News in brief

Graham Walker with his 1911 499cc Rudge

Owners of Sunbeam machines are invited to take part in a recreation of an event originally held in 1930.

The 75th Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run is due to take place on March 24 next year.

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Run organiser Ian McGill said: “The club already has seven known machines that took part in the 1930 Pioneer Run, we are looking to increase this for the 75th event and ask any owners with machines of proven history in the 1930 run to get in touch. These machines will attract a discounted entry fee and an early start. To those who are still fettling and restoring what could be eligible machines it is suggested you labour on to achieve your goal.

“If the machine is still incomplete and has not yet been authenticated by the Sunbeam Pioneer Dating scheme then the last date for application to the Registrar, John Waghorn, 46 High Road, Wilmington DA2 7BN will be the end of November 2012.”

For more information contact Ian on 01293 771446.

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Take on the Catterick challenge       
A challenging event where motorcyclists can put their machines through their paces is now open for entries. The annual Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, held by the Middlesbrough and District Motor Club, takes place on Sunday, October 7.

The deadline for entries is September 22.

Copies of the regulations for the event are available from Mrs J M Barraclough on 01274 678354.

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Help Baz tell the pioneer story       
Riders who’ve taken part in the Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run and have a story to tell about how they’ve overcome adversity are invited to contact the author of a new book on the subject.

Baz Staple is preparing The Story of the Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run for publication and wants to include a chapter on “interesting or problematic experiences and how they were overcome”.

Stories can be submitted by post to Baz Staple, 18 Chieveley Drive, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5HQ or emailed to jennybaz.staple@gmail.com

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Charity trial for pre 67 machines
The Tongham Tigers Motorcycle Club and the Dot Motorcycle Club will be running two trials for pre 67 A and B two-stroke machines on land in Dunsfold, Surrey on the weekend of September 22-23.

There’s a charity trial on the Saturday in aid of the Surrey Air Ambulance followed in the evening by a barbecue with band and bar. Any profit made by the bar and barbecue will be donated to the Surrey Air Ambulance. There will be overnight camping for those wishing to stay and ride on Sunday, September 23 for the Mick Mills Memorial Trial.

Awards will be presented immediately after each trial. In addition to the main awards in each class it is hoped to run an inter-make team trial over the two days for two members one make of machine, (i.e. Greeves, James, DOT, Cotton, Triumph etc.) one on taking the hard route one on the easy route.

There will be a provision to purchase hot food each day and breakfast on the Sunday morning. For trial entries contact Louise Enticknap by email louise.enticknap@ btopenworld.com or telephone 01483 200283.

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