Thunderbird Times

Newsletter of the Mighty South London Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club


As you may have already heard some of us embarked on another trip to the Isle of Man this year. In total seventeen of us went on this memorable trip organised by John F. And we even managed to discover some more MSL members on the island!


It is a long and boring trip up there, luckily made more interesting by modern navigational devices a la Peter ‘Tom Tom’ G., and Blackpool’s one-way system. However, by Saturday night even the last of us had safely arrived at the Wellbeck Hotel in Douglas, just in time to do the compulsory trip around the course Sunday morning. Mike S. led the tour and also kindly explained the most interesting and famous corners to all newcomers. The day was completed with some ‘old bike peeping’ in Castletown and a milkshake in Port Erin. That’s tough bikers for you! Some spent the first day of racing at the Grandstand where Mike once again explained everything. The rest kept busy trying to find interesting views of the racetrack, eventually ending up at the Gooseneck and later in Laxey for some toasted teacakes. Yeah, really tough bikers. ;-) In good MSL tradition Tuesday’s highlight was a trip on the choo-choo train followed by the Triumph meeting at the Waterfall pub. I counted 19 MSL bodies in total and Doddie will be pleased to hear that all the lads (well, almost all) wore their MSL shirts for the occasion. Altogether a very handsome turnout. Wednesday was another race day for some and a day of recreational horse riding for others. I understand that Neil –one of the racers who stayed at our hotel- won the 250 class that day. Well done, lad! And of course there was the Ramsey sprint on Thursday, although none of us had a go this time. Alan and Daniel had to leave that afternoon and the rest of us eagerly awaited Friday’s races. And what a long wait it was. So long in fact that I didn’t get to see any racing as I took the ferry back that afternoon. I hear that Neil –the racer - see above- was a little unlucky that day, first having problems with a loose petrol tank and then with another bike getting up his backside…I understand the trip home was mastered well by everyone apart from one little mishap involving a Tiger 100 and some oil on the floor.


I would like to complete this report with a big THANK YOU! to John F. for organising the trip and the accommodation for us. Good job!


Up-Coming Events:


17’Sept’06, Sunday Run

Sunday Club Run to a Biker Café in Horam, East Sussex. Bob Simmonds will be leading the Run.


The party will be leaving from Ryka’s at 10.00 a.m. –sharp- and from Godstone ponds around 10.30 a.m.


Please ensure you have full tank of petrol.



19’Sept’06, BBQ

Club BBQ.


With the days getting shorter and shorter at this time of the year, we have to apply some time management and will therefore skip the bike show in favour of food and drink.



23’+24’Sept’06, Steam Rally

Wattlehurst Steam Rally.



26’Sept’06, Club Run

Club Run to the ‘Skimmington Castle’ in Reigate, starting from the ‘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.


Gerry says thank you for the birthday prezzies and good wishes.


For those of you who went to the IoM this year Michael W. would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for making him feel so welcome. He had the most enjoyable time and is glad to have been an associate of the Mighty South London – even though it was just for the week. If anyone would like to get in touch with him let me know and I will let you have his e-mail & telephone number.


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 Secretary

John Flower

020 8942 9976


Social Secretary

Bob Simmonds

020 86690921


Runs Leader

Brian Peters

01737 551762



Robin Maynard

020 8224 7421


TT Editor

Claudia Nacke

077 342 95737


Website Administrator

Bill Vallance