Section Runs and Meetings for 2017
Reports are listed in reverse order i.e. newest first. They
will then be removed to the archive where they will remain for as long
as we have the space.
photos use a slide show type of presentation, just click any photo to
December - the day after Boxing Day run
What a good choice the Red Lion was for our annual Christmas time run.
This year saw 24 turn up with many on their bikes. Not the 'Boxing Day
run' but the 'day after Boxing Day run' - reason being that Boxing day
is taken up with family commitments for so many of us.
December - Christmas dinner
had 54 book in with 51 sitting down to one of Graham's excellent
dinners. The evening went off very well and it was nice to see some
visitors from West Wales. All in all a good evening with John F's quiz
being won by table 2, whoever that was. The Vale of Glamorgan trophies
were presented along with the winner of the John Wells trophy
for Bring a bike night.
November - Visit to Wales Air Ambulance
We met near the Air
Ambulance HQ just outside Llanelli and it was pleasing to see a number
of our members turn up, before we headed off to our noon appointment at
Ambulance HQ. We were met by one of the staff who took us all inside to
warm up a bit whilst he explained what they did on the site. We then
outside and had a talk by one of the pilots who explained the ins and
outs of the aircraft to us. It was then simply a case of handing over
our large cheque before
departing for home. A job well done on a cold day.
September - Saundersfoot weekend
The weather didn't
promise much sunshine and for the Friday social run Jean and I set off
with Howard and Carol in their car, then, of course, the weather
improved as we headed to the Old Point House pub for coffee before
moving on to Bosherton and the lunch stop at the St Govans Country Inn.
Back at base Howard had arranged to pick Rob up for the evening, as we
all had a
table booked at the Dragon Palace Chinese restaurant. Good
food it was, for sure.
Saturday morning and it was raining - in no small way, of course.
Howard and I went down to the harbour, signed on and collected our
The weather did not look good and we went back to the hotel and made
the decision that we would wait until our start time, and if it had
raining, then we would start from the hotel. Things did ease off, so
Howard and Carol set off in their Lomax with Jean and myself following.
We were soon into some narrow single track roads, which were to be the
norm for most of the day - but at least the rain had stopped, although
had left the roads in a filthy state. At one point we took a wrong
turning but after riding in a loop we ended up back at the same
junction, before taking the correct turning. I don't know of the
mileage, but it was high, and at a guess near 65 or 70 just for the
stint. In mostly narrow lanes it took us 3 and half hours to get to the
lunch stop, which was a long time in the saddle. By lunch time, both
Jean and I were completely fed up and I
was glad that we were not on our Indian, let alone a veteran. Bruce and
Di, along with Rob, had made it before us. Jean and I decided, after a
look at a map, to straight line it back to Saundersfoot on some decent
roads, where I took
some photos of those hardy souls coming in after finishing the
The evening dinner in the Merlewood hotel was the same menu as it had
for the best part of 10 years, all well edible, thank goodness. The
evening rounded off with an excellent singer performing songs from the
Sunday morning dawned and the sun was out, with barely a cloud in the
sky as we rode the bike down to the harbour. It
wasn't long before Rob joined us, reporting that Bruce
and Di had already headed for home. I nust say that it was nice to see
Graham Gardiner spectating and we had a good chat reminiscing about
Saundersfoot runs from the 50's and 60's.
There were quite a number of bikes presented that were not entered and
had not ridden the Saturday event and that must have been a problem for
the organisers in sorting out the concours. The Honda Dream 50R Cafe
racer, manufactured as one of a limited edition in 2004, had it's owner
passing it off as a 1962 RC110, which it clearly wasn't . However, the
morning sunshine was glorious and it wasn't long before the trophies
were presented and the bikes dispersed, either to home or the short
20mile run to a lunch stop.
Over the past few years on the Saundersfoot run, Jean and I had chucked
the towel in at the lunch stop on the trial day, when riding our
Indian, so this year we took our Morini in the hope of having an easier
ride, but that was not to be. Entries were down to 57 and I'd
hazard a guess, after listening to a number of people, that
they'll be even lower next year. At this point in time, we
won't go again, as we ride for enjoyment. Anyway, our next event is on
the Isle of Wight and they cater for the older bike, thank goodness,
report to follow.
