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The Vintage Motor Cycle

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Issue 661


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A rare bird indeed! The engine room of a late Twenties 500cc Matchless

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T he VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE

The Vintage Motor Cycle

The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Bill Ivy pushing off at the 1962 TT. The Adrian Earnshaw article in last month’s edition provoked considerable comment, and you’ll see why on our letters pages... Picture by Bill Snelling

No. 661: March 2016

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

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

Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm PRESIDENT Tim Penn - president@vmcc.net 01444 232035 CHAIRMAN Pat Robotham - chairman@vmcc.net 01889 500479 (5pm - 8pm only 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 RETAIL ADMIN & RETURNS 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 9.00am - 5.30pm RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS Alan Jones - 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

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March 2016

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Who’s this, giving it a go on a loose surface? Here’s a clue: It’s someone who normally holds the purse strings for one of our sections. Discover their identity on Page 19

Contents

Section notes 12 Diary 30 Correspondence 73 Rex-Acme rescue 83 Bonhams auction 93 Obituaries 96 Smallads 101

AGM information Red-banded pages: AGM Blue-banded pages: Draft Articles of Association Green-banded pages: Draft Bye-laws

One to win: Turn to page 7 to read about this raffle bike, – the Enfield Turbo Twin

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

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

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Allen House News

CURRENT VMCC MEMBERSHIP – 15317 JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES April 2016 Deadline – Tuesday 1st March 2016 May 2016 Deadline – Thursday 31st March 2016 JANUARY JOURNAL CORRECTION Please note that the Midland Section meeting post code is B92 0EJ and not as stated in the Journal THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Following the decision not to print the Calendar of Events this year, we have listened to member’s views and suggestions (even the less complimentary ones) and are currently working on finding a solution to resolve this for 2017 – more information to follow. IT PROGRESSION We have in place the second server and are continuing to update the systems with Allen House. NEWARK SHOW Many thanks to the volunteers who braved the cold to either display their bike or help on the stand at the Newark Show over the weekend of 9-10th January. We attracted a lot of attention, took £720 on the raffle and attracted 28 new members to our Club. SHOWS / EVENTS 2016 We will be attending the following shows and events this year and have increased our participation at the shows and events to promote the Sections and Club. The aim is to showcase what we as a Club do and can offer to attract new members, whilst promoting the raffle bikes and sales of the raffle tickets. This will enable members attending the events and shows to ask questions, put forward suggestions and build an improved relationship between Allen House and the membership. We attended the Shepton Mallet Show in February. March 12-13th Scottish Motor Cycle Show – Edinburgh. April 3rd AGM and the start of the VMCC Anniversary 70th Relay Rally. April 23-24th – Stafford Show. May 28th – Training Day at Curborough Sprint Circuit near Lichfield. June 19th Banbury Event. July 16-17th Founders Day – Lutterworth. (Dates tbc). Aug 14th – Ace Cafe – London. Sept 3rd – Training Day – Curborough Sprint Circuit. Sept 24th – MacMillan Charity Open Day at Allen House – Visitors welcome - (TBC) Oct 15-16th – Stafford Show. Nov – NEC Birmingham Show – Date to be confirmed. 2016 CALENDAR FEEDBACK Our 2016 attracted a fair response from our members and could be described as a “Marmite” calendar as some

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people loved it and some people hated it. It was printed to mark publicly the club’s 70th anniversary year with a front cover to that effect and a set of the John Castle prints; however for next year we will revert to the photographs of member’s bikes, this being dependent on cost and the appropriate funding. VMCC FOUNDERS RELAY RALLY 2016 Many thanks to the Sections who have returned their entry forms for the above event, however we are still awaiting some Sections returning their information. It would be appreciated if this could be actioned promptly. THE 13TH ANNUAL VINTAGE TRAINING DAYS We are doing two training days this year, on 28th May and 3rd September. The help of any members at either or both to help out and support, or by supplying a suitable pre-war hand change or girder fork machine would be very much appreciated, contact Joanne events@vmcc.net. These events provide motor cyclists with an opportunity to ride machines they may have never experienced, and to show people a different form of motor cycling before purchasing a similar machine. INFORMATION FROM JOHN DONALDSON Section Secretaries and Area Representatives February 2016: 70th Anniversary Year You will see that I have headed this as 70th Anniversary Year, as we are now at the point that we need to finalise the plans for the Baton Relay. Throughout the year we need to take every opportunity promote the 70th Anniversary of the club, and the Baton Relay is a good opportunity for promotion and various activities throughout the year. Hopefully we can make the year enjoyable for motor cycling and a year to remember for our members, whilst at the same time increasing our membership, more importantly to advertise and ensure that our sponsors of the 70th Anniversary Year, Bonhams and Footman James, are mentioned in our activities and advertised. Giles has secured good sponsorship for this year’s events that are being organised and if within sections you can help us this will ensure that we go a long way to the conditions of sponsorship and for the future sponsorship. The December News Letter from Giles, included the update as to the 70th Anniversary Baton Relay and the route plan. By now all sections should have made contact with the neighbouring sections as to the handover arrangements (receive and despatch of baton etc.) relating to you section by contacting the section secretary or member(s) allocated the task of organising your part of the Baton Relay.


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President’s progress

Chairman’s chat

As we are approaching spring with warmer and The Financial Accounts for the year to 30th September (hopefully) drier weather ready for the motorcycling 2015 have been finalised and I am pleased to say that season, it has been a pleasure to receive a magazine that although the operating activities for the year show a seems so positive, and slowly but surely getting the text deficit of £16k, this is against a budgeted deficit of £31k. and layout right in its new format. I have even been This is the best result since 2010/11. There have been two brave enough to read it "online". exceptional write downs in the year, stock and fixed I would like to thank the Isle of Man Section for an assets, plus the revaluation of the Club Bikes which have excellent Presentation evening and to Richard and Mary reduced the total reserves on the Balance Sheet by £89k. for showing Tricia and I around the Island, even if we These are technical adjustments, and the true measure of were unable to take in the panoramic views because of performance is the cash position. Whilst a deficit is not the inclement weather! Thank you to all section members where we need to be, it confirms the management for their time and effort on our behalf. committee’s belief that the club is moving in the right I was then a bit closer to home for our next soiree at the direction and the financial controls, including monthly Men of Kent Section. This section was my local section management accounts are working. The last year has when I first joined the Club and for many years I was focused on reducing costs as far as is practical, but involved in it, so it was very heart warming to go back moving forward we must develop income streams. and see how the Section is thriving, with lots of positive Membership is a cause for concern, but is an area all action by all members. Thank you all for a lovely members can help with; the VMCC is a membership club evening, especially to Mick and Sarah Beer for the for the benefit of its members, and you are its best unexpected taxi service! advocates. Retail has again shown a positive contribution, Having attended my last management meeting as which not only helps reduce the overall deficit but President, it was a joy to attend a meeting where a lot of provides much-needed cash flow compared to the peaks positive comments were made and also we were able to and troughs of membership. Most of our other income look forward to the future of the Club. May I also thank streams, essential for the stability of the club, are outside Pat Robotham for his outstanding contribution to the our control – not a great position to be in. The new management of the Club? He was prepared to put management committee will need examine ways to himself forward at a time when the Club was swaying in develop these areas to continue the positive steps that its direction. have been made this year. You will all have seen the details regarding the 70th Pat Robotham anniversary baton in the February Journal. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking John Articles in this Journal are on an ‘as is’ basis and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited makes no Donaldson for all his effort and hard representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the contents and disclaims all such work on this, which could not have representations and warranties. In addition, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited makes no been an easy task. I very much representations or warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of look forward to seeing the Baton, the information and related graphics published in this Journal. Whilst every reasonable effort is not only at the start at the AGM but made to ensure the accuracy of information it may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. around the Country as well. All liability of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited howsoever arising for any such inaccuracies or Back home I have been trying to errors is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Neither the Vintage Motor Cycle fettle my vehicles, with much help Club Limited nor any of its directors, employees or other representatives will be liable for loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this Journal. This is a comprehensive from friends, for the coming season, limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) which starts early with the Sunbeam compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or Motorcycle Club's Pioneer Run. I damage to property and claims of third parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, none of the look forward to seeing some of you exclusions and limitations in this clause are intended to limit any rights you may have as a consumer at Maderia Drive, Brighton. under local law or other statutory rights which may not be excluded nor in any way to exclude or limit the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited’s liability to you for death or personal injury resulting Tim Penn

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Library notes

Much of the growth of the Club’s library over past years has resulted from donations and bequests. We still welcome donations, especially when these allow us to fill gaps in the collection, but they can create problems owing to the effort required to record and assimilate the acquisitions. In the past the problem had been hidden away by the simple expedient of storing the material in the Allen House loft. That this was a short term solution that could not be allowed to continue was brought home to us by the cracks appearing in the ceiling of the reading room. I am pleased to record that the library volunteers have been busy over recent months and most of the material has now been brought down. There is still quite a bit remaining in the loft, but now not enough to create concern to those below. The loft material has been transferred to an empty room in the annex and sorted. As one might imagine there is a lot of interesting material. There are a few bound volumes of The Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling together with hundreds of loose copies, including some pre-1940. In a few cases there are enough loose copies from the Fifties or Sixties to complete a year. There are numerous other books and periodicals. Included amongst these are

Some of the Allen House staff and volunteers who contribute to the eff Vicky Frost, Pat Davy, Emlyn Stayte, Steve Bullock, Don Heath, Mic Ellis, Ian Botham, Pete Bennett and Giles Willison. Front row from l David Tyne, Brian Thomas and Pat Doodson. Some of the volunteers w These include: Jeff Nutt, Bob Badland, Kath Partington, Walter Partin

hundreds of copies of Motor Sport, a good magazine but not one for a motorcycle library.

Indexing The work of indexing the books in the reading is now nearing completion and we have a full index of the books and their location. A surprising outcome of this work has been the identification of the number of books printed in a different format, and often with a different title, but with identical content. We have not the space to store these cloned books and they have been added to the material for disposal.

Disposal of surplus material We have been considering the best means to dispose of the surplus material. The simplest options would be to sell in bulk to the trade or to package the material into lots for disposal at an auction. However, as the material was donated to the Library for the benefit of the members, it was considered that the membership should be offered first refusal to purchase. The big problem is how are we to accomplish this without distracting the staff from their other, more important duties? The solution we have come up with is to establish a temporary second hand bookshop at Allen House. This will contain all the free and modestly priced material, which members will be at liberty to browse and select. The bookshop would be a good excuse for a Section run to Allen House and, if pre-arranged, a tour of the library. I don’t think it would be appropriate to sell by this method the rare and more valuable items, such as bound volumes of early magazines. It would be unfair upon members living outside the Midlands and it would give us valuation problems. It is proposed instead that these items should

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Editorial

contribute to the efficient running of the library. Back row from left: ock, Don Heath, Michelle McGeachy, Colin Davies, Shirley Reid, Ian on. Front row from left: Justin Harvey-James, Ann Davy, Peter Hill, me of the volunteers were unable to attend, but still deserve recognition. ington, Walter Partington and, our newest recruit, Matt Swindlehurst.

be offered for sale by sealed bid. If all goes to plan, the bookshop should be up and running by the beginning of April and the first material for sale by sealed bid will be listed in the April Journal. Current plans are that the bookshop should remain open for some six months after which the surplus stock will be disposed of by a suitable means. All monies received will go towards acquisitions and the preservation and repair of library material. The repair and rebinding of some of the damaged bound volumes of The Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling has become a priority. It is always assumed that bound volumes contain a continuous run of the magazine for a specific period of publication. It was disturbing, therefore, to discover that a few of the bound volumes in the library were missing some issues. These have been identified in the hope that the loft copies could complete the volume. As might be expected the processing of donated and surplus material is very time consuming and could not be accomplished without the splendid team of library volunteers. Without their efforts the library would slowly grind to a halt. They seldom receive appropriate recognition for their work, but the Christmas party provided opportunity to bring them together and express thanks.

The January journal was late. Very late. Dispatch to the printers was on time, printing was achieved on time for mailing so that you should have received it in between Christmas and the New Year. Instead some members did not receive their copies before the middle of January – and some not all. No satisfactory or plausible explanation has been given either by the mailing house or by Royal Mail, suspicions are that Messrs Bushmills might be involved somewhere. However, we are back to normal with the February edition. This is now the high point of the spanner flinging season and your rebuilds, restorations and repairs should be starting to show some signs of real progress for your efforts. Those of you who have undertaken such projects will know only too well that it is the finishing touches that take so much of the time (and a lot of the money) We rely on mail order, on the dreaded Ebay and the various shows and ‘jumbles for those final bits and pieces, not forgetting that long-established network of contacts within the Club which facilitates the exchange and barter of all manner of goods services, knowledge and skills between members. This takes place at section level and nationally between fellow-sufferers of particular makes and models – contacts being made at events, at shows and sometimes through the pages of the Journal. Such communications are invaluable for the exchange of information on unsatisfactory sources and individuals who, sadly, still exist and seem to thrive in spite of it; we have all been caught at least once. By and large, my faith in my fellow human beings has been justified; the disappointments are just part of life’s rich pattern. May all your acquisitions see the open road (or track) in the Spring. May none of your spanners slip and damage the enamelling. May your new tyres slide on to your beautifully plated and enamelled rims like grass snakes gliding through a summer meadow. May all your cable nipples remain secure and all of your oil and petrol pipes and taps be leak proof – and that it starts ‘first kick’.

Volunteer wante; donations welcomed Two final points to finish on: Firstly, we would really appreciate a volunteer who would be willing to help with Registration Applications, including some machine dating but mainly helping to administer the process. For more information call Michelle in the Library for a chat. Secondly, we do still welcome donations, especially where these fill gaps in the library, but please inform Giles or the library staff before depositing the material on the Allen House doorstep.

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The Raffle Machine

STEVE BULLOCK

“It’s a bit of a Bitza, ain’t it?” - So opined somebody (who must remain nameless) at Allen House on the day I turned up to take the second raffle bike – the Enfield Turbo Twin - for a spin. A bit unkind, perhaps, but with its Villiers 4T engine and box coupled to a Royal Enfield frame there is an element of mongrel to it. But as our esteemed editor pointed out in the January edition of the ‘Journal’, this was one of the best pairings of this particular engine. And it wasn’t the first time the men of Redditch had looked elsewhere for a power plant: there had been previous dalliances with Villiers, JAP and Vickers. First impression is of a fairly light machine with low centre of gravity; easy to handle, with a good riding position and comfortable seat. The clutch won’t strain arthritic finger joints and the gears snick into place nicely in both directions: so all very civilised so far. I have to say that starting first time from cold was not easy, perhaps not surprising since the machine has stood in the garage since last October. But once going the engine ran well enough and, although the run out was only a shortish one it remained smooth and well mannered. I’m sure, like most motorcycles, it will benefit greatly from more regular use. The trick, according to the tester writing for ‘The Motor Cycle’ in November 1963, is to give full choke to start and keep the slide partly closed for a few minutes. Back in the day it was said that the young blades, as a party trick, would start the engine when it was hot by merely turning it over by hand. I suspect the young blades were either stronger than me or it is one of those urban myths; anyway, I had to use my boot – hot or cold! The Turbo Twin was renowned for mechanical quietness and to be sure this example matches expectation. The engine is not powerful at low revs and our man in 1963 recommends dropping to third or even second to give flexibility in traffic. Top speed is claimed to be around 70mph but I’m not sure how comfortable I’d be maintaining it at that level for too long. The two six inch diameter brakes are more than adequate to handle the

modest weight provided the usual care is taken bearing in mind this is a 1960s machine on 2016 roads. Having said the bike is light and easy to manoeuvre my biggest gripe was over the centre stand: it’s horrible! There’s nowhere really useful to wedge your foot to grab hold of it and I found I had to lean down and place the stand under my boot by hand before I could secure the machine. This process wasn’t helped by the fact I had my camera bag over my shoulder and that kept falling between me and the bike – irksome! Perhaps it’s just that my feet are too big but I’m sure it could be improved with a little welding or a big hammer – a future subject for ‘bodge of the month’, perhaps, Mr Editor? The lighting, generated by a 6 volt flywheel generator, was said to be very effective on these machines and good for safe 60mph night-time running. It was a brilliantly sunny January day though for the test, so I didn’t challenge that particular theory. However everything appears to work as it should. On the whole then, another nicely presented and relatively rare motorcycle and one that very much reflects its era; a smaller and yet ‘grown up’ machine developed to appeal to younger riders. It comes to the lucky winner with MOT and tax and, although I personally would prefer the Norton, I won’t mind if too much I get this one.

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FERMANAGH WEEKEND 20th - 22nd May 2016 Explore the Lakelands of NI from Mahon’s Hotel (3 Star) Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh 2 Nights B&B plus 1 Dinner: £89* Small registration fee on the day Further information: See website (VMCCNI) or contact Kieran: kgcairns53@gmail.com *single room supplement applies

VMCC Central Lancs Section announce their premier event, the 21st Anniversary of

The Flat Tank & Girder Fork Run Sunday 22nd May 2016 l 10.30am Start from the Village Hall/green, Goosnargh, Preston PR3 2BH

l Entry fee: £3.50 pre booked or £5 on the day.

l Open to veteran, vintage & tele/rigid machines

l VMCC day membership available at small extra cost to non-members

l Cafe at start/finish point - open from 9.00am

l A fantastic 50-mile route on quiet country lanes taking in some stunning scenery & woodlands around the Trough of Bowland.

l Support vehicle & 25-mile route also available l Awards for furthest travelled & furthest ridden, amongst others.

l Includes a donation to Rosemere Cancer Foundation

l Enquiries: tel. Scott Hodges on 07813 608891

l For entry form send SAE to: FT&GFR, 251 Todd Lane North, Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancs, PR5 5UN, or download from our website: centrallancsvmcc.co.uk

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39th NORTHUMBRIAN GATHERING Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July at Highburn House Campsite, Wooler, Northumberland Wooler is a large village on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. It is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Highburn House Campsite is a few minutes’ walk from the main street and shops. Friday Social Run An informal run of about 50 miles, starting from the campsite mid-afternoon

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A run of around 100 miles, on scenic, quiet, minor roads through the Cheviot Hills to a refreshment stop on Elsdon Village Green, then by Kielder Water and Forest to a lunch stop in Scotland, then back to Wooler by the North Cheviots.

There will be a short morning run after which VMCC members may display their bikes at the nearby Chillingham Vintage Show with free admission.

Saturday Night ANNUAL SOCIAL & PRESENTATION EVENING The NEW FORMAT @The Red Lion in nearby Milfield, including a two-course meal, bar with real ales and ciders, plus entertainment Optional dress code: The Decade of Your Machine

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Section notes Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Bob Forster, 2 Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 7ND. 01603 737540 email: bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk North East (NE) VACANT North Midlands (NM) Pat Davy, Arnwood, Coton in the Clay, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5GY. 01283 820563 email: p.davy750@btinternet.com North West (NW) Robert Mayer, 9 Millfields, Beckermet, Cumbria, CA21 2YY, 01946 841876 email: bobmayers@btinternet.com Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: awalexander@talktalk.net South East (SE) John Donaldson, 01273 493050 email: donaldsonjordan@btinternet.com ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk We have been meeting at the Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club for over a year now, and it suits us in so many ways. Of particular mention has been the catering – there he goes, thinking of his stomach again. The Club has provided two pie and chips evenings so far, plus a great Christmas meal. The choice of real ale at the bar rings the changes frequently, and has always, in my experience, been in good condition. I’ve spent January putting motor cycle videos/slideshows on the Section laptop, so there will be plentyto watch when the weather curtails evenings on the patio. We have ex-BSA man Michael Martin speaking at the March club night. This time we will be learning about the Mickmar project he masterminded. AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 growanleaj@btinternet.com www.edinburghvmcc.weebly.com “98cc – 500miles – bliss” was the title of our first

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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 South West (SW) Rodney Hann, Greylands, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. 01935 872528 email: rodhann@hotmail.co.uk Overseas : VACANT Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: eric.lon@btopenworld.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) presentation of the new year and was given by our chairman Alastair who along with 11 other intrepid souls explored the Outer Hebrides last year on wee motorbikes. I think it was a valiant attempt to cheer us up from the recent gloom and was hopefully a sign of things to come with pictures of glorious sunshine and scenery experienced throughout the ride which took eight days. There was a deal of good natured banter during and after the talk and the evening seemed to pass in a flash, great stuff. Next up for us is the Scottish Bike Show on 12th and 13th March so if you’re there please seek us out for a chat and after that on 21st March, Geoff Brazendale is due to give us a talk on “The Sidecar” which should be good. BANBURY (SM) John Harris 01295 721282 johnandvi4853@yahoo.co.uk The first run of the year was the aptly named Frostbite Run; there was frost and snow on the ground. Nine bikes set off from Reg's cafe after a warming breakfast to help ward off the cold. Only four made it to the finish but hats off to all who made the start. The next club night is part two of Bill Kings history of World War 1 with part three


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in March, which I am sure will be as interesting as part one. Club nights continue to be well attended and I hope enjoyed by most. BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 bryan.marsh@btinternet.com www.vmccbeds.co.uk “Biker Down” at the January club night thankfully turned out not to be a motor cycle themed soap opera but a very useful session from the local fire service on what to do if you happen upon a bike accident. Heaven forbid that you should but the basic message was “Don’t panic, call the Emergency Services”. Sound advice indeed but they also showed us how to remove a full-face helmet – but only if the poor victim has stopped breathing. March club night is the usual challenge to defeat Anglian Section in our ever-popular Intersection Quiz Night. Questions, once again, courtesy of Will Curry so expect something out of the ordinary or, more likely, lots of things out of the ordinary. Free grub, of course, as usual. Talking of the proverbial culinary delights don’t miss Roger’s last (Wednesday) midweek lunch of the season before Don’s (Thursday) runs take over in April. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk The Berkshire A Team pulled off yet another victory at the Cyclemotor Quiz this month. They were closely followed by the Chiltern and Oxford Sections. Many thanks to the Cyclemotor Section for making us so welcome. Vic organised January's mid week outing resulting in a super turnout of some 30 descending on the Swan Inn at East Ilsley for a really tasty carvery meal. Two members were brave or stupid enough to turn up on their bikes!! Club night was the Section's AGM. Bill Barnes, Malcolm White and David Bryant were re-elected as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, with Vic Blake, Lorraine & Derek Carter and Bruce Spiller kindly standing again on the committee. Bill thanked all who had organised, helped and participated in events in 2015 and hoped that 2016 would be equally enjoyable. BLACKPOOL & DISTRICT (NW) Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com www.vmccblackpoolanddistrict.co.uk January saw the first Christmas social in our new venue, in spite of it being just after Christmas and New Year (5th Jan and our caterers were closed over Christmas & only opened on the 4th which made the ordering a bit of a

squeeze!) it was a great night, 52 members and wives attending, Graham and Albert did a “spot” on the stage which added to the occasion. The food was fabulous as usual, we are lucky to have the local “Brenda’s Butty Shop” supplying both the social & hot pot suppers to order for the meetings as well. By the time you read this we will have had a presentation on speedway and grasstrack in Feb and our very own Anne is giving us a talk in March on her experiences crossing the Atlantic on the Tall Ships, so please come along and support her. BOURNEMOUTH & NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 dj.bowmer@ntlworld.com The New Year’s Day meeting was as great as ever. Our section meets up with several other groups from the local area. We enjoyed a bracing run led by Ian, followed by soup, coffee, a lavish buffet and beer, all provided by the most welcoming people of the Christchurch British Legion. The section AGM evinced no changes to our structure but a push to encourage greater contributions to our charity funds. Our first run of the 2016 season should take place about the time this magazine comes out – Bernie’s Pre-Season Shakedown Run on 28th February. This run gives us all an opportunity to check out our winter rebuilds and upgrades, and prepare ourselves and our steeds for the great season to follow. So hope to see lots of you there. Towards the end of March (25th) we can try again on Ian’s Good Friday Run. BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk We lost another of our earliest members recently with the passing of Arthur Burton. Arthur had the best of starts being born in south Wales and raised in south Devon. His early training as an auto electrician served him well in the RAF when his call up papers came and after WW2 Arthur competed in three TT’s, the first in 1948. He knew the Hailwoods through his association with Kings of Oxford, embraced the coming of Japanese motorcycles and just enjoyed riding bikes old and new. A devoted family man, Arthur was also a true gentleman. Our recently launched section website was visited by an ex-pat follower in Australia who said he used to ride with Ray Cordy in VMCC events years ago and sent a picture of Ray on his trademark flat tank Douglas. Coming up this month is a talk on Ballooning and the annual skittles/buffet evening – see the diary for details

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BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 gerry.daine@ntlworld.com You will read these notes on about the 1st March a couple of weeks prior to the BHR Test Day at Mallory Park which gives those who enjoy vintage and classic motorcycle racing an opportunity to come and see this year’s bikes for yourself. The date is Friday 18th March and we commence at 9.30am. Entry forms for all our events are now available; some will be sent out to competitors that I have email addresses for. Those who email and not sure if I have their address email me and ask for forms, I will email them to you. If you do not have email send me a stamped addressed A4 envelope and I will post them to you. The forms will also be on "britishhistoricracing-forum" for you to print off. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com www.facebook.com/brookvmcc At our AGM three long standing officers bowed out after many years support, to Jim, Tim and Chris we thank them, and welcome in three new committee members as well as a new treasurer and myself as chairman. We look forward to continuing to build on the successes of the section. A our last

club night for this season on 15th March we welcome Peter Allan who will talk on his record-breaking attempts at Bonneville. Our weekend run to Wales (Just inside) on 10-12 June has now been finalised and full details will be circulated imminently. BURTON & DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net Brian’s slide night in January, which always attracts a lot of members, had record attendance of 47. Brian put on a good selection of pictures, which I believe we all enjoyed and at half time we had the raffle, when the two ladies collected £134 towards this year’s charity. If anyone takes pictures whilst on any of the rides over the following year and thinks that they are good enough to be shown on the big screen then let Brian know, but you must get them to him shortly after the event so that he can build up his slide night as the year goes by. CENTRAL SCOTTISH (SCO) Bill Coburn 01382 811081 bill.coburn@btinternet.com

Another modern classic

At the January meeting of the Section, Bill Balfour, our Sec., and myself gave a short talk on a couple of motorcycles we had in our possessions at that time. Bill's talk was on a 1938 Terrot. The audience wondered why Bill left the room at the start of his talk, when he returned he was resplendent in high necked jumper, black beret, a string of onions around his neck and addressing the audience in French-very impressive Bill. My talk was a lot less impressive about my 1928 Raleigh M23; both talks were I think well received. Entry forms and info regarding the Scottish Motorcycle Show in March and our Bike Show/Autojumble in April were available.

You are invited to the Bedfordshire Section’s

ARTHUR KING MEMORIAL RUN

A navigation and road safety run in Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire with routes of differing lengths for veteran, vintage, and post-vintage machines with girder forks. Motorcycles and sidecars welcome. Sunday 15th May 2016 Start & finish: Shefford Memorial Hall • Lunch available 14 |The Vintage Motor Cycle March 2016

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CHESHIRE & N WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com

CHILTERN (ANG) Phil Barfield 01442 824143 phil.barfield@virgin.net

We’ve now held the AGM; copies of the draft minutes available on request. The Section’s officials remain for a further year. However, there is a Committee vacancy and Ann Kay, our long serving Treasurer, advised this will be her last year i/c the ‘dosh’, so we’re looking for a candidate later this year! The Ivor Smart Breakdown trophy was awarded to Malcolm Weaver who graciously accepted the award. Jock’s Jug was presented to Dave Kay in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the activities of the Section over many years. At next Club Night, on Tuesday, 15th March, we will be looking at some slower forms of transport also operating on the Isle of Man. On 23rd March, the Wistanstow Show and jumble kick starts the new season. Please make your own way there, fellers, on your preferred means of transport. It’s near the junction of the A49 and A489, south of Church Stretton.

By the time you read this the AGM will have passed, you will therefore know that the committee should remain unchanged apart from me. I have only been to the one committee meeting so far, but the years runs are now firming up and Richard is hoping to include Wings and Wheels at Shuttleworth to our calendar. We will have a speaker for March club night and the first Wrinkly run of the year the following Wednesday morning weather permitting, coffee morning if it snows. The calendar of events will be available at March club night, as well as listings on the Section and VMCC main websites.

CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk Well, we all had a good time at our Christmas Meal in December and by the time you read this, we’ll have had our AGM & Bring-n-Buy too and will be looking forward to the Riding Season once again! Speaking of riding, all events planned for 2016 are on our website www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk (click on the ‘Calendar’ tab on left side). The Website can only get better – it’s now in Richard’s capable hands, so watch out for new and exciting things on there – maybe even a copy of Jeff’s 2015 events compilation video! No events yet, but watch this space (and the website) for runs coming soon.

CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk On January 3rd, when most sane people avoided motorcycling, we had our annual Chairman's Run. Members met at the Coffee Spot in Biggar and headed for St. Mary's Loch via the reservoirs, Peebles and a stop at the Big Red Barn cafe before heading home. Heavy rainfall meant that we had to negotiate some large puddles, including one that was dangerously close to magneto level. On the 12th we had our meeting and Bob and Kate entertained with some Burns themed music, while George laid on some sustenance along with the tea. Well done all who made the run and thanks again to Bob, Kate and George.

CORNWALL Lesley Clayton 01872 572207 lclayton56@btinternet.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk East Taphouse held a quiz on their first club night of the year which stirred the brains of members, so much so that two sets of tie break questions were required. Congratulations to the winners. Rumour has it that Mike

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won some polish! Two new members attended. First run of the year, the New Year Run, was ably led by Sam Lovegrove, and encountered some spectacular views as the 30 or so riders made their way to Porthleven for a hearty lunch. At the start Peter Lee had organised the Cornwall banner, displayed to enable spectators to know who we were. The local press arrived to take photos and produce an article in the local papers. Fortunately the rain stayed away for most of the day. Please note the permanent venue change for the meet taking place on the third Wednesday of each month; Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ Above right is a photo of the road racing at Staverton Airport in the early 1970s. I thought this may be of interest to members who would, like me, attended quite a few of these club races. If anyone would like a copy of the CD with about 40 pictures please give me a ring and I will gladly copy them free of charge. A future event that may interest members is a Themed Fête at Aldsworth Village on July 9th where you can display your trusty steed. Info from Kate: celtic_dragonflame@hotmail.com

Staverton Racing in the early 1970's CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 alan@magic-wheelers.org.uk www.magic-wheelers.org.uk The Cyclemotor section hosted the inter section quiz for local sections at England’s Rose, and a good time was had by all. Lorraine Carter was quizmaster, and came up with a good mix of questions. Berkshire A team turned out to be super swots and won. Nobody disgraced themselves. We’ve had to change the dates for our camping week end to 10th, 11th, 12th June, and for our last of the year run and AGM to 20th November. This month we have Frank’s Wansdyke run on the 13th, and the Welsh run on the 27th.

BERKSHIRE SECTION

OWEN TYLER RUN 22nd May, 2016 Starting from the Village Hall, Hurst, this event offers a choice of routes which should cater for all VMCC-eligible machines. Lunchtime stop at a friendly pub. Further details on our web site or contact: Vic Blake on 01189 792703 Bill Barnes on 01344429647

THE ESSEX SECTION’S

CAMPING WEEK 9th - 14th August 2016 at Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DZ Day visitors welcome; Daily runs from the 10th. Entry fee £3 for the week. £5 per unit per night for campers, who can stay until 15th. B&B available. Details: Gill 01371 850616, mob 07733 063928 or gillscatch@aol.com

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Quiz winners Berkshire section. DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 www.vmccdartmoor.com osmondstujais@sky.com At the New Year’s run five intrepid riders met in Totnes for a ride into the South Hams despite being in the grip of hurricane “Frank”. Braving the tempest and floods the riders managed to enjoy coffee and Bacon baguettes during travels around the swamplands and returned home damp with muddy bikes. At club meeting in January we all enjoyed a showing of the film “The world’s fastest Indian”, and are looking forward to another visit of the Spitfire flight simulator at the March meeting. We have our club ride on the 13th March “Out in sticks” meet Bovey Tracey car park 10-10.30am. (Roy Turner


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07702908425) Check our web site for the clubs activities in April. Our first evening ride is in April. 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 This month on the 17th we have the Devon section’s AGM, which I would urge you all to attend. I know that some of you are not happy with the way the section is run, so please come along and state your opinions. There are vacancies on the committee and a fresh approach and ideas would be welcome. The first run of the year is scheduled for March the 13th and starts at the Corn Dolly S. Molton at 11.00am. I look forward to seeing you there. DORSET (SW) Ken Druce 01258 452977 077 42525262 kenneth.druce@homecall.co.uk I was AWOL for Bob’s run on the 10th Jan but my spies report that 16 riders threaded their way through a fair amount of surface water, but it was rain free and also mild. Club night on the 13th Jan was a talk given jointly by Peter Miller, covering amongst other things the New Articles of Association, and Rod Hann who gave an Area Rep’s viewpoint. This was followed by a question and answer session. Thanks to both Peter and Rod for their time.

breakfast meeting at the new venue was a success with thirteen of us sat down and eight bikes outside. By the time you read this the March meeting will have passed so you have missed Bob’s quiz but you can still make the lunch and breakfast meets on the eighth and twenty ninth not forgetting the Somerset jumble on the fifth and a new ride out to Blue Anchor on the twentieth. With the VMCC AGM in April and our normal monthly meetings I must find time to at least clean the bike before the Twin Dragon. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 First month gone, and if the turnout at the John Bunyon on New Year’s Day is anything to go by, the future augers well for the Section! The first monthly Luncheon was well attended with certain diehards remaining until nearly five p.m. Club Night attendance was low, but it was a night of very unpleasant weather. When you read this we will have had the A.G.M. and, who knows, there may be some new faces on the Committee! The old Committee is trying to liven up the proceedings and Richard Rosenthal has been persuaded to re-visit the Section on March Club night. Richard always provides a very interesting evening, and members of other Sections are welcome to attend, we have plenty of room! Next month sees long awaited return of the Riding Season with the first Wrinkly Run and the now well established spring. EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 grahamdaniels9@hotmail.com www.vmcceastlancs,co.uk Hopefully when you read this, it will be a bit warmer and less wet! Nothing much has happened around the section and there is nothing much to report apart from the Classic Bike Rally on Easter Sunday, the twenty-seventh of March, at the Bury Transport Museum, Castlecroft Road off Bolton Street BL9 0LN. There is a booking form on

Plotting outside Dorset section HQ. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 bob341rc@outlook.com Despite low attendance for the January ride those of us that went enjoyed the trundle along the coast road to Portland and lunch at the Jailhouse Café. That is definitely one to put on the list of useful stopping places. Our first

Cornwall Section VMCC

Annual Land’s End Run Sunday 5th June 2016 Starting at 09.00. Entrance Fee: Pre-booked £8, or on the day £10. Includes refreshments and memento of the day. Entries close 2nd May 2016. Contact Gilbert Dingle 01208 863325 or Stan Weston 01872 510478 The Vintage Motor Cycle March 2016 | 17


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their website and the person to contact is Joanne Crompton. Entrants can have a free ride on the East Lancs Railway, so you can visit Rawtenstall as well. The first Sunday next month sees the first of our seventeen runs for the 2016 riding season. It’s Gordon’s Preseason Run and he usually has a good turnout, so let’s see you there. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 wimdons@hotmail.co.uk www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Boxing Day saw 10 members at The Boship Roundabout 5 early and 5 on GMT however all safely got to the Plough at Plumton Green to meet with other like minded souls. New Years Day saw 15 ‘bikes plus one car at The Six Bells Chiddingly. After nice hot soup seven ‘bikes set off for the Smarden to meet up with members from the Men of Kent Section. The ride was cold but at least everybody got home dry. The others went to the Laughing Fish. The first Spring run coming soon will be the Bill Bailey/Coventry to Brighton Run on April 8th-9th; those members interested contact Steve for more details. 17 April see's the Sections first big event "The SNOWMANN TEST DAY" Volunteers will be needed on the day so please speak to the organiser Andy Marks. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 denniscooney.mc@btinternet.com http://www.holdorf.karoo.net/ This month is the start of our riding season, beginning with Glen Bradley's Spring Run. (See diary.) Two club events of note is the historic 70th anniversary baton relay rally. The East Yorkshire section will collect the baton from near Goole taking it to a point between York and Boroughbridge. Our section contact is Chairman Harry 01482 862209, let Harry know if you are interested in taking part so that you can be furnished with more details nearer the date. Let’s have a good turnout of riders from the section. The bi-annual relay rally introduced by our late founder C. E. "Titch" Allen OBE.BEM. will take place on 1st May. Our check point is again at the Teapot Café, Fimber. Manned by Brian Thompson and Glen Bradley. Glen as master of section funds has once again agreed to finance drinks from Margaret at the Teapot. Is there no end to this man's generosity? ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com www.vmcc-essex.co.uk January club night was the AGM where decisions were made for the coming year. It was decided that we would

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continue to support the Air Ambulance for 2016 but owing to reduced funds last year it was decided to delay the decision on the actual amount until later on. The funds issue was addressed by the members voting to increase the club night subs to £2 and also asking for a donation of £1 for those attending a run. The trophies were presented by our President Ray Spearman. Most run attendance Ladies: Gill Scatcherd , Most run attendance Mens: Roger Gulliver, and Bill Knight Trophy for Contributions to the club: John Chisnall. In addition medals were presented to Bill Julier and Eric Golden on achieving their 80th year in 2015. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) reg.eyre@tesco.net January meeting was well attended; a very interesting talk by Trevor Wells on Francis Barnett’s pre 1931. Trevor says this was the first talk; well he must be a natural. I learned how the lugs were fitted to the straight tubes simply by pressing; ingenious. Evening talks and meetings are so important to pass on these gems of information, I can’t wait to attend. Sorry to those who arrived expecting rolls to be on sale, midwifery had taken the lady on other duties. I have spoken to the boss and we are taking roll production in house so will be available at future meetings. Regs for Flat Tank Week-end, June 2426, available from me dennis@beale788.orangehome .co.uk 01452 750424 or Secretary Reg as above. Next club night St Patrick’s Night inter Section quiz; light buffet available. Bring a team or two; pre advice would help for catering. GLASGOW GROUP (SCO) Gordon Mowat 07931 561898 rustynuts@talktalk.net February saw a number attend the SCRC haggis bash jumble for the usual chinwag and search for that elusive spare part. The following week we had our own section bring and buy night, more laughs than sales.12-13 March sees us on the club stand at the Ingleston show near Edinburgh. Three sections are contributing bikes on the one pitch with our colleagues from central Scotland section on their usual spot. A strong presence hopefully encouraging new folks into the VMCC family, if going to the show consider helping out on the stand by selling raffle tickets. The prize bikes will be on display. Our 15 March meeting will be a film night with entertaining footage. (Let's hope so). Looking to 17 April we have our first event 'the pip squeak run' entry forms available the week before several of use have signed up for Clyde valleys ,'blue haze' run. Going to be a busy summer.


