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The Vintage Motor Cycle

September 2016 Issue 667

Geoff Hambleton demonstrates how to keep your feet dry at the ford near Bishop’s Offley during the North Staffs Shroppie Canal Run. Photo Kate Wain.


The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club No. 667: September 2016


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

September 2016 Issue 667

Cover shot Competitors enjoying the White Horse Scatter event. In the background are ‘sidecar primate’ Dave Polden and his minder Chris Kaye, who writes about the event on Page 60.

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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, Michelle McGeachy 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

A ride up the Aske Hall hillclimb with Archie Beggs Centre pages Ever heard of the Dresch? This very rapid ohv 500cc Super Sport is the most soughtafter version. Find out more on Page 64 Spotted at this year’s Founder’s Day This challenging restoration project wasn’t the only one from France. More of the day’s events are on Page 50 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, whose members are united by their common appreciation of the engineering skill and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by.

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JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES October 2016 – Thursday 1st September 2016 November 2016 – Saturday 1st October 2016

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT The staff at Allen House will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 23rd September between 10am and 2 pm, see the block advert in this journal for more details. Thanks go to Jo Delaney who has very kindly offered to organise the event and also the Team for supporting this very worthwhile charity event.

THANK YOU Many thanks to John Donaldson for organising the VMCC 70th Anniversary Baton Relay Rally and to all the Sections for their support over the three months it travelled around the country.

SECTION SUPPORT At the Directors’ meeting on 16th June there was a discussion on how The Club could support the Sections, Area Reps and Section Secretaries in their roles, especially in relation to retaining our existing members and attracting new members – both vital to the success of our Club. Following this debate it was agreed to hold regional meetings later on this year and early next year and invite key Section personnel to attend, the main topic being about membership and how together we can achieve this. We are also in the process of updating the Section Secretaries Handbook, with this being hopefully completed prior to the meetings to aid the Sections. Also discussed was to produce a VMCC banner promoting membership to our Club that could be used at Section events. We have asked Sections Secretaries to email Allen House to confirm if they would like a banner at no cost to the Section. It is intended that both the revised handbook and banner are given out at the meetings.

EVENTS Also discussed at the Directors’ meeting was the possibility of reintroducing The Festival of 1000 Bikes in 2017, recognised by many as a flagship event for the Club. This decision would be based on a less grand scale with lower associated costs, and we are currently investigating costs and locations.

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A Decades style event similar to the Banbury Event but in a different location and with bikes through the decades being grouped i.e. 1950 1960 together is also being explored with costs and locations being investigated.

STAFFORD SHOW This is an appeal for machines to be displayed on the Club stand at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show over the weekend of 15th – 16th October 2016. We are looking for machines from different countries and of all ages up to 1991. Please note that the machines need to be delivered to the show on the Friday and be removed late on Sunday afternoon. If you would like to display your machine please email gileswillison@vmcc.net with an image, description and any interesting facts about the machine and its history.

WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT A world record attempt for the number of Triumph motor cycles in a parade is to be made in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on Sunday 4th September. Triumph riders wanting to participate in this event and support their chosen charity, can find out more on the internet at this link: http://staffordshirebikeshow.co.uk/worldrecord/

CLASSIC BIKE LIVE Classic Bike Live will be taking place at the Peterborough Arena over the weekend of 29th – 30th October. The twoday event will be attended by the local VMCC members who will have a stand there representing the Section and Club. A discount can be obtained on advanced tickets by visiting the VMCC website or going to the following link http://www.classicbikelive.co.uk/vmcc-tickets

WHEELERS MOTORCYCLE EVENTS In association with the Tank museum, Bovington Dorset bring you the annual motorcycle event ‘WHEELS of STEEL’ show on Sunday 4th September. This year’s event is planned to be even bigger and more spectacular with tank rides, tank displays, motor cycle displays and so much more. Motor cyclists from all over the country are expected to attend in support of Military charities and the tank museum.

Win this Venom in the current VMCC raffle

Raffle tickets for the July to December 2016 VMCC Raffle have been distributed and are available to buy online from out shop at www.vmccshop.net or by calling the office: 01283 540557. The first prize is this very fine Velocette Venom, which is from the early sixties, and would make a nice addition to anyone’s garage.

1st Prize – The 1961 Velocette Venom 500 cc pictured here 2nd Prize – Davida Classic Helmet 3rd Prize – A year’s Subscription to Old Bike Mart and Classic Motorcycle

President’s progress

I start this month with a plea. Our Club really does need someone to take on the roles of Area Reps to cover the areas of North Midlands, North West and North East. Despite other appeals these vacancies have not been filled. The job is mainly a communications one between the Sections and HQ so telephone and e-mail are pretty essential. You will visit Sections and accumulate a whole new circle of friends, which is all very social. I have recently done this job for eight years, and know what is required. So could you be persuaded to give it a try? Ring me on 01935 872528 for more information. Remember that the more effort you put into an endeavour, then the more reward you will get out of it. A recent outing took me to the Somerset Section’s Veteran, Vintage and Anniversary Run. With about half the entry on Pre-31 machines it proved to be another splendid day. The following week was the Dorset Sections Veteran and Vintage Run which my wife and I have organised since its inception some 38 years ago. This type of event must surely be encouraged. Apart from visiting Sections, my main outing this

4th Prize – A year’s Subscription to Classic Racer Magazine 5th Prize – A year’s Subscription to Bonhams Motor Cycle Auction Catalogues

last month was to Founder’s Day at Stanford Hall. I had not been for several years but soon found it very rewarding, meeting many members and old friends. The Taverners are to be congratulated on the organisation of the day, presumably a well practised routine as this was their 50th such event. I found many things of interest and the excellent autojumble was as good as can be seen anywhere. I even saw the Wall-of-Death show, which I had not seen since I was a kid, such jolly fun. All this was done under a hot and sunny cloudless sky. My next excursion will be to the West Kent International which I look forward to greatly as this is an event I have not attended before. After that Cornwall beckons, with their Rally Week which I have certainly done before and thoroughly enjoyed. By the time those events have passed we shall be well into September and autumn will be upon us. Where did that summer go? Recent events have been so hot that even though I wear a hat my folically challenged head has still got burnt, so perhaps I should look forward to autumn after all. Good riding everyone. Rod Hann

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Chairman’s chat

Just the briefest of a report for you to read in this, the September, Journal, as publishing constraints mean that I need to write about events in July, and July has been a period of holidays rather than meetings. I did manage to take in a couple of events. The Founder’s Day rally organised by the Taverners Section is one of my must-attend events of the year and 2016 was rather special, being the fiftieth anniversary year. It was celebrated by free admission to the Wall of Death and in sweltering sun. The following Sunday was equally enjoyable being a

run organised by the Wessex Veteran and Vintage Section which started barely five miles from my home. By contrast with July, August promises to be a busy month with important issues to be addressed at both an Archive Meeting on the 1st August and a Directors’ Meeting three weeks later. I hope to summarise the main conclusions in the October Journal, but you can keep informed by reading the minutes of the meetings, which should be available on the Club’s website a week or two prior to publication of the Journal. Peter Miller

When sending photographs for the Journal please resist the temptation to embed them in your text. Quality is compromised, and we will still have to revise your submission during the design stage. The better the quality of your photographs, the better the finished appearance of the Journal. Please submit your ‘copy’ as a separate transmission, and submit your photographs at high resolution as one image per transmission to avoid distressing the IT systems at Allen House. When taking photographs for the Journal, take them at the largest size, resolution and compression. Hi-res JPEGs or TIFFs should be resized to a minimum of 7� x 5� at 300 dpi with no layers or sharpening. Delete your camera’s automatic file naming codes. Ask your grandson for further guidance on camera settings... Another account of work and services not coming up to expectations: We only hear one side of the story, of course, but it is evident that there are people out there who do disappoint and who let us down both in quality of merchandise and in workmanship. The reality is that

a large percentage of restored machines are rarely used on the road; considered instead to be investments and appearing only at shows and exhibitions – therefore cosmetic considerations are paramount over reliability and performance and some suppliers of goods and services take this into account, Alas. What is the answer? Word-of-mouth has almost always been a reliable intelligence – but not always; everyone has an ‘off-day’, but it is the mark of a conscientious craftsman when he/she admits to some shortcomings and takes the necessary steps to redeem the situation – not a universal reaction, unfortunately. All the ‘little old men’ who worked out of sheds and back-street workshops have by now joined The Great Majority, and they failed to pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation – who were not really interested in a trade anyway. However, there are some hopeful signs in the form of the apprenticeship programmes currently being promoted by the FBHVC at various colleges around the country, so all may not yet be lost. David Davies



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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VMCC Coffee Morning Friday 23rd September 10am – 2pm Staff at Allen House will once again be hosting a coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We raised over £500 last year through the generosity of 70 members and staff who came along and supported the day. If you are able to join us, then we would love to see you for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a chat. There will be a raffle with prizes including a Clifford Bowman Motorcycle Portrait, Tickets to The British Motor Museum, Bonhams Catalogues, Retro Legends T-Shirts and many many more. If you have any questions, requests or would like to make a donation then please contact

Jo Delaney: events@vmcc.net

Appointment of Journal Editor The contract for the position of Editor is duefor renewal on 1st December, and the Directors are seeking applicants for the appointment. The Journal is our primary means of communication with the membership. We would like to develop it, both in paper and electronic form, as a more vibrant magazine to both inform and entertain. It is intended that the assembly of material for the Journal will continue to be carried out at Allen House and the Editor will remain responsible for the editorial content, collation of material and selection of articles. The Editor will liaise with the typesetter who will be responsible for the layout of the Journal. Hitherto the post of Editor has been a salaried position, but the Directors consider the post should be made an honorary appointment. To learn more about the nature of the job, or if you wish to apply for either a salaried or honorary appointment, you should contact the General Manager by 23rd September. Please provide a brief description of background experience relevant to the job. The Vintage Motor Cycle September 2016| 5

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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 Firstly, my apologies for an abbreviated report this month, due to my being away for four weeks, and missing all that went on. However, I understand that the June and July Club Nights were damp affairs, which meant a lack of machinery resulted in the Best Two Stroke Award not taking place. Hopefully this will be remedied in August. Weekday run outs continued to be well supported, and the annual trip away took place in Shropshire. September brings us the Fish & Chip Run to Clare on the 7th (Scotsdale Garden Centre, 10am), and a run on 9th for lunch at the Three Pickerells, Mepal, starting from Huntingdon Garden Centre at 10.30am. These two runs are not official VMCC runs run under the permit scheme. On the 25th there is the Arkesden Run for machines first used before 01/01/50. See the diary for full details. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.com

Well it’s amazing what a little warmth and some sunshine can achieve! Our first meeting at our new venue, an InterClub invitational ride in, was a tremendous success with

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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) almost 40 bikes filling the car park. The local branch of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club brought along a lovely selection of two strokes from Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha as well as an XS650, an International Norton turned up, a cracking Norvin and lots more besides. There was much banter and good humour all evening and a couple of young lads came along too, one of them riding one of his dad’s bikes which was great to see. Our thoughts are turning rapidly to the Scottish Gathering which takes place on 10th and 11th September by which time we’ll be well settled in to our new meeting place, The Newliston Arms, Kirkliston. Exciting times! BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 johnandvi4853@yahoo.co.uk The section is still having good success with its runs, the latest as I write this, was the Fish and Chip run which was very well attended and most of us enjoyed the meal at the end of it. The portions were very generous. This month’s talk is by Roger Butler entitled ‘Canal History and Heritage’ could be interesting for those with a nautical interest. The October Club Night is our AGM and the two Dave’s are stepping down so we will need some new blood on the Committee, so, please, consider where you can help the Section for its continuation.

BEDFORDSHIRE (ANG) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk Albert Brown (aka Brent) came up trumps once again with glorious weather for his run, a splendid route through Bedfordshire’s “empty quarter”, and an excellent pie lunch at the hastily rearranged start/finish venue, the Polhill Arms. Hero of the day was surely Chris who, every year, chugs his way around on his veteran Triumph. Resounding success also for Don’s Midweek Run, tempting 14 riders away from their allotments, Bingo, or whatever retired people get up to all day. The guest list included some welcome tourists from far-flung Northants. Topping it all off, weather smiled upon us for the Carpark Concours with one of our best attendances seeing over 90 bikes, albeit including a few more modern machines. September Club Night is joint with the Triumph Motorcycle Owners Club when we have John Rosamond reminiscing about his days as Chairman of the Triumph Meriden workers’ co-operative; not to be missed. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk It being summer (?), it was thought appropriate that we should visit the seaside at Hayling Island. Lorraine led the group of 11 riders down to the coast from Hook utilising roads south of Alton not usually travelled and Derek drove the van, come tea wagon and bathing hut for the seven stoical enough to put more than just a toe in the water. The Solent wasn’t that bad, but the looming black clouds in the early afternoon put paid to any thoughts of staying longer. Thanks to Lorraine and Derek for organising an enjoyable day out. The month concluded with the Girder Fork, Rigid and Low Power run from Upper Bucklebury. Two routes were spec'd out around West Berkshire to cater for different machine capabilities, 'though there were a couple of inclines on the low power route that needed human ergs, in addition to motive power, to make the grade. BLACKPOOL AND DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk The end of July involved our annual attendance at the Lytham Hall Classic Vehicle Show; a glorious day encouraged huge public attendance along with packed exhibitors, cars, Military vehicles, and of course bikes. It was a great result for us, for the first year we cleared the board of the awards, winning every class award in the bike judging, plus Richard Lancaster won best in show. The crowning glory to the day Chairman Graham

presented with the Best Club Stand award beating all the car clubs. Huge thank you to all of you who turned out to support us!

BOURNEMOUTH AND NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com What a lovely month July was. There were 20 bikes on show at the Burton Carnival. Unfortunately Harpic and his group from Romsey got wet arriving and drenched leaving, while drinking beer, nattering and wandering in glorious sunshine in-between. Dave’s run, stoutly helped by Peter, covered new ground exploring Dorset and Wiltshire, riding to the Stonehenge pub near Amesbury. Our Chairman peeled off on the way home to attend his regular Sunday afternoon meet with Harpic and friends at the Cuckoo, Hamptworth. Some beautiful bikes turned out for our monthly Bring a Bike meeting at the Walkford but my absolute favourite was Simon’s gorgeous MV. Didn’t have time to photo it as a group of us took off to the Elm Tree for a ride. Runs in September are the Chairman’s Run from Christchurch Quay on the 4th and Barry’s Autumn Run from the Walkford on the 18th. Club Night is the 19th at the Walkford. BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk www.bristolvmcc.com The Evening run to the Ragged Cott wasn’t well supported, but the Breakfast run to AV8 at Kemble Airfield was, attracting twenty riders including a few from other Sections. Thanks to Tony Prescott for organising. Superb weather ensured a bumper entry for Alan Freke’s Frenchay Historic Vehicle Day and Alan Burton’s Evening run from Rodway Common. Terry Edmonds took over the running of this, in Alan’s absence, with his usual aplomb but despite that everyone managed to find their way to the finish at The Lamb in Iron Acton! The lunchtime meet at Biddestone was well supported with a few of our West Wilts Section chums visiting. This month sees the Cyclemotor and Girder Fork run from North Widcombe and the run into Wales from Aust Services among others. Details in the diary and the section website.

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BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 gerry.daine@ntlworld.com

BURTON AND DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 07999 582111 viccp100@talktalk.net

Lydden Hill race meeting, although only a reasonable entry, ran well with some exciting races. The evening BBQ and entertainment was a success and all in good weather. The six barrels of real ale did not last long, thanks to the donation by Trevor Johnson and Phil Jones. We are now putting together our Mallory Park August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday race meeting. Hope many of you will attend this meeting which again should produce some interesting and spectacular racing. It is sad that Martin Sibson, one of our long-term members, both of racing his sidecar and at one time a Committee Member, has passed away. RIP Martin. We have one race meeting left for this season at Cadwell Park on the 24/25th September.

At 8am on July 24th eight of us set off for Bridgnorth where after a good breakfast at Tony’s Diner Quatford, we joined the North Birmingham Section for their Seven Valley Run. Now here’s a Section that hasn’t lost the plot, over 30 vintage bikes turned up, brilliant. We had a very good run around the Seven Valley stopping at Ironbridge for ice-cream, then back to Tony’s for a cup of tea and a bun before home. On July 26th we had the Pie & Peas Run. 24 bikes left Marston’s, 8 with pillions. Brian led us on a pleasant 35-mile run round the lanes of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, finishing back at Marston’s where 48 sat down to pies, peas and chips. Many thanks, Brian. £110 raised on the night towards this year’s charity.

BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc This month sees the last of our social meetings at Pirbright and the first of our Club Nights at the iconic Brooklands Museum, at which we are delighted to advise that our speaker is Robin Sutherland who was involved in the filming of Guy Martin’s record-breaking Wall of Death. The Section will also be on show at the Kempton Pumping station: see events for details. Bookings are now being taken for our Annual Jumble, which will now take place on Saturday 12th November, for more information contact Chairman to book a pitch.

Another of Fil Photos’ Sepia creations, taken of Section member Ash on the weekend run to Wales.

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CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 bill.coburn@btinternet.com The past couple of months have seen the Section involved in a couple of Ride Outs and Members displaying their bikes at the Glamis Extravaganza. Weather wise all events were unfortunately rather DAMP. One Ride Out was visiting a couple of Cold War underground listening posts run by the then Observer Corps, but are now small museums. Lachlan, one of our members organised the night, thank you Lachlan. The other run was to Pitlochry via Dunkeld with a stop for refreshments. Member’s bikes at Glamis netted a couple of rosettes. CHESHIRE AND NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com Another busy month! The visit to a local Secondary School went well. (Full details on page 45). Surprisingly, only one of us attended the North West Regional ‘Meet and Greet’ on 17th July. You missed a good event, Dave Kay tells me! By the way, we are hosting this next year! The July Club Night talk on the Williamson Tunnels was much appreciated. We had good representation at the Llangollen BikeFest over the 23rd and 24th July, but no awards. The Whitley RSR by the CCats was on 7th August; always a good day out! At Club Night, on 16th August, we ‘noggined and nattered’, and watched a nostalgic DVD. At this month’s Club Night, at 7.30 pm, Tuesday, 20th September, we welcome Martyn Griffiths, talking about car making, speed records and sand-racing at Southport. See VMCC website for further events. CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com 01606 888972 www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk July was busy. Alan & Bill put on a great BBQ for us at

the Rugby Club – thanks Chaps! There’s a pic hereabouts of our new Chairman Richard playing ‘Crank Green Bowling’ – or is that a rude gesture…? We attended NW Section’s Meet & Greet and came away with awards!!! A great day, thanks to all at NW. Machine Night was well attended and Bob’s AJS won a well-deserved Best Bike. September sees the Goostrey Run on 4th and Jeff’s ‘Out for the Count’ non-stop Treasure Hunt on 18th. Do support these events!

Chandler and David Brown, who travelled a fair distance, on their bikes, to and from the run. Thanks to George Martin for agreeing to drive the support vehicle at short notice. Also thanks to Ronnie Williams, who brought some old films he took of racing in the 1960s for the following Tuesday’s Club Night.

CORNWALL (SW) Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 lclayton56@btinternet.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk

CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 phil.barfield@virgin.net July’s Evening run apparently finished at a different pub to that which I was asked to publish. I hope those of you who made your own way there caught up with the others eventually – my lack of electric lights meant I did not ride the route. Saturday’s Girder Fork run had a disappointing attendance, with only nine members signing on and three of those bringing non-girder fork machines; hopefully they will be able to ride on girder machines next time. When the rain finally stopped we did dry out, a lost air screw from an AMAC on a BSA caused some issues, but a whittled stick cured the problem and the bike seemed to be running better on the stick. Colin’s Wrinkly run to the Swan at Northall was dry despite wet roads and the threat of imminent rain. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk Our annual Sound of Singles run was on July 10th. Despite fewer entrants this year due to a poor weather forecast we still had a great run to Eskdalemuir via St. Mary’s Loch and Crawford then back to the Big Red Barn cafe via Peebles. It was good to see Roger Perry, Maurice

Truro Club Night went on a Ride Out and visited John Hawkins Motorcycle Museum. Members enjoyed a splendid evening looking at machines, eating pasties, drinking tea and chatting. Thank you to Roger and John for organising this successful evening. A large number of machines arrived at Wheels 2016, Wadebridge, including friends from Devon Section, to provide a static display. The sun shone and was almost too hot! However, tea was served all day, the marquee provided much needed shade. Merv produced a grand display of photographs and Bernard Hand won Best in Show with his gleaming BSA. Thanks to all who helped make the event run smoothly. COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ What a great week the Weekend Social Run, the Weekend Reliability Road Trial and the Touring Week turned out to be. The venue, Apple Orchard Camp Site, could not have been bettered. The weather could have been a little kinder, but the rain held off for most of the time. We had a quiz on the Monday, set by Colin Seaton, a night of Country meets Folk music on the Tuesday night courtesy of Bill Crasswell and his ‘Blackthorn Buskers’, below, and a BBQ on the Wednesday cooked to perfection by Graham Rowcliffe and assisted by Brian Keeling and Jenny Hart.

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CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 alan@magic-wheelers.org.uk www.magic-wheelers.org.uk

DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 kenneth.druce@homecall.co.uk

We had nice weather again for the Bikes in Beds Run. Hugh came up with around thirty miles of delightful quiet roads, just perfect for cyclemotors. Thanks, Hugh for a great day. Thanks also to Frank Cropp, Norman Smith, Peter Lawson, Lorraine Carter, and Robert Hummerstone for all your help making Founder’s Day a success for the Section, and giving me the chance to have a good nose around the auto jumble. This month we have Alan Spencer’s Lakes run on 11th September, and next month the Hundred Mile Run on 2nd October, so look out your most comfortable saddles and come along to Quainton Memorial Hall. You don’t have to ride all one hundred miles, but many of us will.

Although July weather was more like summer compared to a wet June, Rod’s Veteran and Vintage Run on the 10th had a damp start, but the weather improved and the fifteen riders enjoyed a good day out including a coffee stop and lunch at the end of the run, where awards for various categories were presented. The Car and Bike Club Night held on the 13th had a good turn out on a glorious summer’s evening, as the photograph shows. Check the website dorsetvmcc.co.uk for what’s coming up.

DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 osmondstujais@sky.com www.vmccdartmoor.com Fifteen members left Totnes for an evening’s ride to Beesands to visit the The Cricketers pub on a perfect Devonshire evening, using a variety of country roads on 14th July. The Sunday ride the 17th July was a good long run over Dartmoor even venturing into Cornwall. The weather was very hot; riders with fairings were uncomfortable at times. Our activities for September will be an Early Evening Ride on the Thursday 8th (John Osmond 01803 527469) meet at Totnes Plains 6 for 6.30pm. This ride will be on minor roads, of about 40 miles long and suitable for smaller older machines. On September 11th we have ‘The Run to the Sun’ (Steve Carr 07800 631271) meet at Fox Tor car park, Princetown 10 for 10.30am. For further information on club activities visit our web site at VMCC Dartmoor or contact the secretary on 01803 527469. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com Seventeen riders enjoyed Keith’s run through the lanes of Darkest Devon. The threatened rain did not amount to much, which was a relief. A pity that some riders went astray and had to be rounded up by Gordon, our expert shepherd. Our next run is the End of Summer Run which is on September 11th and starts at the Corn Dolly, S Molton. We also have a Girder Fork run this month, starting from Ray’s house, in Tiverton on the 25th. Club Night on the 15th is Competition Night. Our annual Christmas lunch has been booked for Saturday December 3rd at The Tiverton Hotel. The cost has been held at £14 as it has been for the last few years.

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EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 bob341rc@outlook.com A relatively quiet month on the VMCC front, but we had a good turnout for the ride to Buckfastleigh and we all got there together! Luckily we were in the car park before the classic cars and trucks turned up. Once again the breakfast meet was well attended although the influx of holidaymakers tended to slow up the service a bit. Geordie Bob managed to get a fair few of us to turn up to Seaton seafront in aid of Devon Air Ambulance, and whilst having a cuppa a comment was heard from a Somerset member that it looked like an East Devon Committee Meeting. Well done team. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 Another quiet month for the Section. Wheathampstead Village Day unfortunately clashed with a 70th Birthday Party which took its toll! Only seven bikes were on show, but the day was nevertheless a success, and, after a damp morning a nice sunny afternoon prevailed. Club Night was just a ‘Noggin and Natter’, and only 13 members attended, but it was a nice summer evening and there was a good selection of bikes in attendance, including a delightful New Imperial Vee-Twin. Unfortunately the monthly Wrinkly Run was again beset with a damp start, and only eight riders departed, Bill Mills returning home with a mis-fire! It then turned into a nice sunny morning

with dry roads – such is life! Don’t forget to support the Section’s Autumn Run, the last major event of the year. Venue is the John Bunyan P.H. 10.30 a.m. for 11.00am departure. EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com www.vmcceastlancs.co.uk Thirteen members signed on for Basil’s Run with a lunch stop in Grassington. Skipton town centre was closed on the day, which made for interesting diversions around to the Lothersdale roads. Twenty-five pounds were collected, which was doubled by Section funds to fifty and then donated to the Rossendale Hospice. Brownies’ Bash was attended by eleven members, which made its way to Glasson Dock via the Trough of Bowland. There was a good turnout of small machines and the air was pungent with the smell of two -stroke. The Memorial Trophy in memory of Keith and Colin Brown was awarded to Andrew Walmsley for his 1961 Greeves 32DC. September is going to be a busy month for the Section. The Blackburn Bonanza is on the 16th and 17th followed by the Blackburn Run on the 18th. There is a different start venue this year from the Edisford Bridge pub. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk The month started with a run to The Bell at Smarden to meet up with other sections. Richard’s Two Stroke Run with 10 riders finishing at the Bull at Boreham Street. Disappointing turn up for the Hand Change Run only two turned up plus two non hand-change, but we had a nice run finishing at the 1066 Cafe near Battle. Keith’s Wrinkly run attracted 25 bikes from the seafront at Bexhill finishing at the Laughing Fish in Isfield. The following Saturday Keith organised the Section’s display again on the seafront for the Bexhill Roaring Twenties event which was well attended and produced a lot of interest. Vic’s Martello run attracted 11 riders starting from Pevensey Castle to Seaford with a visit to the Martello Fort (thanks for the ice cream, Vic). Spike’s Mystery Run was the usual Great Sprightly Run finishing at the White Hart, Horsebridge.

many names engraved on them are just a distance memory. Do we restore them? Lend them to a museum? Come along to the next meeting and have your say or contact Chairman Harry. We do have one or two trophies missing; if you have one can we please have it back. Long time VMCC member Norman Fanthorpe (mem no 936) has decided to not renew his membership. A regular at Section Meetings, Norman no longer rides a club-eligible machine. Like many of us he is finding one difficult to handle. He does however have a lightweight Suzuki for the occasional ride. Two events for September. The Forest Run on the 4th, P. Hird 07836 618599. The Saturday Wanderings the 24th, A Frankish 01482 658903. ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk Our runs in July included a short Evening Run to the Ship and Anchor where a BBQ was waiting for the riders. The Ship and Anchor very generously gave all profit to the club for our charity and along with the raffle raised some £100. Thanks to our President Ray for arranging the raffle. On the 20th July the Wrinkly Run starting at Great Dunmow rode to Ely to meet with the Anglian Section for lunch. The run was somewhat longer than usual and the lunch stop was at the aptly named Five Miles from Anywhere pub in Upware. Don’t forget that September Club Night is for Members to volunteer to arrange a run in the 2017 diary. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9pm please) reg.eyre@tesco.net The last meeting became a quiz night since ex-President Tim has had to postpone until next February. Twenty people enjoyed a fun quiz with plenty of banter and all five teams after five rounds ending up tied on scores. September 22nd meeting is Chris Roberts on Great War motor cycles – a ‘must hear’ talk from our own expert – all welcome. October 2nd is our ‘Belt and Braces Run,’ please contact Dennis Beale or me. Many thanks for the comments on the repair of my kick start knee.

EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney denniscooney.mc@btinternet.com 01430 421074 http://www.holdorf.karoo.net At our July meeting discussion took place about what to do with Section trophies as we no longer award them. Possibly not of any great value. But historically they are;

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

GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753

August Bank Holiday and I will, with luck, be enjoying yet another trip to the Manx, maybe see you there? Summer meetings have been successfully held at Cafe Kothel, but we will need to start thinking about a winter home, watch for emails. Can I recommend that all VMCC Members get involved in the global Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride on Sunday 25th September in a city near you? I entered last year in Glasgow’s first attempt and our city’s riders (not all VMCC) generated over £11,000 towards the £2m that globally went to Prostate Cancer charities.

Another warm summer’s evening was in prospect for the second of our evening runs. A route of around 25 miles led us to the Rising Sun and our barbeque, once again, almost a full house enjoyed the wonderful food laid on by our Landlord. Thank you both. Don’t forget our Leap Year run, it’s on Sunday 25th September, meet Abergavenny Bus Station, 10am start. Tel Mark on 07870 535933, all welcome. HIGHLAND (SCO)

GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com June and July Club Nights were well supported as fine evenings with many bikes in the car park and lots of chatting. Wrinkly and Evening Runs are being well supported with average of 10 riders. A number of Section bikes were on display at the East Preston Infant School Fete in June with the school expressing their thanks for the turnout at short notice. The Section had a stand at the Chichester Bike Show with a good selection of different marque and age of bikes. A good chance to fly our new flag for advertising the Club. Early July and several members ventured into Surrey for the Surrey & Sussex Section BBQ. Late July, Surrey & Sussex ended one of their evening runs at our Noggin’n’Natter at the Sportsman, Amberley. Another good turnout of bikes. Section visit to Sheffield and South Yorkshire Section planned for 20th - 23rd October.

Geert de Boer on his 1903 The Pebok will be involved in the Veteran Run in Glendaruel, Argyll. More details on Scottish Notes, page 23 and advert on page 69.

GRASSTRACK AND SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 stuart.towner@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmccgrasstrack.net

IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 aj.richardson@rocketmail.com

On Sunday 10th July almost to the day of Ivor’s birthday, SITRA in conjunction with Sittingbourne Speedway Ltd and the VMCC were proud to run The Ivor Thomas Memorial Meeting which incorporated the Malcolm Simmons Trophy, in conjunction with CTA Fire. It was a case of watch the weather as some left in rain, but then weather gods looked down on the meeting and Iwade had its own weather as usually happens down there. It was a day of varied classes of machine, rider, ability and age. Ages ranged from six to well in to the pensionable age. The oldest machine was made in 1930 with others going right through to the modern era. Tim Mount rode Ivor’s Martin/JAP in the vintage event. There were also demonstration rides by a lady, Ruth Smith in memory of her father, two youngsters, Freddie Fox-Barron and Jamie Etherington.

On July 1st the VMCC Relay Baton was collected from Kate Wain, North Staffs Section and on the 4th was taken to Ironbridge for photographs with some Ironmasters Members. The following day, Rob Sawyer and John Carter (me) delivered the Baton to Allen House where we received a warm welcome from the VMCC Staff. As neither Rob or myself had visited HQ, it was interesting to be shown around and we were both impressed by the library in particular. Apologies to those who missed my Evening Run although we did wait an extra 15 minutes beyond the advertised starting time. Blame me for not having reliable lighting gear and needed to finish before darkness fell! Mike’s Mystery Tour took the Country Route to the Llangollen Motorcycle Show. Here they met Chairman Phil and his party who had used their usual Quick Roads alternative.

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ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 www.vmcciom.org This month saw the IOM section’s ‘Jolly Boys Outing’ to Morecambe for the second year. Morecambe might not be top of the holiday list, but the surrounding areas are fantastic for vintage biking! Various trips in the week, up to the Lakes, Trough of Bowland, North Yorkshire Moors and the compulsory Steve’s Mystery Tour! Great weather for the week saw melting tar on the road as the only problems, apart from the odd breakdown, don’t ask about the oil slick! Everyone returned home in one piece after having another great trip. Many thanks to organiser Steve ‘Oil Slick’ Leonard!

Outside Kirkstone Pass Inn. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 gladingreg@gmail.com A few of our Members met up with the Dorset Section for the Lawrence of Arabia Run. John Swaffield led the July Lunch run to the Boathouse at Yarmouth. The July Breakfast Run was led by Iain Young, 18 riders enjoyed a sunny ride to the Lookout on Shanklin front. The Motorcycle Show at Arreton Barns is scheduled for 18th at 10.00am. You might just have time to get a late entry in for the 14th Scurry 23rd to 27th Sept hurry!!! Safe riding. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk Fendicks Fishery and Camping Park proved an ideal venue for both of our premier events in July. Danny’s Veteran and Vintage Weekend attracted an entry of 26 riders but unfortunately the downpour on Saturday spoilt the ride to Blakeney but Sunday stayed fine for the run to Wells with most riders covering 180 miles over the weekend. The Breckland Weekend was blessed with perfect weather with 40 riders from other Sections making up an entry of 55 over the weekend. The routes took them around the Breckland and surrounding countryside

covering 160 miles over two days. The previously cancelled Club Night Evening Run and Car Park Concours were both held on July Club Night filling the car park and Club Room. Best Overall machine was Terry Brown’s Sunbeam and Most Desirable Paul Curtis Laverda Special. This month is the Jubilee Run on 11th; meet Swaffham 10am for 10.30am start. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk www.vmcclakeland.co.uk The Lakeland Weekend kicked off July with 60 participants enjoying excellent routes prepared by Martin, Eric and John and only a couple of short showers on the Saturday. Thanks to John and Mike for their efforts with the recovery trailer, which had a little but not too much custom. Other events visited the Solway Aviation Museum, Hartside Café, a BBQ at Graham’s place and the Threlkeld Steam Gathering. Upcoming in September; Eric’s Mystery Ride from Langwathby Station (11am, Sunday 11th). There is no planned route or route sheet for this run, and please don’t ask Eric because it will be a mystery right up until the run starts. Then of course we have the South Lakes Mountain Weekend, now in its 37th year, on 24th – 25th. We finish the month with guest speaker Commander Bill Hanna presenting on ‘Nine Triumphs’, ‘Sprung Hubs’ and the North Pole at our Club Night. MANCHESTER AND HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 Derricks Thomas’ second Four Seasons Run resulted in 16 riders enjoying an interesting run round East Cheshire with Kevin and John winning their respective classes. The Church House Run in July only attracted about six riders to P.W.C., but attendees at the destination numbered about sixteen! Do we need to put on runs or do we just meet at a venue for a get together? The first Evening Off-Road Trial turned into a bit of a traffic jam owing to 59 entrants; whilst support is welcomed we cannot sustain these numbers without more help with setting out and observers. The Morning Run to Buxworth on a fine dry day attracted a fantastic turnout of 39 riders from several local Sections. An impromptu Off-Road Time Trial in July met with unanimous approval, and so will be run again in October; details will be in the October Journal and on the websites. MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk Perfect weather and a good turnout made for a fun ride

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from Headcorn Airfield down to Battle most of it on normal roads. Thanks to all who came along, especially the Kent section of the VJMCC who arrived with a cracking selection of machines, glad you didn't mind the off road section through the forest! Thanks also Edward for helping dad (Marcus) out with directions when he couldn't see the wood from the trees. As usual the Bike Night meeting at Sarre was packed with bikes of all types, plus a lovely steam engine, brilliant. Well done everyone.

MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands There was an editorial error in August issue; it should have read the 52nd Coventry to Brighton Run WILL take place Saturday 6th May 2017. The Midland Section Coach Trip to view the Shuttleworth Collection leaves from the National Motorcycle Museum at 9.30 on Saturday 10th September. Cars/Bikes may be left in the Museum Car Park for the day until we arrive back at around 18:30. Why not come and enjoy a great day out and experience the fabulous collection of classic bikes, cars, planes and stunning gardens. Pete Brown is organising the trip and he or the Section Secretary can be contacted for details. On Sunday 18th September our traditional Tour from Birmingham Run takes place, registration at 10am bikes away from the National Motorcycle Museum at 11am. On Club Night, Wednesday 21st Gordon May entertains us recounting his adventures when researching his book – Overland India. Sunday 29th September sees our ever popular Bob Currie Run. If you have the time, come and enjoy the fun at any or all of our September events. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 p.gunnee@talktalk.net www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk Our first attempt at a day time run met with mixed response. A small number of riders enjoyed an excellent route, in ideal weather, we did hope for a better turn out, maybe it will pick up with time. We have met up with the VSCC several times this month; these meets always generate interest, with a wide selection of vehicles to inspect. This month features our

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AGM, please come along, all input is welcome, new blood on the Committee would be much appreciated. Our Northern Veteran run occurs on the 18th September, based at Wickenby Airfield. Please note that this is restricted to pre-31 machines this year. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Peter Tomkins peter_james_tomkins@yahoo.co.uk 0791 7407400 Alan’s 1939 M20 Red Panther at Founder’s Day – weather was fine, we weren’t so lucky with the runs this month – Mick’s Mystery Run was low on numbers, weather and probably an event on at nearby Silverstone the cause. Bring a Bike Night also suffered from the weather. Nine members went to Scarborough, missing the Breakfast Run, thanks to Trevor, Dave and Tesco for organising, cooking and supplying. A good turnout on Alan’s Evening Amble on a warm, calm evening. Don’t forget our evening with Peter Williams on the 29th September tickets still available. See advert on page 39.

NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk In July we had Ride a Bike night, the Trent Valley Run and the Severn Valley Run, the latter attracting a tremendous turnout for us with 36 bikes being signed on, including a group of 10 from the Burton Section. It was very nice to have the visitors coming to see another area; there should be more of that going on. Thank you to all the organisers. September sees the Flight of Fantasy Run on the 4th, organised this year by Bill Danks in place of the sadly departed Trevor Bull. Please note that the finish point has been moved to the Eagle and Serpent at Kinlet. Then we have Ian Harris’s Mid-week run on the 14th, details in the Diary Section or our website. Finally it’s the Levis Trial on the 29th, which is a Regulated event and you’d need to enter, or you’re welcome to come and spectate!

NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com www.northcotswoldvmcc.com

NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk

I am compiling these notes in advance as I shall be away around deadline, so they are sure to omit something important. Busy month in July, with Wrinkly Runs from Jeremy Main and Alan Bailey, a museum visit with Mike Legg, and Sunday Runs with Neil Batchelor, Shad’n’ Tut, Mark Dudfield and our Cotswold Way run with Bob Ashwin, hopefully in dry weather this year. Club Night included Clive Wadey’s usual gentle potter round the lanes… We managed to lose our sweeps a couple of times, so a gentle reminder to stay on station until they arrive. Proceeds from three Wrinkly runs were donated to the Air Ambulance and Bring ‘n’ Buy Night raised £300 for section funds, a huge increase on recent years, after a great effort by all, especially Phil Morris, our auctioneer. On 3rd September we will be manning our stand at The Moreton in Marsh Show.

We have had a very busy time during the fine weather and the Section hosted the second Meet and Greet which was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended from our neighbouring Sections who even had the opportunity to ride a steam train at the end of our ride out. The re-dated and relocated Steam and Vintage Rally was a brilliant weekend held at The Leisure Lakes, Banks, nr Southport. Excellent turn out of bikes. Details of these and all our other activities can be found on our website. www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk and on the main VMCC website.

NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 nevmcc.notes@googlemail.com Neil.Wyatt@gmx.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ The Golden Era run on 24th July was a great success with fifty motorcycles and two combinations making the start. Many letters and e-mails of thanks were received and the event looks good to run in 2017. Please look for a brief report with some pictures on page 62. Let’s hope the George Foggitt Topcliffe Run is just as successful. The August Journal was interesting; Chairman’s Chat is food for debate for our Boroughbridge meeting on 25th September, ideas please. Then there was the ethanol tank sealant damage and how to remove the debris. The FBHVC gave an update, including Belgium going to E10 in 2017. Personally I don’t mind if damaging bio fuel is available, if you want it. The problem is when you don’t have a choice. Take light bulbs for example! The EU can keep their misguided environmental regulations! NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 kateguy@googlemail.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com Hoping this makes it to the Journal, your scribe having suffered a senior moment on returning from a weekend at Mallory and realised I may have missed the copy date! (Incidentally, methinks this Journal just gets better and better, so bright and entertaining). Check out the diary dates for our events, we have finally had some decent warmer weather, on my run I had to take us through some water to cool off! Enjoy the picture of Geoff Hambleton during our Shroppie Canal Run, on the inside front cover Carpe Diem all.

NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 hilary.dixon@northumbria.ac.uk A full report of this year’s Northumbrian Gathering is on page 56, but the new set-up went down very well – thanks to all the hard work by Rachael and Andreas. Thanks also to Rob, Jill & Staff at Highburn House Caravan and Camping Park, Wooler; Iain Burn and Staff of the Red Lion Inn, Milfield; Martin, Kathryn and staff of the Horse and Hound Country Inn, Bonchester Bridge; Allan and Marion at the Impromptu Café, Elsdon; all Marshals, route planners and helpers and everyone who took part in the event. Next year is the 40th Anniversary, so ensure you join us to celebrate in style. Hope to see people at the Black Horse on 3rd September – Brian Minto has arranged another motorbike show. It’s the Bob Rawlings Run, 11 September and Colonial Run, 2nd October – details on the website. Finally, the Section AGM will be held on Monday 21st November. NORWICH AND DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk Our Not Quite The Longest Day Evening run had 16 riders and 1 passenger take part. The route had to be changed at Bungay due to an accident in the town. Riders made it safely back to the Worlds End pub in Mulbarton. Our Tiddlers Evening run had to be abandoned due to bad weather. Mid July we had our Carbrooke Run, this was

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well supported by Norwich and Kings Lynn members. The route took us past Oxburgh Hall with lunch stop at The Ostrich pub in Castle Acre. The afternoon route took us back to Carbrooke where Deborah had prepared sandwiches and cakes. We had our Sherringham Wednesday run on 13th July when 9 riders and 1 passenger set out from Postwick passing through Brundall, Wroxham, and West Runton arriving at The Funky Mackerel Café on the shore at Beeston Regis. Thanks go to all who arranged these events. NOTTS AND DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 zrussell2@googlemail.com http://www.nottsandderbyvmcc.talktalk.net John and Janet again hosted the Derbyshire Run, even organising the weather. Despite the clear route card many made their own variations from Wirksworth, initially to the West swinging back from Newtown via Longnor, Monyash cafe, Youlgreave Bonsall and Via Gelia. Dave Jolly won combined age of bike and rider; a companion flat tanker another award, Derek P (boxer) was best post war, and I, somehow, overall winner. After the Concourse, Gordon led a Saturday Run and then on Thursday evening runs twenty-plus machines started from Ripley with Graham Bower. Unfortunately the convoy system malfunctioned. The throng made diverse ways back to Hartshay. Later, only six participants appeared at Ambergate to ride via mid Derbyshire to Knockerdown Inn but those present enjoyed the run.

REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Mike Coxon had a busy August, organising both Thursday and Sunday runs, featuring summer pastimes like cream teas along the way – yum! Chris’s organising the September Thursday Run on 15th Sept. There’s a Recruitment Event on Saturday 17th, the Saturday Rover run, where all riders and machines are welcome. The Northumbria branch of the Norton Owners’ Club invite members to take part in their Kamtrek event at the end of September. More details will follow nearer the time. It’s good to report that a fair number of Reivers Members take part in this longstanding event, helping keeping it viable.

OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 alphacancaris@hotmail.co.uk Chris Lewis on his flat tank Norton led 17 riders and one lady pillion out of H cafe at Berensfeild, we rode out into the South Oxfordshire area through a few villages, lanes and quiet single track roads. This was a run of about 35 miles; afterwards we were welcomed back to Chris’s home for a ploughman's lunch and refreshments. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk www.penninevmcc.org.uk Our big event in July was the Pennine Way Weekend Run where a field of 80 entrants battled the elements on the Saturday from Edale to Hawes, then much more pleasant conditions on the Sunday up to Greenhead. Now that the organisers have regained their composure a fuller report appears on page 58 of this edition of the Journal. Our second Machine Night of the season was well attended with around 50 bikes drifting in and out over the evening. The rather nice Ariel Square Four in the picture at the top of the next column drew much admiring attention.

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Jon Hill enjoying life outside Fisher-Gill Camping Barn on the Reivers’ Bunk-Off event in May 2016. SHEFFIELD AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 david.sellars@sky.com Twelve bikes six with pillions completed a two day Coast to Coast Run organised by Terry and Ann (Thanks very much) the weather was good and only two bikes misbehaved and no one got lost for very long. All in all a very good two days in great company. PS don’t forget the Doncaster circular on September 11th.

SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 derek.trow@talk21.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk The July Meeting was a talk and demonstration on wheel building by the Managing Director of SRM Engineering, John Jolly. The hardest part appears to be truing the wheel when you have laced it, according to the speaker anyone can do it; you just need a lot of patience (easy for the speaker to say). I would be very reluctant to ride with any wheel I had built, in fact I would have probably thrown it against the wall before getting to the truing. The talk was so interesting I think most managed to stay awake. Once again thanks to Adrian and Staff for the sandwiches and chips at the end of the night. The September Club Night will be the AGM. We have Reggie’s Run on the 18th September and The Autumn Run on 9th October see advert for further details. 7th October is the Norton Trip. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk Our Annual Show is in Porthmadog on Sunday 4th September. The Glynllifon Show will be on the 11th September. Some members are attending the Blackburn Bonanza on the 16th September for three days; let’s hope for good weather. 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 coach and boat trip to Maidenhead and Windsor was a sell out. The boat trip was an eye opener, viewing the multi-million pound properties along the riverside, also plenty of birds to be seen. The Veteran, Vintage and Anniversary Run saw 30 machines attend. The oldest was Richard Gray’s 1915 Douglas followed by the 1920 and 1921 Triumphs of Dave Joyce and Chris Chipperfield. A single route for all this year, with Colin Bentham organising. The run ended at Cossington for lunch, prepared by Ruth and helpers. A good day out, thanks to all. Saturday 3rd September, Codgers and Dodgers Run, Rich’s Cider Cafe, Watchfield, 1.30 for 2pm. 11th West Somerset Run 10 for 10-30am, Cross Keys Inn, Norton Fitzwarren. 24th Autojumble, Bath & West Showground. Volunteers required for marking out on Friday and Stewards for Saturday, please. Contact Dave Boon. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk https://sites.google.com/site/vmccsc/ Thanks to all those who came along to the Mid-Summer

Meet on 10th July, and thanks to Ray Carter for doing the judging. On Thursday 1 Sept Gordon Smith is leading another of his faster/longer informal runs. On the 25th we have a run to Crofton Beam engines near Marlborough to attend their Annual Steam Gala. Both depart Stonehouse at 10.00am. Dave Carroll has kindly designed an event for us, covering Gloucestershire borders and the Cotswold edge within the county. The aim is to visit 21 borders, eight Cotswold edge and two shared locations, and identify a feature at each. You can do this on your own, or with a mate. Hand your answer sheets to Dave or Jeremy by the end of September and you may win a prize! Full details and maps are on the Section web site at https://sites.google.com/site/vmccsc/news. Happy riding. SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk Thanks go to Dave Moran and John Morey for organising another successful Lawrence Run in which over 40 members from the south and southwest of England took part. West Bay is always a good place for coffee and the Pulpit Inn on Portland was an excellent venue for lunch. It was then back to the Spitfire club for tea and the presentation of trophies. Later in July we ventured around the lanes of West Dorset and Somerset on the Marshwood Vale run with lunch at the Dinnington Dock pub. We rounded off the month at Powerstock fete where the bikes were put on display. Phil Studley was awarded the Crank of the Month for going out all day and leaving his garage door open with all his bikes on display. Fortunately they were all there when he returned! SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk On a lovely night in July, 25 entrants took part in the Sunset Run over the Cleveland Hills finishing with some especially nice pie and peas at Middlesbrough Motor Club, thanks to Howard and Liz Duddles and Tony Watson. Thanks to Martin Peacock for travelling from his new home in Lincolnshire to organise his Chairman’s Run, when 22 riders had a coffee break at Masham and lunch at a 1940s event at Leyburn, before continuing their journey through Wensleydale and Swaledale, on a fine day. The practice trial with 26 riders was held at Battersby thanks to Roy Sturgeon. It was good to see 30 bikes displayed at the Club Night, after a ride to Sedgefield when we enjoyed another splendid buffet. Hope you can join us in September, for the Baydale run on the 4th and the Beamish Trophy Trial on the 18th.

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SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk The weather again played havoc with our runs and this time it was the Pitdown Run on the 12th July. As the original venue had been cancelled our Chairman found another venue at the Whitchurch Silk Mill and a new route was planned and all arrangements made. Sadly only four members turned up and together with Russell we made our way across North Hampshire meeting up with a large charity cycle ride on the way. Again a great venue, pity about the attendance. September sees us on the 6th September at Wickham with the Stuart Wallbridge Run and then the final event of our riding season on the 27th September, the Sunday Social Run from Bishops Waltham. At the 7th September meeting we will be having a talk on Vincent motor cycles. SOUTH LINCS AND PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 janda.salix@hotmail.co.uk http://www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk Top gear engaged and throttle against the stop for July’s events. The weather perked up. More members rode in on Club Night than at May’s official Bring-a-Bike Evening. A busy checkpoint for the National Road Rally preceded our midweek Girder/Rigid run, with its choice of routes. Strictly eligible machines were Kem’s Ariel 250, Stuart’s 16H Norton, my M50 Panther and John’s Velo MSS but a total of 11 riders made it a lively event. There was some confusion over which roads led to the lunch stop but all arrived in time. This was not the case on Eddie’s Summer Saunter; nineteen signed on but only fifteen turned up at our Treasurer’s house for a barbecue. A sterling effort by those present prevented food going to waste. September 21st is our AGM, with a buffet to encourage you to take part. Founder’s Run from Oaklands Farm on the 25th. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.hmharris@tiscali.co.uk www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk The resurrected BBQ at Bill and Jean’s was well attended this time and even the weather was kind. Thanks to Jean and all the ladies who produced an excellent evening. The Follow the Velo run once again was superb, with local back lanes and roads finishing up at the Blaenavon Railway Open Day. Thanks Rob. The Taith Hanesyddol Historic Tour attracted 22 persons and visited the fortified Church at Ewenny and a visit to the architectural delights of Margam Park of the incredible Orangey, Prioary church, Citrus House and Margam Castle. The weather was good and I hope you all enjoyed the event. September we have the Bring and Buy on the 12th and the Vale of Glam Trial on the 18th. Full detail on the website.

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STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 info@stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk This year’s Fish & Chip run was a bit of a disaster because of the weather; those who turned out were allowed to sit in and enjoy their fish suppers and a chat. ‘Bring a Bike and a Blether’ was a better night weatherwise, 16 bikes and 27 members turned out just for a blether as was arranged. This year’s S&T was discussed and Gordon advised us about the new venue at Cultybraggen, an ideal place everyone agreed it was a big plus. Dougie Cowie informed us that he had 72 entries which is good, but there's still room for more, anybody interested phone Dougie on 01764 653 474 as soon as possible. A big thank you to Gordon McLean and his wife Linda who provided a first class BBQ. All the usual eatables and a ‘Pokyhat’ for anybody that wanted one. A good crowd enjoyed the afternoon, well done, and thanks again. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk The summer sun shone for the Midweek Sundae run which allowed the participants to sit and enjoy homemade ice cream in the gardens of Barford Farm post-run. We have two runs this month, firstly the Afternoon run on the 7th from Bransgore and the Memorial run on the 25th from Woodfalls both ably run and organised by Jim Devereux. We will be holding our Inter-Section quiz on Club Night on the 21st and as in previous years we would welcome donations of food for the buffet which follows. If you could let John and Olive know what you are bringing it would be most beneficial to ensure a good spread for our members and visitors on the night. SURREY AND SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 secretary@surreysussexvmcc.club Our Annual Section BBQ was blessed with good weather and this encouraged a good turnout from our Section and visitors from other Sections as well, my thanks to the helpers and cooks. The following day John led his first Day Run which was well attended and was enjoyed by all. There was a bit of confusion at the start of our Evening run which led to five members missing the run which was a shame as it was the hottest day of the year so far! Our Evening run to the Goodwood Section had only six rides as many of the Section Members were attending other VMCC and classic bike events so at least they were out riding. Goodwood did us proud as ever laying on an excellent spread of food at the end of the run. 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 In July several of us visited John William’s garage to view his collection of classic motorbikes and cars. Beside his recently award winning Bonnie at the Swansea Bike Show he had an equally lovely Triumph Trident. The star of the garage was an E Type coupe in fantastic condition which he had restored, also a restored MG TF which turned a few heads. Many thanks John for a great evening. Thanks to John and Liz of the WSW Section who organised the Mountain Run which we attended. Our Camping Weekend is on the 16th, 17th and 18th September at Dan yr Ogof Show Caves. There is good camping on site if required and a pub within walking distance. There will be runs on the Saturday and Sunday. Phone Gareth on 01792 846169. We meet at 7.30 at Morriston Rugby Club off Chemical Road on the second Tuesday of the month. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.thetaverners.com www.tavernerstrials.org.uk Peter.Monk@snapon.com July is the busiest month for Taverners Members as a lot of you out there probably witnessed visiting our 50th Founder’s Day Rally to enjoy all that went on in glorious sunshine over the weekend all of this put together by volunteers. The wall of death proved an excellent choice and looked full for every show! Could it have been down to it being free? Thanks to everyone that helped in putting together this great event. Also this month was the Annual Vintage Bus run/Pub crawl and, as you can see from the photo below, was very well attended by Members getting in the swing of the 1920s theme.

TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com July was another busy riding month for the Section as many of you headed to Gloucestershire to stay at a new venue for us at Apple Orchard Campsite, kindly arranged

by Dennis Beale after a phone call to me last year when Ginnie told me that they were getting married and we were invited. This led to many of us enjoying the Cotswold Weekend and following Touring Week which was based there at the same time. You then headed to Norfolk for the Breckland Weekend and the following Touring Week at another new venue for us and what a gem Fendicks Fishery and Caravan Park turned out to be. The weekend and following weeks touring was held in almost perfect weather and could not have gone better. Thank you to everyone who supported the Touring Week from your donations £448 was given to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. WAKEFIELD AND WEST YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 0773 014 6637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com Our July Section Meeting was blessed with good weather, those attending enjoyed the sunshine, a pint and a natter in the car park gathered around the motorcycles. September’s Section Meeting will be our AGM, anyone interested in standing or support the exiting officers please call Neil to discuss. Our October meeting will be a slide show review of the summer’s events covering Section runs and Events such as Sowerby Bridge Bike Show, Selby Bike Show, The Golden Era Run and The Sunk Island Run, which Section Members have/will have attended.

WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 Graham's Wrinklies Runs are still proving popular and the Don Lafford Memorial Run saw 5 bikes turn out for a super ride in the Warwickshire Countryside. Thanks go to Brenda and Graham also Mick and Julia respectively for

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organising these events. Harry's Social Evening was a good evening although this clashed with a Classic Car meet so the pub was very busy but lots to see. The Tachfest at Bishops Tachbrook was held on a glorious summer’s day and 15 assorted bikes supported the event. Thanks to Mick and Julia for co-ordinating this. Bob Badland was our speaker for July, who brought a video of the Baton Relay showing when it commenced in Warwickshire and pased to the Midland Section. Thanks to Bob.

attendance for them all was twenty. Chris Thomas organised his usual two runs during the Camping Weekend, including a green lane run. The Teifi, organised by Andy and Quai was challenging and The Gwilli Run incorporated a Ford. Most of the runs suffered from rain at times, but didn’t dampen the spirits. September of course is the Saunderfoot Run from the 9th to the 11th, see the website for details.

WESSEX VETERAN AND VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 The July barbecue at Paul and Denise’s place (with Peter Bovenizer as chef) was blessed with good weather. It was well-attended and enjoyed by everyone….the Section at its best! The Beaded Edge Run from Shillingstone Station, sadly not an international event this year, (except for Paddy who said he came here 43 years ago in order to be sure of his entry) appeared to be enjoyed by all. Parking was initially a problem but was soon resolved. All 21 entries departed and returned with few problems. September brings us Roger’s Run-around on the 11th from Henstridge. Club Night is a motorcycling DVD arranged by Ian (BMWs, maybe?!) Also there will be a chance to make or spend money at Beaulieu and Netley Marsh etc. Another season nearly over – not many riding days to Christmas. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 betron.wright@gmail.com http://wkvmcc.weebly.com The Geoff Mayes trophy for road safety was awarded to Dave Mills riding his 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 at the Chaucer Run. Thanks to Derek Attwaters for organising the route and judging the road safety award and to Cyril Branch who did the remainder of the judging and helped Rod Smith with the administration. Those at this event will have heard Cyril say this was his last year doing that job so if anyone fancies taking over from him next year please let me know. Don’t forget the Treasurer Hunt on the 4th; this is a light-hearted run using a route sheet but with a few questions thrown in. Our discussion night will take place at the Three Horseshoes, Knockholt on the 27th. Bob Rouse has offered to review next year’s calendar of events and would appreciate your ideas to revitalise what we do. Please come and give your input. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 britie.motorcycles@btinternet.com www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk July was a busy month for Section runs and the average

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The LE at the ford (Gwilli Run) WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 vmccwestwilts@gmail.com We had thirty competitors for the White Horse Trial and Mike who provided the bike and filled it with fuel will not live down being beaten by his son. We have had excellent feedback from the competitors with promises to come back next year. The Mid Week run to Old Sarum Airfield led by Reg was attended by 12 riders, 11 of which arrived together with Jim making his own way there after reassembling one of his rockers which had fallen off on the way. Peter and Mike took part in the Cotswold Trial. Those who displayed their vehicles at the Little Somerford fete reported having an excellent evening out and we have been invited to take part next year. The Mid Week Wandering to The Raven attracted the biggest turnout of the year so far and was enjoyed by all. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk www.vmccworcs.co.uk We had two good runs in July; Pete Howells’ run to the Forest of Dean and Richard Caddick’s run to Montgomery. Thanks to both for organising and leading these. For September we have the Teme Valley run on the 4th, the Girder Fork/Cotswold meet on the 11th and the Midweek Run on the 15th. We have a programme of speakers for the winter season; first up on September 12th will be Chairman Roy Lambert talking about his National Service experiences in the Suez Canal Zone. The October speaker will be Geoff McGladdery talking about his recent ride on the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Scottish Notes

The Scottish Gathering for pre-1931 motorcycles will take place on 10th-11th September at Roslin, Midlothian. There is still time to enter or you are most welcome to come as a spectator. We generally have over thirty entries so there will be plenty of interesting early machines to see on the day (contact Ralph White on 0131 3344144 or ralph_sandra_white@btinternet.com). The Auld Reekie Edinburgh “Classic Ride Out and Ride In” is on Saturday 24th September and we are keen to see as many members and non-members as possible on 1970s and 1980s motorcycles but it is open to all eligible machines ( contact George Plumb by phone on 0131 3333336 or email at growanleaj@btinternet.com). Come and see us at the start in Kinross or at the Crieff Visitor Centre at lunch time (refer to July’s Scottish Notes for details). I spent the last weekend in July in the company of some members of the Scottish Mafia, namely Bill Dunlop, Chris Odling and our own Don Corleone, Neil Cowan, participating in the Mountains of Mourne Run organised the Northern Ireland Section. The event was very well organised and we can highly recommend it for a future occasion. The range and quality of machines was top notch including a host of Scotts which was a rare and welcome sight. The Scott owners knew their stuff as their bikes ran very well with no smoke evident. John Kidd of Dundrum deserves a special mention as our exemplary host. October is a very special month for the Club in Scotland if you have an interest in or like to see the earliest machines. The Second Early Motor Bicycle Run organised by Clyde Valley starts on Saturday 8 October at the Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

Roel van Maarseveen’s 1905 Excelsior, once owned by the late Colin Dunbar.

The run is designed to appeal to veterans but veteran like machines may be accommodated up to 1920 where the design did not change beyond the veteran cut off date such as Rudge Multis and certain Sunbeams. Details from John Macmillan on 01555 662760 or jmacmillan@talktalk.net . The present position is that entrants and spectators will have to pay the entry fee to the Museum. I am trying to negotiate free passage on the day for all but so far I have not had an answer to my proposal from the Museum. I will update you in the October’s Scottish Notes and am hoping that I can get the problem sorted. Immediately following on is Highland Section’s Glendaruel Veteran Run on Sunday 9th and Monday 10th October, specifically for pre-1915 motorcycles taking place in Glendaruel on the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll. The routes will be easy going and will include a tour of the Isle of Bute. We know that a posse is coming over from Holland, for both of the above events, led by Roel van Maarseveen, and made up of at least eight riders on 1902-08 motor bicycles. Details from Paul Morley on 01369 820287 or pauldawnmorley@talktalk.net. The organisers of both events would be delighted to receive entrants from throughout the UK and beyond to take part in a very special long weekend. Alastair Alexander Area Rep for Scotland

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

1st West Wilts

Mid Week Run. 10am. Little Chef, Chippenham. Mike Davis 01666 860577 mica40@tiscali.co.uk £1 Somerset Club Night. 8pm. Cossington Village Hall. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Members and guests South Cotswold Gordon’s Informal Weekday Run. 10am. Stonehouse Car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com Oxford Social run, 10am. Turnpike Yarnton. Geof Dee 01865 375133 £1 3rd Somerset Codgers and Dodgers Run. 1:30pm for 2pm. Rich’s Cider Centre, Watchfield. Rod Thomas 01934 627358 Machines over 25 years South Cotswold Kingswood Classic Vehicle Show. 10am. Kingswood Hall on B4060 between Wotton and Wickwar Rod Alexander (organiser) or Jeremy Retford 01453 843398 or 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com £2 Pre-booked entries only Cornwall Cornwall Rally Week. 9am.Monkey Tree Holiday Park, Newquay, TR8 5QL. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Hpippadog@aol.com Northumbrian Black Horse Vintage Motorbike Show. 10am. Black Horse Pub, Red Row, Beamish, DH9 0RW Brian Minto 07977 465344 bmconstruction@orange.net 4th B’pool & Dist Rivington Run. 10am. A6 Layby just North of Broughton (Nr Preston) traffic lights Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com £1 Midland Shackerstone Festival. 9:30am. National Motorcycle Museum. Peter Mahoney 07973 440 165 badbobland@hotmail.com 25-year VMCC rolling rule East Sussex Run to the BSA OC Open Day. 10am prompt. Boship Roundabout, A22, Hailsham, BN27 4DT Andy Marks 01323 849199 compsec@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Mid Lincs Mid Lincs Mystery Run. 10am. Skyview Cafe, Sandtoft Airfield, DN9 1PM. Richard Maw 01427 872247 richard@midlincsvmcc.co.uk £3 Taverners Sporting Trial. 10:30am. Uppingham. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 mmcevoy@infoteknix.co.uk £12 pre-65 South Hants Stuart Wallbridge Run. 10 for 10:30am. Wickham Square. Maurice Hayman 01329 282058 robertbtsc@live.co.uk £1 S’donia/Eryri Porthmadog Classic Bike Show. 10am. Bridge Cafe in Ruthin. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com 25-year rule applies Cheshire Run out to Porthmadog Classic Bike Show. 10am Rendezvous at Bridge Cafe, Ruthin & N Wales Graham Gotts. 0151 678 6216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com 25 years plus N. Birmingham Flight of Fantasy. 10 for 10:30am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, near Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL Trevor Bull 01905 778917 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Worcestershire Teme Valley Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Market Square, Bromyard. Pete Howells 01886 853293 West Kent Treasure Hunt. 10:30am. Borough Green Station. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine over 25 years of age S’donia/Eryri Annual Show. 10:30am. Porthmadog Quay. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 25-year rule Cheshire Cats Goostrey Road Safety Run. 11am. Goostrey Village Hall, Main Road, Goostrey (Nr Holmes Chapel), Cheshire, CW4 8PE. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com £4 Essex Colne Valley Road Safety Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall. Gill Scatcherd 07733 063928 gillscatch@aol.com East Yorkshire Forest Run. 10:30am. Fimber Roundabout, Tea Pot Cafe, YO25 3XU. P.Hird 07836 618599 £2 South Durham Baydale Run. 10am. Cricket Club Middleton St George, DL2 1JQ. Bobby Robinson 01429 269463 £2.50 25-year rule

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Men of Kent

Dickie Dunster Memorial Run. 10:30am. Kent Gliding Club, Challock, Kent. TN25 4DR. Brian Andrews 01843 293370 Chairman’s Priory Run. 10:30 for 11am. Christchurch Quay. Bernie Kuropka 01425 479177

Bournemouth & New Forest Norwich & Dist Museum Run. 10 for 10:30am. 2 Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norfolk, NR12 7ND. Bob and Cynthia Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk Banbury Reg Ridgeway Run. 9:30am. Brackley Market Square. Mick Dale 01295 710911 South Dorset Lifeboat Run. 10:30am. Top of Town Dorchester DT1 1RN. Ollie Legg 01305 768868 allan.legg@gmail.com £2 Notts & Derby Sunday Run. 10:30am. Ashbourne Market Place. Clive 01335 390369 Ips & Suffolk Heritage Coast Run. 10:30am. Woodbridge Car Park. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Northampton Scatter Rally. 9am. Earls Barton CC. NN12 OEZ. Trevor Pinfold 01604 859215 trevorpinfold168@btinternetcom £8 Central Lancs Settle Run. 10:30am. The Boatyard Inn, ,Bolton Road,Riley Green, PR5 0SP. Mike Milton 01772 424789 mikemilton33@gmail.com South Durham Baydale Run. 10am. Cricket Club Middleton St George, DL2 1JQ. Bobby Robinson 01429 269463 5th 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 6th Ips & Suffolk Evening Run. 7pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 East Herts Pub Night. 8pm. The Woodman P.H. 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 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com South Cotswold South Cotswold Club Night. From 7pm. Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com Brooklands Social meeting. 8pm. The Cricketers Inn, The Green, Pirbright, Woking, GU24 0LP. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com Oxford Welsh trip. 8am. Yarnton garage in the Woodstock direction. Dave Webster 01865 452232 7th Stonehenge Midweek Run. 2pm. Carpenters Arms, 103 Burley Rd, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8BA. Jim Devereux 01425 673547 £2 Clyde Valley Lunch Meeting. 12:30pm. The Oven, Overton Farm, Rosebank, A72. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com Chiltern Club Night. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com £2 Section Members Cotswold Mid-Week Social Run. 1pm. The Highwayman Inn, Beechpike, Elkstone, Cheltenham, Gloucs, GL53 9PH (SO 966 107). Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 nige-bsa@hotmail.co.uk Surrey & Sussex Day Run. 10am. The Nutley Arms Fords Green Rd, Nutley, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3LJ Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com £1 Bristol Evening Meet. 7:30pm onward. The Plough PH, Pilning, BS35 4JJ. Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk Wakefield & Dalesmans Run. 10:30am. Pantry Café, Harrogate Road, Leatherley, Nr Pool LS21 2PS West Yorkshire Ralph Ballinger 01274 515987 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com £2 West Kent Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Wrotham Hill car park. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine over 25 years of age

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Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Highwayman Inn, Beechpike, Elkstone, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9PH (SO 966 107). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowman.freeserve.co.uk Lunch Meet. 12 noon. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528

Dorset 8th North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Evesham. Gary Booth 07881 260317 garyrbooth@hotmail.com £1 Goodwood Wrinkly Run. Note: A THURSDAY. 10:30am. Washington Roundabout, Sandhill Lane, Opp. Destination Triumph, London Road, Washington, West Sussex RH20 4AJ. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Dartmoor Early Evening Ride. 6pm for 6:30pm start. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 West Kent Come on a bike night. 8pm. The Pied Bull, Farningham. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com All members welcome West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Taverners Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com Isle of Man Club Night. 8pm Vagabonds Rugby Clubhouse, off Main Drive, Nobles Hospital Site. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net North Staffs Club Night. 8pm. Moorville Hall. Kate Wain 07561 530136 Bedfordshire Reminiscences of the Triumph Meriden Factory - John Rosamond. 8pm for 8:30pm. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA. Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club, Middleton St George. David Porteous 9th West S Wales Saundersfoot Weekend. 10am. Saundersfoot. Entries Peter Thomas 01559 363761 webmaster@westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk £14 Regs available; contact Entries Secretary. 10th Touring Three Days of Touring Wales. 9:30am. The Village Hall, Howey, Llandrindod Wells, Powys Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com £4 Auld Reekie Scottish Veteran and Vintage Gathering. 9am. Slatebarns Caravan Park, Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian, EH52 9PU. Ralph White 0131 334 4144 ralph_sandra_white@btinternet.com £15 Motorcycles and three wheelers up to 1930 Midland Shuttleworth Collection Coach Trip. 9:30am. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 badbobland@hotmail.com £27 11th Berkshire Section Holiday. 10.30am. The Royal Hotel, South Parade, Skegness, PE25 3EH Bill Barnes 07817 143733 bvmccchairman@gmail.com Northumbrian Bob Rawlings Run. 10am Helme Park Service Station, Bridge St, Tow Law, DL13 4LD Geoff Grigg 01388 528975 g.grigg@sky.com £4 VMCC 25 year rule Warwickshire Afternoon Tea Run. 1:30 for 2pm start. Hatton lay-by. Simon Dudfield 01926 832031 £1 25-years old plus machines. Devon End of Summer Run. 11am. The Corn Dolly, East st, S Molton, EX36 3DB. Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com £2 Somerset West Somerset Run. 10:30am. Cross Keys Inn, Norton Fitzwarren, TA2 6NR. Steve Bowden 01643 821808 Machines over 25 years old Moonraker Social Run, P Goodwin. 10 for 10:30am. The Rat Trap. Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net £1 25-year rule Lakeland Mystery Ride from Langwathby Station. 11am. Langwathby Station Car Park, Cumbria Eric Stephenson 01900 824898 eric.home@talktalk.net or eric.stephenson@jameswalker .biz Sheffield Doncaster Circular. 10 for 10:30am. Hatfield Water Park. George Rooke 07776176651 & S Yorkshire or 01302 835805 david.sellars@sky.com £3 Essex End of Summer Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Brockhill Nursery, Brock Hill, Wickford. Alan Williams 01268 764501 Northampton The Canal Run. 10:30am. Brixworth C Park, NN6 9DG. Michael Sawyer 01604 592666 david.r.mead@btinternet.com

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Bucket and Spade Run. 7:30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Mick Leach 01283 815487 58th Buxton Road Safety Run. 10:30 for 11am. Pavilion gardens, Buxton, Derbshire. Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 howardranch@hotmail.co.uk £3 25-year rule applies. Kings Lynn Jubilee Run. 10:30am. Swaffham Market Place. Brian Robinson or Len Cox 01842 810307 or 01842 810663 £3 Cotswold Summer Meeting. 12 noon. The Walwyn Arms Inn, Much Marcle near Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2LY (SO 656 333) Peter Kent 01452 610375 South Dorset Ollie’s Follies. 10:30am. Top of Town, Dorchester, DT1 1RN. Ollie Legg 01305 768868 allan.legg@gmail.com £2 Dartmoor Club Ride: Run to the Sun. 10am for 10:30am start. The Fox Tor Cafe, Two Bridges Road, Princetown, Devon, PL20 6QP. Steve Carr 07800 631271 Wessex Vet Roger’s Runaround. 10:30 for 11am. The Virginia Ash, Henstridge, BA8 0PL. Roger Gillard & Vintage 01935 814267 £3 Pre-1931 machines ONLY Worcestershire Girder Fork/Cotswold meet. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester John Porter 01386 553329 East Lancs Pendle Hill Run. 10:30am. East Lancs Railway car park, Rawtenstall. David Prismall. 01706 217572 davidprismall@hotmail.com £2 Bristol Cyclemotor & Girder Fork Run. 10 for 10:30am start. The Stable Tea Rooms, Manor Farm, North Widcombe, BS40 6HP. Alan Spencer 07815 992256 01179 712587 alanspencer@orange.net VMCC eligible machines Chiltern Pitstone Museum 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 Cyclemotor The Lakes Run. 10:30am. Manor Farm Tea Rooms, N. Widecombe, Bishops Sutton. BS40 6HW Alan 01179 712587 Preferably low-powered, low-capacity, veteran Banbury Anniversary Run. 8pm. Elephant & Castle, Bloxham OX15 4LZ. Dave Jebbitt 01295 750538 25-year rule applies 12th Wessex Vet Club Night. 8pm. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common, SP8 5NB. Ian Clarke 01202 824772 & Vintage Worcestershire Club Night with speaker. 7:30pm. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. Roy Lambert 01905 351033 South Wales Bring & Buy. 7:30pm. Llanharry WMC. Howard Jayne howard.jayne@talktalk.net Stirling Castle Club Night AGM. 7:30pm. Woodside Hotel Doune. Davie Brown 01786 870345 janettemcbrown@icloud.com Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07968 646357 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p 13th Pennine September Club Night. 8:30pm. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale, OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk £1 Clyde Valley Club Meeting. 7:30pm. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com Dartmoor Widecombe Fair. Visit our web site for details. John Osmond 01803 527469 South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. from 6:30pm. The Anchor Inn at Epney Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com East Devon Lunch Meet. 1pm. Aviator Cafe, Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com Surrey & Sussex Evening Run. 7:15pm. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com £1 Anglian Club Night. 7:30pm. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com £2 14th Bristol Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk S’donia/Eryri Clubnight. 7:30pm. Snowdonia Inn,Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk Northwest Club meeting and AGM. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@googlemail.com

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Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com 50p N Birmingham Ian’s Mid-Week Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, near Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL Ian Harris 01952 460254 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Norwich & Dist Hemsby Wednesday Run. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Eric Smith 01493 384417 Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. Fagin's Inn, Stroud Road, Brookthorpe near Gloucester, GL4 0US (SO 837 122) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowman.freeserve.co.uk Kings Lynn Ride a Bike Night. 7pm. The Twenty Churchwardens at Cockley Cley. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com 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 Men of Kent Fish and Chip Run. 7pm. Village Hall, Dunkirk, Near Canterbury, Kent, ME13 9LF. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Essex Wrinkly Run. 10 for 10:30am start. Tesco Car Park, Maldon. Dave Iszard 01621 892206 Warwickshire Club Night. 8pm. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 frankparker@talktalk.net East Sussex Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian's Barn, Ashburnham TN339NX Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 15th Bedfordshire Midweek Run. 10 for 10:30am. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Don McKeand 01525 720629 £2 Cheshire Cats Clubnight. 8pm. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com West Wilts Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Westbrook Inn, Westbrook. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Worcestershire Midweek Run. 9:30 for 10am start. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester. John Porter 01386 553329 Reivers September Thursday Run. 10am. Morpeth. Chris Maughan 0191 285 3028 chrisjmaughan@aol.com Oxford Long Run. 9am Millets Farm. Barry Winter 01235 531402 £1 16th East Lancs Bonanza One. 10:30am. Edisford Bridge Hotel, Edisford Road, Clitheroe. BB7 3LJ. David Prismall 01706 217572 davidprismall@hotmail.com £3 17th East Lancs Bonanza Two. 10:30am. Edisford Bridge Hotel, Edisford Road, Clitheroe. BB7 3LJ. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com £3 Reivers Saturday Rover. 10am. Stannington Jon Hill 01670 590688 rjonhill@yahoo.co.uk 18th Brooklands Windsor Run. 11am. Chobham Common Car Park, B383 Chobham to Sunningdale, just north of M3 GU24 8QX. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com £1 West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine over 25 years of age Cornwall South Cornwall Run. 10:30am. Chiverton Cross, Blackwater,TR4 8HS. Steve Brighton 07767 203464 East Lancs The Blackburn Run. 10:30am. The Rocket Centre, Trident Park,Whitebirk Drive, Blackburn, BB1 3NU. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com £3 North Cotswold Treasure hunt. 10am. The Square, Chipping Campden. Ian Scott 01869 349107 ian.h.scott@btinternet.com £1 Mid Lincs Northern Veteran Run. 10am. Wickenby Airfield, LN3 5AX. Stewart Parker 01652 657603 www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk £6 Pre-year 1931 only South Durham Beamish Trophy Trial. 9am. Esh County Durham. Tom Norman 01429 280820. see regs Cheshire Cats Jeff’s Out for the Count Run (see details!) 10:30 for 11am set-off. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich. Jeff Meehan 01928 581171 jeff.meehan@ntlworld.com West Kent Social Run. 10:30am. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com Any machine over 25 years of age

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Men of Kent B’mouth & New Forest South Dorset Bristol Northampton

B’pool & Dist Burton & Dist East Devon

South Wales B’mouth & New Forest Isle of Man Midland West Wilts



19th Wakefield & West Yorkshire Bournemouth & New Forest Northumbrian

Section Run. 10:30am. tba. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 Bring a Bike Night. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404

Tony’s Run West. 10:30am. Bridport By-Pass. Tony Fry 01202 770789 tony_fry04@yahoo.co.uk £2 Run Into Wales. 9.30 for 10am. Aust Services M48, BS35 4BH. Rod Western 07778 704097 rodwestern@outlook.com VMCC eligible machines The Wrong Way Round Run. 10am. Hunsbury Country Park, NN4 9UW. Jim Poole 01604 766734 david.r.mead@btinternet,com Arnside Chippy Run. 10am. Knott End On Sea cafe, FY6 0EA. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com £1 Breakfast run. 7:30am. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 Sunday Ride. 10:30am. Smileys Cafe picnic area, EX14 1BQ. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com £2 Vale of Glamorgan Road event. 11am. Llanharry WMC. Bill Phelps billphelps@john-lewis.com £5 Autumn Run. 10.30 for 11am. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Barry Harvey 02380 894897

Trial. 1:30pm. Carnagrie. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 sseal@manx.net £10 Tour From Birmingham. 9:30am. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 badbobland@hotmail.com £6 25-Year VMCC Rolling Rule Land’s End to John O’ Groats. 9am. Land’s End. Bob Fisher 01285 860130 bob.fisher2@virgin.net £500 Last of the Summer Wine Run. 11am. The Village Hall, Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton, Dorset Bob Hoare 01963 364618 £3 4th Four Seasons run. 10:30 for 11am. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton,SK12 1RG Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 £3 25-year rule applies Section AGM. 8pm. Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown WF4 4RL neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com 0773 014 6637 Bring a Bike Night. 7:30pm. Walkford Hotel, BH23 5QF. Dave Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com Club Night including Business Meeting. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07977 465344 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p

20th South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6:30pm. The Tudor Arms at Slimbridge. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremyretford@btinternet.com Gwent Club Night. Nog and Natter. 7:30pm. The Rising Sun, Pandy NP7 8DL Mark Hillier or John Sharman 01873 811541 / 01874 730753 markhillier61@iclould.com East Herts Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London, Colney AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 Goodwood Club Night. 8pm. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Moonraker Club Night. 7 - 7:30pm. The Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wooton Bassett. Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net £1 East Lancs Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com Ips & Suffolk Club Night. 8pm. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Brooklands Club Night. 8pm. The Members Bar, Brooklands Museaum, Brooklands Rd, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Richard Huckle 07853 204018 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 21st Cornwall Informal Meet. 12 noon. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Midland Club Night with Gordon May. 8pm. National Motorcycle Museum. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 badbobland@hotmail.com £1

