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.

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.

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.

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.

National Motorcycle Museum – 2024

Norman Hyde at the National Motorcycle Museum

On the 27 April 2024, the National Motorcycle Museum (near Meriden) held a Triumph day in conjunction with the TOMCC, which included a talk by Norman Hyde, TOMCC Patron and legendary development engineer and world record holder. A small group of us from the Branch went up for the day, looked round the museum, met other TOMCC members and listened to Norman Hyde. Here are some photos of the event.

We had a great day. Norman Hyde spoke for an hour and a half without a break. Saw some crazy bikes. Especially liked the very old one where the passenger sat in a chair in front of the rider!!!. Also turns out we were one of the original sponsors when the museum was built according to a plaque on the wall.

The National Motorcycle Museum has a remarkable collection of British manufactured motorcycles, from the dawn of motorcycling in the early 1900’s to the present day. It is well worth a visit.

Ride to Longstock Farm – Mar 24

Members in the car park at Longstock Farm

We rode out to Longstock Farm Shop and Cafe, owned by Waitrose, one damp Sunday. Instead of our usual diet of bacon rolls we had scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Well, it was Waitrose!!.

Enjoying scones, clotted cream and jam at Longstock Farm Cafe

Bring & Buy Sale 2024 -photos

Wares on sale at this years bring and buy sale

We had a good turn-out for our Thursday evening bring and buy sale. The room was crowded with tables laden with all sorts of motorcycle related items. The bar was open and there was hot food served. See below for some photos of the event.