9th March 2011
What's happening in the world of classic bike clubs? There are birthdays to celebrate, events to attend, classic motorcycles to be won and more...
The Norman Motorcycle and Cycles Club is 10 years old in 2011 and the Club will be celebrating its birthday at Norman Day, which is on Sunday 15th May 2011 at Willesborough Windmill in Ashford, Kent. Since the Norman Club was formed a decade ago it has helped to bring this relatively rare marque back into the spotlight, and many more of these lightweight bikes are seen on the road and in displays these days.
Among the Club's members are several former employees of the factory and members of the Norman family; the photo should two Norman Brothers and company staff at last year's Norman Day. The Club helps to encourage enthusiasts of the marque to ride and restore their machines, and new members are always welcome.
Road Racing at Founders' Day
Founders' Day is one of the highlights of the summer calendar and this year takes place on Sunday July 24th 2011. We're promised something really special with more clubs attending, a bigger and better autojumble and more ringside events. The theme for the displays is road-racing machines which should guarantee some interesting aural effects…
As usual, Founders' Day takes place in the beautiful grounds of Stanford Hall, close to Lutterworth in Leicestershire, just a few minutes off Junction 20 of the M1 motorway. If you'd like to add your classic to the displays then call Brian Brooks (0116 2393 503) to enter your bike, especially if it fits in with the racing theme. If you need overnight accommodation, concessionary rates have been negotiated at the nearby Holiday Inn in Rugby (contact Julie-Ann Wood on 0871 942 9059 to reserve your room).
The Taverners' section of the VMCC make every effort to ensure that Founders' Day is just that little bit special; the trials displays are normally superb while this autojumble attracts some traders who don't come out for regular events. The fun starts at 9am, and admission is £6 for adults and £1 for children.
Triumph Owners Out East
The Triumph Owners' Motor Cycle Club will be heading east to beautiful Norfolk for the club's annual rally, which runs from Friday May 6th to Monday May 9th 2011. The site for this year's event is Kelling Heath Holiday Park, set amid 250 acres of woodland and rare open heathland, close to the north Norfolk. Well over 200 Triumph enthusiasts are expected at the annual gathering to enjoy an exciting programme of events. Visitors also have a wide variety of local attractions to visit.
The fun begins on Friday evening with a ride-out to a friendly pub. Saturday offers an opportunity to explore the quiet roads in this area of outstanding natural beauty. In the afternoon, the motorcycles will be assembled for judging with various concours prizes, and then live entertainment and an awards presentation in the evening. Sunday promises further rides and the opportunity to explore the area's other attractions like the heritage railway, seaside towns, local museums, spectacular cliff top walks and more. The Rally finishes after breakfast on the Monday morning.
Win a Triumph Trident
The top prize in VMCC's raffle for the first half of 2011 is this very handsome 1975 Triumph T160. Tickets for the draw have been distributed in the March edition of RealClassic, but if you somehow missed them then you can order some via www.vmcc.net.
The draw will take place on the 24th June 2011, which means that the lucky winner will have his or her new bike in time to take to the track at Mallory Park for the Festival of 1000 Bikes in July. Our advice? Upgrade the saddle with modern high density foam because original T160 seats are thinly disguised planks, and fit proper silencers, quick, before the rivet-counting squad deduct several million points from your lifetime score for that inappropriate raygun silencer…
Ducati to Italy
The Ducati Owners' Club GB hosted their chums from the Italian Motoclub Terni at the recent Bristol Classic Show. The visitors were promoting this year's Motogiro d'Italia which takes place between 29 May and 4 June, and starts and finishes in Bologna. The event lasts seven days, with the first day for registration and scrutineering and the sixth day is a rest day. Total mileage is just over 800 miles. Hotel accommodation and meals are included in the entry fee. It costs 1400 Euros to enter the Motogiro and you can do it online.
Mick White of the Ducati Owners' Club said, 'Every year a number of our members take part in the Motogiro, as well as other entrants from the UK. This superb event attracts up to 250 riders from all over Europe, as well as America and Australia. I'll be competing this year for the fourth time on my 175cc Ducati.'
The event is a time trial, primarily aimed at classic bikes, but riders of modern machines have their own category and are also welcome. There is breakdown assistance and recovery en route and the event ends with a gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony.
Classic Bike Clubs Show
There was some doubt earlier in the year whether this popular event would return, so we're delighted to confirm that on Sunday May 29th 2011 the eighth Classic Bike Clubs Show will open from 10am until 4pm at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire LE17 6DH.
This is one of the largest national shows dedicated to classic motorcycle clubs and their branches, with over 100 clubs and branches attending. This year's show promises to be much bigger than previous years with more attractions for all the family, especially for children. Also a licensed bar to have a lunchtime pint. The show also allows visitors to see their favourite classic on the move, with parades and displays, which this year will feature, some unique ex-race machinery. Entrance £6, under 16s free and free parking. The show also has a large autojumble area with over 100 pitches.
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