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The Norfolk Section arranges events within Nelson’s county.  We have regular meetings which involve mopeds, autocycles, cyclemotors and a pub … somewhere in Norfolk, on the second Wednesday of each month, including 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 us for more details.

Latest News

29 July 2017

Four of us meet at Reepham last night for the short run to Whitwell Station bike night.  Unfortunately the weather was not great and there were not many bikes about but we had a good time and plenty of chatting to the many bikers who came to look at our machines.

Our next normal ‘not’ meeting of the second Wednesday of the month will again be on a Tuesday! (8th August).  We will ride to Old Buckenham from Martin’s at Long Stratton.  Meet 6:30ish for a prompt departure at 7:00 or will be good to meet others there.
Regards
Dave

24 July 2017

The Norfolk Moped Massive (well two of us at least) are meeting at Whitwell Station Bike Night on Friday 28th July.  It will be good to meet friends old and new on mopeds, small or big bikes, or even without a bike.  Not sure about car parking at the station!  Taking my bike in the car as I don’t fancy riding home in the dark … will be leaving it in the car park at Reepham and just riding the short distance to Whitwell.
Regards
Dave

13 July 2017

Narcotics, exotic dancers and excess alcohol were not involved in the July meeting of the EACC Norfolk Section.  Good company, small machines and a short ride out were involved.  Dr Watson & I were the first to arrive at The Village Inn, he having circumnavigated the whole east coast of Norfolk via the pretty, but bumpy, route on one of his New Hudson autocycles.  I had driven 90 minutes straight from work.  By about 7pm Greg & Paul joined us on a Quickly & an RM8 respectively.  Both machines were nicely turned out and Paul’s looked box fresh.  John arrived on his very uncommon MS Stewart, possibly the only road legal example in the UK.  After a pint at The Village Inn in West Runton, riders headed off via picturesque North Norfolk lanes to West Beckham.  The ride went well for most with the exception of John who was rescued by the Mighty Kangoo after failing to make progress.  The staff at the Wheatsheaf were surprised to see us but made a effort to accommodate us.  We enjoyed a good meal & refreshment then headed back to Runton.  I learnt some of the back lanes & potholes around Beeston Common to get John & the lame duck home, then regrouped with Dave to get him & the autocycle home.

Whilst at the Wheatsheaf an impromptu next meeting was convened to take place at the Whitwell Bike Night this Friday 14/07/17.  Meanwhile the August meeting has yet to be confirmed.
Matthew

6 July 2017

Our monthly meet on Wednesday 12th July is kindly being organised by Paul Kemp in his neck of the woods.  Greg and I have just completed next Wednesday’s run so here is the proposal: we all meet at the Village Inn, West Runton (NR27 9QP) at 7pm, then those that wish to can come for a run out to West Beckham for a pint at the Wheatsheaf (NR25 6NX), then return to the Village Inn for a meal.
David

30 June 2017

The EACC camping weekend got off to a good start when nine of us left on eight bikes for an evening run.  Well, seven left on six bikes because Luke’s ‘new’ Vespa had a fit and wouldn’t start.  Ian had stopped to help, which set his Bantam into a funk and it wouldn’t start.  Much tinkering got the Beeza going whilst Luke hauled out his Italjet for the ride.  Eventually we got off all together and rode to Thurne, famed for its windpump.  Nick learnt that windpumps are not windmills & we were off again, almost.  A quick tinker with the Bantam, points sorted, and away we went.  A slow dash to Stokesby—no beer supped here—and on to Runham, Mautby, Filby, and Ormesby.  Here Ian bade us goodnight due to lack of illumination & we headed to the bright neon lights of Hemsby where we found hot food and hot drinks.  On the way home I was almost foxed by the Doctor’s cunning plan.  I rode on ahead while he took the troops home via Winterton on Sea.  By using local knowledge I regained the pack close by Burnley Hall but I left them as the daylight failed and the rain began to creep in.  More reports will follow.

The bikes were: NVT Easy Rider, Italjet Franco Tartini special, Honda Cub 90, Simpson 50, BSA GPO Bantam, Puch Maxi S, Honda PC 50, & Vespa Ciao.
Matthew

16 June 2017

Seven and no Barry Sheene.  7 may not be a big number but, for a weekday evening, it is the largest gathering of machines owned and ridden by Norfolk Section members.  OB Bike Night at the Ox & Plough is somewhat of a Mecca for enthusiasts of powered 2-wheelers across East Anglia.  There were Harleys a plenty, Crotch Rockets by the score and a wide selection of other machines including some exotica.  Moto Guzzi were well represented, as were Ducati.  Amongst the less common finds were Laverda, Moto Morini, Ariel, Francis Barnett, Bown, Vespa, NSU, Mobylette and Sunbeam.  Of the latter there was a superb example, a 1927 V-twin which has been in the same family ownership since the ’50s, not polished but ridden and enjoyed.  The machine resides 2 miles from the town where it was purchase new.

Beverages and food were on hand, the pub and catering vans doing a roaring trade.  I almost missed the excitement by sitting in a CO-OP car park eating a pasty whilst other members got ready to rise out from Martin’s home.  Foolishly I had omitted to check departure time with our fearless leader.  Fortunately the chaps saw me arrive and turned back to wait whilst I unloaded my moped and got ready in haste.  Over all a good evening was had by all.  I was especially pleased to see Paul arrive on his Ariel 3, accompanied by Greg on his Quickly, both fine looking machines.

Next month I believe we are having a North Norfolk ramble, 2nd Wednesday in July, watch for details.

Photos from OB Bike Night 13/06/17 can be seen here: www.flickr.com/photos/gnome-service/albums/72157682124017464
Matthew

15 June 2017

Well that worked!  Rode (Bown) to meet Rod (Moby) at Reedham Ferry, nice rural route to Martin Naggs (Camino) at Long Stratton; Matthew Hodder (Ciao) met us there and we had a good run to Old Buckenham.  586 bikes on the green including Paul Kemp (Ariel 3), Gregory Lunken (Quickly), Chris Way (Excelsior), Chris Evans (big bike), and Ian & Jon.  Good run back to Long Stratton still in daylight (good job because my lights didn’t work anyway) where, thanks to Matthew, I was transported back to Martham.

Pictures using the new phone!  Not so convenient as just taking the card out of the camera; sorry about the vid of a stationary bike, lol: www.flickr.com/photos/40103650@N04/sets/72157682040251494
Dave

8 June 2017

Our monthly meeting night is a day earlier next week.  On Tuesday 13th June we will be visiting The Ox and Plough, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RN for one of their Two Wheel Tuesday nights.  Typically there are several hundred bikes of all types (it has been known to be just over 700).  It would be great to meet members there with or without a bike, also some of us will be riding in from Martin’s at Long Stratton (riders are welcome to join in, please ask for details).
Dave

11 May 2017

Thanks to all!
Really pleased that the section is evolving well.

