Sidecarland

London Sidecar Rally 2017

The Bandit tug previously owned by your reporter.

The London Sidecar Club Rally
Report from the Club Chairman (Scooter Boy No2), pictures Lesley and the original scooter boy (Scooter boy No 1)

With the working week closed out it was time to head off to the London sidecar summer rally for some R & R . So it was off to the Jones’ runway and then a cross country ride to the rally site. We were blessed by the sun gods and, for a Friday night run, the road gods as well.

So with base camp set up and a bit of light hearted banter it was decided we needed to re stock our fluid levels so it was off to The Barge pub for a couple of pints. Whilst walking across the rally field we did notice that Lesley had camped rather close to the marquee where there was to be a disco and a band Saturday night and after being invaded by cars at the Viking rally was this a wise choice, but she took it all in her stride and she did say it would hide her s – – – – ing.  Arriving at the pub, which was only a short walk, we had a couple of pints with Toni and Ian & family then it was back to the rally field where the disco was in full swing and a few people having a late night bop to the beat. Saturday morning and with the kettle on the Jones’ cups appeared on the table and, do you know, they didn’t leave until we packed up Sunday they even had a sleep over on Saturday night.

The site is right next to a large antiques centre so Mrs Jones was in heaven Saturday morning as we went for a breakfast and a look round the shops; you could easily spend all day there with a number of cafes there as well, I never knew that gal’s little legs could move so quickly.

There was a run out Saturday to a steam fair which Lesley went on and we decided to go to Southend on Sea for the day and whilst there we saw an amazing site. This was an elderly gentleman on a mobility scooter with full high viz, I mean the works, and behind him, attached by an A frame, his wife traveling in an adapted wheel chair, a classic moment.

Saturday night saw the band strike up playing some classic sounds from the sixties which you could hear all the way up the field which made a really pleasant start to the evening. Due to the temperatures of the day we decided our fluid levels needed topping up and the best place for that (yes you’ve guessed it) was a couple of pints at the pub. The band were still going on our return and were now playing 70s rock tunes and they were very good as well so all in all this was a really good day.

Sunday saw the awards being presented of which we won best club turn out and the raffle being drawn then it was that time which always comes too quickly to pack and head for home. Thanks to the London Sidecar Club for a really good weekend and hopefully they will be back there next year, a really good venue.

 

See you all soon

Paul

The 59 Club

Sidecar Tent

Pictures from the run out.

I think I need new glasses

Martyn and Lesley lived in Soham

Back on site

A widened Ural, well, it’s there somewhere, honest.

Now that is different

Awards and Raffle

Love the t-shirt

Love the braces

Guys and Dolls, a 1955 film featuring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blainehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048140/

Pictures from the museum

Did someone mention “Café”

View of the mill and gates from the Café at the top of the Granary