News Section for Midlands Vintage Motorcycle Club. Bikes from the Past. Plans for the Future
We would like to wish all of our members, associates and friends
a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017!
BOXING DAY RIDE OUT 26TH DEC 2017
THE DOG AT NETHER WHITTACRE B46 2DU
Our traditional Boxing Day Escape moved to the Dog last year where we were made most welcome, thus we will be repeating this enjoyable experience once more in 2017! Delicious Tea, Coffee, Bacon and Sausage rolls will of course be available to warm you!
The ride will meet at the National Motorcycle Museum at 10.30 am to leave promptly at 11.00 am.
See you there!
CLUB NIGHT WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
SPEAKER JIM CURRY BRITISH MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACE CHAMPION
Absolutely unmissable entertaining evening with Jim! Stories! Laughter! Racing in the Sixties!
NATIONAL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW
NEC 10TH – 12TH NOVEMBER
We will of course have our usual stand at this very prestigious event and offer section members the opportunity to exhibit their Classic Motorcycles. Contact Bob Badland on 0782 584 0677.
CLUB NIGHT BRING & BUY AUCTION
WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER STARTS 8 PM AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
Club Night (Wednesday 18th) will see our popular Bring and Buy Auction Night hosted as ever by the world famous comedy duo; Alan Price and Richard French. If you have any items for sale (not necessarily Motorbike related) bring them along – it all adds to the fun of the evening! All the family are welcome on this fun social evening so if you have the time come and join in.
JIM FELLOWS RIDE OUT
OUR LAST 2017 RIDE OUT ,COME AND JOIN US!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH
We hold the annual Jim Fellows Run on Sunday 8th October 2017 meeting at 10.30 Bikes away 11:00am. As tradition dictates the Run starts from the Lay By on the Balsall Common to Knowle Road, the B4101 Balsall Street, about a quarter of a mile from the Saracens Head Pub when heading towards Knowle on the left hand side. Mike Drakeley will have set an interesting route through Autumnal Warwickshire lanes with the final destination having tea and coffee facilities.
SEPTEMBER CLUB NIGHT
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM FROM 8 PM DOORS OPEN 7.15 PM
ON CLUB NIGHT THIS MONTH (WEDNESDAY 20th) WE HAVE OUR POPULAR FUN NIGHT QUIZ OF ‘WHATEVER IS IT?’
THIS FUN TEAM GAME WAS INTRODUCED LAST DECEMBER AT OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER AND WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.
IN DECEMBER THE ‘WHATEVER IS IT?’ ITEMS WERE MOTORCYCLE RELATED – THIS MONTH THEY WILL HAVE A FEMININE THEME!
COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN – PARTICULARLY THE LADIES!
AS USUAL FREE TEA, COFFEE AND BISCUITS ARE ON OFFER ALL THROUGH THE EVENING, PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS!
TUDOR GRANGE PARK SOLIHULL
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH
Tudor Grange Park, B91 3LU, 11.00am – 5.00pm
The annual charity fundraising event returns. Organised by the Soroptimists and featuring entertainment including a dog show, classic car show, cycling events and an arena with shows and performances from talented local dancers and musicians, this event is fun for all the family! Local artisans and charities will also have stalls at the event.
THE SHACKERSTONE FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2017
Pete Brown is organising this years trip to this fabulous day out that has proved so very popular with Midlands Section VMCC members in the past and looks set to do so again in 2017! We parade our Classic Beauties at this picturesque part of Leicestershire and gain free entries as well as a result! We will gather as usual at The Boat Inn at Catherine De Barnes B91 2TJ and will be setting out promptly at 9.30 am. Peter can be contacted on 0797 360 0656 and will be very happy to provide any additional information you may require. You can also visit their web site at ://www.ShackerstoneFestival.co.uk
WEDNESDAY 16TH AUGUST AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM.
THIS WEDNESDAY (16th AUGUST 2017) ON OUR CLUB NIGHT WE HAVE AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY PLANNED!
IF YOU FANCY A BIT OF FUN COME ON ANY BIKE AND SEE WHAT’S IN STORE!
