We rode to the legendary Thruxton race track and airfield and ordered a late breakfast/early lunch from the Jackeroo cafe there and sat by the race track to eat it. Before departing we lined up by the Thruxton sign at the entrance to take some photos of the riders with their bikes and then just the bikes.
Thruxton is a great place to ride to when there isn’t a race on and we have ridden there before. Check out this video here of a Branch ride there we did in 2020.
We rode to Popham Airport from Cobbs Farm on the weekend of the August Bank holiday. Of the nine bikes on the run, 6 of them were classics. A couple of bikes got separated on the way, but made it to Popham by a slightly different route. All met up again for a late breakfast at Popham Airfield’s Cafe.
We took in two biker cafes in one Sunday run. We met early at the H Cafe at Berinsfield (near Oxford) before setting off on a cross country ride to the Super Sausage on the A5 near Towcester for lunch. The Super Sausage was packed with bikers enjoying their new freedoms and the sunny weather. Most of the group rode back together, with a few going back on their own. All got home safely, although not without some close encounters. One member rode down some narrow lanes and had a close encounter with a loose dog, another had to take evasive action at a roundabout and one member left the Super Sausage later and then came across the main group riding in the opposite direction on the way home. Must be something to do with relativity!!!
The weather for the Popham Megameet was poor and it turned out to be wet on the day. Undaunted a few of our members put up our stand and camped overnight on the Saturday where they were joined on Sunday morning by some more who rode through the rain on classic bikes to be there.
They weren’t alone, there was a good turnout of other bike clubs with a displays and a lot of trade stands selling a wide range of paraphenalia. The majority of visitors though, turned up in cars and visitor numbers were understandably down on previous years. But those that came had a good time, with plenty to look at and several hours in the middle of the day without rain.
We enjoyed ourselves, although we needed to dry out our soggy riding gear and clean our muddy bikes once we got home.
In July we had a ride out to Sammy Miller’s magnificent Motorcycle Museum near New Milton in the New Forest. We had a great ride there, especially the last few miles through the New Forest. Once there we had some refreshments sitting outside the onsite cafe in the sunshine and then went into the museum itself to see the incredible collection of bikes.
Here are some photos we took of just a small selection of the approximately 450 motorbikes that are there.
Despite dire weather forecasts, we had a good turn-out for The Old Motorcycle Gathering on 24 July 2021 at the BCSA. Those who came were rewarded with a good collection of bikes to view and dry weather apart from about half an hour of drizzle in mid-afternoon, which soon dried off again. Most managed to ride to and from the event on dry roads. We had a bar open serving drinks and hot food and both indoor and outdoor seating.
As well as our normal categories of Best in Show, Best Triumph, Best British and Best Foreign, this year we had a special new Trophy in memory of the late Steve Butcher, which was awarded to the best bike in the show owned by a Branch member. The winning bikes are shown below. Congratulations to all the winners.
It was exactly two years since our last real show in July 2019. In 2020, we had an online virtual show, so it was great to be back seeing real bikes up close, meeting fellow bike enthusiasts and drinking beer together. See below for more pictures from a great afternoon.
The weather forecast looked like rain, so the turn out was low, but four of us put on our wet weather gear and met up at 10.00 on Sunday morning. The rain held off and we had a great ride on dry roads through twisty country lanes around West Berkshire and Oxfordshire before stopping for a late breakfast at a Garden Centre in Bampton before another fun ride home. It never did rain after all.