Section Runs and Meetings for 2016
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It was a bit of a miserable day yesterday for the New Years Day run,
but some made it out on two wheels. What a nice change to be welcomed
at the Victoria Inn in Sigingstone compared to being told not to come
back at the Blue Anchor last year. A quick headcount had some 27
members sitting down for lunch.
The day of the Spring run, cold and over clouded until later in the
day. The best part of 20 turned out for the run and the group set off
at 10.30 for the Steel Horse Cafe just off the Abergavenny/Usk
road, at Llanvihangel Gobion. The cold weather meant that some opted
not to continue further whilst the remaining group then headed for
Llandovery at the Owls Nest cafe at the old garden centre on the A4069
road out of Llandovery towards Llangadog. The group was made very
welcome and thanked for coming, which was nice. All in all a good day
and enjoyed by everyone.
Thanks to John F for the photos
Wednesday - Bruce G and I headed westwards to Brian and Wynne's house
to fit a rather nice Bender sidecar to Brian's Ariel. We took Dewi E
with us for company and to visit Brian. It took us all day, but
eventually we completed the job. Bruce was a real whiz on the hacksaw,
as we modified fittings to make them fit. The photos
The 51st Coventry to Brighton Run Saturday 9th April 2016 - thanks
to Bruce G for the notes.
I was unaware that there was such an
event as the Coventry to Brighton Run until I read an article written
by a participant in our VMCC journal.
Me and Dianne decided to enter the
event which was organised by the Midland Section of the VMCC. The start
would be held in the large open space in front of the city centre
Coventry Transport museum. I had no doubt that our military
Triumph would be the most suitable motorcycle to use, bearing in mind
Triumph's long history with Coventry and thereabouts. My 3HW was born
there in 1943.
We entered and booked both hotel
Accommodation and evening dinner with the organisers, for our expected
arrival at Brighton.
On the Saturday, from 8am onwards the earliest
motorcycles were flagged off by the Lord Mayor of Coventry.
Judging for the various awards on offer also took
place at the start. By the way, there were 94 entries and of these 33
were Triumphs ranging from 1930
to 2014. The 25 year rule did not apply to this event. Ironically,
enquiries at Brighton revealed that there were only
two breakdowns and both were Triumphs.
For various reasons we arrived at the
start late at 9am. We met the Lord Mayor and signed on with a
team who were packing up. But we weren't the last to arrive. We
followed organiser Bob Badland out of Coventry until I could see where
we were on the issued route instructions.
The idea of the run came from a chap
named Fred Lewis. In the 1950's he would ride from Coventry to visit
friends in Brighton. He decided that this run would be ideal as an
official VMCC event. The first few runs started from the Triumph
A comfortable speed for me, Dianne and
the bike was 45 mph.The 3HW was happy at this speed and me and Diane
could view the countryside, oh yes, and the road.Soon we were through
Banbury and stopping at the organised coffee stop at Deddington. This
was our first real chance to meet other entrants. On entering Banbury,
there had been two "breakdown groups". Half a dozen entrants gathered
around a Dominator with it's
seat removed and another group were trying to start a WL Harley. Both
did eventually arrive in Brighton.
We sailed on using the ring road around
Oxford and headed for the sunny lunch stop at a Henley-on-Thames pub.
My lunch was a packet of crisps and Di's was a glass of water, as we
didn't feel well at all. We had befriended Trevor Pinfold and his wife
Christine at the coffee stop and now we met them again at lunch. Trevor
was riding a 1929 BSA outfit with Christine in the chair and went
on to win the oldest combined age trophy. We kept meeting, either at
stops or on the road, another couple. They were Dino and Alison in a
bathtub Speed twin with Watsonian sidecar bought recently on Ebay.
came the challenge of passing
through Guilford. This was made easy when I tagged onto the rear of the
oldest motorcycle entered. This was the
speedy, sat Nav equipped, 1926 Sunbeam of Dave Thomas. As the oldest
machine,the rider had the duty of carrying the
letter of greetings from the Lord Mayor of Coventry to the Lady
Mayoress of Brighton and Hove (now a city ). So the route through
Guildford was a dawdle, enhanced by the sweet aroma of burnt
R from the Sunbeam's exhaust.