OUR THIRD EVENING FISH AND CHIP EVENING RUN
WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST
Approx 15 mystery miles, 35 minutes riding, your fish or pie and chips will be washed down with a free mug of coffee, tea or lemonade! And there’s more! Free biscuits for afters too! We will meet up at The Boat Inn at Catherine -de- Barnes at 7 pm for a prompt 7.15 ride away Stories about Bob Badland paying for everyone should be taken with a pinch of salt! Yum Yum!
THE JUDICIAL EVENING RUN
WEDNESDAY 3RD AUGUST
Meet at The Boat Inn Catherine – de – Barnes at 7.0 pm for a prompt ride away at 7.30 pm, ends at a unique pub you will not forget!
MIDLANDS VMCC NEW POLO SHIRTS
ORDER YOURS TODAY!
These fabulous new polo shirts are available right now in all sizes! What’s more they only cost £12! Yes you did read it right, a miserly £12! Order yours now from Pete Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
H AND H AUCTIONS CLUB NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM.
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY
Doors open at 7 pm. Our great friends at H and H auctions are barbecuing this evening for us from 8 pm. You will need to bring your VMCC membership card to enjoy your burger and side dish!
A big thank you to Mark Bryan for his kind sponsorship of this event!
NOSTALGIA TOUR FROM BIRMINGHAM
SUNDAY 16TH JULY
This year we are breathing new life into into our Tour! We have introduced a 1940’s theme which will run throughout the day including an Alladin’s Cave of 1940’s memorabilia to view at your hearts content and then take refreshment in a 1940’s themed cafe’ where Vera Lynn will serenade you from a period valve powered radio of the time! We will be leaving The Boat Inn at Catherine-de -Barnes at 11 am promptly. B91 2TJ
QUICK RUN 3
SUNDAY JULY 9TH
This will be our third Quick Run which uses faster roads to enable members with higher capacity and faster bikes to stretch their legs a little! This years ride will provide the opportunity to ride a steam train and take a look at a classic bus rally at our destination. We will leave The Boat Inn at Catherine De Barnes B91 2TJ promptly at 9.30 am.The total mileage will be around 100.
VINTAGE SPORTS CAR CLUB EVENING RIDE OUT
THURSDAY 6TH JULY
Our annual ride out to meet our classic car cousins will gather at The Boat Inn at Catherine De Barnes at 6.45 pm, leaving promptly at 7.15 PM.
CRICH MUSEUM VILLAGE CLASSIC BIKE DAY
SUNDAY 2ND JULY
We will be leaving from the Boat Inn at Catherine De Barnes at 9.30 AM promptly. Bob has organised a lovely route to take. The mileage is around 50 each way. We have a limited number of free entry tickets for eligible bikes. Bikes newer than 1992 will of course be welcomed but not on display on the historic Main Street.
This event is being organised in conjunction with the Vincent Owners Club, and is for motorcycles built prior to January 1992.
There will also be a Best Bike Award as voted by the public visiting Crich Tramway Village on the day.
Visitors will be able to admire classic bikes of many different ages and makes and enjoy seeing them bring ridden on The Street alongside classic trams from our Collection.
Entry for the classic motorcycle and rider is free and pillion riders and accompanying visitors are offered discounted entry price.
Car parking at Crich Tramway Village is free and a large section of the car park will be assigned for motorcycles which do not meet the age qualification for the event, giving riders of modern classics the opportunity to meet and display their machines.
BRING A BIKE TO THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE
Another opportunity to bring your Classic machine to the museum on our monthly Club Night. Halls will be open to visit free of charge and refreshments will of course be available! Let’s hope for a barmy summer evening to meet and greet classic bike enthusiasts old and new! Or should that be balmy???? Doors open from 7.30 pm.
QUEENS HEAD EVENING RIDE OUT
WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE
This lovely evening ride will leave The Boat Inn at Catherine – de – Barnes promptly at 19.30 hours and end at The Queens Head in Meriden.
WINGS AND WHEELS RUN
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29TH MAY.
This brilliant bank holiday ride out gathers at the Boat Inn Catherine de Barnes B91 2TJ at 9.30 am riding away promptly at 10.00 am.
Our destination is the Bidford on Avon Gliding Club where their cafe awaits!
See you there!
THE SOMERVILLE BREAKFAST RUN
SUNDAY 21ST MAY
This popular annual ride out commences at Meriden Motorcycles at Walsh Lane Meriden CV7 7JN and will leave promptly at 9.00 AM. There will be a new destination this year, Butlers Cafe and Reataurant, Evesham, WR11 4HJ for a hearty morning feast! Don’t miss it!
