9 November 2017
Light blue touch paper and retire to a safe distance.
This is not how the Norfolk Section of the EACC starts its
meetings but we don’t shy from bangs, whizzes. and
pops. Those sounds can be heard when we are out on a ride
but not when we are gathered in a warm pub such as The Lighthouse Inn at Walcott. Alan was host
& barman for the evening and he kept us fed and watered while
we talked and laughed. It turned out that Alan had an RM4
when he was 16, which he rode to death and parted with as
17-year-olds are apt to do. He made us most welcome and
invited us back for meetings in the months to come.
Attendance was good with seven members trashing through the
dark to get to the pub. No new faces and one regular
missing; sorry Ian de O, I forgot to offer him a
lift. No one rode to the meeting, which given its rural
coastal setting was no surprise.
Dave started proceedings with a mystery bike photo.
Unusually for me, I had guessed correctly (as I did later
Photo of the mystery bike
Do you know what it is? Even when given clues such as
the first two letters, plus ‘Boris Johnson’ &
‘Ferrero Rocher’ some folk couldn’t get
it. For more details speak to our publicity officer.
I also brought along a mystery vehicle, a three-wheeler, which
evaded identification. See photo following:
It is a Goliath
The food and drink was good, the Steak & Ale pie is highly
recommended, by me. Dave enjoyed the Steak &' Kidney
pie. Others ate lasagne with baked spuds, which was a
After we had eaten, Paul produced his trump card, or rather a
motor cycle quiz. The questions were all intriguing and we
had great fun working through them. Getting a correct
answer required skill and knowledge, lacking in some cases.
Top marks to Greg who won with 18 points. The quiz was
such a success that we decided we wanted more and Greg agreed to
provide questions for the December meeting.
While Greg held the floor he regaled us with tales of his most
recent adventure, as crew in a car on The London–Brighton
Run. His vehicle of choice was a 1901
De Dion–Bouton. Having enjoyed the run as a
spectator for several years, the misfortune of another chap gave
Greg the chance to enjoy the run from the pointed end. He
gave us a good account, delivered as only he can.
Chris had arrived from Norwich when we were about to
eat. He stayed to give us a puzzle: how to get the barrel
off a Mobylette engine. It is unbolted and moves so far up
and down but the piston & rings won’t pass out of the
bottom of the barrel. Our combined wit couldn’t come
up with a workable solution. If you have ideas; tell
As usual our conversations ranged over a wide field of
discussion & included: heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis,
2.25 × 21 tyres, Citroën cars, Triumph bath
tubs, Corker helmets & zombie apocalypse. If you want
to join in and have a pleasant evening shooting the breeze with
like minded souls, watch out for news of our next meeting on the
second Wednesday in December. Square don't be; there do
3 November 2017
Hopefully we will keep the monthly meetings going throughout
the mainly closed riding season; not sure who suggested
November’s meeting venue but it is to be Wednesday 8th
November at the Lighthouse Inn,
Walcott, NR12 OPE. About mid-way for our Martham and
Sheringham members with plenty of parking and a popular eater,
all welcome. We normally meet from about 7:00pm.
Don’t forget there is a run and the club AGM coming up
shortly (note new venue).
Sunday 19th November 2017: Kneel’s Wheels and the EACC AGM
at Great Blakenham village hall (IP6 0NJ). The last
mopedjumble of the season combined with a ride to explore the
Wild West side of the A14 on a completely new route. The
lunch stop will be the same as last year: at Claydon Crown.
