Well, Moto Club Piston's Piston Rally in Santander has been and gone and the dust has settled. Another fantastic and slickly organised affair from the guys in Santander. More than 450 entrants for the event on a huge variety of machines, this is perhaps Europe's if not the World's greatest road riding event for old bikes.
This was my second Piston Rally, the first was back in 2014. Sadly this year I didn't have the time for the Picos Tour that ran from Monday to Wednesday but was there for the main event in Santander from Thursday through to Sunday.
Here's a bunch of images from the first day of riding. Each day has a long and short route and is clearly signposted all the way making route finding easy. There's a 5 mile or so ride to get out of Santander and once out you hit the hills for some stunning scenery.
A massive thanks to the guys and gals of Moto Piston for once again organising a wonderful rally for astonishingly little cost to entrants. Bravo!
|Let's start with a Spanish machine. The first model Sanglas,|
a 350cc from 1949.
|Close up on the Sanglas. Very stylish.|
|Late model BMW R100RS.|
|Village square line up in the mountains.|
|James' sweet Giler B300 twin.|
|Nicely executed Grumph (Greeves frame Triumph engine|
hybrid) with a Gold Star in the background.
|This Dutch BMW kept up a good pace.|
|Bikes, bikes, bikes.|
|Well done sir for hauling a v twin AJS flat tanker through|
the mountain curves.
|Egli Vincent exotica from Holland.|
|My '55 Velocette Venom in the hills.|
|Moto Guzzi Falcone at speed.|
|French registered post-war Nimbus.|
|That Sanglas again with suitably attired rider!|