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 Afternoon Tea Run 6th September 2015

Following days of rain and a very cold Saturday Sunday 6th September turned out to be a warm sunny day for the Afternoon Tea Run, Simon Dudfield, our new organiser for the event changed the start venue from the usual Hatton Lay-By to the Lay-By on the A423 just off the A46 / M40 island so he could take in some different roads.
At the signing on everyone was surprised by the amount of vintage bikes in attendance in fact nine out of the fifteen bikes were vintage there was 1920 Triumph ridden by David Payne, two 1927 AJS’s ridden by Simon and Graham Hallard, two 1928 machines, an Ariel and a Matchless ridden by Alan Bailey and Derek Morris respectively, three 1929 machines, a Panther a Sunbeam and an AJS ridden by Frank Parker, Harry Wiles and Brenda Hallard respectively and last but not least a 1930 OHC Velo KSS ridden by Jim Plant. The rest of the bikes ranged from a 1956 Matchless to a 1980 Honda.The route taken passed through villages familiar to riders who have taken part in the Banbury run, going through Barford, Arlescote , Radway,Tysoe, Oxhill, Whatcote and Kineton. For the final stretch we climbed up Warmington Hill and finished at the National herb Centre. The staff there had kindly reserved some outside tables for us. We received a waiter service of tea and excellent home baked cakes which were enjoyed in glorious sunshine. The choice of venue had universal approval it was a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Our thanks go to Simon Dudfield for organising the run and the staff at the National Herb Centre for their hospitality.












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