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5th Flimwell Rally 2006


Phil learnt the hard way that Sybil never forgets!  A passing comment at last year’s rally about the state of the toilets, proved to be a binding contract to clean them and keep them spic and span all weekend!  (To make matters worse, Phil has now had the training to be included on the cleaning rota at home – no excuses now!)


By the time Phil had finished his ‘Mrs Mop’ impression, many old friends and new began to arrive.   After the rain had stopped on Friday afternoon, Chris drove in with the afternoon’s game known as ‘How many bikers does it take to erect a marquee?’  Plenty of puzzling and head scratching was resolved when Pete checked the box and found the instruction leaflet!   With the marquee in place, Mike and Sybil set about preparing a camp fire supper for the ever-increasing number of Indian Riders (plus a few Triumph, Harley, BMW and BSA riders!)


We woke on Saturday morning to warm and sunny weather, ideal conditions for a ride-out, if only we could find someone willing to take responsibility for leading it!  After Alan had popped in, simply to help prepare the breakfast, Bruce and Stephanie were persuaded to take us off to Winchelsea.  Phil was excited about riding his Indian four on it’s first run, whilst Anita and Stuart had brought along their old faithful 741s – these bikes had been feeling rather neglected since their owners had acquired Chiefs.  Fred and Su were enjoying the home from home comfort of their latest Harley, so they offered to act as the back marker to keep us all together.


We managed pretty well, at least as far as Winchelsea.  Here the choice was museum or pub, or was it pub or museum? You will not be surprised to find that Val, Ron, Ken, Roy, Cliff, Stuart, Brian, Scott, Phil and I headed straight for the pub!  Following this thirst-quenching break we set off for the sea.  After a slight mishap, a few of us headed for Rye, others for Rye Harbour.  Eventually after some nifty rounding up (minus the lasso) Fred got us back together on the road to Winchelsea Beach.  BUT …………………. Phil stopped to assist Nobby, who was experiencing battery problems, and then Phil’s Four would not restart – magneto problems. Phil and I returned ‘two-up’ on my Tiger 90 to collect the van and retrieve the bikes.  The rest of the crew made their way back in the sunshine via various routes.

Saturday evening brought the promise of Fish & Chips, allowing Mike and Sybil an evening off to enjoy time around the camp fire, which many of us have previously taken for granted!  The food was delicious once Phil and I had managed to collect the correct number of suppers!   These were washed down with plenty of wine, beer, Jack Daniels and great company.  Sitting around the camp site we felt relaxed and reflective; sharing fond memories of a good year, some super rallies and ride-outs.  Linda was delighted by the success of the raffle, which raised money to help the boys in an orphanage in India.  Thanks to everyone’s generosity £100 was raised.


On Sunday morning Tony and Linda prepared a tasty breakfast (with extra sausages for the selection of hungry dogs).  The slow start to the day continued with a photo call for the ‘I love Mike’ fan club – T-shirts courtesy of A. Dray Design Inc. - which was followed by a team effort to clear the site.  Finally we reached the end of a splendid weekend and headed off on our journey home, almost at the end of a superb summer season.


A special thanks must go to Mike and Sybil for organising the event and to everyone else for coming along to help create a really relaxing weekend. Take Care, Safe Riding.


Jo Lakey       


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