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The Vintage Motor Cycle

November 2015 Issue 657

Johnny Johnson offering encouragement to John Rooney's original and regularly used 1930 Model 5 Sunbeam at the lunch stop at Clovenford during the 2015 Scottish Gathering. Full story, page 38


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The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club

VMCC Sprint Section’s Andy Forward and his 500 Morado Triumph annexed second in the open 500cc class at the Brighton Speed Trials. Full story, Page 60

No. 657: November 2015


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: W: Webshop:

Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm PRESIDENT Tim Penn - 01444 232035 CHAIRMAN Pat Robotham - 01889 500479 (5pm - 8pm only please) GENERAL MANAGER Giles Willison - ACCOUNTANT Jane Farnsworth - EDITOR David Davies - c/o Allen House GENERAL ADMIN/EDITORIAL Pam Goodfellow - 01283 495100 ADVERTISING/BOOKKEEPER/DIRECT DEBITS Jo Dunhill - 01283 495103 RETAIL ADMIN & RETURNS Joanne Delaney - 01283 540557 RETAIL/IT ADMIN Ian Botham - OFFICE/ADMIN/SMALL ADS Sara Smith - LIBRARY TEAM Vicky Frost, Michelle McGeachy and Peter Bennett - SPECIALIST PRODUCTS (BRAKE BLOCKS/TYRES ETC) Peter Bennett - Wednesday and Thursday only 9.00am - 5.30pm RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS Alan Jones - 01283 495107 DIRECTOR SUPPORT REMIT FOR ALLEN HOUSE member_club_officials.aspx MEMBERS’ DISCOUNT INSURANCE Footman James Insurance Brokers 0333 207 6069 Full details of all the Club’s Directors & Officers can be found on the Club’s website _officials.aspx


This basic v-twin BSA 3-wheeler made angry-sounding ascents of the hill at Syston. Page 56.

From the Centre 0 3 Editorial 05 Section notes 08 Scottish notes 24 Diary 25 Correspondence 36 Latvian invasion 64 Round Britain by Bantam 76 Smallads 86

Above: They start ’em young in Burton. Page 57

Right: Life was hard for the WD Douglas machines used by dispatch riders in WWI, 100 years ago this year. A repair shop insight is on Page 74 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 2015 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd

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Allen House News

Journal submission deadlines

December 2015: Tuesday 3rd November January 2016: Wednesday 2nd December Current VMCC Membership: 15319

Stafford Show – October

A big thank you to all the Member volunteers who helped on the Club stands over the weekend and supported us either by generously loaning their machines to display, by selling raffle tickets, or promoting our Club to the public. Also many thanks to the members of the Management Committee for spending time over the weekend talking to members and answering their questions.

NEC Birmingham November 28th – 6th December

We will be attending the NEC Motor Cycle Show in Birmingham to help support the Midland Section with both the raffle bikes being also on display.

Online Journal

In addition to all members receiving their monthly hard copy of the Journal, there will be an online version available to view. The hard copy will remain in place and the online version will be available after the delivery date of the Journal.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A big thank you to Joanne and the team at Allen House for organising and making this a great success raising £500 for this very worthwhile charity supported by the good turnout of members with many riding in on their bikes.

Members’ Raffle

You will have received your raffle tickets for the members-only raffle with the chance to win a very nice 1958 Ariel 650cc motor cycle (see facing page).

2016 Catalogue

You will have received by now a new catalogue

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with many new products included for 2016 with more products available on the website, so beat the Christmas rush and order now as we are continuing with the 10% discount on most products. Other products that can be purchased are Gift Vouchers from £5, redeemable against products or Training Days.

Events Update

For 2016 we are planning to attend more events including two training days following the success and very positive comments from participants this year. Below are the dates and events. January Newark Show 9-10th February Footman James 5th Great Western Auto Jumble 13-14th March Scottish Motor Cycle Show 5-6th April Stafford Show 23-24th May VMCC Founders Relay Rally 1st May VMCC Training Day at Curborough on the 28th June VMCC/BHR Celebration Event at Cadwell Park 10-12th June VMCC Banbury Event 19th June VMCC Scarborough Week Event 24th – 1st July August Ace Cafe 14th Sept VMCC Training Day at Curborough 3rd Sept VMCC Somerset Auto Jumble 24th Oct Stafford Show 15-16th Nov NEC Motor Cycle Show 27th – 3rd Giles Willison General Manager, VMCC

The members-only raffle machine

I’ll bet that you’ve thrown them away, haven’t you? The tickets for this 1958 Ariel ‘Huntmaster’ were included with your October Journal. Never mind, you will be able to buy tickets at ‘Stafford’ - if you have your membership card with you – or you could contact Allen House. This Huntmaster is one of very few U.K. versions of the HCS 120 “Export Sports” models known. Supplied when new by Moran’s of Slough, it is a very tidy ‘bike indeed!

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Revision of Club Articles

At last we are nearing the final stages of the revision of the Club’s Articles of Association and Bye-laws. The Governance proposal paper has been in circulation and available for down load from the Club’s website for several months. You may recall the major revision proposed was that the Club should be managed by the Directors with the support of the General Manager and Accountant. The Area Reps, whilst retaining an advisory role to management, would revert to coordinating activities and promoting the Club at Section level. The response to the paper was generally positive and the proposals in the paper have been incorporated into the drafts of the Articles and Bye-laws. These were written to spell out the organisation and management of the Club in plain English; it was intended they should be readily understandable without recourse to a company lawyer. I was considerably aided in this by Geoff Meehan and his team of advisors. The drafts of the documents were produced some months back and have since been revised through an iteration process involving the Management Committee, Geoff and anyone else I could rope in. I believe we have now available a working set of rules for the efficient management of the Club and to allow it to prosper. I hope you will agree. By the time you read this the draft documents will have been available for a week or two on the Club’s website. You may already have read them, but if not please take the trouble to do so. I would welcome comments and am not averse to making changes where appropriate although, as Pat implied in the October Journal, I would be reluctant to start over again with a major revision. The two issues which created most discussion during the preparation of the draft documents were those of proxy voting and the election of directors. It is usual for the chairman of the meeting to be the main holder of the proxy votes. This arrangement clearly works for most companies, but a number of members thought it gave too much influence to a single person. The

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proposal we have finally come up with is that the Area Reps should act in this role. This makes good sense as the Area Reps should be well acquainted with local issues and the concerns of members in their areas. It would also allow the Area Reps to hold discussions at Section level in advance of a General meeting so that members could feel a greater involvement in the running of the Club. Whilst making the Area Rep the preferred proxy, the option to select the Chairman of the meeting or any other person as proxy is retained. In the past the Directors have been selected by postal ballot. This has worked fairly well with a good proportion of members taking the trouble to vote, but has proved quite expensive to carry out and concern has been expressed that it did not comply with Company Law. The proposal now is that members will be asked to vote on the suitability of every candidate and, subject to majority acceptance, candidates with the highest vote will be elected. Voting will be based upon the proxy system and it will be recommended that members make their own decision and pass the forms back through their Area Rep, with final selection made at the AGM. Direct postal voting will be retained should members wish, but will be routed through the Area Reps. Please take the trouble to download the drafts from the website or request copies from Allen House in order that you can make your comments now rather than saving them for the AGM. Peter Miller

Chairman’s comments

You will recently have received your Journal and the latest retail catalogue, and may be wondering why this is still being produced following all the debate about retail activities in the recent past. The reason is simple: MONEY. The club needs it and the retail activity now operates at a 39% profit. Currently it has a turnover of more than £150k, so it makes a significant contribution to income and it would be a mistake to jeopardise this by not producing a catalogue particularly at the back end of the year and running up to Christmas. Very soon you will have sight of the redrafted Articles and By-laws, about which there is more information from Peter Miller, on the facing page. In my opinion these are a vast improvement are and now in line with company law which is something we urgently need. One of the crucial changes required by the law is the move to proxy voting, and you will see a draft voting slip sample in among the papers on the web site. Have a look and recognise how this system differs from previous voting. The difference which the law requires is a significant

one, as it means that all votes can be carried only if the majority of voters for the particular candidate or resolution vote in favour of it. This is very different to the previous system of electing Directors who simply had to get more votes than the other candidates. Now they have to get more votes than the other candidates AND in order to be eligible to be elected also receive more than 50% of the vote cast specifically for them in favour. This means that a candidate could get more votes than any of the other candidates, but could be unelectable because they got less than 50% of the votes cast in their favour. So now you have the opportunity to vote against a candidate if you wish. The final implication of this is that we may have a problem in getting enough candidates to stand, quite simply ‘The VMCC needs you’. There are places as Directors and Area Reps to fill this year, so if you think you have something to offer do consider coming forward. If you are not sure, get in contact with me or any other Director and have a chat. Pat Robotham

It’s been said you can satisfy some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. Never has that been better illustrated than by the feedback we have received about the new look adopted by the October edition of The Vintage Motor Cycle. Generally – but not universally – comments were supportive, but I thank you for all of them, positive or otherwise. After all, this is your magazine, and your views are important. However, it’s fair to say that the new appearance has polarised opinion. The ‘anti’ camp has largely been most vocal about the size of the text, which some members found difficult to read. Fair enough. Against the background of having had to change designers at very short notice I was of the opinion that we had taken a step forward with our Journal at a difficult time. But I acknowledge the readability issue, and I trust you will agree with me that this month’s is

infinitely more legible, having moved (for the lion’s share of the magazine) to text of a similar size to that which you have enjoyed previously. There were also concerns expressed about a perceived lack of interesting content, especially in terms of technical articles. In response I would re-interate that The Vintage Motor Cycle is a club magazine containing material of interest to members – which is presumably why they kindly offer it for publication. Let me conclude with an open invitation to all of you. If you would like to offer an article for publication, it will be gratefully received and reviewed. Perhaps a few words and pictures about an event you visited, an area of expertise, or reminiscences of memorable motorcycling journeys – I would love to receive them all. Send your contributions to Allen House; details are on Page 1. Happy motorcycling! David Davies


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Library notes

I am astounded at the number of historic vehicles still being discovered or being restored and returned to the road. More often than not these require to be re-registered. If the original number is known it is often possible to reclaim the number provided some documentation exists to link the number to the machine. However, in many cases the original registration number is unknown and an age-related number is required. The Club Library with its unrivalled access to historic information and factory records is well equipped to authenticate and date machines for registration applications to the DVLA. The procedures for application of an age-related number were introduced in the 1990’s, but never fully implemented by the DVLA local offices. With the closure of these offices all applications are now handled centrally by the DVLA with a consistent and more strict adherence to the rules. This was all spelt out at a seminar on how to register historic vehicles, which was organised by DVLA and attended by a VMCC representative. I have attempted to summarise the main points below to provide some guidance, but if you wish to re-register a machine contact the library for guidance and to obtain an information pack and forms. If the original registration is known this can be retained, under scheme V765, provided documentary evidence is available to link the frame to the registration document. This would

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usually be the old registration document (RF60 or VE60) but might be an archive or factory record linking the frame and registration numbers. The machine must be complete and assembled, but not necessarily in road worthy condition. It must also retain the original frame and two other major components (engine, gearbox, forks or wheels). For a complete machine where the original number is unknown, or for a machine that has not previously been registered in the UK, a Statement of Search or Dating Certificate will be required to confirm the year and make. In addition any imported machine must have passed through the NOVA (Notification of Vehicles Arrivals) system. Eligible machines in this category must be as original with all major components unchanged, although the DVLA will allow a change of engine. The certificate is valid for 12 months and applications for an age-related number should not be made until the vehicle is complete and roadworthy. Machines assembled using genuine period parts from more than one machine of the same model are classified as ‘reconstructed classics’ and are eligible to be given an age-related registration number. The machine must be inspected to confirm it is truly representative of the marque and will be dated according to the youngest major component used. In this case the major components are identified as an unchanged

original frame, engine, gearbox (if separate), forks and wheels/hubs, although a dispensation may be made for the latter on safety grounds. It is worth sourcing original components if you wish the machine to be in the historic taxation class and MOT exempt. As the machine to which the frame number was first originally issued no longer exists, DVLA consider a ‘reconstructed classic’ to be a new vehicle, and will require a new VIN number to be attached. A ‘reconstructed classic’ built to original spec using a mixture of original and new or non-period components will be treated as a replica and issued with a Q registration number. Once one has got over the shock of VIN numbers and Q plates the DVLA procedures are logical and do provide protection for future purchasers of a reconstructed machine. I would like to see a degree of leniency introduced for rare machines where period replacement parts are unlikely to exist, and may never have existed. Also a new VIN number for a machine assembled from all original parts, including an original frame, does appear unnecessarily strict. If I was a purchaser I might appreciate knowing it was an assembly job rather than an original, but surely a note on the V5C would suffice. Implementation of the new DVLA procedures will require a more rigorous adherence to guidelines by the VMCC if we are to continue helping members obtain registration documents. More critical machine inspections are likely and

we will need to carry out a detailed examination of paperwork. DVLA propose to make random inspection of vehicles using the Swiss company SGS and these inspections would be in addition to any VMCC inspection. The Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs is working closely with the DVLA to resolve any issues and concerns. If you have any valid observations you should raise these either with the library or the FBHVC. My plea for extra help in running the library has been answered by six volunteers, who I am very pleased to welcome. We can now move forward on the book audit and digital access to the BSA works records as well as providing an improved query service. We would still welcome more assistance if any one feels they have the time to help move the library forward. The other item to mention is our revue of charges for library services. Our telephone/email query service provides members with two free information searches a year. Other services carry a charge which goes towards the costs of running the service and the library. In the past the charges have not always reflected the amount of work required or been equitable in the different charges between members and non-members. We are presently assessing the costs of running the various services. These will be reviewed by the Archive Committee in setting prices. Peter Miller

VACANCY:  Magazine designer An opportunity has arisen for a freelance designer to produce The Vintage Motor Cycle. The role requires an individual with extensive experience of producing external and in-house publications over many years. The use of appropriate publishing software would be expected, as would an open and friendly approach to the necessary liaison between VMCC employees, staff, printers and the magazine’s ‘traditionalist’ audience. The ability to be flexible in accommodating club requirements for magazine publication is vital, and it would be expected that the

selected individual would play an advisory or ‘consultancy’ role in the appearance of the magazine and its production methods. The magazine appears monthly year-round, and the selected designer would need to be prepared to commit to the publication’s monthly deadlines every month. Experience of the world of classic motoring in general, and classic motorcycles in particular, would be of significant advantage. l Replies to Allen House for the attention of l The Editor by November 18th – to include l examples of recent work.

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Section notes ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 45 machines were on display at the 2015 Concours and BBQ. A members’ vote resulted in this year’s winner being Dave Emmerson with his 1929 600cc Model 7 Sunbeam. If you look at the photo showing Dave being presented with the award by Chairman Mike Hobbs, you might note the secondary petrol tank mounted above the original tank. This has been immaculately fabricated by Dave to give extra range, and one could be forgiven for assuming it left the factory so equipped! Thanks must, once again, go to Graham Waters and his team for the BBQ.

AULD REEKIE EDINBURGH (SCO) George Plumb 0131 3333336 September was a month of mixed emotions. Jane and I had hoped to return from holiday to a pile of entries for the sections Classic run, however for one reason or another support was generally poor and so it was cancelled. On the other hand, The Scottish Gathering, hopefully reported on elsewhere, was almost the perfect event weekend. Our annual “Feelie Bag” competition was held in September where members got to have a good rummage inside plastic bags filled with various motorcycles parts in an attempt to identify same. The looks on faces and comments made always provide some great banter, it’s fun to see great minds flummoxed. I for one am really looking forward to our next club night when Mark Whitham is scheduled to give us a talk on “100 years of the Scottish Six Days Trial” a lot of history to pack into one night should be good.

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BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 The Hoppy Tribute night was a truly splendid affair with over 50 of his friends gathered to hear hilarious tales of the great man from Chris, Martyn and others. Chris brought along some fascinating memorabilia and photos, including one of when Hoppy was slim (aged about 4, I believe). November club night sees the annual adrenalin rush of the AGM (keep the Rennies handy). That’s when you get the chance to shape the section’s activities - if the committee are listening and haven’t been voted out by that stage of the proceedings – as if. There will also be the photo review (rose-coloured filtered) of the year’s events presented by Nigel, the section’s answer to Lord Snowdon. Don reports his final midweek run of the season was a rather intimate affair but much enjoyed by the loyal band of enthusiasts. Maybe Roger’s lunches will tempt a few more from their sheds. BERKSHIRE (SM) Malcolm White 01344 642866 The Berkshire Boys and Girls set off for their annual touring holiday in Mid-Wales basing themselves in The Baskerville Arms near Hay-on-Wye which proved to be an ideal centre for a range of super runs. Monday commenced with a downpour of Biblical proportion but undaunted all set off for the Brecon Mountain Railway, one member tried to measure the depth of a cattle grid enroute and ended up with a bike on top of him!! Other places visited were the Eppynt Race Circuit, Llanthony Priory and the Spaceguard Centre. Super accommodation, roads, weather and great company, roll on next year. Somewhat of a depleted entry for this year’s inter section quiz as Oxford and Chiltern were unable to make it, the Berkshire A team were successful closely followed by the Cyclemotor and Stonehenge Sections. Thanks to Michael for preparing such an eclectic range of questions and for managing the evening.

Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Bob Forster, 2 Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 7ND. 01603 737540 email: North East (NE) VACANT North Midlands (NM) Pat Davy, Arnwood, Coton in the Clay, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5GY. 01283 820563 email: North West (NW) Robert Mayer, 9 Millfields, Beckermet, Cumbria, CA21 2YY, 01946 841876 email: Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: South East (SE) John Donaldson, 01273 493050 email: South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney,

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: South West (SW) Rodney Hann, Greylands, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. 01935 872528 email: Overseas VACANT Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: Section secretaries Please include your name, phone number, and email address so members can contact you for futher details. If you have a web site, please include that too. Word count per section is 150, unless you have a picture too, in which case it’s just 100 words.

BLACKPOOL & DISTRICT (NW) Roger Newark 01354 741099

BOURNEMOUTH & NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404

Our last run of the year, the much anticipated Arnside Chippy Run was again blessed with good weather. 21 members set off for the half way obligatory brew stop at Crook’O Lune. After a brew and a natter we split into two groups and set off cross country to Arnside. 21 fish and chip lunches later (we recommend Arnside Chippy!) we set off on our individual ways home, some straight home and some via brew stops. Everyone really enjoyed the day. By the time you read this our AGM will have been and gone so I will report next time.

Bernie (our Chairman)’s Priory Run on 6 September took us up to Comptom Abbas Airfield on a sunny but surprisingly cold day. We had to drink our coffees moving around tables to keep warm in the sun while enjoying the planes coming and going. The Airfield has become a very popular venue for run-outs so it was no surprise that Barry took us there for his Autumn run on the 20th. We have just one more run this year before we all hunker down for winter until March next year.

Crook 'O Lune brew stop

When ar wur a lad in Latvia

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BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 Alan Spencer’s Cyclemotor and girder fork run attracted its usual healthy entry eagerly looking forward to another challenging route in and around the Chew Valley and they were not disappointed. Tight and twisty lanes abound in this area with plenty of hills thrown in and Alan chose some of the best. The evening run to the Plough at Pilning was rained off although a couple of people turned up unaware of each others presence. Our run into Wales visited the Brecon Mountain Railway via Raglan, Abergavenny and Talybont on Usk. John Beddis’s Levis had a puncture on the way to the start but he caught us up later on his R50 BMW. Most people opted for an enjoyable train ride on the extended track then it was a direct run back to Tintern. Dave Brazill maintained his 100% record of breaking down on his Tiger Cub but also managing to fix the problem each time! BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 Just about come round from a very hectic weekend of BHR (VMCC) racing at Cadwell Park. By far the biggest rider entry list for many years, well over 300 all enjoying the warm autumn sunshine. Two or three mishaps on Saturday put the program of race behind by 5 races but by re-jigging the races we managed to complete the race program. We had the final round of the Florian Camathias Cup for sidecars and a splendid display they gave us. It is a European based championship in remembrance of the great man himself. For those that are interested the AGM of BHR is to be held at Mallory Park on November 22nd, all VMCC members are welcome. BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Our first club night of the season included a presentation by Martin Gegg on the early development of the military motorcycle up to and including WW1, ahead of publication of his book, pictured. Our annual Remembrance Day bike jumble will be held at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley on 8th. Two minutes silence will be observed. To overcome previous confusion, note that the hooter that sounds

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shortly before 11am is the signal for shooting to stop and not the start of the silence. A whistle will now sound at the beginning and at the end of the two minutes. Copies of the book are available from BURTON & DISTRICT (NM) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 Many thanks to all those that turned up with a bike for the Draycott show. We had good weather good entertainment, great day. At 7.30 on a sunny Sunday morning 7 bikes set of on the Bucket and Spade run. Despite the heavy traffic by Sandringham we arrived at Hunstanton in plenty of time to have a look round the bikes and scooters at the Mods and Rockers event. Then after enjoying an Ice-cream on the sea front we made our way back. A very enjoyable day out. Another 7.30 start for the Breakfast run only this time it was thick fog. This didn’t deter the 22 bikes that set of, we all managed to navigate the 80 mile around the Derbyshire hills and back for the full English breakfast at Marston’s, after which the raffle made £86 towards this year’s charity. CENTRAL LANCS (NW) Adrian Such 07534 278388 A busy month for us was September. There have been several events attended, one being the Friday at the transport museum in Leyland, and we had a local radio DJ who gave us some 'air time'. All the neighbouring sections were represented, being North West, East Lancs, Blackpool, Cheshire Cats and ourselves. Quite a few of us had a brief chat on a live radio broadcast to promote the VMCC, letting all the listeners know what we are about. It was very well attended with about 100 bikes in attendance over the day. Thanks to all concerned who organised the event. Some of us went over to the Classic TT in the Isle of Man in August, first time I've been to the I.O.M. and it hasn't rained!! The weather was lovely. The atmosphere over there was brilliant! All the VMCC organised events

being well attended, the rideouts, the Jurby festival, really well organised. Well done to all concerned. CHESHIRE & NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 Several of our members attended the Snowdonia (Eryri) Section’s Bike Show at Porthmadog on 6th September and enjoyed good weather. Later in September, Dave Kay and George Cope represented us in the ‘Blackburn Bonanza’, again enjoying good weather, albeit a little ‘saddle sore’, I gather! Let’s hope that Sam’s ‘End of Season’ run on 25th October to the Telford Arms, Trevor, was similarly blessed with decent weather. Meanwhile, at our October Club Night, Peter Hill got our little grey cells, and some friendly rivalry, fired up with his Quiz Night. Thank you, Peter! This month’s coming Club Night on Tuesday, 17th November will involve a virtual visit to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chinese Railway in 2002; now there’s something to get steamed up about, comrades! Tickets available on the night at 20 Yuan...

rural stuff there, particularly the huge gas engine – flywheel eight feet in diameter? There was a good turnout for this weekend run; always gratifying. This month we have the Andy Reynolds talk on club night and will attempt the last wrinkly run of the season, weather permitting. CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 In September there was still plenty of old bike related activity. Some members attended the Manx Grand Prix and others entered the Auld Reekie section's Gathering. Our meeting was on the 8th, where the following Sunday's run to Kirkculdbright was discussed, which was a great day out and also the forthcoming Early Motor Bicycle run. There was also the Classic bike meeting at St Fillan's on the 20th and the Distinguished Gentleman's ride on the 27th so plenty to do, with reasonably good weather to boot.

CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Bernie participated in Triumph’s ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Run’ at the end of September and raised funds for Prostate Cancer. Our speaker at October Club night was Martin Pagett, talking Insurance and Ethanol. Bob Moon’s ‘Golden October’ Run was in early October. I hope the weather was kind…? We’ve sorted dates for our 2016 events – they should be on our website by the time you read this (or phone me for a paper copy!) Our Christmas meal this year will be at the Oaklands Hotel, Weaverham. By the time you read this, we’ll be finalising bookings. If you haven’t booked, call me ASAP! CHILTERN (ANG) Ric Andrews 01582 715206 Mike organised the September Wrinkly run to the biker cafe near Abingdon. It’s not as far as it sounds and his refreshingly simple route was much enjoyed by all – even me who usually goes for the ‘Irish motorways’ with the grass down the middle. Laurie’s run was the regular visit to the Pitstone Museum where we always get a warm welcome. There is lots of interesting old

CORNWALL (SW) Mary Dingley 01208 850013 This year's bike week in September was very successful. Over 70 entrants enjoyed the runs and the weather. It was a truly international event with friends and colleagues coming from Holland, Belgium, France and Wales as well as most counties in England. Members who attended Truro club night enjoyed a PowerPoint presentation, by Roger, of the Guinness world record attempt at the most WD bikes together at any one time, along with other photographs of the 70th anniversary of D Day and images of the Section over the last 40 years. Bernard's North Cornwall Run was supported by 30+ bikes. They rode around the north coast with a coffee stop in Crackington Haven and lunch at the Dingles Fairground Heritage museum in Lifton. Don’t forget the Roseland Run at the end of November.

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COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Day After a very full summer of events the Cotswold Section is now looking forward to some interesting talks, winter wanderings and club nights through the later end of 2015 and into 2016. Our AGM will have come and gone by the time this is published but we have speakers on subjects such as ‘The Mighty Typhoon’ by Jim Rendell, and an evening brought to us by The Gloucester Film Club about ‘Motorcycling Events on Film’ to look forward to. As usual we shall be having our Christmas Party on December 16th which no doubt will be another excuse, as if one were needed, to let our hair down. We also have the Winter Wandering on Boxing Day. Next year’s calendar is going well and will hopefully soon be ratified. CYCLEMOTOR (SE) Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 I apologise for my absence from what I have been told was a delightful new route for the Lakes run. Thanks to Alan Spencer and John Mockett for the organisation. The very observant amongst you may have seen Derek Carter’s left boot on the television reports from the Isle of Man Classic T.T. Derek and I were flogging cyclemotors round Jurby amongst more serious machinery. The section’s final run of the year, followed by our A.G.M. will be at Peacehaven Farm on November 15th.

Cyclemotors at Jurby. Image: Dave Kneen, DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 The month began with a small group making a club ride in sunshine over Dartmoor to “Widdicombe fair”.

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The section had been invited by the organisers who were keen to see classic motorcycles as well as classic cars on display. The evening run out for fish and chips in Brixham was enjoyed by all members, who partook their supper ‘al fresco’. Club night for the 12th November will be held, at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel at Totnes at 8.00pm. It is proposed we have a speaker or presentation details to be announced on web site, further details of sections activities visit our web site. The section has supported the Paignton charity ‘Bikers Make a Difference’ (B.M.A.D.) meetings, with a small group of attending most Wednesday evenings throughout the summer season, and have a designated area for Classic motorcycles. DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 The members of our section have been greatly saddened by the death of Cyril Butt. Cyril was a keen supporter of the club and will he be remembered with fondness. The last run of the year is the Guy Fawkes run on November 1st, which starts at Blackberries in Bampton. Don't forget to book your seat for the Section Lunch at the Tiverton Hotel on December 6th. If you would like to see a menu please e-mail me. The cost is a very reasonable £14. Please contact Keith on 01884 257942 to book your place. DORSET (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Last of the Summer Wine from Hinton St Mary was much enjoyed by a large entry. Excellent weather and a huge quantity of cake and tea at the start and finish. Thanks, Bob and all the tea girls. Rodney had a good entry for a midweek run on 23rd September, venturing into the South of the county….well done, Rod. For your future entertainment there is a Winter run on 15th November from Gillingham, a club social evening at the Halsey Arms on 9th December followed by the Christmas Run and Dinner at Leigh Village Hall on 13th December; don’t forget to book! Due to age-related incompetence, I shall be handing over as section scribe to Ken Druce who will pen your notes in the future. Wishing him the best of luck. EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 The lunch meet is still proving popular and it was good

to see Chris and Sara out and about again after their spill. The ride out to Dartmoor must have set a record for our section with seventeen bikes setting out and just about everybody getting to Princetown, eventually, by various routes. The ride back was less demanding with Brian leading and a stop in Exeter for tea and homemade cakes provided by Brian’s wife Shirley. Many thanks Shirley. A run out to the steam pumping station at Westonzoyland on the Somerset levels for their open day saw seven bikes lined up in front of their portable boiler and was well worth a visit. EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 The monthly Club night was poorly attended for two short presentations on the prototype Norton Twin (not a Dominator) and underwater weaponry. Those who did attend asked many pertinent questions on both subjects. The Autumn Run, held in beautiful weather, unfortunately clashed with other major events, so only thirteen riders took a rural route to the Hitchin area and back to the John Bunyon for lunch. Colin Sparrow, down from Norfolk for the maiden run of his 1930 Scott won the award. The Wrinkly Run was blessed with gorgeous weather and saw a good turnout of pre-war machinery, including three Velocettes and the lovely little 1936 250c.c. Triumph of Don Wiliamson making its first appearance. About forty miles were completed without incident and we returned to the Rookery for a superb Transport Cafe lunch! EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 The Hills n Hairpins Run attracted a dozen riders and had one breakdown that had to be trailered home. The Blackburn Bonanza Weekend had excellent weather; the Friday run had twenty-seven riders sign on and went on a new route through Anglezarke to Leyland Commercial Museum to meet up with an outside Radio Lancashire broadcast that had been organised by John Abrams. The Saturday run went to Glasson

Dock with twenty-six riders, which made for a very pleasant lunchstop. The Blackburn Run had thirty-two riders sign on. The oldest machine to complete the course was Simon Wilson's 1926 BSA, the smallest machine was Ken Pell's Honda 125cc. Congratulations to both riders. It’s the AGM this month, a chance of winning a bottle of whisky and a lot to decide upon. The second meeting is the In-house Quiz and the Quiz Inquisitor will be Dave Thorp of racing Ducati fame. EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 Ron’s Ramble attracted 21 riders for their run out to the Chalet Cafe after sampling Ron's wife’s bacon butties. After lunch the run proceeded to the BSA East Sussex Section Open Day. Founder member Brian Walker decided to use two bikes to get to the finish, but got home courtesy of a nice AA Lady. Area Rep John Donaldson updated the members at the Club night on the 9th but a number of members were concerned under the proposed management structure where no Directors were appointed with specific responsibility to the members. Over 30 bikes turned up on Sunday 26th September for Spike’s run to Blackboys Steam Rally at The Star, Waldron via his daughter’s house in Collier Street, where the riders were treated to a selection of tea and cakes. EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 September 5th and Margaret at the Teapot Café, Fimber kindly organised a charity day in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Brian Thompson a member of the East Yorkshire section of the VMCC, also the AJS and MOC. Brian's dear wife Sandra recently succumbed to this terrible disease. Although the day was very cold, with other donations including an excellent charity dinner at the home of John and Jean Cloughton a considerable sum of money was available for Brian and his family to present to the charity. The riding season now over, at the beginning of 2015 entries were down, mid to late season they did improve, planning for 2016 is already in hand. The annual dinner will again be at the Haven Arms, Hedon. Date, Sunday 20th December. For more information and booking contact Dennis Johnson, Tel; 01964 623401.

