Thursday 14 June 2018

Ardnamurchan Norton Weekend

For the second year running we have had a camping trip to the most excellent Sunart Camping at Strontian, the site is run by a fellow motorcyclist (Tim) and his wife and it gets my vote as one of the best campsites in Scotland, don't go there though, I'd hate to spoil the peace! We set off Friday Lunchtime with Alex on his new V7 Mk3 Guzzi, Fi on the Le Mans and me on the T3, Ten Nortons between us and we all go on Moto Guzzi's whats that all about? For me its been a question of time, the Guzzi's were ready to go and I haven't had a minute to prepare two Nortons so Guzzi's it is, after all it's about the people, not the bikes (?) A fine but busy run up to the Corran ferry, this remarkable spell of weather seems to have increased the tourist quotient even more than usual, unfortunately most of them drive their huge Motorhomes and caravans and hire cars like a man who's had 15 pints of beer, very badly and erratically. Motorhomes are the curse of the modern age, oversized and in IMHO undertaxed!
At the ferry we were joined by Philly, Jim and Forfar John all thankfully Norton mounted, once on the peninsula it was heaven, this is still a largely undiscovered part of Scotland so really I should keep it to myself. A nice night at the pub on Friday night and a nice meal, Bill I believe was trying for a late drink by offering to sing a song however the barmaid said if he did he wouldn't get back on the Saturday, obviously she has heard his singing before!
Saturday and everyone scattered to do their own thing, we went for a walk and eventually met up with my brother John and Lesley at the Ariundle centre and enjoyed a relaxed beer, (we were relaxed, not sure if the beer was) Saturday night we had a rerun of last year, the ladies prepared the BBQ assisted by Bill the BBQ guy and a very pleasant evening was spent in great company and much cheapness. I think Bill and John won the award for last out!
Sunday dawned as it usually does following Saturday and we all went our separate ways home, the A82 was terrible, busy and endless processions of traffic, Scotland in the Summer I suppose! A great weekend and a big thanks to all that came along and made it such a success! Next up for the mighty Tay Valley NOC is our Applecross weekend in July, be there or be talked about!

Waiting for the ferry to return
Alex and Fiona in the queue
Guzzi and Nortons mix easily
Loch Sunart
Warn enough to take the air on Friday night
Ladies enjoying a chat
John taking a photo of me taking a photo of him
Phil in a jovial mood
Bert's Vincent back on the road and looking great
strange way for a tree to grow
Loch Sunart from the mountain I climbed......
Look at the tonal regression
Saturday evening al fresco
Ladies preparing dinner
Bert relaying a story
Sunday, David T happy smokey Joe is living up to its name
The midges were horrendous, Forfar John trying to escape (nothing works)
John's Norton looking braw

Sunday 3 June 2018

Busy times

I have been a bit slack on the blogging front lately but its been very busy, I'm in the midst of building a new workshop (well other people are doing the expert bit and I'm the dogsbody) However there has been a small amount of motorcycling going on, last weekend the Vintage club had a small Breakfast meet at the Tay bridge which I went along to, it was hot! The weather has been incredible for the last three weeks here and after a long winter its been needed. The Small breakfast was in memory of Dundee man Gordon Small, Editor at DC Thomson and at one time his pet was the fantastic Motorcycling Legends magazine, Gordon was a super nice guy and always made sure local motorcycle racers got plenty coverage in the Courier and Evening Telegraph when they were looking for sponsorship, he is still missed and remembered. A good turnout to eat bacon rolls and drink tea, I had a nice run back along the Tay in North Fife, a glorious day. That evening our friends from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sandra and Javier from Dakar Motos appeared to stay for a couple of days on their UK tour, nice to catch up and swap travel stories. More workshop building meant the only run we had today was to Tullybannocher for a late breakfast, still hot but feeling a bit thundery. All good, photos tell the story better than I can. As a footnote the Isle of Man TT is on now and the coverage on Manx Radio is brilliant, close your eyes and you could be there! Sadly Manxman Dan Kneen was taken from us on Wednesday night in practice, a real nice guy and a huge loss to the road racing community, RIP Dan.
Saturday night in Dunkeld, a younger Italian model parked next to mine
Small Breakfast organiser Arthur's Falcone
To prove I'm not racist here's a Triumph
Ariel Square 4, Its been at quite a few meetings this year
Nice rigid AJS
Drool Drool
Ariel Leader
Murrays V11 and Dr Dons 1200 sport
Sun, bikes, tea, blethers, fantastic
Sandy's Norton
They Tay the Tay the silvery Tay, Flows fae Perth tae Dundee and back every Day. (William Topaz McGonnigal)
Bonnie views
Bonnie Guzzi
Black History though
Sandra and Javier
Tullybannocher for tea and bacon rolls, Braw