T.O.M.C.C - West Middlesex 'Tigers'

 We meet at The North Star Pub, Iver, SL0 9AH   Official club night  first and third Wednesday of every month 9pm.     So if you have a Triumph come along, have a beer.     See "How To Find Us" for directions and maps.

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Welcome to The West Middlesex 'Tigers' Branch of the Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club.

 

 

Official Club Nights

During September the Club will be meeting on the following nights

3rd North Star

10th The Ace Cafe

17th North Star

24th The Ace Cafe

July 2014 Report

Having missed last month’s report for Nacelle, this month is a summary of the last two months, which has been actioned packed. The events that we have attended are:- Triumph day at the ACE café, Triton day at the ACE café, Shiny bike night at Cadsden Bucks, Cassington bike night Oxford. Then moving on to last month was The AJS & Matchless owner’s bike night at Taplow. Mick and Charlotte attended the Rabbit, bumping into Chris North and Andy who are regulars on the rally scene. Also “Tiny” an ex West Middlesex member from a bygone era, he’s still as loud and boisterous, but good company. Keith had a run out to Brooklands for “Ton up day”

The big event of the month was the Uxbridge Auto show where we had a stand alongside the London Motorcycle museum giving us a good selection of Triumph’s from the early year’s right up to the Hinckley’s of today. The weather was good and the day a success, with a special thanks to Keith for all his efforts in ensuring it was a success, the BBQ was a nice touch and very much appreciated by everyone. Finally the month was rounded off by us attending the Berkshire TOMCC bike show, where once again we won best club turnout. Mick missed a good day out as he was project managing the replacement of his garden fence.

Club attendance is very good with regulars attending both the North Star and the ACE café on alternate Wednesdays. On the 3rd Wed of the month a Hot Rod- custom car club share the North Star with us, which is good as they have a BBQ, music and an interesting array of cars. The North Star is holding a Charity Summer Party on the 16th Aug with a live band and entertainment for all the family from 2pm onwards, if you can make it, will be a good day and for a good cause.

 

Bill

 

June 2014 Report

    

With Summer well under way, there has been a hive of activity within the branch, attendances at our meeting nights have been good with over sixteen bikes at the last meeting for the month, even John Greenwood pulled his old Triumph out of the garage, fired it up and drove it down the club (were talking years not months since his bike was last out, but he has been spoiled with speed, power and comfort of his Harley). The month started with Triumph day at the ACE café, where we had a stand to promote the club and our branch, with a lot of interest being shown by the attendees. The following week was Triton day at the ACE and once again a good show. A bit later on was Shiny bike night at the Plough in Cadsden (High Wycombe area) which is a British Classic Bike Club, they had a good show with some real nice exhibits of bikes, there must have been at least six of us attend this event. Keith attended the Goodwood festival of speed, haven’t been there myself for over ten years but another good event with all sorts of motorized vehicles and exhibits.  The final event attended this month was Cassington Bike night, Steve, Bob, Mike and myself attended this show, it’s good that the village opens its doors to bikers and the whole village is awash with bikes (all proceeds from the event go to the village school). I reckon there must have been upwards of 3000 bikes there. There’s always a nice atmosphere and you can take some real good whindy roads or stick to the fast roads to get there. There is more events next month with the Monday coming the AJS & Matchless owners BBQ at Burnham. It’s also worth mentioning that on the 3rd Wed of the month the custom car club share an evening with us at The North Star, there’s plenty of room for both clubs but it adds a bit more atmosphere and it’s great to watch them do burn ups down the road as they leave, each driver trying to outdo each other.

Bill

May 2014 Report

Apologies for missing last Month’s report.

Our numbers attending club nights remains consistent, but it’s always refreshing when old faces turn up to say hello. Over the last few weeks we have seen Kenny, Patrick and Roger drop by, to name a few.

