COVENTRY TO BRIGHTON 2018
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 21ST AND 22ND APRIL 2018
HOW DID IT ALL START?
During the 1950’s Fred Lewis rode to Brighton every year to visit friends.Fred thought that this testing run would be ideal as an official VMCC event-an idea supported by several motorcycling friends who joined him on his jaunt
As a result, the first Coventry to Brighton run was organised by the Midland Section in 1962. The first few years saw the run start from the Triumph factory at Meriden, then it moved for one year only to the Sportsman’s Arms on the A45,followed by one year at the National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhill. This however presented a political problem as The Lord Mayor of Coventry was not encouraged to start the event from a venue under the neighbouring Solihull borough council jurisdiction.
As a consequence, the then organiser, Don Alexander, moved the start to The Coventry Museum of Transport which remains as the starting point for this iconic event and where the Lord Mayor of Coventry flags away the riders, a tradition that continues this year!
The rider of the oldest machine carries a letter of goodwill from The Mayor of Coventry and presents it to The Mayor of Brighton who meets and greets the riders on their safe arrival.
2018 WILL MARK THE 53RD RUNNING OF THE COVENTRY TO BRIGHTON EVENT.
Again this year the run is being organized by the Midland Section who welcomed the event back from the Warwickshire Section in 2015.It’s appeal is wide ranging, this year we have participants who travel considerable distances to ride on this fun weekend. From as far away as Wales, Lancashire,and Shropshire, and of course our ‘ special friends’ from Sussex and Surrey who ride home on the Saturday evening!
An added attraction to the event, introduced in 2015 is The Meet and Greet Fish Supper where riders old and new gather on the Friday evening prior to chat about runs gone by and what the next days adventure holds in store!
ORGANISERS PAST AND PRESENT.
After a number of years the Midland Section originator of the run, Fred Lewis, passed the organiser duties to John and Hazel Wragg. During the mid eighties, John, with an ever increasing work load found he had no time to continue, so Don Alexander and his wife Marion rose to the challenge. Don and Marion were long time members of the Warwickshire Section and so, understandably the event was based there. In 1995 Don and Marion stood down and Don’s son Ian and wife Cathy took up the cudgels! However, with growing family commitments they no longer had time to organise the C2B and as a consequence the run lay dormant for three years until the event returned to the Midland Section and Bob Badland, the section secretary revived the event, organising the 50th running in 2015 and has continued to do so to this day!
THE 2018 EVENT APRIL 21ST AND 22ND
THE ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEARS EVENT FROM BOB BADLAND. THE COST IS VERY SENSIBLE INDEED! £95 COVERS SIGNING ON FEE,HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, BED, BREAKFAST AND EVENING MEAL! WE PROVIDE A BREAK DOWN SUPPORT VEHICLE WHICH EXACTLY FOLLOWS THE VERY EASY TO READ TULIP STYLE ROUTE MAP SHOULD ANY ENTRANT NEED IT!
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WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2018!