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GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Boxing Day and New Year meets both dry with plenty of members out and about. Good turnout for the start of the year Quiz with Dick Somers, John Pocklington, John and Graham Buckingham scoring 49/70 and pocketing the wine prizes. Representatives of Goodwood section were invited to join the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Section for their Christmas Dinner in January. A good evening and weekend ensued. Arrangements in hand for a return visit in September for the mid-week joint event. First run of the season will be the Norman Broadbridge Run on Sunday 3 April starting at Tangmere Aviation Museum at 10.30am, and proposed finishing at The White Horse, Sutton, between Duncton and Bury. The first Wrinkly's run is on 8 April, starting at Whiteways Lodge CP at 10.30am. Speaker(s) for March Club Night yet to be arranged. April Club Night is the AGM so put this in your diaries. GRASSTRACK & SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 stuart.towner@blueyonder.co.uk When you read this it will soon be time to go racing and our Committee Meeting will have gone and I'll have the confirmed dates for the coming season for you. We would like to push for our proposed Marshalls Club, so please try to speak to fellow members while at your section club nights to try to muster some support. There is no better way to watch a meeting but from being centre green and watching the race evolve in front of your eyes. Believe me, it really is so different!

Section Treasurer Sue Towner has a whiz round the Iwade track at an earlier practice session. Photo by Alan Turner

GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 A very disappointing turnout for the section quiz, a fair amount of preparation goes into any club night activity, for only six members to show up is very demoralising to say the least, so please folks, some respect is required when a member volunteers to put on some entertainment, nuff said. The March club night will be guest speaker night, when we will welcome Geoff Harris, who will give us an insight to racing legend, Jimmy Guthrie. Ring 01874 730753 to find out more, see you there. HEREFORDSHIRE (WAL) Geoff McGladdery 07588 559698 geoffmac@globalnetco.uk Twelve riders (two from Herefordshire Section) turned out for the initially very wet ‘Winter Wandering’ organised by Worcestershire Section on 31st January starting in Bromyard. After the morning coffee stop at Amestrey however, things cleared up, with daffodils and snowdrops coming out, winter seemed far away. Our February meeting will be at the Bunch of Carrots on the 28th with Chairman Geoff McGladdery reporting back on his adventures riding the Ho Chi Minh Trail. There will be a midweek ride out on 28th from the Carrots starting at 9.30 am. Meetings in March will include a mid-week ride out from Ledbury on 9th, a ride out from Ross on 20th and a guest speaker (TBA) at the Carrots at 7.30 pm on 24th. Help is needed in planning for our big summer event on 26th June, ‘Herefordshire on the Edge’ which will be a circuit of the whole of the County in a day. IPSWICH & SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 maryandtink@live.co.uk www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk It’s March already; the riding season will start at the end of the month; the film night with the AJS club went well, thanks to them. The Lunch this year has been moved to the Westerfield Railway on the 19 March at 12.00. The change is that the Shepherd and dog is changing to a Steak House. We have to pre order the meals so ring me and let me know if you would like to come NO later 13th MARCH, menu will be at the club or on the web site. The Good Friday run is on 25th March at Rushmere club 10.30 for 11.00 start. The Tuesday evening runs start the 5th April to one of the watering holes in the area. Hope you are all ready to go and looking forward to seeing new members and old members who have been hibernating during the winter.

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

ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 gladingreg@gmail.com

There is not much Ironmasters motorcycling activity to report although Matt mentioned at Club Night that he had been out recently on one of his machines. I am not sure if the Green Laners have been in action, there does seem plenty of mud about for them! The Sprinters have been asked to display their machines at the Bristol Classic Bike Show, but otherwise I suppose folk are fettling bikes ready for the riding season. Unfortunately a gas leak at the venue caused the Post Xmas meal to be cancelled at the last minute, doubtless an alternative date will have been set and it will have taken place by press date. Skittles Night is hopefully on March 4th. Club Night March 21st. Mad March Hare Run March 27th.

Twenty enjoyed Harry's first film night of the year in spite of rain & high winds outside. Excellent vintage & classic racing films plus a record of the 13th Scurry, thank you Harry. Lunch runs start this month; Chairman Keith is down to lead the first. Our guest for the first club night is Peter Sparkes who is presenting a slide show of the early years of motorcycling. The Chairman's dinner is scheduled for Saturday 12th, meals will be pre- booked tickets available at £5.00. On our second club night Wayne Pritchett will give another talk on the IoW. This time covering public houses past & present. See diary for details.

ISLE OF MAN (NW) Gary Corlett 07624 496672 www.vmcciom.org Our annual dinner was held on 2nd January, Thanks to Tim Penn, National President, who attended and presented the silverware. January’s guest speaker was Richard Rosenthal, author of Encyclopaedia of Classic Motorcycles. His speech gave us a fascinating insight into the early production of Triumph & Douglas, 1990 BMW, right to the present day. The first trials championship of the year have been held. Results: 1, Kevin Whiteway (Triumph) 2, Jim Davidson (Triumph), 3. Steve Lace (Triumph). Please visit www.vmcciom.org for the entry form for this year’s Manx Rally. Alternatively, visit Vintage Motor Cycle Club Isle of Man on Facebook.

KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk Sadly we lost another very respected member of the section in January. Alan Jones passed away at home with June by his side and is at peace now and free from all the suffering he has endured over the past years which made it hard for him to ride his beloved motorcycles but he never gave up and was working on getting his latest outfit ready. Alan was the Section Treasurer and a committee member for many years and will never be forgotten not only within Kings Lynn Section but by many people around the VMCC for his generosity when the Breckland Weekend and touring weeks were based at his home at Boughton for ten years. Our sincere condolences go to June and the family at this sad time. Our thanks to Paul Thacker for his very interesting talk on Antarctica January club night and congratulations to all the sections award winners. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 colinsteer@vmcclakeland.co.uk www.vmcclakeland.co.uk

Kevin Whiteway receives the Ken Teare Award for Services to the Section from President Tim Penn.

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Following the recent multiple floods of the Keswick Rugby Club, I’ve been assured that it will be open well in time for David Wilsons Slide show on Thursday 31st March. Before that however, we have the Spring Run on Saturday March 19th, with a new venue of the Red Lion PH at Lowick, 11.00am ~ George Bownass, 01229 580776. Then, in April we will host the 70th. Anniversary Baton Rally between 26th – 29th April and will be looking for volunteers to beat the boundaries of the county before handing over the Baton to our friends in Blackpool. Later still, we have the Founders Relay Rally on 1st. May and whilst we broke the records last time with


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12 checkpoints, feedback and common sense has resulted in a selection of 6 locations for this year, giving us more time to enjoy the crack, cakes and coffee/tea. Regards to all. MANCHESTER & HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 The off road trial on 10th January had a phenomenal turnout of 58 riders on a dry but very windy day, some of the sections were quite challenging for the initial laps but dried up and rode very well later, everyone I spoke to reported an extremely enjoyable event. January club night featured a very interesting and informative talk by Mike Jackson about his time in the British motorcycle industry and with N.V.T. Founders Relay Rally will soon be upon us so if you have any ideas for a suitable venue for the checkpoint please let a committee member know. Also on rallies, the 70th Anniversary Baton Rally change over is scheduled for M&HP to collect it from Pennine section on Friday 6th May and deliver it to Cheshire Cats the next day, this will involve a party of section members on both days meeting with the other two sections, volunteers please! MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 / 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk Although January hasn’t been brilliant for riding, it is winter after all, there has been plenty going on to keep the blues away. Club night at the Plough and Harrow was a pleasant affair, well attended and with the gentle hubbub of earnest motorcycle chatter. The annual dinner at Boughton Golf club was the usual success; the carvery main course was by general consensus, excellent!! Well done Denise and Peter. It was great to see Dave Brindley and the lovely Val at the function; it’s been a rough few weeks for them both, good to see Dave on the mend. Towards the end of the month, Derek Bird’s interesting talk on Steam railways went down very well. Both he and Brian Andrews drew upon their experience of working on the railways during the dying days of steam to deliver a riveting talk, which engaged all who attended. Thanks boys. MIDLAND (NW) Bob Badland 07825 840677 badbobland@hotmail.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands Following the VMCC AGM, the Warwickshire Section will be presented with the Club’s 70th Anniversary Baton marking the start of its epic journey to all VMCC

Sections. On the 5th the Midland Section will make welcome the Warwickshire Section at it’s Clubhouse, the National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill B92 0EJ at 12 noon for the first official Hand Over. Anyone attending the presentation will be offered a slice of Anniversary cake and a cup of coffee! On the 6th April we ride out this time to pass on the Baton to our friends at the North Birmingham Section. If anyone would like to accompany the Baton on either day please contact Bob Badland for details. On Saturday 9th April we gather at Coventry Motor Museum for the 51st Coventry 2 Brighton Fun Run. If you have the time come and see the Riders flagged away by the Lord Mayor around 08:30. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 6571693 p.gunnee@talktalk.net www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk Our year commenced with a photographic quiz provided by Paul Lynch. Some 20 enthusiasts competed, honours being shared for first place after the Editor declined the accolade. March club night will feature Roly Mettam, he is well known in Vintage sidecar racing circles, primarily for competing with the Mog-Vin and Mog-Imp. The riding season commences with the Bluestone Heath Run, 10th April, start at the Jug and Bottle, Holton-leClay, here’s hoping for good weather. Leaping ahead we have secured Steve Plater to talk to us on 20th April, Admission will be by ticket only, to be purchased in advance, available from Richard Maw or Peter Gunnee. Cost will be £5.00. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Paul Braddock 01604 710104 07900 357018 paul.braddock@ymail.com Well it is still a mild winter with warm riding weather, allegedly! We have one run this month, March 13 Pre Pioneer Run 1100 from sixfields. Club night is on the 31 at 2000hrs and is a talk on motorcycling adventures in Patagonia by Bob Davis & Will Addison. 14th March is the informal social evening at the Sun in Kislingbury from 2000hrs. If you would like to receive what’s on by email then please could we have your email address? Martin Laundon is the custodian of the list so let him know. That’s it for this month, I hope you’re all well and that the year is going to be a good riding one. NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk By the time you read this we will have had the Section AGM, at which two committee members stood down:

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Colin Lloyd, who has been the Treasurer for the last few years, and Peter Ashen. Peter has been very involved with the Section for several decades and has served on Committee in most roles, as organiser of the Levis Trial, and latterly as sage adviser to keep us youngsters in line, a task that I fear may have aged him! Thank you to both of them, and to Stuart Munroe, who has stepped forward to take over as Treasurer. We have a Social Run on Saturday March 19th, more details in the Diary Section, and Club Nights continue at The Round Oak, Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV58BU, on first Wednesdays of the month, do join us. On March 2nd we will be having a talk from John Carter on racing Velocettes. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com ww.northcotswolvmcc.com Our AGM saw our Chairman Mike Chiddick stand down, or rather, up, as he now becomes President, with Fred Simmons retiring from that post. Vice Chairman Bob Ashwin was elected Chairman and Andy Geden becomes Vice Chairman. All other committee members were able to fight off the crowds and retain their posts... Many thanks on behalf of the Section to Mike for his many years in office as both Treasurer and Chairman, and also to Fred who will now have more time to get another bike! Usual quiet month with just The Hallards ever popular Wrinkly Lunch to occupy us, but our riding season kicks off on 20th March with our March Hare Run from Campden, led as usual by Mark Dudfield. Regulations are now available for our annual Cotswold Way Run on 24th July; 90 miles round the Cotswolds. Other sections are especially welcome to join us again and get wet.

ended with an excellent slide show and talk from Davis Alred on the topic of Littondale and beyond. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 kateguy@googlemail.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com By the time you read this...we will have had our evening with Peter Williams, and will be looking forward to our Bring and Buy night at Moorville, 10th March. Apologies for my senior moment in the February journal, promoting our AGM too late, mea culpa! Still, we had a reasonable turnout, and Barry from the M&HP section also attended to present Geoff and Graham with some rather splendid tinware. Well, that’s all folks, spring’s nearly here, time to go and ride yer bike!

NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 nevmcc.notes@googlemail.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ neil.wyatt@virgin.net A good turnout at the Coronation Hall on Sunday 31 January, with the usual high standard of refreshments from catering executives Martyn and Mick. The Annual lunch will be held at Healds Hall on Sunday 13th March. 12 noon for 12.30. For booking and details please contact Barrie Barker on 0113 2525291. Cost is a very reasonable £20 per head. Brian Booker remains as Treasurer and Terry Parsons as President. As with last month with regard to E0 petrol from ESSO but only use Supreme Super unleaded from pumps marked up as Synergy. I noticed an ESSO station in Starbeck, a Tesco Express with Super unleaded marked up as EN228 containing 5% Ethanol. Our Annual Auction is open to VMCC members only to be held on Sunday 27 March from 1pm.The meeting

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NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 ken.linda.jones@gmail.com www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk Northwest Section have had a great start to the year with our first event, Classic Bike Show at The Farmers Arms Bispham where, despite really bad weather and road conditions we had over 30 bikes on display inside with constant flow of visitors from 9am onwards and lots more bikes in the car park. Well done to all concerned, I’m sure we will double the numbers next year. The details of these and of all our other activities can be found on our website. www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk . The section mobile phone number is 07734 743314.


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NORWICH & DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk www.vmccnorwich.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND (SM) Robert Bryson 028 90629257 rab_bryson@yahoo.co.uk Kieran Cairns writes: Another January, another AGM (our 14th). Why only 25 members in attendance! Methinks fear of election. Therefore, re-elected unopposed were Ian MacDougal: President, Kieran Cairns: Chairman, Robert Bryson: Secretary and Victor Erskine: Treasurer. Committee members Jack Agnew, Eamonn Crawford, George Thompson, Adrian Saunders and Seamus Stewart also volunteered to remain with Jim Griffin joining (new blood!). Everyone was thanked for their inputs in 2015, most notably Bob and Ian for the teas plus all the run organisers. President’s shield winner is Adrian Saunders for sterling work organising runs and as website manager. Bob Fisher (Regional Rep.) spoke about developments nationally, answered questions and brought us up to speed on the “Baton Relay”. We will think up something special for our leg! Thanks to Robert (Rab the Cab) Bryson for driving Bob and to David and Joan Crawford and to William McComb for entertaining Bob during his visit. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 hilary.dixon@northumbria.ac.uk Many thanks to Bill Lincoln and Malcolm Byrne for providing an entertaining and educational quiz night in January. Despite the chilly weather we had quite a good turnout, which is more than can be said for the standard of our answers! I think the top score was just over half marks, but we all enjoyed the questions on local history, motorcycling, sea battles and engineering. Well done John Spawls who took first prize – there is a lot to be said for spending so much time at sea ….. Entertainment for March is still to be confirmed – but just keep an eye on the Section web page. Don’t forget the White Elephant, sorry Section Auction, on the 25 April! Our first official run of the year will be the Coast to Coast, 30 April – 1 May 2016.

At our January club night there was discussion on this year’s events and I was pleased to report that good progress was being made with data entry onto the Events Portal. One totally unexpected problem has occurred with our Easter Monday Shakedown Rally that has been well supported by Norwich and adjoining Sections in the past. This year we were faced with unacceptable charges at the venue that has made the event no longer financially viable. We have therefore re-named this event the ‘Shakedown Run’ that will be held on the same date. Interested parties should visit the Events Portal on the vmccnet web site for full details. For those with pre-30 machines our new run, ‘The Suffolk 100’ may be of interest. This event is scheduled for 22nd May and full details are on the Events Portal now. NOTTS & DERBY (NW) Clive Russell 01335 390369 zrussell2@googlemail.com We had an excellent annual dinner at the Royal Oak and the award winners were: Clubwoman of the year Janet Webster, Clubman of the year Derek Priestland and Organiser Bruce Phillips. Derek's club night attendances involve riding down from near the Yorkshire border on a slow old BMW since he generously passed his lightningfast Bullet on to me, and Bruce has done sterling work in dragging into the digital age those who formerly were confused by the mechanism of a retracting ball point pen. Graham is leading a Nottinghamshire ride as I write this but the next two rides will be the new format of specifying a lunch time rendezvous so that riders, in potentially wintry conditions, can choose their own route and pace, but meet club mates at some point during the day. When you are reading this the spring and serious riding will be in immediate prospect. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 alphacancaris@hotmail.co.uk On Vince Ellis's run we rode out from the H cafe at Berinsfield, South towards the Chiltern Hills. After Stoner Park many needed wet weather gear, a welcome coffee stop was taken at the Toad Hall garden Centre near Henley. Shortly after coffee the Sun came out and most enjoyed the lovely wooded roads through Harpsden, Shiplake, Winning Common and Stoke row before halting at the Bell at Crowmarsh for lunch. On Dave Webster's run from Horsepathe we struck out Easterly into the

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Bicester area arriving at the Ice Cream Farm near Weston on the Green for coffee. Then we rode in the Witney direction, arriving at the Bystander at Wooton for lunch. The only Run Leaders complaint was for a certain Triumph could benefit from a rear mudflap as most of the lads during this event turned a nice shade of mud.

Mills & Fulford sidecar. This is the culmination of the joint efforts of Reivers section members Ian Reavley, Jon Hill and Colin Goode.

PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk

Four intrepid members from the Goodwood section joined us at our Christmas dinner after spending the day at the National Railway museum at York, the dinner was enjoyed by everyone. March’s meeting will have Mike Wild telling us about his experiences with his vintage Rolls Royce.

In January we had a presentation and video show by Frank Baines and Paul Mercer who with two friends rode across Russia and Mongolia on the BAM road to Vladivostok. The road ran next to the Trans-SiberianRailway for a considerable distance and was, at its eastern end, just a dirt track with timber bridges over the many rivers. As the ride progressed, each bridge was more dilapidated than the last with loose boards and large holes, some of which they had to repair before crossing. They all completed the route without injury and only a few mechanical problems, but did the return leg by train. This month’s club night on the 8th will be our annual quiz hosted by Graham, so thinking caps on. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Bob Rodgers has stood down as Section Treasurer and we’re all grateful for his work on behalf of the section over the last few years in a role that’s never easy to fill. Nicola Day’s talk on the Fusiliers Museum in Alnwick was really well received. We’re taking up her suggestion of a visit to the museum in April. The photo, by Jon Hill, shows the Dene V-Twin at Beamish Museum with its

SHEFFIELD & S YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 david.sellars@sky.com

SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 derek.trow@talk21.com www.shropshirevmcc.co.uk The first meeting of the year was a Noggin and Natter at The Inn-on-the-Green, Wentnor, Nr Bishops Castle, Shropshire. By the time this comes out in print we shall have had our weekend away in the North East. We have a number of plans in the pipeline for club nights including wheel building, Morgan three wheelers, the Wolfman and a motorcycle show, The Long Mountain run on Sunday 17th April, The 70th Anniversary Baton Rally plus other runs. There will be a few day trips during the summer plus a weekend at Scarborough for the Gold Cup, if we can get enough people to make it viable. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk The Dragon Rally has been and gone, the daffodils have been out since January, spring is here so away we go!! The Quiz in January has been kept for another night due to a very low turnout, colds and flu etc. You can now see our planned events on the Website. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding. SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 pc.newman@mypostoffice.co.uk www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk The Vintage Vehicle Gathering at North Petherton on New Year’s Day was rewarded with reasonable weather and plenty of interesting machinery covering a whole range of historic vehicles. The forecast of a frosty morning did not materialise for the Frostbite Run starting at Polsham. Riders enjoyed the good route. Thanks to

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Arthur for organising. Our section Autojumble is on Saturday 5th at The Bath and West Showground. Gates open 9-30am. The Spring Run is on the 13th starting at Nether Stowey Fire Station. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk The Boxing Day meet at the Whitminster Inn was very well supported by VMCC and many other riders, with an estimated 400 machines attending at one time or another. Thanks to John Oliver for organising this. Thanks also to Ian Young for giving us a lively “True or False” quiz session at the January club night. At the March club night we have Alan Freke from the Bristol Section speaking about the life of FA Simpson, who (amongst other things) was staff artist on The Motorcycle from 1916 to 1932 and Douglas motorcycle’s advertising manager. We will also be holding our (short) AGM. Well done to Paul Sheppard for spotting the mistake in the 2016 printed programme I lost a Tuesday at the end of May. Next year I will get him to proof read before I publish! On 31 May we will be meeting at the Carpenter’s Arms at Misserden. Happy riding. SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 af@annefrisby.free-online.co.uk At the meeting on 27th January new member Paul was welcomed to the section. Details of the forthcoming runs were discussed and an update on the club HQ was given by Rod Hann. The crank was won by Dave Greening for his efforts to take his cat to the vet, when the cat fought back causing Dave to fall and cut his head open. The cat never made it to the vet! This month’s photo features Bob and Judy Hope on a very shiny Velo.

SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 david.porteous@sky.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk Roy Sturgeon was nearly overwhelmed when 27 competitors arrived at our new venue at Castleside for our first Championship trial of 2016. Over 80 people enjoyed the Presentation night at Walworth Castle, when we were pleased to be joined by some of the Sections founding members from 40 years ago, Bill Gillham Geoff Graham and Brian Bean. They presented 50 awards to the winners of our 2015 events. Thanks to Eric Londesbrough who entertained at the club night when he gave an illustrated talk about a voyage to the Arctic. At our club night in March and April we are open to suggestions for entertainment, which could include our annual domino knockout if anyone cares to volunteer. Over to you! SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk www.southhants-Vmcc.co.uk We have a number of day events coming up in April. Besides the three Thursday day events the section has planned which start on the 14th April, 21st April and 28th April we also have two day events on the 3rd April Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Charity Run and on the 10th April is the Mayor of Havant Charity Run. I shall be organising the two runs of 35 and 55 miles for the Mayor of Havant Run and hope to have more section members taking part. We have a speaker lined up for the March Monthly meeting on the 7th. We are also working on more interesting speakers for the coming monthly meetings. The first evening run is not until the 12th May. SOUTH LINCS & PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 janda.salix@hotmail.co.uk http://www.vmcc-slandp.co.uk Freezing fog made the pub fireside particularly attractive in January and rendered theoretical our interest in the section events calendar which Chairman Gary was handing round. As members thawed a cautious optimism began to emerge, one not entirely noggin-fuelled. Deep in sheds our plans were already being hatched and new purchases inspected and polished. Soon the hunt for grease gun and oily rag would turn up that list made last year of fettling to be tackled before the snows melt. Too late! Yes, this month officially heralds spring and brings the first riding event of our full schedule. On the 16th is club night Bring and Buy, so dig out those spares and the leathers that no longer fit. Someone might need them for the following Sunday’s

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Daffodil run, March 20th 10.30am. The venue for both is our regular watering-hole, The Red Lion West Deeping. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.hmharris@tiscali.co.uk www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk March is the long awaited beginning of serious riding that we have all been looking forward to all winter. Firstly, we have, the annual Tiddlers Run for low-powered, gutless wonders on the 6th March. If you have a low powered bike less than 125cc, so D1 bantams, mopeds, auto cycles or, anything similar that is SLOW. This is not a concours event, anything that is road worthy will do. So why not join us? We meet at the café on Llandow race track, at 10am for a 10.30 start. You are assured of a slow, steady run where you can enjoy the countryside and not have to worry about speed cameras. It’s all great fun. Then, the 20th March is the Spring Run, organised by chairman, Rob James. Meet at the multiplex cinema car park in Parc Nantgarw at 10.00 am for a 10.30 start. SPRINT (SE) www.vmccsprint.co.uk info@vmccsprint.co.uk Hello All. With no new volunteers coming during 2015, the Sprint Section continues to be run on a caretaker committee basis. 2016 will therefore operate as last year. I.E. organising the Motorcycles for the Brighton Speed Trials and no other events. Unlike recent years, there was no AGM in January. Club rules indicate there's no statutory requirement to hold one, and the committee felt it a waste of people’s time and section funds to simply recover ground discussed in both 2014 and 2015. Nominations for vacancies for a new section Chairman, Treasurer and General Secretary still remain open, as do positions to run our sprints. As said before, individuals really can make a big difference to our section’s future, so if you’d like to know more, please email us: info@vmccsprint.co.uk. 2015’s Brighton Speed Trials received extensive press coverage, incl January 2016’s Classic Motorcycle article courtesy of Alan Turner. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 info@stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk The 2016 season started quite briskly Martin Brown explained in great detail the beginning and fairly rapid progress of the Jaguar Car Company from 1922--1984 to approximately 30 members. Because of the mild weather some of us managed to get out and about over Christmas and into New Year. Some members were missing through illness, so I hope you have recovered and ready to go

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when the season starts with Maurice's run to Balquhidder. Committee Business was mostly about new permit systems and other systems for scribes which I find quite difficult to understand. Gordon mentioned the Chairman's run, still to be finalised and the Antrim run to be organised by George Brown was also mentioned, anybody interested contact these respective members. We are looking for help with the Baton Rally 19thApril and Relay rally 1st May! Interested! See Maurice. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 keith-starks@tiscali.co.uk www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk The AGM which was held in January was a brief affair with no issues and the current committee re-elected. Therefore you are stuck with us for another year! Lionel our Chairman asked if there was anyone interested in joining the committee as it would be nice to have new blood on board so we do not become stagnated. There was no one forthcoming but have a think about it and perhaps we could have a new face next year, it is not at all arduous? Please speak to any of us at club nights or on the runs if there is something you would like the committee to organise on your behalf or any suggestions for the future of the section. March begins with the Winter Wandering to "The Lord Nelson" on Poole Quay. Club night will be a talk by Derek and Don Rickman about Metisse Motorcycles. SURREY & SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com January was a quiet month. The New Years run saw 18 riders have a dry ride to the Surrey Oaks where we met other section members and members from other sections as well as other motorcyclists. The pub was very full and a new venue will be found for 2017. The AGM was well attended, after 12 years in office our Chairman, Jean Self, stood down, my thanks to Jean for all her hard work and I know she will remain an active member of the section. George Scowen had kindly taken on the role as Chairman and all the committee welcome him to the team. Looking ahead to 2016 we have a full calendar of events including a 2 night, 3 day Castle Hunt Event at the end of June, see Reg Available for more details. SWANSEA & DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 barrygfox@hotmail.com By now the AGM will have been held at the Feb meeting


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and the last members left in the room would have been elected or re-elected. So come back fellas the AGM is over! Terry Nicholls held an impromptu quiz at the January meeting which was fun and challenged our knowledge of the rules of the road. Thanks Terry. We are looking at having a St David’s day meal, so you may get a phone call as to when and where. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 / 07887 517906 jugood@talktalk.net Not a lot going on this time of the year I think they are all getting bikes ready for the better weather (we hope). It was with great sadness that one of our members passed away on 22nd December. A group of us attended his funeral on 12th Jan at the Crem riding behind the hearse 25 of us followed, this was a very sad day. The nicest most genuine guy you could wish to meet. Our condolences go to his Wife Carol and his two daughters. By the time you read this our February will be over. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.tavernerstrials.org.uk www.thetaverners.com January has been a busy off-road month for the Taverners, two rounds of this seasons VERY wet events, including a change of venue at last minute! – Well done Roger, Mark and Tony. Myself and Mark Wills also managed to complete the MCC Exeter “Through the night” Trial without being washed away, and finally eight regular Taverners riders entered the Talmag Trial and were smiling before the start (see picture) followed by a lot of aches and pains later. Tony Hulls again put on another successful film night with coverage of last year’s Founders Day and also the Vulcan flight.

at home with June by his side in January. It was when we were camping in Alan`s field on one of the early Breckland touring weeks that the embryo of the Touring Section started and with Alan and June`s generosity many VMCC members enjoyed their holidays in Norfolk year after year until the Breckland event moved to Methwold. Our thoughts are with June and the family at the loss of such a generous and lovely friend to so many people. By the time you are reading these notes another season of touring will not be far away as we head for Copthorne for Easter which is early this year so let’s hope the weather is kind to Mr Beer and the field will be OK. WAKEFELD & W YORKSHIRE (NE) Neil Lewis 07730 146637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com January’s meeting was well attended. The committee thanks those section members who are now attending regularly and look forward to welcoming more of the areas member (and those from adjacent sections) in the coming months. In a change to the announced programme of events, March’s meeting will now be a talk by local seat maker and restorer. The quiz planned for March will now be run at the April meeting, hopefully Rob’s quiz held in January has put you in the mood. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 The A.G.M. was our January meeting and the Vice Chairman welcomed 31 members to this. John Heywood retired from the committee after many years of hard work and we thank him for his help. Jenny Smith was voted onto the committee, the remaining members being voted on En-bloc. Awards were given during the evening. Clubman of the year - Alan Bailey, Rider of the Year Martyn Roberts, Ladies award - Brenda Hallard, Vintage award - Frank Parker and the Golden brick to Frank Parker, The Chairman's award will be given at our February meeting. Not a lot of support for the Boxing Day or New Years Day Runs – Let's hope we have more support for the runs during 2016. WESSEX VETERAN & VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500

TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 / 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com It is with sadness that I report that Alan Jones such a good friend to so many of the sections members passed away

Our AGM was quickly and efficiently dealt with on Club Night and the committee was voted in en bloc, so no change there. There are some small changes in the events calendar. These will be revealed in the new section events card which, hopefully, you will now have. The AGM was followed by one of Frank’s quizzes (not easy) which was won by Peter Bovenizer with a score of thirteen; lucky for some! It won’t be long now before our first event on

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April 17th; get that bike fettled and let’s have a good turnout. The weather should be guaranteed by then (typist’s note; there you go again - tempting fate!). See you there. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 betron.wright@gmail.com www.westkentsection.webspace.virginmedia.com PLEASE SEE NEW WEB ADDRESS ABOVE. The section's AGM passed with no issues. All bar one of the existing committee were prepared to stand again so were re-elected en-bloc. There were two proposals for the remaining place and Bob Rouse was elected on a show of hands. President Jane Smith thanked the Committee members for all the hard work they put in for the section throughout the previous year. The guest speaker at the 29th March meeting at the Woodman will be Ian Thomson who will be talking about the history of Bletchley Park. He used to be a guide there and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Not motorcycling but very interesting. For those members with hard copy event cards please make the following changes. George’s Map Reading Run will be on 24th April and the Members’ Memorial Run will be on the 8th May as the Relay Rally is on 1st May.

WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 britie.motorcycles@btinternet.com http://wkvmcc.weebly.com Well that’s the end of year & New Year festivities over, so it’s back to normal and looking forward to the 2016 planned events. The dates are in the new 2016 Section booklet and appear on the Section Website, so we hope to see many of you during the year. Because we are a VMCC club with the 25 year cut off date it would be appreciated if members can make that extra special effort to attend the runs on a club eligible bike, after all that’s what we are about, riding the old uns. The runs do not start in ernest until April, but next month we have THE PENDINE RIDE IN (Roy 01834 831602). Please take note: The REGS; are now available for THE 2016 SAUNDERSFOOT RUN, so please check it out on the WEBSITE WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Tony Kay 01380 722288 vmccwestwilts@gmail.com This has been a quiet month as we only had one run which was a combined meeting with the Cotswold Section. We had a successful Winter Wandering on Sunday 17th January at The Plough in Kington Langley when 23 members attended. At the section meeting on 28th January 19 members listened to a talk by Bill King entitled Archaeology in the garage, shed and attic which consisted of the meaning of Industrial Archaeology and how you may find the products of this archaeology in and around your home. Judging by the applause at the end members thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Our section calendar is being uploaded onto the Club website and should be complete by the time you read this. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk www.vmccworcs.co.uk The March club night (14th) will be our AGM, come along to support your committee and offer your services, we still need a social secretary to organise speakers for club nights. In March we have the first midweek run of the year on the 17th organised by Richard Bullock and on the 25th we have our usual Good Friday Run. In April we have the Spring Run organised by Pete Howells on Sunday 3rd. Richard Caddick has planned the routes for two new runs this year, the first of which is the Wye Not Run on Thursday 21st April. Please note that this starts from Bromyard. The Malvern Classic Motorcycle Show is on 10th, we hope to have our usual stand there.

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Scottish notes

2016 is a pivotal year for the Club and we need your help. I have been encouraged with the progress being made when attending Management Committee meetings. HQ staff are doing a grand job for us, and I hope we areemerging from the recent dark years when the Club lost its way. The finances have been brought under tight control and a more realistic agenda of member support and activities is being pursued. It remains a tough proposition to get the Club back on to a stable financial footing. Miserly returns from investments compared to the past, pressure on insurance commission and raffle income have added to the negative mix the Management Committee has had to address. You can see from the membership numbers in the Journal that we have lost ground with total numbers down from four years ago. Given the turmoil of the last few years, it is remarkable how many members have stuck by the Club. During that period it was not the best or easiest time to persuade members to stay, or to recruit new ones. Recently, the Scottish scene has been transformed despite the difficult bigger picture above; great credit to all of those involved. Section night entertainment has moved up a gear in terms of quality and variety. A host of new events have been introduced to add to the jewels in the crown, The S&T and the Scottish National Regularity Rallies. All the age classes are active again. Novel runs have been introduced with the Early Motorcycle Run for veterans, the Gathering, the Demob, the Blue Haze, the Tiddler Tootle, The Sound of Singles and now the Pip Squeak Run. Attendances at Section nights have increased, and the number of non-members taking part on runs has risen. We even have a new Section (presently termed a Group) covering Glasgow and its hinterland. All of this, with our core Club benefits, is a strong package to use in recruiting new members. The attendance at the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show is a perfect opportunity for recruitment. A press release has already been issued to raise our profile in advance. Another is being penned on our Scottish activities and the wider membership benefits. There will be a promotional offer available only at the Show to encourage enthusiasts to join. However, away from the Show, you have a vital role in helping the Club. Tell your friends what is on offer, and encourage them to come along to Section nights and runs to experience first hand the Club scene. Another way to help is to sell the raffle tickets sent with the Journal. Raffle income is a way to we can boost income over and above subscriptions. If all of our members sold the tickets sent in the Journal, over ÂŁ100,000 would be raised for each raffle. I know that will never happen, but think about the impact you can make when you sell those tickets or enlist a new member. Alastair Alexander

Gordon Mowat's 150cc DMW. Photo by Norrie Russell.

