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24th October 2006


Summer Fun Finale

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but we had a good time earlier this year. RC reporters remind us of those final rides of Summer 2006...

The RealClassic Stinkwheel Show

The 2006 Stinkwheel RealClassic Motorcycle Show boasted more classic bikes than ever before - so rather than jabber on about it, here's some pictorial highlights kindly supplied by Steve The Toaster…

Oi! You on the BSA! Wake Up! 'And then I jump back on the seat and do a rolling burnout' Ner-a-Car Ken explains his new stunt routine A Clatter of CXs? A Whistle of Turbos? A Rivet of Collectors?
Caption Competition? It moves!
Random CX500 Stuff on eBay.co.uk
Kawasaki Z250B and RealClassic washing line obscured by shiny bike.

The provisional date for the 2007 Stinkwheel Show is Sunday 16th September. It will once again be held at Beaumanor Hall near Loughborough. Call 01790 753219 / 07876 744911 or see www.transtarpromotions.co.uk

The RealClassic entry in the 'All Look In Different Directions' competition failed to make the shortlist.

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BSA. Or not.The Elgin Event

While on holiday in Scotland we noticed that there was a transport show at Roseisle, near Elgin. So Sunday saw us attending the seventh Annual Vintage Rally and Fun Day in aid of the Royal National Life Boat Association. The first thing I spotted as I approached the entrance was a motorcycle with a registration that said BSA. The owners must have taken some stick over the years as the bike was actually a Norton!

Entering the showground there was a mixture of stationary steam engines, including steam lorries and road rollers, motorcycles, cars, lorries, tractors, farming implements and Clydesdale horses on show. There could well have been 60 or more motorcycles being exhibited. It was a nice display, with some lovely Tiger Cubs, one of which was ridden by a lady rider. There were also some bicycles fitted with auxiliary engines; an Ajax Junior was interesting -- this was first registered in 1922. It was fitted with a Villiers 147cc engine and a two-speed Albion gearbox. At the other end of the spectrum there was a Goldwing and something a bit different -- an Ecorider diesel motorcycle fitted with balloon tyres and leading link front forks; it was also fitted with a tow-bar to the rear and it was capable of 120mpg.

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

All types of vehicles had two goes into the ring which allowed the commentator to cover more vehicles. This also involved some owners with several machines to get cracking in some frantic kicking to get as many of their machines into the ring in the time allowed.

The breaks between the various groups of vehicles were filled in by a Highland Pipe Band giving a first class display. There were also some fairground stalls and food stalls -- a good general mixture, with plenty for adults and children to see and do.

...Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

I wandered around the car section, and spotted a model T Ford; my mother used to drive one of these. The interesting thing was the foot controls -- the brake pedal appeared to be the one on the right, the accelerator was in the middle and the clutch was on the left. Driving this car could get exciting if you forgot these minor details!

This was another well-organised show and it was well-attended; hopefully it raised a nice sum for the lifeboats.

RC Reporter: Roy Workman

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The 34th VMCC Manx Rally

The Isle of Man served up its usual unpredictable weather after the dry weeks preceding the rally. However we enjoyed mostly warm sunny days and mainly dry riding conditions. The event's new two-tier entry system attracted even more entrants for 2006. This was very encouraging and the VMCC will continue to promote this system allowing the cheaper entry fee if entrants do not wish to parade. The Rally also offered a free entry to all motorcycles registered before 1915 and this gained three entries in this class. Although disappointing we intend to continue this offer in the hope that we will attract a better response.

Starting at Port Erin in the south of the island, the event got underway with a scenic social run. After lunch the riders judged a 'Bike I would like to take home' competition. The winner receiving a framed print donated by the Port Erin Commissioners.

Sunday dawned fine and sunny for the start of our Road Safety Run which covered a scenic route and culminated in a wonderful display of our machines in Castletown Square. This event has a real party atmosphere, meeting old friends, making new ones and enjoying a pint whilst talking about old bikes. Well attended by spectators, the square is closed to traffic making it safe for competitors and visitors to enjoy the wonderful collection of bikes on display.

