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.
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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
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.
May - Our Relay Rally checkpoint - manned by Rob Jones
Sectionís checkpoint for the Relay Rally was once again at Tintern
Abbey. The weather was hot with clear blue
I pulled into the car park, at twenty to ten, to set up the checkpoint.
waiting with anticipation, were Geoff Harris and Kevin Gilbert on their
and Indian. Setting up and signing on completed and after a short chat,
were both off (Geoff with a little assistance from Kevin) to visit all
Welsh checkpoints. By ten thirty a further 10 riders had signed in on a
of bikes including a very nice TWM 250 owned by Kevin Knight who had
from across the Severn Bridge.
at Tintern, the checkpoint received visitors from Bristol who were
round trip on to Abergavenny and Gloucester as well as some who came in
opposite direction from Gloucester and were crossing the Severn to
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
on their 400/4 along with a very nice NSU Max owned by Rod Burris of
fairly flew by with the opportunity to look at some nice bikes and chat
friends in the sunshine. Keith Knight and Johnny Mockett, from
both Honda mounted and Andy Grew arrived on his Laverda. Just after
total signing in had risen to 40. Jenny Hart arrived in her BSA 3
did a couple from Presteign in a Lomax. Tony and Dave Danielsen, John
Molly, Peter Merrick, Barry Cooksley, Peter Hunter and John Burns were
from our section that signed in and stopped on for a chat. Things
lunch with only a few signing in. The last were John and Dougal Burns,
Square 4 and Velo, who brought the total for the day to 48.
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
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
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.
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
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
blue skies. The final destination of the abbey of Llandewi Nant Honddu,
Llantony, is spectacular and the adjoining church of St. Davids is one
the oldest sacred sites in Britain with a direct link back to our
After lunch at the Abbey we continued back via Abergavenny and
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.