ON THE ROAD
NATIONAL ROAD RALLY
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!
LONDON DOUGLAS CLUB 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.
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have published their updated COVID-19 Riding Guidelines for motorcyclists.