Section Runs and Meetings for 2013
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January - New Years Day run
couple of different photos from John Fisher, taken at the start. I've
had problems with the website handling panoramic photos so have not
included the link to open the picture up, not that you see it much
Years Day run actually saw some welcome sunshine and a some 28 bikes
turned out for the annual run to the
Green Dragon Inn at Llancadle. Only the day before we found out that
the pub was under new managment as from the 1st Jan. So, Bob J very
quickly paid them a visit just to make sure that the new
was aware that a contingent would arrive the following day -
we needn't have worried as all were well fed and watered.
Commiserations to Tony Danielsen who managed to destroy one of the
front tyres on his Alfa as he entered the car park. Modern cars don't
carry a spare either, so there's a moral there.
FBHVC ride it day - and a run was held in memory of Terry
Pallister. The event started from the Multiplex cinema, Treforest and
meandered around for a stop at Tintern. Some 15 motorcycles turned out.
Thanks to John Fisher for the pictures taken at Tintern.
was the first Wednesday run out and there were some seven bikes out
despite the rather overcast and damp weather. Photos from our roving
day of the South West Coast Run and the weather was not promising at
all. I was to take the Willys Jeep but it decided not to play ball at
all on the morning, so Jean, Josie and myself set off in a modern car.
Not quite the same but as it did rain a fair bit later in the day, I
was glad that we were not in an open sided WWII Jeep.
Those from our side of the channel were:
Barry Cooksley(1956 James Captain)
Jack Madge(1972 Honda CB500)
Rob Jones(1986 Honda CB400TT)(more reliable than a Velo)
Brian Morris(1974 BMW R 75/6)
not bad turnout for our section and none of us had any
believe. The route was the usual one with a coffee stop at Portishead,
lunch stop at Clevedon and then back to the finish at Failand.
'Bring a Bike' night turned into 'Bring a Boat' night as it sure did
tip down. The event has been re-scheduled for the 24th June
and 18th June
The weekend of Training day and the Banbury run. I was in Warwick for a
Management Committee meeting on the Friday and down to help with the
Training day at Gaydon on Saturday, then ride the Banbury run on the
Sunday with Terry Hopes.
was quite a variety of bikes for training day and one was a genuine
track Douglas and I was told that it had a terminal speed of 98mph at
the end of a
standing start 1/4 mile sprint. It sure was noisy - and fast - and fun,
I bet. The
riders had quite a variety of bikes to choose from and luckily the
weather held mostly dry for the day.
didn't quite go to plan for me,
but on the Banbury run, the following day, our Terry and his
Beardmore won a Gold award for time keeping and the Best Early Vintage
is quite some achievement at Banbury, I can tell you - well done Terry.
I spotted a couple of our members, Ken and Kate
Graham Gardiner, all there just for the spectacle.
For the Banbury run, I
was riding the coveted number one and wanted to make sure that all was
well. So, during the training day
lunch break I got the
1904 Dreadnought out of the van to give it a run before the following
day and make sure all was well. After a bit of pushing one of
said "Do you know the
frame is broken at the back?". The bottom of the frame tube from the
saddle down to the back axle had broken away and sprung
the stay quite a
bit. That put paid to the bike appearing for the Banbury run the
following day, which was a shame. Maybe next year!! At least all the
riders had a nice dry ride and I was able to wander about taking photos.
Seaside Run - ably organised by Dave Cooper and John Lewis. The weather
forecast certainly seemed a bit 'iffy', but as luck would have it we
had dry roads to run on. There were only 39 entries prior to the
closing date and a couple more came in before the day. However, on the
day we had another 12. The start and finish was from the Conservative
Club in Penarth, with tea and coffee available before the start and
also at the finish.
run took it's usual format and route, with a
stop at Nash point - talk about windy!! The wind was blowing my hot
chocolate out of the mug, it was that strong. From Nash Point it was on
to the Greenacre motel in North Cornelly, where we were made most
welcome and with those that had booked getting a super sunday lunch.