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ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 September saw one of our regular events the Colne Valley Safety Run which starts from Marks Hall country park and has morning and afternoon runs around the quiet roads of the Colne Valley in Essex. The run was well attended with visitors from other sections and brought out many early machines. Thanks again to Gill Scatcherd for organising the whole event. November club night is a talk by Alan Williams on the Isle of Man and the TT races that Alan attends every year. December club night will be our seasonal night with food and a raffle. Hope to see all there in December. FLAT TANK (SM) Dr Reg Eyre 01242 870375(before 9pm, please) Thanks to Dr Mike Wills for his talk on Bradbury motorcycles. Our November meeting is the annual ‘Bring and Buy’ event which takes place immediately after the AGM. Any items for the AGM agenda should be sent to me two weeks before the meeting, including AoB items. Please bring any unused items from your workshop and/or library and Ian Young will attempt to get another member to pay lots to our section funds! We also need someone to take over John Mockett’s role as treasurer. Volunteers step forward please! GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 In September the Wrinkly Run and Fish and Chip Run provided good rides for the end of season outings. At Club Night John Taylor brought along his 1925 Norton Big 4, imported from New Zealand, which needed a good amount of work to restore it to an interesting working machine. Six members, and partners, from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire section visited Goodwood for an inaugural 3-day mid-week event. A reception was organised for the first afternoon to welcome them and introduce all parties. An excellent time was experienced by all, with two fantastic day-long runs in beautiful weather showing off the Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire countryside. On the last evening a meal was arranged at one of our popular venues in Littlehampton and enjoyed by all.

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Plans are now in hand for visits to Christmas dinners and next year's event in Yorkshire. More to follow in next month's Journal. GRASSTRACK & SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 Fenland results 5th September, winners only. Autos, Max Perry; Cadets, Freddie Fox-Baron; Juniors, Jake Mulford; Inters, Henry Atkins; Seniors, L Pugh; MX65, K Cossie; Vintage, Stu Towner; Post-vintage, Luke Tuck; Post-war, Chris Mackett; 250cc classic, Luke Tuck; 350cc classic, Harland Cook, 350cc upright, A Stanford; 500cc upright, Fred Crisell. The Ivor Thomas Memorial Meeting at Iwade on 11th October; spectators welcome. AGM/Prizegiving: The Band Hall, Daneholm Close, Daneholm Road, Daventry NN11 0PN. Autojumble 1pm, AGM 1.30pm and awards 4.15pm.

Luke Tuck leads Chris Mackett at Fenlands. Photo by Sue Towner. GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 Club night on the 15th we welcomed Iris and Roger Mallet who have recently moved to our area; we hope to see you on a regular basis. Thanks to all who displayed their bikes at our local agricultural show, a good day out despite the showers. Our annual leap year run was well attended with riders from the Cardiff area and our friends from the Forest of Dean, our route took us along the Usk Valley to Chepstow, then along the Wye Valley, (always a favourite) and on to Ross on Wye for lunch at a garden centre before a straightforward ride home. Our Skittles night will be on Tuesday 17th November, 7.30 pm at the Rising Sun. Ring Henri on 01873 831946 to book your place. IPSWICH & SUFFOLK (ANG) Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 The AGM took place on 15th September, with

Chairman and Secretary T. Dickings Treasurer N. Heath Committee B. Moore, M. Hutton B. Knights, to continue, we would like to welcome A. Yallop to the committee. Section subs has been increased to £5.00 a year, please pay Neville. If you have an idea, tell one of the committee and we will see what we can do; do not say we will do something if you have not spoken to the committee, if this happens you will have to do it yourself. You all have had your chances to come on the Committee; please don’t undermine it. The Mystery run at the end of September went to Felixstowe museum on one of the best days this year. Sorry I had the last cup cake (I’m not really), but one member did lick the paper. Remember Ladies night on 1st December; bring a plate of food or cake and a mate/friend. IRONMASTERS (NM) Alan Richardson 01785 841257 The Ironmasters AGM took place on September 21st with nine attending. Hon Secretary Alan, although feeling below par, conducted the official business in his usual efficient manner. Apart from Matt Shepard moving from Vice Chairman to Committee member and myself John Carter elected to Vice Chairman the status quo remained unchanged. The other members reckon I am on an Ironmasters ‘Fast Track’ promotion scheme, I am not sure! Mike's Meander Run on the 27th had a grand day weatherwise, but rather than a devious route was a brisk 40 mile, mainly 'B' road trip. This took five riders over the Welsh Border to Forden Motorcycle Show – a friendly event which is well supported and raises funds for the local school. ISLE OF MAN (NW) Ken Blackburn 01624 673590 What a wonderful event this year’s “Festival of Motorcycling” was, bigger and better with great attendances especially at St John’s “Concours on the Green”, the original start of the TT course in 1907 and again at “Jurby Day”. Entrants and spectators were blessed with lots of Manx sunshine plus sights and sounds of an incredible variety of machinery on and off the track. Congratulations all round to our enthusiastic section, organising team led by Tony, Richard and Rupert. Down on the rocky coastline of Pooilvaaish our September Trial was won by Triumph mounted Kevin Whiteway with Sammy Ball and Shaun Huxley taking 2nd and 3rd. Andy Sykes was “B” route

winner on his BSA. November events begin with our club night at Knock Froy, 12th at 8.00pm, The Dhoon Quarry Trial, 15th at 1.30pm and on 10th December it’s Bring and Buy time at Knock Froy 8.00pm. ISLE OF WIGHT (SE) Reg Glading 01983 730321 Roy and Billie's barbeque was a great success, again Derek and Mary took care of the provisions and cooking. We had a good attendance and the weather was good. It’s been good to see entries for the Scurry flowing in especially from our own members, if our luck holds with the weather it should be a good event. A small group met up for a run to the Island motorcycle show in memory of the late Alan Penny, also in Alan's memory Ron organised a table top quiz at our second Sept club night, David Tomalin and Andy Brown were the victors, several deserved a Booby prize. Two exciting club nights are scheduled for Nov. Part 2 of IoW Curiosities by Mark Earp and our Bring and Buy. Our last lunch Run of 2015 See diary for details. KINGS LYNN (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 The Jubilee Run was blessed with good weather as 20 riders arrived at Swaffham before setting off to enjoy a ride to the North Norfolk Coast passing through Wells next the Sea and then arriving at Blakeney in glorious sunshine for lunch before the return ride back to Swaffham. Our thanks go to Len Cox and Brian Robinson for organising the run once again and to Danny Adams and Ann for doing back up. September Club Night we welcomed a packed room at the Social Club which included new faces to the section, Terry Browns friends from the Classic Racing Club and Mick and Sarah Beer visiting from Sussex for a very enjoyable talk and slide show about Microlight aircraft by Simon (a brave man) taking us on a photographic tour of the British Isles as seen from the air all thanks to Malcolm Rolph for organising another good evening. LAKELAND (NW) Colin Steer 017687 74536 September started off well, especially weather-wise,

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with a well attended Ride-In to the Furness British Bike show, followed a week later by a Ride-In to Devils Bridge where 23 section members met up amidst a great gathering of more modern machines. First reports confirm the bacon butties are as good as ever. Fast forward one of our nationally supported events, the South Lakes Mountain Weekend where 120 participants rode two different routes on the Saturday and then took on the challenge of Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass on the Sunday, all in excellent weather. For November, we have the last section event of the year, a Ride-In to the Coniston Records Week on November 4th, followed by the section AGM on 26th November. Please try to attend and give your views on the direction the section should adopt in 2016! MANCHESTER & HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016 The Buxton run saw a very good turnout of about 35 riders but with only 29 signing on as several had ineligible machines but they followed the rest and all reported that they had enjoyed the route and ride, overall winner was Brian Walker. Chairman Cooks excellent fourth Four Seasons run only attracted ten members on a fine dry day for an easy amble round the local lanes but still a very enjoyable event, (won by your scribe). Club night featured ex Belle Vue speedway rider Ken Eyres who brought along his Jawa engined machine and gave us a very interesting talk on how he got into speedway riding and anecdotes from his career which went down very well. We were joined on the night by several members of Poynton Motorcycle club who meet at the same venue. Volunteer organisers are needed for next year’s events/runs so please step forward now. MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 / 07989 352990 September this year has been a lovely month, with some excellent riding weather and it’s also worth reflecting as we move into autumn, what a cracking year it’s been thus far. Dickie Dunsters memorial run was blessed as usual, a beautiful sunny morning on the 6th, brought out a healthy assembly of rattly old nails, and their bikes. A lovely breakfast at the gliding club was followed by one of Brian Andrew’s superb runs through the Kent countryside to lunch at Barham, where Shirley and family laid on a lovely spread for the members. Thank you so much for providing us with such a warm welcome. Section members also

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took part in the local Ariel Owners Club Branch camp at the Red Lion Baddlesmere. A nice relaxed weekend, good food and convivial company, plus a cracking ride on Saturday, thanks! Role on winter, wrap up well! MIDLAND (NM) Bob Badland 07825 840677 November sees the Classic Car and Bike Show at the NEC. The Midland Section will again this year be promoting the VMCC cause during the show. We would like to invite members to display their bikes on our stand at this huge event. This year we are looking to display bikes from specific eras in ten year increments – so 1930/40; 1940/50; 1950/60; 1960/70; 1970/80; and 1980/90. The Show has a ‘build day’ on Thursday 12th when the bikes need to be ‘delivered’ and the stand dressed and readied. Show days are Friday 13th Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th – on Sunday ‘break down’ takes place and bikes may then be removed. We are happy to accommodate all makes, models and engine sizes – so If you would like to display your bike (transport can be arranged) please contact Bob Badland 07 825 840 677 or Roy Osborn 07970 416021 for more details. MID LINCS (NE) Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 The AGM was uneventful, most of the committee being returned to office. Our thanks go to Dick Booth, Liz and Jim Allen who have stepped down. This does leave us shorthanded; any volunteers would be very welcome. Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone the auction, this will be held early in 2016. The Veteran Run was held in excellent weather and saw around 20 mainly older machines make a trip to the old Syston race circuit, being rejuvenated by a group of enthusiasts. Thanks to Stewart and his helpers for an interesting day in a little explored area. NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Paul Braddock 01604 719104 / 07900 357018 Hope you are all well this month! It’s AGM this month on the 26th. Please table any motions or proposals beforehand to any committee member. If you want to

change anything or do not like something then this is the chance to be heard!! Don’t forget to come along on the night. Runs this month are the Rocket run on the 1st and finally the Memorial run on the 15th. Full details in the calendar. That’s it for this month, don’t forget the Christmas meal, see Dave Hibbert, and ride safe. NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM) David Spencer 01746 762957 We had a busy September, starting with Trevor Bull’s Flight of Fantasy Run on the 6th with a coffee stop at Hopton Wafers and finishing at Burwarton. The weather was perfect, the route stunning, and we had nearly 30 people turn out. On the 16th the discouraging forecast for Ian Harris’ mid-week run was probably responsible for a smaller turn out, but in the end it stayed dry, too dry for Dave Williams seemingly as he took to a ditch and injured himself and the NHS recovery service had to be called out. At the time of writing, he sounds to be recovering OK. Then on the 27th it was our Levis Cup time trial for Post Vintage and earlier machines, organised by Martyn Round. Last year I failed to get round, but did so this year, and what a fantastic day it was! Thank you to all the organisers. NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Several members were at the excellent Classic TT which rather overshadowed the Manx GP, although a couple of us mistook it for a hiking holiday. Must remember to take bikes next time... Andy Hillsdon hosted his popular Gamekeeper Run to Hereford in aid of the Air Ambulance and a fabulous lunch was provided by his good friends once again. Gary Booth led his first Wrinkly run along with Bob Ashwin. Thanks to Banbury section for another very enjoyable Anniversary Run, the finisher’s awards set the bar at a new level this year! Graham and Brenda stepped in to host the Wrinkly Run when Michael Haines had to decline. Bob Ashwin, Jeremy Main and Rusty Hart all won concours awards at the Saundersfoot Weekend. Tuesday 3rd is club night when all awards need to be returned. I’ll be glad to return the Wooden Spoon! Please note my new email address above.

NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 With sadness, John Baguely of Boroughbridge passed away suddenly in June. Joining the Section when he moved from the South and attended our meetings. At the Section meeting on 27th September, questions were asked of the insurance situation and liabilities regards VMCC events. This needs explaining. We have three new organisers for the 2016 Golden Era Run; the event will take place in 2016, details when known. After the usual raffle and a fine spread from catering executives, Martyn and Mick (Missed your cakes and scones over the summer) the meeting ended with an excellent talk and slide show by John Gilleghan. The topic was the Yorkshire Dales. 25th October meeting: Tony from Sheffield will be giving a talk on Club management. Dyneley Arms 11th November, lunch time and AGM on 29th November. Texaco have 5% Ethanol in all petrol and BP Ultimate may change soon! No Word from ESSO. NORTH STAFFS (NM) Kate Wain 07561 530136 Hello all, I'm Kate Wain and have taken on the role of secretary for the North Staffs section. Please see report elsewhere regarding our recent EGM. Can I take this opportunity to extend section thanks to Frank Hambleton and Brian Forrester for all they have done in the past. Coming up we have the Almost Nearly Guy Fawkes run on November 1st, our club night on the 12th (a film show if yours truly doesn’t manage to find a speaker in time) Peter Williams is coming in the future ...just not sure when! Byeeeee.....

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NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 Great time was had by all who travelled to the Isle of Man for the Manx GP. Fantastic riding weather all week. We have our Chipping Run to look forward to. This is one of the sections Highlight runs and is normally well attended. Also on November we have our annual Hot Pot Supper, an event not to be missed with Live band entertainment. Contact the Chairman or secretary for tickets. The details of these and of all our other activities can be found on our website. . The section mobile phone number is 07734 743314. NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hilary Dixon 0191 4165017 Many thanks to Geoff Grigg for organising the Bob Rawlings Run in September and ensuring fine weather for this lovely run which included some of the lesser known parts of the North East countryside (sometimes unintentionally!). Full results have been posted on the Section Forum, but I can reveal that 1st place went to John Robinson, 2nd Mr B Smith and 3rd to Peter Bates. Thanks to all helpers, riders and hangers on. Thanks also to those who helped man the Sections two usual checks at the Beamish Trial. As we move into the darker evenings, we will be turning to our winter events schedule to cheer us up – details available at club nights or on the Section web pages, but make sure you put the Xmas Bun Fight on 21st December in your diary/IPad. Hope to see everyone at our Section AGM on 16th November. NORWICH & DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 The weather forecast for our Grasshopper Run was not too good but 14 riders signed on at Pulham Market

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and were surprised to have a dry run. The route took us towards Norwich then turned south to the lunch stop at Goodies Farm Shop near Long Stratton. The afternoon route terminated at Pulham Market were Gill and Sarah had prepared a very nice buffet. Our Pre-31/Autumn Run from Frettenham was well attended and had perfect weather. The delightful route took in part of the beautiful North Norfolk coast and stopped for lunch at Blakeney. The afternoon route took us through the Stody Estate and Reepham before ending at Frettenham where Cynthia had prepared refreshments. Eric Smith had prepared a new Wednesday afternoon run in memory of the late Richard Greensides and 15 riders attended. The route visited Sea Palling and Hemsby. Many thanks to all the organisers of these events. NOTTS & DERBY (NM) Clive Russell 01335 390369 As the evenings darkened the midweek runs ceased and we had two weekend runs during September. I was flattered by the large attendance on my Sunday run from Ashbourne Southwards along the Staffordshire border to Ednaston, then back through the unique "Hole in the Wall" bridge at Bradley to lunch at the excellent Rebecca's Cafe at the old engine shed at Hulme End. The others drank tea and laughed whilst I sorted the electrics on the fresh machine, then we did a shorter afternoon circuit to finish at Wetton Mill (still at the cheaper end of the FT100 tea index, and now with a fresh cat to replace the old lamented biker friendly tortoiseshell). On the next ride, Gordon, the section's fastest man, managed to lose his followers but the resourceful followers appointed a fresh leader and completed the ride. The AGM gave a remit to carry on as before. OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 On our 50th anniversary around fifty riders signed on for either the short run or long run or both, there where various machines from most years with a good bunch of veterans some in their original patina. Speacial thanks for Ian Young and Celia Walton two of our early members. A grand day out. The 2015 Welsh Run. Two dozen lads made there separate ways across to Rhayader in sunny Wales for a nights stay at Ty Morgans Inn, the next morning they rode along drovers tracks passing lakes and dams below, we

halted at the Dam Visitor Centre where a spot of bird watching was carried out by some. Then back to base for supper, then back home to Oxfordshire in the morning. Thanks again to Rob Harris and Neil Kerr for organising this event. PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 At our September meeting we took the opportunity to catch up on business held over from the previous months’ machine nights. Kevin Hellowell then passed around some photographs of motor cycle parts taken at unusual angles for teams to identify. Brent Tomlinson’s group proved to be the best lateral thinkers in the room. With no riding events of our own, and the official riding season rushing to a close, members took the opportunity to support other sections’ events culminating in 10 going to the South Lakes Mountain Weekend at the end of the month. At our club night on the 10th we will hear a talk by David Prismall on the Accrington Pals – very appropriate for the day before Armistice Day. REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 A healthy contingent took part in the 2015 Beamish Trophy Trial with Mike Laidler and Jon Hill manning the checkpoint in Blanchland. Also in September, Dave Harrison’s Saturday Rover took in the Aln Valley Railway at Alnwick whilst the Thursday Run ran up to the Scottish border and back to end at Morwick Ice Cream Parlour near Warkworth. Several riders took part in the Kamtrek event organised by the Norton Owners Club. Fortunately none of us won, thus avoiding the excitement of organising next year’s event!

SHEFFIELD & S YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 The Doncaster Circle run on the 13th September was well attended (18 Bikes) brilliant weather had been booked, everyone had a good time and it was all down to George and Masie who deserve a big thank you from everyone. Several members travelled down to the Goodwood section who had laid on rides, meals and a club night to attend, this also had very good weather. Our thanks must go to the Goodwood section for making us so welcome and showing so much hospitality. Correction to the notes in the October journal, our AGM will now take place in December NOT November because we have a guest speaker in November who is coming from the Armories at Leeds. SHROPSHIRE (NM) Derek Trow 01686 670626 September meeting was our AGM where 16 members were present; as usual the committee was elected en bloc. The Chairman thanked the secretary and treasurer for their work, Terry Sayce for the Long Mountain route plotting also Cyril Watson for his help with the spring and end of summer runs and Steve Jones for the summer run. The end of summer run organised by the chairman started from The Pound Inn, Leebotwood and wound its way through the lovely Shropshire countryside calling at Sleap Airport for lunch, where there was a vast menu to choose from. After lunch we headed along country lanes, finally ending up at the chairman’s house for afternoon tea. The route made a very enjoyable the day, along with the weather. Thanks to Godfrey and Cyril stepping in at the last moment due to the secretary being busy. We hope to have a speaker for November. SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599

Thursday Rideout, organised by Chris Maughan, at Cornhill, near Coldstream, 10th Sept. 2015.

Thanks to the Section for all your support at this sad time, also for the donation in memory of Anwen. Our thoughts are also with Wyn and Val and their wives. It will soon be time again for our Christmas dinner in December, time flies. I hope you all made use of the fine weather at the end of September as I write this. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding.

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SOMERSET (SW) Pete Newman 01934 813638 The Codgers and Dodgers Run from Watchfield was well attended, a good route with nice weather. Thanks Rod for organising. Giles Willison attended our Club Night and gave an insight into the new ideas at Headquarters. The West Somerset Run attracted over 20 riders, a scenic route around Exmoor. One snag, an accident had closed part of the route and a detour was needed. Well done Steve an excellent day. Our Autojumble was moved by The Bath and West to late September instead of early October, I think the date is not good for the event as we had less people through the gate, possibly through holidays. This did not stop those attending enjoying the day in brilliant summer sunshine. Plenty of bargains although I did see a BSA OHV V-twin for sale priced at £32,000! Guy Fawkes Run on 1st November meet Cheddar Garden Centre 10am. SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Despite some confusion over start points, seven riders enjoyed a pleasant day on 13 Sep at the G&W Railway, Toddington, in future, the convention will be that “Runs” usually start at Stonehouse car park, while “Meets” start at the venue. Our Xmas meal on 4 Dec will again be at the Anchor Inn at Epney - 7.30 for 8.00pm. Cost will be £20 each. To book, contact John Oliver on 01452 729939. Please bring tempting raffle prizes as proceeds go to the Air Ambulance. The 2016 programme should be ready too. If you break down en-route, Heneage Brooke and his dog will save you on this lovely ex-AA BSA.

SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 All three runs in September were very well attended. On the 6th, following coffee at Warden Hill Trading Post where Andy Bedford was presented with the best bike trophy, we went to the Yeovil Steam Railway to display the bikes at a special event. On the way home we stopped at The Kingcombe Centre for a cream tea. The following week we visited Holme garden centre for coffee before again displaying the bikes, this time at the Harman’s Cross Classic Transport Rally. This was followed by ice cream at Margaret Green animal sanctuary to round off the day. Our final run of the year was a visit to the Seaton Tramway, with coffee en route and tea at Maria’s pantry where we are always made very welcome. Many thanks to John, Tony, Ollie, Nick and Chris Keohane for organising this year’s runs. SOUTH DURHAM (NE) David Porteous 01325 358308 A dry sunny September, saw us enjoying some fine events, thanks to those involved in their organisation: Bobby Robinson for the Baydale Run through Durham with lunch taken at Castle Eden for 14 riders and marshals; Roy Sturgeon for the championship trial at Braidley with 15 entrants; Viv Tubby and those who went along to fly the section banner at the Teesside classic bike show; Tom Norman, together with some 50 volunteers from within and outside the VMCC who ensured the Beamish Trophy Trial entertained 150 entrants, who travelled from all over the country to test their stamina on Weardale terrain. Some ventured to the Lakeland Section’s Mountain weekend to renew friendships and enjoy the scenery thanks to Colin Steer and helpers. 19th November is the Beamish awards presentation and buffet, propositions for the AGM required by 5th November including nominations for Chairman and Vice Chairman. SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 Our last three day events for the year were all successful with the weather being kind to us. At our November meeting we have Ken Pink giving a talk on his experience about robotic Bomb Disposal one not

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to be missed. We are hoping to have our normal Christmas Party in December, more information next month. Once again our intrepid quiz team were in action in the local VMCC inter section quiz and as with tradition put in a sporting performance but once again finished last Thanks to all 3 brave souls who took part. The October meeting saw use discussing the calendar for 2016 we have a number of vacancies for run leaders for the evening runs and are looking for volunteers please contact Russell or Robert for information. The events list will be published later. SOUTH LINCS & PETERBOROUGH (ANG) Jonathan Jones 01733 222367 Section AGM time; failed to keep my head below the parapet. There is a sense of winding down now as our last riding events of the year approach. It has been a busy one with run attendances up save for the odd wet Sunday. On a couple of occasions organisers found themselves short of route cards; encouraging for those who provide our interesting and scenic rides. We have beaten metal at a forge, taken tea in genteel gardens, surveyed the Naseby battlefields and sampled the fare at many a welcoming hostelry. Our September Founder's Run was held in perfect Indian summer weather. On November 18th section member and Vulcan pilot John Connelly will instruct us on flying the big bomber. In December is our celebration buffet and awards and, for the hardy among us, the Chillie Willie run in the void between this year and next. SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 The Vale of Glamorgan Road Event attracted a reasonable number but could have been better. Those of you, who decided to do something else, missed a superb event. The weather was fine and the course not too demanding. What more enjoyable thing can you do, than ride your bike with your fellow members and friends in beautiful countryside? For the annual film night at the club house, we watched two fascinating WW2 dispatch riders training films. The first was on the army method of machine maintenance and the second on their riding techniques. The bikes used were Norton 16H. Seeing those men being trained to climb and descend steep hills, ford deep water crossing and ride over rough

ground, was inspirational. November events are “noggin’n’ natter” at the club house on 9th and 23rd. STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 Monday 10th Aug had 32 members attend. Minimal committee work done. The remaining S&T awards were presented. A video of the 2014 Antrim Run which interested most was shown by George Brown after which a good blether was enjoyed. The run to Arrochar arranged by Carol and Keith saw 14 bikes appear for lunch, although I think Peter Sim and Hughie Gracie were there for breakfast! After the normal discussions all dispersed in various directions home. The AGM on 14th attracted a larger than normal turn out for this meeting (32) members were involved in some good debating about the S&T, financial situation, and general club business, committee is as last year :- Gordon. - Chairman .George-Treasurer. Keith -Secretary. A new Co-ordinator for the S&T Iain Mc Laggan offered his services. Thanks to Valentina and John Rice for the job they have done over the last three years. STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 The September Inter-Section quiz was an outstanding success, thanks to the members who supplied food and the teams who participated. This year the Wessex Veteran & Vintage Section were victorious narrowly beating Berkshire by one point. Thank you to Ian Clarke for once again compiling the questions and being Quiz Master. We have two events this month, firstly Club Night on 18th November especially for the ladies where Carol Darby will be giving a talk on hats and jewellery. Three days later our Annual Dinner will again be at the Redlynch Sports and Social Club at Woodfalls on Saturday 21st November. Contact Diane to book a place. If you have any suggestions for next year's programme speak to the committee as we are always keen to have a supply of fresh ideas. SURREY & SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 We managed three rides this month, the Day Run led

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by Colin was well supported, not so the evening run and the mid-month runs due to inclement weather. Thanks to all those that have organised runs so far this year. Keep an eye on the diary for future events. SWANSEA & DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 The September Camping Weekend organised and led by Gareth Thomas was a great success with excellent runs on the Saturday and Sunday. The weather was superb which added to the rides. Thanks Gareth from all the riders. It was down to Saundersfoot in September for many section members for several days of excellent riding. Very many thanks to our friends in the West for an excellent event. Next meetings at Morriston Rugby Club off Chemical Road is 10 Nov, 8 Dec with the Christmas Dinner on the 15 December at the Rugby Club. SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 / 07887 517906 On September 6th Pete did his Chairman’s run a good run with Coffee at The Trout at Lechlade, back to Rat Trap for lunch. Thanks Pete for this one. On September 27th we had the Memorial run with 16 bikes plus passengers a Coffee Stop at Kemble Airport then back to Wootton Bassett for Lunch at The Cross Keyes thanks Don for this a very enjoyable day out. TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 September brought the 59th Annual Taverners Road Trial from Husbands Bosworth organised by newly elected chairman Kev, with weather and routes all giving a fantastic day out, although my son only managed the morning route on his first experience as a pillion on a rigid! We held our AGM and all ran very smoothly. Good luck to those who were elected. This month’s picture shows a couple of members on the IOM looking to enrol in a retirement home.

