We’ve been advised by the daughter of a recently-deceased collector of autocycles that his entire collection is coming up for sale at auction by H&H at 1pm BST on Tuesday 30th July, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. The collection comprises eight autocycles, some restored, others unrestored. They are: Lot 89, 1941 Rudge; Lot 90, 1955 New Hudson; Lot 91, 1958 New Hudson Restyle; Lot 92, 1950 Bown; Lot 93, 1938 Norman; Lot 94, 1946 Frances Barnett; Lot 95, 1939 James; and Lot 96, 1939 Raynal. All are estimated at between £500 and £1,000. Have a look at the H&H listing at: https://online.handh.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/112/?page=2
There is some concern that these autocycles have their original numbers and could hence be targeted by number-plate dealers, so it would be great if NACC members could take on these bikes, either for restoration or to get running as-is. Get your cheque-books out!
The annual NACC National Rally took place over the weekend of July 5th-7th at Wolverhampton Rugby Club, this being the tenth year that Liz & Bob and their team of helpers from the South Staffordshire Section have hosted the National at the rugby clubhouse. It was a superb weekend; on Saturday a total of 39 riders were out on two runs, the long one for mopeds at 49 miles and a shorter run for cyclemotors of 24 miles. The weather then played a joker as the heavens opened and everybody got a soaking.
After an excellent dinner at the clubhouse on Saturday evening, Sunday thankfully dawned bright and sunny, with temperatures in the 20s. A shorter run of 18 miles for all types of bike to Halfpenny Green airfield was accomplished by most riders, though a few breakdowns had to be rescued. We got back to the rugby club in time for a bite of lunch before sadly departing our separate ways. The club has already been booked for next year, the weekend of Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July 2020. Be there!
All in all, another superb weekend’s riding, tinkering with bikes and chatting about bikes amongst friends, another great NACC National Rally – grateful thanks to S. Staffs for putting it all together. Read a full report in August’s issue of Buzzing.
The 2019 edition of Rando Cyclos, held at Sars Poteries in north-eastern France just by the Belgian border, was the 28th year this fabulous rally has been held. Despite an unpromising few days (cold, damp) before the rally weekend it turned out to be a real scorcher on the day, with temperatures around 30 degrees. The British contingent, nearly all of whom are NACC members, turned out in force, with the official count being 25 in total. The run itself, following a substantial lunch at the Salle Communale, was 50kms long and meandered north to the outskirts of Maubeuge, bypassing Jeumont and then heading down the long Thure river valley to the old customs post at Hestrud, then turning east along more familiar routes back to Sars Poteries again.
The NACC team were well rewarded by the organisers: Josie Stanley won a prize for her bright yellow New Hudson autocycle, Nick Devonport for his Tuk-tuk, Mike Hele for his superb Dresco/Sachs tandem, Martin Preston for his dans son jus Phillips Powered Bicycle and John Burgess for his Francis Barnett Powercycle.
A full report will be in August’s Buzzing, but in the mean time a few photos here give a flavour of the long weekend.
Barry Cooksley was unfortunately badly injured on April 14th when he crashed on his bike while out with 10 fellow section members on one of their runs near Ogmore by Sea. Barry came off his bike (no other vehicle was involved) and landed hard on the road, cracking the rear of his helmet and injuring the back of his head. He was unconscious and had to be airlifted to hospital. He is making a slow recovery and is improving every day but it might be a while before he is back in the saddle. Thanks to Ray Butcher and Ivor Slade of the Vale of Glamorgan group for the information; I’m sure all NACC members wish Barry a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action soon.
The bi-annual NACC stand at the Stafford shows, superbly organised by Liz Butler & Bob Terry of the South Staffs Section, won an unexpected award for the sheer variety of machines displayed! They were; John Young’s NVT Easy Rider, John Burgess’s 1957 Leopard Bobby 5, Neil Howell’s 1950 ex-Keith Walker Bown autocycle (which gained a Highly Commended rosette), Simon Lake’s Puch VZ50, Rob Hirons’ 1948 Brockhouse Corgi, Ian McGregor’s Solex 6000, Nick Devonport’s Motobécane Mobyx X7VL, Bob Jeffcoat’s newly-restored Norman Cyclemate and Dave Beare’s ex-John Hook Dawes/Bernardi Buzz cyclemotor. Read all about the show and the bikes in the June issue of Buzzing!
Good news regarding the cancelled As It Was Buzz cyclemotor-only run. Originally planned to start from The Royal Oak in Pewsey, organiser Colin King decided to cancel the 2019 event due to the atrocious state of the lanes used for the route and the unlikelihood of them being resurfaced in time for our run. However Robin Cork, the Thames Valley Group coordinator, has found an alternative route for Saturday 22nd June run, now called the Hampshire As It Was Buzz, which will start from The Four Horseshoes, 1 Haygate, Long Sutton, Nr. Hook RG29 1TA, the same starting point for the following day’s Odiham Run. So the As It Was Buzz is saved! Same date but different venue.
Robin has added the following information for riders;
The Four Horseshoes PH offers overnight camping in a field opposite the pub, a fiver a night, which includes access to an outside loo and washbasins, but no other facilities.
Static display machines are welcome on both days.
Both the Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd runs are cyclemotor-friendly.
All NACC-type machines are welcome at both the Hampshire As It Was Buzz (Saturday) and the Odiham Run (Sunday)
Dates have been confirmed for the 2019 NACC Coast-to-Coast run, starting on Saturday 22nd from Crimdon Dene near Hartlepool on the east coast, an overnight stop at Alston, followed by the run down to Whitehaven on the west coast, Sunday 23rd. The NACC Yorkshire Section has been organising this run for over 20 years, it is an enjoyable challenge for man and machine. Not done it before? You should!
For more info contact Dave Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Above is a part of the extensive display of Piaggio-manufactured mopeds on show at the newly-extended Museum complex, housed in the very active Piaggio factory at Pontedera, near Pisa. Read all about it in April’s issue of Buzzing magazine.