Archive for May, 2013

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

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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

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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.