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22nd April
Please note that we've had to change the date of the Roof of Wales run from the 24th June to the 5th August.
Dennis Prydie passed away on the 21st March, only a week after his wife. A double funeral was held on the 4th April. Although the grape vine had told me about Dennis passing away, I didn't find out any details until yesterday morning. For those that didn't know Dennis, he had been a club member for many years and was the club's Ivy Marque Specialist. The last time that I visited him he was restroing a 1919 OK Junior.

18th April
North Cotswold Section – Cotswold Way Run - July 29th 2018.

All VMCC members are invited to the 6th Cotswold Way Run on the 29th of July.
The run will follow a 90 mile figure of eight through the Cotswolds, meandering along the route of the Cotswold Way long distance walk on mainly B and C roads, with only short sections of A roads. Of course, there will be hills!
The Start/ Finish Line & Camping will be at Hayles Fruit Farm Winchcombe, GL54 5PB.
Entry Forms and Supplementary Regulations are now available to download and print using these links. (Simply click on the highlighted text above, allow the window to open then print the pdf document
If you have any difficulties accessing the forms, or any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact Glyn on his email below.

We hope to see you on the 29th of July.

Best Regards - Glyn Buckler - email
Mobile: 07946 460126
VMCC - North Cotswold Section

16th April
Some notes and photos of the Cheddar trial weekend are now on the Reports page.

10th April
Some parts for disposal on the Bar page - along with a wanted advert. Also note the the Seaside run entry form is now available to download at the bottom of the Events Calendar page.

9th April
Latest CMB magazine now on the button above.

4th April
John's latest acquisition - he had to go to north of Edinburgh to get it. It's a Reliant Robin with a 'sports' body.

4th April
We've just received a statement from Pat Rowbotham, who has been co-opted back onto the Management committee. Justin Harvey-James was elected as the club Chairman after the AGM and he has agreed to take the Vice Chair job so that Pat can take the chair. Have a read of what Pat says here.

31st March
I'm told that Dennis Prydie has passed away, but can find no further information. If anyone can confirm, please get in touch with me.

29th March
Report and photos of the St David's day run now on the Reports page in the Lounge.

28th March
The Spring run, scheduled for this coming Sunday has been cancelled for a variety of reasons. If the demand is there then it can be re-instated later in the year - so watch this space.

Meanwhile, we need a couple of volunteers to help 'man' our Relay Rally checkpoint at Tintern. Howard and Carol intended to do this but Carol now has a date for her knee operation the week before the event, so they will not be available.

28th March
Regs and entry forms etc for the Black Mountain road event and the Saundersfoot weekend are now available for downloading at the bottom of the Calendar page.

21st March
We've just heard that our speaker for the 26th is not able to make it, so the night will revert to a Noggin & Natter.

15th March
Latest HQ newsletter is on the button above.

14th March - two changes
The St Davids Day run that was cancelled due to the snow has been re-scheduled for the 25th March - usual start, 10.30,  from the Caerphilly mountain snack bar.
Please note that at the next Monday meeting we have Dave Harrison as the guest speaker, with the Curry and Quiz night being swapped to the 23rd April.

12th March
Latest CMB newsletter is now on the above button.

7th March - a warning…sic-motorbike-dealer
Please ensure that if you do sell a bike, do not allow someone to take it away to sell for you - on a promise. You should get payment before handing over the bike.

1st March
The St Davids Day run scheduled for this coming Sunday has been postponed due to the weather. See note above.

27th February
What a super night last nights meeting was. Geoff Harris talked about Malcolm Uphill - and I'm sure that we all learned something new about the man. We had 75 people in attendance and the 30 Faggots & Peas that we ordered were soon all taken up, Luckily, the caterers were ready with a few more and even ended up serving a couple of Sausages & Peas in the end. All in all 45 were fed.

22nd February
Entry form and details for the Cornwall week can now be found at the bottom of the Calendar page.

14th February
Recently we had the opportunity to complete a membership survey and the results can be seen here.

9th February
Entry form and details for the South West Coast Run can be found at the bottom of the Calendar page

7th February
The Welsh Road Races planned for the 5th/6th August on Mynydd Eppynt have had to be cancelled. All down to the slow movement of repealing the part of the Road Traffic Acts that prevent racing on public roads - and that only came into force on the 2nd February in Wales - would you believe.  After a meeting with the ACU it was agreed that there is now not enough time to obtain all the various permissions. Anyway, planning is now under way to launch the event in 2019. Anyone who has bought tickets can apply for a refund.

