Nacelle Report – April 24

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

The times they are a changing!!  At our AGM this month, Branch members elected a new: Chairman, Treasurer, Scribe and Regalia Officer, while three existing members Bob Cromwell, Derick Nobbs and Mick Billing stood down from the committee. Many thanks to all three for all they have done for the Branch over the years.  Check out our website for who’s who on the new committee.  As well as that, the Branch’s got a brand new badge!! This combines the TOMCC shield with the “stag and oak” from the Berkshire county flag in the Branch colours of bottle green and silver.

Eric Patterson presenting at our Branch night

We had a good turnout one Thursday to hear World Record holder, Eric Patterson, give a talk and answer questions on his record breaking runs at Bonneville Salt Flats on a Brough Superior, which featured on Henry Cole’s TV show.

A joint ride-out with RAT to Popham

Despite wet and cold conditions, we had four rides this month. One was held jointly with our local RAT group and went to Popham Airfield. We also had a ride to Thruxton Circuit, to the Court Hill Centre and finally back to Popham.

We’re looking forward to better biking weather and to kick of the season, we’re having a Lunchtime Bike Meet on Sunday 14 April at the BCSA. What better way to spend a Sunday!!!

Finally, after nine years of writing the Branch reports, I will be resting my paws, so it’s goodbye from me. Watch this space next month for our new Scribe.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – March 24

Below is the report published in the March 2024 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in January 2024

Here we go, rocking all over the world!! The room was buzzing at our Thursday Branch meeting when “Glorious Adventurer”, Pete Rowe, gave a presentation about motorcycle tours in India. His fascinating talk fired our imaginations and several members chatted to Pete later in the evening.

Pete chatting to members after his talk

Our first ride of the year was on the 7th January, when eight of us rode to Thruxton in freezing conditions following a week of torrential rain. All was fine until we came to a heavily flooded road. Three riders bravely rode through it, while the others, put off by the large bow waves created by the first riders, turned back and found another route. Happily, all were soon reunited at the Jackeroo Café for breakfast.  

The following week we rode to TJ’s Café, and the week after that, rode to the Army Flying Museum. The last Sunday of the month the weather was dry and mild, so we set off for Loomies MotoCafe.

Branch members outside TJ’s cafe

We had several new members joining our rides this month. A warm welcome to you all.  

We’re having an indoor bring and buy sale for motorcycle related paraphernalia at our Branch night on the 7 March. If you have any motorcycle clothing, parts, tools, accessories or books that you no longer want, bring them along, lay them out on a table and see if anyone wants to buy them. Or just come along and browse through what is on offer. You might grab a bargain!!!

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – February 24

Below is the report published in the February 2024 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in December 2023

It was a very good year for the Berkshire Branch. We’ve seen lots of new faces at both our ride-outs and club nights. We’ve met every Thursday with turnouts of 20 plus in the winter months, around 40 on soft summer nights and more than 50 turned out to hear Norman Hyde speak in March. Collin, our runs leader has excelled again, with 44 rides organised this year. We’ve also had two lunchtime bike meets, our own Old Motorcycle Gathering and we’ve taken our Branch stand to several other shows including the Swallowfield Show and Dr B’s. We started December by joining over a thousand other bikers for the annual Reading Toy Run in aid of Dr Barnado’s, riding with toys, acting as marshals and Derek using his van to provide extra transport.

Gathering at the end of the Toy Run

We had a good turnout for our Special Christmas Club night, with music, a raffle and free hot Christmas buffet for members and partners.

Our Christmas club night

We managed to fit in a couple of rides as well. Dire forecasts meant only four people turned up for a ride to Savage’s garden centre. They set off optimistically in the dry, but a deluge of rain meant they all got completely soaked. However, the following Sunday, with fine weather forecast, we had a good turnout for a dry run to the H Café and browsing in the motorcycle accessories shop next door.

We’re looking forward to another very good year, with lots of activities being planned.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – January 24

Below is the report published in the January 2024 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in November 2023

So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun!!

We kicked off November with a ride to Triumph Oxford to look at the new Triumph 400s they had for the day.  We looked at them, sat on them and talked to their staff about them. The consensus view was they were good looking bikes that were comfortable to sit on and reasonably priced. The real test will be when someone gets to ride one. Afterwards, a few of us rode on to the Court Hill café near Wantage for refreshments.

