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East London & Essex Section Notes
(as appearing in Jampot magazine from 2017)
Covid 19 situation is now allowing a little more
freedom the section has had a few outdoor meets, where once a location has been
decided where there is room for us to park up and socially distance, each member
makes their own way there by whatever route they wish for an hour or so meeting
as from 11am. Of course, being outside, these meets are very much dependent on
the weather and so they are often held at short notice. However, each one is
normally held on a Wednesday, so if you are not yet on
For myself, as one who does not like riding in groups, I prefer this way of meeting up rather than having a formal run, as I still get a ride out on my bike with a gathering at the end and it is good to meet up with some members again after such a break. As far as our evening meetings are concerned we do not yet know when we can return to Stapleford but once we have a date then it will be announced on our section web site and in these notes.
still hoping to have our Christmas dinner this year and have provisionally
booked the same place as last year (The Plough at Bulphan)
for the 5th December. We need to know as soon as possible if you
wish to attend so please let
With the lockdown eased somewhat now some have been getting out and about on their bikes, happily “self isolating” as they go. I am no different and have been running in my new little Tempest some more as well as giving the G5 a couple of gallops. The spring is my favourite time of the year to be out and about on a bike and it would certainly be a shame to miss it all.
Reg (Harlow) Green has been persevering with his gearbox rebuild and discovered that what had been causing him a lot of trouble assembling the clutch turned out to be a burr inside the clutch pushrod tunnel through the new mainshaft which was gripping and obstructing the rod. Hopefully when that is fixed all will be finally well again.
Dave Walling is still waiting for another set of piston rings for his G9 top
With the current lockdown I fully expected that section members would be beavering away in their garages, workshops or sheds, restoring or fixing their trusty steeds ready for the time when we are able to get back to some sort of club activities. I would of course have many tales of mechanical “daring” and successes (and hopefully not too many failures) to report on. However, that has not been the case, at least so far, and instead there seems to have been a mania for decorating and pressure washing driveways and patios. In fact I was feeling quite guilty spending time actually in the garage with my bikes, so I did actually paint the garage doors as well.
the mechanics aspect has been upheld by some and by now, hopefully, Reg Green (
If anyone else is working on their bikes, even if the job is not finished, then please let me know something about the work you are doing so that I can give members something interesting to read about in the coming months.
With the current situation there is not a lot to report this month as all club and section plans for events and meetings are either cancelled or put on hold for the time being. As the restrictions due to Covid-19 seem set to continue for some time it is important for section members to keep in contact and any general announcement will be put on the section web site “programme” page.
have been keeping in touch via an email started off by Dave Walling and kept
going for everyone by using the “reply to all” option so that all can see what
is being written. If you are not already getting these emails then it is
important that you give your email address to
members then mention in their mails what they are doing to their bikes I can
probably glean enough information to make a more interesting section notes in
the future, which is important for anyone who still doesn’t have an email
address. We might also learn, with all this garage time now available, if
On February 27th
the section said a sad farewell to Bob Russell, who had been battling against
increasing ill health for a long time. Bob, born in 1940, spent his working
life at the
Bob suffered a serious bike accident some years ago when he was hit by a deer that dashed into the road. This left him unable to operate a normal clutch lever and confined him to “Twist and Go” automatic scooters. However his enthusiasm for the National Rally remained undiminished and he received a “Spirit of The Event” award from the organisers in 2018. So it was perhaps fitting that the last time that Bob was able to ride his bike was in the 2019 event. Subsequently his health deteriorated too much to allow him to continue to ride.
Bob never married but was survived by his two cousins and their families, to whom we extend our condolences.
This is the first time since I took on the job as scribe where I have actually got nothing to report as the weather has not been conducive to much activity and our social evening has yet to take place when I am writing this.
During the winter, after years (really) of consideration I actually got around to buying a new carb’ for my G5 when the old one’s body had finally distorted enough to cause the throttle slide to stick open when fully opened. I agonised whether to get a concentric replacement, as many have had good results from doing so, but eventually decided to replace it with a new monobloc after all.
After changing it over I thought all was going to be OK when it started straight away and I managed to set a tickover (something I could never really do with the old worn one). However, on a later day when I went to take it out for a test run, it just would not start, when it previously started first or second kick with the old carb’. This happened twice more when it ran in the garage but would not start when I wanted to use it. However I think I have cracked the right settings for starting with the new carb’ now, after three first kick starts on separate occasions and a good test run where the bike felt more livelier and responsive than before. It amazed me just how much that old worn out carb’ affected the performance without me realising it.