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Norwich & Dist Sheringham Wednesday Run 2. 12 noon. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Brian & Jimmy Francis 01603 713767 Mid Lincs Section AGM. 7.30 for 8pm. The Shires, Gainsthorpe, nr Kirton Lindsey, DN21 4JL. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 peter@ midlincsvmcc.co.uk Stonehenge Club Night - Intersection Quiz. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls, SP5 2LN. Details Committee Norwich & Dist Club Night. 8pm. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk £1.50 South Lincs September Club Night - Section AGM. 8pm. Red Lion, 48 King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, & Peterborough PE6 9HP. Brian Fosh 01832 273390 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com East Sussex Chris Pile’s Wrinkly Run 2. 10:30am. Section HQ, Brian's Barn (next to the Ash), Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Chris Pile 01435 864043 Christopher.pile@sky.com Chiltern Pub Night. about 8pm. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Cotswold Mid-Week Rally. 7pm. The Aviator Inn, Staverton Airfield, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SP (SO 893 217). Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowman.freeserve.co.uk Stonehenge Club Night - Intersection Quiz. 8pm. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls, SP5 2LN. Details Committee Oxford Bring and buy auction. 7:30pm. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster. 01865 452232. £1 22nd Taverners Section AGM. 8pm. Ratby sports & social club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com Isle of Wight September Scurry. 8pm. Brighstone Holiday Centre, Military Road, Brighstone IOW. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Pre-1931 given priority West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Flat Tank Great War Motorcycles. 8pm. Thornbury Rugby Football Club, BS35 1LG. Dr Reg Eyre 01242 870375 reg.eyre@tesco.net £2 Warwickshire Wrinklies Run. 10am. Rainbow Cottage, Norton Linsey. Graham Hallard 01926-842029 North Cotswold Wrinkly Run. 10am. Chipping Campden. Michael Haines 01386 840164 michael@cotswoldcharm.com £1 Wessex Vet Autumn Leaves Afternoon Run. 1:30 for 2pm start. Fox and Goose PH Coombe Bissett SP5 4LE & Vintage Ian Clarke/ Bette Barber 01202 824772 / 01722 330453 ianclarke135@me.com £3 Pre-1931 machines only South Durham Club Night. 8pm. Cricket Club Middleton St George DL2 2NT. David Porteous 24th Lakeland South Lakes Mountain Weekend. Sat. 10am & 13:30pm; Sun. 10:30am. The Wilson Arms, Torver, Cumbria. Colin Steer. 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk £8. Pre-1971 machines only. Somerset Autumn Autojumble. 9:30am. Royal Bath and West Showground, BA4 6QN. Dave Atterbury 01297 32853 £3 Only motor cycle-related items to be sold Auld Reekie Classic Run and Ride in. 9am. The Boathouse Bistro, Kinross. George Plumb 0131 333 3336 growanleaj@btinternet.com All VMCC eligible machines. Dorset Breakfast Meet. 10am. Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ. Rod Hann 01935 872528 Notts & Derby Saturday PM Run. 2:30pm. Ripley Market Place. Gordon 01773 788710 East Yorkshire Saturday Wanderings. 10:30am. Fimber Roundabout. Tea Pot Cafe. YO25 3XU. A.Frankish. 01482 658903 £2 East Herts Autumn Run. 10:30am for 11am departure. John Bunyan P.H. AL4 8ES. Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 25- year rule East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe, Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com 25th N Birmingham Levis Cup Trial and Marjorie Cottle Trophy. See Regulations. Martyn Round 0121 5501547 martyn-richards@btconnect.com Banbury Conker Run. 9:30am. Horse Fair Banbury. OX16 0AN. Cliff Osenton 01295 811621

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The Leap Year Run. 10am. Abergavenny Bus Station. Mark Hillier / John Sharman 01873 811541 / 01874 730753 markhillier61@iclould.com 25-year rule Isle of Man Road Run & Tea Party. 2pm. St Johns School opp Farmers Arms. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net Brooklands The Kempton Classic Car & Bike Show. 10am. Kempton Park Water Treatment Works, Snakey Lane, Feltham, TW13 6XH. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com £7 Ips & Suffolk Autumn Run. 10.30am. Rushmere. T. Dickings 01473 217215 Midland Bob Currie Ride Out. 9.30am. Boat Inn, Catherine De Barnes, B91 2TJ. Bob Badland 07825 5840677 badbobland@hotmail.com £1 Ironmasters Mike’s Meander. 10.30am. Priorslee Lake Jct 4 M54. Mike Instone 01952 200704 Anglian The Arkesden Run. 10 for 10:30am. Arkesden Village Hall, Arkesden, nr Saffron Walden, Essex Roger Murray 01763 272045 patbeckside@gmail.com £5 Any machine up to January 1st 1950 Stonehenge Memorial Run. 11am. Club House. Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN Jim Devereux 01425 673547 £2 Moonraker Memorial Run Don. 10 - 10:30am. Details later. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 £1 25-year rule South Lincs Founder’s Run. 10:30am. Oaklands Farm, Caldecote,Nr. Folksworth & Peterborough Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com £2 South Cotswold Sunday Informal Run to Crofton Beam Engines. 10am. Stonehouse car Park. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com South Hants Sunday Social Run. 10 for 10:30am. Basingwell St Car Park, Bishops Waltham. John Marks 02380 618244 robertbtsc@live.co.uk £1 Dartmoor South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh. 10am - 12pm. South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ John Osmond 01803 527469 Taverners Taverners 60th Road Trial. 10am. Gliding Club, Husbands Bosworth LE17 6JJ. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com £10 Northwest The Chipping Run. 10am. Chipping Car Park. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com Devon Girder Fork Run. 11am. Cherry Garden Cottage, 4, Cowley Rd. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6HQ Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com £2 East Sussex Backboys Steam Rally Run. 10am. Fire Station, Heathfield. Section Secretary. 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 26th Northwest Club Social Meeting. 8pm. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@googlemail.com Northumbrian Club Night. 8pm. Birtley RAOB, Birtley Ln, Birtley, Chester le Street DH3 1AP. Pete Bagnall 07977 465344 petebagnall44@hotmail.com 50p 27th Goodwood Noggin’n’Natter. 8pm. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com West Kent Discussion night. 8pm. The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt.TN14 7LD Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com All members welcome Kings Lynn Club Night, Guest Speaker. 8pm. Northwold Sports and Social Club. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com Surrey & Sussex Noggin and Natter. 8pm. Kentish Horse, Cow Lane, Markbeech, Edenbridge TN8 5NT Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com South Cotswold Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. From 6:30pm. The Ship inn at Brimscombe. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Berkshire Club Night - Inter-Section Quiz. 7:45pm. The Englefield Social Club, The Street, Englefield, RG7 5ER. Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Oxford section Club Run. 8:30am. Harliquins RFC. Horsepathe Road. Dave Webster 01865 452232 £1 28th Bristol Video - Survival of the fastest. 8pm. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk

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East Sussex

Clyde Valley East Herts Cotswold

South Wales 29th M&HP Dorset

Taverners Lakeland

West Wilts

Oxford Goodwood Bristol

30th Cornwall



1st Lakeland 2nd Pennine

Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. Brian's Barn, Ashburnham TN339NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 paul.rickards@virgin.net Wrinkly Run. 10:30am. Rookery Cafe AL9 6EA. Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 25-year rule Club Night and Barbecue. 7pm. The Haw Bridge Inn, Haw Bridge, Tirley, Gloucester, GL19 4HJ (SO 845 278). Graham Rowcliffe 01793 886967 info@rowcliffeplantsales.com Mid week evening run. 7pm. Farmers Arms, Aberthin. Howard Jayne howard.jayne@talktalk.net

Club Night. 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RG. Barry Cook or Barry Howard 01663 750827 or 01625 630016 Mid-Week Run. 2pm. Warden Hill Trading Post, Evershot, Dorset DT2 9PW. Mr Rod Hann 01935 872528 £3 Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby sports & social club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com Club Night: Commander Bill Hanna MBE. 7:30pm for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk Mid Week Wandering. 12 noon. Langley Tap, Langley Burrough. Colin Smith 07778 281332 colin.smith1951@btinternet.com Social run. 10am. H cafe Berrinsfeild. Alan Connor. 01235 533509 Evening Run - Fish & Chip. 6:45pm. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top Bury Hill, junction of A29/A284/B2139, West Sussex BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Lunchtime Meet. 12 onwards. The Salutation PH, Ham nr Berkeley, GL13 9QH Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk Truro Club Night. 7:30pm for 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 10th Cornishe Weekend. 9am. Willowbrook Garden Centre, Wellington, TA21 9HX. Philip Ham 01278 671626 philipsevierham@gmail.com £210 Machines to be over 25 years old. 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

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3rd South Hants Men of Kent 4th East Herts Moonraker

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 2 Stroke. Rutland Borders Run. 10am. Rose & Crown pub, Tilton, LE7 9LF. Roger Monk 01509 412662 pmonk83@yahoo.com The 100-Mile Run. 8pm. Quainton Memorial Hall, Station Road, Quainton, bucks. HP22 4BW Laurie 01582 842337. Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran Monthly Meeting. 7:30 for 8pm. Hill Park WMC. Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Club Night. 8pm. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087

Pub night. 8pm. The Woodman P.H. Wildhill AL9 6EA. 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com 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 North Cotswold Club Night. 8pm. Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com East Lancs Business meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com 5th Cotswold 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 Chiltern Club Night. 8pm sharp. White Hill Centre, Chesham, Bucks. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 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 motorcycles 9th East Yorkshire The Beverley Run. 10:30am. Bishop Burton Agriculture College. HU17 8QG. H.Holdorf 01482 862209 £2

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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. Men of Kent 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 10th Stirling Castle Club Night. 7:45pm. Woodside Hotel, Doune. Davie Brown 01786 870345 janettemcbrown@icloud.com 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. Maurice Chandler 01786 818953 mauricechandler@talktalk.net 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 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

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13th North Staffs Taverners Reivers

Bedfordshire Dartmoor

West Kent


West Wilts 14th Stirling Castle

Club Night (AGM). 7:30 for 8pm. Brian's Barn, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX. Section Secretary 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 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 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 Bring and Buy Night. 7:30pm start. Kenilworth RFC. Helen Parker 01926 429310 frankparker@talktalk.net Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm, Ashington Rugby Club. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com 50p

Club Night with invited speaker. 8pm. Moorville Hall. Kate Wain 07561 530136 Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Ratby Sports and Social Club, Ratby, LE6 0LE. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 gautrek@ntlworld.com October Thursday Run. 10 for 10:30am. Nelson’s Cafe, Swarland. Dave Spencer 01670 787 546 Dave.Spencer@gmx.co.uk 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 AGM. 8pm. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 Noggin & Natter. 8pm. Pied Bull, Farningham, DA4 0DG. Ron Wright 07761 005995 betron.wright@gmail.com East Taphouse Club Night. 7:30 for 8pm. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA Celia Hore 01208 73571 Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Club Night (bring & buy auction ). 7.45pm. Woodside Hotel, Doune. Davie Brown 01786 870345 janettemcbrown@icloud.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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18th Brooklands

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 East Lancs Social meeting. 8pm. Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood. BB6 7EP. Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com East Herts Club Night. 8pm. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, AL2 1DQ. Colin Morris 01923 671441 morriscolin1936@aol.com £2 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 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 22nd East Devon Breakfast meet. 10am. A35 Pit Stop Cafe. Gammons Hill. Bob Clow 07774 694833 bob341rc@outlook.com 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 Cotswold Winter Wandering. Noon. The Half-Way House Inn, Kineton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5UG (SP 097 266). Peter Kent 01452 610375 Ironmasters Fowl Weather Run. 10:30am. Redhill Café layby A5 Phil Withycombe 01952 606107 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 West Wilts Autumn Leaves Run. 10am. Chocolate Poodle, A361 West Lavington. Peter Fielding 01225 763567 starfield181@gmail.com £1

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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 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 Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. 12 noon. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 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 27th Lakeland Club Night: Morris Lubricants Presentation. 7:30 for 8pm. Keswick Rugby Club, CA12 5EG Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk 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 M&HP Club Night. 8pm. Poynton WMC, Park lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG. Barry Cook/ Barry Howard. 01663 750827/01625 630016 West Wilts Section Meeting. 8pm. Chippenham Rugby Club. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com 28th Cornwall Truro Club Night. AGM. 8pm. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG. Roger Fogg 01726 67198 rogerfogg2013@gmail.com 29th Dorset Breakfast Meet. 10am.Riverside Cafe, West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RJ.Rod Hann 01935 872528 30th Stonehenge 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 Plenty of advance notice: May 24th to 28th, 2017... To mark its 50th anniversary the FIVA (International Federation of Vintage Vehicles) has asked the French Federation of Vintage Vehicles to organise the FIVA International Motorcycle Rally 2017, lasting four days from 24th to 28th May 2017. The event will be centred on Cavaillon in the French region of Provence. Jean-Paul Decreton said: “It would be fantastic to find that many VMCC members were able to attend. The registration form can be downloaded here: www.fiva-world-motorcycle-rally-2017.org/medias/files/flyer.pdf , and further informartion is available at: www.fiva-world-motorcycle-rally-2017.org/

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An evening with Peter Williams

New Group in South-West?

Racing Motor Cyclist & Designer Hosted by Uncle Jim Reynolds and supported by Mick Hemmings Thursday 29th Sept 2016 at the Obelisk Centre, Northampton, NN2 8UE Doors open at 7pm Bar, raffle, etc, with proceeds to the TT Riders’ Association Tickets available from 1st August 2016, cost £8 by cheque or postal order, made out to Northampton Section VMCC. Please apply to: Mr D R Mead, Weedon Motor Co House, Watling Street, Weedon, Northants, NN7 4QQ Phone 01327 342570 Please include a stamped addressed envelope

Faced with a round trip of up to 100 miles to attend Club Nights at current Sections, several members in north Cornwall and Devon’s north-west corner would like to enquire if there would be enough interest to start a new Group. We would like to hold an inaugural open meeting at the Bradworthy Inn, Bradworthy, Devon, EX22 7TD, on Tuesday 11th October, (7-30 for an 8pm start), when support for the proposal can be gauged. Other Sections have no objections. Call Paul Dyson on 07974 230840 to express an interest.

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Yes! it was ‘Malcolm Mannequin’ and his 1947 BSA M20 outfit that stole the show at the third annual Roaring 20s day at Bexhill-on-Sea recently. Over 10,000 people descended on the East Sussex seaside town to watch Charleston Dancers, Jazz Bands, a Prohibition stunt re-enactment, Marching Bands, Battle of Britain flying displays and the inevitable shows of cars and motorcycles. The East Sussex Section of the VMCC rose to the challenge once again, and presented a wonderful and varied selection of machinery on their stand. From a period 1925 James and a 1926 Scott Flyer through a host of Sunbeams and a 1935 Brough 11.50 to an immaculate 1947 Norton ES2 – the display had it all. By far the best ‘crowd puller’ was the 1947 AA Sidecar outfit kindly loaned by local

AA patrol stole the show at Bexhill

enthusiast Ron Wanmer. Thought to be one of the only ones in existence outside the AA’s private collection, this BSA M20 outfit has been painstakingly restored to its concourse condition. Organiser of the display, East Sussex Section member Keith Rhodes, said: “The event goes from strength to strength, with several new members joining the VMCC on the day!” He added: “No matter how well you think you’ve catered for all the entries, things can still catch you out. “This year was no exception when an unexpected, but exceptional, 1920 Clyno turned up followed shortly afterwards by a 1923 Raleigh. Who would have turned them away? – not me!”

A Norwich Section Run

Journey’s end for the Norwich Section’s run out to Sheringham on a Wednesday afternoon. Ahead lies the North Sea and no further land between this part of the coast and the North Pole. Arthur Pentney

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Dot comes to a full stop at the end of September

Flying the flag at Powderham Castle COLIN SNOOKE

We had a phone call from our daughter who had just returned from the Glastonbury Festival. What was wrong, we wondered? All she wanted to say was that her boyfriend’s parents were coming to Exeter, where she lives, staying on Friday night before they were all going out for a meal, and why don’t we come up from Helston and meet them? Alarm! A wedding!? Expense! No new project bike! All was well in the end, as his parents were coming to Exeter for the Powderham Historic Vehicle Gathering to show off their Morgan, and she suggested we should bring our camper and the If the VMCC or Velo, stay at the show’s camp site, any club wants and join them for the meal on the Friday. to increase its Problem: the closing date was the profile, I suggest next day, 30th June. I rang Lorenze Powderham as Heil, the motor cycle representative. an opportunity to at the show, which was organised by the Crash Box and Classic Car Club do so of Devon Ltd. He was very obliging. I printed the forms from their website, filled them in and sent a £23 cheque for two nights camping and a commemorative plaque, in the post. He made sure I got the tickets and bumf to enable us to get in. Because of H&S, insurance and security, no ticket meant no entry, he advised. The tickets arrived, and we prepared to leave on Friday morning. Helston in Cornwall to Exeter normally takes just over two hours; it took four due to roadworks across Bodmin Moor – but we were in time to set up camp and be ready for our daughter to pick us up for the evening meal.

At the end of September Dot Motorcycles will cease trading from Ellesmere Street in Manchester, ending more than a century of association with the city. Harry Reed’s early years trading were under the name Swallow from 1903 to 1907, when the Dot name was adopted, up to 1926 when Thomas Sawyer became MD until 1935. Burnard Scott Wade then acquired the business and ran it until his demise in 1984. Burnard’s son Michael took over until he passed away in 2010. Finally, Roy Dickman was the senior Director to the present day. This is probably the longest period that any British motor cycle company has continuously traded, making returns to Companies House. Dot Motorcycle Club will meet at the premises, at 36 Ellesmere Street, Manchester, M15 4JW, on Saturday 24th September, starting mid-morning. Everyone interested in Dot motor cycles, is welcome to attend, particularly ex-riders and current owners especially is the bring their machines. This will be an informal gathering; please come and say goodbye to a great competition marque, and bring your bike. (Dots only please!) Pat Davy VMCC Marque Specialist

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Published at last – 104 years later...

This picture was found in the archive of the Edinburgh and District MCC with Scottish Six Days material, and it’s thought never to have been published until now. It was taken at the Drill Hall in Taunton, and shows the Zenith trade team in the 1912 ACU Six Days Trial. Left to right they are J Haslam (61), G Griffiths (63) 6hp JAP twin Graduas and P Wetherilt (62) 31/2hp JAP Gradua. The chap on the right in bowler and bicycle clips is unknown. Griffiths won gold, Haslam and Wetherilt silver; the team award went to P&M. Publication is courtesy the E&DMCC Archive via the Zenith Apprentice

Saturday morning dawned as a perfect summer’s day. I off-loaded the Velo and joined other exhibitors going towards the show ground. I was directed to the independent motor cycle enclosure and issued with number 98. There must have been 100 bikes by the time the gates opened at 10am. Mine was the only Velocette (shame on the rest of you). There were a few Japanese and European machines, most common 3 HRD’s, if you please, one of which ran away with the trophy. For my money the very rare Dunelt (correct me and enlighten us all Neville from Weston-Super-Mare) should have got it. Neville and Jen, both in their 70’s, dressed in period costume, and Neville braving the bumps of the arena with only a sprung saddle, but managing hand change, many other controls, the slippery surface and congestion during such laps of the circuit. What a wonderful weekend we had in wonderful weather in a wonderful setting! My wife, not really into these events, thoroughly enjoyed it as there were trade stalls as well and she rode pillion around the arena on both days saying how wonderful it was to be on the bike with no helmet etc. feeling so free. I think we will all associate with that. She couldn’t believe how organised it was and the cleanliness of the toilets, showers and security on the camp site. The only limiting factor some may find is that the gates were locked from 10a.m. until 4p.m. for vehicle access to and from the camp site and on and off the exhibition area and a request to respect

others after 11p.m. Because of the site’s location and access roads strict control of entry gates was required. We followed a low loader with a traction engine on board all the way from Exeter, and had to admire the skill of the driver negotiating some of the bends and narrow lanes. The only motorcycle club represented was the BSA Bantam Club. Not having had time before the show to contact anybody I thought once there I would join the Velocette Owners’ Club, or at least the VMCC for the area, but no. This is the largest event of this type in the South West, where thousands of people visit over the weekend and much interest was shown in the Velo as it is slightly unusual (no comments at the back) compared to the Triumphs and BSAs of the day. If the VMCC or any club wants to increase its profile I suggest Powderham as an opportunity to do so. If interested, contact Lorenz Heil at motorcycles_powderham@outlook.com who is very keen to build up the motor cycle element at a mainly four-wheel event as motorcycles prove so popular, particularly going around the arena. Unfortunately it’s not on my doorstep and I only realised it was on because of my daughter. To have missed it would have been a great shame with such a well organised and varied exhibition of things most of us enjoy relating to transport, engineering and Rock-n-Roll. Live music on Friday and Saturday night from 8 till late. There was a bar with meals as well if you wanted it.

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A meeting at High Lorton, Cockermouth


lan Johnson, now aged 96, invited his old friends for an afternoon’s natter at his home recently. Although Alan is incapacitated due to a stroke some years ago; his mind is a sound as ever! Members came from Dumfries in Scotland and from Garstang in North Lancashire. We were all pleased to see him and to learn that our most senior Cumbrian friend has been invited to take part in the annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in November 2016, as probably the U.K’s oldest surviving Dispatch Rider from WW2. He is thrilled to be invited to this event. He serves in the Royal Signals throughout WW2 – riding every type of machine available in North Africa and elsewhere. We had a lovely afternoon despite the weather and Aileen, his carer, and family made us all a lovely tea. Alan, we salute you!

FINAL BHR DATE FOR 2016 l September 24 & 25: l Cadwell Park

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An outing with the Baughan DAVID GILES

I thought readers might be interested to know that we are holding a special event in September for Heritage Open Day to celebrate motoring history in the Stroud District. We have spoken to John Kidson and he has agreed to take the Baughan motorcycle out for its annual run around the park on that day, and park it out the front of the Museum. So he will be there to talk to people about it and BMCT. We want to invite a select group of locals to bring their vintage motor cycles to the front of the Museum to park up and talk to visitors, and I wondered whether you would like to exhibit a vintage motor cycle on that day? Also do you know of a few others who live locally who would like to do the same? We are particularly looking for vintage and classic motor cycles or those with a good local story to tell. If you and any friends and associates are interested in participating, then please let me know who will be coming and what motor cycles they would like to bring. This is the information that has gone into the brochure: Heritage Open Days – 11th September 11am – 4pm – Motor Heritage Day. Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Baughan motor cycle winning its last Cotswold Cup. Join us to see the Baughan undergo its annual maintenance and take its yearly run around the park, watch original footage of it in action and view related artefacts and other memorabilia. The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust will be on site to tell you more about the Baughan, and may have other vintage motorcycles on display as well. If you own a vintage vehicle you would be welcome to drive it as far as the public car park to meet up with friends and fellow enthusiasts, but sadly you will not be able to access the Museum precinct in it. In addition there will be an opportunity to view our latest acquisition, a portrait of Stroud’s very own F1 racing legend Jack Lewis by artist Caroline Jaine.

Old School charmer

CONNIE THE CONSTELLATION (aided and abetted by Stephen Herbert)

Recently I took my owner Stephen, on a trip down memory lane back to his old school. I am a Royal Enfield Constellation – the bike Stephen lusted after in his youth – and I’m grateful to him for rebuilding me recently! The purpose of my visit was to join a display of fellow bikes organised by the Cheshire and N. West Section of the VMCC to Whitby High School (or, as Stephen remembers it) Ellesmere Port Grammar School, as a way to help the A-level students on an Engineering & Product Design course. Graham Gotts (C&NW Secretary) had organised with Mr Heeley (the Headmaster) for eight of us bikes and our owners to showcase the development of motor cycle design over the course of the 20th Century, highlighting the similarities and differences in engineering and aesthetic features over the years. I wore my owner’s old school cap on my headlamp for the event and, in order of age, we were: • 1913 Triumph Type D TT 500cc Roadster (owned by another ex-pupil, Neil Shirley) • 1920 Douglas 2¾ HP 350cc (ridden by Jim Scott) • 1921 Kenilworth Motorcyclette 143cc (owned by Jane Jarvis)

• 1934 New Imperial Model 30 250cc (owned by David Jarvis) • 1948 Vincent Rapide Series B 1000cc (ridden by Derek Burns) • 1950 BSA M20 500cc (ridden by Ron Williams) • Me – 1959 Royal Enfield Constellation 700cc (ridden by Stephen Herbert) • 1960 BSA A7 Shooting Star 500cc (ridden by Keith Wilson) Some of us were ridden by our owners to the event, others arrived in vans, but we were all roadworthy and very much alive! Stephen was interested to see his old school again, especially as the last time he took a ‘bike (a ratty old Royal Enfield Crusader) onto school premises was in 1971, and for which he received a detention! It all seemed vaguely familiar to him, yet strangely smaller than he remembers it… More words and pictures overleaf

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from previous page It was great to meet my other, older motor cycle companions with such diverse and interesting design features. How I marvelled at the evolution of motor cycle design from the simplicity of the Triumph of my grandfather’s pre-WW1 generation (one speed, no clutch, belt drive) through the New Imp (hand change, girder forks) of my father’s interwar time, up to my own post-war generation with twin cylinders, four gears and ‘proper’ brakes and suspension. Graham’s talk also touched on even more modern design features including disk brakes, electric starters and indicators, none of which I understand properly, but Stephen does as he has one of those too! The students, following Graham’s introductory talk, showed their interest in us bikes with questions and discussions with our owners and lots of ‘selfies’ with us. After the visit we all set off for home with our owners with a warm glow of satisfaction at (hopefully) giving some inspiration to younger humans to join the ranks of older ones in caring for us old bikes!

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A visit to Aske Hall’s ‘Twisty Hill Climb’ ARCHIE BEGGS

On Saturday, 16th July, 2016, several racing members of the Cheshire & North Wales VMCC Section travelled over to Aske Hall Estate, near Richmond, North Yorkshire to take part in the Aske Hall ‘Twisty Hill Climb’ event. Four people actually took part in the hill climb:- Kenny Crawford riding a 1929 Rudge and also Archie Beggs’ 1927 Brough Superior SS100; Peter Kelly on his AJS 7R, Sean Kelly (no relation) riding Archie’s 1930 KSS Velocette, and John Holt on his DMW

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‘stroker’. I took overall charge as the ‘Team Manager’ on the day, and all the participants had a ‘splendid day, coming home with cups (not silver ones but pottery) and more useful than plaques’! The event organisation was event excellent; it was exercised with flexibility and devoid of the rigidity that can often spoil other similar events. And the inclusion of a Brough Superior as part of the competing ‘equipe’ seemed to afford our team ‘VIP’ treatment!

