The Vintage Motor Cycle
June 2016 Issue 664
Banbury 2014 What the well-dressed Neracar rider was wearing this year. Photography by Mary Adams.
T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE
The Vintage Motor Cycle
The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club
Lawrence Hamperl aboard his 1929 Model 24 Norton on the Banbury Run in 2014. Photography: Mary Adams
No. 664: June 2016
FOUNDER: THE LATE C.E. ‘TITCH’ ALLEN OBE, BEM
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Chris Moreton lets members into his secret for creating effective oil-tight seals on tin primary chain case joints – see how he does it on page 59
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AGM Awards Section notes Scottish Notes Diary
In the army now... Page 44
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Alan bids farewell from his role at Head Office after 19 years
What hammer price was achieved for this fine 1928 Model 18 Norton in the Bonhams Stafford auction? £25,000? £30,000? £35,000? Or even more? Make your own judgement, then check it with the real figure on Page 46. 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 - 15260
JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES July 2016 Deadline Wednesday 1st June 2016 August 2016 Deadline Friday 1st July 2016
Stafford Classic Motor Cycle Show Thank you to all the volunteers who helped over the three days. Whether you donated a bike to put on display, helped on the stand, talked to prospective new members or sold raffle tickets, your efforts made it a successful weekend.
Members’ Portal Following an update to the portal system, the general layout has changed with several improvements. Please check your details through the club web site, and we would be grateful if you can complete as many of the empty fields as possible.
Founders Relay Rally 2016 Thank you to all who took part in manning and organising the various check points around the country on Sunday 1st May. From telephone calls coming into the office, depending where you were in the country decided if you stayed dry or not, but hopefully everyone had an enjoyable ride.
VMCC Ace Café Day A reminder for the annual VMCC day at this great North London venue. The date is Sunday 14th August, and we would love to see as many members as possible at the Café to support the VMCC day. Awards on the day include ‘most turned out on a motor cycle from a single section’, ‘best bike’ and the ‘furthest travelled’.
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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The AGM went well, with all business completed. I am sure a full report will appear elsewhere. At the lunch break the Warwickshire Section received the 70th Anniversary Baton from the outgoing President, Tim Penn, and myself. How nice it was to see it commence its journey around the country. I will be catching up with the baton at different places along its route, and I will be present to receive it back at Cadwell Park in June for the celebrations there, especially as BHR will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the same time. In the meantime I have been keeping track of its position by looking on the various Section websites. Keep those websites updated, and submit reports of your Section’s Anniversary celebrations. Since the AGM I have attended a Management Committee Meeting at Allen House, and visited several Sections fairly local to myself. During June I will be making further visits, but the highlights will certainly be the Cadwell Park affair and of course the Banbury Run. Having ridden the Banbury more than
30 times it will seem strange to be there but not riding, as I shall be busy with Presidential duties. For the last two and a half days I have been helping with the club’s stand at the Stafford Show – a magnificent assembly of display machines, very many trade stalls, demonstrations, and autojumblers everywhere. I thoroughly recommend a visit in the future at this twice-yearly venue. My own highlight was the opportunity it afforded me to meet and greet many members, and to welcome new Members to our ranks. It was nice to listen to Members’ concerns and aspirations of the issues affecting our Club, and to allay a few fears along the way. It was particularly interesting to see Richard Duffin’s Burney motor cycle on our stand. This motor cycle was ridden to the Hog’s Back in 1946 when the club was formed by Richard’s father. The machine has had 70 years of history with the VMCC, and still continues to be ridden and gives sterling service. Long may it continue. Rod Hann
“How do we cater for the ‘unseen members? The members who are never seen at VMCC events.” This question, topical at the present time, was being asked in the February edition of the VMCC bulletin for 1950... We welcome the Board of Directors with some new faces, and therefore there will be some new ideas. Rob Reaney, who joined the board at the AGM and who has been nominated to look at advertising and communications, is enthusiastically brimming over with new and radical ideas – such as an A4 journal with a radically-changed layout, content and priorities, with a push towards the on-line concept, the establishment of an on-line discussion forum to free up space in the Journal. He also has ideas about the expansion and development of the VMCC web sites and exploitation of the social media communication tools such as Facebook and Twitter. He is looking forward to contributions and ideas from all of you. Drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Giles makes some interesting points in his letter (page 71). Sadly, he missed the error on page
59 of the May Journal, which disappoints me somewhat. I am, however, eagerly awaiting a flood of interesting and well-illustrated articles from him in the very near future. The Journal is THE MEMBERS’ journal. It aims to inform, to educate and to entertain YOU – but requires YOUR input. We would like to know what you have been up to. Your workshop successes – and your failures – may be of equal if not greater importance. Tales of days gone by; machines you have owned – good, bad or simply indifferent. You might be sitting with a seemingly insoluble problem – Let us know what it is, and it is almost guaranteed that you will receive at least three answers, all of them different. Enjoy your Banbury.... Dave Masters reports that Past-President Ian Young – one-time Editor of the Journal and recently better known as commentator at Banbury and at the Pioneer Run – is feeling a little better after a stroke. Whilst I am sure we all wish him well, it would be best not to get in touch directly; Ian’s recovery would benefit most from peace and quiet. David Davies
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The AGM always feels like the start of the Club’s year, but it is actually the halfway point of the financial year. Management strategy and plans for the current year are already in place, but it is too soon to set financial budgets for the next year. It is, therefore, an appropriate time to sit back and review the future development of the Club. We need to consider innovations to make the Club more enjoyable for current members and more attractive to new members. Also, it is important to remember the Club is a business and, furthermore, a business with high overheads due to the library and headquarters. Our finances are still delicate, and to maintain services we need to identify new business opportunities and new sources of income. The April Management Meeting provided an opportunity to review future development options for the Club. This was the first meeting following the adoption of the new Articles and Bye-laws, and should more correctly be identified as a Directors’ Meeting. However, all the Area Reps were invited on this occasion. We hope to continue the
BHR DATES FOR 2016
l June 24, 25 & 26: Cadwell Park Three-day special to mark BHR’s 50th and VMCC 70th Anniversary l July 16 & 17:
l August 28 & 29:
Lydden Hill Mallory Park
l September 24 & 25: Cadwell Park
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discussions at the next meeting, and again the Area Reps will be invited. It is not intended they should be asked to make long journeys to future meetings unless policy changes are being considered; communications can be made to the President. Input from the Membership is vital in setting the future direction of the Club and in agreeing both the services it provides and the events it organises. A good few years back it was the practice to gain this input by asking each Section to send representatives to a President’s discussion meeting at Allen House. The idea is being resurrected, although this time the President will be organising several regional meetings. These will take some time to get under way, so in the meantime please email me with any suggestions you have for the development of the Club so that I can raise these at the Directors’ Meeting in June. At present three membership areas of the Club have not appointed an Area Rep. This is disappointing as the Area Reps perform a vital role in coordinating activities between the Sections, and are a link between Members and Management. Why there is such reluctance to take on this important, and satisfying, job has been discussed by management. The most likely cause is thought to be the size of the Areas and the travelling involved in visiting the more far-flung Sections. Two suggestions were made to overcome the travelling concerns; we could split the role with each Area Rep able to appoint a deputy to be responsible for the Sections within half the Area. Alternatively, we could revise the Area map to make smaller, more manageable, Areas. Please give some thought to putting yourself forward as an Area Rep, or even as a half Area deputy. I am writing this a few days before the Relay Rally. By the time it is published we will be looking forward to two of the major events in the Club’s calendar; the Banbury Run on the 19th June and the Club’s 70th Anniversary held jointly with British Historic Racing’s 50th Anniversary at Cadwell Park on 24-26 June. These, together with all the other Club events, small as well as large, make me appreciate what a great Club we have. Enjoy your riding. Peter Miller
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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Gary Sleeman, 105 Ledbury Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE3 9RA 01733 770241 email@example.com North East (NE) Vacant North Midlands (NM) Vacant North West (NW) Vacant Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: firstname.lastname@example.org South West (SW) Michael Downes 01395 489744 email@example.com
ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk Once again, one of our own members treated us to an excellent presentation, this time at our April club night. On this occasion it was Frank Dolman, one of the Anglian Section’s founder members. Frank gave an illustrated talk on his competitive career, when he was campaigning a variety of vintage machinery around the circuits of southern England. In later years he acted as a mechanic to friends who were racing on the IOM. Those who know Frank’s superb engineering skills will have realised what an asset it must have been for those riders to have had Frank wielding the spanners. Don’t forget the Fenland Gallop on 12th June, full details are in the Diary. Bring your smoky two-strokes along to the June club night, and see if you can win the Mitch Fordham trophy! AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 email@example.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.co Our Chairman was away, and the lads and lasses certainly came out to play at our April club night because we had a great turnout for Norrie Russell’s photographic presentation. Norrie had compiled a series of photos from
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South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 firstname.lastname@example.org South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: email@example.com South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: email@example.com Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, email and web site address so members can contact you. Word count per section is 150, (or just 100 with a picture) previous events, runs and rallies both in Scotland and elsewhere, creating a fantastic record of the bikes and participants. It was great to see some rare older machines being given a run out, as well as the characters involved in riding them. Once more we had a few newcomers and everyone much appreciated the evening’s activities, with the usual banter and much laughter afterwards. We are not at our usual venue in June as it’s our Capital Café run, meeting at the prom, South Queensferry from 7.00pm. The run is only about 20 miles or so and there’s plenty of time afterwards for refreshments. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 firstname.lastname@example.org The Grey Porridge & Girder Fork Run was well attended but with a few hiccups. One of the two-strokes decided to have a wobbly and would not start, even with a push, until the plug was changed. A Triumph joined in and would not start, blown fuse this time. On the run, all was going well until a BSA decided to join the fun and would not re-start. Luckily one of the sections lived fairly close and recovered the stricken machine. The next club night will be a talk by Gordon Rogers entitled Winston Churchill’s Toy Shop. 1st May we have the Relay Rally checkpoint at The White Horse, Wroxton.
BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 email@example.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk We got our motors running, headed out on the highway, looked for adventure and whatever came our way, twice in April. First opportunity came courtesy of John Brooker’s excellent Spring Run on a great route with lunch close to base at the Roxton Garden Centre. Good weather encouraged a fine turnout with hardly a cobweb in sight, but many a dirty fingernail from last minute fettling. The new Thursday slot for Don’s midweek run didn’t seem to create too much chaos or confusion with a happy throng of thirteen riders. Fish, chips and lots of chat was the order of the evening at April club night; a very popular evening. June is all about riding – Ride a Bike to Shefford (9th), midweek run (16th), collect the Anniversary Baton from the Banbury Run (19th), deliver it to the Taverners (22nd) and, just into July (3rd), the celebrated Albert Brown Run. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 firstname.lastname@example.org www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk April started with a mid-week run from Pangbourne to the George and Dragon at Church Hanborough, and then a visit to Bill Faulkner’s to see his collection of motor cycles, bicycles and memorabilia acquired during his years in the motor cycle trade and in competition. The Calleva Gallop on the 24th April was well supported with 21 riders taking part on this annual run. The route of 44 miles took us through some beautiful West Berkshire and Hampshire countryside and finished back at the Calleva Arms, Silchester, where the landlord chose Lorraine Carter’s Greeves Scottish as the worthy recipient of the John Moore Cup. Club night was a video evening with clips and documentaries unearthed from the archives by computer projectionist Michael Bryant, amongst which was a clip of a lion calmly riding passenger on an outfit around a wall of death and a clever sequence of a Norton Commando Transformer. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 email@example.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk What a difference a month makes! Firstly big thanks to Anne who very kindly gave us her presentation on the Tall Ship visit to Norway for April’s meeting; everyone enjoyed the talk on what was a cold and dark evening. Then low and behold the Sun made an appearance for our first run of the year to The Crook ‘O Lune! There was a great turn out, numerous brews and bacon butties. Later
five of us extended the day to Devils Bridge at Kirby Lonsdale. Let’s hope it’s a good omen for the year!
Parked up at Crook ‘O Lune BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 firstname.lastname@example.org No runs in April, just a few shows, a thought provoking presentation on ‘Christchurch Rivers’ at our monthly meeting and generally unfavourable weather. Bernie did the Five Valley’s Run from Salisbury and reported it as a pleasant run but cold and damp. Hopefully May will be better with lots to do – the spring and the Baton Runs, and a couple of Stonehenge section events. It seems unlikely that Pete (normally a real stalwart) will be well enough to take us on his Spring Run to the Ebble Valley but a substitute will be found. June is looking good with lots of other section runs, as well as our Classic Breakfast run on the 19th, three local Festivals and three Sammy Miller events. I look forward to reporting these events and improving health of our members next month. All the best to Alan, Pete and Kelvin. BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com www.bristolvmcc.com
Past President Bill Phelps illustrated talk on his motor cycling career was well received, with some 300 machines having passed through his hands, everything from a BSA Dandy to, well, a BSA Dandy as he – in recent times – by chance bought his original bike back. Half a dozen members made it all the way to The Beaufort at Hawkesbury Upton for the first of our lunchtime meets. Also there, coincidentally, were a similar number of the Special Ones (local AJS and Matchless club members) out on their own run. Coming up, the Fish and Chip run to Acton Turville on the 1st might have happened, so on the 8th is Ride a Bike night and the following day a run to the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, see diary or the website for full details.
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BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953 07592 007686 firstname.lastname@example.org Three weeks ago we had our first race meeting of the season at Mallory, and are now preparing for our section meeting at Darley Moor on the 21st/22nd May, do come along and enjoy the racing. Mallory produced the largest entry we have had there for some years. I do hope this is a sign that things are on the up. The racing was excellent in mostly dry conditions with no serious mishaps. When you read this there will be only four weeks to the Celebration Event at Cadwell Park on the 24th/25th/26th June. If you have not volunteered to help with the running of the event and wish to, please contact me. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 email@example.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc Another active month for the section with the baton handover from Berkshire at the Brooklands museum on 5th, all are welcome (normal admission charges apply), followed by our handover to South Hants on 6th. With our weekend run now fully booked, the remaining open runs in June are the evening of 21st (remember the 19:30 start time) and one of our season highlights is on 26th, our annual run through the Little Switzerland area of Surrey, with several awards available and a mixed run through Surrey’s beautiful countryside, see events calendar for all the details.
very interesting talk on his time with Val Page and Edward Turner while he was working at Triumph. Jim also worked at the new Triumph factory in Hinckley, and told us about the improved methods of manufacturing the new Triumphs. Fifteen bikes went on the Wolds Run, a great day seeing the Lancaster bomber Just Jane taxi down the runway. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to all those whom attended my ride out on 16th April from Rivington Barn. It was well attended considering the rather cool but dry weather. A good run was had over the West Pennine moors with a coffee shop stop half way round. Please see the website portal for our runs over the coming months. The Relay Rally, 1st May, is our next event at the Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland, Lancashire, our revised check point. CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 email@example.com In April, our Chairman Mike MacLeod gave a very good talk on mining and mine workers. Most types of mining were covered with a great deal of knowledge, on Mike’s behalf, of not only mining but particularly the conditions miner workers had to endure. He also brought along a small sample of various types of miners lamps, from his large collection. Thank you Mike. Our Bike Show and Autojumble in April went off very well. The weather was dry but cold which brought along a good crowd. Thanks go to John Lamb and everyone who helped make it a success. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 firstname.lastname@example.org
A fine example of a Brooklands box fitted to this BSA M33 BURTON AND DISTRICT Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 email@example.com On April 7th the baton was delivered to us by the North Birmingham Section. Unfortunately I was having dental treatment at this time, and our Chairman was suffering with the flu, so Pat and Ann Davy volunteered to lead five other members to deliver the baton to the Notts & Derby section. Jim Lee came to our April club night and gave a
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Another busy month! We checked rallyers on the Founder’s Relay Rally at the Motor Museum, Llangollen on 1st May, and on 7th May we collected the 70th Anniversary baton from the Cheshire Cats at Chester before delivery to Snowdonia (Eryri) Section at Betws-yCoed, on Sunday 8th. Grateful thanks to the escorts! The following Sunday, I anticipate that some will have joined Bob Moon’s Berwyn Run. At May Club Night, Alex Graham explained what made his ‘Special’- well, special. Thanks Alex! This month, it’s the annual Gathering at Llangollen on Sunday, 5th June, behind the Motor Museum. On Thursday, 9th June, we’ve got our first Machine Night at the Bridge Inn, Pont Blyddyn, with Derek Burns in charge. On Club Night, Tuesday, 21st June, we’re guests of Blue Watch at Chester Fire Station
who will demonstrate their RTC rescue techniques and apparatus. Try to arrive on two wheels for this event, please! CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk Phil led us on a great run out to Llanuwchllyn via Prees Heath for lunch in April. The picture below shows a couple of dodgy characters enjoying the Big Breakfast before setting off. April was also a month of quizzes. We lost ours (run by Richard) to raiders from C&NW and came a ‘strong’ second at M&HP’s… pity there were only two teams! All good fun though! In early June we’ll be riding over to Llangollen to C&NW’s Gathering in (hopefully) warmer weather!
scenic jaunt through Ayrshire with only a couple of mechanical mishaps to attend to. At the section meeting, Martin Shelley and Doug Gibson gave a talk on their restoration of an OEC Blackburne. They sympathetically restored it to working order, preserving its original finish wherever possible and retrieving its Northern Irish registration mark. Well done to both and many thanks for doing the presentation. Later we made the trip to Carbeth for the Baton relay handover, with Stirling Castle and Glasgow sections.
CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 email@example.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk
CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 firstname.lastname@example.org April’s Wrinkly run visited the Tucket Brothers workshops in North Marsden. I had to break out the Velocette for Pub Night, having discovered I’d broken Norman’s number plate in the shed. I’d forgotten how dreadful the Velocette lights are; I think I’d have been better on gas light. June is particularly busy, we have an evening run on the 1st, Baton collection run on Friday 3rd from the Black Cat, delivery on Saturday 4th leaving from Great Missenden Car Park and riding to Hurst. This was the Girder Fork Run but now that will be in July. The following Wednesday we have our regular Wrinkly Run from the Black Cat, going to the Fleur de Lis, pub night on the 15th as usual and Banbury the following weekend. Keep an eye on the section website for more information. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 email@example.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk On April 10th we had our Blue Haze run, primarily for two-strokes. Fortunately it stayed dry and we enjoyed a
The weather, 50 mph winds and rain, did its very best to deter the riders for the first Creepy Crawly Run of the year led by Roger Fogg. Half a dozen riders turned out on low powered machines. The wind dried the roads and it did not rain so it was not bad after all, ending at Griggs, Hewaswater. The Club night at East Taphouse enjoyed an interesting talk by Duncan Matthews from The Old Cornwall Society, talking about the famous engineering Brunel family; the building of their various bridges and ships and family history. The Section’s Annual Award Presentation took place at Porthpean Golf Club with riders arriving from Truro and East Taphouse to enjoy the stunning views and excellent Cornish Fayre buffet prepared by Ann. The Section welcomed our new Area Representative, Mickey Downs, who presented the awards. Congratulations to all the recipients! COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ What a great weekend the 2nd and 3rd of April turned out to be, first for our Felix Burke Social Run and then The Felix Burke Cotswold Road Trial. The weather was excellent after a misty start with sunshine and for a change no sign of the dreaded rain. The photo shows our past Chairperson, Jenny Hart, and her passenger, Nigel Millett in Jenny’s lovely 1930 B.S.A three wheeler, about to start from check-point 4 on the Road Trial. Our thanks are
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conveyed to all, organisers, marshals, catering ladies and entrants who helped make this a great weekend
Babbacombe fair, Torquay (Derek French 07747032659), 19th June Classic Motorcycles at Cockington, Torquay, and concourse (John Osmond 01803 527469). 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 email@example.com
CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 firstname.lastname@example.org www.magic-wheelers.org.uk Thanks to Derek and Lorraine for yet another great three in one run at Long Sutton. We were lucky with the weather again. I’ll be intrigued to see how many of us manage to get up the test hill at Brooklands on the 2nd June. David and Joyce’s delightful Greenway is on 5th June, plans are afoot for fun at the camping weekend 10th-12th June, Box Hill revisited is on 22nd June, bring your own lunch, and Hugh’s Bikes in Beds is on 3rd July. I hope our weather luck holds.
A proud Puch owner on Frank’s run. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 email@example.com www.vmccdartmoor.com The Sunday run on 17th April took us to Jenny Cliff for coffee overlooking Plymouth Sound, on to Torpoint ferry, then into Cornwall. Despite traffic congestion and closed roads caused by the Plymouth marathon, we arrived at Torpoint and enjoyed a picturesque ride around the Rame Peninsula to Looe. The group then split and returned home either via the A38, or scenic route via Tavistock and Dartmoor. Our activities for June will be 9th June early evening ride (Alan Langmaid 01803 863296) meet at Totnes Plains 6.00pm for 6.30pm. 15th June
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The weather forecast for the April Fools run was not good at all, and may have deterred some from making the trip to Bradworthy for the start. In the event, the day was dry if a little windy. John Trible organised a cracking route down the North coast of Cornwall. After a very busy May, June is going to be much less busy. We have the Ron Ley run on the 12th which starts and finishes at Quince Honey Farm, South Molton. Club night on the 16th is an Observation night. On the 20th we have an Evening meet at the Exeter Inn, Chittlehamholt, at 7.00pm. Finally on the 26th we have a Girder Fork run which starts at the Town Arms, South Molton. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 07742 525262 firstname.lastname@example.org
Firstly, on behalf of the Dorset section I would like to congratulate Rod Hann who is the new President of the club and Peter Miller who has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. They both have contributed a lot of time and effort in the interests of the club, but as I saw both of them on the Relay Rally, still find time to ride their bikes. Club night’s talk was on canals, knowledgably given by Alan van Gortel. Blandford Run saw 30 riders sign on, with bikes ranging from Japanese, German, Italian, and of course British, with a few girder forked machines thrown in for good measure. Maurice’s Bluebell run was also well attended with dry weather and the Bluebells much in evidence. The Relay Rally was great! A big thanks to all those who manned checkpoints. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 email@example.com The Tiverton Canal Basin ride in April went off with a good turnout and fine weather. Once again Peter managed to vary the route how many times he will be able to work this one only he knows. By now the Baton should be well on its way to Cadwell Park, I hope so anyway because some fool has suggested that we go up there to meet it. I must stop these foolish thoughts becoming a reality. I have not told one of our members that the play park in the middle of the circuit is no longer there and she will not be allowed to ride her push bike round the track.
EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 ‘N’ere cast a clout ‘til May is out’ was one of my Grannies' sayings. Whether that was the month or the blossom I never did find out, but either way, it’s certainly applicable to this year. I’ve had six rides so far and everyone has been decidedly chilly, but at least they have been dry. Our Spring Run was threatened with heavy showers, but eighteen brave souls followed Peter Langridge through some more recently discovered Hertfordshire lanes for forty very enjoyable miles before returning to the John Bunyan for lunch. The Wrinkly Run, led by Chairman Bob, saw similar conditions braved by a dozen hardy riders, including a 1928 Scott. We remained dry, and finished at Codicote Nursery for lunch. Club night was a superb presentation on Handley Page aircraft, where several Section members did their apprenticeships. Sadly, only fourteen attended – very disappointing! EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcceastlancs.co.uk Twelve riders set off on Gordon’s Pre-season Run and stayed the course on a very pleasant day with a lunch stop in Paythorne. Bill Leach’s Jubilee Run also attracted twelve riders and in a novel twist a verbal individual quiz for each member. (This is what happens, when you don’t hand your answer sheets back in!) Outright winner was Simon Wilson, post war winner Dave Prismall, post 1960 winner was Bob Livesey of Honda fame and yours truly was awarded a slow puncture. A cold, damp start for the Ribblesdale Run saw eleven riders sign on and an absence of girder-forked machines. This run changed dates with Basil’s Run, to avoid a bicycle race in Yorkshire, but we still met racing cyclists in Lancashire. A plus point was sharing the roads with a classic car club. After lunch the sun came out and made a good run around Stock’s Reservoir. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 email@example.com www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk With lighter and dryer evenings members are now turning up on club nights on two wheels. 20 members set off on the Bill Bailey run to Coventry to join the run on the following day down to Brighton. However four members received key rings from Dave as they did not use as much fuel for their return run. 38 entries received for the SnowMann event on a bright sunny day (see a report further on) 20 April was the first wrinkly run of the year organised by Les Mills which drew 13 riders (half of last
year’s total) on a bright but cool day for a run over to Hythe then after lunch to Rye where we were treated to the sight of four magnificent BSA Gold Stars. Our last club night of the month was Vic’s second quiz of the year. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holdorf.karoo.net/ A rather disappointing turn out from our section members for the Baton Rally, three cars and two octogenarians on motor cycles. At least the section fulfilled its commitments to this historic event. On a brighter note Chairman Harry’s event from North Newbald attracted a healthy entry of 20. A change of venue and route was required at very short notice; however everyone found their way to Newbald'’s Tiger Inn, no doubt helped by the information gleaned from Harry’s web site. If you have not already done so, check it out, excellent reading where last minute changes will always be recorded. Sad news, Ian Cromack from Mid Lincs passed away on April 12th. Ian along with his daughter Natalie they were regular visitors to East Yorkshire with Ian riding Walter, his beautiful 1920s Raleigh. Rest in Peace Ian. Coming up, June 5th Summer Saunter. July 10th July Jaunt. For these see diary or contact Alan Frankish, 01482 658903. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 email@example.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk On our April Club night our new Secretary Bill Cullen gave a talk on the work he has done to put a 1930’s MG sports car back on the road. The car was an unusual sixcylinder model with individual design of bodywork and chassis which Bill has re-created by lots of research. He is so confident in the car that he has completed some trips to the continent. The Bluebell weekend was a success with runs on the three days to various places in Essex and the weather although a bit cold for the time of year did not manage to dampen spirits. June has five runs with the light evenings allowing evening runs and a breakfast run on the 19th for those who like early mornings. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) firstname.lastname@example.org Flat Tank Week-end, 24th-26th June; still time to enter. Entry only £5. Call Dennis Beale 01452750424 or email@example.com . Main road trial is Saturday if you can only do the one day. The Severn Saunter is on 7th August. Reg Eyre is organising (contact above) following Ian Young’s stroke. It is a figure of eight
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route where riders can choose to do either, or both loops, one of which has a coffee stop at a community tea shop; on any low-powered VMCC eligible machine. Start, Salutation Inn, Berkeley; please park cars and vans on the road. Next meeting, Past President Tim Penn on 28th July. Our best wishes to Ian Young for his recovery. GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 firstname.lastname@example.org We seem to have rushed through April and May, lots of events and runs already done, so to those of you still to appear on two wheels...get a move on, as a pal of mine keeps saying 'Carpe diem 'Or dae it noo, yer a Lang time deid. On Sat 11June the Ayr classic club hold their annual show, worth a visit, especially on two wheels. The following week has Clyde valleys Rock and Roll run on Sat the 18th, always a great event. The following day , i.e. the 19 we have pencilled in a fun run 'Argyle Amble' leaving Gourock western ferries at 10am, contact me if you want to come (numbers dependent). No interest; we don’t go. I hope to have the plaster off my arm by then. GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 email@example.com Runs now organised for the Baton Relay handover, 6th June start Whiteways Lodge CP 10.30 am, collect Baton from South Hants Section at the Half Moon, Petersfield 13.30 before departing about 15.00. South Hants collecting Baton from Brooklands at Alton earlier. 7th June start at Goodwood Motor Circuit Cafe 10.30. Deliver Baton to Surrey & Sussex Section at The Greyhound, Charlwood, with possible visit to The Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood. April Wrinkly Run took an interesting turn as incoming tide stopped forward progress around Bosham Harbour and had to be rerouted. Lunch was eventually enjoyed without getting any wet feet. Another Chinese meal at Arundel was successful and enjoyed by a few members. Section AGM carried out successfully with full Committee voted in for next year. April evening run, first of the season, for fish & chips at Petworth was well supported and excellent food enjoyed. GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccgrasstrack.net As Giles Dismore has decided to stand down from the Committee next year we need a replacement for him to run our two Chalfont events. No you don't need to run the two events, but then we are looking for two volunteers! This is always a problem when someone runs more than one event; we end up requiring two or three to replace
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them. My thanks to Giles for his sterling efforts over the years! Let’s hope we have a better season this year, but there have already been events cancelled. Help is always appreciated at our events and training is given. It is much more thrilling watching from the centre of the track. Don't forget please to think about our Marshalls Club, it is going to happen. Please contact the Secretary of the Meeting beforehand so lunch can be allocated – details from me. GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 A nice dry day greeted 15 riders for Henri’s Reservoir Run, mind you, it was bitterly cold. The route took us over the Black Mountains and into Hay on Wye; coffee was taken at a nearby garden centre. From there we headed to Llandrindod Wells where we had lunch at the lakeside restaurant before we headed home. Thanks Henri. At club night on the 24th we were treated to a excellent illustrated talk by Peter Old and George Cunningham on their Russian adventure," once round Red Square then home" the connection being that two of our late members also took part. Thanks both for a memorable evening. The section’s Girder Fork run will be held on Sunday 12th June, meet at Abergavenny bus station, 10am start. HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 email@example.com On 24th March more than 20 members and friends enjoyed a fascinating evening at the Bunch of Carrots with motorcycle historian Derek Foxton who gave an intriguing tour through the dawn of motorcycling. The Section now has its own E-newsletter (no 2 just circulated) to inform and inspire. Spring has sprung so there’s no real excuse for polishing instead of riding. We are keen to get participation in our next series of rides: 22nd May from Tenbury (we’re looking for a leader); our Mid Wales and Borders run led by Geoff McGladdery from Kington on 8th July and of course, our key event this year, ‘Herefordshire on the Edge’, a 24 waypoint/200 mile plus circuit of our beautiful county. (For details just Google it). We’re also organising a ‘bike night’ (with mini jumble possibly) at the Carrots on 23rd July (bizarre prizes available for all comers - polishers included!). IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk As I write this the Relay Rally has finished and we had 26 riders in at Water Park, some had done 290 miles on a
nice sunny day; well done! The same cannot be said for the Tuesday evening runs as it has been cold and wet, but it will get better; I have had a word. The Baton Runs have now been worked out, we pick up the baton on the Monday 13th June from Essex in Manningtree, start Rushmere at 10.30am. We have to hand the baton to Norfolk on Wednesday 15th June at Southwold key, good fish and chips, start Woodbridge car park 10.30am. Remembrance Run on 26th June from Washbrook service station 9.30 for 11.00 start finish with BBQ. The Three Valley Run on 3rd July start at Washbrook service at 10.00am. Hope we get some good weather for all of run this mouth, I need to know about the camping weekend. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 email@example.com It was a very busy third week in April for the Ironmasters Section. A film of 2015 BHR's Darley Moor racing was the fare for Monday's Club night. Friday saw the return of the Skittles Evening which was a very well supported, most enjoyable event. The men’s contest needed a tie break to decide the result with Phil (No Previous Known Form!) Nation coming out tops over Mike I. Lisa was winner of the Ladies award and Knockout victor Jason had a struggle to beat Emily in the final stages. Many thanks to Tracey and Alan for organising this social event. To wind up this hectic week, seven riders had a brisk 50 mile run on Sunday, which included a brief visit into Staffordshire en route to a finish at Long Lane Cafe. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 www.vmcciom.org The weather was brighter but still cold for the sections first road run of the year. A great turnout of members finished the run at the Manx Motor Museum in Jurby. The section trial at Arrasey plantation had a good entry, results were: ‘A’ route: 1, Steve Lace (Triumph); 2, Brent Seal (Yamaha); 3, Kevin Whiteway (Triumph): ‘B’ route: 1, Ian James (Yamaha); 2, Andy Sykes (Rigid BSA); 3, Jon Duncan (Yamaha). Our new venue for section meetings at Vagabonds Rugby club worked out very well for our first meeting there, and the catering was excellent! Thanks to all involved in the move. Our boys had a great time at the Stafford Show, lots of interest for the Manx Rally in MGP/Classic TT Week. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 firstname.lastname@example.org It was great to see a good turnout for the April Lunch Run, 20 assembled at the start, 18 followed Ron’s route to the
Boathouse at Fort Victoria where all sat at one big table. Our June events start with the Lunch Run on the 7th. Ron has again offered to lead this one. Jeff Dean is organising a Treasure Hunt on Sunday 19th starting from Brown's on Sandown front at 10.30am, on Tuesday 28th. Club Night Run, meet at Coppins Bridge 7.00pm to arrive at Ventnor C.C. around 8.30pm. Let’s hope that the lighter evenings and improved roads encourage more of us out on two wheels. Safe riding. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 email@example.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk The Frank and Ida Allen Memorial Run was back at Witchford to start the riding season off, with a large contingent from Anglian, four from Essex and one from Peterborough Sections joining a good turnout from ourselves, 50 signed on. The excellent route took us round the fens stopping at The Chequers at Friday Bridge for lunch before returning to Witchford. Thanks Paul and family for organising and congratulations to John Clark awarded the Allen Family Shield. The St Georges Day Run was hit by the weather as winter returned, twelve riders enjoyed Carl Brooks first attempt at organising, everyone enjoying an excellent route finishing at Old Buckenham Airfield. Thanks Carl. Don Francomb didn’t disappoint us with his film show on club night which he dedicated to Jim Sheward and Alan Jones having everyone in stitches. What a way to end our association with the Social Club at Methwold. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcclakeland.co.uk Regretfully, I have to report the sad passing of Ron Pears, a founder member of the Lakeland Section in April 1969 and a long-term President of the section; our condolences go to his family. With very mixed weather April saw slightly muted attendance at some of our runs. This was partly because the Rest-of-the-World is still cut off from the North Lakes, due to the A591 collapse at Thirlmere; thankfully this will have finally re-opened on Friday 13th May. The 70th Anniversary Baton Rally was a challenge, firstly in receiving the baton, which DHL managed to fly all around England, twice. However, once in our hands, it visited the First and Last House at Gretna, traversed Kirkstone Pass, sailed the length of Windermere, overnighted at the Lakeland Motor Museum and conquered Hardknott Pass and the Three Counties point on Wrynose Pass in white-out snow conditions. Well done to all participants.
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MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 The A.G.M. in March resulted in the whole Committee being returned to office with the addition of Phil Edge plus Peter Lockwood taking on the role of Social Secretary to organise speakers and coach trips etc., Chairman Cook has had to curtail his Chairman activities owing to work pressure, but Kevin has kindly offered to officiate when Barry is away. N/Staffs Oatcake Run was attended by several M&HP section members and as always it was a splendid route with the added bonus of cheese-filled oatcakes and cake after the run. The trial at Mow Cop proved to be quite challenging owing to overnight rain, but was still enjoyed by 40 competitors and just enough observers. March club night and intersection quiz saw a large contingent from Cheshire Cats succumb to the ‘superior knowledge’ of M&HP team, (I think this is a first for us so we will have to keep on our toes!!) MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 email@example.com Once again the Men of Kent Bike Jumble was a resounding success. This year’s venue, Old Wives Lees village hall, worked well, the weather was good and the event received excellent support from the Section, other enthusiastic jumblers and the residents of the village. Colin Townsend, his daughter Victoria, Val Brindley and my wife Karen worked tirelessly to make it a success and the kitchen was a hive of activity, turning out teas, coffees and bacon rolls. This in no small part contributed to the monies raised for the local air ambulance, a total of £420. Well done indeed everyone. Frank’s fish and chip run is always well supported in April and rightly so, about 18 riders turned out and although it was a little chilly towards the end of the run, the fish and chip supper and general Bon Ami made up for that. Beer was good too! MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 firstname.lastname@example.org www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands Wednesday 1st June we have our popular Queens Head Run organised by Mike Drakeley. In the past two years Mike organised beautiful early summer nights, Mike tells me he’s arranged the same weather again for this year! Club Night, Wednesday 15th June is Bring a Bike Night, this year for the first time, novelty awards will be presented for various classes of machine to add to the fun of the evening. A brand new adventure for our Section is an inaugural mystery Coach Trip to the fabulous
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Shuttleworth Collection planned for the 10th September. Limited places are available so a first come first serve booking system is in place. Pete Brown is the organiser and a £10 deposit will secure your place. The total cost for the trip is £27. Cars may be left at the collection point, the NMM, with the coach leaving at 09:30 prompt, returning around 18:30. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 email@example.com www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk April club night featured a lively talk by Steve Plater. Despite a few technical problems, he covered his racing life in some detail. Of particular interest were his views on the Isle of Man TT and the current and past participants. The Bluestone Heath Run was held in cool but dry weather, 40 riders followed an excellent route, including a couple of challenging fords, finishing up at Cadwell Park to view some car rallying. A short return route returned the riders to Holton-le Clay. Thanks, Richard, for a great day out. Our June club night will be a short evening run, based on our usual meeting place at the Shires, start time 7.00pm. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Paul Braddock 01604 719104 07900 357018 firstname.lastname@example.org Half way through the year! There are four runs this month, June 5th Earls Barton Transport run, June 12th Sunshine run, June 21 Longest Evening Run and June 26 Breakfast run. There is also the Banbury Run on the 19th. One for the diaries next, Trevor Pinfold’s excellent Navigation Rally is on again. September 4th is the date, pre bookings only and full details from Trevor Pinfold. I haven’t been to club nights for a while due to work commitments. For this reason I am going to ask if anyone else wants to take up the role of scribe. If you’re interested see the committee. All the best to you all and safe riding in what I hope is sunshine!! NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 email@example.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk On 17th April the social run that took us over the route of the 2015 Levis Trial was very well supported and it was pleasing to have some new people join us, hopefully they will be back, as will this run next year – over the 2016 route. At the time of writing the mid-week run on the 27th April was still to come. June 1st club night is a Fish and Chip evening at The Round Oak, if you get this before then give me a ring quick if you want to have some so I
can warn them on numbers. Then the 6th July is Ride a Bike night: a short social run for those that want it, concours judging, bikes to look at and a 6 volt Prince of Darkness illuminated white knuckle ride home if you stay too late. June runs on 12th and 26th, see Diary. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northcotswoldvmcc.com Many thanks to Cotswold Section for another good Felix Burke Road trial. Five of us entered with Bob Ashwin and me picking up a couple of awards. Thanks also to John Young for an excellent club night talk on the Iron Butt Rally. Good turnouts for Graham and Brenda’s and Mike Chiddick’s Wrinkly Runs and Mark Dudfield’s Sunday Run. Mishaps this month were Mike Legg being considerate enough to get to the end of a muddy green lane before breaking down and Bob Ashwin’s new Ariel which seems to have the fuel consumption of an American V8, running dry 2 miles before the end of a run. Looking forward, we start with Mike Legg’s Breakfast run from Pillerton Priors on 5th June, followed by club night on 7th. Don’t forget ‘Fish’n’Chips Night’ at the Cherrington Arms, Cherrington, on 14th , £9 per head, choice of menu, advise John Stirman asap. NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org http://nesn.byethost16.com/ Slightly smaller turnout at our final Section meeting until resumption in September. The auction made a reasonable profit though still waiting for an e-mail from Dennis! Tony reports that the Dales run made a profit and that there were just two breakdowns, both fixed back at base. Most of those present said they would attend the Royal Armouries visit on 6th May. The Wetherby run will be book on the day only but there will be a quiz. There was a discussion on the future of trophies. The main issue that 90% of winners were not at the Annual Lunch. The proposal was that all winners will receive a small replica and the actual trophies would also be awarded to those attending the Annual Lunch. Following the excellent refreshments from our Catering Executives, Chairman David gave a fascinating display and talk on WW I and II Home Guard retention kit. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 email@example.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com
make the Jim Lee talk and it was very entertaining, a film show too, hope to see him again. Supplied a bike for the VMCC stand at Stafford, Uncle Geoff doing his bit on the Pioneer stand, enjoyable but more tiring than you might think. Last month our meets were missing from the diary dates for whatever reason, hopefully not so this edition. Any doubts ring me or Geoff. Carpe Diem.
NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk June is a busy month with Kelvin’s ride to Jodrell Bank being the first ride out. Brian’s Festival of Transport is a great weekend show and don’t forget all the profits go to local charities. Please support this festival. We also have a day to show our bikes at the Leyland Commercial Vehicle Museum. Hopefully the weather will be good, after all, it is now summer. Details of these and all our other activities can be found on our website. www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk and on the main VMCC website. The section mobile phone number is 07734 743314. NORTHERN IRELAND (SM) Robert Bryson 028 90629257 email@example.com Meeting at the historic Belfast City Hall, to be greeted by the Deputy Lord Mayor. Alderman Guy Spence. Onwards to the Titanic Quarter. Moving along to the Pump House and HMS Caroline. Next stop, the Nomadic, the only White Star Line ship afloat. Coffee break to the local Premier Inn and there disaster struck. Joan Crawford tripped and fell sustaining facial injuries, a sprained wrist and a dislocated shoulder! Joan was taken to hospital by ambulance. Although Joan was insisting we continue we decided to call it a day. We ended by reading aloud Rodney Hann’s ‘Proclamation’.
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NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 firstname.lastname@example.org April brought sad news for the section, we heard of the sad loss of several friends, Jean Lincoln, Bill Gardiner and Jim Bullock and our thoughts are with their families. The White Elephant Sale in April went ahead as planned - many thanks to those who brought and bought and to our auctioneer Dennis Gardiner. Thanks to his persuasive auctioneering, over £100 was raised - this will be donated to charity in memory of our good friend Jean Lincoln, a valued member and supporter of the Northumbrian Section for many years. We will be arranging some midweek socials and evening runs – details at club nights or on the Northumbrian forum page. We have the Breakfast Meet on 26 June, followed very quickly by the Northumbrian Gathering 1-3 July – hope to see lots more people there for our Saturday Presentation Dinner at a brand new venue in our own private marquee. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 email@example.com www.vmccnorwich.co.uk We had our Spring Lamb Run on 10th April with 25 riders attending on a bright morning. The route took us through Reepham then up to Stiffkey with the lunch stop at the Kings Arms at Blakeney. The wind became stronger and the temperature dropped for the afternoon route through Holt, Baconsthorpe, Hanworth and ended at Frettenham where Cynthia had prepared some refreshments. The Ranworth Broad Run on the 20th April was our first Wednesday afternoon run of the season, 10 riders took part covering 30 miles. On the 24th April we had our combined Pre-40’s and Spring Runs from Spooner Row. It was a bitterly cold day with some wintery showers, nevertheless 18 riders turned out for the picturesque route to The Railway Tavern at Mellis in Suffolk. On returning to Spooner Row Jackie had prepared refreshments. Thanks go to all who arranged these events. NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net We are about abreast of the administration, the baton for the Baton Relay Rally has been received and passed on with Jim as a loyal supporter, and the arrangements for our checkpoint on the Founder’s Relay Rally are in hand, thanks again to Barry. The Breakfast Run, blessed with fine weather, was a great success with around twenty machines out, ranging from a 1000cc V twin to a C11G and yet they travelled well together via the eastern moors, Derwent and Noe valleys to dine at the Otter Sanctuary
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nr. Chapel. Breakfast was at Grindleford cafe which has evolved to a moderately refined establishment by comparison with former years. Gordon led a ride south from Long Eaton into Leicestershire, dining at Great Central Railway and Graham a Nottinghamshire evening ride with reputedly no British machine present. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 email@example.com Dave Webster’s spring run from Harlequins R.F.C. attracted 14 chaps who rode out via Great Milton and Postecome to the Bookshop cafe for coffee. Then refreshed uphill to Christmas Common, Cookley Green, Ewelm, Crowmarsh, South Moreton and Long Witenham. Arriving at the Railway Inn Culham for lunch mileage not taken but enjoyed. Phil Stocks run from the Turpike saw 31 riders on a chilly but sunny day; head out to Lakers garden centre near Winslow for coffee. Then afterwards back across to the Harvester at Kidlington for lunch. Barry Winters run was from Millets Farm, we rode out to Nettlebed for coffee in the high street cafe. Afterwards a few headed home on more important missions, the rest of the lads rode back downhill to the Barley Mow at Clifton Hampden, a rest on the Thames for the 3Men in a boat story and also our lads. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 firstname.lastname@example.org www.penninevmcc.org.uk Our April meeting was a natter night so there is very little to report. Entries for our biennial Pennine Way Weekend Run close on July 2nd so ayone interested in joining us on the event, and would like to get far from the madding crowd, should get their entries in as soon as possible - see picture above. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 email@example.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk June is our busiest month with the Reivers rally at Alnwick kicking off the month. This is followed by a week of daily touring runs. The Bamburgh Run for older machines takes place on Sunday June 12th. It’s still possible to enter this event! Many of us also attend the Jimmie Guthrie Run (Sunday 19th) at Denholm, just north
of the border, which is always a pleasurable day. July continues at a slightly less hectic pace, with the normal Thursday and Sunday runs in the calendar. SHEFFIELD AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 firstname.lastname@example.org Our White Peak run will take place on 12th June starting from Whardlow mires 10:00 for 10:30 start. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 email@example.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk April Club Night was a talk by Ray Morris on growing hops. Ray’s family have been growing hops for hundreds of years, some of the equipment is very old and due to be replaced. We heard about the old times when people spent their holidays picking hops, nowadays they are not interested and most of the work is done by Polish workers who work hard, arrive before time and clean up before finishing. There are a lot of problems due to rules imposed by the EU such as health and safety etc. The hops are grown and harvested in the traditional way, except for the use of a tractor! The night ended with a short film of the process involved from the picking to getting them ready for sale. Thanks both to Ray and Mike the technician. June Club Night is fish & chips, booking essential.
Weekend was based at the Football Club. On Saturday a social run was arranged with a visit to Weston Helicopter Museum, where a guided tour and lunch was enjoyed by 84 members. This was followed by an evening meal at the Club House. On Sunday 60 machines and riders competed in the Road Safety Run, followed by a roast dinner. Winners in each class were – Veteran. Duncan Fish. 1914 Bradbury. Vintage. Dave Atterbury. 1922 Douglas. Post Vintage. Cliff Arthur. 1942 Indian. Post War. Chris Taylor. 1946 Ariel. Classic. John Fisher. 1962 BSA. Three wheeler. Roger Mallett. 1987 PAC. A big thank you to Sue Skinner, who organised the event and made it such a success. Girder Fork and Rigid Frame Run on 5th. See calendar for details. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/vmccsc/ There is a lot going on for South Cotswold Section during May. On Sunday 1st, our Founder’s Relay Rally checkpoint is again at the Forge Inn at Whitminster. On Sunday 8th we have an informal Run to Tintern Abbey. On May 12th there is a Run to the Mill Inn at Withington to collect the Baton from North Cotswold Section, as part of the VMCC 70th Anniversary, and on 13th May a Run to the Duke of York pub at Berrow, to hand over the Baton to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sections. Please give this special event your support, on one or both days. The start point for these three Runs is the main car park in Stonehouse, leaving at about 10am. Happy riding. SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 email@example.com
SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 firstname.lastname@example.org In April we enjoyed a Sunday lunch with the Cheshire Cats and Chester and North Wales gang in Llanuwchlyn. There was a good turnout of 22 people with seven from our section. Some members on the day are shown. The Glynllifon show is on the 12th of this month, always a friendly day out. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding.
Our first official run of the season was The Spring Fever Run to Dinnington Dock for lunch and was successfully led by John Morey. En route Andrew Samways did his impression of the Titanic on a section of flooded road. He managed to paddle out of it but gained the Crank of the Month for his efforts. A group of hardy souls have continued to ride their bikes on Sundays during the cold spring weather and have even been spotted eating ice creams, as seen in the photo.
SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 email@example.com www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk Congratulations to Dave Boon and Henry Body who at the AGM were awarded the Syd Plevin Trophy and the Dreadnought Trophy respectively. Our Annual Cheddar
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SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk
SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.email@example.com www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk
The April championship trial took place at Wensley with 29 riders. Dennis Marwood and Brian Smith provided an entertaining quiz at our Club night, enhanced by pie and peas for about 50 people. Unfortunately it was wet and foggy for the 70th Anniversary Baton Relay when we received the baton from the North East Section at Cray in the Yorkshire Dales and transferred it the following day to the Northumbrian section across the wild Durham moors. As one participant said: “It was a shame about the wet rides, but it was good to meet members from our neighbouring sections”. The annual June evening run and concours will be at the Chequers, Dalton on Tees. Details from Dave Headon on the 8th, and Eric’s Evening Excursion on the 21st. Practice trials will be organised, but contact Roy Sturgeon for details or view our website.
Twelve Section members attended the club AGM to see our motion rejected. We obtained 30% of the votes. This still represents of a sizable minority. Be assured, we will be diligent as ever in our efforts to see that the club is run successfully and on democratic principles. John’s quiz night at the club house served to remind us all of how little we know, and that we must study harder. Several of our members entered bikes in the Cardiff Motorcycle Show and some even obtained awards. Seaside Run on 5th June, Bring a Bike Night on the 6th and a new event “Tor Gumru”, “The Roof of Wales” run on the 26th. Details of all the runs and events are on the section website.
SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty-two bikes, some with pillions, turned out to Maurice’s MHOR 84 run on 3rd April, although wet, it was a great start to the season. Willie Corners’ Classic Royal Enfield attracted a fair bit of attention. A full house including new member Willie McClymont attended Woodside for the monthly meeting. A massive thank you to Mark Whitham for giving us a very interesting talk and a great insight into how the SSDT started, struggled through the war years and progressed into the successful event it is to-day, attracting competitors from all over the world. Thanks, Mark. The Spring Run from Kippen was quite a success although the weather wasn’t very kind. 10 members appeared for the Baton Rally, after a run to Dalwhinnie in brilliant weather we returned home to pass the Baton onto the Glasgow Section at Carbeth Inn the following day.
The April meeting was a great success with a great film show. The first two new day runs were a great success, with the run to Sammy Millers attracting 18 riders and the run to Tangmere Aviation Museum 11. The drop off system worked perfectly on the second run, but with room for improvement on the first. Our evening runs are now in full swing with the, George Hodges (26th June) and Pitdown Run (10th July) Day events to come. Don’t forget our new day runs on the 30th June and 21st July. SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 email@example.com http://www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk The section shifted into second gear with Gary’s April Showers run, held in cool dry conditions along a meandering route, hedgerows and blossom brought out by recent warm weather. Staff at The Wheatsheaf, full to the beams with Sunday lunchers, were relieved to have us sit at outside tables in the sun. Departing Terry raised a farewell hand, his Velocette spat and ran backwards but he recovered with an expert clutch-dump to a cheer from the audience. Motorcycles arriving on club night included two very smart BSA A7s not seen before. June's excitements: Fish and Chip run on 8th, 6.45pm from Red Lion, our annual Bike Show there on 15th, Anniversary Baton collection from Kings Lynn section on Thursday 16th and delivery to Northampton on 17th, details on the web site. Meet at Baston lay-by 8.30am on Saturday 25th for a run to Cadwell Park for the 70th anniversary event.
