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The Vintage Motor Cycle

October 2016

Issue 668


A member of the future? Don Higham advocates taking every opportunity to catch ‘em young. Read his letter on Page 80


T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Cover shot Rain? What rain? Training Day enthusiasts press on regardless. See centre pages.

No. 668: October 2016

FOUNDER: THE LATE C.E. ‘TITCH’ ALLEN OBE, BEM

Hitting the road on the West Kent Run – Page 36

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

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

Rewarded after a grand day out – Page 45

Racers revisted Exciting times at Donington Park, and a rescued picture archive – Page 66 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, whose members are united by their common appreciation of the engineering skill and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by.

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

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Allen House News

CURRENT VMCC MEMBERSHIP: 15,154

JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES November 2016 – Saturday 1st October 2016 December 2016 – Tuesday 1st November 2016

ALLEN HOUSE Following the Directors’ Meetings on Monday 22nd August 2016, Ian Botham, Jane Farnsworth and I were requested to attend a further meeting with Peter Miller and John Donaldson. From the meeting I was requested to inform the Team at HQ that the Board of Directors was thereby giving notice of its intention to investigate the re-structuring of Head Office at Allen House. This process is to be a two-way communication from the Team at HQ to both Peter and John who are looking for the input and ideas on how HQ can be more efficient and save costs. This process is due to end on Friday 30th September 2016.

new Group being formed in the South West, on the border of North Cornwall and Devon. We are currently helping Paul Dyson to get the ball rolling and support the formation of this new Group.

LIBRARY ARCHIVE COMMITTEE Following the recent Library Archive Committee meeting there was a suggestion to change the way machine examinations are conducted as detailed below:

12.1 Machine Examination Fees *The current machine examination fee (£13.70 plus 45p/mile above 40 miles) was considered too small. * The suggestion was made that the examinations should be carried out by Section officials at a fee of £25. (£15 to Section and £10 to headquarters) The machine to be dated could be transported to the Section meeting; otherwise a 45p/mile travel cost would be involved. This needs to be agreed with the Sections and guidance notes for examiners prepared. This change could be mutually beneficial to both the Sections and Club. Feedback is requested from the Sections to the Library Archive Committee via me at gileswillison@vmcc.net

NEW GROUP You will have seen in the September edition of the Journal information relating to the possibility of a

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AFFILIATION OF THE BERMUDA CLASSIC BIKE CLUB The Bermuda Classic Bike Club application to the VMCC for affiliation has been approved by the Directors with Rod Hann officiating at the ceremony on Wednesday 17th August at Allen House (above). Rod Hann and Zach Sugars, the President of the Bermuda Classic Bike Club, can be seen outside Allen House following the presentation of the certificate of affiliation to our Club and exchanging Club pennants.


President’s progress

As reported last month I managed to attend the West Kent International Weekend. I had heard much about this event but had never managed to go. Glorious weather of course helped but what an interesting and well organised event this is. I travelled up on Friday, rode on Saturday, stayed for Sunday's activities and travelled home on Sunday evening. A good contingent (71) of our continental friends were present and it struck me that they were so much younger than the British riders. I would estimate their average age around the late 40's whereas the British equivalent would be the late 60's. How do they do that? It was a splendid weekend, one I would recommend to everyone, and my congratulations go to the organising team for a job well done. My travels are still taking me far and wide. Apart from trips to local Sections I have also visited Cornwall, South Hants and the Cotswolds. Two visits to Headquarters took place, the first to welcome Zac Sugars all the way from Bermuda who was there to receive the Affiliation Certificate on behalf of the Bermuda Classic Bike Club, and the second to attend a Management Committee meeting (a fuller report will appear elsewhere). My next major commitment will be the President's Regional Meetings. With a member of staff from Headquarters and the Area Rep. and perhaps a Director, I will be visiting every Region. These meetings will be arranged for a Saturday so we do not disrupt any riding event, and will start at

10am and should be finished by 4pm. The idea is that we need a recruitment drive being led by all Sections, and to this end we need to see what help Headquarters can give to the Sections and also what help the Sections can give to Headquarters. There will be plenty of opportunity for open discussion so we need your questions and ideas. It is in everyone’s interest that we boost our membership numbers to increase cashflow to turn around our weak financial position. For this we need every member’s help. My passion is for vintage bikes but actually I love all bikes right up to the super moderns. I rode a Japanese bike from the 80’s on many club runs and clocked up a large mileage on it. I still ride an Italian machine for the same purpose. There are various events catering for the older machines but when will someone organise an event restricted to any machine from the 1970's and 80's and now the 90's. Whether with large or small engines these machines are well capable of covering 100 to 200 miles in a day, so there is plenty of scope to find places to visit. Last year I gave two trophies to different events specially for the best Japanese machine, in an attempt to encourage their use and show that such machines are welcome within the club. I dare say I could be persuaded to do so again if someone were to take up this challenge. So how about it? Rod Hann

THE CLUB HAS VACANCIES FOR THE FOLLOWING MARQUE SPECIALISTS BRIDGESTONE – BSA– CEDOS 3-WHEELER – BULTACO – CEDOS CHINESE – CLYDE – CLYNOCWS BRIDGESTONE – BULTACO – CENTAUR – CHINESE – CLYDE– –CENTAUR COVENTRY–EAGLE – DEMM – FEDERATION COVENTRY EAGLE –– DEMM – HOWARD – ITOM – IVY – IXION – KAWASAKI HOREX HOWARD– –FEDERATION ITOM – IVY –CWS IXION –– HOREX KAWASAKI –LEA FRANCIS – LILAC – MARUSHO LEA FRANCIS – LILAC – MARUSHO – NORMAN – NSU – POSTWAR BSA – RALEIGH (3-WHEELER) NORMAN-NORTON NSU – POSTWAR BSA - RALEIGH (3-WHEELER) – RENE GILLET – SIRRAH – SOS – SOVIET – SPARKBROOK RENE GILLET – SIRRAH – SOS – SOVIET – SPARKBROOK – SUZUKI (both 4-stroke & 2-stroke) – TANDON SUZUKI (both 4-stroke & 2-stroke) – TANDON – VELOSOLEX – VERUS – VINDEC SPECIAL – YOUNG MOTOR ATTACHMENT – ZUNDAPP VELOSOLEX – VERUS – VINDEC SPECIAL – YOUNG MOTOR ATTACHMENT – ZUNDAPP If you have the relevant experience of these marques, or any other marque which does not have a specialist, and can share your knowledge and give advice to fellow members, please apply to: GILES WILLISON – VMCC LTD, ALLEN HOUSE, WETMORE ROAD, BURTON UPON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 1TR OR EMAIL: HJMFTXJMMJTPO@WNDDOFU

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Chairman’s chat

Both the Archive Committee and the Directors held meetings in August, and almost inevitably both meetings were concerned with money. Although the day-to-day operation of the Club’s Library is funded by membership subscriptions, the intention has always been that work carried out for dating and registration submissions to the DVLA should be self-funding. This has been far from the case over recent years, and it had become a priority to set an equitable pricing policy for these services. The issues are discussed under Library Notes on the facing page. The June Accounts suggest the forecast loss for the year will be less than budget. This is good news, and thanks to all the hard work put in by Directors, Staff and Volunteers, combined with austerity measures and strong budgetary control by our Accountant. Whilst any savings are welcome, there is mounting concern that imposed spending restraints are starting to impact upon how the Club delivers service to members. Further revenue shortfalls are likely and the situation is unlikely to improve. The 2016/17 budget drafted by Jane Farnsworth, with the assistance of John Donaldson, forecasts a deficit for the coming year of £30,192. Losses of this amount cannot be sustained, and the Directors have responsibility to take urgent action to improve the financial position. It is hoped that the proposed new website and an improved communications strategy will increase

income to the Club, but these are longer term, and we need to act now. After considerable deliberation the Directors decided the best course of action required re-structuring the management and staffing operations at Allen House. A four to five-week consultation period was agreed to allow two-way communication between Staff and Directors upon the best way to operate in a more efficient and effective manner, and to save costs. The consultation phase should be completed by the end of September. Michael Baggs gave an update at the Directors’ Meeting on his proposals for improved communications between the Club and its membership. The proposals are aimed at increasing awareness of the Club and making it more attractive to younger enthusiasts and advertisers, and were well received. A meeting with a software provider was agreed, and will discuss the proposals in more detail. I have recently become aware of a glitch in the procedure for forwarding emails sent to chairman@vmcc.net to my personal email corgiking@aol.com. This has resulted in total disappearance of the emails, so please accept my apologies if you have emailed and not received the expected reply. Peter Miller

Correspondence on the coincident subjects of the future for the club and the failure to attract and retain members has occupied many column inches in the last twelve months. Correspondents have put a lot of time and thought into this and some radical solutions and ideas have been propounded. However, we seem to have reached a stage where the arguments are beginning to repeat themselves, and therefore the guillotine has been applied. But do not take this as an edict that the subject is

closed. Please continue to put your ideas and opinions forward. These will be transmitted onward to the Chairman who will, I’m sure, bring them to the notice of his fellow Directors, and who will make considered replies in every case. Referring back to the correspondence. The most elusive word in all of the missives was the simple little word ‘I’. From all the excellent ideas and concepts put forward, seemingly there are no volunteers stepping forward who are prepared to participate in the development of their ideas.

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Library notes

We became aware a while ago that charges for Library Services had become over complicated, and were no longer commensurate with the work involved. Bob Badland did the first analysis to determine the scale of the problem. He determined typical staff times for the tasks, and estimated the additional expenses such as printing and postage, etc. This was no easy task; there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ enquiry or DVLA Registration submission. I used Bob’s study to produce a paper setting out the issues and to make pricing proposals, which were discussed by the Library Archive Committee. Meeting notes are on the website together with a chart of the revised prices. However, these are some of the main changes. The day-to-day operation of the Library is funded through membership subscriptions, and it is appropriate that members continue to enjoy free access to the Library for personal research. However, not all members can visit the Library and for them it is proposed to allow two free hours of staff time a year to answer queries. This is a reduction on the present allowance, but still of greater value than the annual membership fee. A large part of the Library’s work consists of dating and DVLA registration submissions. Whenever possible, the DVLA prefers dating evidence to be provided by the manufacturer. This is all very well if the manufacturer survives, but not so easy for grey imports for which UK subsidiaries have no records. Failing the manufacturer, the next preferred option is application vai the one-make clubs. This is good for common makes, and assumes the clubs are willing to provide the service. It is not so good for rare limited production machines or for the plethora of Continental machines now finding their way onto the British market. The consequence is that the VMCC often ends up being asked to provide dating evidence in support of the registration of machines for which documentation is poor or totally lacking. Research can take several hours, and on occasion has taken days. Library staff are able to process such dating requests only with the assistance of library volunteers, otherwise costs would be prohibitive. The Club deals with three different categories of DVLA registration applications. These are Original Registration Retention (VMCC Form A1), Registration of an original machine either imported or lacking documentation (Form A2) and Registration of a reconstructed classic (Form A3). In all cases we need to check frame and engine numbers and to confirm authenticity. This requires machine examination, and may involve input from the marque specialist. The Club aims to provide a quality service for Members and this often means completing or checking the form for the applicant, all of which is time consuming. Our pricing studies suggest the work involved for each type of submission is very similar, and in future it is proposed that each will be charged the same VAT-

inclusive £95. Dating submissions will not be undertaken for rare or poorly-documented machines unless the owner agrees to fund the necessary research. If you think this represents too great an increase on past charges, please reflect upon the amount by which the Club has subsidised previous submissions to the DVLA. Allowing non-members free Library access for private research will also end. Charges will be levied to make membership attractive. For all our other services, nonmembers will be asked for a 50% surcharge. The new charges are listed on the website and will come into effect from 1st October. We will honour the previous price for requests made before this date. The review of pricing was part of a general review of the operation of the Library and dating services. A suggestion was made that the examination of machines for dating purposes should be carried out by Section officials, with consequent financial benefit to the Section. We will consult the Sections to confirm this is acceptable. The disposal of surplus stock is continuing, and the latest list of disposal items will be found on page 89. To date we have raised well over £5,000 to cover the cost of rebinding damaged volumes and to fund acquisitions. Peter Miller

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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: gileswillison@vmcc.net

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All smiles in the garage: from left, TV presenter Mauro Corradino, Rick Hall and Brian Robinson.

Film crew visits Allen House ROB REANEY, DIRECTOR

Last week we had a film crew visit Allen House. For want of a better description, they are sort of the German equivalent of American Pickers. The main difference being that anything they buy, they then take back to Germany and sell for charity. In this case they are raising money for an eightyear-old girl called Maylien who has serious medical problems, and they hope to be able to improve her lot in life with any money raised. The Company is called Good Times. The show is on the German TV channel RTL2, and the programme is called Der Trodeltrupp. It is based on a team of three experts travelling around buying all sorts of stuff from cars and bikes, to antiques, collectables, jukeboxes etc. basically, anything that they can then re-sell to raise money for good causes. The programme will be screened towards the end of October if you care to look it up and regularly attracts up to three million viewers in Germany alone. The group visited England for a week and started filming at the Ace Cafe in London, followed by a market there. They then travelled North to visit our Club before going on to visit various individuals in Matlock, Mansfield and Chesterfield. They were extremely impressed with the Club and, as far as I know, it is the first time a film crew has filmed in Allen House.

Giles Willison, our General Manager, was on hand to supervise as was Rick Hall who is working hard to set up a new Section that is aimed at encouraging younger members. We also had the services of a local engineer for the day, many thanks to Brian Robinson of Robinson Enterprises who kindly volunteered his time. They filmed the club’s Brough Superior, Dreadnought, Rudge, Scott, a 16H Norton and a BSA B2 before heading off to other locations. On the trip they were able to buy a mixture of antiques, a jukebox and a 500cc Rudge Special all largely thanks to contacts within our club. The film crew director said he had been making these films for ten years and he felt that the footage he had obtained over the week was amongst the best he had ever shot. The whole team was very impressed with the club, and England in general, as most of them had never been here before, and they ended with the usual pub lunch on the final day, where they all had Yorkshire puddings for the first time in their lives! The club will feature in the programme and the crew wish to extend their thanks to the club for its assistance and hospitality. Overall I feel that this can only help to portray a positive image of a vibrant and helpful club to the rest of the world.

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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Gary Sleeman, 105 Ledbury Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE3 9RA 01733 770241 gary.sleeman@gmail.com North East (NE) Vacant North Midlands (NM) Vacant North West (NW) Vacant Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: awalexander@talktalk.net South West (SW) Michael Downes 01395 489744 mickeydowns1@hotmail.co.uk

ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk On a warm and sunny Sunday in August, a record breaking 67 riders signed on at Orchard Farm for the 2016 Hobbson’s Choice Run. A report and picture are on page 45. Dave Pink won the Best Two Stroke Award, at the August club night with his 1959 197cc Greeves TA Scottish. Midweek runs continue unabated - after a hearty lunch at our favourite transport café, 32 riders set off on the annual Tortoise run passing through Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Arriving at the tea stop, a partly- dismantled 500 OHC 4 radial valve single engine was of less interest than the ginger and chocolate cake. Peter Reeve was presented with swimming goggles as he had taken to the water while crossing a ford during the Hobbson’s run. The ‘drop off system’ worked faultlessly and we settled for an afternoon in the sun.

South East (SE) Tim Penn, 01444 232035 tpenn@tpenn.plus.com South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: bob.fisher2@virgin.net South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: dcodd@btconnect.com Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: eric.londesbrough@gmail.com Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, email and web site address so members can contact you. Word count per section is 150, (or just 100 with a picture) a blether too. Everyone had a smile on their face, which was great to see and the banter was infectious, all in all a good laugh and a good night was had by all. The AGM has been put back to November and will take place before the wheel building talk that night. Suitable entertainment for the October meeting is in hand. If you came along perhaps you could give a thought as to what entertainment you’d like over the winter and into next year and the Committee will see what can be done. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 johnandvi4853@yahoo.co.uk October is our Section AGM and this year looks to be an interesting event. We have at least two positions to fill and some decisions on the future finances of the Section. There are two runs in October, (please note the later start time), then they are at 10.30am for next few months. Let us hope the weather will stay mildish for a little longer.

AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.com

BEDFORDSHIRE (ANG) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk

The weather was sunny and warm for our August ride in at our new venue in Kirkliston, and a good selection of bikes turned up. We also had a few more new faces around the car park and some friends of old popped in for

The August midweek run saw three generations of the Coote family – Son (anonymous, I’m afraid), Dad Nigel & Grandad Brian. They also brought the twins (one Triumph, one BSA). The others included two from

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Northants on their third return visit (Don is clearly doing something right) and almost everyone braved the Eddlesborough ford, albeit with varying degrees of anxiety. Roughly the same number of bikes ventured out on the Summer Saunter, the second year of the drop-off system and, once again, it worked – very well, actually, because a road closure in Brill would have caused chaos with a route sheet but did mean we didn’t see the wonderful windmill. Every picture tells a story at the October club night, or so says Eddie; tantalising. The Autumn Gold Run has moved back to October 23rd, starting and finishing at the Shuttleworth Collection café, with special £6 biker breakfast and lunch deals. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk The month’s events began with a mid-week run to the quaintly-named Oxfordshire village of Ducklington; not for any particular purpose, other than to take a meandering route northwest from our start at Padworth and enjoy the day. The August Amble, brought forward one week from the August Bank Holiday weekend, was well supported with 19 riders and crew. All made it safely to The George Inn at Vernham Dean for lunch. Allan Herbert has been organising this run for 20 years. Many thanks to Allan and to all the ladies who have contributed cake and sundry items over the years to make this a memorable annual event. The Club Night’s TVAM observed ride was somewhat truncated, due to an accident on the M4 delaying the arrival of Section participants, but a number took to the roads for a pleasant ride in the gathering dusk. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk August was kind to us weather wise, and we had the Longridge run over Waddington Fell in the Trough of Bowland ending up at Dunsop Bridge where the good ladies of the WI provide fresh sandwiches, cakes and brews. August Bank Holiday weekend we were split with 20 bikes entering the Stanley Park, Blackpool classic vehicle show and nine of us enjoyed a fabulous time at the Classic TT in the IOM. Coming back from the Island also signifies the end of summer, roll on next year!

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BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com Geoff took over Tony’s Trundle and led us on a circular run from the Carpenters in Bransgore to the Lamb in Winkton. The start and lunch/finish points were less than a mile apart but the run was inspired, taking us up through Ringwood, Fritham, Hamptwood and Hale. The Tuesday ‘Not Poole Bike night’ has stopped, having been lightly supported by vintage and classic bikes (for which it was intended) but otherwise overrun by modern machinery. Long-term Section supporter, the man behind Armours exhausts and friend and confidante to many and I – Pete Rutins – died on the last day of August. Dave’s Late run (that’s me but Bernie will be planning and leading it) will be on the 9th October from the Carpenters, and Club night is the 17th at the Walkford. BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk www.bristolvmcc.com Evening runs continue to be well supported and the one organised by Mike’s Drake and Fay was no exception, attracting some twenty entries to The Pub on the banks of the Severn at Purton. A couple of 175 Parillas turned up serving as a reminder of how visually superior Italian design is – two wheels and four; Discuss! Around half a dozen members made the trek up the A38 to The Anchor at Saul for the lunchtime meet. The Bill Shepherd Memorial Run again ran from Horton on a 70-mile amble towards and around a corner of Wiltshire. A persistent downpour at the lunch stop put a damper on things and meant one or two machines were reluctant to restart, including Paul Button’s Rudge. John Hembrough’s Speed Twin had a hissy fit leaving the lunch stop, but in both cases man and machine regained their composure and on dry roads a few miles later spirits soon lifted. BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 gerry.daine@ntlworld.com Ready for the trip to Mallory for our race meeting of 28/29th August. We are already being inundated with entries for our final outing at Cadwell Park on the 24/25th September which is looking to be a bumper weekend of racing which includes several European riders. We would like to see many members there to watch some spectacular racing. At the moment I am busy getting our 2017 calendar together and will publish it as soon as possible. If any members are interested in becoming involved with BHR we will be glad to welcome you and show you the ropes. You may wish to Marshal, become a scrutineer or sound inspector and gradually move to being an official, if you do please contact me.


BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc We have the reintroduction of our Girder Fork Run on 9th, focusing on Girder Fork, Flat Tank and small capacity bikes. All bikes are welcome to join in, however the run will be organised to ensure the slower bikes have a smooth run. Elsewhere in the magazine is the advert for our annual jumble and social, this year being held at Pirbright on Saturday 12th November. Sellers must book a pitch in advance by contacting Chairman on richard.huckle@ntlworld.com so come along to buy, sell or just meet up. Club night on 18th at Brooklands museum completes this month activities.

the Motorboat Club. So, chaps, what’s the verdict? At Club Night, Tuesday, 18th October, we welcome the return of Martin Pagett with another of his classic film shows. On Sunday, 23rd October, its Sam’s ‘End of Season’ lunch at the Telford Arms, Trevor at 12 noon.

Picture: P Joyce. CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk

Looking forward to a good turnout at our Girder Fork run on the 9th. CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 bill.coburn@btinternet.com The Scottish National at the Blairgowrie in August took place over the two days in good weather. Saturday saw the bikes taking their owners on a lovely run in the quieter roads from the Strathmore Valley over to the Carse of Gowrie. Back over the Sidlaw Hills to the Strath again and the lunch halt at the Strathmore Arms at Glamis. As usual the food and service at the Arms was excellent. The route took them back to Blairgowrie again along ideal roads for all types of motorcycle. Entrants who chose to go to the meal in the evening, at the Royal Hotel, were not disappointed. Sunday’s run, again organised by Arthur, was a pleasant run and not having the competitive side of the Saturday, was a bonus. In all another Grand National. Thanks to all who made it so. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com What a great turnout for August’s Machine Night at The Plough, Christleton! Roy Dean’s aptly named AJS ‘Silver Streak’ won, but publican David Owen had a difficult decision. In September, we trialled a new Club Night venue at Chester RFC Clubhouse, Littleton, CH3 7DB; increasingly, some Members struggled with the steps at

August was another good riding month. A respectable turn-out of 37 bikes for the Whitley Run at the start of the month and a great run out of 21 bikes to the Anson Engine Museum in Poynton on 14th. A separate report on Whitley should appear in the next edition of The Journal. A successful Goostrey Run in early September was tinged with sadness as Jeff Meehan died in a motorbike accident en route to marshal the event. He was hugely popular in this, his 'home' section as well as others locally and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. By the time you read this, the riding season will be getting towards the end. To quote from Game of Thrones, winter is coming! Don’t forget to check our website for more detailed reports of the various events, bikes & bits for sale and a calendar for 2017 should be online too. CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 phil.barfield@virgin.net The Low power run only attracted 12 riders this year, a shame but apparently it clashed with several other events. Malcolm Tappin bagged the tankard for the most answers in the quiz, having completed the run on his Batavus. My excelsior broke its gear selector so I failed to finish the course, I had to ride home in 1st and back to the pub with a replacement bike. The wrinkly run to Jacks café offered a change of venue, attracted more riders, and seemed a popular choice, so maybe we will use the venue again next year. The bank Holiday run to Quainton saw a few new faces, I led on the 15 model H Triumph, Julian rode the tail end on his 1914 BSA model H, good to be out on quiet roads in the sunshine.

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CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk At the August meeting Miles Raymond gave an excellent presentation on the 1954 Daytona winning BSAs. These bikes are a lifelong passion for him and he has been involved in restoring and riding two of them, one a Gold Star single, the other a Star Twin A7. Many thanks to him. Otherwise, Members attended the Grumpy Old Men, S&T rally, the Albion show at Biggar and the Manx Grand Prix so plenty going on. The photo shows my Ariel starring in a TV drama.

I have decided to step down and hand the reins to someone else. If there is anyone who would be willing to take over please don't be shy just volunteer on the night. It's not a difficult job and there is always help on hand from the rest of the Committee, all of whom I wish to thank for their help and support over the last 2 years. That’s All Folks as they say on Looney Tunes. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 alan@magic-wheelers.org.uk www.magic-wheelers.org.uk Thank you to Reg Eyre for organising the Severn Glide despite doing a Long John Silver impression, and thanks also for finding such a delightful tea and cakes stop on the route. The Veteran cycle club put in an appearance and managed to shepherd Philippa Wheeler along with them. It was delightful to see Philippa looking fit, and coping with cycling. This month we have the hundred mile run on 2nd October, and next month it’s the Section AGM and last run of the year on 20th November.

CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 lclayton56@btinternet.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk The Dartmoor Run, led by Andy Gould, saw riders cross Dartmoor to Widecombe in the Moor for lunch with mist so bad at times that it was difficult to see the Members indicating the way to go. Thankfully all returned safely. Truro Fish and Chip Run saw Members eating and chatting happily after a short ride from Truro Cricket Club. East Taphouse Club Night had a Bring and Buy with two Members bidding for a pair of classic boots, eventually finding a new home with Ben Langford. The Creepy Crawly run led by Peter Old / Roger Fogg after Peter had an impromptu stop, made their way to Tregothnan only to find the cafe closed! 20 riders took part in the Lamorna Run led by Peter Lee. Stunning views and excellent food were enjoyed. Volunteers for the Committee are needed to replace outgoing Members at the AGM at Truro, 28th October. COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ By the time you are reading these notes it will be the start of October and the Cotswold Section’s Annual General Meeting is only a few days away on the 5th, along with our annual Bring and Buy Sale, so may I take this opportunity to remind all Members to try to attend. I have very much enjoyed being the Secretary for the last two years but due to other commitments and a desire to travel

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Two cheerful Velo-SoleX visitors. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 osmondstujais@sky.com www.vmccdartmoor.com Twelve riders and passengers on a wide range of bikes from a C90 to a Harley met at Chudliegh for a ride up to Haldon then on up the Teign Valley to Steps Bridge and on to Mortenhampstead. From here on to Fingle Bridge, then back via Tedburn St Mary and Crediton. Roast lunches and cream teas were consumed en route with delight. Activities for October will be our AGM on the Thursday 13th, 8pm at Seven Stars Totnes. This is an important meeting as there will be some Committee changes and all Members need to be present. On October 16th we have the ‘End of Season’ run (Derek French 01803 391292) meet at Seven Stars Totnes 10 for 10.30am. For information on Club activities visit our web site at VMCC Dartmoor or call the number above. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com The new Dartmoor run from Halwill Junction proved to be very popular with 24 riders arriving at Graham’s house for a pre-ride coffee. Good weather and unfamiliar roads made for a good day out. Thanks go to Graham for an


interesting route. If anyone would like to organise one of our monthly runs then please let one of the Committee know before the 27th of October as this is when next year’s events are planned. Our annual Christmas Lunch on Saturday December the 3rd will again be at the Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton. The cost will be the same as last year, £14 for two courses and coffee. Our President Rodney Hann and his wife have kindly accepted the invitation to be our guests. Please book with Keith, our Treasurer on 01884257942. This month’s run is on Oct the 9th and starts from Sainsbury’s, Barnstaple at 11am. Club night is a talk by Keith. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 kenneth.druce@homecall.co.uk The Jeff Clew Memorial run had 50 people signed on for the seventh anniversary of this event. There were two routes, an option of 43 miles catering for veterans and flat tankers, and a longer one of 73 miles. Alison Clews presented the prizes back at Sparkford, and a glorious sunny day meant that the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. Gabby’s Border Run is always good, and this year was no exception, weather behaved itself and shearwater and Stourton Gardens are beautiful. One to put in the diary is on Club Night 9th November; there will be a talk on the International Six Days Trial of 1939 to be given by John Bradshaw, author of the book “The Six Day Affair”. Check the website dorsetvmcc.co.uk for what’s coming up. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 bob341rc@outlook.com August saw us trying to inject a little more interest into our normal events. The first of which was a guest speaker from the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Who spoke about the logistics of operating not just one but two aircraft with the prospect of night time flying and the subsequent requirement for more pilots and maintenance. The whole still being supported by voluntary contributions. The lunch meet seems to have been an eon ago but it must have happened as it is still on my calendar. Once again a few of us took in the Jeff Clew Memorial run, completed without mishap or ice cream! Then for our monthly ride Brian took us on a slightly damp but interesting visit to a fantastic collection of Nortons. I think I chose the wrong profession but it is too late to change now. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 Thirteen riders joined the Wrinkly Run, led by Roy Woods, sampling the Highways and Byways of the

Herts/Essex borders, and stopping for an excellent lunch at Dobbs Weir, a new venue for East Herts on the picturesque Lee Navigation. Don Williamson is awaiting a General Court Martial for missing the start, catching up with us at lunch! Thanks Roy, we’ll let you organise another one soon! Club night saw ‘thirteen just men’ enjoy a Noggin and Natter. Bob and Don have found a well hidden and very comprehensive Transport Museum in Potters Bar and have arranged a Section visit to be combined with the October 26th Wrinkly Run. Entry fee has been subsidised from Section funds, so will only cost £5 each on the day, may seem a lot, but there’s a lot to see, so please give us your support, even if you bring the Memsahib in the car! EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com www.vmcceastlancs.co.uk October already here, only one Club run left, where has the summer gone? The Tower Run back in August had a good turnout, nineteen riders set off from our new venue at Churchfield House, where we were made most welcome by the volunteer staff that keep the place running. The outright winner picked by landlady Jean was Rob Bradley’s Norton Dominator 88, the Post War winner was Roger Gibson for his Norton ES2 and the Post 1960 winner was Dave Jeffers for his Bonneville. The Pendle Hill Run was attended by fifteen riders; the rain stayed away and made for a pleasant day in the Ribble Valley. Next month on the 1st, it’s the AGM, so come along and have your say, we’ll be all ears and the second meeting is the In-house Quiz, so if you start revising now, you might just end up setting next year’s quiz! EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 30th July saw eight Section Members follow our Competition Secretary around the lanes to the Morgan Museum at Rolvedon followed by lunch at the nearby pub. It rained during the meal so somebody had to wash their bike down? 9th August saw the Secretary's Saunter run of just over 50 miles go from Heathfield to the finish at Waldron just three miles away. 17th August saw a magnificent turnout of 25-plus bikes on Les’ Wrinkly Run to Tea Pot Island at Yalding followed by a nice run to Rye for an Ice Cream. 21st August Stan led 11 bikers to the Pilot Cafe at Dungeness setting out on a grey morning which improved to a lovely day at lunch time. The days are drawing in now but we still have Franks Autumn Leaves run plus the Weston Run on 15/16 October contact Mick Lucioni.

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EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 denniscooney.mc@btinternet.com www.holdorf.karoo.net

GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931561898 rustynuts@talktalk.net

Apologies to the Mid Lincs Section for the mix up in our Section notes last month. How Pre 31 found its way into the Humber Bridge Run, I know not. The Section’s last event of the year is the Beverley Run on the 9th October from Bishop Burton Agricultural College. The entrance is from the A1079 and will be signed. It is NOT in Bishop Burton village. Two routes will be available. The shorter one is suitable for older and low powered machines. The student’s café will be available for food. The Section AGM will take place on the 6th November at the Tiger. Come along and have your say. A new landlord has taken over; hopefully, we will be able to have our usual buffet. Dennis Johnson 01964 623401 will be organising our Annual Dinner again, date 11th December. More details next month or see web site.

Like a few other Section Secretaries I’m writing this whilst on the Isle of Man, the 'Manx' and all other related events that take place really are the Mecca of motor cyclists. If you haven’t been then put it on your bucket list. Look at VMCC Glasgow on Facebook for the photos. There are at least five group Members going this week. Our AGM will be third Tuesday in October; a good turnout would be helpful to discuss our way forward. Seems like no time since we kicked this group off. We now need your input if we are to develop further. I will send out the usual email a week before the meeting, hope to see as many as possible.

ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk The Section had a stand at the Langford Bike Meet between the Maldon British Owners Club and the Essex Cruisers, proving what a popular hobby we have. Our Member Derek Wickes picked up Best in Class award for his DOT, we are assured that this had nothing to do with our President being on the judging panel. Thanks to Roger and Heather Gulliver for arranging. The Camping Week held at Colne Valley Railway at Sible Hedingham was a great success with good weather and runs out each day to the coast and into Suffolk. Thanks again to Gill Scatcherd for arranging the week. The last runs of the summer are in October with a Wrinkly run on the 5th and the Huffer run to complete the season on the 9th. October Club night is the quiz night when all go home with brain ache. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9pm please) reg.eyre@tesco.net 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.

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GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Several Members took part in the Graham Walker Run in August with Ian Anderson picking up an award. August Club Night saw another fine evening at the Maypole with several bikes to inspect but because of the nights drawing in there were few left after 9.00pm. The remainder adjourned to the bar to continue their noggin’n’natter. October is the end of our riding season with the last Wrinkly Run on the 7th and the Pumpkin Run on the 30th. Interesting speaker for October Club Night, John Grew on his Himalayas Trip, and Skittles on the 29th. GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 stuart.towner@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmccgrasstrack.net The Section AGM and Annual Awards Presentation is at Cassington Village Hall on 30th October, OX29 4AX. High Noon for the autojumble, meeting at 1pm sharp. Refreshments are available but if you could let Janet know in advance if you’re attending please! Dauntsey results in no particular order as follows. 350cc vintage, Bob Wright; 1,000cc vintage, Stu Towner; postvintage, Luke Tuck; post-war Chris Macket; Autos, Cooper Rushden; Cadets, Max Perry; Juniors, Sam Norris; Inters, Charlie Brookes; 250cc Classic, Giles Dismore; 350cc Classic, Luke Tuck; 500cc Classic, Tony George; 350 upright, Steve Dowling; 500cc upright 4valve, Barry Joyce. Good to see newcomer Barry Fitzmaurice out on the Abbott Ariel and going rather well too! With Oxford being cancelled through lack of interest one has to ask just what is going on? Any feedback would be helpful please. Was it because of the Bank Holiday so that we can steer clear of them?


GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 The day started fine and dry for our Summer Madness run, but here in Gwent it never stays dry for long! anyway, we headed westward towards Brecon then Sennybridge where morning coffee was taken at a café well used by all kinds of motorcyclists, onwards then into the Swansea valley for lunch at Dan y Gof Caves (in the adjacent restaurant that is, not in the caves!), we also welcomed our friends from the south Wales Section then we splashed our way home in the rain. Thanks to Colin for his extra smooth organisation, don’t forget our Des James run, it’s on Sunday October 23rd, meet Abergavenny bus station, 10am start, ring Mark on 07870 535933 to know more. HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk Until further notice the Moon at Mordiford – Hereford HR1 4LW - will continue to be the venue for Section Club Nights and the meeting place for runs starting in the Hereford area. Chairman Geoff McGladdery has fleshed out the midweek ride for October 12th. 27th October will be an ordinary club night. Geoff is also busy planning a ride from Ledbury on Oct 30th via Bredon Hill and the Cotswolds. (Details of all our runs make it into the VMCC Journal calendar automatically.) We will be having our AGM on 24th November. Besides reviewing how the Section is going (including turnout for rides?), we will be looking for more Committee Members and planning our premier event for 2017, the second running of ‘Herefordshire on the Edge’. Need your Section? Then your Section needs you!

on closed public roads. He and driver Chris Wicketts finished both sidecar races riding their Triumph outfit. The mystery of people missing the July Evening Run was solved, as they had gone to last year’s start point! Two prospective Members visited Club Night, Brian, a friend of Horsehay Mike, and Bob, who after an initial inquiry, went home and returned by motorcycle which made six machines that evening. Some banter was directed at Rob and myself for appearing in the centre pages of the August magazine with Allen House Staff when returning the Baton! The All Day Run took place minus designated leader Chairman Phil, but the other participants had an impromptu tour of North Shropshire with two refreshment stops en route. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 www.vmcciom.org Well what a sensational Manx Rally we have just had! The Festival of Jurby was held in good weather with record crowds attending. The Concourse on the Green and regularity run at Tynwald was also extremely well attended. We’re just wondering how we can fit even more bikes & riders in for next year! The VMCC 70th Anniversary Baton did a circuit of the TT Course on our Closed Road Parade lap; it was taken by VMCC Member Stuart Metcalf on his recently-acquired Vincent Black Prince.

IPSWICH AND SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 maryandtink@live.co.uk www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk Firstly I apologise for lack of notes last month. The camping was very successful all who came said they had good time, I would to thank Roger and Mervyn for the runs, Neville and Rob for all the work they did. Thanks to Adrian for organising Sunday run, sorry I did not make it I hear it was a very good. The Evening run to Hand in Hand was a nice A few new faces taking the runs. Let’s hope we see a few more next year. It will give some a break. The season is coming to an end with one more run on 23rd October 10.30 at Woodbridge. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 aj.richardson@rocketmail.com The first weekend of August saw the Ironmasters Sprinters in NSA action, then unlike 2015 Colin had an uneventful trip to the Belgian TT, a classic type event run

Black Prince at the Gooseneck. Photo: Dave Kneen, www.ManxPhotosOnline.com www.DaveKneenPhotos.com ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 gladingreg@gmail.com We have to start with sad news; John Hilsum, Chairman of the Ventnor C.C., who has been a great friend and support to our Section has died after a battle with cancer. Happy memories of the crazy cricket matches that he put on for V.C.C. boys versus the Section, we never won. We have a Mystery Things Night planned for our first Club Night on the 11th so please bring weird tools & odd ball items. We hope to see Roy Pilbeam back on two wheels soon now he has a new knee. We look forward to a good

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turnout at the AGM on the 25th. Please come & put forward ideas for activities. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk A new event organised by our younger Members ‘The Young Bloods’ Summer Run and BBQ was excellent with 14 riders which included two of the organisers and two guests enjoying the run returning to Shaun Rickards at Stoke Ferry where they were joined by family members for the BBQ. Our thanks to Shaun, Dick Fendick and Andy Hunn and their wives. The Ride a Bike Night to the Chequers was very well supported on a lovely summer evening that was just right for getting a puncture on the way home if you were unlucky enough to be Richard and Jenny Bailey. Who will catch Richard up for the hard luck award this year now? Please note the new venue for the Pre-31 run, starting from The Windmill Inn at Great Cressingham. Finally all Committee Members stand down at the AGM on October Club Night; a new Secretary and Chairman are required this time. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk www.vmcclakeland.co.uk The improved August weather must have had a significant influence on Lakeland Members as we saw an increased turn out for our events, especially the ride-in to Hodge Close Quarry, which was enjoyed by 28 Members. Perhaps we are doing something right after all. In October we have a new event, a ride-in to The Chip Shop at Shap, an award winning chippy that may prove a better than our usual ride-in to the Greyhound Hotel, it will be an interesting comparison. We don’t have much else ongoing in the middle of the month as the Classic Mechanics Show is on at Stafford but then for our Club night we have Stephen Brownless, a guest speaker from Morris Lubricants. This should prove to be an interesting presentation, and I understand that some ‘specials’ may be on offer too. MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 The Evening run to The Lamb Inn was abandoned owing to rain and only two Members turning up! The trial at Lima Farm was enjoyed by all the competitors but we were rather short of observers. The third Four Seasons Run did not have a huge turnout, but those that did attend were treated to an excellent event and route courtesy of Alan Prentice. August Club Night was just a drink and natter night at a local pub as our normal venue is closed for refurbishment. The Off Road Time Trial that we ran

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in July was such a success that are running another one on October 9th at Pott Shrigley, 10-30 for 11am start, come along and have some light off-road fun! By the time you read this I will have menus for the day after Boxing Day meal; let me know if you want to book a place. MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk Unfortunately I missed our August Club Night, my wife and I were away, however I’m told it was the usual vibrant evening we’ve all come to expect. Many Section Members attended and took part in this year’s International West Kent Run and weekend. The weather was fine, the run was good and a cracking time was had by all, congratulations to the Westies for a superb event. There was an excellent turn out for Derek Birds Run on the 14th. Meeting at the Ranch café at Wingham, for a tasty breakfast first, Derek always comes up with something a little different. A visit to Samphire Hoe, between Dover and Folkestone, via some lovely country lanes proved a real joy. It really is worth a visit if you have some time to kill before catching a ferry. Nice one Derek MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands The Midland Section holds the annual Jim Fellowes Run on Sunday 9th October. As tradition dictates, the Run starts from the Lay By on the Balsall Common to Knowle Road, the B4101 Balsall Street, about a quarter of a mile from the Saracens Head Pub when heading towards Knowle. Mike Drakeley will have set an interesting route through autumnal Warwickshire lanes with the final destination having tea and coffee facilities. Club Night (Wednesday 19th) at the National Motorcycle Museum, we have our popular Indoor Fun Treasure Hunt. As ever there will be clues throughout the Museum that will need correct answers if you are to win the first prize of an out of date Mars Bar (not won at last year’s event!). All the family are welcome on this fun social evening so if you have the time come and bring the wife, daughters, sons, grandkids, neighbours – everybody welcome. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 p.gunnee@talktalk.net www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk The Humber Bridge Run saw excellent weather, 22 riders and a passenger followed a varied route around North Lincolnshire. Our Club Night had a smallish turn out, but most were on motorcycles, a welcome sight. An early reminder of the Auction in November, any item can be sold.


NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Peter Tomkins 0791 7407400 vpeter_james_tomkins@yahoo.co.uk We lost one of our Members during August; Peter Beaney, Chairman 1980-82, died at his home aged 84. He was one of the Members who located the Section AJS. Richard Stone organised the Bill Lacy Run and the Country Lane Canter – both blessed with good weather (almost) and quiet country lanes – perfect! The Phil Annison run enjoyed the same conditions although turnout was down. Thank you, Richard and Bob Miller. Once again the Brackley Festival was a success, with the aforementioned AJS on show alongside Members’ own bikes. Robert Percival looks after the AJS, our thanks to him too. We had an interesting evening with Jon-Paul Carr on Victorian inventions, particularly the leather industry around Northampton. One could see recognition on the faces of older Members – I hope it was because they used the machines rather than remembering the invention! NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk On August 7th we had Maurice and Rob’s Breakfast Run, visiting a café adjacent to Middleton Hall. There was consternation about whether we should pay for parking to fall in line with a nearby concours event that we weren’t part of. We didn’t! Thanks also to Roger Greening and Ian Harris for their midweek runs on the 17th and 31st. At the 5th October Club Night we will have a talk from Phil Jones on the New Cross Mine Disaster of 1860. Then it’s my Autumn Run on the 9th. For this run last year we had an excellent attendance visiting the bus museum at Wythall (mind you, it was a lovely day). This year I’ve secured entry to Coleham Pumping Station, Shrewsbury’s Steam and Small Machinery Museum. Coffee, tea and biscuits provided, and they are opening just for us! 10 for 10.30 from Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com www.northcotswoldvmcc.com In August we enjoyed Sunday runs led by Neil Batchelor, Glyn Buckler and me and Wrinkly runs with the Barnetts and Hallards. Our Cotswold Way run was a great success with nearly 50 participants, well done to organisers. Some mistakes in our brilliantly simple ‘Drop off’ system have led to a set of guidelines being drawn up. Really though, staying put until sweeps arrive is all it takes, hardly rocket science. I heard recently of the difficulty some Sections are encountering in getting Members to lead runs, the old story of the busy few. We have a very willing Section but these situations creep up and as we approach calendar

planning time, we need to keep things fresh. If you haven’t led a run for a while, why not have another go, it is always appreciated, as are suggestions for new Speakers. Sunday 2nd is Windmill Run from Chipping Campden. NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 nevmcc.notes@googlemail.com Neil.Wyatt@gmx.com nesn.byethost16.com The George Foggitt Topcliffe run on 14th August was another success with 42 entrants, including a Morgan tricycle making the start. I should have said last month that the club’s finances remain a concern but at the end of the day, we need more Members and younger Members at that. One thing is for certain that the large sums Bonham’s have sold old motorcycles for is not going to encourage young and financially-constrained potential Members to our fold. 14th September for the Lunchtime meeting at Dyneley Arms and 25th September at the Coronation Hall @ 2pm.

Two 99’s with a 99. It had to be done! NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 kateguy@googlemail.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com I type this sitting outside, having a cuppa, in the Isle of Man VMCC Festival of Jurby enjoyed brilliant sunshine, thousands there, spent hours looking at the bikes in the car park! On the home front, several of us enjoyed Mike Peacock’s Candlesticks Run, bit of different scenery and butties provided at the pub too. Still much to look forward to, Grahams run in November last year was superb, high hopes for this years, wherever you are, enjoy yer bikes..

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NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk At last, some decent riding weather and as a lot of our Members are off to the Manx GP there is little to report from August except that our Chairman’s Sunbeam won best Classic Motorcycle at a scooter club rally... Our September business meeting is the Section AGM and I will report on that next month. October 31st will be a film show at the Barons thanks to Martin who always finds excellent archive footage. Details of these and all our other activities can be found on our website. www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk and on the main VMCC website.

NORTHERN IRELAND (SM) Robert Bryson 028 90629257 rab_bryson@yahoo.co.uk Summer is drawing to a close, but we can look back at some great runs. The reintroduced Fermanagh weekend proved popular so we will do it again next year. Kieran has a few changes in mind for next year to make it even better. The Antrim Coast weekend continues to go from strength to strength clearly Ian and his team know what makes a great event. The Mournes pre-31 weekend returned after a one year gap. I think Adrian and his team did an outstanding job and the Burrendale Hotel is an excellent venue. I understand we have already made a reservation for 2017. Our newest run, John and Dougie’s Low Country run saw its second edition this summer. I have heard nothing but good reports so well done boys. There’s still a couple of runs to go before the nights draw in so keep fettling! NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 hilary.dixon@northumbria.ac.uk Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Section stand at the Bikewise Show on 24th July – especially Dennis who coordinated the arrangements and came up with a different format for the stand this year (for which

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we received a runner up prize). Special thanks also to Barry who provided display boards and to Brian who assisted Dennis. Thanks to the better weather, Members have enjoyed a few weekly social runs over the summer. On 21st August a small but perfectly formed group of riders covered quite a few miles on the Chairman’s Random Run. Luckily they managed to dodge the threatened rain and spend a good bit of time eating and drinking tea. Don’t forget the Section AGM is on 21st November, starting at 9pm at Birtley RAOB Club. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk Our Waveney Valley Run from the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton had 19 riders and four passengers take part. The event coincided with the RAFA day celebrations at the Museum. The route in glorious sunshine took us to the lunch stop at the Red Lion, Needham. I really enjoyed this run as I took my Scott that I had not used for some time. Our next run was from the Norfolk Motor Cycle Museum where a new route was used that was enjoyed by the 16 riders that took part. Lunch stop was at the Bluebell pub in North Walsham. Our next event was our new Middy Run from Carbrooke to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway, 18 riders took and enjoyed the route that took us through Redgrave, Botesdale, and Weatheringsett then to Carbrooke. Thanks to all who set up these events and provided refreshments. NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 zrussell2@googlemail.com www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net The earlier onset of twilight in late summer dictates that evening runs end after August, and Graham organised the concluding run. As previously the official Matlock Bath finish was chock full of motor cyclists and an overflow to Cromford, where a familiar F4 Morgan was seen, took place. Previously Gordon had led the Section for a Sunday run from Eastwood. (He and Graham control the Notts border, Bruce the North East sector and Alex and Jim the central zone.) The overall result is a presence over a wide sweep of pleasing North Midlands terrain. Last year’s Sunday run from Ashbourne was well attended and a repeat with minor adjustments to the route is in hand. Hopefully lower-powered traditional machines will be accommodated on this route. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 alphacancaris@hotmail.co.uk Rod Nutt’s Apprentice run saw 26 riders leave the Turnpike for a 32 mile ride to Vision Motor Sport site at Enstone airfield via the Heyford/ Duns Tew/Bloxham and


Hook Norton. Thanks to Dave & Shelly Nutt for their hospitality and Dolly for my birthday cake. 5 riders took the chance to have a ride in an Ariel Atom can’t remember any Ariel going this fast. The second stage to lunch at the Row Machine in Witney was also 32 miles and went through some great scenery via the Rollrights Kingham Shipton on a very sunny day. Thanks to Rod for this report as I have missed quite a few runs lately due to my unstable back. I will be back in the saddle soon. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk www.penninevmcc.org.uk The Roses Run took us from JJ’s diner in Cliviger via Skipton and Bardon to Tea Cups café at Pateley Bridge. Returning through Blubberhouses and Addingham, a good time was had by all - except the rider who had to be trailered home after an ignition coil failure. This event seems to keep the recovery man busy every year. Our third machine night attracted 30 machines, but proceedings were called to a halt when everyone made a break for home as the weather turned against us. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Section runs continue into October with runs on Saturday 8th and Thursday 13th. These straddle the Club Night on Wednesday 12th when the AGM takes place. Looking further ahead, Malcolm Byrne visits us in November to give a talk on the Hydrogen Bomb. We’re planning next year’s activities so if you’ve any suggestions for runs or speakers, or perhaps something completely different, please let me know. For instance, as Monday 2nd January is a Bank Holiday, would a mid-day meet near Morpeth be an absolutely brilliant idea or...? Mike Coxon with his 1928 Sunbeam Model 8 (350cc) at the start of the Scottish S&T Rally.

SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 derek.trow@talk21.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk August Club Night was Noggin & Natter due to several Members being at the Manx GP. The speaker for the

meeting 26th October will be Frank Melling who will be giving two talks. He began riding motor cycles when he was ten, and has been in love with bikes ever since. He has decided that it is now too late to grow up and be sensible. For the same reasons, he has been writing about motor cycles professionally for over 45 years and can’t give up this addiction either! Today Frank remains what he was, and always will be, an ordinary person with an extraordinary ability to see the world in a quite remarkable way. He has worked with some of the greatest World Champions, and has ridden their bikes, yet remains completely unaffected by his world-wide VIP status. November Club Night to be announced. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk Our Section won all three awards in the Betws y Coed show. Well done Huw, Henry and Terry! The October meeting will be a quiz. November will be a visit and talk by VMCC President Rod Hann. Another recent event was a Classic Display at the Anglesey Race Circuit, Team Chris and Iola entertained us with Iola going well on her classic Honda. Keep in touch or check out the VMCC website. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 pc.newman@mypostoffice.co.uk www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk The Sign Post Rally and Social Run was again organised by Phil. Nine riders took on the challenge of identifying sign posts from the photographs supplied, and planning a route between them. The event is part of the Western Region Championship and was won by Rod Thomas. 15 riders enjoyed the Social Run into Devon and a visit to the Veetopia open weekend, who sell everything vintage including motor cycles. Our August Evening Meet was at the Burcott Inn, Wookey. This was the last for the year as the evenings start to close in! Club Night on October 6th we have guest speaker Ian Caskie with Launch to ReLaunch of SS Gt Britain. Autumn Leaves Run on the 9th. New Manor Farm Shop, Bishop Sutton. 10am for 11am. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk https://sites.google.com/site/vmccsc/ Our thanks to Steve Venn for organising the Harvest Run. Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt when two bikes ran into each other at low speed. The Tuesday Evening Meets are now over for another year, but don’t forget the Lunchtime Meet on 9th October at the Jet Age Museum Gloucester from 12.00 onwards. Looking further ahead, please make sure that 9th December is in your diary for the Section Xmas meal. More details at Section Club

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Nights and in the Nov notes, but we plan to return to the Anchor Inn at Epney. Finally please make sure you hand your completed Cotswold Edge Run answer forms to Dave Carroll or me ASAP.

Sussex. The run ended at Holden’s Caravan Park where the bacon sandwiches were well received. My apologies for sending in 2015 report in error.

SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk

SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 janda.salix@hotmail.co.uk www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk

Phil Studley featured in August by leading the Air Ambulance Run to Henstridge Airfield. Unfortunately his bike broke down en route and he had to be recovered by his son. He eventually rejoined us at Henstridge on a different bike in time for some lunch. He retained the Crank for a completely unrelated event. Whilst eating a meal at a restaurant he managed to inhale some peas. After some discomfort and a trip to hospital the peas eventually re-appeared a couple of days later during a coughing fit. By way of compensation his “sympathetic” friends bought him a tin of peas. At the end of the month 13 stalwart riders and three pillions had a slightly damp but very enjoyable run to the Seaton Tramway in Devon. The sun eventually shone for our return journey to our regular tea stop at ‘Maria’s Panties’ in Salwayash.

A top-up of tanks was required after a full schedule of fine-weather runs in August tempted riders from their sheds. Four enjoyed a day with Anglian Section on the Hobbsons Choice for a chance of baptism by ford and the compulsory teatime cakefest at Orchard Farm. See Gary's web-site photojournal. Three days later a dozen rode midweek for lunch in the sunny couryard of Colsterworth Sun Inn. Another fine Club Night brought out more bikes, with riders going inside only for drinks. Breezy start to the High Summer run resulted in Keith’s helmet blowing across the car-park, damage limited to the visor since his head wasn’t in it. After lunch at Tallington Whistle Stop we rode 20 miles to re-whet appetites for a splendid afternoon tea at Mick and Linda’s. October: Bring and Buy on 21st. Autumn Leaves from Stibbington on 25th.

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk

SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.hmharris@tiscali.co.uk www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk

In August we enjoyed a Saunter through fine countryside to Middleton in Teesdale for a carnival parade and lunch. Our return route ensured we had the opportunity to gather at an ice cream parlour, before finishing the day with a superb BBQ thanks to Viv and Sue Tubby for their hospitality. Roy Sturgeon held a practice trial at Low North Camp thanks to the cooperation of the Scarborough and District Motor Club for the use of this superb venue. Brian Smith led 14 riders on a tour of the North Yorkshire Moors visiting Grosmont to see a steam train. October 9th sees the final Road Safety event of our year with the Anniversary Run to Pateley Bridge and a trial in Coverdale on 16th.

