September’s Pub Run

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As is traditional for the final pub run of the year, it took place in a gathering darkness.  In fact, though on the way to the Ship in West Hanningfield we were treated to a perfect sunset with those beautiful autumnal red hues in the sky that you often get at this time of year.

But to back track a little, we assembled a little earlier than usual to take advantage of what light there was left.  There were 12 motorcycles and 13 people our ranks were somewhat swelled by 2 Triumph enthusiasts from Brentwood (Dave and Chris, see I can remember names) who had attended thinking it was a One Green Bottle evening and they wished to challenge the dominance of the Harley D owners.

We set off all together and made our way up towards The Hanningfields by the conventional route, but soon left the main roads and encountered the twisty stuff on route to West Hanningfields. After the bends there is a long straight that runs alongside the reservoir.  This is, I have to admit, is a point where I suffer a rush of blood to the head and see three figures come up on the speedometer, but when in a group wiser councils prevailed and we all kept to about 60 mph.  Otherwise the only observation of any note was that we encountered a bus coming towards us on a country road after dark!!!  This reminded John Stone of his days as a bus driver and how they routinely drove the good folk of Essex home well into the night.

The pub itself was pleasant with a couple of good ales on tap plus food that some took advantage of.  Otherwise we just chatted about the proposed trip to Normandy, the fact that the weather forecast is poor for our tip to Hinckley, and so some members of the Motorcycle Club will be traveling up by car!!!  Also Martin K voiced his displeasure at the current pressure on the price of oil increasing due to the continuing instability in the Middle East and giving us a historic perspective on the way oil prices fluctuate that is always to the advantage of the producer and not the consumer.

Finally on my departure I found my crash helmet had been trapped by the pub beams by those merry pranksters Malcolm and Tony.  All most amusing but I will be revenged!!!

Chris O’

Triumph Factory Tour Experience

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On Saturday 10th August, Paul Brown and I both enjoyed the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience – something we have wanted to do for some time, but lack of available slots to do the tour, holidays, work, family – had all got in the way of finding a date when we were both free beforehand.

Prior to the visit, both bikes checked over and made ready for the trip up. One thing we hadn’t accounted for was the weather! Come the Friday 9th, all weather channels were forecasting atrocious weather for the Saturday, torrential rain and very high winds (gusts up to 60mph), so we decided it would probably be dangerous to take the bikes and opted for the car instead.

We had both booked the 11:30 tour. Looking at Google Maps which suggested a drive time of about 2.5 hours. Add onto that that one has to be in the building ready for the tour 20 mins in advance (else you miss out on the tour with no chance to do it later) and we wanted to stop for breakfast as well (probably about an hour) gave us a rough leave time of 7:30. Knowing how bad the M25/M1 can be at times for traffic, we opted to depart at 7:00 instead.

Come the day, Paul picked me up at 7:00 and off we went for a nice gentle drive to the factory. Weather was as forecast (so our decision to go by car was justified) and we had a nice gentle drive up. So much then for Google Maps suggested drive time, as we stopped for breakfast just a few miles from the factory at just after 9:00!

After a nice fry-up, we went on down to the Factory Experience. As you drive in, you go past the factory itself on the left, 2 big grey buildings that in all honesty, if you didn’t know was Triumph could be anything! On arrival though, plenty of parking space (bikes have their own dedicated car park right in front of the factory entrance) and in we went, registering for our tour, and grabbing a couple of coffee’s in the 1902 Café whilst we waited.

Come 11:30 off we went. First thing was the briefing – no photos allowed inside the factory, Hi-vis jacket provided as well as a headset (which gave excellent reception throughout).

First thing is Goods Inwards. Impressive! Racks upon racks of parts about as long as a football pitch all accessed by fork lifts which whilst “driven” by humans, have computer controlled electronic tracks to run on.

Next are the racks upon racks of completed motorcycles ready to be shipped (Triumph ship on average 400 machines per day). Triumph only build bikes powered by triple engines at Hinckley, so the Speed Triples, Tiger Sports, Tiger 1200/Sports, Rocket IIIs and Daytonas. The rest of the Triumph range are manufactured and assembled in Thailand, which is also where all the tanks and frames are manufactured for UK built machines). All machines made are made to order, and you can tell from the cover where they were assembled – green plastic covering is UK assembled, pink plastic covering is Thailand assembled, and cardboard boxes are bikes which require assembly (so the box contains all the component parts). The reason for this is that for some countries (like Brazil), there is a 100% import charge equivalent to the sale price on fully assembled machines – so it is cheaper for Triumph to build the bike, then de-construct it into all its component parts, put it in boxes and ship it to those countries for re-assembly as they then only pay 2% import tax.

