Branch Report for May 2012
On 6th May the V.M.C.C. held their relay rally in memory of founder CHARLES EDMUND "TITCH'' ALLEN O.B.E., B.E.M.
6 members started at Jack's Cafe on the A5 at 8.30am so we could have a full English before we went to BLOXHAM for check point 2, then off to ALDERTON near TEWSKSBURY via some lovely B roads, via STOW ON THE WOLD and seeing some lovely flat tankers all made before 1930, then time for tea and cake before we went to CHIPPING CAMPDEN for more cake. Next a run up to KENILWORTH and yes tea and cake again, then off to our last check point at COLESHILL. We all said we should do this run on our modern TRIUMPH'S. Enjoy your riding. By Gerry Boland.
Just a few words about the LP Williams Reunion at the National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, Solihull on 7th May 2012.
When Triumph at Meriden closed down, Mr L P Williams and his Staff at Common Lane Works built such bikes as:
Slippery Sam Replica (*33)
Buccaneer (*21) (*approximate numbers made)
It was a good reunion for all to see and at the end of the night they presented Les Williams with an 80th Birthday cake, and we all had a slice of it!! It was great seeing the ‘original’ Slippery Sam in the museum.
By Lenny Boland
On Friday 11th May I set out in good weather to attend the first Somerset and Dorset Rally at Yeovil. It was about 130 miles and the old T100 buzzed along happily at a good speed loaded with all the necessities for a weekend event. The venue at the rugby club was excellent with good food, beer and music. On Saturday I opted for the ride out to a cider farm where the owner enlightened us all on the intricacies of cider making and cider brandy distilling. The tasting went down well too!
Saturday evening was another chance to chat to old friends and meet new ones while having a meal and chilling out to the entertainment. The weather stayed fine and all too soon it was time to pack up and head for home.
My one regret was that I forgot to check the locations of the landmark challenge before I went so you can imagine my disbelief when I got home and found that I had passed the Haynes Museum on both journeys and not stopped to take a photo.
The following weekend I was off again on Trusty to the first West Wales rally in Carmarthenshire. About half way there it started to rain and continued until the tent was up when it stopped. Another good venue in what appears to be small industrial units but is actually a pub, the interior of which belies its’ exterior. Once again there was good food and entertainment both nights. I was lucky enough to win the second to last raffle prize of not one but two back scratchers come shoe horns. Chris in the next tent commented on how handy they were. As I already have both at home, and wondering how to pack them on the bike, he found himself relieving me of them. Finally, I mustn’t forget to mention that I won “best Meriden” bike to round off a great weekend.
By Ian Ellis.
Finally, a warm welcome to our new members:
Donald Dobb, David Wilkes, Malcolm Beck, Graham Raybould, Wayne McElfatrick and Harry Croft.
TTFN, Ride Safe
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