News Section for Midlands Vintage Motorcycle Club. Bikes from the Past. Plans for the Future
BOXING DAY ESCAPE!
THE DOG INN AT NETHER WHITTAKER B462DU
We are enjoying a new venue this year! Bacon Rolls, Tea and Coffee will of course be on the menu! There will be a ride out from the National Motorcycle Museum leaving at 11 am promptly with Bob Badland dressed up as Santa ! This is a once in a Christmas time opportunity to escape those daunting family responsibilities and arrive in the winter wonderland of Classic Motorcycling. Are you prepared to give that up?
XMAS EVENING MEAL
DECEMBER 21ST NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
DOOR OPEN 7 0 PM
All 140 tickets are now sold. We will enjoy a cabaret act this year and have as guests George Beale, Ivan Rhodes and Grahame Rhodes. Sounds like a very special and memorable evening! See you there!
MIDLAND SECTION WELCOMES GEORGE BEALE TO THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
WENESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Doors open 7.15 pm for a prompt 8 pm start, we expect George to fill every available seat in the hall so ensure that you arrive early for this one! Refreshments available of course!
Owner biggest private European motorcycle racing team 1978 to 1980
Vice Chairman British Sponsors Association 1977 to 1980
Organizer 350 Riders Championship 1980
Owner InCA –International Classic Association .
Organizer InCA Championship for ten years .
Organizer F.I M World Classic Motorcycle Series 2003
Purchased Suzuki factory team machines 1984
Classic Motorcycle Specialist and valuer for auction and private sale.
Expertise in British, Italian, German and Japanese racing motorcycles .
Marque specialist for AJS 7R, Matchless G50 and G45 and Manx Norton
Manufacturer of AJS 7R, Matchless G50. Benelli and Honda six (RC174 ) replica racing machines .
We will have have a very usefully sized 60 square metre display area enabling us to present around a dozen bikes with plenty of space around them for people to photograph and admire.The VMCC will be displaying the Velocette which will be won on the 19th December raffle. The overall theme will be ‘ 70 YEARS OF THE VMCC’. We welcome applications to display bikes, especially machines that will not be found on other owners club stands in the hall, Classic European and Japanese examples especially! We would also like to display a ‘Work in Progress’ restoration, started, or as purchased with a box of parts next to it! Please contact Roy Osborn on 0797 041 6021 please, or e-mail him email@example.com as soon as possible to discuss further! As an exhibitor you will of course enjoy free entry throughout the exhibition opening period for 2 people to enjoy the extensive car halls too!
Concessionary ticket prices are available to Club Members too!
Classic Motorbike Show
11 – 13 November 2016
The NEC, Birmingham
Come along & see Vintage Motorcycle Club on stand number 5-635
Call 0844 854 1354 or book online at www.classicmotorbikeshow.com
For our Members there is an exclusive advance ticket offer giving £5 off the Sat/Sun door price.
NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM OPEN DAY
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5TH
Our hosts are holding their 3rd open day, We will all no doubt lend our support to an organisation that has contributed an enormous amount to the revival of the Midlands VMCC section as it stands today.
NMM “Live” Open Day – Sat 5th November 2016
Following the massive success of Museum LIVE over the past two years, Saturday 05/11/16 will see the museum host our 3rd annual free open day when everyone will be invited to visit the museum collection free of charge.
The 23rd Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show Sat 15th – Sun 16th October
Not an official section event , but I know you will all visit! See you there!
CLUB NIGHT WITH JUSTIN JAMES – HARVEY
WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER
Doors open at 7.15 pm for an 8.0 pm start. Justin will be giving a visual presentation with commentary on Triumph, BSA, Norton and Ariel factory records. He has recently returned from America where his presentation was highly acclaimed. In addition, details of The 2017 Coventry to Brighton Run will be available. We will of course have tickets to buy for our Christmas Meal Meeting Night in December which are selling out very quickly at a very modest £12.50 per head!
JIM FELLOWES RIDE OUT
SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER
Veteran member Mike Drakeley will once again be planning this sweet autumn event which will depart from the lay by on the B4101 from Knowle just 230 yards from The Saracens Head public house.Gathering time is 10.30 am for 11 am ride away. Please come and enjoy the autumn colours on our last scheduled ride out foe 2016!