ARRIVE ON A BIKE NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
7.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY
This is a relaxed club night at the museum with all 5 halls open and free to enjoy with over 800 machines to view free of charge ! Bob may have a few surprises for you too on the night. All VMCC members are welcome of course!
SIT DOWN FISH AND CHIP SUPPER FRIDAY 5TH MAY
7 PM FOR 7.30 PM
This delicious supper and social gathering takes place at The Windmill Hotel, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9AL situated on the left of the A45 heading towards Birmingham. Not only is it a great opportunity to meet up with other section members but is a fine precursor to The Coventry To Brighton Ride which takes place on Saturday, the following morning, and will be shared with our many guest riders undertaking the journey from Coventry. A lovely social evening , don’t miss it!
CHRIS ELLIOTT EVENING RIDE OUT WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY.
This is our first evening ride out this year and will commence from The Boat at Catherine de Barnes gathering at 7.0 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm ride away. Post Code B91 2TJ
CLUB NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL 8 PM START
GORDON MAY OVERLAND TO VIETNAM
In 2008 Gordon May rode his 1953 Royal Enfield Bullet from Manchester, England, to the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai, Southern India. The 8,400 mile adventure resulted in the book, Overland To India.
His next trip was even more adventurous: Manchester to Egypt on a 1952 BSA Bantam. After a false start in 2009, Gordon achieved his goal, crossing Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria before returning to the UK in 2010. Another book, Overland To Egypt, soon followed.
This latest project – UK to Vietnam – was Gordon’s most challenging ride to date with a route that took him across Europe to the Black Sea, through the Caucasus and into Central Asia, including visits to Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, then along Tajikistan;’s famed Pamir Highway and into China. After traversing high altitude passes and surviving a major earthquake in Pakistan, Gordon travelled through India, Nepal, Myanmar,Thailand and Laos. Upon reaching Vietnam, he rode the breathtaking coastal route from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.
The bike, a 1941 ex British army 350cc Matchless G3L, has been civilianized – painted black! It was also modified for the rigours of unpaved roads and river crossings but remains, in essence, a simple 1940’s British push-rod single.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CLUB NIGHT
WEDNESDAY MARCH 15TH
NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM FROM 8 PM
Our AGM is a very important event in our calendar as it gives Midland Section Members the opportunity to select a committee for 2017-2018. It enables us to talk through our calendar of events, take suggestions to improve our club and hopefully enhance our membership numbers in the future!
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING YOUR 2017 VMCC MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU THIS EVENING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VOTING!!!!
RACE RETRO STONELEIGH PARK FEB 24TH – FEB 26TH
We have a number of members who regularly attend this event at Stoneleigh and exhibit machines under the auspices of the Association of Pioneer Motorcyclists Club, of which they are members too. Whilst it has become a predominantly car orientated event it is all the same very interesting and well worth a visit!
MIDLAND SECTION CLUB SPEAKER NIGHT
MALCOLM UPHILL EVENING BY DAVE HOLLYMAN
WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
8 PM START
Malcolm Uphill’s long term friend Dave Hollyman will be giving an illustrated talk about the first man to lap the Isle of Man TT Course on a factory entered Triumph Bonneville at 100 mph in 1969. Ex racer Dave Hollyman, who was chairman of the Ponthir Classic Club when Malcolm was it’s president has gathered lots of information about Malcolm’s background and racing history which should give a true insight into the man. Refreshments of course. Entry charge will be £1 which will also enter you into our raffle.
CAROLE NASH CLASSIC BIKE SHOW
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 4TH – 5TH FEB
MIDLANDS CLUB NIGHT TREASURE HUNT AT THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY FROM 8 PM
This quite staggeringly popular annual event uses all the halls of the National Motorcycle Museum to hunt for clues and have the opportunity to win extremely valuable prizes, one of which is a free night out with Bob Badland, priceless! I’m sure you will agree it is worth participating for this single prize alone! For this event we welcome ladies, gentlemen, and youngsters to come and join in the fun and delight in the fabulous museum exhibits and remember you do not need any technical knowledge to take part, just to think a little and observe carefully!
CAROLE NASH WINTER CLASSIC SHOW
NEWARK NG24 6QN
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JANUARY 7TH AND 8TH