Just south of Guildford was the tea stop
at the apparently well known Trodd's Cafe where we met with sidecar
chums and also NACC man, Bill Danks.
The Triumph had caused no bother at all.
Just plodding on and on. Stopping and starting just fine. Because we
were carrying luggage for an overnight stay the canvas panniers were
full. As a result I had no space for the reserve gallon of fuel I would
normally carry. On the safe side I stopped for fuel more often than I
really needed to, but better that than running out as I had no reserve
At one filling station I could only get a fiver's worth of petrol in.
Then I saw a sign - Brighton 20. I knew we would make it.
There was one last
visit to the pumps and hells bells !. There was huge pool of petrol
rapidly expanding beneath the bike. It must have been leaking for
miles. The 276 carb base nut that holds the float chamber to the carb
body was on the last couple of threads. I tightened it.
About five we arrive
at the sea front but the Lady Mayoress had got cold and had gone home.
She was due to greet all riders but it was a bit chilly.
En route Dianne had been sick by a
bluebell wood ( I had been sick at 4pm'ish) when we were in the midst
a cycle race and with nothing all day, except my crisps, we were now
hungry. The 3 course celebratory dinner went down very well. Amazingly
the table seating plan had our sidecar friends sat with us.
Ex-President Tim Penn presented awards and presented me with the pre
award. There was an ex Len Ore 1938 Ariel that was superb. It would
have been my choice. I puzzled over why we had the award as there were
ten pre 1945 machines. There were also ten pre 1931. I think my award
was given for merit rather than concours, as we were
the only pre 1945 ridden two up.
Rather than the sometime scenic tour
route of 155 miles we had followed on the way down, all entrants would
be expected to choose their own routes home as it was only a Saturday
event. So, I drew a straight line across the map from Brighton to
Coventry and planned a route as close as I could to
The weather was superb when we set off
at about 9.30am after a full English and with the odd route
cock-up and with a pub lunch at Bracknell we arrived at the camping and
our camper just south of Coventry at 4 o'clock. Three hundred
miles of trouble free motorcycling, apart from that loose nut, all done
in the two days.
Would we do it again? Probably not - but this event did have a very
By the way the two Triumphs that broke
down. A Pre unit T100 had a burnt
out clutch and a seventies twin had a "cooked" battery. I stopped to
offer help which was declined. "The breakdown van is on it's way ". I
Relay rally - a few photos from John F from the Swansea and Abergavenny
Jones and John Fisher had decided to visit the four
Welsh Sections for the Relay Rally. At 9.30 on a damp Sunday morning we
met at Aberdare. Rob was on his Honda GB400TT and John was on his
Triumph 90. Also Joining us was Wayne on a modern bike. Karl Hunter was
hoping to come but as he had worked Saturday night he was going to
catch us on route.
The ride to the Swansea District check point an M and Ps was
dry and uneventful. After signing on and having a quick chat we decided
to push on to Llandovery and the West South Wales check point. Karl was
texted with our ETA and we headed toward the M4. Unfortunately there
must have been an accident as the road was gridlocked. Taking the old
A48 to Pontarddulais we crossed the M4 and saw that traffic heading
East was stationary and no traffic at all was heading West. It was a
good decision to head on the old road. The A roads from Pontarddulais
to Ammanford, Llaneilo and Llandovery are good but unfortunately the
rain began, which was to be our constant companion until lunch. We
tootled on at about 50 mph and kept an eye out for other Vintage Club
bikes. We didn't notice any, although we did see some modernish bikes.