Branch members outside Triumph Oxford

The highlight of this month was our Thursday night annual quiz when teams competed to answer a tough set of questions set by our chairman Bob. We had an excellent turn-out and everyone enjoyed the evening. Congratulations to the winning team.

Our quiz night in full swing

Despite a lot of wet weather, we managed to fit in some more rides. We had a mid-week ride to Thruxton. We also had a Sunday ride to Chopper’s Café, but arrived to find it closed. Undeterred we set of for a repeat ride to Thruxton and a late breakfast at the café there. Remember, we continue to have rides throughout the winter.

Thursday evenings continue to be well attended, although almost everyone is coming by car now the evenings are cold and often wet. We have got some interesting Thursday evening events lined up for the winter months including some visiting speakers and an autojumble. Keep your eye on the website for details.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – December 23

Below is the report published in the December 2023 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in October 2023.

We do like to be beside the seaside!!!  So we started the month with a ride-out to Hayling Island for a stroll on the prom, ice creams and a couple of hours lazing on a sunny afternoon.

The following Saturday, we rode to Rawles Motorsports, an Austin Healey restoration specialist, for their open day.

On our bikes at Rawles open day

They had a magnificent collection of beautifully restored Austin Healeys to look at. There were also lots of impressive classic cars brought by other visitors. Their workshops were open and they had staff on hand to talk about the processes they go through in transforming the rusty remains of old cars into the shiny finished beauties on display. There was a barbecue cooking burgers and tea and coffee on offer, so we had a great time.

We also had Sunday rides to Popham Airfield and the Army Flying Museum, both venues with good cafés and lots of big toys to look at it.

Chilling at the Army Flying Museum

For the last Sunday in the month, we had a run to Savages garden centre. We got there in the dry, but on the way home we were engulfed by a deluge of rain and we all got absolutely soaked.

Our members have been rocking all over the world with two riding to Morocco and another group riding through Portugal. They all got back safely.

We’re having a special Christmas evening at our Thursday club night on 14 December. There will be no club night on 28 December.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – November 23

Below is the report published in the November 2023 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in September 2023

We were out on the road again this month.  Our first Sunday ride was to the Longstock Park café on Waitrose’s farm estate.

An array of Triumph’s at Longstock Park

Our next was a ride to the iconic Thruxton circuit and the Jackeroo Café there. Later in the month we rode to the café at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection.

In the Jackeroo Café at Thruxton

Mid-month, we hosted our Autumn Lunchtime Bike Meet at our normal venue, the BCSA. The weather forecast showed rain in the afternoon, but there was a reasonable turnout, although most people left soon after lunch so they could make it home in the dry.

We ended the month with ten of us riding to the Triumph Day at Sammy Miller’s Motorcycle Museum on a selection of Triumph’s from across the Meriden and Hinckley eras. The group got split into two while negotiating one of the large roundabouts on the way, but after some confusion and a bit of help from a sat nav, everyone was reunited at Sammy Miller’s. It was sunny weather, a great turnout at the event and a fine collection of Triumph’s in the car park and we got to meet people from other TOMCC Branches there.

At Sammy Miller’s Triumph day

It will be quiz time again at our Thursday club night on the 9th November, when Bob will once again challenge us with a mixture of questions on both motorbikes and general knowledge with fine prizes for the winners. Teams get formed on the night, so just come along and join in.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – October 23

Below is the report published in the October 2023 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in August 2023

Dancing to the jailhouse rock!! This month a dozen branch members went to prison. Not that they had done anything wrong, it was just a Sunday ride out to The Old Prison: a café and museum in a disused 18th Century prison in Northleach in the Cotswolds. We had two new members on their first ride-out with us, the sun shone, we had great roads and an interesting destination. Earlier in the month, we joined up with the RAT group at Bulldog for a damp ride to Blaze Inn Saddles.

The Dirty Dozen at the Old Prison

The British Superbikes round at Thruxton and the Popham Motorcycle Megameet were on the same weekend, as they were last year, when we had our Branch stand at both. In the end, we weren’t able to have our Branch stand at either this year, but we did have a number of Branch members meeting up at both of them and enjoying the day together.

We got the Branch stand out with a dozen or so members displaying their bikes on both days of the Swallowfield show over the Bank Holiday weekend and a few members rode their bikes in the arena parade as well.

Riding in the arena parade at Swallowfield

We have had good turnouts on Thursday evenings with interesting selections of bikes.

