Section Runs and Meetings for 2021
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September - Isle of Wight Scurry
Two bikes represented the section at this event on the Isle of Wight -
Jean and I took our Nimbus and Rob J his 1959 Velocette MAC. We were
staying at the Orchards campsite and on arrival a group had congregated
for an evening ride. Jean and I had taken Ian Young with us. The
weather looked good but we decided not to ride, so Ian, Rob and
ourselves piled into my van and headed off for the Horse &
Groom pub for a meal. All those that had gone on the ride were already
there by the time that we arrived. Saturday dawned and again the
weather looked ok as we rode into Newport for the usual display of
bikes in St Thomas's square. There was something like 50 odd bikes but
there were so many substitutes, that I gave up trying to decide what
was what and just took photos.
The evening saw us eat from the take away on the campsite. Sunday again
dawned dry and looked promising. Jean and I followed Rob, as I couldn't
fit a roller route to the Nimbus. The route took us all over the Island
and on a variety of roads, but by the time we reached the lunch stop in
Whitwell, we were feeling pretty tatered. Especially after a few close
calls with the Nimbus, and a three-speed gearbox that had four neutrals in it.
Anyway, after downing our Sunday lunches, Jean and I decided to ride
back to camp via the Military road, whilst Rob opted to follow the
route sheet. If you ever go to the Island, you really should ride the
Military Road - it's beautifully surfaced and is 15+ miles of
real joy on a motorcycle. The road runs from Niton to Freshwater along
the coast and has to be one of the best rides ever. The Nimbus
batted along at a steady 45-50 and ran like a watch. The following
photo, taken by our Rob, is of his Velo overlooking Freshwater bay on
the Military road.
The evening saw us all head to the Six Bells pub in Carisbrooke for
an evening buffet and to say our goodbyes. The trip home was
uneventful, whilst Rob stayed on for another two days, as there was
a section ride out on the Tuseday evening - but please don't ask how he
missed the 11am ferry on Wednesday morning. He transferred to the 12
noon ferry that then broke down - so it was then the 1pm ferry - with
lots of hope. A good weekend, for sure.
September - Vale of Glamorgan event
weather forecast was giving it dry but overcast for the Vale of
Event. There were twenty-three riders in total. Unfortunately, there
were no Veterans entered but
classes had entries including three in the Post Vintage.
honour of first machine away was given to Jim and Joyce Codd in their
Triumph NSD and Gloria sidecar which was originally supplied together
1929. The original logbook reads ‘bicycle and sidecar’. They were
David Jones on his immaculate 1929 Ariel F which had been discovered in
garden of the village to which it was first dispatched. Morgan Thomas
was next away
on his 1929
unrestored Velocette KSS. Other machines from the major manufacturers
British motorcycle factories followed: - AJS, BSA, Norton, Triumph and
Velocette, as well as foreign machines from Honda, Yamaha and Moto
three wheelers in the shape of a 1933 Morgan Family, two Lomaxes and a
morning route headed westward and meandered through narrow lanes and
villages before turning east along the main road to Cowbridge.
of entries was photographed heading along the main street. Turning left
traffic lights they headed to the first checkpoint. Unfortunately, some
the turning and added a few more miles to their route. Also, in the
St Hilary, one Triumph suffered electrical problems but the rider
find his way back to the start. Two others also returned having got
lost. More lanes followed with views of the sea, lovely churches and
spectacular houses including one amazing manor house with Tudor origins
was on sale for £2.5 million.
was taken at the Horseshoe Inn, Marcross, and after being suitably
everyone set off again. The afternoon route retraced a little of the
lunch, before turning off to Llantwit Major. The riders headed through
past the old castle, St Illtud’s Church, the old market square and Town
Next, the route headed out into the countryside of the Vale, skirting
Athan to the village of Llancarfan, well known for its ford.
good place for photographs. This time the water was low, and everyone
their way through without mishap. One Norton rider allowed his wife,
walk across the small footbridge so she wouldn’t get her feet wet as he
through the ford. Who says gallantry is dead, Stuart? Crossing
the completed road works at Five Mile Lane the riders headed towards
passing entrances to the National Trust Dyffryn Gardens and the
Burial Chamber on their left. Reaching the A48 it was a left turn, soon
followed by a right which led to Peterston super Ely and the afternoon
checkpoint. Immediately after the checkpoint it was a left turn along
lane to Groesfaen. Here the riders took the main road which headed back
thanks to the riders and passengers who entered. Also, to Bruce for the
July/1st August - Val Newton’s Riding Weekend
The Weekend was based at Llandrindod Wells and was well attended
with members from the local VMCC Sections and others from Derbyshire,
Bristol, South Hants and Devon. Our section was represented by Rob J on
400/4 and John F on his BSA A10. The weather on Saturday was a bit
overcast but the rain held off. The route
was approximately 110 miles and signing on was at the lakeside in
Llandrindod. There were 24 entries, made up of solos, sidecars and
wheelers. Rob and John were joined by Angelo Conti from Carmarthen on
his Triumph at
the 10.30 start.
