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The journey was completed in 23 hours and 59 minutes (! Centre pages picture spread of members at the 1991 GM Rally (1) Mike Garnet & Pete Thorne on their Yamaha racing machines (2) Dave White and his Kawasaki (3) Doug Perkins in conversation and (4) Colin Gibson with 10 trophies Also with this Newsletter is a 12 page VJMC Members Handbook which provides information of meetings and events, the Newsletter, Club Experts, VJMC Worldwide, Spares and Service, Insurance, Club regalia and Club Officers2 pages of Yamaha News by Graham Head about a Yamaha TD1C engined sprint bike he had acquired which was originally built by Des Heckle who was one of the leading sprinters in the late 60’s / early 70’s Rear cover photo quiz – What is it?(1) Close up picture of a two stroke engined machine and (2) another close up picture of a twin cylinder two stroke engine bike Answers are:- (1) a Yamaha YDT1 and (2) a Yamaha YAS1C, a YAS1 with high level pipes4 pages of News & Views by Graham Blunden including an item reprinted from “Bike SA” of a fully working CBX 6 cylinder engine in a BMX CYCLE frame complete with BMX wheels and brake block type brakes – with the caption of ‘anything is possible’2 pages of Suzuki News, one of text and the other with 2 photos (1) the RS67 V4 125 four cylinder Suzuki G. machine with Stuart Graham sat on it with the engine running and the other of a twin cylinder air cooled 125 G.
Double page centre spread on what looks like the Bristol Show (no text information, just pictures} but with 1 page report on the next page.
Riders not named but include Don Leeson (Suzuki), Tony Milk (CB92 special), Dennis lodge (Bridgestone GTR) Eric Warburton (CB750) 5 others I don’t recognise A very young looking Don Leeson with his newly restored Suzuki TC250, John Surtees pictured in front of what looks like an early factory Honda, Pete Rhodes with his CB72 racer, voted best bike at the AGM, Mike Garnett with his newly restored CB72, image of Doug Perkins with a (colour tinted) green face.
Photo of Pete Rhodes new special which is a CB72/77 with a CB450 twin cam cylinder head, Dave Marsden’s Kawasaki H1, Don Leeson’s Suzuki TC250, Chris Thomas’s Kawasaki Avenger, voted Best Japanese at the Belle Vue Show.
Graham points out that the present structure of the club with 3000 members and growing weekly it is not possible to do this immediately.
A possible cause of this increase in membership is that to qualify for a Classic Insurance discount on their machines, it is necessary to be a member of the VJMC.4 page article, The Chequered Flag by Stuart Marshall on racing success in the Isle of Man.
Peter passed away in 20164 pages ‘The 1990 AGM Report’ from Colin Gibson including 2 pages of members bikes at the event.
Graham Head’s Yamaha CS5, Colin Dicken’s YDS6, Clive Leeson’s mini bike ‘racer’ and Dixie Dean’s and Clive Leeson’s Yamaha racing bikes Photos from Brands Hatch Festival, Eddie Thorpe’s Yamaha YR3 and Graham Head’s Yamaha TR3 – this is in fact a TR2 Yamaha – the engine side cover is different to the TR3, it has magneto ignition whereas the TR3’s were electronic and lastly there is a chrome trim on the side of the seat base, the TR2 had one – the TR3 didn’t.2 pages of photo’s, 1 set from the Bolton Show showing the Club stand and one of a ‘special’ CR93 which seems to have a non-standard frame / tank and seat.
The other set from members outings to The Tan Hill Inn in September and one of Don Leeson in Germany.2 pages of photos from road racing meetings, (1) Doug Perkins with an H1 with expansion boxes fitted (2) Clive Leeson at speed on a T20 (3) Peter Thorne at Cadwell Park and (4) Peter Thorne again after a race win Inside the rear cover, 2 photo’s (1) an early Suzuki GT380 and (2) a Monkey bike held on a bracket in front of the front bumper of a Transit van (the monkey bikes probably worth more than the Transit now! models had chrome side panels to the tanks)4 page article by Michael Trees on a “Honda 90 Marathon”.
)Inside the front cover 2 photos from events in 1990 (1) Graham Head pushing a Suzuki V4 125 works bike at the 1000 Bike Festival and (2) Sammy Miller presenting a trophy to Graham for his YR2 at the Kempton event.1 page report by Gus Gander on the VJMC at the Bristol Show, also on this page a photo of a Honda CR110 (50cc) production racing machine with a caption that the reputed value was more than £15,0 – in 1991A centre page double spread of a Honda publicity shot of a Honda C110 and C111 – interestingly both motorcycles have white painted fuel tanks which makes them very early 3 speed models, probably 1960. This event, organised by Michael was a 4 person John O’Groats to Land’s End (870 miles) non-stop ride on a Honda CM90 in aid of a local Hospice who had looked after John’s late Father.
Newsletters and Tanshas available to purchase at £10 per year and £75 per decade.
Please note these are pdf downloads and NOT the printed copy. The scan is only as good as the original print run. Any download problems email Brent Westbrook [email protected] page titled “Torakusu News” – no, I didn’t know what it was either but at the bottom of the article on Yamaha’s by ‘J.
(the answer was Don Leeson riding a Dixon/ Robb racing school Honda CB250)2 page photo spread of “Pics from 86” – Greg Holiday’s Honda CB450’s, Keith Newton’s original road test Honda CB750, reg No.