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6th October 2005


BSAOC International Rally 2005 - Part 2 of 2

Part One saw Shaun (the Kent Correspondent) and the Chuffing Chariot arrive in foreign parts. Continental touring on a BSA M21 Outfit? Read on...

Riding on the wrong side of the road was simplicity itself, but I noticed that people were flashing me…(?) Turned out that I should have had my headlights on. Seems the Danes drive around, even in daylight, with their lights on. They never did that when I was there before. So on with the lights - that was when I noticed that the dynamo wasn't doing its thing! Off went the lights again.

Fibre dynamo drive gear from Shaun's 'reliable' BSA. [FX: Running footsteps]

After 245 miles from home we reached our destination, Jesperhus Flower Park and holiday centre, on the island of Mørs just up the road from the town of Nykøbing. We booked in and found a nice spot to erect the canvas hotel. We found a very nice shower block and toilets, a shop with a swimming pool and bowling alley on one side and a very nice restaurant on the other side. Back at the tent we lit the BBQ and we settled down for the oncoming fun.

The barbecue. The carrots can't be far behind.

All day Friday we heard BSA's arriving, and by the Saturday the camp site was near to bursting point. A walk round revealed not only BSAs but a few other marques -- and a young Dutch boy with a bicycle that his Dad had nailed an engine to! Young Johan Wijhoven was riding that thing about all week, with a smile as big as a whale. His Dad told me that the police in their village said that if they saw the lad on the bike again, they would confiscate it. So Dad brings it to rallies for the boy to ride. What a good idea -- just goes to prove these rallies are family-orientated.

Johan Wijhoven. You'd have a serious look on your face too, if you had to ride that bike with no brakes.
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Saturday saw the rally open proper, with people signing in and getting their tickets for the events the Danes had in store for us. There was food available on site for those of us who wanted it -- the food was excellent and plentiful, so plentiful in fact my jeans were getting tight!

On Sunday we rode over to the very pretty flower park where the Mayor of the town welcomed us all. Then after lunch we mooched around the flower park, a sort of cross between Kew Gardens and Thorpe Park. Then after a hearty meal we went to the bar for a night of quaffing Danish Sporran.

On the way to the flower park. Gold combo on the right is owned by the invisible man.

On the Monday we joined the ride-out to the 'Bunkermuseum Hanstholm' a place used by the Germans in the war to mount a massive gun emplacement. Very interesting to see the 'other side' of things.

On the Tuesday a line-up of 168 BSAs rode to the town of Nykøbing, where we all parked along a sailing club jetty. We had a meal provided, which at first glance didn't look much -- but once eaten it was very filling! After a mooch around the town we took a ride to a local castle, but we found it was closed. Turns out that the schools go back early in Denmark and these attractions only open at weekends. Nothing for it - a ride around to see what's there, then back to the bar.

On the Wednesday there was A First for a BSA rally. In the 42 years these rallies have been held, no one before had ever been married at a BSA rally. The rally has been used as a honeymoon, but never had there been a wedding. Well, that duck was broken in the Flower Garden, when Graeme and Angela became Mr and Mrs Gregson. We were ALL invited! The happy couple arrived on a trike powered by an A65 motor, later all covered in tin foil. Their tent was decorated in flowers, too. The honeymooners went to a local hotel for their wedding night, so didn't see their bike and tent until the next day.

Romance is alive and well, and covered in tin foil.

On the Thursday it was silly games day. The weather was hot and dry -- a perfect day to make a fool of yourself. Well, it would've been if we weren't all unfit and overweight. Needless to say I didn't do too well, and was soon hot and sweaty. That evening we had the dinner-dance, the food there was unbelievable: enough to kill an elephant. Then dancing to a local band and talking with people from all over the world which made for an enjoyable evening.

On the Friday we took a guided tour to 'Hjerl Hede' which is a living museum, consisting of Old Danish houses and shops, from around the turn of the century back to the Stone Age. On the way we diverted to a local school. The children were lined up behind a rope and as we rode past I retarded the ignition to bang my way around, much to the amusement of the children. A happy time was had by all. Unlike some museums here in England, the Danish museum sold their old time products that the people made. So we had another fill of cakes and pastries, marvellous!

Long-distance Bantam

On the Saturday it was time to pack up and head back to work. What a time we had -- the outfit proved that it's the perfect touring machine. Totally reliable with only the fibre gear wheel on the dynamo failing. The Danes put on a mighty fine rally with excellent organisation, and we wanted for nothing. I remember Denmark being a tad expensive, but I think England has caught up with their prices. The most expensive beer was about £4.80 for half a litre, and the food was excellent, on a par with America for the size of portion. I'd like to express my thanks to the Dansk BSA Klub for all their hard work; it made our holiday a fantastic one.

While I was there someone told a Dane I could use a computer, so I was commandeered into doing a write up on their web site. Trouble was I'd had a beer or three, but others were brought in from other countries so if you'd like to see the results go to the BSA Danish clubs web site at. www.bsa.dk

So that's my tale of the first continental rally on the Chuffing Chariot. Now I've got to save up for the next BSA International which is going to be in the good ole US of A. Thinking of going? Well, while in Denmark I met up with an East London BSAOC member, goes by the name of Brian Cottel. He told me the tale of his bike, a green A65 Thunderbolt. Seems Brian got it only a few days before the rally, rode it for about 10 miles. When nothing fell off he loaded it up for the rally and came over! He said that if anything happened he knew that someone would help him. So much for those that think their bikes can't do these rallies, or need to take tons of spares. Why not see for yourself?

Brian Cottle. Happiness is a hat, a cornet, and a green BSA.

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