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STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk
Stirling Castle Section’s Spring Run. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 email@example.com www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk June provides a full calendar of events beginning with the Landford Run on the 5th for Girder and/or Rigid Bikes only. We are well into the riding and barbecue season, and club night on the 15th brings us to the annual barbecue at Breamore Countryside Museum. Following the success
of previous years the food will be provided by outside caterers. The annual evening ride-in hosted by Brian and Brenda Jeffery will on the 22nd. The following week Diane will be hosting the ever-popular Cream Tea Run on the 26th from Salisbury. Laurie’s resignation from the Committee creates a vacancy. Are you interested? Give it some thought; it is not an onerous task with only four meetings per year. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org John lead our Day Run we bumped into the West Kent Section going the other way at one junction which caused some confusion, one of their members tried to join our run! Our first evening run was well attended, thanks to Geoff and Chris, a smaller number took part in our second evening run but it was snowing just before we started! After many years of organising the Touring Section weekend at Easter, Mick Beer has stood down, allowing a younger member to take over. My thanks to Mick and Sarah for their hard work and dedication.
turned up. I hope they will do so next year. 20 bikes turned up for Don’s Run on 10th April; it was a good group with a nice lunch at The White Hart Wroughton. Thanks Don for organising this. Our next Run, on June 5th, is Dave’s Run. All are welcome (it’s on the Portal). Fred Bassett and Keith Bates are doing a run on 12th June. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.thetaverners.com www.tavernerstrials.org.uk Peter.Monk@snapon.com April finished off our 2015/2016 Trials season and although the weather was kind points were off everyone with the Eaton water splash and boggy section next to it. A big thank you to all of the people who have helped to make this another great season, without all the volunteers these “fun” and “muddy” days wouldn’t happen. On a cleaner note we kicked off our road runs with the Tulip Run, Len and his helpers set off all 50 or more riders after a bacon cob and coffee, finishing up at a local hostelry.
TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 email@example.com SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 firstname.lastname@example.org It was off to the WSW Tour of Gower in April organised by Terry Nicholls and Ian Smith. The weather was superb and the route enjoyable, finishing at Dan yr Ogof Show Caves. Over 20 riders enjoyed the event. Many thanks to Ian and Terry for organising it. The caves are the venue for our camping weekend from Semptember 16th-18th. At the April meeting, 30 members had an enjoyable meal at Morriston Rugby Club. Next meetings are on the 14th June, 12th July and 9th Aug. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 or 07887 517906 email@example.com In May’s notes it was put down that we enjoyed a buffet at The Woodshaw Inn on the 19th March (not 19th May as stated; having a senior moment). The Auto Jumble on Easter Monday was a total washout due to the terrible weather. Thanks to all members who turned up to help. Also thanks to the Hardy Jumblers who turned up. Unfortunately I cancelled it at 10.30 since no punters had
Just as the field at the SCHVPT Centre at Copthorne had dried out for Easter it rained heavily on Thursday and some had to be towed on the field, which soon resembled a scene from the Somme. It stayed dry for Good Friday Run and Saturday and Sunday runs, but Storm Katie caused havoc, resulting in many roads being blocked. Mick Beer had to cancel his run, which was a great shame as he told us Saturday evening that this was to be the last weekend he would organise at Copthorne. Our thanks go to Mick and Sarah, Ray, Sandra and Baz for all they have done over the past 15 years. A small turnout of Section members enjoyed Essex Section’s Bluebell Weekend. Thanks to Roger & Heather Gulliver and Gill Scatcherd for an excellent weekend. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 firstname.lastname@example.org The weather was kind for our leg of the Founders Relay, members from South and West Yorkshire enjoyed warm sunshine at Kirkless Light Railway along with excellent refreshments and the odd 15” gauge steam locomotive (it would make a good ride out for members of adjacent
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Sections). The Section’s runs will be well under way by the time this is published, in the meantime members will have enjoyed the Committee’s May Quiz night. Please note the change in date to the Secretary’s Run; this will now be the 31sy July. Would members intending to do the Nutter Run on May 22nd please confirm if it is happening with Brian or myself. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 At the AGM 20 bikes and riders from the Warwickshire Section escorted the Anniversary Baton out of the British Motor Museum to be handed over to The Midland Section on Tuesday 5th April. Another 20 machines gathered at Kenilworth RFC to take the Baton to the National Motor Cycle Museum where it was handed over to The Midland Section. Many thanks go to the Midland Section for Tea, Coffee and an Anniversary cake – it was great. Thanks also to Martyn for re-arranging the Spring Run to finish at Gaydon for Baton collection. Many thanks go to John Bradshaw for his talk about NSA at ISOT in 1938. WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Chipp’s talk on policing was entertaining to say the least. His duties included Royal escorts; appropriate because we had all the VMCC Royalty at the meeting, the President, Chairman and Vice President. I don’t think he escorted them home. The Hinton run was, again, a great success with a large variety of machinery and, again, the VMCC royalty present. Thanks Gabby and Christine, great day, very good food and lovely weather! For our future entertainment we have Frank’s Mercian Incursion Run from Pear Tree Inn at Whitby on June 12th followed, on Monday, by club night “bring an interesting object” you must have one somewhere. I have heard rumours that our section was failing! This was surprising news to our members – the only failures noticed were in starting the bikes or ascending steep hills (or even, in my case, remaining vertical on my Scott)! WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 email@example.com http://wkvmcc.weebly.com Thanks to Ron Lewis for being auctioneer for the Bring & Buy night. The section will be picking up the relay baton from the Men of Kent section at midday on Saturday June 11th at the Friars and will be looking after it until Sunday lunchtime when it will be handed over to the London section representative. Any members who wish to come to the Friars are more than welcome. For
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those of you without a pre 30’s machine on Sunday 26th June you may care to attend the Friars summer fayre instead, which is on the same day. Entry forms for the Chaucer Run in support of Macmillan Cancer Support on the 17th July are available from me. Copies can be sent via email on request. Entry is £4 in advance, £5 on the day. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk Regs and booking forms are now available on our section website for both the Black Mountain Run on June the 26th and The Saundersfoot Run on Sept 9th -11th. I hope that this month the weather warms up, but although it’s been cold, the runs have been well supported, and we thank the organisers for their part in setting these out, for without them we would have none. Jeff and Joan are once again running the Pembroke run on June 12th. (01437764956). On the 22nd John Webb is running an evening run but we start off on the 2nd with a mid-week Wrinkles Run. WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 email@example.com The riding season has had a cracking start with two very successful runs. A run to the Compton Abbas airfield led by Peter Tyler was the first run and although it was cold the rain held off. Dave Waldrons St. Georges run from Malmsbury to Devizes again was supported by over 20 riders on another cold but very sunny day. There have been three trials in the month attended by members. The Cheddar trial in particular was most enjoyable. Mike, Terry and Bill took part in the Twin Dragon trial and again, with only one short exception the weather was fine but cold. We are now looking forward to the Relay Rally and Baton Relay and with all preparations complete hoping for warmer conditions. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccworcs.co.uk Runs a-plenty in the first half of June. We have the Welsh Lakes Run on the 5th and on the 12th there is the Source of the Teme Run with revised route and different lunch stop. The June midweek Run on the 16th will be in the direction of the Cotswolds on Howard Williams’ route. Richard Caddick’s first run in April was well received with 16 bikes; we look forward to his next effort, the July midweek run on the 21st which will go to Montgomery. N.B. the visit to John Hancocks’ museum on the 20th June has been cancelled. Farm and collection have been sold.
Alan Griggs, North East Scottish Section, hands over the Baton to Andy Loosemore of Highland Section at the Old Telford Bridge on the Spey at Craigellachie.
The AGM at Gaydon was an encouraging and reasonably businesslike affair. Our Chairman, Pat Rowbotham, has been outstanding throughout his tenure and deserves great credit. All of the Resolutions were passed and three Directors were appointed, one of whom has hands-on commercial experience of the classic scene, which should be very helpful. The proxy voting was very interesting, and well over a thousand members exercised their right to vote. From a democratic standpoint it is certainly progress, but with about 150 members present the results were already sorted unless a resolution’s vote was finely balanced (which none were), and final voting influenced by the discussion at the AGM. We will gain more experience of the proxy process over time. Only a handful of Scottish members voted, which concerns me. A number of you expressed the view that it was hard to vote for Directors when so little information was provided in their election profiles. The workings of proxy voting also requires better explanation to you. Yours truly picked up the Editor’s Award for Scottish Notes which came as a surprise. It does, however, reflect well on all of you who have contributed to the Journal in recent years. The Scottish membership and our activities are well to the fore in the Journal and noticed throughout the Club. Keep those contributions coming please, and especially if you have a technical piece. My motor cycle policy was up for renewal and as
per usual I asked for a quote from Footman James. I try to give our bespoke insurer the chance of my business every year. FJ’s quote was competitive and on better terms, so I have made the shift. The point of the preamble is that the Club will earn a commission of £28 which is quite a boost on top of my annual subscription. It is all too easy to just renew an existing policy, but please remember that every policy placed with FJ earns us a commission, and we really need that income. A big thank you to all of the Sections and riders who took part in the Baton Rally. Some members had to ride long distances, especially those in Highland and NE Scottish Sections. The turnout was good and especially the transfer between Clyde Valley and the Glasgow Group with the latter looking more like a full-blown social run. Central Scottish Section have an ‘Underground Run’ at 10am on 25th June staring at Bridgeview House, Glamis and heading for the Arbroath Bunker and Museum and thence to the Edzell Bunker. Clyde Valley have a Chip Shop Run to Biggar in place of their usual Section night on 14th June followed by the Rock & Roll Run on the 18th June starting at The Oven, Overton Farm, Rosebank. Stirling Castle Section have a talk by John Lamb on 13th June entitled ‘Adventures in Afghanistan’. Auld Reekie Edinburgh hold their fourth Capital Café Run on Monday 20th June in South Queensferry starting from 7pm. Alastair Alexander, Area Rep for Scotland
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Unless otherwise stated, there are no costs and no restrictions on attendance at events in these listings
Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. Butchers Arms Inn, Oakridge Lynch, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7NZ (SO 917 038). Roy Plowman West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Teston bridge country park. Ron Wright. 07761 005995 N. Birmingham Fish and Chip Evening. 7.30 for 8pm. The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BU. David Spencer 01746 762957 Moonraker Baton Rally. To be arranged with Oxford Section Mrs J Goodwin Secretary. 01793 539207 25-year rule applies 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 Oxford Baton Relay Rally. 10am. Milletts Farm. Pete Ryman 01235 200367 email@example.com £1 Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am The Chalet Transport Cafe Henfield Road,Cowfold, RH13 8DU Brian Robins. 01293 537598. £1 Midland Queens Head Evening Run. 7pm. Boat Inn. Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 07970 416021. £1. 25 year rule applies North East Evening Run. 7pm. Hare and Hounds, Stutton, North Yorkshire. Terry Parsons 01937 819469 £3 Lakeland Manor Hotel Ride-In. 11am. Manor Hotel, Oxen Park, Cumbria. John Silcock. 01229 861264 Essex Wrinkly Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Battlesbridge, Maltings Rd LAYBY. SatNav SS117RF Mark Wilson. 01702 512010 Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. Butchers Arms Inn, Oakridge Lynch, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7NZ (SO 917 038). Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 East Sussex Chris Pile’s Wrinkly Run 1. 10:30am. Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX Chris Pile 01435 864043 Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Bristol Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. The Fox & Hounds, Acton Turville, GL9 1HW John Dodimead 01179 372949 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10.30am. Teston Bridge Country Park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 firstname.lastname@example.org Any machine over 25 years of age Northwest Alan and Jean’s Mystery Ride. 7pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 email@example.com 2nd South Hants Evening Run 7.30 pm. Basungwell St Car Park Bishop Waltham. David Thew 02380 463534 Somerset Club Night and Short Run 6-30pm. Cossington Village Hall. Percy Whellock 01823 282133 Machines over 25 years Cyclemotor Baton Rally Brooklands test hill challenge. On site before 10am. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey. KT13 0QN Lorraine Carter. 0118 9730712, 07703623613. £11 Up to 100cc, or veteran machines,.25 year rule applies South Cotswold Gordon’s Informal Weekday Run. 10am. Stonehouse Car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 W South Wales Wrinkles Run. 10am. Telephone Barrie and Angie 01558 668579 North Staffs Kate’s Evening Run. 7pm. Leek Market Place. Kate Wain 07561 530136 £1 Notts & Derby Bring a Bike Night. 8pm. Royal Oak Ockbrook. John. 01623 861474 3rd Men of Kent Sittingbourne International touring weekend. 10am. Sharsted Sports Club, Newnham, near Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0NB Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Chiltern Baton Relay collecting the Baton. 10.30 for 11am depart. The Black Cat, Lye Green, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield. 01442 824143 firstname.lastname@example.org 25 year rule aplies £2. Reivers Reivers Rally and Roving Week. 10am. Alnwick Rugby Club Alnwick Northumberland. NE66 1BE Alan Holdsworth 01670 7156678 or 07792 735645 email@example.com 25yrs or older
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4th Berkshire Chiltern Dorset
5th East Yorkshire North Staffs Worcestershire Men of Kent
Chairman’s Ride In, BBQ & Baton Exchange. 11am. Hurst Village Halls School Road Hurst Berkshire RG10 0DR. Malcolm White. 01344 642866 Summer Baton Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. Great Missendan Car Park, Great Missenden, Bucks Phil Barfield. 01442 824143. £2. Girder Forks Section Stand at Gillingham In-Gear Show. 10am. The Red Lion Car Park, High Street, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4AA. Ray Dickinson. 01747 228837
Summer Saunter. 10:30am Fimber Roundabout. A. Frankish.01482 658903 £2 The Ice Cream Run. 10.30am. Leek Market Place Dave Sproson. 01782 771576. £1 Welsh Lakes Run. 9.30 for 10am. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 61st Sittingbourne Run. 9am. Sharsted Sports Club, Newnham, near Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 0NB Frank Mitchell 07837 918087. All VMCC eligible motorcycles Cheshire The Llangollen Gathering. 10am. Llangollen Motor Museum, LL20 8EE Dave Kay 0151 334 6187 & N Wales £3.00 Taverners 2 Stroke Run, 10am. Lady Jane, Whitwick, LE67 5PH. Roger Monk 01509 412662 Moonraker Dave’s Sunday Run. 10 for10.30am. Rat Trap, Stratton, Nr Swindon. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25-year rule applies Oxford Club run. 10am H cafe Berrinsfeild, Dave Clarke 01865 452232 £1 Cornwall Land’s End Run. 9am. Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway, Bodmin, PL31 1AG Gilbert Dingle / Stan Weston 01208 863325 / 01872 510478 Brooklands 70th Anniversary Baton Handover. 12 noon. Brooklands Museum. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £11 Stonehenge Landford Run. 11am. Wyevale Garden Centre ( Golden Acres) Southampton Road, Landford, Wiltshire SP5 2BE. John & Olive Guy 02380 694111. £2. Girder Fork and/or Rigid Bikes only Norwich & Dist Round Norfolk Run. 7:30 for 8:30am. The Gull Inn, Loddon Road, Norwich, NR14 7PL. Bob and Cynthia Forster. 01603 737540. £6. Rider age and machine age required for awards calculations. Northampton Earls Barton Trans Run. 10.30am. Billing Garden Centre, NN39EX. Bob Whtman 01604 811747 Somerset Girder Fork and Rigid Frame Run. 10-30am for 11am. Old Down Inn, Emborough. BA3 4SA Colin Bentham 01761 241516. Girder fork and rigid frame machines Notts & Derby Vale of Belvoir Run. 10am. Pidcock BMW Long Eaton. Graham. 07745 888938 Blackpool & Dist Chairman's Bacon Butty Run. 10am Graham Jacksons Farm - Whiteacres, Shard Lane, Hambleton FY6 9BX Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 £1 Kings Lynn Summer Run. 10.30am. Swaffham Market Place. Graham Lovesay. 01553 828184 £3 N Cotswold Breakfast Run. 9am. Pillerton Priors Layby. Mike Legg 01608 663898 £1 Warwickshire Kenilworth Run 10 for 10.30am start. Hatton lay-by. Malcolm Griffin 01926 497475 Bikes 25yrs or older South Wales Seaside Run. 10am. Conservative Club, Stanwell Road, Penarth. John Lewis £8 Club eligible machines and invited classic cars Cyclemotor The Greenway Run. 10.30am. The Stratton Arms, Turweston.NN13 5JX David and Joyce 01280 848233 Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran Northwest Kelvin’s Run to Jodrell Bank. 10am. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org 6th South Wales Bring a bike night. 7:30pm. Llanharry Working Mens Club. Howard Jayne South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park Working Mens Club. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Worcestershire Pub night. 7.30pm. Defford Arms, Defford. John Porter 01386 553329 Goodwood Baton Relay Run - Collect 10.30am Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top Bury Hill, junction of A29/A284/B2139, West Sussex BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 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 Night. 8pm. Sharsted Sports Club, Newnham, near Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 0NB Frank Mitchell 07837 918087
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Social Meeting. 8pm. The Cricketers PH, The Green, Pirbright, Woking GU24 0LP Richard Huckle 07853 204018 East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney. 01789 262076 Goodwood Baton Relay Run - Deliver 10.30am. Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PH Airfield cafe. John Taylor 01903 892314 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 S Cotswold Club Night. 7pm. The Kings Head, Kings Stanley.Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Isle of Wight Lunch Run. 11.30am. Old Smithy car park, Godshill. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email@example.com VMCC membership 8th Bristol Ride a Bike Night. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 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 Snowdonia/Eryri Clubnight, bring your bike.7.30pm Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 Banbury Bring A Bike Night. 7pm. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN Dave Curtiss / Mick Dale Essex Ride a Bike night and Run. 7 for 7.30pm. Ship & Anchor Maldon. Peter Williams 01268 767293 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 M&HP Evening run. 7-15 for 7-30pm. Poynton Workmens Park lane Poynton. SK12 1RG Barry Howard 01625 630016 S Lincs & P’bro Evening Fish and Chips Run. 6.45pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP. Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 £2 Reivers Club Night. 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 50p Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Kings Head House, Bath Road, Eastington, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3AA (SO 774 053) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Kings Lynn Inter-Section Meeting with Anglian Section. Meet for 12 noon. The Five Miles from Anywhere PH at Upware nr Ely. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Dorset Club Night - Pie & Pint Evening Run. 7pm. Bradford's Yard, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NW or Library Car Park, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4UA. Bob Hoare 01963 364618 Northwest Club Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org Herefordshire Mid Wales Meander. 10.30am. Texaco Petrol Station, Kington, HR5 3DZ. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 email@example.com normal VMCC 25 year rule South Durham Concours and Social Run. 6.30pm. Chequers PH. Dalton on Tees, Darlington DL2 NT Dave Headon 01325 720183 25-year rule 9th Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6pm for 6.30pm start The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Alan Langmaid 01803 863296 Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night. 7.30pm for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA Celia Hore 01208 73571 North Staffs Wild Boar Run. 7pm. Leek Market Place. Bill Champion 01625 611743 £1 Bristol Run to Haynes Motor Museum. 10am Avon Valley Railway, Bitton BS30 6HD. Alan Burton 07774 923721 North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Shipston on Stour. Fred Simmons 01608 663975 £1 West Kent Members’ Choice Concours. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Cheshire & N Wales Machine Night 6.30pm. The Bridge Inn, Pontblyddyn, Near Mold. Derek Burns 01978 761453 Bedfordshire Ride a Bike to Shefford - Evening Gathering. 8pm for 8.30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Oxford Social run. 10am.Turnpike Yarnton. Maurice Belcher 01865 247823 £1 West Wilts Section Meeting - chat night. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club Tony Kay 01380 722288
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Taverners East Sussex
South Hants 10th Cyclemotor Brooklands
Men of Kent East Sussex
Evening Run. 7:30pm. Wistow garden centre, LE8 0QF. Roger Monk 01509 412662 Baton Rally Run Part 1. 10.30am. Section HQ, Brian's Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX Steve Marks 01323 849199 firstname.lastname@example.org Evening Run. 7.30pm. Droxford Square. Andy Collett
Camping weekend. From Lunchtime Friday. Peacehaven Farm, Ickford, Bucks HP18 9JE Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 No restrictions, but most suitable for low power Weekend Run. 8.30am. Hogs Back Cafe , A31, Seale, Farnham GU10 1HQ Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £135 70th Anniversary Baton Relay. 12.30pm. East Sussex Steam Railway Cafe, Tenterden. TN30 6HE. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Baton Rally Run Part 2 10.30am Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Steve Marks 01323 849199 email@example.com
