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.
It is with regret that we have to announce the passing of Keith Walker….. Keith was in every sense an NACC stalwart, having joined the club in its infancy, and being an enthusiast in machine restoration in all its aspects. He was also a great believer in encouraging the social side of things, and the picture shows him being presented with a commemorative tankard at our Bangers and Mash night, four years ago. His innovation of using yellow dots to mark out our “Route 66” directions was inspirational at the time, and caused great amusement on occasions where riders went astray, or read old horse droppings as directions! He also instigated our regular midweek local runs…known as “Walkers Wednesday Weekly Wrinkly Wruns” which we did for a long while, until his health deteriorated to the point where he felt he could no longer ride safely. He will be very much missed, and our deepest sympathy goes to his family and Ann, his partner for many years. Keith’s funeral will be held at Bushbury Crematorium, Underhill Lane, Wolverhampton WV10 8NS, at 13.45 on Monday 9th April.
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 :
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.
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.
I’m sorry to have to pass on the sad news I received recently that Derek has passed away. Derek was a very active member of the NACC for many years, taking part in numerous runs on a regular basis and his machines always ran like silk! He had co-run the Granadaland / Lancashire Hot Pops Section of the club for a long time. He also served on our central Committee for a short time a few years ago as Publicity Officer. He will be missed by all and I offer condolences on behalf of the club.
The Section’s page has info on the funeral – click here.
This year’s NACC Annual Rally had a couple of very special guests. Sixteen year olds Ioan Crowe and Jessie Moody joined us, taking a detour from their circumnavigation of Wales. We look forward to telling the tale of their adventure in the pages of our club magazine ‘Buzzing’.
Their recommendation? If you want an adventure, there’s an alternative to high-cost globetrotting on huge on-off road adventure bikes. Get yourself an old moped, fill its shopping basket with your camping gear and set off for a fortnight to travel around the Welsh coast, then finish with a trip along the Welsh Marches border country.
That’s definitely the Buzzing ethos! Well done lads!!
If you’ve not been before, it’s a great show with all the major marque clubs displaying their finest, along with a central arena to see machines in action. The autojumble must be one of the best around too. If you are coming some distance, there is camping at the Hall on the Saturday night.
The theme for this year is American motorcycles – you couldn’t get further from the exhibits on our NACC club stand. After oggling the big vee twins, pop along to see the Leicestershire Enthusiasts who will be presenting choice examples of machines small and perfectly formed … complete with a little LPA for good measure when they cut a dash in the arena!
Photo: Paul ‘Bodders’ Bodsworth and Bown Autocycle showing how its done NACC-style in the arena at last year’s Founders Day
For those who may not have heard, a few personnel changes have occurred in the NACC’s central committee as follows:-
Membership Secretary – Brian Groves
We have a new Membership Secretary in Brian Groves of Berkshire who has volunteered to take on the role previously undertaken by Bob Jeffcoat for the past ten years. Brian’s contact details appear on the on-line membership application form – so all new applications and renewals will need to go to Brian.
Events Secretary – Bob Jeffcoat
Proving you can’t keep a good man down, Bob Jeffcoat has taken on the role of Events Secretary from Liz Butler. Applications for Event Permits and return of completed permits should now go to Bob over in the West Midlands, rather than Liz. Contact details on the Events Permit Form.
Treasurer / Acting Secretary – Liz Butler
Having just recovered from this year’s highly successful annual rally, Liz Butler has breathed a sigh of relief as her three committee ‘hats’ are reduced to two – she retains Treasurer and Acting Club Secretary roles, so any matter you wish to put to the club committee can be sent to Liz (and/or Chairman Ray Butcher).
Photo: ‘Nippy’ Bob Jeffcoat leads ’em out from the Bradford Arms