As a Club, we run the annual George Brown Memorial Classic Run.
The 2021 memorial run will take place on Sunday 25th July.
You can read the history and some details of the event below but, although it used to be a "Vintage" Run, it now includes modern classics. Whatever you ride, we encourage any motorcyclists, particularly Club members to come along and enjoy the day on whatever bike you have. If you can come along on a classic, all the better.
If you'd like to enter, full details, including an entry form, can be obtained from the Club Secretary, Mick Taylor, by telephoning on 01438 354130, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Mick at 17 North Road Stevenage SG1 4BD.
The bikes will start gathering in the car park of the Cromwell Hotel from about 10:00am and the Run will leave at 11:00am.
The morning route, which remains a mystery until the day, is normally about 40 miles and will end at a carefully selected pub where the entrants will be fed a ploughman's or similar.
Anyone joining the run on a modern bike, just for the day out, will be welcome at the pub, where food will be available to purchase.
After a long lunch break, usually involving lots of admiring pointing at the array of machines on display and discussions on which bits are about to fall off on the way back, the Run returns to the Cromwell Hotel via a slightly shorter route.
The Club lays on a recovery vehicle so no-one will be left behind and once everyone is safely back at the Hotel, prizes are awarded for a variety of categories and the day tends to end around 4:00 pm.
Click here to have a look at last year's Chairman's report on the event.
History of the Run
The run started in 1979 in memory of out late President George Brown.
George was a motor cycle racer extraordinaire. He started racing in 1937 riding a Vincent at Brooklands clocking a speed of 113mph on the outer circuit.
After the war he carried on racing the Vincents all around the Britain, with great success.
He also competed in the Isle of Man TT where in the Junior class in 1952, he finished 6th. The following year while riding in the Senior TT, he was just behind the MV Augusta of Les Graham going down Bray Hill, when the MV got into an horrendous tank slapper, and landed in the middle of the track in a heap of black smoke. George arrived at the scene very quickly but, not able to do anything, rode through the smoke, only to find a burning MV. Luckily he was able to walk away, but unfortunately Les Graham lost his life.
After that he decided to concentrate on sprinting and hill climbs on his now famous Vincent “Nero” and later on “Super Nero”, achieving 24 world records.
The Memorial run is open to all makes of machine registered before December 31st 2002, with seven different classes:
- Vintage Solo 01/01/1915 - 31/12/1930
- Post Vintage Solo 01/01/1931 - 31/12/1944
- Post War Solo 01/01/1945 - 31/12/1954
- Classic Solo 01/01/1955 – 31/12/1973
- Nearly There Classic Solo 01/01/1986 – 31/12/2002
- Motor Cycle and Sidecar
Awards are presented for all the above classes but there are also other awards presented on the day:
- Road Safety Award
- Most Desirable Machine Award
- The Ladies Rose Bowl Trophy – for the best performance by a lady on the run
- The Joe Evanson Trophy – for the best performance by a non club member
- The Terry Ives Trophy – for the oldest combined age of rider and machine
- The Don Davies Trophy – for the best Stevenage club member riding his own bike
- The Dave Green Trophy – for the best performance by a club member
- The Ian Ashwell Trophy – for the best entry by a club member
- The George Brown Memorial Trophy – for the best Vincent or HRD
So if you fancy a great day out in the beautiful surroundings of the countryside of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, come along and join us.