It's been a busy few weeks for me, what with the FoT, BSA Owners Club and our own monthly meeting.
The weather for the BSAOC event was disappointing but it seemed to go well for them with a good turnout. We had quite a few visitors to our stand and may even have signed up some new members.
I attended the National Rally in Nottinghamshire and thoroughly enjoyed myself, even if the weather was a little unsettled. Great to meet up with old friends and make new ones. I think the total number of Bantams was 66 on the Saturday with the racing lads there too. Superb organisation by South Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with a welcome crew, a hospitality area in the Bantam Village and a large stand by the main arena. Once the date and venue are fixed for 2018 it's a must-attend!
Our regular monthly meeting had just four members attend, (plus a few apologies), but everyone was enthusiastic and we chatted about several possible events for 2018. Yes I know it's a fair way off yet but we need to get our plans drafted now if we want to get our calendar sorted!
The following events are suggestions that you may wish to add to. Every member has a voice so if you can think of anything please contact me.
21st October: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE USUAL 3RD FRIDAY FOR OUR MEETINGS.
The evenings will be drawing in by then so rather than sit chatting in the pub we have moved the meeting to the following day (Saturday) and are travelling to Brooklands Motor Circuit. If any of you have not been before it is well worth a visit, the worlds' first purpose-built racing circuit, a surprising amount of the infrastructure survives. Recent changes have reinstated a part of the old track and the banking has to be walked up to illustrate what it must have been like for those thundering monsters and bikes in the 1930's. Meet at the White Hart PH and we'll drive or ride up together. Online tickets cost £10 or £11 depending on age! Names to me please asap.
29th October: The South of England Motorcycle Show takes place at Ardingly. Ray Leggett and the West Sussex crew will be attending. If you'd like to go along too please give Ray a call or email; his details are in Banter.
17th November: Usual 1930 meeting at The White Hart.
15th December: We are having a Club meal at The White Hart; menu and cost to be advised but this is an idea opportunity for us all to get together with our wives / girlfriends / partners / whatever for a nice meal and a chat. In short a good chance to just socialise. I'll advise the menu, cost and deposit required as soon as I have it but please make an effort to get there if you can and will interested parties please let me have their names and numbers by 8th December.
3rd /4th February. Melanie and I will be making our usual journey to Somerset for the Bristol Classic Show. The national Club stand will be there as usual, it is a great show, well worth the effort, and a chance to meet the men and women who make the Bantam Club the success that it is. Come along and support us.
5th / 6th May. Magnificent Motors, Western Lawns, Eastbourne. Superb location right on the seafront. A wide variety of vehicles and well worth a trip. With enough support we can have an East Sussex Area stand there. Names to me please.
Bantam Club National Rally. The venue and date have yet to be confirmed but once they are can you please make every effort to attend. We hosted the very first National Rally in 2011 and it has gone from strength to strength since then. Once we have a few names together we can arrange travel if transport of your Bantam is a problem; why I might even have mine back of the road by then!
Date TBA: Hooe Motor Club Show at Hooe. Another great event at which we can have a stand. Again, names to me please once we have the details.
GENERAL EVENTS 2018
Ray will be covering the Laughton and Ardingly Shows again, two at each venue; I don't have the dates to hand but will advise in due course. Those interested please pass your details to Ray once the dates are known.
Once the weather has improved we intend to have trips to the Sammy Miller Museum, Hants' and Lydden Hill Circuit, Kent, once we have the dates for the Bantam Racing.
From conversations with our members at the FoT it appears there is more of a desire to actually get out and ride our bikes than attending static shows. However we can mix the two by meeting at a prearranged location and riding to local shows such as Laughton and Ardingly. Other more general ideas included a fish-n-chip run to Eastbourne or Hastings; the Huntsman PH to meet the club members there; rides to meet up with members from Surrey and Kent.
Get you 2018 diaries sorted as soon as you can folks and I'll see you on 21st October.