The perils of required lead times and the early publication date of the last issue meant that the section run which I said should have already taken place on 29th Dec had not actually then done so and when it was subsequently cancelled I could only put the announcement on the section web site and hope for the best. Sorry to anyone who turned up at Crown Corner on 29th.
We did have the
run on 5th Jan instead and six of us met up at Crown Corner for a
short ride, in good weather for the time of year, to the
Although we were a bit down on numbers for our first club night of 2020 on 9th Jan it was a reasonable turnout and Steve Carvosso was presented with the section Clubman of the Year award. Well done Steve and I wish a good year for all our section members.
By the time you read this our last two section events of 2019, the Christmas dinner and the post Christmas run on December 29th will have taken place and we are looking to the new year’s programme. At the Christmas dinner the “Piston Broke” award was presented to Chris Willis for the problems he had on the run to the Remembrance Day event at North Weald and it was announced that the “Section Clubman of The Year” award this year would be going to Steve Carvosso, but as he was not at the dinner it would be presented to him at the first club night after the dinner.
The section AGM was held on the November 28th club night, there were no contentious issues and as all section officers were willing to carry on they were re-elected en-bloc. During the evening it was mentioned that there is no longer a section “Quest” magazine issued at the start of the year to show the dates of all the meetings. It was pointed out that the club nights have always been the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and the mid week meets and runs from April to October are always the 1st Wednesday (lunch meets) and 3rd Wednesday (runs) each month and this will not change. It was also mentioned that the whole programme of events is given on the section web site. It would appear that some section members were unaware that we even had a section site (it is shown at the heading of these notes each month), but as it has only been running for about 10 years or so I guess it might be early days yet.
meeting on 10th October was not so well attended as usual as several
members were away to attend the Alternative rally. However we were pleased to
have a visit from club member Mike Shaw, in
Roy, Dave Walling, Steve Carvosso and Graham Eaton rode up to the Alternative rally, led by Graham on a scenic route to where they were staying off site at a farmhouse from which they shuttled back and forth to the rally site. They had a dry ride on the outward journey but it seems that was not the way it was for most of the weekend and the ride back home took place in continuous torrential rain. However, despite the wet weather all of their bikes (and presumably riders) performed well with no reliability issues.
On our 24th October meeting we were also pleased to welcome a returning member to the AMOC John Leijs from Harlow, owner of a Matchless G9 Clubman Sports. We hope that you will become a regular section member in the future John and that you get much future enjoyment from your Matchless twin.
On 16th September at Hainault Forest Crematorium 14 section members said farewell to long time secretary and section stalwart Dennis Fox, who died on 29th August. He will be much missed and our sympathies go to his wife June and their family at this sad time.
On the 18th September we had possibly the best turn out for one of our mid week runs so far when 10 (it should have been 11 but Norman had trouble with a control lever at the start and decided not to risk it) set out from Crown corner bound for a café near Terling. The run went well with no problems for anyone and while at the café a nearby neighbour heard the bikes arrive and wandered over to take a look. This resulted in an invite back to his place to have a look at his very interesting collection of bikes and cars.
By the time this is read the last scheduled mid week lunch meets and runs of the year will have taken place and apart from the regular club nights we have just the Christmas Dinner scheduled but keep in touch by contacting Roy or the section web site in case any extra events are decided.
Thanks to the Hampshire section who put on an excellent Jampot Rally at Horndean our group of around a dozen or so section members and guests had an enjoyable weekend with fine weather, even if a little too hot at times; and all of us who were not staying on site were at the nearby Premier Inn. Pat Gill once again won the best pre-war Matchless award, this time for his model D80 500cc single. It is only fair to report that Dudley, after receiving a slandering in the official rally notes in connection with the breakdown facilities, took part in all three runs with no problems at all.
On 31st August Dave Kewell, Keith Smith and Dave Watts paid a visit to the South Essex section meeting at Ballards Gore, Stambridge, one of these days I will actually manage to get to one of the meetings myself, a good run out for a Saturday lunchtime.
