Section Runs and Meetings for 2022
photos use a slide show type of presentation, just click any photo to
AGM. We had 18 members in attendance with all the usual suspects being
returned to post, with Mike Eytner and Andy Whiteley joining the
committee. Andy also volunteered to run the Vale of Glamorgan in
club night was the quiz - with curry and chips. Only 12 turned up for a
good fun evening with the questions being set by our Rob. The quiz was
won with a miserable score of 23.5 out of 70 by myself.
April - Spring Run
Bob's Spring Run turned out to be a nice
spin in the sun.
Bob, Bryn and Andy were on Triumphs with John on
his newly acquired AJS. They left the Club at 10.30 for the Spring Run.
hour later they met with Rob on his Velo and Wayne on his KTM at
Nantgarw. The weather was dry sunny and not too cold
as everyone headed to Caerphilly, Machen and Bassaleg before a short
the M4. Taking the A48 the group motored on to Chepstow. The
stop for coffee was at The Old Railway Station at Tintern. After
refreshments and a chat the group then headed
along side the Wye to Monmouth and along the winding back road to
Raglan. A quick squirt along the dual carriageway saw the arrival at
Bus Station and partaking in bacon sandwiches and ogling a very rare
Vincent. It was then on to the A465 dual carriageway to
Merthyr where everyone split up and headed for home.
Photos taken at The Old Station
talk was to be on Charlie Sgonina, but as the main hall in the club had
suffered water damage due to a serious roof leak, the talk was
postponed, due to the screen that was needed for the slide
April - Cheddar weekend
and Di, Jean and myself, Rob Jones and John Fisher were all entered -
however, Bruce and Di had gone down with covid, Jean was suffering some
serious health problems and Rob's trailer wheel bearings had decided to
fall apart, just as he was about to set off for Cheddar. So, our only
section representative was John F. The weather was cold but
and sunny, which was a bonus.
May - WSW section Black Mountain event
event of about 65 miles that is run on the same lines as our Vale of
Glam. The start was in Llandeilo and Rob J and myself were the only
section members that had entered. I managed to persuade Jean to come
out as the day promised good weather. The morning run ended with lunch
in Llandovery after which Jean and I decided to leave for home. The
afternoon part of the event was a lot shorter, with the finish back in
Llandeilo. The following photos were all taken at the start.
May - WSW section visit to Ireland
event followed on very quickly with the weather looking very good for
the whole of the weekend. Our section was represented by Rob J on one
of his Hondas and Jean and myself with our Lomax. We were based at the
Upton Court Hotel in Kilmuckridge - about 15 miles north of Wexford
town. The Hotel had a number of holiday cottages with three bedrooms in
each. We were all booked in for B&B, plus an event dinner on
Friday saw 4 lomaxes and some 10 motorcycles catch
the Fishguard to Rosslare ferry at 1pm. On arrival in Rosslare we were
met by members of the Leinster Classic Motorcycle club. We all then set
off for Kilmore Quay for Fish & chips, before heading on to the
was the main run through the Wexford countryside, with a coffee stop at
the "Dying Cow". It was a small wayside bar with some very
welcome refreshment, I must say. We used some lovely, uncluttered roads
- and after the stop headed on towards the Lord Bagenal Hotel
Bagenalstown, about 8 miles south of Carlow.
The afternoon run back to the Upton Court Hotel skirted the Leinster
Mountain and the Blackstairs Mountains on some lovely roads, before we
stopped for refreshments. We were in Kiltealy at the J Bowe's pub, and
I was fascinated by a stream that ran through the middle of
base and it was a case of tidy up and get ready for the event dinner,
was very good.
Sunday morning was a run to the Hook lighthouse for lunch -
seen at the start assembly:
set off on some beautiful and quiet roads and it wasn't' long before we
stopped to allow one of the Leinster club lads to take his bike home
and exchange it for another, as his machine had developed an oil leak.