3rd February - MOT exemption
I've just started reading the current journal and Pete Henshaw has an article headed "Does life begin at 40". Please don't be alarmed, as there are a number of inaccuracies in it. Basically, we have had 40 year exemption from vehicle taxation for some time now and that concerns vehicles in the "Historic Vehicle"(HV) class. Not to be confused with the proposed " Vehicle of Historic interest"(VHI), where a 40 year old vehicle(cars and motorcycles) can be considered not to require an MOT in future. Legislation does not seem to link a HV with a VHI vehicle at the moment, apart from that magic 40 year qualifying period. The problems with Peter's analysis concerns a vehicle that has had "substantial changes", which the initial guidance considered not to provide the MOT exemption. Note that the guidance has been amended since. and may well be again before the May date. Peter says to ask your MOT tester, but it is not the position of an MOT tester to define a "substantial change", either the DVSA do that in detail, which they haven't yet, or it will have to be defined by a court of law. Up to now the DVLA have always considered the frame or chassis to be the identity, engines and other factors have never come into the equation so a BSA B31 is just that, irrespective of whether it is fitted with a single cylinder motor or a twin cylinder motor. As to kit cars, such as we are concerned with, like a Lomax, the FBHVC have successfully argued against them being excluded as a vehicle of VHI. Many were built over 40 years ago and have been MOT'd for the past 30 odd years, to exclude them from being declared a VHI is wrong as they have been considered safe over a long period. Consequently the DVSA has decided that anything that has not had "substantial change" for 30 years can be classed as a VHI - many Lomaxes fall into this category, likewise B31s fitted with a Triumph twin engine - more than 30 years ago, of course, but who can disprove that. Please come and chat to me about all of this at a club night, especially if you have any queries.
NOTE: the DVSA(Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), as mentioned above, is not the DVLA.

2nd February
Entry form and regs for the Cheddar weekend are now at the bottom of the Calendar page

30th January
Latest CMB magazine on the button above.

29th January
The AGM took place with 27 members attending - two, of whom were new to the section. The new committee as elected is listed on the Office page. There are a couple of new names with Dave D retiring due to being rather inactive at the moment whilst he waits for a collapsed hip to be sorted out. We all wish him well and with big thanks for being a committee member and Vice Chairman for many years. We also had several volunteers to help in some areas, with Doug G and John D volunteering to prepare an optional route for the Seaside run. Barry C also  offered to help with the running of the event. There is only one change to the 2018 programme of events and that involves moving the Spring run from the 1st April to the following weekend the 8th April, so please make a note in your diaries, venue etc all remains the same. At the end of the meeting a report was made on the outcome of the Appeal panel meeting at HQ on the 17th, with a note that the panel's decision was final and that the matter was now closed.

19th January
Don't forget the next meeting on Monday the 29th is the Section AGM.

18th January
An appeal panel, consisting of the VMCC President and three VMCC Past Presidents, was convened at Allen House on Wednesday the 17th January to consider the Management Committee's decision to refuse VMCC membership to two previous VMCC members. The section was represented by the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. A report of the meeting will be made at the section AGM.

15th January
The Gwent section 2018 events calendar has now been added to the section events calendar page

9th January
Entry form and regs for the Cotswold Section Felix Burke weekend and Navigational scatter trial are now on the Calendar page at the bottom.

3rd January
The New Year is now with us and the nights are getting lighter - honest they are, and spring will be with us in no time so start making plans for all the riding that you're going to do this year.
I now have to start thinning out the website, as it's filling up to the point where performance will degrade. So, I've removed the old archived annual reports for 2009 to 2016. Whilst they cannot  be found on the website any more, I shall retain them in an archive of 'old' pages on my computer. If you want to see, just let me know and I can sort that out for you. From now on all I intend to keep is the current and previous years reports, found in the Lounge - link above.

27th December
Probably the last notice for the year - a few photos of the Red Lion Meet on the 27th are on the 2017 reports page. Thanks to Rob J for the photos.

22nd December
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter from HQ is now on the button above.

19th December
Some notes and photos from the Xmas dinner last night are now on the 2017 Reports page.
Merry Christmas everyone - it seems to have sneaked up on me this year and I haven't dressed the website up with some festivity, apologies for that. See you at noon at the Red Lion, on the A48, Bonvilston, on Wednesday the 27th for the 'day after boxing day meet'.