Paul Efreme, 14 Lisa Close, BILLERICAY, Essex,
The Reservoir Dogs Run is now
established as a regular Essex Section event; the run gets its
name from the route which crosses Aberton reservoir a couple of
Paul Efreme is our co-ordinator in Essex and he is always keen to hear from fellow EACC members in Essex; you can e-mail him at . Essex members often support the events organised by Suffolk Section.
We still meet every second Wednesday of the month at the Farmers Arms, Chorley Road, Bispham, near Parbold, L40 3SL from 19:30 till late-ish.
There are more details of our activities on our Facebook
page, in the events section.
Fylde Coast Weekend: 21st & 22nd August 2021
Meeting at Broughton, and camping at Whittingham and Goosnargh
C&CC social club. I have booked the campsite at Whittingham
social club and reserved 20 pitches. We have the rally field
directly in front of the clubhouse and within easy reach of all
facilities. We have 10 electric hook up points (only 6amp) which
are on a first come first served basis upon receipt of a
deposit. It’s peak season so please only click
‘going’ if you are definitely camping. We may
be asking for deposits and I will send people a link to
pay. Campsite fees are now £12 per unit, electricity
may be available but numbers are limited and this will be around
£16 per pitch. Nev and I will be on site from Wednesday to
set our area up and organise pitches for when people arrive; if
anyone wishes to come along early, you’re welcome. As
well as the official Fylde coast ride on Saturday, there will
also be a few mystery tours in the evenings like last year,
(approx two miles, but could end up a little further, ha
ha). The Fylde Coast Ride will be as last year, where we
had 35+ riders, and will follow the same route and format, with
second man/woman and a back marker, etc. We also have a
back up vehicle, just in case. All types of mopeds,
bikes, etc, welcome to join us.
Jim Lee, 2 Bramfield Park, Theddingworth Road,
Lubenham, MARKET HARBOROUGH, LE16 9TP
Our venue for events in Leicestershire is The Sharnford Arms in Leicester Road, Sharnford, Hinckley, LE10 3PP.
North Hertfordshire section holds the annual ‘Periwinkle’ Run and on Sunday 13 August 2017 it was dedicated as The Peter Smith Memorial Periwinkle Ride in memory of the run’s former organiser. The Periwinkle Run continues as an annual event and is now organised by Andy Cousins. The other annual event is the Steeple Morden Run; this is a mid-week event in September organised by David Osborn.
Additionally, the section is involved with the VMCC Cyclemotor Section’s ‘Nasty’ Run each April and the NACC’s Vincent Run in October.
The Norfolk Section arranges events within Nelson’s county. We have established regular meetings, which involve mopeds, autocycles, cyclemotors and a pub … somewhere in Norfolk on the second Wednesday of each month They include road runs in the summer months. So if you are interested in owning, restoring or riding low powered machines from the past, no matter what age or condition your machine, you are most welcome here in the county well suited to ‘gutless wonders’. Contact Dave Watson on 07483 210625 or e-mail for more details. Read more…
South Norfolk Bimble: Saturday 12 June
I posted on our Facebook group page (with not much notice) of potentially arranging another run from my home as the weather forecast was looking good. Some replied ‘can’t make it’ and Robert Bird said Saturday was best for him: ‘over to you mate’. Rob had been thinking about a run on rural roads around the area local to him for a while and it was game on. It would be from his Poringland home if there weren’t many, or he had a plan B if more car parking was required. I rode in the 25 miles via the Reedham Ferry on the ultra-reliable PC50, Wil Hawkes came on his little Panther from the Frozen North (beyond Stalham) and Martin ‘Honda Boy’ Naggs joined en route. We had a very enjoyable ride with a couple of stops and on to Loddon for a bite to eat, all very lovely by the River Chet, Wil headed back home from there and the three of us continued on some great moped-friendly roads for a swift half at The Ferry House, Surlingham. With about a mile to go of the 35-mile run, the little Honda stopped, like they do when they run out of fuel. Topped up, back to Rob’s and home again over the Ferry. Thanks to Rob for organising a great day.
Evening Run: Wednesday 16 June
Following on from the Saturday run, Rob said about coming over the Reedham Ferry with a moped from his side; I said I would meet him on my side. Rob, Chris E and Martin N (on a big bike) had almost finished their drink at the Nelson Head (no food available) when I arrived. We moved on to the Ferry Inn (no food available) and enjoyed our crisps by the river.