BOB CURRIE RIDE OUT
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH
This lovely autumn ride of around 40 miles will commence from The Boat Inn at Catherine de Barnes, just on the outskirts of Solihull B91 2TJ. Arrival around 10 am for a prompt 10.30 am departure.The ride will again be presented by David Thomas. We terminate at the delightful Bosworth Fields in Leicestershire where we all relax and grab a bite to eat and a drink in the fabulous restaurant there. Please not that the parking is loose surface and you are advised to bring a stand puck tucked in your jacket pocket for stable machine parking! See you there!
GORDON MAY SPEAKER CLUB NIGHT
WEDNESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
Established motorcycle adventurer Gordon May will entertain us this evening with his Overland to India exploits.A great Royal Enfield story too ! Doors open 7.15 pm for a prompt start at 8.0 pm. Advisable to get there early as this will be a packed house! Museum open naturally! Refreshments of course!
2016 TOUR FROM BIRMINGHAM
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH
This event is a Midlands Section favourite and attracts riders from all over the UK! We start from the National Motorcycle Museum arriving from 10.30 am onwards and embark upon a lovely 70 mile circular ride around the delightful Warwickshire countryside, naturally with the inevitable stop for lunch, returning to the museum for the prize presentation! There will be an award to take home for everyone to remind you of the great day out with your classic bike you had with your Midlands friends!
SHUTTLEWORTH COLLECTION COACH TRIP
SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
We will be hiring a coach leaving the National Motorcycle Museum at 9.30 am to take members on this visit.The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft.The all inclusive cost will be a very modest £27!
Have a look at their web site; www.shuttleworth.org
BRING YOUR BIKE AND YOUR BRAIN CLUB NIGHT
WEDNESDAY 17TH AUGUST
On our club night at The National Motorcycle Museum you are invited to show off your bike and have a natter from 7 pm until 8.45 pm then adjourn to the Premier Suite for our first club quiz for 2016! See you there! It’s a no brainer really!
FISH AND CHIP SUPPER EVENING RUN
WEDNESDAY 10 TH AUGUST
After the great success of last years run which ended at Henley in Arden, Bob has discovered another venue for us gourmet fish and chippers in 2016! The venue remains a closely guarded secret but we gather at The Boat Inn at Catherine – de – Barnes from 6.45 pm for a prompt ride away at 7.15 pm. There will be no need this year to bring your own salt and vinegar. See you there! Bon Appetit!
CRMC CLASSIC MOTOR CYCLE RACING FESTIVAL
FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY 5TH,/ 6TH/ 7TH AUGUST
Now established as the one not to miss, this is the largest and most popular classic motorcycle race event in the UK. In addition to the close racing, expect big displays of iconic classic racing bikes. A 3-day Classic Motorcycle Festival .
TIPPERARY EVENING RIDE OUT
WEDNESDAY 3RD AUGUST
This delightful evening ride will commence from the Boat Inn @ Catherine – de – Barnes BP1 2TJ at 6.45 pm for a 7.0 pm ride away and arrive at the The Tipperary Inn , Meer End Road Kenilworth CV8 1PW .The pub is under new management and is receiving very good reviews from visitors since! We look forward to you joining us !
MAFE AND JOHN ROTHERAM RIDE OUT
SUNDAY 24TH JULY
Once again this run will start out from the Boat Inn at Catherine – de – Barnes B91 2TJ gathering at 10.30 am for a prompt 11 am start. The route will be around 37 miles long and will end at the aerodrome at Wellesbourne with an opportunity to visit the museum there and enjoy food and drink in the great little cafe! See you there!
FOUNDERS DAY STANFORD HALL
SUNDAY 17TH JULY
Although we do not have a section ride out to this event , it is a highlight in the VMCC Calendar and is very well supported. A different motorcycle is featured each year and this year it is Panther. Not only are there classic motorcycle displays a-plenty but the event features a massive autojumble to assist you in finding that elusive spare part you have been searching for to finish off your current restoration!
THE QUICK RUN
SUNDAY JULY 10TH
This will be the third running of this popular event which caters for those riders with classic motorcycles which are powerful enough to stretch their legs a little! On quicker roads, no motorways though, the venue will be Rutland Water for lunch and a different route home! The mileage is around 150 miles total there and back. The venue is a truly beautiful place with 17 miles of walking and cycling tracks around it. The start point will be The Boat Inn at Catherine – de – Barnes B91 2TJ gathering at 10.30 am for an 11 am prompt set out.
