Reports of Section Runs and Meetings for 2011

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Many thanks to Barry for the following notes and photos of the runs during the festive period:
Boxing Day 2010 run
In the photo, Barry and Simon were the intrepid ones with the bikes, whilst Bob J on the left is trying to look incognito as John D, on the right has a good laugh - does he know something everyone else doesn't know? Here's a few words from Barry:

As you will see by the photo, Boxing day was not really suited to motorcycing but there are always exeptions to the rule as can be seen. Baz Cooper on his Izh and Steve ? on his BSA ignored the snow and got to the club house with no bother. Only six of us set out for the Cups at Southerndown to be met by six more outside the pub. As the pub was not yet open and it was like the north pole in the car park it was decided to go to the original venue at the Lamb and Flag to a very welcome blazing fire in the lounge and some hot food.
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New Years Day run
It was a different story on new years day, all the snow was gone and the sun nearly came out.

Fourteen good men turned out on bikes for the trip to the Green Dragon at Llancadle. Chairman Rob took us at a moderate pace around the coast road so the few two strokes could keep up with the mighty Triumphs and anyway, it was too cold to go fast. I followed Dave Danielsen on his BMW combination, The chair wheel was on the road now and again so next year a bag of cement would seem about right as a present for him. Our hosts at the Green Dragon were kind enough to put on complimentary tomato soup which was just about right for those attending. A pleasant run and great company, what more could a man ask for.

AGM 10th January
There was an excellent turnout for the AGM with a few new faces and some that we haven't seen for a while. The committee was elected as follows:
Bob James - Chairman
Dave Danielsen - Vice Chairman
Brian Morris - Secretary
Bill Phelps - Treasurer
Geoff Harris - Committee
Wayne Boon - Committee

13th February
Eddie Bonnet, who left these shores some years ago and emigrated to Thailand has sent some photos of a show recently held in his locality in that country. They even have a Nimbus, which must be a rarity over there and Eddie tells me that these shows last all night. Seems like they're preparing the BBQ in the final photo?


16th April
The Sections 5th Cyclemotor run took place from Cowbridge Common. This time it was on a Saturday due to the shifting of dates due to Philippa Wheelers run being changed to the Sunday. Ray was unable to steer the event so I took over the paperwork and was pleased that another five turned up at the common for our run. Although a little disappoining with the low numbers none of us had any problems at all on the run. Our bacon butty stop was at the cafe on the Llandow circuit.

27th April
The first of our Wednesday evening rideouts took place to the Black Cock pub on the top of Caerphilly mountain. There were over 14 bikes, I'm told, and the evening went off very well. Jean and I were a touch disappointed that we couldn't be there as I was giving a talk to the Bristol Section. Anyway, please note the next rideout is on Wednesday 25th May to the Victoria Inn at Sigingstone for 7pm.

8th May

The date of the VJMC show in Cardiff. Our total section entry came from only 5 of our members, who took 6 bikes along. What a shame that a few more from the section didn't support the show. A pat on the back for John Lewis, Dave Cooper, Geoff Harris, Bob James and Bill Phelps. Ken Baxter entered his round tank BSA as an independent entry, and it was nice to see other Vintage motorcycles there, even if not under our banner. If you went then you should have taken a motorcycle, if you didn't go then you missed a good day with over 300 machines on show.

The following two reports are from Ken Baxter - and much appreciated - thanks Ken
DIJON RALLY


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING A WHOLE SPECTRUM OF MOTORCYCLES FROM EARLY DAYS OF MOTORCYCLING TO THE PRESENT DAY THEN THE MOTO- LEGENDES RALLY HELD IN DIJON FRANCE IS FOR YOU.

ALL BIKES ENTERED ARE PARADED BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ON THE FORMULA ONE CIRCUIT IN THEIR VARIOUS CLASSES ACCORDING TO YEARS. THIS INCLUDE SCOOTERS, OUTFITS, SOLO AND MANY RACING MACHINES FROM BYGONE YEARS.

THIS YEAR BOTH PHIL READ AND JIM REDMAN WERE IN ATTENDANCE AS WELL AS MANY OTHER WELL KNOWN MOTORCYCLING CELEBRITIES FROM THE PAST.

