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The Vintage Motor Cycle

November 2016 Issue 669

Lord Steel and Geoff Brazendale extolling the virtues of vintage motor cycling to Italian TV presenter and motoring journalist Silvia Terraneoi who sits astride Geoff's 1926 347cc Model 1 Sunbeam. See also Page 49.


The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club No. 669: November 2016


Published by The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1TR, and issued free to members.

November 2016 Issue 669

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

Cover shot Alastair and Gwen Alexander with the 1926 555cc Model B P&M outfit, which is on long term loan to the VMCC, closely followed by Jane Plumb on her 1930 250cc Ariel LG Special. Full story: Page 43 Jules Holland is happy to be re-united with his Venom after three years’ absence

Feel the need for speed? Read about the latest Brighton Speed Trials on page 48 Suit you, Sir At his son’s request, Jimmy Burns tries on Civic robes in Belfast City Hall – Page 59 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 CLUB MEMBERSHIP: 15,135

OURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES Dec 2016: Tues 01/11/16; Jan 2017 - Thurs: 01/12/16.

CURRENT VMCC MEMBERS RAFFLE The members’ raffle first prize is a 1958 200cc Velocette Valiant in very nice condition and ready to be enjoyed. The raffle will be drawn on Monday 19th December; buy your tickets over the phone from HQ or via the web shop.

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT EVENT The Macmillan Cancer Support event at Allen House on Friday 23rd September attracted many members to support this very worthwhile charity. Many thanks to Joanne Delaney for organising the event and the Team for their support, supplying the food and many raffle prizes. All raffle prize winners have now been notified, and the event raised more than £500. More details are on Page 37.

LIBRARY UPDATE We have been selling the duplicated Bound Volumes by auction over the past few months and this has proved quite successful in raising funds to repair some of the bound volumes in the Library. The initial ten bound volumes dispatched for repair have repaired to a good standard at a very reasonable cost. We will be dispatching the next set for repair over the next week or so. Many thanks go to Peter Hill, one of our regular Library volunteers, for organising and ensuring the bidding process operates successfully. To date we have raised £8,262 through the sale of the duplicated bound volumes and books. Many duplicated books and magazines are still surplus to requirements. Please feel free to call into Allen House and see what is available. HQ ALLEN HOUSE The restructuring process conducted by the Directors is due to be announced at the Directors’ Meeting on Friday 7th October. It is with regret that Michelle, who has worked in the library for the past nine years, has now left, and we lose Joanne Delaney on 14th October, who had worked on events and other aspects for three years. We wish them both well for the future.

NOMINATIONS On Page Six of this edition of Journal there is a notice asking members to become involved in running the Club as Directors and Area Reps. On Page Eight is a request for nominations for the Major Club Awards, with ten trophies and awards to be presented at the AGM. Nomination details and closing dates are in the adverts.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES Many Club members have a wealth of motor cycling and engineering experience gained over many years. We require more technical articles and good quality photographs to publish in the Journal. It would be good to share your knowledge and technical information with other members. The articles can be on how to paint or rewire your bike, check for electrical faults or any other subject. David will be giving more details of the specification of photographs in his editorial in the December Journal. Please submit any articles to Pam at HQ ( 01283 540557), these would be most appreciated. 70thANNIVERSARY BATON RELAY Many thanks to John Donaldson, all the Section personnel and members for making this event something to be remembered whilst promoting our Club to the public as the event unfolded throughout the country. David Davies is now in possession of the log book and photos sent in from the event and will be compiling an article for the Journal and wider press.

CASWELL PRODUCTS Just a reminder we have negotiated a deal with Caswell Products based in the UK to enable VMCC members to receive a 10% discount off their orders from Caswell. Currently orders are via their website Members wanting to take advantage of this discount should visit the Caswell website, order the products required and enter their membership number and follow the instructions. DATES FOR 2017 January 7-8th: The Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic at Newark, Nottinghamshire. February 4-5th: The Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motor Cycle Show. February 18-19th: Classic Dirt Bike Show, Telford. March 4-5th: Scottish Motor Cycle Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh TBC. April 9th: VMCC AGM, British Motor Museum, Gaydon. April 22nd-23rd: The 37th Carole Nash International Classic Motor Cycle Show May 6-7th: VMCC/Endurance Legends Event, Donington Park – TBC. May 6-7th: Coventry to Brighton Run. May 13-14th: MCM Festival, Peterborough. June 18th: Banbury Run. June 23rd-30th: VMCC Scarborough Week TBC

President’s progress

My travels this last month firstly took me to Cornwall for their Rally Week. Good weather, excellent company, good accommodation and fascinating places to visit all combine to make this event one of my highlights of the year. For those members who have not attended, I can only make a strong recommendation that you should do so. This is the type of event which showcases the very best of the VMCC, and all so well organised. I have also attended several other Runs, many Club Nights and some Committee meetings, all of which confirms to me the hard work and dedication which our organisers readily give to provide enjoyment for all members. This was well illustrated when I attended the Somerset Section’s Autojumble at the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet. A new main organiser for today’s event, but well backed up by dozens of volunteer marshalls all going about their duties to ensure a successful day. After many years this twice-yearly happening does run like clockwork, but it still takes a great deal of work to put it together. The autumn is often the time of year when many Sections hold their AGMs and start planning next year’s events. Put yourself forward for office or to help in any way you can, if the load is shared by many it lightens the load for everyone. Thinking of events reminds me that I have noticed that attendees at many events are dwindling. There could be many reasons for this, but I have also noticed that on some Sundays I have had the choice of five or six events within a reasonable mileage from home. Are there just too many events which thins the entrants at all of them? When planning next year’s riding events are there some which could be dropped from the calendar to avoid clashes, or could neighbouring Sections get together and plan differing routes to a common lunch stop to enhance both events? Another idea might be to utilise some Saturdays or Bank Holiday Mondays to run our events –

that’s food for thought. As I write these words I am about to embark upon the first of the President's Regional Meetings. These are organised to allow a frank discussion and exchange of views on what members want from the Club. If your Section cannot attend the meeting arranged for that area, then please contact me and we can arrange your attendance at an adjacent area meeting. We need your input of ideas to enhance our Club, so contact any of the Management Team. We are trying to provide the type of club the members want and expect, and that means providing the services needed to make that happen. Have your say in that process. Lastly, I have heard recently of three serious accidents involving VMCC Members. I am sure we all wish them a full and speedy recovery. Rod Hann

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Chairman’s chat

September proved a busy month. I did manage to put in a few miles on my Venom having aroused it from a lengthy slumber, but most of the time was spent in deliberation with fellow Directors. The main issue of concern was how best to restructure the management and business of the Club in order to eliminate once and for all the annual operating deficit. John Donaldson held consultation meetings with staff members to learn of their concerns and ideas for improvement. I held similar, but less formal, discussions. John has incorporated the findings of these discussions together with the ideas put forward by the Directors to draft a paper setting down the restructuring proposals. At the time of writing this will be tabled for formal endorsement at a Directors’ meeting planned for 7th October. From all the talk of financial concerns it might appear that all is doom and gloom, but that is far from the case. We already have a good Club, yet

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ideas are bubbling over on how it might best be improved and developed to make better still. Some of these ideas can be incorporated easily and at little cost, whilst others call for significant investment of staff time or money. The first type can be acted upon quickly; the second type must be assessed for action having regard to the ongoing financial position. With my Library Director’s hat on I am sorry to record the departure of Michelle McGeachy. Michelle took the lead in processing the various dating and license applications for DVLA. It is likely dating services may take a little longer to complete pending the recruitment of her replacement. I am also sorry to learn of the imminent departure of Joanne Delaney, who did an excellent job of organising the Banbury Run and the Club’s training days. Both will be greatly missed, and I would like to wish them success in their new jobs. Peter Miller

The new raffle bike: Nearly a road test

In raffle bike terms, it would seem, Velocettes are a bit like number nine buses; you don’t get one for ages and then two turn up in quick succession. This time we have for your delight a 1958 Valiant. Introduced in 1956, the Valiant is sometimes regarded as a racy LE with fewer clothes on, but that is rather to simplify matters. The engine is indeed an air cooled upgraded version of that in the LE, but amongst other things it has been put into a conventional frame, and is coupled to a four-speed box. Whether these changes are improvements depends, of course, on whether or not you are a fan of the noddy bike! First impression is of an otherwise rather neat machine made to look slightly odd perhaps by the two piece ‘bonnet’ fitted to hide some of the working bits (were the Veloce people ashamed of it perhaps, or, given some of the criticism levelled at the styling of the LE, was it just that otherwise fiercely traditional company’s reluctant but restrained nod to modernity?). Whatever the reason, they do say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I found it’s looks rather endearing. And for goodness’ sake don’t be put off by the outline picture that appears on the raffle tickets. If you don’t recall actually seeing one of the mere 1,600 Valiants made, trust me, it really is

much better looking in real life! Owing to a slight technical hitch on the day of the test – in the shape of a completely non-functioning though brand new looking spark plug – I wasn’t able to give the bike a good run on the road, and consequently have had to be content so far with reading contemporary road tests in the Blue ’un and Green ’un. Both testers in 1957 were complementary about the machine: over the course of a thousand-mile meander around Scotland thence down to Birmingham upon which his mount went “very well”, the ‘Motor Cycling’ man reported a fuel consumption better than 90m.p.g. He also remarked upon “rapid acceleration” and an ability to get away from slower vehicles “hand over fist”. The exhaust note, he describes, rather exotically, as “Italianate”! He had so much to say, in fact, that his report took up nearly three pages of print. And just about all of it was good. The man from ‘The Motor Cycle’ was less effusive, but nonetheless seems to have been equally impressed, describing long stretches ridden at an effortless 65 to 70 m.p.h. on a motor cycle whose engine never appeared to be working hard, even when flat out, and whose gearbox was so impressive as to render a bad change – in either direction – virtually impossible. The raffle bike is a well presented example of its type in what appears to be pretty good external order. Anything else is, of course, difficult to say when only one cylinder is contributing to the forward motion. The Editor’s deadline demanded a bit of a report for this month, but hopefully a more comprehensive appraisal of how this particular Valiant performs will be forthcoming in the next edition. Steve Bullock

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NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS TO FILL THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES ON THE VMCC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT ELECT: Nominations are required for the Club’s President Elect for 2017 (Presidential term 2018-2020; the Presidential term of office is two years). A job profile for the role is available from Allen House; please see details below. THREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Directors of the Company and work with the Club’s Officers in the management of the Club for a period of two years. FIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for North East, Overseas, Scotland, South Midlands, Wales & South West regions for a period of two years. TWO COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for and North Midlands & North West Regions for a period of one year. Voting for Directors will be open to all members of the Club, and any member may be nominated. Area Reps will be nominated and voted for on a regional basis. NOMINATION FORMS FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE ROLES (with more details) ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VMCC OFFICE, ALLEN HOUSE, WETMORE ROAD, BURTON ON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 1TR. Tel: 01283 540557 email:


Editorial The continuing discussions on how to attract younger members gives rise to the little matter of DRB checks. In today’s brave new world organisations and individuals that involve themselves with minors (under 18 years of age) are required to have active members who have been vetted and thus DRB qualified. It is an offence not to comply. Contact Allen House for more information. Do you have a favourite ride? A stretch of road which inspires and which lifts your spirits? Write in and tell us about it – with photographs if possible. Could it be that there is one location that surpasses all other nominations? Here in the east of the country, September has been a month for motor cycling – especially first thing in the morning. There is less traffic about, fewer flies and the combination of cool moist air always seems to make the machine run just that little bit better (think of Scotts...). There are only the pot-holes and the farmers’ mud trails to contend with... Ride safely. David Davies

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It’s that time of the year once more. All the garden centres have been given over to ‘Christmas Spectaculars’ – and it’s Hull Fair... Cue for the arrival of

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

South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, email and web site address so members can contact you. Word count per section is 150, (or just 100 with a picture)

ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099

AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336

The Concours and BBQ went well in August. Slightly down on numbers, about 30 bikes, whereas we had 40 plus last year. It may have been due to the weather which looked dodgy all day, but did not actually rain. Graham and Simon, his son, laid on the usually brilliant BBQ and Jan made some cakes. so we all had a good scoff! The winner of the Concours was Tony Nicholls, with his 1957 Matchless G80CS. We have a return visit from ex-BSA man Michael Martin at the November Club Night, who will be talking about the BSA Bantam. Ring-ding-ding!

A lot of the chat at the start of the meeting was on the success of the Gathering, which had just taken place, and all the positives the event had created. The evening itself was our annual ‘Feelie Bag’ competition with a dozen auld bits of motorbikes to be identified by feel alone, and very interesting were the comments! There was a lot of hilarity, and a few rude suggestions too with the overall winner, scoring 11 out of 18, being Bill Jeffrey. This was the first evening using the room at the Newliston Arms and there was much favourable comment around its suitability. As well as a talk on the art of wheelbuilding by Barry Brown, the November meeting will also have the AGM which hopefully won’t take too long. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 By the time this is read we will have had our AGM. Hopefully all the vacant places will be filled and some new ideas will have come forward. The Section as a whole is quite strong but it could do with some ideas to appeal to younger motorcyclist. The run outs still have a good attendance and there are 2 runs in November, please note later start time. This month is quiz night, so once

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again it is time to exercise those little grey cells to try and outwit your fellow members. BEDFORDSHIRE (ANG) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 Well, that’s it for the organised riding season – the last midweek run has passed the finishing line and the Autumn Gold has gone back into the security vault (report next month). It was also the last midweek run for the big end on Don’s Royal Enfield, which should keep him occupied on the days he now has spare. November, of course, sees the fun-filled and action-packed AGM and the chance either to kick out or congratulate the Committee before enjoying Nigel’s photo review of the past year. September saw a first for the Section when a joint meeting was held with the Bedford Section of the Triumph Owners Club. The attraction was special guest John Rosamond’s fascinating insight into goings-on at the Triumph Meriden factory during his 25 years there, from a young welder to Chairman of the Workers’ Co-operative. (see Page 55). Attendance was over 70, in number not just average age. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 September saw the Berkshire Team basing themselves at The Royal Hotel in Skegness for a week of touring throughout Lincolnshire. The hotel, weather, roads were just fantastic and the following places were visited:Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Waltham Windmill, Coningsby Heritage Flight Centre, National Craft Centre, Bubble Car Museum and of course the delightful Wolds. Friday was rainy so most of the group went on a brewery visit, but four hardy souls braved the conditions for a fabulous run across the Wolds to Market Rasen, then down south to Horncastle and back to Skegness. This route was great despite the rain and would have been epic had it been dry. The month’s activities concluded with participation in Inter Section quiz evenings. The first at Stonehenge, where the home team were victorious and our own round at Berkshire, where the Cyclemotor Section took home the trophy. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 Well, that’s the last official run of the season, where has the year gone? We had our traditional run to Arnside Chippy - it was well supported with 20 of us enjoying the run around the lanes. There were a few hiccups though, the midpoint brew stop at Crook O Lune was closed, the normal route to Arnside was closed with diversions, then

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to cap it all the car park at Arnside was closed due to high tides! No matter it just made the fish and chips even more enjoyable! Here’s to next season.

BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 August ended with the Sammy Miller autojumble and run, followed in early September by the Netley autojumble. The Chairman’s run on the 4th took us along the coastal New Forest route to that hidden gem - the Jolly Sailor, overlooking the Solent at Ashlett Creek. Two weeks later was the funeral of that diamond geezer – Pete Rutins of Armour’s fame, followed by Barry’s run to Compton Abbas airfield. The month finished (for me anyway) with the fabulous Isle of Wight Scurry. Nothing much happens in November so I’ll finish these notes with a picture of that lost Section stalwart Peter Rutins. BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 Members will know by now of the passing of Peter Winch after a long illness. Peter was probably our most active rider over the years, always on sub-200cc two strokes although he had a spell with a Greeves twin and even had a four stroke once, but didn’t like it! The Cyclemotor and Girder Fork Run from North Widcombe attracted fifteen riders, on a perfect day, up for the challenge of finishing one of Alan Spencer’s routes – no doubt some did, thanks to Alan for organising. Our run into Wales attracted eight riders to the start at Aust Services ready for a scenic run to Llangorse, including riding up to the viewing point just below the summit of Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny. Fuller reports on these events are available, with pictures, on the Section website. This month sees the AGM followed by the sale of members unwanted items. BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953 or 07592 007686 Our race meetings of 2016 are now complete, the September meeting coming to an abrupt end with the fatal crash of John Schoenemann, on which I will not dwell here except to say John R.I.P. This month we will hold

the BHR Annual General Meeting starting at 1pm on 20th November in the Mike Hailwood Suite at Mallory Park. All card-holding members of the VMCC may attend on production of their membership card. By the AGM I will have sorted out dates for the 2017 season, and will publish them at the meeting. If by chance they are agreed earlier I will publish them on the BHR forum and web sites. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 On Saturday 12th November is our annual jumble and social meeting, this year being held at Pirbright (see advert on Page 84). For last minute availability of selling pitches, which must be pre-booked, contact the Chairman by email at Come along to buy, sell or just meet up. The first of our Winter Wanderings is on the 8th. These are short runs of up to an hour depending on the weather. Club night on 15th at Brooklands Museum completes this month’s activities.

Giving Fill Photo some competition BURTON AND DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 or 07999 582111 On 11th of September we had an early start when Mick Leach led ten bikes on the Bucket and Spade Run, a very pleasant ride to New Brighton. And while eating an icecream we watched the Lancaster Bomber do a fly past, obviously on its way to a show close by – great! The September Club night went well with Justin HarveyJames giving a talk on the record keeping of B.S.A. and Triumph, which was very interesting. Another early start on 18th September when 17 bikes set out on the Breakfast Run organised by Brian Slack, a great ride without any fog, this time finishing up at Marston’s where 33 people enjoyed one of Mark’s great breakfasts. The raffle on the day raised £84 towards this year’s charity.

towards us. This location is only five minutes way from our old venue. A group of us went to the Norton Rally in Flanders, Belgium for a week, all on the bikes. A great time was had by all. A separate article to follow on this trip. We’ve got our AGM at the October meeting where all Section officials will stand down, and those who wish will be re-elected... maybe some new faces... who knows? We'll be having a quiz at our November meeting, and December meeting details will follow. I hope you all can get a few more rides on your bikes before winter weather is upon us. CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 The September Club Night was made up of a couple of members bringing along some very old slides and photos of the Section activities from years back. It all made for a good night of nostalgia, laughter, and sorrow, to see some of the members who are no longer with us. One quite common comment was: “I never remember him having so much hair”, all good fun. A coach took some members up to the Autojumble at Alford. They had a relaxed trip up in good weather, bought things they did not need, we have all been there, and a relaxing trip home, organised by member Lachlan, to whom we owe many thanks. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 Well, the new venue at Chester RFC Clubhouse, Littleton, CH3 7DB was overwhelmingly approved at September’s Club Night. It’s appropriate to thank Ken and Marge Skeldon for all their help and support over the last 20 years at the Motorboat Club. We said farewell to our friend Jeff Meehan on 23rd September. He will be sadly missed – one of the Club’s innovators and ‘doers’. At October Club Night, we were entertained by Martin Pagett with some more classic films. On Sunday, 23rd October, we closed the season with Sam’s lunch at the Telford Arms, Trevor; an enjoyable meal, good company and a good turnout! This month, we have Peter Hill’s annual Quiz Night on Tuesday, 15th November. Visitors from other Sections are very welcome! Then, we’ve got our Christmas ‘Do’ on 20th December. Check the VMCC website for future events.

CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388

CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972

The last few months have been hectic with trips, holidays etc. Points to note now are that we have a new venue for our meetings, at Charnock Richard Football Club. They’ve been very welcoming and accommodating

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of one of our most popular Section members in September. Jeff Meehan lost his life in a tragic accident on his way to the Goostrey run. Our condolences go out to his family and

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all his friends. On the day of his funeral 10 Club members provided a motorcycle escort for him on his final journey. An obituary appears on Page 76. The Buxton Run saw another superb summer day on which a successful contingent of Cheshire Cats came away with the Overall Winner award courtesy of our Chairman. September Club Night was well attended to see Alex Graham deliver a talk about his unique Warren motorcycle, after several members heroically carried it up the stairs of the Rugby Club. We left the easy bit, carrying it down, to the rugby boys. CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 September has been a month of clashing events for me. I missed the Wings and Wheels event at Shuttleworth because of the Beaulieu jumble, then went over to North Suffolk riding with the Rudge Club and Bert Scroggins. We all had a good time, breakdowns and visits to the seaside. The Pitstone Museum visit went well, though numbers were down on previous visits. This was in complete contrast to the Wrinkly outing, where the venue had to be altered on the morning of the run due to the high turn out on a glorious day. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us for the last few riding events of the year, remember if inclement the wrinkly runs will become coffee mornings at the Black Cat. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 In September we had the lunch meeting at Overton Farm then the Club Night at Dalserf when we discussed the following weekend’s trip to Mike Barry’s Scaleby Hill Museum near Carlisle. Thanks to Kieth for organising this and John for bringing a support vehicle. Unfortunately my Rudge had other ideas, but the museum was well worth the visit with a very diverse range of exhibits including a collection of Coventry Eagles and MVs plus plenty of posters, literature, accessories and Mike Barry’s racing trophies. Highly recommended and Mike is a great character who would talk bikes all day.

CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 August’s Truro Club Night enjoyed munching on pasties and catching up on members’ news. The September Cornwall Rally Week welcomed motor cyclists from varied locations, and enjoyed mostly good weather with excellent routes planned through Cornwall’s stunning scenery, frequented by stops for refreshments. The photo right shows a stop at St Stephens Motorcycle Museum for pasties and tea. A huge thank you to the team which organised this successful event. During the South Cornwall Run, the first led by Steve Brighton, we saw great scenery along the estuary to Penryn, then onwards to Coverack, all in beautiful weather – a real bonus! COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day At the time of writing Cotswold Section are about to enjoy their end of summer B.B.Q at the Hawbridge Inn, which is always a nice way to finish off what is left of the light summer nights. Hopefully the weather will have been kind to us and a good turnout will have been the order of the day. This is my last effort as Secretary, as by now the AGM will have come and gone, and I will have stepped down (hopefully my place will have been filled by a ‘willing volunteer’). It has been a privilege to have been the Secretary, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone else on the Committee for their help, and at times, guidance that came my way over the last two years. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 Thanks to Alan Spencer for the Lakes Run. Frank Cropp tells me that the route was delightful, and friendly to low power. The quiz season is on, and despite not doing brilliantly at Stonehenge, our team won at Berkshire, though only by half a mark. I hope we can continue doing

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as well for the remaining rounds. The section AGM and last run of the year will be at Peacehaven Farm on 20th November. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 The last of our evening rides on 8th September took placewith diminishing daylight on a clear night. The sortie took a small group of riders on a short tour of local byways and lanes, starting and finishing at Totnes. On a grey morning on the 11th, 15 riders gathered at Princetown for pre-ride coffee. Then on to Stratton in Cornwall for a welcome roast lunch. Then onward through to Crackington Haven for coffee followed by ice cream at Bude, home via Launceston and Tavistock, a great day out. Our activities for November will be Club Night at the Seven Stars Totnes on 10th November 8pm. Our informal meeting is at Buckfastliegh Railway station between 10-12am 27th November. For further details of Club activities visit our web site at VMCC Dartmoor or contact the Secretary on the number above. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 I was unable to be part of Keith’s September run from the Corn Dolly, but understand from some of those that went that it was a very enjoyable event. Our next run is the final one of the year, and takes place on November 6th, starting from Blackberries, Bampton. Keith is giving us a talk on timber conversion at our next Club Night on November 17th, which I would urge you all to attend. Don’t forget to book your place for the Christmas lunch, which is at the Tiverton Hotel on December 3rd at 12.30pm. Excellent value at £14 per head. Book with Keith on 01884 257942. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 Club Night speaker was John Beattie, who entertained us with an insight into marine aviation from the earliest launch and ditch method to today’s high tech carriers. Thanks to John for an interesting talk and look forward to his next one. Bob’s Last of the Summer Wine Run was top notch, beautiful weather, tea and biscuits at the Cricket Club start, a pub lunch stop and then tea and cake back at the Cricket Club along with a few cups to dish out. Don’t miss Club Night on 9th November (1939 ISDT talk) followed, on 13th November by Dave’s Winter Run and on 29th November there is a breakfast meet at West Stour. There are still a few runs and events before the year is out. Check the website for details.

EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 September saw our AGM with the usual enthusiastic volunteers to serve as officials, which means nothing has changed. We did manage to twist a few arms though, so that next year nobody will have to lead more than one run. The Chairman also stipulated different routes even if the arrival is at the same location. Should make for some interesting variations. The run out to Princetown this year went well with the majority arriving by the same route. The one exception was the member who broke down at the Halfway Inn, Four Firs and Darts Farm. Having borrowed a battery off a magneto-equipped bike he was struggling to get it started, and waved the rest of us goodbye. I still have not figured out how he arrived within three minutes of us at the Café. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 We are in autumn now, but have been blessed with better weather. Our usual Manx Grand Prix attendees (sorry, it will always be the Manx to me!) returned safely after another successful visit. Club Night saw fourteen members enjoy a pleasant evening’s discussion on motor cycling matters and Cynryc’s latest rabbit breeding activities! The Autumn Run saw fifteen riders set off on a 38-mile ride through our usual rural territory, led by Chairman Bob Crawley. The awards went to John Hunt, at 87 the oldest rider, and Richard Norris and Roy Woods on 1926 and 1928 Scotts respectively The Wrinkly Run, organised by yours truly, saw another glorious autumn day, but only eleven riders showed up to enjoy another successful ride, with no incidents, terminate at the Green Man for the usual superb lunch. Don’t forget to support the Section Auction on November fifteenth Club Night! EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 Fifteen riders set out on the Pendle Hill Run, had good weather and a lunch stop at Barley. Ten riders attended the Around the Hills Run that called in at Bancroft Mill to view the engine in steam. The Bonanza Weekend had three good days of excellent weather for this part of Lancashire and the first run to Bingley Locks attracted 26 machines. It’s the 200th anniversary of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, so we decided to arrange a canal run. The second day took 28 machines to Glasson Dock, always a popular run. The Blackburn Run, a commemorative run first done in 1913, had 35 machines sign on. The oldest machine to complete was Simon Wilson’s 1926 BSA; the smallest machine was Bob Livesey’s 1965 Honda CB160. Chairman Dave made a

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special merit award to Trevor and Christine Pinfold for the best performance of the weekend on their 1929 BSA combination. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 28th August saw a good turnout for Ron’s Ramble after lovely bacon rolls at the start finishing at the Festival of Transport, Hellingly. On September 4th 11 bikes took to the roads round Devil’s Dike and Ditchling Beacon, ending at the BSA-East Sussex Branch Open Day where run leader Andy was awarded Best Oily Rag (a bit unkind?). Chris Pile’s Wrinkly Run attracted 22 riders round the roads of East Sussex, finishing at a little Cafe in Forest Row. Spike led us on a lovely run via Collier Street for coffee and cake, then to the Blackboys Steam Rally in Waldron. Don’t forget Brian’s Breakfast run on 20th November and Brede Pumping Station on Saturday 3rd December. The Section’s Annual Dinner is at The Lansdowne Hotel, Eastbourne contact Stan on 01424 424476 to book a place. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 With the final riding event of 2016 now over the Section has successfully run thirteen events, with machines of all ages being catered for. Our next major event is the Section AGM on Sunday 6th November. No changes on the top table are anticipated. But – we need members! If you live within easy reach of the Tiger, come along and enjoy a buffet compliments of the Section. We need input and assistance from you, the members. Is the meeting day Sundays at 8pm not suitable? Is Beverley the right place for Section meetings? What other constructive criticism would you like to make? Put Sunday 6th November in your diary and join us. The annual dinner I have no further details of. The date is Sunday 11th December. More information from Dennis Johnson 01964 623401 or see the web site. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 September saw our three annual runs with the Colne Valley Safety Run organised by Gill Scatcherd, which started from Marks Hall Estate and provided both morning and afternoon runs. As usual there was a good entry, especially from other Sections with quite a number of early machines taking part. The End of Summer Run was also a great success, arranged by Alan Williams. The penultimate Wrinkly run was led by Dave Overy and

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included a coffee stop at Rayne Old Station and a lunch stop at the Bluebell Inn at Hempstead. It’s nice to see the Bluebell back in business, as it has been a popular stop for our runs in the past. By the time of publication the season’s runs will have finished and we will be looking forward to our winter evenings at the Ship and Anchor. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) Chris Roberts gave us an interesting talk on ‘Motorcycles in the Great War’, which contained many images. His expertise shone through. Thank you Chris. Our November 24th meeting is our combined AGM and Bring and Buy Auction. Dennis Beale will be standing down as Chairman. Please consider standing for Chairman. As Secretary, I can offer support for paperwork, meetings and planning. Dennis has offered to run the Flat Tank Weekend for next year and this should help the incoming Chairman during 2017. Please can all Section members sort out and bring interesting items for the auction. If you want us to sell your item(s) as a commission item rather than a Section donation, please let Ian Dettmer know at the beginning of the auction.

