The 2018 NACC National Rally was a superb weekend, with a record-breaking number of campers and riders on both days, blessed with hot sunny weather. A full report will follow shortly but here’s a couple of photos, and grateful thanks to Liz, Bob, Neil and the team from South Staffs for having organised such a great event. Looking forward to next year already!
David set off on his long journey on 13th April, to cyclemotor from Land’s End to John O’Groats on his 1949 Rudge Pathfinder bicycle, which was originally owned by his uncle and then his father. Both sadly suffered from and died from Alzheimer’s, so David is raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. His journey is scheduled to finish on 9th May.
Donations can be made via this website: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/raleighrudginit
More on David’s exploit can be found on his blog at: https://raleighrudginit.wordpress.com
Once he has arrived home again and had time to draw breath, we’ll publish a report on how it all went. The photo below was taken in the middle of a hailstorm!
Mike Stanway, Secretary of the NACC Leicestershire Enthusiasts section, tell us his section have a stand again at The Taverners VMCC Founders Day event on Sunday 22nd July 2018, at Stanford Hall, nr. Lutterworth LE17 6DH. If any member would like to display a bike on the stand, please contact Paul Bodsworth on 07814 35949 for details.
We have received notification that two unique bikes built by NACC member John Hook have been stolen from his garage. They will be easy to identify as they are both specials. One has a 1961 Raleigh Runabout frame with an NSU Quickly engine, an NSU Quickly peanut fuel-tank fitted under the saddle and mountain-bike front forks, reg CAU 624B. The bike is painted a metallic green/ blue. The second bike is a 1961 AV32 Mobylette frame with Sachs fan-cooled 3-speed engine, painted red, with mountain bike front forks and an NSU Quickly peanut tank under the saddle, reg. YSK 288.
See photos below. If anybody has seen these bikes for sale, or parts offered for sale on eBay or elsewhere, please email firstname.lastname@example.org A message will be forwarded to John Hook and the police informed.
I am sure many of our members know of Classic Moped Spares based in Taunton, Somerset; suppliers of, amongst other things, VeloSolex, Peugeot, Puch and Motobecane parts. Well, their fame may spread a little wider after this month when they are to appear on national television!
Malcolm Corrigan from Classic Moped Spares has been in touch to say they will feature in the Channel 4 television show ‘Find It, Fix It, Flog It’ in which the show’s presenters, Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien, travel across the UK to find items to fix up and flog for profit … in this case – you guessed! – a moped. To this end, they are aided by Malcolm at Classic Moped Spares. The screening date for the episode is 25th September 2017, with a proposed screening time of 3pm (although the time may change due to network programming). So, look out for it – and set those video recorders!
As a keen enthusiast of all things small capacity, ‘Moped Malc’ is looking forward to the show generating some good publicity and increased UK interest in mopeds generally. What are we likely to see? Well, after all the fun of filming, Malcolm has not seen the final edited version but is sure it will be entertaining and, hopefully, encourage people to restore their mopeds … and, if they go on to ‘flog it’, let’s hope it ends up in the small ads in ‘Buzzing’!!
The East Yorkshire Section are regulars at the ‘Autumn Motor Bike Day’ organised each year by the Yorkshire Waterways Museum at Goole, making sure the NACC and our kind of tiddler get a look in amongst all the bigger motor bikes that turn up … and punching well above our weight when it comes to attracting the visiting public’s attention!
Anyone planning to pop along should note there has been a change of date. A representative from the Museum has let us know the event has been moved from Sunday 1st October to Sunday 8th October. The reason is a bridge closure for maintenance in Goole on the 1st, which makes the museum almost inaccessible on the day.
As always, Terry from the East Yorkshire Section is the contact for more info – his e-mail address is email@example.com.
Photo: Mopeds on display at the Waterways Museum
The Shropshire Buzz’Ards Section will once again be presenting an NACC stand at Jim Reynolds’ ‘Borders Classic Bike Show’. The show takes place at Lacon Childe School in the pretty Shropshire village of Cleobury Mortimer over next weekend, 9th – 10th September.
The perennial show, started by Jim Reynolds, and now in its 29th year, has a lovely informal atmosphere, copious cake, an auto jumble and exhibitor camping in the school grounds, plus a Saturday curry night to boot!
John Burgess from the Buzz’Ards may still be on the look out for machines to display … or, if you just want to know more, contact John on 01270 500469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Club stand at the 2016 show