Monday, May 28, 2012

British Iron Association Meet at Singletary May 27

The British Iron Association Meet at Singletary Rod & Gun club in Oxford Massachusetts was one of the best yet.  The turnout of  participants spectators was impressive as ever. Oldest bike was a 1914 BSA and the owner even hand the acetylene head lamp lit for the show. A good smattering of all makes and models were present. Many wonderful Nortons filled the field including one that ran a 134 mph at the Loring Timing Association East coast. There was also a 1954 MG TF1500.

This year the BIA moved the exibition area into the the larger vendors area.  Registration was in the same location but the new layout was a more natural gathering. Vendors surrounded the perimeter of the show bikes.  By the end of the day both food and drink were sold out, a first that I can remember.

The Velo community was very well represented this year. Adam Schoolsky from NH brought his 1969 Venom Clubman MkII along with his 1952 BSA B31. Richard Galvin brought out his 1963 Venom Clubman with the Alton conversion. Its starts exceptionally quick, first press of the button. Its a pretty impressive bit of kit and I think Adam was sold after seeing how well it performed.G eoff Hybertson brought out Floyd Garrettt's 1946 MAC along with the two Royal Enfield flying fleas. Great to see the MAC on the field again. Soon Geoff should have MAC back up and running. Mike Suss rode my 1963 MSS as I was on the 1969 Venom Clubman MkII.

Alton electric starter conversion on a Venom!

Velocettes in force! from left to right; Richard Galvin and his 1963 Venom Clubman, Mike Suss  and the 1963 MSS, John Dolber  with a 1969 Venom Clubman MkII, Geoff Hyberton with the 1947 MAC and Adam Schoolsky with a 1969 Venom Clubman MkII

   As the day went on sensory overload once again took hold of my mind. So many great machines to see; AJS, Ariel, cafes, classics, vintage, and racers. The pictures here don't do justice to machines entered. I missed many fine details, it was impossible to take it all in.  Looking forward to the next N.E. event; the BSAOCNE show at Auburn Mass on June 3. I have a feeling that we'll see even more Velos on the field!

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 17 Bike Night at Moto Market

After work on Thursday I thought it would be nice to give my old KRS a short run. She'd been down for the past two years with a bum timing chain tensioner. It seems as BMW K's are into the old classic status....can't seem to get my head around a 'K' being classic;  that the chain tensioner becomes an issue around 80K miles give or take 10k.  in any case, after replacing the offending part a good run is what was needed to instill faith in the old girls performance. So Duncan and I took a run up to Moto Market.  Here are a few pictures from the night.  Tim F. was there with his Mz Silver Star,  Bud C. was sporting his latest Suzuki SV650 (wheres the Aprillia?) Adam S. rode in on his stunning 1952 BSA B31 with rare Roadark panniers in matching paint. A good time was had by all per usual, and had a great thrash back to the shop to put the KRS away for the night.