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60th success at Sammy Miller Museum

July 16, 2021

The Honda Owners Club enjoyed a fantastic 60th anniversary celebration at the Sammy Miller Museum recently.

It turned out to be a fantastic day down on the south coast: CMM’s own Allen Millyard joined the HOC crew for a great event. Honda UK were also present, supplying the show with a current CRF1100L Africa Twin, a current CBR1000RR Fireblade and a heritage 1992 CBR900RR Blade.

The overnight rain persisted into the morning before easing off and the HOC crew had a busy morning setting everything up to ensure a great day ahead.

Sammy and Allen treated the HOC to a cacophony of marvellous motorcycles when they started up their RC181 and RC374 replica: both then took a lap of the car park! There were prizes up for grabs in the bike show with some lovely machines on display, including Keith Roberts’ 1958 JC58, Richard Jackson’s RCB1000, Steve Cribbins’ immaculate CB550 and Martin Heinlein’s NS400.

The club’s Jude Browne said: “Just on time, the heavens opened at about 2.05pm! But, the whole day was one of fun, laughs, good humour, team spirit and a bit of chaos. I have had many lovely comments about the day but no negative ones, so I guess it all worked out!”

For more on the club go to: www.hoc.org.uk

About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike. BSimmonds@mortons.co.uk

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