The first meeting of this new section will be on Friday October 27th at 8pm at The Golden Lion Inn, Menherion, Stithians, Cornwall TR17 6NW. Call Paul on 07825 776909 for more information. Paul hopes to see lots of new faces at this first meeting!
Bob Jeffcoat, our Events Secretary, is currently indisposed and has no access to the internet at the moment. If you’ve applied for an event permit but not received one or need to apply for one, please contact Liz Butler, who has the necessary forms and will be able to help you with this process. Please see page 2 of the April issue of Buzzing for her contact details. Please also return completed signing-on sheets to Liz
We’ve confirmed the National Rally weekend with the new owners of Ted’s Hunger Hill campsite, David and Liz Ruggles. When booking your pitch for the National, please contact Liz Ruggles on 07546 127392 or email email@example.com. New prices: caravans, motor-homes and trailer tents – £10 per person per night, single occupancy £15 pppn, tents are £10 pppn, electrical hookups £8 per day. There is the possibility of a BBQ on Saturday and Liz needs numbers, so if you’d like to be included for the BBQ, please call Nick on 07833 623630 or Dave on 01686 669811 to let us know.
We’ll have a ride out both days. For Saturday we’re heading for Halfpenny Green aerodrome for lunch, via Patshull Lake to have their famous bacon butties! Sunday’s run will be to RAF Cosford, it has a great cafe.
Below are a couple of photos of last year’s National Rally.
This event is open to non VMCC members, other motorcycle clubs and individuals with veteran, vintage and classic bikes which they would like to display. As with previous shows, expect great machines, good chat and a museum which never fails to impress visitors. The cinema will be screening vintage motorcycle racing events (including early IoM TT races) throughout the day.
Exhibitor entry is FREE. Please note: early arrival is essential, gates open at 7.30am but will be closed to bike entry at 10am. Visitor entry is from 10am. For more info contact Rick Robertson on 01772 451011, a trustee of the Commercial Vehicle Museum.
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.
Plans are as follows:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A few photos of this year’s event at Stramproy, see the next post for information on regulations. British participants this year were Mike & Renata Hele, Nick Devonport, Ian McGregor and Dave Beare.