The talk by Noel was entertaining and informative, with some discussion about spares taken etc.

I think everyone enjoyed the evening, so many thanks to Noel for coming to the club night and giving the talk.

Chairman (Bunny) Baggers even remembered to wear a matching pair of shoes for the event.

I also asked Noel to explain to chairman Baggers, in great detail, how to get one's Model H Triumph to the start of any VMCC event. big_smile

I was once told that to ride triumphs such as this, and especially the earlier ones, you need a part of the brain missing!!

It could be true..........

who are you all anyway?
and what are you doing in my house?
FLIBBLE big_smile



(1 replies, posted in General Bike Chat)

Bart there is someone selling such things on Ebay, they also sell at stafford etc.

I have had a couple and they are pretty good.

This is one of their offerings, but check out sellers other items for more. … SwlEdZro~m


(6 replies, posted in Introduce Yourself)

Welcome Aiden,

The Derwent valley is quite long, Im guessing you will be nearer the Swalwell end than the Shotley end?

My old stomping ground so to speak.

The Birtley Golf Club venue is great, and as a section all of our runs (excepting perhaps the Colonial) would be suitable for your 1926 Steed.

The Chairman also is rumoured to have a Model H Triumph too!

Phew, my 1913 TT Triumph just fits in then!


We have a certain Mr Crowther to thank for the 'Halt' at Witton.
While living there he managed to get all the locals to raise funds to build it.
He then could get the train to Duncan Davis's pub in Frosterly. Unfortunately the last train back is a long time before last orders!


(3 replies, posted in General Bike Chat)

Someone has it in for us this need a different lunch stop for the Sunday route of the C2C.

The excuse is I can't remember my Picasa password.........

There is that option, however not all members are free on other evenings.

Personaly I see this as an opertunity to find a better venue.

The buffs has served us well but I feel no longer offers all that we require.

One would have to have had a camera with me.

Although I did take one

I'll try to find it

Colonial 17
Same start and finish High House Brewery Matfen, lunch at the Black Bull Haltwhistle.

Sunday 1st October  first bikes away 9.30


(3 replies, posted in Regional Meets)

Ah but will we be able to hear the sound over the noise of the Karaoke?????


(4 replies, posted in Suppliers Forum)

Hi Joe,

Unfortunately there is not.
I send my stuff to ACF Howell In Walsall, Birmingham 01922 649992
They still Triple plate and do all the polishing, I find them to be reasonable price wise, but like all platers you have to chase them.

I went to founders day!
It was good.
Almost spent more on a bacon butty for breakfast then I did on bike bits though......

There was a rumer thar Devonion was going to be in attendance for this year's 40th festivities.........


(3 replies, posted in Off-Topic Chat)

It is very sad and once again we loose one of life's characters.
We as a club have also lost a good friend who was vmcc through and through and probably the most Knowledgeable person on pre war motorcycles and parts there was.


(6 replies, posted in Regional Meets)

It's OK mr. Chairman sir,
I'm sure you will have left a tab open for us at the bar:-)
It seems to be a regular thing this family duty on boxing day, anyone would think it was a special season for that kind of thing.


(6 replies, posted in Regional Meets)

Hopefully you will have finished your turkey sandwiches and Xmas pud and be ready to get out on your bike.

We will meet at the red lion at Plawsworth  (leaving at 10am) and the Harvest filling station on the roundabout at Langley park on the a691 (leaving 10.15 am).
We will ride to Kilhope cross and then over to teesdale and to Holwick (strathmore arms) where we will have lunch with our south Durham chums.
Baggers has offered to buy anyone a riving on a bike a pint!

See you all there!

This is a great bit of film.

I particularly like the test riding at the end.

It is worth noting that the workshop facilities are much like my own.


Note to the casual reader, this run has a covertly observed section and the questions can be on any subject (including Christmas cracker jokes). It is designed to be at the same level as the entrants who choose to ride their old bikes through the flora, fauna and aqua of Northumberland (just like me).

Top 10

1st  23pts    Peter Bates      wins the Colonial Shield
2nd 21pts    Richard Johnson
3rd 20pts     Paul Barbrook
4th 19pts     Rufus Cant
5th 17pts    Trevor Crags
6th 15.5pts  Ged Watson / Colin Wilkinson
8th 14.5pts  Tom Norman
9th 14pts     Stephen Waterson
10th12pts    Chris Maughan

But its Halloween, will we be preventing Jon from 'Trick or Treating'?


(9 replies, posted in Regional Meets)

Crusadersports wrote:

I remember one of those 'water crossings' from last time you did this route! You will too, Andreas, as you got wet feet pulling me out from the ford at Brinkburn! This was, for me, as a twice a year off-roader, the most challenging part of that particular Colonial. At least I will know what to expect this time!

It seems that history repeats itself.......different ford though big_smile


(9 replies, posted in Regional Meets)

Hello All,

I have been away for a week so I apologise for the slow response.
This years colonial heads north east from Matfen to Acklington. As with any north ward bound green lane runs there will be water crossings.
Last time I used these routes the were fine as long as knobly tyres are fitted as the lanes can be muddy if we get a downpour.
I dont remember any rock steps but a winter can turn a muddy bank into rock steps.......

I will be testing the route in the next few days and will be able to offer advice at the start.


(7 replies, posted in Events Photos)

Indeed Martyn, this was in fact Rachael's Ariel and not Wilfs!

No mention of the builder(s) :-(