Minutes of HCMC Meeting 4th September 2018
Chieftain Hotel, Inverness

Chairman Emma Hall.

The meeting commenced at 8.00pm.

22 members present.

Apologies: Robert MacKay, Gordie and Jan Stirling.


Lexie MacKay.

a) None.

a) August 11th/12th – Historic Wheels Club Annual Run & Rally to Brodie Castle – 2 members entered and several visited as spectators. 30-odd bikes were entered but there were fewer in actual attendance. The run started at Gordon Castle and went round some very minor roads between Fochabers and Elgin via Fogwatt. Colin White had several bikes on the run including his Golden Flash and Norton Dominator and won several awards. Prizes were also won by bikes that hadn’t taken part in the run.
b) August 12th – Orkney Classic Motor Show – 95 bikes attended this popular event in Kirkwall. Bert McKay riding his 1919 Douglas had a puncture on the way and had trouble finding a replacement inner tube in Wick, He eventually settled for the nearest fit from a bicycle. He missed the 1pm ferry. However his bike was popular at the rally and his horn was honked several times! No prizes given at this event – just great fun.
c) August 18th – Smaller CC Club Run – Nairn Harbour to Cawdor – there were 8 bikes and 1 spectator on this run which went first of all to Grantown for lunch. It was windy and there was lots of gravel on the newly top-dressed road. The return journey went past Cawdor Castle via Dulsie Bridge and Drynachan. A great run.
d) August 25th – Club Point to Point Run & BBQ – Inverness Tesco (A96) finishing at Loch Ness Restorations for a BBQ. Only 7 bikes and 1 car took part in this well-organised event. The route went to North Kessock, Munlochy, Muir-of-Ord Kiltarlity, Drumnadrochit and then to Loch Ness Restorations for the BBQ. Points were awarded for answering questions on the way round with prizes for the top three. The names of the winners are not recorded. It was another great run out. It was a pity that the turnout was reduced by there being a number of other events on the same day.
e) August 25th – Fortrose & Rosemarkie Classic Vehicle Rally – 14 bikes were present at this pleasant run out from Dingwall Mart to Fortrose Academy Sports Field. No prizes again at this event just a pleasant day out.
f) August 25th/26th – Thunder in the Glens at Aviemore – Paul mars reported that there were fewer bikes there on the Sunday than in the past. A run to Cairngorm was cancelled because of bad weather. The usual stalls were there.
g) August 26th – Club Run – Forres to Spey Bay via Burghead Pictish fort site – only 2 bikes turned out for this run due to forecast bad weather and a plethora of other events on the same day. The visit to the Pictish fort was very interesting with a guided talk and tour around including the well which is not always accessible to the public. Lunch in a café in Burghead and then to Elgin for some photos and then home. One member went to Whitehills before going home. It rained in Elgin but was otherwise dry or dryish.
h) September 2nd – Grantown Motormania – several members attended and thought the space allocated for motorcycles inadequate and unsuitable, spoiling what is normally a good day out. Bert’s 1919 Douglas 2 3/4 hp and 1921 Rover tourer 500cc attracted interest and Andy had his 1929 Panther.


9th – Alford 35th Motorcycle Convention
8th/9th – VMCC – Scottish Veteran & Vintage Gathering – Peebles
15th (Sat) – Small bike run – Forres to Fogwatt – Departs 11am
16th – VMCC – Vintage run for pre-1975 motorcycles – Banchory
16th – Kildrummy Veteran Vintage Vehicles Club – Autumn Run
16th – Selkirk Vintage Rally
22nd – VMCC – Classic Ride Out & Ride In – Kinross
23rd – Alford Auto jumble
29th (Sat) – Club Run – Dingwall to Applecross – Departs 11am
30th – Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – taking place all over Scotland – nearest Inverness

The annual trip will be to Moffat. Staying in Moffat on the Friday & Saturday nights and heading home on the Sunday. There will be a run on the Saturday taking in the ‘Borders Loop’ with plenty of stops.

Borders Loop

If you would like to join us on the trip, please arrange your own accommodation. All details will be sent out in an email next week.

7. AOB
a) Paul Marrs produced a leaflet he had picked up at Thunder in the Glens regarding a visor washing system that fits on the glove. Details at visorcat.com.
b) Continuing last meeting’s discussion on attendance at runs etc., the following points were raised:
We have 94 members: why are so few members (2 last time) going on the runs. Find out for the next meeting?
For longer runs arrange an earlier start time.
Vary the date of monthly runs to suit more members – not always last Sunday of the month.

The meeting ended at approximately 9.00pm. and was followed by the AGM.

Prepared by M Davidson