The only problem that I had heard about was Vince Chivers suffering a
broken clutch cable, however he managed to get his DOT back home
without having to change gear.
at the finish the Penarth Mayor, Neil Thomas, presented the trophies
before the event was wound up, without doubt it was a good day. Many
thanks to the Conservative club and in particular Dean.
The evening of the re-arranged Bring-a-bike night.
Luckily the weather was kind to us for this event and we had 22 bikes
turn out, as well as a couple of the new Morgan Threewheelers. After
the vote count it was Bob James BSA Rocket Three that won by quite a
BBQ took place with sunshine and good weather in abundance. Nice to see
so many present, especially Brian and Wynne from West Wales and Geoff
Thomas from Newport.
Jones 10th 'Follow the Velo' run started at 10.30 with some 15 bikes
and one Lomax all lining up to follow Rob. Worryingly 5 or 6 of the
bikes were Velos.
Anyway, we headed north to Merthyr and
re-assembled, before heading off onto the A470 and the Heads of the
Valleys road, where we turned right and then left towards Pontsticill
and the mountain road up over Torpantau. Three of the contingent
managed to get lost and Howard J in his Lomax, just like Tony Hancock
in the film 'The Magnificent men in their flying machines', was last
seen - heading to Scotland.
The main body of riders all stopped
for tea at the 'Old Barn Tea room' at Ystradgynwyn, just north of the
Pentwyn reservoir and very pleasant it was too.
the Tea stop we headed North towards Talybont, but it wasn't long
before we had our first breakdown - it was, of course, a Velo. Soon
fixed though, and we were on our way again. At Talybont we turned left
to Talgarth and a good Sunday lunch in the New Inn.
After being fed
and watered it was a case of follow Rob to Blaenavon and the finish of
the run at the Pontypool and Blaenavon Steam railway.
arrived just in time to see the last train of the day depart, before we
all headed home after a good day out. Thanks for all your efforts Rob.
Fish and Chip run took place and Rob J has sent these few photos - The
weather looks ok but I've no other information at the moment as to how
the run went.
wednesday evening rideout to the Hare & Hounds at Aberthin saw
15 people turn out. Thanks to John Fisher for the photos.
The Chairmans run started from the Nantgarw cinema complex and in the
absence of Bob J and Dave D, John Fisher agreed to lead the run. Having
said that John found on leaving home that he had a misfire on one of
the cylinders of his Tiger 90 so returned home to collect his pretty
little BSA C15. At the start John H had a petrol leak, which was soon
fixed with a cable tie. The run started earlier than usual as the bikes
needed to be at the Three Cocks show before 11am to take advantage of
the free entry. 8 bikes set off with John Williams suffering some
engine problems with his Douglas at around Brecon, so he turned back
for home, whilst the remaining 7 made the show ok. Doug, John and Mal
left around 3pm with the rest staying until 4.30pm. All in all a good
weather for the Wednesday evening ride out to the Rose & Crown
Eglwysilan was good and 10 people turned out. It was nice to see Kevin
Gilbert and his Norton Commando, quite a change from his 1941 Indian
741. A very pleasant evening sitting in the sunshine.
The day started with a touch of rain, but cleared up nicely for the
Vale of Glamorgan road run. We had a total of 18 entries with Bruce and
Di coming home early from West Wales to add their support. The
event took the same format as was used last year and all that I spoke
to were happy with the system of marking. The Horseshoe Inn at
Marcross, yet again, hosted us for lunch, which was good, as usual. My
thanks to the two Daves - Dave Cooper for looking after the lunch and
finish checks, with Dave Jones ably manning the mid morning and
afternoon checks. Results will be worked out - soon, I hope. Nice
emails from people to say that they had a good day, thanks all, for the
The last Wednesday evening rideout of the year
was to the Golden Mile Inn at Corntown. The evening weather was perfect
for a ride on the bike and some 8 or so bikes turned up. New landlord
at the pub and they had a new chef, who turned out some food that was
well above the standard of the usual 'pub grub'.