Summer Solstice Run: Monday 21–Tuesday 22 June
I had suggested doing a run from the East of the county to the
West near to the longest day to a few but nobody seemed
interested (probably had more sense). It is 80 miles
across and I was thinking it would be easy in a day and,
potentially, I could also do the return within the 18 hours
of daylight available.
Monday: Not the early start I had envisaged: departing during the school run on a sort of suck it and see attempt, alone with just extra fuel and my AA membership card. Beach Road, Winterton on Sea was rather dull (as per the forecast) and windy for a quick photo and, just 1.8 miles inland at East Somerton for another, it was quite chilly riding, but at a leg stretch by the river at Coltishall it was nice and sunny sheltered from the wind. I hadn’t noticed how cold I was riding when I surprised Keith Garner with a visit at Swanton Morley, hypothermia had almost set in. Thanks to him and Pat, after a couple of hours and brews I had warmed up and rode the 40 miles back home and put the bike in the car.
Tuesday was going to be another suck it and see day (or not) depending on the weather, saying to Keith and Pat if my car is on your drive in the morning I would be out on the second leg. The Bown never missed a beat with plenty of breaks to check the route for the next 40 miles to the River Nene at River Road, West Walton on the other side it’s Cambridgeshire. Nothing there other than the smelly river, mission completed I headed back. At a break to rest my aching neck (Norfolk’s finest rural roads are not the best when on an old autocycle) and check my route. What a surprise to have Barrie Brasted pull up alongside; I hadn’t seen him since he moved about five years ago, great going back to his for a catch up. Back to Swanton Morley for a brew and I relived Keith of a couple of his unloved bikes.
A really great day at our Inaugural Mid Shires Ride from Grafham Water with some 24 Riders at the start, a couple of breakdowns on the route to the lunch stop which, due to an eleventh hour change of venue, was at the Three Compasses in Upper Dean, They opened their doors with a great welcome.
The following pictures give an idea of the run and also the fantastic venue for the event; made even better with the glorious weather.
Those supporting the event made all the effort of Ray and myself worthwhile.
North East Tiddlers
You could be forgiven for thinking that the North East section of the EACC doesn’t exist—but you'd be wrong. It was late 2019 when I put my name forward to start the north east section and my e-mail address has appeared in The MAC ever since. It’s true that a certain unplanned global event (that shall remain unspoken) has transpired to slow things down but we are making progress, albeit slow and steady, up here in the North East.
First, we have our own Facebook Group, called ‘NE Tiddlers’ with 50 members currently. Activity level on the Group page is ‘regular’ but can always be improved, so please search for us, join and comment and help us to grow.
During our first year we managed to have two group rides: the inaugural ‘Twin Peaks Challenge’ and a more relaxed ‘Mid-Teesdale Tiddle’. Both were held in good weather and thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. As everyone knows the North East is not that flat, particularly as you head inland, so what better way celebrate our area than riding the Twin Peaks Challenge? Starting at Wolsingham in Weardale we had ten participants, one of which was a rather nice Bond 3-wheeler who offered to ride tail end Charlie. Our route started with a gentle ride up the valley to Frosterly before turning south, crossing the river and climbing up and over the hills into Teesdale. We turned right just above Langdon Beck and headed up towards Harthope Moss at 2,240 feet above sea level. Amazingly, we all made it to the summit. After lunch, we ventured further up the valley towards Wearhead and Cowshill. A truly memorable, 48-mile, inaugural event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all and will be repeated this year. Why not join us if you are ’ard enough?
The Mid-Teesdale Tiddle ride was a much more leisurely event, starting from the Roman Fort in Piercebridge. The route took us north west towards Hamsterley forest on quiet country roads, with a lunch stop at Teesdale Cheesemakers in Copley. The return leg took us over the UK’s oldest road suspension bridge at Whorlton, opened in 1831. (The bridge has since been closed and is awaiting major structural repair, so we'll need an another route for our 2021 event.)
These events will be repeated this year and I hope to add some new ones. Watch out for the dates and please come along and join us if you can.
If you would be interested rides or meetings in the South Somerset area, please give Joe a call on 01458 251127.
S.E.M.E. (aka South East Moped Enthusiasts)
The South East Moped Enthusiasts (S.E.M.E) organise at least eight events a year: three weekend and five midweek ride outs (runs) during the summer riding season. S.E.M.E events will be briefly outlined on this club’s web page, also follow us for much further information on our S.E.M.E group page on Facebook. We welcome all types of small engined bikes and micro cars to our events, though it must be pointed out that the nature of the terrain where most of our ride outs take place may require the use of a slightly more robust small-engine machine, unless of course you are extremely fit!
