If it smells of oil or Petrol ...its in the shed.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Beside the Seaside 2017

 These few images show the 2017 Coventry to Brighton run as organised by the Midland section of the VMCC. Starting out side the Coventry motor museum and ending on Brighton sea front. And following  the  route down south to the seaside with occasional  stops for Tea and Cake, resting aching joints and of course checking maps  to check we were not lost. We returned  back home on the Sunday morning with Simon and myself enjoying  a very pleasant and scenic course...and as usual I just follow Simon, he is after all a professional lorry driver and knows all the best scenic highways and byways back to base. All in all a fantastic weekend that was  enjoyed by all and we even had decent weather and a big sit down meal and awards evening on Saturday night...perfect!

Stopping for lunch along the way and checking maps and route sheet.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

What I did in the shed this winter....and kitchen table!

This winter my dear old Cotton has a  received a little bit of tinkering ready for the forthcoming riding season. First was a jolly good top end strip down and de-coke  paying particular attention to the baked on Castrol 'R'  witch tends to cover every external nook and cranny. Then the valves were given a gentle lapping in, this work was carried out on my substantial kitchen table away from the winter cold and gloom. These small important operations give a chap something to look forward to after a  long working day.  The kitchen and its table make a very cosy and convivial work shop for the smaller work, along with radio 4 for company. Other shed work involved  new front brake and clutch cables, every tiny atom of stopping power is needed on these old bikes. I also repainted (brushed) the exhaust and silencer with stove paint purchased from a local country store...I do like a good country store!  Suffice to say I had a very good ride on our Spring run along some fabulous Warwickshire country roads and lanes.

The first run of the year...its spring time!

The first run of the year

The first run of the year....its spring time!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Flywheel festival 2016

Way back in the summer my friend Alan persuaded  a few members to attend the Flywheel festival at
Bicester Heritage near Oxford. And WOW what a great time we had, Vintage aircraft,cars, and of course bikes. It turned out to be a very friendly show with something for everyone, in fact the organisers even let us run our machines around a straw bale lined circuit.  Above shows my Cotton with another visitors BSA. And the other picture shows Alan's wonderful black Ariel parked in front of a Catalina flying boat...not an every day occurrence.

Flywheel festival 2016

A couple of nice Austin 7's waiting for a days fun to start.
This was not the only Bugatti in the village!
For overnight visitors to the festival vehicle storage was arranged in the huge WW2 hangars found on the  airbase, the original and  enormous bomb proof doors  had to be wound open with large cranking handles to allow vehicles to leave, just like this rather splendid Bentley on the Sunday morning.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A view from the Coventry Parade

The Coventry Parade is always a day to look forward to, with riders meeting in the morning at Coombe Abbey country park on the outskirts of Coventry and after a relaxing  ride around the glorious country side a lunch stop with  wonderful food on offer. This year was no exception for interesting motor cycles ranging from a 1911 Rudge Single speed to a mint condition early Z1 Kawasaki. At the top of the page is a 1913 6HP  900cc  V twin REX made in Coventry, and how often do you see those?