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Diary

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

1st South Cotswold 7pm. Club Night - AGM and Speaker, Kings Head, Kings Stanley, Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@gmail.com North Cotswold 8pm. Club Night. The Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden, Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com Isle of Wight 11.30am. Lunch Run. Old Smithy car park, Godshill. Open to any VMCC eligible machine and rider. Keith Hadfeild 01983 730559 East Devon 8pm. Club Night. Honiton Youth FC, Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR Bob Clow 07774 694833 East Herts 8pm. Club Night. Woodman PH, Wild Hill East Lancs 8pm. Business Meeting Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP West Wilts Section Meeting. Chippenham Rugby Club 2nd Cotswold 8pm. Club Night Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885196) Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk Chiltern 8pm. Club Night. White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks. Section Members only. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com N Birmingham 8pm. Club Night - Racing Velocettes. The Round Oak Inn, 100 Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BU. Open to all Club Members. David Spencer. 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com West Kent 10.30am. Wrinkly Run. Village Hall car park, Ide Hill. Any machine 25 yrs+ Ron Wright Surrey & Sussex 10.00am. Day Run. Riverside Café Station Rd, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW No restrictions. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Dorset Lunch Meet. West Stour. Rod Hann 01935 872528 3rd Isle of Man 7:30 prompt. An Evening with Colin Seeley. The Centenary Centre, Atholl St, Peel. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net Somerset 8pm. Club Night. Cossington Village Hall. Club members and guests. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 Notts & Derby As advised by Pat. Skittles Match. Brenans, Long Eaton. Pat: 0115 9730067 Ips & Suffolk 8pm. Club Night. Rushmere 4th Ironmasters Skittles Evening. White Horse, Wrockwardine Wood, TF2 7AB 5th Somerset 9.30am. Motorcycle Autojumble. Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. BA4 6QN. Carl Horrocks 01643 705866 6th West Kent 10.30am. Social Run. Kemsing High Street car park. Any machine 25 yrs+ Ron Wright Notts & Derby 12 noon. Lunch meet. Wardlow Mires Cafe A623. John 01623 861474 M&HP 10-30 for 11-00. Off road trial. Pott Shrigley, Old Brickworks. No mono shocks. John Drabble, Stuart Coales, Barry Howard, 01625 575479, 01260 252305, 01625 630016 howardranch@hotmail.co.uk Brooklands 11am. Winter Wandering. Newlands Corner, A25 Nr Guildford GU4 8SE. All welcome Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com West Wilts 12 noon.Winter wandering. Woodbridge Inn, N. Newnton, Nr Pewsey. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Cornwall 10am-11.30am. Informal Breakfast Meet. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX. Len Dingley 01208 850013 South Wales 10:00amSt David’s Day run. Llandow race circuit and cafe. Club members only. Barry Cooksley bcooksley@btinternet.com Banbury 10.30am. March Hare Run. Horsefair, Banbury, OX16 0AN. Dave Jebbit Dorset 11.00am. Winter Run. Top of Town Dorchester DT1 1RN. Rod Hann 01935 872528 East Yorkshire 8pm. Club Night. Tiger Inn, Beverely. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 gailandharry@holdorf.karoo.co.uk 7th

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Northumbrian South Hants Stirling Castle 8th East Devon Isle of Wight Anglian Clyde Valley Burton & Dist Pennine

9th Bristol

East Sussex

S’donia/Eryri Chiltern Northwest Cotswold

Reivers

Banbury Berkshire Warwickshire North East Dorset 10th Cornwall Dartmoor

Bedfordshire

West Wilts Isle of Man West Kent North Staffs South Durham Taverners 11th Bristol

12th Somerset Isle of Wight Notts & Derby 13th Dartmoor

8pm. Club Night. Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 richardbarsby61@tiscali.co.uk 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley 8pm. Monthly Meeting. Hill Park WMC, Highlands Road, Fareham. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Club Night

From 1pm. Lunch Meet. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield. Bob Clow 07774 694833 7.30pm. Club Night. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com 7.30pm. Club Night. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com 7.30pm. Club Meet. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 timryan750@gmail.com 8pm. Club Night. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net 8.30pm. Club Night. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk

8pm. Talk by John Penny - Ballooning through the ages. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk 7.30pm. Section Meeting. Brian’s Barn, Brownbread Street, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX John Crawt 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 7.30pm. Club Night. Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk 10.30 for 11am departure. Wrinkly Run. Black Cat, Lycrome Rd, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. 25 Year Rule. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com 8pm. Club Night. Barons Burscough. Secretary 07961 446971 secretary@vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk 8pm. Club Night. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196). Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk 8pm. Club Night. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 hadden101@btinternet.com Club Night. Banbury CC, Bodicote, OX15 4BN. WW1, Pt 2 John Harris 01295 721282 Mid-week Lunch Meeting. Malcolm White info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk 7.30pm. Club Night - Bring & Buy 12 noon. Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire Club Night. Halsey Arms, Pulham. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837

7.30pm for 8pm. East Taphouse Club Night. Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA. Celia Hore 01208 73571 8pm. Club Night. Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. John Osmond 01803 527469 8 for 8.30pm. Intersection Quiz Night. Shefford Memorial Hall, 10 Hitchin Rd, Shefford SG17 5JA Teams of up to four. Will Curry 01582 882122 8pm. Section Meet. Chippenham Rugby Club, SN14 0YZ. Tony Kay 01380 722288 7.30pm. AGM & Club Night. Knock Froy, Santon. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net 8pm. Noggin & Natter. Pied Bull, Farningham DA4 0DG. Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com 8pm. Bring & Buy. Moorville Hall. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 geoffvmcc@hotmail.com 8pm. Club Night. Middleton St. George Noggin and Natter. Ratby S&S Club. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 7pm. Social Evening. Community Centre, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne BS36 1QG No restrictions. Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk

7pm. Skittles Evening. Red Cow, Brent Knoll. Members & guests. Pete Newman 01934 813638 7.30pm Chairman's Dinner. Buddle Inn, Niton No restrictions Keith Hadfeild 01983 739559 2pm. Saturday PM Run. A6 Layby Whatstandwell. No restrictions. B Sherras 01773 741908 10am for 10.30 start. Club Ride -Out in the Sticks. Bovey Tracey main car park, TQ13 9SB All welcome Roy Turner 07702 908425

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Northampton 11am Pre-Pioneer Run. Sixfields, Northampton, NN5 5QA. Martin Laundon 01604 586144 South Cotswold Noon. Sunday Lunchtime Meet. Old Neighbourhood Inn Stroud. No Restrictions. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@gmail.com Stonehenge Noon. Winter Wandering Details Committee North East 12 for 12.30pm Annual Luncheon & Prize Giving. Healds Hall Hotel. No restrictions. Barrie Barker 0113 2525291 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com Cotswold Noon. Winter Wandering. Carpenters Arms Inn, Sapperton, Stroud, GL6 7JA, (SO 937 088) No restrictions. Peter Kent 01452 610375 Devon 11am. Spring Run. Corn Dolly, South Molton. No restrictions Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com Cyclemotor 10.30am Wansdyke Run. Pear Tree Inn, Whitley, Melksham, SN12 8QX. Preferably low power/low capacity/veteran. Frank 01225 708743 M&HP 10.30 for 11.00am. 1st Four Seasons Run. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RG. 25 year rule Barry Howard, Barry Cook 01625 630016, 01663 750827 howardranch@hotmail.co.uk Banbury 7am. Breakfast Run. Deddington, Market Square. Mark Kershaw 07590 364010 Taverners Sporting Trial. Rectory Farm, Uppingham. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 14th Wessex V&V 8pm. Club night. Kings Arms Inn, East Stour Common SP8 5NB. No restrictions Bette Barber 01722 330453 Surrey & Sussex 7.30pm. Quiz. Copthorne Social Club, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne. RH10 3RE. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Worcestershire 7.30 for 8.00pm AGM. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester WR2 6QG John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk Northampton 8pm. Social. The Sun, Kislingbury Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley South Wales Noggin and Natter. Club House. Geoff Harris. 02920 883228 Stirling Castle Club Night 15th Brooklands 8pm. Club Night. Members Bar, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge. KT13 0QN. Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntleorld.com Gwent 7.30pm Guest Night: Geoff Harris. Rising Sun Pandy Nr Abergavenny NP7 8DL John Sharman 01874 730753 markhillier61@icloud.com Cheshire/N Wales 7.30 for 8pm. Club Night & Talk. Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com Goodwood 8pm. Club Night. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Moonraker 7.30 for 8pm. Club Night Quiz. Woodshaw Inn, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett Mrs Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net East Herts 8pm. Club Night - talk. Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, East Lancs 8pm. Social Meeting. Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP 16th S Lincs & Peterbro 8 pm. March Clubnight. Red Lion, King Street, West Deeping, PE6 9HP. Brian Fosh. 01832 273390 gary.sleeman@ntlwortld.com Oxford 7.30pm. Club Night. Littlemoor British Legion. Dave Webster 01865 452232 Cornwall Noon. Informal Meet. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Bedfordshire 12.15pm. Midweek Lunch. The Tavistock Public House, Tavistock Street, Bedford. MK40 2SB Roger King 01582 534711 Midland 8pm. Club Night and AGM. National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham B92 0EJ Bob Badland 07825 8406775 badbobland@hotmail.com Norwich & Dist 8pm. Club Night. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk Cotswold 8pm. Guest Speaker - Dave Minton - ‘Surviving Despite One’s Self’Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Mike Borrie 01242 574599 b44mike@yahoo.co.uk Chiltern 8pm. Pub Night. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com

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Stonehenge Men of Kent Mid-Lincs 17th Worcestershire

8pm. Club Night. Club House. Redlynch S&S Club, Woodfalls. SP5 2LN Details Committee 8pm. Quiz Night Plough and Harrow PH, Bridge, CT4 5LA. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 7.30 for 8pm. Club Night - Guest Speaker. Peter Gunnee 01652 657169

9.30 for 10am. Midweek Run. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester WR2 6QG Richard Bullock 01905 641216 Notts & Derby 8pm. Natter Night. Royal Oak, Ockbrook. John 01623 861474 West Wilts Noon. Spring Mid Week Wandering. Fox & Hounds Colerne. Colin Smith 07778 281332 Cheshire Cats 8pm. Clubnight. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich, Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com Devon 7.30pm. AGM. The Town Arms. S. Molton. Chris Wood 01237 472855cjwood10@hotmail.com Ips & Suffolk 8pm. Club Night. Rushmere 19th Moonraker 7.30 for 8pm. Annual Meal. Moonraker Section Members only. The Woodshaw Inn Woodshaw Royal Wootton Bassett. Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net N Birmingham 10 for 10.30 start. Paul’s Saturday Run. Louise Street Garage, Gornal Wood, Dudley, DY3 2UB Paul Raybould 01902 676396 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Lakeland 11am. Spring Run. The Red Lion, Lowick. George Bownass 01229 580776 20th Isle of Man 1:30pm Trial. Ballagarraghyn, Jurby. All Classes.Shaun Seal07624 485133 sseal@manx.net Cheshire Cats tba Social Run to Wistanstow Show. Prees Heath Truckstop - see details. Any bike. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com North Cotswold 10am. March Hare Run. The Square Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com Somerset 10am for 10-30. Spring Run. Nether Stowey Fire Station. TA5 1NW. Machines over 25 years Kevin Hellier. 01278 732010 Cornwall 10.30am West Cornwall Run. Chiverton Cross, Blackwater,TR4 8HS. George Pengelly 01209 214521 South Wales 10:30am. Spring Run. Multiplex cinema, Treforest. Bob James aberthaw@excelpower.co.uk Cheshire/N Wales 10.30am ? Wistanstow Show & auto jumble. Motor Boat Club, Chester. Dave Kay 0151 3346187 Essex 9.30 for 10am start. Cobwebs Run. Costa car park near McDonalds,Tollgate Centre, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG. Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com Notts & Derby 10.30am. Sunday Run. Limes Cafe, Bilsthorpe A614 G Bower 07745 888938 East Devon 10.30am. Spring Ride. Smileys Cafe picnic area EX14 1BQ Dave Robson 07845 889144 Essex 9.30 for 10am. Cobwebs Run. Tollgate Car Park Nr Costa's/Next Colchester Terry Windsor 01206 384764 terrycwindsor@btinternet.com S Lincs & Peterbro 10.30am. Daffodil Run. Red Lion, King Street, West Deeping, Lincolnshire, PE6 9HP Gary Sleeman 01733 770241 gary.sleeman@ntlworld.com Men of Kent Club Run to the Pioneer Run. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 South Durham Championship Trial, Gilling. Roy Sturgeon 01325 260937 21st B’mouth & N Forest Noggin and Natter. Walkford Hotel David Bowmer 01202 388404 Ironmasters Club Night Sir John Bayley Club, TF1 1QX Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley W’field & W Yorks Club Night. Reindeer Inn, Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 07730 146637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com 22nd Goodwood 8pm. Noggin 'n' Natter. The Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Burton & Dist 8pm. Cheese night. Marston’s Sports and Social Club. Brian Slack 01283 544500 Isle of Wight 7.30pm. Club Night. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com 23rd Cotswold 8pm. Club Night. Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885 196) Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk East Herts Noon. Luncheon. Harvester, Harpenden Road, St Albans

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24th North Cotswold Noon Wrinkly Lunch. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com Flat Tank 7.30pm. St Patrick’s Quiz Night. Thornbury Rugby FC, BS35 1LG. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (before 9.00pm) reg.eyre@tesco.net West Wilts 8pm. Section Meeting. Chippenham RFC. Tony Kay 01380 722288 tonyak69@yahoo.com Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel) Paul Rickards 01555 870329 South Durham 8pm. Club Night. Middleton St. George 25th Central Scottish 7.30pm. Club Night. Bridge View House, Glamis. Bill Coburn 01382 811081 Surrey & Sussex 10.30am. Good Friday Run. Copthorne Social Club Copthorne Bank Copthorne RH10 3RE Nigel Pepper 01403 268952 nigel.pepper@talk21.com Worcestershire 9.30 for 10am. Good Friday Run. Bell Inn, lower Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6QG John Porter 01386 553329 john.porter2@homecall.co.uk Cornwall 7.30pm for 8pm. Truro Club Night. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 B’mouth & N Forest. Good Friday Run. Walkford Hotel. Ian Barr 01425 610427 26th East Devon 10am. Breakfast Meet. Pit Stop Diner. A35 Kilmington Cross EX13 7RB. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Dorset. Breakfast Meet. West Stour. Rod Hann 01935 872528 27th North East 1.00 pm Section Auction. Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge. Anthony Head 01423 712072 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com Dartmoor 10am - noon. S. Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 East Yorkshire 10:30am. Spring Run. The Kings Arms. Newport. HU15 2QS G.Bradley 01430 422667 Cyclemotor 10.30am. The Welsh Run. Castle Street car park, Abergavenny. NP7 5EE. Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran. Philippa. 01873 858344 East Lancs 9am. ELR Classic Bike Show. Castlecroft Road, Bury, BL9 0LN 28th Moonraker 7am stall holders 9am. General Public Auto Jumble. Lotmead Business Village Lotmead Farm Lower Wanborough Swindon SN4 0UY Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktaljk.net Northwest 8pm. Club Social Meeting. Barons Burscough. secretary 07961 446971 secretary@vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Norwich & Dist 11am. Shakedown Run. Goodies Farm Shop, Frenchs Farm, Wood Lane, Pulham Market, Diss, IP21 4XU. Bob Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk Men of Kent Ashford Classic Bike Show & Jumble, Orbital Park, Ashford, TN24 0HB. Nick Pearce 07944 311199 Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley South Wales Noggin and Natter. Club House. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 29th Kings Lynn 8pm. Club Night. The Social Club Methwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661.07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com Surrey & Sussex 8pm. Noggin and Natter. The Crown, East St, Turners Hill, West Sussex RH10 4PT Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com West Kent 8pm. Guest Speaker. Woodman, Goathurst Common TN14 6BU Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com Berkshire Club Night. Bring & Buy Books. Malcolm White info@berkshire-vmcc.org.uk 30th Clyde Valley Noon. Grumpy Old Men. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards 01555 870329 paul.rickards@virgin.net Cotswold 8pm. Club Night. Churchdown Club, Church Rd, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2ER (SO 885196) Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk 31st M&HP 7.30 for 8pm. AGM/club night. Poynton WMC, Park lane, Poynton, SK12 1RG Barry Howard, Barry Cook 01625 630016, 01663 750827 howardranch@hotmail.co.uk Lakeland David Wilson’s Slide Show Taverners 7.45pm. Skittles Evening. The Wheatsheaf, Thurcaston, Leics John Wills 07773 145247 Northampton 8pm. Club Night. Obelisk Centre

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1st Norwich & Dist Anytime. Picture Rally Norfolk and Suffolk 2016 Up to the rider. Entrants must be registered with Michael Long. 01953 604064 longhonda400@gmail.com 2nd Men of Kent 10am-1pm. Autojumble. Village Hall, Old Wives Lees near Canterbury. CT4 8BN Colin Townsend07789 606686 Cotswold 10am. Felix Burke Weekend. Andoversford Sports & Social Club, Templefields, Andoversford, GL54 4LQ (SP 021 194) Mrs Jenny Hart 01684 276610 jenny@hart1246.plus.comNon 3rd Cornwall 10am-11.30am. Informal Breakfast Meet. Louis Tearooms, Kit Hill, PL17 8AX Len Dingley 01208 850013 Goodwood 10.30am. Norman Broadbridge Run. Tangmere Aviation Museum, Tangmere Road, Tangmere, PO20 2ES. John Taylor 01903 892314 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Worcestershire 9.30 for 10.00am. Spring Run. Market Square, Bromyard, HR7 4BP. Pete Howells 01886 853293 South Dorset 10.30amSpring Fever Run. Top of Town, Dorchester DT1 1RN. J. Morey 01308 423819 johnmorey.bikes@googlemail.com Oxford 10am. Club run. Harlequins RFC Horsepath RD. Dave Webster 01865 452232 Brooklands 11am. Winter Wandering. (last of the season). Newlands Corner, A25 Guildford GU4 8SE Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com Northwest 10am. April Fools Run. Secretary 07961 446971 secretary@vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Kings Lynn 10.30am. Frank and Ida Allen Memorial Run. Paul Allens, Main Street,Witchford, Ely, Cambs Club eligible machines. Paul Allen 01353 667850 North Staffs 10.30 am. The Oatcake Run. Bradnop Village Hall. School Lane, Bradnop. near Leek John Broadhurst 01538 385122 West Kent 10.30 am. Girder Fork Run. Eynsford lay-by south of railway bridge on A225. Restricted to girder fork machines only. Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com Warwickshire 10am for 10-30 start. Spring Run. Kenilworth RFC. Martyn Roberts 01455 238413 Notts & Derby 10am. Breakfast Run. Sainsbury’s car park, Matlock. John 01623 861474 Banbury 9.30am. April Fools Run. Horsefair, Banbury, OX16 0AN Alan & Phil Butler 07857 648974 East Lancs 10.30am. Gordon’s Pre-season Run. Judge Walmsely CP, Whalley.Gordon Baker. 01254 383003 Stirling Castle 12.00-12.30. Maurice’s Run to Balquihidder Stonehenge 11am. Spring Run. Breamore House. Lionel Butler 01725 510760 Taverners Sporting Trial, Eaton. Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 4th Men of Kent 8pm. Club Night. Wagon and Horses, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 East Yorkshire 8pm. Club Night. Tiger Inn, Beverely. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 gailandharry@holdorf.karoo.co.uk Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley South Hants 8pm. Monthly Meeting. Hill Park WMC, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham. Robert Hill 02392 460014 5th North Cotswold 8pm. Club Night. Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney chrisdelaney650@gmail.com South Cotswold 7pm. Club Night. Kings Head, Kings Stanley Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 jeremy.retford@gmail.com East Devon 8pmClub Night Honiton Youth FC. Mountbatten Park EX14 1AR Bob Clow 07774 694833 Isle of Wight 11.30am. Lunch Run. Old Smithy car park, Godshill. VMCC members Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Midland Baton Rally Handover from Warwickshire Section. Ring Bob Badland (07825 840677) to check time badbobland@hotmail.com East Lancs 8pm. Business Meeting. Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP Moonraker Club Night 6th Cotswold 1pm. Mid-Week Social Run. The Red Lion Inn, Wainlodes, Gloucester, GL2 9LW (SO 848 258) Nigel Tustin 01242 518310 nige-bsa@hotmail.co.uk West Kent 10.30am. Social Run. Kemsing High Street car park. Any machine over 25 years of age. Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com

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Baton Rally Handover to North Birmingham Section.Ring Bob Badland (07825 840677) to check time badbobland@hotmail.com Surrey & Sussex 10am. Day Run. Riverside Café Station Rd, Forest Row, West Sussex RH18 5DW. Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Cotswold 7pm. Mid-Week Rally. The Red Lion Inn, Wainlodes, Gloucester, GL2 9LW (SO 848 258) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowman.freeserve.co.uk Chiltern 8pm sharp. Club Night. White Hill Centre, Chesham Bucks. Section Members. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Clyde Valley Lunch Meeting. The Oven, Overton Farm, Rosebank. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 Dorset Lunch Meet. West Stour. Rod Hann. 01935 872528 7th Notts & Derby 8pm. Natter Night. Royal Oak Ockbrook. John 01623 861474 Somerset 8pm. Club Night. Cossington Village Hall. Members and guests. Ruth Pope 01458 251174 West Wilts 10am. Mid Week Run. T.B.A. Peter Tyler 01225 706970 sheilapete@talktalk.net South Durham 8pm. Club Night. Middleton St. George West Wilts Section Meeting. Chippenham Rugby Club 8th Goodwood 10.30am. Wrinkly’s Run. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top Bury Hill, jctn of A29/A284/B2139, West Sussex BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com East Sussex 9.30am. Bill Bailey Memorial Run. Chalet Cafe at Cowfold. VMCC eligible machines Steve Marks 01323 849199 chairman@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 9th Midland From 7am. 51st Coventry to Brighton Run. Coventry Transport Museum CV11JD. 25 Year Rule Bob Badland 0782 584 06 775 badbobland@hotmail.com 10th Norwich & Dist 10 for10:30am. Spring Lamb Run. 2, Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norfolk, NR12 7ND. Bob and Cynthia Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk Essex 10 for 10.30am. Late Easter Run. Brock Hill Nursery Brock Hill, Wickford. Alan Williams 01268 764501 Isle of Man 2pm. Road Run & Tea Party. Old Laxey Harbour. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net Northwest 10am.Chairmans Run. Barons Burscough. Sec: 07961 446971 secretary@vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Cyclemotor 10.30am. 3in1 Run. The Four Horseshoes, Long Sutton, Hants. RG29 1TA. Preferably low powered/low capacity/veteran. Lorraine 0118 9730712, 0770 3623613 Mid-Lincs 10am. Bluestone Heath Run. The Jug and Bottle, Holton-le-Clay, Lincolnshire, DN36 5YN Richard Maw 01427 872247 www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk Essex 9:30 for 10am start. Late Easter Run. Brockhill Nursery,Brock Hill, Wickford Alan Williams 01268 764501 South Cotswold 10am for 11am. Sunday morning met to see Severn Bore. Stonebench. John Oliver 01452 729939 or 07968 302435 jeremy.retford@tiscali.co.uk B’pool & Dist 10am. Woody’s Crook O’Lune run. Knott End Cafe, Knott End on Sea, FY6 0EA. Jeff Chambers 01772 673711 jeff.chambers1@yahoo.com South Hants Register from 8.45 start from 10am. Mayor of Havant Classic Vehicle Run. Public Service Plaza Civic Centre Rd Havant. Pre-1990 vehicles. Anne Thurlow 02392 446152 anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk Devon 11am. April Fools Run. The Coffee Shop, Bradworthy Square, Devon, EX22 7TD Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com Cheshire/NWales11.30am. Corwen to Llanwchllyn run.Car park in Corwen. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com Moonraker 10 for 10.30. Dons Run. TBA. 25 year rule Mrs J Goodwin 01793 539207 jugood@talktalk.net Cornwall 10.30am. Creepy Crawly Run. Griggs, Hewaswater, PL26 7JH. Low powered machines Roger Fogg 01726 67198 North East 10 to 11am. The Dales Run. High Harefield Farm, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5DG Anthony Head 01423 712072 anthonyhead901@btinternet.com Bedfordshire 10 for 10.30am Spring Run. Shefford Memorial Hall, Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA John Brooker 01767 692805

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tba. Social Run to Llanuwchllyn to meet C&NW for lunch. Prees Heath Truckstop - see details. All welcome, on any bike Phil Green 01477 534346 M&HP. 10.30 for 11.00am. Off road trial. Mow Cop. No mono shock bikes. John Drabble, Stuart Coales, Barry Howard 01625 575479, 01260 252305, 01625 630016 howardranch@hotmail.co.uk Clyde Valley 10am. Blue Haze Run. Tim Ryan. 07714 505386 Dorset 11am. Blandford Run. Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford. Peter Miller 01258 454986 Taverners 10am. Tulip Run. Len Sumpters House, Little Stretton. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 W’field & WYorks Baton Relay. Neil Lewis 07730 146637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com 11th South Wales 7:30pm Quiz night. Llanharry WMC John Fisher johnfishermail@yahoo.co.uk Wessex V&V 8pm. Clubnight. The Kings Arms Inn, East Stour SP8 5NB. Bette Barber 01722 330453 Worcestershire 7.30 for 8pm. Club night. Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6QG John Porter 01386 553329 Northampton 8pm. Social. The Sun, Kislingbury Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley Stirling Castle Club Night 12th East Devon From 1pm. Lunch Meet. Aviator Cafe. Dunkerswell Airfield Bob Clow 07774 694833 Anglian 7.30pm. Club Night. Fulbourn Institute Sports & Social Club, Home End, Fulbourn, CB21 5BS Roger Newark 01354 741099 shutterbug43@btinternet.com Pennine 8.30pm. Club Night. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS. Geoff Green 0161 6548159 secretary@penninevmcc.org.uk South Cotswold 7pm. Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. The Salutation at Ham. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Isle of Wight 7.30pm. Club Night. Ventnor Cricket Club. Ron Wallis 01983 752861 ron.wallis10@gmail.com Brooklands 7.30pm. Ride a Bike Night. Hand & Spear, Old Heath Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8TX Richard Huckle 0785 3204018 richard.huckle@ntlworld.com Burton & Dist 8pm. Club Night. Marston’s S&S Club. Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 viccp100@talktalk.net Surrey & Sussex 7.15pm. Evening Run. Copthorne Social Club Copthorne Bank Copthorne Crawley RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com Clyde Valley Club Meeting. Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 13th Kings Lynn 7pm. Ride a Bike Night. The Twenty Churchwardens at Cockley Cley. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com S’donia/Eryri 7.30pm. Clubnight. Snowdonia Inn, Waunfawr. John Evans 01286 872599 johnsteff@hotmail.co.uk East Sussex 7.30pm. Section Meeting. Brian’s Barn, Brownbread Street, Ashburnham, TN33 9NX John Crawt 01825 890499 secretary@vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk Reivers 8pm. Club Night. Ashington RFC, NE63 8TP. Simon Hadden 01665 570023 hadden101@btinternet.com Chiltern 10.30 for 11am depart. Wrinkly Run. The Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. 25 year rule applies. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Northwest 8pm. Club Night. Barons Burscough. Sec: 07961 446971 secretary@vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk Cotswold 7pm. Mid-Week Rally. The Bell Inn, Main Rd, Shurdington, Cheltenham, GL51 4XQ (SO 923188) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowman.freeserve.co.uk Banbury Club Night. Banbury Cricket Club, Bodicote, OX15 4BN. WW1, Pt 3. John Harris 01295 721282 Dorset 7.30pm. Club Night - Guest Speaker. Halsey Arms, Pulham. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Lakeland 11am. Filling Station Cafe Ride-In. Keswick. Dave Weeks 017687 72315 Warwickshire Club Night 14th Isle of Man 8pm. Bring & Buy. Knock Froy, Santon. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net West Kent 8pm. Quiz Night. Pied Bull, Farningham DA4 0DG. Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com Cornwall 7.30 for 8.00pm. Club Night. East Taphouse Community Hall, East Taphouse, PL14 4TA Celia Hore 01208 73571 North Cotswold 10am. Wrinkly Run. Norton Lindsay. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 hallarainbow@hotmail.com North Staffs 8pm. Club Night. Talk by Jim Lee, ex BSA & Triumph. Moorville Hall. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 geoffvmcc@hotmail.com Dartmoor 6 for 6.30pm start. Early Evening Ride. Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DD. Paul Lobb 07765 881326

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8 for 8.30pm. Fish & Chip Night. Shefford Memorial Hall, Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Brent Fielder 07754 146605 10 for 10.30am. Day Run, Sammy Millers. Portchester Castle. Clive Brown 01329 841920 robertbtsc@live.co.uk 10 for 10.30am. Thursday Run Out. Meet at Nelson’s Cafe, Swarland. Dave Spencer 01670 787546 Noggin and Natter. Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 Spring Mid Week Wandering. The Vale, Minrty

8am. Steam and Vintage Rally. Royal Umpire Caravan Site Croston. 1973 or earlier machines only Alan and Jean Johnson Notts & Derby 2.30pm. Saturday PM Run. Pidcock BMW, Long Eaton, Gordon 01773 788710 Somerset 10am. Cheddar Weekend. Cheddar FC. Machines over 25 years. Sue Skinner 01934 820657 17th Isle of Man 1.30pm. Trial. Arrasey Plantation. Shaun Seal 07624 485133 sseal@manx.net Wessex V&V 10.30 for 11am. Hinton St Mary Run. Hinton St Mary CC DT10 1NA. Pre-1931 only. Gabby Hunt 01963 250184 Cornwall 10.30am to arrive12.30/1pm. Awards Presentation & Ride. Truro CC, Malpas Rd, Truro, TR1 1SG East Taphouse Community Hall, PL14 4TA. Entry by ticket from Graham Walkey 01726 64493 Dartmoor 10 for 10.30am start. Club Ride - Rame Run. The Royal Seven Stars Hotel The Plains, Totnes, TQ9 5DD. All welcome. Derek French. 07747 032659 Cotswold 8am. Breakfast Run to Prescott Breakfast Club. M&S BP Filling Station, Barnwood Rd, Gloucester, GL4 3HA (SO 855184). Graham Rowcliffe. 01793 886967 info@rowcliffeplantsales.com North Cotswold 10am. New Blossom Run. The Square Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney. 01789 262076 chrisdelaney650@gmail.com East Yorkshire 10:30am. Etton Excursion. The Light Dragoon. Etton. HU17 7PQ. Flat Tank & Girder Fork and up to 125cc H.Holdorf. 01482 862209 gailandharry@holdorf.karoo.co.uk Northampton 10.30am. Hugh’s Run. Pure Triumph, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD. Hugh Gallagher 01933 419800 East Devon 10.30am. Canal Basin Ride. Smiley’s Cafe picnic area EX14 1BQ Peter Baker 01395 224535 N Birmingham 10 for 10.30 start. The Not the Levis Trial Social Run. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, WV15 6QL David Spencer 01746 762957 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Lakeland 10.30am. The Birthday Run. Bampton. Howard Ostle 01931 713349 S Lincs & Peterbro April Showers Run Stirling Castle Davies Spring Run from Kippen Stonehenge 11.00am. Spring Nifty Run. Breamore House Pre-1973 and under 250cc only. Dave Benn 01722 712701 (day) 07870 759081 (Eves) 18th Devon 7pm. Evening Meet. The Sportsman's Inn, Sandyway, South Molton, EX36 3LU. Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com B’mouth & N Forest Noggin and Natter. Walkford Hotel. David Bowmer 01202 388404 Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley W’field & W Yorks 8pm. Club Night - Committee’s Quiz Night. Reindeer Inn, Old Road, Overton, nr Middlestown, WF4 4RL. Neil Lewis 07730 146637 neil.r.lewis@btinternet.com 19th Gwent Section 7.30pm. Guest Night: Peter Hold. The Rising Sun Pandy Nr abergavenny NP7 8DL No restrictions Mark Hillier 01873 811541/ 07870 535933 markhillier61@icloud.com South Cotswold 7pm. Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. Rose and Crown at Nympsfield. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Goodwood 8pm. Club Night: AGM. Maypole Inn, Yapton Lane, Yapton, Nr Arundel, BN18 0DP Maureen Street 01903 742979. goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Cheshire/N Wales 8pm. Club Night. The Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL. Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 grahamgottsvmcc@gmail.com 20th Cornwall Noon. Informal Meet. Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, TR8 4LA. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Men of Kent 7pm. Fish and Chip Run. Village Hall, Dunkirk. Kent ME13 9LF. Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Cotswold 7pm. Mid-Week Rally. Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne, GL53 9NP (SP 000133) Roy Plowman 01242 577008 roy@plowman.freeserve.co.uk

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Norwich & Dist Noon. Ranworth Broad Wednesday Run. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL. Bob Forster 01603 737540 bob@vmccnorwich.co.uk Chiltern 8pm. Pub Night. Black Cat, Lycrome Road, Lye Green, Chesham, HP5 3LF. Phil Barfield 01442 824143 multiman500@virginmedia.com Midland 8pm. Club Night: Speaker Pete Brown. National Motorcycle Museum B92 0EJ Bob Badland 0782 58406775 badbobland@hotmail.com Norwich & Dist 8pm. Club Night. Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick,NR13 5HL. Tony Durier 01603 713850 tony@vmccnorwich.co.uk Mid-Lincs 7.30 for 8pm. Talk. Ticket only. Richard Maw, Peter Gunnee 01427 872247, 01652 657169 S Lincs & Peterbro Club Night. Brian Fosh 01832 273390 Stirling Castle VMCC Baton Rally Stonehenge 8pm. Club Night. Club House, Redlynch Sports & Social Club, Woodfalls, SP5 2LN 21st Bedfordshire 10 for 10.30am. Midweek Run. Shefford Memorial Hall, Hitchin Rd, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5JA Don McKeand 01525 720629 Goodwood 6.45pm. Evening Run - Fish & Chips. Whiteways Lodge Car Park, Top Bury Hill, jctn of A29, A284 /B2139, W Sussex BN18 9FD. Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com Cheshire/NWales 7.45pm. Inter Section Quiz Night. Winnington Park RFC, CW8 3AA. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com Essex Camping field open from noon. 7th Bluebell Run. Museum of Power Langford Nr Maldon VMCC eligible machines. Rides commence 22nd -24th Heather & Roger Gulliver 01621 89606 Cheshire Cats 8pm. Clubnight & inter-section quiz. Winnington Park RFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich, Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 stephen_herbert@btopenworld.com Worcestershire 9.30 for 10.00am. Wye Not Run. Market Sq, Bromyard, HR7 4BP. Richard Caddick 01886 403334 South Hants 10 for 10.30am Day Run Two to Tangmere Museum. Car Park top of Portsdown Hill Roundabout Robert Hill 02392 460014 robertbtsc@live.co.uk Notts & Derby 7.30pm. Evening Run, Griffin’s Head, Papplewick Crossroads G Bower 07745 888938 Devon 7.30pm. Burger Night, Town Arms. S. Molton Chris Wood 01237 472855 cjwood10@hotmail.com West Wilts Section Meeting. Chippenham Rugby Club 22nd Essex 10am. Social Run. Museum of Power, Langford. Heather/Roger Gulliver 01621 892606 23rd Oxford 9am. Breakfast run. The Turnpike Yarnton. Chris Luckett. 01865 863939 Somerset 8.15am. 34th Twin Dragon Run. Northload Street CP, Glastonbury. Machines over 25 years Dave Boon 01749 672672 East Devon 10am. Breakfast meet. Pit Stop Diner. A35 Kilmington Cross EX13 7RB. Bob Clow 07774 694833 Essex 9.30 for 10am start. 8th Bluebell Run (Route Card). Museum of Power, Langford, near Maldon VMCC eligible machines only [pre 1st Jan. 1990] Heather / Roger Gulliver 01621 892606 24th Cotswold 10am. LINC Family Fun Day. Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH (SO 952 242). Chris Day 01452 854341 chrisday1947@blueyonder.co.uk Norwich & Dist 10 for 10:30am. Spring Run. ‘Acacia’, Queen Street, Spooner Row, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9JU. Richard Mack 01953 603773 Norwich & Dist 10 for 10:30am Pre-40's Run. ‘Acacia’, Queen Street, Spooner Row, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9JU. Pre-40's machines. Richard Mack 01953 603773 Northampton 10.30am. Ted Cotton Memorial Run. Hunsbury Country Park, Northampton, NN4 9UW Jim Poole 01604 766734 Essex 10am. Social Run [Route card] Museum of Power, Langford. Gill Scatcherd. 0773 3063928 Kings Lynn 10.30 am. St George’s Day Run. TBA. Club Eligible machines. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or mobile 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com West Wilts 10.30am. St. George’s Run. Malmesbury Cross, Hayes CP. Dave Waldron 01666 575205 dwaldron@sky.com South Cotswold 10am. Sunday Informal Run to SS Great Britain. Stonehouse CP. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com West Kent 10.30am George's Map Reading Run. Wrotham Hill car park. Machines 25 years+ Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com

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10am - Noon. S Devon Railway Station, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DZ. John Osmond 01803 527469 10am. The Reservoir Run. Abergavenny Bus Station. Henri Collings 01873 831 946 markhillier61@icloud.com Cotswold Noon. Summer Meeting. The Royal Spring Inn, Vention Lane, Joy’s Green, Lydbrook, GL17 9RL (SO 604 169) Peter Kent 01452 610375 Reivers 10 for 10.30am. Recruitment Day Out to Fusiliers Museum, Alnwick. The Country Barn, Widdrington Village W’field & W Yorks 10.30am. Section Run. High Trees Garden Centre, Otley, Old Road Leeds, LS18 5HZ Peter Helliwell 0113 2168023 Northwest 8pm. Club Social. Barons Burscough. Sec: 07961 446971secretary@vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk 25th Northumbrian 8pm. Club Night. RAOB Club, Birtley South Wales Noggin and Natter, Club House. Geoff Harris 02920 883228 26th South Cotswold 7pm. Tuesday Evening Pub Meet. Holford Arms at Knockdown. Jeremy Retford 07831 314884 Jeremyretford@btinternet.com Kings Lynn 8pm. Club Night. The Social Club Methwold. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or 07875 694842 paul@fes1hq.plus.com Surrey & Sussex 7pm. Evening Run. Copthorne Social Club Copthorne Bank Copthorne RH10 3RE Brian Robins 01293 537598 brian.robins@atmlcs.com West Kent 8pm. Bring & Buy Auction. Village Hall, Gamecock Meadow, London Rd, W. Kingsdown TN15 6BZ. Ron Wright betron.wright@gmail.com Goodwood 8pm. Noggin 'n' Natter. Sportsman Inn, Rackham Road, Amberley, BN18 9NR Maureen Street 01903 742979 goodwoodvmcc@aol.com 27th N Birmingham 10 for 10.30 start. Bill’s Mid-Week Run. Tony’s Diner, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QL Bill Danks 01562 67103 davidjspencer@btinternet.com Bristol 8pm. Talk by Bill Phelps: 50 years of motorcycling. Begbrook Community Centre, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1HY. Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk Men of Kent 8pm. Bike night meeting. Black Robin Pub, Kingston CT4 6HS. Richard Barsby 07989 352990 South Wales 7pm. Mid week evening run. Black Cock Inn, Caerphilly Mountain. Howard Jayne howard.jayne@talktalk.net Isle of Man 7:30pm. Evening Road Run. The Old Vicarage, Kirk Michael. Gary Corlett 07624 496672 ghcorlett@manx.net Clyde Valley Grumpy Old Men. Crawford Truckstop (Heathergyll Hotel). Paul Rickards. 01555 870329 28th South Hants 10 for 10.30am. Day Run Three to Milestone Museum. Wickham Square. Dave Bettridge 02380 464822 robertbtsc@live.co.uk M&HP 7-30 for 8pm. Club night and intersection quiz. Poynton WMC, Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RG Barry Howard, Barry Cook 01625 630016, 01663 750827 howardranch@hotmail.co.uk Bristol Noon. Lunchtime Meet. Beaufort Arms PH, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton, GL9 1AU Simon Bending 01179 652503 sbendings@yahoo.co.uk North Cotswold 10am. Wrinkly Run. Bretforton. Mike Chiddick 01386 830330 michael.chiddick@btinternet.com Notts & Derby 7.30 Bill Sherrad Memorial Run, Ripley Marketplace. M Shepard 01773 768263 Warwickshire 10am. Wrinklies Run. Holly Cottage Norton Linsey. Graham Hallard 01926 842029 Lakeland Club Night - film night or speaker Northampton 8pm. Club Night. Obelisk Centre Taverners Sam’s Quiz Night. Kev Alexander 07713 908407 29th Cornwall 7.30 for 8.00pm. Truro Club Night. Truro Cricket Club, Malpas Road, Truro, TR1 1SG Roger Fogg 01726 67198 30th Dartmoor 10am. BMAD Festival. The Green, Paignton Sea Front, Devon,TQ3 2NN John Osmond 01803 527469

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The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd (‘The Company’) will be held at the Hertitage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ on Sunday 3rd April 2016 at 11am, to transact the following business:

AGENDA

1. Welcome to all Members present at the Meeting by the President, Mr T Penn 2. To read the Notice convening the meeting. 3. To remember with respect those Members who have passed away during the last year. 4. To record apologies for absence. 5. To elect Scrutineers. 6. To receive and, if approved, confirm the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on the 12th April 2015. 7. To consider Matters arising from those Minutes which are not otherwise included in this Notice. 8. To receive the 2015 Annual Report, including Chairman’ report, Auditors’ report, Accountants’ report and financial statements for the financial year ending 30th September 2015. 9. To appoint Sibbalds Chartered Accountants auditors of the Company until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the Company. 10. To authorise the Directors to determine the Auditors’ remuneration. 11. Presentation of Major Awards • The Dreadnought Trophy Presented for an outstanding effort on a veteran or vintage machine. • The Harry Knight Trophy Presented for the best performance of the year on a veteran machine. • The Harry Mack Trophy Presented for an outstanding achievement on a sidecar outfit. • The John Griffith Salver Presented for outstanding activities within the Club. • The E. E. Thompson Award Presented for outstanding efforts in promoting or organising Club activities. • The H. O. Burton Award Presented for an outstanding riding performance by a Club member using a post 1930 machine. • The Bob Currie Memorial Award Presented to one who, in the opinion of his peers, has made a significant contribution to the world of motor cycling ‘in the Bob Currie tradition’. For this award a citation is required. • The Mrs Daphne Hedington Dent Memorial Trophy Presented to a VMCC member under the age of 25 years who consistently rides in Club events • The Syd Plevin Trophy Presented to a VMCC member for outstanding work within a section of the Club. • The Footman James Spirit of the Club Award Presented to a member who, in the opinion of his peers, operates and helps in the background and would in some cases go unrecognised for his efforts in helping the club. 12. Presentation of Special Awards. 13. To announce the President for 2016/2018 – Rodney Hann continued overleaf

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14. Election of three members to the Board of Directors for 2016/2018. Candidates for election are: 14.1 Mr Bill Phelps; 14.2 Mr Brian Southam; 14.3 Mr John Donaldson; 14.4 Mr Rob Reaney 15. To consider and adopt the new Articles of Association. 16. To receive proposals from Members/Sections: 16.1 The South Wales Section proposes that the club should continue to be led by a membership-based committee, that the President and Area Representatives takes on the role of Director, replacing the six nationally-elected Director posts in the proposed new Articles of Association. Proposed by the South Wales Section and supported by the West Kent Section. N.B. If successful changes to several sections of the Articles of Association will be required, and to comply with Company law regarding appointment of Directors, this proposal will come into effect at the 2017 AGM. 16.2 The East Devon Section proposes that the Committee should consist of the six present Directors and five Area Directors covering regional areas (Southwest, Southeast, Midlands, North (inc Scotland) and Wales). Proposed by the East Devon Section N.B. If successful changes to several sections of the articles of association will be required, and to comply with Company law regarding appointment of Directors this proposal will come into effect at the 2017 AGM. By order of The Board

Patrick Robotham Chairman and Director January 22nd, 2016

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd. Registered Office: Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton On Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1TR

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Explanatory Notes on Proxy Voting and the Election of Directors at the AGM Entitlement to vote To be entitled to attend, speak and vote at the annual general meeting you must be entered into the register of members by 5.00 pm on 20th March 2016. Voting may be in person at the AGM, or though the appointment of a proxy.