11th Taverners BBQ Trial, 2pm. Vickers Farm, Marefield, LE7 9LE. Roger Monk 01509 412662 Notts & Derby Limestone Peak Run, 2.30pm. Lay-by A515. 1m near Ashbourne. Clive. 12th Pennine The Four Counties Run. 10.30am. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS Geoff Green 01616 548159 £3 M&HP Phil Barton Memorial Run. 10.30 for11am. Moat House Farm, Peel lane, Astbury, Congleton, CW12 4RJ Barry Howard/Cath Barton 01625 630016/07834 118320 W South Wales Pembroke Run. 10am. Jeff and Joan 01437 764956 N Birmingham Julian’s Excursion. 10 for 10.30am start. Cosford Railway Station car park Julian Edwards 01562 883224 Goodwood Goodwood Run 10.30am. Goodwood Horse Race Course, Selhurstpark Road, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex PO16 0PS John Turrell 01903 892411 or 01903 742979 West Kent Social Run. 10.30 am. Wrotham Hill car park. Ron Wright. Any machine over 25 years of age Burton & Dist Singles & over 60s. 8.30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Lee Stretton 01283 217932 Pre-55 multi cylinder; 25 year rule applies Cuckmere Run. 10:30am prompt. Section HQ, Brian’s Barn (next to the Ash Tree Inn), Ashburnham, East Sussex TN33 9NX Andy Marks 01323 849199 Worcestershire Source of the Teme Run. 9.30 for 10am. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Reivers The Bamburgh Run. 10am. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, NE69 7DF. Mike Coxon 07919 666818. £10. Any pre-1930. Post-1930 with girder fork North Cotswold Girder/Rigid Run plus Classic Vehicle Clubs Day at Toddington Railway Station. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Bob Ashwin 01386 870648. £1. All over-25 vehicles welcome Isle of Man Harold Rowell Memorial Road Run. 2pm. TT Grandstand. Gary Corlett Dorset Purbeck Run. 11am. Botany Bay Inn, Winterbourne Zelston, Dorset BH20 7DL. Tony Morpeth 01300 342058 £3 East Lancs Museum Run. 10.30am. Judge Walmsley car park, Whalley. BB7 9NT. Graeme Bretherton 01772 716076 £2 West Kent Early starter run. 7.30am. Polhill lay-by on A224 near Halstead, Kent. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age West Kent Social Run. 10.30am. Wrotham Hill car park. Ron Wright firstname.lastname@example.org Any machine over 25 years of age M&HP Phil Barton memorial run. 10.30 for11.00am. Moat House Farm, Peel lane, Astbury, Congleton. CW12 4RJ Barry Howard/Cath Barton 01625 630016 07834 118320 Northampton The Sunshine Run. 10am. Super Sausage Potterspury NN127QD Richard Stone 01604 768069 Wessex Mercian Incursion Run. 10.30 for 11am The Pear Tree Inn, Whitley SN12 8QX Vet & Vintage Frank Cropp 01225 708743 £3 Pre-1931 machines only North East High Trees Run. 10 for 10.30am. High Trees Garden Centre, Horsforth, Leeds. Dave Town 01274 565951 £3 Gwent The Girder Fork Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station NP7 5HP. John Sharman 01874 730753 Ips & Suffolk Baton Relay Run. 10am. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215
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Historic Vehicle Day. 10am. Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington Station GL54 5DT (SO 050 324) Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 Devon Ron Ley Run. 11am. Quince Honey Farm, North St. S Molton, EX36 3AZ. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 Moonraker Keith/Fred Social Run. 10 for 10.30am. Rat Trap Stratton Nr Swindon. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25 year rule Warwickshire Breakfast Run. 6-30am for 7am start. A429/M40 lay by. Harry Wiles 01788-334617 Bikes 25yrs or older Anglian Fenland Gallop. 10.30am. Green Welly Cafe, Chatteris, PE16 6UA. A141 j/w A142 Roger Newark 01354 741099 £5 Open to any VMCC eligible machine S Cotswold The Elver Run. 10am. Stonehouse Car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883. VMCC eligible machines only please. Snowdonia/Eryri Glynllifon Show. 10.30am.Glynllifon. John Evans 01286 872599 email@example.com 25 yr. 13th Worcestershire Bring a Bike night. 7.30pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Wessex Club night 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common SP8 5NB. Ian Clarke 01202 82477 Vet & Vintage Stirling Castle Club Night. 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel Doune. David Brown 01786 870345 Ips & Suffolk Baton Relay Run. 10.30a. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 firstname.lastname@example.org 50p. 14th Burton & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter. 01283 619489 £1 Clyde Valley Chip Shop meeting. 7.30pm. Townhead Cafe, Biggar. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet from 6.30pm. The Crown and Sceptre, Horns Rd, Stroud Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Pennine Machine Night. 7.30 pm. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Anglian Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS Roger Newark 01354 741099. £2 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. &pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 Oxford Poole run. 9am. Steventon village hall. Alan Wittington 01235 832145 £1 Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Fish’n’Chips Night. 7pm John Stirman 01608 686776 £7 N Cotswold East Devon Lunch Meet. From 1.00pm Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Isle of Wight Club Night. 7.30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email@example.com VMCC membership Oxford Poole run. 9am. Steventon Village Hall. Alan Wittington 01235 832145 £1 15th East Sussex Slug Run 7pm. Brian’s Barn, Brownbread Street, Ashburnham TN33 9NX. Dave Masters 01424 211873. Sluggish motorcycles with a 30mph cruisng speed (max) Midland Arrive on a Bike Night Competition. 7.30pm. National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, Birmingham B92 0EJ. Bob Badland. 07970 416021 £1 25-year VMCC Rolling Rule Stonehenge Club Night - Annual Barbecue. 7pm. Breamore House Countryside Museum, Breamore, Hampshire SP6 2DF. Details Committee (Keith Starks) 01202 605112 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1 Bristol Evening Run 7pm. Chipping Sodbury Clock Tower, High Street, BS37 6AH. Rod Western 07778 704097 VMCC eligible machines West Kent Evening Run. 7.30pm. Polhill lay-by on A224 near Halstead, Kent. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Chiltern Pub Night. About 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143
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Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Mid-Week Run. 2pm. The Udder Farm Shop, East Stour, Dorset SP8 5LQ. Maurice McGladdery 01963 363020 £3 Norwich & Dist 70th Baton Rally. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Bob Forster 01603 737540 Oxford Club night. 7.30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 Dartmoor Babbacombe Fair. 10am. Babbacombe Downs, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU. Derek French 07747 032659 B’pool & Dist Club Display - Knott End. 5:30pm onwards. Knott End On Sea - Cafe - FY6 0EA. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally 7pm. The Farmers Arms Inn, Birts Street, Birtsmorton, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6AP (SO 790 363) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 S Lincs Evening bike show. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterbro Brian Fosh 01832 273390 Herefordshire Trail riding in the Peak District. 12 noon. Bushey Heath Farm, Tideswell Moor, Derbyshire SK17 8JE. Geoff McGladdery. 07588 559698 £50 Ips & Suffolk Baton Relay Run. 10am Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 North East President’s Run. 11am. Sun Inn, Norwood. Terry Parsons 01937 819469 £3 Kings Lynn Ride-a-Bike Night. 7pm. The Stag at West Acre near Swaffham. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Mid Lincs Summer Evening Run. 7pm. The Shires, Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey,DN21 4JL Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 £2. South Durham Evening Social Run. 6.30pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George Darlington DL2 1JQ Brian Smith 01325 286623 16th Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9.30 for 10am. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Howard Williams 01905 355665 Kings Lynn 70th Anniversary Baton Relay Change Over. 1pm meet Norwich; Swaffham Market Place. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Cheshire Cats Clubnight. 8pm Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Cross Guns. Avoncliff. Colin Smith. 07778 281332 Lakeland Newfield Inn Ride-In. 11.30am. Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, South Lakes. Colin Steer 017687 74536 Somerset Evening Meet. 7pm. Lamb Inn, Spaxton, TA5 1AD. Phil Ham 01278 671626. Machines over 25 South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. The Churchilian Car Park, Portsdown Hill. Russell Daysh 01329 311331 S Lincs Pick up 70th Anniversary Baton. 2pm. Esso Services, Eye Green, Peterborough. Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 & Peterbro Bedfordshire Midweek Run - Bedfordshire. 10 for 10.30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, SG17 5JA Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2 Notts & Derby Old & Slow Run. 7.30pm. Ripley Market Place. Jim 0115 9329049. Lower-powered lightweight eligible machines preferred North Staffs Longnor Chippy Run. 7pm. Leek Market Place Richard Bills 07588 707701 £1 17th S Lincs Deliver 70th Anniversary Baton to Northants Section. 10am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, & Peterbro Stibbington, Peterborough PE8 6LR. Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 18th Northampton Baton Rally. 10.30am. Crossroads Hotel, Weedon NN7 4QH. David Mead 013237 342570 Clyde Valley Rock’n’Roll Run. 10am. Overton Farm, Rosebank A72. Willie Malone 01357 521375 £12 Warwickshire Dunchurch Festival. 11.30am. Dunchurch. Harry Wiles 01788 334617 East Sussex 2016 Bike Show and Concours. 1pm. The Cricket Bat Factory Ashburnham TN33 9PE (follow the signs!). Paul Rees 01323 844766 firstname.lastname@example.org 19th Stirling Castle The Bracken Trundle. 10am. The Brander Lodge Hotel, Bridge of Awe, Argyll, PA35 1HT. Jim and Pat Kirkham 01631 570544 Must be VMCC eligible East Devon Picnic Ride. 10.30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Richard Gomm 07775 700535
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B’mouth & New Forest Cornwall Bedfordshire
Classic Bike Breakfast Run. 10am for breakfast, 11am for run. Toby Carvery, Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch. Geoff Welham 01202 479126 North Cornwall Run. 10.30am. Tesco, Wadebridge, PL27 7HW. Bernard Hand 01840 211276 Baton Relay Run - Banbury to Beds. After Banbury Run. British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ. Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 Normal VMCC eligibility Wakefield Chairman’s Run. 10.30am. Squires Café, Newthorpe, Nr Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 5LX & W Yorkshire Rowly Scholey 01924 216190 £3 South Dorset Yeovil Steam Run. 10.30am. Top of Town, Dorchester, DT1 1RN. Ollie Legg 01305 768868 £2 Lakeland The Wilson Arms Ride-In. 11am. The Wilson Arms, Torver, Cumbria. John Silcock 01229 861264 Essex Dave’s Breakfast Run. 8.30 for 9am start. Tesco Car Park, Maldon. Dave Overy 01621 893450 Dartmoor Classic Motorcycles at Cockington Court. 10am. Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6XB. Derek French 07747 032659 Isle of Wight Geoff's Treasure Hunt. 10.30am. Brown's Cafe, Sandown. Geoff Dean 01983 403331 VMCC member 20th Northumbrian Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester-le-Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 50p Auld Reekie Capital Care Run. 7.15pm The Promenade, South Queensferry. George Plumb 01313 333336 Any machine or three-wheeler over 25 years of age Devon Evening Meet. 7pm. Exeter Inn, Chittlehamholt, EX37 9NS. Chris Wood 01237 472855 Wakefield Ride your bike night. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL. & West Yorks Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 B’mouth & N. Forest Bring a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 Northwest Dave’s Treasure Hunt. 7pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 email@example.com 21st East Herts Motor cycle concours evening. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ Colin Morris 0123 671441 25 year rule S Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet from 6.30pm. The Fleece Inn at Hillersley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Warwickshire Mick & Frank’s Social evening. 7pm. Bishops Tachbrook S & S club. Frank Parker 01926 429310 South Durham Eric’s Evening Excursion. 6pm. Dalton on Tees. Eric Londesbrough 01325 721463 25-year rule East Lancs Shortest Night Run. 7pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. David Prismall 01706 217572 £2 Goodwood Club Night - Bring a Bike Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979 Northampton Longest Evening Run. 7pm. Six Fields. NN5 5QA. Martin Laundon 01604 586144 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 Brooklands Ride a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Hand and Spear, Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 Cheshire & N Wales Club Night. 7.30 pm. Chester Fire Station, Chester. Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 £2 22nd Men of Kent Frank’s Midsummer’s Day Run. 10.30am. Brockhill Country Park Cafe, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent. CT21 4HL Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Stonehenge Evening Ride-In. 6.30pm. Verwood. Brenda Jeffery 01202 824086 Norwich & Dist Not Quite The Longest Day Evening Run. 7 for 7:30pm. Worlds End Pub, Norwich Road, Mulbarton, Norwich, NR14 8JT. Brian Wood 0777 2118472 £1 Bristol Ride a bike night & Car Park Concours. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 VMCC eligible machines Cyclemotor Box Hill Revisited. 10.30am. Newdigate Village Hall, Newdigate, RH5 5DA. Lorraine 0118 9730712, 07703 623613 referably low powered/low capacity/veteran Taverners VMCC Baton Rally. Roger Monk 01509 412662 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Seven Tuns Inn, Queen Street, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4AE (SP 052 119) Roy Plowman West S Wales Midsummer evening run. John Webb 01834 891244 North East Methley Evening Run. 7pm . Methley, W Yorks. Alan Robinson 01977 515441 £3 Local members only
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Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. The Green Man, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath RH17 7AS. Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Bedfordshire Baton Relay Run - Beds to Taveners. 10am prompt departure. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Don McKeand 01525 720629 Normal VMCC eligibility East Herts Wrinkly Run. 10.30 for 11am depart. Rookery Cafe Welham Green AL9 5SF. Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 25 year rule Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Seven Tuns Inn, Queen Street, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4AE (SP 052 119). Roy Plowman email@example.com 23rd Bristol Lunchtime Meet12.00 onwards. The Druids Arms, Stanton Drew, Bristol, BS39 4EJ. Simon Bending 01179 652503 Goodwood Evening Run 7.30pm. Pulborough Railway Station, Station Approach, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1AH.Maureen Street 01903 742979 South Hants Evening Run. 7.30 pm. Roundabout Portsdown Hill Car Park. Maurice Hayman 01329 282058 Warwickshire Wrinklies Run. 10am. Rainbow Cottage, Norton Linsey. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Notts & Derby Evening Run. 7.30pm. Limes Cafe, A614, Bilsthorpe. John 01623 861474 Oxford Social run. 10am. Turnpike Yarnton. Jim Maine 01993 882759 £1 Isle of Man Evening Road Run. 7:30pm. Opp Farmers Arms, St. Johns. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Lakeland Millstones Cafe Ride-In. 11am. Millstones Cafe, Bootle, Cumbria. John Silcock 01229 861264 North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Brailes. John Stirman 01608 686776 £1 North Staffs Almost Longest Day's Run. 7pm. Leek Market Place. Geoff Davies 24th Flat Tank Section Weekend. 10am. Apple Orchard Farm, Minsterworth, Glos. Dennis Beale 01452 750424 £15. Pre-1931 machines only Head Office Scarborough Touring Week. 9am. Arosa Caravan and Camping Park, Ratten Row, Seamer. Scarborough, YO12 4QB. Pat Davy 01283 540557 £3. See entry form Lakeland Al Fresco Club Night. 6.30pm. The Ship Inn, Sandside, Cumbria. Robert Lemon 01524 761581 Essex Evening Run. 6.30 for 7pm start. Writtle Green, Nr Chelmsford. George Coates 01245 281184 Cornwall Truro Club Night, Ride a bike out. 7pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 N. Ireland Antrim Coast Weekend. 10:30 am for 11am on Sat. and Sun. Half-Way House Hotel, Ballygally, Antrim Coast Rd. Ian MacDougall 02825 822356 £145 25th South Lincs Section ride out to the 70th Anniversary Event at Cadwell Park. 8.30am. Lay-bye in Baston on the & Peterbro A15 Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 Dorset Breakfast meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe, Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 26th Oxford Club run. 10am. Turnpike Yarnton. Edd Walter 01865 863939 £1 West Wilts Tiddlers and Tortoises run. 10am. Esso Station, London Road. Devizes Tony Kay 01380 722288 £1. Machines up to 250cc South Hants George Hodges Run. 10 for 10.30am Wickham Square, Hampshire. Clive Brown 01329 841920 £2 Herefordshire
Berkshire East Lancs
West S Wales Northumbrian
South Wales South Dorset Kings Lynn
Herefordshire on the Edge. 8 - 10:30am. Cattle Market Cafe, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7QQ. Geoff McGladdery 01885 490799 £5 25 years old or more Mystery Run. 10.30am. Please see website for details. Malcolm White 01344 642866 Burnley Classic Vehicle Show. 10.30am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall David Prismall 01706 217572 £3 Classic vehicles. Black Mountain road event (WRRTC). 10am. Allan and Rhian 01269 592900 Breakfast Meet. 9.30am. The Hadrian Hotel, Front Street, Wall NE46 4EE. Tom Houchen 0191 4104296 £5 Roof of Wales run. 10:30am. Multiplex cinema, Treforest. Geoff Harris Midsummer Madness. 10.30am. Bridport By-Pass. J. Morey 01308 423819 £2 VMCC 70th Anniversary Run to Cadwell Park. Whittington Roundabout and Walpole Cross Keys Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 £3
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N. Birmingham The Beyond Clun Run. 9.30 for 10am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL Stuart Munroe & Brian Jones 01902 380336 Banbury Breakfast Run. 7am. Brackley Market Square. Paul Westbrook 01280 704050 Brooklands Little Switzerland Run. 10am. Hand and Spear PH, Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 £1 Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am-noon.South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 M&HP Charity off road trial. 10-30 for 11am Old Brickworks, Bakestonedale road, Pott Shrigley. John Drabble/Stuart Coales/Barry Howard. 01625 575479/01260 252305/01625 630016 £12. No monoshocks, watercooled engines or disc brakes. Cotswold Breakfast Run to Dotty’s Old Town Cafe at Swindon. 8am. M&S BP Filling Station, Barnwood Road, Gloucester, GL4 3HA (SO 855 184). Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 Ips & Suffolk Remembrance Run. 10am. Washbrook Service Station. T Dickings 01473 217215 Ironmasters Matts-a-Roaming. 10.30am. Bradford Arms on A5, past Weston Park. Matt Shephard 01952 242004 Stonehenge Cream Tea Run. 2pm. Salisbury, SP2 7JP. Diane Poynting 01722 332996 £2 Cheshire Cats Lymm Transport Festival Ride-in & Display. Alan Herriot. 25-year rule West Kent Pre 30’s run. 10.30am. Shoreham Stn car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any pre-1930 machine Northampton Breakfast Run. 8.30am. Hunsbury Car Park, NN4 9UW. Trevor Pinfold 01604 859215 Devon Girder Fork Run. 11am. The Town Arms, East St. South Molton, EX36 3BU. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 North Staffs Tramway Museum Run. 10.30am. Leek Market Place. Bill Champion 01625 611743 £1 Pre-1973 machine Northwest Leyland Transport Museum Event. 9am. Leyland Transport Museum. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org 27th Surrey & Sussex Castle Hunt. 10am. Start anywhere. Brian Robins 01293 537598 £7.50 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 email@example.com 50p Northwest Club Social Meeting. 8pm Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org 28th Burton & Dist Chip shop run. 7pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 Kings Lynn Car Park Concours. 8pm. Northwold Sports & Social Club.Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or 07875 694842 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet.from 6.30pm. The Cheese Roller’s Inn at Shurdington Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T Dickings 01473 217215 West Kent Car park autojumble. 8pm. Woodman, Goathurst Common TN14 6BU. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Berkshire Car Park Concours. 7.30pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR. Maureen Street 01903 742979 29th Norwich & Dist Tiddlers Run. 6.30pm for 7pm. 13 Falcon Road East, Sprowston, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 8XY. Mike Henry 01603 412217 Up to 250cc Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 South Wales Mid week evening run. 7pm. Railway Inn, Nelson. Howard Jayne Bristol An evening with John Mocket. 7.30pm onward. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 Men of Kent Bike night meeting. 8pm. Kings Arms Pub, Elham, Kent. CT4 6TJ. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Essex Wrinkly Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Tesco Car Park, Maldon. Dave Iszard 01621 892206 30th M&HP Club night. 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RG. Barry Howard 01625 630016 Notts & Derby Evening Run. 7.30pm. A6 layby south of Whatstandwell Br. Bruce 01773 689297
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Fish and chips night. 7.30 pm. North Star Inn Steventon. Alan Wittington 01235 832145 £1 Evening run. 7:30pm. Rose & Crown, Tilton, LE7 9LF. Roger Monk 01509 412662 Old Royal Oak Run. 7pm. Leek Market Place. Geoff Hambleton 01762 373715 £1 Day Run Six. 10 for 10.30am. Basingwell St Car Park, Bishops Waltham. Dave Tanner 01329 827262 email@example.com £1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org £9 VMCC 25 year rule Lakeland Social evening at Keswick Rugby Club. 7.30pm for 8pm, CA12 5EG. Colin Steer 017687 74536 email@example.com 2nd Lakeland The Lakeland Weekend. 10.30am both days. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG Colin Steer 017687 74536. firstname.lastname@example.org £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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com £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. firstname.lastname@example.org £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 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org £8 see regulations North Cotswold Factory visit. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Mike Legg 01608 663898 email@example.com £1 North East Sun Run. 10 for 10.30am. Sun Inn, Norwood. Anthony Head 01423 712072 firstname.lastname@example.org £3 Kings Lynn Early Birds Run. 7am. The Chick King Cafe, Mile End, Brandon, Suffolk. Malcolm Rolph 01842 811077 email@example.com £3 South Dorset Lawrence of Arabia Run. 10.30am prompt. Spitfire Club, Crossways DT2 8TP. J. Morey 01308 423819. firstname.lastname@example.org. £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
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Veteran, Vintage & Anniversary Run. 10.30am. Cossington Village Hall. TA7 8LH Colin Bentham 01761 241516. Machines over 25 years Don Lafford Memorial Run.10.30 for 11am start. A429/M40 lay-by. Mick Jaggard 01926 314286 Machines 25years old and over Informal Breakfast Meet. 10am -11.30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013
Fish&Chip run. This is not a club night. 7pm. Woodside Hotel, Doune. Gordon MacLean 01786 813747 gordon email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Worcestershire Pub night. 7.30pm. Fox and Hounds, Lulsey, Worcs. John Porter 01386 553329 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 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 email@example.com East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 firstname.lastname@example.org Surrey & Sussex BBQ. 6.30pm. SCHVPT Centre, East Hill Lane, off Effingham Road, Copthorne RH10 3HZ Brian Robins 01293 537598 email@example.com Isle of Wight Lunch Run. 11.30am. Old Smithy car park, Godshill Ron Wallis 01983 752861 firstname.lastname@example.org VMCC membership Brooklands Brooklands BBQ. 8pm. Sadlers Arms, Send Marsh Rd, Send. GU23 6JGRichard Huckle 0785 3204018 email@example.com £5 Moonraker BBQ 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 firstname.lastname@example.org £5 Isle of Man Test Day at Jurby Aerodrome. 10.30am. Jurby Aerodrome. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 25 Year rule applies 6th Bristol Evening Meet. 7.30pm onward. The Ragged Cot Inn, Cirencester Rd., Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 8PE. Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com £2 25 year rule applies Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Riverside Café Station Rd, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 Essex Evening Run. 6.30 for 7pm start. Tesco car park, Maldon. Dave Overy 01621 893450 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Farmers Arms Inn, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5TZ (SP 095 248) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 email@example.com Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Farmers Arms Inn, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5TZ (SP 095 248). Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 firstname.lastname@example.org Stonehenge Midweek Sundae Run. 2pm. Barford Farm, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne BH21 4BY. Keith Starks 01202 605112 email@example.com £2 Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 East Sussex Evening Two Stroke Run. 7pm. Brian’s Barn, Brownbread Street Ashburnham TN33 9NX Richard Hall 01424 222334. firstname.lastname@example.org No restrictions - but see details!
