the Summer Wine run. 7pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 24/08/2016 Bristol Bring something interesting 8pm Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 24th Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The White Hart Inn, Broadoak, Newnham, Gloucester, GL14 4HJ (SO 699 129). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 25th N. Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Norton Lindsay. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Taverners Evening Run. 6.30pm. Cosby, Leics. Roger Monk 01509 412662 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Warwickshire Wrinklies Run. 10am. Rainbow Cottage, Norton Linsey. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Bristol Lunchtime Meet. 12 noon. The Anchor Inn, Epney, Saul, GL2 7LN. Simon Bending 01179 652503 South Hants Day Run Nine. 10 for 10.30am. Roundabout, Portsdown Hill Car Park. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 £1 Isle of Man 44th VMCC Festival of Motorcycling (The Manx Rally). 10am. Old Laxey Harbour. Mr R Murden, Halfway House, Main Road, Crosby Isle of Man IM4 2DW 01624 851686 £35 25-year rule

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26th West Wilts Cornwall

27th Dorset 28th South Dorset East Lancs

Northampton Bedfordshire

East yorkshire Lakeland North Staffs Isle of Man

South Hants Bristol

Stirling Castle

East Sussex Oxford


29th Northwest Chiltern Dartmoor

30th Ips & Suffolk Kings Lynn

Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Truro Club Night, Pasty Night! 7.30 for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528

Fete/Tram Run. 10.30am. Top of Town, Dorchester, DT1 1RN. J. Morey 01308 423819 £2 Around the Hills Run. 10.30am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall. David Prismall 01706 217572 £2 Phil Annison Run. 10.30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. Bob Millar 01604 761633 Summer Saunter - Run. 10.30am. The Forest Centre, Station Rd, Marston, Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR. Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 All VMCC-eligible machines Sunk Island. 11am. Hedon Haven. HU12 8HH. D.Johonson 01964 623401 £2 Pre-31 machines The Chairman’s Run. 10.30am. Bouth, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8JJ. John Silcock 01229 861264 Matlock Bath Run. 10.20am. Leek Market Place. Terry Barlow 01625 573542 £1 Festival of Jurby. 8.30am. Jurby Aerodrome. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 £5 Manx Rally entrants & General Public Mid Hants Run. 10 for 10.30am. The Brickmakers PH, Swanmore. Russell Daysh 01329 311331 £1 Bill Shepherd Memorial Run. 10 for 10.30am. Horton Village Hall, Sodbury Road, Horton, BS37 6QH. Rod Western 07778 704097 £6 VMCC eligible machines Arrochar Run. Meet atVillage Inn for lunch and a blether, for 12.30pm. Members starting from their home addresses 01360 550918 Ron’s Ramble. 9.45am. The Homestead, Ersham Road, Hailsham BN27 3PN. Ron Wanmer 01323 840346 Grass track. 10am. Sutton wick near Abingdon. Maurice Belcher 01865 247823 £1 ACU approved event. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am-12pm. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469

Club Social Meeting. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 Quainton Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 25-year rule applies Club Run to the Aveton Gifford Classic Vehicle Show. 10 for 10.30am. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Stumpy 07790 968048

Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Club Night and Evening Run. 7pm for the Run 8pm for Club Night Meeting. Northwold Sports and Social Club Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6.30pm. The Old Crown at Uley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 31st South Wales Mid week evening run. 7pm. Rose & Crown, Eglwysilan. Howard Jayne Men of Kent Bike night meeting. 8pm. The Crown Inn, Finglesham, Kent. CT14 0NA. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Norwich & Dist Ranworth Broad Wednesday Run 2. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Bob Forster 01603 737540 Cotswold Clun and Curry Night. 7pm.The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278). Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329

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“The man who buys this [motor cycle] is buying blood stock – and he is not paying too high a price.” So opined the enthusiastic tester writing for ‘Motor Cycling’ in May 1961. Now, I’ve never owned – or even ridden - a Velocette of any kind, so I was delighted when Giles informed me that the latest raffle bike was to be a 1961 Venom and would I like to take it on test. I had heard that Velocettes, whilst holding something of the status of an icon in the world of motorcycling, are legendary for their reluctance to burst into action and that starting them is a dark art practised successfully only by the initiated few. And so it proved on the day of the test. Fellow library volunteer Brian Walker and another chap who’s name I cannot remember, but who turned up at Allen House merely to make some purchases from the shop, also happened to be a ‘Velo Man’ and so got roped in, both got the thing going with little effort, whilst I shed several pounds (well alright, ounces) before I could coax it into life. Anyhow, I eventually at least began to get the knack, so for goodness’ sake don’t be put off by the legend. It is only a matter of practice apparently – and, once it fired, the bike sounded lovely and ran with a smooth even tick over (which everyone listened to admiringly whilst I put back all the riding gear I’d taken off to avoid heat exhaustion). And just to get all the gripes out of the way, I’m definitely not keen on the position of the folding kick-start. Try as I might, until I made a conscious effort to avoid it I found myself catching it with my boot each time I changed down, causing a racket I thought at first was the gearbox itself; which it isn’t, thank goodness! In fact, the gear change itself is smooth and effortless; a slight crunch if you go too quickly through neutral to first perhaps - and neutral isn’t easy to find when you come to a stand, but otherwise all is very pleasant. And that’s it: in every other respect I thoroughly enjoyed this bike. It’s fairly heavy as you might expect, but is easy to put onto its main stand: something I would always suggest you do (unless taking photographs for the Journal, of course), as the side stand looks a bit feeble to me. Starting intricacies aside, once going the engine

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The new raffle bike STEVE BULLOCK

runs very evenly for a motor cycle that has sporting pretentions, and it certainly sounds good. I believe it has recently undergone a major overhaul. On the road, handling is excellent and I had fun doing a little bend swinging on the A515 heading towards Lichfield – at all times feeling fully in control. The old time testers wrote of “a firm ride over poor roads”. Well, poor roads aren’t hard to locate in our part of Staffordshire these days and I found the Velo virtually floated over bumps: but then I spend much of my riding time on rigid framed machines, so the ride, to me and my rear end at least, was almost luxury! Brakes are perhaps a little on the harsh side, but I soon got used to them and they certainly stop the machine – and quickly – when required. In view of the recent engine rebuild I didn’t take the speed much above sixty-five, though it was evident that there was plenty of power in reserve

and that which I did use was delivered evenly and without any fuss. According to the ‘Motor Cycle’ tester who wrote a report on the model in September 1960, speeds in the nineties were possible “on downgrades with a following breeze”. Like most big singles the engine is very flexible and the Venom will happily pull away in top from about 25mph – though to do that is to miss the point. The lively sporty feel the machine has at higher revs will make you want to ‘open her up’ a bit. The same tester mentions changing up to fourth at 80mph, which is no doubt possible but something I wouldn’t have dared to do! He also mentions the lack of vibration generally, and I would certainly concur on that one; it was as steady as a rock at the speeds I was going. And it had no trouble at all climbing the steepest of the local hills, often without having to change down,

The double seat is comfortable enough and the riding position suited my six-foot frame nicely; I could happily ride this motorcycle for many hours. As mentioned above, at first I found the kick-start lever got in the way of gear changes, but apart from that the Venom looks after its rider very well indeed. All the electrics appear to be functional, but I cannot vouchsafe for the usefulness of the lights as I didn’t go out after dark. And it’s a Lucas six volt set up, so you pays yer money… So there we are: a few little quirks you need to get used to, but which motor cycle hasn’t? At a pound a pop you have the chance of acquiring a thoroughbred. So why wouldn’t you? And you’ll soon get used to starting it. Even I was getting the hang of matching spark with maximum flywheel velocity by the time I, rather reluctantly, had to ride it back to Allen House!

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Happenings: The Baton Rally The snow shall not have them


This is the story of the VMCC Lakeland Section and their intrepid adventures during their tour of duty to oversee the safe passage of the Baton during the 70th Birthday rally. This is a tale of devotion to duty and the fight against the elements to uphold the honour of the VMCC. I am therefore proud to relate the details as told by John Silcock, the Chairman of the Lakeland Section, and to acknowledge the courage and dedication of the following, who accompanied the Baton on its historic journey through this rugged and awe inspiring county. Jeff Schofield: Velo. Ken Hardman: Honda. Mark Newsom: Triumph. Barry Bentley: Tiger 90. Trevor Woodens: Norton. Roy Edgley: BSA. This is how John related the adventure: “At the end of April there was a Relay Baton Rally to mark the 70th Anniversary of the VMCC which went from Section to Section throughout the British Isles including the Isle of Man (an important landmark not least for our Club but for Motorcycling as a whole). The Baton had travelled from Northern Ireland, to Stranraer in the care of VMCC members and thence to Carlisle and on to Bowness on Windermere. At this point it was placed into the care of Ken McCloud the Captain of the Windermere Ferry the M.V. Tern, and it was to take it across the Lake to the Western side of Windermere to be presented to John for another very special part of its journey.” The Local Press were there to record the auspicious

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occasion and the event was portrayed in the Westmorland Gazette paper as “Attractions Host Baton on massive motor cycle relay”. The report said the Baton Rally was part of the celebrations for the Club’s 70th Anniversary, and would be travelling 4,000 miles during the journey around the country. To reach Windermere it had travelled down from Carlisle Castle via the great Kirkstone Pass to Bowness where it had been passed to the Ferry Captain. The newspaper report briefly went on to describe the remainder of the journey into Lancashire, but it omitted the following intricate details which I shall continue with from John. “After arriving at Lakeside, the Baton was transported to the Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow which has a selection of Vintage machines and was handed into the care of the Museum overnight for safekeeping. Edwin Maher, the Director of the Museum, was honoured to be chosen to give the Baton a safe haven overnight saying: “Over the past few years the museum’s vintage motorcycle collection has grown significantly, so it was the perfect pit stop on the Baton’s epic trip.” The plan was to collect the Baton the next morning and take it over Wrynose Pass, then to take photos of the Baton at the Three Shire Boundary Stone marking the old County Borders of Westmorland, Lancashire and Cumberland. From there, on to Hardknott Pass and at the Roman Fort pause for more pictures with the Irish Sea in the

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background.” Well, that was the plan, but Mother Nature had a different idea as John continued to tell. “As we left Backbarrow, the rain got heavier. As we climbed up Wrynose it turned to sleet and then very quickly turned to horizontal snow. On towards Hardknott, and at first we could not find the Fort as it was a complete white out up there (the Fort is set high up in the mountains and is set in a truly spectacular position on the side of a sheer drop into the valley below). A quick photo was taken as the bitter cold and snow was now biting hard, then it was off to the Cafe at Boot. At the cafe we heard on the BBC radio that both the passes had been closed to traffic due to the bad weather. “It was at this point that it transpired that two of the team had become detached from the main party; Jeff Schofield on the Velo could not get it started again after stopping at Wrynose as the carburettor had frozen. During the attempt to fix the problem, part of the carb was dropped due to cold hands in the bitter biting wind and snow, and the part was lost in the snow. That was that. That, in 57 years of motor cycling, must go down as one of the wettest and coldest trips and to make it worse I had toothache!” John’s thanks go to our Section stalwarts, and to all the other Section members that took part. The next morning, the Baton was taken in better weather to Sandside near Arnside, to hand it over to Jeff Chambers of the Blackpool Section. John added: “It’s no wonder the Romans left Hardknott, being only dressed in sandals and leather skirts.” The pictures taken at the time show the severity of the weather and the exposure to the elements that the troop rode through at some of the highest points in the UK.

The NE Scottish Section had three Relay Rally Checkpoints this year but sadly due to a little communications hiccup only one was advertised in the list. With modern media however, all was not lost as the other two locations were promoted via email to all the Sections, and on Facebook. Tony Mortishire's CP south of Aberdeen would have been the first port of call for many attending from other areas, but as yet I do not have any inkling of numbers. Chairman Bill Falconer's CP received two visitors who had also been to the southerly one and up to the Highland CP as well. Bill's hearty, homemade soup is always on the stove and guaranteed to sustain the weary check pointer! The third CP for our Section was held at a National Trust Scotland property, Haddo House where they were holding their second annual motorcycle show. The weather was great although a little breezy (which took our cousin club’s new gazebo up, up, up and away!) and whilst we only received a handful of check pointers, the public were most interested in the VMCC and the little Terrier project bike we popped on the stall to attract visitors. A gaggle of young, superheroes with knee sliders were in awe of the T15, one lad was tempted to buy it for his granddad that rode a Triumph in the war as a dispatch rider, and then raced one at the IOM in later years. Local member, Maurice from Meldrum is the gent in the picture who bravely nursed a bad back to struggle in on his Velo!

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Crieff Visitors Centre during the 2016 Founders Relay Rally. In the foreground is an immaculate BSA M21 and tradesman’s box owned by Stirling Castle member Ian Thomson. (Picture: Doug Cowie).

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The Training Day

They say that the sun shines on the righteous. Be that as it may, it certainly blessed this year’s Training Day with its presence. 50 ‘pupils’ from as far away as Yeovil and the isle of Anglesey had signed up for the riding experience of the year on some twenty-five machines assembled together and tended by public spirited members of the Club. The layout of the Curborough circuit enables the training to be split with half of the participants (and the machines) using the “Woodland” circuit close to the paddock whilst the other half use the kidney-shaped “Road Circuit” Where Aubrey had set up his comprehensive workshop. Participants changed over after the lunch break. Riders (and their instructors) coped well with the complications – and in some cases the simplicity – of the machines that had been made available, ranging from the Mighty Dreadnought to a James ‘Flying Flea’ with a Brough to play with – the Club’s own SS80 and an equally impressive SS100 The usual crop of BSA ‘Slopers’ came along –together with at least four early OHC Velocettes, the ‘Reed Scott’ and the P& M sidecar outfit offered a serious challenges to almost all the participants. There are controls that you push, you pull and/or you turn, nearly every machine was different. Gear and brake levers are positioned in every conceivable location (and some that were inconceivable) but everyone succeeded in their mastery – some more successfully than others. A comment from one rider – bringing the P & M outfit to a halt: “I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this ride, but after just one lap, I just wanted to go on and on – a real challenge and an experience.” It’s all over for this year. Remember to look out for the next event on September 3rd, and the 2017 events. Get your name down early. Training Days are always oversubscribed. l A very big thank you to all who organised this splendid day. Among many, I was able to ride some bikes very similar to those my father used in competitions through the 1920’s and 1930's. To top this I had the thrill of trying the wonderful SS 80 - superb!! Also, to the members who so willingly provided their own machines and were so supportive of our struggles. Mike Christopher

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I would like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in organising and running the training day. It was with some apprehension that I arrived at the circuit, never having ridden anything older than bikes from the 1950’s. However, concerns quickly disappeared as club officials and owners patiently explained the controls of each bike – whether owned by the Club or loaned by individual members. You can read about bikes and look at them in museums, but what a fantastic opportunity to be able to ride them with the guidance of their very trusting owners. During the day I was fortunate in being able to try 15 of the 20 or so bikes there. The highlight – it would be very difficult to choose – but the 1904 Dreadnought and the Brough Superior would have to be somewhere near the top. All in all a fantastic day spent in the company of like minded friendly enthusiasts and even the weather was kind. I would highly recommend the day to anyone who is considering applying on future occasions. Roger Owen

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These action shots were kindly provide by John Sheppard, Curborough’s resident photographer. To see the all the results of his handiwork on ‘Training Day’ have a look at

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Training Day and the crankshaft CHRIS WIGGINS

Ever since the VMCC started their training days, it had always been my intention to take my 1929 KSS Velocette for others to try out the bike and hopefully enjoy it. I have had the bike for about 15 years, and I finished restoring it about five years ago (it is a converted KTP). However, it languished in the garage needing finishing, mainly the mag needed sorting. I didn’t have the time to look at the bike until retired in March last year. I sorted the bike out and got it going last summer. The bike runs well, be it a bit smoky at times (I’ll look into this this winter), so I contacted Joanne earlier this year about taking the bike to the training day. All was going well in the morning of the event, people were very complimentary about my bike and how well it rode (very flattering). However, five minutes before stopping for lunch, the nipple pulled of the valve lifter cable. This had happened before last year, and on that occasion I found the bike very difficult to start without the use of the valve lifter. Lunch came and went and I then tried to start the bike again. I was really struggling to get the engine over compression on the kick start, and then the kick start started to slip as if I had got clutch slip. I adjusted the clutch, but this made no difference. With the help of some of the guys at the circuit, I then tried bump starting the bike. With the clutch lever in, the bike was hard to push, as if it had clutch drag, very confusing. The slip on the kick start got worse and worse, until eventually all drive to the engine was lost. At this point, I had to throw the towel in and tell Joanne. This was the first mechanical failure I had on one of my Velos for a very long time; I was really disappointed. Upon disassembly at home, all became clear. It wasn’t the clutch playing up, the problem was that the crankshaft shock absorber assembly had become detached from the drive side crankshaft. When I investigated further, the true problem was found. The thread, for the shock absorber nut, on the end of the drive side crankshaft, should be an integral part of it. At some point in the bike’s history, this thread had been cut off, the end of the crank shaft tapped and an insert made (above). The insert had not been Loctited or pinned into the

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crankshaft. Therefore, the kick start slip I was feeling was this insert starting to unscrew, and when we tried to bump start the bike, it just unscrewed it even quicker (hence the title for this article). It still amazes me the things that come out of the woodwork when you restore old bikes; there was no way of knowing this had been done by looking at the crank shaft. As I said above I was really disappointed at not being able to do the afternoon session and I apologise to the guys who were hoping to have a ride on my bike, but hopefully the above offers an explanation as to what had happened. With regard to the training day itself, I think these are really good thing to put on. The destiny of the VMCC is in the member’s hands, not the Committee’s. If we are going to wrap our precious machines in cotton wool, leave them in the garage and not let others try them out; then in my opinion, they will just become unusable museum pieces, the government will restrict or ban their use on public roads (lack of use) and the VMCC will eventually cease to exist. As I said above, the feedback I got in the morning from the people that used my bike was very flattering. In particular, there was a young lady who had a go on it (below). I didn’t get her name, she was clearly very nervous when she set off, but when she came back she had such a big smile and a sense of achievement. These are the type people we really need to encourage if the longevity of the club is to be ensured.