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The sweet summer smell of Founder’s Day FROM THE EDITOR

A perfect summer’s day – perhaps a little TOO perfect in the heat of the afternoon, but no matter, it remained dry all day and there was just a hint of a breeze to spread that special aroma given off by old, oily machinery across the autojumble fields. Founder’s Day is very similar to Beaulieu in that you meet all those friends and acquaintances with whom you have lost touch. You share experiences, successes and failures and speculate on the possibilities of coming across that elusive component you have been searching for. An advantage that Founder’s Day has over the events in the New Forest is mobile phone reception. One of the few justifications for owning such an infernal device is the ability to contact your compatriots should you catch sight of their ‘holy grail’ among the detritus. In Hampshire you have to resort to two-way radios because of poor signal strength. There were plenty of stalls – and it was almost exclusively motor cycle or motor cycle related material that was on offer. Prices varied dramatically, and there is the dilemma of buying because you have found it or hanging fire in the hope of locating a better bargain elsewhere. The theme for 2016 was ‘Panthers’ and they turned up in profusion – making a very impressive display.

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Star of the Show? The 600cc Panther ‘de Luxe’

Similarly, the one-make clubs whose displays surrounded the arena gave you the opportunity to study ‘form’ and to make enquiries. The beer tent did a roaring trade – but I missed the band – or did I? The wall of death attracted large crowds all day long, and the antics of the trials riders in the arena provided additional amusement. Your scribe was able to make purchase of a few long-sought-after items from the ‘shopping list’ – which is never complete and on the way home you always bring to mind the things you SHOULD have looked for or should have bought. Never mind, there is always next year...

Clockwise, from above: A rare bird indeed – a ‘Duzmo’; The Marston Register display – all black and gold; Lots and lots of Panthers. Facing page: Overawed by the delectable items on offer. Hmm... I think I’ll buy the lot.

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Above: More challenging restoration projects. Left: Trials riders all ready for the demonstration they don’t look right in helmets do they?... Chequered flat caps and a Woodbine used to be essential wear... Below: Adam Monk (Sun Villiers) drops a mark.

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Good time had by all

Sunday 17th July saw the 50th Founder’s Day at Stanford Hall. To celebrate this milestone the Taverners Committee had arranged for the ‘Wall of Death’ display team to provide entertainment throughout the day. Add to this an enormous auto jumble, vintage and classic bike displays, arena trials and wall-to-wall sunshine throughout, and a super time was had by all. A massive 52 Panthers turned up as the theme machine. Big thanks to the Panther Owners’ Club for organising this impressive sight. A tug of war in the arena was a first this year, and the roar from participants and crowd indicated an event worth repeating. The winners were the BSA Bantam team. The number of spectators arriving on motor cycles must surely have been be a record although figures are not yet to hand. There was something for everyone, although if you were after a pint after 3pm you were out of luck as they’d run out of beer!

(As the winning tug of war team found as they tried to cash in the beer tokens they’d won). I don’t recall this happening before, and hope it didn’t spoil your day! We collected £157 from the auto jumble stalls plus lots of other items to auction at our annual charity auction on 27th October. All proceeds will be handed over to our chosen charity N.A.B.D (National Association for Bikers with a Disability). These guys help adapt vehicles for bikers who have life-altering disabilities. We would also like to apologise for the chaos that the road works caused around this area. The Taverners Committee thanks all the unpaid Section Members who gave up their weekend to help run this event. Next year’s will be on 23rd July; do yourself a favour and put it in your diary now to avoid missing one of the best events of its type in the world. Roness

Ben Measures in his normal pose in the arena. A few nice outfits turned up as well. SOMERSET SECTION

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1957 Sunbeam S8

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Lost in Germany TONY PAGE

Back in 2008, the late and inevitably much-missed Alan Abrahams (known to many of us as the former International West Kent Run Organiser and Two Stroke Club el Supremo), staged his first ‘Lost In’ jaunt – to Ouren, a tiny hamlet quite literally on the German, Luxembourg, Belgian border. Hotel-based, the idea was a West Kent-type run but around – well, in this case – the Ardennes, but due to the popularity then also in Germany, France and Luxembourg as the years rolled by. A tight-knit group developed which attracted others of a similar persuasion – i.e. those not bothered by getting lost or by signs across the favoured rural roads proclaiming ‘Route Barree’. That, basically, is the thing. Sadly, in May 2014, Alan, pictured right, lost his battle with Prostate Cancer and nothing would be the same again. Group decided ...with maximum The that Alan’s ‘Lost In’ braking work meant that the trips really should resembling a fairy pressing a continue. And that they certainly did. dandelion on the There are both UK and European trips, front hub with at least four UK tours and two Euro adventures a year – one of which took place centred around Daun, Germany in mid-July and saw 11 vintage-bike aficionados trundling along deserted rural roads in the Eifel region of Germany. The choice of machinery was varied, but all were unstressed and ‘gentle’. It has to be said that on some the brakes were somewhat poor, with maximum braking resembling a fairy pressing a dandelion on the front

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hub. But no matter – it is character building. Generally, the bikes are trailered or vanned to the hotel but not always. This year I took my pre-war Ariel NH as it is ideally suited to quiet back roads with its low gearing and gets hot and bothered attempting to keep up with the oft-found hustle and bustle of UK A-roads. In the company of the mid50s G3 Matchless, Royal Enfield Bullet, AJS Model 16, 650 Matchless Twin, BMW R50 and the like, it was a fun unhurried four days with excellent food each night in the hotel after the 85-ish mile daily rides encompassing a coffee and lunch stop, just like the West Kent Run (but with infinitely superior road surfaces.) We of course found at least a couple of the preplanned rides potentially thwarted by ‘Route Barree’ warnings, but – being British – we steadfastly ignored them and waved manically at the bemused road construction crews who, by their expressions, considered us eccentric but basically harmless. The trips are a real hoot and each is now ‘organised’ by a different past participant of Alan’s original brilliant idea. I think he’d (still) be smiling too… Left: My pre-war 350cc Ariel NH Top: Alan Abrahams in 2011, having ignored the road sign (riding his beloved 98cc James) l Interested? Then contact Murray Freeman: murray.freeman@hotmail.co.uk


THREE DAYS TOURING IN WALES 10th, 11th, and 12th September 2016 Start each day from Howey, near Llandrindod Wells. Each route is 90 to 110 miles in peaceful mid-Wales and borders. Join us for one, two or three days. Details from Paul Fletcher: 01842 878661; 07875694842; paul@fes1hq.plus.com

Huw Adams explains the mysteries of his 1925 Model P Triumph to Prince Charles at the Llandrovy Bike Weekend in Wales. We’re not sure if HRH believed what Huw said about oil being pumped at every fifth lamp post... Below: VMCC member Paul Jenkins shakes hands with Prince Charles.

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The 39th Northumbrian Gathering RACHAEL HOUCHIN

This was to be my third Gathering – the 39th Northumbrian Gathering – and this time I was to do it proper. Vintage motorbike: check. Respectable tent: check. Three sleeping bags, a pillow and an extra layer of emergency tweed: check. Yep. Proper. For me, it all began on Friday afternoon when I arrived at Highburn House Campsite in Wooler, to find vintage and classic motor cycles embarking on the Friday Afternoon Firkle; a newly-conceived social outing organised by Andreas Schröcksnadel, which traced a lovely route along quiet Northumbrian roads to the coast, passing through Bamburgh to Low Newton by the Sea. There, riders parked their steeds in the courtyard of The Ship Inn, took in the sea air and a beverage of their choice, before returning to Wooler (it has not yet been reported whether anyone was brave enough to go for a paddle before their departure). Meanwhile, myself and a band of trusty helpers (who all have my thanks) were up ladders hanging bunting, setting tables, testing the beer, sound system and dancefloor (who knew Vice-Chairman Commander Malcolm Byrne had such moves in him?!) in preparation for the ‘New Format’ Social and Presentation Dinner that was to be held the following day.

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Returning to Highburn House we heard many appreciative comments regarding the Firkle, despite the changeable weather experienced by the riders. Indeed, spirits were running extremely high – particularly in the South Durham ‘Ghetto’, from which mouth-watering smells and tuneful singing were carried on the breeze – and the air was filled with anticipation for the events that would follow. Dawn on Saturday was beautiful, though sadly it was not to last. By 9am the clouds had rolled in, heralded by the thrumming of motor cycle engines, as riders prepared their steeds. At 9.30am the early machines were away: at the front of the pack, Bobby Robinson of the South Durham Section on his 1911 BSA. Following Bobby were riders on more feeble bikes who were, in turn, trailed by more modern machines at 10am. Though the weather was mixed and somewhat torrentially wet at times, nothing could detract from the scenic vistas and sweeping roads that graced our Saturday route, which was skilfully plotted by Bill Lincoln. With a sociable coffee stop at the Impromptu Café in Elsdon, skirting around Kielder water to lunch at The Horse and Hounds in Bonchester Bridge, we returned to Wooler by way of Hownam and Town Yetholm. Many newcomers to the event expressed

the enjoyment they had had throughout the day Results and commented on the Performance Trophy Winner inclusivity of the run, Veteran(Pre 1915 St Andrews Motors Trophy Andreas Schrocksnadel which caters for all Vintage (1915-30) Thompson & Brown Bros Trophy Brian Smith machines covered by the Post Vint (1931-45) National Benzole Trophy David Earnshaw 25-year rule and is always Post War (1946-60) Boldon Salver John Lines suitable, enjoyable and Classic (1961-82) Mill Garages BMW Trophy John Lockett interesting for Veteran, 3-Wheeler Jacks Cup John Robinson Best Overall Nick Robson Memorial Cup Geof Stephenson Vintage and more modern machines alike. Concours d’Elegance All participants agreed Veteran (Pre 1915) Frank Smith Memorial Trophy Andreas Schrocksnadel the Border countryside Vintage (1915-30) Cowie Cup Paul Feldon could never disappoint; Post Vint (1931-45) Pons Aelii Trophy Tom Norman something particularly Post War (1946-60) Selwood Garages Trophy Steve France evident from the spring in Classic (1961-82) Hunting-Solvol-Autosol Shield John Tait the steps of Pilot Peter 3 Wheeler Lord Montagu Trophy John Robinson Bagnall and Co-Pilot Best BSA B.S.A. Cup John Weaver Commander Byrne of Machine Journey Pilgrim Trophy John Pering Thunderbird 2 (the Spirit of the Gathering Bobby Robinson breakdown truck), who On/Off Trophy Paul Barbrook had been kept on their Wobble Rachael Houchin toes dealing with five Colonial Shield Bobby Robinson breakdowns – so much so Bob Rawlings John Robinson that Thunderbird 3 (the Bill White (Rookhope) Drew Grant Goode wagon) had to be deployed to pick up bikes Thanks to Rachael, Andreas, Colin, Louise, Geof, Malcolm, Bill, Jimmy, Duncan, and FAB 1 (the Dixon John, Bill, Hilary, Craig and Josh for all their help. Without all their efforts, this mobile) to retrieve event would not have been possible. stranded riders. All made it safely back to the finish and prepared Chairman Malcolm Byrne and Chairman Peter for their evening’s festivities and proclivities. For Bagnall. Of note was the winner of the ‘Concours seventy-five, this centred on the Annual Social and d’élegance: Best Dressed Guest’, which went to Presentation Dinner, this year held at the Red Lion Monty the Dog (and Colin Goode, whose picture features on the Contents page). in nearby Milfield. The theme of the Dinner was ‘The Decade of your Sunday, a much drier day, involved a social run Machine’, with many in attendance choosing to around the countryside near to the camp site, with dress as a contemporary of their bike. The a coffee stop at Heatherslaw Mill and Railway and ambience was set by a playlist ranging from 1901 a trip to a Chillingham Vintage Vehicle show just to 1991, whilst a screen-show displayed pictures outside of Wooler. By lunchtime, the first began to depart and so the 39th Gathering drew to a close. and video footage of Gatherings past. Before dinner, all enjoyed participating in the ‘feely My thanks go out to all who had a hand in making box’ quiz in which vintage motor cycle parts had this year’s Gathering a roaring success, whether to be determined blindly, whilst the meal itself was that be as an organiser, route plotter, marshal or rider. delicious and served efficiently. Our thanks go to Landlord Iain and his staff at The Next year is a big year for the Section, with the Red Lion for providing this service. After dinner, advent of the 40th Anniversary – hopefully more there followed the prize giving and raffle members will come and join us in our celebration accompanied by the witty repartee of Vice- and help kick off the next 40 years with a bang!

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The 2016 Pennine Run JOHN LOCKETT

The Pennine Way Run. 9th and 10th July 2016. The ninth biennial event was well supported with 80 entrants for the two day occasion but unfortunately the weather again refused to cooperate! Tea, coffee and bacon butties were available at the start in the village hall at Edale and the first entrant left the car park at around 9.15 in heavy rain. The first casualty broke down in the car park with clutch trouble on his Velo and it wasn’t long before the next breakdown occurred en route with a puncture after 3 miles, which resulted in the back up crew getting soaked; who said it was the easy option with a further 147 miles to go that day! Further miseries were heaped upon the entrants and the organisers with the next breakdown occurring on the Snake Pass (electronics) but the rider was sufficiently proficient to rectify the problem himself. The weather got steadily worse and the road over Holme Moss was shrouded in low cloud, adding to the rider’s problems on their way to Digley reservoir where the official photographer (“flash” Cooper) set up shop. He consequently endured three hours of cold and misery but the results were appreciated by all concerned; well done Andy! Oil on the road (allegedly!) on the descent from Oxenhope Moor caused one rider to “bale out” fortunately causing no damage to his machine and minor damage to his hand (and his pride) but he was able to remount and continue. The next casualty expired at the aptly named Old Silent Inn just outside Howarth, with a flat battery on his BSA/Indian hybrid, but we were able to effect a temporary repair with a spare 12v battery, which got him to Hawes where local assistance was available. Another puncture occurred near Halton Gill resulting in the machine being ferried to Hawes where it was repaired the following morning in the better weather conditions, but the rider elected to retire. The evening get together took place at the Wensleydale Creamery where the staff again did us proud with an excellent carvery meal and was deemed to be a great success by all concerned with riders renewing old acquaintances in a convivial

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Main picture:Bob Gilligan aboard his 1954 BSA A7 followed by Les Dawson (1952 Triumph Thunderbird) and the Pontefract mafia. Inset, facing page: Machines and riders prepare for the Sunday run in bright sunshine! atmosphere. Photographs and mementos (mugs) were issued to all entrants following sterling efforts by the Mellor clan in processing the pics. On Sunday morning the ride started out from the Creamery car park with every one kitted up for the worst for the final leg to Greenhead by Hadrian’s Wall but in much better weather. One mile out of Hawes magneto problems developed on a Golden Flash, which we were unable to solve, and the bike had to be recovered by the owner. The route took us over the spectacular Buttertubs Pass and Tan Hill

en route to Middleton-in-Teasdale for coffee. The next casualty was a burnt out rectifier on a nice Triumph, which again we were unable to repair and the bike had to be recovered by the owner. By Hadrian’s Wall a rider lost control on gravel on the approach to a gated road, and although no damage was done to his machine the rider was unable to continue and a passing motorist gave him a lift to the finishing point at Greenhead. Both he and his machine were then transported to his home in South Yorkshire the following day.

The finish was in the Village Hall in Greenhead in bright sunshine where the raffle was drawn and drinks and biscuits were provided for the survivors. It was the end of a very eventful two days for all concerned, but well worth the effort. Our thanks to the organisers for their efforts and a special mention to Alan Clarke, an entrant from Hull who was unable to ride but provided roadside assistance throughout the event in support of the organisers. We look forward to seeing you all 2018 when we guarantee better weather, honestly!

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Riding the White Horse CHRIS KAYE

When I bought my 1929 Model 9 Sunbeam motor cycle it was mostly in a series of cardboard boxes, as a previous owner had suffered a con-rod failure that had also inflicted serious harm on the crankcase. He had accumulated a number of the items needed to rebuild the engine, but for reasons unknown had not completed the job, and the collection of parts had passed into the hands of another enthusiast. He had eventually recognized that he had too many projects on the go, and advertised it for sale. I could only hope that the parts in the boxes that I took away could be assembled into something resembling a Model 9 ‘beam! The bike had a sporting nature, without the features which are the signature of the Touring Models, which include an oil-bath rear chaincase and deeply valanced mudguards, and it had no form of lighting and no speedometer. Just the thing for a bit of light off-roading, I thought. Once it was a runner again I entered one or two long distance events, including the Arbuthnot Trial (beaten by inadequate ground clearance), and the Centenary Run for I had enlisted old the Scottish Six Day Trial (heavy friend Dave Polden rain most of the as ‘sidecar primate’ day). As a long(his words), who, time sidecar rider (we went on our as an ex-luge honeymoon with competitor and one), I missed current caver was, having ‘a bit on I thought, suitably the side’, and so I started searching qualified. for an early trials sidecar that would not look too out of place. Fortunately the bike had come with the wide-ratio version of the three-speed gearbox, and by using the smallest available engine sprocket together with the smallest gearbox output sprocket I had good gearing for low speeds and steep gradients, although the maximum speed on the road was rather an embarrassment in modern traffic! My first competitive outing with the chair was the

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Beamish Trophy Trial. I had enlisted my old friend Dave Polden as ‘sidecar primate’ (his words) who, as an ex-luge competitor and current caver, was, I thought, suitably qualified. His only disadvantage was that, at a trifle over sixteen stone, purists may have thought him a touch on the heavy side. Nevertheless we finished the Beamish (120 miles of road, track and moorland), although we found the going a little tough for a bike with very limited front suspension and a solid rear end, and for much of the way we were within talking distance of the riding marshal who was closing the course. Searching for an event more suited to both the bike and our skills, I came across a description of the White Horse Scatter Navigation Trial, which seemed to combine orienteering with riding motorbikes on Green Lanes. “Ideal” I thought, and sent for the Regulations for the 2016 event as soon as I could. There I learnt that competitors would receive Grid References for 28 Control Points on O.S. Map 173 (Swindon and Devizes) one week before the event. There were two types of Control, on road and Green Lane, and visiting a Green Lane Control was advantageous. Competitors were required to visit any eleven Controls, starting from one of two start points not before 10am, and ending at the finish point not later than 4pm. At the start, a list of questions would be supplied, the answers for which could be found at the Control Points (e.g. What is the telephone number displayed on the mobile phone station?). The purpose of the questions was to show that you had visited the site, as the Control Points were unmanned. In due course the list of grid references for the Control Points arrived (by email in my case) and we plotted all the points onto the map. The Green Lane Control Points were very spread out, but ambitiously we planned to visit all of them, adding one or two road controls to make up the numbers. Dave was going to navigate during the trial, and, in case of rain, he armed himself with waterproof enclosures for the maps and various bits of paper that we would need to consult. We were totally unfamiliar with the area, and felt at a grave disadvantage to locally-based competitors.

Dave Polden perched in the tiny sidecar, and me at the handlebars, we were within talking distance of the course closer for most of the day. On the day of the event the weather was better than forecast with high cloud, no wind, and no rain. We left the Start but quickly found that navigating in a trials sidecar involves a high level of multi-tasking. Map reading is quite feasible in a road-going sidecar with secure seating, but is a different matter when perched precariously on a trials sidecar. Besides trying to keep track of where you are on the map it is necessary to hold on to the sidecar and keep an eye on the road, and all the time you are exposed to the airflow and the movement of the sidecar beneath you. With hindsight it would have paid off to write out instructions detailing the action required at each road junction, as in a conventional VMCC Section Run. The Green Lane controls were a varied lot, including a Roman road, ancient ridgeways, and muddy lanes, and the route between sometimes passed through tiny hidden tracks leading to sleepy Cotswold villages. Altogether, a delight. We had decided in advance of the event that when we were one hour from the course closing time of 4pm, which we had been advised would be strictly

enforced, we would make for home even though there were Green Lanes not visited. We would try to pick up road controls to make up the numbers. All too soon our deadline was upon us, leaving a cross country run of more than twenty miles to the finish, as the crow flies. Our progress on the map seemed like a snail, and we had to abandon our attempt to make up the numbers with road controls, eventually scraping under the wire with just three minutes before cutoff time, and just one control short of the required number. To complete the Trial we then answered a few questions on motor cycle history, and on the Highway Code (easy if, as I had, you had been coaching grandchildren for the Theory part of the Driving Test). I had expected that missing a Control would put us out of contention for an award, but to my surprise, and thanks to the Rules which gave bonus points to pre-1935 vehicles and to three-speed gearboxes, we beat all-comers in the three-wheeler class (the next in class was a 1990 BMW 1000cc outfit)! A very satisfactory conclusion to a most enjoyable day.

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The 2016 Golden Era Run

NEIL WYATT After apologies and no-shows, 52 machines started the 2016 Golden Era Run for pre-1931 motor cycles and combinations. The furthest came from Ayrshire, a 1916 Norton 9TT, although there was also an entry from Wiltshire. The oldest machine was a 1910 Douglas Model C, down from Northumberland. Oldest rider, was Dennis Buckle, while the youngest passenger once again was Jake Earnshaw. Only two combinations lined up this year, a 1916 New Hudson Delux and Barry Tyreman’s 1930 Norton Model 24. Both combinations reside in West Yorkshire. Machines of interest included a 1925 NUT V twin, a 1921 Hobart with a Villiers 2stroke engine and two 1922 Martinside Model D’s. As always, there were two routes available, including a shorter flatter route for the earlier veteran machines, especially those with single speed and belt drive. There was a tea stop after around 30 minutes on the road. After which, the routes split. Before the 10.30 start, Eric Siddall (1930 Scott rider) addressed the riders and offered some advice, especially useful to first timers. A Sunday dinner awaited the riders on return, thankfully all riders returned to base before the rain came down. Only two machines needed to be recovered it is believed, thanks Maurice and crew for a job well done. Co-organiser Graham Wilson reports there were several letters of thanks from ABOVE: Russ Foden tackles the participants, including a hand-written note from Old Father ford at Bishop’s Offley during Brazendale of Cumbria! the North Staffs Shroppie Canal Thanks to the organisers, breakdown crew and Marshals, without Run. Photo: Kate Wain whose help this annual event could not take place. Same again in BELOW: Rest stop at the 2017 looks likely. Anchor Inn on the Shropshire Union Canal during the event. Photo: Geoff Davies

Above: An NUT from Newcaste Upon Tyne. Right: Dennis Buckle on his Royal Enfield.

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The Vintage Motor Cycle Club of Victoria


In the early 1990’s I had the pleasure of helping to affiliate the above Club to VMCC, one of the first Clubs to be affiliated. Good contact has been maintained with them ever since and a number of our members have visited them and thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality. Members of the Club have visited U.K. and taken part in our events. The club was founded in 1964 and has about 200 members who own a wide range of motorcycles from Veteran to Post Vintage. Their cut off date for eligibility is 1942. A meeting is held every month, and many events

similar to our own are organised of which I have a full list. They have an excellent well illustrated and colourful journal with the evocative title “Exhaust Notes”. A look at the pictures on their excellent web site www.vmcc.com.au would seem to indicate that their climate it suited to motorcycling events all the year round. Though the event called the “Brass Monkey Rally” may sound a bit chilly the pictures look very inviting. Any member who is visiting Australia will find a warm welcome in Victoria.

Members of the Ipswich and Suffolk Section visited the 493 Bomb Group Museum in Debach Suffolk as part of their Harvest Run.

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Dresch: Ever heard of it? JAMES EYRES

From the fact that there is no Marque Specialist listed for the Dresch, nor even mention of it in the regular Journal advertisement for volunteers to advise on rare marques like the Lilac or the Rene Gillet, one gets the idea that not many readers will have ever heard of the Dresch. The aim of this article is to rectify that omission, and I acknowledge the great help I have received in its preparation from my friend Jean-Yves Laurent of La Souterraine in France, a knowledgeable enthusiast and collector of the marque. All the colour pictures in this article are of machines in his collection. To begin with, in spite of the name, ‘Dresch’ was a French marque, not German. Henri Dresch’s family came from Alsace where many of the families have German-sounding names, though he himself was born in Algeria, in 1900 a French colony. He started life with a silver spoon. His family were members of the Republican elite, his grandfather an army General, his father the commander of the French army in Algeria; his brother, more academic than Henri, was to become Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris. Henri – living with the century – survived the last year of the Great War as a test pilot and then, at his parents’ suggestion, began to study medicine. But

The mainstay of the company for most of its life, the Model MS 604 was available in 250 and 350 guise. This is an early 250.

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not for long. Like most readers this article, his real love was the motor cycle. And by 1923 we see him (in a photo too blurred to print) seated on his first effort, a special built on the basis of a Gillet Herstal. To be fair, as his subsequent career was to show, Henri was not the smartest business brain in France, but it quickly became apparent that at the end of the War, with a deluge of ex-military English and American machines on the market, it was no time to launch a new brand. Instead the young company concentrated on making spare parts for BSA and Triumph – the most common machines then available. In contrast to many motor cycle makers in Britain as well as in France, Henri Dresch was never the brilliant but penniless engineer beloved of legend, struggling to make his way on excellence alone. No; he always had the family money behind him and like, say, the Comte de Dion or the Hon CS Rolls, he took care to recruit good engineers to back his effort. Early on, the Dresch company took over several undercapitalised but worthy firms – Le Grimpeur and DFR to name but two – thus acquiring experienced staff and a dealer network at a stroke. The company’s first production-line effort, powered (if that’s the word) by a 97cc two-stroke Aubier-Dunne engine was launched in 1923. It was hardly glorious, but fulfilled the useful role of convincing André Dresch that he needed create something new if he was to captivate the market. His response was two-fold: with perhaps a faulty understanding of the economies of scale, he launched a beautifully-built, cobby-looking, 250cc i.o.e single powered by a Swiss MAG engine, eventually to be built under licence by Dresch, at a price that barely covered the production cost and that left but the slimmest of dealer margins. The other element of attack, in a universe of black motorbikes, was to paint the entire machine red. (‘Dresch red’ as it came to be known). In 1929, Henri claimed that Dresch had 12,000 continued overleaf

With a flair for publicity to rival that of George Brough, Henri Dresch stunned the 1930 Paris Salon de Moto with a giant ‘pressed steel’ frame. (Painted ‘Dresch red’, of course.)