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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 email@example.com £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule South Hants Evening Run. 7.30pm. Buriton Pond Car Park. Harry Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com £2 Burton & Dist Hatton Carnival. 11am. Hatton Carnival. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 firstname.lastname@example.org Pennine The Pennine Way Weekend Run. 9.30am. The Public Car Park, Edale, Derbyshire. Geoff Green 01616 548159 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule Northwest Colins Maintenance Day. 9am. Colin Hornby’s Farm, L29 5XB. Secretary 07961 446971 email@example.com Clyde Valley Sound of Singles. 10am. The Coffee Spot, Biggar. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 East Herts Wheathampstead Old Bike Day. Colin Morris 01923 671441 email@example.com 25 yr rule Northampton Mystery Run. 10.30am. Super Sausage, Poterspury, NN127QD. Mick Hulbert 01327 766480 firstname.lastname@example.org Follow the Velo run. 10.30am. Lay-by outside the Railway Inn, Nelson. Rob Jones South Wales email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 Brooklands Summer Run to the Coast. 8.30am. Newlands Corner off A25 Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 email@example.com £1 Chiltern Summer Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 25 year rule applies South Cotswold Mid-Summer Meet and Concours. 11am onwards. The Whitminster Inn at Whitminster John Oliver 01452 729939 or 09768302435 email@example.com North Cotswold The Long Run. The Square, Chipping Campden. N & K Batchelor 07730 283607 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 Notts & Derby Derbyshire Road Run. 10am. Derbyshire Stone Centre, Wirksworth. John 01623 861474 £2 Cotswold 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 email@example.com
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Banbury Chairman’s Cotswold Run. 9.30am. Chipping Norton Town Hall. Dave Osenton 01295 811621 N Birmingham 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 firstname.lastname@example.org North Staffs Pete Harvey Collection Run. 11am. Moorville Hall Car Park. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 email@example.com £1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 email@example.com 50p Stirling Castle Club Night (bring a bike and a blether). 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel (inside and out). Davie Brown 01786 870345 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 12th Burton & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Marston's Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter. 01283 619489 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 Clyde Valley Club Meeting.7.30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 email@example.com Anglian Club Night. 7.30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 Pennine Machine Night. 7.30 pm. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 01616 548159 email@example.com 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 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Kings Lynn Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Meet at Wells Next the Sea. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 email@example.com Berkshire Mid-week Run. 10.30am. Malcolm White 01344 642866 firstname.lastname@example.org S Lincs & Girders, Rigids and Low Power Run. 10.30am. Waterside Garden Centre, Baston, Lincs. PE6 9NY Peterborough Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 25 year rule applies Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Mid Lincs Sunburn Run. 10am. Caenby Corner Cafe, Lincs, LN8 2AR. Richard Maw 01427 872247 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Evening Run. 7 for 7.30pm start. Hammonds Road - Lay-by Heather/Roger Gulliver 01621 892606
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 email@example.com West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 firstname.lastname@example.org Taverners Vintage Bus Run. 7pm. Paddock Street, Wigston. Mark Wills 07972 875687 email@example.com Northampton Alan’s Evening Amble. 7pm. Queen Eleanor Hotel NN47JJ. Alan Berkshire 01604 831584 firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-1931 and Cyclemotors only North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Adlestrop. Jeremy Main 01608 658675 email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 17th Isle of Man The Charles Craine Memorial Run. 2pm. The Sea Terminal. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Warwickshire Static diplay at Founders Day. 9am. Stanford Hall. Simon Dudfield 01926 832031 Banbury Founders Day. 8.30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. John Harris 01295 721282 Stonehenge 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 email@example.com £1 Northwest Northwest Section Meet and Greet. 10am. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org We 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 email@example.com £6 Avon Valley Run. 10.30 for 11am. Bournemouth Aviation Museum off B3073 @ BH23 6BA. B’mouth & New Forest Dave King 01202 042485
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North Cotswold Shad’n’Tut’s Run. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Simon Shadbolt 01386 765840 firstname.lastname@example.org £1.00 18th Wakefield & Club night. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown. Neil Lewis West Yorkshire 0773 014 6637 email@example.com Devon Evening Meet. 7pm. The Anchor, Exebridge, TA22 9AZ. Chris Wood 01237 472855 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 50p 19th Goodwood Club Night - Bring an Interesting Vehicle Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 firstname.lastname@example.org East Lancs Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 email@example.com Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7.15pm. North Gate, South of England Showground, Argingly. Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org £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 email@example.com £2 Moonraker Club Night. 7 for 7.30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 East Herts Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge London Colney AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 email@example.com £2 Brooklands Ride a Bike Night. 7.30pm. Hand and Spear Old Heath Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet.from 6.30pm. The Tames Head Inn. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Northwest Daves Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 S Lincs & Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 email@example.com Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Village Inn, Twyning Green, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 6DF (SO 902 367). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 firstname.lastname@example.org Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Ph il Barfield 01442 824143 email@example.com £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
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The H&H BBQ Night. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum Bickenhill Birmingham B92 0EJ Bob Badland 0782 584 0677 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 Midland Section members Inter-Section Ride-In to Hartside Cafe. 11am. Colin Steer 017687 74536 email@example.com Chairman’s Social Evening. 7pm onwards. Blue Lias Inn, Long Itchington. Harry Wiles 01788 334617 Evening Run. 7pm. Rodway Common, opposite Mangotsfield School. Alan Burton 07774 923721 firstname.lastname@example.org VMCC eligible machines Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571
Cornwall 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com South Hants Day Run Seven. 10 for 10.30am. Roundabout, Portsdown Hill Car Park. Robert Hill 02392 460014 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 22nd Kings Lynn Breckland Weekend. 10am Saturday; 10.30am Sunday. The Fendick Fishery, Northwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 email@example.com £7 23rd Cheshire & Llangollen International Bike Festival. 10am. The International Pavilion, Llangollen North Wales Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 firstname.lastname@example.org At least 25 years old Warwickshire Tachfest. 12 noon. Bishops Tachbrook S&S Club. Mick Jaggard 01926 314286 24th Men of Kent Section Run. 10.30am. To Be Announced. Marcus Whatling 07817 198124 Ironmasters Mystery Tour. 10.30am. Long Lane Café on A442. Mike Instone 01952 200704 North Staffs Scenic Shroppie Run. 11.30am. Strogford Lay By near Tittensor. Kate Wain 07561 530136 £1 B’pool & Dist Lancs Lanes Run. 10am. Sandwich Bar - A6 layby by Scorton. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 email@example.com £1 Taverners Sunday Run. 10am. Steve Goodmans, 27 The Heights, Mkt Harborough, LE16 8BQ. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 firstname.lastname@example.org South Lincs Summer Saunter. 10.30am. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP. & Peterborough Eddie Barker 01780 740427 email@example.com £2 South Dorset Marshwood Vale run. 10.30am. Top of Town Dorchester DT1 1RN. Tony Fry 01202 770789 firstname.lastname@example.org £2 Cornwall Dartmoor Run. 10am. Morrisons, Bodmin, PL31 2ST. Andy Gould 07557 882182 N Birmingham The Severn Valley Run. 10 for 10.30am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL. Bill Danks 01562 67103 email@example.com W South Wales Mountain run. 10am. John and Liz 01550 740233 North East 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 firstname.lastname@example.org £26 Pre-1931 Motorcycles & 3-Wheelers only
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Mafe and John Rotheram Ride Out. 10am. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Roy Osborn 07970 416021 email@example.com £1 25 Year VMCC Rolling Rule North Cotswold Cotswold Way Run. 10am. Hales Fruit Farm Winchcombe. Bob Ashwin 01386 870648 firstname.lastname@example.org £12 Wessex Veteran On The Beaded Edge Run. 10.30 for 11am. Shillingstone Railway Project DT11 0SA. & Vintage Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 £3.00 Pre-1931 machines ONLY East Lancs Brownies’ Bash. 11am. Judge Walmsley car park, Whalley, BB7 9NT. Brian Settle 07724 671698 £2 Northampton The 15HP Run. 2pm. Irchester Country Park NN29 7DL. Robert Percival 01933 355617 email@example.com For Machines under 250cc East Sussex Seaford Martello Run. 10.30am. Pevensey Castle car park BN24 5LE. Vic Laidlaw 01424 425199 firstname.lastname@example.org 25th Northwest Club Social Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 email@example.com Touring Breckland Touring Week. 10am. Fendicks Fishery, Northwold, IP26 4RG. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 firstname.lastname@example.org £4 26th Berkshire Club Night - TVAM Rider Observation Evening. 7pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 email@example.com Surrey & Sussex Evening Run to the Goodwood Section. 7.15pm. The Green Man, Horsted Keynes, RH19 7AS Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org £1 Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com VMCC eligible machines East Herts Wrinkly Run 10.30am for 11am depart. Rookery Cafe, Welham Green, AL9 5SF. Colin Morris 01923 671441 firstname.lastname@example.org £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 email@example.com South Wales Mid week evening run. 7pm. Corntown Country Inn, Corntown. Howard Jayne firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Byfield. Alan Bailey 01327 260590 email@example.com £1 Bristol Lunchtime Meet. 12 onwards. The White Horse PH, The Green, Biddestone, Chippenham, SN14 7DG. Simon Bending firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org £2
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Evening Run. 7.30pm. Basungwell St Car Park Bishop Waltham. Clive Brown 01329 841920 email@example.com
Kingdom of Mourne. 10.30am approx Sat and Sun. Newcastle County Down. Contact Adrian Saunders for details. 02890 825807 firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-31 for Saturday & Sunday runs North East Wetherby Evening Run (Follifoot). 7pm. The Radcliffe Arms, Follifoot. Paul Rogers email@example.com £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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org South Cotswold Saturday Informal Run to Calne Bike Meet. 10am. Stonehouse car park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Dorset Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Chiltern Cherry Pie Run. 10.30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 email@example.com £2 25 year rule applies 31st Reivers Westward Ho. 10 for 10.30am. Riverside Tea Room, Chollerford. Richard Hirst 01434 684474 Dartmoor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org £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 email@example.com Wakefield & Secretary Run. 10.30am. Kirkless Lt Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, HD8 9XJ. West Yorkshire Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 firstname.lastname@example.org £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 email@example.com Pre-1931 machines and cycle motors only Ips &Suffolk Harvest Run. 10.30am. Woodbridge Car Park. T Dickings 01473 217215
VMCC SCARBOROUGH TOURING WEEK FRIDAY 24TH JUNE TO FRIDAY 1ST JULY
An event that provides the maximum enjoyment with the minimum amount of rules and complete flexibility so you can enter as many days as you wish, ride at your own pace and enjoy the evening entertainment or do your own thing. Route sheets are issued and the mileage will be about 100 miles per day. Lunch stops and visits to place of interest are pre-arranged, and the routes are over the most scenic roads in Yorkshire. Entry forms can be obtained from Allen House or downloaded from the VMCC website, but hurry, we reached 100 entries more than three months ago, and we are close to the limit. If you want to know more contact Pat Davy 01283 820563 The Vintage Motor Cycle June 2016 | 41
Three Essex girls during the Essex Section ‘Late Easter Run’: Gill Scatchard on her Le Velo, Lesley Willmore on her Triumph Daytona, and Grace Cardy on her Goldie. Clyde Cardy
EAST LANCS VMCC SECTION INVITES YOU TO THE
BLACKBURN BONANZA 16th-18th September 2016
Three days of rides in the glorious Ribble Valley, Trough of Bowland, and Lancashire Fell Country
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The Long Mountain Run 2016
The Long Mountain Run took place on Sunday 17th April, attracting 29 riders on a sunny but chilly day. The run started and finished at The Inn on The Green, Wentnor where we had a carvery lunch at the finish. Once again we were provided with tea and coffee free of charge by mine host Adrian, a mug was left on the table so that the riders could make a donation to the Shropshire Blood Bikers, who are our charity of the year. The entry fee for the run was £5, which was given to the Blood Bikers. The run started at about 10.30am, and the route turned left out of the Inn car park heading for Prolley Moor on to Asterton and Plowden then turning right for Bishop Castle/Lydham, Lydbury North, Totterton, Clun, Edgton, Round Oak, A49 into Craven Arms, left for Leinwardine, Chapel Lawn, Bicton, Three Gates, Mainstone, Shadwell. At 41 miles into the run they were
asked to look out for the tree wearing boots! We then headed for the Minsterley Ranges, The Bog, Kinnerton and back to the start. We had five Morgan Three Wheelers – the sixth broke down on the way to the run; guess who it was? - Dave Anscome! Thanks to Dave for the Moggi’s coming, they support this run every year. Our senior member Eddie Powell, who is now almost 90 years old, turned out for the run. A very big thank you to Adrian and his staff for a excellent carvery, tea and coffee and supplying us with a starting venue. Also a great big thanks to Terry Sayce for route planning, Daisy Trow for getting it all down on paper and Nikki Trow for the advert design and getting the route sheets photocopied. Also thanks to the riders/drivers who made the run a success. Everyone made a point of saying how they enjoyed the run, which make it all worthwhile. Derek Trow
Men of Kent Bike Jumble
A warm and sunny spring morning greeted a large gathering of members, stallholders and local villagers to the Men of Kent's annual Bike Jumble to raise funds for the Air Ambulance. This year’s event was held at the village hall in Old Wives Lees near Chilham and although stallholder numbers were down by half on last year, the sum of £420 was raised for the charity. I would like to thank all who helped on the day and in particular, Karen Barsby, Val Brindley and my daughter Victoria Townsend for the catering, as this accounted for half the money raised. Also thanks Serena Powis, who donated £28.50 from the sale of her home-made marmalade. Colin Townsend
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Ray and Beryl Carter on the occasion of their Goldern Wedding Anniversary! Ray is the VMCC AJS Marque specialist, and Beryl is the provider of tea and telephone answering service for VMCC members requiring information from Ray. They will celebrate 50 years of marriage on June 11th. Ray has been a Member of the VMCC since about 1968, and has completed many rallies over the years. Beryl’s not an active club
member, but has held wheels, moved bikes, and stripped paint off motorbike frames! Ray chased Beryl on his motor bike back in the day, and they have known each other for nearly 60 years. Their wedding was timed so their honeymoon would coincide with the TT in the Isle of Man. Life has revolved around everything with wheels for more than 50 years, and long may it continue. Happy Anniversary to you both!
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The Beamish Trial
This group photograph was taken duringthe weekend WW1 event at Beamish. In the picture are examples of Triumph, P&M and Royal Enfield motorcycles used by the British during the conflict. A good number of VMCC members supported the four day event by demonstrating their veteran machines in period attire around the museum site. INSET: VMCC member and dispatch rider Corporal Colin Goode with the museum's Triumph Model H at the same event.
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The Bonhams Stafford Auction Sale
This was quite some weekend. With the extraordinary quantity and quality of the automobilia necessitating a matinee performance on the Saturday, coupled with a catalogue of amazing machines which achieved some amazing prices on the Sunday, this was a ‘Stafford Sale’ to savour and to remember. How long will it take for some of those motor cycles to join us on the roads? If ever.... “For sale from a deceased estate”. A melancholy statement. Spread out before us are the ambitions, the hopes and the dreams of enthusiasts who were unable to realise their carefully-made plans for the future. In many cases, sales will have been postponed as the vendor nourished dreams of recovery from illness or other personal problems and the retention of his collections was the stimulus which kept him alive... But, to business. The quantity and the variety of lots demanded a two-day sale with the automobilia being distributed among the nobility and gentry by the redoubtable Toby Wilson on the Saturday. The day commenced with a whole series of ‘projects’ – including Scott, AJS, Douglas and Triumph – with a few mystery parcels thrown in. These are the preserve of the specialists, and presented rare opportunities for years of savage amusement. Bonniksen speedometers remain in strong demand, and a 100mph ‘time & speed’ example made a satisfying £1,500 with two 50 mph models also realising good money. I do like the auctioneer’s terminology – “An autojumbler’s lot” There were five of them, and they all sold well with the collection of fork stems and links, together with hubs, sprockets, pedals and other detritus needing £3,500 to give it new home. I look forward to becoming re-acquainted with it all at Banbury and Founders’ Day. The next 39 lots were primarily Vincent, and attracted much interest and some determined
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bidding. There was probably enough to build a Vincent – if you bought the lot; the mental image of the buyer spending all of Saturday night feverishly building up a Vincent to ride home on the Sunday was quite strong. Motor cycle related literature was in demand, with some Edwardian sales brochures selling for £1,375; a brace of speedway photograph scrap books being fought over to £2,125, and Barry Sheene’s 1974 Bell racing helmet went for a remarkable £15,625. After all that, we will move on to Sunday’s motor cycle sale with the Demon Barber in fine form. We started the day with four Scotts in varying degrees of decrepitude. One hopes that the successful bidders had stocked up with Scott detritus on the Saturday. A 1937 982cc V-twin AJS looked like a serious challenge at £13,225, and a ‘distressed’ Matchless “Silver Arrow” of 1932 was loved enough by someone to part with £9,200 to take it home.
Beautifully-presented and lusted after, this 1928 Model 18 Norton was carried away for £36,800.
Triumph ‘3Ts’ are not common, and the 1951 example looked like a good idea at £4,025 – bang on the estimate. Similarly, a tidy-looking 1962 Velocette ‘Venom’, which had enjoyed a replacement frame and sold for £4,830, and a straightforward 1958 Model 50 Norton at £2,875 looked like bargains. In fact, Velocette fanciers were spoilt for choice, as among the four further examples on offer the 1961 Venom at £5,750 was the tops and still looked like a good buy. The buyer of the 1975 Suzuki RE5 got a lot of motor cycle for his (or her) £9,200, and the 1989 Norton “Commander” was a snip at £2,070 – does hi-tech engineering put people off? 1938 BMW R66s are rare beasties, and this dismantled example needed £10,350 to take it away. You had the pick of three ‘Banbury eligible’ Scotts, and the nicest (in my eyes anyway) made the top price of the three at £6,900 – thought-provoking when you see that a 1931 Model 6 Sunbeam sold for £7,475.
There were some outstanding machines in the catalogue, and the 1928 Model 18 Norton, pictured here, led the parade. This beautifully-presented machine, with a documented history and but three owners from new, was seriously lusted after and triumphantly carried away for £36,800. But this was just a pipe-warmer. The late Frank Vague’s collection of Broughs is what everyone was waiting for. This well rotted down collection of iconic machines captivated the audience and the bidders. The star of the show was the 1932 Austin 7-engined Brough which just kept going upwards. The Demon Barber played to the gallery as the hammer finally came down at £331,900, which has got to be a record – not only for a Brough but for an historic motor cycle. The bidders’ dander was well and truly up as the other machines from the Vague stable also went for thought provoking-sums. It was turning into a Brough benefit with the well presented ex-Henry Laird SS100 of 1938 making £219,900. After all that excitement, the highly desirable 1929 Coventry Eagle looked like a bargain at £163,900. No Bonhams sale is complete without its Vincents, and this event lived up to expectations. A mature Series A Rapide with matching numbers needed £270,300 to give a new home, and a 1939 restored example – with non-matching numbers and innocent of any documents – sold for £87,740, which confirms the belief that authenticity counts. But rarity is also of great importance. The 1936 Vincent C/D Comet – one of only three manufactured – sold for well above the estimate for £55,200. Whilst these eye-watering prices catch the headlines, it is worth noting that there were some attractive and quite desirable machines that sold for realistic prices. Before patronising an auction, do your homework, study the catalogue and arrive early enough to allow time to closely inspect your intended prey – and its documentation – before battle commences. The outcomes in many instances compare favourably with the advertisements of the dealers. David Davies
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Big John, a cheque and a chat
Members of the West Kent section committee met with John Surtees in at the end of last year to hand over a cheque for £4,250 for the Henry Surtees Foundation. This was all the ‘public day’ gate money from the 2015 International West Kent Run. John was generous with his time, and we were lucky enough to spend about an hour chatting about a range of activities past and present. Arturo Magni had died a week before our meeting. This was a cause of great sadness for John. Arturo was the first MV Agusta employee that John met when he went to Italy. They worked closely together developing the MV. This was not just a technical challenge but required a knowledge of the Italian family culture and in particular how to influence the ‘Capo’ or boss! John achieved this by arranging to be on the same sleeper train as Count Agusta, and by the journey’s end had convinced the Count that it was his idea, that to (in effect) fit Norton forks, would be a great improvement! This was the initial step in changing the whole frame to a version of the McCandless’ brothers ‘featherbed’. These changes Arturo and John made, plus other ongoing improvements, were fundamental to enabling them to win seven world championships. We also discussed 1960, the year that John raced on two and four wheels, an incredible achievement which would not be possible these days. At the beginning of the year Ken Tyrell had invited John to drive a Formula Junior Cooper in a race at Goodwood. Thus John saw his first motor race from the seat of a racing car! From an initial lead John finished second to a works Lotus driven by new boy Jimmy Clark; shades of things to come. John had developed a relationship with Tony Vandervell who promised to buy a Lotus 18 and fit it with a Vanwall engine. This inspired Colin Chapman to contact John and offer him a F1 test drive during which he matched No 1 driver Innes Ireland’s lap times. After which Colin offered John a works drive whenever his motorcycling commitments allowed. The 1960 main motorcycling and F1 events are listed in the table on the facing page. In May at Clermont-Ferrand on 22nd May for the French Senior race, John won and finished third in
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the 350 event after a plug change, he then went to Monaco on 29th May for his first F1 championship race on the most famous of street circuits! Following successes at the TT and the Dutch Junior in June and victory in Belgian 500 with a lap of over 122mph at Spa at the beginning of July. John then raced to 2nd behind Jack Brabham in the British F1 GP. His third championship F1 Grand Prix was in Portugal and this was one that got away. Oporto was a street circuit with cobblestones and tramlines. John qualified on pole was comfortably in the lead when he came up to lap Stirling Moss, who had had a pit stop. A slight misjudgement re the braking point, not helped by fuel leak which had reached the soles of his shoes, meant the Lotus hit the kerb and split the radiator. Additional motorcycling success in Ulster and Italy saw John clinch both 500 and 350 championships and the Italian Senior victory was the final motorcycle race of his career. At the end of 1960 John was seen as the future F1 star. So what happened next? Colin Chapman’s offer of the No 1 role in Team Lotus, with Jim Clark as his teammate was declined for various reasons, which given the success of Lotus from the 25 onwards could be regarded as an error. The thought of John and Jimmy together is something to conjure with, particularly given John’s greater technical development skills. After a year with a Lola Climax. John joined Ferrari. If the politics with Count Agusta were a challenge, Enzo’s organisation was something else indeed and the difficulties with team manager Dragoni are well documented. Despite this John was able to bring the Ferrari chassis in line with the best of the British and in 1964 just managed to clinch the F1 world championship. The only driver to achieve the premier titles in Motorcycling and F1. After Ferrari John raced with Cooper-Maserati, Honda, BRM and cars of his own manufacture but circumstances dictated that he was unable to repeat the 1964 success. The conversation moved onto Bernie Ecclestone. John was in the same event at Brands that was Bernie’s first motor cycle race. John was on his
self-built Vincent, Bernie was on Manx Norton with a JAP engine, as he had sold the Norton engine to a car racer! He continued by saying he could have been tempted back onto bikes and cited both the Moto Guzzi V8 and the Honda 500-4 as examples of the technical challenges that he would have loved to have taken on. On electric power, John had driven a Tesla and had
been impressed, though the weight of the batteries had affected the handling. One of his companies was developing an electric power unit for use with his karts at Buckmore Park. We departed with thanks for his time and filled with admiration for John his career and amazing recall and articulation for a youngster of 81 years! Thanks are also due to Johnny Holder for helping organise Johnâ€™s attendance.
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Farewell, and thank you
May 6th marked the end of a longestablished era. Alan Jones, who has long been associated with the VMCC Transfer service, is retiring after 19 years’ service to the club. Always a jovial presence at Stafford Show and Founders Day, his knowledge of transfers for the wide variety of Marques will be missed at Allen House, along with his constant singing around the office. Pictured here receiving an engraved pewter tankard to mark his retirement, Alan was also given a framed picture of himself with a Police Norton, with friends and family from the mid 80’s when Alan was a keen member of the local branch of the Norton Owners’ Club.
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DIY hints for your bottom end repair ARCHIE BEGGS
To the inexpert mechanic the tolerances due to wear on components are often a puzzle. Just what can you let pass? My procedure is as follows:- having removed the cylinder and magneto drive I try the big end and up to three thou. will pass for the normally ridden ‘bike – ignoring a bit of side play. Incidentally, it is a strange thing how even prowling in the scrapyards one cannot refrain from trying the big end play on derelict engines! A spin of the flywheels will indicated that all is well if the big end rises to the top when they stop and they spin freely. Check the mainshaft for end play. A couple of thou. is OK – unless there is a bevel gear in the valve train. Next, split the crankcase and holding the halves loosely together see if the mouth opens and shuts as you rotate the flywheels – this indicates bent mainshafts. Again a few thou. will pass as a bit of play in the main bearings will accommodate slight errors. Then see if there is a tendency for the crankcase halves to move vertically in relation to each other as you rotate the ‘wheels and this tells you if the mainshafts are in line and it is more important that they are true than the actual run-out of the wheels. Removing the crank next look at the main bearings for wear. Often on old engines there is slight pitting due to oil breakdown forming acid. You can pass ‘slight’ as the old bearings were of better material than modern ones. Wash them in spirit and spin them and note the roughness, the inners show more wear than the outers, usually. Price new ones and lightly oil them before deciding that they will pass. If they are slightly moveable in the ‘cases I prefer not to loctite them as it gives freedom to imperfect mainshaft alignment. Assuming that the big end needs oversize rollers I only split the wheels on one side and as the timing side is often keyed this is the one. Scribe a line
across the flywheels opposite the big end for reference before splitting but do not be surprised if, on re-assembly, when you have lined the mainshafts up, it does not line up as it may not have been right originally (I found this on an ‘Indian’ Enfield some time ago) I split the flywheels by inserting three wedges between them using copper vice jaws to prevent damage –exercising patience and care that no undue stress is placed on the crank-pin. Whilst they are apart, clean out the oilways, Reassembly is helped if you can borrow an alignment jig like the Alpha Tru. for it is easier to read the error. And I true the ‘wheels by “bopping” them on a wooden block till the shafts line up. Some prefer hitting with a lead or copper hammer, but this method I discontinued since getting my finger in the wrong place. If the mainshafts are of the type riveted to the ‘wheels, check for slackening of the flanges. You can see the oil ‘creep’ as you waggle the shafts with a suitable tube. Re-rivetting may give temporary life for a ‘bike only used once a year at Banbury. Tightening the crankpin nut is a matter of ‘feel’ as the spanner springs but with slim crankpins be careful as too much may lead to fracture. Upon assembly, if the ‘bike does not vibrate and rattle more than it did before you stripped it, assume that it is all part of the fun!”
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On three-wheelers PHIL SMITH
(Editor’s note: Phil. Smith was a regular and much appreciated contributor to the Journal in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He had an in-depth knowledge of the motor cycle industry in the midlands and wrote with some authority on the subject. This brought him into conflict with Erwin Tragatsch and to a lesser extent ‘Oily’ Karslake and the resulting, sometimes acerbic correspondence that appeared in the journal provided much entertainment for club members at the time. If there was a brief lull in these exchanges, a provocative contribution from a mischievous Bob Currie could be relied upon to rekindle the flames. This interesting piece appeared in the Journal in January 1962)
“Let it be firstly understood that the type mainly under consideration is the typical ‘threeler’ – a onetime suggested name – of the 20’s. That the Austin Seven sounded the death knell of those there can be no doubt. With its self-starter, electric lighting, economy and smooth running, it was surely a miniature ‘Rolls’ to those who had served their apprenticeships swinging big twins, even if performance wasn’t quite so lusty. But you will say, the Morgan survived, and it did have electric light (as some others did) and a self-starter. Well, those early Morgans that I had were ‘heartbreakers’. The very early ones had straightcut teeth in their bevel boxes, which simulated a following tram. The later semi-helical bevels quietened things down, but past Morgan owners doubtlessly have memories of packing the bevel box cross-shaft race housings repeatedly with shim brass – or making weekly inspections to see whether the three grub screws holding their retaining plates had fallen out. Their self-starters were clamped to a chassis tube, and the load of shifting a big twin frequently threw them out of mesh. Their cone clutch could be adjusted to be smooth – it then invariably slipped under load, adjust it so that it would not slip and one was almost ‘unhorsed’ upon take-off – that is, if the square didn’t twist off the front of the propeller shaft. And the back fork taper bushes: I
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reckon that, through practice, I could solder them up with the next. And the brakes; well, we will gloss over those. The direct steering could easily be cured by fitting a ‘T’ Ford column, as I did. These had gears in the top and could disconcert anyone by playfully suddenly changing lock if wound over too far. When mine “did it across me” my language equalled that used when the previous direct steering plunged into the grandfather of all wobbles. Now, all that tale of woe appertains to the old twospeeders, with which I had the most to do. But later productions improved on these matters until the last ones became very civilised – the later ‘Supers’ being particularly desirable. Before leaving the tale of woe, let me tell you of an object still in ‘The Tour of Birmingham’ scrutineer Frank Starkey’s bureau. It is an Anzani piston with an exhaust valve head driven well and truly into it. They do say that has happened before to similar engines. But in spite of the sundry pranks of the early Morgans we enjoyed ‘the run’. Their very sporting performance gained by an excellent power to weight ratio didn’t recede through the years, through the addition of more weight, as with many vehicles. The old ‘Grand Prix’ was the apple of every Knut’s eye. First World War flying ace Captain Ball VC bought one from Colmore Depot. The later ‘Aero’ was similar, and the ‘Brooklands Super’, with its lower weight distribution, could shake a good many sports cars. So the Morgan survived as long as it did through its appeal to the sporty boys. And yet the beautifully streamlined polished aluminium Brooklands Omega – similarly mechanically to the Morgan and much better looking – didn’t. Perhaps its old fashioned very touring two-seater brother dragged it down. Undoubtedly the £4 annual tax – in a day when a ‘Bradbury’ was an awful lot of money – did cause many people to motor three-wheeler wise, but to confound this argument, why didn’t the 342cc Villiers engine Royal Ruby – a reasonable looker – survive? And the JMB? This was a JAP-single engine machine; the ‘Gazelle’ being quite a nice looker. When some of its staff left Excelsiors to get
mechanically. Its MAG engine was silky and silent with its totally enclosed o.h.i. valves – the “everlasting engine” it was advertised as. And the Crouch, born in a corrugated-iron Coventry works. Their four-wheeler, with its wide flat radiator, out of GWK’ed a GWK so ugly was it. Their threewheeler was even uglier. The Ariel-built Fleet, which could handle half a ton in its float body deserved more popularity. It was a true Ariel ‘horse’ – just as good in its way as the neat little Ariel 10 hp car. But much as I mourn the passing of all interesting things, we can console ourselves with the thought that there are now more interesting three-wheelers than ever on the road today (remember, this was written in 1962). A new set of names have taken the place of the old. Their efforts are obviously prospering. But I feel that the obvious has been missed. Why does not someone market a very cheap version? In these days of The Bramham plastics, I see no and Morgan vans reason why Jack and his wife cannot have could be quite a utility two-seat interesting on saloon three-wheeler a wet road, powered by a single cylinder fan-cooled especially when four-stroke unit. loaded without Drive it by multiple care vee-belts, put the engine under the seat, in the rear, and, please, drive the rear wheels and steer with one front. And, finally, market it for around £200. Crowds would travel to work in them. And for concluding, here is mention of the oddest three-wheeler ever. Either during or in the early post-war years, London police stopped the driver of a small saloon who was driving around on three wheels. Who can tell us what type of car was used?”
it going, they had quite ambitious production plans, even putting in an assembly line. The Kidderminster-built ‘Castle Three’ was really a car on three wheels – perhaps it was too near a car to appeal to members of the three-wheeler cult. And the French ‘d’Yrsan’, with its Chapuis Dornier or Ruby four cylinder unit, probably came into the same category even if it was very imposing looking. The French twin two-stroke ‘Violet’ and its derivatives, the Simca-Violet and the VoiletBogey, were all too unorthodox, even if they were reputed to be fast. The Scott ‘Sociable’ too – excellent though it was – looked about as pretty as the Seal. And the LSD almost looked aggressive, and its Sankey (artillery) wheels – more sensible than wire wheels – made matters worse. The Coventry Premier Runabout was excellent, but, of course it had ‘no friends at court’ with Singers like the four-wheeler, which became the Singer 10 – the Coventry Premier Model – had. Apart from one bit of naughtiness – an occasional cracked head – the Raleigh ‘Safety Seven’ was worthy of a longer life. Now we have got to later years, one thinks that the sensible layout of the Reliant ensured its survival, although the Stevens and James Handyvans, with a single steering wheel, died. The Bramham and Morgan vans could be quite interesting on a wet road, especially when loaded without care. The early Coventry Victors had such a powerful spring to hold in the clutch that a lady from Fillongley near Coventry bought one, but never managed to drive it once. The later type – around 1929, most of which were finished black and white, were lovely to look at, and, from my memory of Victor products, extremely well built. Although the four-cylinder BSA three-wheeler overcame the objections to the ‘backwards’ running Hotchkiss-designed twin, with its non-detachable heads and exhaust valve gluttony, there was, and still is, some opposition to front wheel drive. And the Roc – also known as the Wall and the Wallycar – sensible in its day, could hardly have survived with so little weather protection. And mention of weather protection brings to mind visions of TB’s and New Hudsons with their hoods up. They were obviously sired by covered wagons. Of the TB’s misdemeanours I am unaware. The New Hudson had none, and was a honey
The usual suspects laid low subsequent to this article appearing in the Journal, but it did generate a response from no less a person than Bill Boddy – editor of ‘Motor Sport’. He wrote: “May I say how much I enjoyed the inside information on three-wheelers that Phil Smith
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Sunday 12th June Join us for a leisurely run into Mid-Wales with pre-arranged coffee and lunch stops. Meet Abergavenny Bus Station, 10am start. Details from John Sharman telephone: 01874 730753 ISLE OF WIGHT
SEPTEMBER SCURRY 23rd–27th September Entry forms available from 1st June. If you have not already applied, please contact Keith Hadfield 01983 730559 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ron Wallis 01983 752861 email@example.com Closing date for entries is 30th July
contributed to the January issue in reply to my letter of the previous July? Recently, I have had occasion to consult the Brooklands’ records, and in scanning the entries for those motor cycle races that were held as part of the car meetings between 1908 and 1914 I came across some makes which are new to me. At the risk of displaying a woeful ignorance of motor cycle matters I list some of these, in the hope that it may amuse Phil Smith and others to write a few notes about them. Some of these makes were raced over several years, but I give the date of their first appearance on the track. I have omitted makes which by association of name or initials with that of entrant or rider suggest that they may have been one-off specials. Right, here we go: can anyone tell us about these machines? 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913
Givaudan Dedbury Brooklands, Phanomen, Swallow, M & M. Cocks HJS, King’s Own, M.A.B, Frays, VS, Exmouth, Kingfisher, New Century, Vin. Caeco, LMC Croydon-Whitgift, S.I.A M.T, W.D, Robin Minerva. Serolia, PV, Armstrong-Villiers, Grandex-Precision.