Photos taken at the stop:
After we moved on we took a coast road towards St Kierans and the wreck
of the Port Lairge ship:
We then headed on following the coast towards Hook Head and the Hook
lighthouse for lunch.
lighthouse is the second oldest working lighthouse in the world,
having been built between 1210 and 1230. None of our party took the
option of walking up the lighthouse before we headed on to New Ross and
the N25 back to Wexford. At one point on the way we picked up another
Lomax, which we followed to "Freddies" bar in the village of screen.
The landlord of the bar was the owner of the Lomax and we were all
invited to stop for some refreshment. The following photos were taken
outside the bar:
Finally we had an easy run back to the hotel.
Monday saw everyone packing up - some went off to have another look at
the Blackstairs mountains whilst the majority headed for the Irish
Heritage Park just outside Wexford. We spent the rest of the day there
before heading off for the 6pm ferry. Jean and I, along with Rob were
booked into a B&B in Fishguard as the ferry didn't
dock until 10pm. That gave us a nice easy ride home on
Tuesday. A great weekend, for sure.
June - Bring a bike night
sending out an email reminder for Bring a bike night we had a mere five
bikes turn out on what was a lovely evening - weather wise. Remembering
the days when we had 30 odd bikes in the car park, it was a bit
disappointing. However, the vote went in the favour of Ken Baxter's
1925 round tank BSA.
June - Banbury run
Rob Jones, along with Angelo Conti(West Wales) attended Banbury on the
way home from Scarborough week, whilst I was busy in helping to decide
the Concours awards. The weather was a bit overcast, but dry. I was
surprised to come across Denis Prydie's IVY pulling a sidecar as it was
a 350cc two-stroke. I spoke to the owner and he said that it went up
most hills in top and would pull low down at slow revs, so was ideal as
a sidecar tug. Nice to see the bike again and that it was being used.
Chris Thomas took his 1904 Lagonda forecar, whilst son Morgan rode an
1898 Maron Gardon tricycle. Both broke down, so I heard.
June - Scarborough week
Scarborough Riding Week was officially
on for 2022, so most of our group from last year made their way up.
year was Rob Jones, Velo Mac, John Fisher, BSA 650, (our
Angelo Conti, AJS 350 Trials and Triumph 500, Norman Robinson Tiger Cub
Bonneville, (WSW Section) and Derek Manders, Velo Mac 1938
Mac 1955. (Lincoln Section.) Rob, Angelo, Norman and Derek arrived
Arosa Campsite, Seamer, on the Friday. John, who was travelling with
due to arrive on Saturday.
decided that the Saturday run would be
a short one to the museum at Eden Camp near Malton. We used one of our
routes and with Derek leading, we headed southwards through the rolling
countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. The weather was dry and quite warm
reached the camp. Eden Camp was constructed during the Second World
originally to hold Italian prisoners of war but it later held many
the huts are used to hold exhibitions telling the history of the War.
there are vehicles held in a large barn. We spent a few hours there but
skimmed the surface of what they had. After lunch we took the B roads
Thornton le Dale for a traditional ice cream before taking a detour via
and arriving back at the campsite, where we found that John and Mary
ride was a short one of 50 miles going
through the Dalby Forest. Rob led us there for lunch and we returned
back roads to camp. We decided on a short one as we had booked the pub
village for Sunday lunch at 6.30.
ride was a long one of over a hundred
miles to Hemsley and Bransdale. Derek led us through the moors on a
ride to Hemsley. We all parked in the square and had to pay. Then
the local bakers for a sandwich and some pork and black pudding sausage
We ate them around the old stone monument while lots of people came to
bikes. After lunch we left the
heading for the higher moors. Sixteen and a half miles of moorland
long views before making the next turn. We stopped for photos and also
in to visit an isolated and pretty church. Going through Hutton Le Hole
stopped at the pub for a quick half before heading back to camp.
ride was the Ultimate Hill Run.
