Malvern Classic Bike Show October 2014

The Branch celebrate yet another win for Colin & Mike

The Branch celebrate yet another win for Colin & Mike

Colin's Norvil is always a show stopper and it goes as good as it looks

Colin’s Norvil is always a show stopper and it goes as good as it looks

Part of another varied display of our much loved Nortons

Part of another varied display of our much loved Norton’s

The Three Counties Showground at Malvern hosts two classic bike shows each year and as this is in our territory we always support this show, even when it snows!  This October however we were blessed with a beautiful day for riding

Prescott Bike Festival 2014

Stand display

Stand display

This is the third year that Gloucester Branch have attended this event which is held to raise funds for the Blood Riders so that they can continue to operate the important service that they provide.The weather was mainly dry but a bit dull this year so not the best light conditions for taking photographs, neverthe less our branch secretary Chris S did an amazing job for us on the day.

Ably supported by 14 branch members plus two visitors (Barry & Geoff)  Chris S had organised a very varied display of machines ranging from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, however the allocated site for the club stands this year was on a slight slope which meant that some bikes had to be literally anchored in position!

We had only one member having a tilt at the Hill itself and Chris N made it look relatively easy with his very smooth riding style

Escapee from the Planet of the Apes

Escapee from the Planet of the Apes

Darth Vader and his men looking after our sbikes

Darth Vader and his men looking after our sbikes

The event is supported by some great characters

Dave's Fastback heads the line up

Dave’s Fastback heads the line up

Ian and Rose's ES2

Ian and Rose’s ES2

Straight out of the Showroom?

Geoff's Model 19

Geoff’s Model 19

 How we would all like to find them

Chris N on the Hill

Chris N on the Hill

At least one of us had ago!

Colin's Manx with Chris N's Inter

Colin’s Manx with Chris N’s Inter

Chris finishing the Run

Chris finishing the Run

 

March 2014 Malvern Show

The age range on show

The age range on show

 

Time for a natter

Time for a natter

Dave McKie's 750 Fastback at Malvern

Roger's Parallel Vee

Roger’s Parallel Vee

Best 30's award for the Chairmans Bike

Best 30’s award for the Chairmans Bike

Award for best Club Stand collected by our Treasure

Award for best Club Stand collected by our Treasure

March for us means our local Classic Bike Show held  at the Three Counties Show ground near Malvern and this year we started off with two awards.

1. Best 1930’s bike for the chairmans 1935 model 18

1. Best Club Stand with the award being collected by our Treasure(r)

 

 

 

Breakfast in the Forest

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As a branch our members are spread over a very wide area and it is not easy for us to be able to get together for a branch run; however with the prospect of a free breakfast and a run through some of Gloucestershire’s finest Ian managed to gather enough support to do this our fourth only run since the branch was formed.  Starting from the Oakwood we meandered through the lanes following the steady thump of Ian’s Model 18  the only problems encountered being one very frisky horse and another not so frisky with the young girl riding it more interested in her mobile phone than what was happening around her!                                                                                                                  

On the way we picked up Chris S and Jill who took over the lead to help us find our destination which was the home of Chris Norton in the village of Ruspidge near Cinderford.  Chris in a moment of madness had offered to provide us all with a ‘Full English’ which after we had parked the bikes and disrobed he duly did

On behalf of those of us who were able to take part in this run I would like to give a big ‘Thank You’ to Chris & Sharon for the making us all so welcome and for the providing us with such a magnificent spread

Branch run – 100 Years of the Malvern Club

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A Good turn out on the Glorious First of June

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A contrasting pair of Dommy’s, Geoff’s & Ian’s

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A great effort by Rick riding up from Chepstow with his Commando

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Colin’s Treasures

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Colin waking up the neighbourhood

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Chris’s Old faithful

Prescott Bike Festival 2013

The end of a long but great day

The end of a long but great day

Due to the fact that the date of this years Prescott Bike Festival clashed with the Club’s AGM at Gaydon, several of our branch members had to miss this most  prestigious event; never the less twelve hardy branch members turned up very early on a rather chilly morning to man the branch stand.

As all of the exhibitors had to be there no later than 8.30am on the Sunday, Chris S and Colin had volunteered? to erect our new marquee on the Saturday so that all would be ready for us on the day.  Thanks Guys much appreciated.

The pitch allocated for us this year was one level up the hill from last year which meant we had a spectacular view across the surrounding countryside even allowing us to see the Toddington to Cheltenham Steam engines in action.

During the day we had a lot of people visiting the stand showing a lot of interest as well as the usual story telling from yester year.

It was a very long day which did get warmer as the sun rose into a lovely blue sky and as the clock approached the 5.30pm end of event time, we all mucked in to dismantle the stand, load everything that needed carting away and started our bikes and made our way home.  A great day.

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 Model 18 Tackling the Hill

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Tweaked commando tackling the Hill

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Model 30m tackling the Hill

 

Malvern Show 2013

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First time out on his 19S and Mike (on left) picks up an award for best 1950’s bike along with Colin who picked up yet another award for his ‘Yellow-Peril’ Norvil Production racer

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Another success for the Branch, Best stand Malvern March 2013

Malvern Show 2011

Malvern Show

 Ready to go at the Malvern Show

 The Malvern Show is the main bike show that the Branch is involved with and we have been very successful both as ‘Best Stand’ winners and members bikes winning top awards

Bread & Dripping Run

Beef & Dripping Run Ross on Wye

All lined up for the Gloucester Branch ‘Bread & Dripping Run’

The Venue for this event is the Old Market Hall in Ross on Wye and was for many years organised by Gordon & Margaret Lucas.  Following their recent passing it is hoped that this event will be on the calendar for 2014 as as the next genaration of the Lucas family, Neil & Gail, are very keen to carry on the tradition