Unusual 1914 Dayton belonging to Rob Smith. GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 Well it’s been a great summer for things to do, the show at Ingleston in March, our own Pip Squeak Run in April, a run Roon Bute and an Argyle Amble, as well as participation in other Scottish Sections events. In parallel to these weekend activities we have had a Chip Shop Run and numerous visits to a posh cafe in Glasgow’s West End. What now? Well frankly I haven’t a clue, as you read this in October I will be sunning myself in warmer climes. The AGM needs to be in November so start thinking now and drop me a line or two with your thoughts. GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 September was a good month with well supported

Wrinkly and Evening Runs. We had an excellent speaker at the Club Night but it was not very well supported. A very successful mid-week event when we joined the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Section for a couple of days enjoying runs into the Peak District and North Yorkshire Moors. A reciprocal event following their visit to Sussex last year. Very well supported by both Sections with friendly hosts and a chance to renew friendships formed last year. Date for next year’s diary 19th-22nd September for Sheffield & South Yorkshire’s return visit to Goodwood Section. Quiet months leading up to Christmas with usual Club Nights and Christmas Dinner booked for 10th December at The Roundabout, near West Chiltington Common. GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 Fenlands, well it’s always windy there but was wet this last time so the festivities were curtailed after just three rides – just enough time to get wet, really wet! The results show: Autos, Ryan Ingram, L Ketteringham; Cadets, Freddie Fox-Barron; Juniors, Mickie Simpson, Cameron Taylor, Danny Curl/Max Perry; Inters, Jake Mulford, George Fenner, Chris Mackie; Seniors, Brandon Gutteridge, Michael Sutton; Vintage, Stu Towner; Prewar, Luke Tuck; Post-war, Chris Mackett; 250cc Classic, Tim Neal, D Keddle, Ian Dudley; 350cc Classic, Chris Mackett, Roger Taylor, Mark Lodge; 500cc Classic, J Shippy, Luke Tuck, Edward Hopkins; 350cc Upright, Steve Dowling, Giles Dismore, Ben Leeds; 500cc fourvalve, Arnie Fenner, Fred Grissel, Richard Wingfield. So sad to report that the Chalfont Hill Climb was cancelled due to lack of entries - please give us your feedback as to why you didn’t enter! Marshals, helpers always needed, let’s make next season a bumper one! GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 The Section’s Leap Year Run was very well supported despite your organiser’s lack of organisation (I must do better next time! so I keep saying) anyway, a really good turnout of machines from a 175 Honda to a Vincent Rapide, not forgetting a very original Featherbed Norton Model 50, and the usual regulars in between. Our route took us to Hay-on-Wye for morning coffee, then to Rosson Wye for lunch, a recycled route I know, but always one of our favourites. Club Night on the 20th we welcomed visitors from the Goodwood Section, Jane and John, who were holidaying locally, Keith from the Cotswold Section, and new members Robert and Keith. Hope we made you all welcome. Don’t forget our Skittles Night on Tuesday 15th of November at the Rising Sun, contact Henri on 01873 831946 to book your place.

HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 We had excellent attendances for our two guest speakers earlier in the year, and exceptional support for the Bike Show at the Moon and for Herefordshire on the Edge, but attendance at Club nights and turnout for Club runs has been disappointing. The ideal forum to discuss these issues is the Section AGM on Thursday November 24th The Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW, starting at 7:30p.m. prompt. Please make every effort to attend – your opinions and your input are vital to our future. IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 This year’s riding season has now come to an end; The AGM has been and gone. Angus has come on to the Committee and will run the web site. I do not know of a quicker meeting – 45 minutes must be a record. Thanks to Meryn for the Autumn Run. Your fees are now due. As I write it’s Copdock Show, and I hope you got the bits you have been looking for to do little jobs done in the darker nights. The dates will be finished by now, if you come to the Club pick one up. Remember first and third Tuesdays are Club nights. We are hoping to have a film night and a speaker one evening watch the web site. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 The September Ironmasters Club night incorporated our AGM. This was efficiently conducted by Secretary Alan; things must be satisfactory, as the previous Committee was re-elected en bloc! Pete T inquired about the postponed Section meal situation, and suggested a curry night may be an alternative. This was agreed on, and will take place on November 21st as an alternative Club night. Pete offered to organise the venue, so perhaps we may have found a Social Secretary! Ian from North Staffs Section joined five Ironmasters for the September Club run, a 45-mile trip over the Welsh border to Forden Motorcycle Show. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 It’s been a bit calmer for the IOM Section following a busy few months in the run-up to the Festival of Motorcycling. 40 brave souls came out to play at this month’s trial making it a successful afternoon despite the extreme wind and rain. A glimmer of sunshine came out for our road run which started in St John’s and finished at the Garey. Following the road-run Norman and Colleen Cowin welcomed riders to their home for tea and cake, a

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massive thank you for your hospitality. Finally, congratulations to our Chairman Richard Birch and Club members Chris Proctor and Ralfy Mitchell who attended Bonneville Speed week. The team worked together to smash new world records, for their relevant classes, well done to all. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 After a lot of hard work for Ron and his band of helpers the 14th Scurry went well, and in generally good weather, numbers were down a bit particularly for Vintage machines. Thanks to all who helped and entered also to Bill Phelps for the film show, Ian Young for his quiz and Mary Martin for giving her golf winnings to our charity. A full report on the event should appear soon. Our first Club night on 8th November will feature a film show by Harry Moore. Ideas for winter activities will be welcomed by our new Committee. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 The Jubilee Run was as always very well supported with 30 riders arriving at Swaffham to enjoy the run up to Blakeney for lunch before returning later. As always we have to thank Len Cox and Brian Robinson for organising. After the many years they have been doing it together Len has decided that this was the last he will be involved with, so on behalf of the Section thank you Len for all you have done. The last Ride a Bike night for this year to the Twenty Church Wardens was well supported as always with no problems reported on the way home this time and finally a full meeting room September Club night enjoyed an excellent talk by Andy Micklethwaite Norfolk County Council Road Safety officer for Motorcycling. Our thanks to Richard Bailey for organising. November Club night is Dangerous Don’s Digital Film Show always a good night. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 September was a relatively quiet month with only two events. The Mystery Ride was well supported and enjoyed but most entrants are still unaware of where they went. Perhaps we need to re-visit it next year? The 37th South Lakes Mountain Weekend was also well supported with riders from all over the country; the routes were excellent and well received and the weather was fair with only a few showers. Unfortunately, we suffered a car/motorcycle collision resulting in a serious injury; our best wishes are

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with the rider, hoping for a swift recovery. At our Club night we had our largest attendance this year for a most excellent presentation by Commander Bill Hanna, covering his nine Triumphs, the sprung hub story and his submarine escapades to the North Pole. Thanks Bill! Our next event is the Bluebird Café Ride-In, Wednesday 2nd. November and our AGM is on Thursday 24th November. MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 To start this month we have to thank John Drabble, Phil Edge, Andy Hardman and Kevin Dranfield for organising the Buxton and the Fourth Four Seasons runs, both excellent events run in fine weather and enjoyed by respectively 29 and 22 riders with Buxton Run winners receiving trophies and £20 VMCC gift vouchers. Phil and Tony’s run on 2nd October attracted fourteen riders to a totally new venue and route, both of which were well received, as was the superb weather, Thanks to Phil and Tony. The Committee will meet on 9th November to set the dates for next year’s events so if you have any ideas for runs or wish to organise an event let us know before that date. By now I will have distributed the menus at October Club night for the December 27th meal; if you have not had one please contact me on the above number. MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 September 4th saw an excellent Section turn out for the annual Dickie Dunster Memorial Run. A gentle bimble through the country lanes of East Kent, concluded with lunch in Barham, which was generously provided by Shirley and her family, thank you so much for your warmth and hospitality, thanks also to Brian Andrews for an excellent run. Chairman Frank’s second fish and chip run of the year, proved extremely popular. The evening run doesn’t last that long, too eager for the fish and chips I reckon, it is however a very convivial gathering. A shame that Clive couldn’t continue with us, pesky old bikes, very temperamental. Plus I couldn’t work out how Nick’s bike wouldn’t start when the run began, yet he beat us to the fish and chip shop, I suppose that’s an old racer for you, crafty... MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 My thanks go to Mr Andrew B who recently came to my assistance after my bike suffered a rear tyre blow out shortly after leaving VMCC Head Office. He garaged the bike for three days before I was finally able to collect. It

was good to find a total stranger offering help in this day and age. On other business; Midland Section has a stand at the NEC Classic Bike Show in November when our theme will reflect on 70 years of the VMCC. Then on Club night, Wednesday 16th at the National Motorcycle Museum, we welcome Mr George Beale coming to talk to us of his career as a successful private team principal with riders such as Barry Sheen in his ‘stable’. I’m sure he will have some amusing stories to tell. He’s also bringing with him a replica Honda 6 nowadays changing hands for around £500,000! Bring your wallet! MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 The Northern Veteran Run from Wickenby Airfield featured an excellent assembly of pre-31 motor cycles; an interesting and quiet route was followed by most participants. The day saw a small number of mechanical problems, most made it round in very good late summer weather. Thanks are due to Stewart and helpers for their efforts. The AGM was uneventful, all the previous Committee being returned to office. This month sees the return of the Auction to its regular date, dig out your unwanted treasures and hopefully make a bit of cash.

week run to Shobdon on the 14th, and to Martyn Round for organising the Levis Trial on the 25th. The latter is a 90 odd mile time trial on public roads, the kind of event that is becoming harder to find, not least because of the regulatory requirements and the tremendous amount of work involved. Keep an eye out for it next year if you and your machine fancy a challenge! It’s the Winter Wander on November 6th, start points: Halfords at Cannock or the Fig and Favour café at Hagley. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Our stand at the Moreton Show was a bit of a washout in terms of the weather and attendance. Has this event run its course? Section enthusiasm was understandably low considering the lacklustre welcome from the organisers, but a sterling effort was made by those who turned out, especially the Clemons. Ian Scott and Roy Molloy organised a good Treasure Hunt along new routes and we had Wrinkly runs by The Hallards, Gary Booth and Bob Ashwin. Several of us did the Levis Cup and my debut ended in breakdown with a clutchless Red Hunter. The month rounded off with Glyn Buckler’s Windmill Run.

NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Peter Tomkins 0791 7407400 The weather in September turned out kind for our runs – Trevor’s Navigation Rally had 32 starters from as far afield as Cheshire, Worcester and mid Wales, while Mike’s Canal Run meandered much like the Grand Union, finishing at the Admiral Nelson at Braunston. Trevor’s mid week run was well attended, this time ending up at The Watts Arms in Hanslope. Jim’s Wrong Way Round Run had a surprise for us-he put a coffee stop in! Our Club night ‘An evening with Peter Williams’, hosted by Jim Reynolds, proved a great success, with 115 attending. The AGM is this month – we need new Committee members! This involves one meeting a month to organise Club events, if you think you can help please have a word with the Chairman or Secretary. NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 On September 4th we had the Flight of Fantasy Run, organised by Bill Danks this year in memory of Trevor Bull, who originated the format but sadly passed away earlier in the year. The most desired machine was the 1933 BSA 250 restored by Colin Lloyd and now owned by Maurice Hardy. Thanks also to Ian Harris for the mid-

North Cotswold Section members before the Treasure Hunt, won by Dave Moy and Margaret Haines. NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 Thanks to Tony Head for sending me some details of our Section meeting on 25th September at the Coronation Hall, after I found I couldn’t attend. There were 22 members present, some discussion, to be continued at the AGM on having a run or two into autumn. I was sorry to have missed the third presentation by Dr Dick Etheridge, former Austin graduate employee and son of the former Chief Shop Steward at Longbridge, until 1974. At about the same time the Chinese owners of the MG brand

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announced that finishing MG cars, imported from China would end with the loss of 25 jobs and an end to car assembly at Longbridge. At its height, 22,000 people were employed on the 460 acre site and 6,000 jobs were lost when the Chinese asset-stripped the plant after 2005. 12th October at Dyneley Arms and 30th October Coronation Hall @ 2pm. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 It seems every year the biking calendar gets ever fuller, some of us attended the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Run. See pic! By the time you read this our Lemmings Run will have been and gone, I’m really looking forward to it. Second Thursday November Club night at Moorville Hall we have Mike Jackson, ex racer, NOC President and consultant for Bonhams, should be an interesting evening and a good turnout would be great. The nights are really drawing in now but check out the diary dates, there’s much to do, Carpe Diem! NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 We have had our AGM and Alex Graham has once again been elected as Chairman, and he wishes to thank the Section members for their support and hard work in the past year. He will be ably assisted by Gordon Geskell as Vice Chairman. For our sins, Paul Exley remains Treasurer and I remain Secretary. Angie Graham has volunteered for the new position as Website Manager. We’re all looking forward to next year ahead and the 2017 events calendar is almost complete. Details will be on our website soon. Photo quiz: When and where was this event?

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NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 We have had quite an exciting time over the last couple of months, what with VMCC members riding across the Tyne Bridge, Brian’s Motorcycle do at Beamish, Dr Rachael doing well on her 1955 Ariel as the first female in the Beamish Reliability Trial, and some of us helping out at the Beamish Trail. It was the Bob Rawlings Run in September, many thanks to Mr and Mrs Grigg for organising this fabulous run out in lovely weather. Then it was our final official run of the year, the Colonial at the beginning of October. Many thanks to all organisers and riders for their efforts. Commencing now is our ‘winter season of indoor events’; Jon Hill’s talk on 31st October will be followed by a film night on 28th November, then the Section Christmas Bun Fight on 19th December. More to be announced soon. See you at the AGM. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 We had our Museum Run to the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum on September 4th. There was a good turnout with some riders starting at Felmingham to the north of Norwich and other riders from the south of Norwich travelling direct to the event. Museum owner Dr. Rowan Francis gave us a very informative tour with the exhibits in steam with his wife assisting in the café where excellent pork, apple and crackling baps were being served and very much enjoyed by our members. Readers with an interest in steam can find much more information at We also had two Wednesday afternoon runs. The Hemsby Run on September 14th and the Sheringham 2 Run on September 21st. Thanks go to Bob and Cynthia Forster, Eric Smith and Brian and Jimmy Francis for arranging these events. NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 The September Sunday run from Ashbourne attracted 15 machines, some with pillion passengers. No Norton Velocette AJS or Matchless were on view and Japanese bikes outnumbered the BSA and Triumphs. This highlights the high cost of traditional machines and the higher speed of runs. The run was enjoyable and ranged from the outskirts of Derby up Axe Edge without a set of traffic lights. Bob Gregg on his Gregg/Barnett Special and Dave Helliwell on his girder forked Panther bucked the trend. When this is read the roads will be gritted and we will be reeling from the stress of AGM's, Section programmes etc. so let us make hay whilst the sun shines.

Gordon has done so from Ripley and Bruce's Dukeries is in immediate prospect. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 Barry Winter’s Long Run was in the New Forest with a stop at the Army Air Corps Museum near Middle Wallop; lunch was taken at the Jolly Sailor near Fawley. On our annual Welsh outing our base was Ty Morgan’s in Ryader from where we held two runs, one to the north around the same, lakes and mountains and then on day two a southerly run over the Sennybridge Army ranges. I have been regrettably informed that Les Winbridge has passed away, he was a great asset to our club and his stories and dry humour will be missed by all, bless him. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 The September Club night was a ‘natter night’, and a catch-up session of what had gone on while we were enjoying ourselves at the machine nights. Some Section members branched out to participate in the Blackburn Bonanza, South Lakes Mountain Weekend, Beamish Trial and the Sunbeam Club’s September Challenge. The picture shows Fred Taylor with his trophy for ‘outstanding stubbornness’ when he eventually completing the run. As members will be aware, it’s an award richly deserved. This month we have a talk by David Barker entitled ‘What I Do’ on his work with antique clocks.

extended, and will now comfortably seat 150 so there’s plenty of space for everyone at last. Forthcoming talks for early 2016 will include a speaker from Northumbria Blood Bikes and our own Jon Hill on Dene Motorcycles.

Chris Maughan on a 1929 Sunbeam Model 8 on this year’s Banbury Run. SHEFFIELD AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 Our Doncaster Circular run had very good weather with 19 bikes and five pillion riders and all had a very good ride with no problems, all thanks to George and Maisie’s organisation. 15 members of the Goodwood Section, along with six bikes, visited our Section during September for two days of riding. Both days had good weather with no rain. The first day’s run was marred when on the way back a Tiger 100 had clutch problems and the second day was marred by Tony’s bike which had lost compression resulting in it having to be towed. Later investigation revealed a very strange fault, the right hand side inlet valve push rod had broken into two pieces, it had then friction welded itself together off set which then jammed in the pushrod tube and must have been holding the inlet valve open hence no compression. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626

REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 Our 2016 Section runs ended in October, but the Club nights continue with Malcolm Byrne visiting us in November with a talk on the Hydrogen Bomb. The December Club night will feature festive fun of some sort! The rugby clubhouse at Ashington has recently been

Reggie’s Run took place on 18th September starting from The Lazy Trout Transport Cafe; Marshbrook. The route took us past the Acton Scott farm museum, out to Wall under Heywood, Rushbury and Beambridge then on to Broncroft, Bouldon and Upper Heath past the 12th Century Heath Chapel. The route then proceeded on to Cockshutford and under Abdon Burf Hill, a very remote area! Onwards to the pretty village of Clee St Margaret, (through the longest ford in the county), then on to Stoke St. Milborough, Cleestanton, Bitterley (another ford) and Middleton, Hopton Cangeford, Lower Hayton, Peaton, Diddlebury, Wolverton and back to The Lazy Trout. The

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route was 48.2 miles and 16 attempted to complete it! Thanks to Reg (father in law) for plotting it, Daisy and Nikki for paperwork, advert and printing. September Club night was the AGM, where the Committee was re-elected.

use the downstairs dining room, avoiding the steep staircase! See John Oliver for a menu and to book your places. Lastly, don’t forget the 26th December Boxing Day meet at the Whitminster Inn, from noon onwards.

SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599

SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551

Our show in September was a success, over 64 motor cycles turned out; the photo is of John Robinson, who won best pre-1930 with his Raleigh, thanks again to Huw and Aneurin. Six of us took part in the Blackburn Bonanza, great time, good weather. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 It was miserable weather for The Codgers and Dodgers Run from Watchfield, but 11 riders braved the elements. A good stop in Weston at the Quarry Cafe. Thanks Rod for organising. The West Somerset Run had a new starting venue at the Garden Centre near Wellington. 21 machines were in attendance. A good route by Steve. Our latest Autojumble on September 24th again at the Bath and West Showground, is always a winner for stallholders and buyers. Our £3 admission must be good value against the prices charged by another known organisation. This time our event was run by Dave Atterbury, thrown in at the deep end, but very well organised. Thanks Dave for all your hard work. Club night we have a talk by Trevor Wells on the story of Francis and Barnett. Turn off the smoke alarms! Guy Fawkes Run on the 6th Cheddar Garden Centre 10 for 10:30am. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Well, winter is upon us and hopefully your bike fettling has commenced, in a nice warm shed. Important: The Black Shed Café is no more, apparently, so the Sunday lunchtime meet on 20th November will be at The Stables Café, at Sandfield Bridge, Canal Bank, Saul, Gloucester GL2 7LA. Please make sure that 9 Dec is in your diary for the Section Christmas meal. This will once again be at the Anchor Inn at Epney, with a wide menu choice and big portions – all for £22 (including a small air Ambulance donation). If we exceed 25 attendees, we will

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This year’s Lifeboat Run was successful with a large group visiting Poole and Swanage Lifeboat Stations to hand over cheques. Poole Station laid on coffee and cakes and the sun shone for our trip across the Sandbanks to Studland ferry. The following week we visited the Vintage Vehicle rally at Harmans Cross, via a coffee stop at Gorcombe. Unfortunately the Weymouth Ironman was being held that day and it took some time to get out of Dorchester due to road closures, resulting in several members giving up and going home. Our final Club run was a visit to Pecorama in Beer on a beautiful September day. Unfortunately the day was marred by a puncture for Trevor Burt, who spent the day in the car park waiting for the AA. I won The Crank Award after I threw water over my jacket during a mug washing demonstration! SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 A dry sunny September saw us enjoying some fine events, thanks to those involved in their organisation: Bobby Robinson for the Baydale Run a sociable meander through County Durham with coffee at the National Rail Museum at Shildon, lunch at Middridge and tea at Bishopton for 11 riders and marshals; Roy Sturgeon for the championship trial near Reeth with 14 entrants; Tom Norman, together with some 50 volunteers from within and outside the VMCC who ensured the Beamish Trophy Trial entertained 150 entrants, who travelled from all over the country to test their stamina on Weardale terrain. Hope our planned visits to the Teesside Classic Bike Show and Lakeland Section’s Mountain weekend went well? 17th November is the Beamish awards presentation and buffet, propositions for the AGM required by 3rd November. SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 Congratulations to Dave who won second prize at the Hilton Arms Show for his immaculately turned out Ariel Arrow. We fielded a carefully selected team, mainly based on availability rather than ability at the Stonehenge Section’s Quiz Night. We had a great night, generous buffet, warm welcome but the quiz results weren’t quite as satisfying and we didn’t win a place on the podium. However, we consoled ourselves by rationalising that as

we weren’t in third place we must have been fourth. Thanks to Stonehenge and Rob Unsworth for a great night. Our riding season is now over and the experimental change to our runs is now being analyzed and decisions abput the extra day runs will have to be made for 2017. December monthly meeting with be our Christmas Special; all are welcome on the 5th December. SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 It obviously takes more than free grub to tempt members out on September AGM night, a shame, because Chairman Gary keeps essential business moving along smartly so there is still plenty of time afterwards for quenching thirsts and discussing spark plugs and needle jets. In the absence of better offers the Committee was reinstalled en-bloc before those brave enough to attend did their best with the buffet. The following Sunday a damp start turned into a pleasant day for our Founder’s Run through the plough land of three Shires, Cambridge, Huntingdon and Bedford for lunch, with a return to Oaklands Farm for tea and rosettes. John Connelly and his Sunbeam S7 provided roadside entertainment with a broken capacitor wire, successfully jury rigged to avoid the indignity of rescue. November 16th Club night Beers and Bull is the only calendar event this month, leaving ample time to get those essential repairs started. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 The Vale of Glamorgan Trial was held on 18th September in glorious weather. 27 riders attended a skilfully set course. The lanes around the vale are ideal for this type of event, some just ride for the pleasure and others take it seriously, everybody I spoke to enjoyed it immensely. Our thanks to Bill and all who assisted, and congratulations to the winners. The Section was involved in the incredible celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Cardiff-born Roald Dahl. We were invited to participate in the ‘James and the Giant Peach’ re-enactment ‘Rescuing the Grannies’. This was a huge event in several locations in Cardiff. You can read the full story on the Section web page, in the Reports. Events for November; 17th Charity Auction at the club house. Full detail on the website. SPRINT (SE) Find us on Facebook The 2016 Frosts Brighton Speed Trials has now been and gone, and we look forward to 2017. All runs were on a

dry track, and at a comfortable temperature. There were some interesting ‘traditional’ sprint bikes to be seen and heard, as well as the normal variety that Brighton allows, and no-one ended up in detention (you had to be there to appreciate that little gem!!) Congrats to Andy Forward whose 500cc normally-aspirated Morado Triumph, after many years of effort, managed for the first time to break into the 100mph mark! Thanks must go to the sponsors, Brighton & Hove Motor Club for inviting us, and the team of officials and helpers who give their own time to allow such an event to take place. Photos/links can be found on Facebook and web page. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 Eight Section members took part in the VMCC Manx Rally. We did three organised runs; they were great to be part of. Three days of classic racing was something to behold, the sounds of Gilera 3s MV Augusta, Honda 4s and 6s Manx Norton’s Paton Twins and G5O Matchlesses was worth seeing and hearing. Our day at Windy Corner was interesting for other reasons. We decided to try one of the ‘Trials’ sections. Even a Gold Wing traversed the decent with a little help on our way to Ramsay. Some short cut... 26 members came to the AGM. Committee is as last year except Duncan McKinnon took over as Vice Chairman from Rab Paterson. Everyone agreed the S&T venue was a great success, and we hope we can go there next year. Good to see Jim Kirkham at the meeting. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 The September Inter-Section Quiz was outstanding. Thanks to the members who supplied food and the teams who took part, with Stonehenge Section being the victors. Thank you to Rob Unsworth for compiling the questions and being Quiz Master. We have two events this month, Club night on 16th November when we welcome the return of Roger and Sandra Downton with their talk ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. Ten days later will be our Annual Dinner which, following previous year’s successes, will be at the Redlynch Sports and Social Club at Woodfalls on Saturday 26th November. Please contact Diane to book a place. Please pass suggestions for next year’s programme to the Committee – fresh ideas welcome! SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 As the evenings begin to draw in and we decrease our riding activities I would just like to say a huge thank you

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to all those that have lead the events so far this year. Our Day Run was well supported, but unfortunately our last evening run of the year saw only four of us out for a good run to Groombridge, where a couple of members were there to greet us, my thanks to Colin and Ken. Our Noggin’n’Natter was a good excuse to talk about motor cycles; these are becoming popular evenings with the members. Please look at the Club website to see other events that we will be running during the winter. SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 Our Camping Weekend at the Dan yr Ogof caves campsite was blessed with excellent weather and routes. Many thanks to Gareth Thomas for the organisation of the weekend. Several Section members rode in the Saundersfoot weekend and at the Sunday prize giving at the harbour there was a superb Rumi (left) brought by a member from the south coast. Our Christmas dinner is on 13th December at Morriston Rugby Club at 7.30pm. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 07887 517906 Not a lot going on this time of the year; winter is nearly on us, where has the summer gone. Our Chairman’s Run on 10th September was to the Northleach Steam show. A group of us attended on a fine and sunny day with lunch at The Rat Trap afterwards. Club nights all okay with a fair attendance. Our run on 25th September was postponed; more details later. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 Already in September! Weather wise it seems we are still in summer, the first round of our trials championship kicked off in fine form at Uppingham, then the following weekend a few Club members went on their annual jolly to sunny Wiltshire for the ArbothKnott Road Trial which once again did not disappoint and almost all members got round successfully bar the one rider (Mr Chairman) who has the only Panther that achieved the same MPG as a big V8 engine. We then held the 60th Taverners Road Trial which apart from a small shower and one puncture out of

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more than sixty five riders was a great day. TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 The annual trip to mid Wales for The 3 Day Tour of Wales was one of the best we have enjoyed for a few years as the weather could not have been better, even Monsoon Monday did not materialise although it did look like we would have our usual soaking, maybe it was because some of the regular entrants could not come this time? Even though we were down on riders this year we still made £250.00 for the local Air Ambulance from donations for the route cards over the three days. A big thank you must go to Mike Walford for organising Saturday and Mick and Sarah Beer for Sunday routes and also Jen and family for the coffee stop and organising the lunch stop for us at the community café and finally Pauline for helping me with Monday’s route. Next year’s date will be 9/10/11th September. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE)

Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 The September meeting was our AGM. The Treasurer and Secretary both presented reports for the year, interwoven with the member present discussing how to increase membership and attendance at the monthly meeting, though it was acknowledged all the runs had been well supported. The existing Section Committee of Roly, Rob and Neil will all stand for a further year. The Secretary has undertaken to work on the suggestion attending three or four show events during the summer of 2017 as the VMCC rather than individual members. The intent being to use the banner (on order from Allen House), have machines on display, sell raffle tickets on behalf of VMCC and have members on a stall to talk about Club and Section activities. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 Simon’s Afternoon Tea Run was held on a lovely autumn day and ended at his home, where members were treated to tea and cakes. A collection was made for the Air Ambulance, with Simon and his wife ading extra money

to give a good donation. David Swain was our speaker for September. He told an amusing story about his travels whilst working for Cadbury’s. This month sees the last of Graham’s Wrinklies runs for 2016. Grateful thanks to him and Brenda for these runs. WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW)

the winner Tim Simkins, on his 1924 Velocette G3 Colonial. Runner up was Section member Graham Beasley. Once again thanks to the organising crew led by Les Thomas and to everyone who took part. The annual EJW Run led by Section Secretary Allan Thomas , was the Mid Wales Classic Bike Show near Rhyader,with over 20 machines making the run on a glorious Autumn day. An impressive turnout for the EJW RUN

Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Roger’s Run-around: a new venue, some new-to-me roads and some new participants all contributed to a great day out. Roger missed an excellent day (fancy booking a cruise the same day as the run!). Club Night was the video organised by Ian with many veteran and vintage bikes, plus the BMW, and was enjoyed by all. We all survived the recent rash of autojumbles, but some finished up with sticks or crutches afterwards! By the time you read this you may be too late to order your Christmas dinner on December 12th – don’t forget to ask Denise. Our November Club Night is ‘Cycling from Santiago to Iona’; that should make your legs tired! WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 Discussion night took place at the Three Horseshoes with thirty members present. Members expressed their views on next year’s runs and how we can attract new members or get existing ones out of their chairs. One suggestion was the use of Facebook, and as I write these notes I see Keith Gibbins has got a West Kent Section of the VMCC closed group running, so members using this media can follow what’s happening around the Section. Bob Rouse will be reviewing social runs for next year and there are likely to be fewer than previrously. As a consequence I expect to have members falling over themselves to lead them, hmmm. Seriously, anyone who would like to lead but hasn’t in the past will get the help they need. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 The summer has now left us and it’s truly autumn down in God’s country. Our major event of the year, The 61st Saundersfoot Run has been and gone; congratulations to

WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 Mike Davis led our third Cotswold run this year guiding 22 riders through various little used roads to Northleach where, following lunch we had a guided tour of the Mechanical Music Museum. Des Guppy stepped in to lead a run into Oxfordshire as Peter Taylor was recovering from a nasty fall. The wandering to the Westbrook Inn was a great success with a large turnout, excellent food and a very friendly landlord. Also we had again a high turnout for the wandering to the Langley Tap with almost all arriving on a bike due to the mild, sunny weather. For those of you who read the excellent item in the magazine of our White Horse Trial and would like to take part next year the date is Sunday 9th July 2017. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 Our winter season of talks started off well with our Chairman Roy Lambert’s presentation about his National Service in the Suez Canal Zone. The November Club Night, 14th will feature a talk on Castrol oils by the local stockist. Pleased to report that Pete Howells is making good progress after his recent injury, many thanks to Richard Bullock and Richard Caddick for leading runs in Pete’s absence. We have two runs in November, the Ride to the Moon - 6th and the midweek run to Dinmore -17th. Looking ahead to the 2017 calendar we are hoping to arrange a few breakfast runs and we would welcome suggestions for suitable venues. The November midday meet is at the Bell, Pensax on the 27th. Please note that the midday meet at the Cob House on December 11th has been cancelled – we are hoping to find another venue so keep your eyes on our website or portal for news.

