Motorcycle club puts on anniversary show

VINTAGE Dave Cox, chairman of Waterlooville Motor Cycle Club and his 1958 AJS 500cc machine in trials trim. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131028-7603)
VINTAGE Dave Cox, chairman of Waterlooville Motor Cycle Club and his 1958 AJS 500cc machine in trials trim. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131028-7603)

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THE 85th anniversary of a motorcycle club set up by a vicar will be celebrated this weekend.

In 1928 the Rev Bruce Cornford asked some of his friends if they fancied joining him for trial scrambles and road runs and the Waterlooville Motorcycle Club was born.

Now Dave Cox, a former blacksmith from Southwick, is the president of the club and he is looking forward to celebrating the milestone at Horndean Technology College on Sunday.

It runs from 10am to 4.30pm and there will be a wide range of events for the family to enjoy.

Mr Cox said: ‘Club members will be there with their bikes.

‘The police will be there with their bikes and also the blood bikes – these are the guys who deliver blood to hospitals for transfusions.

‘Anyone interested in taking advanced training can also get advice from experts.

‘The trade stalls are always excellent and give us a lot of support at the show.’

One of the highlights of the show will be Mr Cox’s 1931 350cc high compression ivory Calthorpe.

He has spent years refurbishing it with parts from as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

He said: ‘The bike will be on show and there will be lots of others there which the owners will be more than happy to talk about.’

The focus of the club is on classic motorbikes although many members also have modern models.

Entry is £4 and under-16s go free.

All the money raised goes to three local good causes – The Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook, The Rosemary Foundation and Hounds for Heroes. More than £30,000 has been raised since the organisation started.

In July hundreds of people will take part in the annual Old Fossils motorcycle run. The night before there is a big dinner and dance with 1950s and 1960s dance music.

The club meets on Wednesdays at the Forest of Bere Pub, in Hambledon Road, Denmead, Waterlooville.

For more information about Sunday’s show call Roy Barker on 01243 374895.

Alternatively, visit the website waterlooville-mcc.co.uk.