AJS & Matchless take the 2017 IWKR by storm……..well almost
A Report from Keith (the Younger) on The 33rd International West Kent Rally 4th to 6th August 2017, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent
This is an annual VMCC event held at The Friars in Aylesford, a beautiful commercially functioning Priory founded in 1242 or 1251 depending on which official sign you found. There were a lot of people and in vans but I chose to stay in the Friar accommodation which was likely similarly built 13thC and comprised a bed, a wash basin and, fortunately, a power socket for the mobile. The other facilities were out, down and across a courtyard. Not so good after a few beers in the evening.
362 bikes were registered for the rally proper on the Saturday. The oldest was a 1897 Leon Bollee Voiturette 620cc and the youngest a 1991 Ural IMZ 650cc. Only bikes registered and ridden in the actual rally were eligible for awards which makes a change from bikes with unworn pimples on their tyres. Mine was in the 1960 class and ridden 90 miles to the event. Eventers started to arrive Thursday afternoon and there was a social ride that evening but after all those miles to get there the local bitter and lamb shanks for me was more appealing. On the Friday there was a full 2nd man drop-off run for lunch and back of maybe 50 or so miles involving probably 250 machines. Weather was good. The Saturday was the rally proper with most if not all registered bikes on a sign posted route with some marshalling at the more potentially hazardous junctions over either a short (70 miles) or long (100 miles) route but without notice the local council decided to dig up some of the roads which reduced the long route to 95 miles except for those riders needing Specsavers who missed a turn or two and made up the difference retracing the route. A couple of heavy downpours but cleared up nicely in the afternoon. Sunday was a full display show, club stands, auto-jumble with many familiar faces and a bike gymkhana and the day was scorching hot such is the fickle British weather. In addition to the 700 or so riders and support teams/families, on the day an estimated 2,000-2,500 further day bikers and 4 wheelers arrived and 5,000 or so more people came through the gate and all proceeds of day going to the ‘Headway’ West Kent charity. Returning now to the title of this piece. Of the 362 registered rally bikes 12% of the total were of the AJS & Matchless marque and which took 30% of the total show bike awards. The best club stand went to the historic sushi bikers OC.
A damn good weekend. A damn good show and event. Well done to VMCC.
Keith (The Younger)
Wick Village Fete
Some interesting bikes at this event, two Guzzis in military form and combat colours and a Bianchi allegedly developed for amphibious work?
SADCASE (Storrington & District etc)
The second year for this large show which is free to enter and you can leave when you wish. Every car your can imagine from Austin 7s to Aston Martin. Just a few bikes unfortunately but you can't have everything and it gave Keith (Hairy) an opportunity to take family members in his Minor.
One to watch for next year.
PS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WAS MEETING THE ZAPP FAMILY WHO HAVE BEEN TRAVELLING THE WORLD FOR 17 YEARS IN A 1928 GRAHAM PAIGE CAR WITH WOODEN SPOKED WHEELS!
BIKEFEST SOUTH 2017
The inaugural Bikefest South event proved to be a success with an attendance of 7500 and blessed with decent weather. The Club was well represented by thirteen classic machines and their riders, the machines going from a 98cc two stroke the the larger four stroke twins all of which provoked a good level of interest. Steve (he of hog roast fame) very kindly provided breakfast and lunch for our exhibitors free of charge. Dave, Bernie and Don took advantage of a spin on an electric scooter whilst other preferred to remain at our display which was situated next to Motogirl who were selling decent quality wear for the ladies with a lot of trying on and looking at themselves in the large mirror. It was far from perfect as a show with a limited amount of attractions but as a first attempt it was fine and it is to be hoped that it will continue next year.
PS Dave got into trouble riding the scooter in shorts!
KEMPTON PARK CLASSIC BIKE SHOW 20th MAY 2017
For the Classic Bike Show we had a stand and were permitted just five bikes, so we decided to be a little different by basing our stand on 'specials',
We had Mick's Norton Dominator on the basis that just about all Tritons use the Norton featherbed frame similar to that on the Dommie. Steve brought his Morgo 800cc Triton and the ex Trevor Triton and Trevor brought his latest project in 'almost complete' condition. The line up was then complimented by Bob's Street Scrambler A10 and he brought his professional cleaning equipment so that our display was nice and shiny.
Don brought all the essentials for the stand, kettle, tea bags, coffee milk and enough cups to ensure none had to be washed up and of course the Club flags. We didn't win any prizes either for our stand which this year boasted technology in the form of a monitor showing Club bikes, members and exploits or for our excellent machines. However we had the happiest stand in the show!
A really nice line up of bikes, sorry about the array of old fa... in the background, whilst Sean still free from the clutches of Mr Nasty looks on.
AMBERLEY MOTORCYCLE SHOW 7th MAY 2017
Richard's winter time project of Bantam + sidecar + trailer made its' first appearance and created a lot of interest.
Pete provides the smile and Malc the hair and several chins. Keith introduces his family to the joys of motorcycling.