As well as local regulars, ie: Matthew, Ian (on a fresh 100cc machine), Ian and Jon all the way from Sheringham and Rod from Lowestoft, we had Paul and Mel who we had met before.  P&M also brought along the very enthusiastic Greg and wife and although I didn’t get to speak to him personally it was good to have Nigel Stennett-Cox along: aname I can remember seeing in Buzzing as the Norfolk Section rep.  Chris Evans was also there.  My pictures from the recce, run and Ian and Nigel’s bikes at the pub are at: www.flickr.com/photos/40103650@N04/albums/72157680467131954

Dave.

11 May 2017

Four rider’s of the apostrophe went forth, whilst one of them came fourth.  More hale & hearty folk remained supporting local hostelry at the Kings Arms, where Lucy & Eric served good beer and great food.  When the meals were over the four arrived back from a brief visit to How Hill, a local landmark and former home of the Boardman family, relatives of the Colman’s of Norwich.

Awards for the ride go to Dave, NVT Easy Rider—Best of British; Rod, Honda CD175—oldest bike; Ian de O, Yamaha RXS—youngest bike; & Matthew, Vespa Ciao—wreck of the ride.  No breakdowns, false starts or repairs en route; all runners and riders completed the pleasant rural ride.

We were blessed with club nobility in the form of Nigel S-C a former Norfolk Section organiser who arrived and departed on his AJS single (oldest bike of the evening).  All two wheelers are welcome.  Ian de S came two-up from North Norfolk on his Triumph America, certainly the largest bike of the evening & the youngest; he brought John with him.  More of the Sheringham massive arrived by car: Mel, Paul, Sue, & Greg swelled the ranks and enjoyed conversations including quiz questions:
1)  Can you name the model of the last incarnation (or on bike nation) of the BSA C15?
2)  Which river runs past How Hill?
Answers on a postcard to Andrew Pattle (no prizes).

Greg brought information about a charity motor cycle event in Cromer on June 10th & 11th, which may interest some of our readers.  See the flyer.

Good quality conversation rumbled on into the late evening with the ladies being somewhat taken back by the description of Dave’s lounge.  Folk made their way off to various parts of Norfolk as the evening wore on but I believe a good time was had by all.  By all I mean, Dr Watson, Ian de O, Ian de S, Rod, John, Chris, Sue, Greg, Paul, Mel, Nigel and Matthew.

Next month the 2nd Wednesday has slipped into the 2nd Tuesday & we will meet at Old Buckenham Bike night, an easy ride for the central and south Norfolk contingent.  See you at The Ox & Plough?  Look for the bikes, not hard to find, NR17 1RN.

Matthew.

4 May 2017

Traditionally May has not been a good month for evening runs with several wet years.  Hopefully, Wednesday 10th May will be fine and we will be able to have a ride out.  The plan is to start from the Kings Arms, Martham, NR29 4PL at 7:00pm sharp (if it’s wet we will just meet inside) for a run of just about an hour-ish and return back to the pub (food will be available) to continue the meet inside (or alfresco) where the WAGs and anybody without a road ready bike would be welcome to join in.

Dave.

17 April 2017

Baker’s dozen plus one.

Sincere apologies for the tardy delivery of this report I think I may have been overawed by the large turnout, or maybe fulltime work & looking after my Mum got in the way.  Fourteen, yes 14 people gathered at the Roman Camp pub for the April meeting of the Norfolk section of the EACC.  Dr Watson, Jamie & Sam, Chris, John, Roger, Rosa, Paul & Mel, Ian de O, Tony, Ian de S, Colin and I all managed to find our way to the A148 junction near Aldborough (not Aldeburgh) for an evening of conviviality.  With such a large group I couldn’t eaves drop on all the conversations but there were many interesting topics being discussed.  Ian de Ormesby gave a lively edition of the ‘Christian dealer’, which is an amusing anecdote worthy of telling elsewhere.  Dr Watson & Tony enjoyed reminiscing about days spent stock car racing in Yarmouth.  Several of us discussed a frequently enjoyed topic: New Hudson autocycles & their competitors (how many can you list?  Answers to Dr Watson).  Microcars featured too including the diminutive AC Petite with its wooden base and handling to match.

Paul & Mel are the proud owners of an Ariel 3, which Mel tells us is not replacing her beloved AJS Modena 50.  John attempted to reach us on his MS Stewart but it only wanted to come one mile of the journey and was pushed back home & swapped for more reliable transport.  Colin popped in on his way home from work and announced his departure at least four times before dragging himself home for tea.  What an interesting chap is our Colin, a former motor cycle racer who had some success on a Rotax engine Cotton.  His current bikes include a rather quick Honda 500 enduro and a Francis Barnett Plover.  Having chatted about subjects wide & diverse, including social care, the woes of collecting and the last days of Raleigh cycles production in the UK, we started to drift off home.  Three of us enjoyed the fare on offer and all had drunk sensibly.  I was Des as well as being Matthew so had spent the evening on ginger beer.  Tip of the month: Clean Bakelite with brasso & be amazed at the results.

Matthew.

9 March 2017

Mystery object Six go mild in the country.

Some may have been drinking stout or bitter while others supped mild or imbibed water.  The range of our conversation topics never fails to intrigue me.  We covered subjects as far ranging as unidentified mopeds for sale on eBay to the plumbing of 1930s’ housing stock.  Ian de Ormesby brought along a magazine or two to be browsed, including one with an interesting Puch review.  Who can recall the ‘Ranger’ as a contemporary of the ‘Monza’?  Dr Watson produced the mystery item of the month, which still eludes positive identification as to application, while its purpose is understood.

Jamie was back meeting with us having been absent from meetings for a while; he has purchased a rather fine, unmolested New Hudson autocycle.  This machine is now registered and we look forward to seeing Jamie on it soon.  The five folk attending were: Ian, Ian, Chris, Dave, Jamie & a Ciao owner.

Next meeting: branching out to our first meeting in North Norfolk on April 12th, usual time.

Matthew.

2 March 2017

Informal and unstructured meetings are guaranteed when the Norfolk Section of the EACC gathers, safe in the King’s Arms.  Merriment and sprightly discord ensue while maidens dance and minstrels sing.  Or at least Lucy will serve us, if we are polite and well behaved, while music plays quietly in the background.  When does all this frivolity take place?  The second Wednesday of the month of course, as we have done so for about two years, from 7.00pm-ish (or 19.00hrs for the 24hr types).  In the case of March 2017 we will meet on the 8th.  So come one, come all and join us for ales, tales and regales*

Matthew.

* (Plural of regale: to entertain, amuse or delight)

10 February 2017

AJS Modena Just to say that Melanie and I had a great time at our first EACC meeting at the Kings Arms Martham last night—great company and very good food.  I also enclose a photo of the Modena scooter for your interest (or not).

Paul Kemp.

10 February 2017

The coolest meeting yet.  (It was so cold outside but not freezing; how come?)  After eight folk* collected themselves in the warm lounge of the Kings Arms, we had a good evening.  It was good to see four folk from the Sheringham Chapter of the ‘Bikes I had in my youth’ club.  Mel broke our previous all male attendance as a welcome lady with her hubby Paul.  Mel rides an AJS, see the photo supplied by Paul.