Resolutions The full text of the resolutions to be processed, along with their explanatory notes, are set out in the notice of the AGM included with the March 2016 Journal and are available on the Club’s website. Agenda items 8, 9 and 10 are proposed as ordinary resolutions. This means that for each of these resolutions to be passed, more than half of the votes cast must be in favour of the resolution. Agenda items 15 and 16 inclusive are proposed as special resolutions. This means that for each of these resolutions to be passed, it must receive a majority of at least 75% of the votes cast. Attending the AGM If you wish to attend the AGM in person you will be required to show a current club membership card.

Appointing a proxy As a Club member you are entitled to appoint a proxy to exercise all or any of your rights to attend, speak and vote at the AGM. When choosing your proxy you may like to consider your Area Representative or an official from your section, however company law does allow you to choose any member or non-member to act as proxy. If you sign and return this form without naming the proxy, the chairman of the meeting will be deemed to be your proxy. When you appoint as your proxy someone other than the chairman, you are responsible for ensuring that they attend the meeting and are aware of your intentions. The person appointed as proxy must be identified in the box overleaf. Appointing a proxy, or registering a vote in advance, will not prevent you from attending and voting at the meeting in person. If you submit more than one valid proxy appointment, the appointment received last before the latest time for the receipt of proxies will take precedence.

Voting Instructions for your proxy To instruct your proxy how to vote on the resolutions mark the appropriate box with an ‘X’. To abstain from voting on a resolution select the relevant ‘withheld’ box. A vote withheld is not a vote in law and will not be counted in the proportion of votes for or against the resolution. If no voting instruction is given, your proxy

will have discretion to vote or abstain. Further, your proxy will will have discretion to vote or abstain on any other matter that is put before the meeting.

Deadline for proxy voting The proxy form is in two identical parts. Only the first part should be completed if the chairman of the meeting is to act as your proxy. Both parts should be completed if someone other than the chairman of the meeting is to act as your proxy. The first part should be returned to the registered address of the Club at least 48 hours before the start of the meeting. The second part must be presented by the proxy for inspection upon arrival one hour before the start of the meeting. An electronic copy sent to the General Manager, gileswillison@vmcc.net, before the due date can be accepted but only if it is sent from an email address that is registered in the name of the member. Copies of the proxy voting form can be down loaded from the Club’s website. Cancellation of proxy To revoke a proxy instruction, the member will need to send a signed hard copy notification clearly stating the intention to the Club’s General Manager no later than 48 hours before the start of the meeting.

Election of Directors Example Under the requirements of the Articles of Association the following persons will stand down as Directors at the AGM: Patrick Rowbottom and Brian Southam. Brian Southam is putting himself forward for re-election. We require to appoint three Directors for a two-year term of office; all appointments commencing immediately upon election at the AGM. Background details and aspirations of those members putting themselves forward for election as a Director are provided on the proxy sheet included in this mailing. You should vote for each person in turn as in your opinion being suitable, ‘For’, or unsuitable, ‘Against’ for election as a Director or you may abstain. Candidates not in receipt of a majority of votes in favour of their election will be excluded from appointment as a Director. Eligible candidates, those with an above 50% vote, will be appointed to fill the vacancies for Directors in descending order of the votes cast. If voting by proxy it is strongly recommended that you should study the background details of the various candidates in order to make your own decision as to their suitability as a Director and instruct your proxy accordingly.

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Vice Presidents

B Barber C Bell B L Cosgrove P F Davy

A Donnithorne D Earnshaw I Edmunds S J Halsall

Honorary Membership

Ben Allen S G Allen A Beggs

C Bell A Collett G Hallard

Committee Meeting Attendances

Mrs A Heath M Jaggard S Jenkin J W Lincoln

D McMahon R N Weekes K Hallworth

J MacCauley Mrs M D Rotherham T F Wootton

M Worthington Williams I Young

6th April 2015 – 30th January 2016 – 4 Meetings (plus AGM)

A. Alexander K. Allen I. Botham J. Bottomley J. Codd D. Davies P. Davy J. Donaldson J. Farnsworth B. Fisher B. Forster R. Hann C. Illman R. Mayers P. Miller T. Penn P. Robotham D. Sellars B. Southam G. Willison

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Chairman’s Introduction You will have received or be receiving shortly the candidates for election and the proposals for the AGM in April. As the voting system will now be by the proxy method, as required by Companies House, please read the instructions carefully before assigning your proxy, if you wish to vote and not attend the meeting itself.

As chair of the meeting I have a responsibility to make sure that the business of the AGM is conducted effectively and correctly and to this end I need to draw your attention to the following issue.

You will see that the first proposal is from the Management Committee to accept the newly drafted Articles and associated papers. As you may remember from last year’s AGM, we were unable to accept the new Articles and agreed to run with draft Articles as work in progress for another year while going through a fairly exhaustive re-draft and subsequent consultation process so that what resulted was acceptable to the membership and to Companies House as well. To this end we have had a group of members look at the papers and make suggestions to the Director in charge of this process, Peter Miller. In addition, the drafts have been available on the website for members to read and make comments. I am therefore satisfied that an adequate democratic consultation process has taken place. At this AGM we will be presented with three proposals that contain seriously conflicting elements; in fact two of the proposals are significantly at odds with the principles of election of Directors to the Club and Company. Currently, and as is proposed in the new Articles, we elect the Directors to the Club from the national grouping of members. The proposal from South Wales is that the Directors would be drawn from the Area Representatives who are elected regionally. The proposal from East Devon appears, from the way it is worded, to want the Area Representatives structure geographically altered and for the present Directors to continue for an indeterminate period. We have provided guidance and an opportunity to try to resolve these discrepancies but the originators of the proposals wish them to remain as they are. This will create a serious problem for the sensible running of the AGM on the day. All three proposals require a 75% vote for their acceptance. A way around the problem would

be for me as Chair to take the proposal to accept the new Articles first and, were this to get a 75% vote in favour, to deem the other two proposals to have failed. If the proposal to accept the Articles failed to get 75%, then at the meeting we could discuss which of the other two proposals to take next and vote on that accordingly. If this second proposal were to be accepted, the third one would be deemed to have failed. If it was not accepted, we would then need to vote on the third proposal.

In order to avoid such a technical solution and in the proper spirit of the Club and the Company I would ask you all to vote exclusively in favour of the Management Committee proposal to accept the new Articles. The confusion that would be created by voting on any proposal other than the one proposed by the Management Committee to accept the new Articles would result in the Club/Company having to continue with non compliant Articles. I believe it would be a huge mistake to go down this route. It would also place a real question mark over the two-year legitimacy of the new Directors elected nationally and confirmed at this year’s AGM.

In the South Wales proposal the phrase is used that the Club should be run by members for members. I am sure that most of you realise that the Management Committee is just that, i.e. club members who were voted into office for a limited time by other club members. You all have a right to stand for election. The only constraint placed on Directors which may sometimes come into conflict with the views and opinions of the wider membership are those responsibilities placed upon Directors by Companies House for the proper running of a company; all the rest of the time they are simply members acting as members with a specific role. I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Patrick Robotham - Chairman January 22nd, 2016

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Accountants’ Report

Accounts for the year ended 30th September 2015

General The Management Committee present the accounts for the year ended 30th September 2015. We report a deficit of £80k which comprises a deficit on the years ordinary activities of £16k plus two exceptional items, stock of £38k and fixed assets of £26k.

Overview The deficit on the years ordinary activities of £16k is better than anticipated as the budgeted deficit was £31k however there is much that still needs to be done to create a neutral budget. This years results are the culmination of the work carried out over the last couple of years in trying to increase revenue streams and reduce costs. Moving forward the management are committed to keeping costs as low as possible but it is very clear that the main focus has to be on improving income, particularly in areas that we have greater control over. Two exceptional items have been included in this years accounts. Slow-moving and obsolete stock has been written down by £38k so it is included in the balance sheet at its net realisable value. This stock mainly comprises books and rims and have been held for at least three years. A review of Fixed Assets was carried out and many items of office equipment, particularly computer hardware and software, were identified as no longing being held or obsolete. These items have been written off to ensure the balance sheet shows an accurate picture of assets held. The management committee took a decision not to allocate overheads to areas of the business for the accounts ended 30th September 2015. The Income and Expenditure account shows the adjusted comparatives for 2013/14 in line with the 2014/15 accounts. Income Membership subscriptions increased by £19k which is due to the increase in membership fees however membership numbers have decreased. As membership income is accounted for when earned the decrease in members will have an impact on membership subscriptions in the 2015/16 accounts. Insurance commission has shown a reduction of £9k against last year, a drop of 7.8%, which the insurers say is due to ongoing difficult market conditions and is an area we have no direct control over. Retail activities are in line with last year with a gross profit of £81k (39.3%) and a contribution after direct costs of £30k (14.6%). Retail provides a contribution towards the overall income of the club plus helps maintain an even cash flow throughout the year. The contribution from the raffles has fallen once again.

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The bikes raffled and the magazines used for ticket distribution is constantly reviewed. The Banbury Run, Scarborough and training day all showed a surplus during the year.

Expenditure All expenditure is monitored which has resulted in both direct and indirect costs being reduced. The cost of the journal has been reduced due to control of pagination and the reduction of members. Staff costs including contractors have stabilised with the recruitment of the General Manager. Almost all overheads have reduced with the exception of Office Services which are due to increased postage costs and computer software issues and Membership Services which are again due to an increase in postage costs plus printing of Members Handbook and Join Today leaflets. Depreciation has fallen due to the write off of assets as part of the Exceptional Item.

Fixed Assets A review of Fixed Assets was carried out in the year resulting in a write off of £26k of assets no longer used. The Club Bikes were revalued by Bonhams (as in previous years) and it became clear that previously the bikes revaluation was based on insurance value rather than market value (Insurance value is 120% of market value). To comply with accounting standards the bikes have now been included in the accounts at market value resulting in a £9k reduction in the revaluation reserve. Stock Stock has reduced by £50k which is made up of £12k for current stock and £38k for the Exceptional Item.

Cash flow The £150k bond matured during the year and has not been reinvested. Cash reserves increased by £4k over the year.

Summary Many of the changes that have been put in place over the last couple of years are now benefitting the club as can be seen in these accounts. The operating deficit of £16k compares to a budgeted operating deficit of £31k which at times during the year looked difficult to achieve. The Management Committee are aware that there is still much to be done to ensure the financial viability of the Club but feel that the controls are now in place to move the Club forward.

These notes are intended to give an overview to the financial results as published in the agenda for the AGM. A copy of the statutory accounts is available from Allen House.


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Report of the Directors

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd (by guaranatee)

The Directors present their Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 30th September 2015. The Club's principal activities are the promotion of the ownership and preservation of vintage motor cycles, the organisation of rallies and the publication of literature relative to such motor cycles. The Board of Directors during the year consisted of:

K Allen J A Bottomley C Illman Dr P C Miller T J W Penn P W J Robotham D B Sellars B P Southam

Elected 6/4/2003 Elected 6/4/2014 Elected 14/4/2013 Elected 12/4/2015 Elected 6/4/2014 Elected 6/4/2014 Elected 12/4/2015 Elected 12/4/2015

Resigned 12/4/2015 Resigned 24/4/2015

The results for the year are set out in the financial statements. The trading results for the year are better than budgeted but there is still a lot of work to be done to consolidate this improvement. The exceptional items were necessary to comply with accounting standards and to show a truer picture of the financial health of the club. Following the discussion at last years Annual General Meeting tenders have been obtained from four firms of auditors, including the current auditors Wyniatt-Husey. Based on discussions with each of them, a review of the services they offer and the price quoted the auditors, Sibbalds, will be proposed for appointment at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting. Signed on behalf of the Board

Patrick Robotham - Chairman January 22nd, 2016

Registered Office: Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE141TR

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Report of the Independent Auditors to the Members of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd

We have audited the financial statements of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited for the year ended 30 September 2015 on pages six to thirteen of the Statutory Accounts. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (effective April 2008) (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice applicable to Smaller Entities).

This report is made solely to the company's members, as a body, in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company's members those matters we are required to state to them in a Report of the Auditors and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company and the company's members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Respective responsibilities of Directors and Auditors As explained more fully in the Statement of Directors' Responsibilities set out on page two, the directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view. Our responsibility is to audit and express an opinion on the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland). Those standards require us to comply with the Auditing Practices Board's (APB's) Ethical Standards for Auditors, including "APB Ethical Standard - Provisions Available for Small Entities (Revised)", in the circumstances set out in note thirteen to the financial statements.

Scope of the audit of the financial statements An audit involves obtaining evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements sufficient to give reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or error. This includes an assessment of: whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the company's circumstances and have been consistently applied and adequately disclosed; the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the directors; and the overall presentation of the financial statements. In addition, we read all the financial and non-financial information in the Report of the Directors to identify material inconsistencies with the audited financial statements and to identify any information that is apparently materially incorrect based on, or materially inconsistent with, the knowledge acquired by us in the course of performing the audit. If we become aware of

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any apparent material misstatements or inconsistencies we consider the implications for our report.

Opinion on financial statements In our opinion the financial statements: give a true and fair view of the state of the company's 1. affairs as at 30 September 2015 and of its deficit for the year then ended; have been properly prepared in accordance with 2. United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice applicable to Smaller Entities; and have been prepared in accordance with the 3. requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

Opinion on other matter prescribed by the Companies Act 2006 In our opinion the information given in the Report of the Directors for the financial year for which the financial statements are prepared is consistent with the financial statements.

Matters on which we are required to report by exception We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters where the Companies Act 2006 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion: adequate accounting records have not been kept, or - returns adequate for our audit have not been received from branches not visited by us; or the financial statements are not in agreement with the - accounting records and returns; or certain disclosures of directors’ remuneration specified - by law are not made; or we have not received all the information and - explanations we require for our audit; or the directors were not entitled to prepare the financial - statements in accordance with the small companies regime and take advantage of the small companies’ exemption from - the requirement to prepare a Strategic Report or in preparing the Report of the Directors.

Reginald Wynniatt-Husey (Senior Statutory Auditor) for and on behalf of Wynniatt-Husey Ltd Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditor The Old Coach House, Horsefair, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2EL February 11th, 2016


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Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet as at 30th September 2015 Note Fixed Assets

Tangible Assets

3

Net Current Assets Total Assets less Current Liabilities Capital & Reserves

Capital Fund Revaluation Reserve Scarborough Reserve Signed on behalf of the board of directors by:

£

2

Current Assets Stocks Trade Debtors Other Debtors VAT Accrued Income Prepayments Bonds - repayable within 1 year Cash at Bank and in Hand Creditors (Amounts falling due within 1 year) Trade Creditors Corporation tax Social security and other taxes VAT Deferred Income Accrued expenses

2015

4 4 4

2015 £

2014

2014

£

£

628,017

684,967

93,272 1,673 0 0 24,379 41,160 0 542,444 702,928

143,647 3,854 2,275 3,624 22,357 46,576 150,000 387,824 760,157

58,760 830 3,498 2,470 208,260 33,946 307,764

95,306 2,142 3,222 0 192,159 39,420 332,249

395,164

427,908

1,023,181

1,112,875

818,348 194,450 10,383

901,741 203,868 7,266

1,023,181

1,112,875

Chairman - Patrick Robotham January 22nd, 2016

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Income and Expenditure Accounts – Summary Accounts for the year ended 30th September 2015

INCOME Membership Net Raffle Surplus Contribution from Retail Contribution from Library Insurance Commission F/J Insurance Commission C/N Adverts in Journal Interest - Net of Corp Tax Sponors/Other Total Income

Surplus/deficit from Events Banbury Festival Scarborough Relay Rally Training Day Net Events

COSTS Journal Staff Costs/Contractors Building Costs (incl repairs) Office Services Management Expenses Bank Charges Vehicle Insurance AGM/Elections, Referendum Membership Services Shows Afiliations/Donations/Grants Legal Fees Audit and Accountancy Advertising Miscellaneous Depreciation Loss on Disposal of Assets Total Costs Net loss excluding BHR

BHR NET LOSS INCLUDING BHR Exceptional Items NET LOSS AFTER EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

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12 Months to 2015 £000’s 404 15 30 16 86 19 23 4 2 599

12 Months to 2014 £000’s 383 27 23 13 94 20 22 8 11 601

8 0 3 0 1 12

9 -17 -1 -2 0 -11

170 245 39 31 14 15 3 18 7 28 4 5 13 4 4 2 24 0 626 -15

185 269 42 28 25 14 8 20 11 24 11 8 44 4 21 4 31 2 751 -161

-1 -16 -64 -80

0 -161 0 -161


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Notes to the Financial Statements for the year ended 30th September 2015

1. Accounting policies a. These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, and in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (effective April 2008) b. All income and expenditure is included net of value added tax. c. Depreciation has been provided at the rates indicated on note 2. d. Members’ subscriptions have been treated as accruing on a monthly basis. The full annual subscription is payable and the portion of it relevant to the period after the following 30th September is treated as deferred income. e. Stocks are stated at lower of cost or net realisable value. 2. Fixed Assets - see schedule overleaf.

3. Taxation Corporation Tax has been provided for on the investment income, and on non-mutual trading profit of the Club at the rate of 20% for the year to 30th September 2015. 4. Reserves At 1 October 2014 Deficit for the year Bike maintenance Bike Revaluation Transfer between funds At 30 September 2015

Total £ 1,112,875 -80,276 -249 -9,169 1,023,181

Capital Fund £ 901,741 -80,276 -3,117 818,348

Revaluation Fund £ 203,868 -249 -9,169 194,450

Scarborough Reserve £ 7,266 3,117 10,383

The transfer between the Income and Expenditure Account and the Scarborough Reserve is the profit made by running the Scarborough event. Because the maintenance of club-owned bikes is capitalised the Revaluation reserve is reduced by the same amount. 5. Surplus/(Deficit) The deficit for the period £80,276 (2014 deficit £160,565) is arrived after charging/(crediting):Auditors’ Remuneration 3,300 3,300 Taxation 830 2,142 Depreciation on tangible fixed assets 23,843 31,053 Loss on Disposal of tangible assets 0 2,334 Directors’ Remuneration 0 76,457 With effect from October 2014 no Director has received a salary. Salaries paid to non-elected Directors in 2014 fall into the bands in the table shown right, which excludes Employer’s NI but includes pension contributions, where applicable. Salaries may also be paid to elected Directors, but only for services unrelated to their directorships.

£0 to £10,000 £10,001 to £20,000 £20,001 to £30,000 £30,001 to £40,000 £40,001 to £50,000 £50,001 to £60,000

Write down of slow moving/obsolete stock Write off of obsolete plant and machinery

2015 37,805 26,484

6. Exceptional Items The exceptional items are made up of:

2015 0 0 0 0 0 0

2014 0 1 1 1 0 0

2014 0 0

7. Revaluation of Club Bikes Club bikes are valued by Bonhams and the revaluation reserve increased or decreased as necessary. The reserve has been reduced by £9,169 this year to bring their value to market value in accordance with accounting practice.

8. Capital Commitments The management committee have agreed a budget of £20,000 for a new server and software updates. This was authorised prior to the year end, but no contractual commitments had been made.

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948,847 2,796 -9,169 -250 -135,553 806,671

263,880 23,843 -109,069 178,654

628,017

684,967

Depreciation As at 1st Oct 2014 Charge for period Disposals As at 30th Sept 2015

Net Book Value As at 30.09.15

As at 30.09.14

Total

TANGIBLE ASSETS Cost Cost at 1st Oct 2014 Additions Revaluation Impairments Disposals As at 30th Sept 2015

Depreciation Rates SL -straight line RB - reducing balance

Note 2

49,606 60,630

252,658

38,586

248,691

45,425

27,562 11,024

88,192

294,116 41,458 3,967

88,192

294,116

2% SL 12.5% SL Buildings only

69,980

70,134

70,134

69,980 154

None

Freehold Land Leasehold Library & & Blds Property Trophies

7,304

6,379

6,862

2,712

81,513 302 -79,218 2,597

-83,066 5,309

-5,273 17,937 14,087 1,594 -4,123 11,558

88,375

21,391 1,819

Office Equip

20% RB 10% RB

Show Equip

14,494 16,107

7,015 29,745 5,636

34,572

32,959 1,613

2,844

15,119 1,755 -7,598 9,276

49,066

-18,641 -28,573 14,890 16,291 27,895 2,281 -18,130 12,046

49,066

20% RB 10% RB

Software Web Office Sites Furn & Servers Fittings

44,864

33,531

33.3% SL

Comp Equip

Fixed Asset Schedule

2,967

3,003

15,375

14,838 537

18,378

17,805 573

3,078

2,308

8,988

8,218 770

11,296

11,296

15% RB 25% RB

General Vehicles Equip

230,000

220,831

220,831

230,000 250 -9,169 -250

None

0

0

231

231

231

231

N/A

ClubOwned Banbury Equip Bikes

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The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd

PROPOSED ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

INDEX TO THE ARTICLES

PART 1 INTERPRETATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY 1.1 Defined Terms 1.2 Liability of Members

PART 2 DIRECTORS’ POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 2.1 Directors’ General Authority 2.2 Members’ Reserve Power 2.3 Directors May Delegate 2.4 Committees and Working Groups

DECISION-MAKING BY DIRECTORS 2.5 Directors to Take Decisions Collectively 2.6 Unanimous Decisions 2.7 Calling a Directors’ Meeting 2.8 Participation in Directors’ Meetings 2.9 Quorum for Directors’ Meetings 2.10 Chairing of Directors’ Meetings 2.11 Casting Vote 2.12 Conflicts of Interest 2.13 Records of Decisions to be Kept 2.14 Directors’ Discretion to Make Further Rules APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS 2.15 Methods of Appointing Directors 2.16 Termination of Director’s Appointment 2.17 Directors’ Expenses and Remuneration

PART 3 MEMBERS - BECOMING AND CEASING TO BE A MEMBER 3.1 Applications for Membership 3.2 Termination of Membership 3.3 Affiliations

ORGANISATION OF GENERAL MEETINGS 3.4 Venue, Attendance and Speaking at General Meetings 3.5 Quorum for general meetings 3.6 Chairing General Meetings 3.7 Attendance and Speaking by Directors and Non-Members 3.8 Adjournment

VOTING AT GENERAL MEETINGS 3.9 Voting: General 3.10 Errors and Disputes 3.11 Poll Votes 3.12 Content of Proxy Notices 3.13 Delivery of Proxy Notices 3.14 Amendments to Resolutions

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS 3.15 Frequency and Location of Annual General Meetings 3.16 Notice of Annual General Meetings

PART 4 ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS 4.1 Means of Communication to be Used 4.2 Company Seals 4.3 No Right to Inspect Accounts and Other Records 4.4 Provision for Employees on Cessation of Business

DIRECTORS’ INDEMNITY AND INSURANCE 4.5 Indemnity Insurance 4.6

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF A PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY NO. 1570648 I hereby certify that The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited is this day incorporated under the Companies Acts 1948 to 1980 as a private company and that the Company is limited. Given under my hand at Cardiff the 26th June 1981 E.A. Wilson Assistant Registrar of Companies The Companies Acts 1948 to 1980 Company Limited by guarantee and not having a share capital

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PART 1. INTERPRETATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

1.1 Defined Terms 1.1.1 In the articles, unless the context requires otherwise: “articles” means the company’s articles of association; “bankruptcy” includes individual insolvency proceedings in a jurisdiction other than England and Wales or Northern Ireland which have an effect similar to that of bankruptcy; “chairman” has the meaning given in article 2.10; “chairman of the meeting” has the meaning given in article 3.6; “Companies Acts” means the Companies Acts (as defined in section 2 of the Companies Act 2006), in so far as they apply to the company; “director” means a director of the company, and includes any person occupying the position of director, by whatever name called; “document” includes, unless otherwise specified, any document sent or supplied in electronic form; “electronic form” has the meaning given in section 1168 of the Companies Act 2006; “member” has the meaning given in section 112 of the Companies Act 2006; “ordinary resolution” has the meaning given in section 282 of the Companies Act 2006; “participate”, in relation to a directors’ meeting, has the meaning given in article 2.8; “proxy notice” has the meaning given in article 3.12; “special resolution” has the meaning given in section 283 of the Companies Act 2006; “subsidiary” has the meaning given in section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006; and “writing” means the representation or reproduction of words, symbols or other information in a visible form by any method or combination of methods, whether sent or supplied in electronic form or otherwise. Unless the context otherwise requires, other words or expressions contained in these articles bear the same meaning as in the Companies Act 2006 as in force on the date when these articles become binding on the company. 1.2 Liability of Members 1.2.1 The liability of each member is limited to £1, being the amount that each member undertakes to contribute to the assets of the company in the event of its being wound up while he is a member or within one year after he ceases to be a member, for: (a) payment of the company’s debts and liabilities contracted before he ceases to be a member; (b) payment of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up; and (c) adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.

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PART 2. DIRECTORS’ POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

2.1 Directors’ General Authority 2.1.1 Subject to the articles, the directors are responsible for the management of the company’s business, for which purpose they may exercise all the powers of the company.

2.2 Members’ Reserve Power 2.2.1 The members may, by special resolution, direct the directors to take, or refrain from taking, specified action. 2.2.2 No such special resolution invalidates anything which the directors have done before the passing of the resolution.

2.3 Directors May Delegate 2.3.1 Subject to the articles, the directors may delegate any of the powers which are conferred on them under the articles— (a) to such person, committee or working group; (b) by such means (including by power of attorney); (c) to such an extent; (d) in relation to such matters or territories; and (e) on such terms and conditions as they think fit. 2.3.2 If the directors so specify, any such delegation may authorise further delegation of the directors’ powers by any person to whom they are delegated. 2.3.3 The directors may revoke any delegation in whole or part, or alter its terms and conditions. 2.4 Committees and Working Groups 2.4.1 Committees or working groups to which the directors delegate any of their powers must follow procedures which are based as far as they are applicable on those provisions of the articles which govern meetings of and the taking of decisions by directors. 2.4.2 The directors may make rules of procedure for all or any committees and working groups, which prevail over rules derived from the articles if they are not consistent with them. 2.4.3 Any committee or working group must include a director who shall act as chairman and be responsible for reporting to all of the directors.

DECISION-MAKING BY DIRECTORS

2.5 Directors to take decisions collectively 2.5.1 The general rule about decision-making by directors is that any decision of the directors must be either a majority decision at a meeting or a decision taken in accordance with article 2.6.


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2.6 Unanimous decisions 2.6.1 A decision of the directors is taken in accordance with this article when all eligible directors indicate to each other by any means that they share a common view on a matter. 2.6.2 Such a decision may take the form of a resolution in writing, copies of which have been signed by each eligible director or to which each eligible director has otherwise indicated agreement in writing. 2.6.3 References in this article to eligible directors are to directors who would have been entitled to vote on the matter had it been proposed as a resolution at a directors’ meeting. 2.6.4 A decision may not be taken in accordance with this article if the eligible directors would not have formed a quorum at such a meeting.

2.7 Calling a Directors’ Meeting 2.7.1 Any two directors may call a directors’ meeting by giving notice of the meeting to the directors or by authorising the general manager to give such notice. 2.7.2 Notice of any directors’ meeting must indicate— (a) its proposed date and time; (b) where it is to take place; and (c) if it is anticipated that directors participating in the meeting will not be in the same place, how it is proposed that they should communicate with each other during the meeting. 2.7.3 Notice of a directors’ meeting must be given to each director, but need not be in writing. 2.7.4 Notice of a directors’ meeting need not be given to directors who waive their entitlement to notice of that meeting, by giving notice to that effect to the company not more than 7 days after the date on which the meeting is held. Where such notice is given after the meeting has been held, that does not affect the validity of the meeting, or of any business conducted at it. 2.8 Participation in Directors’ Meetings 2.8.1 Subject to the articles, directors participate in a directors’ meeting, or part of a directors’ meeting, when— (a) the meeting has been called and takes place in accordance with the articles, and (b) they can each communicate to the others any information or opinions they have on any particular item of the business of the meeting. 2.8.2 In determining whether directors are participating in a directors’ meeting, it is irrelevant where any director is or how they communicate with each other. 2.8.3 If all the directors participating in a meeting are not in the same place, they may decide the meeting is to be treated as taking place wherever any of them is. 2.8.4 The following shall at the discretion of the directors be entitled to attend at a meeting of the directors:

(a) The general manager; (b) The company accountant; (c) The Club President; (d) Area Representatives; and (e) Any person appointed by the directors to proffer information or advice required by them in the conduct of their duties. 2.8.5 Any of the persons referred to in article 2.8.4 shall be entitled to speak at the meeting but shall not be entitled to vote and shall not be counted in the quorum of directors attending. 2.9 Quorum for Directors’ Meetings 2.9.1 At a directors’ meeting, unless a quorum is participating, no proposal is to be voted on, except a proposal to call another meeting. 2.9.2 The quorum for directors’ meetings may be fixed from time to time by a decision of the directors, but it must never be less than three, and unless otherwise fixed it is three. 2.9.3 If the total number of directors for the time being is less than the quorum required, the directors must not take any decision other than a decision— (a) to appoint further directors; or (b) to call a general meeting so as to enable the members to appoint further directors.

2.10 Chairing of Directors’ Meetings 2.10.1 The directors may appoint a director to chair their meetings. 2.10.2 The person so appointed for the time being is known as the chairman. 2.10.3 The directors may terminate the chairman’s appointment at any time. 2.10.4 If the chairman is not participating in a directors’ meeting within ten minutes of the time at which it was to start, the participating directors must appoint one of themselves to chair it. 2.11 Casting Vote 2.11.1 If the numbers of votes for and against a proposal are equal, the chairman or other director chairing the meeting has a casting vote. 2.11.2 But this does not apply if, in accordance with the articles, the chairman or other director is not to be counted as participating in the decision-making process for quorum or voting purposes.

2.12 Conflicts of Interest 2.12.1 If a proposed decision of the directors is concerned with an actual or proposed transaction or arrangement with the company in which a director is interested, that director is not to be counted as participating in the decision-making process for quorum or voting purposes.

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2.12.2 But if paragraph 2.12.3 applies, a director who is interested in an actual or proposed transaction or arrangement with the company is to be counted as participating in the decision-making process for quorum and voting purposes. 2.12.3 This paragraph applies when— (a) the company by ordinary resolution disapplies the provision of the articles which would otherwise prevent a director from being counted as participating in the decision-making process; (b) the director’s interest cannot reasonably be regarded as likely to give rise to a conflict of interest; or (c) the director’s conflict of interest arises from a permitted cause. 2.12.4 For the purposes of this article, the following are permitted causes— (a) a guarantee given, or to be given, by or to a director in respect of an obligation incurred by or on behalf of the company or any of its subsidiaries; (b) subscription, or an agreement to subscribe, for securities of the company or any of its subsidiaries, or to underwrite, sub-underwrite, or guarantee subscription for any such securities; and (c) arrangements pursuant to which benefits are made available to employees and directors or former employees and directors of the company or any of its subsidiaries which do not provide special benefits for directors or former directors. 2.12.5 For the purposes of this article, references to proposed decisions and decision-making processes include any directors’ meeting or part of a directors’ meeting. 2.12.6 Subject to article 2.12.7, if a question arises at a meeting of directors or of a committee of directors as to the right of a director to participate in the meeting (or part of the meeting) for voting or quorum purposes, the question may, before the conclusion of the meeting, be referred to the chairman whose ruling in relation to any director other than the chairman is to be final and conclusive. 2.12.7 If any question as to the right to participate in the meeting (or part of the meeting) should arise in respect of the chairman, the question is to be decided by a decision of the directors at that meeting, for which purpose the chairman is not to be counted as participating in the meeting (or that part of the meeting) for voting or quorum purposes. 2.13 Records of Decisions to be Kept 2.13.1 The directors must ensure that the company keeps a record, in writing, for at least 10 years from the date of the decision recorded, of every unanimous or majority decision taken by the directors. 2.13.2 Minutes of all meetings of the directors shall be

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recorded and circulated to the directors and all other persons attending at the directors’ meeting concerned. 2.13.3 The general manager may attend any meeting of the directors and shall attend if requested to by any director attending the meeting concerned. A meeting of the directors may be adjourned to permit the general manager’s attendance at it. 2.13.4 The general manager shall be responsible for recording and circulating the minutes and decisions of any meeting of the directors at which he attends. If the general manager is not in attendance at any meeting the directors shall appoint one of their number to do so. 2.14 Directors’ Discretion to Make Further Rules 2.14.1 Subject to the articles, the directors may make any rule which they think fit about how they take decisions, and about how such rules are to be recorded or communicated to directors.

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS

2.15 Methods of Appointing Directors 2.15.1 Any person who is a member of the company, is willing to act as a director, and is permitted by law to do so, may be appointed to be a director— (a) by ordinary resolution, or (b) by a decision of the directors. 2.15.2 A member cannot stand for election as a director unless that person— (a) is nominated in writing by ten members; and, (b) has indicated their agreement to act as a director in writing; and, (c) has provided a summary of their business and managerial skills (if any). 2.15.3 Any nomination submission under article 2.15.2 must be delivered to the registered office not less than 42 days before the date of the meeting or within such other period as the directors may decide provided that such other period as may be decided is published in the Journal at least 90 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. 2.15.4 In any case where, as a result of death, the company has no members and no directors, the personal representatives of the last member to have died have the right, by notice in writing, to appoint a person to be a director. 2.15.5 For the purposes of article 2.15.4 where 2 or more members die in circumstances rendering it uncertain who was the last to die, a younger member is deemed to have survived an older member. 2.15.6 Directors shall be appointed for a period of two years and shall retire from office at the second Annual General Meeting after their election.


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2.15.7 If a director is appointed to fill a vacancy arising during the year, the director so appointed shall retire at the AGM following their appointment. 2.15.8 The directors may from time to time and at any time co-opt any member as a director either to fill a vacancy or by way of addition provided that the maximum number specified in article 2.15.12 is not thereby exceeded. 2.15.9 A director appointed under article 2.15.8 shall retire at the Annual General Meeting following their appointment. 2.15.10 Subject to articles 2.15.2 and 2.15.3 all directors may offer themselves for re-election at the Annual General Meeting following their deemed resignation. 2.15.11 Salaried employees and their immediate families are not eligible to become Directors. 2.15.12 The maximum number of Directors shall be six.

2.16 Termination of Director’s Appointment 2.16.1 A person ceases to be a director as soon as— (a) that person ceases to be a director by virtue of any provision of the Companies Act 2006 or is prohibited from being a director by law; (b) a bankruptcy order is made against that person; (c) a composition is made with that person’s creditors generally in satisfaction of that person’s debts; (d) a registered medical practitioner who is treating that person gives a written opinion to the company stating that that person has become physically or mentally incapable of acting as a director and may remain so for more than three months; (e) notification is received by the company from the director that the director is resigning from office, and such resignation has taken effect in accordance with its terms; (f) that person ceases to be a member of the company; and (g) that person is absent from two successive meetings of the directors without special leave of the board of directors and the board of directors resolve that the office has been vacated. 2.16.2 The company may, by extraordinary resolution or by ordinary resolution of which special notice has been given in accordance with the Act, remove a director from office and may, subject to articles 2.15.2 and 2.15.3 by ordinary resolution appoint a replacement. 2.17 Directors’ Expenses and Remuneration 2.17.1 The company may pay any reasonable expenses which the directors properly incur in carrying out the business of the company. 2.17.2 No director shall receive remuneration in respect of duties carried out as a director of the company (but this shall not preclude payment of remuneration to directors by the company in respect of services supplied other than in the capacity of a director).

PART 3. MEMBERS: BECOMING AND CEASING TO BE A MEMBER

3.1 Applications for Membership 3.1.1 The directors may create such class or classes of membership as they may from time to time think fit. 3.1.2 Any person, body or organisation desiring to be admitted to membership of the Club must deliver to the General Manager an application for admission together with an entrance fee if required for the class of membership and the first annual subscription. 3.1.3 No person shall become a member of the company unless— (a) that person has complied with article 3.1.2, and (b) the directors have approved the application. 3.1.4 Membership is not transferable.

