Our New Home – The Station Inn – Caerphilly!

We now have a home at the The Station Inn – Caerphilly!

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Our first Public meeting will be on Tuesday 11th of September 19:45 for 20:00 kick off.  Lots of local parking and as the name suggests next to a Train Station if your not riding/driving.

Address: 234 Nantgarw Rd, Caerphilly CF83 1BW

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We look forward to meeting you all for our first public meeting and we are looking forward to giving out membership cards to those who have already signed up or if you want to come and find out more before taking the plunge don’t be shy!

We have lots to plan and discuss with upcoming events with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and The Swansea Classic Motorcycle Show coming up.

Meet the Committee

So this has been a massively busy week for us on Tuesday we held our first AGM albeit with only our first 5 founding members where we voted in our constitution and regulations documents followed by our elections of the 5 initial Committee roles.  We are keen to create more roles in due course but we had to get the legal aspects of the Club to be in place before we could allow memberships e.g. GDPR, Rules and Regulations.

So with that said it’s time to meet the Committee:

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Chairman – Alwyn Dart

We assure you he does smile too but he takes riding his BSA M20 very seriously.  Alwyn’s love of all things wartime led him to the restoration of this Beauty which took the Crown at Stafford as Best Military in 2017.  However, this is just one of a number of other classic’s in his stable.

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Treasurer – Matthew Dart

Yes, Alwyn’s love of Motorcycles is so infectious that his son had no choice but to pick up the mantle.  He has this BMW pictured above and some XT 500’s as an Engineer by trade he has an eye for detail and will keep a watchful eye on the clubs Pennies.

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Events Secretary – Martyn Williams

Martyn is a man with the finger on the pulse of local and international events and owner of a number of Motorbikes from new to old Bonnie’s or his golden BMW and his commuter CX500.

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Membership Secretary – Danny Capaldi

If there is anyone with a classic bike in South Wales doesn’t know Danny, I will be surprised. Danny is a prolific networker and very well known for his love and knowledge of restoring/owning Kawasaki Triples along with other notable bike builds some of which have been featured in International Publications. He takes pride in looking at a classic and seeing if he can trick it out or make it a bit different.

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Media Wizard – Josh Capaldi

Ok I will admit I’m the one writing this all and yes I named my own role but it best encompassed the nature of the role.  Once again like father like son, my love of Motorcycles was inevitable.  I am an IT Engineer by trade with an interest in Photography, Videography and Social Media. I am also the Data Protection Officer ensuring that all member data is safe.  A daily rider of a CX 500.

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Us all helping out on Danny’s build earlier in the year

Above all we are a group of mates with a huge passion for Classic Motorcycles and have our own experiences and skills in various areas that we hope will be a huge driving force for the club going forward but we really want to expand this passion to other like-minded people like ourselves and bring more people in to mix, make the club a success and have good times for many years to come.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

I recently posted about our definition of classic bikes, about not being restrictive and our desire to start the club with the right ethos & feel of a classic club. However it has become very apparent to the committee (more on these peeps in following posts) that even in the very brief period we quietly started accepting memberships that without defined restrictions we could easily the loose vibe we hope to maintain.  For anyone who has already placed their form in I will be in Touch.

It is with these goals in mind that we are implementing membership requirements:

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

As we are the South Wales Classic Motorcycle Club, members are required to own a motorcycle that is either 25 years old or a modern retro bike.  This will preserve the classic nature of the club.  If you’re not sure if your bike qualifies, just send us an email and we’ll let you know:

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We feel that there really is no choice other than to take these measures to ensure our exclusive member ride-outs and activities are in keeping with the club ethos.

We will still welcome any type of bikes on non-exclusive ride-outs but will always proviso these runs with the nature of the ride e.g. open to 125’s