The Simon Pritchard Run on the 7th had 22 bikes and two three-wheelers comprising of our Section and the local Velo Owners Club, to view the SS Great Britain at Bristol docks, following a route planned to avoid motorways. The visit to the ship and the tour was interesting, all the more enjoyable because of the fine weather. Our thanks to John. We will tactfully avoid mentioning the journey home! The Fish and Chip run on the 15th had 17 Members following Dave for a scenic evening run via Ogmore and Ewenny leading to an excellent Fish and Chip supper at the Club House. Don’t forget the film show at the Club House on 10th October. Full detail on the website.

SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk

STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 info@stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk

Russell reported on his Mid Hants Run stating that in contrast to some of the previous runs this year this one went off successfully, although there were only six riders including himself. After enjoying complimentary bacon rolls and coffee they set off on a 38-mile route though the glorious Hampshire Countryside returning to the Brickmakers for a welcome pint and chin-wag. September report should have said the last few Evening Runs have been well attended and the day run in July to Bracklesham Bay attracted 10 riders who enjoyed a great ride through the minor roads of East Hampshire and West

After a quiet spell everybody got on the move again for the Section’s S&T Rally from Cultybraggan, its new home. More than 80 bikes took part. We enjoyed a great trip over mountains and through glens to lunch at Weem Hotel. We returned again through various hills and glens to base camp at Cultybraggan. In the evening after a really splendid buffet (congratulations to the caterers).the many trophies were presented, the massive raffle was drawn; after a few beers were consumed a jolly good evening was had by all. The Social Run on Sunday also saw a good turnout in stormy conditions. A big thank you to all who

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arranged and helped to make this weekend possible at a great new venue. 30 Members attended the Club ‘7 bikes’, when Ian Thomson provided the quiz articles. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk Thanks to everyone who exhibited their bikes at this year’s Ellingham Show. Lots of interest was shown, and hopefully a few new Members recruited. October begins with The Nifty Run from Woodfalls on the 16th for pre1973 machines under 250cc, organised to cater for owners of low capacity machines not normally seen on Club runs. A sympathetic route has been devised so if you have autocycles, mopeds, cyclemotors or small motorcycles lying neglected at the back of the shed, this is an ideal opportunity for them. Club Night on the 19th is a talk by Robin Brand on First British Rocket man in Space. The month ends with the Winter Run on the 30th. Bookings are being taken for the Annual Dinner in November, contact Diane Poynting for menus & reservations. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club All the rides were well supported, particularly our Girder Fork Run which saw 22 of us have an excellent day out including a green lane, my thanks to all those that organised and supported the events. A small group of us went to Brands Hatch to promote the Club and this was the first time we used our new banner which we hope will encourage new Members to join (see picture below). Don’t forget our Practice Trial on 16th October; all proceeds go to the NSPCC.

SWANSEA AND DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 barrygfox@hotmail.com The riding season is coming to an end and I am looking forward to the festive season when our Christmas dinner will be held on the 13th Dec at Morriston Rugby Club at 7.30. See you all there for a good time. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 07887 517906 jugood@talktalk.net We had our BBQ evening at the Woodshaw Inn. We presented the Navigational awards; well done to the

winners. Our Chairman’s Run on July 10th was a good day with a Coffee Stop in Wantage and Lunch at The Rat Trap Stratton thanks Pete for organising this with the help of others. On 16th August we had our quiz at The Woodshaw Inn a good evening with a lot of scratching of heads. Congratulations to the winners. Thanks Fred and Ivy for organising this. A few of us went to Wanborough Show on a really wet day. Some of us have just got back from The Whitehorse Show at Uffington. A few of our Members won prizes. Mr F Bassett, Mr F Sheppard, Mr Rhett Fisher also Cyril Griffin won the Overall Shield.

TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.thetaverners.com www.tavernerstrials.org.uk Peter.Monk@snapon.com Another busy month in Leicestershire with five runs and some lovely hospitality at the end of most. Although I missed it, I’m assured the Fish & Chip run even had puddings again this year, thanks Louise. September starts our busy Trials season, details on the website. We are always looking for volunteer observers if you fancy a day out watching us get muddy and in, some cases make fools of ourselves, whilst others show off their riding skills. TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com August has been a busy month for some of us and the weather has been perfect for riding although a little too hot at times but then we are never satisfied. The Ipswich Camping Event was not so well supported this year which was a shame as Trevor Dicking`s and his team really did us proud and took us to places along Suffolk`s Heritage Coast that we had not been to before. Thanks Trevor, Mary, Mervyn and Roger and not forgetting Sylvia Bickers for the venue. Next was The Essex Camp at The Colne Valley Railway and sadly the last time we will go there. Organised by Gill Scatcherd and taking us around Essex and Suffolk on some excellent runs. Thanks Gill for all you did for everyone. Finally congratulations to Darol and Lin on your recent marriage. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com The August Section Meeting was a quiet one with many

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Members on holiday. We discussed the forthcoming meetings, September AGM and October photographic review of the 2016 rides and events. We also began discussing rides for 2017 including setting up a small capacity/girder fork run in the east of the Section. This and all other runs will be the subject of our November meeting. December’s meetings will be the usual preChristmas Pie and Pea with a short quiz. Anyone interested in helping with developing runs for 2017 or with feedback on this year’s runs please contact Neil.

The Treasurer’s Run WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 Only one Member visited the Avon Dassett Country Fair. The Bill Lacy Run had several riders enjoying the country route to Evenly, thanks go to Dave and Simon for arranging this. Club Night was a talk by Member Pete Brown on his humorous exploits working in the garage business. Our thanks go to Rob Thomas, Geoff Booth and families for the Coventry Parade. Graham’s Wrinklies Run made its usual appearance for the end of the month thanks go to Graham and Brenda. WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Bettie’s Picnic run was August’s highlight; I understand those eating outnumbered the riders! Club Night was our annual auction, ably conducted by Peter. Many items ended up in other people’s hands and a substantial contribution was made to Section funds. As the darker evenings prevail, riding events have tailed off and we are left with Club Nights and social functions to enjoy. The next Club Night is a talk on the Vulcan; I’m not sure if it is bird or bomber – we shall see. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 betron.wright@gmail.com http://wkvmcc.weebly.com Don’t forget our Bring & Buy auction will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 25th October at the West Kingsdown Village Hall. The hall is situated behind the Gamecock pub. Reach it via the entrance to the Pavilion off of the A20. It’s a £1 entrance fee. We are now thinking about Social

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runs for next year and I will soon be seeking leaders. If you haven’t led a run but wouldn’t mind trying, please contact me. Advice and assistance will be given. Limited expenses are available to help with fuel cost. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 britie.motorcycles@btinternet.com www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk Several Section Members have been displaying their machines at various Steam Fairs this month. Runs continued with the Sidecar and three-wheeler run on the 14th and the Picnic run on the 21st. A report on the Saundersfoot Run, our main event of the year, will appear next month. The EJW run is on October 2nd and willvisit the Mid Wales Classic Bike show near Rhyader. Bookings are now being taken for the Annual Dinner & Awards evening on the 22nd. WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 vmccwestwilts@gmail.com The funeral took place of one of the Sections Founder Members, Peter Taylor, on Tuesday 16 August. Members of his family requested that the Section provided a motorcycle escort from the undertakers to the church and six Members escorted the cortege. Other Members attended the funeral service. The rosette for August goes to Colin Smith as he volunteered and led two cracking runs to the Cotswolds including a visit to the Vehicle Museum in Bourton on the Water and the Mid Week Wandering to The Old George Inn, South Cerney, where we were joined by friends from neighbouring Sections and more than 30 people attended. The Section had its usual stand in the park for the Calne Bike Day where the town is taken over by hundreds of motorcyclists. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk www.vmccworcs.co.uk We have three runs scheduled for October, the October Run on the 2nd, the Autumn Run on the 9th and the Midweek Run on the 20th. At time of writing the situation regarding leaders is not yet definite, be sure to check before setting off for the start points. This situation would be made easier if more of you would volunteer to organise and lead runs, how about some volunteers before we put together the 2017 calendar? The Malvern Classic Motor Cycle Show is on Sunday 30th October and we hope to have our usual Section stand there. Tickets for those wishing to exhibit their machines on our stand will be available at the October Club Night. The October Club Night speaker will be Geoff McGladdery talking about his recent ride on the Ho Chi Minh trail and for the November Club Night we have the local Castrol stockist.


Scottish Notes

There is still time to enter the Early Motor Bicycle Run being organised by Clyde Valley Section at the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian on Saturday 8th October. Spectators are most welcome to attend. There is a charge for entry to the Museum Site which is £12 or £10 for Seniors. We believe we have negotiated a Group Rate Auld Reekie Edinburgh Section's Inter-Club Invitational night concession which would be £8, attracted a lot of interest including over ten machines from the but the Museum are still to inform VJMC. Picture: Norrie Russell. us as to how they will administer it. My advice is to ask at the kiosk for “the Group Treasurer (George and Jane Plumb) cannot attend. Rate to attend the Veteran Motorcycle Event” and Suitable entertainment will be provided at the see if that works. Not ideal but it is the best I can October Section night to fill the gap. advise at present. Event details are available from The Section’s move to the new venue at the John Macmillan on 01555 662760 or by email to Newliston Arms Hotel in Kirkliston is proving to be a hit with attendees. Long-standing VMCC johnmacmillan@talktalk.net. This event is followed on the 9th and 10th October stalwart Joe Gray, from Lerwick in Shetland, by the Glendaruel Veteran Run in Glendaruel, managed to get the 70th Anniversary Baton up to Cowal, Argyll being organised by Paul Morley of Unst which is the most northerly part of the UK in Highland Section. It is specifically open to pre- the company of a large number of fellow 1915 machines and there is still time to enter. enthusiasts. Thanks for organising the trip Joe. Details from Paul Morley on 01369 820287 or Stirling Castle Section’s move to Cultybraggan for pauldawnmorley@talktalk.net. The Dutch posse, of the S&T Regularity Run attracted an entry of 87. I ten riders on pre-1910 motor bicycles, is riding in was a very late entrant on a 1986 125 Yamaha, for which I received much leg pull, but thoroughly both events. The North East Scottish Section AGM will take enjoyed the new venue which has been booked place on 11th October at a venue yet to be again for 2017. confirmed, but likely to be in Oldmeldrum. Stirling Castle Section has a talk by Chris Jones on Chairman Bill Falconer and Secretary Jacqui Pre-war Harley Davidson Twins on 10th October Watson are both standing down after long periods and on 28th October John MacDonald will talk to of valuable and dedicated service to the Section and Central Scottish Section about three wheelers the Club. The Treasurer, Alan Griggs, has indicated especially Morgans. that he is willing to continue in post. AGMs are ARE’s Inter Club Invitational Section night as important occasions, so please try to attend and reported on September’s Section Notes provides help shape the future direction of the Section. food for thought for other Sections. Extending an Details from Jacqui Watson on 01888 544710 or invitation to other like-minded Clubs in your respective areas might well generate a similar gorgeousbikerchick@gmail.com . The Auld Reekie Edinburgh (ARE) AGM is being healthy response and give new people a taste of the postponed from the October 17th meeting to the VMCC experience. Alastair Alexander, Area Rep. for Scotland November 21st meeting as the Secretary and

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Diary

October 1st Lakeland 2nd Pennine

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

The Chip Shop Run. 11:30am. Various. Eric Stephenson 01900 824898 eric.home@talktalk.net or eric.stephenson@jameswalker.biz

The Autumn Run. 10:30am Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 6548159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk £3 West Kent Girder Fork Run. 10:30am. Borough Green Station. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine fitted with girder forks Worcestershire October Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Cornwall Informal Breakfast Meet. 10 -11:30am. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Stirling Castle Killin Run meet at the Coach House lunch and social thereafter. 12:30pm approx. Davie Brown 01786 870345 Janettemcbrown@icloud.com Warwickshire Autumn Run. 10 for 10:30 start. Kenilworth RFC. Alan Bailey 01327 260590 £1 25-year rule Cotswold 22nd Belt and Braces Social Run. 10am. The Cottage, Hartlands Hill, Minsterworth, Gloucester, GL2 8JY (SO 754 152). Dennis Beale. 01452 750424 dennis@beale788.orangehome.co.uk Pre-1931 machines, but later machines will be accepted. North Cotswold Windmill Run. 10am. The Square Chipping Campden. Glyn Buckler 07767 487289 glyn.buckler@btinternet.com £1 Kings Lynn Pre-31 Run. 10:30am. The Social Club Methwold Norfolk. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com £4 Pre-31 machines M&HP Phil and Tony’s Run. 10:30 for 11am start. Spring Gardens PH Compstall, Marple Bridge, SK6 5HE Tony McAdam 07765 798230. £2 25-year rule Taverners 2 Stroke. Rutland Borders Run. 10am. Rose & Crown pub, Tilton, LE7 9LF. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com Cyclemotor The 100-Mile Run. 8pm. Quainton Memorial Hall, Station Road, Quainton, bucks. HP22 4BW Laurie 01582 842337. Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran Northumbrian Colonial Run. 9:30am. High House Farm Brewery, Matfen, Nr Hexham. NE20 0RG Andreas Schrocksnadel 0191 2901387 oatb@aol.com £3.50 VMCC 25-year rule Notts and Derby Derbyshire and Dukeries Run. 10:30am. Lay by M1J27 East Side OF M1 J27 Bruce 01773 689297 3rd South Hants Monthly Meeting. 7:30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Men of Kent Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP Pete Bagnall 07968 646357petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p 4th East Herts Pub night. 8pm. The Woodman P.H. Wildhill AL9 6EA. 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com Moonraker Club Night Quiz. 7 for 7:30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net £1 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club, Mountbatten Park, EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com South Cotswold Club Night. 7pm onwards. Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com

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East Lancs 5th Cotswold

Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com

AGM / Bring and Buy Sale. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Chris Day. 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk £1 VMCC Members only Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. The Chalet, Transport Cafe, Henfield Road, Cowfold,RH13 8DU. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com £1 Dorset Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Club Night. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham, Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 Chiltern multiman500@virginmedia.com £2 Essex Wrinkly Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Costa car park near McDonalds, Tollgate Centre, Stanway, Colchester SatNav CO3 8RG. Terry Windsor 01206 384764 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Dene Park off A227 south of Shipbourne. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine over 25 years of age 6th South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 50p Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope. 01458 251174 Members and guests West Wilts Mid-Week Run. 10am. BOA Staiton Car Park. Dave Brierley 01225 742988 davgin@talktalk.net £1 7th Goodwood Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top Bury Hill, junction of A29/A284/B2139, West Sussex, BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com 8th Reivers Autumn Ramble. 10 for 10:30am. Vallum Farm Cafe, East Wallhouses. Alan Holdsworth 01670 715668 alan.holdsworth@talktalk.net Somerset Skittles Evening. 7pm. Red Cow, Brent Knoll. TA9 4BE. Pete Newman 01934 813638 Club Members Clyde Valley Early Motor Bicycles Run. 10am. Museum of Flight, East Fortune. John MacMillan01555 662760 jmacmillan@talktalk.net pre-1922 motor cycles Oxford Club Run. 10am. Milletts Farm. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 9th East Yorkshire The Beverley Run. 10:30am. Bishop Burton Agriculture College. HU17 8QG. H.Holdorf 01482 862209 £2 N Birmingham Autumn Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Tony's Diner, Qualford, near Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL. David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Dorset Winter Run. 11am. Bradford’s Yard, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NW. Roger Gillard 01935 814267 £3 Banbury Equinox Run. 10am. Horse Fair Banbury, OX16 0AN. Geoff Wheeler 01295 750400 B’mouth Dave’s Late Run. 11am. Carpenters Arms, Bransgore. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com South Durham Anniversary Run. 10am. Crown Inn, Manfield. Michael Carruthers 01325 254195 £3 25-year rule Worcestershire Autumn Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 South Cotswold Sunday Lunchtime Meet. from 12 noon at venue. The Jet Age Museum at Gloucester. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com North Staffs Lemmings Autumn Leaves Run. 12 noon. Yew Tree, Cauldon Lowe. Geoff Davies 01782 559995 geoffvmcc@hotmail.com £1 East Lancs The Memorial Run. 10:30am. Judge Walmsley car park, Whalley, BB7 9NT. David Prismall 01706 217572 davidprismall@hotmail.com £2 East Sussex Frank’s Autumn Leaves Run. 9:30am. Section HQ, Brian's Barn (next to the Ash Tree Inn), Brown Bread Street, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Richard Lanney 01424 210880 helen_lanney@sky.com Essex Huffer Run. 10 for 10:30 start. Rayne Railway Station. Derek Wickes 01787 472432 Northampton Jim's Jaunt. 10:30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN49UW Jim Poole 01604 766734 david.r.meadatbtinternet.cm Somerset Autumn Leaves Run. 10:30am. New Manor Farm Shop, North Widecombe, BS40 6HW Colin Bentham 01761 241516 Machines to be over 25yrs old.

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Girder Fork Run. 10:30am. Village Hall, Dunkirk, nr Canterbury, Kent, ME13 9LF. Nick Pearce 07944 311199 Devon Autumn Run. 11am. Sainsbury’s, Gratton way, Barnstaple, EX31 3NH. Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com £2 Brooklands Girder Fork Run. 10am. Newlands Corner, A25. Nr Guildford GU4 8SE Gavin Shaw 07910 373733 dpsc1954@yahoo.co.uk £1. Please see run description for full details Somerset Autumn Leaves Run. 10:30am. New Manor Farm Shop, North Widecombe, BS40 6HW Colin Bentham 01761 241516. Machines to be over 25yrs old. Northampton Jim’s Jaunt. 10:30am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. Jim Poole 001604 766734 david.r.meadatbtinternet.cm Highland Glendaruel Veteran Run. 9:30am. The Old Steading,Clachan of Glendaruel, Argyll, PA22 3AA Paul Morley 01369 820287 pauldawnmorley@talktalk.net ‘Veterans’ manufactured before 1/1/1915 Notts & Derby Sunday Run. 10am. Lay by A608 Opp Morley Golf Club. Gordon 01773 788710 Midland Jim Fellows Bidford Ride. 10:30am. Boat Inn, Catherine-De-Barnes, B912TJ. Bob Badland 07825 8406775 badbobland@hotmail.com £1 10th South Wales Film night. 7:30pm. Llanharry WMC. Bill Phelps billphelps@john-lewis.com Surrey Bring and Buy. 7:30pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley, RH10 3RE & Sussex Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com £1 Worcestershire Club Night with speaker. 7:30 for 8pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Wessex Veteran Club Night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 5NB Bette Barber & Vintage 01722 330453 Stirling Castle Club Night. 7:30pm. Woodside Hotel, Doune. David Brown 01786 870345 Janettemcbrown@icloud.como Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley R.A.O.B, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p 11th Pennine Club Night. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk £1 East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe, Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Clyde Valley Club Meeting. 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386. timryan750@gmail.com Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com £2 Isle of Wight Club Night. 7:30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Burton & Dist Club Night Bring and Buy. 8pm. Marston's Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net £1 12th Men of Kent Section AGM. 8pm. Plough and Harrow Pub, Bridge, Kent. CT4 5LA. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk East Sussex Club Night (AGM). 7:30 for 8pm. Brian's Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Chiltern Wrinkly Run. 10:30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com £2 Cotswold Section Library Viewing Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Keith Twist 07717 672210 keith.twist@hotmail.com £1 Warwickshire Bring and Buy Night. 7:30pm start. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 frankparker@talktalk.net Reivers Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm, Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com 50p

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AGM. 8pm. Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury. OX15 4BN. John Harris 01295 721282. Section members and guests Berkshire Mid-week Run. 10:30am. Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Herefordshire The Black Mountains and Hay. 10:30am. The Moon Inn, Mordiford, HR1 4LW. Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk Snowdonia/Eryri Clubnight: Quiz. 7:30pm. Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 13th North Staffs Club Night with invited speaker. 8pm. Moorville Hall. Kate Wain 07561 530136 Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports and Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com Reivers October Thursday Run. 10 for 10:30am. Nelson’s Cafe, Swarland. Dave Spencer 01670 787 546 Dave.Spencer@gmx.co.uk Bedfordshire Every Picture Tells a Story - Evening Meeting. 8 for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Road, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Brent Fielder 07754 146605 Dartmoor AGM. 8pm. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 West Kent Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham, DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Cornwall East Taphouse Club Night. 7:30 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 tonyak69@yahoo.com Oxford Social Run. 10am. Milletts Farm. Steve Wiggins 01235 528760 £1. 14th Stirling Castle Club Night (bring & buy auction ). 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel, Doune. Davie Brown 01786 870345 janettemcbrown@icloud.co.uk 15th East Sussex Weston-Super-Mare Run. 9:30am. Chalet Cafe, Cowfold. Mick Lucioni 07817 933015 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 16th East Devon Sunday Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Dave Robson 07845 889144 £2 North Cotswold Idiot’s Run. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Bob Ashwin 01386 870648 bobashwin@btinternet.com £1 Taverners Sporting Trial. 10.30am. Vickers Farm, Tilton. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 mmcevoy@infoteknix.co.uk £12 Cornwall Roseland Run. 10:30am. Ladock, car park, TR2 4PG. Lawrence Pascoe 01637 871174 West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. Eynsford lay-by south of railway bridge on A225. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Stonehenge Autumn Nifty Run. 11am. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN David Benn 01722 712701 (day) / 07870 759081 (eves) £2 Warwickshire Social Run. 12 noon. The Antelope Pub, Lighthorne. Simon Dudfield 01926 832031 Clyde Valley Autumn Run. 12:30pm. Cairn Lodge Services, Happendon. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com Dartmoor Club Ride - End of Season Ride. 10 for 10:30am start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Derek French 07747 032659 Surrey & Sussex Practice Trial. 10:30am. Selah, Clayton Hill, Clayton, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 PQ Chris Brown 01342 834744 guvbrown@btinternet.com £12 17th Bournemouth Noggin and Natter. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 & New Forest Wakefield Club Night - Review of 2016 Riding Season. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, & West Yorks nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com £1

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Northumbrian 18th Brooklands

Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p

Club Night. 8pm. Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge KT13 0QN Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com £1 Cheshire Club Night. 7:30pm. The Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL. Graham Gotts & North Wales 0151 678 6216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com £2 Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels East Lancs 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com East Herts Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 Gwent Club Nite, AGM. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL John Sharman / Mark Hillier 01874 730 753 markhillier61@icloud.com 19th South Lincs October Club Night - Bring and Buy. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, & Peterborough PE6 9HP. Brian Fosh 01832 273390 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com Stonehenge Club Night. Talk by Robin Brand on first British Rocket Man in Space. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN. Details Committee (Lionel Butler) 01725 510760 Mid Lincs Mid Lincs Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. The Shires, Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@ midlincsvmcc.co.uk £2 Norwich Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. & District Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk £2 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Cotswold Guest Speaker Mark Harris - Pathe News, Motorcycles and Motorcycling. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Mike Borrie 01242 574599 b44mike@yahoo.co.uk £2 Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Midland Treasure Hunt Club Night. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 8406775 badbobland@hotmail.com £1 Oxford Club night. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 20th South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 50p West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Wishing Well, Codrington. Colin Smith 07778 281332 colin.smith1951@btinternet.com Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Richard Bullock 01905 641216 Cheshire Cats Club Night. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com 21st Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley ROAB, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p 22nd East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe. Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Oxford Club Run. 10am. Barley Mo car park, Clifton Hampden. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 Notts & Derby Saturday pm Run.2pm. Belper Mill Junction A6/A517 Alex 01773 821622 23rd Cotswold Social Run to Engine Society Open Day at Sevenhampton. 1pm. The Half-Way House Inn, Kineton, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG (SP 097 266) Peter Kent 01452 610375 Ironmasters Fowl Weather Run. 10:30am. Redhill Café layby A5 Phil Withycombe 01952 606107

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Winter Wandering. Noon. The Half-Way House Inn, Kineton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5UG (SP 097 266). Peter Kent 01452 610375 Cheshire End of Season Run and lunch. Noon. The Telford Arms, Trevor Aquaduct, Nr Llangollen & N Wales Sam Senior 0151 645 1003 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com M&HP Off road trial. 10:30 for 11am start Old Quarry, Lime Kiln Farm, Mow Cop, Congleton, John Drabble/Stuart Coales/Barry Howard 01625 575479/01260 252305/01625 630016 £12. No mono shocks, water cooled or disc brakes machines South Lincs Autumn Leaves Run. 10:30am. Stibbington Diner, 2 Old North Road, Stibbington, Peterborough & Peterborough PE8 6LR. Brian Fosh. 01832 273390 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com £2 Banbury Autumn Ramble. 10am. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. Clive Mant 01869 340232 Autumn Leaves Run. 10am. Chocolate Poodle, A361 West Lavington. Peter Fielding 01225 763567 West Wilts starfield181@gmail.com £1 Gwent The Des James Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station. Mark Hillier 01873 811541 / 07870 535 933 markhillier61@icloud.com Bedfordshire Autumn Gold Run. 10 for 10:30am. Shuttleworth Cafe, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com Normal VMCC eligibility Berkshire October Club Run. 10:30am. TBD. Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Ironmasters Fowl Weather Run. 10:30am. Redhill café layby A5. Phil Withycombe 01952 606107 25th Surrey & Sussex Noggin and Natter. 8pm. The Queens Head, Chapel Rd, Barns Green, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 0PS. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com West Kent Bring & Buy Auction. 8pm. West Kingsdown Village Hall, Gamecock Meadow, London Road, West Kingsdown, TN15 6BZ. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com £1 All members welcome Kings Lynn Club Night AGM. 8pm. Northwold Sports and Social Club. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com Berkshire Club Night - Bring & Buy Hardware. 8pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Isle of Wight Club Night Section AGM. 7:30pm. Ventnor Cricket Club Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com VMCC membership 26th East Herts East Herts Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. The Rookery Cafe, AL9 6EA. Colin Morris morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 25-year rule Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk £1 East Sussex Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards Clyde Valley 01555 870329 paul.rickards@virgin.net Bristol Quiz Night. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk Taverners Wrinkly Run. 10am. Bradgate Close, Mountsorrel, LE12 7DZ. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com 27th Lakeland Club Night: Morris Lubricants Presentation. 7:30 for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk Oxford Social Run. 10am. The Turnpike Yarnton. Neil Kerr 01993 705179 £1 Taverners Charity Auction in aid of NABD. 8pm. Ratby Sports and Social club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com North Cotswold Wrinkly Lunch. 12 noon. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 hallarainbow@hotmail.com

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West Wilts 28th Cornwall

29th Dorset 30th Stonehenge

Club Night. 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG. Barry Cook/ Barry Howard. 01663 750827/01625 630016 Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com

Truro Club Night. AGM. 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG. Roger Fogg 01726 67198 rogerfogg2013@gmail.com Breakfast Meet. 10am.Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ.Rod Hann 01935 872528

Autumn Run. 11am. The Fighting Cocks Pub, Godshill, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 2LL Lionel Butler 01725 510760 £2 Worcestershire Malvern Classic Motor Cycle Show. 10am. Three Counties Showground, Malvern. John Porter 01386 553329 Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, 10am - 12 noon. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 Kings Lynn Hallowe’en Run. 10:30am. Dudley Groom’s Rowan Court, Watton Road, Larling NR16 2RA, Norfolk. Dudley Groom 01953 498671 dudleygroom747@btinternet.com £4 Goodwood Pumpkin Run. 10am. Amberley Working Museum, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Herefordshire Breedon Hill and the Cotswolds. 10:30am. Market Hall Ledbury Town Centre, HR8 1BN Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnet.co.uk 31st Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Lane, Birtley, Chester le Street, DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p