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. DE14 1TR. Tel 01283 540557 Fax 01283 510547 Email

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 3rd April 2016 at 11.00am at The British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 OBJ.

Attendance: Sections All 3 Auld Reekie 1 Banbury 3 Bedfordshire 4 Berkshire 2 Bristol 6 BHR 3 Brooklands 1 Burton & District 6 Banbury 3

Cheshire & N Wales Cheshire Cats Chiltern Cornwall Cotswold Dorset East Devon Flat Tank Isle of Wight Men of Kent

3 6 6 2 2 12 5 1 2 2

Midland Mid Lincs Northampton Northants North Cotswold Nott’s & Derby Oxford Pennine Sheffield & S Yorks Somerset

4 1 7 1 4 1 1 3 2 4

South Cotswold 1 S. Lincs & Peterboro 2 South Wales 12 Surrey & Sussex 4 Taverners 1 Wakefield & W Yorks 1 Warwickshire 5 Wessex Vet & Vint 1 West Kent 4 West South Wales 2

AGM/16/01 Welcome by the President, Mr Tim Penn The President made a short speech of welcome to all members to the Annual General Meeting.

AGM/16/02 Notice convening the Meeting The Chairman stated when the meeting was taking place and where. Chairman asked for volunteers to distribute the microphone and welcomed everyone to the AGM. Pat thanked everyone in advance for allowing the meeting to operate smoothly, explaining that he will Chair the meeting all the way through and explained the proxy voting system. Pat asked if anyone had questions, there were none. AGM/16/03 Deceased Members Pat Robotham announced a minute’s silence in respect of the deceased members. Mr G Hoare, Guildford Mr Cyril Ayton, Cumbria Mr Ian Fearson, Cumbria Mr B Meulbrouck, Gloucestershire Mr Neil Senior, Bristol Mr T Sipma, Holland Mr Adrian Reed, East Yorkshire Mrs Fran Wiles, Rugby Mr D K Kingham, Stanwell Mr G Manser, Southampton Mr Martin Lailey, Surrey Mr John Ryder, Middlesboro Mr R R Greensides, Norfolk Mr W Stephens, Cornwall Mr Roy Bacon, Isle of Man Mr EJ Scott Essex Mr H S Mason, Basildon Mr M Cranwell, Royston Mr Philip ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins, Henlow


Mr Frederick Gowton, Mr Norman Field, Mr J B Nisbet, Mr MichaelBull, Mrs Lynn Bradbrook, Mr Geoffrey Boyce, Mr David Whitham, Mr Thomas Rees, Mr D G Lambert, Mr Peter Bartlett, Mr D G Betteridge, Mr Brian Wollas, Mr Sean Elderq, Mr Michael Hull, Mr Edward Lewis, Mr Roger Fielding, Mr P Davies, Mr Ivor Crew, Mr Tony Heathcote,

Darlington S Gloucs Banbury Smalley Leeds Coventry Edinburgh Wigan Norfolk France London Cottingham Surrey Dorset Spain Lancashire Dorset Bath Chesterfield

Mr Leo Yuill, Essex Mr Roy Nicholson, Kent Mr Edgar G Mackness, Kent Mr G McIntosh, Perthshire Mr J Quincey, Banbury Mr R J Dodd, Derby Mr Gerald Annells, Tunbridge Mr Peter Harper, Lancashire Lord Montagu, Hampshire Mr M Sherwin, Hampshire Mr Ronald Brislin, Gloucestershire Mr John Stang, West Yorkshire Marie Milne, Leicestershire Mr Stanley John Brett, Essex Alexander Rankin, Aberdeenshire Mr Thomas Harriman, Nottingham Mr Philip Warren, Burnham on Sea Mr L G Pratt, Devon Mr M Smith, Warwickshire

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Mr Alan Whatmorough, Rochdale Mr R W Howard, Crowborough Mr Kelvin Skuse, Swindon Mr M Holloway, Kent Mr Robert O’Neill, Hertfordshire Mr Donald Levett, Kent Mr T A Wharton, Mid-Glamorgan Peterborough Mr Mick Coleman, Mr Eric Hodkinson, Chelmsford Mr Geoff Staples, Isle of Man Ms Joyce White, Derbyshire Mr M Coleman, Cambridgeshire Mr Russell Andrews, Devon Mr Robin Fairweather, Devon Mr R G Horton, Beds Mr R S Rogers, Rugby Mr Frank Kirk, Pontefract Mr Derek Abbott, Surrey Mr John Cox, Alcester Mr Michael Lunn, Thatcham Mr P M Hopkins, Henlow Mr John Beagley, N Yorkshire

Mr D G Dingley, Devon Norfolk Mr Alan Bunyan, Mr Philip Hamilton, Edinburgh Mr Robert Povey, Windsor Mr Ron Hockley, Milton Keynes Mr Geoffrey Ward, Rugby Mr G Sharrock, Wigan Mr David LTissiman, Kent Mr J H Andrews Barton on Humber Mr Ivor Nicholson, East Yorkshire Mr Michael John Goulds, Devon Mr Geoffrey Gillett, Surrey Mr John Siddorn, Bristol Mr G L Gwynnett, Gloucestershire Mr Jimi Guy, Lincolnshire Mr John Andrews Oxon Mr Michael Hart, Surrey Mr D Igoe, Lancashire Mr Peter Mills, Northwich Mr Harold Wilson, Liverpool Mr NormanWoodman, France Mr Eric Mulraney, Swindon

Mr Gwilym Owen, Denbighshire Mr John Ball, Cornwall Mr John Marchant, Kent Mr Ivor Nicholson, Hull Mr Terence Sparks, South Wales Mr Wally Flew, Bristol Mr John Colin Lloyd, Stourbridge Mr F H Westlake, Wadebridge Mr L R Turner, Devon Mr Martin Hazelwood, Leicester Mr Victor Stoneman, Wiltshire Mr Christopher Davies, Cheshire Mr Albert Elsby, Lancashire Mr William Finn, Co Down Mr Victor Stoneman, Wiltshire Mr Keith Chimes, Birmingham Mr Frederick G Keen, Hertfordshire Mr Tony Purell, Cambridgeshire Mr Malcolm Hamilton, Co. Durham Mr J Reed, Orkney Mr Reg Briers, Fife

Harry Wiles: Firstly Mr Chairman I believe before you had the minute’s silence you should have asked if there was anybody to add to the list and secondly rather upsettingly for me, the eighth name down on the list you have got Mrs Frank Wiles, for my late wife’s name.

Chairman: Right, I apologise on behalf of the club for that typographical error. We obviously know that that isn’t her name and is there anybody else we should add to the list? Members present identified the following to be added to the list of deceased members: Rick Andrews and Philip Hamilton.

AGM/16/04 Apologies for Absence Apologies for absence were then announced. Martin Allen, Geoff Brazendale, David Giles, Reg Glading, Ivan Rhodes, Phil Whitley, Phil Ham and Keith Gibbons. Any other apologies: Betty Barber, Lorraine and Derek Carter, Ian Young, and Maureen Street, Dennis Cooney, Glyn Bradley, Harry Holdorf, Annice Collett, Robin Vince, Brian Slack. AGM/16/05 Election of Scrutineers Election of scrutineers followed with Ann Davy and George Smith being elected.

AGM/16/06 Minutes of the Previous Meeting Proposal to receive and approve the minutes from the previous annual general meeting. Mike West – Proposed: Janet Miller – Seconded. 88 in favour, 0 against and 7 abstentions.

AGM/16/07 To receive, and if approved, confirm the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on the 12th April 2015. Chairman: To clarify, this is not a proxy voting issue; this is to clarify operation of the meeting, OK to consider matters arising from those minutes which are not otherwise included in this notice. I’ve been through them, personally I don’t believe there are any substantive issues that are not otherwise included in this meeting. However, it’s your choice if you think there are things that have been missed or that you

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need to have reported back on, you now have a chance to raise these. I’m not noting people wanting to raise matters arising that are not otherwise dealt with as issues in the subsequent meeting. OK so no other matters arising. Right we move to item 8 to receive the 2015 Annual Report which includes the Chairman’s Report, the Auditor’s Report, the Accountant’s Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ending the 30th September. OK I will start and I will be brief because I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year or so writing my view of things in the Journal. I’m stepping down at the end of this meeting and I’d just like to thank all the people I have worked with, all the people at Allen House, and wish the Club the best luck in the future. My view is that the Club is still in a fragile state it still could do with an income stream, i.e. the membership subs which balances easily the expenditure (outgoing), we’re nearly there, but we are not there yet. We still have issues with a slightly declining membership, although it seems to have plateaued out. We have improved income streams from retail. We have a reasonable income stream from Footman James, but that means that we are tied to one insurance provider but and at the moment the amount of money that they provide for the Club is simply too large a slice of our other income to risk putting that in jeopardy. It’s obviously reviewed every year by them anyway. We have lost our income from the limited insurance work we got from Carole Nash. That was lost half way through this year. There was no way of avoiding that, based on the fact that whilst they wanted to continue. We went with the one that represented the largest sustainable source of income. Disappointingly, I think, the raffle itself has taken a bit of a kicking in terms of generating income streams. If you put ten people in a room you will get ten different reasons why that’s the case. There are views it’s about the type of machine, it’s about the frequency, it’s about the availability of other competing raffles. You pay your penny, you makes your choice. On a more positive note we do have our 70th year celebrations, and at lunch time this splendid baton with a hand written-hand calligraphies’ (if that is a word) statement in it will set off on its trip around the UK. I would like to thank John Donaldson, one of the Area Reps, who is sitting over there, for mainly getting all that organised. That’s been excellent, and we do have our Cadwell Park event at the end of June in conjunction with BHR 50th (British Historic Racing’s 50th ) celebrations. So hopefully that will be a good thing. I am seeing what he’s writing here, oh yes, we have a new President, Rod Hann, who actually made the baton, so thanks to him. Those are the all positive things. The main positive thing is I’m very happy with the way the Club at Allen House appears to work, does work, I think it’s in competent, reliable hands, and it gives me some degree of security in terms of my Club for the future, and that’s all I’m going to say. OK, so we will move on then to the accounts and, sorry I’ve lost my place on the agenda, I must apologise to you. Number eight, that’s what I was looking for. AGM/16/08 To receive the 2015 Annual Report, including the Chairman’s report, Auditor’s report, Accountant’s Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ending 30th September 2015. Chairman: Auditor’s report, which should be available, Jane do you want to say anything about this? Jane Farnsworth: Hello, the Audit has come back as a clear report yet again; there was nothing they found of concern, so we are just moving forward on a straight basis as agreed last year. We have gone out to tender on finding new Auditors, and that will come up in Item Nine, “the election of the Auditors”. From my point of view things seem to be going quite well within the Club. We’re trying to keep costs down as far as we possibly can; income streams are reasonably steady at the moment, but we do need, as The Chairman said, to look forward on improving those income streams and also keep tightening up on the expenses that we have, not just within Allen House but within the Club as a whole, but I’m happy to take any questions.

Chairman: Any questions for Jane our Accountant on the Financial Statements, the Auditor’s Report etc?

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Accountants, but I just have to thank you Jane for what you have done and thank you for co-operating with me when I’ve asked you questions (applause). I must say I was somewhat disappointed when we had actually set a budget that showed a loss of £31k, and in fact the loss has been £16k and there does seem to be some sort of patting on the back that we have held it down to £16k. In actual fact I would have been rather happier if we had seen a neutral budget where we broke even. We simply cannot go on losing money every year, the Club will eventually collapse. And there are several areas that I looked at with regard to this. The insurance income, I thought yesterday that anyone that attending the 1986 AGM which was held at Trentham Gardens may recall our then Financial Controller, Phillip Hussey, telling us that we were far too dependent on insurance income. It’s taken nearly thirty years to come to fruition, but we are in a position where insurance income is dropping and dropping rapidly. Unless we can find alternative income streams we are simply going to have to curtail some of our activities. That’s my opinion. I’ve also over the years been clearly hard on James Hewing for the job that he did, but I now realise that I was totally wrong as it now would appear that we need to employ two people to do the job that James did on his own. We have taken on another member of staff and in doing so have obviously not run into a neutral budget. There are other areas that I think are of concern. One of those areas is the amount of money that it is costing us to run a President. If anyone else has worked this out (but you probably haven’t) I will tell you it’s cost £562.95 a month for the 20 months that the President has been in office. The first six months of his Presidency came to £4,848.00 and the last 12 months (fortunately I believe he has been curtailed a bit), £6,091.89. All this information is readily available on the net if you want to have a look. I don’t think we can sustain £6,000 a year for Presidents, thank you. Chairman: OK thank you for those comments, I won’t seek a response for that, I think the points are made. Any further comments on the financial position or financial reporting? No? I’m going to assume then that that’s it. I would concur with Ian about the fact that we do need to live within our means. You keep posting a £10,000 loss for ten years and you’ve lost a lot of money. And it gets tighter and tighter, so we are aiming for a neutral budget next year even thought there are some things such as the insurance income that are outside our control, which is an unfortunate position to be. (Turns to Tim Penn and asks “Do you want to say anything or not? You are entitled to if you want)

Tim Penn: No The Chairman called for a vote to confirm acceptance of the Auditor’s Report, the Accountant’s Report and the Financial Statements. He noted that this would take a little longer than previously as this is being carried out by proxy voting. (The results of the voting were announced after the discussion of Item 9, but are included here for clarity.)

Chairman: I now have the results of the voting on Resolution Number Eight, which was to receive the Annual Report, the Auditor’s Report and the Financial Statements. The number of votes was 1,305 for, the number against was 12 and the abstentions was 53. That works out at 99.5% in favour, and as this is an ordinary resolution it requires 50%, yes, so that one is carried. The 2015 Annual Report, including the Chairman’s report, Auditors report, Accountants report and financial statements, for the financial year ending 30th September 2015 was accepted by a majority with 1,305 for, 12 against and 53 abstentions.

AGM/16/09 to appoint Sibbalds, Chartered Accountants as Auditors of the Company until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company. Chairman: OK, moving on to Item Nine, which is to appoint Sibbalds Chartered Accountants, Auditors of the Company until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company. Again this is a proxy vote issue as well as an individual vote issue.

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Tony Donnithorne, Surrey and Sussex: asked about quotations for auditing the Club’s accounts. Chairman: Jane?

Jane Farnsworth: Yes, the current Auditors this year charged £3,300, which, when I asked what they would quote for this coming year they said would be £3,500. The new Auditors that I put forward, their quote is £3,300 so we are at the same place as we were. The quotes that I had this year were between £3,300 and £3,900. Chairman: And I believe it is fair to say it went through a tendering process?

Jane Farnsworth: Yes, there were three new companies I went to, plus the Auditors we already had. A vote was carried out to confirm the appointment of Sibbalds Chartered Accountants as the Auditors of the Company for this year.

Chairman: The result of Resolution Number Nine to appoint Sibbalds the Auditors, the number of votes cast were 1,235 for, 23 against with 85 abstentions, 98.5% acceptance, so pass as ordinary resolutions. The appointment of Sibbalds was accepted by a majority with 1,235 for, 23 against and 85 abstentions.

AGM/16/10 to authorise the Directors to determine the Auditor’s remuneration There was no discussion on this topic, and an immediate vote was taken. The vote to authorise the Directors to set the Auditor’s remuneration was accepted by a majority, with for 1,263, against 31 and 72 abstentions.