The West Wales TOMCC International Rally at St David’s was attended by Mick and Charlotte.Micks comment was “that the location is not as good as previous years but the ride out was fantastic with great weather”

Mick and myself went to the Kempton Southern Classic bike show and auto jumble the standard of the machines on display was high, with my favourite being a featherbed fame where a chap had welded two Reliant Robin engines into a V configuration and shoe horned it into the frame, complete with modern floating disc brakes etc. Awesome, also bumped into a couple of the West London Harley boys, haven’t seen them around for a while.

There have been various other runs as the members get out and about on their bikes, the weather is getting better and I foe one is looking forward to the long hot summer nights

On the 3rd Wednesday of the Month see’s the Custom/Hot-rod Club meet down at the North Star which makes for a good night alongside our club, Their love of their cars is like our to our bikes, as they talk with passion about what they get up to.

I’ll finish on a note saying it’s always good to see Keith and Colin attend club nights on their bikes regardless of the weather: people like Mick can be very selective, LoL

Bill

 

April 2014

No report this Month

March 2014 Report

Another quiet month down the club, Mick and myself had a run up “H’s” café at Dorchester, weather was sunny and warm for the time of year, quite a few people had the same idea as the café car park was full of bikes and spilling over into other parking areas, we stood in a queue for 15mins just for a cup of tea, it was that busy.

 

Our AGM is over for another year, membership remains stable at 80 members, committee members were all re-elected into the same positions. We talked through what’s in store for the year ahead, Triumph day at the ACE we will be there, also the Uxbridge auto, there was talk about various rallies, all I can say is keep an eye on our web page for forthcoming events. Last year we were having issues with idiots corrupting our forum page, we have reformatted the web page and put more security around what people can put on the forum. It’s now working much better and Mikes nimble fingers is keeping it all up to date, so please have a look in.

 

With the weather changing for the better, the hedgerows turning green before our eyes you cant help but get excited about tearing down the country lanes and enjoying the warm air blowing across your face, looking forward to Summer.

 

Bill

 

February 2014 No report this Month

January 2014 report

Goodbye to 2013 as we look forward to what 2014 brings. The committee thanks everyone for their involvement in making the club work, the year gone has seen us out and about on runs, attending rallies, bike shows, supporting other TOMCC events across the country. We still have a consistent core of people turning up at the North Star, it would be nice to see a few more faces, but we can’t complain.

The Christmas meal was well attended with 18 people turning up, the new Proprietor of the North Star did us proud with a delicious three course meal and  at a special rate.

Looking forward, we are talking about attending a “Burns Night” on the 25th Jan at the North Star, our Club AGM will be sometime in March, date to be finalised. Also as a club we will look to support/attend the following rallies throughout the year:- 9th-11th May-Somerset and Dorset rally (Yeoville), 16th-18th May-West Wales rally (St Davids), 11th-13th July-Rother's Rabbit rally (Hastings), 1st-3rd August-Beacons Offa’s Dyke rally (Hay on Wye), and the 26th-28th Sept-Bristol's Concord rally (Chippenham)

Wishing one and all, a prosperous New Year.

 

Bill

December 2013 no report this month

 

November 2013 report

Firstly apologies for not sending out the last report, juggling too many balls. As a Club we had a good turnout at the Concorde Rally with in total circa 13 people attend, not all TOMCC members, some partners, others and friends, but a very good turnout.

I was surprised that we did not get best club turnout which went to Meriden, I do think if there was a prize for the loudest snorer we would have won hands down,Peter whitesocks and Mark were competing to see who could break 100dba.One of the nice things about the Concorde is the price of food and drinks: it all helps to stretch your money out that bit further. Always good to see "H" who drove up on his trike from Cornwall, bike was looking good and this was enforced when he won best in show .On the Saturday as a group we all split up and did our own thing ,some people went on the run, others went for a stroll and a drink in the town and a group of us went on a run to Tintern Abbey. Saturday night was lively with a good live band, round our table we were joined by the West Wales contingency who are good company. It was also good to see the Glasgow boys, their soft dulcet tones are nice to hear it's almost like the homeland is calling me back.

