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LAST UPDATED 28/03/2017
JOHN DAVIES VESPA COLLECTION FOR SALE
There are we believe 6 Vespa in his collection which are for sale to either VVC or VCB members. Details can be found in the FOR SALE section of the Forum.
SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
It had been announced at the 2015 AGM & confirmed at the 2016 AGM that the Family Member fee will increase to £25 p/a in 2017. So far this year it has not been possible to implement this increase due to technical reasons. With the introduction of the new web site the Family Fee will increase to £25. This is expected to be in a few weeks. All members will receive an e mail notifying them of these changes.
VVC WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Progress is being made with the development of a much simpler web site, offering improved access to both the club shop and membership. New plastic Membership cards will also be introduced. We hope to be able to launch this in late Spring.
At the same time the committee has agreed that the existing open Facebook group will cease and a new Members only Facebook group will emerge. All members will be notified of these changes by e mail when they are due to take place.
VVC FACEBOOK GROUP
From 1st April those using our Facebook facility who are not paid up VVC members, will be deleted from the group during the following 2 weeks. By the 14th April the group will be VVC Members only.REMINDER: Members who use Facebook and identify themselves with a pseudonym rather than their name, MUST advise the Facebook admin, otherwise without knowing who they are, will mean that they will also be deleted from the group
AUTUMN EVENT SEPT 2017 VVC MEMBERS ONLY
There will be a riding event on the weekend of the 9th/10th September based in Milton Keynes. Yes! that's correct..Milton Keynes. There is some lovely countryside around the area and the camping and accomodation is in a semi rural location. Booking now available for Members. See Events page.
JOHN DAVIES REMEMBERED
Sadly I have to report the passing of our very good friend John who back in the early sixties worked at the same aerospace company as myself, George Hill, Peter Hanman & Dave Willis who were all Cheltenham Vespa Club members all or at some time between 1955 & 1968.
Having been trained and disciplined in the exacting requirements of the industry John could be described as a perfectionist when it came to restoring and two-toning Vespas. This stood him in good stead when starting his own vehicle body shop business in the late 6o’s. I would like to believe that it was the fact that he & I refurbishing a tatty Lambretta together and spraying it with a cheap electric spray gun that fired up his future enthusiasm for that type of work.
From 1963 when John bought his first Vespa, a 160 which he later two-toned was always to be seen with his girlfriend Maureen Walker who later became his wife. She had a 152L2 and was just as competitive at scooter events as John.
At the end of the 60’s Vespa Club life disappeared but John had by now moved to Stroud where he made his home with Maureen and built up a very successful business. He later moved to Alicante in Spain for health reasons but still kept in touch with his friends.
In more recent times, over this past decade, like many of us in the Cheltenham Club became members of the V.V.C & V.C.B. coming together to revive our love of Vespa’s once more and to enjoy the comradeship at rallies and ride outs both in the UK & abroad.
John will be sorely missed by us all.
LAKE DISTRICT EVENT 2017
Come on Members, if you havn't booked yet please do so. We need more entries to make this event fully viable.
We already have two events lined up for 2018 but need to organise a Spring event. The committee wishes to encourage any member, or members who feel that they can step forward and become an event organisor. The committe will offer support, as we do with every event. At the moment we seem to rely on the same people. Here is your chance to Shine! Contact the Chairman via the Contact page.
IMPORTANT FOR RIDERS VINTAGE VESPA
We understand that w.e.f. January the major petrol companies are increasing the amount of ethenol in their petrol from 5% to 10%. This can have a detremental effect on the rubber and plastic components of our bikes. We suggest that you use Premium fuels and/or any appropriate additives.
ITEMS FOR SALE
Leslie Smith is having a 'clear out' of his workshop and a variety of items are for sale. See members Forum For Sale section. Various new old stock original parts for Douglas & Piaggio covering Rod to Rally etc. THESE ITEMS ARE ONLY FOR SALE TO VVC MEMBERS.
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2016 EVENTS DVD
Now available in the club shop
The Club is affilated to the BMF. This means that every VVC member is also a club member of BMF (British Motorcycle Federation) As such all VVC members can benefit from their membership Discounts. See BMF in Members Section.
Latest 2016 Offers
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VVC BIKE REGISTERDont forget that as a member you are able to register details of your bike with the club. Please do update your details. Go to Members Log In, then Your Portfolio
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