After this one comes to the crankshaft shop. Triumph manufacture the crankshafts for all models they make, not just those made and assembled in the UK, shipping out as appropriate for bikes manufactured and assembled in Thailand. The base crankshaft is moulded in Spain, then shipped to the UK for machining. 1 in 100 is tested within the crankshaft machining line to ensure manufacture and machining is within tolerance.

Next stop is a quick look at the quality testing area for all parts. Here they test random parts, generally 1 in 100 for quality and accuracy (although for MotoGP machines, ALL parts used in the assembly are tested). Then there is a wash room where (apparently) a young lady can go to any part of the production line and take a part which she then takes back to the clean room and washes in distilled water over a filter paper which is then examined under a microscope for dirt. Any dirt and she can stop production/assembly of that part!

Next stop is the machining of crankcases and cylinder heads for those models assembled at Hinckley. Once assembled the final boring and machining of the holes for cranks, camshafts etc. are undertaken to ensure accuracy.

After this you pass through into the assembly line, where first off the engines are assembled. A very efficient computer controlled process, with minimum human intervention, each work station checking the previous work stations work before they undertake their “bit”. Once fully assembled, and prior to the engine being filled with oil, a pressure test to check for leaks if undertaken – Triumph is one of only two manufacturers who do this. Also at this stage, one engine in 100 is taken off to the hot cells for a 24 hour session of (mainly) being run flat out to again check quality.

Alongside (but in a clean environment), the painting of tanks, panels etc is being undertaken. AS mentioned before, tanks are manufactured in Thailand and shipped with just primer on to the UK for painting for those models being assembled in the UK. A 2-pack paint is applied manually, with some very skilled guys painting on the gold pinstripes by hand and, for some of the triples, painting pinstripes on the wheel rims!

Once the engine has passed all its checks etc., then it is time for the final assembly. The final assembly point is directly behind the rack upon rack of goods inwards parts, and at the point where the engine is completed, so comes together the frame, tank and all other parts needed to complete the machine. It doesn’t matter what order the models are being built in, the computer will ensure all necessary parts for that machine are there. The only item not installed at this point is the battery, that’s a dealer installation item.

Finally once the complete bike is assembled, it’s ready to be started and checked. A small elite team of technicians put it on a rolling road and using a special seat  with battery cables (they have one for each type of bike), connect the bike up and run it up to 70mph before passing or rejecting it. Each bike can only be run once, as within the ECU, there is a code which only the dealer gets to know once the bike is delivered which will stop it being started a second time (so preventing bikes that may be stolen from being started).

After that the bike is packed up as appropriate for wherever it is being sent to for delivery, or disassembled as mentioned earlier if being sent to Brazil for re-assembly over there.

All in all a fascinating 1.5 hours experience of seeing how the Triumph factory operates today, and once over, being able to spend some time in the museum there looking back at a range of models from a private collectors’ collection.

Both Paul and I came away having thoroughly enjoyed our experience – a shame that because of the weather we could not have ridden up (especially as my Explorer would have been built at Hinckley), but a great day nevertheless and recommended if you have not been.

Dave Hawke

Museum of Power

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A really outstanding turn out for this Sunday ride (4th August 2019). Again, we were blessed with great weather as 17 bikes with around 20 people meet at The Fairway Café.

We all set off together but quite quickly got separated by some pesky cars.   But joined,after a short pause at a bus stop by the rest of the group.  This was though the pattern for the day and nearly all the ride had the group spread across several postcodes.

We all got to the destination safely and parked up, some went for refreshments, some for a good look around at some very eye catching bikes, my particular favourite was a 1914 Indian unrestored but a runner. Another personal favourite was the Douglas Club stand. In fact, there were a lot of really good club stands with a varied collection of interesting motorcycles.

The show, though not as big as the Battlesbridge show, was a non daunting size and you could easily look round at everything twice in a couple of hours and still have time for a drink and food. Though one criticism is that there was not enough food choice.

It was thought that our club should have a presence next year so we will see if this comes about.

