For more information, please contact the secretary Derek Trow on 01686 670626 Mobile 07904701022 or Email Derek Trow 26 Chestnut View Kerry nr Newtown Powys SY16 4 PR

17 comments on “Contact

  1. Dear Derek,

    hope I’ve got through to the right person!!

    I’m a Police officer for West Mercia and am involved in biker education at events and meetings. I’m part of the Shropshire Motorcycle Road Safety Group which consists of West Mercia Police, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service, Shropshire Council and West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership. I attend events and shows throughout Shropshire and bordering Counties with our display van, an ex ambulance, which contains a post collision R1, DVD & TV, table, literature and everything we need to put on a display to engage with bikers. We promote better riding through training and offer subsidised training to existing and new bikers. We work closely with RoSPA and IAM and this year, shall be partaking in over 40 events so far. We have a Facebook page titled ‘Shropshire Motorcycle Road Safety’ and will soon have a website. We are sponsored in our activities by, Benham BMW Motorrad, Extreme, Minshall Construction Ltd and Tyreworks both Market Drayton businesses.

    I’m a keen biker myself, although currently without a bike!! Something that is to be rectified this year. My aim is to encourage safer riding through engagement with bikers and giving them the facts to enable them to make an informed decision as to whether to train further, explaining the benefits. The overall aim is to make biking safe for everyone.

    The purpose of this e mail is to ask whether your club wants to be represented at the first ever show we are staging at Shrewsbury Town FC on Sunday 26th June 2011 between 10am and 4pm. We want to showcase all things biking in Shropshire including clubs. There will be assessment rides on offer, a go at riding a scooter for those new to the pastime, chances to get on training courses, displays of bikes from Shrewsbury Honda, Benham BMW, and other dealers. The list is still being confirmed. We’ll also have entertainment from a live band, local radio, RAF helicopter, bouncy castle and slides, traders, bike kit and in fact, a load of other stuff. We’re still pulling it together.

    Entry is free for all. There will be a free bike park on site, and it’ll be free to you to set up a stand, maybe bring some of your members bikes along to display. I’m also after traders, entertainment and anything that can fill the show. If you feel you can help, please contact me on the e mail and number below.

    Thanks , anything you could assist with, would be a great help.

    Mick Sturland
    Tel: 07792 774 058

  2. I’ve been looking at your calendar and note that you have Johnny Brittain coming to give a talk. Iv’ve come to know John well over thelast 3 years.
    You have him as Johnny Britton. He might be offended with wrong spelling of his name.

  3. Dear Derek,
    I am not a member, My Honda 400/4 and Gilera Arcore date from the seventies, a little late! I live very near The Ragleth, my local, and I am just writing since I went to the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to let you know how wonderful it is! There are many vintage bikes, and many later ones, including the Kneeler Norton, and some factory protoypes. Too much to mention, really! It really is worth going. I wonder if you might like to think about organising a coach trip for your members? I cannot tell you how many fascinating bikes Sammy has. His collection really rivals the National Motorcycle Museum. If you haven’t been I do implore you to spread the word, it would be a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to go again!!!
    Best regards,
    Les Curtis

    • Totally agree. I thought I’d seen bikes of all shapes and sizes, but the variety is amazing. A 3 cylinder radial engined bike? There is there. Thoroughly recommend it.

  4. Hi Derek.
    Could you tell me when, where The Long Mountain Run is starting from please and at what time? I have ridden round with everyone, many times in the past(sadly, not on an old bike).
    Regards Richard.

    • Hi Richard
      The Long Mountain Run is on the 15th April at 10.30 starting from The Powis Arms Lydbury North Nr Bishops Castle Shropshire Sy7 8Au. We shall also finish there for a roast dinner. The run will be around 80 miles there is a £5.00 entry fee for Vmcc members £8.00 for none members the extra three pounds is one day we are covered by the vmcc insurance

  5. FORDEN CLASSIC BIKE SHOW 2012 Dear Derek, last year on October the 1st we lanched the first Forden Classic Bike Show, I borrowed the idea from Ron Maund ( I hope he does’nt mind) and like Wistanstow it was put on to raise funds for the local school and hall , as the idea was put forward to the Friends of Forden School only a month before the event,( the initial intention being to launch the show in 2012) you can imagine I hit-the-ground-somewhat-running !!!! not having organised a show like this before, but knowing quit a few classic bike owners in the area I started making a few phone calls to various people and before long I got enough bikes to fill the village hall and more!!. The show was a ” TRIUMPH” (well that’s what it said in the paper) and Uncle Jim Reynolds was pretty impressed to, so I decided to make it an annual event, and the 2nd F.C.B.S will be held on the 30th of September 2012 at Forden village hall, the only thing we lacked last year where some Autojumblers which I aim to rectify this year, if you or any of your members need any futher details please contact me on 01938 580 615…..many thanks Richard

  6. Would any of your members like to join us for a short rally from Wem to Ellesmere with a picnic by the lake or a meal in The Boathouse restaurant followed by a stroll along the canal or round the mere then back to the Old rectory Hotel for afternoon tea. Cost £3.95 for the tea (lunch your own responsibility). Sunday 15th July start 11.15 at old Rectory. If interested please email or phone 01939 232789. This has been organised by My son Callum who is 15 and a great car/vintage bike enthusiast. We are a bit short on numbers so far so any interest would be great. Hope to see you there. Alison.