This was over the moors to
before ascending the 1 in 3 hill known as "The Chimney" and on to
the end of Farndale. The weather was dry and warm as Derek led us
Pickering. We stopped above Rosedale to point out The Chimney on the
side of the valley so that John could have a good view of the hairpin
car park at the top. In Rosedale we stopped for a cuppa and then we
were off up
The Chimney. Continuing over the moors we arrived at the Feversham Arms
Church Houses for our lunch. We are always made welcome at the pub and
is very good. After food we climbed the hill to Blakey Ridge before
down a narrow road towards Castleton. Here we found a road closed sign
Angelo went forward to investigate. Following on we lost sight of him
turned to Westerdale. We did spot
coming in the opposite direction at Commondale and eventually
we met him back at
Derek’s bike was playing up so we high tailed it back foregoing our
cream stop. Anglo completed the route and managed to get some nice
his AJS. Back at camp we decided to
merge two runs for the next day.
run was to Flamborough Head
Lighthouse with an afternoon visit to a museum. Derek riding his 1938
us southwards over the Yorkshire Wolds. We had some lovely riding over
rolling countryside and through some quaint villages. We passed Burton
Hall, a magnificent Tudor building and also the name of a GWR
first stop was at the memorial for the RAF Bomber Crews of 158 Squadron
Lisset. Then we continued to Flamborough, for lunch, passing a Google
view car on the way. We decided to miss the afternoon route and head
up the museum which was located between Filey and Scarborough. This was
Scarborough Fair and Vintage Transport Collection. It had appeared on
tv a few
months previously and we though that it would be worth a visit. And it
collection had various fairground rides all in working order, a
vintage motorcycles, cars, tractors and commercial vehicles, plus a few
lorries. There was even a caravan suitable for Rob. We spent a good two
looking around and when we had tea in the main hall we were entertained
various tunes played live on a large cinema organ while couples did old
dancing on the floor. From the museum it was a short hop back to Seamer
and a discussion about what we had seen.
was our last day of riding, and the
run was again through the Wolds. This time we were staying inland with
lunchtime destination at Seaways Café, Fridaythorpe. Rob took the lead
by John on his BSA, Norman on the
and Angelo on the Triumph 500. All bikes were running well and the
sunny and very warm. Heading
Wolds towards Driffield Rob found himself all alone. Turning around he
the others parked up in a farm driveway examining Angleo’s Triumph. It
come to a halt. Looking under the seat there seemed to be a loose wire.
was soon stripped and reconnected and the bike restarted. Which was
more than could
be said for Rob’s Mac. After a few unsuccessful kicks he declined the
a push start and changed the plug. Hey presto first kick and it
started. Off to
go again. But approaching North Dalton, Angelo stopped. In the shade of
on the edge of the village, it was noticed that the tab on the
snapped and the wire was making a very poor connection. This resulted
battery running flat. Angelo decided to call for recovery and told us
to carry on. We said farewell and headed the last
miles to the café and an all day breakfast. The afternoon
route was about 45 miles through the
rolling Wolds countryside. We motored through some lovely valleys and
villages. We managed to stop near Thixendale to take some action photos
the camp for a final catch up. Just after our return Angelo appeared.
been recovered back.
settled down for a few beers and a chat
by the motor homes. Everyone had enjoyed themselves. The weather had
dry and warm. The routes had taken us through some excellent
covering some 600 miles.
June - Mid week ride to the Dean Forest Steam Railway
Wednesday 22nd of June saw 11 club
members meet at the Nantgarw Multiplex car park for a run. Bryn Tipples
had arranged a trip to the Dean Forest Railway. So in glorious sunshine
Bryn led a mixture of bikes along the motorway to Lydney and on to
Norchard. On arrival we all had a look around the station and some of
the railwayana near the signal box. After a quick cuppa and a cake, a
few of us headed up to the platform to await the arrival of the train
from Lydney. The train was pulled by Prairie Tank 5541 being driven by
Charlie and fired by Mike. As it pulled in, who else should be on the
footplate but Bryn with a big smile on his face. Bryn very graciously
offered his place and Rob quickly accepted. It was an amazing
experience heading up to Parkend and back. When Charlie and Mike
finished their turn of duty they took us into the workshop to see
Pannier Tank 9681 which has almost finished its complete restoration.
