Last week the Central Scottish Section of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club held their 34th Scottish National Assembly here in Blairgowrie (in fact just 2 minutes walk from the house).
I was delighted champions Fran and Harry Wiles stayed with us at our Bed and Breakfast in Blairgowrie. What an inspiration they are to us more mature adults. They've participated in this sport for many years and what they don't know about motor cycles isn't worth knowing.
Fran rides pillion and I thought her a brave woman, until she told me there's no suspension in a vintage motor cycle, with the exception of a wee bit of springing in the seat. I'm still wondering if she's brave, a bit eccentric or both!
This is the motor cycle on which they won the Cup. This was for the best performance on a Sunbeam motor cycle in the vintage class of the time trial. They also won overall second in the same trial. The bike is a Sunbeam 1929 Model 5 which, you can see, has been given much tender loving care for years.
Thank you Fran and Harry for sharing your interest with me. I enjoyed our chats very much and you can be assured a little of your enthusiasm rubbed off. Next year I'm going to visit the meeting to see these works of dedication. Good luck to the two of you for future events.
Fran and Harry gave their permission for the use of their names in this article.