THE PARADES ARE "DEMONSTRATION LAPS" BUT UNLIKE SIMILAR EVENTS IN THE U.K. THERE ARE NO PACE CARS, NO RESTRICTIONS, JUST RIDE AS FAST OR AS SLOW AS YOU LIKE.
IT IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO WITNESS INDIAN 4 CYLINDERS, ARIEL SQUARE 4'S, HARLEY DAVIDSON'S, MANX NORTON'S ALL BEING PUSHED TO THEIR LIMIT AND RIDDEN AS THEY WERE INTENDED TO BE RIDDEN. INCIDENTALLY MY SS80 1938 BROUGH SUPERIOR WILL DO AN INDICATED 80 MPH ON THE STRAIGHT AND DID THIS ON EVERY LAP.

THE SUN SHONE RELENTLESSLY AS WE WALKED AMONG THE HUNDREDS OF CLUB STANDS AND THE ENORMOUS AUTOJUMBLE. MOST NATIONS OF THE WORLD AND THEIR MOTORCYCLES WERE HERE. NO HEALTH AND SAFETY "GESTAPO" HERE, AS WE DODGED BIKES BEING RIDDEN THROUGH THE CROWDS. GREAT FUN BUT NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED!

IF YOU THINK YOU MAY LIKE TO GO NEXT YEAR HERE ARE A FEW FACTS.

1. The entry form is available from the VMCC and the entry cost is approximately 120 (euros). This includes weekend entry for 2 and 3 track sessions of about 6 laps per session. However if you only want to attend as a spectator a weekend ticket is obviously much much cheaper and can also be pre-booked.
2. From Calais to Dijon it is about a 6 hour drive using the toll roads which cost about 40 (euros) (Ouch!) You can use non toll roads, which would save money but take longer.
3. We stayed in an ETAP hotel (a cheaper version of the UK Travel Lodges) but very clean, comfortable, ensuite and good value for money at approximately 25 each per night including a continental buffet breakfast. (Bacon and eggs do not exist in France)

AFTER DIJON WE MOVED ONTO LUXEMBOURG HAVING A 2 DAY STOP IN VERDUN FRANCE. HERE WE VISITED WORLD WAR ONE AND WORLD WAR TWO PLACES OF INTEREST----VERY EMOTIVE AND THOUGHT PROVOKING----AN EXPERIENCE WHICH EVERYONE IF POSSIBLE SHOULD HAVE.

TOUR DE LUXEMBOURG

THIS TWO AND A HALF DAY RALLY CONSISTED OF ABOUT 40 BIKES FROM LUXEMBOURG,  GERMANY, BELGIUM, FRANCE AND HOLLAND AS WELL AS OUR BROUGH AND 2 ARIELS FROM CAMBRIDGE.

BIKES RANGED IN AGE FROM THE 1930'S TO EARLY 80'S JAPANESE SUPER BIKES. THE RUNS USED THE "DROP OFF" SYSTEM, BUT MAPS WERE ALSO SUPPLIED.

IT WAS SO ENJOYABLE TO RIDE ON ROADS WHICH WE WOULD HAVE HAD HERE 50 YEARS AGO. VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC SO ONE COULD TAKE IN AT LEISURE, THE SPECTACULAR SCENERY. THE ORGANISATION WAS VERY INFORMAL AND FRIENDLY AND WE WERE MADE TO FEEL VERY WELCOME. THE BRITISH BIKES WERE MUCH ADMIRED.

SO IF YOU ENJOY RIDING YOUR BIKE IN A LOVELY COUNTRY AND ON ALMOST EMPTY ROADS THEN THIS IS FOR YOU.

Just a couple of facts.

We left Luxembourg at 10am and drove to the EuroTunnel in Calais--this took 4 hours and we were back in our home at 8pm same day. A distance of some 450 miles.
Return journey on the tunnel cost us 140 for the van (bike inside) and 2 people.
Give it a thought for next year--our philosophy is "do it while you can--as who knows what the next year will bring".
Ken Baxter

25th May
The second evening ride-out to the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. I guessed that there were something like a dozen or so members out on a bike, should have been a few more as the weather was quite good. Next ride to the Ty Nant in Morganstown on the 22nd June.