It will be turned out in BR black as it was built in 1949. After
leaving the workshop it was time to head home. Bryn and Doug took the
quick route back via Chepstow and the M4 while Rob led a group back via
Chepstow, Usk, Pontypool and Ystrad Mynach. A very good day out thanks
week in July - Reivers section week - our Rob was there
the first weekend of July, Rob attended the Velocette Owners’ Club
Rally at Lichfield. The Saturday run was followed by an evening BBQ and
was the rally at Lichfield RFC Ground. Sunday evening saw Rob heading
an overnight stop before reaching Alnwick RFC Ground where the
Reivers’ Rally week was based.
was great to catch up with old friends met over the years at various
like Scarborough, the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Scotland. On site from
Les and Shirley in their Lomax, Dafydd Jones from Anglesey, Mervin from
Worcester with his cousin Lindsey and his wife and Dave and Stella from
unloading the Velo and setting up the motor home it was time for an
evening spin down to Amble for fish and chips by the harbour. The route
only 12 miles along the main road and then through the pretty village
Warkworth with its medieval bridge and castle alongside the estuary of
River Coquet. We had some delicious fish and chips from the local shop
them, in the sunshine, alongside the harbour. Dave and Stella led us
back via B
roads to the campsite.
Tuesday's run was 138 miles covering two counties.
and Shirley in the Lomax and Rob on the Velo left at ten and headed
towards the high moors. The
route was on
mostly B roads which were up and down dale and quite empty of traffic.
passed Craigside, the home of Lord Armstrong the Newcastle
house was one of the first to use electric lighting powered from his
plant. We continued
through Rothbury, passing
isolated farms and pretty villages, then alongside the River North Tyne
reaching Chollerford for a tea stop. Passing near Chesters Roman Fort
Hadrian’s Wall we head up Allendale and Allenheads where the road
higher and was edged with snow poles. We then dropped into County
the valley here showed signs of lead and fellspar workings. Lunch was
Blanchard and we had a drink in the Lord Crewe Arms which seemed to
crypt type bar. It was built in 1165 as a hostel for the nearby abbey.
Heading back we missed a junction and were
route. Checking the map we made our way and eventually saw the
We followed it to The Ox Inn in Middleton, where Rob was able to get
with fuel. Refreshed with a cuppa it was a quick 25 mile run back to
weather was fine with some sun and the roads were good for
Wednesday morning dawned wet and grey. It had been
raining since 3am and it looked like the day’s ride would be off.
noon the rain had stopped and the skies were clearing so we set off.
was called the Castle Run as we would be passing close to 10 castles in
region. Dave had decided to shorten the route by missing out the
Scotland but Les, Shirley and Rob decided to complete it all. The first
was Alnwick itself, then we headed off into the countryside. It was
spot most of the castles although some were only glimpsed behind high
route took us along the side of a wide river valley with views across
hills in the distance. These we had ridden over the previous day. We
at the Lavender Tea Rooms at Etal before we crossed the Tweed into
where we had lunch at Duns. This was the home of Jim Clark the famous
Grand Prix Champion. There is a museum here with his trophies and other
memorabilia. Unfortunately we did not have time to stop. Crossing back
Tweed we passed Norham Castle and headed to the coast. Here we spotted
Lindisfarne Castle in the distance and Bamburgh Castle close up. After
stop in Bamburgh and fuel in Seahouses we took the back roads into
fish and chips from Carlo’s in the town centre. Nice. We covered 120
managed to spot 9 out of the 10 castles.
Thursday’s Run was over the moors to the Upper
Valley and Kielder Forest. The weather was now much warmer and it was
sit in the shade at the tea stop in Harbottle. From here we were warned
the next 20 miles needed caution. The road was rather bumpy with some
and the usual grit in the centre, plus of course sheep. Other than
this, it was
a pleasant run with great views from the high ground. Crossing Chew
Bridge on the Roman Road we passed the remains of the Roman Fort. This
beginning of the Otterburn Army Ranges. The Ranges cover 93 square
southern Cheviot Hills. We were able to travel through but were warned
stray off the road. Turning right at Cottonshopeburnfoot we headed
Scotland. We stopped on the border at Carter Bar with the Sottish
stretching away before us.
We made a long loop to the left through the
headed back over the border and into Kielder Forest for lunch. Again
were quiet with few cars around. We made our way to Bellingham for a
stop and to pick up fuel before passing Kirkwhelpington and Rothbury on
return journey to camp a distance of 130 miles.
