The vintage Motor Cycle Club - VMCC
The Vintage Motor Cycle Club

Essex

VMCC Section

Registered Address

Allen House, Wetmore Road,

Burton upon Trent,

Staffordshire, DE14 1TR

Hi All,

Here is my October monthly update for you all -

Well the final preparations are underway for my upcoming trip to Germany. As you may remember, I was forced into doing the top end rebuild on my R75 myself and it went reasonably well until two weeks ago I managed to bugger up my back trying to stop the bike falling off the stand. That's meant two weeks in excruciating agony, and really put the trip in some jeopardy. Thanks to Dave Coatsworth (my neighbour) who's helped out with the preparation and to the Chiropractor for the administration of acupuncture, cupping and massage it looks like the trip is back on👍. Anyway enough of my ramblings - here's what's coming up.

Next Club night 20.00 12th October at the Bell Inn Woodham Ferrers CM3 8RG (what three words iterative.tougher.recital)

As I mentioned above I hope to be in Germany for this month's meeting, but as we haven't had one for a while we decided to hold a natter/catch up night. MC will be your very own John Beckinsale.

Club night 9th November

This will be the annual quiz hosted by John and his lovely assistant Ann Beckinsale. This is a really fun event, so please do come along and support it. It's an ideal opportunity for you to bring along your other half or friends for an evening of fun and merriment - prizes are also available to be won👍

Future rides

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL FUTURE RIDES THE RIDE LEADER WILL NEED TO SEE YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARD - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SHOW THIS THEN REGRETFULLY YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RIDE - THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE PERMITTED TWO RIDES ONLY TO HELP DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO JOIN We will also be collecting a one pound donation towards club funds.

Sunday 16th October

Lesley will be leading her re-scheduled Lelly ride on 16th October and will start at Writtle Green car park (what three words belts.lamps.cigar) 8.45 for 9.15 leave

coffee stop and lunch stop - optional afternoon stop total 50 if to lunch 75 if to afternoon stop.

Please arrive fuelled up and ready to ride - Note the early start!

MIdweek ride Wednesday 26th October

Steve Back and John Ruth will be leading this mid-week ride. Again leaving from Writtle car park Writtle Green car park (what three words belts.lamps.cigar) 10:00 for 10:30 start to end up at the pub about 13:00 - 13:30 - going via Andrews airfield for coffee and finishing at the Compasses Littley Green. The run is just under 50 miles

I do advise all details of the following month's rides in my monthly email, but it's good practice to always check the facebook page or our internet page to ensure that a ride is taking place. https://essex.vmcc.net/Future-Events or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1666444376929776

Don't forget

Our section currently has a very healthy bank balance, and therefore recognising the impact of the current energy crisis on the spiralling cost of petrol, your committee have agreed that ride leaders can now submit claims for the out of pocket petrol costs incurred when planning and test riding potential section rides. So now there really is nothing standing in the way of any section member coming forward to offer to lead a ride. It really is a lot of fun, and any of the committee will be only too happy to explain exactly what is involved. So come on all of you that have been just waiting for the excuse to get out on your bike...............

I have attached a calendar for next year's rides - all dates are very tentative at this stage but if you would like to put your name forward to lead any of them please let me or any of the other committee members know

Regalia

At our last committee meeting our President asked me to gauge interest in some section regalia. What we are thinking of is sweatshirts/Poloshirts/Baseball caps with the VMCC logo and our own Essex section embroidered on. We have no idea of cost at this stage, and clearly this would be a major consideration, but please could you have a think and let me know if you might be interested so that we can either pursue or put it on the back burner for now.

Needed a new Committee member

After many years as a serving committee member Mark Spearman has recently moved to the frozen north of the county. Although he has agreed to carry on managing our Facebook page, he has regretfully taken the decision to stand down. We should like to take the opportunity to thank him for all his support over the years. It does mean however that we now have a vacancy on the committee that we would like to fill with some new blood. If you think that you might be interested in helping out or like to know a little more about what's involved please let me or one of the other committee members know.

