Minutes of HCMC Meeting 2nd May 2017
Chieftain Hotel, Inverness
Chairman Emma Hall.
The meeting commenced at 8.03pm. 21 members present.
Apologies: Bill Steven.
1.MINUTES OF APRIL MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
2. NEW MEMBERS
Wat Forbies from Glenurquhart: Raymond McIntosh from Inverness.
3.EMAILS & LETTERS RECEIVED
a) Several members had contacted the Chairman to point out that the pre-65Trial meeting at Kinlochleven was on 28th and 29th April and therefore could not be a viable destination for the club run on 27th May! The Chairman acknowledged that there must have been a mix-up of some sort.
(Gary MacDonald from Kinlochleven won this year, the first Scotsman to do so).
The club run on 27th May will instead go from Inverness to Fort William.
Neil Ellison suggested a visit to the war graves in northern France in 2018. No doubt this will be discussed further.
5. CLUB ANNIVERSARY
The Chairman proposed a bowling evening on 28th May. A booking has been made for 7.00pm, £20.50 for a basket and three rounds. An invitation will be circulated to members by e-mail shortly. Names to Chairman Emma or John Williams.
a.16th April – Easter Egg Run starting at Glen Urquhart Road, Inverness. This was an eventful run: Emma backed into a taxi in the brand new company van, something went wrong with the supply of bacon rolls (it wasn’t clear what) and a 17 year old girl rider fell off her bike during the run at Dores, unhurt fortunately. In addition there were 130 bikes, it rained and there were so many eggs that they were distributed between Raigmore and Nairn hospital. The Hospice offered to assist with the organisation next year, including the catering arrangements.
b. 30th April – Club run – Dingwall to Strathconon. 22 members attended this event which was apparently uneventful, although it was chilly with a fresh wind blowing up the Strath at Loch Scardroy. There were however some slightly entertaining e-mails beforehand: first there was advice that packed lunches would have to be taken as there are absolutely no catering facilities for the public – hopefully followed; one member thought that Strathconon might be on another continent and having later established the geographical facts declared that Strathconon village was only 15 minutes from Dingwall. However it seems likely that the group found the 20 miles of road from Marybank to the top of the valley quite demanding with a journey time somewhat greater than 15 minutes – single track, very twisting, potholed and covered in loose gravel – with a surprising amount of traffic as well.
c. 30th April – Forres Theme Day. It was said that Bert MacKay went to the Forres Theme Day but he wasn’t at the meeting to confirm this.
a.1st – 6th May – Scottish Six Days Trial at Fort William.
b.4th May – Biker Café meeting 6.45pm to 9pm.
c.5-7th May – VMCC Auld Reekie Section – Galloway Run Girder Forks up to 1945.
d.7th May – VMCC NE Scottish Section – Girder Fork Run – Clatt Village Hall.
e.7th May – Lothian & Borders Classic & Vintage MC – Peebles Motorcycle Show and autojumble.
f.13th May – Inverness BID Classic Vehicle Show.
g.14th May – Grampian Classic MC – Cairn o’ Mount Run, Banchory area.
h.14th May – Caithness Classic MC Rally and run – Watten.
i.14th May – Club run for small bikes – Inverness to Farr.
j.21st May – Turriff and District Vintage and Classic Club first rally for bikes and cars.
k.21st May – Grampian Transport Museum – How Many Left Show at Alford.
l.21st May – VMCC Clyde Valley and Stirling Castle – Tiddlers Tootle – Tullibardine.
m.21st May – South of Scotland Veteran and Vintage Club – Annual Open Run at Dumfries town centre.
n.27th May (Saturday) – Club run – Inverness to Fort William.
o.28th May – Highland Folk Museum vintage day at Newtonmore.
p.28th May – Rotary Club of Banchory vintage cat and motorcycle rally at Crathes.
q.10th and 11th June – Highland Classic 2 day trial at Alvie Estate.
r.11th June – LOCH NESS RALLY
Andy Loosemore brought a gadget that was identified as an oiler which was part of the kit for maintaining the Lee Enfield rifle.
The Chairman introduced the members to ‘Crash Card’. This is a card kept inside the helmet with important details such as blood type, medication, etc. which can be easily accesses by paramedics in the event of injury. A small green dot on the helmet indicates that the card is there. This system goes under the name of Heli Bikes and is recognised by paramedics.
The meeting closed at 8.50pm.
The entertainment was an abbreviations quiz compiled by Andy Loosemore. The winner was your correspondent with 39/50, but there was no reward.
Prepared by M Davidson