Chairman: That’s the practice run on the proxy votes, which I think seems to be working alright. We now move onto Item 11, which is the presentation of major awards. AGM/16/11. Presentation of Major Awards Chairman: These will be presented by Tim Penn, our President, I will read them out:

The Dreadnought Trophy: - presented for an outstanding effort on a veteran and vintage machine. This year has been awarded to Henry Body. The Harry Knight Trophy: - presented for the best performance of the year on a veteran machine. This year there were no nominations for this award. The Harry Mack Trophy: - presented for an outstanding achievement on a sidecar outfit. This year the award goes to Fred Smith Junior. The John Griffith Salver: - presented for outstanding activities in the Club. This year has been awarded to Harry Wiles and his late wife Fran, and Harry is here. The E E Thompson Award: - Presented for outstanding efforts in promoting or organising the Club. This year the award goes to Gerry Daine. The H O Burton Award: - Presented for an outstanding riding performance by a Club Member using a post-1930 machine. There were no nominations for this award. The Bob Currie Memorial 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. There were no nominations for this award. The Mrs Daphne Hedington Dent Memorial Award: - Presented to a VMCC member under the age of 25 years who consistently rides in Club events. There were no nominations for this award. The Syd Plevin Trophy: - presented to a VMCC member for outstanding work within a section of the Club. This year the award goes to Dave Boon. The Footman James Spirit of the Club Award: - Presented to a member who, in the opinion of his


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peers, operates and helps in the background who would in some cases go unrecognised for all their efforts in helping the Club. There were no nominations for this award.

AGM/16/12 Presentation of Special Awards Tim Penn: Thank you ladies and gentlemen. There are two people in this room, one who has been a professional support and the other one has been a personal support to me. The professional one is Pat Robotham, because he may not like it and he may say that he has not done it, but he has bought this Club round with his professionalism and the way he has conducted the Management Meetings, so Pat Robotham would you please step forward. This is a bit of a liberty but I have two people, as I have said, and the second person is my wife, who considering we are all riding oily, smelly, greasy things which she hates, in many respects. She has supported me for two years of great endeavour and I’m really pleased that she was there to do that. Chairman: We now move to the Editor’s Award.

David Davies: I hope there is something in here... this year’s Editor’s Award was really no contest, I’ve been very well supported by a certain gentleman who has unfailingly supplied ample copy and photographs every month, sometimes too much, Alastair Alexander. I think he’s done an amazing job. Break for lunch 11.45am; Reconvene 1.30pm

AGM/16/13 To Announce The President 2016/2018 Chairman: OK, welcome back, I hope you enjoyed the spectacle of the baton going off wherever it went off to, and you had a decent lunch and the coffee did eventually arrive so you should all be fed and watered. Right, we reconvene the meeting with item 13. Your new President, Rodney Hann, is going to come forward and he will receive his chain of office from Tim. Welcome Rodney (applause).

AGM/16/14 Election of three members to the Board of Directors for 2016/2018 Chairman: OK, then we move on to Item 14, which is the election of three members to the Board of Directors. The candidates for election are: Bill Phelps Brian Southam John Donaldson Rob Reaney Now what I am going to do is obviously, there is the proxy vote element to that and so I will run through each candidate and I will ask you for your votes for and against and abstention. You do have to vote for and against. I won’t at the end of it read out the complete result because I think it is invidious to read out for and against when we are talking about people. I think that would be wholly inappropriate, but of course it will be the first three with the most votes, provided that each of those three get more than 50% of the votes cast for each of them as individuals. That’s the difference between what we used to do in the good old days, and now what we have to do for the proxy voting system. OK, so we’ll take it in order we have: 14.1. This is Bill Phelps from the South Wales Section, and can we have votes in favour of Bill Phelps please? Chairman: Right now what I’m going to do is we will go through and do that for the other three candidates and then at the end we’ll have the result of who the three successful candidates are. So we won’t do them as individual ones. Right, this is now votes for: 14.2 Brian Southam, so all those in favour of Brian Southam please?

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OK right now we move on to: 14.3 John Donaldson, all those in favour of John Donaldson? And finally those in favour of: 14.4 Rob Reaney?

(The Chairman announced the following results of the voting for the new Directors after Item 15). Chairman: I can announce that all candidates received more than the required 50% vote, so they were all eligible for further consideration and the end result is that Brian Southam, John Donaldson and Rob Reaney have been elected as Directors of the Club. Congratulations to them. (applause).

AGM/16/15 to consider and adopt the new Articles of Association Chairman: Item 15 is to consider and adopt the new Articles of Association. Just as an introduction, this time last year we hadn’t made enough progress on the Articles of Association and were instructed by the meeting to continue doing that. In that process I would like to personally thank Peter Miller and Members of the ad hoc group, some of whom I’ve seen in this room who don’t necessarily want to be formally identified but put a lot of work into these. Now you need to know that what we started with are a set of model Articles from Companies House. These have also been looked at with suitable legal expertise by at least two people experienced in that area and as you know, from what I have written, I would recommend that you adopt these Articles, simply because they are legal, they comply with the Companies Act and the Club doesn’t need to spend a lot more time basically mining the rather arcane area of Articles of Association. It needs to get on with some basic main stream business. So my thanks to people who have put in work. However, I am happy, if Peter wants to make any points and then if anybody wants to raise any points. I am convinced that we have gone through a reasonable democratic process. They have been available to look at. We have received comments back, I accept that the internet site hasn’t always worked there is no conspiracy there; it is just that we had to change internet providers, website providers, which created a bit of a hiatus. I’m convinced that we have been through an appropriate process. I hope you are too and if you are happy I will move to a vote on that, but Peter do you want to say anything?

Peter Miller: Just to endorse The Chairman’s comments about the people who assisted on that, not only the ad hoc group but also the people who contacted me raising points on the articles and making suggestions. And I think by large all the suggestions that came in did get incorporated into either the Articles or the Bylaws and certainly everyone who contacted me in advance I think was reasonably happy with it. Chairman: Right, does anybody want to raise any specific points? Yes sir.

Mike Larcombe, East Devon Chairman: There are a couple of proposals put forward which affect the Articles before a vote is taken on the Articles. Relative to the size of the Committee, one from ourselves and one from South Wales. Can these not be heard first?

Chairman: No. Mike Larcombe: And why not?

Chairman: Because I have determined that this is the order of the meeting.

Mike Larcombe: Thank you, so it’s not democratic after all

Chairman: Well it is, you will get a chance to discuss it.

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Chairman: No because the order of the meeting is written down and it has been publicised. I’m sorry that is the way it goes. I am Chairman of the meeting and I have a responsibility to Companies House to run it like that. Mike Larcombe: It’s a good job you are stepping down then.

Chairman: Probably, that’s a view, yes.

Mike Larcombe: Yes, a very good point of view.

Chairman: OK, any other comments? Right can we... Yes sir?

Bill Phelps, South Wales Section: I have a question regarding the President and item 2.1.3 in the bylaws, where there is a sentence there that says subsidiary activity should be self-funded through the President’s own initiatives. Now the President in the past has always had a budget to cover expenses. Is that going to continue, and what does that sentence mean please?

Chairman: I can only answer up until in about an hour’s time - the President has had a budget. Whether the Management Committee continue to give the President a budget is up to that Management Committee. I would find it difficult to envisage how the President would do the job without a budget, but there was certainly a decision taken that if the President were invited to Sections that Sections themselves should provide some of the funding for that. And that has happened in fact. Peter Miller: Items on the President’s programme would be funded as a matter of course. There will be one or two of the other items which we would like him to attend, and funds will be made available to him as I understand it. But if the President is visiting Sections to give talks to Sections I think it is reasonable that we might expect the Section to pay his expenses to attend. That is what it boils down to. Chairman: Does that answer your question? Bill Phelps: I understand what he means

Chairman: Right OK, if there are no other comments, then I would like to move to a vote please. So I’d like to vote, both a show of hands and the proxies for accepting the new Articles of Association please.

(The result of the voting to accept the new Articles was announced midway through the discussion of item 16.1).

Chairman: I can tell you is that the consideration to adopt the Articles of Association is carried by an 87% vote. It required a 75% vote as it is a special resolution, the number of votes cast was 1,121 for, 166 against with abstentions 85, so the Club has voted to accept the new Articles. The new Articles of Association were accepted with 1,121 for, 166 against and 85 abstentions.

AGM/16/16 to receive proposals from Members/Sections AGM/16.1 Chairman: Right we now move onto Item 16, which you know from what I have written, I think is problematic but that’s the way we are, that’s where we are and this will give a chance for people to air

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their views. We have just voted on the new Articles of Association and we do have two proposed amendments to those Articles. Were either of these or both of these to be accepted and agreed it will create a problem for this meeting, but we will have to determine how we will resolve that, that’s life, we will deal with it. So the first is to receive a proposal from the South Wales Section. I don’t know if there is someone from the South Wales Section who wants to promote their case? Bill?

Bill Phelps: Thanks you Mr Chairman, Bill Phelps, South Wales, I must apologise for sort of muddying the waters with this particular motion, but we are strongly of the opinion that the representatives on the Committee are not enough. The Committee started off with something like 20 people on it to reduce it to six is a step too far. The membership in our opinion will not have adequate representation with just six Directors, who could all come from one local Section somewhere. And as you know the Chairman would not have a vote, he would have a casting vote, so five people; five Directors on the Committee, three of those could push through their own individual agendas. We feel that the Area Reps are the right people to represent the membership after all we have 15,000 members and to reduce it down to a representation of six is pretty small. And we would put forward our resolution to that end. We feel we need better representation. Chairman: OK, any other comments from the floor?

Ian Clarke, Wessex Veteran & Vintage Section: I’d like to speak against the proposition; I think the evidence to date on the Area Reps is that John Donaldson is the only Area Rep who’s ever gone from Area Rep to Director. This proposition makes the assumption that people who are Area Reps wish to become Directors. My experience tells me that isn’t the case, not everybody in this Club aspires to be a Director. I for one certainly don’t, but I’m happy to be Chairman of the Wessex Section, and I was happy to spend 16 years as Chairman of Stonehenge but Director, no thank you. Chairman: OK, any, Gerry and then one at the back.

Gerry Daine, BHR: I think the last speaker is right. That people do not wish to get to become Directors but I do not think the motion was anything to do with that. If you remember three years ago to four, it was the Sections that questioned everything that was happening at Allen House. They were the strength behind these changes, and unfortunately as the gentleman from Wales says they are now being cut out from representation fully and that shouldn’t happen. Chairman: OK, one at the back.

Jeff Meehan, Cheshire Cats: I’m the spokesperson for the ad hoc group, and I would just like to say that one of the problems there has been is actually getting people to participate in that process. There were nine other people apart from me who formed that group, but none of the people from South Wales that I recognise actually responded to the plea to help with that. None of them responded to the advert in the Journal asking for help for that, and if they would have come forward at a suitable time and used the proper process perhaps some of their comments could have been at least worked out to see if Area Reps do provide the best way up to provide representation. It is not as thought this process is carried out in the dark; it has all been done above board and we have been pleading with people to help us. It’s not the problem that we have got at the moment where we have Area Reps who are willing, as the last speaker said, to actually come up and want to be Directors. It’s also the problem that to be a Director you need certain qualifications. Just being a keen member of this club is not enough. Chairman: Any other comments?


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Ray Dickinson, Chairman Dorset Section: In the Hewing Years, I’ll call it, we lost a third of a million pounds, Area Reps were then on the Management Board. They didn’t to me seem to have any effect; I can’t see what effect they will have now. Thank you. (applause)

Tony Donnithorne, Surrey and Sussex Section: I’d just like to ask the meeting, how many of you have worked for a good Company that has had about twenty Directors running it? The normal number is four to six, they are then responsible people and they can run the Company as such and that is where we should be. Chairman: OK, I’m going to take two more, Alastair and...?

Alastair Alexander, Auld Reekie Section: Just on first the point that was raised across there, as an Area Rep, I may just be the individual but I have no wish to become a Director. I think the Area Reps have a particular role, and that is the individual position. I’d have to say that for the Scottish Sections, we’re as remote as any from the heartland of the Club; I haven’t picked up any concerns whatsoever concerning the reduction in size of the Management Committee. Mike Larcombe, East Devon: Just one point about large Companies having fewer Directors... they are Companies, they do work to make a profit, they do work for Shareholders, they have one aim, we have more than one aim. I would hope as we are representing a lot of members that are here for sport. Thank you. Chairman: OK, thank you very much, I am going to leave the debate there. I’m going to give the last word to Peter, who believes that there has been some misunderstanding explaining and then we will move to a vote.

Peter Miller: OK, just to be clear that we are talking about six Directors, and six Directors voting. It is not five plus the Chairman, it is six plus the Chairman having a additional vote. To clarify, the Committee comprises not six people, it also comprises of the General Manager, the Financial Controller, also the President plus one or two Area Reps as appropriate, so there is representation. The President and the Area Reps attending will be able to keep the Area Reps, if not their areas, informed about what is going on. They will act as a link relaying information to the Board, so I don’t think the point is valid that it is just six Directors. Also I would like to say that we should consider the six Directors running the business, the centre of the business, whereas the Area Reps run the Club; they are the people who are in contact with the Members, they are the people who can co-ordinate activities, the Membership. So I don’t think it is true what you are saying just five or six representing the Membership.

Chairman: OK, I’m going to move now to... yes?

David Sellars, Sheffield and South Yorkshire: I’ve been involved with Peter and Jeff down there, doing my two pen’rth on it. What all of you are missing are the new safeguards that are put in on the bylaws. If you read the bylaws and read 4.6, if any of you out there have anything, any complaint about what the six Directors are doing, all you have to do is get three-quarters of the Area Reps on your side and they can force an EGM. That is a hell of a lot more powerful than what we have in the past of having to get two percent of the 15,000 members to force an EGM. When we wanted to force an EGM against Kim Allen and James Hewing and those it was a bleak uphill struggle. Nobody will have that struggle in the future because they can go straight to the Area Reps and do it. We are not excluding the Area Reps, the philosophy is that if the Directors run the fiscal bit, the Company bit, the Area Reps and President run the

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Club and they can come and talk to us and they can force us to change our minds about anything. I don’t think anybody has really picked this up, and I think talking to Peter today, we have been a bit remiss in not forward thinking this, the philosophy behind the new Articles. The way that it wants to run, does that make sense?

Chairman: Yes, it did, OK with that I’m going to move to a vote on Item 16.1 which just to reiterate this is a special resolution it requires 75%, you all have your proxies and so all those people in favour of the proposal from the South Wales Section.

Chairman: The voting on the South Wales Section proposal was total votes 1,217 for 666, against 839 abstention 167, so 30% in favour is not enough to pass a special resolution, so that one fails.

The vote failed with 666 for, 839 against and 167 abstentions

AGM /16/16.2 Mike Larcombe, East Devon: Yep, me again, Firstly I would like to commend the Committee for all the hard work on putting the Club where it is today. Having a different opinion on the size of the Committee is no way a criticism of the hard work, but we think a six-man Committee is a move too far. The proposal of six National Directors and six Area Directors would allow us to have representation from the members across the area, with the voting presence plus spread the load a little more allowing the Club to look at the cost effective planning and the future ventures. So if we are talking about funding and streaming more hands to the wheel really, Ok, thank you.

Chairman: Before any comments and while you are there, I have a question, and the question is over the wording. It actually says, should consist of the six present Directors, that actually would mean that we’d be stuck forever. Not that is not what you intend. You mean the six Director posts? Thank you that’s fine. OK, so with that interpretation does anybody want to come back? Ian?

Ian Clarke, Wessex Veteran & Vintage: We have just seen how easy it is to get Directors. We had four Directors standing for three posts. We are now going to advertise for another five, what do you think you chances of filling those are?

John Mills, Midland Section: Could I just have clarification, one of the gentlemen said that the Financial Person would attend meetings of the Board, but the document presented in the magazine said it should be at the discretion of the Directors that they attend. I would have thought that you would need somebody with their knowledge and skills at every meeting. Peter Miller: Sorry, can you point me to the section?

John Mills: It’s 2.84. Peter Miller: Sorry I think the statement is in the form since it is an option as normally we would expect as a matter of course the General Manager and the Financial Controller plus the other people I identified to attend the meetings. It is just occasionally we might hold a meeting by telephone, email, fax, without all travelling together, and under those circumstances the decision could be made by the Directors, but that would not be the norm, we would certainly take advice from the General Manager and other people concerned. Chairman: Can I just point out that the General Manager and the Accountant are employees of the Directors, and there may be occasions where you wouldn’t want to invite them to a meeting if it were an


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issue about discipline or things of that kind. So it’s just in there to give the facility of discretion basically. OK, I think that the arguments and discussion points are by and large the same, so if you’re agreed we will move to a vote. So all those people in favour of the East Devon Section proposal please vote now.

Chairman: We’ll wait now for the outcome of that vote, no pressure Ian (laughter); votes on the East Devon proposal are 594 for, 871 against with 188 abstentions, that’s 26% in favour that is not enough for a special resolution so that one will fail. The vote failed with 594 for, 871 against and 188 abstentions

Chairman: I hope that people feel that due consideration has been given to those proposals, and that formally closes the meeting. I’d like to thank you all for coming, thank you all for the way we’ve operated and specially thank Ian who can now wipe the sweat from his bow, Giles for organising the meeting. I’m going to disappear and let the new Directors come forward make themselves known to you, and in the words of the great American newscaster Ed Murrow, Good night and Good luck. The meeting closed at 15.35.

