Another Banbury milestone!

Martin Gegg reports from the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s 70th anniversary Banbury Run.

With an entry of 468, the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s 70th Banbury Run, which started from the British Motor Museum on Sunday, June 17, was billed as the largest gathering of veteran and vintage motorcycles in the world.

Dave Richmond (1929 348cc Douglas L29) leads out Joshua Bell (No 65, 1924 350cc BSA Model L), silver award winner Nicholas Bell (No 74, 1928 494cc Triumph Model N Deluxe) and gold award winner Ian Hood (No 76, 1926 349cc AJS Big Port) on the streets of Banbury. Joshua won the Susan Moore Memorial Trophy for the youngest rider to complete the course while riding in his first Banbury Run.

In overcast conditions with a light wind, the riders set off in batches from 10am, the first groups encountering a few spots of rain as they approached Banbury Cross – but nothing to spoil what was a glorious ride through the West Midlands countryside.

The event followed the familiar format of three courses of varying lengths designed to appeal to the various ages of motorcycles, and participants could also choose to enter a timed or untimed run.

Timed riders displayed yellow numbers as they aimed to complete the course to within five minutes of their allotted time for a gold award, and within 15 minutes for a silver, and this year 10 golds and 124 silvers were awarded.

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