I suppose ‘Vin’ could be short for ‘Vindec’ and ‘PV’ possibly imply ‘private venture’ and in later years MAB components came from France and were made use of by Parry Thomas in his small Thomas Special racing cars. But the others..?”
The Lakeland Weekend: 2nd-3rd July 2016
A very popular Lakeland Section event, this is a round of the Northern Road Run Championship. Based at Keswick Rugby Club, the weekend offers low-cost camping, full clubhouse facilities, a town centre location, great routes and the stunning scenery of the Lakes and Fells. Repeated by popular demand is a Cumbrian BBQ night, at the Rugby Club, on Saturday on, evening at 7pm. Please pre-order the BBQ (£10 each) with your entry. Later or our f n i The event is open to all eligible machines, and all routes are suitable for flat tankers and book h Lakes ’ girder forkers as well as later classic machines. Bring your family too: Lots of tourist ‘Sout Weekend in attractions will keep them happy whilst you ride some of the country’s most beautiful routes. Mounta h – 25th 24t mber Septe Contact: Colin Steer 017687 74536 firstname.lastname@example.org
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These photos from Jurgen Pohl, who lives in Wernigerode in the Harz region of Germany, have been supplied by John Robinson. The top and bottom ones were taken at the 7th Harz off-road trial driver camp in Wernigerode 11th May 1958. On the right is an unknown entrant in what looks like a ‘gymkana’ type contest in the 1950’s. John writes: “I think it goes to show that whatever system we live in, motor cyclists make sure they can have some fun and competition.”
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Re-bushing forks ROD THOMAS
Back in my youth (more years ago than I care to remember) I was into bikes, as they were the only affordable means of transport, and a friend introduced me to the delights of ‘vintage’ bikes. We were always on the lookout for old iron going cheap, so were intrigued when we heard about a rusty wheel protruding from a country hedge. Needless to say, we went to investigate. When we heaved on the wheel we found there was an old bike still attached to it! It was manhandled into the back of a van and taken home. We studied it long and hard, but nobody knew what type of bike it was. All we knew was that it had a JAP 500cc engine, Albion gearbox and Druid forks. It was in advanced stages of decay, and it was decided that I should have it as a ‘project’. That was the first step in a long journey, the second step came about 18 months later when I bought a copy of Pitman’s ‘Book of the JAP’ and found tantalising pictures of AJWs in an appendix; it eventually transpired that we had found an AJW Red Fox of 1934 vintage. It has taken many years of careful restoration, trawling around bike auto-jumbles and digging deep into the coffers, to finally get the bike into a complete state. Last year, with some trepidation, I took it out on the Somerset Section’s 50th Annual Cheddar Trail. It successfully completed about 100 miles during the day, but I had to wrestle it along every mile as the handling was awful (not to mention problems with the clutch, but that is another story).
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This year I planned to enter it into the Cheddar Trial again, but felt that I had to do something about the poor handling, which was mostly down to the wear in the Druid forks. I thought I had no alternative but to find a specialist with the necessary equipment to re-bush the forks and make up new spindles at great expense. However, I have a small lathe with a mill attachment, and I contemplated the possibility of tackling the job myself. I came up with several ideas of how it could be done but the sticking point was always how to ensure the bushes were aligned. A mate suggested using a broach cutter; this puzzled me at first as I had visions of the long multi-toothed linear cutters used to make interesting shapes by dragging them across a workpiece. It turns out that there are also rotary broaches which look very much like an end mill with a hole down the middle. The plan was to get a broach cutter and to make a mandrel to fit into the hole down the middle of the broach to align it in the fork spindle hole. The broach would then be mounted in the lathe chuck, and another mandrel in the tailstock to locate the other side of the forks while the hole was bored to take a bush. The spindles on my forks are 7/16” (about 11 mm) so I selected a broach of 15mm diameter which would give me a bush wall thickness of around 2mm. I felt any less would make the bushes too flimsy, and any more would be too big for the fork legs to take. I got one on ebay for about £10 and set about making up the mandrels using some 7/16”
bar. In my first attempt, I tried to make the mandrel a tight fit in the broach. This didn’t work as the cutter teeth extended across the hole, obvious when you think about it as they need to provide clearance to avoid jamming. The second attempt was more successful; the mandrel extending all the way through the broach with a nut on the end to hold it in place [Picture 1]. The mandrel for the tail-stock was much simpler, a bit of bar in a chuck would do, but I already had some bar of the right size mounted in a morse taper from another job [Picture 2]. I made the mandrels as long as possible to provide maximum support, but allowing for the depth of cut needed for the bushes to avoid meeting in the middle! The compound slide had to be removed from the lathe to make room for the forks, then, using the slowest speed I could, the forks were mounted between the mandrels and I held them while a friend wound in the tail-stock to make the cut [Pictures 3 & 4]. My initial fears about holding the forks manually were unfounded as a slow speed with small depth of cut, coupled with plenty of leverage, and meant that holding them was no problem. The resulting bore was very satisfying, being a precise 15mm diameter, concentric with the original spindle holes. It’s probably worth pointing out here that my forks had no bushes originally, simply bearing into the fork material – one of the reasons they had worn so badly, I suspect. If your forks do have bushes, this will need to be taken into consideration, with the new bore being large enough to completely remove the old bushes. The next job was the bushes themselves. I had bought some phosphor bronze stock and a 7/16”
reamer at the Classic Bike Show in Shepton Mallet ready for the job. I drilled and reamed the bar to 7 /16” first and then, using the tail-stock mandrel for support, turned the bush down to 15mm [Picture 5]. Rather than aiming for a press fit, which would invariably have distorted the bush and needed further line reaming, I went for a sliding fit and some bearing retaining compound. I used Trulock 211 as I already had some but Loctite 603 would be a suitable alternative. With the bushes firmly fixed in place, I reassembled the forks, only to be disappointed with the result. Not only had the fork bores worn, but the spindles had worn oval too, so there was nothing for it but to make up some new spindles. The accepted wisdom is to use EN14 for spindles, but I found this difficult to come by in small quantities at the size I needed, so I used Stainless 303 which has a very similar shear strength which is what is important for this application. Having made up the new spindles, I reassembled again and the result was much more satisfying, with no noticeable play. All in all, I spent about £50 – a great saving over getting someone else to do it, added to which was the satisfaction of sorting it out myself. It wasn't that difficult, and could be completed by anyone with a modicum of engineering skill and the patience to take the time and care necessary. I had a great day on the Cheddar Trial this year, the bike no longer had a mind of its own and I could concentrate on the route and the scenery. Rebushed forks have transformed the handling, maybe it was the reason the bike ended up where it did in the first place!
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EC 3145: Where are you now?
Written by the late ARTHUR CUNCLIFFE in 1960
March 1920 saw the production of a model H Triumph numbered 311686, and it is indeed certain that none of the workers who made that machine would have any idea that 40 years later 311686 would still be going strong. Over the years this machine has had a most interesting history, so much so, in fact, that I think the story needs to be told. In the year 1920 motor cycles of any kind were rather difficult tocome by, and demanded a very high price. Many were the young servicemen who had returned from the Great War with money to spend. It is not so very surprising then, to relate that our Triumph was sold straight away to one of these young men. In fact, it only Never again has she stayed in the been under a bedroom agent’s hands in Kirkby Lonsdale window at midnight for little over a week. One hundred and seven pounds changed hands and our man, Hubert William J. Became the proud owner of EC 3145. Hubert William J. had a second motive for buying a motor cycle, as for some time he had been courting the local doctor’s daughter. This had been frowned upon in some quarters for surely Hubert was only going to become a farmer and really was this good enough? Led on by his associates, and no doubt encouraged by Mary, the doctor’s erring daughter, H.W.J decided that Gretna Green was the only solution to
the problem. Plans were duly laid.One cushion and two lengths of water pipe changed EC 3145 into a twin seat machine. One orchard ladder became an escape device, and true to tradition at the stroke of midnight two young people started their new life. Thirty-four years later I met H.W.J and Mary and their six children. Under a pile of sacks In a nearby hut I met EC 3145, still with the same cushion on the carrier and still very original. True, the clincher tyres were bone hard and the original Triumph belt had three fasteners in it, but that was only to be expected. Hubert told me that he had ceased riding the machine in 1924. Then he rode it for a short time in 1930 until his doctor ordered him to stop. He could not bear to part with the machine. Now he thought he might sell it if only he could find somebody who would look after it and give him seven pounds and ten shillings for it. He did not want to lose one hundred pounds. Many hours were spent rebuilding EC 3135. In her first rally she won her class and the first of eleven awards. She was later ridden round the first ever Aintree Road Race Meeting and the first Vintage Speedway meeting at Belle View. Later she was rescued by firemen from a display stand, suffering only from a discoloured tank. She has been seen on British Gaumont newsreels but never again has she been under a bedroom window at midnight. One thing is certain though. If I ever marry there will be an invitation issued to EC 3145 and she will have to come dressed in her cushion and water pipes.
WEST SOUTH WALES SECTION
Black Mountain Event Sunday 26th June 2016 Regs are now available for this road event near the beautiful Black Mountains of South Wales. A 70-ish mile run through this historic area on peaceful (until we get there) roads. Suitable for all types of machine over 25 years old. Part of Western Region Championship. Good weather guaranteed, what more could you want?
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Leak-proofing tin primary chain cases CHRIS MORETON
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A motorcycle with a Daimler connection: Part 2 S MOORE, 2012
Although in 1933 a motorcyle fitted with an epicyclic gearbox was by no means an innovation, one fitted with a fluid flywheel and a preselector gearbox unquestionably was. In all probability only one FF was ever produced: the Motor Cycle’s editorial of August 9th 1934 – almost 9 months after BSA's FF announcement – stated that 'motorcycle preselector gear boxes are on the way', implying the FF was not yet in production, but only a month later in the September 13th edition an article describing ‘Advance details of 1935 (BSA) machines’ is the statement: ‘It will be noticed that no mention is made of (the FF) and… that this machine is not to be produced during 1935’. In the same edition the list prices of BSA motorcycles makes no mention of the FF either, and for that matter neither does BSA’s 1935 catalogue. In fact the only two references to an actual motor cycle I can find are those road tested by 'Nitor' of The Motor Cycle of November 23rd 1933 and a photograph taken of an FF in James Robinson’s BSA edition of The Scrapbook Series at the 1933 Olympia motorcycle show. However, assuming BSA only made one prototype then obviously Nitor's and James Robinson's FF are one and the same motorcycle. What is certain is that in a June 1952 edition of The Motor Cycle is an article that states unequivocally that BSA never put it into production. The magazine then went on to describe the decision as 'wise', which flies in the face of everything that magazine said 19 years earlier, so one can argue a very good case that The Motor Cycle’s editors over the years had a far too cosy relationship with motor cycle manufacturers: time out of number there are cases of manufacturers drip-feeding editors with snippets of information regarding future motorcycling developments, and The Motor Cycle (and I assume its competitor Motor Cycling) would then dutifully present the
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information to their readers in the best light. The FF was no exception: the headline of the August 25th 1932 edition of The Motor Cycle was ‘Selfchanging gears for motorcycles?’ and on page 229 there's an article by ‘Ambleside’ who asks ‘Do we want self-changing gears?’ and goes on to answer his or her own question with a resounding ‘Yes, we do’, by listing all the good points while the drawbacks are dismissed with the one sentence: ‘I see no reason why its cost, if produced en masse by one of our present gearbox manufacturers should be very much higher than that of the ordinary constant-mesh type sold today’, which begs the question that several thousand of these very expensive motorcycles were going to be sold. in the article there’s no mention of power loss to the rear wheel caused by the gearbox and fluid flywheel at all, although in fairness Ambleside may not have been aware of the problem. Interestingly, there’s no mention of the fluid flywheel at all (or any form of clutch, for that matter), the article implying the only clutch(es) were the brake bands themselves, which, by varying their loading, could allow a controlled degrees of slip. Although this idea was mooted at a very early stage of preselector gearbox design, as far as I know almost all car manufacturers eschewed it, preferring a centrifugally-operated
friction clutch, or, in the case of Daimler, the much better fluid flywheel arrangement.* In his book The Illustrated History of BSA Motorcycles Roy Bacon said of the new model ‘Few were built as it was expensive and the oil drag ruined the performance.’ I certainly agree with the first part. Most motorcyclists in those grim depression days were probably far more interested in motorcycles as a cheap form of transport than harbouring a deep and abiding interest in Daimler gearboxes and fluid flywheels so there can’t be much doubt an expensive 3-speed 500cc motorcycle featuring a revolutionary type of transmission held a very limited appeal. At a retail price of £79 it was BSA’s most expensive motor cycle, the second most expensive being the bigger and more powerful 4-speed 990cc V-twin at £72, while the original model from which the FF was developed was the 4-speed Blue Star that retailed for £59. To give an idea of the costs involved in producing the FF these are the main differences between its transmission and that of the Blue Star.BSA FF The complete fluid flywheel assembly; complex input and output driveshafts, 3 annuli; 9 planet gears; 9 planet gear double-roller bearings; 3 planet gear carriers; 1 sunwheel/brake drum, 3 main bearings; 3 pairs of brake bands, their anchors, struts, pull rods and self-adjusting mechanism; the bus bar and its spring; the selector camshaft and the dedicated oil pump. Also taken into account should be the additional cost of the kick-starter gears and their housing. BSA Blue Star An engine-driven cushion drive assembly, a multiplate friction clutch assembly, a set of 8 spur gears (including the output driveshaft) 2 dog clutches, the mainshaft, the layshaft, 2 selector forks, the selector forks’ shaft, 1 ball bearing, 3 bushings, the gearshift lever mechanism, the kick-starter quadrant and gear. Roy Bacon’s claim that oil drag ruined performance is a moot point. In January 1932 Major Wilson, designer of the Daimler preselector gearbox, gave an address to the Institution of Automobile Engineers, and during question time he was asked by one Captain J.M. Saunders about what effect oil drag (they used the word ’churning’) had on the preselector gearbox. Major Wilson’s went to great
pains to explain ‘the tremendous figure’ of 99.25% efficiency of his gearbox was in part down to the fact it ‘has the great advantage not churning the lubricant. The centrifugal force of the whole thing revolving throws out the surplus oil so that it is always travelling outwards.’ What he failed to point out (because nobody seems to have asked him) was the effect of the running gear’s weight on engine performance, and anyone who’s felt the weight of a preselector gearbox’s running gear of will know how heavy it is. In the case of the FF, a 500cc single-cylinder engine is being called on to drive the extra weight of the left hand flywheel and a gearbox designed for a 1.8 litre 6-cylinder engine. The power extracted from the Blue Star engine to do this was without doubt more that it was originally designed for, and it resulted in a loss of performance that was probably due to the horsepower required to drive the extra weight of the flywheel and the gearbox. I concede the absence of top and reverse gears and the 3:2 primary drive reduction ratio mitigate this, and in fairness to Mr. Bacon there must be have been a degree of oil drag in the fluid flywheel, which may be what he was referring to. Nothing much can be done to mitigate oil drag in the fluid flywheel, but a partial, nonetheless significant remedy to oil drag or weight of rotating parts in the gearbox would be to halve the speed of the running gear by simply doubling the size of the gearbox driving sprocket; retaining the original overall ratios would only require doubling the size of the output drive sprocket. That, however, introduces a problem all of its own, in that the primary drive’s new ratio of 3:1 doubles the torque imposed on the gearbox which is also now being called on to deal with the higher ratio secondary drive which has been doubled from (approximately) 3.2:1 to 1.6:1. Therefore, with no swinging bucket mechanism to maximise annulus braking the risk of band slippage would be greatly increased, particularly so when starting out from rest or travelling in first gear at a low road speed; even more so if a sidecar is fitted and carrying a passenger. The designers’ hands were therefore tied on this issue, which illustrates what is possibly the major drawback of this engine/gearbox combination. Another issue may have been actually starting the
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engine because it would have needed a pretty determined effort. To kick the engine over the rider would need to overcome the combined inertia of the crankshaft/fluid flywheel driving member plus oil drag in the fluid flywheel itself. With thickened oil in the flywheel on a freezing cold winter’s morning, engine starting couldn’t possibly have been as easy as that of a conventional motor cycle, especially if the engine’s fuel and ignition systems weren’t up to scratch. However, there can be little doubt the exercise would have warmed up the hapless rider. After WW2 it was often said British motorcycle manufacturers were too complacent and too conservative to survive overseas competition, which is true enough; however, one cannot say the same about the inter-war years when British manufacturers were prepared to try out all sorts of new ideas. This was the period that saw the introduction of the Ariel Square 4, at least two inline 4-cylinder engines, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engines, any number of twin cylinder configurations, water-cooled engines, engines driving conventional car clutches and gearboxes, oddities like the Ner-a-Car, engineering details like radial valved cylinder heads, linked braking systems and some utterly bizarre front suspension arrangements. Generally speaking, though, it appears multi-plate clutches and gearboxes were relatively trouble-free so they didn’t demand much development work until the advent of the post-war 1000cc Vincent-HRD. Bearing that in mind BSA deserve at least nod in their direction for their adventure into something revolutionary, which, from an engineering point of view, was an outstanding achievement: such an idea would probably never be countenanced today. It occured to me while compiling this article that BSA may have contemplated modifying their 990cc V-twin instead of the Blue Star to accept a fluid flywheel and a preselector gearbox: from an engineering standpoint such an motorcycle/engine combination would certainly have been a better proposition. Assuming they gave the idea some thought I imagine the reasons for rejection were lack of space in the frame and the cost of manufacturing a redesigned frame couldn’t be justified. If so, that’s a pity because it might have succeeded. As it is, the last reported sighting of an
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FF was in the 1960s, but nothing of it has since been heard so it probably hasn't survived. * ERA fitted a 4-speed close-ratio Wilson preselector gearbox to their racing cars in the 1930s, and it's interesting to note that no flywheel was fitted to their engines, the crankshaft being coupled directly to the gearbox using an Oldham coupling. Since the clutch was actually the first gear brake band controlled by the clutch pedal (as was Major Wilson's original idea) the running gear was constantly rotating whether a gear was selected or not. ERA therefore used the inertia of the running gear to act as a de facto flywheel which had the advantage that the HP retained by the absence of a flywheel was directed to the rear wheels instead. A typical preselector epicyclic gear, of which the BSA gearbox has three. The input driveshaft is splined to the sunwheel and the output driveshaft is splined (not shown) to the planet carrier. The planet gears have no effect on the ratios which are calculated from the number of sunwheel teeth and annulus teeth only. 1st gear: the 1st gear brake band is applied to the annulus. The sunwheel drives the planet gears which rotate on their axles and roll around the stationary annulus taking the planet carrier with them which rotates at at the lowest speed to provide the lowest ratio. 2nd gear: the 1st gear annulus brake band is released and that of 2nd gear epicyclic is applied. The rotating 2nd gear planet carrier drives the 1st gear annulus thus increasing the speed of the 1st gear planet carrier to provide the higher ratio. 3rd gear: the 3rd gear sunwheel is stationary. The 3rd gear planet carrier drives the 2nd gear annulus, thereby increasing the speed of the 2nd gear planet carrier, thus driving the 1st gear annulus at the highest speed to provide the highest ratio. In compiling this article my references were: Proceedings of The Institution of Automobile Engineers, Vol XXVI, 1931-32; The Motor Cycle, vol. 49 edition 1533, 25/08/1932; The Motor Cycle, vol. 51 edition 1598, 23/11/1933; The Motor Cycle, vol. 53 edition 1635, 09/08/1934; The Motor Cycle, vol. 53 edition 1640, 13/09/1934; The Scrapbook Series, BSA edition, August 2008, James Robinson; The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited
I found Mr S Moore’s Daimler/BSA article in May’s magazine most absorbing. Perhaps, in the interests of clarification/amplification, I might add a comment? Mr Moore does not imply but it reasonably might be inferred that the fluid flywheel was an exclusively Daimler invention. Similarly, it might be thought that since one of the most clever people to have served the British motor industry, Dr Frederick Lanchester LLD, FRAeS, FRS, had for many years been technical consultant to the Daimler Company, and whose first car of 1895 and subsequent models had epicyclic transmissions of his own design, the Daimler variant might in some sense have been derived from his experience. The American Percy Martin, long-time Daimler boss, was a mechanical engineer, and therefore well placed to assist in the application of the new transmission adopted for the Light Fifteen. (How sadly different from later BSA management!). Previously, this work would have been undertaken by Joseph Mackle, but by this time Mackle had left the company to take charge of Stratton and Instone in London. I’m not sure if Fluid Flywheel was a marketing term legally assigned to Daimler, but the device’s origins lay in the hydrodynamic fluid couplings patented by Fottinger in Germany in the early ’20s, and subsequently developed by Fluidrive Engineering in Middlesex expressly for Daimler. The Coventry concern had little input into the essential design work. Incidentally, because the Fluid Flywheel did not include a lock-up clutch, under the most favourable conditions the unit exhibited some 6% slip and it was to compensate for this that BSA specified an unusually-high primary drive ratio. Given the state of development of “torque converters” at the time, and the physical need for a differential of rotational speed of the torus elements to enable drive to be established in the first place, this was a very creditable figure. Nor was the Daimler epicyclic box an in-house creation, although it is clear that BSA put considerable original thought into their take on the subject. The epicyclic train pre-dates Dr Lanchester by some little while – in fact it was one of
Ptolemy’s many concepts. The gearbox in the Light Fifteen (and in the later DB18 and Riley Kestrel I once owned) as well as several other ...prompting a makes, was the hasty departure Wilson pre-selector offered by Selffrom being parked Changing Gears Ltd, outside a and making it was girlfriend’s house licenced to Daimler. Walter Wilson was in the early co-inventor of the hours famous WW1 tank (Daimler-powered!) and, for later variants, produced an epicyclic transmission to improve the steering of these leviathans. He also was responsible, inter alia, for the Edwardian Wilson-Pilcher motor car. Buckets and bus bars together with the many other components peculiar to these transmissions rendered them rather complicated, but when properly set up, they maintained their “tune” remarkably well. But there is no question that adjusting the toggle action, to take a straightforward maintenance example, very quickly would make one wish for the simplicity of a Burman. More mature members may remember the plangent whine characteristic of the Wilson box when in neutral, prompting a hasty departure from being parked outside a girlfriend’s house in the early hours. I’m grateful to Mr Moore for his submission and look forward to his next instalment.
