“John Wheeler’s Bike Night” – Upton – July 11th 2017

This event (run by the North Berks MMC for many years at the Horse and Harrow, West Hagbourne) has now moved to the next village, Upton.

Normally a well attended event this year’s effort turned out to be a bit of a “damp squib”.  Very damp as it turned out, the non stop rain all day and evening had clearly put most people off, none the less a number of hardy souls – including a few club members – made the effort to turn up with their machines.

The outside bar and burger van probably didn’t do too well because of the lack of people, likewise the ladies in the village hall had a lot of cakes and buns left over at the end of the night. Disappointing really as profits were to go to the local ambulance.

There was plenty of room at the new venue so hopefully the event will grow into it, in future years.

The photo shows the rather modest classic/vintage bike line up, with a number of competition machines in the background. Best in show award – just visible in the centre of the line – was won by a very nice BSA Shooting Star

Report and image copyright John Lay (Chairman)

Woodcote July 8/9 2017 – Report

Although not primarily a motorcycle event it never the less attracted an entry of over 130 machines. Spread over 3 classes , pre-war post-war and special interest, predominately British, but with a few foreigners for good measure.

Vintage transport, steam, cars, tractors, commercial, military  and of course motorcycles plus working machines, farm animals, market stalls and best of all a Beer Festival, all in all a good family day out, not far away that members might like to try next year.

The photos show the M/C line up – images and report copyright John Lay (Chairman) 

Combe Mill Vintage and Classic Wheels – Sunday July 16th 2017

The club has been invited to display our machines at Combe Mill’s Vintage & Classic Wheels Day to be held on Sunday 16th July, either as the full set up, gazebo, banners flags et all (useful as it gives some place to store member’s ridding gear) or just as individuals turning up on their machines.

Any one who exhibits  gets in free with one guest and gets free coffee / tea

There is a tea room that does cakes and toasties and there is a BBQ

This is a local event almost on our “doorstep” the mill is near Long Hanborough. Machines need to be in place by 09.30 as the mill opens to the public at 10.00

Apart from the vehicles there are the mill workings to inspect, the beam engine in steam, side shows and stalls. A good family day out in fact.

Please see Alan Elger at club nights for further details

Bloxham Vintage Rally – June 24/25th 2017

This event now in it’s 49th season and although never an “official” club event it has none the less been supported by various club members over the years.

Many Steam Vintage rallies of course have a Motorcycle section, but few are as welcoming and/or as well organised from a motorcycle rider’s point of view as this one. With over 120 machines on show plus push bikes and auto-cycles on display it might be considered a good turn out. The bikes have their own enclosed area complete with a marquee, not only to store your riding gear in, but with tables, chairs, a stove. Tea/Coffee and biscuits for the entrants use.

The photos show just some of the machines on show.

Also for next years 50th. Event the club as been invited to attend, there being an area set aside for us to display our machines, put up banners and the club’s gazebo. More details nearer the time.

Report – John  Lay

Photos – Ken Drinkwater

Italian Bike Day Saturday June 10th 2017 – Report

The event took place in good sunny weather and was well attended; an estimated 180 Italian bikes rode through the gates during the day.

Moto Guzzis were the most numerous with Ducati running them a close 2nd.

Once again a big thank you to Janice for allowing us to hold the event in the garden of The Red Lion in Cassington, Oxfordshire.

Images by Geoff Ives

BMRCO Summer Social – Sunday June 25th 2017

A huge thank you to Roland and Barbara for generously hosting the BMRCO 2017 Summer Social at their house. Not only did Barbara provide delicious fare but Roland gave rides on his steam driven train.

Some 30 members, their wives and invited guests thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, relaxing, drinking and generally sorting out the problems of the world…..not unlike our Monday evenings of course.

Suzuki GSF 600 Bandit for sale

Members – For sale

GSF 600 Bandit, 36000 miles, new rear tyre, battery, fitted braided hoses, engine bump stops, new ignition switch, 2 sets keys, Viper silencer plus original. Will have new MOT. Very, very clean.

Price £1750 ono

Contact Phil Marsh  



Classic Vehicle Day at Cogges Farm Museum – Sunday June 18th 2017 – Report

A massive thank you to all who turned up and supported this (now) annual event. It is an important day for Cogges Museum and as last year our classic bikes are a big reason why many (paying) people turn up. 

This year we again numbered about 25 including 7 machines from the Oxford section of then AJS/Matchless Owners club. Having found out about the event via the internet we had a Yamaha and a Suzuki joining us from Leamington Spa. They will quite likely come along on a Monday evening….

We could handle about 12 more machines so please consider supporting it next year.


Banbury Run 18/06/17 – report

Club Display at the Banbury Run.

The VMCC’s Banbury Run is claimed to be the worlds largest gathering of pre 1931 motorcycle. It’s also the occasion of the BMRCO’s display with the club’s gazebo, members and their machines on show. With weather being as hot as it was the gazebo proved it’s worth, gave somewhere to sit in the shade as well as a place to store members ridding gear.

A total of six machines were on display (5 British and 1 guest) also two more members made their way independently. The day might be considered a success with two new members signed up and some membership forms handed out. There was also the chance to browse the auto-jumble and a few “treasures” were found.

Machine on display:- Silk 500, Norton, Triumph Triple, Vincent 1000,                  BSA 250, Moto – Guzzi 500 (guest machine)

Report – John Lay

Photographs © Paul Albert

Triumph Bonneville for sale….

A local man has a Triumph Bonneville for sale

The Triumph Bonneville 790cc T100 that we spoke about has just passed its MOT with no problem with the advisory “the drive chain slightly loose”. DX54 BFV has now done 19863 miles, always cossetted and never crashed. Is fitted with an alarm, main stand and crash bars. It’s in good condition, coloured Blue and white and looks a ‘proper job.’  At the last MOT and BIG service(18474miles, 28/05/16) new tyres were fitted and a bill for £838.77 was presented to us by Hughendon Triumph at Milton Common!!!!!!!!!!!!!.  I fitted a new battery (Yuasa) immediately prior to that 2016 MOT It’s a treat to ride and it does what it says on the tin. This bike is now too big and heavy for it’s owner having purchased it with 400 odd miles on the clock in 2004 from Hughendons. Please put the word around if you know of anyone who may be interested in this machine. Looking for about £2,650 or sensible offer. 


Anyone interested please email me graham1″at”easyriders.co.uk and I will put you in contact with the owner. Need to be quick.