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1st August 2006

TP's Newsround

Funky Tees, pub grub discounts for RC readers, a rapid Rob North special, real ale on three wheels and an invitation to a steam fair - it's all in the news this week...

RC Riders Welcome!

Biker Marc, RealClassic aficionado, Hell's Dribbler and new joint owner of the Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold, is holding monthly Classic and Veteran bike meets in aid of the Air Ambulance. The first will be held on Thursday the 10th of August from 6pm onward. All classic bike enthusiasts, whether riders or not, are welcome and there will be free tea and coffee for riders as well as reasonably priced traditional bacon butties and burgers for all. A related raffle will be held and all profits will go to the Air Ambulance. VMCC members and

Real Classic subscribers especially welcome.

Further meets are planned for the evening of the 14th September and lunchtime on 19th November, and possibly New Year's Day. (That's if Marc hasn't gone barking mad by Christmas…)

RealClassic Subscribers or VMCC Members can get a 10% discount off their meals at any time on production of membership cards. No -- this does not mean 20% if you have both but it will mean you are barred if you try! If you want to bring your bike club along for a group ride then please arrange it in advance; directions and more info from 01981 240423 or email

That Baton Again

This must be the most-photographed stick of wood in the UK at the moment. BikerBabe took snaps of it in Scotland; Rowena collided with it in Cornwall, and now Mike Plant sends us this pic of the VMCC's Diamond Relay baton being passed from the Club's Essex Section to the Ipswich Section. The handover took place at a Little Chef close to the Essex-Suffolk border on Monday June 26th. On the left you can see Ray Godsiff, Secretary of the Essex section, handing the baton over to Bruce Moore, Chairman of the Ipswich section while other VMCC members from the two sections look on.

Six men, looking as happy as is possible in a Little Chef car park.

In case you missed it, the baton relay was part of the VMCC's celebrations to commemorate the club's 60th anniversary. See for more info.

A Real Ale Outfit

Butts Brewery of Hungerford joined in with the fun for National Motorcycle Week by delivering their organic real ale in a sidecar outfit. 'Riding a bike helps keep me sane,' comments Dave Price of Butts. 'But you can't bungee an 18 gallon barrel to the pillion seat, so a sidecar is the perfect solution!'

Butts borrowed the outfit from Watsonian Squire, who have been making sidecars in the Midlands since 1912. During the heydays of the British motorcycle industry in the 1950s Watsonian produced sidecars for many tradesmen, including milkmen and even AA patrols, but today the company's customers are primarily leisure riders who enjoy the fun, flexibility and freedom of sidecars.

Sidecars: a barrel of laughs?

The outfit being tested by Butts is powered by an 1100cc Yamaha Drag Star with a Watsonian GP700 sidecar that will carry one adult plus a child or an 18 gallon barrel of beer in comfort. It sells for approximately £11,000 on the road (including the bike but not the beer). Other sidecar solutions can be seen at

Random Sidecar stuff on

The number of independent brewers has increased by 29% since 2002, brewing around 2500 different ales in total. Butts is one of only a handful of totally dedicated Organic breweries in the UK, producing approximately 7200 pints of award winning cask and bottle conditioned ales every week. They're going to need a big fleet of outfits to carry all that…

Tip Top Tees

If you'd like to keep a classic close to your heart, but want something a little different to the usual logo-led classic bike designs, then try taking a look at DeepSheep shirts. Andy Tilley has entertained us for years with his wild and weird cartoons and creations, and now he's offering a few of his designs on T-shirts, like the one you see here. And 'cos Andy is an upright kinda guy, he's giving RC readers a special price per shirt - just £10, plus £1 delivery to the UK. Cheers, Andy!

Someone else made to stand in a Little Chef carpark?

We reckon most people will go for the Norton Café Racer or Triumph Hurricane designs, but other Tees include Leaky, Rocker, Wild Ride and Zed. Andy will also print your own design, or draw one especially for you, or produce full-colour artwork of your bike if you'd like to frame it and hang it on the wall. DeepSheep Tees are available in sizes from S to XXL, or you can specify long-sleeve Tees, sweatshirts, or slim-fit girlie Tees. Andy also offers a T-shirt printing service for clubs - and he's a dab hand a club and rally logos, too…

Send orders and cheques to A Tilley, 9 Holmbeck Road, North Skelton, Saltburn, Cleveland, TS12 2AL. To see more designs and more of Andy's artwork visit or email

Rob North Bike Booked For Beezumph

The latest addition to the Beezumph 15 line-up is this unique Rob North Honda. An original machine, now owned by Chris Wilson, it was first constructed by Rob North himself in 1972 as a project bike. A 500 was also produced, but was cut up due to a serious smash.

With a bit of luck, no one will realise it's a Honda.

The 750 was ridden with much success in the mid-1970s by Julian Soaper against the Norton Cosworth and other contenders, mainly in the 1000cc Superbike Class as an 820. Remembered for his guts and determination, Julian regularly attained top-10 placings, especially in the wet. Today, the machine has an ex-works CB750 motor.

Beezumph15 is on Friday and Saturday September 8th and 9th, 2006, at Cadwell Park. Rally Ticket (includes entry all days, badge, band, BBQ costs £20 (pre-book only). Day Ticket (just entry over all days) costs £12, available in advance or on the gate. Email to book rally or track tickets.

Free Entry For Mini-Motors

This event promises to be fun for the whole family, but especially for the miniature driver. Free entry and or camping (limited space available) for a family of four is offered to any owners of a Real Life Toy model, who would like to bring their model (Mayfair, Scout, Jeep, Tractor or Toylander), finished or otherwise, to the Boston Miniature Steam Festival.

There is a parade in the ring on both Saturday and Sunday and exhibition space too. The show is on 2nd and 3rd September 2006 at the Wyberton social club in Boston, Lincolnshire, from 10am. The two day event will have lots of miniature traction engines, locos and lorries (many giving rides) and full size vehicles including RealClassic Bikes. There is a small, NICE fairground, licensed bar and jazz band in attendance.

Richard from Real Life Toys can sort out your entry if you have a mini-motor to display (01767 319080 or or see http://bostonminiaturesteam.mysite. for more info about the event itself.


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