November 1st East Lancs

Annual General Meeting. 8pm, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com East Herts Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman, Wildhill, AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com East Devon Club Night. 8pm. Honiton Youth Football Club. Mountbatten Park, EX14 1AR. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com £2 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com South Cotswold Club Night. 7pm. The Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com 2nd Chiltern Club Night. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham, Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com £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 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk £1 Lakeland The Bluebird Cafe Ride-In.11am. Various. John Silcock 01229 861264 silcock872@btinternet.com Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Ron Wright 07761 005995 West Kent betron.wright@gmail.com 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 brian.robins@atmlcs.com £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

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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 mmcevoy@infoteknix.co.uk £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 cjwood10@hotmail.com £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 richardjhuckle@googlemail.com £1 Surrey & Sussex London to Brighton Run. 10am. Selah, Clayton Hill, Clayton, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9PQ Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com 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 jimgaisford@gmail.com £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 david.r.mead@btinternet.com N Birmingham Winter Wander. 10 for 10:30am start. See NBS website or contact organiser Martyn Round 0121 5501547 davidjspencer@btinternet.com West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. Polhill lay-by on A224 near Halstead, Kent. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine over 25 years of age Burton & Dist Autumn Mist Run. 10am. Conkers. Ian Macer 07944 685917 7th South Wales Charity Auction. 7:30pm. Llanharry Working Mens’ Club. Howard Jayne howard.jayne@talktalk.net 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 robertbtsc@live.co.uk 8th East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe, Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com 08/11/2016 Isle of Wight Club Night7:30pm Ventnor Cricket Club Ron Wallis01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com £2 Clyde Valley Club Meeting (AGM). 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com Pennine Club Night. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk £1 9th Chiltern Wrinkly Run. 10:30 for 11am departure. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com £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 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk £1 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 frankparker@talktalk.net Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk Reivers Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com 50p East Sussex Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN339NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk

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Snowdonia/Eryri Club Night: guest speaker. 7:30pm. Snowdonia Inn. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 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 gautrek@ntlworld.com 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 tonyak69@yahoo.com 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 North Staffs Mike Jackson talk. 8pm. Moorville Hall. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 geoffvmcc@hotmail.com West Kent Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham, DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com All members welcome 12th Brooklands Annual Jumble and Social Meeting. 10am. Lord Pirbright Hall, The Green, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0JE. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com £2 13th Dorset Winter Run. 11am. Orchard Park Garden Centre, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5JG. Dave Burfitt 01747 823375 £3 Bournemouth Remembrance Sunday Meet. 10.15am at Ringwood, Ringwood Square to Holmsley Memorial at & New Forest 11am. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 14th Surrey & Sussex Guest Speaker: Wooler Motorcycles. 7:30pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com £1 Wessex Veteran 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. richard.huckle@ntloworld.com £1.50 Cheshire Club Night and Quiz Night. 7:30pm. The Motor Boat Club, Chester, CH3 5UL. Graham Gotts & North Wales 0151 678 6216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com £2 East Lancs In-house Quiz. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com East Herts Club Night Annual Auction. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 VMCC members only admitted Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. The Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, West Sussex, BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Gwent Club Nite / Skittles. 8pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy, NP7 8DL. Henri Collings 01873 831946 markhillier61@icloud.com 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 badbobland@hotmail.com £1 Cotswold Guest Speaker. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Mike Borrie 01242 574599 Oxford Club Night. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571

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b44mike@yahoo.co.uk £2 Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk £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@ midlincsvmcc.co.uk £2 Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com 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 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 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Quarrymans Arms, Box. Colin Smith 07778 281332 colin.smith1951@btinternet.com Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Richard Bullock 01905 641216 Taverners Annual Dinner & Presentation evening. 8pm. Kilworth Springs Golf Club, LE17 6HJ. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com £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 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Northampton Help the Heroes Run. 10:30am. Billing Garden Centre, NN3 9EX. Michael Sawyer 01604 592666 david.r.mead@btinternet.com 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 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 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 Winter Wandering. 12 noon, The Wool Pack Inn, Slad near Stroud, GL6 7QA grid ref (SO 872 073) Cotswold Peter Kent 01452 610375 21st Wakefield Planning for 2017. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL & West Yorks Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com £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 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com 23rd Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk £1 East Sussex Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian’s Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Bristol AGM and Auction. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk East Herts Monthly luncheon. 12:15pm. The Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans, Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com 24th West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com

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Lakeland

AGM. 7:30 pm for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG. Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk 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 rogerbibbings@btinternet.com All section members Flat Tank AGM and Auction. 8pm. Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG Dr Reg Eyre 01242 870375 reg.eyre@tesco.net £2 North Cotswold Wrinkly Lunch. 12 noon. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 hallarainbow@hotmail.com Morning suit Taverners Talk by Sheelagh Neal (VMCC Racing). 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworl.com 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 bob341rc@outlook.com 27th Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, 10am - 12 noon. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 29th Kings Lynn Club Night Film Show. 8pm. Northwold Sports & Social Club. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com West Kent Noggin & Natter. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt, TN14 7LD. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com All members welcome Surrey & Sussex Noggin and Natter. 8pm. The Green Man, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, RH17 7AS Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com 30th Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk £1 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 paul.rickards@virgin.net

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Happenings

The West Kent Run

ALAN TURNER

The entry list for this year’s event was filled to its 350 capacity a few days into the New Year. The word is obviously spreading even wider that the International West Kent Run is a Very Good Event. The Friars, the Priory at Aylesford, Kent, has proved ideal as a base on which to centre everything, and the West Kent Section has been welcomed for a number of years on the regular date of the first weekend in August. The programme also includes a couple of social runs on

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the Thursday and Friday. The opportunity to enjoy a jaunt around the Kentish lanes is specially welcomed by the many visitors from overseas, of which there were 70 entered this year. The Saturday is the main run. Every year, a new route is plotted. It still remains a challenge to provide sufficient interesting mileage to keep old, and not so old, bikes away from as much traffic as possible, as well as find locations for the coffee and lunch stops that can cope with the sudden arrival of a couple of hundred motorcycle folk. This year, the club used Belmont, a house near Faversham that also houses the largest private clock collection in England. Afterwards, a journey across the Weald took riders to the lunch stop at Hole Park, Rolvenden, where those so inclined could also enjoy many acres of gardens. All this was achieved in glorious sunshine. For some, the sunshine was a little bit too continued overleaf

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from previous page glorious and the rise of the mercury cued the inaction of a number of ignition systems, close to overloading the back-up system that the Club operates to make sure everyone gets safely back to the Friars. Sunday was open day. A jumble for bargain hunters and an avenue of clubs where some were fairly packed into their allotted pitch. Offering something a little different, literally, Tonbridge Model Engineering Society is a regular attendee and ace modeller Bill Conners always draws a crowd with the half-size engines he has built over the years, Gold Star, G45 Matchless, M20 and Manx Norton among others – and they all run!

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Gymkhana sessions during the day allowed riders to try their hands (and feet) at various low-speed challenges. Finally, prize-giving took place when President Rod Hann gave out the prizes, almost apologetic that he had not attended the West Kent before. He was excused. Concours judge Bob Mitchell had a hard day because so many machines were worthy of prizes. In spite of being ridden the previous day, many still looked as if they had been plucked from a dealer’s showroom. Best in show was Nick Pearce, who already has a number of prize-winning restorations under his belt. He had bought the 1916 500 Husqvarna at this very event two years ago. It was in poor - no, make that very poor - condition. Nick loves a challenge and the bike would now be the pride of any owner. Nick finds it great to ride, although a broken clutch cable and the loss of a drive pulley securing bolt meant his Saturday run was more interesting than expected. So many bikes, so many stories. Sadly, the long distance award winners had already departed. Tempo three wheelers came from one of Norway's few manufacturers and were powered by 175cc Sachs two-stroke engines. Essentially, they were local delivery trucks. Notwithstanding, Tore Kydland and Kai Gasland rode theirs from Norway to the event, which included a roadside engine change! Hopefully, they’re back home by now. While most of the prize winning bikes had been restored, Dave Chatley’s 1934


Sunbeam Lion is in ‘oily rag’ condition, Marcus Whatling’s Triumph appeared to have used the same rag, but with less oil. Technically, Ian Mason’s Gold Wing should be similarly classified, but after three owners and 81,000 miles it still looks good as new! While a way forward is a frequent topic of discussion within the Journal’s pages, there was food for thought in the West Kent Run entry, where the 25-year eligibility rule applies. Honda was now the third most popular manufacturer, after Triumph and BSA, but ahead of Norton and the AMC marques. From left, above: Bob Martin’s Tri BSA cafe racer proved to be a bit of a handful on the tight RESULTS Best Machine in the Show (right) Nick Pearce 1916 Husqvarna 145 500cc Best machine ridden by an Overseas Participant Eric Maurouard 1930 Alcyon 350cc Class Awards Class 1 (Veteran/Vintage machines to end of 1930) Nick Pearce 1916 Husqvarna 145 500cc Class 2 (1931 -1939) Dave Chatley 1934 Sunbeam Lion 600cc Class 3 (1940s machines) Edward Sampson 1948 AJS 16MS 350cc Class 4 (1950 - 1954) Peter Watkinson 1954 BMW R51/3 500cc Class 5 (1955-60) Norman Hardey 1959 Triumph T120 650 Class 6 (1960 - 1964) Ian Watkinson 1962 Triumph Bonneville 650 Class 7 (1965 -1969) Michael Coveney 1967 Yamaha YL1 100cc

gymkhana course; President Rod Hann gives Eric Maurouard the award for ‘Best Machine ridden by an Overseas Participant’ for his 1930 Alcyon 350; Edward Sampson’s 1948 AJS 16MS; Ridden all the way from Norway, the Tempo three-wheelers of Tore Kydland and Kai Gasland. Below left: Jacques Bucquet, another of the enthusiastic French contingent, on a 1952 BSA B31 (Photo: Carol Green) Contents page: Simon Roud's 1928 Henderson had just returned from a continental tour (Photo: Carol Green) Previous page: Malcolm Folwell had a steady ride on his 1936 BSA 500 Empire Star.

Class 8 (1970 - 1985) Ian Mason 1975 Honda GL1000 K3 Gold Wing Long Distance Award (joint) Tore Kydland 1957 Tempo Transport 175 Kai Gasland 1961 Tempo Transport 175 Best Club Stand Ariel Owners’ Club Judges’ Choice Marcus Whatling 1914 Triumph Model C 550cc

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The Sunburn Run

RICHARD MAW This was the first attempt at a midweek day run, and the starting point of Caenby Corner transport cafe was selected to be fairly central. The route set off towards Glentham, turning right through Caenby village and Normanby to Spridlington, and then onwards past the old RAF camp at Faldingworth, which after WW2 became the nuclear bomb store for RAF Scampton during the Cold War years. It is now called SKYDOCK, which always intrigues me as it is surrounded by two sets of security fencing where it is possible to drive a vehicle or have dogs running free. This means "KEEP OUT" big time, it is well worth looking at their website which states very secure storage available? They still carry out munitions testing there. Then turning towards Snarford where there used to be a large house & village, long gone, but leaving an old church well worth a visit. We crossed over the A46 through a couple of nice villages, then back again through Ryland, Hackthorn and Brattleby, passing by Scampton Airfield, home of the Red Arrows which seemed quiet at the time. We then crossed over the A1500 into Bransby of horses’ home fame, did not realise it was so big, thought there might be some stables, not that it was the whole village. Onwards towards Torksey through the centre of a golf course and then on the Newark road to Newton on Trent and over the river by Dunholme toll bridge which is free for bikes, then turning off for a short circular run into Markham Moor Truckstop for lunch – thus avoiding the A1M. A very enjoyable meal was taken at a leisurely pace, where it was decided that as the afternoon run would take us eventually close to a participating member’s house and bike collection we should call for coffee. A call to his wife was made to ensure

mugs were ready and the kettle on for about an hour’s time. After thanking the staff we left Markham Moor cafe via Milton and Walesby, passing by Gamston airfield, that was the third today, is it a record? Onwards towards Retford, turning off to Upton, Treswell and South Leverton to North Wheatley over the main Retford road via Clayworth to Wiseton, a very picturesque village on the Chesterfield canal with a large house & stable block before taking the road to Harry's for the aforementioned coffee stop. After the taking of Harry’s hospitality for a while, where his collection was admired and the world was put to rights, we all made our way home via our preferred routes. The weather was very favourable, considering what we have experienced of late, but a few machine problems were encountered. One elected to go back home from the start as his bike started to run rough and could not be corrected, another had carburettor issues as the top unscrewed itself, which was fortunately made good at the roadside whereafter it behaved itself for the day. The last was an oil pressure issue which fortunately allowed it to be ridden home, but was resolved later that evening by changing worn oil seal in the timing chest. All enjoyed the run, and unanimous thanks are passed to the organisers, with the question when can we have another? We shall have to wait & see. Another grand day out in North East Lincolnshire & a bit of Nottinghamshire.

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The Humber Bridge Run RICHARD MAW

Twenty-two signed on for the Humber Bridge Run, which was organised this year by the Mid Lincs Section starting from the bridge viewing car park in Barton upon Humber. The weather was dry but cool although it improved throughout the day being very warm and sunny when we all arrived back later in the afternoon. We were well supported by our colleagues from the North Bank and other sections, though light on our own members – some of this no doubt due to a clash with the Petwood Concours in Woodhall Spa and John Munday’s wedding anniversary celebrations, congratulations John. We headed off past the Barton Ropewalk, turning at the Sloop Inn then under the bridge approach ramp past The Far Ings visitor centre to the main Barton/Scunthorpe road. After going past South Ferriby cement works, which is now back in full production following the bad floods the other year, we then turned off towards West Halton into Alkborough and Burton-upon-Stather into Flixborough, riding past the Industrial Estate which used to be the home of the Nypro chemical plant, the site of the UK’s largest-ever peacetime explosion in June 1974. I remember it well, as I had been working there all week, but had managed to get the job completed so as not having to work the weekend. The gods were definitely smiling on me that day. We continued past the Trent ports of Neap House and Grove Wharf into Gunness with a short run on the A18 towards Keadby Bridge but turning off into Burringham. From here we followed the River Trent until turning off towards Scotter at the Jenny Wren pub in Susworth. Once in Scotter we headed into Scotton then turning away from Kirton we went up the hill and into Gainsthorpe, going past the Shires pub where we are fortunate to hold our monthly meetings. In the field next door was the biggest bouncy castle I have ever seen, methinks they must have had something on...

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Once over the A15 main Lincoln road the route headed into Hibaldstow, where it is disappointing to see the old Sergeants Ice Cream parlour gone, and the factory derelict; boy was it good stuff. Onto the entrance to Brigg we turned into Artie’s Mill for the lunch stop, where the run organiser had arranged a special deal for their Sunday carvery, and good it was too. Our thanks to Susannah and her team for their hospitality. After being well fed and watered we headed off through Brigg, turning up the side of the River Ancholme into Cadney coming out in Howsham adjacent to Claytons Corner Cafe. After Howsham bends we turned left towards Searby, well some did; the sign was well grown into the hedge and difficult to see. I should have had my hedge shears with me. Onwards towards Grasby and into Bigby then right and left to Burnham after which the route took us on the escarpment towards Barton where it is possible, on a clear day like today, to see for miles over to the west, easily seeing the steelworks in Scunthorpe. Once entering Barton we then meandered our way back to the bridge viewing car park where it was time for the usual good natter before heading our way home. One or two of the 2-stroke entrants had running issues, one of them on its first outing since a rebuild. Another broke a clutch cable but this was fixed at the roadside because the rider had a spare. Our thanks to the organisers for another good day out in North East Lincolnshire.


A day to remember with Guy

JACQUI WATSON Club members Tony Robotham and I were delighted to be charged with the job of transporting Guy Martin’s bikes to and from the Grampian Transport Museum, in Alford, Aberdeenshire. We started our motor cycle transport business just over 18 months ago, and although we’ve had some world-class bikes to move, nothing quite Guy Martin with his compares to carrying Martek and our van. two such unique and valuable machines – and on lass, see what you think”. No second spending half a day in Guy’s company. We collected the Martek from the Museum and invitation was required! With the Trident on delivered it to Guy’s house. He wasn’t quite board and Guy’s nod of approval given to the ready for the swap and invited us in for a cuppa. strapping system in the van, a signed copy of We joined him and his mates in the workshop ‘When You Dead, You Dead’ was purchased and where he set about measuring and machining a one very happy pair of VMCC members began the long trek north to hand the record-breaking bracket for the Wall of Death Trident. Several cuppas later, Guy had everything sorted Trident over to Mike Ward, Curator of the Alford and he and the Bike Bus team went to unload the Museum, where it can be seen along with Guy’s 1942 Merlin engine, his custom-built 675 Martek. I asked what the riding position was like, and Daytona Triumph and his gravity racer, until the Guy happily pointed to the bike and said “jump close of the season in October.

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The Severn Saunter REG EYRE

After Ian Young had some unfortunate incidents during the year, I offered to help with the running of the Severn Saunter. This event takes place on the ‘flat lands’ of the Severn Vale and lends itself to minor road gradients and hence its suitability for gutless, wondrously low-powered vehicles. Invitations were sent out to the Cyclemotor, Autocycle and Flat Tank Sections to gather at the Salutation Inn near Berkley. My replacement knee was delayed in the post, and hence I convinced Robert Rendell to get me to the start and help send people on their way. Fourteen riders signed on, and had a choice of a 20-mile northern route; a 20-mile southern route or they could do both, in either order. Most started on the southern route because of the tempting teashop halfway round, where they obviously had a fun time. Nine riders did the full 40 miles and several stayed at the Salutation Inn for their lunch. At lunchtime we were joined by the Cotswold Section Three-Wheeler Run, and it was good to welcome the newly weds, Dennis and Ginnie. Some riders from the Veteran Cycle Club showing an interesting array of machines then joined us. The weather was good, the route appreciated and the teashop highly commended. This was a good day out for early two wheelers.

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A grand day out

ROGER NEWARK Those of you of a certain vintage will have probably have childhood memories of the Rupert Bear Annuals, with their delightful drawings of very English sun-dappled villages and lanes, as backgrounds to the stories of the adventurous bear. Well, if you can imagine a record-breaking 67 VMCC riders following a route through a similar picturebook landscape, then you will get a flavour of the Anglian Section’s 2016 Hobbson’s Choice Run, that took place on Sunday August 7th, in glorious sunshine and warm temperatures. Starting from Mike Hobbs’s Orchard Farm at Eltiseley, Cambridgeshire, the morning run was 59 miles long, followed by a further 39 miles in the afternoon, with a BBQ lunch at Papworth Everard, and a cream tea finish (provided by Pat Hobbs and her team of cake elves) back at Orchard Farm. The route was planned jointly by Mike Hobbs and Drew Down, and a superb job they made of it. My own memory is of the number of villagers who, alerted by the sound of the passing machinery, stood by their front gates waving to the riders as we passed by. In the vicinity of Hail Weston the route traversed a small ford. Although the water wasn’t deep, and the

bottom was smooth, there was a slippery coating of slime, which turned Peter Reeve’s Honda Super Dream into a Honda Wet Dream, as it lay on its side in the water. I believe only two machines required the recovery trailer, one being Nigel Partridge with a rear wheel puncture on his well-travelled Ariel 500cc, which got repaired back at Orchard Farm ready for Nigel’s homeward run. This year’s trophy winners were Stuart Bennett, (Best Two Stroke) with his 1964 BSA Bantam D7, and Ken Desborough (Best 1950s Machine), for his 1956 AJS 16MS. They were presented with their awards by Mike Hobbs, and their picture is on the contents page. So why, I hear you ask, is the event called Hobbson’s Choice? Well, it’s a play on Mike’s name being Hobbs, and the not far distant City of Cambridge, where Thomas Hobson ran a thriving carrier and horse rental business around the turn of the 17th century. Hobson rented out horses, mainly to Cambridge University students, but refused to hire them out other than in the order he chose. The choice his customers were given was ‘this or none’; quite literally, not their choice but Hobson’s choice.

Puncture repair: Nigel Partridge (right) assisted by Chris Reynolds.

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Jeff Clew Memorial Run VERNON COX

Rarely, but sometimes, everything comes together for a perfect fault free day of motor cycling. The Jeff Clew Run this year started with a correctly forecasted warm, dry, sunny day from Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford in Somerset. Jeff was a director of J H Haynes and Co Ltd and was actively involved in motorcycle books and manuals. The Museum kindly set aside a large area of car park in front of the entrance for the event, thanks to the involvement of the Museum’s Curator Matt Piper. The 51 entrants included: The Prizes were presented by Alison Clew, the daughter of Jeff Clew, and Matt • Three veterans; Piper. • Eight vintage; Winners were as follows: • Three postThe Haynes Shield (Best Overall) John Guy 1926 James V Twin vintage, and Hinton Motorcycles Trophy Dave Joyce 1920 Triumph Mod H • 37 Post-war. (Best Veteran or Vintage) Many Sections Bob Foster Trophy Vernon Cox 1937 Rudge Ulster were represented (Best Post Vintage) and the VMCC’s John Brittain Trophy Robert Thorne 1957 Triumph T100 Somerset Section (Best Post War) was prominent. Clew Family Trophy Rick Cardy 1960 Velocette Riders were just (Best Velocette or Scott) as diverse in ages The VMCC Tankard (Best Douglas) Martin Foot 1950 Douglas from early 20s to The Denny Trophy Brian Pope 1922 Royal Enfield early 80s. We all (Best Threewheeler) had a choice of a Mike Penn Award Maurice Marston 1964 BSA C15 43 mile short (Spirit of the Event) route or a 73 Orman Tankard Reese Edwards Suzuki T500 long route; both (Best Japanese Machine) had coffee stops Best Unrestored Machine Richard Gray 1915 Douglas highlighted on the route card. I was on a Post-Vintage 1937 Rudge countryside. The event is noteworthy for being Ulster and chose the long route, with spectacular very friendly with much camaraderie between clear air vistas of Somerset, Dorset and Exmoor in riders who return each year. If you missed it, hard luck it’s too late! – BUT – the distance. It was one of those days where a few minutes stop make a note in the diary, on the calendar or on the in a pull in, to take in the scenery, was essential. wall, to come next year. The route was well considered on pothole and Thanks to Rod and Carol Hann for organising the gravel free roads through attractive villages and event.

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The David Rogerson Memorial Run ARTHUR PENTNEY

The David Rogerson Memorial Run organised by the Norwich Section starts and finishes at the North Walsham Motor Museum, which gives entrants the opportunity to see the exhibits. One such item is this 1920 BRS Norton in original unrestored condition. It would be good to see this machine out on the remains of the Brookands banking or taking part in the Banbury Run, perhaps. The other machine seen at the lunch stop was this AJS V-twin in beautiful condition and with a placard on the front indicating its participation in a continental event earlier in the season.

Ipswich & Suffolk Section Weekend DAVID & VAL BRINDLEY

Always some fettlin’ to do!A glimpse of the event at Bickers Action in Coddenham. Four days of entertaining runs in the Suffolk countryside, ably conducted by the Section enthusiasts. A small but most enjoyable affair.s

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Training in the rain

DAVID DAVIES This year it was (T)Raining Day. The entries were oversubscribed – as always - and 43 enthusiasts braved continuous rain for a day’s motor cycling experience. They came from all points of the compass – from Devon and Cornwall, from Anglesey and from Newcastle. There were fifteen machines to experience, ranging from the Mighty Dreadnought and the Reed Scott to the current Velocette ‘Venom’ raffle machine, and, of course, the machine everyone wants to ride; the Club’s very own Brough SS 80. This event cannot succeed without a dedicated army of helpers and public-spirited club members who are prepared to make motor cycles available for the ‘trainees’ to experience. l Roger Cooper brought his 1925 CW Douglas l Aubrey Morris was looking after the Reed Scott, and providing impressive and resourceful back-up with tools, hammers, fuel and oil l Brian Slack brought his 1930 BSA, and David Sellars brought a similar machine l Justin Harvey-James was looking after the club’s Velocette l Mr P.J. Greig brought his 1921 Hobart l Roger Monk brought his 1929 Triumph, and Tony Dann was there with an Ariel of that year l Giles Willison was looking after the Dreadnought, and Mike Wills was in charge of the Club’s Brough l Tom Norman took care of the P&M outfit together with a similar two-speed P&M l Kay Tyler was in charge of signing on and making the tea, and Garry Sleeman was occupied with making sure all the pieces stayed in place – supported by Don Heath, Mark Walsh and many others. Continued overleaf

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from previous page Without the dedication and support of these volunteers, we could not make opportunities like this available for the members. The reactions to the day can best be summed up by this email from Roger Steele: “I would like to thank all of those involved with the organisation of the September Training Day. I, like everyone else I’m sure, thoroughly enjoyed the day – the rain just added to the challenge of riding a vintage motor cycle. Every machine had a different feature or trait to master, and had its own interesting characteristics. From the statesmanlike Dreadnought to the Reed Scott and its two-speed conical clutch, to the P&M’s odd two-speed primary chain design and from the silky-smooth Douglas to the low down

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torque from the BSA ‘Sloper’, each machine offered an insight into different engineers’ innovations and ideas to design a motor cycle ninety-odd years ago. I felt very fortunate and privileged to ride machines owned by other members and by the Club. The opportunity to try out these historic machines, with their particular design novelties and innovations made the day a unique experience. Sharing the experiences with other ‘trainees’ and chatting to the owners was interesting and enlightening. I feel that such an event must be a very good advertisement for vintage machines and for the Club itself. It will encourage newcomers such as myself to buy an example themselves – and ride it. It has certainly convinced me that my enjoyment


of motor cycling would be much enhanced by extending my ‘fleet’ to include a machine a few decades older than my BSA A10! It has certainly put into perspective what was in the minds of ‘Titch’ Allen’s club 70 years ago.” l Editor’s comments: Our next training day will be in Spring 2017. There is little doubt that it will be over-subscribed, so get your name down early. And finally, the VMCC once again extends its

gratitude to John Sheppard for these pictures. Buy these and many more on his website: www.johnster.co.uk

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North-East Section’s George Foggitt Topcliff Run NEIL WYATT

There were 42 entries for the 60th anniversary of this event, starting once again from the Yorkshire Gliding Club, perched at the top of Sutton Bank, between Thirsk and Helmsley. Everyone who turned up was treated to an excellent West Yorkshire pork pie, courtesy of Past President Dennis Buckle, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Thanks Dennis, very tasty and Happy Birthday! Dennis can usually be seen at Section events riding his Green 1925 350 Royal Enfield, but on this occasion, was treated to the passenger seat of Jim Wood’s Morgan. The weather was mostly overcast, though pleasantly warm enough. There was minor chaos with a road closure and poor signage before the lunch stop at the top of Blakey Ridge, but a way through was found. Just three riders required assistance from the break down crew. Noel Whittall, wearing period dress on

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an early flat tank Triumph got off to an early start. The main trophy was awarded to Bill Taylor, riding a 1936 Model 40 Norton. Well done to all the riders and dedicated organisers. These events could not happen without their help.

