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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Gaffers Gallop planned stops

Days and dates of the stops on the Gaffers Gallop 2013.

Day 1
Sun 6th October 2013
Roche > Land’s End > Exeter
Approx 170miles

Day 2
Mon 7th
Exeter > Malmesbury (lunch) > Leamington Spa
Approx 163miles

Day 3
Tues 8th
Leamington Spa > Boroughbridge (lunch) > Carlisle
Approx 246miles

Day 4
Weds 9th
Carlisle > Perth (lunch) > Inverness
Approx 263miles

Day 5
Thurs 10th
Inverness > John O Groats (and possibly back to Wick to crack the 1000 mile barrier)
Approx 158miles

The Gaffers Gallop 2013 will attempt to stay on the roads that Edward Turner used in 1953.  If you know the ‘old’ roads in any of the above areas, please get in touch with the Gaffers Gang so that we can plan accordingly.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Putting us to shame....

No, no progress on Terry (Gorgeous Biker Chick's Terrier) or Yorkie (MFM's plunger Cub) but Scott-Scotty-Scott-Scott is really cracking on with his build for the Gaffers Gallop - 200 days to go..........if you can't be there in person join us on Facebook by searching for Gee-Bee Chick or The Gaffers Gallop 2013....or if you have a Terrier or even a Tiger Cub, why not join us for some of our journey?

Scott's Terrier in the paint shop

Coming together slowly - but not as slowly as our bikes!

And the beginnings of a luggage rack, which by the time I've hit 'post' will probably be completed and fitted!!!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Gaffers Gallop acquires an Artist!!!

Very pleased to announce that Jean-Marie Guivarch has agreed to work on some sketches to illustrate the Gaffers Gallop 2013.  Personally I'd like to have a transfer made for Terry's tank, but I'm also thinking maybe the riders would like a tee shirt or some such other memorabilia.....

Here is the first sketch to give an idea of what Jean-Marie Guivarch can do - visit the website for more pics of anything to do with motors!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Young Mechanics Group

Here's a copy of an email I sent out to the Grampian Classic MCC today, in case anyone from outside of the Club is interested in getting involved.....

Dear all.

I've been trying to start a group to give young people a chance to try a hands on approach to old bikes - I now have a project bike that is suitable and the insurance is in place, so its all systems GO!!!

This project will start as a restoration (so will include every step from stripping it, to logging work done and pricing and sourcing spares etc) and will run until the bike is back on the road.

I would like YOU to be involved - you all have skills and experiences to share with newcomers to the hobby, so I am asking for any volunteers who would like to give up a few hours every month to help out - if we have a big enough pool of people, it doesn't need to be the same ones helping each time, we can create some sort of rota in line with the work being done on the bike so that your 'specialist subject' is on at a time when you can help.

You don't need to be CRB checked and formal quals are not necessary - all you need is a willingness to share your passion for building and riding old motorbikes.

Please get in touch if you can help out - currently looking for companies to sponsor the group by buying some overalls and a few tools, so if you work for, or know of any local firms who would like to support this idea, please let me know.

Looking forward to hearing from you.........

Venue TBC but will be local to GCMCC HQ in Aberdeenshire.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Gaffers Gallop update...

Errrr, well, there hasn't been much in the way of bike building progress yet, for either Muckle Flugga Man or Moi.  MFM is slightly ahead because he's got all the bits he needs to build his heavy duty forks up and I've only just found out that I don't seem to have any forks for my Terrier!  I thought I could 'borrow' a pair that were on another frame but they turned out to be a bit bent....

On the positive side, the brand spanking new MITAS TYRES have arrived, along with some paint from RS BIKE PAINTS and a complete TAP & DIE set for Tiger Cubs (and presumable Terriers!) from ACME STAINLESS so once I get around-toooo-it, I can start cleaning up Terry's threads and reading the instructions on using the various primers etc that RS have sent.  


PS I've got lambing as an excuse - have you been on Facebook and seen the pics?  
Look for Gee-Bee Chick and send a friend request.  Go on, I need all the friends I can get.....

Monday, 4 March 2013

VMCC Scottish Area Rep Election

The results of the election for VMCC Scottish Area Rep are in - sadly GBC is no longer your rep. Thanks for all your support over the last 4 years and thanks to all who voted for me - don't worry, I'll still be around and about riding bikes and all the usual stuff. Talking of which, gotta dash, work is a-calling'....


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