The Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club was formed in 1949 and membership is open to anyone who owns or rides a Triumph engined motorcycle over the years The Club has grown from one Branch and now consists of 43 local branches
The History of the West Middlesex (Tigers) TOMCC
The Early Years 1979 - 1989
The West Middlesex Branch was formed in 1979 and initially met at the Coach and Horses in Ruislip after about 4 weeks it moved to Cranford Community School , during its time at Cranford the Club grew and was very active with many weekend runs and rallies In 1987 the Club moved to the Red Lion at Harlington where it had the use of the upstairs function room although most members preferred to stay in the bar membership increased to around 120 and Tuesday Club nights were well attended with a row of Triumphs lined up outside the Pub. This was a busy time for the Club regularly attending Rallies and getting best Branch turnout
Isle of Wight Easter Rally 1989
At the Rockers Reunion Christmas Party two of our members Mark and Tiny were spotted and offered the chance of fame by appearing in an advert for a new bike mag called Silver Machine
The bit in the middle 1990 - 1999
The Red Lion continued to be well attended by the Club, but in 1991 it was decided to move to the Meadow bank Community Centre in Cranford the reasons for this were cheaper beer a large car park at the rear and more space as there was a large hall.
So on the 15th May 1991 the first club night was held at Meadow bank
The Club continued to be very active on the rally scene attending amongst others .The Bum freezer Rally, The Prowlers Highland Fling, Wessex TOMCC Wyvern Rally, The Isle of Wight Easter and Hour Extra Rallies, The Clanger Rally,BMF Memba Rally, The Brighthelmstone Rally, Rother TOMCC Brer Rabbit Ďs Farm Party, The Kent custom and Crazy Daze Autumn Bikers Party.
The Club also played darts and pool against the other local TOMCC Branches
In February 1992 Meadow bank was broken into and the main hall damaged by fire which meant that the Christmas Party scheduled for the 22nd had to be cancelled
In 1993 with the formation of a Surrey Branch of the TOMCC some of our members transferred to the new Branch including Tiny, Club nights were never the same after his departure.
The Club continued to hold Bike shows and Parties
In 1995 Club Membership was up to 150 although most of them didnít make it to Club Nights (some things never change)
Fame at last for the Club pictured on the front cover of Nacelle after winning a prize for best stand at the Uxbridge AoutoShow
There was a change of the Meadow bank Committee which led to the Club feeling unhappy with the way the Centre was treating us and after much discussion it was decided we needed another venue for Club Nights so on the 17th April 1996 we moved to the North Star, not everyone was happy with this move as the North Star was in Bucks and not Middx.
The Club settled into the North Star and things were going well until 14/12/1996 when long term member of the Club Terry was killed in a hit and run. Terry had always been an active member of the Club and a keen rallyist and was greatly missed by those who knew him.
1998 and Chris the landlord quits and a new landlord takes over, but he still seems keen for the Club to remain at the North Star.
As 1999 rolls on our Honorary President Bill Crosby of Reg Allen Motorcycles Hanwell opens the London Motorcycle Museum on the 2nd May. Bill has been a long time supporter of our Club and over the years he has kept our Meriden Triumphs on the road and provided the Club with trophies and raffle prizes for our events.
Alec the Landlord quits (must be Slagdykes jokes )