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 up to
two years, space permitting.
photos use a slide show type of presentation, just click any photo to
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. Before moving off, 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. 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
having eaten the sandwiches provided for us, Peter gave us a short talk
the Eppynt Ranges and what we were going to do. Basically he would lead
his 4x4, on a sighting lap around the five mile TT course at speeds of
30mph. Then he would take us on a second lap at a faster speed and
could do a solo lap at whatever speed we felt was safe. By now the mist
lifted a little and we were off. The first mile or two are on the main
road to Tirabad and did have a speed limit of 30. This was not exactly
We did meet one or two cars coming towards us on this section but it
problem. Once off this road and onto the rest of the track we had the
ourselves except for the sheep! All
around the course visibility was good with only a few blind bends which
that all the road could be used for bend swinging and cutting the apex.
were some tricky little bends and hills which made you think about the
in the 1940s and 50s, who raced for real on this track. Some riders
opted to do
two laps while others, led by Rob, completed a third. John Fisher
to pull up and take some action pictures. Although the roads were still
little damp everyone enjoyed themselves. As Barry Cooksley said, “I
three laps because I was getting quicker on the second and at my age
quite enough excitement”. From the Eppynt TT Circuit we rode over the
Tirabad and Cynghordy and on the Owls Nest Cafe in Llandovery for a cup
and a chat. Everyone made their own way home from here.
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.