On Sunday 7th july the section hosted a stand at the Battlesbridge event. This was the second year running that we had done this and as our first appearance last year was considered successful it was decided to repeat it this year but with hopes for a larger site than we had at the previous event. Unfortunately since last year a large portion of the site that existed then has since been sold and the event area was therefore more compact than previously so we couldn’t expand as we would have liked to. Nevertheless, Thanks to Dudley Woods organizing the stand for us we
had sixteen bikes on show, nine of
which were ridden to the event by :- Roy Bellett,
Geoff Gibbins, Dave Walling, Dave Lewis, Dave Kewell,
Peter Berry, Graham Bister,
Two awards were presented to Pat Gill, “Runner-up for Best In Show” award for his World War 1 Matchless Machine Gun outfit and a “Highly Commended” award for his 400cc Matchless Silver Arrow solo. Chris Willis, who had his “Willis Wheels” trade stand at the show also had His RAF liveried AJS on display.
July mid week run saw
Only seven of us got together for the mid-week meet on 3rd July, which was less than earlier in the year. Although the weather was nice and sunny perhaps it is just too hot at the moment for some to enjoy riding, or maybe holidays are reducing numbers at the moment.
June 23rd a group of us had a pleasant day at Chris Willis’ (Willis
Wheels) wheel building concern open day at his premises in North Weald where we
were hosted by Chris and his wife. All seemed to know where it was, except for
me that is, who being so sure that I knew where it was that I never asked and
was rather lost when it wasn’t where I thought. However, thanks to a BSA Gold
Star Club member at the airfield cafe, who looked up the Willis Wheels web site
for me on his phone to get the address I got there in the end if somewhat later
than intended. One thing that needs to be recorded though is that those of us
who were there at the time were amazed to see
On 6th July dedicated ACU/BMF National Rally enthusiast Bob Russell took part in his 46th event when, despite taking a tumble during his ride, he managed to finish and sign off at the Harlow control. Bob, who had previously been presented with a “Spirit of The Event” award by the organisers says that this year’s event really will be his last, and we will remind you of that next year Bob if you happen to forget.
Only six of us met up this time for our 5th June
mid-week meet at Stapleford but those who did were lucky to see a flight of
around seven Dakotas pass over on their way to Duxford
to join with the rest of the D Day commemoration flight to
The following day Roy, Geoff Gibbins,
Steve Carvosso and Dave Walling left to ride up to
the International Jampot, meeting up with Graham
Eaton at Hatfield Peverel. Graham was having trouble
with sticking throttles but they all got going, only for
Dave got his magneto firing again but his tale of woe was not
finished though as on the Friday return run from Walcott it stopped again and
the breakdown truck took back to site, where a points adjustment again got it
running. However, coming out of the museum at
Steve’s woes however also continued as he only got a hundred yards or so from site on the Sunday run when the magneto packed up again, this time terminally. Steve rode the breakdown van to Sheringham and back again! Did I mention it was Roy who oversaw the fitting and repairs of the various magnetos on the three bikes? Swapping bikes for the journey home and borrowing Roy’s Rhubarb and Cream G12, which Sergio had been using, he suffered a minor issue with fuel starvation, easily fixed by running the rest of the (very wet) way home with both taps open.
So, the Piston Broke Award might not be so cut and dried, although Dave’s G9 CSR was leaving a trail of smoke behind him all the way home, looking like an engine strip and rebuild will be needed. The committee will have some head scratching come award nomination time methinks!
Our second mid-week lunch meet took place on Wednesday 1st May at Stapleford airfield, with a good turn out of around 10 on a fine day, if a little too windy to sit outside.
later four of us, Roy, Geoff, Steve and myself, set off from Crown Corner bound
for the Open Day at
The section run to the High Beach tea hut on Sunday 17th March saw Roy, Steve Cardozo, Pete Berry, Geoff Gibbins and Dave Kewell set out from Crown Corner and meeting up with Pat Gill at the tea hut, while the first section mid week lunch meet of the year on Wednesday 3rd April saw 10 of us gathering at Stapleford Airfield. Arriving on my sidecar outfit in sunshine the weather unfortunately changed to quite heavy rain on the way home, although Pam kept dry in the sidecar.
planned run to the Ardingly show saw only three of
the intending five leaving from the meeting point and with Geoff Gibbins leading Roy and Pete Berry they had a fairly
uneventful run down. However,
28th February club night it was decided that the mid week lunchtime
meets at Stapleford Airfield and the mid week runs for 2019 should start again
in April. As for the previous year the dates would be kept to the first
Wednesday of each month for the lunchtime meets and the third Wednesday of each
month for the mid week runs. This of course gives an extra meeting opportunity
for the two weeks in each month when there isn’t a club night.
