Rebel smugglers Rally
as seen in
the Plough at Arncott
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Rebel Smugglers First
Rally 25-27 july 2008
internet, cyberspace, or the B%%%%%dy computer call it what you want it is now
here to stay.
much some folk, say they can live without it, it is a very useful tool.
internet was born at the end of the 1960’s, became into the hands of the
general public in the 1990’s and since then has grown and grown.
Now it has
reached such a point that searching or surfing for information can take several
has that to do with us the humble motorcyclist
you are running an obscure machine like a “1903 Canardly Move” odds on you
will find similar souls out there also looking for that elusive flange or
ganglepin to get you back on the road. And possibly find the results in seconds,
unlike the days of old when scouring magazines, jumble sites, shows and the like
for the information.
course there are various auction sites where we hope to find for bargains,
without grovelling through all the cardboard boxes at an auto-jumble
sites which tell us where the best cream teas can be found, or bags of sweeties,
has this to do with this esteemed magazine and rallies and the like, one of the
biggest areas of the internet is Forums, where like minded folk meet to chat
over favourite subjects. There are several Motorcycle enthusiast forums where
many folk arrange their next rally gathering or just pass witty repartee and gay
badinage though the days pre-ceding rallies available to the biking fraternity
is where the Rebel smugglers come in with friendship now close enough to
consider themselves a club, a steadily growing on line biking forum, the regular
meeting place being at various rally sites and via the power of the internet.
And so in
July they decided to throw a rally, and try and get as many Rebel smugglers as
possible together. A task ably taken on by Medic (winner of the BB Award 2008)
at Arncott being the venue
One of the
other useful things a computer can do is produce maps, so this I did even though
I have already been to “The plough” at before its been some years, now you
know this will end in tears don’t you…
One of the
most important things of course is to put the correct address in…
didn’t and who spent an hour riding vaguely around the area ... ooops well it
was a sunny day, and the bridges over the a34 were looking good in both
smugglers had already been partying hard for a night, and so only a few braved
the official rideout, while those recovering from the night before tried to take
shelter from the sun under the trees, it really was a day for the “Phew what a
scorcher” headline. I soon found Def, one of mainstay (and Bill Oddie
impersonator) who let me into the sanctuary of the shade.
slowly recovered and others returned to site the general laid back feel
continued, even for Redbeard whose bike had decided to have a dose of the sulks
and had bust a tyre, though some may have thought it was a crafty plan for a
recovery home Sunday, and a chance to drink more in the evening.
a charity raffle and in the end the um of £800 from the raffle and other events
was given to
It has to
be said it was quite an emotional moment.
was back to drinking from the outside bar and listing to the band and a hog
roast what perfect way to round off an afternoon, I left the merry throng
settling in for a evening session.
pointed the bike
smugglers can be found online at: www.rebelsmugglersbikersclub.co.uk
and in a rally field near you soon.
Smugglers would also like to thank Chris the landlord and staff for the warm