Top of page: Barry Tyreman’s lovely 1928 Model 19 Norton. Above: Jim Wood’s delightful Morgan, complete with JAP V twin engine.


Mid-Lincs Section Mystery Run RICHARD MAW

We started this year’s run again from the cafe at Sandtoft Airfield, now called Happy Cafe rather than the former Skyview. We had a few spots of rain before the start, which cleared away but left an overcast sky, but on the whole weather wise we were lucky considering what had happened on Saturday. Eventually the sun gave us a smile in the afternoon. 17 signed on, which was better than expected of late even if it was less than hoped for, and we set off in varying groups turning left out of the airfield towards Sandtoft then onwards to Dirtness before turning down a narrow road following Hatfield Waste Drain which years ago was the A18 before the new road. The route went through Crowle to Eastoft before turning right to Luddington then following the run of the River Ouse through Garthorpe, Adlingfleet, Ousefleet, Whitgift and Reedness to join the main road again towards Goole at Swinefleet. Riding through Whitgift we passed the Church of Mary Magdalene dating from 1304, mentioned by the wartime broadcaster William Joyce otherwise known as Lord Haw-Haw who opened his broadcasts with ‘Germany Calling’, famous for its clock with number 13 at the top instead of number 12. We skirted Goole via the dock route and onwards to Howden over Boothferry Bridge turning off to Bubwith but turning again at the golf course to Spaldington, Foggathorpe then towards Aughton. Once back on the main road we headed back towards Breighton where the lunch stop was at the airfield, an old wartime base now using a grass runway at the end of the original site. Once fed and watered thanks to the staff in the NAAFI, we left the airfield turning through Brind

back towards Howden where once again Boothferry Bridge was crossed, but this time we headed through Airmyn. Once through Airmyn, passing the grand clock tower built to commemorate George Percy, second Earl of Beverley, who become Duke of Northumberland in 1865, which was started in 1866 and took two years to complete, we headed out towards Rawcliffe going through Drax village before going along some lovely back roads via Newland to Carlton, where there is the well-known Carlton Towers stately home. Passing then through Snaith we turned off to Sykehouse along a meandering road through Fosterhouses before getting back to Thorne, then over the M180 motorway back towards Sandtoft, arriving back at the airfield. There were no reported incidents or breakdowns although a couple of bikes were playing awkward but completed the route which was approximately 83 miles. Our thanks to the organisers for an interesting route & the Happy Cafe at Sandtoft Airfield for allowing us to use their facilities. Yet another good day out in North East Lincolnshire (plus a bit of Yorkshire!)

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Banbury Run – again DAVID HAMER

Above: Riding No 403, Ivan Rhodes on his 1927 AJS. with his son Grahame on his 1928 AJS Riding No 402. Left: Entrant John Shepherd, from Derbyshire with his 1922 B.S.A. Model A 770cc. Below: Entrant No 1. Jacqueline Bickerstaff of Northants . 1898 4HP

l Having received my copy of the September magazine, I note the reference in your editorial concerning photographs sent in for publication. All the technical ‘jargon’ is above my head as I do not know anything about computers. Photographs to me, are simply pictures on cards. However, please find some herewith enclosed for use or to dispose of as you see fit.

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Ace Cafe Day

IAN BOTHAM

The VMCC café was again supported by Bonhams who were on hand to provide advice and valuations to members throughout the day, whether it was for the machine being ridden or a set of pictures. Also attracting a lot of attention outside the Bonhams Gazebo were several machines that will be in their forthcoming auction. The day began with the Sunbeam Owners’ Club meeting at the Ace for breakfast before heading out on a run to the museum. Along with the Sunbeam owners a further 20 VMCC riders signed on during the day, enjoying the lovely warm sunny day and the hospitality of the Ace Café. Machines varied from Alan Hummerstones’ BSA TW32/9 three wheeler to a variety of British, European and Japanese classics. This year again saw the Chiltern Section take the prize for the most turned out from a section, although they only totalled six riders which is a marked downturn from previous years where they normally turn up en masse. Trevor and Polly Shakespeare from North Birmingham Section were awarded the furthest travelled, clocking up 128 miles and a sore posterior in the process. They had travelled the majority of the route along the A5. Polly quickly turned their voucher into an Ace Café T-shirt as was

seen heading for home clutching her prize. A 1955 Nor-Velo Special (pictured) attracted much attention from fellow riders and the visiting press, and was awarded the best machine, even after a modern Brough Superior SS100 turned up which was only weeks old.

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Bonhams auction at Beaulieu DAVID DAVIES

If I remember correctly, the concept of an auction at Beaulieu was to provide an opportunity to place ‘restoration projects’ and similar vehicles into the market place. This year’s offerings were more in that spirit. Motor cycles were in the minority, but there were some challenging opportunities nevertheless. We got off to a good start with the Coventry Tricycle Company ‘Rotary tricycle’, which made £15,625. The increasing awareness of the desirability of the pre-war AMC V-twins was obvious when the 1938 Matchless ‘X’ project comfortably exceeded the estimate by selling for £9,200. Two ‘veteran’ projects – a 1914 Douglas and a 1914 Dayton – also attracted some keen bidding to sell for £4,830 and £2,520 respectively, and a 1922 Levis kit of parts was fought over up to £1,995. A distressed Velocette ‘Viper’ was spot-on at £4,378 on the hammer, and are V50 Moto Guzzis finally coming in from the cold? A tidy example found a new home for £2,300. Examples of early post-war AMC twins rarely appear on the market and a presentable Model 20 was spot on at £2.415. It is almost impossible to hold an auction without a Brough, and tradition was maintained with the concours-winning 1939 SS100 selling for £133,100 -

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bang in the middle of the estimates. A 1937 Vincent ‘Comet’ went to a new home for £34,500 and rather grufty but seemingly complete 1950 ‘Comet’ was carried off for £17,250. Prices for Sunbeams seem to have stalled, as exemplified by the 1929 (surely a mis-print?) Model 5 selling for £8,624, and the 1932 Model 9 needing £9,200 to secure it. A tired pre-war MSS sold for £5,750 and a 1935 GTP in a similar state was again bang on the estimates at £2,530. A whole collection of mellowing ‘barn finds’ provided an interesting diversion. “The property of a deceased estate” included some attractive restoration projects which sold for quite realistic sums. This collection included a number of Tiger Cubs which always attract keen interest. Not offered for sale in the motor cycle section, but of more than passing interest. You remember ‘The Broughs of Bodmin Moor’? Well, there was a Brough car as well. A 4.2 litre straight 8 of 1935. This was so far gone that it was offered for sale ‘in situ’, being too fragile to move. Someone loved it, however, and it sold for £6,900. Coming up is the sale of the remarkable Robert White Collection and then there is ‘Stafford’ – all days out to look forward to.


Northern Ireland Low Country Run DAVID CRAWFORD

The weather forecast was good so I decide to give my yellow 1974 750cc Ducati a run. As I ride from Lisburn towards Newtownards I pass Stormont – our Parliament Building – and see lots of people enjoying the grounds. On through Dundonald; in the 1930’s this was the scene of the start of the world famous Ulster Tourist Trophy car races, sometimes called the Ards T.T. Arriving at the start directly opposite the Ulster Flying Club grounds, the organiser advised that we are riding around the Ards Peninsula: “The sea will always be on your right.” As we use the ‘drop off’ system the corners are marked by club members, so no need for maps! In the mid 1950’s my father used to take us on this route in his Ford 10, he would tell us: “That is Lord Londonderry’s estate, Winston Churchill’s first cousin”, as we passed the long wall around Mount Stewart one of Northern Ireland’s great houses, now in the hands of the National Trust. After Greyabbey we head into Portaferry and stop at the remains of a windmill built in 1771 looking at the magnificent view over Strangford Lough with the Mountains of Mourne in the distance. As I am kicking over my 750 I notice a 500 Velocette burbling into life – it is equipped with one of those new 12v electric starting systems which I had not seen before – I am impressed! Rounding the bottom point of the peninsula, carry on towards Portavogie (famous fishing port),

Ballyhalbert to Kirkistown for very welcome tea/coffee, cake and biscuits provided by the organiser and back-up team. Here I noticed two machines – a 1946 350cc AJS in largely unmolested condition and a beautifully restored 1947 Douglas T35. Off again through Ballywalter, Millisle, a sign to the left catches my eye, Carrowdore village where one of Ireland’s oldest motor cycle road races were held - alas no more! Donaghadee comes up fast; famous for its Lighthouse and lifeboat station, and we pass Grace Neill’s Tavern (Est 1611), I can now see the coast of Scotland. One more ‘comfort stop’ at Groomsport before we head inland to the home of Billy Keenan. The Keenan family has a long history in motor cycling’ Billy races Velocettes and one of his claims to fame is that he finished at Aghadowey in front of Joey Dunlop on a Honda (think it was down to the choice of tyres on a wet circuit), he also has a 1948 Triumph in a glass case in his living room! Like last year he treated us to afternoon tea and nibbles outside his workshop. The only breakdown was John Kidd when a nipple broke on his Scott just before arriving at the Strangford Ferry and he had to return home. Our thanks to Dougie and his helpers John, Harry, and Holt for a great day of breathtaking scenery and good company.

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Graham Gotts and Dave Kay - part of the winning Cheshire and North Wales Team - Winners of the best section team.

Cheshire Cats Whitley Run RICHARD WHITEHURST

The 43rd Whitley Run took place on 7th August, and starting from the usual location, Lower Whitley Village Hall, near Warrington, Cheshire. The venue proves to be ideal with plenty of flat, level parking space for riders, machines and transport and for spectators. The Village Hall itself provides ideal shelter if the weather takes a turn for the worse and catering facilities for refreshments on the day. This year’s event saw another healthy turnout of 37 entries. Although specifically setting the route to suit older machines and smaller lightweights, the number of veteran, vintage and post vintage machinery was well down on the numbers we used to get in years gone by. The first rider set off for the morning session at 11am, followed at one-minute intervals by the remainder. Despite many last-minute changes brought on by road closures and repairs, the route followed

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mainly minor roads from the village hall through Acton Bridge, Crowton Kingsley and out to Manley before returning to the Tigers Head at Norley for lunch. The afternoon run took the riders out through Delamere Forest, Kelsall, Willington, Duddon and Huxley returning via Tiverton, Eaton, Little Budworth and Whitegate back to the village hall for tea, biscuits and awards. A huge thanks to all entrants for continuing to support the event, and for the complimentary remarks. In the words of one entrant in particular: “A wonderful advert for Cheshire and for the VMCC!” Thanks to the marshals and helpers without whom none of the events that we organise would be possible. We look forward to welcoming all VMCC members to next year’s 44th Whitley Run – let’s see some older bikes out – nice easy route – I promise.


The mystery engine unmasked TREVOR PINFOLD

John Coxon’s immaculate 1925 NUT 700cc V-twin. Winner of the Majorie Cottle Trophy for the best performance on a Vintage Machine. RESULTS

The Cyril Taylor Trophy - Overall Winner Tony McAdam 1969 MZ The Marjorie Cottle Trophy – Best Vintage John Coxon 1925 NUT Best Post Vintage Bernie Horrigan 1931 Sunbeam Model 10 Best Post War Bob Moon 1946 Gilera Best Post 1960 Dave Kay 1964 AJS The Ivor Smart Shield - Best 2 Stroke Graham Gotts 1966 Greaves The Frank West-Oram Trophy Best under 300cc David Daniels 1974 Honda The John Rhodes Trophy – Best Section Team Cheshire and North Wales – Dave Kay, Graham Gotts, Bob Champion

The sectioned engine which Mike Barry has come by (Correspondence, in September’s editon, and shown again below), is a BSA B1. The section of crankcase which has been cut away would have had the letters BSA cast into it. Also, the original engine number would have been stamped along the top of that missing part. He says that there is a number stamped on the crankcase, but I am guessing that that was added when the sectioning was done, and it would start D 1 not DL. D denotes the build year, which in this case is 1936, and 1 denotes the model which in this case is B1. The B1 was the second cheapest model of the range from 1933 to 36, and was very basic with hand gear change and total loss oil system even as late as 1936. A 250cc side valve, it was just a utility machine with a Pilgrim oil pump and, on some versions, a Lucas Maglita. I wouldn’t think many survive. I hope this is of some help to him.

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The baton in the Shetland Isles JOE GRAY

Although there are few VMCC members in Shetland, we were very pleased to be asked by the Scottish Rep Alastair Alexander to again do something at the ‘North End’. The baton duly arrived by post from the Isle of Man Section, and on Sunday 14th August Frank Johnson and myself, in company with ten fellow members of the Shetland Classic Motorcycle Club, set off from Lerwick to convey the baton north to the end of the last public road in the UK. Leaving Lerwick at 10.30am we rode Joe Gray and fellow VMCC member Frank Johnson, up to the ferry Terminal at Toft, a holding the baton at Skaw, the northernmost road end in the distance of 29 miles, to catch our first country, on the island of Unst. ferry into the island of Yell. A 20minute crossing of Yell Sound saw us off the ferry VMCC Members taking part were: and heading up the 20-odd miles to Gutcher. Here Frank Johnson,1957 Norton 99; Joe Gray, 1938 we had a lunch break before taking the 12.50pm Rudge Ulster. Fellow SCMCC Members: Gordon Stark, 1937 Rudge Ulster; Ian Masson, 1968 ferry into Unst, the northernmost island. Following the 10-minute crossing we arrived at Triumph Daytona; Peter Manson, BMW R60; Belmont and sped up the 15 or so miles to, quite George Jacobson, Suzuki Burgman 400; Lewie literally, the end of the road at Skaw. At this point Tulloch, BMW F650GS; Russell Black, in Shetland, you are further north than Cape Triumph Speed Triple; Gibbie/Laurena Fraser; Farewell in Greenland, and there is nothing but sea Triumph Bonneville T100; Annette Shewan, Yamaha Virago XV535; Bobby Fullerton, BMW and ice between you and the North Pole! Having taken a few photos for the record, we GS, and Willie Gray, Honda Pan European. proceeded to retrace our route back over the 35 Oh, and the weather was generally good, although miles and two ferry crossings, to Toft on the we did encounter thick mist in parts of the North Shetland Mainland, where we arrived at about Isles. 3.50pm. As there was no way we could pass the baton to the next section, we decided to do the next best thing and headed for Sumburgh, the southernmost tip on the Shetland Mainland and the nearest point to the rest of the UK. About an hour and ten minutes later, including a petrol stop, we arrived at the Sumburgh Lighthouse having put another 54 miles under our wheels. After the obligatory photo shoot and a yarn, we headed back to Lerwick where On Yell Ferry, Joe Gray and Frank Johnson with the baton we arrived at 6pm having covered a and the skipper of the Yell Sound Ferry, one of the two ferries used on the run. total of some 178 miles.

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Dave Green took a wrong turn on the Baton Relay. l Editor’s note: Surely this is Garrowby Hill in mid-summer?)

Founder’s Day: another view

ALAN BAILEY These machines drew considerable attention at Founder’s Day. Featuring on the Warwickshire Section stand, they are David Payne’s 1912 Hub Clutch Triumph, Barry Heath’s 1973 Suzuki AS50, Peter Brown’s 1932 Sunbeam Model 9 and my 1928 Ariel Model E.

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Articles

The Moreton Treatment

ROBERT McDOWELL Further to Chris Moreton’s article in the June Journal on leak proofing tin primary chain cases, I would like to take up his invitation for a bit of feedback. Like all AMC bike owners blighted with a pressed steel primary chain case, I have tried various methods to achieve a modicum of oil containment. The best was the silicone treatment, which, as Chris points out, is a nightmare to clean off. This did achieve some degree of oil tightness to the extent that I was loathe to dismantle the set-up, relying on sucking out the old oil to pass for an oil change. This of course does not get rid of the gunge, generated by a clutch, lying along the bottom. However, motivated by his idea I was moved to give the Stormguard weather strip a try. After dismantling the cases and removing (as best I could) the silicone and cleaning the faces, I proceeded to apply the foam strip. On the first

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attempt I tried to apply a little tension as I laid the foam down. Bad idea, as the strip pulled in towards the centre. Second attempt much better, just using the force of gravity and gently “patting” the tape down. After a couple of hours with the outer cover face down on a flat surface it was assembly time. I felt sure the protruding foam would prevent the band ends from coming close enough to get the tensioning screw started, but Chris is dead right, the stuff compresses so easily and the rubber seal with the alloy band went on top easily. Fill up with oil to the recommended level ¼” below the filler cap /inspection hole (first time ever?) an old copy of the Belfast Telegraph set beneath and regular inspections revealed nary a drip. An 80mile run at the weekend and oil level OK. So I think we can safely say: “Job done.” However, the story doesn’t stop there, as I have just completed the rebuild of a Velocette Viper and they are just as notorious for the ‘total loss’ properties of their chain cases. They actually have a small (about 1/8”) flat at their joining edges, so I thought would be even more suited to the Moreton Treatment, and the weather strip was applied to the outer cover (photo 1). I got it right first time on this one . The only snag is that Velo rubber seal is moulded with two grooves, the centre lip nipping between the two covers. Nice idea, but it also doesn’t hold oil any more successfully than its AMC brethren! I carefully removed the centre lip (photo 2) giving a nicely formed U which slipped over the protruding weather strip – better than on my 16MS. Again an overnight sit with the appropriate amount of oil inserted failed to produce a drip on another copy of the aforementioned BT. Now with oil actually in the chain cases and merrily swilling around it does tend to seek freedom through the other three apertures at crankshaft, dynamo and gearbox drive – you just can’t win! Thanks Chris for taking the time to share your discovery, giving a novel solution to an age-old problem. Much better reading than some of the diatribes we have been exposed to of late.


Norman Fanthorpe ’ARRY ’OLDORF OF ’ULL

Readers will recall the East Yorkshire Section notes from last month, which made reference to long-time VMCC member Norman Fanthorpe deciding not to renew his membership, Number 936. Norman, a regular at Section meetings, no longer rides a clubeligible machine, finding one difficult to handle. However, he does have a lightweight Suzuki for the occasional ride.

With a membership number of under a thousand Norman is one of the earliest members of the East Yorkshire Section. He first joined our happy band in 1965, and his machine was at that time a Sunbeam S8. By my calculations that makes him a member for fifty years. It was of course pointed out to him that it was not really a Sunbeam but a BSA. Norman was first introduced to the BSA marque by his father, who owned an Empire Star on which Norman sometimes rode pillion. His first bike was a 1945 BSA C11 250cc which was used for both work and pleasure. Norman was later to own many BSA machines. He in fact has owned every model of Bantam except the last 175cc model, as well as A7 and A10. The A7 being remembered as his favourite. His most expensive purchase was a Norton ES2 in a Slim Line Featherbed frame, which he kept for eighteen years but managed to sell for a profit. Norman has owned a wide variety of makes and models of motor cycles and auto cycles, and they included of course a Norman. The era of these bikes covered the period from the twenties to the sixties. He still has a ‘twist and go’ that he uses for runs into town. He is, however, a fan of the big single type of machine. A postman all his working life he often would be riding to work in the early hours of the morning on a Velocette Viper, and perhaps waking a few folk up along the way. Like us all as the years creep up on us the mind is willing but the body begins to let us down. So, as well as the twist and go, there is a modern Japanese machine, with an electric leg in the stable as well. No longer a regular rider in Section runs, Norman will be content riding around the parts of our

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The 1914 TT Scotts

THE EDITOR George Stevens was a dedicated enthusiast for the Scott. Over many years his researches included interviews with many of the individuals who had contributed to the Scott story. He began this work in the 1950’s, and as many of the key players were still alive at that time he was fortunate in being able to meet them and to obtain first hand accounts of their experiences. Sadly, George passed away last year. Very little of his research has been published, but from time to time George did publish brief monographs which are of great interest and importance. In 1964 he published “50 years ago”, an account of the 1914 Senior TT by two of the principal competitors: Cyril Pullin (Rudge) and H.O. ‘Tim’ Wood (Scott). “The nicest ‘bike I ever rode,” was Tim Wood’s comment on the 1914 TT Scott. Tim – a nickname derived from ‘Timber’ Wood, is now in his seventies, living in retirement in Chislehurst. 50 years ago he broke his own 1913 lap record (52.12 mph) three times with a record lap at 53.50 mph, but retired with an oil-drenched magneto when in the lead. His 1913 record was not equalled by any other rider in the 1914 race. With the exception of Tim Wood’s model, the much publicised 1914 racing Scotts were disappointing. Since they were such unusual two-strokes.

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However, a somewhat detailed description may be of interest. In appearance they were quite unlike any previous Scotts, mainly because the famous ‘oval’ petrol tank gave way to a triangular 2-gallon tank resting just above the engine unit. A separate oil-tank held half a gallon of lubricant, and this was pumped to the engine by a foot-operated device. The engine itself was fitted with two separate cylinders (23/4”bore X 2½” stroke making 486 cc), deeply spigoted into the crankcase. The familiar central flywheel and overhung cranks in separate chambers remained, but the new distribution valve represented a complete change in induction and transfer control. It was based on the ‘Corliss’ valve used on large mill steam engines on which Alfred Scott trained as a young man and made use of the elliptical locus of a point half-way up the connecting rod. A short link articulated in a suitable pivot bearing, and its diminished movement at the other end ‘twisted’ a valve cylinder fitted with a short lever (The drawing on the facing page makes the operation much clearer than a page of description). This rather cumbersome valve gear gave much improved ‘breathing’, and could be fitted with a rotatable port sleeve so that the carburettor was left at full throttle and the engine controlled by a screw-thread


device on the sleeve, varying the timing. The rest of the machine bristled with equally ingenious innovations: one of the frame lugs formed part of the induction manifold; the saddle was mounted on a couple of leaf springs, each further sprung on vertical coils at the front end. Originally, the movement of the forward plungers was used to operate a small pump, which ‘pressurised’ pannier fuel tanks slung below hub level, in order to force petrol to the carburettor. These tanks were subsequently replaced by the one illustrated. The unit construction engine casing housed, to the rear, a new form of Scott countershaft. Two or three gears could be provided – two operated by a pedal, the third ratio being brought in by means of a trigger control on the handlebar. In the TT only two ratios were used - 3.3 and 4.7 to1. Ignition was by a special Bosch magneto which sparked twice per revolution. There were two armature windings, four slip rings, four pick-up brushes and no ‘earth’ H.T cable was led to a special handlebar switch, and thence to the plugs – there were two in each cylinder. This “changeover” switch enabled the rider to make the two plugs in each cylinder fire in synchronisation or alternately. It was this complex ignition system that put Tim Wood out of the race – oil and road filth smothered the slip rings and hopelessly shorted them to earth. Four of these special Scotts were built – one each for Wood, Lovegrove and Applebee, and one reserve. It was Alfred Scott’s intention to develop the design as a 1915 sidecar production model, and to this end all adjustments were made from the right-hand-side of the machine – contact breaker, rear drive chain and gearbox (which was mounted in eccentric circular plates, for chain tensioning)

In 1915, unfortunately, too many important engineering jobs had to be done, and after the War Scott himself was no longer concerned with motor cycle production. The existing models corroded away over the years until there was no complete machine remaining. That such a fascinating and unorthodox racer should have vanished entirely is a minor tragedy – but all is not lost. Using a few existing components, some miraculously preserved works drawings and a collection of rare photographs, an enthusiastic member of the Scott Owners’ Club is making patterns, castings and so forth for a “one-off” exact replica of the last of Alfred Scott’s racing motor cycles.

