Section Runs and Meetings for 2012
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A successful AGM took
place on the 23rd. The usual officers were
returned apart from Geoff Harris who stood down from the committee -
many thanks Geoff, your input will be missed.
We had a very interesting
talk and slide show on the Peking to Paris
event that took place a few years ago.
'Our man in Thailand',
Eddie Bonett, has sent me a few photos of a bike
show over there - he tells me that a Norton Jubilee was for sale at
£7300 - wow, is a jubilee really worth that? The bikes mostly came from
Burma and were brought over the border into Thailand. Some interesting
ones from the look of it.
you mix it with this motley lot? The section members of the Hells
Angels - Bus Pass Chapter enjoying themselves out in the Black
Mountains on Philippa Wheelers VMCC Welsh Run. Report on the NACC pages
The sections 6th
Cyclemotor run took place last weekend and a hardy 6
turned out on their gutless wonders. There would normally have been
twice that number but the weather looked to be really lousy which, no
doubt accounted for the low turnout. The run around the Vale brought no
problems for any of the riders.
The day for the South West Coast Run - good weather despite it being a
touch on the cold side. The day was also scheduled for the Relay Rally
and our checkpoint was at Tintern this year. Five of our section
contingent went to Tintern before arriving at Failand for the start of
the South West Coast run. In all we had 8 bikes turn out.
was the only entrant with his James Captain didn't make the event. The
run followed the same route as in previous years, with the option of a
long run of 65 miles or a shorter run of 50 miles. Everyone
had a good ride
and for some reason or other my Nimbus was
awarded the post Vintage trophy. Tony Burrows brought his newly
acquired Ariel quare four and was accompanied by new member Julian Oram
on another Squariel. We hope to see a lot more of them.
Our Seaside Run. Thankfully, we were blessed with some super weather.
There had been some real problems with our start/finish/lunch venues
which had given John and Dave a few headaches, which is probably a bit
of an understatement. However, venues were sorted and the whole day
went off without too many problems, despite having only 49 entries in
the programme. Late entries boosted the numbers to 68.
Seen at the start:
From the Oystercatcher the run took the usual route along Penarth
Seafront, around Barry Island and on to Nash Point for a coffee stop.
Seen at Nash Point:
From Nash point the route headed for Porthcawl and a loop of teh town
before heading on to the Green Acre Motel at North Cornelly for the
lunch stop. From here the run went inland and eventually back
Penarth and the finish at the Conservative club, where we were made
We were lucky in that the Mayor of Penarth, Councillor Ernest, had
agreed to attend and present the trophies:
Vince C sent this photo to me. Taken at Nash Point - did someone say
that the sun doesn't shine on the righteous? What a super day.
Bring a bike night. A nice balmy evening, no doubt a left over from the
previous ten days of good weather, attracted a fair turnout of 30 odd
machines. There were a few new ones that hadn't been seen before and
Barry Cooper took the honours with his 1956 IZH 350cc. A well built,
Russian made motorcycle that certainly deserved the accolade.
The day of the Banbury run. Terry H travelled to Gaydon on the Friday,
whilst Terry P left at around 6am following our departure from
home at 5am. It promised to be a long day with the weather being dry.
The South Wales team were all on their places well before the start
time of 11.12. On pushing to the line the exhaust lifter cable broke on
our Triumph and that caused a bit of a problem as it's essential to be
able to push the outfit. We were soon all away, despite our broken
cable, after the pushers on the start line got us going. Each of us
were on different routes - ours 35 miles, Terry H and the Beardmore 50
miles, whilst Terry P on his BSA was looking at 60 miles. After about
15 miles, a hill - on the so-called flat route - stopped us and without
an exhaust lifter it is impossible to push the outfit, so we opted for
the recovery (which took a 3 hour wait, by the way). During the
enforced wait I made a mental note that I needed a gearbox and was just
not up to strenuous riding of single speeders any more. Terry H had the
clutch on the Beardmore stop working on Sunrising hill, so had to ride
his bike back to the finish using a 'crash' gearbox. Terry P and the
BSA hadn't been seen by the time we left Gaydon at around 5pm. Nice to
see a few section members there in support, thank you lads - all in
all, not a good day for us riders, methinks. Some Banbury photos:
told that Rob Jones 1952 MAC took a third place in it's class at the
Velocette Owners club National Rally. Mind you Rob doesn't say how many
other entries there were in the class, probably not a lot as they'd
have had trouble starting their bikes to get them to the event. Still,
well done Rob, nice to hear of the success.
BBQ on Monday evening, the 25th, was well attended and the weather was
kind to us this year even though a few of the regulars were missing due
to holidays and work etc. Nice to see Geoff Thomas after his back
operation and also Brian and Wynne Gray. Josie collected the photo on
the left of John Davies starting his second helping of pudding - I
think he enjoyed it. Many thanks to all the girls who helped with the
Yesterday evening was the third Wednesday rideout and this
it was to the Malcolm Uphill pub in Caerphilly. There were over a dozen
members who turned out and the weather stayed dry for us, which was
welcome, as it didn't look too good in the afternoon. A good evening
and a worthwhile venue - the White Lion in Ystradowen is scheduled for
Augusts rideout, but that looks as if it will probably change due to
the pub having closed back in April. So, watch this space, as they say.