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TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 / 07875 694842 As I write these notes it has turned very autumnal which signals that another very enjoyable season of touring is almost over once more with our annual visit to Wales being the last time that most of us get together for this season. Once again we must thank Mike Walford for Saturdays route, even if we shouldn’t have gone through the gated road Mike, Mick and Sarah for Sundays ride round Llyn Brianne and Elan Valley and Dennis and Ginnie for Mondays return ride to Cyfartha Castle near Merthyr Tydfil as the last time we went it rained almost nonstop, well it was Monsoon Monday all over again. A cheque for £ 270.00 has been sent to The Wales Air Ambulance from donations received for route cards over the 3 Days. A big thank you to everyone who supported the weekend. Next year’s date is 10/11/12th September. WAKEFELD & W YORKSHIRE (NE) Helen Parker 01926 429310 September was our AGM of the section. The assembled members had a good discussion on the merits of membership covering the conviviality of the company at our Monday night section meetings, the pleasure they got from the runs of ours and other sections during the summer months, the potential of reductions on insurance costs membership brings and the value of Journal. We reflected on the runs of 2015 mentioning the highs and lows, this was followed by reports from the committee members. The meeting then moved on the elections of section officers, Roly and Rob were returned unanimously as Chairman and Treasurer. Bill had previous said he wished to stand down; he will be replaced by Neil who was elected unanimously. WARWICKSHIRE (SM) Helen Parker 01926 429310 The Afternoon Tea Run was held on a glorious Sunday afternoon, which brought out a good selection of machines. The route covered some lovely Warwickshire countryside and a good stop for tea. Thanks go to Simon for the event. President Tim Penn visited the section for our October meeting so thanks go to him for his talk on how his interest in motorcycles grew over the years. This month was the last of Graham's Wrinklies runs for 2015. Thank you Graham and Brenda for these and managing to find such good eating place's every month. We still need

a new committee member so if you are interested please see us at the next meeting. WESSEX VETERAN & VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Roger’s Runaround; good weather, route, turnout and run and an excellent lunch for dieters and diabetics (not so good for the hungry!). Thanks, Roger, we had a good laugh. Club Night’s video, Ride Alaska to Patagonia was very interesting but will not be one of our routes in future! Mike’s Autumn Leaves Run was a lovely run, well-supported and enjoyed the best weather this year, but British Rail were determined to bar us from the lunch stop by closing the crossing gate, forcing us to make a long detour. Our next club-night on October 12th is Pioneer Aircraft and November 9th is a talk on a Very British Rocket. Don’t forget to book your Christmas Dinner with Denise as soon as you can. WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 The discussion night took place at the Cock Inn, Ide Hill and only eighteen members attended. Apathy reigns, or almost everyone thinks we’re doing a good job. We will be returning to The Woodman for our November meeting and will likely to be back there regularly in 2016. The ground floor has been refurbished but the upstairs remains the same at present although plans are in place for changes. One thing that has been addressed is the heating which now works. Please come along to give it a try. We’re obviously not going to enamour ourselves with the new landlord if only half a dozen people turn up. Once again as winter comes upon us may I remind members that if the weather looks bad you can always go to the section website to see if a social runs have been cancelled. It might save you a wasted journey. WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL) Barry Palmer 01558 668579 The 60th SAUNDERSFOOT RUN was a resounding success, with over 110 entrants from all parts of the UK. The weather was kind too. The event started with a run from Glos to Saundersfoot and ended with a WELSH WEEK, where over 65 members, stayed on

for a week full of spectacular runs and great evening entertainment, culminating in a sing along evening in the events HQ for the week Broadfield Farm Restaurant, on the Camp site. Many thanks to all of the helpers and run organisers during the week, but especially to all those who took part.

Lunch stop check at the 2015 Saundersfoot. WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Peter Fielding 01225 763567 Bill’s mid week run on 3rd September had a big turnout; just as well as we managed to lose a few along the way though they did get an early lunch. Pity because it was a cracking ride through the North East of the county, an area we rarely visit. Excellent lunch at the White Hart in Stretton. The Mid-week wandering on 17th was to the Ship at Luckington with 23 attending all but two on bikes. This is also the venue for our Christmas Dinner and prizegiving – see Mike Davis to get hold of details and tickets. The Harvest Run on 20th took 18 of us into the Cotswolds in good weather against the odds. Coffee at Chedworth Farm shop and then meandering through the lanes to Fairford for lunch.Many thanks Mike. On 27th a few of us joined the Moonraker section on their Memorial Run; well done Don. WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 We have two runs in November to bring a good riding season to a close. The Run to the Moon on the 1st, start at Market square, Bromyard, not Cape Canaveral. Lunch at the Moon at Mordiford. The Midweek Run on the 19th will be Richard Bullock’s Railway Run finishing at the Railway Inn at Dinmore. December’s club night on the 14th will be our usual Christmas event at the Bell. We started off our indoor club nights with a very interesting talk by John Lambert on the technical aspects of the Met Office at Exeter. John generously asked us to donate his travelling expenses to the Midlands Air Ambulance.

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Right: Central Scottish Section stalwarts John and Dot Lamb on their classic Matchless 650.

Scottish Notes

The Glasgow Group initiative met on 15 September when there was a good attendance plus a number of supportive emails and apologies from those who could not attend. An application to become a Group will go forward to the VMCC Management Committee on 20 November. Refer to the article elsewhere in this Journal by the Secretary, Gordon Mowat, for more details or contact Gordon directly on 01475 638528 or at I have been asked to give a talk at their 17 November meeting on last year’s 500-mile tour of the Hebrides entitled ‘98cc – 500 miles – Bliss’. The first veteran run the Club has organised in Scotland took place on Saturday 3 October at Thornhill in Stirlingshire. The run came about through networking of the recently established Veteran Internet Group. John Macmillan from Lanark has been the driving force behind the Run and the Group. To his eternal credit he managed to assemble an entry of 23 machines, most of which were genuine veterans. There were other motorcycles on the run, but they were veteran like or had veteran characteristics. It seemed appropriate to secure The 1903 Dreadnought for the Run, and I picked it up last week and Martin Shelley ably assisted in fettling the machine. It was the wish of original owner Harold ‘Oily’ Karslake that the bike should be used and not left to stagnate as a museum piece, when he gifted it to the VMCC. The Veteran Run is a seismic event for us in Scotland. The veteran class entered for events has been getting smaller and smaller over the years. Now the future looks much brighter for veteran owners and vitally all of the age classes are active once again. No other Club can say that in Scotland and that gives us an edge to keep and attract new members. Nearly twenty per cent of you indicated an interest in the veteran class and this

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initiative should appeal to you as an entrant, a spectator or just the satisfaction that it is happening in the first place. If you want to get involved with the Veteran Internet Group please contact John Macmillan by phoning him on 01555 662760 or via email to It would be helpful to note of the announcement on page 4 of the October Journal looking for nominations for major awards. It is your opportunity to acknowledge hard working members’ contribution to the Club’s activities. Pat and Jim Kirkham, Arthur Merchant and Norrie Russell have been recent worthy winners so please give it some thought and send in those nominations. The MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston in March is an important opportunity to promote the Club. Stand space comes at no cost. Central Scottish and Auld Reekie Edinburgh Sections will be there as per usual. Additional space has been negotiated with the Show Organiser for the raffle bikes to be displayed and Giles Willison, General Manager, and Ian Botham will be in attendance. Make a note in your diary to come along and meet the HQ staff. Alastair Alexander Area Rep. for Scotland





North Staffs Cornwall

Notts and Derby Burton and District East Yorkshire Somerset West Kent West Wilts

Chiltern South Durham Men of Kent Clyde Valley


Surrey and Sussex Brooklands 2nd


Northampton Notts And Derby Northumbrian Men of Kent South Hants

North Cotswold Swindon Moonraker East Devon North Cotswold South Cotswold

Ipswich and Suffolk East Lancs Isle of Wight


East Herts Ipswich & Suffolk Cotswold West Kent Chiltern Lakeland Surrey and Sussex

Guy Fawkes Run. Blackberries, Bampton. 11.00am. Chris Wood 01237 472855 email Nearly Guy Fawkes Day Run, 10.30am, Leek Market Place. Graham Sneyd 01270 878805 Informal Breakfast Meeting, 10.00/11.30 Kit Hill Len Dingley 01208 850013, Autumn Road Run, 10.30am, Belper Mill Junction G. Bower 07745888938 Autumn Mist Run 10:00 am Conkers Midway Ian Marcer 07944685917 Club Night, 8pm, Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley H. Holdorf 01482 862209 Guy Fawkes Run, Cheddar Garden Centre. 10am Richard Gray. 01934 513910 Social Run. Polhill lay-by to Bush Blackbird & Thrush, E Peckham 10.30am Forest of Dean Run. Depart Fox & Hounds Acton Turville 10am Jim Gaisford 01225 743840 Bounds Cup Trial Dews Farm Uxbridge. See Section Notes Club Night, Middleton St George, 8pm Winter Wandering to Kent Air Ambulance, 10.30am Kent Gliding Club, TN25 4DR Brian Andrews tel. 01843 293370 From Cinder to Shale Speedway museum visit, Loanhead. Tim Ryan 07714505386 Run to the Moon, Market Square, Bromyard, 9.30 for 10.00am start John Porter 01386 553329 London to Brighton Car Run. Meet at Ian Pollard’s Clayton Hill, BN6 9PQ, Tea coffee, food, in aid of the NSPCC Brian Robins 01293 537598 Winter Wandering, Newlands Corner, A25 Guildford GU4 8SE 11am depart Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Rocket Run. 10-30 Hunsbury Country Park. Dave Mead Autumn Road Run. 10.30am. Belper Mill Junction G.Bower 07745888938 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club night. 8pm Wagon and Horses, Charing. TN27 0NR Frank Mitchell 07837 918087 Monthly Meeting Hill Park Working Mens Club, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8pm. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Club Night, Awards Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Club Night Club Night 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. Club Night 8pm The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Club night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanley Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Club night, 8pm, Rushmere AGM, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm Lunch Run, Godshill car park, 11.30am to the Bear Cafe, Apse Heath Garden Centre Pub Night, The Woodman PH, Wild Hill, 8.15pm Club night. 8pm. Rushmere Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Wrinkly Run. Start 10.30am from Village Hall Ide Hill car park. Club Night White Hill Centre. Talk by Andy Reynolds. See Section Notes Ride-In to Bluebird Café, Coniston, 11.00 am, Coniston Records Week John Silcock, 01229 861264 Day Run/Winter Gathering, Brian Robins 01293 537598

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5th 7th 8th 9th



Notts and Derby Somerset West Wilts Notts And Derby Central Lancs Brooklands

B’Mouth & N. Forest Stirling Castle Wessex Vet. & Vintage Northumbrian Worcestershire Surrey and Sussex

Anglian Burton and District East Devon Clyde Valley Isle of Wight



Cotswold Northwest Dorset Banbury

Chiltern North East Snowdonia/Eryri Warwickshire East Sussex Essex Berkshire 12th


Dartmoor North Staffs Cornwall Isle of Man West Kent West Wilts Midland

14th 15th

Bedfordshire Taverners Leicester Surrey and Sussex Devon

Isle of Man East Devon South Cotswold

Video/Natter Club Night. Guest speaker: Terry Temlett. Somerset and Dorset Railway Mid Week Run. Contact Tony Kay 01380 722288 for info Video/Natter Night.Royal Oak, Ockbrook AGM, Bowling Green, 8pm Charnock Richard. Adrian Such 07534 278388 Auto-Jumble. NRA, Queen's Road (off A322), Bisley GU24 0NP. 10.00am David Ashdown 01932 349996 Remembrance Sunday, 10.15am, Ringwood Square Club Night, Bring and Buy Auction Club Night Talk, The Skylark Project, A Very British Rocket Robin Brand Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club night, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 7.30 for 8.00pm start John Porter 01386 553329 Guest Speaker - start at 7.30pm. Brian Robins 01293 537598 Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 A.G.M. 8:00pm Marston’s Lunch Meet 1300 Aviator Café, Dunkerswell Section AGM, Dalserf Church. Tim Ryan 07714505386 Club Night, guest speaker, Mark Earp with Part 2 of Isle of Wight curiosity ‘Fact, Fiction or Fantasy’ Starts 8.00pm sharp. Talk by David Prismall on the Accrington Pals. Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale OL165HS 8.30pm. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Mid-week Run, 10.30am, TBA, See web site for details. Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Club Meeting Section. 8pm at The Barons Burscough Club Night, Guest Speaker John Adams 01963 251890 Club night, Banbury Cricket Club,8.00pm. Quiz Night. David Jebbitt 01295 750538 email Wrinkly Run The Black Cat Lye Green Chesham. See Section Notes Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire from 12 Noon. Club Night, Waunfawr 01286872599 Club night, talk by Alan Bailey 01327-260590 Club Night, 7.30 for 8.00pm 01825 890499 Talk: Isle of Man Alan Williams Ship and Anchor Mid-week Run. For details please see website Malcolm White - Club Night. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 7.30 for 8pm Malcolm Byrne, WW2:The Western Theatre of Operations Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 Club Night, 8.00pm Royal Seven Stars, Totnes TQ9 5DD Club Night, 8.15pm, Moorville Hall East Taphouse Club Night pasty, 8.00pm East Taphouse Community Hall Celia Hore 01208 73571, Club Night, Knock Froy, Santon, 8.00pm Noggin & Natter at the Pied Bull, Farningham from 8.00 pm. Section Meeting Chippenham Rugby Club 8pm Classic Car and Bike Show at the NEC. ‘Build Up’ on Thursday 12th; ‘Break Down’ Sunday 15th. To display your bike/s (allowing free entry) contact Bob Badland 07 825 840 677 or Roy Osborn 07 970 416 021 AGM + photo review of 2015, Shefford Memorial Hall, 8.00 for 8.30pm Noggin & Natter, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby. K Alexander 07713 908407 Day Run - Riverside Café, Forest Row at 10.00. Lunch near Winchelsea Brian Robins 01293 537598 Club Night. Guest Speaker. 7.30pm. Chris Wood 01237472855 email Trial, Dhoon Quarry Laxey, start 1.30pm Sunday Ride 1030 Smileys Café Honiton. Richard Gomm 01404811420 Sunday lunchtime informal meet at the Anchor Inn at Thornbury, 12.00 Jeremy Retford 01666 577884

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Dorset West Wilts East Sussex Cornwall North Birmingham

Winter Run, Orchard Park Garden Centre Dave Burfitt 01747 823375 Autumn Sunday Wandering Radnor Arms, Corston. 12 noon Brian’s Breakfast Run, HQ, 8.30am Section Secretary 01825 890499 Dolly’s Run leaving Ladock @ 10.30am Peter Old 01208 831935 Winter Wander. 10 for 10.30 from Halfords at Cannock, or The Lock Inn, Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY10 3RN and a common finish point at Tony’s Diner. Paul Harris 01902 842732/Martyn Round 0121 5501547 South Durham Championship Trial Roy Sturgeon Tel:01325260937 Cotswold Winter Wandering, Woolpack Inn, Slad, Stroud (SO 872 073) Northampton Memorial Run 10-30 Brixworth Country Park. Mike Sawyer Taverners Leicester Sporting Trial - Crossways Farm, Stainby, Observers needed please. M McEvoy 07973 142440 Peacehaven Farm Run and Section AGM, 10.30am at Peacehaven Farm, Cyclemotors Ickford, Bucks, HP18 9JE Details from Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 Club Night, Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton, nr Middletown Neil 16th Wakefield & W Yorks Lewis 0773 0146637 email Northumbrian Section AGM, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Northumbrian Club Night, Quiz Night, Romanway Clubhouse, 7.30pm Oxford Noggin and Natter, 8.00pm Walkford Hotel David Bowmer, 01202 388404 B’mouth & N. Forest Club Night 17th Swindon Moonraker Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8.00pm. Speaker Gary Mason; Fuel Goodwood Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night, auction, Broadlakes Lodge, 8.00pm East Herts Cheshire & North Wales Club Night at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL Chinese Railways in 2002. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 In-house Quiz and social meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great East Lancs Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm Club night. 8pm Rushmere Ipswich & Suffolk Club Night, Members’ Bar, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, KT13 0QN Brooklands 8pm Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Club Night, Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, NR13 5HL, 8pm. 18th Norwich and District Pub Night The Black Cat Lye Green Chesham. See Section Notes Chiltern Club Night, Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick NR13 5HL, 8pm. Norwich and District Informal lunch. Blast Cafe Bodmin 12.00 noon Roger Hore 01208 73571 Cornwall Club Night at the National Motorcycle Museum. Speaker: Mike Wild. Bob Midland Badland 07 825 840 677 Roy Osborn 07 970 416 021 Mid-week lunch, Flying Horse, Clophill, 12.15pm Roger 01582 534711 Bedfordshire Motorcycle Events on film, Gloucestershire Film Club, Churchdown Club, Cotswold Church Road, Churchdown. 01242 574599 Club Night Talk on Hats and Jewellery by Carol Darby. 8pm Club House, Stonehenge Woodfalls Details: Committee Social evening,8pm The Elephant PH, 31 The Mall, Faversham. ME13 8JN Men of Kent Frank Mitchell tel. 07837 918087 Mid Lincs Auction Postponed, Noggin and Natter Peter Gunnee 01652 657169 Club Night. Observation and Photo Night. 7.30pm Chris Wood 01237 19th Devon 472855 email Notts and Derby Natter Night West Wilts Mid Week Wandering New Inn, Seagry - 12 noon Cheshire Cats Club Night. 7:30 for 8:00 Winnington Park RFC Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Midweek Run, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 9.30 for 10.00am Worcestershire start Richard Bullock 01905 641216 Club Night Middleton St George 8pm Beamish Awards South Durham Natter Night, Royal Oak, Ockbrook Notts And Derby Noggin and Natter, 8.00pm, Walkford Hotel. David Bowmer, 01202 388404 B’mouth & N. Forest Annual Dinner & Presentations, Kilworth Springs Golf Club R Spinks 20th Taverners Leicester 01162 796604 Annual Dinner 6.30pm for 7pm Club House Woodfalls Diane Poynting 21st Stonehenge 01722 332996 or Lionel Butler 01725 510760 Cold Finger Run, Horsefair, Banbury OX16 0AN,10.30am. Dave 22nd Banbury Buckingham 01295 780040

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23rd 24th

Northumbrian Berkshire Goodwood

Isle of Wight Kings Lynn

Cotswold Surrey and Sussex 25th


West Kent Berkshire East Sussex Herefordshire

East Herts Cotswold Bristol Oxford North Cotswold Manc. & High Peak

West Wilts North Cotswold Flat Tank Lakeland 27th

Taverners Leicester Cornwall


North East Worcestershire Notts & Derby

28th 29th

East Devon Notts and Derby





Central Lancs

Swindon Moonraker North Cotswold South Cotswold East Devon North Cotswold

Swindon Moonraker Burton and District East Lancs


Ipswich & Suffolk Berkshire Chiltern

Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club Night Noggin’n’Natter, The Sportsman, Amberley, 8.00pm Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night, Bring and Buy, 7.30 for 8.00pm, Ventnor Cricket Club Club Night. Dangerous Don’s Dodgy Digital Film Show 8pm Social Club Methwold. All welcome, bring a friend along. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 or Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown Noggin n Natter - Kentish Horse - Markbeech, TN8 5NT, from 8pm Brian Robins 01293 537598 Noggin & Natter at the Woodman, Goathurstn Common, Ide Hill. 8.00 pm. Club Night - Noggin & Natter Malcolm White - Club Night, 7.30 for 8.00pm Section Secretary 01825 890499 The Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop, Hereford HR1 4JR @ 7.30pm Lunch, The Harvester, Harpenden Rd, St. Albans, 12.15pm Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown AGM & Auction, Begbrook, 8.00pm Simon 01179 652503 10.00am, Christmas Run, Millets Farm, leader Dave Cox Wrinkly Lunch, TBC G & B Hallard 01929 842029 Club night and table top trial Poynton Workmens club 8-00pm start Barry Cook, 01663-750827, Barry Howard 01625-630016 Section Meeting - Talk by Peter Donovan Chippenham Rugby Club 8pm Wrinkly Lunch Graham Hallard 01926 842029 AGM and Bring and Buy auction - Thornbury RFC Reg Eyre - 01242 870375, before 9.00pm please Club Night and Lakeland Section Annual General Meeting, proposals to the Secretary by 13th November please. Colin Steer 017687 74536 Talk - Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, Leics K Alexander 07713 908407 Truro club night 7.30 for 8pm Bill Phelps on 50yrs of motorcycling Roger Fogg 01726 67198 Breakfast Meet 1000 A303 American Restaurant Sunday Run, 11am Griffins Head, Papplewick X Roads G. Bower 07745 888938 AGM: Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge 2pmAnthony Head. 01423 712072 Midday meet, Bell Inn, Pensax John Porter 01386 553329 Sunday Run 10.30am Lay-By A6 south of Whatstandwell Bridge B. Sherras 01773 741908 Club Social - Hot Pot Supper and Awards Night Section. 8pm at The Barons Burscough Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Xmas meal, 7.30 Bowling Green, Charnock Richard Adrian Such 07534 278388 Skittles with Swindon and District 01793 539207 Club Night, speaker John Putley Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Club night. Kings Head at Kings Stanley Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Club Night. First Aid Talk 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. Club Night 8pm The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Skittles Night with the Swindon & District Grange Drive Bowls Club Frostbite run 9.30 am Marston’s Ian Marcer 07944685917 Business Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm Ladies night 8pm Rushmere Mid-week Lunch Meeting, 12.00pm, TBA, See web site for details. Quiz Night The White Hill Centre Chesham See Section Notes

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North East Cotswold 3rd

4th 5th 6th

West Kent Notts and Derby West Wilts

Somerset South Durham Notts And Derby B’Mouth & N. Forest South Cotswold North Cotswold East Sussex North Cotswold

Taverners Leicester Manc. & High Peak

West Wilts East Yorkshire Cornwall Somerset

South Durham West Kent

7th 8th


Northampton Taverners Leicester Men of Kent Brooklands Northumbrian South Hants

East Devon Anglian Burton and District Pennine



East Sussex Snowdonia/Eryri Chiltern Essex North East Dorset Reivers 10th

Northwest Dartmoor Isle of Man

Christmas Dinner: Millstones Restaurant on the A59 West of Harrogate. Anthony Head. 01423 712072 Guest speaker, Jim Rendell, ‘The Mighty Typhoon’ Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01242 574599 Wrinkly Run. Start 10.30 from Kemsing High St car park. Video/Natter Section Dinner & Prizegiving. Royal Ship, Luckington. Tickets and info from Mike Davis 01225 811986 Club Night. Bring and Buy Club Night AGM Middleton St George 8pm Video/Natter Night Royal Oak Ockbrook Christmas Dinner, 7.30pm Walkford Tony Townsend, 01425 612458 Section Christmas meal. The Anchor Inn at Epney, 7.30pm for 8.00John Oliver 01452 729939 Christmas Dinner. Andy Barnett 01386 881145 Saturday Run to Brede Pumping Station, HQ, 10am Secretary 01825 890499 Christmas Dinner The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden Andy Barnett 01386 881145 Earls Shilton Trials Club, Potters Marston, Leics, grid ref: SP 4896 9679, Mill Lane, Off Pingle Lane north of M69 bridge Mark McEvoy 01858 434197 email Off road trial Pott Shrigley 10-30 for 11am start. John Drabble 01625 575479, Barry Howard 01625 630016, Stuart Coales 01260-252305 Winter Wandering Quarrymans Arms, Box - 12 noon Club Night, Tiger Inn, Beverley, 8.00pm H. Holdorf 01482 862209 Informal Breakfast Meet - Kit Hill 10/11.30am Len Dingley 01208 850013 Christmas Run and Lunch. Cossington Village Hall. 10-30 for 11am Ruth Pope 01458 251174. Harry Rayner 01278 456021 40th Anniversary Social Run Brian Smith 01325286623 Social Run. West Malling High St car park to the Black Horse, Stansted. Start 10.30 am. Winter Woolies Run 11-00 the Bull Harpole Martin Laudon Sporting Trial - Earl Shilton, Observers needed. M McEvoy 07973 142440 Winter Wandering, details TBA. Frank Mitchell. tel 07837 918087 Winter Wandering, Newlands Corner A25 Guildford GU4 8SE 11am depart Richard Huckle 07853 204018 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Christmas Party Meeting Hill Park Working Mens Club, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8.00 p.m. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Lunch Meet, 1300 Aviator Café Dunkerswell Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS Beer and Skittles Night. 8.00pm Burton Bridge Inn & Brewery Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 Christmas Social, Kingsway Hotel, Rochdale OL165HS 8.30pm. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Club night, Banbury Cricket Club,8.00pm. Ladies Night. David Jebbitt 01295 750538 email Christmas Skittles and Buffet Night 7-30pm start. Ticket only. Helen Parker 01926 429310 Club Night, 7.30 for 8.00pm Section Secretary 01825 890499 Christmas Dinner Waunfawr 01286872599 Coffee Morning The Black Cat Lye Green Chesham. See Section Notes Yuletide Festivities: Ship and Anchor Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire From 12 Noon. Club Night, Social Evening, Halsey Arms. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Xmas Club Night. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 19.30 for 20.00 Food, fripperies & the World’s Worst Ventriloquist. Simon Hadden 01665 570023 Club Meeting 8pm at The Barons Burscough. 07961 446971 Club Night, 8.00pm Royal Seven Stars, Totnes TQ9 5DD Club Night, Knock Froy, Santon, Bring and Buy Sale, 8.00pm

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Manc. & High Peak

11th 12th 13th


Anglian Bedfordshire West Kent Taverners Leicester North Staffs Berkshire

Notts and Derby Cornwall South Cotswold Dorset Stirling Castle Worcestershire

Northumbrian Men of Kent

East Taphouse C/N mince pies, 8.00pm East Taphouse Community Hall Celia Hore 01208 73571, Xmas party/club night, Poynton Workmens club 8-00pm start. Barry Cook, 01663 750827, Barry Howard 01625 630016 Xmas Dinner at Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS Drew Down, 01480 462756 Xmas ‘do’ + charity auction, Shefford Memorial Hall, 8.00 for 8.30pm Party Night at the Pied Bull, Farningham. Start 8.00 pm Christmas Party & Quiz, Ratby Sports & Social Club, Ratby, Leics K Alexander 07713 908407 Club Night, 8.15pm, Moorville Hall Christmas Dinner, 7.15pm, TBA. See web site for details Saturday Run, 11.00am half day run, Limes Cafe Gordon 01773 788710 Christmas Lunch, 12.30 Graham Walkey 01726 64493 Informal meet at the Hunter’s Hall at Kingscote, 12.00 onwards Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Xmas Run & Dinner, 11.00am, Leigh Village Hall Rod Hann 01935 872528 Christmas Function Christmas event, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 7.30 for 8pm start John Porter 01386 553329 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Christmas social, 8pm Wagon and Horse Pub. TN27 0NR Frank Mitchell. 07837 918087 Club Night Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8.00pm - Noggin’n’Natter Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club Night, Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CH3 5UL Christmas ‘do’. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Club night 8pm Rushmere



Swindon Moonraker Goodwood Cheshire & N Wales Ipswich & Suffolk





Gearbox Overhaul Cylinder Heads Rebores & Honing Crank Grinding Dynamic Balancing General Engineering

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Regs available 15/11/2015

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Taverners Leicester

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Sporting Trial, Stainby

Sporting Trial, Earl Shilton Sporting Trial, Rileys Railway Sporting Trial, Eaton Sporting Trial, Rileys Railway Sporting Trial, Rectory Farm Sporting Trial, Eaton

Mark McEvoy 07973 142440 Mark McEvoy (as above) Mark McEvoy (as above) Mark McEvoy (as above) Mark McEvoy (as above) Mark McEvoy (as above) Mark McEvoy (as above)


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:

The Daphne Hedington Dent Memorial Trophy: The Syd Plevin Trophy:

The Footman James Spirit of the Club Award:

Presented to one who, in the opinion of his peers, has made a significant contribution to the world of motorcycling “in the Bob Currie tradition”. For this award a citation is required. Presented to a VMCC member under the age of 25 years who consistently rides in Club events. Presented to a VMCC member for outstanding work within a section of the Club. Presented to a member who, in the opinion of his peers, operates and helps in the background who would in some cases go unrecognised for all their efforts in helping the club.


