thought we would go down on the Thursday this year to make a longer
weekend as the weather looked good.
I loaded the dogs into the car and John set of on his Jawa 592.
As is always the way if you don’t start off with your
waterproofs on, we had to stop this side of Chester for John to don
his, as we caught a heavy shower of rain.
Of course we didn’t see a another drop of rain thereafter!
had decided to avoid motorways, as it is a bit uncomfortable for John
on the 250 twin port, so we went up the A49.
All was well until we hit Warrington, which had major road
works going on.
Since air cooled two strokes don’t like sitting in traffic
jams, John decided to tear off ahead of me and we met up again further
up the road.
We thought we were following the directions for Chorley Rugby
club but seemed to be going further than we should have.
I decided to stop at a pub where we met up with Tom Soffe who
was thinking the same.
We asked for directions at the bar and Tom went on ahead,
saying he would return if he could not find the site.
We opted to stop at the pub for a drink and to water the dogs
and then continued. Tom had not returned so we assumed he had found
A bit further up the road all the directions fell neatly into
place and we arrived at the Rugby club.
were already several tents erected so we set up camp next to Tom with
Paula and Ian camped on the other side.
Michelle came round with official badges for us.
John was designated “Press Officer” and I was the “Animal
Welfare Officer” due to my links with Greyhound Rescue.
I soon discovered that there was a ferret and some pigeons to
take care of!
Steve was the Offal Inspector, Gary the Paparazzi and Dave from
Cumbria was Security. Nicola arrived sporting shocking pink hair.
She had dyed it to take part with daughters Lisa and Sarah in
the ‘Walk for Life’ the previous week.
stressed Phil Budding and his wife arrived from south Wales.
Phil had spent about 2 hours trying to find the site!
However they soon settled in with their enormous tent including
took over the clubhouse in the evening as the bar was not open but
Michelle, Pete and Steve did us proud with a Black Pudding evening.
We were introduced to the delights of Black Peas, Black Pudding
and Chorley cake for afters.
John and I took our own vegetarian black pudding, bought
on-line and Pete cooked it for us.
Very good it was.
Later there was a gathering around our tent with Pete’s
homemade wine and Gary’s lovely Czech Mate beer.
Gary’s friend who runs a brewery had made a special beer for
us with a picture of a Jawa on the label.
Our club web address and badge are also there on the label.
If anyone wants to purchase some contact Gary who will bring it
up to the Stafford show in October.
When the sun went down it got rather chilly so we were trying
to keep warm from the glow of citronella candles and one of Tom’s
fine selection of camping stoves.
Martin Broomfield, Dave Widdowson and friends decided to have a
walk into the village and of course found a pub……...we were not
sure what time they arrived back.
the night was very cold as the sky cleared we were glad to have the
dogs under the quilt to keep us all warm!!
Great until the sun came up and we all started to boil.
Friday dawned with more arrivals.
The Welsh enclave camped opposite us with the Scottish branch
arriving too. The food van
opened up and did a steady trade, staying open until the bar closed.
spent the day looking at the bikes and meeting up with old friends and
making new ones. Gibby
arrived with his ‘Emporium’ and a CZ125 disk brake front end
suddenly appeared by our tent!! A
future project apparently. We
also took a walk into the village for more beer and wine supplies.
We spent a pleasant evening in the bar chatting to Karl from
Germany and Steve Slater.
chilly night but Saturday dawned very hot and we had a glorious day.
Glen, Pete and Michelle had arranged for a bouncy castle for
the kids plus the electric buzzer game with money being raised for
charity. Everyone seemed
to be trying the rabbit outline that was meant to be the simple one
for the kids, instead of the more difficult Jawa outline.
Michelle looked very fetching in her headscarf, while Pete
alternated between a flat cap and a knotted hanky depending whether
the sun was out. Bob
Mortimer led the run out but a few people got split off from the main
group and returned a bit earlier than Bob’s group and some broke
down!! Sandy made it all
the way and it was suggested that she have a T-shirt made with “I
completed Bob’s run!” printed on it.
bikes were lined up later for everyone to admire
and for judging and a very pretty array they made.
You should all be very proud of yourselves keeping these bikes
running. It was scorching
by now and the ice cream van arrived just in time!
our Greyhound put on a great display chasing the ferret (fake fur).
As he is such a nervy greyhound due to past ill – treatment
many people had never seen him doing what he does best…running!
I was called to check on the welfare of the pigeons due to be
raced later in the evening as they had been in their basket for rather
a long time. All was well.
We met later for the AGM, prize giving, raffle and auction.
two pigeons were finally released from their basket later in the
evening and raced on the floor. They
turned out to be clockwork but we had good fun racing them in several
elimination heats with Gibby backing the final winner.
Rumours were circulating that WD40 may have been used to grease
the cogs of the eventual winner!
dawned very hot again and luckily Ian and Paula asked me to check my
car dashboard display to see what the temperature was.
This led me to discover that the battery was flat.
Luckily Bob Clark provided some jump leads and Mario kindly
came and started the car, which we left running for a bit to charge
up. The temperature turned
out to be 70 degrees at 9.30 am! We
packed up slowly as we were not in any rush as our journey was only 74
miles. We had a good
journey back with no hold-ups in Warrington this time and no detours.
I even got home in time to watch the men’s final at
to Glen, Pete, Michelle and Steve for all their hard work in
organizing a great rally. It
was great that there was something for everyone.
The rally was a real family occasion
See you all again next year ‘down south’.
Dave Blackmore who forgot to pack his tent.
John Kitney - Jawa 650 Style - 260 miles from Ireland.
Kev Wright – new F2 Jawa 350 - 130 miles.
Paula Mallinder - Jawa 350 Chopper.
Kev Wright – new F2 Jawa 350 combo plus trailer.
Glen Newport - 1957 Jawa.
Glen Newport – 1957 Jawa.
under 10 years old
Kev Wright - F2 Jawa sidecar outfit.
over 10 years old
Ian Bridges - Jawa 640 Red Style.
CZ Trail registration No. JRU 176N (sorry, I don’t have the name of this winner).
modified Bobb from Long Eaton - CZ 125 single BitCZa.
George Beer for his club work in Scotland.
John Kitney – in memory of the late Ted Andrews.
No guesses (arrived by AA truck) Andy Reid.
Kyrill from Germany
Andrew Clark – white 1965 CZ 125cc model 473 from Sweden.
Pete Webb – a first for a couple.
Michelle Peel – the woman behind the Jawa icon.