The 39th Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show – The Write Up

So, after a false start due to the snow we finally got the year kicked off with a show. Somewhat local for us of the big shows, our excited members pulled out all the stops to make it a great one.

Due to the rescheduled show we had a belter of a stand in one of the main side thorough fairs. A big thank you goes to the Friday team who got the stand all sorted, it really does take some effort to get it all ready. We had a great selection of bikes and certainly had a lot of interest in the stand.

The show itself perhaps suffering a little from the reschedule with a few stands fewer than normal and the traders sending the B team but there was still enough there to keep everyone entertained. A great selection of bikes as always and enough moto jumble to keep most people on the lookout for parts rummaging through the bins.

The Weekend made all the sweeter by the rugby score, with smug face in full effect the Sunday went very quickly. Even with potential mechanical shenanigans in the convoy home we had a cracking weekend. There really is nothing better than some beers, bikes and banter. But beating England comes close.

Fred Hill Run – Write Up

So Martyn quite correctly described this run as “only for the brave” and yes a run from Cardiff to Llandovery in February is asking for trouble but Cardiff MAG annual run is kind of the kick off to the new year and we wanted to support them. After a winter of commuting, it seemed like a good idea.

We met up at the Station Inn (Home to our club meetings) two Mike’s, Martyn and I answered the call, all on Honda’s. Mike Jeffs on his nc 750, Mike Shackell on his 400/4, Martyn and I on our Cx 500’s.

We trundelled over to Whitchurch Village to the meeting spot to find quite a few already there would guess around 20 ish bikes possibly more and whilst cold and wet the group was in good spirits. We slowly made our way up the a470 and stopped off at Terry’s Van. The beacons were snow covered and it was certainly a lot colder there. Mike Shackell decided to call it quits there but we soldiered on to the Owl’s Nest were we were joined with numbers from other MAG regions. Whilst it was cold and uncomfortable in spots it was nice to be riding with other people and not just doing the commute. It was also nice to support the MAG peeps too. After a burger and a bit of chat Martyn and I headed home and the ride home reminded me to get proper winter boots. I feel Riding in different conditions makes you a better rider and even on well-trodden roads debris and water made it interesting. Yes, it would have been a lot easier to stay at home but the path of least resistance doesn’t make a fun story.

Few Pics from the day, some stolen from Martyn and Ian from the Owl’s Nest:

The 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show – Write Up

Ok so obviously first my heart felt appolgies for how long it has taken me to put fingers to laptop for this write up I have been busy studying for exams for work.

So where to start…. Our First Show and it’s the big one. Lot’s of weeks of prep and furious Branding creations thanks to Alan. We had a multi vehicle convoy packed and ready to go. We headed up the day before the show to get all setup and learned many lessons instantly about parking closer in the future and bringing a trolly next time.

We got very lucky with our stand too which was in one of the side halls but with excellent lighting and great footfall all weekend.

We were very glad our efforts were rewarded with lots of visitors and chats throughout the whole weekend, one even leading to a bike purchase for a now member that will be being displayed on the club stand in Shepton Mallet.

Always lots to see at Stafford and if you are on the search for bits and bobs there is no finer place. We had a blast and for a club that by this point was only a few months old, I think we did ourselves proud and we thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and hope to take this same vigour into Shepton.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Write Up

Our esteemed member turned roving reporter Alan Robinson attended The DGR along with some fellow members, here is his report:

This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a roaring success! Three rides were organised in Wales. The Pembrokeshire ride was supported by 77 riders and raised £4101. The Rhyl ride raised £12704 from its 106 participants, but the Cardiff ride eclipsed both. A staggering £20592 was raised by 355 riders!
Again the weather was good, dry and mild. Most of the riders, and their pillions, entered into the spirit of the day by getting togged up in their dapper finest. Charity shops must have done a roaring trade! Saying that though, there were quite a few who let the side down and some were just along, literally, for the ride. The bulk of the riders took the same route as last year, although a few did take a couple of shortcuts to avoid being left too far behind, regrouping at Culverhouse and Barry Island. The ride finished on Penarth Promenade making it look like a mini-Douglas during TT week.

Swansea Museum’s Classic Motorcycle Show – Write Up

Our esteemed member turned roving reporter Alan Robinson attended the Swansea Museum’s Classic Motorcycle Show here is his write up:

The Swansea Classic Motorcycle Show returned from a brief vacation to a new site on Winch Wen Industrial Estate. Being undercover made it all the better even though the weather was fine and dry that weekend.
Situated inside the Swansea Bus Museum along side some fine examples of Routemasters a broad range of motorcycles were on display, although some couldn’t really be called “classic” pictured are a few that caught my eye (I want that yellow Commando!).
Hopefully, this show will establish itself on the circuit in the coming years.