*IMPORTANT* The Highway Code has undergone a quite significant revision and the new version takes effect from Saturday January 29th.

The problem is that it hasn't been publicised to any great extent by the Department of Transport.

Bearing in mind that some of the changes affect your priority as a driver or motorcyclist at junctions, it's probably worthwhile to check it out.

There is a wide range of opinions about the new Highway Code. Cyclists are very happy (it's largely due to pressure from cycling groups that this has come about) while motorists are less so, with the Alliance of British Drivers pointing out that with only a minority of drivers apparently aware of any changes, confusion and accidents are more rather than less likely.

There's nothing on the NMC or BMF websites, can't see anything on AA or RAC either.

As far as I can see you can't actually buy a copy of the New Highway Code, and The Government's THINK! website hasn't been updated since last August, but you can at least get an idea of what's supposed to be happening on 29th January here...

Table of changes...

Good luck everyone. Ride safe!



The Witley MCC team of Gordon Ayshford, Ian George and Laurie Richards completed the 2021 event with Platinum Awards.

This year, the Rally ran over two separate days, with the Saturday session running from 9.00am to 10.00pm, and Sunday from 9.00am to 6.00pm.

With no overnight running, it all felt a bit different, though having the opportunity for a night's sleep was welcome!

Saturday took us west from a start at Winchester, via Glasonbury to Minehead, Lynmouth (Porlock Hill was interesting!) and as far as Bideford; then south to Seaton, returning to finish at Horndean. A total of 13 controls including some areas we don't usually get to see.

Then on Sunday we started at the Harley-Davidson shop at Peasmarsh, visiting Reading, Oxford, Stow and Banbury on our way to finish off with 10 controls at Iver.

By the time we reached home, there were around 725 miles on the clock for the weekend.

The 2022 Rally will take place on July 2nd/3rd, and hopefully will be more 'normal'. Witley aim to host a control again, and we hope that a few more Witley road riders might join us in experiencing the highs and lows of the National Road Rally!






On  Sunday September 5th, Barry and I went along to the second day of The London Douglas Motorcycle Club Limited 2021 Rally held at Stow on the Wold.


We took Barry's S6 1930 Douglas with us. There was a vast array of different Douglas models and also some Rudges on display. 

A good number of their members had camped and there was a really nice family vibe to the event. Our Douglas won the best pre-1945 unrestored award! 
The afternoon mainly consisted of good old fashioned family Gymkhana games (on motorcycles), awards and raffle draw. Barry and Douglas joined in with the games and won the "slowest" race.

Having spent the previous day at Beaulieu walking MILES around the auto jumble, the rally made for a very pleasant day, taking in the sunshine, admiring the Douglas and Rudge motorcycles and having the odd drink or two from the rugby club's bar.

A very enjoyable motorbike weekend.

Rebecca Brockman


The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have published their updated COVID-19 Riding Guidelines for motorcyclists.