The powers that be are considering changing the magazine format from A5 to A4, this they consider would make it look more modern, they are also considering changing the title of the magazine to “The Vintage and Classic motorcycle”. The powers that be are saying the cost would be little different for printing and distribution. I have had this looked into by a printing group who print both sizes of this type of magazine. As I do not know the number of magazines the VMCC have printed. I have had it based on 17000 copies the cost of which are approx. as follows –
A5 Magazines £17,234 (printing £6,198, personal carrier sheet + packing £1,045 and postage £10,00 approx).
A4 Magazine £26,616 (printing £8,266, personal carrier sheet + packing £1,650 and postage £16,700 approx).
Total cost over 12months would be a extra £112,582.00 between the A5 & the A4
Figures are excluding VAT. The estimated difference is the A4 magazine would cost £9,382 extra to produce. I think our directors are living in a dream world.
Please note our club night meetings move back to 8pm for the summer, a decision will be made at the AGM to see if we are going back to evenings all the year around or as we have this year afternoons in the winter or all year around or as this year afternoons in the winter evenings summer.
The speaker for our May meeting is Gordon May, this time he has ridden a1941 ex WD Matchless which has been civilised and painted black it was also modified to take in the rigors of the roads it would travel. His journey took him across land from Manchester to Vietnam. The name of his latest book (Overland to Vietnam) this will be available may club night or direct from Gordon or other book sellers. Should be another good and interesting talk this will be the 3rd time he has given us a talk
The April Club meeting was a talk by Mike Watkins and Wilma Hayes The Empress of Ireland (what really happened) the talk was delivered by Wilma who had relatives on the ship. Although this had a larger loss of life than the Titanic ,little had been heard of it due to the 1st World War which started due to the assination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The talk was very interesting with a film and was told extremley well. mike has previously given us a talk on the titanic and we will be seeing them again next year
Do not forget our fish & chip night in June the fish & chips need to be ordered before the night the cost will be £10.00includes a pudding and a free draw ticket
On the 17th of June The Bucket & Spade Run takes us to Aberystwth to visit SRM Engineering. Where we will have a demonstration of the use of the dynamometer and other equipment, and being told of the work they carry out there by the managing Director John Jolley. We start from Kerry village car park at 9am to arrive for 11am with a break for coffee on he way If you wish to come on this visit please let Derek know as soon as possible as SRM want numbers attending as soon as possible. Many thanks to John for the invitation. After the visit we could spend some time on the sea front bring your own Bucket & Spade
The April Club afternoon as usual is at The Inn-on-the-Green at 2pm the speaker is Mike Watkin on” What really happened to The Empress of Ireland”. On the 7th of May club member Roy Jones is running a motorcycle Afternoon at his home Meadow Cottage Montford Nr Shrewsbury in aid of The Severn Hospice. for further information contact Roy 01743850612 please support this event.
14th of May The Spring Run starts from the Pound Inn Leebotwood Nr Shrewsbury at 10.30 organised by Godfrey Cookson & Cyril Watson.
The 31st of May is a talk by Gordon May “Overland to Vietnam” please note this club night we are back to our evening meetings for the summer. So this meeting starts at 8pm.
Please note you do’nt have to be a member to attend any of our events just come and pay the entry fee and meet like minded people
For any information contact Derek Trow on 01686670626
The Long Mountain Run took place on Sunday the 9th of April for once the weather was really nice and warm. We had the best entry for some time with 41 riders and drivers taking part in the event. The route master was Terry Sayce who organised a lovely route through the South Shropshire countryside. The run started and finished at the very popular The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops Castle. It was around 50 miles in length stopping for tea and coffee at the Bog Visitor Center, formerly the village School. another popular place with walkers, cyclists, cars and bikers calling for the excellent home made cakes and tea and coffee. in 17th18th and early 19th centuries this area would have been very busy with lead mining. despite a very busy day at the Inn Adrian and his staff but on a lovely carvery for us plus supplying breakfasts tea ect before the start for those who required it many thanks to them. Thanks also to the 41 entrants who turned out, Terry Sayce for the route, Daisy for putting the route on paper Nikki for designing the advert.
