The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of VETERAN CYCLE CLUBS
President: Mr Stephen Downham
Hon. Secretary / Treasurer: Mr Stuart Warburton
UK's only Association of Veteran & Vintage Cycle Clubs, formed in 1956.
Eleven clubs are currently affiliated to provide members with organised rides, rallies and displays for 'Early' bicycles & tricycles.
The inaugural meeting of the National Association of Veteran Cycle Clubs was held on the 8th April 1956 at Meriden, Warkshire (an earlier delegate meeting had been held in October 1955) Nineteen persons were in attendance, representing the then current UK Veteran Cycle Clubs :- Bawtry, Coventry, Peterborough and Southern. At this meeting a vote was taken on an amendment to the following resolution ' that the body be named the National Veteran Cycle Club ' which resulted in an unanimous decision that the organisation be named :- the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of VETERAN CYCLE CLUBS.
During the early years two additional clubs affiliated, the Bantel and Oundle but as with the Bawtry and Coventry, they are all now unfortunately defunct. The Southern Veteran Cycle Club [now renamed the Veteran-Cycle Club] chose after a few years not to re-affiliate.
OBJECTS and AIMS of the Association . . ' shall be to co-ordinate the aims and activities of the constituent bodies and members, to publish such aims and activities, to initiate or help with suitable activities and assist in forming clubs of Veteran cycle enthusiasts in those parts of the country not presently served by such clubs
Entrants in the Annual National Rally, held every year since 1957 in various areas of the UK on the First Sunday in September, ride machines dating from 1860's to 1935, the period of which incorporates the Velocipede (Boneshaker) of the 1860's followed by the 1870 Ordinary Bicycle (Penny Farthing) through the development of the bicycle up to 1935, almost a complete cycle history. Members also endeavour to ride their machines in correct period costume appropriate to the cycle they ride.
A short history of each of the affilated UK VCC clubs :-
* * PETERBOROUGH VINTAGE CYCLE CLUB . . formed in Oct. 1953 ~ UK's oldest Veteran/Vintage Cycle club.
In 1958, the PVCC hosted the second UK National Rally at which 93 entries were listed. Half of the entrants rode machines before 1890, the 'newest/latest' machine entered and ridden was a 1910 BSA. The President of the NAVCC at the time, J.H.Brandon, stated in the programme introduction that "These old machines cannot be replaced. Ensuring that they are preserved for posterity is a pleasureable task willingly attempted by all in the NAVCC"
PVCC Members regularily participate in the other UK clubs Open events and the International Veteran Cycle Association series of Worldwide rallies, hosting in 1994 that years IVCA rally.
The Peterborough VCC is truly proud to be the oldest club of its type still in existance and looks forward to supporting the Veteran Cycle movement for many years to come.
Jane Denton . . Hon. Sec.
* * LONG SUTTON & DISTRICT VETERAN CYCLE CLUB ~ situated in the Wash area of South Lincolnshire and was formed in December 1957 by a group of Wisbech Wheelers Cycle Club members, encouraged by Mr Cyril Mundy.
Since 1960 the Club has participated in the annual Spalding Flower Parade and many similar events in South Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk . Members have represented the club at IVCA events in Europe.
The LS&DVCC hosted in 1965 their first National Rally.
Ruth Lennox . . Hon Sec.
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* * BENSON VETERAN CYCLE CLUB of Oxon ( Oxfordshire ) . . formed in 1958 after Mr Ned Passey, the clubs Life President acquired an 'Ordinary' bicycle.
1964 saw the club host their first National Rally.
Muriel Shilabeer. . Hon. Sec.
* * BOSTON VETERAN BICYCLE CLUB, Lincolnshire . . formed in 1964 by five early cycle enthusiasts who then arranged a meeting to attract other local rider/enthusiasts to which an additional twelve persons attended.
Mr Eric Page, a local cycle shop owner was elected President, a position he held for 21 years.
In 1981, the club hosted the First in the current series of the IVCA International rally from Grantham. Their first National Rally being hosted in 1966.
The clubs annual Open rally is generally held in April or May.
Elaine West . . Hon. Sec.
