Vintage bikes kick off 70th anniversary baton relay

The 70th anniversary of Vintage Motorcycle Club is being marked with a baton relay, setting off from the British Motor Museum, in Gaydon. NNL-160604-114213001
The 70th anniversary of Vintage Motorcycle Club is being marked with a baton relay, setting off from the British Motor Museum, in Gaydon. NNL-160604-114213001

A variety of vintage bikes took to the road this week to mark the start of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s 70th anniversary baton relay.

The relay started from the British Motor Museum, in Gaydon and will be travelling around the country over the next three months.

The event kicked off on Sunday at the group’s annual meeting where the baton was handed over to members of the club’s Warwickshire Section.

From there, the baton has travelled to Birmingham and will be passing through the north of England, through Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and the south before making its way to the Banbury section, where it will be handed over by the Northants section the day before the Banbury Run on June 19.

Then at the Banbury Run, which will take place at the Motor Museum, the baton will be paraded as part of the event before being handed over to the Bedfordshire section.

VMCC general manager Giles Willison said vintage bikes on Sunday included a Burney, which took part in one of the club’s first runs. The baton relay allows all club members to be part of the 70th anniversary celebration.

The Banbury section meets at Banbury Cricket Club on the second Wednesday of the month, at 8pm.

The Banbury Run is open to veteran and vintage machines manufactured before December 31, 1930 and will see hundreds of motorcycles take to the roads of Banburyshire.

The relay is sponsored by Footman James and Bonhams