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North Staffs Museum Run GEOFF DAVIES

A bright sunny morning for our main run of the year, but a dismal turn out of eleven riders. I know there was a problem with our May events not appearing in the journal but the local members had all been aware of the dates. However, if we didn’t have quantity, we had quality. Not an uneventful run, with misbehaving horses, argumentative 4x4 drivers who believed that narrow lanes were designed for them and no-one else, and a lack of air pressure in John Drabble’s front tyre on his 1929 Norton. A squirt of tube sealant lasted a couple of miles before his day was over. The remaining participants made it to

the Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley for a good lunch in the sunshine. Then back to the finish at Froghall Station. John Milner proved to be the most knowledgeable on motorcycle history, and proved a worthy overall winner. Four days after this, we had one of our Thursday evening runs. Mild but slightly damp with a record turn out of one rider. I made my own route up and travelled along some of my favourite muddy narrow lanes. Waste not a day, and get riding. Main picture: The lunch halt. Inset, top: The weary pot hunters resting after a hard ride.

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Pre-1915 Broughton Weekend GEOFF & SUE HANSON, MIKE WILLS

This Veteran Motor Cycle event has its origins in Holland three years ago when Roel and Hennie van Maarseveen (both veteran motor cyclists of many years) noticed a great interest in the pioneer veterans, ie pre 1905, but with no specific event for them. They contacted numerous friends to offer an event catering for this category and, as they were running

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it from their home, restricted the entry to 25 with pre 1908 machines. VMCC members Mike Wills and Geoff Hanson were amongst those invited and after their very successful event (it was considerably oversubscribed) Roel and Hennie asked us to organise a similar event in the UK. We thought that the pre-1908 limit might be too restrictive, so riders of pre-1915 machines were

Main picture: Roel van Maarseveen pushes off his wife Hennie on a 1907 Brown 3.5hp. Above: Derek Pollard shows his 1903 Quadrant to Geert de Boer. In the background is Roel working on his 1903 Excelsior. Below: Mark and Geert de Boer on a 1907 Minerva 4.5hp V-Twin and 1903 Pebok 2.75hp respectively.

invited, and 23 entries were received but two were unable to attend due to illness. The machines ranged from a very rare 1902 Andru 225cc to an also very rare 1914 NUT V Twin 500cc; 13 machines were from the UK and 8 from Holland. Nine machines were pre-1905, three pre-1908, eight pre-1915 plus a support/lead rider, Stewart Parker, on a vintage machine.

Despite dire early weather forecasts both days turned out to be very good riding weather for veteran bikes with bright, dry and relatively calm weather. The Saturday run started at Artie’s Mill, near Brigg, and travelled for 21 miles through local scenic villages on mostly flat roads with just one challenging hill, arriving at Normanby Hall Country Continued overleaf

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Broughton Weekend

From previous page Park in time for lunch and a visit to the various museums, gardens etc. In the Farming Museum is a 1901 Johnson motorcycle that has one of the earliest, if not the earliest, JAP engines made. The 13-mile return route to Artie’s Mill had again relatively quiet roads with only one or two challenging hills. Upon arrival the machines were lined up in the car park for display after which there followed a meal and social chat. Sunday's run, again in good weather, departed from Arties Mill to a locally well-known Dairy Ice Cream Parlour in Blyton – a distance of 17 miles. This destination proved to be VERY popular as there were over 65 flavours to choose from and nobody was in a hurry to start the 22-mile return leg. The inbound route traversed the flat land areas alongside the Trent with little traffic, few obstacles and only one relatively steep hill to negotiate. Geoff Pollard on his 1902 Andru. There followed an excellent meal from the Sunday afternoon Broughton Weekend entry list carvery at Artie’s Mill and again Year Make Model Rider County / Country a good chat session ending some 1904 Bradbury Peerless Mike Wills Warwickshire time later when good byes were 1926 Norton 500cc sv Stewart Parker North Lincs Andru 225cc Geoff Pollard S Yorkshire necessary. There were very few 1902 Excelsior 400 Roel Netherlands breakdowns, all but two (which 1903 van Maarseveen were minor in nature) repairing Kerry Ladies Vincent Belgraver Netherlands the faults to continue the run. The 1903 Peugeot 2 HP Fred Hesselink Netherlands two recovered breakdowns were 1903 1903 Peugeot D Ben Wieringa Netherlands also of a minor nature (eg failed 1903 Sommaire 350 Lex Biermans Netherlands condenser) requiring little work 1903 Quadrant 23/4 HP Derek Pollard S Yorkshire once back home. 1903 Pebok 23/4 HP Geert de Boer Netherlands The feedback from entrants was 1907 Brown 31/2 HP Hennie Netherlands extremely positive; most said van Maarseveen Minerva V Twin Mark de Boer Netherlands such events are very welcome 1907 Triumph 31/2 HP Bill Phelps Cardiff with the suggestion that there 1908 Alldays Matchless Baz Staple Tunbridge Wells should be more. As there are 1912 & Onions precious few events that cater Sunbeam 350 cc David Earnshaw S Yorkshire specifically for this category, 1913 1914 James Model 7 Paul Morley Argyll pioneer veteran bikes often lie V-Twin dormant and unseen for most of 1914 Douglas 23/4 HP John Salsbury Nottinghamshire the year instead of being used 1914 Sunbeam 500 cc Tony Cowley S Yorkshire and enjoyed by their owners. An 1914 NUT 500 cc Harry Bacon Nottinghamshire interesting suggestion that we V-Twin Sunbeam 23/4 HP Johnny Johnson Aberdeenshire think would be well supported 1914 for similar future events – food 1904 Minerva 23/4 HP Geoff Hanson North Lincs for thought, perhaps?

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The Weymouth Week

LEN AND MARY DINGLEY – CORNWALL SECTION We have just returned from a very enjoyable, informal and friendly week with the Dorset and South Dorset Sections and feel we must put pen to paper, or rather fingertips to keyboard. On Sunday 15th May we had the pleasure of entering Dorset’s 49th Weymouth Run. It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that next year is a big one, so come on down and join in. You won’t be disappointed. The Mayor of Weymouth started the run, which consisted of two routes, accommodating veteran and classic machines. She also presented the trophies back at the Pavilions in the afternoon. This run started off the very enjoyable Weymouth bike week as organized by the South Dorset Section. Monday Rod and Carol Hann led us on a lovely run around the Dorset countryside, visiting the Symondsbury Estate for a coffee. We travelled over the border into East Devon, (passports not required) riding through Seaton and onto Beer for lunch at the Pecorama in Beer, where we had a lovely ride on the Beer Light Railway. Tuesday, Ollie Legg lead us through the highways and byways, stopping at East Holm Garden Centre for coffee, riding around the military rifle ranges and dodging bullets and arriving in the lovely seaside town of Swanage for lunch. We enjoyed an afternoon tea/ice cream stop outside Weymouth. Having had three lovely warm and sunny days, Wednesday, dawned wet, windy and chilly. We, fine weather bikers, decided to use the car today for a run by South Dorset Chairman John Morey. The car wasn’t 25 years old, so we kept in the background and in disguise! Despite a couple of really heavy downpours a number of bikes, riders and some pillion passengers enjoyed a ride through Charmouth, into Devon for coffee at Colyton, the end of the Seaton tramway line. Lunch was enjoyed at the airfield in Dunkeswell while watching skydivers drop from 15,000 feet. A quick tea stop just outside Bridport saw the end of the run before riding down the coast road back to camp. Thursday started warm, dry and sunny for Nick Frisby’s run and that lasted most of the day. The forecast was heavy rain at 4pm, so we spent all day trying to out run the weather. We had a lovely ride

through woods and hills, trying to count the bluebells and arriving at Ryehill Farm Shop in Bere Regis for coffee. From there, more lovely Dorset countryside to another airfield, Compton Abbas near Shaftesbury for lunch. Here we watched the light aircraft coming and going. No sky divers today. As predicted the rain came in around 3.30/4.00pm and we had a wet ride back. It was still a very enjoyable day. Why does Friday always come quickly when you are having fun? Today, it’s back to Rod and Carol Hann to lead us out. Off we went in sunshine and enjoyed a ride to the Sawmill Café at Mapperton House near Beaminster where we had coffee and some had cake as well! On leaving this stop we rode through Beaminster, a lovely little town, then on through the tunnel and oh dear! road nearly closed....road works. However, being bikers we wove our way through all the machinery weaving around to miss the actual road works and arrived at The Trading Post, Warden Hill, for lunch. Our afternoon break was back at Rod and Carol’s in Sherborne before returning to camp. Good fortune was with us because despite the weather forecast of rain in the afternoon, we had another lovely dry day. We would like to thank the Dorset Section for the Weymouth Run and the South Dorset Section for a very friendly, relax week of riding. We were made to feel very welcome. Also thanks to our fellow riders who all contributed to our week’s enjoyment. (Editor’s comment: Wot? No piccies?)

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Mid-Lincs pre-40s run RICHARD MAW

Twenty-five signed on for this year’s Pre 40’s run, including one passenger, which this time started from the Old Cattle Market in Horncastle. It was a cool morning but by the off the sun was beginning to smile, followed by later in the day by a large grin. The route headed in the direction of Mareham, Hammeringham and Winceby towards Old Bolingbroke. The route turned up the narrow road straight past the Castle entrance, and it was here that the writer became confused as two bikes seen earlier were coming in the opposite direction shaking their heads. Thinking we were wrong we turned round and took the next road, but soon realised that we had been right in the first place so went back past the castle. The moral being don’t count on others knowing where they are, as they don’t. The route continued towards Hagnaby, East Kirkby and New Bolingbroke through the West Fen to Frithville where a mid morning stop was arranged to visit the premises of R H Crawford & Sons, agricultural engineers to look at his collection of ‘equipment’ – and what a collection it was ! The large workshop was first on the tour, one side where several old Field Marshall (pop, pop) tractors were being worked on, engine and transmission pieces all over the place. Around the corner we were greeted with an enormous ensemble of workshop equipment. Pedestal drills,

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radial arm drill, several lathes of differing size, MIG and stick welding, grinders, forge, fabrication area and a steam car being worked on in a corner, it was like being a kid in a sweet shop, I want one! The next building housed varying machines, one being a steam engine being prepared for a forthcoming show. Mr Crawford, the owner, told us he bought it for £60 many years ago and had wasted his money! What would it be worth now? The building further across the yard contained a corn drying/milling plant, along with several more Field Marshall tractors, grey Fergies, and round a corner several more steam engines, one fitted out with a six-cylinder diesel on top of the boiler, the conversion being done as the boiler was worn out by a company called Marlin who were across the road from Fowlers in Leeds who originally made the steamer. Next to this was a Sherman WW2 battle tank converted by Crawfords in 1949 to pull a plough after fetching it back from El Alamein. There was the first model of an oil engine machine from 1897, several cars, an all-aluminium lorry, and a collection of several of the works vans parked up over the years. Out in the yard was a large collection of Track Marshall crawlers, old ploughing equipment more pop pop tractors & the largest single furrow plough ever seen it must have been able to go down at least five feet! God only knows what would have been used to pull it!

One other thing reminded me of yesteryear, the gents outside urinal. We had something like that at junior school, an open trough at ground level surrounded by a zinc sheet wall and no top. An amazing place to visit, well done Stewart. The route continued back towards Langrick and New York, stopping for lunch at the Bubble Car Museum, where we were made very welcome. Following being fed and watered we continued towards Dogdyke and Coningsby, keeping a look out for any of the BBMF planes or even a Typhoon as we passed the RAF camp on the way back to Horncastle. The day saw five breakdowns, two before the start, one of these sorted easily by fault finding a bad electrical connection, the other meant a bike change. Two more came during the run, a Model H Triumph launching the top off its one piece cylinder/head assembly, damaging the frame top tube, and a very original Ducati single failing to start after lunch. A Norton failed on its way home along Caister top no doubt as being made to work hard on a hot day. Thanks to the organisers, back up crew (who were kept busy) and those taking part. Another grand day out in North Lincolnshire.

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THIS PAGE:Roland Robinson on his 600cc Ariel 4F Square Four riding through Gleneagles. INSET: Annie and Nigel Patch admiring Bill Craigs 1937 Sunbeam light solo and Peter Orams 1938 Scott Flying Squirrel.

FACING PAGE: Volunteers - A happy group of DeMob volunteers with Alastair Alexander’s 1925 BSA L De Luxe and George Plumb’s 1946 Ariel NH350 at the lunch stop at the Glenturret Distillery. The famous grouse turning its beak up at land-based forms of transport.

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The 2016 Scottish de-mob run


When the invitations first went out for this years Demob, quite a few of our regular riders got in touch very quickly to say that sadly they couldn’t be there, so I new the entry would be down a fair bit. Funny how things turn out sometimes, everyone who said they might be able to come, came, friends from other sections came on the day, with friends, and so we ended up with 25 riders on a fantastic mix of machines. We had overhead camshaft bikes from Ariel, Norton and Velocette, a Brough Superior, a Vincent, an original Matchless G3WD, a Scott, an Ok Supreme and lots more besides, it made all the effort worthwhile. The run started at one of the oldest Milk Bars in Scotland, at Powmill, where one or two friends succumbed to the enormous choice of cakes – for

breakfast. Once underway we travelled north through Glen Devon and Glen Eagles before meandering around quiet Perthshire roads eventually ending up at the Glenturrett Distillery near Crieff, home of the Famous Grouse, for lunch. After some tasty food, a good natter and the demands of a photo call, we were off again for more of the same, with spectacular scenery and great biking roads to be enjoyed, the weather was perfect too which made the riding all the more addictive. A huge thank- you to Neil Cowan for providing and driving the backup vehicle, and although no-one broke down it was very reassuring for the riders. How very satisfying it is when things all come together to make a great day out, and judging by the feedback, this was one of the best.

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Panthers go global – Part 2


A couple of years ago a Lakeland committee member spotted a Panther on a refueling stop close to his home in Keswick. As a very keen fellow Panther owner he stopped and retraced his steps to have a chat. On introducing himself as Dave Weeks, he was told that the Panther and its owner were part of a group visiting from Western Australia and that their organiser was also a “Dave Weeks”. After some brief correspondence via the journal (Part 1) we were expecting a further visit, which materialized at the end of

May. A group of ten riders from our affiliated club, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club of Western Australia arrived upon our shores through Liverpool and preceded up t’Lakes at the start of their five week UK tour. Naturally, we had to meet up, it’d be rude not to and we had an excellent evening of chat at their overnight stop. As they had a “free” day following that, we were able to welcome them to our monthly club night and take some pictures, exchanging Lakeland Section tea mugs and VMCC WA caps as mementos.

Pasquale Mesto, our Italian Marque specialist, on his 1975 Ducati 900 SS at the ASI Motoshow. Facing page: Pasquale on his 1927 Triumph TT 500 at the same event.

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Three Aussie bikes, (Royal Enfield, BMW and AJS) pose with their owners and the Lakeland Crew.

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The 21st Flat Tank and Girder Fork Run STEVE PARKER, CHAIRMAN, CENTRAL LANCS SECTION The Central Lancs Section’s premier event, The FT&GF is, we hope, developing into one of the best events on the calendar. Inaugurated 21 years ago and using two (harder/easier) routes around the Trough of Bowland, The Run starts and finishes at Goosnargh Village Hall near Preston, where breakfast and post run food is available courtesy of Cath and her team of volunteers. The display area on the Village green attracts a good numbers of visitors, and this year saw some 50 bikes entered with another 15 or so later classics. Last year the Section Committee, mindful of the general tailing off of attendance at events for very early machines, decided to trial the inclusion of Tele/Rigids in the lineup. This has proved to be a very positive step and along with making the event accessible to more members, has had the added bonus of improving the variety of machines attending. This trial will now constitute a permanent change. The long course, at 50 miles, is a loop around the ‘Trough’ as we call it in Lancashire. The area is one of outstanding beauty, comprising moorland fells and valleys with winding lanes, good testing climbs akin to the steepness of Sunrising and some exhilarating downhill stretches which can test the nerve. A halfway lunch stop at Dunsop Bridge after the first 25 miles around Beacon Fell, through the Trough, and along the banks of the Wyre and Hodder, allows us to park up at a very picturesque

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spot, complete with babbling brook, ducks and pheasants, tea and ice cream and a lie down on the grass for some of the more weary souls. Then we tackle the long climb, about a mile, up to the crest of Easington Fell and then the three-mile downhill swoop to Waddington, followed by a (spirited for some) meander along the lanes to our trademark water splash at the ford on appropriately named Ford Lane and the into the display area for a wellearned rest, natter and pie and peas. Some were back early, some were later, and there are of course one or two quaint watering holes along the way. Our backup vehicle, manned by Bryn and Jim, was quite busy this year with four breakdowns and a minor tumble resulting in some bruising, but this is after all a testing run. The roads and landscape are in many ways as close an approximation as can be possible these days to the pioneer environment. We do not intend to water this down. Comments heard in the paddock afterwards were often about the exhilaration of completing a fairly stiff run and we think it best that it stays that way. However, it should be stressed that the route is successfully completed annually by Odgie on his single speed single brake belt drive JAP Special, and it is of course quite possible to meander gently and arrive a little later, evidenced this year by our club member Brian Jackson, who by dint of his somewhat advanced years (four score and several), was given popular dispensation to ride his Triumph Cub. Brian did his fifty miles and

climbed off stiff and sore but with a huge grin on his face as usual, surely summing up the ethos of our hobby. The Section makes charitable donations from funds raised at the event and this year was aided by a type of bagatelle constructed of exhaust pipes, ball bearings and old handlebars by Odgie. Called the Chopper Ball, this fiendish postapocalyptic answer to computer gaming is set to appear at several events this year, keep a look out! We managed finally to film some of the action this year, the result of which should soon be available on YouTube, referenced FTGF 2016. Do have a look and please and if you want to test yourself and your Flat tanker, girder forker or your solid rear end to a stiffer than usual test in the most beautiful part of the North West then join us in May 2017.

