and website changes
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CMB newsletter on the button above. Our good friend Paul has at last
relinquished the Presidency of the CMB. Paul took over the President
post of the CMB for a short period of two years - it took 33 years
before he was able to hand it over to a new incumbent. Welcome to
I've just received the following from the Bristol section regarding the South West Coast Run:
After many years, the present organisers of the event are standing down for a
well earned rest, and although people have offered to help, no one has come
forward to take on the considerable amount of work involved in managing the
event in the future. Consequently, the decision has been taken not to run it this
year. It is hoped that this will be a temporary break and that after a year to
catch our breath the event will re-emerge albeit in a simpler and more
pass this information to anyone you know who also entered the event and may need
to know, and thank you once again for your support in the past
Chairman, VMCC Bristol Section13th February
Latest Section secretaries newsletter is now on the HQ button above.
voting forms were sent out with the February magazine and there are a
few propositions that need clarification. I shall outline the
background to some of them at the next section meeting in order that
you are all a little more informed, so as to make your choices
regarding some of the items. Otherwise just give me a ring and I can
Entry details for the Cheddar weekend and the Cornwall week can be found at the bottom of the Events calendar page.
night's AGM was poorly attended with only 18 members turning up. The
committee were re-elected en bloc and the whole AGM business was
finished in 25 minutes. After the business part of the meeting was
done, the floor was opened up to a general discussion, which raised
some interesting points. My problem is why did members not bother to
attend? We normally have a good turnout at AGMs, but we seem to be
doing something wrong, somewhere.
Some time back a
serious accident took place, off road, with a farm tractor, somewhere
in the EU.
Consequently, the EU decided to draw up a new directive to cover the
situation. You may, or may not, be aware of this new MID(Motor Insurance
sometimes referred to as the "VNUK") that has been quietly progressing
through the EU.
The directive requires compulsory unlimited third-party liability
insurance to be carried by anyone using any form of motorised
transport, in any location. That includes everything from ride-on lawnmowers and tractors
to single-seater and tin-top competition vehicles, even at private
venues like race circuits, throughout the EU. This means crashes in motor sport
events would be treated as
road traffic accidents and would involve the police, as would any road
IMCO, the European Parliament committee responsible for MIDs, has
just voted by an overwhelming majority of 32 to 2, with one abstention,
to exempt various vehicles from the scope of the Motor Insurance
Directive. The proposed judgement threatened motorcycle and motor
sport by making road traffic insurance compulsory during off-road use
(e.g. on a motor racing circuit). This would require a form of
insurance not commercially available and according to the insurance
industry, probably unachievable. At the top end of the scale,
just think of trying to insure a Formula 1 car - let alone what the
premium could be.
A rather nice 1972 Yamaha CS3 for sale in the Bar.
OF DATE FOR THE GUEST SPEAKER IN APRIL - DR MIKE PENNY WILL BE WITH US
ON THE 8TH AND NOT THE 21ST, please make a note in your diaries, etc.
Arteck jump starter pack for sale in the Bar.
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter now on the above button.
reports page for 2019 now set up with the 2018 reports now moved to the
'previous year' button, all under the Lounge as above. If anyone needs
any information/photos etc from a previous years reports page, then I
still have them, just email me.
Happy New Year everyone.
small change to our calendar is the need to put the St David's day run
back a week from the 3rd March to the 10th March, all other details are
have been six nominations for the posts of Director for the club. Some
are new names. Geoff McGladdery was co-opted onto the MC
the last year whilst Brian Southam served on the MC for 14 years with
myself. The most important thing for you, is to vote for these
as they are prepared to step up to the plate, which bodes well for the
future of the club after the past few turbulent years. The following
are copies of their applications - do have a read and vote for them all:
Clark - Clyde Valley Section
Southam - West Kent Section
McGladdery - Herefordshire Section
Lay - Brooklands and South Hants Sections
Albeson - Auld Reekie(Edinburgh) Section
Moore - British Historic Racing
A note on the Day after Boxing day run, now on the Reports page along
with Bruce's tale of his ride out. Entry form for the Llanishen Bike
show is downloadable from the events
night's Xmas dinner was attended by 47 and we managed to present most
of the Vale of Glamorgan Trophies during the evenings proceedings. It's
always nice to see some members from the West South Wales section and
to welcome two new members, Iulian and Monica Casalean. Photos etc on
the reports page
in the Lounge.
event is the meeting on the "day after Boxing Day" at the Red Lion on
the A48 in Bonvilston - followed by the "Day after New Years Day" at
the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. Meet at the pubs around 12 noon.
Merry Christmas everyone.
We've had an invite to enter our bikes etc in a show on the 8th june
organised by the Ystrad Mynach College. Entry forms are here
in PDF, or here in Word format. Please note
that I have queried the first requirement on the form that asks all
entrants to declare that they have "appropriate 3rd party insurance". I
am assured that this refers to road insurance and that the college has
it's own PL insurance in place. I'm not sure how that affects anyone
who wishes to enter and to take their bike on a trailer as they may not
have road insurance for it - best to check with the organiser.
