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16th February 2006

TP'S Newsround

What's new in the world of classic motorcycling? We've got Phil Read, St George and a dragon, crossing Canada for charity, and a chance to thrash your classic bike at Cadwell Park...

Ride It For St George!

The London Motorcycle Museum will be holding a Dragon Roast (OK - it'll be pig) on Sunday 23rd. April to compliment the St George's Ride It Day, instigated by The Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs.

The FBHVC has launched this initiative to raise the profile of the historic vehicle movement through an annual Drive It Day. FBHVC Committee Member Tony Beadle said "I thought St George's Day would be a singularly appropriate day to choose to celebrate the glorious variety of mechanised road transport heritage that we have in this country because on 23 April 1900, 64 cars set out from London on the first day of the famous Thousand Mile Trial - an incredible undertaking by those early motor cars and their pioneering drivers, and one which deserves annual celebration.'

The FBHVC wants all owners of licensed historic vehicles to use them on 23 April, which falls on a Sunday this year. This will be a truly national event and one that everyone can take part in wherever they live. It's absolutely free of entry forms, entry fees and red-tape.

Pictures can be decieving; the museum is nowhere near Tragalgar Square...
Random Triumph Stuff on

The FBHVC exists to uphold the freedom to use old vehicles. Without that freedom there would be little incentive to preserve them, and if that incentive was lost, so too would be a very large part of our national transport heritage. Drive It Day is part of FBHVC's ongoing campaign to raise public awareness of the historic vehicle movement.

The message to owners is: it's not necessary to go to a show or take part in an event, FBHVC just wants you to get your old motorcycle(s) out so they can be seen by the public. If your classic bike is suitable, use it instead of modern transport for your daily activity: use it to go to work (or church!), take a trip to the seaside, enjoy a day out in the country, visit a stately home or find a suitable event to enjoy - like the LMM Dragon Roast.

Pippa and Bill Crosby from the London Motorcycle Museum have done their best to make it easy for us, as they explain; 'Our event is open to ALL historic vehicles, no matter how many wheels they have. You are welcome to turn up on the day but to make absolutely sure of your portion of dragon/hog (would that be a 'drog'?) could you please phone us on 020 8579 1248 so we can cater for everyone (only £5 if booked in advance).'

You'll find the LMM just off the A40 at Greenford; see for more info.

RealClassic is a Trade Supporter of the FBHVC, and we encourage other clubs and individuals to affiliate if they share similar goals. See


Across Canada For Charity

RealClassic reader John Powell has set himself a challenge - to ride his Norton Dommi 88 across Canada this spring, and he'd like to raise money for charity along the way. The trip will start at Vancouver Island in May 2006 and finish at Halifax… sometime later! (Not too much later, we hope).

John explains; 'I know that people are doing far more ambitious things than our proposed journey. But, being cheeky, if it can be used to help a good cause, then why not?

Don't try and say 'Fundukuphila' too quickly...

'This is very much a "personal" charity. I spent my childhood in South Africa. A friend from those days and his wife are involved in a pre-school in Natal. The object is to get promising children and try to kick-start them into quality education, so they can realise their true potential. Most of these tots are native Zulu-speakers and, since the best schools teach in English, they need to learn another language. Inevitably, the school also includes AIDS orphans and others with crises at home.

'The pre-school is run under the aegis of the local Methodist church. Personally I support it because it is run by volunteers and friends. I know their quality and I know that not a penny will be wasted. Their motto is Fundukuphila! (Learn to Live!)'

Sponsors who wish to pledge, please contact John and Lizzie Powell: jnoandlizpowell at,



Book Now For Beezumph!

The Trident and Rocket 3 Owners' Club have announced the date for their annual track day and mega-party - Beezumph 15 is on Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th September, once again at Cadwell Park circuit in Lincs.

Track tickets always sell fast so contact beezumph at fast to book yours; you don't need to ride a BSA or Triumph triple because almost all old bikes [Except Japanese ones, sadly. RM] are welcome to join the track fun. If you're a trackday novice there's entry-level sessions on the Friday, plus all manner of activities off the track including famous faces from the old factories (a few surprise guests are promised) and static displays of rare and interesting British bikes.

See or send an SAE for an entry form to B15, 6 Beechnut Drive, Darby Green, Camberley, Surrey GU17 0DJ.

Neither a Beeez nor an Umph... Commando at speed, Beezumph 14.


All Go For Wistanstow

Phil Read MBE will be Guest of Honour at the 15th Annual Shropshire Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Show and Autojumble, and will be flying in from his home in Belgium especially for the event.

During his long road racing profession, Phil Read won eight world championship titles in four classes. 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and F1, and he was the first rider to win a world championship for the Japanese Yamaha Motor Co. Read was also the last to win a world title for the Italian MV Agusta Co. He has won eight Isle of Man TT races and the 1960 Manx Grand Prix on a Manx Norton, at record speed. Phil is even mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for winning the most 250cc world titles. In 1979 he was presented with an MBE at Buckingham Palace to which he rode the evolutionary British made Quaser feet forward motorcycle.

Phil Read, wearing the kind of smile that only comes from thrashing round a race track. Once he gets to the Shropshire Show, Read will no doubt be interested in the 1968 Yamaha RD05A, entered in the show from the Phil Morris racing collection. Shropshire enthusiast Alan Dignam will be showing two interesting and rare bikes. An ex-Jim Alves Triumph 3T, on which Jim won the first ACU Gold Star after the war. Alves also won the 1948 Scott Trial. This machine ultimately led to the production of the 498cc rigid frame Trophy (usually sold with a sprung hub).

Dignam's other bike, a 1956 AJS ISDT machine has survived unchanged and little used, and still carries the original CO2 bottle to adjust tyre pressures and act as a fire extinguisher. As well as these machines, a full line up of other classic bikes in is promised which will fill the hall, with the autojumble and visiting bikes forming a show in the

The show on Sunday March 19th at its regular Wistanstow Hall venue (off A49, near Craven Arms), is once again sponsored by the Wistanstow-based Wood Brewery who will have a special beer for the event, 'Twist Grip' bitter!

Admission is £3 admission and the gates open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. A choice of homemade hot and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. All proceeds will go to Wistanstow School; contact Ron Maund. 01588 672551 for more info.

Read or Hailwood. Discuss.


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