 

Chris O’May

July Pub Run

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It was one of those gorgeous summer nights that you get during the British summer, when 8 bikes with 10 folk assembled at the Barge Inn for our monthly pub run, this time to Littely Green and the Compasses pub.  Our numbers were a little restricted as a goodly proportion of the usual participants were living it up enjoying the exotic pleasures Belgium has to offer.  But none the less, the stay at home members were still up for an enjoyable meander through the Essex countryside.  This was exactly what was provided by our Social Secretary, John Stone further more he took us there by a new route, and although there were a couple of stretches with some gravel in the road Paul Vincent did not succumb, just as well as he had Louise on the back.

On arrival at the Compasses we met up with Malcolm Fissler and set about getting served, some had food but most just had a drink.  It was a great evening to be sat outside in an English country pub. Sadly on this visit, unlike the last, there were no Morris Dancers, so we chatted among ourselves, mostly about bikes.

Soon though it was time to make a move home as the perfect evening had darkened ominously and those who had not prepared for the weather betraying us wanted to beat the rain.

Chris O’May

SETOMCC Trip to Dinant in Southern Belgium

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Seven old boys on their various Triumphs made the journey from Blighty to the depths of Wallonia.  Peter B, Peter H, Martin, Graham, Jim, Alan and myself crossed on the ferry to Calais early on a sunny June morning, along with about 15,000 excited, uncontrollable and loud children!

We were extremely pleased to disembark and get our hearing back again so as we could listen to the gentle rumble of our bikes.  The journey to our hotel was via some smooth and winding roads, oh how we missed the M25, M20 and all those back-crunching potholes.  We did a boat trip up the river Meuse where beer was flowing quicker than the current, visited the Citadel in Dinant where you could either climb almost 400 steps or go up by cable car. Needless to say, the cable car was especially enjoyed by all as I am not sure we could even manage 400 steps between us let alone each.  A visit to the museum in Bastogne was excellent as was the ride there and back. We found a lovely café by the riverside where you could eat as many crepes as you wanted for 7 Euros, this became a very popular place.

Every evening, time was spent on the terrace at the hotel overlooking the river.  Many a beer and game of cards was enjoyed as we watched the world pass by on the water.  The weather was kind to us, the roads were clear and everyone had a great time, so we are now in the process of booking our next trip to the Normandy beaches for 2020.

One final note, we rode from Dinant to Calais (approx. 200 miles) with a stop, in 3 hours. I rode from Dover to Southend (approx. 85 miles) without a stop, in 3 hours!
Welcome home…….

Peter Devaliant

 

 

 

7th Essex Treffen

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After months of meticulous planning it had finally arrived… the Essex Treffen !

The 21st to the 23rd July 2019 was our Treffen, which was held at the Dog and Partridge in Bulphan Essex, a lovely location in the middle of nowhere with large gardens and an adjacent field for camping.

On the Friday many bikers arrived from various parts of the country and set up their tents, luckily the weather was warm and sunny, although, being a wimp, along with a few others I stayed in the hotel down the road.

In the evening we held a quiz all about bikes, some of our lady guests were not that impressed, I shall include some non-male questions next year…. promise. Our member DJ Tim was spinning the discs all evening, which was great.

The music was playing, the  beer was flowing and the BBQ was a cooking,  a good evening had by all.

Saturday started with a lovely breakfast in the hotel, as for the camping fraternity, the BBQ was on early and the bacon rolls and coffee was very welcome.

At 11 am 35 bikes set out on our well rehearsed 70 mile ride out to celebrate the 70th anniversary of TOMCC.  Steve Jackson issued certificates to all on the ride.  Our ride took us through some beautiful countryside, yes, we do still have some in Essex, to arrive at the Horn and Horseshoes in a little village where lasagne or a curry was waiting for us.  We used all the seats in the garden as the weather was still on our side.

We arrived back to the Dog and Partridge in the afternoon after only one slight mishap, one of our members wondered if he could still ride his bike horizontally as well as vertically…. this proved impossible, fortunately the rider was undamaged, not the same can be said for the bike, one side of the fairing had suffered badly.

On arriving back our member, who had a close encounter with the tarmac, decided to make both sides of the fairing have a similar look, so he dropped it in the car park… titter ye not !!!

Hats off to him though, he smiled and even laughed at his misfortune, not sure I would have responded in that manner if it was me!!!!!

Well, the rest of the day went swimmingly, great band, great venue, great weather although it did get a chilly in the evening so the audience for the second half of the band was a little depleted, as most spent their time at the bar.