Attendees were: Dr Watson, Ian de Ormesby, Matthew, & Chris; plus the North Norfolk posse of Mel, Paul, John, & Ian de Sheringham.  Food was cooked by the unflappable Eric and our landlady was Lucy, who looks after us well.  Real ale was enjoyed by some & ginger ale was enjoyed by other, even if Paul did have a choking fit.

The evening discussions got off to an off topic start with residential care, social care, and CQC (look it up) inspections.  We soon veered back on to the straight and narrow.  A brief meeting of Number Plate Spotters Anonymous took place and we moved on to the mystery object supplied by Dave via Ian and revealed by Ian (confused?  They are both Ian—M).  A reworked Villiers 2F barrel was the item.  Dave explained that windy guns and head studs are not a good combination.  Ian had rescued the assault Villiers and got it back to good order.

We discovered a common factor in our collections; we all seem to hanker after bikes from our youth, either the models we did own or the models we couldn’t afford & never got to own.  It appears that prices have risen at quite a rate recently but are there enough younger collectors come up to purchase bikes when collectors need to realise their assets?

The next meeting on March 8th will be at the Kings Arms again but … shock news!  We will be up north for the April meeting.  Look out North Norfolk, we’re coming.

Matthew.

(*14% increase in attendance from last month)

2 February 2017

Unfortunately there will be no magic lantern show at the February meeting of the Norfolk Section of the EACC on Wednesday 8th February from 19.00hrs (seven o’clock to some) unless you bring your own slides to show us*.  There may be beer, ale or stout.  Rumours of good hot food abound and the company is none too shabby either.

What is required is presence, preferably yours and that of others.  Our diverse county is over 70 miles wide and nearly 50 miles deep so travel may be required by some members & interested parties in order to attend this gathering at the eastern side of Norfolk in the King’s Arms public house, Martham, NR29 4PL.

We welcome suggestions for visits, alternative pubs, venues to meet, interesting people & places to discover.  So come on and join us Wednesday next.

Matthew.

(*slide shows welcome too)

12 January 2017

Seven up, magnificent seven, seven deadly, or whatever 7 you wish to add; there were 7 EACC members at the Kings Arms on January 11th, all enjoying the company of fellow enthusiasts.  Two Ians, Dave, Chris, Rod, Matthew & new member John gathered together despite cold weather, flood alerts and dark winter conditions.  Food was scoffed, some had more vinegar than they expected, and beer (or cider) was quaffed.  Much good natured humour and conversation was shared, while some anoraks got an airing too.  Registration numbers, records and number plates were a popular topic of the evening.  Special mention to our newest recruit, John, who provided a ‘guess the bike’ quiz, with answers & had travelled from Sheringham to be with us.  Ian, also from Sheringham, hadn’t met John before so this could be the start of a North Norfolk chapter; watch this space.  At the very least we have good cause to go north for a meeting or two in the coming year.  I wonder how many complete bikes, or V5Cs were represented amongst the 7 of us in total?  I would estimate in excess of 250 over all, but who knows?

Don’t sit at home getting cabin fever, come on and share Mr Edison’s [What about Mr Swan?—Editor] incandescent lighting with us on February 8th, usual time & usual venue.  All welcome, ownership of an eligible bike is not a prerequisite of attendance.

Matthew.

5 January 2017

Hi all,

Are you resolved to give something up in the New Year?  Well hopefully you won’t have given up enthusiasm for mopeds, autocycles and Cyclemotors.  So come and share your interest with other people at the Kings Arms, Martham, NR29 4PL.

From 19:00hrs, Wednesday 11th January for the first meeting of the EACC Norfolk Section in 2017.  All are welcome, regardless of age, gender or any number of definitions.  Fresh food is available from our hosts Lucy & Eric at reasonable prices, so have your evening meal when you get there.  Beverages aplenty too, non-alcoholic for ‘Des’ and good ale for others.

Never mind the weather, get it together and EACC your way to joining us.

Matthew

Thanks to Chris for last month’s report.

15 December 2016

I arrived early at the Kings Arms to a warm welcome from the landlady and ordered food and drink and then chose a suitable club size table.  Soon after Dave strolled in and, after greeting everyone in the pub, joined me and ordered food.  Talk of all things two-wheeled quickly took off when Dave produced a copy of Which Bike? from years ago, the one with the Queen on the front cover on a moped, and set the challenge of guessing the best moped in their road test and the year of the magazine.  Dinner arrived shortly followed by Ian and a little later by Ian, now we were four and Dave informed us that Mathew wouldn’t be joining us due to illness.  So the three of us rose to Dave’s challenge and eventually got to the correct answers.  Having raised the topic of rust treatment within fuel tanks at the last meeting and got some great advice and insight, I brought along my Mobylette tank which I had subsequently cleaned rust from and treated with a resin coating called SLOSH for inspection.  Discussion on many subjects ensued, Dave recounted a woeful tale of loaned trailer and moped offered and lost, Ian’s new cyclomotor, entering the Mince Pie run, Ian’s recently acquired Suzuki twin with the engine in pieces, well it was just a pile of bits in the photo but he’s sure its the engine, more talk of offered bikes regrettably not taken, 1930s’ three wheelers and, somehow, Boris Karloff, phones, computers, and a brief slip into politics until Dave brought us back onto two wheels again.  Santa had dropped off two tubs of bicycle spanners of varying shape and condition; some were chosen by the assembled and taken away to be played with over Christmas.  The meeting broke up around 9:30pm with conformation of the next meeting date.

Chris

9 December 2016

Are you feeling elfy?  Revving up for December revels?  Working out how naughty or nice you have been?  Well, put your festive preparations aside and get over to the Kings Arms at Martham on Wednesday 14th December for the Norfolk Section EACC grand Christmas function.  Dancing girls, mulled wine, roast goose and free gifts: all of these will not be available, but a reasonable chat with like-minded souls from the world of mopeding (also autocycling & cyclemotoring) can be had by anyone who drops by.  The pub provides ambience*, beer, food and somewhere to gather indoors away from the weather.

If you wonder why we meet in the Kings Arms in Martham, it may be because 50% of the attendees find it easy to reach but it could also be because no one else offers to arrange a venue.  We are open to ideas & offers of a place to meet from across Nelson’s County.  Locating a venue is not complex & doesn’t involve much work.

Find a pub

Ask publican if they mind a bunch of EACC members meeting there on the second Wednesday in the month

Tell us.

* Not to be confused with the rare Avez-Nous Ambience French Cyclemotor

Dave

9 December 2016

Dear David

I work on the events team at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and would like to invite you and any of your members to some of our events next year.

We have just had our annual events review meeting and have set dates for our events plan for 2017 so wanted to let you know as soon as possible in case they might be of interest to any of your members.
  1. Rock ’n’ Roll—Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017.  Our Rock ’n’ Roll event has been such a success over the past 3 years, and for our 2017 RnR event we have decided to focus on the sixties—so mods and rockers, vinyl and vintage scooters, bikes and vehicles.
  2. Father’s Day—Sunday 18th June 2017.  This year’s Father’s Day theme is Big Boys’ Toys so we thought that it would be a great opportunity to invite anyone with a car, truck, bike, or moped from any era who would like to display their vehicle to come along and park their car in our large arena area.
  3. Village at War—Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August 2017.  Our annual Village at War event is as popular as ever, especially with vintage vehicle owners and enactors, so we would be delighted to invite anyone with 1940s or pre-’40s vehicles.

