Welcome one and all to the news page of the Thames Valley Group of the NACC …
Colin has taken a back seat after organising many events over the years, so Robin Cork has taken up the reins as the TVG Head Honcho. If you would like more information on events taking place in the Thames Valley area, please contact Robin on 01252 624006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have existed as a group now for over 15 years (and it don’t seem a day toooo long), with a steadfast set of bodies who turn up for meetings and events, and some people who just drop by occasionally when they fancy it, which, we feel, is a sign of a healthy group. There is no leadership or hierarchy system, all members being equal, and no type of funding arrangements, so no problems along those lines. “Thames Valley” really means anyone who fancies a trip out to Reading once a month – we have members coming from about a 30 mile radius.
We meet on the last Thursday of every month (December can be a bit iffy, as Christmas can interrupt our otherwiswe happy times! – bah humbug!), gathering some time around 8pm in the The Swan PH, Three Mile Cross, RG7 1AT, just off the A33 near Reading. As with all true wimps, many of us arrive on four wheels, although a few stalwarts regularly get a bike of some description out to impress the rest of us. It is at this point that I’d like to stress that you don’t need to actually own a cyclemotor or autocycle to join us – just an interest in the subject is all you need, an ability to exaggerate all the old glory days of what you’ve been up to with interesting machines – as in “the older I get, the faster I went” mode. We’re all experts at it.
Generally speaking, as a group we put on three main runs during the year, the first being the As It Was Buzz for cyclemotors only, from the Royal Oak PH, Pewsey SN9 5ES. This year (2018) it wasrun on Saturday 23rd June, with our long-established (18th year) Odiham Run held the next day on the Sunday, so riders can have a whole weekend of unalloyed joy. Our other event is The Silchester Saunter which this year will be held on September 23rd.
We welcome all sorts of oldish, low-powered machines, although a hardcore (steady boys!) of us are rather besotted with the true cyclemotors genre. But we’ll talk to anybody. We also get up to other things – we often, although not always, have a BBQ gathering in the summer, a time when most of the ladies attached to cyclemotorists can get together and chat about things other than biking, and without the fear of abject boredom for several hours.
Above: Friends of the Thames Valley Group, Eva & Ken Evaals the renown Power Pak stunt couple . They are seen with the remains of one of their machines that heralded an early retirement, Eva having missed the take off plank. With them is cousin Walter Evaals.
At our Silchester Saunter we do ride interesting machines around quiet lanes, eat and drink at decent pubs … but a big attraction are the cakes at the Half Way Cafe.
PEWSEY ARMADA. 7th MARCH . KENNET & AVON CANAL
A crisp and sunny Monday with MINN KOTA Electric Canoe, two-stroke SEAGULL Dinghy , four-stroke HONDA Dinghy, good company, decent pub lunch and wonderful landscape that was passed through at speeds even slower than our beloved cyclemotors.