5th June
This event was to be a fund raising exercise for MAG. Organised by John Lewis and Dave Cooper. In the end only Barry Cooksley saw fit to support John and Dave and so the run was cancelled. To say that is disappointing is a bit of an understatement - come on folks - we can do better, can't we?

13th June

Bring a bike night turned out to be quite a pleasant evening, despite the poor weather earlier in the day. The evening attracted over 30 machines, with Barry Cooper turning up in a Blackjack Avion 3 wheeler kit car - a nice piece of kit with wheels that must have cost a fortune - see it on Barry's page. The winner turned out to be Peter Newton with his 1954 Norton Dominator 88, which you can see on Peter's page.

22nd June
Wednesday evening ride out to the Ty Nant Inn, Morganstown. We were in France so were unable to attend and absolutely no-one has given me any information on the event that I can post here. Perhaps some information will be forthcoming sometime.

10th July
Follow the Velo run, with Rob Jones leading the way - on a Velo, of course. I'm told that the event was supported by around 14 and consisted of a longish ride. So far I've spoken to two people who were on the run and neither can remember where the lunch stop was. All sounds a bit of a mystery to me.

11th July
The evening of the BBQ. We seemed to be down a bit on numbers this year but luckily the weather was promising and there was no need to erect the gazebos in the garden. Barry Cooksley was indisposed as he'd fallen off a roof only a day or so before - get well soon Barry, hope to see you back on a bike soon.

20th July
Wednesday evening rideout to the White Lion in Ystradowen - or as it ought to be called the Chairmans Tea Party, as Bob J had organised curry and rice for everyone. Many thanks Bob, we all enjoyed the evening. It did not look very promising during the morning as the day had started off with some pretty lousy weather, but it stopped raining by midday and come the evening there was a touch of sunshine and nice dry roads. Around 20 people turned out and I must say that it was a very pleasant evening as we ate 'al fresco'. Nice to see George after his short hospitalization, although he's still not fully recovered. Next Wednesday ride is to the Griffin Inn at Gilfach - don't forget.

25th July
Hot off the press from our in-house Reuters reporter are the following photos from the Fish and Chip run. Good turn out of bikes and good food also, I'm told.


30th and 31st July
The weekend of the Dragon Tour which was again based at the College in Llandovery. The Saturday run utilised the route used in 2001 and 2006 and went to Tal-y-Llyn lake for the lunch stop. The following photos have been supplied by Terry H.


17th August

Wednesday evening rideout to the Griffin Inn, Gilfach Goch. What a lovely evening it was and we had some 15 machines turn out. One that caught my eye was a Citroen 2cv powered bike - don't know much about it or what chassis was used. Also, Andy Whiteley from Cowbridge was there on his very nice 1955 BSA M21 that was originally supplied to the Reading Water Board. Photo on Andy's page in the Bike Park. Note the last Wednesday run of the year is to the Golden Mile Inn, Corntown on the 14th September.

The Great Dorset Steam fair 2011
Most of you will have heard of the Great Dorset Steam Fair, but most will probably never have been to see it. Gordon and Josie Suddery used to go every year and stay for the whole week that it was on, as they used to say that it was so big you just couldn't get around it all in one day and needed the week, as the show ground was well over a mile long. This year Terry H had an invite to take his 1931 Ariel along and enter it for display. The only downside, so Terry says, was that he picked up two awards. One for the 'Best Pre-War bike' and the other for the 'Exhibitors choice'. The awards were presented by Sammy Miller who afterwards approached Terry with a view to buying the Ariel for his museum. A proposition that Terry turned down. With over 100 bikes on show and several from the Ken Blake stable our Terry was a touch surprised by the accolades. The following photos are just a few from the week and Terry says that the Model T fords are all running and on the road, I do like the Molecatchers transport. When you get to the White Fairground Organ - read the historical information on it in the next photograph as it was at one time based in the Barry Island fairground:


The Vale of Glamorgan Road Trial
Sunday the 25th September and the weather looked lousy as we arrived at the Llanharry club. Several were there already and it was only 9.30am. We had 26 entries in all and 4 of those didn't ride for various reasons, so the net turnout was 22 machines with only 16 opting for the competitive side of the event. I forgot my camera but luckily John N and Barry C didn't, so these are their pictures - thanks lads:

The route went clockwise around the Vale using a mixture of roads and in no time at all the sun came out and the roads started to dry. Dave Buckler voluteered to do a time check, for which I was very grateful. We were still short of someone to do the timecheck at the lunch stop so it fell to Jean and myself to head straight there after everyone had left the start. The only problem was that we were also the recovery, so had to rely on people not having any troubles and making contact by mobile phone. Anyway, there was no need to worry as everyone arrived at The Horseshoe Inn at Marcross around their expected times after covering 40 or so miles. Some had Sunday lunches, whilst others sat in the garden and enjoyed the sunshine. Most said that they hadn't noticed a morning time check, so Dave B did a good job there.
Seen at the lunch stop:

During the lunch break Dave Danielsen decided to check his fuel level and found that he couldn't get the filler cap off the bike tank. He'd fitted a new rubber washer and it just wouldn't squash down enough to allow the cap to twist off. Luckily the landlord of the pub had a set of slipjaw pliers and the errant cap was soon off.
After 90 minutes for lunch we were all back on the road - the riders following the route and Jean and myself heading for Llanharry so as to be able to check everyone back in. Dave B took up his position for an afternoon check and it wasn't long before I had a text to say that everyone had gone past, always good news that. We'd arranged for tea and coffee to be available at the finish and I must say that it was quite relieving to see Dave D, as the final rider, coming up the street. No call outs for recovery.


The tea at the finish was most welcome and whilst many of the bikes looked a bit grubby the riders all had smiles on their faces. A good day, I thought, and no one got lost or broke down. Even Rob J's Velo behaved itself, so that was a real plus.

The VMCC Cyclemotor section 100 miler
The date was the 2nd October and the weather was looking good for the day. Terry H, Jack M and myself went in the van that I'd borrowed and after some advice, set off at 5am - gee, it was early, anyway, we were at the start by 07.30am so could probably have left home an hour later at 6am.

Not far before the start we came across a hot air balloon getting ready for lift off, so, as we had plenty of time we stopped and watched the take off. Glyn had been to visit the Cheltenham autojumble the day before so had continued on to a B&B near the start.


I was told that Alun Williams and Steph were also in attendance but didn't see them all day. Certainly Alun and Glyn hadn't arrived by the time Terry, Jack and myself had set off on our first lap with Barry leading. It was a touch on the cold side as we set off on the first lap of 33.2 miles. The route is the same as in previous years and normally takes us around an hour and a half - not bad on a gutless wonder. I took a few more photos at the end of the first lap as there is always an interesting selection of machines and usually even a few veterans.


After a coffee and a bite to eat we readied ourselves for lap two and I found out that my New Hudson would not light up for some reason or other. Luckily we'd brought my reliable Honda P50 with us as a backup, so I soon hauled it out of the van and set off after the others. We won't mention as to just how road legal it was, but the little motor fired up first peddle. Terry led the second lap as his Velosolex 6000 was the slowest of us all - not by much, I must say, as I clocked him at over 30mph a few times on the flat. At the end of lap two and after an hour and a half of thinking about the New Hudson problem, I set about checking the bike out. The first thing was to try it and I had a single burst of life before it died again. I then found that by depressing the carb tickler I couldn't get the carb to flood. Disconnecting the fuel line proved that there was plenty of juice coming through and after a jucicious tap on the float chamber with a shifter I found that I could flood the carb ok and the bike fired up easily. So I set off on the final lap with Barry, Jack and Terry.

A few more photos at the finish after we had collected our badges for completing the course:

Glyn had arrived about half an hour after we had set off and we never saw him until the end of the event, only to find out that his Bown Autocycle had expired halfway around lap two.

Section Christmas dinner
December 12th was the evening for the dinner, just one week after a very successful local NACC dinner, talk about piling on the pounds? The evening started at 6.30 with the dinner beginning at 7pm with some 58 people having booked in. The band was due at 9pm and just before that the trophies were distributed. It was a bit disappointing that only four trophies were actually given out to the recipients, with one other being collected to pass on to the winner. Peter Newton received the John Wells Trophy for his winning Norton Dominator during the 'bring a bike' night. Terry Pallister had the Vintage shield with Terry Hopes getting the Post Vintage cup - both from the Vale of Glamorgan Concours. Brian Morris took the Vale of Glamorgan Post War cup for best timekeeping. All in all a good evening.