I fell at the final hurdle when presenting the trophies.

Best Non Triumph…. gone home.  OK next, Oldest rider…. gone home.  OK next, Best Meriden….gone home.  Then a complete muddle as to the furthest travelled… looking at the mileage sheet it was Mr A…. oh! Just realised he came by camper van.  Ok so it’s Mr B… oh dear! He brought his bike on a trailer.  Too late to go back to the mileage sheet.

Someone collected the trophies for Best Meriden and Oldest rider, except he collected the wrong ones and they were swapped at a later date.

Eventually, thanks to the Royal Post each trophy was delivered to the correct recipient.

Sunday morning people started to make their way home as we dismantled various equipment.  Just want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the members who worked tirelessly to make this event a success.

A great time was had by all, meeting old friends and making new ones.

Here’s to the Essex Treffen in 2020.

Peter Devaliant

 

Sunday Run

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Sunday 29th October 2017 was a bright day with good visibility.  One group met at My Place Cafe, and were off to Ardingly, West Sussex.

Our group met at the Fairway Diner, and after discussing what our destination might be , decided on the Booking Hall Cafe, Rayne. None of us had visited there before but a quick peek on the Internet, made it look promising.

Five bikes and six people set off from the diner around 09.30. We took the scenic route, nice bikers’ journey , with plenty of bends, arriving at Rayne just over an hour later.

The venue proved to be as good as expected, with friendly welcoming staff and good refreshments, especially the cakes and pastries.

We enjoyed a good chat in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst enjoying our food and drink.

We stayed for almost an hour, before having a nice ride home. Well worth another visit!

Malcolm

September Pub Run

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This was our sixth and last pub run of the year to The White Hart in Margaretting Tye – another old favourite that does lovely food and is always very accommodating.  Luckily, Malcolm phoned up ahead to warn them we were coming, as there was 18 of us on 14 bikes – a brilliant turnout!

Tony led the way on lovely roads, apart from the last two miles, which was a cross between a road and a track – but we didn’t lose anyone – not even Dean!

Very pleasant evening – looking forward to the pub runs next year.

High Beach

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On Sunday 17th September, the weather forecast was not brilliant, so there was only 6 of us, on 5 bikes.

Malcolm led the way, taking the very scenic route to High Beach.  It was quite chilly but, luckily, no rain on the way there.  Upon arriving, a couple of us needed the toilets, so we went straight to the Kings Oak, missing High Beach completely where we sat outside, with hot coffees, as it was now fairly cold.

We stayed for a while chatting and then made the decision to head back,  Some good riding, just a little cold!

August Pub Run

The Compasses

On a glorious sunny evening, 15 of us (on 11 bikes) met at The Barge, Battlesbridge for a ride out to an old favourite, The Compasses at Littley Green.

Tony led the way, taking the scenic route.  We arrived at approximately 8.00 pm where we were met by Malcolm – who had made his own way there, shortly followed by Dean who had come in his car, as his clutch cable had snapped!

Good beer and food – especially the Huffers – which this put is renowned for.  It was such a sunny evening that after eating, we all stood outside the front of the pub!

People left at varying times, making their own way home.

France Trip

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Friday morning (28/7/17) at 6 o’clock, 6 members met at the Blinking Owl Café  (My Place Café) after making our way through the flooded road, for a ride to France.  No mishaps on the way to the Channel Tunnel but we did have to wait in the rain to board!  We had decided earlier to take the more scenic route to Albert on the Somme.  The roads were great with very little traffic.  We stopped on route for a break and a coffee in a small town before continuing on to the Ibis hotel in Albert, nice hotel and well situated just on the outskirts on the town.

We all had a little rest before meeting for a beer (very expensive at 6 Euros for ½ litre) and discussed the itinerary for the next day, deciding to have breakfast at the Ocean Villas B&B, this is where we wanted to stay but it was booked up.

Saturday, an early 08.00 start and off we went for a short 8mile ride to the B&B, 24miles later we eventually arrived ready for a breakfast.  We met and chatted to Avril Williams the proprietor who has been there for 20 odd years and knows a bit about the area and WW1, there is a small museum but it wasn’t open at that time.

