27th May 2015
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The Lincolnshire Wolds Bikers' Run 2015
Roy Workman joins an annual charity ride for classic bikes old and new, and enjoys the added bonus of a Lancaster bomber...
This ride-out is organised by the Skellingthorpe and District Motorcycle Club and they have been doing this for the last eight years. It was held on Saturday May 2nd this year. The event starts and finishes at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, at East Kirkby, not that far from Boston in Lincolnshire. The Heritage Centre is home to ‘Just Jane’, a real Avro Lancaster aeroplane operating on an original Lancaster airfield used during the Second World War. Hopefully, Just Jane will return to the skies at some time in the future. The WW2 Aircraft Museum is open to all riders taking part in the run.
I visited the event for the day and caught up with other members of my sidecar club, The Tri-Anglia Wheels Sidecar Club (see www.sidecarland.com), who were camped in the campsite adjacent to the museum for the weekend. This time last year the weather was really hot. This year some club members told me there had been a heavy frost the night before. Luckily the local public house is only a short walk away…
Talking to a member of the organising bike club, she said that she felt that over 500 motorcycles were taking part. The club had two booking-in sections; one for those who had pre-booked, and the other for those riders turning up on the day. The club was kept pretty busy, with bikes of all ages turning up. A couple of riders on Velocettes pulled in and booked in. One of these riders - a lady - restarted her Velo with ease; the other rider suffered a bit from comments suggesting that he could not start his machine then perhaps the young lady could do this for him!
This is a well-organised event. The first group of machines started the run at 10.45am, for an exhilarating 40 mile ride out through the Wolds. The rest of the riders followed at set intervals. At 11am we saw the Just Jane fired up for the first of her three taxi runs that day. This was preceded by a warning that when she turns around, away from the crowd, the wind from the propellers sweeps the ground clear, so you had to watch out for the dust being blown your way. Last year several spectators lost their hats in the breeze…
This year the weather was dull, with a steady breeze blowing, which kept things decidedly chilly. Some members of my sidecar club were wearing several jackets to keep warm. Fortunately the wind kept the rain away; this was lucky because the Large Model Flying Club had their planes in the air for most of the day, giving spectators a great flying display. Then, to add to all the goings on, our local air ambulance flew in did a display and then touched down for a couple of hours. People were able to inspect the chopper and talk to the crew.
The early riders were starting to return to the airfield, and were being shown back to their places by the marshals, who did a great job In keeping everything running smoothly.
Several machines stood out for me. One was an old Norton which the rider left ticking over while he put it up on the rearstand. The tickover was perfect. He then climbed back on the bike, selected a gear and stopped the engine by pressing the back brake. One BSA four-cylinder lookalike was admired by several riders; they felt that it had been very well done. I spotted an AJW Fox motorcycle - this was in nice condition. Some years ago I was lucky enough to talk to the manufacturer’s son at a bike show.
Proceeds of this event raised by the Skellingthorpe and District Motorcycle Club are donated to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charity. This is a well organised ride-out, with a nice venue and plenty to look at, and with ample catering facilities.
For more info about the organising club, see www.skellingthorpe-motorcycleclub.org.uk
For more details of the Lincolnshire Heritage Aviation Centre see www.lincsaviation.co.uk (Please note that the Centre is shut on Sundays).
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