3.2 Termination of Membership 3.2.1 A member may withdraw from membership of the company by giving notice to the company in writing at any time at least one month prior to the date on which the annual subscription is due for payment. 3.2.2 Any Member whose annual subscription or fee is unpaid within one month of the expiry date in any year shall cease to be a member and shall forfeit all rights in and claims upon the company and its property but may be reinstated at the discretion of the directors upon payment of all arrears. 3.2.3 On the death of a member, the widow, widower or partner of the deceased member may continue in the class of membership of the deceased member without any fees payable, until the next renewal date. After that, such widow, widower or partner may continue as a member in the appropriate class subject to paying the annual subscription. 3.2.4 The unexpired portion of any annual subscription paid will only be reimbursed at the discretion of the directors. 3.3 Affiliations 3.3.1 Overseas clubs may, on application and subject to the Club’s terms and conditions of affiliation from time to time, be affiliated to the Club on the approval of the Board.

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ORGANISATION OF GENERAL MEETINGS

3.4Venue, Attendance and Speaking at General Meetings 3.4.1 In fixing the venue for a general meeting the directors shall have regard to the convenience of the persons (other than whoever is to be Chairman) who are entitled to attend. 3.4.2 Accidental omission to give notice of a general meeting to, or non-receipt of any such notice by any member shall not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting. 3.4.3 A person is able to exercise the right to speak at a general meeting when that person is in a position to communicate to all those attending the meeting, during the meeting, any information or opinions which that person has on the business of the meeting. 3.4.4 A person is able to exercise the right to vote at a general meeting when— (a) that person is able to vote, during the meeting, on resolutions put to the vote at the meeting; and (b) that person’s vote can be taken into account in determining whether or not such resolutions are passed at the same time as the votes of all the other persons attending the meeting. 3.4.5 The directors may make whatever arrangements they consider appropriate to enable those attending a general meeting to exercise their rights to speak or vote at it. 3.4.6 In determining attendance at a general meeting, it is immaterial whether any two or more members attending it are in the same place as each other. 3.4.7 Two or more persons who are not in the same place as each other attend a general meeting if their circumstances are such that if they have (or were to have) rights to speak and vote at that meeting, they are (or would be) able to exercise them. 3.5 Quorum for General Meetings 3.5.1 No business other than the appointment of the chairman of the meeting is to be transacted at a general meeting if the persons attending it do not constitute a quorum. 3.5.2 Save as provided for in article 3.5.3 fifty members is a quorum. 3.5.3 If within half an hour from the time appointed for a general meeting a quorum is not present, or if during a meeting such a quorum ceases to be present: (a) If the meeting was convened on the requisition of members, it must be dissolved; and (b) In any other case the meeting stands adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same time and place or to such time and place as the directors may determine,

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regard being had to the proviso contained in article 3.4.1 and, if at the adjourned meeting a quorum of members is not present within half an hour of the time appointed for the meeting, the members present shall form a quorum.

3.6 Chairing General Meetings 3.6.1 If the directors have appointed a chairman, the chairman shall chair general meetings if present and willing to do so. 3.6.2 If the directors have not appointed a chairman, or if the chairman is unwilling to chair the meeting or is not present within ten minutes of the time at which a meeting was due to start— (a) the directors present, or (b) (if no directors are present), the meeting, must appoint a director or member to chair the meeting, and the appointment of the chairman of the meeting must be the first business of the meeting. 3.6.3 The person chairing a meeting in accordance with this article is referred to as “the chairman of the meeting”.

3.7 Attendance and Speaking by Directors and NonMembers 3.7.1 The chairman of the meeting may permit other persons who are not members of the company to attend and speak at a general meeting.

3.8 Adjournment 3.8.1 The chairman of the meeting may adjourn a general meeting at which a quorum is present if— (a) the meeting consents to an adjournment, or (b) it appears to the chairman of the meeting that an adjournment is necessary to protect the safety of any person attending the meeting or ensure that the business of the meeting is conducted in an orderly manner. 3.8.2 The chairman of the meeting must adjourn a general meeting if directed to do so by the meeting. 3.8.3 When adjourning a general meeting, the chairman of the meeting must— (a) either specify the time and place to which it is adjourned or state that it is to continue at a time and place to be fixed by the directors, and (b) have regard to any directions as to the time and place of any adjournment which have been given by the meeting. 3.8.4 If the continuation of an adjourned meeting is to take place more than 14 days after it was adjourned, the company must give at least 7 clear days’ notice of it (that is, excluding the day of the adjourned meeting and the day on which the notice is given)— (a) to the same persons to whom notice of the company’s general meetings is required to be given, and (b) containing the same information which such notice is required to contain.


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3.8.5 No business may be transacted at an adjourned general meeting which could not properly have been transacted at the meeting if the adjournment had not taken place.

VOTING AT GENERAL MEETINGS

3.9 Voting: General 3.9.1 A resolution put to the vote of a general meeting must be decided on a show of hands unless a poll is duly demanded in accordance with the articles.

3.10 Errors and Disputes 3.10.1 No objection may be raised to the qualification of any person voting at a general meeting except at the meeting or adjourned meeting at which the vote objected to is tendered, and every vote not disallowed at the meeting is valid. 3.10.2 Any such objection must be referred to the chairman of the meeting whose decision is final.

3.11 Poll votes 3.11.1 A poll on a resolution may be demanded— (a) in advance of the general meeting where it is to be put to the vote, or (b) at a general meeting, either before a show of hands on that resolution or immediately after the result of a show of hands on that resolution is declared. 3.11.2 A poll may be demanded by— (a) the chairman of the meeting; (b) the directors; (c) two or more persons having the right to vote on the resolution; or (d) a person or persons representing not less than one tenth of the total voting rights of all the members having the right to vote on the resolution. 3.11.3 A demand for a poll may be withdrawn if— (a) the poll has not yet been taken, and (b) the chairman of the meeting consents to the withdrawal. 3.11.4 Polls must be taken immediately and in such manner as the chairman of the meeting directs. 3.12 Content of Proxy Notices 3.12.1 Proxies may only validly be appointed by a notice in writing (a “proxy notice”) which— (a) states the name and address of the member appointing the proxy; (b) identifies the person appointed to be that member’s proxy and the general meeting (c) in relation to which that person is appointed; (d) is signed by or on behalf of the member appointing the proxy, or is authenticated in such manner as the directors may determine; and

(e) is delivered to the company in accordance with the articles and any instructions contained in the notice of the general meeting to which they relate. 3.12.2 The company may require proxy notices to be delivered in a particular form, and may specify different forms for different purposes. 3.12.3 Proxy notices may specify how the proxy appointed under them is to vote (or that the proxy is to abstain from voting) on one or more resolutions. 3.12.4 Unless a proxy notice indicates otherwise, it must be treated as— (a) allowing the person appointed under it as a proxy discretion as to how to vote on any ancillary or procedural resolutions put to the meeting, and (b) appointing that person as a proxy in relation to any adjournment of the general meeting to which it relates as well as the meeting itself. 3.13 Delivery of Proxy Notices 3.13.1 A person who is entitled to attend, speak or vote (either on a show of hands or on a poll) at a general meeting remains so entitled in respect of that meeting or any adjournment of it, even though a valid proxy notice has been delivered to the company by or on behalf of that person, subject to article 3.13.3 3.13.2 An appointment under a proxy notice may be revoked by delivering to the company a notice in writing given by or on behalf of the person by whom or on whose behalf the proxy notice was given. 3.13.3 A notice revoking a proxy appointment only takes effect if it is delivered before the start of the meeting or adjourned meeting to which it relates. 3.13.4 Any member who attends a general meeting after having submitted a proxy notice must revoke that proxy in accordance with Article 3.13.2 before voting in person. 3.13.5 If a proxy notice is not executed by the person appointing the proxy, it must be accompanied by written evidence of the authority of the person who executed it to execute it on the appointor’s behalf.

3.14 Amendments to Resolutions 3.14.1 An ordinary resolution to be proposed at a general meeting may be amended by ordinary resolution if— (a) notice of the proposed amendment is given to the company in writing by a person entitled to vote at the general meeting at which it is to be proposed not less than 48 hours before the meeting is to take place (or such later time as the chairman of the meeting may determine), and (b) the proposed amendment does not, in the reasonable opinion of the chairman of the meeting, materially alter the scope of the resolution. 3.14.2 A special resolution to be proposed at a general meeting may be amended by ordinary resolution, if— (a) the chairman of the meeting proposes the amendment

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at the general meeting at which the resolution is to be proposed, and (b) the amendment does not go beyond what is necessary to correct a grammatical or other non-substantive error in the resolution. 3.14.3 If the chairman of the meeting, acting in good faith, wrongly decides that an amendment to a resolution is out of order, the chairman’s error does not invalidate the vote on that resolution.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

3.15 Frequency and Location of Annual General Meetings 3.15.1 The company must hold a general meeting as its Annual General Meeting in addition to any other general meeting in that year and must specify the meeting as the Annual General Meeting. 3.15.2 Not more than 14 months may elapse between the date of the Annual General Meeting and that of the next. 3.15.3 The Annual General Meeting should be held at such time and place as the directors appoint having regard to article 3.4.1 3.16 Notice of Annual General Meetings 3.16.1 An Annual General Meeting must be called by notice of at least 28 days.

PART 4. ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

4.1 Means of Communication to be Used 4.1.1 Subject to the articles, anything sent or supplied by or to the company under the articles may be sent or supplied in any way in which the Companies Act 2006 provides for documents or information which are authorised or required by any provision of that Act to be sent or supplied by or to the company. 4.1.2 Subject to the articles, any notice or document to be sent or supplied to a director in connection with the taking of decisions by directors may also be sent or supplied by the means by which that director has asked to be sent or supplied with such notices or documents for the time being. 4.1.3 A director may agree with the company that notices or documents sent to that director in a particular way are to be deemed to have been received within a specified time of their being sent, and for the specified time to be less than 48 hours.

4.2 Company Seals 4.2.1 Any common seal may only be used by the authority of the directors.

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4.2.2 The directors may decide by what means and in what form any common seal is to be used 4.2.3 Unless otherwise decided by the directors, if the company has a common seal and it is affixed to a document, the document must also be signed by at least one authorised person in the presence of a witness who attests the signature. 4.2.4 For the purposes of this article, an authorised person is— (a) any director of the company; (b) the company secretary (if any); or (c) any person authorised by the directors for the purpose of signing documents to which the common seal is applied. 4.3 No Right to Inspect Accounts and Other Records 4.3.1 Except as provided by law or authorised by the directors or an ordinary resolution of the company, no person is entitled to inspect any of the company’s accounting or other records or documents merely by virtue of being a member.

4.4 Provision for employees on cessation of business 4.4.1 The directors may decide to make provision for the benefit of persons employed or formerly employed by the company or any of its subsidiaries (other than a director or former director or shadow director) in connection with the cessation or transfer to any person of the whole or part of the undertaking of the company or that subsidiary.

DIRECTORS’ INDEMNITY AND INSURANCE

4.5 Indemnity 4.5.1 Subject to paragraph (2), a relevant director of the company or an associated company may be indemnified out of the company’s assets against— (a) any liability incurred by that director in connection with any negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust in relation to the company or an associated company; (b) any liability incurred by that director in connection with the activities of the company or an associated company in its capacity as a trustee of an occupational pension scheme (as defined in section 235(6) of the Companies Act 2006); and (c) any other liability incurred by that director as an officer of the company or an associated company. 4.5.2 This article does not authorise any indemnity which would be prohibited or rendered void by any provision of the Companies Acts or by any other provision of law. 4.5.3 In this article— (a) companies are associated if one is a subsidiary of the other or both are subsidiaries of the same body corporate,


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and (b) a “relevant director” means any director or former director of the company or an associated company.

4.6 Insurance 4.6.1 The directors may decide to purchase and maintain insurance, at the expense of the company, for the benefit of any relevant director in respect of any relevant loss. 4.6.2 In this article— (a) a “relevant director” means any director or former

director of the company or an associated company, (b) a “relevant loss” means any loss or liability which has been or may be incurred by a relevant director in connection with that director’s duties or powers in relation to the company, any associated company or any pension fund or employees’ share scheme of the company or associated company, and (c) companies are associated if one is a subsidiary of the other or both are subsidiaries of the same body corporate.

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PROPOSED BYE-LAWS

INDEX

FOREWORD PART 1 MEMBERSHIP 1.1 Membership Requirements 1.2 Membership Classes 1.2.1 Full Member 1.2.2 Senior Citizen member 1.2.3 Family Member 1.2.4 Junior Member 1.2.5 Single Event (or Day) Member 1.2.6 Temporary Member 1.2.7 Honorary Member 1.2.8 Corporate Member 1.2.9 Member in Arrears 1.2.10 Vice President 1.3 Subscription 1.4 Membership Applications 1.5 Investigation of Members Alleged Breach of the Club’s Articles or Bye-laws

PART 2 CLUB OFFICIALS 2.1 President 2.2 President Elect 2.3 Immediate Past President 2.4 Chairman 2.5 Vice Chairman 2.6 Directors 2.7 General Manager 2.8 Accountant 2.9 Journal Editor 2.10 Ancillary Staff Office, Library and Event Staff Contracted Support Staff and Consultants Volunteers

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PART 3 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 3.1 Directors’ Specific Responsibilities 3.2 Sub-committees and Delegation 3.3 Attendance at Meetings 3.4 Determination of Employees’ Salaries 3.5 Business Plans and Financial Budgets 3.6 Conduct 3.7 Expenses

PART 4 MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATION 4.1 Sections 4.2 Areas 4.3 Area Representatives 4.4 Special Interest Sections 4.5 Officer for Overseas Area Membership and Affiliation 4.6 Special Responsibilities of Membership Representatives PART 5 ORGANISATIONS OPERATING AS AUTONOMOUS BODIES WITHIN THE HEADQUARTERS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

PART 6 VOTING AT GENERAL MEETINGS 6.1 Resolutions 6.2 Proxy Voting Procedure 6.3 Voting for the Appointment of Directors PART 7 REVISION OF BYE-LAWS


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FORWARD

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club (hereinafter called “The Club”) was founded in 1946 by C. E Allen OBE, BEM (hereinafter referred to as “The Founder” or “Founder Allen”) to provide a forum and contact point for those interested in the preservation, restoration and use of old motor cycles, three wheeled vehicles and related vehicles. The Club caters for both national and international members and is organised and divided on a geographical basis into locally created Sections drawn together into Areas with elected Area Representatives who have responsibility to co-ordinate activities and provide an interface for the exchange of information between the membership and the Board of Directors. The Club provides guidance and assistance to its membership in the furtherance of these objectives through the preservation of archive material, provision of technical guidance and assistance, dissemination of information through either paper or digital publications and the organisation of events. Regular contact is maintained by the publication in paper or digital format of a monthly Journal, “The Vintage Motor Cycle”, circulars to Section secretaries and a Club Web Site. The Club also maintains an headquarters building. Allen House, and sufficient property to contain the Library of archive material and other assets and to house the Club’s permanent paid staff.

PART 1. MEMBERSHIP

1.1 Membership Requirements 1.1.1 Membership is open to individuals who have an interest in historic motorcycles and other similar vehicles more than 25 years old. 1.1.2 Any individual wishing to become a Member of the Club must submit an application for Membership: (a). Undertaking that at all times they will abide by the Articles and Bye-laws of the Club (b). Provide an address to be recorded by the Club as the Nominated Address of the individual that shall be used as the point of contact. 1.1.3 Overseas clubs and organisations with similar aims and objectives may become affiliated. Subject to the Club’s terms and conditions of affiliation, as determined from time to time by the Directors, this shall allow: (a) Sharing of knowledge between Clubs, including but not limited to; the history of all aspects of old motor cycles and other similar vehicles more than 25 years old and their restoration and maintenance; (b) Exchange of current information about motorcycle events, magazines and articles; (c) The ability to take part in one another’s riding events, subject to any laws or insurance requirements as may occur;

(d) Access to agreed services and facilities of each respective Club, to be determined through negotiations.

1.2 Membership classes 1.2.1 Full Member A Member who is over the age of 18 years and accepts Membership fees as per clause 1.3. The Full Member is entitled to receive the Clubs magazine and all communications for Members, has full voting rights and is eligible for election to committees of the Club; 1.2.2 Senior Citizen Member This category of membership was closed to new entrants on 1st November 2014. 1.2.3 Family Member A named Member who is a spouse, partner or child who resides with the Full Member or Senior Citizen Member. The Family Member is not entitled to receive a copy of the Club magazine, and upon joining or renewing they give consent for the Full Member or Senior Citizen Member to receive all notices, documents, accounts and other communication from the Club, at the nominated address of the said Member. Family Members, above the age of 18 years, shall have full voting rights on Club matters and be eligible for election to committees of the Club. Upon the death of the Full Member or Senior Citizen Member the membership of any Family Member shall continue until the end of the Membership Year. 1.2.4 Junior Member A Member under the age of 18 years who accepts the Membership fees as per clause 1.3. Junior Members shall be entitled to receive the Club magazine, but do not have the right to vote in any matters relating to the Club and are not eligible for election to any committee; 1.2.5 Single Event (or Day) Member A Member who has joined the Club for a single event, whether of one or several days, at a reduced subscription as the Directors may decide from time to time. A Day Member does not have the right to participate or vote in any matters of the Club; 1.2.6 Temporary Member A person visiting or temporarily resident in the United Kingdom and who may be elected, at the discretion of the Directors, to become a Temporary Member of the Club. Such membership shall be for a clearly determined time, but shall not exceed 3 months. Temporary Members may be admitted to the Club free of all Membership fees, at the full discretion of the Directors, but shall have no right to vote or speak in any matters relating to the Club; 1.2.7 Honorary Member The Club on the passing of an ordinary resolution at an AGM may confer Honorary Membership upon any Member or non-Member, as a token of meritorious service. (1) The nomination for an Honorary Member must:-

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(i) Be handed to the General Manager by any Member or section by notice in writing at least 75 days prior to any AGM; (ii) The notice must be signed by at least 10 Members of the Club in support of the nomination; (iii) The nominating Member, seconding Member or representative from the nominating section will be required to present evidence supporting such nomination at the AGM; (iv) The nominated Honorary Member must confirm their agreement to the nomination; (2) An Honorary Member shall be considered a fully paidup Full Member. (3) Any successfully nominated Member shall remain an Honorary Member until the Board receive a written request from the Member asking to cease to be an Honorary Member, or if the Member commits a breach of the Articles, Bye Laws or other Club rules and regulations and in the opinion of the Board the conduct is of such a nature that the person should cease to be an Honorary Member; 1.2.8 Corporate Member Organisations and institutions with empathy for the aims and objectives of the Club, may apply to become corporate Members on such terms and conditions as the Directors may decide from time to time. Authorized representatives of Corporate Members have the right to participate in debate, but shall not have a right to vote; 1.2.9 Member in Arrears A Member who has not paid his subscription within one month after the due date of payment; 1.2.10 Vice President Persons elected by resolution at an Annual General meeting solely on the grounds of their significant or outstanding contribution to the furtherance of the objects of the club. Such nomination must be supported by 10 fully paid up Members. The nominating Member, seconding Member or representative of the nominating section will be required to present, at the Annual General Meeting, evidence in support of such nomination. Vice Presidency confers no rights of Membership. The number of new Vice Presidents shall be limited to 2 during any club year. 1.3 Subscription 1.3.1 The annual rate of subscription for each class of Membership shall be determined, from time to time, on an annual basis, by the Directors. The Members shall be notified at least 3 months before the changes are due to take effect; notification will be considered sufficient if published in the Journal of the Club. 1.3.2 The ‘Membership Year’ extends for twelve months from the first day of the month of joining/renewal. 1.3.3 Subscriptions are to be paid by any of the

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number of methods agreed by the Board and notified to members on the invitation to renew (see 1.4.1) 1.3.4 Membership subscription is non-refundable. 1.3.5 Members are expected to carry their Membership cards on them to demonstrate that Subscriptions are up to date. They may be required to present them when voting at meetings, applying for machine insurance, entering a closed to Club event, or when wishing to make use of any special facility afforded to Club Members.

1.4 Membership Applications 1.4.1 Members shall be invited to renew their subscription through the Secretary sending notices to all Members at their nominated postal or email address. 1.4.2 Each Member, other than a Family Member, upon joining the Club will be issued with a current copy of the Articles of Association of the Club and the Club’s Bye-laws.

1.5 Investigation of Members alleged Breach of the Club’s Articles or Bye-laws 1.5.1 In the event of an alleged breach of the Articles or Bye-Laws by a Member or alleged conduct rendering it desirable that disciplinary action be taken, a meeting of the Board may be convened to consider the matter. If disciplinary meeting is decided on: (a) Written notice outlining the allegation and the proposed meeting shall be sent to the Member, not less than 28 days before the meeting, to the nominated address the Club has for the Member. (b) The Member can attend the meeting with a friend or representative. (c) The Member can give evidence against the allegation at the meeting. 1.5.2 After all representations have been made, the Directors shall decide whether such Member should be disciplined, and if so, in what manner. 1.5.3 An appeal against the decision of the Board may be submitted by written notice setting out the nature of the appeal. The appeal should be: (a) Lodged with the Board within 28 days of notice to the member of the disciplinary action taken; (b) Signed by at least 10 other supporting Members. (c) The Board shall, within 28 days, convene an Appeal Committee, consisting of at least 3 independent persons selected from the President and Past Presidents and/or Vice Presidents to consider the matter. The Member shall be notified in writing of the time and place of the appeal and shall be invited to attend with a friend or representative. (d) Notwithstanding the absence of the Member, the decision of the Appeal Committee shall be final. 1.5.4 The Directors may opt to not renew the Membership of any Member under investigation after compliance with 1.5.2 and 1.5.3.


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PART 2. CLUB OFFICIALS

2.1 President 2.1.1 Duties (1) The President is the nominal head of the Club responsible to carry out public relations and other official duties as specified by the Board. The President should act as an ambassador to raise awareness of the Club with external bodies and should seek opportunities for the furtherance of the Club’s objectives in all possible ways. (2) The President may attend Board meetings as a nonvoting member in order to be informed of all Club matters and be better able to perform the Presidential duties. In this role the President provides a link between the Membership and management. (3) In the event of any dispute concerning membership or staff employment, the President shall form part of the Appeal Committee and shall take the position of Chairman of the Committee. 2.1.2 Appointment (1) Any paid-up Full, Family or Senior Citizen Member, provided they are not a paid employee of the Club, is eligible for nomination as President of the Club. (2) The nomination must have a proposer and a seconder and be endorsed by at least 10 other members. (3) Election will be by ordinary resolution at the Annual General Meeting. (4) The office of President shall be on a four year cycle. During the first year he shall be termed the President Elect. In the second and third years he will officiate as the President. In the fourth year he will become the Immediate Past President. (The term President in these Bye-Laws refers specifically to the person holding office during the second and third years referred to above). (5) If the President is unable to continue or is disqualified from holding office the Board can ask the Immediate Past President to fulfil the duties of the remaining years, or, if unable or unwilling to act the Board may appoint a President for the remaining period of his office. 2.1.3 Expenses The President will be eligible to receive expenses from the Club in respect of his official duties as identified and agreed with the Board. Subsidiary activities should be self-funded through the President’s own initiatives. The official duties are to include attendance at: (i) Board meetings (ii) General Meetings (iii) Appropriate national events 2.2 President Elect 2.2.1 During his first year of the four year Presidential cycle, the future President is expected to gain an

understanding of the role of the President and should be available to carry out the duties of the President when the President is unavailable. 2.2.1 The President Elect will be eligible to receive expenses in respect of any official duties requested by the Board.

2.3 Immediate Past President 2.3.1 During his fourth year of the four year Presidential cycle, the immediate past President is expected to be available to carry out the duties of the President when the President is unavailable. 2.3.2 The Immediate Past President may be asked to form part of an appeal panel for employment or membership disputes. 2.3.3 The Immediate Past President will be eligible to receive expenses in respect of any official duties requested by the Board.

2.4 Chairman 2.4.1 Duties (a) The Chairman shall take the Chair at all meetings of the Board and at General Meetings; (b) Be responsible for providing guidance to the General Manager in the day to day decision making in conjunction with management of the Club. 2.4.2 Appointment (a) The Chairman shall be selected by the Directors from amongst their number at the first meeting of the Board following the AGM. (b) If there is more than 1 nominee for the appointment, the Directors shall vote. (c) If the Chairman is not available or unwilling to act then the Board may appoint another Director to chair the meeting. (d) The Directors may at any time replace the Chairman by another from amongst their number. (e) No Director may serve as Chairman for more than four consecutive years.

2.5 Vice Chairman 2.5.1 A Vice Chairman can be selected by the Directors at the same time as the Chairman and by the same voting procedure. 2.5.2 The Vice Chairman would normally be the first person to stand-in for the Chairman in the event that the Chairman was unavailable 2.6 Directors 2.6.1 Duties (a) The efficient management and development of the Club for the benefit of the membership and to ensure financial stability and legal compliance.

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(b) To assist the General Manager in the day to day running of the club. (c) To attend Board Meetings, Sub-committee meetings as required, and General Meetings. (d) To produce a report if need be, for any meeting attended. (e) To look for opportunities to develop the VMCC for the benefit of the Membership and the Club as a whole. (f) To undertake individual areas of responsibility, to develop them, and produce reports for the Board and/or the Membership. (g) To keep Members up to date, through the Journal or by other means, with matters of relevance or significance to the Club and its Members. (h) To assist individual Members with problems or issues. (i) Help promote the VMCC to non-Members, the general public and other motorcycling groups for the furtherance of the Club’s ideals. (j) Maintain good communication links with the Section Secretaries and Club Members at all times. 2.6.2 Appointment: as laid down in Article 2.1.5 and Byelaw 6.4. 2.6.3 Termination of Appointment: as laid down in Article 2.16. 2.6.4 Expenses and remuneration: as laid down in Article 2.17.

2.7 General Manager 2.7.1 Duties (a) General Manager for the day to day running of the Club. (b) Secretarial duties for all meetings of the Directors, Sub-committees and General Meetings. (c) Responsible for compiling minutes of meetings and maintaining the books in good and safe order. Maintaining current copies of the Articles of Association and any Bye-Laws or rules of the Club at the time; making them available to other Members on request. (d) Responsible for taking Membership fees, subscriptions, mailing Membership cards, Club magazine and other documents to the Members of the Club. (e) Responsible for all matters relating to Membership and to perform such duties as laid down in the Articles, Bye-laws and other rules of the Club. (f) Recruitment, jointly with the Directors, of the Club’s Accountant. (g) Recruitment of office and library staff. (h) Maintain daily control of the Club and management of the staff. (I) Managing Budgets set by the Directors and financial control of expenditure. (j) Reporting back to the Directors all issues connected with Budgets, Finances and Staff Management, (k) Responsible for the maintenance of Club property

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including the premises and vehicles. (l) Maintaining all Legal responsibilities of the Club in particular, Health and Safety, Fire and Security, personnel regulations. 2.7.2 Appointment: recruited by the Directors through external advertising.

2.8 Accountant 2.8.1 Duties (a) Responsible for maintaining full and proper records of all Club accounts, including those of autonomous bodies as listed in 5, and other information as may be necessary, and prepare all annual finance statements and balance sheets, and to make all such information available to the Directors. (b) Produce monthly management accounts and summaries for the Directors. (c) Be responsible for maintaining a full and proper record of the clubs assets, liabilities, income and expenditure. Information on assets to include their nature, location, value and any changes; (d) Have charge of the bank accounts and to make payments of recurring nature as may be granted and determined by the Directors, without any special permission being obtained; (e) Act as financial advisor to the Board and perform such duties as may be provided in the Articles, Bye-Laws and the rules of the Club. 2.8.2 Appointment: recruited jointly by the Direcors and General Manager through external advertising.

2.9 Journal Editor 2.9.1 Duties (a) Responsible for the compilation and publication of the Club Journal and for the inclusion of any notices and proceedings of meetings as the Board or General Manager may direct or as may be provided for in the Articles. (b) It is expected that the Editor’s decision will be considered final in all but exceptional circumstances. (c) Attendance at Board meetings as a co-opted member as required. 2.9.1 Appointment; a contract appointment chosen jointly by the Directors and General Manager through external advertising. 2.10 Ancillary Staff 2.10.1 Office, Library and Event Staff 2.10.1.1 Duties: clerical duties at Headquarters, library and machine dating services and event organisation. 2.10.1.2 Appointment: recruited locally by General Manager 2.10.2 Contracted Support Staff and Consultants 2.10.2.1 Duties: to meet short term staffing shortfalls or to supply technical expertise in specialist areas such as IT.


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2.10.2.2 Appointment: recruited by General Manager in consultation with the Directors.

2.11 Volunteers (Club Members offering Voluntary Assistance) 2.11.1 Duties: assistance with Library, Event and Club services 2.11.2 Appointment relies upon the member volunteering for specific duties and being considered suitable, with continuing appointment dependent upon satisfactory performance. 2.11.3 Supervision of volunteers at Headquarters is the responsibility of the General Manager. 2.11.4 Supervision of volunteers at an event is the responsibility of either the General Manager or the Event Organiser. 2.11.5 No remuneration other than payment of nominal expenses. These are to be agreed by either the General Manager or Event Organiser and must not exceed the standard Club rates. 2.12 Other Voluntary Organisations providing services at events 2.12.1 Duties and remuneration are at event organiser’s discretion, but must be within guidelines set down by the Directors and/or the General Manager

PART 3. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The responsibilities, structure and operation of the Board of Directors for the management of the Club are set out in Part 2 of the Articles of Association. In particular the Board is responsible for ensuring the Club operates in compliance with the Companies Act (2006) and all financial regulations. The following items provide more detail and clarification for the functioning of the Board.

3.1 Directors’ Specific Responsibilities. Whilst the Directors are collectively responsible for the running of the Club, individual Directors may be allocated responsibility for specific area of the Club’s business and will work with the General Manager to provide business guidance for these areas. A typical, but not comprehensive, list of possible areas of responsibility includes:Budgets, finance and planning; Events Retail Membership Raffle/ Club Machines Library and Archives Communication/IT to improve Club profile and Media coverage

3.2 Sub-committees and Delegation 3.2.1 The Board may establish, and subsequently disband, sub-committees and working groups as it deems appropriate. Any sub-committee or working group so formed shall be provided with written terms of reference identifying:Name of the Director who shall be Chairman The purpose of the sub-committee Anticipated duration Expected frequency of meetings Quorum for decision making Recording and reporting requirements Delegated powers 3.2.2 Sub-committees may include:(i) Archive Committee, responsible for the operation of the Library, including acquisition policy and future development. (ii) When considered necessary by the Board of Directors, a Legislation Sub-committee responsible for monitoring the Articles and Bye-laws to ensure the Club is operating consistently according to its rules and maintaining compliance with the Companies Act. 3.2.3 Each sub-committee should convene, in person or by electronic communication, as frequently as is necessary to carry out its duties and should submit minutes of each meeting not less than two weeks before the Board meeting 3.3 Attendance at Meetings 3.3.1 The Board of Directors or Sub-committee may: (i) Invite any person to attend a meeting (ii) Appoint in an ex-officio capacity an Honorary Legal Advisor (iii) Appoint in an ex-officio capacity a representative of any nationally recognised body, that is relevant to the interest of the Club; 3.3.2 Any person or body invited or appointed to attend Board Meetings does not have any voting rights. 3.3.3 Any paid-up Member of the Club may attend a Board or Sub-committee meeting as an observer subject to a request to the secretary of the meeting being received and agreed in advance of the meeting. (The Chairman of the meeting may rule any sensitive item be held in-camera and close the meeting to observers for that item on the agenda.) 3.4 Determination of Employees’ Salaries 3.4.1 The General Manager’s salary shall be determined by the Directors taking into account the performance efficiency of organisation and the financial performance of the Club; 3.4.2 The Directors, together with the General Manager, shall determine the remuneration of the Club Employees based upon performance reports produced by the General

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Manager and the financial performance of the Club; 3.4.3 The review of Employees’ salaries shall be carried out annually as soon as the financial report for the year has been signed off and final budgets for the year agreed (see 3.5); 3.4.4 The revised salaries shall be payable from the date agreed in the staff contracts.

3.5 Business Plans and Financial Budgets 3.5.1 Before the end of the Club’s financial year, the Chairman, jointly with the General Manager, Accountant and one or more other Directors, shall propose budgets and objectives for the subsequent year and produce a strategic business plan for the following 3-years. The budgets and objectives should be available for review by the full Board before the start of the new financial year. 3.5.2 The budgets and objectives for the year agreed under 3.5.1 shall be reviewed and adjusted as appropriate as soon as the final statement of accounts for the previous year are available. 3.5.3 The budgets and objectives for the year together with the 3-year strategic plan shall be made available upon request by the membership for review prior to the Annual General Meeting. 3.5.4 A Financial Review Panel, consisting of the Chairman and/or the Director responsible for Finance together with the Accountant, will carry out an annual review to propose a purchasing and procurement policy for endorsement by the Board. The policy will set controls on individual purchasing powers.

3.6 Conduct Members of the Board and Sub-committees shall:(i) Conduct themselves with the best interest of the Club in mind, and not bring the Club into any disrepute; (ii) Act on behalf of the whole Membership of the Club; (iii) Not vote on any matters in which they have a personal financial interest. (iv) Abide by any decisions made by the Board or Subcommittee; (v) Keep notes of any external meetings and correspondence undertaken on the Club’s behalf, and provide copies to the Secretary for filing and/or distribution to the Directors; (vi) Not use their position in the Club for personal gain or benefit; (vii) Not undertake or place the Club into any contract, including financial commitment or legal liability, without the prior written consent of the Directors; and (viii) Take all practical steps to minimise costs that shall be claimed as expenses. 3.7 Expenses 3.7.1 Members of the Board of Directors and sub-

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committees may claim expenses as follows; (i) Travel to scheduled meetings of the Board or subcommittees shall be reimbursed at the costs of the public transport (upon presentation of a valid receipt) or at a rateper-mile, with agreed caps, as shall be determined annually by the Financial Review Panel (3.5.4) and agreed by the Board; (ii) All other travel in the UK, on the Clubs behalf, shall be reimbursed as above, provided there is prior approval by the Chairman or, in their absence, the vice-Chairman; (iii) All travel outside the UK on behalf of the Club, requires prior consent from the Chairman or, in their absence, the vice-Chairman and shall be the actual cost. (iv) Any accommodation costs relating travel on Club business shall be the lesser of; the actual cost of accommodation (upon presentation of a valid receipt) or a maximum daily rate as determined from time to time by the Board. 3.7.2 All claims for expenses should be accompanied by valid receipts, including the VAT receipts.

PART 4. MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATION

4.1 Sections 4.1.1 The Club is subdivided into sections, according to geographical location or in respect of a particular interest or activity. 4.1.2 Sections are treated as separate legal entities for accounting and administrative purposes. 4.1.3 The officers of each Section shall include a chairman, honorary secretary and an honorary treasurer. 4.1.4 All Sections are expected to be governed by a constitution that does not conflict with the Articles and Bye-laws of the Club. 4.1.5 Sections have autonomy to organise runs and events within the framework drawn up by the Club. 4.1.6 The Section Secretary is responsible for informing Head Office of all proposed events being organised by the Section in order to ensure the necessary insurance cover is provided and, wherever possible, to avoid the clashing of events 4.1.7 A Section, having been invited to organise an International or National event, shall elect an organising committee for that event The Secretary shall submit a financial statement at the conclusion of the event, 4.1.8 The creation of a new Section requires the approval of the Directors. The established guidelines require that those Members wishing to form the Section should first establish a Group and that this should operate successfully for twelve months before being granted Section status. (i) Notification of the desire to form a Group must be published in the Journal to allow members opposed to the


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formation to state their views. (ii) The signature of twenty members supporting the formation of the Group, and identifying a Secretary, Chairman and Treasurer, must be forwarded to the Board for approval. (iii) If the formation of the Group is accepted, it will be allowed to operate for a probationary period of one year, after which it may apply to the Board for Section status. (iv) The Group must keep the Club informed of all activities during the probationary period by ‘Group Notes’ included as part of the ‘Section Notes’ section of the Journal.

4.2 Areas 4.2.1 Sections within close geographic proximity are grouped together to form an Area and can appoint an Area Representative to represent their interests. 4.2.2 The Board may alter the Area Structure if necessary to improve communications/efficiency. 4.2.3 The nine Areas presently covering the United Kingdom are: Anglian North East North Midlands North West Scotland South East South Midlands South Wales South West 4.3 Area Representatives 4.3.1 The duties of the Area Representative include: (i) Promotion and development of the Club within their Areas. (ii) The coordination of Section activities within their Areas (iii) Visiting all Sections within the Area on an annual or more frequent basis or holding bi-annual discussion meetings at which Sections are invited to send delegates. (iv) Acting as a point of contact between the Directors or General Manager and the Sections in the Area. (v) Keeping Members up to date, through the Section Secretaries, with matters of relevance or significance to the Area and its Members. (vi) Providing assistance to individual Members with problems or issues if the Section Secretaries are unable to assist or deem the matter appropriate for the Area Representative to handle. (vii) Keeping the Directors and General Manager informed of matters of importance to the Club in the Area. (viii) Exploring opportunities to develop the VMCC in the Area for the benefit of the Membership and the Club as a whole.

(ix) Responding to enquiries about the VMCC from nonMembers, the general public, other motorcycling groups and any other person or body with an interest in the activities of the VMCC in the Area. (x) Producing a written report for the Board on an annual or more frequent basis. (xi) Liaison with the other Area Reps. on subjects of common interest or benefit to the Club. Such liaison through either formal or informal meetings and with or without involvement of the Board is to be carried out on an irregular basis. (xii) Organisation with other Area Reps and General Manager meetings, seminars or other gatherings with the involvement and for the benefit of the Membership. (xiii) Maintenance of good communication links with the Section Secretaries at all times (xiv) Attendance at the AGM. (xv) Act as a Proxy at General Meetings on behalf of members in their Area who are unable to attend the meeting. 4.3.2 Candidates for appointment as Area Representatives must be nominated by either: (i) proposal and seconding by full Voting Members with the endorsement of six other members, or (ii) a motion carried by a Section with a copy of the motion, signed by the Section Chairman and Secretary, submitted to headquarters. 4.3.3 In the event of more than one candidate for the appointment, the election is by postal ballot of Members residing in the Area.

