Welcome one and all to the news page of the Thames Valley Group of the NACC …
We have existed as a group now for over 12 years (and it don’t seem a day toooo long), with a steadfast set of bodies who turn up for meetings and events, and some people who just drop by occasionally when they fancy it, which, we feel, is a sign of a healthy group. There is no leadership or hierarchy system, all members being equal, and no type of funding arrangements, so no problems along those lines. “Thames Valley” really means anyone who fancies a trip out to Reading once a month – we have members coming from about a 30 mile radius.
We meet on the last Thursday of every month (December can be a bit iffy, as Christmas can interrupt our otherwiswe happy times! – bah humbug!), gathering some time around 8pm in the The Swan PH, Three Mile Cross, RG7 1AT, just off the A33 near Reading. As with all true wimps, many of us arrive on four wheels, although a few stalwarts regularly get a bike of some description out to impress the rest of us. It is at this point that I’d like to stress that you don’t need to actually own a cyclemotor or autocycle to join us – just an interest in the subject is all you need, an ability to exaggerate all the old glory days of what you’ve been up to with interesting machines – as in “the older I get, the faster I went” mode. We’re all experts at it.
Generally speaking, as a group we put on three main runs during the year, the first being the As It Was Buzz for cyclemotors only, from the Royal Oak PH, Pewsey SN9 5ES. This year (2017) it will be run on Saturday 24th June, with our long-established (18th year) Odiham Run held the next day on the Sunday, so riders can have a whole weekend of unalloyed joy. Our other event is The Silchester Saunter which this year will be held in September. Both are around 20 or so miles long, the Saunter having a much-loved tea stop halfway round to enable riders to re-group and chat AND EAT.
We welcome all sorts of oldish, low-powered machines, although a hardcore (steady boys!) of us are rather besotted with the true cyclemotors genre. But we’ll talk to anybody. We also get up to other things – we often, although not always, have a BBQ gathering in the summer, a time when most of the ladies attached to cyclemotorists can get together and chat about things other than biking, and without the fear of abject boredom for several hours.
We also occasionally attend other local gatherings, like the Barnardos charity bike show, more major country shows, the bigger events like the VMCC Festival of a 1000 Bikes, etc, etc. It really is a case of if you fancy going to an event, then go, and promote our cyclemotoring hobby while you’re at it, please. Many of us are also VMCC members, and attend a lot of cyclemotor events put on by them (“them” including several of the The Swan attendees).
Please feel free to join us at the Swan – we’ll try to make you feel very welcome.
If you need to phone about anything, please use 07703 623613 – Lorraine.
Above: Friends of the Thames Valley Group, Eva & Ken Evaals the renown Power Pak stunt couple . They are seen with the remains of one of their machines that heralded an early retirement, Eva having missed the take off plank. With them is cousin Walter Evaals.
At our Silchester Saunter we do ride interesting machines around quiet lanes, eat and drink at decent pubs … but a big attraction are the cakes at the Half Way Cafe.
PEWSEY ARMADA. 7th MARCH . KENNET & AVON CANAL
A crisp and sunny Monday with MINN KOTA Electric Canoe, two-stroke SEAGULL Dinghy , four-stroke HONDA Dinghy, good company, decent pub lunch and wonderful landscape that was passed through at speeds even slower than our beloved cyclemotors.