Awards Farthest travelled:Humphrey Smith from Japan Farthest ride in: Simon Wilson; 60 miles on his 1926 BSA L27 (making close to 200 on the day!) Members/spectator’s choice Vintage machine: 1930 BSA V Twin, Colin Blundell Members choice Post Vintage machine: 1938 Vincent HRD 1000, John MacKinson

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Ready for the run NEVILLE HEATH

Fifteeen bikes gathered for the Ipswich and Suffolk Section’s 50th Anniversary run. This picture was taken as bikes and riders prepared for the off.

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Norton: The story behind the name This appeared in the Journal for May 1969, but I think that it is well worth reprinting. There may be additions and corrections in the light of further research and these would be most welcome – Editor.

It is impossible for an agreement to be reached by all those interested in the motor cycling panorama as to what is the best motor cycle of all time. Some years one particular model from one particular factory may have been a better machine than its rivals, then the next year the rival may have come good and produce something a little better. This see-saw state was certainly true of the Vintage years, and though the title ‘best’ is deliberately avoided if only to prevent controversy, I do not think that many will disagree that the subject machinery of this article, without doubt, bears the most famous name in motor cycling history, a name that has been a legend for decades past, and, it is hoped, will remain a legend for decades to come. So, let us go back to the beginning and see where it all began. And the beginning takes us to the Birmingham of 1869 and the year of the birth of James Lansdowne Norton. By the time he was 10 years old he was making a variety of working model steam engines and a fascination for all things mechanical was evident. Upon completion of his education his family apprenticed him to the jewellery trade, but this was never as dear to his heart as mechanics and eventually he turned his brain and his hands to the bicycle and driving chain trade. By the time he was 29 in 1898, he had sufficient capital to form his own small company, The Norton Manufacturing Co. manufacturer of components to the then infant motoring trade at Bradford Street, Birmingham. Not satisfied with this role alone; thoughts were turned to producing a machine that bore his name, and an association with Charlie Garrard who was importing French Clement engines and producing the 1.3 hp Clement Garrard

machine led him to start the same procedure. So, in 1902 the first Norton machines appeared, both in the accepted orthodox version and also models with cut away loop frames “suitable for ladies of elegance” Even in the first early years of the century Birmingham was recognised as the centre of the motor cycle trade and it is said that Mr. Norton’s office became the centre of Birmingham. Other leading lights of the trade congregated in Mr. Norton’s office, mainly after business hours, ideas were expounded, discussed and accepted or rejected. The office became the centre for an interchange of all the ideas of the industry struggling to burst into life. Many of the newcomers faltered and fell, yet newer The office became names took their the centre for an places, the entire industry was in a interchange of confused state of all the ideas of flux. Bur with faith the industry in the industry and his own products, struggling to albeit with foreign burst into life engines, Mr. Norton managed to keep his firm above water. By the middle of the decade his lightweight was fitted with V-twin Moto-Reve engines of Swiss design, and the larger models had single or twin French Peugeot motors. No matter how skilful any enterprise may be, any stroke of luck is an advantage and the stroke of luck for Nortons came in 1907 when the late Rem Fowler as a private entry won the twin cylinder class on the first TT race in the Isle of Man on one of the Peugeot-engined machines at an average speed of 36.22 mph and a record lap for both classes 0f 42.91 mph This founded the tradition that Norton racing machines were the same as the prospective buyer could buy. Still not completely happy with foreign engines, back in Birmingham Mr. Norton was busy


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designing his own motive unit and this big single side valve of 633 cc that was known as ‘The Big Four’ was produced in 1908, although models were still produced with proprietary engines. The Norton 490 cc engine followed soon afterwards and by 1910 a Roc two-speed gear was available. Norton machines had achieved quite a good reputation but the hard days were not yet over and the future of the firm was far from being assured. With assistance and encouragement from a neighbouring engineering firm R.T. Shelley Ltd. Which had been carrying out engineering work for Nortons, the firm was re-shaped as Norton Motors Ltd. and moved to Sampson Road, Birmingham. The sprint boys of the period, around 1911 and 1912, knew a good machine Dan Bradbury, a when they rode one and leading personality of the Sheffield Club, the 490 cc “TT” model, did 70mph on one and single speed clutchless belt was so impressed he drive Norton entered the trade as began to win a Norton agent things. Dan Bradbury, a leading personality of the Sheffield Club, did 70 mph on one and was so impressed he entered the trade as a Norton agent. In 1912 Jack Emerson rode his single-speeder down from Hull, won the Brooklands TT over a distance of 150 miles fractured three world records for distance at something over 65 mph at the same time, and then rode the same machine back to Hull, all in the same day. The Big Four and the 490cc TT model became so popular that other models which were planned, a little two-stroke to be called the “Nortonette” and a 350 cc version of the TT model in 1911 and 1913 respectively, were never produced. In 1914 the ‘Brooklands Special’ was introduced and D (Wizard) O’Donovan, brother-in-law of the afore –mentioned R.T.Shelley, was soon batting around Brooklands at over 80 mph and scooping world records by the bucketful. Touring models fitted with a Sturmey hub gear were also made and Mr Norton’s thoughts became not unaware of overhead valves, though nothing as

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yet was definite. In 1915 the top tube of the frame was dropped to give a much lower riding position, the ‘Brooklands Special’ was now guaranteed to do 70 mph in standard trim, and a slightly less hot version- the ‘Brooklands Road Special’, guaranteed to go at 65 mph, the ‘TT’ model being re-named the ‘Model 9’ The touring model now had a 3speed countershaft gear and became the ‘Model 16’ and in this same year the factory moved again, to Phillips Street, which backed on to the Shelley firm in Aston Brook Street, and eventually a site at Bracebridge Street was acquired which brought the entire complex into an area bounded by the three streets. Also in 1916 the name on the tank acquired the curly “N” which has lasted right until this day. No machines were produced after 1916 until 1919 as with so many other firms war production of armaments were priority. The initial post-war models were no different from the pre-1916 ones but by 1920 the old Model 16 had been given chain drive, from now on to be called the ‘16H’ and continuing the policy of racing what they sold, a factory team of no less than five were entered in the first TT after the war. Together with eight private owners on similar models and one gallant stalwart – Norman Black – on a single speed belt driver, and these belt drivers could still go as was proved by the fact that, despite a puncture and two broken belts, Black finished 11th , even beating the young Graham Walker, mounted on one of the new chain-drive jobs (Incidentally, this machine made history by being the very last belt driver to race in the TT, and it is now owned by a Vintage Club member, as is Rem Fowler’s winning mount of 1907.) However, Nortons couldn’t pull it off in 1920. Leading on the last lap but one, Sunbeams snatched victory and Nortons had to be content with second place. One of the privateers in that 1920 TT was young Victor Horsman who began to make a name for himself on Norton machines in more ways than one. For example, he once took the hour record at Brooklands at 72 mph and then rode back to North Wales and won the local club’s reliability trial on the same machine By 1922 an overhead valve engine had been designed and further brought to the boil by O’Donovan’s genius. Piloted by Rex Judd this machine was going round Brooklands at something

shortened; magnetos moved from the front of the engine to the rear, there were detachable cylinder heads for the 16H and the ‘Big Four’ Between 1931 and 1938 inclusive Nortons really came into their own in the Isle of Man. Apart from the 1935 senior and the 1938 junior, both Some of these are won by ex-Norton rider Stanley Woods still running to on a Guzzi and a this very day in Velocette the hands of local respectively, Norton took every other inhabitants from senior and junior Burma and the race. Basic designs depths of Africa remained unchanged apart from a few incidentals such as hairpin valve springs in 1934, megaphone exhausts in 1935, plunger rear suspension in 1936, twin overhead camshafts in 1937 and telescopic forks in 1938. However, the standard range underwent progressive improvement and the Model 19 of 596 cc came in 1933. Came the last war and again the firm devoted its energies to military production. No less than 100,000 of the 16H models being delivered to the Army. Some of these are still running to this very day in the hands of local inhabitants from Burma to the depths of Africa. Vintage-wise, I suppose I should stop this story at this point, but to do so will leave the story incomplete. Tales of Harold Daniel, Artie Bell, Geoff Duke, Ray Amm, of ‘featherbed’ and ‘Dominator’ and countless other facets remain. Perhaps they will be considered Vintage enough in twenty years’ time, and such facts will then be printed in this magazine. Nortons hold the unique and unbeatable record of being represented in every series of TT races since the conception of the event in 1907 and a little known fact is that Mr. Norton himself competed in several of these epics before the first world was, alas, with little luck, although he often did quite well in other parts of the country. “Unapproachable” was the trade slogan adopted by the firm. No more fitting description could be envisaged for the machinery that bears the name of James Lansdowne Norton.

near to the magic 100 mph. In the 1923 TT fortune still eluded Norton. Second again, not only in the senior but also in the newly formed sidecar event. But, at last, everything ‘came good’ in the summer of 1924 James Norton was a sick man, and, although he did not know it, this was to be his last year. As though fate was to reward his efforts Alec Bennett came home first in the TT of that year at a greater speed than the race had ever been won, and the Nortons were beginning to win races all over the world. In the spring of 1925 James Lansdowne Norton passed away. Besides his motor cycling side of his life he had always been a most religious person and had been a leading personality in the Salvation Army. The world at large gains something with such men and their loss is just as keenly felt. In his memory, the University of Birmingham created the Norton Scholarship of Motor Cycle Engineering. Still, Nortons could not get into a winning streak in the Isle of Man, in 1925 third in the senior and second and third in the Sidecar, but in 1926 a new recruit to the Norton team, one Stanley Woods got them their second senior win. In 1927 Walter Moore got down to re-designing the entire racing team and produced what was to become the immortal overhead camshaft engine. With it Alec Bennett romped home in the 1927 Senior TT and in 1928 this model was listed for sale as the ‘CS1’ and the push-rod engine was sold in the same frame as the Model 18 (later with a spring frame as the ES 2) In 1928 there were Nortons in the Junior TT and following Norton tradition, the following year these were listed in push-rod and camshaft form as the JE and the CJ models. In 1930 Arthur Carroll, who had come to Nortons from apprenticeship redesigned the Island racers. Walter Moore, having moved on to the NSU concern. (This marque, not unexpectedly acquiring a most Norton-like appearance) The standard versions of the various models stayed more or less the same apart from enclosed valve gear and other small details. This was the time of the Slump and other firms introduced small two-strokes into their ranges, but Norton just reduced the prices of their existing models. The 16H came down to £49 and the camshaft models had £5 lopped off their price, to use just two examples. However, in 1931 the whole range was improved. Wheelbases were

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Speed and mileometer DEREK MANDERS

Having had difficulty whilst on bike runs keeping track of junctions etc with the mileometer on all of my bikes not registering true, I started to experiment with cycle computers. I tried two, both had a magnet which attached to a wheel spoke, and a sensor which attached to the fork leg, one had a wire from the sensor to the monitor and the other was wireless. Both were c***! The magnet fitting was too small to be successfully fitted to a motor cycle spoke, but I did manage to make another larger magnet mount, also it was very difficult to get the fork mounted sensor close enough to the magnet to get it to register. I did manage to overcome this problem, but the outcome was not very successful. Another niggle was that both units required me to measure the circumference of the tyre and enter this data into the computer. What I really needed was a unit that I could swap from bike to bike that didn’t require altering the tyre circumference when I transferred it. I made some inquiries about bespoke motor cycle units that worked off GPS, but to no avail. I then resorted to typing into eBay ‘GPS cycle computer’. My prayers were answered! Good old eBay came up trumps in the form of a Garmin Edge 200 GPS-enabled cycling computer. I paid £40 for a used one, looking at the condition it was not very used. It seems that the new price is around the £90 mark. I also bought three out-front mounts, one for each bike on the road. They cost £4 each from eBay, and a car charger was another £6 or so. This piece of kit works brilliantly! Swap from bike to bike, very accurate, it tells speed, miles covered, average speed, and loads more stuff which I am not bothered about, like where you have been and calories used, but I don’t think that’s relevant whilst in use on a motorbike. It gives you the option of downloading loads of info to your computer if you are so inclined (which I am most certainly not). I have used it on two Mid Lincs Section runs now, and it has been spot on in calculating miles covered. A couple of points to bear in mind though, it needs charging up, you must remember to switch it on and wait until the GPS signal is found before

pressing start. I am looking forward to putting it to good use for the Scarborough touring week shortly, hence buying a car charger. I did this last year, and my rigid Velo MAC mileometer was about eight miles out on a run of about 90 miles. It makes a big difference following a route sheet if you can have an accurate mileometer, and it also helps to know how fast you are going so as not to get on the wrong side of Mr Plod. All in all a very useful little gadget which I am sure will be of use to many vintage classic bike riders. The editor might also like to note that it would be a handy thing to attach to a sheep dog enabling one to ascertain how many miles it has run, where it has been, etc...

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That Douglas once again JOHN WILLIAM MOORE

My good friend Richard Farrow of Reading told me of some articles about the Douglas of Bill Moore and its registration number. I am able not only to confirm its number was in fact Y7601 (it is cemented into my memory), but I also have this photograph, which was taken at Woodcote Transport Rally in 1967 when I was just about to ride it around the arena at the tender age of 14. My name is John and I am the grandson of Bill Moore. My first official outing was on March 23rd two years later in 1969 when at the age of 16 and one week I was number one away in the 33rd Annual Pioneer Run to Brighton, and rode a 1901 Dart with my father, John Moore alongside me wearing number two on his 1903 Anglian. My grandad rode with 177 on his back on that same 1914 Douglas at the age of 76.

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Not sure if three generations competing together has ever been matched. Top: John and Bill. Above: The list of riders. l Mr Moore’s contribution brings to an end the story of this Douglas.

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60th Taverners Road Trial

Sunday 25th September 2016

The Taverners invite you to ride with them on a morning and afternoon ride to test your skill and knowledge. A choice of veteran, vintage, classic road and green lane routes are available, of between 25 and 45 miles in morning and afternoon. Enjoy some fine countryside and lunch at The Gliding Centre. All classes of VMCC eligible machines, plus 10 modern machines. Start times from 9.30am for the green lane, from 10am for the road route. An easy route is available for veteran and low-power machines.

The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth Airfield, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 6JJ.

Entry fee includes lunch – pre-booked £10 per person, on the day £12 per person Free entry to pre-1932 vehicles Non-members join for £3 on the day

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Bwlch-y-Groes – the Pass of the Cross ‘The pass of the Cross’ – Bwlch-y-Groes – has always had a special place in motoring history. This could be, in part, its relatively easy access from the Midlands – the heart of the motor industry – in addition to the challenge of its gradient and the impossibility of getting a good ‘run’ at it due to a right-hand hairpin bend right at the bottom, which made the one-and-threequarter miles at an average of 1 in 7 quite a challenge for early motor cycles. This brief account of an assault on the hill reminds us of the challenges facing the motorcyclist on the minor roads of the 1920’s. Our two heroes had chosen a somewhat inappropriate steed for their adventure – a 1916 Calthorpe and sidecar, which was dragged along by a 31/2 hp twin cylinder JAP engine via a twospeed Enfield gear – at least the outfit was all chain drive. (Has anyone got a photograph of one of these machines?) Fully laden with thick leather coats, luggage and all manner of spares and tools, they set off from Shrewsbury for Bala early one morning – in January. Delayed by a series of minor breakdowns, they did not arrive at Dinas Mawddwy before the light was beginning to fade. This was not good. Whilst the side and tail lamps were electric, the headlamp was acetylene-powered. They charged the hairpin ‘flat-out’ in their bottom gear of 9 to 1 – and stalled, halfway round. On their third attempt, by swinging in as wide a curve as possible they JUST got round and were slowly grinding upwards when a closed fivebarred gate appeared in front of them. Too late! A bent front number plate and a battered headlamp was the outcome. A re-start was attempted by both of them pushing, and the idea was that the passenger was to clamber in over the back of the sidecar once they were moving. Success – of sorts... a re-start was achieved, but the front spring of the sidecar had sheared, and so it was attached only by the rear spring bearer. As his passenger leapt aboard, the nose of the sidecar tilted vertically upwards, depositing his

comrade on his hands and knees in the road. With the gradient now being 1 in 6 – or maybe even steeper, another re-start was out of the question and so the author struggled on alone with his passenger following as best he could on foot. As his passenger The unguarded leapt aboard, the vertical drop of nose of the sidecar hundreds of feet on his right and the tilted vertically sheer black cliff upwards, face on the left depositing his concentrated the comrade on his mind wonderfully. But his problems hands and knees were not over – in the road remember, this was January. Wheelspin on the sheet ice necessitated running alongside whilst trying to keep his footing. The road surface changed to snow, which gave better traction and the gradient lessened as the summit was reached where he awaited the arrival of a somewhat exhausted passenger. The descent to Llanwchllyn was not without its excitements. ANOTHER five-barred gate was challenged – and defeated – with the completion of the destruction of the headlamp. The joys of motor cycling in the early 1920’s...


