Reports of Section Runs and Meetings for 2018

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.
the photos use a slide show type of presentation, just click any photo to start there.

13th May - Bristol section's South West Coast run
The day dawned nice and bright as we all set off for Bristol and the start of the SWC run event at Failand. Rob J and Howard J were both on their Honda 400/4s, Terry H took his Honda 200, Barry C was using his latest acquisition a Kawasaki GPZ 305. John B took his Squariel, whilst Brian M rode his latest BMW. Jean and I were taking our Lomax and we set off along the M4 only to have one of the spark plugs blow out as we passed the Coryton interchange. I picked all the bits of alloy out of the plug threads and the plug seemed to screw back in tight, so on we went.
After a tour of Newport, due to the M4 being closed at the tunnels, we soon reached the start and were sent off on the run with a coffee stop at Portishead, before travelling on to Clevedon and the lunch stop. Rob, Howard, Terry along with Jean and I had a nice Sunday lunch in The Salthouse pub before heading out back on the route. On the way back to Failand we had to climb a hill after leaving Nailsea and I was a tad enthusiastic with the Lomax, as things were going well. Should have known better really, as the plug promptly blew out of the right-hand cylinder again. This time we were only a mile or so from the finish and managed to limp in on one cylinder. This time it was a case of calling the recovery, which got us home safely to Wales.
The Lomax won the best three-wheeler and Brian's BMW won it's class - all in all a good day out that has left me with some homework.

6th May - Our Relay Rally checkpoint - manned by Rob Jones
The Sectionís checkpoint for the Relay Rally was once again at Tintern Abbey. The weather was hot with clear blue skies as I pulled into the car park, at twenty to ten, to set up the checkpoint. Already waiting with anticipation, were Geoff Harris and Kevin Gilbert on their Norton and Indian. Setting up and signing on completed and after a short chat, they were both off (Geoff with a little assistance from Kevin) to visit all the Welsh checkpoints. By ten thirty a further 10 riders had signed in on a variety of bikes including a very nice TWM 250 owned by Kevin Knight who had arrived from across the Severn Bridge.

Situated at Tintern, the checkpoint received visitors from Bristol who were making the round trip on to Abergavenny and Gloucester as well as some who came in the opposite direction from Gloucester and were crossing the Severn to Bristol. Many South Wales, Gwent and West South Wales Section members also called in via Abergavenny. By noon, numbers were up to over 20 with Bruce and Di calling in on their 400/4 along with a very nice NSU Max owned by Rod Burris of the Velo Club.

Time fairly flew by with the opportunity to look at some nice bikes and chat to old friends in the sunshine. Keith Knight and Johnny Mockett, from Somerset, were both Honda mounted and Andy Grew arrived on his Laverda. Just after lunch the total signing in had risen to 40. Jenny Hart arrived in her BSA 3 wheeler as did a couple from Presteign in a Lomax. Tony and Dave Danielsen, John and Molly, Peter Merrick, Barry Cooksley, Peter Hunter and John Burns were others from our section that signed in and stopped on for a chat. Things slowed after lunch with only a few signing in. The last were John and Dougal Burns, on Ariel Square 4 and Velo, who brought the total for the day to 48.

26th April
First Wednesday evening rideout last night and the turnout was dismal. Geoff H and Mike S were the only ones to turn up. After the very poor turnout for the Quiz and Curry night on the 23rd, there needs to be a discussion at a club night, as it would appear that our program of events are not what the members want. Come and have your say at the next meeting.

13th/15th April - The Cheddar trial weekend
There were a number of entries from our section, with only Terry missing out, due to the event limit on the number of entries. That did appear to be a bit strange as there were only 46 entered but it became clear, as the Football club had also booked in a family Christening party on the Sunday, consequently all the rest of us were squashed into the small bar for our end of event lunch.

I must say that it was only at the last minute that I decided to drive our Lomax to Cheddar, which turned out to be none too bad at all. Keeping things to 50-55mph, it was all the lorries that had to pull out to pass us, rather than the other way around. We stayed in a hotel with others in B&Bs around Cheddar. Rob and Bruce were on two wheels and staying with their camper vans on the caravan park next to the Cheddar Football Club ground. The three wheelers from Wales were, three Lomaxes, one PAC and one Pembleton.

Saturday dawned a little misty yet the day turned out to be glorious in the end - seen at the start:

We soon set off and the route took us up the Gorge and out onto the top of the Mendips. Things went fine until there was a mix-up with a left turn road sign, several went straight on whilst others took the left turn, whch was the correct way. Eventually we all ended up at King Alfred's Tower - a Victorian folly, built by Henry Hoare II who planned it in the 1760s to commemorate the end of the Seven Years' War against France and the accession of King George III. The tower is near the location of 'Egbert's stone' where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in May 878 before the important Battle of Edington. It was damaged by a USA plane in 1944 and had the top 10 metres restored in the 1980s. Now looked after by the National Trust. Anyway, parked up, to look at the tower were:

the route then continued to lunch and some of us, again, got lost and missed a left turn at a farm. Realising that we'd gone wrong Carol asked in the next village and we got some precise instructions to find the lunch stop pub which gave us the chance to skip some very muddy side roads. Seen at the Waggon & Horses pub lunch stop:

Back to the finish after some 80 odd miles of Somerset's roads, then back to our accommodation for a clean-up prior to the evening buffet at the Football club. A good evening, for sure.

Sunday dawned and the weather looked pretty grim, but we were lucky really as it didn't chuck much wet stuff at us, despite all the overcast. 60 odd miles and we were pulled into a layby to answer some questions towards the end. By this time it was raining and I didn't have much enthusiasm for identifying road signs, but being part of the "Team Taffyland", which included Bruce and Rob - I tried my best. The route took us out around the Somerset levels, which was more like a switchback ride. The bouncy roads were bad enough for Howard to lose the front number plate off his Lomax by bottoming the suspension.
Back at the finish and there was a ploughmans lunch laid on. However, it wasn't long before we set off for home and a soggy drive on the M5 and M4. All in all a good weekend.

27th March - re-scheduled St Davids Day run
The Beast from the east 1 and 2 caused the postponement of our annual St. Davidís Day Run, so it was good that the  re-arranged date of the 25th March was dry, sunny and at times warm. What a delight to ride in the sun again, on what was our first proper ride of the season. 11 bikes ranging from a 1940 side valve Norton to a GT 550 Kawasaki and one three wheeler, enjoyed a ride through glorious countryside under clear blue skies. The final destination of the abbey of Llandewi Nant Honddu, or Llantony, is spectacular and the adjoining church of St. Davids is one of the oldest sacred sites in Britain with a direct link back to our patron saint. After lunch at the Abbey we continued back via Abergavenny and Blainavon.

2nd January
Lunchtime meeting at the Victoria Inn and only 6 members turned up - Barry even made it on his bike, despite the lousy weather. Happy New Year all, here's hoping that we have a good year riding.