Two Saundersfoot youtube videos for you:
September - Vale of Glamorgan run
weather promised to be pretty lousy for the day, as 20 riders assembled
in Llanharry for the start of the 52nd Vale of Glamorgan event. This is
probably going to be the last - as I've just about had enough. I asked
for volunteers to help and I needed two. Josie said she could help, but
on the day had to cry off, as she had spent the night with her sister,
who has terminal cancer and is now in Holme Tower. Our thoughts are
with Josie, as she has nursed her sister for well over a year now. John
F was able to do the morning time check, before having to go to pack
for his Turkey holiday. So Jean and I were left with a real problem of
how to man the other checkpoints.
Anyhow, the rain held off and everyone made it to the lunch
stop. It wasn't
until mid afternoon that we had a quick shower with it being dry back
at the start. Luckily no one needed recovering and I was pleased that
we had 3 genuine Vintage bikes. All in all, no mishaps and we got
through the day, albeit with a little less hair than usual, thanks to
Howard pulling out, in order to help with the time checks. The only
problem was that Howard reported that number 82 was missing at the
finish - until someone pointed out that that was his own number.
Many, many thanks to those that entered and made our efforts worth
while, I do hope that you enjoyed the event. Results are below and the
trophies will be given out at our dinner on the 18th December. If
you've won something and can't make the dinner, then please arrange for
someone to collect the trophy, as they will not be posted due to cost.
Sorry for the hiccup with the results, as we didn't make a note of the
riding numbers of the four late entries and I got them all wrong with
my guesses - The riding numbers and results were correct, I just put
the wrong names against them. Luckily there is no change to
outcome. The above results are correct, I hope, unless you
like a Velocette, my Givaudan ended up on the recovery trailer at the
Oude Klepper in Belgium back on the 20th August. I made it to the lunch
stop, then the afternoon Ice Cream stop, before falling off the bike
and bending the axle crank whilst pedalling it away. Not really the
bikes fault, but I'd sure had enough by then. So the bike was put on
recovery trailer along with Roger King's Premier, a veteran Triumph and
the Alldays and Onions outfit belonging to Morgan Thomas from
Nantgaredig. Jurgen, a good Belgian friend, came to the rescue with a
lift back to De Haan and insisted that we unwound with a nice cold beer
- couldn't fault that. Apart from the 'breakdown' we all had a good
August - remember the Dragon tour run - photos from our
resident Reuters correspondent.
Fifteen riders turned up on top of
Caerphilly Mountain cafe for the run, including Chris and Tracey Tilley
big Vincent. Our own members were a bit thin on the ground but but we
had a few visitors from the Sunbeam club etc that made the numbers up.
Geoff gave a little speech before we set off in bright sunshine for
Llandovery at our own pace. Not a sign of much holiday traffic until
we got on top of the Beacons, which saw heaps of cars looking for
to park so the occupants could do "The Walk". We soon left them behind
and reached the Llandovery car park at intervals all ready for the
stop. At this point several riders returned to home as they had
planned, whilst the remaining ten set off for the Dragon bit. It soon
became clear to me where we were going and it brought back the memory
of Ron and Marion in the Lomax stopped on a bridge arguing about which
way to turn, Left or Right, magic. We were greeted by the
sight of Carreg Cennan Castle on top of the hill . We had a coffee stop
but I did`nt see any of our group scaling the hill to the castle. It
was soon time to call it a day, so back to Llandovery and onward to
home. A first class run and thanks to Geoff H for all he has done
this season to educate us about the Wales in which we live. Thanks
Geoff for 170 enjoyable miles. Barry. PS The BRYNBOBJON did
July - The Chairman's run thanks to Rob and John for the
Some 15 members assembled at the
Caerphilly Mountain Cafe for the start of the Chairman's Run. Bikes
included BSAs, Triumphs, Suzukis, Honda, BMW, Enfield, Triton, Norton
Commando and Harley trike. The weather was very grey but dry although
rain was forecast for late afternoon. The planned route was
to Tntern Station for a tea stop, then on to Monmouth and
Hereford for lunch before returning via Brecon. We set off through
Caerphilly to Machen with the bikes looking impressive as we all
managed to keep together. Unfortunately due to traffic lights we were
split up before the M4 and only caught up on the approach to Tintern.
At the tea stop the clouds darkened and a decision was made to head to
Abergavenny, for lunch, via the Rockfield Road.