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That Francis Barnett
The Francis Barnett pictured inside the back cover of the April Journal is not just a rare bird but a unique example of the species as well. I believe the machine to be that which Tommy Meeten prepared to attempt a number of long distance and endurance records at Brooklands on the 9th November 1927. Clues to support this are the fuel tank of incressed capacity supplemented by a pair of pannier tanks below the saddle and a large reservoir for the primary chain lubrication dripper. These features reduce the frequency of pit stops an essential benefit when attempting long distance records. Another noteworthy feature is the exhaust system having 'Oxford Bags' downpipes leading into regulation 'Brooklands Cans' neatly concealed under the gearbox in the horizontal attitude. Tommy Meeten shared the riding with J.F.D. Broughton and successfully achieved the following records for 175cc Solo Motorcycles. All reords were from a standing start, 4hr 54.12mph; 5hr 54.9mph; 6 hr 54.6mph and 500km 54.85mph. The consistency is remarkable as is the resilience of Messrs Meeten and Broughton's posteries and the reliabilty of the Villers 172cc engine. Other equipment listed for the benefit of bonuses were Castrol oil, B&B carburettor, KLG plug, Dunlop tyres and saddle, Coventry chains and Bonniksen speedometer. I have been priviledged to have temporarily had my hands on this machine when 'Titch' kindly allowed me to borrow it from the Stanford |Hall Museum for display on the VMCC stand at the first Classic Car & Bike Show at the NEC which was sponsored by MER polish. Pat Davy straying momentarily from the Dotted line!
Retaining members and attracting younger members
I like reading the letters pages: mostly. What I cannot fully understand is why, in a journal where space is at a premium, there are so many repetitive letters. It has been better recently, but points made about an article in one issue can be done to death over the succeeding issues, without moving the arguments forward. In the May issue, there were
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five letters about a Bill Ivy photograph, when two lines from the editor and a short note of thanks to all who wrote in was all that was required. It may be that the editor doesn’t want to stifle comment and debate - there cannot have been any other reason for including Mr. Kintrea’s letter in the previous edition. However, keeping things clear and concise is part of the editorial job description and (…cut here as an example of self editing).
My second point stems from Old Father Brazendale’s comments about youngsters with their noses in ‘phones and computers. I’m afraid that if the club wants to avoid dying a slow death, it will have to accept that the traditional route to classic biking, i.e. relatives, friends, and friends of relatives having an interest old bikes, is disappearing and may already be effectively closed. I am sure that most of the membership would agree with OFB, so the question is what we are going to do about it. While disliking the word proactive, it is what the club will have to be in future, and this doesn’t mean being present at shows and getting paragraphs in the local papers - which are themselves on their last legs. It is about the club getting its name, activities and objectives onto the mobiles and tablets that most people under fifty (sixty?) use as their primary medium of communication and selling the club, and old bikes, as something that is both fun and worthwhile. I could go on for another couple of paragraphs, but won’t - see end of first paragraph. Campbell Thomson
A reply to Pat Rowbotham
The VMCC is perceived by most of its members as an ‘Old Motorcycle Club’ for like-minded enthusiasts wanting to share the joy of our wonderful hobby. ‘Club’ is the prime word used by the majority when talking about the VMCC – but who wants to, or would feel proud to belong to a struggling unstable business? I was disappointed that Mr. Rowbotham wrote: “It is a ‘Business’, whether we like it or not!” Quite a harsh, unfeeling statement I thought! Please don’t spoil my fun and tell me that Father Christmas
doesn’t exist either! I pray that the majority of members still consider the VMCC is an ‘Old Motorbike Club’ and will continue to be so for many years to come. Any member has a right to voice an opinion whether verbally or in correspondence. But please don’t call it Bandit tactics and continuous sniping. That’s boardroom stuff and not fair for those who are passionate for the ‘Club’ to survive by the only method they have at their disposal – distant communication. Geographically head quarters is farther away from many members than is continental Paris, although you don’t need a passport to get in. If you are a younger member (we need more please) in full-time employment, how could you find the time to attend meetings Oop North anyway? You would need to be retired and mobile to qualify. Isn’t it better to just help with the running of the many successful sections and give of your time this way? Hundreds of members already do! Volunteers spend hours and weeks organising and working on successful events that actually make money to give big donations to many charities whilst spreading the word about the ‘Club’ to the public and any enthusiasts wanting to join us. Thankfully, HQ doesn’t help too often at this level. Serious promotion of our ‘VMCC Club’ is down at grass roots level, not in spending thousands of pounds to organise something expensive for the general public and retired motorcycling celebrities etc. There is no better promotion than word of mouth by our passionate grass roots members! The public often detect our passion and loyalty and it costs not a penny! I am grateful to those at HQ for putting themselves forward for election into important key positions. A two-year stint, as Pat Rowbotham says, is not a life sentence. But two years isn’t even half an apprenticeship from years gone by, so what chance of correcting the problems in such a short time? Also key volunteers, welcome and brave as they are, does not mean success if they lack the acumen and other skills necessary. A business needs professionalism and experience to survive, whereas an ‘Old Motorcycle Club’ just needs enthusiasm and willingness to be successful. Dave Blanchard Still proud to be part of the ‘Club’. Just!
Once more my magazine arrived after the lead time for the next issue. Can nothing be done about this? Neil Cairns makes a pretty good stab at registrations – apart from mixing ‘prefix’ and ‘suffix’ Not all authorities issued numbers before letters. Suffixes began in 1963 – ‘A’ – but not all used them. Most used ‘B’1964, but it became universal with ‘C’ in 1965. I for one am very glad that ‘age-related’ numbers came about, or a couple of my ‘bikes might have been stuck with ‘Q’ plates. Good old Archie! That’s the way to time a ‘bike – 1 /8th before TDC in full retard is a great starting point. Sometimes, you cannot get at the driver sprocket. Chris Harper
A reply to Neil Cairns
Neil Cairns’ interesting take on registrations says that suffixes started in 1963 with ‘A’. In fact only London had ‘A’ in 1963, and the rest of the country started with ‘C’ in 1965. Leicester City Council has 123 ABC and ABC 123. My first bike had VRP 383 in 1960, and in 1962 had BRP 162, both Northants. That backs up his claim regarding ‘allocations running out’ in about 1960. Hope this makes things a little clearer. Jeff Waller
An important correction
There is a substantial error that has crept into the text, maybe because of editing, in the recent article On Motor Cycle cylinder head repairs. The affected sentence is near the bottom of page 60. The idea basically is about the use of retaining liquids for pressing together parts. If heat is applied additionally these retaining liquids will cure almost instantly before the parts are fully assembled, thus sometimes heat can cause a disaster if used inappropriately. The parts can jam half-way! My text was: “It is important to remember that neither Fluid-Weld, nor Loctite nor any other retaining liquid can be used when pressing together heated parts as heat will almost instantly cure the retaining liquid and will lock the parts before they have been driven fully home.” It is actually about the case of a "cannot” having been substituted by “can”. Also I have noted that
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the cylinder head photos have been issued with capital letter identifiers, but the captions for the photos seem to have been omitted. Hopefully the photos are self explanatory enough and of course these are also described in the text. I hope to finish an article on Motor Cycle Cylinder re-boring this month, so this would be a logical continuation of the engine repair theme. Thank you for publishing this information. I have spent considerable time learning some of these tricks of the trade at our small family business and I am pleased to share them with the motor cycling community. It may be of good use to someone who is contemplating a rebuild on his motor cycle engine... Juris Ramba
I thoroughly enjoyed the interesting article on valve seats, by Juris Bamba, in April’s mag. I believe there was a typo the bottom of column one on p60 seems to read contrary to the rest of the sentence. I believe it should read ‘cannot be used’, rather than ‘can’, for the reasons stated after. P.S. This is not the only article I enjoyed, keep up the good work. John Kitchen (Bantam D1, no valve seats)
The Pennine Run
The VMCC Pennine Section’s two-day, 250-mile run takes place on 9th and 10th July 2016. It starts at Edale in Derbyshire, and the first day involves 150 miles of mainly high-level moorland roads, in rugged countryside, to an overnight stop at Hawes in North Yorkshire. An optional evening social will be held at the Wensleydale Creamery for participants and their guests. On the Sunday a further 100 miles of similar roads will take us to the Greenhead Hotel, where a get-together is organised before everyone departs for home. Please see the section’s website at www.penninevmcc.org.uk and click on the events tab for more information, entry form, accommodation list, and to view a slide show of scenes from the route. A video of the ride over the spectacular Buttertubs pass can be viewed through this link https://vimeo.com/34328943 We usually have around 100 riders on the event on machines
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ranging from veteran to 25 years old. Sorry, but we can’t take entries on the day on an event of this size. Geoff Green
Herefordshire Section on the edge
Starting and finishing at Ross Cattle Market on Sunday June 26th, the first ever running of “Herefordshire on the Edge” will give riders of older motor cycles and three-wheelers a chance to explore some remote and beautiful corners of Herefordshire, one of England‘s most scenic, historic and least visited counties. This is a unique event for older motor cycles organised by the Herefordshire section of the VMCC, and will provide an enjoyable, noncompetitive, long-distance ride, challenging entrants’ riding and navigation skills as well as testing their machines over a wide range of surfaced roads. Riders must plan and then follow a route to visit as many as possible of the 24 designated waypoints spaced at roughly 10-mile intervals around the border of the county. The minimum distance to visit all 24 points will be about 240 miles. All finishers successfully visiting the four designated ‘cardinal’ points of the compass (N, S, E & W) plus any other fur points will receive a bronze award. Those visiting cardinal points and at least 8 others receive silver, and those visiting 18 points, including the cardinal points, will receive a coveted gold. Anyone visiting all 24 points can be very proud of their achievement. Entrants may use any appropriate equipment to plan and follow their route (i.e. Satnavs are allowed). ‘Herefordshire on the Edge’ is expected to attract riders from all over the UK to share this beautiful county. Cost is £5 per machine. Details and entry forms are available from Geoff McGladdery at 7, the Hopkilns, Bishops Frome, WR6 5BP. Phone or text 07588 559698 or email me at email@example.com Geoff McGladdery
A view from the north
Following a recent trip south to a major show, I’ve been thinking about the conversations I had with various members over the weekend. All were enthusiastic about their particular thing, and mostly positive about the club’s future. Some interesting
divergences though, on the one hand comments about how the club was more buoyant in their area now thanks to the resurgence in veteran events, and criticism for allowing those pesky four-cylinder modern bikes to run with earlier stuff. This was contrasted by comments as to how welcoming some events were to newcomers on 1970s machines. Maybe in addition to the training days introducing people to girders and no suspension we should introduce a modern training experience to let the greybeards have a go on something with disc brakes and an electric start. Both views and those in between have validity, as long as preaching them too loudly doesn't put people off. To grow our club we need a constant stream of new members, no matter what they ride at the moment, a target figure of around 100 per month is needed, I’m told. That only maintains the status quo, such is the attrition rate. The length of the obituary list read out at the AGM bears this out. Let’s all of us be positive in our enjoyment of this great hobby, and by getting out there encourage others to do the same. I’m now dreaming, but if each section could attract 10 new members a year our club’s future would be rosy. (This may be possible, as two new members were obtained during the course of the pip squeak run). I came back oop north from this show invigorated and looking forward to the rest of the summer’s events, ride safe, smile and spread the word: motor cycling is good for you. Gordon Moffat
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
So what is going on with our journal? I look forward to reading the entirety of our journal each month. I am finding myself becoming exasperated however at the insertion of irrelevant submissions. In the last couple of months we have witnessed the encroachment of chatter about cars, which at a stretch might be acceptable as in this/last month’s submission of the BSA/Daimler connection. And yet in the same issue a page was dedicated to discussing the possibility of doing a similar route as a Daimler. With this latter suggestion, although interesting, it surely deserved nothing more than a comment ‘in brief’ section. And who thought it was a good idea to feature news about a dog auction a couple of issues back? In what way is this related to our passion? Why can't we have more about people's experiences living and riding their old two wheels? Surely some historical evidence must exist about what companies got up to in the 20s and 30s with regards to trying to out do their competitors, especially when so many of those companies were located almost on top of one another. I believe there is a certain grandeur to our passion that should be explored as has been the case in issues across previous VMCC years. What I am reading now indicates a low quantity of quality submissions, and it is this which has resulted in the appearance of unrelated articles. I can only hope the editor takes this advice on board and looks to other comparable magazines for inspiration, for while they need to find stories to feature, the club has at its fingertips an unrivaled reservoir of potential knowledge, all we need to do is find a way of tapping into it. As an aside, the cover for May which featured the victorious overall winner Robert Grant at the Scottish Motorcycle Show could have been toned down. I had thought he may be suffering from high blood pressure, but if this were the case it would seem all members from our Scottish fraternity have had one too many battered pizzas. As you know too much contrast increases tonal depth, in credit to the Robert Grant accomplishment and cohort it would seem little to ask that a quality check is made so they don’t look like they have just emerged from the lobster pot. Peter Giles
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Thanks to the Editor for including my note on a Wessex Sidecars web site on page 73 of the March 2016 Journal. I have been pleasantly surprised at the positive response. It is amazing how wide a net is cast by VMCC and I have now learnt more about the designer E J Gratrex (I think I have now got that name spelling correct). Of course more material such as photos, history etc would be very welcome.Using YAHOO for the formation and running of the Group has proved unsatisfactory, with several people unable to find a way through the YAHOO maze when trying to join the Group. So I have moved the Group to another supplier which has proved better. Unfortunately the computer links shown in March are now only valid for the ‘OLD’ Group. For the ‘NEW’ Group, material could be sent to me, the Group Owner, at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org For access to the ‘New’ Group, the links shown below the signature can be used. Vincenthusiast https://groups.io/g/wessex-sidecars-io http://tinyurl.com/zw3bdhv
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The DVLA – continued
John Elliott has totally missed the point, when he comments on my ‘Cautionary Tale’, which appeared in the April edition of The Vintage Motorcycle. Reference to the title alone should alert the reader to the fact that I was merely bringing to the attention of the membership the need to exercise care when verifying the authenticity of any machine before purchase. I have learned a lot from my experience and I thought it incumbent on me to bring it to the attention of the membership. Mr Elliott may not want to know about such issues, but the editor is doing his job in bringing as much information (good or bad) to readers. To clarify a couple of his comments, I did check with the DVLA upon the possible acquisition of the supposed registration mark. The DVLA officer informed me that the number was on record and that I should make application by form V62, indicating its availability. The experience of realisation that the number was already affixed to another machine was embarrassing both for me and its owner. The accusation that my application was false is completely unfounded, erroneous maybe. To witness the incorrect recording of frame numbers in the esteemed work of Bill Hume and the One Make Club’s register is worrying. I am well aware, from 29 years’ experience, of how the police operate when confronted with dubious or
Amac carburettor woes
I have had the needless Amac on my 31/2 Sunbeam bored and new slides fitted. It runs very rich at low throttle openings and in an attempt to cure this I made an extended lower spray block as shown in the photo. This lowers the float bowl by a quarter of an inch. I have also reduced the size of the atomising block holes. It has been suggested that the carb is too small a bore and it is indeed small for a 500 cc machine at slightly over 7/8 inch. This is even smaller on the inlet side of the choke duplicated details. Police pounds and now private contractors’ yards have been filled with many vehicles pending examination, the storage conditions of which alone leave a lot to be desired. An awful lot of vehicles have been destroyed upon evidence found during examination. I trust that this indicates a sound basis. I know of two old motor cycles within thirty miles of my home, that have ‘lost’ registration marks to be re-allocated with an age-related number as a result of duplication.
tube. It came on the bike when I bought it in an un restored state 10 years ago. There seem to be different opinions as to whether the cutaway has much effect on mixture on these carbs. I have a 32 main jet fitted and have tried smaller jets but loose power with these. I can’t seem to be able to weaken the bottom end without affecting the top end and wonder if any member has had similar problems and could offer advice. John Scott JDSbushmills84@btinternet.com
The DVLA has since provided my machine with an age-related mark, following an extremely thorough examination by their appointed examiner, the work of whom should not be underestimated. The process was slow, but that must be in part be caused by government cut backs. I can, however, rest assured that my machine is correctly recorded. I remain worried about others and make no apologies whatsoever. Jonathan Hill
Failure? Or not?
First of all, let me say I failed. My plan was to do 200-plus miles on the Relay Rally on my 100cc Honda 2-stroke. I chickened out at ‘Notts & Derby’ and did not go to Buxworth, but I cut through The Peaks to Froghall. However, my day went as follows: Leave home - 8.35 miles 66,747 Relay start Midlands - 66,765. Taverners - 66,804, Notts & Derby - 66838 North Staffs-66869, Burton - 66,890, and Home - 66,906 so only 159 miles. I’m pleased to say the little ‘bike didn’t miss a beat and zoomed through the Peak District only needing second gear once. While I was out I heard of proposals to restrict vehicles over 20 years old to organised parades. This was one of
Titch’s greatest fears, and why he proposed the Relay Rally to get our ‘bikes on the road. So, get a couple of saddle bags and, like I do, do the shopping, you will be amazed at how many people take an interest when you park up outside the supermarket. Chris Harper
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WALTER JAMES FLEW Walter James Flew was born on 10th June 1924, the first child of Dorothy and James. He was the eldest of four, sadly, John died as an infant and Raymond passed away a few years ago. He went to school in Ashley Down where he made his name as a swimmer whilst supporting Bristol speedway and The local scout troop. On leaving school he was apprenticed to Bristol Commercial Vehicles and joined the RAF – for three days as he was discharged as being in a reserved occupation. Very soon afterwards he joined the REME - a more suitable role for his mechanical skills. The army took him to Nottingham where he met Joan to whom he became engaged in 1944 whereupon the army sent him off to France and on to Berlin where he swapped the 5 pounds of coffee sent to him by Joan for a BMW motor cycle which he proceeded to dismantle and post home. Wally and Joan married in 1946 and settled in Bristol where he joined Bristol Siddeley. He remained there until his retirement. Daughter Carol came along in 1949 and Graham in 1952 and the family moved to 158 Station Road. By this time the BMW had a sidecar which had enough room for all of us (including the dog...) for family camping holidays. Summer weekends became trips to race circuits and Wally became mechanic to Vernon Cottle’s Manx Nortons – among others – and I remember many happy days at Bristol Motor Cycle Club events including sprinting with a rather quick Bultaco. As Wally got older, so did his interest in older motor cycles and a borrowed 1927 AJS started a whole new chapter in his life in addition to becoming a grandfather to Ceris, Jane and Joshua he had by now innumerable motor cycles including many Nortons and he and Joan travelled all over the country and abroad. The Vintage Motor Cycle Club was huge part of Wally’s life and in addition to being the marque specialist for Nortons he served on the management committee and was elected President. In addition to all of his motorcycling activities, he became master of the local lodge of freemasons. In his last years, he suffered a serious stroke which seriously affected his ability to communicate. Joan became ill and passed away in 2010 which was a serious blow to him. Remember Walter – the son, Walt - the brother, Jim - the husband, the dad and the granddad and Wally the motor cyclist - Walter James Flew – The Man. Graham Flew (Editor’s note: I make no apology for including this
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submission from Graham. Wally was for so many years a ‘fixture’ on the riding scene both in the United Kingdom and almost everywhere else that he merits just a few more lines to remember him by) A sixties sight I always liked to see, Those British motorbikes parked side by side While bikers packed inside the Busy Bee, The rendezvous of everybody's ride. Here Triumph, Norton, Matchless, BSA, And Vincent, Arial and AJS, Were names that made mouths water in their day And nothing Japanese did we possess. All oily, smoky, proper big boys' toys That you could hear from half a mile away And when they passed you'd even smell the noise And grab your flying jacket, join the play. Now all you see are bikers 'born again' Who drive a Ford Mondeo in the rain. Terry Donovan
DAVID GRIFFITH My brother David Griffith passed away peacefully, aged 57, in Barbados on 5th April 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Growing up in a house full of vintage motor cycles, he couldn’t fail to fall in love with bikes. Our father John Griffith spent his short life engulfed in the VMCC, and it rubbed off. David had a great career in racing motor cycles during the 1970’s and 1980’s. His best season was in 1984 on a Suzuki RGB500 MK9, entering many GPs with great success, including the Isle of man, Macau, Belgium the Scarborough Gold Cup, British Championship, amongst others. He started racing in 1976 on a 1930 Scott 600cc TT replica at VMCC events, progressing to Yamaha TZ350s in 1978. He rode RG500s and TZ750s for sponsors including John Bull Racing, Dickinson Construction, adn Gateford Motors. He finished his career riding a Honda RC30 in 1989. He left a wife Jerine. A service for David took place in early May at St Mary’s Church in Lutterworth. Steven Griffith FRED HIBBERT It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that my old friend Fred Hibbert passed away 25th April 2016 after a short illness. He left a son Ian and a daughter Susan.
I’m sure all those of you who knew Fred or corresponded with him, will agree with me that he was a thoroughly decent man, always willing to help others and highly knowledgeable about Ambassador motor cycles, a marque which he will forever be associated. In brief tribute, I’ve reproduced below my acknowledgement of Fred, printed a couple of years ago in the front of “A Guide to Ambassador Motor Cycles”, the book which he and I produced and self-published. “Fred Hibbert of Buxton, Derbyshire has been credited as co-author of this work and it is only right and fair for me to acknowledge Fred in this way. This book simply couldn’t have been written without his involvement. Fred is a man with well over sixty years’ knowledge and experience of Ambassador motor cycles, and will readily assist anyone with his wealth of detailed information about the marque. Over the last twenty-odd years Fred has been of enormous assistance to me personally, passing on information in his friendly and humorous manner. Fred
The 2016 Calendar
How much I agree with your comments in the March Journal about this year’s VMCC calendar - but beware the misspelled homonym. Surely the role of every good editor to save us from ourselves here! Roger Bibbings
I have been asked by my committee to write about the article in the April Journal about The Working Dogs Winter Sale. They feel this has absolutely nothing to do with motor cycling or the VMCC. They feel that half a page about this is not acceptable in a VMCC journal. If the pictured gentleman was a VMCC member it should have been stated but no explanation was given. Could I please also point out that on an item of
has also importantly over the years acted as a catalyst bringing Ambassador Owners together in order to share information and channel spares to where they are needed. Fred, these days, tends to favour the later machines; however, his extensive knowledge extends right through the range. Fred Hibbert, in my opinion, is the true ambassador of Ambassador.” Michael Easton VMCC Ambassador Marque Specialist Co-author of “A Guide to Ambassador Motor Cycles” Keeper of the Ambassador Machine Register
l Editor’s note: We have been asked if it is possible to include birth and death dates when we recall the lives of those members who have passed away. As always, we are completely in the hands of contributors for this information. Therefore, if you are called upon to write an obituary, we would be grateful if you were able to include those details. Thank you.
correspondence by Peter Lee, one of our Section members, his name was omitted. Celia Hore, Chair Cornwall Section
Where are they now?
At the end of the 1960s my father had managed to a quire two Sunbeams in need of restoration – a Model 8 from 1929 Reg no UA 6557 (sold to and then restored by a fellow VMCC member in Hull) and a Model 9 from 1930 Reg no VL 2183. This was sold to a friend in Longridge, Lanashire. Both I and my father would love to know if they are still ‘in the club’. Would anyone with any news of them kindly contact me on 0773 014 6637. Neil Lewis, Secretary Wakefield and West Yorks section
The latest result of some serious spanner flinging at the Museum is Sammy Miller’s neat little 2-speed Levis of 1924.
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FOR SALE, EXCHANGE & WANTED
One ‘For Sale’ and one ‘Exchange or Wanted’ advert free of charge per issue per member. Up to 40 words,including all contact details. Adverts of over 40 words will be charged at the ‘MISCELLANEOUS’ rate of £10.Motor cycles and ThreeWheelers must be over 25 years old. Spares must relate to machines over 25 years old. ITEMS FOR SALE MUST BE PRICED, WORDING SUCH AS ‘OFFERS OVER’, ‘ONO’ AND ‘OFFERS’ WILL NOT BE PRINTED
MISCELLANEOUS A service for members, which allows you to sell any item whatsoever that you believe, may be of interest to other members. These adverts will be charged at £10 each, up to 50 words, including all contact details. N.B.: TO REDUCE COSTS AND ADMINISTRATION, PAYMENT FOR MEMBERS’ ADVERTS MUST ACCOMPANY THE ADVERT. RECEIPTS OR INVOICES WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR MEMBERS’ ADVERTISEMENTS UNLESS A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE IS PROVIDED.
TRADE SMALLS & HOLIDAYS These adverts are charged at £12 for up to 50 words or £18 for up to 100 words per insertion and are open to those who operate on a small scale or as a ‘leisure’ trader.
FOR SALE: MACHINES
ARIEL Arrow 200cc, July 1965, approx 300 miles from full nut and bolt rebuild. Complete paint job, new crank, pistons etc £3,900, delivery possible at cost, photos available. Dennis Hern 01202 603004 email email@example.com (Dorset) BIANCHI Bernina 1961, 125cc, nice good running original condition T&T, sold new in the UK, old logbook, V5c original number with original parts and maintenance manuals, good chrome, alloy rims, spare engine £2,500. Tim Walker 01484 642162 (West Yorks) BMW R80ST, 1984, sorn, MOT until August £2,950. Len Eldridge firstname.lastname@example.org 01452 812411 (Gloucester) BMW R100RT, 1980, standard panniers & fairing, not used for a while but will MOT prior to sale £1,950. Dennis Beale email@example.com 01452 750424 (Gloucestershire) BSA A10 Golden Flash, 1959, older restoration, good condition, good runner, recently overhauled magneto and dynamo, many new parts, on age related number, owned by me last 29 years, reluctant sale £3,600. Roger Steele 0115 961 1669 (Nottingham) BSA D7 Bantam Trials, 175cc, 1967, bashplate, large wheels, large sprocket, renthal bars, everything works ok, forks need slight attention, bike bought 3 years ago as off roader without registration number or V5, delivery
Adverts for your ‘main’ business should be placed as a block advertisement at the appropriate rates.