Although we have yet to start spring it is a sign of just how early things need to be booked ahead that we had to make a choice as to whether we wanted to book our 2019 Christmas dinner at The Plough, Bulphan, again. It was agreed amongst those present that we enjoyed the 2018 dinner there, so it was decided that we would book it again for this year. The date will be announced later.
intended to have a section run to the Kettering HQ Open Day on Saturday 4th
May. It will start from Crown Corner and further details can be had from
It was mentioned that the British Owners Club were holding their annual classic motorcycle event on Blackmore village green on Sunday 12th May, but as it was such a nearby event there would be no section run to it and members would make their own way there as we did last year.
With the weather not being very predictable at the moment we have not had any runs planned but our section nights have carried on well attended. The 24th January meeting was interesting in that new member Barry Thompson and his friend George fetched along a large assortment of small parts from a heavyweight single which they needed identifying and it was made into a competition between teams trying to identify the various bits and pieces. From the other end of the room, where Dave Kewell and I were trying to assist another new member, Mick Roberts, to sort out the arrangement of some parts on his 250 lightweight it seemed, from the volume of voices at the competition end of the room, that part identification was being disputed quite often. At the end of the evening however Barry and Geoff were pleased that many parts had been identified and it had been a great help, and hopefully Mick’s lightweight parts arrangement for the brake pedal and associated fixings had been successfully sorted as well. It’s the sort of thing that sections do well, helping out with information from the knowledge and experience of other members when someone is stuck and it is a very good reason for joining a section if you possibly can.
Not a lot happening within the section over the Christmas period but prior to that, on the December 13th club night the section held its well attended “Social Night” at Stapleford, where Geoff Gibbins was presented with his Section Clubman of The Year award, much to his surprise.
December 30th we had an “End of The Year Run” to the
On our 22nd November club night we had our section AGM. It didn’t take long though as there was nothing contentious and all the committee were re-elected to serve another year.
On the evening of the 8th December we had our annual section dinner, this year for the first time at The Plough, Bulphan, and around 30 of us sat down to a nice meal in pleasant surroundings. As the winner of the “Clubman of The Year” award, Geoff Gibbins, was not present at the dinner it was decided not to announce the winner of it on the night but to award it to him on the section “social night” at Stapleford a few days later on the 13th. However, the winner of the “Piston Broke” award was present and after a re-appraisal of the original decision by a “sub committee of the sub committee” it was awarded to Roy, much to his surprise, for his machine problems at various events during the year. Serves him right for stitching me up with it last year.
Vic Sayers has been very active again, green laning on a bike he has resurrected, and on one of the wettest weekends so far he was part of a group that arrived dripping and quite muddy at Andrewsfield airfield, where despite their condition they were still welcomed. Places like that deserve patronising.
Not a lot
happening at this time of the year but on Sunday 4th Nov Roy, Geoff
and myself took a ride out to the
Sunday 11 members plus a friend, made the section’s annual trip from our
meeting place at Stapleford airfield to the North Weald War Memorial for the
annual service of remembrance, with Roy, Geoff, Steve, Dudley,
On 3rd October the section said a sad farewell to former speedway rider and section member since 1995 Dave Slater. An expert welder Dave had made many finely crafted parts, notably carriers, for club members over the years. His funeral procession on October 3rd was followed by section members on five bikes, two of which had been built by Dave in past years and which he had ridden at many Jampot rallies and club runs. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Pam and their family
There was a good turn out for the mid week run of September 19th when the run finished up at Chris Willis’ wheel building premises at North Weald Airfield, probably the first time that some had been back to that airfield since we lost our meeting place there a couple of years ago.
Pat Gill’s WW1 Motor Machine Gun Corps outfit is continuing to get recognition, a photo taken at the VMCC Founders Day event appearing in the pages of Real Classic magazine and it was also on display at this year’s Goodwood Revival event.
topic of this month has to be the excellent Jampot
Rally hosted by the Heart of England Section. While most of us section
attendees made our way there by means of “wheels with a top”
think that it ought to be mentioned, after remarks in previous years, that this
Pat, once again, took the best pre-war Matchless award with his WW1 machine gun corps outfit, so Mary can look forward to cleaning it again before the next “Jampot”. It was a shame that Pat had electrical troubles and was unable to get far with it on the Friday run though as it would have made quite a talking point for bystanders. After all they have could hardly been a common sight on the roads since about 1918.
