The Vintage Motor Cycle
October 2015 Issue 656
David â€˜the rug doctorâ€™ Lissaman and John Fawcett dice during event 7 of rounds 9 & 10 of the Darley Moor event. Full story and more pictures, pages 50-54 Picture: Lee Hollick Photography.
THE VINTAGE MOTOR CYCLE - October 2015 The Official Journal of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club
Published by the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffs DE14 1TR. T: 01283 540557 F: 01283 510547 E: email@example.com W: www.vmcc.net Webshop www.vmccshop.com Free to members ALL SUBMISSIONS FOR PUBLICATION MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY TO VMCC HQ FOUNDER: THE LATE C.E. “TITCH” ALLEN OBE, BEM
Please address general enquiries to the club office, Monday to Thursday 9am - 5.30pm; Friday 9am - 4pm PRESIDENT Tim Penn - firstname.lastname@example.org 01444 232035 CHAIRMAN Pat Robotham - email@example.com 01889 500479 (5pm - 8pm only please) GENERAL MANAGER Giles Willison - firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNTANT Jane Farnsworth - JaneFarnsworth@vmcc.net EDITOR David Davies - c/o Allen House GENERAL ADMIN/EDITORIAL Pam Goodfellow - email@example.com 01283 495100 ADVERTISING/BOOKKEEPER/DIRECT DEBITS Jo Dunhill - firstname.lastname@example.org 01283 495103 RETAIL ADMIN & RETURNS Joanne Delaney - email@example.com 01283 540557 RETAIL/IT ADMIN Ian Botham - firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICE/ADMIN/SMALL ADS Sara Smith - email@example.com LIBRARY TEAM Vicky Frost, Michelle McGeachy and Peter Bennett - firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIALIST PRODUCTS (BRAKE BLOCKS/TYRES ETC) Peter Bennett - email@example.com Wednesday and Thursday only 9.00am - 5.30pm RETAIL OPERATIONS/TRANSFERS Alan Jones - firstname.lastname@example.org 01283 495107 DIRECTOR SUPPORT REMIT FOR ALLEN HOUSE www.vmcc.net/membersarea/ member_club_officials.aspx MEMBERS’ DISCOUNT INSURANCE Footman James Insurance Brokers www.footmanjames.co.uk 0333 207 6069 Full details of all the Club’s Directors & Officers can be found on the Club’s website www.vmcc.net/membersarea/member_club _officials.aspx ISSN: 0141-945X © Copyright 2015 The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Ltd
Contents Section notes Scottish notes Diary Obituaries Correspondence Auction news Happenings Articles Smallads
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This year was the first time Andy MacDougall entered the Banbury, riding his 1925 Royal Enfield. A West South Wales Section member, he won the Bill More Trophy, a Gold Award, The Ken Cobbing Trophy and The Newcomer’s Trophy. Photograph supplied. by Quaerina Chorley.
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. Articles in this Journal are on an ‘as is’ basis and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to the contents and disclaims all such representations and warranties. In addition, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the information and related graphics published in this Journal. Whilst every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information it may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. All liability of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited howsoever arising for any such inaccuracies or errors is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Neither the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited nor any of its directors, employees or other representatives will be liable for loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this Journal. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including (without limitation) compensatory, direct, indirect or consequential damages, loss of data, income or profit, loss of or damage to property and claims of third parties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, none of the exclusions and limitations in this clause are intended to limit any rights you may have as a consumer under local law or other statutory rights which may not be excluded nor in any way to exclude or limit the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited’s liability to you for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our employees or agents. All rights reserved. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the terms of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 in Great Britain, no part of this magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, electrical, chemical, mechanical or optical, including photo-copying, recording or by any other means, or placed in any information storage or retrieval system, without the written permission of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Limited.
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From the centre
JOURNAL SUBMISSION DEADLINES
November 2015 Deadline – Friday 2nd October 2015. December 2015 Deadline – Tuesday 3rd November 2015. Current VMCC membership: 15,528
We will be looking to source two suitable bikes to have as raffle prizes for the prize draws in 2016. If any member has a suitable machine/machines that they would like to sell and we could use in this way please contact me on 01283 540557 or at email@example.com. We are receiving unsold raffle tickets back incurring additional postage costs to the Club; please do not send unused/unwanted raffle tickets back. There are still four months before the raffle is drawn on 18th December 2015 and plenty of time to purchase tickets to win any of the prizes.
There will be a change to the format of the forthcoming calendar for 2016, with the calendar competition not taking place and being replaced by a very nice set of original John Castle prints. We are aiming to be able to reproduce these prints and make them available individually or as a full set.
Please note if you are visiting the library and wanting a dating certificate, we can’t process your request immediately as there is generally an order of dating certificates to work through in the sequence they were received. Following the recent Library Archive Committee meeting, the pricing structure is being reviewed to ensure the charging is reflective of the work and time involved in completing individual work.
SECTION EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
We are investigating ways to enable Sections to be able to control advertising their Section events on the web site. This would mean Sections will have the facility to add events throughout the year rather than try and compile the Section diary for the year around October preceding the events. Quite often when the Calendar is compiled it requires dates or venues to be changed due to circumstances beyond
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your control, and is therefore quite often incorrect and requires adjustment. This facility should ensure more up to date and accurate information to be available and the Calendar of Events would cease being published. We would, however send out on an annual basis the Marque Specialist Information and all other information contained at the back of the Calendar of Events book. This also means that Sections can add as many or as few events as they wish on the web site. We will also be looking to give more space in the Journal to aid members to view a hard copy of around eight weeks of events.
We have been working towards giving members direct access to their membership record listed on our system. Following various software updates we recently gave area reps access to look at the system and give us a bit of feedback and resolve any problems with access and compatibility. We are now at the stage to roll this access out further and our next step will be to email section secretaries and chairpersons with access codes to this system and then members who will receive their access codes a few weeks afterwards. The portal will allow members to view only their own record using a unique code and their email address recorded in the system, they can amend at the moment various fields such as address and telephone. We are currently working towards having the banking (BACS) system available for editing, but this requires further work, so at the moment if you may only view this section. You can also select the geographical area; also available is the local section. Both these are helpful on the occasions when we need to direct mail to the various area and sections. (e.g. voting area reps).
Giles Willison General Manager VMCC
A road test for the raffle prize
I was asked by Giles if I would do a road test on this Decemberâ€™s Classic Bike Raffle, I hadnâ€™t reckoned with the vagaries of the English weather, from the photo you can see the rainbow!! My first impression on seeing the bike, a Royal Enfield Constellation 700cc was a little daunting, as I had only this year sold my Matchless G15 because I am getting too old to start large bike engines with a kick start. Only to find that it started very easily with a long swing on the lever. On looking around the machine I found a very pretty bike, well prepared, the tyres and chain were in good condition and the lights and horn worked well. The paintwork is in good condition for a 1961 motorcycle, even the registration number has the number 700 as the digits, I presume that this was not a private registration number. The gearbox I found was very heavy and at first I was very gentle with it and got absolutely nowhere! Once I started to treat it with a little more force it changed gear very easily albeit finding neutral when standing in a petrol station was a trial which I eventually I succeeded in doing, so that I could give her some lifeblood. There was a nice exhaust note with not too much noise to annoy the neighbours. Once on the open road I found that the bike was very easy to control and could be ridden with spirit and that it would keep up with the normal traffic flow. The speedometer seemed to be operating and the odometer
was also showing correctly. The steering tracked straight and made for a pleasant ride, there was some vibration, but that is only to be expected from a large capacity twin. The brakes were powerful enough if ridden within the lawful limits. My real problem was that the bike had no side stand and as is usual with a bike this size it is very heavy to place on the centre stand, I think that the first item I would buy should I be lucky enough to win, would be an after market side stand. I might then be able to enjoy riding and would have no problem with booking a ticket on a ferry and going on a long tour, hopefully in a warm country without worrying about the rain which returned with a vengeance just as I was returning to base. Now all it needs is a bit of luck and hope a small investment will bring the result I require. Charles Parker
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NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING MAJOR AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT THE VMCC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
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.
NOMINATIONS MAY BE MADE BY INDIVIDUALS OR SECTIONS. DETAILS OF THE PERSON NOMINATED AND THE REASON(S) SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE CLUB OFFICE BY: MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016
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We held our scheduled August management committee meeting, which provided us with a full agenda for discussion some of which I will outline here. On the positive side we have been invited by BHR to take part with them in a combined celebration of the VMCC 70th anniversary and the BHR 50th anniversary. This to be held at Cadwell Park during the month of June over a long weekend. The event will allow members to ride on the circuit like they used to do at Mallory, all organised by BHR who are also footing the upfront costs. My thanks to BHR for this generous offer. In addition to this our 70th anniversary will be celebrated by a round Britain baton carrying rally to take place over the summer and to be coordinated by the Area Representatives. Further details of these events will start to be circulated as soon as possible so everyone can get them into their next years calendars We reviewed the new proposed articles for the club, these have come from two sources, one is from the director Peter Miller who has also looked at the issues of governance, size and makeup of the management committee and the bye laws, the second source has been an ad hoc group of members and some non member expert opinion coordinated by Geoff Meehan. He is a member from Cheshire and expressed an interest in doing this last year. Although this group wishes to remain anonymous, I would like to thank all concerned for their work which has produced some surprisingly convergent views. The next step is for them to be available to you as members for your consideration and this will be done very soon, via section secretaries and the web site. We can’t afford the space and postage to put them in the journal so please help other members who are interested in looking at them
but don’t have computer access to get sight of them. Obviously we will not be prepared to unpick them all too any great degree, but if there are any widely held criticisms we should be able to adjust them accordingly for acceptance at the next AGM. We looked in detail at the options to purchase the annex and although we are better informed it is still not absolutely clear as to what the best financial option is, so we are seeking more information to inform our decision in the future. We did spend a little time indulging in some futurology, or blue sky thinking about the future of the club into the next decade and beyond. Although not strictly management committee business this type of thinking does need to be done, maybe it is something that could start as a debate amongst the membership through the journal and the website over the next year to try to get a view of what it is exactly that members, want from the club over the next twenty years and so what it may look like. Finally I read the letter in the journal re the "mood of the club" from Alan Dignan with interest. From my perspective the mood has improved a little although there still needs to be greater trust on all sides. I am struck by the number of long term members who are now expressing doubt on the value to them of their continued membership of the club, which is worrying. I am not sure however that meeting a miserable old git like me would help much so maybe I will still try to keep a low profile. However if you want to chat or send me an email, I will always reply , if I have something appropriate to say, and I do enter a range of events so may see you there. I am not very good at remembering to wear my milk monitors badge of office though. All the best. Pat Robotham
It is autumn - after an indifferent summer. But the flies and most of the other flying beasties have gone as have most of the caravans. We are left with the mud of the sugar beet and the ever-deepening potholes to savour prior to the arrival of the salt spreading season. Get out there whilst you can. This used to be the time of the year when one dragged out the old trials iron for a bit of fettling prior to the winter trials season, but such joys are now long gone and so it is time to repair to the shed/garage to address those niggling faults that have marred your enjoyment during the year. You may have to contemplate a major re-build as a result of some mechanical catas-
trophe and you may need to seek advice and support from time to time. There are several potential sources, there is your mate down the road, there is the VMCC Marque Specialist, the VMCC Library and your local VMCC Section. All are worthy of your patronage. Never dismiss the accumulated knowledge that resides in the collective memories of your local section. Your local section needs your support, this is the time of the section AGMs and here is an opportunity for you to put back something into ‘Vintage Motorcycling’ There are always vacancies on the committees. Think hard about it and have a go! David Davies
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Section notes ANGLIAN (ANG) Roger Newark 01354 741099 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk
A party of Anglians visited the South Dorset Section for the Lawrence of Arabia Run, in July. Two Anglianites, Chris Reynolds and Dave Boarer, returned home bearing trophies. Well done chaps. Over fifty riders took part in this year’s Hobbson’s Choice Run, organised by Mike Hobbs, with glorious sunshine on a 88 mile route. There were four sidecar outfits, (three BMW and one Ariel), Chris Arber won the trophy for the best 1950s machine (1951 Vincent Comet), while Phil Edwards, visiting from Sheffield, won the best 2 stroke award (1974 Kawasaki H2B).Two machines returned to Orchard Farm on the recovery trailer, but I think the tea and cakes provided by Pat Hobbs and family helped those who had broken down feel a bit better. Our 2015 AGM will be held on the October club night. It’s important that members attend, as this is your chance to make your views known.
BANBURY (SM) David Jebbitt 01295 750538 email@example.com Extensive foreign travels have caused me to miss many runs this year, including during August. However Dave Buckingham has kept me reliably posted. The Chris Roberts Run is worthy of a special mention as the turnout was very strong and it featured an excellent run by the late Banbury Section stalwart Bob Branch. Fortunately I managed to make the Wychford Run, for which the weather managed to stay dry just long enough. Dave Clacy’s route was excellent, as was the finishing line – the historic Falklands Arms in Great Tew. As my term as secretary finishes at the 14th October AGM I take this opportunity to thank any readers who have enjoyed my section notes – and to apologise to those who have not! Mr Sometimes Seen got a mention last month, so I cannot go without a final mention of the Mystery Rider – thanks Ted for tolerating me padding out so many section notes at your expense!
Trophy. Thankfully Brent has different ideas about how to spend a summer Sunday and nowadays the ABR is a wonderfully relaxed affair with bikes of all descriptions, from veteran Triumphs to 70s Italian sports mopeds, ambling around peaceful Bedfordshire backroads. Following up a promise (threat?) made at the 2014 AGM, the Summer Saunter was run on the drop-off, or dispatch rider, system. Not to everybody’s taste but a dozen or so riders gave it a go and, probably to everyone’s amazement, nobody got lost and nobody got left behind. Rain stopped play at lunchtime so the afternoon ice-cream leg was abandoned but it was August; what did we expect? October club night sees me talking about the 1907-8 speed hillclimbs at Sharpenhoe, and midweek activities come indoors.
BERKSHIRE Malcolm White 01344 642866 firstname.lastname@example.org www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Excellent turnout for the re-scheduled Girder Fork event. Machines ranged from ITOM powered cyclemotors upwards. The routes were run in reverse this year, which seemed to flummox some of the riders who disappeared in the opposite direction!! However, they all eventually made it safely back to the Cottage Inn and everyone appeared to enjoy themselves. Six Thames Valley Advanced Motorcycle observers kindly volunteered to take our members out for an assessment ride on our club night. Most were judged to be very smooth riders, but some work was needed to improve road positioning to make their riding a little safer. Many thanks to the TVAM team. Our August Amble on Bank Holiday Sunday attracted 17 riders mounted on a variety of machines from a 1926 680 New Imperial V Twin to an ex-Police 1986 Norton Rotary. Space is limited here, so please refer to our website for images and additional details.
BLACKPOOL & DISTRICT (NW) Roger Newark 01354 741099 email@example.com www.vmcc-anglian.org.uk
BEDFORDSHIRE (SM) Bryan Marsh 01525 877585 www.vmccbeds.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org Back in 1905, Albert Brown’s idea of a fun day out was 100 miles charging around Herts and Bucks lanes in pursuit of a
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August has been a very successful month; we cleared the board of awards at the recent Lytham Hall Classic Vehicle
Area Representatives Anglian (ANG) Bob Forster, 2 Harbord Road, Frettenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 7ND. 01603 737540 email: email@example.com North East (NE) VACANT North Midlands (NM) Pat Davy, Arnwood, Coton in the Clay, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5GY. 01283 820563 email: firstname.lastname@example.org North West (NW) Robert Mayer, 9 Millfields, Beckermet, Cumbria, CA21 2YY, 01946 841876 email: email@example.com Scotland (SCO) Alastair Alexander, Hall Green, 69 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EH12 6HA. 0131 2616188 email: firstname.lastname@example.org South East (SE) John Donaldson, 01273 493050 email: email@example.com South Midlands (SM) Bob Fisher, 23 The Lennards, South Cerney, Show with 33 bikes attending! Winning best pre 1940, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, Best in show, and the overall show special award went to John Abram for his Slippery Sam replica (thanks for coming John!) and best of all we once again eclipsed the Jaguar Drivers Club for Best Club Stand. Huge thanks to all who supported us. We really made the effort this year and even had 1950’s TT commentary on Graham’s ghetto blaster all day! Roll on next year!
BOURNEMOUTH & NEW FOREST (SW) David Bowmer 01202 388404 Dj.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5UX. 01285 860130, 07850 442750 email: email@example.com South Wales (WAL) Jim Codd, 7 Church Close, New Road, Belgelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0YP. 01834 813173 email: firstname.lastname@example.org South West (SW) Rodney Hann, Greylands, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL. 01935 872528 email: email@example.com Overseas VACANT Overseas Clubs Liaison & Affiliation Officer Eric Londesbrough. 01325 721463 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
There is always lots to do in August (Bike runs, Jumbles, Fetes, Shows) so luckily we had only one run -Tony’s Trundle. What a run that was, with entertainment provided by Tony, who’s carefully prepared bike broke down near to the Queens Head in BroadChalke. This was not our planned lunch stop but nonetheless pleasant as we were able to watch a Horse and Carriage event while waiting for the breakdown company to arrive. The breakdown van couldn’t carry motorcycles but - no problem as when he got a signal on his phone he could get another vehicle that could in a couple of hours.
BRISTOL (SW) Simon Bending 01179 652503 email@example.com Dave Body’s evening run was a pleasant canter around South Gloucestershire enjoyed by those that participated, as was Alan Spencer’s breakfast run which was followed by a run finishing at Portishead. The Bill Shepherd Memorial Run was fortunate in having a perfect day for riding old motorbikes and this resulted in the best entry seen in recent years including friends from neighbouring sections. Thanks to Alan Burton and Paul (I’m going back now!) Flowers for their help in route planning and to Alan Freke for his assistance on the day. The main event this month is the dinner and awards presentation at Begbrook on the 23rd, see me for details.
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byshire lanes. Finishing up at the Mount Pleasant pub where they enjoyed the usual chip butties and a pint to wash them down. Sorry I missed it.
CHESHIRE & NORTH WALES (NW) Graham Gotts 0151 6786216 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol’s tiddler run French style
BRITISH HISTORIC RACING (NM) Gerry Daine 01472 697953/07592 007686 email@example.com By the time you read this we will have completed our final race meeting at Cadwell Park at the end of September. Our race meeting at Darley Moor mid August was good in kind weather, with plenty of tight battles in all classes. In the last Journal I spoke about our 50th racing sections anniversary in June of 2016 after a meeting with management at Allen House the VMCC will be taking part in the anniversary. There will be club stands and invites to sections to have stands promoting their section. At this point all I can say is watch the Journal for further updates.
BROOKLANDS (SE) Richard Huckle 07853 204018 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/brookvmcc On the 4th is our Autumn Run, giving the girder forks a chance of an airing but all are welcome. As on all our runs, a £1 fee will be collected by the leader from each rider taking part. It is acceptable to overtake slower bikes or sidecar outfits to maintain good progress. On the 20th Roger Dunster will be giving us a demonstration of wheel building with opportunities for audience participation. An advert for our annual Auto-Jumble at NRA, Bisley can be found elsewhere in the Journal.
Whilst we had a few members take part in the Whitley RSR on 9th August, no-one entered the Goostrey RSR on 30th August. I guess we all played safe! What a super turnout at the last Machine Night on 20th August at the Plough, Christleton. The award went to John Hughes’ Brough Superior special; (well, it is his local!) At Club Night, in September, we noggined, nattered and hopefully all got a taste of this years’ Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, courtesy of Trevor’s brother, Graham, who rode in the sidecar event. This month, for October Club Night, on the 20th, we’ve got our annual quiz, presented by our Inquisitor General - Peter Hill, so start swotting now if you want to win a prize! Last run of the season will be Sam’s lunch at the Telford Arms Hotel, Trevor on Sunday, 25th October, at 12 noon.
CHESHIRE CATS (NW) Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 email@example.com www.vmcccheshirecats.co.uk August was quite a month! I won't comment on Whitley (see Richard's write up elsewhere this issue). We also had a run to Buxworth, Bob ‘n’Jeff's Anson Run and Goostrey! The latter was well attended with around 40 bikes on a totally new course. Thanks to everyone for coming (furthest point Welshpool, smallest bike a tiny F-B with LPA!) and to the Weather Gods for smiling! Keith Elson won top prize and everyone seemed to have fun... Here’s a pic of the start. Fewer events in October - see Events. Alan H has the best idea, wintering in Oz!
BURTON & DISTRICT (NW) Vic Carrington-Porter 01283 619489 firstname.lastname@example.org What a great day out we had with the Tax Dodgers’ run on August the 16th. Mick Leach led 10 members on an assortment of bikes through the Leicestershire lanes to Foxton Locks. Here we all had a cup of tea and a bite to eat then spent a very pleasant couple of hours watching the narrow boats coming down the locks before setting of back to Burton. A very enjoyable day. August the 25th Brian Slack led seventeen bikes in the rain on his Last of the Summer Wine run. I was away myself so missed it, but Brian tells me that despite the rain everybody had a good ride around the Der-
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CHILTERN (ANG) Ric Andrews 01582 715206 email@example.com www.chilternvmcc.co.uk Phil’s Low Power Run had a good take up of suitable low powered machines and the August Wrinkly Run was a good one too, thanks to Tony. However, I am writing this when I should have been leading the Quainton Run this Bank Holiday
Monday but the weather gods have decided this is not to be. We welcome Bill Mills back in action with a new knee, currently testing it out with a demanding Continental and Isle of Man schedule. For October there is the Skittles Night on Wednesday 1st when we hope to see a good turnout of partners then the penultimate Wrinkly Run of the year. For the November Club Night we have Andy Reynolds to speak to us which is always a good evening.
mind ourselves of the superb BBQ we had at Hayles Fruit Farm. The photo shows our resident chef, Graham Rowcliffe and his lovely partner Liz both of whom did us proud with excellent fare on the Wednesday Evening. We had fine rides to the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, The Malvern's and beyond. We would like to express our thanks to all organisers and a special mention to Reg Eyre for the insight into the history of Newark Park.
CLYDE VALLEY (SCO) Tim Ryan 07714 505386 firstname.lastname@example.org www.clydevalleyvmcc.co.uk Improving weather brought another good turnout at Dalserf for the section meeting, so some of us went for a short local run. Members entered the S and T rally which was excellent as usual and some exhibited their bikes at the Albion show at Biggar. There was plenty of interesting machinery there including John Harper's lovely Scott, pictured, as well as more good weather. Even Ron Martin's moaning couldn't dampen our spirits! Later, the Veteran group managed to get Gordon's Minerva sort of running a bit.
CORNWALL Mary Dingley 01208 850013 email@example.com www.cornwallsectionvmcc.co.uk August at East Taphouse Club Night was the annual Bring and Buy evening. Roger Hore successfully persuaded members to part with their cash for top quality goods!!! Raising in excess of £100. Members attending Truro Club night enjoyed a pasty and pint where they could put the world to rights. Clive’s Lamorna Run was supported by over 30 bikes and riders, enjoying their ride around Helston, Penzance and Lamorna, finishing at Hayle. The AGM this year is at East Taphouse on October 8th and don’t forget October’s Roseland Run starting from Ladock.
COTSWOLD Chris Day firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-cotswold.org/ Now the darker nights are creeping up on us it seems rather nice to think back a short while to our touring week and re-
CYCLEMOTOR Alan Hummerstone 01494 532172 email@example.com www.magic-wheelers.org.uk Thanks go to Ian Young for a delightful new run around the lanes in his home territory in Gloucestershire. Thanks also to Frank Cropp for another bimble around the quiet lanes in Wiltshire. This month it’s time to fit the comfortable saddle for the hundred mile run starting at Quainton on the 4th October, and next month on the 15th November is our last run of the year followed by our A.G.M at Peacehaven Farm. Please come along and air your views. Pictured: Rod Western at Ian’s run.
DARTMOOR (SW) John Osmond 01803 527469 www.vmccdartmoor.com firstname.lastname@example.org The August evening ride out was cancelled due to an overdose of West Country sunshine. The ensuing club night was well supported with three new members joining. The Sunday ride was a tour of East Devon, in ideal weather and well supported, commencing at Chudliegh on through Topsham, Lunch at Silverton, ice creams at Newton St Cyres and then headed for home enjoyed by all those who took part. Club night for the 8th October will be the AGM, all members views are welcomed to assist in the running of Section. The meet-
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ing will be held, at the “Royal Seven Stars Hotel “Totnes at 8.00pm. The October end of season ride will be over Dartmoor, meeting at the ‘Royal Seven Stars Hotel” Totnes 10.00am for 10.30am, (Alan Langmaid 01803 863296). Further details of sections activities visit our web site.
