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Banbury Re-Run 1st July 2018

Seven adventurous souls signed on at the British Motor Museum on a beautiful sunny day for a new experience: riding the Banbury Run on post war machines and using a tulip route card without any mileages shown. David Kendall (’59 Norton ES2) and Martyn Roberts (’77 Zawasaki Z1000) were the early arrivals, followed closely by new member Steve Harrold on a beautifully restored ’24 350 Raleigh. Then came Derek Morris (‘47 Ariel NH) followed by Judith Coote and Malcolm Griffin on their ’82 Honda CB RSA. At this point Steve asked if he was likely to be the only vintage machine there and as his cruising speed would only be 30 mph he would be on his own. He therefore decided to nip to his home in Harbury to collect something a little faster: a ’70 Triumph Daytona.

Martyn and Derek set off first, with all the remainder following my ’56 Ariel KH.

The route led us across through Lighthorne, Moreton Morrel, Wellesbourne, Walton and across to Pillerton Priors. From there, through Whatcote onto the Stratford to Banbury main Road, a good blast up Sunrising – that first right hander slows you down to ‘vintage speeds’ - then through Edge Hill (it was very tempting to call at the Castle for some refreshment) to Warmington, then through Farnborough on to the next fast main road leading to Banbury. Here, just before the turning to Hanwell, we were passed by three modern bikes doing ridiculous ear splitting speeds. Crazy! Then across to Wroxton and North Newington where we followed the road down to Banbury Cross.
Then another loop out along the Shipston main road, across the Quarry road to Shutford (anther tempting stop at the George and Dragon there, but no!). Onwards past Shennington, then Kineton and Gaydon, and giving the Motor Museum a miss, finally stopping at the Antelope in Lighthorne for the long awaited refreshment. It was good to see Ted Robinson with his little Honda waiting to greet us there! 

A very pleasant morning’s 2 hour 60 mile ride, not too hot, no difficulties with the tulip route card.   Thoroughly recommended for next year - it’s a shame we didn’t have greater numbers.

Our thanks go to Alan Bailey for organising the event and sending in the report and photos.






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