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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
Cotswold Section – Cotswold Way Run - July 29th
All VMCC members are invited to the 6th Cotswold Way Run on the 29th of
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
sections of A roads. Of course, there will be hills!
Start/ Finish Line & Camping will be at Hayles
Fruit Farm Winchcombe,
now available to download and print using these links.
click on the highlighted text above, allow the window to open then
print the pdf document
you have any difficulties accessing the forms, or any questions, then
please don’t hesitate to contact Glyn on his email below.
hope to see you on the 29th of July.
Best Regards - Glyn Buckler - email
- North Cotswold Section
Some notes and photos of the Cheddar trial weekend are now on the Reports page.
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.
Latest CMB magazine now on the button above.
John's latest acquisition - he had to go to north of Edinburgh to get
it. It's a Reliant Robin with a 'sports' body.
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.
told that Dennis Prydie has passed away, but can find no
information. If anyone can confirm, please get in touch with me.
Report and photos of the St David's day run now on the Reports page in 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
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.
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.
Latest HQ newsletter is on the button above.
March - two changes
St Davids Day run that was cancelled due to the snow has been
re-scheduled for the 25th March - usual start, 10.30, from
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.
Latest CMB newsletter is now on the above button.
March - a warning
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.
The St Davids Day run
scheduled for this coming Sunday has been postponed due to the weather.
See note above.
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.
Entry form and details for the Cornwall week can now be found at the
bottom of the Calendar
Recently we had the opportunity to complete a membership survey and the
results can be seen here.
Entry form and details for the South West Coast Run can be found at the
bottom of the Calendar
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
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.
February - MOT exemption
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.
Entry form and regs for the Cheddar weekend are now at the bottom of
the Calendar page
Latest CMB magazine on the button above.
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
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.
Don't forget the next meeting on Monday the 29th is the Section AGM.
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
and Treasurer. A report of the meeting will be made at the
The Gwent section 2018 events calendar has now been added to the
section events calendar
Entry form and regs for the Cotswold Section Felix Burke weekend and
Navigational scatter trial are now on the Calendar page at the
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.
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.
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter from HQ is now on the button
Some notes and photos from the Xmas dinner last night are now on the
2017 Reports page.
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'.