News Section for Midlands Vintage Motorcycle Club
Hoar Park Boxing Day Gathering Friday 27th December CV10 0QU.
Our last gathering of 2014 will be from 10 am onwards here at our Wednesday venue of Hoar Park for Breakfast and Coffee. Bob Badland will be on his sleigh ready to go at 9:30 am at The Boat at Catherine – de – Barnes . See you there to celebrate a momentous year for the VMCC Midlands Section
Extra Places Are Available for our Xmas Evening Meal Wednesday December 17th 7.30 PM FOR 8 PM
We have managed to persuade our colleagues at The National Motorcycle Museum to offer us some extra space at our festive evening meal, hence we can welcome 18 extra revellers! Contact Bob Badland right now and bag yourself the best £10 spent at a table this year!
Sunday 5th October. Bicester Heritage Sunday Brunch Scrambler.
A wide range of Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Aeroplanes will be congregating around The Scramble Cafe’. Specialists will be proudly opening their doors for guests to meet the teams, view the vehicles, workshops, garages and storage. There will be a vintage glider display, a steam traction engine offering trailer rides, hot air ballooning, stalls selling automobilia books, and photos. A Porsche display, a demonstration from the Home Guard and the live restoration of an AV Roe Triplane will feature too! You MUST register to attend www.surveymonkey.com/SundayBrunchScramble It is 115 mile round trip from The Boat Inn at Catherine de Barnes B91 2TJ starting out at 9.45 am to Bicester OX26 5HA. Visit their web site www.bicesterheritage.co.uk to get more up to date news!
Sunday October 12th Jim Fellowes Ride Out.
This delightful autumn ride is organized by one of our very able old hands, Mike Drakeley. Starting from the lay by on the Knowle to Balsall Common Road, just passed The George in The Tree public house at 10 am for a 10.30 start. Come join us and enjoy some beautiful autumn countryside!
Wednesday October 15th Film Night at The National Motorcycle Museum. Some Classic Motorcycle Films augmented by beer, coffee and cake! A little club business may well be thrown in for good measure! 7.30 for 8.0 pm.
November 13th – 16th Classic Motorcycle Show at the NEC.
We are proud to be representing the VMCC at this prestigious show with a 60 square metre display area. We will have access to all of their display material and will need strong membership support to maximise this fantastic opportunity to display a diverse selection of members bikes in a very professional way to a huge audience. Set up is on Thursday 13th, the NEC having strict disciplines which need to be adhered to. Their theme, by the way this year is The Big Screen, thus all ideas and input will be welcomed! A fantastic opportunity for The Midlands Vintage Motor Cycle Club to shine brightly!
Wednesday November 19th The Handley Brothers at The National Motorcycle Museum.
We welcome Graham and John Handley to our club night this evening. Their dad was christened John Thomas but was always known as Tom, whose elder brother was Wal. Wal won the Ultra Lightweight and the Junior TT in 1925 and was the first man to win 2 TT’s in one week! He won the Senior TT in 1930 riding a Rudge. He sadly died flying a Bell Air Cobra fighter plane in November 1941 when the plane blew up in mid-air!. Do not miss this fascinating evening at the NMM!
Wednesday 17th December Xmas Party. National Motorcycle Museum
A new venue and a complete break with our club tradition means a sit down festive feast for a tenner! We are well on the way to selling out all 64 places so best contact Bob Badland now to grab a knife, a fork and a spoon! Rumour has it the Bob is going to sing some of his favourite songs on the evening, but please do not let that put you off! The other much less believable rumour is that longstanding committee member Mafe Rotheram and Treasurer Terry Gibson are putting money into a kitty to buy all attendees a drink on the night!
Sunday 7th September. Shackerstone Festival.
On the first weekend of September each year, the small, sleepy Leicestershire village of Shackerstone springs to life with the sights and sounds of the festival. Around 15,000 visitors are attracted to a unique event that includes classic motorcycles, classic cars, vintage canal boats, planes. railways and much more besides. Our club is invited to display and parade suitable bikes at this superb event. Tickets, travel plans and arrangement details can be obtained from Bob Badland by phoning him on 078 258 406 77 or by e-mailing him email@example.com
Sunday 14th September. The Tour From Birmingham.
This is our club’s premier ride out event of the year. It is advertised in the VMCC magazine and we enjoy the company of many guests from different sections. We start and finish at The National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhill just off the M42 where we hold our monthly meetings. We also distribute various awards at journey’s end where we ask you to sign off ensuring our organizers are aware of your safe return. The route encompasses around 50 miles of pleasant scenic roads suitable for all classic bikes including early machines and needless to say includes a lunch stop! We assemble at the museum at 9.30 am prompt. For further details please contact Bob Badland on 078 258 406 77 or e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 17th September John Rosamond. The Triumph Meriden Worker’s Co-operative
We welcome the welder turned chairman of the Meriden Workers Co-operative to The National Motorcycle Museum at 7.30 pm to relate to us his experiences with manufacturing the final Meriden Bonnevilles and his relationship with the recently deceased Tony Benn, the then Minister for Trade and Industry who supported this venture. John is also responsible for the book Save The Triumph Bonneville – The Inside Story of The Meriden Worker’s Co-Op published by Veloce. This will be an insightful evening, don’t miss it!
Sunday 28th September Bob Currie Run Ride Out A long standing established ride out organised by David Thomas departing from The Boat Inn, Catherine -de- Barnes Solihull, B91 2TJ leaving promptly at 10.30 am. See you there!