A good year for the club with some new and returning members to the fold.
Some great events like the Cumbria Steam Gathering, Cheshire Cat Rally and the 24th
Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show at Stafford. Amongst all the European
exotica of MV Agustas, Aermacchi’s, Gilera’s Ducati’s, Benelli’s, BMW’s et al ,one
of our member’s, Brian Clough won the “Best Continental Bike Class” with his stunning
This is a great achievement not only as the event is so predominately motorcycle
based to win with a scooter is excellent news.
So.....many congratulations to Brian from the club especially as this is no cossetted
trailer trophy bike he rides it on a regular basis and is thoroughly well deserved.
Julie Clough also won the Olly Trophy awarded to the person working on the stand
who gives the most enjoyment, biggest laugh and does the biggest *ahem* foul up shall
Ian has been working especially hard dealing with members the labyrinthine bureaucracy
of the DVLA (If you have ever seen the film Brazil you will know what he has to deal
He continues to work on dating certificates and the frustrating complexities of what
the DVLA wants to register bikes and works hard trying to keep all our machines on
the road or get them back to being on it at least.
While we welcome members who join us to get a dating certificate it would be even
better if you stay with us after your year is up and grow the club further.
To this end the club has started several initiatives, Shaun is keeping up to date
in social media with the Facebook page and has had a January sale on membership,
we have given raffle prizes of annual memberships and a calendar has been posted
out to every member as well.
Changes are afoot of course in the Classic world with the abolition of MOT’s for
all pre 1978 vehicles in May 2018. This is also a rolling exemption so as time goes
on those 80’s and 90’s vehicles will eventually gain Classic status. How this will
work with registering and checking those shed and buried machines not on the DVLA
database as being roadworthy when restored or rebuilt isn’t clear yet.
The ramifications of this have been debated in the motoring press a lot and the club
has no official stance on the rights or wrongs of this but remember, legally your
vehicle has to be roadworthy at all times to be insured.
In 2018 we again have our extravaganza so please click on the page for details as
well as in the events section for other gatherings.
Finally, you may notice the site has changed a little bit, this is the first minor
revamp to update things a little and long term we hope to launch a fully revised
site some time in 2018 to modernise things further.