Obituary: John Maconaghie 19/10/1947 – 20/11/2020 Northern Ireland Section.

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing of the founder member of the NACC Northern Ireland Section, John Maconaghie. John passed away on the 20th November at the Foyle Hospice, he leaves behind his dear wife Rose and two sisters Ann and Nora. John had also just lost his mother in September. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in June, for which unfortunately there is no cure. He continued with courses of chemo and steriods, but the cancer returned in an aggressive form and sadly John lost his fight on Friday 20th November 2020.

John ran the first unofficial N. Ireland run in September 2010, starting from Portballintrae, which was attended by eight autocycles. This was the start of the wee club that has developed into what it is today so it’s all thanks to John. We as a group joined the NACC and have organised official runs since May 2011. John had a good knowledge and interest in Autocycles and had a soft spot for the JDL-powered bikes, I think he had up to seven at a time, including a Norman Model C, a Norman Autobyke, a Mobylette, an Excelsior, a Monet Goyon Scooter and he even added a Honda trail bike to his collection at the end, although he was never fortunate enough to get it out on a run. (Trevor Kirk)

Obituary: Ray Butcher 8/9/47 – 31/7/20

Ray was a true “gentleman” in every sense of the word. Throughout his time as Chairman of the NACC, whether chairing Committee meetings or hosting an AGM, Ray was always prepared to listen to arguments for and against any proposition. He was calm, reflective and rational, never losing his equanimity or sense of humour – whatever his personal view on a subject – while others around him might be losing theirs.

He saw through biased opinions with honesty and could weigh pros and cons even-handedly. He listened, thought through what was going on and would give a reasoned judgement. While he was in hospital in late June he managed to participate in a committee Zoom meeting, despite undergoing treatment for his illness, and made his views known to us.

Ray had a collection of high-quality small and large bikes and was a regular participant at NACC National Rallies. He often rode out with members of the Vale of Glamorgan Section on the (usually cold & wet) St. David’s Day Dawdle, as well as the VMCC Cyclemotor Section’s Welsh Run from Abergavenny, accompanied by his many friends from the NACC and VMCC.

Ray was born in Cardiff in 1947 and completed his education there. On leaving school he joined a local company, John Williams Windows, manufacturers and fitters of double-glazing units, learning a great deal about the trade, such that he started his own business at age 23, Ace Windows, in partnership with a friend. The business was successful, if demanding, and may have sparked Ray’s interest in using his engineering talents for his next venture, as a self-employed locksmith, which kept him busy for the rest of his working life. He was married and has one son, Steve.

Ray riding his Honda Sky scooter on the NACC National Rally, 2015.

Continuing precautions re the Covid-19 virus, avoiding close proximity with other non-householders.

The Club is unable at the present time, due to the Coronavirus situation and current government advice, to sanction official events with event permits and PLI cover. The NACC committee’s prime concern is the safety and well-being of our members. Guidance on informal groups can be found from the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations, their guidelines are clear and concise – see below. The position of the club in relation to official permits may change as further government advice is issued.

Guidance notes for informal gatherings under Covid-19 restrictions.
Informal gatherings or runs carry many new obligations for those involved. None of these should be taken lightly or ignored, the safety and health of participants is paramount, as is adhering to guidelines issued periodically by the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations. Local lockdowns or restrictions may be in place, check for those and make sure you comply. Remember, the first coronavirus wave remains rampant everywhere and the chances of catching it when in contact with non-household groups remains high, regardless of any relaxations in restrictions. It is also very likely that a second wave of infections will arrive in the autumn.

As things stand at the moment, responsibilities and obligations for small informal gatherings have increased compared to the way things used to be done. Guidance at 11th July states only six riders are allowed to group together for a run out in England. Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland have different rules, you are obliged to find out what they are. If you do decide to go for an informal ride out, a lead rider should be clearly identified as such at the start and his/her instructions followed.
Start/finish venues should be carefully chosen, with enough parking space for vans and trailers, and for riders to be able to offload/load bikes single-handedly. Pub car-parks may not be welcoming under present conditions. Routes should be planned in advance to avoid busy locations and traffic congestion, the second-rider drop-off system must be used to avoid riders getting lost. At any stop for a breakdown only the closest rider should offer assistance. Do not all crowd round to offer advice. Social distancing rules should be observed at all times. Masks and hand-sanitiser should be carried and used constantly.