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Scottish Notes

Plans are being laid for the VMCC’s exhibition at the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show in March. Central Scottish Section, which has been a longterm exhibitor, will be there with a dozen bikes on display. Auld Reekie Edinburgh, Clyde Valley, the Glasgow Group and Stirling Castle will exhibit as a group under the banner of VMCC Scotland. The group will have a dozen motor cycles on the stand, and plans to have a theme to the display which is being discussed at present. Last year we strongly promoted the VMCC message, got twelve new members and sold over £700 of raffle tickets. We had the benefit of the raffle bikes, HQ staff and the President, and I have asked for similar support for 2017. The Show has become a vital opportunity to showcase what we do and what we have to offer and as such is one of our best recruitment opportunities. In the same vein, Auld Reekie Edinburgh held its first VMCC recruitment run, the Auld Reekie Classic Ride Out and Run In, in September, starting at the Boathouse Bistro on the shore of Loch Leven, Kinross. The concept was novel, with a100mile ride out combined with a ride in to the lunch stop at the Crieff Visitor Centre. The route was aimed at the later classics, especially from the

1970s and 1980s. In advance, we produced a press release which did get covered in publications like Old Bike Mart and The Classic Motorcycle. Despite poor weather the attendance at Kinross was encouraging, and we saw members we had not seen on a run before and some new potential recruits. A healthy number of enthusiasts journeyed by car to see the bikes and meet the riders at Crieff. A big thank you to all of our members who joined in on the day. What might have happened had it been sunny? We believe the concept is sound, and will repeat the Classic Run next year. I would be delighted for widening the appeal of the Club and especially to younger enthusiasts. November is dominated Section AGMs. Clyde Valley holds their AGM on the 8th followed by Auld Reekie Edinburgh (ARE) on the 21st and Central Scottish Section on the 25th all during November. ARE’s AGM was scheduled for the October meeting, but the absence of George and Jane Plumb, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively resulted in it being postponed until November. It will, as usual, be a short affair and immediately followed by a talk by Barrie Brown on wheel building. Alastair Alexander, Area Rep for Scotland

Auld Reekie Classic Ride Out Participants with Brian Gordon’s BRA at Loch Leven. Photo: Norrie Russell.

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

1st East Lancs

Annual General Meeting. 8pm, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 East Herts Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman, Wildhill, AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park, EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 £2 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 South Cotswold Club Night. 7pm. The Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 2nd Chiltern Club Night. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham, Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 Section Members and guests Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Chris Day 01452 854341 £1 Lakeland The Bluebird Cafe Ride-In.11am. Various. John Silcock 01229 861264 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. Riverside Café Station Road, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 3rd Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Members and guests South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George, DL2 1JQ David Porteous 6th Worcestershire Ride to the Moon. 9.30 for 10am start. Market Square, Bromyard. John Porter 01386 553329 Men of Kent Winter Wandering to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. 10:30am. Kent Gliding Club, Challock, Kent, TN25 4DR. Brian Andrews 01843 293370 Taverners Sporting Trial. 10:30am. Eaton. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 £12 pre-65 Somerset Guy Fawkes Run. 10am. Cheddar Garden Centre. Richard Gray 01934 513910 Machines over 25 years Devon Guy Fawkes Run. 11am/ Blackberries, 19, Fore St. Bampton, Devon. EX16 9ND. Chris Wood 01237 472855 £2 Banbury Guy Fawkes Run. 10:30am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. Cliff Osenton 01295 811621 Brooklands Winter Wandering. 11am. Newlands Corner, A25, Nr Guildford GU4 8SE. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 £1 Surrey & Sussex London to Brighton Run. 10am. Selah, Clayton Hill, Clayton, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9PQ Brian Robins 01293 537598 North Staffs Guy Fawkes Run. 10:20am. Leek Market Place. Graham Sneyd 01270 873865 £1 West Wilts Forest of Dean Run. 10am. The Fox and Hounds, Acton Turville. Jim Gaisford 01225 743840 £1 Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet. 10am-11:30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Northampton The Rocket Run. 10:30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. David Mead 01327 342570

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N Birmingham Winter Wander. 10 for 10:30am start. See NBS website or contact organiser Martyn Round 0121 5501547 West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. Polhill lay-by on A224 near Halstead, Kent. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Burton & Dist Autumn Mist Run. 10am. Conkers. Ian Macer 07944 685917 Notts & Derby Autumn Road Run. 10:30am. CMC Motorcycles Clay Cross. Graham 07745 888938 7th South Wales Charity Auction. 7:30pm. Llanharry Working Mens’ Club. Howard Jayne Men of Kent Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent, TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7:30 for 8pm. Hill Park Working Mens Club. Robert Hill 02392 460014 8th East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe, Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Isle of Wight Club Night. 7:30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 £2 Clyde Valley Club Meeting (AGM). 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Pennine Club Night. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 £1 Burton & Dist Club night. AGM. 8pm. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 £1 9th 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 Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Chris Day 01452 854341 £1 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 Reivers Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 50p East Sussex Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN339NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 Snowdonia/Eryri Club Night: guest speaker. 7:30pm. Snowdonia Inn. John Evans 01286 872599 Berkshire Mid-week Run. 10:30am. TBD. Malcolm White 01344 642866 Banbury Quiz Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury. OX15 4BN. John Harris 01295 721282 Members and guests 10th Dartmoor Club Night. 8pm. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel - The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night, Pasty and Pint! 7.30pm for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Oxford Planning Meeting. 10:30am. Kennington. Dave Cox 01865 739112 £1 Bedfordshire AGM & Photo Review of 2016 Events. 8pm for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Road, Shefford, Beds, SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett 07624 496672

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North Staffs West Kent 11th Midland

12th Brooklands 13th Dorset

Mike Jackson talk. 8pm. Moorville Hall. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham, DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 All members welcome Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. 9am. National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. Roy Osborn 07970 416021 £24.50 Annual Jumble and Social Meeting. 10am. Lord Pirbright Hall, The Green, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0JE. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 £2

Winter Run. 11am. Orchard Park Garden Centre, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5JG. Dave Burfitt 01747 823375 £3 Remembrance Sunday Meet. 10.15am at Ringwood, Ringwood Square to Holmsley Memorial at 11am. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404

Bournemouth & New Forest 14th Surrey & Sussex Guest Speaker: Wooler Motorcycles. 7:30pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 Wessex Vet Club Night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 0NB. Bette Barber & Vintage 01722 330453 Worcestershire Club Night with speaker. 7.30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 15th Brooklands Club Night. 8pm. Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, KT13 0QN Richard Huckle 07853 204018. £1.50 Cheshire & Club Night and Quiz Night. 7:30pm. The Motor Boat Club, Chester, CH3 5UL. Graham Gotts North Wales 0151 678 6216 £2 East Lancs In-house Quiz. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 East Herts Club Night Annual Auction. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris £2 VMCC members only admitted Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. The Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, West Sussex, BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979 Gwent Club Nite / Skittles. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. Henri Collings 01873 831946 16th Men of Kent Social Evening. 8pm. Elephant Public House, the Mall, Faversham, Kent. ME13 8JN Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Midland George Beale Club Night. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 8406775 £1 Cotswold Guest Speaker. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Mike Borrie 01242 574599 Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 £2 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1.50 Mid Lincs Auction. 7:30 for 8pm. The Shires,Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL. Peter Gunnee, Richard Maw 01652 657169, 01427 872247 peter@ £2 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Stonehenge Club Night. Talk by Roger & Sandra Downton - Around the World in 80 Hours. 8pm. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls SP5 2LN. Lionel Butler 01725 510760 South Lincs November Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterboro Brian Fosh 01832 273390

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Oxford Club Night. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 17th South Durham Club Night. 7:30pm. DL2 JQ. David Porteous Cheshire Cats Club Night. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich, Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Quarrymans Arms, Box. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Richard Bullock 01905 641216 18th Taverners Annual Dinner & Presentation evening. 8pm. Kilworth Springs Golf Club, LE17 6HJ. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 £15 20th Cornwall Dolly’s Run. 10:30am. Ladock car park, TR2 4PG, Len Dingley 01208 850013 South Cotswold Sunday Lunchtime Meet. 12 noon onwards. The Black Shed Cafe Slimbridge, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Northampton Help the Heroes Run. 10:30am. Billing Garden Centre, NN3 9EX. Michael Sawyer 01604 592666 East Devon Monthly Ride. 10:30am. Honiton Youth Football Club, Mountbatten Park, EX14 1AR Richard Gomm 01404 811420 £2 East Sussex Brian’s Breakfast Run. 8:30am. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Brian Walker 01424 893438 Banbury Cold Finger Run. 10:30am. Horse Fair, Banbury, OX16 0AN. John Harris 02195 721282 Cyclemotor Last of the Year Run and Section AGM. 10:30am. Peacehaven Farm, Ickford. HP18 9JE Alan 01494 532172 Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran Cotswold Winter Wandering. 12 noon, The Wool Pack Inn, Slad near Stroud, GL6 7QA grid ref (SO 872 073) Peter Kent 01452 610375 Isle of Man Trial. 1:30pm. Dhoon Quarry. Shaun Seal 01624 834855 £10 Pre-65 21st Wakefield Planning for 2017. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL & West Yorks Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 £1 Bournemouth Noggin and Natter. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest 22nd Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 23rd Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Chris Day 01452 854341 £1 East Sussex Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 Bristol AGM and Auction. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 East Herts Monthly luncheon. 12:15pm. The Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans, Colin Morris 01923 671441 24th West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Lakeland AGM. 7:30 pm for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG. Colin Steer 017687 74536 M&HP Club night and table top trial. 8pm. Poynton Workmens club, Park Lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG Barry Cook / Barry Howard. 01663 750827 01625 630016 Herefordshire AGM. 7:30pm. The Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW. Roger Bibbings 01684 540249 All section members

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Flat Tank

AGM and Auction. 8pm. Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG Dr Reg Eyre 01242 870375 £2 North Cotswold Wrinkly Lunch. 12 noon. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Morning suit Taverners Talk by Sheelagh Neal (VMCC Racing). 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Oxford Social Run. 10am. H.Cafe Berinsfield. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 25th Cornwall Truro Club Night. 7:30pm for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 26th Stonehenge Annual Dinner. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls, SP5 2LN. Diane Poynting 01722 332996 £0.01 None - Xmas Spirit applies, no Humbugs. Dorset Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 East Devon Breakfast Meet. 10am. To be confirmed. Bob Clow 07774 694833 27th Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, 10am - 12 noon. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 Herefordshire Ride Out. 9:30am. Tenbury Main car park (on B4204). Pete Howells 01886 853293 Worcestershire Midday meet. 12 noon. Bell Inn, Pensax, Worcs WR6 6AE John Porter 01386 553329 Notts & Derby Sunday Run. 11am. Lay By A6, S.Whatstandwell Bridge. Barrie 01773 741908 29th Kings Lynn Club Night Film Show. 8pm. Northwold Sports & Social Club. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or 07875 694842 West Kent Noggin & Natter. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt, TN14 7LD. Ron Wright 07761 005995 All members welcome Surrey & Sussex Noggin and Natter. 8pm. The Green Man, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, RH17 7AS Brian Robins 01293 537598 Berkshire Club Night: Guest Speaker Allen Millyard. 7:45pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 30th Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Chris Day 01452 854341 £1 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329

December 1st Somerset

West Wilts 2nd B’mouth & New Forest 3rd East Sussex

Club Night. Bring and Buy. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Club members and guests Section Christmas Dinner. 8pm. T.B.A. Mike Davis 01225 811986 £26

Christmas Dinner. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Tony Townsend 01425 612458 Call Tony

Saturday Run to Brede Pumping Station. 10am. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham TN339NX Section Secretary 01825 890499 North Cotswold Christmas Dinner. 7pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Andy Barnett 01386 881145 £20. No leathers 4th Men of Kent Winter Wandering. 10:30am. Sheila’s Kitchen, Gare Inn Services, Gate Hill, Dunkirk, Faversham. ME13 9LN Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Brooklands Winter Wandering. 11am Newlands Corner, A25. Nr Guildford GU4 8SE. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 £1

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Burton & Dist West Kent Cornwall


5th South Hants

South Wales 6th Moonraker

Frostbite Run. 9:30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Ian Macer 07944 685917 Social Run. 10:30am. West Malling High Street car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Informal Breakfast Meet. 10am-11:30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Sporting Trial. 10:30am. Earl Shilton Trials club venue. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 £12 pre-65

Monthly Meeting. 7.30 for 8pm. Hill Park Working Mens Club. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Christmas Dinner & prizegiving. 7pm. Llanharry Working Mens Club. Howard Jayne £15

Christmas Skittles match. 7:30pm. Grange Drive Bowling Club, Grange Drive, Swindon. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 53920 £1 East Herts East Herts Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman P.H. Wildhill AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 East Devon Skittles 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 South Cotswold Club Night. 7pm onwards. The Kings head at Kings Stanley, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 7th Chiltern Club Night-Inter Section Quiz. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 £2 VMCC members Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset, SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 East Herts Lunch meeting. 12:15pm. The Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans. Colin Morris 01923 671441 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Kemsing High Street car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Cotswold Guest Speaker. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Mike Borrie 01242 574599 £2 8th M&HP Christmas party/club night. 8pm. Poynton Workmens Club, Park Lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG Barry Cook/ Barry Howard 01663 750827; 01625 630016 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 Taverners Christmas Party. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm. Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night. Mince Pie evening. 7:30pm for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Dartmoor Club Night. 8pm. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 Bedfordshire Christmas Bash & Charity Auction. 8pm for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 9th S Cotswold Christmas Meal. 7:30pm. The Anchor Inn at Epney. John Oliver 01452 729939 £22

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10th Notts & Derby Half Day Run. 11am. Limes Cafe, A614 Bilsthorpe. Gordon 01773 788710 11th Somerset Christmas Run and Lunch. 10am. Cossington Village Hall. Mike Chipperfield 01749 679371 Machines over 25 years Northampton The Winter Woolies Run. 11am. Six Fields CP Northampton, NN55QA. Martin Laundon 01604 586144 Wessex Vet Club Night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, Dorset, SP8 5NB. &Vintage Ian Clarke 01202 824772 Banbury Early Xmas Run. 10:30am. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. John Harris 01295 721282 Cornwall Christmas Lunch. 12 -12:30pm. Hotel Bristol, Narrowcliff, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2PQ Graham Walkey 01726 64493 S Cotswold Sunday Lunchtime Meet. 12 noon onwards. The Lammastide Inn at Brookend. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 12th Wessex Vet Club night. 6:30 for 7pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 5NB. Denise Lydford &Vintage 01747 852136 Men of Kent Christmas Social evening and club night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Stirling Castle Christmas Dinner & presentation of Section awards. 7:30pm. Woodside Hotel Doune Gordon Maclean 01786 813747 Worcestershire Christmas event. 7:30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Surrey & Sussex Social Evening. 7:30pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 13th East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow. 07774 694833 Isle of Wight Club Night. 7:300pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 Pennine Christmas Social. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, 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 Clyde Valley Christmas meeting. 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 14th Chiltern Coffee morning and natter. 11am. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Snowdonia/Eryri Christmas Dinner. 7pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 £16 Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 Reivers Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 50p Cotswold Christmas Party. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Caroline Kear Banbury Ladies Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury. OX15 4BN. John Harris 01295 721282 Members and guests 15th Cheshire Cats Clubnight & Christmas Meal. 8pm. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Crown, Bishops Cannings. Colin Smith 07778 281332 18th Isle of Man Trial. 1:30pm. Knock Froy, Santon. Shaun Seal 01624 834855 £10 Pre-65

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Cotswold Dorset

East Devon

19th B’mouth & New Forest W’field & West Yorkshire 20th Brooklands

End of Year Run. 10:30am. Treviscoe Community Hall, Centra Treviscoe, St Stephens, Cornwall, PL26 7WQ. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Winter Wandering. 12 noon. The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon, GL17 0AH (SO 703 169). Peter Kent 01452 610375 Christmas Run & Lunch. 11am. The Village Hall, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. Rod Hann 01935 872528 £5 Christmas Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Bob Clow 07774 694833 £2 Noggin and Natter. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404

Club night: Christmas nosh and quick quiz. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637

Club Night and Annual Quiz. 8pm. Members’ Bar, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, KT13 0QN. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 £2.50 East Herts Section Buffet. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 £2. East Herts and Scott Owners Club Members only Gwent Christmas Dinner. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. Mark Hillier 01873 811541; 07870 535933 Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. The Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979 Moonraker Club Night. 7:30 - 8pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett, Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 Cheshire Club Night and Christmas Buffet. 7:30pm. Chester RUFC Clubhouse, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester, & North Wales CH3 7DB, Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 £2 21st Stonehenge Club Night: Christmas Eats & Quiz. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN. Committee 01725 510760 Oxford Club night. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 South Lincs December Club Night. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP & Peterborough Brian Fosh 01832 273390 Chiltern Pub Night. About 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Chris Day 01452 854341 £1 Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 £1.50 Midland Club Night Christmas Meal. 7pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 8406775 £12 Midland Section and Guests 22nd West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 26th Surrey & Sussex Boxing Day Run. 10:45am. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 £1 South Wales Boxing Day Run. 12 noon. Lamb & Flag pub, Wick. Howard Jayne Worcestershire Boxing Day midday meet. 12 noon. New Inn, Shrawley, Worcestershire WR6 6TE. John Porter 01386 553329 West Kent Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. Wrotham Hill car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 Any machine over 25 years of age Midland Boxing Day Breakfast Ride Out. 10am the Dog Inn, Nether Whitacre, Bob Badland 07825 8406775

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Mid Lincs

East Herts


Bedfordshire Kings Lynn

S Cotswold

Men of Kent

East Devon Oxford Cotswold



27th Moonraker

Banbury Northampton Isle of Man Somerset


Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. The Market Place, Market Rasen, Lincs. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@ Boxing Day meeting. 11am. Sarrat Common, nr. Chipperfield, Herts Colin Morris 01923 671441 Boxing Day Meet. 12 noon. The Whitminster Inn, Bristol Rd, Whitminster, GL27NY Simon Bending 01179 652503 Boxing Day Meet. Late morning. Will Curry 01582 882122 Boxing Day Run and Gathering. 10:30 am for run; 12 noon for gathering. The Green Man at Methwold Hythe, Norfolk. Paul Fletcher01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 Boxing Day meet. 11am onwards. The Whitminster Inn at Whitminster (on A38). John Oliver 01452 729939 or 07968 302435 Boxing Day Run. 10:30am. McDonald’s Restaurant, Chestfield, Kent. CT5 3JE. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Boxing Day Meet. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Social run. 10am. Red Lion, Cassington. Dave Webster 0186 5452232 £1 Boxing Day gathering. 12 noon The Watersmeet Hotel, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 2ER (SO798 259) Peter Kent 01452 610375 Boxing Day Social Meet Up. 12 noon. William IV Public House, Little London, Albury, Guildford GU5 9DG Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 Boxing Day Run. 11am. Victoria Park, London Rd, Leicester. Roger Monk 01509 412662 Mince Pie Run. 10:30am. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett, Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25-year rule Ring out the old. 10:30am. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. john harris 01295 721282 The Christmas Cracker Run. 11am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. David Mead 01327 342570 Hangover Road Run. 11:30 for Noon. St Johns. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 Ashley’s Run. 10:30 for 11am. Pecking Mill Inn, Evercreech. BA4 6PG Dave Boon 01749 672672 Machines over 25 years Day after Boxing day ride/drive out. 11:45am for 12 noon. Lamb Inn, Hayfield Road, Chinley, SK23 6AL Barry Cook / Barry Howard 01663 750827/01625 630016

28th South Lincs Chilly Willie Run. 10:30am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough & Peterborough PE8 6LR. Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 £2 30th Cornwall Truro Club Night: Mince Pies evening. 7:30pm for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG. Roger Fogg 01726 67198 31st Dorset Breakfast Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset, SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Plenty of advance notice: May 24th to 28th, 2017...

To mark its 50th anniversary the FIVA (International Federation of Vintage Vehicles) has asked the French Federation of Vintage Vehicles to organise the FIVA International Motorcycle Rally 2017, lasting four days from 24th to 28th May 2017. The event will be centred on Cavaillon in the French region of Provence. Jean-Paul Decreton said: “It would be fantastic to find that many VMCC members were able to attend.”

The registration form can be downloaded here: , and further informartion is available at:

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Unfinished business... PHIL KEAST

So it’s August, and so must be time for another Bantam adventure. After last year’s Around Britain Tour we felt there was some unfinished business, as some did not manage to complete the tour – last year only two of us managed to more or less complete it by getting back to Devon and Cornwall under our own steam. The aim of ‘part two’ was to start on Exmoor (the stop we never got to last year) and head down through Devon and Cornwall then around the Land’s End peninsula and back up to our various start points. Should be easy? As the set-off date approached the fine weather looked as if it was going to take a break for a while, but hey that’s never stopped us before. In preparation I had a check over my Bantam, which is not a major undertaking on a D1, and fitted the home-made pannier frames I made last for last year’s tour. I assembled my camping gear and things I would need; when ‘touring’ on a D1 Bantam you have to be very careful with what you take as every ounce counts, and riding a laden D1 is certainly an education (especially when it comes to stopping). On a fine warm Thursday afternoon I set off from Cornwall to meet up with more of the team at Exeter, taking my usual back road route the Bantam droned along well. So in Exeter we comprised of my 150cc D1, Alan’s 150cc D1, Paul on his Military MT 350 (yes it’s a Harley Davidson but not as most people know them) and Rick’s D1 now in original 125cc capacity but with a “go faster” Todd head that he located in the back of his workshop somewhere. So off we set on a warm afternoon mostly following the Exe Valley, a lovely route and well suited to small capacity “old uns” (not too many hills) and we soon arrived at the campsite at Winsford. Then up with the tents, soon some more of the participants arrived Dennis on his GPO D3 (with legshields), Ross on his D14 Bantam and Doug on his AJS 650. Doug’s tent caused some amusement as he picked it up in a supermarket for

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6.29. Needless to say it didn’t appear too robust! During the evening we tucked into a curry thanks to Rick’s partner Chris, and had a couple of beers that we had brought along, one positive thing being not only could we enjoy a couple of beers but also our Bantam’s load would be reduced the next day. Any weight-saving measure needs to be taken when riding a loaded Bantam. The next morning arrived in true Exmoor fashion, grey and drizzly, so we made short work of getting the tents down and loading the bikes up again. The first planned stop was off the moor at South Molton for breakfast. Just after leaving the campsite the mist (or was it fog) and rain increased so on with the full wet weather kit. Then only a few miles away from our breakfast stop we had an unplanned stop as Alan’s Bantam expired! Alan’s Bantam had been sounding very rattly beforehand, so we decided to whip off the cylinder head and have a peek inside. We suspected a broken piston ring, so the next stage was to get the barrel off, the only thing stopping us being we didn't have a good enough C spanner to remove the beaten-up exhaust nut. Not to be beaten someone went into the garage in the village and came back with a very large set of Stilsons (a pipe wrench to the uninitiated). I think they were the 18-inch size but

in true breakdown tale fashion there was some debate later as to whether they were 24-inch. I always find it amazing the range of tools we can put together between us, and once we had removed the barrel we found the lower piston ring in several pieces, plus the piston was wiped on the front face and the complete upper ring was stuck in its groove. We removed the rings and then the piston, and found why the lower piston ring had broken. The small end bearing bush was wafer thin on the lower part. So next decision, breakdown recovery or give it ago? As always, we decided to give it a go, so we decided to see if we could get the Bantam to run with one piston ring. We carefully prised the stuck upper piston ring out of its groove using a thin feeler gauge, then filed the ring groove out and removed the damage on the piston (handy file on a multi-tool plus some emery cloth). Once we got the piston ring free it was time to refit the piston. To fit the gudgeon pin onto the piston we heated the piston up with a camping stove, then the Stilson was put into action again to tighten the exhaust nut. And surprise surprise, we then got it started although it was certainly a bit poorly. We then set off for our much-delayed breakfast stop, which was to be more of a lunchtime stop. When we got there Alan decided to get recovered, as his poorly Bantam was struggling (no surprise). After a quick lunch stop we set off for our destination of St Agnes in Cornwall, a mere 120 miles or so. Taking our one of usual back road routes we droned along well and the weather had at least turned friendlier, some big hills were encountered and the D1s droned up well, slogging along in second gear (plus some first gear hills on a couple of occasions). We pressed on with not to many rest stops and arrived at Blue Hills campsite near St Agnes. Phew, plus all the bikes seemed to be running well. After arriving at Blue Hills we again put the tents up taking advantage of a substantial hedge as shelter as strong winds were forecast for the night and following day. A walk to the pub followed, and we were able to have a good survey of the Blue Hills section, which I’m sure a few readers will be familiar with. After a some good food and some fine Cornish ale (also available outside Cornwall, by the way) at the pub in St Agnes we managed to

renegotiate the Blue Hills section and return to the campsite. The wind and the rain came up during the night and I was certainly warm and snug in my “bijou” tent (remember every ounce counts when Bantam touring). The following day arrived more or less dry but very windy, which is a definite hardship when riding these low-powered roosters. At least we had a easy ride mileage-wise to our next overnight stop at St Just on the Land’s End peninsula. We buzzed along the coast road tackling the hills in our usual second gear slog, the strong head winds knocking our speed back on the exposed sections. The leg shields on Dennis’s GPO Bantam did a good job of reducing his speed even further. By this stage it wasn't the uphills that concerned me but the steep downhills, as my brakes were becoming distinctly Continued overleaf

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from previous page marginal. Once on the Land’s End peninsula we turned off to take a break at Zennor; well everyone else turned off, but I went sailing past the junction due to my marginal brakes. We certainly enjoyed a pint sat in the sun after the varied weather of the previous days. After Zennor we had another stop to have a look at the old mine workings at Botallack. Rick, being at one time a Mining Engineer and familiar with the

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area, gave us a well-informed tour, very interesting and it’s hard to believe now that at one point Cornwall was the most highly industrialised county in the country. After another short hop we arrived at the campsite a St Just, the tents were promptly set up and we headed up the town for fish and chips and one or two more of the excellent Cornish Ale. Cornish “mizzle” (mist and drizzle) greeted us the next morning so we packed up and headed off for a breakfast stop at Lamorna Quay, the steep downhills yet again proving a challenge and Dennis on the GPO Bantam was having the same problem. I have to say the bacon butties (door stops) we had at the cafe at Lamorna were the best I have had for a long time, or maybe I just needed some sustenance after gripping my front brake lever for the last few miles. We then continued along a our usual back road route and had a brief break on the short voyage on the King Harry Ferry where for some reason my Bantam had a very unusual reluctance to start – maybe just a protest having being treated as a pack-mule for the last couple of days. After a welcome break at Philleigh we made our way to Charlestown near St Austell, a well known place in Cornwall with a old harbour and which has been used many a time as a film or TV series location. On this occasion it seemed our collection of Bantams proved to be the tourist attraction. By this stage the weather was a little more friendly, which was another bonus. A few miles after leaving Charlestown I said my goodbyes to the team as they were headed for another night’s stop and seeming I only had 35 miles or so to home I carried on homeward bound with the little rooster plugging along well as always. I covered the 35 miles in just over an hour, not too bad considering its load and some more big hills, so around 360 miles for the trip in total, certainly not a record breaker by our standards but a lot less strenuous and after a post tour check-over all seemed well apart from the brake department! One interesting statistic is that I covered the 90 or so miles from Penzance to home plus a few miles running around after on four litres of fuel – now that’s what you call frugal!