  7. Dear Sir.
    My name is Nigel Davies and I am one of the organizing body of the above event formally known as Bikefest.
    This is a bikeshow aimed at promoting road safety for 2 wheelers, the partners include West Mercia Police, Safer Roads Partnership, Shropshire Council Road Safety IAM and ROSPA. This years event is to be held at RAF Cosford on April 21st and will link up with the MIdlands Air Ambulance Bike for Life event.
    This year we would like to invite local bike cluds such as yours to put on a small display promoting your own club and to perhaps doa small demo ride around the arena. There is no cost to yourselves just supply your own tent /small marquee.
    If you are interested please feel free to contact me via email or on 07855101771.
    The event website will be
    I hope to here from you soon.
    Nigel Davies ROSPA

  8. Hello

    Re The Gaffers Gallop 60th Anniversary year and TV Documentary

    I wonder if you could possibly help me.

    A TV company flew in from New Zealand late last year to interview me as the author of “Travelling With Mr Turner”.

    It turns out that one of the characters in my book who took part in a motorcycle ride sponsored and filmed by ESSO in 1953, had a double life
    and they have made a documentary about him to be broadcast on prime time TV.

    Triumph’s Edward Turner rode from Lands End to John O Groats on a 149cc Triumph Terrier in 1953 as a publicity stunt. However one of the
    directors who travelled with him wasn’t all that he appeared to be.The difficulty is we can’t say too much about what happened
    because the family haven’t yet been told and all this is going to be filmed.

    The reason I am bringing this to your attention is to see if you can help me find the film of the ride known as the Gaffers Gallop. I have
    turned over my website (which because of the reasonable quality of the period photos takes a couple of seconds for them to download) to finding the film.And please feel free to link my website or pass it on – the only way of finding this needle in the
    haystack is to fulfill my dream of seeing it go viral (here’s hoping).

    It is ofcourse the 60th anniversary year of the Gaffers Gallop so it would be great to find the film in any event. However, I have to find it in
    the next 6 weeks if it is to feature in the documentary. Can you put out an appeal?

    Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated and if you need to know more please come back to me.

    A slightly unorthodox request, but I would be grateful for any help.

    Best wishes,

    Nigel C Winter

  9. Hi Shropshire Branch, just to let you know that Forden Classic Bike Show will be throwing its doors open on Sunday the 29th of September 2013 at Forden village hall, this year we will be doing early breakfast for early risers, news papers for you to read over your coffee and lots of bikes for you to chat about, some auto jumble stalls and some classic cars,tractors and others thrown into the mix, looking forward to seeing you all there, Richard my contact no 01938 580 615 if you need some more details

  10. Hello,

    members may be interested in visiting the National Cycle Museum in LLandrindod Wells- perhaps as a club outing. Basically bicycles- many very unusual ones.

    More details on or tel 01597 825531

    Look forward to showing members around the museum

    job share curator
    trustee of the National Cycle Museum TRust

  11. We represent Mill Meece Pumping Station, a heritage site situated near to Stone and Eccleshall in Staffordshire. Our website is:

    This is a special year for us as the Pumping Station has been in operation for 100 years in 2014. We hope that you and some of your members might join us for some of the Rally events that we are holding this year.

    The Rally dates are:

    Friday 16th May – from 6pm – Museums at Night
    Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th May – Stationary Engine Rally
    Sunday 15th June – General Interest Rally
    Sunday 13th July – Classic Motorcycle Rally
    Sunday 17th August – General Interest Rally
    Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st September – Yesteryear Rally

    You can access entry forms and lots of other info. on our website.

    We especially welcome Vintage Motorcycles at our Motorcycle Rally in July.

    Best wishes and hope to see you at Mill Meece.

  12. Hello Derek and all members,

    Thank you very much for a very enjoyable time at the annual meal held at The Crown Inn. My assistant and myself were so very pleased to come and take photos for your evening. We were made to feel so very welcome by everyone and we really enjoyed the talk by the Pearly King. It was really great to see such a strong and enthusiastic club following a hobby and interest they really love. Thank you again for an enjoyable time. I would like to announce that the dinner article is in Thursday 18th December 2014(today’s) newspaper, page 13. Thank you for asking us to cover the photos for your party event.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Alison Wozencroft Party Photography

  13. Hi
    Are you holding the long mountain run in 2015?
    Is it an annual event?
    Keith Wilson Cheshire and North wales section

    • Hi Keith
      It is a annual run and is on the 19th of April 2015 starting from The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops Castle Sy9 5ef at 10.30 am between 80 & 100 miles

  14. Just wanted to let your members know of the Broseley Fest. Motorcycling taking place on August the 5th. Its our 2nd year and we would welcome bikers from all era’s of motorcycling. All relevent details are on our website. Our aim is to raise money for the Air Ambulance so the more bikers that can join us the better. Hopefully see you on the 5th August. Many thanks Mike

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