As a club we alternate between the North Star and the Ace Cafe as a meeting point ,we still get reasonable attendance at both even though the cold nights are drawing in. The other day Mick, Mark and Peter went for a run on their bikes to Newlands Corner, unfortunately Peter and Mark slipped on oil and dropped their bikes. Pete's bike looks salvageable, Mark has bust his wrist and his bike looks like a write off. Could happen to anyone regardless of how experienced you are, we all hope to see you back on a bike soon.

The custom car club who used to meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month have now moved it to the 3rd Sunday of the Month at lunchtime, the North Star also does lunches so it's a nice venue on a Sunday if looking for something to do.

If anyone is interested in joining us for Christmas Dinner we are having a Christmas meal in the North Star on wed 11th December, if interested please let Keith know before the end of November as we have to confirm numbers by then

Bill

October 2013 No report this Month

September 2013 report

The good weather continues, allowing people to get out and about on their bikes. Our pub “The North Star” has changed hands, the new owners have spruced the place up and it looks good. There is now a custom car club who meet up at the North Star on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and it makes for a good evening, as they leave they pull out, line up and do a wheel burn down the road, which is good to watch, and it makes us look quite sedate as we leave quietly in an orderly manner!

 

Keith and Graham attended Popham bike and auto jumble show, which is always a good event. Mick went up to see the Rocket Three meet at the Ace Café. There has been various run out by different people to places like “H’s café” near Dorchester, Newlands Corner etc. Mick also popped down to Cornwall for a couple of days to visit “H” who is getting on fine and is attending the Concorde Rally. Mick also dropped in on Heather and Simon to see how they were.

 

The Concorde Rally is the next big event, we are looking to get best turnout with 15 of us booked in already, drop by and pick up your ticket from Mick if you ordered one. This is another good, and well run event, hope to see the Glasgow boys there.

Bill

August 2013 no report this Month

July 2013 Report

With the weather getting hotter, we now see life starting to appear within the club, the long winter has seen some of the people and the bikes emerge from what has been a long hibernation. A quick wash and polish breathes life back into the machines and the activity in the club starts to happen.

The Uxbridge Auto Show on the 21st July, West Middlesex and the London motorcycle Museum both had stands at the show ;we fitted ourselves onto one pitch which gave an impressive array of Triumph motorcycles over the years. Keith had his barbecue to feed the troops, so not only did we have a good display of bikes; people's mouths were dribbling with saliva the smell of Keith's Barbie. over the course of the day 5 members who don't regularly attend the North Star dropped by to say hello, if you read this then it would be good if you can drop down now and again to join in the banter.

That same weekend saw Mick,Charlotte,Liz and myself attend the Beacons Rally at the Baskerville Hotel; this is a must do rally, the setting is great, food and music on tap and they are a friendly bunch. both Mick and myself won a trophy with our bikes and the icing on the cake was me winning a raffle prize.

The following weekend was the Berkshire bike show, the numbers seemed down on previous years but once again we did well winning best club turnout and Paul winning best Triumph on his immaculate Hurricane.

Weds 31st was the fifth Wed of the Month was not an official club night but Giles and Keith turned up and had a chat about bees, honey and Aston Martins etc. As a club we had previously agreed to take a run up to the Busy Bee club near St Albans on the 1st Aug.Seven of us went on the run and there was already a good turn out when we arrived at about 20.30hrs.

Summing up, a good month and we have seen an increase of members turning up for club nights, it would be nice if the members who caught up with us at the Uxbridge show popped down now and again for a laugh and a beer . The North Star has changed hands and had a lick of paint, also there is a custom car club sharing our Wednesdays which makes for a lively evening and some nice cars to have a look at.

June 2013 Report

With the weather improving week on week we have been out and about a bit more.

4 members attended the Surrey BBQ & bike show, by all accounts weather was good, food better and a good attendance. This was followed by our club having a stand at the Triumph Day at the ACE Café, credit where its due Keith did an excellent job of organising everything.

Next on the list was Cadsden bike night at the Plough Pub, 6 members made the run, another clear night and another good event. Moving on to Cassington, an event which has been around for over 20 years grows in strength each year, there must have been in excess of 5000 people there this year over the course of the night, the village opens its doors to the biking community with all proceeds going to the village (a win win situation all round)

Looking ahead there is the Berkshire TOMCC which is a quality event.

