50th anniversary Founder’s Day does Taverners’ Section proud

Although the Vintage Motor Cycle Club was founded by 38 enthusiasts who assembled at the Lounge Cafe, Hog’s Back, Guildford, Surrey, C E ‘Titch’ Allen has become known as the ‘founder’ in recent years, writes Ian Kerr.

The Panther Owners’ Club put on a sensational display of these rugged and well-remembered Yorkshire-built machines.
The Panther Owners’ Club put on a sensational display of these rugged and well-remembered Yorkshire-built machines.

While not as old as the club itself, Founder’s Day has been run for around half a century by the VMCC’s Taverners’ Section, becoming one of the major UK events in the ‘old bike’ calendar and for many the subject of an annual pilgrimage.

With visitor numbers now approaching 5000 – a far cry from the 100 or so who attended the first one – it has grown substantially over the years, with today’s 300 autojumble stands well up on the dozen or so at that first event, mainly comprising people who were clearing out their garages for the benefit of club members and displaying their wares on paste tables.

Read more in September’s issue of OBM

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