Membership Secretary Chas Moody is a very keen vintage biker who
regularly partakes in the Motorcycle 'Brighton Run'. The run was
supposed to start from Epsom Downs and finish on Madeira Drive,
Brighton, but the 'Beast from the East' with snow and blizzards
had returned so the start was moved to the half way stop at Bridge
Motors, Pease Pottage, - not before many stalwarts like Chas had
driven to the snow bound Epsom! Road conditions became worse as
they approached Tattenham Corner with Veteran bikes being
ridden 'feet down' and sliding alarmingly in a sea of icy slush.
Epsom Downs wore a blanket of snow and was swept with biting wind.
The start area was almost deserted save for a few frozen marshals.
They then went off to Pease Pottage, then to Handcross, Cowfold and
Henfield without significant difficulty. Passing through
Woodmancote people wetre flashing 'Icy Roads'. Past Pyecombe they
had the magnificent sight of the snow covered South Downs set
dramatically against a leaden sky. Up on to the A23, passing the
famous Pylons and dropping down into Brighton, the light traffic
allowing a trouble free run to the seafront, then along Madeira
Drive to the finish. Of the 322 machines entered, only 137
started. But of those a magnificent 128 machines finished. One of
the usual highlights apart from the run itself is looking at the
magnificent array of machines lined up at the finish, far fewer
this year due to the nasty weather. Photographs were taken by Zak
Stilling and Chas Moody.
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