Our attendance at the Festival Of Transport, Hellingly, was a fantastic success. A big thank you to all who came along and in particular those who took time-off work to help set our stand up. Many of you will have seen the pictures on Facebook, Bantam Club page. It was nice to meet Keith and John from Kent Area and have a chat; if you read this then please keep in touch and we'll see what other events we can match up with you.
The FoT is really is a 'must attend' event for 2018!
Following the invitation from Ian and Julie at the BSAOC some us attended last Sunday (3rd September) and had a small display of our bikes. The weather was nowhere near as good as the FoT weather but this is England!
The show was well attended overall, a good BBQ, music, race bikes, other clubs and it gave us the opportunity to spread the word a little wider about the existence of the East Sussex Section. There was the usual mix of people who came up to chat and we issued a few more membership forms so perhaps we may extend our numbers a little further. One chap had ridden down from Kingston on his B175, a bike he uses for blood delivery in Surrey and London, so a rare example of a Bantam in daily use. I believe his name was Peter and that he belongs to the Club via another area, Surrey probably.
For those of you with access I uploaded a couple of pictures to the Bantam Club Facebook page.
Ian's Bantam broke down on his return from the BSAOC event and he believes it may be a bearing problem; certainly gearbox. If members have any spare parts available maybe they would like to contact Ian, via me if you wish, and we can help him get mobile again.
Dave has suggested getting a Bantam expert along to discuss mechanical issues with us. A good idea but I'm not sure whether we can facilitate that at present as funds might be an issue. I would certainly support a get-together of us all to chat specifically about our experiences with our bike rebuilds / repairs and am sure we would all benefit from the pool of knowledge. With regards to a venue I would be more than happy to have my workshop used, though I am no 'expert' on Bantams! True I have my details in The Good Blokes Guide but this is from a mutual help aspect and although I hold the right City & Guild qualifications they are for motor cycles in general and we certainly didn't study Bantams.......
Have a think about it and let me know.
This is due on Friday 15th September at Horsebridge at the usual time of 1930 hrs. There is nothing specific planned but I thought it may be a good idea to discuss future plans, now that we have started to become established.
The general consensus at the FoT was that most of us preferred riding our Bantams to sitting at shows. However we agreed that the FoT is worth supporting in 2018, maybe along with the annual Hooe Car Club Show. This would not prevent attendance at any other show if the members wished. It's up to you. Let me know what you think. 2018 may seem a long way off but we need to start planning very soon so bring your ideas along, or email them if unable to attend.
I'm off to Nottingham on Friday for the Bantam Club National Rally. I'll see all the national Officers there and update them on our successes so far this year, I'm sure they'll be delighted. They really are a fantastic bunch of men and women and if you can get to the National in 2018 you'll enjoy it. Venue and date TBA.