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.
Andy Speak died at 3am on 1st March 2019, following a devastating stroke he suffered on 17th January 2018, from which he never recovered consciousness. Never other than a proud Boltonian (Lancashire, not Greater Manchester), his life was generally lived within a square mile of his home in Great Lever, Bolton. His business, A & S Motorcycles, operated from a railway arch in Bolton, which displayed a notice bluntly stating that no Chinese machines would be worked on. Andy never embraced change or modernisation! Gruff, stubborn, monosyllabic, set in his ways, of fixed opinions and outlook. Andy was all of these, but beyond all that, he was clever, funny, and a thinker. Not one to suffer a fool, Andy was very ready to help a friend, which included anyone riding a New Hudson. Other makes were tolerated.
Last year David Stevenson rode his late father’s 1949 Raleigh-built Rudge Pathfinder bicycle, fitted with a 1952 Trojan Mini-Motor, from Land’s End to John O’Groats because he likes a challenge and wanted to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Both David’s father and uncle died of Alzheimer- related dementia. David’s uncle Bob Skinner originally owned the Rudge, then sold it to David’s father Robert before David inherited it after his father passed away. The bicycle has been is the same family for seventy years.
David’s LeJog run took twenty days and covered 1,104 miles of often difficult terrain, with rain, headwinds and endless hills impeding progress along the way and requiring a good deal of pedal-assistance and pushing. En route the Rudge/Mini-Motor was displayed on the NACC stand at April the 2018 Stafford Classic International Show, where artist Martin Squires immortalized it with a detailed drawing which is featured in the 2019 NACC calendar.
Peter Lee Warner, after whom the VMCC trophy is named, rode a tradesman’s delivery bicycle fitted with a Power Pak Synchromatic engine round the world in 1953. Lee Warner’s motive was to “have a look at Australia” and he originally planned a one-way trip, only to change his mind in Baghdad, Iraq, and decided to carry on from Australia to go the whole way round the world. He flew to San Francisco, rode 3,000 miles across America to New York and took the Queen Elizabeth liner back to Britain.