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!!
The Leicestershire Enthusiasts will be at this Sunday’s Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s ‘Founders Day‘ at Stanford Hall near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH.
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
We receive a good many e-mail enquiries here at Buzzing HQ from new and prospective members about getting various machines to run well. Our advice always includes a suggestion to pop along to your nearest section meeting where there will bound to be someone able to help … and the second week of the month seems to be a popular one for monthly meetings.
It all starts with the Worcestershire & Gloucestershire Section who meet on the second Sunday – the 9th this month. You will have to contact Section Rep Roger Watkinson to find out where and when. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heading south to the Solent, the South Hampshire Section meet at 8pm on the second Monday at The Coach and Horse Pub on the Southampton Road in Cadnam – that’s the 10th.
The Leicestershire Enthusiasts have their get together at The Queen Victoria Pub in Syston, starting 7.30pm every second Tuesday – that’s the 11th next week.
Up North, the Granadaland-Lancashire Hot Pops Section meets at 8pm back at their old haunt, the re-opened Farmers Arms pub at Bispham (near Parbold) on Wednesday 12th.
The other side of the Pennines in White Rose Country, the Yorkshire Section meet in the evening every second Thursday – the 13th next week – at The Wagon and Horses Pub at Fairburn just north of Ferrybridge.
Not forgetting the Warwickshire WACCers who meet most Thursdays at the Fleur de Lys pub in Lowsonford near Henley in Arden.
And, come Friday, you’ll be ready to put your feet up if you’ve buzzed along to all of those!!
Photo: Granadaland / Hot Pops ready for the off!
The star at last weekend’s Annual Rally in Wolverhampton – if the photos doing the e-mail rounds are anything to go by – must be Annie the buzzing terrier. She looked the part as she enjoyed the weekend’s runs, and was the centre of attention once back at the rally campsite. During the club’s Annual Dinner at the Rugby Clubhouse, Annie must have visited all of the tables. Well, with a beef dinner on the menu and all that charm of hers, there were titbits aplenty!
Many thanks to Allan Griffiths for the photos
With the high days and holidays of mid-summer now in full swing, the club’s events are coming up thick and fast. If you’ve just about recovered from bouts of LPA at the annual National Rally last weekend, there are more tempting events in store this coming weekend, 8th and 9th July.
In Kent, Nick Devonport’s Kent Sussex & SE London Section have their annual Summer Camp at Kingsdown, near Deal, Kent, CT14 8DU. Details from Nick – e-mail: email@example.com.
Alternatively, head east into Suffolk and the East Coast Pedalers have their run out on the 8th to the Melton Village Fete, some 10 miles NE of Ipswich. More details from Carl Squirrell – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will find them on Facebook too.
Over in the West Country, it’s the big Powderham Castle Show in Kenton near Exeter, EX6 8JQ. The Devon Autocyclists Section have a stand for the weekend (and their famous Chippy Run!), so pop over to say hello if you are heading to Powderham. For more details contact Roy Best by e-mail: email@example.com. You will find them on Facebook too.
And, not forgetting our good friends in the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Cyclemotor Section; they have their ‘Bikes in Beds’ run starting 10am on Sunday 9th from The Bell Inn, High Street, Little Addington, Northants, NN14 4BD.
Get fettling that machine!!
Photo:s 1. East Coast Pedalers 2016 gathering at Melton Village Fete / 2. Preparing for the run at last year’s Kent Sussex & SE London Summer Camp
Great to see those intrepid buzzers from the Wirral Wobblers are in this month’s Old Bike Mart with the first part of their tale of moped adventures in the Netherlands earlier this summer, where they met up with their Dutch counterparts.
Their ‘Tulip Challenge’ was the latest in their series of summer tours commencing with the Isle of Man in 2015 followed by Northern Ireland last year. And, it’s all for charity too. The 14 Wobblers who went over for a 500 mile Continental jaunt did so to raise money for Medicin San Frontieres. If you want to add to their fund, here’s the link.
For club members who don’t subscribe to Old Bike Mart, Wobbler scribe Ted Bemand promises the tale will appear in the club magazine … so look forward to the usual tale of moped mania!
If you are in or around South Staffs and fancy a run out on your ‘tiddler’ tomorrow, pop along to ‘day two’ of our Annual Rally over at Wolverhampton Rugby Club, Castlecroft Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 8NA. It’s a 10am start for a run out along the Staffordshire / Shropshire country lanes.
Today – ‘day one’ – was a cracker! The sun came out in force, as did Buzzing club members. The day’s near 40 mile run took us over to the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site for lunch – many of us indulging at Eley’s World Famous Pork Pie Shop. An added bonus was a stop off at the picturesque village of Pattingham’s Classic Vehicle Show. Our buzzing machines turned up en masse and created somewhat of a stir, proving popular with the locals of all ages.
Photo: 10am gathering at the Rugby Club
For those of you in the Black Country or South Staffs area, you will be pleased to hear that the South Staffs Section’s mid-week runs are to be reintroduced!
If that moped, autocycle or cyclemotor is languishing in the shed and looks like it could do with a run, here’s an opportunity mid-week. For good company and the smell of two-stroke oil, get over to the South Staff’s regular meeting place, the Bradford Arms at Ivetsey Bank on the A5, on Wednesday 19th July. There’s a nice big car park. It’s a 10am meet-up for a 10.30am start. A 35 mile run is planned, with a lunch stop. There might even be an icecream!
Further details from Ian Harris on 01952 460254.
Photo – Kreidler Florett awaiting company at the Bradford Arms
As some of you may know, Orange – my e-mail provider – has bitten the dust. I’ve set up a new e-mail account which members can use to contact me about all things related to the Shropshire Buzz’Ards Section.
My new e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shropshire Buzz’Ards have completed our three big runs for the year (you can read what we got up to in ‘Buzzing’ magazine) and our next section event, other than regular monthly meetings at the Corbet Arms, will be at the Borders Classic Motorcycle Show in Cleobury Mortimer over the weekend of 9th-10th September. Look forward to seeing you there.
Photo: John with fellow Buzz’Ard David Eyre (right) at the Corbett Arms, Uffington near Shrewsbury