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The South West Coast Run is for both cars and motorcycles
The South West Coast Run is for both cars and motorcycles

Ladies paThe South West Coast Run is the premier event in the Bristol Section calendar. The event , which has been held continuously since 1963 and from a variety of venues  is held in early May and is for both cars and motor cycles. This very successful event enables the  Section to make a substantial donation to charity

Variety at the South West Coast Run
Variety at the South West Coast Run

 

Arriving in style at Salthouse Fields, Clevedon
Arriving in style at Salthouse Fields, Clevedon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In front of Brittania XM496
Tony Prescott at the controls before take off. 'I wish', he says
Tony Prescott at the controls before take off. ‘I wish’, he says

On Thursday July 9th 2015 was the inaugural breakfast run to Cotswold Airport, Kemble. 15 of us had a very pleasant ride up, followed by a good breakfast, and then a guided tour of the iconic Britannia XM496 aircraft .

Ray enjoying the flight
Ray enjoying the flight
Co-pilot Rod Western ready for take off
Co-pilot Rod Western ready for take off

 

A run to be repeated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ray Cordy, in whose honour the event is held
Ray Cordy, in whose honour the event is held

 

Off they go on a cold day in march
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The ever popular Lomax

 

The Ray Cordy  or Spring trial was run for many years from the Manor Hall, Coalpit Heath,  in March but now starts from Avon Valley Steam Railway, Bitton, in June

Signing on
Signing on
Looks like it's going to be a nice day.
Looks like it’s going to be a nice day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill Shepherd on his 1927 James
Bill Shepherd on his 1927 James

 

 

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Bill Phelps ready for the off. Bill Shepherd 2015
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Line astern on the run

The Bill Shepherd, an Autumn  event, was, for many years, also  held as a trial, but is now held as a social run from Horton Social
Club. This years run, organised as usual
by Rod Western was around the lanes of lovely Gloucestershire

An impromptu alfresco lunch at the remote Daneway Inn
An impromptu alfresco lunch at the remote Daneway Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All ready for the show
All ready for the show. Shepton 2012
Has anyone seen a Nimbus. Rufus in fine voice Shepton Feb 2012
Has anyone seen a Nimbus. Rufus in fine voice Shepton Feb 2012

The Section always has a stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show at the Shepton Mallet Showground in February.

A serious motorcycle conversation
A serious motorcycle conversation
Pretty machine at Shepton Mallet
Pretty machine at Shepton Mallet

Traditionally the first big national classic show in the year the temperature in the halls is not the most comfortable but the turn out is usually spectacular. Enthusiastic visitors, keen to have a day out looking at the bikes with friends, scour the auto jumble for that elusive bit to put a bike on the road for the coming riding season, pack the show ground.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dave Body with a welcome pint at winterbourne
Dave Body with a welcome pint at Winterbourne
Dave Body and Derek Andrews in earlier times. Winterbourne 1996
Dave Body and Derek Andrews in earlier times. Winterbourne 1996

The Section holds skittles and  a buffet every year at the Winterbourne Community Centre  in the spring. This event used to be the prize giving but a more formal dinner is now held at our Section meeting place at Begbrook Community Centre in the autumn where a  spectacular array of trophies and silverware is awarded. The trophies used to be awarded for the well contested Spring and Autumn timed road trials but now go to concours winners

 

 

Wally Flew, past VMCC President, and Bristol Section founder member, talks to a friend
Wally Flew, past VMCC President, and Bristol Section founder member, talks to a friend

 

The Chairman at the 50th with at the mic
The Chairman at the 50th with at the mic

In 2011 the Section held it’s 50th annual dinner at Kendleshire Golf Club.

 

Present were several founder members including Bob Derrick  and Wally Flew. In the room was the James motorcycle which Bob Derrick had brought to the first dinner in 50 years earlier. He had only just finished a concours restoration in 1961 in time for the dinner. It looked just as immaculate in 2011.

 

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The chairman ready for the off. Banbury 2012
The chairman ready for the off. Banbury 2012
John Beddis at the Banbury 2011
John Beddis at the Banbury 2011

 

Bill Shepherd's 1927 James at the Banbury run 2015 with it's new owner.
Bill Shepherd’s 1927 James at the Banbury run 2015 with it’s new owner.

Some Bristol Section members enter the Banbury Run. Held annually in June the event is for vintage machines only and attracts 600 pre 1931 machines.

Alan Freke and Didge hard at work in the literary world. Banbury autojumble 2010
Alan Freke and Didge hard at work in the literary world. Banbury autojumble 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avice from all quarters. Dave Brazill rebuilds his Tiger Cub Clutch. Tintern 2014
Avice from all quarters. Dave Brazill rebuilds his Tiger Cub clutch. Tintern 2014

Every year we hold  an event called Rod’s run in to Wales. Organised by Rod Western, who seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the byways of the South West and Wales it usually covers about 120 miles during which many of the riders are happy to be well and truly lost.

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After lunch at the Brecon Mountain Railway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A wet start. Coast to coast 2009
A wet start. Coast to coast 2009
Lunch stop at Well market square 2009
Lunch stop at Wells market square 2009

A popular non Section event is the Coast to Coast Run organised by the Westland Motorcycle Club. The event is held in June and starts from Lyme Regis, which requires the Bristol riders to ride to the south coast town before the run, which takes a tortuous route back to Burnham. This makes for a substantial distance covered in the day with over 200 miles ridden.

Over flow bike park in he Cathedral grounds. 2009
Over flow bike park in he Cathedral grounds. 2009

 

Hot by now. Mid day at Wells for lunch. 2009
Hot by now. Mid day at Wells for lunch. 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Bristol Section Welcome to the Frenchay show. John and Glenda Dodimead, and Mike and Dee Fishpool
A Bristol Section Welcome to the Frenchay show.
John and Glenda Dodimead, and Mike and Dee Fishpool
Some light push assistance needed.
Some light push assistance needed.

Another non Section event is the Frenchay Historic vehicle day, organised by Frenchay Museum curator, Alan Freke, who is also a long time Bristol Section Member. Many VMCC members ride there machines to the event to exhibit and join the throng looking at the vehicles.

 

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