Friday’s Run was a late breakfast at Weldon Bridge
heading over the moors to Etal. There must have been over 20 of us
at The Anglers Arms tucking in to a delicious full English and
chatting. We had
been warned that there was a road closure within the next mile but a
know the way around the diversion. I though I heard a rider on a flat
say he knew the way so Les and I agreed to follow the bikes. Leaving
I was separated from Les and Shirley by a chap on a flat tank Sunbeam.
bridge near the diversion sign, the leading bikes and the Lomax turned
the Sunbeam went right. I waved to Les and Shirley and followed the
Boy was he motoring. We were followed by another solo and, unknown to
the Lomax. We soon came to a T junction which the route showed as a
Rothbury, but the Sunbeam turned right. He must know the way, I
thought, so I
followed. Passing the long wall surrounding Cragside there were
notes from exhausts of the Sunbeam and Velo. We stayed together all
along the road
towards Alnwick. By now there were signs of doubt creeping into my
this can’t be the diversion? At the junction on the A697 the Sunbeam
I came along side. Looking at his handlebars I could see an empty
“Are we still on the route?” I asked.
“No mate.” came the reply, “I’m heading back to
“Oh *&@# !” That will teach me to ask in
before haring off.
Luckily I knew that Etal was north so looking at
Maps on my phone I plotted a course straight up the main road until I
find a sign pointing to Etal. So off went the Velo at 50 to 60 mph
the A697. The correct route had taken everyone through lovely
the west of the main road. Les and Shirley had followed me but had
at the Rothbury sign. Eventually they would have to cross the A697 as
on the east and as I travelled north I spotted signs that were on my
sheet. Do I try and follow these in the hope of meeting the rest of the
or soldier on like Billy No Mates? Billy won and I headed north
spotting the signpost and reaching Etal a good half hour early.
Later I got some stick when Les and Shirley
30 mile return trip was led by the Lomax along some to the roads we had
earlier in the week. The route should have been 100 miles but my
about 20 miles shorter. That evening, in camp, the owner of the Sunbeam
how I had got on. We chatted about his 500cc side valve Sunbeam and how
went. Friday night we all went into town being given a lift from Howard
organiser. A delicious meal had been ordered at the Market Tavern which
lovely way to finish off the evening.
Saturday’s run was to Heatherslaw Corn Mill just
Etal. Dave and Stella led us. We travelled northwards on quiet B and
to Kirk Yetholm where we were a little way back from the group. Rob saw
motorcyclists in the village and headed up to them. Although they were
campsite, unfortunately they were not our group. This caused Les to
direction our group had taken. We
on a road which headed in roughly the right direction and eventualy
tea stop at Cornhill Village Shop. Within five minutes the rest joined
Suitably refreshed and following Dave and Stella
headed past Branxton and Flodden Field. This was the site of a battle
the Scots and the English in November 1513. From here we went on to
Mill on the banks of the River Till. There has been a corn mill here
13th century. Also across the river is the Heatherslaw Light Railway, a
narrow gauge begun in the 1980s and running for about 2 miles to Etal
After lunch Dave and Stella led us along some of
pretty roads we had used during the week then along the back roads to
and on to The Rocking Horse Cafe where the owner has an interest in old
vehicles. It was a short hop back to Alnwick to finish off a hundred
There was another day’s riding on Sunday but Rob
plans to head south. Sunday morning was spent loading up, taking a few
of the bikes and saying goodbye.
