Rod Western, Somerset & Avon Section.

We have been advised by Paul Flowers that Rod Western, a long-standing club member, stalwart of the Somerset & Avon section and organiser of the Club stand at the Bristol Classic Bike Show in February, has undergone heart bypass surgery in Bristol Royal Infirmary, having been admitted on Friday 16 July. Rod spent time in an induced coma to aid recovery but was able to smile his recognition when his sister visited him recently.

The NACC Committee would like to join his many friends in Bristol and Wiltshire areas in wishing him a speedy recovery and return to the saddle.

Rod Western on the right, with riders on one of his runs in 2019


Last weekend’s Stafford International Classic Bike Show was a great success, despite very variable weather which must have put off some visitors. It is the first Mortons-organised show since the February 2020 Bristol Show at Shepton Mallet, after which the pandemic saw off all shows planned for that year and postponed the April 2021 show until now. A full report will be published in the August issue of Buzzing.

John Burgess won the Best Autocycle award for his replica RAF Norman autocycle, a model much used on airfields for getting about, including Guy Gibson VC; a photo of him and his dog was displayed on the information board stand. Well done John!

Congratultions to John for a fine themed restoration. Photo courtesy of Nick Devonport.


This year the NACC celebrates 40 years of supporting riders, restorers and collectors of cyclemotors, autocycles, mopeds and stepthru’s since 1981, the year our club was established. Sadly we had to cancel our National Rally and celebration weekend this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, but hope to hold it in the summer of 2022 when circumstances should be better.

Members will by now have received their bumper 40th anniversary celebration packs, comprising the June issue of Buzzing, a 40th anniversary booklet looking back over the time we have been in existence, a 40th anniversary windscreen sticker and a couple of trifold leaflets to put in your backpack. Next time you’re in a pub car-park ready to set off on a run with your mates and a curious passer-by asks what you’re up to, give him a leaflet!

The 40th anniversary sticker mailed out to all members recently
Above – the front cover of our 40th anniversary booklet celebrating the history of our club

NACC Events planning for 2021

A message from Chairman Nick Devonport:

“As we head towards the end of the Coronavirus restrictions on meeting our friends for social events, the Committee has been considering the issue of permits for NACC runs. 

Section leaders are invited to apply for permits for events to take place after July 1st. Our Events Secretary, Bob Jeffcoat, has his spreadsheet poised and we look forward to filling in a few lines after waiting for so long to see a trail of two-stroke smoke on the breeze. This date builds in a margin of safety following the June 21st planned date for the lifting of the National restrictions. 

We must stress that the permits for events are provisional and subject to not only cancellation but possibly local restrictions which may be in force after the June 21st date for ending the lockdown. Anyone planning to attend an event is advised to keep in touch with the organiser to ensure that it’s still going ahead and to give them an idea of how many riders to expect for catering and for any social distancing requirements. 

It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to meet and I’m sure that this news will be welcomed by everyone.” 

Nick Devonport 

(Please visit the Club Calendar on this site for information on NACC and VMCC Cyclemotor Section events already provisionally listed for this summer)

Non-delivery of April’s issue of Buzzing?

Our printers, PFP Print Ltd. have informed us that an error has occurred on a very small number of Buzzing address labels. The company is working to correct the issue but if you haven’t received your magazine by Wednesday 7th April please contact Printing For Pleasure (details in your last magazine!) and they will send you a replacement.