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July 2014

I must apologise for the gap between updates but I have had a lot going on.

I took the bike to the Alma Classic show at the end of May, and several of us turned up and were made very welcome.

I missed the annual trip to Manningtree to meet up withy the East Suffolk section, which I understand was a bit down on numbers from both sections, which is a bit worrying.

We did make it to the Landmarsh Lion for the Ladies Lunch and there were twelve present and very good it was too.

I missed the June club night as I was on the way to Le Mans and I gather there were just six members in attendance. Unfortunately this is a busy time of the year for all classic vehicle owners

Read more: July 2014

April 2014

It was good to see you all at New Times on the 29th of March. Child minding duties at Higham Ferrers forced me to miss several events including the last club night on the 2nd.

We did manage a run out on Friday 11th which centred around the Sudbury area and finished up at the Lamarsh Lion for lunch. We welcomed Tony and George, two of our club members taking part in a run for the first time. I believe they both enjoyed it! Colin’s run has now been rescheduled so keep an eye on the events list, and your e mail.

I needed a navigator for a car club event on the 13th as Julia was singing in London during the Marathon. Tony Reynolds volunteered and we had a very good day, only getting lost once when I was on familiar territory and missed a junction! Tony could do with some help sorting out a gearbox oil leak on his AJS.Any help most appreciated.

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March 2014

Its spring already and the Northeast Essex branch has been very active with five of us on the run out to the Victoria, Earl Soham,where we were dismayed to find the landlord was moving to another pub. Fortunately it’s not much further down the road so we may get there next year! Hope he has a log fire.

The February club night had ten in attendance, with the usual discussions as to how the rebuilding etc was going, and who would be getting the bikes out.

The run to Coventry and the Transport museum finally took place, albeit by car. I didn’t make it, as it coincided with half term and a trip up north. Eight members made the trip, and it sounded quite impressive. There were a large number of early vehicles; some of them prior to 1900.The list of vehicle manufacturers included many names recognised from the past as well as many that were not. With a separate hall for bikes, which were mostly run of the mill from the fifties and sixties, there was a lot of reminiscing about their youthful adventures on similar machines. An unintentional free car park made the day for some and tales from a retired Essex policeman, made the journey home go by quite quickly. Evidently the various uses of a transit van were discussed at length!

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January 2014

The winter has been mild so far, if a bit wet, and I have managed a few trips out on the bikes between the showers.
Missing the pot holes requires constant vigilance as very few seem to have been repaired after last winter.
I managed to get to the December club night and some old photos belonging to Paul Davies brought back a few memories. The photo competition was a bit low on quantity, if not quality.
John invited us for a drink at the Alma on Dec 23rd and five of us turned up for a natter.
The November lunch meet at the Crown, Wormingford was well received and as a result it was decided that the annual Christmas meal would be held there on the Wednesday of the usual clubnight, January 8th, just for a change. Some twenty odd people turned up, and afterwards John presented the club awards for 2013.
The Reeve Family Cup was presented to Chris McIlroy for the most attendances at events and runs on a bike of the marque.

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December 2013

The weather has definitely turned so it’s time to fit the linings back into the jacket and trousers.
I have ,managed to get the bikes all filled with new oil and prepared for the winter, and a trip out on the old bike last week confirmed that winter is here.
Plenty of mud on the roads, and the occasional blast of screen wash are a sure sign. Do any car drivers use their mirrors?
Lunch at The Marlborough Head inn, Dedham was well supported and we were made welcome.
The two open fires also proved popular.

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November 2013

I must apologise for missing club events in October. I missed the club night as I was on the way to Castle Coombe for a track day. We had a great time with lovely weather and I enjoyed every minute. I understand that there were six bikes present, but numbers a bit down on normal.

We did get to the Ladies lunch at the Henny Swan and that was excellent as usual. I would say that we did meet there after my run this year and they were very helpful and supportive while we waited for Split Pins bike to be recovered.

The September lunch at the Fox, West Mersea was less well attended. Sorry! I had a busy month with bike and car MOTs and services as well as a 2600 mile round trip to Spain for the Moto GP at Motorland, Aragon at the end of the month. I have written a summary of the trip, and John has suggested that I tell you all about it at the next meeting. If you are interested I could e mail you the story! I don’t want to put you off from coming so if you don’t want to hear about it I won’t be offended! It was thoroughly enjoyable. The only thing was I should have gone by Bike, so if anyone fancies a ride down there next year let me know.

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Moto GP Aragon September 29th 2013

Having a house near to Aragon Motorworld, Valencia, and Barcelona, I felt it was silly not to go to watch some sort of racing while we were there. I had suggested it from time to time but it had not met with any great enthusiasm. We had stumbled across Motorland on the way back from a holiday with friends in the Picos Mountains in the north of Spain. Really stunning scenery up there.

In 2010, it had just played host to its first Moto Gp.It was on the back of that , I was able to persuade the same friends, who had never seen a motor racing event of any kind, and Julia that it would be a nice thing to do. We thought we could stay nearby and make a break of it. We soon found out that there was not a room to be had for miles around! Must have been something to do with the large Spanish contingent at the head of the Moto GP field.

Our friends in Spain tried to book tickets but were not prepared to divulge all the details asked, so I did it via a very efficient firm called bookmoto.com, who I can thoroughly recommend.
They kept me informed and the tickets turned up in good time-vital as we couldn’t leave for Spain without them! At 75 Euros for a three day grandstand ticket, I felt it was a bargain. What we didn’t spot was that OAP prices were at a discount which probably explains the request for information.

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June 2013

The weather has been a bit better, at least if only a bit warmer! I managed the lunch at end of April. And I am afraid I missed some events during the month. I understand the intersection meet was attended by four of our section, but there were a large number of AMC bikes on show as well as some light aircraft. A very successful event I did manage the May club night, with nine others on various marques, although I did get half way home before I realised I was wearing Johns crash helmet!
 And Bill had to walk home as the first trip to the club with his 250 AJS resulted in a flat battery!

The annual meet with the East Suffolk’s at Manningtree was a success with some six members attending. Only one of our section made the Stowe Maries WW1 Airfield open day. This airfield is being restored to its original 1916 layout where many of the original buildings exist, and is the only example remaining.

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April 2013

The weather has been particularly unkind to us over the last few weeks. As a result, Colins Mystery tour had to be postponed.

This was one of several rides that we have had to cancel this year but it’s just not worth getting out there in the cold. Several of the local clubs have called things off as well.

My bikes have suffered with the salt this year, mainly through my own fault, and I must make sure it doesn’t happen next year. It’s so tempting to take them out when you shouldn’t.

We did manage a ride out to Harwich to see the Harwich Mayflower project. www.harwichmayflower.com

At the moment they have lots of oak trees, a big saw and a workshop. It will be launched in 2014.Watch this space. We moved on to Shotley for lunch and it was a good ride out.

There was a good turnout for the lunch meet at The Coach and Horses at Gt Yeldham, and the food was excellent.

I managed a ride to a couple of bike club nights and ours on the 3rd was well attended. I did a quick trip beforehand just to keep my hand in!

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March 2013

The weather continued to frustrate our attempts to get out on the bikes.

The threat of snow caused the postponement of a breakfast run with John Swan from the Orwell bridge truck stop and similarly the trip to the Victoria in Earl Soham was abandoned for the same reason.

The good news is that six of us made it to The Victoria on Feb. 21st and although it was a bit chilly (OK it was V cold) we had a nice lunch and a natter, Colin being the only representative of the marque.

Despite the snow flurries and a considerable amount of water, debris and potholes we all had a safe journey home. I just about managed to keep up with Chris on his W650 on my 125 varadero. I reckon I was the only one using 10,000 rpm on the trip!

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November 2012

I have been rather busy since the last update and I apologise now! The June club night was rather poorly attended, but the section lunch at The New Times, Tiptree was well received.
I was away at Le Mans in June. I had intended to go to watch the Banbury Run but family responsibilities ruled the day. We must go next year!

I made it to the July club night and we went for a short run around Essex before the meeting. I managed another trip to Le Mans, this time for the Le Mans Classic. One or two interesting bikes there as well. And we continued the trip down to Spain for a few days. We were supposed to be meeting the Suffolk section at Manningtree as we have done in the past, but Colin went along but the event was cancelled following a riding accident en route for a Suffolk member.

Five of the section attended the Maldon Clubs annual BBQ, a standing invitation for us. It was a shame it was a wet evening but was in Spain. It rained there too! There was a good attendance for the section lunch at the Bull, Tolleshunt Major and I was one of nine who attended. It’s just around the corner from Lanes Garage, who are keen motorcycle enthusiasts. The following Monday we visited the Hadleigh club BBQ and again it rained on the way home.

Read more: November 2012