The Fish and Chip run took place on Monday 23rd and was well attended -
20 bikes and 23 people. Mind you the weather was glorious.
met at the Downs Cafe on Cowbridge Common, eventually setting off
around 7.30. The route that Dave D took us on went through Cowbridge
and out towards the coast, taking the road through Wick and St Brides.
The front runners took a left turn to Ogmore and Southerdown whilst the
remainder of the pack headed straight on to Ewenny. Everyone eventually
made it back to Llanharry without any mishaps. There were a few more on
the run than we had originally informed the caterer about, however,
everyone ended up with a good feed. Most enjoyable.
August - Ickford
camping weekend - report by Barry Cooksley
3rd August saw three
of our members travelling to Ikford just outside of Oxford for a
weekend organised by Alan Hummerstone for the cyclemotor section of the
VMCC. The location was Peacehaven Farm now owned by Ivan Dutton a
world authority on Bugatti cars. His organisation repairs,
rebuilds and recasts components for customers all over the world, so
you can imagine the sights in his workshops.
However, Ivan has a
barn about a mile from the main buildings which is his "toy room" where
you will find five midget racers from the states, MGs, Porsch and too
bikes to mention. Outside the barn was where we set up camp. Although
tea, coffee, cakes etc were available all weekend in the barn.
Saturday morning was dry
but a bit iffy, with rain expected. Not deterred, about twenty riders
off on an assortment of transport that covered the full spectrum of low
powered machines. One fellow who was about 5ft 2ins had the tallest
I`d ever seen and even with blocks on the pedals, he had to dismount
every time he came to a stop, but he seemed to be loving it. In another
guise the same man sprints a supercharged Triumph. We bimbled along
through lanes never seen by us before which is great. Philippa Wheeler
snapped the chain on her Cucciolo and refused
any form of help and was soon on her way. What a woman.
We arrived at a
Pub alongside the M40 for lunch, but when we went in the door the place
was full of architectural salvage, but still serving food and drinks.
the rear of the place had the same contents so an interesting hour was
spent admiring the stock. I was tempted by a concrete lion but thought
it a bit much for the Jawa to carry back to camp. Off we nearly went
for the return home only
to find that Ray's townmate in as new condition, with only a half a
on the clock, would not start. He had no gear with him so Jack and I
returned to Ikford to pick up Rays van. Rescue was effected and on
return to base a plug was changed and off it went. Ray, what is the
motto of the boy scouts? "Be Prepared". Saturday night was barby night
and Ivan's folks made a curry which was just great.
Sunday morning saw a
of rain falling but brave riders set off to a nearby boot sale but were
disappointed as only a few sellers turned up. Back to camp to get ready
for a 30 miler. Riders set off in pouring rain and our group decided to
call it a day and strike camp and head for home. Goodbyes said, off we
went, heading west for South Wales. I would not have missed the weekend
but we could have done with a bit of sun.
Wednesday evening ride out to the Griffin Inn, Gilfach Goch, was fairly
well supported. The evening sun must have encouraged most of us out and
there were over 12 bikes in the turn out. A Chicken curry was arranged
and we tried to do it justice whilst John D managed to down two
portions. As we were inside eating the sky became dark and it started
to rain, so the ride home was more than just a little damp. Well done
to those who made the effort to get a bike out.
September - The Vale of Glamorgan road run
event was run on a different basis this year and there were 26 entries
in total. Peter B managed to fall off his 1981 Honda Spacy scooter on
the way to the start and luckily he had his son riding one of his
Ajay's alongside, so things were soon put right and Peter arrived at
the start all ready to go.
set off at minute intervals on a 70 mile route around the Vale. The
Lunch stop was at the Horseshoe Inn at Marcross and
it ok. However, after lunch and after taking a wrong turn, Ron
Rosemary Muirhead stopped to check the route and Peter B pulled up
alongside. Rosemary noticed the flames that were coming out from
underneath the seat of the Honda and shouted to Peter to get off quick,
which he did, as by this time he was beginning to feel the warmth of
the flames. I'm afraid that I have no idea of the outcome but suspect
that the Honda is a writeoff. Other than that, everyone else made the
finish with Jim Codd arriving last after having run out of fuel. All in
all a good and dry day.
October - the Cyclemotor Section 100 mile event
of our members attended this annual run as 100 miles on a cyclemotor,
autocycle or some such gutless wonder is something of a challenge. It
was a pretty lousy day, weatherwise, starting off damp, cold and very
foggy with visibility being practically nil. Terry took his
but it packed up after about 9 miles, whilst sounding like the
percussion section of a large orchestra. That resulted in a
back to the start on the breakdown van. Several others, including Glyn
and Ray decided that they'd had enough after one 33 mile lap, whilst
Terry, not willing to give up, borrowed a Townmate from Ray and
completed the remaining two laps, riding with Barry and Alan.