very basic beginnings, what has emerged is an event that needs to
offer good value for money, has good camping facilities with
preferably full site catering and bar capabilities.
So over the years, organisers have used a variety of locations
with by far the most successful being various Rugby Club sites.
Traditionally site events using our bikes took place (e.g.
Obstacle Course; Slow Race; etc), but due to ‘Health &
Safety’ spoilsports, our Club ‘Public Liability Insurance’ has
now restricted what can be done. This
has placed additional difficulties on organisers to try to provide a
rally that has alternative events / attractions to keep rally
2008 event saw us at the Midland Heritage
Railway Centre, where we had full access to the heritage steam railway
facilities and museum and, were able to ride the trains as often as we
wished. Most commented that they
liked the rally being at a site that offered alternative attractions,
so for this year our National Secretary, Peter Edwards looked at
whether we might be able to tag our event onto the VJMC Uttoxeter
Motorcycle Show. This was
greatly assisted by our Club’s Scottish representative (George Beer)
being the show’s manager.
Manager - club member, George Beer.
show itself is actually held at the Uttoxeter horse race course and,
with up to 80 other motorcycle clubs in attendance, a host of club
display stands and many accessory and ‘auto-jumblers’, there was
certainly enough other things happening to keep most occupied.
were allocated a camping site in a very advantageous position that
also happened to be an area that was well drained.
This proved to be crucial as the set up on Friday saw several
hours of torrential rain. Although our spot was OK some of the other
clubs were not so lucky.
many who traditionally attend our rallies don’t bother to pre-book,
it was necessary to have some permanent presence adjacent to the
entrance to the racecourse so that these people could officially be
booked in. This was manned
throughout the event by Peter and Pat Edwards, who due to the
booking-in location could not actually be available at the camping
area. This was a great shame,
but they are both to
be thanked for the time and effort they put into manning the check-in
last year we were pleased that five of our German friends had taken
the trouble to travel all the way to the event.
They really are a great bunch of lads and their Jawa / CZ’s
are all in really excellent condition. We
all hope they will continue to join in with us at future events.
Four of our German
Friends under their gazebo.
Friday evening saw more people arriving and setting up camp, and the
site soon became quite full. Unfortunately
even though we had an allocated area marked out for our sole use,
there were some people from other clubs or dealers who pitched their
tents and parked their vans in our area.
This did cause a few problems as it made access (especially
with a sidecar) at times difficult. Both
Friday and Saturday saw some music within one of the bar areas,
although I have to say that it wasn’t to everyone’s taste.
It also saw many walking the short distance into Uttoxeter
itself and frequenting some of the bars there (it seems the food and
drink were cheaper!).
the day being warm, Friday night was cool and so it was a relief when
Saturday dawned sunny and warm. Tents
can be cold at night, but as soon as the sun comes out, they heat up
show opened to the general public at 09:30, and there was soon a
stream of people entering. Before
it got too crowded it was a good time to look around the various
dealers and accessory stands to see what goodies could be purchased
the Premier Hall the Club had also put on a display of interesting
Jawa/CZ race machines. On
display were John Blackburn’s Jawa Speedway and Short
Track bikes; Mick Wainwright’s Jawa 500cc & 350cc Road Race
machines together with a 250cc CZ Road Racer, and finally a very
interesting ‘Walter’ Road Racer. The
Jawa 500cc Road Racer (on the Saturday) and the Walter (on the Sunday)
also took part in a parade of bikes on their respective day when their
engines were fired up. These
parades attracted a lot of interest.
Blackburn on Club Display.
Road Race Machine.
on the Saturday also saw Ian Bridges lead a ‘Run-Out’ of 16 bikes
into the beautiful countryside, where after a run through small
villages and hamlets we ended up at an old Mill site.
Here next to the stream we had a refreshment break before
heading back to the site. Ian
took us on many unclassified roads including some with grass growing
up the middle, across fields of cows, with gates to also open and
close. Quite an interesting
rest of Saturday afternoon was spent by most just relaxing on site and
chatting, or looking around the show’s exhibitions.
Early evening saw John Blackburn doing the award ceremony, but
as this was being done outside, there was a short delay as a heavy
rain shower temporarily halted the proceedings.
Saturday evening was again spent by many in the cafés and bars
on site, while others went into Uttoxeter and others just chatted on
site. Most went to bed quite
Morgan with his sun umbrella!
night was a lot warmer, but Sunday saw some of the early risers
packing away and making a start home. The
remainder took Sunday morning at a leisurely pace, with again some
doing a tour of the various show stands and displays.
our National Rally with a show was certainly something different, and
Peter is to be congratulated
for making the actual arrangements. Being
as there were so many other attractions to look at, the rally did have
a different feel to past ones, and while it was very enjoyable, there
were also some usual features missing. It
would be interesting to have feedback from others who attended, as it
will help the Club’s committee to plan future events.
thanks must go to all the National Club Committee members involved in
organising the event and the excellent Club display.
never been to this type of show before so having the National Rally at
Uttoxeter Classic Bike Show seemed right up my street. I certainly had an
interesting weekend and covered 562 miles in all.
impression? Clever organisation for starters!
For a show
run by vintage Japanese bike enthusiasts, Pete Edwards and the gang
certainly did well at promoting Jawa CZ. The first thing all weekend pass
holders saw on arrival was a caravan with Pete’s gammy leg thrust out of
the door and a huge banner announcing the Jawa CZ Owners Club (attached to
the fence – not Pete’s leg). Once past security, folk were then
confronted by another prominent Jawa CZ sign on the corner of our rally
plot. To cap it all, our club stand was positioned just inside the main
doors of the largest indoor gallery. Well done to all those involved.
It was great
to go round looking at the exhibits on Friday evening and take a few
photographs without crowds of people getting in the shot as well as my
thumb. Saturday had lots of atmosphere and the sun shone throughout the main
show timetable. I hadn’t a clue what most of the auto jumble was for but
still managed to buy a couple of bits that weren’t food related.
first, I think the
ride out started on time! I had a
reflective waistcoat stretched over my chubby body so ride leader, Ian
Bridges, asked me to ride at the rear so that he had a better chance of
seeing if we were all together. That meant I had a good view of all the
bikes snaking round lanes, up hill and down dale. It made me wish I had
Carol with me to video from her pillion seat.