It is extremely important that riders in a group of six maintain social-distancing measures at all times, especially at the start and end of runs, when all participants should wear masks. Lunch and refreshment/pee stops should be organised in open, uncrowded areas with plenty of trees! Lady riders should bear in mind the closure of public loos. Everyone should bring their own food and drink and maintain at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.

Your bike needs to be fully road-legal and have a full tank of fuel, carry reserves of petrol, oil, water to drink, a puncture reflation kit, a few basic tools, your mobile phone and Covid safety kit (gloves, sanitiser, masks, tissues, plastic bags for rubbish, tissues etc.).
The above guidelines have been drawn from advice given by the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations. You are strongly advised to read all of it at:

Further advice from the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs can be found here:

For residents in England:

For residents in Scotland:

For residents in Wales:

For residents in Northern Ireland:

DVLA has restarted processing paper applications for retaining an existing registration or applying for a period registration.

The DVLA have advised us that they have restarted processing paper applications for retention of an existing registration number or applications for a period registration. However, there could be up to 6 months delay in processing an application sent in now as the the backlog at Swansea is considerable. It might therefore be a good idea to delay applying for a dating certificate for a few months because dating certificates have a 12-month life. If they run out while the DVLA is processing your application, everything will be sent back to you and you’ll have to ask Phill for another (FOC) dating certificate. You’ll then have to start all over again……

Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show on 15-16th August has been definitively cancelled.

We have just received notification from Mortons, the organisers of the April and October Stafford Classic Motorcycle Shows, that the show postponed from 25-26th April to 15-16th August has definitively been cancelled. It is hoped the Stafford Show scheduled for 10-11th October 2020 may still go ahead, depending on the situation with coronavirus social-distancing nearer the time. Please keep an eye on the Events Calendar here, it will be updated as soon as we receive further information from Mortons.

V765 Applications not being made by the NACC until further notice from the DVLA

Following recommendations from the FBHVC and DVLA the NACC will not be processing any V765 paperwork applications until further notice. This is to allow the limited number of staff at Swansea cope with their work-load. We will continue to process dating certificates.

Let us all help the DVLA and key workers by not sending in paper applications until further notice. In line with the government’s advice the DVLA have a very limited number of staff on site who are only dealing with applications from those who are directly involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are not accepting any other paper applications.

Please keep abreast of their information by viewing the following link which was originally posted on 25 March, but is continually being updated. (Latest update was 17 April.)


The DVLA have announced that, due to the coronavirus and need for social-distancing, from the 30th March 2020 all MOTs will be extended by six months until 30th October 2020. If your bike is due for an MOT within that period it will still have to be presented for an MOT by the 30th October. Please read full details on the DVLA website here:


In the light of the current situation with coronavirus and HM Government’s advice to the public to avoid all non-necessary travel and social gatherings, the Directors of NACC Ltd. and the NACC Committee have taken the very regrettable and difficult decision to advise all NACC Sections that, with immediate effect, all section meetings and runs are cancelled until further notice. This advice coincides with that of the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs at: and confirms that the course of action we are taking today is the correct one.

This means that all NACC events, whether they be static, shows or runs, will have to be cancelled from today onward. All permits for future events will be void as of now, and no further permits will be issued until we are clear that the risks involved with social gatherings have been minimised.

Any updates to this situation will be posted here, and April’s issue of Buzzing will carry the same message as above.

One of the benefits of having financial reserves in our club is our ability to cope with unforeseen events. It has often been difficult to explain convincingly to our members the reasons for holding such reserves. The Directors and Committee of the NACC have decided that we must now use these reserves to benefit our members, so a decision has been taken to extend all current memberships by 4 months free of charge, with immediate effect, in order to assist our members at this difficult time. This will be done centrally so members will not need to do anything. Your next renewal date will be put back by 4 months and following this will then revert back to the normal 12 month period the following year.

John Hayes from Farmborough, near Bath has died.

We’ve been informed by John Hayes’ son Tony that John passed away earlier this month. His funeral will take place on the 27th March at Bath Crematorium at 15.15pm. The planned gathering at the New Inn on the Bath to Wells road after the funeral has had to be postponed in view of the coronavirus problem. Tony hopes that some local NACC members might turn up on autocycles to send John off appropriately, and he will update us when this current emergency is over on a future tribute gathering.

Manchester Bike Show 28-29th March cancelled

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Manchester Bike Show, scheduled for the weekend of 28th-29th March at Event City, Manchester M41 7TB, has been cancelled. No further information on whether this event will take place later in the year is available at the moment. If your plan was to go, DON’T! As soon as further information is forthcoming we’ll put it up here.