Meriden Branch Report October 2013

As Derek is taking a well-earned break I have been seconded to report on the October activities.

First up was the Run-What-Yer-Brung. As thirty of our members were busy winning the biggest branch turnout at the Concorde Rally, it left Keith to spectate while my son Martin took his racing 1955 6T. He managed 15 runs trying various carb jets and timing to achieve some pretty good results. His best was 14 seconds, 92 mph and a reaction time of less than two hundredths of a second. He actually beat a nitrous-kitted 595 for the first 60 yards or so!

Kaz led about 6 members on the Ride to The Wall on the 5th while the following day provided an opportunity for members to present cheques to the Coventry & Northants Air Ambulance during a Gala Day at the Coventry Air Museum. Len and Julie gave a cheque for about £300 they raised from the sale of donated tools and bike stuff. At the same time Martin and others handed over a cheque for £550 raised at our August rally.

Monday 7th saw seven of our lads ride to Malmsbury to meet up with the “Gaffers Gallop” which, by all accounts, was plagued by problems that ET would not have been proud of. Various reports suggest that it wasn’t too well organised. The late arrival of the Gallop at the meeting point led to our lads deciding to head for home. Keith surprised them all when he jumped out from the roadside near Stowe-on-the-Wold with his camera expecting to see the Gallop. He said he could hear them about a mile away. I am pleased to report that our member’s bikes, including two Cubs, performed faultlessly. Arthur Jakeman (ex Meriden race technician) attended the meet-up at the factory memorial stone in Meriden the following morning. A photo shoot and more problems led to a late getaway for the Gallop, who headed off for Six Hills in Leicestershire. They didn’t seem to know the way, and despite an offer of help, were last seen heading for Ashby de la Zouch while people waited to greet them on the planned route.

Our John Nelson attended the BMF AGM on 12th. He was the only TOMCC rep to attend on the Clubs behalf and covered 190 rainy miles doing so. Well-done John.

Gerry had an unfortunate spill on 20th when he had a front wheel blowout on his H---a while on his way with Bob, Dave and Geoff to meet up with the ride to Draycott in the Clay. He suffered a dislocated shoulder and bruising, the bike is bruised too! Get well soon Gerry. More on this event next month.


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