DEVON (SW) Chris Wood 01237 472855 email@example.com The last fish and chip run was another successful event with twenty-three members enjoying an evening of pleasant company and good grub. Matt's Social run from Black Cat attracted good numbers for what turned out to be an excellent route. The next Run is the Autumn Run and stars from Sainsbury's car park, Barnstaple at 11.00am on October the 11th. At the Club night on the 15th we have a guest speaker so please make every effort to attend. On the 5th of December we are having the annual Christmas Lunch. The price remains the same as last year and is good value at £14. Please book with Keith.
DORSET (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 Gabby’s Border Run was an excellent ride in the North East of our area; a good turn-out and it was great to see Alan Corbishley at the start. I had slight trouble due, I think, to the ethanol with a perished petrol pipe, cured with the help of Frank Cropp, thanks, Frank. The Club Night auto jumble, now almost a threat to Beaulieu, was more than successful; thanks to Ray and Lynda. This month’s mid-week run was, sadly, another wash-out. October’s Winter Run on 11th will be from Bradford’s in Sherborne, usually a good entry and not to be missed. Club Night on 14th, guest speaker (Mike Spencer) is always interesting. This brings us to the conclusion of a generally damp summer’s riding and probably some changes on the committee at the AGM… we shall see!
EAST DEVON (SW) Robin Clow 01404 549862 firstname.lastname@example.org Another month where we managed to fit in our events without getting wet. The ride out to Buckfast Steam Railway went well, the one bike that had a problem arriving before the rest. The return to Honiton followed by a BBQ was very successful and once again we have to thank the ladies of the section for their support on the catering side and of course Mickey who did the cooking. With nothing left raw or burnt. All the food was provided from the Section funds with voluntary donations collected for Devon Freewheelers who provide emergency deliveries of medical supplies for the NHS. The Club Night on the 6th of this month is our AGM where it is time to sort out our committee and the programme for next year. It is safer to attend than find you have been volunteered.
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EAST HERTS (ANG) Colin Morris 01923 671441 Writing this in August, it's hard to realise that, when you read it the 2015 Riding Season will be virtually over, with just one Wrinkly Run left on October 28th. August has been a very quiet month. Not many at Club night, perhaps due to holidays, but a good turnout for the Wrinkly, organised by Peter Langridge, over an interesting route, and a high percentage of pre war bikes – nice to see, and hear! The Committee are now working hard to try and organise an interesting Winter Programme. Don't forget the winter mid- weekly lunches start on the 25th. November, and as the Old Pre has changed hands and is about to be refurbished we have a new venue at The Harvester at the junction of Batchwood Drive and Harpenden Road, St. Albans, AL3 5AH.
EAST LANCS (NW) Graham Daniels 07952 348339 email@example.com www.vmcceastlancs.co.uk Twenty-one riders signed on for the Tower Run with a lunch stop in Dent. Post war winner was Gary Pye for his AJS, Post 1960 winner was Rob Bradley for his Norton Dominator and the Outright Winner was Mick Harper for his newly restored sprung-hub Triumph. Landlady Jean chose Mick's machine and she must have been impressed, because she gave him a bottle of whisky for a prize. Mick has donated the bottle to the Section and it will be raffled at the AGM in November in aid of the NWAA. The renamed Pendle Hill run attracted 16 riders, had good weather and a lunch stop in Barley. One member had a puncture and retired . Having phoned for recovery, he was amazed at how many people stopped to help.
EAST SUSSEX (SE) John Crawt 01825 890499 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-eastsussex.co.uk 16 August saw 8 riders set off on Rob's ramble through the Romney Marsh then climbing up the Pilgrims’ Way with views of the Channel Tunnel complex, Folkestone and across to France, then a cream tea in the Cliff Top Cafe. 19 August saw 23 members assemble at Pevensey Castle for Les' Wrinkly Run through lanes of East Sussex and Kent to The Teapot Cafe at Yalding the scene of vast flooding several winters ago but not on this bright sunny day. After lunch it was a "Tour of Yalding” then to Rye Quay for a well deserved Ice Cream. Spike took himself and bike home courtesy of the RAC, 6 riders set off on the Pilot Run, thankfully most of the rain came down during the lunch stop. 14 October is the AGM and 28 not 21 is the other club night/Quiz in October.
EAST YORKSHIRE (NE) Dennis Cooney 01430 421074 email@example.com http://www.holdorf.karoo.net/ We start again with sad news, Brian Wollas died suddenly
on 24th August. Many members will remember Brian for his involvement over many years with the Scarborough Week. Glen Bradley's Humber Bridge run was a successful event. Excellent weather and well supported. This popular event is run on alternate years by East Yorkshire and Mid Lincs, this has worked well over the years. Sunday 4th October is the sections AGM please make an effort and come along even if you don't want to get involved, after the AGM enjoy a buffet with section members. December 20th is the date of the annual dinner, for more details contact Dennis Johnson on 01964 623401. Special guests are Giles Willison from Allen House, Giles is no stranger to East Yorkshire also Brian Fisher of Rise. 11th October is the Beverley Run and your last chance in 2015 to ride in a section event.
ESSEX (ANG) Terry Windsor 01206 384764 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-essex.co.uk The section had a stand at the Museum of Power Bike Meet which was blessed with lovely hot weather. The show is about all things biking and is attended by many of the local single marque clubs. Thanks to Roger and Heather who manned the stand and John Beckinsale's Rudge was awarded a rosette. Later the same month the annual camping weekend took place at the same location with members from other sections joining in on the daily runs around Essex. The weather again was kind and the runs were enjoyed by all. Note the Wrinkly run in October is on the Wednesday the 7th from Costa Car Park Tollgate centre Colchester not as advertised in the white book. Also note there are now two Costas at Tollgate; we meet at the one near Boots and Macdonalds.
FLAT TANK (SM) Dr. Reg Eyre 01242 870375 (Before 9.00pm please) email@example.com
A line-up of some of the AOMCC’s Pre-1931 Rally and Run, (photo by Justyn Baker) Our November meeting is the annual ‘Bring and Buy’ event which takes place immediately after the AGM. Please bring any unused items from your workshop and/or library and Ian Young will attempt to get another member to pay lots to section funds! We also need someone to take over John Mock-
ett’s role as treasurer. Although he has been an excellent treasurer for many years, he feels that he needs a break. Any items for the AGM agenda should be sent to me two weeks before the meeting, including AoB items. The Belt and Braces Run will start at Dennis’s house on 4th October.
GOODWOOD (SE) Maureen Street 01903 742979 firstname.lastname@example.org August Wrinkly run was well supported with at least 12 bikes enjoying a run on a lovely dry day with members from Brooklands Section joining our contingent. Unfortunately the evening run from Pulborough was not so well supported with only one other rider joining the leader. The weather had probably put riders off as there had been rain all day but in fact the ride itself was dry. Also in August a good selection of bikes supported a Salvington Windmill Open Day, along with the Morgan and MG Car Clubs. Unfortunately the Haven Run for veteran and vintage bikes had to be cancelled through lack of support. The events for October - last Wrinkly Run of the season 9th, Club Night Bring and Buy 20th, Skittles 24th, Pumpkin Run 25th from Amberley Working Museum, Noggin 'n' Natter 27th.
GRASSTRACK & SPEEDWAY (SM) Stuart Towner 020 83976599 email@example.com Hooray, we've had a meeting! Oxford started out well on a small tight undulating track but Zeus, the god of rain put paid to proceedings after 16 heats. As most riders were still reasonably clean it was decided to abandon it. Thanks to all who turned out to put this event on! We're now running the Ivor Thomas Me- Hot 250cc classic class morial Meeting at Iwade action at Oxford Grass Track. on 11th October running Photo by Sue Towner under the MCF organisation. We have been thinking of a Marshals Club - anyone have any ideas please?
GWENT (WAL) John Sharman 01874 730753 The Hay on Wye Steam Rally has always been a favourite with VMCC members, this year’s event was no exception, even the weather was kind, there were around eighty bikes on show, not just from the local area, but also from the Midlands. Thanks to Mary and Nick for looking after us. Collin’s
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Summer Madness run took us north into Powys, then along the borders into Herefordshire with lunch taken near Ross on Wye, before heading home, thanks everyone for making it a success. The Section’s Des James run will be on October 25th; meet at Abergavenny bus station 10 am start.
Secretary a week prior to the AGM. Volunteers for committee members and nominations for officers would be welcomed. At last year's AGM the retiring Chairman Jeff Read handed the meeting over to our new Chairman Keith Hadfield, and business was concluded by 9.00pm.
IPSWICH & SUFFOLK (ANG)
KINGS LYNN (ANG)
Trevor Dickings 01473 217215 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ipswich-vmcc.co.uk
Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 home 07875 694842 email@example.com www.vmcckingslynn.co.uk
First I would like to thank all who came to the camping weekend; the good news is it made £325.00 for Heartbeat, the charity Sylvia chose to donate it in memory of David. I would like to thank Norfolk, Essex, Kent and Kings Lynn members for washing up at the BBQ. It should have been our lot, sorry, Thanks to the two Mary’s and Pauline for helping with the food. Also to Mervyn and Roger for the excellent runs on Friday and Monday, everybody enjoyed them. It looks Like Tuesday and Sunday this year are the days it rains on, with the evening and Sunday runs rained off, The Three Valley’s rained off the second time in four years. As I write this I have made it home in the dry from the Heritage coast run. Two more runs this year keep your fingers crossed, 11th and the 25th October, the good news the camping week is on next year, date to follow.
It was with much sadness that we heard Alan Bunyan had passed away while seriously ill in hospital on 13th August. Alan joined the section in the early 1990s and became a very active rider, committee member and past Chairman and only recently started riding with us again after serious back problems curtailed him from joining us for a few years. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Jenny and family at this very sad time. The Sections 50th Anniversary celebration could not have been more enjoyable. A big thank you to everyone involved especially Brian, Simon and James Robinson and Brian Woods and Albert Cooper. Part two continued on August club night with another special cake provided by Pete Escott and more cakes from John Shearer for those not attending the Green Man. Robin Church proposed August club night should now be "Bring a Cake Night", maybe for the 60th.
Alan Richardson 01785 841257 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Steer 017687 74536 email@example.com www.vmcclakeland.co.uk
August Club Night was well supported with 12 present including BSA rider Bob on his first visit to our section. Rob was back from a sojourn in France, so his Moto Guzzi made it five members who came by two wheels. Coincidently the same number took part in the All Day Run despite threatening weather. As there were two smaller capacity bikes taking part, Phil led a steady jaunt taking in the Severn Valley and Wenlock Edge area finishing at Quatford Cafe. Dave, a member relocated from the South East, said he was impressed with the Shropshire countryside the run had passed through. October dates are 19th Club Night, 25th Fowl Weather Run.
The refurbished Haig Mining Museum visit made a good start to August even if the rain was a bit strong; still, 16 hardy souls turned up. Well Done. From then on we managed to find some decent weather for the rest of the month, for the Westmorland Run from Devil’s Bridge with a good turn out and then 33 folk turned up for the run into the Millstones Café at Bootle. The month finished off with 22 riders enjoying John’s Chairman’s Run from Bouth. Regards to all, Colin
ISLE OF WIGHT (SE)
The morning run in August had a very good turnout of forty plus riders from M&HP, C/Cats, C&N/W and N/Staffs who all met at Buxworth for refreshments and a natter on another fine day. The evening run to Chinley attracted ten members for a pleasant evening’s discussions. August’s evening off road trial turned out to be really well supported by almost forty riders and very pleasingly an excess of observers, Thanks to them all! John and Fred’s 3rd Four Seasons run was well attended for an interesting run on a warm dry day and was won by Geoff Davis. August club night featured a quiz set by Chairman Barry Cook, which sadly I missed owing to a prior engagement. I will shortly have the menus and be taking bookings for the ride/drive out to The Lamb Inn at Chin-
Reg Glading 01983 730321 firstname.lastname@example.org Fingers crossed for good Scurry weather, at the time of writing entries are down, it is hoped that Section members will enter in numbers and join in the social activities. Our Secretary Ron has championed this, our main event and together with his small team of helpers deserve a big thank you. The first club night of the month will be a bit special, Andy Brown is bringing his 1903 Clement Garrard and will talk about this interesting machine and its' history. Please attend our AGM, on the second club night, proposals and items for inclusion in the agenda are welcome and should be submitted to the
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MANCHESTER & HIGH PEAK (NW) Barry Howard 01625 630016
ley on 27th December so if you want to go please let me know.
MEN OF KENT (SE) Richard Barsby 01227 793881 / 07989 352990 email@example.com
torcycle speedometers and rev counters. Please come along and show your support. Finally an early reminder that the ever-popular Auction Night takes place on 18th November. Bring along those unwanted treasures.
NORTHAMPTON (ANG) Paul Braddock 01604 719104 / 07900 357018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenty of activity in August, the International West Kent run set it off with section members taking part and manning various club stands on the Sunday, we all belong to one or two other clubs, now don’t we. It was an excellent weekend as usual, well done the Westies. Club night at the Wagon and horses was well attended and convivial; it’s good to talk. The eagerly anticipated Ramsgate Sprint Revival took place over the weekend of 15th/16th August. On the Sunday morning over 50 of us met at the Merlin Café Manston. These included members of the local BSA, Ariel and Moto Guzzi Club, most of whom also belong to the VMCC. Ably led by Derek Bird we all formed up and rode en-mass into the event, an impressive sight. What a cracking day we had, it was a credit to the organisers and good for Ramsgate as well.
As we enter the last quarter of 2015, its time to remind you all of two things. Firstly the Christmas dinner. This year it is at the Yeoman of England, Wooton. Bookings can be made with Dave Mead Hibbert who is taking deposits and has menu choices for you all. Secondly the AGM is approaching, so any proposals, committee nominations or issues can be made. See a committee member and we will tell you how to go about it. Right onto the REALLY important stuff, only one run this month and it’s a great one. Jims Jaunt is on October 11 and is a ride around the county, sometimes beyond, devised by Jim Poole. Full details are in the calendar. That’s it for this month. Ride safe and good health to all.
NORTH BIRMINGHAM (NM)
Bob Badland 07825 840677 email@example.com www.midlandsvmcc.com www.facebook.com/vmccmidlands In this month's Journal there’s an invitation to join in the 51st Coventry to Brighton Fun Run on Saturday 9th April 2016 returning on Sunday the 10th. In April this year we held the 50th Running of the event after it had lain dormant for 3 years or so. The weather was fabulous, the route enjoyable, the coffee stop, serving Coffee, Tea and Soup was very welcome, and our lunch was taken in the great outdoors. Our tea break was at the traditional 'Corner' and evening Dinner was followed by the Award’s presentation. This with all 120 of us in the same Hotel only 500 yards from the sea front. English breakfast next morning was a treat with the 'Bangers' to die for - so if you can, please join us in 2016 for another great fun filled weekend. For all details please contact Bob Badland Midland Section Secretary VMCC.
David Spencer 01746 762957 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmcc-nbs.co.uk August was a quiet riding month as people are often busy with other activities in high summer, but we had the Breakfast Run, on the 9th. Thank you to Maurice and Rob, who took us north from Barr Beacon, ending up at The Plant Pot Garden Centre at Lichfield, for a superb breakfast. Club Night on October 7th will have a talk on Isambard Kingdom Brunel by Ray Sturdy. Then on the 11th it’s my Autumn Run, starting from The Vine Inn, Kinver, and going to the Bus Museum at Wythall, where I have secured free entry for riders.
MID LINCS (NE) Dick Booth 01427 874933 email@example.com www.midlincsvmcc.co.uk I am happy to report that the Mystery Run, which took place on the 16th of August, attracted an excellent attendance. The weather was kind to us and there was a varied selection of machinery, from flat tankers to very late examples, on some little used and interesting roads. Proof positive from my perspective that the ‘25 year rule’ can work well. By the time you read this our last riding event, The Northern Veteran Run, will have taken place to leave us only with the winter programme of Club Nights. The guest speaker at our October meeting on the 21st will be Russell Smalley who is kindly going to share his experiences of restoring and repairing mo-
Jonathan Jinks’ 1939 Army BSA M20 and Martyn Griffiths’ 1944 RAF Triumph 3HW, at Barr Beacon, the Breakfast Run start point.
NORTH COTSWOLD (SM) Chris Delaney 01789 262076 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northcotswoldvmcc.com We had an excellent trip to Evenley for the Bill Lacey Run, led by the elusive Mark Dudfield, then Neil Batchelor had bet-
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ter luck with the weather this time on his run to Sankey Marina. Clive Wadey led his ‘On Yer Bike Race’ at his usual ‘steady’ pace, which was good fun… and Andy Barnett was deceived by the Met office into delaying his Wrinkly run by a week to avoid forecast bad weather which did not materialise, but it did not disappoint for my River Run which was stopped after 20 miles, with one drenched member commenting that he had not realised we would actually be riding in the river! All character building stuff! Glyn Buckler led a group to the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling in support of the Air Ambulance service and the Hallard’s finished the month off with their Wrinkly Run. This Sunday 4th is The Windmill Run.
NORTH EAST (NE) Neil Wyatt 01904 765107 email@example.com http://nesn.byethost16.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org With sadness, Roy Forder passed away peacefully on 16th July 2015, aged 80 years. Dearly loved husband of Brenda. Roy and Brenda were regular attendees at the North East Section meetings. The George W Foggitt, Topcliffe run was a success and held in fine weather with an excellent display of machines, including Jim’s Morgan, with a very special passenger. By the time you read these notes we should have had our first resumption of Coronation Hall meetings, there is much to discuss! Dyneley Arms on 14th October and Boroughbridge on 25th, AGM on 29 November and Christmas Lunch on 2nd December.
Former Section President Dennis Buckle before the start of the G.W Foggitt Topcliffe run.
NORTH STAFFS (NM) Frank Hambleton 01298 70194 email@example.com www.northstaffsvmcc.webs.com Our section’s August runs were very well supported. Graham Sneyd's meet with M&HP run was most enjoyable as was Terry Barlow's Last of the summer wine run. Hopefully by the time you are reading this a new section committee will have been sorted at the September EGM. The committee are fully aware of my reasons for standing down from my positions and taking some time out. I would like to thank the section members and committee who have shown me both real support and kindness in my work for the North Staff's section
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over several years. Some would say I've been burning the candle at both ends for quite some while now with my commitment to motorcycle clubs. I would like to wish the North Staffs members and committee all the very best for the future.
NORTH WEST (NW) Ken Jones 07961 446971 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccnorthwest.co.uk The summer and the peak riding season has now passed and the weather has been less than perfect but still our riding numbers are steadily rising. The Chipping Run is organised for October 4th and for those concerned about travelling a fair distance from home, please take comfort that this year we will have a support vehicle to assist with any problems. The details of these and of all our other activities can be found on our website. www.vmccnorthwestsection.co.uk. If you haven’t already been informed, our section mobile phone number for the texting service has changed to 07734 743314. If you would like to be added to this service please contact the section secretary.
NORTHERN IRELAND (SM) email@example.com Robert Bryson 028 90629257 Correction! Last month I incorrectly wrote that Colin Seeley was coming to us in October. That should have read that Colin was coming in November and that tickets would be available at our October meeting. Gremlins in the editing process I’m afraid. Huge thanks to former road racer Billy Keenan this month. Billy generously hosted us at his house and workshop during our Low Country Run and then brought two Velocette racers to our September meeting. His talk gave a fantastic insight into the efforts required to extract more performance, hopefully without incurring mechanical mayhem. Billy has an extensive collection of wrecked conrods, holed pistons and busted valves to show what frequently happens and there’s story for every piece of scrap. I was prompted to read up squish bands, water cooling, two plug heads, megaphone exhausts and ignition timing fuelling and detonation. Has anyone tried boron fibre push rods?
NORTHUMBRIAN (NE) Hlary Dixon 0191 4165017 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northumbrianvmcc.co.uk Sorry for the recent lack of notes, here is a quick round up of what has been going on over the summer months. Mid July we had the Bikewise event, many thanks to Dennis and Brian Minto for organising the stand, and assorted helpers and hangers on etc. At the end of July, a small group set out on the Chairman’s random run, and some even made it back! Things were much quieter in August due to holidays, the
most exciting thing being the move from the upstairs room in the RAOB Club to the downstairs room for our weekly meetings. Don’t forget our last official event of the season, the Colonial Run is on the 4th October and coming soon, the Section AGM on the 16 November 2015.
NORWICH & DISTRICT (ANG) Tony Durier 01603 713850 email@example.com www.vmccnorwich.co.uk The venue for our Waveney Valley run was the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton. The event coincided with the RAFA day celebrations and were supported by Military History groups and by the Austin Seven Club. VMCC members taking part were individually photographed with their machines against a vintage aircraft, the pictures being distributed after the event. The run was held in glorious weather with lunch at the Needham Red Lion. The run ended at Flixton where the bikes were displayed, the afternoon ended with a Spitfire fly-past. The venue for our Dave Rogerson Memorial Run was the Norfolk Motor Cycle Museum. The run was well supported, the route taking us to Wroxham, Blofield, Coltishall with lunch at the Bluebell in North Walsham. The afternoon route took us through Stalham, Ludham and ended at the Museum. Thanks to George and Val for the refreshments before and after the run.
NOTTS & DERBY (NW) Clive Russell 01335 390369 firstname.lastname@example.org The healthy level of activity of the earlier summer months continued during August, Jim led us from Belper triangle west along A517 to Ashbourne then Mayfield, where a horrendous set of roadworks (necessary but with badly planned traffic management) enabled us to strike up a lifelong friendship with a bus driver. After swinging south towards Derby we entered the labyrinth of lanes West of A6 and, after the ace electrician had re wired a plug cap, emerged near the former Whatstandwell Hotel for outside refreshments, Barry Sherras stepped into the breach, in the absence of the late Mick Bull, and led his ride on 16 August. The last evening ride led by Graham Bower, broke all attendance records and with all the parking and chip shops at our Matlock Bath destination full with our own machines and other "HOG" riders, some had to retreat to Cromford for supper.
OXFORD (SM) Peter Ryman 01235 200367 email@example.com On Barry Winter’s Long Run 18 riders made an exploration of the Cotswold escarpment, we included a ride down the spectacular gated road at Farmcote, also views from Cleve Hill and of course an exhilarating ride up Fish Hill. Fuelling all this were the generous breakfast baguettes from the Pheasant pub at Toddington, in all a 120 mile run from start to finish it was undoubtedly our best run of the year. Our very own Rob Harris assisting the local groundsman at the Grasstrack Section meet at Sutton Wick.
PENNINE (NW) Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 firstname.lastname@example.org Encouraged by good weather the August machine night attracted 55 machines ranging from a 1925 Velocette to the present day. A substantial number of interested spectators also made this additional event a worthwhile occasion. Our Roses run saw 24 riders going via Skipton to Pateley Bridge incorporating part of the old Scott Trial route. We stopped at the Tea Cups cafe located next to the cattle market where farmers’ sized portions were served, making it a place to visit again. One machine had to go on the trailer at this point but everyone else got back under their own steam. This month we have our Autumn Run on the 4th - usual format, a 55 mile morning run with hot potato pie at the finish. Also this month at club night on the 13th we have a talk by Dot trials ace Eric Adcock - not to be missed.
REIVERS (NE) Simon Hadden 01665 570023 email@example.com www.vmccreivers.co.uk Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 14th October in the usual Club Night slot. Looking ahead, forthcoming club night talks will cover the Western Theatre of Operations in WW2 (Malcolm Byrne) and the Northumberland Fusiliers Past and Present (Nicola Day). Naturally these are to be complemented by motorcycling talks of various kinds, including a possible return visit by Gordon May, who rode his BSA Bantam to Egypt. Turning to riding activities, this year’s monthly Thursday runs have proved popular but we need more volunteers to organise them next year! Alternatively there may be a break in the series over the holiday time in August and September.
SHEFFIELD & S YORKSHIRE (NE) David Sellars 01302 881968 firstname.lastname@example.org A lull in our club’s activities is now over with the Doncaster circular run and trip to the Goodwood section taking place in
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September with a proposed run too Dogdyke pumping station on October 4th (the last attempt in May was a complete wash out). Advance warning that we are planning to have our AGM at the November meeting.
The October meeting will present a guest speaker, the theme being working in the Velocette Factory. Please be prompt for 7.30. Beiciwch yn ofalus, safe riding.