However there was a
warning to avoid the Brynbobjon from motorcycle lore, especially when
riding in green lanes and on B roads. It
is a muli coloured thing with six wheels with a roar like a Typhoon. If
you are going fast, it will pass you. If you are going through a fast
corner it will go through faster. If the sign says slow, it will speed
If the sign says no overtaking then overtake it does. Then, when you
where you are going it is already there. Old bikers need to be wary of
main road from
Tintern to Monmouth does have sweeping bends though and Rob on the
Honda GB400TT and
Kevin on the Commando had a nice flowing ride. Reaching Monmouth Geoff
took over leading the bikes through the town centre and we were getting
admiring looks. It was enjoyable following along the old Abergavenny
Monmouth road as Geoff's Triton sounded lovely. Everyone reached the
station and decided to have lunch before making their own ways back
home before the rains came.
July - Historic tour
The weather for the day looked pretty awful and was bucketing down when
we were due to leave for the start. A quick phone call to Howard and it
was agreed that we'd go in a car in order to keep the numbers up for
everything that Geoff had organised - at the start we had some 9 bikes,
including Tony D's Harley trike:
The day was to be about the Brecon and Monmouth canal system. We all
set off for Newport and the first visit of the day to the 'Fourteen
Locks', where Geoff had organised a guide to show us around. We were
joined by Terry H, who said that at home in Barry he had some awful
weather so he
decided to also come on four wheels.
The second leg took us on to Goetre Wharf, where we had lunch and were
able to look around the museum, which was opened especially for us.
It was a short run on to visit St Bartholomews church - the burial site
of Lord and Lady Llanover. The church itself was very interesting and
in excellent condition. Geoff had arranged for us to meet the Vicar's
wife who opened the church and showed us around.
After the visit to St Bartholomews the route took us towards Brecon and
our next stop at the Brecon Basin of the B&M canal. No sooner
hsd we left St Barts than Terry was last seen taking a turning off the
route. We followed the country lanes back to the main road, only for a
very heavy shower to soak everyone. It was a bit of a no-brainer and
many turned south to Pontypool and home, whilst four of us headed to
Abergavenny and the next visit at the Brecon Basin. However, at a quick
stop on the heads of the valleys road,
it was decided to all head for home, as most were well soaked. So ended
another of Geoff's super
Historic tours. He has a couple more up his sleeve, so don't miss it
next year. Many thanks to Geoff for all his organisation - a most
July - Follow
the Velo Run.
- Thanks to Rob, John
and Terry for the photos.
club members met at the Caerphilly Mountain Cafe, on a damp Sunday
Rob’s Follow the Velo Run. Bikes in the car park included AJS, BMW,
Hondas, a Harley Trike and
a Lomax as well as Robs Velocette Venom. With no route card issued it
follow the Velo as we headed up the A470 and on to Sennybridge for a
Here we were joined by two members of the Velocette Owners’ Club which
our numbers up to 20. Talking to
an Army Captain we were informed that
a lot of mist over Eppynt and visibility was down to a few hundred
Undeterred we rode off to our pre arranged meet, with Peter the Army
Officer, at Dixie’s Corner, which was quite murky too. After
introductions and having eaten the sandwiches provided for us, Peter
gave us a short talk
about the Eppynt Ranges and what we were going to do. Basically he
us, in his 4x4, on a sighting lap around the five mile TT course at
about 30mph. Then he would take us on a second lap at a faster speed
finally we could do a solo lap at whatever speed we felt was safe. By
now the mist
had lifted a little and we were off. The first mile or two are on the
public road to Tirabad and did have a speed limit of 30. This was not
stuck to. We did meet one or two cars coming towards us on this section
wasn’t a problem. Once off this road and onto the rest of the track we
road to ourselves except for the sheep! All
around the course visibility was good with only a few blind bends which
meant that all the road could be used for bend swinging and cutting the
There were some tricky little bends and hills which made you think
riders, in the 1940s and 50s, who raced for real on this track. Some
opted to do two laps while others, led by Rob, completed a third. John
kindly agreed to pull up and take some action pictures. Although the
roads were still
a little damp everyone enjoyed themselves. As Barry Cooksley said, “I
won’t do three laps because I was getting quicker on the second and at
that was quite enough excitement”. From the Eppynt TT Circuit we rode
ranges to Tirabad and Cynghordy and on the Owls Nest Cafe in Llandovery
for a cup
of tea and a chat. Everyone made their own way home from here Before
moving off, however, Bob's AJS suffered the usual
Velocette starting problem, so a spare plug and spanner were provided
from Rob's Velo toolbox, which sorted the errant Ajay out.