JO DELANEY Once again a big thank you to all staff, friends and volunteers who contributed a variety of sweet and savoury treats and raffle prizes for our Macmillan Coffee Morning at Allen House on 23rd September, when we raised an amazing £500. We had an excellent turnout from Section members, some of whom travelled from as far as Banbury to support this worthy cause, and thanks to Bob Badland for organising a run out with some of his Section members. It was great to see so many of you. The weather stayed nice, and it was great to see an array of beautiful bikes parked outside the office. Guests old and new gathered and generously made donations and bought raffle tickets; we even had donations from members who couldn’t make it on the day, and donations from local businesses. Thank you to Richard Snodin for his lovely feedback, which appears at the foot of this article. Most people at some point have experienced cancer themselves or know someone who has. It was

lovely to see so many come along and give towards such a worthwhile cause; and I’m proud of the amount we raised; thank you to everyone who donated. Finally, I would like to dedicate this to the memory of those we have loved and lost to this terrible disease, and thank Macmillan for doing such an amazing job. Thank you again.

Just to say a huge ‘well done’ to all the team in staging a superb MacMillan Coffee Morning at Allen House. All those of us who attended were made most welcome, and the buffet provided by the ladies was outstanding! This was my first visit to Allen House - but it won’t be my last! Thank you also for the guided tour, which included a look at the club bikes – including the wonderful Brough Superior... fantastic!!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Distinguished gentlemen riders: Glasgow VMCC members Myles Raymond (Shooting Star) and Gordon Mowat (Rapide) ride into the city’s George Square, supporting this recent global event.

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The Robert White Collection sale FROM THE EDITOR

Robert White was a highly successful self-made businessman who sadly lost his fight to cancer last year at the age of 62. Robert was a collector. The catalogue for this Bonhams sale suggests that Robert bought the things he liked and which appealed to him; rather than accumulating things with a view to their investment potential. The motor cycles formed only a small percentage of the auction, but were interesting and important enough to be worthy of a report. The proceeds of the auction will be used by the Robert White Trust Fund to enhance patient care and facilities at Poole Hospital. We started the motor cycle section of the sale on a high note with a Vincent, and this seemingly very original and unmolested 1951 Black Shadow being hammered at £82,140 appeared to bring on the red mist as a very nice example of the much soughtafter pre-war Tiger 100, complete with the coveted Bronze head, then sold for £23,000. At the other end of the scale a 1990 Honda ‘Monkey’ bike with ‘showroom mileage’ needed £6,325 to give at new home. Robert must have had a soft spot for Indians, as there were four to have a go at. The 1940 ‘Four’ fell to a bid of £40,250 only to be

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surpassed by the 1940 ‘Upside Down’ four which made £44,850. Other 4-cylinder American machines attracted some keen bidding with the 1920 1,220cc Ace topping the bill at £49,450. European machines also took the bidders’ fancy and the outstanding FN 7hp ‘4’ of 1914 sold for £40,250 But it was the Italian machinery that dominated Robert’s collection, and there were several examples of fearsome crotch rockets to tempt you, several of which were expertly crafted copies of iconic Italian masterpieces. The 1977 MV Agusta ‘Magni’ came out on the top of the (very expensive) pile at £64,220. Almost without exception, the motor cycles on offer were extremely well presented with very low –if any – mileage having been recorded. There was a notable exception to this in the shape of a 1953 123cc MV Agusta “Monoalbero” with an interesting history and a delightful patina of the ‘oily rag’ condition. It sold for £26,750. The machine that everyone was waiting for was the 1920’s Megola reconstruction, pictured here, based around an original engine with a copy of an original frame. This extraordinary machine was an appropriate finale to the motor cycle part of the sale selling for £82,140.

78Pioneer Run

Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club Ltd


Sunday 19th March 2017 Starts at 8am from Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Surrey, to the Finish on Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sussex.


Eligible machines registered on the SMCC Ltd: Pioneer Register are all pre-31st December 1914, and all are now at least 100 years old. Entry forms are available on the Club website: or direct from the organiser Ian D. McGill, The Oaktree, 13,Victoria Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9BN. Tel: 01293-771446 Email: Entries are invited from all past riders, who will receive entry forms through the post, or via email if we have your address A quick reply with entry forms will ensure an fairly early start if riding in class three. Entry forms will be date stamped on receipt.

Sponsored by:

Bonhams l Bascombe & Drew l National Motorcycle Museum Classic Motor Cycle l Carole Nash Insurance

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A weekend in Germany NOEL WHITTALL

If you are starting from the UK it is a long drive to Munich, or more precisely, to Haag an der Amper, a small village a few kilometres northwest of the Bavarian capital. However, it is well worth the effort as vintage and veteran bike enthusiasts who go early in August are well rewarded with one of the finest events in the calendar. The Kaiserzeitausfahrt (literally ‘Drive of the time of the Kaiser’) is a two-day riding and social event based at a vast beer-garden in Haag. Almost 100 pre-1931 bikes gathered for a short run on the Saturday afternoon followed by about 70 miles on Sunday. Although the Saturday run was short, it was certainly not without interest: we were conducted to view a magnificent private collection of choice machines. These were mainly large-capacity bikes of the ‘20s and ‘30s, in condition ranging from ‘as found’ to ‘exquisitely restored’. Several were going through various stages of rebuild. There were some British bikes, including Coventry Eagle and Brough Superior, but the emphasis was on German and Swiss machines such as D-Rad, Frischauf, Imperia, Neander and Tornax. The collection is not open to the public and we all appreciated the opportunity to be given the run of the place and be freely provided with beer (yes, there were alcohol-free choices too) and pretzels. The Sunday run was more ambitious, taking us north to Abensburg via rolling green fields and many hectares of hop gardens. Abensburg is a fascinating little town which features buildings by the eccentric Austrian architect who called himself Hundertwasser. He liked his creations to be ‘unexpected’ and by thunder he really achieved his aim in Abensburg! We enjoyed lunch there in a brewery beside one of his strange towers. There were two other stops for refreshment along the way and in every town or village through which we travelled we were given applause and

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encouragement – it seemed as if everyone had turned out. Although quite close to Munich, this area is not at all busy and the roads are perfect for slow machines such as my 1913 Triumph C and the 1918 H which my son Matthew rode. We were pleased to have further Brit support in the

Above: One of the many desirable bikes at the private collection. Left: Hundertwasser’s fantastic tower at the Abensburg brewery. Facing page: Simon Hollingworth wheels his 1912 Triumph to the start.

form of Simon Hollingworth on his 1912 freeengine Triumph and Nick and Steve Farthing on Nick’s lovely 1914 V-twin AJS. Ronald Florens, a fluent English speaker from Belgium and who organises the Old Klepper event, joined up with us too, on a similar machine to Simon’s. A very good time was had by all! If this report has tempted you to think of participating next year, be prepared to enter in good time as I get the impression that the event is pretty close to capacity. If you have a pre-1919 bike your chances are good, but places for later models fill up fast. Don’t worry if you can’t speak German; the route is marked by signs and there are marshals at most of the junctions too. More pictures and information can be found at



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The Copdock Motor Cycle Show NEVILLE HEATH

The 25th anniversary Copdock Motor Cycle Show at Trinity Park in Ipswich attracted about 10,000 visitors, a great many of whom saw the new banners on the Ipswich and Suffolk Section’s stand. The red Douglas is mine. It was ridden in the 1951 Clubman’s TT by Bernard Hargreaves. I rescued it in 1988, and have been using it ever since. I did over 400 miles on it during our camping weekend a few weeks ago. Not bad considering I am 80 years old!

Jim Blair tries out a tasty, but borrowed 1952 Comet as wife Nancy and daughter look on.

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Scottish Veteran and Vintage Weekend

GEORGE PLUMB Earlier in the year I wrote about our Demob Run, and what a great day we had, and I wish I could just ‘ditto’ that report, because our Gathering on 10th and 11th September this year was just as brilliant. It all started with the warm welcome we were given by the owners of the Slatebarns Caravan Park, Pam and Bryan Crawford, who are keen modern motor cyclists. A few of our more enthusiastic participants arrived on the Saturday and had an enjoyable social run led by our chairman Alastair. The fun continued in the evening with our get together at The Original Inn, just a short walk from the caravan park in Roslin. Those who ate there enjoyed their meal and the banter was infectious. Good food, good beer and good company, it was such a good evening. Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny, and Bryan was very understanding as more and more trailers and bikes invaded the caravan park, content to park them wherever they didn’t occupy a pitch that would be required later in the day. We had four Veteran and 26 Vintage bikes on the run ranging from a 1912 Kynoch to a 1930 Magnat Debon; loads of interesting machinery on view. The route took us around many of the quiet back roads of Midlothian with some stunning views of the Forth estuary and Edinburgh prior to our lunch stop at the Goblin Ha’ in Gifford, where the staff did a tremendous job, getting us all fed with their excellent fare in good time. The afternoon route was a little shorter, but no less

enjoyable, except for the Main Street in Dalkeith which was a little busy. I was the only entrant who had to be rescued due to a puncture just before the lunch stop, and I count myself fortunate as whatever caused it breached the sidewall of the tyre but the tube deflated slowly – hay ho! The organising team are much encouraged by the favourable feedback we received, and look forward to next year’s event.

Above: Winners, from left: Alastair Alexander with the Shaw Cup to be presented to the absent Neil Cowan for being an ‘All Round Good Bloke’ and strong supporter of the Classic & Vintage movement, event organiser Jane Plumb, raffle winner Peter Barclay, winner of the cup for best Sunbeam Bill Jeffery, and event organiser George Plumb. Below: Participants with Mick Elstone’s 1925 998cc Model 180 Royal Enfield in front of Rosslyn Chapel.

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The Blackburn Bonanza Weeekend DAVE PRISMALL

Some outstanding weather graced the East Lancs Section’s premier event, the long weekend of runs from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th September. Combining the stunning but little-known scenery of the Ribble Valley and Bowland Fells of Lancashire (plus a few minor excursions across the cultural divide into Yorkshire...) with good hostelries and the great company of guest riders from as far afield as Durham and Northamtonshire, it was a weekend to savour. Thursday saw our guests arriving from around the country to our two campsites, both ideally situated at Edisford Bridge, on the outskirts of Clitheroe, with a great pub/restaurant in between. We all met up in the crowded bar for a convivial evening of locally-sourced and freshly-prepared food cheerfully served, all washed down with local ales and embroidered tales of adventures past. On Friday morning we met on the pub car park for the first of our runs. This was to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the main cut of the Leeds/Liverpool canal and the destination was the Bingley 5-Rise flight of locks, across the border in Yorkshire. This didn’t start propitiously as, since the route had been check-ridden the previous week, a thunderstorm of epic proportions had caused subsidence to a very narrow lane (an old Roman road) below Pendle Hill. Time spent in Remarkably, a team conversation of road menders from with the public Lancashire Council is surely the most was on the scene, and it was a very narrow beneficial advert squeeze indeed for us for the actvities to manhandle our machines through the of the VMCC, gap ’twixt hedge and and something ‘highwaymen’. Only we can all do. guests Trevor and Christine Pinfold, aboard their 1929 BSA and sidecar, were forced to about-turn, but there were marshals to hand to escort them on an alternative route to the coffee stop at the picturesque village of Barley, in the shadow of

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Pendle Hill. After a brief stop to exchange stories it was onward to the moors and reservoirs before descending to Keighley and Bingley, where we had permission to park up on a private lane adjacent to the locks and café. A question, put in conversation to guests by the Chairman (me), was: “How many times do you think you have crossed the Leeds/Liverpool canal this morning?” This was rather unfair, as three of the crossings were not bridges at all, but simply the road passing over the mile-long Foulridge tunnel beneath! Incidentally, it is always a concern to park a large number of motor cycles on a public (or private) road, even when it is a quiet Friday lunchtime when most residents are at work, but we were intrigued to find that those owners at home were keen to meet us and talk about our machines and our event, and reminisce about their own motor cycle ownership. Time spent in conversation with the public is surely the most beneficial advert for the activities and benefits of the VMCC, and something we can do (and for free). The Bingley locks are a tremendous feat of engineering, and well worth visiting. So, too, is the elegant café adjacent to it, where the staff made us most welcome and charged us very reasonable prices for some excellent food. The afternoon run took us across the high moors to Haworth and Oxenhope and onwards to Hebden Bridge, scene of devastating floods on the previous Boxing Day when both the River Calder and the Rochdale Canal broke their banks and engulfed the town (only three shops were open when I visited a week later). Fortunately, the town is once again a bustling and thriving centre, making the most of its industrial past with a modern entrepreneurial-ship, and is well worth visiting. Passing through, we about-faced at the turning circle and then headed up the steep, winding and tree-lined lane past Heptonstall until we emerged once again to the blue sky and the lonesome moorland and began a light thrash (45mph!) across the wide, sweeping bends of the Long Causeway to the high wind farms on the distant horizon. Only when we were in their whirling shadows did

we realise how immense are their structures and, even if we cringe at their imposition on the rugged scenery, we can only wonder at the massive power generated by their imposing engineering for our benefit. Soon we exchanged the remote moors for the gentler dips and swells of the deer park as we trundled slowly through to our tea-time rendezvous, the stables café at Burnley’s stately home of Towneley Hall. Anyone whose memory goes back to the old TV police drama series Juliet Bravo might just recall that the impressive structure doubled as Blackburn Bonanza winners, from left: Bob Livesey, Honda CB160 the county police HQ; it has also (smallest machine); Trevor and Christine Pinfold, 1929 BSA & featured prominently on Sidecar (Chairman’s Award); Simon Wilson, 1926 BSA (Oldest Antiques Roadshow. Occupied Machine on the Run). by the Catholic Towneley family for over 500 years, when the male line died out it of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures. We droned up the was taken over by Burnley Corporation in 1901 long, steep rise to Jeffrey Hill before descending and, with its art museum, working farm, acres of past Gibbon Bridge to Chipping, then across the broadleaf woodland and two golf courses, it is a Bowland Fells to pass the Wild Boar Park to reach hidden gem amongst a Lancashire that few the geographical outsiders get to see, and which the Blackburn centre of the Soon we exchanged Bonanza – for motorcyclists at least – seeks to British Isles at the remote moors Dunsop Bridge, amend. for for gentler dips After tea or ice-cream, it was time for the final leg our morning stop. of our near-100-mile jaunt – but what a ride! – It was here, miles and swells of the through the villages of Higham and Trawden and from civilisation, deer park as we across the steep pass of the Nick of Pendle. Here - that the only upset trundled through 404 years ago - Demdike, Alice Nutter and their of the weekend ten-strong coven of witches were conveyed, on foot took place. From to our tea-time and in cart, to Lancaster Castle for their trial and bright sunlight, a rendezvous inevitable execution. It was hard to believe their sudden turn into a fate, as we surmounted the shoulder of Pendle in dark wood was a the late afternoon sun, with our exhaust beats hazard that grew as the bend grew ever tighter, as thudding back off the limestone outcrops, and vision was still adjusting. Guest George Rooke, looked down across a tranquil vista of tiny stone with wife Maisie as pillion, found himself on the farm buildings and distant rural villages set in all gravel at the road’s edge, and an attempt to regain the road via the grass verge was unsuccessful. A the subtle tints that the palette green has to offer. Saturday’s run offered more of the same, but low-speed tumble from the CX500 ensued, and different! Meeting at the Edisford Bridge pub although George emerged with only his pride (and, again, we set off and were immediately in the later, his ear drums...) damaged, Maisie was less narrow, winding lanes crossing farmland to the fortunate and suffered a dislocated shoulder. Forest of Bowland and up the ancient Old Clitheroe Marshals and other East Lancs members were continued overleaf Road, a setting Tolkien had in mind when he wrote

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from previous page quickly on the scene, and an ambulance was called. A police car also arrived and, to add insult to injury, both George and Maisie were breathalysed. As the police officer said, it was obviously unnecessary, but he would have copped it if he hadn’t followed procedure. There’s a joke in there somewhere, but it wasn’t on George and Maisie! George was able to ride back to the campsite for their camper van and follow Maisie to Preston Infirmary. Although this incident terminated their involvement in the Bonanza, both were well enough to return home to Yorkshire the following day, and both promise to be with us again next year. After refreshment in picturesque Dunsop Bridge it was onward to one of the highlights of the weekend, the twelve-mile climb-and-descent of the winding Trough of Bowland, where if your wheels are straight ahead and your motor cycle is upright it is only because you have come to a halt to let a flock of sheep pass by. Breasting the summit at Jubilee Tower (Victoria’s jubilee, that is...) the panoramic view across Morecambe Bay north to the shimmering mountains of the Lake District, and south past Blackpool Tower to the distant North Wales coast, is stunning. Down through the twisting bends to Bay Horse crossroads, left across the shoulder of the fells and right down what appears to be just the narrowest of farm tracks covered in the late expulsion from the rear of well-fed dairy cattle, and we are suddenly beneath the booming M6 motorway and approaching the traffic lights that convey us safely across the busy A6. Then it is back to the narrow, twisting lanes, this time with the tang of salt in the air as we approach the coast. Soon we are across the mud flats of the meandering Lune estuary and into Glasson dock, where some of the best fried fish in England is served at the local café. An hour was spent enthusiastically tasting the local catch whilst more tales of adventures past and machines known and loved were exchanged. Then it was onward, ever onward, back across the A6, under the M6, until once again we were on the curving gradients of the Northern Fells, past Wray and Claughton, and on towards Low Bentham to join up with one of the best roads in England. Once it was the lonely pack horse route from

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Yorkshire to pre-industrial Lancashire. Now it is Lythe Fell Road, a narrow band of coarse, grippy tarmacadam that casually wends for miles like a grey ribbon discarded across the undulating side of a long and sinuous valley. You don’t know it? You’ve never ridden it? Well, you know which event to come to next year! Afternoon tea in the tiny village of Slaidburn - with one of the most moving, and humbling, memorials (above) to the dead of the First World War that you will ever see – and then a final run back to the pub in Clitheroe for signing-off and a chance to check up on George and Maisie. l Next month: The Sunday Run and the reason we started doing the event in the first place.

A visit to the Classic TT

DAVID BROW Stirling Castle Section was represented by eight members at the VMCC Manx Rally week. On behalf of these members I would like to thank and congratulate most sincerely the committee and helpers who organised the week of events. These people were so helpful and so organised it made our taking great fun. The weather also played its part; any rain we had did not affect us in any way. After watching the forenoon’s race at Windy Corner, someone suggested we take a short cut to Ramsey via what I took to be one of the Trials sections about three-quarters of a mile to the main road. This was a bit of a nightmare as one of the bikes was a Gold Wing, and had

to be manhandled to the bottom. Another was a 550 Honda 4. Neither were off-roaders, so no wonder we got some odd looks from riders walking to where we had come from. The event that stands out for me was our visit to Jurby Race Track, where we were allowed three 15-minute stints round the circuit, followed by listening to and seeing some of the fabulous race bikes of yesteryear along with reproduction Gileras, MVs, Honda fours and sixes, Yamaha four-cylinder two strokes, Nortons and Matchless. Again this event was meticulously organised and run. In the picture are some of the participants in the Manx Rallies.

Saundersfoot Run MARY ADAMS

Past President Harry Wiles, aboard his 1929 Sunbeam, with Johnny Thomas on the 1927 AJS who were taking part in the Saundersfoot Run.

Photo: Gareth Davies Photography, Tenby.

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Brighton Speed Trials ALAN TURNER

The annual Brighton Speed Trials is the event when the Sprint Section thaws out after the last twelve months ‘on ice’ and organises the motor cycle entry for this most traditional of events – the 2016 Trials marked 111 years since they first took place. Unlike other VMCC events, the 25-year rule is not applied to bike entries. The overall organisation of the Trials is handled by the Brighton & Hove Motor Club. Motor cycles traditionally compete ‘by invitation’. The days when this involved perhaps a dozen two-wheelers are long gone. Standards have changed over the years, and the Motor Club is no longer allowed to accept entries from the quicker cars that once entertained the huge crowds that Brighton attracts. How to provide an alternative? The answer was, and remains: motorcycles. So the Motor Club club relies on the Sprint Section to provide a two- (and three-) wheeler showcase. The result is a high-powered, colourful spectacle that, in times and speeds, usually eclipses the efforts of the four-wheelers. For much of the rest of the year, the long stretch of Madeira Drive serves as a car park, but for the Speed Trials, it becomes the equivalent of the TT of sprinting. This year, rain was officially due later, but with a healthy British mistrust of weather forecasts, anxious eyes watched as the cloud increased. Practice took place in warm, sunny conditions. The Consistency Class, for pre-1972 bikes, offers the greatest variety, from the oldest bike, the BayleyCole Douglas in the care of Chris Illman, up to Roy Robertson’s 1972 Egli-framed Vincent. In between were the Rudge sprinters of the Morgan family, the Ariels of Andrew Taylor and Mike Wade, the 250 singles of Allen Randall (Ducati) and Brighton first-timer Amanda Taylor (Hagon BSA C15). There were problems for two of the entry. Andrew Taylor’s Ariel Badger special caught fire (quickly extinguished) while Colin Cordery’s smart green Velocette MAC had started with a box-full of cogs, but they could not be found when they were wanted. Cloud was increasing during the afternoon’s first timed runs. Roy

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Roberston’s Vincent was quickest and fastest by almost a two-second margin. Next best was road racer Tony Smith (below), on his recently-acquired Triumph Thunderbird-powered bike that had, many years before, been an American West Coast drag racer. Alex Morgan was third quickest on one of the family’s 1930 Rudges. As consistency was the aim, these achievements had to be repeated later in the afternoon. The 350 class, an open racing category, was dominated by Neill Curtis, former ACU Sprint champion. An 11.80 from his Yamaha LC special was a sparkling performance – whisper it, but it also beat the 500s. They were topped by Martin Newton, with a Honda CBR 400RR. This was once a landmark model for its Honda, but Martin’s was now just one year off official VMCC eligibility! The 1000cc solos were dominated by Stuart Donald. With a turbo-charged Suzuki GSXR 1000 he was not exactly looking for horsepower. A nine second run in this class was a very good performance, putting him in front of Robbie Dobbie’s SP1 Honda twin on his Brighton debut, with a run of 11.13. Darren Saunders is usually the passenger of

Dave Woodard in sidecars, but three wheelers can run only with ballast, they each raced a Suzuki-powered outfit each. Dave Woodard ran a very rapid 11.15. The Production class is a practical demonstration of the sort of performance that can be bought over the counter nowadays. Top of the class was Steve Walton, although his Suzuki GSXR 1000 is actually 10 years old. It is ridden on the road and simply carefully prepped for sprint events. His first Chris Illman gets the venerable Bayley-Cole Douglas off the line. run resulted in a 10.22. The 2000cc Class is where the quick riders are. In line astern, time, but Steve Walton had gone even quicker they take their turns to be sent off towards the (10.10) to take the class. It was all down to the twoholding paddock at Black Rock. Everyone cranes litre category. More nine-second runs increased the to see the times come up on the display boards. anticipation. It was soon Craig Mallabone's turn Initially, there were low 10-second runs, then Craig and after a careful burnout, he settled himself on Mallabone (turbo Suzuki Hayabusa) seared his way the line. His launch was superb. Timed at 1.80 for onto the timing sheets with 9.14 accompanied by a the first 64 feet, he was defying gravity. The big huge round of applause. Perhaps a minute later, the screen relayed his progress as he streaked towards other major contender, Roger Simmons, drew Black Rock, stopping the clocks at 9.03 seconds. forward out of a cloud of burnout tyre- Roger Simmons posted 9.61, some way off the smoke – then he was gone. He crossed the course record he holds at 8.73. line 9.66 seconds later – good, very good, but The last part of Brighton proceedings is the Fastest Six Run Off. The quickest bikes return for another not good enough. It was still dry for the second timed runs. Who run, an index of performance calculates the best could achieve closest to a carbon copy run in improvement and the reward is some money and a the consistency class? Allen Randall had won trophy. In the right conditions, a course record is this class before, but 11-tenths gave him only possible, but Craig Mallabone's 9.06 was third closest, Mike Wade, on a 1946 Ariel Red marginally slower than his class time. However, Hunter, was eight-tenths different, but Roy Stuart Donald managed to turn the wick up even Robertson had made his second run just four- further and record 9.63 to take the honours. hundredths quicker than his first to get a firm As the paddock cleared and we all went home – the rain finally arrived! grasp of the trophy. Neill Curtis’ first run time was his best, but For those with a wider appreciation of old Martin Newton improved to 12.55 seconds, competition machinery, one of the quickest cars at still a good margin in front of Des Lindsay Brighton was, and is, the 1955 Allard J2 of Jim on a Yamaha RD500. Stuart Donald Tiller, who has owned the car for many years. Third stamped his authority on the one-litre fastest this year (10.67 seconds), the car has been class by going even quicker at 9.71, with outright winner on two previous occasions. In the Robbie Dobbie unable to improve on his Millennium year, it did all but 200mph at first run time. The sidecars also remained Bonneville, but that's another story. For those wanting detailed results, the Brighton & the same. In the Production class, second-place man Hove Motor Club web site has a link to swathes of Mike Grainger (Suzuki Hayabusa) had anorak-friendly breakdowns of virtually every run clipped a third of a second off his first run - car and bike.