West Dorset and Somerset with coffee at Warden Hill Trading Post, lunch at The Windwhistle pub near Cricket St Thomas and tea at what has become a favourite stop, a tearoom in Salwayash, just outside Bridport. The following Sunday a similar number gathered for the Air Ambulance Run when the route took us to Ansty for coffee and Compton Abbas Airfield for lunch. A further stop was made in Shaftesbury for an ice cream. Unfortunately, due to the deteriorating August weather, the run to Symondsbury fete on the 30th was cancelled. At the monthly meeting the Crank was awarded to Andy Fuller who put a foot down at a junction and managed to allow his bike to topple over.
SOUTH DURHAM (NE)
SNOWDONIA/ERYRI (WAL) John Evans 01286 872599 email@example.com
Pete Newman 01934 813638 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vmccsomersetsection.co.uk The Sign Post competitive rally was again well thought out and organised by Phil. Photos of sign posts were given to the nine riders and they had to plot their route to visit each signpost location. The overall winner was Pat Caroll on his BSA M21. Those not involved in the competitive event enjoyed the Social Run, a circuit around Taunton taking in the Tiverton canal area and a stop at Dunkerswell Airfield for refreshments. There was a large attendance at our Club Night when we enjoyed an entertaining talk by Martin Horler, on the Royal Mail guard in the Victorian times. A number of different calls on the post horn kept the audience awake!! The skittles evening has been arranged for Friday 9th October at the Red Cow, Brent Knoll. Autumn Leaves Run on the 11th starting at The New Manor Farm Shop, Bishop Sutton, 10am.
SOUTH COTSWOLD (SM) Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 email@example.com On 9 Aug, 17 riders enjoyed the Harvest Run organised by Gordon Smith and Steve Venn, to whom our thanks. The diary is thinner now that the main season is over, but don’t forget the lunchtime meet on 11 Oct at the AV8 café on Kemble airfield. Without wishing the year away, make sure also that Dec 4 is in your diary for the Section Xmas meal. More details at Section Club nights and in the Nov notes. Finally, well done to our own intrepid Ian Young for piloting his 1914 Douglas for approximately 350 trouble free - but very wet - miles in this year’s biennial Anglo-Dutch Veteran Rally, near Anheim. Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday rain (with apologies to Noel Coward)! Happy riding.
SOUTH DORSET (SW) Anne Frisby 01305 853551 firstname.lastname@example.org Due to the good weather at the beginning of August, The Marshwood Vale Run saw 26 members enjoy a ride around
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David Porteous 01325 358308 email@example.com www.vmccsouthdurham.co.uk Thanks to Viv and Sue Tubby for their hospitality and superb BBQ to round off the Saturday Saunter to Saltburn. Roy Sturgeon held a practice trial in Coverdale with 19 riders taking part. Several riders visited the North East Section’s Topcliffe Rally and managed to win the Team award whilst enjoying a scenic ride across the moors on a dry day. Some have ventured elsewhere including Scotland and Ireland to take part in events thanks to all the organising teams. Whilst it’s pleasing to see newer members at our events, unfortunately we see less of once familiar faces, as they retire from the riding scene, (recently Bill Birks, Wilf Banks, Derek Walling etc). We endeavour to provide other social gatherings to enable us to continue to enjoy friendships gained. October sees the return to Scarborough for a round of the trial’s championship, and the Anniversary Run to Pickering.
SOUTH HANTS (SE) Robert Hill 02392 460014 firstname.lastname@example.org www.southhants-Vmcc.co.uk As summer turns to autumn our evening runs have come to an end. We had some good runs and some poorly attended runs, the weather usually being the main factor in determining the number of riders each week. The majority of our Sunday Day Events were again poorly attended with the weather being the deciding factor on the number of riders turning out. October monthly meeting is on Monday 5th October and November’s meeting is on Monday 2nd November all at the Hill Park Working Men’s Club in Fareham at 8.00 p.m.
SOUTH WALES (WAL) Geoff Harris 02920 883228 G.email@example.com www.southwalessectionvmcc.co.uk Like most sections August was a quiet month. The Simon Pritchard memorial run was well attended, led by Chairman Rob James, with a ride through some stunning country in mid Wales. Unfortunately some in the group got detached
and at the finish the numbers were down. The evening run to the Rose and Crown in the tiny and remote hamlet of Eglwysilan attracted 11 members. Well done to all who attended. October events are the postponed Historic Tour on the 18th and the Charity Auction on the 26th.
STIRLING CASTLE (SCO) David Brown 01786 870345 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stirlingcastlevmcc.co.uk Gill and Ian Turnbull provided an excellent BBQ and desserts, rain came but didn’t deter Ian from cooking under umbrellas. Gill invited us inside to shelter, we gorged ourselves on burgers and trimmings, then magnificent sweets. After having eaten our fill the rain stopped, a look around the bikes before making our way home, thanks again to the Turnbull's (magic). Our S&T went well, thanks Valentina and John Rice Dougie, Maurice, Duncan, Rab and his helpers. 76 bikes started, although rain availed for most of the day, a very enjoyable but testing run indeed. In the new marquee the evening meal was first class followed by prizegiving, drinks and a blether. Congrats to Keith Steyert being winner on the day. Social run on Sunday saw 34 bikes endure poor weather but still enjoyable, after launch all dispersed in their various directions home, Club night report will be in next issue.
and providing a good display of member’s bikes which generated a lot of interest with the general public. Our mid-week Girder Fork Run was well supported with over a dozen eligible bikes taking part, my thanks to Mick for organising this. As we draw towards the end of another year’s riding events I would like to thank all those that volunteered to lead the runs and to the members for supporting them. Don’t forget our Practice Trial on the 18th October, entry details in the Regulations section.
SWANSEA & DISTRICT (WAL) Barry Fox 01792 851541 email@example.com I do not like writing obituaries as it reminds me of my own mortality and the passing of a good friend. Neil Watkins was a regular at the section and ride outs, a long time member of Neath Motor Club and a decent trials rider and scrambler when we were younger. Typical of Neil was once on his way to the Saundersfoot weekend he spotted a section member who had put the wrong fuel in his camper. No trouble to Neil he towed him back to his house. Job done by a big hearted man. Next meeting Oct 13 Morriston Rugby Club.
STONEHENGE (SW) Keith Starks 01202 605112 firstname.lastname@example.org www.shenge.freeserve.co.uk Thanks to everyone who exhibited their bikes at this year’s Ellingham Show. There was a lot of interest shown by the public and hopefully a few new members recruited. The October programme begins with The Nifty Run from Woodfalls on the 18th for machines pre 1973 under 250cc and has been organised to cater for owners of low capacity machines, which are not normally seen on club runs. A sympathetic route has been devised so if you have autocycles, mopeds, cyclemotors or small motorcycles lying neglected at the back of the shed, then this is an ideal opportunity to give them an airing. Club Night on the 21st will be a talk by Andy ‘The Chain Man’. The month will be rounded off with the Winter Run on the 25th. Bookings are being taken for the Annual Dinner in November, contact Lionel Butler or Diane Poynting for menus and reservations.
SURREY & SUSSEX (SE) Brian Robins 01293 537598 email@example.com This month’s events went off without a hitch, my special thanks to Chris for standing in at the last minute to lead our day run. A number of members from the local sections to Brands Hatch had a good weekend manning the VMCC stand
SWINDON MOONRAKER (SM) Julie Goodwin 01793 539207 / 07887 517906 firstname.lastname@example.org On the 9th August 30 of us had a coach trip to Coventry Museum of Speed. A good day out I hope everyone who went enjoyed it. On the 18th August Pete did a quiz. One for the Ladies and one for the men a very interesting evening well done to the winners it was nice seeing Reg Eyre with sandwiches and chips afterwards. A few of us attended the Wanborough Country Show on a very hot day. I hope Nigel is recovering from his operation. Best wishes from all of us.
TAVERNERS LEICESTER (NM) Peter Monk 07837 907908 www.tavernerstrials.org.uk www.thetaverners.com The Taverners have been very spoilt on the food front this month starting with our run to the vehicle and animal collection at Stonehurst Farm, followed by the run to the Wills establishment for a Fish & Chip supper, unfortunately I was unable to attend but I’m told we even got a “pudding” this year, then last but not least a new venue treated us to further culinary delights courtesy of Pete and his good lady along
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with a look at his rare collection of motorcycles including a 1920s Grigg 1000cc V Twin , a military Moto-Guzzi with handlebars for the pillion! A big thank you also to the Autojumblers at Founders Day who donated lots of items for our charity auction coming soon along with £309 cash, our benefactors this year will be Macmillan Nurses.
to everyone who organised the above and to John Lycett for the Tea and Cake Run.
WESSEX VETERAN & VINTAGE (SW) Peter Hallowes 01258 472500
TOURING (ANG) Paul Fletcher 01842 878661 / 07875 694842 email@example.com A few section members enjoyed a new event on the calendar when we supported the Ipswich and Suffolk Section Camping Weekend which was held at Coddenham near Ipswich in early August. After a lapse of a few years they were offered the use of a large field and out building with toilet, water and electric by Mrs Bickers, wife of the late Dave Bickers, "The Coddenham Flyer". Our thanks go to Sylvia Bickers and Trevor Dickings and his team for a very enjoyable event even if a route card was a couple of junctions short of a full route Ha Ha. See separate report. We then moved to the Museum of Power near Maldon for the Essex Sections Camping Weekend and our thanks go to Roger and Heather Gulliver and their team for yet another excellent event once again making 9 days very enjoyable riding round East Anglia.
WAKEFELD & W YORKSHIRE (SM) Bill Kelsall 01824 870709 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly, all our season’s runs are now over; so far, not much luck with the weather though some of us enjoyed a good day’s riding with the Sunbeam’s Graham Walker Run - best weather so far. I hope no one missed out on Roger’s Runaround due to the unannounced date-change. We have to thank Peter Bovenizer for his auctioneering at our August Club Night: a good laugh was had by all and a few pounds made for club funds. The committee has decided that a donation towards the Shillingstone Station project would be appropriate as they have welcomed us to run several events from their premises; a fitting venue for older machines! For our future entertainment, 12th October is a talk on pioneer aircraft and on 9th November the subject will be ‘A Very British Rocket’.
WEST KENT (SE) Ron Wright 01622 812771 email@example.com www.westkentsection.webspace.virginmedia.com
The Treasurer’s club run on 16th August went very well setting off from the Reindeer (our club room) and provided a very interesting route and lots of nice scenery. The dinner stop was at a favourite location (the Oil Can cafe) with an excellent turnout, helped by some welcome Sheffield section members. A lovely Brough turned up, much admired by several members, great day out thanks Rob. The 17th August was club night just a general natter was had but Secretary Bill announced that September’s meet would be our AGM and the section would need a new Secretary after the AGM mainly due to health problems so this will be Secretary Bill’s last notes, also Ralph Dalesman’s run will be done.
Don't forget our Bring and Buy auction will be held on Tuesday 27th October at the West Kingsdown Village Hall starting at 8.00 pm. The hall is situated behind the Gamecock pub and is accessed via the entrance to the Pavilion off of the A20. We are now thinking about social runs for next year and I will soon be seeking leaders. If you haven't led a run but wouldn't mind having a go please contact myself, advice and assistance will be given. Limited expenses are available to assist with your fuel costs. At the time of writing these notes the Woodman is still closed although a sign says open in four weeks, and has done for some weeks. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether we return there. I hope to know more by next month’s notes.
WEST SOUTH WALES (WAL)
Helen Parker 01926 429310 The majority of summer events have been held in lovely weather so have been fairly well attended. The Chairman's Social was held at the Blue Lias pub on the banks of the canal and was a good evening. Founders Day saw a number of machines on the stand. Alan's Wrinklies run and the Avon Dassett Fair had good weather as did the Bill Lacy run. Coventry Parade was well supported with a great route and good lunch stop. Special thanks to Bianca Booth and James Thomas for keeping their Mum's and Dad's in order on the day. Our evening using the Epidiascope seems to be popular. Thanks
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Barry Palmer 01558 668579 firstname.lastname@example.org www.westsouthwalesvmcc.co.uk August was another busy month for the section runs wise. The second Wrinkles Run attracted 11 vehicles on a lovely sunny Weds a nice run led by Andy and QUAI with lunch stop at Cenarth. The sidecar/3 wheeler run was well attended and finished up for lunch at Ferryside. Unfortunately, due to a miserable w/e forecast the Picnic Run was cancelled. We have the annual E.J.W. RUN ON THE 4TH don’t forget the section Dinner and awards evening on the 24th, contact Shirley 01646651384. The A.G.M. is on the 26th.
BBQ on 23rd had to be cancelled due to horrendous rain. The run was reprised on 27th. We still got wet but enjoyed it - thanks Reg. Section meeting on 22nd October is the AGM.
WORCESTERSHIRE (WAL) John Porter 01386 553329 email@example.com www.vmccworcs.co.uk Wrinkles run attendees
WEST WILTSHIRE (SM) Peter Fielding 01225 763567 firstname.lastname@example.org The White Horse Trial was blessed with fine weather this year though sadly only 22 entered the event, an all time low. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event with wide choice of routes and some new green lanes to choose from. Top marks to Keith and Nigel; to Lynn Little for managing the catering and to those who kindly donated the food. Congratulations to the winners, awards will be presented at our Annual Dinner in December. Eighteen riders went on Colin’s MWR to Eastleach and the Cotswold Woollen Museum at Filkins on 6th August. Twentynine went wandering to the Crown at Bishops Cannings on 20th August all on bikes. The run and
We had two good runs in August, thanks to Pete Howells and Bill Bubb for organising these. The October runs will be the Doug Hannam (Herefordshire) on the 4th, the Autumn Run on the 11th and the Midweek Run on the 20th. In addition we hope to have our usual section stand at the Malvern Classic Motorcycle Show on the 25th, see you there. Surrey and Sussex Section
Sunday 18th October – 10:30am Non competitive event run under AMCA Permit CT/7509 Open to all VMCC members. Numbers restricted to 30 Refreshments available – Proceeds to NSPCC To be held at – Selah, Clayton Hill, Clayton, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 PQ Clerk of the Course – Peter Meek Secretary of the Meeting – Andy Belenkin, 109, Woodland Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6BJ. Tel:- 07703 192921 Email:- email@example.com Please contact the Secretary of the Meeting for entry forms etc.
RIDERS INVITED TO JOIN IN THE 51ST
Coventry to Brighton Fun Run orgainised by the Midland Section and starting from ON THE 9th APRIL 2016 All Categories of Bikes Welcomed.
THE COVENTRY MOTOR MUSEUM COFFEE STOP: LUNCH STOP: TEA STOP BRIGHTON HOTEL WITH ALL EN-SUITE ROOMS SECURE PARKING CELEBRATION EVENING DINNER SUNDAY BREAKFAST EVENT MEMENTO and AWARD PHOTOS
Please contact Bob Badland for Entry Forms
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The Scottish contingent at the Anglo Dutch Trial with their support vehicle (Paul Morley, Alastair Alexander, Anneke Wallace, Johnny Johnson and Geoff Hanson). Phil Hamilton of East Calder in Midlothian has passed away after declining health in recent years. Phil was a long standing member of the Club and a key player in the formation of the Auld Reekie Edinburgh Section. He was the Scottish Area Rep. for over ten years and the post-war BSA Marque Specialist. We shall miss his company and the significant contribution he made to the Club. There has been a hitch in the progress to consider a Glasgow-based Section. At the outset there were two members who promoted the effort to gather members together to discuss the merits of forming a new Section. HQ was very helpful in undertaking letter and email introductions to the members in the area concerned. The first meeting was held in January and there have been monthly meetings since and attendances have been very good. Now, one of the original promoters has decided, unilaterally, to run the Group independently of any Club and with no links to the VMCC. Furthermore, claiming ownership of the initiative and the name (Glesga Auld Bikes) and that since January attendees have been his guests. No discussion has been permitted on the original concept of a VMCC Section. My concern, as your Area Rep., is that members have not yet had the chance to discuss whether or not they want to establish a Group leading on to Section status. It is important that members have that opportunity afforded to them. The member involved holds the register of attendees and to date a request for access has not been
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granted. The other promoter, Gordon Mowat, in concert with a number of VMCC members, is trying to gather together contact details of the attendees so that the initiative can get back on track. If you have an interest here can you please get in contact with Gordon Mowat on email@example.com or 01475 638528. The intention is to get a meeting organised and to have a free and open discussion about membersâ€™ needs and wants from the Club. The above should be considered in the context of a pretty harmonious scene in Scotland so such developments come as a surprise and it is important that we move on and continue with enjoyment of our motorcycles in good company. The Veteran Internet Group established in March has made great progress and there is to be a veteran run on 3 October. It is believed to be the first veteran run that the Club has organised in Scotland, so it is a very special occasion. It is being organised by Highland Section and that is a most welcome development. The base will be the Lion and Unicorn Hotel in Thornhill near Stirling, with bikes departing from 10.45am for an easy going 75 mile route. Entries so far include marques such as Norton, Calthorpe , Brown, Premier, James, Douglas and Humber. If you cannot enter please come along to spectate. More details from John Macmillan on 01555 662760 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alastair Alexander Area Rep. for Scotland
2nd 3rd 4th
Oxford Somerset West Wilts
Lakeland West Wilts Central Lancs Warwickshire
North Cotswold Cotswold
Isle of Man Norwich & District Cyclemotor Bedfordshire
East Yorkshire West Kent Kings Lynn
Manc & High Peak Pennine
Herefordshire Cornwall Midland
North Cotswold Flat Tank & Cotswold
Northumbrian Notts and Derby Brooklands South Hants
Men of Kent
Northumbrian Central Lancs
10.00am, Chairman's Choice, Horspath RFC, Leader Dave Webster Club Night. Guest speaker. Dick Sheppard on Stunt Riding Portland Reprise. Meet Bradford on Avon Station car park 9:30 David Brierly 01225 742988. Cornish Weekend. Trevor Wells 01179 685345 32nd Cotswold Night Trial, Aviator Inn, Staverton, Cheltenham. 01452 712753 Ride-In to The Greyhound Hotel, Shap, 11.30 E. Stephenson, 01900 824898 Castle Combe Classic Display. Peter Fielding 01225 763567 Ride out, Chipping, to meet N/W section. Adrian Such 07534 278388 Autumn Run. Kenilworth RFC. 10.00 for 10.30 start. Alan Bailey 01327 260590 Windmill Run, 10.00am Campden. Glyn Buckler 07767 487289 21st Belt and Braces Run, The Cottage, Hartlands Hill, Minsterworth. 01452 750424 Test Day, Jurby - 10.30am. Tony East 01624 878242 Broadland Memorial Run. Tony Durier, 01603 713850 Hundred Mile run 8:30 onwards. Quainton Memorial Hall, HP22 4BW. Laurie Erwood 01582 842337 Autumn Gold Run, Start venue TBA, 10.00 for 10.30am. Dave 01462 814134 AGM and Buffet Evening, 8.00pm, Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 Girder Fork Run. Borough Green Stn to Green Man, Hodsoll St. 10.30am Pre-31 run meet at Social Club at Methwold; 70 miles with lunchstop halfway on quiet country roads. deal for early machines. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661, 07875694842, email@example.com Phil and Tony’s run, Barn Owl pub Agden Warf, Lymm. 10-30 for 11-00 start. Tony Mcadam 07765798230, Phil Frost 07971160128 Autumn Run, Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS 10.30am. Geoff Green 0161 654 1859 Doug Hannam Run, Market Square, Bromyard, 9.30 for 10.0am start. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Informal Breakfast Meet - Kit Hill. Len Dingley 01208 850013 Second visit to Towcester Heritage Site. Round trip of about 100 miles to see vintage vehicles, live craftsmen. Roy Osborn. Windmill Run from Chipping Campden. Glyn Buckler 07767 487289 Belt and Braces Run from Dennis Beale’s house. 01452 750424 Colonial Run, Green Lane Run with road route, starting at 9.30 am from High House Farm Brewery, Matfen. Andreas Schrocksnadel, 0191 2901387 Dukeries & D’shire run 10.30. lay-by east side M1 J27. Bruce 01773 689297 Autumn Run (girder fork). Newlands Corner M/Cycle Park. 10.00am. David Ashdown 01932 349996 Monthly Meeting Hill Park Working Mens Club, 72 Highlands Road, Fareham 8.00 p.m. Robert Hill 02392 460014 Club night, 8pm Wagon and Horses Pub, Charing, Kent. TN27 0NR Frank Mitchell: 07837 918087 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club night, Bowling Green, Charnock Richard. 8pm Adrian 07534 278388
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Quiz (Fred Sheppard) Club Night, Section AGM, Slide Show, 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. Club Night 8pm Lygon Arms, Chipping Campden Chris Delaney 01789 262076 Club Night 8.00pm Rushmere Business Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St. Johns Street, Gt Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00 Club night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Pub Night, Woodman PH, Wild Hill, 8.15pm AGM/Bring and Buy Sale, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 7th Skittles Night The White Hill Centre Chesham Wrinkly Run. Start 10.30 am from Dene Park car park. Day Run - Copthorne Social Club RH10 3RE - start 10.00. Brian Robins 01293 537598 firstname.lastname@example.org Wrinkly Run Costa car park Tollgate Centre Colchester 9.30 for 10.00am. Essex Terry Windsor 01206 384764 A.G.M, Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes. 7.00pm 8th Dartmoor Club Night, 8.15pm, Moorville Hall North Staffs Club Night, Knock Froy, Santon 8.00pm, speaker Isle of Man Noggin & Natter at the Pied Bull 8.00 pm. West Kent Club Night Middleton St George 8pm. South Durham East Taphouse Club Night Section AGM. Celia Hore 01208 73571 Cornwall Section Meeting - Skittles Night. Chippenham RFC, 8pm. West Wilts Talk by Bryan Marsh on Sharpenhoe Hill Climbs 1907-1908, Shefford Bedfordshire Memorial Hall, 8.00 for 8.30pm. Bryan 01525 877585 Wrinkly Run,Whiteways Lodge carpark, 10.30. Maureen Street 01903 742979 9th Goodwood Skittles Evening. Red Cow Brent Knoll. Pete Newman. 01934 813638 Somerset (10th & 11th). Talyllyn Railway Run. Alan Bailey 01327-260590 10th Warwickshire Autumn Ramble. Meet 10.00 for 10.30 start at Vallum Farm Cafe, East Reivers Wallhouses. Alan Holdsworth 01670 715 668 Championship Trial Scarborough. Roy Sturgeon 01325 260937 South Durham Saturday pm run 2pm Belper Mill Junction. Alex 01773 821622 Notts and Derby Brian Herbert, Turnpike, 10.00am Oxford Autumn Run. Sainsbury's, Barnstaple. 11.00am 11th Devon End of season ride, Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes. 10.00am for 10.30am. Dartmoor 01803 401517 Lemmings Autumn Leaves Run, 12 noon for 1.00pm, Yew Tree, Cauldon North Staffs Low. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 Equinox Run, Horsefair, Banbury OX16 0AN, 09.30. Dave Buckingham Banbury 01295 780040 email@example.com Beverley Run, Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre, Dunswell, HU17 0RU, East Yorkshire last run of the season. H. Holdorf 01482 862209 Autumn Leaves Run, New Manor Farm Shop, Bishop Sutton. 10am. Colin Somerset Bentham. 01761 241516 Winter Run, Bradford's Yard, Sherborne, 11.00. Roger Gillard, 01935 814267 Dorset B’mouth & New Forest Dave’s Late, Late Run, 10.30 Carpenters Inn. David Bowmer, 01202 388404 Girder Fork Run, meet to leave 10.30am, Dunkirk village hall, Dunkirk, Men of Kent Kent. ME13 9LF. Nick Pearce: 07944 311199 The Last One Run, 10.00am, Needham Lake Ipswich and Suffolk Jim’s Jaunt leaves hunsbury country park at 10-30. Jim Poole. Northampton Memorial Run, Judge Walmsley, Whalley, 10.30am, Social Run in aid of East Lancs NWAA, approx 70 miles. Dave Prismall 01706 217572 Ride out on the Jim Fellows Memorial Bidford Run. Meet at large lay-by on Midland B4101 (Balsall Street) near Saracen’s Head Pub heading towards Knowle. Meet 10.00 for 10.30 depart. Sunday informal lunchtime run to the AV8 Café at Cotswold Airfield, South Cotswold Kemble. Noon. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Swindon Moonraker East Devon North Cotswold Ipswich and Suffolk East Lancs South Cotswold East Herts Cotswold Chiltern West Kent Surrey and Sussex
