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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 page
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
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
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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.
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.
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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'.
We have 54 for the Xmas dinner next Monday - see you there.
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to say that I only found out yesterday that one of our long standing
members had passed away. David Jones, who lived in Pentyrch died last
year. We had been wondering how he was as we hadn't seen David for some
time. It seems that he went into hospital for a small procedure and
died in the night. David hadn't been out on his BMW for many a
year, but he always kept the bike MOT'd and taxed in his garage. I
spoke to his widow Mary and extended our condolences.
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For 2018 we've firmed up on the venues for the Wednesday
rideouts - Last Wednesday of the month.
25th April - The Black Cock, Caerphilly Mountain
30th May - Victoria Inn, Sigingstone
27th June - Y Maerun, Marshfield
25th July - Red Lion, A48 Bonvilston
29th August - Creigiau Inn, Creigiau
26th September - Farmers Arms, Aberthin
In each case we meet there at 7pm, with good food being
available for those that want it.
Please don't forget that the rides over the festive season are on the
The Boxing day ride out on the day after - 27th December, The Red Lion,
on the A48 at Bonvilston
The New Years day ride out on the day after - 2nd January, The Victoria
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