Pete and Dud (where have I heard that before?) compare Talisman notes. Roy puts on his happy face or is it painful sitting in that position?
ARDINGLY 2nd APRIL 2017
I was rather hoping we might see a little more support for this event in 2017. Just four members providing bikes for the display with Steve very kindly lugging the flags up to the show and providing two bikes, Brian had his Francis Barnett Cruiser, Roy his immaculate Bantam and Patrick his newly rebuilt BSA B50. The occasion was used to distribute the last of the Engineerium flyers and provided an opportunity to explain to those who were interested what was available this year. The day went all too quickly with just about enough time to get around the various stalls and the car park which always has an interesting range of bikes. Dave Degens tested a few deaf aids when firing up his Matchless G45 which brought back a few memories of past racing.
We didn't manage to gain any awards so borrowed one from the 'Jampot' club whose face you might recognise and who cunningly covered his 'Jampot' badge. A few minutes assisting Steve with packing up and then off to enjoy a pleasant ride home in the sun, Patrick, known for his generosity left some oil for others to share.
SHEPTON MALLET CLASSIC BIKE SHOW - 2017
The day dawned with the rain thrashing down and looking to be a miserable one. However ye of little faith, as we trundled down the 27 the skies cleared, the roads dried and eventually the sun came out. The breakfast stop at Nunney Catch showed that there would be at least a dozen Club members attending the Show, that is if they could still walk after a substantial breakfast. Derek and George however breakfasted at Wetherspoons in Salisbury......Derek prefers an upmarket start to the day with his eggs benedict.
A lengthy queue to get in but once inside the Show was up to its usual high standard and pleasing to see just how many Classic Bike Club are still in good health in the west country. It is a little far for our Club to have a stand but as ever the Bantam Boys were present and in good spirits. The major problem I found was there was so much to see and so many people to speak to the day sped past really quickly.
Derek. the other 'noisy' one, had his turbo twin Royal Enfield on the Enfield Owners Club and with Tracy's Flying Flea occupying a prominent position.
REMEMBRANCE DAY - 2016
The Club had a good turnout of members for the Remembrance Day service although overall numbers did seem to be down on previous year when we gathered in the car park at the Castle Inn Bramber. A decent cup of coffee and the purchase of raffle tickets before observing the minutes silence at 11.00am and then down to Shoreham Airfield. A different route on this occasion to have a drive past long time organiser Evelyn’s house as she had recently passed away.
After a short service and the laying of a wreath we all adjourned to the airfield dining facilities to enjoy yet more coffee and good company. Thanks to all the Club members who were able to attend.Malcolm
Friday run to The Bluebell Railway 8/7/2016
When I said that it would take about an hour to get there I was told in no uncertain terms that I was wrong. The doubters were right, it took 59 minuets’ and that included two catch up stops and a set of road works. Nugh nugh nugh!
So for the princely sum of £3 the 21 of use were let in just missing the 11.00 train pulling out. Bother.
So it is coffee and donut first and then a look around the engine shed. I have been there before but it is always a bit of a surprise when you read the boards and see the dates that the trains were built and of course they were designed well before that. And we think that we are so clever now?
In the shed there is a good cross section of old engines, not so old, in reasonable condition and other wise. All very interesting.
Then it was up and over the bridge and into the museum. Since I was last there it has been somewhat enlarged and some very interesting stuff it has to.
So it was back over the bridge and just before heading for the car park, a very nice man invited some of us into the signal box on the platform to show us its workings. And when that light comes on said the man, and that bell goes ding, that means that the train is just one minute away, and right on queue on comes the light, ding goes the bell and round the corner of the track comes the train. What a sight. Lovely.
Back in the car park some went of home straight away whilst the remaining dozen or so of us headed for the, untried by us, `Cock Inn ` in Wiversfield. Bearing in mind that we had not warned him of our coming, the bit of a delay in the food arriving was not unduly long and believe me it was worth waiting for.
Then it was the usual `bomb burst` departure from the pub with a number making their own way home with just a handful of us heading home through the lanes via Plumpton and Ditching .
A good run out.
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First Stop, tea and a Jam donut
In for a de-coke
I remember these when I was a lad
Nah mate,I call it strawbury blond
Two Triton drew a few remarks, some printable
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Following Pictures by D
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BIT OF A LEAN ON THERE GEORGE, " TEA'S A BIT STRONG "
ARDINGLY APRIL 2016
It was good to get out and trundle up to Ardingly on a beautiful day for riding for the first show of the year. Brian was there with the Fanny B boys, Keith (the young good looking one!) was with the
Jampot brigade and Don with the multitude of Bantams.....although thinking about it I didn’t actually see Don? Bob had stolen Diane’s purse again an bought himself a nifty twin leading shoe brake but I don’t think it will fit his Yamaha. There were many Club members in attendance but no SBMOC presence in the hall a shame really as young Mr Brinkley got top spot last year., perhaps we can make an effort for the other show later in the year and who knows we might recruit some new members.
It would be remiss not to mention the absence of Clive and many of the other clubs were keen both to pass on their condolences on his passing and confirm the funeral details.