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from previous page satisfied customers that year, which puts the firm among the main French makers of the time. Perversely, but like many other motorcycle and car companies, Dresch chose the start of the Great Depression (effectively 1930) to launch an ambitious new model: a 500cc 360 degree in-line twin with shaft drive. Dresch abandoned the i.o.e principle and made the first series side-valve. The o.h.v. version was introduced in 1932. Notable features of the 500, subsequently applied to the 250 and 350 as well, were the pressed steel frame, considerably superior in rigidity and strength to the traditional frame of brazed tubes, and shaft drive. Dresch’s 500cc side-valve twin with pressed steel frame and shaft drive became the preferred pursuit vehicle of the Paris police. It’s the one shown on the Contents Page. There were also rumours of an o.h.v. straight four – like those produced by Motobécane – but it is not known if any saw the light of day. Nor even a photo of one. The new models were really not suited to a market where the buyers’ purchasing power was falling fast and 1932 the company was relaunched under a different name, Macam. It was the first of several ‘restructurings’ – they occurred again in 1936 and 1939 – and we may be sure that the fortune of the Dresch family came into play, if only to steady the bankers’ nerves. But by 1936 Henri Dresch’s focus on motorcycles was waning. He had become closely associated with a family at the opposite end of the social scale from the military notables of Alsace: the Bougliones, proprietors for generations of a travelling circuses. Never one to do things by half measures, it was not long before the Cirque Dresch was touring the roads of France. The Second War brought all Henri’s business activities to a close. Like many of his class and generation he simply drew the curtains and waited for the nightmare to end. But end it did, and in 1948 Dresch presented its last motorcycle – the ‘Baltimore’ – a technically innovative 350cc two-stroke. But France, bled white by years of systematic pillage and with much

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of its industry and infrastructure destroyed by the Liberation battles, was no market for innovative motorcycles. The show prototype never went into production and the company returned to its roots, producing spare parts for ex-Army BSA and Matchless machines – of which plenty still turn up at country shows. In the meantime, Henri himself had become a shipbuilder! For a few years he made a living converting ex-German navy ships into fishing boats. Thus it was that in 1949, while cruising the coast of Western France (as one does), that he fell in love again for the last time. Almost on a whim he bought a beautiful piece of coastline which, he was to find, had been used for years by the local people as a combination of informal quarry and rubbish dump. Over the years he extended his holding and, under the title Domaine de Rochevilaine, created what we would now call a health spa or resort complex. Henri passed away in 1978. He lived a full life. But apart from his brief years as a ship-builder one has the impression that his activities were to some extent hobbies supported by the family fortune. Even the Domaine de Rochevilaine, which looked so right for the post-War generations who were becoming accustomed to long and expensive holidays, went bankrupt a few years after his death.

Dresch was proud of the tank-top clock of the 500s. It appears in all the advertising of the time. Less desirable, perhaps, were the optional ‘Gazda’ leaf-spring handlebars. Supposedly for comfort, they make precise riding a challenge!

More than 40 years ago DAVID DAVIES

In this, the 70th anniversary year of the founding of the VMCC, it might be appropriate to reprint the thoughts of ‘Titch’ Allen which were printed in the Journal in April 1969, twenty-three years after the founding of the club.

“Today, it is an ‘in thing’ to possess anything from the past. Antiques and objets d’art have always been sought out and treasured by the connoisseur but the swinging sixties, hungry for the latest and the oldest at one and the same time have made collecting a cult. The Vintage Motor Cycle Club anticipated this without realising that one day it would be a trend setter. The Club was really born out of the war-time frustration of a few enthusiasts who, perforce cut off from new motor cycles, looked into the past and found much of interest in what has become to be known as the Golden Age of Motor Cycles. This was the period of the roaring twenties when British motor cycles led the world on road and track and British prestige ran high. It was the period when the motor cycle broke away from its pedal cycle ancestry and with the benefit of the Great War engineering development reached a notable standard of speed, reliability and economy. It was a period of the enthusiastic designer-ridermanufacturers who produced highly personalised machines for an eager market. By the late ‘thirties much of the pioneering spirit had gone from the motor cycle industry. Manufacture was largely in the hands of big business and much of the personal touch had gone.... mostly to Carey Street in the recurring slumps of the 1920’s and 1930’s but for all that it took the enforced war-time shut-down of motorcycling to persuade enthusiasts to look back with nostalgia, to the vintage years. The nostalgia was fostered by the motorcycling press. There was nothing new to write about so they dug down into history. The lucky few unearthed long discarded machines, brought them to life and discovered a new thrill. Their engineering and

riding ability was rewarded to a far greater extent than it had been with the then modern machines which demanded no special skills. Out of these war-time experiments grew the conviction that here was an intriguing hobby to be pursued in peace-time. Never by the wildest stretch of the imagination was it thought that a Vintage Club could grow to a membership of well over 2,000, spread the World over or collectively find shelter for thousands of historic machines. The Club has, in fact, created through its members a vast mobile museum which can be seen in action in nearly every part of the country, with major displays every year at Banbury and in the Isle of Man and special races for vintage machines are held at the foremost racing circuits. From the vast stockpile of members’ machines the Club has helped to fill the motor museums at Beaulieu in the South and Stanford Park, Rugby in the Midlands. As a measure of the members’ success in seeking out and preserving machines ‘of good and rare quality’ ... the definition of Vintage in this context... they have exhibited the machine which won the first race at Brooklands, the machine which still holds the Brooklands lap records, the machine which won the first twincylinder Isle of Man TT in 1907 and representatives of almost every type of Veteran and Vintage motor cycle made. In this way, the Club has ensured for all time, a record of Britain’s motor cycle history; a task in which the industry itself has failed lamentably. At a time when the age of motor vehicles is held by many to be a major factor in road accidents and the powers that be consider three year old vehicles suspect, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club can claim without fear of contradiction that its members have the best accident-free record of any group of road users. And its membership list covers probably the biggest cross-section of the Community of any organisation in the country. 1946 - 1969 Twenty-three years. It does not seem all that long continued overleaf

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from previous page ago since forty of us met at a cafe on the Hog’s Back near Guildford, Surrey on April 28th in 1946 and there and then formed The Vintage Motor Cycle Club. It was a miserable wet day, but despite the portents we had come mostly on vintage motor cycles from all directions and from as far afield as Cheshire, sustained by a burning enthusiasm for old motor cycles which we called ‘Vintage’ and which other people called ‘Old Crocks’. It was an enthusiasm born of the frustration of the war years and a nostalgia for the pre-war years when motor cycling reached its peak of sporting achievement and private owner participation. The seed of Vintage enthusiasm had been planted in the minds of many of us by the reminiscent writings of Graham Walker and the hilarious “Collectors’ Progress” stories of Jim Hall, which enlivened the sparse but cherished pages of ‘Motorcycling’ during the war years. My part had been to nurse the seed through the barren years until in peace time it could flourish. Flourish it soon did though bedevilled by petrol rationing. We reached our first milestone – the first hundred members – by October, and immediately afterwards affiliated to the ACU as a non-territorial club. The immediate Forty of us met at benefit of this was a cafe on the the ACU Clubs could invite us to Hog’s Back near compete in their Guildford on April events, and I 28th 1946, and would like to put it there and then on record that the formed the Vintage first club to show us this hospitality Motor Cycle was the Pontypool Club club which invited us to their Hendre Park speed hill-climb which was an event in the real Vintage tradition... a well-surfaced private drive curving upwards through an avenue of trees. Vintage machines did remarkably well in the standard machine classes. Stan Johnson, who was to become a legend for his tuning of Vintage pushrod Nortons, beating all the moderns in the 500cc class. Other invitations followed to trials, sprints,

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scrambles and, finally, road racing until the strong sporting element in the Club were kept really busy. If the inviting clubs thought that it would make for light relief to put on a Vintage class they usually ended up with a hearty respect for the ‘old ’bikes’ and their riders. As the Membership grew it was possible to put on our own events and some of these grew like The Banbury Run, into annual events of world-wide fame. The original concept of a Club run by a single committee based for convenience on the South soon had to be modified as members joined from all parts of the country. Decentralisation was adopted with local sections grouped and administered by Regions, but policy was still directed by a National Committee. We were, then, and still are, a unique fellowship of two generations; an older generation who were part of the motor cycle scene in the Vintage period and a younger generation who, perhaps, wish that they had been born earlier. This has always been the most rewarding feature of the Club. Once famous motor cycle personalities have constantly come out of retirement to pass on their knowledge to the new generation. I recall that at the first luncheon of the Club the guest speakers included Graham Walker, J.J. Hall, Prof. A.M. Low, E.C.E. Baragwanath, J.A. Prestwich, Granville Bradshaw, and Rex Judd. The common bond of enthusiasm for Vintage and Veteran motor cycles which have a real personality seldom found in the mass-produced product, has bridged the gap between the generations so that the spirit of the old days lives on in the Vintage Club. To be truthful, we were in the early days chiefly concerned with our own pleasure, but gradually our responsibilities as custodians of the history of motorcycling became apparent. As the largest body in the world concerned with Vintage and Veteran machines, it was incumbent upon us to take a wider view. We had to ensure that machines would be, as far as possible, be preserved or rebuilt to their original specification and safeguard all available books and records. This we have always done as individuals and increasingly as a club as finances permitted. Recently a substantial increase in the Club subscription has enabled really effective steps to be taken to preserve the past for the enjoyment of

future generations. The improved financial position has enabled us to employ a part-time secretary to relieve honorary officials from some of the load of running a world-wide club with over 2,000 members. Permitted us to continue the generous content of the monthly magazine which is recognised to be one of the best club productions in circulation, and made possible the development of valuable club services. These are the operation of a unique library scheme which can supply photocopies of thousands of reference works, catalogues and spare parts lists, the card indexing of the details of the thousands of machines on the Club books and the publication of a register, and the creation of a spares service which aims to save vital spares from the scrap heap and to put into production parts in constant demand. Finally, there is a film library housing the most comprehensive collection of films devoted to the history of motor cycles that can be found anywhere in the world. The decision to widen the scope of the Club beyond the arbitrary 1930 limit was the first major divergence from the aims laid down in 1946 and was not undertaken lightly. Although the date lines of 1914 for Veterans and 1930 for Vintage machines remain inviolate as representing periods of change in machine design, it was realised that our influence as arbiters of what is “of good and rare quality” was condemning later machines to premature death. Because of the special meaning we had given to ‘Vintage’ in regard to motor cycles, anything before the end of 1930 was sacrosanct and by implication everything post-1930 was unimportant. History knows no such artificial boundaries and to ensure a continuation of the process which has supplied a mobile tableau of motor cycling we now admit all machines when they are 25 years old. Gradually, events are included in the Club programme to ensure that they are preserved and cherished as their older brothers. We were only just in time. Thousands of interesting and useful machines had already gone to their last resting place. But now there will be a steady influx of ‘new’ models each year and a complete picture of motorcycling progress will be available to posterity. Looking back on the twenty-three years of life with the Vintage Motor Cycle Club, I think the original

aims have been achieved and much else that is far beyond the expectations of the founder members. We hoped to bring together the few dedicated Vintage enthusiasts and to provide them with races, rallies and social gatherings. We hoped to establish a library, a spares service, an insurance scheme, a magazine – all of which we did provide early on. What we did not envisage was that we should become the world-wide authority on motor cycle history and guardians of the archives and the products of a once-proud industry.” HIGHLAND SECTION

GLENDARUEL VETERAN Sunday 9 & Monday RUN, ARGYLL 10 October The Run is specifically for pre-1915 veteran motor cycles. Come and explore the quiet roads and beautiful scenery in the Cowal Peninsula and the Isle of Bute. Several 1902-1908 machines will be taking part, so expect a fascinating range of entries seldom, if ever, seen in Scotland. Details & entry forms from Paul Morley: 01369 820287 or pauldawnmorley@talktalk.net (N.B. Event associated with the Early Motor Bicycle Run. See advert below)



EARLY MOTOR BICYCLE RUN Museum of Flight, East Fortune, East Lothian 8th October 2016 All pre-1920 machines are welcome. Short and flat route options aimed at the very earliest machines. Morning run starts 11am; Machines on show over lunch stop. Afternoon run starts 2pm. More information from John Macmillan. jmacmillan@talktalk.net 01555 662760 The Vintage Motor Cycle September 2016| 69

Things have not changed very much DAVID DAVIES

This was written in 1926. Things have not changed... “About corrosion. How chemical action attack various parts of your machine” by J.C.

The possibility, and almost, indeed, the certainty of a process of chemical corrosion taking place very slowly but, nevertheless, surely among the ‘innards’ of his machine is a matter upon which the average motorcyclist seldom deliberates. Yet such a gradual process of deterioration is always at work. The many ways in which corrosive effects show themselves form an interesting theme for discussion, and it is intended in this article to indicate to the reader the precautions to be taken for the purpose of keeping down corrosion within the motor cycle’s assembly to the utmost limit. Let us begin, therefore, by considering the corrosive effects which are always liable to be set up within the engine. A motor cycle which is run entirely on high-grade petrol seldom undergoes any species of corrosion among its engine parts, for the reason that any brand of petrol of average purity contains almost exclusively hydrocarbons unmixed with any undesirable additions. Sometimes, however, engines which have been run for considerable periods on low grade fuels undergo slight corrosion which is due to the fuel containing a small percentage of sulphur compounds and also traces of water. The use of this fuel first of all results in a brownish deposit of metallic sulphide forming on the inner walls of the petrol tank. This does no harm, however, for the deposit, once there, protects the metal from all further action. Particularly, however, if engines driven on such fuels are not given an ample amount of air the continual incomplete combustion taking place in the cylinders results in the formation of traces of acid substances, which in time affect not only the cylinder walls but also the piston assembly and the crankcase and exhaust system. Such effects in the case of petrol-driven engines are fortunately more or less rare. With engines running exclusively on benzole, however, corrosive effects are rather more common, because most commercial

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benzole contains small amounts of sulphur compounds, these being, incidentally, responsible for the peculiar smell which the fuel nearly always possesses. In engines run on alcho-fuels, corrosion is often liable to occur very rapidly, for the reason that such fuels nearly always contain certain small amounts of water, and unless the combustion is perfectly complete, the combustion products contain considerable amounts of acid substances, of which acetic acid is a well-known example. There is one interesting and peculiar type of corrosion which occasionally takes place in engines which are driven more or less exclusively on benzole. It may be found that the fuel tank has undergone a species of corrosion at the soldered joints, the carburettor slides and around the area at which an aluminium alloy carburettor is connected up with a brass union. Such effects are ascribed to electro-chemical influences taking place between two dissimilar metals under the influence of the moisture and the impurities in the fuel. Low grades of petrol sometimes set up similar reactions. Exhaust valve pitting is a very familiar phenomenon. Such effects are due to the burning and the corrosion of the metal of the valve under the influence of the high temperature combustion products of the engine. Time was when the problem of the valve pitting was a really formidable one, but nowadays the tendency has been very much reduced in extent owing to the use of specially resistant steels for valve manufacture. Valves made of tungsten steel (‘high-speed tool steel’) have been found to resist the effects of burning and pitting due to the hot gases in a very efficient manner, and for this reason they are largely employed in modern engines. However, valves made from hardened cast iron also have great resistant properties, as also have valves consisting of case-hardened steel containing a small percentage of nickel. Turning now to the question of crankcases; under certain conditions, an aluminium crankcase can show definite symptoms of corrosion. For instance, impure fuels, imperfectly burned, especially in the presence of trace of water vapour, have been proved to cause the internal surfaces, more

on the metal- work. Occasionally, the effect is seen in the case of dry batteries, the ammonium chloride (sal ammoniac) contained in the batteries creeping up to the terminals of the electrodes and thus corroding them. Finally, the well-known greenish deposit which is left on metal surfaces which have been exposed for a prolonged period to the action of oil is familiar to most motorcyclists. This action, which is most noticeable in oils of inferior grades, has been ascribed to a number of causes. That it is due to impurities existing in the oil is certain, for perfectly pure oil does not attack metalwork in this manner. Low grade oils are often acid in nature, their acidity being due to the presence of certain fatty impurities. These act on the metalwork of the oiling system, particularly on the tinned and copper portions of it, and thus give rise to the peculiar Engines which have green scale. been run for Users of inferior considerable lubricating oils will often find the periods on lowinteriors of their grade fuels undergo oil tanks covered slight corrosion with a greenish deposit, and the due to the fuel scale will also be containing a small found to extend percentage of throughout the whole length of sulphur compounds the oil conduits. or traces of water The degree of harmfulness of this greenish scale has been called into question, but there is no doubt of the fact that an oil which causes an excessive amount of this substance to be formed is certainly not an ideal lubricant to use, and therefore its employment should be discarded for an oil of a more suitable nature. Besides giving rise to excessive amounts of greenish deposit, oils of an inferior grade and acid in nature act in a deteriorating manner on the cylinder walls, piston rings and the bearings of the engine, quite apart from causing an excessive amount of carbon deposit. In fact, in the event of any engine corrosion arising, it is as well to suspect the oil of the machine in the first place, for probably more than anything else the trouble may be due to this cause.



especially close to the bearings, to suffer from softening, perhaps rather an unexpected happening. Riders of water-cooled machines will no doubt be aware that after a considerable period of use, the water-cooling system sometimes gives trouble from leakages. Such leakages generally occur at soldered joints, and they are due to electrochemical action taking place between the dissimilar metals under the influence of traces of metallic salts in the water. Quite apart from this consideration, recent tests have proved conclusively that ordinary tap water has an appreciable corrosive or solvent action on metal pipes and surfaces, especially if the latter be made of iron. Water near to its boiling point is found to exert a corrosive action some seven times as great as that exerted by cold water, whilst, of course, it is a well-known chemical fact that steam will corrode even the strongest iron. Coming now to corrosive tendencies which are apt to show themselves among the frame parts, we have first of all rust. Iron rust is a substance of variable and mixed composition. In perfectly dry air, iron will not rust, and in atmospheres that are devoid of carbonic acid gas (carbon dioxide) the tendency for iron to rust is not very great. However, in the presence of moist air and carbonic acid gas, which is always present in the atmosphere, an exposed iron surface quickly becomes covered with the characteristic brick-red rust, which latter is composed for the most part of iron-oxide, iron carbonate and traces of more complex compounds. The only way to prevent ordinary iron from rusting is to cover it with paint or some other preparation which prevents the atmosphere from coming into contact with the surface. Nickel plate is still very popular, but it quickly dulls and becomes cloudy without actually rusting, and for which there is practically no cure. The cloudiness is a species of corrosion, and once it has worked its way into the metal it cannot generally be eradicated. Lacquers will prevent nickel plated fittings from becoming cloudy in appearance, but many of them turn yellow in time. Thick celluloid varnish, made by dissolving scrap celluloid in a mixture of two parts of acetone to one part of amyl-acetate, forms a good protective coating for nickel work. The characteristic greenish corrosion of terminals on accumulators, leads and fittings is well known, and is due to the action of the sulphuric acid vapour

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Remembering Eric Fernihough Dr MIKLOS KISS

I have owned this device for some time but never dared to use it. The theory is to connect a mains gas pipe and compressed air supply to it, then place a vertical stick of solder in the bowl supported by the wire loop. Heat from the gas flame melts the solder into the bowl which is then sprayed out to coat the workpiece. You would probably have to wear a reflective jacket to operate one of these now! Neville Heath

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In the middle of the 2000s, the City of Dabas where the ‘Gyóni Concrete’ can be found - decided to honour the memory of Eric Fernihough, world record holder motor cycle racer who suffered a fatal accident there. The city has received notable support for this from our Vintage Motorcycle Club, the Fóti Motorcyle Club. This road section was unique in Fernihough’s time, and it attracted top motor sport racers to Hungary in great numbers. In 2009 we inaugurated a plaque made in his memory, with quotes from him both in English and Hungarian, to be put on the wall of a restaurant named London, built just next to the former racing track. The VMCC was represented by Vic Blake at the official inauguration ceremony. Each year since then, on the anniversary of the accident, we have commemorated the fearless British racer. Additionally, Ferenc Valentyik, a local historian in Dabas, continued his work about the racer’s life, and came upon newer and newer (in reality, older and older) sources. The work of Ferenc inspired me more and more to share the findings of the research done in Hungary with the expert institute of the history of British motorsport, the Brooklands Museum. This became even more serious when Ferenc said he had found the grave of the worldfamous racer. The helpfulness of the British is wonderful. I only had to send a letter to the Council of Bournemouth, and the Superintendant of the Cemetery responded soon, attaching a map of the Cemetery with the location of his grave marked. However, a personal visit would have remained a dream for much longer without the help of Vic Blake, who offered to take me to the grave. As a surprise he even arranged a meeting with Tim Simkins, historian of the memory of Eric Fernihough and a collector of relics related to him. He brought old telegrams, letters, photographs and a pair of glasses that Eric was wearing at the time of the accident (the right lens had some blood dried on it). I was in correspondence with him in 2009, and he also showed me the book Gyóni Concrete written by Ferenc Valentyik that I sent him at that

Two days later I headed to the Brooklands Museum, where I had to hand over the results of Ferienc Valentyik’s research, and let them know how the City of Dabas and the Fóti Motorcycle Club cherishes the memory of Eric Fernihough. At the entrance, the red Railton sports car of Fernihough was being cleaned by a technician... We were received by the Manager of the library and a Staff Member of the museum. My hosts started talking to each other with increasing enthusiasm and speed. I didn’t understand too much of the discussion, when they addressed me. Thankfully, I was able to tell them everything I wanted to, despite my slight nervousness. We found the right Cemetery, and grave, after our search. I handed over the books of Ferenc Valentyik, and the DVD with the photos time. We continued our journey to the Cemetery, made in Hungary. They were a little surprised, and located in the Boscombe district of the seaside very grateful; the librarian noted that this is not the holiday town with a population of 150,000. Well, direction that information usually goes. Usually we didn’t even manage to find the graveyard! The people ask them favours, but now it’s them who are map was right, but we missed the Cemetery, this given a gift! I was happy to hear that. was a different one. Seeing our confusion, a local Getting back to the location in Hungary: the day of man stopped to help us. First he also looked a little the memorial happened to coincide with the date of a puzzled, then said that as it would be too difficult the accident (23rd April), and to our great delight to explain the way, he would take us there instead. Andrew Steers, of the Vice Chairman of FIVA We ended up in the Northern Cemetery, when in (Federation Internacionale Vehicules Anciens) fact we should have gone to the eastern one. The Motorcycle Commission was also be present at the way there across the city was long and complicated. wreathing ceremony. In his speech he told us how What can I say? If it hadn’t been for him, we happy he was to see that the racer, who is so wouldn’t have had a chance to find it, we would important for the English, is honoured with such still be looking for the Cemetery and the grave in respect in a distant foreign country. it; but that kind man guided us all the way to the It seems we have succeeded in establishing a grave. tradition and bringing the memory of Eric and the Although the grave is abandoned, the whole track back to the light after a long time in oblivion, Cemetery is scythed regularly, so it’s in a good and the interest in the memorial has become state. I placed the Coat of Arms of the City of international. In the same spirit, the leadership of Dabas and the logo of the Fót Motorcycle Club on the City of Dabas has decided to invite as many the grave, accompanied by a wild flower. (I members of the VMCC as possible for 2018, the intended to buy a bouquet on the way, but we didn’t 80th anniversary of the accident. I will manage the manage to find a flower shop.) We remembered the contact with the prospective participants. World Record Holder with reverence. According to My contact details: the script on the grave, the date Fernihough’s death Dr. Miklós Kiss, Lehel út 60. , Hernád, 2376 is 21st April. (However, the tragic accident Hungary. email: mkiss22@gmail.com happened on 23rd.) phone: +36 70 228 0276

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Memories of motor cycling RICHARD TURNER

I was pleased to find that my paper on the things that we have invented was of sufficient interest for you to print in the April magazine, but you made one mistake. Page 75, near to the bottom of column 1, you printed ‘arm’ when it should have been ‘fan’. My father used to race together with his friend Dick Spelman from Altrincham, on Pendine Sands. On his honeymoon in the Lake District in 1928 he had the chain on his motor cycle break. He repaired it temporarily by cutting the end off a piece of barbed wire fencing and re-joining the chain with that, threading it through the missing link and twisting the two ends together. My uncle Cyril, in the Army from before the War, knew nothing about motor cycles, so the Army made him head over motor I was about to cycles, dispatch overtake a lorry riders and their training! when it turned, While out on his without warning, milk round – into a transport probably 1945 – cafe. I braked hard he had a roadman’s lorry but had to follow reverse into his him into the car motor cycle and sidecar (I think park, ending up that is was his partly under the Douglas) it lorry buckled the sidecar and the rear wheels. The lorry driver and mates loaded it on to their lorry, continued driving it for the remainder of the round and brought it back. They were surprised to see Dad on the same motor cycle the very next day. Dad had stripped the wheels, straightened the rims and spokes and rebuilt both wheels. Although I was still using my Rudge Special, I bought my first four-wheeler – a Hudson ‘Super Six’ shooting brake. Probably sold to me because of its thirst for oil and for petrol. I took the family to St. Albans in it to my brother’s wedding, but I stalled it in the middle of town on market day and had to get out its extremely long starting handle. I

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found a straight eight engine for it, so I had to make a crane that fitted the little grey Ferguson tractor to change the engines. I made it out of a piece of 2” box section to fit one end of the top link, hinged to vertical strut with a piece of 3” channel at the base that fitted over the lifting drawbar, and, of course, a hook on the end to lift the engines. I had my share of hair-raising moments. Once, after visiting my uncle Cyril in Greenford and riding my BSA V-twin model J down Oxford Street on the way up the A12, I was about to overtake a lorry when it turned, without warning, into a transport cafe. I braked hard, but had to follow him into the car park, ending up partly under the lorry. Luckily, I only bruised myself with some minor cuts and torn clothes and the BSA had bent handlebars, but I rode it home. Another lorry driver said he would witness that the lorry had not indicated that it intended to turn in. I had a scare near Stradishall when riding gingerly on deep gravel chippings when a lorry came round a sharp corner in front of me and suddenly encountered the chippings and slid broadside, taking all the road. I managed to ride up the bank and just missed being hit. Another time I stopped near Sudbury, Suffolk, but when I next wanted my back brake it would not work. The footrest had moved just enough to get in the way of the brake pedal. Our barn foundations had a beam resting on bricks, but over many years the rats had hollowed the beam out and the bricks had turned to powder so there appeared that there was nothing to support the weight of the barn. I found up several jacks – maybe about 15 – and using long timbers from the jacks to the roof beams, I lifted the whole two sides of the barn, jacking each a little at a time, and then removed everything underneath, leaving everything hanging while I cast a concrete base. I once had to build a brick culvert. I made former to hold the bricks while I laid them out from a fivegallon can – split open – and I made a wooden cam device that held it apart until the bricks formed the arch and could hold themselves. Then, by turning the cam it pulled the tin away from the sides ready for setting it up for the next arch of bricks.


