25th May 2016
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Compass Challenge Continues
Yet more classic bike riders have clocked up cardinal points of the compass in this year's challenge. Here are two from entirely different continents! Check the Compass Challenge Facebook page and magazine for more...
‘As the latest owner of a fine but incontinent Velocette,’ says Sam, ‘I wanted to try out some “improvements” I've made during the off season, so the Compass Challenge seemed like a good idea. I tracked down four locations ending in -field, and 401 miles later, here they are! Southfield, near Cramlington, Northfield, near St Abbs (it's on the map, but so small that it doesn't have a road sign, so I took a photo of the farm sign), Westfield, near Bathgate, Eastfield, near Shotts.
‘A grand day out, and only two small oil spots on the drive at the end of the ride... Success!’
Meanwhile, Michael took his 2007 Bonnie (‘it’s not old but it has 92,000 miles on it’) on a tour of an entirely different continent. There’s a lot of ‘south’ about in Florida, it seems, mainly because of the East Martello Tower at Key West as Michael explains.
‘The red blob behind me represents the southernmost point in the continental United States and is constantly mobbed by tourists. The titillation of godless communist Cuba 90 miles away, the forbidden isle, has something to do with it. In Key West everything gains cachet from being the “southernmost” for some reason. Behold my southernmost Hinckley Bonneville.
‘In the Southernmost City, “north” doesn't rate much of a look in so this one had me scratching my head a bit. The main drag, North Roosevelt is written as N. so this was what I found.’ Works for us!
Join The Challenge
Everyone is welcome to take part in the Compass Challenge. Grab a motorcycle, find four places with North, South, East and West in their names, and go for a ride. Send us the photographic evidence of your four compass points by email or post your pics on the Compass Challenge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/The-RealClassic-Compass-Challenge
You can ride on your own, with a friend, or drag your whole club or branch along, as seen here. You choose your own four points of the compass, and point your wheels in your own direction. Just take a photo of your bike (ideally an old one) at your chosen N, S, E or W point. You don’t need to be located in the UK; entries are welcome from all around the world.
At the end of the year, prizes are awarded for the best efforts – these can be on the oldest bike, or by the oldest person, the furthest travelled, the silliest place name, and so on. Final entries are due by 31st October 2016.
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