I have attached Booking Forms for all three events, which can be distributed and shared to anyone who might be interested in any or all events.  There will be more information available next year, but please do get in touch if you have any further queries.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes
Lara Cobden
Events Administrator
T. 01362 869259

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR

Booking forms can be forwarded on, .

10 November 2016

Hot off the press!  The recent meeting of the Norfolk branch of Mopeds anonymous started in the usual way as each of us sat down and said ‘My name is <insert name here>, I am a mopedaholic’  We discussed how we could manage without mopeds but what harm would one more moped do?  We could give up mopeds at any time but we just didn’t want to right now.

Meanwhile back at the pub, five of us gathered for a pint or two and a chat about many things.  We discussed the price of chrome plating and sat aghast when Ian de Sheringham told us the quotes he’d been given for plating some autocycle parts.  Ian d’Ormesby had brought along some ephemera to be enjoyed including a James catalogue from 1929, much the worse for wear but still enjoyable & the cause of some discussion about trikes and trade bikes amongst other things.  A more modern article detailing many late seventies bikes raised a chuckle and an eyebrow or two as we looked at makes and models we hadn’t seen before or couldn’t recall.  Chris pointed out the crazy prices some Laverdas are fetching nowadays and we all commented on the rising prices of bikes that couldn’t be given away a few years back.  Matthew suggested that people should be buying and hiding away Honda Melodies & Yamaha QTs for future investment.

Dave brought along a bargain gasket set which kept us all foxed until he showed us why it was a bargain. Not spoiling the fun we can let Dave tell you another time.  Amongst other subjects we chatted about jazz music, George Formby’s handwriting, reputed collections of bikes stashed away, making a Fizzy go faster and Eastern European motor cycles.  A bargain Norman and an even cheaper Raleigh also got a mention along the way.

Next meeting at the usual winter venue, Wednesday 14th December.
Matthew

14 October 2016

Two feet, three wheels & four wheels: all methods used by members and a guest to get to the October meeting of the EACC Norfolk Section.  While three of us ate our evening meal, all five of us enjoyed technical discussions about the wheel bearing cones used on autocycles, particularly the New Hudson variety.  Dr Watson & I learnt that not only is there another New Hudson in the village, which is not owned by the good Doctor, but he also knows the owner’s sister with whom he went to school.  All this information came from a chap whom neither of us knew and who lives a handful of miles away.  Hopefully we didn’t scare him off and he will come back to tell us how the restoration is going and perhaps he will join the EACC too.  We all went easy on the beer because of driving, walking and for at least one of us, paid employment the next day.  General consensus was approval of the great effort made by Copdock Motorcycle Club in putting together another well planned and executed show.  If you have missed or avoided the show give yourself a treat next October and go; it is equal to the Stafford shows and local to many of us.  Newark autojumbles also came in for fair comment too and often attract large crowds with several folk from Norfolk attending often.

Diverse subjects were also covered during the evening, including BBC Radio 4 output, namely ‘I’m sorry I haven’t a clue’ & ‘Just a minute’, of which not everyone is a fan.  A good evening in a warm pub with decent company made the meeting pass quickly.  Three of us were the last punters left in the place which was locked up and thrown into darkness as we left, at 22.00hrs, not a busy night.  There are many members in Norfolk so why not come and join us in November.  If you offer us a pub to meet in you won’t need to organise anything more demanding than that.  Good beer and hot food are a useful addition.  Norfolk is over 70 miles wide & 40 miles deep so there must be other places we can meet.  Go on, make us an offer.
Matthew

14 May 2016

Three men on their bikes.

Stalwarts of the EACC Norfolk Section met up at Chris Way’s homestead and trundled out to the big bike meeting at the Ox & Plough in Old Buckenham.  All three of us made it to the village green.  Dr Watson on his NVT Easy Rider, Matthew on his Vespa Ciao and Chris in his car with the unusually temperamental Excelsior on the carrier attached to his car.  Sadly the 1949 autocycle had made it most of the way before conking out.  Fortunately for Chris his dear lady was able to rescue him (but not the bike).  Some car shuffling got Chris back to the bike and onward to the pub.

Meanwhile an Italiano-British pact of solidarity rode on to pastures new, whereupon the Ciao fell over due to the soft ground of the village green (no damage to green or bike).  No wobbling for the good old British parts bin special, Dave’s NVT never faltered.  We were all well received by fellow bikers who had ignored the nay sayers and the dark clouds to laugh in the face of adversity and rain.  One potential rider with the EACC group had called off due to potential precipitation.  We met up with fellow EACC member Martin on one of the larger bikes in his collection: a Honda CB360.  There was good conversation to be had including tug boats, pub renovation, financial chicanery (not by any who were present) and Excelsior fault finding.  As we chatted a plan was formulating: in June the Norfolk Section will ride from Long Stratton, conveniently sited on the A140, to the Ox & Plough at OB.  Hopefully more brave souls will join us to swell the ranks of what can be 100s of bikes outside the pub.

The dry journey back to Dave’s Berlingo was made all the more exciting by two mopeds sharing one headlamp.  Escorted by Chris we made it safely back and then enjoyed a 40 minute drive in very wet conditions to get safely back to base.  Thanks to Dave for being Des.

Next meeting: June 14th Long Stratton—ride to Old Buckenham or meet us at the Ox & Plough.  Note: As in May our Wednesday meeting is on a Tuesday—we dew diffrunt in Norfolk.
Matthew

7 May 2016

If anybody is attending Journey Through The Ages, don’t forget applications to show at this event have to be in before the 20th May.
Entry form: www.throughtheages.co.uk/docs/Exhibitor Form 1 2016.pdf
The small print: www.throughtheages.co.uk/docs/Exhibitor Information & Safety Code 2016.pdf
It all looks very official but they are a really friendly lot—mainly Gary from the old Horham Bygones event—and very helpful.  You don’t have to be there for both days.
Don’t all rush!
Regards, Dave

25 April 2016

Fresh cake in vintage Tupperware, hot tea & good company.  Not many braved the iffy weather but those who did so enjoyed the event.  There were few classic out on the road this year; I have seen many more in past years of the FBHVC Drive it day.  I imagine the weather put off the chrome & glitz guys and gals.  It wasn’t a day for sitting on a moped getting alternately frozen, soaked & baked so I took the Mighty Kangoo up to North Walsham to join Dave at the Norfolk Motorcycle Museum.  The place is less of a stuffy mausoleum with glass cases and more of a big shed which could empty your bank account in an instant.  Bikes are stacked two high on shelves & I don’t think you could get a single (or twin) bike more in the place.  There are road eating monsters, run of the mill commuters and scooters so rare they make you blink and look twice.