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The Cornwall Rally 2016 VAN CALVERT

This year’s rally was once again held in early September at the Monkey Tree Holiday Park in Hendra near Newquay. Having attended the rally for the previous two years, I was looking forward to this year’s event and I was not disappointed. Arriving at the campsite we were greeted by Event Secretary Celia and some Section members. After signing on and registering at the campsite reception desk (we had hired a static this year) it was time to find our home for the next seven days. When the car had been offloaded and the RE Bullet taken off the trailer, it was time for a shower after a long and sometimes very hot 600-mile journey. Saturday evening is a greet and meet night where we are given general information about the calendar of events for the following week. We were informed that the route for Sunday had to be altered because of a short-notice road closure due to a large bicycle race. That’s a race with lots of bikes not a race for large bicycles, if you get my drift. The evening also gives everyone a chance to catch up with friends old and new from past rallies. Sunday: The West Corwall Run Accompanying the route sheets is a separate sheet with information about points of interest, history

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About 60 entrants spent a week touring Cornwall. Based at Monkey Tree Holiday Park, near Goonhaven, the riders covered about 100 miles on each of the five days. It was a most enjoyable event and a credit to the Cornish Section team. This is the gathering at The Lizard lunch stop.

and folklore along the way. Due to the late road closures the route sheets had not been altered, but Section marshals were out on the diversion route to guide us through the first five miles of the day. When we reached St Agnes the riders were then back on the designated route. Our coffee stop for the morning was at Hell’s Mouth on the south west coast path between Portreath and Gwithian. While we were there we were entertained to a taxpayer-funded display by the emergency services. Someone had reported a car being driven off the cliff in the early hours of the day, bear in mind the time is now approaching 11am. One by one a total of five police cars, one ambulance, one coastguard 4x4 and two helicopters arrived on the scene. I did mention that now would be the time to turn over the local bank, but as Gary pointed out it was Sunday and the banks would be closed but we could always try the local Spar shop. Running down the high street with sacks of cash appeals, but lugging along trays of baked beans with pockets stuffed with Mars bars does not float my boat. The car, it so happens, had been pushed over the edge by thieves and nobody had been hurt. Leaving Hell’s Mouth we headed down to St Ives to follow the Atlantic coast road with its lovely

views to our lunch stop at St Just. Like previous years, parking was arranged, trying to park 60 bikes in a small popular tourist spot is no mean feat, in St Just permission was given to use the car park at the fire station. Lunch stops are informal affairs, some choosing pub lunches or local cafes, for me though it has to be the local pasty shop, a trend that I followed throughout the week. Lunch over and back on the road our journey took us past Land’s End along gently meandering lanes and on through Penzance. Another few miles on, and 78 miles into our day’s ride, we were turning into Stithians Lake tea stop for afternoon tea. After a pleasant 45-minute break it was time to the last 18 miles of the day back to Monkey Tree. Day’s mileage: 96

Monday: The East Cornwall Run Once again the route sheets were accompanied with a separate sheet showing points of interest along the way. The day started overcast and with hardly any breeze, and it remained like this until 11am. Leaving Monkey Tree we headed off in a general direction going (yes you’ve guessed it) east. Trundling along, we encounted a light shower, but the general dampness in the air was due to low lying cloud which also spoilt the long views of the Cornish countryside. Just before entering Looe we turned off right along the coast road for a short distance to our morning coffee stop. While we were here enjoying the views towards Looe Island, we learned that our planned lunch stop at the Duchy of Cornwall nursery restaurant had had to be cancelled because they had taken a last-minute booking from a coach party and could not now cater for any more people. Not that Charlie did not want my money, but to inform the Section on the morning of the visit that they could now not cater for pre-advised 50-plus people because of a late coach booking, is to my mind, bad manners and bad business practice. Nevertheless the Cornwall Section took it on the chin and hastily arranged marshals on a diversion route past the nursery which took us into Lostwithhiel for lunch. Keith, my riding partner for most of the week, and I had a walk through town looking for somewhere to eat. On turning a corner we came across Fran’s pasty shop. With pasty, fruit tart and coffee in hand, we found a spot next to the River Fowey for our

picnic. Once we had settled into our lunch we got into a discussion with a local woman, who talked to us about the pasties and cakes her mother used to bake, and how they were so much better than anything you could buy anywhere. The conversation then moved on to her divorce history and present living arrangements. It was at this point, having finished lunch, like all good Sunday tabloid reporters we made our excuses and left. On leaving Lostwithiel we returned to the diversion past Charlie’s nursery and back onto the day’s scheduled route. Back in the saddle we were soon riding through very pleasant Cornish countryside, the low cloud of early morning disappearing to give clear skies and lovely views. We missed the afternoon tea stop; I took a wrong turning somewhere. Still a good day, though. Day’s mileage: 94

Tuesday: The Easy Rider Run As ever, just after 9am when signing on, the cheerful smiling Karen was on desk duty to hand out route sheets etc. Today’s run took us down quiet country lanes for about 25 miles into Cardinham Woods for our coffee stop, once again parking prearranged so as not to have to pay for parking on this Forestry Commission land. On leaving we headed out to ride over Bodmin Moor and past an old wartime aerodrome. When I pass old disused places like this airfield I try to imagine the scenes that once would have been portrayed here; barbed wire fences, large aircraft hangers, planes landing and taking off and men and women doing various tasks around the airfield. Onward to the lunch stop which was at Jamaica Inn, the old coaching inn made famous by Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name. With no planned afternoon tea stop, Keith and I had a long relaxing lunch, looking round the bikes, talking to various folk from outside the group and just doing a bit of people watching. After refuelling the boiler with a pint of shandy and you guessed it, a pasty, it was time to set off on the remaining 38 miles back to base, once again just as the run was titled today, pleasing easy riding in the Cornish countryside. Day’s mileage: Just shy of 100. continued overleaf

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Wednesday: A day off Wednesday, like last year, was to be a day off, where riders can tinker with their bikes, visit places of interest, read a book or just plain chill out. However, this year entrants had an open invitation at 1pm to Pat and Peter Smith’s 7¼-inch gauge ride-on garden railway. When we arrived quite a few people were already there enjoying rides on the three trains all pulled by steam locomotives. The railway is quite extensive; you can be travelling round and not see the other two trains though usually one would be in the terminus. For me the interest was watching the trains come into the terminus where the locos would run round the passenger cars, use the turntable to turn around and after connecting back up to the cars be ready for the off, subject to getting the signal to go. Walking around the garden I came across the signal box with Peter on duty inside. Peter asked me in, and showed me the electronic signalling system. The system can be left on auto or taken over manually if they want to operate the trains in a different sequence. Although Peter gave me a thorough explanation of how the signalling works, with me being a bit of a Luddite when it comes to all things computers, some if not all that was said just about flew straight over my head, sorry Peter. The afternoon was soon over and it was time to leave. Now, running 7¼-inch gauge With about eight arailway is not like miles to go, we having a Hornby 00 train set; engine got lost. Well, tanks have to be Keith did, I was filled with water, just following. boilers coaled and lit to raise steam and A detour on the A39 soon had us usually the driver will check and oil back on route the motion whilst waiting for the boiler to reach operating pressure. After the running has finished, it’s back to the shed where the loco will have its boiler pressure released, water drained and the firebox dropped and cleaned out. So though we only spent three to four hours there, Peter and

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the drivers will have spent the best part of the day preparing, operating and winding down the railway. A big thank you to Pat, Peter and all those who ran the railway that day. Returning to Monkey Tree Park we were treated in the evening to a BBQ laid on by the Section. The ever-smiling Karen served tea and coffee, while limping Len was doing the cooking. Now Len usually rides in the rally, but two weeks earlier had allowed his Triumph T800 to fall over and land on his foot. Fortunately the only damage the bike sustained was a broken front brake lever. The bank balance did not do so good, as a replacement lever comes in at just over £90. After what seemed to be a endless supply of chicken, burgers and sausages we were then treated to scones with Cornish cream and jam. A perfect way to end the day. Thursday: The South Cornwall Run After a heavy downpour during the night the day started bright and dry, Keith on his Tiger Cub leading the way as we left Monkey Tree. After four or five miles the route sheets starteds taking us down minor roads and lanes that most tourists to the area will never see, on through small villages with names that I cannot pronounce, never mind spell. Our morning tea stop was Penryn harbour. With about eight miles to go we got lost. Well, Keith did; I was just following. A short detour on the A39 soon had us back on the route. Refreshed by a cup of tea and sandwich, we were about to set off when we heard a loud bang and saw that George’s well-travelled ES2 come to a halt. Its turned out to be a small amount of water trapped in the pilot jet housing. Once cleaned out the bike started as normal and away we went. Leaving Penryn, I took the lead with Keith in tow, once bitten, twice shy and all that. The route then took us around Falmouth through various villages, past Goonhilly Downs and into Lizard for lunch. The mileage for the day so far, including Keith’s detour is 56. After lunch Kelvin on his Kawasaki joined us for a quick trip of a couple of miles down to Lizard Point. While we were there someone asked me if I would take a group photo of them with their camera. Well I like to think I have moved on with the times and have progressed past the Kodak Box Brownie camera, but some of these new-fangled cameras are just a bit beyond me. They got their

picture taken alright; in fact they had it taken about fifty times plus about ten shots of my boots. I pressed the button on the screen as instructed but did not know that all that was required was a quick dab, I kept my finger there waiting for a click, and at least the camera owner will be kept occupied for 15 minutes while he does some editing. Leaving the Point, it was onward and forward as the three of us headed north towards Helston along minor roads and lanes. With dawdling about at the Lizard when we arrived at the afternoon tea stop we were behind the recovery vehicle. On the trailer was Nigel’s Commando, which had suffered a float failure in one of the carbs, after being recovered back to the campsite a new float was sourced and the Commando was back on the road next day. Day’s mileage: 105

Friday: The Mid-Cornwall Run Today was our last run in what had so far been an excellent week. Within two miles we were once again riding through near-deserted lanes towards our first stop of the day. After 24 miles we arrived in St Stephen’s to our morning coffee stop. The café was quite unusual, in that it is located inside a large Peugeot and Isuzu car dealership. To get in, we had to walk through the showroom to the café in the rear of the building. In the café we were greeted with a display of about 40 restored motor cycles. The bikes are mainly from the fifties and sixties, with a few earlier Scotts and Triumphs on show. Owner John Hawkins, whose father started the business before the war, gave us a short talk on the history of some of the machines on show. After tea and a Cornish it was time to leave, again riding along quiet lanes. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but when following route cards I know where I have set off from, and have a general idea where I am heading, usually though I’ve not got a clue where I actually am. So I was riding along, lovely day, the bike on its best behaviour when I passed a Texaco garage then, further on, some bales of hay at the side of the road. This all seemed familiar, but for the life of me I could not think why. Round a corner I was now coasting, throttle shut on a downhill section, and I saw I see a woman standing on the side of the road. I was about to pass her when I realised it was Pat Smith, and I had been this way the previous

Wednesday, and was passing her garden. What followed was a brilliant piece of multi-tasking; not only did I maintain braking on this downhill stretch, but I also tooted my horn, gave a wave, kept one eye on the road and used the other to look in my rear view mirror to see Pat waving back. Fifty miles after leaving base we arrived in Mevagissey, a fishing village about five miles south of St Austell. Parking was organised again along the harbour near the sea wall. Having had my pasty fix for the day earlier on, Keith and I walked back into the village to have a look round and treat ourselves to a ice cream. Many people walking along the harbour passed favourable comments on the bikes, with one German couple taking a shine to Keith’s Tiger Cub. Two hours passed, and it was time to make a move back to Monkey Tree. Riding through this lovely Cornish countryside I was tinged with a little sadness that the event was drawing to a close. In the evening we all made our way to the Summer Nights Bar for fish and chips, and just generally to chat about the week just gone and to say our goodbyes and hopefully see everyone next year. The Monkey Tree Holiday Park is, to my mind, the ideal base from which to run an event such as this, whether you are camping, caravanning or renting a static like we did this year. It has all the facilities you would expect from a site like this including a car/bike wash. With its clean and modern shower/toilet blocks, very helpful and pleasant staff, tidy and very well-kept clean grounds, I do not think you anyone would be disappointed. For me this event ticks all the right boxes, friendly and welcoming Section members and varying and delightful roads through the Cornish countryside that suit my style of riding. If you were to do only one long event next year, it has to be the Cornwall Rally. Once again the Cornwall Section excelled in putting together this year’s event. The work and effort in putting on an event like this does not happen overnight. Routes have to be devised, cafes have to be advised that a large group of people are going to turn up, parking places reserved and made available; the list goes on. I’m sure I speak for all the riders and pillion riders when I say a big thank you to all the Cornwall section members whose effort and time made this an enjoyable week.

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Triumph factory reminiscences CHRIS ROSAMOND

Main picture: Club Members gathering outside the Shefford Town Memorial Hall. Inset: Bryan Marsh on board his Classic Triumph. Below: John Rosamond giving his talk.

John Rosamond, former Chairman of the Meriden Workers’ Co-op, was invited by Bedfordshire Section Chairman Bryan Marsh to provide his talk ‘Reminiscences of the Triumph Factory’. Bryan is also a member of the Bedford Branch of the TOMCC. Many VMCC and TOMCC club members have shared interests in classic motor cycles, so not surprisingly the two clubs’ members came together for this event of mutual interest. The Bedfordshire Sections of the VMCC have the use of the excellent meeting room facilities at the Shefford’s Town Memorial Hall, between Hitchin and Bedford. Seventy enthusiastic members gathered to welcome John Rosamond to provide his talk on the Triumph Meriden Factory, which also serves as an excellent companion to his popular Veloce Publishing book ‘Save the Triumph Bonneville!

The Inside Story of the Meriden Workers’ Coop’. Many VMCC and TOMCC members share vivid personal memories of what happened at the Triumph Meriden factory, during the late 1960’s, 70’s and early 80’s. It could not have been a more memorable VMCC / TOMCC club night. What started on a beautiful late summer / early autumn evening, with many club members riding their classic motor cycles to the venue, finished three hours later, having spent an enjoyable evening together discussing memories of a bygone era.

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The Isle of Wight Scurry HARRY WILES

The Scurry takes place on the Sunday, the highlight of a four-day event cof relaxed riding with visits to various interesting places on the island. I have done more than half of the 14 that have taken place, and I have to say the roads on the island have improved no end from when I first went over; many have been resurfaced, and work continues on others. The event is based at Brightstone Holiday Centre on the Military Road, and starts on the Friday evening with a get together and a buffet-style meal where a briefing takes place to inform you of the activities for the event. The Saturday is always a run to the heart of Newport at St Thomas’s Sq, where the bikes are put into a display and a collection is made for a local charity. There is judging of the bikes, and the one chosen is awarded the County Press Cup. This year’s winner was Steve Hart, with his 1937 Royal Enfield combination. From Newport we went to Godshill for a meal and a relaxed couple of hours’ sightseeing before returning to camp and a quiz, set by Ian Young, in the evening. Sunday was the Scurry proper, which consisted of a run of about 63 miles with a stop after about 34 for a very nice carvery dinner with a choice of puddings. I travelled with Mike Wills, who entered the event for the first time on his 1923 Bradbury. Sadly, after

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a few miles he ground to a halt with a broken exhaust valve. Not to be thwarted, he replaced it with a spare he was carrying and carried on to the lunch stop where unfortunately that one broke too. The resourceful Mike was carrying a second spare, and fitted that too, managing to carry on for the rest of the week. In the evening we were treated to a film show, the first one being of the 2015 Scurry taken by Harry Moore, this was followed by a film of the 2003 Anglo Dutch brought along by Bill Phelps. Monday was a late start, leaving base at noon and riding to Ventnor Winter Gardens, where we were free to wander around Ventnor meeting up again at 4.30pm to make our way to Sandown Airport for a very interesting tour of the Spitfire factory, from there the evening was our own. Until now the weather had been good, but on Tuesday I opened the curtains to see dark skies and drizzling rain, today was a run across the Island to the Island Bus Museum at Ryde where we were treated to a ride in a vintage double decker bus on a tour around Ryde and Seaview. Unfortunately about two thirds of the way round we came across a car upside down in the middle of the street. It appears the driver had clipped a parked car, ridden up the bonnet and flipped on to its roof, but the driver got away with just a cut on her wrist which she sustained while climbing out if the broken passenger window. This meant the bus driver had to reverse back down the street and turn around returning back to the garage the way we had come. From the bus garage we travelled to the Culver Fort for a very informative and interesting tour of the fort. The Scurry ends with a final evening meal and presentation of awards. It is a laid back event and a fine way to start winding down the riding season, if you are travelling from the mainland, preference is given to Pre-31 machines. If you have never done it before – and even if you have – the Scurry is well worth going to. Thanks go to the main organisers Ron Wallis and Reg Glading with special thanks to Sue and Clive, our hosts at Brightstone.

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News from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs FROM THE EDITOR

Recent events in politics and the consequent changes have stalled progress on many of the ongoing issues.

Age-related numbers Discussions with DVLA on matters relating to the V765 scheme and ‘Age-Related’ numbers, which have arisen since the DVLA closed their local offices, have not moved forward. There have been changes at DVLA, and it is to be hoped that a more constructive approach will be forthcoming. Inactive registrations Staying with the DVLA for a moment, we are informed that ‘inactive registrations’ are not being deleted. There are archive files within DVLA to which long-term inactive records may be transferred.

Injunctions The controversial issue of ‘injunctions’ has not gone away; in fact, such things are proliferating. Badly worded, sloppiness in drafting and failures to proof-read have not helped. In co-ordination with MAG and with NAWCP the situation is being watched.

Continuous Insurance Enforcement Just a reminder concerning ‘Continuous Insurance Enforcement’. Uninsured vehicles are identified by comparing DVLA records against those held on the Motor Insurance Database. Failure to comply will generate a warning letter, otherwise known as an IAL. The options are as follows:

1) Insure the vehicle 2) Contact the insurer, if they have insurance, to find out why there is no record on the MID 3) If they are no longer the keeper, notify DVLA 4) Make a SORN declaration If you have a vehicle which is not on SORN and which has never been ‘SORNED’, this does not apply. The key point to remember is that the IAL is an important document, and should you receive one it is necessary to take appropriate action. You can check if your vehicle is on the MID at Http:// You should also ask your insurer/broker specifically about MID. Confirmation that one is, in fact, insured is not enough. It would appear that one of the major historic vehicle insurers has an on-going problem keeping their MID entries up to date, and therefore it is worth checking your ‘bikes.

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European Heritage Open Day in Northern Ireland IAN MacDOUGALL

Earlier this year the Northern Ireland Section received an invitation from Belfast City Hall “Would we like to participate in European Heritage Open Day by putting on a display of classic motorcycles?” Of course we accepted and on Saturday 10th September we arranged 14 motor cycles around the plaza in front of the main entrance to the City Hall. Jimmy Burns, who co-ordinated the display, had hoped for a few more but in fact what we had brought filled the space well and left plenty of room around each bike so that they could be viewed and photographed easily. Most decades were represented, starting with Jimmy’s 1915 Triumph Model H and running right up to the 1979 BMW R100RS, belonging to our Chairman Kieran Cairns. The bikes generated a lot of interest. The fine weather helped enormously and as Belfast has become a stop on the cruise ship itinerary there were many foreign visitors. Local people were overheard on their mobiles contacting friends and relatives to let them know about the display. Seeing the bikes was quite nostalgic for some of the older visitors, while younger people, more accustomed to modern machines were astonished by acetylene lights, hand gear changes, and primitive brakes. Copies of the VMCC Journal were handed out to those who asked about the club activities and a number of people said they would be interested in coming along to our next club night. The City Hall was open for guided tours (available at all times, not just for EHOD) so a number of us of took advantage of that. Our guide was Jimmy's son Christopher, a very

capable and amiable host. At one point he picked his father to model one of the Councillor’s robes, complete with nosegays concealed in the sleeves. Apparently Belfast could be a very noxious place back in the early days! In one of the display cabinets was a photograph (below) of Home Guard volunteers riding past the City Hall on their motor cycles during VE day celebrations. The rider on the right was Jimmy’s late father Andy Burns, then a young apprentice working at Mackies Engineering Works. Years later Andy would become one of the founding members of the NI Section of the VMCC. Many thanks to Jimmy, Margaret, Michael and Christopher for organising an enjoyable day.

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Hendrix, Heritage, and a Humber on the Northern Veteran Run FROM THE EDITOR

In recent years the Northern Veteran Run has been organised by the Mid Lincs Section following its inception some years ago by the late Eric Workman, using Lotherton Hall in Yorkshire as a base. For the last few years the event has been based at Wickenby Aerodrome, located in the flatlands to the north of Lincoln – a venue well suited to the vintage motor cyclist. The wartime control tower, which has been sympathetically restored, is still in use acting as a comfortable centre of operations for both motor cyclists and aviators, with readily available refreshments! The surrounding countryside is rather sparsly populated, the lanes and minor roads linking sleepy villages are almost deserted – a few miles and the turmoil of modern motoring is forgotten. Late

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summer sunshine and woodlands with lingering early morning mist set the scene for a perfect day! This year’s route took the twenty-odd riders on a relaxed run of around twenty five miles to the mid morning tea stop at the ever popular Heritage Centre in Bardney. (for those interested in pop music, a magnificent poster announces the 1972 ‘Great Western Express’ Bardney Festival, proudly listing the names of the groups that were to visit ‘middle’ Lincolnshire – the Beach Boys, Atomic Rooster, Status Quo etc etc... you couldn’t make it up. Even Hendrix was there, though not performing.) Suitably refreshed, the riders continued along the route for another ten miles to a lunch stop at the Tyrwhitt Arms at Short Ferry on the banks of the Witham. The ‘Tyrwhitt’ is one of an increasingly rare breed of country pub that is still open, and can cater for a group of visiting motor cyclists without fuss. Following lunch, the group had a further ten miles or so of country lanes to negotiate, taking them back to Wickenby and the opportunity to linger and observe the various activities of some of the resident vintage aircraft before heading off home. A good turnout of Veterans, numbers being made up by several interesting vintage machines, all in all a good day. No awards, but John Emanuel with his Humber outfit, left, and David Pearson on his newly-acquired Rover deserve a mention. The organisers would like to take this opportunity to pass on thanks to all who took part – so thank you!

Museum in the Park Heritage Day


The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire brought the Baughan sidecar-wheel drive outfit from its permanent display in the Museum so the public to see and hear this very historic machine being driven around the Park. This famous trials outfit was donated to the Museum by The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust in 2010. Attending the handover were the Author and Edwin Hayward (son of Bill, who rode it in trials from 1929 to 1946),Pat Mather (with Harry Baughan’s equally famous Red Car, which was also used in trials from the 1920s), and Graham Stagg, son of Chris Stagg, who did the concours restoration. Bill and Chris built this swd in 1928, which was a catalogue item that the public could buy from Baughan Motors. John Kidson, on behalf of the Trust, made the official hand over to the Museum staff. On the Sunday John Kidson, Charles Hayward (grandson of Bill) and the author encountered some difficulty in removing the Baughan from the display area. The Museum staff gave every assistance. With less than an inch to spare it was passed through the doors and wheeled onto the forecourt in preparation for public display. This was a rare insight for the public to witness such a wonderful piece of local trials history. It took some effort on John and Charles’ part to fire it up. Petrol leaks were of some concern, eventually this was solved and the outfit was taken for a run. John Kidson took the first one with me in the chair. This was a little fraught as the swd was in engagement, which gave John great difficulty in steering the outfit. The famous ‘straight on’ effect is very apparent when the drive then becomes a solid axle. I tried to disengage it, all to no avail. It took us six attempts to turn the outfit round, before returning to the Museum. I tried the outfit with the drive in and out of engagement. This was a complete revelation. With the drive in, all the outfit wants to do is to continue on a straight course, and it takes considerable effort to pursuade it to do otherwise. I have the greatest respect of Bill

Hayward's passenger Marjorie Grant Heelas, who was responsible for the operation of the engagement/disengagement of the dog-clutch in competitions. With the drive disconnect it was completely different and performed as a normal combination would. The ‘straight on’ effect is so pronounced that Bill did nott take it on the road, considering it too dangerous, but in trials it was outstanding. I have tried the Baughan on grass and steep slopes – its traction is a revelation; no wonder clubmen were upset when it out-climbed conventional outfits. When Nortons produced their swd military outfit (based on the same design as the Baughan) they had the same trouble when it came to road use. After WW2 these became surplus to requirements, and when they sold off a large notice was attached, warning that under no circumstance should the drive be in engagement on public roads. After a few hours’ demonstration the petrol leaks were concerning officials, and the petrol tank was removed and drained ready for its return to the Museum. The public had a rare insight to such a famous machine that last won a premier event seventy years before in the hands of Bill and Marjorie. Not many people have the chance to ride such a special machine, and I was delighted to be invited to ride it once again. The only thing missing was the wonderful aroma of Castrol R, as in its competition heyday. The photo shows Tommy Barker on the bike with me in the sidecar. David Giles came down from Derby and collected Tommy so he could have a run on the Baughan. For more information on Baughan Motor Cycles visit

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Understanding dynamos

FROM THE EDITOR This article appeared originally in the Riley Register Bulletin and was written by Andy Seager. We are grateful to the Register for permission to reproduce it.

