Special Notice: The VBMC Vintage Gathering will be held at Osborne Park and Boat Landing on May 6, 2018. If you have a bike that is 35 years old or older you are invited to place it in the vintage display, but even if you do not have an old bike please come to the Gathering to see what shows up. All brands and models are welcome. For more information, go to the "Events" page in the menu on the left.
Alas, here is a glimpse of an outstanding roadside attraction that we are told no longer exists. It was named "Foamhenge",a reproduction of the famous Stonhenge in England. The modern foam of which this was made is not quite as durable as the orginal stones.
Follow the path and walk up the hill.
Here are three slothful VBMC members enjoying their adventure. Chuck (foreground) looks more energetic than MJ and Davette (on the bench) but they are ahead of him on the hill!
And then you reach the site and your arrival is greeted by this grandeur. All this and no jet lag. And the money that was in your pocket before this journey began is still there! One small step for man; one giant leap in saving for your next British Bike.
And here is VBMC member Don Channing with his classic and modern Triumphs on a mountain. His bikes insist that he take them there at least once a year. It is the natural home for a British bike, so if you have one you should take yours there also. It will thank you for it.
BSA Goldstar: Just click on the following image for a real BSA treat. A piece of motorcycling history!
Here is Richard Hanes' Open Class (non-Japanese) 3rd place winning Trident from the recent
Central Virginia Vintage and Classic Bike Show near Richmond, Va, taken by Skibo Adams.
Riddle: What do you get when you combine an American motorcyclist with a British tradition and a passion for Italian art?
Check out the results of the 2014 Virginia British Motorcycle Club Rallye. You can see not only photographs of the winning entries, but most owners who entered their bikes in the Rallye have their names with photos of their bikes posted below the Winners Table. Treat yourself to a view of all the day's eye candy by clicking on the "Rallye" link to the left side.
Disappointing though unconfirmed late October 2014 news: There are reports that Colonial Downs, home of the unique Virginia Mega-Mile flat track race, will be closed. We will report future developments as they become available. Colonial Downs is site of the longest flat track on the AMA Grand National Championship schedule.
Mid-September 2014 Breaking News!!!! The AMA, with Wayne Rainey and other groups, is regaining control of professional roadracing in North America. For details see:AMA News Release
Who says meetings aren't fun? Here we are at Anthony's, August 2014!
Left to right: Robin, Davette, Cherokee, Richard, Chuck, Doug, Mary Jane, Dick, David.
Photo courtesy of VBMC member and professional photographer David Reid
Do I dare???
Cup Cakes Du Jour
Is your slide this shiny?
Tour: Randy, Chuck, John
Randy: Do this to mine!
Danny Eslick has won the Daytona 200 road race aboard his Triumph 675R. Danny started from the poll position and ran to the win in fine style.This is the first Triumph win since the Gary Nixon victory in 1967 and the first British bike win since Dick Mann (BSA) in 1971.
Thanks to Vin Gilligan of the Facebook group "Triumph Motorcycles - Classic!"
for sending us the results. He also noted that there were 4 Triumphs in the top 10.
Now Rare Tub Panel
The Look We Love!
How about a ride in Ireland!
If you have ever considered motorcycle touring in another country take a look at Irish Motorcycle Adventures .
The owner, Stephen Tate, contacted us and while we have not had an opportunity to try out an Irish motorcycle tour his offerings look good.
Ireland is a land of beautiful scenery and excellent beer, and for those with a foreign language handicap, they will understand what you are saying if you ask for one.
If you decide to give this adventure a try let us know your thoughts about it. Your webmaster wishes he could be the first of us to go!
Here is Richard "Gatornapper" Hanes' just completed restoration of his now beautiful 1972 Triumph Bonneville T120V.
Richard has taken a few initial rides and reports that the bike is a true success. Well done, Richard.
The VBMC campout at Chippokes Plantation State Park was excellent, as always.
Fine weather, good food and excellent fellowship. Cherokee contributed photos of the "Ghost Fleet", one of which appears above.
Potowmack 2010 Summer Social
The VBMC folks do it right! Linda Wiseman, President of the Potowmack River Chapter, reports that there was excellent food, fellowship, laughter and balmy weather.
Attendees were allowed (but not required) to sing for their supper.
A cool restoration... in every sense of the word.
The latest to rise from the ashes & soon to leave the workbench of Maine member & pre-unit Brit. restorer Brian Bayliss.
This 1961 G12CSR Matchless has undergone an 18 month ground up restoration & will soon be winning prizes & chasing Goldies once again.
From the 2009 Camp-out at Chippokes Plantation State Park:
Some pics from the official unofficial NoVA New Years Day ride:
|Kara wrote... Rob and I met everyone (Jim, Angel, Tom Fraser, Tom Lacey, and John) down at the Purcellville Marketplace (aka the center of the universe). It was cold. We did not go on the ride to the Mexican place in Berryville which was not open anyway, but we did end up at Jim and Angel's later for some New Years beans. It was a good time for everyone except Tom Lacey.|
Quote of the year:
"I've never had a problem with [carburetor] float level, unless it was too low or too high."
- Mark Butler, Professional Mechanic