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

16th July - Follow the Velo Run. - Thanks to Rob, John and Terry for the photos.
Eighteen club members met at the Caerphilly Mountain Cafe, on a damp Sunday morning, for Rob’s Follow the Velo Run. Bikes in the car park included AJS, BMW, Motor Guzzi, BSAs, Hondas, a Harley Trike and a Lomax as well as Robs Velocette Venom. With no route card issued it truly was follow the Velo as we headed up the A470 and on to Sennybridge for a tea stop. Here we were joined by two members of the Velocette Owners’ Club which brought 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 there was a lot of mist over Eppynt and visibility was down to a few hundred yards. Undeterred we rode off to our pre arranged meet, with Peter the Army Liaison 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 would lead us, in his 4x4, on a sighting lap around the five mile TT course at speeds of about 30mph. Then he would take us on a second lap at a faster speed and 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 main public road to Tirabad and did have a speed limit of 30. This was not exactly stuck to. We did meet one or two cars coming towards us on this section but it wasn’t a problem. Once off this road and onto the rest of the track we had the 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 apex. There were some tricky little bends and hills which made you think about the riders, 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 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 my age that was quite enough excitement”. From the Eppynt TT Circuit we rode over the 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.

3rd 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.

6th 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.

5th 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.

5th 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 - Some pics:

I'm not sure what to say about the ridiculously high prices that were 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 Bikes 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.

4th June - Seaside run
The Seaside run was supported by 40  motorcycles and the event went 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.

14th 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:
Howard - "I'd like to book a table for lunch on Sunday"
Pub - "Have you booked?"
Howard - "No, that's what I'm doing now"
Pub - "We're very busy, you need to book"
Howard - "Yes, that's why I'm ringing"
Pub - "How many and what time do you want"
Howard - "8 people for 1pm please"
Pub - "Can't do that, best we could do would be 12.30"
Howard - "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 MAC
John Burns - 1955 Ariel 4G - Best 1950's award
Bob James - 1963 Velocette Clubman - Best 1960's award
John Housley - 1967 Triumph Daytona
John Fisher - 1968 Triumph Tiger 90
Bill & Jean Phelps - 1974 Moto Morini - Best 1970's award
Brian Morris - 1975 BMW R75
Barry Cooksley - 1979 MZ TS150
Terry Hopes - 1982 Honda CM200T
Howard & Carol Jayne - 1983 Lomax - 3 wheeler award

The awards at the finish were quite a surprise, especially mine. But what a great day out, good weather and pleasant company.
Tail 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.

12th 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.

26th April - first Wednesday rideout
This was to the Black Cock on Caerphilly mountain to meet at around 7pm.
There were 12 in attendance, 4? on motorcycles. We had some light rain, but that didn't deter the more hardy of us. A 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 excellent company. Next one on the 24th May to the Victoria Inn, Siginstone.

8th/9th April - the Cheddar weekend
A 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

2nd 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 home. A super day out, for sure.

5th 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 with the 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 welcome. These included a couple from the Morris 8 owners club who came in their 1960’s car, fearing the worst with a single windscreen wiper equipped Morris 8. The group rode slowly together at the sensible pace for the conditions and Kevin on his 1928 BSA. The weather on the ride out was much better than expected with just a few showers and some spectacular rainbows mixed with the occasion bright spell. At the priory we enjoyed a meal in the cellar of the Priors accommodation sharing it with some very mud splattered hill walkers. Two more 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 speeds so Kevin and I rode together and I got wet in certain very delicate locations. Note to self, get a new pair of waterproof over trousers as these don’t work. As expected the promised weather conditions kept most away but those who came enjoyed the experience regardless of the weather. It is my intention to make this run an annual event on the Sunday closest to St. David’s Day, in the optimistic belief that the weather must be better next time.

31st January
Firstly, 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.

26th Dec 2016
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.

1st January
Lunchtime 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.