Paul Efreme, 14 Lisa Close, BILLERICAY, Essex,
Paul Efreme is our co-ordinator in Essex and he is always keen to hear from fellow EACC members in Essex; you can e-mail him at . Essex members often support the events organised by Suffolk Section.
The Reservoir Dogs Run is now established as a regular Essex Section event; the run gets its name from the route which crosses Aberton reservoir a couple of times times.
Sunday 1st October 2017: The Inaugural Derek Ashworth Celebration Run. With unavoidably short notice, this will set out from the Farmer’s Arms, Chorley Road, Bispham Green, Parbold, L40 3SL. Meet at 10am, which is when the pub will open for breakfast, coffee, butties, etc, etc; aim to ride out before 11am. This is a non-denominational event—it is not affiliated to any Club or Group, but is open to all and welcomes any friend of Derek. Since Derek’s enthusiasm was mainly directed at Autocycles, we want as many of these as you can bring! If you've got one: bring it. Ride it if you can. Just let it see the light of day! Frank Bz. has volunteered to do the legwork, will lead the run, and hopes to mark the route beforehand. The ride will be about 35 miles in total, heading for Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour on Bolton Road, Chorley, PR7 4AL where we shall stop for a Raspberry Ripple/Rum and Raisin combo since that was Derek’s favourite. Suitable refreshed we will ride to Rivington Top Barn, BL6 7SP to amaze and parade in front of the throngs of bikers who congregate there every Sunday. Further food and drink will be available at Rivington. But more importantly, there are prizes! Derek’s daughters are offering a Cup for the Best Autocycle, in Derek’s memory, and Frank is offering a Shield for the best Machine with Engine and Pedals, again in Derek’s memory since he was always keen on the traditional definition of Moped. These will be voted for by riders, and spectators at Rivington; they will be presented at the end of the run, which will be back at the Farmer’s Arms after an easy downhill ride in bright sunshine and with a following wind. We're aiming to get there in time for a late lunch, if anyone wants one, and if things go smoothly! See farmersarmsparbold.co.uk for the lunch menu. Sunday Roast is also available. While Autocycles will be the theme, it’s more important that you just turn up, rde, and enjoy the company—so don't miss it!
Jim Lee, 2 Bramfield Park, Theddingworth Road,
Lubenham, MARKET HARBOROUGH, LE16 9TP
Our venue for events in Leicestershire is The Sharnford Arms in Leicester Road, Sharnford, Hinckley, LE10 3PP. In May 2013 we introduced the Wheels within Wheels event at Husbands Bosworth Airfield.
We’re sorry to announce that our section organiser in Hertfordshire, died on Wednesday 5 July 2017. The section’s annual ‘Periwinkle’ run took place as scheduled on Sunday 13 August and was dedicated in Peter’s memory as The Peter Smith Memorial Periwinkle Ride. The Periwinkle Run will continue and will be organised by Andy Cousins; 2018’s run is scheduled for August 12.
The Norfolk Section arranges events within Nelson’s county. We have established regular meetings which involve mopeds, autocycles, cyclemotors and a pub ... somewhere in Norfolk, on the second Wednesday of each month to include road runs in the summer months. So if you are interested in owning, restoring or riding low powered machines from the past, no matter what age or condition your machine, you are most welcome here in the county well suited to ‘gutless wonders’. Contact Dave Watson on 07483 210625 or e-mail for more details. Read more…
Light blue touch paper and retire to a safe distance. This is not how the Norfolk Section of the EACC starts its meetings but we don’t shy from bangs, whizzes. and pops. Those sounds can be heard when we are out on a ride but not when we are gathered in a warm pub such as The Lighthouse Inn at Walcott. Alan was host & barman for the evening and he kept us fed and watered while we talked and laughed. It turned out that Alan had an RM4 when he was 16, which he rode to death and parted with as 17-year-olds are apt to do. He made us most welcome and invited us back for meetings in the months to come.
Attendance was good with seven members trashing through the dark to get to the pub. No new faces and one regular missing; sorry Ian de O, I forgot to offer him a lift. No one rode to the meeting, which given its rural coastal setting was no surprise.
Dave started proceedings with a mystery bike photo. Unusually for me, I had guessed correctly (as I did later too).
Photo of the mystery bike
Do you know what it is? Even when given clues such as the first two letters, plus ‘Boris Johnson’ & ‘Ferrero Rocher’ some folk couldn’t get it. For more details speak to our publicity officer. I also brought along a mystery vehicle, a three-wheeler, which evaded identification. See photo following:
It is a Goliath
The food and drink was good, the Steak & Ale pie is highly recommended, by me. Dave enjoyed the Steak &' Kidney pie. Others ate lasagne with baked spuds, which was a winner too.After we had eaten, Paul produced his trump card, or rather a motor cycle quiz. The questions were all intriguing and we had great fun working through them. Getting a correct answer required skill and knowledge, lacking in some cases. Top marks to Greg who won with 18 points. The quiz was such a success that we decided we wanted more and Greg agreed to provide questions for the December meeting.