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Essex North Birmingham South Durham Worcestershire
12th Stirling Castle Surrey and Sussex
Wessex Vet & Vintage Northumbrian Worcestershire
13th East Devon Pennine
Burton & District Anglian Clyde Valley 14th Cotswold Banbury Warwickshire Chiltern East Sussex Dorset Berkshire Reivers North East Men of Kent
Snowdonia/Eryri 15th Oxford Notts and Derby Cheshire Cats West Wilts Worcestershire
17th South Durham 18th Clyde Valley
Isle of Man North Cotswold East Devon Surrey and Sussex Warwickshire Cotswold
Huffer Run Norton Heath Café just off A414. Dick Hobart 01245 473359 Autumn Run, 10.00 for 10.30 from Vine Inn, Dunsley Rd, Kinver, Stourbridge, DY7 6LJ, by canal bridge at the Stourbridge end of village. Free entry to Wythall Bus Museum for riders. David Spencer 01746 762957 Anniversary Social Run. Mike Carruthers Tel:01325254195 Autumn Run, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 9.30 for 10.00am start. John Porter 01386 553329 Club Night. History of Trophies. Jim Leddy Bring and Buy. Copthorne Social Club. 7.30pm. Brian Robins 01293.537598 firstname.lastname@example.org Club Night Talk, Pioneer Aircraft at Larkhill. Tim Brown. 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 Lunch Meet 1300 Aviator Café Dunkerswell Talk by Eric Adcock, Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL165HS 8.30pm. Geoff Green 0161 654 1859 Club Night Marston's 8:00pm AGM, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS. Roger Newark 01354 741099 Club Night, Dalserf Church , 7.30pm. Tim Ryan 07714505386 Section Library Viewing Night Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Clubnight/AGM. Banbury Cricket Club, 8pm. AGM. David Jebbitt 01295 750538 email email@example.com Club Night. Bring and Buy 7-30 start. Helen Parker 01926-429310 Wrinkly Run The Black Cat Lye Green Chesham. See section notes Section AGM at HQ, 7.30 for 8.00pm. 01825 890499 Guest Speaker, Halsey Arms. Ray Dickinson 01747 228837 Mid-week run. Details on website. Malcolm. firstname.lastname@example.org AGM and Club Night. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 19.30.Simon Hadden 01665 570 023 Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire from noon. Section AGM, 8pm Plough & Harrow, Bridge, Kent. CT4 5LA. Frank Mitchell: 07837 918087 Midweek Lunch, The Old Moat House, Limbury, Luton, approx. 12.15pm. Roger 01582 534711 Guest Speaker. email@example.com 01286872599 10.00am, Wiggins Wonder, Millets Farm, leader Steve Wiggins Natter Night Clubnight. 7:30 for 8:00 Winnington Park RFC, guest speaker. Stephen Herbert 01606 888972 Autumn MW Wandering. Ivy Heddington 12 noon Midweek Run, Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath, Worcester, 9.30 for 10.00 start Richard Bullock 01905 641216 Scott Trial Social Run. David Porteous Tel:01325 358308 Autumn Run, 11.00am, Happendon Services. Tim Ryan 07714 505386 or firstname.lastname@example.org Trial, BillownGlen, start 2.00pm Idiots Run, 10.00am Campden. Mike Chiddick 01386 830330 Autumn Amble 10.30 Smileys Café Honiton. John Crispin 01884 33655 Practice Trial - See Regs for details. Brian Robins 01293.537598 email@example.com Social Run The Antelope pub, Lighthorne. noon onwards. Simon Dudfield 01926 832031 Winter Wandering Social Run to Engine Society Open Day at Sevenhampton, The Half Way House Inn, Kineton. (SP 097 266) 01452 610375
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Norwich and District Stonehenge West Kent West Wilts
Cornwall Men of Kent
Northumbrian Oxford Cheshire & N. Wales Swindon Moonraker Goodwood Ipswich and Suffolk East Herts Brooklands Northern Ireland
East Lancs Cotswold
Norwich and District Stonehenge Mid Lincs
Cornwall Chiltern North Cotswold West Wilts 22nd South Durham 23rd Bristol 24th 25th
East Devon Northern Ireland Oxford Ironmasters Banbury
Cheshire & N. Wales
Museum Run. Bob Forster, 01603 737540. Autumn Nifty Run, (pre 1973 under 250cc). 11am Club House, Woodfalls. David Benn 01722 712701(Day) / 07870 759081 Social Run. Eynsford lay-by to the Cock Inn, Luddesdown. 10.30 start. New Forest Run. Depart Chocolate Poodle A360 9:45. Peter Fielding 01225 763567 Roseland Run leaving Ladock at 10.30. George Pengelly 01209 214521 Section meeting at Offham Village, make your own way, 10.30am onwards. Richard Barsby tel. 07989352990 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club Night, 7.30pm Club Night at the Motor Boat Club, Sandy Lane, Chester, CM3 5UL Quiz Night with Peter Hill. Graham Gotts 0151 678 6216 Club Night Club Night, The Maypole Inn, Yapton, 8.00pm - Bring & Buy Auction. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Club night, 8pm, Rushmere Club Night, Broadlakes Lodge, London Colney, 8.00pm Club Night - Members Bar, Brooklands Museum - 8.00pm - wheel building demonstration. David Ashdown 01932 349996 Club night at St. George's Hall, High Street, Belfast - 8:00pm. Rab Bryson 07928 680364 Social Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm Guest Speaker: Chris Witts, My Life on the Severn, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. 01242 574599 Club Night, Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HL, 8pm. Club Night Talk by Andy ‘The Chain Man’. 8pm Club House, Woodfalls. Club Night - Guest Speaker Russell Smalley - The Shires, Gainsthorpe 7.30pm. Dick Booth 01427 874933 Informal lunch meet Blast Cafe Bodmin. Noon. Roger Hore 01208 73571 Pub Night The Black Cat Lye Green Chesham. See section notes Wrinkly Lunch, TBC. G & B Hallard 01929 842029 Section Meeting & AGM, Chippenham Rugby Club, 8pm. Club Night, Middleton St George, 8pm Annual Dinner and Awards presentation, Begbrook, 8pm. Simon 01179 652503 Breakfast Meet 10.00 A303 American Restaurant Clocks Back Run - 11:30 dep from Topaz Garage, Tully Road, Nutts Corner. Adrian Saunders 07545 274883 Cris Green, Barley Mow Car Park, Clifton Hampden, 10.00am Fowl Weather Run, 10.30am, Redhill Café lay-by A5. Phil Withycombe 01952 606107 Autumn Ramble, Horsefair, Banbury OX16 0AN,10.00am. Dave Buckingham 01295 780040 firstname.lastname@example.org Section Meeting: Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge at 2pm. Anthony Head. 01423 712072 Sam’s End of Season Run, Telford Arms, Trevor Aquaduct, Noon. Sam Senior, 01516451003 Pumpkin Run, Amberley Working Museum, 10.00 for 10.30am. Brian Kennedy 01243 641226 Hallowe’en Run. Meet at Dudley Groom’s at Larling near East Harling 10 am for 10.30am aprox 90 miles with lunch stop mid way. 01953 498671 or see section website
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25th 26th 27th
Stonehenge Ipswich and Suffolk Gwent Northumbrian Berkshire
Burton and District Cotswold Surrey and Sussex
28th 29th 30th
Goodwood West Kent
Cotswold East Herts Oxford Lakeland Kings Lynn Cornwall
North Staffs Cornwall
Notts and Derby Burton & District East Yorkshire Somerset West Kent
Chiltern South Durham Notts and Derby Herefordshire Brooklands 2nd 3rd
Men of Kent
Northumbrian Men of Kent
Swindon Moonraker East Devon North Cotswold
Winter Run, 11am Fighting Cocks, Godshill. Lionel Butler 01725 510760 Mystery run, 10.00am, Rushmere Des James Run, meet Abergavenny bus station, 10.00am start. John Sharman 01874 730753 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club Night - Bring & Buy Hardware, 7.45pm, Englefield Social Club, Englefield, Nr Theale, RG7 5ER. email@example.com www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Tramps Supper. Marston’s 8:00pm. Pre-book via Brian Slack 01283 544500 Committee Meeting, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Noggin and Natter - The Crown, Turners Hill. Brian Robins 01293.537598 firstname.lastname@example.org Noggin’n’Natter, Sportsman, Amberley, 8.00pm. Maureen Street 01903 742979 Bring & Buy auction at West Kingsdown Village Hall (near Gamecock pub) 8.00 pm. Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Wrinkly Run, The Rookery Cafe, Colney Heath, 10.30 for 11.00am start 10.00am, More Whiskers, Turnpike, leader Neil Kerr Club Night. Natter & Noggin Club Night. Section AGM. Paul Fletcher 01842 878661, 07875694842 email@example.com or see section website or face book page for details Truro Club Night, 8.00 pm Truro Cricket Club Malpas Road, Truro. Roger Fogg 01726 67198 Guy Fawkes Run. Blackberries, Bampton. 11.00am. Chris Wood 01237472855 firstname.lastname@example.org CANCELLED: Nearly Guy Fawkes Day Run, 10.30am, Leek Market Place 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, 8.00pm, 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 the Bush Blackbird & Thrush, E. Peckham. 10.30 start. 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 Autumn Road run 10.30am Belper Mill Junction. G.Bower 07745888938 Run to the Moon, Market Square, Bromyard, 9.30 for 10.0am start. Pete Howells 01886 853293 Winter Wandering - Newlands Corner M/Cycle Park - departs 11.00am. David Ashdown 01932 349996 Winter Wandering to Kent Air Ambulance, 10.30am Kent Gliding Club, TN25 4DR. Brian Andrews tel. 01843 293370 Northumbrian Club Night, RAOB Club, Birtley, 8.00 pm Club night. 8pm Wagon and Horses PH, Charing. TN27 0NR. Frank Mitchell tel. 07837 918087 Club Night Club Night 2000 Honiton Youth Football Club. Club Night, Awards, 8pm The Lygon Arms Chipping Campden. Chris Delaney 01789 262076
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Cotswold West Kent Chiltern
5th 7th 8th
Ipswich and Suffolk East Lancs
Notts and Derby Somerset West Wilts Central Lancs Bournemouth & New Forest Brooklands
Stirling Castle Wessex Veteran & Vintage Northumbrian Worcestershire
Anglian Burton & District East Devon Pennine
Cotswold Northwest Dorset Banbury Chiltern Reivers
North East Snowdonia/Eryri Dartmoor North Staffs Cornwall Isle of Man West Kent Bedfordshire
Club night at the Kings Head at Kings Stanley. Jeremy Retford 01666 577883 Club night, 8pm, Rushmere Annual General Meeting, Victoria Hotel, St Johns Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7EP, 8.00pm Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Wrinkly Run. Start 10.30 am from Village Hall Ide Hill car park. Club Night. The White Hill Centre, Chesham. Talk by Andy Reynolds. See section notes Ride-In to Bluebird Café, Coniston, 11.00 am, Coniston Records Week. John Silcock, 01229 861264 Video/Natter Club Night . Guest speaker. Terry Tremlett. Somerset & Dorset Railway Mid Week Run. Details awaited. Peter Fielding 01225 763567. 8pm AGM, Bowling Green, Charnock Richard. Adrian Such 07534 278388 Remembrance Sunday, 10.15am, Ringwood Square Auto-Jumble - NRA, Queen's Road (off A322), Bisley GU24 0NP. 10.00am. David Ashdown 01932 349996 Club Night, Bring and Buy Auction Club Night Talk, 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 Club Night, Fulbourn Centre, CB21 5BS. Roger Murray, 01763272045 A.G.M. 8:00pm Marston’s Lunch. Meet 1300 Aviator Café Dunkerswell Talk by Dave Prismall on the Accrington Pals. Kingsway Hotel, Kingsway, Rochdale OL16 5HS 8.30pm. Geoff Green 0161 654 8159 Mid-week Run, 10.30am, TBA, email@example.com www.berkshire-vmcc.org.uk Club Night, Churchdown Club, Church Road, Churchdown. Club Meeting Section. 8PM at The Barons Burscough Club Night, Guest Speaker. John Adams 01963 251890 Clubnight, Banbury Cricket Club, 8.00pm. Quiz Night. David Jebbitt 01295 750538 firstname.lastname@example.org Wrinkly Run The Black Cat Lye Green Chesham. See section notes. Club Night. Ashington Rugby Club, NE63 8TP. 19.30. Malcolm Byrne, ‘WW2 - The Western Theatre of Operations’ Dyneley Arms, Otley Road, Pool, West Yorkshire From 12 Noon. Club Night. email@example.com 01286872599 Club Night, 8.00pm Royal Seven Stars, Totnes TQ9 5DD Club Night, 8.15pm, Moorville Hall East Taphouse Club Night pasty & pint, 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 AGM and photo review of year
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EDWARD, 3RD BARON MONTAGU OF BEAULIEU 1926- 2015 Lord Montagu, who established the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, died peacefully on 31st August after a short illness. The Hampshire estate and visitor attractions are to continue to operate as usual. Edward’s father died when he was two, and the 10,000-acre estate was left to his mother until he was 25. He then turned the family home into a popular attraction for people of all classes, expanding the motoring side of the existing museum, establishing the ‘Montagu Motoring Museum’ in 1952 and added the world’s first motorcycle museum four years later. The whole was relaunched in 1972 as the National Motor Museum, displaying more than 250 vehicles from the late 19th century on. Lord Montagu played a significant role in the historic vehicle movement in the UK and internationally. In addition to his contribution to the establishment of the F.I.V.A. – the body representing historic vehicles worldwide – he was instrumental in forming the British Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs, of which he was President, and of the All-party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group. His initiative in setting up the Historic Vehicle Clubs Joint Committee laid the foundations for the MOT test concessions being granted to historic vehicles when the regime was introduced. BUNYAN, Alan Maurice My friend Alan died at the age of 68 as a result of complications following an operation for cancer. He leaves a wife Jenny, two sons, Kester and Jake and a much loved grandson Henry, to whom we extend our sympathies. I first met Alan some 30 years ago. It was on a Kings Lynn section run and I was on a series B Vincent. Suddenly I realised I was not on my own. A quick look down and there was this interesting looking Venom. No problem, open the throttle and blast away. A quick look back revealed the Venom still just off the back mudguard! And so it continued. We played high speed tag through the forest lanes. When we eventually stopped the Venom rider came over and thanked me for waiting for him! That was typical Alan, slightly understating the obvious. We subsequently had many rides together, usually quick. With Alan there was always a story to follow every ride … “Did you see that chap in the blue Escort? What was he doing? “. “That fast left hander nearly caught me out”. Not for Alan the pottering around and looking at the scenery, no, he liked to ride his bikes and drive his classic cars as they were meant to be ridden and
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driven. He liked to “Get it on”. Alan was a past Chairman and Committee member of the section and for many years was actively involved in section activities. We once undertook a run from John O’Groats to Lands End. (And back) This was with our pals John Clark and the late Dave Dixon. Route Planning by Clarky and yours truly consisted of a beer mat with a couple of lines and turn right, turn left, annotations. Alan was appalled at our efforts and decided that he and Jenny could do far better. Next we had meetings; we had maps, routes and schedules. We had the personification of organisation. We subsequently had many laughs and stories to tell. A gentleman and a friend. I shall miss him. Richard Bailey
GILL, Ray It is with deep sadness that I have to report the death of the East Yorkshire Section’s one time President Ray Gill. He died on the eighteenth of July after a long illness. Ray was a long-established member having joined shortly after the Section’s formation in 1959. Throughout his period of membership he was always active in the club’s affairs, and ever willing to help any member with advice. His skill in making tin ware was often called on by many. His passing will leave a void in the Section’s membership and we offer our condolences to all his family. Harry Holdorf
HULL, Mike 1941-2015 Mike was a regular attendee at Stonehenge Section meetings until his medical problems severely limited his mobility. Having started his career with the Southern Electricity Board he joined the Fire Service for 26 years from where, after a heart bypass operation, he retired on medical grounds only to start his roofing and plastics business which he ran successfully until ill health forced him to retire. He had a lifetime interest in motorcycling, particularly road and circuit racing, attending 39 TT's, 25 MGP's, and making 5 visits to Daytona as well as numerous other race meetings. After sampling various road machines, including Triumph's and an R69 BMW, seeing Ago in the TT convinced him that MV's were the machines for him. Eventually he owned 8 examples including a Monza, America, the ex Team Firenze 900cc race 'mule' and a beautiful 1950's 175cc ISDT Machine. His interest in racing extended to the purchase of a 500cc Manx Norton and a 350cc Aermacchi on which he sponsored a rider. Our sympathies go to partner Pat and family. Ian Clarke
TOWNSEND Denis (Jim) 1924 -2015 Jim served in the RASC during the war, going into France on D-day-plus-one with the Ariel despatch rider’s ‘bike which he rode from Normandy to Berlin, amongst other duties. On demob he used his savings and demob money to buy a BSA B32 trials ‘bike which he used to good effect in trials and local grass track events in Kent – including Brands Hatch while it was still a grass circuit. I knew him from riding in trials in the early nineteen-fifties when he was a very competitive rider, described by Ralph Venables as “utterly fearless” in one of his reports. I became closely involved with him when his daughter married my son thirty-five years ago, when we reconnected. This relit his interest in motor cycles, with the result that he rebuilt a G3 army Matchless, a 350cc Levis and a BSA A7, finally, a Gold Star. Also, he became interested in the pre-1965 trials, using my 1938 Ariel to win the girder fork class in the Talmag
on two occasions with no marks lost and the Arbuthnot at the age of seventy, showing that he had retained all his old skills. At the same time we rode together in numerous VMCC events and rallies such as the ‘Balade des Vieux Clous’ in France. Other claims to fame were articles he wrote for our Club magazine, especially his treatise on radial engines which he researched to a high degree of detail which baffles me to this day. On August 18th he got up, had breakfast, got ready to go out, sat on a chair and just faded away th the Section in the sky, succumbing to the Parkinson’s disease which had afflicted him for the past ten years. Ray Blackwell
WOLLAS, Brian It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden passing of Brian, pictured below. Brian worked in the agricultural industry, firstly on a farm and then latter as a plant engineer and operator. It was in 1997 that he became a born again biker. He purchased an ex-police Triumph Trophy which he restored to better than new condition. His skills and standards that he set himself were truly amazing. He joined the East Yorkshire Section of the VMCC and became a respected and popular clubman. His support for the section will be greatly missed. Brian was the Chief Marshall at Scarborough Bike week. He planned the many routes for this event. Firstly over a period of ten years supporting Peter Hird and more recently supporting Glen Bradley and his team. Brian was an HERAM trained rider who liked to ride motor cycles. Two of his bikes had covered over 100,000 miles each. He had a very quiet, reserved nature and was a true gentleman in his dealings with others. His friendship and comradeship will be missed by many. Our deepest condolences go to Margaret his sister and his partner Judy. He will be remembered by all who knew him. Harry Holdorf
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An excellent read
As a member of the VMCC and Chairman of the Manchester and High Peak Section, I would like to congratulate you on the best journal and its content for ages. It arrived on Thursday and I could not put it down – an excellent balanced read. Over the last few months my section, no doubt like many others, have been fed up with inept officials holding positions of trust within what should and could be a fantastic club. Let us, hope that this journal marks a change for the best. The journal, when on form, is the club’s best ambassador, and it bonds the sections together. Forget the email, the journal forms a record of events. It is a living document. It can sit on a shelf and be read in every room in the house –with no trouble! It is also a handy aide-memoire. So, perhaps if you can balance this book and its contents, others might take a leaf out of this journal in senior management positions. Barry Cook
Desperation sets in
I have read the debate in these pages about the 25-year rolling rule with despair. Are we Vintage Motorcyclists or wannabe boy racers? If 25-year old VFR Fireblade Hondas are out on a mixed run with the much older bikes why is that a problem as long as they come within the VMCC rules? One of the reasons I joined the VMCC is the diversity of bikes the members have. One make clubs miss out on this variety and wider interest big time. Members who point out the performance difference of powerful modern-ish bikes with disc brakes that will stop on a sixpence (2.5 pence) are totally missing the point in my opinion. Do they not understand that the throttle works both ways? Do they not understand that brakes can be feathered to give gentle retardation? If they can't control this simple skill then by all means
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join a Superbike Club that will suit their riding style better. All sports bikes are capable of going sedately and very slowly because there is at least five gears to choose from! Have those riders never seen slow riding Police escorts, or outriders with photographers on the back during a cycle race? It’s all about motorcycle control and adjusting your speed relevant to the slowest machine on the run. If the owners consider their Japanese superbikes uncomfortable to ride slowly or stop as sedately as the 40bhp British twin, then they are in the wrong club or need instruction. I hear very little complaint about a 15 bhp 250 sharing a run with a powerful big twin or triple. So is this discontentment something to do with the country of manufacture. Or the age of the rider? Perhaps. The West Kent Section has many road runs organised during the year. Some of these are restricted to Girder fork bikes or those pre-1930 bedsteads. Because the section organises so many social runs, there is scope for separation of classes of machine. This works well! So if more members from other sections got their fingers out and organised a club run themselves then perhaps they could organise one solely for VFR Hondas and other quick bikes, then our Girder Fork bikes might not be welcome to participate. I have only one gripe about the superbly engineered modern motorcycles and that is they are all so ugly! If you take off the plastics then they are about as attractive as a modern car with the front and rear bumpers removed. Whatever happened to flowing lines and symmetry of engine and cycle parts like the British factories used to design? I bet ‘Jack Wickes’ is ‘Turner-ing’ in his grave. The joy of riding motorcycles is extremely rewarding... So just get on with it. If the government does eventually ban all old vehicles from our roads, then I will buy a modern bike or even a dreaded scooter. Such is the pleasure of motorcycling! Dave Blanchard
Roles of Directors and Area Reps
I understand that the Management Committe has now grown to 20 or more members, which is not conducive to any organisation making sensible and positive decisions. It is also expensive for the members attending whose expenses eat into the club’s balance. I appreciate that the area representatives play an important role in communications betwen Head Office and the ordinary members, but it is not their job to be ever-present at the elected Directors’ meetings. The motion to change the current state of affairs was unfortunately defeated at the recent AGM. It is high time that the diectors of this club used their authority to change this lamentable state of affairs. Of course, the Area Reps ned to communicate; the ‘bush telegraph’ and internet are excellent means for sending information. Perhaps they should have six or 12-monthly meetings? It is time to change this top-heavy situation. Old Father Brazendale
and prepared by David Moffatt from Girran. Without his efforts in travelling 400+ miles in their preparation, and Steve Jenkins’ printing of the routes, this event would just not happen. It was a team effort. Like most events, it is too much for one person, so thanks to all the team – David, Steve and Terry. Old Father Brazendale
In the August issue of the magazine there was an interesting chart from John Robinson detailing beaded-edge tyre and rim sizes. I enclose a copy of an article I wrote in 1999, right, that details all the confusion with W.O. (wired-on) tyre rims and tyres. When I first saw this list it was a complete ‘epiphany moment’ for me, and I only wish I had known the strange truth when I first set out restoring motorcycles half a century ago. Where have those years gone? Brian Marshall
It was most gratifying to read a very detailed report on the Galloway Run held in May. Much of the credit for the success of this event lies with the routes and route sheets which were travelled
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I enjoyed reading Tony Crossley’s letter (August) about his service at 5TR Royal Signals, the training regiment for drivers and dispatch riders. I was called up in May 1947 and after basic traiing was posted to 5TR who, at the time, were stationed at an ex-RAF base a few miles north of York. After a few months we moved to Barnard Castle. Before call-up I had worked in a garage in Ealing, and owned a 500cc Sunbeam (£15) so in 5TR I landed a job in the workshop repairing the bikes. I agree with Tony that some well-known riders were there at various times. Among those before 1947 were Hugh Viney and Geoff Duke. This is confirmed in Geoff’s book ‘In Pursuit of Perfection’. While I was there, so too was Arthur Ratcliffe, the Matchless works trials rider, and Alick Nicholson, whose photo appears in BSA Competition History. We had a good rider in our workshop; his name was Marvin Edwards, and he had signed on for a few years and had been a member of the White Helmets display team. We were to meet up again some years later when we were both riding in the Services Trial at Borden, Hants. He was then a staff sargeant and had been mentioned by Ralph Venables in MCN.