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PHIL HAMILTON It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of my good friend Phil Hamilton on the 20th August aged 70. I knew Phil for over 50 years and we shared the common affliction of a love of old motorcycles. Phil was a VMCC stalwart for many years, and was a founder of the Auld Reekie Edinburgh section which he attended regularly until ill health was clearly taking its toll. He was Area Rep. for Scotland for over 10 years and the BSA post-war Marque Specialist for even longer. His interest in motorcycles started when his father acquired a Lambretta scooter and he soon moved on to owning and riding a succession of motor cycles including a BSA A10 Rocket and an Ariel Arrow. He met his wife, Polly, through attending meetings of the Ariel Owners Club and they both participated fully in motorcycle events around Scotland. He was an enthusiastic collector and reader of books on his twin passions; motorcycles and aviation history. Phil and I were regular attendees at the I.O.M.TT and many other motorcycling events. Phil was a dab hand at rebuilding motor cycles for himself and others and skilled using his lathe. I shall miss his company and friendship. Brian Forbes

Sammy Miller Museum Trust Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton Hampshire BH25 5SZ

Phone 01425620777/ 01425 616644 Email


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MABE HARDMAN It is a measure of the high esteem in which Mabe Hardman was held that St. Matthews Church in Barrow-in Furness was filled with her family and many friends on September 2nd. Those present included many members from the VMCC and Barrow MCC. Indeed, quite a cavalcade of motor cyclists were there to say goodbye to a very popular lady pillion rider. Her husband, Ken, with Mabe on the pillion were keen supporters of many VMCC events in the North and in Scotland during their long marriage. They had met as teenagers in Lancashire where they grew up, eventually moving up to Stainton, near Barrow. Mabe was a highly creative and charismatic dinner and dance she was the life and soul of the party. Her wit and her charm will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her. To Ken and family, we extend condolences. Geoff Brazendale

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Legislation and all that

The V765 scheme There have been changes in DVLA policy about evidence required to support V765 applications for the reallocation of original registration numbers. The basic requirement is, and always has been, to demonstrate a clear link between the frame number (i.e. the identity of the individual vehicle) and the registration mark being claimed. The preferred documents to demonstrate this are either the original RF60 brown or green log book or an authenticated copy, or an extract from the old county registration records. This latter is only valid where those records show the frame (or chassis) number, and unfortunately not all of them do. However, DVLA recognise there will be cases where neither is available, and they are prepared to consider other valid documents which provided the necessary link, such as bills of sale, factory records or similar. Where appropriate, heritage certificates issued by manufacturers, or organisations with a clear connection to the manufacturer, will also be considered. However, items such as old tax discs, whilst they may be useful corroborative evidence, are not acceptable evidence on their own as, apart from the registration number, the information is generic rather than specific. The DVLA are now seeing a number of forged old style log books, so club officials are asked to be particularly vigilant in this area and to be understanding of requests for originals. It has always been the case that in some circumstances DVLA have required a particular vehicle to be inspected and since the closure of the Local Offices this has been delegated to DVSA ( was VOSA) From 27th April this year this DVLA examination process changed to a new service provider SGS Ltd. SGS are a Swiss-based company operating all over the world providing inspection services. For the DVLA service they will come to the address where the vehicle is stored and there is no charge to the keeper. NOVA The time has come to remind those of you who are affected, of the requirements of the ‘Notification of Vehicle Arrivals’ (NOVA) system. NOVA came into force on 15th April 2013. It is a joint HMRC/DVLA system which in all usual cases works automatically and

without problems. If you are importing a vehicle from within the EU, whether you are a business or an individual and whether or not the vehicle is new, you must notify HMRC of the importation within 14 days. This would apply even if the vehicle was a restoration project. DVLA will automatically be aware of this process, whether or not the vehicle is immediately presented for registration. However, the FBHVC identified from the inputs of members that there was an unforeseen problem and advised HMRC. There were (and no doubt still are) a number of vehicles imported as restoration projects prior to the inauguration of NOVA. If restoration took a number of years, it would be a while before they were ready to be registered with the DVLA. Particularly where the unrestored vehicle changed hands after import, details of the importation might be lost. The FBHVC negotiated a transitional procedure which may yet have several years to run before all projects become complete and registration is applied for to DVLA this procedure is for these very exceptional cases only. We all need to be aware that this is an important concession we have received to benefit affected members. Thus it is not built into the normal automated system. It is important to use the ‘paper’ version of the notification form NOVA1 as the electronic version will not accept incomplete answers or answers that are not correct for the purpose The NOVA 1 should be accompanied by a letter of explanation and any available information regarding the history of the vehicle. HMRC will input the information into NOVA Once HMRC is satisfied, the applicant will receive a confirmation letter and it is the responsibility of the applicant to send HMRC letter to DVLA to be able to register the vehicle.

Tax discs Yet more unforeseen consequences of the discontinuance of the tax disc keep rearing their ugly heads. Where the registered keeper dies and the V5C is sent to DVLA to change the registered keeper in the normal way, the tax will be ceased. So, to remind you, cessation of tax cover is a change of registered keeper as shown in the V5c - NOT a sale. It is important to remember that this applies to motor vehicles that are eligible for the ‘No tax’ category. You need to secure reinstatement of this category for the new keeper – it does not transfer…

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Correspondence That Douglas – continued

Firstly, excuse my disjointed and belated response to the May letter and later re the ‘Mystery Douglas” and the Moore family. I made a BF of myself as I was not properly ‘with it’ owing to medication. You will have had my email of 2nd of the month which having gone through thoroughly to check I listed it correctly. I now know that Baz and Percy have answered but I can add a little to their letter. And now back in this world I have had the colour slides mentioned printed and enclose copies of some which you may or may not wish to use. I have put names to these photographs, taken at the 1967 TT. Jim Hammat (I think this concludes the Douglas saga – Ed.)

Heads in the air I received a note from our CVMG Editor John Pepper regarding the use of the item on BMW ‘Airheads’ which I wrote for the CVMG Sept/15 News. You are welcome to use it. However, I have revised it slightly so as to make the context of the article a little clearer to British readers who may not understand the CVMG having a ‘bike’ or motorcycle model of the year for each Annual Rally. (Thank you. It’s on page 56 – Ed.) If you want other articles, I am revising the 1988 one I did on the history of Riley DU1084 which was owned by a very good neighbour of mine, Charlie Emmans, later by his son Peter who I knew well and it is now in the third generation of the family. Lots of pictures of it in various forms from 1909 to this century. I’m still Broughing as you can see by the picture taken on a stop on the Paris Rally Road Run (see centre pages). Also did the road run at the CVMG Montreal Rally but since it is 600 km to that Rally from home in Georgetown, Ont. (west of Toronto) the SS80 has to be content with a ride there on a trailer. Hope you and the VMCC are keeping well. I seem to be doing OK but did sell the BMW in the picture a couple of years ago as it was

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getting too tall for my shrinking height. But the Broughs, Levis (of course!) and even the '67 Triumph T100C Trophy are still low enough in the saddle for an old man who will reach 75 next month. I look forward to each issue of the Journal. Allan Johnson

The Model H saga – continued With reference to Peter Cornelius’ letter addressing that I have been misinformed on the model ‘H’ Triumph. He has - (A) mis-read my text or (B) totally dismissed it out of hand. The details I gave were from a Triumph Motors sales catalogue of October 1914 illustrating, with details, the new 4 hp. Model ‘H’ Triumph S/a countershaft gear motor cycle with ‘handlebar’ clutch lever and kick-start. It also illustrated the (baby) ‘junior’ Triumph - as we know it now. I asked the cycle shop owner if I could buy the Triumph catalogue and the rest of his early catalogues – all of which were pre-1914 apart from ‘Humber Motor Cycle 1927 “The motor cycle with the famous car behind it”. Further to the above, at 74 years of age I was fortunate to come into contact with a long since gone generation of chaps who had seen service in WW.1 –with very good memories. Having

restored my 1917 model ‘H’ Triumph in 1959/61– yes, over 50 years ago and most impressive to remember details told – Not current ‘down-loads’ from ‘Yazoo’ ‘U tube’ – whatever that is. Learning details that the Triumph was put back, put on hold, let down by the early design of the Sturmey-Archer gearbox from four reliable ‘elder statesmen’ One of whom, Alan Doughty, who had ‘hands-on’ knowledge of the Sturmey-Archer factory and the ‘Jardine’ gear company – both situated in his home town of Nottingham knew that all was not well. Even today, no company will readily admit to slip-ups... Incidentally, when I contacted the Triumph factory (Meriden) in 1968 re. details of an earlier model (3 hp of 1906) I was told that all records were destroyed in the blitz in WW2 – a long time ago. I DID review my bound volume of ‘Motorcycling’ from 1st June 1914 to 14th December 1915 and found, on page 404 an illustration of a model ‘H’ Triumph being ridden . The rider was carrying a full-size effigy of “Kaiser Bill” under his right arm - with three young lads following. Then, a little more observant – three more ads. – full page appeared later from October 12th and November 2nd 1915. The questions I pose are as follows: 1) Consider. We were at war with Germany, so what effect did this have on the Triumph Motor Cycle Company to progress the Model ‘H’ a weapon of mass production? Ditto for Velocette and Robert Bosch Ltd - all under German management. I was told – on good authority that the directors were arrested and then interned in the Isle of Man. 2) Consider a new, up-to-date motor cycle. A breakaway from hub gears – with a 3-speed countershaft gearbox, a handlebar clutch and a kick-start. Those were the adverts. for the Triumph Motor Cycles Ltd - including the Triumph ‘Junior’. 3) How long did it take for the Sturmey-Archer gear company to turn things around and to design the gearbox as we now know it? 4) In its original guise, the first offering of the S/A. Gearbox had the gear change lever

amidships on the frame top tube –i.e. above the petrol tank, very similar to the ‘Armstrong’ 3-speed hub gear control and not on the seat column down tube as from 1919 -20. The gear change rod on the right-hand side of the machine would have been at least 18” or 21” long. The gearbox final drive pulley would have been cast and with curved spokes and almost touching the ground. Those two features would have made the Triumph totally unacceptable for military use. 5) Perhaps trivia, when the fitting of Bosch look-alike ‘M.L’ (Morris-Lister) magnetos took place during the hostilities or immediately afterwards when the American ‘Splitdorf’ magneto was used. Now, a couple of these ML magnetos I have had in the past were finely stamped, underside “Made in Stuttgart” They used the same countersunk screws as Bosch 7/32” diameter x 24 tpi I have had to make these screws – of different lengths for my Bosch ZE1 magneto and the later 1925-27 single ‘square’ ML magnetos. 6) When did the German management come to a close at Triumph? Despite bygone ‘potted’ knowledge, the Triumph model ‘H’ was of sound design. A first-class motor cycle built to high standards. Personally, I am surprised that only 90 or so exist from the 30,000 built. A lot were left, forlorn, in the early 1960’s. David Frank I do miss Bonzo Reading through September’s issue, I suddenly came across the article by Bob Ashwin about ‘Bonzo’, one of the bikes that I really should not have sold. I first saw Bonzo in the window of Matthew Mason’s motor cycle restoration shop at the bottom of Hagbourne Road, in Didcot. Sadly, the building is now boarded up and appears about to be re-developed. Matthew had a successful racing career on Vincents and later was involved in grass-track and other competitive racing. However, when I knew him he was carrying out restoration work to a very high standard including a vintage ‘Pope’ that had previously managed to ignite itself and which was also renowned for

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throwing pushrods over hedges at frequent intervals. Back to ‘Bonzo.’ After frequent visits I finally managed to wheedle Bonzo out of the window by the application of a pump-up butt reservoir air gun, a collection of Webley air pistols and some cash. When first acquired, Bonzo’s petrol tank looked as if it had been painted with a fence post dipped in tar with some crooked lining and a hand-painted ‘Bonzo’ name on each side where the transfers now sit. Restoration was limited to a gentle cleaning to preserve the patina and replacement of a few cables, etc. but the tank was really spoiling it so I refinished it in black with bright red panels lined out in gold in a similar scheme to the ‘Francis Superior’ SS 500 calendar ‘bike. This looked the part but before I put on the transfers I decided to fill the tank and give it a quick blast. However, being somewhat ham-fisted with the petrol can I managed to spill a goodly quantity of unleaded over the tank and the red panel simply slipped off in ribbons and dangled like a burst balloon. Overcoming my disappointment with a solid round of Anglo-Saxon, I took the tank off, stripped off all the red paint and refinished it in black with gold lining. The transfers were made out of VMCC-supplied ‘James’ and Francis-Barnett’ ones cut about to make ‘Jarnet.’ In fact, the only record I have of Bonzo is the remaining transfers which I include if they are of any use to Bob. I have a single photograph of the machine which is from the front and which shows the ‘bike in much the same condition as shown in the magazine. As a riding experience, it was superb. The ‘built-like-a-bridge’ frame showed no signs of strain even after being disembowelled and having a heavy vee-twin engine inserted. The only problems using it on the road were the tobacco-tin sized brakes, heavy boots being a sensible option. It was fast and reliable and it handled really well. Good grief! Did I really sell it twenty years ago? That was mistake, I do miss Bonzo. Bonzo was a famous cartoon dog throughout the Edwardian era, and was always in trouble. Malcolm Atkins

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News from the Glasgow group Members in the Glasgow area will now be aware, that following a bit of a setback we are now moving closer to full section status. We are meeting now on the third Tuesday of each month at the Tradeston ex-servicemen club, Beech Drive, Glasgow. In September a committee of three was formed, Keith Harrison as Chairman, David Donaldson as Treasurer and I took on the Secretary role. By the time you are reading this members will have met again in October to discuss winter /spring activities and will have indulged ourselves in some ‘feely bag” nonsense, you just can’t beat these old time activities. If you are reading this early enough in November why not come along on the 18th. Alastair Alexander has kindly agreed to entertain us on the topic “98 cc Autocycle 500mile Hebridean Hop – just a breeze” He reckons it was one of his best motorcycling trips ever. (It’s certainly the longest talk title) sorry Alastair. Real efforts are being made by lots of individuals into making a Glasgow section work, it will be more successful if members living in the area attend, It’s your club, make the most of it by joining in. We look forward to seeing more of you over the winter. Gordon Mowat Specialist events in the VMCC One of the interest and welcome developments over the last few years has been the holding of events for specific groups of enthusiasts within the club. It is really good news to see more ‘flat tank rallies’ and ‘girder fork’ events and small capacity motor cycles get together. It was been wonderful to participate in some of them and to see the enthusiasm of these groups; none more than in the Scottish calendar. Whereas we have had a ‘Banbury’ and the Pioneer Run down south, the area rep. Alastair Alexander, has stimulated these interest ‘up North’ To him and these sections the club has shown a lead in the spirit- the right spirit of the VMCC. This is most welcome! Old Father Brazendale

Hereford Section inaugural meeting

The inaugural meeting of the proposed Herefordshire Section will be held at The Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop, Hereford, HR1 4JR ( on Wednesday November 25th commencing at 7:30 p.m. A provisional programme for the year’s activities will be presented for discussion and your input will be warmly welcomed. It is hoped that a programme can be devised which will be exciting, interesting and provide Herefordshire Vintage Club members with a great framework to fully enjoy their motorcycling. So if you would like the VMCC to be more active and meaningful in Herefordshire and if you would like to meet up with like-minded local people and share your love of old motorcycles, please come to the meeting – you will not be disappointed. Looking forward to seeing you Geoff McGladdery (Acting Chairman)

North Staffs Section EGM The North Staffs Section began in 1979, with an inaugural meeting at the Archer P.H. in Wolstanton. This was attended by the national secretary, Ken Fazakerley and Ivan Rhodes, who was President at that time plus about a dozen founder members. I attended the second meeting and then became section secretary in 1981. Over the past 36 years, we have progressed from one main event and a few social rides, to a calendar of twenty-eight riding events of our own and several neighbouring sections events, which we support. However, over the past two years we have suffered a decline, with a committee, which struggled to get support. This resulted in the cancellation of several events and finally a committee consisting of a treasurer and three other members. An EGM was arranged and a warning given that if things did not improve the section was on its way out. I set out to the meeting in a very pessimistic mood, which is unusual for me, but was pleased to see a good turnout of members who wanted to give their support. We were also supported by

our area rep. Pat Davy and Ann, who were there to give advice and help if needed. It was a very informal and friendly meeting, which is unusual for an EGM. We eventually formed a committee of eight with the four existing members and four willing volunteers. Chairman Geoff Davies, Secretary Kate Wain, Treasurer Martin Jones, ably assisted by Richard Bills, Geoff Hambleton, Mike Peacock, Graham Sneyd and Graham Whitehurst. We are now frantically laying out the calendar of events for 2016, retaining the best and maybe a few new venues. The other task is to get guest speakers for our club nights at Moorville Hall. Any suggestions would be welcome. Contact me at 01782 550005 or Geoff Davies

A Binks 3-jet carburettor I am seeking advice about Binks 3-jet carburettors and hope some kind member will be able to help. I recently obtained a model in good condition, other than a piece cracked off the float lid, and I’m particularly interested to have any information regarding possible dates of manufacture and/or operating details. I have a 1912 Triumph Free Engine model and would like to fit the Binks, as it will allow single lever operation and, I hope, easier control of mixture when running. I downloaded a copy of a 4-page leaflet, (which I believe the Club also has), showing ‘The Binks 3-Jet Automatic Jet-Damping Carburettor’ 1916 Patterns, but I think the model I have may well be slightly earlier and perhaps fall into the veteran cut-off classification suitable for maintaining period authenticity. If any members with anecdotal knowledge can shed light on this then I’d be most grateful. R. F. Nix (Bob)

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The Scottish ‘early motor cycle run’ The 4th October must surely go down as a renaissance day for the VMCC in Northern parts. John McMillan’s “early motor cycle run” at Thornhill drew an entry of more than 20 machines from the 1903 Dreadnought to the 1922 Sunbeams. The variety of machines ranged from John’s V-twin Peugeot to a 170cc Calthorpe – all wonderful examples of veteran motor cycles. This is just what the Northern scene needs to rejuvenate the spirit and the sounds of the VMCC. The Scottish sections have in the last few years organised some really interesting events - keep it up! Old Father Brazendale

The Magazine and other matters As an ex-compositor/studio manager, all-round know-it-all regarding print technology (I hope Justin is a little wiser now), I must thank whoever is responsible for the re-design of the Club's magazine, which arrived 10 minutes ago. Excellent job. More attractive, easier to read, cleaner looking. Well done and long overdue.. Smashing. I was amongst those visitors who invaded Head Office a few weeks ago under the dubious guidance of Midlands Secretary, Bob Badland. It was a pleasure to meet the staff, 'have a bit of banter with them, and to see what Head Office is all about. I imagine that the invasion of so many old farts put paid too much production on that day, never mind everyone seemed to have a good time and hopefully the collection boxes swelled sufficiently to compensate. I haven't had time yet to read the Magazine, only Pat's article which has re-inspired me to convey my impressions of Head Office. It is regarding the building and annex. I was escorted around the place and shown where there were quite large areas of unusable space – there being a concern about the weight of magazines and other publications, so items were sited around the edges of rooms for fear of the floor being unable to safely hold all the weight. There were also quite a number of small(ish) office rooms and I wondered if a larger office (or two) might

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have advantages (efficiency?) over a widespread arrangement. It struck me that a purpose-built industrial unit could be worth looking at instead of persisting with a building that seems unsuitable. It doesn't have to be sited near to noisy, smelly workshops - there are some really nice units sited on quiet farms, for instance. A building that has a mezzanine floor which could be ideal for both weighty items or as offices. Parking of vehicles would be better too. It’s a bit of a 'mare currently. I suspect that Head Office’s initial purchase(s) was for all the right purposes, but it has grown a bit Topsy-like - the VMCC is perhaps a victim of its own success. Such buildings can be bought freehold, if that is a consideration, or rented of course. I appreciate that much stuff will end up being saved onto discs, nevertheless, there will always be the demand for the original publication/article/sales brochure. The disc may give longevity, but the original is the real joy to see. I hope that I have made some constructive criticism that adds to the Club's future. George Sampford

Articles in the magazine I am concerned about articles and photographs from other clubs appearing in the Vintage Motorcycle. Our magazine is small enough and the October edition carried a full write up and a cover photograph from an event that was not organised by the VMCC. I have no axe to grind with the Sunbeam motorcycle club, having participated in the excellent Pioneer Run. They have their own magazine and I can see no reason why we can't concentrate on providing space for the myriad of events organised by our club. Jonathan Hill (If no reports of club activities are received, then there are no reports of club activities in the Journal. Perhaps Mr Hill would like to submit reports on the events he has attended? Ed.)

What a revelation I just want to say that the October Magazine is a revelation. The layout is much 'cleaner' and far

more attractive. There are still contributions that are ‘instructional’ but the whole feel is more modern and welcoming. If this is the direction in which the new leadership is taking us, then I am all for it. Thanks to all at HQ. Andrew Tucker

The Magazine The October journal is printed in a type size much too small for easy reading. You seem to have forgotten that the memberships are all ageing and with age comes changes in eyesight. If the present type size is to be continued I will not be renewing my subscription. Miles Soppet (We are working on this and it will be sorted in the December Journal. Ed)

That photograph The machine featured on page 37 of the journal together with the letter from Jeff Waller shows the Norton Model 18 which would have been ridden by the late Ormond Gurr from Brickhills, Bedfordshire and the Sunbeam is ridden by Edward Lewis from Northants. They always rode together. Edward Lewis is well and has been living in Minorca for more than 25 years. The magazine is now superb, more good material than in the classic motor cycle magazines costing more than £50 per annum. On page 66 Neil Cairns’ photograph: the machine on the left is a Rudge multi and the one on the right is of continental origin. Ian Young

What is happening? I just had October’s VMCC Journal what a mess it is smaller text and so much blue. What is happening? When you consider that most members are at an age where they need glasses to read and you make that text even harder to read I am disappointed and think you should put the text back to the old format please. There is only one technical article and that was on page 68 about TIG welding? I found there is little to read in the journal apart from adverts at the back so it take less then 10 minutes to read and discard. If you wish to encourage more younger people in the club one way is to devote

a section of the journal to technical issues as the younger generation want to know how things work and how to repair the bikes to keep them running to ride. Lose the new look or I think you will lose members. Roslyn Owens

Rileys Re. Riley 2 and 3-wheelers. I’m sorry that Mike Baker is offended by my use of the word ‘vociferous’ but I am afraid that best describes my memories of him at Riley AGMs No matter: my point was that there are very few 2 and 3-wheel Rileys that survive and that the best place to research these survivors is via the Riley Register. Had Mike attended this year’s Coventry Rally he would have had the chance to study the single cylinder engine (sectioned) that was on display – courtesy of Paul Scholes. I wish him well in his research and look forward to the results of his endeavours in due course via both publications. Graham Evans

A reply to Geoff Brazendale We write in response to Old Father Brazendale’s letter in the last Journal. Geoff makes some valid points highlighting the cost savings that a slimmer Committee would have, since his time on the Committee the numbers have reduced to the present smaller team, and to reduce it even further would make more savings, but we ask at what other cost? From when Geoff spent his term on the Committee, culminating as Director and President, the Club has continued to evolve, but the core aims had not. Both the long quoted vociferous few and the silent majority may have little in common, but both groups sharing the simple desire to ride their motorcycles within the camaraderie of a Club. The current draft of the new Articles, that will be voted on by members in the AGM next year, contain a defining view for the future of the management of the Club, none the less than Geoff’s points around a slimmer Committee, but additionally redefining the roles of the Area Reps where they primarily co-ordinate within the Sections in (continued overleaf)

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(from previous page) their areas. These Area Reps would be expected as now to give a report to the new Committee, consisting of advisers and the attendance of a single Area Rep, all subservient to the decision making of six Directors who would be the only vote holders, which on occasion, may consist of a minimum of only three forming a quorum to make these decisions on both the finances of the business and the future of the Club. Committee meetings have two main discussion and decision areas with Club matters forming the lion’s share of the agenda; we do not suggest that the essential decisions relating to the finances of the Club come second, these are overseen and decided by the careful steerage of the Directors taking professional advice, due regard to budget heads and the business plan developed some years ago, once decided in separate Director meetings and presented to the full Committee for approval. The Club’s business is currently discussed in front of all the Committee, including Area Reps. These same Area Reps never having voted against a financial decision proposed by the Directors. The Club is, and should continue to be run by the members for the members, not just three of them. The Area reps are the conduits to the Management Committee for doing just that, supported by e-mail, not substituted by it. In the preparation of the new Articles, it seems to have been forgotten that the reason for the limited company’s existence is to provide an umbrella to the Club, not to replace it. The proposed new structure is surely a case of the tail wagging the dog. One draft of the Articles makes further reference to these existing Directors vetting candidates for election, subjected to a ‘pre-selection’ process, where the outgoing Directors pick who they consider are suitable, ahead of being placed for election by the membership. To remove the democratic right of the membership to consider for election any properly proposed member for Director cannot be the right way for us to elect our Directors. The Director who presented these same draft Articles, prepared by a group requesting anonymity, identified in his notes that the cost of the Area Rep attendance at meetings amounts

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to around £6k per year, further recognising this as a small amount in the Club’s overall costs. The changes in Company law replacing the referendum process adopted at the last AGM will provide a basis for all members to have their view using the proxy process. It will be up to you as voting members to decide on the future of the new Articles, and if the reduction to a business style Board of Directors managing the Club will help to regain the feel that members comment is lacking. There is no question that the Club should maintain a management system and should continue to develop to maintain a Committee that is ‘fit for purpose’, but will becoming led by a business style Board of Directors achieve this? The choice is yours... Kim Allen and Past Presidents Bill Phelps, Colin Seaton, Harry Wiles and Vic Blake

DVLA woes I admit to being a bit late re-taxing my two classic cars due to mislaying the notifications. However, when they ‘came to light’ I re-taxed them, as usual, by telephone. So far, so good. It got complicated when I received two letters one for each vehicle - advising me that this was my last chance to re-tax with the ultimate threat that the vehicles would be seized and crushed! I then tried telephoning several times only to go through several options on the automatic system. It appears that people are no longer employed but have been replaced by computers. It should be noted that I do not have a computer, I am not ‘on line’ and can only be contacted by telephone or by letter. I do not have an answering machine either. Rather than sending veiled threats it would be much simpler to revert to the ‘old’ tax disc. It would cost no more than sending out a ‘last chance’ letter and would provide proof to both DVLA and to myself and anyone else for that matter that the vehicles are taxed. Like everything else these days, the drive to computerise is not thought through properly and works on the assumption that everyone is ‘on-line’. Please provide me with confirmation that my vehicles are properly taxed. Graham Evans

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NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS TO FILL THE FOLLOWING VACANCIES ON THE VMCC MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE THREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Directors of the Company and work with the Club’s Officers in the management of the Club for a period of two years. FIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for North West, South East, South West, North Midlands and Anglian region’s for a period of two years. TWO COMMITTEE MEMBERS to serve as Area Representatives for North East and Overseas Region’s for a period of one year. Voting for Directors will be open to all members of the Club and any member may be nominated. Area Reps will be nominated and voted for on a regional basis. NOMINATION FORMS (with more details) ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VMCC OFFICE, ALLEN HOUSE, WETMORE ROAD, BURTON ON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE, DE14 1TR. Telephone 01283 540557 email: NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE CLUB OFFICE BY 5.30PM, MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016 44 |The Vintage Motor Cycle November 2015

Highland Section Veteran Event

On Saturday 3 October the Highland Section of the VMCC held its first "early bicycle run". The day was blessed with a calm and sunny day and the run from Thornhill to Loch Katrine was traffic free and beautiful. A superb run for veterans the earliest of which was the Dreadnought of 1904 ridden by Alastair Alexander of Edinburgh. Riders came from well South of the Border and John Kidd with his 1911 Scott travelled from Northern Ireland. Both ran well and found the routes ideal. Well done the organisers, John Macmillan and Alastair Alexander et al. I hope this event continues and develops to provide a venue to attract visitors from areas more traditionally associated with major events. John Kidd

Above: Dreadnought at Loch Katrine Below: John Kidd and his 1911 Scott. Facing page: Scott owners Paul Ricards and George Miller with John’s Scott

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Left to right: Alastair Alexander, Johnny Johnson, Nick Shelley, Jane Plumb, John Shaw, George Plumb and Paddy Winter.

Scottish Gathering for Veteran and Vintage Motorcycles

2015 saw the sixth running of this two-day event and it proved to be one of the best. Saturday September 5th saw the arrival of several machines at the Rossetta campsite in Peebles for the afternoon run to Biggar which is not too far, yet far enough to provide a nice little shake down for the bikes. Unfortunately one of the riders lost control and got a bit wet while negotiating a very tricky ford, but spirits were undampened and the coffee stop provided welcome relief. There was a wee get together for entrants in the onsite bar during the evening and with good company as well as good beer, the conversation was varied and interesting with much laughter along the way. Sunday 6th was such a memorable day. Everyone was in good fettle at the start and the run through the borders to the lunch stop in Clovenfords was variously described as wonderful, amazing, fantastic etc etc, with one gentleman who lives on the west coast of Scotland, where the scenery is breathtaking, describing the route as spectacular, quite an accolade. For some of us, lunch was very slow in being served, which was disappointing, but we are a tolerant lot and there was a welcome

distraction displayed on one of the dining tables. Our recovery vehicle driver, Mark Whitham had brought along a very special Rudge in the form of a solid silver trophy which was used as an award many years ago in the Scottish Six Days Trial and has fantastic detail. The afternoon run took us along a wee road parallel to the A7 where the first trains could be spotted on the newly opened borders railway. Unfortunately just prior to this, one of the entrants suffered a front tyre blow out resulting in a fall and subsequent ambulance ride to hospital. Fortunately, though understandably painful at the time, no major injuries were sustained by either rider or passenger and thankfully both are well on the mend. Although the mishaps were most unfortunate, the weekend proved a great success, the weather was just perfect, sunny but not too hot and it’s such an encouragement to receive positive feedback which is much appreciated by those involved in running the event. A big thank you to everyone who supported the event and our challenge is to make it as good next year, we will try. (More pictures overleaf)

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2015 Scottish Gathering

Norrie Russell tells the story in pictures. Clockwise, from left: l Ian Huddlestone 1926 G5 AJS ahead of Mike Coxon 1928 K9 AJS as they ride through Glenlude. l Bill Dunlop enjoying the ride, and the sunshine, on his 1920 350cc Wooler. Bill rescued the machine from a museum as a box of bits and after a period of development has returned it to full working order – and still has the original paint on the tank. l Jane Plumb 1930 Ariel LG 250 Special l Alastair Alexander and his 1926 Triumph Model P which is back on the road having had a full mechanical rebuild after 40 year hibernation. Mick and Linda Elstone and their 1925 Royal Enfield Model 180 which had been rescued and restored having spent time operating a saw in a wood yard. l George Plumb 1930 BSA Sloper

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Allan Johnson and his Brough during the Paris Rally Road Run. See ‘BMW Airheads’ on Page 72.


