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The Don Lafford Memorial Run 5th July 2015.

Following some very hot days the weathermen issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms for the Sunday 5th July, despite this twelve machines turned up at the start, the organiser, Mick Jaggard, arrived on a bike but did not do the run due to a prior commitment so eleven riders set off.

The bikes ranged from a 1920 Triumph ridden by David Payne to Ted Robinson’s 1980 Honda with four other vintage machines on display, a 1927 AJS ridden by Simon Dudfield, Derek Morris on his 1928 Matchless, Frank Parker on his 1929 Panther and myself on a 1929 Sunbeam, Steve Bradwick was on his very distinctive BSA with blue and white dustbin fairing.

The route took us from the lay-by just off the M40, where we meet for the breakfast run, through Charlecote, Loxley, Quinton, Welford, Aston Cantlow, and Langley using a mixture of B roads and country lanes with some stunning views of the Warwickshire countryside finally ending up at the New Inn at Norton Lindsey. The weather had been kind to us and the sun even broke through the clouds a few times.

Ted Robinson and I were the only ones to opt for a Sunday roast so while the other sat in the carpark to enjoy the sunshine we went in for lunch, the barmaid brought out a plate each with two large slices of beef and some roast potatoes on them, this was followed by a dish of vegetables, Ted and I looked at each other wondering what had happened to the Yorkshire pudding when the chef came out with the biggest pudding you have ever seen, we ate as much of it as we could but the photo shows how much was left over, you will have to use your imagination as to how big it was before we started.

As we went to the car park to leave a few spots of rain started to fall so we feared the worst for the journey home, as it was the rain stopped and I got home and put the bike away just before the heavens opened.


Our thanks go to Mick Jaggard for a superb route and the staff at the New Inn for their hospitality.

Report and photos by Harry Wiles. 







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