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I too would like to go back to 5TR Royal Signals, but at 86 I think I’d have a job to get into Dads’ Army! Les Francis
Friends with Lampkin
At about the same time as Signalman Crossley served, my brother did at Catterick and Ripon. He was friendly with Arthur Lampkin during his time there and competed in scrambles before and after service. I was still at school and L/Cpl Tony Cooke would tell me tales of his army time when he was on leave. One I remember was about training on the M20s. They were prone to catching fire and spitting back through the carburettor. Therefore the trainees were taught to put them out before they were taught to ride! Obviously this was before “Health and Safety”, “Risk Assessments” and “Method Statements” became as popular as they are today. Another tale I remember: When teaching the lorry drivers, Tony would give them two goes at hill starts. If they rolled back on these two attempts he would put their sandwiches behind the wheel for the third one. That gave them more incentive it seemed. Unfortunately, Tony lost his life in 2003 riding to a race meeting at Cadwell Park. Always a motorcyclist. Mick Cooke
International West Kent Run
Another International West Kent Run has come and gone. Glorious weather and superb organisation, but I will let others tell you about the event itself. The experience of entering to ride the IWKR is a joy, the West Kent Section are to be congratulated at the smoothness with which it all fits together. Team work is clearly the essence, the months of preparation are only evident in the fact that there is no confusion on our, the riders’ part. Three hundred and sixty-two entries from all over during a four day period are accommodated with various requirements. Camping, comfortable rooms in the Priory for non-campers, social runs, a reception and dance Friday evening, coffee stop and lunch venues on the main Saturday run, an evening meal, live music and bar on Saturday evening. On Sunday a huge public show with an auto jumble, trade stalls and club stands, visit and talk by John Surtees, a fun gymkhana, concours and awards. Chairman Ron Wright is the point of reference for over a dozen members with allocated task areas for the event. To us it all falls together effortlessly, and if there are any hiccups we the riders are left unaware. The venue at The Friars in Aylesford is a wonderful setting, the Carmelite friars in their brown habits can be seen occasionally in the grounds quietly doing
whatever monks do, no interference and clearly very confident with the West Kent Section organisation. The route itself was expertly planned and marked, especially when you remember Kent is the hot spot for ‘Operation Stack’ all avoided over the 50 or 100 mile runs. I am sure we speak for all who entered when we say a bit THANK YOU to the West Kent Section, (it’s a pity they are not running the country from Westminister!) Dave and Maggi Masters
Model H Triumphs
I was interested in the comments submitted by Peter Cornelius. Unfortunately when people set themselves up as experts then everyone believes them to be gospel, but they do not always get it absolutely right. The new Triumph Model ‘H’ first appeared in “The Motor Cycle” of 17th December 1914. The original gearbox with the lever on the ‘box believe me, is bad, there is nothing positive about it. Triumph’s same size double barrel carburettor was first offered in on 1914 models. These carburettors have a different stub size to the later ones. They were used after Triumph used a B & B carburettor (with no sign of B & B anywhere on them) for the early part of 1914. It was simply stamped ‘Triumph’ on the float chamber top (B & B obliged...) they were also manufactured until 1925. A friend has one. Nobody gets it right all the time. No doubt Peter will maintain that I am wrong, but I am still not buying one of his books! P.S. Many will have found out that some Triumph same-size twin barrelled carburettors won’t fit a 1914 engine because the stub size was different. It is easy to make a new stub; the carburettors are exactly the same. The Mighty Earnshaw (I fear this will run and run. Ed.)
Can anyone shed any light on the existence of the bikes if not the riders in these clippings from the Evening Telegraph in Kettering in 1978? They’re obviously not Northants registrations! Many thanks to a friend of mine for finding the clippings in Kettering Library. Jeff Waller email@example.com
I’m a bit behind with my reading and had to delve into my collection regarding the letter David put in the May Journal ‘Mystery Douglas’; well, I have most of an answer. The Moores were well known in in the Club and lived in the Reading area. Bill (Pop) who’s on the bike, John behind, Past President and young John. Cannot say where, but David could be right by the background. The whole family were characters, Pop was involved in the bike trade in and around the Reading area and what we know today as a ‘wheeler dealer’. The family always had a variety of bikes, some on loan!! The Duggie was one which John painted red to annoy ‘the establishment’. Others were the Anglian, nick named the step ladder because of its height, a 1901 Singer, the ‘01 Dart, BRS Norton and of course the 14 Duggie to name a few I have had time to research. John and I were the instigators of the Berkshire Section. I have several coloured slides taken at the 67 TT showing the both the Duggie and the BRS with all four members of the family. Glen Chambers and the late Jimmy Hiatt also of Reading were part of our party. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of any of the Moore family I would be only too pleased to let them have the slides. Jim Hammant firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bonhams at Beaulieu
One of the original objectives behind the Beaulieu sales was to bring restoration projects to light and to enable the joyful purchaser to spend the rest of the weekend frantically scouring the ‘jumble fields to track down all the bits and pieces needed for the rebuild. It is also an invaluable refuge in the event of rain.... Whilst motor cars predominate, there were some interesting and challenging motor cycle projects to salivate over. There is something special about a ‘barn find’ – there is an air of romanticism generated by that special aroma of very old oil, rust and mud that brings out the worst in us and that overpowering desire to rush in and buy. It is even better if the vehicle concerned can be conserved as opposed to restoration as a vehicle displayed some of the signs of a long and useful life always seems to have more character than a faultless restoration – no matter how accomplished. A small but select collection of motor cycles had been assembles for our delectation, there were some surprises and some bargains as the Demon Barber weaved his magic spells over a packed house. A rather tired AJS 646c 31 CSR of 1968 exceeded its estimate to fall for £2,990 as did the rather raggy Matchless G80 trials combination which was fought over up to £4,485. You got an awful lot of motor cycle for your money in the shape of a 1976 ‘Gold Wing which fetched £2,070 and a Ducati ‘Daytona’ of 1964 looked like a bargain at £3,910. A most unusual 1918 JAP-engined ‘Tyler’ failed to set the marquee on fire and succumbed to a winning bid of £4,370 but there was considerable interest in a 1919 Triumph Model ‘H’ combination which, in spite of its distressed condition went for £5,750.
This delightfully mature 770cc Model ‘E’ BSA was hammered at £10,350.
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It used to be said that Vee-twins always sell and the 1930 BSA (pictured below) bore this out, but a nicely restored 1932 499cc James Vee-twin went down for £4,600 which looked like a bargain – but then, it is not eligible for ‘Banbury’... For the eternal optimist there was a challenging project in the form of the entrails of a 1921 Harley-Davidson Model ‘F’ which was spot on estimate at £9,200 as were the 1937 OKSupreme and the 1939 Triumph ‘3HW’ at £4,600 and £4,025 respectively. Both these machines looked to be ready for the road and capable of providing years and miles of relatively cheap entertainment. The 1970 125cc Benelli ‘sport special’ looked like a snip at £920 as did the 1930 500cc New Hudson (Banbury Eligible...) at £5,290. You would probably need an HGV 1 licence to take away the extraordinary “Austel Pullman” sidecar outfit but someone took pity on it and carted it away for £5,750 It was not a motor cycle, but the 1929 Bentley ‘Sports Saloon’ was absolutely splendid. Unmolested and delightfully mature. How nice it would have been to simply carry out the work necessary to put it back on the road and then to use it - unrestored and original... but I digress. If Beaulieu was not your scene, there is always ‘Stafford’ in October and already a tempting array of machinery has been brought together for your delectation including some 58 outstanding American machines from the collection of the late Tiberio Lonati. (See the centre spread for more details)
Complimentary 2016 VMCC Banbury Run Entrant 1929 Scott 498cc TT Replica
This Scott TT Replica was purchased by the current owner from Pembrokeshire Classics in March 2008, having belonged to the Denton family since 1948. According to the Scott Machine Register, frame number ‘2437’ left the factory with engine number ‘RZ1615’ (described as ‘specially tuned’) and was sold in December 1928 to the dealer Frank Hallam. The engine currently in this motorcycle left the factory in another Replica (frame number ‘2694 M’) that was sold in June 1929 to Reynolds Bros of Barnsley. Gradually the clutch and front brake deteriorated, so in 2010 it was decided to address those issues and at the same time carry out a major overhaul. Having completed the works, the vendor had the confidence to take his Replica to the Isle of Man in August 2011 to watch the Manx Grand Prix and ride the course after the races ended. It easily cruised at over 65 mph (clocked by a friend with a more modern bike) and has also been used for touring. Finding that he often needed to carry extra equipment, the vendor designed some panniers and had them specially made. This might horrify the purist, but the supporting frame and boxes are easily removed. The panniers are included in the sale. The fuel/oil tank had always leaked and eventually it was decided to have a new tank made, painted and fitted. At the same time, new parts for the cylinder-wall oil pump were purchased and assembled; that sub-assembly has not yet been fully commissioned, though this does not affect the ordinary use of the machine. A bill for the aforementioned parts is on file and the ma-
Registration no: VP 4757 Frame no: 2437 Engine no: RZ2402 • Single family ownership • from 1948 to 2008 • Extensively overhauled 2010 • Last used in 2014
chine also comes with an old-style continuation logbook (1975) and old/current V5C documents. In September 2011, the vendor and his Replica participated in the VMCC’s Auld Reekie Section’s Scottish Gathering at Gifford in East Lothian. Following three bouts of surgery, the vendor was not fit enough to ride at all between the summer of 2012 and early 2014, but was determined to recover and ride in at least one more rally. Thus he took ‘VP 4757’ to the Scott Gathering at Abbotsholme in July 2014. A side stand was fitted to make manhandling the bike easier because, as usual, the ride-out was a day-long tour of some of the wilder parts of the Peak District. He enjoyed this ride very much but now feels (at the age of 75) that the time has come for him to give up motorcycling. The Vintage Motor Cycle Club have very kindly offered the Scott and it’s successful purchaser a year's complimentary membership to the club and a complimentary entry to the 2016 Banbury Run although, the lucky purchaser of this machine must ensure they submit their entry on time. For more information, please visit www.banbury-run.co.uk or www.vmcc.net. An excellent introduction to the VMCC and vintage motorcycling. Auctioneer’s estimate £8,000 - 12,000
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Kings Lynn Section Golden Jubilee
It had been decided at the end of last year that we would organise a special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Section and chose the first Sunday in August. Malcolm Rolph and Paul Fletcher organised a route passing all the meeting places the section used over the past 50 years, finishing at The Green Man at Methwold Hythe for a buffet. As interest was shown from club members from further afield who would be trailing their bikes, it was decided to meet at the Green Man for local riders and then ride to Marriott’s Warehouse on the South Quay at Kings Lynn to meet the Lynn area members and start the Commemorative Run from Kings Lynn, where the inaugural meeting was held. To say the turnout was exceptional was an understatement – we had not had such a good turnout of local riders on a run for a long time. Everyone was so laid back and no one was in a hurry to get away as they sat having a coffee or just chatting on the quayside before Pete Escott fired his WD Triumph up to get the run started, closely followed by Geoff Dixon. The route took them from South Quay past Lynn Minster onto the main through road and crossing over a few sets of traffic lights before turning into Norfolk Street where Limbert’s Fish and Chip Shop (below) is still trading. This was where the first meeting was held on 20th August 1965 in a room above the shop. Unfortunately it was not easy to do the route through the town and several riders missed Limbert’s, but managed to pick the route up again and were soon heading out of town following the A47 East before turning left for Fair Green passing ‘The Gate’ PH at Middleton where the section held its first monthly meetings. Once out into the countryside it was easy riding, and we soon passed The Bell at Grimston the second of the section’s meeting places then headed towards Gayton, East Winch and West Acre before arriving in Swaffham for a com-
fort break. Swaffham has featured in many runs and we thought it appropriate to stop there before carrying on via the A47 and then on to Downham Market, passing Fincham and Stradsett before riding through the lanes once more to Stow Bridge and passing the Heron Inn, where the section met for two years after The Bull at Stoke Ferry closed in 1982. We were now riding along the fen roads which certainly test the suspension and arrived at Barroway Drove and turned towards Downham Market once more before arriving at Denver Bell where the section moved after the sudden closure of The Heron in 1984. We then rode to West Dereham passing ‘Keppel Gate’, the home of another long-time section member one Danny Adams before arriving in Stoke Ferry and passed what was ‘The Bull’ but is now a private home before arriving at Methwold to pass The Social Club where we have been meeting for nearly 30 years, and then arriving at the Green Man at Methwold Hythe. On our return we were to find not only two of the founder members but also three machines that were around when the section started. We were so pleased to have Albert Cooper join us along with Brian Woods who called that first meeting and also James Robinson with the Ex Col Archdale Douglas and brother Simon and Anne with The Royal Enfield Outfit that has been a big part of the Robinson family plus of course Brian riding the AJS he has owned and ridden for those 50 years. Albert Cooper and Brian Woods were asked to cut the Anniversary Cake that Anne had baked for the occasion in the shape of a 50. Everything came together well, and we cannot thank everyone enough for making the day so special for the section and those three founding members. Without them having that meeting at Limbert’s Fish and Chip Shop we may not have been having this wonderful day out riding our bikes and celebrating our 50th Anniversary. Paul Fletcher Far left: Founder members Brian Woods, Brian Robinson and Albert Cooper cutting the cake. Left: Limbert’s Fish and Chip shop in Kings Lynn, still open today and where the section first met.
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Sunbeam MCC Graham Walker Run Having managed to escape on another jolly I was at Beaulieu on Sunday 9th August at the Sunbeam MCCâ€™s 59th Graham Walker Memorial Run. Over a hundred riders attended in perfect weather and rode courses within the New Forest. Pictured are: (above) Nigel Fear (31) 1919, 550cc Triumph overtaking Kevin Pearson (20) 1913, 350cc Douglas; (far left) Martin Heckscher, AJS; (left) Dave Pittuck 1896 3.5hp Leon Bollee; (main picture) Part of the paddock. John Mijatovic
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The Whitley Road Safety Run
On 9th August this year the Cheshire Cats Section of the VMCC organised the Whitley Road Safety Run, a gentle amble through the beautiful green landscape of Cheshire. This year the organisation of the event has fallen to myself and my wife Gillian again after a 14 year absence and I thought it might be timely to recount something of the origins of the event back in the 1970’s. The event runs from the Village Hall at Lower Whitley, near Warrington, indeed it has run uninterrupted in the form of a Road Safety Run from this location since its inception in 1973. This long association with the Village Hall is something of which we are very proud, having been able to support the village hall in the early years to be able to raise funds for its upkeep and growth. In the 34 years since I first became involved in the Whitley Run the Village Hall has proven to be an ideal location to provide parking, shelter and catering facilities that have enabled us to make all entrants very welcome and cared for. The origins of the event go back to at least 1973, when alongside a Steam Traction Engine display at the Village hall, Cyril Taylor, my later to be and now late father-in-law, organised a road safety run for veteran and vintage motorcycles. At that time the event was run under the banner of the Manchester & High Peak Section, Cyril being and active member. The event helped to fundraise for the upkeep and improvement of the village hall. We have no surviving records for this first running of the Whitley, something that I would dearly like to rectify if at all possible. If any members have any recollections of entering and riding in either the inaugural or subsequent Whitley’s I would be very pleased to hear their recollections along with any photographs they may have. The run passed onto the Cheshire and North Wales section where Cyril and his wife May ran the event for the next 32 years until Cyril’s sad departure. Since around 2002 Dave Kay in the Cheshire and North Wales section ably managed the event for 10 years. In 2012 the fledgling Cheshire Cats Section took on the task of maintaining the traditions of the run under the guidance of Paul Knight and the committee of the new section. The event has always tried to cater for all categories of motorcycle but with a sensitive approach for the older veteran and vintage machines and this year we had an entry of 34 riders with a respectable number of older machines. We were able to welcome riders from neighbouring sections, with the usual excellent support from Manchester and High Peak and North Staffs. And our recent ‘Meet and Greet’ event organ-
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Above: Clutch trouble at the start for John Drabble on his 1929 Norton. Below: Keith Elson on his 1926 Norton. A regular entrant in the Whitley Run over the years, Keith won the Marjorie Cottle Trophy for the Best Vintage Machine.
ised two weeks previously by Jeff Meehan also helped to bring an encouraging entry from further afield with three entries from the North West Section. It was really encouraging to see Chris Appleton riding his 1909 Triumph, albeit for only part of the route until the bike decided to take a rest! Hope you’ve been able to fix your wheel spindle Chris. After last year’s washout it was very pleasing to have a warm and dry summer’s day, ideal for a 54 mile ride
around the lanes of Cheshire taking in the villages of Lymm, Grappenhall, Great Budworth, Acton Bridge, Norley, Mouldsworth, the town of Frodsham and eventually back to the village hall. The overall winner this year was Derek Howarth (M&HP) who once again was able to draw upon a vast depth of knowledge to answer challenging questions on the Highway Code and motorcycle general knowledge. Results The Cyril Taylor Trophy - Overall Winner: Derek Howarth 1928 Sunbeam Best Veteran: Chris Appleton 1909 Triumph The Marjorie Cottle Trophy – Best Vintage: Keith Elson 1926 Norton Best Post Vintage: Steve Sullivan 1937 Francis Barnett Best Post War: Charles Exley 1949 Vincent/HRD Best Post 1960: Kevin Dranfield 1981 Moto Guzzi The John Clegg Trophy – Best Veteran/Vintage Sunbeam: John Coxon 1928 Sunbeam The Ivor Smart Shield - Best 2-Stroke: Ross Curwell 1979 Yamaha The Frank West-Oram Trophy Best under 300cc: Bob Moon 1946 Gilera The John Rhodes Trophy – Best Section Team: Derek Howarth, Kevin Dranfield, Keith Elson
A huge thanks to all entrants for continuing to support the event and an even bigger thanks to the marshals and helpers without whom none of the events that we organise would be possible. We look forward to welcoming all VMCC members to next year’s Whitley – the weather is booked. Any recollections or old photographs of past Whitley Runs will be accepted at email@example.com. If I can get enough information I hope to put together a detailed history of the event over the coming year. Richard Whitehurst, Secretary of the Meeting
The Anglo-Dutch was a joyful event and although the English did not win many awards (Chris Harvey winning the best English on his newly-acquired 1912 Zenith Gradua) the English Choir made up for it when we accompanied Lex Biermans at the presentation evening. A very big thank you to the VMC, especially Fred Hesselbank and Wim Marsman for all their hard work. I must thank John Cole for the loan of the Sunbeam, which unfortunately I could not return as borrowed as the bike became terminally ill due to the timing gears. Also my thanks to Colin Bentham and Mike Wills for trying to get me back up and running. Attached are two photos the first one shows Tim Penn trying to fathom out the workings of the Sunbeam, and the second photograph shows the Dutch expert, Roel van Maarseveen about to start off on his 1903 Excelsior single-speed machine. The following weekend the VMCC had a display of motorcycles at Brands Hatch for a British Motorcycle Classic Race meeting. A bit of a quiet time with a few local events, including a Girder Fork run. Congratulations to Mick Adams for organising this event.
Ipswich and Suffolk goings-on
Here is a ‘snapshot’ at the recent long weekend event held at Bickers Action in Coddenham. The photo depicts travel, accommodation and cooking arrangements! A very enjoyable event blessed with good weather. Four ride outs over the six days included two route card runs which presented the participants with a few initiative tests! Credit must go to Trevor Dickings and his very small team of enthusiasts who gave us such a good time. Thanks a lot! David and Val Brindley
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Sunday’s display at Brand’s Hatch
Having arrived at Brands Hatch on Friday 7th August for The British Motorcycle Racing Club (otherwise known as "Bemsee") meeting where we were putting on a display of VMCC machines from 4 sections in the South of England. Brian Robins kindly brought along his 25ft marquee which was very useful as the weather was hot and sunny so members could put gear in a safe area. Andy Belenkin's son, Phil, was racing which gave us an excuse for visiting the pit area where there was frantic work going on to get motorcycles ready. The cost was a real eye-opener and you could look on in admiration as these ladies and gentlemen were going
Somerset Signpost Rally Do you like maps, especially Ordnance Survey maps and pouring over them to study the amazing amount of detail they show? If so you need to come to Creech St Michael in Somerset and join our Signpost Rally next August! We’re fortunate to have a lot of the original black and white finger posts (and a few rare red and white ones) around the county and these form the basis of the rally. You are given twelve photos of signposts and you have to use the information on the signpost fingers to determine where the posts are on the map. Then you have to ride around and visit all these signposts and answer a simple question to prove that you’ve been there – Simple! Now, because so many people get these answered correctly I have to set a Road Safety Quiz at the end as a tie breaker. When you return you get a lovely mug of tea and homemade cakes (by my wife) to help you with the quiz! If you’re really competitive the results of this go towards the South West Region Road Championships which Reg Eyre from Cheltenham coordinates so well. Sadly, these finger posts are not being maintained
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to hurl themselves around the GP circuit at speeds in excess of 140mph (rather them than me!) You can never tell how these sort of displays are going to go, but our stand position was just inside the gate to the paddock, which helped, as did the range of motorcycles we had from veterans to classics. This really gave the spectators an idea of the range of motorcycles the VMCC and its members have and use. We would like to thank the West Kent, Men of Kent, East Sussex and Surrey and Sussex Sections for their help in arranging this display and for helping during the day acting as marshalls for the display. Brian Robins and Tim Penn
by Somerset County Council and they are occasionally hit and broken, but the paintwork is suffering and the fingers are becoming rusty, which is another casualty of the economic pressures on local authorities in this country. Perhaps they should be regarded as part of the English Heritage and gets Lottery funding to restore and maintain these national treasures! This year we had some visitors from South Wales who came and joined in the Signpost Rally. Linda Challis (pictured) and John Webb brought their camper van and machines to participate and ended up 3rd and 4th in the rally, which is commendable considering they do not know Somerset at all and local knowledge of towns and villages is definitely an advantage. This is especially so because one of our local members (Pat Carroll) is so familiar with the roads around Taunton that he doesn’t even need a map to find the signposts or plot his route, congratulations to him as he won this year.
Eric Hodkinson Memorial Run
From a report submitted by Paul Fletcher Andy Cook spoke to Pauline shortly after Eric’s funeral and said that he would like to rename the Pre40’s Run in memory of Eric and also give a trophy to which Pauline agreed. Pauline asked me if I was doing Andy’s run, and if so would I like to take Eric’s Enfield outfit and take her in the sidecar, keeping it secret; she wanted it to be a surprise. I checked the Enfield over and we went for a test ride around the lanes to make sure I could ride it safely. We got back in one piece and with neither of us a bundle of nerves. The great day arrived and, having arrived early at Pauline’s, got the Enfield out, filled it with fuel – including a gallon for reserve in the boot as Pauline reminded me that it would run out at around eighty miles, and we set off to ride to Alan Williams at Wickford. As we arrived, Alan was moving some cones at the entrance to his driveway and he could not believe his eyes, Everyone was so pleased to see the old Enfield again and Pauline’s idea of keeping it a secret had succeeded. Brian Andrews had journeyed up from Margate and Arthur Livings arrived from Norwich, but unfortunately not only did the run clash with other events, several Essex members were at ‘Scarborough’. At 9.30 am. Everyone was waiting for us to leave first – a nice gesture – and we set off in the direction of Bicknacre. I was getting more relaxed the further we went, and it was as if the old girl was taking us round. We rode through Boreham before arriving at ‘The Compasses’ at Littley Green for coffee. After the break we passed through Felsted where we felt the first drops of rain and by the time we reached Finchingfield for lunch the rain was getting heavier. On the return journey the rain continued, but was not getting any worse. Passing through Stebbing where
cars were parked on both sides of the road, I had to remember that I was not riding a solo... The roads seemed to be getting bumpier as we rode back and although they did improve after we got to Writtle I could not avoid a nasty bump close to ‘The Viper’ pub. After riding through Stock we passed the water-fowl infested Hanningfield Reservoir before returning to Wickford for coffee and tea on the patio. Andy had asked Pauline to choose the recipient of the trophy, and she decided that it would go to the machine in the most original condition and this was Alan Williams’ BSA. After a group photograph it was time to ride the last few miles to ‘Woodville’ Thank you, Pauline, for asking me if I would like to ride Eric’s Enfield on his memorial run, it was an experience I would not have missed for the world.