We’re planning some special evenings on Thursdays in the Autumn, so keep an eye on the website for details. We continue to meet every Thursday and have regular ride-outs all through the winter, so keep coming along.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – September 23

Below is the report published in the September 2023 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in July 2023

C’mon everybody and let’s get together tonight! Lots of Branch members and their partners answered the call to our annual evening barbecue. Some staff from Bulldog Triumph came along as well. We invested in a new Branch barbecue and set it up on the grass next to some picnic tables outside the BCSA.  Bob, our Chairman, served out the food while Steve, our Vice Chairman cooked the burgers and sausages. Thanks to both of them for making it a great evening.

The annual Branch barbecue

We had six ride-outs in July. Three of these were to old favourites, with a couple of rides to the Court Hill centre and one to TJ’s café. But we also went to some new destinations such as a Sunday ride out the Three Trees Farm Shop and Café near Swindon at Chiseldon. And then for something completely different, we rode out to Fort Nelson, a 19th century military fort and a Royal Armouries artillery museum overlooking Portsmouth. It was a fascinating place to go to. We also had a mid-week run to a lunchtime bike meet at the George & Falcon at Warnford where we saw some cracking old bikes.

Branch members on their visit to Fort Nelson

Our Thursday Branch nights have been thriving with lots of bikes in the car park and people standing around outside with beer in hand chatting about them  

We’ll be holding another Lunchtime Bike Meet on Sunday 17th September from 11am to 4pm at the BCSA, so check out our website for more details.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – August 23

Below is the report published in the August 2023 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in June 2023

We’ll go motorbike riding in the sun and the wind and the rain. But we prefer the sun, and we had a lot of that in June. Our annual show for old bikes, The Old Motorcycle Gathering was fabulous. Lots of people got their old bikes out of their sheds, pulled their old blue jeans on and rode them to our show. What a cracking collection of bikes!!!  The Best in Show winner was a 500cc special built for the British Trophy team in the 1970 International Six Days Trial (ISDT). It used an Eric Cheney frame with a modified Triumph engine. This machine won a silver medal in the1970 ISDT and a gold in the 1971 ISDT. Other show winners were a Triumph Trophy 650, a Triumph Trophy 250 and a Kawasaki KH500. Congratulations to all the winners!!

The Old Motorcycle Gathering winners with their bikes and trophies

Our branch stand was out at Dr B’s, a local bike show in aid of Dr Barnado’s, the children’s charity. Our Thursday club nights have become a little like mini bike shows, with lots of bikes in the car park, people sitting outside chatting and some new faces coming along.

We had three new members on our first ride of the month to TJ’s Café near Swindon. We also had a ride to Popham Airfield and ride to the Honey Street Mill Café this month.  

Branch members with their bikes outside TJ’s Cafe

Coming up in August, we’ll be going to the British Superbikes at Thruxton on 13th   and Swallowfield Show on the 28th.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted

Nacelle Report – July 23

Below is the report published in the July 2023 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in May 2023

It’s a long way to reach Killarney, to be sure!! But the lads from the Branch were riding there all the way from Berkshire, and it were grand. They were riding the Wild Atlantic Way each day, while drinking Guinness and listening to fiddly diddly music each night!!  Grand craic!!! They got to be kissing the Blarney stone, so they did. One eejit even tried Irish dancing!! Nine days and nearly 1500 miles of riding they were doing. It were grand weather too with hardly any rain. What a fantastic week!!! T’anks to yer man, Collin, for organising it.

Branch members with Flat-Out on the Irish Tour

Back in Berkshire there were two grand Sunday rides. One to Popham Airfield and one to T’ruxton. The last one had 17 bikes, which all kept together and no-one got lost. A few Branch members went on the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

The Berkshire lads took the Branch stand to a launch day at Bulldog Triumph, the local dealer. It was a warm day, with an amazing barbeque and music. Lots of customer’s came to view the new bikes for sale and got to be learning about the TOMCC at the same time. There was a lot of interest in the club from customers and yer man from Bulldog was happy too.

The Branch stand at Bulldog Triumph’s event

The lads will be having the annual Branch barbecue on 13 July at their regular T’ursday club night so to be sure to be coming along!! It’ll be grand, so it will!!

Enjoy the craic!!

Flat-Out Finnegan (Ton-Up Ted is away)