Isle of Wight Scurry - 27th September to 2nd October
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Photos provided by various people.
The South Wales
Rob Jones - 1959 Velocette MAC
Bill and Jean Phelps - 1936 Nimbus
We all set off for Lymington and
the Wightlink ferry, on Friday the 27th. On the way we collected
Ian Young from his home in Berkeley as I'd promised to give him a lift
to the event. We had a nice easy drive to Lymington and made
the 4pm ferry with ease and
were at the Orchards holiday centre by 5.30pm. Rob and his two
already there and were also due to catch the same ferry as us but they
had made a
much earlier one. As we did last year, both Rob
and ourselves had hired a static caravan each, from the site. The
Orchards had been used for the first time last year and turned out to
be quite a suitable venue for the event. Anyhow, the weather was a bit
overcast, but not
raining as we booked in. However, for the next three days the wind was
relentless and quite strong and when it rained the droplets came down
horizontally. Our caravan was sited under an Oak tree which
produced a continual hammering of acorns on the van roof all through
the night - but we did get used to it.
The first evening consisted of a get together during an
Fish and Chip meal put on by the take away caterers at the holiday
There was a poor entry from 'the mainland' and only 17 bikes had been
entered - however there were 15 more from the Island making up the
numbers. We all assemble outside
the camp reception office for the first days ride. I say all, as at a
quick count there were
only 7 lined up for the start and the ride into the centre of Newport
for the show in St Thomas' square.
We were soon on our way for the 7 mile ride into Newport and I was
pleasantly surprised to see a large gathering of bikes in St Thomas'
square, as we turned in. Must have been 50+ on show - time for a coffee.
At 12 noon the winner of the County Press Trophy was announced and it
went to our Nimbus. The photo above shows, from left to right, Ian
Young, myself with the cup, the County Press judge and Ron Wallis. That
was a nice surprise, must have had something to do with the fact that
I'd cleaned the bike. Anyway, the afternoon was ours and there were
suggestions on where to go, but rain clouds were gathering, so, Jean
and I, along with
Rob, decided to head back to the Orchards. Then, on the way out of
Newport the Nimbus coughed to a stop - no fuel. I haven't done
run out of juice for many years. Rob headed back to camp and soon
returned with his trailer. The silly thing was that I had a gallon in a
can in the back of the van and had just forgotten to tip it in the
tank that morning. No real harm done, apart from to the pride.
Saturday evening was free, so we all headed to Freshwater and the
Chinese Restaurant that we've used each year. It was raining and after
parking the car we dashed across the road to the restaurant and went
in, without noticing the name change. It was now called Petesaria and
50% of the Chinese menu had been changed to Pizzas. The food was not
good, I must say and the duck in plum sauce became a grease ball in
chilli sauce - somewhere else in future, I think.
the 29th September
The day of the Scurry - and we were awoken to the sound of torrential
rain on the van roof, plus the customary acorn hammerings and a gale
blowing outside. It wasn't difficult to
decide what we were going to do, so we waited until well after the
start and then at 12 noon piled into the car and drove to the Horse
& Groom pub for
the Sunday lunch that was already booked for us. Gosh, the pub
but we all eventually got our food. Some of the bikes had in fact gone
out for the morning ride and as the weather had cleared up we decided
the afternoon route in the car. The evening consisted of a buffet in
the upstairs room above the take away - good it was too. After Jean and
I left, I was told that there was a quiz, ably given by Ian Young. Not
sure of who won that.
the 30th September
Today was the visit to the Boat Museum in Cowes and we were led by Andy
Eason riding a very nice Honda VFR from 1992, club eligible and all
that. However, I did fancy the bike, so maybe!!! We stopped at a
filling station and I filled the Nimbus tank, wasn't going to run out
again - Rob would never let me forget, if I did. Anyway, half the boat
was in West Cowes with the other half in East Cowes. There was some
interesting nautical stuff on show including Ben Ainslie's first test
boat for the Americas cup challenge, also we had a guide to answer any
questions - interestingly you don't sail the catamaran - you fly it.
The first photo above is of T1 dismantled in the museum. The second
photo, of the
catamaran under sail in the Solent and the following
description are included with thanks to the Island Echo:
T1 was the first of 5 foiling
catamarans to be launched by the team – in October 2014 – and was used
as a test boat for training sessions on the Solent, in the build-up to
the team’s campaign for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. The boat
originally raced under BAR colours during the America’s Cup World
Series in 2012-13 and was used to break the Round the Island race
record in 2013, before being modified by the team to fly on hydrofoils
the following year.
From West Cowes, Jean and I headed back to the Orchards, whilst Rob, on
his Velo, took the chain ferry to Ryde to meet his daughters who were
there for a day out. For an evening meal us and Rob went to the Sun Inn
at Calbourne and we were greeted by a very friendly landlord.
grub was excellent and very reasonably priced.
the 1st October
we had a ride to the Isle of Wight aviation museum at Sandown airport -
no aircraft in the museum, as such, but loads of memorabilia. There was
a flight simulator, with another planned to be installed in the cockpit
of a shortened Beagle fusilage. Most interesting was the display
Ellis, who lived next to the airport. Mary was one of the female
ATA delivery pilots during the second world war and at one time she was
delivering a Spitfire and on looking left saw a Messerscmitt flying
alongside. Mary had no guns and not knowing what to do just waved at
the German, who promptly waved back. It seems that he was following
Mary to an airfield where he could land his plane and surrender. On
another occasion she delivered a Lancaster and on landing was asked
where the pilot was and after saying that she was it - a search of the
plane was made as the receiving aircrew did not believe that she alone
had flew the plane. An amazing lady, and her story is part of the
museum exhibition. Mary died in July 2018 - age 101.
the volunteers have put together quite an
interesting exhibition. At the time that we were there they were
working on a full size replica of a Black Arrow rocket - see the
artists impression below. The engines of the Black Arrow were tested
near the Needles on the Island and two of the engines still exist at
Australia, where the rockets were launched. It is hoped to repatriate
them for the museum.
After the museum visit we all had some refreshments in the on-site cafe
before returning to the Orchards. That evening was the final meeting to
present the trophies and tuck into a superb buffet and say our
farewells. Another great five days, despite the weather.