The George W Foggitt Topcliffe Run
53 riders and a driver signed up for this year’s Topclife run, starting from the Yorkshire gliding club on Sutton Bank, between Thirsk and Helmsley. A change of route took the run through Farndale and over some poor road surfaces, half a dozen miles from the lunch stop at a very busy Lion Inn at the top of Blakey Ridge. The riders and driver made a very pleasant return to the start via Ampleforth and Byland Abbey, bypassing Helmsley, to the finish in fine weather. There were just two breakdowns, a flat tank Royal Enfield (Not Dennis’s, he was passenger in Jim Wood’s Morgan) The other machine to be recovered was President Terry’s 500T with a broken primary chain. Use a Renold on an ‘Unapproachable’ machine, Terry! Amongst the vintage runners was an immaculate flat tank outfit, a Triumph, two Scotts, a couple of BSA singles, including a sloper and a Model 19 Norton. Neil Wyatt (thanks to Dennis Buckle for the detail)
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Golden Era Run
The North East Section of the VMCC has now completed its seventh successful Golden Era Run, the Brain-child of Noel Whittall. Noel suggested that he was now stepping down after his seven years of being involved, but with the wealth of talent in the North East Section, it will hopefully continue in a similar format. The event based at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington near York. A former second world war airfield, the museum is well worth a visit for a day, as more time is required than was available to the riders. The Golden Era Run is a true classic for pre 31 machines and in my opinion is in the top three of our VMCC events. It could even be called an "International" as we had riders from New Zealand and Belgium. With riders from many counties of England and Scotland. The event consisted of two routes one skirting the base of the Yorkshire Wolds a distance of 39miles. The longer one of 63 miles included some reasonable hills around Great Givendale, Millington and Nunburnholme. Both routes were the same twenty-seven miles until our tea stop at the Wellington Oak pub. Replenished with a cup of Yorkshire tea and the optional bacon sandwich, we continued for a further two miles when the routes separated. The long route went through some of the Wolds prettiest villages with hills which would test some of the earliest and
low powered machines. Noel reported that only two machines required the assistance of the recovery vehicle, this says a lot for the high standard of maintenance VMCC members give to these these early machines. A day of fine weather, not too hot which would suit our machines, I think that we were all back at the museum by the time that the rain came. Back at the museum it was time to retire to the NAAFI for the now famous dinner of roast beef and Yorkshires, followed by piping hot apple pie and custard,(what else would you expect here in Yorkshire.) After the round of thanks, Noel presented all of the entrants with a beautiful engraved glass tankard. Everyone also received a free sample of Yorkshire tea bags compliments of Taylors of Harrogate. Next day my Monday morning cup of tea tasted even better with my free tea bags being used. Yes! I was born in Yorkshire. Dennis Cooney Ellerker, East Yorkshire
More than 50 ride out There were 54 entries for the 2015 annual Golden Era Run for pre-1931 motorcycles and combinations. The furthest travelled came from Belgium and Scotland although Rob Whittall is quoted as coming from New Zealand. Rob was riding a 1926 Triumph Model P. The Belgian rider, Ronald Florens rode the third oldest machine in this event, a Triumph Roadster 3Â˝ hp of 1913 vintage. The oldest entered was a 1912 P&M combination and a New Hudson, also 1912. The combinations in the line up also
The youngest pillion passenger, Jake Earnshaw with Grandfather David Earnshaw and former N E Section President, Dennis Buckle either side. Jake was a sidecar passenger at the 2014 event.
(Photo by Neil Wyatt with thanks to Dennis Buckle and David Livesey for helping me write the report)
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Ipswich and Suffolk Section Camping Weekend
From a report submitted by Paul Fletcher
on pre-1931 machines
included a 1914, 6hp Humber and a 1930 Scott. There were a handful of 1914 machines including Douglas, Norton and Triumph. As always, there were two routes available; including a shorter flatter route for the earlier veteran machines, especially those with single speed and belt drive. During the event, there was a flypast of a WW2 Swordfish biplane, usually under the command of the Royal Navy. A Sunday dinner and a souvenir engraved glass tankard awaited the riders on return, thankfully all riders returned to base before the heavy rain came down. Only the sole Douglas and the non restored Martinsyde needed to be recovered, thanks Maurice and crew for another job well done. Thanks to organisers, breakdown crew and Marshals, without whom this event could not take place. Neil Wyatt
The Ipswich and Suffolk Section was offered a large field in Coddenham by Silvia, the wife of the late Dave Bickers, which had all the amenities for a camping weekend. So, after a lapse of a few years, Trevor Dickens, our chairman, decided to organise a long weekend in August to tie in with the Essex Section camping weekend. Entries came from far and wide as well as from the local sections. The field was open from midday on the Thursday, visitors found plenty of room with pitches generously marked out on the former cricket field. Trevor had directed access to the field via the HGV route as the road through the picturesque village is very narrow. On arrival, visitors found a large ‘fully furnished’ gazebo and everything necessary for tea and coffee-making in the building adjoining the immaculately-maintained toilet block. Two ‘follow-the leader’ and two route card runs had been prepared and Friday’s was to be led by Merv. Trevor briefed everyone on the ‘drop off’ system and off we went around Suffolk with a tea/coffee stop at Buxhall, through Constable County to lunch at the ‘Shipwreck’ pub at Shotley. The return ride to Coddenham took us under the impressive Orwell Bridge en route to the Suffolk Water Park for ice creams and a spot of bird-watching then back to the camp site in plenty of time to prepare for the visit of the fish-and-chip van at 7.00 pm. Saturday was a ‘route card run’ which took us to Andy Tierman’s emporium at Hedingham for a coffee stop and the opportunity to look at his stock-in-trade before moving on to the ‘Doberman’ pub at Farmsden – one of the nicest pubs we have been to – for lunch. In the afternoon we rode through Stowmarket en route to Creeting Barns for afternoon tea and/or ice creams, as it by now very warm. In the evening Trevor and Merv did an excellent BBQ and invited Silvia and some of her friends to join us which rounded off another good day. Sunday was ‘The Suffolk Hills Run’ which took us to the Parham Airfield Museum for coffee in their spacious new building – well worth a visit if you are in the area. We then headed for the lunch stop at ‘The Shepherd and Dog’ at Nacton after crossing the river Deben and riding through Woodbridge. After enjoying the carvery, we rode onward to Mendlesham Heath for an afternoon tea stop. For Monday we had a new leader and he took us on an enjoyable route to the ‘Posh Pig’ cafe at Beccles for lunch via a coffee stop at Sizewell. The afternoon break was at Stonham Barns before riding back to Coddenham. Silvia had opened the barn and invited us to have a look at Dave’s ‘bikes. This was an ideal opportunity to thank her and for Trevor to ask is we could come back again next year to which she said YES. Our thanks to Trevor and his team for all the hard work they put in to make this a really enjoyable weekend.
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BHR Darley Moor race meeting, rounds 9 & 10
The weather was kind to us all weekend, following a very wet Friday evening. The paddock was packed full and once again we welcomed the Earlystocks Club and our long-standing BSSO British Scooter racing lads. I would like to thank all marshals and officials for a great weekend and wish those parties involved in accidents a quick recovery. Cadwell Park is our last fixture of the season on the 26th and 27th September; always a well subscribed meeting with traditionally the highest number of entries in our calendar. We will also be hosting the Earlystocks and the BSSO British Scooter Racing Championships which have titles still to be decided. For the very first time, we are honoured to be hosting a round of the very famous Camathias Cup Sidecar Championships. PR5 and PR6 parades are available, and also taxi rides with our sidecar competitors raising money for the local air ambulance - raising money for a great cause and providing an adrenaline rush at the same time! I hope to see lots of you there to end a terrific season with BHR in 2015. Please visit the website for all our information at Alec Gilfillan www.britishhistoricracingclub.co.uk. Thanks for all the pictures contained in this report by Lee Hollick Photography. You can view more of his pictures at: http://leehollickphotography.zenfolio.com/f1010273017 Event 7: Bob Newby Racing Championship / Event 6: Pre-1963 351cc – 500cc championship Event 7 is pretty close at the top of the table between Dave Matravers and Mike Powell. Dave, with a new engine in ready for the Manx Grand Prix, took a new lap record and the first race win away from Rob Walker, set only last year. Mike had no answer for Dave’s flying G50, but never gave up, with only a couple of seconds separating them throughout the weekend. However, Dave took all four wins and now having a twenty four point lead in the championship from Mike Powell, it is all going to the bitter end, and I myself can’t wait for Cadwell in a few weeks time. John Fawcett also joined in to make it a great battle. Event 6 was also mixed into this race, with Jack Hebb and Nick Bedford fighting for top spot. Jack Hebb has
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a clear lead in this championship and provisionally is the 2015 winner of this event; however nothing can be taken away from Nick Bedford in second place, who has been right there with him throughout the season.
Ben Kingham and John Warwick
Event 9: Pre-1963 over 500cc championship / Event 8: Three Bears Championship / Event 27 Earlystocks Championship Well, ‘Wow’ was the first word which sprung to mind when this grid lined up - Darley’s grid being one of the tightest on the calendar, and these events combined to make one of the largest of the weekend. Great to have the Earlystocks back with BHR and nothing failed to disappoint. Ben Kingham had a heart-stopping start, with a huge wheelie off the line losing him places, giving him a massive amount of work to do, to finish second from an outstanding victory by Alec Gilfillan. Alec had an awesome weekend and was absolutely flying taking all four wins; but not all as easy as the first. John Warwick and Clive Wadley also had a decent weekend of racing: super close and super fast. It was nice to see Mike Kemp back in event 9, also taking all four wins from Mike Ley who is now provisionally the Event 9 2015 winner - many congratulations to a loyal competitor with BHR. Event 8 welcomed classic invite David Bradley who took three wins over the weekend. Chris Heitmen had a mixed weekend, with a number of dnf’s but
deservedly took a great win in the first race of Sunday. Mike Bevan also did not have the best of weekends, with an ‘off’ at Paddock Bend, but luckily not preventing him from further action later in proceedings and he still retains the championship lead from his younger brother, Bobby, followed by Tim Woolley and Chris Heitman.
Philip Boote and Andrew ‘The Preacher’ Haynes
Event 17: Penguin Speed Shops Championship / Event 15: Pre-1959 Sidecar outfits championship There was another great line up on the grid in these combined events - packed like sardines in a tin! Lots of Morgan’s and a welcome addition to the grid were John Potts/Neil Dutton; John competed in the Pre-TT Classic back in May with our very own Claire “Lady Sidecar” Duplock. Also, Philip Boote and Andrew “The Preacher” Haynes on the mega ex-Nick Houghton MRE-Nourish sounding absolutely awesome. Speaking to Philip he will be back at Cadwell, and has been away from racing due to moving house so we will look forward to welcoming back there. The first race of the weekend saw Boote/Haynes have a great start and were chased by Bill Tuer and Sophie Timlin, holding them off by two seconds. The pair came round Paddock Bend as close as it comes and going across the line together for the last lap.
Tony Banister/Colin Banks & Adam Pope/John Christopher
Potts/Dutton were also neck and neck with Greg Bibby and Viki White. Boote/Haynes took the win by a slender margin from Tuer and Timlin, Greg Bibby came in third, from John Potts. Races two and three saw a brace of wins for Bill Tuer and Sophie Timlin, with Boote nursing the machine home due to with a smoking motor, which stopped them coming out for
the last race before they caused damage to the engine which would be have been a hefty hit on their wallets! Potts and Dutton had a great weekend with a pair of second positions and then took the win in the final race of the weekend. Event 15 was nothing short of close too, and the spectators were spoilt with racing action. Julian Bishop and new stand in passenger Simon Clover took all four wins comfortably on their larger capacity engine over the other pre-59 machines. Adam Pope and Tony Banister had a close battle in race one, both sideways into Paddock Bend and treading on each others toes! The championship is tight between three pairings in this event: Joe White/Rebecca Howse; Julian Bishop/Sylvia Hase (regular passenger but away due to injury) and Adam Pope and John Christopher, and will be decided at the final round at Cadwell Park.
Neil Ogden & Rich Hawkins
Event 5: Goodwin Championship / Event 4: Palletforce Championship (Event 50 Bonhams Auctioneers Over 50's Championship. It was fantastic to see the "cool customer" that is Rich Hawkins back with us, all the way from the Isle of Man after recovering from some extensive injuries suffered at the Pre-TT Classic. Rich took two wins, and classic invite Richard Ogden the others. In Event 4, Nick Before had three wins, only spoilt with a DNF in the first due to his chain coming off! The over-50’s joined these two events in the final race of the weekend, with the win going to Mike Kemp, from David “The Rug Doctor” Lissaman, and Gareth Roberts third. Nick Bedford has a clear lead in the Event 4 Championship, going into Cadwell. Dave Matravers leads, but not by much over John Warwick in Event 5, and it's a close encounter in the championship for the over 50’s between three riders: Tim Woolley; Richard Hawkesworth and David Lissaman. Event 12: Lacey Ducati Championship / Event 11: Rex Caunt Racing Championship / Event 30: Shuttleworth Challenge Race- Push Start! No sooner had Rich Hawkins returned from the circuit from his previous race, he was lining up for this one impressive! This event has been competitive all season and Darley was to prove no different. In the first race all riders were eager to go on the green lights - but not
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as eager as Geoff Mills, with a wheelie off the line and the start of a fantastic weekend for him. Andy Hunt and Rich Hawkins were battling hard for first place with Michael Fox chasing them down to the bitter end. Rich taking the first win Saturday and Andy taking the second. Sunday's wins went the way of Rich Hawkins, unfortunately Andy Hunt not making it out due to mechanical problems, which meant Michael Fox took second positions, with Geoff Mills and Ian Henshaw sharing a third place apiece - the latter having endured a very mixed weekend of DNF’s and a fall which thankfully didn’t stop him continuing his pursuit in the others. The Event 11 encounters were also as tight as ever, and the three riders at the top: Mike Powell; Ian Scutt and Robert Duesbury were all fighting for points in their championship before the final rounds. Mike Powell will be pleased with his hat-trick of wins in this event, with Ian Scutt taking the other. Robbie Brown having an awful year so far was working on his bike until dark in torch light to get his engine sorted in the quest to finish a race - and that he did! Big smiles like he’d won a championship, the ups and downs of racing that we all can appreciate! For those of you that have been racing with the club for many years, we used to have push starts which in some cases gave little predictability on the results and sometimes favouring the slower riders; who were specialists at the "1,2,3 bump and away" start! The banking was full of spectators, eager to witness this traditional method of starting and the lads formed up behind Event 3. Unlike the older days, where the machines shut off and the place went silent, Event 3 made their noise as they set off, leaving the Bantam lads some paddling, some running beside their machines as they set off, I do hope we still these starts again in the future and remember the “good old days”. Ian Scutt took the win and the championship in this summer series; Mike Powell suffered a DNF; with Michael Brown taking second position and Robert Duesbury third.
Greg Bibby/Vikki White and Hamish Bibby/Sophie Timlin
Event 26: Morgan Challenge Championship It is always a pleasure to host the Morgan event. Sue Derbyshire, a previous competitor in the 1990’s on a big wheeler Triumph was out driving her Morgan with husband George Derbyshire on the side lines watching. They are missed immensely from BHR and it's always nice to see them come back. Sue took two third positions, while Bill Tuer and Sophie Timlin took both wins and Greg Bibby and Vikki White taking two runners-up placings.
Mike Bevan and John Warwick
Event 14: D & M Engineering Championship / Event 1 Tuers Garage Championship Event 14 was nothing short of impressive. Mike Bevan took four solid wins, but by no means was it easy with John Warwick and Neil Ogden chasing his tail throughout. John Warwick took three second positions, and Neil Ogden the fourth. In Event 1 Simon Clover took a clean sweep of wins, retaining his second place in the championship standings, leaving Tony Perkin with a clear lead and a win in Event 1 for 2015. Simon also took the on-the-day award for winning the first event, “The Norman Francis Trophy”.
Event 19 & 20 BSSO Geared and Automatic Scooters Championship For a full extensive report on the cracking action these lads gave please visit www.scooterracing.org.uk
Ian Scutt and Mike Powell
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Event 13: BEARS Solo F1, F2, F3 Championships / Event 10: Woodland Oil Championship Ben Kingham took a clean sweep of win, giving himself a comfortable lead over Scott Harris in the F1
Championship. Nic Powell also had a good consistent weekend, and leads the F2 Championship, provisionally being the 2015 winner. In the F3 class, Robin Webster retains his championship lead, despite having van trouble which prevented him from getting to Darley, which I know he was disappointed about. In Event 10 there was a mixture of winners over the course of the weekend. Bobby Bevan had a great pair of wins on Saturday from Kevin Thurston, but then crashed at
the same place as his brother Mike did that day, leaving him unable to get out for the final race. Bobby was fine and walked away smiling at his brother watching on the bank at how they both had achieved the same feat! David ‘The Rug Doctor’ Lissaman won both of Sunday’s races.
Event 18: PB Mechanical Services Championship / Event 16: Sidecar Based Three Wheeler Championship / Event23a BSSO Scooter Sidecar Championship The Bears Sidecar class is continuing to grow with
new competitors. The championship remained close going into Darley between three teams: Adam Pope and John Christopher; John Lorriman and Jim Steel; and Phil ‘SlowPhil’ Jones and Claire Duplock. The races this weekend awarded mixed results for all. John Lorriman having mechanical issues on Saturday left him using another competitor’s machine to try and keep the points coming in, securing a third spot, Phil Jones took the first win of the weekend after failing to get out for practice in time due to a flat battery, followed home by Adam Pope and John Christopher. The second race was not a pretty one, with Phil Jones and Claire Duplock flipping their BMW over due to a flat tyre at the hairpin whilst in the lead, followed closely by Adam Pope. The race was stopped, and thankfully both Phil and Claire walked away with minor cuts and bruises. The race was restarted, and Adam Pope took the win, with John Lorriman second and a newcomer this season all the way from the Isle of Man, Alan Warner and Ian Tennant taking third spot. On Sunday, Phil Jones was unable to participate following doctor’s advice, so he lent his outfit, which was perfectly fine, to his friend Paul Bateman an ex-British champion in karting, and Claire Duplock jumped straight back on alongside him. Hopefully we will see Paul as another newcomer next season in this class. Adam Pope took both wins on Sunday which means the provisional championship standings are as follows, Adam Pope with a comfortable 24 point lead going into Cadwell followed by John Lorriman and then Phil Jones 14 points behind him. It’s by no means over in this championship and consistency and reliability of machines will make all the difference in the last round I would like to wish everyone the best of luck! Event 16 gave Adrian Dawson and son Bob Dawson a clean sweep of wins after a miserable blown engine which cut their racing short on the first day at lydden a few weeks back. Great pair to watch and an inspiration to all! Main picture this page: David Crawford/David Baxter & Phil Holt/Geoff Gamble Event 3: Villers Marketing & Promotions Championship / Event 2: Pre-1963 250cc Championship. What a corker of a battle all weekend between Matt Hebb and Geoff Mills! The first race saw Matt take the win, while still wearing an orange jacket and
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definitely showing true potential! The second race, which was held as the first race of Sunday's programme due to time constraints and a red flag, saw
Geoff Mills take his first win in a while and then followed it up by winning the remaining races too, it had certainly given him a charge and his wife Julie was going greyer by the minute watching! It was a superb battle between both riders all weekend and really got the crowd going. Ian Henshaw took a clean sweep of wins in Event 2. Event21: Dijon Home and Flooring Novice Championship Stefan Dilley took the win followed by the championship leader, Andrew Piggott going into the final round at Cadwell.
Geoff Mills and Matt Hebb
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: firstname.lastname@example.org NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE CLUB OFFICE BY 5.30PM, MONDAY 11TH JANUARY 2016 54 |The Vintage Motor Cycle October 2015
60th Sittingbourne Run
Sixty years is a long time for any event to survive, and such a milestone should not be allowed to pass without some kind of special celebration. Thus we of the Men of Kent section were determined to make this years 60th anniversary of the Sittingbourne run an event to remember and you know, reflecting a month later, I think we did. The run traditionally takes place on the first Sunday of June, this year on the 7th, with a weekend of social runs and general merriment to compliment it. In addition every other year the section organises a touring week and 2015 was one such year. The Men of Kent Section took over the run in the late 70’s and it is now based in a small village not far from Sittingbourne called Newnham. The venue is a sports club called Sharsted, a football/cricket ground, with good level camping, a clubhouse with showers, kitchen and communal area for all the revelry. The weather bode well as the event drew near and frenzied last minute arrangements were made. Participants began to arrive from Tuesday 2nd June, and the social runs began on the Wednesday. Thanks to Paddy Jordan and Brian Andrews and Malcolm Cooper for organising their runs. Our man from Narbonne, section member John Silberman, arrived from the South of France on Thursday. John had provided us with 84 bottles of commemorative red wine from a French winery, the owner of which is very motorcycle friendly. The wine, bearing labels designed and printed by our friend Harry Harrison, were to be given out to participants when signing on. Friday evening was fish and chip night, and Ali, who runs the local Ospringe fish and chip shop, worked exhaustively to cook 71 portions in two sittings on his busiest night, cracking fellow did really well, nice fish and chips too. Saturday saw the assembled participants ride out to meet our French friends who organise the long running Balade des Vieux Clous each May. Nineteen of them arrived on the ferry from Calais around 11am and were led to a charming country pub close to Dover, called the Chance Inn, Guston. Old friends were greeted with warmth and we all enjoyed a sandwich, a pint and a chinwag, with a bit of translation of course. In the evening at Sharsted, we all settled down to a superb hog roast, local beer and sing song led by singer, guitarist and all round bon viveur, Mick Minter. What a cracking evening, and thanks to Peter and his young helper for the hog roast, best ever. The big day followed, with Chairman
A happy (some would say simple) procession of VMCC members.
Frank holding court in the morning as participants turned up to sign on, collect their envelopes and commemorative bottle of wine. Serena Powis, Chris Willis and Paddy provided tireless assistance and everyone were just about sorted for the arrival of Sittingbourne’s Mayor, Anita Walker and her companion Silvia Lawrence. The Mayor presented us with a lovely commemorative plaque, and as 10 am approached she waved the first of the riders away into the Kent countryside. A lovely run ensued, with a coffee stop at Kearsney Abbey and lunch at the excellent Airport Café, Sellindge, before returning to Sharsted The Sittingbourne run has become a truly international event, welcoming friends from the Netherlands and France as well as VMCC members from all over the UK. This year was truly exceptional, and certainly did the event’s heritage justice, thanks are due to everyone concerned and long may it continue. Richard Barsby, Secretary Men of Kent Section A Dutchman (Peter Ritzen) playing the bag pipes, goodness gracious.
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18th Sammy Miller Run
The winning bikes. (Below) Just happy to be there.
The 18th Sammy Miller Run on 30th August attracted an entry of almost 100 machines. There was a short route for veterans and a 52mile route for everyone else. The recovery truck had a very quiet day, it would seem! After lunch in the Bashley Manor Tea Rooms the following prizes were handed out by Don Rickman: Sammy Miller Trophy (Best machine) James Devereux - 1931 Ariel SG
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Best Post-war machine Terry Davies – 1950 Vincent Comet Best Veteran Don Rickman – 1903 Ariel Best Vintage Ted Rowland – 1930 Raleigh Best Post-Vintage Simon White – 1936 AJW ‘Fox’ Most technically interesting machine James Bound – 1963 Montesa ‘Impala’ Best Japanese machine Robert Dyer – 1975 Suzuki Ladies Award Jane Anderson – 1923 Ivy ‘3’ And the long distance award went to the three riders from Belgium : Steven van Trimpoint – 1970 Vespa ‘Primerva’ Peter Verbruggen – 1952 L’Avenier and Hewig van Trimpoint on his 1953 Gillet-Hertsal
38th Northumbrian Gathering
The Base Camp for the event was set up on Friday 26th June. The weather started out a bit damp but by mid-afternoon the rain had cleared and people were arriving at the Highburn House Country Holiday Park in Wooler. A good deal of visiting and socialising went on in preparation for the main event the next day The weather on Saturday was good and this allowed everyone to enjoy the excellent route around the Scottish Borders, with a great variety of scenery visited and enjoyed. The route took us to Duns Golf club for both the coffee stop and lunch time. The food provided was excellent and the staff were very friendly – a great venue for weary travelers to refresh themselves. Eventually, everyone reached Wooler after a beautiful run out. It has to be said there were a couple of bikes that needed a bit of help from the rescue wagon but that’s all part of the fun. After a nice meal in the Tankerville, we gathered to buy raffle tickets, win valuable prizes and congratulate the trophy winners. The trophies were presented by VMCC President Tim Penn and he actually received one himself. Yes, the weighty Pilgrim Trophy ended up strapped to the Empire Star for transportation down South. That’ll learn him! The night was punctuated by the rain lashing down which did not bode well for the Sunday Social Run. However, by the time the first participants departed,
the rain had stopped and the roads were almost dry. After a gentle chug round the countryside, we ended up at the Chain Bridge Honey Farm. We were made most welcome and availed ourselves of the coffee shops, inspected the vehicle collection and some of us bought the rather nice bee related products on offer. As we arrived back, the sun came out for a while so this made packing up camp much easier and fond farewells rang out as people headed home. We hope to see everyone again for next year’s event. This will be reverting to the first weekend in July so the date is July 2nd 2016. We have been told that B&B places may be a bit scarce so if you are coming, book early. We’ll get in touch with everyone as soon as details are finalised. So again thanks to everyone for making it another Good Do; Bill and Duncan for the route; Martyn for the witty and informative programme; Jon, Hilary, Craig, Josh, John and Bill for marshalling; Malcolm for providing Thunderbird 2, organising the raffle prizes and polishing the cups; President Tim Penn for presenting the trophies; Dave and Christine for a sterling job selling tickets; Polly at the Duns Golf Club and Duncan at the Tankerville Arms, Rob and Jill at Highburn House Campsite – and of course everyone for turning up.Hope to see you next year!
