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Minutes of HCMC Meeting 6th June 2017
Chieftain Hotel, Inverness

Chairman Emma Hall.

The meeting commenced at 8.03pm. 22 members present.

Apologies: S Keenan, A Loosemore, M Bruce, P MacPherson, Dode Fraser.

The Chairman noted that members have sometimes complained that the club does not offer them enough, yet events arranged by the Committee are often poorly attended. For example the recent bowling evening: 12 members committed to coming yet only 6 turned up – the other 6 did not cancel their bookings. The result was that there was a delay to wait (fruitlessly) for the latecomers and the venue reserved too many alleys. Not a great advert for the HCMC. Please say if you’re not going to attend after you said you would.

James Grant of Nairn and Andy How of Inverness.
a) From Andy Loosemore regarding petrol station in Aviemore closed and therefore no petrol in Aviemore. This is apparently a temporary condition whilst some development takes place: a new petrol facility will be built.

a.1st -6th May – Scottish Six Days Trial at Fort William: 1 member went and reported that there was a good attendance but that numbers were down a little on previous years. Not quite the international flavour of the past. There is a report in Old Bike Mart. 70 – 80 bikes attended the Moidart run.
b.13th May – Inverness BID Classic Vehicle Show: several members went but there was a poor turnout of motorcycles – between 6 and 20 depending on one’s definition of a classic bike apparently. 4 members went on the parade and Bert was reportedly last seen going the wrong way along a one-way street…………. There was a good display by the Army by the castle although not well advertised.
c.14th May – Club run for small bikes, Inverness to Farr – 5 turned out for this very enjoyable tootle around the east side of Loch Ness. There was a stop for refreshments at The Cameron’s Tearoom at Foyers. On leaving Brian Fieldsend discovered a puncture on his Ariel 350 which he repaired with an aerosol can. Pictures on the club website.
d.14th May – Caithness Classic MC Rally – 7 members attended. Budgie was there with a Matchless, Bert got a prize as usual.
e.21st May – VMCC Clyde Valley and Stirling Castle Tiddlers Tootle – Andy Loosemore entered as usual, meeting at Blackford. There were72 bikes of all ages; it only rained most of the time. He only got lost twice……after the lunch break at Creiff visitor centre Andy asked a bloke with a very smart Lambretta if he was local, yes he said, so Andy followed him, however after six or eight miles he parked up and explained this was where he lived! Oh dear! (Actual report modified for the sake of decency).
f.21st May – Turriff & District Vintage and Classic Rally – this was the first event of its kind and 1 member went. He counted 54 tractors, 20 bikes and 100s of cars. There were also steam lorries and a WW2 German half-track with a motorcycle front end.
g.27th May – Club run, Inverness to Fort William – 13 members attended but there was concern that it might rain so the route was shortened to stop at Spean Bridge for lunch and return by Laggan and Newtonmore. No information on whether it did rain or not.
h.28th May – Club Bowling Night – 6 attended and had an enjoyable evening although no was any good at bowling.

10th & 11th June – Highland Classic 2 Day Trial at Alvie Estate.
11th June – HCMC Loch Ness Rally.
12th June – Arnott Moffat Memorial Run.
17th & 18th June – Scottish Classic Motorcycle Show at Ayr racecourse.
17th June – VMCC Clyde Valley Rock n Roll Run.
18th June – Festival of Historic Transport at Logiealmond.
18th June – 50th Annual Jimmy Guthrie Memorial Run at Denholm.
18th June – Tain Vintage Vehicle Show.
24th & 25th June – Bob McIntyre Memorial Classic Races at east fortune.
25th June – Scottish Classic Motorcycle Club annual summer run.
25th June Club Run Dingwall to Brora.
30th June -2nd July – AJS and Matchless Owners Club Rally at Turriff.
1st July Mearns Vintage Vehicle Club rally at Fettercairn.
2nd July – Wheels of Yesteryear Road Run, National Mining Museum to Lennoxlove.
2nd July – Dallas Gala, 1.00 pm at Dallas village.
4th July – HCMC meeting at Chieftain Hotel Inverness.
8th July – Beauly Gala.
Marshalls required

Steve McNeil brought along a gadget that turned out to be an early example of a multimeter.

Weekend away will be at the end of September or early October to Mull.

The meeting ended at 8.50pm

The entertainment was presentation by Colin Craig on the super-restoration of a Triumph Bonneville that included a commentary on pitfalls that trap the unwary amateur restorer.

Prepared by M Davidson