We cut across country to Newbridge on Wye and headed up
the A470 before turning off through the narrow lanes to Elan Village
and a tea
stop at the Elan Valley visitors centre. Riding on, we took the
to Aberystwyth enjoying the views as we went. Our lunch stop was at the
Vale of Rheidol Railway station at Devil’s Bridge where we caught up
of the others for a chat.
Next the road took us to the A44 and a left turn northwards to Nant Y
Moch reservoir. This
road was virtually traffic free and again the views were spectacular.
at the reservoir for a photograph and were passed by Andy and Dai from
West South Wales Section.
We caught up with them at the pub in Talybont. From here
it was main road all the way back and we were able to enjoy the ride at
route was shorter as the finish was to be at Llandovery. John and
Angelo had gone home so Rob rode with Keith from Bristol and some of
all of whom we have met at the Cornwall Riding Week. The route took us
back roads over the hills to Hundred House before swinging down to
and the back road to Builth Wells. This is a delightful road for
From Builth we took the main road to Llanwrtyd Wells and the Neuadd
for lunch. Lunch over, we took the narrow road signposted to Abergwesyn
as Val had
planned for us to ascend the bends known as The Devil’s Staircase. This
was extensively used in pre and post war days as a section for the
International Six Days Trial. The road is metalled and easy to ride and
is very good. The Devil’s Staircase is a series of hairpin bends on a 1
road - and is well worth doing. Descending
the other side of the mountain we took the left fork and rode around
Llyn Brianne again on a road which afforded us with some lovely views.
was interesting to notice that the water levels in all the dams we
were lower than normal.
After a quick stop at the view point, we continued
on to Llandovery and then a quick spurt along the main road to the
the weekend at the Owls Nest cafe. Val did us proud with her choices of
routes as both days produced a variety
of roads, both slow and quick and views that most would agree that were
Rob was due to return home on the Monday but was persuaded by Keith to
him and his friends for another day of riding. They wanted a scenic and
ride so after a discussion in Keith’s motorhome a route was worked out.
knowledge of past roads from the Dragon Tour and the road used two
years ago on
the Bala Trip an all day jaunt was planned. At 10 we left Disserth
Campsite and headed to Newbridge on Wye and up the
A470 before turning right in Rhayader on the B4518. This is a
delightful hilly and
windy road to Llanidloes where we continued on taking the scenic route
around the Llyn Clewedog Reservoir.
We re-joined the B road and turned left on
a back road to Dylife, Forge and Machynlleth. Another road, with bends,
before cresting a hill with unbelievable views across Machynlleth to
mountains in the north. Crossing the river, we continued on via the
Aberdovey and had lunch in Tywyn. Hugging the coast at Tonfannau we
headed north to
Fairbourne with views across the bay to the Lleyn Peninsula in the
distance and also Barmouth nearby. We stopped on the sea wall at
Fairboune in the
sunshine (having decided not to pay the £5 carpark fee per bike!) and
watched the narrow
gauge train chug by. From here we headed towards Dolgellau picking up
A470 through some majestic mountain roads before diverting back along
B4518 to Llanidloes and then the A470 back to camp at Disserth by 5
bit of a long day with 145 miles but the bikes performed faultlessly
views more than made up for the time in the saddle.
July - Follow the Velo run
Eight members met at Caerphilly for
the Follow the Velo Run. The group consisted of Vince C, John H and
Wayne B on Hondas, Paul D, Bob R and Andy W on Triumphs, Ken B on a BSA
and Rob J, obviously on a Velo which needed the customary
VPS(Velo Push Start) to get it going. The planned route took us
along the A470 before turning off a Pontypridd and heading to Ynysybwl
and Llanwonno. It had been misty but now the rain began and spoiled the
views we would have had of the mountains. We lost Vince and Paul about
here. The main road from the Rhondda took us over the mountain to the
Dare Valley Country Park for a tea stop. Continuing up through Aberdare
we took the country road from Penderyn to Cwm Cadlan before turning
south towards Merthyr. At Cefn Coed we took the back road to Talybont,
stopping at The Old Barn for lunch. Due to the weather we decided to
head home after lunch.