13 October 2017
Back in usual old bar (as the Beatles never said). We
reassembled in the Kings Arms, on
Wednesday 11th, in Martham for our October meeting. It was
a well attended meeting with nine members gathered. John
and Ian de S were early birds, followed by me & Dr
Watson. Greg, Paul, and Mel came down from North Norfolk
together; Chris arrived from Norwich; and Ian de O
turned up to complete the party. He arrived with strategic
timing to avoid some of us eating but this backfired when we ate
later in order to get all the food delivered at once. The
way we sat at two tables meant that we didn’t all get to
chat to one another, however this didn’t limit the range
and volume of discussion. Subjects covered included classic
cars, Citroën & Reliant in particular[*], Panther motor cycles, zombie apocalypse
vehicles, autocycles and, more controversially, the club
newsletter. A good evening was had by all attendees; the
amount of expertise amongst our members never ceases to amaze
me. The beer and food were good & matched the
Next meeting: we branch out (get it?) to new environs and we
plan to meet in coastal North Norfolk at The
Lighthouse Inn, in Walcott. Second Wednesday in
November. Come and join us!
3 October 2017
The October meeting will be returning to the King Arms, Martham, NR29 4PL on our
‘normal’ second Wednesday of the month so don’t
forget Wednesday 11th October from 7:00ish. Although we
will be returning for Octtober it is not planned to be a regular
meeting place nor does it have to be a pub, as always we will be
looking for suggestions for November and beyond.
The September meeting was a little different from usual,
thanks to Ian McDowell in as much that were invited to visit an
extensive and interesting private collection of mainly British
lightweight machines with a sprinkling of Mopeds before retiring
to a nearby pub for food, drink and chat. The meeting was
well attended and our host appreciated our interest.
Amongst the attendees were Nigel S-C, Greg, Paul, Mel, John,
Chris, Ians × 2, Matthew and Me. It was good to meet
returning member Garth Jeffery. Keith Ashby was also there
along with several members of the North Norfolk Classic Car Club
(something like that). Several of us went to the pub where
it was good to have a further chat with the owner of the bikes
and he was interested in joining the club.
10 September 2017
Last month’s meeting didn’t happen as such!
The plan was to meet up at Old Buckenham for the Two Wheel Tuesday night but, with rain during the
day and a wet forecast, most normal people stayed at home.
I did attempt to reach Martin’s at Long Stratton but there
was a serious accident on the A140 and I never made it; a shame
as our Chris Evans attended and didn’t get wet.
Martin and I did go the next week where at least 530 bikes were
We have been invited to view a private collection, copied is
the email I received:
Chris is having his annual open day this
September 18th. Its from 6:30pm to whenever it’s
dark. He will show some 250 lightweights and mopeds, these
are all being dusted down at the moment. His latest
editions are two Honda 50s that I’m told are immaculate but
he has just sold the Skutabike. There is also the
occasional ‘bigger’ machine but for us owners of
smaller bikes this place is heaven.
The EACC is invited along with two or three
other clubs so, if you want a treat, turn up.
As it gets dark early these days proposal is to we should
retire to the pub afterwards. Sounds like a plan to
me! I hope to see you there and as always am open to
suggestions as to where we can hold future meets.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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:
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
9 March 2017
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
Next meeting: branching out to our first meeting in
North Norfolk on April 12th, usual time.
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*
* (Plural of regale: to entertain, amuse
10 February 2017
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
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
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.
(*14% increase in attendance from last
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
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.
(*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
Don’t sit at home getting cabin fever, come on and share
Mr Edison’s [What about
incandescent lighting with us on February 8th, usual time &
usual venue. All welcome, ownership of an eligible bike is
not a prerequisite of attendance.
5 January 2017
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
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.
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
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
* Not to be confused with the rare Avez-Nous Ambience French Cyclemotor
9 December 2016
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
I look forward to hearing from you!
T. 01362 869259
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
Don’t all rush!
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
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).
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
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
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.)
3 April 2016
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 .
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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).
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.
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
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
More than chuffed,
John Bann (Rotherham
28 June 2015
The first EACC Camping Weekend in the Broadland village of
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
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.
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:
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 ...
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
Awards (if we had them)
Distance: To the event, Ian on the Arrow.
Of the event: Dave who managed the whole
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:
Next month: mystery ride somewhere in Norfolk organised by
********** at ******. You fill in the blanks.
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:
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
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
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
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
members in Attleborough Snooker Club for an evening of spritely
repartee. It was particularly good to have Keith Flood, an
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
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.
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
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
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).
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
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.