MCN Show

The MCN show this year was one of the best, funniest, proudest week ends I have had for a while, it is the first time I have ridden and the route taken took in some cracking roads, Nat was running support car while I met Johann on his Diavel, Sharon, Johanns fairer other was taking all of their luggage. A couple of Diavel Gremlins and traffic saw us all split up, re-grouping a few hours later in Derby, I then had clutch issues on the Paso but fixed in a few minutes. We arrived just after 8 and the tents went up quick style with the help of a few friends, a trip up to the bar to see the bands a very expensive drink then back to camp DOC for a nightcap. The stand organised by Steve Benn with the help from Colin Darlow looked superb, 43 bikes were incredible, thanks to everybody taking the time and trouble to get there, we had the lot !!

We had the hot plate on early and cooked breakfast, the Southern Hemispere cooks did a sterling job, Natalee was quickly put in charge of collecting the £10 per head for food all week end. The crowds poured  in and were astonished and amazed at the club stand, we got the thumbs up from Ducati UK also, Leighs regalia also started to sell well, all too soon the day was drawing to a close and it turned to beer o clock, burgers on the Braii !!

Bands and funfair were then dispatched then another drink at the camp, we had, ahem a key issue Sunday but something and nothing, people started to depart and pack up when we were told to stop and expect a guest, Colin Edwards stopped by and brought with him the MCN festival of motorcycling S best club stand trophy, very well deserved. Steve is not doing the show next year, we now need some to follow it on. I hope the show goes ahead and that we are very much a part of it.

Martyn

Sunny Valley Rally

What can I say about the rally this year ? It certainly had it all, personally I had a great time escorting 24 Belgians to the event calling in at Ducati Manchester on the way there. They were on a three day trip and decided to attend the Friday night in Shropshire, they stayed at the Bull which is a great Hotel, they arrived at the Unicorn in time for dinner or tea depending where you are from.  We had a few drinks and a great night, they even brought gifts of t shirts for all of us, they were up and off quite early th next morning so didn’t stay up too long, the called in to say good bye at 9 am Saturday before heading on to Donington, we then had a 200 mile around Wales in mainly good sunshine before back to the Unicorn for dinner/tea and again a few drinks, they never seem to last long enough and I wonder if anyone would be up for a four day rally ??

It’s  a busy time with the MCN show in Peterborough this week end, the weather is looking good, see you there ??

Martyn

Stafford

The Stafford show was again very busy, the weather was a little chilly for those of us camping. The stand was a bit small again, not by our choice, the organisers would not give us any more space, Kevin is toying with the idea of not doing the April Stafford show next year but we will see.

Some lovely bikes on the show, Kevin has always assembled a varied mix of bikes, some classic and others modern, it really works well.

A huge well done to Kevin and all the helpers that give up their time and spend money promoting the club and the brand, rally next !!

See you there.

Martyn