50th Anniversary weekend - 20th/22nd May 2011
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20th May
Friday the 20th was the date for our Sections 50th anniversary dinner/dance. We had 67 attendees at the final count and all had arrived by just after 7pm for the dinner. Most of the founder members were there, Tim Rhy-Roberts came from North Wales with his son and daughter, Graham Gardiner attended from Barry and Joe O'Reilly from Cardiff. Along with myself and Terry Hopes we had a full house of founder members, with the exception, of course, of Doug Bailey. There were also a few other earlier members, Bob Hill and Peter Benger, to name but two. Bob James said a few words prior to the meal, as did Joe O'Reilly, who paid a tribute to Doug Bailey as the founding father of Vintage motorcycling in South Wales. The caterer had certainly excelled himself and produced an excellent menu and meal without any mishaps. A big thanks is due to Chairman Bob for providing the wine, which, I am told, stretched the Llanharry club cellar quite a bit. The meal was through at around 9pm and the Kent Summers Swing Quartet provided the music for the rest of the evening with most people staying until the end - which was good to see. During the meal, copies of the Section History book were handed out as a momento of the occasion.

21st May
The weekend continued with a Saturday ride out to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The start was from the Multiplx cinema at Nantgarw at 10.30am.

Only 13 machines turned up for the run which was a touch disappointing, but at least the weather was dry. We set off for Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach and Pontypool, before heading on the Abergavenny and a tea stop at the bus station. From there it was on towards Hereford and up the Golden Valley. Several of us saw Philippa Wheeler outside her house on the road leaving Abergavenny and she must have been wondering who was doing all the sounding of the horns as we passed. Lunch was arranged and booked for us all in the Blue Boar in Hay on Wye and I can certainly recommend the Chili - it was one of the best that I've ever had. We allowed an hour and 20 minutes for lunch and after that headed back towards Brecon and up over the Beacons and the Storey Arms. The summit was covered in thick cloud and whilst it wasn't raining it certainly was a bit wet. By the time I reached Merthyr I was a trifle damp - amazing just how wet low lying cloud really is and how easily it collects on you as yoou pass through it. South of Merthyr and Howard and Carol managed to run out of fuel after finding out that their Honda 400/4 only does 4 miles on reserve, however, everyone made it home safely. All in all a good ride.

22nd May

Sunday was the day of the Seaside run. Entries in the programme reached 72 this year which is better than we've had in the past. Everything after that was down to the weather.

If it was a nice day we'd probably get another 30 odd, like last year. As it happened the morning was a touch blustery and with the odd shower added. We still had 15 late entries, with the sad part being that 12 of the previous entries did not turn up. No doubt due to the rain. The event went like clockwork, thanks to Geoff and Helena and by the time we arrived at Nash Point the sun was out and we were just about all dry after having passed through a few quick showers.

Nash point photographs:

From Nash Point the route headed for the Seabank hotel in Porthcawl and a Sunday lunch for those that wanted one. 

The Lunch Stop in Porthcawl:

The return route back to the Oystercatcher headed inland towards Pyle and then across Glamorgan to Talbot Green before passing through St Fagans and on to Penarth and the finish and the presentation of the awards.

Seen at the finish:

The trophies were kindly presented by the Mayor of Penarth, Councillor Ernest.

A great way to round of a good weekend - here's to the next 50 years.