Latest CMB magazine now on the button above.
Last call for dinner choices, if you intend to come. Raffle prize
donations will be welcome on the night.
The Wednesday evening rideouts have been finalised and are on the
calendar on the events
Briefly they are:
April - The Black Cock, Caerphilly mountain
May - The Victoria Inn, Sigingstone
June - Y Maerun, Marshfield
July - Red Lion, A48, Bonvilston
August - Creigiau Inn, Creigiau
September - The Farmers Arms, Aberthin
is a mistake in the section notes in the December journal -
"day after Boxing day run" is not to start anywhere at all. It is
simply a ride from the riders home to the Red Lion on the A48 in
Bonvilston to arrive around 12 noon.
Another calendar change is to
the Cheddar weekend - due to a clash of dates with the Cotswold section
Felix Burke trial, the Cheddar weekend has been brought forward a week
to the 30th/31st March. That gives us a small problem in that
have the Spring run listed for that weekend. I do not propose that we
amend our calendar, so unless announced here, the Spring run will take
place on the 31st as listed.
LAST CALL FOR THE DINNER - PLEASE GET IN TOUCH QUICKLY, IF YOU WISH TO
COME AND HAVE NOT DECIDED YET.
I've now added most events to the events calendar in the Lounge. If
anyone spots a mistake or has anything to add, then please get in
touch. The 23rd June is a busy day with 5 events listed, including our
'Remember the Dragon'. If you have a few minutes then please complete
the FBHVC survey on the costs of
owning and running an old vehicle - it's not too onerous and is
important for the FBHVC to analyse the state of the old vehicle
movement in the UK.
I've deleted the old Cotswold section newsletter button from above as
the Newsletter ended with the last one from Reg Eyre in December 2017.
I still have the copies, so if there is one that you'd like, I can
done to everyone who attended the club last night for the charity
auction. It was a good night which raised £400 from the sales - amiably
run by Rob, with John as backup. We also had £105 of cash donations
from Barry, Roger, Bob and two non-members one of whom was
present and wanted to
contribute. Barry's gold plated pickle onions produced £111 - they
do have a secret ingredient I'm told, and are well worth the
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter is now on the VMCC HQ button
Free laptop computer in the Bar.
For those interested the Western Region Road Trials Championship, the
results can be seen here - all in Excel spreadsheet
format. Quite a few of our members are in the lists, with trophies won
as class runner-ups, by:
Bruce and Di - Post Vintage
Rob Jones - Post war
Bill and Jean - 3 wheeler
photos from the Levis cup trial of our members are now on the reports
page in the Lounge. New CMB magazine now on the button above.
night next Monday.
HQ newsletter is now on the above button. Also included with the
newsletter are copies of the five year plan. Download version one here
- download version two here.
Any comments can be passed back to the Chairman via HQ. If you haven't
had enough of that then you can have a read of the latest proposed
amendments to the club By-laws here. The changes are in italics
and they are a bit haphazard, I must say.
New bike for sale in the bar
and a report on the recent Isle
of Wight Scurry - now in the Library on the features page.
New bike for sale in the bar.
Some notes and photos of the Saundersfoot weekend are now on the Reports Page in the
Vale of Glamorgan event report, results and photos, now on the Reports page in the
Lounge. Next meeting on Monday the 27th, followed by the Wednesday
evening rideout to the Creigiau Inn on the 29th.
of Glamorgan event tomorrow first away from the Llanharry club at 11am
- if you haven't entered then turn up tomorrow and enter on the day.
The grape vine has it that John F is to sell his Bond Bug, so if you
fancy something different, contact John.
photos added to the Roof of Wales report on the Reports
thanks to Steve T. Don't forget the Chairman's run this coming Sunday -
meet 10am for a 10.30am start at the Mountain Cafe.
A few notes on the Roof of Wales run are now on the Reports page. Anyone
got some photos?
CMB magazine is now available on the above button. Don't forget the
"Roof of Wales" Run this coming Sunday . It includes a free BBQ at
around the halfway point. Also - entries are desperately needed for the
Vale of Glamorgan event - regs at the bottom of the calendar page in the
I now have a copy of the minutes from the Area Reps meeting, so if
you're interested, just ask, and I'll pass you a copy.
Report on yesterdays "Historic Tour" now on the Reports page.
Don't forget the Wednesday evening rideout on the 25th - venue? the Red
Lion in Bonvilston.
Mondays club night is the Fish and Chip run - 7pm from the car park on
the south side of the A48, outside the Indian restaurant - NOT at the
old cafe, where we used to meet. F&C back in the clubhouse,
the ride, at £5 per head.