INVOICES WILL STILL BE ISSUED FOR TRADE SMALLS AND HOLIDAYS For copy deadlaines please see page 2. Adverts may be submitted by Post, Fax or E-mail (not by telephone) to: Adverts, VMCC, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1TR, Fax: 01283 510547. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please pick a KEY word for the first word of your advert ie: AJS, MZ, handlebars, panniers. Also prefixed by – For Sale (Machines, spares/equipment, clothing/publications), exchange, wanted, trade, holidays – NOT a year or model. This helps us to sort in alphabetical order and put in correct classification. Please quote your membership number and, if HAND WRITTEN, write all adverts clearly.
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negotiable £795. Tony Eyre 01773 852389 mob 07854 302383 email email@example.com (Derbys) BSA Gold Star 500, dbd34, 1996, professionally built, to original spec from two donor clubman models using as many parts from them as possible, unused since, photos can be emailed £14,500. Tony Clarke 01438 816420 mob 07776 423610 (Herts) BSA Otter replica trials machine, C15 based, stroked to 90mm, all the right parts, ready to go, delivery available £2,950. Geoff Maycock 07749 847821 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Essex) BSA Sloper 1930 H30-8 Deluxe, 1930, she has competed in 5 Banbury Runs and has earned two Silver and two Gold medals, too many details and information on this bike to include in this short advert £11,000. Paul Mounsey 07721 005765 (London) BSA Starfire 250cc, 1970, lovely condition, many mechanical replacements including electronic ignition for easy starting, good on the eye, thanks to gorgeous front brake, mot’d for one year £2,450. Bill Fraser 0752 1371996 email email@example.com (Edinburgh) BSA 441 Victor Special 1967, matching engine and frame numbers, round barrel, easy starter, Boyer ignition, new battery and MOT, bike located in Cornwall £3,500. Len Dingley 01208 850013 firstname.lastname@example.org (Cornwall) COLLECTION of bikes, all have been restored over the last five years and not used, Adler BM, 1955, £3,600,
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BSA B22, 1936, £4,100, James J15, 1966, £1,300, Matchless 350, 1950, £3,000, Terrot, 1955, £1.300. L Gladman 01689 859999 (Kent) COTTON Cavalier 1971, complete engine and gearbox rebuild, new alloy rims and paintwork, tank ethanol proofed, recent new chain and selection of gearbox sprockets, mot’d ready to go, complete with engine and gearbox spares £1,800. BrianWerrett 01453 842707 (Gloucestershire) COVENTRY Eagle Pullman, single cylinder, twin port, 1935, lovely example, deep black paint, gold leaf pinstripes, stainless fixings, the whole bike has been restored £6,750, see it in the Mike Barry Museum. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Carlisle) GREEVES Anglian 24THS 196, road registered, vg condition, used approx 25 hours, £3,000. 1958 Greeves Scottish TA, 197cc. good solid condition, road registered, new replica parts and stainless, used approx 20 hours £2,000. Alan Davies 07788 882535 (Wigan) HONDA CB72 1964 UK bike, red, mot, electric and kick start, rides perfect, original metal guards, sound running engine, grey cables fitted, excellent exhausts, original logbook inc £4,750 or px for Veteran pre 1905. Marcus Whatling 01843 224695 email email@example.com (Kent) HONDA CB 250cc, 1991, reliable, winter bike, new battery £370. Robert Crockford (Berks) HONDA CB450 American Import, needs recommissioning, has V5C £2,300. M Shields 01945 860994 (Cambs) HONDA CD200TB Benly, 1984, blue, older restoration, electric and kick start, Rickman carrier and top box, original registration and numbers, mot to March 2017, factory workshop manual included, photos by email £850. John Heywood firstname.lastname@example.org 01926 408074 (Warwick) HONDA XL250S, 1978 owned for 12 years but not used since 2006, sorned, 21 inch front wheel £975. Peter Hill 01270 567374 email@example.com (Cheshire) MAGNAT–DEBON, 1929, ALG 250cc, very rare classic, beautifully restored to original condition £4,800. Mike Saunders 07594 618584 firstname.lastname@example.org (France) MATCHLESS Model R Deluxe, 1927, 250cc side valve with V5c and buff log book, dating certificate from owners club and original registration number, carb professionally refurbished, spare engine and gearbox included in asking price of £4,950. C.T.Went 07884377938 (Northumberland) NIMBUS 750cc, 1955, nice smooth running unusual motorcycle, owned eight years, solo gearing, full mechanically rebuilt, average cosmetically, reducing collection £6,500. Alex Taylor 01235 553574 (Oxfordshire) NORTON Sidecar, 1930s Replica, swallow body, period
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side lamp and fittings for Big 4, pictures on request £750.00, collect. Peter Holden email email@example.com (Norfolk) RALEIGHS 1926, 2 3/4hp & 1927 2 1/4hp chain drive SVs, 95% complete, V5c, original numbers £5,500 pair may split, will take to Banbury Jumble if not sold before, email for photos. John Diamond 0121 554 5701 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Birmingham) ROYAL Enfield Model G project, 1946, comprising frame/forks, 2 engines, 4 gearboxes, clutch/primary drive, front mudguard, 2 rear wheels, rear number plate, foot rests, engine plates etc £500. Rich Kinsey 01225 762124 mob 07787 403454 (Wiltshire) ROYAL Enfield 1936, 350cc, stainless steel rims and spokes, ethanol proof lined tank, new Wassell concentric carb, good all round condition £4,750. George Rhodes 01732 841268 (Kent) RUDGE Ulster 1937, genuine, matching numbers, total nut and bolt rebuild by England’s top Rudge restorer including total engine, gearbox and clutch rebuild, all labour & spares invoices, the bike is stunning, must be seen, if you are looking for one of the best Ulster’s you have just found it only £20,000. B Harnden (evenings) 01246 566187 (Derbys) RUDGE 1937 Ulster with V5, race built, excellent condition, no miles £11,000. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) SUNBEAM Lion 500cc, 1931, ground up restoration (2yrs ago), new big & small end bearings, all other bearings replaced, new piston, new g/box internals fuel tank professionally restored, new exhaust system & much more £8,750.Dave Linington 01189 693227 (Berks) TRIUMPH Speed Triple T309, 40,000 miles, MOT July, very good condition, £1,550 and Honda VFR750-FT, 55,000 miles, MOT Sept, very good condition £2,550. Trevor Wood 07764 161858 (Burton on Trent) TRIUMPH Tiger Cub, 200cc, 1959, fully restored, cheap to run, no road tax or mot, nice and light for us old ’uns! £2,400. Norman Fanthorpe 01482 855391 (Hull) TRIUMPH Tiger Cub Trials, 1965, one of last 100 made, recent £1,400 specialist engine rebuild, electronic ignition, recent MOT, many modifications £3,250. Martyn Senior 01423 860730 mob 07989 406498 (N Yorks) TRIUMPH Tiger 90, 350cc, 1964, ivory and gold, matching numbers, reliable, good starter, used regularly, new exhausts and silencers, reluctant sale, now too heavy £3,000. Roy Badham 01684 593564 (Glos) TRIUMPH TR6 1968, 13,000 miles since restoration was stored from 1983 – 2011 from then used on many VMCC runs, easy starter, very reliable, electronic ignition, real rider’s bike £4,950. Roy Bell 01482 634464 (East Yorkshire) TRIUMPH T160 Trident, 1976, mot'd, UK bike, good
un-restored condition, starts and runs well £9,995. Benelli 650 Tornado, 1972, Italian import, good original condition, mot'd good runner £4,750, downsizing my collection. Chris Kinsey 01962 761407 (Hampshire) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 3rd, only seven entered the race £25,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) VELOCETTE LE 1969, 12V Lucas, ex Met Police, grey, no corrosion, not on road, running when acquired, no time, no missing bits and many new bits like exhaust, carburettor, leg-shields, radiator, chrome, saddle £1,250. Paul Stevenson 01760 755626 (Norfolk) VELOCETTE Mac 350cc, 1948, very good condition, original reg (transferable), complete new clutch, can help with delivery £5,500. H.Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) VELOCETTE Venom 1960, unrestored time machine, 3 owners, history, full Avon fairing and other clubman bits fitted from new, original numbers, all documents, stored 18 months so recom needed, £8,500 as is. MJ Powell email@example.com 01743 891889 mob 07887 917466 YAMAHA DT175mx, 1984, factory black, 18k miles, dep sport tail pipe, very good condition, excellent example of a Japanese collectable classic £2,000. Simon Bunce 07906 406091 (Kent) YAMAHA XS, 650cc, 1976, one owner from new and totally standard spoked wheels, alloy flanged rims, fitted Watsonian Squire SS Sidecar £3,000. Mike Townsend 02380 891221 (after 7pm) (Southampton)
FOR SALE: SPARES
AMAL Type 302 float chambers, brand new, unused £350 each. Mick Hemmings 01327 844877 (Northants) BIKE LIFT available to IOM Classic TT Manx week 2016, outbound 24 August, return 31 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (S. Yorks) BSA A50 / A65 fork stanchions, pre shuttle valve, 196468 hard chromed and brand new, never been used, OEM number 68-5144, £45 plus p&p. Giles Willison 01332 519316 mob 07806 756184 (Derby) BSA Dandy Spares, left over project, carb cover, badges and much more, as a lot £30. Honda 50 petrol tank £20 plus post, photos available. Geoffrey Downing mob 07919 158173 (leave a message and I will call back) email email@example.com (Hampshire) BSA 349hp ohv, 1924/28 engine parts, crankcases (engine
number L6----), flywheels, cylinder, cylinder head etc, also gearbox and clutch, all parts are rough but useable. Jennifer Gardner 01295 688217 (Warwickshire) CLARKE CML5 hydraulic motorcycle lift, brand new, never been used, save £50 on list price, £75 buyer collects in Truro area. Peter Lee 01209 212276 (Cornwall) HOFFMAN main bearings for vintage Sunbeam, new set of 3 £180 plus p&p. I Rhodes 07802 237374 (Derby) NORTON Laydown gearbox, £200; Albion gearbox believed 3 speed, marked RAD 828, £150; BSA plunger gearbox, £65; Triumph Bread Bin Tank, £100;Villiers 1H engine, £100; LE Velocette basket Case, £350. John Ingall 01522 879518 (Lincoln) NORTON Magneto advance/retard cables, Norvil part 080299, £8 each. Royal Enfield valve springs for 248/346 ohv Crusader, Bullet and Clipper, 1955, £5. JAP 125cc reference book £5, speedway valve, head dia 1 7/16 £18. Andrew Denman 07786 651903 (Bucks) PAIR 2T barrels (rusty) £30, pair G11 barrels +20 £120, B31 head + tower £75. Les Smith 01827 718566 (Warwickshire) PANTHERS own manufactured gearbox made between 1925 and 1932, we are looking to remake a one off batch of complete gear sets for the cost of approx £1,000. Paul Watton 07766 526116 firstname.lastname@example.org (Salisbury) PETROL Generator, 850 watt, only used twice can email pictures £75. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email email@example.com (Kent) SINGLE Motor Cycle trailer, rough but serviceable, standard ball hitch, small wheels, £60. 1950’s Avonaire type full frontax fairing with two moulded steel basic attachments with windscreen £100. Patrick Pottinger 01189 882226 (Berks) SUZUKI GS/GSX 250E (79-82) - Factory / OEM Workshop Manual £10 & Owners Manual £5, Suzuki GT380/550 Triples Oil Tank £5, Haynes manual for Honda CD/CB 175 Twins £5, Honda CXB125S1 (c75) RHS panel metallic blue £10. Andrew Fitzpatrick mob 07813 845 894 (Worcs) TRIUMPH 1929-30 front forks co-cn-csd v good condition, complete £400. Gary James 01908 319082 (Bucks) TRIUMPH model Q engine, reconditioned by Ian Jennings £1,100, also for model Q a reconditioned gear box £250. Martyn Griffiths 01384 292704 (West Midlands) TRIUMPH Peanut petrol tank £200. Druid fork blades, £250. Two cam wheels, JAP, £150. Magneto “Splitdorf”, V-Twin £300. New Hudson Autocycle frame, sprung forks, 1940’s engine, stand pedal gear, sprockets £190. Bantam plunger frame, suspension, forks £200. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) TRIUMPH T110 Engine complete bar conrods, modified for racing, big bearing cases, lightened one piece crank,
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8 stud head centre plugged and ported, barrels pistons +40, pair concentric carbs etc £850, also, pair amal mk2 carbs £80. Kerry Williams 07976 005772 (Leic) VALVES, probably JAP 750 s/v, (x 3), and 600 s/v, (x2), N.O.S., £10 each or exchange for similar JAP 500 s/v, phone for detailed measurements. Bernard Illman 01873 812562 (Powys)
FOR SALE: CLOTHING & PUBLICATIONS
HANDBOOKS, instruction manuals and classic motor cycle books, mainly 1950’s & 60’s , dispersal sale of private collection. Kenneth Wright email for priced list firstname.lastname@example.org (Worc) HISTORY of Douglas Motorcycles, Briercliffe & Brockway £12. BSA Instruction Manuals, B31/33 & C15 (reprints) £5 each, B Models 1937 to 1940 (original) £8. Manual A7 & Star Twin 1951 (Original) £8. All include postage. Fred Homer 01803 843628 (Devon) THE AUTOMOBILE Association, Irish handbook 1931-37 and 1939-40, Ulster for the motorist 1936, Ulster Automobile Club - 1,000 miles Circuit of Ireland trial Regulations - Easter 1950, The Isle of man - Ward Locks, €3 each plus postage. Erik Palar email email@example.com (Sweden)
ABC ENOTS dripper/oil pump complete or components, rear hub, front brake shoes. Ian Hirons 01455 699734 (Warks) AJS back sprocket and brake drum, 1 piece, 1921/25 type (two were sold in lots 7 & 9 at Stafford), urgently needed for 1920 TT AJS project. I Rhodes 07802 237374 (Derby) AJS 14CSR or Matchless G2CSR frame, front section or complete, prefer number over 16700 but over 12500 is ok, damage no problem, would consider job lot or incomplete bike, AMC swaps if preferred. Garth Howarth 01204 400458 (Lancs) AMAL Type 27/013 track racing carburettor, flange mount, the type (27/013) was intended for the 500cc engines. Dick Rogers 001 91752 0593 (USA) ANY make or size classic motor cycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb firstname.lastname@example.org mob 07811 189755 (Tamworth) B and B carb on recently acquired Levis Model K needs replacing of, main jet (no size on jet), float needle (top feed) and float, might consider complete carb. Bill Coburn 01382 811081 email email@example.com (Dundee) BAT Frame 1913 or just rear stays. Howard Burrows email firstname.lastname@example.org (Australia)
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BANTAM 1950, D1, 123cc, carburettor body, with float if possible, or a complete carb. Russell Maynard 01271 831226 (Devon) BRADBURY 23/4hp 1922 model restoration, any mechanical or cycle parts, engine, gearbox, druid forks, etc, usable or for pattern. John Colwill (evenings) 01302 840680 (S. Yorks) BRASS Acetylene gas generator in very good condition, if it’s by Miller that would be very nice, but any item considered. George Walker 01944 728421 (N.Yorks) BROCKHOUSE Corgi petrol tank and rear mudguard, consider complete or part machine. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email email@example.com (Kent) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Dorset) BSA B32 trials, tele/rigid with V5. John Cloverdale 01642 722905 (N Yorks) BSA Model K, 1917 restoration, we are looking for a front fork for it, any 1914-1919 BSA model H or K front fork will fit our motorcycle. Valentin Stoynev 07912 363634 email email@example.com (Bulgaria) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project. Complete engine preferred if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 firstname.lastname@example.org (Worcs) CALTHORPE Ivory model, Calthorpe 1925-1927 frame, James V-twin engine 1924-1925, AJS big port forks, Cucciolo Engine, cut away engine, TT Silver replica. WJ McComb 07791 796983 (N Ireland) 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 email@example.com (Wilts) COWEY Speedohead day trip knob, also, a Lucas No32 carbid generator, please help. Richard Mummery 01227 751751 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent) DOUGLAS SW5/SW6, DT5/DT6 engine parts, especially 600 heads & barrels, will consider anything SW/DT. Chris Illman 01462 712252 mob 07904 538459 (Herts) DOUGLAS two speed chain come belt gearbox for 1914 model wanted, also real wheel with belt rim, consider parts of either, may have parts (for allsorts) to swap. Dennis Beale 01452 750424 email@example.com (Gloucestershire) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt 01442 891447 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Herts) GILERA 300B mean side silencers, bathtub 350 side stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria)
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Wanted 1910,1920, and 1930, motor cycle or auto cycle engines. Any condition. Good price paid. Call Darren 07775 998628 or email email@example.com
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JAMES 197, complete or running frame with V5 Commando or Cotswold 1955, Kawasaki KC100 1988 owner manual, exchange or sell, the world of m/c’s 22 volumes, collect £30. Race saddle (Manx) 24” x 10”, v. light, humped 1950’s £60. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) JAP 500cc s/v, cover for rear mounted magneto chain drive, it is 45 degrees from the vertical, I am willing to exchange for a similar cover at 27 degrees, or purchase. Bernard Illman 01873 812562 (Powys) LEVIS parts from mid 20’s to early 30’s, 3-speed Burman or Sturmey gearbox, B&B carb, BTH M1, tinware, levers, steering bearings etc., anything considered, all Levis info appreciated. Hannu Saares +358 40 5476630 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Finland) MAGNETO for 1923/4 Bsa L model, needs to be clockwise from taper drive end for spark. Lucas/ Bth/Eic. Charles Dean 01732 851763 (Kent) McEVOY motor cycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email email@example.com (W. Sussex) MOTOR CYCLE rear carrier for Honda CG125, 1980, Carole Tiso 01278 789160 (Somerset)
Unfinished projects and rare motorcycles for our Museum Cash or swaps Also restorations, affordable, rideable, show winning restorations
Sammy Miller Museum Trust 01425 616644 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted Sparkbrook with Villiers Engine Scott 3-speed Super (open-frame type) Please contact Tony Griffiths 01298 872874 email: email@example.com The Vintage Motor Cycle June 2016 | 83
NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast. The earlier the better. Will consider any genuine machine or boxes of bits. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 firstname.lastname@example.org (Berks) NORTON, late 50s early 60s, wideline-slimline headlamp brackets, metal with badges at the bottom. W B Wootton 01922 415137 (W. Mids) NORTON ES2 Plunger framed model, must be in good condition, ready to go and reliable so I can start using it straight away for club runs. Harry Wiles 01788 334617 email email@example.com (Rugby) NORTON Pistons - plus 60, Hepolite only, for 1962 650ss Dominator or barrel and Pistons, cash waiting. Jimmy Farrell 0121 707 7227 mob 07899 098747 (Birmingham) NORTON 1954 500cc International original parts wanted. Petrol tank, cambox, clutch covers, mudguards, clubman’s footrests, both wheel hubs, brochures etc, any featherbed Inter parts welcome! Please email Alain on firstname.lastname@example.org or try 0795 217 2772. I live in NZ, visit UK. PRECISION engine 21/2 or 2¾ wanted for a 1914 Torpedo lightweight, I have a 600cc precision for a swap or I will purchase any parts. John Wilton 02392 613490 email email@example.com (Hants) ROYAL Enfield 1926 Model 201 (225cc) primary chain cover, saddle, exhaust, drive chain guard, handlebars, and would consider other items relating to this model. Steve Allen 07732 176180 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Redditch) SECTIONED Engine wanted for my little museum, anything considered but not silly money. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TRIUMPH 1950’s 100 or 110, Norton Dominator 1950s 88 or 99, Velocette Venom Clubman or Thuxton, Matchless G9 Super Clubman Jampot, prefer original and mint, but ring with what you have. B Harnden 01246 566187 (Chesterfield)
BSA Gold Star 1959 & Triumph 6T Bonneville Salt flats Land Speed Racer (record holder), both superb, exchange one or both for Jaguar MK1, maybe MK11, cash either way, UK or overseas achievable. Ron Cobb 01462 815511 email email@example.com (Beds) CLASSIC, Vintage machines and projects wanted, exchange my superb Jaguar classic 2 seater Grand Tourer, 12cyl, 5.3l, scarlet/cream leather, powerhood or Alvis DH Coupe speed 25, 3.5l, 1939, Charlesworth alloy
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bodywork, cash either way. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) SUNBEAM Model 9 OHV flat tank 1928 frame, rear wheel, petrol tank, handlebars and/or Calthorpe 1935 frame, forks and gearbox, exchange for interesting or unusual pre 1925 bicycles, or Scottish built bicycles, w.h.y?. Allan Burt 01828 670328 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Perthshire) WHITE & Poppe 1905, owned 25 years, quick and reliable, third into Brighton 2016, value with original number £25,000, could P/X flat tank Norton, cash adjustment. Alex Taylor 01235 553574 (Oxfordshire)
ALL YOUR OIL AND LUBRICATION SUPPLIES. For classic and vintage motorcycles, motorcars, trucks, tractors, boats and workshop machinery. Mail Order service or collect by appointment. Service with a smile from fellow enthusiasts. THE VINTAGE OIL COMPANY - 01283 509562 - email@example.com A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden Ignitions, Advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique Magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto Ignition Switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any-time) www.aoservices.co.uk- Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.vintagebearings.co.uk BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and
w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email email@example.com Twitter, @BEMWDERBY BMW. UK’s longest established (since 1962) independent BMW specialist for all your BMW needs (singles and twins 'till 1993). Spares, service, repairs, restorations to the highest standard. Used machines bought and sold. Old BMWs purchased inc. non-runners. Mail order and export welcome. Bob Porecha, 303 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5EW. Tel 0208 659 8860. Fax 0208 659 9198. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Working hours: 9.30am to 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 scrclassics.co.uk for more info. CLASSIC BIKE STORAGE. Your choice - from 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. Located near Honiton, Devon. Call Veetopia - 07545 784291 CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Re-bushing of worn parts i.e. brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-off’s or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323. CLASSIC PAINTWORK RESTORATION SERVICES. Paintwork, lining, petrol tank repairs and restoration. www.gddesign.co.uk for more information call Glenn 0790 4244567 / 01858 575480 CONTROL CABLES AND DRIVE CABLES made to pattern or drawing for any motorcycle. Workshop services for unusual fittings. Small batches catered for. Loose parts available to order. Carrot Cycles (Lincoln). Unit 2 Monks Way, Lincoln. 01522 595975. email@example.com. www.carrotcycles.co.uk CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, telephone 01428 707538 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed over 20 years experience in all areas of accounting, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motor cycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email firstname.lastname@example.org VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. For further details and list, contact Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles at email@example.com or call 01258 472262 (evenings). VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Unpainted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 01943 462248 email to firstname.lastname@example.org www.vintele.co.uk
APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENTAL WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS, ITALY. Visit paradise on two wheels! Enjoy beaches, castles, medieval towns, and shopping. Meet warm friendly local people, sample great food and drink. Immerse yourself in rural tranquillity. Run by VMCC member; discount for members. Contact Stephen at email@example.com www.villamaieletta.eu www.facebook.com/VillaMaieletta 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 firstname.lastname@example.org website www.brittanybikerbreaks.com. BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 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
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Surrey and Sussex Section
Castle Hunt Run 27th to 29th June 2016 Social event over three days for any machine over 25 years old. The idea of the event is to visit a number of the castles in the south of England and south Wales, take a photo of your bike outside each castle visited. Start where you like, decide which castles to visit and sort out your own route. Night stops at Bridgewater Somerset and Malvern Worcestershire. A visit to the Morgan factory can be arranged on Wednesday morning. Entry Fee of ÂŁ7.50. Entry form and maps etc from Brian Robins, 42, Langley Lane, Ifield, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0NA email@example.com 01293 537598
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north coast to the beaches of the south. Guided tours arranged. Prices from ÂŁ40 a night. Garages and workshop facilities. Please contact Roger NICHOLLS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; tel or fax 0033296 365480.Follow us on facebook: Countryside Holidays in France. *DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES* www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk HOLIDAY LODGES IN MID WALES owned by member. Ideally suited for motorcycle enthusiasts. Large site with safe, secure hard standing for bikes and trailers, utility / boot room in all, fully equipped workshops for those essential repairs. Wonderful touring roads and scenery (10 miles from Llandrindod Wells, 15 miles from Presteigne). Self catering and provision for grocery supplies to be delivered on your arrival. Excellent rates for members. Also suitable for club and group bookings. See our website: Radnor-revivals.co.uk or telephone 01597 840308 for a brochure and information. LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on www.lehamel.co.uk or mail email@example.com for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259
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Your humble servant: Chris Harperâ€™s two-stroke 100cc Honda aimed for 200 miles on the Relay Rally, but managed only 159. Itâ€™s stil good for a run to the supermarket, though..! See page 73.
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VMCC Journal June 2016