JOIN THE VINTAGE SPORTS CAR CLUB RIDE OUT
THURSDAY JULY 7TH
David Thomas will again be organising this delightful evening run which will start from The Boat Inn at Catherine – de – Barnes B91 2TJ. Arrive at 6.45 pm for a prompt ride away at 7 pm. The venue this year will be The Green Dragon at Sambourne B96 6NU where we meet up with fellow classic vehicle enthusiasts, this time on four wheels!
MERIDEN MOTORCYCLE MEGARIDE AND DISPLAY
SUNDAY 26TH JUNE
We have been invited to display a selection of our Classic Motorcycles at this event which is centred around The Queens Head Pub, Old Road, Meriden CV7 7JP. You are invited to display your bike between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm. The event will feature displays, stalls, food, beer and will evoke a real carnival atmosphere which should be great fun! A fantastic motorcycle ride starting from Arrow Mill at Alcester will end here at The Queens Head raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Air Ambulance Service! This is of course a golden opportunity to promote the Midlands VMCC Section to local motorcyclists and to a huge new public audience! Please support this event and ring Pete Brown on 07973 600 656 to arrange a spot to display your beautiful Classic Bike!
VMCC BANBURY RUN GAYDON
SUNDAY 19TH JUNE
Just a reminder that this is the largest gathering of Vintage motorcycles from around the world gathered in one place and many of our fellow section members will be taking part with very early bikes that can be very challenging indeed to ride compared to more modern machines! If you are not participating, the assembly area at the Gaydon start is an awesome sight and not to be missed!
ARRIVE ON A BIKE CLUB NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH
This is of course our monthly meeting where the doors open at 7.15 pm for an 8 pm start. It will be our only Section Classic Bike Night Gathering this year and we encourage you to climb on your latest restorations and acquisitions to show them off and boast about them to fellow members! There will be 5 Trophies to be won that the winners will be taking home with them to keep , Youngest Rider, Oldest Machine, Best British Bike, Best Continental and Best Japanese! Naturally the Museum will be open for you to visit and enjoy and refreshments will of course be available!
CLUEDO FUN RUN
SATURDAY 11TH JUNE 2016
This great new event will start from The Boat Inn at Catherine – De – Barnes B91 2TJ at 10 am, bikes away at 10.30 am. It’s a treasure hunt searching for 18 clues on a 40 mile trip concluding at a lovely pub where drinks and food will be readily available . Especially attractive to pillion riders with sharp eyes to help the driver! A big thanks to Alex Curtis and Bob Badland for this one!
QUEEN’S HEAD EVENING RIDE OUT.
WEDNESDAY 1ST JUNE
This quite staggeringly popular evening jaunt will start from The Boat Inn at Catherine-de-Barnes B91 2TJ meeting at 7 pm for a prompt start at 7.30 pm! For those of you who have not yet spotted the connection, it will end at the Queen’s Head Public House in Meriden! A golden opportunity to escape mowing the lawn for once and burning some hot Classic Bike Rubber around midland lanes before hitting the beer at the centre of England!
THE SOMERVILLE BREAKFAST RIDE OUT SUNDAY 22ND MAY
John Weaver is organising this ever popular trip from his premises in Walsh Lane Meriden, gathering from 9 am leaving at 9.30 am prompt We are visiting the riverside cafe Raphaels at Boat Lane Evesham WR11 4BP. Please come and join us, enjoying a hearty full English at the riverside!
JOHN BRADSHAW PRESENTS THE SIX DAY AFFAIR WEDNESDAY 18TH MAY
John’s presentation will be on our monthly club night at The National Motorcycle Museum, 7.30 for 8 pm start.
Hitler’s armies were poised to invade Poland, while in Austria the International Six Days Trial was nevertheless underway. The trial was dubbed ‘The Motorcycling Olympics’, where the crème de la crème from five or six nations competed in six days of hard riding.
Following the Olympics in Berlin three years earlier, the ISDT was seen by Hitler as being another opportunity for Nazi dominance – and the event was unexpectedly held in occupied Austria. Half way through, riding across the mountains surrounding Salzburg and with the British teams once again doing very well indeed, they received telegrams from the British Embassy telling them to get out and go home immediately.
