Minutes of HCMC Meeting 3rd October 2017
Chieftain Hotel, Inverness
Chairman Emma Hall.
The meeting commenced at 20.00.
17 members present.
Apologies: Inus le Roux, B Steven, Dode.
1. MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
2. NEW MEMBERS
3. EMAILS & LETTERS RECEIVED
e-mail from Stuart Todd. Due to ill health, Stuart Todd (Caithness Classic MCC Founder) is selling two Velocettes (1921 EL3 & 1926 AC3) which he would like to go together for £18,000. See HCMC website items for sale.
a. 9th/10th Sept – Scottish Gathering for Veteran & Vintage Motorcycles (VMCC) at Dirleton – Colin Craig almost took part but arrived too late for the start and couldn’t catch up.
b. 10th Sept – Small cc & older bike run, Inverness to Fort Augustus via Whitebridge – 4 members went on this run. The route was along by Nairnside to Daviot avoiding the A9 and thence through Farr to Whitebridge for lunch. The rain held off. Then to Fort Augustus for petrol and back along the east side of Loch Ness via Foyers – it rained all the way back from Fort Augustus but it doesn’t matter when you’re on a classic bike and the rain can’t get in.
c. 23rd Sept – Club run, Forres to Portsoy – only three turned up and it was noted that the turn out for eastward runs is often much less than for westward-bound runs. Lunch at Portsoy then back to home destinations via Dufftown.
d. 24th Sept – Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017 – 4 or 5 members were there: John Williams with his dodgy moustache and Emma was reportedly in a frock and 5 inch heels.
e. 24th Sept – Alford Autojumble – several members went; plenty of bike stuff there.
f. 29th Sept to 1st Oct – Weekend away to Mull – 13 bikes (one with pillion passenger) set off from Tesco at Inverness; a quick stop at the Thistle Stop and sunny all the way to Fort William. 2 bikes were lost on the Mallaig road with the weather getting steadily worse. A sign announcing ‘Elephants for 2 miles’ was seen on the way to the ferry at Kilchoan. The crossing to Tobermory was a bit rough. Chaos ensued in Tobermory in the search for the (pre-arranged) accommodation.
On Saturday there a visit to Iona where the sun shone but it rained again when they returned to the bikes.
The route back on Sunday went by the Fishnish – Lochaline ferry and then to Fort William via the Corran ferry. Stops at Fort William or Thistle Stop Café and then back to sunny Inverness. A generally very wet but enjoyable weekend.
Colin said that after arriving home he bought a bike that turned out to be in Kilchoan so he had to make that long winding journey again.
5. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
– 7th – Scottish Western Thoroughbred Vehicle Club – Autojumble – Lenzie
– 21st – Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club – October Auction – Glamis
– 29th – Club Run – Nairn Harbour to Cairngorm Chair Lift
– 5th – Scottish Autojumblers – Bridge of Earn
– 7th – Club Meeting – Chieftain Hotel 8pm
– 19th – SVVF AGM – Perth
– 25th – Morris Leslie Auction – Perth
a. Andy Loosemore reported that for a long time he had been looking for a hooter for his 1910 Triumph – they were very rare and cost £200-£300. However in an antique centre in Doune he found just the thing for (unbelievably) £18.
b. Neil said that the newsletter would be distributed as soon as he had an up-to-date member list.
7. MYSTERY ITEM
Robert MacKay – Rogart – brought a Water Ram pump that he had made. The Water Ram is an automatic pulsating pump that uses hydraulic head as the motive power and requires no external power source. The principle was established by John Whitehurst who invented a manual version in 1772. The truly automatic version was invented by Joseph Montgolfier (of hot air balloon fame) in 1796. I think Robert said that he made his one just for the hell of it.
The meeting ended at 20.45.
George MacGowan was unable to attend to give his scheduled talk and so Neil Ellison showed some photos taken whilst on holiday in 2017 in France, Belgium and Netherlands. Amongst the highlights – a visit to the Musee de la RN13 where there were countless vintage cars and bikes; dragging a canal in Holland for bicycles- 32 recovered in one day apparently; a visit to WW1 graves in Belgium.
Prepared by M Davidson