Thunderbird Times

Newsletter of the Mighty South London Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club


We managed to complete our AGM in less than half an hour this year, whereby allowing for more time to discuss vital bike topics, rides planned for 2006 and maybe even downing the odd pint. Very efficient! This is how it should be done.


Although I (regrettably) couldn’t make the Last Chance Run this year I understand it was otherwise well attended and Charlie was well pleased with the money collected for the animal sanctuary. Well done, everybody!


Some of us met at the famous lay-by on the A217 Good Friday morning for a little run to Copthorne. Although my impression was that most people focussed on the bacon sandwiches (delicious) I believe the official reason was to see off the Veteran Bike people going on their run. As it was a rather refreshing day (constant rain) those of us who weren’t drawn to some Easter DIY decided to pop down to the Surrey Oaks for some drinks and to warm up. Overall a nice ride and at least I had a good reason to polish the bike afterwards.


I understand that about half a dozen bikes took part in last Sunday’s British Engineerium run but don’t know any details. Would one of the participants please be so kind as to write a little comment for the next TT?


In light of this, welcome to the first MSL Club Run of the year! I know by the time you get to read this, we will probably have had a bike breaking down and more than likely people will have committed the capital sin of leaving their corners… Never mind, it is the first run of the season and with plenty of practice and some luck we may get it right by October. 


Up-Coming Events:


25’Apr’06, Club Run

Club Run to ‘The Rat’ in Walton.

Starting @ ‘Princess of Wales’ @ 8.00 p.m.


Please ensure you have a full tank of petrol.



01’May’06, Club Run

To a surprise destination (apparently serving lovely bacon sandwiches).  


Meet @ A217 (lay-by before M25) @ 10.00 a.m.



13’May’06, Kempton Park

Southern Bike Show & Autojumble


With MSL bikes on display. Contact John for details.



19’ - 21’May’06, Nul Vet Treffen

Contact Mog for details.



23’May’06, Club Run

Club Run to ‘Surrey Oaks’ in Newdigate.

Starting @ ‘Princess of Wales’ @ 8.00 p.m.


Please ensure you have a full tank of petrol.



Miscellaneous: Please, provide the editor with plenty of input to fill this section in future editions.


I understand that Peter G. and Kelvin S. are organising a trip for modern bikes to the TT days in Belgium this year. Please contact them for details.


Mack advised me that Footman & James ( have good deals for classic bike insurance. Should be worth giving it a go.


Once again: If you have an idea or would like to organise a Club event, or if you would like to lead a Sunday Run, please let the committee know. We will be happy to assist with the organisation (if necessary). I believe everybody agrees that Bob’s Quiz Night or Peter G’s run to Horsham for example were great fun and enjoyed by everybody participating.



About the club:


Mighty South London Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club


We are the founder branch of the TOMCC, founded in 1949 by a group of Triumph motorcycle enthusiasts in the South London area. To this day we hold regular meets and organise and participate in a wide range of activities such as runs (local, national and international) and country shows. And most importantly we enjoy our bikes in the company of like-minded people.


For more information also see our website or just come along to one of our club meets.




Princess of Wales

From 8.30 pm

98 Morden Road

Runs leave the pub at 8.00pm sharp

London SW19 3BP

every 4th Tuesday of the month (April-Sept.)

020 8542 0573

Please ensure you have a full tank of petrol.


Club Contacts:



Mog Pharoah

020 8947 7727 (day)



Malcolm Orpin

020 8640 2608



Doddie Kent

020 8660 5227


Membership Secretary

Dave Kent



Show & Social Secretary

John Flower

020 8942 9976


Runs Leader

Brian Peters

01737 551762



Robin Maynard

020 8224 7421


TT Editor

Claudia Nacke

077 342 95737


Website Administrator

Bill Vallance