55th C2B 2022.
Saturday 16th April
After a Covid induced hiatus the Coventry to Brighton run was back by popular demand.
The ride to the south coast, organised by the Midland Section of theVintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC), began back in 1962 and ran as an annual event until 2011 when the organiser passed away.
This year the ride started from the National Motorcycle Museum and saw a group of motorcycles from across the Midlands joined by a hefty group who travelled up from Brighton just to join the ride back home again.
As per the tradition the Lord Mayor of Solihull sends greetings to the Mayor of Brighton, carried by the rider on the oldest bike. Once the Lord Mayor, presented the scroll they officially set the riders on their way at 8.30am, to arrive in Brighton later the same day.
On arrival they were met by the Mayor of Brighton, who received the scroll, before a celebration dinner in the evening which sees judging of the machines, photos taken and a variety of awards presented among the riders.
Jon Weaver ran a sweep as to how far the BSA Outfit would get before breaking down. Guesses ranged from the "roundabout outside the Musuem" to "all the way" The winner was John Mills with his guess at 81 miles, and the combo actually managed 77.8 miles (it was still running, but at about 10mpg with the sidecar stub axle slowly bending we thought it best to call it a day as we had practically run out of all spare fuel!!.
A BIG thank you to John Weaver and Richard Price for acting as travelling marshals at Coventry, and also to John Weaver for helping out where he could at the hotel with place card setting etc., all help and assistance was very welcome.
The 55th Coventry to Brighton run was a great success, marred by an accident to Bob Badland, the organiser in Brighton on the Sunday Morning.
Bob is still in Brighton being fixed and we will send email out to members with regular upates on his progress.