When I arrived Dave was in conversation with Nick Ward the outstanding motorcycle artist (www.artmondo.net/printworks/artists/past/nick.htm).  I was introduced to Nick and then I pottered about the place enjoying the dust, bikes and atmosphere.  Dave had brought tea and cake with him to share, I couldn’t have cake but the tea was good.  George, the proprietor is a great chap and well worth spending time with.  His sense of humour takes a little working out but he is a genuine bloke who shares his interest freely.  Not long before Dave decided to make one last cuppa another chap turned up; enter Bob King, a cyclemotor fan from beyond Aylsham.  It turned out that we had an acquaintance in common, what a small world it is.  As closing time drew near we made our farewells and toddled home.  There may have been no crowds, no music and no beer but we had a good time and most of the cake lived to see another day.

Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnome-service/albums/72157667471674576
Matthew.

24 April 2016

Only in Norfolk!  Our next second Wednesday of the month meeting will be on a Tuesday.  Tuesday 10th May we will be at the Ox & Plough, Old Buckenham for one of their ‘Two Wheel Tuesday’ nights.  Meet 7:00pm at Mount Pleasant, NR17 1XQ (Chris Way’s) and ride to the event … or meet at the pub (NR17 1RN).
Dave.

17 April 2016

Don’t forget next Sunday: Drive It Day.  Would be good to see members turn up for the afternoon at the Norfolk Motor Cycle Museum.  Doesn’t matter what you are on or in.
Dave.

15 April 2016

An hour long run in the Not National Park, The Norfolk Broads, taking in windpumps, a marsh harrier, picturesque villages, bridges and cool evening air; all this before it got dark.  This was the first evening run for EACC Norfolk members.  To bring some warmth to our knees we retired to the unofficial HQ of the section, the Kings Arms Martham, where Lucy & Eric made us most welcome.  Much chatting took place & the world was put to rights without causing anyone to be offended.  Beer was supped in moderation (and pint glasses), food was scoffed and a pleasant evening was enjoyed.  Ian rode his larger-than-moped 1960 Ariel Arrow, Dr Watson was on time on his 1981 Batavus Pronto, & I yowled along on my 1974 Vespa (Douglas) Ciao.
As I went to leave the pub, after the others had gone, some folk sitting in the bay window asked what year my moped was and what make it was.  We had a brief chat in which I discovered they were BMW riders visiting friends in the village and that one of them had, in his youth, been a BSA Dandy owner; not everyone would admit that, especially to a complete stranger.
Next month: a meeting somewhere in Norfolk on the second Wednesday of the month…
More from Mother Hen after that meeting.

Thanks Matthew,
It was good to be able to attend after the last few stressful days.  We certainly made the lambs spring into action and I think I will pop back to the mill restoration where the guys came out from their tea break to tell us about a friend who has 10 Raleigh/Mobylettes.  A lot more miles than I was probably expecting for May(?) and returning just as the lights were required.  (Good job as my rear wasn’t working.)
Dave.

3 April 2016

Ride It Day poster

10 March 2016

I am not sure if two members make a meeting quorate but it didn’t stop Dr Watson & Mother Hen from gathering to have a pint and a mardle [1].  The beer, food, & company was good.  The next meeting might include a short run out because the clocks will have changed by then & we may have enough light to navigate by.  Not much else to report: both members in reasonable fettle and looking forward to a season of ’peds and sunfilled brightfullness.[2]

Next meeting will be April 6th, 7pm-ish at the Kings Arms Martham, bring your machine and ride it, somewhere, perhaps.  All welcome regardless of race(ing), colour, cubic capacity or which way round you wear your collar.
Matthew

[1] For those of you uneducated in refined speaking, a mardle is a conversation.

[2] Apologies to Keats

11 February 2016

A winter evening in a pub with a log burner is not much hardship.  Add into the mix the good company of fellow enthusiasts and a pint or two of your chosen beverage and the event improves all the more.  Four of us made it to the February meeting of the Norfolk Section. Long distance award goes to Ian, from North Norfolk with the rest of us, Dr Watson, me and non-member Jamie, all living in the village.  Subjects up for discussion were the usual fare of varied and diverse matters, which included, the taxman, employment, civil engineering and autocycles.  Mopeds also made a brief entrance into the chatter.  Ian has done a considerable amount of research into Villiers engine numbers for autocycles and has gained quite a bit of knowledge in linking engine numbers to manufacturers and dates.  No doubt he would have plenty to discuss with our learned friend.
Matthew

14 January 2016

A Norfolk pub, real ale, good food and good company; sounds like a recipe for an EACC section meeting, perhaps the Norfolk Section?  And so it came to pass, four wise men of the east gathered at a lowly inn.  (Well the inn is above sea level but not by much.)  A convivial evening was had chatting about plans for the coming year both EACC and personal.  Ian, our furthest travelled member (that evening), was more than mildly impressed with tales of daring do in previous jaunts to far flung destinations such as the west of England, Wales and the Outer Hebrides.  Dave won the competition to name the most Hebredian Islands but he had been to most of them, which gave him an advantage.  Jamie recounted descriptions of his latest additions and the need for a larger garage.  We look forward to seeing one of the ‘new’ machines on the club runs which will happen on second Wednesday in the month from May 2016.  Meanwhile we will be meeting each second Wednesday at the Kings Arms in Martham.  If members can offer ideas for alternative locations to start runs please do so by letting Dr Dave Watson know by e-mail, phone, or carrier Coypu, etc.

See you next month?  Oh yes I was the fourth man,
Matthew ‘Mother Hen’

7 January 2016

We will be meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at the Kings Arms, Martham, (unless somebody comes up with an alternative suggestion) until May when we will be organising evening runs.

10 December 2015

We were well pleased with our December meeting.  It was good to see our friend Chris from the Attleborough area then, all the way from Sheringham, a new (multi Excelsior owner) member.  Rod crossed the border from Lowestoft and we were joined by locals Matthew and Jamie.  Then we were joined by a visitor who is returning to the area to care for his father (where there is a partly restored Coventry Eagle autocycle that has been family-owned since 19?? in the loft).

Dave

A magnificent seven gathered together to celebrate all things moped, autocycle and cyclemotor at the Kings Arms public house, Martham on 9th December.
Attendees were: Dr Watson, Chris from Attleborough, Rod from Oulton Broad, Ian from Sheringham, Martin from Caister/Boston, Jamie from Martham and yours truly from Gnomewhere special.
Discussion was lively and included narrowboats, tugboats, HGVs, PSVs, LED bulbs, and a variety of other subjects.  Rod gave us a demonstration of LED lighting with a battery, wire, and bulb all produced from his pocket.  We waited for him to produce a sonic screwdriver such was the surprise of his demo.
Ian is a new member who owns a few Excelsiors ’cos one is not enough.  Martin is residing in our local area whilst looking after his Dad and Martin hopes to rediscover the family-owned Coventry-Eagle Auto-ette which is stored in his Dad’s loft.  Watch this space.  I was the only non-autocycle owner in attendance and felt outnumbered.  Food was available in the form of hot meals from the menu and I recommend the home-made Bolognese.  The beer was good too, Rocking Rudolph being a seasonal favourite.
We’ll meet again!  You could be the host if you have a local pub which can cater for happy folk discussing our hobby in Norfolk.