South Lakes Mountain Weekend


They came from all four corners of the Kingdom, plus Eire and the Isle of Man to enjoy the spectacular Lake District scenery and ride in convivial company. One man met a friend he had not seen for 15 years, others had been coming to this event for 35 years which demonstrates the dilemma the VMCC faces over the lack of new, young members, a trend which Fran Mayvers, owner of the Wilson Arms, remarked on. The Wilson Arms in Torver, ablaze with magnificent begonias, is the perfect venue where 118 members assembled in the calm, sunny weather, ideal conditions for riding. They were welcomed by our section Chairman, John Silcock, and briefly addressed by the VMCC President, Tim Penn, before setting off on the morning run northwards over Kirkstone Pass, beside Ullswater to Troutbeck then returning through St John’s in the Vale, along the back road around Thirlmere to Grasmere, over Red Bank [“Do Not Follow SAT NAV”!] through Elterwater and back to Torver for lunch. Saturday afternoon saw them out on a less familiar route which several folk described as “a cracker” ~~~ route planners, please note! It took them through the pretty villages of Hawkshead and Sawrey with their Beatrix Potter connections, southwards along Windermere to Newby Bridge, through the Winster Valley to the coast at Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel, the birthplace of sticky toffee pudding, and north via Spark Bridge, Coniston Water to Torver. One pillion passenger described having gone through an underground tunnel as “a first” for her, their engine noise exhilarating! On all of our runs there are plenty of opportunities to break for refreshments and compare notes. Regulars have their favourite stops for coffee and ice cream but this year’s Mediæval Fair in Cartmel

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provided both novel spectacle and period titbits. Sunday’s card pointed the way to the Classic route through Elterwater and westwards into the Langdales with the landmark Pikes to the right, before tackling the great Passes of Wrynose and Hardknott. Did you spot the Roman Fort on a commanding knoll on the right or were your eyes glued to the tarmac? This morning’s run tested man, woman and machine to their limits. A strong sense of achievement drifted in the air over Dalegarth where the lunch stop saw an array of bikes parked on display while riders swapped hairy tales beside the La’al Ratty Steam Railway platform. By contrast, the afternoon ride over Ulpha Fell with clear views of Sellafield, Barrow, the Irish

Joanne chats with Eric and Lesley Bell as the shadows lengthen. Sea to the Isle of Man, is a gentler excursion, returning to Torver via the Duddon Valley. So, three passes, five lakes as smooth as glass, fantastic photography. It is always good to hear members say that they are content to enjoy these runs in their own sweet time, taking pure pleasure from being out riding. There were several whose weekend was curtailed by breakdowns but Graham Gash, Dick Haugh and Bill Smithson were on hand to recover them. Thanks are due to them, to Eric Stephenson, Martin Tuer, Jack Pears and Bob Goldie who marshalled, and to Tom Norman, Dave Goodfellow and Dave Weeks who made signing-on as painless as possible. Thanks, too, to Fran and the staff of the Wilson Arms for their

warm welcome. Many have booked in again for next year! Many riders expressed their appreciation of the organisation and excellent routes and passed on their good wishes to the “Event Team”. Joanne Weeks Secretary’s Secretary!

Note from Colin Steer (event organiser): Joanne is an award winning Lakeland poet, Manx in origin, mad on bikes and the “Island”. She, very modestly, has failed to admit her own considerable contribution to this event over the last 10 years when she has managed the signing-on process, not only for the SLMW but for other Lakeland events as well. She too deserves a mention in despatches.

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Tea and buns for the President and Dave McMahon.

President’s progress

Not sure what happened to the President's Preamble for the October magazine. I must belatedly thank all those involved in the Anglo-Dutch, especially Fred Hesselbank and Wim Marsman for all their hard work. A thoroughly enjoyable week at the end of August in Holland. Special thanks to John Cole for the loan of his machine. I hope it is now sorted! At the end of August I flew to the Isle of Man for the Manx Rally. My thanks to the Isle of Man Section for a superb week, with special thanks to my hosts Richard and Mary Birch and also to Chris and Mary Harris for transporting my bike to the Isle of Man. The added bonus to the week was the weather. It was great to see so many friends on the island, some having travelled a considerable distance to get there. September saw the West South Wales Section celebrate 60 years of the Saundersfoot and what an excellent run that was. Bertie was used to just popping along, but the ascents, descents and

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bends, not to mention the flowing ford were somewhat of a challenge. I was pleased to be able to present the Concours Awards at Saundersfoot Quayside on Sunday morning. On the way to the South Lakes Mountain Run at the end of September Tricia and I called into HQ for the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Well done ladies for so many home made savouries and cakes. Good job for elasticated waist trousers! It was nice to meet a lot of club members there and I hope those that attended enjoyed the tour of the offices and to meet the staff. My thanks to Colin Steer and the Lakeland Section for the South Lakes Mountain Run. The weather was absolutely glorious and even though my pillion complained about the roads around Grange-Over-Sands on Saturday afternoon, it was worth it for the cream tea at Grange as can be seen by the photo of Dave McMahon and myself. (Is there a dormouse in that teapot? Ed)

Can you rally round with Raleigh details? BARRY CORKE, Cambridge

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a Raleigh MH 30 ‘Sports’ from a friend whose family had owned it from new. It came with the original receipt (1930) a whole stack of tax discs, the very first insurance certificate, a brown log-book and a V5 (how’s that for luck!). The machine has also lived within 10 minutes of my address all its life. I am carrying out a full nut-and-bolt restoration, but it is very difficult to find out details of the technical side of the machine, such as compression ratio, timing, etc. I have found an original sales catalogue and lots of photographs from various sources and there are a few spares available from the Raleigh and Reliant Club – of which I am a member. I have included a few photographs which show its condition at the time of purchase and one which shows the stage I am currently at with it. One of these photographs shows the timing cover which has two small screws on the raised section. This is, possibly for a badge or a logo of some kind – maybe ‘500’ or ‘SturmeyArcher’ (‘S A.’) (There is a cryptic annotation, presumably from one of the VMCC Library volunteers ‘Emlyn’, which says: “I cannot find any badge on any sales brochures 1927 -1931 No such info. at all) I am hoping that one of our members might be able to help me with photographs/drawings showing the style/measurements or any details


of what this missing badge should look like, or, better still, (long shot coming up) a spare one that I can purchase. In conclusion, I really enjoy the monthly mag. Keep up the good work.

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Syston Park Speed Trials The launch party; 20th September 2015. Syston Park, north of Grantham, the property of Sir John Thorold, was the first road-race circuit in the country, the inaugural meeting taking place on 25th August 1906. Motor cycle racing first took place in 1926 but was discontinued after Sir John’s death in 1935. All motor sport ceased in 1939 as part of the estate was occupied by the Military. Whilst the circuit in its entirety is no longer accessible, the most important part of the original circuit (the hill) has been reclaimed and today’s exercise was a rehearsal for a ‘proper’ hill-climb in 2016. A minor claim to fame is that a race meeting at Syston Park was the first motor cycle race meeting covered by ‘Titch’ Allen in his formative years as a journalist on a local paper. If there were such things as ‘time machines’, they could have generated the scene and the atmosphere we enjoyed on Sunday. A crisp, bright autumn morning with lines of appropriate motor cycles and cars basking in the sun. The modern tender vehicles detracted (only slightly) from the image. Examples of all the machinery that might have been present turned up on the invitation of Richard Powell and his associates to re-enact a 1930’s speed hill-climb. Not only did we have a splendid selection of machinery, but some of the participants had entered into the spirit of the occasion by turning out in period dress whilst all the officials wore the ankle-length brown ‘shop coats’ and flat hats that were de rigueur at that time. The officials also used red and green signalling boards and whistles which were the standard forms of communication in those days – but I did notice that radios were

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being discreetly employed as well. Black and gold motor cycles made a brave showing with Velocette, Sunbeam and AJS predominating. One of the highlights was the presence of the late John Bolster’s ‘Bloody Mary’ which had made the long journey from Beaulieu to re-acquaint itself with the circuit. I am not aware of any motor cycles that had a direct connection with Syston, but, no doubt, someone will enlighten me. As an added attraction, the Mid-Lincs Section’s “Northern Veteran Run” paid a visit on their way back to Wickenby. All things considered, a grand day out. Left: ‘Bloody Mary’. Whilst not immediately associated with motor cycles, remember that two Brough SS100s made the supreme sacrifice to provide the engines for this remarkable beast. Above: The Reverend Cowley giving the last rites to a V-twin BSA 3-wheeler. Top: Ivan Rhodes and John Mundey discuss matters of great moment relating to Velocettes. John (the stick) Hannis is hanging on to every word.

East Sussex Bike Show and concours

Our section secretary asked me to write a report on the above show, which took place in June at the Cricket Bat Factory at Ashburnham. Apologies for lateness, but here it is. I have been involved with the running of this event for the last three shows and am pleased to say it has grown in popularity each year, culminating in a display of over seventy bikes this year, with quite a few extras discovered in the public parking area. This is an open event for bikes from the veteran era up to 1988, being divided into four categories; up to 1930, '31 to '45, '46 to '60 and '61 to '88, with awards for ‘most coveted machine’ and, new for this year, a rather nice shield, to be awarded annually, for ‘the least restored, most rideable, pre-1960 machine’. I donated this award in memory of Tony Held, who was Section Chairman for more than twenty years and to whom I wanted to pay my own tribute. This seemed appropriate, as I only ever saw Tony ride pre-1960 bikes and certainly, externally at least, never restored, (Barbara, his widow, gave her blessing to this tribute), other class winners received an inscribed keepsake award and results for all classes are available on

our section website. Voting was open to all, not just bike owners and is the fairest way to select winners. The day was fine and dry, but in any event our hosts, the Keeley brothers, had emptied a huge industrial building for our use, ensuring that all entries would be under cover. Outside they had also cleared a large area for parking and a display area for some mouth-watering racing machinery. Free food and drink was provided by our generous hosts and a genuine ‘50s skiffle group had re-formed and provided nostalgic entertainment. The turnout was estimated at around 300 or so, and it would appear that a good time was had by all. We asked for donations to the local Air Ambulance in lieu of any entry fee or charge for refreshments and although we were able to send them a not insignificant sum, we were disappointed that it was not more, in view of the Keeley brother’s generosity. However, this was a very successful event, and next year will have to be more formally organised with entry forms etc., as we were all but overwhelmed by the turnout, not only of bikes, but also cars, on the day. If this is your idea of a good day out, look to our website, or the Journal, next year for entry details. Finally, my sincere thanks to the Keeley brothers, without whom this event could not take place, also to Brian Walker, Vic and Ann Laidlaw and the small but hardworking team who helped with parking etc. Paul Rees

Six-month-old Charlie James Moseley, a budding member of the VMCC, enjoyed himself at the Draycott Country Show. It was Anne Davy’s idea to give Charlie a ride in Pat Davy’s BSA side car, and Charlie absolutely loved it as you can see! As soon as the engine started up he was fascinated! He  represented Burton District section of the VMCC at Draycott country show. Chris Moseley

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Wanderings in the West Country Rodney Hann, of Sherbourne, wrote this letter after the Baton Relay Rally of 2006 “Dear Mr Brazendale, I am VMCC member 1255 and the organiser of our legs of the Baton Relay Rally for the Dorset section. I thought you might want some sort of account of our participation and perhaps a few photographs in case a formal record of the event is to be kept. On Friday, 9th June, 12 members met at our section’s headquarters at The Green Man, Kingstag, near Sturminster Newton, and rode about 25 miles to the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford where we met our friends from the Dorset section. The day was very hot and sunny and the tart was melting on the road surface. A gentle ride through lovely countryside, and

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taken at a leisurely pace. We met at 2.30 pm and posed for the hand-over photographs as the baton and the log book were handed over to the safe custody of the Dorset section. After this tea and cake were taken in the museum cafe. On Sunday 11th June 9 members again met at section HQ at 11.00 am. This time a beautiful rural route of about 35 miles took us across the hills of Dorset to the south coast sea-side and fishing port of West Bay, near Bridport. Again the weather was hot although not as burning as on the previous Friday. En route a coffee stop was taken at a craft centre in Broadwindsor. At 1.00 pm we met our neighbours from the Devon section. The formal hand-over of the baton and log book took place. Lunch was taken followed by a compulsory ice cream. A further gentle ride along the coast before a returning to our start point. Did we enjoy this event? Of course we did! Would we do it again? Of course we will! Is there anything we would do differently the next time? Only one small point. Could this be arranged further in advance because our Sunday ride clashed with at least two other VMCC events in this area and so our numbers on the Sunday were greatly reduced? This would be difficult to arrange I appreciate, but should be done when sections fix their calendars of events in the autumn of the previous year. We thank you for all your hard work in organising the event, which was thoroughly enjoyed by our members.”

East Yorkshire Section pre-1931 Run

Dennis Johnson's Sunk Island Run for pre 31 motorcycles had an excellent turn out. The start venue was the Haven Arms in the historic town of Hedon. Sunk Island is reclaimed land between the North Sea and the River Humber, It is largely agricultural land with no heavy industry. The roads once you leave the A roads are in general, in a good state of repair, twisty winding roads with a few long straights for the fast riders to give their steeds a blast. Safe roads, very flat and with no high hedges, visibility as far as the eye could see. Very few cars just the occasional tractor and trailer or combine harvester. Only to be expected at this time of the year with the harvest season in full swing. Riders congregating at the start, I saw John Robinson from Durham, our usual welcome visitors from the other Ridings of Yorkshire and Mid Lincs. Ken Mellor from Selby, who I don't seem to have seen for a while out on his very well prepare "York". Now how often do you see a "York" motorcycle? David Earnshaw was there as a spectator, David was recovering from a recent Pace Maker operation. Hopefully back in saddle by now. Leaving the start and following the A1033 Withernsea road with its fairly heavy traffic until the turn off for

Burstwick on through Ottringham, Winestead, Patringham Haven, Stone Creek and onto Boreas Hill. (Not seen a hill yet and I have travelled this road since I was a lad). Finally it was on through Paull and return to the Haven Arms. Along the long stretch of road on leaving Paull I was overtaken by a very fine looking Cotton, its Brooklands silencer barking out generous portions of Castrol R. A first class run of forty miles. For those in need of sustenance the Haven Arms had an excellent carvery. Thank you Dennis for a well planned run which even the lowest powered veteran or vintage machine should be able to cope with. Dennis Cooney

Above: Following Grandad Pollard. Left: Which way? Top: Two’s company Photographs: ’Arry ’Oldorf of ’Ull

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Brighton Speed Trials

With the Sprint Section’s current semimothballed status it was a welcome relief to get back to serious competition at the annual Brighton National Speed Trials. For some years several of the bikes have eclipsed the best efforts of the cars in outright performance, and a look at the programme confirmed, subject to weather, that 2015 would see a repeat upstage. Thankfully, early rain cleared before practice and further light showers threatened, but failed, to interrupt proceedings. The weather also failed to dampen the spirits of a very large crowd. Brighton offers just a single session of practice, so any adjustments can be a gamble, with no chance to check the effectiveness before the first of the timed runs takes place, at the start of the afternoon session this year. The format is now well-established, with Class I a Consistency Class, the closest margin between the two timed runs takes the award. On this basis, any bike stands a chance, and so it proved. Among an entry varying from 250-1272cc and pre-war up to the cut-off year of 1972 there was a glorious mix. Allan Randall recorded runs of 16.37/16.34 on a 1965 Mk 3 250 Ducati. Just three-hundredths of a second variation! The capacity classes are straight competitions, the quickest time wins. Class II, up to 350cc, was dominated by current ACU Sprint

Vincent Cheesman’s Flat-track style Triumph attracted many admiring glances

Barry Stickland showed that his riding matches his technical skills on camshaft Nortons

Champion Neill Curtis on a Yamaha LC-based bike. He could not better his first run of 11.57, which put him comfortably in front of Andrew Embling's KTM Enduro bike with 14.04. At one time, the 500cc Class III capacity break would have seen some of the keenest competition, but just four entries were topped by Martin Newton (Honda 400) with Andy Forward next best on his Triumph Morado sprint bike. The 1000cc bikes of Paul Furlong and Stuart Donald (both Suzuki) saw times into the nine-second zone. Stuart had no answer to Paul's Some fine panel-beating work went into the aluminium fairing adorning Jeremy Pike’s Vincent Comet

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second run, a storming 9.32. Obliged to run ballast, rather than passengers, there were only two three-wheelers. Paul Biffen had a Honda Blackbird-powered device that looked like a three-wheeled version of a JPS-Lotus racing car. A 13.80 best was no match for the determined 11.73 of Dave Woodard, who has lifted the sidecar prize on a regular basis for some years. The Production Solos of Class VI often provide a demonstration of the staggering performance of modern motorcycles. Steve Walton, known as the 'Rain-meister', had a dry track for a change, and wound his Suzuki GSXR1000 to 10.03 seconds, more than a quarter second in front of the Kawasakis of Alistair Bury and brothers Mike and Fred Grainger, who, as usual, rode from Plymouth for the Trials. Finally, it was the Solos up to 2000cc, A nine-bike entry included the turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusas of Craig Mallabone and Roger Simmons, both previous winners of the event. Both riders had posted practice times well into the nines. Craig scorched to 9.31 on his first timed run, Roger 9.68. Both riders were desperate to find the grip to get the massive horsepower outputs of their bikes onto the Madeira Drive surface, a car park for much of the rest of the year. Next time out, Roger clipped his time to 9.51, but Craig made his move and a 9.20 time got him a large round of applause from the thousands of onlookers. That left the final outing. Close to 6pm, it was time for the 'Fastest Six' competition. The prize money goes to the best improvement on a class time, but a new course record is a potential bonus. Paul Furlong and Stuart Donald were joined by Dave Glover (Ducati) and Steve Walton from the 1000cc class. The 64-ft times indicated there was more grip off the start line, but Roger Simmons' 9.43 improvements was shaded by the last run – Craig Mallabone's crowd-rousing 9.06 with a 172mph terminal speed. Best of the Fastest Six cars turned out to be Jim Tiller's 1950s Allard, known as 'The Old Fella'. Quick enough to win the four-wheelers, but still a second and some behind the bikes.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A big thank you to all staff, friends and volunteers who contributed a variety of sweet and savoury treats and raffle prizes for our Vintage Macmillan Coffee Morning which was held at Allen House on 24th September. We were overwhelmed by the amazing turnout from section members some of whom travelled from as far as High Peak to support this worthy cause. We fed and watered up to 70 members, wives and friends of the Club over the course of the day, and due to their incredible generosity raised nearly £500 for the Macmillan Nurses. The sun shone for us and with all the beautiful bikes parked outside Allen House it was a sight to behold. It was a pleasure to see all of our guests talking and catching up with each other and members who haven’t been to HQ before taking the opportunity to look around the library and take advantage of the wonderful services we offer. The majority of people I spoke to on the day have at some point experienced cancer themselves or know someone who has. It was lovely to share their stories and I would like to dedicate this to the memory of those we have loved and lost to this terrible disease. Thank you again. Jo Delaney

Alan Turner

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Pioneers of spark ignition DR G.C. SNEED

The use of the spark ignition technique dates back to 1776 when Allesandro Volta developed an apparatus to study volume changes in chemical reactions between gases. He built an air gun in which a spark fired a mixture of hydrogen and We are indebted to oxygen retained in the barrel by Malcolm Padbury, a cork. Hon. Editor of the When the spark Magazine of the occurred there British Made Car Club, was a loud bang, and the and the author Dr G.C. cork was blown Sneed for granting out. The apparatus us permission to was known as reproduce this article Volta’s pistol. from that publication A French patent of 1807 shows that Francois de Rivaz invented a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine whose fuel was fired by means of an electric spark. He fitted this primitive engine, which had no crank or connecting rod, to an early automobile chassis. Although this work is credited as the first use of an internal combustion engine in an automobile, further development had to wait until late in the 19th century. In 1860 the Belgian engineer Etienne Lenoir used an electric spark in his gas engine, the first internal combustion piston engine, and is credited by many as the inventor of the spark plug. Edward Butler patented a three wheel petrol cycle in 1887, which was built in 1890 and powered by a two-cylinder engine fuelled by a petrol/air mixture. He used a spark plug and magneto to fire the mixture. This machine was not developed because of the lack of interest and

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finance for motor vehicles in England due to the Red Flag Act of 1865. At the end of th 19th century Nikola Tesla is believed to have been the first person to propose an ignition system based on the capacitor discharge principle. Once the condenser was charged it was allowed to discharge through a secondary circuit which contained the terminals between which the discharge and consequent spark occurred. He was granted a US patent for this invention in 1987 which Ford fitted to his Model K series cars in 1906. In 1902 German engineer Gottlob Homold invented and patented a high voltage magneto and sparking plug whilst working as a technical manager for Robert Bosch. As Homold was holding this position at the time, Bosch owned all his work and was able to market the invention which was fitted to all future petrol engine vehicles. Subsequent improvements to spark plugs were make by Albert Champion, the Lodge brothers and Kenelm Lee Guinness. The following paragraphs are devoted to the work of these men. Albert Champion was a racing cyclist who achieved considerable success on the road before going to America where he eventually embarked on motor racing. He returned to France to make spark plugs and magnetos on a small scale before returning to America, where he opened the Champion Ignition Company in Flint, Michigan, to make spark plugs on a commercial scale. In 1909 the company name was changed to the AC Spark Plug Company, using Albert’s initials. Brodie and Alexander Lodge were sons of Sir Oliver Lodge, who had discovered a high tension ignition system while working on electric capacitor charges in connection ith his experiments on radio telegraphy. The two brothers took out a patent for this ignition system in 1903, and went into official

partnership together as ‘Lodge Brothers’, and began selling spark plugs until Bosch produced the magneto, which made the heavy coil system obsolete. Alec then began to design his own plug, which a superior to any existing ones of the day. The problems were gas tightness and insulation of the centre electrode. Another inventor, Bernard Hopps, who was also interested in spark plugs, had taken out a patent for making a gas-tight joint using fused glass, which was a great advance for his Mascot Plug Company. This led to the two companies amalgamating in 1913 under the title ‘Lodge Sparking Plug Company Ltd’ which went on to produce the first gas-tight non-separable spark plug. A little later when mica was introduced for the insulation of the centre electrode a major step forward in spark plug reliability had been achieved. Kenelm Lee Guinness was part of the famous Irish brewing company. He studied at Cambridge University, and while there he became a racing mechanic to his older brother, but progressed to racing on his own account. He kept his cars in a disused inn called the ‘Bald Faced Stag’ at Putney, London. He became frustrated with the unreliability of the sparking plugs fitted to his Darracq in 1912 that he decided to make better ones himself by experimenting with materials other than porcelain to make the insulator. These were called KLG plugs, and proved to be so successful that he entered into large-scale production. His plugs were used by the Royal Flying Corps, which later became the RAF, as well as Sir Henry Seagrave’s Golden Arrow and Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird, when they

created land speed records. A modern spark plug consists of a steel shell electrically insulated from a central electrode by a porcelain insulator. The electrode protrudes through the end of the porcelain insulator into the combustion chamber of the engine. The one or more sparks that are formed appear between the earthed electrodes on the shell body and the central electrode. The insulator assembly is sealed into the steel body under intense pressure to make a gas-tight joint. Below: Part of the original article.

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The Latvian invasion of the Emerald Isle JURIS RAMBA

I had been dreaming and thinking about participating in the Irish National Rally since 1978 when I joined the VMCC. The “Iron Curtain” kept me from visiting rallies abroad during my salad days. When the Berlin wall came down and borders opened we did not have instantly suitable vintage motorcycles to ride in the Irish and we lacked a suitable support transport vehicle too. Time went by and a few motorcycles were rebuilt and prepared, a special Sprinter Mercedes truck was converted and adapted for the purpose of going to rallies and supporting our own rallies as a back-up truck. As time went by another purpose to participate in the Irish cropped up – following a tradition, I had to show Robert, our youngest son, what it was like to ride a proper vintage motorcycle in a proper long distance rally, regardless of rain and other hardships. Robert had been to the IOM during the TT week, riding pillion on our 1926 Model 25 Norton when he was 9 years old, now he could ride the old Norton himself and feel the adrenalin and enjoy the fun… This year the 49th Irish National Assembly was held in Killarney and it was based at the Castle Ross hotel. There were 181 entries on the

official entry list from 11 countries. My personal opinion is that the Irish National Rally is not comparable to the FIVA rallies, however good or bad they may be. With its challenge and long distance on narrow mountain roads it is in a different league and most importantly it keeps away the moaners. I am happy to have made our choice this year in favor of the Irish rally… Neilsen Frederick Webster, one of our oldest participants of the Kurland Rally in Latvia, used to say that for a foreigner half of the fun in a vintage motorcycle rally is getting there. As we covered nearly 6000 kilometers on an overland return journey, crossing 6 countries with our Sprinter truck plus an overnight ferry crossing from Cherbourg in France to Rosslare in Ireland, this indeed was great fun. There is now a fast toll motorway from Warsaw to the German border and the charge per vehicle is much higher if it is rated as commercial transport (i.e. has got double wheels on the rear axle). So our truck was stripped of 2 wheels, which became spare before we started the journey. Unfortunately the nuts on the left hand side wheel had not been tightened well enough

Left: At the Priest’s Leap.

Facing page: A pause in the sunshine. Page 67: Soft wire has many uses

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and the wheel made strange noises in protest after 1000 kilometers before we entered the German autobahn. The tapers on the rear wheel disc had worn oval and oversize and we had to change the wheel so that it could be tightened snug. This episode took us more than an hour because the jack had to be filled with oil and bled on the roadside of a byroad. Luckily this did not happen on the autobahn as that would not be fun any more… The three of us survived the rally unscathed and with sound bones. There were several accidents at the Irish rally, at least three guys broke bones – a leg, a collarbone and worse – one was thrown into a ditch with his bike, but was luckily pulled out and recovered. Those were five memorable days in the beautiful green country and the total distance to cover was 900 kilometers. The food was excellent (three hot meals a day) and the standard of accommodation in a 4-star hotel was perfect. The riders of younger machinery cannot even imagine what it was like to handle the rough roads and steep gradients on a 102-year-old belt-driven motorcycle! My REX/JAP endured the ordeal and it still holds the compression well, despite the poor ethanol petrol that I had to put into the tank. The tank leaked on Day 5, after the riding was over, so I have to get the old “Wassell” coating out and “Slosh” it with more modern stuff…

I did have a few near misses, but I was lucky this time again. My REX/JAP has done around 5000 kilometers since its rebuild in 2007 with me on board on the roads of the IOM, UK, Italy, Estonia, Sweden and Latvia. A stray dog appeared from the blue and nearly brought me down – I tried to avoid it, but hit its ass with a footboard and it limped away happy to be alive. I was happy as a dog to have stayed upright and not having rolled into a ditch. I could not have braked or avoided the poor creature due to its sudden appearance on my way. Then on Day 2 the valve from the rear wheel was pulled and the tire went flat instantly and one side of it was off the rim. Luckily the speed was moderate and I coasted to a halt, trying to keep balance. Maybe it happened because of oil on the rear rim from the hub gear, lower pressure, hard braking… It was the expensive good quality Dunlop 26” x 2 ½”, so there was no damage to the tyre. I was out of riding for ½ a day – it took me three hours to have the wheel out and back in the frame as it had the ROC hub gear with all those little levers, joints and brake bands. This time I put in a modern heavy-duty Michelin motocross tube which is very thick and really high quality, so it should withstand anything…hopefully. After riding on the rough roads the rear mudguard on my REX/JAP decided it had had (continued overleaf)

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(from previous page) enough and the two bolts holding it against the frame, lost their nuts. The bolts could not fall out against the rotating wheel, yet one of the bolts machined a groove between the two tyre tread blocks – just in the middle, made a strange howling noise, blocked the rear wheel and made me panic as I did not know what had caused this abrupt seizure. For a moment I thought the engine had seized solid for some unknown reason, maybe through lack of oil, although I had been keeping a watch on the drip feed with 20 drips per minute on average. I of course carried a roll of soft steel wire in my tool box, so soon the problem was fixed on the roadside with two wire loops each side of the mudguard, both turned and tightened so that the mudguard was kept in place Rain kept our company every day and it came and went with clockwork regularity with sun shining for a few short spells so our rain suits could dry up. I had been riding in the rain before, so nothing to worry about until torrential rain opened upon us. First the V-belt started to slip despite the sticky aerosol treatment it had got before the run. I had to adjust the front pulley and I soon found that adjustment did not help much as too much rainwater was pouring on the belt and there was also water splashed from the road. However there was a certain minimum speed (about 30 km per hour) at which the belt had some traction so I was limping on and waiting for the rain to cease and the road to dry up. As if I had not enough problems already the BOSCH ZEV1 magneto decided to suddenly quit and there were no sparks any more… I had already adjusted the spark plug gaps, which had grown from 0.5 mm to almost 0.8 mm in three days of hard riding. I stopped on the roadside and regretfully called the back-up assistance van. The rain then suddenly stopped and the sun came out. My REX/JAP was put on a stand. I had another long look at the magneto – it was all dripping wet, especially on the HT plug wires and around the pick-ups. I took out a paper table tissue I had borrowed at lunch and wiped the HT wires and the magneto pick-ups till the sparks came back as if nothing had happened! The back-up van came 10 minutes later, but my REX/JAP was ready for the road again. Obviously it hated being carried in a van… There was more torrential rain to come later, but I had had my lesson – I kept my thighs tight against the tank, so that rain could not get on the

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magneto. As the magneto on the REX/JAP is situated behind the rear cylinder it sits in the hot air so moisture is dried from it and it is protected from road dirt and water from the front wheel. The important thing however was to make sure that the magneto does not get really wet from above… The Priest’s Leap is a mountain I will remember for the rest of my days because I struggled hard to climb it. I had to tighten up the brake band on the epicyclic “Sun” wheel and then the rear spark plug got fouled - I almost reached the top on one cylinder. The last 10 metres I had to push and those were the most exhausting 10 metres I have ever pushed a motorcycle! The gradient was almost 45 degrees steep! At least I felt so. Luckily for the last few metres I was assisted by another rider. There and then I needed a rest and of course a photo on top of the Priest’s Leap was the best reward! I had a real scare when descending the Priest’s Leap. Despite both applied brakes – the front stirrup and back band brake plus epicyclic gear engaged, I could not brake down the speed sufficiently enough as I was approaching another veteran motorcyclist. My horse was galloping too fast and it was bumping and jumping on the rough road thus making things worse. I had nothing else to do, but corner in a racing style and pray for the best. Whether the Almighty heard my prayers or the guy in front heard or felt me coming I do not know. He turned his head and let me pass him on the narrow road… Although my REX/JAP is 102 years old it proved to be stronger than me. I had to use two tubes of viper snake ointment on my wrists, shoulder joints, knees and muscles to keep me more or less fit for the job! I was lucky not to have suffered a fall on the wet and slippery roads as that could mean many months of healing as my blood is not coagulating properly… As I am diabetic, cramps would be a standard thing if I pushed my body too hard, unless attended to. I had a cramp in my right (brake) foot while riding my 1937 H-D Knucklehead on the mountain road in the Swiss FIVA rally in the Alps last year. Luckily the Harley has a left foot clutch and I could shift down and apply engine braking before a sharp bend… Besides the ointment on my joints I used Magnesium pills before riding and during the day, so I had no cramps in Ireland despite soaking wet. The rest was sheer luck, a little

experience and a lot of physical exertion… Roberts’s 1926 Norton Mod 25 seized and melted the piston on day 2 after our own 98 octane petrol was used up. I think there could have been several reasons acting at the same time (high CR, low octane ethanol petrol in Ireland, a lot of moisture, mountains putting stress on the engine, maybe a clogged jet). The rear wheel on the old Norton locked solid and Robert was doing speedway-like opposite lock slides, but managed to stay upright until pulling in the clutch came to his mind. So for the next two remaining riding days, thanks to a generous offer from a Welsh enthusiast David, our Robert got a loan of a 1935 Ariel Red Hunter and that was like motoring on a sofa… Our third teammate Viesturs was riding a 1928 AJS K3 side valve and he managed to get second best result in the timed run in his class, despite his stubborn exhaust pipe, which kept falling off due to excessive vibration. Viesturs used steel wire, large mole grips on the nut and strong words to keep it in place… The trophies we got were a beautiful Cork crystal mug and vases and these were complemented with bottles of famous Irish whiskey. We were very happy and grateful for the good

time and fun we had, despite the rain and hardships. The camaraderie atmosphere was very special, thanks to the organizers and to very friendly and generous participants. One would wonder how some of those veteran motorcycles could withstand the hammering of the rough roads. Obviously they were made for even worse roads to begin with… Anyway, riding a veteran motorcycle in the very challenging Irish International Rally without previous experience of this event was possible, yet due to many adjustments and quick fixes that soon became necessary on a veteran, the timed run was a wrong choice. Many lessons were learned from this challenging Run and these would add up a lot of colour to one’s riding experience. I heard the locals say – this rally would separate the boys from the men… The Dutch participants used to say that riding and fixing old motorcycles would shape and temper one’s character… While clinging to the handlebars of my old faithful for my dear life’s sake and using my brain entirely for balance I could forget about everyday routine stresses and problems back at home. The adrenalin was boiling fast in my veins. What better way to spend a holiday!

