Thankfully we were blessed with fabulous weather and our 3rd Best Of British Bike Day held on Saturday May 30th at The Red Lion in Cassington was the best attended and most successful to date.
Over 45 BMRCO members turned up (from the 65 in the club), many with their better halves and an estimated 120 British bikes rode into the garden at some stage during the day with quite a few more remaining parked at the front of the pub, together with a large number of visitors on non – Brit bikes.
This year the featured marque was BSA and in addition any competition bike having a British made frame. The BSAs varied from a pre 1930 model to a beautiful selection of twins and singles, many with shiny tanks and barking exhausts. One club member parked his D7 amongst the RGS’s and Goldies and neither looked out of place. Something like 30 BSAs turned up which was wonderful.
The competition bikes were smaller in number but included the BSA Bantam of Cliff (Tony) Jones. Back in 1974 he got this bike around the IOM TT circuit at an average speed of 83.24 mph to finish 8th in the Lightweight Race finishing ahead of many works bikes. An incredible performance from bike and rider. Other competition bikes included a rare Excelsior Manxman, Ariel and a BSA trials bikes plus the Decorite framed racebike of Peter Thorne and the Velocette KSS Special belonging to our secretary.
Other unusual bikes included a Clyno with sidecar an old Sunbeam in superb condition and a New Imperial brought in by a chappie who happened to be passing the venue.
Early attendees included a group of 3 riders who tipped up on Velocettes, riding down from Nuneaton. This included a father and daughter on a Venom and a Viper. I quickly added my rigid MAC and the recently purchased LE next to this small collection to show the variety of Hall Green bikes. Later in the day a beautifully restored KSS, and 3 more Vipers/Venoms joined in the fun. Quite overwhelming.
One of our members (Anthony L) hails from The Netherlands and this year he brought 2 friends (Rene and Marcel) along with him. They thoroughly enjoyed the event and the friendship shown by those they met. Some of us rode from nearby Freeland and some from Holland, amazing.
As a non marque specific club we provide a focal point for any Brit bike and it is not only the exotic that get attention. Small engined bikes are just as welcome. Amongst the lesser known bikes turning up on Saturday was a James, a DMW and an Ariel Arrow.
Many of us rekindled old friendships from 40 years ago (5 original NOC members from the ’70s being present) as well as meeting people we had raced against when we were just young and silly.
A big thanks to Janice from the Red Lion for allowing us to hold the event and the BBQ team from the Sports and Social Club who kept us going with burgers and sausages.
The plan is to hold the event again next year, details will be announced on the website in due course.
The big question is what design of T shirt will Alan have for 2016? We already know he cannot be scared as he has 2 daughters.
We hope that everyone arrived back home safely.