Looking Forward to 2017

Twelfth Night has come and gone, and Santa – caught on camera on the cover of our December issue! – has pootled and pedalled his way back to the North Pole leaving us to think about this year’s runs.

As is traditional, the Old Year ended with our South Hampshire Section’s ‘Twixmas Run’, and the New Year looks forward to Nick Devonport’s Birthday Run on January 22nd, starting at 10am from the Dover Transport Museum. It’s his 60th this year so those candles on the cake should be burning as bright as a beacon to guide you and your machine to the venue!

A note to all the Sections up and down the country to get dates for your planned runs and rallies to our website and magazine Editor so they can appear on the Club calendar – both on-line and in ‘Buzzing’. Appropriately, the Shropshire Buzzards have proved themselves the early birds in getting dates to us, with the Devon Autocyclists and The Thames Valley Group hot on their heels. It’s looking like 2017 will be a good one … Happy New Year Buzzers!!

Leicestershire Enthusiasts On-line!

Take a look at the Club Sections on the website and you will find a new entry. The Leicestershire Enthusiasts have added info about what they get up to … so if you live in the Leicester area and that old cyclemotor or moped is languishing in the shed, get yourself along to one of their meetings at the The Queen Victoria Inn in Syston (7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month) and you’ll soon be encouraged to be up and buzzing!!

Vicky needs Knight on Shining Moped!

This plea came too late for inclusion in August’s Buzzing – and it sounds like Vicky desperately needs a Knight on a Shining Moped to come to her rescue …

I spotted a Vicky 117 in a House Clearance Unit in poor condition minus engine but may contain some useful bits to a marque collector. The unit is in Caerphilly. I have 2 phone  numbers as the guys are not there at all times: 07487 741640 or 07863  205640, or e-mail robs2riches@outlook.com. There is a Facebook page too – https://en-gb.facebook.com/Robs2Riches-reclaimed-household-goods-1386679171617771/. Also, there was a Lambretta  which looked in very good shape but so hemmed in by furniture could not get too close and it not being ‘my bag’ as they say, didn’t push it. I will try to get a stay of execution as I think these guys only see it as scrap to be weighed in but some of our guys will see it as treasure.


P.S. Be nice if you could let us know at :

if you are the rescuer!

August’s Buzzing is on its way!

The August edition of Buzzing is at the printers and should be with you in the next week or so. Usual array of reports from the East Coast Pedalers to the Shropshire Buzz’ards. There are also tales from July’s National Rally, the 25th Rando Cyclo at Sars Poteries and the first of the Wirral Wobblers’ installments from their Northern Ireland Challenge – complete with snow in May! Vintage 1920s’ Cykelaids and a very special ‘special’ also make it into the features. Oh, not forgetting the ads!

‘Coast to Coast’ Run in this month’s Bike Magazine

The September issue of Bike magazine (on sale now) contains a great two page article on this year’s NACC Coast to Coast Run written by Bike magazine journalist Nigel Grimshaw who entered and completed the event on his Puch Maxi moped on his first attempt. An informative article with some first class photos.

David Casper

Shropshire Buzz’ards – No July or August Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting on the last Thursday of the month at The Corbet Arms, Uffington near Shrewsbury will be suspended until September. So NO meeting this Thursday (28th), nor on 25th August. But, it will be business as usual on 29th September.

Remember we will be at the Cleobury Mortimer Classic Bike Show on 10th-11th September – see our earlier posting. Look forward to seeing members there.

John Burgess – 01270 500469 or john@jburgess77.orangehome.co.uk

Fun at Founders Day

The Leicestershire Enthusiasts Section flew the NACC flag at this year’s Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Founders Day at Stanford Hall on 17th July. The day that someone at last turned the summer on! It was gloriously hot and sunny.  Featured marque was that good old thumper, the P&M Panther, and the central arena was filled with the rumbling sound of many a big single … although the Leicestershire contingent added some variation to the mechanical symphony by taking a few of their machines around the arena – suitably attired of course! And, is that a crate of Guinness on the back rack?! Hopefully ‘beer goggles’ (stout goggles?) won’t affect the report to appear in Buzzing. Don’t want tales of Bown Autocycles burning off the Vincents and Broughs!

Catch us in Old Bike Mart

‘Don’t miss out!’ says Ted Bemand. August’s edition of Old Bike Mart will feature more of the Wirral Wobblers’ serialised exploits from their Northern Ireland Challenge  earlier this year. Parts 1 and 2 have already appeared in June and July’s issues. It’s conclusion time in August!

If you don’t subscribe to OBM, fear not. Ted’s articles will also appear in Buzzing, starting with August’s edition – and, of course,  John Maconaghie of the Northern Ireland Section got the ball rolling with the host’s perspective which appeared in June’s Buzzing.

While we’re at it, a BIG THANKS to OBM for our club feature back in the May edition (see above) . It generated quite a bit of interest … with a few new converts to the slow lane world of under-powered, low capacity, two (and three!) wheeled wonders!

Shropshire Buzz’ards at Borders Classic Bike Show

Shropshire Buzz’ards at The Borders Classic Bike Show at Cleobury Mortimer, 10-11 September 2016

The Borders Classic Bike Show is something that the section has supported for many years, but details such as this year’s dates have only just emerged.

Organized by Jim Reynolds, this year’s Borders Classic Bike Show is on 10th-11th September at Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire. The Shropshire Buzz’Ards have displayed and won prizes at this show for many years – ‘Best Club Stand’, 2011, ‘Most Original Machine’ and ‘Best Welsh Moped Rescued from a Number Plate Dealer’s Skip’ awards, 2015. I kid you not!

Previous shows have been very informal, much cake, auto jumble, exhibitor camping in the school grounds, and a curry night.

At the time of writing there appears to be very little publicity for this event, which is in its 28th year – anyone interested should contact John Burgess (Shropshire section contact) on 01270 500469 or john@jburgess77.orangehome.co.uk or alternatively Bob Terry (South Staffordshire) or Liz Butler (Events Secretary) – 01902 842198 or rterry526@btinternet.com.

Thanks in anticipation,

David Eyre