The British contingent making the long journey to Stramproy numbered six this year and were rewarded by fantastic weather, two great rides (45km on Saturday, 60km on Sunday) through the back-lanes and cycle-tracks of Belgium and Holland. A full report will be published in December’s Buzzing, but until then here are a few photos to give you a flavour of this marvellous annual event.
If you’d like to see some handlebar footage – courtesy of Nick Devonport – of part of our ride, go to: Stramproy 2019 007.MP4
Twenty-seven riders turned out on Sunday 18th August for the Wobbler’s annual “let’s see if you can fall off in the ford” Welsh Mountain Challenge, a tough run of 40 miles up and down some of the most challenging lanes and tracks crossing high moorland terrain in North Wales. The weather was kind, we used the second-man drop-off system to hopefully prevent strays and nobody broke down.
We stopped at the Ponderosa café with our motley collection of rough old mopeds so we could taunt all the Harley and shiny Japanese super-bike riders assembled there.
We came down from the high moorlands, a long, long descent which needs good brakes, to our lunch stop at the Telford Inn, alongside the fabulous Froncysyllt aquaduct at Llangollen.
From the lunch stop it was back up into the hills again, via Ted’s infamous ford, navigated by most riders with a few slips and slides.
A great day out was had by all! Hopefully see you all there again in 2020.
This year’s theme is “Made in the Netherlands” so we can expect to see some unusual and rare Dutch machines that we seldom see in the UK. We hope to be around 8 NACC members making the trip this year. For details of how to get to Stramproy please contact Dave at this website’s email address.
A great display of 14 bikes was organised by the Leicestershire Section at the annual VMCC Founders Day, ranging from 1950s autocycles and cyclemotors to 1960s mopeds, all machines catered for by our club. Several new members were also signed up to the NACC, so an all-round great day! Many thanks to all those who helped with the stand and those who brought bikes to show.
The annual NACC National Rally took place over the weekend of July 5th-7th at Wolverhampton Rugby Club, this being the tenth year that Liz & Bob and their team of helpers from the South Staffordshire Section have hosted the National at the rugby clubhouse. It was a superb weekend; on Saturday a total of 39 riders were out on two runs, the long one for mopeds at 49 miles and a shorter run for cyclemotors of 24 miles. The weather then played a joker as the heavens opened and everybody got a soaking.
After an excellent dinner at the clubhouse on Saturday evening, Sunday thankfully dawned bright and sunny, with temperatures in the 20s. A shorter run of 18 miles for all types of bike to Halfpenny Green airfield was accomplished by most riders, though a few breakdowns had to be rescued. We got back to the rugby club in time for a bite of lunch before sadly departing our separate ways. The club has already been booked for next year, the weekend of Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July 2020. Be there!
All in all, another superb weekend’s riding, tinkering with bikes and chatting about bikes amongst friends, another great NACC National Rally – grateful thanks to S. Staffs for putting it all together. Read a full report in August’s issue of Buzzing.
The 2019 edition of Rando Cyclos, held at Sars Poteries in north-eastern France just by the Belgian border, was the 28th year this fabulous rally has been held. Despite an unpromising few days (cold, damp) before the rally weekend it turned out to be a real scorcher on the day, with temperatures around 30 degrees. The British contingent, nearly all of whom are NACC members, turned out in force, with the official count being 25 in total. The run itself, following a substantial lunch at the Salle Communale, was 50kms long and meandered north to the outskirts of Maubeuge, bypassing Jeumont and then heading down the long Thure river valley to the old customs post at Hestrud, then turning east along more familiar routes back to Sars Poteries again.
The NACC team were well rewarded by the organisers: Josie Stanley won a prize for her bright yellow New Hudson autocycle, Nick Devonport for his Tuk-tuk, Mike Hele for his superb Dresco/Sachs tandem, Martin Preston for his dans son jus Phillips Powered Bicycle and John Burgess for his Francis Barnett Powercycle.
A full report will be in August’s Buzzing, but in the mean time a few photos here give a flavour of the long weekend.
Barry Cooksley was unfortunately badly injured on April 14th when he crashed on his bike while out with 10 fellow section members on one of their runs near Ogmore by Sea. Barry came off his bike (no other vehicle was involved) and landed hard on the road, cracking the rear of his helmet and injuring the back of his head. He was unconscious and had to be airlifted to hospital. He is making a slow recovery and is improving every day but it might be a while before he is back in the saddle. Thanks to Ray Butcher and Ivor Slade of the Vale of Glamorgan group for the information; I’m sure all NACC members wish Barry a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action soon.
The bi-annual NACC stand at the Stafford shows, superbly organised by Liz Butler & Bob Terry of the South Staffs Section, won an unexpected award for the sheer variety of machines displayed! They were; John Young’s NVT Easy Rider, John Burgess’s 1957 Leopard Bobby 5, Neil Howell’s 1950 ex-Keith Walker Bown autocycle (which gained a Highly Commended rosette), Simon Lake’s Puch VZ50, Rob Hirons’ 1948 Brockhouse Corgi, Ian McGregor’s Solex 6000, Nick Devonport’s Motobécane Mobyx X7VL, Bob Jeffcoat’s newly-restored Norman Cyclemate and Dave Beare’s ex-John Hook Dawes/Bernardi Buzz cyclemotor. Read all about the show and the bikes in the June issue of Buzzing!
Good news regarding the cancelled As It Was Buzz cyclemotor-only run. Originally planned to start from The Royal Oak in Pewsey, organiser Colin King decided to cancel the 2019 event due to the atrocious state of the lanes used for the route and the unlikelihood of them being resurfaced in time for our run. However Robin Cork, the Thames Valley Group coordinator, has found an alternative route for Saturday 22nd June run, now called the Hampshire As It Was Buzz, which will start from The Four Horseshoes, 1 Haygate, Long Sutton, Nr. Hook RG29 1TA, the same starting point for the following day’s Odiham Run. So the As It Was Buzz is saved! Same date but different venue.
Robin has added the following information for riders;
The Four Horseshoes PH offers overnight camping in a field opposite the pub, a fiver a night, which includes access to an outside loo and washbasins, but no other facilities.
Static display machines are welcome on both days.
Both the Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd runs are cyclemotor-friendly.
All NACC-type machines are welcome at both the Hampshire As It Was Buzz (Saturday) and the Odiham Run (Sunday)