World War II started just a week later
The story of how all the British competitors and spectators successfully made it away through Switzerland with the help of their German escorts has so far only been briefly mentioned in print, but extensive research has revealed much new material about this fascinating and exciting event in history.
Seventy five years later, one of the competitors tells his grandson all about his adventures…
CHRIS ELLIOT EVENING RIDE OUT WEDNESDAY 4TH MAY.
Lovely evening ride organised by Chris that will start from the Boat Inn at Catherine-de Barnes from 7 pm and end up at the pub! Please come and join us! Postcode is B91 2TJ
CLUB NIGHT SPEAKER PETE BROWN ‘WHEELING AND DEALING’ WEDNESDAY 2OTH APRIL
Peter will regale us with quite unbelievable but true exploits of his experiences in the motor and motorcycle trade throughout his very colourful life to date!
Doors open at the National Motorcycle Museum at 7.15 for a prompt 8.0 pm start. Free entry to the museum of course! Refreshments available naturally!
PRESCOTT RIDE THE HILL SUNDAY 17TH APRIL.
Slots to enter this great event were all taken at the end of January last year. I rode it on my little Ducati in 2015 and had a really great day out! Not too far to travel to or expensive to enter, all the profits go to the Blood Bikes, what better cause! See my video on our Facebook page! Visit their website and have a go!
THE 51ST COVENTRY TO BRIGHTON RUN SATURDAY APRIL 9TH .
Regulations and entry forms are now available to ensure that you gain a place on the Midland Section VMCC’s premier event. More than a hundred classic bikers enjoyed a picturesque route encompassing Henley on Thames and Twyford with a coffee stop at The Deddington Arms, lunch at The Waggon & Horses Twyford, afternoon tea at the famous Tillings Corner House, and a ride through Devil’s Dyke ending at The Courtlands Hotel Hove for a splendid evening meal and a great social gathering before returning on Sunday morning and we expect this years event to be even better with improved food and some route enhancements. Entries close at the end of February, so contact Bob Badland on 0782 584 0677 for details or e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY APRIL 5TH 11.45 AM
VMCC 7OTH ANNIVERSARY BATON HANDOVER
NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
The Warwickshire section will escort the VMCC’s 70th Anniversary Baton to our clubhouse at the National Motorcycle Museum. Why not join in the procession from Kenilworth ( Contact Harry Wiles on 01788 334 617) and witness the handover to our chairman Graham Handley at the start of its epic journey to all VMCC sections throughout the UK. The following day, we escort the baton to our friends in the North Birmingham section where the second handover will take place.
WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH CLUB NIGHT AND SECTION AGM
NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
Our annual general meeting takes place this evening starting at 8 pm promptly enabling you to vote for your committee for the 2016/17 year. It is also an opportunity to hear about ideas and news for the forthcoming year.
Any suggestions you all as members may have to enhance the section experiences for 2016 – 2017 will of course be warmly welcomed! Naturally the museum will be open to explore and refreshments will as ever be available!
WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY CLUB NIGHT SPEAKER KEN SPRAYSON
Join us at the fabulous National Motorcycle Museum and enjoy an evening with legendary frame maker Ken Sprayson. The museum will be open as usual for you all to enjoy and refreshments will of course be available. Doors open at 7.15 pm for a prompt 8 pm start. Unmissable!
WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY CLUB NIGHT – BRING AND BUY AUCTION
Our first home attraction this year, this popular event, once again orchestrated by Richard French and Alan Price, our much loved auctioneers! Doors open at 7 pm and everything donated and subsequently sold provides vital funds for the club which help to pay for the fabulous speaker evenings we hold during the year, which are so much enjoyed by everyone who has witnessed them! So PLEASE BRING AND BUY ANYTHING AND ANYBODY ! We look forward to seeing you at The National Motorcycle Museum in 2016!
SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY BICESTER HERITAGE 7TH SUNDAY SCRAMBLE.
This first event of 2016 for the fabulous Bicester Heritage site commences at 9 am and remains open to the public until 2 pm..1,500 braved the winter elements to visit the last event to encounter a warm welcome and hot refreshments. The entry fee on the day is £5 per person. Parking is free and specially reduced ticket prices are valid for classic vehicles and clubs. Bob Badland is organizing this ride out and you should confirm set out time and place with him by ringing him on 0782 584 06 775. More details about this event and about the remarkable saving of this for airfield can be found at www.bicesterheritage.co.uk