Matthew

20 November 2015

Our regular monthly meets have been rather low key of late but hopefully we will have a good turnout on the 9th December.  Meet from 7:00 at the Kings Arms, Martham.  Food available; NR29 4PL into the Sat Nav for those who haven’t found us yet.

Sun 24th April 2016 is the date for FBHVC Drive it Day.  No details yet but we will be riding somewhere!

Sat 18th–Sun 19th June 2016 is the Journey through the Ages event at Palgrave near Diss.  We were made very welcome last year and will be attending again.

Fri 1st, Sat 2nd, and Sun 3rd July is the annual Norfolk Camping Weekend.  Same itinerary as previous years with new routes.  No booking required turn up for any part or all weekend.

Dave

17 November 2015

November seems too early to be talking about Christmas but there we are, it’s been said now so perhaps we’d better get on with working out what the Norfolk Section is going to do for the December meeting.  No sitting on the lap of some old duffer dressed in red & white.  No naff present brought from Poundland (other cheap shops are available).  No carol singing.  That is those matters dealt with, now for more important details:
Where: The Kings Arms in Martham, local pub to two members and scenic village hostelry to anyone driving past.  Good ale, good welcome, warm staff and hot food.  (NR29 4PL for those not travelling via Stoke & those using SatNaff.)
When: December at a guess, try turning up on the second Wednesday 9/12/2015 at 7-ish.
What: Chat, beer, information, photos, beer & food (if you need it—meals at reasonable prices).

Cheers,
Dave

21 August 2015

There’s not much to report really, since the evening run in May.  After that, nobody came up with any suggestions for the next meetings.  Meanwhile, I was just back from Sars Poteries at the time of the June meeting, we were all just getting over the camping weekend in July, and I was just back from the Yarmouth to Yarmouth ride and was also on call for work at the time of the August meeting ... so not a lot happened.

So, in September, we’ll be back at the Kings Arms in Martham to see who’s interested in carrying on.

Cheers,
Dave

6 July 2015

EACC Camping Weekend

Well, first of all, a big thank you to Dave Watson for a brill weekend, and the arranging of the campsite facilites (pity about the bogs and shower lark though, Dave!)  Anyway, having found my way to the venue, I met Dave for the first time, and got a big welcome; I had not long pitched my tent when twi guys from Northampton turned up on two Puch bikes, having ridden some 130 miles on their trusty steeds, which took them about 7 hours—Well Done Lads.  We were soon joined by others, so Dave organised a evening ride taking in some wonderful countryside; we went to a chippy that dave said was a must.  Dave had checked this out earlier in the week but, by sod’s law, was closed when we got there (beyond Dave’s control), so most of the riders went into a café–restuarant.  I stood guard on the bikes and there was loads of interest from the public.  My lights on the AV33 didnt want to play ball so I rode in between the others of our group until we arrived back at the campsite with Dave being lead bike and Paul as sweep bike.  Then it was bikes secured and off to the pub at the site entrance: a good local place (The Victoria Inn), not one for the faint-hearted but I enjoyed it: my type of pub.  We had a couple of drinks in there and moved to a more sedate pub a couple of hunderd yards down the road; we discussed how the days events had gone, and everyone agreed it had been brill, then off to bed about 1-30am.

On Saturday morning, we had one hell of a thunderstorm, got wet in the tent.  Come Saturday morning, got up, threw the dosser bag on top of the tent ... it quickly dried.  Conditions were very humid at 7am; about 11am, Dave got all the bikes in line and we had several group photos taken, then we set off on our 60-odd mile run taking in places of interest, got back at about 5pm, had another chat about the day’s events, chilled for a while, then—you guessed—back down the pub.  We met Dave outside the Kings Arms pub and, as the village was having a mini-Gglastonbury, Dave took us over and we enjoyed the band that was on.  Dave’s brother was running a real cider bar there, some of the guys decided to try a tipple (not for me) but it was the real Mccoy.  After a couple of hours there of drinking and listening to the band, we headed back to the campsite and went to bed.

Got up sunday, Dave had planned a breakfast run to one of their local garden centres.  Lo and behold, it started bleeding raining, but most of the guys were so dedicated to following the morning’s event ride that they all agreed they wanted to carry on regardless of the rain.  I did not go as I had not packed my waterproofs, so I told Dave that I would not be carrying on.  Dave gave me a short cut route back to the site and I was back in no time.  When I got back I decided that, due to the weather, I would the tent down and head homeat about 1:30pm.  I thought Dave and the rest of the guys would be back by then but no one to be seen ... would like to have thanked Dave and the rest of the guys & gals for making it such a great weekend.

Footnote: we covered over 100 Miles over the weekend and this must be a first for me with no breakdowns at all.  I personally did a 320-mile round trip and would not have missed it for the world.  A big thanks to the guy who fetched me my new chrome wheel rims from Danny.  If any of you are thinking of going to this one next year: what a great weekend!

More than chuffed,
John Bann (Rotherham Roamers)

28 June 2015

The first EACC Camping Weekend in the Broadland village of Martham.
3rd to 5th July 2015

Held in conjunction with Martham Fun Carnival.  Basic camping facilities are provided in the pub grounds, electric hook up available.  Road runs and meals out, taking in local attractions and the Broadland scenery.  No need to book, turn up and stay for as long or short as you wish.  Day visitors welcome.

www.facebook.com/events/1608045086085797/

Pub checked for beer last night—lovely day for a recce for next Saturday.  Leave Martham 11:00 prompt for a 27-mile run to Whitwell Station (via a short break at Wroxham).  Followed by a 16-mile run to meet our old friend George at the Motorcycle Museum, North Walsham.  Then head to the coast on a 20-mile run back to camp at Martham.  If the weather is as good as today it should be good day out; if not the visit to Whitwell maybe deleted and a shorter route to the Museum and back would be possible.

Map of route

Dave.

22 June 2015

Journey Through The Ages: Vintage Rally and Country Fair, Goodrich Park, Palgrave, IP22 1BA
20th & 21st June 2015

First visit for me on what was the third time for this event, born out of previous shows that have ceased to run.  It’s not everybody’s idea of fun but I enjoyed the event and would hope to do it again next year.  The plan (mine) was to be next to Keith with his Cyclemotor display but we were split up and just my four bikes (Moto Graziella, Berini on Hercules bike, Excelsior Consort and Bown Autocycle) and a PC50 were under the new EACC Norfolk Section banner That was a bit disappointing but two others (Norman Nippy and Excelsior Autobyk) and two members on bigger bikes were also present).<

Sunday was much better (although the PC50 was not present); my four were together with the other two and were joined by Tony with four excellently presented Yamahas plus an Italian sports ’ped, which made an impressive line up.

Saturday was OK and I know more about tractor pulling than previously; we got away without the threatening clouds actually dumping on us, and a drink with two members who were exhibiting (not bikes) was enjoyable.

