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for reports on all the things we did in 2024

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Sunday 16th June Banbury Run

Look out for a fuller report Video and pictures on the 2024 Banbury run page

https://www.midlandsvmcc.co.uk/banbury-2024

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Wednesday 19th June Club Night

For tonight’s club night we had a meet up with the Sprite and Midget owners club. A fine evening with a good selection of cars and Bikes.

Raffle winner was one of the visitors who drew her own ticket, and then promptly drew the ticket of her main heckler next: you couldn’t make it up!

























 

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SUNDAY 9th June Maurice Somerville Memorial Run.

 

Postponed due to a clash with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Jon Weaver was unfortunately in Scotland so was not our fearless leader on this occasion.

John Surman had volunteered to lead this run to our traditional destination on the river at Evesham, ending up at a super location where you can eat, drink and catch the ferry.

Numbers were a bit down, but with three events on Saturday and one on Sunday this was not unexpected.









 

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Thursday 13th June Breakfast Run

This week we tried a different format for the Breakfast Run. Instead of being a lead and follow using the drop off system, we decided to nominate a place and time.

In this case the Old Pound Café on the A34 10:00 onwards…. Seemed to work well. We may do this again.















 

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Saturday 8th June Ride a Bike Day (pm)

On our return to the Museum, we helped or hindered the “Ride It” day, where Andrew made it interesting by blanketing the venue with a smokescreen from his AJS that would put a WW2 Battleship to shame. He eventually cleared it** with some circulations of the course, so the residents on the Banbury Run route have been spared!! **

Had he cleared it…….. or run out of oil? We think it was the former.

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Saturday 1st June Klondyke Mill.
 

The first of our two annual visits to the Klondke Mill steam fair in Draycott in the Clay. Fine route on empty A & B roads got us there in style. Our leader had to shoot off from the start and fettle his bike so Nigel stepped in as leader for the first few miles to Bassett’s Pole where the original leader was able to re-join at the front.

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Saturday 8th June Kingsbury Steam Railway

This Saturday saw one of our very popular visits to the Steam Railway at Kingsbury, arranged by our very own Ade Thomas. He had also arranged for our normal parking area there to be fully concreted, so bonus!!

 

To get there we had a picturesque route of 20-23 miles devised by our own Phil Allman starting from Meriden, taking us circuitously to Kingsbury, through some very nice lanes and roads. Watching out for the recently “surface dressed” lanes, but the surplus gravel was all but gone. Phil even found some Bob Badland dual carriageways, you know, the ones with grass growing in the middle of them!!

 

With 18 bikes in total getting there, the route was fantastic, a real mix of every type of road you could think of (thanks Phil) , and a salutary lesson to get to the set off point early as Big Jon and I never got wet, whilst those turning up later (but still on time) got a bit of a soaking. However, the day dried off, together with us, and there was as usual a fantastic welcome at the Steam Railway with drinks, cakes, train rides and steam engine driving experiences for Martin W and Zac. Martin had a full train load, whilst caution dictated that Zacs train was empty. Draw your own conclusions!

Thanks to Adrian for organising this, especially as we turned into the Park the sun came out  and thanks to the team at Kingsbury for making us welcome.

Sat 8th June Dave’s Day at the Museum (am)

 

 On arrival Sat morning to an already very busy and well organised Museum set up.

Slowly the car park filled up to busting where there was hardly a space to be found.

When Si King and the cavalcade arrived our Bob ,John and the rest of the parking team really had their work cut out. But they did it! They just kept coming, I’ve never seen anything quite like it .  

Si King was very generous with his time. Selfies being the order of the day. The atmosphere was fantastic. Everyone patient and good humoured.

When they moved off it took a long time for the car park to empty and I managed to get to my bike. It was like the tide coming in and then going out. The organisation was very good, I take my hat off to the Museum.

Thursday 9th May Coffee & Cakes

 

Question: How many pensioners does it take to move a Motor Bike?

 

As part of the Museum updates, we were tasked today with moving the Gillette Mach 3 Challenger from its home in Hall 5 to a new location in the foyer.

In September 1999 this 6000hp 8 metre long machine achieved 303mph at Bonneville Salt Flats.
Today’s move was a little slower, but we got it there in the end.