July - BBQ
The weather was none too bad for the annual BBQ although it did try to
drizzle a touch around 9 to 9.30. Luckily most of the food was eaten so
I won't have to live on burgers and sausages for the next two weeks. It
was nice to see our friend Pierre, who had come all the way from
Belgium to be with us.
June - bring a bike night
We had something like 16/17 bikes turn out on a glorious sunny evening
for the Bring-a-bike night. There were some nice stuff on display and
in the end the voting came down to the Honda 750 four owned by Bob J.
June - Caerphilly Castle
We were asked several months ago if we could put on a display in
Caerphilly Castle on Fathers Day. We decided that the event would
probably not be very well supported due to other things happening that
weekend, such as the Banbury run. However the event was advertised and
with some urgent running around and a few phone calls to the South
Wales Sunbeam Motor cycle club, we were able to put on a
display. Many thanks to the SWSMCC for providing most of the bikes. It
transpired in the week before the event that the roads around the
Castle were to be closed for a road run. That, no doubt, put people off
coming into Caerphilly, thus reducing the number of visitors to the
bike display. Well done - all those that supported the event.
June - Banbury run
Several of our members were at the Banbury run, based at the Heritage
Motor Museum at Gaydon. I spotted Brian M and Ken B as spectators, with
Bruce and Di riding the VMCC Brough Superior, whilst I was involved
with the Judging of the Concours. Guess who won a concours award for
the Brough that he was riding, and I didn't accept a bribe either -
I'm not sure what to say about the ridiculously high prices
estimated on the Bonhams bikes. Someone will buy them and they will
never be seen again. A bit like Terry's Barr & Stroud engined
Beardmore Precision and 1931
Ariel sloper, unless you know better, of course. At least one of the
from the spring Bonhams sale, a 1922 Sun Vitesse has come into our
area and with any luck will be seen on the road - doing what it was
intended for - riding.
June - Seaside run
Seaside run was supported by 40 motorcycles and the event
off well, as usual. Ably managed by Dave C and John L. The weather
wasn't too bad, I'm told. Thanks to John F for the pictures.
May - South West Coast Run
We had quite a presence cross the bridge to ride the Bristol Section's
South West Coast Run. It sure did rain on the way over but the sun came
out and we had a glorious day of sunshine in the end. My brother John
made it from Swindon with his Tiger Cub and rode all day with Jean and
myself. This was the 55th running of the event and there was over 120
entries of cars and bikes. What a shame that in the past 29 years of
running our Seaside run, our equivalent of the SWCR event, that not one
person has ever crossed the bridge to ride with us - I wonder,
have we got something wrong somewhere?
At one point out on the run, Bob on the Velo, saw
two cyclists coming towards him and at the same time they were being
caught up by a car. The lady driver of the car swerved out to miss the
cyclists and managed to wipe the mirror off the Velo which also saw off
her car mirror - she didn't stop, of course. It could have been nasty
getting that close and just goes to show that some car
drivers have no respect for a motorcycle.
Anyway, there were two routes, the long one and the short one, with
most of our members opting for the long route. Funnily enough the long
route put the mileage in during the morning and didn't go near the
coast, whilst the short route had a coffee stop at Portishead and put
the mileage in during the afternoon and followed the coast road.
Anyway, we all met at the Little Harp pub in Clevedon, for a Sunday
lunch. The day before the event, Howard had booked a table, and that
was interesting in itself, with the call going something like this:
"I'd like to book a table for lunch on Sunday"
Pub - "Have
"No, that's what I'm doing now"
"We're very busy, you need to book"
"Yes, that's why I'm ringing"
Pub - "How
many and what time do you want"
Howard - "8
people for 1pm please"
"Can't do that, best we could do would be 12.30"
"OK, I'll take that, but we'll probably all arrive at 12.45"
Pub - "Oh,
ok, that'll do"
The pub was a bit chaotic when we arrived but we were all fed ok.
