Minutes of HCMC Meeting 7th August 2018
Chieftain Hotel, Inverness
Chairman Emma Hall.
The meeting commenced at 8.05pm.
28 members present.
Apologies: Andy Watt, Gordie and Jan Stirling.
1. MINUTES OF JULY MEETING – MATTERS ARISING
2. MEMBERS LOST
The club was sad to learn of the deaths of two founder members of the club: Alan Hopkin passed away on 7th July after a period of illness and Peter Home died suddenly on 14th July. Both funerals took place on 22nd July at Inverness crematorium. As reported in the Newsletter and website a lot of motorcyclists attended: they provided an escort for Alan’s funeral cortege and a motorcycle line up for Peter’s funeral.
3. NEW MEMBERS
David Russell from Inverness.
4. EMAILS & LETTERS RECEIVED
a. No e-mails received.
b. Card received from Tony Woods’ wife.
a. July 15th – Bikes through the ages – Boat of Garten Railway Station – 18 bikes on show on the platform ranging from Andy Loosemore’s 1910 Triumph to modern machines. Bert MacKay brought his 1919 Douglas 2 3/4 hp and 1921 Rover tourer 500cc. Boat of Garten turned out a disappointing venue as there weren’t many people on the platform; most pass onto to Broomhill on the steam train and return to Aviemore without getting off. The Royal Scot spent the night at boat of Garten and some of its passengers showed and interest before leaving.
b. July 21st – Small bike cc run Dingwall to Tore – about 7 bikes on the run but only 2 or 3 could be called small bikes. However it’s the getting out on club events that counts. The route taken started at Dingwall to Contin past Loch Achilty, then to Strath Conon and Loch Scardroy and back to Muir-of-Ord for a latish lunch at the Bad Girl’s café. Ralph lost the ignition key from his Triumph 750 whilst riding. The run didn’t go anywhere near Tore although some passed by the roundabout on their way to the start.
c. July 21st – Sutherland County Show – 5 club bikes attended. Bert took his 1921 Rover and 1919 Douglas and reported a lot of interest.
d. July 22nd – T Arnott Moffat Memorial Run – This event was not reported at the meeting although several club members were present. The run started at Loch Ness Restorations, went round Loch Ness and returned to Loch Ness Restorations. There were quite a few motorcycles not often seen including a 1957 Indian powered by a Royal Enfield Super Constellation 700cc motor – apparently Royal Enfield exported a number of these engines to the US for production of Indian motorcycles.
e. July 29th – Club run – Inverness to Mallaig – 8 bikes went on this rather long run – a bit too far for some and perhaps too late a start at 11am: hence the low turnout possibly. The route was via Farr and Whitebridge to Fort Augustus with a quick stop at the Thistle stop before continuing to Fort William and Mallaig. There was a brief stop at Glenfinnan to photo the war memorial. It rained briefly at Fort William but otherwise the weather held fair. There were lots of tourists about particularly at Glenfinnan where there was a stationary queue on the main road waiting to turn off into the village.
Mallaig was equally busy but, strangely, at least one fish and chip shop chose to be closed during the busy afternoon. Each returned by their preferred route and those going to Nairn and Forres turned off at Spean Bridge to go via Newtonmore and Grantown. Most interesting event on the run might have been Dode losing the ignition key from his Kawasaki when riding over a pothole – key recovered OK. Oldest bike was a 1974 T150V.
6. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
a. August 11th/12th Historic Wheels Club – Annual Run & Rally – Brodie Castle
b. August 12th – Biggar Rally – Show Field, Edinburgh Road, Biggar
c. August 12th – Orkney Classic Motor Show.
d. August 17th to 19th – Jacobite Rally, venue at the top of King Steps, Nairn.
e. August 18th – Smaller CC Club Run – Nairn Harbour to Cawdor – 10:45
f. August 25th – Club Point to Point Run & BBQ – Inverness Tesco (A96) finishing at Loch Ness Restorations for a BBQ. Meet at 10.45am.
g. August 25th – Fortrose & Rosemarkie Classic Vehicle Rally – Fortrose Academy Sports Field
h. August 25th/26th – Thunder in the Glens at Aviemore.
i. August 26th – Club Run – Forres to Spey Bay via Burghead Pictish fort site. Lidl car park, Forres – 10:45
j. September 1st – Dingwall classic Vehicle Show.
k. September 1st/2nd – Bo’Ness Revival
l. September 2nd – Grantown Motor Mania
m. September 4th – HCMC Club Meeting & AGM – Chieftain Hotel 8pm
n. September 8th/9th – VMCC – Scottish Veteran & Vintage Gathering – Peebles
o. September 9th – Alford Motorcycle Convention.
7. AGM 2018
Members were reminded that the AGM would take place immediately following the next club meeting on 4th September.
No resolutions had been received from members for consideration at the AGM.
Some current committee members propose not to stand for re-election and they are as follows:
Malcolm Davidson – Secretary
Neil Ellison – Entertainments, Web Manager, Newsletter Editor and SVVF rep (these are 4 separate positions).
Members are encouraged to be involved in the running and development of the club by becoming committee members.
8. DVLA REPRESENTATIVE (V765 DATING OFFICER)
Bert MacKay has resigned from his long-term role as DVLA V765 Dating Officer: the secretary received his letter of resignation at the meeting and has passed it to the Chairman. Bert would very much like to see this function continue in the club as it was a struggle in the early days to have DVLA grant the position and it would be a pity to lose it.
There was a lengthy and lively discussion amongst members on a number of topics. The main points are noted below.
a. It was remarked upon at the meeting that there few club members at the funerals of Alan Hopkin and Peter Home and only one committee member present. The general consensus after some discussion was that in future the committee should coordinate club attendance at such events.
b. The length of the July club run was the subject of some debate: it was felt by some to be too long (some 220 miles) for older bikes to participate. The committee’s view was that this had been appreciated and was the reason that shorter runs had been organised for smaller and slower bikes. These had been arranged for Saturdays this year in response to request but there was a call for more variation in future.
There was also some discussion on the content of the club runs. The pattern recently had been to arrive at the starting point 15 minutes before leaving and then ride straight to the destination with probably one coffee break en route; on the return journey the gathering broke up into smaller groups and made their way home by their preferred routes. Members wanted the runs to be social events and this was how they were regarded by the organisers. It was pointed out however that members could increase the social content by arriving at the start earlier if they wished and also ride to the start in groups. Members were encouraged to communicate amongst themselves to get the most out of the runs.
It was suggested that club runs could consist of a longer and a shorter route so that older bikes could take part along with the more modern machines.
c. There was a call to attract younger members by improved advertising.
d. There was a view that 15 years for the cut-off point for classic bikes was insufficient. Members were reminded that it was not necessary to own a classic bike to be a member: the club membership is open to anyone having an interest in motorcycles.
e. On the topic of membership there was a question as to why Bob Fraser (member #2) had not been included in the current members list. This was an oversight as Bob had been granted life membership a couple of years ago.
2. CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS
The Chairman closed the meeting commenting that it had been one of the best she’d attended: it was good to see the members contributing actively by expressing their opinions openly and getting involved in debate.
Many of the points raised would be considered by the new committee following the AGM.
The meeting ended at approximately 9.45pm.
There was to have been entertainment in the shape of Feely Bags with articles provided by Andy Loosemore but the discussion amongst members continued after the meeting closed and it was decided to postpone the pleasurable suspense of Andy’s Feely Bags until a later time.
Prepared by M Davidson