Northumberland is the second largest county in
and the least populated. The roads are long and winding and we found
traffic free. The views are high, wide and spectacular. The villages
castles plentiful. The company and welcome was warm and worth coming
July - follow the Velo Run
weather on Sunday morning was wet. It
was pouring as I made my way to the start of The Follow The velo Run at
Mountain Café, Caerphilly. I had intended to use last year’s route but
the mountain road between Maerdy and Aberdare being closed that was not
possible. So due to this, plus the weather conditions, I planned a
Velo without a route card.
at the café, as I pulled in, was
Paul D on his Kawasaki 800 and we were soon joined by Andy W on his
A little while late Bob J and John H rode in, both on AJSs. I explained
general plan and as we started the bikes Bob arrived on his Triumph
now, we had six setting off in rather damp conditions.
route took us along the A470 to
Pontypridd where we branched off on the road to Ynysybwl. Riding
village we were soon on an open country road heading for Perthcelyn and
negotiating some twisty bends. Next, we headed south to Abercynon
crossing the valley and heading for Fidlers’ Elbow. It had been my
take the old road to Merthyr but I changed my mind and headed for
now the rain had stopped so I though a ride over Gelligaer Common would
good. The road was quite busy as there was a horse show going on in one
fields. The cloud had lifted a little so we did have some decent views
sides. Looking north, we could see the Beacons covered in low cloud. We
passed two ambulances on the ridgeway plus, in a little while, a police
with its blue lights on. At the next junction, the road to Fochriw had
closed with police tape. Luckily, we were heading left along the
to Dowlais Top. Here we joined the A465, and its road works, before
to Aberdare for a carvery in a local pub. Some 55 miles covered in
August - Fish and Chips run
assembled at Cowbridge Common and were all lead away by Andy for the
run. Back at the Llanharry club everyone assembled and some 16 sat down
to a feed of fish and chips. All in all a good evening.
August - Chairman's run - notes, thanks to Rob J
Ten members turned up at The Club
for the Chairman's Run. Bob had worked out a route of some 80 miles
taking in the scenery on some of the mountain roads of Glamorgan. In
order that we did not get lost Bob explained the route. It was out to
Llanharan, then Pencoed and along the A48 before joining the M4 at
Pyle, Then off at Port Talbot and up the Gwynfi Valley to the Bwlch.
From here it was into Treorchy, over the Rhigos Mountain and down the
Then we were off. Everything was going well,
the weather was fine and sunny and the bikes sounded good. As we pulled
out at Llanharan Bob, Bryn and Bob2 were separated from the rest of us
by a car. The car drove slowly and we soon lost sight of the first
three. Approaching the Brynnau roundabout I spotted a motorcycle taking
the Heol y Cyw road. I followed it, taking the rest of the group with
me. At the Common I could see that it wasn't Bob, Bryn or Bob. There
was no option but to continue. So we headed for Sarn and the M4. We
continued along to Port Talbot and then took the road to Cymer and the
Bwlch. The roads were quiet and the views were good. We arrived at the
Bwlch and had an Ice cream while we waited for Bob. When they arrived
Bob said that he saw we were missing and they had waited at Pyle.
Suitably refreshed we
went down the mountain into Treorchy and turned
up the Rhondda Fawr to the Rhigos mountain. The mountain road has now
had its speed limit dropped to 40 MPH. At the Rhigos we stopped and
watched some people go down the Zip Wire from the top of the mountain
to the old Tower Colliery. Our last leg was down through the lanes at
Llwydcoed as the main road to Aberdare was closed. We finished off at a
pub for a carvery before heading home.
September - Vale of Glamorgan run - thanks to Angel Conti for some of
We had some 18 entries, only 6 from our section, 2 from Oxford and
Colin Durnall who rode his 1937 P&M all the way from
Wolverhampton. The largest contingent came from West Wales and Swansea.
The day dawned well, it was dry and there was a hint of sunshine as we
assembled at the Llanharry club.
Seen at the start:
We were soon out into the Vale and heading for Craig Penllyne,
Llysworney and on to Corntown. Then it was through Ogmore and
Southerndown before the lunch stop at the Horseshoe Inn at Marcross.
Seen at the Horseshoe Inn:
This year the afternoon run of some 38 miles went through the
water-splash at Llancarfan
A few managed to get lost, but did eventually find their way back to
the finish ok. All after a good day out running around the Vale.