Jim Codd was at Llandovery and we signed on and chatted
before heading on to Brecon. The lads from Swansea arrived
as we we getting ready to leave. We were all pretty damp by now so
Wayne headed home. John and I diverted to Talgarth
where we were going to have a Sunday Lunch at the New Inn. We managed
to dry our gloves in the pub and suitably refreshed we headed over the
mountain to Tretower and on to the Gwent Section check point at
Just after Crickhowell we were overtaken by Karl Hunter on
his 1976 Yamaha XT500. We all signed in at Abergavenny and had
a chat in a lovely warm caravan with Henry, Mark, John and Sue. The
rain had now stopped. Thank goodness! Karl had left Aberdare about
11o'clock and had been catching us up. He tagged on and we headed to
Tintern via Raglan and the lanes through Llansoy. We arrived at our
checkpoint which was manned by Howard and Carol at about
3.30. And signed on and collected our fourth sticker. While we
were there a few other bikes called in, a very nice AJS and another
Triumph. A few people came across to chat about the bikes and what we
had been doing. Howard explained that they had been visited by over 50
machines. Not only that, but they had had a mostly dry
day!! John left us to head home via the M4 and Karl and Rob
took the winding B roads to Usk and Pontypool and home. All in
all a grand day out.
and Carol had our checkpoint up and ready well before 10:00am. The
first group of
visitors arrived at 9:40 and were told to come back at 10, but they
refused so Carol booked them in. Weather was warm (in the sun)
with a few spots of rain late
morning, not enough to seek shelter from. Rain did however come at
1:30 ish and lasted approx 40 mins., then back to dry conditions. Which
gave a pleasant afternoon. Onto the important bit; 13 signed on as
starting at Tintern and we had
37 visitors giving a total attendance of 50.
South Wales Section members who paid us a visit:
Yesterday was the day for the 53rd South West Coast Run and a
number of our members ventured across the channel:
John F - 1962 BSA C15
Rob J - 1959 Velo MAC
Howard J - 1983 Lomax
Roger and Iris - 1987 PAC
John B - 1955 Square four Ariel
Brian M - 1975 BMW
Andy G - 1983 Laverda
Bill, Jean and Josie - 1942 Willys Jeep
Barry had entered his little Suzuki CP80 but never made the start -
hope all is ok?
This event always attracts 100 plus entrants and there was a good
turnout, as usual, at the Failand Village Hall. We had left Sth Wales
in the midst of some drizzle and dark clouds, but by the time we
reached the start, the sun was out and the day looked to be very
promising. Rob had already arrived with his motorhome and trailer and
was all ready to immediately head off to Scotland after the event for a
Velo owners club rally. John had also trailered his C15 whilst all the
rest rode their bikes over. The entrants set off on the usual loop,
down onto the B road that runs through Long Ashton before turning left
outside the Ashton Court Gate on to B3128. From there the route turns
right and joins the A369 that heads towards Portishead and the morning
coffee stop. John Mockett was on his first outing with his rare 1920
Model T Ford Centre door sedan. The car was the star of the TV series
'Flambards' in 1978 and had been laid up in store ever since, and this
was the cars first outing since John had acquired it.
From Portishead we all continued on to Clevedon along the coast road
that has spectacular views out over the channel. We had a selected
lunch stop at the Little Harp Inn and I just managed to
squeeze the Jeep in before we went in to find a table for a Sunday
lunch. The others eventually turned up, whilst Howard and Roger had to
park their three-wheelers in the main car park across the
field as the pub car park was really chokka. Lunch was good though.
There were two options for the afternoon route, one long and one short.
I opted for the short, as the Jeep was playing up with what felt like
fuel starvation. Consequently, we were one of the earliest to make the
finish. That gave me the opportunity to get some photos:
After the prize giving we all headed home, whilst Rob set off for
Scotland and an overnight stop at Cannock Chase.
It was our turn to receive the VMCC baton from the Swansea Section.
Five members turned out on two wheels at the Llanharry club and rode to
Cowbridge common, to find that Barry C was already there. Pretty soon
Deryl turned up, making 7 section members in all.
