BMRCO Winter Meal Saturday February 4th 2017 – Report

On Saturday evening (February 4th 2017) 44 BMRCO members/wives/partners enjoyed our annual Winter Meal at The Hand and Shears pub/restaurant in Church Hanborough. The food was excellent and good value and an enjoyable time was had by all. This is the 5th year running we have used this venue and there is a high probability we will book it again next year. 

These evenings are a good opportunity for all members (and their other halves) to get together socially and develop their friendships. According to the noise levels reaching my ears this was achieved quite nicely.  

VMCC meet at the Red Lion – Boxing Day 2016

A report from our chairman –  John Lay

For some years now the Red Lion has played host to the local (Oxford) section of the VMCC to hold their annual Boxing Day meet and ride out, having taken over from the previous venue in the city. Although not an “official” club event it still attracts a fair few BMRCO members and their machines. These together with the vintage, modern and bikes from most years in between made for a good turn out A “flat tanker” from 1911 all the way up to present day belonging to club members and visitor alike.

A dry bright day, plus our land lady (Jan) on hand to supply hot drinks and bacon rolls all made for a pleasant morning.

“Oilyrag” Clothing

We have a new club discount with Dave from Oilyrag clothing (I know Dave) he does a very good motorcycle jacket and I have bought one, it looks like waxed cotton in the style of Belstaff, but is made of something else. It is very warm and has armour in the right places, not yet tried it in the wet.

He does all sorts of T shirts and things.

website is 

enter the code BMRCO at the checkout for 10%


VMCC Meet – Red Lion – Boxing Day 2017

As you will probably know The Vintage Motorcycle Club now hold their Boxing Day meeting, with us, at the Red Lion Cassington.

The format is, they meet at the Red Lion from 10am and at about 12 noon they depart for a get together at Fifield then, later in the afternoon some of them go to a local Vintage Trial.

Mostly our members simply meet at Cassington .  But it is an excuse to blow the Christmas cobwebs off.


Annual Quiz Night AJS/Matchless Owners Club (Oxford Section) – November 7th 2016 – Report

A big thank you to the Oxford section of the AJS/Matchless owners club for inviting BMRCO to enter a team in their annual quiz night.
6 of us accepted the invitation and took turns in being part of the 3 man team.
We succeeded in finishing 5th (out of 5) but did enjoy the evening, especially the very reasonably priced beer and the delicious buffet put on by the club. We did come away with a lot of raffle prizes and Garnet now has a new mirror to attend to his hair. The pickled onions were wicked.
I think that with us filling the bottom position we will be invited back next year. This saves any AJS club from being bottom. Smart cookies these guys.

Ten Pin Bowling – Brize Norton Saturday December 10th 19.00 2016 – postponed….


Last year a number of us enjoyed a challenging evening of Ten Pin Bowling at Brize Norton. Mark H has volunteered to organise another such evening on Saturday December 10th.

The charge will be £6.00 per person for 2 games to be paid on the night to the manager.

The bowling will start at 19.00 but you must get there in good time to get through security and you will need to carry ID (Passport/Driving Licence) to get in.

Wives and partners are welcome.

There is a drinks and a food bar on site.

Mark will need the following details by November 14th in order for security checks to be carried out. 

Name and Title

Contact Address

Vehicle Make, Model, Colour and Reg. No.

You will need to get passes from the main gate reception well before 19.00 hrs in order to be escorted en masse to the Astra Bowl.


Mark can be contacted any Monday evening at the Red Lion.

Classic Bike Live – October 29-30 2016 – Report

Report by John lay (Chairman BMRCO)

Over the weekend of 29-30 October the club displayed a total of nine machines at this event. This, a brand new show sponsored by Classic Bike Magazine was held at the Peterborough Arena and for a first effort not at all bad. It was felt however that the organisers were feeling their way a bit, but, and to quote from their show guide “who knows, maybe we can make this a permanent fixture in your autumn biking diary”.

From the clubs point of view loading and unloading (compared to our previous grief at the NEC) was simplicity itself. A large area of hard standing right outside the main hall where vehicles could be left all weekend.

Of the show, and to quote from the guide once more “a huge auto-jumble, quality displays from the UK’s top clubs (that will be us then) and an array of great trade stands Well two out of three is not bad. Trade stalls a plenty, however how many stalls selling cheap tools do you need? Jumble pretty thin, but a fair number of bikes to look at. The club stand with 9 machines on display received a constant number of visitors over both days and kept the members busy explaining the finer points of their pride and joy.