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Pushrod performance – 1930s style BOB ZWARTS

In 2013 I became involved in identifying a historically important collection of very high quality photos from the 1930’s. These photos were rescued, by Richard Jones, from being dispersed by being sold piecemeal, and the collection dispersed. They featured sidecar and three wheeler races at Donington Park circa 1934 1939. On first seeing the photos, one outfit in particular stood out as being of special technical interest. It’s the main image on this page, and we subsequently identified it as the Norton sidecar outfit of W. Bibby from Wallasey, at the May 1937 event, probably taken at the Donington ‘Hairpin’, now known as ‘The Old Hairpin‘. Look carefully and you will see that the engine is not, as you might expect, an OHC Norton, but a humble pushrod engine. At this point, you may be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Bibby is enjoying a ride out with the ‘stars’, on their genuine racing Norton outfits, with little hope of success. Not so. Look again. This is obviously no ordinary Norton pushrod engine. A press report from 1937 described the Norton as ‘home tuned, having an extra large aluminium barrel and a bronze alloy head’. The appearance of the front brake suggests it has also received some serious attention, and is not quite as it left Bracebridge Street. My initial conclusion was that Walter was probably a man of considerable engineering skill and ability. Subsequent discoveries proved this to be correct. Further research produced such a fascinating

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wealth of detail that we would like to share it more fully than was possible in our book. Much of this information came from Walter Bibby’s nephew, Roy Hoiles. Roy is the MD of Bibby Precision Engineering, the firm founded by Walter Bibby in the 1930’s and now based at Bromborough on the Wirral. Roy, trained in precision engineering by his uncle, is rightly proud of Walter’s achievements. Fortunately for those of us with an interest in racing history, Roy has carefully preserved many documents, photos, trophies and other items relating to Walter’s racing career. This material gives a unique glimpse into the early days of sidecar racing here in the UK. Walter Bibby was born in Wallasey in 1910. From the photos and newspaper cuttings we believe he started racing in 1935, possibly earlier, at Park Hall in Shropshire. He quickly became skilled in a very special minority interest, racing a sidecar outfit. This was at a period when track racing in England


was enjoying something of a surge in interest. Due to our restrictive laws regarding road closure we have no tradition of true road racing on the British mainland, but grass-track racing was very popular. At this point I must digress slightly to put the story into wider context. In the more enlightened parts of Europe, public roads could be, and were, closed for racing. This resulted in a series of Motorcycle ‘Grand Prix’ events, with included classes for sidecars. Records show that this was the case in Grand Prix in Switzerland in 1922, Sweden in 1926, and Spain in 1929. Possibly even more surprising is that these G.P.’s often had individual classes for 350cc, 500cc and 1000cc sidecars. Some familiar names, Syd Crabtree (Excelsior), Freddie Hicks (Velocette) and Dennis Mansell (Norton) are listed among the winners. Here in the UK we had the Isle of Man TT races and similar events in Ireland, but nothing comparable on the British mainland. Brooklands was something of a special case, being banked, the outer circuit neither required nor encouraged the active participation of a sidecar passenger. So, despite sidecar races in the IOM TT in 1923/24/25, this left us trailing developments elsewhere in Europe and explains why our 1930’s racing outfits were based on grass-track experience rather than being purpose-built for road or track racing. To illustrate this, I can do no better than to quote from a contemporary account of the Good Friday 1934 sidecar race at Park Hall: “Sidecars came next -

that is to say, motor cycles equipped with outrigger wheels, a platform and as many grab handles as might be found on a double decker bus going about its normal business. E.R.Evans (499cc Rudge) had a hectic trip, but his front wheel was often enough on the ground to maintain or change direction as required. The passenger of F. Eastwick’s O.E.C. JAP outfit was thrown off his little platform but caught a grab handle and held on. For yards he was trailed like a comet – presenting his reverse and obverse contours to the road surface. Then he did some ‘giant strides’ at about 40 mph and was finally bounced back on board – not normally seated! Only later did the driver learn that the applause was not for his skilful handling round the S bend.” We can only hope that the poor passenger’s ‘contours’ did not suffer permanent modification from this diversion. It was in this prevailing milieu that Walter Bibby made his first steps into a successful racing career on three wheels. Syston Park, Lincolnshire, was first used as a road race circuit in 1926 and Park Hall similarly but then came the 1930’s and Fred Craner. This remarkable man was the driving force behind the rapid rise to pre-eminence of the Donington Park circuit. That’s a separate story in itself, so now I will return to Walter Bibby and his pushrod Norton outfit. It appears, from the stated capacity, to have been based on a 588cc (79mm X 120mm) Model 19 Norton and therefore of pre-1933 vintage. The earliest photo we have of the outfit in this initial form is from Park Hall 1935. His first appearance at Donington was on Easter Monday 1936. He entered two races, the 10-lap handicap race for 350cc - 600cc sidecar outfits and the 10-lap handicap race for 350cc - 1100cc ‘passenger machines’ i.e. sidecars and three-wheelers. The formidable opposition on the day included established ‘regulars’ Harold Tozer (596cc Norton), Bill Rose (596cc Norton), Len Taylor (490cc Norton), Henry Laird (‘Red’ - supercharged 1084cc JTOR JAP - Morgan) and Cyril (Charlie) Hale (Morgan -MX4). In the first race, Walter finished in fourth place, almost 2½ minutes behind winner Bill Rose. In the second he improved on this with faster lap times, (we have copies of the original lap time sheets), to finish third behind Bill Rose and

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Len Taylor. In fairness to the opposition, it must be mentioned that Laird went out on lap 5 with an oil pump failure whilst Hale retired on lap 4. For reasons unknown, despite his initial success, Walter did not appear at Donington Park again during 1936. We do know that he raced at Park Hall, in the August Bank Holiday Monday event, winning both sidecar races outright. We can also speculate that having the experience of racing against the top British sidecar teams of the time, he simply went away to develop his Norton outfit and make it more competitive. Our first photos and descriptions of the resulting ‘special’ outfit date from its appearance at the Derby and District Motor Club’s Donington event, on Easter Monday 1937. Walter, entered as no.130, was riding in the 350cc - 1100cc sidecar & three-wheeler handicap race. The combination is the one featured on the contents page of this edition. The start of this race was postponed to allow Henry Laird to make urgent repairs to the Zoller supercharger fitted to his 1084cc Morgan “Red”. The blower blades had ‘picked up’ during practice and required some extra clearance. There were only four entries for the class, the others being Walter Bibby 588cc Norton, R.Evans 595cc GrindlayPeerless JAP, and Len Taylor who now had a 596cc Model 30 Norton. The sidecars had a 40-second start over the Morgan with Taylor taking the lead which he held to the end of the 10-lap race. Laird, with co-pilot and brother-in-law Michael Faraday, was going very well and passed Evans and Bibby. He may well have passed Taylor, given another lap or two. So, on his first appearance with the heavily modified 588cc Model 19 Norton special, Walter achieved a creditable third place behind the 596cc Model 30 Norton of the very experienced Len Taylor and the blown Morgan of Henry Laird. It is worth noting that this result netted a prize of £10 for Taylor and £4 for Bibby, with £1 and a half pint tankard for Taylor’s passenger, Stan Nicholls. Whilst this might not seem very much reward, the B.O.E. inflation calculator shows these payments equivalent in today’s value as £600, £245 and £61 respectively, and also gives an indication as to the healthy financial status of the Derby and District Motor Club at the time. Walter’s next appearance at Donington was a few weeks later, at the 1937 Whit Monday event where

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he rode as No. 154 in the 10-lap sidecar and threewheeler handicap race. We also have the lap time sheet for this event and for the first eight laps, the Bibby Norton was consistently achieving an average lap speed around 55mph. This comfortably exceeded the race average of the winner V.S.Graham (595cc Grindley JAP) at 53mph and Cyril Hale’s Morgan at 51 mph. Following the retirement of Len Taylor’s Norton with plug trouble and Henry Laird’s Morgan with a magneto attempting escape from its platform, Walter’s Norton led the race until forced to slow down in the final two laps due to fuel starvation, finally running out of fuel completely at Starkey’s Corner, just within pushing distance of the finish line to secure second place. The race was won by Versey Graham, Versey being the elder brother of Les Graham, yes the Les Graham, winner of the inaugural 500cc World Championship in 1949 riding the AJS Porcupine. Les occasionally rode as passenger for Versey. This was to be the swan-song for the Bibby pushrod engined special, at least as far as Donington is concerned. At the August Donington event, Walter was riding an ohc Norton 596cc Model 30, but I will come to that later. Now is a good time to examine the details of the 588cc Norton, and try to follow Walter’s thinking on what was required to build a machine equal to the considerable rigours and stresses of racing on three wheels. For these details, I am again indebted to Roy Hoiles in allowing me to view and copy the original photos, and to Archie Beggs for a firsthand description of features he remembers from later appearances of the outfit in events at Oulton Park and Rhydymywn during the 1950’s. This engine is shown on the facing page. As previously mentioned, the cylinder barrel is a light alloy casting encasing a cast iron liner, with a large area of cooling fins from the level of the crankcase to the base of the cylinder head and partly encircling the pushrods – particularly important with this engine, as we think that it was fuelled by petrol, not cool-running dope (methanol). The cylinder head was a one-off item, cast in aluminium-bronze. This material, having greater thermal conductivity than cast iron, allows a higher compression ratio to be used, giving a significant power increase. Archie suggested the head would


have been cast locally at the Manganese Bronze foundry to patterns made by Walter, or at least to his design. Roy Hoiles confirmed this possibility as he remembers Walter turning bronze ‘test pieces’ for the Manganese Bronze foundry. Here we find a connection with another of the principal players in this story – Henry Laird was a grandson of the founder of Cammell-Laird, the shipbuilders. Based at Birkenhead, their ship propellers were cast at Manganese Bronze, probably alongside Walter’s unique cylinder head. There’s yet another link, Manganese Bronze eventually became the owners of the Norton name. Moving down the engine, the drive side crankcase has a large, webbed, circular plate extending from the main bearing housing to the circumference of the crankcase. Clearly visible in the contents page picture, this is another bronze casting, the benefits of which would be threefold. It would give extra support to the drive-side crank which, at this time, only had a single bearing. The 588cc Model 19 has an ‘open’ frame i.e. the crankcase forms part of the lower frame and the lower front sidecar attachment is mounted here, so the additional strength deriving from the bronze plate would distribute the stresses induced by spirited cornering and acceleration. Lastly, it would help to prevent the drive side crankcase wall from breaking away. This is a known failure, apparently peculiar to sidecar racing. Gyroscopic forces generated by the flywheel/crank assembly resist lateral changes of direction during fast cornering. The reaction force, being provided by the drive side crankcase, places considerable stress on this component. Pre-unit Triumph twin engines are noted for this failure, as anyone who frequents the paddock of VMCC racing events will know. Moving on to the cycle parts, the front brake drum and brake plate appear to be made in light list Entry alloy, the 596cc Norton Len Taylor 596cc Norton drum being Walter Bibby 596cc Norton ribbed and Arthur Horton 499cc Rudge of a larger E.R.Evans 746cc Douglas Ted Bury diameter 595cc Grindley-JAP Versey Graham than the 1084cc Morgan Henry Laird original. MX4 c Morgan Charlie Hale H.C.Bate

996c 1084cc Morgan - JAP

Presumably it was constructed as a shrunk on ‘jacket’ around an iron liner. The sidecar wheel is also braked, operated via a cross shaft carried in bearings mounted on the chassis and linked by rod to the brake cam arm. The sidecar body is a very neat design, devoid of the more usual nest of tubes and grabs handles and carries a road tax disc. In other photos the outfit bears the reg. no. HF4080. Walter probably enjoyed a bit of unofficial practice, as we all do. The sidecar wheel spindle is extended outboard to a small platform for the passenger to stand on when ‘hanging out’ for a left hander. All in all, the outfit shows some very clever thought and logical design, executed to a high standard. Between Whit Monday and August 2nd 1937 he had acquired a Norton M30 596cc outfit. I believe that this was the outfit raced very successfully by Bill Rose between 1932 and 1936. We have photos of Bill Rose at the August 1936 Donington meeting (his last recorded appearance at Donington) and Walter’s first appearance with the 596cc M30 Norton in Aug 1937. In both cases, the sidecar body has the same distinctive features and the two outfits are identical in appearance, with one minor difference – Walter has added his road tax disc holder. It’s easily seen in the picture overleaf. All speculation aside, Walter’s first race with the ‘new’ outfit was not without incident. In what is considered to be one of the finest events ever held at Donington up to this date, 152 entries had been accepted, including nearly all the top UK riders of the time. Six sidecar outfits and three Morgans lined up for the start of the five-lap 1100cc passenger class (see panel). Continued overleaf

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Taylor took the lead in the second lap while Laird had trouble getting off the line due to a misfire but soon got into his stride. Graham and Bibby were engaged in a fierce battle for second place whilst Taylor increased his lead, but Laird was coming up through the field and driving magnificently in an effort to make up for his poor start. On the last lap Laird passed Bibby on the fast downhill approach to Starkey’s, the final corner before the chequered flag. Trying to regain his second place, Bibby cut inside the Morgan as he rounded Starkey’s, clipping the Morgan, overturning and somersaulting off the track at an estimated 40mph, luckily without serious injury to either the outfit or the crew. Laird handled the situation well, claiming second place to Taylor who had built up an unassailable lead. They were followed home by Bury, Hale and Graham. The location of the Timing Box gave the timekeepers a good view of Starkey’s, so they would have seen Walter’s ‘excursion’, and we have a copy of his timesheet for this race. In place of a time for lap 5, the timekeepers wrote the comment “see footnote”. It reads: “Scale of charges: 1 Gill of Bitter beer per 10 laps, or part thereof, per race, plus... in this instance a large brandy each for shock and extra nourishment.” Later, following a break for lunch and the 250cc and 500cc solo races, the 10-lap ‘Passenger Grand

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Prix’ produced another win for Taylor who was unbeatable on the day. Laird led by the end of the first lap despite his handicap start but was destined not to finish this, his last ever, race at Donington. The Morgan’s engine began to seize due to an oil pipe fracture and he was forced to retire. Ted Bury finished in second place with Horton third. Further back, Evans and Graham did not complete the distance, nor did Bibby who was said to have ‘ridden a good race, as long as it lasted’. Walter was probably still suffering the after effects of his earlier incident. His first event on the ‘new’ machine could be described as somewhat traumatic, but riding an unfamiliar machine to the limits of what is possible is, by definition, a learning process, and 1938 was to prove that he had absorbed the lessons well. Next month: The last season for a ‘seasoned pro’ l The full 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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cerrig_photography/ albums/72157633443453034)

l The main picture on pages 66-67 is published courtesy of Mike Lawrence, from the Griff Bury Collection. The others, including on the contents page, are published courtesy of Roy Hoiles, W. Bibby Precision Engineering Ltd.


Ariel Arrow restoration

KIERAN CAIRNS Brian McMullan made a presentation to his fellow members entitled ‘The Overhaul and Rebuild of a 1960 Ariel Arrow’. Displaying before, during and after photographs, Brian st artedwith a machine with a lot of problems to what now must be considered the best example of an Arrow in NI (and probably further afield!) This 2-stroke twin was acquired by Brian over a year ago, and it has taken 10 months to restore to its present condition. The box chassis and tin ware was dismantled, stripped, primed and painted in the original colours of two-tone blue. New rims were acquired and respoked locally sourced, (with ordinary spokes to be as original as possible). Tyres

were a problem, with 16-inch ribbed front tyres proving impossible to source. A kick start shaft was sourced; however the folding lever was fabricated locally. The handle bars were replaced with originals and chromed as were the plates on the amazing front forks. The twin exhausts and silencers were bathed in caustic soda solution, decarbonised and polished. (and what a sound they made when the bike was started on first kick from cold). The wiring was tidied and renewed where necessary. A 25 amp in-line fuse was added. Then for the engine... Pistons needed replacing, sourcing originals seemed impossible. However, pistons from a Suzuki x7 (+ 20 thou) were fitted in rebored barrels. With the additions of small end bearings, main bearings and side bearings the engine runs sweetly. Brian used a slightly oil rich fuel mix until he felt everything was running smoothly. Discussion followed on the Ariel Leader, the Golden Arrow and the Arrow 200. Brian would like to thank Dragonfly for their advice and help. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Brian, not only for his presentation but also for the rescue and saving of this remarkable model. BROOKLANDS SECTION

ANNUAL JUMBLE AND SOCIAL MEETING Bruce Main-Smith riding John Surtees’ Desmo twin a long time ago.

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: richard.huckle@ntlworld.com Note: This event replaces the one traditionally held on Remembrance Sunday at Bisley

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The Alldays Register RICHARD DOVER

If you've ever shown your rare ancient vehicle at a show you'll be used to that kind of response but owners of the odder-named marques get more than just funny looks. I happen to own not one but two Alldays vehicles, a car and a motorbike, and in the process of learning more about them I’ve even gone as far as taking over the Alldays Register which has brought me into contact with the Alldays family. The marque’s story is interesting but books have been written about it. I won’t repeat them, but the story of one idiot’s inability to learn from buying a 100-year-old car and then buying a 100-year-old motorcycle is all mine. I’ve owned a 1912 Alldays & Onions car for nearly 10 years, so when a 1914 Alldays motorbike appeared on eBay I got quite excited. Of course, I knew they existed, in fact Alldays were better known for bikes than cars (they owned Enfield and Allons), but I'd never got close to one nor considered buying a veteran bike, but this caught

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my eye. Of course it was too expensive but over the course of six months the price dropped until it got to the right level, and I called to try and do a deal. When I pushed hard on price I got a firm refusal and, having done some research, I agreed a price which I thought was fair and the deal was done. Thing is, I’d only seen photos of the bike, the Pioneer certificate and other documents – I hope I was not being conned! Whilst I’d never suggest that buying a vehicle sight unseen, there are ways of covering yourself. Firstly, I’d joined the VMCC and been in touch with some experts who not only knew of the dealer but also knew of the bike and confirmed that whilst I was not getting a great deal, it was a fair retail price. What I noticed though, was that, similar to when I bought the car, the vendor didn’t quite know what they had. Sure, it’s made in 1914 and had a Pioneer certificate which is a Good Thing, but also listed as not having any modifications which is even better. It came with the original buff log book, another Good Thing, but more of that later. Payments were made, delivery was arranged and from deepest Devon to Central Scotland it travelled and only when it arrived did I realise how nice a bike it was. I’d been researching in the meantime, and found an near identical one housed at the Sammy Miller Museum which was said to be restored to original spec, albeit 1915, and this looked all but identical bar the colour. It was dusty, unpolished but rolled perfectly and the engine turned over so, all good so far. To be precise it is an Alldays Matchless 21/4 Lightweight, with a 269cc 2-stroke Villiers engine which is known to be very reliable. The nickel plating was perfect and everything seemed to move as it should, I was pleased, but would be more pleased if it would run ,but here I ran into a wee challenge - this is a fixed gear bike without a clutch; a ‘bump and jump’ as it were, and there was no way of getting it to run without then riding off on it! Now, I’m brave but not stupid most of the time, but this gave me pause for thought. What if it started and ran off out my grip and crashed? Och, tae hell with it, life’s for taking chances so I went for it. Richard Rosenthal, the VMCC Villiers guru, had


told me what petroil mix was required for bike that had been standing a long time (12:1) so a gallon was mixed up and poured into the tank. The fuel tap was spotted (always good!) and turned on and the timing lever retarded. I guessed that of the two levers on the right that one was choke and the other throttle, so I set both to the middle, pulled in the decompression lever and pushed. I got a little speed up and released the lever and after a few attempts, it gave a wee ‘puffff’. Each time it did I adjusted the settings until it actually fired and kept firing a few times before I grabbed the decompression lever in case it ran off. Then I pushed it up a wee rise, sat on it properly and pushed off, released the lever and, like magic, it fired and we were off and Bloody Hell it was quick! As soon as it was moving it was off like a little rocket and I was just hanging on, I was amazed and pleased in equal measure. I couldn’t go too far as I didn’t have my helmet, but at least I now knew I had a complete and running bike. A few more details: the Lightweight first appeared in late 1913 featuring the then brand new Villiers engine and dated to late 1914, this bike has one of the earliest examples of that engine, number 01137, 0 being the first year/series of manufacture and the frame carries a sort of matching number MA 337. What really makes this bike special, however, is the registration DO 1137. Someone, in 1921 when vehicles were re-registered for road tax, thought it was cute to grab one matching the engine number. The numbers all appear on the buff log book and confirm the provenance without any doubt. The bike had been delivered to my workplace, and without a bike trailer I was a little snookered until a friend with a van offered to bring it home for me. He was not the only one to say I should ride it home, but 15 miles on dual carriageways on an untested 102-year-old machine was too much, even for me. Once home, we joked that I should keep it in the living room so I wheeled it in and waited for my other half to come home. Much to my surprise, she not only loved the bike but thought it looked perfect where I had put it. Next day was a holiday Monday and nice and dry, so a test run was

planned. I live on a hill (it’s Glasgow, everyone lives on a hill) so getting started was easy enough and away I went. I practiced stopping and restarting and then looked for someone to show off to, so off to a mate’s bike training school near where I work... along the dual carriageway I’d refused before. Once running, a little playing with the air and fuel levers (as I now knew they were) made for smooth running and without much prodding it would do a steady 35mph. Hills were not much of a challenge, although the really steep ones required less throttle and sometimes a little paddling to reach the top. 30mphseemed to be about right and as long as you keep away from junctions, traffic lights and curious drivers it is a pleasure to ride and I’m looking forward to joining other nutcases on next year’s Pioneer Run. Footnote 1: The bike was featured in Old Bike magazine in 1997 when it was ridden by the editor in the 60th Pioneer Run. It had been restored by Dave Earnshaw, who told me that he had restored it and apart from the spokes, control cables and rubber parts it was 100% original and complete. It is work of art and I am proud to be its custodian. Footnote 2: I run the Alldays Register, covering cars, motor cycles, commercials and tractors. If you have, or know of, an Alldays, Alldays & Onions, Alldays Enfield or Alldays Allons of any type, please get in touch. It’s a rare marque with fewer than 30 cars and as many bikes remaining, so being able to find parts, patterns or specific information is increasingly important.

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Obituaries

RON KIRKHAM Ron joined the VMCC in Nottinghamshire and was an enthusiastic rider and restorer of old machines. Sheila was his dedicated pillion passenger, and together they travelled to many parts of the country and made many friends. They loved the Lake District. A caravan in a remote part of the Lakes enabled the family to have many holidays there. Ron and Sheila got to know many Lakeland Section members and took part on their runs. It was not unknown, though, for Sheila to dismount on some of the steepest hills and give Ron a push. When son-in-law Chris first visited Karen’s parents, he was somewhat apprehensive before tea. An ungodly stink emanated from the kitchen. Ron later explained that he was greasing some chains on the cooker, all quite normal. Somehow Sheila managed to take this in her stride – but not always. When Ron suggested that Sylvia and Karen keep out of the kitchen while he supervised some vital plating process, it was one step too far. Families need to be fed! When the question arose that Ron and Sheila may become grandparents, Ron immediately brought out his copy of the annual VMCC events calendar (remember them!), and insisted that any new arrival didn’t coincide with important rally dates. Ron and Sheila retired to Northumberland to be nearer to their daughter Karen and her family. The bikes came too, including his faithful Ariel. The couple were avid supporters of the S&T and Scottish National rallies, and living in the north facilitated their enjoying these events.

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He rode in many rallies organised by the Northumbrian Section and the Gathering was always a strong favourite. When the Reivers Section was formed, Ron was a founder committee member, only retiring a year before the loss of Sheila. His restorations included a BSA Sloper with Noxal launch-type sidecar and an early twenties AJS model D. A BSA Bantam also enabled him to keep riding. His restorations were of the highest standard, leaving very little to others. Paintwork, plating, wheel building and the like were usually done by Ron himself. So good was his work, that he won a best in show at Stafford for his 1930s Francis Barnett Pullman. The icing on the cake was being awarded his prize by John Surtees, someone Ron greatly admired. Ron and Sheila were great hosts as anyone who visited them at their home in the aptly-named Sheila’s Close will testify. He will be greatly missed by all. Simon Hadden and Jonathan Hill (Reivers Section)

PETER RICHARD TAYLOR With great sadness, I report the death of Peter Taylor. Peter died after a lengthy illness. He was a member of the Swindon Section and then a founder member of the West Wiltshire Section. He was the treasurer for my first ‘endto-end’ in 1991, and a regular supporter of the subsequent section holidays that I organised; including further ‘endto-ends’ and trips to Brittany, Normandy, Wales, Scotland, Devon & Cornwall and Ireland, as well as Charles Flavelles’ wonderful tour of the Canadian Rockies. Peter was the CEO of P.R.Taylor and Sons, with motor cycle dealerships in Chippenham, Calne and Swindon. During this time he sadly lost two of his sons – Andy and John – and earlier this year lost his devoted wife Peggy. Our condolences to Peter Jr., Steve and the Taylor families, and we mourn the loss of a great friend and colleague who will be greatly missed. Bob Fisher 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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Correspondence

How others see us

I now have time to consider issues after being forced to recuperate after surgery and not being able to ride or fettle my motorcycles. I have had a copy of the VMCC Journal for July 2016 in my small reading room, and always smiled at the rider obviously enjoying himself, riding a Triumph Model H, at the training day. In fact, John Sheppard’s photographs are excellent. The cover though is an example about how to portray who we are and what we do, in the best light. An article, with these images, needs to be written explaining how trainees came to these sessions and describe their experiences. This article needs to be published in the type of magazines where we think we can recruit new members into the VMCC. I would suggest Motor Cycle News, Motorcycle Sport and Leisure and possibly Real Classic. Too often, the image we project is that of old men wobbling along the road on frail machinery, wearing fancy clothing, and being a menace to other motorists. Consider the front cover image of the VMCC Journal for August. Here we have an image of Richard Mummery on his Douglas, wearing his tweeds and deerstalker helmet. This is a great image for members to see, but not how we should be displaying our image for others to see. It will not bring in new members. The image of the rider on the Model H is obviously enjoying himself and is wearing reasonable clothing and a modern helmet. I am suggesting that we appoint a writer of good things happening in the VMCC, who can send articles to other publications that might be sources of new members. Our own Journal is for us, the members. Have a flick through and imagine that by just looking at images or lengths of articles and see what you make of our activities. What we see are lots of blokes outside pubs or cafes and static shots of desirable machinery with occasional images of riding action. The Flat Tank and Cyclemotor Sections held our Severn Saunter Run in early August and I had a couple of phone calls the night before from possible riders asking if the run was suitable for their machines. This included a pair of Velo-Solex cycles. “But I have only ever ridden five miles on it.” “Then after five miles, you will only have another five to the tea stop,” said I, “and after another ten miles, which you will already have ridden, you will return to the start.” These

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fellows had a wonderful ride, at their own speed and returned full of enthusiasm for their next event. Reg Eyre of Wounded Knee Secretary of the Flat Tank Section

Membership preservation

I have followed the concerns and the ideas as regards the future of the club through its declining membership numbers, and as sure as eggs are eggs logically that is going to happen. Why? The era and the environment that formed and created and supported the club naturally has gone and we are personally reliving it through our various enjoyable activities now that we have the time so to do. Keep in mind that the average age of the club is 68. In a nutshell, that environment was formed by the following factors: 1. Limited finance 2. Available machines from all decades at minimal cost 3. A blossoming of conscientiousness during the ‘sixties (it is taught as a subject in education now) with a resultant increase in interest. 4. Freedom to follow what you wished with less legislation (you could enter a sand race on a road licence). That environment has gone, so we have our present environment into which the club finds itself and its activities. How can we make our passion and our ‘bikes fit into the future environment? By radically changing to be absorbed by it whilst we personally (Very important)


retain our enjoyment of our passions and the era surrounding it. We are all aware (I hope) that a tree that does not bend in a gale gets snapped off and dies. We have to bend into the future of the twenty-first century by educating the current young motor cycling fraternity and enlarging public interest in “old ‘bikes”. General media interest is there. These are more museums of all associated interests and media coverage – ie: the Goodwood Revival, “Shed and Buried” etc. These generating more interest than was available in the club’s formative years, let us use it. I was too busy riding in competition and I was a member of clubs that supported those activities to be involved with the vintage club and old ‘bikes. When I became a retired ‘wrinkly’ circumstances changed, and I became a member. That set of circumstances is still prevalent and out there. So, it is a direction to go to access not just the riders who compete but mainly the public who attend the venues and make them aware of us and our passions, in other words, “educational promotion” by having a polished club display at various large venues and even leisure parks that would or could accommodate us as an interesting professional display with handouts generated on our own computers on a ‘no cost’ to them or to us basis, and here comes the 21st-century educational bit, a presentation board with a message along the lines “we will need you to look after our ‘bikes at some point in the future when we cannot” Back this up with an informative website, information available on the hand-outs – not just a list of the directors. Same play, different direction. Through other modern machine clubs and active younger membership – including competition clubs, not the one-make clubs, these already know about us and are of a similar age group. If they have publications, let’s try an article in them or a simple info. sheet to be read our at club nights if they do not publish a magazine, presented in the ‘David Davies style’ – who writes and reads well. Clubs with their own publications all have correspondence columns. Tell them the truth along these lines: “In the future, when your current ‘bike is too fast for you, we need to make you aware that our machines will need looking after as we will be motor cycling with God’. No offence meant, Old Father Brazendale, perhaps you could lean in this direction? You write common sense that reaches most of us. This leads us on to the current media coverage of modern motor cycling activities, all of them being sport, travel or interest

accessed through the aforementioned ways, especially the shining sword-bearing publication/club MAG. Inform them through interesting articles on what we are trying to do to preserve the club and its conservatory activities including the records of Britain’s history and at some time to be aware and to come out and help us to retain it. Does anyone know someone in television, the media, programme commissioning, etc who could educate us and guide us in their direction to get BHR and ‘Banbury’ and our other activities on the air – especially if past masters could be involved to add more interest? Look at Channel 4’s coverage of the TT. The Island has never been as popular with record attendance figures. It is a very powerful media. If we could access it we could get our message across. Having put all that forward and getting some response, we have to bend (remember the tree – I hope that it is a gale that responds!) If a prospective member turns up on a modern machine, or even in a car, do we quote the 25-year-rule? Oh No! Our response should be: “Please come along and see what’s it all about.” We have to be more flexible and welcome potential interest that is drawn towards us, otherwise it is a waste of time and the Club will suffer in the long term. I have a friend who was a member of the Club but who now motor cycles on his own on his Suzuki 350cc scooter to get his enjoyment – why? Because he has scar tissue from an operation in his sitting region and his Suzi is the only comfortable seat that enables him to enjoy his passion, on his own because of the 25year-rule. Rules are made for the observance of fools and the guidance of wise men, allow and legislate a wider encompassing area into the rule, tricky and delicate, but it has to be that way for the future of the Club. If we use a statistical flow chart for the distant future we will only, possibly, exist in a role supported by the Japanese Vintage Club as the makers of the machine they ride are still manufacturing. They are expanding (with the population) we are contracting and we are static on machines. Do not get disheartened, that unique culture that you enjoy and created will stay with you until you cease to ride and participate. We are not alone in this kind of situation. The conscious shift that helped you form the Club continues still. If we switch on the television and look at the turbulent times that are occurring involving peoples and their cultures that they are literally fighting for, they are holding placards up for the media with the message “we are all the same”, but they cannot do this on their own; they need help, just

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like us, to survive. MAG had to travel a similar pathway to ensure the survival of motor cycling and its freedoms – and is still doing so – which we all benefit from today. These are a few more ideas and directions to be put into the melting pot and I hope cast into something solid for the future. My apologies if I have trodden on toes, but being a ‘postal member’ the magazine is my only source of information, it is also my lifeline, you do not realise how lucky you are, don’t selfishly lose it all, preserve it for future generations. Alan Pearson, France (Editor’s comment: Read the editorial)

What a delight

I’m writing to let you know how much I enjoyed reading Les Thomas’ article on the 21st Irish and Welsh Rally in the August 2016 issue. I started my motor cycling life at age twelve on the fields, quiet back roads and country lanes in County Wicklow. My parents had a cottage half-way between Avoca and Redcross, both villages that Les and the group passed through. My sister and I still own that old gamekeeper’s lodge. I learned to ride on a strippeddown 197cc Villiers-engined Norman with knobby tyres, and then graduated to a Bultaco Sherpa for some great off-road adventures through the woods and over the hills. I even dabbled in some amateur trials, but dabbled my feet too often to get good scores! I started riding my first road machine (a 154cc Honda Benly) at fifteen, a year before the Irish government saw fit to give me a licence… My father (and understanding mother) let me ride the quiet roads around the area, as long as I was home before seven (“The local sergeant never gets up before then…”). I well remember riding to places mentioned in Les’ article. I own a 1956 Norton ES2 that was restored by John Deacon of Gorey, and given to me by my father twenty-five years ago when he got too stiff to ride. The bike is the same age as me (just in better condition), so I never refer to it as ‘an old bike’… In 2010 I rode that Norton 5,600 km from Toronto, where I now live, to St. John’s in Newfoundland to get ‘as close to Ireland as I could get without getting very wet…’ I called it the Half Way Home trip, as at the end I was closer to Ireland than Toronto. I would love the opportunity to ride that bike around the Wicklow hills again. I have ridden all the routes Les describes, and know the places the group stopped for lunch or dinner. My dad and I would have fish and chips in Arklow every

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Saturday night after going to the cinema. A friend of mine was rector in Bunclody. I’ve had numerous lunches with my mum at the Woodenbridge Hotel, and sunk a pint or few at Fitzgerald’s in ‘Ballykissangel.’ I’ve done wheelies on formerly deserted roads leading to and from Sally Gap, and I’ve sat in on great traditional music sessions in Glenmalure. My sister lives in Tullow, and cousins once owned the store in Kiltegan. The names of Aughrim and Aughavannagh evoke images of the beautiful scenery in that part of Ireland.