South Wales members:
Rob Jones - Honda CB400F 1976
Bill Phelps - Moto Morini 3 1/2 1974
Andy Grew - Moto Morini 500 1978
John Dunford - Triumph Bonneville 750 1981
Barry Cooksley - Honda 250
Deryl Vaughan-Jones - Peugeot Moped
Howard Jayne - Yamaha FJ1200 1991
The weather was dry and sunny for the ride down to the cafe on the A48
The Swansea Section arrived promptly at 12 noon. Howard Jayne, Section
Secretary, accepted the Baton from Gareth Thomas and photographs were
taken. The Swansea group retired to the cafe for lunch, while the South
Wales group rode via the National Folk Museum at St Fagans, skirting
the edge of Cardiff, past the fairy castle of Castell Coch and on to
Caerphilly with its large concentric castle (2nd largest castle in
Great Britain), before finishing with refreshments at the cafe on top
of Caerphilly mountain. Days travel about 30 miles.
South Wales members meet at the
Cafe on top Caerphilly mountain before setting off with the Baton to
pass onto the Bristol Section.
We stopped in Caerphilly for a photographic opportunity by the bronze
plaque commemorating local man, Malcolm Uphill, TT racer. From
Caerphilly we travelled along the A48, passing the remains of the walls
of the Roman settlement of Caerwent before crossing the old Severn
bridge and on to the Boars Head Pub in Aust, where we met members of
Bristol Section for the Baton transfer. Distance from
Caerphilly to Aust, 40 miles. Roger and Iris
Mallett were at the Boars Head waiting for us to arrive.
Barry C, Vince C and Deryl Vaughan Jones returned home after lunch,
rest of the group took a scenic route back to South Wales travelling
via Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Chepstow to Usk and back to Caerphilly.
South Wales members:
Howard and Carol Jayne - Lomax 223 1984
Robert Jones - Honda
Barry Cookley - Suzuki gn 250
Kevin Rogers - Kawasaki
Andy Grew - Laverda.
Deryl Vaughan Jones - Honda ntv.
John Fisher - Honda CX650 1985.
Vince Chivers - Honda GB400TT 1986.
Total millage 150 for the day.
Rob J lead the way home (many thanks to him) over some really good
motorcycling roads. We stopped at the Forest of Dean Railway
for coffee and cake, John F having two slices.
Thanks to everyone for their support and company on both days.
The day of the Seaside run. We only had 36 entries for this event and
turned out to be glorious, so as usual, there was a spate of 'enter on
the day' entries. That made the programme look a bit sparse as barely
half the entries were included. A plea folks - please enter properly
and in time so that you and your bike can be properly recorded in the
programme. We will all then know what we are looking at. Unfortunately
we only had
one Vintage motorcycle and one Post Vintage motorcycle. Luckily all
classes were well supported, although we could have done with a few
more four-wheelers. Seen at the
In the end we had 63 bikes, cars and three-wheelers leave the start at
the Penarth Conservative club. The usual route along Penarth seafront,
Barry Island and on to Nash point was followed. Seen at the Nash point
From Nash Point the route went around the coast, through Ogmore and on
to Porthcawl, before arriving at the Green Acre Motel in North Cornelly
for lunch. Seen at the Green Acre:
The return run to Penarth basically followed the A48 before dropping
down and onto the top road at Barry. Then through Dinas Powis and the
finish at Penarth. Trophy winners were presented with their awards by
the Penarth town Mayor, Mike Cuddy. Only one trophy was not presented
by the Mayor as the driver could not be found at the time, however, the
cup was eventually handed out by John Lewis:
thanks to the Penarth Town Mayor, the Conservative Club, Nash
and the Green Acre Motel, not forgetting Barry Cooksley who
provided a trailer in case of a breakdown. Special mention of thanks to
Dave, John and Carol for their organisational skills.
Bring-a-bike night and the weather wasn't too bad for the 16 bikes that
turned up. The voting for the John Wells cup was in unanimous favour of
Ken Baxter's 1925 Round tank BSA.