We look forward as always to meeting friendly enthusiastic people who share an interest in riding their small-engined bikes.
Because of recent events S.E.M.E. has now revised the way it organises ride outs (runs). This was put into practice during 2020 and proved very successful with the group organising and holding eight well attended events. This new flexible approach has worked so well that it will now be adopted for organising runs for the future. From now on the calendar of our seasonal events incorporating full details will be displayed on the S.E.M.E’s group page on Facebook. All known members and regulars of our events will always be e-mailed with all details. Wherever possible S.E.M.E will not hold rides out when the weather is inclement; if this is due to happen the ride will be cancelled and re-scheduled for the following week. All known participants will of course always be informed and the Facebook group page will have the updated information. Of course we welcome all new riders to our events, but prior contact is always advised. For the time being, there are some rules that will be strictly followed as regards to the pandemic.
Mark Daniels, 52B Levington Lane, Bucklesham,
IPSWICH, IP10 0DZ
Although the club has members all over the country, Suffolk is the county that’s best represented in the membership, simply because that’s where the club started. Therefore, we’ve had a full programme of events in Suffolk since the club was revived in 2007. Regular Suffolk Section events are the Mince Pie Run in January, Radar Run in April, the East Anglian Run in May, Peninsularis Run in July, Coprolite Run in September and Kneel’s Wheels in November. Additionally, the section organises the club’s presence at Copdock Motor Cycle Show. Members in the Ipswich and Felixstowe area regularly meet every week—on Tuesday evenings at Walton Half Moon. Read more…
The Anglian calendar rallied back into action on 4 July
with the Teenage Tantrum Run, meeting from its base at
Bruisyard village hall for a ride across the Suffolk countryside
to Sizewell seafront Beach Café, and sensibly arranged
around outdoor settings to comply the regulations. Upon
arriving, it was obviously a great start for this
‘pilot’ event to be so well attended with a good
number of attendees already gathering in the car park.
Taking note that the sign-on register inside the village hall
didn’t seem to work very well, as many cautious riders
seemed hesitant about the prospect of venturing indoors, so a
count of 26 bikes at the halfway stop gave a better
representation of the actual turnout. There was a good
selection of bikes attending, with Hondas dominating, Mobylette,
Puch, Yamaha, NSU, BSA Bantams, Ambassador, and I was riding the
BTM ‘Skeletor’. Blessed by the good luck of
decent weather probably helped, as we caught no more than a
couple of brief showers all day, which barely even dampened the
roads along the leafy lanes. On the outward leg, just one
Honda was salvaged by the back-up van (apparently they do fail
sometimes), though seemed to be running again after the halfway
stop, to attempt the homeward trip. Sizewell sea front
proved both a scenic and interesting destination, to the backdrop
of the original ‘A’ twin Magnox reactors now in the
process of decommissioning, and with the current ‘B’
PWR reactor still operational in the background—bringing
back memories of being ‘arrested’ by the site
security while photoshooting the Motom 60S article for
IceniCAM back in 2010 (Motom being ‘Atomic
Motorcycle’, so you get the connection). Many thanks
to Mark Gibb for re-starting our rally season with this
event. The good turnout reflected the appreciation of our
And just a week later, on Sunday 11 July: Peninsularis Aviation Run. Aviation Run because the venue relocated to the Aviation Museum at Foxhall to avoid the prohibitive regulations affecting village halls. Starting from the front car park made the event more practical to stage, but made the prospect of operating a mopedjumble impractical, so swings and roundabouts … but it was forecast as a nice day, and the consolation prize was the remarkable turnout. I walked around the car park with the sign-on sheet, and registered 40 riders for the run! There was a great selection of bikes too, lotsa Hondas: C50s, C70, C90, C95, C100, PC50, Lead-80, ST50, CD175, CB350; Puch: Maxi, MS50, M50 and Sport-50; NVT Easy Rider Sport; Moto-Guzzi Dingo; Yamaha DT175; Excelsior Consort and R2; Suzuki AP50 & B120; James JDL Autocycle and Cadet; Voskhod-3; NSU Quicklys; BSA Bantam and C15; Tomos A3; Peugeot; Mobylette AV76, AV89, AV92, & M50T; 2 × Bown Auto-Roadsters; Norman Model C; 2 × New Hudsons; Velocette LE; BTM ‘Skeletor’; and Malaguti ‘Dalek’. I think that covers most machines, but probably not everything. Adding the Foxhall sections increased the run to 31 miles, and everyone seeming most happy with the extended course and the very pleasant ride to the Waldringfield Maybush for lunch overlooking the river Deben. A great spot on a lovely summer’s day, with lots of outside seating and, because we arrived with perfect timing just before opening, several of our parties got the prime tables and immediate service before the queues built up. Others of the group settled for drinks and snacks and mingling among the bikes under shade of the trees in the upper car park. Many compliments about the circuit, river views, and the quiet country lanes, so Peninsularis seems to firmly remain as one of the most popular events. The return ride around lanes of the interior is equally scenic, and dotted with a number of short faster sections through both stages. Thanks to all for such a great turnout.
Just a week later on the 18 July, and things were again getting hotter for the Reservoir Dogs Run from The Bungalow Diner at Marks Tey in Essex. Accompanying me down in the van was Martin Gates (NVT Easy Rider Sport ER2L), while I rode the BTM ‘Skeletor’, and on arrival we were somewhat surprised to be greeted by an impromptu flash-mob of three Yamaha Townmates! In blazing sunshine, there was more modest turnout for this event, just eleven riders for a 25+ mile route through the countryside, and crossing reservoirs dotted with huge numbers of Canada geese with goslings. Despite the lower turnout, the ride wasn’t without its problems for some, as the Vespa Ciao faded toward expiry shortly before the lunch stop, where the fault was identified as a loose spark plug losing compression, and simply resolved. Not so much luck for the Puch Maxi however, which found a hard landing in a mighty pothole, which blew out the rear inner tube and immediately consigned the bike to the sidelines. Thanks to Richard Morley for staging the Essex Chapter event, it sure was hot…
So, three rallies over 15 days, and several people have been asking about the forward events calendar. West Anglian Section have their Periwinkle Run on 8 August. More enquiries were about there being no date for our Coprolite yet. Well, that became a little disrupted by the giant Copdock Motor Cycle Show at Trinity Park being posted for 19 September and, while it’s still on the calendar, under the current situation it’s anybody’s guess whether it’ll actually go ahead (or not). So being positively cautious, we’re posting our date as Sunday 26 September, but playing safe with the start venue again from the Aviation Museum (just in case); it proved really popular last year, with a great turnout, so Coprolite Aviation Run it is.
See you on the road, Danny.
West Anglian Group
The section was formed when the ‘St Neots Boys’, Ralph Richardson & Alex Lees, came up with the idea of holding a West Anglian Run on 28th September 2008. This was a resounding success with 32 riders signed on for the ride and several other members coming along for the jumble - or was it for the bacon rolls?
The section used to organise the Duloe Daffodil Dash every year but the village hall at Duloe, where we meet at the start and finish of the ride, has been declared unsafe. Instead, for the 2019 run, the Mid-Shires Section is incorporated a large chunk of the Daffodil Dash route into its event on May 12th.
The section produces a newsletter: the Whizzer; please contact Steve Hoffmann for a copy.
Our list of runs had increased significantly as compared to
2019—but, unfortunately, we are canecelling these until
further notice because of the coronavirus restrictions.
I also hope to organise an EACC stand at the Bristol Classic Bike
Show from 2021. I write and edit our group's little
in-house magazine (the Whizzer); the
magazine often includes such articles as bike restorations,
museum visits and even pieces on both the Chinese and Indian bike
industries. It is now just starting its fifth year of
John Bann, 23 Westvale Grove, Thrybergh,
ROTHERHAM, South Yorkshire, S65 4JA.
Our fifth EACC Northern Section Rotherham Rally is planned for 4th-6th June. The venue is Hooton Lodge Farm camping and fishing site, Kilnhurst Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Showers and toilets are available. There are electrical hook ups should anyone require them, but these are limited. I will find out the site fees for mobile homes, caravans, and tents. Also open to non members. Should anyone require further information, you can contact me via the contact details above.
If you’re interested in starting a section in your area, please get in touch (the e-mail address is at the bottom of this page). Above all, we want the club to be driven by the enthusiasm of its members so, if you have any ideas, don’t hesitate to let us know them. If you’re tempted to have a go at running an event, we’ve prepared some guidelines on how to do it … but if you have any questions at all, please ask.