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Cromer Norfolk
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December 1, 2019 - 7:50 pm
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Hello Bantam lovers,
I will be taking over the role of club area representative for Norfolk in the New Year. I will pick up the reigns from Jon Ballard who has done a sterling job over the past few years - many thanks Jon. For those who don't know me thought I would introduce myself...
I'm an apprenticed mechanical engineer & I have been into British bikes since the early seventies. Although I didn't own a Bantam back then, I did get a lot of Bantam exposure. One of my younger Brothers had an old off-road D1 which he thrashed & abused. But for some reason - it was always me who ended up fixing it when it went wrong? Also whilst at College a good mate brought a brand new Bantam - a Blue B175 if I recall. His new bike was a novelty & we careered around Kings Lynn two up in a 'quest for speed' (more about that another time).
I did finally get into Bantam ownership in the mid eighties. My first purchase was a non running D14 for £60 which I returned to the road again. It gave me the Bantam bug & I have since owned a string of D7's, D10's & D14's. I just couldn't resist a Banty advert & they seemed to miraculously multiply in my garage. Total I ever had at one time was six. Having said that they were not always complete, let alone running. I had collected so many spares that I started trading in Bantam parts. I took stalls at Kenpton & Bristol Autojumbles - which was great fun. At that time Bantams were not considered worthy of collecting or not to be 'real' British Bikes! I think attitudes & certainly prices have changed since then.
Eventually my Wife said I had to do something about my habit. So over the years I weaned down my Bantam collection. I currently own two bikes - a nice road going D14 and a D3 trials type bike I use for green lanes. I joined the Club in 2014 and have been to various shows, runs & events in Norfolk & Suffolk. I also have attended & enjoyed several National Club Rallies. 
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Norfolk has ideal back roads just made for Bantams & I'm planning some local runs out next year. Plus I also plan to visit a couple of local shows. So if you fancy giving your Bantam in an outing in Norfolk or have any local venues you are likely to attend please contact me. More in the New Year... Dave Paddick

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December 1, 2019 - 8:55 pm
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Welcome to the Role Dave and I’m sure a thank you is deserved to your Predecessor Jon from the District Bantam owners.


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December 4, 2019 - 11:51 pm
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That's great news, Dave.

I am not a Norfolk member though, but I have had my passport stamped at the Lincolnshire border several times for trips into Norfolk with my Bantam, but with the British Two Stroke Club. We had our National Rally at Kelling Heath campsite for two years running, maybe five years ago. Several Bantams did a fair few Norfolk miles then.

I would be very interested in joining in with any runs out in the western parts of Norfolk, Kings Lynn is around a one and a half hour ride for me. I know of several keen Bantam riders who hopefully could support you in that part of Norfolk. I was also, a few weeks ago, on my way home from Hunstanton on my "more modern bike" when a blue D10 or D14 shot out in front of me at Dersingham roundabout. It was going very well, running at 52mph until it turned off towards Lynn at Castle Rising. Like most areas, there are probably more Bantams out there than is realised.

The ongoing difficulty though is, as always, getting everyone in the same place at the same time.

So, good luck with your new position and pleased keep us all informed on here.

Best Wishes.

1951 Bantam D1 125, 1954 Bantam Enduro, 1970 Bantam B175, all Bantams on the road and ridden regularly, 1995 Yamaha Diversion 900 and 2016 Honda Integra 750 scooter. Horses for courses, all very different to each other, but a bike for every occasion.

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Many thanks for your contact Wildun,

I live not far from Kelling Heath &, as you already know, the road along the North Norfolk coast is a glorious ride ideal for Bantams. BTW - that wasn't me out Dersingham way.

I had already considered a run to the West Norfolk next year. Perhaps centred around the Hunstanton or Kings Lynn area. I also know a couple of Bantam owners in that area might also be tempted out. Anyone else in that area interested?

Likewise if you have any Norfolk raiding parties planned next year please let me know - perhaps we could meet up somewhere on the boarder?

Definitely some great ideas for next year & I'll keep in touch.

CU, Dave P.

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