The Banbury run, and we had no entries from our section this year and I
was helping with judging the
concours. Weatherwise it was a good day, nice to see Terry H and Ken B
there. Anyway, a few photos of some of the machinery for you to look at:
June - notes from Geoff Harris, Photos from Geoff, Howard and Terry
Cymru. Roof of Wales. Seven
motorcycles and one
three wheeler were at the start at Nantgarw, for the first Tor Cymru,
Wales run. With heavy clouds in
evidence they rode to
Llandovery and then onto Llyn Briannie. Following a picturesque route
the reservoir and after a short stop at the dam, they rode to the
picnic point where myself, my wife and
breakdown van and driver were waiting with the BBQ ready fired up and
and sausage cooking. The simple fare of burgers, hot dogs with fresh
potato salad and Bara Bryth, were partaken by all. My wife’s Bara Bryth
out to be the “hit of the day”. To
I have not heard of a single fatality as a result of my cooking. Light
drops started during the lunch stop and as a result the planned time
was reduced and we set off on the rest of the run. We were now eight
motorcycles, one three wheeler and a breakdown van. Now the rain
earnest. By the time
we reached “The Devils Staircase” the roads were soaking. Taking this
steep section of road in these circumstances was interesting. We rode
Abergwesyn valley and onto Llanwrtyd Wells where we had planned to stop
but as we were all well soaked at this point, we decided to ride on.
through the military land over Eypynt through Upper Chapel and Lower
passed some spectacular views, which even in this weather were
splendid; on through
the town of Brecon and onto the A470. We stopped at the viewing point
referred to as the
to squeeze the water from our gloves and have a final chat whilst we
the breakdown van to arrive. My
thanks to my wife Helena
for her work in all the shopping and food preparation and, her Bara
my thanks to Rob James for the loan of the breakdown van and driver
otherwise known as David Smith.
July - the BBQ
With the weather looking a bit 'iffy', it was a case of putting up the
awnings to be sure and, as it happened, we were quite lucky.
A big thank you to all who turned up and made all the effort
worth while - hope you all enjoyed the evening. I must say a thank you
to Howard for helping me assemble the garden and to Bruce for his help
in breaking it all down and putting it all away.
July - Follow the Velo run
The day started with the weather not looking too good, but we made the
whole run without any rain with just some of us experiencing just a
touch on the run home. Thirteen bikes and fourteen members turned up
'Follow the Velo' run. Bikes included Norton, BSA, Triumph, AJS and
Velos so people could follow one of their own choice. Rob led us from
Nelson via Aberdare and over the Graig Mountain to Maerdy. From here we
took the mountain road to Llanwonno, (used as a setting for Stella on
Sky tv) with good views of the Rhondda Fach, Ynysybwl and Pontypridd.
It was decided, due to heavy rain on Saturday, to miss out the road on
Eglwysilan mountain so we headed straight along the A470 to the tea
Caerphilly mountain. Following the main roads we headed up the
Llanbradach by pass and on to Crumlin and the Hafodyrynys Inn where we
sat down to a very nice Sunday lunch. After lunch, Bob, Doug and the
two John's returned home. The
rest of us took the very bumpy mountain road over the British to
Varteg. This road, although lacking a comfortable riding surface, did
provide lovely views across the hills to Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and
beyond to the north west and Newport, the River Severn and the Mendip
Hills to the south. The run finished at the Blaenavon Railway where we
watched an industrial tank engine arrive at Furnace sidings station,
pushing one coach. Not long aftrewards a Hawksworth
pannier pulling three beat, up the incline in fine form. We
then all split
up and headed home.
July - Wednesday evening ride out
The weather turned out to be quite pleasant for the ride to the
Corntown Country Inn. In all we had some 12 bikes and two three
wheelers - plus 17 members.
August - The 31st July Historic Tour
weather for the day was fine and there was another good turnout at the
Caerphilly Mountain cafe for Geoff Harris' 3rd Historic Tour. I counted
18 motorcycles and one Velocette. We set off for our first
visit to Ewenny Priory, where the medieval church was
opened up for us to look around. From Ewenny we headed for Pyle and the
Ye Olde Wine House where some of us tucked into a Sunday
Then it was on to Margam Park and after suffering a 'jobsworth' on the
gate, and with some help from Geoff, we were eventually allowed through
to park at the rear of the gatehouse. We visited the Orangery, Church,
Part of which was specially opened up for us, the Citrus House,
Monastic ruins and the Castle. All in all a grand day out, as Wallace
August - The Simon Pritchard run
We had two meeting points for this event and all met up at the
Aust services where a few of the Velo Owners Club were waiting for us.