Pete Bagnall, Event Organiser
Jon Hill and Bob Rodgerson (seated on his Humber) ready for the off! Photograph by Dr Jon Hill.
Full Results:Performance awards. Veteran - Andreas Schrocksnadel Vintage - Bobby Robinson Post Vintage - Jon Spawls Post War - Richard Johnson Post 1960 - John C Lockett 3 Wheeler - Jeff Calver Best Overall - Jon Hill Concours Veteran - Andreas Schrocksnadel Vintage - Colin Goode Post Vintage - Tom Norman Post War - Russell Thornton Classic - John Tait 3 Wheeler - Jeff Calver Best BSA - Dennis Marwood Pilgrim Trophy - Tim Penn Spirit of the Gathering - Paul Feldon On/Off Trophy - Peter Bates Wobble - The Feldons
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A fine selection of classic British bikes at the Navigation Inn on the Manchester and High Peak Buxworth Run. Photo: Geoff Davies
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On the VMCC/MSCR Galloway Weekend on 28th May Huw Parsons, aboard the 1925 Sunbeam Model 9, certainly took heed of ‘Ixion’s’ advice: “Always wear ‘oilies’ in Scotland.”
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ABC Skootamotors in Australia ERIC LONDESBROUGH
Most members will be aware of the ABC Skootamota designed by Granville Bradshaw and made between 1919 and 1923. They were one of the better scooters of the time and were recommended for use by ladies for whom a special seat could be supplied. One use for which they were briefly popular was for District Nurses. This helped them to make their rounds visiting patients in their own homes. As well as the usual sick and elderly, many patients had returned from the war wounded so the visits were very much needed. Australia had a very similar problem with many war casualties and the District Nurses in Adelaide could not
keep up with the demand on foot or horse and buggy. Six Scootamotas were purchased to give them more rapid transport. It was found that despite wearing long skirts they could paddle the machines along and that the engines would start easily when the decompressor lever was dropped. The scooters were used for suburban visits and speeds of up to 25mph could be attained. Special lap covers were provided for colder or wet days and acetylene lighting for night duty. The picture accompanying the article is the only one known show ing the Australian nurses with their Scootamotas. Over a period of time it was realised that the scooters were
So, you’ve bought an historic motorcycle... REG EYRE, Member of the Archives and Library Committee
Hopefully, what you have done is attended your local section where members have advised you as to what sort of machine to buy. You may have asked a knowledgeable person to go with you and check that it is mostly okay; it starts and has very few expensive requirements. The next thing might be to look at similar machines, read some contemporary road test reports and some company history or background. This is why the VMCC has a library at Allen House for you to use. You will find books on various machine makes on your right as you enter the Reading Room. Some of these books are dedicated to a single model such as Gold Stars, BSA Bantams and BSA singles. While you are there, you may want to check that your new machine has the same engine and frame numbers as it had when it left the factory – These are the factory records. The VMCC does not have all manufacturers’ records. At the back of the Reading Room are the stock of Motor Cycle and Motorcycling, which will have photographs and test ride reports from the date when your machine was made. While in the library, you may meet some of the volunteers who work in the library but have great expertise between them, hence you may want some advice on how to change gear using a tank mounted gear lever. Since your main riding may have been on machines from the sixties and seventies, and your new machine has a lever control for the carburettor and you are only used to a twist grip, you could ask how to use
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this type of control. The best advice is to ‘buddy-up’ with an experienced rider at a quiet country lane venue where they would make sure that you can easily start your engine – some machines have an aura of mystical proportions or there are rumours of broken legs if you do not get the secret procedure correct…. However, a guiding friend should be able to advise on setting the controls and the best manner in which to start your machine. You are then able to set out on a simple loop, returning to the meeting point. At worst, you may have to push the machine a half-mile to return to the friend if a mishap occurs. The hope is that you may want to research the company that made your machine, or see what else was available at the same time. As Rasselas wrote in January 1990 in The Classic Motor Cycle, “It is often said that the motorcycle enthusiast is no reader and that instruction books are read only as a last resort.” My point is that several publications in the library may help not only “an emerging group of members forming a Society of Motor Cycle historians,” but new members seeking information about their machines. A suggestion is that you could make a mid-week break of going to the VMCC building, combine it with a tour of Burton breweries and perhaps stay at the Three Queens Hotel in Burton. The above is only a suggestion about how you can make use of your library.
not such a good idea after all, as there were several accidents and Nurse Shalkey was badly injured in a collision with a tram. The scooters were then replaced with Citroen cars. One of these Scootamotas has been found and restored
by a member of The Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle Club of South Australia, one of our affiliated clubs. As found the machine had a badly twisted frame and the owners think it may be the one of the six which argued with the tram. Despite a complete restoration the owner has one remaining problem. He has so far been unable to find any suitable tyres, so if any member of VMCC can offer a solution to the problem it would make one of our affiliated members very happy. Please send any ideas to me and I will be glad to pass them on.
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Monopole matters once more BRUCE GRANT, Barry
In my article regarding Monopole motor cycle history which featured in the April journal. I was pleased to report that I knew of 15 survivors. In the months since I have been contacted anew and the current number of Monopoles as of 28th August now known to exist is 19½! I knew of at least one in Australia but now I am aware of 3½ in total.
Perhaps there are more out there? There is a JAP-engined version – I think that it is a 293 cc Model 5 and there is a 2½ 147cc AZA two-stroke – also a JAP engine. However, since JAP also made a 174 cc version, this might be the actual capacity of these Australian machines. The ‘half –a-machine’ is comprised of frame, forks and engine.In the UK only example of this model is known to me. Currently it is on SORN ‘Y.3604’ was sold to Wells from Bristol and then sold onward to Cornwall. Could the current owner, if he/she should read this, please contact me. These Monopoles could be anywhere, driving a wood saw in Peru, operating a small well pump in some African village.... who knows? In 1899 and along with the Rover Cycle Company, the Monopole Cycle and Carriage Company Ltd. Registered their trade marks in New Zealand. Are there any out there? A letter has been sent to their vintage motor cycle club.
In my previous article I posed a few questions and I am mightily indebted to the Brough Superior Club archivist Nick Jeffery, for extensive and probably intensive research regarding the Monopole motor cycle. I was unable to determine the date of the demise of the company. The government publication ‘The London Gazette’ dated 12th September 1944 under the heading of ‘Companies Act 1929’ lists more than forty companies that have ceased trading. The notice attached explains that “at the expiration of three
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months from the date hereof.... will be struck off the register and the companies will be dissolved” Included in the list is ‘Monopole Cycle and Motor Company’ so, the Monopole company demise would seem to be 12th December 1944. However, appeal from being ‘struck off’ could be allowed.
Did the company have any competition history? I asked. Well. Yes, they did. But then,so did every other manufacturer. Monopoles were used in hill-climbs, sand racing at Saltburn and perhaps other sea-side venues. They also took part in events such as the Scottish Six Days Trial and the Birmingham MCC ‘Victory Trial’ Mr. W.R Bruce rode a 680cc V-twin Monopole in ‘The Scottish’ of 1921 and achieved a bronze medal and then, with a sidecar attached, he achieved a silver medal in the following September’s Scottish two-day Trial. In 1922 J.W Moxon was very active and successful in sporting trials riding a Model 11 346 cc ‘Sports’ - a model like mine which was introduced in 1921. Factory riders? I doubt it. At this time in the early 1920’s Monopole were being required to tighten their belts. However, limited factory support is a different thing and a half-page advertisement for Monopole in the July 6th issue of ‘The Motor Cycle’ in 1922 lists “A few recent successes” This included the Harrogate club hill-climb where all classes were won including fastest time of the day by the same 249 cc Monopole. 249cc ?? in 1922 there was the 269 cc Villiers and the 293 cc JAP- engine machines. Puzzling... possibly a reduced capacity engine?
One other event caught my eye in this advertisement which claims that the Monopole is ‘pre-eminent’ and ‘ahead of all rivals’ and that was the Battersea Polytechnic Open Competition where the first prize was awarded to the rider of a 346 cc’sports’.
Perhaps the odd tyre or chain or maybe a spare parts discount was offered to these riders who allowed their names and successes to be a part of Monopole’s promotions?
No pre-WW1 Precision-engined Monopoles seem to have survived, but some are now confirmed to have been sold. A ‘Free-engine’ (no gearbox) model is privately offered for sale in the July 2nd 1914 edition of “The Motor Cycle”. These models, single-speed and Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub geared models were
made prior to the cessation of production prior to liquidation in late 1913. The 1914 advertisement states “ New, Unpacked, £36 – cost £45” Also in 1914- but this time in the November 12th issue of “The Motor Cycle” a 3.1/2 hp 3-speed model with a Milford sidecar is offered for £30.
I cast doubt on the production of motor cycles for the general public during the First World War. I would have thought that any engineering enterprise would have been directed towards the war effort – but not so, There are ample numbers of 1915, 1916 and 1917 269cc Villiers-engined Monopoles offered for sale in “The Motor Cycle “so we can add another 3 years to the previous 8 years – giving eleven years of Monopole production. A letter to the ‘Help’ feature in the July 12th issue of “The Motor Cycle” for 1917 asks “I have a 269 cc two-stroke Monopole –a 1916 model with free engine and hand controlled clutch. I wish to fix a very light sidecar and I may say that the sidecar is only intended for a girl of eight years. Is the machine capable of this extra work?” Their response was cautious. “The
passenger should not exceed six or seven stone, avoid steep hills” (It was hampered by two speeds only)
Well, that’s about it for now. For myself with my wife as passenger, we have, this year, ridden our 1922 346cc ‘Sports’ in the Somerset Cheddar Trial - retiring with a split petrol tank. We won the Vintage Class (there were only two entries!) in the Moonraker Trial with the Swindon VMCC and we retired with a front wheel puncture on the West Wilts VMCC ‘White Horse Trial’ I thank all those who have informed me about their Monopoles and if you have not there is still time before I produce the register of Monopoles which will be distributed in December to all those who have helped. I finish by reiterating my sincere thanks to Mr. Nick Jeffery for providing so much of the information contained in this article.
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News from Germany
My son Matthew and I have just returned from Bavaria, participating in the Fifth international ‘Kaiserzeitausfahrt’ (Journey from the timeof the Kaiser) based in the village of Haag an der Amper, near Muchen Aug1-2. An excellent event designed primarily for Veteran and early Vintage machines. Over two days we covered about 120km on thealmostdeserted roads of the rolling countryside and gentle valleys of Germany’s hop growing area. Of course, where there are hops, beer can’t be far away and the HQ was in a lovely wooded biergarten. With our pair of belt-drive Triumphs, 1913 and 1918, we felt right at home with many of the other riders. British marques were well represented, but alongside Scott P&M, Royal Enfield and BSA, there were many less familiar names. How about a Rosler & Jauernig, for example? Labor Marcik rode his 1904 model from his home near Prague inthe Czech Republic to the start — a matter of more than 400km, all on a flat-belter! Wanderer and Husquvarna were well represented, as were American Indian, Harley Davidson, Excelsior and a Henderson. The D-Rad and the Bleha were new to me, along with several others. Half a dozen nations were present. Maybe more if we count Paul Morley from Argyllshire as representing Scotland with his 1913 James. Arch James enthusiast Paul remarked that this was the first time he could remember five early Jameses together in one run. A fascinating sideshow was a demonstration of a Hildebrand & Wolfmuller on a closed-off village
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street. I had not seen one under power before. It was a faithful replica of an 1896 original, the first-ever series production motorcycle. With direct drive to the rear axle it was obviously a bit of a handful, but motored well enough and pretty swiftly. The mind boggles at the effect one of those would have had on a street full of horse traffic 120 years ago. German runs are not just about the riding, but about the atmosphere too. There was excellent PA commentary, oomph bands of course, a send-off by a salvo from several blackpowder muskets
and a cannon. The ringmaster was Otto Schwarz, who led a super team of marshals and helpers.
We were the first UK riders to participate and were made extremely welcome. The Run will take place on Aug 6-7 in 2016. Any VMCC enthusiasts who fancy a trip into the centre of Europe will certainly enjoy it. Numbers will be strictly limited to 80, so book early! Noel Whittall
Hildebrand & Wolfmuller in action; close-up of the bikeâ€™s logo; Otto Schwarz, The Chief. Facing page: Donâ€™t often see Tornaxes in British events.
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In brief What are they?
This photo is from a very old Collins’ Adventure Annual of about 1925-30-ish. Anyone recognise the make of the motorcycles in the picture? They are racing around Brooklands in an article by one F.J.Camm. Neil Cairns
Norman Dixon Motor Cycles?
“Nowhere near as elaborate as the recently-featured Electric Speedway, but nevertheless one which has amused me, my children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren, which dates the game at about 1940,” writes Neville Heath.
I think that we have now exhausted all sources of information on this subject - Ed.
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I’m wondering if you or your members could help here. I’m currently looking after my deceased fatherin-law’s estate. He was a member of the VMCC and we have a bike here which is called a ‘Norman Dixon’. He had many other easy-to-identify bikes, but we have gotten nowhere with this particular bike. It was apparently one of two made by the ‘Dixon’ brothers in the UK, but that is literally as much as I know about it. Would anyone know anything about the history of this bike? Any information at all would be appreciated. The bike is currently in Sydney, AUS. Alex McDonald Email: email@example.com
I was perusing the May edition of the VMCC newsletter, and happened to notice that the painting in the article of Lawrence chasing the Bristol fighter had been attributed to David Bingham. This is totally incorrect as the picture was painted by John Pittaway in 1976. I presume that you pulled the information from Titch Allen’s book ‘Legends in their Lifetime’. This picture was commissioned by Motor Cycle News in the ’70s and used as a centre page pull-out, which a lot of people still have copies of. Just putting the record straight! A.J.M. Eaton The motto of the VMCC printed on top of page 1 states "... with over 17,000 members..." whereas on page 2 the current membership is given as 15,789. The description of the photo inside front cover pertains to two Motorcycles (racers) whereas the photo shows in fact a motorcycle engine having cast the letters JAP on the outside of the crankcase. Corrections might be in order. A. Guentert
I recently came across this advert in ‘Motor Cycle Mechanics’ magazine. I think it is from the 60s – looking at the prices in old money. Can you answer the question ‘Who was Terry Hart?’” and what happened to the all-chrome and polished aluminium Vincent? Mike Barry, Carlisle
Scott air-cooled engine?
I got hold of an air-cooled Scott air plane engine some time ago. I wonder if anybody can tell me more about it? I’d be interested to know: • Where it was shipped • When it was shipped • Who received it • How many were manufactured • Was it used for other purposes than • the Flying Flea aircraft. The engine number is A2S 5050, and it is from 1935. The engine is supposed to be complete except for a piston. I would be grateful for any available information. Jari Koivisto, Finland firstname.lastname@example.org
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In brief Help!
I purchased a 1921 BSA Model H2 in a restored condition, but it is fitted with incorrect mudguards that need to be replaced. I have tried to find this model in the major motorcycle museums and hope that a member out there can help me. I wish to make a new pair of mudguards but would like to see a restored machine up close to obtain dimensions and photographs. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Brian Boden 01494 786925 (Bucks) e-mail email@example.com
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FOR SALE & EXCHANGE & WANTED
One ‘For Sale’ and one ‘Exchange or Wanted’ advert free of charge per issue per member. Up to 40 words,including all contact details. Adverts of over 40 words will be charged at the ‘MISCELLANEOUS’ rate of £10.Motor cycles and 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 Dates please see ‘Allen House News’ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Please pick a KEY word for the first word of your advert ie: AJS, MZ, handlebars, panniers. Also prefixed by – For Sale (Machines, spares/equipment, clothing/publications), exchange, wanted, trade, holidays – NOT a year or model. This helps us to sort in alphabetical order and put in correct classification.Please quote your membership number and, if HAND WRITTEN, write all adverts clearly. PLEASE NOTE: ANY ILLEGIBLE ADVERTISEMENT, OR ANY CONTAINING TOO MANY WORDS, WITHOUT THE ACCOMPANYING FEE, WILL NOT BE PRINTED.
FOR SALE Machines
AJS 650, 1961, very good condition but difficult to start, would exchange for old two stroke any make with cash either way prefer hand change but any considered or sell for £2,800. James Gardner mob 07913 336854 (Suffolk) AJS 1927, 350cc in excellent restored condition, stainless exhaust, leather toolboxes, magneto sorted and complete with bronze two jet Binks carburettor £8,000. Moto Parilla 1957, 125cc, very good condition, brand new German ‘Power Dynamo’ 12v electrics and new engine seals fitted £3,750. Moto Guzzi 500cc, 1972 Nuovo Falcone, lovely condition, newly restored, stainless rims/spokes, original double silencer supplied with it, lovely machine to ride £5,500. Bob Dixon 01869 245462 email email@example.com (Oxon) ARIEL square four, 1949 with early Steib sidecar, in good condition and on the road, sale due to age. Meirion Williams 01248 430276 (Anglesey) BMW R80ST, 1984, red, 62,133 miles, very reliable, good runner, but cosmetically challenged,
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engine bars, heated grips, good tyres, mot due Oct 23rd 2015 (will renew before sale) £900. Andy Holland 01772 455512 mob 07581 621500 (Lancs) BMW R100RS, 1980, beige and black with BMW panniers, braided brake hoses, new silencers just fitted, mot at 66,400 miles to May 2016, rides well, age related paintwork, interesting registration plate £2,800. John Russell mob 07827 326922 (Herefordshire) BMW R65, 1982, in very nice condition, silver, 41,000 miles, panniers, screen, Surefoot side stand, recent full service £2,350. Tel/text with your landline, I’ll call you. Nick Dulk mob 07904 505496 (Lancs) BMW R80/7, 1979, 63k miles, new Nicasil barrels and lightweight pistons 5k ago, stainless throughout, twin plugged, dual ignition, points and electronics, new rear tyre, twin discs, unleaded seats and new valves, panniers, screen, voltmeter and clock £2,850. Tony Harris 01455 457382 (Hinckley) BMW R100s, 1978, lots of stainless, new tyres, battery £3,200. David Wolfe 01732 450920 (Kent) BROCKHOUSE Corgis MI’s good running condition, V5 £1,500 – £1,400. DMW special cub engine, Enfield running gear, runs, V5 £800. Richard Martin 01727 859796 (Hertfordshire)
BSA A7 Shooting Star, 1957, 500 cc twin, good original condition, the best one with Ariel hubs, in regular use £4,500. Douglas Dragonfly 1957, 350cc flat twin, excellent condition, many new parts £3,700. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) BSA A7SS 1958, 500cc twin, green/black, show condition, v5c, original numbers £4,950. P. Lane 01672 513827 (Wilts) BSA A7 1961, ***425 (valued £997), easy starter, good reliable runner, sounds lovely, good honest original condition, minor spoke damage, hooter needs fixing, illness forces sale, garaged, BR4 9** £4,997. Mike Gibson mob 07514 091434 (Kent) BSA D3 Bantam, plunger model, restored engine and cycle with V5, in grey with single saddle £1,500. K. Baker 0161 287 5845 (Lancs) BSA Bantam D7, 1965, nice condition, red, fully overhauled 12 volt system with electronic ignition and indicators, good tyres, new carburettor, mot 05/08/2016, ready to ride free licence £1,300. David Hoskin 01689 891345 mob 07799 813523 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent) BSA Bantam D10, 175cc, 1967, matching engine/frame no’s, rebuilt throughout, pristine blue paint/chrome, mot, tax to July, very light and easy to ride, price reflects money spent £2,200. Rod Woolgar mob 07981 578124 (W. Sussex) BSA Bantam D10 1966, one previous owner fully restored, new mot, over £1,800 spent on new parts, complete engine and gearbox overhaul including competition crankshaft, piston, clutch, Hagon wheels, shocks SS forks £1,600. Graham Smith 01255 507496 (Harwich) BSA for sale, C15T, alloy tank, MP forks, Boyer ignition, BSA dating certificate, unused for 2 years, genuine reason for sale £1,850. Jim Goodwin 01344 883036 (Berks) DUCATI Darmah 900ss 1980 rare genuine machine in good condition, conti silencers, new Goodridge brake lines, wheel cylinders, some stainless fasteners, featured in and on front cover of motorcycle classics £7,500 (may consider part ex with Triumph TR6). Rob Arden mob 07840 346302 (Cheshire) HARLEY Davidson/Aermacchi 350 SS, 1973, 36,400 kms, electric and kick start, original condition, ride or restore, current mot, recent new parts, good starter £3,950. Richard Howland mob 07979 607419 email email@example.com (Northumberland) JAMES 197cc Captain, 1955, less than genuine 4,000 miles of which I have ridden 1,500 enjoyable trouble free miles, 100% correct and original, including reg number, no faults £1,375. I. Young 01453 810929 (Glos) KAWASAKI Z400D 1976, good original condition,
chrome paint, mechanically sound, 36,500 miles, reluctant sale, VMCC eligible, strong bike, runs and rides very well solo or two up, consider exchange for smaller bike with electric start, taxed, mot, ride home £1,650. Alan Johnson 01704 226219 (Lancs) MATCHLESS G3LCT 350cc competition genuine trials, road registered, rare model, only built 195658, AJSMOC verified, restored over 16 years, file of bills. Malcolm Saggers crankpin conversion, used for Moidart Run this year, moving house photos available £5,500. Ian Cordes mob 07970 253770 (Cornwall) MATCHLESS G3L 1953 tele/rigid, in good original condition, factory paint and coach lining still looking good, recent new carburettor and tyres, reconditioned mag and speedo, good solid unmodified bike, photos available £3,500. Rich Kinsey 01225 762124 (Wilts) NEW Hudson 1920, 211cc, two stroke, two speed first class condition, original number transferable £4,750. J Rush 01491 680712 (Oxon) NEW Imperial, 1926 model 2, been restored, good runner, V5, need setting up for road use £5,500, also AJS R6, New Imperial model 10, needs slight attention. D Warren mob 07850 873717 (Northants) NORTON 650SS, 1963, 12v electrics, indicators, Craven panniers, starts and runs brilliantly, owned and loved since 1991, beautiful in black £6,000, no timewasters please. Dave Jacobs 01790 763551 (Lincs) PUCH Maxi V5C, K reg, rough but not rotten, ran recently, another less front end, loads of new spares, exhaust, fork sliders, yokes, wheels, engine parts, brakes relined, can send pics £60. Nigel Clark 01673 828556 (Lincs) ROYAL Enfield Bullet 1957, 350, good runner £2,100, 1959 Velocette LE, good runner £1,250, 1960 Velocette LE, good body, mechanical restoration required £650. Alex James 02380 644729 (after 5) (Hants) ROYAL Enfield (Indian) Bullet EFI (G5) classic, this is the 500cc electric start engine, windscreen and top box, the suspension has been softened and foot rests moved back 4 inch, 3.5k miles, taxed and mot £2,900. Trevor Taylor 01422 825603 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Halifax) ROYAL Enfield Mod K, 1930, 976cc, V twin s/v very good condition, good starter, original transferable number DJ****, done many Banbury's, too heavy for owner will take suitable lighter single in part exchange £15,000. Dave 02920 751644 mob 07814 104934 (S/Wales) RUDGE Ulster 1937, genuine, matching numbers, total nut and bolt rebuild by England’s top Rudge restorer, total engine, gearbox and clutch rebuild, stun-
