BSA C11 For Sale

1954 BSA C11G ready to ride, starts easily, runs well, everything works as it should. Restored some years ago and used since, so not perfect, but nicely presentable. A history file including old MOT’s, receipts, old buff log-book, the original

Bill of Sale (showing it being bought from H Rose & Son, March, 2nd. June 1954), V5 and other assorted paperwork.

Ideal machine to potter locally in the classic style and enjoy. Machine located near Oxford.

Price £2,500.00

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“Cassington Alternative”

Monday evening saw a good turn out of bikes at the BMR HQ for those who wanted to avoid Cassington and for those who went and called in on the way home.
I would like on behalf of those who attended to thank Bob, Adrian and Hugh for hosting the evening and Paul on the BBQ
£250 was collected which has been donated to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance so a good evening all round​.

Words Alan

Photos Bob H

Bloxham Steam Rally 2018

The Banbury Steam Society have been running their annual rally (or the “Original Bloxham Rally” as they now style it) for a good number of years, this was in fact their 50th. Show. Club members have been regular exhibitors with their machines over the years as individual entrants, but this year we had an “official” presence with the club bikes. The machines were displayed in line with the club banner to the fore.

When it come to motorcycles this rally is one of the best, not only do we get our own display area, but also our own large tent complete with tables, chairs and tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Whereas in some rallies motorcycles are a bit of an afterthought here we are well looked after. The fact that the motorcycle section leader is a keen motorcyclist himself no doubt helps a lot.

As you might expect for a 50th. anniversary there was lots going on including a “Battle of Britain” fly pass, a Spitfire on Saturday, whereas on Sunday the unforgetable sound of four Merlin engines announced the arrival of a Lancaster Bomber. With so much going on some members also brought their families along, the weather being just about perfect all weekend, a good time was had by all.

Congratulation to Mark Howard whose Triumph T160 took the award for “Best Classic”, well done.

Machines on display:-

Ariel Leader

Triumph T160

Norton 40 (Saturday)

Moto Guzzi V50 (ditto)

Egli Vincent

Levis Popular (Sunday)

Vincent Rapide (Ditto)

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Report by John Lay, photos by John and Steve Orme

Bicester Flywheel 2018

There was no “official” BMRCO presence at Bicester Flywheel (held over last weekend, 23rd and 24th June). However Club member Richard Duffin “flew the flag” demonstrating his 1932 Scott Squirrel Sports. Nice line in period sunglasses (!) and the “HRD” logoed pudding basin adds to the effect.

Thanks to Graham Humpris for the report and pictures.

Cogges Steam and Vintage Motors Day – Sunday June 17th

Thanks to all that turned up today to support the annual Steam and Motors event at Cogges Museum. The motorcycle presence has become a major pull at this event now with many people turning up solely to see the bikes.

Members of the local AJS /Matchless and the Norton Owners clubs swelled the ranks. Cogges intend to hold the event again next year (on Father’s Day). 

Report and images – Graham Lay 

Banbury Run 2018

The VMCC’s annual “Banbury Run”, an event for pre 1930 motorcycles was, despite the many rumours, once again held at Gaydon north of Banbury. Due to the extensive building work that seems to have been going on for years now, the site is less than ideal, with the space reserved for club displays somewhat smaller that before. So much so in fact that upon arrival the area set aside for us was already full. Not to be out done though we simply removed ourselves to a space nearby, nobody said “you can’t do that”, so in fact we ended with plenty of room.

The day had not started well, rain early Sunday morning looked as though it might put a damper on things but the rain had stopped by a little after 8.00 am and the roads north of Oxford where dry. The day remained dull and somewhat cool, but at least no more rain.

A total of 6 machines were on display beneath the club’s new banner. Our gazebo, complete with table and chairs acted as the rest area and the van as helmet and riding gear store. Our position close to both the bike assembly area and the auto-jumble made it easy for the members to look around.

Machines on display :-







Words………John Lay

Photos………Paul Albert


Italian Day 2018

It might seem a little odd for a British Motorcycle club to be running an Italian Bike Day. But Motorcycling is a “broad church” and members can and do own all sorts of machines, ancient and modern, foreign or domestic and when it comes to “foreign” probably Italian more than any other. However the event isn’t run just for the benefit of club members, but for all Italian machines and their riders and has been that way right from the first event some years ago.

The dull and rather cool start to the day looked as though it might put people off, but by midday the the garden was heaving. Just how many turned up it’s difficult to say, as people were coming and going throughout the day, none the less at one stage we were wondering where to put everyone so we can safely say, a lot.

Tea, coffee, burgers and hot dogs were provided by the Red Lion and seemed to be doing a good trade, stronger refreshments were available from the bar.

Mostly modern machines on display, but a smattering of older classics and single cylinder bikes completed the line up.

Thanks to our landlady Jan for making the garden available and providing refreshments.

Photos ……… Ken Drinkwater

Words…………John Lay


Best of British 2018

Saturday dawned wet, grey, and just a hint of fog, not a good start. But as the morning progressed both the weather and the attendance improved, by mid day the garden was beginning to look busy. Jan, (our landlady) had set up to provide tea and coffee, while the village Sport and Social Club drafted in to run the barbque was soon in business. For those requiring stronger stuff the bar soon opened as well.

Beer was drunk, stories were told and machines admired, everyone seemed to be enjoying their day. Also in addition to the British machinery a fair smattering of other marques were arrayed outside the pub including a delightful 3 wheeled Pembleton (like a modern day Morgan) made here in the UK but fitted with a Moto Guzzi engine; maybe we will see it again for Italian day.

What at first looked to be a disaster in fact turned to be not a bad day at all. As a bonus our membership secretary was able to take some renewals and sign up some new members as well.

Report J. Lay

Photos K. Drinkwater

Hydraulic Workbench SOLD

Hydraulic workbench 78″ x 24″ too heavy and too big for me to manage any more. (I don’t have bike large enough to need it now) Operates from a 2ton. trolley jack, lifts to 30″.
Contact me​ or reply to this email​ for more details and/or photos
Note you will need a van to shift it and possibly a strong mate to help carry it.
Collect from near Oxford.

J​ohn Lay​