* * BYGONE BYKES - YORKSHIRE CLUB . . formed in 1966 by the three Auty brothers - Bill, Ken and Eric, all very keen cyclists from Wakefield.
After purchasing the remains of an early machine, they set about restoring it and discovered that it was a rare 1898 Quadrant Shaft Drive machine. This sparked off their enthusiasm and together with other like minded friends the club was formed.
The club hosted their first National Rally in 1973, and organise rides most weekends throughout the year.
* * DESFORD LANE PEDALLERS VETERAN CYCLE CLUB . . affiliated to the NAVCC in January 1980, hosting their first National Rally in 1983 a combined event with that years IVCA International Rally.
Other years that the DLPVCC hosted National Rallies were 1992, 2002 & 2011. The 1992 rally attracted the largest ever number of entrants ( before the closing date for the programme ) of two hundred & fifty riders.
Madeleine Pickering . . Hon. Sec.
Website :- www.dlpvcc.co.uk
* * MARCH VETERAN & VINTAGE CYCLE CLUB, Cambridgeshire . . formed in 1980 at the suggestion of Margaret & Colin Beford, after speaking to their friends and other local cycle enthusiasts.
National Rallies were hosted in 1986. 1996 and in 2006 ~ the 50th Anniversary National Rally at which 230 Riders participated - one hundred of these entrants were riding machines dated before 1900.
Margaret Bedford . . Hon. Sec.
* * SOLENT VETERAN BICYCLE AND TRICYCLE CLUB, Hampshire . . formed in 1987 to provide a local organisation catering for the growing interest in early cycles and their history.
In 1993 the Club hosted a highly successful National Rally their first, in the grounds of the idyllic Royal Victoria Country Club on the shore of Southampton water.
Rod Safe . . Hon. Sec.
* * The RETRO CYCLE CLUB.
Previously the Veteran Historical Cycling & Racing Club,
originally known as the Veteran Cycling Racing Club.
Phil Wray . . Hon. Sec
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* * The NORTHERN COUNTIES VETERAN & CLASSIC CYCLE CLUB
The most recent affiliated club, joined the NAVCC in April 2007 after being formed in March. The Clubs aim, to provide events in the Northern Counties including one open rally as well as attending other UK affiliated Clubs rallies.
The Club hosted the 2010 National Rally.
Membership is open to all interested parties. Owning a veteran or classic machine is not a condition of joining - we just need your enthusiasm !
Website . . www.ncvccc.co.uk
Information via E-mail . . email@example.com
Membership via E-mail . . firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary . . Bob Hutchinson . . E-mail: email@example.com
* * * The NATIONAL RALLY . . . is without doubt the UK's most prestigous annual event for 'original' early bicycles and tricycles all manufactured before 1935 and is the only Event of it's kind currently held in the UK, possibly the World..
The event takes place annually on the First Sunday of September in an area of the UK in which the Host Club Organiser lives.
The 2014 National Rally [ 58th ] will be hosted by the BOSTON VETERAN BICYCLE CLUB . . . from Friday 5th September to Sunday 7th September with the prestigious Costumed Ride taking place on Sunday.
ENTRY FORMS and RALLY DETAILS can be found on the Boston VBC website :- firstname.lastname@example.org
NAVCC Hon Sec E-mail :- email@example.com
* * H O S T - C L U B S for F U T U R E - N A T I O N A L - R A L L I E S * *
2014 ~ Boston VBC
2015 ~ March VVCC . . . Subject to Confirmation
2016 ~ Long Sutton & District VCC . . . The Seventieth
2017 ~ Bygone Bykes Yorkshire Club
2018 ~ Retro Cycle Club
2019 ~ Northern Counties V & C C C
Note: Above list of Host Clubs may be subject to change.
Entry Forms and details of Individual Club 'OPEN' Rallies are available after the NAVCC AGM (March) from the listed 'Affiliated Club' Secretaries.
If you are interested in the History of Cycles and perhaps have a particular interest in a certain make, then we would highly recommend you have a look at the following website, compiled by the National Cycle Collection, Llandrindod Wells who have created a 'cycling on-line' library.
. . . . www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/library
Updated Nov 2013