Minutes of HCMC Meeting 4th July 2017
Chieftain Hotel, Inverness

Chairman Cliff Piper.

The meeting commenced at 8.00pm. 23 members present.

Apologies: Emma Hall (arrived later), Dode Fraser, John Williams.


Chris Stewart from Fintry.
a) Text: Mike Galleitch of Ardersier asking for help from anyone with knowledge of Norton Model 18. No specific problem, just general assistance.

In his absence John Williams had provided a written summary of the account which is attached to these minutes. There was a profit of £276, net £131 after a donation of £145 to Chest, Heart and Stroke.
The following statement was provided by the Club Chairman Emma Hall to be read out in her absence:
‘Most members will already know that, tragically there was a fatality at the Loch Ness Rally, Tony Woods who travelled from Suffolk with his wife Moira and the Francis Barnet Owners Club to take part in the rally has he had for many years. Tony suffered a massive heart attack during the run and was pronounce dead at the scene. The Chairman would like to thank everyone who went above and beyond expectation to make sure that all parties concerned were well looked after and that the rally continued as smoothly as possible.
Tony’s funeral has now taken place and Moira is being supported by family.’
In addition there was a statement from a doctor who was at the scene, reflecting on what can be done at such incidents and it is attached to these minutes.
The meeting agreed to have a collection from members in aid of the British Heart Foundation. It was proposed not to issue the number 13 (Tony’s number on the day) in future rallies as a mark of respect.
A further proposal to name a trophy in his memory will be considered by the committee.

a.11th June – HCMC Loch Ness Rally. To be provided by John Williams at the next meeting.
b.12th June – Arnott Moffat Memorial Run. The run began and ended at Loch Ness Restorations. Colin Craig reported a good turnout in spite of poor weather conditions. The run was enjoyed by all and ended around 4pm. £70 was donated to Chest Heart and Stroke. It is intended to hold the same event again next year and HCMC members are welcomed.
c.18th June – Tain Vintage Vehicle Show. Several members attended and it was said to be much the same as previous years. Judging was a little different however: immaculate bikes were not in favour but Bert’s used Douglas did win a prize. The best bike in show was a 1999 Harley Davidson. It rained from 3pm.
d.25th June Club Run Dingwall to Brora. 10 members turned up for this extended run up to Rogart, Lairg and back via Struie. Lunch was at Rogart. The weather was fine but it rained at the end.
e.2nd July – Dallas Gala. 7 bikes were at this event which was quite entertaining. They took part in the opening parade behind the pipe band, gala queen and various floats. Whilst waiting for the off we chatted to a bunch of motorcyclist from Malta who happened to be passing through. Your secretary was invited to judge the floats and I’m sure I won’t be asked again!
There was a lot of entertainment and it was well-attended. Donald Trump, HM The Queen and other celebrities took part in a challenge event at the end – see pictures on the website.
There was also an opportunity to hold an archery competition which was easily won by your secretary – but I had the advantage of a lady tutor who was very strict!

0.6th – 8th July – Tomintoul Gathering
1.8th July – Beauly Gala.
2.8th & 9th July – Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club 43rd Scottish Transport Extravaganza at Glamis Castle.
3.16th July – Club run for older, smaller and slower bikes; Nairn to Spey Bay.
4.30th July – Club run, Nairn to Glenlivet Distillery.
5.1st August – Club meeting at Chieftain Hotel.
6.5th & 6th August – VMCC Stirling Castle Section – regularity run.

This will be at the September meeting. Any proposals must be submitted by the August meeting to be eligible for inclusion in the AGM. The annual committee posts will be open for renewal. These will be announced at the August meeting.

Discussion point – Tyre age. When should tyres be replaced due to age? This question was prompted by recently reported accident; a bus suffered a blow out resulting in the death of a teenager who was younger (18) than the blown tyre. Verdict – misadventure.

Opinions varied during the discussion but members might consider the following facts:

·All tyres have the date of manufacture moulded into them.
·There is no maximum age for tyres in law.
·Manufacturers recommend a maximum of 10 years – from the date of manufacture rather than period of use.
·The road holding characteristics of tyres reduces with age, regardless of the remaining tread depth.

a.Weekend away will be at the end of September or early October to Mull. Emma needs to know who will be going.
b.Ralph Pickthall brought along some motorcycling stuff for sale.
c.Ralph Pickthall also reported that he with others had successfully completed the NC 500 on a small bike. He had intended to do it on his Triumph Tiger Cub but paperwork matters prevented that. In the end he managed it on a 1980 Yamaha XS250 which was cobbled together from parts from several different bikes (I think that was the gist – I was unable to write quickly enough to record all that was said). The number plate fell off at one point and a new one was fashioned from an election placard apparently.

Others taking part were Mal Rose (1978 Honda 250 Super Dream), Mike Watson (Kawasaki Eliminator Sports Edition), B Cameron (Chinese 250).
A talk on the experience was promised for a future meeting’s entertainment.

The meeting ended at 8.50pm

The entertainment was a presentation by Robert MacKay on a horizontally–opposed twin 2-stroke that he has designed and built. He showed photos and parts included casting mould patterns that he’d also made.
Prepared by M Davidson