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Membership - 1

With reference to Phil Phumprey’s letter in the May 2016 journal regarding falling membership? May I suggest that a glance through the ‘for sale’ ads provides the answer to the issue of falling membership and failure to attract young members. Whilst the advertised machines are no doubt worth their asking prices in collectors’ and mature enthusiasts’ investment terms, such prices will not attract the cash-strapped youth to our club. The most affordable machine is a Trojan minimotor, non-running, at £450; the most expensive an Excelsior at £29k, which is by no means an expensive classic/vintage in today’s terms. Most aspiring youngsters are unlikely to opt for this mode of two-wheeled transport when a similar sum will afford them an automatic 50cc Chinese auto scooter, which, repulsive as they may be, to most of our members will at least get a youth on the road. Perhaps later in their two-wheeled careers they may opt for a vintage/classic, but what the cost of a 350 Matchless might then be for them will buy them a swifter and more practical classic, probably Japanese. In which case they will likely join the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club? Whilst I am neither rich nor poor, and despite being immersed in old motorcycles for nearly 50 years, some of the prices even I find mind-boggling. It is no longer an affordable sport for the ordinary person of ordinary means, which is probably most of us? We are becoming a rich person’s club. It has been pointed out to me by a member of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group that prices over in Canada for classic British machinery is nothing like as crazy as here. However, if we want the club and movement to survive and thrive, luring the less well-off youth into the club will have to be a priority for us. I am also a member of the MZ Riders Club (MZRC) and the Lambretta club GB (LCGB), and neither of these clubs are suffering from a lack of membership or funding. The LCGB may be thriving as scooters are more fashionable, and hence more attractive to the youth, whereas the MZRC is perhaps the opposite; and the attraction of an MZ (for me anyhow) is that they

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are still unpretentious, affordable, practical and great fun, as is the club itself. Perhaps the VMCC might take a closer look at these two clubs and learn from them? Ben Maxted

Membership - 2

It seems that barely an issue of the Club magazine goes by without someone stating that we need to recruit younger members if the Club is going to survive. I can only use my own experience to suggest an answer, but it’s an answer that might not be very well received in some quarters. In my circle of riding friends there are three guys in their mid-twenties. They are every bit as keen and enthusiastic about their bikes as I was at their age (possibly even more so, given the administrative and financial hurdles that have to be overcome these days to obtain a full licence). They see bikes as a relatively cheap and convenient means of getting around but, more importantly, they’re fun. Fun to ride, fun to mess about with and fun to improve. However, as is the way of youth, they also need their bikes to have a decent turn of speed, with brakes and suspension to match. My educated guess is that to achieve what they might see as acceptable levels of performance, and reliability, within the realms of ‘our’ vintage/ classic machines would require an investment of at least £3,000 (I’m thinking here of a mid to late ‘60’s 500cc machine with no obvious mechanical horrors). That line of thought presents two immediate problems: firstly, they have no emotional attachment to such machines and, secondly, more modern machines of equal performance can be had for much less than that. Of course, “more modern” is a relative term because, without exception, they all own at least one bike which is VMCC eligible – typically Japanese machines from the late ‘70’s to mid ‘80’s. So why aren’t they all members? The answer is simple: perception. To them, the VMCC has nothing to do with the sort of bikes they enjoy riding and fettling and, based upon some of the comments I’ve read in these pages, they’re quite right. Unfortunately, I think they’re very

probably the future members we’re so desperately looking for. To me, the enthusiasm, commitment and effort needed to produce, say, a flat track styled SR500 is the same as that needed to produce a Triton and surely enthusiastic, committed people are what we need as members – but, let’s be honest, would both bikes (and their owners) get the same welcome at your next Club Night? Until they do, I imagine those elusive younger members will continue to remain elusive. Harley Richards

Future of the vintage scene

Looking at the future of the Club some better data might be useful to help get the measure of the vintage motor cycling scene. Out of 38 million vehicles on the road in the UK there are about 1 million licensed motorcycles, about 2.6 per cent of the of the national vehicle fleet. About 30 per cent are scooters. There are about 7,500 sidecars. Roughly how many of these machines are VMCC eligible (were manufactured before 1991)? And how many are in daily use as opposed to being SORNED? There are somewhere between 1.1 - 1.2 million active riders in the UK. 50% of these are aged 40 or over. How many own a pre-1991 machine? The profile of the ‘average motorcyclist’ in 21st Century Britain is a seemingly upstanding, ‘40 something’ middle-class citizen who is a married, professional, family man. Riders in their thirties account for another 31%, with almost as many of the rest aged between 16 and 19 (9%) as are in their twenties (10%). Averages however tell us little about the detail, which is where of course, the devil lives – but cold arithmetic says that the VMCC only has to recruit less than 0.1 per cent of these people annually to balance the rate at which our members leave (either the Club or this life). Do we know enough about the target audience for the VMCC? Many new members join us from different walks of two-wheeled life. A lot come through the classic scene, but not all. It would be useful to know what other clubs our newer members belong to. But one thing is certain though and that is that, as more of our older members decide that it is time for them to hang up their gear and/or sell off their machinery, new members need to be introduced to

our Club, if not won over and baptised into our quite diverse congregation. Are we really a rider’s club? Less so, I think, as members get older. How many of members are ‘real riders’? According to Government figures, every week the ‘average motorcyclist’ makes eight trips by motorcycle, spending three hours and 20 minutes travelling around 88 miles on their motorcycle. As would be expected, people with bigger bikes make longer journeys than those with small bikes, with mopeds averaging about 3,000 miles per year, 125cc bikes averaging about 3,600 miles a year, and bikes over 501cc averaging about 4,200 miles a year. (Note that these are mileages per bike, not per rider.) How many miles do VMCC members typically travel, particularly on VMCC eligible machines and for what purposes? As would be expected, the number of miles covered by motorcycles varies over the course of the year, with about twice as many miles covered in June July and August compared to December, January and February. More motor cycle trips are made on weekdays than on weekends, with nearly two thirds of trips being for work, business or education reasons compared with less than a third of car trips being made for these purposes. Motorcycle journeys made for ‘leisure purposes’ tend to be twice as long as car trips made for leisure. My feeling is that most VMCC members do not use their machines as their main or even preferred means of daily transport. Too many turn up to gatherings in cars! As someone who has ridden motorcycles almost every day since April 1965 and whose machines (all bar one) are pre-1991 and in daily use, I would like to see the club offering an award for members who cover say more than 10,000 miles annually on VMCC eligible machines, and who use them year round. We appeal to all sorts: owners, polishers, collectors but never forget motor cycles were made as transport to be RIDDEN! When you meet an enthusiastic motor cyclist who actually rides an older machine regularly but who has not heard about the VMCC, suggest they look us up on the web, come and help out on a Club event or better still, fill in a membership application. Roger Bibbings

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I recently unearthed my pair of Octopus Goggles as worn by Mike Hailwood and others in their day. They were a 21st Birthday present from a lovely Aunt who died a little while ago. They were an expensive item - £6 a pair in 1968 - and they are still in good order with the exception of the padding. The chamois outer is intact but the foam inner has turned to dust and I wonder if any of our members can point me to someone who may be able to repair them. I have written to one of our advertisers who sells similar goggles, but was not favoured with a reply. I also wrote to Nanini in Italy and received an automatic reply but nothing since. As these have considerable sentimental value – and I want to use an open face helmet again – I would prefer to have them fixed rather than replace them. Eddie Barnes (Editor’s Comment: What is needed is someone who makes gloves – but where you would find such a craftsman (or woman) these days?)

Proxy voting

Jeremy Retford says that the number of proxy votes cast for the AGM was ‘pitiful’ ( May 2016 Journal) Well then, how many of us completely failed to understand the complexities of this proxy method and gave up. I, for one, certainly did. Thinking myself ‘thick’ I then asked four other members for their views and none of these understood it either. A simple ‘X’ on a voting paper used to suffice and maybe this old method would have received more support? Arthur Pentney

The passing of a friend

I was shocked to hear this morning (Wednesday 20th April) that David (Ian) Cromack had died. Both my brother and I always knew him as Ian. My friendship with Ian ‘gelled’ during the restoration of his 1925/5 Raleigh (Walter) I’ve always found Ian most courteous, generous AND good company – a gentleman. My sincere condolences are with Ian’s family David Frank

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The Daimler BSA

Having just read, with interest, the article by S Moore on the BSA with fluid flywheel, I thought what a brave move by BSA, and what a good idea. I had, in my early motor cycling days, a Daimler Conquest saloon car fitted with fluid flywheel ‘box, which was excellent to use. The only problem to arise in my experience was that if you did not make a decisive press on the “clutch” (bus bar) operating pedal, it would fly back up, rather like a kickback from a kickstart. I wonder if the BSA had the same fault? I also had experience of a three-speed auxiliary epicyclic gearbox fitted to a Foden HGV in the ‘70s. This, in conjunction with a four-speed crash box, gave 12 speeds. I would like to recommend to readers a set of three mini wire brushes I recently purchased. These are by “Roughneck”. I purchased mine through a well known (Am....) Internet trader for under a tenner. The set consists of Nylon and Stainless and Brass, all mounted on soft grip handles. Just the job for the workshop, and small enough to go in the tool kit on the bike as well. Dave Simmons

Early B&B carburettor

Can anyone identify the motor cycle or other engine which might have used this Brown and Barlow carb? It has turned up in a shed in New Zealand and the owner cannot recall how it might have got there. It is available if required. I can be reached via email at

Peter Cornelius Triumph Marque Specialist l Peter has added a 20th booklet to his range of booklets, previously covering all Triumph models from 1902 to 1934. This one covers the 1934 to 1936 Val Page Triumphs, and includes the three models which Edward Turner added the brilliant colour scheme and a other small modifications to be subsequently marketed as ‘his’ Tiger 70, 80 and 90 of 1936 to 1939. Obtainable from Peter at the email address above.

Thank you

The motor ‘bikers old and younger ones CLUB I just would like to put pen to paper. A huge thank you for my soul-felt adventure on 2 wheels. Call it a parade or just a blatt on a very nice piece of tarmac amongst an atmosphere second to none. Just a couple of miles under your belt and the draw of this attractive scenery was already sending shivers down my spine. Yet another 35 miles of glorious motorcycling was in store. Like the wondrous feeling of dating for the first time, this is living at its finest. Organised by such dedicated folk who choose to be on the other side of the fence. I thank you all. Memories of ‘R’ of course, Castrol and sweet. Yours fourstrokefully, John Daly

The Taverners’ Winter Trials

First of all, a big thank you on behalf of the Taverners to all of our observers for turning out in rain and shine to support us. And, of course, to the riders and everybody that helped. Anybody who fancies coming along next season to join us in either guise is most welcome. Although we have some good sites for trials; if anyone knows on any potential trials sites in Leicestershire or Rutland area such as disused railways, quarries or woodland or any interesting pieces of land that is not too flat that I can look into. For any information on the above, please give me a call on 01508 412622. Roger Monk Wrong number

Would it be possible for you to repeat the letter which was printed on page 71 of the June journal? (above) Somehow you put the incorrect telephone number in there. The number is 01509 412662. Roger Monk


Last year I was struggling to find someone to polish stainless steel. Then I was lucky enough to find the services of Kurtis Perrigo – KLP Metal Polisher – from Westhoughton, Lancashire. He polished lots of parts in stainless steel and aluminium to a firstclass finish. His prices are right and he is a pleasure to deal with. His telephone number is 01942 815566 or Gordon Geskell


NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NAVIGATION SCATTER & ROAD SAFETY RALLY Sunday September 4th at 9am EARLS BARTON CRICKET CLUB, Earls Barton Explore the villages of Northamptonshire with your own route visiting a choice of checkpoints. Classes with suitable mileages for all ages of machine. Details and entry forms from Trevor Pinfold on 01604 859215 Entries close on August 19th No entries on the day

BHR DATES FOR 2016 July 16 & 17: Lydden Hill August 28 & 29: Mallory Park September 24 & 25: Cadwell Park

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In brief A correction

I was so delighted with the article in the May edition of the VMCC Journal regarding my Rex Vee Twin OE 51118 (Pages 63-65). Unfortunately you got my name wrong - It should be Richard Woodcock not Richard Woostock. Richard Woodcock


To save funds and stopping the extravagance of printing scheduled events on pages in the Journal and moaning letters from Old Father Brazendale, please consider removing these pages and instead print a supplement, on cheaper quality paper, to be sent out with the Journal. Consider printing, at the beginning of the year, a calendar of events for the year. Consider only printing events, other than those in the calendar, in the monthly supplement. Reg Eyre

Lost and found

Left behind in the hall of Marstons Sports and Social Club after the Burton Parade: 1 pair of sunglasses in case 1 breathable light jacket in drawstring bag. Apply to Ann Davy 01283 820563 (answer phone is always on) for further details. Ann Davy

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Your assistance is required

I am trying to track down a photo of a friend’s Grandad. He was VL Ramplin and he raced a 350 AJS in the late 40s/early 50s at Gamston and Boreham that I know for certain. Sadly he was killed racing at Gamston in July 1951. My friend’s grandmother eventually remarried and no photos or memorabilia were kept. If any members have any photos or recollections it would be tremendous to hear from them. I have tried Mortons Archive with no luck. I am very glad the club is settling down now after a very difficult period. My own view is that size isn’t everything, and a friendly well-run club is more important than thousands of members. I love the journal, especially in the new format and without the vitriol. Many thanks to all the active members for their hard work. David Spencer Chairman Marston Sunbeam Club & Register 07772 597441

Three-wheeled enjoyment

It’s not only ‘distressed’ Broughs that make big money. At the late spring sale of working dogs at the Skipton Auction mart this handsome beast sold for 14,100 guineas – a world record price for a working sheep dog. ‘Cap’ is a 16-month-old bred and trained by Ireland’s Padraig Doherty.

