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.

Triumph T160 1975

Having owned a T150 in the BC years (before children), I always wanted the electric start version.  I thought the styling was better and as I enjoyed the T150 what could be better.

Eric’s T160

I saw this advertised just before Covid lock down.  It had been off the road for 32 years and was going for a lot lower price than the rest. (guess why). I went to collect it on the lock-down Saturday, the engine ran and it had a low mileage. Committed.

Having got it home, it was clear a lot of work was needed, from seized brakes to misfiring, and when running a lot of smoke from the engine. Eventually everything was stripped, cleaned, repaired, replaced and updated.  Apart from its weight I love it.

Ride to Army Flying Museum – Jan 24

Another bunch of members braving the weather for a Sunday ride-out to the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop. Great fun, but everyone had to clean their bikes when they got back Here are a couple of photos from the ride.

With no-one else to take the picture, Mick got himself in the picture somehow
A more conventional group photo with Mick behind the camera

First ride of 2024

Getting together in at the start of the ride

Our first ride of 2024 was on Sunday 7th January. After a week of exceptionally heavy rain, the weather changed to dry, but very cold. We met up at the start in our warmest winter clothing with the air temperature just under 4 degrees C and set off for the Jackeroo Cafe at Thruxton race circuit. On route we came to halt at a heavily flooded road. After some hesitation the leader rode slowly through the flood waters, followed by two other brave members. However, the remaining riders turned back and went off to find another route. All were reunited for a hearty breakfast in the warm at the Jackeroo. Here are a couple of photos of the ride.

At the start of the ride at Cobbs farm
At the Jackeroo Cafe

Toy Run – 2023

Thousands of bikers turned out for the Toy Run in aid of the Dr Barnado’s children’s charity on the 3 December. Many Branch members contributed as marshals, transportation or as riders on the day. See highlights of the run in the video below.

Rawles Open Day – Oct 23

Sparkling Austin Healeys at Rawles

We had a Saturday ride to an open day at Rawles, the Austin Healey specialist. They had a magnificent collection of beautifully restored and enhanced Austin Healey’s to look at. There were a lot of impressive classic cars to look at brought by other visitors as well. Their workshops were open and there were staff on hand to talk about the processes they go through in taking the rusty remains of old cars and transforming them into the shiny finished beauties. With a barbecue cooking hamburgers and tea and coffee on offer, we had a great time. Here are some photos of the event.