This information appeared in the Journal in 1960, and may still be of interest and relevance – but maybe not... 1912: 31/2 hp – 3601-5350: Single and two-speed gear 1913: 31/2 hp and 41/4 hp – 5351-8800: Single, twospeed and three-speed. 1914: 41/4 hp: 8801 – 1260 Chain-cum-belt, three speed It is assumed that all our members know the difference between a veteran motor cycle and a vintage one. Machines manufactured prior to 31st December 1914 qualify for the ‘Veteran’ label. Those after that date and manufactured prior to 31st December 1930 qualify for the title Vintage. However, round about the change over date, it is not so easy to differentiate between an actual ‘veteran’ or ‘vintage’ motor cycle. The aim of this short series of articles is to describe and illustrate models of 1914 manufacture and so far as possible describe the visual differences between that and a 1915 model. Whilst in no way an authorative work on the subject, much poring over early catalogues has resulted in the following. Further criticism and helpful suggestions through the pages of the Journal will be appreciated. The BSA motor cycle was first produced in 1910 as a direct drive, single speed model. In 1913 a three-speed countershaft gearbox was available. For 1914, the following models were offered:Model ‘A’ Fixed engine, direct belt drive, 31/2hp, £49 5 shillings Model ‘B’ Free engine, (clutch hub) 31/2hp, £55 10 shillings Model ‘K’ Three speed, chain-cum-belt, 31/2hp, £59 15 shillings Model ‘H’ Three speed, all chain drive, 4hp, £63 Model ‘C’ Two speed, hub gear 31/2 hp, £59 15 shillings Model ‘E’ Two speed, hub gear, 4 hp, £ 63 ‘Tourist Trophy’ model, 31/2 hp, £48 10 shillings Common to the range were the BSA cantilever front forks, stirrup type front brakes, Best & Lloyd sight drip feed lubricators, Ruthardt 4.U.1 magneto, operated in all cases except the ‘TT’ model from a lever mounted on the left-hand-side of the tank, just above the ‘piled arms’ transfer. On the ‘TT’ model, the magneto advance and

retard mechanism is operated from the left-hand handlebar, whilst the tank fitting is covered by a domed nickel-plated nut. All models also feature BSA’s own make of carburettor and the leather splash attachment to the front mudguard. All models had side wings – or valances- to the front mudguard. Whilst ‘K’ , ‘E’ , ‘C’ and ‘H’ models had side wings or valances to the rear mudguards as well. Stirrup-type front brakes were fitted to the whole range. ‘A’ and ‘D’ had rear brakes operating on the rear of the belt rim, whilst all other models had the wedge-type of brake operating on a dummy belt rim on the right-handside of the machine. Models ‘A’,’B’ and ‘D’ had a lower top tube than the remainder of the range and the steering head of these models was reinforced by a triangular type lug, the remaining models were without this feature, the top tube coming off at the top of the steering head instead of half way up. These same three models had footrests, whilst the remainder of the range had adjustable rubber covered footboards. The ‘TT’ model was fitted with 26 x 2.1/4 wheels and tyres, whilst the remainder of the range fitted 26 x 2.1/2. The ‘TT’ model was, of course, very similar to the models ‘A’ and ‘B’ but was without the pedalling gear and had two sets of footrests, dropped bars and a drilled engine pulley. All clutches were operated by a pedal on the right-handside of the machine; three-speed models had a hand change quadrant fitted to the right-hand-side of the lower tank rail. For 1915 the range was continued and early ‘hand-outs’ reveal that the only differences were slightly wider mudguards and the removal of the petrol tank mounted advance and retard lever. However, a great feature was made of the dummy brake rim type front brake now fitted. It is reasonable, therefore, to reject any BSA with these features as being a ‘veteran’

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More useful(?) numbers

CLYNO. 5.6 hp Twins 1912 No 2000-2850 1915 Military Model 1913 No 2851-3999 1918 Revised model No R4500 – 4610 and 7000-7311 1914 No 4000-4999 1915 No 5000-5310

5311- 6999

23/4 hp two-speed. 1914 No L100 – L 584 1915 No L 586- L 626

8 HP Twin 1920 – 1921 No SFM 100- 277/21

FN Single Cylinders 2 hp 1903 23/4 hp 1904 13/4 hp 1907 21/4 hp 1910 21/4 hp 1911 21/4 hp 1913 21/4 hp 1914 21/2 hp 23/4 hp 23/4 hp

No 6000-9999 No 10000-14999 No 20000 – 24999 No 30000 – 31999 No 32000 – 34999 No 40000 – 42999 No 43000 and upwards; Belgium occupied by Germany for the war period 1914 -1918 1912 No 47000 – 60000 1923 No 61000T and upwards. 1924 chain drive No 10,000 and upwards.

FN Four Cylinders 31/2 hp 1905 41/2 hp 1906-7 41/2 hp 1908-9 5-6 hp 1910/11 5-6 hp 1912 5-6 hp 1913 7 hp 1914

7hp 8hp 8hp

1920 1922 1924

No 15000 – 16199 No 17000 – 19999 No 25000-29999 No 35000-36999 No 37000 – 39999 No 50000 and upwards No 43000 and upwards Belgium occupied by Germany for 1914 – 1918 war period No 71000 and upwards No 73000 and upwards Chain Drive - No 1 and upwards

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Words of wisdom

In 1961 Phil Smith penned these words of wisdom for the Journal... “Rudge Multis : Frame numbers the years stated end on 31st July

1911 1912 1913

626400 66066 697524

1914 1915 1916

726731 740862 745621

No doubt we will hear from the Rudge gurus should this information be erroneous.

Phil also wrote: “Owners of Triumphs with a three-letter prefix before their engine numbers may ascertain the exact date on which their machine left the factory. Using the code word TRIUMPHCODEX, the first letter stands for the month of the year, and the next two letters denote the last two figures of the year. Thus the letters TRI would denote January (the first month) R the second letter is 2 and I the third letter is 3 A number prefixes TRI is therefore January 1923. If the engine number tallies with that given in the original log book, or indisputable proof is to hand that the machine engine has never been changed,

1917 1918 1919

749192 751213 755622



that would suffice to date the machine. But ‘H’ owners should remember that many of these engines were available after the First World War and may have been changed. Ex-WD machines which were rebuilt by the makers also had their units switched around, but broad arrows on the crankcase indicate these, together with a tank transfer with the word ‘renovated’ across it. These transfers were also used if civilian models or even tanks were reconditioned by the makers. ‘H’ model engines are identical to the later all-chain SD’ model – excepting the shock-absorber sprocket fitted to the ‘SD’ and the common crankcase is also common to the ‘Ricardo’ model. Likewise, the ‘SD’ and the ‘Ricardo’ gearboxes are interchangeable as are most other parts of these two types.”

The line up of the Beamish Museum Motorcycle Fleet. From left to right is 1912 Dene Precision, 1915 P&M, 1917 Royal Enfield, 1919 Model H Triumph, 1921 Matchless Combination, 1924 Dene Combination, (see also inside back cover), 1927 AJS.

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Back to front?

Usually, a motor cycle’s exhaust exits from the front of the cylinder head while the carburettor(s) are tucked away behind. Why is this? I am restoring a BSA FWD ‘trike where I am led to believe the cylinders can be reversed? The engine is a Hotchkiss 1021cc air-cooled vee twin. Now then, if I reversed the cylinders and rotated them so the oil feed and the spark plugs are in the same position facing each other as they are now, the exhaust could emerge from the rear and the carbs would be to the front (or sides). The exhaust does take a convoluted path joining up and going forward, up and over between the cylinders and then down under the chassis. If I fit twin exhausts they could be positioned straight down and back to the rear of the vehicle. The carburettor at present nestles between the cylinders, and as I am considering fitting twin Solex 26FVs the controls to the carburettors could be made so much more efficient and straightforward. Or am I living in cloud cuckoo land? Mr Oakes-Phillips (Editor’s comment: An obvious reason for exhaust ports to be at the front is, of course, cooling, but I seem to recollect a Matchless of the mid-twenties with a back-to front engine and some experimental Manx Nortons with this layout. Over to the number nine hats among you for the answers.)

Too many events?

I note that in some ‘Section Notes’ that some events are not being supported by members. It seems to me that as a club there are far too many events! A perusal of the Journal will show... over 300 events were held in July 2016. This may appear to be a healthy sign but it is merely diluting the active membership who ride. Many of these events are repetitive, year on. The VMCC caters for a wide variety of machines of different ages and performance, but often an event is suitable only for high-speed post-war vertical twins. A pre-war/vintage machine is hopelessly outclassed. That is why the Scottish sections are being so

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successful with increasing entries. The trend north of the Border is to hold specialist events such as the ‘Tiddlers’ Tootle’ for 250 cc or smaller. I commend this approach to other sections or organisers. Old Father Brazendale

VMCC shop: Credit where it’s due!

I had reason to purchase a new alternator assembly for one of my bikes. A stator, rotor and Podtronics unit. As always I check prices from all the suppliers and compare them. My last port of call was the VMCC online shop because I will always purchase from the Club where possible if prices are anywhere near similar. It is to the credit of the online shop that I made a saving of almost £49 on these three items purchased. Mention must also be made that those parts arrived within two days of ordering! Well done to the efficient lady* who took my order, and well done to the online shop for this prompt service. Perhaps there are still ‘Club’ members out there who do not realise that the price quoted by the VMCC online service is an ‘all-in price’ that the customer pays, and no more... in most instances. Credit where it’s due, I say! Dave Blanchard * It was Sara. Well done, Sara!

A Tale of Woe

Where do you get your magnetos ‘done’? A very common question asked amongst our number. “Oh” I replied “I used to send mine to a chap in the Midlands, but he’s gone; Then there was the chap from Biggin Hill – but he’s retired.” Originally, I sent my magnetos to a Mr. A.S. Kirby Camden Mews, London – a true expert Note the past tense ‘used to’. Wind forward to 2015: Where and to whom to send my ‘square’ ML CK1? Ah, the impressive colour print in one of the monthly ‘bike magazines. Mmn, just look at those restored armatures and that restored early mag. – I’ll send it to them. So, tracked/signed for delivery – plus cost of item

if lost – £15.00 enclosing a covering letter drawing attention to (1) the wrong contact breaker assembly was fitted – correct rotation, however, the internal timing was well out (2) The armature bearings were rough. In due course I received my magneto at a lippursing cost of £319. Also, no warranty; only ‘word of mouth’. When I telephoned to confirm receipt, I also asked if the condenser had been replaced as the bill stated new armature and slip ring only. “Yes, we always fit a new radio capacitor”. (I am told by the knowledgeable, this component is for static use only!). However, it did give a healthy spark over its A/R range. A round trip on the ‘Beam to join like-minded friends proved to be otherwise. On the return journey the ‘bike was difficult to keep running and then cut dead ¼ mile from home. A Carthusian monk, en route to Mount Grace Priory, performed the last rites over the deceased item with a short prayer to its creator, John Marston. Upon examination, adding that I am no electrical expert, it was found that the points had closed up, which cocks a snook at their alleged ‘two-hour test’; neither had the firm rectified the internal timing. By readjustment using my ‘jury rig’ at last I managed to get a blue spark with a reddish tinge. Referring to (2), the bearings had not been changed. The magneto was returned to the firm. Again, no acknowledgement of receipt I was EVENTUALLY told: “We cannot find anything wrong with it. We have sent it off to you, expect it tomorrow”. I’ll spare you the details. That was three weeks ago. Numerous telephone calls – tied to the house expecting delivery which would have to be signed for. In fact, self-imposed ‘house arrest’. The magneto expert I have used since 1970 – when Alf Kirby packed up – did tip top rebuilds for others who knew of his services. His work on my BTH MC2 180 degree twin mag is STILL reliable on its second slip ring – rebuilt by the chap in 1971! Alas, he is now in poor health so common decency prevails so as not to request his services. It seems that his sort is not around anymore. I regard the rest as cowboys. David Frank

Vehicle registrations

I have the unusual hobby of being interested in

vehicle registrations and edit a newsletter on the subject, “1903 and all that”. One of my readers has sent me a copy of Donald Haden’s letter in May’s VMCC Journal and I can help Donald regarding the O-NC-1 to 9 number plates. They were not ordinary number plates, but pre-1921 general identification marks, the name given for trade plates at that time. The Local Government Board required these to commence with the relevant local authority’s code letter (in this case as the plates were issued by Birmingham, “O”), to be in a different format from normal plates and to be in different colours from ordinary plates. Thus, practice regarding these varied from authority to authority. Quite a lot of authorities used a similar format to Birmingham, their code letter(s), a letter or letters indicating the plate user and a serial number depending how many plates the user had. In Birmingham’s case (and some other authorities) quite often the letter(s) denoting the user were mnemonic. A few examples in addition to NC for New Comet are AY for Alldays, CH for Calthorpe, LR for Lanchester and WY for Wolseley. I attach a photo taken from “The Car Illustrated” of 20 April 1904 showing a group of Wolseley racing cars bearing Birmingham GIMs. Surviving photos indicate Wolseley had at least 88 GIMs. Regarding Donald Haden’s query whether any of these plates will have survived still in use, the answer is no. This format of GIM was superseded by another format in 1921 whereby all authorities had a common format. This format lasted till 1923 when the format changed again and they became known as trade plates. If any VMCC members are interested in subscribing to my newsletter, “1903 and all that”, which covers all aspects of vehicle registrations from the early days to current ones, if they send me a large sae with a £1.20 stamp I will send them a

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sample back number and subscription details. My address is 175 Hillyfields, Loughton, IG10 2PW. Though I do not own a classic, I am a classic vehicle enthusiast and always willing to help classic vehicle owners with registration queries. John Harrison

What is it?

I have recently been given a sectioned engine for my museum but it has no make stamped on it. It is a single cylinder side-valve with a flat top piston with three rings. It has the number D-L-275229506 stamped on the crankcase 29-700 stamped on the crank and 29-736 stamped on the connecting rod. It looks like a 250 cc size engine. It has an alloy casting where the magneto/dynamo would go on the side. Can anyone help with identification? Mike Barry

George Dance?

The letter from Bernard Illman, in the August issue, indicates the value of researching a wide variety of material to increase our knowledge of all things motor cycling. He mentions three names of motor cycles, which, a few decades ago, would have been described as NAITs (not appearing in Tragatsch) i.e. marques not mentioned in ‘The World’s Motorcycles 18941963’, published by Temple Press Books, 1964, and subsequently revised and expanded as ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles’ in 1977, with subsequent editions and reprints. The coincidence of finding a George Dance and Walter Dance at the same address in Abergavenny, involved with motor cycles during the first decade of the 20th centurycertainly justifies the query: Was this the George Dance that went on to Sunbeam fame? I claim no expertise, but, having had an interest in Sunbeams for over 50 years, I think we can say, definitely no; it was not the George Dance

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of Sunbeam fame. Whilst there are innumerable references to the legendary tuning and riding abilities of George Dance, I am aware of only two articles which give biographical details of the man, in addition to a summary of his achievements. The first, by Dennis May, was featured in the ‘Pastmasters of Speed’ series, titled ‘King of Sprinters’ published in Motor Cycling (March 10, 1955 p608-9); the second, by Robert Cordon Champ, author of ‘The Sunbeam Motorcycle’ (1980), is titled ‘GO-OR BUST!’ and was published in The Classic Motor Cycle (May 1984 p6-10). George Dance was born in 1893, in the parish of Chaddesley Corbett, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire. He was the second of two children, born to Walter Dance (born 1857 in Ashchurch, Gloucestershire) and Charlotte (born 1856 in Chaddesley, Worcs.). Walter married Charlotte Morris in 1880 (the marriage was registered at Kidderminster). The first child, Thomas, was born in 1882, and the 1901 Census records him as a jeweller’s apprentice, living in the family home at Mustow Green, about three miles south-east of Kidderminster. George attended local schools, leaving at the age of fourteen, and two years later was apprenticed to a local motor agent. The 1911 Census records him as Cycle and Motor Engineer. In the same year, he purchased a 2¾ h.p. A.J.S. and joined the newlyformed Kidderminster and District M.C.C. By 1914, he had joined John Marston at Sunbeamland, Wolverhampton, where he worked until 1930. So we have a fairly full account of this George Dance, prior to his fame with Sunbeam, and well away from Abergavenny. But George’s father was born in Gloucestershire, bordering Monmouthshire, and he may have had a brother who moved west..? How easy it is to set a hare running! Michael Ryan l My uncle George had a 1925 350cc Calthorpe back in the 1920’s with ‘George Dance’ kneegrips. Was Dance into the accessory business too? Mike Worthington-Williams

A warning!

On a recent ride down to Wales for a recce for a future event I filled up with fuel of the premium grade, but in Wales it may have been that ethanol

mix. As time and miles went, on my Triumph 650 was running rough and backfiring intermittently, I just made it home. The following day I removed the carb and discovered a white gooey mess in the intake chamber, also one of the tiny spray holes was blocked as well, so it must be this new additive. If your machine starts to play up, this could be your problem. Pete Ryman

Propaganda Social Run?

There is currently the need to attract younger enthusiasts to the VMCC fold to ensure the continuation of our Founder’s original ideas. Many members have written in expressing their views with good suggestions. Here comes another one (hopefully). In the ACU regulated trials world, before the now-popular Wobblers series of events had become established, we had what we called Propaganda Days. This was a very easy beginners’ trial run under the auspices of the ACU, whereby you didn’t need a licence or specialist trials bike to come and have a go to see what we do. This ‘Propaganda Event’ gave others a chance to experience what we were enjoying before shelling out on specialist motor cycles and riding kit. How about a Propaganda Social Run? We could invite riders of non eligible VMCC machines... especially younger and middle-aged motor cycle owners. This would enlighten them as to how we enjoy our bikes on British country lanes etc. Just an uncomplicated standard format of a morning social run with a short duration around 30 miles, ending at a popular local cafe or other watering hole would be sufficient. I would be prepared to organise something if we can find enough interest in this practical type of advertising, but it would need to be in the Kent/East Sussex areas to be practical for me. If anyone thinks this might possibly gain a few more members and wish to discuss further, you can contact me on the email address that follows. daveandsueblanchard@mypostoffice.co.uk Dave and Sue Blanchard

Younger riders

Whilst it appears to be getting harder and harder for young riders to gain a full DVLA licence to ride a motor cycle on the road, the requirements to ride a

bike out on track are still a lot more manageable. For instance, did you realise that a 14 year old can apply for an ACU parade licence permitting them to ride a vintage or classic machines on the controlled and car-free environment of a race track? If a more competitive urge strikes then someone as young as 12 years old can start as a novice rider on a 125 machine and be out there racing. Remember that British Historic Racing is an integral part of the VMCC and holds parades and racing for these at all of our race meetings. We even have a class within BHR for machines based on the ubiquitous Honda CG125. This could easily give a young rider plenty of track action to help to foster an enthusiasm for bikes and for racing, all at a relatively low cost. The specification for these is for a motorcycle based on a CG125 (or Brazilian/ Asian non electric start clone) with spoked wheels and period-style brakes. From 15 years onward they could be out on track on something bigger; something similar to (or even on) the 350cc Enfield Bullet we built for people to borrow to get a chance of experiencing a vintage style bike out on track. Either of these type of machines lend themselves to being built or modified by people with limited mechanical experience or budget, and would surely make a fabulous project to bridge a generation gap. Getting young people on bikes gives us a chance to share some of our skills and experiences and helps to support the next generation. Remember that we are a friendly club and want to encourage the next generation(s) and share our enthusiasm for riding, talking about, fixing and being around bikes. For any more details on any of these look at the website www.britishhistoricracingclub.co.uk or email me on bhrsecretary@vmcc.net. Mark Whittaker

Raynal autocycles

Jim Leddy (in the July Journal) refers to the spring fork on my 1938 Raynal ‘Auto’ autocycle. Having looked at, ridden and owned autocycles since my father had one in the early 1950’s the Raynal seen at the Scottish T.T. is the one example that I know of with the original design of leaf spring oscillating (i.e. forwards/backwards) forks - i.e. Triumph Model ‘H’ style. Most early autocycles have rigid front forks, but the original “Jones” autocycle prototype had the leaf

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spring arrangement. Geoffrey Jones was a Director of the Villiers Engine Company (V.E.C.), and Villers were anxious to develop their ‘Midget’/lightweight engines. Mr Jones therefore developed the Autocycle in the mid-1930’s as a means of selling these engines to other manufacturers such as Raynal and Excelsior. The design was offered to firms who showed interest in the manufacture of these lightweights. By the end of the 1930’s war was inevitable and economic transport was needed, the autocycle fitted the situation for essential workers, midwives, etc, etc, Basic transport, yes – but very interesting machines. (There is a good photograph on page 97 of “British motor cycles of the 1930’s” by Roy Bacon) Old Father Brazendale

Mystery dynamo With reference to Alan Freke’s mystery dynamo (August 2016) armature, I am reasonably certain that it is Miller, but from a 31/2-inch dynamo. Both Miller and Lucas made 31/2-inch diameter dynamos in the day (1950’s?). The Lucas mounted a contact breaker/distributor for the last of the Square Fours, and the Miller was for the Vincent – HRDs. A diameter of 2 inches skewed slots

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in laminations – 14 in number, can leave no doubt – unless someone knows better. Mr Simmons

Corroding battery terminals I have recently had a problem on two of my bikes, which both have a pair of the three cell circular sealed batteries. They are fitted in old, cleaned out battery cases, and both suddenly failed. One had been in use for seven years, and the other for four. When taking the batteries out of the cases, I found the terminals on the bottom end had corroded away. It appears that the rain as got in and caused this problem. But why have they both suffered this within the same month? This year we have had some terrible rain storms and I am daft enough to still want to go for a ride while I’m still able bodied(?). I’ve solved the problem by drilling into the corroded terminals and soldering a piece of solid copper wire in place. The next job was to drill several holes in the bottom of the cases to let the water out. I remember doing that with a rusty Ford Anglia several years ago. All fine now, so off into the rain. I suggest that anyone who has these batteries in such old cases should check them before they suddenly fail while riding at night. Geoff Davies




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In brief

Trailers regulations?

Many years ago I attended a road safety lecture given by a senior Police Officer where, amongst the important items, a list of some of the stranger details of Road Traffic legislation were discussed, one being that a trailer does not have to show the registration number of the towing vehicle, just a number traceable to the same address. As I frequently tow my bikes around this could be useful – do we have anyone with legal expertise who can confirm (or deny!) this? Peter J Greig 07711 188995 Pj.greig@ntlworld.com

(Editor’s note: The Government is quite plain on the matter: the towing vehicle and the trailer must display the same registration number, as per the gov.uk web site, which says the following: Towing a trailer Your trailer must display the same number plate as the car you’re towing it with. If you’re towing more than one trailer, the number plate must be fixed to the trailer at the back.)

Coming to ASI next year?

First of all I want to thank you for the photos you’ve published and, staying on topic, why not evaluate the idea of being present at the next edition of ASI Motoshow to be held around May 10th next year? We have all the time to program it and, of course, you will be totally our guest. Thank you again Pasquale Mesto

Club badge: A correction

I have been a keen motor cyclist for many years. At a car boot sale I spotted this badge and bought it for 20p! Do you, or any of your readers, remember any of the details or dates of the ‘Leicester Ace Motor Cycle Club? The badge is now displayed on my 1955 500cc Matchless. John Morris Johnwilliammorris@tiscali.co.uk

The Diary

Just to say I appreciate the Diary section in the magazine, and find it very useful in planning who and where I may be riding in the near future. I only mention this as I have seen a letter or two recently saying it is a little unnecessary and could be dispensed with. Thanks very much for all your efforts, they are appreciated. John Shearer

MAG joins Highways England

MAG – the Motorcycle Action Group – has joined a key working group operated by ‘Highways England’, a government-owned company charged with reducing casualties and encouraging a modal shift from cars to motor cycles which will include better rest facilities for motorcyclists at service stations, with parking and helmet storage amongst other initiatives.

A rally in Germany

Heiner Rohrwick has organised a rally for Machines manufactured before 1905 to take place on 24th & 25th September at Westhofen, Germany. Interested parties should contact Heiner at info@keilriemenfahrt.de Alter Westhofer Weg 45, 67574 Osthofen. Tel: 06242/91582 Vic Blake


Congratulations to Ian McGill on being elected President of the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club.

