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A Wing and a Prayer - 9 May 2004

David Flye


Our first run of the season attracted four other riders plus a "see you there".  Prayers were answered, there was no rain or mist despite a "patchy rain" forecast, but low cloud prevented flying from the airfield, so the only wings we saw were on the ground.  A variety of machines turned out: Re-styled New Hudson (Paul Harris), Puch MS50D (John Aston), Raleigh RM9 (Jeff Skinner), VéloSoleX 3800 (Dominic Johnston), plus a Puch Maxi (me) and Michael Hames met us at the airfield with his BSA 250.

With no flying programme, the airfield was quiet and the undivided attentions of the lasses in the lounge bar gave us a rapid food service.  While riders viewed the crash recovery museum, Dominic, plus "helpers", attempted to sort out a problem on the Solex but it gave up the ghost completely and he had to retire.  So it was four for a high-speed return run.  The New Hudson and the Puch MS50 had a very similar performance and pushed on, enjoying a "blast", while the Raleigh and Maxi proceeded more sedately, all arriving at Prees Heath at short intervals.  The next run is "From Stream to Stream" on 13 June, all are welcome.

First published, June 2004

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