Several weeks of rain preceeded this years' Banbury Run and forecasts had it that on the day the wet stuff was going to continue unabated. This was the first time that I hadn't had to work for the Banbury weekend for three years and my entry was secured. None-the-less it was difficult to get enthused about the prospect of a three hour ride in driving rain.
Come the day it did indeed start out rainy. The Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre offers hard-standing for entries and parking but the autojumble area was waterlogged and pitches were depleted considerably.
|This is what it is all about, a sporting sv Sunbeam storms Sunrising.|
The ride started out with a few drizzly patches but soon improved and a glorious day of riding was had around the lanes. The route-card was somewhat difficult to follow but then I am not the best at following them and soon settled in to following other competitors. After all, riding the lanes on a vintage bike with other vintage bikes and enthusiasts is what it is all about. The joy of the Banbury Run is in being a rolling spectator,watching the other machinery as you pass it by or it passes you and the refreshment stops in villages parked up with dozens of other vintage bikes.
|My mount for the day, a '26 Humber parked up for refreshments.|
|A Calthorpe on Sunrising doing nicely two-up.|
|Nicely patinated sv AJS.|
|Wonderfully aged BSA sv.|
|Very original American Excelsior X.|
|Another view of the self-same Excelsior.|
|Flat-tank Norton combination.|
|Equisite Montgomery with 8 valve Anzani engine.|
|Beautiful Quadrant has problems on Sunrising.|
|Traffic on Sunrising. A Triumph has issues with its internal band brake.|
|More Sunrising traffic.|
|A 'Black Ariel' canters up Sunrising.|
|Chater Lea Blackburne.|
|Bonhams were punting two Crockers soon to come up for auction.|
|A fine Royal Enfield model 180 Sports.|
|Great McEvoy JAP with drop-tank sidecar.|