I very much enjoyed the article on the ‘threewheeler’ in June’s Issue. Is there any chance of some photographs, so we could see the ‘Castle Three’, the LSD and just how ugly the GWK was? The Ariel Fleet always gets a mention, but I have never seen a picture. If I lived in Britain I’d offer to search the library myself, but wonder if there is a kind soul in the United Kingdom willing to do so? It would make a lovely collage for the centre fold. Geoff Hobbs, France PS: (Editor’s comment: A tall order, but I will look into it)

For those of you who feel, the need for a Vintage machine without any of the hassle, then the Black Douglas Motorcycle Company is for you. Their 2016 ‘Stirling Countryman De-luxe’ looks like a barn find relic from the 1920’s but it is brand new, made in Italy and has either a 125cc or 230cc air-cooled Honda engine. Prices start at 9,500 Euros so don’t all rush at

In the June issue of The Journal Juris posted ‘an important correction’. The correction was not required. The use of the words ‘neither, nor, nor’ qualified the sentence to be in the negative i.e. don’t do it! Inserting ‘cannot’ would be completely wrong grammatically. If ‘cannot’ was to be used then ‘neither’ ‘nor’ should be removed and the second ‘nor’ replaced with ‘or’. Alf Harris

A dog’s life

The Black Douglas Motor Cycle Company

Unnecessary correction

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JIM BULLOCK: 1928-2016 ‘Gentleman’ Jim Bullock passed away in April just days after his 88th birthday. He had been a familiar sight at VMCC events throughout the country until ten years ago, when an accident whilst riding around Loch Ness brought his motor cycling days to an end. A plumber by trade, he began motor cycling on a pre-war Model 100 Panther with a box sidecar. He was never happier than when riding one of his stable of vintage machines, either a Sunbeam, Scott, Velocette, Triumph or Panther. He always had a broad grin on his face; a quiet man by nature but always ready with an often hilarious ‘one liner’. He was generous to a fault, and those of us lucky enough to be considered a friend have all benefited from his generosity. Our thoughts are with Audrey and his family at this sad time. David & John Earnshaw DON CHEESWRIGHT It is with regret that I report the passing of Don Cheeswright on April 27th at the age of 95. I met Don in 1966 at a meeting of the proposed Ipswich Section of the VMCC. At that time he was still road racing , accompanying Geoff Revett to Cadwell Park and Snetterton with 250 and 500cc machines. He told me that he had given up riding in scramble earlier that year after Shrublands Park. He was knocked off his ‘bike by a 16-year-old Dave Bickers, who passed away two years ago. Don and I travelled around together to compete in various events including the Munster rally in Cork, Ireland. Don was also a great musician, playing double bass, trombone and bass guitar. Then, at the age of 70 resumed playing the tuba which he had last played when

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in the army during the war. Locally, he played with Ipswich Community Light Orchestra and in various jazz bands. Don’s nephews and nieces organised a great send-off after his death. At his funeral a motor cycle hearse was followed by an escort from members on their ‘bikes. Tony Brazier

PAUL A LYNCH Paul Lynch was a very active member of the Mid Lincs section, also serving as a Committee Member for some years. Paul was a committed motor cyclist, riding as a matter of course on his BSA B31 and his “ratty” but ever reliable Bantam. Paul passed away early on the 28th May after a long illness, fought with incredible strength. He will be greatly missed by all in the section. Our sincere condolences are extended to his family. Peter Gunnee

RON PEARS: 1927 – 2016 Ron Pears was undoubtedly the most influential member of a group of VMCC members who lived in the old Cumberland and Westmoreland counties. They held meetings at Ron and Kath’s home and established the ‘Lakeland Section’ in 1969. Ron died on April 24th 2016 – aged 88. He had lived in Plumpton, near Penrith, for nearly all his life. He and Kath were happily married for 63 years. Ron went to school at Plumpton; near to his beloved Plumpton church where later he was to play a leading role as churchwarden and latterly as verger. The funeral was at Plumpton church on 5th May, and was attended by many VMCC members who had come from far and wide to say farewell. In the village he was well known as a very practical man who would be able to repair most things – including bicycles and lawnmowers! Always willingly done. Ron started his working life as a joiner, after a few years moving to Rickerby’s at Penrith. There he worked as an engineer for their agricultural engineering department. Later he joined the BBC at the powerful radio transmitter station at Skelton (This is still the location of the BBC’s World Service transmitters). A member of the VMCC for well over 50 years, he and

Kath attended events all over the North and in Scotland. They both loved the Scottish ‘Double’ at Doune – later Crieff and Blairgowrie for the Scottish National. Ron was an extremely competent engineer, and he knew most of the ‘wrinkles’ of vintage motor cycles. A quiet amiable family man, he was wise counsel who shared his vast knowledge with others and who helped many members to keep their machines running. To Kathleen (Kath), son Michael (a VMCC member) Jennifer and their respective families as well as local section members whose lives were touched by Ron, we give thanks and show gratitude for the privilege of knowing him. He will be sorely missed on his well fettled Model 18 Norton – especially with Kath on the pillion! For a boy named Ronnie I ride the ‘bike, rides with me. I taste nature’s bouquet and smell her thousand delights. Feeling her positive energy and experiencing her surge and power. Give me not the city halls, tapestries or climbing walls. They never did impress me. Keep your Rolex watches, I-pads, mobiles and ringing ‘phones. Instead, give me my Norton. The Cumbrian Fells and the girl I love Geoff Brazendale

JOHN PIKE John Pike passed away in his sleep on May 7th. John was a Wheathampstead man, and had been a widower for four years. John had sustained hand and wrist damage in an accident some years ago, but thought a Lomax threewheeler would enable him to join the Section’s ride-outs and social get together. This he did, and we enjoyed his company. A small quiet man on a stick sometimes, but always ready to shake your hand and talk a bit. We shall miss this fellow! Bob Crawley

GEORGE POLLARD The photo above speaks for itself and needs no explanation. In the other, below right, I thought you

should know who’s who, so riding 145 is George Pollard, 290 is late DC Owen with Gordon Lamb as a passenger and 99 Mick Webster, father of Steve the world champion. George’s funeral took place on Wednesday 1st June. His last journey started at 11am, quite fittingly from his Garage on Clarence Street, accompanied by numerous bikers to St Leonard’s Church at Dinnington for 11.30am service, followed by burial at Bramley Cemetery. Robert Pollard

DAVID TOWN David, a long-standing member of the North-East Section sadly passed away in May after battling with cancer. A native of Batley, he worked in the family joinery and undertaking business before being called up for National Service where he served in The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in the Korean War. After demobilisation he returned to work in the business, but, not relishing the financial aspects of business life, as he hated having to charge customers for work undertaken, he embarked on a teacher training course and then spent the rest of his working life as a lecturer at the Bradford Building College. He had various motor cycles, but eventually settled for a Scott, manufactured just a few miles down the valley from his home. He rode the ‘Flying Squirrel’ in local and national events solo for many years, until recently when he added a sidecar so that he could be accompanied by his grandson. In addition to competing in events he also took on the duties of event secretary for both the Golden Era Run the GeorgeFoggit/Topcliffe Road Safety Run and he was also an active member of the Scott Owners’ Club Northern Section. A quiet, unassuming gentleman, he was capable, when encouraged, to recall a fund of amusing stories of his service and working life and he will be greatly missed from within the section.To his wife and close family we extend our condolences and best wishes. Maurice Rispin STEPH WILKINSON Steph Wilkinson, for more than seven years an important member of the Journal production team, was taken from us on Friday 20th May. Our condolences and deepest sympathy to Kim and all the family.

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

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

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



AJS Model M1 1929, 1000cc side valve, V twin, all up and running, ready to ride, condition is very good, original matching frame and engine numbers, one family owner for last 50 years, £26,000. Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 mob 07515 288414 (Wiltshire) AJS 350 – 1936, restored to high standard, final adjustments to do, later engine fitted (early 1940's) hence price £875. Honda CD175 1976, 60% restored wheels, exhaust and small parts to do, low mileage, photo's available £250. Gerald Camfield email (Derbys) ARIEL Red Hunter, 1959, 350cc can email photos by request £3,800. Alan 07946 565605 (Staffs) BMW R80ST, 1984, on sorn mot until August £2,950. Len Eldridge 01452 812411 email (Glouc) BSA Bantam Red D7, 175cc, 1965, fully overhauled, mot due 05/08/2016 £1,250. BSA B26 Sports, 1938, total rebuild just completed, most parts replaced or renewed, age related registration, non matching numbers, ready to ride, can e-mail photos, £4,250. Les Dinham 01326 311577 email (Cornwall) BSA B31, 1954, Plunger model, recently restored, maroon, Q/D rear wheel, almost £3,000 in new parts, bought very nice bike, ring for details £4.200. Pete Goodwin 01793 539207 (Wiltshire)

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

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


BSA B31 1955, 350cc, fully restored, paintwork and chrome in excellent condition, in BSA maroon, stainless used where appropriate, starts easily and runs well, owned 11 years £3,850. Trevor Went 07884 377938 (Northumberland) BSA B33, 500cc, 1954, swing arm model in maroon, tidy with good chrome and paintwork, reliable, excellent starter and runner owned by me for 9 years, Craven carrier fitted and handbooks included £4,500. Phil Butler 01932 765726 (Surrey) BSA Gold Star, DB32, matching nos, original registration, dating certificate, very nice original bike, 190mm brake, RRT2 much history fitted Pearson electric start, either monobloc or GP £14,500. Peter 07903 166239 (Worcs) BSA 1918 model K, restored to good standard, original number, old log book, gas lights, email for photos etc £12,000. Ian Crowhurst 01273 611338 email (E.Sussex) BSA 1945 250 C10, near immaculate, taxed, rebuilt by retired engineer, correct Girder Forks and headlamp, new battery, new pillion, 750 proving miles, spare period OHV engine, bike needs slight re-commissioning £3,200. Mr Murrell 01273 582055 (Sussex) BSA 500 Twin cylinder model A7, reg 1960, very good reliable bike, owned 18 years, sound original condition, magneto overhauled, good tyres, paint and chrome, photos can be emailed £5,350. Peter Beattie 07912 534945 email (Cumbria)

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DAWES classic gents touring cycle, same as Galaxy model, 23.5ins Reynolds 531 frame, blue, 27ins large flange hub wheels, Suntour gears, gel saddle, Straight handlebars, rear carrier + panniers, good original condition £110. John Gatehouse 01536 517538 (Kettering) DOUGLAS EW, 1929, history back to 1971, including buff logbook, completely rebuilt 2008-2015, nominal miles since, real eye catcher, registration MO---- valued £2,900 (staying with bike), manuals, catalogue, spare parts list, bills, selling due to age £11,000. P. Howell 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) HARLEY Davidson 1960 XLH Sportster 883, all original spec in very good condition with factory buddy (dual) seat, windscreen, panniers, horns plus indicators. photos can be emailed, unused for three years £12,500. Tony Clarke 01438 816420 mob 07776 423610 (Herts) HONDA Benly 1983, blue, MOT, many new parts, clean condition plus spare carb top box and carrier, starting needs attention £1,000. John Hunt 01442 264975 (Herts) HONDA CD175, 1974, red, 8,000 genuine mileage, short megaphone silencers, this bike is not new and has been used but if you like original bikes this is very close, will be sold with mot and tax £1,650. Peter Jennings 07974 061272 (Avon) HONDA Motorcycle VT 250 FD 249cc (x2) £600 pair. D A Barker 01869 253661 (Oxford)


BSA A65 1963 USA import

Completely restored by us Lovely bike

£4,999 or part exchange

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KAWASAKI KZ900 1976, v.g.c, from California, all usual mods, done 4 into 1 pipes, oil cooler etc, been stored in garage for 2 years, genuine reason for sale, may part exchange for early Triumph must be in v.g.c. £5,500. Craig Howells 07876 032429 email (Bristol) MATCHLESS G3LS 1957 Greenlaner, ally guards, 21" front wheel, slim tank £3,500 (may p/x). Bultaco 350 Sherpa, 1978, V5, rebuilt, many new parts £1,950 (may p/x) Kreidler Florett 50 project, 1975, V5 £675 (may p/x). David Hutchinson 01328 700711 email (Norfolk) MATCHLESS 1926, 591cc with sidecar in Matchless Grey, used in many VMCC events, owned by family since 1970s £20,000. S Skinner 01934 820657 (Somerset) MATCHLESS 1960 G12 650cc, mot, 6 volt alternator/Magneto model, old log book and receipts, smart looking and smooth runner, photos sent by email, ignition cut out/ non return valve fitted £3,800, possible delivery. Roy Smith 01332 663156 (Derby) MONTESA 1971/74, Cota 247 Trials with V5C plus spare engine and spare frame and seat tank unit etc £1,300. Ian Fairhead 01522 753100 (Lincoln) email (Lincoln) MOTO GUZZI Nuovo Falconi, 1974, all original, complete with siren etc, ex Vatican (perhaps the Pope’s personal transport??) £3,300. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 (Dorset) MOTO GUZZI Ladola 236cc, V5, 1963, registered, show standard, excellent rebuild, engine reconditioned, wheels rebuilt with stainless spokes, many new parts, on sorn, reducing collection due to age £3,800 Harry Oglesby 01482 867575 email (E Yorks) MOTO GUZZI T5, 1987, in good working order, round chrome headlamp, higher bars, Koni shocks, screen, new mot £2,000. Peter Watson 01482 881638 (East Yorkshire) NORTON ES2 1950, original and un-restored, Plunger frame, in regular use on fine days £5,750. Barry Jones 01665 714177 (North Northumberland) NORTON 99, 1960 motor in 1963 frame, used regularly, mechanically excellent, owned since 1980, on the road since 1995, low mileage £3,250. Scott Sprint Special, 1931, long tank model, excellent condition, recon gearbox and clutch £9,250. Richard Norris 020 84495815 (Herts) NSU Quickly Cream S23, 1964, fully overhauled mot due 05/05/2017 £650. David Hoskin 01689 891345 mob 07799 813523 email (Kent) PUCH Maxi Moped, 1975 for light restoration, decent alloy wheels, paintwork, seat and new chains, off road for years in dry garage, engine turns freely and complete, V5C, needs only little work to mot, emailable photos £345. Richard Bartholomew 01842 819969 (Norfolk)

ROYAL Enfield Crusader Sport, 1961, new tyres, chains, seals, bearings etc built to ride, not just for show but still very presentable. Call for pics & more details £2,600. Peter Greig 07711 188995 delivery within reason (West Yorks) ROYAL Enfield Meteor Minor, 500cc, 1962, m.o.t. March 2017, starts easily, reliable, good condition £3,750. Terry Hossack 07814 883235 (KENT) ROYAL Enfield Veteran, 1912 Model 160, 344cc Motosacoche V-twin engine, 2 speed all chain drive, owned 16 years, regular Pioneer finisher, valuable reg number, bad health forces sale £18,500. Brian Philpott 07773 889286 email (Surrey) TRIBSA Metisse Scrambler, all-alloy pre-unit T100, modified A10 frame, full Metisse body kit, central alloy oil tank, roadholders, newly rebuilt wheels with QD rear and period TLS front, all the best bits just need building, no V5, £2,650. Paul Ridehalgh 07934 016309 (Lancs) TRIUMPH Bantam Club 1968 restored, rebuilt, new paint, wheels, carb etc, keyed 12v ignition, mot, nice lightweight machine £2,995. Triumph Bantam Club 1968 blue/white restored rebuilt, lots of new parts, easy starter, 12v new carb, good condition, nice lightweight £2,995. Les Toogood 01983 884745 (Hants) TRIUMPH Cub/terrier trials bike, 1960, mot till may 2017, burgundy/grey, Renthal bars, levers, registered for road, original Burton on Trent number, cracking little bike £3,200. AJS model 8, 350cc, royal blue, mot till Apr 2017, 1961/61, clean tidy bike £3,100. Les Smith 01827 718566 (Atherstone) TRIUMPH Tiger 90, 1965, £3,200. Gordon bailey 01793 812610 (Wilts) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 3rd, only seven entered the race £25,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) TRIUMPH Tiger T100SS 500 1963, very presentable, owned 13yrs, starts/goes well, 12v / Boyer TLS 2-1 Siamese pipes, chromed swing arm/panels, mot Sept 16, £4,750. Selling more-ask for list, cheap px, delivery negotiable. Neil Green 07790 273204 (Notts) TRIUMPH TR6 1972, black, us spec tank, last of the true 650’s, ready to ride, in very good condition, £4,550. David Holland 07815 039418 email (Notts) TRIUMPH TR7V 750cc, 5 speed, 1977, mot, taxed, recently refurbished with numerous new parts, too many to list can be ridden away for £4,250.Tom Breen 01962 738670 email (Hampshire) VELOCETTE Venom, 1959, rare tickle, TLS front brake, excellent runner, in good condition, owned for 34 years, much documentation including old style green log book and mot’s £6,800. M Johnson 01242 528024 (Gloucestershire)

VELOCETTE MOV 1948, Dowty forks with Sammy Miller spring conversion, spare forks, reconditioned magneto, rebored, NOS carb, much stainless including Devon wheels, original Velo instruction book, parts list, road test, special tools etc. £6,000. Mike Milton 01772 424789 (Lancs)


ARIEL Leader fork spares £5-£30, brake pedal £20, primary cover £10, swinging arm £20, r/wheel sprocket £10, toolbox £10, battery carrier £10, clutch spares £5£15, cylinder head £15. C Flood 01634 843803 (after 7pm) (Kent) BIKE Lift available to IOM Classic TT Manx week 2016, outbound 24th August, return 31st August, from/to Stratford-on-Avon, share costs. Perry Cottrell mob 07976 530596 (Warwickshire) BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email (S. Yorks) BSA D7 engine for rebuild and some D7 spares £50. Yamaha L.C 125/TZR wheels and headstock and front legs £35. Robert Crockford 01189 416642 (Reading) BSA C10L side valve engine, 250cc complete, slight cyl fin damage £100 or swop for earlier C10 engine. Tony Bracey 07500555629 (Northants) BSA C11, petrol tank needs work £40, C11, 3 speed gear box £65, AMC rear wheel f/w hub speedo drive sprocket and back plate, 19inch £50, tyre Mitas 300 x 19 brand new £25. Ralph Whitehouse 01582 425136 (Luton) BSA OHV engine 1935 number B2.3*** engine incomplete no valve gears, push rods but comes with pilgrim pump, no fin damage good compression turns over £280 plus P&P. Phil Budding 01685 721491 (S.Wales) BSA WD M20 Oil Tank in nice condition complete with cap, £60 plus postage. George Wander 07778 000383 email (Devon) CLARKE compressor good working order suitable for all paint jobs with accessories £65. Derek Roberts 01789 720077 (Warwickshire) DYNAMO E3H, suitable for B.S.A “A“series machines, in good working order, collection preferred £70. G Blake 01527 876152 (Bromsgrove) FAIRING full bin DMD, needs work, no screen, FREE to anyone who wants it, must collect. Dave Howard 07880 600450 (Warrington) FORKS M3510 x 1, legs and bridge £750 and other Rudge parts, Miller D6 dynamo 50’s Vincent £160. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Kent) FRANCIS Barnet petrol tank, 1953-4 cruiser, model 68 £50. Maurice Langford 01902 662233 (W. Mids)