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

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

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



AJS 350cc, 16MS, 1954, buff log book, original reg, original bike needs restoring £1,750. AJS 250cc, 1965, very nice bike £1,250. F. Alcock 01538 753086 (Staffs) AJS 350cc, 1955, 16MS, 27,060 miles only, vgc. 2 owners, mine 26 years. Completely original and unrestored including paint, chrome, Dunlop rims, dualseat, exhaust, Registration, handbook, brown logbook, pump etc. Unused 14 years £4,500. R. Keane 01603 784495 (Norfolk) AJS Model K9, 1928, 500cc flat tank, side valve, excellent condition, it has been very reliable and completed every event entered, original numbers including registration, ready to ride, can email photo’s £10,500. Mike Coxon 07919 666818 email mikecllc@hotmail.com (Northumberland) ARIEL Leader, 1959, a fine specimen of its type, turquoise / teal blue, MOT and tax exempt, windscreen, panniers, luggage rack, owner’s manual, and on the road £2,950. P. Howell 01789 773801 (Warks) ARIEL Leader 1962 good cond good runner everything works, no fairing or panels looks like an Arrow, £500 spent on engine £2,200. Ian Honey 01285 654941 (Cirencester) ARIEL Red Hunter, 1959, 350 cc can email photos by request £3,800. Alan 07946 565605 email arcizzy@yahoo.com (Staffs) ARIEL VH 500cc 1954 on SORN have V5C, new tyres,

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.


seat and exhaust, Ariel dating letter £3,000. John Reames 01495 310136 (Gwent) BERINI M48 1967 moped. A solid little machine in good running condition, a joy to ride. Age and space pushes forward its sale. V5C in my name. Hand painted (good) hence £250. Peter Lawson 01438 743515 (Herts) BMW 60/2 Earles fork model with Wessex sidecar, R100rs engine fitted my bike since 1993, £6,500. Velocette Venom, declared manufactured 1959, needs clutch setting up £7,000. Velocette Viper declared manufactured 1959, £6,000. All taxed. Maurice Eley 07989 313311 email moemoe2405@hotmail.co.uk (Notts) BMW R100 RS, 1982, recently painted by ‘FX’ Motorcycle painters in Lathom with motorsport graphics by ‘Image Works’, despite having 85,000 miles on the clock it rides like a newer machine £2,250. Jim Johnston 0151 922 4212 (Bootle) BSA A10 Road Rocket, 1957, rebuilt to high standard, used regularly £5,500. BMW R100RS, 1982, low mileage for year, in very good condition, recent MOT and new battery £3,000. John Donovan 07785 791566 (Cheltenham) BSA Bantam Major 150 cc, 1954, original registration, matching numbers, V5, buff log book, engine overhauled, bike re-sprayed black, new tyres, rims, saddle, spare 125 engine (requires overhaul) £1,950. Robert Todd (after 10th Sept) 01480 382793 (Cambs)

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BSA Bantam red & chrome, D7, 175 cc, 1965, fully overhauled, nice condition, full MOT, good runner, ready to ride, electronic ignition, 12v, £1,250. David Hoskin 01689 891345 mob 07799 813523 (Kent) BSA C10, 250cc, 1953, new custodian sought for this machine in exceptionally good, original condition, current ownership, 11 years, price includes single motorcycle trailer with some spares £1,800. Roy Sharman 01604 811485 (Northants) BSA M21, 1960, MOT until March 2017, new tyres, new rear chain, some stainless parts £3,200. John Simmons 0208 549 6548 (Surrey after 6pm) BSA 1945 250 C10, near immaculate, taxed, rebuilt by retired engineer, correct Girder Forks and headlamp, new battery, new pillion, 750 proving miles, spare period OHV engine, bike needs slight re-commissioning £2,500. Mr Murrell 01273 582055 (Sussex) BSA 1948 B31, 350 cc, tele / rigid, everything done, near immaculate condition, fully serviced, rides beautifully, put petrol in and just enjoy £3,800. Rikk Harrison 02476 348991 (Warks) BSA 500 twin cylinder model, A7, reg 1960, very good reliable bike, owned 18 years, sound, attractive condition, magneto overhauled, good tyres, paint and chrome, photos can be emailed £4,850. Peter Beattie 07912 534945 email s-beattie@sky.com (Carlisle) COTTON Trials 197, 1961 road registered, many stainless parts, new ss rims, tyres, clutch, seat, very original apart from the exhaust £2,000. David Wolfe 01732 450920 (Kent) COVENTRY Eagle Pullmans-Villiers Twin Ports, both restored but one an older restoration, but still a lovely machine £6,750 and £7,995. I want to sell one of them. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) DUCATI 1980, Mike Hailwood Replica £12,000, 1959 Elite £6,000, 1976 860 GT with Watsonian Squire Monza sidecar £4,500. All three owned by present owner for many years and not ridden for two or three years, the MHR is in good condition, original and unrestored, the Elite is unrestored but the tank and mudguards have been repainted in the past, chain guard, rear number-plate holder and lamp not original, but I have the correct parts, otherwise original, the 860 is original. All kept in dry garage, and will need some degree of recommissioning. John john@bunnycarter.com 020 89472631 (London SW19) DUCATI 200 Elite/SS, in pieces, enough to build complete bike, plus most of another engine, tank, front forks and a lot of other engine parts £2,800 for the lot. Derrick Thomas 0161 428 3464 (Cheshire) ELECTRIC Bike, 24” wheels, as new, 6 speed Shimano range, 20/40 miles £750 was £1029, new charger. Fred Barnes 01235 847488 (Abingdon) FRANCIS Barnet ‘Built like a Bridge’ 147cc, T.S, age

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related number, needs timing but complete £1,600, also, 1956 Cyclaid (Br Salmson) on period Triumph gents bicycle V5C, nice condition, rare machine £650. Geoff Brazendale 01228 549445 (Carlisle) HONDA CB750 k6 1977, good clean condition, 1 years MOT, 2 new tyres, recent new head gaskets, rings, cam chain, brake overhaul on front, all work carried out by Honda trained 1970s mechanic £5,900. Ross Geal 07860 140311 email rossgeal@btinternet.com (Kent) HONDA CX500, 1982, Eurosport in near immaculate condition £2,650. Puch MS50-D 1975, restored, now needing some assembly £495, some delivery possible. Richard Bartholomew 01842 819969 (West Norfolk) HONDA Goldwing 1100 Interstate 1984 with side and top panniers. Good condition taxed & tested and everything works. Too heavy for present owner. Sell for £2,300 or will exchange for lighter BMW or Japanese machine with cash adjustment either way. Phil Heneghan 01285 851397 phil.heneghan@virgin.net (Glos) HONDA 400 Four sports, 1978, yellow, MOT to March 2017, top box and windscreen, good condition, mileage 28,745, £2,500. Mike Boyd 07824375233 email michael.cameron.boyd@googlemail.com (Kent) HONDA 750 four 1980, dismantled in large lumps, with log book £700. Steve Howlett 01493 750274 email lucygriffen@talktalk.net (Suffolk) MATCHLESS G3L 1946 Tele/Rigid owned for the last 12 years good condition, recent new clutch, stainless exhaust, new tyres, original registration (transferable) £3,500. Phil Penn Watford 01923 236328 Pictures and more detail by email philip.penn@btopenworld.com (Herts) MATCHLESS G3LC,1950/51, competition 350cc, rigid, converted by owner from pushrod to single overhead cam, V5C, overhaul and ohc conversion over last two years, lively road bike, all parts from pushrod engine present (see VMCC magazine August 2015). Paul Devitt 01732 461532 email paul.devitt01@icloud.com (Kent) MOTO GUZZI Airone 250cc Sport 1956 ( Sport= Aluminium rims, flat handlebars, special carb and S/S crashbars). New piston, valves, guides, tyres, S/S spokes. Recon oil pump and Mag. V5c and age related number £4,950. Bernard Illman 01873 812562 (Powys) MOTO GUZZI Falconi Nuovo. 1974, Ex Vatican Police in Vatican colours. Low mileage (can’t ride far in the Vatican) £3,300. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 (Dorset) MORINI, 1957, 175 Tourismo, as featured Classic Bike (June 2015), bought to ride Giro D’Italia, entry abandoned after bereavement, original, unmodified condition, new carb, tyres, brake shoes, points, condenser, chain, sprockets, battery, UK Reg £3,950. Mick Vockins 01628 661791 (Bucks) MORINI 1982 250 V-twin, less than 21,000 km, right foot gear-change, 6 speeds but only kick-start (that’s

Italian priorities) lightweight, good performance 27 bhp, disc front brake, photos on request £2,500. John Hulme 01264 729405 email jfrancishulme@gmail.com (Andover, Hants) MOTO GUZZI “Lodola” 175cc Normale, 1958, fully restored as new £4,650. Richard Perry 0121 777 1961 email richardperry913@yahoo.co.uk (W. Mids) NORTON Atlas, 1968, year’s tax/MOT, matching numbers, 3,500 miles since total rebuild 2012, all invoices, viewing recommended £8.950. Colin Hornby 0775 1135343 email colin@hornbyhome.plus.com (Solihull) NORTON ES2 1949 with matching numbers, an older restoration in lovely condition, recent new fork stanchions, plunger springs and covers, front tyre, 1 of 10 supplied new by Norton Motors to Indonesia (verified by N.O.C) £6,995. Clive Hilton 0151 638 5127 mob 07759 321854 (Wirral) ROYAL Enfield GT Continental 250, 1965, fitted with Alloy petrol tank, Speedflow fairing, Alloy rims, owned 19 years, lots of paperwork, excellent condition £4,100. Iain Houghton 01772 611818 (Lancashire) ROYAL Enfield, model 505, 500cc, 1928 twin port, ohv, restoration project, no documents, good bike for Banbury £3,500. BSA A65 Thunderbolt, 1972, restored, bills for over £3,500, red, most of work done by our museum workshop lots of paperwork, V5, £4,999. Sammy Miller 01425 616644 (Hants) SUNBEAM 499cc, 1917, rare, First World War General Service Model, easy to ride, early vintage machine, in good order throughout, £13,200. Raymond Hudson 01934 844546 email raymondleohudson@hotmail.co.uk (Bristol) SUNBEAM LION 1931, ground up restoration (2 yrs ago), all bearings replaced, engine, vg/box, wheels, forks professionally o/hauled, tank re-chromed & painted, new g/box internals, much more, Photo’s available £8,150. Dave Linington 01189 693227 (Berks) TERROT RGST 1949, 500cc, four stroke, single, in good condition, £3,950. Neil Rogers 01823 618657 (Taunton) TRIBSA Norton forks, off road/trials sidecar, Beamish trial finisher, best outfit and loads of fun on a green lane run £3,495. Ian Wray 01253 345408 (Blackpool) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville, 1961, blue/silver, mint condition, just restored, reconditioned mag, clocks 2 year guarantee, engine rebuilt, new tyres, rims, paint, seat, wiring etc £12,500. Keith Pottinger 07768 934604 email keith762@hotmail.com (Essex) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 3rd, only seven entered the race £25,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) VELOCETTE KSS Sprinter 1938, Engine number KSS8388, B74-S81, no frame number found, black parts

powder coated or Two Pack, fasteners in stainless, very good condition, older restoration will need commissioning, bereavement sale £7,250. Alan Childerley 01480 382625 mob 07596 993871 email oldchilly@ntlworld.com (Cambs) VELOCETTE – Brian Copes meticulously rebuilt two stroke for sale due to advancing years, two of these little gems have to go, 1927 ladies model and 1926 gents, both mint £15,000. Ivan Rhodes 01332 673658 mob 07802 237374 (Derby) VELOCETTE 500cc, registered 1955, Viper engine converted to 500cc a few years ago, not restored but has 12v electrics and Akront rims, recent new rear chain, battery, tyres and MOT, used regularly £5,750. Dave Smith 01737 842296 email gsmithz@uwclub.net (Surrey) VELOCETTE Venom 1961, very good condition, excellent starter/runner, selling to buy vintage machine, please call for details of work done etc £6,900. Colin Bentham 01761 241516 (North Somerset) VELOCETTE Venom, 1959, Tickle TLS front brake, excellent runner, in good condition, owned for 34 years, old MOT certificates and tax discs £6,650. M. Johnson 01242 528024 (Glos) VELOCETTE Viper 1958, up graded to Venom Clubman spec in 1979, 12v alternator, Ths, Lucas comp mag, alloy rims, Thruxton tank, runs well, starts easily interesting history £8,250. Dave Downer 01189 882726 (Reading) YAMAHA TZR 250,3XV, 1991, 10032 miles, immaculate condition, M Max de-restrictor, EBC discs with sintered pads and braided lines, original bodywork, new coils, battery, plugs, caps, top end overhaul inc new pistons and rings £4,750. Rich Kinsey 01225 762124 (Wilts)


AMAC Vintage throttle and air control levers (pair), 1” fitting £60. Vintage Norton oil pump, CPTE, 1928-1931 era £60. Pair of Norton pushrod tubes 8 7/16 long £30. Norton Cylinder head mid 20s, 350cc bare £20. Les Belcher 01865 244744 (Oxford) ARIEL Engine parts and primary chain case, AJS Gearbox, new saddle, new handle bars 7/8”, headlight, chrome indicators (pair), new amp meter, several carburettor parts, rear shock absorbers, Royal Enfield gear box (RZ 623) £900. P Gould 01963 32917 (Somerset) ARIEL Leader, tool tray £12, footrests £10, saddle bracket £12, spacers £8, spindle (rear wheel) £10, outer shell £50, tailcover £30, fork shocks/springs £20, assembly £30, battery holder £10, headlamp shell £10, swinging arm £20, rear brake pedal £15. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (Kent)

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BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email ken.shemwell@blueyonder.co.uk (S. Yorks) BSA A10 hub front, complete ready to be built £140, BSA Ariel-type front hub, complete £100, Norton alloy full with rear hub £60. Ken Baker 0161 2875845 (Manchester) BSA B25/B50 Chain guard extension, no. 83-2674 £15, rear mudguard no. 83-2263 £70, 2 gallon petrol tank no. 83-3050 £80, B50 rocker inspection cover no. 40-0208 £8, BSA/Triumph 8” TLS conical wheel hub 18” rim £90, Smiths tachometer 60mm RSM 2001/02 in rubber holder £70, original Borrani alloy wheel rims, one WM-2/1.8519/40 and one WM-2/1.85-18/40 £80 each, postage by Royal Mail and will be in addition to the prices quoted. Dave Tidey 01752 408297 (Devon) BSA B31 cylinder barrel, 0.020" oversize bore in excellent condition, with piston £45. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) BSA cams with gears 66-2042 and 66-2056 including postage £40. H. White 01454 612607 (Bristol) DUNLOP wheel rims (two), suite 1968-1970 Triumphs, WM2-19 40 hole front, WM2-18 40 hole rear, the chrome on both rims is excellent show quality £120 each. G. Whitten 0121 377 7933 (Birmingham) GENERATOR 850 watt, petrol, only used twice £65, pick up only as heavy, can email pictures. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email p.gough676@btinternet.com (Kent) JAP overhead 680cc, V Twin engine, circa 1930, Brough Superior, history as fitted to several top quality machines, fully overhauled £10,000. Frame, forks, gearbox and parts available. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) MATCHLESS G31, 250, 1953, good original condition, old log book + V5, lots of history, now too heavy for me £3,300/exchange for something on 3 wheels, combination or WHY? Robert Hunter 07470 387302 (Co Durham) MILLER 7” headlamp glass and MILLER rim £50 (for VELO, and others). John Bones 01744 340385 (Merseyside) MV AUGUSTA 1955ish. 175CSTL front/ rear mudguards, slight rust/damage but easily repairable, £150 for both or £80 each, also bullet shaped 4 inch Villiers headlamp no switch but good condition, £80 both plus postage. Barry Howard 01625 630016 email howardranch@hotmail.co.uk (Cheshire) NORTONS UWO 748 & KWN 108, Greeves 829 EOW, Francis Barnett WRW 341, I have various related items if the current owners are interested from £5. Paul Richards 01639 645302 (West Glamorgan) POLICE Motorcycle radios for sale, Pye Westminster £300, Ultra £300, Pye Cambridge £250. Bill Hollis 01490 440544 (Denbigshire) PREMIER engines not complete but sound, 1909 V-twin side valve, 1912 550 OHV side exhaust £500 each.

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Lightweight vet druids 26” wheels just blades £200. Two vet Bosch mags for parts £100 pair. Brian Kingsley 01276 474129 (Surrey) ROYAL ENFIELD early Meteor (not super Meteor) engine bottom half & timing cover and conrods £150. L. Carter 01935 429814 (Somerset) RUDGE Ulster forks and bridge M3510 x 1, £850, also various Rudge parts - Miller D6 Dynamo 50s, Vincent £160, race paddle 1950s (Manx?) 24”x 10”, humped, very light £60, all plus P&P. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Kent) SBS Fibreglass motorcycle/box trailer, TVA750, 500kgs capacity, internal lining half height, 4 floor eyes, perfect condition, completely maintenance free, loading ramp rear door, top quality trailer, always garaged and hardly used £1,575. Full details check SBS website. Allan Leetham 07891 907979 (Kent) SPOON Tyre Levers, Triumph D363 with screwdriver end £3, 2” Dunlop £14.50, 2 x Melco £4, one unnamed £2, 2 Dunlop 9” flat £4, set 3 1930s 6” r/angled £6, 17 Whitworth taps 3/32”-9/16” £20. P. Pegg 01362 694688 (Dareham) STURMEY Archer hub belt rim £350, also, clutch pedal £25, FN single kick start pinion £25, Lagrande veteran seat badge £15, Royal Enfield 2 stroke twin port barrel and piston £50, NOS ZA 2 slip ring £15. Ken Rackham 01473 822582 (Suffolk) TRIUMPH Pistons and rings, 650cc pre unit £60, 350 barrel can be bored to +60 £25. Pre unit 40ss, spokes new for 18 inch rim 7 inch hub £55, Velo dual seat needs new cover £50. Peter Jeffery 01908 640316 (Bucks) VELOCETTE MOV crankcases No1490, drive side is cracked (I can email pictures) but other looks ok £30. Russell Hartley 01767 650049 email russellhartley314@btinternet.com (Beds) VILLIERS engine and gear box, 3 speed, 197cc, 6E fitter with new 9E barrel piston £225, Villiers 98cc De Lux all in parts to fit Auto Cycle £95. Bob Pilsbury 01564 775237 (W. Mids) VOKES air box to suit 1955 Triumph T110 £40. Gary Davies 01159 655287 (Notts) YAMAHA RD250 parts, pair of carbs £40, headlamp £50, twist grip and cables £15, pair of clocks £45, h/lamp brackets £15, r/set foot rests and pedals £40, clip ons £30, pair of Marzocchi rear suspensions, new £75. Tom Reynolds 01622 741697 (Loose)


DONINGTON Park race programme dated Whit Monday, 29th May, 1939, good condition, £50. Very small road safety book called ‘Road Sense’ around 1920s, about the size of the old red driving licence, fair condition £20. John Sharman 01874 730753 after 6pm is best (Powys)

JAP Engine reference book £15, 125 cc, 2 stroke handbook £5, A2A parts booklet £10, 350 OHV spares booklet £5, 8H2 spare booklet £5, Care of the OHV Engine booklet £10, Motorcycle Engine book 1951 (pencil scribble damage) £12. Andrew Denman 07786 651903 (Bucks) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector, £65 for good quality 1930s; £100- for good quality 1920s. Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) WEISE Leather trousers 34 inch waist, good condition all zips working £40. Leather gauntlets, old, sound condition £15. Everoak T.T. helmet circa 1962, good condition, not legal on road but fine for demos £50 plus p&p. David Pearce 01242 584136 (Glos) YAMAHA, 1970 on, 247cc and 347cc Twins Owner’s manual. Steve Reed 01443 832997 mob 07977 208740 (Mid Glamorgan)


ANY make or size classic motor cycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb email g3web@tiscali.co.uk Tel 07811 189755 (Tamworth) ARIEL Arrow, complete set of gear cluster. Tiger Cub tank badge rails and Triumph badge. Aermacchi electric start layshaft and a sleeve gear pair or a complete close ratio set (5 speed) plus a cylinder head, complete. Ian Clarke 01827 64777 (Tamworth) BANBURY eligible 350/500/600 4 speed motorcycle, I would prefer a British twin port like Ariel, BSA, Rudge or Sunbeam in very good/excellent mechanical condition and as close to 1931 shut off date as possible. Chris Doyle 01376 514587 email vulcaneyes@orangehome.co.uk (Essex) BMW R80 ST preferably on the road. Distance no object. Bob McConnell 0113 2843534 mob 07734 699590 (near Leeds) BONNIKSEN Speedo, any model considered, prefer complete with FW drive gearbox, reasonable price paid, but don’t want another mortgage! Also, 1912 RE 23/4hp v twin parts sought. Keith Hodgson 01535 603975 email vintage_keith@hotmail.com (Eves) (W. Yorks) BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email b.burden@westdorsetweymouth.gov.uk (Dorset) BSA A7, A10 Plunger Frame, a complete set of rear plungers and a rear brake lever any condition considered. Andy Conway 07887 764428 (Dorset) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A. Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email alancurtis@aol.com (Worcs)


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 XXVIII; 9 May – 1 Aug 1923 13 issues, No Index, Adverts Reserve £150 (20.06.23 Colour Supplement missing) Vol XXVIII; 8 Aug – 31 Oct 1923 13 issues, No Index, Adverts Reserve £150 Vol XXXII; 6 May – 28 Oct 1925 25 issues, Index, No Adverts Reserve £200 Vol XXXIII; 4 Nov 1925 – 28 Apr 1926 27 issues, Index, No Adverts Reserve £200 (Binding damaged) Vol 35; 17 Nov 1926 – 23 Feb 1927 15 issues, Index, Adverts. Reserve £150 Vol 35; 2 Mar – 11 May 1927 11 issues, No Index, Adverts Reserve £150 Vol 37; 16 Nov 1927 – 22 Feb 1928 15 issues, Index, Adverts Reserve £150 Vol 38; 16 May – 7 Nov 1928 26 issues, Index, No Adverts Reserve £200 Vol 38; 16 May – 8 Aug 1928 13 issues, Index, Adverts Reserve £150 Vol 38; 15 Aug – 7 Nov 1928 13 issues, Index, Adverts Reserve £145 (Poor cover)

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BSA Sloper, I’m looking for a cylinder head for a 500cc twin port Sloper, the one with the exhaust downpipes between the frame down-tubes, also a clutch assembly. Paul Tunnicliffe email p.tunnicliffe67@gmail.com 07522 560947 (Stafford) BSA Wing Wheel must have good spark otherwise condition not important. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email p.gough676@btinternet.com (Kent) BSA 420cc crankshaft, used by the BSA competition dept, only it was used to increase the capacity of the B40 scrambler distributer engine from 343cc to 420cc. This crank has an 86mm stroke with tapered crankpin and securing nuts. Neville Clegg 01886 822156 email Neville.clegg@googlemail.com (Worcs) BSA 600 Sloper 1934, M34, complete rear wheel or just brake drum, QD dog type. Peter Foskett 01235 527468 email foskett207@btinternet.com (Oxon) CHATER-Lea frame wanted to unite with 1904 White and Poppe engine, any condition/other makes or just frame lugs will be considered. Ben Hawkins 0121 5570761 evenings (Mids) 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)

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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) DUCATI 1968/9 Monza Junior 160cc petrol tank cap and complete headlamp assembly with ignition switch. John Wilson 01323 484621 email cajonwil@aol.com (E Sussex) DUNELT 350cc 1929 Majestic spares for rebuild, all parts considered. David Parry 01278 663418 email dnp02@uwclub.net (Somerset) EXCELSIOR Consort, F4S late 50s telescopic forks complete preferred, parts could help, also complete rear wheel including brake hub and centre stand, any information concerning part measurements or usable alternative make parts. Nigel Parsons 07807 295152 email noggin1967@live.co.uk (Coventry) EXCELSIOR Manxman frame roadster or racer, any condition, have swaps or cash or help with your restorations. Sammy Miller 01425 66644 email museum@sammymiller.co.uk (Hants) EXCELSIOR Auto-Byk front brake lever required for 1948 model G2 must be straight condition. Roger Mills 0795 8062488 email rogermills1@talktalk.net (Hampshire)

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GILERA 300B mean side silencers, bathtub 350 side stand, also MV125 TR rotor, 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) GREEVES Griffon/Silverstone/Oulton two stroke engine complete with gearbox, 250 cc or 380 cc, about 1969-75, any help appreciated. Steve Slocombe 01303 256266 (Kent) HONDA CB 250 RS, anything considered. Phil Hartshorn 0116 2837920 (Leic) LODOLA Head and barrel or possibly complete engine unit for 235cc, also clutch & magneto lever & rear stand for late pre-war BSA. Lloyd Watson 01209 213386 (Cornwall) LUCAS Headlight badge for Dominator. David Wolfe 01732 450920 (Kent) McEVOY motor cycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email peterlancaster25@talktalk.net (W. Sussex) MOPED 50cc, any condition, I’m nearly 15 so have a year to get it fettled using dad’s tools, funds limited, so it needs to be cheap. Will Smith 01789 450792 (Warks) MORGAN or BSA 3-wheeler, must be registered 1930 or earlier in order to be eligible for the Banbury, no longer able to ride on 2 wheels. D. Hughes 01280 848233 email brownie@bernwode.f9.co.uk (Buckingham)

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MOTO GUZZI V50, Mk3 seat base, any condition considered, providing the base is serviceable or repairable. Steve Monks 0191 377 8255 email steve_monks@hotmail.com (Durham) 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, I am rebuilding my dad’s 1954 500cc Clubmans International, desperately need an original petrol tank and any other inter bits. Alain Jerrard email recycledreading@gmail.com (New Zealand) NORTON Inter flywheel or assembly barrel, head, side and centre stands, girder fork blades, vertical shaft, battery holder, M19 barrel, alloy head, petrol tank, BSA V Twin hubs for exchange why? Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON Rotary complete bike, any model or any engine parts including carbs. Chris Bennett 01283 517703 mob 07717 518310 email drakelow@sky.com (Nr Burton On Trent) OILY rag condition Flat Tanker. Neil Rogers 01823 618657 (Taunton) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) R.O.C. parts, especially a frame, duplex type circa 1907, and clutch hub internal parts, also, any other R.O.C parts/ info to complete long term project, will travel. Michael Cushion 01508 499718 (leave message & I will call back) email michael.cushion@btopenworld.com (Norfolk) RUDGE 500 37-39 forks, tank, front hub or wheel for 25-26 Rudge 500 standard – Best and Lloyd oiler for Ariel Square 4 mk 2, riders footrests, chain tensioner. Tony Carus 01352 810329 (Flintshire) SCOTT Oil filler type XL-ALL saddle for oil in frame two speed. Keith Marshall 07765 964768 email keithmarshall1@btinternet.com (Bath)


INFORMATION on the theft of my Ford Lathe from Hindley Green area, Wigan on 14th July 2016. Reward for information leading to recovery. Steve Platt 07486 984762 (Wigan)


CLASSIC Vintage machine or project wanted for my nephew, exchange my pretty 1933 Austin type 65, sporty two-seater, alloy bodied roadster, correct, good, general condition, dry stored, engine runs, original registration, cash either way. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts)

EXCHANGE either one for a 1” straight pull twist grip. A curly horn, an exhaust whistle. A 7/8” straight pull twist grip or I will pay cash for 1” one. Mike Macleod 01307 830318 (Angus) MG TA 1938 for restoration, or sale or possible part exchange for an interesting motorcycle, this car is an excellent project, original reg no, comes with a new V5, please telephone for more information £15,000. Mark Hillier 01873 811541 mob 07870 535933 (Powys)


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 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 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 BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail vintagebearing@aol.com www.vintagebearings.co.uk BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email johnrlawes@gmail.com Twitter, @BEMWDERBY

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BMW. UK’s longest established (since 1962) independent BMW specialist for all your BMW needs (singles and twins 'till 1993). Spares, service, repairs, restorations to the highest standard. Used machines bought and sold. Old BMWs purchased inc. non-runners. Mail order and export welcome. Bob Porecha, 303 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5EW. Tel 0208 659 8860. Fax 0208 659 9198. E-mail bob@porecha.fslife.co.uk Working hours: 9.30am – 3.00pm Monday to Saturday or late by appointment. Due to irregular working hours please phone before calling at the shop. CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website scrclassics.co.uk for more info. CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Re-bushing of worn parts i.e. brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-off’s or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323.

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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, email mike@corkclutchservices.uk tel 01428 707538 GIRDER FORKS. All types and makes reconditioned and restored. Friction pads made to your order. Turning and Milling machine facilities available for components no longer made. Contact Jess Ryles of Stoke-On-Trent on Mobile 07954 378995 Tel 01782 243907 (evenings) email 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. ROB MITCHELL (Leek, Staffs) Small / medium turning – machining work for worn / reproduction/ new parts, made to your sample or sketch. One off’s or small runs / fabrications etc. Contact Rob on 01538 384239 or e-mail- mitchell.robert@live.co.uk. Avonford, Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6AY. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed. Over 20 years’ experience in all areas of accounting, competitive rates contact 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. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. For further details and list, phone Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles on 01258 472262 evenings or email hintonmotorcycles@gmail.com.

VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Unpainted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 01943 462248 email to info@vintele.co.uk www.vintele.co.uk


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.

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 * 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 0033 243 340259

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A 1924 Dene and Milford sidecar, part of the Beamish collection. Picture: Jonathan Hill.

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