Machine on display:-

Silk 700cc, Rickman Intercepter, Wall Auto-Wheel, Velocette KSS, Egli Vincent, Norton Atlas, Francis Barnet Falcon, Norton Model 30, Levis “Baby”

Thanks to the members who brought their machines and those who came to help man the stand.


The above photo is courtesy of John Lay and the gallery below is courtesy of Ken Day. Many thanks.

The last 2 images of the above gallery feature bikes that were not part of the BMRCO group.



National Motorcycle Museum Live! – Saturday November 5th 2016

Members and fellow BMRCO website followers……do you want to go somewhere to go to on Saturday….look no further.

NMM LIVE! Preview!

British bikes, racing superstars, industry experts, motorcycling personalities, a jazz band, culinary delights (including curry!) and FREE admission. For one day only at the National Motorcycle Museum……

The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham always offers an amazing array of British motorcycles – its five recently reconfigured display halls feature more than a thousand motorcycles representing 170 or more different marques. But once a year (Saturday 5th November 2016, this time around) the NMM hosts an extra-special LIVE! event where many of their exotic and unusual machines cease being museum pieces and are indeed brought back to life in high-revving, roaring glory.

Classic Mechanics Show

If that’s not enough to turn your head then how about this: admission to the whole shindig is FREE. For one day only, you rock up and pay nothing and enjoy stacks of additional attractions. Such as…

STARS ON STAGE: Racing legends Carl Fogarty MBE and Jamie Whitham will host two hour-long chat shows at 11am and 2pm, where Carl and Jamie will be joined by other motorcycling personalities including TT superstar Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Maria Costello, John Cooper, Chris Vincent and Moto GP hotshot James Ellison.

Classic Mechanics Show

HEAR ME ROAR! New this year, NMM staff will fire up some of the most famous race machines in the world. Bikes old and new being revved up for your entertainment will include the Hislop ‘White Charger’ rotary Norton, the NVT Cosworth Challenge and the Vincent ‘Super Nero’ sprinter, plus Moto GP Ducatis and WSB machinery like James Ellison’s 2012 ART GP12 Moto GP machine.

Also keep your lug ’oles pinned back for the audible effects of a 1969 four-cylinder Benelli, a 1975 MV Agusta triple, a 1963 Bianchi 500, James Toseland’s Castrol Honda, Casey Stoner’s winning Ducati, and Troy Bayliss’s 990 Desmosedici. Listen to that little lot at close range and… pardon, sorry, what?

Classic Mechanics Show

MEET THE EXPERTS: Some of the museum’s specialist suppliers and craftsmen, including the NMM’s own restoration team, will be on hand to chat and answer questions. Visitors will also be able to get the first view of an exciting new display, the history of wheel building, which has been presented by wheel builders to the museum, Central Wheels. So have your questions ready for Brian Crighton and Dave Hickman (rotary Norton race machines); Ivan Rhodes (Velocette guru); Fred Walmsley (Goodwood Revival-winning tuner); Les Williams, John Woodward, Arthur Jakeman and Norman Hyde ( from the original factory Triumph race shop); Ken Sprayson (aka The Frame Man); Calibre Customs (paint providers to the NMM), and Redditch Shot Blasting (the NMM’s favoured machine component preparation and coatings specialist).

Classic Mechanics Show

INDOOR AUTOJUMBLE: As well as trade stands and displays from industry experts, such as Bonhams and Footman James, NMM Live also features a large indoor autojumble held within the warm and dry surroundings of the museum’s conference facilities

SHOP & RESTAURANT: The NMM shop and restaurant will be open throughout the event offering breakfast, lunch, a range of hot meals and snacks plus a special BBQ. A new food hall in the Ballacraine Suite will offer the Museum’s famous katsu curry (!), while the Moonlight Trio jazz band play soothing sounds in the bar of the Bracebridge Suite. Famous motorcycling personalities will be signing copies of their books in the Museum shop during the event

Classic Mechanics Show

ONE TO WIN: Last, but by far from least, the draw to win an awesome Norton F1 will be held during the afternoon. The rotary roadbike, handbuilt in 1990 and easily worth £20,000, is up for grabs in the Museum’s raffle and tickets are still available from 01675 444140

Classic Mechanics Show

Pick up a timetable on your way in so you don’t miss any of the key events. And if you win the F1 then we want to hear all about how you commute to work on it every day…


  • WHERE: The National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Solihull, B92 0EJ, UK
  • WHEN: Saturday 5th November 2016
  • AT: 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • INFO: