Paul Efreme, 14 Lisa Close, BILLERICAY, Essex,
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.
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 times times.
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.
We are having a ride event on 19th August (Sunday):
‘Under & Over The Mersey Challenge’.
Starting at our meeting place, The Farmers Arms, riding to the
Queensway Tunnel (the old tunnel) and riding back across the New
Mersey Gateway Bridge
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. In May 2013 we introduced the Wheels within Wheels event at Husbands Bosworth Airfield.
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 will continue and will be organised by Andy Cousins; 2018’s run is scheduled for August 12.
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 to 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…
Section meeting: June 13th 2018
Dr Watson & I agreed to meet as near to 6pm as possible,
which was about as early as I could get home & sorted after
work. To my surprise he popped around to my place on his
rather fine 1956 New Hudson autocycle; I was getting changed when
I heard the sturdy pop-pop of the Villiers exhaust. Within
a few minutes we were on our way. Dr Watson had popped
to check in on Jamie while I got the Ciao out of the garage &
sorted out my hairdo, etc.
I was given the job of lead rider, which was a heady responsibility, once we had got the New Hudson started. We whizzed off along the main road as far as Potter H’am then back roads up through Catfield, Sutton, Ingham, Brumstead, Lessingham, East Ruston, and Whimpwell Green to Haisbro’ (‘Happisburgh’ on the map). Some of the black stuff was pretty rough and hard going for us on bikes with rigid back ends.
We puffed up the short sharp rise to the pub and parked up. A chap sitting outside with his wife got chatting with us and he turned out to be a bike fan; he had once owned half a dozen Triumph Tigress scooters. Not long after we had got our first pint Jamie turned up in his Transit with his disgraced, but very presentable, New Hudson. A half mile from home it had stopped with a fuel problem which needed sorting, Jamie quickly fetched the van and brought the bike with him. Paul and Greg arrived in an amusing little number reminiscent of a circus act vehicle. Ian de O was soon with us on his neat little Yamaha RXS100 & we thought that might be it for the evening. Ian de S & John had not appeared and their company was missed. To our surprise and delight Rod turned up on his Enfield—a treat for all to see. No small trip out from North Suffolk to North Norfolk but a pleasant evening for a ride out & thus our company was complete.
The Hill House is a pub, proper, with its own brewery. The barmaid opened the restaurant for us to sit and eat in, which gave us a place out of the now cooling evening air to mardle and munch. The food along with the beer was good. I was concerned whether the Haggis, used as stuffing for the chicken I ate, was free range or captive bred but I couldn’t be sure. Rod left us before the evening was too old and he headed off for southern climes. When the food was eaten Paul produced a quiz all about scooters & had most of us foxed. I think Ian de O scored top marks but none of us were experts in the subject.
While chatting over our meals we spoke of many things including PSA levels & Prostate Cancer, not fun subjects but not to be ignored either. Don’t sit on the problem, go to your GP and ask to get your PSA tested; Prostate Cancer is survivable if it is caught soon enough.
Before long we gathered ourselves up and got machines started for our ride home. Dr Watson’s New Hudson was playing hard to get but once under way it never missed a beat, in fact I couldn’t catch him up; the Ciao is a slow-ped managing about 28mph on a good day. I had attached a 400 Lumen bicycle lamp to the handlebars which proved useful as we got nearer home. We made the maximum use of available daylight and got home safely. Ian veered away towards Hemsby when we turned right at Somerton Lion to head the last two miles home. Dr Watson tooted his horn as he left me to ride half a mile on my own. I was indoors before ten. Another good evening in good company.
North East England
Ron is interested in starting a North East section: Durham, Tyne and Wear area. We currently have around twenty members in this area; if any of you would be interested in a local ride out, forming a local group, or just receiving news of what Ron is planning, please e-mail him at .
South East Moped Enthusiasts
Martin or Sharon Wikner, 54 Dane Road,
Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9NP
01883 626853 or 07774 562085
The South East Moped Enthusiasts meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the Horseshoe Public House, Farleigh Road, Warlingham, CR6 9EG at 8pm. A happy band of club members meets for up some food, beer and a pleasant social evening. The South East Moped Enthusiasts organise at least five events a year: three runs and two displays at classic motoring events. Mike Follows also organises several mid-week runs during the summer riding season. All the South East Moped Enthusiasts activities will always be advertised and reported on in the MAC newsletter, which Martin now edits. Also follow us on our South East Moped Enthusiasts group page on Facebook.
We look forward as always to meeting enthusiastic friends both old and new who share an interest in small engined classic bikes.
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 clubs 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...
West Anglian Group
Alex Lees, 19 Duloe Road, EATON SOCON,
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 organises two or three rides each year, usually in Bedfordshire.
At the 2017 Daffodil Dash, David Osborn ‘volunteered’ to organise this run again in 2018. Nevertheless, any additional help in the area would be greatly appreciated.
Richard Woodbridge, Hafawey House, Hoggs Lane,
Purton, SWINDON, Wiltshire, SN5 4BU
Contact for show displays only
Mike Bagshall, 79a Marlborough Gardens,
FARINGDON, Oxfordshire, SN7 7DF
Richard Woodbridge is our main contact in Wiltshire Section, which has monthly evening meetings … the pub where they usually meet has closed so Churchill House, Swindon Road, Royal Wooton Bassett, SN4 8ET is earmarkeed as the new venue.
Mike Bagshall and his ‘Moped Marquee’ represents Wiltshire section at several shows in this area throughout the year.
John Bann, 23 Westvale Grove, Thrynergh,
ROTHERHAM, South Yorkshire, S65 4JA.
We are hoping that, as the club grows, we will have events further afield. 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.