October 23rd 2013
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Owners' clubs and enthusiast groups are the best place to find expert advice and like-minded motorcyclists who share your particular passion. Here's news from just a few of the dozens of classic bike clubs out there...
BSA Owners' Club
The BSAOC have made a real effort this autumn to remind everyone that their organisation stands ready to help any owner buy, ride and restore a bike of the marque - and it doesn't need to be a concours champ or in original condition to be welcome at club events and meetings.
'As far as the BSAOC is concerned,' they say; 'building a bike to suit you and whatever sort of riding you want to do is far better than a box of incomplete parts never seeing the light of day again.' The club is keen to keep Beezers of all breeds where they belong - ideally on the road, or in ready-to-ride condition, waiting for the next club run…
Membership costs £23 for a year from www.bsaownersclub.co.uk
Tiger Cub and Terrier Club
The Cub Club autumn newsletter is packed with snippets of interest, including details on current prices - like £7000 for a 'perfect' plunger-framed Cub, with unmatched engines and frames being sold for restoration at £700.
There a couple of rather more affordable Cubs offered for sale by club members, too, at around the £2000 mark. The Cub Club now provides its members discounted insurance via Footman James, and has sourced a special kit to convert the troublesome ET ignition to a reliable 12 Volt system which will power the lights with or without a battery.
Various Cub specialists offer discounts to Cub Club members, and the organisation is officially recognised by the DVLA for machine dating purposes.
Lifetime membership is available for a one-off payment of £30 from firstname.lastname@example.org or www.tigercubclub.co.uk
BSA Bantam Club
Congratulations to the Bantam Club who braved torrential downpours at the recent South of England RealClassic Show to put on an excellent display of the two-stroke tiddlers (not all of which were blue, despite the evidence of this photo). The latest edition of the club's publication, Bantam Banter, advises that the club is currently compiling the fourth edition of its 'Good Blokes Guide' to help members find Bantam-friendly spares suppliers and professional services, and reports that the club now has over 1000 paid-up current members.
If you'd like to join, then membership costs £18 at www.bsabantamclub.org.uk
VMCC British Historic Racing
The classic racing section of the VMCC put on a superb display for the final weekend of the season at Cadwell, with 46 closely contested races taking place over two days. Amid all the high-revving, elbow-banging action, 13 new lap records were set and a couple of photo finishes were needed to decide the winners in the closest competitions.
Special credit goes to Harley Rushton who rode his Norton-Craven-Manx to four wins and four new lap records, and Chris Firmin whose Molnar Manx carried him into first place in five races together with a brace of new lap records. Sidecar and three-wheeler races were well supported and fiercely contested with the supremacy of big Vincents being challenged by BMWs, with the Quirk's Vin and Eddie Wright's Bee-Emm dominating proceedings. Triples dominated the first BEARS race with Christopher Chapmen keeping his Rob North Triple in front of Tim Wooley's Rocket 3; in later rounds Ben Kingham's BMW brick added spice to the mix.
This was a cracking weekend's sport in ideal weather on a magnificent circuit and a fitting conclusion to a splendid year's racing from VMCC British Historic Racing. To take part in the 2014 season, see www.britishhistoricracing.co.uk
Norton Owners Club
Another worthy winner at the South of England RealClassic Show was situated on the Norton Owners' Club stand - this handsome 1972 JPS 750 Commando, kitted out in honour of the Peter Williams / Dave Croxford proddie racers which romped home in first place in the TT races, the Thruxton 500 and at many other meetings of the early 1970s. Keep your eyes peeled at other events across the UK because you'll find NOC displays at most major shows and exhibitions, including the Classic Motorbike Show at the NEC in November, and the Bristol Show and Race Retro in February.
The NOC's full colour A3 2014 calendar is available to order now for £7.20, and the Club has already set the date for its major event for 2014 - the summer party and Norton Day will take place in Devon from August 1st to August 3rd.
Annual membership costs £19.50 from www.nortonownersclub.org
Moto Guzzi Club GB
With more than 40 branches in the UK, members of the Moto Guzzi club should never be too far from a helping hand. But if you can't make one of the regular meetings, which span the British Isles from Truro to the Highlands, there's plenty of useful advice and info on the club forum.
On top of the 'members only' area of the club website, this organisation also offers a bi-monthly, high-class, full-colour A4 magazine; many events throughout the riding season including a Singles Rally and the V-Twin Rally; discounts on event tickets, Haynes books, camping gear, ferry travel, accommodation and more.
Initial membership is £25 (then £20 per year) from www.motoguzziclub.co.uk
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