4th September 2015
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Sammy Miller Run 2015
Classic bike riders travelled from as far afield as Belgium to join in this year's Sammy Miller Run, bringing a welcome splash of continental colour to join the British bikes..
Around a hundred bikes took part in the 2015 Sammy Miller Run, under the watchful eye of Percy Gosling, clerk of the course. Well, clerk of two courses as there’s the standard 50 mile route which loops out and back from the Miller Museum and through the New Forest, as well as a shorter, less strenuous ride of 30 miles for low-powered veteran machines.
A full century of motorcycling was represented, from the 1903 Ariel which won the ‘best veteran’ award, through to more recent superbikes like Robert Dyer’s 1975 Suzuki which collected the ‘Best Japanese’ award. A stalwart trio travelled all the way from Belgium aboard three interesting tiddlers: Steven Van Trimpoint on his 1970 Vespa Primavera, Peter Verbruggen on his 1952 L’Avenier and Hedwig Van Trimpoint on his 1953 Gillet-Herstal who certainly deserved the ‘long distance’ award (providing, of course, their van wasn’t parked just out of sight around the corner…)
In case of mechanical mayhem, help was standing by in the shape of Bob Stanley. Bob works in the museum’s restoration workshop, and he tagged along behind the riders in a well-equipped recovery van – but not one machine needed his assistance. After a slap-up lunch in the museum tea room, the awards were presented by motorcycling legend Don Rickman, he of the famous Rickman motorcycles.
The Sammy Miller Trophy for the best bike overall went to James Devereux with his 1931 Ariel SG. ‘Best Post War’ was collected by Terry Davies for his 1950 Vincent Comet. A 1930 Raleigh belonging to Ted Rowland was judged to be the ‘Best Vintage’; ‘Best Post Vintage’ went to Simon White on his 1936 AJW Fox. The most technically interesting bike was a 1963 Impala Montessa owned by James Bound, while Jane Anderson collected the ladies’ award.
There were many other classic motorcycles of note in the crowd – pictured hereabouts are Ian Anderson on his 1923 BAT, John Rands on his 1950 Bantam and Paul Tebbit on his 1954 AJS. Plenty of great bikes for the spectators to admire, and then they had the whole of the museum itself to browse around for the rest of the day…
The next event at the Sammy Miller Museum will be a ride-in by the Distinguished Gentlefolk on Sunday 27 September 2015.
The Sammy Miller Museum opens 10am to 4.30pm every day at Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5SZ. Admission £7.50 includes tea rooms, shops, animals and car park. 01425 620777
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