We hear a lot about magnetos and their funny little ways, but dynamos receive little publicity. Historically, it would appear that they have always been viewed with suspicion – witness the survival of acetylene lights well into the ‘thirties. Some of these suspicions were justifiable, if a manufacturer went to Joe Lucas and demanded a dynamo for five shillings then Joe would oblige – you got five bob’s worth and no more... We are looking at electrical components that may be anything up to ninety years old, and such antiquity deserves some respect; modern electronics seem doomed to failure between five and ten years with no redemption. Leaving aside wiring and regulator (cut-outs) aside, a weary dynamo may be the source of your problems. If it’s a third We are looking brush instrument, at electrical first check the components that ‘summer’ (halfcharge) setting, may be anything and then the one up to 90 for ‘winter’ (full years old charge). If it works on one and not the other – your problems lie elsewhere. Don’t poke your finger into the cut-out armature; all you will achieve is the draining of the battery and excessive current into a stalled dynamo. Before you embark on wholesale dismantling, carefully check for loose connections, frayed wires, seemingly poor earthing connections and wires shorting out on the frame – or a favourite location – underneath the petrol tank. Now, remove the dynamo. If it appears to be full of grease and oil, then careful dismantling is called for. Do not be tempted to flood the thing with WD40 or similar. You will be left with an

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instrument containing a conductive mixture of dust and grease which will only exacerbate your problems. If you are lucky, you will have a ‘dry’ dynamo. On dismantling, check for breaks in the wiring, dry joints and ‘frame-outs’ on the inside of the case. Take a deep breath and make a careful visual examination – has it burned? Is there that tell-tale smell of cat’s urine? If so, consignment to a specialist is called for. If all is clear so far, the next stage is the examination of the commutator and the brushes. The commutator is a sequence of copper segments that connect the separate windings of the armature via the bushes to the outside connections. Each of these segments is insulated from its neighbour with a non-conductive material that is ‘undercut’. The grooves between each segment collect dust from the brushes and eventually electrical leakage will occur resulting in the loss or the impairment of individual wiring loops. The commutator should be carefully cleaned with white spirit (NOT a solvent!) and the spaces between each segment should be carefully cleaned out. Finish this exercise off by blowing all the dust out of the armature with an air line, a disposable air cylinder or a foot pump. Are all the brushes (you will have either two or three, depending on the age of your machine) in good condition and free to slide in their guides? Are they are actually making contact with the commutator, and held in contact by the spring? If they are too short, change them! Take care to replace the bushes in their original locations and the right way round. The bushes will have bedded in to the optimal shape to match the commutator. Note that in some instances, the third brush will be fixed with a small screw on a spring arm; check that it is in contact with the commutator and free to move with sufficient spring pressure so as to maintain contact. Take especial care with the internal leads – especially this third brush lead, as it is connected directly to one end of the field winding. Once you have been through these steps, put everything back as it should be and start the ‘bike,

other lead to the machine’s battery (the positive terminal on a ‘negative earth’ ‘bike and the negative terminal on a positive earth machine). Hold the dynamo still with your foot, and touch the lead from the battery to the strap – the dynamo should spin just like a motor; you will get a spark as you connect – not a worry! However, if the dynamo does not turn immediately – then stop. If the dynamo does not spin up on its own – it needs specialist attention. The process of ‘flashing’ the dynamo like this will establish the residual magnetism in the soft iron core of the field windings, so if it produced nothing initially but it subsequently motored, then there is a chance it will now work when refitted to the ‘bike. At the end of all this you will have established that (a) the dynamo is not functioning at all and needs specialist attention; (b) the dynamo was persuaded back into life after being ‘flashed’ so put it back on the ‘bike and test; (c) It is working pretty much as expected, so the charging fault lies elsewhere. If the dynamo appears to be working and you still have no charge, then you may have an issue with one of the following: There is a wiring issue. Further investigation with a meter many be necessary. You must test for continuity on each The only sure way wire run with is to diagnose by BOTH of its ends testing disconnected. On a three-brush system if either half- or full-charge works but not both, then the switch may be at fault or the half-charge resistor is broken or disconnected (the switch connects ‘D’ directly to ‘F’ when shut and the half-charge resistor across ‘D’ and ‘F’ when open) The cut-out and/or the regulator box has a fault, assuming it’s not a seized armature or dirty contact, then a swap-out is probably the best way to confirm that. Back to the beginning, electrical faults can occur anywhere. This process provides some structure and method to identify where a charging fault might reside. Experience suggests dynamos are more problematic than cut-outs and regulator boxes, but do not assume anything. The only sure way is to diagnose by testing!

rev the engine and see if the cut-out operates and the ammeter shows a positive charge when the revs. are somewhere around that which would be the case at, say, 30 mph in top gear. I thought so... the charge still fails. You must now look closely at the dynamo to see if it is capable of generating sufficient (if any) electricity. Leaving the dynamo on the machine, disconnect the wiring harness completely and insulate the wire ends and stow them out of the way. Now put a metal strap (a paper clip is ideal) between ‘D’ and ‘F’ on the dynamo (connect the output to the field winding). Then connect one lead of a multimeter (polarity is determined by the ‘bike being either positive or negative earth) to the wire strap and the other to a reliable earth. Set the meter’s range to ‘volts’ and choose a range that is well in excess of the expected dynamo output, since off-load the voltage will be much higher than its normal rating. On six-volt systems set to 20 volts or so, and with 12 volt systems set it to 30 volts or above. Start the beast and watch the voltmeter – as you rev the engine you should see the voltage rise substantially – expect around 12-18 volts on an unloaded sixvolt machine and 25 volts or so on a 12 volt one. Yes? And your problems lie elsewhere ... If the output is zero or negligible, off we go again. If you are dealing with a three-brush dynamo, try shifting the third brush (you may have to try both directions of travel, move it CAREFULLY in small increments with the engine not running and the ignition off) to see if you can bring the output into range. No joy? The dynamo needs specialist attention. Now it might just be that the device has lost its residual magnetism. This is not likely if the machine has been used in the last year or so – but it is possible. The following test will re-establish the residual magnetism, and after this it may then function once more – it’s worth a shot anyway! Right, you have the dynamo off the machine and we are now going to see if it ‘motors’ – after all, a dynamo is an electric motor! The best way to do this is to use the machine’s own battery (assuming that it is charged!). You will need that strap between ‘F’ and ‘D’ as above. Connect one of the jump leads to a good earth on the ‘bike and the case of the dynamo. Making sure that you do this the right way around for your machine, connect one end of the

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A story my father told me BRIAN RICHARDSON

During the early ’thirties work in Sheffield was not readily available. This resulted in my father applying for an advertised position as Fire Brigade Engineer in the Midlands town of Dudley. He had spent some time as an apprentice motor cycle mechanic working for Dan Bradbury, the Norton agent in Sheffield, and also for a local one-man garage in nearby Dronfield, who specialised in repairs to Model T Fords, Clyno and Jowett cars and the De Dion engines used on the nearby farms. My father was successful in his application and took the family to Dudley. I remember he always said that on his first morning at the fire station his first action was to throw himself under the fire engines to see if he could work out how they pumped water! Incidentally, in those days, very few people had the opportunity to learn to drive and to get a licence. My father was one of only two firemen who had a licence to drive the engines in those very early days. Dudley was not a rich town. The fire brigade, the police and the ambulance staff all worked for the Watch Committee, which had as its manager a Scotsman whose authority should never be questioned if you wanted to keep your job. Fortunately, my Astonishment was father’s abilities to drive and to written all over the repair vehicles stood him in face of the rider when a speed cop good stead. Or so he thought, until on an obsoloete one day The model of BSA Chief called him overtook him with into the office and told him that ease and pulled him they were short over of constables, and therefore he was to consider himself PC18 Richardson forthwith. He held this job for some time, occasionally acting as fireman and as a policeman as circumstances demanded. Traffic in those days was very limited. Most cars and commercial vehicles had a job to exceed

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40mph, so when a local ‘likely lad’ came on the scene with a well-sorted Rudge, it was not long before his activities came to the attention of the police. As ‘PC 18’ could ride a motor cycle, he was ordered to apprehend the budding racer. Lying in wait one day on a well-worn BSA twin, the Rudge came blasting up the High Street. Father followed with all haste, but the old Beesa was no match for the Rudge. Several similar events took place over the next few weeks. Sometimes the lady pillion passenger would take off her beret and pull it over the rear number plate. Something HAD to be done. Now the BSA had exposed valve gear which, over the years, had worn badly. Tappet adjustments were possible, but generally things were in bad state of repair. The bike lost power on full throttle, and was obviously running weak on carburetion. A bigger main jet made little difference, and the spark plugs still burned white. Father decided to take off the cylinder heads. So, in his own time, he dismantled the engine and found the inlet valves and guides worn to a hopeless state. New guides and valves were fitted and a vast improvement ensued – but still not fast enough to catch the demon rider on his Rudge. It seems that the manufacturer’s clearances were such that an excessive air leak still existed via the inlet valve guides. Birmingham was, even in those days, the manufacturing mecca it still is today. You could get anything you wanted made in one of the little engineering shops abounding in the city. Dad knew a man who knew a man who could make anything, so a trip to ‘Brum’ ensued. The order was for valve guides to be made with a gland nut at the top and room for some tow packing. These guides were a credit to the fine engineering practised by the maker and were fitted to the bike forthwith. A couple of days later the Rudge came screaming up The Broadway. Astonishment was written all over the face of the rider when a speed cop riding an obsolete model of BSA overtook him with ease and pulled him over. There is no record of any comment or congratulations connected with these events – just a big sense of job satisfaction. Well done, PC18.


When the opportunity presents itself for a trip to Italy, I find it hard to refuse. We had made a trip to Regia Emila Autojumble in April and were impressed. Then, as the 95th Anniversary of Moto Guzzi loomed, we decided to travel by car once more and take a machine down for the celebrations. The choice was easy, my 1928 Moto Guzzi 500 Sport fits neatly into our Peugeot Partner Teepee car for the 3,000-mile road trip. Security for the old machine had to be a priority: First night aboard the overnight crossing from Belfast to Liverpool; the second and third at the home of a fellow enthusiast member near London. That Saturday we attended a fabulous Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle. On Sunday 4th September we caught the DoverDunkirk ferry – the third time this machine has crossed the English Channel in three years for Motorcycle rallies. In 2014 it was Germany, and Holland in 2105. After the ferry crossing we drove non-stop to spend the night with friends near Cologne, where we enjoyed another rest day and secure parking. We had been invited to spend a night near Bern in Switzerland with a friend I had not seen for 29 years. I bought my first hand-change Moto Guzzi from him in January 1987. He entertained us with a wonderful drive to the surrounding mountains and lakes, plus locked underground parking. Next morning we travelled through the Julies and Maloja Passes with breathtaking scenery crossing into Italy in the late afternoon at the border town of Chiavenna. We were now only an hours’ drive from our hotel in Bellano, 10 miles along the shore of Lake Como from Mandello Del Lario. We have been using this hotel for 20 years without realising that they had a good lock-up garage. Here we met up with my brother Eamon, my son David and his friend Gerard, all seasoned Guzzi enthusiasts. Eamon, a keen VMCC member, is

presently restoring a similar machine to mine. I fell in love with Mandello and its surrounding area on my first visit in March 1978, and our home is named ‘Mandello del Lario’. We usually return every year. This year’s event was the biggest ever it has been, with an estimated 25,000 bikers attending. We were present for the 75th in 1996, but it was nothing like this for numbers. Many events were laid on both inside and outside the factory. We were able to view the factory production lines of the latest models. Riders queued for free test rides, every conceivable model from the last 95 years could be seen around the town, including three-wheelers, entertainment was provided at various venues, and the weekend ended with a fireworks display. One of the highlights for us was on the Sunday when Giuseppe Todero and some friends fired up some tasty race hardware, including a genuine V8, several racing singles and a rigid framed 120 VTwin – I had not seen one of these before – of the type Stanley Woods rode to victory in the 1934 Spanish GP 500cc Class, his first races for the company. Throughout our stay the heat was overwhelming; 29oC late one evening. Our way home took us through Austria, where we met up with some friends from the local Norton Owners Club, who took us on a tour of Salzburg. They found us a wonderful B&B, where we left the car in their lockup garage for two days for the small cost of €10. We were tired after 20 days and glad to be home – but it was an unforgettable trip!

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Pushrod performance – 1930s style PART 2: BOB ZWARTS

Now we come to Walter’s last season of racing at Donington. By 1938 he could be considered a seasoned campaigner, able to ‘mix it’ with the best, and on an equal footing now he was equipped with the 596cc M30 Norton outfit. Over the winter, the sidecar had undergone a radical transformation. Maybe the original bodywork was too badly damaged in the incident the previous August, or perhaps he decided that he wanted something lighter and minimal. There was now no bodywork beyond a simple nose-cone and mudguard over the sidecar wheel, clearly visible in the picture on this page. Easter Monday, 18th April 1938, dawned cold but bright. A large crowd was expected, as this was to be the first time motor cycle races were held on the fully-extended circuit with a longer straight which by-passed Starkey’s and continued down to the new Melbourne corner. The sidecar/three-wheeler entries are shown in the panel below. Jackie Beeton had a twenty-second start from Len Taylor, but was soon caught and passed by him. Beeton held on to second place until the sixth lap, when he was passed first by Bibby, then Tinsley, and this was the finishing order. The second sidecar/three-wheeler race was more exciting as it featured three separate battles. As before, Beeton took an early lead but the fight for

Entry list; Easter Monday, 1938

Jackie Beeton 490cc Norton M30 8/80 Charlie Hale 998cc Morgan-JAP kburne Blac ganMor c 998c Phil Heath M30 on Nort c 596c or Len Tayl Walter Bibby 596cc Norton M30 596cc Norton M30 W. Tinsley Versey Graham 595cc Grindley -JAP 1084cc Morgan-JAP H.C. Bate George Buck 497cc Ariel

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first place quickly developed into a contest between Taylor and Arthur Horton. Horton’s outfit appeared to have the edge on speed down the straights, possibly due to carrying more corner speed as it was now set up to use the ‘front exit’ passenger technique on left hand corners. Horton not only finished in first place, but also broke the sidecar lap record at 61.34 mph. The second duel, between Beeton and Bibby for third place went to Bibby, with Beeton finishing fourth. Meanwhile, George Buck was successfully challenging Graham for fifth place. Taylor and Beeton both broke the 60mph barrier and must have finished very closely, but third place man Bibby was only 30s. Behind the winner with an average speed of 58.87mph. The next Donington event was on Whit. Monday 6th June 1938. The day began with a thin drizzle and high winds, not ideal racing conditions, but still attracted a good-sized crowd and produced a new sidecar lap record.

The first of the two sidecars / three-wheeler races featured seven outfits and three Morgans. Len Taylor took an early lead and was only challenged, unsuccessfully, by Horton who in turn was challenged strongly by Bibby, until a sidecar wheel puncture put Bibby out of contention on the sixth lap. This was disappointing as Walter’s battle with Horton had reduced his lap times to within 4s. Of the lap record, set by Horton at the previous event. The race was won by Len Taylor at race record speed with Horton in second place, Phil Heath (Morgan - Blackburne) held on to a lucky third place, his top gear drive chain breaking as he crossed the finish line with Graham in fourth position. In the second race, Taylor again stormed off into a decisive lead with Horton in hot pursuit and that’s how the race finished, with Bibby in third place and F.E.G. Radcliffe (490cc Norton M30) in fourth. Taylor again broke the sidecar race and lap records at 61.67mph. By contrast, in this race, the Morgan men were struggling. Hale came off the circuit at Redgate corner ( a left hander in this era) regained control but then retired with a seized engine and Phil Heath retired with mechanical problems in the second lap. Len Taylor and passenger

Stan Nicholls must have been very satisfied with their performance and with their 596cc Norton, on that day they were seemingly unbeatable. Now we come to Walter Bibby’s finest performance at Donington. The August Bank Holiday event was held on 1st August 1938, and was split into two distinct sessions. In the morning, all classes, including the sidecars and threewheelers, were to race over the relatively short distance of four laps, about 12 ½ miles. Then after a break for lunch, the “Grand Prix” races would be contested over 16 laps (50 miles) for the solo classes and eight for the sidecar/three-wheeler class. The first sidecar race seems to have been relatively uneventful. J.Varlow, riding Ratcliffe’s 490cc Norton outfit, was given a forty-second start, ahead of the 596cc Nortons and the sole Morgan entry, Charlie Hale. The four laps proved insufficient for Taylor and Hale to catch Varlow despite trying all they knew. Horton’s challenge was defeated by an oiled plug on the first lap and Hale, whose engine was by then firing on only one cylinder, had to give way to Evans (490cc Rudge) on the last lap. In the attempt to catch Varlow and stay with Taylor, Hale had raised the lap record for the class to 62.09mph. Walter Bibby is not mentioned in the results for this race. After lunch, the eight-lap sidecar and three-wheeler Grand Prix race began to shape up well with a battle for supremacy between Bibby and Taylor, with neither prepared to give ground. The outcome was an uncharacteristic loss of control by Taylor, who left the circuit at Redgate, losing his passenger and eventually coming to rest ‘very shaken’ and out of the race. Meanwhile, Bibby was engaged in battle with Horton but Horton also left the race, albeit less dramatically. His carburettor float chamber had succumbed to the vibration and fractured, putting him out and giving Bibby first place which he held the end. He was followed home less continued overleaf

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frm previous page than a minute later by Varlow and then Evans, on the 499cc Rudge in third place. It could be argued that Walter Bibby and passenger won this race by default; however there is an undeniable fact to refute this. In the course of the race they had raised both the race and lap records. This made them the fastest men on three wheels around Donington at the time, and must have given Walter and his unnamed passenger, about whom we know absolutely nothing, tremendous satisfaction. They had come a long way in the sport, in a relatively short time. That would normally be the end of the season for motorcycle racing at Donington but 1938 marked the 50th Anniversary of the invention of the pneumatic tyre by John Boyd Dunlop. On 11th. August, ‘The Motorcycle’ was reporting a large entry for the Dunlop Jubilee event to be held at Donington on 27th Aug. On the day, a crowd of 20,000 spectators was recorded. The LMS Railway Co. was running a special train, leaving London Paddington station at 0825 and arriving at Derby at 1125. This allowed for travel by bus to the circuit in time for the racing which was due to commence at 1415. An illustration of just how important Donington Park had become under the management of Fred Craner and the Derby and District Motor Club. The 5 lap sidecar and three-wheeler race was programmed to start at 1530hrs. Alfred Kirsch (1000cc Universal-JAP) set off very quickly, demonstrating why he was the 1936 Swiss National sidecar champion (1000cc class). Kirsch was closely followed by Bibby and Horton, Horton having recently won the sidecar race at the 1938 Swiss Grand Prix. Behind these three contenders, Hale was driving his 8/80 JAP -Morgan with considerable élan but Taylor was, unusually, suffering from engine trouble and not showing his usual form. Horton managed to pass Bibby and set off after Kirsch, catching him on the fourth lap when the Universal-JAP retired with engine

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problems. ‘The Motorcycle’ reported that the action was heart stopping with front forks whipping about as though they were made of elastic and Charlie Hale coming round a right hand bend, in the middle of the sidecar pack, in a spectacular fashion. This superb race ended in a win for Arthur Horton, with Bibby only five seconds behind followed by Hale. Horton’s outfit, pictured above, was by this stage, technically years ahead of the opposition here in the UK. It featured suspension on all three wheels, a padded platform and passenger front exit provision, along with much cleaner aerodynamics provided by the alloy sidecar wheel cover and nose cone. So advanced was it that it did not look out of place in the early 1950’s when sidecar racing took its next steps forward following the establishment of the World Championships in 1949. It is worth noting that the benefits of these advances were still the subject of debate into the 1950’s by leading exponents such as Eric Oliver, Pip Harris and Ted Davies. The racing career of Walter Bibby, at least so far as Donington Park is concerned, came to a close with that late August 1938 event. We have been unable to find mention of him in any of the 1939 programmes or reports. So what became of the unique 588cc Norton M19 special? Archie Beggs recalls seeing it in competition throughout the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s, suggesting that it did not leave the

Merseyside area. Sadly, he also remembers that it was finally scrapped. The early ’60’s was a time when interest in preserving our racing heritage was at a particularly low point. If only someone had the foresight to rescue and preserve this machine, what a wonderful sight and sound it would have made in Vintage Racing today. As for Walter, his nephew Roy tells me that apart from his engineering business, he had two big interests in life – motor cycles and fishing. Paddock photos suggest that he greatly enjoyed his racing and the results show that he was competitive at the top level of the sport. Personally I like to think of him as a pioneer, pushing the limits of his riding skill and his machines in a relatively new, exciting and rapidly developing branch of motorcycle sport. With the 588cc Special he had so much in common with those who were to follow much later, in Vintage racing, seeking to develop apparently unlikely machines into race-worthy devices – but not always with Walter Bibby’s degree of success. l The collection of pictures that led to Richard

and I writing a book about the racing at Donington in this period, can still be viewed on the web at this link: albums/72157633443453034)

l The picture on pages 66-67 and the one on the facing page are published courtesy of Roy Hoiles, of W.Bibby Precision Engineering Ltd. The picture on this page is published courtesy Mike Lawrence, from the Griff Bury collection.

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Transplant needed?

TOM WILSON It was one of those gorgeous East Devon nights, as I was laying there in my warm comfortable bed, those noisy long ZZZs emitting from my nose and mouth whilst I was dreaming of riding my Supa Rapide down those Leafy Green winding country lanes with them outstanding views..... all of sudden a loud scream, followed by a very loud bang, and what must have been a flash of light suddenly stirred me from my deep slumber. I lay there still and frozen. Was it fear that kept me still? Then as time passed I wondered if I had dreamed the scream, flash of light and loud bang; or had it perhaps been thunder and lightning? I lay there for what seemed hours, but all was still and quiet and I drifted back to sleep unable to find that speedy twin of my dream. Dawn broke and the light came streaming through my bedroom window. I lay there fully awake, a bit unusual for me as I normally sleep ’til dinner-time. I pulled myself from that comfortable pit to find out if I had dreamed that flash, wallop and loud bang.

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Unlocking the back door full of dread at what I might find, only to see what appeared to be a Vincent cylinder head, a cylinder, piston, two pushrods etc... scattered down my driveway. What on earth had been happening during that balmy summer night? Back through the door into the kitchen, I grab my keys and rush with apprehension to my garage. As I turn the key in the lock I am wondering what on earth has happened to my Vincent Rapide; is it still there? Has it been stolen or stripped and sold for spares? Gingerly lifting the up-and-over door, I fall back with awe and wonder; lo and behold there’s my magnificent Rapide all together, present and correct – BUT... standing there next to her was this little black shiny thing - a new born! I jumped for joy; yes my Rapide had had a baby! That explained the crash bang and wallop, as for the flash of light it must have been a Comet passing overhead... What a brilliant idea... That’s what I will name the new born: Comet. As I check over Comet for any birth defects starting at that ‘fab’ rear end, I notice the rear lamp looks a bit distorted; not the usual Miller STOP lamp, now’t to worry about I think, a minor op will put that right, parts can still be found to do a transplant. Further down the bike I almost fall over with fright and shock! The poor owd beast has a large hole in its heart (engine). Upon further investigation I find the rear cylinder, carb and cylinder head are missing – that explains all the Vincent parts on my drive! Could this be a terminal illness? Is it the end of the new born? Will it ever see the light of day? I get astride her, wondering if the poor owd baby will start or run? With its half-heart - will it beat? That, as Shakespeare once wrote, is the question. I give the babe a prod and that poor owd thing springs into life... bump, bump, bump, chug, chug... She sounds very good; not quite like my Rapide but with a nice rhythm and sound. I am now thinking hard, do I send her for the transplant or leave well alone? Well, maybe as our Comet was born built that way, maybe Phil Vincent, the master in the sky designed her that way, best leave well alone. As that owd saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.

More about George Dance

PAT DAVY Soon after the formation of the Brooklands Section I made the acquaintance of Bill Cox, who lived in nearby Addlestone. Bill was about twice my age with twice the experience in old bike matters, and had a nose for finding treasures. One day he confided that he had found an OHV Sunbeam he suspected to be an exGeorge Dance machine. Now Bill's wife hailed from the Wolverhampton area, and when visiting her family he started investigations into George Dance’s whereabouts, eventually learning his address. Bill’s experience of life had taught him not to rush in without further investigation, from which he found out that in retirement years George’s interest had switched from motor cycles to gardening. Like most breadwinners in post war Britain, Bill had taught himself the rudiments of gardening to supplement the dinner table, so he felt confident to make an approach. Strolling past Greoge’s house he found George out in the garden persuing his interest, and struck up a conversation, keeping to the subjects of the weather and its effects on the garden he studiously avoided the subject of motor cycles. Futher ‘chance meetings’ kept to the subject of horticulture avoiding any reference to motor cycles until confidence was gained. When the time was ripe, Bill brought the Sunbeam into the conversation, and was relieved when George agreed to look at the machine which was on the trailer behind Bill’s car, coveniently parked just down the road. The eureka moment had arrived as

George cited, among other features, the modified saddle mounting as proof that it was his old sprinter. I was priviledged to have a short ride and can tell you that it certainly stretched your arms when accelerating! The machine, I believe, passed to the National Motorcycle Museum, but if it survived the great fire, I know not. Regarding George Dance kneegrips, Ross Common in his series ‘Nuggets from the Archives’guides us to the Green ’Un of August 1st 1923, wherein the following can be found under the heading ‘Streamlined Kneegrips’: “It will be remembered that a special form of John Bull kneegrip was produced by the Leicester Rubber Co. expressly for the TT races, in collaboration with the celebrated speedman George Dance. This new kneegrip, which will be named after its originator, will be on the market in a few weeks’ time.”

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Mixing with the mighty UNCLE JIM REYNOLDS

Roger Barlow spent his working life, from 1948 to 1992, in the British transport industry, working on cars, fighting vehicles and, best of all, motor cycles. Early in ’48 he quit work at a toolmaker to serve SU carburetter company. “Gaffers had cars, but not the workers,” he explains. “They had the tram, bus or perhaps a motor cycle.” That same year he bought his first bike; nothing special on an apprentice’s wage, and all he could afford was a 350 Velocette MDD, ex-Army converted to civilian with a coat of black paint. It sowed the seeds of a lifelong enthusiasm, fuelled when a friend let him have a ride on a new Model 18 Norton. “It was as if I was lent a Fireblade today,” he says. “Bags of torque and Roadholder forks as well, with only a few miles on the clock, it looked like new. It shook rather than vibrated, but what did that matter to me? All bikes shook and shuddered at tickover. “I had to have a 500 at all costs, the sooner the better. Wal Handley (a major racing star who had a shop in the centre of Birmingham) provided me with a second hand MSS Velocette that would seize if cruised at over 50mph. By the time one had shipped in the clutch and coasted to a standstill it would have freed off and a kick would have it started again.” He had the barrel off and the ring gaps were spot on, the ignition timing was right, but still it seized. Lets just call it a characterbuilding bike, but it took him from home to camp when he finished his apprenticeship and had to complete two years’ National Service with the Army. The old Velo would have felt at home in there, where Rogers’s riding experience landed him a post as a dispatch rider, and a ride on his employer’s bike. Not quite the jammy number it sounds, as the bike was a well worn BSA M20 500 sidevalve. His education in the matter of two wheels took a step up at that stage. “It rattled, shook and vibrated its way along. Given time it would reach 45mph on the level, or 50 downhill. It felt loose, soggy and heavy, and the pannier frames rattled and jingled away as the back wheel hopped about with a will of its own. They were better men than I was to have ridden them through the desert or a European winter. But at least it kept me off the barrack square for a few summer days!”