I've enjoyed both wonderful sunshine and rain on all the roads mentioned. A few years ago I spent two days riding the roads of that area on a rented BMW - a much fancier machine than I had growing up, but still so much fun. In many areas away from the new dualcarriageways little has changed in forty-plus years. All the places in Les’ article brought back great memories for me. I was misty-eyed reading it. Thank you so much. John E. Pepper Norton owner, displaced Irishman and News Editor for the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group

Owen Brooks U1 motor cycle

The first motor cycle registered in Leeds

Vicky in the Library has sent me a scan of this picture which appeared in the April 1983 issue of the Journal. There followed a number of letters from John Reed and Peter Groucott regarding the components, after my late Father, Tom Mellor had supplied information regarding the owner and where the picture was taken. He had also competed against it in hillclimbs between 1918 and 1922. As it features in my forthcoming publication ‘100 Years of Family Motor Cycling’ I am trying to trace a possible copyright owner, as Vicky informs me there is nothing on file in the Library. Ken Mellor

The Craven World

Thanks to the Editor for including my CRAVEN WORLD Correspondence in the August 2012 Journal. There were some interesting replies and some good contacts made. But only recently I found that several members were interested in the topic but were unable to access the Craven YAHOO Group, thanks to the complexity of YAHOO software. Complexity snatched from the jaws of simplicity? I would be grateful if the Journal could again include a mention of this topic, to provide a second chance.

The best starting point is to join the YAHOO Group called: https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/craven-kenmollie/info, or, in a slightly simpler short form, http://tinyurl.com/oqb364k This provides a list of most of the articles by and about the Cravens. Many of those articles are available there to Group members. The Group web site also provides a means of accessing the 1,500 colour slides which are separately stored elsewhere, and show Partitours and other motor cycling trips from 1950s onwards. I would be grateful if any readers, such as participants of Craven Partitours, could let me have any identification of names of the people, places, dates, bikes etc shown in those photos. You might even see your own bike! As many of the early slides are not date stamped, identification of exactly which Partitour is shown can be tricky. I can be contacted via the Yahoo Group, as Group Owner. if any difficulties are experienced, please email me on: silver.payne@yahoo.co.uk. That last method would allow me to send an ‘Invitation to Join Group’ which has so far proved reliable. VMCC members do not need reminding that time flies, when one reaches the magic ‘three score years and ten’. I am doing my best to capture the Partitour information while it is still available – it has provided some fine memories for participants in Partitours. Craventhusiast

Back-to-front carbs

Carbs work on the pressure difference between the two ends. The piston goes down, creates a pressure below atmospheric and the atmosphere flows in. If you raise the pressure outside the carb, which at speed, will happen, the pressure difference reduces because the inlet manifold side of the carb has been fed a higher pressure and the carb won’t pick fuel up. Side facing carbs might get away with it but the golden rule is: mount the carbs in a still air environment. Terry Maslin

Chairman’s chat

In the August Journal, the Chairman suggested our club had outgrown its present HQ and would need to move to larger premises. Although I have been a member for over 20 years, I have never visited Allen House and have no personal knowledge of its size. However, comments in the Journal and AGM reports record our falling membership and income.

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I would suggest that this should be a time for adjusting our overheads to match the membership and income. Reducing the admin costs of the HQ by managing with a smaller staff, by shedding tasks and expanding the IT systems, would seem more appropriate than looking for larger premises. I am also surprised that the sub-letting of space has been rejected. John Calnan PS: On the ‘In Brief’ page of the September Journal, there is a short piece on the need to display the towing vehicle’s number on any trailer. The confusion may have arisen from something I read in the Farming press about 60 years ago. This advised that farmers enjoyed a concession on this rule and need only display the number of one of their tractors on a trailer.

Youth Section and younger members

Thank you to the kind and helpful people who got in touch with me regarding the article on a youth section or younger members’ section. I believe this new section should be open to any age of rider and any age of bike. I need members help to get this off the ground and start making a difference. Although around 12 people have been in touch we need more, and more idea of how to get the word out in the bikers’ scene and re-establish the VMCC brand and exactly what it stands for. I urge anyone with any information or contacts within the various bike magazines to get in touch with me and we will get an article in and spread the word. I do plan to use the garage I have to help any member with bike problems, sand blasting techniques and general repairs and restoration as well. What do Members think about building bikes to lend to new members, and teaching them in classes to rebuild them? This new section will try and include all of the events that the VMCC promotes such as road runs, trials, social events, racing and off-roading. Also, if you know of any road runs which the club used to do, but have for whatever reason died, please get in touch as I would like to rebuild the history of the club. My contact details: Rick.Hall@ Bowlandstone.com and 07792825478. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Rick Hall

Younger members

Re: The problem of new and younger members and ensuring the continues use of our loved marques. It seems the best way forward is to make our bikes

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appealing and accessible to young riders, with this in mind I suggest the VMCC and interested partner organisations begin a lobbying campaign to get our bikes available for A1 and A2 bike licence holders. This would entail a slight change to the categories KW allowance but keeping the maximum power to weight ratio as they now stand. This would then mean that basically an A1 licence holder would be able to use a 350cc bike such as an RE bullet, whilst an A2 licence holder would be eligible for a 500cc bike such as a Triumph twin. This could even be with a caveat based on age or now (post Brexit) on country of manufacture if needed. For example, age could be limited to bikes which qualify for free road tax, or by country limited to bikes manufactured in GB which also gives current UK manufactures a future opportunity. I hope this suggestion might provide the beginning of an answer to keeping our bikes used and relevant, after all the bikes we used and fell in love with in the 50s and 60s are the ones that were available to us at the time of our youth and our first years of exploration and discovery. Mr M Hemingway

VMCC Youth Group

I’m pleased to see there is to be a VMCC Youth Section. I wish Rick Hall well with it. We mention the importance of interesting youngsters in our hobby/sport, and this needs doing. I used to be associated with youth display team where I did the commentary for a couple of years, and I always encouraged them to take an interest in motor cycle history. Although the display bikes they rode were mostly Chinese, the display did feature my vintage bikes and there was no shortage of riders. One, who is now racing rider Jamie Ashby, remarked how he loved riding my old bikes. Unfortunately, two years ago that display team closed. It was most unfortunate but it did and the rest as they say is history. However, there is a Facebook site that has been kept going and anyone looking for inspiration it is: ‘The Old Piston Rings Youth Motor Cycle Display Team’. This Journal did a feature on it a few years ago. Running a display team of any sort is a big commitment, but it has its rewards and a new one that has a vintage feel would be great. When I attend shows today I always invite youngsters to sit on the bike I have taken for a photo shoot. Make sure you hang on to the back of the machine though; you don’t want it


falling over! Always be prepared to talk old bikes, particularly to older youngsters if the look interested. As I tell them they don’t need to be Brain of Britain, but they do need to be mechanically minded. Fortunately the money has not yet spoiled the smaller ride-to-work bikes if they want to start with one of those. So the next time you are out with your bike, always remember, enthusiasm which cannot be shared is only half enjoyed. Make a youngster’s day! Don Higham

modified and a fair amount of money needs to be spent.... the Super 5 can't compete) onto the race track so that youngster can race without much financial outlay, but perhaps share some workshop time with Dad, Grandad or whoever. Point out perhaps that MZ was a world-class race machine back then, after you removed the obligatory topbox and gaffer tape, and come and race next year. Old'un and young'un can both apply for race licences and the BHR is waiting. If this letter sparks much interest, then I am more than happy to help with advice etc., meantime the lad and I are MZ'ing at Cadwell in September. Will we have seen you there? Charles Ollis

A badge for NO 5291...

Younger and older racers

I agree wholeheartedly with Mark Whittaker in the September issue, regarding recruiting young people into the VMCC via the race track, however perhaps the Dads and Grandads can help here. Sitting in the back of the shed could be an MZ Super 5 / TS250/1 or the 4 speed TS 250? A lot were sold in the '70's into the 80's cos they were cheap....and very good well engineered machines too. How about aged relative digging out the old MZ, a rub over with an oily rag, and you have a racer. I did this back in the 80''s and along with my wife who also rode, we entered numerous Velocette and Vincent meetings, races/speed trials and twisty sprints. We had more fun on the 2 Super 5s (the Red ’un and the Blue ’un) than the other bikes we raced. The MZs went into the back of the garage for 25 years or so, then resurfaced last spring. My lad rode my Red ’un on a track day (he normally races a Fireblade) and sang its praises, so the Blue ’un was prepared. We both rode at the VMCC/BHR Cadwell Celebration meeting. We were not last, and had a great time. The point of this letter is to jog the spanners and hammers of the older ones and get the old Super 5 (not the later ETZs as they are well catered for in MZ Formula racing, where they are very quick very much

I am sorting out a lifetime’s ‘collection’, amongst which is this cast bronze Matchless machine badge. I have had it for many years, and although the wording is scarcely visible, it is inscribed: ‘Collectors’ Club for Historic Motor Cycles’. The club’s Register of Machines gave details of the owners in 1969 and 1992. Peter at Allen House was able to confirm that Mr Rawlings is still a member, and contacted him. As a result Mr. Rawlings phoned me to confirm that he was the owner up until the 1980’s, but does not know who owns it now – or even if it still exists. Its registration number then was NO 5291. Mr Rawlings still has a collection of photographs and details of the machine which had a child/adult sidecar attached. Would you be able to put a note in the Journal to see if I can pass the badge on to the current owner? Jim Hammant

Erratum

A letter from Old Father Brazendale, of Carlisle. Ref the September Journal page 44 I paid a visit to Alan Johnson yesterday (30th August) Alan is well and thanks for the article I wrote about the meeting (on page 44). He was a bit concerned about being referred to as Ian and then his ‘proper’ name. I know that my scrawl can hard to read but surely the proof reader should have picked up on this? It would be great if you could put an ‘erratum’ in the next journal to put the matter right. As a point of interest, we do

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have a “Ian Johnson” in the VMCC in Cumbria – but he is much younger and the other “Alan Johnson lives in Southport” Old Father Brazendale

I don’t understand

I read the ‘Editorial’ for September and understood nothing! Has the Editor forgotten that the majority of the members of the VMCC are themselves ‘vintage’ and probably, like me, have only very basic computer skills – or none at all! Please do not rush us at speed into the 21st century. Most of us are still in the 20th and we are happy there. Unless, of course, you wish to discourage articles and photographs from anyone without these skills. Peter Dear l Editor’s comment: We wouldn’t want to discourage anyone, but wanted to share advice with those who do have the technology, and are, in spite of advancing years, still keen to learn new skills. We hope this will result in a more enjoyable Journal for all members.

Too many events?

Normally I am interested in the items published in the magazine from the pen of Old Father Brazendale. However, his current offering suggesting that the club is staging too many events is totally inaccurate. To begin with, when I joined our unique club the entire programme for the year was published on one page of the magazine, and half of the listings were for ‘offroad’ events – principally influenced by ‘Founder’ Allen, there was a distinct leaning towards ‘sporting’ events ie. hill climbs, sprints and racing. Since those days when the membership barely topped 3,000, the club has seen an explosion of interest in our unique hobby. Such growth in recent years has resulted in no fewer than 1,000 events being listed in the annual calendar. In addition to these listings, there are many events added by sections – plus the significant appeal of midweek runs which have become a very popular feature now staged by many sections. There has also been an explosion of outside events which attract VMCC attendance by our membership. These are both major shows and autojumbles, auctions and one-make clubs staging runs – plus other overseas clubs inviting entries from within the ranks of VMCC members. All of these events can naturally tempt our members to miss local section events. Inevitably, many active members may forsake local section events in favour

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of travelling considerable distances to participate in major events staged by other Clubs and Sections. Without doubt, the VMCC must rate globally as the most active vintage vehicle club in the world. So, gladly, I am unable to see any decline in our riding. Ian Young

In need of a quiz?

Some 25 years ago, I produced a master quiz with 750 questions covering all eras of motor cycle production. The idea was that Sections staging quiz nights could select questions to make up their own formats. The contents were approved by Ken Hallworth. Computer ‘guru’ Peter Fielding from the West Wilts Section put it on to the VMCC computer. With winter fast approaching, it may be worth mentioning this. Ian Young

The Manx ‘Closed Roads’ event

I hate writing this complaining letter, because, like many of us, I get a bit fed up reading so many inputs from people whinging about something or other, especially when participating in vintage events should be fun, and not taken too seriously. However, to me it seems worth mentioning my unsatisfactory experience with the scrutineering process for the Manx closed road event last week. For what it’s worth, and I know it doesn’t count for much, I have raced and paraded in the Manx for over 50 years and never had a problem over scrutineering, or anything else for that matter, and as a consequence had many enjoyable experiences. Also, my son and I did track days at Cadwell and Mallory last month, again without problems. Anyway, at this Manx there seemed to be a rather unfriendly atmosphere, and the result for us was that both bikes failed. My son’s 1959 500 Gold Star failed the manual front brake test, which seemed a bit unfair since it was perfectly useable, but my 1964 Bonneville failed because it was scruffy. Both bikes are unrestored. Now I was obviously wrong to present the bike in an unclean state, but it seemed very unreasonable to dismiss the bike out of hand, without any actual safety check, giving the impression that appearance was more important than safety (and I hadn’t shaved either) and on this point, a fellow rider said that his ‘posh’ machine did not have the front brake checked at all, and was passed. I politely protested about the clean machine problem, offering to clean it before scrutineering or after, but the man in the white shirt, who shall remain nameless because I didn’t know his name, just ‘stone walled’,


saying the bike wasn’t prepared properly. Well, of course cleaning is part of preparation, but surely it’s not the main part? This year for us was a virtual write off; a perfect – or maybe imperfect – storm, because for me it turned out that I had not actually entered the parade all because of confusion over paperwork, but it wasn’t entirely academic because my son could have ridden the Bonneville, even though I was eliminated. The division between the roles of the VMCC and the ACU was unclear to me also. Just to add to the total catalogue, on Friday 26th August, whilst turning about over a speed hump in a narrow lane, I put my foot down to steady myself and toppled over, breaking my clavicle. Nobles Hospital etc. Still, the weather was good. I might be back next year, but probably not to do the closed road. It’s too expensive to fail again. Peter Cottrell l Editor’s comment: A motor cycle that has not been cleaned may be rejected when presented for an MOT test. Anyway, surely it is common courtesy to make sure your machine is presentable when brought forward for scrutineering.

More about those early BSAs

Further to your article about the differences between veteran and early vintage BSAs, I think that there are more variations than those alluded to in the 1960s article, making machines from the two eras quite different – if you know where to look. The company’s replacement parts catalogue for the years 1911-16 has a section at the back listing items for 1915 models where they differ from previous patterns. Briefly, the 1915 models changed as follows: The front fork had the lugs for the dummy belt rim front brake mechanism and, as new top and bottom yokes were produced, it may have been wider to accommodate the mudguard which was fully valanced. The main frame section was changed to incorporate a lug for the mounting of the gear change lever, and the fuel tank was supported on three lateral brackets instead of two. The engine fixings at the bottom of the seat tube had detachable mounting plates where previously it was a brazed-on casting. The stops for the rear stand, when raised, in 1914 were buttons brazed onto the sides of the lower frame tube, whereas later models had the more usual U-shaped casting that located under the frame tube’s centre line. The rear mudguard was also fully valanced, and the belt drive pulley was a separate 10-spoke wheel where

previously it was clipped to the spokes. Ahost of sundry items was necessary to go with these changes. Geoff Green l Editor’s comment: Most useful, this all adds to our knowledge banks.

A reply to the ‘tale of woe’

David Frank’s ‘Tale of Woe’ in the September Journal made sad reading, but I must take him to task for his closing comment that there are only cowboys out there. While, no doubt, cowboys exist, I know of at least two small companies in my home county of East Sussex alone, who are doing first-class work, with long-term, worthwhile guarantees. Have a look on Facebook for Old Iron Engineers (www.facebook.com/oldironengineers). David’s magneto could have been restored to better than new, at a saving of about a third of his stated costs. We don’t think expensive, glossy ads are necessary in the magneto world; we rather let quality and workmanship speak for themselves, and a good reputation soon gets the word out. My advice would be to ask around for good magneto work, believe what you hear from true enthusiasts, and not what you may read in a glossy ad. Paul C. Rees

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an Italian Gerosa. Sorry, but it is ‘only’ a poor LUTIN 50cc from the Terrot company in Dijon. It was made in the fifties by the biggest French maker Terrot which made a lot of motor cycles from the beginning of the century until 1963. Pascal Bouculat

Scots AGM

This is notification that the AGM of the VMCC NE Scottish Section will be held on Tuesday 11th October at the Royal British Legion in Oldmeldrum, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Chairman Bill Falconer will be stepping down. Secretary GBC will be stepping down. Treasurer Alan Griggs is happy to remain on the committee.Please send nominations for the above positions and anything for the agenda to Jacqui Watson by email gorgeousbikerchick@gmail.com

Norton tractor

The vehicle pictured below is a 1950’s Mini Tractor the ‘Trusty Steed’, made in Britain and powered by a 600cc SV Norton (Big 4?) engine. It was displayed at the Dorset Steam Fair. Bruce Grant l Editor’s note: It has a forward-facing carburettor

Cup runneth over

On the build up to this year’s Banbury Run the original Banbury Mayor’s Trophy suffered damage which resulted in one of the handles breaking away from the pewter cup. Despite several attempts at repair, the damaged cup was used at the awards meeting following the run. Discussions with the Mayor and Harry followed, and as a result Harry Wiles, Banbury clerk of the course recently collected a replacement cup at the Mayor’s offices in Banbury. Ian Botham

A correction

I recently read on page 55 of the VMCC mag (number 666, August 2016) that the photo is of

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The late Gaye Milton and Dick Weeks at Fellside. Gaye rode Ivan Rhodes’ H6 to Ireland and took part in the Irish Rally. She was Secretary of the VMCC before HQ was moved to Allen House.


FOR SALE, EXCHANGE & WANTED

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

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

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

Smallads

FOR SALE: MACHINES

ADLER MB250 1955, beautiful example of this quality, German, 2-stroke twin, in black, with hand coach lining, recent rebuild, 12v Power Dynamo ignition & lights, on SORN, reducing collection £5,500. Gordon Hallett 01438 351411 (Herts) AJS 350cc model, M6, ohv twin port, 1929 in nice condition ready for Banbury! £6,500. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk ) BANTAM Cub 1968, £2,995. 1960 Triumph 3TA 21 £2,995. Ariel Arrow £2,995 all in good working order, reducing collection. Les Toogood 01983 884745 (I.O.W) BMW R60, 1971, SWB, Chrome tank panels, electric start, kick start, £3,000. John Milton 01892 534909 (West Kent) BMW R69S, 1961, good condition, not been on the road for two years, ring for more details £8,750. Steve Bell 07817 876380 (Cumbria) BSA 1964 ‘Beagle’ 75cc, good original condition with matching numbers and original registration, early green and cream version, low mileage, smart little sought after motorcycle, photographs available £1,250. Emlyn Evans 01472 825752 (Lincs) BSA A7 Shooting Star, 500cc sporting twin, 1957, light green and chrome, alloy hubs, a smart reliable machine £4,250. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk)

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: members@vmcc.net Please pick a KEY word for the first word of your advert ie: AJS, MZ, handlebars, panniers. Also prefixed by – For Sale (Machines, spares/equipment, clothing/publications), exchange, wanted, trade, holidays – NOT a year or model. This helps us to sort in alphabetical order and put in correct classification. Please quote your membership number and, if HAND WRITTEN, write all adverts clearly.