September - Saundersfoot Run
Once again Jean and I attended the Saundersfoot weekend, along with Rob
J and his 1959 MAC. Things started by travelling to Saundersfoot on the
Thursday, with our usual visit to the Dragon Palace Chinese restaurant
in Pentlepoir - the food is really good there. Friday dawned nice and
dry as we all met up in the Merlewood Hotel car park for the days
social run. Seen at the start:
We all set off heading towards Pembroke town, taking a long
loop, before stopping at the Bubbleton Farm cafe after having covered
just over 20 miles. The food was good and the stop interesting. Some
photos from the lunch stop:
From the farm it was a drive back to base, whilst Rob and Les
headed for Tenby for an Ice Cream. Saturday dawned and the weather was
still looking good as we all assembled in the Coppit Hall car park.
We were set off two at a time, starting from 10am, and were soon out
into the lanes for the 65 mile event. Lunch was at Milford Haven
Marina, where Jean and I found a super little cafe, hidden
away at the end of the front. The afternoon run was an uneventful ride
back to Coppit Hall and the finish. Food for the evening was arranged
with the Merlewood Hotel and most entrants met there. Sunday Morning,
and everyone assembled in the sunshine for the Concours trophies
presentation. Rob had best in class and our 3-wheeler also won it's
class. When the results were finalised, Rob even won his class in the
road run as well. All in all, a good weekend.
September - Isle of Wight Scurry(thanks to Rob for the photos)
The weekend following Saundersfoot was the Scurry event on the Isle of
Wight. I was to ride my 1952 Peugeot and Howard was to ride my
1961Tiger Cub, with Rob on his 1959 Velo, of course. It was planned
that the girls could then follow around in the car. Thursday saw Howard
and Carol, Jean and I head for a Premier Inn in Christchurch, as we had
the great plan of visiting the Sammy Miller museum on Friday,
before catching the 4pm ferry from Lymington. Rob was booked on the 2pm
boat, which had been cancelled, with him being transferred on to the
6pm boat. However, he turned up early and managed to get squeezed on
the 4pm ferry. We were soon at the campsite, where Rob set up his
camper, whilst the rest of us took charge of our rented caravan. We
then set off for the arranged evening meal at the Horse & Groom
pub, where we met the remainder of the bikes after their social run.
After being well fed we all retired for the night.
Saturday morning and Howard and I unpacked the Peugeot and Triumph from
my van and headed for the assembly point:
We were soon off for the 7 mile ride into the centre of Newport. There
were well over 50 odd bikes all lined up for the public to see and -
wonder of wonders - my little Peugeot was awarded the County Press
Trophy. I'm not sure what for, something like - Concours, bike I'd like
to take home, most interesting, etc. Back in 2018 it was won by my
Nimbus, and that's not exactly concours. Anyway, here are some of the
bikes on display:
Back at the camp we all settled down and decided to patronise the
on-site take away for some sustenance - which was fine.
Sunday morning and the weather was still looking good as we all
assembled for the start of the Scurry. I set off with Howard and Rob
following as I had a roller route. It wasn't long before we had
collected quite a few followers, as we headed towards Newport and
turned towards Carrisbrooke. From there we skirted Newport and by
lunchtime had reached the Hare & Hounds at Downend.
The girls meanwhile had been on a visit to the craft village at Arreton
Barns. Anyway, we all sat down to a good Sunday lunch and after the
refill set off on the afternoon ride. We ended up joining the coastal
Military Road at Niton, before taking a few detours off and then back
on again. After some 65 odd miles we were back at the camp and
getting ready for the end of event buffet in the nearby Sun Inn public
house. There was a motorcycle quiz, that we failed miserably on, by
only getting 12 of the 50 questions right - but it was a good evening,
as everyone said goodbye.
Our contingent retired back to camp, as we had arranged to stay on the
Island until the following Friday. We ate in various places, visited
Osborne House, Havenstreet steam railway, Godsill, Carrisbrooke Castle
and also drove the length of the Military road. Tuesday evening saw us
join the IOW section for their meeting and a talk by Gerald, who during
his life had run the Honda racing team - it was an interesting evening,
In no time at all it was Friday and we headed home, whilst Rob set off
for Weymouth to ride the Bob Foster weekend. I suppose that we were
really lucky as we had no rain for the week - at least not until
crossing the Severn Bridge back into Wales, where it emptied down and
caused all sorts of problems, including the usual bottle neck at
Newport. We certainly do need the Newport by-pass.