While Greg held the floor he regaled us with tales of his most recent adventure, as crew in a car on The London–Brighton Run. His vehicle of choice was a 1901 De Dion–Bouton. Having enjoyed the run as a spectator for several years, the misfortune of another chap gave Greg the chance to enjoy the run from the pointed end. He gave us a good account, delivered as only he can.
Chris had arrived from Norwich when we were about to eat. He stayed to give us a puzzle: how to get the barrel off a Mobylette engine. It is unbolted and moves so far up and down but the piston & rings won’t pass out of the bottom of the barrel. Our combined wit couldn’t come up with a workable solution. If you have ideas; tell Chris.
As usual our conversations ranged over a wide field of
discussion & included: heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis,
2.25 × 21 tyres, Citroën cars, Triumph bath
tubs, Corker helmets & zombie apocalypse. If you want
to join in and have a pleasant evening shooting the breeze with
like minded souls, watch out for news of our next meeting on the
second Wednesday in December. Square don't be; there do
South East Moped Enthusiasts
Martin or Sharon Wikner, 54 Dane Road,
Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9NP
01883 626853 or 07774 562085
The South East Moped Enthusiasts meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the Horseshoe Public House, Farleigh Road, Warlingham, CR6 9EG at 8pm. A happy band of club members meets for up some food, beer and a pleasant social evening. The South East Moped Enthusiasts organise at least five events a year: three runs and two displays at classic motoring events. Mike Follows also organises four mid-week runs during the summer riding season. All the South East Moped Enthusiasts activities will always be advertised and reported on in the MAC newsletter, which Martin now edits. Also follow us on our South East Moped Enthusiasts group page on Facebook.
We look forward as always to meeting enthusiastic friends both old and new who share an interest in small engined classic bikes.
Mark Daniels, 52B Levington Lane, Bucklesham,
IPSWICH, IP10 0DZ
Although the club has members all over the country, Suffolk is the county that’s best represented in the membership, simply because that’s where the club started. Therefore, we’ve had a full programme of events in Suffolk since the club was revived in 2007. Regular Suffolk Section events are the Mince Pie Run in January, Radar Run in April, the East Anglian Run in May, Peninsularis Run in July, Coprolite Run in September and Kneel’s Wheels in November. Additionally, the section organises the clubs presence at Copdock Motor Cycle Show. Members in the Ipswich and Felixstowe area regularly meet every week - on Tuesday evenings at Walton Half Moon. Read more...
West Anglian Group
Alex Lees, 19 Duloe Road, EATON SOCON,
The section was formed when the ‘St Neots Boys’, Ralph Richardson & Alex Lees, came up with the idea of holding a West Anglian Run on 28th September 2008. This was a resounding success with 32 riders signed on for the ride and several other members coming along for the jumble - or was it for the bacon rolls?
The section organises two or three rides each year, usually in Bedfordshire.
At the 2017 Daffodil Dash, David Osborn ‘volunteered’ to organise this run again in 2018. Nevertheless, any additional help in the area would be greatly appreciated.
Richard Woodbridge, Hafawey House, Hoggs Lane,
Purton, SWINDON, Wiltshire, SN5 4BU
Contact for show displays only
Mike Bagshall, 79a Marlborough Gardens,
FARINGDON, Oxfordshire, SN7 7DF
Richard Woodbridge is our main contact in Wiltshire Section, which has monthly evening meetings … the pub where they usually meet has closed so Churchill House, Swindon Road, Royal Wooton Bassett, SN4 8ET is earmarkeed as the new venue.
Mike Bagshall and his ‘Moped Marquee’ represents Wiltshire section at several shows in this area throughout the year.
John Bann, 23 Westvale Grove, Thrynergh,
ROTHERHAM, South Yorkshire, S65 4JA.
Hi fellow moped owners,
We at the northern section of the EACC are planning a weekend event sometime in July 2017; we’ll finalise the date after Christmas … but it won't clash with the Norfolk Sectoion’s weekend event. I have got a campsite venue in mind but have to sort out the dates when it will be available. The site will have toilets, showers, cafe amenities, and is set in a wonderful setting. I think there maybe some electical hook-ups; this will also be comfirmed for availabilty. I will keep club members informed of the developments as and when they occur. The plan is to have a run out on Friday; on Saturday we’ll ride out to visit a Norman castle; on Sunday thre’ll be a ride to a local heritage museum. As well as my e-mail address (above) our you can contact me through the UK Mobylette Forum (Moby54).
We are hoping that, as the club grows, we will have events further afield. If you’re interested in starting a section in your area, please get in touch (the e-mail address is at the bottom of this page). Above all, we want the club to be driven by the enthusiasm of its members so, if you have any ideas, don’t hesitate to let us know them. If you’re tempted to have a go at running an event, we’ve prepared some guidelines on how to do it … but if you have any questions at all, please ask.