Sadly, Roland (Roly) Scarce passed away in January. Roly was a member of the NACC for many years after being introduced to the club by Ray & Mark Gibb. Roly took part in many club runs (including two long trips – the 2010 Side to Side and the 2012 Land’s End to Lowestoft runs), as well as a couple of Coast to Coast runs. He particularly enjoyed the NACC National Rallies and the Sars Poteries events in France.
He was a founder member of the East Coast Pedalers section of the NACC and, although we parted ways with the NACC a few years ago, we continue to meet up informally for a few runs and rides to local shows throughout the year. Up until very recently Roly would often be seen acting as ‘back-up’ in his blue Ford Transit van still taking an active interest in our events – despite ill health preventing him from riding himself.
Roly’s sharp wit and his love of life was infectious and he will be much missed by everyone. Later in the year the East Coast Pedalers will hold a memorial run in Roly’s honour.
Shortly before Christmas 2022 John Redding was taken ill with a serious heart problem. He was taken to Bart’s Hospital in London for surgery, then transferred to an ICU where he was in an induced coma for a while and on a ventilator. He has now recovered sufficiently to give up his bed at Bart’s and has been transferred to a hospital local to him in Peterborough. We wish John a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the saddle again sometime later this year!
Fellow Vale of Glamorgan Section member Ivor Slade contacted us to let us know that Barry had been hospitalised for an operation and that he is now recuperating at home. We send Barry our best wishes for speedy recovery from all his biking friends. Get well soon, Barry! He is the leader of the NACC Vale of Glamorgan Section, having inherited the role following the death of Ray Butcher in 2020.
The route from Crimdon Beach at Hartlepool to the harbour at Whitehaven will be much the same as before, with the overnight stop again at Alston. But there will some additional features to add to the riders’ experience and enjoyment of the event.
This will include a dinner on Saturday evening, so that everyone can get together in one group for some good food, a drink and a chat, instead of being scattered in small groups around Alston.
There will also be a fuller breakdown and rescue facility provided throughout the run, the availability of camping and secure parking at Crimdon, plus secure overnight parking at Alston. And, at the end of the run, if riders and their supporters want to stay-over on Sunday night, there is a well-recommended and economical B&B venue near Whitehaven.
Hotel, B&B and other accommodation at Alston is in great demand in the summer but, at his point, prospective participants have still got the advantage of making early bookings, some of which TWITTs have already tentatively reserved for the C2C.
So if you, fellow NACC members and others, and any travelling supporters want to be on the run, it would be most helpful if you pre-register your intentions with the TWITTs, without delay.
To do this, contact David Quainton at TWITTs – again without delay -preferably by email to: email@example.com or otherwise on his mobile: 07808 895 486.
He will provide fuller details of the C2C and information on and assistance with accommodation bookings at Alston.
We hereby invite you to the 18th edition of the unparalleled Cyclemotor Event Stramproy. This year the theme is “side-mounted engines”, e.g. Bantamoto, Victoria FM38L, VAP4 etc.. Riders who come with a cyclemotor mounted at the side of the rear wheel will receive a free extra ticket in the raffle on Saturday. The main prize is again a bicycle with cyclemotor.
This year we are allowed to use our own campsite again and we also facilitate breakfast for the camping guests. If you want to stay the night at the campsite of the meeting or participate in the barbecue or breakfast, please make a reservation at least one week in advance.
The Saturday ride is primarily intended for bicycles with a separate cyclemotor from the fifties or earlier, or original mopeds where a cyclemotor engine is used as a built-in engine. To maintain the character of the Saturday ride, participation with a moped is therefore not allowed. If for certain reasons you are unable to ride a bicycle with a cyclemotor, please request dispensation from the organization well in advance to participate with a moped. The Saturday stage is completely marked out and can therefore be run at your own pace. Before the rides there is the opportunity to sell a car boot. So take your excess stuff with you. Maybe you can make someone happy with it.
The Sunday ride is basically a ride like any other RHC ride. It is ridden in groups and is open to bicycles with a cyclemotor and mopeds up to the year of construction 1965, yet we also prefer to see as many real auxiliary engines as possible.
For the program and other information about the meeting, we refer to the website: www.hulpmotor.net (click on the UK flag)
After two years of cancellations due to the Covid pandemic we were all looking forward to a revival of our National Rally. Unfortunately we couldn’t be at Wolverhampton Rugby Club this year as the pitches were all being dug up to install new drainage systems. Instead, we gathered at Ted’s Hunger Hill campsite near Shifnal, which proved to be a very acceptable alternative. In total we were 12 campers; several members arrived from far-flung places on bikes and tent-camped. Russell Germain rode all the way from Sittingbourne in Kent, while Dave Stevenson rode from Barnsley and Dave Johnson rode from Leek in Staffordshire.
A total of 17 riders lined up for the Saturday run of 44 miles (grateful thanks to Ian Harris for the routes and John Burgess -who rode both routes on Friday – Neil Howells and Ken Hayes for riding the routes before the rally), the run was via Patshull Fishing Lake to Halfpenny Green airfield, only slightly marred by a brief period of rain.
Sundays’ run had several options; the long route (led by John Burgess) was 24 miles, while a shorter route, for those wanting to get away in good time, was 12 miles, led by Neil Howells.