 

Answer is 15 (5 doers and 10 tellers)
















 

Sunday 12th May Tiddler Run.

A sizeable group of 15+ turned up for today’s Tiddler run from Meriden Cross to Middleton Hall.

Weather was fair and a variety of bikes were on hand, ranging from 100cc to 1200cc!

 

Of course it’s all in the interpretation and all enjoyed the route past Kingsbury Water Park, Aston Villas training Ground and the Belfry Golf Course, whilst never exceeding 40mph.













 

Wednesday 19th May David and Goliath.


Mays club night saw our annual David and Goliath Challenge. One lap around the car park: cup of tea: second lap around the car park. Speed is not the game here, it’s all about consistency, with the slowest having us much chance as the fastest. Just match time one with time two.






 

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Hatton Locks Breakfast Run.







 
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Saturday 27th  & Sunday 28th April 57th Covenrty to Brighton Run.
 

Slightly reduced numbers for this year for the 57th running of the sections Coventry to Brighton Run, as a result we decided to forgo the traditional send off and reception by both boroughs Lord Mayors.
 

The 14 participant’s numbers were swelled by the addition of another 10 B2C riders who had ridden up the previous evening to join us on a run back to their hometown. In addition there were a significant number of section members who joined for the trip to the first coffee stop at Deddington.
 

Weather, set fair but chilly at the start soon turned damp, but the riders were prepared in advance and soldiered on to the finish, only a little the worse.
 

Once again the Hickstead laid on a superb evening meal, and riders kept the bar busy.

Sunday morning return again started damp. This year, for the first time in a couple of years, the back up van was called into action, nothing to serious, but nice to know it’s there.
 

We will once again be running the event in 2025 for the 58th time. Set the time aside and let’s hope for a few more participants

and fairer weather.























 

Breakfast Run Thursday 2nd May
Today’s run was ‘routemastered’ by Adrian. We met on the Birmingham Road in Meriden and set off at 10:00am on a very enjoyable and meandering route on roads ranging from dual carriageways to single track roads. Ably ‘tailendcharlied’ by Phil and his glamorous assistant Lita.
 
The 14 of us were thankful that the slightly overcast skies stayed dry and it even warmed up a little in the hour it took to reach our destination - the Lower Park Fisheries cafe in Beoley near Redditch.

Very reasonable prices for decent food…I’ve not seen that many full English breakfasts ordered on a run for some time.

Great route, thank you Adrian.

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Club Night Wednesday 17th April Tank Painting.

 

Alan Fox came along to give us a talk on the steps required for tank painting. We quickly came to realise that this was a highly skilled operation and not something that can quickly be knocked out in a shed.

The results he achieves are unbelievable the finish obtained being more like glass than paint.
If you’d like him to do your paint work contact him here:- 

 

https://www.alanfoxpaintworkservices.co.uk/

 



 

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Thursday 18th April Mystery Elevenses Run
 
A cool but dry and sunny start to the day, clearly brought out the pent-up desire for a bike run with like minded folk.
In all 23 people, including 2 ladies on their own bikes, met up at the Shustoke Resevoir entrance and set off on a 50 min ride….

Ok, there was a short delay to the start while John kicked away at his BSA, which once fired up sounded great.

Bob led us on a great ride through some country lanes around the outskirts of Tamworth before arriving at our destination; The Four Shires Farm Shop and Tea Rooms in Seckington, where we were made very welcome.

 

It was so warm by now that most people elected to sit outside with their drink of choice and some very well cooked food.

On leaving we noticed that Adrian’s 250 Suzuki had a very flat back tyre….but Colin (who presumably must have been a Boy Scout in times past) produced a pump and the tyre was quickly inflated. Unfortunately it didn’t stay inflated all the way home, but with our usual support for biking comrades, help was there when he needed it and he got home.

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Sunday 14th April Ride to Gilks Café.

 

We tried something new for this run, meeting up with two of our adjoining VMCC Sections for a combined run.

Midlands set off from Meriden Cross and rode via Leamington Spa to meet the other two sections at Chesterton Windmill. From there we descended en-mass to Gilks Café at Kineton for Coffee & Cakes.

