A group of seven NACC members made the journey across to Stramproy, tucked away in the SE corner of Holland close to the Belgian and German borders, to ride with members of the RHC cyclemotor club on their annual rally. We meet many of them every year at Rando Cyclos in France and as this year’s rally theme was British cyclemotors, we just had to go.
It was a fabulous weekend- Saturday included a visit to Naud Anderkerk’s vast collection of bikes housed on two floors of a big farm outbuilding; a 40km signposted ride through the byways and cycle-lanes (50cc machines permitted) of Holland and Belgium with 87 riders, a tombola for an unrestored cyclemotor and a great BBQ at Naud’s house in the evening. The Sunday run was 60kms and led by organiser Joost Heesakkers on a Cymota-powered tandem, which attracted 65 riders, most on cyclemotors.
We had a lunch stop at the Mullerhof friterie in Belgium, just over the non-existent border, where the popular local delicacy of a chip-filled baguette with a spicy sausage and mayonnaise garnish was enjoyed by many ravenous riders!
A fuller report will appear in a future issue of Buzzing. Our thanks go to Naud, Joost and all their helpers at Stramproy for organising such a fantastic weekend, we’ll just have to do it again next year!
The 2018 NACC National Rally was a superb weekend, with a record-breaking number of campers and riders on both days, blessed with hot sunny weather. A full report will follow shortly but here’s a couple of photos, and grateful thanks to Liz, Bob, Neil and the team from South Staffs for having organised such a great event. Looking forward to next year already!
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’!!