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ning, must be seen if you are looking for one of the best Ulsters! £20,000. Barrie Harnden 01246 566187 (Chesterfield) SUNBEAM project 1950 S8 paintwork done, engine fitted with shells 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 Nicholls 0191 2632368 mob 07724 939086 (Whitley Bay) SUNBEAM 1927, 490cc longstroke, new paintwork plus numerous new parts fitted £8,500. Keith Willsher 01582 873839 (Beds) TOMAS Italian 50cc child field bike needs finishing approx 1980, kept inside, not seized, non-runner, bargain £60. John Morris 01455 209265 evenings (Leicestershire) TRIUMPH Bonneville 750 Silver Jubilee, 18,000 miles, excellent condition new mot on purchase, acquired to enjoy in retirement, for sale due to knee/hip issues, can't kick it! £5,500. Jeff Hewitt mob 07831 556451 email email@example.com (Cornwall) TRIUMPH project 1950, 5T engine complete with twin carb, magneto, generator, gearbox, clutch, chaincase, oil tank and sprung wheel £1,800. 1950s Avonaire type full frontal fairing with two moulded steel basic attachments with windscreen £100. P Pottinger 01189 882226 (Berks) TRIUMPH Rob North racer, 930cc, Carillos, belt drive, Quaife, Magnesium Cerianis, some titanium, this is a fully prepared ready to go racer £16,000. Rod 0121 7072655 or Garry Hirons mob 07825 958771 (Solihull) TRIUMPH Tiger T100SS, 1963 £3,300. Suzuki T500 1970 £1,850. Yamaha DT175 1G1, 1977 £800. Kawasaki Z750 twin 1979 £1,200. Yamaha XJR 1200 £1,750. Neil Green mob 07790 273204 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Notts) TRIUMPH T120, 1966, Grenadier red/Alaskan white, older restoration on 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 T120, 1959, Thruxton, 10 built by the factory for the Thruxton 500-mile race June 1959, this bike finished 4th, only seven entered the race £30,000. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Whitstable) TRIUMPH T400 Tiger, 1994, Caspian blue, only 49k miles, mot until December 2015 £1,500. Rob Buyers mob 07837 442330 (Tyne & Wear) VELO MK 2 KSS, engine No8529 for sale, complete but needs careful rebuilding £1,500. Douglas 4HP motor cycle 1920, concours but requires final carb adjustments £14,000. David Barker 01535 606306 email email@example.com (W. Yorks)
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VELOCETTE GTP, 1936, fully restored, everything works including the charging system, which has a toothed belt drive to the dynamo, regularly used on VMCC events £4,250. Photographs and more information Jonathan Hill 01670 590688 email firstname.lastname@example.org (SE Northumberland)
AMAL Concentric carburettors (original), used condition, two 928 carburettors and one 930 carburettor, £50 for the three. Tony Dolan mob 07543 668249 (S. Lincs) AMAL type 302 float chambers, as new (zero angle) £350, chopped monoblock 376/217, 24mm bore (15/16”), brand new special T20s scrambler £120. Tool boards, metal peg board type, new £35, Oldani 230m 2l/s front brake, as new £1,350. Mick Hemmings 01604 638505 (Northampton) ARIEL engine 350 ohv 1955, rebuilt no valves/oil pump £395, magneto £85, engine plates £35, head £45, twin port £150, alloy 500 £195, Matchless rear mudguard £55, headlight shell £35, switch holder £12. Bill Nicholls 0191 263 2368 mob 07724 939086 (N Tyneside) BIKE trailer for sale, 6’ x 4’, leaf springs, rides well, will take three trials bikes or one road bike. Needs a lick of paint but is cheap at £70. Colin Steer 017687 74536 email email@example.com (Cumbria) BMW R45/65 engine bars, black, need coating £20. Wheels /7 spoked, 2 rear, 1 front £30 each. 1 front rim £25, pair rocker covers /7 series, scuffed at bottom £25 each, R90/100S screens £25 each. Geoff Davies 01782 550005 email firstname.lastname@example.org (North Staffs) 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) BOSCH ZA1 magneto about 1920 clockwise, very good condition and spark, German made quality, sell for £200 or swap for Lucas KSA1 or similar anticlockwise in same condition as this. Brian Jones 01758 613306 (Gwynedd) 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 email@example.com (S. Yorks) BSA B40 WD new battery cover £28 inc p&p. Dave Green mob 07714 190997 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Lincs)
CARBURETTOR plus float bowl 274-012 11/16” bore, less holding bolt and needle jet £60. Advance/retard lever as bolted direct to handlebar £7. Monoblock float bowl extension £7. Royal Enfield early Meteor crankcase, crankshaft, camshafts, cylinders & cam rods £200. Les Carter 01935 429814 (Somerset) CLEARING out years of collecting, Excelsior Manxman 1936 Crankcase £350, oil pump and timing cover £250. Norton Dolls Head racing gearbox, Hume engineering magnesium case suit Cooper single seater £2,000. Webb Manx Girder forks £5,000. Paul Ingham 015242 76261 email email@example.com (Lancs) EX WD WWII quality large BSF tap and die set no2 with broad arrow markings, 9/16” to 1” tap wrench and die holder, 25 items in steel box with wood insert, 31” x 14” some still in original wax grease, excellent condition £50. John Cashmore 01548 842679 (Devon) LISTER hr/hl new standard cylinder barrel part no 351-50204, c/w new fuel injector for same engine £100, Hoyt Metal Company white metal ingots, 1 1/2 lbs each, grade 11r, 5 available £20 each. Kevin Hellier 01278 732010 (Somerset) NICE pair of exhaust pipes for CD Benly, good chrome, bargain £30. Vernon Dunsden 01235 532236 (Oxon) NORTON Dolls head gear box, rebuilt, some pinions replaced, new bearings/seals £600. Amal brass bodied carb 229F/IDV 1 1/8 bore clip fitting, Vincent Comet 1949-1954 £100. Amal carb 89B/1AK bore 1 3/32 flange 2” fitting Matchless AJS £85 gear box collect. Les Belcher 01865 244744 (Oxon) NORTON ES2 petrol tank for '54' model £55. Clarke parts cleaner, bench model £15. Steve Belton 01268 772814 (Essex) NORTON 2 Magneto cables for manual advance, new from Norvil, £10 each plus p&p, 2 Japanese 80cc engines £20, £30 each. Andrew Denman mob 07786 651903 (Bucks) SAXON paddock starter 5.5 HP 4-stroke petrol engine, recoil hand start, good condition £395. C. Beaumont mob 01777 818412 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Notts) SUZUKI GSX250E 1979/83 spares, some good, used plus nos, cables, optical pickups, inlet and exhaust valves, cam chain guides (all nos), manuals, air filter, indicators, job lot £30. Andrew Fitzpatrick mob 07813 845894 (Worcs) TAPS, including CEI, BSP, 2 x 9/16”, 2 x ½ ”, 2 x 7/16” all 20 TPI, 2 x ½” 24TPI, 1 x ½ “, 2 x 7/16 19 TPI, 3 x ½ “, one 3/8 26 TPI, one ¼ “ 25 TPI £45, small tap wrenches £2.50. Philip Pegg 01362 694688 (Norfolk)
TRAILER for single motorbike £100. Keith Butler 01530 412369 (Leics) TRIUMPH T100 tank, blue/cream, like new £350, also same but dented £60, buyer collects. T O’Connor mob 07745 163107 (Lancs) TRIUMPH T140v Brown seat, no rips or tears £75, can email pictures. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email email@example.com (Kent) TYRE Avon SM rear, 400/18 new bought in error £55. Derek Hillier 01202 679387 (Dorset) WATSONIAN, sidecar chassis, sprung small wheel, steel snail-shaped mudguard, early 1950 and attachment stays £180. Amal float chamber for horizontal carburettor, complete float, needle and top £30 plus postage. Peter Hallowes 01258 472500 (Dorset)
An old village garage workshop (approx 1200sq. ft with vehicle lift, 1930's petrol pumps) attached stone cottage, detached s/c single storey annexe, further double garage, secure accessable yard, gardens & stream, Somerset/Devon border, M5, A38 & A303, £470,000 no chain, no automobilia, no sightseers will be entertained. Ruth Davis mob 07833 350089 (Somerset) KD work bench for sale, heavy duty KD bench, 3 working heights (18” 24” 30”), rear wheel removable section, used but in excellent condition, buyer collects £125. Dieter Wearing 01778 348951 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Cambs/Sth. Lincs)
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 0191 2632368 mob 07724 939086 (Whitley Bay) ESZ, 1956 frame bike with good 350cc engine and many new Norton parts fitted, plus cash for 1959/60 ESZ Wideline bike regardless of condition. Nev Ponton 01604 781590 mob 07745 461458 (Northants)
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YAMAHA Diversion 600N metallic blue, only 20k, very nice original condition, new Hagon shock, exchange for smaller, lighter bike 200cc or more, classic or modern. Peter Walker mob 07790 778062 (Leics)
BANTAM D7 original condition wanted by long established member for club runs. Edward Moorey 0750 6070057 anytime (Hants) AJS gear-box for transverse V twin, model S3, with Spicer-Hardy shaft and chain to rear wheel, complete or damaged gear-box or parts. Pre-war AJS parts for exchange, for instance a 38/26 engine. Jari Koivisto 003584 05894966 email email@example.com (Finland) AJS kick starter quadrant gear for 1929 model M6 350cc. Ted Draper 01728 668536 (Suffolk) AJS K12 or M12 250 side valve engine or even a barrel and head, will buy or have some swaps, Mike MacLeod 01307 830318 leave a message (Angus) AJS 1927 H6 close ratio gears wanted, ideal (but unlikely) to purchase set, would organise production small batch if drawings available or loan of parts for pattern. Brian Gray 01684 292529 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Tewkesbury) 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) 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 email@example.com (Tamworth) BANTAM 1955 D1 parts, front and rear mudguards and stays, toolbox, chain guard, carrier rack, rear number plate and lamp holder. Alan Cox mob 07811 047062 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Peterborough) BENELLI 1934 250cc OHC road engine, Raleigh racing 1931 frame and petrol tank, early 30s flat slide racing carburettor, Bowden prayer box twin float racing carburettor, good cash price paid or have swaps. Paul Ingham 015242 76261 email email@example.com (Lancs) BMW R69S/R69 Earls front forks preferred. Steve Howlett 01493 750274 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Norfolk) BRITISH Hub Co front brake hub complete with brake plate, spindle and shoes, full width type 5” or 6” diameter with deep groove ball bearings fitted, similar fitted to Francis Barnett/James (late 1950s), anything fixable considered. Steve Hodgson 01325 352347 (Darlington) BROCKHOUSE Corgi or Welbike wanted for
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restoration, use and later donation to a museum, condition not critical, would prefer complete machine, box of parts would be of interest and the book "From Welbike to Corgi" by Peter Miller. Gregory Scott 01462 621537 (Herts) BSA Bantam for restoration, any condition (with or without engine) considered. Kester Marsh mob 07977 698020 email email@example.com (N. East) BSA Beagle petrol tank, 1964 wanted to finish restoration. Peter Lee 01299 212276 after 6 pm (Cornwall) BSA wing wheel cable run frame tube and clips. Peter Gough 01634 372420 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent) BSA M24 Gold Star engine, 1938/9, wanted to finish a project, would like a complete engine if poss. A Curtis 01886 884668 mob 07815 884668 email email@example.com (Worcs) BSA 1925/1926 front and rear wheels. Flat based beaded edge, with rim brakes to fit 350cc, must be complete ish. Pete Slow 01502 569 560 (Suffolk) CAST iron piston, 81mm/82mm bore. Eddie Keightley 01234 870343 (Beds) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com (Herts) END plate (points side) for an EIC 1920s magneto, overall size is 3” wide x 4 ½” high with semi circular top, ‘EIC’ cast in top, casting made from aluminium, mine is cracked. Old Father Brazendale 01228 549445 (Carlisle) FRANCIS Barnett AMC Falcon 87, 1960. Does anyone know any early history of my motorcycle reg number before 1988 was PSU 616, I can be contacted by email. Lee Gibson email classicmotorcycle1246gmail.com (S. Yorks) FRONT wheel and side panels for Honda CB125S 1975 UK model. Andrew Fitzpatrick mob 07813 845894 (Worcs) 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) LEVIS Popular 1930s, a two or three speed two stud gearbox with kick-start wanted. Ken Baker 0161 2875845 (Manchester) Cont’d on page 76
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LUCAS 8" headlight, must be original and Burman folding kick start to fit a 17.5 mm (approx) shaft. Gary Strover 01233 811557 mob 07970 221341 (Kent) McEVOY motorcycle wanted can already be restored or dismantled for restoration, will happily pay market price for right machine. Peter Lancaster 01273 494266 email firstname.lastname@example.org (W. Sussex) MILLER lighting switch, the one with key, also 6" solid handlebar lever. A. Turland (01582) 595506 (Beds) ML (round type) anti-clock magneto plus Mk 111 Best & Lloyd oil pump, for 1928 JAP 490cc twin port engine. Don Barker 01869 253661 (Oxfordshire) MODEL H Triumph badge for primary chain guard or a complete primary chain guard (obviously with badge attached). David Earnshaw 01709 873381 (S.Yorks) MOTORCYCLIST illustrated magazines from the 1970s, good price paid. Peter Simms 0208 8946624 (Twickenham) MV AGUSTA 250B engine or contact for parts.
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Gilera silencers for 1950â€™s B300, same as 175 etc but handed. Triumph 850 bathtub side stand wanted. Mike Barry 01228 675117 (Cumbria) MZ ETZ 250 or 251 wanted, good condition and low mileage if possible, cash waiting for good bike. C. Harvey 01644 440222 after 5.00pm (S. Scotland) NEW Imperial 1912-1919 wanted by enthusiast, the earlier the better, any genuine machine or boxes of bits considered. Andy Dean 0118 9772178 email email@example.com (Berks) NORTON ES2 alloy head, centre and prop stands, battery holder, dynamo, M19 barrel, oil tank, toolbox, rear chainguard, BTH manual end plate, CS1 oil tap swop rear hub suit BSA V-twin. Ken Turner 0283 324993 (Ballyclare) NORTON International Model 30 (Rigid or Plunger frame) petrol and oil tanks wanted any condition, also stand, battery carrier and mudguard stays. Mark Francis 01603 713607 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Norfolk) NORTON International 1953/1954 original petrol and oil tanks wanted, no dominator conversions thanks. Alain Jerrard email email@example.com (New Zealand) NORTON pre war hand change linkage parts required or detailed measurements or pictures any help appreciated. Rod Towriss mob 07745 728284
email firstname.lastname@example.org (Lincs) NORTON Slimline engine plate rear cover and Lucas badge on headlight. David Wolfe 01732 450920 (Kent) NORTON 99 Campbell silencer wanted in good condition. Robin England mob 07717 241156 (Bristol) PRE-WAR IOM TT/MGP programmes wanted by Manx collector. Why not search the loft and send your old programmes home to the Isle of Man? Adrian Earnshaw 01624 628973 mob 07624 462442 (IOM) PRE-WAR Triumph Speed Twin wanted by member, any condition. Geoff Keeling 01708 688268 mob 07809 688268 (Essex) RIGID Velocette frame for K-Series or MSS/MAC, also need gearbox and clutch to suit if possible. Ed Byrne 00353 873549682 email email@example.com (Ireland) ROAD holder forks or Ceriani GP35 forks and an interesting engine/box for wideline Manx frame, want to build a special. Barry Jones mob 07771 705401 email firstname.lastname@example.org (S. Derbys) ROYAL Enfield 1924, 2012 speed 1 front brake block, rear chain guard top chain guard for 2 speed gears, exhaust, front mudguard, Peter Barrack 01473 719742 e mail email@example.com (Suffolk) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Co. Antrim) SUNBEAM S7 S8 original toolbox wanted. Peter Walker mob 07790 778062 (Leics) SUN Geni Scooter 98cc, 1959/60, good, usable front mudguard. Richard Cusworth 01282 850405 (leave message if no reply) email email@example.com (Lancs) SUZUKI T200 fork stanchions must be good condition. Rob England mob 07717 241156 (Bristol) TRIUMPH BSA late shuttle type forks 65-72 complete or parts. Dave Green mob 07714 190997 email firstname.lastname@example.org (Lincs) TRIUMPH T110 1956 advanced and retard “automatic”, speedo head “Triumph”, pair oil dampers, inside fork legs, pair footrests, dynamo. Terry Nicholls 01792 873536 (Swansea) TRIUMPH T120 Bonneville to restore, UK model, complete bike with or without old log book/V5 or frame, engine or any parts you may have for the 58/59 650/500 models. Roy Coyle 01227 791875 (Kent) TRIUMPH 3H pre war single exhaust lifter mechanism or rocker box. Matt Swindlehurst mob 07800 867940 email email@example.com (Somerset)
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TRIUMPH 1934-36 350/500cc ohv crankcases desperately wanted for Val Page Model 5/2, 3/2, 5/5 etc, your price, or exchange for pre-war Triumph parts. I can travel anywhere to pick up. Andrew Mellor 01644 430387 email firstname.lastname@example.org (South Scotland) TRIUMPH 1950s 100 or 110, Norton Dominator 1950s 88 or 99, Velocette Venom, Clubman or Thuxton, Matchless G9 Super Clubman Jampot, prefer original and mint but ring with what you have. Barrie Harnden 01246 566187 (Chesterfield) VELOCETTE Valiant 250cc sports wanted by elderly member, good original runner, matching numbers, cosmetic work acceptable, can arrange collection, cash paid or take “Valiant” as part exchange for my vgc heavyweight classic/vintage machines. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) VILLIERS 4T ignition system wanted cam, backplate and points if possible. I can collect. David Hubbard 01256 321436 email email@example.com (Hants) 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)
CLASSIC Bike Guide, mint condition, issue no.1, June/July 1990 to issue no.103 November 1999 inclusive £35. Used Motorcycle Guide, mint condition, issue no.1, summer 1986 to issue no.74, December 1996 inclusive £35. Rodney Rumble mob 07833 370282 (Berks) HAYNES Workshop manual for Norton Commando 745/828, all models from 1967 onwards, clean copy £35 plus postage, also Honda Motor Co official shop manual, Jan 1960, 250-300 C72/C77, CS72/77, CB72/77, mint condition £40 plus postage. F Cannam 01509 556102 (Leic) LEATHER overcoat, heavyweight, doublebreasted, 1930s style, brown, perfect £60. Leather body belt back protector, 8” wide at back, brown, for vintage racing, vgc £25. Falklands Para Troopers leather boots, size 9/10, vgc £30. Ron Chandler 01722 743681 (Wilts) MOTOR Repairs and Overhauling Volume II, 816 pages £10. Always in the Picture by J. Clew £10. Motor Cycle Cavalcade by Ixion £10. Motor Cycling Yearbook 1951 £5. Green Zundapp window sticker 6” x 9” £20 all plus p&p. Martin Brench mob 07788 446362 (Leics) TRIUMPH Workshop manual 650s from DU101, 1963 to 1970, photocopy £10. Haynes Triumph Bonneville etc, 01 to 05, £7. Haynes BMW, 2 valve twins, 1970 to 1996, £7. Haynes Triumph, 650 and 750 twins unit, 1963 onwards, £5. Brian Forrester 01538 754040 (Staffs) WEISE Two piece suit, size large, good black leather boots size 8 and gloves, bargain £25. Vernon Dunsden 01235 532236 (Oxon)
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Rewiring of British bikes by appointment. 35 Griston Rd. Watton, Thetford, IP25 6DN 01953 884681 (any-time) www.aoservices.co.uk<http://www.aoservices.co.uk-> http://www.aoservices.co.uk-al - Al Osborn AQUA / VAPOUR BLASTING OF ALL ALLOY AND NON FERROUS COMPONENTS. North West based (near Oldham/ Huddersfield), local FREE pick up possible NW, Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington, single items no problem, call Martin 7 days on 07889 853535 Visit Website vapourblastingservices.com. Trade Enquiries Welcome BALL AND ROLLER BEARINGS. Obsolete bearings supplied, reconditioned or manufactured. The Vintage Bearing Company. 17 Studio One. Waterside Court, Burton-on-Trent. DE14 2WQ Tel: 01283 509562, E-mail email@example.com website www.vintagebearings.co.uk BEMW. For competitive prices on restorations, repairs and spares. Spares available for vintage/classic BMW’s from 1935. Chang Jiang CJ750’s, copies of the 1938 BMW R71, from £4230. Some new 1957 models in stock. LH and RH sidecars, plus OHV machines available. Machine tools for the small and home workshop, including Chester Multifunction lathe/mill/drill. Parts made to pattern or drawing. SAE for any product or service or visit our web-site. 2 Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ, Tel: 01332 298523, eves and w/ends 01332 824334 or www.bemw.co.uk email firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter, @BEMWDERBY BMW. UK's longest established (since 1962) independent BMW specialist for all your BMW needs (singles and twins 'till 1993). Spares, service, repairs, restorations to the highest standard. Used machines bought and sold. Old BMWs purchased inc. non-runners. Mail order and export welcome. Bob Porecha, 303 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5EW. Tel 0208 659 8860. Fax 0208 659 9198. E-mail email@example.com 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. BRAKE AND CLUTCH LEVERS. Replica inverted lever assemblies in 316 grade polished stainless steel, 4.3/4” and 6.3/8” long (measured pivot hole to lever tip) reproduced to original design and supplied complete with cable stops and cable nipples. Spare parts also available if required. Please note, a small amount of additional machining is required to fit individual handlebar sizes. Price £110 per pair plus £4.00 (UK) postage. Please contact Alan Clark on 020 8546 3312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. CAMBRIDGESHIRE CLASSIC WORKSHOP. Repairs, servicing, rebuilds, and restoration for all
British and European makes. Aqua blasting service, aluminium and stainless welding, brazing etc, machining facilities, road and race tuning and much more. Collection and delivery service available. Tel 01353 886488 or 07506 284460. Website scrclassics.co.uk for more info. CLASSIC BIKE RESTORATION. Situated on Hampshire/Dorset border. All types of 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 Rob.email@example.com CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE REPAIRS, engine rebuilds and repairs, machining services and parts manufacture. General motorcycle repairs and maintenance undertaken, mechanical and electrical. Rebushing of worn parts i.e. brake plates and bearing housing. Manufacture one-off’s or batches of components. Full or part engine and gearbox rebuilds. Contact Michael on (01233) 840323. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org GLENN DAVID PAINTWORK RESTORATION SERVICES. Classic paintwork, lining and petrol tank repairs/restoration. www.gddesign.co.uk 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 www.gezcater.co.uk to see my website, telephone 0740 3625321 or email me at email@example.com. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Graeme 01509 889058, evenings.
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VEETOPIA MOTORCYCLES. Nimbus 4-cylinder vintage motorcycles for sale and wanted. Several of these rare mechanical marvels available to view, ready to drive away. Easy start, ride, and maintain. Shaft drive, and no vibration – will always draw a crowd wherever its parked. Nimbus ‘Bumblebee’ specialists, with spares stocked. Technical and historical info (in English) on our owners group website ‘NimOG’ - www.nimbus.veetopia.com.All other Vintage, Veteran, and Classic motorcycles bought and sold too - from AJS to Zundap. Always interested in unusual or rare motorcycles and Vee twins. Helpful and friendly advice. Check our trade website: www.veetopia.com Email to: email@example.com. Tel: 07545 784291. Located Farnham, Surrey. Visits by appointment only. VETERAN, VINTAGE OR PRE-WAR motorcycles wanted and for sale. Please check our website www.vinandvet.com - Vintage and Veteran, 17 Studio 1, Waterside Court, Burton on Trent DE14 2WQ. Tel: 01283 509 562 email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. VINTELE PROP STANDS. Period accessory for rigid framed motorcycles, inspired by the EsWay prop stand. Park easily on most surfaces. No heavy lifting. Selection of fittings included. Black powder coated £120.00. Un-painted £110.00. p&p UK £10.00. Contact Mick Hall 07944 140135 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vintele.co.uk
APARTMENT FOR HOLIDAY RENTAL WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS, ITALY. Visit paradise on two wheels! Enjoy beaches, castles, medieval towns, and shopping. Meet warm friendly local people, sample great food and drink. Immerse yourself in rural tranquillity. Run by VMCC member; discount for members. www.villamaieletta.eu www.facebook.com/VillaMaieletta Contact Stephen at email@example.com 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 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
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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. Contact: wwwbrittanystopovers.eu el:firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com website www.brittanybikerbreaks.com. BRITTANY MOTORCYCLE HOLIDAY BREAKS. For Bikers run by Bikers. We offer a choice of 3 holiday houses, 2 person log cabin, 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 £40 a night .Garages and workshop facilities. Contact Roger NICHOLLS - tel /fax 0033296365480 - EMail firstname.lastname@example.org www.countrysideholidaysinfrance.co.uk - 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: Radnor-revivals.co.uk or telephone 01597 840308 for a brochure and information. LE HAMEL IS A 17th-CENTURY FARMHOUSE WITH FOUR LETTING ROOMS offering B&B plus the choice of an evening meal, our rates run from 65 - 90 euro according to season. We also have a 3 Bed 15C Gite with bags of character 350 - 800 euro according to the season. Short breaks welcome. Find us on www.lehamel.co.uk or mail email@example.com 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
Its not often that you see a 'Valiant' on the road or on the move, but this example was going strong on the 2014 Tiddlers' Tootle.
Chris Tullet on his 1938 600cc Panther / Sidecar combination during the Sunbeam MCC Graham Walker Run. See P43.
The Vintage Motor Cycle Club October 2015 Journal