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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
So this morning a group of hardy bikers looked out the window at the dark clouds and moistness on the air and said meh stuff it. We took to the road with varying levels of waterproof gear and met up Once again at the Pontygwindy Inn. The weather was looking a bit sketchy so we understand why some may not have been keen. 3 Founding club members in attendance joined by Phil and Alan, one day we will have a ride with all the founding members I swear but With Danny in America playing with the worlds best collection of Kawasaki triples and Alwyn touring Europe in his camper we had to make do without them.
A fairly dry run up to Abergavenny always a fun road and then round to Crickhowell our rumbling bellies found solace at the Mynydd Ddu Tea Rooms. What a gem of a little place cracking coffee and a good breakfast to be had. After a good natter we looped round back to Brecon on some lovely windy country roads before stopping at the old Favorite Terry’s Superbites Van in Brecon for another coffee and more biker chat. The weather was less favorable in Brecon but was not too bad and dried up as we descended into Myrthyr. A quick blast down the a470 and a wave goodbye. No mechanical issues apart from Matt’s Suicidal horns (second time they have tried to run off). A cracking little run and the perfect start to the weekend. Hope to see more people on the next one and hopefully the weather will play ball.
Plans are forming for the Distinguished gentleman’s Ride for those who are here so get involved in the chatter on Facebook if you are keen. A big thanks to Phil and Alan for coming today and braving the moistness.
So had a busy weekend but the write-up is now upon you!
Always a crazy made rush for a 6pm ride out for those of us that work (not bitter at all). Once again we met up at Pontygwindy Inn at 5:45pm we gathered, another mix of new and old and even a very funky scooter based on the American Honda Rucus scene and no its 125 engine (albeit modified) was not the slowest machine there. With the BSA and BMW with sidecar probably quite equal and topping out at 55 mph, not that it matters it’s not about speed it’s about getting these things out and having a great evening and ride with friends. Once again like-minded chaps and some new faces to the club at least. The ride up to Abergavenny went off without a hitch and we were soon surrounded by bikes and struggling to find a space. It was a very busy one at the Steel Horse but a huge mix of all types of bikes of all ages. Thankfully I can report the burger and chips were excellent and the San Miguel was correctly chilled.
After more chat and taking some pictures it was soon time for the ride home, Abergavenny is a great distance away it always seems to be just right for blowing the cobwebs off or releasing the stresses of the working week.
We are very happy with the growing attendance and interest in the club and are preparing our ranks for new members soon but we are busy doting the I’s and crossing the T’s so we can be fully ready. Starting a new club involves a lot of behind the scenes work especially if you’re doing it right.
We have plans afoot on the Facebook Group for another ride out for Breakfast this Sunday depending on Weather so get involved.
So from small acorns grow larger ideas, Just a quick post on our Facebook Group that we have not even launched fully yet and boom a ride out was formed. Thursday night we met up in Caerphilly:
A good mix of old and new bikes and the group of friends of friends, some being strangers to each other joined by a love of bikes headed to pick up a few more people at Magor Services.
We headed down to Weston all going swiminly with the exception of Danny’s Beemer not starting without a bump start and his minor detour of Industrial Estates we arrived to the Sea of Bikes. Having Built up a hunger we headed for some Fish and Chips and sat on the beach front wall fighting off seagulls.
Was a cracking night and Hopefully more to come much like it, Rumour has it there maybe a run to Steel Horse Bike Night Next Friday (Keep your eye on Facebook for that one).