Paul Griffin

It was with sadness and shock that Pauline Fletcher received an email from a VMCC friend in Wales asking if we knew that Paul Griffin had passed away in his sleep 5 days ago exactly 12 months after his wife Thelma passed away. Many older Section members knew Paul as he was a longstanding VMCC Member. He had apparently sold all his bikes and was living with his daughter at the time. I will let you know if I hear details of his funeral arrangements. Our sincere condolences go to Paul`s family.

Sorry to end on such a sad note.

Cheers all

Simon

Hi All,

Here is my monthly update for you all -

Well the nights are starting to draw in and although the sun is still shining it looks like the end of summer is fast approaching. We have had some good rides and some interesting speakers at club night with more to come. As we emerge from the shadow of Covid we have seen a continued gradual increase in attendance on the social rides and at club nights, let's hope that as winter approaches we do not see another spike.

After a trip to the Dales on my new to me 1977 BMW R75, it was clear that some attention was going to be needed to the engine as it was smoking rather badly. Unfortunately the expert that I had lined up to do the rebuild work let me down, and as we have a trip to Germany booked in October, following cajoling from Messrs Bradley and Iszard I was forced to have a go myself. I took the barrels and heads to Gard Engineering in Rayleigh and was advised to get the barrels re-bored and inserts put into the valve guides. They did a cracking job and although I had a slight hitch with a dodgy pushrod seal that leaked rather badly on first build up, a new set was bought and replaced and I'm delighted to report that the engine is now smoke free and extremely quiet. Still a few more cosmetic jobs to attend to but so far I'm really pleased with it, as is the Memsahib who reports it's as comfortable as our modern GSA - praise indeed.

Next Club night 20.00 14th September at the Bell Inn Woodham Ferrers CM3 8RG (what three words iterative.tougher.recital)

This month our very own George Smith will be regailing us with tales of daring doo and talking us through exactly what it takes to rebuild a Ducati (in his case twice!😉). Those of you that have seen his gorgeous little pocket rocket will know that this promises to be a story worth hearing. I believe that weather permitting he is also planning to bring the machine along as well for us all to drool over!

Club night 12th October

At present we have nothing planned and although this could change as we have not had one for a while, we have decided to have a natter night - a chance to catch up and talk about all the great things that you did over summer and set your plans for the upcoming winter.

Future rides

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL FUTURE RIDES THE RIDE LEADER WILL NEED TO SEE YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARD - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SHOW THIS THEN REGRETFULLY YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RIDE - THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE PERMITTED TWO RIDES ONLY TO HELP DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO JOIN We will also be collecting a one pound donation towards club funds.

Wednesday 21st September

Meet at Lake Meadows Billericay (what three words sand,unwanted.blaze) CM120AJ - Toilets available 10.30 for an 11.00 start

George Smith will be leading this leisurely ride of about 20 miles on his 200cc Ducati through mainly A and B roads to the Kings Arms Orsett for lunch.

After lunch David Smith will lead on his BSA 350 plunger B31 for about 17 miles for tea and cake at the Essex Wildlife Trust café on the river Thames.

A13 is a 10 minute ride away for your homeward journey.

Rides are suitable for small capacity and older machines. All bikes are welcome just be aware rides will be at speeds to suit slowest. (that could well be George)

Sunday 16th October

This is just a placeholder to let you all know that Lesley Willmore has kindly agreed to lead another ride for us. I'm afraid that I don't have any more details just yet, but they are always well planned and well thought out so do mark it in your diaries

Don't forget

Our section currently has a very healthy bank balance, and therefore recognising the impact of the current energy crisis on the spiralling cost of petrol, your committee have agreed that ride leaders can now submit claims for the out of pocket petrol costs incurred when planning and test riding potential section rides. So now there really is nothing standing in the way of any section member coming forward to offer to lead a ride. It really is a lot of fun, and any of the committee will be only too happy to explain exactly what is involved. So come on all of you that have been just waiting for the excuse to get out on your bike...............

