1st Bolney Vintage Run and 2nd Summer Pioneer Run

30th August 2018

Rob Pond, his family and friends organised the 1st Summer Pioneer Run in August 2017, and this year to make a full weekend’s riding of real motorcycles they added the 1st Bolney Vintage Run. Held on Saturday 18 August 2018 entrants of the 1st Bolney Run enjoyed a longer ride along the highways and byways of Sussex to stretch their vintage (1915 – 1930) machines, outfits and three-wheelers.

Many vintage riders then swapped their vintage mounts for veterans (SMCC Pioneer Run eligible machines) to be joined by many more enthusiasts for Sunday’s 2nd Summer Pioneer Run, swelling the entry to almost 50. Riders and machines assembled in Quicks Yard, Handcross for coffee and a 9.30-10am start. While awaiting the off many took the chance of a special Sunday viewing of the fine stock of machines displayed by Ian Hatton, proprietor of Verralls, which leads to a valuable thought for the day ‘no man or woman should ever deny themselves another motorcycle,’ and the key word is ‘another.’

Route options of 27 or 35 miles were on offer with detour alternatives for those who wanted to miss Rod Pond’s ‘off road’ section, a real treat for those who ventured up and along the concrete strip byway leading to some super country lanes -which took us back in time. A breakfast stop was made at The Motorcycle Workshop, London Road, Bolney, Sussex where the team made us most welcome and put on an awards ceremony compared with panache – brilliant fun. While enjoying the break riders munched their substantial breakfasts prepared by Naomi and her team – oh well ……. the diet can wait another day.

Satiated entrants fired the veterans for their assault of the long climb into Handcross and Quick’s Yard. On behalf of riders and the SMCC our thanks to the Pond family and friends, Naomi and friends, Ian Hatton of Verralls, the residents of Quick’s Yard and all at The Motorcycle Workshop.