Sunday was much better with the extra bikes and much chatting to the public; no offers of sheds to be cleared but several contacts were made.  Happy Days.

My pictures are at: www.flickr.com/photos/40103650@N04/sets/72157654862275462

Dave.

15 May 2015

Four riders of the apocalypse rode forth, and the apocalypse slowly took place.  We had a 25% success rate at some points with three machines spluttering and coughing along but before that we had a grand ride out.  The four riders were Ian Munroe [Ariel Arrow – not leader], Jamie Utting [New Hudson autocycle], Dave Watson [Peugeot Vogue], Matthew Hodder [Vespa (Douglas) Ciao].  The route took us along sunlight lanes in Broadland and took in the villages of Thurne, Fleggburgh, Thrigby, Mautby, Filby, Ormesby and ... for Dave ... Hemsby.

Sunset over Norfolk

We enjoyed photo opportunities at Thurne and Filby before getting down to regular stops for a spluttering autocycle.  Just before we reached Ormesby the Ciao coughed too and Dave’s Vogue, whilst running well, would not tick over.  Two of us admitted defeat and were rescued by Ian who popped home to select a three wheeler (from his fleet) with which to take us back to our respective four wheelers.  We picked up our bikes and adjourned to the Kings Arms in Martham.  Meanwhile, Dave discovered the disaster of the night, our intended chippy was shut.  New battle plan at the pub: Mein Host came up trumps, relit the fryer and produced ham, egg and chips for us at 10pm.  What a star!

Awards (if we had them)

Distance: To the event, Ian on the Arrow.

Of the event: Dave who managed the whole ride.

Wreck of the ride: NH autocycle.

Bike we’d most like to take home: the Arrow, faultless and the mount of our rescuer.

Overall assessment: A darn good ride, great fun with decent folk, a good shake down for the Ciao, which was MoT’d that very morning.  Dave’s pictures are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40103650@N04/sets/72157650435899914.

Next month: mystery ride somewhere in Norfolk organised by ********** at ******.  You fill in the blanks.

Matthew.

3 May 2015

Another happy autocycling day to Flixton Aviation Museum 50-mile round trip for the trusty Bown.  Good to see Nick Perry all the way from a wet Felixstowe on the Simpson.  Rod again getting the non-existent Iron Man award for riding his Mini-Motor from Lowestoft.  Dave Whatling was there with his Cyclemaster trike (also his 1940s Morris van).  Good to see West Norfolk member Brian Lilly ride in (from nearby) with wife in car.  Matthew Noped has now lost that title as he brought along the recently acquired Ciao to show us.  Two other members came along to say hello as they were exhibiting their vehicles: Jeremy with his Spitfire (Triumph I think, sure he didn’t fly in) and ???? with his Series 1 Land Rover.  Everybody else missed a fine day with plenty to see at the museum as well as the cars; the carvery at the adjacent Buck pub was excellent.  My pictures are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40103650@N04/sets/72157652182272432/

Our ext event is the regular Wednesday evening meeting of the second Wednesday of the month; these are informal events so turn up on or in anything you have.  The plan is to move these events around the county, but as nobody has suggested a venue it will be The Kings Arms, Martham again (please, we need somewhere different for June).  Meet at 7:00pm prompt for a run out (or if wet we will still meet in the pub).

Don’t forget the Journey Through the Ages event at Palgrave Near Diss Norfolk. https://www.facebook.com/events/1387859008190476/

We have a club stand both days and a run on the Saturday evening.  No need to attend both days but bookings have to be made with the event organisers before 22nd May to receive entry tickets.

Dave.

19 April 2015

Wed 6th April was the last of the evening meetings before the summer runs.  The Kings Arms, Martham was the venue and it was good to see returning member Paul Stephenson all the way from Castle Acre pop in as he was on wife driving duties.  Chris was there from Norwich, as were locals Jamie and Ian; an enjoyable evening was had and we departed at 11:00.

Don’t forget it’s the FBHVC Drive It Day next Sunday and we will be visiting the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton.  The plan is to ride in from various locations to the Museum (free entry), which is open from 10:00 to 5:00, so arrive and depart any time to suit yourselves—but it would be good to have as many as possible present between 12:00 and 2:00.

Wed May 13th is the date for the first evening run but this is not cast in stone and we can be flexible; we just need somebody to volunteer to organise a run around their local area, a visit to POI, chip shop or pub that does food is usually a good idea as some of us do work.

6 April 2015

Happy Easter to all our readers.  Hopefully the better weather and light evenings are giving time to finish projects and get out riding.  Staying lighter later will also let you get to the Kings Arms, Martham, NR29 4PL for the April meeting.  Come and join us from 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th April (this week) for good company, good beer (food available) and a good mardle about mopeds, etc, etc.  Bring your two, three, or more wheelers, photos, or mystery object to discuss.
See you there.

29 March 2015

Easter is here (just about) and the clocks are going forward as we look forward to the sixth meeting of the Norfolk Section of the EACC on Wednesday 8th April at 19:30hrs (7.30pm).  Quite where we will meet is a mystery because no one has come forward yet to suggest a meeting place.  If no other offers arise then Dr Watson will choose between one or other of the hostelries in Martham but now is the opportunity for you to offer your local as a venue for an evening of good humoured moped chat.  Please let Dave know as soon as possible if you have a venue in mind.
Matthew

12 March 2015

Eddie’s choice of venue for the March meeting of the Norfolk Section of EACC was a master stroke of genius.  The foot hills of South Norfolk attracted a crowd of eleven.  (The ladies’ section was not represented but is always welcome.)  Members from the coast, the Fine City, and the North Suffolk metropolis of Wattisfield joined local EACC members in Attleborough Snooker Club for an evening of spritely repartee.  It was particularly good to have Keith Flood, an original EACC member from the early days of the Club, with us.  Keith brought along a quantity of Autocycle-related literature from his extensive library.  He is willing to part with some interesting pieces of literature, including sales leaflets and books.  Three no-pedders were in the crowd; all are welcome if they are interested in our hobby.  It was good to hear tales of restorations, rides, and other interests.  There was a distinctly nautical flavour to some conversations between boat owners among the group.  The wider conversations included painting, (spray & house decoration). Morris Minors, steam launches, and pub meals.

The April meeting is open to offers; please consider inviting us to your local pub, club, or licensed premises for Wednesday April 8th.  Future months meetings will include runs out on machines as the evenings give us sufficient light to ride out.

23 February 2015

The next instalment of the saga of the Norfolk Section of EACC will take place at Attleborough Snooker Club, London Road, Attleborough, NR17 2BX on Wednesday 11th March, from 7.30pm.  All interested parties are welcome to come and join us for a friendly chat and a pint.  Following the success of our last get-together when we had nine members in one place, it would be good to see you there if you can make it out on a weekday evening.  There may be lifts available from the Norwich direction if you need help with transport.  Obviously mopeds are most welcome.

