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Geoff Steele Memorial Run October 11th 2018

On Thursday October 11th the Oxford Centre organised a 65 mile run in memory of the late Geoff Steele. 16 members of the VOC took part together with a further 5 from the local AJS/Matchless Owners Club. A number of wives, partners and other close acquaintances joined us for lunch.

We started from The Oxfordshire Yeoman in Freeland, Oxon and rode through the Cotswolds to Ilmington in nearby Warwickshire where we enjoyed mid-morning refreshments. Returning to Freeland we finished off up with lunch at the Yeoman, talked the usual Velo talk as well as swapped memories of Geoff.

All those who took part, including those who traveled from nearby Centres, enjoyed the ride and indicated we should make this an annual run. 




(NOC) Cafe Racer Day Saturday September 16th 2017 – report

A few images taken at the annual Cafe Racer Day organised by the Oxford Branch of the NOC and this year held at The Red Lion in Cassington.
Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson (The Frame Man) kindly judged and presented the prizes for Best Cafe Racer (Featherbed framed Triumph Trident engine) and Furthest Travelled Cafe Racer (Norton Atlas – Southampton).
The “winning” bike was a true masterpiece incorporating an abundance of specially designed and self made components.
Bikers turned up from many parts of the UK either to enter their bike or simply to attend. This is the 5th year the event has been held and will almost certainly take place next year at the same location.
Many thanks to Janice Bowerman-Faulkner of The Red Lion for hosting the event, members of the Cassington Sports and Social Club for manning the bbq and dispensing coffee and tea and to Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson for gracing us with their presence, judging and presenting the prizes.
The number of attendees was down on previous years, no doubt due to the weather forecast but the 60 or so present all enjoyed the day.

4 VOC members turned up and thoroughly enjoyed the event. 

Mark the event in your diary for September 2018.

NOC Cafe Racer Day – Saturday September 16th 2017

Members – please be advised of the following event.

“For some years now the Oxford Branch of the Norton Owners Club has hosted a Café Racer Day in September – this year it is being held on Saturday September 16th 2017 at a new venue, The Red Lion pub in the middle of Cassington village (OX29 4DN). This venue is well known for its annual Bike Night to which literally thousands of bikes turn up in June. Cassington is just off the A40 Witney road, west of Oxford, east of Eynsham.

Café Racer Day officially starts at noon, and wraps up around 3 p.m with a short prize-presentation for Best Bike and Furthest Ridden café-racer. A very catholic view of what constitutes a café-racer is taken, broadly defining this as a bike with handlebars that end up below the top-yoke, but even that’s not rigidly adhered to if the rest of the bike conforms to what most view as café-racer style!!

There is no charge for entry or admission, but there will be a collection for the Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance Service or similar ‘bike-oriented’ charity. If you have a café racer your’d like to bring along, ridden or by van / trailer matters not, or if you’d just like an outing to view some lovely customised and highly individual bikes, just come along and enjoy. Come alone or with friends, bring the family, come by bike, car, pushbike, walk or use public transport, we’re easy!!

For more information, view the NOC website ‘events’ section, and the Oxford Branch page….”

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Best of British Bike day – Saturday May 28th 2017

Members –  this annual event is being held this Saturday so why not fire up the Velo and enjoy the day. 

(This information is taken from the BMRCO website)

This coming Saturday looks set fair for hot and sunny weather so we should get a good turnout of British and non-British bikes.

As in previous years all and any British bike is welcome to park up in the garden of the Red Lion, whether ridden by a club member or not.

I would like to stress that all Brit bikes are welcome to park in the garden and not just Triumphs….which this year is the featured marque.

If you have a choice of motorcycle in your garage then bring the Trumpet – It will be very interesting to see how many we actually get.

If you are a club member but decide to ride a non-Brit bike then please park up outside the pub, the garden is only for Brit bikes.

Your BMRCO club membership runs out on June 30th so do take this opportunity and bring along your membership card and £7.00 and renew on Saturday. 

Ken Drinkwater (our Membership Secretary) will be there all day to stamp your card (proof of payment) and take your money.

Enjoy the day and see you there – Graham   

VOC (Oxford Centre) Winter Meal – Saturday January 21st 2017

On Saturday January 21st 16 members/wives/guests enjoyed a lovely meal together at The Red Lion in Northmoor. As expected the noise level rose to crescendo level at times as we all tried to speak. Most of us are slightly deaf so that does partly explain it. It was a wonderful opportunity to develop our friendship and make new ones. 16 is the maximum number the RL can accomodate in their dining room so next year we may need to find bigger premises…her’s hoping. 

Sand Motorcycles Leighton Buzzard Light Railway Sunday September 25th 2016 – Report

7 BMRCO members (including 2 OXVOC members) took part in the run from The Red Lion in Cassington to Leighton Buzzard Light Railway. Our route took in some wonderful roads through Buckinghamshire. On arrival at 11.00 hrs the field was already well filled with all manner of motorcycles and their respective owners. A few clubs had gazebos with either bikes on show or products for sale. All very low key and friendly.

After spending a couple of hours wandering the field and making contacts we returned to Cassington via the same route with a downpour thrown in for added interest.

In particular a number of VOC members (Woburn centre) had an official presence with a number of desirable machines on show including a MK7 KTT. I added my MAC to their collection.

I think it quite likely that the run to this venue will be repeated in 2017 and recommend that more of the membership join in. All members of the OXVOC are very welcome to attend.

The images below show the wide variety of wheels “on show”. 


Cafe Racer Day (NOC) – The Vine Cumnor – Saturday September 10th

Members – please be advised that the CRD will now take place at The Vine in Cumnor (same venue as last year) not at The Eight Bells as indicated in a previous post. All other event details as per the previous post.

The change of venue was forced upon the local branch of the NOC due to the events beyond the control of the Eight Bells. 

Enjoy the day

Cafe Racer Day Saturday September 10th 2016

The now annual Cafe Racer Day is once again taking place in September. Please note that it is taking place at The Eight Bells in Eaton (the same location as 2013 if my memory serves well). Those VOC members who have attended this event in the past have thoroughly enjoyed themselves so let the good times roll and get along there.

All relevant details can be found on the poster…..

NOC CRD Poster 2016


VOC July 2016 meeting

“Our monthly meeting was held as usual at The Red Lion in Cassington and was attended by the regular members. Bikes included a 1951 rigid MAC and a 1936 GTP.

Both machines contrasted well with the more modern British and non-British bikes belonging to members and guests of the British Motorcycle Riders Club (Oxford) who meet every week at this venue. 

Some 60 bikes gathered in total, including the only Silk Scott 500 in existence. If you are a member of the VOC do come along to our monthly centre meetings you will be given a warm welcome”  

MAC and GTP-2

Velocette Owners Club (Thames Valley Centre) – Saturday July 16th 2016

Washed your hair, mowed the lawn and cut the hedge? Need a destination on Saturday afternoon July 16th for a ride on the old nail?

We have been invited to ride over to Stoke Row and Show Off Your Bike at the annual get together of the Thames Valley Centre of the Velocette Owners Club.

Lots of loverly black and gold beauties to behold. Other colours are available. 

I for one will leave the Shire and pay a visit, maybe see you there?

Stoke Row is very easy to find (close to Woodcote) and The Cherry Tree is the only pub in town.

VOC Thames Valley

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