So that's it for this month - an interesting club night in promise and a couple of good rides.

Cheers all

Simon

Hi All,

Here is this month's roundup for you - a couple of things going on but I particularly wanted to draw your attention to the Museum of Power Bike event coming up this Sunday 7th August - further details below

Next Club night 10th August at the Bell Inn Woodham Ferrers CM3 8RG (what three words iterative.tougher.recital)

Last month our Chairman gave an impromptu talk loosely based around his Dad's old racing Ariel. It was an amusing and informative chat and given the fact that it was all done very "last minute dot com" hats off and thanks to Dave.

This month we will be receiving a presentation by the "Bloodrunners" - although we will have our usual collection, don't worry they will not be after your blood. They are a group of volunteers that have turned their hobby to the benefit of the wider public, and transport urgently required essential human organs and plasma etc to hospitals across the county - I will let them explain more, but it certainly promises to be an interesting and informative talk (not too gory though I hope!)

September's club night - we are still finalising the details at the moment, and have a couple of things currently under discussion - I promise that there will be more details once we have firmed things up

Upcoming rides

It's the holiday season so not a great deal going on I am afraid

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL FUTURE RIDES THE RIDE LEADER WILL NEED TO SEE YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARD - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SHOW THIS THEN REGRETFULLY YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RIDE - THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE PERMITTED TWO RIDES ONLY TO HELP DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO JOIN

Dave Bradleys Sunday Sojourn - Sunday 14th August

Start at Writtle Green car park (what three words trails.bottle.models) Meet at 9.15am and depart at 9.45am

Coffee @ 23 miles at Butts Green Nursery

Lunch @ 48 miles at The Shepherd & Dog Pub at Ballards Gore, Rochford.

Finish @ 58 miles at Battlesbridge for optional afternoon tea/drink at the Green Bottle. Make your own way home from Battlesbridge.

Sunday 4th September Dave Iszards ride

Please note that although this is still in the calendar this ride is CANCELLED as Dave will now be away, and unless someone would like to step forward we have no volunteers to lead it

Other stuff

This Sunday 7th August we will have our usual stand at the Museum Of Power Bikemeet and food festival - Museum of Power Hatfield Road, Langford,
Nr Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
. This is a Classic Motorcycle show with stalls and entertainment. Miniature steam train open for rides (extra charge applies) 'Astaria' model village open "Marshall" the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by STEAM and other oil / diesel engines will be running. Dave Iszard would appreciate some help putting up and taking down the section Gazebo either Saturday pm or early Sunday am/pm - if you are able to assist please call him on 07543901340.
Gates open for exhibitors at 7am and if you would like to show off your bike on our stand they should like all machines in place by 9.30 - gates open for the General Public at 10.00.

That's all for now - hope to catch up at one or other of the events

Cheers

Simon

July 2022 Updates from Secretary Simon Enticknap

Hi All,

Here is my monthly update for you all -

Well the sun is shining and summer is now well and truly here. We are seeing a continued gradual increase in attendance on the social rides and at club nights, and despite a recent rise in Covid numbers (believed to be a blip due to the Jubilee celebrations) hopefully with multiple jabs the worst appears to now be behind us.

Next Club night 20.00 13th July at the Bell Inn Woodham Ferrers CM3 8RG (what three words iterative.tougher.recital)

This month our very own George Smith will be regailing us with tales of daring doo and talking us through exactly what it takes to rebuild a Ducati (in his case twice!😉). Those of you that have seen his gorgeous little pocket rocket will know that this promises to be a story worth hearing.

Club night 10th August

We are just closing out a couple of potentials for the August club night - i'll update as soon as one of them is confirmed but all four look likely to be very interesting.

