Bitter sweet indeed are the memories of the 2013 North West 200.
Bitter in terms of Saturday’s race ruining weather and sweet in terms of Friday night’s Vintage Cavalcade for which everything came together.
The weather, atmosphere, musical miracles from the finely tuned steel drums of Harpur’s Hill PS and the quality of machinery both on display and on the road.
Iconic of the bikes was Bob Dixon’s majestic James V Twin as pictured. It certainly impressed all who saw it, including New Zealand racer Bruce Anstey.
While May is still something of a speck on the horizon, North West Vintage Motor Cycle Club members are looking to more imminent events to get the season up and running.
Danny Leighton’s traditional pipe-opening run, open to all bikes, will take place early in April, the date to be confirmed but prior to that a St Patrick’s Day event is being discussed.
Should there be sufficient support and should the weather be favourable, this will begin at Strand Road, probably at 1100am.
The club’s website, www.nwvmcc.co.uk, will contain up to date information on both of these events.
The Annual General Meeting of NWVMCC will take place in March when, apart from the election of officers, further information on events will be available.
Will 2014 be a vintage year for vintage motorcyclists? Here’s hoping!