 

Deemed to be a “great success” by all participants, we will be repeating the exercise again in the future.

Thursday 21st March Mystery Breakfast Run.

The day dawned brightly with a hint of mist that would not last long, and the promise of a dry day ahead. Clearly elsewhere it must have been full sunshine as when I got there, only 5 minutes after the scheduled meeting ‘from’ time, around 13 or 14 bikes were already assembled and their riders were busily chatting and pointing at interesting bits on each others bikes…

In all 18 riders assembled, although 1 had just ridden there to test out his bike, and was not coming on the run. So 17 of us set off wondering what the morning would provide for us. After some excellent meandering along some leafy lanes, our leader decided that we clearly needed some ‘wider’ road experience for the 2nd half of the run…and managed to get us all safely to our destination before the end of the breakfast service - well done Bob!

We had managed to negotiate free parking in exchange for eating as many breakfasts as possible

- and so we applied ourselves to the task!

A great destination - the National Memorial Arboretum - and one to re-visit in the future - possibly in the summer…and all on leafy lanes next time…

Saturday 6th April Museum Friends

 

Once again volunteers from the club were on hand to assist and marshal the Museums “Ride a Bike” day. Where the car park is closed off and a number of machines from the collection are brought out for Friends of the Museum scheme members to sample how they perform.









 

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Mystery Run "To the Wall" 7th March 24
 

We had the run today and it was a little on the chilly side…

 

The day dawned an uninspiring grey, the weather was decidedly chilly, and most sensible people who didn’t actually have to get up would probably have had an extra hour in bed. But not us daft lot! On with the thermals and thick woolly socks, an extra thick slice of Scots Porridge Oats and we reluctantly left the warmth of our respective homes…

Meeting up at the Shustoke Sailing Club entrance, Bob led 9 mostly willing followers up hill and down dale and along some roads less travelled until we arrived in Warwick and discovered our destination was Warwick University! We parked directly outside and hurried in to warmth, hot drinks and hot food, glancing briefly at the inside climbing wall which apparently was the clue to the destination in the email invitation…”we have a mystery run that will drive you up the wall!” - Well now we know!!























 

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Wednesday 20th March Club Night.

We held our annual AGM, it was brief and all the usual suspects were re-elected, apart from our treasurer John Surman who chose to stand down. He was replaced by Nigel Lane who was foolhardy enough to raise his head above the parapet.

Here is a picture of him with his Triumph 500

Many thanks to John for his sterling (get it?) service. He continues as a member and we are sure to see plenty of him on runs throughout the summer.

 

After the AGM we had a look at some of the videos being prepared for the Museums new forthcoming audio visual displays





 

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Tuesday 13th February

The Thursday cleaning crew were out in force today, for a major move. 60+ Bikes were taken from the Museum display and loaded onto curtain sided waggons for transport to The London Motorcycle Show at Excel in the Royal Victoria Docks. All in all a successful venture with all bikes moved to the Premier Suite in a little over two hours.

Tricky bit is coming up on Tuesday 20th February when we have to try and put each bike back in its correct place.

 

 

















 

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Wednesday 21st February Club Night.

 

Central Wheels were on hand for February’s club night to give us all an insight into wheel building. Everything from spoke selections and measuring to choosing the right rims.

Of particular interest, we were treated to a demonstration from first principals, with the build and trueing of a Velocette wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 17th January Club Night Auction.

 

We never cease to be amazed by the generosity of our members

Shame there were no Stradivarius Paintings or Picasso Violins, but there was some good stuff (and tatt), most of which sold and raised a significant sum to club funds.

Purchasers, you know who you are, hope you managed to sneak it into the house past the wife

Special thanks to all who stayed afterwards to put away the tables and clear the leftovers.

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11th January The first Mystery Elevenses Run of 2024. 

 

A dry but chilly day saw 3 hardy souls, Bob, Nigel & Steve meeting up at the Shustoke Sailing Club entrance on the Coleshill Road. Setting off into the unknown we picked up John, our 4th hardy soul, en-route.

 

Just the first stage of the potential 2-stage run was used today as the draw of a warm cafe and hot food was too hard to resist!

 

Bob has promised full sunshine for the next one!!

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