On the 7th July Bob Russell took part in his 45th ACU/BMF National Rally (of which he has finished in 44 of them). Although these days and not in the best of health he restricts himself to the day class rather than going for maximum marks he still covered 298 miles and is surely one of the event’s most dedicated competitors.
Vic Sayers recently covered considerably more miles when, in company with two friends on their RD Yamahas, he rode his AJS Model 20 on a 1857 mile week long tour from his home in Harwich via the lake district passes to Fort William in Scotland then on to the pass to Applecross before dropping back down to Ripon before taking a days break at Pateley Bridge then heading down to Derby, where they attended the Aircooled RD Yamaha Owners Club Rally. Vic gained the Spirit of the Event award at the rally and also took in the rally run on the Saturday before heading home on Sunday with another 190 miles back to Harwich. Vic, who’s pre 65 scrambles exploits featured in last month’s Jampot and who has also taken part in track day events in previous years is surely the section’s keenest rider and the reliability of his Model 20 is also a credit to his maintenance and preparation skills.
July the section run a successful stand at the Battlesbridge
Classic Motorcycle event where although no new members were actually signed up
on the day a lot of interest was shown by show visitors. One of the highlights
on the stand was surely Pat Gill’s 1914 first world war replica machine gun
corps outfit, complete with Vickers machine gun. It certainly caused great
interest at the
Recent section member Norman now has his 350 lightweight running OK and following the DVLA formalities another lightweight will now be joining our ranks and hopefully he will enjoy many happy miles on it.
There was a fairly good turn out for the July mid week lunch meet on the first Wednesday of the month, although the extremely hot weather did discourage some from donning their riding kit this time.
first mid-week run took place on 18th April and eight members set
out for a run around the countryside in fine sunny weather to end up at the
The weather was a
lot different on April 29th for the Spring Intersection Meet when it
was a dull and very cold day. Only two of us from the section went this time.
At least I think that was the case as when we got to the venue at the
The weather didn’t improve for our second mid-week lunch meet at Stapleford on 2nd May, with heavy showers all day. Even so we had a good turn out of eleven, but none of us on bikes this time though.
The perils of having a month’s lead time for these notes and late date changes for section events were revealed last month with the wrong date appearing for the fish and chip supper. For this I can only apologise and I will have to be careful about announcing specific dates of section events and risking confusion in future.
March seven of our section set off for the Ardingly
Classic Motorcycle Show in
The section’s first mid-week lunch meet at Stapleford Airfield on 4th April was a success with ten members turning up on a windy day where we were expecting heavy rain showers, which fortunately never really materialised. Hopefully we will have a good turn out for the rest of these “first Wednesday each month” meets and also the mid-week runs on the third Wednesday each month.
Over the Easter weekend Vic Sayers, probably our most active rider, took part in a classic moto cross event. Unfortunately his bike (not an AMC) let him down with a loss of sparks, so he didn’t manage to finish his race. Better luck next time Vic.
The past month saw
the completion (the DVLA inspection, that is) of
The section fish
and chip supper has had its date changed and will now be held on the 12 April
club night and not the date originally shown in section calendar. The first mid
week lunch meet at Stapleford will be on Wednesday 4th April and the
first mid week run is on Wednesday the 18th of that month, with the
run to the Spring Intersection Meet at Castle Hedingham
taking place on Sunday 29th. Both runs are intending to start from
Crown Corner but finalised details can be checked with
At the 8th March club night there was a discussion about a venue for the section end of year dinner. It is essential that a venue be booked within the next few weeks if there is to be any hope of getting somewhere that could take us at that time of the year. Currently there only two options found to be “possibles” with no other researched alternatives being offered by anyone. So if members wish to try somewhere different from the Fox then it looks like it will have to be one of those.
Not a lot happening within the section at this time of the year other than our usual twice monthly club nights. At the second January meeting it was decided that the section would definitely go ahead with having a club stand at the Battlesbridge event on 1st July, with the setting up being on the previous day. Thos attending on the day would, of course, need to be on bikes of the marque and be prepared to stay for the whole of the event.