Had an e-mail from an old member the other day (Dom) he is hoping to drop by soon and say hello, he was always full off fun and mischief, it will be good to see him again.

Bill

May 2013 report

I think we are still waiting for Spring to start never mind the Summer, with the weather being so bad we (I for one) haven’t been out on the bike so much. Some of the more hardier members of the club still make it down on the bike regardless of the weather.

Last month saw Mick, Steve and Keith make their way to the Cellar reunion at the Blackhorse in Windsor, feedback was positive about the event. Mick and Charlotte went to the West Wales annual Rally, another good Rally and the weather was really good with only a few spots of rain on the way there.

Last weekend saw Mick and myself take a run up to “H’s” cafe near Dorchester, a sunny day again and quite a few bikes (and people) up the cafe. We came back down through Watlington/Christmas Common and stopped at Turville for a pint before heading home.

Things are picking up with Triumph day at the ACE cafe on the 9th June, then Cadsden at the Plough Inn is the Bucks British & Classic MCC annual BBQ, this tends to be a very friendly enjoyable evening and a nice run out through the Chiltern Hills. Another day out is the North weald Air Base open day on the 22nd June, we are looking to see if anyone is interested in a run-out to this event, and finally there is Cassington on the 24th June, another event which grows in popularity year on year, last year saw circa 7000bikes turn up, this was obviously boosted by attendance from West Middlesex TOMCC.

Bill

April 2013 report

Missed a couple of reports, so I now have bit of catching up to do. We had our AGM on March the 20th, the committee positions remain unchanged, Mick Bishop – Chairman, Gary Crosby – Treasurer, John Greenwood – Membership secretary, Mike Bowerman – Webmaster, Bill Dunn- Secretary. The only new position was Keith Ferris taking on the role of Runs Co-ordinator.

We were talking through how long we had all been members of the TOMCC, I first joined the Ilford branch back in 1975, but more impressively John Greenwood and Gary Crosby have both held committee positions with West Middlesex TOMCC for over 30 years. John rolled up last night on his Electra Glide, compared to his old Triumph it’s like comparing a leather armchair to a footstool.

Keith has already been thinking of a few runs and testing the water on people’s reactions, I’m sure things will go well as Keith was a key player in making Triumph day at the ACE cafe work, and will be again this year.

One of our more recent new members is Andy from Portugal; he now lives in Maidenhead and runs a Hinckley Triumph which looks nice.

Slagdyke was over from Majorca so we all met up on the 24th April up the ACE cafe, good to see him again, the sun is doing him good as he looks so well.

Weather has been abominable, I opened the garage door the other day just to make sure it still opens, it’s been months since I’ve had the bike out and now getting withdrawal symptoms, so could be this weekend as the its now almost tropical and the sun has been out for more than hour.

We have pencilled in what rallies as a club we will be looking to attend, I would recommend looking at our web page for details if interested, it would be nice to see a few more faces out for a blast on their bike.

Bill

March 2013 report

No report this Month

February 2013 report

No report this month

January 2013 report

A quiet month and it’s not surprising, if it’s not raining, it’s snowing and if it’s dry it’s blowing a gale.

The date for our AGM has now been set for Wednesday 20th March, with a 20:30 turn up for a 21:00hrs start, location is the North Star. Please make the effort to come along and have your say on what you want from the club.

Other events we are looking to attend as a club are:-

Somerset & Dorset TOMCC Rally 10-12th May

Welsh International Rally, Pembrokeshire 17-19th May

Surrey TOMCC BBQ & Bike show on the 1st June

Beacons TOMCC Offers Dyke Rally 19-21st July

Bristol TOMCC Concorde Rally 27-29th September

There will be other events, that we will attend but details are still awaited i.e. date for the Triumph Day at the ACE café. There is still no details as to what is happening with the North Star pub where we meet but until any decision is taken we will still meet there.

Looking forward to a long hot summer, with long hot days filled with blue skies and small white fluffy clouds drifting slowly by.

Bill


 

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