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Hi Folks,

As you can see we’ve partially resurrected the site but there are still some issues with image loading that we’re working on still.

Thanks for your patience.


May Club Night

Posted by ColinSteer On May - 31 - 2013 Comments Off

A most interesting discourse on bike insurance, followed by a knowledgeable discussion on the “ethanol” issue. Our thanks to Martin Pagett for his knowledge and enthusiasm.

The Back Green Rally

Posted by ColinSteer On May - 31 - 2013 Comments Off

Favoured we were with the most excellent weather seen this year, on both days too! Someone knew that this was the 40th. Anniversary of the event (you must discount 2001) and arranged matters accordingly and to celebrate this the local brewery prepared a special bottle of real ale for every participant. The ale was sponsored by Connie, and Steve and Bev of The Old Crown. Callum Ives, a long-time event supporter designed the bottle label which is also replicated on the commemorative “T-shirt”. The routes, 56 miles on Saturday afternoon, 50 miles on Sunday morning and a short afternoon run of 22 miles were well thought out, the questions were easier than usual (I actually got 4 correct) and to cap it all, the sun shone bright and clear all weekend. There was a special award and celebration of those who had competed most frequently over the 40 years. This list included Gerry Beer with 36 appearances, David Wilson 35, Ronnie Pears 35, Brian Smith 34, Alan “Ajay” Johnson 32, C G Stephenson 31, Barry Tyreman 30, Ian (Capt. Birds-Eye) Ives 30 and John Robinson 30. There were 14 people with more than 20 appearances and Brenda Hallard was the top-scoring lady on 21. In all some 537 people have entered during the 40 years of the event. I’m sure that all entrants will wish to join me in thanking Paul and Jo, Graham and their team for putting so much time and effort into the organisation of such a wonderful event.

Connie preparing for her “Starter” duties.


Back Green 1




A general view from the start, up the green.

Back Green 2


A true Sunbeam to match the day!

Back Green 3


Lakeland Section lunchbreak.

Back Green 4

A most unusual form of motive power for a sidecar outfit and it ran too!

Back Green 5

The whole team assembled at the end.



Langwathby Ride-In

Posted by ColinSteer On May - 31 - 2013 Comments Off

On a lovely Spring day 35 folk took on the arduous task of riding to Langwathby to consume a hearty lunch , inspect each others machines and visit a restoration workshop.

A departing rider, Tony Hall?

A Sprite or Midget undergoing restoration.

Three more guys on their way.

Photos by Ben Backhouse.


The Birthday Run

Posted by ColinSteer On May - 31 - 2013 Comments Off

Seventeen hardy individuals assembled in the pouring rain and all enjoyed a good run through to the lunch stop, courtesy of Willie Edmond, after which a further seven travelled on to the museum before returning to Geoff’s to consume untold quantities of tea and scones.


The Border Run

Posted by ColinSteer On April - 30 - 2013 Comments Off

Geoff’s final Border Run was, unfortunately, ambushed by the weather Gods and even though many were put off by the forecast, 16 hardy souls joined Geoff on the run. Willie Edmonds put on an excellent spread for lunch and the seven remaining members headed off for an entertaining visit to Mike Barry’s Museum before heading back to Geoff’s where tea and excellent scones were the order of the day.

Our Thanks go to Marjorie and Geoffrey for their unflagging commitment to this event over the last 15 – 20 years.


Doug Cross Workshop Ride-In

Posted by ColinSteer On April - 30 - 2013 Comments Off

It was unfortunate to experience so much snow that the Spring Run was postponed until Summer, so it was with mixed feelings that we looked forward to the ride-in to Doug Cross’s workshop. We needn’t have worried because the weather turned out clear and bright, sunny yet still a little on the cool side. We had a good ride down to Lowick Bridge, enjoyed some good chat, tea and scones and the chance to ratch around Doug’s emporium.

Our thanks go to Doug and his good lady for providing such excellent hospitality.

View from the entrance with a brace of Nortons in the foreground, a Trumpet and an Ariel nearby and an avid snapper.

And a view back to towards the entrance with a Beeza, a Commando and is that a Matchless hiding behind Bob? Meanwhile the snapper is now focussed on the Model 7 Norton that’s parked next to my new helmet and my scruffy old rucksack, lying on’t floor.

Here’s the local “Panther”, aka mice catcher that was running about

Finally, a good lunch was had at the local “Red Lion”

Cheers to all 30+ participants


Spring Run 2013

Posted by ColinSteer On March - 31 - 2013 Comments Off

As folks on the email list know, the rather inclement weather on 23rd. March caused the postponement of this event. A new date has been agreed, this is 3rd. August 2013. The venue and time remain unchanged, this being the Outgate Inn, Outgate, Cumbria, 11.00 am. Contact George Bownass on 01229 580776 for more information.

Route Map to follow in due course.

North Pennines Run

Posted by ColinSteer On November - 30 - 2012 Comments Off

This was the second running of this event, well organised by Stan Harper. Starting at Hartside Cafe we ventured out east of Eden onto virtually empty roads in gloriously undulating countryside, well away from the hustle and bustle of mid-August in’t Lakes.


Our Treasurer David, leading a gaggle of machines.



A joyous crowd enjoying their bait.


David and Eric discussing the technical merits of tea vs. coffee.


A contented and relaxed John, also enjoying the lunch stop.

 NPR 4


The Lakeland Weekend

Posted by ColinSteer On November - 30 - 2012 Comments Off

With over 80 participants we enjoyed another successful year in the new venue at Keswick Rugby Club. Some photos of the start and out on the road.

A beautiful Beezer, regularly ridden.


John Bell cruising serenely along on his lovely Cheney-Triumph.


Mick Driver doing just that. I was a bit slow taking this shot as half a second before, he had the inside front wheel “pawing” the air.


I believe this to be John Silcock being chased by “Pops” Hinde.


John Robinson on his very fine BSA.


The B-S Club were out in force on the same day and popped-in to see us at lunchtime. Seven of them, if you discount the odd Norton.