It is my intention to take a ride to the monthly classic car and motorcycle gathering at the Norman Knight at Whichford on Thursday July 18th. Anyone wishing to accompany me is most welcome; I will leave the industrial estate in Freeland at 19.00 hrs prompt. My mount will be the Norton Model 50 and I hope that many fellow members with single cylinder bikes will join me. It would be grand for us to arrive and display our fine collection Norton/AJS/Royal Enfield/Velocette/BSA/Vincent etc singles. Of course any member on whatever bike is welcome to take part in the run. It may make sense for the multis to go on ahead but we can decide this on the night.
Do let me know if you are interested in joining the run on 01993 881464 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pub makes no mention of this event on their website but have confirmed with me that it is on; they usually have a bbq during the summer.
These gatherings are very friendly and the variety of machinery is wide and interesting whether having 2 or 4 wheels.
Your webmaster – Graham Lay
8 of us gathered in Freeland and made the trip to Whichford, albeit in 2 groups. Garnet, Rod and Graham on their venerable Norton singles, new members Chris Alchin and David Rickard on their Enfield 500 and Triumph Daytona plus Chris Wood on a Yam 600 and a friend of Chris on an embarrassingly fast Ducati 175. Steve Orme met us there on his Moto Guzzi 850 rather than one of his Norton’s. As usual there were a large number of 2 and 4 wheeled wonders to behold and as on previous visits the gathered bikes were incredibly varied from modern rocket ships to golden oldies as shown below. What I always find so wonderful are that these old beauties are not languishing in a museum or someone’s shed but are on the road and being used even if they might need a bit of coaxing into life or their riders being helped onto their steeds. The return ride was of course ridden flat out and the extra pace of Rod’s ES2 left me wishing for more ccs, however when it came to a roundabout the superior handling of the Model 50 came into play and Rod was forced to eat dust. All the way to Woodstock I had a very bright light in my mirror and because Richard was polite he did not pass me on his Ducati 175; Garnet did pass me at speed with his cammy Norton sounding quite wonderful.
I recommend this venue to all members and rather hope that the pub gets a beer tent because I am not prepared to queue for 20 minutes for a beer.
Report and photos by Graham.