The first of our mid week lunchtime meetings at Stapleford airfield will be on the first Wednesday in April and it is intended that these meetings will continue to be on the first Wednesday of each month, with the mid week section runs taking place on the third Wednesday of each month, these being easier to remember than random dates.
It is also intended to have a section run to the Spring Intersection Meet at Castle Hedingham on April 29th.
Although the section Social Club Night with “nibbles” on 14th December went well the same could not be said for the proposed Post Christmas section run on 27th, which was called off due to it snowing on the day. However, the following evening’s club night saw a fairly good turn out of section members as the previous day’s snow never really settled in the end.
The section’s Annual General Meeting, which originally was scheduled for 14th December but postponed to make room for the Social Night, took place during the 11th January club night. As all the existing committee were willing to stand again and there were no nominations for any of the posts all the previous post holders were re-elected on a block vote. The section calendar for this years activities is in the process of being amended and finalised and will be distributed to section members in the near future.
Ten from the section (members and family) attended the North Weald Remembrance Day memorial event, with those going by bike meeting up at Crown Corner and being led to North Weald by Chris Willis in his classic Land Rover.
On the 9th
December 28 of us gathered at “The Fox”, Matching Tye
for our annual section Christmas Dinner, where we had a nice meal in pleasant
(of course) company. This was our third year at this venue and it is good to
record that the serving of the food was a lot better than it had been the
previous year. At the meeting our Section Clubman of the Year award was
presented to Reg Green (
The last section events of the year are our club nights on 14th and 28th December, with 14th being our section social night with “nibbles” and, if the weather permits, a section mid week run from Crown Corner out to the tea hut at High Beach on 27th.
October seven of the section set forth over the
With a short piece
of tow rope and some heroic efforts, which I won’t elaborate here, from Roy and
Chris, they eventually got to the garage area just off the roundabout, where
they had met up that morning and from there Chris’ bike was recovered home by
van. All the time this drama was played out
At our first
November meeting Reg Green (Harlow) spoke about the
enjoyable Colombres rally that he had attended in
On December 9th
we have the section dinner at The Fox, Matching Tye
and on our14th December club night it will be a family social night.
Not much planned for our section this November, our usual Thursday club nights for November are on 9th and 23rd. The section Christmas dinner at The Fox, Matching Tye is on the 9th December and those who are now booked in should be sure to get their menu choices back to Pete Berry as soon as the menu becomes available.
On 6th to 8th October some of the section attended the “Alternative” at Woodbridge and one of them, Dave Wallings, wrote:-
“Five section members attended, myself, Roy, Geoff, Graham Eaton, Steve and Vic
After a false
start when my G9 had the speedo drive lock up and I
had to change bikes to my M18S, we had a good and uneventful ride to
The rally was
excellent and the food provided by
The weather was kind, some rain on Saturday as we returned from the rally site to our digs, the only time we got wet, and the journey home uneventful apart from my tank vacuuming due to a blocked fuel cap breather hole causing a brief stop on the A12 at Galleywood.”
Over the weekend
of 5th/6th August a group of section members took part in
the West Kent Run and meeting at Aylesford in
On Wednesday 20th August eight members started out on the mid week run around the lanes which finished up at our Stapleford airfield section meeting place where another eight members joined them for our August mid week lunch meet. This was the highest turnout of members for both the run and lunch meet for some months.
August 24th to 28th saw 23 section members, partners and guests travel to Stow-on-the-Wold for this year’s Jampot Rally. With excellent weather the whole event was a great success with higher attendance numbers than previous years which, despite a few resulting shortage problems, must be a step in the right direction. Roy’s infamous “Clockwork Orange” bike got plenty of use on the runs with a different rider each time – none of them Roy, and on Sunday Pat Gill once again took the award for best pre-war Matchless while Dudley got a commended rosette for his pre-war AJS.
to 8th October some of the section will be attending the
July run saw seven leave from Crown Corner. Keith Smith initially led the run
to Blackmore where they met with
This year’s ACU/BMF National Rally saw the section’s arch enthusiast for this long distance navigation trial, Bob Russell, take part in his 43rd event, his first being way back in 1961. Now restricted to “twist & go” scooters since an accident some years ago left him unable to operate conventional clutches, his enthusiasm for this particular event remains undiminished. There can’t be many riders who have completed as many Nationals as Bob.