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He was posted to Botley Camp, near Southampton, and the faithful Velo carried him, at its steady 50mph, home to Brum at weekends or to local attractions like the renowned Lawton and Wilson showroom. That’s where he fell in love: “It was breathtaking. No lights, no kickstart, horn or stands, but it did have a dualseat with a hump at the back and the magical letters HRD on a large stainless steel tank. And it had a BTH magneto and ginormous TT carburetor. “A man in overalls strolled over and told me it was an HRD TT Replica, bronze cylinder head and all. It was out of the question, how could I go home on leave? What would my old man say when this unsilenced apparition pulled onto his front drive? I rode back to camp feeling depressed, but at least I could dream about it. “The next Wednesday evening I was called to the guardroom and saw the man in overalls with the HRD! He knew I was in the army, and dead keen to have the HRD, so he called at the camp on the off chance, and offered me a ride to see if I liked it. A push for three paces and drop the clutch: “Slip the clutch to three thou,” he shouted, and I was off down the road. What a noise, what comfort with three inches of foam and a spring frame – and what performance! Ten minutes later I was back and agreed a straight swap, my Velo MSS for his HRD. Not for one second did I ever regret that decision!” The young Barlow fitted a couple of cycle lamps as ‘bobby dodgers’, and a pipsqueak bulb horn as the mandatory audible warning of approach, though nobody would hear it above the straight-through exhaust, and flew home on a 48-hour weekend pass. “With 34HP and weighing 335 pounds (153kg JR) it did fly; on 72 octane Pool petrol a compression ration of 8:1 was astronomical. It would do 60mph in first and around 100 in top and every mile was a pleasure, thought the vibration was something else. No matter how hard I gripped the bars, my hands would slide outwards to the end of the rubber grips, then one let go and grabbed the bars again as close to the levers as possible, only for it to happen all over again. “The clutch and primary chain rattled in fresh air, and under the tank the valves jogged up and down

Ferriday he bought a new Triumph 150cc Terrier: “Very economical, otherwise rubbish,” that was replaced by a new 500cc Norton Model 7 twin from Comerfords in Thames Ditton. That also did not impress: “The ammeter burned out on the way home form Comerfords, the chrome went rusty in two weeks of dry weather and the magneto was changed under guarantee. Hands off, it would weave all by itself.” He enjoyed his time with Feridax and remembers Jim Ferriday as a fair man to work for. But things weren’t good in 1956, with staff being laid off and as Christmas approached Roger was one of them. Feridax (1957) Limited soon emerged, but by then the Barlow CV had got him a job as a design draughtsman at Ariel down the road in Selly Oak. He’d truly arrived, working for a real motor cycle manufacturer, and in his first year there bought a new Velocette Venom in dark green: he was clearly too much of an individual to feel he had to buy the company product. “A great bike, it needed both fuel taps open to go fast. The clutch The chrome went inserts fell out, rusty in two weeks otherwise it was of dry weather all OK.” Roger was part of the drawing office staff under the supervision of Harold Hill, who had taught Bert Hopwood to draw. “With Ken Whistance in charge of production and Val Page the Chief Designer it was a fine place to work. But there was something going on I was not aware of, and in time all was revealed when I was showed the prototype being built in a little room of the main machine shop. It was a 250 two stroke twin. I was rather disappointed at the time, after all I was running a Venom. “It must have been early 1957 that I was asked if I wished to buy a 250 Adler twin that had been bought for evaluation. A beautifully finished twostroke, it had been completely stripped, measured and throughly examined, and then reassembled. Having just bought the Venom I turned it down flat. With hindsight I should have bought it.” It was so well made Ariel couldn’t copy it and keep the price down. For example, the crankshaft halves were joined by Hirth serrations, a very expensive solution which Porsche also adopted, but that

courtesy of HRD’s patent valve gear. The moonlit ries in the early hours, back to camp behind a jiggling cycle lamp, were magical. On one ride home I passed an American airman on a new sprung hub Triumph Thunderbird. He just could not understand how a bike 18 years old and smaller than his could out-corner and out-run him. We shared a fag in a lay-by and parted friends. Oh, FMP 510, where are you now?” (Does any reader have a clue to the whereabouts of Roger’s old love? We’ve spoken to the Vincent-HRD Owners Club, and they have no record of it.) His National Service over, Roger got a job at the Connaught Car Company in Surrey, working on 1,500cc sports car engines and 2,500cc power units for the factory’s racers. It was in one of these that Tony Brooks made headlines by winning the 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix, the first Englishman in an English car to win an international GP since WW2. Roger had worked on that engine, thus having a minor contribution to an international victory that fired the imagination here in Blighty and encouraged small-time makers like Cooper and Lotus to broaden their horizons. For Roger, in his early 20s and riding that HRD from Brum down to Surrey early on Monday morning to work on racing and sports cars, it must have been a dream come true. Only working on bikes could be better… In 1956 he joined Jim Ferriday’s Feridax Accessories as a development assistant, where a 1920 Sunbeam sidevalve lay neglected under the open staircase at the back of the factory, his for a tenner-a-week wages. “Complete but totally shot,” he recalls of the ancient single that had its clutch recorked for just a pound and a new Hepolite piston, compete with rings, gudgeon pin and circlips was £2.50 from Reid Watt. He was working unpaid overtime and had little opportunity to get the Sunbeam finished, so it went to a mate and was soon back on the road and in use. He remembers a Royal Enfield 250 Crusader, on loan to have fittings for a Feridax windscreen developed for the bike, whose smooth running impressed everyone who rode it. They also had a Gold Star delivered, in full Clubman’s trim, for a racing seat to be developed. Sadly, it had no engine. “It was rather like having Fogarty’s Ducati sitting in the office.” he smiles. “We climbed on it and fantasised about lapping the Island.” While he was working for Jim

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needed expensive machine tools to produce; in the end we used a taper and key instead. Gradually the work rate gathered pace, and everything else was put aside except for the new 250 and we’d have visits by representatives from Lucas, Hepolite, Smith’s Instruments and Homers the sheet metal company. Those trade representatives were splendid people who knew their jobs inside out, and remained tight lipped about other manufacturers’ new machines; not one word passed their lips. “In 1957 there were two weekly magazines, ‘The Blue ‘Un’ or The Motor Cycle and ‘The Green ‘Un’ or Motor Cycling, whose Midland representatives were Bob Currie and Bernal Osborne. Bob was always polite and correct, let us know of his intention to call and never tried to look around to see if he could Bernal the Journal find any story he could leak next would often come week. ‘Bernal the in unannounced, Journal’ on the which would lead other hand would often come in to much covering unannounced, of drawings which would lead to much covering of drawings and hiding of special parts. He was less popular the Bob an almost certainly found out less as a result. “Just before the Leader, three prototypes were dispatched to mid-Wales for testing, their identity and name not visible. When the team had about finished testing, the hotel landlord asked how the new Ariels were going. When he was asked how he knew what make the machines were he replied: “All your post comes in Ariel envelopes!” When the bike was launched on 17th July 1957, every employee was presented with his own personal copy of the two weeklies, with a sticker across saying they were souvenir issues for employees, with the compliments of the Directors. I still have both my copies, and am prouder now than I was at the time.” The Leader, which we should remember was made down to a price at the parent BSA Group’s insistence, was not without the odd little problem, like molten big end rollers and blued conrods, while the steering stem was changed from tublar to a solid rod to give extra strength. At the other end

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of the D-section swinging arm was prone to bending with a big boot on the brake lever, so it was swapped to round section, and both brakes were prone to snatch and lock up on wet surfaces. Roger revised the anchor layouts to cure the snatch, but the bike was always considered underbraked. “A two leading shoe version was tried, with great success, but the money was not available to put it into production,” he recalls. ‘The company was extremely cost conscious,, and every little bit was worked on to reduce the cost. There were a surprising number of odd little bits that dated back to the thirties, standard Ariel parts. If you asked an outside supplier for a repeat order it was always cheaper than giving him a new drawing and asking for a quotation...” He also solved the problem of the rear dampers bottoming out with a passenger and luggage on board. His solution was not an alternative spring with the complication of identifying which was which; Roger added a small helper spring to the original, both items easily recognised. The Leader was voted MCN Machine of the Year in 1959, when its leaner little brother the Arrow was just launched, to take the title in 1960. In 1961 the uprated Golden Arrow did the same. As Roger says “Three awards in three years can’t be bad for such a different form of motor cycle.” It was one he came to respect, after taking a Leader prototype home one weekend to get some miles in and finding that it felt as safe in the wet as his own Venom in the dry. “A delightful bike, but it just would not stop quite as well as one would have liked. And you didn’t need handlebars to steer the Arrow – I once covered five miles, by the speedo, on an Arrow with my arms folded. A very stiff twist grip was set and I rode along a main road, slowing a little on hills and speeding up down the other side, but not too bad.” (Do not try this at home, children, particularly if you live on the North Circular). 1960 brought an intriguing development of a different calibre: “A Square Four with Leader type forks and a swinging arm was proposed, so we got on with getting the most out of Ariel’s biggest. We used a standard Square Four frame as far as the seat tube and from there rearwards a copy of the swinging arm fame. While Bob Trigg did the scaled up Leader front forks, I drew up the rest,” remembers Roger. “The result was pure delight. A

gentle nudge with the knees was all you needed to change direction; it really was delightfully stable and very underrated. One day I rode past Cope’s Hagley Road Showrooms, and was greeted with amazement. I could not help showing it off.” Sadly, the bike never made it to production. Even more rare was the in-line, four cylinder, aircooled laid-down engine in a shaft driven version of the Leader. Another one that Roger rode: “The bike did have one or two problems, none of them insuperable. I spent a day riding it in the Cotswolds with a tester on an Arrow. If it broke down, I was to hide it and stay with it while the tester summoned help. In fact it ran beautifully for me; it stalled one or twice in traffic, but a jab on the starter button brought it to life again. One or two people did a double take with twin headlamps and the sheer size, but it was just a Leader to the motorcycling public.” The bike was another that did not progress beyond the prototype; it’s in the National Motorcycle Museum now. The future of Ariel was looking grim as all fourstroke models were dropped, and production

centered around the two-stroke twins, whose lack of development saw sales fall. At the end of 1962 the factory in Selly Oak was sold and operations moved to BSA’s main factory, with no welcoming party. “BSA made it plain we were there under sufferance. Val Page retired and his assistant Bernard Knight came up with a tubular fame for the Arrow. He used C15 forks and swinging arm, and it was known as the TS5. I rode it around the BSA test track and imagined I was going quite fast, until a tester on a 650 nearly blew me into the canal that bordered the track! If only we could have developed and RD or LC version; the engine dimensions were identical with Yamaha and Suzuki…” It wasn’t to be. In 1964 Burman announced they could no longer produce the gears for the Leader and Arrow, and in September the Drawing Office was closed. Roger took up a post as a designer at Rover’s engine department. It wasn’t the end of his work with motor cycles, just the end of a chapter, as Ariel production ceased in 1965 and a fine old name disappeared.

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JEFF MEEHAN 15/6/1944 – 4/9/2016 Whilst assembling for the VMCC Goostrey run we were concerned when Jeff did not arrive and there were none of the usual messages from him. He was to have manned one of the check points on the run, and when he did not appear or send any message we became concerned, only to learn later in the day that he had lost his life in a collision with a car while on his way to Goostrey. Jeff was a man of many talents, to each of which he gave his full effort; he gave full effort to the VMCC as a key member of the team that produced the new Articles of Association and was a founder member of the Cheshire Cats Section, being a very active and valued member. He was a well-known campaigner against air polluting incinerators. Following early retirement from Daresbury Lab he became a fishing boat skipper, and had recently sold the boat. He was also an author and a keen footballer and table tennis player as well as being a well-respected family man. He was an accomplished restorer of bikes of many marques; New Imperial, Royal Enfield, New


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Hudson and Norton and others, all restored to the highest standard and beautifully kept. On occasions I was able to assist him with mechanical issues, and Jeff was always ready to advise and help with the mysteries of motor cycle electrical systems. Jeff introduced the ‘Meet and Greet’ Inter-Section events which have proved to be very successful in getting neighbouring Sections involved with each other. Over the last few weeks I had been helping him with planning another innovative event of his; the Out for the Count run around the lanes of Cheshire. On testing parts of the route out we managed to get lost within our own county a couple of times, much to our surprise, he was still adjusting the route plan up to the time of his death. We had good rides out to our favoured areas, Jeff’s preferred area was North of the A5 and my area to the South, I introduced him to some of the hidden places in the Berwyns and he was very much influenced by the tranquillity of the shrine of St.Melangell where on his first visit we were surrounded by young pheasants and greeted by a large proud turkey cock. We made several visits in the last few months; always following our runs out he would phone to make sure that I had arrived home safely. Jeff was a larger than life personality who will be greatly missed by his family and friends; he leaves a great void in our lives. Our condolences go to his widow Maureen and daughters Jayne and Joanne. Robert Moon We have lost Jeff, a very dear friend, enthusiastic VMCC Clubman and passionate supporter of all that is good in our great Club at every level. A devoted family man, it appears to have been a ‘sorry mate, didn’t see you’ moment as Jeff typically was on his way to help others by manning a checkpoint on Stephen Herbert’s and Phil Green’s Goostry Road Safety Run. Jeff truly had a selfless drive and mission to help others and causes which spread much further than just Vintage Motorcycles. If you were lucky enough to be ‘selected’ by him but also had the brains and wit to recognise his worth, there was no greater friend.

Others will list his accomplishments which are many but we would like to single out his unswerving support of the Cheshire Cats Section and even more importantly the governance of the Club. Jeff worked long and hard and gave of himself freely and will be sorely missed by his friends. We need more people like Jeff in this world and in our Club. Paul Knight, Peter Hill, Bob Moon and Malcolm Weaver

FRED ‘FREDDIE’ SMITH 13/6/1926 - 28/8/2016 Founder Member of Cotswold and Somerset Sections of the VMCc, of which he was a Life Member. Founder Member of the Saundersfoot Rally. Freddie was born in Dilton Marsh to Fred and Katherine Smith. Fred was a fireman on the GWR trains, which may explain his lifelong interest in trains. He was educated at the High School for Boys in Trowbridge between 1937 and 1944. It was in his late teens he bought a BSA 3 Wheeler which started a lifelong interest. He then progressed, in 1944 – 1946, to an engineering cadetship course at Brighton Technical College, and then to a Full time Degree course at Brighton Technical College. National Service came to him in 1946 – 1948, and served in the REME in Palestine as Lieutenant. He then continued his degree course becoming a Chartered Engineer. Then in 1950 – 1952 he worked at R.A.Lister Dursley, as Machine Shop Foreman. He bought his 1927 Bugatti type 35A in 1951, which he owned untill the mid 1990’s. In 1952 – 1958 he worked for British Messier Ltd, Gloucester as Assistant Chief Test Engineer.

In 1953 he bought the 1909 Triumph Gradua, which is still in the family. He was a founder member of the Cotswold section VMCC in 1954. He then married Jean in 1955, and she rode in Cyril Palmer’s side car to Saundersfoot on the first Saundersfoot Rally in 1956. Freddie riding the trusty Clyno two stroke. When his petrol tank split he chewed coal tar soap to soften it so it could be used to plug the holes. He earned his KOBI by doing this long before it came into being in 1967, and was awarded a KOBI in 1991 when it was decided he was not a ‘professional idiot’. In 1958 – 1965 he worked British Cellophane at Bridgewater as Research engineer. He helped to found the Somerset Section of the VMCC in 1959. Then in 1960 twin boys Fred and Tim appeared , and another boy Jerry nearly three years later. In 1965 he started working for Standard Telephone Cables in Southampton, and moved the family to Ashurst until another job change, to Raychem in Swindon, moved the family there. In the early 1970’s Standard Telephone Cables persuaded him to return, and the family moved to Chandlers Ford. In 1982 Freddie and Jean moved to Treeside where in 1984 he took early retirement. Freddie spent the next 32 years restoring motorbikes and BSA 3 Wheelers and being an active member of the VMCC, riding the 1909 triumph in pioneer runs, but he could no longer bump start it, and rode it in 1988 with Fred to push if needed and again in the late 1990’s when heavy traffic made him decide not to ride it again. Freddie rode numerous Cotswold events and many Saundersfoot Rallies on small unsuitable machinery, keeping up his reputation for riding diminutive bikes on tough rallies. He will be remembered for his friendly smile and charm by all who knew him. Fred Smith Jnr 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.

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Townsville Restored Motorcycle Club

The Townsville Restored Motorcycle Club in Victoria Australia has recently become affiliated to VMCC. They have very much the same aims and objectives as our own of restoring, preserving and riding old motor cycles. They have a thirty-year-old rule for eligible motor cycles. The Club’s 90 or so members meet monthly in Townsville and two or three riding events each month (see picture above). The members regularly attend National events in Australia, and last year 28 members visited the Isle of Man. They own between them about 110 British motor cycles, which is about 70% of their total, the other 30% being European or Japanese. The Club Patron is Stan Dibben, famous as a side car rider with Eric Oliver and World Champions in 1953 when the pair won every race with the Norton outfit. The club organises a popular, long distance, two day, time trial every year. Each year about 20 members do a 3000 kilometre ride to visit a “Swap Meet”. Rather like VMCC members they are not getting any younger and are trying very hard to attract younger members. VMCC members visiting this part of Australia will be made very welcome. Eric Londesbrough Overseas Liaison and Affiliation Officer

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Younger members

I have been a member of the VMCC for about twenty years and have ridden fairly regularly with my local section. I have noticed the anxiety in the Club about the failure to attract new and preferably younger members, and have given some thought to the problem. What started as a riders club for old motor cycles has become an investors club with the prime interest in the value of the collection, and with riding a very much secondary aim. Indeed as you pointed out in your September editorial "the reality is that a large percentage of restored machines are rarely used on the road; considered instead to be investments and appearing only at shows and exhibitions". The VMCC has thus become a rich man’s club, there are no cheap eligible machines anything old enough either has been or needs restoring. The name of the club, and the 25year rule do more than hint at a desire for exclusivity, which is a definite turn off for anyone young and especially poor. In my opinion the club needs to decide what it really wants to be. The restorers and polishers are well catered for by the various one-make clubs and the industry that has grown up to support/exploit them. In any event, the restoration game is probably shrinking it’s definitely not getting cheaper, so not much to gain in that direction. Any increase in membership must come as riders. This is not going to happen unless the club drops the exclusivity image. We should welcome with open arms any one daft enough to want to ride with us whatever they turn up on. We could become the national riders club! Bob Arnold

Where is it now?

I trying to trace the present whereabouts of a 1959 Ariel Square Four, engine number CNML 2036, frame number CGM 2068. Alternatively, the numbers were CNML 2086 and CGM 202024. The selling Ariel Dealer was Glanfield Lawrence (Highbury) Ltd London and the bike (or bikes) was first registered as WYE 356. I first bought this bike in 1967 because Edward Turner had told me to find one which was to be restored by BSA and presented to Arthur Bourne Editor of Motor Cycle magazine at a retirement dinner. Arthur Bourne, more commonly known as Torrens, had been Editor of Motor Cycle since 1928-1951, and an avid Ariel

Square Four fan, having owned many of them since they were first launched in 1930. In 1967 I was employed by BSA, and everyone knew of my enthusiasm for Ariels, hence the request from ET to find one and purchase it, whereupon BSA would reimburse me for it, after which they would restore it for Arthur Bourne as a retirement present from the industry. I subsequently did, and the details are as above. The bike came out of BSA’s service department as a new bike, and I was at the Dinner in Kenilworth when Arthur was presented with it. Arthur Bourne was born in 1896 and died aged 77, leaving the bike to the ACU to be sold for their Benevolent Fund. He lived at Fordingbridge in Hants, and he and I spent many hours touring on our Ariel Square Fours in the 1950s. Richard Bourne, one of his surviving sons (Arthur died in 1977), is trying to find the current owner of the bike, and the last I heard it was owned by someone in Ireland. Arthur Bourne’s memoirs “Behind the Scenes in The Vintage Years” is being launched at the RAC HQ in Pall Mall London on November 29th, and I, together with those of us still surviving who were involved with the bike, have been invited by the Bourne family to attend. Hence my involvement once again trying to find the current owner, who hopefully might be a VMCC member. Jim Lee

The trip around Great Britain – thank you, everybody

I belatedly write of our recent very enjoyable trip around the UK on 10 ’bikes from Western Australia. The ’bikes ranged from 350 to 750 cc, mostly British, but with three BMW’s and a Honda 440/4 with a lady rider, and mostly from the ’50’s. The trip started from Liverpool, via the Lake District to John O’Groats, then down the east coast to Canterbury, along the south coast to Land’s End, back along the north coast of Cornish, round Bristol and back to Liverpool through the Welsh Borders. The trip took almst six weeks with most stops for two nights, and most ’bikes clocked up more than 3,500 miles – some much more. We had very little rain, only three minor break-downs and all ’bikes finished under their own power. I would like to thank the several workshops who assisted; several refusing payment, Verralls for opening just for our visit, on a rainy Monday. I also

would compliment UK car drivers for their politeness, obviously a ‘bike-aware programme has been successful. I would also like to thank various VMCC contacts for their assistance; Colin Steer and Dave Weeks of the Lakeland Section for their invitation to their monthly meeting, Gordon Mowet of the Glasgow Group for his assistance to bypass Glasgow, but mostly Alex Graham of Liverpool for his greatly appreciated assistance before and after the tour. Dave Weeks

Get rich slowly...

I recentlyfound the following article in an edition of Motorcycle Mechanics dated July 1967. The magazine was in a hospital clinic waiting room – I wonder how it came to be there after 49 years!

Get rich slowly: Buy an old ’un... the title of a survey coming along next month. We know that the interest in old bikes is growing in leaps and bounds and so we had a look round to see what machines are still available for realistic prices (about £25 and below). These bikes, built from about 1932 up to 1948, are classified loosely as post-vintage and can be picked up, in tatty but reasonable condition, for a few pounds. Many are runners still, but the majority need a few minor repairs to turn them into first-class bikes which will give as good a service as many more modern machines. If you want to go further with the renovation, you can treat the bike as an investment. The prices that clean examples are fetching are steadily rising and you could cash in now. There won’t be too many bikes like the 1922 Henderson (which was pictured above the editorial) but there are still plenty of Rudges, Scotts, BSAs, Excelsiors, Nortons, Velos, and Brough Superiors lying around just asking to be put back to original condition. With the restored bikes we’ll show – how much much, how difficult.

I don’t remember “plenty of Rudges & Brough Superiors lying round” in 1967, but I am sure I am not alone in regretting that I did not follow the editor’s advice at the time! Unfortunately I was unable to find the next issue of Motorcycle Mechanics in the waiting room to see the results of their survey. Malcolm Wells

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Leeds’ first motor cycle?

The letter from Ken Mellor headed ‘The First Motor Cycle in Leeds’ led me to look up an old family photograph, shown left. I would suggest that the moving of registrations from one vehicle to another started long ago, and that U62 is attached to an older machine than that in Mr Mellor's picture. Incidentally I would be very pleased to know the manufacturer of the machine shown in my picture. Robert Leigh

A way forward for Norman

I note in last month’s Journal that Norman Fanthorpe (Member No 936) is not renewing his membership because his Suzuki is not club eligible. You mention that 935 people with earlier membership numbers might have stories to tell. By coincidence my membership number is 935 and so I feel entitled to comment that there are other avenues available to Norman to enable him to continue his membership. He could change his lightweight Suzuki for an electric start pre-1991 model so that his occasional rides can include VMCC runs and, dare I say it, he could become a non riding member and contribute to the club by assisting in section events and writing articles for the Journal, etc. I hope this is constructive comment. Ian Fairhead

The carburettor question

Reference the letter from Terry Maslin published on page 79 of the October 2016 VMCC Journal, titled ‘Back-to-front carbs’... I really must raise issue with Terry’s interpretation of how a carburettor works. Unfortunately like a lot of talented amateur engineers he has got the operating principle of a carburettor slightly wrong.

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The way the fuel in the float chamber is introduced into the airstream which is generated by the descending piston in the engine, is by creating a depression above the carburettor jet with the aid of a venturi. A venturi is a reduction in the diameter of a tube; this reduction in diameter causes the air speed in the tube to increase and create a lower pressure at the narrowest part of the venturi. This lowering of pressure causes the fuel in the float chamber to rise up the emulsion tube, which the main jet is screwed into, and be introduced into the air flow. The size of the venturi and the resulting depression is altered by the carburettor slide. When you open the throttle you raise the carburettor slide and increase the size of the venturi and therefore increase the size of the depression. A lot of large single cylinder engines will stall if the throttle is snapped wide open whilst the engine is ticking over, this is because you have increased the size of the venturi in the carburettor too fast for the depression to be generated and act on the fuel in the float chamber. That is the reason why the engine will spit back through the carburettor because there is not enough fuel in the induction charge for the engine to run. Regarding the above you will see that it does not

make a great deal of difference which way the carburettor is mounted on an engine, forwards, backwards, sideways, side draught or downdraught, as long as a depression is created above the main jet, fuel will flow into the airstream and everything will work perfectly. Lots of manufacturers and racers have tried to get free supercharging by mounting the carburettor intake facing forward into the airstream, but have found that there is very little difference or advantage to be gained. Modern superbikes have their intake for the air box facing directly forward between the fork legs and the two headlamps; they do gain a slight advantage of a few BHP at high speed, but you have to be travelling in excess of 150mph to gain the advantage. Bob Livesey

A plea to Peter Cottrell...

As newcomers to the biking world and to VMCC/NOC (hubby and I passed our test this year and are now learning to ride our 1936 Norton as well as the two Suzuki 650S monsters in the garage) we spent a fabulous weekend at Mallory at the Mallory Bike Bonanza. We wanted to ride there, but having only done a couple of hours riding post-test, we felt too novice (but aim to be there next year). All sorts of bikes, all sorts of bikers. From modern Superbike stars to veteran TT riders, ancient ‘outfits’ to current sidecar aces, Joe Bloggs with a commuter bike to trials riders and young kids just starting out. There was anything and everything on two or three wheels, along with anyone and everyone. All were enjoying the camaraderie and the sunshine, and a great many people had the opportunity to do laps of the famous Mallory track, no matter what speed or experience level. Fabulous! All weekend there were track sessions where about 20-ish bikes went out to enjoy the thrill of Mallory. We watched in awe as some mighty modern monsters lapped with an assortment of vintage (and some decidedly antique) bikes and outfits. We’re normally four-wheel racers ourselves, so we know Mallory well, and how difficult it is to make things look easy on any circuit. The best moment was watching a 1960’s Triumph Bonneville sail round. Nothing special about the bike. Used. Bit

grubby, but we like them like that. Rider looked a bit the same. However, the lines this rider took, and the ease with which he passed everyone, weaving in and out, giving plenty of room to slower/bigger/newer/cleaner modern and vintage bikes, but passing them smoothly and quickly, was such a pure joy to watch that we had to follow the rider up the car park to find him watching from the banking at the hairpin and just shake his hand. We had no idea who he was, and he didn’t know us from Adam, but his ride was one of the best things we saw that weekend. An absolute pleasure. We found out who he was after the event as I had caught his entry number on a photo of a group waiting to go out on track. Please, PETER COTTRELL, do not give up riding in public wherever you can because of one scrute; you are a joy to watch. Sue and Mick Harris

Curborough Training Day

I also attended the training day at Curborough on 3rd September. I fully agree with Roger Steele’s sentiments as reported in the October magazine. I just want to add a brief comment about the members who brought their machines for us to try out. They were enthusiastic, calm, trusting people and I got the strong impression that they enjoyed letting us ride their bikes as much as we enjoyed riding them. That two-way beneficial relationship is what makes a club so much more than simply a list of people. I strongly encourage other members to bring their bikes to future training days: you will give enjoyment to plenty of fellow-members and I believe you will also get a lot of satisfaction from doing so. As for me, I travelled on my 1956, Triton which I crashed on the way home (searching for the hand gear change perhaps?) but I am nailing it back together and it will soon be on the road again. I am happy to reciprocate by offering my Triton for a post-war Training Day, if the Club decides to hold one. Jon Lane

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It’s all about the money

The Chairman, Peter Miller, has again raised the potentially calamitous state of the Club’s finances; currently losing some £30K per financial year. As Peter clearly sets out, drastic measures are needed and action is being taken with library costs. I have felt for years that members (and others) have underpaid for this service. As a Marque Specialist, people out there do not appreciate the TIME involved in dealing with enquiries. AT LAST the library is going to charge for time properly; I hope that they do charge a market rate from October 1st after all, the VMCC is a business – not a charity. Being a member of a number of Clubs, I find the annual membership fees for the VMCC are still below the rate charged by comparable clubs, such as the Cyclists’ Touring Club. Despite the howls of protest, the annual fee for the VMCC needs to be increased to bring it into line for the services it provides e.g. to £40 per annum. Most comparable Clubs produce a magazine either bi-monthly, six-weekly – or even only quarterly (but how would we find room for all the correspondence from Carlisle? – Editor) The Journal is one of the biggest drains on the finances of the Club and the Directors need to review the frequency of publication as a matter of urgency. If such measures are not taken, the meagre bank balances will be reduced to zero. It will then be too late. We do not want to be in the hands of the receivers. Old Father Brazendale

A correction

I’m afraid that there is a major error in my letter ‘Too many events’ in the October Journal. It starts “Over the last 25 years...” which should read “Over the last 21/2 years...” It seems that computer keyboards do not have a ½ key. May I suggest you correct in the next issue, and perhaps amend it to ‘two years’. Left unamended, it changes the whole value of the item since the

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current membership mow would perhaps not know answers to questions some 25-plus years ago! I must say that the content of the magazine these days is excellent, and contains more interesting material than in the classic motor cycle magazines – now costing £50 per annum! Sorry to read in the Northampton Section Notes that Past President Peter Beaney has passed away – but perhaps someone has sent you an obituary. Ian Young

Another tale of woe

WARNING: As Advertised. Ariel Arrow working engine For Sale. Worth a phone call I thought: Conversation went: yes it was taken out of my Leader; it’s got sports head and was working. Visited his house in Banbury, near Middleton Cheney. In his garage were two Ariel Leaders, and a Norton. He said he was a VMCC member; he does the Banbury Run, so I thought he was trustworthy. On the bench was the Ariel Arrow, came to a deal £450. Fast forward a year, Arrow engine on my bench, then the warning signs started, gasket sealer at the bottom of the barrels, to cut it short this is what I found: • Piston scored and wobbling on pins, not repairable

• Chip out of the wall of one cylinder, not repairable,

• All three cranky bearings had at some stage spun on their shafts, and were lock tightened on badly

• Broken seal cover. Total cost of replacement £630. Perhaps if you recognise yourself would you ring me to explain how this engine ever RAN! The moral of this letter is don’t take anyone at face value. I expected more of a VMCC member... Dave Robson 0845 889144 (ever hopeful)

l Editor’s note: Further letters were received from David Wright with views about the future of the club, and John Andrew, with ideas of how to make our Club appeal to a broader spectrum of younger members. These have been forwarded for the attention of the Club Chairman.