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Security bolts for beaded-edge tyres CHRIS HURWORTH

I was interested to read Old Father Brazendale's request for more technical articles in the Journal. Here is how I went about manufacturing and fitting security bolts to the beaded edge tyres fitted to the 1922 Brough Superior SS80 gifted to the Club by David Blanchard. I first came across the Blanchard Brough in August 2014 when my good friend Nick Jeffery asked me if I would collect it in my van from the VMCC's President's house in Sussex. Nick was going to ride it at Princes Risborough for the hill climb at Kop Hill. This I did and on return we checked it out together mechanically as two engineering heads are better than one. We found several things that needed attention and, once these were done, Nick gave it a quick road test and declared it fit to ride at Kop Hill at the weekend. The result was written up in the November 2014 Journal, the bike having performed faultlessly and attracted a lot of attention. Moving to June 2015, I received a phone call from Nick asking if I would like to help him check over the bike again ready for President Tim Penn to ride in the Banbury Run. He also asked if I had any old-fashioned steel security bolts (or rim locks as they are sometimes known as) because he was concerned about the safety issue of the beaded edged tyres which were fitted coming off the rim in the event of deflation (as mentioned in his original article). I rummaged through my trials spares and came up with two suitable for an 18" WM2 rim but, on checking against the Brough's wheel when I arrived at Nick's house, found that the radii were not compatible and to modify them would be a non-starter. Now Nick had borrowed from a fellow Brough Superior enthusiast an original security bolt for a beaded edge tyre and the more I studied it, as an ex-toolmaker, the more convinced I became that I could replicate it. After a discussion with Nick, who made a quick phone call to GCHQ Burton-onTrent, the go ahead was given to make four (two per wheel). Nick suggested that it would be nice if they could be made and fitted no later than the following Wednesday in time to fit and test them before the bike was collected by Tim Penn - bearing in mind this was Thursday and most of the next day and the weekend I was committed to other things! The next day I found time to go to the local forge and purchase the steel. The original 3/32" steel was unavailable so 2mm was the nearest, being 0.015" smaller. In the meantime Nick had delivered to me the front wheel minus tyre and tube in order that I could match the radius of the wheel to the new components.

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Monday The first thing that I did was to form a piece of MDF to the same radius of the wheel with the aid of a jigsaw/file/sandpaper then match a female radius to that one, and, hey presto, I had a press tool to bend the sheet strip with to the correct radius. (Picture 1) Next was to form the side pieces which are a compound bend which was done in a vice carefully at half-inch intervals doing the vertical curvature. Now I needed a welding jig to hold them at the correct angle whilst I MIG welded them to the base part. Again good old MDF came to the rescue. (Picture 2) With the three pieces ‘blobbed’ together it was time for some hand fettling with an angle grinder and files to put the fillet to the approximate size and the radii on both ends. (Picture 3) Quality control and inspection department was now required and measurement by vernier callipers showed that they mirrored the original.

Tuesday Now the original security bolt had a quarter-inch Whitworth (BSW) thread and to source those in the limited time available was out of the question, so M6 shallow-head set screws were obtained. The original pattern security bolt had an embossed recess where the bolt was and I decided to turn up a piloted press tool using my lathe. With the aid of a form tool and a bull nose slot drill I managed to replicate the form. Testing it on a piece of 0.030" sheet metal using my handraulic press, (Number 3 copper/hide mallet), it worked perfectly. After drilling a M6 clearance hole in the correct position in the base of the welded assembly I apprehensively set it up for the same treatment. Would it distort the curvature was my worry? A smart clout with copper mallet decided the matter phew no distortion and a perfectly formed recess. The bolt was then welded in position and dressed up with the angle grinder and files. Another feature that had to be replicated were the dimples (12 per side) on the sides of the clamp which are there to "bite" in on the side wall of the tyre. Ideally these needed a press tool making but to make one in the time scale was out the question. These were spot welded with my MIG and dressed to height (.030"- .035") and shaped with the aid of a Dremel with mounted points and hand files. (Picture 4) After a quick spray of silver paint this left a final problem to be solved, namely the protective rubberised canvas on top of the security bolt. But ny now it was 10.45 pm, and I decided to clock off. Apart from cooking and eating I had been engrossed in the project all day!

From the top: 1 Bending jig to • achieve correct radius 2 Welding jig to attach • side parts 3 Parts tack welded from welding jig 4 Bolt welded in situ with side dimples added 5 Original and new security bolts compared 6 The finished article





6 Wednesday A phone call to Nick at 10am confirmed that I was on schedule for finishing the parts for fitting in the afternoon as long I could purchase double thickness nuts at the fastener supplier on the way. After a bit of head scratching as what I could substitute for the original canvas I came up with the idea of using a piece of rubber strip cut to shape from a discarded inner tube. The original was riveted on so the same method would work again. First port of call was my aluminium rivets but reasoning told me that these would just squash the rubber, ditto for pop rivets. The solution was simple in as much as hollow rivets were

required. Hmmm, where do I find these urgently? The obvious solution was to take the stem out of a pop rivet, cut the hollow bit to length and spread the rivet with a centre punch, perfect! It sounds an easy operation but each one took half an hour by the time rubber and rivets were cut and assembled. (Picture 6) After completion of the last one I quickly stowed a sandwich down the hatch before setting off to Nick's house via purchasing the nuts and stainless washers. Picture 5 shows the original pattern and the finished article.

The fitting Now I had heard of tales and read on the web about the concerns when fitting beaded edge tyres - no tyre lube, only use French chalk but nothing about fitting the security bolts. We came to the consensus that the only way was to first fit the security bolt within the rim then fit the tyre and tube. Carefully tucking the protective rubber cover of the security bolt 3 in the sides of the rim we placed the tube in the tyre and eased the first side over the rim by hand. To get the other side on I just trod it on balancing up on Nick's Black and Decker Workmate and finishing the last 10" segment with fingers and thumbs. To our amazement the tyre went on easily with no tyre levers needed to complete the process .My experience of wrestling trials tyres and suspecting a similar fight were unfounded. Next we did need levers, two per side to lift the tyre up sufficiently to push up the security bolts out of the rim and above the side wall of the tyre so that they clamped on it. Having achieved that all that was left was a blast from the compressor to 35 psi to inflate. We checked to see if we could hear hissing snakes but fortunately they were conspicuously absent and the tyre and tube remained inflated! Front wheel replaced back in the bike and the rear wheel removed, drilled to accept the security bolts and the fitting procedure repeated. All done by 5.15 pm, apart from trying to set the badly worn speedo drive which, even by careful setting, always ended up perilously close to being tangled in the spokes and very noisy. Agonising overnight about the potential danger of this I rang Nick the next morning and we both came to the conclusion it would be safer to remove the drive completely than leave it on. Nick tested the bike, Tim Penn collected it and the rest is history - another successful Banbury Run finished and sleeping a little easier knowing that security bolts were fitted.

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The CWS Federation Motor Cycle of 1922 STEPHEN HARTLEY

The Co-operative Wholesale Society, or CWS, formed in 1863. The CWS was the industrial arm of the Co-operative movement and it operated internationally on a huge scale. In 1873 the CWS expanded into manufacturing. From the turn of the 20th century the Federal Works in Tyseley, Birmingham made cycles and then from 1918 and 1937, as a natural addition, 'Federation' and ‘Federal’ motorcycles. The factory grew quickly to occupy 200,000 sq ft and employ 500 workers. The British CWS marque was distinct from Polish manufacturer Centraine Warsztaty Samochodowe or C.W.S., which made cars and motor cycles from 1918. In July 1922 this Federal was first registered as 'AJ 8519' in North Riding, Yorkshire. It has the original frame, petrol tank and is powered by a Villiers Mark V 269cc engine with 2-speed and Mac took it away to rebuild in the garage. The Albion gearbox. There was a range of eight CWS machine was virtually complete except for the motorcycles available at the time. This Federal is the clutch adjusting mechanism, which Mac remade. The engine was stripped, cleaned and rebuilt, the standard 'push-start' variant. Tysley was in Birmingham’s motorcycle heartland. frame, wheels and mudguards refinished with Most parts were manufactured by factories within stove enamel, and the nickel parts re-plated. Mac photographed the tank artwork and sent it away for a few miles of the Federal Works. These include: repainting. The ‘Gough’ leather saddle was in a • Bowden Brake Co - forks, handlebars, sorry state, and had to be recovered, and it is most • brakes and levers; likely that a replacement rack was fabricated at this • Amalgamated Carburettors time. It took about a year to restore the Federal to • ‘AMAC’ carburettor; running order. • Albion Engineering Co - gearbox; Mac rode the machine in one or two rallies and • F.R.S. Lamps - bulb horn; showed the machine at Redcar where it attracted • Best & Lloyd - semi automatic drip attention. In 1975 the Federal appeared in a • feed lubricator. The Victorian hamlet of ‘Erimus’ used to sit motorcycle exhibition at the Coatham Memorial alongside Stockton Race Course. My grandad, Hall. In 1980 sadly Jack died at home from liver John 'Jack' Russell (1912-1980; Villiers Agent, J.T. cancer - Mac remembers Jack fondly as "a brilliant Russell & Son at 116 Mandale Road, engineer...... way ahead of his time." Thornaby-on-Tees), heard from one of his many My childhood memory is of an old motorcycle that friends that the Erimus was being cleared for post lived in a tired, leaking shed at the bottom of my war redevelopment. In 1957/8 Jack went for a look Nana's garden in Thornaby-on-Tees. The machine and found the Federal and other motorcycle parts was finished in glossy black. He wore a heavy grey in boxes in a derelict house or shed. Jack and his army blanket. I used to visit him once in a while good friend Malcolm 'Mac' McArthur collected the and knew nothing of his name or history. It is a find in a box sidecar and took it back to Jack's wonder the old chap survived such disagreeable cycle shop in Thornaby where it went into the conditions. My Nana [Dorothy Russell] owned the cellar. About 10 years later the Federal surfaced Federal jointly with Mac until my Uncle Ian

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Instone bought each of the shares. The Federal went into storage at Ian's home in Thornaby-on-Tees. In 2007 it was listed at Bonhams for auction at Harrogate Showground but thankfully my Uncle withdrew the machine from the sale because there was no reserve price. In 2008 the Federal underwent minor repairs - a new tyre and re-lined brakes - at (Russell) Armstrong’s Motorcycles in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough. In March 2014 I was able to purchase the Federal and bring him to his new home in Bedfordshire for cleaning and restoration. The

CWS Federal remains in the family and is one of five machines that are still known to exist. In August 2014 Fed went to Terry Ives at Stotfold Engineering for a full and sympathetic restoration. The restoration work was completed in March 2015 - exactly one year to the day since the Federal moved to Bedfordshire. On Friday, 13th March 2015 I went to see 'Fed' - I watched him splutter into life. This was the first time I had ever seen Fed run. Terry and the boys have done a splendid job restoring the old fella.

FaceBook Page o&edited=official_page Restoration blog:

This research has helped to update the Co-op Archive and the Graces Guide records for CWS Federal and F.R.S. Lamps.

Above: A contemporary advert for the bike, and (facing page) the restored example.

Sources of information The living memories of Malcolm McArthur and Ian Instone (2014), for which I am grateful Graces Guide The Online Cycling Museum at http://euro/brands/cws.htm National Co-operative Archive Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Kirkleatham Museum Picture Stockton Archive Remember when 12map-1_490.jpg Brian Gayther, VMCC CWS Marque Specialist The Motorcyclist 1907-1922 The People’s Year Book, CWS 1922 CWS Sales Brochure 1923 The Book of the Villiers Engine, Cyril Grange 1929 The New History of the CWS, Percy Redfern 1938

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The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) held its 43rd Annual Rally in 2015. It has been traditional, since Rally #6, to have a different “Motorcycle for the Year” at each event. The bikes chosen have ranged from Francis-Barnett trials 2-strokes, through Henderson Fours, to Indian Chiefs, to Harley-Davidson flat-twin Model Ws, and event to Brough Superiors. In 2015 it being the 40th anniversary of the Honda Gold Wing, that was the choice. The 3 day Rally attracted 830 entrants and over 3,500 day visitors. At the end of each Rally the Make or Model for the next year’s event is announced. And for the 2016 Rally to be held, as usual, at Paris, Ontario fairgrounds on June 17,18, 19, 2016 the announced “Motorcycle for the Year” was all 1970-95 BMW air-cooled transverse twin. Much publicity was given to one Max Friz as the originator of the transverse twin BMW design in the 1920s and the success of these motorcycles. The following article, first published in the CVMG News for September, 2015, attempts to clarify a bit of BMW history in regard to “who did what”: Now, I am in complete agreement with the choice of the transverse twin BMW motorcycles of 1970-1995, commonly known as “Airhead BMWs”, as the 2016 CVMG Annual Paris Rally marque. But, from a strictly historical perspective there have to be questions asked as to the role of engineer Max Friz in the development of any but the very early BMW flat-twin motorcycles. As prominent a motorcycling writer and historian as the late L.J.K. Setright, claimed in his 1977 book, “Bahnstormer: The Story of BMW Motorcycles” that Friz did not like, or even wish to design motorcycles in the period immediately after World War 1. Friz had come to fame during the Great War by developing the 160 hp. Rapp 6 cylinder OHC aircraft engine into the BMW “3a” high altitude 200 hp plus one to power Germany’s latest fighter, the Fokker D.VII. The D.VII was, by the way, the favourite aircraft of the last commander of the Richthofen Squadron, one Hermann Goering, and was the only German aircraft specifically mentioned in the Versailles Treaty. When the BMW firm was prevented from producing aircraft engines by the Versailles Treaty of 1919, Friz designed a 4 cylinder, 45/60 hp marine/truck/stationary engine to help keep BMW in production of something and the wolf from the factory door. Apparently, with reluctance, he designed, or specified, a single cylinder two stroke for the briefly BMW-produced Flink motorcycle, then developed a fore and aft opposed twin for the Victoria motorcycle firm with the

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engine also to be used in the Helios motorcycle made by BMW . This was in 1921-1922. For 1923, a transverse flat twin engined motorcycle was designed and produced, and called the BMW. In engine and gearbox layout the new BMW, the R32 model, strongly resembled the 1920-1921 British ABC and the French builtunder-licence-from-ABC version, the Gnome-Rhone. (Both these Granville Bradshaw designs were more expensive to produce than they could be sold for and disappeared rapidly from the market.) The use of shaft drive on the first BMW was not unusual; both the Belgian FN and Danish Nimbus inline four cylinder motorcycles of the time used shaft drive. Flat-twin (horizontally opposed cylinder) engines were nothing new, of course. Herbert Austin had built the Wolesley car with a flat-twin engine as early as 1895. The British Douglas and Brough firms had specialized in fore and aft flat-twin motorcycles, as did Indian in 1917-1918 with the Model O and HarleyDavidson with the W models in 1919-1922. The Canadian-built Essex motorcycle, apparently produced in small numbers in 1914 in Windsor, Ontario, was one of the very early motorcycle designs with a transversely mounted horizontally-opposed engine. So Mr. Friz had lots of designs to look at for inspiration before drawing the first lines of an advanced transversely mounted horizontally-opposed engined motorcycle. The 1923 BMW R32 was quickly displaced in Friz’s priorities by the 1924 decision to allow Germany to restart aero-engine development and production and he returned to the development of his 33,000 cc ohc inline 6 cylinder 310 hp high altitude engine. This eventually became a V-12 in the 1930s. Meanwhile Friz promoted a junior engineer, Rudolph Schleicher to head the design and development division and deal also with ongoing routine engineering work. Schleicher was not only an engineer, but also a motorcyclist of considerable skill, riding an R37 to a Gold Medal in the 1926 International Six Days Trial (ISDT) in Britain. In an effort to widen the market for the BMW, the 1925 offerings included a single cylinder version of the BMW, also with shaft drive. BMW, substantially re-financed in the 1920s and back in the aero-engine business, expanded by taking over the Dixi company who were making a German version of the Austin Seven car. The motorcycle side of the business remained relatively small in public sales in the 1920s, about 3,300 motorcycles per year, nearly all twins. It was substantially aided by government purchases from 1933 onwards as the Nazi government

1978 BMW R100/7 in front of a replica 16th century Iroquois Long House at Crawford Lake, Ontario.

engaged in rearmament. From 1929 to 1945, BMW produced almost 141,000 motorcycles, about 9,400 per year. Interestingly, only 57% of these were twin cylinder models the rest were single cylinder types. Of the twins, 36,000 of the 750cc sidevalve R12, designed for sidecar use, were produced while 18,000 of the R75 model with driven sidecar wheel were made. The post-war production of BMWs was started in 1948 by, of all things, a French military contract for 250cc single cylinder models. Certainly the motorcycle market had changed and in the 1948 to 1969 period when BMW made a more or less “evolved” line of motorcycles based on their 1930s designs, they produced 167,371 single cylinder motorcycles as opposed to 100,565 twin cylinder ones. In addition, from 1955 through 1962 they sold 161,728 BMW Isetta minicars most of which were powered by a single cylinder version of their motorcycle engine. By the mid-1960s, it looked as if BMW motorcycles would soon be a thing of the past. Motorcycle sales in Germany had peaked in 1954 and the average BMW motorcycle production and sale each year was 7608 singles and about 4,600 twins. A near-bankruptcy, reorganization and acquisition of control of BMW by the Quandt family had led to the decision to develop a “New Class” of automobiles to replace the large, poorly selling BMW cars of the ‘50’s and the now obsolete Isetta minicars. But motorcycle sales had rescued the BMW company from oblivion in the 20’s and 40’s and perhaps there was still some tradition that BMW had to continue to make motorcycles in order to succeed.

Two men took such tradition seriously. The elder was Alex von Falkenhausen, an engineer and motorcycle racer who had joined BMW in 1934, hired by Rudolph Schleicher to race in the BMW off-road team. With 10 years of previous motorcycle racing behind him, he won Gold medals in the 1936 and 1937 ISDT on a BMW R5. His engineering training served to develop the telescopic fork and rear suspension upgrades on the late 30’s models and from then until 1945 he was immersed in BMW’s motorcycle development program. He had come back to work for BMW in 1954 (after running his own car racing team and development shop) as head of the motorcycle racing team and responsible for engine development for the automobile program. Development work on BMW car engines of the 1960’s done by von Falkenhausen shows up in the design of the 1970 onwards motorcycles in components like connecting rods. The younger man was Hans-Gunther von der Marwitz, a motorcyclist with racing experience on an AJS 7R, who joined BMW in 1964 after working as an engineer on engine development for Porsche. Von der Marwitz thought the handling of the 195569 Earles-forked BMWs was “ghastly” and has stated ”I wanted our new roadster to handle like the Manx Norton racer – I think we very nearly succeeded.” A glance at the “Airhead” chassis shows the similarity of the design to the Norton “Featherbed”. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If the “Airhead” BMW motor cycle, which started with the 1970 “/5” series and ended a quarter century later in 1995 with the last entirely air-cooled boxer twins, can be deemed a great success and a classic, it is due, I think, to those two engineers, von Falkenhausen and von der Marwitz along with their staffs. Records show that 496,724 Airheads were produced in that period. The greatly increased production of high-value twin cylinder touring motorcycles established BMW as a significant motorcycle-producing company, a position it retains to this day. It is true that Max Friz in 1925 hired Rudolph Schleicher as a development engineer and Schleicher brought in von Falkenhausen in 1934 and BMW brought back von Falkenhausen in 1954 and in 1964 von der Marwitz came along to work with von Falkenhausen on the new line of “boxer BMW” motorcycles. So there is a continuum here, not just of tradition, but of improvement, development, and striving to make something better and to be a success. My conclusion, however, is that the inspiration, hard work and perspiration in developing the BMW R90/6 and R100/7 motorcycles, which I enjoyed for many years, chiefly involved Alexander von Falkenhausen and Hans-Gunther von der Marwitz. I raise my glass to them.

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Around the scrap heap of a WWI workshop ROGER FOGG

A hundred years ago in 1915, the Western Front had reached some kind of stalemate. Both sides had made attempts to break the deadlock with major battle offensives, but this strategy led to prolonged periods of fighting with success measured in hundreds of yards. It was a time of grinding battles of attrition, with the trenches at the heart of the battle for most of those who were fighting on the ground. The Germans had used poison gas for the first time at Ypres, Germany had captured Warsaw and Tsar Nicholas took control of Russian troops. In April the Allies had landed at Gallipoli, but by the end of 1815 were forced to withdraw. To support the motor cycles being used on active duty, there were workshops set up behind the front lines to maintain and repair the machines which were no longer serviceable. Motorcycles had a short career, maybe only three or four months before they became unusable. On average the price of a motorcycle at the time cost the Government about £60. Some came to an end after being struck by shells, or by breaking up on the poor roads. Most of the motorcycles on the scrap heap however, arrived there for other reasons. In the Motor Cycle of July 8th, 1915, an NCO laments the fact that he has to deal with the “wounded warriors” that are now but components of the base scrap heap. Close inspection of the heaped up machines revealed a woeful tale of neglect, misuse, and


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lack of a basic understanding of how mechanical objects should be treated. Loose engine bolts, cylinders that moved up and down with the pistons, buckled wheels and broken frames all told a tale. The NCO went on to further comment, in fact have a good moan about the state of the bikes that he received. Almost all machines had excessive play in the wheel bearings, the hubs and rims were never cleaned or oiled. In consequence the brakes were rendered inoperative. Stirrup brakes were bent or missing altogether, often taking out handfuls of spokes when they inevitably caught in the wheels, although brake blocks in V rims fared rather better. The forks were never really designed to take the great bangs from the potholes, and were bent, seized or had bits missing. Mudguards, which clogged with the infamous Somme mud were modified by removal or having bits hacked away. Engines, on the whole, tended to show signs of over oiling, with lubricant coming out of all joints. Carbonisation, as a result, affected pistons, valves and plugs as well as blocking exhaust pipes. Drip oil feed was not giving satisfaction due to the idiosyncrasies of the rider, to say nothing of the glass being invisible at night. The oil in general use at the time was intended for water cooled engines and was not designed for use in air cooled motorcycles. Models with an external flywheel flung excess oil onto the riders leg, and improvised leather sheets to form a make shift shield were often fabricated by the inventive soldiers. Hub gears worked well enough providing they were maintained, but bolt up gear boxes whose cases and bolt threads had worn might be tightened up slightly diagonally, throwing the chain and belt out of line. On some models the gear handle was very awkwardly placed and clumsy changes were frequent.

Handlebar grips were very small, days spent in the saddle trying to hold on to the bars gave rise to sore and cramped hands, and there were occasions when the grips worked loose and came off altogether. The controls, being exposed to the dust and mud up there on the handlebars became coated in muck and quickly became sloppy and eventually wore out completely. Cables either seized up with no lubrication, or else conducted oil into carburettors or magnetos where it was one of the few places that did not need excess lubricant. As for spare parts, many of the larger items were readily available. Tyres, tubes, wheels, handlebars, mudguards could all be obtained from the workshop stores. However many of the small, yet still vital bits were very difficult to get hold of. Thus if you needed the right bolt, a reed for the horn, a spring for the points or big end bearings then the whole operation could grind to a halt. In practice much good stuff was simply thrown away simply because of the time, and difficulty in getting parts to make a cheap and effective repair. An inexpensive but unobtainable perished washer on a generator, for instance, meant that the complete thing was simply thrown away rather than fixed. It was not unknown for brand new motorcycles to be delivered in their crates and stacked upside down, or left piled in heaps as they were

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unloaded from the lorry. There were many excellent mechanics in the workshops, there were others who had become careless. As a result riders might get back a properly repaired motorcycle, almost as good as new. However they might also get a machine that had been passed as fit, but had been “tested” and delivered in a “reckless” state, with perhaps a flat tyre and detailed work having been hurried or just not carried out at all. Most soldiers still had only the most rudimentary knowledge of petrol engines and mechanical niceties, although many had a good knowledge of horses, carts, and had acquired some blacksmithing skills allied to steam engine technology. No wonder some of the poor bikes were in such a state. The coming together of factors such as fast riding over French paved roads, lack of lubrication (and unsuitable oils), individual machines passing through the hands of many riders, lack of maintenance and plain old joy riding all contributed to the Workshop scrapheap in the winter of 1915.

This photograph was taken at the North Norfolk Steam Railway’s ‘1940’s weekend’ at Weybourne Station, and shows Mike Holme’s 1915 WWI 350cc Douglas – a D.R. machine. The WW1 map case (see on the carrier) containing a genuine 1917 map of the area of Northern France where the British troops were involved. It is amazing to think that any machine could possibly survive out there in those conditions.