I can not see why we are alone in having such a ridiculous and regally unworkable deadline. I say this because we are alone among the club magazines as well as commercial productions which I receive, in producing an April issue with no mention of this event. This includes large and small clubs as well as a number of National Magazines all have had some mention of John Surtees death.
I have long felt that the VMCC Journal needs a total revision. It is vastly overpriced. There is far too much information repeated in each issue ie. pages of past events which only are of fractional interest to each section and unread by 99.9% of the rest of us. Events are a repeat of what is contained in the booklet which we all receive at the start of the year. As so graphically illustrated by this incident it is far too unwieldy and out of date in the internet age which should give editors the ability to be quick on their feet and up to date with the news their journal’s contain. As a long standing member of the VMCC I want to see it succeed and thrive but not at any cost. The magazine is fiendishly expensive becoming less and less relevant!!
Either get up to date or get out of the kitchen because the National Motorcycle Museum is snapping at your heels and the Sunbeam Owners Club is in an Ideal position to take over the mantle of the number one position.
Good Afternoon Alan
Just a little note to let you know I will forward the e-mail below to Peter the editor. Unfortunately by the time of his passing the printers would of started to print the April journal. It takes almost a month to put it together. As you must be aware the deadline for the May journal was Saturday 1st April.
I know Bruce Main-Smith has sent something in for the May issue.
We had the best turnout so far for our club afternoons 21 members and guests, the speaker was Bruce Lawson and colleague from the Cloverlands Toy Museum Montgomery. Who gave a very interesting and amusing slide show and talk on the life of Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce fame. Bruce has written a book Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce, available direct from Bruce and other book sellers.
There were a couple of comments should we perhaps hold all our meetings in the afternoons, while most of our members are retiree’s we do have 3 or 4 members of working age. The pro’s for this are we don’t clash with the Pony Club meetings, more parking, so far we have been able to get speakers and it appears more members come on their motorcycles in the daylight. The cons are we are excluding our members who are still working there is the possibility some speakers may not be able to come in the afternoons. Any comments or idea’s for future meetings would be welcome. The landlord was on a day off, so our thanks to the young lady working the bar and the chef in the kitchen for staying on to provide us with food after the meeting.
The next club night will be a slide show and talk by Mike Watkins on The Empress of Ireland “what really happened”, at The Inn-on-the-Green at 2pm all are welcome you don’t have to be a member to come.
The Spring Run is on the 14th of May starting from the Pound Inn Leebottwood, Nr Shrewsbury at 10.30am, organised by Godfrey Cookson and Cyril Watson, any proceeds from the event will go to the Air Ambulance fund.
A Motorcycle Afternoon at Meadow Cottage, Montford, Shrewsbury, SY4 1AD on the 7th of May 2pm till 4pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments, come on your motorcycle classic, modern, whatever. It is being organised by section member Roy Jones in aid of The Severn Hospice.
The Long Mountain Run is on the 9th of April 2017 starting from The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor SY9 5EF at 10.30 am entry is £5.00 towards the Air Ambulance Funds. The route is around 50 miles of the Shropshire countryside and will finish back at The Inn-on-the Green for lunch. The lunch a carvery must be pre- booked with the treasurer. There will be bacon, sausage baps, tea and coffee available at the start. For further information contact Derek Trow 01686670626 mobile 07904701022 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The speaker for the 29th of March is Bruce Lawson of The Cloverlands Model Car Museum Montgomery who will be showing a slide show and telling us how the museum came about. He has also wrote a book about Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame which has now been reprinted. The meeting starts at 2pm at The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops Castle Sy9 5Ef. the meeting will be followed by Sandwiches, sausage rolls or chips thanks to Adrian mine host all welcome £2.00 entrance to club funds.