4.4 Special Interests Sections 4.4.1 The Club includes non-territorial Sections catering for sporting and special interests groups. These include:(i) Grass-track and Speedway (ii) Speedway (iii) Sprint (iv) Touring (v) Cyclemotor 4.4.2 The Special Interests Sections may appoint a Special Interest Representative to represent the interests of the members within the Sections. 4.4.3 Candidates for appointment as Special Interest Representative must be nominated by either: (i) proposal and seconding by full Voting Members with the endorsement of six other members within the Special Interests Sections, or (ii) a motion carried by a Special Interest Section with a copy of the motion, signed by the Section Chairman and Secretary, submitted to headquarters. 4.4.4 In the event of more than one candidate for the appointment of Special Interest Representative, the election is by postal ballot of the Membership of the Special Interests Sections

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4.5 Officer for Overseas Membership and Affiliation 4.5.1 The Officer for Overseas Membership and Affiliation represents the interests of Club Members residing outside the UK. 4.5.2 The duties include: (i) Providing assistance to Overseas Members with problems or issues; (ii) Keeping the Board informed of matters of importance overseas; (iii) Provision of a primary point of contact for Overseas Members seeking guidance on visiting the UK and riding in UK events; (iv) Compilation of a list of overseas events of interest to VMCC Members; (v) Liaison with UK Sections that have established links with overseas clubs in order to further exchanges to the general benefit of the Club; (vi) Maintain contact with overseas clubs, which have interests in common with the VMCC, in order to coordinate activities for the mutual benefit of the clubs and their membership. (vii) Advising the Directors of clubs having interests in common with the VMCC in order to propose affiliation. The Directors, acting on the advice of the Officer for Overseas Membership and Affiliation, must agree that affiliation is to the mutual benefit of the clubs and their membership and is responsible for the implementation. 4.5.3 Appointment by nomination and voting of Overseas Members, either by post or email, or by nomination of the Board.

4.6 Special Responsibilities of Membership Representatives Should the actions of the Board cause disquiet amongst the Membership or generate any reason for concern amongst the Membership Representatives - namely the President, Area Representatives, Special Interest Representative and Officer for Overseas Membership and Affiliation – the Membership Representatives, subject to a 75% majority vote, can demand a meeting with the Board to discuss the matter. The Board must make available all relevant information required by the Representatives and the meeting must be held within fourteen days of the request being made. If the meeting fails to resolve the issues of concern the Membership Representatives, subject to a 75% majority vote, can demand that the Board calls an immediate General Meeting so that the matter can be discussed by the Membership.

PART 5. ORGANISATIONS OPERATING AS AUTONOMOUS BODIES WITHIN THE HEADQUARTERS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

5.1 Whilst it is intended that the user organisation of the Club should be managed locally though the Area and Section structures of the Club, it is recognised that certain special interests of the membership cross both area and section boundaries. Special interests include Veteran and Vintage and Flat Tank as well as road racing, sprinting, grass track and speedway. Often these special interests can be organised efficiently and to the benefit of the membership within the Section structure. In other cases closer management and financial links with headquarters can be beneficial. 5.2 Currently only one special interest section, British Historic Racing, abbreviated as BHR, has been incorporated as an autonomous part of Headquarters. 5.3 Autonomous Bodies operating as part of HQ are required to: 5.3.1 Establish a management committee consisting of a representative from VMCC Ltd, who would normally be expected to be a Director of VMCC Ltd, plus at least four members chosen from amongst their Membership. The Membership are responsible for determining which of the committee members shall act as chairman, secretary and treasurer. 5.3.2 Produce Articles of Association to set down the rules for the operation of the Autonomous Body, which must be formally agreed with the Board. 5.3.3 Prepare an Annual Business Plan setting down objectives and a financial forecast for the year for approval by the Board. 5.3.4 Prepare summary notes and financial statements for presentation at regular Board meetings. 5.3.5 Prepare an annual financial statement for inclusion with the Club' s Annual Accounts. 5.4 In all other respects the Autonomous Body may operate its own bank account and operate its business in a manner it considers appropriate. 5.5 The agreement between the Autonomous Body and VMCC Ltd shall be terminated subject to an ordinary resolution calling for dissolution of the agreement being passed at a General Meeting of either the VMCC or the Autonomous Body.

PART 6. VOTING AT GENERAL MEETINGS

Voting on resolutions at a General Meeting can be by the Member in person, by postal voting or by the appointment of a proxy.

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6.1 Resolutions 6.1.1 An ordinary resolution of the Members is a resolution that is passed by a simple majority. 6.1.2 A resolution passed on a poll taken at a meeting is passed by a simple majority if it receives a simple majority of the total voting rights of Members who vote in person, by proxy or in advance of the meeting. 6.1.3 A special resolution of the Members means a resolution that is passed by a majority of not less than 75%. 6.1.4 A resolution passed on a poll taken at a meeting is passed by a majority of not less than 75% if it receives 75% of the total voting rights of Members who vote in person, by proxy or in advance of the meeting. 6.1.5 A resolution is not a special resolution unless it is identified as a special resolution in the notice of the meeting 6.1.6 Anything that may be done by ordinary resolution may also be done by special resolution. 6.1.7 Resolutions resulting in a change to the Articles of Association or Bye-laws are to be treated as special resolutions. 6.1.8 All other resolutions are to be treated as ordinary resolutions unless in the view of the Board it is appropriate that they are treated as special resolutions. 6.2 Proxy Voting Procedure 6.2.1 Members eligible to vote will receive a proxy voting form accompanying the AGM proposals. They may appoint as their proxy: (i) Their Area Representative, or his appointed deputy. (ii) The Chairman of the Meeting, or (iii) Any other person. The proxy is not required to be a Club member. It is recommended that the Area Representative should be the preferred choice as this will allow for discussion between members at Section level in order that the proxy is aware of local issues and concerns. 6.2.2 Members choosing to vote by proxy, must inform their proxy and arrange for the General Manager to be notified of their choice at least 48 hours before the meeting of their intention to vote by this method. 6.2.3 Appointing a proxy, or registering a vote in advance, does not prevent attendance and voting at the meeting in person, but the revised instructions must be notified to the General Manager one hour in advance of the meeting. 6.2.4 All Members attending a General Meeting of the Club will need to; (i) Confirm their current Membership by production of their Membership card during signing in. The signing-in sheet will be used as a record of attendance at the meeting. (ii) Identify themselves when signing in as a proxy holder if so appointed, in order to be issued with a voting card and vote recording slips.

6.3 Recording the Vote 6.3.1 Tellers will be nominated to count the vote and in the event of a poll, collect and total proxy votes. 6.3.2 A resolution put to vote at a general meeting will be decided on a show of hands unless a poll is duly demanded in accordance with the articles. 6.3.3 On a vote by show of hands, every proxy who has been duly appointed by one or more members has one vote unless the following applies: 6.3.4 On a vote by show of hands, a proxy has one vote for and one vote against the resolution if the proxy has been instructed by one or more members to vote for the resolution and by one or more members to vote against the resolution. 6.3.5 If a poll is taken, Members carrying proxy votes, upon voting, will: (i) Display their coloured card, (ii) Ensure that their record slip is handed to a teller. (iii) The tellers will record the votes and add the proxy votes to the total before notifying the Secretary of the meeting. (iv) The Secretary will add the teller’s votes together to achieve a result. (v) In the case of an equal vote in a meeting, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

6.4 Voting for the Appointment of Directors 6.4.1 Each person nominated for appointment as a Director will be confirmed as acceptable to the Membership by an ordinary resolution at the AGM. 6.4.2 In the event that more nominees are acceptable than there are appointment vacancies, the nominees with the highest votes will be appointed.

PART 7. REVISION OF BYE-LAWS

The Board shall have power from time to time to make, alter and repeal all such bye-laws as they may deem necessary or expedient for the proper conduct and management of the Club. The Board shall notify Members through the Journal of all such bye-laws alterations and repeals. In the absence of any objection, such bye-laws alterations and repeals shall become binding upon all Members after the expiry of 90 days from the date of the notice. In the event of an objection received in writing by the Secretary within the requisite 90 days, the Board may: (i) seek to persuade the objector or objectors to withdraw the objection or objections; (ii) withdraw the proposal giving rise to objection; or (iii) refer the matter to general meeting for decision by ordinary resolution. In the case of (ii) or (iii), the Board shall notify Members by means of the next available Journal.

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PART 8. ELIGIBILITY OF MACHINES

8.1 A machine shall be deemed 25 years old under the rolling 25-year eligibility rule on the 31st December of the twenty-fourth year following its manufacture. 8.2 Machine classes are recognised as follows: Veteran Manufactured before 01/01/1915 Early Vintage Manufactured between 01/01/1915 & 31/12/1924 Late Vintage Manufactured between 01/01/1925 & 31/12/1930 Post Vintage Manufactured between 01/01/1931 & 31/12/1945 Post War Manufactured between 01/01/1946 & 31/12/1960 Post 1960 Manufactured since 01/01/1961 and more than 25 years old

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Correspondence January front cover – 1

Our immeasurable thanks to David for the front cover and article in the January magazine. What a fabulous surprise! At the end of the article we said we’d love for anyone who knew Rob & Phil racing together to contact us. If anyone does ask the VMCC for our contact details please do pass on this email, or Tel 01634 245805...we’d love to hear from anyone who knew them together (obviously MANY people knew Phil!), but not so many Rob. Thank you....what a cracking start to our “biking year”! Sue & Mick Harris

January front cover – 2: Phil Heath

Further to an article in the recent issue of the Club Mag from Sue Harris (nee Buxton). We have a number of pictures of her Dad Robin in action at the Manx Grand Prix. I thought you might like this picture of his friend Phil Heath, taking part in the VMCC Rally in the Island. ‘Once a racer...’ (see inside back cover). Within FoTTofinders, we have about a quarter of a million images from the Island, TT, MGP, Rallies etc. plus pics from Ulster GP (49 to 59), selected UK short-circuit (49 to 59). If any can be of use for the mag please let us know. No charge, just an attribution to FoTTofinders would be good. Bill Snelling

January front cover – 3

I was wondering about the editorial justification for featuring two blokes in what is plainly a car on the cover The Vintage Motor Cycle (January 2016). Then I read the contents page. The Morgan car racing is part of the history of a couple named Rob Buxton and Phil Heath, who have just joined the VMCC. As a social scientist to trade, I always think there is far too much dull old engineering content in The Vintage Motor Cycle and not nearly enough about the vibrant cultural and social history of motorcycling. So this was going to be a different kind of celebration of our esteemed pioneers: a twentieth-century tale of a closet relationship between two men blossoming on long-forgotten race circuits, turning into a struggle for acceptance in the cruel heteronormative world that was 1950s Britain. But unlike the doomed protagonists of Brokeback Mountain, a happy ending is suggested. Rob and Phil’s relationship culminates in the modern age in joyous open celebration of their sexuality in the form of family Membership of the VMCC, albeit evidently at a rather late stage in life. Imagine my puzzlement then, when turning to page 50, I found that the feature was about car racers Sue and Mick

who are learning to ride. So the contents page tag was just an unfortunate mix up. Rob and Phil are not a couple and, it seems, no longer even eligible to be VMCC members, having passed away some years ago. But I still couldn’t figure out why, given a whole world of wonderful old motorcycles, there was a three-wheeled car on the cover of our esteemed organ. Keith Kintrea

Wessex sidecars

I have taken to heart the Editorial (The march of time?) on page 3 of the January 2016 VMCC Journal, and have established a web site and forum devoted to Wessex Sidecars, which can be reached at the links shown below the signature. The purpose of the group is to share and to make freely available information on Wessex Sidecars. I will add the limited information I have, but would welcome any contributions from others. The material could include photos, catalogues, price lists, articles, factory history etc together with any likely sources of further information. Material could be sent to me, the Group Owner, at wessex-sidecars-owner@yahoogroups.co.uk I am keen to make contact with those people involved in the Wessex factory - for example Mrs Gratex, the wife of the designer. It does appear that the early designs were made by someone with an aircraft industry background. Vincenthusiast https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wessexsidecars/info or http://tinyurl.com/zn5azwb

Points of view - revisited?

I recently wrote to the correspondence section of the journal. One letter was about the perceived problem of more modern powerful bikes taking part in road runs combined with smaller engined bikes, this appeared in the October edition. The second letter appeared in the November issue and referred to road safety. Parts of these observations were a little tongue in cheek to hopefully cajole a response from others. A change from griping about something other than directors and finances would have been welcome. But out of 16000 members just 2 or 3 took the time to reply with their views. Thank you to those members for your response. Currently Road Safety is not what it should be in Great Britain. How many times do the media headlines state several accidents have happened 'due to a dangerous stretch of road'. But! There is no such thing as a dangerous road! Yes some are more hazardous than others I will agree, but

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when we are all safely tucked up in our beds in the early hours of the morning, hedgehogs and field mice can happily amble across that road without fear of getting flattened. Put one motorist or rider on it who is late for his early shift then it becomes hazardous, even more so with a few well-placed potholes. Put two on it and the likelihood of a collision is quite high, after factoring in of course the experience, anticipation and skill of those two drivers. Being self-critical and aware is the starting point to better driving! Anticipation, learned only through experience, is one reason why accident rates are high with youngsters. Their insurance premiums reflect this. During the West Kent 'Chaucer Run' there is also an award for road safety. At times this is a little tongue in cheek. But the underlying effect is to make riders aware of how they ride, cajoling memories and practices long since forgotten or maybe not used for ages! VMCC training days are a great success without question. But how about spending some finances on a road safety day? This could be in each individual section or maybe at headquarters or another venue. Maybe it could be run at the same time as the Founders Relay Rally? Risks are particularly high for Vintage riders on this day due solely to the vast number of riders taking part to honour the founders. But whatever you think of these comments, road safety is paramount for happy and extended vintage riding years. Wishing you all safe riding in the great days ahead. Dave Blanchard

Microns – the LAST word

My father would turn in his grave at any mention of genitalia (Microns-3 January 2016). His preferred nomenclature for this unit was a ‘gnat’s whisker’, though, since this is somewhat impractical, a ‘fag paper’ was a close alternative. Combined with a ‘fag box’, these were, conveniently, the correct clearances for the inlet and exhaust valves respectively on his machine. As for embracing metrication, according to the manufacturers of my ‘Imperial’ lathe there are 980thou.

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per inch, thus the corresponding engraved calibration on the carriage hand wheel collar, (as seen in the accompanying picture). My colleague’s lathe has a much cleverer arrangement, one turn of the hand wheel being 0.63 inches of traverse, a very close approximation to 16 millimetres. Needless to say, we both employ large and prominent electronic calculators in our workshops! Now, does anyone know the thermal expansion coefficient of a Chinese feedscrew? Phil Winks

West Wilts Section Holidays 2016

As there was no Calendar of Events published for 2016, I would like to publish the fact that we will have two Holidays this year. This year the Section Holiday will be held in the Derwent Manor Hotel, Allensford, Northumberland. We arrive on Sunday 29th May, and return home on the 5th June. The holiday accommodation is seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast .There will be a back-up vehicle, with tools, oils and other bits and pieces, as well as two spare machines. In September I am organising another Charity Land’s End to John O’Groats. We assemble at Lands End on Saturday 17th September and arrive at John O’Groats on Saturday 24th September. For the homeward journey there will be a vehicle to take the bikes back to Wootton Bassett, and a coach to take the passengers also back to Wootton Bassett. The accommodation will be eight nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast with a back-up vehicle as described above and another vehicle to carry any luggage from hotel to hotel. The extra cost of the coach and truck will be shared by the people using it. This holiday will be my contribution for the 70th Anniversary. If you are interested in either holiday, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01285 860130 or E-mail bob.fisher2@virgin.net. Bob Fisher Correspondence has been received from Mike Follows, Dennis Geldard, Ann West, Chris Harper, Trevor Pinfold and Bill Leach – all expressing disquiet and disappointment at the demise of the Events Booklet. Similarly, George Haley, Bob Livesey and Mick Higgs are not impressed with the 2016 calendar.

The machine register

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a result historic records will be kept rather than lost for perpetuity. I seem to remember that Bill Hume undertook such a register. Could it be updated? That said several machines have such details incorrectly recorded for want of ignorance, laziness or unwillingness to remove a little powder coating from their machines, which has led to duplicity in some records. The historic acceptance of these numbers by the DVLA is worrying, but far more so is the possibility of our not being able to retain VRMs; nobody ‘owns’ a registration number, it is but an allocation of a mark. Here is my starter: 1910 Douglas Model C. No. 970 Jonathan Hill (Editor’s note: Bill Hume’s machine register is alive and well, and additional entries are always welcome. More than 25,000 machines are now listed and the Library committee are still thinking of a way this can be made available to members)

A request for help

My name is Stefan Jelinic and I'm currently living in Switzerland. In addition to my apprenticeship as a technical engineer at Pilatus Aircrafts, I'm visiting the technical vocational baccalaureate school in Lucerne. With my class mate Joel Steiner, who's also doing his apprenticeship at Pilatus Aircrafts, we are working on our documentary for the final exams. Together we are discussing the topic ‘old motorcycles’ with a claim that old motor cycle engines are more reliable than their modern counterparts. We would like to include stories and experiences of sophisticated motor cyclists into our documentation. We would be very pleased if someone would have time an interest in doing an interview in form of a questionnaire, which appears below this letter. It would be also great if we could be provided with additional information from motor cycles, their history and engines. Thanks in advance, and we hope for a quick and positive answer. Stefan Jelinic stefan.jelinic@gmail.com

InTErvIEW quESTIonS

Personal questions 1. Name and age 2. Where do you live (counties/town or city)? 3. How long have you been a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs? 4. Which motor cycle/motor cycles do you own? 5. How long have you been riding motor cycles? 6. Since when do you ride old-timers? 7. Share your best experience with us.

8. And your worst. 9. What fascinates you about old motor cycles? 10. Would you always choose an old motor cycle over a modern one, or are there situation you would like to have a new motor cycle? 11. Your dream bike.

Technical questions 1. The tech. data sheet of your current motor cycle. 2. Do you do repairs on your own, if yes to which extent? 3. Is the maintenance of old engines easier or harder in comparison to new engines? 4. If you own or would own a modern motor cycle, would you do the repairs by yourself? 5. Which difficulties would occur? 6. What would be easier to repair in comparison to old engines? 7. Which engines are more durable, old or new, and why? 8. Do you like or dislike the current evolution of new engines (more horsepower, higher efficiency etc.) and why? 9. Which engine type do you prefer (OHV, OHC, IOE)? 10. Why? 11. What would you think about reusing old engine designs? 12. Which engine design required the most ingenuity?

The 2016 calendar

I have for many years enjoyed the member’s annual calendar which hangs in my home in the kitchen. I have occasion to see it on a daily basis and it affords great pleasure and is a constant source of (virtual) motor cycling. The one page per month layout also means that the calendar is of practical use in planning matters. I have always enjoyed seeing the range of interesting motorcycles owned by club members and felt that is was appropriate that all might contribute to the annual celebration by sending photographs of their machines (frequently photographed in interesting places), all within the spirit of collective responsibility that we all so much admire. This year, however, these principals seem to have been overlooked much to the detriment of the major principals; i.e. aesthetics, utilitarian function and perhaps most importantly, the spirit of the enterprise. In no way are my observations to read as a criticism of the artist employed to illustrate the calendar but they are merely a reflection that both the form and the function of the calendar appears to have changed without due consideration as to its impact. I look forward to the 2017 iteration with anticipation. Professor John Kippin (This concludes observations/comments on the calendar – for this year; Ed)

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Bodging and valve caps

The mention of valve cap removal by Old Father Brazendale made me reflect on the problem of removing them, as often they have been undisturbed for years. It is best to do the job when the engine is hot, for by cooling the cap itself the contraction makes it easier. With the bronze inlet cap I pour cold water into the area around the sparking plug and for ‘fir cone’ exhaust nuts I use a wet rag. As the hexagons are often worn there is a tendency for a spanner to jump off when pressure is applied, and with a cap that is very tight. I made a solid plate washer bored to be held down by the plug hexagon and pressing down on the spanner so that it could not jump off. This did the trick. On the subject of bodges, I remember the time when my side valve Sunbeam stopped with a clatter and I found that the inlet valve spring was detached. The cotter holding the retaining collar had sheared due to being worn away and no maintenance. I put the loose bits in my pocket and resigned myself to pushing home. In those days there was always a rich harvest of nuts and bolts to be picked up in the gutters and espied an electrician’s buckle clip (a brass ancestor of the plastic tie-wrap) I threaded it through the valve stem slot and took my emergency kick-start spring from the headlamp rim (a big section of inner tube), threaded it on to the clip, stretched it down over the oil pump and started the engine – which ran well, but would not rev very much – but we got home OK. When I took the plug out I found the points had been closed up when the valve had come loose, and there was hardly any gap. Archie Beggs

The Model 50 norton

As the raffle prize is the Norton Model 50, I thought I would send an article about my Model 50 which is exactly the same, including the year – except mine is black and silver, and shown on the facing page. A lot of people would not believe this story, but it did happen. It started on 24th May 1969 at 2.30 pm outside Stanwell Church whilst our wedding photographs were being taken. That was when I bought the bike from John Woodyer – my best man and cousin – for £15. I did have to go to Maidstone to collect it and by then had moved to Ringwood. The bike was used for everyday transport and leisure until 1975, and apart from replacing the coil with a BTH magneto it was and still is original. Now, the main part of this tale starts. My best mate Fred Dowden and I decided to go to the TT in the Isle of Man in 1973 – me on the Norton and

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Fred decided to build a Triumph 650cc ‘Metisse’. The only problem being that this was February, and there was no frame or engine in sight. A frame came, but it was a Matchless type Metisse, then an engine plus AMC gearbox, so it was all systems go. Luckily Fred is a very good engineer and he designed and built everything himself, so no problems! As time went by and the departure date which was May bank holiday Monday approached there was still work to do to finish the ‘bike. We decided to leave for Liverpool at 6.30 am and Fred finished the ‘bike at 2.30 am! Well, a couple of hours late we set off, running in was done by the time we got to Salisbury 17 miles up the road. From then on it was a rush to catch the boat. After running out of petrol and an oil pipe coming adrift we made Liverpool to see the boat leaving! Then a bit of luck there was another boat that evening, so we got on that and arrived at our digs in Douglas sometime before sunrise. Practice week went OK and a few little niggles with the Triumph but nothing major and, needless to say, the Model 50 just kept plodding away – even seeing 80 mph on the drop down to the Creg. Race week was great, again, all running well. We had booked on an early ferry on the Saturday morning so we thought we would do just one more complete lap on Friday evening to set a new course record – dreaming comes to mind... All going well until round Kate’s Cottage Fred gave the Triumph its head and over-revved it on the drop to The Creg which resulted in terminal damage to the engine. To say that he was distraught was an understatement – especially as we had no idea how to get home. Well, I towed him back to the digs where we hatched a cunning plan for getting both Fred and the ‘bike home. We got the ‘bike on to the ferry with no problems and the same at Liverpool and that is where the fun began. I had a Craven rack on the Norton and so all our luggage went on that and we attached a double length of rope to it about six feet long which went to Fred’s clip-on handlebars – one end each side which he held in place. He had to hold them all the time and only let go in an emergency. We set off without any dramas and before leaving Liverpool pulled into a garage to fill the Norton with fuel – me at the first pump and Fred at the second one. All OK – I went and paid, the attendant watched very closely as Fred removed the rear chain from the Triumph – to reduce drag – did not put fuel in and we pulled away to his surprise


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when he suddenly saw the rope. You should have seen the look on his face! We made good progress down the M6 and rested awhile on the hard shoulder, then a police car stopped to see if we were OK and after a chat about the TT they wished us well and off they went. We carried on for what seemed an eternity at speeds that varied from 50 mph down to 5 mph – especially on the hill out of Marlborough up to the Savernake Forest where the poor old Norton was fading a touch and we both had to run alongside to make the top. By now the light was fading but at least we had only another 45 miles to go and we made it home at about 10.30 - all three of us totally knackered – that’s Fred, me, and the trusty Norton. That journey was a total of 252 miles and 10 hours and 30 minutes. It took Fred ages before he got the feeling back into his hands and just as long to restore his hearing after listening to a single with a Gold Star silencer thudding away for that long. I think that I recovered OK and the Norton rested for at least a month and was fine after the rest. I still have the Norton after 46-plus years and with about 76k on the clock it still runs beautifully – never to be parted from. The moral of the story is always make sure you have breakdown cover – Footman James Rules! P.S. The girl I married 46-plus years ago is still my wife and still in good condition. She used to be a wonderful pillion passenger until one day in 1970 we spent the day riding around the Isle of Wight on the Norton. She has never been on a ‘bike since as she said the saddle had cured her of ever wanting to go pillion again! Sackcloth and ashes department I made a bit of a pig’s ear of Adrian Earnshaw’s most interesting reminiscences of the 1962 TT. I should have acknowledged Bill Snelling’s contribution in supplying the photographs from his ‘FoTTofinders’ archives,and for my mistake with the incorrect caption on page 61. The photograph was, of course, of Bob McIntyre at Quarter Bridge.

Interesting, but erroneous

Ian Thorogood

Very interesting article by Adrian Earnshaw in the February Journal on the 62 TT, but he mistakes Bob MAc for little Luigi Taveri. Dear me, someone needs to go to Specsavers. And descending The Mountain he ain’t! Still much improved Journal; thanks for that. Safe riding – and yes, I am old enough to remember the 62 TT. Harry Rayner

Adrian Earnshaw’s article

I very much enjoyed Adrian Earnshaw's article on the 62

TT.Amazing how the TT makes a lasting impression on anyone that was lucky enough to be there. I was there in 63 and on the Friday managed to park my van on a side road at the bottom of Bray Hill for the senior where quite a few of us watched while sitting on the roof. The sight and sound of the MV and two Gileras hitting the bottom is etched on my memory forever as I'm always telling anyone who will listen. Bob Mac was my hero too. Alan Cox

Big error on page 61!

It is Bob McIntyre on Honda number 8, not Luigi Taveri. I can't believe a mistake could be made. Bruce Grant

That’s not Mac!

Great story of 1962 TT picture is of Bob McIntyre Honda four not Luigi Taveri on125 twin, keep up the good work. Rick Blease

Apologies for pedantry

I much enjoyed Adrian Earnshaw's article but, much as I’d prefer not to appear like a punctilious pedant, I have to correct the caption of the photograph on page 61, which states the rider is Luigi Taveri. It isn’t, it is Bob MacIntyre. The emblem on the white crash helmet is the head of Mercury the winged messenger. Bob’s helmets always bore this emblem, as did his racing contemporary, Alastair King. Both were members of the Mercury MCC which was, and still is, in existence in Glasgow. The article says the rider is descending the mountain: He is not - the photo was taken at the exit of Quarter Bridge, which is only a mile or so after the start/finish line, and the article says the bike was a factory Honda twin: it wasn’t; it was a four-cylinder bike. The photograph brought back many memories: the man and the machine took part in motor cycle races at the treelined Beveridge Park circuit in Kirkcaldy in the early summer of 1961, which was the very first motorcycle race meeting I ever attended. I got to the event sitting on the pillion of a friend’s 125cc Vespa. I will never forget the sound of that bike - racing in the same class as hometuned Tiger Cubs and BSA Bantams etc. It was also the first time I had ever smelt Castrol R - I’ve been smitten ever since that experience. I reiterate my regret at appearing to be a pedant... Gordon Wilson

BSA 3-Wheelers

I’m restoring a 1931 B.S.A. front wheel drive three wheeler powered by a Hotchkiss 1,000 cc V twin air cooled engine, and would like to pick the membership’s brains on a technical matter. What I’d like to do is this...

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Remove the internal oil pump and filter and fit an external electrically powered oil pump and oil filter assembly. As most wear to an engine bearing surfaces is caused in the first few seconds on start up, with an electrical oil pump the oil should be splashing around where it’s needed before the ignition is activated. Does any of the membership have any thoughts on this project or sources of information and parts? Tony Oakes-Phillips tonyandnetty@btinternet.com

As response to Mike Powell

Mike Powell, February Journal, does not seem to appreciate one of the prime functions of a Club Magazine, which is to keep the membership informed about what is going on in the Club. This it does by means of Reports of past events, a diary of future events and the Section Notes. The latter are an essential part of the magazine for any club which is nation or worldwide and as a consequence, has numerous Sections catering for their respective geographic areas with little or no contact with their distant colleagues. Those of us who are not parochial in our outlook want to know what is going on in other parts of our Club so that we may expand our horizons and also copy other Sections’ good ideas! As for Mike’s other idea of replacing the Notes with more advertisements, this would mean doubling the number of pages devoted to advertising, which would then equate to nearly a third of the whole Journal. Surely that would be too much. There are already other publications catering for this aspect far better than a Club magazine could ever do. Please do maintain the status quo in this respect. Peter Winch

Articles of Association – Your decision

During the nine months following the 2015 AGM I and many others have put considerable effort into drawing up new Articles of Association and Bye-laws for presentation at this year’s AGM. Hours have been spent in the preparation of proposal documents and in discussion, drafting, reviewing, revision and consultation. I am confident we now have available a sound framework for the future management of the Club and I am pleased to offer it for endorsement by the membership. I am saddened, however, to learn that two resolutions at the AGM call for the scrapping of the new Articles even before they have been accepted. The time to seek change was during the consultation period, yet the persons putting forward these alternative motions did not take the trouble to contact me and take part in the debate. Their argument for rejection is based upon the false premise that the Area Reps are to be side-lined resulting in no membership representation in management. The truth is that the Area Reps are to be given an enhanced role; they will continue

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to have representation on a management committee and will assume a more important role in the running of the Club. Furthermore, these two additional resolutions identify management structures that have not been fully thought through and could not be implemented without considerable disruption to the Club and an additional General Meeting. The management structure we propose is not the only viable option for the organisation of the Club, and I would not claim it to be necessarily the best, but I certainly believe it to be an entirely viable option. If it does not perform as envisaged, it can be reviewed in a year or two and revised. We owe it to all the people who have spent so much time and effort in drawing up the new management structure that it should not be discarded without trial for ill-conceived and impractical alternatives. I would request that you should give the new Articles your support and reject the alternatives. Your vote is vital as without a 75% majority the new Articles cannot be accepted. I hope you will attend the AGM in person but, if making use of a proxy, whether the Chairman or another person, you should identify your support and your rejection of the other resolutions by marking the appropriate boxes. These are the most vital decisions affecting the future of the Club and you should make your own decisions rather than leave them to the discretion of your proxy. Time spent on further revision of the Club’s management structure is time wasted and we should not waste time on futile wrangling. We need instead to devote effort towards the promotion and development of new ideas so the Club might again become a vibrant enthusiast led organisation and pre-eminent in its field. Your management team needs your support and your vote for this to happen. Peter Miller

South Wales Section motion

The South Wales Section has tabled a motion for the AGM which simply proposes that the club is governed by the President and Area Reps acting as the Directors, rather than by six Directors, one of whom will be the Chairman and as such only have a casting vote. This proposed governance means that three Directors will hold the say on how the club goes forward. They could, of course, all come from one section, hardly representative of the membership; consequently we have tabled our motion. We have received an email from Director Peter Miller calling us ‘either inconsiderate or mischievous’, and asking us to withdraw the motion. The club Chairman has also written asking us to ‘redraft the proposition to indicate that we would like the membership of the Management Committee, and the way that it is elected, to be reviewed during the term of the current year and presented for acceptance at the 2017


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AGM”. Finally, Director David Sellars has now emailed some extremely spurious statements denigrating our suggestion and stating: “The governance proposals to be tabled have been carefully thought through”. David then goes on to say: “The Management Structure that your section is suggesting has not been subject to a similar analysis and will not work”. We fail to see why, if it has not been ‘analysed’. Just about all other owners’ clubs operate in the way that we have suggested, and at least our 15,000 members will have proper representation on the Management Committee. We deplore what we consider to be bullying tactics, and consider our motion a properly constituted one, that it should be properly tabled at the AGM, and if it is not accepted then that is democracy. If our motion is accepted then the Chairman should quite simply take the proposed Articles back to the Management Committee for amendment. We have been unable to prepare amendments to the individual Articles as the definitive set was not posted online until the 11th January, which was the closing date for proposals at the time, and then the proposed Articles were posted in the wrong place online. We understand that the Chairman has decided to present the new Articles first on the agenda, and then declare our motion and a similar one from the East Devon section invalid. This will be robustly challenged at the meeting. The Committee of the South Wales Section

Proposed new governance of the vMCC

I have been following with interest the articles in the Journal by the Chairman and others regarding the proposed new Articles of Association and Byelaws. I have also struggled to read and understand the proposed Articles of Association and Byelaws on the website, but the legal gobbledygook has baffled me – as I’m sure it has others. Much has been made of the fact that multi-national corporations have smaller boards of Directors than we have, and for quick decision making a smaller board is better. Well in case you didn’t notice we already tried the big company approach – remember we had a ‘Chief Executive’ – just like BP – and look how that turned out... The comparison with large companies misses the point that we are not a multi-national company, we are primarily a club whose purpose is to support members, and organise events that are in keeping with their wants. We only registered as a company because that is the simplest way to protect Officers and Members in the event of legal claims. We should not be thinking of ourselves as a company, but as a members’ club. Then the way forward becomes clearer. Everything the club does should be to the benefit of members throughout the country – and beyond. To this

end, the body running the club, ‘the Board’ in company parlance, should represent those members, and not be a small group which cannot possibly have wide knowledge of the club, such as that provided by Area Reps. In short, the Area Reps. should form the body of the committee, sorry the ‘Board of Directors’, much as they do now, and not be sidelined as is proposed. Shutting out the Area reps. is a major mistake, and so I would strongly urge all members to vote to reject the proposed new Articles of Association and Byelaws. Until recently, if these new Articles and Byelaws were adopted at the AGM, there would have been a referendum of members to ratify the decision. This appears to have been ditched in favour of proxy voting, and I have been trying to understand how this works from the club’s website - and failing. It is incumbent on those organising this year’s AGM to make the proxy voting system simple, and easily understood. I would propose that on a change as fundamental as this a referendum should be held, as in times past. Our journal now seems to arrive later and later - the January edition arrived on 12th January – and so the March edition is likely to be the last received before the AGM on 3rd April. can I appeal to the Editor to make sure it contains clear instructions on the voting system. Alan Freke

A reply to Kim Allen

For the past 18 years I have put aside one day a week to attend founder Allen’s pride and joy, the VMCC Library, to answer members’ queries. Club politics have not interested me, but my observations at Allen House prompted me to attend that stormy AGM when challenges were raised over financial losses on a scale that threatened the Club’s future. The then Chairman, Kim Allen, conducted a skilful defence of the Executive’s policies largely through the use of ‘confidentiality’ to sidestep searching questions from the floor. Nevertheless it became apparent that management’s blatant profligacy had set the Club on the way to bankruptcy. It was a sad and miserable day for me to think of the ethos and honest enthusiasm of the Club’s early existence as it was projected by our Founder, that I should be witnessing a performance totally alien to the ethos of those early days. So I say to Kim Allen, having almost destroyed this great Club it ill becomes you to criticise the group of people who have worked so hard to start a move bringing it back to a secure state of solvency. And bear in mind that your right to be heard as a Club member might not exist for any of us under the regime you presided over. I think a little contrition is called for – silence would be a good start. Jeff Nutt

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norton pistons

During 2104, while on the A2 going to a Men of Kent event, the head broke off the exhaust valve which wrecked the head of the piston. This resulted in an unexpected stop, but luckily in very little damage to the engine. New valves and guides were required, as was a new piston. The valves and guides were the easy bit. The hunt for the piston began. After a year of trying any supplier that could be suggested with no success, I decided that a newly manufactured piston was the only solution, the original having a 5/8th gudgeon pin and a slightly domed crown. Eventually a piston was loaned to me which had the correct top profile. This was scanned, and the profile sent to America via Cambridge Motor Sport, together with my damaged piston. The Americans have now produced a new, high-quality piston, an exact copy of the original other than the gudgeon pin being 16mm and not 5/8th. Unfortunately, they are prepared to make pistons only in pairs, and so now I have one available in standard bore for £200. You can order pairs of pistons of your own through Cambridge Motor Sport (01462 684300)-available either standard bore (79mm) or in plus sizes as required. I think that these were used in other Nortons in the late ‘twenties and early ‘thirties. If you are interested in the purchase of my spare piston complete with rings, I can be contacted via email at patbeckside@gmail.com Roger Murray

reply to Mr robinson

In reply to Mr Robinson’s letter in January he may like to know that the calendar is of Real Machines and People, the names above the shops are also names of people, who have been in the Ipswich and Suffolk Section for at least 10years or more, the garage in the calendar

Cast iron repairs again! JurAS rAMBA

Is named after Tony Braziers wife Wynn, and shows Tony at the pump, the artist John Castle was a professional artist and made a living from it, not like local art club where it’s a hobby. Also John was a honorary member for the VMCC for many years for the pictures he created in the form of Christmas cards; I am sure he raised hundreds of pounds for the club. John passed away over 10 years ago and is still remembered for his work, I am sure we would all like to be remembered in some way, if you have an idea to support the club please pass it on. You may be remembering in years to come, for not just sitting and riding. Trevor Dickings

registration marks

Permit me to clear up Jeff Waller’s query in the February Journal concerning a plethora of ‘SV’numbers. The ‘SV’ series were originally allocated to Kinross-shire, a now defunct Scottish county. I guess that this county did not take up too many of their allocation, so the balance was used up in two ways: 1) for ‘age-related’ registrations where a more modern number would be inappropriate, or 2) to replace an original number which had been flogged off by either mercenary dealers or avaricious owners, of whom the least said the better! Jeff and other members may be interested to know that other Scottish numbers have suffered to same fate: AS - Nairn; SD - Peeblesshire; Su - Kincardineshire, and SK - Caithness. Our Scottish colleagues may feel somewhat unhappy that their numbers have now been appropriated in this way, but the tide has turned, and unused London numbers – including XB are now in force. I have seen UXB on a Triumph twin - “Unexploded bomb” maybe? Arthur Pentney

A close up of the Flame Powder Spray welded on stub after the seam over vgroove has been filed down. Note no deep pores or bubbles left in metal, so it can be further prepared for polishing and Nickel plating. The British-made MAC Flame Powder Spray torch, the powder bottle with HRC 40 Nickel based powder as used on shafts and a finished job — an EW 350 Douglas motor cycle crankshaft after the worn main shaft was built up. Note the segment groove has a carbon insert so it will not need re-machining after grinding the main shaft. Fire bricks are a must with this kind of work.