At the finish there were 10 class awards and four of us won our class -
those of us that went:
Rob Jones - 1953 Velocette
John Burns - 1955 Ariel 4G
Bob James - 1963 Velocette
Clubman - Best
John Housley - 1967 Triumph
John Fisher - 1968 Triumph Tiger 90
Bill & Jean Phelps
- 1974 Moto Morini - Best
Brian Morris - 1975 BMW R75
Barry Cooksley - 1979 MZ
Hopes - 1982 Honda CM200T
& Carol Jayne - 1983 Lomax - 3
The awards at the finish were quite a surprise, especially mine. But
what a great day out, good weather and pleasant company.
piece: Rob was last seen heading up the M5 towards
Stafford where he was staying the night before moving on to a Velo
owners club rally in Scotland. He sent a message to say that
he'd made the stop over at Stafford ok.
May - Funeral
Many thanks to those that turned out as support for John F at the
funeral for his wife Ruth. The weather promised to be bad but we
all had a dry ride and escorted the hearse from the
funeral home to the crematorium.
April - first Wednesday rideout
This was to the Black Cock on Caerphilly mountain to meet at around
There were 12 in attendance, 4? on motorcycles. We
had some light rain, but that didn't deter the more hardy of us.
very enjoyable meet with those who choose not to eat coming into the
dining area to say hello. Jack, Barry, John and Mike were the hardy
motorcyclists. Rob, Peter, Wayne, Dave, Carol and me the not so hardy.
Not sure if John and Molly rode or drove.
A good turn out for the first Wednesday evening run and
Next one on the 24th May to the Victoria Inn, Siginstone.
April - the Cheddar weekend
number of our members crossed the bridge for the Cheddar weekend with
glorious weather being forecast. Rob J, Bruce and Di took their camper
vans, whilst Howard and Carol along with Jean and myself opted for a
local B&B. Report here
April - Spring run - thanks to John F for the pictures
Spring by name and certainly spring by weather. It was a beautiful day
as everyone assembled at the Mountain Cafe for the start of the run at
10.30. Heading off Eastwards the first stop was at the cafe at Tintern,
when most downed a welcome cuppa. On up the Wye valley to a lunch stop
in Abergavenny, before heading back up over the Brecon Beacons and
super day out, for sure.
March - St David's Day run
The weather forecast for The St.
David’s Day run to Llandewi
Nant Hodni or Llantony if you wish was for heavy rain and winds, so
full expectation of no one turning up I was delighted to see 11 persons
at the start.
Not all on motorcycles but under these circumstances every one was
These included a couple from the Morris 8 owners club who came in their
car, fearing the worst with a single windscreen wiper equipped Morris
group rode slowly together at the sensible pace for the conditions and
his 1928 BSA. The weather on the ride out was much better than expected
just a few showers and some spectacular rainbows mixed with the
spell. At the priory we enjoyed a meal in the cellar of the Priors
accommodation sharing it with some very mud splattered hill walkers.
members of the Morris 8 club arrived late, so the total became 13. The
ride home, however, was a
different matter. The
promised heavy rain arrived and boy, didn’t it rain. We rode at our own
so Kevin and I rode together and I got wet in certain very delicate
Note to self, get a new pair of waterproof over trousers as these don’t
As expected the promised weather conditions kept most away but those
enjoyed the experience regardless of the weather. It is my intention to
this run an annual event on the Sunday closest to St. David’s Day, in
optimistic belief that the weather must be better next time.
big apologies for me listing the AGM as starting at 07.30 on the
calendar. The meeting started at 8.10pm, so sorry for that.
The section AGM was held last night and all the committee were
re-elected and are listed on the 'office'
page, if you need to get in touch. Concern was expressed that we do not
seem to be attracting new members or retaining those that do walk
through the door. So it was decided to send out an enquiry form with a
SAE for a reply in the hope that we can gather some information that
will help us make our meetings more attractive to new members along
with the other ones that have been in the past and no longer attend. If
you have any ideas at all, please talk to a committee member, as we do
try to do our best for what the members want. Not everything is
achievable, of course, just ask a Velo owner about starting his bike -
but we'll try. Charities for the year are - Wales Air Ambulance and
Wales Cancer research.
A few photos from the Boxing day meet at the Lamb and Flag, thanks to
Ian - the report is on the 2016 webpage, now in the Library Archive.
meeting at the Victoria Inn and some 20 odd members turned up - Happy
New Year all, here's hoping that we have a good year riding our bikes
and that the troubles at HQ are all sorted out.