Future rides

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL FUTURE RIDES THE RIDE LEADER WILL NEED TO SEE YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARD - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SHOW THIS THEN REGRETFULLY YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RIDE - THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE PERMITTED TWO RIDES ONLY TO HELP DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO JOIN We will also be collecting a one pound donation towards club funds.

Wednesday 20th July

Dave Bradley will be leading a 68 mile jaunt into the Essex countryside - meeting at Tesco's Fullbridge Maldon CM9 4LE (what three words exam.handicaps.whiplash) Meet at 09.15 for a 9.45 start with a tea stop at Cressing Temple Barn, Lunch stop at the John Barleycorn pub near Harlow and Afternoon tea at the Saddlery Ingatestone. It promises to be a really enjoyable day (especially as he assured me he has booked the sun too!

Thursday 28th July 2nd Annual Boneshaker ride

Dave Iszard will be leading the second of his very popular annual Boneshaker rides - it kicks off with a 10.00 start at COLEMANS FISHERY. CM8 3EX. COLEMANS COTTAGE LITTLE BRAXTED LANE. (what three words stocky.pods.sailing) Best approached from junction 22 of A12 Little BRAXTED Lane is directly on the flyover. Lots of parking for vans and trailers. Cafe and toilets on site. Breakfast for early arrivers.



The event is for any sized motorcycle WITHOUT swinging arm suspension. Route sheets and end over end route. Coffee stop and lunch stop. Morning and afternoon routes each arriving back at Coleman's Fishery. Combined days riding approximately 50 miles. Again I am promised the sun has also been booked!

Stop Press Stop Press

Our section currently has a very healthy bank balance, and therefore recognising the impact of the current energy crisis on the spiralling cost of petrol, your committee have agreed that ride leaders can now submit claims for the out of pocket petrol costs incurred when planning and test riding potential section rides. So now there really is nothing standing in the way of any section member coming forward to offer to lead a ride. It really is a lot of fun, and any of the committee will be only too happy to explain exactly what is involved. So come on all of you that have been just waiting for the excuse to get out on your bike...............

Other stuff

Garry Sleeman our Area Rep has asked me to make members aware of the Norwich section camping weekend on the 8th to 10th July and share the following :-

The Norwich Camping Weekend used to be one of our (Kay and myself) favourite VMCC weekends and the new team at the Norwich Section are now running it again this year. Could you let your members know about it please and help to make it another successful event.

OrganisingSection

Norwich and District

StartLocation

WAVENEY VALLEY HOLIDAY PARK Airstation Lane, Rushall, Diss,NorfolkIP21 4QF

StartTime

10:00 for 10:30

EndLocation

WAVENEY VALLEY HOLIDAY PARK Airstation Lane, Rushall, Diss,NorfolkIP21 4QF

Restrictions

None

Contact

Stephen Lee

ContactEmail

strathearnhouse@btinternet.com

ContactTelephone

07768 088740

URL

https://www.vmccnorwich.co.uk/

MapURL

Cost

2.00

ApproximateDistance

2 runs 90 and 50 miles

SuitableForLowPoweredMachines

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StartDate

08/07/2022 00:00:00

EndDate

10/07/2022 00:00:00

Description

Booking and general information

We will start arriving on the afternoon of the 8th July and leave on the afternoon of the 10th July, anyone wanting to arrive earlier or leave later will need to make their own arrangements.

Prices are as follows;

All pitches with electric hook up £22 per night

Large pitches without electric £20 per night, this is for 5+ man tents, caravans and motorhomes.

Medium pitches Without electric £18 per night, this is for 4 man tents.

Small pitches without electric £14 per night, this is for a small 2 man ridge tent of the type carried on the back of a motorcycle.

Bookings to be made direct with Waveney Valley Holiday Park on 01379 741228, this is not always manned so leave a message and they will ring back. They will take card payments immediately but for reference please quote VMCC.

There will be runs on both the Saturday and Sunday at £2 per person payable on the day.