In brief

Hunting Alexander Mitchell

I am trying to piece together an accurate historical summary of the professional engineering activities of Alexander Mitchell. He was an engineer with Vincent’s, Rolls-Royce and Vauxhall Motors during and after WW2. I have tried the obvious sources, with only meagre success. Could members please help with any information they may hold? My email address is below. The Vincenthusiast BROOKLANDS SECTION

ANNUAL JUMBLE AND SOCIAL MEETING New Date: Saturday 12th November 10am to 2pm New Venue: Lord Pirbright Hall, Pirbright, GU24 0JE Come along to buy, sell or just chat. Sellers: pitches must be pre-booked, via Section Chairman. Details: Note: This event replaces the one traditionally held on Remembrance Sunday at Bisley

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Change of email address

Jim Codd has a new email address. Contact him at:

A minor correction

Just a little typo in the October issue of the club magazine page 39 top left pictures, AJS registration number CBK 164. I believe referred to as a 1948 AJS. It is in fact a 1938 model 26 350 cc. AJS. Rob Harknett


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

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

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



AJS 18S 1957 500cc, well sorted with new wheels, tyres, carb, spindles, battery, refurbished magneto, dynamo, electrics, engine top, speedometer, cables etc, numbers match, manuals £3,500. Don Paton 01423 325162 email (N Yorkshire) AJS 1937, model 8, 500cc, leather saddle bags with matching seat, all the following is stainless wheels, spokes, twin exhaust system, nuts and bolts, petrol tank painted £8,000. Mike Peters 07761 269745 email (Essex) ARIEL Fieldmaster, 1954, 500 twin, excellent all round condition, currently on the road, ride away into the sun £4,600. Nigel Reay 01630 657908 (Shropshire) ARIEL Square Four 1947, fully restored, 5,000 miles since full overhaul, Morgo oil pump, S.S rims, excellent condition £9,500. Marian Beavil 01823 352332 email (Taunton) BMW R75/5 1973 "historic vehicle" 52,000 recorded miles, red, small tank, stainless exhaust, crash bars, many new parts - speedo head, starter- motor, relay, etc, owned 16 years, mot April 2017, photos on request £5,750. Ron Pratt 01235 524184 (Oxon) BMW R60, 1971 SWB Chrome tank panels, electric start, kick start £3,000. John Milton 01892 534909 (West Kent)

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

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


BSA A10 Gold Flash, 1957, good condition, photos available, recent engine and gearbox overhaul, bearings, pistons, valves, guides, bushes, return line oil filter, Craven top box, owned 5 years £4,600. Barry Allen 01233 713118 e mail (Kent BSA 250cc 1970, regularly used, good condition, starts easily with Boyer ignition, mot 'd July 2017 £2,250. Bil Fraser 0752 1371996 e mail (Edinburgh) BSA, 1929, 500cc, OHV Sloper, good condition £7,500. Ian Rawlinson 01622 814916 (Maidstone) DOUGLAS MK3 Sports, 1949, 350 cc, previously owned by Michael West £3,500. Geoffrey Hulme 01732 882863 (Kent) DOUGLAS EW, 1929, history back to 1971, including buff logbook, just restored, nominal mileage since, all the manuals, reduced to £10,500 for quick sale. P.Howell, email 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) DUCATI Cadet fan cooled, 100cc, two stroke, 1967, undergone extensive rebuild, many new parts, wheels rebuilt, alloy rims, engine rebuilt, new rod kit mains and seals, new old stock tank, seat, rear sprocket and cushdrive, taxed, mot'd. £1,100. Derek Sloan 0141 332 8896 (Glasgow) GREEVES Scottish 20TD, 1961, excellent condition almost concours, rebuilt engine and gearbox, new wheel

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bearings, tyres, sprockets, chains, suspension units, silencer and pipe, seat and mudguards, alloy rims, road registered, not being used £3,500. Robert Hutchinson 01642 961804 email (North Yorks) HONDA CB 250KO 1969, mot, tax exempt, restored to a very high standard by previous owner, good runner, looks like new, photos available £3,675. Roger Gascoigne 01223 368441 or 07779 618484 (Cambridge) HONDA CM200T, 1980, beautiful, unmolested example in metallic blue, sweet engine, polished alloy, near new Avons, recent battery, known history, deserves another good home £495. Doug Chapman 01993 708349 mobile 07968 701963 (Oxon) JAMES Comet 98cc, a good example of this popular light-weight two-stroke from 1954, in my ownership for six years, £1,295. Christopher Bantin 07768 870867 email (London / Kent). MATCHLESS G80s 500cc with 54 engine, nice tidy bike (not concours) expertly rebuilt 2008/2009, detailed receipts for parts totalling £1,200, present owner since 2011, runs and rides well, 12 volt electrics, tin primary chaincases replaced with alloy ( original tin cases complete included) selling for something lighter and more manageable, £2,850. Some non-standard features. John McDougall 01360 550716 (Glasgow) MORINI, 1957, 175 Tourismo, as featured in Classic Bike, June 2015, bought to ride Giro D'Italia (entry abandoned after bereavement) original ,unmodified condition, new carb, tyres, brake shoes, points, condenser, chain, sprockets, battery, UK reg £3,950. Mick Vockins 01628 661791 (Bucks) MZ TS250A, 1978, ex east German army spec, correctly equipped with single seats, panniers, light stick, blackout lights etc. very good condition, V5c, £2,100. David Thomas 07798 866071 email (Middx) NEW HUDSON 1911, Pioneer certificate number 378, did first Pioneer in 1956, all correct numbers and in excellent condition belt driven, peddle assisted with three speed hub gear, Acetylene lamp, Speedometer, Bulb horn £14,000. Stuart Halsall 01953 457035 email (Norfolk) NORMAN B3 Sport, 1960, starts easily, runs well, mot to August, new centre seal, tyres, silencers, rims/spokes, paintwork, seat, sealed tank, etc... Plus, fly screen, ‘new’ toolboxes, carburettor cover, grab rail, side covers £2,500. Peter Goodge 07976 373562 email (Beds)

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SUNBEAM Series 2 Sports 250, 1937, very good condition £6,300. Dave Smith 01257 369305 (Lancs) SUNBEAM 1928 350cc s.v flat tank, good running order, gas lights, not concours but good oily rag condition, matching engine/frame numbers, very original, not used last two years £9,500. Colin Groves. 01225 763919 email (Wilts) SUZUKI GS 500, 1991, recent refurb with new chain and sprockets, battery and suspension linkage bearings, original black colour scheme, average condition, but starts and runs well, mot to June 2017 £550. Ray Bradley 01924 827881 (W.Yorks) SUZUKI TU 250x super classic light weight, excellent pain, chrome, tyres and battery, mot, regular serviced, very clean attractive bike £1,300. Alan Johnson 01704 226219 (Southport) TRIUMPH GT Thunderbird year 1957, immaculate condition, lots of receipts, new wheels, spokes, paint job, too much to list £6,950,. Trevor Collie 01133910028 mob 07443 642408 (W.Yorks) TRIUMPH Tiger Cub Sports T20sh, a lovely original unrestored & sought after 1963 model, twin clocks, full mot, 5 owners, latest square barrel/head, roller bearing engine fitted, pics available £4,750. Mike Powell 01743 891889 email mob 07887 917466 (Shropshire) TRIUMPH T6 Thunderbird, 1961, pre unit, Iron head, 12volt, matching numbers, crash bars, hand book, workshop manual, not concours but a good riding classic machine £7,500. W Stanley 01271 343790 (N Devon) TRIUMPH TR6 1969, ex saint but now in authentic civvy trim, full restoration 9 years ago with many receipts, miles since then, mot until April 2017, £5,250. John Middleton 01568 750 592 (Herefordshire) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 3rd, only seven entered the race £25,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) TRIUMPH 3TA, 350cc, Dutch Army version, 1966, matching numbers, MoT June 2017, un-restored and in typical ex-army condition, original leather panniers and Solex carb, well sorted bike, used regularly £2,700. Philip 01708 501414 mob 07584 088590 (Essex) VELOCETTE Viper 1960, new rims, ss guards, seat re wired, long term ownership. Kenneth Baker email 0161 287 5845 (Manchester)

FOR SALE: SPARES AND EQUIPMENT AMAC carburettor in good nickel plated condition complete with cables and petrol union, stub mounting of 11/8" and 1" bore £195, can email photos. N Devonshire 01237 472101 (N Devon) ARIEL 650cc Huntmaster engine, 1956, rebuilt some years ago but never used £700, also 350cc, 1950 engine rebuilt £400. Ken Way 01344 890629 (Berks) AVON Full Police fairing with screen, all fittings and headlight in white for mid sixties 650cc Triumph £90, pair 5 inch stainless Halogen spot lamps £25. Please call for further details Dave Cropper 01706 642167 (Lancs) BABY Triumph engine no.8156 £150, also, primary chain case for late model, £60. Brand new, Lucas Magneto pickups, numbers 458865, 458367 and 463088, £12 each. Ariel 248c.c.h/c 7 to 1 piston +30 1934-1940 fits RH,LG,LH,OG,OH, £35 all post extra. D.Earnshaw 01709 873381 (Rotherham) BMW Krauser panniers, white but discoloured, a coat of Plastikote would sort this £95 pair. Koni shock absorbers, 13" centres, fit R65 or lower R100 £75 pair. R90S/R100s BMW cockpit fairing screen £30. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 email (Staffordshire) BRADSHAW 350cc cylinder head with valves, springs and most of carburettor, £250. Callum Lockie 07831 194976 email (Daventry) BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email (S. Yorks) BSA 1920’s cast aluminium primary cases for 557cc models H, K and 770cc models A/E, years 1921/24, I am having moulds made from the original castings, with the copies being made in GRP. For further details please contact Ian Ager 0159 217071(Leics) GREEVES Scottish toolbox £50, B.E 26 x 2 ½ vee rubber, block tread like Dunlop £40. RE. Bullet barrel iron no fins broken, standard piston – good £30. Mike Gardiner 01300 320446 (Dorset) HINCKLEY Bonneville, pair of un-used chrome silencers c/w brackets, immaculate condition, photos available £75. Rich Kinsey 01225 762124 or 07787 403454 (Wilts) HYDRAULIC motorcycle ramp (lifts via sump / frame rails) £50. John Pearson 07712 552501 (Norwich) JAP Vee Twin rocker boxes £300. Ken Bull 01270 874958 (Stoke) MOTO GUZZI Lodola (or similar) dual seat in good condition £75, exhaust down pipe (probably Viper) good condition £30, oil tank, dent free in primer £35. David Wheeler 01376 345932 (Essex)

MOV, Pre War Mac, fuel tank, brand new never been used tank, incorrectly ordered from India £ 200, plus postage and packing. Clive Larby 01622 890918 email (Kent) MYFORD ML7 Lathe on stand, 3-4 jaw chucks, face plates etc £800. Professional hydraulic bike lift-work bench £120. Single bike trailer, mini wheels with ramp and detachable box £150, buyer collects. Bill Danks 01562 67103 (West Midland) NORTONS UWO 748 & KWN 108, Greeves 829 EOW, Francis Barnett WRW 341 - if the current owners are interested I have some related items from £5. Paul Richards 01639 645302 (S Wales) ROYAL ENFIELD flywheel assy one inch main shafts, alloy connecting rod, big end in excellent condition, ring for details, collection only £50. G Blake 01527 876152 (Bromsgrove) SCOTT, or other pillar mounted seat, under frame, has vertical springs as well £20. WD B40, original rear rim £20. Morini Kanguro, front and rear wheels, with anodised gold rims, £40. BMW R1100 gs, genuine handle bars £25. Gary Davies 0115 9655287 (Notts) TOOLBOXES, pillion side steel cases with hand stitched leather fronts and straps, 7½”to 9” long x 4½” x3 ½” £85. A Greathead 01446 792586 (Glamorgan) TRAILER, two motorbikes or motorcycle and sidecar trailer, well built, good tyres etc £195. Donald Northcott 07713 753851 (Cornwall) TRANSAD Pillion saddle kit, good condition £75, various acetylene gas lamps - rear £25 each. Ralph Boreham 0142 454586 or Tom 01977 792621 (Yorks) TRIUMPH single cylinder 250/350 frame and Girders less top links £650, Alcyon 250cc bike approx. 1932, Zurcher OHV engine with outside flywheel £3,500 Webb MOV weight girders £700. Paul Ingham 015242 76261 email (Lancs) TRIUMPH TRW engine very good condition complete rebuild rebored etc £250. Terry Parsons 01937 91846 (Nth Yorks) VELOCETTE KTT piston by Hepolite +40THOU, new but only 1 Gudgeon pin circlip £40 inc postage. David Horn 01406 424464 or 01908 373701 (Lincs) VINCENT Owners club badge, Vincent book “Know thy Beast” £95 both, old Lucas horn £45, D1 Bantam carb £45, D1 air filter £18, LE horn £18. F Alcock 07743 370641 (Stoke) WHITWORTH Tools 5 R/Spanners ¼”-5/8” £12, 6 o/ended 3/16”-9/16” £10, taps 11 Whitworth 3/16”-3/8” £13, 2 x 7/16”, 1 x 7/16”, 1 x ½” 19 tpi oil union threads £5, 3 spoon t/levers £7.50, 3 toolkit tools 1930’s £5. Philip Pegg 01362 694688 (Dereham)

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

Vol I; 31 Mar - 23 Sept 1903 26 issues; No Adverts; Few loose pages; Reserve £160 Vol I; 22 Apr - 30 Dec 1903 31 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £160. Missing issues 29.04; 06.05; 13.05; 20.05; 03.06; 05.08; 12.08; 19.08. Some taped pages. Vol III; 3 Jul - 25 Dec 1905 25 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £160 Vol 4; 11 Jun - 26 Dec 1906 27 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £160 Vol V; 2 Jan - 25 Dec 1907 52 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £180 Some pages missing, many loose/damaged pages Vol VI; 1 Jan - 30 Dec 1908 53 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £180 A few loose pages. Quote Lot G Vol VI; 1 Jan - 30 Dec 1908 53 issues; Index; No Adverts; Reserve £180 Back cover missing, damaged spine. Some pages loose. . Quote Lot H Vol VII; 6 Jan - 27 Dec 1909 52 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £180 Some loose pages Vol VIII; 3 Jan - 29 Dec 1910 52 issues; No Adverts; Reserve £180 Many loose pages

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YAMAHA SR 500 petrol tank fitted with a Monza filler cap, twin outlets for British style petrol taps, resprayed blue & white with Yamaha transfers, no rust internally £90, also loads of SR500 left over rebuild spares for sale. Kim Hicks 01474 746854 (Kent) FOR SALE: CLOTHING & PUBLICATIONS

A RUN of ‘THE MOTORCYCLE’ May 1955 to December 1957, will some kind person call and collect. Mike Dodsworth 02392 797525 (Havant Hampshire) DOCTORS Leather bag (with handle, key and fittings) 15”x6”, beautiful leatherwork to grace your flat tanker! £45 plus post. Geoff Brazendale 01228 549445 (Carlisle) DON Morley Classic British Trials Bikes, Trials, A Riders Guide £30 each, Myford series 7 manual, The amateur workshop, The Amateurs Lathe, and more, all good condition £10 each all including postage. Rob Hutchinson email 01642 961804 (N/Yorks) MOTOR CYCLES a technical history, C.F.Caunter £5. Pastmasters of Speed, Dennis May £10. Speed and how to obtain it, The Motor Cycle, £10, all plus postage. John Millis 07960 09540 (Northampton) TARGA Coat XXL, with impact protection, Buffalo trousers 34 / 36 waist, with impact protection, little used, all good sound condition, complies with directive 98 / 686 EEC £80.00. Rikk Harrison 02476 348991 (Coventry) THE CAMPION Cycle Co Story is finally available, covering early years in textiles, bicycles, motorcycles and cars from 1860 through to 1930, including never been seen before pictures and data, a must for the collector and Nottingham, available from Amazon at £14.50 inclusive of post. Dave Crofts (Notts) AERMACCHI Ala Verde / Harley Davidson Sprint parts, European type fuel tank, headlight assembly (rectangular speedo type) and speedo, centre stand, 250cc engine parts required, (Adv/Ret mechanism, points back-plate, points cover and dipstick) Mark Francis 01603 713607 (Norfolk) WANTED

ALBION Clutch for two-speed gearbox of early twenties (belt drive) required, complete or parts. Alfons Guentert 0049 223 543 0613 email (Germany) AJS K9, 1928 or compatible, spares for my K9 desired, engine, binks carb, gearbox etc. any bits would be most

appreciated or steers in the right direction. Don Paton 07749 609857 email (N Yorks) AMAL 76 wanted, clip fitting type 15/16" bore or close. Would also consider a 276. Paul Richards 01639 645302 (S.Wales) ANY make or size classic motorcycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb 07811 189755 (Tamworth) AUTO Cycle wanted for Club runs, must be original and unmolested. Rex Moorey 07506 070057. (Winchester) BONNEVILLE, wanted for a 1979, T140E with parallel mark 2 carbs - the plastic air filter side covers that bolt onto the main alloy air filter box with a single bolt, John Bones email 01744 340385 (Merseyside) BMW Earle’s fork machine sought for project, incomplete or rolling chassis, barn find or abandoned bike. Keith Crawley 0151 260 8401 (Liverpool) BMW R60/5, prefer fully sorted runner. Bob Colley 0114 2467958 mob 07403 666105 email (South Yorkshire) BSA C11 1949 rear sub frame. John Pearson 0771 2552501(Norwich) BSA L29, 350cc engine or large lumps in serviceable condition, 1950’s AJS trials competition petrol tank, I have for a swap a 1937 AJS petrol tank in very good condition. Richard Mummery 01227 751751 email (Kent) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email (Worcs) SLOPER, Kick-start quadrant for 1930 3 speed upright gearbox, or complete gearbox, any condition considered. Graham Wilson 0113 217 6509 mob 0777 272 4078 email (Leeds) BSA or Triumph restoration project, any model, size or condition considered, eg Bantam C15, B31, A10, A65, T140 etc or ideally would be fifties rigid thunderbird, have cash and pay your price. C Rew 07538 696157 (Leics) BUMPSTOP or similar. Warren Rose email (Derby) BURMAN three speed gearbox and clutch? Also would the gentleman who contacted me about the Sun 300cc restoration from NZ please do so again and leave details. Dave Crofts 07817 277780 (Notts) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought.

Bob Burden 01929 425930 (Dorset) CARBURETTOR (any) to suit 1920’s AJS etc. Binks 2 Jet H3 H4 H5, to help with restoration, any other spares also wanted for AJS 1920’s. Henry Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) CONNAUGHT wanted by enthusiast, genuine m/c or boxes of bits, earlier the better, 293cc, 2 stroke or 350cc, 4 stroke. Richard Higgins 01282 612315 (Lancs) COVENTRY Eagle parts for 1937 Silent Superb, rear stand, chain guard, toolbox, leg shields, rear carrier, headlamp and other parts considered. Matt Powell mob 07806 442693 email (Wilts) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt 01442 891447 email (Herts) DUCATI narrow case, plain top yoke and rev counter drive, MV Agusta 175 ohc project or parts, Morini 175 project or parts, Aermacchi ala verde complete machine any condition or project. Ian Tigwell 01642 700949 mob 07761 937508 (N.Yorks) DUNELT double diameter 500cc piston, iron or alloy. S Moss email 02085 290620 (London) FLAT TANK motorcycle frame about 1925 for 350cc engine. Sid Wilkinson 01666 502149 (Glouc) FRANCIS Barnett 1937, Plover 40, foot brake lever, item usually has a marking with the number ‘2025’. Andrew Shields 01698 821 825 (Lanarkshire) FRONT Exhaust pipes for MV 250B any condition – also front fork legs 32” Honda k4 or similar. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) GILERA 300B nears side silencers, bathtub 350 side stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) JAP MT 750 side valve engine sprocket, Calthorpe footrests for a 1937 500cc, British Enfield front/rear wheels or hubs, dished type and rear external brake also rear brake plate for same 8" and Triumph Thunderbird sprung hub bike (alternator type) any condition. Scott Speed 07813 608891 (Preston) LEVIS 211cc engine or consider any 1920s lightweight engine 200 to 300cc to get my old flat tanker on the road, can be up for a challenge so any make considered. Paul Higgins email (Kent) LUCAS 3ET coils as fitted to U.S Triumph in the mid sixties, also, outer primary chain case to fit 1960-1962 T120, TR6. A Roberts 01933 355796 (Nothants)

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Wanted in any condition:

British motor cycle

chronometric speedos

Working or not, one or a job lot – it doesn’t matter. I’ll pay top prices. Can you help? Call me.

Darren Buckley

07775 998628 or email

McEVOY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email (W. Sussex) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email (Berks) NORTON Atlas genuine chrome rear mudguard, in solid condition, it’s for oily rag bike, the chrome doesn’t need to be perfect, similar condition pipes and silencers, must be genuine Norton, would collect or meet at auto jumble. Harold Gardner 07773 570892 (Manchester) NORTON, I am rebuilding my dads 1954 500cc Clubmans International, desperately need an original petrol tank and any other inter bits. Alain Jerrard email (New Zealand) NORTON Model 20 (twin port) head in useable condition as mine is in poor condition. Rod Towriss 07745 728284 email (Lincs) NORTON Commando 850 MK3, and CCM 350cc trials bike. Bernard Stovin. 020 7272 1318 mob 07762 840689 email (London)


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NORTON Domi 99, 1959, the bottom section of the full rear chain-case. T Petherick 01237 475437 (Bideford) NORTON Inter inner timing cover, flywheel assembly or flywheel, vertical shaft, barrel, head, fork blades, side and centre stands, M19 barrel, alloy head, petrol tank, battery holder, WHY?. Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON Jubilee, early model, any condition. Mick Vockins 01628 661791 email (Bucks) NORTON Model 18, 1936, timing cover and engine main shaft oil connection jet and spring, fits between timing cover and engine main shaft on pre war Norton singles. Graham Bosworth 024 7641 3495 email (Coventry) PIE CRUST fuel tank cap, 2 1/16" diam''16 tpi (Whitworth), externally threaded, NOT push and turn. Tony Oakes-Phillips 01225 702569 (Wiltshire) PUCH 125mx flywheel cover, round type with three fixing tabs and two vent pipes, as on early 70s models, also has the Puch emblem embossed on cover. email D Moseley 01748 832805 (N Yorks) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by

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Manx collector. ÂŁ65- for good quality 1930`s; ÂŁ100for good quality 1920`s. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442(IOM) PRE-WAR girder fork machine, not sure exactly what I want so any offers will be considered at present I have Velo, BSA, Norton, Triumph and AMC machines all post war thus my indecision. Richard Woolnough 01303 862515 email (Kent) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) ROC parts, especially a frame, duplex type circa 1907, and clutch hub internal parts, also, any other R.O.C parts/ info to complete long term project, will travel. Michael Cushion 01508 499718 (leave message & I will call back) (Norfolk) SCOTT, pre 1930, preferably ready to ride but will consider anything, TT rep would be perfect. Mike Chapman, 01332 840979 mob 07909 701268 (Derby) SCOTT 1929-31 blind head engine and gearbox in useable condition or complete project, Scott TT vertical 1930 racing engine, Scott 3 cylinder motorcycle, Raleigh 1931 TT, 500cc parts, bound volumes of Motor Cycling 1925-40. Paul Ingham 015242 76261 (Lancs)

SEAT or base (metal) for 67, 68, 69, 70 650 Triumph, tatty no problem, also need carb balancer any type but prefer Twinmax electronic type. John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 email (Devon) SUNBEAM Model 9 parts, especially footrest fixings, anything considered. John Heath 07946 731702 (Coventry) TRIUMPH Sprunghub MK2 brake rod wanted nineteen and a half inches long with clevis fork at one end. 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) VELOCETTE 250 GTP, I am enquiring about my old registration number FLK 872 and whether it is for sale? Anthony Hulls email 0203 601 3557 (Kent) VINCENT Centre stand, Dynamo Lucas, Miller, Alton 6v or 12v. Tom Wilson 01297 599151 email (Devon) VIN/VET lightweight plain front spool hub, 32 spokes, centre section 3/4 - 1" diameter, spoke flanges 1 3/4" diameter, fit between fork legs 4 1/4", spindle dia 1/2" or less, anyone with RE 2+3/4hp 160 up north? Keith Hodgson email 01535 603975 (W Yorks) MISCELLANEOUS

PLEASE keep an eye out for these bikes stolen on 25/9/2016 from my workshop in Hailsham, East Sussex. I had two very special bikes stolen, details of which are as follows: Honda NSR250SP Rothmans colours reg # J128 AEO frame # MC21-1073113 eng # MC16E1283093. Aprilia RS125 Rossi REP reg# S420 KPO frame # ZD4MP0100W5001371 eng # RO582233, both bikes were stolen at 11.48pm and caught on CCTV. I am absolutely gutted I have owned these for many years, they are very special to me, unfortunately the bikes were not insured at the time so I have not only lost two special bikes but thousands of pounds too. I would love to get them back whatever, and a handsome reward will be given. Fabian Fresson 01323 845219 mob 0771 4073734 (E Sussex) EXCHANGE

HEJIRA Rotax Supermomo genuine factory race bike,

built 1984, just had a 2k rebuild and is ready for testing, exchange pre 1970s racer or sell for £3,995. Russell Hartley 01767 650049 email (Beds) MOTORCYCLE Trailer, exchange my 1, 2, or 3 trailer with loading ramp and spare wheel for single collapsible/folding trailer e.g. Motorlug. Edwin Clarke email 01953 607225 (Norfolk) VELOCETTE Early Mark 1, KSS/KTS petrol and oil tanks, have late Mark 1 petrol tank and oil tank for exchange. Alastair Alexander 0131 261 6188 mob 07817 086037(Edinburgh) TRADE SMALLS

ALL YOUR OIL AND LUBRICATION SUPPLIES. For classic and vintage motorcycles, motorcars, trucks, tractors, boats and workshop machinery. Mail Order service or collect by appointment. Service with a smile from fellow enthusiasts. THE VINTAGE OIL COMPANY - 01283 509562 - A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden Ignitions, Advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique Magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto Ignition Switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any time) Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website Trade Enquiries Welcome. BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail website 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

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stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or email Twitter, @BEMWDERBY CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website for more info. CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Rebushing 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. 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. CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, telephone 01428 707538 email GIRDER FORKS. All types and makes reconditioned and restored. Friction pads made to your order. Turning and Milling machine facilities available for components no longer made. Contact Jess Ryles of Stoke-On-Trent on Mobile 07954 378995 Tel 01782 243907 (evenings) email LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc). Visit to see my website and gallery, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at

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ROB MITCHELL (Leek, Staffs) Small / medium turning – machining work for worn / reproduction/ new parts, made to your sample or sketch. One off’s or small runs / fabrications etc. Contact Rob on 01538 384239 or e-mail- Avonford, Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6AY. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed over 20 years experience in all areas of accounting, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. THE CAMPION CYCLE CO STORY is finally available. Covering early years in textiles, bicycles, motorcycles and cars from 1860 through to 1930. Including never been seen before pictures and data. A must for the collector and Nottingham. Available from Amazon at £14.50 inclusive of post. Dave Croft 0781 7277780 (Notts) VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. For further details and list, phone Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles on 01258 472262 evenings or email 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. Un-painted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 01943 462248 email to HOLIDAYS

BRITTANY BIKER BREAKS - bed and breakfast exclusively for motorcyclists, in a small hamlet in rural Brittany 30 minutes from St Malo ferry. Delightful accommodation, home cooking and secure garaging/workshop for bikes. Guided tours can be arranged. Contact Kim Rowland +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, e-mail website BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 6 bed stone

cottage and 6 bed wood bungalow. The houses are situated in 20 acres of our own land in a secluded valley setting. An ideal base from which to explore mystical Brittany, taking advantage of the excellent uncongested roads, an opportunity to ride in an unspoilt landscape from the craggy cliffs along the north coast to the beaches of the south. Guided tours arranged. Prices from £40 a night .Garages and workshop facilities. Contact Roger NICHOLLS - tel /fax 0033296365480 Email: Web site: Follow us on Facebook, Countryside Holidays in France. * DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on or mail for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259

Motorcycle Holidays and Events in Mid Wales • Five fully-equipped holiday lodges sleeping •from 2-8 people • Self-catering or catering available for your • stay for individuals and groups • Club room with WiFi • Map/information room • Workshops and breakdown facilities • Routes and advice for touring & trail • Book your club/group event with us • 10% discount for club/group bookings Tel: 01597 840308 or 07876 597697 Brynwyddog, Llanbister, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Mid Wales, LD1 6TL

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Green means go as Charles Boulanger gets his smart Trifield (5TA engine, Enfield Continental GT cycle parts) off the line at the Brighton Speed Trials. Full report, page 48


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