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

BSA A7, 500cc on custom made trailer, immaculate condition, lovingly restored to high standard, bereavement forces sale, taxed to 31/08/17, collect only, £6,750. Janet Roberts 01736 810101 mob 07720 372861 (Cornwall) BSA B25 trials, lightweight Faber frame, usual mods, very smart competitive bike £3,000. Triumph 3TA trials 1959, oil in frame, PVL ignition, new alloy tank, very competitive, ready to trial, original registration, £4,100. Paul Farley 01874 610303 email palmag@btinternet.com (Brecon) BSA B31, 1954, 350cc, plunger rear suspension, 33,084 miles only from new, totally complete and original including Dunlop wheel rims, restored to exceptional condition, original registration, brown logbook, handbook etc £4,950. R.Keane 01603 784495 email rogerarmstrong2010@hotmail.com (Norfolk) BSA Gold Flash, 1960, good condition, good starter and runner also Watsonian sport side car bought for bike but not fitted yet £6,500 or may swap for lightweight bike James Triumph etc. or Vincent 1000cc engine and parts. Jim Gardner 07913 336854 (Suffolk) BSA C15, 250cc, red, 1966, mot'd, no tax required, good bike £2,250. Donald Northcott 07340 420881(Bodmin Area) BSA M33 1959, total rebuild, used regularly, reliable, easy starter, some Gold Star internals, goes well, health reason sale £3,800. P. Slater 0121 588 3026 (W. Mids)

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BSA Winged Wheel, V5C, 1954, Saxon frame leading link forks, barn find condition, needs filler cap, chain & rear lamp, engine, tank, controls present, too many other projects £795. Paul Wrighton 01227 266647 (North Kent) CARFIELD, 1921, needs full rebuild, Villiers two stroke Mk 2 engine 296 cc, Albion 2 speed gear box, original reg number, gas lamp, running boards, magneto rebuilt £5,000. Dave Martland 01492 864039 mob 07792 045992 e: davidmartland.dm@gmail.com 01492 864039 mob 07792 045992 (Llandudno) DOUGLAS EW, 1929, history back to 1971, including buff logbook, restoration completed 2016, nominal mileage since, real eye-catcher, transferable registration MO---- (valued £2,900) manuals, catalogue, spare parts list, bills, selling due to age, £11,000 firm. P. Howell 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) FRANCIS BARNETT 1964, 4T engine, project, also lots of spares £1,200. D Walker 01283 567139 (Staffs) FRANCIS BARNETT 1955, trials bike 250 Villiers engine with usual completive modifications, electronic ignition, Amal carburetion, close gearbox, alloy rims, hubs, Alpha crank, alloy yokes, IRC Pirelli tyres, road registered ready for VMCC trials £3,000. Peter Savage 01827 874015 (Warks) HONDA CMX 450C Rebel, 1987, good condition, 16,000 miles, new mot £2,500. Des Guppy 01793 778160 (Wilts) HONDA 1976 Goldwing, K1, GL1000, yellow, the only year yellow was a standard colour, USA import, UK registered, 10 months mot £4,000. Would consider exchange for bike from 1900's to 1940, 350cc plus Mike Peters email mike797@btinternet.com 07761 269745, (Essex) JAMES CAPTAIN 1958 in good condition with electronic ignition £1,950. Villiers brass ignition flywheel with coils, one new points etc £60. B. Ling 01235 812495 mob 07930 189569 (Oxon) MATCHLESS G3L, 350cc, 1952, reg no NSU---, machine stored many years now running, original except for earlier tank and blue piped dual seat £3,150. D C Richards 01297 32655 (Dorset) MATCHLESS G3L 350cc, 1953, lovely original patina, old log book and V5, lots of history, now too heavy for 82 year old! £3,300 or exchange of sidecar outfit. Bob Hunter 07470 387302 (Co. Durham) MOBYLETTE 150cc Scooter, 1959, original transferable reg, engine dismantled £495. Fred Alcock 01538 753086 (Cheadle) MORGAN F Super 1950, restored, new body etc, red/black trim £17,000 (possible vintage bike taken in part exchange) John Salisbury 01159 730067 (Notts)

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MZs ES Trophy 250, reluctantly parting with two, thoroughly excellent, tax exempt, rare sidecar geometry, adjustable model/electronic ignition. TS 150 (bog standard and used successfully in LE JoG and E2W charity runs (visit http://www.e2wslowly.org ) £2,500 pair. Roger Bibbings 01684 540249 (Worcs) NIMBUS 1948 ex Danish Army, repainted in maroon, recovered leather saddles but otherwise original, used regularly £7,500. NSU 250cc Max Spezial, 1955, immaculate restoration almost showroom, dove grey with claret pin striping, all chrome, good £3,900. Kem Mehmed 01733 234470 (Peterborough) NORTON Flat tank Model 18, 1926, good all round condition, original two letter registration with current V5C, on Sorn at the moment as not used for a few years £18,500. Paul Rogers 01943 879575 (West Yorks) SUNBEAM Series 2 Sports 250, 1937, very good condition £6,300. Dave Smith 01257 369305 email Dave.Smith1950@Outlook.Com (Eccleston Lancs) SUNBEAM S8, 1952, finished in BSA maroon as it was made for export to Canada but never exported, fitted Rodark steel panniers, Concentric carb and Pazon ign £5,950. Russell Hartley 01767 650049 email russellhartley314@btinternet.com (Beds) SUZUKI Beamish 1973, RL 250, very good condition, many new parts, road registered, mot'd ready for trial £1,500. Andy Glading 01993 878898 (Witney) SUZUKI 350 two-stroke Twin, 1973, in excellent condition, ask for photos, taxed until May 2017, mot until April 2017, opportunity to own this lovely motorcycle, still in great condition, everything works, dry garaged £3,250. Pete Wilson 01225 358061 (Bristol) TANDEM & auxiliary engine attachment, more than 60 years old. “Hercules” sports model, Derailier gears, good tyres, our family owned from new, useable condition, cosmetics could be improved £370, might sell engine separately. R. Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) TRIUMPH Tiger 90 with 500cc top end in Tiger 100 colours, bills for £3,000, for details on what’s been done and an email picture £4,000. Velocette Viper 1960, new rims, SS guards, seat rewired, long term ownership £5,500. Ken Baker e:kennethbaker463@gmail.com 0161 2875845 (Manchester) TRIUMPH Tiger 90, 500cc, 1967, very good condition, new Boyer Ignition, electronic voltage regulator /rectifier, alternator ,re chromed parts, new wheels, nice looking, MOT & tax, runs well starts first kick £4,295. Clive Edridge 07894 985891 email tdm2@hotmail.co.uk (North Dorset)


TRIUMPH Tiger 100A, 1960 (bath-tub model – black/ivory), good condition, starts/runs well, used regularly for VMCC club runs, 1,850 miles since complete rebuild/restoration, matching numbers, immaculate, no longer able to kick-start due to old age £4,995. Roger Slater 01527 576164 (Bromsgrove) TRIUMPH T6 Thunderbird , 1961, pre-unit, iron head, 12 volt, matching numbers, crash bars, hand book, workshop manual, not concours but a good riding classic machine £2,500. W Stanley 01271 343790 (North Devon) TRIUMPH T120, 1965, restored last year, twin leader, Boyer, photos available by email £7,000. Dave Green 07714 190997 (Lincs) 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 Veteran 1912, hub clutch in good condition, completed many Pioneer runs, £12,500, also, BSA model H from 1913, 3 gears, kick-start and clutch, good runner £15,750. John Barrett 01279 813133 mob 07796 130766 (Essex) TRIUMPH 1970, TRW, 250cc, fully rebuilt £2,900. Stuart Wright 07799 656821 (Lancs) TRIUMPH 750, T140, TR7, MoT, Lester mags, classic side-panels £4,750. BSA A10, Golden Flash, 1956, new tyres, £5,500. 1978 Bultaco 350 Sherpa, with V5, loads new & rebuilt £2,150. (May swap/ p/ex) David Hutchinson hutch@dereham72.freeserve.co.uk 01328 700711 (Norfolk) VELOCETTE Valiant 1959, auxiliary indicators, mirrors, on road, £2,800. Pete Ridgewell email p.ridgewell182@btinternet.com. (Dorset) VINCENT Comet 1951, non matching numbers, 12 volts, BTH magneto, Akront 18” rims/new tyres, double sprockets, Dave Hills stainless main stand, chrome chainguard, new Amal mkII carb, Lucas headlamp, many stainless nuts, original Miller headlamp, straight handlebar and magneto £15,000. Bruce Dougan 01395 276533 (Devon) YAMAHA TT 500 1978, orange and black, long Mot, fully road legal, 12 volt electrics, ‘O’ ring chain, alloy swinging arm, good usable condition £3,500. Sid Ormrod 01524 702057 email lesleyormrod@aol.com (Lancs) FOR SALE: SPARES & EQUIPMENT

AVON SM, MK 2, 3.25/ 17 tyre, used but as good as new £10 plus p&p. P Gipp 01553 691287 (Norfolk) ARIEL VB 600 crank assembly, very good original big

end £75. 1950'’s swinging arm £25. Gary Davies 0115 9655287 (Notts) BEST & LLOYD oil pump, hand operated, tank mounted, all complete, site glass threads and hexagons all sound, excellent condition £275. John Cashmore 01548 842679 (Devon) BLACKBURNE 3 stud, 350cc barrel £100, also mag drive cover £100 Both 1920’s, also oil pump housing, pipes, vernier, no pump gear £50, or swap for V twin parts. Callum Lockie 07831 194976 email calum@goldtrack.co.uk (Daventry) BONIKSEN Speedos, 50 mph model, £550. 100 mph model, £800, the hands go round, the dials work but can't guarantee perfect working order; I have a few bits and pieces. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 email geoffvmcc@hotmail.com (Staffs) BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email ken.shemwell@blueyonder.co.uk (S. Yorks) BRITISH Oxygen welding gear, c/w regulators, torch/jets, extra long pipes, steel & eutectic low melting welding rods £30. 5lts Morris MLR Racing Oil - sealed tin £20.00 (collect). 1920’s Royal Enfield 225cc rear exhaust pipe, good, usable condition £8.00 (incl post). Jim Hammant email: area.bjscompo@gmail.com 01491 628015 (Reading) BSA A10 engine spares £50. D1 carb £45. Villers V508c/1, with air clearer £45. Amal carb 276,001 £45. Pre monoblock Amal 503/1 £45. Deliorto MA19BS5 £45. Some Honda moped spares £75. 1930s Amal 627 carb £50. Amal 17/022/6 LAC brass carb £45. F. Alcock 01538 753086 (Staffs) BSA Sloper gearbox internals, main-shaft, sleeve gear, lay-shaft gears, filler plug, drain plug, bushes £95. Jim Turner 07775 827262 (Herts) CARAVAN – rear entrance, 1977 Eurocamper modified by the late Rev Stanley Griffiths to take his Scott, sold 2005 to member and used successfully for 9 years, now sadly neglected but could be useable £75. Jean Weatheritt 01573 420646 mob 07813 357824 (Scottish Borders) COLCHESTER Bantam 3&4 Jawchucks, 3 phase/ 240 inverter £600. Radco's 1905 Parkinson 56 from Shipley, all restoration work on this lathe in true Veteran/Vintage style as it is man powered (treadle), excellent condition to use or display £200. Brian Moorcroft 01772 811430 email moorcroft842@gmail.com (Lancs) DOUGLAS T35 frame, torsion bar suspension, all in one lump, good nick, forks, frame and swing arm £100. Steve Wild 07523 895648 (Lancs)

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BOUND VOLUMES OF ‘MOTORCYCLING’ MEMBERS ONLY OCTOBER SEALED BID AUCTION CLOSING DATE 20th October 2016 Sealed bids in writing should be addressed to Headquarters, marked for the attention of Giles Willison, or by e-mail to: gileswillison@vmcc.net before the closing date. If there are any questions, please contact Peter Hill via the Library (library@vmcc.net), who will pass on your message.

Vol XXXIX; 14 Nov 1928 – 13 Feb 1929 14 issues, Index, Adverts Reserve £180 (Spine damaged) Vol XL; 15 May – 6 Nov 1929 26 issues, Index, No Adverts Reserve £200 (Includes 24 random pages of adverts 15 May – 30 Oct 1929) Vol XLI; 13 Nov 1929 – 7 May 1930 26 issues; Index, No Adverts Reserve £200 Vol I; 26 Feb – 6 Aug 1902 22 issues; No Index, No Adverts Reserve £180 (16 Apr, 21 May issues missing. Poor copy, loose pages) Vol 2; 13 Aug 1902 – 4 Feb 1903 25 issues; No Index, No Adverts Reserve £180 (Poor copy, loose pages) Vol I; 15 Nov 1909 – 9 May 1910 26 issues; Index, No Adverts Reserve £180 (Poor copy, loose pages) Vol II; 17 May – 8 Nov 1910 26 issues; No Index, No Adverts Reserve £200

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MILLER 7” genuine headlamp glass, chrome rim, reflector, all in very good condition, with Miller logos £70 plus postage. John Bones 01744 340385 (Merseyside) MOTORCYCLE Rack, heavy duty, bolts on the tow bar, excellent condition £25. Barry Plummer 01162 833376 (Leicester) NEW Hudson Gents cycle, circa 1950’s, Sturmey Archer, 3 speed dyno hub, very good original condition £65. M Henstridge 01258 817696 (Dorset) PETROL generator, 850 watt, only used twice £65 pick up only as heavy. Can email pictures. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email p.gough676@btinternet.com (Kent) ROMAC New cables, valve lifter for B.S.A B31, B33, M33, £12 each. New valve springs for Norton 500 twin and A.J.S./Matchless £20 per set. Piston for Ariel 250cc 62mm + 030 postage extra. D. Earnshaw 01709 873381 (S. Yorks) SEAGULL 11/2 hp outboard motor (short shaft) in as new condition, little used £120. John Porter 07754 532074 (Preston) TRAILER SBS fibreglass motorcycle/box trailer, TVA750, 500kgs capacity, internal lining half height, 4 floor eyes, perfect condition, completely maintenance free, loading ramp rear door, and top quality trailer always garaged and hardly used £1,575. Allan Leetham 01622 850302 Mob 07891 907979 (Kent) TRAILER, Dave Cooper single bike trailer, little used, always dry stored, spare wheel, trailer board, loading ramp, security chain and lock, all in excellent condition £150. Rikk Harrison 02476 348991 (Coventry) TRAILER, suit single bike or trials outfit, old but usable with good tyres £25 (buyer collects). Malcolm Atkins, 01235 815678 (Oxon) TRAILER, light, dismountable, for easy storage, built by Dave Cooper, it has never been used and is in as purchased condition including ramp, lighting board etc, age and space forces sale £130 firm. Peter Lawson 01438 743515 (Herts) TRIUMPH T140 UK spec fuel tank, £80, Bonneville side panels (sort that need a spring to hold them together at the front) with badges £30, T140 used front brake disc £10, T140 rear chrome mudguard £20, T140 cigar silencers £20. Kim Hicks 01474 746854 (Kent) TRIUMPH 6T T110 rear “Bathtubs”, a little tlc, but sound £250. Rodark quarter circle panniers, good condition £80. 55-59 pre unit dual seat, fibreglass base £25. BSA pre unit original dual seat Dunlopillo, good condition £50. Roger Monk 01509 412662 (Leics) TWO-BIKE motor cycle trailer on Mini Austin wheels,


ramps and lights £120. Lucas spot and fog lights on crash bars £90. Honda 250 front fork leg complete 1973 £30. Eric Furse 01392 216087 (Devon) VELOCETTE Viper or Clubman petrol tank including filler cap (not Clubman style) for round badges (not included), very sound and in good condition, needs repainting £185. Dual seat, flat style, very sound, good base and foam, slight split in side of cover. David Wheeler 01376 345932 (Essex) FOR SALE: PUBLICATIONS

HONDA 400 & 550 fours, 1973 onwards Haynes owner’s workshop manual £9.99; Suzuki/ Honda/ Yamaha showroom brochures 1991 to 2004 £4.50 each. All post free. email edwingeorgeclarke@hotmail.co.uk Edwin Clarke (Norfolk) PITMAN Book of the Norton, 1947, bit dirty £12 (inc post). Pitman Norton, 1957 £12 ( inc post). Handbook for Motor Cyclists and scooter owners, hardback £10. Paul Spare 01606 49069 mob 07743 360044 (Cheshire) THE MOTORCYCLE and Motorcycling, bound volumes. The Motorcycle, part 1919, all 1920, part 1921, all 1924 £250 (the lot) Motorcycling 1919, 1920 and 1924 £250 (the lot), loads of interesting articles and bikes, buyer collects. Malcolm Atkins 01235 815678 (Oxon) WANTED

AJS R10 Frame, 1930, also tinware, old photo’s, good price paid. Richard Jones 01606 863944 (Cheshire) AMAL 76, clip fitting type 15/16" bore or close, would also consider a 276. Paul Richards 01639 645302 (Sth Wales) ANY make or size classic motor cycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb email g3-web@tiscali.co.uk tel 07811 189755 (Tamworth) ARIEL Pixie or BSA Beagle Engine/Gearbox parts. Also a carburettor and air filter. I would consider a complete Engine Unit. Roy Houghton 01425 653079 email Doreen.Houghton@btopenworld.com (Hamts) ARIEL VB600 piston (1955) +20 oversize (0.5 mm), marked as 86.9. Roger Phillips 01443 434962 email roger.phillips68@yahoo.com (South Wales) ARIEL 1930 Model G, twin port cylinder head. Andy Glading 01993 878898 (Witney) BERKELEY T60 - Does anyone have any literature I could please have on the Berkeley T60 three wheeler sports car from 1956-1960? Lee James Gibson 124

Cantley Manor Ave, Cantley Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6TN email classicmotorcycle124@gmail.com (South Yorkshire) BMW Earle fork machine sought for project, incomplete or rolling chassis, barn find or abandoned bike. Keith Crawley 0151 2608401 (L’Pool) BMW R100CS, prefer low mileage example in very good condition, original and unrestored, any considered. Mick Silverwood 01302 310300 (South Yorks) BRITISH twin any age or condition considered long time storage etc. Eddie Crowley 0151 259 1596 (Liverpool) BROUGH Superior frame in any condition, reward offered for assistance to successful purchase. Bruce Grant email bikergrant123@hotmail.com 01446 404234 (Vale of Glamorgan) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden e: b.burden@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk 01929 425930 (Dorset) BSA B40 frame, 1960s. Dave Green 07714 190997 (Lincs) BSA C12 front frame member or complete frame or log book. John Porter 07754 532074 (Lancs) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis email alancurtis@aol.com 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 (Worcs) BSA Wing Wheel (just the wheel engine) must have good spark otherwise condition not important. Peter Gough email p.gough676@btinternet.com 01634 372420 (Kent) BURMAN clutch wanted, for Vintage 2 stud middle weight gearbox, also, Brooklands motorcycle race programmes for 1926, good price paid. Graham Gasson 01737 824256 (Gatwick) COTTON-JAP 250 OHV, 1936, 3-prong petrol tank cap 25/8 OD, primary chaincase and rear chainguard, camshaft plus inlet and exhaust roller cam followers, Collet rings for 11/32 valve stem ring groove, timing cover. Malcolm White 01344 642866 mwhite@rexacme.co.uk (Bracknell) COVENTRY Eagle parts for 1937 Silent Superb, rear stand, chain guard, toolbox, leg shields, rear carrier, headlamp and other parts considered. Matt Powell mob 07806 442693 email mjpowell5@aol.com (Wilts) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt email dunsley1@ntlworld.com 01442 891447 (Herts)

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DUNELT wanted double diameter 500cc piston, iron or alloy. S. Moss email seymourmoss@hotmail.co.uk 02085 290620 (London) FRANCIS Barnet Cruiser, 1934, kick starter lever with serrated spline, brass clutch operating lever on Albion gearbox oil tank and oil pump instrument panel. A Turland 01582 595506 (Luton) FRONT Exhaust pipes for MV250B, any condition, also, front fork legs, 32mm Honda K4 or similar. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) GILERA 300B mean side silencers, bathtub 350 side stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) HARLEY FXR frame must have good frame numbers. Graeme Chessum 01509 889058 (Leics) HERBERT 0V milling machine, any collets, morse adaptors and drilling chuck. John Stephenson 0191 2367016 email jstep@tiscali.co.uk (Tyne & Wear) HONDA C90 cub by enthusiast, someone must have one in their shed! What have you got? Greg Wood 07738152052 email g.wood8@gmail.com (Cheshire) HONDA CBX 250 RS-E, 1985, pair of throttle cables. Barry Plummer 01162 833376 (Leicester) HONDA SS50, ideally 1973 but will consider any age

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or condition, rough project preferred. Guy Parker 01423770546 (N. Yorks) HONDA - set of Keihin PD carbs for a 1977 Honda CB550 K, USA version, carb number 46A-PE. Malcolm Stoddart 01624 674442 email stoddart7@hotmail.com (IOM) JAMES 1964 Sports Captain, centre stand, pair of tank badges or illustration or any advice. Russell Maynard (01271) 831226 (N.Devon) JAP 500 complete engine or parts wanted to help complete my project; anything might help so please call me with whatever you have. Simon Dedman email simondedman@btinternet.com 01245 222670 mob 07748 933740 (Essex) LEVIS Popular, 1922, 211 cc, outside flywheel and fittings and magneto platform and magneto chain drive cover, why? Emlyn Evans 01472 825752 (Lincs) LUCAS 3T coils as fitted to Triumphs in the mid sixties, also outer chain case to fit 1960-1962 T120 TR6. A. Roberts 01933 355796 (Northants) McEVOY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email peterlancaster25@talktalk.net (W. Sussex)


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MIKE Hailwood Sun Hat / bush / beanie hat ,very popular with fans at the 1979 TT, Martini Hailwood / Mike the Bike logos. Phil Cork 07746 857435 or email biffaphil@yahoo.co.uk (W. Yorks) MILITARY Motorcycles wanted for private collection, prefer original condition running or not, WW1 or WW2 all considered. Ron Cobb 01462 815511 email roncobb@btinternet.com (Beds) MODEL 20 (twin port) head in useable condition as mine is in poor condition. Rod Towriss 07745 728284 email pigbreath555@gmail.com (Lincs) MOTO GUZZI Airone/Falcone – oil pump (complete or body only). John Burns 01446 773111email burns.lanblair@btinternet.com (Vale of Glam) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email andy@keephatch.net (Berks) NORTON M19 alloy head, barrel, petrol tank, prop and centre stands, 8” single sided brake, inter flywheel or complete assembly, vertical shaft, top bevel why?. Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON 16H and Model 18 parts, engines/gearboxes etc for a rebuild. I need most things and anything considered, cash/cheque purchases only please as I

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cannot pay by Paypal (far too old for that sort of technology). Carl Sanders 07919 001044 (Derbys) NORTON 1947, 350cc, Manx No B10 1146+ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton. Originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950’s, in Kent 1970’s. Living in NZ, visit UK. Alain Jerrard mob 07952 17 2772 email recycledreading@gmail.com. (New Zealand) 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, batter holder, WHY? Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON Slimline frame, could any member help with a Norton Slimline frame for younger club member with ambitions to build a Dominator or Triton, fair, sensible price paid, not for resale. Ian Coburn 0161 483 0757 (Stockport) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector £65- for good quality 1930`s, £100- for good quality 1920s. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex)


PUCH 125mx flywheel cover, round type with the three fixing tabs and two vent pipes, as on the early 70s models, the Puch emblem is embossed. Mick Mosley 01748 832805 email dylmosleyuk@yahoo.co.uk (N Yorks) RECENTLY updated and expanded, the Alldays Register is the central information point for owners of these oddly named vehicles. If you have, or know of, an Alldays vehicle of any type please contact Richard Dover on rdover@alldaysonions.me.uk or visit the internet pages at www.alldayonions.me.uk (Glasgow) R.O.C. parts, especially a frame, duplex type circa 1907, and clutch hub internal parts, also, any other R.O.C parts/ info to complete long term project, will travel. Michael Cushion. 01508 499718 Please leave a message; I promise I will return the call, or email michael.cushion@btopenworld.com (Norfolk) RUDGE 250 cc 1936 Radial Head a pair of useable exhaust pipes or a pattern to have some made. Percy Austen 0118 9760501 email austen.12@btinternet.com (Berks) SCOTT - Oil filler type XL-ALL saddle wanted for oil in frame two speed. Keith Marshall 07765 964768 email keithmarshall1@btinternet.com (Somerset) STEIB S500 sidecar. Mike Chadwick 01654 712193 email mikechadwick@rocketmail.com (Gwynedd) TRAILER – Motolug, must be road worthy, single or double. Geoffrey Downing 07919 158173 email geoffrey.downing@ntlworld.com (Hants) TRIUMPH model H, to be new custodian for runs out, condition not important as long as good runner or project. Jim French 0116 2796767 email fbi@insulate.co.uk (Leics) TRIUMPH model W 1927, 277cc, valves caps. Darren Ireland 07790 035049 after 6pm (Cumbria) TRIUMPH wanted 1950s Terrier or Cub. Prefer good running order but anything considered. I have Excelsior 1935 150cc in showroom condition for exchange or will sell £4,000. Jim Gardner 07913 336854 (Suffolk) ‘TRIUMPH – The Racing Story, ‘Norton The Racing Story’ and ‘Taglioni and his world-beating motorcycles’ all by Mick Walker. Brian Jarvis 01543 425795 (Staffs) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TRIUMPH T140 forks, Lockheed front brake caliper to fit, prefer racing alloy one would consider Grimeca calliper, also wanted a Triumph T100 unit Siamese exhaust system must be good condition and 26mm mk2

Amal concentric carb. Kim Hicks 01474 746854 (Kent) TRITON Young member after Triton build parts, roadholder forks, Triumph/Norton gearbox, clutch, tanks, seats, anything might help, also interested in old rusty parts left over from rebuilds, large torn worn out saddle (pre-war) Norton. Ben Langton 01208 816427 (Cornwall) VILLIERS 2T 3T 4T, points cam with a Dynastart, stamped FCHX/1, different from ordinary points cam as it is fixed to a 1 ½ " base plate with two fixing holes plus one small slot for locating peg. John Sillett 01354 697735 (Cambs) VINCENT Series A or parts to help get another on road, why?. D Poole 01270 841032 (Nantwich) VINTAGE Top-box, Craven style preferred small size to fit on rack 14" x 12". Kathleen Evans 07703 430035 (Bristol) WHEEL: I am looking for a 1920’s or 30’s rear wheel or hub, must have internally expanding brakes and 36 spoke, anything considered. Mark Wardill 07791 702882 (South Wales) EXCHANGE

BLACKBURNE 500cc twin port 5 stud head with rockers, also 250/350 cc timing side crankcase no. PB2110 with cover, cam levers, followers and decomp cam/lever, swap for V twin parts. Callum Lockie 07831 194976 email calum@goldtrack.co.uk (Daventry) CLASSIC/VINTAGE machines/projects for my nephew – exchange my superb Jaguar classic 2-seater roadster, 5.3 litre, scarlet/cream leather, automatic power-hood and or Alvis D H Coupe, 3.5 litre “speed 25” 1939, alloy coachwork by “Charlesworth”. Cash either way. R. Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) HONDA RS 250cc, 1981, unused since 1999 in exchange for a Villiers 197cc 6E, 7E, 8E or 9E, 3 or 4 speed engine bike that runs OK. Brian Dethridge 01474 850510 (W. Kent) MISCELLANEOUS

ENGRAVING Machine, large Gravograph manual / powered machine, six fonts, loads of attachments and stock, will engrave cups, flat plate, tri-ply plastic, curved bands etc, ideal for trophies £400 (Buyer collects).Malcolm Atkins, 01235 815678 (Oxon) OLD WINGET or Thwaites, 1 ton, gravity tip, dumper for Canal restoration site in South Wales wanted. A team of young people are learning trades and life skills

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to help them find future employment. A dumper will help with movement of material and give experience in mechanical maintenance. See our web site www.mbact.org.uk . Bernard Illman 01873 812562 if you can help. (Powys) TRADE SMALLS

ALL YOUR OIL AND LUBRICATION SUPPLIES. For classic and vintage motorcycles, motorcars, trucks, tractors, boats and workshop machinery. Mail Order service or collect by appointment. Service with a smile from fellow enthusiasts. THE VINTAGE OIL COMPANY - 01283 509562 - vintageoil@aol.co.uk A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden Ignitions, Advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique Magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto Ignition Switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any time) www.aoservices.co.uk Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail vintagebearing@aol.com web: www.vintagebearings.co.uk BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe /mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email johnrlawes@gmail.com Twitter, @BEMWDERBY

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website scrclassics.co.uk for more info. CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. 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. www.gddesign.co.uk for more information call Glenn 0790 4244567 / 01858 575480 CONTROL CABLES AND DRIVE CABLES made to pattern or drawing for any motorcycle. Workshop services for unusual fittings. Small batches catered for. Loose parts available to order. Carrot Cycles (Lincoln). Unit 2 Monks Way, Lincoln. 01522 595975. info@carrotcycles.co.uk. www.carrotcycles.co.uk CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, tel 01428 707538 email mike@corkclutchservices.uk 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 rymitch@virginmedia.com. LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc). Visit www.gezcater.co.uk to see my website and gallery, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at gezcater@yahoo.co.uk. PLATING: DULL NICKEL and bright nickel triple chrome. Copper nickel chrome to the highest show standard by a Club member and lifelong enthusiast. Please phone Mike 01562 752870 mob 07841 037176. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self-employed. Over 20 years’ experience in all areas of accounting. Very competitive rates. Graeme 01509 889058, evenings.


VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email vinandvet@aol.com VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Hinton Motorcycles. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach-built sidecars restored. For further details and list contact Mike or Anne Lawson 01258 472262 (evenings) or by email hintonmotorcycles@gmail.com. VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Unpainted £110. p&p UK £10. Contact Mick Hall 01943 462248 email info@vintele.co.uk www.vintele.co.uk HOLIDAYS

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 excellent uncongested roads, an opportunity to ride in an unspoilt landscape - from 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 0033 296 365480 Email rogerlinda@countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk WEB SITE www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk Follow us on facebook , Countryside Holidays in France. *DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES * BRITTANY BIKER BREAKS - bed and breakfast exclusively for motorcyclists, in a small hamlet in rural Brittany 30 minutes from St Malo ferry. Delightful accommodation, home cooking and secure garaging/workshop for bikes. Guided tours can be arranged. Contact Kim Rowland +33 (0)2 99 45 29 53, email brittanybikerbreaks@gmail.com website www.brittanybikerbreaks.com. LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on www.lehamel.co.uk or mail louise@lehamel.co.uk for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259

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Making steady progress on the rainy training day. Report and more pictures – centre pages


VMCC October 2016 Journal  
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VMCC October 2016 Journal