I am really glad to know that we will be so many Scott lovers!
I have already confirmed with Eddie my booking and bought my tickets for the ferry!!
Looking forward to what seems to be a really nice event to attend to.
Besides, it will be the first time I am able to travel all the way up to the UK to attend one of the meetings…
Juan Felix Cid
When Eddie Shermer told me about his idea for the Abbotsholme event, I thought what a positive idea this was. I have a Douglas that I use on the road, as old back injuries make riding a rigid bike impossible. I thought of the events the Douglas club had arranged to commemorate their centenary with appreciation, well knowing the work involved behind the scenes. Eddie has one aim in view, and that is to help all who are able to participate, to enjoy an event worthy of the occasion. In such circumstances, what should our first thought be? I suggest the thought “How can I help”? I would feel very uncomfortable if this initiative was greeted with indifference. I phoned Eddie and asked if there was anything I could do to help and suggested one idea that I had learned from my long membership of the “Trevithick Society” That was to have a “Brains Trust”, being a panel of knowledgeable people, who will answer questions from those attending the Saturday evening meal after the meal while still seated with coffee etc. It went very well when the Trevithick Society did it, as the panel had both interesting answers, and relevant entertaining anecdotes in keeping with the spirit of warm fellowship that should pervade our club. This is one modest idea, but what else? I asked Titch Allen who agreed to come earlier on Saturday, before the meal, as he feels that with his increasing infirmity, he must get home on Saturday evening and so can not stay for the meal. Titch is living history on legs (albeit shake ones) His generosity of spirit must be a lesson to us all. The real reason for all this rambling text, is to suggest, with greatest respect, that if anyone has an idea of any display, feature, workshop etc that might be an interest to a reasonable cross section of members, why not pass your ideas to Eddie. Further, if anyone now finds that it would be possible to attend, whereas it had not been possible before, please reconsider joining in. You will have a long time to regret to the next centenary if you miss it. Please accept that I personally have no connection with this initiative, other than the interest of a long time club member and if my passion to improve our club has caused offence to anyone over the years, please accept that there has never been any malice intended. Kindest Regards
Well Roger, I do remember the slideshow/talk you gave at the local VMCC section meeting when we visited in 2006. It was very enjoyable to hear your anecdotes. I guess there will be a lot more interesting and knowledgable people there so a Brains Trust is a nice idea. I might even bring the conrod and piston remains of my blown up Flyer for the Trust to ponder about…
And I am looking forward to meet Titch Allen. I have read his Vintage Roadtests etc. with much pleasure and he seems like a very nice guy.
@Eddie: The Douglas centenial got quite a lot of attention in de classic bike media. Will this event also be covered??
I was looking through my copy of BMS “The first Scott Scene”. As far as I know there never was a second one (correct me when I am wrong) and the idea came to me to make one of my own with bikes on the Abbotsholme event. Of course I would have to take a lot of pictures but hey, I was going to do that anyway! Just have to let it sink in a bit….
So, it is of to the UK now as we will be spending a weeks holiday in Dorset! With good weather ahead it should be a nice week.