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The new Chairman of the Brooklands Section rICHArD HuCKLE

It was my privilege to be elected Chairman of the iconic Brooklands section of VMCC at our recent AGM. I am following in the footsteps of several committed chairman most recently Tim Simkins, who has relocated to Wales as a new base for travelling in his retirement. I suspect that I am not typical of most members or indeed Section Chairman, in that my first motor cycling love is not old British bikes. I am of the generation (under 60) to whom Japanese bikes were the Who said no-one only bikes in town, and until would be interested my involvement in riding around on a in the VMCC I had never ridden modern sports bike a bike with a in second gear! gear change on the wrong (right hand) side! So modern bikes are my first love and I currently own a Triumph Tiger 800, so-called Adventurer style bike which I rode to the Arctic Circle last year. My involvement with the VMCC started through the encouragement of my friend and long-time VMCC member Neal Young, who unlike some members has the view that it’s all about getting people involved, “whatever they ride”. In my case eight years ago I rode a one year old Ducati ST3 sport tourer. With Neal’s encouragement I rocked up to VMCC runs and tagged along, riding the Surrey Hills on ride outs, following the normal collection of British iron in second gear (sometimes). I thoroughly enjoyed it, I was made to feel welcome and no one said anything (directly to me anyway) about being on a modern bike. With the encouragement of the section members I bought my first “qualifying Bike” a modest investment of £800 bought me a 1958 BSA C12. A few years later with a redundancy cheque I bought the bike of my dreams in the

1980’s– a 1981 BMW R100RS. In my view probably the best all round designed bike ever, (I am sure that comment will create some discussion!). I am delighted to be involved with the Brooklands section, and now as Chairman, with the support of the members, will continue to have a welcoming attitude to anyone with an interest in old bikes, whatever they currently ride. So when a member suggests that no-one with a modern sports bike is likely to be interested in the VMCC, you can now quote me, someone who has developed from an interest in modern bikes only, into a qualifying rider of old bikes and an interest such that they have become a Section Chairman.

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One of a kind: The story of the near loss and rescue of this Rex Acme is told overleaf by Pat Lowe.

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Articles

The story of grey porridge, eh? PAT LoWE

Titch Allen, our Founder, had many pet phrases, and the title of this epistle was one of them. During 2015, I’ve been working for a North Nottinghamshire businessman. In September, while clearing out a Portacabin of wood and building products, I spotted amongst the dry sundry materials what I thought to be an Autocycle. Over several hours of slowly removing the stacks to a good bonfire, it was apparent a small and nearly alloriginal lightweight proper motorcycle lurked, unseen by man for 15 to 20 years. My friend recalls that the dustbin men called one day and said a motorbike had been put out by the bins nearby. He asked/negotiated for them to go and retrieve it, and from that day it was stored as described above. On Titch’s many visits to my friend, to discuss the merits of quality machines, he influenced him not to bother with it. I duly asked what his intentions were now, and he replied… Would I like it? Naturally, I accepted the challenge, and the following week collected same model… the cost being a day’s work. On researching in the Encylopedia of Motorcycles, the game was soon up, as the faded three Legs of Man on the tank meant that Rex Acme of Coventry had been

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responsible for the bike’s manufacture in early 1929; a V10C, 147cc Villiers, two-speed Albion model, complete with the extras of carrier / leather tool box, and Villiers lighting set. With considerable help from VMCC office staff, mainly Michelle and Library Volunteer Justin Harvey James, and the Grimsby Town Hall archives department, the original registration EE8929 has been granted. My thanks also go to Mr Jolly, the marque specialist, Stephen at Villiers Merry Hill for rare parts, Vic Smith for lathe work, and John Lawes plus Ivan Rhodes, who have come up with genuine period bits. Having had the honour of being a personal friend of Titch, Phil Heath and Bob Currie during my period as a Director of the Club, and member of The Promotions Committee, and Hon Sec of The TT Rally, and joint Founder of the local Burton Section in heady years gone by, it is a privilege to have my enthusiasm rekindled. Mainly thanks to my friend in North Nottinghamshire, and naturally Titch who always said that if I fell down a certain hole, I would come up with a gold watch. Yes friends, this little model will rise again for a new generation to marvel at, it being probably the only representative left. The next instalment will be about its first owner, Miss Amey Edith Fox, a Grimsby girl, in 1929.


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Check your calendar! d Sunday 2n9th o october t2016 october

Washington DC, The Smithsonian Museum, Dale Walksler’s ‘Wheels Through Time’ Museum and the Barber Festival at the world-famous Barber Museum in Birmingham Alabama

Join me and other vMCC Members on this once in a lifetime trip. I am arranging hotels, event tickets and transport in the uSA. Two nights in Washington DC, two nights in Maggie valley (nC) and three nights in Birmingham Alabama for the Barber Festival.

Contact me (Justin) on 07447 940628 or Karen at Thomas Cook (Burton) 01283 499968 to book your flights

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Memoirs of a 1950s motor cyclist – Part 2 TonY MorPETH

I had started to think about the motor cycle I would have when I finished National Service. As finances would be limited, consequently so would be the choice. I noticed in a copy of ‘The Motor Cycle’ that Dawsons of Nottingham were selling ex-WD Matchless which seemed it could be the answer. Having contacted them they agreed to take the Panther which my father sent to them. They then held the Unfortunately they value until my return to the had sold out the UK. Matchless before My demob was in January ’56, I got to Nottingham but sadly it was March before I got to Nottingham. Unfortunately by then they had sold out of the Matchless. However, they did have a very presentable 1948 B31 BSA which, with the money from the Panther and some HP, I was able to acquire it. The B31 quickly showed it was everything the Panther wasn’t. I was now living in Hampstead and working near Oxford Circus so most days I rode to work. In those happy

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days one could have a motor cycle in central London without security and know it would be there at the end of the day. From time to time I would ride home to Newcastle leaving London between 4 and 5 in the morning and stopping for breakfast at Baldock, Grantham and Doncaster arriving home for lunch. The B31 never faltered on any of these trips in spite of being ridden hard. However, vibration did take a toll on wristwatches. For my summer holiday I decided to go and visit my mother in Cumberland. The ride as far as Scotch Corner was peppered with heavy rain showers and overcast skies. However, as I crested the Pennines the view ahead was of blue skies and cumulus clouds. We descended down to Penrith and onwards towards Wigton passing the scene of my 1952 accident at Sebergham, this time without incident. Such was one’s energy and enthusiasm then, that after a meal I went out for an evening ride in spite of having already covered the best part of 300 miles that day. I rode into the northern hills of the Lake District and stopped near Caldbeck and watched the sun set ovet the Solway Firth and the hills of Dumfriesshire. The following day I toured the Lake District and


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attempted the route up Coniston Old Man. Unfortunately on meeting another motor cycle coming down the path I stalled the machine and on the slope was unable to restart which put an end to the attempt. This experience was, ten years later, to help me in a TA competition, lead a troop of sappers to the summit and finish first. On returning to my mother’s home I described my route of the day. Their only comment was that I cannot have seen much of the area. Now, fifty years later, I cannot recall how I spent the rest of my holiday but the events described are as clear in my memory as if they had happened recently. Over the winter of 1956/7 I was fortunate to have access to a lockup garage where I stripped the machine, cleaned and painted the ancillaries. The only component causing any problem was the gearbox which I took to Godfreys in Great Portland Street for overhaul. Everything was duly reassembled and we were back on the road. Two of the other residents of the digs where I stayed were motor cyclists, one with a Norton ‘Dominator’and the other an S7 Sunbeam and we frequently went on runs together. About this time I received a modest inheritance and instead of upgrading my motor cycle, to my eternal regret bought a Riley car. By September I was short of cash and during the onset of what transpired to be Asian flu I took the BSA to a dealer in Hampstead and being physically and mentally at a low ebb accepted a derisory offer. This action put an end to motorcycling for me for some years. In the early ‘sixties I rejoined the TA and in due course was made responsible for the squadron’s motor cycles. With a feeling of déjà-vu I was again involved with the BSA. We formed a trials team and competed in the London District Trials and Eastern Command. The other benefit was having at our disposal a 15 cwt truck and three motor cycles so we could from time to time go out for training runs. Although an M20 is hardly the best machine for cross-country work it was great fun and perpetually challenging. Gradually we lost our M20’s as when they went back to the REME workshops they were classified as BER ( beyond economic repair) There were no replacements. This was to be my last involvement with motor cycles for a number of years. In the early ‘eighties there was periodically an auction of vintage and classic motor cycles at Bracknell. On one occasion I stuck my hand up and became the owner of a 1961 600cc AJS This turned out to be in fact a 1961 350cc AJS into which had been fitted a Matchless twin engine. After a futile attempt to make a viable machine out of it I gave up. In 1985 my daughter acquired a Yamaha FS1E and to accompany her I purchased a TY 125 which was a fun twin-shock off-road ‘bike. Our next sortie into motor cycles was the purchase of a

Suzuki DR 250 and a Yamaha ‘Serrow’ This exercise came to an abrupt end with my colliding with a Spanish dumper truck when exploring the Picos Mountains. In 2009 I decided there was one unfulfilled motorcycling ambition. That was the ownership of a Scott. This ambition was satisfied with the acquisition of a 1948 ‘Squirrel’. My first encounter with Scotts was when I was home on leave from Germany in 1955 when I met two chaps with a Scott which they would let me have for £20.00 I was unable to buy it. Little did I think it would be over 50 years before I fulfilled this particular wish. (I have a feeling that we are due some Scott experiences to conclude this tale – Editor)

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Harold Karslake and the Dreadnought DAvID DAvIES

The question has been asked “Was 2015 the first time the Dreadnought has been in Scotland?” The answer is no, Karslake took part in both the 1923 and 1927 London- Edinburgh Trials – winning silver medals both times. Let’s add the background story to all of this. Harold Karslake was born in 1880. His father was an antiquarian book-seller and on leaving school, Harold joined the business but left in 1904 to train as an engineer. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914, leaving in 1920 with the rank of ‘Technical Sergeant Major’. He claimed to be one of the instigators and founders of the RAF apprentice school at Henlow. He then joined W.E. Brough as ‘Designer and Manager’. He soon transferred his allegiance to George Brough – W.E.’s son – and remained associated with Brough Superiors until 1939 when he re-joined the RAF. On leaving the Air Force in 1945, he rejoined George Brough for one more year. He died in 1964 at the age of 83 leaving his widow, his son Frank, who was in the motor trade in Canada, and a daughter Margaret. One of his descendants came over from America to ride the Dreadnought at the Festival at Mallory Park.

Karslake’s interest in motor cycles dates back to the early years of the century. He claimed to have built his first machine in 1902 utilising “an outside flywheel overhead valve engine of 65 bore and 65 stroke- using 13/4 tandem tyres and weighing just over 100 pounds”. This description fits the 2hp Clemen-Garrard to a T. This machine failed to meet his requirements, and he began to collect components with the aim of building his ideal steed. You have to remember that Harold Karslake was a very tall and a very fit individual, and a big rangy motor cycle was necessary to accommodate his large frame and provide the degree of comfort to enable him to remain in the saddle for long periods on the primitive roads of the time. The first acquisition was ‘a stout loop frame’. Karslake fails to enlighten us as to its ancestry, but there were several manufacturers of frames to this design at that time. His choice of engine was dictated by cost, size, and availability. He settled on a 31/2 BAT - 84 x 80 offered for £5. He haggled the price down to £4/10 shillings and carried it home in triumph. It was, in reality, an MMC copy of a De Dion engine built for Mr Batson of the BAT Company. Karslake ground the initials BAT off the crankcase – presumably to confuse us in later years.

The natal Classic Motor Cycle Club ErIC LonDESBrouGH

The Natal Classic Motor Cycle Club has been one of our affiliated clubs for several years. They were founded in 1981 and have 270 members who own over a thousand machines. The oldest of these is from 1908. They meet at their Clubhouse in Durban on the first Saturday in every month and have social gatherings in between. Their main event of the year is held in May each year and Some of the natal is called the Natal Classic and this CMC machines. year it is on 23rd and 24th of May. It is a regularity and reliability time trial over a 350 mile route in the magnificent scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains. They annually support the Durban to Johannesburg time trial for pre 1936 motor cycles. They would warmly welcome members of VMCC at any of their meetings or riding events and would very probably be able to provide a loan machine if arranged in advance. Having visited South

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Africa twice and experienced the hospitality and generosity of members of our affiliated clubs I can strongly recommend a visit. The scenery is magnificent, the weather is warm, and the exchange rate for U.K. pounds is very very favourable. For more details contact me, Eric Londesbrough. Overseas Clubs Liaison and Affiliation Officer eric.londesbrough@gmail.com


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The finished machine looked pretty much as you see it today. Ignition relies on a battery (no generator) and a De Dion contact breaker. Carburetion nowadays is catered for by a B & B instrument, but early photographs suggest a Longuemare was employed. Various other designs were tried – especially if they were supplied FOC for experimental purposes. The completed machine was finished off with a thick coat of Maurice’s green bath enamel. A live rear axle utilising the rear wheel bearings from a De Dion Tricycle was fitted. The front forks are innocent of any springing, and a front carrier was fitted to carry spares and fuel and to improve weight distribution. Many weird and wonderful ‘improvements’ were made during its competitive years. An extra exhaust port was excavated in the barrel, some 300 holes were drilled in the barrel and cylinder head fins and some additional holes were drilled in the cylinder barrel – later to be masked off. Initially the machine was single geared and clutchless – as it is now; but Karslake soon found that some form of variable gear would be necessary and a crankshaft mounted twospeed NSU gear was obtained and fitted. At one stage, a Sturmey-Archer JS 3-speed hub was fitted in the bottom bracket position to give a bottom gear of 14:1 for hillclimbing expeditions. This must have taken place prior to the second exhaust port being created, but it was soon removed. There are references to a ROC 2-speed Hub being fitted at one stage – but there is only a passing reference to this. The live rear wheel spindle would have made this a straightforward exercise. With this combination Karslake became a force to be reckoned with in long-distance reliability trials for six years prior to WW1, having covered more than 60,000 miles with 1911 being the most successful year with eight major events and eight awards. Having achieved such a remarkable mileage, it is understandable that repairs and renewals were necessary from time to time. The cylinder was bored out to 84 mm leaving a wall thickness of less than 1/8th inch, and a remarkable repair was carried out on the crankcase after the stripping of some threads when the top was re-cast by “Coan”- a procedure which would present a significant metallurgical challenge even today. Being very careful with money, Karslake adopted a rather carefree attitude to motor cycle taxation and used the registration number of his first machine on the Dreadnought until he was caught out. Similarly, When George Brough rode the beast in the first Pioneer Run it became a Brough for the day... The machine was anonymous until 1910, when fellow-triallists Bert Le

vack and J.S. Holroyd jokingly enquired of Karslake the health of his “Dreadnought”. The name was topical as the ‘Dreadnought’ battleships were in all the newspaper headlines of the day. The name appealed to Karslake’s self-promotional instincts, and he encouraged its use. From where do we get the ‘Oily’? Certainly the Dreadnought was (and still is) quite free with its lubricant, and riders receive more than their fair share in the course of an outing so it is reasonable to assume that at the end of a lengthy trial Karslake would strike a somewhat ‘distinctive’ oil-coated figure. Another theory is that he did act as a representative for Speedwell Oils at one time. The Great War put an end to Karslake’s trials riding and the Dreadnought was honourably retired – presumably parked in an obscure corner of the Brough works But the urge was still there, and Karslake brought it out of retirement for the 1923 London- Edinburgh, where he won a silver medal and again in 1927 he repeated this achievement. The Dreadnought was then exhibited on the RAC stand at the motor cycle show at Olympia in 1927. It is said that the motor cycle industry was unhappy with these feats, and put pressure on Karslake to desist as he was showing up their latest creations in a bad light. Another showman then came on the scene. The concept of the London-Brighton run was revived by the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club in 1930, and George Brough took the number one slot and scorched down the Brighton road with the famous cap in place and ocelot skin gauntlets – a feat he repeated on several occasions in the ‘thirties. And that was about it. Karslake gave the Dreadnought to the Vintage Motor Cycle Club in the early 1950’s; the late Don Bell took it under his wing and successfully reclaimed its original registration number. Walter Green undertook the cosmetic side of a restoration and others, including Dave McMahon, ministered to its mechanical ailments. It was ridden by the club’s worthies from time to time, culminating in the great fire which befell it on the ride to Paris. By now the poor old thing was beginning to show its age and grave concerns about the condition of the crankcases caused it to be taken off the road, and there was some serious debate about taking it off the road permanently. However, it was decided to honour the aims and objectives of the VMCC. Patterns were made and new crankcase castings produced. The skill and dedication of Dennis Johnson in machining the new cases and fettling the flywheel assembly means that the Dreadnought is now in better condition than it was when first put together. It still appears on high days and holidays to amaze and amuse the populace. Long may it continue to do so.

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The Lightweight Touring Motor Cycle – Part 2 JIM LEDDY

In Part 1 of this account of a tour of The Lakes aboard a ‘wee Honda’ last month, I was contemplating my assault on two of the region’s most challenging landmarks, the Hardknott and Wrynose Passes. Did the little bike make it? Read on…

We took a day off from being in the saddle and walked to nearby Beckfoot and caught a train on the Ravenglass Railway down to the coast and the village of Ravenglass. The village is delightful, with plenty of hostelries & tea rooms to cater for the thirsty visitor. We walked the short distance from the village to visit the site of a Roman bathhouse. Imagine, the Romans had a hydropathic spa by the seaside 2,000yrs ago! This narrow gauge steam railway has oodles of charm and history. A day ticket was purchased so that we could enjoy as many trips up and down the line as we could fit in during the day, handy if you want to get off and explore different locations. That evening over dinner and good English ale, plans were made for tackling the stonker that is Hardknott. With this pass, it is not only the severe gradient that is the challenge, but a series of hairpin The road is so steep bends thrown into the mix as in parts that the tar well. The road surface ripples rather is so steep in parts, that the tar like a petrified surface has waterfall ripples rather like a petrified waterfall! It was decided that I would lead and Ron would keep his BMW a safe 200yds behind, and, should the Honda run out of steam, I’d pull over to the left, and go and look at the Roman fort instead. The innkeeper had been interested in our bikes right from the start and the nature of our holiday, and he became involved in our after dinner conversation. When he heard my plan to perhaps drop out half way up, he was aghast, “Nay lad, is thou a budgie or a man! Gee it some welly, gee it some welly!”

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He then recounted how as a young tearaway teenager he would ride his Yamaha Fizzy over Hardknott and down into the next valley for his underage drinking and wenching! Next day with those words of “encouragement” still ringing in my ears, we set off in glorious sunshine to tackle the “big one”. At this stage it must have been about 10am, which is useful for future reference; traffic to & from the pass was very light. Keeping the revs high and changing down early meant that the wee bike coped easily with the bends and 1:3 gradients that came its way. Progress was so rapid that I’d forgotten altogether about the Roman fort until I came across a finger post. I glanced quickly to my left, but didn’t have enough time to see anything. The pass narrows and the bends and gradient increase in severity, but confidence was high, and again, ensuring that revs were always high & changing down early (I actually used second gear for most of the climb, only using first a couple of times) breasted the final rise and pulled over for a photo. As we were swapping stories of the ascent (Ron had a hairy moment dealing with an idiot in a Citroen on a hairpin apex) a healthy V-twin roar could be heard coming up the pass from below. A new Morgan 3 wheeler came into view. We gave the pilot the thumbs up and got a cheery wave and grin in return. Yes, the pass is like that, it is a tourist attraction in its own right and people in a


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there it is! A small stark white building, almost alpine in its appearance and setting. It even features in sonnets written by the “Daffodil man”- W. Wordsworth. Crossing the river at Ulpha, our road was steep again with a couple of hairpins and 1:4 gradients before opening up with gorgeous views to the north as we rode across Birker Fell and thence to the pub. It was still warm and sunny, and what better way to round off such a magnificent day than to sit outside and sink a pint or two of best English Our final breakfast bitter! was a ripsnorter; the Another day was full works spent out of the saddle with walks along Eskdale, which is very scenic and is a bit quieter than other parts of the Lakes. Our final breakfast was a ripsnorter, the full works, which meant we didn’t need to worry about lunch en route on the ride home. Next stop the café in Necastleton, and then up to Jedburgh. A day later I rode home to Dunblane, and then cleaned the bike and gave it a check-over. For the trip of about 650 miles it had averaged 102mpg and used a teacup of 10/40 oil (250mls.) The ideal lightweight touring motorcycle? Absolutely!

wide variety of vehicles turn up to give it a go. The descent down to Cockley Beck is really, really steep, but the brakes had recently been fitted with new shoes, and worked very well. We were surprised at just how busy the pass road had become over the last half hour. For those of you who may plan to ride this road, go early or late in the day to avoid the traffic which may cause baulking. We didn’t stop down in the valley, but zoomed along Wrynose Bottom heading for the next pass. Wrynose is very straightforward, and we both fairly shot up it. We avoided going into Ambleside, and rode the quiet but fast A593 for 10 miles or so before arriving at Duddon Bridge. Here we turned right onto a road that would take us along the Duddon Valley. Arthur Mee waxes lyrical about this stretch, “Between the fine Duddon Bridge and Ulpha village are 3 miles of an entrancing valley where the river divides Furness from Cumberland. Three miles of thrilling delight it is as we come up the steep and tortuous road threading in & out of the rocks high up on the Furness side; we look down on a scene of exquisite beauty where hills clothed in trees and bracken rise from the crystal stream.” We pulled over several times just to sit and admire the view; magical! Further up the valley, on the spur of a hill, is the little church of St. John. This is a visual surprise, you round a bend, and

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Bonhams in Paris DAvID DAvIES

The annual visit to the ‘Grand Palais’ can be depended upon to flush out some interesting machinery. Co-inciding with ‘Retromobile’, it provides a very good excuse to pay a visit to our Gallic neighbours. There were but 54 motor cycles to salivate over, but a worthwhile collection nevertheless. Remember that one Euro equals approx. 80p. The Paris sale is noted not only for the selection of exotic motor cars but for the weird and wonderful assortment of automobilia – prominent among this being the somewhat squiffy designs of mascots. One can just bring to mind a picture of dodgy characters in dirty raincoats furtively bidding for the fruitier examples... In Paris, if the name ‘Ferrari’ appears on anything, it sells. Exemplified by a selection of Ferrari yearbooks one of which was signed by the great man himself, which needed €4,750 to give them a new home. Two Ferrari tool kits were on offer. Despite the lack of the essential lump hammers, one of these was borne away in triumph for €2,750. Artwork is a very personal thing, you either like it or loath it, and this is seen in the wildly varying prices they achieve. The same cannot be said for picnic sets, where the more elaborate examples sell for in excess of €10,000 Euros. And then we came to the motor cycles. Unlike the reactions here, our continental cousins appreciate smallcapacity machines and certain examples are keenly fought over.

This delightful 1928 Indian ‘Scout’ sold for €25,300.

A 1954 MVAgusta ‘Disco Volante’ of 175cc needed €12,650 to clinch the deal, but a very tidy and rather fierce-looking 500cc Gilera ‘Saturno’ of 1948, in competition trim, looked like a good buy at €9,200. An original and very low mileage Benelli ‘Sei’ of 1976 got the blood pressure of at least two bidders raised as it needed €16,675 to take it away. The immaculate Sunbeam/Porsche special obviously appealed to someone, as it was triumphantly won with a bid of €9,775. A challenging restoration project in the shape of a De Dion tricycle looked like a bargain at €9,200, as did the Reading Standard at €5,750. These prices go some way to suggest this is a sale for collectors and investors rather than enthusiasts in search of restoration challenges. There were at least two people who really needed a delightfullooking 250cc NSU ‘OSL’ of 1934, as €12,650 was needed to clinch the deal. The star amongst the American V-twins was the beautifully presented 1928 Indian ‘Scout’. This delightful machine attracted a lot of interest and a killer bid of €25,300 to secure it. A very nice BMW R75/5 of 1973 exemplified the upward trend in prices for these machines by selling for €4,600, whilst a 1976 Honda ‘Black Bomber’ looked like a snip at €3,450. A carefully restored Derbi 50cc race machine sold for an astonishing €13,225, and €88,333.34 was required to give a fearsome-looking Honda CB500R a proud new owner. National pride ensured that the two Rene Gillets on offer sold well, the 1910 6 hp V-twin making €16,100, and the 1928 750cc Vtwin sidecar outfit exceeding its estimate to sell for €16,100. To bring the motor cycle proceedings to a satisfactory conclusion, a Lambretta of 1949 was knocked down for €5,175, and then it was the turn of the motor cars.

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Obituaries rIC AnDrEWS The Chiltern Section have lost a valued member of their committee and section in the death, after a short illness, of Ric Andrews, who served as Secretary for the last six years. In this role, he set his own high standards. His interest in motor cycling of late seemed to favour the big twin trail/enduro ‘bikes – Bavarian in particular. He enjoyed trail riding in Central and South Wales. He also tried enduros on big two-strokes and dabbled in twinshock trials. He was a keen traveller, taking his ‘bikes to events as far apart as the Pecos Mountains in Spain to the Scottish Highlands. His last restoration was a 1928 Rudge ‘Special’; quite a contrast with its hand gear-change and lever throttle, but he managed it and was successful in the last Banbury Run He leaves behind his partner, Frances, who shared his interest in the arts and in travel. Also his daughter Florence and his son Baz, who is a keen twin-shock series trials rider –riding his dad’s Fantic. Ric will be missed by all who knew him. Mike Vangucci

DEnnIS IGoE Dennis was a long-standing member of the Pennine Section and a life-long motor cyclist. His passions were the Velocette and Vincent marques and his Velocette knowledge was encyclopaedic. He left school at the age of 15 and started work at the CWS in Manchester as a trainee optician and opened his own business at an early age in the north of the city. He was also a member of the Velocette Owners’ Club and participated in a number of the VMCC’s Lands End to John o’ Groats runs in aid of various charities, with his last run being some six years ago whilst in his early eighties. His last Section visit was earlier this year with his son-in-law Bob and all will miss his friendly presence. John Lockett

ALAn JoHn JonES Alan died on the 12th of January, just two weeks short of his 79th birthday. It was “Standing Room Only” in the crematorium as friends from far and wide came to say a last farewell. Alan’s last journey was, at his request, in a sidecar-driven hearse (Triumph of course). This was accompanied by some 18 motorcycles of an eclectic mix. Interestingly three of the bikes, the Francis Barnet, the Raleigh, and the Guzzi were once owned by Alan himself. With his passing The Kings Lynn Section has lost one of its senior, and most stalwart of members. Over the years Alan was involved with many of the section’s events and

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he and his wife June would have been known to many during the years when they hosted The Breckland Weekend at their home in Boughton. Alan was quite a keen cook although I understand that he did tend to use every saucepan in the kitchen. Washing up and clearing away tasks were met with less enthusiasm. Once, when learning that I was going to Daytona Speed week, he said: “As you’re in Florida, just pop down to Miami and pick up a pair of Corillo rods I’ve ordered for the racing outfit will you?” I think the rods may have lasted for one meeting only! I met Alan some 30 years ago when we were both new to the section. We instantly struck up an enduring and lasting friendship. Alan decided my riding could be “improved”. He taught me how to ride (rapidly), race (improvingly), ride off road (muckily) and introduced me to the Black Art of sidecar riding. Alan owned a myriad of machines but none were ever quite up to the standard required and, like my riding, needed to be “improved”. He rode and raced machines hard, he frequently broke them but this was simply an excuse to rebuild them to a higher standard. He told me that if I didn’t suffer mechanical failures “I wasn’t trying hard enough”! Discussions on all things motor cycling were invariably accompanied by a very acceptable glass (or two) of red wine. I have many stories to remember Alan by but probably the one that sums his life up the best would be when he decided to take his Advanced Riders Course. He arrived at the test centre on his well-used Bonneville to be met by a rotund gentleman wearing leathers slightly too tight for him and riding the very latest BMW. The instructor then proceeded to give the Triumph and somewhat disparaging glance over and, despite the inclement weather, told Alan to “maintain a good speed as I shall be right behind you at all times” The course had to be abandoned. The instructor was unable to keep up! Of course Alan subsequently passed with flying colours. A life well lived. Our thoughts are with June and the extended family. Richard Bailey JoHn MArCHAnT Sadly we recently lost a great friend and clubman in just a few short months following a diagnosis of Cancer. John has been a motorcycle enthusiast since his teenage days owning and regularly riding a variety of British Bikes from early Veterans to Classics until a few months ago. As a young man he was encouraged by the famous Eastwood family to compete in Scrambles Races at many


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of those well known South Eastern race tracks that have now become a nostalgic memory for those who were there at the time. His racing years spanned the decade which we now refer to as the Golden Years. A long time VMCC and Sunbeam MCC member he was well known by many enthusiasts. The immaculate finish John on his BSA victor he achieved on his Grand Prix Scrambler in motorcycle re-builds early 2014 at the Canada was second to none and Heights track near Swanley, deservedly, he won Kent. many Concours Awards at several motorcycle shows for his efforts. John took part in 26 Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Runs on Veteran bikes. Quite an achievement when you consider the challenge necessary, sometimes made more extreme by inclement weather. He rode in many organised events and social runs on his other Vintage or Classic machines. He was also part of the Recovery Crew for the VMCC IWKR event always sporting that characteristic, wide beaming smile and happy face that made you feel relaxed. His other passion in the entertainment world gave another opportunity to ride and use his motorcycles in Films,

WrrTC event dates

For 2016, the WRRTC or Western Region Road Trials Championship, consists of eleven competitive events. The Cotswold Section Night Trial may take place if volunteers come forward to organise and marshal the event. The coordinators are indebted to Bill Phelps who has sought out and discovered dates for these events which cannot be found on the VMCC web site – yet! Ten points are available for the class winner down to two points and all other riders will be awarded one point from eleventh place downwards, at each event. The classes are veteran, vintage, post-vintage, post war, pre-1960, pre-1975, and post-1976. In addition there are classes for the lady rider and three-wheeled drivers. Although the WRRTC was devised to encourage riders in the Western Region, we welcome riders from outside the region, and will encourage other sections to participate in this championship.

Dramas and Advertising Commercials. The most-repeated one was the Churchill advert with a talking British Bulldog occupying the Swallow Sidecar on his Triumph Thunderbird outfit. He will be remembered for his passion of British Bikes, his standard of workmanship, a desire to regularly ride with others of like-minded interest and the warm friendship he offered to all motorcycling club members. Our sympathies are with his lovely wife Annette, family and all friends... Especially his very close friend of over 50 years, Brian Southam. Dave Blanchard

PETEr (CHALKY) WHITE Peter passed away on the 18th December after a short illness. Peter was an excellent engineer who was always happy to help people with their projects and pass on helpful information. I first met Peter when I enrolled on a non-vocational engineering course where Peter was the instructor. His strength was to simplify what appeared to be complicated problems. It was while on the course he told us he was building a Scott motor cycle from a box of bits. What a lovely bike it was when completed. It was always debatable whether the Scott was designed for Pete or Pete for the Scott, he always looked so comfortable on it. He rode the Scott in many Banbury runs and Manx rallies gaining awards in both. His last words to me were l am looking forward to next year’s Manx. Thank you Pete for all your help leaving us with many happy memories. At this time our thoughts are with Peter’s family and friends. Fred Evans

Western region road Trials Championship events for 2016

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In brief Spanner man

With ref. to ‘Old Father Brazendale’ in the ‘In Brief’ section of the January Journal, does anyone miss a box spanner from a BSA C15 of 1960 vintage.VRP383? Typical naughty boy of that time and age, (I was 18), I kept most of the spanners when trading in for a new bike. Access to the spark plug on the new Viper was rather restricted, and the tool set didn’t help as I remember so my Dad did the little modification in the picture below that is used to this day in my current Viper tool box. So, nothing new Geoff, but to a new member such as Ben Langton, (p58, A New Member’s Perspective) that we’re screaming for – It’s a good tip! With regard to the gripes of membership increases, I think this month’s issue was worth it alone for Ivan Rhodes story, recovering the Binder Mk8. You don’t get those kinds of stories in the ‘Classics’. I wrote what I thought was a good and relevant story to one of them regarding the Rickman Brothers and sent in a borrowed photo that showed ‘The Brothers’. “Brilliant” they said, “but could you send in the picture larger?” I did. Well, the one they printed wouldn’t look out of place on the top right hand corner of an envelope. As for recognising the Rickmans, well you just had to use your imagination. Jeff Waller

Stolen motor cycle

This old poster was found in an old police station a few years ago. Clearly £10 was a lot of money back then, so the owner must have loved his bike. I am not sure if it ever was recovered, but the bike may of course still exist. Ken German

Ahead of the curve

Speedometer help!

I wish to fit a front-wheel driven Smiths model ZA speedometer to an early flat tank motor cycle but I am having difficulty trying to work out the amount of teeth needed on the front wheel mounted gearwheel. The front fork mounted gearbox unit has a 11/2:1 reduction gear and is at present fitted with a 17-tooth gearwheel which could be changed if necessary. The front tyre size is 26 x 21/2 inches with a measured circumference of 863/8 ins. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Brian Boden Tel: 01494 786925 e-mail: bbodenvet@tesco.net

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With the bits that came with a recent purchase is a brand new pair of curved front number plates for LSL 931. According to DVLA this is a currently taxed 1959 blue 350 Triumph. If the owner is a member and can be contacted, he/she is welcome to have them. Mick Robinson

Mr Gillard, of Sherborne, sent this picture of his grandchildren Jack and Chloe on his 1930 twin-port BSA.


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People

Mats Munklinde has passed on the sad news that Alf Laver, whom many of you will remember from his regular appearances in the Banbury on his New Hudson, has died at the age of 94. We are informed that Arturo Magni, onetime race engineer with MV Agusta and Gilera has died at the age of 90. On a more cheerful note, a card from Past President Trevor and Brenda Wootton reminds us that they have enjoyed retirement living in Spain for more than 20 years now and that Trevor still takes to the road on his Honda (!) at the age of 86 whenever the mood (and the weather) allow. Also, best wishes to the Mighty Earnshaw as he continues to make a good recovery from a bout of pneumonia. Best wishes to Velocette Guru John Hannis, who is awaiting surgery on his damaged ankle.

Continental rallies

I had hoped to be able to give you a definitive list of Dutch and German rallies by now but I suspect the clubs involved have taken a leaf out of our book and are notifying members month by month which is not much use to us who need to plan our year and book ferries and hotels way in advance. Information is lacking, but I can inform you that the Rondom Gees Rally in Holland is taking place on 23rd April - veterans etc up to 1920. On the Saturday there is a rally at Enter, which I believe from memory caters for all machines. I don’t yet have official

information but it appears that the Windmill rally is on 22nd-24th July in Drente and the Hengelo weekend is on 26th-28th August. I hope further information will follow. Vic Blake

Cars at Miller Museum – whatever next?

Sunday13th March sees a ‘Classic Car Excursion’ at the Sammy Miller Museum. Why not have a ride out to see how the other half enjoy themselves? More details at: www.crotchcooler.co.uk.

rH 91

Mr Dixon, of Rockland-all Saints, writes: “I would consider it to be a privilege if the owner of RH 91 would contact me on 07788 448593 with a text to advise me if he would be willing to allow me to visit and to discuss his Francis-Barnett, which appeared on page 73 of the December 2015 Journal.”

Banbury cut-off date

I like the idea of M. McLeod in the Feb. journal of a 1928 cut off; there are many who consider this the latest date for the really true vintage machines. Some two years ago Harry Wiles intimated that a two-day Banbury was on the cards. If so, the second day could perhaps cater for 1929 to 1958 bikes, with priority given to the earlier ones. Arthur Pentney

The Eighth Golden Era Run Organised by the North East Section of the VMCC

Sunday, 24th July, 2016 An event for all pre-1931 motorcycles and three-wheelers starting from the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, near York. This now well-established run was described by a participant in 2015 as ‘a true classic for pre-31 machines and one of the top three of our VMCC events’. Starting and finishing at the fascinating Yorkshire Air Museum, it offers opportunities for riding on quiet and picturesque roads in the beautiful Vale of York and the surrounding Wolds. All entrants will return to enjoy warm Yorkshire hospitality with a fine roast lunch served in the NAAFI. Two circular routes are offered: Flat: About 30 miles over roads suitable for even the earliest single-speed machines. Hilly: About 60 miles, taking in more challenging roads for those who enjoy a hill or two. Numbers of entrants must be limited, so apply early, and advance entry is essential. Sadly no entries will be accepted on the day. Information and entry forms from: Graham Wilson, 160 Green Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7JQ. Phone: 0113 217 6509 or 07772 724078, Email: gericwilson@ntlworld.com, or download from the VMCC website, NE Section.

