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VMCC 'Nice 1' Run

Sunday 8th May 2011

Photos and report by David Osborn

This run, organised by the North Herts Non-Conformist cycle-motor group under the auspices of the VMCC, was well attended by VMCC, EACC and NACC members.  Over twenty riders signed on, both local and others from Norfolk, Essex, Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire and Kent.

The route of some twenty-six miles was set in the unspoilt countryside of east Hertfordshire.  The machinery was the usual assortment of cycle-motors, mopeds and others including an unrestored 1956 New Hudson and a pristine Puch MS50D.

There were no notable incidents to riders or machines and only a self closing petrol tap, a loose fuel cap and loose toolbox was about as bad as things developed.  Surprisingly, with respect to the amount of surface gravel, and potholes disguised as puddles there were no punctures.  The hilly terrain did not defeat the smallest of cycle-motors, but the effort of the day probably went to the two-up NSU Quickly.

The complexities of the European weather pattern threatened to dump half of the Atlantic Ocean upon the venue, thankfully this forecast did not materialise.  Although there is no doubt that the rain would have been welcome in the beautiful spring countryside we passed through.

Thanks go to Mandy at the Rising Sun at Hall's Green and Alan at the Lordship Arms at Bennington for their hospitality.  And thanks to all the riders, and pillion passenger for their support.

David Osborn

Meeting at the Rising Sun

SER Itom cyclemotor NSU Quickly S2/23 Puch MS50D Mobylette Raleigh RM1 BSA Bantam Bikes parked at the Rising Sun New Hudson autocycle

At the windmill

NSU Quickly S Cyclemaster Honda PC50 VéloSoleX Raleigh RM1 Honda A second VéloSoleX A pair of Puch mopeds approaching  Puch MS50D and Puc Maxi More riders approaching BSA Bantam

Along the route

Among the riders A quick route check

Bennington Lordship Arms

Bikes parked at the Lordship Arms Bikes parked at the Lordship Arms

Return journey

Itom cyclemotor Honda PC50 NSU Quickly N Cyclemaster NSU Quickly S VéloSoleX Honda Honda PC50 BSA Bantam

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