Norton Atlas rider David Hebb approaching the Goose Neck on Friday's Closed Road Parade (Picture by Russell Lee. )

Monday saw the first of our very popular Closed Roads Parades from Quarterbridge to Ballacraine. Unfortunately just before the off we had a heavy shower of rain giving wet roads as far as Appledean. The riders then proceeded, at road legal speeds, to the seafront at picturesque Peel for a well earned cup of tea.

Tuesday started bright and sunny and by 10am the TT Grandstand reverberated with the sound of 226 vintage and classic motorcycles setting off in pairs at 30 second intervals to compete in the main event. This is a timed lap of the famous TT circuit to match an average speed of either 20 or 24mph depending on the age of the machinery. Conditions remained ideal and some very close times were recorded by the winners. On Tuesday afternoon there were many informal runs to the one-make club gatherings taking place at pubs and hotels around the Island.

On Wednesday it was our second and always the most popular, Closed Roads Parade from Ballacraine to Ramsey. This section of the TT course, especially for the older bikes, is the most interesting and varied. Apart from a steep climb at Glen Helen the remainder is relatively flat with many famous and challenging landmarks; Laurel Bank, Douglas Corner, Kirk Michael, Ballaugh Bridge, Quarry Bends, Sulby Bridge and of course Ginger Hall, all those wonderful names with so much history.

Local entrant Trevor Moore, the eventual winner, starting from Old Laxey sea front in the timed run to Ramsey on Thursday

Thursday morning found us all in Old Laxey in glorious sunshine for the start of the Ramsey Road Run. This is a timed reliability trial covering much of the northern part of the island and finishing at Mooragh Park in Ramsey. On arrival in the park the riders enjoyed a light lunch in warm sunshine whilst exhibiting their motorcycles in the Concours competition judged by their peers. The setting at Ramsey is idyllic, we display our bikes on a large grass area near the lake with the sight and sound of the Ramsey sprint happening just behind us on the Promenade.

On Thursday evening we assembled in Douglas for the Presentation Ceremony . An excellent Manx hotpot supper and a few beers to wash it down followed the presentations. James Hewing, The VMCC's CEO, sailed over especially to present the prizes and ride in the Wednesday and Thursday events. This evening continues to grow in popularity and we may be forced to look for a larger venue next year.

VMCC Club Chairman, Colin Bell, receiving the Sidecar Trophy from VMCC CEO James Hewing at the Prize Presentation evening. Colin has been trying to win this award for many years and the look on his face says it all! (Picture by Russell Lee)

Friday dawned fine and sunny, so it was off to Ramsey for the final closed road parade over the mountain after the Senior MGP. Sadly the day's racing was delayed by a fatal road traffic accident ten minutes before the roads were due to close at 9-30 am. However although we had to wait until 5 pm in the afternoon we were still given our parade and I would like to thank everyone for their patience. I'm delighted to say the weather stayed sunny all day and many said, as they signed off at the TT Grandstand, that conditions over the mountain were so perfect this parade was definitely the best of the week.

On behalf of the Manx Rally, I would like to thank all of the competitors for their help and support and a big thank you also goes to our sponsors (Carole Nash Insurance, the Isle of Man Special Events Team, OBM, Total (IOM) Ltd), and the Manx Motorcycle Club.

If you are new to the Rally and want to ride in the 2007 event call 01275 341464, or email secretary@vmccmanxrally.co.uk. The Rally also has a website www.vmccmanxrally.co.uk. The Rally Information Pack and Entry Forms are available from January 2007.

The 2007 event will be our 35th Rally and the Centenary of Racing on the Isle of Man. We are going to celebrate this with a special one-off Rally that will give our entrants a chance to ride five of the famous racing circuits on the Isle of Man. The Manx Government has donated a special trophy for next year and this will be awarded to the overall winner of the Rally and will be a very coveted award.

This will be 'the year' to do the Manx Rally. If you have been before and liked it, we are now offering something new and unique so please come again!

RC Reporter: Terry Cooper, VMCC Manx Rally Secretary


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