Reminder: The First Ride Out event for the Norfolk section is on Sunday 26th April when we will be part of the ‘Drive It Day’, a national event for classic vehicles.  We will ride in, from home locations, to the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton, Bungay, NR35 1NZ, where we hope to meet up with members from Suffolk and beyond.  The aim is to have our machines there from 12:00hrs to 14:00hrs.  The museum is open from 10:00hrs–17:00hrs with plenty to see, refreshments on site and a pub close to the entrance.

14 February 2015

What a turn out!  9 members from Norfolk and Suffolk gathered together for the 4th meeting of the Norfolk section.  Much happy chatter ensued and good quality beer was quaffed in moderation.  Folks had travelled from as far afield as Attleborough, Dereham, Norwich, Oulton Broad and closer addresses too.  Many topics were covered including forthcoming events, rides, maiden voyages (for some) epic routes from Dr Watson, and mechanical wonders.  The topics got steamy when two members realised they had both been involved in a 105-mile traction engine run in the 1990s.  We are a group with diverse interests and a great deal of knowledge about many subjects, including tug boats.  It was as good a winter evening as one could hope to have amongst good company.  As new folk meet up new friendships are being formed and information shared, which is after all what we set about to do.  So don’t just read the accounts of our meetings, come along and join us. Perhaps you could host a meeting in your local pub, club or other venue or maybe you have a favourite ride you’d like to share one evening?  Thanks to Matthew for the above.

March meeting (2nd Wednesday) will most probably be held in the Attleborough area.

31 January 2015

Only 11 days until the next meeting of the EACC Norfolk Section, possibly less if you are reading this after the 1st of February.  All interested parties are welcome to meet at the recently re-opened Kings Arms, Martham, NR29 4PL on Wednesday 11th February from 19:30hrs (7.30pm).  Good selection of real ales and a warm comfortable bar without too much noise. Come and have a mardle over a pint with like-minded moped people.  The pub also benefits from a moped friendly landlord.  Thank you to Dr Watson for in depth market research of this venue.

Forthcoming events:

Palgrave near Diss; Journey Through The Ages 21st & 22nd June—book your place with the event organisers www.throughtheages.co.uk

Flixton near Bungay, Suffolk as part of the National ‘Drive it Day’ the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum is hosting all comers on Sunday 26th April to bring their classic machinery out for the day.  Norfolk and Suffolk EACC sections will be in attendance.  Ride there on your own and meet up, or ride in with others from your area.  Museum open from 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs; arrive when you like, core time for visit & meet up is 12:00 to 14:00hrs, leave when you’ve had enough.

25 January 2015

Friday night’s Martham, Kings Arms dry run was neither dry nor a run.  Walked to the recently reopened KA with the view to holding a future meeting there (my excuse and sticking by it).  Good to have my local open again as a free house serving a selection of 4 real ales.  Quite busy and a bit noisy to start with, the teatime drinkers in good spirit.  A pleasant evening was had as the rain was lashing down outside, as the evening drew to a close after several pints it was time to ask mine host about an evening meeting, and what a surprise in that in a previous life he has owned a motorbike shop, was an agent for ? (forgot what he said) and we discussed the Ariel 3, he was very keen to have us along and would we be bringing the bikes?  Said yes to holding a summer run later and that we will hold the February evening meeting there on Wed 11th from 7.30ish.

18 January 2015

Last word from Matthew was ‘shall I do a report’, as he hasn’t supplied anything yet I will have to do it.  January’s meeting it could be said was not the booming success I had hoped for but hey-ho a very pleasant evening for the five of us was enjoyed at the Victoria, Hockering.  No food but we knew that any way and Matthew and I had fish & chips before leaving Norwich.  The pub was an unknown but will certainly be visited again.  Mike Duffin came along and gave us details of the Bantam club will be holding their National Rally in Norfolk in conjunction with the Starting Handle Club event at Marsham on the weekend of Friday 5th to Sunday 9th August (won’t be able to make it myself on the Sat but hope to attend on the Sun).  More details to follow.  Local members Gary and George joined us and we doubled the head count for the pub.  We will be attending the Journey through the Ages event near Diss for the weekend 20th & 21st June, the EACC will be having a club stand both days and there will be a run out on the Saturday evening.  Good beer, a log fire (no juke box, Rod) friendly bar staff and jovial locals and it is still closer that any Suffolk events for me, like I say we will be back, possibly before the evening runs start in May but then hopefully will have one of the evening runs in the area.

... and then as if by magic this came in.

Five go wild in Hockering, well not quite.  5 members of the Norfolk section gathered in the Victoria Inn at Hockering where a blazing log fire warmed the locals and a radiator roasted Dr Watson.  Good conversation was the art of the evening aided by good ale & Guinness.  Some members travelled half way across the county whilst others had only come from a few minutes’ drive away.  The event at Palgrave in was discussed with enthusiasm the Journey Through The Ages: Vintage Rally and Country Fair.  Goodrich Park, Palgrave IP22 1BA 20th & 21st June 2015.  This will be an official EACC event so come on in and join the folks on a club stand.  Next meeting will be second Wednesday in February, watch this space.

11 January 2015

As mentioned last week I have phoned Gary who was the organizer of Horham Bygones.  He is very enthusiastic about having the club at Palgrave.  He said if the club gets in touch nearer the time we can have a defined area (as much as the club asks for) near the motorbikes, which would also be close to the camping area.  As it is the eve of the longest day we could have an evening run (he also said we could arrange a run out from the event, personally I would stay on site).
Regards
Dave.

4 January 2015

Welcome one and all to the January meeting of the EACC Norfolk section.  This month we will be meeting on 14th January at 7pm, in new territory, Hockering near East Dereham.  We hope some of the central and more westerly members will be able to catch up with fellow members at The Victoria Pub in The Street, Hockering, NR20 3HL. All EACC members & friends are welcome, particularly those living in Norfolk.  Bring along your tales and photos of two wheelers past and present.  Any offers for the February meeting gratefully accepted.  This isn’t a big commitment, just check out your local pub and we will turn up as per your suggestion.  Good beer and food available is handy too.  Also wanted are suggestions for events to attend as a club section.  If you know of local events which we could add interest to then let us know.  Don’t forget the section camping weekend in July at Martham.

19 October 2014

Composed by the might of Watson & Hodder.

EACC Norfolk Camping Weekend 2015 Fri 3rd July–Sun 5th July, Victoria Inn, Martham, NR29 4QT.  The first EACC Camping Weekend in the Broadland village of Martham.  Held in conjunction with Martham Fun Carnival.  Basic camping facilities are provided in the pub grounds, electric hook up available.  Road runs and meals out, taking in local attractions and the Broadland scenery.  No need to book, turn up and stay for as long or short as you wish; Day visitors welcome.  Friday 19:00hrs, Chip shop run through local villages and byways.  Saturday 11:00hrs, A day out: road run for all machines to a local attraction.  Saturday 18:00hrs, Short run out for meal, return for entertainment on the village green, a local band.  Sunday 10:00hrs, breakfast run for a Full English & a look around the local area.  Returning to Martham for the afternoon carnival procession.  Evening run out if sufficient interest.

16 October 2014

Hi Andrew, what is required to have a new section?  Thinking of starting a Norfolk section.


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