LATEST NEWS – Lots going on this weekend (22nd/23rd April) – check out our “Calendar of Events” for ALL events over this very busy weekend. We have just had a great afternoon at STAFFORD with BBC ‘s Radio Lancashire broadcasting live – “Gillys Classic Motorcycle Afternoon” . Our friend Dan Beighton will be racing at OLIVER’S MOUNT. A fortnight after (6th/7th May) we are looking forward to a super weekend at DONINGTON, with Darin & Rob and our friends at ERIKS & the VMCC for ENDURANCE LEGENDS weekend (full details, as usual, can be found within our website).
ALSO – Please note change of date for “In Conversation with John McGuinness” is now Tuesday 16th May (See Silverwood Events flyer and our Calendar of Events for details)..
NEWSFLASH – Mortons Strive to get more people “On 2 Wheels”
Then take a look at a new title on the market from our friends at Mortons, with the specific aim of encouraging beginners and new riders.
“On2Wheels” is a free pick-up newspaper that brings together all the information and advice needed for those starting out. Features in the debut issue include advice on moving through the licence categories, improving riding skills, saving money and buying the right kit.
The inspiration was to do exactly what it says on the cover… get more people on two wheels, whether it’s scooters or motorcycles. You could be starting out for the first time, a former rider looking to get back on the road or someone wanting to take steps towards a full A licence. On2Wheels is also supported by a website www.o2w.co.uk (or just click on the logo) that includes a function to read the latest printed issue, along with a presence on various social media channels. What a brilliant idea !
OUR RECENT NEWS
Saturday 25th March 2017 started off bright and early with our good friend Gilly (John Gilmore) of BBC Radio Lancs letting his listeners know all about the Manchester Bike Show and our planned visit, (with a mention for his good friend Les Trotter) and a mention of the next big event in the offing that we will be going to, the Stafford Bike Show. As always our thanks go to Gilly and his producer, Garry for their continued support of motorcycle enthusiasts.
Anyway, despite being so close geographically, this was actually our first visit to the Manchester Bike Show, which (as can be seen from the photo) proved to be extremely popular with the queues to get into Event City (just by the Trafford Centre) snaking out for what seemed like miles. But it was a lovely day, everyone was in good humour and we were proud to say that it was very orderly and we saw no attempt at queue jumping by the well-mannered biker visitors.
Once inside there was plenty to see and do and a real opportunity to get “hands-on” with a wide variety of bikes of different styles and manufacturers. We met up with many familiar faces and we all had a great time. So (hoping that we haven’t forgotten anybody) we had some great banter with: –
Dave Norcott and the lads from the Cheshire Grass Track Club, (Dave will once again be bringing a display to our Leyland Museum day on 21st July), Les Trotter was just across the way from the Grass track lads, Ben Butterworth of “Bike Move” impressed us with his super new trailer, Gary (Avon Tyres) & Karen Bretherton (Jaws Motorcycles) had plenty of goods to buy, Philip Youles (Youles Motorcycles of Blackburn and Manchester) had a great display of Triumph motorcycles (I just love the new T120), we haven’t seen Angie and Haydn Williams for a while so it was nice to see them and Lucien Burkhardt on the Marshals North West stand (good luck with the brewery guys).
We chatted to Adam Pope who was busy building an engine on the BHR display, we had a good laugh and a joke on the BMF stand with Peter Laidlaw and his team (with camera shy Rachel taking the photo), Alan Pollard (Millenium Motorcycles) was there with a great display of Royal Enfield’s and we met two very interesting guys (Matthew & Philippe) from Oziconcept, with the Rolls Royce of folding trailers (you can read more about Oziconcept in our article in “Techie Stuff” ) A special mention for a speedy recovery for our friend Adrian Such who we only just found out has not been so good of late and who was dearly missed by all on the Ducati display, all the best Adrian, hope to see you back riding soon.
To round off the day we met up with the organizer, Andrew Greenwood and his team, unfortunately Matthew Harvey (Classic Shows) wasn’t around, but Claire promised to pass on our best wishes to him and all concerned. Now we mustn’t forget to mention the shows “Official Photographer”, a guy called Les? who said if we just refer to him as the “old bloke taking the photos” people would know whom we meant! He is a really nice man and a great character, (who offered, without us asking) to send us some photos of the show, looking forward to that, Cheers Les.
Latest update – on 31st March, true to his word a photo CD arrived in the post from Les (and we still don’t know his surname) full of photos of the event. We still haven’t got a contact number from “the old Codger” as he likes to be known, just a with compliments slip from Les, so if anyone has his contact number can you let us know please? and/or please pass on our thanks and best wishes to him, better still, hopefully he will read this, anyway thanks Les.
You will find more details of many of these exhibitors within various sections of our website (Trusted Traders, Event Advertising Flyers etc.). Keep visiting our website regularly for details on forthcoming shows from Andrew and Matthew and many more events to come.
Ride safe, Michael (& John)
ABOUT US :-
John Abram and Michael W George have been active members of the VMCC (Vintage Motor Cycle Club) for many years now, both own several motorcycles and have a common interest in all things “motorcycle related” for bikes of all ages (not just solely those over 25 years of age).
They regularly attend, often organise, and help support motorcycle events, displaying race bikes and supporting charities and good causes. In doing so they meet some very hard working and interesting people and many well-known celebrities on the way to boot!
Over the last few years they found that there was a great need for regular information and news with the ever expanding interest in motorcycles, both Classic and Modern, and the related products and services required to keep them well maintained and safe. There is also a need for a novice (and even a hardened veteran) to know where they can obtain certain parts or services from a trusted recommended source.
To go some way towards satisfying these needs John developed a system of communication by text and emails sending them to those people who expressed an interest in becoming involved and Michael wrote and submitted many articles and photographs onto their local VMCC website and published several within the VMCC’s International monthly journals. They also actively support trusted traders and suppliers of whom they had dealt with, or had first hand knowledge of, and all of this has become extremely successful and popular, supported by many well-known celebrities and businesses.
John has a regular slot on BBC Radio Lancashire, on John Gilmore’s (Gilly) show to chat about all things motorcycle related and motorcycle events and Michael has also joined him as a guest speaker. This soon developed into many organised and extremely well attended “live” outside broadcasts at a variety of interesting venues.
With an ever increasing number of interested parties and demand, not only from fellow VMCC members, but also from non members, traders, friends and colleagues it seemed only natural to consider creating an informative website of their own.
Their aim was to produce a website of interest, of events and news and of reference, the “Ultimate Motorcyclists Directory” but they could never have envisaged just how successful it would become. Within months of launch the site became International with thousands of visits per week!
John and Michael sincerely hope that you find this website creative, interesting and informative and they wish you all safe and happy motorcycling.