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Around Britain on a Bantam

I have previously recounted some of our Bantam “adventures” the “Exeter Trial” “The Westward Ho! Run” and so forth for the Journal so thought I would write an account of our latest adventure – or is it venture? Phil Keast writes about the trip

The plan was reasonably straightforward, we take in the Bantam Rally at Marksham near Norwich for the weekend and then proceed up the east coast, over into the Scottish Borders, work our way south through the Lake District, the Welsh Borders, back into the West country and onwards to Lands End. The first issue being myself and my pals come from Devon and Cornwall, so getting to Norfolk would be a challenge in its own right. Preparations were put in progress and Rick our “Team Leader” put plenty of hard work into the detailed route sheets, we would be keeping off the main roads where possible and in fact looking at the route we would be using roads only the locals to that area would know about. I should mention at this point that we would be using a back up van so bearing that in mind I “dumped” my camping gear off to be loaded in the van, every extra kilo (or more like pounds in imperial Bantam units) counts on a D1 Bantam even with a “big bore” 150cc barrel and piston. Bantam preparations continued, if you are unfamiliar with a D1 Bantam then if it has not seized and has both wheels facing in the same direction then you are more or less there. I changed the gearbox oil, fitted a new spark plug, replaced the throttle cable and made up some pannier frames using a twenty foot length of flat steel thereby inducing more than a little weight penalty. When these tasks were completed I had a cup of coffee thought about what else I need to check, looked at the Bantam then had another coffee, well preparations complete then? On a fine Friday in August I set off at eight thirty loaded up reasonably lightly but including the same amount of two-stroke oil that I’m sure most people use in a year. To give you an idea on the progress you can expect on a 150cc Bantam, they will happily buzz along at 45 to 50 mph on a flat road although actual distance covered on a long run usually means covering somewhere around 35 miles in an hour, to this end the forty-five miles between where I live on the Cornwall border to

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Exeter usually takes around an hour and a half on my “back road” route. Helped by the warm sunny weather I made steady progress though it would be a long day to cover the 250 mile run to my Friday night stop. I wended my way along the pleasant A30 with not too many steep hills to worry the little Bantam and stopped for a lunch break at my favourite Dorset town Shaftesbury. It’s a common occurrence owning a Bantam to get into conversation with people who have owned one at some point and Shaftesbury was no exception as I got into conversation with a woman with her son who had a Bantam as her first bike some years ago, I also had a quick chat with two chaps on modern BMW’s who looked at me either in madness or incredulity when I told them my destination. I continued on towards Wilton and getting to only the halfway point of the days ride, at least the sun was shining and the Bantam was buzzing along well, I took a scenic route up through “The Woodfords” to arrive at Amesbury, then threaded my way through the gridlocked Amesbury roundabout on the A303 and continued north. My destination for my stop-over was the Premier Inn at Silverstone and as I buzzed onwards I did some mental calculations on what time I would arrive

there, Pewsey, Hungerford,Wantage, Witney and so on passed by with the roads fortunately reasonably quiet and the hills not too much of a challenge. Once past Bicester I did not have far to go though while climbing a hill in second gear I heard a nasty metallic noise, I pulled the clutch in and stopped, was it the engine or something snagged on the mudguards or fallen off? Something has happened for sure as now the engine would only fire up when bump started and there was definitely a loss of power. I soldiered on for the final few miles and my stop-over place was a welcome sight, some food and some personal “lubrication” made me feel better, but I was more than a little anxious about the run to Norwich the following day. The mileage for the day being over 250 miles which is way too much on one of these old birds. On the following morning fortified by a good breakfast and numerous cups of coffee I pushed the Bantam up the incline in the hotel car park and bump started it on the way back down, it seemed to be running ok but I was unsure if it would hold out on the journey to Marksham near Norwich. I progressed well on my complex back road route with fortunately only a few big climbs. Approaching one small village I came across the dreaded “Road Closed Diversion” sign, expecting one of those tortuous detours that take you miles off course I had a quick look at the road closure and found only a short section being resurfaced so I hopped off and wheeled it through the obstruction to continue my journey, it’s one of the benefits of riding a small lightweight. Not long after came my major navigation error, my route should have taken me across the M1 to continue on my “B” road route, I seemed to have missed my turning and end up in some metropolis full of roundabouts and industrial estates, to cut a long story short I must be one of the few people who has been lost in Luton without realising they were in Luton! Eventually I managed to more or less get to the right side of Luton and with the assistance of a helpful chap cycling picked up my route. I continued on enjoying the route, the sun shining and thankfully the Bantam seemed happy enough even if still down on power and I eventually crossed into Norfolk during the afternoon. I passed along some beautiful small villages and scenery and remember riding alongside a dike for miles and miles (sixteen foot drain?). As before I had a few navigational issues and was helped at one point by a Police Patrolman in a fuel station (thank you) also

in one part of Norfolk all roads seem to either lead to or from Downham Market! At around half past six I arrived at the show ground, our Bantam Rally was part of a Country/Agricultural Show run by “The Starting Handle Club” as luck would have it they had set aside a lovely tree filled paddock for our camping, which shaded us from the sun, so first things first “someone get the kettle on” ! After a brew we compared stories of our journey to Norfolk and thankfully all the Bantams had arrived as planned with no major issues. It turned out there was one issue as one of our “Tour” members Doug had suffered a big end bearing failure on his Matchless so had it recovered with himself home and when he arrived back home pressed his Hinkley Bonneville into service to continue. On the Saturday evening we enjoyed a splendid Hog Roast some fine beer and a cracking band playing some old favourites and something for everyone, a fine evening after all those miles on the D1. On the Sunday we had a good look around the show and came to the conclusion that the tractor is king in Norfolk, I don’t think I have seen such a collection on display (and driven) anytime before. We looked at the obligatory collection of “Stationary Engines” which seem to fall into two categories either those pumping water around in a circle and those powering a sixty watt light bulb and considered if the light bulb type would consider the possibility of charging our mobile phones? The Bantams were assembled around the Bantam Club stand and made an impressive collection, we then did a few circuits of the show ground before re-assembling at the Bantam Club pitch where the awards were made, needless to say I got the “Long Distance Award” as I covered somewhere around 450 miles, (must have been those navigational errors around Luton and Downham Market). Also on the Sunday I took a look at my Bantam to see if I could identify the loss of power and starting issue (still would only bump start), I removed the cylinder head and discovered the head gasket was in pieces with parts of the gasket missing, I also checked the bore and all looked good, so an easy fix then. No one had a replacement gasket so I popped over to “The Tractor Parts” tent and got myself a tube of High Temperature Sealant, I liberally applied a suitable amount, dogged the head back down and thought it should be ok ? On the Monday morning we all rose bright and early which was surprising, loaded up the Bantams

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to set off on our “Tour”. So the “Tour” squad comprised of three Bantam D1’s (with 150cc barrels/pistons) one Bantam B175, one Bantam 175 made of a combination of parts but complete with a ‘Field Kitchen” to have a roadside brew up, a 1938 500 Rudge Special, a Suzuki Trailie and the Hinkley Bonneville, plus one more Bantam rider who was planning to ride with us during the morning. We set off (after I had bump started mine again) and headed to the nearest fuel station, when three of us arrived there we noticed the rest were missing, surely not a breakdown already? While we were waiting and deciding whether to head back to see what had happened my two pals popped back into the fuel station and came out munching pork pies! I ask you pork pies for breakfast (this was not the only time on the tour either with these pair). Eventually we headed back up the road to find Steves (planning to ride with us during the morning) D14 being attended to after coming to a stop only a short distance from the start point. After putting in a combined effort to get the Bantam up and running with no success we came to the unfortunate conclusion that we would have to press on and leave Steve to await recovery. So off we went on an interesting route through Norfolk and Lincolnshire stopping for a photo opportunity beside the huge Windmill at Moulton near Spalding. The weather continued to be on our side although there were plenty of threatening looking clouds away in the distance, on reaching Barton on Humber just before the Humber Bridge a biblical downpour started so we dived hastily under a stand of trees, minutes later the road was like a river and the drains looked like fountains, in ten minutes it was all over so off we set again to cross the bridge. I did discover that when riding a D1 Bantam the Humber Bridge is in fact an uphill and a downhill. Once we crossed the busy bridge we continued our off the beaten track route heading north towards Yorkshire. We reaching our campsite at Helmsley at around seven-thirty in the evening after a tough 200 mile or so day, Neils Rudge and Bryans Suzuki had already arrived plus Denis with the back-up van, plus one more D1 to join in the tour, Neil was busy doing a spot of magneto fettling on the Rudge (seems compulsory for magneto chaps). We hoisted the tents in double quick time and headed off to the local hostelry for some much needed food and lubrication, the Lasagne was excellent

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and seemed to contain enough heat to power a small town. Once fed and watered it was time to get back for some rest and another early start in the morning. The next morning as before we were all up bright and early and as before intending for an eight o'clock start, this never seemed to happen for various reasons, one of our team likened it to “trying to herd cats” but still we were on the road for eight-thirty. Not long after we had to stop for a clutch cable replacement on one of the D1’s, if you are unfamiliar with this then let me tell you it’s a grubby and fiddly job getting the cable to hook up at the engine end but job completed swiftly, we continued over the edge of the North York Moors and the Bantams were working hard on the climbs but all going well. Some more ups and downs were encountered on the Moors and we reached our lunch stop at the railway station at Stanhope. The Rudge/Suzuki team were already there, on the road into Stanhope Neil saw a silencer that looked like his on the road only to find it was his so pulled into an engineering workshop nearby the station where a helpful chap quickly re-welded the securing bracket. After a good lunch and a look around the old train and station we continued our journey, whilst crossing the open moors there were numerous steep dips in the road, so this was a good opportunity to nail the Bantam to the stop on the downhill part and hope you could climb the uphill parts and still maintain top gear, even better if you could pass one of the other D1’s in the process, this caper is much like “Fizzy Racing” (maybe you have to be a certain age to understand what that was), anyway you will be surprised what good fun you can have at 20 to 50 mph. After another long day in the sprung saddle, (with one unplanned stop for a points adjustment on the field kitchen Bantam) we reached our stop at a pub with a campsite “The Salutation Inn” near Berwick on Tweed and only a few miles from Scotland. The aforementioned Bantam was certainly a bit sickly and low on compression and the next morning was loaded into the back-up van (small end bearing failure it later transpired). The next morning we treated ourselves to a breakfast that could feed an army or a squad of Bantam riders (Rudge riders also included) and we set off to cover the few miles into Scotland and find the first “Welcome to Scotland” sign, a photo

it in second gear but as it went on and on and on it turned into a first gear job, you get a chance to take in the scenery at around 10 mph but it’s not an exactly relaxing ride on a D1 revving like fury at 10 mph. Moving on, I caught a glimpse of Morecambe Bay which was on t’other side from the coast of the day before. Our next stop was Carnforth Railway Station of ‘Brief Encounter” fame. At the Station preparations were in full swing for a “Fourties” or was it “Fifties” evening? But none the less they didn't seem to mind us wheeling the Bantams into the station for another photo opportunity, after some personal lubrication we set off again to our next overnight stop outside Garstang, where we arrived on a beautiful sunny evening. The next day as before we all rose bright and early, I thought I was the first one up it After leaving we being before six o’clock but was encountered a bit of surprised to find a hill, well actually three of the others already having a The Kirkstone Pass; brew, at least I was hoping to tackle there was time to it in second gear but do some maintenance and as it went on and on give the Bantam a and on it turned into good check over, all seemed ok a first gear job. You although due to get a chance to take all the steep hills in the scenery at and bendy roads my brakes were around 10 mph becoming distinctly “marginal” even after adjustment. My Bantam was also starting well on the kick-start both when hot and cold, mechanical problems logically can only get worse but this Bantam was defying all logic by seemingly to get better? We knew this days riding would be a challenge as we would be wending our way through the hopefully lesser used roads through more let’s say ‘built up areas’. We headed east through Ribchester to get up to Belmont and avoid Preston. Then after down off the hills to Riplington where we came to the first of today’s road closures and works that were to prove a headache. In Westhoughton we dodged the queues to get into Atherton and then got lost, as did Neil

opportunity not to be missed. The series of climbs that followed up the Cheviots was a real test for the Bantams, the four speed B175 did not have a problem but for the three “150” D1’s it was a second gear slog, it’s at times like these that you are amazed at how tough these little engines are, for Denis on the standard 125 D1 it was a first gear slog at times. The next stretch all the way down the Castletown was one of the highlights of the whole trip, the little birds flew down through the bends, taking the “racing line” as you could see the road ahead for a long distance and again proving what great fun you can have on an small elderly two-stroke. We stopped for a coffee break in Newcastleton and as we set off I heard a terrible grinding noise as my chain fell off, looks like that good breakfast distracted me from my maintenance tasks, the D1 was hoisted up into the pavement so that the back wheel hung in the air, the chain was untangled from the back wheel, tensioned up and we were back on our way. We pressed on with our back road route stopping for fuel at Brampton where a helpful chap supplied me with a nut for my front brake lever pivot bolt which had disappeared somewhere along the road (and checked my tyres pressures, there is service for you). This was a wonderful days riding, sun shining, the Bantams buzzing along well, though another stop ensued in the afternoon when Alan’s D1 clutch operation was lost, we pulled over and quickly found that most of the screws holding his timing/clutch cover had disappeared and the whole ensemble was “swinging in the breeze”. Out of eight or nine screws I think there were only four still there, we pulled up the remaining screws and pressed on again, in the evening we used some of my high temperature sealant as a “make do” Loctite on the remaining screws. We pressed on taking our “off the beaten track” route and I had another “Luton “ moment because after yet another long second gear climb Ullswater appeared seemingly unannounced, I didn't know that was coming ! We stopped for a lunch break and managed to squeeze the Bantams into a carpark by the lake, the only downside was that this was the first traffic of any note we had encountered for a long time as every man and his dog seemed to be at the Lakes on a fine sunny day like this. After leaving we encountered a bit of a hill, well actually The Kirkstone Pass, I was hoping to tackle

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and Bryan (the Rudge/Suzuki team and with SatNav). Finally we found our way down to Leigh and then Culceth but the B5212 was closed and the route round the flamin’ Wrekin to get to Warburton Toll bridge (over the Manchester ship canal) took forever. Eventually we got to the bridge (12p toll!) then headed through Cheshire (Great Budworth seemed to have disappeared) and eventually arrived at the Anderton Lift in Northwich for lunch, phew! Neil and Bryan arrived looking more than a little harassed some time after us. After a look around the boat lift and some well-earned rest and much-needed food and tea we set off again. The roads gradually became quieter and more “interesting” and intact they turned into classic Bantam roads with the little birds buzzing well and swooping eagerly through the sharp twists and turns heading towards our next stop at Bishops Castle in Shropshire. During the last thirty minutes of the days riding we had some rain, more or less the first since we started the ‘Tour” but we arrived So now we would dry have to make sure we reasonably and looking followed the detailed forwards to an route to make sure we evening’s visit to the pub in the didn’t end up on a town that brews it’s own beer. We Motorway (not had been recommended on checking the a Bantam) weather forecast during the day as a very wet front was due to pass through but as luck would have it the campsite had a bunkhouse so there was the option not to have to camp that night. When we all assembled there appeared to be two camps so to speak, the “Camping no matter the weather” types and the “Bunkhouse” types, I fairly quickly dumped my gear in the bunkhouse and when I awoke in the night with the rain lashing down on the bunkhouse roof reckoned I had made a good choice. On the site was a handy wooden building that had a “common room” tables, chairs , sofa, kettle etc, I made my way up there in the morning in the pouring rain to make a brew and to find the “campers” already there, hmm wet night then chaps? The rain did not seem to want to let up although the forecast seemed to say it would lessen during

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the afternoon, “Team Rudge Suzuki” that is Neil and Bryan were heading home back to the Oxford area whatever the weather so Neil used the veranda on the “common room” as a makeshift work area to carry out some carb cleaning and maintenance on the Rudge. Meanwhile the “Team Bantam” had a few more “brews” and mulled over the weather forecast and what to do. A decision was made to head off into the town get a good breakfast and see if the weather improved, after our substantial breakfast the weather had improved so we packed up our kit and set off on a grey and drizzly day. We set off from Bishops Castle late in the morning and after clearing a traffic jam in the town (yes even here) continued on our way with the Bantams running well as before. The roads were Bantam friendly and we crossed over Witney Toll Bridge (many thanks for letting us over toll-free) and not long after being on the road we decided to stop off for a cup of tea and a chat at Bantam Racer Nick Beasley’s bike shop where we looked with interest at various parts and modifications used to make the humble Bantam go like the clappers. As time was moving on and it would be a long run down the Exmoor for our next overnight stop we headed off again. After only about ten minutes later navigator leader Rick’s D1 came to a grinding halt when if suffered a seizure, luckily he was able to coast into a nearby lay-by. It didn't look good, the cylinder head was quickly removed and oh dear we could see a circlip wedged between the side of the piston and the bore, with more than a little force we managed to remove the barrel and got to see the damage. This was not a “roadside fix” as the both the piston and barrel were heavily scored so the back-up van was called and hopefully it would be squeezed in. After a “Team Talk” on what to do now (only three Bantams left) we decided to head for home, that is the remaining three Bantams make a run for home under the own steam. So from near enough Hay on Wye Paul needed to get back to Wisbech and Alan and myself had to get back to Devon and Cornwall. So at around three in the afternoon Paul (his B175 still running well but now had a charging fault) set off planning to stop for the night at Northampton with family and Alan and myself headed off to the Westcountry, the weather was anything but hot and sunny but mostly dry so it could always be worse! Alan and I were briefed on the route down to the Severn Bridge (old one) and had a detailed instruction on how to get through Bristol without

using a Motorway. Off we set down the “Golden Valley” a lovely riding road then through Monmouth and down the Wye Valley where my D1 struggled on some of the long climbs, eventually we arrived at Chepstow where we stopped for a re-fuel and breather. So now we would have to make sure we followed the detailed route to make sure we didn’t end up on a Motorway (not recommended on a Bantam), the route seemed to work and we made our way through the outskirts of Bristol, down the Severn Gorge (handy bus and motorcycle lane) then up to the Clifton Bridge. We had another quick stop at the Clifton to check the route and take in the splendid engineering achievement of the bridge, paid a pound (not cheap) and continued; strangely very quickly we were more or less back in the country. It was fortunate that we had a detailed route as it seems the A38 disappears and re-appears, very confusing, when we passed Bristol Airport I knew we were ok and when I saw a sign saying “Plymouth 102 Miles” I cannot describe how I felt when on a D1 Bantam and with well over a hundred miles to cover at around seven-thirty in the evening!! We progressed along the old A38 and decided to have a well earned “Fish and Chip” stop at Bridgewater, our two Bantams certainly drew attention bearing in mind both are original and “unrestored” examples combined with the accumulated muck from the previous week or so, they both looked as if they had been to Vladivostock and back. We checked in with the remainder of the team who were in the back-up van and they were already back in Exeter (no surprise) and headed off again in the dusk, at Taunton just as it was getting dark Alan peeled off towards Honiton and home and I continued on towards Cornwall. I passed through Exeter at around ten-thirty when most people were either watching the end of the tens on TV or in the pub but strangely the riding was enjoyable in a perverse sort of way, the roads were quiet and the little bird was still buzzing along happily. After I passed through Exeter I had one major climb left, my “back road” route over Haldon Hill, the road gets steeper and steeper and the D1 fought its way up in first gear, then down the other side and time for a five minute break in Chudleigh. After that it was a case of counting down the miles as I know the “back road” route back to Plymouth very well, my reasonable 12 volt lights helped but I was

definitely getting a bit weary and the Tamar Bridge was a welcome sight, then ten minutes later I was home. I checked the time and it was a few minutes to midnight, also I couldn't resist checking the mileage for the entire “Tour” which was only a few less than one thousand five hundred, the little bird had with only a few minor issues managed to cover this in eight days. As a postscript to the adventure I left the Bantam for a few days and used my Moto Guzzi single for everyday duties. Then I decided to give the Bantam some well earned maintenance, as it had been running without a head gasket for sometime (the high temperature sealant seemed to work quite well) I removed the head and had a peek inside the

How it ran so well with this is a mystery.

bore to make sure all was ok, I was surprised to see that it appeared that something had ‘eaten” my piston, I removed the barrel and found the piston had only one and a half piston rings! Also at some stage a piston circlip had come adrift and scored the piston and bore, well at least that explained the lack of power when climbing hills for the last week or so, but how the little bird managed to run so well with the piston in that condition was really amazing. So this shows you can do amazing things on a old small capacity motorcycle although in retrospect we were more than a little ambitious, 160 to 170 miles a day is a more realistic daily mileage and 200 or even 250 miles is far too much for both machine and rider. We are already thinking about a John O’Groats to Land End Run, around 1,100 miles in say a week, should be a breeze?

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In brief Microns?

I was talking to a small group of my biking friends over a coffee, and we were discussing some form of measurements. I mentioned microns. “How many Microns in a thou?” Hundreds and even thousands were mentioned. I thought that there were ‘only’ 25 or so, as when, many years ago now, I had a tour of the Hinckley Triumph factory and that’s what they said. Memories fade of course. I asked an engineering neighbour the same question. “Not sure, but could be thousands” was his reply. So, how many and when and how did microns appear? Are they metric? If Triumph used them since 1990, having preened all their info from Honda, how long has the motor industry been using microns as a form of tolerances? Sorry, I’m used to feet and inches, not to mention chains, furlongs, poles, roods and acres. Jeff Waller, Spain

(1 inch = 25,400 microns; 1mm = 1,000 microns. Ed)

JR Alexander & Co

I have a Vincent Comet which I am resurrecting – it has been in bits since the late 1960s... It was originally delivered in late 1950 to Glasgow motorcycle dealer J R Alexander & Co, who was at 272 Great Western Road. It had a BSN registration allocated. I would dearly like to find out when the shop closed or if it was taken over. Does anyone have any information or records from the business? I would like to retain the original number, but unfortunately Dunbartonshire Vehicle records exist only up to 1948. Around 1956/7 Matthew Hood from Baillieston used it with a sidecar and went on fishing trips with Brother John. Matthew worked at Honeywell and lived at Blackburn near Bathgate before immigrating to the USA. Had Willie Pitblado still been with us I am sure he would have known the brothers. Any information would be gratefully received. Mike Borrie

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Youngsters climb into the saddle

Juan, five, sits behind two-year-old Darius from South Africa on my BSA C12. Clearly they want to start motorcycling at a very early age! Roy Hopkins

Return of trophies

November is the time when sections look to retrieve the trophies that have been won the previous year. This is because trophies have to be cleaned and taken en mass to be engraved, ready for presentation at the next section annual dinner. I am responsible for Western Region Road Trial Championship trophies. I also get trophies for the Cotswold and Flat Tank sections. Please could riders return WRRTC trophies to me - 01242-870375 (before 9.00pm) Cotswold Section trophies should be returned to Jenny Alexander - 01242-674981 - or Chris Day - 01452-854341 Flat Tank trophies can be sent to Duncan Pittaway - 01179-644884, Dennis Beale 01452-750424 or me, details on Flat Tank section notes. Dr Reg Eyre


Thanks for including my write up on page 57 of the October Journal. There is one correction to make if you don’t mind. My message indicated the photograph was provided by Dr. Jon Warren however the journal entry was Dr. Jon Hill. Would it be possible to publish the correct attribution (‘provided by Dr. Jon Warren’) in the next available Journal please? Thanks in advance. Pete Bagnall Below is what should have been put in the journal:

38th Northumbrian Gathering Please could you consider this for insertion in the next available VMCC Journal? If there is space, a picture is also attached, provided by Dr. Jon Warren. This shows Jon Hill and Bob Rodgerson (seated on his Humber) ready for the off!

TIG welding

I was just reading the October issue of the journal, and I noticed the article ‘Some further thoughts on TIG welding’, and would like to add my thoughts. I have worked in the brewing industry for nearly 30 years, and when welding stainless steel using the TIG welding process, it is standard practice to use pure argon, and not a mixed gas. Mixed gas is OK for other materials (mild steel etc) and is cheaper. I believe the copper coating on mild steel welding rod is not a flux, but to prevent oxidisation (rust) to the filler wire. I think I am correct in saying that the copper ‘vaporises’ when welding mild steel due to the high temperature, and therefore does not contaminate the weld. The argon shield is all that is required to protect the weld pool during TIG welding. I fully agree that auto-darkening helmets are a must for TIG welding. My first one cost over £300, but you can obtain good quality helmets from welding suppliers for around £60 nowadays. Hopefully this is of interest? Graham Gasson

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Road Safety Assets

I think we live in a blinkered world as far as road safety is concerned. The manufacturers are selling us racing performance parts for road use, but these parts are allowing normal riders and drivers to travel at breakneck speeds which far exceed their skills and reaction time.

Ten-year test If I were Transport Minister for a day, the first thing I would do would be to reverse the no MOT rule for pre-1960 vehicles. When the original ten-year test for old vehicles was introduced back in the 60s there was an immediate reduction in bald tyres, bad brakes and vehicles in un-roadworthy condition. Vehicle neglect lead to many mishaps on the public highway and sometimes even worse back then. The ten-year test improved all that.

Sticky tyres Why on earth do we need those wide sticky low profile tyres that allow the average driver or rider to corner at 45 mph plus on wet roundabouts? I would ban them all and go back to narrow tyres to slow everyone down, giving pedestrians and others a chance to carry on with their lives. Narrow profile tyres would be far less noisy too! Narrow tyres will also find grip more easily in snow, because wide tyres act like a snowboard in these conditions. Why, oh why, do manufacturers and owners fit low profile racing style tyres to high centre of gravity 4X4 off road vehicles? The mind just boggles! Powerful brakes Exceptionally powerful brakes that will almost stand a car or bike on end are not friendly for those vehicles following along behind. Insurance companies would praise me for banning these brakes since rear end shunts would reduce significantly because drivers would now have to think ahead more... upping their road craft skills to suit.

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Bright blue lights If my memory serves... back in the fifties there was a survey into those bright blue white street lamps by the Ministry. They deduced that the human eye takes longer to adjust when going from this colour street lamp into the darkness of an unlit road, so they recommended these street lamps should be phased out to improve safety. They subsequently were. But what naughty designer re-invented the ridiculously bright blue white headlamps that we motorcyclists have to suffer nowadays. Is this road safety gone mad? Is past history and knowledge irrelevant?

Too noisy! In car entertainment assets such as ear drum damaging Hi-Fi equipment drowns out any untoward noises emanating from the car, like loose wheel nuts – or indeed an emergency vehicle quickly approaching. As for those distracting Sat Navs...Well, you cannot have a TV in view of the driver because it is illegal, so why allow these contraptions? Learn to use a map, then stop to check it...direction signs are numerous. It's not rocket science, is it?

Mobile phones I would also force vehicle manufacturers to design and fit a blocking device to stop mobile phones being used inside a car or on a bike. That should really reduce accidents.

Summing up To sum up our road safety 'crazy world' is easy. When the most powerful of British Twins had a top speed approaching 110mph there was no speed limit on early motorways and many A roads. Now we have a national limit of 70mph the bikes are capable of 180 mph plus! Don't try to convince me that road safety has improved because I can't see it. Our well being is in the hands of the human who is using modern day safety assets to excess...and that is where the trouble lies. Your views welcome. Dave Blanchard


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 Three-Wheelers 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. PLEASE NOTE: 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 tothose who operate on a small scale or as a ‘leisure’ trader. 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: Please pick a KEY word for the first word of your advert ie: AJS, MZ, handlebars, panniers. Also prefixed by – For Sale (Machines, spares/equipment, clothing/publications), exchange, wanted, trade, holidays – NOT a year or model. This helps us to sort in alphabetical order and put in correct classification. Please quote your membership number and, if HAND WRITTEN, write all adverts clearly.


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FOR SALE Machines

AJS 16m, 1950, Rigid teles, fully restored, finished in black gloss and chrome, double show winner £4,750. Malcolm Sharp mob 07769 947801 (Essex) AJS 500 single model, 18 registered, 1961, fully restored, converted to 12 volt, new tyres, led indicators, can e-mail photo`s, very reliable and easy starter, sale to fund restoration of vintage car £5,500. Peter Beattie 01228 596887 email (Cumbria) BERNASSE 1906, 2 3/4hp Zedel side valve, very good runner and easy starter, lovely patina, detailed photographs available, transport from France can easily be arranged at buyer expenses 16,500 euro. Matthias Orlando +33676 590457 email (Alsace, France) BSA A7 1954, s/arm model, maroon, restored 6 years ago, reluctant sale due to house move £5,000, can email photographs if required. Dave Bourne 01234 708249 email (Bedford) BSA BB32 road registered ex motocrosser, B31 base, race engine to Gold Star spec used for green lanes, £3,750. BSA DB32 Gold Star replica in touring trim, many genuine GS parts £4,500. KM20 petrol tank £300. Bob Mayow mob 07896 202761 email (Cumbria) BSA Super Rocket 1958, engineer owned and maintained, nothing to do but ride £5,950. Alan M Holdaway 01932 849540 (Surrey) COVENTRY Eagle 1933 J18 0 The Wonder, 150 Villiers Albion box, sandblasted and powder coated, black, alloy expansion box, armour silencers, forks rebuilt, new brakes, tyres, leg shields, toolbox, spares, manuals, Hodson CE history £2,750. Cairns Langlands 01380 840728 email (Wilts) EXCELSIOR 1955 Talisman Twin, fully restored to show standard, cost nearly 5K, paint applied by RPM Race Paint, 18,800 miles from new, stainless rims and spokes, original chrome parts have been stripped and re-chromed £3,990. Mike Pemberton mob 07715 200706 (Lancs) FRANCIS Barnett 1959 Light cruiser 175cc, original matching numbers, recent restoration new paintwork new engine bearings and seals many parts re-chromed, wheels painted silver, green log book and owner’s manual, photographs available £1,750. George Smith georgesmith42@outlook.commob 07957 855021 email (Essex)

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HONDA 400N, 1980, new tyres, brake pads, exchange alternator, and carbs serviced, MOT until May 16, 22,100 mls, £1, 250. Dave King 01202 042485 (Bournemouth) HUMBER 1928 350cc in bits some parts missing for restoration £3,500. Raleigh 500cc OHV, in large lumps £4,000. Empire Star, 1938, scruffy £6,000. Boxford lathe, with some tooling £500 (Clearing out projects). Paul Ingham 015242 76261 email (Lancs) INDIAN 1928 police scout special 750cc, recent full restoration, good running order, with Corbin speedometer £21,500. Steve Newton 07890 681823 (Notts) JAMES Captain 1958/1959, in very good restored condition £1,850. Bryan Ling 01235 812495 (Oxon) LEVIS model K 1926 250 cc flat tank three speed, oily rag condition, new oil pump fitted, good runner, V5c, gas lights and tool box's included (not fitted) £3,750. Harry Stanistreet 01332 883130 (Derby) MATCHLESS G3L, 1960, original with log book, lovely bike in good condition, illness forces reluctant sale, £2,500. Dennis Hardy mob 07719 165826 (Kent) NEW Imperial, 1926 model 2, been restored, good runner, V5, need setting up for road use £5,500. D Warren mob 07850 873717 (Northants) NORTON Commando Interstate 1973, 750, black, lots of stainless including Devon rims, spokes bolts, electronic ignition, belt drive, up rated front brake, thousands spent bills to prove, owned 12 years needs to be seen £7,150. Robert Billingham 01329 827831 (leave message) (Hampshire) NORTON International 1957, Featherbed, 350cc model 40, very rare and original reg, matching nos, Can be viewed at Verralls Handcross, West Sussex (see Website for full details and pictures) £22,500. Donald Gerdes-Hansen 01556 612559 (Scotland) NORTON Manx ES 2 look alike, Pemberton engine, built in to a bike by Somerton M/C Engineering, recently lapped the Island on the VMCC Lap at 60.9 mph, £7,250.00. Harry Buckle 01458 270004 (Somerset) NORTON Project, 350 International engine, rigid frame, new girders, new petrol and oil tanks, wheel hubs, gear box, engine plates, foot rests, brake pedal, clutch, suitable mudguards £10,000. Allan Clift 01209 822529 (Cornwall) NORTON 1951, 500 ES2, plunger frame, complete rebuild, 2 years ago, engine & gearbox re built, new rims, tyres, all new paintwork, age related number £6,500. Les Belcher 01865 244744 (Oxon) NSU 200 Superlux 1955, excellent restored condition, MOT, V5c, dry stored, genuine reason for sale £3,900.