By that time our group had swollen to 20 motorcycles and two Lomaxes.
The weather was good as we all headed over the old Severn Bridge, using
the pedestrian route, which I must admit, I wasn't sure about. We then
headed down the coast towards Avonmouth with the intention of arriving
in Bristol for a visit to the SS Great Britain. Not long after we left
Aust we came upon a road closure and so had to just follow the
diversion signs, however, we eventually arrived at the SS Great
Britain, only to find out that we had lost four bikes and one of the
Lomaxes. The Lomax turned up but none of the four bikes that I saw and
Pete M and Dave D were amongst those missing.
John F had 'celebrity' parking arranged on the dockside and two tour
guides booked, one for 1pm and the other for 2.15pm. As
we were down a bit on numbers, our first tour guide, Peter, said that
he could manage all of our party, so, the second guide
was cancelled. The tour of the ship took well over an hour and
it would take a whole book to describe what we saw. Afterwards some of
us headed for the cafe and others the museum. It was agreed that we
would meet back at the bikes for a 4pm departure for home.
After assembling a small group decided to take the motorway home whilst
the rest opted for the same route back that we had used coming over. We
all set off and it wasn't long before the great plan started to fall
apart. There were bikes going this way and that - all trying to find a
way out of the docks area and onto the Portway. I came along one road
only to find several others on the road below mine. John F doubled back
and picked up a few others. Anyway, we all made it home safely, that
I've heard. I must say that the ride back across the Severn
Bridge was one that I did not enjoy, due to the high side wind. I think
that I held my breath all the way across, not to mention the tight
clenching of the buttocks. Big thanks to John F for all the
organisation. These are a selection of some of the photos that Rob and
August - The Fish & Chip run
Some 17 members on a variety of
bikes and three wheelers met at Cowbridge Common for the annual Fish
and Chip Run. Dave Danielsen led off down the A48 before
heading to Wick and St Brides. The weather was excellent with the
bright sunshine reflecting back off the sea at Ogmore. Passing the
castle we turned off for Ewenny, rejoining the A48 before
taking the lanes back to the Clubhouse. Here we caught up with members
who didn't do the run, others whose bike failed to start
and one who seemed to have taken a slightly different route.
Anyway the food was good and everyone enjoyed themselves.
September - James and the Giant Peach
This all started by us getting a request to provide motorcycles to
carry Grannies on the pillion. We were needed for the weekend of the
17th/18th September to carry the 'Biker Grannies Peach Rescue
Squadron' - ok, I know, but it was all part of the Dahl story of James
and the Giant Peach. So, we assembled on Ocean Way in Cardiff, on the
evening of Wednesday the 31st August to meet 'our' grannies and to give
them a ride around a car park. It was explained what we were to do, yet
no matter who you talked to, we got a different story, right up to the
end. So, dress rehearsal - Sunday 11th September in
the playground of the Fitzalan High School. We carried our grannies in
to rescue the giant Peach from being cut up.
The Giant Peach story was to be a surprise, so we were asked not to
post any pictures of the rehearsal online until after the day of the
So, onto the day of the 17th September and our part in the story. We
assembled on Fitzhamon Embankment and after the roads on the City
Centre were closed, we rode into wood street and parked up alongside a
group of Morris Minors that were carrying 'The Ministry' - you need to
read the story to see where they fit in. Anyway, our grannies arrived
and helmets were passed around. The Peach arrived and moved to the
bottom of St Mary Street and it wasn't long before our turn came. We
rode in with our grannies, who all hopped off the bikes to go and
rescue the Peach from being cut up. We then managed to thread our way
up Westgate Street and parked on the entrance to the Millennium Stadium
to watch the Peach procession pass by. All in all a fun day, that
seemed to work ok.
September - the Vale of Glamorgan run
The day dawned nice and sunny and we were promised that it would stay
way. We had 20 entries with another 7 turning up on the day. It wasn't
long before everyone was setting off on the 34 mile leg to the lunch
stop at the Horseshoe Inn at Marcross. Fed and watered it wasn't long
before we all set off for the afternoon run, arriving back at the
finish by 4pm. No breakdowns, thank goodness, and whilst a few took
some wrong turnings, no-one missed a checkpoint. All in all a good day
and hopefully I can get the results out before next weekend.
