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.