Sunday, 2 April 2017

Another full weekend

Saturday was kind weather wise so a trip up to see Sandy to have a wee play on the farm with the trials bikes, we must be getting better as we didn't fall off as much as usual or maybe we just picked an easier route as our trip to Nepal is only five weeks away. I have to have a moan though, Kinross to our house in Edinburgh usually takes 30 minutes, Saturday due to complete incompetence of the Government and their current strategy of working on every major road in the Central belt at the same time it took 2 hours! Do not visit Scotland this year, I can only imagine the chaos on our roads this summer (and Easter) or if you are coming fly to Inverness and miss the middle bit out!
Saturday night we took my two sons for some food and beer in Edinburgh as it was Luca's birthday, they tried to persuade us to go and see the band they were in Edinburgh to see but sense got the better of me as today (Sunday) we had another sunny day and a chance to ride the Norton up to Tullybannocher cafe at Comrie for our Biannual Huntygowks meeting. A great turnout of bikes both Nortons and some lesser makes, Fi was to be taking the Le Mans but it was having an Italian strop and not charging so she jumped on the pillion of the mighty Norton.
Some people I hadn't seen for years came along which was excellent, always good to bore people with my stories of travel and breakdowns, furthest traveled I think was Campbell from Aberdeen on his Norton Rotary, he must have been saving up all winter to fill the tank to get him down to Perthshire, First guys I bumped into was Fraser & Steve from Perth out for a run on their GS BMW's so it was good to bore them for a bit and of course offer advice on stuff I know nothing about. Great to see Hamish Buchanan appear on his Panther from South of Embra and his sparring partner the evergreen George Martin on his evergreen BSA.
I won't mention everybody but like i said it was great to see such a nice turnout of genuinely nice people, I talked non stop all day and riding home thought what a great bunch of people, united by one thing, a love of two wheels, fanbloodytastic. I even spoke to Eric's son via facetime in New York ( I assume it was facetime as being from Arbroath I ken Eric's to tight to pay for a call)
Get yourself an old bike and join in the fun (or even a new bike and at least know you might get there)
Eric's Arbroath Classic gathering on Easter Sunday sounds like a must do, in Arbroath somewhere (it's no a big place) Hopefully we'll get there on two bikes! I'm saving for the petrol money already.
Hamish's Panther, most excellent
A brace of used Nortons
Bob & Sandy's choice of bike for the day
Big Enfield, unusual to see them now 
Indian Enfield
Eriks smokies carrying machine
And of course Jakes Falcone
Mike's Dommie, nice! Sole rep from the Wormit crew today, bad show chaps
Berts creation causing much interest as usual
Mr Martin and trusty BSA
Hamish leaving in a cloud of smoke and rattles
Edinburgh NOC's sole representative today
Lesley, Phil, Forfar John and brother John slagging my new boots
Phil's trusty Commando
Bob & Sandy for the off
Campbell's nice rotary
Our secretary David wondering "where did i put my keys?"
Did i really go back in time to the 50's today?


  1. Gino I am no tight, it's jist that I've never learned how tae spend money.
    Great seeing yourself and Fiona and meeting John and everyone else today, I've meant to come to the Huntygowk for years but unfortunately I'm usually away delivering the smokies in NY or some ither sic exotic location.
    Hopefully see you in Arbroath on the 16th April.

  2. Good to see you and Fiona today and hearing about your adventures 😊

    1. Aye was good to talk nonsense Steve, enjoy your trip in the Summer

  3. The Wee Smokey's at the Meadowbank, on the North of the toon. Good to see you again, and of course I forgot to give you the rally ticket money, even with you prompting me with a reminder. You'll just have to make it to Arbroath...

  4. Jake, hopefully see you Sunday, the prompt wasn't for money, it was a general enquiry, the erse isnae oot ma breeks yet!

    1. It is, but we didnae have the heart to tell you yer cheeks were flapping in the breeze... ;-)