October - the Cyclemotor section 100 miler
early start from Rhoose saw me in Quainton near Aylesbury at 6.30am for
the start of this years Cyclemotor 100 miler. the day was bright but
chilly when the organisers arrived at the village hall and I was the
only entrant there. Laurie got me on my way at 7.30am proudly wearing
the number one marker. It was a joy to be on the road so
early on the sabbath with my 49cc Jawa, after a good deal of prepping,
singing its little heart out - and indeed it did the 100 without
a beat even if it was at 28 mph. First lap done in 1hr 25 mins, as I
back to base there was a lot more activity going on with
loads of riders getting set for the off. A cup of tea in the canteen
and I was ready to go. As I was about to leave I spotted big Al
Williams waiting for me to show him the route, so after a few words we
were on our way. To me the miles seemed to fly by and I was
loving every one. By 1.0pm I had done my three laps and I collected my
medal. Thats my 14th so that's 1,400 miles on a moped. I`ve only got
thing to say. My bum is getting very sore. Cheers and looking forward
to next year. - Barry Cooksley
What a good night we all had last night, the time went so quickly.
There was a poor turnout of trophy winners and it
looked as if we were only going to be able to hand out one of the Vale
of Glam trophies, as by the time we were all tucking into our starters,
Rob J's seat was still empty and he was due to get two other trophies.
to Aberdare found him having had his tea and lounging on his
settee watching the football. Realisation quickly dawned and after a
quick change, the Romahome set off down the A470 at warp speed. Anyway,
Rob got his meal and will probably suffer for ages by being tagged as
later turning up than our Dave. Many thanks to John Fisher, who
provided a mind stretching quiz - all in all a good evening.
Big thanks to Howard, Bruce
and Barry who penned a few words on the Boxing
day outing to the Lamb and Flag at Wick.
some 15 bikes and reported a good
number of members had turned out, along with a few that we
only see on these
occasions. Brian & Wynn, Barry, Jack, Dave D, Stewart, Rob
H were some of those present. "Roads were mostly dry", said
Howard, who was using his Honda 400/4 and was on his own as Carol was
none too well. Howard's comment was that it was a little
cold, but Dave reminded him that "it was winter, after all".
Jones didn't make it, as he said that he was in A&E after
off a horse. Rob said that it just became uncontrollable and galloped
faster and wouldn't slow down until the owner turned up and
the power off.
reports: Di had said to me "now listen big boy, use it
or lose it". I took her message to heart and went out the garage and
fettled the Comet. It don't get called upon often these days. I had a
ride over the Island and got caught in a bloody shower. But it went
well. We set off on Boxing Day morning a trifle early. Even though the
modest westerly was agin us we got to the Lamb and Flag at 11.
There was no one there. Worse still , the toilets were
locked shut. We hung about for a while until my bladder really
complained and pointed the bike towards home. We passed some old riders
on old bikes going westwards and got home at 11.35, the bathroom at
11.36. It was a nice day to be on an old bike, even an old James.
reports: There was only one word for the weather on
Boxing Day" Perfect". The sun was out, no wind and about 12 degrees. I
arrived at the normal destination The Lamb and Flag in Wick
about 11.50 to see about 12 bikes and a few tin tops already there.
Wayne Boon tried to order sausage and chips ( usually a large
quantity) but was told he couldn't have them because he hadn't ordered
them. He was then told he could have them but they would be 14 quid. So
he declined the offer. The Landlady then said that if he wanted food he
should go to the pub over the road. Now as an old Landlord myself this
is not the way to win friends and gain new customers. So before next
year I suggest we check if we are still welcome there. A few surprises,
Howard turned up on a bike, John Ellis appeared and disappeard just as
quick. It was good to see Brian & Wynn Gray now living
back in the area. I did ask him if he was on the Norton but the reply
was in the negative. The last to arrive was (have a guess) Dave
Danielsen. In all I would say there were about 25 there so not a bad