Recently, I was asked to take my '59 Triumph for some more filming for
the Antiques Road Show - and I had a new passenger. Filmed at Dyffryn
Gardens for showing at some time in the future.
July - Rob's adventures in Scarborough
all started with a request from Gareth Thomas of the Swansea Section.
friend, Anthony and I are thinking of doing our own Scarborough week,
have any of the old routes?” Count me in, was my reply, and I started
routes. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any but I knew someone who had
I rang Angelo Conti of the West South Wales Section he emailed me the
and also said that he and a few others would like to join in. So Rob
South Wales, Gareth Thomas and Anthony Begley, Swansea, Angelo Conti
Norman Robinson, West South Wales and Derek Manders and Geoff Kitchen
Section headed north. The bikes being used were Hondas 400/4, CB250RS,
Velocettes, 2 Triumphs and a BSA C15. Overall
the weather wasn’t too bad. There were some days of rain but Gareth and
Anthony and Sue and myself went out in the car that Anthony had hired.
first ride on Friday 2nd July was an 80 mile
round trip in
Goathland, better known as Aidensfield from the Heartbeat TV series.
was cloudy but dry and the run went well over familiar roads. One
the route around Littleback involved two valleys with hills of 1 in 3.
Aidensfield was quite busy
but we managed to
park up on the main street. I was in luck as the local shopkeeper
park right outside his shop which was the grocer’s shop in the series.
bikes caused quite a stir as people stopped to look at them. Lunch of a
and tea was taken outside before we headed off. Our return took us over
Roman Road and onto the moors for a 15 mile scenic ride to Pickering.
stopped at Thornton le Dale for ice-cream before reaching the Arosa
run was to the south east coast below Scarborough. We meandered through
edge of the Wolds stopping at the WWII memorial for 158 Squadron at
memorial is of seven 8 feet tall steel airmen etched with the names of
personnel who perished when with the squadron. From here we continued
Bridlington and Farnborough Head lighthouse which was our lunch stop.
afternoon saw us riding through the Wolds and back to the seaside at
enjoy an ice cream on the front before completing our 70 mile trip at
run was the Ultimate Hill Run taking in the famous Chimney at Rosedale.
route took us over the moors from Pickering and runs along the edge of
moors giving some lovely views. We stopped at the Café near Rosedale
before tackling the 1 in 3 hill which does have some steep turns. Our
was without trouble and we stopped at the carpark to enjoy the views.
continue into Farndale and on to the Feversham Arms at Church Houses
The afternoon continued with the route taking us up to Blakey Ridge,
and Castleton before looping through Littlebeck and Forge Valley to the
campsite after a 100 mile ride.
next ride out was on the Thursday to Helmsley and Bransdale and was to
miles. I do remember a run to Helmsley on one of my first Scarborough
it was nowhere near this distance. Settling into the route I soon
this was not the same as I had done previously. The route took us out
the Vale of Pickering, heading east then north to Hovingham and a cup
Suitably refreshed, from here to was on Helmsley where we parked in the
square. Parking was £1.75 for an hour but some local motorcyclists
that by pressing the green button on the machine you got 20 minutes
free and if
you were staying in the square you returned to the meter and pressed
again. This is what we did. They even suggested a good bakery for our
and sausage roll. Our route from Helmsley took us north towards Carlton
and a 16
mile run over the moors to Gillamoor. Here we decided to ride up one
Farndale to Church houses and back down the other side to Hutton Le
Hole and a
drinks stop before returning to camp after covering over 100 miles on a
was our last day of riding and we chose the East Coast Run. This was a
relatively short run of only 70 miles. Heading up Forge Valley and
made our way to Falling Foss for our usual mid morning tea stop. The
café is in
an old game keeper’s cottage and is surrounded by woods with a river
waterfall. We had to park the bikes in the car park and walk some 200
yards down a steep path. The
river and Waterfall are idyllic. Our next stop was at Whitby. We
swing bridge over the harbour and found somewhere to park and made our
along the harbourside to a restaurant where we had some lovely fish and
Retracing our route over the swing bridge we headed up the hill, coming
Whitby Abbey before turning south and heading to Fylingthorpe and
Soon we were heading through Forge Valley and the end of our final
good week riding in Scarborough with likeminded friends.
The second meeting of the year and, at last, there's somethng good to
report - Bring a Bike night. The weather was really good for the 8
bikes and 18 members who turned out. It was a very pleasant evening and
after Howard and Carol counted up all of the votes, the winner of the
John Wells trophy was Rob Jones with his 1959 Velocette MAC.