Both through the Suffolk countryside, Saturday ending at Krazy Horse motorcycle shop and café at Bury St Edmunds and Sunday ending at the Rural museum and café at Buxhall.

Campsite facilities;

Small outdoor Swimming Pool

There are 2 Shower/Toilet blocks, with free hot water showers open 24hrs..

BBQ’s and Fire pits are allowed, but MUST be kept off the grass and disposed of correctly.

There is a small on-site shop, laundry room, and they have 2 pot washing area's.

Bar & Restaurant. The Bar is open most evenings from 7pm, and usually at lunch time on weekends and school holidays. It is a small, family friendly pub which has a Pool Table and TV. Children are welcome in the bar and they accept dogs. They offer a wide selection of draught and bottled beers, wine, spirits and soft drinks, as well as crisps, nuts and sweets.

The restaurant offers a good range of competitively priced meals to Eat In or Take Away and large parties can also be catered for.

They welcome dogs on this site, but they ask that you PLEASE think of others, and keep them under control, and clean up after them.

So that's it for this month - an interesting club night in promise and a couple of good rides.

Cheers all

Simon

Hi All,

Here is my monthly update for you all - we are starting to see a good uplift in the number of riders attending rides as we get back to some normality after Covid lockdown, and increasingly as you may have seen in the Chairman's report of Steve and Johns ride last week, more with their partners riding pillion, which is a really pleasing trend to see.

Next Club night 20.00 8th June at the Bell Inn Woodham Ferrers CM3 8RG (what three words iterative.tougher.recital)

This month due to the rain on club night last month we will be holding the delayed "Pride of Ownership" contest. I will be leading a ride in from Hammonds Road (further details below) and our Chairman has designed and produced some spectacular trophies so it's really worth cleaning the cobwebs off your pride and joy giving it a wax and polish and bringing it along.

July's club night In view of the ride in and "Pride of Ownership" deferral George has agreed to defer his long awaited presentation until July's club night so mark that in your diaries now

Future rides

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL FUTURE RIDES THE RIDE LEADER WILL NEED TO SEE YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARD - IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SHOW THIS THEN REGRETFULLY YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RIDE - THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE PERMITTED TWO RIDES ONLY TO HELP DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO JOIN We will also be collecting a one pound donation towards club funds.

Pride of Ownership ride in 8th June n.b. this is an evening ride

As you will no doubt be aware, due to the heavy rain at our last club night we decided to postpone the "Pride of Ownership" competition to June. Accordingly I have agreed to lead another ride in after John put in all the effort last month. The ride will meet at Hammonds Road layby (what three words spoon.mops.puts) 18.30 for a 19.00 departure, and will be approximately 20-30 miles culminating at the club night at Bell Inn Woodham Ferrers

Wed 15th June Midweek run

Dave Iszard will be leading a mid week ride starting from the Museum of Power Langford CM9 6QA 9.30 for 10 o/c start (what three words reclaimed.regulate.presented). It will be an approximately 70 mile round trip. Coffee stop. Lunch at Acton Crown, Sudbury, Suffolk.

Wednesday 22nd June Evening ride Cancelled

Please note that although this is still in the calendar this ride is CANCELLED as we have no volunteers to lead it 😥

Sunday June 26th Breakfast run

Lesley Willmore will be leading a breakfast run starting from the Tesco Car park Coggeshall Road BRAINTREE - Postcode CM77 8AA (what three words costs.pace.goats) 8.30 for a 9.00 start this will a ride of approximately 37 miles to Round Bush Pub and Cafe Purleigh nr Maldon. Please note if you intend to have breakfast, food will need to be ordered in advance via Lesley, people can ring her on 07971266167 - The menu is attached to this email, and orders need to Lesley by the latest 19th June as the Cafe needs 1 weeks notice.

That's all for now - hope to see some of you on Wednesday evening.

Cheers

Simon