Our Sept 20th
mid week run is on the same Wednesday as our mid week meet at Stapleford. The
run will again start from Crown Corner and end up at Stapleford for the lunch.
Then on Sunday Sept 24th there will be a run to Battlesbridge
from Crown Corner at 10am. More details can be got from
On our 22nd June club night Vic Sayers, who belongs to both our section and the North Essex, led a group of the North Essex members to Stapleford on a visit, so there were a lot more bikes than usual to look at. It was a fine evening so we could stay outside as well as inside the club room and our Stapleford hosts once again supplied a good buffet for all to devour.
June some of the section said farewell to a friend at the funeral of Dave
Speck. Although Dave lived in
As the Jampot Rally approaches
For our August
section events we have the section run to visit the
May the section said a sad farewell to
Those section members
who attended the International Jampot in
For the July
section events there is a run to the Battlesbridge
Classic Motorcycle event on 2nd, from the usual Crown Corner meeting
place at 10.00am and on Wednesday 12th July there is our next
Mid-week meet at Stapleford, which might have a mid-week run on the same day
and ending at Stapleford for the lunch time meet, as happened for the June
event. More details can be had from
Our April 27 meeting was the section’s “fish & chip supper” night and our hosts at Stapleford Airfield did us proud, with tablecloths, real plates, metal cutlery and condiments, certainly a step up from what we had been used to in previous years. We sat down to an enjoyable evening, rounded off by a music quiz organised by Rob, Jan and Kerry Harknet.
Six riders set off
for the Inter Section meet at Blackmore End on 30th April and met up
I got my own
come-uppance a week later, when four of us rode up to the open day at
For June there is our next mid week meet at Stapleford on 14th. Possibly also be a mid week run organised for one Wednesday but nothing has been arranged yet.
The section has
now held its first mid week lunchtime meet of 2017 at Stapleford airfield.
Around eleven of us attended and were pleased to see Margaret Earl who had made
the trip over from
It only came to my attention after the evening that we had a new visitor to our section meeting on 23rd March who got missed until almost the end. If that member was you then please give us another try. Ask the first person you see to point you in my direction and I will be happy to chat about bikes and introduce you to our section properly.
The four events in May for our section involvement are the next mid week lunch meet at Stapleford on 3rd. Then the run to the Kettering HQ Open Day on 6th, the run to the local Jericho Cottage Classic Bike Day on 14th, and the first Wednesday Run on 19th. All three of the runs start from our usual meeting place at Crown Corner.
March this year was a sad month for the section as we say farewell to our good friend Dave Nichols, who will be greatly missed not only by us in the section but also by the many members of the club as a whole.
meeting of 23rd February didn’t quite go according to plan, when a
shortage of staff resulted in our usual meeting place at Stapleford airfield
not being available to us which resulted in a lot of hasty phoning around by
Our 9th March meeting was back to normal and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the staffing problems for our meetings at Stapleford can be overcome in future. At least this will not be a problem for the first of our mid-week lunchtime meetings at the airfield on Wednesday 5th April from around 11am
For our second and third section meetings of the year our numbers were back to around the usual attendance for section meetings after the previous meeting where only the hardy few braved the first snow of the year in these parts, not forgetting of course Zoe, who so capably caters for us behind the bar at each event and who also had to brave the weather to get home after all others had left.
Not much is going on at this time of the year as regards events that we might attend although several future events were mentioned as possibilities, including one at Stowe Maries airfield on 21st May and a “Wings and Wheels” event at Damens airfield later on 16th July which we may visit. There is also the regular Blackmore village classic bike event taking place on 14th May, which many of our section members go along to. There is also the Club’s Spring Intersection Meet at Blackmore End on 30th April and the Club HQ open day on 6th May, so plenty to think about for the future
The dates of our mid week runs and mid week meets at Stapleford airfield for this year are in the process of being decided and intended to be given out at the last meeting, but due to a few errors they will now hopefully be available next meeting and subsequently be put on our section web site.
At our last section AGM, in my absence, apparently I was voted in as the new section scribe against strong competition from…..absolutely no-one else. As I start my new job at a time of the year when there is not a great deal happening I do have a little time to work myself into the role.
For our last club
night before Christmas the section decided to have a “buffet evening”, to
include family members who do not normally attend meetings and the opportunity
was taken for our new section secretary
Our last run of
2016 was a short one to