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HARLEY Davidson, 1916, Model J petrol and oil tanks, detailed pictures available, please call for details or come and have a look if you are not too far away £700 plus postage. John Brookes 07921 246259 (York) NORTON 7” front brake plate £35 plus p&p. Sunbeam side valve tappet covers £25 plus p&p. Tony Turland 01582 595506 (Luton) NORTON Original 60’s Featherbed dual fibreglass racing seat with built in number plate holder £60 plus postage. David Burrell 07946 1911155 (Lincs) NORTON 3½ “ footrest hangers for C1937-1949 models (new) £40 pair, front brake plate (L.H) fitting for girder forks c/w shoes £35, Wheel bearing spacer for rigid models £12, spark plug adaptor 18mm to 14mm new £5. Arther Pentney 01263 713280 (Norfolk) PETROL Generator, 850 watt, only used twice £75, pick up only as heavy, I can email pictures. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email (Kent) POLARIS Touring fairing, thought 1970's, has some brackets, but is missing its screen, last fitted to unit 500 Triumph, free to good home, collect from me in Todmorden!, happy to email photos. Rod Smith 01706 819727 email (Lancs) TOOLBOXES, pillion side steel cases with hand stitched leather fronts and straps, 7 ½” to 9” long x 4 ½” x 3 ½” £85. A Greathead 01446 792586 (Glamorgan) TRIUMPH Tiger 90, barrels and pistons +20, good condition £95. Lucas K1 Mag £25. Don Beaumont 01924 409857 mob 07854 483774 (W Yorks) TRIUMPH T110 duplex silencer, left hand, new, Armours? £40, front pipes very good for a 1955 110, £45, silencer for the same £25 (right hand), seat base and foam £30, Brass pyrene fire extinguisher with bracket £50, TRW chain cases £50. Gary Davies 0115 9655287 (Notts) TRIUMPH T140V engine, rebuilt with new MK2 Amals and clutch £1,500, also Triumph T140V engine with Nourish alloy head, barrel and pistons, no electrics or carbs £1,200, also, Nourish cylinder head, cast iron barrel with Omega pistons £800. Trevor Hilditch 0151 632 5186 (Wirral) TRIUMPH TR6 1963 Trophy SS (650cc) barrel and pistons, believed to be + 60, the barrels paint etc. is like new pistons show a little wear but seem ok hence price £95 + post /collect. P Ivis 01407 832382 (Anglesey) TYRES - brand new old stock. Avon Speedmaster 300 x 21 £50. Dunlop beaded edge 26 x 3 with tube £80. Dunlop beaded edge 26 x 2½ £70, all plus carriage. Jock Huggins 01326 379255 email (Falmouth) VINCENT Veritiller, Vincent engine (two stroke) rotavator, good near unused condition, kick start, rare Vincent memorabilia £250, RE 250cc S.V engine 1937 £120. Mick Dale 01295 710911 (Banbury)

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BELSTAFF Black prince suit, smart, clean and waterproof, small size, 29” inside leg £50. Jeff Nutt 01283 210542 (Burton) BELSTAFF Roadmaster jacket size 44, good zip and press studs, no holes £50 plus postage, also wax cotton trousers, quilted lining, large size, not Belstaff but very similar, good condition £45 plus postage. Terry Jenness 01425 477548 (Ringwood) FAMOUS Racing Motorcycles, Built for Speed, Historic Racing Motorcycles, all by John Griffith, some damage to dust jackets, £10 each, plus postage. John Millis 07960 095540 email (Northampton) ITALIAN Classic Gallery Road Bikes (Walker/Haynes) £20. Italian Motorcycles (Walker/Aston) £20. 1960 Glass’s Guide used motor cycle values £20. January 1939 car values £25 (+ P/P @ cost). R Ellis 01743 873072 (Salop) JAP “Care of the ohv engine” booklet £10, reference book £15. 125cc 2 stroke book £10. A2A parts booklet £5. “Motorcycle engines” 1951 (childs pencil scribble on few pages) £15, all plus postage. Andrew Denman 077866 51903 (Bucks)


A.A. Combination of British make, before 1950. Malcolm Charman 01205 317927 anytime (Lincs) AJS Gearbox for transverse V twin, Model S3, it is with Spicer-Hardy shaft in and chain to rear wheel, wanted complete or damaged gear-box or any parts, have other prewar AJS parts for exchange. Jari Koivisto 00358405894966 email (Finland) ANY make or size classic motorcycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb (Tamworth) 07811 189755 BMW Panniers and frames to fit R80st or R80gs. Stephen Bell 07817 876380 (Cumbria) BRADBURY 2¾ hp 1922 model restoration, wanting any mechanical or cycle parts, engine, gearbox, druid forks, etc, usable or for pattern. John Colwill 01302 840680 (S Yorks) BRITISH Bike restoration project (or older Japanese) any size or make considered regardless of condition, but Ariel, BSA, Triumph etc would be nice, will pay your price, (I do not want something for nothing) prepared to travel midlands. C Rew 07538 696157 (Leic) BRITISH Salmson Cyclaid piston and rings. Ian Wotherspoon 023 80693692 (Hampshire) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email (Dorset)

BSA Bantam D1 TO D7, kickstart with good spline also D7 silencer. Jim Eddie 07831 163377 (Glasgow) BSA Bantam D1 rigid frame and wheels or hubs only, any condition, rusty etc. John Boggis 01978 842668 (Wrexham) BSA B18 1936 parts, centre stand, primary chain case, outer chain guard, tool box, any condition, cash waiting. Ken Jones 07961 446971 (Lancs) BSA B31/33 front wheel or just hub complete also WM1, 20 inch rim. Ralph Whitehouse 01582 425136 (Luton) BSA M21 AA Patrolman’s Sidecar box with moulded fender, fibreglass, 1950’s, chassis any condition, plans/ specs/ drawings/ information. Geoffrey Lott email or write to 14 Sanderling Court, Rosebud West, Victoria 3940 (Australia) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9 (wanted to finish a project) would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email (Worcs) BSA plunger/rigid gearbox close ratio gears, in particular layshaft double gear 20/19T part No 66-3220 and mainshaft sleeve gear 26T part No 66-3219, would consider complete C/R gearbox or internals. George Wander 07778 000383 email (Devon) BSA V Twin wanted, J13 preferred but consider any ohv, Russell Hartley email 01767 650049 (Beds) BSA Wing Wheel must have good spark otherwise condition not important. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email (Kent) BSA 650 Lightning cylinder head for 1966/67 model, must be good condition and no broken fins etc. John Morris 01455 209265 (Leics) BURMAN Q gearbox parts 1927-30, scrap box, boxes of bits, anything considered to help rebuild the ones I have, please send photo if possible. Mike Taylour 01788 815786 email (Rugby) CORGI Brake pedal, Ariel Arrow Sport silencer support brackets, rear right foot peg and right side engine cover. Tony Jones email 01942 605949 (Lancs) COVENTRY Eagle parts for 1937 Silent Superb, rear stand, chain guard, toolbox, leg shields, rear carrier, headlamp and other parts considered. Matt Powell mob 07806 442693 email (Wilts) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt email 01442 891447 (Herts) FRANCIS Barnett Cruiser parts – footrests, mudguards, saddle, instrument panel, plus quite a bit more. Tony Turland 01582 595506 (Luton)


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

Vol XIII; 4 Jan – 26 Dec 1916 (52), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £200 Vol XV; 2 Jan – 25 Dec 1917 (52), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £200 Vol XVII; 1 Jan – 31 Dec 1918 (52), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £200 Vol XIX; 7 Jan – 25 June 1919 (25), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £100 Vol XXXIII; 4 Nov 1925 – 28 April 1926 (27), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £250 No number; 19 May – 8 Sep 1926 ~ (16), Index, Adverts, Reserve £250 Vol XXXIV; 19 May – 10 Nov 1926 ~ % (23), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £240 Vol XXXV; 17 Nov 1926 – 11 May 1927% (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £250 Vol 54; 6 May – 28 Oct 1936 (26), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £120 Vol LXXIX 6 Jan – 29 Dec 1949 (52), No Index, No Adverts, Reserve £100 Vol XCVI 2 May – 31 Oct 1957 (28), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £84 Vol 103 3 Nov 1960 – 27 April 1961# (23), Index, No Adverts, Reserve £70 # The following issues are missing from this Volume: 17 & 24 Nov 1960, 6 Apr 1961 ~ Two issues 5 & 12 May missing (? Not printed - General Strike) % Some loose pages

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

FRANCIS Barnett 1937 Plover foot brake lever, item is usually stamped with the numbers ‘2025’. Andrew Shields email 01698 821825 (Lanarkshire) GILERA 300B mean side silencers, bathtub 350 nearside stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) HONDA Genuine race Honda F2 600cc engine from the 1977-1980 era complete or any spare parts for the same engine. Peter Newman 07778 415465 (Herts) HONDA C90, Essex area, any condition considered. Konrad Borysiuk 07425 172251 (Essex) JAP (KOY/S) 18 tooth crankshaft timing side sprocket for 1929 500cc. D A Barker 01869 253661(Oxfordshire) KICKSTART Return spring for a Burman 3 speed gearbox, no.012936 as fitted to 1925 Levis Model K 250cc, 2stroke. Bill Coburn 01382 811081 (after 6) email (Dundee) LIGHTWEIGHT Sidecar, 1930’s, suitable ideally for a BSA, condition not important. David Bell 02083 992955 (Surrey)McEVOY Motor cycle, can be already restored, or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email (W. Sussex) MOTO LUG collapsible motorcycle trailer or equivalent, willing to travel to pick up, excellent price paid for right item. Derek Holt 01294 556033 (Ayrshire)

WANTED:ALL MOPEDS Any make, year or condition HONDA C50 C70 C90 PUCH All monkey bikes wanted: Mobylette moped, Raleigh moped, Yamaha Fizzy. We buy all small bikes, mopeds etc. Look in your garden, garage or shed. Good prices paid!

Call David on 07775 998628

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NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email (Berks) NORTON Toolbox for 16H (wd or civilian) for rigid framed bike, also, still looking for Dec 1962 copy of Motor Cycle Sport. Arthur Pentney 01263 713280 (Norfolk) 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 (New Zealand) PRECISION engine 2½ or 2¾ wanted for a 1914 Torpedo lightweight, I have a 600cc precision for a swap or I will purchase any parts. John Wilton 02392 613490 email (Hants) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector, £65 (for good quality) 1930`s, £100 (for good quality) 1920`s. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) R.O.C parts, especially a frame, duplex type circa 1907, and clutch hub internal parts, also, any other R.O.C parts/ info to complete long term project, will travel. Michael Cushion 01508 499718 (leave message & I will call back) email (Norfolk) ROYAL Enfield Constellation 700, 1960, engine parts wanted, timing sprockets, pushrods, engine sprocket, clutch, primary chaincases, cylinders, Magneto K2F 42369B crankshaft (Later type), conrods etc, good condition only. E. Berry 01695 732675 (Lancs) ROYAL Enfield alloy inner primary chaincase for dynamo single, Crusader frame. Norton featherbed frame damaged or modified. Richard Tree Mob 07817 187714 or 01233 812636 (Kent) SIDECAR wanted for 1932 Rudge special, ideally aged around 1938, prefer lightweight, but would consider anything that would fit. C. Dyball 07515 711072 email (Dorset) STAFFORD Pup, auto-scooter, c1921 parts and information wanted, presently missing flywheel, magneto and magneto platform, advice on alternative options for 15 inch beaded edge rims, does anyone have similar machine I can examine?. Peter Miller 01258 721356 email (Dorset) STURMEY Archer hand change lever mechanism for gearbox as fitted to Model H Triumphs, the type that bolts to the frame tube not the gearbox. Paul Rogers 01943 879575 (W.Yorks) SUNBEAM Model 9 or 9A, 37-38 year in nice usable condition, top price paid. D Bushnell 01308 423601 mob 07778 654574 (Bridport)

TRIUMPH Primary cover, to fit 1960-1962 T120. A Roberts 01933 355796 (Northants) TRIUMPH Rigid frame, also any rigid spares and a Tiger Cub engine. C Flood 01634 843803 (after 7pm) (Kent) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TRIUMPH T150 Trident 1972, due to the botched efforts of a brain-dead burglar, I urgently require left-hand front exhaust pipe (part no. E12451) I’ll settle for all pipes if necessary. Ian Giles 020 8300 0548 email (Kent) TRIUMPH 1924-5 model P rear chain guard, any front Hangman’s noose disc type brake cable and brackets-parts even worn out items to copy, I May be interested in any other parts. Chris Bennett 01283 517703 mob 07717 518310 email (Burton on Trent) VELO, AJS, Sunbeam, ohv or why, overhead camshaft, 1926-30, 250 or 350, to use in Rallys this year, cash waiting. W Page 01132 871253 (Leeds) VELOCETTE GTP push/pull throttle, any or all parts at handlebar end, even broken or damaged that I can copy, also back stand or parts of. Frank Chapman 01993 778054 email (Oxfordshire) VELOCETTE Vogue, left and right leg shield assembly wanted in any condition. Simon Rayfield 01603 870787 email (Norfolk) VENOM oil pump part No. MAS47/2 must be in a good working condition. Maurice Eley 01623 860071 mob 07989 313311 (Suffolk) VENOM Steel Magneto drive gear, also, BSA A10 rockers and spindles, please call or email. Kenneth Baker 0161 287 5845 email (Manchester) WASSELL Rolling chassis needs a suitable engine, it originally had a sachs 125 but I can’t make a Villiers 9e engine fit, so I need something more compact (and/or later). Can collect. David Hubbard 01256 321436 email (Hants) WATSONIAN VG 21 sidecar chassis must be in reasonable condition. David Campbell 07772 734106 email (Northumberland)


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 -

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A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden Ignitions, Advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique Magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto Ignition Switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any time) Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or email Twitter, @BEMWDERBY BMW UK’s longest-established (since 1962) independent BMW specialist for all your BMW needs (singles and twins '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 Working hours: 9.30am – 3.00pm Monday to Saturday or later by appointment. Due to irregular working hours please phone before calling at the shop. CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website for more info. CLASSIC BIKE STORAGE. Your choice - from

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covered dry parking, to air-conditioned and heated pods. 24hr monitored alarm, 24hr CCTV. Secure gated compound. We care about your things. Check your own vehicle remotely via your mobile phone. We also store boats, small aircraft, vintage cars, and other cherished items. Long or short term options. Near Honiton, Devon. Call Veetopia 07545 784291 email: 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-offs or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323. CLASSIC PAINTWORK RESTORATION SERVICES. paintwork, lining, petrol tank repairs and restoration. for more information call Glenn 0790 4244567 / 01858 575480 CONTROL CABLES AND DRIVE CABLES made to pattern or drawing for any motor cycle. Workshop services for unusual fittings. Small batches catered for. Loose parts available to order. Carrot Cycles (Lincoln). Unit 2 Monks Way, Lincoln. 01522 595975. CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, email tel 01428 707538 GIRDER FORKS. All types and makes reconditioned and restored. Friction pads made to your order. Turning and Milling machine facilities available for components no longer made. Contact Jess Ryles of Stoke-On-Trent on Mobile 07954 378995 Tel 01782 243907 (evenings) email LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc). Visit to see my website and gallery, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at 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- Avonford, Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6AY. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed over 20 years experience in all areas of accounting, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email

VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates & much more. Early coach-built sidecars restored. Further details & list: Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles tel 01258 472262 evenings or email 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 01943 462248


RECORDS (2 of) I.O.M, 1965, TT sound stories, 250cc Junior TTS, IOM m1966, TT 125cc Junior 50cc, senior TTs £40 each. B Church 01909 721563 mob 07748 726102 (Notts) WORKSHOP - Situated in a beautiful part of Devon, purpose built, brick, measuring 34ft length and 26ft width with 16ft inspection pit and Jacking beam, secure doors and windows, selection of machine tools including centre lathe and engine lifting crane. Also, chalet bungalow and stables with paddock. Tony Hall 01392 811832 (Devon)


BRITTANY BIKER BREAKS - bed and breakfast exclusively for motorcyclists, in a small hamlet in rural Brittany 30 minutes from St Malo ferry. Delightful accommodation, home cooking and secure garaging/workshop for bikes. Guided tours can be

arranged. Contact Kim Rowland +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, email website BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 6 bed stone cottage and 6 bed wood bungalow. The houses are situated in 20 acres of our own land in a secluded valley setting. An ideal base from which to explore mystical Brittany, taking advantage of the excellent uncongested roads, an opportunity to ride in an unspoilt landscape - from the craggy cliffs along the north coast to the beaches of the south. Guided tours arranged. Prices from £40 a night. Garages & workshops. Contact Roger NICHOLLS - tel /fax 0033296 365480 Email WEB SITE Follow us on facebook , Countryside Holidays in France. * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on or mail for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259 TT AND MANX GRAND PRIX/ FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING ACCOMMODATION, twin bed self contained flat and garage access, in Maughold. £100 per night. Tel 07624 203155

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Anglian Section Secretary Roger Newark took this picture from the Section’s John Abraham Memorial Vintage and Veteran Run. It shows John Barrett on his 1923 BSA Model ‘L’, followed by Peter Bassett on his 1928 Harley-Davidson Model ‘J’.

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