SATURDAY & SUNDAY 21st & 22nd APRIL
Riders in Machine Age Order...
1. Mick Campbell with his 109 year old Triumph
2. Chris Appleton riding a 95 year old BSA Model L
3. John Mackinson riding his 93 year old Flying 8
4. Jeff Blundell on his 87 year old Coventry Eagle
5. Richard & Tanya Smith in their 84 year old Morgan
6. Paul Lefort riding his 84 year old Norton ES2
7. Jonathan Jinks on his trusty 79 year old WM20
8. Ron Baker with us on his 70 year old Norton 18
9. Martin Carter riding his 68 year old Vincent Rapide
10. Richard French & his 66 year old Vincent Rapide
11. Richard Lanney & 64 year old Norton Dominator
12. Rick Driffield riding his 64 year old BSA Gold Star
13. Doug Squires on his 64 year old Norton E52
14. Dave Thomas and 61 year old Velocette Venom
15. Pete Mahony with his 60 year old Thunderbird
16. Keith Little on his 59 year old Ariel Huntmaster
17. Rick Hall joins us again on his 58 year old BSA A7
18. Rob Hall (Dad to Rick) on his 57 year old Bonnie
19. David French riding his 55 year old Dominator 99
20. Andy Smith riding his 53 year old Norton Atlas
21. Bobbie Lucioni on her 51 year old BSA R40
22. Richard Lucioni riding his 51 year old WD BSA
23. Phil Proctor on his 50 year old Velocette Enduro
24. Richard Price on his 49 year old BSA Rocket 3
25. Dave Parry on his 49 year old Trophy TR6
26. Derek Moxon on another 49 year old Trophy TR6
27. Barry Heath again on his 48 year old 49cc Suzuki
28. Gerry Boland on his 47 year old Triumph T100 C
29. Bob Wisdom on his rare 46 year old Suzuki 550GT
30. Rob Payne riding his 46 year Kawasaki Z1
31. Richard Madden on his 45 year old BMW R75 - 5
32. Dave Sketchley on his 45 year old Yamaha TX500
33. Tom Osborne riding his 43 year old Honda CBF
34. Pete Smith on his 42 year old BMW R90 S Combo
35. David Statham with his 42 year old Honda 400/4
36. Gordon Green riding his 40 year old BMW R80
37. Phil Hooker on his 39 year old Moto Guzzi T3
38. Phil Upton on his 28 year old Kawasaki GT550
39. Late Entry
40. Bob Badland, Marshalling on his Honda ST1300
HOW DID IT ALL START?
During the 1950’s Fred Lewis rode to Brighton every year to visit friends. Fred thought that this testing run would be ideal as an official VMCC event - an idea supported by several motorcycling friends who joined him on his jaunt.
As a result, the first Coventry to Brighton run was organised by the Midland Section in 1962. The first few years saw the run start from the Triumph factory at Meriden, then it moved for one year only to the Sportsman’s Arms on the A45, followed by one year at the National Motorcycle Museum at Bickenhill. This however presented a political problem as The Lord Mayor of Coventry was not encouraged to start the event from a venue under the neighbouring Solihull borough council jurisdiction.
As a consequence, the then organiser, Don Alexander, moved the start to The Coventry Museum of Transport which remains as the starting point for this iconic event and where the Lord Mayor of Coventry flags away the riders, a tradition that continues this year!
The rider of the oldest machine carries a letter of goodwill from The Mayor of Coventry and presents it to The Mayor of Brighton who meets and greets the riders on their safe arrival.
2018 WILL MARK THE 53rd RUNNING OF THE COVENTRY TO BRIGHTON EVENT.
Again this year the run is being organized by the Midland Section who welcomed the event back from the Warwickshire Section in 2015.
It’s appeal is wide ranging, this year we have participants who travel considerable distances to ride on this fun weekend, from as far away as Wales, Lancashire, Shropshire and of course our ‘special friends’ from Sussex and Surrey who ride home on the Saturday evening!
An added attraction to the event, introduced in 2015 is The Meet and Greet Fish Supper where riders old and new gather on the Friday evening prior to the Run to chat about years gone by and what the next days adventure holds in store!
ORGANISERS PAST AND PRESENT.
After a number of years the Midland Section originator of the Run, Fred Lewis, passed the organiser duties to John and Hazel Wragg. During the mid eighties, John, with an ever increasing work load found he had no time to continue, so Don Alexander and his wife Marion rose to the challenge. Don and Marion were long time members of the Warwickshire Section and so, understandably the event was based there. In 1995 Don and Marion stood down and Don’s son Ian and wife Cathy took up the challenge! However, with growing family commitments they no longer had time to organise the C2B and as a consequence the Run lay dormant for three years until the event returned to the Midland Section. The Midland Section Secretary Bob Badland revived the event, organising the 50th running in 2015 and has continued to do so to this day!
2018 EVENT APRIL 21st AND 22nd
ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEARS EVENT FROM BOB BADLAND. THE COST OF £95 COVERS SIGNING ON FEE, HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, BED, BREAKFAST AND EVENING MEAL! WE PROVIDE A BREAK DOWN SUPPORT VEHICLE WHICH EXACTLY FOLLOWS THE VERY EASY TO READ TULIP STYLE ROUTE MAP SHOULD ANY ENTRANT NEED IT!
PLEASE CONTACT BOB ON:
07825 840677 or
THE VMCC LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2019!