The Vintage Motor Cycle Club
The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, with over 14,000 Members, united by a common appreciation of the engineering skills and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by.
But don't let the word "Vintage" fool you! As well as catering for the very oldest pioneer machines, membership is open to those who have an interest in motorcycles more than 25 years old with many of our members owning modern machines as part of their "stable". We cater for enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience & you don't even have to own a motorcycle to become a member!
For more information on the unique benefits that can be gained from becoming a member of the VMCC click here.
COVID - 19
The VMCC online shop is open but due to the Covid-19 pandemic Allen House itself is closed with reduced staff levels, therefore processing of orders may take a little longer than normal.
Raffle Tickets are still available to Win a Brand New 2020 Interceptor. See below for details - Good Luck!
Enter the VMCC raffle for just £2 and you could be in with a chance to win either a Royal Enfield Interceptor, 2nd Prize is Snap-On 40” Roll Cabinet Tool Chest worth almost £2000, 3rd Prize is a year’s subscription to Old Bike Mart, 4th Prize is a year’s subscription to Classic Racer magazine. To enter CLICK HERE!
PRESS RELEASE - COVID - 19
Wednesday 10th June
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have today published their updated COVID 19 Riding Guidelines for motorcyclists.
Including clear advice on group riding now that lockdown restrictions are relaxing, the guidelines allow motorcyclists to maintain their mental well-being by riding their bikes whenever they can legally and safely, whilst complying at all times with Government guidelines.
The revised guidelines also carry advice for COVID-safe incident management courtesy of James Sanderson, the founder of Biker Down.
The Coalition continues to await engagement with Government officials, a source of great dissatisfaction amongst the members. Despite the reticence being displayed by the Government, the Coalition remains committed to interpreting rapidly changing legislation and guidance and translating it into clear motorcycling related advice that will benefit all riders in all situations.
Lead authors of the updated guidance were the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Roger Bibbings and IAM RoadSmart Head of Riding Standards, Richard Gladman.
“As the COVID restrictions begin to relax it is important we remember how close we could be to further lockdown restrictions if the infection rate escalates. We as motorcyclists are duty-bound to help in any way we can, the relaxation has allowed us to gather in small groups as long as we adhere to social distancing rules. The guidance document we have prepared helps with best practice and is intended to help us court the right sort of publicity. Motorcycles are a safe viable form of socially distanced transport but also great support for mental wellbeing”
“Although the initial peak has now passed, COVID 19 remains a potentially deadly infection that can be passed on unknowingly to others. These guidelines are designed to help motorcyclists play their part in getting on top of the pandemic. They are relevant even to group rides that happen quite informally but which in practice still need to be led by someone. So ‘decide who is in charge’ and ‘stay COVID safe at all times’ are the two key messages for all motorcyclists who are riding together”.
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has also expanded its ranks. The member organisations are now the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF), IAM RoadSmart, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club (TOMCC) and Biker Down UK.
A full copy of the updated guidance can be found here
With regret, the VMCC have decided that this year’s Banbury Run will not take place. Despite our attempts to save the event by moving to a later date in August, restrictions on events of the size and scale as Banbury are likely to remain in place for several months. This would have been the 72nd running of the world’s largest gathering of pre-1931 veteran and vintage motorcycles.
All entrants will receive a full refund, but this may take a little longer than normal due to reduced staffing levels within the office
The VMCC are taking the remainder of 2020 as an opportunity to do a thorough review of our plans for 2021, as the majority of VMCC members are first and foremost active riders and feel that veteran and vintage machines belong on the road and track, not hidden away gathering dust.
Whilst large gatherings are likely to continue to be impossible, we expect that quite soon smaller social runs could be allowed, providing distancing measures are in place and full notice has been taken of all relevant government advice. The VMCC are actively working with a coalition of other large motorcycle organisations and the Government to progress the interests of motorcyclists as the UK starts to come out of lockdown.
For further information please visit https://www.banbury-run.co.uk/
A link to the Coalition Of Motorcycle Organisations (COMO) COVID lockdown exit advice can be found here https://www.vmcc.net/Coalition-of-Motorcycling-Org...
The Committee of the Taverners section of the VMCC have carefully considered the current government's rules and guidance, in particular the circumstances of the Founders Day event and have decided that the event is cancelled for this year. We look forward to organising Founders Day 2021 and celebrating 75 years of the VMCC.
All autojumble applications will be returned by post over the next few days.
For more information please see http://www.foundersday.co.uk/
Festival of 1000 Bikes
After long discussions with partners and within the club itself the Vintage Motorcycle Club have come to the decision that given the UK government guidelines for exiting the lockdown, the festival would not be viable and could not be safely run for participants, staff and spectators while still providing the ultimate classic track weekend that it is known for. As can be imagined this was an extremely difficult decision and the club only came to this after exploring a number of alternatives and always in the hope that they could start to get back to some level of normality by July.
All entrants will receive a full refund but this may take a little longer than normal due to reduced staffing levels within the office.
The VMCC though are taking this opportunity to do a thorough review of 2021 as the majority of VMCC members first and foremost are active riders and feel that classic bikes belong on the road and track, not hidden away gathering dust. Whilst mass gatherings are likely to continue to be prohibited, smaller social runs which are predominately outdoors and allow for social distancing could be allowed to resume in the future whilst at all times taking notice of any government advice. The VMCC are preparing for options, and are actively working with other large motorcycle organisations to progress the interests of motorcyclists in lockdown exit.
For more information please see http://www.festivalof1000bikes.co.uk/