After breakfast we decided to go to the Thiepval Memorial which wann’tt too far away, after a wonder round the small museum and the quite grand memorial it was off to find Peter Healy’s Great Uncles grave which again took a while but we did have a pleasant ride around the countryside taking in the Lochnagar crater in La Boisselle, loads of poppies in the corn field!! We found the cemetery and Peter’s Great Uncle and pondered on the waste of life!  Back on the bikes to blow the cobwebs away, thought we would try and find the Somme river and somewhere to have a beer, with me leading, still managing to get slightly lost but ending up in the small town of Corbie and Le Ruby’s Café, very civilized!  A faster run back to the hotel and after a wash and brush up, it was off to the town in a taxi for a very expensive meal and too much to drink.

Sunday- a later start and no breakfast for most of us, we thought we would just go for a ride and follow our noses.  Peter Healy was leading and for about 2 hours we rode along some of the straightest roads I’ve seen, being able to see for miles if not kilometres. The town we ended up in was Cambrai, parking up in a small square we found a baker’s by following the smell of fresh bread. There was a small Café  in the shop and there, they served us with cheese and ham baguettes.

Peter Breading’s Sprint was dropping some water so we thought it was best to straight back to the hotel, his bike didn’t over heat thank goodness.  A meal and a drink in the hotel that evening and not too late to bed as we wanted to get an early start on Monday to head back to the tunnel. It was faster going back as we took the toll roads, A1 and A26.

Back in Blighty and all the heavy traffic again and a big queue at the Dartford tunnel.

All in all a very enjoyable weekend, wouldn’t mind doing it again.

Stoney.

July Pub Run

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Wednesday 19th July, our fourth pub run this year. Nine bikes met at The Barge, Battlesbridge and we were on our way at 7.30 pm for The Queens Head, Maldon.

We enjoyed a nice ride on the back roads and reached our destination just before 8 pm.

Phil and Sue were already there, making eleven bikes in total.

The food was good and we spent the evening sitting in the sun having a good chat.

One of our new members, Dean Smithers mentioned that he had lived in the area, with his parents as a youngster.

Time came to make our goodbyes and journey home.

So we had a good attendance, hopefully it will be similar on our next pub run.

Malcolm

Mangapps Railway Museum

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11 of us met at The Fairway Diner and set off on 8 bikes for a ride to the railway museum at Burnham-on-Crouch.  We arrived early, so it was closed when we got there.

5 of us entered the museum and had a look around at the old rolling stock and all the old signs, signals and – especially interesting – the early posters advertising Southend.  We we then went for a ride on a early Diesel train – 5-speed no less!  The other 6 members went to the cafe for refreshments.

We then set off for The Cap & Feathers in Tillingham.  The weather now was becoming increasingly hot and we couldn’t wait to get there to take off our helmets and leathers!  Upon arrival, we all made a bee line for the bar and then into the garden for the bar-b-que with really nice burgers and sausage which was reasonably priced.  After a while,  Peter and Dean left, followed shortly afterwards by the rest of us who each made our own way home.

Tony

Vintage Collectors Rally, Great Waldingfield

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As this run coincided with Fathers day, only 4 of us turned up at the Fairways Cafe at 9am. Myself, Paul Vincent and his wife, Louise and another member, Chris, from Chelmsford who had only just joined in the last couple of weeks. The temperature on the day was 84 degrees so a very warm run up the A12 and then off onto the B1508 into Sudbury. We stopped a couple of times to check the route on a mobile phone but we did well and didn’t lose anyone.

When we arrived and parked up we were able to leave our bike gear includes jackets and helmets with the car parking stewards which was a nice of them as it was very hot walking round. We made straight for the beer tent for a well earned drink. We didn’t stay too long but had a good look round and saw some interesting old vehicles, including some nice bikes and tractors.

We decided to take the more direct route back via the A131 via Braintree and Chelmsford before heading our separate ways.

Paul Fincham

Wives Weekend

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Two wives met at the ex Fortune of War roundabout, four bikes, should be an easy ride to Warwick via A127 M25 A41, nearly!
Three bikes went via A41 and after a brief stop or two met up with another wife and husband at Bourton on The Water.We then continued on to Warwick stopping only to fill up with petrol and diesel just outside Warwick.
After calling out the AA and getting the tank drained we arrived at our Hotel.
By now we had ten members present and enjoyed a convivial evening.
Saturday we spent mainly at Warwick Castle which was well worth a visit.
Sunday we went Stratford on Avon and another enjoyable day out.
Monday we returned home via different routes, but all in all a very nice weekend away.
Malcolm

June Pub Run

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13 of us met at Battlesbridge on 10 Bikes for a short ride to The Bell at Purleigh.  Malcolm led us from the Barge a lovely scenic route where, once again, we didn’t lose anyone!  The Bell was not too busy, so we all managed to sit outside together then, later on, we were joined by Phil and Sue Burnham.  This was a tried and tested pub that continues to be a favorite with the lovely views on a summers evening.

