Ride to TJ’s Cafe – June 24

Branch members outside TJ’s Cafe

On a sunny, busy weekend with the ride for Dave (Miers) and Triumph Day at the Ace, there were still member who wanted to ride out to a cafe in the countryside on Sunday. So they set off for another old favourite of ours, TJ’s near Salisbury. With all the D-Day anniversary celebrations fresh in people’s minds, the association with the legendary Spitfire seemed appropriate. (nb: the cafe is on the site of a wartime Spitfire factory). Here are some photos.

Ace Cafe Triumph Day – 2024

Five branch members rode up to the Ace Cafe on 9th June for special Triumph day celebrating 75 years of the TOMCC. The West Middlesex Branch had their stand there and put on a good display of bikes including a 1929 Triumph that was ridden. Triumph West London (the Triumph dealer previously known as Jack Lilley’s) were there selling clothing and displaying the new Tiger and 400. A band called The Smash played a set in the cafe and the car park was packed with people and an impressive range of modern, classic and customised Triumphs. The sun shone. It was a great day.

Here are some photos of the event.

The Old Motorcycle Gathering 2024

The Old Motorcycle Gathering, our show for old bikes, will be held this year on Saturday 22 June 2024  at the Burghfield Community Sports Association (BCSA), James Lane, Burghfield, RG30 3RS. The show will be from 11am to 4pm. This is near junction 11 of the M4 and is where we hold our Thursday club nights. Click here to see the venue on a map.

A few of the bikes from last year’s Old Motorcycle Gathering

This show is for all bikes classed as “Historic” vehicles by the DVLA, which currently means bikes manufactured before 1984. The show is open to all marques, but bikes must be ridden to the show. Prizes will be awarded for Best Foreign, Best British and Best Triumph as well as Best in Show.

There is no entry charge.

If you don’t have an old motorcycle, you can still come along on a modern bike. Just leave it in the car park while you look at the old bikes on the lawn.

A wide range of food and drink will be on sale at the bar.

Click here to see pictures from our Old Motorcycle Gathering in 2023 or read this article from Nacelle Magazine about our show.

Ride to Cholderton Farm – June 24

Bikes parked outside the cafe at the Cholderton Farm

We rode out to a new destination for our first ride in June, Cholderton Farm, near Salisbury. The sun shone and we rode there on some really nice roads on a varied collection of bikes, including bikes from the 60’s, 70s, 90s and the last ten years. Good breakfast sitting at the outside tables. Here are some photos of the ride.

New Clothes and Badges – May 24

Our selection of clothes on display at our club night

Since a new Branch badge was adopted at our Annual General Meeting earlier this year, our Regalia Officer has been hard at work developing a new range of clothes, badges and other items sporting our new badge. It’s on display at our Thursday club nights for Branch members to view and buy. Here are some photos of some of the items on offer. New items are being added including: t-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, baseball caps, hi-viz vests, patches, stickers, mugs and pens.

We’ll be adding more photos of regalia available for you to look at in the future. But if you want to buy some, currently the only way is to come along to one of our thursday Club nights. A great way to spend a thursday evening has just got even better !!!!

Shelsley Walsh – Photos

The TOMCC’s 75 Anniversary Celebration at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Circuit was attended by over 1000 people, including visitors from overseas Triumph Owners Clubs. More than 90 people rode their bikes up the historic hill climb track. We had a Branch stand at the event. It was a fantastic day: glorious weather, an incredible array of bikes, watching the bikes on the hill climb, meeting people from other Branches and a great party atmosphere in the evening with a cracking live band. Here are some photos of the event.

See here for more details and pictures of our two Branch members who won prizes at the event.

Nacelle Report – June 24

Below is the report published in the June 2024 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in April 2024

With unsettled weather disturbing our normal Sunday ride-outs we somehow managed to dodge the showers for our Spring Bike Meet at Burghfield CSA.  I don’t think I’d be over-egging the pudding if I said we had around a hundred bikes present of all marques and vintages.  Bulldog Triumph exhibited the new 400 Speed, a new triple and a “classic” 955 Daytona; a low mileage example from their “previously loved” range. 

Bulldog in attendance

The clubhouse bar was open by 11.00 am along with the new “play café” serving hot food.  If you were there, I hope you enjoyed the chance to meet other like-minded bikers, but if you didn’t, you missed out on a great gathering. 

Motorcycle gathering

Talking of which our Old Motorcycle Gathering will be held on Saturday 22nd June.  There will be prizes for various categories of bikes entered in the show.  The show is however for tax-exempt bikes of all makes, and the other stipulation is that they must be ridden into the show.  It would be great to see as many bikes as possible of all ages at the event. 

Have you noticed the new branch logo?  Apart from the odd negative remark, the Stag and Oak within the TOMCC shield has been well received by the branch members.

Of course, by the time this is published the Shelsley Walsh event will have taken place.  I hope everyone who attended had a great time and the club and its members will go to celebrate our next anniversary.

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Shelsley Walsh Prize Winners

Berkshire Branch members won two prizes at the TOMCC 75th Anniversary. With over 1000 people there and representatives from Triumph Owner’s Clubs across Europe, they were up against some very tough competition. Jim won Best 1980s Bike and Greg scooped with Best Triumph. Congratulations to them both. They were presented with their prizes by Norman Hyde, TOMCC’s patron.

Jim receiving his prize from Norman Hyde
Jim with his prize

Jim won Best 1980’s bike with his 1983 Thunderbird.

Greg receiving his prize from Norman Hyde
Greg with his prize

Greg won Best Triumph with his1965 Thruxton.

Ride to Avebury – May 24

Dry sunny weather after a number of wet weekends attracted 17 riders for our Sunday ride-out to the ancient stone circle at Avebury. Our runs leader chose a scenic route through twisty lanes which was great fun to ride. We stopped at the Clubhouse cafe just which was between the stone circle and a cricket ground. The car park was full, but there was a grass area that we all parked out bikes in. There was a short drizzle of rain while we were in the cafe, but it had stopped by the time we came out for the ride home. So we all stayed dry. Here are some photos of the event.