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FOR SALE, EXCHANGE & WANTED

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

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

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

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For SALE: MACHInES

ABC 1920, the most advanced motorcycle in the world at the time by Maverick designer Granville Bradshaw, beautifully restored, owned by Peter McManus many years £20,000. Peter McManus 01283 703280 (Staffs) ALLDAYS Veteran 1911, 500cc, with ROC 2 speed hub, Pioneer cert and entry for 2016 Pioneer, new tyres, coil or magneto, requires some fettling £8,000. Dave Young 01580 766637 email dave-young@talktalk.net (Kent) ArIEL NH 1955, 2k miles since rebuild, looks good, goes well £2,900. Archie Goodall 01337 827954 (Fife) BAnTAM, D7 175cc, 1963 just restored, but very original, wheels by CWC, seat by Leightons, NOS tank, matching numbers, original reg, V5 plus old log book, one of the best available £1,750. Can email pictures. Chris Duffy 01327 351951 (Northants) BMW R65, 1982, in tidy and very nice condition, silver, 41,000 miles, Panniers, screen, Surefoot side stand, stainless exhaust, recent full service £1,950, tel/txt with your landline, I'll call you back. Nick Dulk mob 07904 505496 (Lancs) BMW R100R Mystic Combination, 1991, red, with a nice Hedingham ETH colour matched sidecar, unit L/Link forks, steering damper, twin plugged unleaded heads, mot plus original forks etc £6,695. David Thomas phone 07798 866071 email peterpaulmoore@hotmail.co.uk (Middx)

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

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

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

BSA A7 Shooting Star, 1957, 500cc twin, good condition, with original alloy hubs, reconditioned magneto, in regular summer use £4,500. KAWASAKI KT250, 1970's twin shock trials, 250cc twostroke, tidy machine, not road registered £850. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) BSA, A10 1959, Watson and child/adult sidecar fitted, new exhaust, rims, spokes, tyres fitted, good clean example of a classic bike, tax & test exempt £4,500. Ray Staveley 01302 845571 (Doncaster) BSA C15 1961, green, very clean, good condition, on SORN, garaged £1,900. Dick Edwards 02380 894474 mob 07724651589 (Southampton) CAGIvA Allazzura, 650, 1987, Ducati Pantah in different clothes, very good condition and currently on SORN £3,500. Andy Mountford mob 0779 1653179 (West Bromwich) DouGLAS EW, 1929, history back to 1971, including buff logbook, completely rebuilt 2008-2015, no miles since, will need recommissioning, real eye catcher, registration, MO---- (valued at £2,900), manuals, catalogue, spare parts list, selling due to age, £11,000. Patrick Howell, 01789 773801 (Warwickshire) EXCELSIor Universal 1946, gear change through tank, owned 35 years, rare original bike, nice to ride, good condition £2,000. Ray Seed 01283 734152 (Etwall) FrAnCIS Barnett 1940 cruiser 250cc, good condition and complete with all tin ware and V5 £4000. Gary James 01908 319082 (Bucks)

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HonDA CD 200 Benly Twin, 1979, blue, 14,000 miles, nice reliable bike, smooth engine, electric/kick-start used regularly, taxed & mot, perfect for club runs £1,450. David Jones 01942 896402 (Gt Manchester) HonDA 250RS, red, 1981, single cylinder, kick-start model, with auto decompression, 45,000 miles, years mot, new tyres, new chain and sprockets runs well, nice light little bike £750. Pete Goodwin 01793 539207 (Wiltshire) HonDA SS50/70 fully restored to showroom condition, re painted to original colour, new exhaust, wheels, tyres, seat, many new engine parts but carburettor needs checking £1,250. Basil Winney 01285 712493 (Glos) HonDA CBX 250 RS, 1984, electric start, in very good condition, new tyres, new chain and sprockets £1,250. Gwyn Price 01685 875160 (S.Wales) HonDA XBR500, 1987, black, in good condition, 40,572miles, everything works £700. Rob Ward 07840 346302 (Cheshire) LEvIS 1924, 2 speed with clutch, V5 matching engine and frame number, tank as new, old stock frame painted, unfinished project, easy restoration, we don’t need two £2,250. Sammy Miller 01425 616644 (Hants) MorInI 350 Sport, 1977, first of the cast wheel, discbrake models, stainless Armours exhausts, Goodridge brakehose, NLM ignition, fresh paint/powder coat/chrome, Hagon shocks, RHS gearchange, £1,000s spent, pristine, needs nothing, can email photos, £3,850. Simon Whittaker 07788 442155 (Bath) MoTo GuZZI, Falconi Nuovo, 1974, reason for sale, advancing years and diminishing strength (owner, not bike!) £3,350. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 (Dorset) MZ ETZ251, everything works, good European tyres, Mikuni carb, good starter, mot on sale and possibly assist with local delivery at cost £395. Clive Russell 01335 390369 (Derbyshire) nIMBuS 750, 1955, OHC shaft drive £6,500, 1970 Suzuki T500 £11,950, 1955 Thunderbird £7,500, 1905 White & Poppe £25,000 and 1962 Cimatti sports moped £1,595, all running well, T&T. Alex Taylor 01235 553574 (Oxfordshire) norTon Commando, 1974 850 MkIIa Black, 99% of the fittings including exhausts, silencers, handlebars, mudguards, headlight brackets all replaced with Molnar Stainless, belt drive primary, 3-phase alternator, alloy Akront rims, stainless spokes £7,500. Kim Allen 01856 721495 email kimnsteph@gmail.com (Orkney) norTon International 500cc, 1955, matching numbers, in same family from new £28,000. Matchless 500 Grass track bike, oil in frame, plus spares £2,750. Andrew Hall 01293 820304 (Surrey) norTon 1929, 500 M18, restored, excellent condition, not ridden since restoration, interesting history, £17,500 firm Terry Lomas 01672 539590 (Swindon) norTon Model 50 1960, wideline featherbed, black

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and silver, matching numbers, transferable registration number, very good condition, 12V, alloy wheels, photos on request £4,250. Paul Davis 01366 727588 email pdavishillside@msn.com (West Norfolk) ruDGE 1936 special £11,000 and Velocette Viper 1960 £6,000, both fully restored in excellent condition with original number plates and log books. Further details and pictures please email me rovingdonkey1@hotmail.co.uk. AJ Fackrell (Dorset) ruDGE 1937 Ulster engine, cafe racer, V5, excellent condition, 0 miles £11,000. Rudge Raleigh and mini motor, 2 owners all paperwork, great outfit £650. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) TrITon for sale T120 engine 4LS front brake, conical rear, photos available £8,500 Peter Krukowski 01293547487 (W.Sussex) TrIuMPH Model P, 1924, early type, has been a good friend, all original, pub lights (electric), was rejuvenated from 1960’s £7,500. J. Calver 0191 3843114 email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham City) TrIuMPH N Deluxe 1927, 500cc, original reg nontransferrable, has successfully completed several Banburys £5,750. Roy Brown 01536 771635 (evenings) mob 07808 001604 (Leics) TrIuMPH Speed Twin 5TA, 1959, nice clean bike, runs well, matching numbers, buff log book recent new tyres, cables, chains, sprockets, has had bathtub removed and front mudguard changed £3,295. Alan Singleton 0777 0695738 (Halifax) TrIuMPH Thunderbird 650cc, 1983, all original, has been rebuilt, restored and used, starts and runs well, mot, practical classic £3,700. Mr Rogers 07944 174497 tatendauk@yahoo.co.uk (Essex) TrIuMPH Tiger 110 650cc, 1955, colour Shell Blue Sheen, matching numbers, original registration, completely reliable, very original, I have owned this bike since 2007 MOT / tax exempt, known history, excellent condition, genuine reason for sale £8,750. P Ivis 01407 832382 (Anglesey) TrIuMPH Tiger Cub 1961 plus some spares, some work required £900. Peter Harvey 01785 850462 (Stafford) TrIuMPH T120 1966 £7,500. Triumph T120 1959 £9,500. Triumph 6T, 1955 £6,000. All bikes restored and in excellent condition. D Warren 07850 873717 (Northants) TrIuMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500-mile race June 1959, this bike finished 3rd, only seven entered the race £25,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) TrIuMPH 5/5, 1936, 500cc, a rare opportunity to own this very nicely restored and extremely rare model, very few known to be in existence, photo's available £19,950. John Storey email johnstorey1938@hotmail.com (Tyneside) tel 07971 367048


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TrIuMPH Trophy 1962 TR6.SS pre-unit owned for 33 years, valuable original transferable reg, matching numbers, used regularly, very reliable, Hughie Hancox engine job and FD’s of Dunmow paint job (2008), in excellent condition £9,200 Chris McIlroy 01376 326217 (North Essex) TrIuMPH 3TA twenty one, registered 1966, fully restored, blue and cream, nacelle but not bathtub or bikini, genuine 85k, matching numbers, green log book, stainless rims and spokes, twin leading shoe front brake £4,000. Cameron Marsh 01332 678388 email cameron267@sky.com (Derby) TroPHY Delux MZ ES 150, 1970, tax until June, test July, £950. C Trewhitt 07979 594328 (Darlington) vELoCETTE LE 1959, grey, good condition £1,075, also 1960 LE, black, needs engine work, good body £525 or £1450 both. Alex James 02380 644729 (Eastleigh) vELoCETTE Valiant 1963 (A plate) excellent cosmetically, engine runs but machine needs recommissioning (unused for some time), new battery and all oils and fuel changed, parts list and handbook £2,500. Vincent Maddock 07561 192153 (W Kent) vELoCETTE Venom 1957, good condition, Acront rims, recent new tyres and battery, good runner, genuine reason for sale £6,500. John Graves 01904 705883 mob 07507 760666 email cagjvg@Hotmail.co.uk (York) vInCEnT Series ‘C’ Comet, very nice condition, owned by me for over forty five years, tax discs, mot’s and other history, matching engine and UFM numbers, 12 volt electric conversion (D Linsley), some spares £18,500. Ian Reynolds 01938 552398 (Welshpool) voYAGEr, one of five in world, MOT, running order, as used, very original £15,000, offer closes end April. Royce Creasey email (subject "Voyager" for details of machine and offer) roycecreasey@gmail.com (Bristol) YAMAHA FS1M (that a Fizzie with kickstart) 1980, needs substantial TLC but comes with new tank, seat, mudguards, silencer & chainguard. Contact for pics and fuller details £950, delivery possible. Peter Greig 07711 188995 pj.greig@ntlworld.com (W.Yorks)

For SALE: SPArES & EquIPMEnT

AJS petrol tank for 1930 R6 model, made in the UK, exactly as the original, photo’s can be emailed, £475 plus carriage. D Woods e mail aromacomktg@btinternet.com 07802 314609 (Essex) AJS, 1920’S, 2nd Gear. I’m having a batch of 21 tooth 2nd gears (fixed and sliding gear with dogs) made for 1920’s AJS 3 speed gearbox, suitable for gearboxes with 0.750 square mainshaft. Gears are made from EN36, hardened, and then final machined to size. Cost per pair of gears is £290 Inc UK postage, overseas will be extra, please contact me if interested. Phil Meggett 07974

654272 Phil.meggett@yahoo.co.uk (Lincoln) AMAL 600 concentric carburettor, mk 1 (new), 24 mm choke size, ref.624, R4 £65. Paul Rogers 01943 879575 (Shropshire) ArIEL Leader spares, dummy petrol tank £40, cylinder heads £20 each, brake pedal £25, swinging arm £20, gear clusters £50, clutch spares £5-£30, fork bits, footrests £5£10, light hood £10, handlebars £10, primary cover £10, Ariel Arrow dummy petrol tank £40. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (after 7pm) ArIEL toolbox for s/arm singles or twins 1954 to 1958, good sound condition in Ariel Claret, locking knob not original, but looks ok £35 (plus carriage or inspect and collect. Ron Kirkam 01665 713572 (Northumberland) BIKE LIFT available to IOM Manx week 2016, outbound 24 August, return 31 August, from/to Stratfordon-Avon, share costs. Peter Cottrell mob 07976 530596 (Birmingham) BMW 1950’s R26 Frame, front mudguard, Earles type fork blades, one needs attention £200. 1950’s Avonaire type full frontal fairing with moulded steel base, attachments and windscreen £100. Patrick Pottinger 01189 882226 (Berks) 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 A7 engine and gearbox, 1948, long stoke £700. Lucas Dynamo, 6v negative earth, E3H, £120. R Saxby 01244 381873 (Chester) BSA Bantam, Amal carburettor 361/8 for model d1, very good condition, complete with slide and cable adjuster £40.00 (plus postage £4.00). Robert Todd 01480 382793 (Cambs) BSA Bolt on gearbox, £100. John Ingall 01522 879518 (Lincs) BSA B series 1937-9 spares, a miscellany of reconditioned, recoverable parts, please e mail for list. Dave Giles 01332 552288 email gilesdavid@talktalk.net (Derby) BSA WD M20 oil tank in nice condition, complete with cap £60 (+ postage) George Wander mob 07778 000383 email gca.wander@gmail.com (Devon) CArBurETTorS, Amal 1 1/16’’ 6/014 brass flange fitting. Amal 1’’ 276/DR14R flange fitting with enrichment lever. Amal 3/4’’ 274/BB3 flange fitting slotted. 11/2’’ float chamber, all £75 each. Amal cold starts for Arrow, Arrow SS and Leader £10. Arthur Spence 01858 463430 (Leics) ForK spares, pair of AJS Stormer fork legs and stanchions £50, pair of Norton 11.3/4" fork legs £50, pair of Dowty fork stanchions £40 (plus p&p). Peter Lee 01209 212276 (Cornwall) Four ply beaded edge tyres, new 2 of 26 X 2.5, £50 the

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pair, 1 complete front wheel for 26 X 2.5 tyre, £50, 1 cylinder pot for 1914 Douglas, fins intact, £50(photos can be supplied via e-mail). Mr. P. Gipp 01553 691287 (Norfolk) GEnuInE Suzuki GT 250 complete rear light unit from a 1972 model, part number 35710, in good condition with no damage £35 (plus p+p). Terry Parker 01332 514124 (Derby) HonDA XR200 & Norton Spares, XR200 new rear sprockets 49T & 50T, new front sprocket, twist grip, tacho cable, rear chain guide, new cables, £50 lot. Genuine Norton 650ss/Atlas air cleaner, £50. Wideline Dommi oil tank £50. Bill Moore mob 07815 309250 (Nottm) LEvIS 500 exhaust pipes and silencers, suitable for 1933/35 Model D. High level pipes 1 ¾” diameter £145/pr (plus p&p), correct 3 piece silencers £160/pr (plus p&p). Pipes and silencers £295/pr (plus p&p). Paul Hutton 01902 713147 e-mail paulhutton@btopenworld.com (West Midlands) LuCAS 4 cylinder racing magneto type 4 VR ENM 3319 £1,500. Mick Hemmings 01327 844877 (Northampton) nEW HuDSon Engine, 500cc, ohv, "MSO 1290", ca. 1928, 80% complete & engine plates, €980. Engine VELOCETTE, 350cc, ohc, "KN 3196", ca. 1929, 95% complete, € 1200. 2 x BOSCH Magneto, 4 cylinder, 20's, € 300ea p&p at cost. Roland Schmid, Mob +41 79 818 1858 email schmid@yetnet.ch (Switzerland) PAIr of straight pull twist grip throttles (cable through bars) on 7/8” dia Velocette h/bars circa 1931, believed Amal in g.w.o £50 plus p&p . Brian Kennedy 01243 641226 (W.Sussex) PoWELL & Hanmer acetylene headlamp no 145, 4.25” dia. glass, with brackets, glass has one crack, acetylene tail lamp, model 109T with integral bracket, Acetylene generator for above £275. Rod Stone 01179 373102 (Bristol) P&M Acetylene rear lamps, £90 pair, 18” tyre inflator £15, Lucas copy 477 rear lamp £10, clear hooter horn £50, pair Triumph 500 silencers, 1950’s (one as new, second is scratched). Roger Burrows mob 07770 462625 (Worcs) SInGLE Bike trailer, solid construction, with indispension units, full built in lighting, steel mudguards and new 10" wheels/tyres £100. Electronic photos etc by request. Keith Bellinger 01892 723699 (Kent) SuSPEnSIon Units, brand new, never used, 12.5", unshrouded, chromed springs £50. David Brindley 01622 739007 (Kent) TooLBoXES, Pillion-side steel cases with hand stitched leather fronts and straps, 7 ½” to 9” long x 4 ½” x 3 ½” £85. A Greathead 01446 792586 (Wales) TrIuMPH Bathtubs for 60-62 duplex frame with rear mudguard flap, good order, can bring to Shepton Mallet Jumble £550. Brian Anger 01225 851522 (Bath)

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TrIuMPH pre-war heavyweight gearbox (s/n TE8536), suits most 1937-39 models 250-600cc, stripped/rebuilt some years ago, gears good, bearings replaced as necessary, with sprocket and clutch arm, £240 (plus postage). Peter Jeffrey 01908 640316 (Milton Keynes) TrIuMPH Pre unit 650 exhaust pipes £40, top yoke £15, gear box casing £25, inner cover £20, slick shift cover £20, 3 piece crank with rods £55, TR5 head repairable £50 (plus postage). Pete Pemberton 07925 049349 Bath vILLIErS clearout, 67.5mm piston, Dykes firing ring, 2mm second ring, with Gudgeon pin and circlips, brand new, £35.00. Reinforced clutch drum (one-piece, not welded) used, £10.00. 17T layshaft, also, 19T, 20T, 22T and 23T layshaft gears, £10. Fred Pidcock 07707 444121 (Middlesex) vILLIErS 9-inch flywheel covers, re manufactured to original design £25 (plus £2.85 postage). Kevin J Eastwood mob 07500 042288 email kevnnog70@blueyonder.co.uk (Barnsley) vInTAGE parts nos. Sturmey Archer gears £30, Piston rings 80mmx3/32 (4set) £5, Bulbs 6v15wx15w SBC, 25p, footrest rubbers 4.5”x1.4” ½”roundhole £4 pair, assorted 6o’s horn/dip switches £2.50, all plus post. Dennis Beale 01452 750424 dennis@beale788.orangehome.co.uk (Glouc) WooDEn bike workbench (substantial) £18, leftovers from Triumph TR25SS rebuild, rims, shocks, h/lamp shell, h/bars, lighting bits, remains of muffler £30, buyer must collect. Jim Hammant 01491 628015 email bjscompo@gmail.com (Reading) YAMAHA racing rear wheel, c/w 9” drum brake, spindle etc, ex TRZB and 1 early TZ350 £450, also, 1960 Royal Enfield petrol tank, good order £60, Vincent fibre glass mudguards s/h £50. Tom Reynolds 01622 741697 (Loose)

For SALE CLoTHInG & PuBLICATIonS

BArBour International lightweight Jacket, size 38" but goes around my 42" chest with light fleece, new unused cost £250 want £150 plus post. John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 email johnpk21@hotmail.com (Devon) BIKES at Brooklands, ‘The Pioneer Years’, Peter Hartley, 1973, well illustrated, showing Brooklands track in 1910 plus 40 b&w plates in v.g.c, including dust jacket £15.00 inc p&p. Don Raitt 01358 701232 (Ellon) BSA Original Instruction Manual C10/C11/C12 1938/1953 £5. The book of BSA twins, used condition £5. Yamaha XS 250/360/400 Twins Haynes owner’s workshop manual £5. The Scooter Experience, 3 dvd box set Vespa, Lambretta, Scooter Revolution £9. Edwin Clarke email edwingeorgeclarke@hotmail.co.uk 01953 607225 (Norfolk)

CLASSIC Bike Magazines over 100 issues from No1 Classic Motor Cycle, 120 issues from 1982, 140 The Motor Cycle, issues from 1958, free for collection. Norman Woodington 01865 863621 (Oxford) “JAP the vintage Years” by Jeff Clew also “End of an Era” by Jeff Clew £50 each plus postage. Andrew Denman 07786 651903 (Bucks) KAWASAKI 900, Fours Haynes workshop manual 1973 onwards £9, also, large amount of Honda/ Suzuki/ Yamaha factory showroom brochures from 1991 on £4.99 each all free post and packing. Mr E Clarke 01953 607225 email edwingeorgeclarke@hotmail.co.uk (Norfolk) LEATHEr Jacket, with armour, good size 44, £30. Triumph short boots as new, uk size 9, £30. Leather high 60`s rocker style boots, black, new, uk size 10 £45. Geoffrey Downing 07919 158173 (leave message) email geoffrey.downing@ntlworld.com (Hampshire) MAnuALS, 1930-55, BSA C10/11/12, BSA 1936 onwards, Motorcycle Overhaul 1949, Motorcycle Manual 11th & 13th edition, 2 Stroke Motorcycles 11th edition, Motorcycle and Autocycles 8th edition, "Whatever happened to British Motorcycle Ind" £95.00, may split. John Hayes 07768 514756 (Bath) onE Piece leathers, brand new, black with white arms, size is 6ft average build £40. New one piece over suit, same size, £15. T Reynolds 01622 741697 (Loose) PrE-WAr IoM TT/MGP Programmes wanted by Manx collector. Why not search the loft and send your old programmes home to the Isle of Man? Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) RACERS’ Biographies- Derek Minter`s Racing All My Life, 1965, £17, Phil Read, Prince of Speed, 1970, £15, The Joey Dunlop Story, 2001, £12, The Sheene Machine, 1979, £10. All good condition, dust jackets, postage mainland included. Leon Taylor 01494 672004 email leontaylor@waitrose.com (Beaconsfield) rIDEr Autobiographies:Mick Walker, Mike Hailwood, Derek Minter, Billy Ivy, Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Agostini, Sammy Miller, Bob McIntyre, all mint £20 each including postage. Brian Jarvis 01543 425795 (Staffs)

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SuZuKI GS/GSX 250E (79-82) Factory/OEM Workshop Manual, £10 and owner’s manual £5, Suzuki GT380/550 Triples oil tank £5, Haynes manual for Honda CD/CB 175 Twins £5. Andrew Fitzpatrick 07813 845 894 (Worcs) WEISS Top Quality riding suit, ultra warm, breathable, black nylon and maroon Corduroy with 3M reflective safety strips, jacket (Medium), worn twice only, trousers (Small) unworn, (cost £200+) accept £65. Don Morley 01737 763765 don.morley@ntlworld.com (Surrey)

WAnTED

ABC Parts, rear hub, fuel tank, exhaust system, handle bars and controls, ⅛” bsp oil feed in and out of crankcase adaptors, w h y?. Ian Hirons 01455 699734 (Warwicks) AErMACCHI/Harley sprint engine, late 60’s early 70’s, 350cc, 5 speed dry clutch type, preferably with knuckle type cylinder head. Andy Webb 01823 601602 (daytime) e-mail webmeteor@btconnect.com (Somerset) AJS Model M6 kick-starter, quadrant gear (the one that goes on the long shaft) it’s the 1929,350cc, ohv. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) AJS R7, 1930, rear stand and fittings. Les Williams 01874 730937 email lespenybanc@gmail.com (Powys) ALEMITE grease gun or adapter for a normal gun

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wanted for the small diameter flat round type of nipples, as found on Vintage American bikes. Andy Glading 01993 878898 mob 07919 107454 (Oxon) AMAC or Binks 1 ¼” stub fitting carburettor with twin upright floats. Barry Robinson 01159 382468 (Notts) AMAC TT carburettor, up to 1” choke diameter, also, 1926 Brooklands programmes for 1st, 5th, 7th, 8th B.M.C.R.C. meetings. Graham Gasson 01737 824256 (Surrey) AMAL 276/022 carburettor wanted, 1-1/16" bore, spigot fixing or body only for 1936 Norton Model 18. Graham Bosworth email grahambosworth@hotmail.com 024 7641 3495 (Coventry) AnY make or size classic motorcycle wanted from a basket case to one in nice or restored condition, cash waiting. Mark Webb mob 07811 189755 email g3web@tiscali.co.uk (Tamworth) ArIEL W/NG girder forks, a steering column and crown Part No: D10/134C or 4800-35, also a bull head clip Part No: D10/104 or 4825-34. Brian Andrews 01843 293370 (Kent) BEnELLI Motobi sports special rev counter, drive and casing, Morini 175 project, Ducati narrow case plain top yoke, headlight ears to suit clip-ons, also fuel tank F3/125S style, Capriolo 75TV any condition. Tiggy 01642700949 mob 07761 937508 (Yorks)


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BIKE full size ramp, lowest price, will collect, also, garage clear out projects, jumble bikes etc, also Raffle winner of Norton model 50, I will buy it. Bill Nicholls 0191 2632368 mob 0772 4939086 (Whitley Bay) BrITISH Bike restoration project or any spares wanted, Ariel, BSA, Greeves, Sunbeam, Norton, Triumph etc of large capacity ideal, but anything considered, any size (Moped?) 2 or 4 stroke, have funds, Midlands based, will travel or courier. C. Rew mob 07538 696157 (Leics) BrouGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email b.burden@westdorsetweymouth.gov.uk (Dorset) BroCHurES and sales catalogues wanted for the following makes and ages:- Triumph 1902-1927, BSA 1905-1940, Norton 1902-1940, to fill gaps in my collection, single items or multiples. M Garside 01457 872788 (Lancs) BSA B31, B33 late distributer complete with mount and gear. Andy Conway 07887 764428 (Dorset) BSA B31 Rigid frame and girder forks for trials project (1945-1950). Pete Harrison 07769 713906 (Staffs) BSA Gold Star, RRT2 internals. John Inghall 01522 879518 (Lincs) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if possible. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email alancurtis@aol.com (Worcs) BSA plunger/rigid gearbox close ratio gear, in particular lay shaft double gear 20/19T part No 66-3220 and main shaft sleeve gear 26T part No 66-3219, would consider complete C/R gearbox or internals. George Wander 07778 000383 email gca.wander@gmail.com (Devon) CEnTrE Stand for a 1958 Triumph T110 650cc, must be in good condition. Kristian Pixton 01326 375359 (Cornwall) 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) DouGLAS Exhaust to fit 1913-18 model, 2 ¾ “pipes wrap around silencer” type to finish restoration, preferably exchange for other parts but also willing to purchase. Martin Wheway 01934 742867 mob 07811 930078 e-mail martinwheway@gmail.com (Somerset) DouGLAS MK3/4/5 front brake back plate assembly will consider complete hub/wheel, also rear brake shoes. Martyn Round 0121 550 1547 (West Midlands) DuCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt 01442 891447 email dunsley1@ntlworld.com (Herts) DunSTALL brake caliper as fitted to Atlas and Dommi racers, the type that clamps to fork leg, approx 61-67,

needed to finish off my period disc conversion. Andy Twiddle 01757 248618 (evenings) (York) EArLY Twenties light weight Levis forks wheels tank, have swops, also, wanted Rudge Multi engine pulley flanges, have swops. Wallace 01325 460554 (Durham) EXCELSIor B14 petrol tank, this has the valve guide oil tube fitted opposite the filler cap, JAP 500cc racing JOR barrel also Raleigh 500cc TT pistol grip petrol tank and frame. Paul Ingham 07772 096704 email paulingham06@btinternet.com (Lancs) Fn four cylinder engine or parts. Jeff Willingham 01959 573519 email wilengco@ntlworld.com (Kent) FrAnCIS Barnett model 52/53 Merlin rear stand, tool box and headlight. Don Raitt 01358 701232 (Ellon) FrAnCIS Barnett, 250cc Empire. Andrew Tyldesley 01257 271005 email andrew185@btinternet.com (Lancs) FrICTIon tyre shock absorber to suit the front forks on 1920’s race bike, your price paid. Mike Crosher 01562 752870 mob 07841 037176 (Worcs) GArELLI or Fantic Sports moped from the 1970s, or just parts. B. Fielder 07754 146605 (Bedfordshire) GEArBoX and engine or parts for 1931 BSA L31/4 ohv model, same box and bottom end. Darren Ireland 07790 035049 (Cumbria) GILErA 300B near side silencer, bathtub 350 side stand, MU 125TR rotor 1955. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) GoLDIE Alloy racing tank (petrol), prefer used and scruffy, even dented to match bike. Peter Cottrell 0121 445 6144 (Birmingham) HonDA CB125S (1975) technical/supplier information to make conversion from std 125cc bore to either 150 or 160cc??. Andrew Fitzpatrick mob 07813 845894 email d71963mar@yahoo.co.uk (Worcs) HuMBEr 1910 200cc petrol/oil tank and oil pump, made from 1910-1914, appear to be identical, ideally want to buy but if not permission for measurements off any member who has one so they can be made. Peter Ashlee 01732 469919 email peterashlee@hotmail.com (Kent) I.o.M. TT programmes for years 1968, 1969, and 1971. Conrad Money 07581 364691 (Lancs)

NORTH EAST COLLECTOR

WANTS BIKES & SPARES £500 TO £5,000

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WANTED

Unfinished projects and rare motorcycles for our Museum Cash or swaps Also restorations, affordable, rideable, show winning restorations

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JAMES 197cc, 1955, complete or running frame with V5, Cotswold or Commando exchange or sell Rudge 1932/33 Ulster forks, legs & bridge (m3510x1) or sell £750. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) JAP 1935 onwards, inner timing cover (no 11913/2), high mag platform and outer cover (no.11468) for JAP Mk3 dry sump 500 or 600 engine, swaps if required. Arthur Spence 01858 463430 (Leics) KICKSTArT 1936 Norton, desperate for roller/paddock starter, reasonable price, anything considered. Sue Harris 01634 245805 email suettg@btinternet.com (Kent) McEvoY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email peterlancaster25@talktalk.net (W. Sussex) MonTESA Kickstart to suit 247/348 trials engine. John Melling 01695 623183 (Wigan) MoTor CYCLE 1920’s, 350 or over, to restore or ride as is, young member wanting to take part on a bike of my own, instead of borrowing a bike for events. Sam Walker 07800 923416 email samwalker40@msn.com (Notts) 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) norMAn spares desperately needed, B3 swinging arm and rear wheel along with B4 toolboxes, I can collect. David Hubbard 01256 321436 email thehubbards1954@hotmail.com (Basingstoke) norTon CS1 (Walter Moore engine) or late 20s Model 18, for me to ride for many years, ideally in good running order but would consider one needing a little work providing no major bits missing. M Hughes 07943 675316 mhughes@oldfox.co.uk (Northants) norTon Clutch or brake lever 1 1/8 pivot centre’s for use with Dollshead gearbox. Andrew Denman 077866 51903 (Bucks) norTon front, rear hubs (Enfield type), can swap Sloper hubs, ES2 petrol and oil tanks, prop and centre stands, fork sliders with vertical mudguard mountings, inter vertical shaft w.h.y. Ken Turner 02893 324993 (Ballyclare) norTon Manx conical, front wheel/hub/brake/plate wanted for 48/49 plunger frame but all models considered , also need for 29/30/31 Triumph co/csd/ctt primary cover, lower half would do. David Atterbury 01297 32853 email daveatterbury@hotmail.co.uk (Devon) norTon Slimline featherbed alloy tank wanted condition not important, also a pair of leading link forks anything considered. Peter Hall 0116 2786055 (Leicester) norTon 99 or 650cc cylinder wanted, must be good, best price paid. Mick Hemmings 01327 844877 (Northampton)


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norTon 1947 350cc Manx No B10 11+++ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton. Originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950’s, any information very welcome! I live in NZ and visit UK. Alain mob 07952 17 2772 email recycledreading@gmail.com. (New Zealand) oLD PHoTo negatives and especially glass plate negatives of motor cycles and racing, any age considered, even cars. Keith Baker 01732 220975 (Kent) P&M 2 speed gearbox, any condition or parts. Steve Batsford 09763 52750 email stephen.batsford@web.de (Germany) PrE-WAr Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) PrE 1900's safety bicycle wanted, complete/incomplete restoration project or parts. Scott Hodges 07813 608891 (Preston) PrECISIon engine 2 1/2 or 2 ¾ wanted for a 1914 Torpedo lightweight, I have a 600cc precision for a swap or I will purchase any parts. John Wilton 02392 613490 email trojon24@hotmail.co.uk (Hants) rALEIGH 500cc genuine motorcycle 1929-32 wanted, any condition, top price paid. Excelsior pre 1934 motorcycle wanted, anything considered w.h.y? Paul Ingham email paulingham06@btinternet.com 07772 096704 (Lancs) ruDGE 4/4, 1924/5, dummy rim or complete wheel to complete rebuild. Alan Judd 01977 793364 (Pontefract) SCOTT 1928, three-speed super running, incomplete, or parts, Ner-a-car – Model B or C, also, had a call from previous advert but deleted the voicemail by mistake, if this caller could call back that would be appreciated. Frazer Sloanemail frazersloan@yahoo.co.uk 07500 953928 (Northamptonshire) SPEEDoMETEr 1 chronometric and 1 magnetic, any condition from any model John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 email johnpk21@hotmail.com (Kent) STurMEY Archer 3-speed lightweight gearbox wanted for 1930 Model 25 Panther (Villiers engined) condition unimportant reasonable price please. David Hubbard thehubbards1954@hotmail.com 01256 321436 (Hants) TIGEr Cub front wheel required, size 3 x 18, half hub with or without tyre, must be useable condition. Steve Back 01245 353102 email di11on@btinternet.com (Essex) TrIuMPH Pre - unit wanted, wheels, mudguards, tin ware, rear and centre stands and any other spares for 1950 - 1960 Triumphs to finish a couple of projects. Colin Flood 01634 843803 (after 7pm) (Kent) TrIuMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TrIuMPH unit 500 barrels can be oversize worn out and

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late crankshaft 68 on. Dave Green 07714 190997 (Lincs) TrIuMPH 1912, outer chain cover for magneto would consider inner & outer if necessary. Richard Lemon 01622 735206 (Kent) vAn/vEHICLE pass for Stafford Show in April, also wanting Montesa Impala for spares to keep my hill-climb bike going. Lloyd Watson 01209 213386 (Cornwall) vELoCETTE MSS 1946, rigid fish tail silencer, dents etc all accepted, good price paid, can collect. Jim Fisher 01384 79027 (W Mids) vILLIErS 98cc 4F or 6F, engine complete in good condition, buyer will arrange collection. Anton Ross 01346 571562 (Fraserburgh) vInTAGE Flat tank frame, any condition to take 350 engine. Sid Wilkinson 01666 502149 (Glos) vInTAGE sidecar or chassis to keep 1925 Sunbeam upright. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 (Dorset) WEBB forks wanted for 250/350cc Vintage motorcycle, complete or just the blades. Graham Gasson 01737 824256 daytime (Surrey) 1920s OHV bike, 350 cc and up, prefer something a little out of the ordinary. Steve Slocombe 01303 256266 (Kent)

MISCELLAnEouS

HYDrovAnE compressor, 8HP, Jap engined, 28cfm, 1956, trolley mounted, partly rebuilt £200. J. Calver 0191 3843114 email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham City) MAGAZInES : £1.00 each, five £3, ten £5 plus carriage. Motorcycle Mechanics 1966-1985, Motorcycle Enthusiast Volumes 1-4, Classic Motorcycle Mechanics 2005-2012, Classic Racer 1986-2014, Classic Bike 19842014, Classic Bike 1984-2014, Car Mechanics 2007-2011, Motor Cycle 1967, £5 each, The Classic Motorcycle 1988-1990 £30 each binder. Tim Stockdale 01904 413612 (York) rEnAuLT T1100 motorhome, 1750cc petrol with all Holdsworth extras, has solar power central heating, hot water, nice cooker, very good for rallies £7,000. J Calver 0191 3843114 email greta@averton.freeserve.co.uk (Durham City)

TrADE SMALLS

ALL Your oIL AnD LuBrICATIon SuPPLIES. For classic and vintage motorcycles, motorcars, trucks, tractors, boats and workshop machinery. Mail Order service or collect by appointment. Service with a smile from fellow enthusiasts. THE VINTAGE OIL COMPANY - 01283 509562 - vintageoil@aol.co.uk A o SErvICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit +/- earth (please specify).


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Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £48 sent. Regulator/rectifiers, Boyer Bransden Ignitions, Advice on battery charging faults. Charge indicator BSM in 6V or 12V £22. Alternator wiring kit £33. Dynamo wiring kit £30. Unique Magneto timing unit, precisely finds timing point without dismantling, £35. Magneto Ignition Switch for twins. £25. Testing of regulator/rectifiers, send with £5 to 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any time) www.aoservices.co.uk Al Osborn AquA/vAPour BLASTInG oF ALL ALLoY AnD non FErrouS CoMPonEnTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL & 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 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. Rebushing of worn parts i.e. brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-off’s or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323. CLASSIC PAInTWorK rESTorATIon SErvICES. paintwork, lining, petrol tank repairs and restoration. www.gddesign.co.uk for more information call Glenn 0790 4244567 / 01858 575480 CorK CLuTCH SErvICE. Natural cork inserts fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, telephone email mike@corkclutchservices.uk 01428 707538 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, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at gezcater@yahoo.co.uk. MAGnETo rEWInDS. Veteran, Vintage and Classic magnetos refurbished to customer requirements. Free report and estimate. All work guaranteed. Spare and complete units bought and sold. Ring for details. Dave Fisher, Moathouse Magneto, 52A High Street, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3HB. Tel: 01929 421255, Mobile: 07740 984213. norTon (TWIN) SPOKEN HERE 1948-1977, repairs, rebuilds, servicing with care, reasonable rates. Tim S. Tel: 01904 413612 email t.stockdale123@btinternet.com 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, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. TrIPLE CHroME PLATInG. Copper, nickel, chrome, also dull or bright nickel and mazac. All work to show standard. Mike Crosher 01562 752870 or 0784 1037176 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

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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 07944 140135 email to info@vintele.co.uk www.vintele.co.uk

HoLIDAYS

APArTMEnT For HoLIDAY rEnTAL WITH STunnInG MounTAIn vIEWS, ITALY. Visit paradise on two wheels! Enjoy beaches, castles, medieval towns, and shopping. Meet warm friendly local people, sample great food and drink. Immerse yourself in rural tranquillity. Run by VMCC member; discount for members. Contact Stephen at villamaieletta@gmail.com www.villamaieletta.eu www.facebook.com/VillaMaieletta B&B In ATTrACTIvE, WooDED HILLS oF MID-

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BrITTAnY. Small family run, in a small hamlet in quiet countryside, our accommodation is 4 double or 2 twin and 2 double en-suite rooms overlooking open fields. 4-course home cooked evening meals available on request, secure garaging for up to 8 motorcycles, only 1.5 hours from ferry ports with easy access to north and south coasts making it ideal for touring. Short or long breaks. Roads are high quality and largely traffic free. Contact: wwwbrittanystopovers.eu email:kerlouet@gmx.fr or tel: +33 (0) 2 96 45 73 46. 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 the excellent uncongested roads, an opportunity to ride in an unspoilt landscape - from the craggy cliffs along the north coast to the beaches of the south. Guided tours arranged. Prices from £40 a night .Garages and workshop facilities. Roger NICHOLLS - tel /fax 0033296365480 EMail rogerlinda@countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk web www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk - Facebook Countryside Holidays in France. *DISCOUNTS ON BRITTANY FERRIES* HoLIDAY LoDGES In MID WALES owned by member. Ideally suited for motorcycle enthusiasts. Large site with safe, secure hard standing for bikes and trailers, utility / boot room in all, fully equipped workshops for those essential repairs. Wonderful touring roads and scenery (10 miles from Llandrindod Wells, 15 miles from Presteigne). Self catering and provision for grocery supplies to be delivered on your arrival. Excellent rates for members. Also suitable for club and group bookings. See our website: Radnor-revivals.co.uk or telephone 01597 840308 for a brochure and information. LE HAMEL IS A 17C FArMHouSE WITH Four LETTInG rooMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on www.lehamel.co.uk or mail louise@lehamel.co.uk for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30-45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259.


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Phil Heath surges up a Manx hill in this picture courtesy of Bill Snelling at FoTTofinders. See letter, page 73.


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