Custom & Classic Bike Show

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Nine of our members met up at the newly refurbished ‘My Place’ Cafe (formerly the Blinking Owl) which now has an outside veranda and proper inside toilets!

We departed at 10.00 am led by John Stone and once over the bridge  went the slightly more scenic route on the A226.  It was a good ride – didn’t lose anyone! (This is becoming a habit).

The weather was sunny and there was a huge number of bikes at the show so we all had a good look around, sat in the sun with  some refreshments where we met up with two more of our members …Chris & Tony.

Myself, Chris, Andy and Keith left together, coming back the direct route.  I was leading and, unfortunately, managed to lose myself by missing the Dartford tunnel turnoff – luckily the others didn’t follow.  We (Heidi & me) then stopped for some lunch and a beer in a lovely beer garden at The Bull in Hockley.

May Pub Run

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A cracking trip to The Green Man in Little Braxted (near Witham).  This was a rerun due to being cancelled because of torrential rain.  12 of us including yours truly and my good wife headed out from Battlesbridge on 8 bikes and made our way to this friendly pub where we had the most delicious and reasonably priced meal I can remember on any pub run.  Will definitely be going there again…

Tim

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

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14 of us on 11 bikes met at the Café, including new member Chris, we then rode off as a group to North Weald – we didn’t  loose anyone on the way – this was to support the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, which was well attended with over a 1,000 bikes.

On the way back, a few of us took a ride up to The Three Horseshoes for some liquid refreshment and then rode back the scenic way.

Jericho Cottage

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Six members on six bikes met at the Fairway Diner and took a ride up to Jericho Cottage at Blackmore for the British Classic Bike Show.  From all accounts the weather was glorious with hundreds of bikes filling the village green.

Cap and Feathers

The Cap & Feathers, Tillingham

Our first pub run of the year was to The Cap and Feathers in Tillingham, which dates back to the 15th Century.

It was a good turnout with 15 members on 13 bikes.  A very chilly evening but a very warm welcome by the landlady.

 

Andrewsfield

A gooAndrewsfield_26_Feb_17d run today (Sunday 26th February 2017) to Andrewsfield with:  Paul Vincent, Chris O’May, Martyn Russell, Peter Wonnacott, Malcolm Fissler and myself.  Malcolm led the way through some lovely countryside and again, we didn’t lose anyone. (Tony Bushell)

Andrewsfield

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On a sunny Sunday (31st July), 11 of us, on 12 bikes, all went to The Fairway Diner leaving for a run to Andrewsfield, Stebbing, shortly before 10.00 am.

We met Malcolm on the way who then led us in a very enjoyable and pretty ride through the back roads to the airfield.   As you approach the main building, you drive down the road with aircraft landing on the grass runway alongside.

We all sat outside, with varying beverages, having a chat and watching the airplanes landing and taking off – it is quite a busy place with this happening a lot!

Gradually, people started making their own way home for various Sunday commitments.  Peter Wonnacott, Tony and myself followed Malcolm back to his for food, refreshments and a very enjoyable afternoon.

Heidi

 

 

British Owners Club 42nd Classic Motorcycle Show

On 24th July, in perfect weather, 11 of us met at The Fairway Diner and headed off to meet up with Malcolm, just past The Bell at Rettendon, where he took over and led us the scenic route to The Three Horseshoes at Molehill Green, Takeley.  A lovely thatched country pub, run by a keen motorcyclist – very picturesque.  In the field behind the pub was The British Owners Club 42nd Classic Motorcycle Show.

We stayed for a couple of hours before making our way back. Malcolm invited everyone back to his for some food and drink –  Jim, Peter, Stuart, myself and Heidi took him up on this and had a pleasant afternoon in his garden, chilling in the sunshine.

 

The Bell, Purleigh

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On a sunny Wednesday evening, 20th July, 15 of us on 12 bikes met at The Barge, Battlesbridge.

We set off at 7.30 pm, picking up Malcolm on the way, heading for Purleigh – Malcolm led, taking the scenic route.  We sat outside at the pub in glorious sunshine, with excellent food, beer and great company.

People left at varying times for the ride home.