Emlyn Evans 01472 825752 email (Lincs) RALEIGH Model 2 Sports, 1925 350cc sidevalve 3sp chain drive, older restoration in good condition, mechanically sound, very reliable, ready to ride in Banbury 2016! Age related V5C £6,250. Huw Williams 01824 707097 email (Denbighshire) RALEIGH 1924, 2 3/4hp, "Popular" model (belt drive with footboards), complete but in need of full restoration, some pattern parts and wrong front mudguard fitted, V5 BT**** is transferable £3,500. John Diamond 0121 554 5701 email (W.Mids) ROYAL Enfield Ex WD/C, 350SV, 1941, excellent condition, engine and paintwork refurbished, VMCC dating certificate, includes one bike trailer and canvas bags if required, pictures available £4,000. Eric Greenfield (Wolverhampton) mob 07803 201000 email ROYAL Enfield 1948 Model G 350cc, MOT tax exempt, excellent condition, matching numbers, original reg, V5C present, dating certificates, loads of receipts, starts easy, rides lovely £3,750. Jimmy Farrell mob 07808 027692 (Birmingham) RUDGE 500 Special, 1937, racer road reg, £11,000. 500 Ulster, 1937, £11,000. 1932, 500 Cylinder head £350. Late Special cylinder head complete £400, various Rudge parts. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) SUNBEAM Lion, 600 (Model 7B) sidecar outfit, 1934, recently restored, correct numbers, spare engine and additional tradesman's box, very usable and reliable machine £13,500. Ken J-Fisher mob 07982 134 991 email (Oxfordshire) SUNBEAM project 1950 S8 paintwork done, engine fitted with shell rings, balls race wheels to refurbish, missing exhaust port and rear spindle holder £2,250. Restored 1970 Triumph 500 T100s, £4,995. Triumph 350 1967 T90 £3,995. Bill Nichols 0191 2632368 mob 07724 939086 (Whitley Bay) SUZUKI A100 1974, 1 owner, 9,000 miles, last used 1990 stored since, needs work but still in clean condition £700. Cyclemaster complete but stripped, has been running, no registration certificate £400. J Farrow 01634 724296 mob 07910 136636 (Kent) TRITON 1960 wideline frame, Triumph 6T engine, not a café racer, 9 stud alloy head, single Mikuni carburettor, 12V electrics, new battery, rear sets, swept back exhaust, used regularly, very reliable, some spares £6,750. Brian Robins 01293 537598 (W Sussex) TRIUMPH Tiger 90 500cc, 1967, very good condition ,new Boyer Ignition , electronic voltage regulator/rectifier, alternator , re chromed parts, new

wheels, nice looking, MOT & tax, runs well, starts first kick £4,295. Clive Edridge mob 07894 985891 email (North Dorset) TRIUMPH Tiger 100S (1969), matching engine and frame numbers, very good condition, laid up for last 13 years (SORN), fully restored by previous owner, Boyer Branson ignition, many st fastenings, starts on a prod, very nice bike £3,950 Bob Gilchrist 01561 361517 (Angus) 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. Patrick Ivis 01407 832382 (Anglesey) TRIUMPH T120 1966, orange/white, my bike 40 years, 500 miles since restoration, SORN, large history file, lots of stainless including exhausts and rack, Boyer ignition, TLS front brake, oil filter, some spares £6,950. Ian Rushworth 01621 860246 (Essex) TRIUMPH T140D Special 1980, black and gold, un-restored, low mileage (12,500miles), recent Avons, battery, chain, seat, external oil-filter and 7 plate clutch fitted £3750. Brian Healey 01946 841237 email (Cumbria) TRIUMPH 1926, 500cc, model P, probably the nicest you will see £9,000. Frank Parsons 01257 452736 (Lancs) TRIUMPH T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500, my race June 1959, this bike finished 4th, only seven entered the race £30,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) TRIUMPH 1962 T120R Bonneville matching numbers original £10,000. 1961 Triton T120, very nice £8,250, good reason for sale. Peter Krukowski 01293 547487 (Sussex) VINCENT Comet 1950 matching frame and engine numbers, rebuilt over a number of years, in good condition with new parts fitted, aged related registration, dating certificate currently on SORN £17,000. David Firm 0121 628 2471 (Birmingham)

FOR SALE Spares/Equipment

AMAL Monoblock carburettor, 375/30, suitable for small engines, around 250cc £30 plus p&p or collect. P Cushing 02085 462745 (SW London) ARIEL front hub refurbished £45, Magneto £95, Dynamo £85, brass 7/8”valve lifter lever £25, Lucas 1950 headlight shell £30, Ariel rear no plate £35, new Triumph 350-500 unit front hub £75. Bill Nicholls 0191 263 2368 mob 0772 4939086 (Whitley Bay)

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BRAKE Linings by Ferodo etc from 3” to 9” diameter, massive new stock, please ask, tell me your dia, width, length etc from £4. Ken Shemwell 01709 548673 email (S. Yorks) BSA A10 two rocker covers 67-263 with gaskets, collect free or pay postage, PUIG fly screen fits Superdream or most other single headlight bikes, unused still with maker’s stickers, £20 plus postage but better collected. John Hulme email (Andover) BURMAN BAP pivoted gearbox, 4 speed, middle 30s, very complete c/w clutch and levers, vgc, for Red Hunter £1,000. Thomas Beneke email (Germany) CERIANI NFI forks, 1986, little used, bought new for abandoned racing project, 40mm diameter, £500 buyer collects. John Carter 07801 653822 (Olney, Nth Bucks) DAVE Cooper, single bike trailer, up rated suspension, two spare wheels, ramp and lighting board, £75. Kevin Hinton 01634 371664 (Kent) GOLD Star DBD34 piston +40 £85, or swap for standard size piston. Peter Cottrell 0121 445 6144 (Birmingham) HARLEY WLA/C military saddle ''T'' bar (short) £35, 33 tooth ''long legs'' engine sprocket new inc. nut and key £20, rear cylinder for 1928 Harley model J , 61 '' believed repairable £100. Doug Barton 0118 961 9730 (Berks) HORN, Lucas 8H, 6V, g.w.o £15 plus postage. Don Messenger 01793 861931 (Wilts) JAP engine, 1913, “V” twin, 1000cc in good condition, serial no. 8/37608 £3,250. Victor Wardale 01252 612542 (Hants) LUCAS 4 Cylinder racing magneto, type 4vr, enm3319, (11) 55 anti clockwise, brand new £1,500. Amal type 302 float chambers (zero angle) brand new £350 each. Mick Hemmings 01604 638505 (Northampton) MANX Norton, box of bits for 500 short stroke, 14 assorted main jets, 6 racing plugs, sprockets, tyre clamps, A/R lever, lower bevel puller, bits for clutch (including speedbrace) and for Roadholders £250. John Farrington email (Berkshire) MATCHLESS Magneto sprockets, 17 tooth, believed WD or later, £20 pair plus post. Arthur Pentney 01263 713280 (Norfolk) ML square mag, £300, Bosch ZE1 mag, £250, BTH mag, £200, all completely refurbished with rewound armatures, new bearings, all A/C, single cylinder giving good healthy spark. Stuart Higgins 0118 9423120 email (Reading)

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MOTORCYCLE loading ramps (two), aluminium, 88 inches long, folding, buyer collects £25 each. Eric Mulraney 01793 644724 (Wiltshire) NORTON cast iron bodied oil pump, complete (not sure what model) £25. Martin Main 01706 372939 mob 07812 963882 (Rochdale) PISTON + .020 new hepolite inbox, fits pre war 250 Matchless, BSA parts list, Bantam catalogue 00-5124 both £10 each plus postage. Mike Gardiner 01300 320446 (Dorset) P&H 3” headlamp with built in acetylene generator, original good condition £100. Lucas 3” headlamp, “Calcia Club”, black £100. Alan Edwards 01885 483139 (Bromyard) RENNTEC rear rack, Hepco and Becker pannier side racks and fitting kit for Hinckley Bonnie. Givi topbox and universal fitting plate, fits any rear rack, was on my Venom £60. John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 (Devon) ROYAL Enfield manual for 250 Crusader, sports clipper continental £10, manual for 250 clipper pre unit, £10, 4 Lodge RL50 spark plugs £5 each, set of 4 valve springs for 250/350 ohv Crusader, Bullet, Clipper, 1955 £5. Andrew Denman mob 07786 651903 (Bucks) ROYAL Enfield, 250cc, sv engine, 1937 £300. Ariel Arrow/Leader front mudguard, rear section, new £45, front forks £30, linkage and spring £15, swinging arm £30. Triumph petrol tank (Jubilee model) needs some repair £35. M Dale 01295 710911 (Banbury) TOOL boxes, new, pillion side metal cases with leather fronts, straps and buckles, 9”x4.5”x3.5” or smaller, helpful mounting brackets included £85 plus postage. A Greathead 01446 792586 (Glamorgan) TRIUMPH 3 HW crankcases £85, also small quantity other pre war parts available. Bryan Moore 07840 874211 (Leicestershire) TRIUMPH 650 71mm bore +.020 Hepolite ringset £20, Lucas headlight £25, front brake/Clutch Levers £10 pr, various k/start levers £15, Norton f/width hub c/w brake plate £30, BSA A10 clutch £25. Nigel Bunkle 01328 862612 (Norfolk) TRIUMPH Tiger cub 19” front wheel for early model, complete £55. Mike Henstridge 01258 817696 (Dorset) TRIUMPH Tiger 80 petrol tank with instrument panel, sound but needs replacing pictures emailed if required £80. John Boyd 01271 860739 email (Devon) TRIUMPH T100 engine 1949, engine just re built, full details on request £650. Terry Nichols 01792 873536 mob 07814 295472 (Swansea) TRIUMPH T140v brown seat, no rips or tears £75 can email pictures. P Gough 01634 372420 email (Kent)

VILLIERS 30c engine, 3 speed with carburettor and air filter, good condition £175 and part carriage cost £25.00 or exchange for Villiers 10D in good condition, can arrange collection. Don Raitt 01358 701232 (Ellon) WHITWORTH 55˚ thread gauges, Moore/Wright radius gauges £7.50 each. Remax ignition feeler gauges in original container £3, reamers, 10 parallel 1/8”–5/8” £14, 7 small tapers, 3/32” – 5/16” £8, 4 Shory end cutters 1/8”-5/16” dia £10. M Pegg 01362 694688 (Norfolk) WORKSHOP Clearance, panel beating tools, hammers, dollys, tin snips, clamps, polisher, spot welder with timer, hydraulic body repair kit £300. Tony Hall 01392 811832 (Exeter)

FOR SALE Clothing/Publications

BOB Heath jet flip ratchet visor (clear), size: large, never used and still boxed cost £26, sell for just £15 plus p&p, or collect from SE London. Ron Easter 0208 6995307 (SE. London)BSA Spares manual for 1954/7 Models C10L, C11G, C12, 250cc. S.V. 250cc, O.H.V. rigid, spring and swinging arm frames, mainly clean but thumbing to half a dozen internal pages, all legible £7. John Shakespeare 01328 701553 (Norfolk) CLASSIC Bike Guide, mint condition, issue No.1 June/July 1990 to issue No.103 November 1999 inclusive £20. Used Motorcycle Guide, mint condition, issue No.1 Summer 1986 to issue No. 74 December 1996 inclusive £20. Rodney Rumble 07833 370282 (Berkshire) LEATHER Jacket, mid brown, big, 48-50” chest, WW1 aviator style, bespoke, tailored by Ashwood, vgc, cost £350 sell £130. Jason Goss 01242 236485 email (Cheltenham) ROYAL Enfield 250 clipper p/unit workshop manual, A4 reprint £10. Workshop Maintenance Manual for Sprino frame ohv 250 clipper, crusader, crusader sports, super 5 and continental, original A4 £10. Andrew Denman mob 07786 651903 (Bucks) TRIUMPH Literature, genuine workshop manuals and owners handbooks for 350/500/650s, most in excellent condition, happy to email pictures, sell or swap for 69/70 650 Triumph owners handbook. John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 (Devon) VILLIERS engine owners handbooks with illustrated spare parts lists, mk7f/7f1 vertical shaft 1960, mk 1h 1959, fingered covers otherwise good, mk 1f 98cc 1959, good, mk 4f and mk6 f 98cc, 1960 good, all £5 each plus £1 p&p. Alan Pearson 0033 468 698327 (France)

VMCC Journals April 2007 to Dec 2014 inclusive, free to caller taking all, storage space limits at home! David Jones 01925 755580 (Cheshire)


BSA tank speedo type Matchless 1955 twin, needs cleaning, vintage h/bars 1915 mudguards, Sunbeam BSA sprung others exchange for chronometric speedos, Ariel 350 engine, exchange for Norton single complete engine, featherbed frame, forks, tinware, gas lights. Bill Nicholls Whiteley Bay 0191 2632368 or 07724 939086


AJS 1926 500 frame and rear wheel wanted, also 1929 AJS 500 ohv cylinder head wanted have in exchange AJS R8 frame, SB6 frame w/ girders, R8 & M5 & R6 engine parts. Jari Koivisto 00358 405 894966 email (Finland) ALL types of motorcycles wanted, also spares, any age by friendly motorcycle enthusiast for over 50 years, good cash price paid, will collect, discretion assured. Phil Williams 01691 650137 mob 07856 90050 (Shropshire) AMAL Fischer 76-446 wanted desperately let me know what you have. Brian Kealy mob 07769 545155 email (London) 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 (Tamworth) ANY model of Veteran Motorcycle wanted by private buyer for vintage runs will collect from anywhere. H Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) AVON windscreen blade with hole in the centre for blue light, to fit 1960s police handlebar fairing, measures 44cm across bottom, would buy complete fairing and screen. Tony Roach 0151 424 0070 mob 07787 741807 (Cheshire) BANTAM D7 original condition wanted by long established member for club runs. Edward Moorey mob 07506 070057 anytime (Hants) BANTAM (early) gear indicator lever. Don Messenger 01793 861931 (Wilts) BMW Earles fork machine sought for project, incomplete or rolling chassis, barn find or abandoned bike. Keith Crawley 0151 2608401 (Liverpool) BMW R69S wanted, anything considered, will collect any location. Stephen Bell mob 07817 876380 (Cumbria) BRIDGESTONE 100 tmx, I need loads of parts

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anything considered including written information, any model, Barry Heath mob 07786 178867 email (Coventry) BRITAX Twistdip or just the electrical bits and Feridax locking twist grip, still need scruffy N/S silencer for my oily rag Triumph 3T please. Brendan Larkin 01844 345709 email (Bucks). BROUGH Superior 680 genuine period frame sought. Bob Burden 01929 425930 email (Dorset) BROOKLANDS wanted, looking for Programmes for the 1st, 5th, 7th 8th and 9th meeting for 1926 (B.M.C.R.C. meetings) Good price paid. Graham Gasson 01737 824256 (Surrey) BSA C11 1947 tele-fork model, front brake cover plate 29-5843 with 7/16 deep fixed pivot for pressed steel brake shoes, buy or will exchange for 1949 plate with alloy brake shoes. Emlyn Evans 01472 825752 email (Lincs) BSA Wing Wheel cable run frame tube and clips. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email (Kent) BSA A10 – A7 eleven tooth dynamo sprocket. Martin Main 01706 372939 mob 07812 963882 (Rochdale) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email (Worcs) BSA 3 spring clutch for A10, could exchange for Norton clutch if required, have set of A10 engine plates for sale £20. Andy Helm 01482 346477 (Hull) BSA 150cc centre stand complete with swing gear. T Nichol 01228 546161 (Carlisle) BSA 1930 Sloper front m/guard valanced type 24-7157, or maybe non-valanced type 24-7161. Phil Hartshorn 0116 2837920 (Leicester) BENELLI Motobi 250 egg engine and rev counter drive for egg engine. Guzzi Stornello high level front pipe. Ducati nc headlamp mounts to suit clip ons and plain top yoke. Tiggy 01642 700949 mob 07761 937508 (N Yorks) BINKS carburettor with 1 1/8" clip or screw-in fitting for 1927 350 OHV AJS, any condition considered. Brian Gray 01684 292529 email (Tewkesbury). CALTHORPE 1925-1927 motorcycle frame and forks, 1925-1926 James V Twin engine or fly wheels, con rods, pistons and cam followers for same engine. 1927-1928 AJS big port forks, cut away engine. William McComb mob 07791 796983 (Antrim) CHRONOMETRIC speedo/ rev-counter head and 1 magnetic one, any condition will do, also need owners handbook for 69/70 650 Triumph twins. John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 (Devon)

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CORBIN Speedo parts, any, cable, gears, brackets etc, also luggage rack for 1928 Indian Scout 101. Peter Wright 01582 833545 (Herts) COVENTRY Eagle parts for 1937 Silent Superb, rear stand, chain guard, toolbox, leg shields, rear carrier, headlamp and other parts considered. Matt Powell mob 07806 442693 email (Wilts) DUCATI & Laverda brochures, sales sheets, posters, memorabilia and spares sought by private VMCC collector and Italian bike enthusiast, anything considered. Andrew Hunt 01442 891447 email (Herts) GARELLI or Fantic Sports moped from the 1970s wanted, or just parts. B. Fielder mob 07754 146605 (Bedfordshire) GARELLI 1973 Concorde moped, handbook, source of spares, bike to break for parts. Needed good dual seat, front number plate, offside metal cover over gearbox, can possibly collect. John Hayes mob 07768 514756 (please leave message) (Bristol) GILERA 175/300B silencers – MV Agusta 250 head gaskets or full set – bathtub 350 side stand, also 6” headlamp rim for MV 125 etc, screw fix on the bottom. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) HANDBOOK For Francis Barnett 1938 Seagull 43, rear stand or pattern, speedometer ideally Jaeger but Smiths will do 80mph? And cable, bum pad/pillion seat, other spares for oily rag motorcycle please. Alex Taylor 01235 553574 (Oxfordshire) HONDA CD200 rear brake drum or complete rear wheel. Honda CM200 or CD185 may be suitable, can collect from southern England. Dennis Hern 01202 603004 (Dorset) INDIAN Scout 101 750cc 1928/31, Indian chief 1937, running condition preferred. Phil Kirk email 01384 352330 (Dudley) ITALIAN or German classic motor cycle (not BMW) 2 or 4 stroke must be in v.g.c and ready to ride, cash waiting. Mike Crosher 01562 752870 mob 07841 037176 (Worcs) JAMES 197cc, 1955, complete or running frame, previous V5, also have Rudge parts, exchange or sell. Tim Turner 01304 368277 (Dover) MAGAZINES wanted, Motor Cycle Sport – November 1962. Arthur Pentney 01263 713280 (Norfolk) MATCHLESS 350cc AJS short stroke piston 72+40 G3LC. Dave Wilson mob 07709 903751 (Yorks) McEVOY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email (W. Sussex)

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MODEL H Triumph badge for primary chain guard or a complete primary chain guard (obviously with badge attached). David Earnshaw 01709 873381 (S.Yorks) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email (Berks) NORTON International 1953, 500cc, no 50,831, this bike ridden in 1953 Clubmans by Ron Jerrard, any information gratefully received by son. Alain Jerrard email (New Zealand) NORTON pre-war T shaped steering damper required or detailed measurements / pictures any help appreciated. Rod Towriss mob 07745 728284 email (Lincs) NORTON rigid ES2/18 cradle frame. I have a 1948, Model 18 petrol tank to trade if required. Lloyd Watson 01209 213386 (Cornwall) NORTON 1947 350cc Manx No B10 1146+ supplied to Alec Bennett, Southampton. Originally registered EOW 375 in Southampton area in 1950s, any information very welcome! I live in NZ and visit UK. Alain mob 07952 17 2772 email (New Zealand) NORTON 600 99 cylinder, must be good, best price paid for good one! Mick Hemmings 01604 638505 (Northampton) P&M two-speed gearbox, any condition or parts.

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Steve Batsford ++49 7635 2750 email (Germany) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) RALEIGH 500cc racing parts from a 1931 TT bike wanted, particularly a pistol grip petrol tank with the large fuel reservoir underneath at the rear, would consider a complete bike or project, top price paid. Paul Ingham 015242 76261 (Lancs) RIGID framed M21, M20 or B33, usable condition to basket case/project/frame, anything considered. Rob Henderson mob 07980 512579 email (Nuneaton) ROMAC Cables, I am trying to identify some new old stock, codes T525, T613, T601. Can anyone identify these or put me onto someone who can? John Knibb 01626 369407 mob 07751 314562 (Devon) ROYAL Enfield, 1929, Model 505, Engine flywheel or complete engine. Cash or swaps, Sammy Miller Museum Trust 01425 616644 (Hampshire) SALES catalogues and brochures wanted for following makes and ages: Triumph 1902 to 1927, BSA 1905 to 1940, Norton 1902 to 1940, to fill gaps in my collection, single items or multiples. M Garside 01457 872788 (Lancs)

SUNBEAM - pair of Webb centre spring front forks, also a rear wheel/rear hub wanted desperately to complete my late1930 model 9, help me get this great vintage motorcycle out on the runs please. David Pattison 02825 653260 mob 07745 158454 email (Co. Antrim) TRIUMPH Bikini (half bathtub) rear fairing for a late unit Thunderbird, part no F5319 left panel and F5320 right panel and F5323 left valance and F5324 right valance. Steve Flint 01723 378230 email (Scarborough) TRIUMPH Model H. Ken Brooks email (Bristol) 01179683003 TRIUMPH Primary chain case (3 fixing kick start type) also a battery box for a 1923 Baby Triumph. R Limb 01205 366977 (Lincolnshire) TRIUMPH Tiger 80 oil pressure gauge, 2 inch diameter, 0 psi to 50 psi, white numbers on black dial. John Boyd 01271 860739 email (Devon) TRIUMPH Twin wanted, any age or condition, long time storage etc up to 1972, complete bike if possible, no dealers and not pre unit, may consider any British twin offered same details. Eddie Crowley 0151 259 1596 (Liverpool) TRIUMPH T120 outer primary cover also Lucas 3ET

coils for energy transfer. A Roberts 01933 355796 (Northants) TWO rear suspension units for 1956 James Captain K7, are Francis Barnet the same? 12 ½”extended 3/8” holes through bushes. 2” od top shrouds, 1 1/8” yolk width. David Clark 01890 883646 (Coldstream) VELOCETTE fw front & rear hubs for viper, may consider complete wheels any condition. Mike Barkworth 01392 881252 email (Devon) VELOCETTE Venom 1957 parts to return bike to standard trim, pair of footrests, brake pedal, brake rod, gear lever, will have rear set kit to exchange or sell. Barrie Rogers 01332 792749 (Derbyshire) VETERAN Douglas wanted, in good mechanical condition and with a history of successful pioneer runs, preferably from a long term owner who now wants it to go to a good home. David Newman 01395 514820 (Devon) VETERAN motorcycle wanted, any model considered. H.Hardy 0208 5465274 mob 07968 047678 (Surrey) WILKINSON TMC, a complete and running machine preferred but would consider a non runner, solo or combo, cash waiting and or the possibility of exchange with a piece of 1950s exotica. Richard Mummery 01227 751751 (Kent)

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ALL YOUR OIL AND LUBRICATION SUPPLIES. For classic and vintage motorcycles, motorcars, trucks, tractors, boats and workshop machinery. Mail Order service or collect by appointment. Service with a smile from fellow enthusiasts. THE VINTAGE OIL COMPANY 01283 509562 A O SERVICES. Sells the V reg 2a Dynamo Regulator both 6 and 12V in the one unit.+/- earth (please specify). Made in Norfolk and with full after sales service £46 sent. Lucas alternators, 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. Rewiring of British bikes by appointment. 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any time) Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535; visit Trade Enquiries Welcome

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BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail website BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in 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 Twitter, email @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 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 for more info. CLASSIC BIKE RESTORATION. Situated on border. All types of Hampshire/Dorset Restoration/repairs on British bikes carried out. From engine and gearbox rebuilds to complete restorations. Electrical problems and rewiring carried out. Please contact Rob on 01425 474523/07810130143 or CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Re-bushing of worn parts i.e. brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-off’s or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323. CORK CLUTCH SERVICE. Natural cork inserts fitted to your plates or sprockets. Any make or model £14 per plate/sprocket + postage/packing. Mike Chenery, 16 Greengate, Lurgashall, Petworth, Sussex, GU28 9ES, telephone 01428 707538 email ENGINEERING SERVICES Cambs/Beds Borders. No CNC just a men with over 50 years of precision engineering experience. Always happy to talk through your requirements. No Job Too Small. Tel 01767 650049 email GLENN DAVID PAINTWORK RESTORATION SERVICES. Classic paintwork, lining and petrol tank repairs/restoration. or for more information phone 0790 4244567 or 01858 575480. LEATHER WORK. For all new and old leather items, remade or restored (tool boxes, tool rolls, panniers, saddles, jacket, etc). Visit to see my website, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at 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. 'NEW VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE BOOKS (Hardbacks) for Christmas with free postage' Classic British Trials Bikes by Don Morley 2014 £33.99 Paperbacks 'Motorcycling for Women 1928' £11.99,' Ransome's Motor Cycling 1908 the Greatest Sport on Earth' £11.99. Contact Steve Brown 01684 567 231 POWER WITHOUT GLORY: Racing the Big-Twin Cooper by Terry Wright explores the

influences behind the first Coopers including JAP V-twin world record motorcycles, hillclimb and sprint specials and dirt track speedway cars. The engine and chassis designs, and the racing and hillclimbing of the early post-war years are covered in depth. Hard bound with jacket, 352 pages and 300 illustrations. Order at £55.00. ROB MITCHELL (Leek, Staffs) Small / medium turning – machining work for worn / reproduction/ new parts, made to your sample or sketch. One off’s or small runs / fabrications etc. Contact Rob on 01538 384239 or e-mail- Avonford, Ball Haye Green, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6AY. TAX RETURNS AND ANNUAL ACCOUNTS for small business, companies and self employed over 20 years experience in all areas of accounting, very competitive rates contact Graeme 01509 889058, evenings. TRIPLE PLATEING COPPER, NICKEL, CHROME ALSO ZINC to show standard by a club member and lifelong enthusiast. Prompt attention, phone Mike 01562 752870 or 0784 1037176. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email VETERAN AND VINTAGE TRIUMPH REPRODUCTION PARTS. Enthusiasts supply handlebars, exhausts, number plates and much more. Early coach built sidecars restored. For further details and list, phone Mike or Anne Lawson at Hinton Motorcycles on 01258 472262 evenings or email VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Un-painted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 07944 140135 email to



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 B&B SITUATED IN ATTRACTIVE, WOODED HILLS OF MID-BRITTANY. Small family run, our accommodation is 3 double or 2 twin and 1 double en-suite rooms, with countryside views. 4-course

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home cooked evening meals available on request, secure garaging for up to 8 motorcycles, only 1.5 hours from the 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 which adds to enjoyment of travel in the area. 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, e-mail website BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 7 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 ÂŁ40 a night .Garages and workshop facilities. Contact Roger NICHOLLS -

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tel or fax 003329 6365480 or email - Follow us on 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: or telephone 01597 840308 for a brochure and information. LE HAMEL IS A 17C FARMHOUSE WITH 4 LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on or mail for further info. The Sarthe area offers great riding and driving with ready access to miles of green lanes and Le Mans only 30 -45 minutes away. Phone 0033243340259

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